February 22, 2013
February is National African American History Month.
· Renewing Hope in the Promise of Minnesota's Youth on Wednesday, February 27
· Gardening Matters Spring Resource Fair on Saturday, March 9
· NUSA Conference - registration now open
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
New Conversations about Race and Racism on Saturday, February 23
Join the CNA Board for a workshop presented by the St. Paul Foundation. This is a great opportunity to come together with your neighbors in a comfortable and safe environment to talk about a difficult topic. Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan on attending.
16th Annual CARAG Chilly Chili Fest on Sunday, February 24
Join CARAG neighbors for lots of delicious chili and fabulous door prizes - all for only $3. All proceeds benefit the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf.
Beer and Bowling on Sunday, February 24
The Lyndale Social Club will host an afternoon of bowling and beer at Bryant Lake Bowl. Join Lyndalians for some fierce competition and afternoon pints!
March Mayhem Community Event on Sunday, March 10
Spring into Daylight Savings! Join your Cleveland neighbors and friends for an afternoon of winter fun at Cleveland Park. There will be family friendly activities like sledding, snow sculptures, and more.
North First Spring 2013 Social Event on Tuesday, March 12
This is a great opportunity to get to know other residents and neighborhood and community organizations, enjoy some delicious food catered by Avenue Eatery, and hear some brief presentations about a variety of topics of interest to neighborhoods. Come for a bite and stay for some conversation. Reserve your spot today!
Registration now open for Neighborhoods, USA 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns
Join us on May 22-25, 2013 for Neighborhoods, USA's 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns. This year's conference is being hosted by the NCR Department, in partnership with Nexus Community Partners and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. The conference is expected to bring over 800 people to Minneapolis from across the country to share experiences and learn from each other.
Community News and Events
So Alive - A Retro Dance Benefit for The Aliveness Project on Friday, February 22
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.
YIYUSA - A Pan Asian Dance Drama on Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24
In collaboration with Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Pan Asian Arts Alliance, and Iny Asian Dance Theater, Asian Media Access proudly presents this authentic dance drama - YIYUSA (Youth International Youth USA). The show utilizes multi-media and interweaves acrobatics and traditional Asian Dances to re-tell an ancient Asian mystery.
Breaking Ice: An Arts on Chicago Project on Monday and Tuesday, February 25 and 26
Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Breaking Ice company takes on race, class, and economics in this entertaining and thought-provoking live performance. Questions asked include:
o How are our neighborhoods responding to development and change?
o How do we respond to culture clash and conflict?
o How can neighborhoods evolve in economically stable and sustainable ways?
Come for the show and participate in a short, facilitated discussion afterward as these questions are confronted in an effort to strengthen the ties that bind neighbors together.
$5,000 and $12,000 Grants Available through the 2013 Community POWER Program
Informational meeting on Tuesday, February 26
Applications due by Friday, April 1
The Community POWER team is looking for applicants to propose new and innovative ways to educate and actively engage residents in changing their purchasing, reusing, and hazardous waste disposal behaviors to reduce garbage in the six metro county area. Non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply.
Renewing Hope in the Promise of Minnesota's Youth on Wednesday, February 27
This youth-directed forum will include presentations and performances by local youth. Local sheroes and heroes will be honored for their work in building the capacity of young people in our local community. Dr. Joseph L. White, Ph.D., pioneer in the field of Black psychology, perennial voice for youth empowerment, and strong advocate for leadership development among Black and Latino youth, will provide a keynote address.
Native American Home Crafters Sale on Friday, March 1
Stop and shop for unique and handcrafted items made by local Native American home crafters. Stay and enjoy a fundraiser luncheon.
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.
Aztec Mexica New Year Festival on Saturday, March 9
This family-friendly, cultural festival highlights the diversity of the Twin Cities. Guests will receive the opportunity to observe a traditional Aztec/Mexica dance ceremony honoring the Aztec New Year, create stamp art inspired by Aztec/Mexica symbols, play games and win prizes, learn about community resources, see displayed Mexica art from Battle Creek Middle School students, and eat at the community feast.
Gardening Matters Spring Resource Fair on Saturday, March 9
Join Gardening Matters and gardeners from across the Twin Cities at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. LaDonna Redmond, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, will kick off the day with the keynote address: "Reconstructing Our Relationship with Land,” with a local panel to follow. Be a part of the Good Food Movement conversation and get connected to the resources to make this year’s growing season a success!
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center seeks Nokomis Endaad Counselor Supervisor
This individual will provide counselor supervision and direct services to American Indian women who are experiencing addiction to alcohol and drugs, mental health needs, sexual trauma/violence and culture-based co-occurring disorders such as historical trauma, loss of spirituality, culture, and grief/loss. Nokomis Endaad Native Women’s MI/CD Outpatient Treatment Program will use a culturally specific treatment approach to provide services to clients.
City and Local Government News and Events
Black History Month celebrations in Minneapolis Parks
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) wraps up 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.
Homeownership counseling now offered at City Hall
The City is teaming up with the Homeownership Center and its network partners to help current homeowners stay in their homes and inform buyers of the various programs available to help them purchase a home. Counseling is available free of charge in City Hall on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Spanish interpreters will be available in the morning on the first Thursday; Hmong interpreters will be available in the morning on the third Thursday. No appointment is needed.
Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study – comments accepted through Thursday, February 28
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. If you missed the February 12-14 open houses, you can still view the open house boards, presentation, and handout and complete an online comment card.
“Soup with the Supe” on Thursday, February 28
Come enjoy dinner and conversation with Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent, and ask questions and learn more about the vision for our schools. The evening includes a light dinner. Childcare for ages 3 and up will be provided at no cost; all children welcome. Hmong, Spanish and Somali interpreters will be available. Another “Supe Session” will be held on March 28
Minneapolis Television Network Board openings – apply by Friday, March 1
The Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) Board of Directors has two vacant seats to fill. MTN provides broadcasting equipment and training so Minneapolis residents can learn how to create and broadcast programs on the City’s three public access channels (16, 17, 75). MTN’s nine volunteer board members are appointed by the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor.
Passport Day in the USA on Saturday, March 9
The Minneapolis Passport Agency will be hosting its annual Passport Day in the USA special event. No appointment is necessary and both routine and expedited processing will be available. Applicants will need to bring proof of citizenship, proof of identity, a passport photo and payment. This is a great opportunity to apply or renew your passport in person, as this is the only Saturday of the year that the Minneapolis Passport Agency will be open.
Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, March 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 March Fix-it Clinic will be held at the TC Maker Hack Factory.
NCR News and Information
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, February 26
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, March 14
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, March 19
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, March 20
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Published Feb. 22, 2013