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Updates from the Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association

Our friends and neighbors to the north in the Midtown Museum District have sent out an update of things happening in their neighborhood:

July is National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month. Three cheers for July!

Tomorrow, July 17th is National Ice Cream Day. The Pink Spot at 49 W Thomas is celebrating with Lobster Ice Cream, but they do still have other flavors.

Next Saturday, July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day. Johnnie’s Chicago Red Hots at 53 W Thomas is open Saturday from 10am – 3pm.

Also next Saturday evening, July 23rd at 8:00pm Councilman Michael Nowakowski is sponsoring a Movie in Hance Park (west side) for the whole family. Before the movie at 7:00 there will be a craft project of making owl puppets. Bring your blanket or chairs for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

And starting next Saturday through September 10th, there will be a Summer Chef Series at the Phoenix Public Market, Central and Pierce. Devour Phoenix and the Phoenix Public Market will bring you some of the Valley’s finest chefs for Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Reservations are required for these two hour classes. The cost is $45 per class, which includes tastings and recipes.

The Heard Museum gets a makeover

[Source: Phoenix Business Journal]

Photo credit: Daniel Greene on Flickr

The Heard Museum is undergoing renovations and is using a recent Piper grant to help pay for the work.

The $300,000 project will include a coffee bar, shop and bookstore with a $150,000 from the Virginia G. Piper Trust helping to finance the renovation, said Heard spokeswoman Deb Krol.

The project will relocate and expand the museum’s bookstore and create a coffee bar and cantina, which will offer up drinks and food in a casual atmosphere. The Heard Museum Cafe will continue its operations as a full-service sit-down venue.

As part of the project, space will be created for live artist demonstrations, while the store will be able to feature more works from Native American artists.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year with the new area to open in 2011.

In addition to this project, the Heard’s auditorium is getting a head-to-toe renovation that will includes audio visual upgrades. A confidential financial gift from the late Marjorie Blum is financing that work, said Krol.

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Midtown Museum neighborhood to meet April 29

The next meeting of the Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association (MMDNA) will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2520 N. Central Avenue, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

The keynote speaker will be Philip McNeely, City of Phoenix Environmental Sustainability Program Manager.  Philip will talk about sustainability projects in the city and what residents can do to help improve the environment.  Also on tap, progress with Block Watch and current Police Department work in the neighborhood.  To visit MMDNA’s website, click here.  For more information about the meeting, send an e-mail.

Midtown Museum District association to meet March 25

The Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association will meet on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Century Plaza Condominiums, Central and Osborn.  The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.  Vice Mayor Tom Simplot will be the keynote speaker.  After the meeting, there will be an opportunity to view the Century Plaza condos.

The next social event will be on Friday, March 20 at Switch, 2603 N. Central Avenue (just north of Virginia), starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a short walk to the Heard Museum to enjoy their Third Friday event.  Tickets for Switch will be $9 per person for one drink and an appetizer buffet.  RSVP here.

Phoenix’s Midtown Museum District gearing up for Dec. 27 light rail event

[Source: Margaret Dietrich and Julia Tourville] — The Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association’s Grand Stuffing Party on December 13 was a tremendous success and we’d like to thank everyone for their incredible hard work throughout the day. We’d also like to thank all the businesses that took part, and the team at Doxa LLC for allowing us to use their building for the day. It took over 270 “person” hours to fill 10,000 bags with over 160,000 pieces of information about the Midtown Museum Neighborhood. The bags will be distributed at the Metro Light Rail Party on December 27, 2008.

The MMDNA has a booth at the Light Rail station at Central Avenue and Encanto and is partnering with others at the party at Park Central. The MMDNA booth will look resplendent with the fantastic banner generously provided by Fast Signs on Central. Please drop by to admire it. We still need volunteers for the booths at the Light Rail Party on December 27. Please email info@midtownmuseumdistrict.org or call Margaret on 602-758-3129.

The Heard Museum Guild has invited MMDNA members to a Cheese and Wine evening at the Heard Museum on January 13, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be in the Berlin Gallery and will be limited to 50 people on a first come first served basis. RSVPs are essential. Please contact Beth Wickenden on 602-296-4263 to reserve your place.

