East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) is a neighborhood-based organization whose primary goal is to improve neighborhood livability, develop a greater sense of community, and promote the well-being of all of its residents. EIRA encourages resident involvement in order to understand and take action on issues that impact the neighborhood. EIRA develops initiatives that address a wide range of topics that residents believe to be important. Our focus is on increasing neighborhood involvement, preserving the vitality of the neighborhood, and making improvements that make East Isles one of the City of Minneapolis’s most vibrant communities.
East Isles Neighborhood
East Isles is a vibrant urban, historic neighborhood that enjoys the best of the commercial city, and the peaceful escape of tree-lined streets and parks. Over 50 shops and restaurants line the southern and eastern borders in the Uptown area, while the serene Lake of the Isles is the border to the west.
The neighborhood’s name reflects the small islands in the lake and it is one of the most popular recreational destinations in the Twin Cities.
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The following volunteers manage the business and affairs of EIRA to help make our community a better place.
Andrew loves East Isles for its many amenities, its compactness and walkability, and its easy transit access. He can usually be seen walking around the neighborhood or around Lake of the Isles, so stop and say hi if you see him! Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota. He is also Chair of the Transportation & Land Use Committee.
Emma is excited to get involved in the East Isles community after moving to the neighborhood with her partner in May 2018. When she's not working at Lund's and Byerly's she can often be found at local coffee shops
Mike and his wife Dawn have lived in East Isles since returning to Minnesota from DC in 1998. Today they share their home on the lake with John and Lily. Mike's best estimate is he has logged over 10,000 miles running, walking and biking around the Chain of Lakes.
Debbie is an independent branding and content professional who has lived in the East Isles neighborhood for the past 23 years. Along with husband, Michael, and children Max and Zoey, Debbie and her family have volunteered and/or participated in all of the EIRA events over the last two decades, including: the Ice Cream Social, the Super Sale, the Wine Tasting, the Ice Skating Party and more. The family’s chocolate lab, Saidie, spent many happy years patrolling the neighborhood and watching other dogs play at the East Isles Dog Park. In addition to serving her third year as secretary of the board, Debbie is the architect and director of the East Isles Farmers Market. You will find her there every Thursday evening from June –September along with, on occasion, her dill pickles made from cucumbers grown in her East Isles urban garden and aptly named, East Isles Dill Pickles.
Ellen Van Iwaarden
Ellen van Iwaarden is thrilled to be a new member of our neighborhood, moving here from the Lynnhurst neighborhood three years ago. Ellen is a lawyer who works in development with The Advocates for Human Rights, helping The Advocates engage individuals in the organization’s work and secure the resources necessary to execute its mission. Building community is a passion of hers and she is excited about the opportunity to work with the EIRA Board and volunteers to expand the community of neighbors involved in EIRA and the fantastic East Isles Farmer’s Market. Outside of work, Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband Jim, their two grown daughters, sons-in-law, and other family. She also spends as much time as she can walking her dog Callie around the Lake, golfing, gardening, and playing the piano.
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Note from the President
East Isles Residents Association exists to communicate with, advocate for and bring neighbors together. We are members of this community and volunteer our time to make it the best it can be. If you enjoy:
- Attending our social events
- Contributing to community green spaces
- Participating in zoning and transportation issues
- Connecting with your city representatives
- Working at the new Farmer's Market!
- Or just want to stay connected to what's happening in and around the neighborhood
Come join us an see how you can get involved! We have jobs for all interests and levels of committment.
See you around the lakes!
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2nd Tuesday of every month
Grace Trinity Church
1430 W 28th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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East Isles Residents Association
2751 Hennepin Ave S, #294
Minneapolis, MN 55408