June 22, 2012
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month
· Twin Cities Pride Festival on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24
· 2012 Neighborhood Survey deadline extended to Monday, June 25 – last chance!
· 2013 Northeast Calendar – submissions due by Saturday, June 30
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Great Nokomis East Neighborhood-Wide Garage and Yard Sale on Saturday, June 23
Last year, 86 separate sales were held within the Nokomis East neighborhoods. Pick up a map at local businesses or view it on the NENA website.
Prospect Park Garden Walk and Plant Sale on Saturday, June 23
The 15th annual Prospect Park Garden Walk and Plant Sale will be held rain or shine! The garden walk is free. Tour approximately 20 local gardens that cover a variety of garden types. The plant sale is a Garden Club fundraiser to support projects such as buckthorn removal and plantings at the triangles and at Pratt Elementary School. Maps will be available the day of the event.
Lowry Hill East Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 23
Celebrate summer at Mueller Park with Lowry Hill East neighbors. This event includes ice cream from Sebastian Joe’s.
CARAG Garden Tour on Saturday, June 23, Monday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 27
Have you ever wanted a closer look at CARAG’s fabulous yards? Here’s your chance- the CARAG Garden Tour! This free walking tour event features properties around the neighborhood that feature beautiful plants and creative landscaping. Each evening starts at a different location.
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 Park, and Waite Park neighborhoods!
First Annual Marcy-Holmes FROLF Tournament on Sunday, June 24 (rescheduled)
A fun mashup of frisbee and golf, FROLF will be played on a neighborhood course with nine "holes" at historic locations. At each hole, participants will hear a bit about the historical significance of the landmark in the development of the neighborhood and Minneapolis.
Victory Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 27
Come out and play with neighbors at Victory Park. Eat ice cream and popcorn, ride the ponies, bounce in the Bounce House, have your face painted, and enjoy the performances of area musicians and artists - including singers and dancers from the Patrick Henry Asian Cultural Club. There will also be tables with information from local organizations and businesses.
Pathways to a Peaceful Neighborhood on Thursday, June 28
Join Longfellow Community Council for the last of a 3-part series of panel discussions on positive, community-based approaches to crime and conflict. As a follow up to discussions on Restorative Justice and Conflict Mediation, this discussion will focus on Court Watch.
· Contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-722-4529 for more information.
Live on the Drive on Thursday, June 28 (rescheduled) and Thursday, July 12
Celebrate by packing a picnic, bringing your family and inviting your friends to these 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.
2013 Northeast Calendar – submissions due by Saturday, June 30
Organized by the Northeast CDC, the Northeast Calendar was created to celebrate the Northeast neighborhoods and the artists, artwork, and creative communities therein. The calendar will feature information about all 14 Northeast Neighborhoods - including Mid-City Industrial!
Conservation Districts - Stakeholder Meeting on Tuesday, July 10
Learn more about Neighborhood Conservation as an alternative to historic district designation. Neighborhood Conservation can provide a means to preserve the essential qualities of older neighborhoods and has been used as an alternative way to focus on residential properties. Staff of the Minneapolis Planning Department will attend, as well as representatives from the Prospect Park, Marcy Homes, Lowry Hill and East Isles neighborhoods.
Waite Park Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 12
Come on down for an ice cream social at Waite Park. Feast on fabulous flavors that tantalize your summer taste buds. Cool off, take a break, and mingle with your neighbors while the kids partake in fun activities.
· For more information, call 612-370-4959.
Kingfield Garden Tour on Thursday, July 12
Join Kingfield residents for an evening of gardening inspiration! Garden hosts will be at their gardens during the evening to answer questions; those touring may view the gardens at their own pace. The evening will conclude with a celebration of community and gardening at Kingfield’s Pleasant Community Garden. This is a fundraiser to sustain and grow gardening efforts within the neighborhood.
Community News and Events
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. 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. 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!
Firsts: Minnesota's African American Groundbreakers on Thursday, June 28
Join award-winning-author Alexs Pate and former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton for lunch and conversation as they share their experience with Firsts: Minnesota’s African American Groundbreakers. Learn about the background of the documentary, which features a series of interviews with six African American Minnesotans reflecting on what it means to think of themselves in the historical perspective of being a “First.” This presentation is part of “Lunch and Learns” series at the Minnesota Humanities Center, featuring community leaders who inform and engage on important community issues.
Minnesota Preservation Awards - nominations deadline on Friday, June 29
The Minnesota Preservation Awards is the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s annual program that recognizes individuals, groups and projects throughout the state that demonstrate a commitment to preserving Minnesota’s history. If you’ve completed a project on a historic property in the last three years, consider nominating it for the 2012 Minnesota Preservation Awards. Awards will be announced in September at the Minnesota Preservation Awards and Gala.
Firefighters Hall & Museum - 81 MINUTES: After the Bridge Collapsed – opens on Saturday, June 30
This exhibit documents the 35W Bridge Collapse in greater detail. Join firefighters in commemorating the fifth anniversary of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapse and the astonishing rescue efforts in the minutes and hours following.
Hennepin Avenue Theaters - Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Saturday, June 30
Take a walking tour of Hennepin Theatre Trust’s State, Orpheum or Pantages Theatre! Experienced guides highlight architecture and historical facts and stories about the venues that anchored the region’s “Theatre Row.” Each tour accesses the theatres’ interiors and provides a fascinating historical perspective that patrons cannot experience when attending an event.
Connect for Health Challenge - voting begins on Monday, July 9
The Connect for Health Challenge had 386 entries submitted. Next, from July 9th to July 20th, there will be a statewide vote to determine which of three finalist organizations will receive a $100,000 grant to improve the health of low income communities by building social connections. All residents of Minnesota are eligible to vote once.
