January 18, 2013
January 19 is the 2013 National Day of Service.
· Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and 4th Annual Food Drive on Monday, January 21
· Frost Fest on Friday, January 25
· One Minneapolis Fund – proposals accepted through Thursday, January 31
· NUSA 2013 Awards – submissions due by Friday, February 15
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Transition Longfellow Movie Night: TED Talks on Climate Change and Green Technology on Friday, January 18
Join Longfellow residents for a screening of and discussion about two TedTalk videos – The Science of Climate Change with David Roberts and Green Technology Solutions with John Doer. This event will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, and begins with an optional potluck.
Linden Hills Speaker Series: Get Tech Savvy on Tuesday, January 22
The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) Environment Committee and Linden Hills Power and Light (LHP&L) present a new speaker series. The January 22 speaker is Kris Bowring, former senior director of home and energy management for Best Buy. Bowring will discuss consumer lifestyle drivers and energy attitudes and motivation surrounding smart energy programs. He will also discuss energy management devices and the smart grid, along with barriers to energy management adoption.
Frost Fest on Friday, January 25
The Hale, Page, Diamond Lake Community Association’s Frost Fest offers a spot of warmth and laughter no matter how cold the Minnesota winter may be. Outdoor activities include free sleigh rides, ice skating and a bonfire, while inside entertainment will include KidsDance DJ, children’s games, door prizes, and much more. This event will be held at Pearl Park.
Sixth Annual Art Sled Rally on Saturday, January 26
The Annual Art Sled Rally is a fun-filled spectacle in Powderhorn Park produced by the South Sixteenth Hijinks. SSHJ believes part of a healthy existence is being outside a little bit at all times of year, and part of a healthy community is getting together as often as possible, especially during the coldest and most isolating parts of the year. All ages can work with a cadre of artists to make and adapt sleds and sled-like art objects. Free Sled Making Workshops will be held the weekend before the event.
Annual Lake of the Isles Skating Party on Sunday, January 27
Dust off your skates and join your neighbors for exercise and treats! This event is sponsored by the East Isles, Kenwood Isles and Lowry Hill and neighborhood associations.
Camden Winterfest and Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 2
Enter by Monday, January 28
Attend this year's Camden Winterfest and Chili Cook off and help select the best chili in Camden. This event will be held at Bohanon Park.
Fire & Ice Festival on Saturday, February 2
Fire & Ice takes place at Luxton Park, and brings together long term residents and renters, young and old, good food, music, as well as horses and hay, all for a friendly fun evening. Bring your leftover Christmas trees or wreathes for the traditional (and safely monitored) bonfire.
NUSA 2013 Awards – submissions due by Friday, February 15
Each year at Neighborhoods, USA's annual conference, awards are given for Neighborhood of the Year, Best Neighborhood Program, Neighborhood Newsletters and Who's Who in America's Neighborhoods. With this year’s conference being held in Minneapolis, now is our time to shine. Submissions are due soon!
Free Entrepreneur Classes at PPNA – register now for course beginning on Monday, February 25
Starting on February 25, Women Venture will offer its Planning to Succeed course at the PPNA office. Plan to Succeed is a free 5-week training course offering vital sessions that will provide the skills and tools needed to grow a business that is feasible, viable and desirable. The course enrollment is open to eligible participants in specific ZIP Codes and is limited to only 10 participants, so register early.
McKinley Community CSA – 2013 shares now available
The McKinley Community CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is an urban farm in North Minneapolis where neighbors work together to improve the economic, environmental, nutritional and aesthetic well-being of the community. The McKinley Community CSA grows over 30 different vegetable crops, and also grows herbs and flowers. Starting mid June and running through the first weeks of October, shareholders receive a weekly delivery of farm-fresh produce for an anticipated 17 week season. Purchase your share now!
