October 19, 2012
· NCR to coordinate 2012 Minneapolis City Academy – sessions begin on Tuesday, October 30. Apply now!
· Run to Unite: A Walk/Run to Unite Neighbors for Somalia - Saturday, October 20
· Powderhorn Empty Bowls - Friday, November 2
· Last Call! NUSA Conference Workshop proposals due by Friday, November 2
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
District Councils Collaborative (DCC) of St. Paul and Minneapolis seeks part time Connectors – application review begins on Friday, October 19
The DCC seeks a team of seven “Connectors” to introduce and connect unemployed and underemployed residents from five Central Corridor communities to workforce resources. “Connectors” will work an average of 8-10 hours per week from November 2012 through August 2013.
Armatage Neighborhood Association seeks part-time Coordinator –applications due by Friday, October 26
The Armatage Neighborhood Association is currently seeking a part-time Neighborhood Coordinator to assist the board with monthly administrative, communications and outreach activities. The Coordinator will work an average of 5-10 hours per week. This is a contract position.
City Ghosts: Tales of Minneapolis Hauntings on Friday, October 19 and 26 and Saturday, October 20 and 27
In the spirit of Halloween, eat, drink, and be scared listening to folklorist Trilby Busch relate stories of real hauntings in Minneapolis. A $15 donation to the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association gets you refreshments and scary stories, plus a glimpse into the mystery and grace of a bygone age in Wedge houses over a century old. Period costumes are encouraged.
Corcoran Book & Bake Sale on Saturday, October 20
The 9th Annual Book & Bake Sale fundraiser on will feature baked goods and books of all kinds priced from $0.50 to $2.50!
Together Bryn Mawr: A Benefit for Accent Signage Systems on Monday, October 22
All donations will benefit the families and victims of the tragic events at Accent Signage Systems. Refreshments will be provided.
Tangletown Halloween Walking Tour on Sunday, October 28
The Tangletown Neighborhood Assocication will lead a walking tour of Halloween decorated homes for families with young children on Sunday afternoon and another tour in the evening for adults and older kids. The starting place, along with a map of participating homes, will be announced on the TNA website after October 20.
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) Conference Workshop proposals – submissions due by Friday, 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.
A Night on 48th on Saturday, November 3
Enjoy dinner in the neighborhood, then join residents for dessert, a silent auction and a wine raffle at Turtle Bread Restaurant. Proceeds benefit the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group.
Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 15
Support your local neighborhood organization!
Hosmer Music and Dance from Around the World Series – Saturdays through December 8 (no performance November 24)
The Hosmer Concert Series is a partnership between the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Hosmer Library and KFAI Radio made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. All concerts are free of charge and held at the Hosmer Library. Remaining October concerts include Orkestar Bez Ime - Balkan Music on October 20 and Leo Hansen - Japanese Shakuhachi music (zen flute) on October 27.
Community News and Events
Cedar Riverside Health Fair on Friday, October 19
Spend the day with neighbors, learn about what community organizations have to offer, receive free health screenings for you and your family, and enjoy delicious snacks.
Pumpkin Grab on Friday, October 19
Get your Halloween spirit started with a neighborhood pumpkin sale featuring prizes and giveaways. This event is sponsored by the Northeast Business Association.
Taste of Phillips Art Festival on Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21
This event includes performance and visual arts, as well as a Two Cultures Supper.
Run to Unite: A Walk/Run to Unite Neighbors for Somalia on Saturday, October 20
Join Somali and non-Somali neighbors for a Walk/Run like no other! Volunteers from the American Refugee Committee’s I AM A STAR campaign are building the “World’s Longest Paper Chain for Somalia,” one link at a time. For each $1 that’s donated from now until October 20, one link will be added to the Paper Chain of Hope for Somalia. On race day, volunteers will stretch out the paper chain at Minnehaha Park to see how far the participants will run or walk for Somalia. It might be 1 mile, 3 miles…or more! Hundreds of neighbors will take part: gathering to have fun, share Somali culture, and build community in our own neighborhoods—while raising critical funds for lifesaving care in Somalia.
Experience 54th & Lyndale on Saturday, October 20
Celebrate the opening of the Lyndale Bridge and enjoy area business promotions. This event includes a 1 pm walking tour of Lyndale Avenue and the bridge presented by Tangletown historian Tom Balcom.
Federal Environmental Justice Community Forum on Tuesday, October 23
Join the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability for an exciting and action packed day with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There will three forums – morning, afternoon and evening – each at a different location and each with a different focus. All events are free, but registration is required.
Northside Fresh hosts “Forks over Knives” on Wednesday, October 24
Northside Fresh, a coalition of community partners whose goal is to increase access to healthy food for the North Minneapolis community, is hosting a community viewing and post-screening dialogue dialogue of the film “Forks Over Knives”. The film examines the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
Minneapolis School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 25
This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Minneapolis, MinnCAN, AchieveMpls, the African American Leadership Forum, Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, and the the Achievement Gap Committee. The forum will be held at Jefferson Community School.
Fundraising Concert for Universal Access Playground on Saturday, October 27
Join Michael Monroe at an intimate concert for just 120 guests. There will be silent and live auctions; food and beverages are included.
Results.net City and Neighborhood Film Festival – submissions accepted through Wednesday, October 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; 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.
