March 29, 2013
April 1 – 7 is National Public Health Week.
· Northeast Film Series: Celebrating the Multicultural Identity of Northeast on Thursday, April 4
· Lao New Year Celebration on Saturday, April 13
· South Minneapolis Housing Fair on Saturday, April 13
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Building Bridges Multicultural Book Club on Tuesday, April 2
Join the Building Bridges Multicultural Book Club for a discussion of White Like Me by Tim Wise. Feel free to bring snacks or beverages to share!
Heritage Park Neighborhood Association seeks Executive Director – application review begins on Tuesday, April 2
The Heritage Park Neighborhood Association is a volunteer, community-based organization. The board seeks an Executive Director to formalize organizational systems, develop board capacity, build community, and help the board engage in organizational planning to reach its goals.
Linden Hills History Study Group Celebrates 130 Years of the Minneapolis Park System on Thursday, April 4
Join the Linden Hills History Study Group for a presentation by Linden Hills neighbor David C. Smith, author of the book, City of Parks: The Story of Minneapolis Parks, and creator of minneapolisparkhistory.com. Smith will lead a celebration of the 130th birthday of our park system (founded April 3, 1883) by presenting a look back at the highlights, lowlights and unsolved mysteries of park history. His book will be available at the event and can be ordered from the Park Board. $3 suggested donation for nonmembers of the LHHSG.
Northeast Film Series: Celebrating the Multicultural Identity of Northeast on Thursday, April 4
The second film in this series is Le Grand Voyage - which focuses on a devout elderly Moroccan making his pilgrimage to Mecca with his irreligious, unwilling young son doing the driving. Afterwards, there will be a discussion about the film, accompanied by desserts, coffee and Arabic tea.
Art Squared on Saturday, April 6
Art Squared is an art sale and fundraiser sponsored by the Stevens Square Community Organization to benefit public arts programming in the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood. Work by dozens of Twin Cities artists will be exhibited and sold at the event, which will also feature live music, food and drink, and a great raffle. Tickets are $5.
Midtown Farmers Market seeks Outreach Intern – applications due by Monday, April 8
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 an Outreach Intern for the 2013 season to promote the SNAP-EBT program to SNAP-EBT recipients in the communities surrounding the market. This is a temporary paid position.
"Building a More Sustainable Community" - a presentation by Beth Mercer-Taylor on Tuesday, April 9
The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) Environment Committee will host a discussion with noted scholar and Falcon Heights City Council Member, Beth Mercer-Taylor. Ms. Mercer-Taylor will offer a presentation on the policies and programs she has worked to implement at the University of Minnesota and in Falcon Heights, with an emphasis on the ways in which small communities and individuals can contribute to a more sustainable environment.
Registration now for Neighborhoods, USA, 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns
Exhibitor booth applications accepted 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. Regsiter by April 26 to receive the discounted early registration rate.
Harrison Neighborhood Association seeks part-time Communuty Garden Outreach Organizer – applications due by Friday, April 12
The Harrison Neighborhood Association seeks an independent contractor to work with volunteers at four community gardens. This position runs through November.
Neighborhood Sustainability Fair on Saturday, April 13
Once again the Seward Neighborhood Group and the Faith Mennonite Church community will be co-sponsoring the Neighborhood Sustainability Fair. Bring your small electronics to recycle—including old cell phones, defunct electric toothbrushes, old laptops, or digital thermometers. You can also bring your bike for a tune-up, your gently used clothing for the clothing swap, and garden seeds for the seed exchange. Find out how to start a worm box, meet the worms up personal, and maybe get a worm to feed visiting chickens.
Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association seeks part-time Artist / Outreach staff – applications due by Monday, April 15
The Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association (LBNA) seeks an independent contractor to work with volunteers and the community and help with LBNA’s objectives of increasing participation. LBNA believes that using art may help bridge the diversity of cultures, age, and language. This position is funded through March 2014 for up to 12 hours per month.
Community News and Events
Hmong 101 Webinar on Friday, March 29
This 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, which 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 engage residents in changing their purchasing, reusing, and hazardous waste disposal behaviors and reduce garbage in the six metro county area. Non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply.
