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We blocked off the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue from 9am – 3pm on Saturday-June 8, 2013 for this neighborhood/community event.

Reduce Your Monthly Stormwater Fee

Meeting on October 22nd  at 6-7pm

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West of the Rail Business Association

The “experts” we’ll hear from are your fellow business owners who are using Facebook and other social media for marketing. Learn from our panel’s experiences and share your own.

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The Tiny Diner and Farm Fall Workshop Schedule & New Menus Featuring Memphis!


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The Tiny Diner and Farm is a small place with big ideas.  We believe it’s the little things that count, so we’re creating menus with as many local foods as we can, including the stuff we grow ourselves.  Every month we pay tribute to diner towns across the USA, exploring different ways to use our Midwestern bounty, this month it’s Memphis!

We’re producing energy with our patio roof/solar array, increasing urban soil fertility, and creating a natural habitat for pollinators and urban wildlife in what’s basically our own backyard.  The Diner showcases biointensive urban farming methods and efficient water use strategies through its edible gardens and rain water catchment systems.  From its hardscape to its landscape, this Diner was designed to provide a renovated example of whole system design: low impact, educational, and tangibly tasty.

The Tiny Diner and Farm will be hosting a series of workshops this fall at both locations, most classes are free or low cost.  A complete schedule is listed below and also found online at  Guests can RSVP to the class by sending an email to the [email protected], with the class title in the subject heading.

A “Winter Workshop and Skill Share Calendar” coming in December! If you are interested in sharing a skill or hosting a workshop at the Tiny Diner or Farmhouse, write to the the farm staff: [email protected].


Hops! Planting & Growing the Bitter Vine
Saturday September 6th, 2014 at the TINY DINER
Fee: Free
Hops are better known by most drinkers as the bitter, bright favor they fnd in their favorite beers. Long before being boiled into this tasty libation, however, hops have a fascinating life as tough but elegant plants. Come learn more about the planting, cultivation, harvest, and history of these curious plants. Topics include historical uses, harvesting and drying techniques for hops. Instructor Ben Boo is the co-founder and chief horticulturalist at Mighty Axe Hops and holds a degree in Horticulture from the UofMN.

Introduction to Mycology: Applications and Concepts
Tuesday September 9th, at the FARMHOUSE
Fee: Sliding payment $0-$20 (pay what you can)
Jump into the world of mycological concepts and uses. Topics range from biology and ecology to bioremediation and other human uses of fungi. Instructor Martin Gordon is an emerging mushroom cultivator working with the Tiny Diner Farm to produce fresh oyster mushrooms.

Basics of Oyster Mushroom Growing
Saturday September 13th, at the FARMHOUSE
Fee: Sliding payment $0-$20 (pay what you can)
This class focuses on relatively easy and successful methods for cultivating oyster mushrooms on a small scale. Instructor Martin Gordon is an emerging mushroom cultivator working with the Tiny Diner Farm to produce fresh oyster mushrooms.Watershed 101
Saturday September 20th at the TINY DINER
Fee: Free
This class will describe what a watershed is, how water moves in and through a watershed and how to go with the fow of caring for this resource. Instructors: Dave Stack is a graduate of the 2013 Master Water Steward Class and has lived in Minneapolis for 37 years. He enjoys swimming and kayaking in nearby water ways and wants this resource protected. Betsy Blume is a fellow graduate of the Master Steward Class of 2013. She also enjoys nearby water ways and hopes to share with others how to protect them.

2nd Annual MinneHarvest Party at the Farmhouse
Saturday September 27th, 2014 at the FARMHOUSE
Free & Open to All!
Come celebrate the Tiny Diner Farm and Permaculture Research Institute’s 2014 season! We will have fresh farm dishes to sample, live music, an apple tasting, square dancing, farm stand produce for sale, a bonfire and so much more!


The Funk of Fermentation
Wednesday October 8th, 2014
Fee: $5-$20 (pay what you can)
Class size limit: 20
Tired of paying $4 a bottle for Kombucha? Learn the basics of making and flavoring your own Kombucha in this workshop. Bring a jar or glass for samples to taste!Instructor Cody Mastel is a Permaculture Research Institute apprentice working with the Tiny Diner Farm crew to grow local delicious food for the Twin Cities area and also provides outdoor learning opportunities for youth. He enjoys and encourages experimentation and a DIY ethic – in his free time he hosts and participates in a skillshare & craftmaking group called Craftza.

Leaves and Salt: Lake-Friendly Lawn and Sidewalk Maintenance Tips
Tuesday October 14th, 2014
6-7pm at the TINY DINER
Fee: Free

This fall, when you rake your leaves and buy your sidewalk de-icers, think about next summer when you’ll want to swim in your favorite lake. Leaves and salt can wash into stormwater drains and then pollute lakes and rivers. This class will provide easy, practical tips for lawn and sidewalk care that will help protect our Minnesota’s summers!

