February 1, 2013
February is National African American History Month.
· Phillips West Winter Social on Thursday, February 7
· The ReBirth of a Nation Discussion Series on Thursday, February 7 through Saturday, February 9
· One Minneapolis One Read – nominations for 2013 book accepted through Monday, February 11
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Camden Winterfest and Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 2
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, people young and old, good food, music, and horses and hay, all for a fun, friendly evening. Bring your leftover Christmas trees or wreathes for the traditional (and safely monitored) bonfire.
Linden Hills Speaker Series on Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 19
The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) Environment Committee and Linden Hills Power and Light (LHP&L) present a new speaker series. The February 4 session will focus on biking safely during all four seasons in Minnesota. The February 19 session features Switch, a film about the future of energy.
Kingfield Empty Bowls on Thursday, February 7
Attend Kingfield's 2nd Annual Empty Bowls event. This event works to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in the community, as well as raise funds for Nicollet Square, a facility in Kingfield that supports youth by providing safe, clean, and affordable housing as well as supportive services for employment and opportunities to learn life skills.
Phillips West Winter Social on Thursday, February 7
Join neighbors and friends for a fun-filled evening in honor of Muriel Simmons. Neighborhood resources and networking opportunities will be available. Special guest speakers include new Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, new 3rd Precinct Commander Michael Sullivan, and City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren.
Building Bridges Warm Soup & Stories with Jonathan Odell on Sunday, February 10
Jonathan Odell, author of 'The Healing' and 'The View from Delphi', grew up white in Jim Crow Mississippi and spent 30 years as a human resource developer for Minnesota corporations. As an adult, he felt driven to understand what life in that small Mississippi town was like for those on the other side of the color line. His search changed his life and led him to write two powerful novels. Come share his journey at a free event is sponsored by the Building Bridges Book Club and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association. Donations accepted for Nicollet Square; RSVPs appreciated.
NUSA 2013 Awards – submissions due by Friday, February 15
Each year at the Neighborhoods, USA 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 “Plan 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 just 10 participants, so register early.
Community News and Events
Tet: Vietnamese New Year 2013 Celebration on Saturday, February 2
Tet is the occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors, as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members. Come help kick off the Year of the Snake and learn unicorn moves and drumming to drive off bad luck.
American Indian Traditional Winter Storytelling on Thursday, February 7
This free event for the entire family includes interactive stories told by American Indian storytellers, light refreshments, and eagles and hawks from the Raptor Center.
The ReBirth of a Nation Discussion Series on Thursday, February 7 through Saturday, February 9
After more than two decades, the United States recently officially recognized the government of Somalia on January 17th. The African Development Center of Minnesota is joining with others to host a series of discussions with one of the lead architects in developing this new government – Dr. Abdiwali Mohamed Ali, the former Prime Minister of Somalia. Dr. Ali will discuss the many challenges obstructing a successful transition and the rebuilding of this nation. These are free events, but space is limited. Register now.
Lake Hiawatha Heart Warmer on Saturday, February 9
Attend the 5th annual Lake Hiawatha Heart Warmer, a free, family friendly winter carnival celebrating the beauty and community of the Lake Hiawatha area.
Cherish the Children Pow Wow on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10
This traditional Pow Wow is coordinated by the Ain Dah Yung Center – “our home” in the Ojibwe language - which works to provide a healing place for American Indian youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness.
So Alive - A Retro Dance Benefit for The Aliveness Project on Friday, February 22
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Help welcome the Aliveness Project to Kingfield! All proceeds will benefit The Aliveness Project, a community center for people living with HIV/AIDS, and support the move to their new Kingfield home.
Emerald Ash Borer Symposium on Tuesday, February 12
Come learn from the nation’s leading emerald ash borer experts. Homeowners, business owners and city officials will discover how to mitigate the consequences and costs of this epidemic.
“We Love Our Presidents” Walk and Celebration on Saturday, February 16
Northeast Minneapolis has always had a special connection to Presidents’ Day because of the many streets named after U.S. presidents. Join neighbors for a 1.5 mile walk from Edison High School to Northeast Middle School. Dress in patriotic garb and learn about presidential and Northeast history along the way.
Grants available for water quality projects – applications accepted through Friday, March 1
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) Stewardship Program works to extend the MWMO's ability to protect and improve water quality and natural resources through partnerships. Partner organizations work to create and increase local capacity to manage water and natural resources; demonstrate practices and methods to improve water and natural resources; and build community understanding, knowledge and participation in the stewardship of water and natural resources. Planning Grants of up to $10,000 and Spring Mini Grants of up to $2,000 are available.
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
Black History Month celebrations in Minneapolis Parks
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) kicks off its Black History Month celebrations next week at select parks. Special movie nights, activities and a discussion with a featured author highlight the celebrations honoring Black History Month throughout February.
Community Advisory Committee members sought for Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis – applications due by Tuesday, February 5
The Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis will determine the benefits, costs and impacts of implementing a transitway along either the Midtown Greenway or Lake Street in south Minneapolis. The project also will recommend the best method of delivering transit service in the Midtown Corridor: light rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit or dedicated busway. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is an up to 36‐member body, composed of non‐elected officials representing residents, businesses, property owners and organizations with diverse knowledge of the Midtown Corridor including experience using public transportation, the Midtown Greenway and Lake Street. It is anticipated that the CAC will meet five times over the next year.
Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, February 9
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. The February Fix-it Clinic will be held at Brookdale Library.
One Minneapolis One Read – nominations for 2013 book accepted through Monday, February 11
Help select the next One Minneapolis One Read book! One Minneapolis One Read is Minneapolis’ community read where everyone in town is invited to read the same book. The book selection committee will show particular interest in nominations that provide a vehicle for conversations on diversity, inclusiveness, integration and race. Nominations can be submitted online, by calling 612-673-2509, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
North Minneapolis Greenway planning - community open house on Tuesday, February 12
The City of Minneapolis is working to develop plans to convert a low-traffic street in north Minneapolis to a greenway. The City is proposing to make most of the greenway a full "linear park" greenway or a half-and-half greenway. The greenway could increase green space and allow for amenities such as community gardens, playgrounds, barbecues and public art. A community open house will be held to gather input on the preferred greenway route and designs. You may also provide input through an online survey from January 22-February 22.
Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study – three open houses on Tuesday, February 12 through Thursday, February 14
The Nicollet‐Central Transit Alternatives Project will identify a preferred transit enhancement which could serve as a first phase of a longer‐range vision for transit service throughout the 9.2‐mile corridor, extending from the 46th Street/I‐35W Transit Station, through Nicollet Mall, and up Central Avenue to the Columbia Heights Transit Center. Learn about modern streetcar and enhanced bus alternatives proposed for further evaluation at an upcoming public open house.
City-owned parcels available for community gardens
The City of Minneapolis has vacant lots available for qualifying groups to lease for community gardens. A qualifying group will be a not-for-profit or a group with a not-for-profit sponsor. During the application process, applicants and City staff will discuss the layout of the community garden, how it will be managed and how it will engage and benefit the community. There is also a new pilot grant project to assist in improving permanent water access for community gardens. The Community Garden Program is part of Homegrown Minneapolis.
NCR News and Information
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, February 14
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, February 19
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, February 20
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, February 26
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
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This 43rd 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 Feb. 1, 2013