Cedar Lake Beach Club

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has settled on plans for a major revamp of Cedar Lake’s South Beach. Now it just needs to find funding.

The centerpiece of the little park just off the corner of Burnham Road and Cedar Lake Avenue will remain its wide sand beach. The popular spot sits along the Cedar Lake Regional Trail and is just a few feet from the Kenilworth Trail that angles northeast into downtown Minneapolis.

Plans for the beach approved last week call for a new floating launch dock for canoes, a series of ramps, railings, stairways and retaining walls, bike racks, widened bike and pedestrian paths, picnic tables, toilets, new trees and bushes and a seating plaza between the Cedar Lake Parkway Trail and the beach.

The project will cost an estimated $331,000. Money has not yet been earmarked for it. A plan approved by commissioners is a necessary first step, however.

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Uptown Art Fair 2017

The annual event is held in the heart of the Uptown, Minneapolis business district at the bustling intersection of Lake St. and Hennepin Ave. Choose from a variety of limited editions and one-of-a-kind treasures from artists including sculptures, paintings, photographs, woodcarvings, glasswork, jewelry, multimedia compositions and more. Other features: food and drink from vendors; outdoor wine and beer gardens; Culinary Arts Competition; non-stop entertainment on the performance stage;

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Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

Let’s play free association. Theater….steaming pots of java. Bowling shoes….petite syrah. Neighborhood bar….exquisite beer list. Clearly you’ve been hanging around the Bryant-Lake Bowl, where a certain sort of perfect life has been achieved, a life where a love of the vine and a fascination with mastering the 7-10 split exist in beautiful harmony. Meals are reliable, hipster-diner fare: salads, pasta, fruit, cheese, sandwiches, burritos, and breakfast. Even if you’re not much of an athlete, the Forties decor and unpushy service make this a swell place to while away the afternoon.

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Lake Calhoun

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board added “Bde Maka Ska” to signs around Lake Calhoun earlier this fall.

The move came after more than a 1,000 people signed a petition asking the board to rename the lake, saying “Lake Calhoun” represents a history of slavery and racism.

The lake was named after John Caldwell Calhoun, a South Carolina statesman, former vice president, senator, secretary of state and proponent of slavery. He is infamously known for preaching slavery as “a positive good” in the 1800s.


Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Minneapolis Institute of Art wrapped up its centennial year with its highest attendance ever, 760,000 people in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The record continues a four-year run during which visitor numbers grew from 680,000 in fiscal 2013.

Calculations of other key numbers, notably the institution’s budget, endowment and membership, aren’t finished, museum director Kaywin Feldman said Thursday. Those stats are expected later in July or early August.

“I’m quite convinced that we balanced our budget and had a successful year,” Feldman said. “But I just saw our auditors staring at their screens, so we don’t have any other numbers yet.”

She sent out an enthusiastic tweet detailing the attendance figures earlier this week.

Attendance this year was amplified by the museum’s 100th birthday celebrations, which ran from January through December 2015. The centennial also produced a bumper crop of 752,000 visitors in fiscal 2015.

“I really believe those numbers are a reflection of the staff culture here, and that’s not just a throwaway line,” Feldman said. “We’ve adopted a culture of experimentation and risk-taking that included birthday-year innovations and free membership. In general, our income from membership has stayed about the same, but the membership base has grown, which means more people know about and attend our events and exhibitions.

“That was a big risk, but in general it has worked,” she said, adding that museum board members were “appropriately skeptical and questioning all the time, but supportive.”