The old Lincoln Park Elementary School building (2424 W. 5th St.) is being converted into affordable apartments, slated to open April 2015. Stop by in person to submit applications on Wednesday, February 18 (3-7 pm) and Thursday, February 19 (9 am-2 pm). Income limits apply. For more details on these limits as well as the amenities of the new apartments, download this PDF.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the new Duluth MakerSpace recently. This former warehouse, located at 3001 W. Superior St., is a space for dreaming big. It’s been a labor of love for the small but dedicated group that has put their own time, money, and enthusiasm into getting this project off the ground. When we stopped by to chat with founders Joe and Miranda, Joe was busy making an OPEN sign from programmable LED lights, while Miranda was working on resuscitating a laptop computer that needed some serious maker TLC. They were both gearing up for a big Open Make Night event.
We had two big questions for Lincoln Park’s new community workshop, which has offered classes on the Arduino open-source electronics platform, making rubber stamps with a laser cutter, the basics of hand woodworking, and more since they opened up.
Why Lincoln Park? What led you to locate your space in this neighborhood?
Miranda says, “It’s an industrial area already, so we won’t have to worry about making noise! There are lots of areas for R/C planes and quadcopters, too, which is always fun.”
Joe adds that with the local craft businesses and restaurants already here, and the neighborhood’s closeness to downtown, it’s a good fit. The MakerSpace group is excited to be part of Lincoln Park’s renaissance. “If the neighborhood improves, we improve,” he says.
So you have some nifty things to offer the community. What do you need from the community?
“Don’t be scared of this place!” Joe says. “We want science and tech to be awesome, not intimidating.” For the MakerSpace to be a sustainable community asset, people need to get involved. The more members, and the more diversity of experience they bring to the table, the more great things they can make. (A woodworker and a metalworker combined have more possible projects than either does separately.) Memberships are currently available through the winter for $25/month per adult, $35 for couples. This rate is subject to change as more amenities are opened up. As well, there are classes available to both members and nonmembers–the price varies depending on class. If you’re under 18 years of age, you’ll need to be accompanied by an adult. To see their class schedule, click here or check out the Our Lincoln Park calendar, where MakerSpace classes will be listed. There are also volunteer opportunities available at the MakerSpace–but finding members is a top priority.
“When you get more members,” says Joe, “cooler stuff gets done.”
If you’re the sort of person who enjoys fiddling with things to see how they work, if you think taking things apart and putting them back together is fun, and if the words DIY get you excited, stop by for one of their Wednesday evening Open Make events from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and check the space out!
An ordinary Friday morning on W. Michigan St. was enlivened today by the stately progress of a very large spruce tree and its escort by police and Minnesota Power trucks. It’s not the Capitol Christmas Tree, cut from the Chippewa National Forest and provided by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe–that tree is in St. Paul by now. If anyone has more information about where this beauty is going to end up, drop us a line in the comments!
UPDATE: Looks like it’s heading to Minnesota Power Plaza downtown.
Thursday, November 6: The Hotel Esmond is being restored to its former identity on a brisk, cloudy fall day. Click on the picture to enlarge.
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!
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.
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.
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.