July 13, 2012
July 26 is the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
· City seeks candidates for “RENEW” – a new job training program focused on sustainable economic development
· West African Cultural and Family Day on Saturday, July 21
· Tour de Camden on Saturday, July 21
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Bryn Mawr Garden Tour on Saturday, July 14
The Bryn Mawr Garden Tour is a self-guided tour of about a dozen residential gardens. Past tours have attracted over 300 visitors. Tickets are $15 on the day of the event or $10 in advance. Proceeds support continued beautification of Bryn Mawr.
Free CPR / First Aid Class on Saturday, July 14
Join residents for this free class sponsored by the Cedar Riverside NRP.
Energy Saving Workshop on Saturday, July 14
Save money by saving energy! Join neighbors and Our Power for a free educational workshop on how to stop energy waste and keep more of the money you pay for energy.
Cleveland Garden Tour on Sunday, July 15
This event provides a great opportunity to get to know others and to get ideas for your own landscaping designs. Because many of the hosts are available during the tour, this is a good time to ask “how-to” questions and find out how easy it is to get started.
Prospect Park Community Concert on Tuesday, July 17
Join Prospect Park residents for a free concert at the Pratt Outdoor Amphitheater. The concert features Mary DuShane & Nick Jordan, The Moonlight Duo.
Loring Park Family Fun Night on Wednesday, July 18
Stop by Loring Park before the Aquatennial Torchlight Parade for a night of family fun. There will be food, games and music for all.
Bancroft Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 19
Visit Bancroft Meadows for free ice cream, face painting, a petting zoo, and more!
6th Annual Tour de Camden on Saturday, July 21
Take a leisurely bike ride through the historic seven-neighborhood Camden community of Minneapolis on the last day of the Aquatennial. The ride will take participants through a national park, past several landmarks, with various educational pit stops along the route. Inspired by the Tour de France, this free community ride is designed to have various points of interest. The Tour de Camden is organized by the Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association.
Midtown Philips Festival on Saturday, July 21
Join Midtown Phillips residents for a day of live music, food, games and resource booths. This free event will be held at Stewart Park.
Bryn Mawr Ice Cream Taste-Off on Monday, July 23
Sponsored by the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association, this event attracts as many as 500 neighbors each year. Entertainment includes live music, face painting, and games.
Whittier Summer Social on Tuesday, July 24
Enjoy an afternoon of fun at a great park in Whittier that boasts playground equipment, a volleyball and basketball court, and more than enough space for a pick-up game of soccer or Frisbee. Ice cream treats will be available.
Red Hot Art on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29
The city’s premier grass roots arts festival, Red Hot Art is a weekend long event that serves as a showcase for emerging Twin Cities artists, offering them and arts enthusiasts alike the opportunity to create flourishing relationships through support and networking. The festival also provides a way to reclaim the park for neighborhood residents and local families. Red Hot Art is presented by the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO), one of the longest running community organizations in the city.
B.L.E.N.D. Award - nominations due on Monday, July 30
The B.L.E.N.D. Award encourages and rewards builders, architects, and home owners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis neighborhoods. Eligible projects include new buildings, renovation or additions to existing buildings, and landscape projects that have been completed since July 1, 2007. New this year is the EcoB.L.E.N.D Award. (Ecologically Conscience Buildings and Landscapes Enhancing the Neighborhood through Design) presented in partnership with Linden Hills Power and Light (LHP&L). BLEND is sponsored by the Fulton Neighborhood Association in partnership with other Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Community News and Events
River Awareness Day with the Cedar Riverside Youth Council on Friday, July 13
Join the Friends of the Mississippi River and the Cedar Riverside Youth Council for an evening presentation of the restoration and educational work completed together this season. The event will include photos from spring events, testimonials, hands-on water-quality activities, discussions about water resources in Minnesota and Somalia, and free snacks.
Taste of Northeast Festival on Saturday, July 14
Northeast Minneapolis is known for its diverse, sustainable, and locally-focused food businesses. Held at the Northeast Farmers Market, the Taste of Northeast will feature small-portion dishes for purchase from market vendors.
Arts on Chicago Workshop on Saturday, July 14; Wednesday, July 18 (Spanish interpreting available); and Monday, August 6 (ASL interpreting available)
Arts on Chicago will implement 20 art projects in one year to knit together existing creative assets in the Central, Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant communities along Chicago Avenue from 32nd Street to 42nd Street. This process will build a framework for the ongoing support of a vibrant arts and cultural district. If you have an artistic talent and live or work in the area, or If you want details about proposing an art project, come to one of our information and inspiration workshops.
The Authentic East Hennepin Experience – New Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Saturday, July 14
East Hennepin Avenue, originally known as Bay Street, has always served as a curious dividing line between northeast and southeast Minneapolis. Come learn a bit of history of St. Anthony Falls, walk the streets of East Hennepin, and hear gripping tales of the neighborhood’s first families. Along the way you will view eight blocks of diverse architecture, assorted building rehabilitations, and hidden neighborhood art!
