September 7, 2012
September 15 – October 15, 2012
· Minneapolis Monarch Festival - Saturday, September 8
· Minneapolis Bike Tour – Sunday, September 16
· One Minneapolis One Read – Monday, September 24
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
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 and 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
Enter your push cart in 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
At the annual Fulton Fall Festival, you can count on lots of family-friendly fun, including a bike parade featuring the Southwest High Marching Band, inflatables, a petting zoo, games and art projects for kids, a food drive and food can sculpture, festival food, the Marketplace, and a 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 Northeast Minneapolis.
Elliot Park Night to Unite on Tuesday, September 11
Join Elliot Park residents for the fourth annual Elliot Park Night to Unite. This event that drew over 1,600 neighborhood residents last year! It aims to connect residents and employees to local resources, celebrate the diverse background and rich cultures of the Elliot Park neighborhood, and promote awareness of community safety. The event is free, and includes a picnic meal, music, raffle prizes, games and activities for all ages!
Ice Cream SNOcial on Wednesday, September 12
Come join the fun of a neighborhood gathering and enjoy free ice cream or lemonade. Chat with neighbors and visit with our local artists. This event is sponsored by the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization.
Community Developer Dialog - Getting to What Works for the Owner and the Community on Wednesday, September 12
Developers who want to engage with neighborhoods about their project proposals need clear and timely signals about what the community wants. Community members who want quality projects in their neighborhood need the language and a means for dialog with developers. Join University District neighbors, developers, and other resource people to share what we have to learn from each other. This event is sponsored by the University District Alliance, a partnership of the City, the University, and University's four adjacent neighborhoods (Como, Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park, and West Bank/Cedar-Riverside) and their residents
Dining Out for CARAG on Thursday, September 13
Bring friends and family and join residents in supporting the neighborhood's thriving small business community to raise much needed funds for the CARAG neighborhood. Uptown Cafeteria is generously donating 20% of the evening's proceeds to CARAG - funds that will help support the neighborhood's housing, safety, transportation, and community building programs.
Lynnhurst Garage Sale on Saturday, September 15
Watch for the signs for this always popular sale!
Peavy Park Celebration on Saturday, September 15
Come for food, entertainment, and community resources. This event is sponsored by the Phiilips West and Ventura Village neighborhood organziations, Hope Community, the Minnesota Teen Challenge, and the Minenapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Mississippi River Fest & Heritage Day on Saturday, September 15
Celebrate the Mississippi River and have fun along its banks! Step back in time and learn how to make your own rope, discover how Shingle Creek got its name, press apples into cider, and make popcorn over the open fire. Clap and sing along wtih the Okee Dokee Brothers then enjoy entertainment by Jacques the Voyageur. This event is co-sponsored by Three Rivers Parks District and the Lind Bohanon Neighborhood Association.
CIDNA Fall Festival on Sunday, September 16
Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun and festivities at Park Siding Park. The Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) will also be soliciting input on the possible dedication of funds toward Southwest LRT planning, coordination and response.
Como Cookout on Sunday, September 16
Come and celebrate the SE Como neighborhood with free food, entertainment and activities for people of all ages. The Como Cookout is a low-waste community event sponsored by U of MN Student and Community Relations, the Southeast Como Improvement Association, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Allina Neighborhood Health Connection, Two Fat Guys and a Grill and U of MN Coca Cola Partnership.
Cleveland Cooks on Wednesday, September 19
Join with neighbors for a fun evening preparing a healthy meal together, discussing community, food and health, and having a good time all around. RSVP by calling 612-588-1155 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating for Art on Thursday, September 20
Eating for Art brings local restaurants together to raise money for the arts in the Kingfield and Lyndale neighborhoods. A percentage of your tab at these great restaurants will be donated to these neighborhood organizations for public art and community-based arts programming in each neighborhood.
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) is coming to Minneapolis in 2013!
Now accepting workshop proposals and applications for Neighborhood Pride Tours and Exhibitor Booths
Neighborhood Pride Tours - 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.
Conference Workshops – proposals due by Monday, November 2
The NUSA Program Development Committee is now accepting proposals for 90 minute workshops. 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.
Neighborhood Exhibits - apply by Wednesday, April 10
This is an opportunity to display the great work of neighborhoods and organizations in the City of Minneapolis! It’s also a chance for networking and sharing ideas, information, brochures, projects amongst Minneapolis neighborhoods and organizations.
Community News and Events
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.
Whittier Artists in Storefronts Bridging Festival on Sunday, September 9
Join Whittier Artists in Storefronts to participate in an art-inspired, community-built bridge, beginning on the Whittier (west) side of the 24th Street Bridge and ending on the Phillips West (east) side. The community-led initiative, in partnership with Interact Center and Bridging Minneapolis, will use visual art, a parade, music, dance, design, and more to connect the South Minneapolis neighborhoods and the 20,000 or so diverse neighbors who make up these unique communities.
African Development Center Business Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 14
The African Development Center (ADC) is proud to announce its first annual ADC Business Awards Luncheon. This event is ADC's way of recognizing the growing community of African-owned businesses throughout Minnesota, and celebrating the successes and positive economic impact they are bringing to the many cities and regions of the state.
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.
Riverside Park Habitat Restoration and Native Planting on Saturday, September 15
Join Friends of the Mississippi River at Riverside Park, a significant riverfront and Minneapolis’s first public park, and help improve wildlife habitat, control erosion, and contribute to watershed health! Volunteers will work alongside an ecologist as they tear out harmful invasive species and replace them with indigenous trees and shrubs. Capacity is limited and pre-registration required.
