September-October 2014 Newsletter

Download a PDF of the 2014 September–October Audubon Park Neighbor here.

Also see our archive of past issues.

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Meet ANA’s New Office Manager

Photo of Luke Stultz with horseWelcome Luke Stultz as the new office manager to the Audubon Neighborhood Association. He comes to the neighborhood armed with both experience and dedication to neighborhood issues.

Luke said his first "real job" was working for Applebees. He trained staff and set up new restaurants all around the Twin Cities and in Kuwait and Sicily.

These detailed organizational skills were put to good use when he developed a love for nonprofit organizations especially in his neighborhood.

Luke currently lives in the Central neighborhood of South Minneapolis where between 2010-14 he served as vice president and secretary to the board. Since 2012 he has worked as staff for the Bancroft neighborhood.

Luke said that local crime in his neighborhood called upon him to "be more involved." He went to a neighborhood ice cream social where he was then nominated and voted in as a board member. "And that was it," he said.

"I like to help real people with real issues," he said of his community work. Luke wants to see what the neighborhood organization can do for its residents.

"My goal in working with ANA is to get more people from the community involved in the decision making process. The decisions made by the board affect the entire neighborhood, so everyone should have a say in what types of programs and projects are put in place," he said.

Luke is making his rounds around the neighborhood to get familiar with what Audubon is all about.

He said, "I found the coffee shop. I like it."

Although his community work takes up a lot of time, Luke also enjoys traveling and gardening.

If you have a concern about the neighborhood, please let Luke know. You can reach him at the office 612-788-8790 or by email at

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Fall Community Ed Registration is Open

Community Education at Northeast and Edison will again offer classes for adults, youth and families this upcoming school year. Publications were mailed week of August 25 and registration begins September 2.

You can go to for further information.

Check out a variety of programs including these popular ones offered at Northeast Middle School:

  • YOUTH SWIMMING LESSONS on Monday evenings starting October 6.
    Shape Up Together!

Shape Up Together: Gym Activities
Northeast 6 Tuesdays
Oct 7-Nov 11 6:00-7:00 pm

Shape Up Together: Family Zumba
Northeast 6 Thursdays
Oct 9-Nov 13 6:00-7:00 pm

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Makeover at the Middle School

submitted by Dr. Benjamin Perry, Principal, Northeast Middle School

When students and staff entered Northeast Middle School on Aug. 25, they were greeted with a hot breakfast and a fresh new look.

Students will begin their school day five minutes earlier at 9:25 a.m. to accommodate a revamped "Advisory" or home room period. Students will no longer eat breakfast in the cafeteria before school, but in their respective Advisory classrooms. The initiative is based on research that shows serving breakfast in the classroom encouraged more students to eat a nutritious morning meal, which positively impacted both academic performance and classroom behavior. Breakfast is free of charge to every student.

The new Advisory class not only serves breakfast, but provides students the opportunity to learn social and organizational skills, participate in service-learning projects and take on student leadership roles.

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Neighborhood Film Contest

Film Festival PosterThe fifth annual Neighborhood Film Festival engages local videographers and cinema students around the Twin Cities area, inviting them to create a three-minute film sharing why they love their city or community. Themed “Find Your Place,” the 2014 Neighborhood Film Festival offers larger prizes than ever and welcomes new sponsorship.

Joining RE/MAX Results is past sponsor Bell Mortgage of Bell State Bank & Trust as well as Dunn Bros Coffee, a new festival sponsor that will be offering its own individual award in addition to the main prizes. RE/MAX Results prizes range from a $1,000 cash award for the People’s Choice to $6,000 for the first place winner. Total, the RE/MAX Results Neighborhood Film Festival will be awarding $15,000 in cash prizes.

The top films will be screened at the RE/MAX Results Neighborhood Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Riverview Theater on November 6th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Community members and film enthusiasts, as well as friends and families of participants, are invited to attend. Tickets to the screening event will be $7.00 at the door.

RE/MAX Results will also be awarding five $2,000 scholarships to Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) students at the screening. Students who wish to participate in The Results Cinema Production Scholarship must submit a written essay by October 20, 2014. A film entry is not required, but students applying for the scholarship are still eligible to compete in the Neighborhood Film Festival as well.

The entry deadline for film submissions is October 23, 2014. Full guidelines and official rules, along with videos of previous years’ entries, can be found online at Learn more about participating in or sponsoring the RE/MAX Results Neighborhood Film Festival by inquiring online or calling the Festival Director, Ed Dillon, at 612.702.4200.

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Movie in Our Park

The movie Despicable Me 2 will be shown outdoors on a big screen at Audubon Park on Wednesday, July 16, at 8:30pm. It is our installment of the Park Board’s Movies in the Park Series for this year:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board hits the road during the summer with a free movie series that travels to parks across the city. More than 60 family-friendly features, mini-series, film classics, and new releases are shown outdoors at dusk, Monday through Saturday.

This year's themes include New Releases, Family Fun, Movies That Inspire, Animals, Minnesota Made, and Cult Classics. Movies start 15 minutes after sunset. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, or pack a picnic basket for a fun and relaxing summer evening.

For a full list of movies and park locations, visit

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Johnstock 2014

The Johnson Street Merchants’ annual festival is this weekend. Check out their website for full details. Free admission!

Johnstock posterMovie Night — Friday May 30th

  • At Dusk  – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Johnstock — Saturday, May 31st

  • Over 40 Arts and Craft Vendors.
  • Entertainment
  • Games and jumping castle
  • Food
  • Shopping
  • Hollywood Theater open house
  • Community Groups
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ANA Meeting Moves to Park

The next ANA community meeting will be held at Audubon Park (29th Ave at Buchanan Street). The meeting starts at 7pm. Everyone is welcome; come learn what’s happening in our neighborhood!

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Johnson Street Exit Closing

As part of the I-35W / 4th Street ramp project, the exit from northbound I-35W will be temporarily closed, starting May 28. From the MNDOT project page:

May 28 through early June

  • The Johnson Street exit from northbound I-35W will close while crews construct a temporary bypass that will allow motorists to access Johnson Street. Motorists should use the New Brighton Boulevard/Stinson Boulevard exit during the temporary closure.
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Sale of Hollywood Approved

The Hollywood Theatre building is another step closer to being purchased by Andrew Volna. The City Council on May 9th authorized the sale of the building for $1.00 to Volna’s company, Out of the Past Redevelopment. Volna’s company received the building for that amount due to the extensive amount of redevelopment which needs to be done to make the building functional once again.

The City’s authorization of the sale approved the terms which Out of the Past Redevelopment must meet. Over the next 22 months Out of the Past Redevelopment must rehabilitate the exterior and façade, which includes the Hollywood sign and marquee, as well as rehabilitate the lobby, reconstruct the ticket booth and to preserve historic elements in the auditorium and inner lobby of the building.

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