September 21, 2012
September 25 is
September 15 – October 15, 2012 is
· Walker Library Closing event - Saturday, September 22
· One Minneapolis One Read - Monday, September 24
· Lyndale Wine and Beer Tasting – Friday, September 28
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Logan Park Fall Harvest Produce and Seed Swap on Saturday, September 22
Come to a friendly neighborhood produce and seed swap and see what you can trade for your own fall harvest. See what neighbors grew in their gardens and share gardening tips. Don’t have anything to share? Come anyway and meet other gardeners.
BLEND and ECoBLEND Award Ceremony on Tuesday, September 25
Join the BLEND (Buildings and Landscapes Enhancing the Neighborhood through Design) Award committee and Linden Hills Power and Light for the 6th annual BLEND Award ceremony. BLEND recognizes homes and businesses that blend in with their neighbors. New this year, the ECoBLEND Award, acknowledges sustainable elements in residential and commercial projects. BLEND is sponsored by the Fulton Neighborhood Association in partnership with other Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Lyndale Wine and Beer Tasting on Friday, September 28
Attend the Lyndale Wine and Beer Tasting to have fun and support a good cause. The event will feature wines and local craft beer provided by Lake Wine and Spirits. There will also be a silent auction featuring items from local businesses, including artwork from neighborhood artists. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lyndale Neighborhood Association and help provide the resources needed to create a safe, vibrant, and sustainable community.
Hollywood Theater Open House on Saturday, September 29
There will be a free open house at the Hollywood Theater. A developer is considering purchase of the theater for renovation, although many steps would have to take place before that becomes a reality. The interior is in bad shape, but maintains the glory of its earlier days. If you haven't done the tour, it is well worth the trip.
Building Bridges Multicultural Book Club on Tuesday, October 2
The October book selection will be Sports and All That Jazz — the Percy Hughes Story by Jim Swanson. The Book Club meets the first Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at Hosmer Library. RSVPs to info@buildingbridgesMPLS.org are appecaited!
9th Annual Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 13 – standard registration rates available through October 9
Sponsored by the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization, the 9th Annual Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk takes you through historic Northeast Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River and over the Stone Arch Bridge. This is a chip timed USATF Certified Course. The entry fee includes a t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded in overall, under 21 and 55-plus categories.
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association seeks part-time Office Assistant / Local Marketing Associate – apply by Wednesday, October 10
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) is coming to Minneapolis in 2013
Conference Workshop proposals – submissions 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 applications - submissions due 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
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.
SEWA-IAFW Healthand Resource Fair on Saturday, September 22
This free event offers diet advice on My Desi Plate (vegetarian diet options for a healthy and fulfilling diet), consultations with medical specialists from the U of M and private sector, community resource exhibitors and alternative medicine vendors. SEWA-IAFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness) is a 501(c)(3) organziation committed to total family wellnessness in the Asian-Indian community.
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.
Minneapolis PrepareFair on Monday, September 24
Attendees will explore emergency response equipment and specialty teams along Nicollet Mall and engage with dozens of organizations involved in emergency management. A variety of presentations will be offered with topics appealing to building owners, property managers, employers and the general public. This event is sponsored by the Downtown Emergency Advisory Committee, a unique public/private partnership between the City of Minneapolis, downtown building owners and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District.
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.
Museum in the Streets: Lake Street Grand Unveiling on Tuesday, September 25
The Museum in the Streets™: Lake Street project consists of three bilingual heritage-discovery walks for the benefit of Lake Street communities and visitors from far and wide. These free walking tours will foster a sense of historical identity; educate; encourage preservation of local historic sites; and promote the knowledge of the stories, events, and traditions of Lake Street.
Help make Minneapolis streets safer for pedestrians on Tuesday, September 25
Transit for Livable Communities /Bike Walk Twin Cities is partnering with MnDOT on an important pedestrian safety initiative. Consider volunteering for ninety minutes Tuesday afternoon to promote pedestrian safety and reduce pedestrian/vehicle crashes as part of a kick-off to the Share the Road statewide pedestrian safety campaign and Crossing Ambassador event. The campaign reinforces awareness of the Minnesota crosswalk law and teaches safe crossing behaviors to pedestrians.
Waite House Raptor Night on Thursday, September 27
Attend this presentation from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. This bilingual English / Spanish presentation will include four birds and a special treat for participants.
CURA Housing Forum/Sabo Symposium: Neighborhood Social Mix: What Do We Know and What Should We Do? on Wednesday, September 26
George Galster, Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University will talk about his most recent publication, "Neighborhood Social Mix: Theory, Evidence, and Implications for Policy and Planning". Galster will devote the first half of the talk to what we know empirically about neighborhood mix, and focus in the second half on policy and planning, spelling out what he would do/propose were he named the Secretary of HUD. The presentation will be followed by a panel response and audience Q&A.
'State of the River' Launch & Presentation on Thursday, September 27
Join the Friends of the Mississippi River and the National Park Service's Mississippi National River & Recreation Area unit (MNRRA) for an evening at the Science Museum of Minnesota and the launch and presentation of a groundbreaking report on the 'State of the River'. The State of the River Report will provide a clear, concise snapshot of the health of the Mississippi River. This event is free.
48th & Chicago Fall Festival on Saturday, September 29
It will be a taste of food, a taste of wine, a taste of bargains, a taste of fun, and a taste of the neighborhood.
Lowry Open Streets and Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 29 – volunteers needed
Open Streets is heading to Lowry Avenue. Volunteer now!
