June 8, 2012
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month
· 2012 Neighborhood Survey
· Northern Spark on Saturday, June 9
· World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 16
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
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 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 booths 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
Neighborhoods, 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". If you are interested in organizing a Neighborhood Tour, please attend this meeting. The 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.
Uptown Bowl-O-Rama on Wednesday, June 13
Join the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) for the first ever Uptown Bowl-O-Rama hosted by Bryant Lake Bowl. Registration is $50 per team of four, and prizes will be awarded. Proceeds benefit LHENA programs and projects.
Live on the Drive on Thursday, June 14
Celebrate by packing a picnic, bringing your family and inviting your friends to our fabulous fifth anniversary summer concerts. The free concerts are held on Victory Memorial Drive at 34th Avenue North, and are presented by area neighborhood associations, North Memorial, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
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.
Seward Neighborhood Picnic and Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, June 16
The grills will be going, so bring your picnic and then take part in this scavenger hunt. This event, designed for residents of all ages, should provide a slightly zany way to get to know more about the neighborhood while enjoying the company of Sewardites. You can choose to walk, bike or run the hunt (bikes are recommended). There will be a "mini-version" of the scavenger hunt for smaller participants.
Seward Garden Tour and Tea Party on Saturday, June 16
Always wanted to see the back yards in neighborhoods? Seward Neighborhood Group is hosting the First Annual Garden Tour and Tea Party. Tickets are only $10 and you will receive a special treat and a small drink at each garden site.
Lyndale Fish Fest on Saturday, June 16
Join residents for one the best days of the year in Lyndale! Enjoy gypsy jazz and El Meson’s famous Fish Tacos. Bring cornbread or a dessert to share.
Audubon Farmers' Market season opener on Thursday, June 21
Visit the Audubon Farmers' Market every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Audubon Neighborhood Association, in partnership with Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, hosts the weekly market as part of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative. It features five local vendors offering locally grown produce, herbs, and flowers.
Great Nokomis East Neighborhood-Wide Garage & Yard Sale on Saturday, June 23
Last year, 86 separate sales were held within the Nokomis East neighborhoods. Pick up maps at local businesses or print one from the NENA website.
NEighbors Sales Weekend on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24
Attend this community-wide garage sale Saturday and Sunday, throughout the Windom Park, Audubon and Waite Park neighborhoods!
First Annual Marcy-Holmes FROLF Tournament on Sunday, June 24
A fun mashup of frisbee and golf, FROLF will be played on a neighborhood course with nine "holes" at historic locations. At all nine holes, participants will hear a bit about the historical significance of the landmark in the development of the neighborhood and Minneapolis. This event was originally scheduled for May 19.
Community News and Events
Venture North Bike Fest on:
Saturday, June 9 Thursday, June 21
Thursday, June 14
Get your bike tuned up for the summer, learn how to fix a flat, enter to win a new bike, and enjoy food and fun with neighbors young and old.
Tangletown and Minnehaha Creek - Preserve Minneapolis 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 Hennepin 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.
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.
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.
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 - Preserve Minneapolis 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, and will conclude with ice cream and a vintage streetcar ride! This tour is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum; cost is $10.
Bike Walk Week continues through Sunday, June 10
Put a little joy into your travel – 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!
A Living Plan for Public Art - Central Corridor Public Art Plan Community Dialogue meetings on Monday, June 11 – Thursday, June 14
Four public meetings along the Central Corridor route will be held to update communities on the progress of the Central Corridor Public Art Master Plan to date, and to initiate conversations between community members and artists on how they can formulate projects that respond to the Corridor’s urban futures. Each meeting will cover the same information. Come to whichever meeting is most convenient for you.
Minnesota Council of Non Profits Webinar - The 3Rs of Inclusion: Relationship, Reciprocity and Reflections on Tuesday, June 12
Why do inclusive practices fail? What can be done to increase the probability of creating inclusive relationships? In this session, participants will focus on the 3Rs of inclusion and describe the different ways cultural groups develop trust and relationships.
West Broadway Farmers Market Season Opener on Friday, June 15
Come to the West Broadway Farmers Market season opener at Broadway and Emerson. EBT customers receive an extra $5 in market bucks for the first $5 they spend each market week.
Milwaukee Avenue Historic District - Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Saturday, June 16
Milwaukee Avenue is the earliest example of a planned workers’ community in Minneapolis. Built between 1883-1895, the area attracted workers of Scandinavian and Eastern European descent, who worked for the nearby Milwaukee Railroad shops, yards, and other industries. In the early 1970s, the City of Minneapolis housing authority planned to raze 70 percent of the houses. That this four-block area still exists today is a tribute to the moxie and might of neighbors.
Juneteeth on Saturday, June 16
The Juneteenth Festival observes the June 19, 1865, proclamation of the abolition of slavery in Texas. This celebrates the freedom for people of all racial backgrounds. The festival will be held at North Mississippi Regional Park, and includes, exhibits, food and music.
World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 16
Twin Cities World Refugee Day is a locally organized festival that celebrates the more than 100,000 refugees living in Minnesota and the diversity of cultures, experiences and assets they bring to our community. The event will be held at Minnehaha Park, and will include entertainment, a resource fair, and much more!
Architects’ Dream Home Tour – New Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Sunday, June 17
Designing your own home must be the dream of almost every architect. This tour visits some of the finest dreams come true in Minneapolis. This tour stops at 6-8 homes and will travel along excellent trails and low traffic roads between houses. Tour length is approximately 14 miles.
Celebrate Northeast Parade on Tuesday, June 19
This parade features over 100 entries. Join others along Central Avenue and come celebrate Northeast Minneapolis!
