November 2, 2012
· 2012 UROC Community Day – Friday, November 9
· Martin Luther King Jr. "Living the Dream" Award - Nominations accepted through Monday, November 12
· NUSA Conference Workshop proposals –
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
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.
Building Bridges Multicultural Book Club on Tuesday, November 13
The November book selection will be Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. The Book Club’s regular first Tuesday meeting day has been rescheduled to avoid conflicting with Election Day. RSVPs to info@buildingbridgesMPLS.org are appeciated!
Solarize Kingfield Workshops on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15
The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) is hosting two workshops to help Minneapolis residents and businesses assess if their property is “right” for solar. The workshops will also allow interested parties to participate in a group purchasing program to reduce the cost of solar electric systems and reduce the dependency on solar rebates to make these systems affordable.
Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 15
Support your local neighborhood and community organizations!
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. November concerts include David Echelard/Rocky Mjos - European Lute Songs on November 10 and Leif Alpsjo - Swedish folk music for Nykelharpa and Fiddle on November 17.
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) Conference Workshop proposals –
deadline extended to Monday, November 19 due Friday, November 2 (updated 11/5)
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.
Community News and Events
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 Returning 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.
Lake Street Council Wine and Beer Tasting and Silent Auction on Thursday, November 8
Supporting the Lake Street Council is a ton of fun—sample fine wines, local brews, and authentic Mexican food while bidding on silent auction items donated by many of the people and businesses that make Lake Street great. You can even dance a little if you want! This is Lake Street Council's only fundraiser of the year, and supports work on renewing and strengthening the business community on the Lake Street Corridor and Twin Cities at large.
“World Tour of the Next Generation of ParksTM” on Thursday, November 8
The Next Generation of Parks™ speaker series introduces us to transformative parks designs around the U.S. and the world. Mary deLaittre, Minneapolis Parks Foundation Executive Director, will be giving her World Tour of the Next Generation of Parks™ presentation at the Minneapolis Club. (Non-Minneapolis Club members are welcome). Tickets are $25 and include hors d’oeuvres, a beverage, and parking. RSVP online.
2012 UROC Community Day: Sharing the Journey on Friday, November 9
Celebrate and share in UROC's remarkable journey of accomplishment and collaboration. Enjoy refreshments, live music, tours, displays, demonstrations and free classes.
Chefs for Change Dinner on Monday, November 12
Visit People Serving People (PSP) for a fabulous Chefs for Change dinner prepared by Chef Thomas Boemer of Corner Table. Tickets are $75, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting People Serving People.
Happy Hour with a Preservationist at American Swedish Institute on Wednesday, November 14
Join Preserve Minneapolis for an up close look at the new addition to the American Swedish Institute, the Carl and Leslie Nelson Cultural Center. After the one hour tour, everyone is welcome to hang out in the cafe, FIKA, ask questions, and grab a Swedish beer.
Diversity and Inclusion Networking Lunch on Thursday, November 15
If you are currently working, volunteering, or serving on the board of a nonprofit, you are invited to join the Charities Review Council and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for Diversity and Inclusion Networking Lunches. The November lunch will be held at the African Development Center and will focus on Generational diversity: learning from others.
NE Harvest Gathering on Monday, November 19
Join neighbors at Northeast Middle School for an evening dedicated to fostering community. Associate Justice Alan Page, Founder of the Page Foundation and Minnesota's first African American Supreme Court Justice, will be this year's speaker. This free event also includes live music, dessert and discussion. Come ready to meet some new folks and discuss authentic community.
City and Local Government News and Events
Minneapolis Resident Survey calls happening in October and November
The City of Minneapolis is surveying its residents to get their perspectives about the quality of services the City provides. Approximately 1,100 residents will complete the telephone survey, which is being conducted by the National Research Center, Inc., an independent research firm. People contacted to complete the survey will be selected randomly, with the goal of reaching a diverse cross-section of Minneapolis residents. If you are contacted to participate in the survey, please take a few minutes to provide your honest opinions about how we’re doing in Minneapolis. Results from the survey are used by City departments as they plan for the future. More information and past survey results are on the City's website.
Hennepin County Library’s ‘Family History Fair’ on Saturday, November 3
Did you know that some people of European ancestry have traced their family histories as far back as the 16th century because many government records from that era still exist? You can learn about genealogy resources at Hennepin County Library and elsewhere plus connect with some of Minnesota’s leading genealogy experts at the third annual Family History Fair at the Minneapolis Central Library. This event is free, but registration is required.
Minneapolis History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, November 3
The library is calling on local history buffs to come to a Minneapolis history Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Saturday, Nov. 3. Volunteers will help write Wikipedia entries about topics of interest and, as a result, increase the depth of information on Minneapolis history. Participants will use materials from the library’s Minneapolis Collection and be given a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the department. Instruction will be provided to people new to editing Wikipedia entries.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. "Living the Dream" Award - Nominations accepted through Monday, November 12
As part of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the park system honors an individual, business, or community group who has demonstrated dedication and distinguished service to the MPRB and the lives of Minneapolis residents. The honoree must act consistently with the teachings and examples of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as the award is intended to recognize those whose work embodies Dr. King's message of justice for all and commitment to community. Award recipients will be honored at the January 21, 2013 celebration.
City department budget hearing rebroadcasts begin Saturday, November 10; Public hearings on Wednesdays, November 26 and December 12
City Council Members have just completed a series of budget hearings where they heard directly from City departments about how the budget proposal will impact their operations. These budget hearings can be watched online and are being rebroadcast back-to-back on Minneapolis 79 every weekend starting November 10 until the budget is approved on Wednesday, December 12. Along with the budget hearings, the City Council will have two public meetings before a final budget is approved.
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.
MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan – 5 Public Meetings:
o Tuesday, November 13, 3-4:30 p.m. at Logan Rec Center
o Thursday, November 15, 6-7:30 p.m. at Linden Hills Rec Center
o Saturday, November 17, 10-11:30 a.m. at MPRB Headquarters
o Monday, December 3, 6-7:30 p.m. at Farview Rec Center
o Tuesday, December 4, 6-7:30 p.m. at Nokomis Rec Center
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has begun a process to develop a plan to support urban agriculture. This plan will guide the MPRB in defining and prioritizing community needs, recommending service delivery goals, and guiding allocation of funds to support urban agriculture within the park system. Share your thoughts at an upcoming public meeting or submit comments online.
Conservation Districts Visioning Workshop on Wednesday, November 14
The City is conducting public meetings over the next four months to seek input from residents on establishing conservation districts. Conservation districts promote sustainable neighborhoods by protecting important physical features and conserving resources in a manner that offers more protections than the zoning code, but fewer protections than historic district design guidelines. The first meeting will be a visioning workshop to discuss what stakeholders like about the aesthetics of their neighborhood, the type of alterations that can be made under this ordinance, and help define regulatory roles and fees.
NCR News and Information
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, November 8
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
City of Minneapolis
Tri Tech Center, Room 220
331 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Published Nov. 2, 2012