Southeast Minneapolis Learning Carnival on Saturday, September 29
Van Cleve Park will come alive with learning during the 2nd Annual Southeast Minneapolis Learning Carnival presented by SEMCOL. People of all ages are invited for an afternoon of fun, hands-on learning activities, provided for FREE by your neighbors and community organizations. SEMCOL - the Southeast Minneapolis Council on Learning – is a non-profit organization incorporated by representatives from MHNA, PPERRIA and SECIA - the three neighborhood organizations in Southeast Minneapolis.
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl 2012 Photo Contest – voting open through Sunday, September 30
Choose your three favorite photos and then cast your vote. Voting will run until Sunday, September 30th. Winners will be announced in October and these photos will be used in FLOW 2013 promotional materials.
Next Generation of Parks: Sweet and Salt (Water and the Dutch) on Monday, October 1
The Next Generation of Parks™ speaker series introduces us to transformative parks designs around the U.S. and the world. This lecture is Sweet and Salt: Water and the Dutch. Journalist and author Tracy Metz will guide the audience on an exploration of an “extreme makeover” in the Netherlands as the Dutch respond to a changing climate with a new, more proactive relationship with water.
Results.net City and Neighborhood Film Festival – submissions accepted October 1 - 31
Results.net presents the City and Neighborhood Film Festival Contest. Submissions consist of a 3‐minute film/video that describes what you like about your city or neighborhood. Entries can be in any genre: comedy, drama, documentary, etc. The most important thing is to be creative! The five top entries will win cash prizes, and the judges will also select the best video entered by a contestant age 12 or under. A screening of films and an awards ceremony will be held on November 29th at the Riverview Theater.
Connect for Health Forum: Strengthening Social Connections in Your Community on Wednesday, October 3
Research shows that strong social ties can have a direct and positive impact on a person's health and community life. Attend this forum to learn and share ideas about how to measure and build social connections in your community.
Voting and the Democratic Process - English and Spanish broadcasts on Sunday, October 7
One thing that makes the United States stand out is its system of government. We live in a democracy, which means the country’s people make the decisions. This 30-minute program discusses the basics of voting and the democratic process, including voting eligibility, how to register to vote, voting on Election Day, and getting involved in ways other than voting. “Voting and the Democratic Process” will broadcast in four languages on tpt’s Minnesota Channel.
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
Walker Library Closing event on Saturday, September 22
Hennepin County Library – Walker, 2880 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, will close for new construction at the end of Saturday. Residents are invited to a closing event on Saturday morning. Public officials and staff will offer remarks, including a special “Family Storytime” to celebrate the forthcoming new library. Architects from VJAA (Vincent James Associates Architects) will present highlights of this much-anticipated project and be available to answer questions. The current library will be demolished and a new library will be built on the existing site. The new library will open in 2014 and will be about 31,000 square feet.
Summer 612 Celebration on Saturday, September 22
Summer 612 is a 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.
Third Ward Talent Show Auditions on Saturday, September 22
Show your talent and audition for the Third Ward Talent Show. Winners will perform at this year's Third Ward NeighborhoodFEST on October 10.
Ideawerks Concert and Fundraiser on Saturday, September 22
Ideawerks is a free after school program for kids grade 7 and up. Kids get hands on experience to create their own beat and learn music techniques using the latest technology in music production. The Powderhorn Park and East Phillips Park Ideawerks Programs are presented by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in partnership with the Institute of Production and Recording.
Thrive MSP 2040 Listening Session on Monday, September 24
Join Metropolitan Council members for an opportunity to help create the vision for the Twin Cities metropolitan region over the next 30 years. This September 24 session in Minneapolis is one of several listening sessions being held.
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 promotes environmental stewardship through education and innovation and helps local communities, schools, civic groups, non-profit groups pay for projects that provide, protect or promote clean water. Projects must be within the boundaries of the Watershep District and result in improved water quality. Projects are limited to $25,000 in grant funds.
Open houses to discuss streetcar and enhanced bus options for Nicollet-Central on Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27
A series of three open house meetings are scheduled to give the public an opportunity to learn about streetcar and enhanced bus options being considered on this key route through the city, and to share their ideas on improving transit service.
I'm in the Dog House on Saturday, September 29
Join Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) for a family-friendly celebration at the Animal Shelter. There will be "kenneling" and then "adopting" celebrities, politicians and Animal Lovers alike to raise money for the animals at MACC. There event also includes dog agility demonstrations, free tours of the facility, face-painting, balloon animals, educational booths in the parking lot and much more!
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 Watershed District. 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.
RFP Issued for Great Streets Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program – proposals due by Thursday, October 25
The City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals from organizations to administer the Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program in commercial corridors, neighborhood commercial nodes, activity centers, and Hiawatha and Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) station areas. The City provides Façade Improvement Matching Grant administration contracts to organizations as an incentive to encourage private investment in and improve the appearance of our neighborhood business districts. Proposals are due on Thursday, October 25.
City, partners offering support for entrepreneurs, small businesses
The City of Minneapolis is partnering with six non-profit business consulting organizations to provide professional one-on-one business coaching and training classes on business planning, improving operations, financial management and other topics to Minneapolis businesses and entrepreneurs. Services are either free or at reduced rates. Technical assistance can be helpful to businesses at any stage – from start-ups to existing businesses. Funding up to $200,000 will be used to target small businesses categorized as “microenterprises” that are owned or established by low and moderate income individuals and employ five or fewer employees.
Foreclosed? Eligible borrowers can receive payment in federal settlement
If you lost your home to foreclosure in 2008-2011 and your mortgage was serviced by one of the nation’s five largest banks (Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citi, Chase or GMAC/Ally), you may be eligible for a payment. Eligible borrowers must complete a claim form by January 18, 2013, to receive a payment. If you are an eligible borrower or think you may be, you may call the administrator (Rust Consulting) at 1-866-430-8358 or visit www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com for more information.
NCR News and Information
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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Published Sep. 21, 2012