Instructor Kristina Geiger is a certified Master Water Steward who works with her neighbors to improve improve the water quality of Minnehaha Creek.
Fall Clean-up at Farm
Saturday October 25th, 2014
Noon – 2pm at the FARMHOUSE
Fee: FREE!
Come learn how to prepare the Tiny Diner Urban Farm for a cold MN winter. We will be putting the farm to sleep by applying compost, insulating our top-bar beehive, finishing our compost piles and more! Bring gloves, wear close-toed shoes and work clothes.


Leaves and Salt: Lake-Friendly Lawn and Sidewalk Maintenance Tips
Saturday November 1st, 2014
10-11am at the TINY DINER
Fee: Free
This fall, when you rake your leaves and buy your sidewalk de-icers, think about next summer when you’ll want to swim in your favorite lake. Leaves and salt can wash into stormwater drains and then pollute lakes and rivers. This class will provide easy, practical tips for lawn and sidewalk care that will help protect our Minnesota’s summers!
Instructor Kristina Geiger is a certified Master Water Steward who works with her neighbors to improve improve the water quality of Minnehaha Creek.

Seed Saving for Home Use
Tuesday November 11th, 2014
6-730pm at the FARMHOUSE
Fee: Sliding scale $5-$20 (pay what you can)
Do you want to save some of your garden seed for use in the future? Come learn the simple basics about a traditional folk art that all farmers and gardeners used to be able to do. Help revive a vital tradition and save seed from the fruits and vegetables you love! Instructor Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen is a seed saving guide and founder of Seed Sages, which is an educational endeavor that seeks to build resilient seed stewardship and local seed hubs.

Class Locations

Tiny Diner

1024 E. 38th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Open daily 7am-11pm, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Tiny Diner Farm

3957 42nd Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55406

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38th & Chicago Corridor

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Click here or on the image to check out our new addition to the 38th & Chicago corridor. It is a wonderful article about City Food Studio. Let’s congratulate Journey on a successful Open House – It was wonderful and the food was delicious. Congratulations Journey!!!!! Thanks for being part of the BA family! 

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38th Chicago - Minneapolis - Meeting

Opens June 21st

When: Saturday, June 21, 7-9 p.m.

Artist Talk at 8 p.m.
Ping-pong and karaoke from 9 – 11:00 p.m.

Chinese-ness will preview new work from the project-in-progress. Wing recently returned from Guangzhou, China – his first trip to his family’s ancestral village and his first time photographing in China.

The Third Place Gallery
3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B

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BBQ and Music Festival on June 14th

BBQ and Music Festival

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June 14th – 11a.m to 3 p.m

The 38th and Chicago Business Association would like to invite you to the 9th Annual BBQ and Music Festival!

Not only will there be wonderful BBQ for your taste buds, but also great musical talent for your listening pleasure. This is an all ages event, so bring the kids enjoy a nice afternoon of food and entertainment. Feel free to print out this flyer below and share it with friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Summer Safety Meeting

Attend our Summer Safety Meeting

For a safe 38th Street and Chicago Ave Intersection


CANDO Community Space

3736 Chicago Ave. S

Click here or on the flyer below to download or here for our Spanish Translated Flyer

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Still Life opens April 12

Wing Young Huie: Still Life opens April 12



Where: The Third Place Gallery,

3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B


When: Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m.

followed by ping pong and karaoke

$5 suggested donation



Wing is best known for his photographs of people, but has also photographed found still lifes throughout his career, asking, “What is identity? What is memory? What is sacred? What is kitsch?”

This exhibition includes images from 1986 through 2014, pulled from nine different projects. We will be selling copies of the second issue of (k)now, an occasional zine that combines new images with never-published from Wing’s extensive archive, tied together by a common theme. Copies of (k)now are $10.



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Business Mixer Success!

Thank you to all who attributed to the Business Mixer’s  great success!


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2013 BBQ & Music Festival

June 8, 2013 – The 8th Annual 38th &
Chicago BBQ & Music Festival

For those who missed it – you REALLY MISSED IT!!!!! Wow!!  We blocked off the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue and the neighborhood came out in full force.  AWESOME is the word that comes to mind.  What an EXTRAORDINARY day.

We could not have asked for a better day.  The sun was out for a while but the weather was great; not too hot – not too cool.  This was a labor of Love and community building! We had anywhere from 500 – 600 people in the street in South Minneapolis, smiling, laughing, eating, meeting new neighbors with lots of activities to keep them busy and

We had great musical guest and talented local artists that contributed to the success of the event. Great music was presented all day long. We want to thank the following:

  • Joel Schaan
  • Charmin Michelle & Shapira with Friend
  • DJ Dan Speak – KMOJ
  • The Anchormen (courtesy of Lone D.O.E. Records)
  • The legendary Jimmy “Cornbread” Harris

To those who went above and beyond the call with Financial contributions to cover permit fees and artist cost, your support made the event a smashing success.  These individuals
are as follows:

  • Stephen Rocheford, Lavender Magazine  – $200.00
  • Bryant Neighborhood Organization  – $200.00
  • Sunshine Tree Child Development  – $150.00
  • Pillsbury House/Arts on Chicago (Mike Hoyt) – $100.00
  • Becky @ PPNA (connections with artist, meeting space, Sara-checking with stores Re:Specials)
  • Alphonso Paucar – business property owner  – $200 (for food items)

