March 15, 2012
March is Irish-American Heritage Month
Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week begins March 19
· Redistricting Public Hearings on March 20-21http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@clerk/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-088990.pdf
· 55+ Walking Series on March 21
· North First! Gathering on March 24
· Minneapolis Boards and Commisions – application review begins April 13 http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/WCMS1P-088273
Neighborhood Events Google Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/85sravl
Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department Google Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/6cdbta6
Neighborhood News and Events
Get Your Green On on Saturday, March 17
Join Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association’s Sustainability & Safety Committees for "Going Green" - four presentations on how to make your lifestyle more ecologically friendly and a bike safety clinic.
Seward Neighborhood Sustainability Fair on Saturday, March 17
Bring computers and plastics for recycling, bikes in need of repair, and seeds to swap. Gain tips from neighbors and enhance the sustainability of our daily lives.
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
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.
Redistricting Forum on Saturday, March 17
This forum is for community members interested in understanding the effects of redistricting, especially on the ALANA (African Latino Asian Native Americans) community.
Community Energy Services Presentations on Saturday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 20
Learn how to save money and reduce energy waste in your home.
Tree Trust Minneapolis Tree Sale – orders taken while supplies last
Local tree canopies are dwindling: for every new tree planted, 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.
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.
BeMore Campaign Training Session on Thursday, March 22
The BeMore Camapign is a culturally competent model to engage African American men in stopping violence against women and girls by increasing the skills of African American men to engage young men and boys in conversations about healthy, nonviolent, interpersonal relationships.
League of Women Voters Healthy 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 Together Across Cultures and Faith - submission deadline: 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 information 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.
Introduction to American Indian Culture on Tuesday, March 27
Gain a cultural understanding of some of the unique challenges facing American Indians, including balancing tensions between tribal traditions and assimilation into popular American culture, while connecting to American Indians despite the fragmentation of tribal nations.
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
Glean what resources are available to community gardeners, 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).
Augsburg American Indian Student Services Traditional Powwow on Saturday, March 31
Whether you are a regular on the Powwow trail or a first timer; you are welcome! Come see friends, meet new people, dance and learn.
Connect for Health Challenge
The Connect for Health Challenge is a new grantmaking initiative of the Blue Cross Foundation, which plans to award up to $500,000 to nonprofits, schools, and units of government to support efforts that strengthen social connections in Minnesota communities. Entries wil lbe accepted from April 17 – May 15.
Register now for NUSA 2012 Conference in Indianapolis
Register now for Neighborhoods, USA’s 37th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns being held May 23 - 26. The last day to receive the early registration discount is April 27. Workshops include several Minneapolis presenters.
City and Local Government News and Events
Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Community Organizations on Monday, March 19, Friday, March 23 and Monday, March 26
Access tools to enable your organization to be better prepared for disasters in our community. The same content will be offered at each session; choose the session most convenient for you.
Public comment will be taken on proposed Minneapolis Ward and Park District maps. Minneapolis must complete its redistricting within 60 days of the time the state completes its process or by April 3, 2012, whichever is earlier.
55+ Walking Series at Folwell Park on Wednesday, March 21
Join other seniors and explore Minneapolis! Each stroll will explore a different area. Strolls take place at 10 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday, March to August, and are 1.5 to 2 miles long. A 55+ Bicycling Mini Series will begin in May.
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.
Minneapolis turning out the lights for “Earth Hour” on Saturday, March 31
From 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., the City will turn off all uses of electricity in municipal buildings that are not required for life, safety or operations to raise awareness of global climate change. Electricity use in Minneapolis accounts for 38 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, which contributes to global climate change.
North High School Computer Lab now open to the public on Tuesday evenings
The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) invites community members to utilize the North High School computer labs after hours – for free. The North High computer lab will be open Tuesday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. Computer assistance will be available.
· Call (612) 668-3950 for more information
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
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, March 20
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities (MACOPD) meeting on Wednesday, March 21
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, March 27
Revised Community Participation Program (CPP) Guidelines to be considered for final City Council approval
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) elections
This year, neighborhood districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 are up for re-election through the neighborhood election process. A 2012 timeline and election process will be posted soon.
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Published Mar. 15, 2012