FoDL Annual Meeting – 04/06/16

FoDL Annual Meeting
When
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
6:30pm - Registration begins at 6:15 - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:
"Cracking the Nut: Increasing Residential Engagement to Improve Water Quality."

Master Water Steward Terry Hammink from the Parkway Place Homeowners Association will talk about significant changes the association implemented on their property to reduce stormwater runoff.

Ben Kaufman and Tyrone Lall, Macalester College student research collaborators, will share insights about "The Ripple Effect," a study of the Diamond Lake neighborhood, including the range of ways residents interact with their yards and the important role of "catalysts" in enabling social change.

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Your gifts to Friends of Diamond Lake are now tax deductible!

FoDL is now an accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Accredited 501c3Friends of Diamond Lake has always been a nonprofit organization, but now we have official status with the Feds — a designation known as “501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.”  The biggest benefit of having achieved this status is that donations made to FoDL are now officially tax deductible — yet another reason to help FoDL be an advocate for the health and vitality of Diamond Lake and its watershed in Minneapolis.

Coming soon:

  • Online membership sign-up and renewal
  • An online “store” where you can pick up some cool turtle crossing swag.

Stay tuned!

 

Picnic in the Park – 07/30/15

Picnic in the Park
When
Thursday, July 30, 2015
5:30pm - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
Visit the Friends of Diamond Lake booth, along with bunches of your neighbors in HPDL at Picnic in the Park. We'll have temporary tattoos for the kids, and all kinds of great info. about Diamond Lake. See you there! For more info, visit the HPDL site at http://hpdl.org/2015/04/picnic-in-the-park-2015/

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Volunteers needed for native planting this Saturday! – 09/27/14

Volunteers needed for native planting this Saturday!
When
Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00am - 9 am 'til noon or when we finish - All Ages
Where
58th & Portland by Diamond Lake (map)
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
Would you like to see more plant variety and color on the shores of Diamond Lake? We would!

Friends of Diamond Lake (FoDL) is partnering with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to introduce a variety of native plants at 58th and Portland between the upper and lower trails. We are providing the labor and MPRB is supplying the design plan and materials.

Planting Day is Saturday, September 27 from 9 am to noon (or until finished.) The more volunteers we recruit the quicker the work will be done – so please invite your neighbors to join us as we work together to restore, protect and improve Diamond Lake.

Please bring your own work gloves and a small planting trowel. FoDL will provide nutritional support when we gather on the lakeside corner of 58th and Portland at 9 am.

We're looking forward to seeing you and working with you!

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Picnic in the Park – 07/31/14

Picnic in the Park
When
Thursday, July 31, 2014
5:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
Friends of Diamond Lake will be at the Annual HPDL Picnic in the Park event July 31.

Stop by and say hello! We'll have some cool new hats for sale, and kids get a free temporary tattoo! Really Cool!

Food, Music & more!
5:30 to 8:30 pm

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APPLICATIONS DUE for Watershed Cost Share Grants for Home Projects – 06/30/14

APPLICATIONS DUE for Watershed Cost Share Grants for Home Projects
When
Monday, June 30, 2014
TBD - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
15320 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Other Info
Thinking about creating a rain garden? Planning a landscaping or paving project? Wondering what you can do help control storm water and pollution that flows into Diamond Lake and ultimately, the Mississippi River?

Make your project one that incorporates best storm water management practices and receive a cost share grant from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD). The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has a unique grant program that may cover as much as 50% of the cost of your project up to $2500.

To learn more about the grant program go to the MCWD website. Don’t miss this great opportunity to improve your yard and water quality and have the watershed help pay the cost. Applications are due by June 30, 2014 but it is not too soon to plan your project and submit your grant request.

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Raingardens and Beyond: Healthy Yard, Clean Water Workshop – 06/04/14

Raingardens and Beyond: Healthy Yard, Clean Water Workshop
When
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
6:00pm - Register at the Metro Blooms website. - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Nokomis Park Recreation Center (map)
2401 East Minnehaha Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Other Info
This three-hour session combines the content of the Metro Blooms A and B workshops. Participants will learn about watershed management, stormwater runoff, and raingarden basics including design, installation and maintenance of raingardens using native plants. In the second half of the session participants will receive hands-on assistance in planning a raingarden project.

Presented by Metro Blooms.

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Raingardens and Beyond: Healthy Yard, Clean Water Workshop – 05/10/14

Raingardens and Beyond: Healthy Yard, Clean Water Workshop
When
Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00am - Register at the Metro Blooms website. - . Buy Tickets
Where
Longfellow Recreation Center (map)
3435 - 36th Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Other Info
This three-hour session combines the content of our A and B workshops. Participants will learn about watershed management, stormwater runoff, and raingarden basics including design, installation and maintenance of raingardens using native plants. In the second half of the session participants will receive hands-on assistance in planning a raingarden project.

Presented by Metro Blooms.

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Earth Day Cleanup! – 04/26/14

Earth Day Cleanup!
When
Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:30am - All Ages
Where
Pearl Park (map)
414 E Diamond Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Other Info
The Annual Earth Day Cleanup event sponsored by the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:30am-noon at Pearl Park.

It’s easy to get involved; no pre-registration is required. We gather outside the park building for coffee, doughnuts, conversation and clean up assignments. See you there!

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Summer Turf Grass Maintenance Workshop – 04/24/14

Summer Turf Grass Maintenance Workshop
When
Thursday, April 24, 2014
8:00am - Ends at 1:30 pm. Lunch provided. Register at MCWD. - . Buy Tickets
Where
15320 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Other Info
Learn industry best management practices (BMPs) for turf and lawn care through this 4-1/2 hour workshop.

Topics include:
• Impacts of turf management on local water resources
• Proper equipment calibration
• Selection and application of fertilizers
• Mowing techniques
• Pesticide application tips
• Legal issues and additional resources

You will walk away with helpful in-the-field materials you can use to maximize your summer maintenance regimen, such as a turf care matrix. Participants may also take a voluntary test for a Level 1 Certification: Summer Turf Care Best Practices certification by the MPCA. You must pass the test to be certified. More information on the MPCA website.

Lunch will be provided. Sign up for this FREE workshop today!

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