West metro town briefs: Fresh Energy's science policy director to speak in Bloomington

  • Updated: April 15, 2014 - 3:00 PM
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Three civic groups are hosting a public presentation on community designs in the south Lake Minnetonka area that will encourage walking, biking and other active transportation. The event will feature five panelists on Earth Day, April 22.

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BLOOMINGTON

Fresh Energy official to speak at St. Stephen’s

J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 8400 France Av. S.

Fresh Energy is a Minnesota nonprofit focused on clean energy and climate policy. Hamilton’s work focuses on carbon reduction and maximizing economic opportunities through clean energy development.

EDINA

Emily Dickinson saluted during Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, poet and professor Elizabeth Johnson McGarry will talk about the enigma that is Emily Dickinson on Tuesday, April 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square.

Dickinson is a 19th-century American poet who continues to captivate readers with her words and biographers with her life.

PLYMOUTH

Deadline is next week for landscaping grants

The city of Plymouth is offering grants of up to $500 to help community members with landscaping practices that protect water quality and conserve water.

The deadline to apply for a 2014 “Low Maintenance Landscaping Grant” is 4:30 p.m. April 25. Property owners, community associations, businesses, schools, nonprofits and other community organizations are eligible to apply. Eligible activities include replacing portions of a lawn with native or other plants that require less irrigation, fertilizer or chemicals, or reducing impervious surfaces such as concrete, rock, asphalt and buildings. For more details, contact the water resources tech at 763-509-5527.

Plymouth Rockers’ concert set for May 18

The Plymouth Rockers, a seniors’ chorus, will present its spring concert, “Celebrate America,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Wayzata Central Middle School auditorium. The school is located at 305 Vicksburg Lane N.

The free program will feature a variety of music including, show tunes, patriotic numbers, folk songs, oldies and spirituals.

SHOREWOOD

Lake Minnetonka area boosts walking, biking

The League of Women Voters South Tonka, the League of Women Voters Eastern Carver County and the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce are hosting a free public presentation on community designs in the South Lake Minnetonka area that will encourage walking, biking and other active transportation.

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