April 26, 2013
April 21 – 27 is National Volunteer Week.
· Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28
· American Indian Month begins on Wednesday, May 1
· MayDay Parade and Festival on Sunday, May 5
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.
SPOKES Spring Kickoff and Grand Opening on Friday, April 26
Come to the Spring Kick-off and the Grand Opening of the Hub at SPOKES.
SPOKES is a new, innovative community bicycle and walking resource located near the LRT Bike Trail on East 22nd St. SPOKES is a program of the Seward Neighborhood Group, Inc. Major funding for SPOKES is provided by Bike Walk Twin Cities, a federal nonmotorized transportation pilot program administered by Transit for Livable Communities through the Federal Highway Administration.
Visualizing Neighborhoods: A Hackathon for Good - pre-event brainstorming sessions on 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.
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.
King Park Mosaic Quilt Unveiling Celebration on Saturday, April 27
Come to the unveiling of 10 intricate, public art, glass “quilts”. The images are the creation of more than 300 neighbors, and are interpretations of the community’s various cultural textile patterns, serving as a symbol of welcoming at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This is a project of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association & the VOA Southwest Senior Center, and is funded by the City of Minneapolis Graffiti Prevention Grant and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Legacy Fund.
Día del Niño on Saturday, April 27
Join the Lyndale Neighborhood Association for the annual Children's Day celebration! Meet at Painter Park for music, games, food, and fun.
Whittier May Day Soiree on Thursday, May 2
The 13th Annual May Day Soiree benefit for the Whittier neighborhood will be better than ever! The event includes heavy appetizers from Whittier restaurants, live entertainment, a silent auction, raffles for an iPad and a Kindle Paperwhite, beer, wine and a "Spring Fever" cocktail from Eat Street Social.
Tangletown Neighborhood Spring Garage Sales on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4
Attend one of the first neighborhood-wide sales of spring!
Midtown Farmers Market opens on Saturday, May 4
Opening Day is nearly here! More than 80 vendors sell their wares, and each year, over 55,000 people visit the market. The Midtown Farmers Market was founded by the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization in 2003 with the help of many community partners and volunteers from the surrounding neighborhoods. In 2006, it was the first farmers market to accept SNAP-EBT.
Bryn Mawr Festival of Garage Sales on Saturday, May 4
Savvy shoppers mark their calendars for these sales. The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association will also host a sale, with all proceeds donated to the neighbrohood association.
River Bells Carillon Fest on Saturday, May 4
The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association has commissioned two students from the University of Minnesota to compose short works for an innovative music festival. The festival will also feature commissioned pieces by local composers Craig Harris and Randall Davidson. The world premier performances will be broadcast from the bell tower of First Congregational Church. In addition to new compositions, the festival will showcase local musicians with several groups performing folk, blues, and classical music throughout the afternoon and a called family contra dance with live band. This project funded by a grant from the TCF Bank Stadium Good Neighbor Fund and is free and open to all.
NEighbors Sale Weekend on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11
Once again, the Windom Park, Audubon Park, Columbia Park, Holland, Marshall Terrace and Waite Park neighborhoods are sponsoring a weekend of garage and yard sales across six of the neighborhoods of Northeast Minneapolis. Over 150 sales are anticipated this year. Sale maps will be available the week prior to the sale at the Eastside Food Co-op and other area businesses, and also on this web site. Save your map for special offers through May at area businesses.
Spring Bicycle Festival on Saturday, May 11
Don’t miss East Calhoun’s first spring Bicycle Festival! This free event features a kids’ bike swap and bike rodeo, bike tune-ups and helmet fittings, door prizes, and information from the Midtown Greenway, Nice Ride, and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.
McKinley CSA seeks part-time farm worker
This part-time seasonal position is for 20 hours a week. The ideal candidate will have some knowledge of farming or horticulture. Good problem solving skills, an approachable manner and a genuine love of plants and people are required.have some knowledge of farming or horticulture. Good problem solving skills, an approachable manner and a genuine love of plants and people are required. We can teach you to water but you should have an open heart and common sense when you get here.
Community News and Events
The African Diaspora: Building a Collective Voice on Saturday, April 27
The African American Action Coalition, The Center for Families, and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change welcome all to discuss and build a common voice among our communities. We all arrived here differently, yet it’s time that we build on our commonality and ensure that our community’s future is vibrant, strong and united. The “family reunion” will highlight foods that represent our different cultures and will feature guest speakers from Panama, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Ghana, Brazil, United States, and Somali. Participants will engage in table discussions, group exercises, and fun!
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.
Webinar: Receiving Communities: Preparing a Culture of Welcome on Tuesday, April 30
Learn how small-to-medium cities are successfully bringing newcomers and receiving communities together with innovative programs and a clear message about the two-way benefits of immigrant integration. How? One way is to start with cross-cultural interactions that build trust and mutual understanding. This free webinar is the first in a series of Welcoming Cities webinars, co-hosted with Welcoming America.
