August 10, 2012
· NCR seeks Program Specialist (Senior Community) - apply by Wednesday, August 15
· Community meetings on proposed changes to Civilian Review Authority (CRA) Ordinance - Thursday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 21
· One Minneapolis One Read - tickets on sale now
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Bottineau Neighborhood Association seeks Neighborhood Coordinator – apply by Friday, August 10
Bottineau Neighborhood Association (BNA) seeks a part-time neighborhood coordinator. This is contract position. Please submit a letter of interest and your qualifications by Friday, August 10. Letters should be directed to the BNA board chair at:
Lind Community Garden Tour on Saturday, August 11
Want to learn about gardening or how the Lind Community Garden got started? Come and take a tour at Lind Community Garden at 51st and Dupont Avenues N. Bring your gardening questions or just stroll this great community asset!
3rd Annual Truck Extravaganza on Saturday, August 11
This event procides an opportunities for kids to dig for toy trucks and prizes (a raffle and “honk off” every hour), and offers lunch (hot dogs, chips, lemonade, popsicles), games, tattoos, crafts, inflatable, and lots and lots of trucks.
Armatage Summer Festival on Monday, August 13
Enjoy this fun night at the park! There will be a collector car show, food, Sebastian Joe's ice cream, face painting, games, magic show, a moonwalk, an inflatable obstacle course, a silent auction, skateboarding contests and live music.
Prospect Park Community Concert on Tuesday, August 14
Join Prospect Park residents at the Pratt Outdoor Amphitheater for a free concert. The August concert features Claudia Schmidt.
3rd Annual CARAG Kickball Game and Movie in the Park on Wednesday, August 15
Come out for a fun and friendly game of kickball with CARAG neighbors! Stick around for a free showing of “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill.
Jordan Area Community Council seeks Executive Director
The Jordan Area Community Council (JACC) seeks a dynamic, experienced individual for the position of Executive Director for the organization. This is a full time position.
East Harriet RoseFest on Saturday, August 25
All the RoseFest favorites will be back this summer. Spend a few hours or the day enjoying the food, music and festivities and celebrate summer before it ends.
Bancroft Neighborhood Association seeks Community Organizer – apply by Friday, August 31
Bancroft Neighborhood Association seeks a part-time community organizer. This position also involves administrative responsibilities.
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) now accepting workshop proposals
The NUSA Program Development Committee is now accepting proposals for 90 minute workshops for NUSA's 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns being held in Minneapolis from May 22 - 25, 2013. Workshops should pertain to one of the nine NUSA workshop tracks and be delivered from the lenses of cultural diversity/inclusion, social justice and equity, which create opportunities for generational leadership growth.
Community News and Events
Minnesota Fringe Festival – through Sunday, August 12
Now in its 19th year, Fringe is an annual 11-day performing arts festival. Anyone may apply to Fringe and all shows included in the festival are selected by lottery. Fringe aims to give artists a welcoming, affordable option to produce their own shows. Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell.
Irish Fair on Friday, Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12
The Irish Fair of Minnesota, the nation’s largest free celebration of Irish culture, will take place at beautiful Harriet Island on the banks of the Mississippi River. The unique once-a-year celebration offers attendees an opportunity to celebrate authentic Irish Heritage through a multitude of activities. Headline events include the music of Gaelic Storm and The Young Dubliners, and dance performances by the Atlantic Steps.
Community Garden Day on Saturday, August 11
Community Garden Day is a way to learn directly from community gardeners about these community spaces and get to know your community a little better in the process! Over 20 gardens in the City of Minneapolis will be on display. Among those participating is the Como Corner at 22nd and Como, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.
Karen Martyrs Day on Saturday, August 11
This event commemorates the first Karen national leader, Saw Ba U Gyi, gunned down while waging a just defensive struggle for freedom, national equality, democracy and peace. Martyrs Day honors fallen leaders, soldiers, and civilians that have lost their lives in the struggle for freedom and national equality.
IndiaFest on Saturday, August 11
India Association of Minnesota (IAM) cordially invites you to participate in IndiaFest at the St. Paul Capitol Grounds. IndiaFest is the joyful celebration of the rich culture and heritage of India, by the Asian Indians with all Minnesotans.