Walk With Maud: Lowry Hill East – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Wednesday, June 20
Discover four of the real life homes that set the stage for Maud Hart Lovelace to write Betsy’s Wedding, the tenth novel in the beloved Betsy-Tacy series of girls books. Walk by three other homes that were occupied by her sisters and family members and enjoy the beautifully preserved 2400 block of Bryant Avenue South.
Twin Cities Pride Festival on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24
As one of the largest GLBT Pride Celebrations in the United States, and the largest in the upper Midwest, this celebration is comprised of several annual events, the biggest two being the Pride Festival and the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade. Each year, Twin Cities Pride also produces other events and promotes numerous community-produced events. Whether this is your 1st Pride or your 40th, you are welcome at the Twin Cities Pride Festival being held this year at Loring Park in Minneapolis.
Historic Old Highland - Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Saturday, June 23
Encompassing 30 blocks of north Minneapolis, this Victorian-era enclave is the kind of place where people fall in love first with a house, then with the neighborhood. The area, named for its location high above Bassett Creek, was largely developed during the turn of the century, when architects designed residences for well-to-do merchants operating businesses along its main thoroughfares.
27th and Lake: Industry and Transportation Infrastructure – New Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Sunday, June 24
Two years after the City of Minneapolis annexed the area in 1883, 27th and Lake had emerged as a center of commercial and retail activity. In 1886, the streetcar line from downtown reached Lake Street along 27th Avenue, and even though “Lake Street was a rutted path and the cows outnumbered the people,” the area grew rapidly. The housing and population boom went hand-in-hand with the tremendous growth of the 27th and Lake commercial district, and by the end of the 1920s, nearly 80 percent of the present housing stock was built. This tour will center on the historic industrial complex at Minnehaha and Lake, the ever-evolving transportation system at the intersection of Hiawatha and Lake and the working-class communities that grew up around them.
Nonprofit Leadership Conference on Tuesday, June 26
Authentic leadership requires communities to engage in the co-creation of a future that is emerging. This idea of stakeholder engagement and group action is the foundation for the 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Share strategies and solutions about how nonprofit organizations, including yours, excel at engaging people, improving systems and strengthening communities. Whether you’ve been involved in the nonprofit sector for 2 years or 20 years, this conference offers a space for you!
City and Local Government News and Events
Summer Strong Bus Tour and Book Giveaway on Tuesday, June 12
Summer Strong is an effort to inform families and students of resources for a safe and strong summer effort. The Tour will stop at four Minneapolis locations ane provide families opportunities to get free books, meals and sign up for summer school.
Van White Memorial Boulevard Celebration on Tuesday, June 12
Work has begun on a new stretch of Van White Memorial Boulevard that will complete an important connection to the city’s North Side. City leaders will discuss the history of the area, former Council Member Van White’s legacy and things that are in store for surrounding neighborhoods.
2012 Community Technology Survey – Meetings to discuss results and next steps on
Wednesday, June 13 Tuesday, June 19
Monday, June 18 Wednesday, June 27
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.
Thomas F. Feeney Manor Grand Opening on Thursday, June 14
Join Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and its partners for the grand opening of Thomas F. Feeney Manor and the Heritage Park Senior Services Center, a first of its kind senior public housing community in North Minneapolis. The afternoon will begin with a social hour and tours; a program will begin at 2 p.m. Please bring an item to donate to the food shelf.
Great Streets Speaker Series: West Broadway Business Distict Tour on Thursday, June 14
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.
Neighborhood Bicycle Tours: BF Nelson Park on on Saturday, June 16
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.
Family Bicycling Series - Saturday Safety Series on Saturday, June 16
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.
Picturing Peace - on dsiplay at City Hall through Monday, June 18
The Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District will celebrate the work of more than a dozen local youth in a documentary photography exhibit. Picturing Peace is a community engagement and photography project that explores young people’s reflections and hopes for peace and safety in their communities. The Picturing Peace exhibit will tour Hennepin County Libraries throughout November 2012.
Walking Tour: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse on Wednesday, June 20
Enjoy a lunchtime tour of one of the Twin Cities' greatest landmarks: the Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse. Learn about local history and discover the intricate detailing that makes this building an architectural treasure.
Kidical Mass – Northside Connections on Saturday, June 23
Meet in front of the Venture North Bike Walk Center. Ride along Wirth Pkwy, Bassett’s Creek Pkwy and visit the Sculpture Garden.
Music and Movies in the Park
More than 200 free concerts take place in Minneapolis parks throughout the summer and feature something for every musical taste, including Jazz, Big Band, Folk, Rock, Indie, Bluegrass, Classical and more. Performers range from solo artists to full orchestras and everything in between. Concerts are offered:
Mondays at 7 p.m. at Nicollet Island Park
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Father Hennepin Bluffs Bandstand
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Bryant Square Park
Wednesdays - Fridays at 7 p.m. at Minnehaha Falls Bandstand
Mondays - Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Harriet Bandshell
In addition, more than 60 outdoor movies will be shown, all starting 15 minutes after sunset. Bring a blanket or pack a picnic and enjoy movies under the stars in Minneapolis parks this summer.
NCR News and Information
2012 Neighborhood Survey: Survey open through Friday, June 22
NCR has developed a survey to help assess the impact of neighborhood organizations, the NCR Department, the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and the Community Participation Program (CPP). We are asking for participation from leaders and volunteers in neighborhood organizations. The survey will inform the City on the strengths and opportunities relating to community engagement so that we can better understand the work being done and how to best apply resources.
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, June 20
NRP Policy Board meeting on Monday, June 25
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, June 26
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) elections on Thursday, June 28
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. Neighborhood groups shouuld notify NCR of their neighborhood electors and alternates by Wednesday, June 27.
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This 27th 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 Jun. 8, 2012