· Minneapolis Urban League Family Day - Saturday, August 25
· NeighborhoodLIFT Homebuyer event – Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
McKinley CSA "Chef-In-The-Box" on Saturday, August 25
Join McKinley residents for the first Chef-In-The-Box event. Professional chefs from the critical acclaimed Tilia Restaurant will demonstrate what they would make from this week’s CSA share.
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.
St. Anthony East BBQ on Sunday, August 26
Don’t miss this special neighborhood celebration outside the Clare Housing apartments. There will be FREE food, beverages, music, kids games and face painters, and more!
Whittier Artists in Storefronts Walking Tour on Wednesday, August 29
More art and more storefront windows are on exhibit in round two of Whittier’s highly successful Artist in Storefronts. Take a self-guided tour or join this walking tour and get the scoop on the artists and their work. A final tour will be held on Saturday, September 8.
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.
Building Bridges Multicultural Book Club on Tuesday, September 4
The September book selection will be The View from Delphi and author Jonathan Odell will be attending. Email info@buildingbridgesMPLS.org if you want to attend so organizers can be sure there is room at the gathering. The Book Club meets the first Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at Hosmer Library.
Minneapolis Monarch Festival on Saturday, September 8
Come to this fun, family-oriented event honoring our State Butterfly and its amazing 2,300 mile migration to the mountains of central Mexico. Free activities include games, art, educational displays, and a live stage with traditional folkloric and contemporary music & dance from Mexico and Minnesota. Food vendors and natural plant vendors will be on hand. Tag and release a live Monarch for its journey south. The festival is sponsored by the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and several others.
East Isles Super Sale on Saturday, September 8
East Isles will be holding its first annual neighborhood super sale -- watch for the yard signs!
Waite Park Push Cart Derby on Saturday, September 8
Get started now on building a push cart for the Waite Park Push Cart Derby! Visit the website for basics on push cart building, and then let your design take off!
Fulton Fall Festival on Saturday, September 8
Planning is underway for the Annual Fulton Fall Festival. Count on lots of family-friendly fun tentatively set to include a bike parade featuring the Southwest High Marching Band, inflatables, petting zoo, games and art projects for kids, food drive and food can sculpture, festival food (hot dogs, corn on the cob, etc.), the Marketplace, and Silent Auction.
Beltrami Dog Day Afternoon and Bean Bag Tourney on Saturday, September 8
Enjoy live local music, tasty local beer and food! There will be sponsor booths and more. This event is a benefit to build a dog park in the heart of NE Minneapolis.
NUSA Neighborhood Pride Tour applications now being accepted - apply by Monday, September 17
The Neighborhood Pride Tours are a highlight of the NUSA National Conference. It allows for the host site to showcase their neighborhoods /communities and to network with conference attendees from across the country. This is a wonderful opportunity for creating a "community feel" to the National Conference.
· To apply, please download the application form (pdf)
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) now accepting workshop proposals - apply by Friday, November 2
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 lens of cultural diversity/inclusion, social justice and equity, which create opportunities for generational leadership growth.
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.
Community News and Events
Minneapolis Urban League Family Day on Saturday, August 25
This Saturday, Plymouth Avenue between Knox and Penn Avenues will be transformed into an urban festival, marketplace, and resource fair. Family Day is an event that focuses on promoting family traditions and values, healthy, secure neighborhoods and economic development. It’s a great opportunity for community residents to come out and connect with resources, vendors, families, and local leaders.
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.
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.
Youth Drum Festival on Thursday, August 30
The Native American Somali Friendship Committee invites you to a Youth Drum Festival. There will be drum exhibitions by American Indian youth and Somali youth, as wells as food, speakers and cultural sharing.
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.
Educator and Student Gathering on Monday, September 3
Join educators and students for a get together at Safari Restaurant. For more information, contact Teacher Xiito at 612-558-6316.
NeighborhoodLIFT Homebuyer event on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8
If you have a goal to become a homeowner, you won’t want to miss the NeighborhoodLIFT event, sponsored by Wells Fargo in collaboration with local non-profit organizations. At the event, you can find out if you qualify for the down payment assistance program and reserve your funds for 60 days – even if you haven’t yet found a property. Down payment assistance of up to $15,000 per qualified homebuyer is available.
People for Parks 5K Run for the Bandshell on Sunday, September 9
Register for the 6th annual 5K Run/Walk for the Lake Harriet Band Shell! Run, walk, jog your dog or push a stroller for this family friendly event. Categories include "Individual", "Grandparent and Child', "Parent/caregiver and Child" and "Biggest Group". All net proceeds go to the preservation of the Lake Harriet Bandshell, refectory and surrounds.
City and Local Government News and Events
Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park on Tuesday, August 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.
Minneapolis’ Boards & Commissions First Ward Community Forum on Wednesday, August 29
The City of Minneapolis has over 60 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees. Come learn more about the work of these groups and meet the First Ward residents who serve on them. This event will be held from 6 -8 p.m. at Columbia Manor and includes presentations, open discussion and a light meal.
· RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-673-2201.
Community meeting on Park and Portland Avenues restriping on Thursday, August 30
Hennepin County will be repaving and restriping Park Avenue and Portland Avenue from Washington Ave. S. to 46th St. E. in September. The City and County are holding a community meeting to share plans that involve restriping the repaved streets to calm traffic and create a safer environment for bicyclists and pedestrians.
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.
Metro Refugee Health Task Force on Tuesday, September 4
The Refugee Health Program (RHP) at the Minnesota Department of Health will provide an overview of the 2011 refugee arrival numbers and health screening rates, as well as share a sneak peek of 2012 arrival figures, including highlights of some of our newer populations.
City of Minneapolis’ 6th Annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts on Tuesday, September 11 through Thursday, September 13 – sign up to volunteer now
Minneapolis Public Works is looking for volunteers to help with its Sixth Annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts. Weather permitting, counts will occur September 11-13, although other dates may be available. Most counts are conducted between 4:00-6:00 p.m. and volunteers will be asked to take a 2-hr shift. There are also select locations with morning and midday opportunities.
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 on Monday, September 24 – 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.
Applications now being accepted for positions on Minneapolis boards and commissions – application review begins October 19
Applications are now being accepted for open positions on boards and commissions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this fall. 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.
NCR News and Information
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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Published Aug. 24, 2012