Midtown Phoenix neighborhood plans light rail events, worries about Alvarado & McDowell

[Source: Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association] — The next meeting of the Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association will be held on Wednesday, December 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2520 N. Central Ave.  Click here for the agenda.

Association leaders encourage public feedback at a Zoning Adjustment Hearing for property at the northeast corner of Alvarado and McDowell Road.  This meeting will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday December 16, City Hall, 200 W. Washington Street, Assembly Room C.  If you would like to make any comments and/or find out more about the proposals, contact Adrian Williamson 602-265-0094 at Earl, Curley & Lagarde or the City of Phoenix Planning Department 602-262-7131.  The City of Phoenix has more information on its website.

The Association is holding a Grand Stuffing Party for information bags that will be distributed at the Light Rail opening event.  The Party will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 13 at the Arizona Department of Education building on Central and Palm Lane.

You are encouraged to attend one of the three Light Rail Stations for the mega Light Rail Party on Saturday, December 27.  The Association will have a booth at Central and Encanto (Heard Museum) and will distribute the information bags telling people about all the great things in the neighborhood.  If you can volunteer, please send an e-mail.

Midtown Phoenix neighbors to meet Nov. 19

[Source: Margaret Dietrich and Julia Tourville, MMDNA Coordinators] — The next meeting of the Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association will be Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel 3600 N. 2nd Ave. (just north of Osborn), from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.  Commander Jerri Williams from the City of Phoenix Police Department will be the keynote speaker.  The group will also discuss the Light Rail Grand Opening event and how the MMDNA is helping to promote local businesses.

Correction. The phone number published in the MMDNA Light Rail business contact sheet for AlphaGraphics was incorrect and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused.  AlphaGraphics can be contacted on 602-274-2345.  This is correct on the Business Initiatives website of the MMDNA.

For more information, don’t hesitate to e-mail and check out the website for all the latest news and important information about the neighborhood.

Coronado, Midtown Museum neighbors hold dueling soirees, Nov. 7

Tis the season for neighborhood gatherings… Here is information about two that just arrived in our in-box:

Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association

  • Date: Friday, November 7, 2008
  • 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. ~ no host happy hour at Cheuvront Wine & Cheese Bar, 1326 N. Central Ave.
  • 7 p.m. ~ free docent tour of the Phoenix Art Museum’s Cowboy Artists of America exhibit

This is the group’s first social event.  Interested individuals are welcome to meet others who live and work in our neighborhood.  Attend one or both activities.  For more information, click here.

Coronado Historic District

Join us for November’s 7th on 7th Party and enter to win Coronado’s First Annual Dessert Contest!  Do you have a tried and true “knock-out” recipe that you think your friends and neighbors will enjoy?  Then bring it along for a fun evening of judging and sampling of all kinds of mouth-watering desserts.  Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners up, and the winning recipe will be published in the Coronado Dispatch.  If you can’t bring a dessert, then show up with your sweet tooth — neighbors will also have the chance to vote for the “Coronado’s Favorite.”  MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain, 2303 N. 7th St., is where all of the fun will take place.  The contest rules are simple… Bring enough to share and let us know if it has nuts (for those that may have allergies).  Judging begins at 6:30 p.m., so make sure your dessert reaches us in time!  Judges include Councilman Michael Nowakowski; Danielle Librera, Chef & Owner, Sweet Pea Bakery; and MacAlpine’s very own Monica!

Midtown Phoenix neighbors hold inaugural meeting, create website

The new Midtown Museum District neighborhood association is now online.  While the new website is still very much under construction now, it will be the group’s main source of information.  If you have questions about the website, e-mail Edward Jensen, director of communications.

The inaugural meeting of the MMDNA was held last week at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2520 N. Central Avenue.  Nearly 50 people were in attendance.  There was a range of interesting and informative speakers, who gave a flavor of what’s going on in the neighborhood, and how residents can have an impact in developing the area.  The minutes can be found at the website, by clicking on “Meeting Notes” in the left-hand column.

The next meeting is planned for Wednesday, October 22 at 6.30 p.m. at the Hilton Suites, 10 E. Thomas Rd.  If you have any questions, e-mail Margaret Dietrich or Julia Tourville, co-founders and coordinators.