Westsiders Go Nuts!

Here is your “Warm Weather is Coming – Honest!” piece of news:

We have reserved 60 seats on June 28, 2015 with the Lansing Lugnuts (Go NUTS!) for the game with the West Michigan Whitecaps (2:05 p.m.)! I can revise that number up as we get closer to the date, so don’t hesitate to jump in on the fun!

We are partnering with the Incomparable Harry’s Place, so that we can all party together that day and celebrate the Westside!

Tickets are $10 apiece, and ALL of the seats are now “box” seats (translation: seats with arms and backs…yay!). Please let Caryn Coyle (coyle_c@ccresa.org) know if you want tickets. Cash/checks payable to WNA will need to be turned in by May 14.

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Holiday Wreaths and Garland

Wreaths and Garland Ropes will be available within the next few days. First wreath is $19, second $18, third $17. 15 foot garland ropes are $15. Call Jim Booth at 517-371-1754 or email him at j.kbooth@att.net. All proceeds go to support programs at Letts Community Center. These are gorgeous greens that last long past the holidays!

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WNA Annual Fiesta!

The one and only Westside fundraiser, the Fiesta, takes place on October 5 at the Nuthouse from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The event features a Mexican food and pizza buffet, cash bar, and silent auction filled with great donations from local businesses and neighbors! Tickets are now available from board members – $15 for adults. $5 for kids 12 and under.  In case you don’t know, the current board is: Joshua Boehme, Dan BoutellDanielle CasavantCathy Bacile CunninghamKimberlyn FausonVeronica Gracia-WingPaul BA AshlandSuzanne Dee Lewis KnightTim Kovacik,Cassandra NelsonMaureen Hogan Seymour NelsonJackie Payne, Paul Pratt, Emily StevensJohnny Pomogato, and Cheryl Williams-Hecksel. If you need help connecting with a board member near you, please email dcasavant AT ameritech.net

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Ingham County Land Bank executive director to present at August board meeting

Join us Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Letts Community Center for a conversation with the Ingham County Land Bank.

Executive director Jeff Burdick will join our monthly meeting to chat about the role and recent activities of the Land Bank in the WNA, including renovation of houses in the Land Bank’s care. He will also take our questions!

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Neighborhood Garage Sale Weekend

It is the official WNA Neighborhood Yard Sale/Garage Sale weekend. Sales are Friday through Sunday, June 27-29, with individuals determining which days they are participating and what hours they’ll keep. Use this map to find the sales in our neighborhood and note the addresses for sales in Old Oakland, too.

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New Westside Neighborhood Sign!

The WNA is putting up a new sign at the cul-de-sac at Lenawee and MLK welcoming everyone to the Westside.. The sign was made possible by a grant from the Mayor’s office with additional support from the WNA and the residents of Lenawee, Kalamazoo and Hillsdale streets. A sign dedication will take place at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The event is open to everyone. Refreshments will be served. Bring a flower, annual or perennial, to plant at the site if you like. Children are most welcome.

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2013 Annual Report

Attached please find the 2013 Annual Report of the Westside Neighborhood Association. WNA Treasurer 2013 annual report

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WNA Annual Meeting Scheduled – January 23rd at 6pm

If you want to meet some neighbors for the first time, chat with some “old” neighbors for awhile, or share a meal with your neighbors, then be sure to attend the Westside Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting!

The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00, at the Sexton High School Cafeteria. It is a time to share what the WNA has done over the past year and to connect with those who make up the WNA—your neighbors.

It is also a time to discuss topics of interest to the neighborhood. If you have a topic that you wish to be discussed at the meeting, please suggest that topic to the WNA Board in advance by: email, board {@} wnalansing.com or call, 517-618-WNA1(9621) and leave a message.

This year you will also have the opportunity to purchase a WNA T-shirt, and if you are one of the first 100 to arrive, you will receive a free WNA LED flashlight key chain.  So please attend this annual event that celebrates the Westside Neighborhood Association.

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WNA Installs Trees Along Pathway to Elementary

Last year the Westside Neighborhood Association received a Mayor’s Grant for outside improvements to be done in 2013 to Riddle Elementary School. The morning of September 14, the grant work was completed by installing six tulip trees and one crimson Norway maple to re-establish the tree-lines along the pedestrian walkway that goes from the intersection of Chelsea/Riddle to the Riddle Elementary School. Additionally, five pink-flowered azaleas were installed right at the intersection where previously there was only a metal barricade. Added benefit – the mulch around the barricade will lessen the city’s maintenance as they’ll no longer have to weed-whack around the barricade! Here are some after photos.

For a “before” look, see the Google Maps Streetview of the walkway.

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Advent House Needs Our Support!

As many of you know, Advent House is located in our neighborhood and is the primary beneficiary of the funds raised through the Westside Home Tours and Garden Tours. In case you did not see the recent article explaining their financial hardship, here is an excerpt from Lansing City Pulse posted to their website on August 21, 2013:

Facing up to a $30,000 loss in grant funding as a result of federal sequestration, Advent House Ministries is turning to public support to help fill the gap.

In its 25th anniversary, Advent House Executive Director Susan Cancro said without the funding, cuts to its programs that help the impoverished and homeless are inevitable.

“What’s happening right now is we’re running on fumes,” Cancro said. “We’re scraping by from one week to the next to try to meet the needs of folks we serve. It’s putting on a lot of stress, affecting the quality of our services.”

The Lansing-based nonprofit charity, which served more than 32,000 meals last year to those in need, has started a fundraising challenge with the goal of raising $25,000 in 25 days. It started on Monday. A $25 gift will feed 12 people one of six meals the charity provides each week.

The WNA board members have unanimously approved a challenge to our neighbors. Initially the challenge was for every $100 (cumulative) donated by neighbors, the WNA, as an organization, would match with $25, up to $125 total. Then, on a personal level, board members decided we wanted to do our part to make the challenge even more enticing. We conducted an internal fundraising campaign and, collectively, the board members have added personal contributions making the match total now $550! So, if we can collect a minimum (hoping for more) from our neighbors of $500, we’ll be able to contribute $1050 in support of Advent House. That’s 504 meals!

The challenge runs through October 15, 2013. You can make a check payable to “WNA” with “Advent House” in the memo line and mail to:

WNA Treasurer
1516 N Genesee
Lansing, MI 48915

You can also make your gift online by using the special link at the top of this page.

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