August E-news

August 2021 E-News

Being Social in the City!



EPNI Calendar for August

Friday, August 6th Skate Park Ribbon Cutting: 11AM • Elliot Park - 901 S 8th Street
Come celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the first in ground custom skate park in the Minneapolis Park system. The skate park also includes a patio, pollinator friendly lawn and stormwater feature that captures runoff from the skate Park! Ribbon Cutting ceremony begins at 11am on Friday August 6th. Featuring refreshments, light instructions for kids, trick contests, and free board rentals from 3rd Lair SkatePark & SkateShop.

Wednesday, August 11th - August Listening Circle: 6PM • Outdoors at Elliot Park
Listening Circles will be centered around creating a safe space for our black, brown, and indigenous neighbors to share challenges faced by communities of color in the Elliot Park neighborhood

Thursday, August 12th  - Ice Cream Social: 5-6PM  Segue Coffee - 811 11th Ave S
Join us for a cold treat and reconnect with your neighbors and neighborhood association.  We'll have information on our meetings, events, and ways to get involved. 

BLUH & Board of Directors Meeting:
The Building, Land Use & Housing meeting and Board of Directors meeting are both cancelled in August. We'll be back in September!



Volunteers Needed!

Looking to meet more neighbors and get involved in your community? Check out these options!

  • Fall Fun Fest Event Planning: a group of volunteers is planning a "Fall Fun Fest" and would love some help. If you are interested in helping with event planning or at the actual event (date TBD), let us know!
  • Food Solutions Team: do you wish you could find fresh, healthy, and affordable food in the neighborhood? We do, too! The Food Solutions Team is exploring the potential of a storefront market and is looking for volunteers to join them! Learn more about the role here.
  • Food Delivery Program: have some spare time on Tuesday mornings? We're always looking for some extra hands to help with our food delivery program.

Let us know you're interested by filling out this form and we'll get back to you! Or, give us a call or send an email to [email protected]




August Listening Circle

Join EPNI's Community Organizer, Halima Ahmed, for a conversation focused on community issues. Our Listening Circles are centered around creating a safe space for our black, brown, and indigenous neighbors to share challenges faced by communities of color in the Elliot Park neighborhood. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

August 11th at 6 pm in Elliot Park - Will you come? RSVP today!



Ice Cream Social

Join us for a cold treat and reconnect with your neighbors and neighborhood association.  We'll have information on our meetings, events, and ways to get involved. Find us in the East Village courtyard between Segue Coffee & East Village Grill. 

RSVP for Thursday, August 12th, 5-6 PM



Missed the June Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting? We've got you covered!

At the July Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting, Tom Hayes of Hennepin Healthcare introduced the upcoming community engagement process that will inform the organization's new vision. Keep an eye on EPNI communications for the latest updates.

Coriner Boler, community leader and resident of Madison Apartments, recognized renters, neighbors, partners, and advocates for their support and dedication to housing justice and tenant rights. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this movement!

Lutunji Abram, Elliot Park's newest retailer, also shared details about the opening of Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe in the new Gatsby building at 1400 Park. Lutunji’s Palate has already outgrown two commercial kitchens. Since 2018, she has been selling scrumptious treats like her famous Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Harriet’s Escape Peach Cobbler, and Coconut Macaroons. Learn more and support Lutunji's fundraiser here!

Check out the meeting recording here.

We're taking a break during the month of August, but we hope to see you all at our September BLUH meeting - location TBA



Food Delivery Program is Back!

EPNI has been supporting a group of residents in addressing food insecurity in our neighborhood. Last summer, the EPNI Food Solutions Team hosted four pop-up food markets in partnership with The Food Group. In order to continue access to food during the winter, the Team partnered with House of Charity to distribute weekly food bags to 150 households. We're excited to announce that EPNI and House of Charity have secured a grant from Campbell's Soup Foundation to relaunch the food delivery program and provide over 70 food bags to households in Elliot Park on a weekly basis.

If you would like to be support this work, please consider making a donation to EPNI and/or signing up to volunteer to help distribute food bags. Please signup here!

Learn more at



Behind on Rent? Apply for Rent Help to Protect Against Eviction

Minnesota's eviction suspension off-ramp is well underway, with most protections ending on October 12, 2021. If you're behind on rent, the best way to prevent eviction is to apply for Emergency Rental Assistance at Call 2-1-1 if you need help applying. Tenants with pending Rent Help applications are protected from eviction until June 1, 2022.

For more information about the eviction moratorium phaseout, visit If you have questions about your specific housing situation, contact HOME Line's tenant hotline for free legal advice at 612-728-5767 or



National Night Out is Tuesday, August 3rd! We hope you are planning to get out and connect. If your block doesn't have an event planned - our neighbors at DMNA are planning an epic National Night Out Party! All are welcome to attend.



US Bank Stadium Schedule 

Heads up that our neighborhood will be extra busy on the following days:

August 14 (Saturday Pre-season Vikings 3pm)
August 21 (Saturday Pre-season Vikings 7pm)
September 26 (Sunday Vikings 3:25pm)
October 3 (Sunday Vikings 12pm)
October 10 (Sunday Vikings 12pm)
October 24 (Rolling Stones concert / Sunday 7:30pm)
October 31 (Sunday Vikings 7:20pm)
November 13 (George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town concert / Saturday 5pm)
November 21 (Sunday Vikings 12pm)
December 9 (Thursday Vikings 7:20pm)
December 26 (Sunday Vikings 12pm)
January 9 (Sunday Vikings 12pm) 



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