March 2, 2012
March is Women’s History Month
· South Minneapolis Housing Fair on Saturday, March 10http://www.housingfair.org/
· Minnesota Idea Open – Challenge III: Working Across Cultures and Faithhttp://tinyurl.com/7okho8u
· Great Streets Speaker Series on Thursday, March 15
Neighborhood Events Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/85sravl
Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/6cdbta6
Neighborhood News and Events
Uptown Bowl-o-Rama on Wednesday, March 7
Bryant Lake Bowl and the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) are hosts for a bowling competition. 32 teams will compete for a $150 cash prize. Proceeds benefit LHENA programs and projects.
Dinner and a Movie on Saturday, March 17
The Victory Neighborhood Association Environmental Committee brings you “Thirst”, a film highlighting issues of control over public water supplies. The evening begins with dinner from El Burrito Cubano and concludes with a facilitated discussion.
Lyndale Open House on Thursday, March 22
This event includes great food from local restaurants, games, a silent auction, and all the information you could possibly want about what's happening in the neighborhood.
North First! Gathering on Saturday, March 24
Help begin implementing a common vision for a successful North Minneapolis. This gathering will be convened by the Northside Neighborhoods Council and the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.
Community News and Events
Local Food Resource Hub events in February and March
Come sprout the seeds of change with your friends and neighbors! Build the local food system and make gardening friends at the same time.
Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College on Thursday – Saturday, March 1 – 3
This forum aims to inspire and engage attendees to become full participants in peacemaking efforts around the world.
Aztec New Year Festival on Saturday, March 3
Observe a traditional Aztec/Mexica dance ceremony honoring the Aztec New Year, see displayed Mexica art and eat at the community feast. This family-friendly cultural festival highlights the diversity of the Twin Cities.
Community Resource Fair on Saturday, March 3
Sponsored by the Northside Community Response Team, this fair offers information of home repairs, human needs and housing opportunities.
Building Bridges Multi-Cultural Book Club at Hosmer Library on Tuesday, March 6
Participate in a discussion about the second half of The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Book Club gatherings for this spring will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
· Subscribe to the Book Club email list or direct questions to info@BuildingBridgesMPLS.org
Community Energy Services Presentations on Thursday, March 8; Saturday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 20
Learn how to save money and reduce energy waste in your home.
South Minneapolis Housing Fair on Saturday, March 10
Whether you are giving a room a "make-over" or starting from the ground up, you'll find answers to all of your questions at the 18th annual South Minneapolis Housing Fair. Admission to this event is free.
Tree Trust Minneapolis Tree Sale – order taken beginning on Monday, March 12
Local tree canopies are dwindling: for every new tree that residents plant, five more are lost to storms, pests, and disease. Do your part to restore the city's tree canopy by planting a tree this spring! Each tree costs $25; pick up dates are May 12th – 14th.
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ “Diversity and Inclusion” Webinar - What’s Emotions Got to Do with Culture: Strengthening Cross Cultural Interactions Using Emotional Intelligence on Tuesday, March 13
Participate in this third of a six-part webinar series on culture, diversity and inclusion.
Where Condor Meets Eagle: Indigenous Bolivian and Native American Film Festival and Cultural Exchange on Friday - Sunday, March 16 - 18
This three-night film festival celebrates Indigenous film, collaborations across national boundaries, and visual storytelling. The series is presented in collaboration with Phillips Indian Educators and the Parkway Theater.
Happy Hour with a Preservationist - Tour of the North Branch Library on Wednesday, March 21
Take a “before” tour of the historic North Branch Library and hear about the Emerge Career and Technical Center’s exciting plans to adapt this Northside landmark.
League of Women Voters Heathy Legacy Forum on Thursday, March 22
Enjoy tasty samples, view exhibits and hear about growing the local food economy.
Minnesota Idea Open – Challenge III: Working Across Cultures and Faith - submission deadline on Friday, March 23
Submit an idea and win up to $15,000 to make that idea a reality.
7th Annual Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Conference on Friday - Saturday, March 23 – 24
Get practical resources for hands on projects and learn from citizen leaders working for sustainable local policies.
Teen Job Fair on Saturday, March 24
Meet employers, attend workshops, and collect info about cool jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Teens grade 8 and up are encouraged to attend.
Midtown Farmers Market 10th Season Kickoff Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday, March 24
Celebrate the Market’s 10th season with local food drink and fun at Gandhi Mahal restaurant.
Latino Legislative Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 29
Join Latino leaders and community members in individual meetings with state legislators. The event also features tours of the state Capitol, community agency exhibits, and entertainment.
Community Garden Spring Resource Fair on Saturday, March 31
Meet other gardeners and gardening organizations, glean what resources and opportunities are available to community gardens, and cultivate some new horticultural and organizational skills. The 2012 keynote speaker will be Karen Washington, an active urban farmer, president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition and founding member of Black Urban Gardeners (BUGs).
City and Local Government News and Events
Free, safe medicine disposal available for Hennepin County residents – collection begins on Monday, March 5
Medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can contaminate bodies of water, harm wildlife and end up in drinking water supplies. Hennepin County offers residents three locations to safely dispose of unused medicine.
Parade Parkway Reconstruction Plans – Open House on Tuesday, March 13
Hear about a revised reconstruction plan and schedule for Parade Parkway and adjacent parking lots.
Great Streets Speaker Series on Thursday, March 15
Learn how small businesses can incorporate social media and other creative marketing and promotions strategies into their marketing plans and how social media can be used to market business districts.
Lake Nokomis Concession Survey - Open House on Thursday, March 22
The survey and open house are the next step in MPRB’s process of selecting a new food vendor for the Lake Nokomis concession. The existing concession building no longer meets health department standards and has been closed for the past two summer seasons.
Wrapping City-owned utility boxes with artistic designs
The City is considering an effort to assist interested groups in having utility box wraps in their area. See an example below, and help staff gauge interest.
These bulletins are designed to assist in understanding and preparing plans that are consistent with the City’s Zoning Code. Topics include Commercial Site Plan Reviews, Land Use Features, and What Does Density Look Like.
Minneapolis Boards and Commissions – application review begins April 13
Appointments are now made twice a year – in the spring and fall. There are 58 open positions on 11 City boards / commissions – including the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC).
NCR News and Information
Senior Citizen Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, March 8
NCEC Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting on Wednesday, March 14
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, March 20
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities (MACOPD) meeting on Wednesday, March 21
NCEC meeting on Tuesday, March 27
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
City of Minneapolis
Tri Tech Center, Room 220
331 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
To strengthen our city’s quality of life through vigorous community participation, resident involvement in neighborhood and community organizations, and supporting clearly defined links between the City, City services, neighborhood and community organizations.
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This 20th issue of Minneapolis inTouch can be viewed on the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department website at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/news/index.htm. Past issues and community news are also available. The primary purpose of this newsletter is to provide news and information by and about our neighborhood and community partners, the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, and City departments. The primary audience is neighborhood and community leaders like you.
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Published Mar. 2, 2012