Hi! We’re the South Cornelia Neighborhood Association (a.k.a. SCNA).

Want to get to know us better? Maybe you have something useful to contribute? Come on along and let’s see where our paths intersect!

A Year in South Cornelia

Where We Live

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We’re much more than that neighborhood where Cornelia Elementary is. 🙂 We have about 1,500 people who live here – stretching from West Shore Drive (west) to France Avenue (east) and West 70th Street (north) to Gilford Drive (south).

And everyone here has plenty to give to and get from all the other wonderful humans who make this slice of Edina home.

What We Do

  • Our by-laws say we exist to do things like “enhance the livability of the neighborhood” or “facilitate communication between SCNA residents” – which is true. To put it more simply, we’re primarily a social organization to bring us together in fun and meaningful ways.
  • We’re not political and don’t intend to be. We don’t pretend to speak for or advocate for South Cornelia in conversations about real estate developments, what’s happening at the City Council, or use our organization as a mouthpiece for any other local, state, or federal issue.
  • If you live in South Cornelia, you can be a member. There are no dues, no contract, and your membership is completely voluntary. You just need to show up for yourself, your family, and your fellow South Cornelia residents.
  • We put on events like an Iranian New Year’s festival, Easter Egg hunt, Neighborhood-wide block parties, and more. Check out some of our upcoming events below.
  • We lend a hand where we can with sparks for new groups and support for existing groups in and around the neighborhood.
  • We’re here to help you get your talents, assets, skills, and gifts into the community. Because we all have a lot to contribute and, sometimes, we need others to help us share.

Upcoming Events

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Halloween Parade, October 31 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

We’re bringing the Halloween Parade back since it was such a hit last year. Check out the details here and know that the parade route will extend beyond the South Cornelia borders once again.

Active Groups

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Cornelia Moms

The moms around here know how to have a good time! Check out their private Facebook group for more details.

Cornelia Men's Club

They typically get together on the last Thursday of the month from around 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. at Town Hall Station. Contact Neil Johnson if you want to be added to the event invite distribution list or for more details.

The Wanderers

Since 1952, The Wanderers (formerly Edina Newcomers & Friends) has been welcoming women with a variety of daytime, weekend, and evening activities. The mission? To seek out and assist women who wish to establish a social network in a fun, friendly, and inviting atmosphere.

You’ll meet all kinds of great women – most of them Baby Boomers or empty nesters. Although this group extends well beyond South Cornelia, the current President of The Wanderers is Sally Ebnet – a long-time South Cornelian.

Check them out here.

Our Partners

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Edina Community Foundation (ECF) is a charitable partner for 60+ independent community organizations (including the SCNA). As a registered 501(c)(3), they provide us with operational and administrative help that would be a major pain to do on our own.

Who provides us with liability insurance when we rent out rooms at Cornelia Elementary? ECF. Who generously lends us event supplies and manages the processing + accounting for our donations? ECF.

We believe ECF is all kinds of awesome and you might too when you check them out.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the SCNA via PayPal. We suggest something between $10-20, but all contributions of any size and frequency are welcome.

Our Stewardship Team

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson

Sandy Carlson

Sandy Carlson

Joel Zaslofsky

Joel Zaslofsky

Amy Nissen

Amy Nissen

Ready to Get Involved?

You can contact us at team@southcornelia.org or call/text Joel Zaslofsky directly at 612-240-2601. The quick survey below is also a great way to start a path towards giving and receiving with the wonderful folks of South Cornelia.

We Do Email, Too

Just use the quick form below to get the scoop on the best events, activities, or groups around South Cornelia.