Avenues Neighborhood Association enjoys July 4th tradition in Hopkins

By Gabby Landsverk

Minnetonka Mills Road was blocked off July 4 near Alice Smith Elementary for the annual children’s bicycle parade, complete with live music and a patriotic display of red, white and blue, a favorite holiday tradition hosted by the Avenues Neighborhood Association. The association was formed in 2010 in north Hopkins and currently includes 112 households, north of Mainstreet to Highway 7, between Fifth and 12th Avenues North.

The association raises funds for its events through an annual plant sale in June, and a neighborhood garage sale in May. The organization also contributes community projects, such as a Little Free Library donated to Alice Smith Elementary for public use.
The July 4 bike parade is the association’s largest event of the year, according to Jerry Seaberg, the organization’s president.
“We are always striving to continue to grow the membership and keep adding fun socially interactive community events and projects to help bring a sense of community to the Avenues in Hopkins,” Seaberg wrote in a press release.

More than 200 people attended the parade, a traditional for the neighborhood association since
“It was a big success; there were more people than ever,” said Gayle Seaberg, self-described “First Lady” of the association.
After the parade, an ice cream social, with root beer floats provided by LTD Brewing, was hosted in the sunshine. The Hopkins Fire Department was available to help cool the crowd with a hose through the sweltering summer afternoon.

Resident Lisa Klass has coordinated the Fourth of July event, although she’s hoping to find a successor for next year.
Upcoming events for the association include a garden stroll July 29 and a pub crawl scheduled Aug. 12. More information can be found at theavenueshopkins.wordpress.com.