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Annual Eastside Hill Neighborhood Picnic 2017 (August 20)

OK, Eastside Hillers, this is coming up fast, so grab your giant (red) permanent markers and circle the date on your calendars about six hundred times! The big neighborhood picnic is on Sunday, August 20, 11am-1pm. Your Neighborhood Association Steering Committee will be serving hot dogs, chips, cookies, pickles, lemonade, and more…for FREE!

We’ll be in the Boyd Park pavilion, so there will be a shady place to eat and hang out, but you may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit upon. And did we mention the free food?? You should definitely come.

ALSO! The 4th Annual Eastside Hill Kubb Derby will be running alongside the picnic. All skill levels welcome …

Eastside Hill Kubb Derby 2017 (August 20)

When: Sunday, August 20, 9am. Meet at 8:45am for rules announcements; tournament will go from 9–11am; break for lunch (supplied by Eastside Hill Steering Committee), then play offs will be from 12–2pm (approximately)
Where: Boyd Park (in conjunction with the Eastside Hill Annual Picnic)
Cost: Free
Who: All you need to do is live in the Eastside Hill neighborhood. Teams can have from 2-6 person. All levels of kubb skill welcomed and encouraged!

TO SIGN UP: Email Gina Klages with your team name at gnkklages@gmail.com

More details here: http://eastsidehill.com/archives/4478

Neighborhood Progress on Slowing Margaret Street Traffic (aka the Taking Care of Margaret Campaign)

Over a period of two years our Neighborhood Association and friends convinced the City Engineer’s office to leave the speed limit on Margaret Street at 25 mph versus raising it to 30 mph. And, we have initiated other ways to slow down traffic, do “traffic calming”: planting trees and perennials close to the curb causing motorists to perceive the street as narrower, needing more caution, and, thus, slowing down …

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Eastside Hill Interviews: Jen Stinnett

I had the pleasure of spending time with Jen Stinnett, a long-term occupant of the Eastside Hill community. Jen lives with her husband, Dave, and two children, Connor and Daniel, on the lovely Altoona Avenue. Jen and Dave spent five years renting within the neighborhood before making a decision to purchase a home in our little slice of heaven that is the Eastside …

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Learn about “Circles of Change”

Hello from humanKIND.  Circles of Change is an opportunity for the people in the Chippewa Valley to work together “to build and embrace a more racially and ethnically diverse and inclusive environment” in our community. UWEC in conjunction with other community partners are creating local dialogue groups which will meet this fall for six 2 hour sessions an an Action Forum.  The Sessions are titled: 1) Making Connections, 2) Our Ethnic Backgrounds and Racism, 3) Our Unique Nation, 4) Why Do Inequalities exist?, 5) Looking at Our Community, 6) Moving to Action and ACTION Forum.  You can learn more  or sign up to be part of a Circle at uwec.ly/circlesofchange. Also if you would like to know more before you commit to a group you can contact humanKIND at humanKIND.ec@gmail.com.

Dr. Aubrey Robinson, one of the organizers of Circles of Change has agreed to come and talk to anyone who would like to know more.  Let’s continue to open our hearts, minds, and neighborhoods to the wonderful diversity of humankind!

Summer Kids Program Helps Weed Margaret Street Boulevards

On two Wednesday mornings in June, groups of 7 to 10 kids and adults were a very welcomed energy to attack weeds that have invaded the perennial garden boulevard plantings. The program, “Summer Stretch”, is organized by St. John’s Lutheran Church and is open to any kids who want to be a part of it …

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“WELCOME!” Yard Signs Now Available

The WELCOME! yard signs that the humanKIND group of our Association created is now available at two locations in downtown Eau Claire: still at Just Local Food and now also at Tangled Up in Hue. Pass on your appreciation to these two businesses who are retailing these signs for us with all proceeds going to humanKIND. Thank you for sharing our values.

See the sign …

Model Vegetable Garden at Boyd Park

In the Spring of 2016 a prairie work crew cleaned up the abandoned raised-bed garden area next to the prairie, leaving two, long, raised beds that were in good condition. Dozens of invasive trees were hand-saw removed because they were shading this area. Then, black tarps covered the garden area throughout the Summer to kill the weeds that had taken over in the past few years. Early this year, soil from an organic Neighborhood garden that had to make way for a garage topped off the existing soil. The city Parks Department delivered wood-chip mulch …

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