Feb. 2, 2018 Friday Report
City Commission Openings
This is the last call for Eden Prairie residents to apply for City Commissions. The deadline is the end of Monday, Feb. 5. Applications are being specifically encouraged for the Planning Commission and the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission. Please visit edenprairie.org/commissions for details.
Prairie Village Development
On Monday, February 12, the Planning Commission will review a request to construct a new stand-alone Starbucks retail building with drive-thru service on the east end of the existing parking lot of the Prairie Village Development at 9625 Anderson Lakes Parkway (near Highway 169). Prairie Village Development is anchored by a Jerry’s Foods and Jerry’s Hardware.
State of the Foundation, City, and School District
Mark your calendar. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation has announced a “State of the Foundation, City & Schools” program for the evening of Thursday, March 1 at the City Center. This is a free program the Foundation has provided the past several years, where one can learn about what’s happening at the city, school district, and foundation. The event starts with social time from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the Atrium of City Center (8080 Mitchell Road), where there will be a cash bar stocked with beer and wine, as well as free hors d’oeuvres. At 6:15 p.m., attendees will move into the nearby Heritage Rooms to hear presentations from Foundation Executive Director Mark Weber, City Manager Rick Getschow and Superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools Josh Swanson. Even though the event is free, please contact Mark Weber at 952-949-8499.
Eden Prairie Reads
The signature event for the Eden Prairie Reads program with the book “Walking” by local resident Matthew Sanford is set for Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The book’s author will speak at the event which will also include a moderated Q&A and book signing. "Walking" is a “memoir of trauma and transcendence,” beautifully written about the author’s family’s automobile accident that led to the death of his father and sister, and him being confined in a wheelchair.
Other events leading up to the author’s visit on March 13 include:
- Feb. 26, 2018 – Writing from Trauma workshop, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive
- Feb. 28, 2018 – Book Discussion, 7–8:30 p.m., Eden Prairie Library
More details on all of these events can be found at epreads.org.
2017 Human Rights Award
The City of Eden Prairie’s Human Rights and Diversity Commission is now accepting nominations for the annual Human Rights Awards, which recognize inspiring efforts that work to promote human rights and diversity, and to create an inclusive community spirit. Awards are given to an outstanding individual, youth, nonprofit organization and business. The award recipients will be selected by the Human Rights and Diversity Commission in March, with an award presentation and recognition at a City Council meeting in April. Individuals who know of a deserving person, youth, non-profit organization or business are encouraged to pick up a nomination packet at the City Center or visit edenprairie.org/HumanRights.