First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! I think I've done this before, but I've been thinking of recent events or actions in the neighborhood, large and small, that remind me why I'm thankful to live here. 
  1. Tim Smith from Carter Avenue Frame Shop hired a muralist who just moved to town to paint a forest landscape on the side of his Como Ave building. Go check it out, it's beautiful.
  2. I met this afternoon with a group of Murray alums who want to organize their class to donate money to support the school that meant so much to their early years. We met at Lori's where another Murray alum works and were visited by a guy who overheard us talking about Murray, turns out his Mom was a grad. Smiles and remembrances all around. It's still that kind of school.
  3. Met this morning with a group of people helping to build the Creative Enterprise Zone. Mostly volunteers. Talented and committed. They care about making it the best it can be. That on top of meeting with developers and building owners a couple weeks back with the same goals. We talked about the launch party for light rail. Exciting.
  4. Afterward I stopped by Driftwood Community Arts Gallery and met two of the managing partners, one who related his Phd path involving carbon emissions and ways to change how we go about developing urban communities. And he works with yarn.
  5. Attended Bugle editor, Kristal Leebrick's, book signing at Micawber's last night. It's a great book about Daytons - buy it - and she invited Dan Mackerman, a local artist, and one of the creative genius' behind Dayton's 8th floor Holiday shows, to say a few words about that experience. Fascinating. Chatted with Dan and old friends over wine & treats, enjoying Hans and Tom's warm hospitality...a cozy place on a cold night.
  6. Looked over photos on my phone of the Murray kids up at Wolfridge...smiling and confident after completing the ropes course.
  7. Driving slowly past the grade school patrols as they enthusiastically guide their fellow students safely across the intersections.
  8. Chatting briefly with Peter at Park 76 last week about the challenges of capitalism and democracy...that's right briefly, he can cover a lot of intellectual territory between the pump and the office.
I could literally go on for several pages and I bet you could as well. These are the threads that make the fabric that is our community. A lot for which to be thankful.


Amy Sparks passed along the extended hours of the Ramsey County Yard Waste Collection Sites. For more info, go to this link

Block Friday and Small Business Saturday
This weekend you can join neighbors in the University & Raymond area to celebrate the end of construction - that's right, Raymond Ave is open again! - and our local businesses. Check it out here.

Local Potter featured in CEZ e-Newsletter
Kevin Caufield, whose studio is in the Creative Enterprise Zone, is the subject of a nice article by Kyle Mianulli, in his monthly CEZ newsletter. Kyle, who's part of D12's support staff for the CEZ has other great articles and info of happenings around the Zone.


SAP Elementary

New Drop-off Rules in Effect
Due to the escalating congestion cold weather brings to the mix of busses and pedestrians coming and going from the streets around the school, rules limiting cars to drop-off only and treating Gordon as a one way during the before and after school hours are now in effect. If you can avoid that area during those times of the week it would help.

Savings Books Still on Sale
If you haven't gotten a Chinook Coupon Book yet (full of savings at local businesses) you can still get one by contacting Anne Aarness. It's a fundraiser for school programming.


Philippine Relief Efforts
Ann Nordby and John Mark Lucas sent out a thanks to the people who attended their fundraising dinner in support of families devastated by the flooding in the Philippines. If you missed it, here's the link to donate. There is still great need. 

Furniture Donations
Andy Sackreiter shared that if anyone needs to get rid of beds or other furniture, Bridging, Inc. will be happy to pick them up and distribute them to families in need. Here's the link for more info.


Urban Growler open this Saturday 12-3pm
As part of Small Business Saturday, the Urban Growler folks will be selling very cool merch just in time for the holidays. Unfortunately, they are not selling beer...yet, but I've heard they are fully invested and will start building their vats soon. That's good news for the hop heads in the area. Why not visit both new breweries over there this Saturday. Bang Brewery is open from 12-5 Saturdays and Friday nights from 5-10pm. They've got several varieties to choose from, so try them all.

Make Black Friday Fun at Peapods
Dan & Tillie Marshall are serving up the cider and offering prizes and great sales this Friday. No need to get up early, just stroll on over whenever the spirit moves you. Why not avoid all the craziness by shopping local, you can save money and your sanity! And get really cool things. North or south, St. Anthony Park has got it all.

GiveMN Refund
I see that GiveMn has talked Razoo, the organization that supplies the technology for Give to the Max Day, into refunding 1% of their 4.9% charge for processing donations. That gives the non-profits who participated a bit of an early holiday present to mitigate any losses they might have incurred due to the epic software crash. My guess is that 1% is not necessarily going to make it all better, but it is a gesture.

That's all for now. Take care of yourself and be a good neighbor. Remember, the holidays make most of us happy, but there are many who feel especially lonely amidst all the joy. Look out for them and bring them into your warmth.