March 15, 2013
March is Women’s History Month.
March 18-22 is Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week.
· Minneapolis Everyone Online! – free events promoting digital literacy on Thursday, March 21
· “Soup with the Supe” on Thursday, March 28
· Hmong 101 Seminar on Friday, March 29
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
East Isles Green Film Series: The Waterkeepers on Monday, March 18
Join East Isles residents for a powerful documentary chronicling the heroic efforts of volunteer “water keepers” who have cleaned up and protected rivers, bays and sounds from Alaska to North Carolina from industrial pollution.
Spring Foum on trees and invasive species of park and residential lands on Saturday, March 23
Join representatives from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association and the Lynnhurst Environmental Committee in discussing the state of our urban forest and what you can do to help restore and sustain it.
10th Ward City Council candidate forum on environmental issues on Thursday, March 28
This 10th Ward candidate forum is co-sponsored by the CARAG and East Calhoun neighborhood Green Teams; East Harriet neighborhood Parks, Environment & Schools Committee, LHENA Environment Committee; and the Whittier Alliance. It will be moderated by the Minneapolis League of Women Voters.
North Loop Candy Grab on Saturday, March 30
Come to the North Loop Playground for prize eggs and community fun!
Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) seeks Latino-Hispanic Community Organizer
NENA is seeking a Community Organizer who will conduct outreach to Hispanic residents of Nokomis East -- encouraging their participation in NENA programs and events, as volunteers, and in leadership roles within the organization. The organizer will also do outreach to Hispanic and other families living in an area of concentrated apartment buildings (known as Bossen) to empower residents to identify and address problems themselves or with assistance. This is a part-time position currently funded through December 31.
Cleveland Neighborhood Association seeks Outreach Specialist
CNA is seeking an Outreach Specialist to engage transit riders in a conversation about transportation, gather contact information and interview them on video regarding their input on transit. This is a part-time position through October.
Midtown Farmers Market seeks Manager
The Midtown Farmers Market (MFM) is a community-based, open-air market founded by the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization in 2003. Its mission is to create a vibrant forum in South Minneapolis that connects community residents, artisans, and nearby food producers in a mutually beneficial economic and cultural exchange. MFM seeks a full-time Market Manager, with hours varying based on the season. Weekend and evening hours will be required.
Registration now open for Neighborhoods, USA, 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns
Exhibitor booth applications accpted through Wednesday, April 10
Join us on May 22-25, 2013 for Neighborhoods, USA, 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
Healing Solutions for Our Tribal Communities - An International Indigenous Forum on Friday, March 15
This forum focuses on legal issues facing indigenous peoples and includes tribal court arguments, international indigenous law presentations and tribal law forums. Presentations will cover ending the trafficking of native women, customary adoptions and addressing tribal human rights abuses.
Nice Ride seeks Tour Coordinator, Events Coordinator – apply by Friday, March 22
Nice Ride Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of our urban life by providing a convenient, easy-to-use bike sharing program that provides residents and visitors a healthy, fun, different way to get around town. Nice Ride has two part-time positions opening. The Tour Coordinator will organize and lead residents and visitors of the Twin Cities on short bike rides (usually less than 1 hour) using the Nice Ride system and the biking infrastructure of the Twin Cities. The Events Coordinator will assume responsibility for on-site representation at employer events, community events, and other functions where Nice Ride educates and engages the community about the Nice Ride bike share system.
Hmong 101 Webinar on Friday, March 29
Participate in a Hmong 101 seminar intended for professionals who would like to learn more about the backgrounds and experiences of Hmong Americans who live in their communities. Hmong 101 is coordinated by the Hmong Cultural Center, the primary Hmong and Asian American organization in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The Hmong Cultural Center provides community outreach activities related to multicultural education for the purposes of promoting positive race relations in the Twin Cities community.
$5,000 and $12,000 Grants Available through the 2013 Community POWER Program - applications due by Monday, 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.
Metro Paint-A-Thon - applications due by Friday, April 12
If you're a low-income or disabled senior living in the 7- county metro area,you may qualifiy for free painting assistance as part of the Metro Paint-A-Thon. The Metro Paint-A-Thon is sponsored by the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC).
City and Local Government News and Events
Minneapolis Town Hall Meeting - Investing in Minnesota on Wednesday, March 20
Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans invite you to a town hall meeting to discuss the smart investments Governor Mark Dayton’s budget will make to support better outcomes for underserved Minnesotans.
Minneapolis kicks off 2013 activities to promote digital literacy - attend free events throughout Minneapolis on Thursday, March 21
For those who don’t have access to the Internet, or who don’t know how to use it, it can be difficult to get by in today’s digital environment. Minneapolis recognizes the need for our residents to be digitally literate if they are going to have success in the future and is kicking off a series of activities to promote digital literacy in 2013. Community organizations are hosting open houses for new computer users, community members and businesses to get connected with local community technology resources.
Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23
Minneapolis will join “Earth Hour” again this year. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the City will turn off all uses of electricity in major municipal buildings that are not required for life, safety or operations. Individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world turn off their lights for Earth Hour to make a global statement of concern about climate change and demonstrate their commitment to finding solutions. Residents are encouraged to participate in Earth Hour and reduce their energy use during every hour of the year.
Artists Designs for Utility Box Wraps
Informational meeting on Tuesday, March 26
Applications due by Wednesday, April 17
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places announces a Call for Artists to submit designs for utility box wraps. The call is open to professional artists who live or work in Minneapolis in any media that can be translated into a digital image and wrapped onto a utility box. Selected artists will be paid an honorarium of $1,000.
“Soup with the Supe” on Thursday, March 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
Weigh In On Clean Water - Clean Water Survey open through Sunday, March 31
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is seeking community input on the next generation of clean water in the District. MCWD has put together four potential options for how they should work within the District. Tell the MCWD what you think as part of the Clean Water Survey.
Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards – nominations accepted through Friday, April 5
Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards recognize projects, individuals, and organizations that celebrate, preserve, and enhance the city's heritage and historic character. Submissions are judged on attention to the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials, as well as the positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood and community. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Minneapolis boards and commissions - application review begins Friday, April 26
Volunteers on City of Minneapolis boards and commissions provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. Applications are now being accepted for the over 47 open positions on 10 boards and commissions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this spring. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.
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.
NCR News and Information
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, March 19
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, March 20
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, March 26
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, April 11
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Published Mar. 15, 2013