November 30, 2012
· 1st Annual Standish-Ericsson Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration – Sunday, December 2
· African World AIDS Day - Saturday, December 8
· Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic - Saturday, December 8
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Seward Winter Frolic on Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2
Join Seward residents for a weekend of culture, art, performance, drama, music, food, beverages, and delight! This event is co-sponsored by the Seward Civic & Commerce Association and the Seward Neighborhood Group.
Kingfield Mosaic Quilting Project on Friday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 11
The Mosaic Quilting Project seeks to demonstrate, through visual art, the diversity of cultures in our community and celebrate their shared public space at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The project brings together diverse organizations and their constituencies to work together for the good of the community and will enhance intergenerational and intercultural understanding. This project is co-led and organized by KFNA and Southwest Senior Center/VOA.
1st Annual Standish-Ericsson Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on Sunday, December 2
Kick off the season with holiday cheer at this 1st annual holiday celebration. Join Santa Claus and friends for food, hot cider, holiday music, sing-a-longs, pictures and the lighting of the 20-foot neighborhood holiday tree! Socks will also be collected for donation to St. Stephens Homeless Shelter.
Building Bridges Multicultural Book Club on Tuesday, December 4
The December book selection will be Twelve Steps Toward Political Revelation by Walter Mosely. RSVPs to info@buildingbridgesMPLS.org to confirm time and lcoation.
Lyndale Neighborhood Association seeks Lead Organizer - resume review begins on Friday, December 7
The Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is currently seeking an experienced community leader to serve as LNA’s Lead Community Organizer. This is a new full-time position with benefits. The Lead Organizer will be responsible for LNA’s Organizing Team, which leads the neighborhood’s efforts to build and maintain the web of relationships in the community that allow ideas, opportunities, and resources to emerge and become reality.
Hosmer Music and Dance from Around the World Series – Saturdays through December 8
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. Upcoming concerts include Jug Band Music performed by Gabe Barnett and the Big House Rounders on December 1 and American roots songs performed by Sherry Minnick and Jackson Buxton on December 8.
1st Annual Lynnhurst Holiday Boutique and Sale on Saturday, December 8
Local artists will be selling their handmade wares at the Lynnhurst Community Center at this 1st Annual Lynnhurst Holiday Boutique and Sale. This event is co-sponsored by the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Bryn Mawr Saturnalia Festival on Saturday, December 8
Saturnalia activities include musical performers, storytelling for children, a hayride tour of the neighborhood’s holiday lighting, masked reveling, hot chocolate and hot apple cider, toasted marshmallows and ‘smores, roasted chestnuts, and a visit from Santa Claus. Saturnalia brightens the darkest time of the year and offers an alternative to events such as Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
Free Burglary / Robbery Prevention Workshop on Monday, December 10
Learn more about how and why robberies and burglaries are occurring and how to reduce your chances of being victimized. All Minneapolis residents are welcome to attend this training, co-organized by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO), and the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA).
Uptown Green Team on Wednesday, December 12
Join the East Calhoun Green Team and other local green teams to hear a presentation by John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance on Minneapolis Energy Options, a new campaign to ensure that Minneapolis has a strong voice in negotiating its utility franchise agreements. Come learn more about this important initiative.
La Posada 2012 on Saturday, December 15
Mexico Lindo, a local folkloric dance group, and Santa Claus return to La Posada 2012. Other activities include paper flowers, letters to Santa, navideña hats, and maracas. Youth Farm will be there as well to conduct singing, fun, and games. This event will be held at Lyndale Community School.
Community News and Events
Sounds Like Home - A benefit concert for homeless children and their families on Friday, November 30
Join People Serving People at the Grain Belt Bottling House and celebrate 30 years of providing solid help to children and families most in need. This event includes local band and local food coming together for a local cause. Tickets are $35 each, or $300 for a group of 10 tickets.
Arts on Chicago Preview Party on Saturday, December 1
Twenty artists and artist teams are hard at work on their Arts on Chicago Projects, creating public art along Chicago Avenue between 32nd and 42nd streets. Pillsbury House + Theatre, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Professor Natasha Pestich, Upstream Arts, and the Ward 8 Council Office of Elizabeth Glidden invite you to The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center and The Third Place Gallery (both at 38th and Chicago) to hear more about the projects and to meet the artists.
Asian and Pacific Islander Economic Summit on Wednesday, December 5
The Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Economic Summit aims to bring together decision makers, resource providers, philanthropy, and community stakeholders throughout the Twin Cities for a discussion on the current state and future of economic development in Minnesota’s API communities. The summit will focus on small business development, job creation, and asset building to identify essential solutions to meet the economic wellbeing of API Minnesotan families. This event is free and will be held at the Brookdale Library.
