March 30, 2012
· City Council approves Revised Community Participation Program Guidelines and Allocations
· Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission elections: candidate applications accepted beginning April 2
· Introduction to Hmong, Latino & Somali Cultures on April 3http://www.neighb.org/culturalproficiencyschedule.aspx
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
North Loop Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7
This event will be held at the North Loop Playground on 4th St. N. and West River Parkway, and will include contests, games and prizes.
Dine Out for CARAG at Lucia’s Deli on Thursday, April 12
Support the thriving small business community and raise much needed funds for the CARAG neighborhood. 20% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to CARAG.
Register now for NUSA 2012 Conference in Indianapolis – early registration deadline is Friday, April 27
Register now for Neighborhoods, USA’s 37th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns being held May 23 - 26. Workshops include several Minneapolis presenters.
Community News and Events
Arts in Action MN Auditions for Actors ages 16-22 on Friday, March 30
Arts in Action is seeking Minneapolis youth interested in street theater performance and community action. Youth who have been homelessness or highly mobile encouraged to audition.
An Evening of Ojibwe History on Friday, March 30
Join Birchbark Books for an evening with authors of two newly published and books: Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community by Brenda Child and An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America by Michael Witgen.
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.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Gala: “Amazon”on Saturday, March 31
Don’t miss this black tie fundraiser, celebrating many of the unique aspects of the Amazon region.
Multicultural Dinner on Monday, April 2
Join Pillsbury United Communities to share stories and eat tasty food from all corners of the world.
Freedom of Xpression Open Microphone on Monday, April 2
Emerging artists of all ages are invited to take part in the Capri Theater’s monthly Freedom of Xpression open mic sessions, held the first Monday of every month. Sessions showcase the talent of performing artists in all genres, including music, spoken word/poetry, dance and more.
Introduction to Hmong, Latino and Somali Cultures on Tuesday, April 3
Join Neighborhood House for presentations focused on Minnesota’s three largest immigrant populations. Learn about their unique journeys from homeland to Minnesota and how their rich cultural histories impact their new life experiences. Discuss gender roles, religious beliefs, traditions and rituals, plus understand attitudes toward education and employment during this comprehensive overview.
MN Council of Non Profits Webinar - Cross Cultural Management and Leadership on Tuesday, April 10
Learn practical tools and techniques to managing and leading a diverse workforce. This webinar is part of the Diversity and Inclusion webinar series.
Northside Writers Group on Thursday, April 12
Meetings are on the second Thursday of the month. New members are always welcome.
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 will be accepted from April 17 – May 15.
City and Local Government News and Events
Rabid bat found at lake of the Isles
A bat found on the walking path along the east side of Lake of the Isles, between 26th and 27th Streets, has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found at noon, Sunday, March 25. Anyone who touched the bat should see a doctor right away. Parents who think their child may have had physical contact with a bat should contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414.
Spring into egg hunts and bunny parties at Minneapolis Parks from March 31 – April 21 – many events on Saturday, April 7
Hop on down to a Minneapolis park this spring for egg hunts, bunny parties or visits with Peter Rabbit. Events are geared for all ages, so bring the family, enjoy the festivities with your neighbors and celebrate spring’s arrival.
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.
National Public Health Week Film Festival on Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6
Begin each evening with free health treats, followed by a film and speakers. Topics include Nutrion and Food; Health as a Human Right; AIDS and GLBTQ Perspectives; End of Life Decisions and Sexual Health.
Basic Bike Maintenance Class on Tuesday, April 3
Keeping your bike working isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little know-how and occasionally grimy hands. This class includes tire inflation, brake adjustment, cleaning & lubricating a bike chain and changing a tube.
55+ Walking Series: Midtown and Powderhorn on Wednesday, April 4
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.
A Celebration of Minneapolis Public Health Heroes on Wednesday, April 4
As part of National Public Health Week, the Minneapolis Department of Health & Family Support will showcase public health accomplishments and the partnerships that make them happen. Visit displays and activities and join in honoring organizations that contribute to Minneapolis’ public health goals.
Family Bicycling Series - Saturday Safety Series on Saturday, April 7
Riding safely starts with having a bike in good repair. This clinic will teach you and your child how to identify possible mechanical problems and make simple repairs. Once your bike is ready to ride, you’ll give it a go on a handling course or a short ride around the community.
Painting art on pavement, waste containers and utility boxes – application deadline: Monday, April 9
Submit your ideas for painting art on City sidewalks, streets, waste-containers and utility (signal) boxes and to install artistic banners on street poles. All requests are reviewed by the Minneapolis Arts multiple departments.
Neighborhood Bicycle Tours – Bryant Square Park on Tuesday, April 10
Ride some of Minneapolis’ great bikeways and make stops at bike-friendly businesses. Learn about finding a route, planning trips and riding safely and comfortably with traffic.
Mayor to deliver State of the City address on Wednesday, April 11
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) job application fair on Thursday, April 12
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will hold an application fair for summer seasonal positions as Park Keepers, Mobile Equipment Operators and Park Patrol Agents.
Minneapolis Boards and Commissions – application review begins Friday, 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).
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
NCR News and Information
Revised Community Participation Program (CPP) Guidelines approved by City Council on Friday, March 30
The City Council approved the revised CPP guidelines and up to $5.7 million for the next 18 month cycle of neighborhood funding. Updates will be posted to the NCR website soon.
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) elections – opening date for candidate applications is Monday, April 2
This year, neighborhood districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 are up for re-election through the neighborhood election process. In addition, 1 Mayoral and 3 City Council positions are up for appointment through the City's open apoointment process.
This meeting has been cancelled.
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting on Wednesday, April 11
Senior Citizen Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, April 12
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
City of Minneapolis
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This 22nd 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. 30, 2012