April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012
· Lao New Year Cultural Celebration on Saturday, April 14http://tinyurl.com/7ce74pl
· Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, April 21
Hotdish Revolution on Sunday, April 22
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Wellness Event on Saturday, April 21
The Edge, a newly formed businesses association, is holding a daylong wellness event in the shopping areas north and south of the Lake Street and Excelsior intersection. This event is sponsored by the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council and the Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association.
Art Squared - a SSCO fund raiser on Saturday, April 21
Help raise money for events such as Cinema and Civics and the Red Hot Art festival.
Hotdish Revolution on Sunday, April 22
Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association invites you to the 8th annual community cook-off, Jello competition and fundraiser that has become Holland’s signature event!
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.
Spring WingDing on Saturday, April 28
The Audubon Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Middle School welcome you to their 4th annual celebration of nature in the city - a community festival honoring our urban ecology.
Neighborhood Day at the Dog Park on Saturday, April 29
Join Seward residents (two and four legged) for treats, fun and conversation. No off-lead permit needed for this event.
Bryant Neighborhood Organization seeks Neighborhood Coordinator – application deadline is Monday, April 30
Building Bridges Book Club on Tuesday, May 1
Destined to Witness by Hans J. Massaquoi examines a roller coaster of racism from different cultures and continents. Read this fascinating book and then join the conversation!
NeighborWorks Training Institute in New Orleans, May 7 - 11
Attend the NeighborWorks Training Institute in New Orleans, LA. Having enjoyed good times and bad, and with its tremendous revitalization efforts on display, New Orleans is a lovely setting for training and networking in the field of community development.
B.L.E.N.D. seeks new committee members
The B.L.E.N.D. Award - Buildings and Landscapes Enhancing the Neighborhood through Design - was created by the Fulton Neighborhood Association six years ago and has expanded to provide awards to projects throughout the city. B.L.E.N.D. seeks new committee members from a range of Minneapolis neighborhoods to coordinate the awards process.
Community News and Events
Lao New Year Cultural Celebration on Saturday, April 14
Join the Lao community for the 2012 / 2555 Lao New Year cultural celebration. This year's theme is "Year of the Dragon, Year of the Lao Community".
Mill City Indoor Farmers Market on Saturday, April 14
Warm up to summer with a visit to the Mill City Farmers Market inside the Mill City Museum. Mill Commons will be transformed into a bustling marketplace of locally produced, quality food and gift items.
Connect for Health Challenge – entries accepted beginning on Tuesday, April 17
The Connect for Health Challenge is providing up to 20 grants of up to $20,000 and one grant of up to $100,000 to support efforts that strengthen social connections in low-income communities across Minnesota. Your creativity is the limit! Entries will be accepted from April 17 – May 15. Enter by April 27 and be entered into a drawing to win time with a videographer to create a free, two-minute video about your organization.
Introduction to Karen Culture on Tuesday, April 17
The Karen (pronounced KAH-rin) people are one of the newest immigrant groups to arrive to Minnesota. Join us as we explore the Karen journey from their homeland of Burma (Myanmar) to the United States, plus their religious beliefs and practices.
Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshops begin on Tuesday, April 17
Learn the basics of why, where, and how to install a raingarden, then receive hands-on assistance in designing your raingarden. Workshops occur over two sessions, and will be offered from April through June at five Minneapolis locations.
History Lounge – Dakota Women’s Work on Tuesday, April 17
Join Professor Colette Hyman as she discusses how Dakota Indian women continued the traditions of their people and worked for their cultural and spiritual survival, even as the Dakota experienced removal and repeated attempts at their extermination.
Free Home Energy Workshops on Tuesday, April 17, Thursday, April 26, and Saturday, April 28
Community Energy Services (CES) is a one-stop residential energy program designed to help homeowners save energy and money in their homes. CES begins with a free educational workshop where homeowners can schedule a customized home energy visit.
Organizer Roundtable: Bridging the Digital Divide on Wednesday, April 18
Come and learn the strategies being used to provide access to underserved communities in our region. This forum is sponsored by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability.
Pillsbury Indigenous Cultures Community Celebration on Wednesday, April 18
This is a youth led event with the goal for the community to come together to recognize each other’s history and culture through dance, spoken word performances, key-note speakers, live art, great food and great music. ALL are welcome!
Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference on Thursday, April 19
This conference will offer insights, strategies and tools for looking at your organization’s financial sustainability from diverse perspectives – from strategy and oversight to implementation and evaluation.
CURA Housing Forum on Friday, April 20
The focus of this forum is Redevelopment, Refinancing and Renovation of Riverside Plaza, Minnesota’s Largest Housing Development.
Book Fiesta on Saturday, April 21
CLUES brings you a multicultural literacy event for families and youth of all ages. The event includes interactive learning games and free books in different languages.
2012 Health Equity Conference: Eliminating Health Disparities on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24
Hear about new research and explore strategies and partnerships aimed at eliminating disparities in disease, health outcomes, and access to health care across racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and socioeconomic groups.
E-democracy.org seeks summer outreach staff, advisory group members – application deadline: Wednesday, April 25
Work with and advise team members in recruiting members for St. Paul online neighborhood forums, primarily among African-American, Southeast Asian, African immigrant and Latino communities.
Impressions Northside - A juried exhibition of Northside Arts Collective members’ work – runs through Thursday, April 26
Impressions — Northside is a juried exhibition of Northside Arts Collective members’ work. The exhibition will be held at UROC.
