May 23, 2012
· Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival
· Northeast Ride
· Pioneers and Soldier Memorial Cemetery Benefit Concert http://www.minneapolismn.gov/news/WCMS1P-089098
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
Memorial Concert on Thursday, May 24
This concert will be held at the Victory Memorial Flagpole: 45th Ave. & Victory Memorial Dr.
Armatage and Kenny Neighborhood Garage Sales on Saturday, May 26
Two adjacent neighborhoods, many great sales!
Kenny Community Bike Bash on Thursday, May 31
It's a bike rodeo and carnival all rolled into one. There will be pros to help you fit your helmet, inspect your bike, and teach you to change a flat tire. After that, you can test your riding skills on the off-road course in the Kenny Park.
Fabulous Fulton Plant Sale on Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3
Whether you’re planning a new landscaping project or just a pot of color for the front steps, Fulton has the plants for you. Your support will help reforest the Fulton neighborhood.
Windom Park Carnival on Friday, June 1
It's one of the largest carnivals in Minneapolis, and you won't want to miss it! You'll find something for all ages and tastes: live music, local food, more than 25 games, and more. Sponsored by Windom Park Citizens in Action, Pillsbury School and Windom Park.
Pratt Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 1
Come for the ice cream (as well as the cake, brats, sambusas, egg rolls, wontons and roasted corn). There will be games, a plant sale and silent auction, and entertainment. Bring your camera! This is the only day of the year that the Tower Observation Deck is open to the public.
Cleveland Flea Market on Saturday, June 2
As part of the Camden Community Garage Sale, the Cleveland Neighborhood will host a flea market in the Penn Avenue parking lot of Lucy Craft Laney School.
Victory Neighborhood Garage on Saturday, June 2
ECCO Super Sale on Saturday, June 2
ECCO Family Puppet Show & Potluck Dinner on Saturday, June 2
Come see a performance of The Amazing Cow Boat by Open Eye Figure Theatre, followed by a community potluck.
"Let the Sun Shine" Solar Tour on Saturday, June 2
3 locations. 3 Solar arrays. 3 parties! Take the Tour —in any order— and get your passport stamped to qualify for great prizes! Ground-level solar models and solar installers will be at each site to answer your questions. This tour is a celebration of solar by Solarize Kingfield, a project of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association.
Cinema and Civics opening night on Wednesday, June 6
Music and movies at Stevens Square Park -- sponsored by the Stevens Square Community Organization.
Standish, Ericsson, and Corcoran Neighborhood Garage Sale on Saturday, June 9
Now in its 10th year, this is the largest garage sale event in Minneapolis. Last year’s event involved over 140 households, brought over $30,000 into the neighborhoods, and recycled thousands of items.
Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival 2012 on Saturday, June 9
Come to Loring Park for some of the summer's best music. This event is free and open to the public; there will be information booth and food vendors. This event is sponsored in part by the Citizens for a Loring Park Community.
Discussion and Roundtable Orientation on NUSA 2013 on Tuesday, June 12
Neighborhood USA will be holding its national conference May 22 - 25, 2013 and Minneapolis is the Host City. A feature component of the National Conference is "Neighborhood PRIDE Tours". Learn how to organize a Neighborhood PRIDE Tour for NUSA 2013. This meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the East Phillips Cultural Center.
· For more information, call the NUSA Hotline at 952-996-6490.
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association seeks Community Organizer – applications due by Friday, June 15
This is a full time position. Applications must be received electronically by 5 p.m. on June 15.
Community News and Events
Uptown - Minneapolis’ Lakes District Tour on Thursday, May 24
As the City of Minneapolis grew, the lakes began to attract people seeking relief from the central city—from day-tripping fisherman to visitors of the area’s posh resorts on the shores of Lake Calhoun. This tour will show how the accessibility of the lakes was enhanced by being located on the new Minneapolis, Lyndale and Lake Calhoun Railway, first laid in 1879, which ran from downtown to the shores of Lake Calhoun.
Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering on Friday, May 25
Today, the Mde Maka Ska is called Lake Calhoun. The Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering event is a genuine opportunity for Native American youth, parents, and community to re-engage the sacredness of water or mni wakan.
What’s Up with Downtown Minneapolis Parks? on Wednesday, May 30
Come to a discussion of downtown Minneapolis parks. Learn about proposals to create new parks and improve interconnected vehicle, bike, and pedestrian corridors.
Minnesota Alliance With Youth seeks Director of Youth Policy Initiatives - application deadline Friday, June 1
The mission of the Minnesota Alliance With Youth is to ignite the spark in all young people to become actively engaged, develop strong voices, and acquire the skills needed for success in school, work, and life. The Director of Youth Policy Initiatives will develop a replicable model for quality youth engagement and sustainable youth adult partnerships at a statewide and local level.
Johnstock on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2
Free love from the 2800 block of Johnson St. NE. Come Friday for movie night and Saturday for artists, crafters, music, family fun and more all day.
Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market - opening day on Saturday, June 2
Locally grown/produced vegetables, fruits, honey, flowers, arts & crafts, baked goods, prepared foods, music, and children's activities. This market also features several special events including the annual Pancake Breakfast on opening day and the Taste of Northeast. The Summer Market is open every Saturday through October 20th
Northeast Ride on Saturday, June 2
The Northeast Ride will take cyclists on a tour of Northeast Minneapolis, stopping at one of each of the neighborhoods’ parks. The ride will be just under 12 miles with stops in each Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood. The ride will take participants through the arts district, touring past the great Northeast creative buildings and historical landmarks like the Casket Arts Building and the Grain Belt Brewery, while using some of the new bike trails and bikeways. The event is organized by the Northeast CDC. Volunteers and riders welcome.
Bike Walk Week begins on Saturday, June 2
Put a little joy into your travel trip –try biking and walking. Pledge to replace at least one car trip with biking or walking during this year’s Bike Walk Week in hopes of developing a new, more active routine for getting around. Even if you already bike or walk to get around, please sign up and be counted!
Midtown: A Place to Call Home - New Tour on Saturday, June 2
In the late 1870s, Minneapolis started to see a full-scale migration of Scandinavians which helped guide the pattern of urban growth of South Minneapolis, particularly around Lake Street. This tour will highlight the role that Lake Street has played historically and today as a home to the city’s new immigrants, including the small businesses and cultural organizations they established in their pursuit of the American Dream. This tour is part of the Lake Street Council’s Museum in the Streets™ project, coming summer 2012.
Cotton Tail Bicycle Trail - New Bicycle Tour on Saturday, June 2
Embark on an adventure that covers structures built from brick, steel panels, bronze, wood… and soft serve! Hear about architect Ralph Rapson, the Lustron Corporation and see one of the first Dairy Queens to open in Minnesota. The trail itself will be in the shape of a rabbit’s head and we’ll meet up with the most beloved rabbit in the neighborhood! Wear your bike helmet, bring water and be prepared for the weather conditions.
Loring Hill: From Farm to Fabulous Tour on Sunday, June 3
Learn how Loring Hill began! Once the hilly half of a farm, this fascinating hillside neighborhood started when Joseph and Anna Johnson platted it into large lots that were snapped up prominent Minneapolitans. Soon the glamorous houses appeared and developed into the landscape we know today. The tour will stop at homes considered for historic designation, as well as two landmark churches.
Free Somali Work Readiness Training on Monday, June 4 – Thursday, June 14
After completing this 2-week workshop, attendees will have computer and job search skills as well as a completed resume! All instruction is in Somali.
Bike Walk to Work Day Minneapolis celebration on Thursday, June 7
The Minneapolis celebration features the national release of the new bicycling “forever” stamp from the United States Postal Service. The stamps will go on sale for the first time in the nation at this event. There will be a program featuring Mayor Rybak and bicycles towing trailers with visuals of the new stamps.
