Remodeling Fair is April 6 The 21st Annual Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair will be Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive. As always, the fair is free and will feature about 80 landscaping and home remodeling exhibitors, informative workshops, city ﬁre and building experts, registered architects, master gardeners, and more. Free workshops start on the half-hour from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Topics this year will include: Rain Gardening, New Kitchen Remodeling Ideas, How to Install Wood Floors, Annual Flowers for Minnesota, The Naked Truth About Plumbing, How to Install Tile Flooring, Backyard to Table–Vegetable Gardening, Update Ideas for Bathrooms, Storage Options for Closet Organization, Low Input Lawn Care, Kitchen Cabinet Resurfacing, and Wood Windows: Recondition vs Replacement. There will even be workshops featuring KARE 11’s Bobby Jensen. For more information about the event including workshop times and a list of exhibitors, visit www.nwremodelingfair.com.
Property value concerns? Do you think the 2013 estimated market value for your property is too high or too low? Call the Hennepin County Assessor’s Oﬃce ﬁrst at 612-348-3046. Property owners who still have concerns should plan to attend the New Hope Board of Appeal and Equalization at 7 p.m. on April 11 at New Hope City Hall.
New programs to help homeowners make improvements The city recently added three new home improvement loan programs and a home energy visit program that are available to New Hope homeowners through Center for Energy and Environment (CEE). The New Hope Revolving Loan Program will provide loans of from $1,500 to $5,000 to ﬁnance most interior and exterior home improvements that improve basic livability. The loans have a 4 percent ﬁxed interest rate and there is no income limit. The New Hope Interest Subsidy Loan Program provides somewhat larger loans of from $2,000 to $7,500 to ﬁnance interior and exterior updates. City funds are used to “buy down” the current Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Community Fix-up Fund interest rate from 5.99 percent to 4 percent. The income limit for the interest subsidy program is $96,500. The New Hope Emergency Deferred Loan Program makes loans of from $1,000 to $5,000 available to homeowners who have an emergency home improvement need – such as a leaky roof or a broken furnace – and who do not qualify for other home improvement loan or grant programs.
No payments are due and the loan is forgiven after a certain number of years as long as the borrower retains ownership of their home. The New Hope Home Energy Squad Enhanced Visit Program involves an extensive home energy visit by a qualiﬁed CEE inspector, with the homeowner paying only $50 of the visit’s cost. The inspector will provide and install a number of home energy improvement items as needed at no cost. These items may include compact ﬂuorescent bulbs, weather stripping, low-ﬂow showerheads, a water heater blanket, a programmable thermostat and more. The inspector also recommends other energy improvements the homeowner may want to consider. If the homeowner proceeds with energy improvements, CEE will help them select a contractor, ﬁnd ﬁnancing, and ﬁll out rebates. For more information about these and other programs available through CEE, call 612-335-5858 or visit mncee.org.
March/April City Council regular meetings: March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22 – 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: March 18, April 15 – Council meal at 6, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: March 12, April 9 – 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: March 4, April 1 – 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: March 5, April 2 (if needed) – 7 p.m. Events: Remodeling Fair – April 6, Board of Appeal – April 11 All activities are at City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. unless otherwise indicated. Agendas and minutes for council and commission meetings are available on the city’s website. Schedule is subject to change. Call 763-531-5100 for more information.
West Metro Fire food drive West Metro Fire’s third annual “Fireﬁghters Fighting Hunger!” food drive continues through March 16. The ﬁreﬁghters are collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations to beneﬁt the Emergency Foodshelf Network. Items can be dropped oﬀ at Station 3 in New Hope, 4251 Xylon Ave. N. and the two stations in Crystal on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or anytime crews are present. The food drive will culminate with a special event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Stop by one of West Metro’s ﬁre stations to drop oﬀ
a donation, take a tour of the facility, and meet your hometown ﬁreﬁghters. Or, if you’re going shopping that day, West Metro will have ﬁre vehicles at Almsteds Fresh Market, the Cub Foods in Crystal and east Plymouth, and the Target in Crystal. Visit www. wmfrd.org or call 763-230-7000 for more information.
Register for summer fun! The spring/summer issue of In Motion, the New Hope recreation program brochure, will be mailed in mid-March. Watch for it!
Recreation Corner Register soon for adult softball Space is still available in a few of New Hope’s slow-pitch softball leagues. Ask about the Men’s Thursday Upper D League or Co-Rec leagues on Sunday or Monday. Teams play a 10-week season and playoﬀs beginning in late April or early May. The fee for all leagues includes MRPA/USSSA registration, game balls, facility use, umpires and awards. Call for details.
Say aloha to spring! Welcome spring at the Aloha Spring Dance for youth in grades 5 to 7 on Friday, March 22. There will be dancing to tunes spun by Kidsdance/Total Entertainment, contests (wear a Hawaiian shirt to be eligible for a Target gift certiﬁcate), and more tropical fun. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. A student ID is required for middle school students. The event will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive. Tickets are $5 if purchased by March 21 or $8 at the door.
Spring gymnastics classes begin March 12-16 New Hope’s gymnastics program has classes for beginners ages 4 to 5 through advanced gymnasts. Spring classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons beginning March 12 through 16 and continuing through mid-May. Fees per session range from $59 for 4 and 5 year-old beginners to $112 for advanced sessions. Nonresidents pay $7 more. Classes are held in Gym A at the Sandburg Learning Center, 2400 Sandburg Lane in Golden Valley. Call for details.
To shred or not to shred? At the next Donut Make You Wonder, on March 20, seniors will learn how long they should keep certain documents and what documents should be shredded. The ﬁrst week of April, Shred It will return with a truck and those who attended the talk will be able to bring boxes of papers to be shredded. The Donut program is held from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Crystal Community Center and includes a continental breakfast. The fee for the March program is $5. For more information about these programs or to register, call the Recreation oﬃce at 763-531-5151 or click on Rec Express at New Hope’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us.
Safety Tip of the Month Fall Prevention Each year, thousands of older adults fall at home. In 2010, almost six percent of adults ages 65 to 74 sought medical attention after a fall. The numbers are even higher for those over age 75. Four things YOU can do to prevent falls: 1. Begin a regular exercise program Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful. Ask your doctor or health care provider for exercise guidance. 2. Have your health care provider review your medicines Have them review all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall. 3. Have your vision checked Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling. 4. Make your home safer About half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer: • Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk. • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping. • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach without using a step stool. • If you feel unstable in the bathroom, have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower. • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower ﬂoors. • Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. • Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers. For more information about fall prevention visit the website www.cdc.gov and search for “falls older adults”