Dining out for Life on Thursday, April 26
Attend this annual fundraising event that raises money for AIDS service organizations. Over 180 restaurants throughout the state have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to The Aliveness Project and to Rural AIDS Action network.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition Pow-Wow on Thursday, April 26
This conference honors survivors of domestic and sexual violence. All drums and dancers welcome.
Latino Students - Success Beyond High School on Friday, April 27
This event is geared toward staff and faculty from educational institutions (K-12 and post-secondary) to create and continue discussions about how to engage, guide and prepare Latino students for post-secondary education.
Minneapolis – Saint Paul Home Tour on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29
This free tour promotes city living and brings thousands of home enthusiasts together for a weekend of sharing home remodeling ideas. The tour is sponsored by the Planning and Economic Development departments of both cities, local financial institutions, developers, contractors and other businesses.
2012 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – runs through May 3
This exciting three-week celebration of independent filmmaking from around the globe includes some 250 documentary, narrative, and short films from more than 60 countries.
Metro Paint-A-Thon – Homeowner applications due by Friday, May 4
The Metro Paint-A-Thon rallies volunteer teams from corporations, congregations, and civic groups to paint the homes of low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
The program helps homeowners remain living independently in their own homes and improves neighborhoods.
May Day Parade Festival on Sunday, May 6
The May Day Parade and Festival has become a joyous annual rite of summer. Upwards of 2,000 participants, along with amazing puppets and floats parade down Bloomington Ave. The parade is followed by a ceremony and festival in Powderhorn Park.
City and Local Government News and Events
Minneapolis City Council approves next One Minneapolis One Read book
On April 13, the City Council “Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past,” as the next One Minneapolis One Read book. The community read will launch in Fall 2012.
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).
Autism Awareness Month meeting hosted by the Multilingual Department of Minneapolis Public Schools on Friday, April 13
This is an opportunity for families to hear more about school resources and to educate the community in increasing autism awareness.
Powderhorn Park Path Improvements open house on Saturday, April 14
$500,000 is available for 2012-13 construction of pathway surfacing and lighting. Come discuss plan options and let your priorities be known.
Soup with the “Supe” on Saturday, April 14
Come for lunch and a conversation with Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, and members of her leadership team to share your ideas and learn about the vision for MPS. Food, Spanish and Somali interpretation, and childcare provided at no charge. This event will be held from 12 – 2 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.
· For more information contact, Gael Ellis, community liaison at 612-987-2344 or Latisha Gray at 612-668-0062.
55+ Walking Series: Lake Nokomis on Wednesday, April 18
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 Wednesdays of the month, March through August, and are 1.5 to 2 miles long.
Walking Tour: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse on Wednesday, April 18
Enjoy a free noontime tour, learn about local history and discover the intricate detailing that makes this building an architectural treasure.
Thoughtful Landscapes in a Changing World on Wednesday, April 18
This talk, sponsored by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, focuses on solutions to the problem of climate change.
Great Streets Speaker Series: Business recruiting strategies on Thursday, April 19
What’s the best mix of businesses for a neighborhood commercial district? How do I come up with a retail recruitment plan? How do I work with property owners? How do I identify prospective businesses and how should I approach them? If you’re thinking about any of these questions, please join this discussion!
Basic Bike Maintenance Class on Thursday, April 19
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.
Kidical Mass - RiverLake Greenway on Saturday, April 21
April's ride will meet in the parking lot at Lyndale Farmstead Park. Riders will travel the bicycle boulevard along East 40th St., stopping at three parks along the way.
Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, April 21
The event, presented by the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board with the assistance of neighborhood organizations, will be held at more than 30 clean up sites throughout Minneapolis. No pre-registration is required and all ages are welcome.
Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K and Kids' Run on Sunday, April 22
Gather a group of friends and enjoy a 5K run to kick off the spring running season! Pre-registration by April 17 is required for all Kids’ Run participants. All participants are invited to bring used running shoes and shirts to the event to be recycled.
Intercity Regional Trail Master Plan – comments accepted through Tuesday, May 1
The 7-mile Intercity Regional Trail will form a critical north-south trail connection for walking, running, dog walking, hiking, biking, in-line skating, roller skiing in the spring. The trail passed through the cities of Minneapolis, Richfield and Bloomington. Construction may commence as early as 2014.
Videos explain new bicycle markings
Over the past two years, Minneapolis has doubled the miles of on-street bikeways; it is important that all road users know what all the new markings mean. Two new videos produced by the City of Minneapolis will help bicyclists and motorists better understand how to safely coexist on city streets.
Food growing opportunities expand in Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis has adopted a new zoning code that makes it easier to grow and sell fresh, local food in the city. A healthy community is a sustainable community, and planning and zoning provide us with opportunities to create a healthier population and a more sustainable environment.
Our trees need water now
Our yard and boulevard trees need watering now and weekly through fall. Minneapolis had the driest fall on record, and years of high temperatures and drought conditions are a problem even for otherwise healthy trees and put them at serious risk of long-term damage. The ground is thawed enough now in the metro area to begin watering weekly. Watering one tree weekly for five months costs only about $3.
NCR News and Information
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, April 17
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities (MACOPD) meeting on Wednesday, April 18
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission meeting on Tuesday, April 24
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) elections – candidate applications due by Friday, May 11
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 appointment process.
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Published Apr. 13, 2012