To those who served “tirelessly” all day from 8am – 3:00pm with set up, serving and clean-up:

  • Mr. Tim Lowe & Harry (TL Graphics, 621 E. 38th Street – New to area)friend of Sunshine Tree
  • K.G. Wilson  (Charez Jones Foundation) resident
  • Shonda Allen & daughter Jazmyn  –  Sunshine Tree
  • Sandra Smith – BNO
  • Vanessa Williamson – “Grill Master” (friend-Monica; children-Alex & Countess)  – Sunshine Tree
  • Alfonso Paucar & his wife (owner of property that houses MiSinaola restaurant)
  • Scott Farrell (Leyla & children) Four Points Body Gallery
  • Nina Soffer – BNO  (permits, Kiddie Jump)
  • Shane Pavlick – BNO
  • Christy Frank – Covet Design  (Pictures, stage, artists)
  • Joe Bailey – Millennium Connect  (sound, DJ, Artists, House of DJ, McGruff)

Many thanks go out to other individuals who assisted with serving and clean up:

  • Job Corps
  • Susan Niknosuk & daughter Jaliyah  – Sunshine Tree
  • Alphonso Paucar & his wife
  • Darnell Jameson – Sunshine Tree

We had an extremely wide variety of entertainment:

  • Fire Jugglers (courtesy of Embrace the Light, LLC)
  • Stilt Walkers (courtesy of Embrace the Light, LLC)
  • Kiddie Jump (courtesy of CANDO)
  • FREE – 5 minute massages  (courtesy of Four Points Body Gallery)
  • Face Painting & Temporary Tattoos (Scott Farrell/Four Points Body Gallery)
  • Pedi Cab – Gary Hoover
  • Mobile Puppet Theatre (Arts on Chicago/Pillsbury)
  • Fire Truck  (Minneapolis Fire Dept)
  • Snow Cone Machine (courtesy of Steven Be)
  • Popcorn Machine (Nina Soffer – courtesy of Minneapolis Park Board)
  • Name Plates & other goodies (Heather @ Fire Arts Center)
  • Free Books & Children Games (Sunshine Tree Child Development)
  • McGruff  (Courtesy of Minneapolis Police Dept, worn by Joe Bailey of Millennium connect)
  • Pandas on scooters (H8P Customs/Deyon)
  • Minneapolis Police Department Officers
  • Plant Give away – CANDO

What an OUTSTANDING DAY!!!  The neighborhood was surprised and excited to see the event unfold.  Residents and businesses came out in full support. Lots of children and families were out on their bikes, walking and connecting with each other.   Individuals gave donations and there was a resounding array of positive comments:

  • When will we do this again?
  • This is Awesome!
  • Everyone is smiling and having a good time!
  • I can’t wait until next year!

Everyone was smiling, laughing, getting acquainted with new neighbors and visiting the
businesses in the area. Groups were taking a walk with Wing Young up and down Chicago Avenue viewing pictures posted in businesses from 32nd to 42nd street as part of the Arts on Chicago event.

Thanks also goes out to all who contributed Food items for the day – we could not have fed the community without your support:

  • Rod @ TOSORO Gas Station (NEW to the BA – 3800 Bloomington Avenue) sodas, water, chips
  • Sam @ CUP Foods – water, 500 hot dogs, buns, ketchup, mustard, relish, fruit, chips, corn-on-the-cob, kiwi, mangos
  • Alfonso Paucar – Fruit, Watermelons (9), apples, grapes, strawberries
  • Super America – Cookies
  • Joe Bailey –  400 Hamburgers
  • Scott Farrell  – Ice for Snow Cones
  • Stephen Rocheford & Karen Notsch – Pickles

“Specials of the Day” at area businesses:

  • Blue Ox
  • Covet Design – sidewalk Sale
  • Cup Foods – $4 combs #3 – #8 at the Deli
  • Smoke In The Pit – $1.00 off
  • H8P Customs – $10 T-shirts

Community Organizations represented (with tables)

Sunshine Tree Child Development                          Central Area Neighborhood Organization

Job Corps                                                                      Bryant Neighborhood Organization

Arts on Chicago                                                            PPNA 365

The Tiny Diner                                                             Charles Curtis

House of DJ

On behalf of myself (Evette McDonald-McCarthy, Chair) and all the members of the 38th & Chicago Business Association (38CBA), we want to thank everyone who helped to make this event extremely successful!

I am grateful, honored and awed at the response and unity that went into preparing and executing this event.  God smiled on our efforts and blessed us with great weather.   I want to thank everyone that participated no matter what your part in the event.  Without you the event would not have been possible. It was a challenge at times but also a pleasure working with and for the community.  Let’s do it again!!

38th & Chicago Business Association which encompasses, Bryant – Bancroft – Central & Powderhorn; You Rock!!!!!

Remember – “United We Stand, divided we fall!”

 Evette McDonald-McCarthy, Chair


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