October 2014

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Happy Halloween!


Click over to the News Tribune Attic for a vintage local ghost story. Anyone in that part of town heard mysterious clog-dancing?

Don’t forget to check out some of the great events going on around the neighborhood this evening, and have a fun, safe, and well bundled-up holiday!

A very Lincoln Park Halloween


Looking for fun, free family activities to celebrate a holiday where it’s totally legitimate to put on weird clothes and beg for candy? Lincoln Park has its own set of events this Friday evening.

  • Northern Expressions Arts Collective’s Haunted Happenings event will once again transform the Harrison Community Center at 3002 W. 3rd St. This interactive, creative, and totally non-scary event for all ages, the Fairytale Food Festival, will challenge kids to identify characters from their favorite fairytales, books, and nursery rhymes…as well as identifying healthy ways to enjoy treats. The event runs from 4:30-7:30 on Friday. They’re also collecting donations of gently used kids’ and young adult books for the United Way’s Big Red Bookshelf program. For more information, check them out on Facebook.
  • Duluth Gospel Tabernacle is holding a Fall Festival from 6-8 p.m. Come by for this indoor carnival (they’re predicting a chilly day on Friday, so this is good to know…) featuring games, prizes, crafts, and candy. This event is a family-friendly one, aimed at kids from babies to sixth-graders. They’re located at 1515 W. Superior St.
  • Bark Avenue Grooming, at the corner of 24th Ave. W and W. 3rd St.,  is reprising its popular Haunted Basement with even more creepy goodness. From 5:30 to 8, venture into the basement maze and prepare to be scared…for real. They recommend this event for kids 10 and older. Younger visitors, as well as anyone feeling particularly faint-hearted, can go through an alternate pathway to get treats without getting scared out of their shoes. (Literally. It has happened.)  If you love the adrenaline rush that comes from getting well and truly freaked out, this is the event for you!
  • The Boys and Girls Club in the old Lincoln Park School building (2407 W. 4th St.) will be having a Halloween carnival from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday. Come on by for a fortune teller, pumpkin pass, ring toss, face painting, bug eating, Halloween candy/prizes, a safety table with glow sticks for safe trick or treating, a gently used winter coat giveaway for youth/teens, and more games/activities!

If you’re doing old-school trick-or-treating, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has tips to keep the evening safe. Stay visible and have a great time!

Do you have any Halloween events you’d like to see on the calendar? Send us a reply with the details!

It’s official: we have a trail!


In his speech at the official Cross City Trail opening event today in front of Park State Bank, Mayor Ness noted that the trail will take users from the lakefront to a busy business district to the woods–all different experiences, and all part of what Duluth has to offer. Maybe they won’t be putting West Superior Street on the postcards any time soon, but that doesn’t mean our stretch isn’t worth celebrating.

Job Openings at Community Action Duluth!


Community Action Duluth currently has two openings available! The Seeds of Success program, which has combined urban agriculture and employment training, is looking for a new coordinator. CAD is also looking to hire a career/financial coach.

Do you have agricultural experience and a commitment to social change through practical training and good food?

Or do you have experience in employment counseling and the financial world and a desire to help empower Duluth families to get out of poverty?

For more information on these two postings and details for how to apply, check CAD’s website here.

Trail opening CANCELLED!


Stay warm and dry, folks–the opening ceremony scheduled for the Cross City Trail today (10/17) at noon in front of Park State Bank has been called off due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled! A confirmed date should be coming through shortly.

So let’s have beans for every meal!


As the days get colder and the nights get longer, 2014’s Vegetable of the Year really comes into its own.  One Vegetable, One Community will be celebrating the legumey goodness on October 24 at Holy Family Church–check here for details. It’s a neighborhood potluck, and we’re all invited!

What are your favorite bean recipes? This one comes from Budget Bytes, a recipe blog that everyone trying to eat tasty food on the cheap should know about. Here it is: black bean-sweet potato-chipotle burgers. Smoky, a little sweet, very savory, super filling…and one of these guys will run you about the same as something off the value menu at the drive-through, while making your insides much happier.

Comm-U-N-Ity Compstat is back!


Want to help take the initiative in making Lincoln Park safer and healthier? Comm-U-N-Ity Compstat came back in September after taking the summer off…but they’re hoping to see even more neighbors at this month’s meeting!

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 (one week away!)
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Harrison Community Center (3002 W. 3rd St.)

Note that the time and place overlap with two other super-cool things:

(1) The Lincoln Park Farmers’ Market, 4-7 p.m. Some sweet summer veggie bounty right here in the neighborhood!

(2) Northern Expressions Arts Collective’s weekly In the Park-After Dark event. Parents and guardians, here’s what the kids can be doing while you’re in the meeting.

Welcoming the Esmond Building


It’s official–the Seaway Hotel is getting a new name. Says Rick Ball, executive director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Duluth, “The name change recognizes this is a new era for the property that we hope will be positive for everyone.”

A resident and a staff member spoke at Community Compstat last Thursday, September 25, about the positive direction they see the building heading. What do you think of the name change?