Somali American Youth Conference on Saturday, July 14
Attend the second in a series of conferences addressing the issues facing the Somali community in Minneapolis. This conference is sponsored by Ka Joog – a 501c3 that encourages Somali youth stay on the right path by attaining higher education and serving and volunteering in their communities.
Midtown Greenway Community Bike Festival on Saturday, July 14
Come out and enjoy music, bike tours, and free snacks, bike decorations and other fun giveaways.
Cedar Riverside Youth Council Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 14
The Cedar Riverside Community Leadership Award (CRCLA) is awarded annually to 21 community members in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Cedar Riverside community and/or in the greater West Bank community. Learn more about the Cedar Riverside Youth Council at http://cryouthcouncil.org.
Dragon Festival 2012 on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15
Watch Lake Phalen Park come alive with two days of colorful, traditional dances and music to showcase the performance arts of Asia. Dances are from the ceremonial to the theatrical and are as varied as the colors on the performers' authentic costumes.
Help the Universal Access playground at Wabun Picnic Area win $100,000 - Sunday, July 15 voting deadline
You can help win $100,000 for a universal access playground by voting for Wabun Picnic Area as your favorite park. A universal access playground is one where disabled children can use 70% of the equipment, allowing them to play safely side by side with their non-disabled peers.
Marcy Holmes Fifth Street SE Historic District – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Sunday, July 15
The Fifth Street Southeast Historic District exhibits popular 19th century architectural styles built by influential citizens of Minneapolis. Beginning as a scattered residential development in the late 1850s, the district expanded on the edge of the pioneer milling town of St. Anthony. After the merge with Minneapolis in 1872, Fifth Street Southeast remained one of the finer streets of residence. Today the area contains combinations of large and small homes in a wide range of architectural styles; many of these buildings have great historic character despite their age.
Shaping Urban Futures through Public Art - Central Corridor Public Art Plan Community Dialogues on Tuesday, July 17, Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19
Three public meetings along the Central Corridor will be held to discuss projects related to three urban futures — food systems, water systems and gathering spaces. Community members and artists will form collaborative teams to discuss project concepts and priorities. Each meeting will cover the same information.
Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Wednesday, July 18
Join Preserve Minneapolis for an exclusive “Under Construction” tour of the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center (MAAM), located in the historic Coe mansion, just south of downtown Minneapolis. The one-hour tour will be guided by project architect Nathan Johnson, Knutson Construction, and a MAAM representative.
Mni Sota Makoce/Minnesota: The U.S.-Dakota War and the Making of Minnesota on Wednesday, July 18
In this, the sesquicentennial year of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, explore the war’s causes and its legacy in exclusive evening lectures at the Minnesota History Center with one of Minnesota’s most accomplished scholars. Historian Mary Lethere Wingerd explores the war’s complex causes, and examines the war’s dark role in the creation of the State of Minnesota. Wingerd is associate professor of history at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and author of the award-winning North Country: The Making of Minnesota.
Minneapolis Warehouse District – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Thursday, July 19
The North Loop Warehouse District is Minnesota’s largest commercial historic district. The North Loop area served as the city’s warehouse and wholesaling district during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, expanding when Minneapolis became a major distribution and jobbing center for the upper Midwest. Structures in the Warehouse District exhibit the various tastes and trends popular at the time and represent a wide range of commercial architectural styles. This physical representation of the progression of tastes and styles is one the many significant contributions of the Warehouse District.
Connect for Health Challenge - voting open through Friday, July 20
The Connect for Health Challenge had 386 entries submitted. Through 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. One finalist with a Minneapolis connection is the Native American Somali Peacemakers. All residents of Minnesota are eligible to vote once.
Nokomis Knoll Historic District – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Saturday, July 21
Charming Nokomis Knoll typifies Minneapolis residential development of the 1920s and ’30s. Located close to the Cedar and Bloomington streetcar lines, Nokomis Knoll embodies housing trends of the time, including architectural styles like Tudor Revival and the inclusion of attached garages signifying an emerging car culture. The tour will highlight how cultural issues affect neighborhoods and how home improvements can be historically sensitive.
West African Cultural and Family Day on Saturday, July 21
The Center for Families presents the Fifth Annual West African Cultural and Family Day. The event features cultural performances, displays of cultural artifacts, storytelling, food displays, and a soccer match. The theme of this year's event is Africans and autism: recognizing, understanding and accessing resources.
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) Golf Scramble Benefit on Monday, July 23
Since 1973, VEAP has provided a range of services to help low-income individuals and families meet their immediate needs and attain long-term stability. VEAP serves the communities of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and a portion of South Minneapolis. Today, VEAP operates the largest food shelf in the state of Minnesota. Join VEAP to support essential children’s programs and enjoy a great day of golf at the Minnesota Valley Country Club. Prizes will be awarded to each member of the top three teams.
