We want to meet you! Melody will be at Gigi's later today, and at Boiler Room next week. Swing by and let her know what we should be covering, talk to her about stories we're working on, or just stop in to chat and get to know her a bit better!

Eric Ortiz, the President of the Lowry Hill Eats Neighborhood Association, wrote a piece about how block clubs in the neighborhood are organizing. The vision is to make neighbors more connected. His stated goal is focused on public safety, and is a good example of how neighbors are organizing to help one another.                          

Southside Harm Reduction Services and the Kingfield Five Watt are partnering to make snowflakes and raise money for the organization. Melody wrote about the partnership and how you can participate this week.                                                                                                                                              

Lake Harriet at sunset

LINK ROUNDUP
The union that represents some of the city's snowplow drivers announced that they'll vote on whether to authorize a strike after a critical Jan. 5 meeting with the city. (KARE 11)

A truck got stuck under the bridge off Bde Maka Ska Parkway and The Mall. (Reddit)

Three southwest restaurants made the Eater Twin Cities' "12 Hottest Restaurants" list. Iconos Gastro Cantina (off LynLake in the old Lyndale Tap House space), Khaluna in East Harriet, and Ama Sushi on the Minneapolis side of 50th and France are all recognized for the December list. (Eater)

For more on Iconos Gastro Cantina, check out the mouth-watering shots in this post. (Instagram)

GET INVOLVED
Hennepin County is trying to fill out a bunch of advisory boards, like the Adult Mental Health Local and Race Equity Advisory Councils, that have deadlines on Dec. 31. Check out the list and apply!

Looking to do some post holiday cleaning? Here's how you can recycle your Christmas lights or old electronics.

Have you checked out our Hennepin Avenue project page yet? Read up on the draft redesign plan, send us your thoughts, and sign-up for the open house on Jan. 13.

STUFF TO DO
a Bird in Hand is hosting one of their Driftwood Char Bar pop-ups on Wednesday.

Minneapolis Public Schools has a good collection of resources with low cost activities, meals, and more for parents and kids over winter break.

We'll be sharing a few great guides with things to do on NYE in our email on Thursday.  🥂