Talk-It Hennepin: Owning Public Space — The Power of Place Identity on Thursday, June 7
The last conversation in the Talk-It Hennepin series will explore the challenges of creating shared spaces in multi-cultural, urban environments.
Jazz88 ʻs "In the Neighborhood" on Friday, June 8
Join Jazz88ʼs Morning Show with Ed Jones for an In the Neighborhood live Broadcast from The Loring Park Dunn Bros. Coffeshop on the southside of Loring Park. The
broadcast celebrates the stories of our vibrant neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Ed will be spinning his usual mix of jazz, traffic updates, neighborhood interviews, news and more.
Participants in Minneapolis neighborhood organizations are especially encouraged to attend.
Tangletown and Minnehaha Creek Tour on Saturday, June 9
Platted in the nineteenth century, the neighborhood originally known as Washburn Park is an unusual community in south Minneapolis with its winding streets and impressive homes. Now known as Tangletown, for its curving streets, the area boasts landmark sites such as the Washburn Water Tower, the Harry Wild Jones House, Washburn Memorial Orphan Asylum (formerly on the site of Ramsey School), and the Minnehaha Creek, parkway, bridges, woods and trails.
Talk-It Hennepin Workshop: Putting It All Together—Naming and Claiming on Saturday, June 9
The local artist team will lead this “naming and claiming” workshop and participants will explore different ways to talk about the Avenue as a shared cultural experience. The workshop will identify work to be done to improve the space and how various tasks to move Hennepin Avenue forward might be shared. This event will also contribute to Northern Spark activities.
Northern Spark all night art festival on Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10
Northern Spark is a free, dusk to dawn, participatory arts festival that presents visual arts, performance, films, and interactive media indoors and outdoors in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Pioneers and Soldier Memorial Cemetery Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 9
Low will headline the second annual benefit concert at Minneapolis’ Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery on Saturday, June 9 with special guest, Zoo Animal. Proceeds from the performance will help support the Friends of the Cemetery’s efforts to restore the historic steel and limestone pillar fence that serves as the border of the cemetery along Lake Street and Cedar Avenue.
Greenway Glow on Saturday, June 9
The Greenway Glow (formerly the Greenway Challenge), is an illuminated night-time bike ride on the Midtown Greenway. Funds raised will help support the projects and programs of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, including the Trail Watch safety patrol, keeping the trail clean, safe and free of glass, outreach to communities surrounding the Greenway, and working with developers to encourage Greenway-friendly buildings.
Uptown Market opening day on Sunday, June 10
The Minneapolis Uptown Market is a street market with local farmers, food vendors, artisans, craftspeople, and neighbors. Summer 2012 will be its fourth season. The market will run every Sunday through the end of September.
Open Streets on Sunday, June 10
By opening up the streets for people to walk, bike, run and skate for a day, we get an opportunity to experience our city in a whole new way. In the past the street was the hub of the community—it was a place to shop, mingle, gossip, and play. Open Streets gives this back while promoting healthy activity and sustainable transportation. Open Streets Minneapolis will be held on Lyndale Ave. S. from 22nd St. to 42nd St., and is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.
Como Harriet Streetcar Line Tour on Sunday, June 10
Explore the abandoned and reconstructed streetcar line. The tour will include remnants of the original Twin Cities Rapid Transit streetcar line, the former Lyndale Hotel site, the Museum’s car barn, the Linden Hills business district, concluding with ice cream and a vintage streetcar ride! This tour is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum; cost is $10.
Many neighborhood–based Farmers Markets now open for the season
Enjoy Minnesota’s growing season; frequent nearby farmers markets early and often!
· http://midtownfarmersmarket.org/ - also open Tuesday afternoons starting June 5!