Taste of Mediation on Tuesday, July 24
The Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) has brought people together to find lasting and effective solutions to conflict and is mediating 1,600 cases each year. Taste of Mediation is a one-hour program which helps the public learn more about mediation, see a role play involving mediators, and talk with representative of the Conflict Resolution Center. Sessions are held frequently and at varying times. Consider attending and learn how you can support this work and our communities.
We Are Still Here: Minnesota is a Dakota Place on Wednesday, July 25
In this, the sesquicentennial year of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, explore the war’s causes and its legacy in exclusive evening lectures at the Minnesota History Center with one of Minnesota’s most accomplished scholars. Gwen Westerman as she shares her perspective on the modern Dakota people and their special place in Minnesota. Westerman is an English professor at Minnesota State University-Mankato and serves as the Director of the Native American Literature Symposium.
Riverfront Vitality: Summit and Celebration on Thursday, July 26
Join Don Shelby and the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership to help shape the future of the Mississippi in Minneapolis.
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Saturday, July 28
Since 2006, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl has become the premier art event in North Minneapolis. This free, family event is a unique collaboration between the business and arts communities that showcases artists of all ages from the North Minneapolis community. FLOW is a self-guided art tour featuring visual and performing artists showing at businesses, studios and organizations along West Broadway in North Minneapolis. Come celebrate the Northside!
38th and Chicago BBQ and Music Festival on Saturday, July 28
There's much to celebrate at 38th and Chicago this year with the many new businesses helping to revitalize the intersection and more on the way. Don’t miss this festival!
North Side Synagogues and Neighborhood – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Sunday, July 29
This tour highlights the history and architecture of some of the gathering places of North Minneapolis’ Jewish community in the early and mid-20th century. Visit a neighborhood with three synagogues, the Emmanuel Cohen Community Center, and the Jewish Shelter Home for Children. Learn about the areas visited and the communities that have gathered here. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.
City and Local Government News and Events
City seeks candidates for job training in sustainable economic development
Sustainability is so important to the City, it has launched an employment training program called RENEW Minneapolis. RENEW provides free job training and job placement services to low-income Minneapolis residents. RENEW is where green business practices meet high demand occupations. Candidates are encouraged to apply now.
Minneapolis Aquatennial Festival: Friday, July 13 – Saturday, July 21
The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Entering its 73rd year, Minneapolis residents, workers, and tourists have come to love and appreciate all that the City of Minneapolis has to offer during the Aquatennial Festival. Join in the celebration and enjoy The Best Days of Summer.
Family Bicycling Saturday Safety Series on Saturday, July 14
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.
Sister Cities Day on Sunday, July 15
Spend an afternoon at the Nicollet Island Pavilion celebrating the City of Minneapolis’ Sister City relationships. This free family event features entertainment, activities, ice cream and refreshments.
55+ Walking Series: Diamond Lake on Wednesday, July 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 Wednesday, March to August, and are 1.5 to 2 miles long.
Walking Tour: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse on Wednesday, July 18
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 – Brackett Park & Dowling Gardens on Saturday, July 21
Meet in front of the Brackett Park. Ride to Dowling Gardens for a short tour and finish at Minnehaha Park.
Pollinator Party at Lyndale Park Gardens on Thursday, July 19
Buzz over to the Pollinator Party, a celebration of the life and work of honey and native bees. This events features educational games, food and music.
National Night Out - Register your event for free through Tuesday, July 24
Held this year on Tuesday, August 7, National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. Block of your street for free through July 24; after August 2 no applications for blocking off a street will be allowed.
Great Streets Business Distict Tour: Uptown on Thursday, July 26
This tour will be led by the Thatcher Imboden of the Uptown Association.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28
Hennepin County organizes collection events throughout the year to give residents more convenient, local disposal options for their household hazardous wastes. The July Minneapolis event will be held at Dunwoody College of Technology. Visit the website for details and a list of materials accepted at the collection events.
Neighborhood Bicycle Tours – Audubon Park on Saturday, July 28
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.
NCR News and Information
Congratulations to the newly seated Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) members!
Please join the NCR Department in welcoming the 10 newly seated members on the NCEC. At the City-wide election held on Thursday, June 28, neighborhoods in NCEC Districts 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 chose 5 members to serve their neighborhoods on the commission. The new members are: Denis Houle, District 2, Doron Clark, District 4, Kenya McKnight, District 5, Henry Jimenez, District 6 and Marcea Mariani, District 8.
On Friday, June 29th, the City Council approved 4 new appointments and 1 re-appointment to serve on the commission. The Mayoral appointees are Ishmael Israel, Ward 5 and Gregg Massey, Ward 10 and the Council appointees are Jeffrey Martin and Saciido Shaie, Ward 1, and Jeffrey Strand, Ward 4.
The vision for the NCEC is a City and community engagement process that increases inclusiveness, empowerment and greater opportunities for participation by all community members of the City of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, July 18
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, July 24
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Published Jul. 13, 2012