May 10, 2013
· Art-A-Whirl on Friday - Sunday, May 17-19
· Preparedness Series for Community Based Organizations - Emergency Planning 101 on Tuesday, May 21
· Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) Conference on Wednesday - Saturday, May 22-25
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
American Indian Month Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/WCMS1P-090688
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) Conference
Neighborhoods, USA, 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns
Registration open through Friday, May 10
Exhibitor booths registration open through Wednesday, May 15
Volunteer at NUSA!
Welcome Celebration at Nicollet Island Pavilion on Wednesday, May 22
Minnehaha Park Neighborhood Celebration on Friday, May 24
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. People are coming to Minneapolis from across the country to share experiences and learn from each other.
Local residents unable to attend the NUSA Conference are invited to attend Wednesday’s Opening Celebration at Nicollet Island Pavilion (5–8 p.m., appetizers will be provided) and Friday’s Minnehaha Park Neighborhood Celebration (5–8 p.m., food trucks will be available and entertainment will be provided).
Neighborhood News and Events
NEighbors Sale Weekend on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11
Once again, the Northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods of Windom Park, Audubon Park, Columbia Park, Holland, Marshall Terrace and Waite Park are sponsoring a weekend of garage and yard sales. Over 150 sales are anticipated this year. Sale maps will be available the week prior to the sale at the Eastside Food Co-op, at other area businesses, and at the Facebook page. 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.
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization seeks bilingual Community Organizer
This is a full-time position with benefits. Native Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Fulton Farmers Market
Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 14
Opening Day on Sunday, May 18
The Fulton Farmers Market (FFM) is kicking off the 2013 season with a celebration and fundraiser at the Rice Paper Restaurant. Come support FFM’s food-justice mission and hang out with some of your favorite folks, then visit the market on Saturday for opening day. The Fulton Farmers Market is supported in part by the Fulton Neighborhood Association.
Seward Garage Sale Daze on Friday and Saturday, May 17 - 18
CARAG Super Sale on Saturday, May 18
Linden Hills Garage Sales on Saturday, May 18
East Harriet Sale-O-Rama on Saturday, May 18
Kingfield Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale on Saturday, May 18
Linden Hills Festival on Sunday, May 19
Mark your calendars and save the date for the 2013 Linden Hills Festival. Expect to see all of your old favorites at the Festival, and a few new surprises for 2013!
Kenny and Armatage Garage Sales on Saturday, May 25
Windom Park Carnival on Friday, May 31
It's one of the largest carnivals in Minneapolis, and you won't want to miss it! The Windom Park Carnival is a collaborative effort of Windom Park Citizens in Action, Pillsbury School and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. You'll find something for all ages and tastes: live music, local food, more than 25 games, bingo and more.
Pratt Ice Cream Social on Friday, May 31
Attend Prospect Park's annual summer celebration! Come for the ice cream - as well as for the cakes, brats, sambusas, egg rolls, wontons and roasted corn. There will be games, a plant sale a silent auction, and entertainment. Bring your camera; this is the only day of the year that the Tower Observation deck is open to the public.
Community News and Events
I'm Not Your Indian Anymore - opening reception on Friday, May 10
All My Relations Gallery presents I'm Not Your Indian Anymore – a photographic history of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The exhibit runs through June 30, and includes book signings and lectures on the history of the AIM. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
Hmong American Day Celebration on Saturday, May 11
Throughout the Vietnam War, the Hmong fought alongside the US-CIA in Laos. In honor of the Hmong people’s contribution and sacrifices during the Vietnam War, Governor Mark Dayton will proclaim May 14th, “Hmong American Day” in Minnesota. Attend the first annual Hmong American Day Celebration, learn about Hmong American history, and experience cultural activities and food. This celebration will be held at Fort Snelling State Park and is free and open to all.
Asian Splendor! on Saturday, May 11
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a vibrant splash of Pan-Asian traditional dances and story theater performed by the talented youth of the Iny Asian Dance Theater. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Sumner Library and presented in collaboration with Asian Media Access.
Next Generation of Parks™ speaker series with Adriaan Gueze on Thursday, May 16
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 second session of the year, learn about how a former military base on New York’s Governor’s Island has become a dynamic place that visitors claim as their own.