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center Holiday Vendor Day on Friday, December 7
Come view a selection of unique items and gifts from over a dozen vendors, artists and local entrepreneurs. Bring a donation of youth sized gloves, hats and mittens and help share the warmth.
Holiday on 44th on Friday, December 7
Holiday on 44th community celebration seeks to bring a free arts event to the community as a way of fostering understanding between people of different cultures, to improve residents' quality of life, to support artists from our neighborhoods and to promote neighborhood pride. There will be activities all along 44th Ave N, including horsedrawn haywagon rides, ice sculpting, carolers, crafters, musicians, and the Workhouse Theater Company. Now in its 15th year, it is one of the largest and most anticipated events on the Northside.
African World AIDS Day on Saturday, December 8
Join Minnesota’s 9th Annual Event for African World AIDS Day. The focus of the day is Getting to Zero: Ending Stigma to Enhance HIV Prevention in the African Communities. This free event includes food and music, presentations by Minnesota African Leaders and providers, exhibits, and free confidential HIV testing.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train on Tuesday, December 11
Since 1999, Holiday Train has been collecting monetary and food donations for local food shelves and raising awareness for the fight against hunger. At each stop, the Holiday Train arrives decorated in bright lights with a box car stage, a line-up of great musical talent and a corporate contribution to a food bank in that area. This year’s musical talent will be The Claytones and Canadian Country Hall of Famer Tracey Brown. East Side Neighborhood Services will host the 2012 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Minneapolis stop at Shoreham Yards. Attendees are encouraged to bring a monetary or food donation for ESNS’ food shelves.
Chefs for Change Dinner on Monday, December 17
Visit People Serving People (PSP) for a fabulous Chefs for Change dinner prepared by Porter & Frye. Tickets are $75, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting People Serving People.
Recycle your holiday lights
Don’t know what to do with those old or no longer-working strings of holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Either way, recycle the old lights with us! Recycle Your Holidays™ is a one-of-a-kind statewide holiday light recycling program in Minnesota. Drop off unwanted light strings at any of 450+ participating locations – including several Minneapolis parks - during the holiday season starting November 15 through the end of January each year.
Marcy Arts Partnership seeks coordinator – position begins next summer
Marcy Arts Partnership (MAP) is seeking a new coordinator to oversee and manage all of MAP’s work beginning June 2013. By posting the position early, MAP hopes to give applicants a chance to join the team and experience all the position has to offer. The Coordinator will work with a passionate and devoted group of parents and community members. This is a part-time, paid position with an average of 12-15 hours a week during the school year.
City and Local Government News and Events
Last chance to provide feedback about the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) website – survey open through 5 p.m. on Friday, November 30
MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan – 2 Remaining Public Meetings:
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.
Public Meeting for Washington Ave Reconstruction on Tuesday, December 4
Two public meetings will be held to seek public input on the future design of Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. At this first meeting, information about existing uses, challenges and opportunities will be presented and the public will be asked to comment on the implications and potential modifications of alternatives. A second meeting will be held in early 2013 that will seek public input on urban design features (streetscaping and landscaping) for the corridor.
Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Open House on Wednesday, December 5
Join Homegrown Minneapolis for a celebration of urban agriculture in the City of Minneapolis. The open house will include an information fair attended by various organizations that support urban agriculture, an opportunity to learn about composting, gardening and bee keeping, and an invitation to join in a discussion on the future work of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council.
Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, December 8
Hennepin County is now holding Fix-It Clinics throughout the community. At these events, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more. With free guided assistance from a volunteer with repair skills, you can disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your item. Fix-It Clinics reduce the amount of stuff that gets thrown in the trash, teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, and build community connections.
Volunteers needed for Project Homelessness Connect on Monday, December 10
Volunteers are needed to assist with Project Homeless Connect (PHC), a one-stop-shop of comprehensive support services for people experiencing homelessness. Past PHC events have united 125 separate service agencies, and provided a continuum of services, including mental and chemical health care, employment training and placement, comprehensive medical and dental care, haircuts, ID assistance, and voicemail services. Advance training is provided.
Minneapolis Riverfront Forum: Lend Your Voice to the Above the Falls Plan Revisions on Monday, December 10
The draft plan update for the upper riverfront is nearing completion, and will soon be going through the official review and approval process. Come to the forum for a first look at the draft and a chance to: learn about proposed land use and parks for the Above the Falls area of North and Northeast Minneapolis, learn about the health impact of proposed land use changes, ask questions, and share your ideas.
Southwest LRT Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Written comments accepted through Tuesday, December 11
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.
City Budget Public Hearing on Wednesday, 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 from 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.
Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Commissions seeks input on Watershed Management Plan – comments accepted through Friday, December 21
NCR News and Information
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, December 13
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Published Nov. 30, 2012