April 27, 2012
May is Minnesota American Indian Month
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Older Americans Month
· Minneapolis – Saint Paul Home Tour on April 28 - 29
· American Indian Month events
· May Day Festival and Parade on May 6 http://www.hobt.org/mayday/festival/index.html
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
American Indian Month Community Events Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/7vqme9p
Neighborhood News and Events
Nokomis East Neighborhood Association seeks Latino-Hispanic Community Organizer
This position involves working on the Minneapolis Monarch Festival and on neighborhood outreach. The position is part-time through September, but may be extended through December.
1st Annual Tangletown Arts & Crafts Sale on Saturday, April 28
This sale includes arts and crafts, plus sweets and face painting. The sale takes place at 48th and Grand.
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
Position is quarter-time. Applicant must have strong administrative skills. Submit resumes electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Avenue Community Forum on Monday, April 30
"What's Up With Central Avenue?" is hosted by five neighborhood organizations. Topics to be discussed include crime and safety, upcoming street repaving, bikes lanes, streetcars, the North East Investment Cooperative, news from the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, and updates from the Central Avenue Special Services District.
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!
Whittier May Day Soiree on Thursday, May 3
Don’t miss the fun and excitement of this 12th Annual Whittier Neighborhood Benefit. Invite your friends, colleagues and neighbors from within and outside the neighborhood!
Midtown Farmers Market Opening Day on Saturday, May 5
Drop by and see new and old faces, east breakfast or lunch, enjoy live music, and savor the spring air. The Midtown Farmers Market is a project of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization.
Tangletown Garage Sale on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5
Discover hidden gems for sale by Tangletown neighbors.
Bryn Mawr Festival of Garage Sales on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6
Attend one of Minneapolis’ most anticipated neighborhood garage sales! Proceeds benefit the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association.
Kenwood Isles Area Association 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, May 6
Festivities include food and drink, and music by the Twang Cities, a band with Kenwood roots. Bring the family and a blanket and visit with old and new neighborhood friends.
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
American Indian Cancer Foundation Powwow for Hope on Saturday, April 28
Be a part of the first annual Powwow for Hope: “Dancing for life, love, & hope”. All money raised will be used to support cancer education and supportive services for American Indian communities.
Sumner Library Friends Book Sale on Saturday, April 28
Help raise funds for Sumner Library. Sale includes 18 boxes of new books donated by a local bookseller and a selection of African American centered books. Most items priced at $2 or less.
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.
Free Home Energy Workshops on 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.
Neighborhood Health Connection Kick-off Event on Sunday, April 29
Neighborhood Health ConnectionTM supports wellness and promotes healthy lifestyles – one neighborhood at a time. Free Allina Health Wellness Kits to the first 500 families.
Refugees & Immigrants: A Provider’s Perspective on Monday, May 1
Learn strategies to effectively serve new Minnesotans and gain insight into the unique challenges that refugee and immigrant groups face.
YWCA Circle of Women Event on Thursday, May 3
This fundraiser luncheon is an inspirational opportunity to support life-changing programs in the community, empowering women and girls in profound ways. As Susan B. Anthony remarked, “Woman must have a purse of her own”.
2012 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – runs through Thursday, 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.
Kindest Cut Clinic on Friday, May 4
Kindest Cut offers high quality low cost spay/neuter for pets of people in need. The mobile clinic will visit Northeast Community Lutheran Church at the old Holland School site.
Arbor Day on the Greenway on Saturday, May 5
Help with Arbor Day planting on the Midtown Greenway! This event is sponsored by Midtown Community Works.
Mill City Market Opening Day on Saturday, May 5
Relish the start of another Market season, farm-fresh foods, and local arts and crafts.
Living Green Expo on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6
Discover how to live better and save money! This event takes place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Como-Harriet Streetcar Opening Weekend on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6
The Minnesota Streetcar Museum is a living history museum. A ride on one of the historic streetcars takes you back to the first half of the 1900s, the era of electric mass-transit. It’s a trip back in time aboard a “museum on wheels”!
May Day Parade and 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.
Introduction to American Indian Culture on Tuesday, May 8
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.
MN Council of Nonprofits Webinar - The Culture of Inclusion: 5 Factors to Creating Inclusive Environments on Tuesday, May 8
Explore organizational culture, discuss the five factors in organizational culture that shapes positive inclusive behaviors, and examine how the health of organizational culture determines the growth or stagnation.
African Development Center Gala 2012: African Chic on Friday, May 11
Visit the Landmark Center for a memorable opportunity to celebrate and support the strides that ADC made in this past year.
Volunteers needed for Minneapolis Tree distribution on Friday, May 12 - Sunday, May 14
Help distribute 1,900 trees to Minneapolis residents as part of Tree Trust’s annual tree distribution. Volunteers help get trees into vehicles and also facilitate traffic control and check-in. Location is the Minneapolis Impound Lot; multiple shifts are available.
Connect for Health Challenge – entries accepted through Tuesday, May 15
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.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center seeks Family Assessment Worker, Accounting Manager
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center has two openings; both positions are full-time, salaried, exempt. The MIWRC seeks to empower American Indian Women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity.
City and Local Government News and Events
Inttercity 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.
55+ Walking Series in Uptown on Wednesday, May 2
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.
Operation Medical Delivery on Sunday, May 6
If you live in ZIP codes 55101, 55102, 55411, or 55422, you may receive an empty medicine bottle in your mailbox on May 6. It’s part of a test, called “Operation Medicine Delivery,” to see how fast medicine can be delivered to people’s homes in an emergency. There is no emergency now, but this test will help the U.S. Postal Service, and federal, state, and local public health departments be prepared - just in case there is an emergency.
Neighborhood Bicycle Tours – Todd Park on Tuesday, May 8
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.
Windom School Pant Sale on Thursday, May 10
Vegetables and herbs, annuals, hanging baskets! Come to the grassy field near the playground. Cash or checks only please.
Innovative Graffiti Prevention Microgrants - applications due by Friday, May 11
Up to $150,000 is available to assist communities and community-based organizations with innovative projects designed to remove and prevent gang related graffiti or offer anti-graffiti education programs in their community. These grants are to be used as reimbursed "seed money" for manageable projects that will lead to larger, more ambitious projects in the future.
Family Bicycling Series - Saturday Safety Series on Saturday, May 12
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.
Eastside Youth Forum on Monday, May 14
The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council will host a special panel discussion on youth issues in NE and SE Minneapolis. Panel members include Edison High School, Eastside Neighborhood Services, Hennepin County Juvenile Probations, and Minneapolis Parks & Recreation.
Summer 612: Unlearning the Culture of Violence Microgrants - applications due by Wednesday, May 16
Up to $16,000 in local public health funds will be available for micro grants not to exceed $2,000 per project for the period of June 1, 2012 through September 30th, 2012.
NCR News and Information
Community Participation Program Revised Guidelines – question and answer sessions on Friday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 8
Senior Citizen Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 9
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) elections - candidate application deadline extended to Friday, May 18
This year, neighborhood districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 are up for 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.
Volunteers needed for Project Homeless Connect on Monday, May 14
Join us at Project Homeless Connect, a one-stop shop to help our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness connect with services they need. 1,100 volunteers are needed; training will be provided in advance.
Boards and Commissions – deadline extend through Wednesday, May 18
Applications are still being accepted for open positions on three open boards and commissions: that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this spring: Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, the Neighborhood Community and Engagement Committee and the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.
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Published Apr. 27, 2012