Twin Cities Polish Festival on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12
This festival brings together Minnesotans to celebrate Polish culture and Polish heritage. The Twin Cities Polish Festival aims to immerse Minnesotans in "all things Polish", presenting a kaleidoscope of unique cultural and educational displays, food and top-notch entertainment. You can even take a polka lesson!
Kids Cook Potluck Picnic and Pie Auction on Sunday, August 12
Enjoy pizza, potluck and pies. All proceeds from the pie auction go to support the Kids Cook program at Loring School.
Fort Snelling Upper Post – New Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Tuesday, August 14
Fort Snelling served as one of several Army outposts during Euro-American settlement of the nation’s western frontier. When the frontier passed the Fort, the property was sold and stood empty between 1858 and 1861. It was pressed back into service during the Civil War, providing a base for training and equipping over 22,000 soldiers from the Upper Midwest region. The fort was also a staging point for military campaigns against Indian tribes, a tragic chapter of our nation’s past. Fort Snelling grew during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to meet military needs within and outside of U.S. boundaries. After World War II, the Army found the fort of little strategic value, and it was decommissioned and turned over to the Veterans Administration in 1946. This tour will be led by historic architect Chuck Liddy, who for 20 years has been involved in the efforts to save, mothball, and reuse the buildings at the Upper Post.
Diversity and Inclusion Networking Lunch on Thursday, August 16
Join the Charities Review Council and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for Diversity and Inclusion Networking Lunches. The monthly lunches will explore the most pressing Diversity and Inclusion topics—from how to engage diverse stakeholders to creating inclusive working environments. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, examples and insights related to the topic of the session. In addition to the featured topic, each session will include time to network and ask questions. The August lunch will focus on ”How to make Diversity and Inclusion a Reality”.
Laotian National Conference on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18
This year, the Laotian American National Alliance (LANA) will hold its third Laotian National Conference in Minneapolis. The purpose of the conference is to provide the community a place where they can network, share resources, and unite for a better future for all generations. This year’s theme is Leaders: Building the Future.
Bike and Bite 2012: Year of the Cooperative on Saturday, August 18
Bike and Bite is a food-centered community bike event hosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). After setting their own course between designated stops and tasting some delicious local goods along the way, riders are invited back to IATP’s office in Whittier for more food, music, beverages and a chance to meet other local people interested in supporting a fair, healthy and sustainable food system.
Family Fun Day in the Midtown Greenway: A Celebration of Our Diverse Community on Sunday, August 19
Join the Immigrant Freedom Network and the Midtown Greenway Coalition for a community celebration of diverse cultures, featuring health information, face painting, games, activities, food and more!
The Edwardian Society of Lowry Hill East: Downton Abbey meets Bryant Avenue – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Wednesday, August 22
Have you ever wondered who lived in the beautiful Victorian homes of Lowry Hill East? In 1900, the hot spot to build and locate for upwardly mobile middle class entrepreneurs and businessmen were the newly platted lots between Lyndale and Hennepin avenues. Boulevards, lakes, and the fast efficient Minneapolis Street Railway system made the area very desirable. Take a walking tour with local historian Kathy Kullberg who brings to life the individual families that entertained and made society happen in Edwardian Minneapolis.
Elliot Park and the 9th Street Historic District – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Saturday, August 25
Elliot Park was one of the first residential neighborhoods in downtown Minneapolis. Visit the landmarks that make it a charming urban neighborhood, and survey the promise for new development. The Band Box Diner, 19th century brownstone row houses, North Central University, and the hospital district that has defined Elliot Park as a health sciences center will be featured.
Where the Elite Met: Lowry Hill in the 1890s – Preserve Minneapolis Tour on Sunday, August 26
The Mount Curve and Groveland Terrace area in Lowry Hill was one of the first upper class neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Learn about the homes built there by the city’s rich and famous families, including the Lowrys, Glueks, Donaldsons, Partridges, and Notts. See how the neighborhood has changed since its inception in 1874.
Network Leadership: The Role of the Network Weaver on Wednesday, August 29 (Minneapolis) and Thursday, August 30 (St. Paul)
June Holley, author of the Network Weaver Handbook and a pioneer and 25-year veteran in the applications of network strategies, is coming to the Twin Cities. Holley will share stories, tools and tips on building, nurturing and sustaining effective networks to facilitate the achievement of community and organizational goals. These participatory workshops are free, but space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. Choose the session most convenient for you.
