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Hillfest 2011

“Livin’ in the Hillside”

Hillfest is a community event held on Sept. 17, from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by a Street Dance from 7 to 10 p.m.. It is a celebration of the people who live and work in the Central Hillside and East Hillside neighborhoods of Duluth, and will feature the following from neighborhood residents and businesses:

Food * Games * Live Music * Art * Crafts * Children’s Activities

The normally busy intersection of Sixth Avenue East and Fourth Street will be closed to automobile traffic during Hillfest. The reason for choosing this location is to unite East and Central Hillside neighbors on the very road that acts as a barrier between the two neighborhoods — Sixth Avenue East. Anybody is welcome to attend Hillfest, and is encouraged to walk, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, or use any other form of non-motorized transportation.

If you would like to get involved, or more information contact Dan at NHS Duluth by phone at (218) 727-8604 ext. 207 or by email at dollhoff @

Duluth Hillside Plan Review Forums

On June 9, NHS Duluth, Duluth LISC, and City of Duluth Community Development staff held a revitalization plan review meeting.  At this meeting, we addressed what had happened since the plans in 2007 and 2008 were created, and we started gathering neighborhood priorities for the next three to five years.

The next meeting will focus on the input from the first meeting and go a bit deeper into the specifics and details about neighborhood priorities.  Your input does matter!  The meetings will be held at the Central Hillside Community Center on Thursday, June 30, at 6 PM. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Other neighborhood meetings will be held as follows:
Morgan Park, Tuesday, June 28, Good Fellowship Center, 6 PM
West Duluth, Thursday, June 23, City Center West, 6 PM
Lincoln Park, Both meetings have been held, more info to follow.

If interested in meeting summaries, contact Dan at NHS Duluth at (218) 727-8604 x. 207, or by email, dollhoff @

4th Street Arts

NHS Duluth will be starting to get the ball rolling with arts-based streetscape improvements, starting with the placement of hanging flower baskets through a stretch of 8 blocks.  Followed by new Hillside Banners to be placed on the street lights from Mesaba Avenue to 14th Avenue East.  

The new designs were created by two local artists, who are proud new parents, and live at Washington Studios Artists Cooperative. Their names are Elizabeth Wilcox and Jack Kindt, and were paid $250 for each of their designs.  Each banner will have a different theme, one “Hillside” theme, one “Central Hillside” theme and another “East Hillside” theme.  

The winning designs were selected out of a pool of over 15 contestants, by a panel of judges made up of representatives of the Hillside neighborhoods, and local arts agencies and organizations.

NHS has released 3 new calls to artists, for (2) bike racks, (2) public benches, and (2) trash cans.  Payment of the selected designs will be $750, $750 and $250 respectively.  NHS will also be responsible for the payment of the fabrication of each item.  More information can be found by clicking here, or by calling Dan at (218)727-8604 extension 207.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Duluth Golf Fundraiser

NHS Duluth serves all of Duluth’s core neighborhoods in home improvement, homeownership, and revitalization efforts.  It is a 401(c)3 non-profit organization, making any donations tax deductible.

We are holding our first annual golf fundraising outing on Friday, June 17, and are looking for any players or sponsors who may be interested.  To sign up click here.  Cash Prizes!  Golf Prizes!  A Friday on the golf course!

For more information, contact Dan at 218-727-8604 x. 207 or at dollhoff @

Neighborhood Revitalization Plan Reviews

In 2007 and 2008, after an extensive public process, the At Home in Duluth Collaborative created Neighborhood Plans for each of Duluth’s five core neighborhoods. This year we will be reviewing and updating these plans. Two meetings will be held in each neighborhood. Your voice counts!

Call to Duluth Artists! Ideas!

NHS is looking to pay some artists up to $750 for each design if they’re selected.  We’re looking to get some bike racks, public benches and trash cans.  All of these will be placed along Fourth Street between Mesaba Avenue and Seventh Avenue East.  More information can be found by clicking here.  Where would you like to see a bike rack, bench or trash can in this area?  I can think of a few…

4th Street Arts

Neighborhood Housing Services of Duluth is beginning an arts-based revitalization along East 4th Street.  The first step in this exciting process is by adding new artist-designed banners along the corridor and replacing the existing banners.  NHS will be paying a commission to the selected artist(s) as well as the fabrication of the winning design.  Visit the news tab on or click here.  Any additional questions, contact Dan Ollhoff with NHS at (218) 727-8604 ext. 207 or email him at dollhoff @