Enjoy movies in the park this summer The city of New Hope is again offering a series of fun family movies in Civic Center Park this summer with the help of several community organizations. Movies in the Park will kick off on Friday, June 22, with “Sing.” Sing is the story of a koala impresario who stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater. The competition attracts the attention of a menagerie of musically inclined animals. Sing is sponsored by New Hope Women of Today. The second movie, “Moana” will be shown on Friday, July 13. Moana is the story of an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island and take a daring journey to save her people. Along the way Moana, joined by demigod Maui, fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she has always sought: Her own identity. Moana is sponsored by West Metro Fire Auxiliary. The third movie, “D2: The Mighty Ducks” will be shown on Friday, August 24. The movie is the sequel to the original Mighty Ducks. Coach Gordon Bombay and his kids’ hockey team are distracted by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as they participate in the Goodwill Games. D2 is sponsored by Armstrong/Cooper Youth Hockey. Movies in the Park will be shown at the New Hope Outdoor Theatre, just west of City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The movies are free, and begin at dusk. Refreshments are available for purchase (provided by New Hope Dance). Bleacher seating is available with limited space for lawn chair seating. Special thanks to the movie sponsors!
Join Nextdoor.com Nextdoor.com is a private and secure social network especially for neighborhoods. In 2014, the city worked with Nextdoor.com to divide New Hope into 19 neighborhood websites. Currently, a total of 3,100 New Hope residents have joined their neighborhood’s website. Neighbors can use their Nextdoor website to share recommendations for a babysitter or a plumber, organize a neighborhood gathering, find a lost pet, or share information about suspicious activity in the neighborhood. Nextdoor is free to residents and the city. Each New Hope neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor website, accessible only to residents who verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and manage their own Nextdoor websites. Nextdoor also provides a great way for the city to directly communicate with residents. City staff is able to post important information on Nextdoor about a rash of burglaries, or other events of local interest and target that information directly to the neighborhoods that are affected. To join your neighborhood’s website, visit www.nextdoor.com.
Homes must be inspected before sale A Point of Sale Inspection is required prior to the sale of any residential property in New Hope, including single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes and apartment buildings. During the inspection, a city inspector will look for items in the home that present safety or maintenance concerns. Following the inspection, the homeowner will receive a “fi x it” list that spells out repairs that will be needed to bring the property into compliance with city codes. The home seller must make the specified repairs and have the home reinspected before it can be sold. For more information about the Point of Sale Inspection program, call the inspections staff at 763-531-5127.
See the enclosed flyer for information about Duk Duk Daze, July 13-15, and registering for National Night Out on August 7.
June/July City Council regular meetings: June 11 and 25, July 23 at 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: June 18 at 6:30 p.m. (no July work session) Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: June 12, July 10 at 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: June 4, July 2 at 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: June 5, July 3 at 7 p.m. Events: Independence Day - July 4, city offices closed All activities are at City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. unless otherwise indicated. Agendas and minutes for meetings are available on the city’s website. Schedule is subject to change. Call 763-531-5100 for more information.
Market returns June 16 Recreational fire rules The New Hope Community Farmers Market will return to City Center on Saturday, June 16. The market will again be located in Xylon Avenue, just north of 42nd Avenue, between New Hope City Hall and Hy-Vee. The market, which features about 80 vendors, is a great place to get farmfresh vegetables and fruits. It’s also a good place to browse the handiwork of local artists and crafters, discover some locally prepared foods and listen to home-spun entertainment. Market day is every Saturday through October 6. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week. For more information, visit www. newhopemarket.org.
Recreational fires are permitted, but restricted, in New Hope: • Fires must be in an approved outdoor fireplace or pit, at or below grade, and no more than three feet in diameter. • Fires must be kept at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials. • Fires shall not be used to dispose of yard waste or household trash. • Fires are not allowed if winds exceed seven miles per hour or if a fire ban is issued by the Minnesota DNR. • Fires must be constantly attended by the property owner or a designated adult until completely extinguished. • A garden hose must be available within 15 feet for emergency purposes. • Fires must be extinguished by 11 p.m.
Safety Tip of the Month When you leave your home, either for a weekend escape or a more extended period, you’ll want to take some basic safety precautions to keep your home and belongings as safe as you can.
Hold Your Mail If you’re going to be gone for more than a couple days, put your mail (holdmail. usps.com) and newspaper on hold, or ask a trusted neighbor to collect them.
Create the Illusion You’re Home Leave a car in the driveway. Put a radio and TV, in addition to lights, on a timer. Arrange for someone to mow your lawn once a week. If you normally have a hose uncoiled or toys outside, don’t tidy up too much before you go.
Playground programs provide loads of summer fun
Mum’s the Word
Two fun-filled playground programs for kids from age 3 through 12 (by 1/1/18) begin in New Hope on June 18. Playground Pals is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with kids divided into two age groups - 3 to 6 and 7 to 12. Super Summer is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for youth ages 7 to 12. Both programs feature a wide variety of age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts, games, dramatics and much more. The programs meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at Holiday and Liberty parks and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hidden Valley and Northwood parks. Playground Pals is scheduled from June 18 to July 12 and from July 16 to August 2. Super Summer will meet from June 18 to August 2 (no class July 2-5). The fee for residents is $30 for each session of Playground Pals and $38 for Super Summer.
Never announce your departure or vacation dates on social networks. Sharing settings and security updates are not foolproof. Play it safe – don’t mention your trip until you get back.
Ball programs for kids 4 to 8 New Hope offers a wide range of ball programs for kids ages 4 to 8. They include T-Ball One, for kids ages 4 and 5; T-Ball Two, for kids ages 5 and 6; and Pitch by Coach for youth ages 6 to 8. All of the programs are scheduled twice a week from mid-June to early August at Meadow Lake Elementary. The fee for each program is $51 for New Hope residents. Call for details or to register.
Youth tennis lessons New Hope offers Rockin’ Rackets (for ages 4-5), beginner and intermediate children’s tennis lessons (for ages 6-12) and teen lessons (for ages 13-16). Sessions are on Mondays through Thursdays beginning the weeks of June 18, July 9 and July 23 (except Rockin’ Rackets). Call for details or to register.
Summer youth sports camps! New Hope offers a wide variety of youth sports camps throughout the summer, including: Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball, Soccer, Track, Strength and Conditioning, Tennis, Fencing, Frisbee, Skateboard, Gymnastics, Golf, Lacrosse, Disc Golf and more! Call for details or to register. For more information about these programs or to register, call the New Hope Parks and Recreation office at 763-531-5151 or visit webtrac.nhrecexpress.com.
Trust a Friend Give your vacation contact information and a spare key to at least one friend or neighbor so they can reach you in an emergency.
Hide the Hide-a-Key Remove any hidden spare keys from their hiding place, but remember to put them back when you return.
Unplug Protect your home from an electrical fire or a power surge by unplugging unnecessary appliances – both bigger stuff like TVs and small appliances like toasters and coffee makers.
Keep Your Cool Turn the AC up to about 85° in summer or the heat down to about 55° in winter to save energy while you’re away.
Advertise Security Measures Put up an alarm company sign or install a fake security camera to send the message “This isn’t the house you are looking for.” If you have home security, alert the company that you will be away.
A monthly news brief for the residents of New Hope, MN