Nice Ride Minnesota seeks Member Care Manager – application deadline is Saturday, July 14
Nice Ride Minnesota is a non-profit organization that owns and operates the Twin Cities bike sharing system. Nice Ride is seeking an experienced individual to be responsible for all customer service activities related to operations of the bike share system. This is a full time position with the possibility of flexible hours and working off site. Evening and weekend work may be required.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) seeks Childcare Teacher, Nokomis Endaad Counselor
MIWRC is a non-profit organization in the Phillips neighbrohood that provides a comprehensive set of gender and culturally based services for American Indian women and their families. MIWRC’s programs are designed to educate and empower American Indian women, their families and the surrounding community. MIWRC is currently looking to hire a Childcare Teacher and a Nokomis Endaad Counselor.
The Hopeman Family Collection: A Survey of Native American Art – on view now
The Hopeman Family Collection surveys a wide range of influential artists and movements that have played significant roles in the history of contemporary Native American art. The collection can be viewed at All My Relations Gallery through July 22.
City and Local Government News and Events
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.
Above the Falls Community Meeting on Tuesday, June 26
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis will host a public meeting to engage the community in efforts to update the master plan for the upper river in Minneapolis. The plan was first approved in 2000, and since it’s adoption, significant implementation steps have been achieved. The plan update will include recommendations for land-use policy, park development, phasing, implementation strategies and environmental stewardship within the Above the Falls plan area.
55+ Bicycling Mini-Series on Wednesday, June 27
Learn how to ride confidently, safely, and enjoy bicycling as a lifetime activity! This bicycling class for 55+ community members will cover getting started, types of cycles, basic maintenance and upkeep, rules of the road, and trip planning.
2012 Community Technology Survey – Final community meeting to discuss results and next steps on 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.
Great Streets Business Distict Tour: Lake Street on Thursday, June 28
This tour will be led by Joyce Wisdom of the Lake Street Council.
Southside Classic on Friday, June 29
Youth and youth workers are invited to this first of three monthly Southside teen events to be held this summer. There will be music and a DJ, and food and movies. Youth must be accompanied by a youth worker.
Solar Works! Workshop on Thursday, July 5
Learn more about solar energy, hear from people with projects on their homes and businesses, and find resources to get started, including a Home Energy Squad visit and a solar site assessment. You’ll also be able to connect with experts that can talk to you more about their efforts to encourage solar energy including easing permitting for solar installations. This event is hosted by Metro Clean Energy Resource Team in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and ICP Green.
Canoes for a Cause at Sixth Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup on Sunday, July 8
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is teaming up with the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company’s “Canoes for a Cause” campaign to host the 6th annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup at Lake Hiawatha. The goal this year is to collect two tons of trash. Volunteers are needed!
55+ Walking Series: BF Nelson, Boom & Nicollet Islands on Wednesday, July 11
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. Top avoid conflicts with the July 4th holiday, this walk has been moved to the second Weednesday.
Great Streets Business Distict Tour: Central Avenue on Thursday, July 12
This tour will be led by the Christine Levens of the NE Chamber of Commerce.
Camden Farmers Market – opening day on Thursday, July 12
Be sure to shop the expanded Camden Farmers Market this summer. In addition to farmers selling locally grown produce, the market will include a home processor (jams, jellies, pickles etc.) and a distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables that are not available locally or are not in season.
Neighborhood Bicycle Tours: Elliot Park on Thursday, July 12
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.
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.
Art and artists to become integral part of Minneapolis planning and public spaces, thanks to ArtPlace grant
Three unique, arts-driven projects in Minneapolis will receive almost $1 million in grant funding from ArtPlace. Intermedia Arts, a non-profit arts and cultural center in South Minneapolis, is one of the recipients, with a project that will embed artists in the City’s planning process. Pillsbury House + Theatre will receive funds to establish a new Chicago Avenue Arts District. The final ArtPlace grant in Minneapolis is to create a new front door for the Native American Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue.
Interactive map makes it easy to find dozens of farmers markets in Minneapolis
The City has a new an online interactive map that makes it easy to find markets. The map pins will show the address, season dates and opening times for each market. Seven of the markets accept “electronic benefits transfer” cards as payment to give residents on federal food assistance easier access to fresh, healthy food. Thirteen of the farmers markets are mini markets, a special small market that the City licenses to get more fresh and affordable produce on the table in low-income neighborhoods. There are 29 farmers markets in Minneapolis this year.
Better biking options in the Twin Cities? There’s an app for that.
The Metropolitan Council is using a smartphone application to get a better understanding of bicyclists’ route and habits. This application is free and records your actual bike trips with the help of GPS. CycleTracks also allows users to track their rides. The app sends details of the routes to a centralized database. The Met Council can then use the information on your routes to improve regional transportation planning by giving transportation planners a better understanding of the routes cyclists take.
Picture a Park Photo Contest
Take your best shot in the third annual Picture a Park Photo Contest in 2012. The contest is designed to highlight the year-round beauty, events and fun throughout Minneapolis’ parks. The next time you attend an event in a park, take a stroll along a parkway or spend an afternoon at one of the lakes, bring your camera and take your best shot at capturing the unique sights of Minneapolis. Photos will be accepted through September 3, 2012.
NCR News and Information
2012 Neighborhood Survey deadline extended to Monday, June 25
We are so close to our goal of 425 responses that we are going to EXTEND THE DEADLINE for the survey through the weekend to try to reach it. We hope to hear from board members, staff, volunteers, active community members and others who participate in your neighborhood organization. Please pass this around to members of your community.
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.
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, July 12
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department City of Minneapolis Tri Tech Center, Room 220 331 2nd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 673-3737
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
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Published Jun. 22, 2012