2013 Plymouth Avenue Art and Music Festival - vendor regsitration due by Friday, April 5
Mark your calendars for the May 4 Plymouth Avenue Art and Music Festival. Vendor regsitration is due by April 5.
Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity - Our Time to Lead on Tuesday – Thursday, April 9 - 11
Our Time to Lead, the theme of the 25th annual conference, reflects the legacy and evolution of diversity and inclusion over the last 25 years: opening doors of opportunity, igniting change, and challenging organizations to respond to an ever-changing landscape of social, political, economic and technological realities. Four signature events offer a path to strengthen individual and collective leadership capacity for the challenges and opportunities ahead. The conference will also feature 58 concurrent learning sessions, Diversity Awards, a Resource Expo, Career Fair, and Career Services Center. The conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Building Bridges that Span the Digital Divide on Thursday, April 11
Tens of thousands of nonprofit and library professionals work each day to bridge the digital divide, but where are the bridges between the professionals? Join computer trainers, library staff, volunteers and program managers attending the Nonprofit Technology Conference for a discussion of successes and challenges related to work with digital inclusion, BTOP, and digital literacy training. Hear about national efforts to develop a resource portal that will help us all improve our programs.
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).
South Minneapolis Housing Fair on Saturday, April 13
Whether you’re giving a room a "make-over" or starting from the ground up, you'll find answers to all of your questions at the 19th annual South Minneapolis Housing Fair. There will be nearly 100 exhibitors and vendors - all located in the Metro area and offering the highest level of professional services. The South Minneapolis Housing Fair is produced for the benefit of all Minneapolis residents by Minneapolis Community Education, Coldwell Banker Burnet, and representatives from Minneapolis neighborhood organizations. This year the South Minneapolis Housing Fair will be held in a convenient new location, the Minneapolis Sports Center.
Lao New Year Celebration on Saturday, April 13
Celebrate the Lao new year! The day begins with a religious ceremony, followed by traditional dance and a talent show. The evening ends with music, entertainment and refreshments. Tickets are $15, with those under 18 admitted free.
Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshops run April 24 - June 17 – sign up now!
Workshops cover simple changes to make to your yard that help to protect our clean water and the latest information in healthy yard care practices combined with a popular do-it-yourself approach to raingarden design and installation.
City and Local Government News and Events
Hosmer Library World Music Concert Series – Saturdays through May 25
Don't miss this great chance to hear live performances by musicians playing music from all over the world! This program is made possible by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council in collaboration with the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, KFAI Radio and the Friends of the Hosmer Library.
Plant a tree on your Minneapolis property for $25 – Minneapolis trees are selling quickly!
The City of Minneapolis is offering 1,000 trees this spring for only $25 each. The trees are approximately four to eight feet tall with one-inch trunks. Starting now, any Minneapolis property owner – whether resident, business or nonprofit – can order a tree to plant on private Minneapolis property this spring. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery. Trees must be picked up May 18-20 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot.
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.
Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, April 13
Attend a Fix-It Clinic! 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 April Fix-it Clinic will be held in conjunction with the South Minneapolis Housing Fair, inside the Minneapolis Sports Center at the Midtown YWCA.
Artists Designs for Utility Box Wraps - 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.
Minneapolis Earth Day on Saturday, April 20
Mark your calendars for Earth Day! It’s easy to get involved. No pre-registration is required. Arrive at any site between 9:30 a.m.-noon and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will give you gloves and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash.
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.
NCR News and Information
Draft policies ready for neighborhood review
Informational meetings on Wednesday, April 3 and Friday, April 5
Comments accepted through Tuesday, May 7
Two draft policy documents are currently being circulated for 45-day review and comment by Minneapolis neighborhood organizations: (1) the draft Preparation and Processing of Neighborhood Priority Plans Policy which would be a new policy; and (2) the draft Changing Approved Neighborhood Plans Policy which would amend the existing NRP Policy on Changing Approved Neighborhood Action Plans.
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, April 11
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, April 16
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, April 17
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, April 23
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Published Mar. 29, 2013