Community News and Events
Somalis in Minnesota reading and book signing on Thursday, January 24
Meet Ahmed Ismail Yusuf, author of Somalis in Minnesota. This book is an enlightening introduction to Minnesota’s Somalis, who have adjusted to a new climate, new language, and new culture in a region wholly different from their homeland. This event includes author remarks and time for Q& A, followed by a book signing and reception.
CURA Housing Forum: The Little Earth Homeownership Initiative on Friday, January 25
The first stage of this effort is nearing completion, with three of five homes nearly constructed. Come learn about the history of Little Earth of United Tribes and its significance in the community; the progress of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust and its relationship with Little Earth; and the positive community development change these homes will bring to the community.
Northeast Life Size Book Project – four free workshops beginning on Saturday, January 26
Collaborate with Northeast neighbors to create an art book about Northeast life. Explore the art of bookmaking with ArtShare artists and award winning bookmakers Bridget O'Malley and Laura Brown. The finished book will be permanently housed in the Northeast Library!
Housing Empowerment Expo on Saturday, January 26
Attend this free event at Shiloh Temple and learn about Habitat for Humanity's programs, or talk directly with an attorney or foreclosure prevention counselor. The Expo is sponsored by the Northside Pastors’ Collaborative.
Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour – nomination deadline extended
Have you remodeled a kitchen, bath, master suite or whole house? Added on, or finished existing space in attic, basement or garage? You could be one of the 50 or more homeowners and professionals featured on the 2013 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour held on April 27-28. For more information, call Tour Coordinator Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City and Local Government News and Events
Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival on Saturday, January 19
Attend the 12th Annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival! Minnesota Kite Society experts will demonstrate their skills maneuvering spectacular kites and offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime. Bring your own kite, or buy an inexpensive one at the lake. Other fun family activities at the festival include ice fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, a children's medallion hunt and a marshmallow roast.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and 4th Annual Food Drive on Monday, January 21
Drop off non perishable food items at your local Minneapolis Recreation Center or bring handmade knitted items for The Love Light Project supporting local teenage victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The food and mitten drive concludes with a community celebration of the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis Open Houses on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29
The Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis is an effort by Metro Transit to determine the benefits, costs and impacts of implementing a new transitway along either the Midtown Greenway or Lake Street in Minneapolis. The project will recommend the best method of delivering transit service: streetcar, light rail, bus rapid transit or dedicated busway. The study is anticipated to go through early 2014.
New ECHO Program Available - "The Harm of Commercial Tobacco in Our Community"
ECHO is pleased to announce the availability on DVD of it newest program - "The Harm of Commercial Tobacco in Our Community." The program is available in 8 languages (English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer, and Karen) and features guest experts from each culture having a candid discussion about the dangers of smoking. This program is available to stream online; DVDs are available upon request.
NCR News and Information
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, January 22
NCR seeks neighborhood organization to administer insurance pools
Informational meeting on Tuesday, January 29
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) is seeking a 501 (c)(3) neighborhood organization to administer non-profit insurance pools covering up to 71 neighborhood organizations and up to six business associations. Neighborhood organization leaders are invited to attend an informational meeting to talk about proposed changes to administration of the insurance pools.
NRP Policy Board approves 45 day review period for ADA Policy Clarification and new Guide for Neighborhoods
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 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 maintain ADA compliance. These support resources will help neighborhoods not only achieve compliance but become leaders of greater inclusion and participation.
Funding proposals now being accepted for One Minneapolis Fund – applications accepted through Thursday, January 31
The City of Minneapolis has issued a request for proposals for the One Minneapolis Fund. The program was created to promote socio-economic equity in Minneapolis by supporting diverse leadership development and community engagement in the city. A total of $62,000 is available, with a maximum grant of $25,000 for projects in 2013. To be eligible for funding from the program, an organization must be a non-governmental, non-profit organization serving residents of Minneapolis. In addition, the organization may not be a recipient of funding from the City’s Community Participation Program.
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Published Jan. 18, 2013