Art-A-Whirl on Friday - Sunday, May 17 - 19
Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. More than 70 locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis will be open for tours, including studio buildings, art galleries, homes, storefronts, businesses, and restaurants. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork.
Preserve Minneapolis Tours
East Hennepin: Behind the Scenes on Sunday, May 19
Tangletown and Minnehaha Creek on Wednesday, May 21
Preserve Minneapolis tours offer a unique peek into the history and variety of neighborhoods that color our urban landscape. Tours are led by knowledgeable volunteers and typically cost $8 per person. The full line-up will be posted soon.
Celebrate Older Americans Month with East Side Neighborhood Services
Visit displays in the lobby and come to the Friendship Center’s Annual Yard Sale or the Intergenerational Ice Cream Social.
We Can Grow 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 for families to participate in their next round of class sessions beginning in 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.
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Mini Grant applications due by Monday, June 3
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) Stewardship Fund offers mini grants for up to $2,000 for small or short-term water quality projects. Nonprofit organizations, officially recognized neighborhood groups, schools, local units of government, and business and professional associations are eligible to apply.
City and Local Government News and Events
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. The May Fit-It Clinic will be held at the Plymouth Library.
North Minneapolis Hub – three public meetings
Tuesday, May 14 (English and Spanish)
Wednesday, May 15 (Hmong)
Wednesday, May 22 (English and Somali)
Hennepin County is building six human services hubs, located in the same neighborhoods where clients live, work and attend school. Each of the hubs will provide access to the full range of financial, social and public health services the county offers. The goal is to open a hub in North Minneapolis before the end of 2014, and you can help guide the process. Hennepin County is partnering with Northside Residents Redevelopment Council to hold a series of public meetings to share plans for the North Hub and hear your thoughts. Free child care will be provided.
Hennepin County Master Gardener 5th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18
Come celebrate spring and the beginning of a new gardening season! Buy beautiful plants for sun or shade at great prices. The sale offers seedlings of vegetables that have won the statewide Master Gardener Program trials. Most of these are not available at the local garden centers or other plant sales. Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions and provide helpful information on the plants you purchase.
Spice & Slice of Asian America
FOB on Saturday, May 18
Taiko Drumming on Sunday, May 19
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.
Volunteers needed 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.
Preparedness Series for Community Based Organizations - Emergency Planning 101 on Tuesday, May 21
Join the Minneapolis Health Department for a free training series to learn, refresh, and expand your organization’s preparedness. This second training will focus on emergency planning. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Meteorologist and MPR weather commentator, will share new research on the changing climate and its impact on Emergency Planning. Janet Mengelkoch of Minneapolis Health Department Emergency Preparedness will work with the class on preparing or updating an emergency plan. Learn more about preparedness tools at www.minneapolismn.gov/health/preparedness.
Midtown Cooridor Alternatives Analysis Public Open Houses on Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23
The Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis is an effort by Metro Transit to determine the benefits, costs and impacts of implementing a new transitway along either the Midtown Greenway or Lake Street in Minneapolis. Come to an open house and hear about the project’s progress, learn about the initial transit modes identified for further study, provide feedback on the transit modes and transportation needs of the corridor, talk with project staff and get your questions answered.
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.
Music and Movies in the Park begin on Monday, May 27
Enjoy more than 250 free concerts and movies in Minneapolis parks this summer. Music runs seven days a week from May 27 through September 2, with concerts at five different venues. Movies are held Mondays - Saturdays, June 7 through August 24. Full schedules are available on the website. Take a night to relax in your parks; bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic and don’t forget your bug spray!
Twin Cities Bike Walk Week seeks volunteers
Bike Walk Week (June 9 - June 15) is an annual series of events and programs promoting and encouraging biking and walking. This year, the City of Minneapolis, in partnership with local bike shops and other businesses, is hosting a network of Commuter Pit Stops in downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. These Commuter Pit Stops will provide amenities and incentives for bikers and walkers including information on human-powered transportation, safety lights giveaways, and free bicycle repair by bike shop-sponsored mechanics.
NCR News and Information
NCEC Elections scheduled for Thursday, June 13
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.
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, May 15
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, May 21
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, May 28
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
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Published May. 10, 2013