First Thursday in the Arts District on Thursday, November 1
First Thursdays in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is an Open Studio and Gallery Tour held the first Thursday of each month. Many artists and galleries open their doors and invite you into their studios. With a more relaxed atmosphere, this mini-Art-A-Whirl is a great experience for the art collector and browser.
Powderhorn Empty Bowls on Friday, November 2
This event features local potters who donate hand-made bowls, bread baked onsite and local volunteers who cook soup. Neighbors come together, select a bowl, have a meal of soup and bread, and make a donation. The net income from the event is donated to help feed the hungry in the neighborhood.
9th Annual Gathering for Our Children and Returing Adoptees Pow Wow on Saturday, November 3
This pow wow includes the Wablenica Song (Orphan Song), which will be sung for those returning adoptees and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage.
Kids Voting Minneapolis – volunteers needed on Tuesday, November 6
Kids Voting Minneapolis provides civics-based, K-12 classroom lessons and activities at no cost to all interested schools in the City of Minneapolis. On Election Day, Kids Voting Minneapolis strives to give Minneapolis students the opportunity to experience an authentic voting experience and casting a Kids Voting ballot at a Minneapolis precinct polling location. With approximately 130 precinct polling places, nearly 400 volunteers are needed to assist students in casting their ballots. Shifts are 2-5 pm and 5-8 pm; advance training is provided.
2013 Home Tour wants your home, or your neighbors’
Who in your neighborhood recently remodeled their home and might like to show it off? Or a host with the most, in a classic home? The 2013 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is already looking for homeowners and home improvement professionals to feature on the late-April tour. Nominations/applications are due Tuesday, January 15, and early submissions are encouraged. For more information, call Tour Coordinator Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874 or email email@example.com.
City and Local Government News and Events
Applications now being accepted for positions on Minneapolis boards and commissions – application review begins on Friday, 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.
Minneapolis City Council approves the creation of two new boards – applications now being accepted
The Minneapolis Police Conduct Review Panel provides to the public meaningful participatory oversight of the police and their interactions with the citizenry. The Panel makes recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding the merits of complaints against Minneapolis Police Officers. A pool of seven (7) civilian review panelists will be selected; four (4) shall be appointed by the City Council, and three (3) shall be appointed by the Mayor. Panel positions are open until filled.
The Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission assures that police services are delivered in a lawful and nondiscriminatory manner and provides the public with meaningful participatory oversight of police policy and procedure. Commission members have a variety of responsibilities including shaping police policy, auditing cases, engaging the community in discussions of police procedure, and facilitating cultural awareness trainings for the Minneapolis Police Department. Seven (7) open positions: four (4) shall be appointed by the City Council, and three (3) shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to Council approval. Positions are open until filled.
Fall street sweeping set to begin on Tuesday, October 23
Minneapolis Public Works is about to begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. In addition to posting temporary “no parking” signs, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. Folks can also use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods.
Universal Access Playground Open House on Wednesday, October 24
An Open House to review preliminary concepts and play equipment for Minnehaha Regional Park – Wabun Picnic Area and the North Plateau / Refectory Area has been scheduled. New playground equipment will offer improved accessibility, safety and more fun. Wabun Picnic Area is being designed for Universal Access.
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.
Lowry Avenue Bridge Grand Opening on Saturday, October 27
The vital connection between North and Northeast Minneapolis is restored! Don't miss this unique opportunity to celebrate a new neighborhood icon and walk along the deck before the roadway reopens to traffic in the evening. Festivities include music by the Patrick Henry and Edison high school marching bands, a short program and ribbon cutting, a water ski performance by the Twin Cities River Rats, and a ceremonial parade across the bridge. Stop by the new Mississippi Watershed Management Organization building while you’re there!
Get ready now for November 6 General Election
The Minneapolis Elections site has a wealth of information, including polling place buildings, addresses and photos; a map to polling places, ward precinct and district numbers; candidate and ballot question information and a sample ballot for your precinct.
Southwest LRT Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Hearings on November 13, 14 and 29
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), documenting the potential impacts of the Southwest Transitway project, was released on October 12. A 60 day period in which the public is invited to comment on the DEIS is now underway. Public comments will inform preliminary engineering on the project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2013. The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority has scheduled three public hearings to formally gather public comments on the DEIS. The public hearings will each be preceded by an open house, where people can learn more about the Southwest LRT project and the DEIS.
One Minneapolis One Read - continue the conversation
The video is now available of Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson discussing the One Read selection Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past at the Minneapolis Convention Center, but that’s not all. Continue the conversation by participating in book club and library sponsored events. A complete list of events is available on the One Read website.
One Sort Recycling is Coming to Minneapolis
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NCR News and Information
2012 Minneapolis City Academy - there’s still time to enroll
Have you ever wondered how emergency calls in Minneapolis are dispatched? How streets get plowed? How the water gets to your faucet? Or, how property gets developed? The answers to these questions and more will be discussed at the Minneapolis City Academy program. The City Academy will be held weekly from October 30th through November 27th at locations throughout Minneapolis. The program is open to all Minneapolis residents who are 18 years or older. The academy is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, October 23
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
City of Minneapolis
Tri Tech Center, Room 220
331 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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This 36th 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 Oct. 19, 2012