Smoke-Free Housing Lunch-n-Learn on Tuesday, April 30
Join the Live Smoke Free program and the Public Health Law Center for an engaging workshop on how to effectively adopt a smoke-free policy for your market-rate or subsidized apartment building that will save you time, money, and frustration. Free resources are available - from planning, to implementation, to publicity. For more information, visit www.mnsmokefreehousing.org.
American Indian Month begins on Wednesday, May 1
Each May, Minneapolis takes part in American Indian Month, which is a celebration of the community. American Indian organizations showcase programs and services that are available to support and enrich the community. A parade held on May 1 will kick off a month of events and festivities.
Plymouth Avenue Art and Music Festival on Saturday, May 4
Celebrate with a day of art and music as we work towards healing ourselves and our communities through arts, education, prevention and advocacy.
MayDay Parade and Festival on Sunday, May 5
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival has been a vibrant example of art as community building in the Twin Cities area for 38 years. The theme for the 39th Annual MayDay Parade and Festival is “See the World”. The day begins with the parade, continues with the Tree of Life Ceremony, and culminates with a festival featuring music, dancing, poetry, food, canoe rides, and more.
Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Local Cinco de Mayo events include a parade and festival on St. Paul’s West Side.
African Community Conversation on Civic Engagement on Thursday, May 9
African Immigrant Services will facilitate a conversation focused on community engagement. The event will provide an opportunity for the community to discuss how best to increase the quality of civic participation among African immigrants and other underrepresented groups - especially in the Northwest suburbs of Hennepin County. Designed to help shift the roles of participants from observers to active leaders, the conversation will also involve an action session, allowing for participants to match their interests to existing civic opportunities and community causes.
Next Generation of Parks™ speaker series with Eelco Hooftman on Thursday, May 9
This series introduces us to transformative park designs around the U.S. and the world. Presented by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation with its partners the Walker Art Center, the University of Minnesota College of Design, and American Society of Landscape Architects, the series features acclaimed urban park designers and park experts, who will focus on specific 21st century approaches to comprehensive park planning and design. In this first session of the year, find out how Berlin’s historic Tempelhof Airport is being transformed into the next great world park.
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.
We Can Grow to seeks low income families to receive raised bed gardens
We Can Grow will provide roughly 100 Twin Cities’ families with raised bed gardens this Spring. The focus of the program is providing low-income families a garden and the educational tools to succeed free of cost. The program is looking to fill several openings for families to participate in their next round of class sessions beginning in early May. Three Class sessions will be held in South Minneapolis on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Individuals who are in need are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
City and Local Government News and Events
Minneapolis Homeownership and Banking Fair on Saturday, April 27
Thinking about buying a home? Find out more about lending, down-payment and other resources for successful homeownership at the Homeownership & Banking Fair. The City and the Minnesota Homeownership Center host this fair to offer a unique opportunity for residents to get their banking, lending, homeownership questions answered. Homeownership advisors and educators, non-profit housing developers, and lenders will provide resources at the fair.
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 and Sunday, May 19
American Bamboo on Saturday, May 4
N/A on Sunday, May 5
FOB on Saturday, May 18
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. These events will be held at Hennepin County Library locations.
Preparedness Series for Community Based Organizations - Social Media 101 on Tuesday, April 30
Join the Minneapolis Health Department for a free training series to learn, refresh, and expand your organization’s preparedness. This first training will provide an overview of social media tools and how to use them. Participants will share best practices for risk communication during and after a disaster. Learn more about preparedness tools at www.minneapolismn.gov/health/preparedness.
Southwest LRT Open Houses, Minneapolis Station Area Planning on Thursday, May 2
Attend an open house and voice your opinion about proposed stations for the Southwest LRT Lines. There will be four open houses focused on stations proposed for each of the surrounding cities.
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.
Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, May 11
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.
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.
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.
Hennepin County seeks volunteers
If you can contribute a few extra hours each month to help, Hennepin County needs your enthusiasm, your time and your willingness to make a difference. Volunteering provides an opportunity for people of all ages and interests to get involved in their community. Learn new skills or enhance the ones you already have. Gain valuable experience to boost your resume. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available.
Information Technology (IT) Department seeks Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmericaCorps member to serve as Technology Literacy Coordinator
The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) works to bridge the digital divide for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The CTEP Member will travel to a variety of locations in Minneapolis to provide direct service and to collaborate with project partners. This position runs for one year beginning on September 3, 2013. Applications are being accepted now.
NCR News and Information
NCEC Elections scheduled for Thursday, June 13
Applications for appointed positions due by Friday, April 26
Applications for elected positions due by Friday, May 10
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.
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.
Minneapolis Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, May 9
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 48th 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. 26, 2013