City and Local Government News and Events
Basic Bike Maintenance Class on Thursday, May 24
Keeping your bike working isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little know-how and occasional grimy hands. This class includes tire inflation, brake adjustment, cleaning & lubricating a bike chain and changing a tube. Participants will receive free inner tube patch kits.
Call for Artists: Public Art Commission for the Veterans Memorial at Sheridan Memorial Park – applications due by Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m.
Artist selection is a two-part process. Interested Minnesota artists submit qualifications. A group of finalists will be selected by a jury and interviewed.
Public meeting on proposals for city-owned lots at Penn & Plymouth on Tuesday, May 29
The City of Minneapolis is hosting a public meeting at 6:00 pm at UROC to present the recommended projects for the two city-owned properties at Penn and Plymouth. Glenn Ford from Praxis will present his plans for a grocery store, and Hennepin County will present their plans for an interim parking lot to support Northpoint.
· For more information, contact Beth Grosen at 612-673-5002
Martin Luther King Community Member Award – nominations due by Thursday, May 31
The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights will be awarding the first ever Martin Luther King Community Member Award. The Award will be presented to a Minneapolis resident—young or old—or Minneapolis-based organization that has worked to protect, support, or further the civil rights of the people of Minneapolis.
Grants available for Water Quality Projects – applications due by Friday, June 1
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is offering mini grants of up to $2,000 for short-term projects or small projects completed by community groups.
Neighborhood Bicycle Tours: Shingle Creek on Tuesday, June 5
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.
55+ Walking Series: Whittier & Stevens Square on Wednesday, June 6
Join other seniors and explore Minneapolis! Each stroll will explore a different area. Strolls take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, March to August, and are 1.5 to 2 miles long.
Immersion into the World of Hearing Loss for People who are Hearing on Wednesday, June 6
In this fun, interactive experience, learn more about the vibrant Deaf Community and ways to effectively communicate with people with hearing loss. Also experience what it is like to have a simulated hearing loss. Sponsored by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Metro, a program of the MN Department of Human Services.
2012 Community Technology Survey - results and next steps on Wednesday, June 13
City leaders and staff will be hosting a number of meetings with residents, businesses, community groups, and many other stakeholders to share the survey results and get feedback about how to overcome the digital divide in Minneapolis. This is the first of four community meetings.
Stadium Village University Avenue Station Area Plan – public comment accepted through Thursday, June 14
Stadium Village is one of the most dynamic places in the Twin Cities. A draft plan for Stadium Village and the adjacent area along University Avenue SE is ready for review. These comments will be part of the plan’s official record when it moves into the City approval process and may influence its content.
Minneapolis Recovers: North Side Tornado
The area struck by the May 22, 2011 tornado is home to about 7,000 properties. Of those, about 3,700 were damaged by the storm. In the year since the tornado, the City, many government and non-profit partners, and thousands of volunteers have worked together to help people get back on their feet and rebuild a stronger north Minneapolis. To learn more about tornado recovery efforts, see the May 2012 Tornado Recovery update.
NCR News and Information
Boards and Commissions – candidate applications still being accepted
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 Commission 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. Application review began May 18, however, the positions are open until filled.
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) elections - candidate application deadline: Friday, May 25
This year, neighborhood districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 are up for election through the neighborhood election process. Due to an unexpected resignation, there is also now a vacant seat in district 5. In addition, One (1) Mayoral and three (3) City Council positions are up for appointment through the City’s open appointment process.
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This 26th 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.
Send any tips on events, activities or news you would like to share with others to NCR at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include links to online content.
Neighborhood electors needed for Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) elections – elector registration due to NCR by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 27
According to the procedures adopted on April 16, 2011, each neighborhood may appoint one elector and one alternate, and it is up to each neighborhood to determine how to appoint their electors and alternates. Neighborhood organizations are strongly encouraged to select electors at a well-publicized meeting with at least 40 days notice in order to maximize resident participation.
· Register online at http://www.zapevent.com/listactivities.aspx?eventid=2448
Published May. 23, 2012