Oak Savanna Interpretive Tour on Tuesday, September 18
Join Friends of the Mississippi River for an interpretive tour of oak savanna in the Mississippi River Gorge. The tour will include a history of this mesic prairie and remnant oak brushland / woodland, in addition to detailing the continued restorative triumphs of the Gorge Stewards program. Capacity is limited and pre-registration required.
Diversity and Inclusion Networking Lunches - Overcoming Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion on Thursday, September 20
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 September lunch will focus on ”Overcoming Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion”.
Karen Organization of Minnesota Annual Gala – register by Friday, September 21
The Karen Organization of Minnesota will hold its 2nd Annual Gala on Thursday, October 11. Proceeds from the gala will support KOM's programs that help refugees from Burma transition to life in the United States.
Riverside Park Tour on Saturday, September 22
Come learn about the restoration efforts of Friends of the Mississippi and the Cedar-Riverside community and enjoy a September afternoon walk in Riverside Park, Minneapolis's oldest riverfront park! Explore park history, ecology and the role of volunteers in its restoration, and learn how recent restoration work by community members has improved water quality in the river and its watershed. Capacity is limited and pre-registration required.
Progressive Dinner on the Greenway on Sunday, September 23
Join Midtown Greenway supporters for the annual Progressive Dinner on the Greenway! There'll be appetizers in Uptown, a main course in Midtown, and sweets in Seward. Participants bike (or run or blade) to each location via the Midtown Greenway. If you can't bike you can still register and meet at any/all of the locations.
Mississippi Riverfront Partnership Riverboat Tour on Monday, September 24
Join the Mississippi Riverfront Partnership for a celebration of the art, entertainment, restaurants, and unique retail shops and services of our urban riverfront neighborhoods, while on board a sunset cruise on the Mississippi River! Tickets are $20. Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended.
Lowry Open Streets and Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 29 – volunteers needed
Open Streets is heading to Lowry Avenue. Volunteer now!
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center seeks Nokomis Endaad Counselor
This individual will provide direct services to American Indian women who are experiencing addiction to alcohol and drugs, mental health needs, sexual trauma/violence and culture-based co-occurring disorders such as historical trauma, loss of spirituality, culture, and grief/loss.
City and Local Government News and Events
Dedication of Newly Renovated B.F. Nelson and Boom Island Parks on Saturday, September 8
Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in celebrating the dedication of two newly renovated parks along the Mississippi riverfront. The dedication's activities include free voyageur canoe rides along the river by Wilderness Inquiry and face painting and games for kids.
Library Bike Tour on Saturday, September 8
Take a “Library Bike Tour” that begins at a library listed on the National Register of Historic Places and concludes at a renovated library whose features include a geothermal heating and cooling system (no furnace needed). Total length of the tour is about 6.8 miles and features Hennepin County Libraries – Linden Hills, Washburn, and Nokomis. The libraries are connected by mostly bike trails. Registration in advance is required and space is limited. To register, call 612-543-6825.
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 and 6 p.m., and volunteers will be asked to take a 2-hr shift. There are also select locations with morning and midday opportunities.
Camp Coldwater Spring Walking Tour on Wednesday, September 12
The National Park Service (NPS) has removed buildings, roads and many of the non-oak trees from a 13-acre section of the former Bureau of Mines site. The goal is to restore it to its original oak savannah state. The NPS is offering a 1-hour walking tour of the Coldwater Springs area.
Minneapolis Bike Tour on Sunday, 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.
Veteran Resource Outreach Center (VROC) Dedication and Tours on Monday, September 17
VROC is a national VA Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC). The Minneapolis center is one of 17 VA centers nationally, which is aimed at ending homelessness among veterans. VROC will provide social services, benefits counseling, mental health rehabilitation and primary care. There will be brief remark by VA officials at 10 a.m., followed by tours. Services to veterans will begin on Tuesday, September 18.
Walking Tour: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse on Wednesday, September 19
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.
Summer 612 Celebration on Saturday, September 22
Summer 612 is an innovative Minneapolis youth violence prevention initiative sponsored by the Minneapolis Department of health in partnership with the Youth Coordinating Board and the Hennepin County Library. Join participants for this celebratory event and experience visual art, documentary film, and live performances. This event also features winners of the Picturing Peace summer photo contest.
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. 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 people with limited income, and are available at www.ticketworks.com or 612-343-3390. You can also download a pass for a free ride to the event from Metro Transit.
Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Fund: pre-proposal due by Wednesday, September 26
The Cynthia Krieg Stewardship Fund was established by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) in 2000 in memory of Cynthia Krieg, who dedicated her life to community service and natural resource protection. The fund is dedicated to projects that promote environmental stewardship through education and innovation within the District. The fund helps local communities, schools, civic groups, non-profit groups and others to pay for projects that provide, protect or promote clean water. Projects must be within the boundaries of the District and result in improved water quality. Projects are limited to $25,000 in grant funds.
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Stewardship Fund: applications due by Monday, October 1
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) Stewardship Fund offers grants to organizations that work together to improve water quality in the MWMO. Mini Grants of up to $2,000 and Action Grants of up to $50,000 are available.
Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter fall 2012 training course – register now for classes beginning on Tuesday, October 2
Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter. Master Recyclers/Composters are trained volunteers that work to reduce waste generation and increase public awareness of opportunities to recycle and compost. The course costs $30 and is limited to 30 participants. Classes are held Tuesday evenings, October 2 – November 13.
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
Immigration Policy Briefing and Information Session on Monday, September 10
The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, along with the City Council and in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, will be holding a policy briefing and information session on President Obama’s new immigration policy. The full City Council took a vote and supported the policy on June 29.
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 13
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, September 18
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, September 19
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, September 25
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 33rd 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 Sep. 7, 2012