April 12, 2013
April 21 – 27 is National Volunteer Week.
· Minneapolis Earth Day on Saturday, April 20
· Hotdish Revolution on Sunday, April 21
· Neighborhoods, USA early bird registration rates available through Friday, April 26
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhood News and Events
Register now for Neighborhoods, USA, 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns
Early bird registration rates available through Friday, April 26
Exhibitor booth registration extended to Wednesday, May 15
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.
Harrison Neighborhood Association seeks part-time Community 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.
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’s South Minneapolis Housing Fair will be held at a new location, the Minneapolis Sports Center at the Midtown YWCA.
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.
Visualizing Neighborhoods: A Hackathon for Good - pre-event brainstorming sessions on Saturday, April 13, Friday, April 26 and Wednesday, May 1
Are you a neighborhood organizer who needs some tips on technologies to better communicate with your neighborhood? Are you a storyteller, but just not sure where a good dataset is? Visualizing Neighborhoods is a May 25 event aimed at bringing together neighborhood leaders, technologists, designers, and civil servants to explore how data can be used for research, engagement, and communication in our neighborhoods. Three pre-event brainstorming sessions have been scheduled for neighborhood folks to talk about project ideas and see examples of projects from around the country. All are welcome – whether registered for the hackathon or not.
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.
The State of the Mississippi River on Wednesday, April 17
Recently the National Park Service (NPS) and Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) collaborated to provide some answers in the form of a “State of the River Report". The report’s authors, Lark Weller (NPS) and Longfellow resident Trevor Russell (FMR), will present and discuss the report. This event is sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council’s River Gorge Committee.
Hotdish Revolution on Sunday, April 21
Dine with the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association at the Hotdish Revolution. New this year is a NE Brew District Beer Tasting, in addition to the regular motley crew of celebrity judges!
Local-Motion on Tuesday, April 23
Join SECIA, the Southeast Como Improvement Association, for a spring event featuring motion and commotion in the neighborhood. This event will include yoga, zumba, a bike repair workshop, dog treats and people eats.
Spring WingDing on Saturday, April 27
Audubon Park’s annual celebration includes exhibits, games, entertainment, lots of food, and presentations by the Audubon Society, the NE Urban 4-H Club, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and the East Side Co-op.
Community News and Events
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 qualify 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).
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.
A Day for Happiness - Increase the Peace on Saturday, April 13
Join Mad Dads at events on the South Side and North Side to show respect for those who have lost their lives due the plague of violence in Minneapolis and for a message of hope that we can make our neighborhoods safer and our residents happier.
Pow-wow at Century College on Saturday, April 20
Century College Native American Student Association, PAC, Multicultural Center and Metropolitan State University Voices of Indian Council for Educational Success present a Pow-wow at Century College. This event is free and open to the public.
Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshops run April 24 - June 17 – sign up now!
Workshops cover simple changes you can make in your yard to help protect our clean water, the latest information in healthy yard care practices, and a popular do-it-yourself approach to raingarden design and installation.
Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 25
Dining Out for Life is an annual fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations. This year, over 180 restaurants in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Lanesboro, Mankato and St. Cloud will donate a portion of their proceeds to The Aliveness Project and Rural AIDS Action Network.
Letter from Birmingham Jail @ 50 on Thursday, April 25
King’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, published as “The Negro is Your Brother,” was written in 1963 in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South while King was in prison for participating in non-violent demonstrations. Come to a community presentation and conversation about this classic Civil Rights document.
Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28
The Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour is an annual event that promotes city living. The tour brings thousands of home enthusiasts together for a weekend of sharing home remodeling ideas. The tour is sponsored by NCR, the Planning and Economic Development departments of both cities, local financial institutions, developers, contractors and other businesses. This is a free event.
City and Local Government News and Events
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.
City-wide street sweeping begins Tuesday, April 16 (weather permitting)
Public Works crews will start a comprehensive sweeping of all city streets to clean up the dirt and grime the melting ice and snow leaves behind. Folks can use a tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods.
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! 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. No pre-registration is required.
Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K and Free Half-Mile Kids Run on Sunday, April 21
Online registration available through Saturday, April 13
Register for the sixth annual Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K and FREE Half-Mile Kids Run, benefiting the Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up. All pre-registered participants will receive an official "i love lake harriet" t-shirt with registration. A limited number of t-shirts will be available for event-day registration.
Minnesota Department of Health Community Conversation: Improving Health Communications in Refugee and Immigrant Communities on Thursday, April 25
Learn more about improving health communications in refugee and immigrant communities. All are welcome.
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.
Spice & Slice of Asian America - Taiko Drumming on Saturday, April 27
Gain insight into Asian American culture through humor-laced Mu Performing Arts productions that highlight “the good, the bad and the truly ugly” of the Asian American experience. This event will be held at the Central Library and will feature power-packed performance of Japanese taiko drums. The event will be repeated on May 19 at the Ridgedale Library.
Job Training available through RENEW Minneapolis
RENEW Minneapolis supports vocational training and job placement services in high-demand job areas to low-income Minneapolis residents. Goodwill/Easter Seals has trainings starting soon for auto, construction, and medical office occupations. Trainings begin at the end of April.
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.
One Sort Recycling is here!
The City will roll out the new "Big Blue" one sort recycling carts to the rest of the City starting this month. It is anticipated that every residential customer will have their new cart by early June. Residents will receive a mailing with instructions one week before a cart arrives.
Order a compost bin or rain barrel now
Order by Friday, May 24 to reserve a bin or barrel
Pick up bins and barrels on Saturday, June 8
Minneapolis home gardeners now have some affordable options to help the environment and save money. Residents can now order a $55 backyard compost bin (80 gallons) or $69 rain barrel (55 gallons). Supplies are limited.
Volunteers sought for Project Homeless Connect on Monday, May 20
Volunteer training begins on Monday, May 6
Project Homeless Connect brings volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels together to serve people in our community experiencing homelessness. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities, but the majority of volunteers will act as guides, partnering with guests to help them find the resources they want. Training is provided.
Minneapolis will read “A Choice of Weapons” for third year of community read
The next One Minneapolis One Read book will be “A Choice of Weapons” by Gordon Parks. This will be the third year of the citywide “read,” where the entire community is encouraged to read a single book and join in a community conversation. To help identify books that would be a good choice for the community read, the public submitted more than 300 recommendations. “A Choice of Weapons” was among the titles that came from the public.
NCR News and Information
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, April 17
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, April 23
Draft policies ready for neighborhood review
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.
NCEC Elections scheduled for Thursday, June 13
Applications for elected positions due by Friday, May 10
Applications for appointed positions due by Friday, April 26
This year, Commission seats from neighborhood districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election through the neighborhood election process. In addition, 1 Mayoral, 2 City Council and 1 Park and Recreation Board positions are up for appointment through the City’s appointment process.
Volunteer at the 2013 Neighborhoods, USA Conference
To ensure a successful event, NCR and NUSA are looking for almost 200 volunteers to help with a variety of duties. If you or your organization are interested in helping to fill some of these roles, please fill out the volunteer registration form.
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
City of Minneapolis
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This 47th 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 Apr. 12, 2013