December 14, 2012
· 20th Annual Women’s Art Festival - Saturday, December 15
· Nokomis East Night Before New Year’s Eve Party – Sunday, December 30
· Snow emergency and other winter weather videos available in four languages
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
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.
Night Before New Year’s Eve Party on Sunday, December 30
The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) and the Nokomis Community Center/Minneapolis Parks and Recreation are proud to once again co-sponsor this annual community party. Families throughout the Twin Cities area and out-of-town guests are welcome to ring in 2013 in this free, fun, kid-friendly event.
Harrison Neighborhood Association seeks Director / Lead Organizer
The Harrison Neighborhood Association seeks an experienced and creative Director/Lead Organizer committed to building grassroots leaders, fostering cross-cultural relationships, maintaining and building partnerships, and able to share power. Ideal candidates will be experienced with community, an effective listener, and able to engage conflict constructively for the advancement of the neighborhood. This position is opened until filled.
Community News and Events
20th Annual Women’s Art Festival on Saturday, December 15
The Women's Art Festival provides a welcoming place for women artists to show and sell their creations and provides a fun and festive atmosphere for guests to shop, gather and enjoy community. This event will be held at the Midtown YWCA. Admission is free and all are invited.
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.
Nice Ride Minnesota seeks Marketing Director – apply by Thursday, January 10
The Marketing Director will be responsible for driving sales of Nice Ride subscriptions. He or she will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with Board members to establish and implement a marketing strategy.
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? 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.
City and Local Government News and Events
Safe Routes to School projects – submissions accepted through Friday, December 21
The Public Works Department and Minneapolis Public Schools are currently seeking ideas from the community for Safe Routes to School projects. Ideas are being sought in advance of a grant deadline from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which runs the Safe Routes to School Program. This program provides funding to local communities to make improvements to the routes children use to walk and bike to school, making biking and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Commissions seek input on Watershed Management Plan – comments accepted through Friday, December 21
Southwest LRT Draft Environmental Impact Statement - deadline for written comments extended through Monday, December 31
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.
Voting open for Convention Center Plaza art competition through Monday, January 7
Public voting has begun in the new annual, $50,000 competition to create and install a temporary, interactive, site-specific, eco-focused portal to the City of Minneapolis on the Plaza of the Minneapolis Convention Center. There are 16 entries, ranging from issues of recycling to water to architectural “follies” to a giant plaza xylophone. Voting is open to all, but voters must be on Facebook and "like" the Minneapolis Convention Center page to be able to vote. The top 5 vote getters will be asked to develop a full-blown proposal for the project, which will be juried on Feb. 27, 2013, when there will be a public presentation at the University of Minnesota. The installation will be unveiled in the summer of 2013.
4th Annual Food Drive benefitting Groveland Foodshelf runs through Monday, January 21
Drop off non perishable food items at your local Minneapolis Recreation Center. Bring handmade knitted items for The Love Light Project supporting local teenage victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Join community members at the at he conclusion of the food drive and Love Light Project on January 21 to celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Snow emergency and other winter weather videos available in four languages
You can learn about City services and programs in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish in a series of short videos called “Did you know….” You can see them all at: www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis, on City cable channels 14 and 79, and at the website below.
NCR News and Information
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, December 18
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, December 19
NRP Policy Board approves 45 day review period for new ADA Policy for Neighborhoods
Informational meetings on Tuesday, January 8 and Wednesday, January 9
Comments accepted through Thursday, January 31
On November 20, 2012 the NRP Policy Board authorized distribution of the Proposed Clarification to the CPP Grievance Policy for neighborhood organizations for a 45 day review period. Neighborhoods are asked to review and comment on the two documents: the Proposed Clarification to section VII of the Community Participation Program (CPP) Grievance Policy and the Draft ADA Guidelines for Neighborhood Organizations. NCR is developing broad support resources to help neighborhoods address, achieve and/or maintain ADA compliance. These support resources will help neighborhoods not only achieve compliance but become leaders of greater inclusion and participation.
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
City of Minneapolis
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This 40th 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 Dec. 14, 2012