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2nd Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook Off & Fundraiser

Compete for the grand title of “Best Crock-Potter” in Nokomis East!
Bring your family and friends to the Second Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook Off. Better yet, show off your culinary skills and compete. All proceeds raised during this event will go towards NENA’s programs and initiatives in Nokomis East. It’s a truly stew-pendous event!

Second Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook Off & Fundraiser
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church – 5011 31st Ave S

Winner of contest (1)

Jakob Gant – 2017 Best In Show Crock-Potter

Will You be the 2018 Champ?
We all know that Minnesotans know how to whip up a dish in a pot. Have a soup-erb recipe you would like to show off? Is your specialty a traditional cream of mushroom delight or do you have something a little bit more exotic? Entry fee is $10.  Crock-Pot Entry Registration

Let the community be the judge of who will be the 2018 Cook Off Champ. Did we mention there will be a trophy!

Event Tickets

Each ticket includes entry, samples, bread, dessert and voting tickets. Each attendee will receive three tickets to vote for their favorite entry(s), so use them wisely! Ingredients will be listed for each entry to avoid allergies or food sensitivities. 

Adults = $10 Early Bird Special
Adults = $15 At the Door
Kids ages 6-16 = $5
Kids 5 and under = Free

Thank You to Our Event Sponsor, Larry Ouellette at Bridge Realty(612-481-8100)!

For questions, email or call 612-724-5652.

Building our community one pot at a time!

NENA is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution to NENA is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 80% of ticket price is tax-deductible. A copy of NENA’s latest financial report is available online.




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Nokomis Green Fair

Make a commitment to environmental sustainability part of 2018! Cut your carbon footprint, reduce your impact on landfills, keep local plants and animals thriving, care for our lakes and streams by making some simple adjustments to your personal habits.

At the first-ever Nokomis Green Fair, NENA will be hosting several organizations like Minnesota Food Association, Minneapolis Recycles, Applied Energy Innovations, Nokomis Naturescapeand more, all with tips and tricks to green your life. Wondering how to purchase a CSA share or confused about composting? No question is too small, and our exhibitors are eager to help.


Nokomis Green Fair
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Lake Nokomis Community Center – 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway

The event will also offer informative presentations and high-quality giveaway items. The first 100 attendees will receive a free kitchen food scrap bin for composting, courtesy of NENA’s Green Initiatives Committee. We hope to see you there!

Green Fair Schedule

12:00 pm
Fair is open

 12:15 pm
Green Initiatives Fun Quiz
12:30 pm Presentation
“Grow Don’t Mow” – Mama Terra Gardens

1:00 pm
Green Initiatives Fun Quiz

1:30 pm Presentation
“How to Transition Your Home to Zero Waste” – ZeroWasted

2 pm
Green Initiatives Fun Quiz

Green Initiatives Fun Quiz

Event Ends


All Energy Solar
Applied Energy Innovations
CAKE- Plus-Size Resale
City Of Minneapolis- Minneapolis Recycles
Habitat For Humanity ReStore
Mama Terra Gardens
Metro Blooms
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Minnesota Food Association
Minnesota Tool Library
Minneapolis Toy Library
Monarch Magic
Nokomis Naturescape
NENA Green Initiatives Committee
The Butterfly Effect Journal
Wild Ones Twin Cities

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NENA Welcomes New At Large Board Member

In November, Jerome Evans of the Minnehaha neighborhood was appointed to fill a recently vacated At Large seat on the Board of Directors. Jerome is a part of the NENA’s Finance and Fundraising Committee and leads the Events Team.

Jerome shared, “My experiences in the neighborhood has been profoundly positive! I moved to Minneapolis from Atlanta and, while I do still love the South, living here has allowed me to experience natural recreation areas like Lake Nokomis Park and Minnehaha Park for the first time. It’s a lovely and very livable neighborhood!”

During his time on the NENA Board, he hopes, “for the community to feel more connected. I’d also like for the neighborhood to have a large event or point of pride that can differentiate us from the other neighborhoods in the cities. I would like to see us develop more programs for our neighbors to take advantage of, develop some earned income to further diversify our revenue stream, and start producing some more branded items for our neighbors to show off!

As the leader of the Fundraising Events Team I intend to be a very visible and audible presence at most NENA events. Therefore my primary communication style will be face to face. That said, I will also work with the Communications Team to advance our culture of fundraising through social media posts, articles in the quarterly newsletter, and through our website.”

We are glad that Jerome has joined the NENA team!

Click here for information about serving on NENA’s Board.

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NENA Welcomes New Morris Park Board Member

In September, Danielle Isaacson of Morris Park was appointed to fill a recently vacated seat on the Board of Directors. Danielle has been co-chair of the Green Initiatives Committee since 2015.

Danielle has been a Morris Park resident for almost three years, and during this time, she has grown to greatly appreciate the neighborhood, its residents, and its unique attributes.

Danielle said, “My primary hope and goal for NENA is to increase resident awareness and participation in NENA’s programs and committees. NENA has wonderful opportunities for residents to get involved and make meaningful changes in their neighborhood. NENA also provides valuable services to homeowners and renters. I would like to see residents become more engaged, either by taking advantage of NENA programming or by becoming involved as volunteers, committee members, etc.

During my Board term I will continue my role as the Green Initiatives Committee co-chair and as a member of the Food Garden. Through these two groups I have had the opportunity to meet and engage with residents via projects that are aimed to improve the neighborhood and environment. I have greatly enjoyed my role with these groups and look forward to the community engagement opportunities with both during my Board term. The knowledge and connections I build as a member of the Board will also help me better support and contribute to the Green Initiatives Committee and the Food Garden.”

We are glad that Danielle has joined the NENA team!

Click here for information about serving on NENA’s Board.

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Bossen Mural Celebration (10/3)

As the paint dries on the Bossen mural, it is time to celebrate! Join Nokomis East mural artist Victor Yepez and NENA for an open house. Meet our artists including Nokomis East mosaic expert Dani Bianchini, learn about the community process and celebrate the newest public art addition to our neighborhood.

Bossen Mural Celebration Open House
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 pm
58th E Street & Sander Drive

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Minneapolis Monarch Festival (9/9)!

NENA presents the Minneapolis Monarch Festival on September 9 at beautiful Lake Nokomis!

The annual Monarch Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing migration from Minnesota to Mexico. Using art, music, dance, games, native plants, prairie tours and food, the festival raises awareness of the need to provide and protect monarch habitat.

Festival Website


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