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A very Lincoln Park Halloween

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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!

Comm-U-N-Ity Compstat is back!

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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.

Yeah, we met on the street!

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Turns out that if you let the community transform a space, they’ll do it with gusto! Over 1,000 people came out to Lincoln Park Meet on the Street yesterday, Sunday July 13.  For a few hours, 3rd St. between 24th and 27th Avenues West was a new community center–a space where you could get to know your neighbors, play some games, enjoy storytime under the trees, cover the asphalt with chalk art, meet Laverne the Lake Superior Zoo chinchilla and her creepy-crawly buddies, and much more.

Did you go to Meet on the Street? Share your story here. Tell us what you liked or didn’t like–and stay tuned for next year! Can we make it 1500? Or even more?

 

 

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The party’s just getting started at 2:15, but already the neighborhood is taking to the streets.

bike party

Bike party! A cluster of bikes gathers around the UMD Office of Sustainability’s Fender Blender, a human-powered smoothie maker on loan to Ecolibrium3 for the event.

Spotted in Lincoln Park

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June 11:  Crews do some deconstruction work on 27th Ave. W between Superior and Michigan to prepare for the construction of a new KwikTrip store. For information on KwikTrip’s hiring fairs, see the Lincoln Park Calendar.