Prettiest Painted Places Competition – deadline extended to Friday, September 14
The Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about paints and paint performance, is seeking to find and promote the prettiest painted communities in America. Nominate your neighborhood on the Paint Quality Institute website. This contest is free.
City and Local Government News and Events
Family Bicycling Saturday Safety Series on Saturday, August 11
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.
Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park: Tuesdays, August 14, 21 and 28
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and take in the view of Minneapolis’ downtown skyline as you enjoy Indigenous Music and Movies. The series is hosted by the First Nations Composer Initiative, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Independent Indigenous Film & Media. In its third season, Indigenous musicians, artists, filmmakers, producers and actors will be showcased in a four-part music and movies series at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park in Minneapolis.
Community Meetings on Proposed Civilian Review Authority (CRA) Ordinance Changes on Thursday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 21
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights will hold two more community meetings to receive community comments on the proposed changes to the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority, which handles police misconduct complaints. A public hearing on the proposed changes to the CRA ordinance is scheduled for September 12.
2012 Primary Election on Tuesday, August 14
All 117 polling places in the City of Minneapolis will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. to serve qualified Minneapolis voters. Precincts and polling places changed as a result of the recent redistricting of political boundaries; therefore, it’s important for voters to verify polling place locations in advance. Registered voters should have already received a Postal Verification Card (PVC), which was mailed out in early July by the Hennepin County Elections Office. Those who haven’t already registered—for voters who did not receive a PVC in the mail—may confirm their precinct and polling place location using the Polling Place Finder available from the City’s website at: www.minneapolismn.gov/elections. Using the City’s web-based Polling Place Finder also allows voters to preview a sample ballot, based on his or her specific precinct.
55+ Walking Series: Northeast Library & Jackson Square on Wednesday, August 15
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. This is the final walk of the summer.
Walking Tour: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse on Wednesday, August 15
Co-sponsored by the Municipal Building Commission, 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 make this building an architectural treasure. Visit the five-story rotunda with its stained glass windows and grotesques, the Father of Waters statue, the Council Chambers, and see million-year-old fossils.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18
Hennepin County organizes collection events throughout the year to give residents more convenient, local disposal options for their household hazardous wastes. The August Minneapolis event will be held at the Pillsbury School parking lot. Visit the website for details and a list of materials accepted at the collection events.
Neighborhood Bicycle Tours – Near North on Saturday, August 18
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.
Kidical Mass – Mississippi River Ride on Saturday, August 18
Picture a Park Photo Contest - photos accepted through Monday, September 3
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.
Minneapolis Bike Tour on Saturday, September 16 – registration now open for riders and volunteers
Hop on your bike and take a tour of Minneapolis. Enjoy the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway at your own pace. All ages and abilities welcome.
One Minneapolis One Read - an evening with Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson
– tickets on sale now
Minneapolis City leaders are launching the second year of One Minneapolis One Read, a citywide “read” where the entire community is encouraged to read the same book and join in a community conversation. The book is “Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past,” a book of vignettes Wilson created to honor the lives of her Dakota family. “Spirit Car” is available in paperback at local independent and chain bookstores, online booksellers and www.mhspress.org. It’s also available through Hennepin County Library and as an e-book. One Read week culminates in an evening with Garrison Keillor and author Diane Wilson on Monday, September 24. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors, students and limited income, are available at www.ticketworks.com or 612-343-3390.
NCR News and Information
NCR seeks Program Specialist (Senior Community) - apply by Wednesday, August 15
The Program Specialist (Senior Community) will lead the City’s strategic planning process related to the needs of older residents by working with other City departments, neighborhood organizations and community partners in implementing recommendations from the plan; managing contracts supporting senior services; and coordinating client advocacy and service assurance.
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, August 15
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, August 28
Approved 2012-13 Community Participation Program (CPP) Submissions and 2011 Annual Reports now online
Minneapolis neighborhoods are in the process of completing CPP submissions and reports on their 2011 activities. Submissions and reports will be added weekly.
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This 31st 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 Aug. 10, 2012