May 31, 2013
· Pratt Ice Cream Social on Friday, May 31
· Cinema and Civics kicks off on Wednesday, June 5
· Twin Cities World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 15
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) Conference
Neighborhoods, USA, 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns
Thanks to everyone who joined us last week! Take a look back at conference highlights and view videos by Conference Correspodents.
Neighborhood News and Events
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.
Fabulous Fulton Plant Sale - Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2
On your way to the Edina Art Fair, be sure to stop by the Fabulous Fulton Plant Sale. Proceeds from the annual plant sale are set aside to plant additional boulevard trees in Fulton neighborhood.
Neighborhood Garage Sales on Saturday, June 1
· East Calhoun - http://www.eastcalhoun.org/events/ecco-super-sale-3
· Lind Bohanon - http://www.lindbohanon.org/
· Longfellow - http://www.longfellow.org/sale/
· Shingle Creek - http://www.scna-mpls.org/
· The Wedge - https://www.facebook.com/events/541126232595820
Cinema and Civics begins on Wednesday, June 5
Cinema and Civics is the Stevens Square Community Organization's civics, music and movies in the park series. The series runs every Wednesday in June at Stevens Square Park, and includes civics at 7:30, music beginning at 8, and movies at dusk.
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association’s “Raise the Roof” Fundraiser on Wednesday, June 5
MHNA is planning a rooftop party at Mill & Main to ring in the summer, raise some funds and pay tribute to longtime neighbor and past president who has shaped so much of Marcy-Holmes, Arvonne Fraser. Food and beverages of a summer persuasion will be on hand as you mingle with board members and neighbors. Be among the first to enjoy the downtown views from this new vantage point. Tickets are $35, with all proceeds benefitting MHNA's year-round programs and projects.
St. Anthony East Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 7
Join St. Anthony East residents for the annual SAENA Ice Cream Social! This is a great way to get to know neighbors better and kick off the summer season with a fun St. Anthony East tradition.
Cleveland Book Fiesta on Saturday, June 8
Come out for a celebration of reading and youth at the Cleveland Neighborhood's first Book Fiesta. The Book Fiesta comes from the Mexican holiday El Día de los Niños and is a time to come together and share story and tradition as we honor those who carry that forward, namely, our youth. Enjoy the storytelling, live music, food, prizes and more.
Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival on Saturday, June 8
Enjoy a free day of music in a beautiful setting!
Lind Bohanon Home and Art Fair on Saturday, June 8
The Lind Bohanon Home and Art Fair is a unique and exciting blend of a home show and art fair designed to give a flavor of the Lind Bohanon neighborhood and all that the seven neighborhoods of the Camden community have to offer. Magnetic Productions is attending this event in search of their next person to be on an episode of HGTV/DIY Network’s “I Hate My Kitchen” or “I Hate My Bath”.
The Wedge Neighborhood's 2nd Annual FREE SWAP on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
Share your old things. Find useful things. Reduce Waste. Save Money. Bring items or take items. All are welcome – and everything is free! The Swap will keep good stuff out of the dumpsters, and let you share usable items with neighbors.
North First Summer Social Event on Tuesday, June 11
Join neighbors this summer for the second 2013 North First social event. This is a great opportunity to get to know other residents, neighborhood organizations and community; enjoy delicious food; have fun with some great name tags from Give & Take; stop by the Information Exchange; and hear some brief presentations about a variety of topics of interest to neighborhoods. Come for a bite and stay for some conversation - reserve your spot today! This event will be held at the Capri Theater.
Live on the Drive kicks off on Thursday, June 13
Live on the Drive is a summer evening concert series featuring live music on Victory Memorial Drive. The series begins with the Bruce Henry Band along with special guest Debbie Duncan. There’ll also be a movie after dusk shown in partnership with Minneapolis Parks. Live on the Dirve is brought to you by the Cleveland Neighborhood Association, the Victory Neighborhood Association, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and other generous donors.
Standish Ericsson and Corocran Neighborhood Wide Garage Sales on Saturday, June 15
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization seeks Community Organizer
This is a full-time position with benefits. Native Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Community News and Events
Foodie 4 Mile on Saturday, June 1
Race to the market on opening day! The Foodie 4 Mile is a fundraiser for the Northeast Farmers Market and the Emergency Foodshelf Network, a 4 mile fun run, and a foodie rally all in one. Dogs, strollers, and costumes are welcome.
Preserve Minneapolis Tours
Midtown: A Place to Call Home on Saturday, June 1
Hennepin Avenue Theater District on Sunday, June 2
Lowry and Walker Legacies Biking Tour on Sunday, June 9
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. Tours fill up quickly – register now for tours held through September.
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.
Riverside Park Restoration and Tending on Thursday, June 6
Join the Mississippi River Gorge Stewards at Riverside Park. Working alongside Friends of the Mississippi River staff, volunteers will help improve local wildlife habitat and watershed health, removing invasive species and possibly assisting with watering and other restoration and tending tasks. The range of activities will be suitable for adults and for youth and everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace and ability level.
Arts on Chicago Celebration on Saturday, June 8
Almost forty artists involved with the 20 art projects of Arts on Chicago will come together to celebrate the year-long initiative. Residents from Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant and Central neighborhoods encourage Minnesotans from across the metro area to take part in activities that knit together the creative assets of this historic corridor in South Minneapolis. All Day – Artists will be out along the stretch of Chicago Avenue between 32nd and 42nd to discuss their projects and lead additional art activities.
Twin Cities World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 15
This locally organized festival celebrates the more than 100,000 refugees living in Minnesota and the diversity of cultures, experiences and assets they bring to our community. Come enjoy free live entertainment, food and vendors from around the world, children’s activities, a community resource fair and interactive educational displays.
City and Local Government News and Events
Picture a Park Photo Contest – free photo classes on Saturdays, June 1 and 22
Submit photos by September 2
The Picture a Park Photo Contest returns for its 4th year! The contest is designed to highlight the year-round beauty, events and fun throughout Minneapolis' parks. Winners can receive a National Camera gift card, photo enlargement, parking permit, park pass or 2014 calendar featuring winning photos. Photographs will be judged on impact, image quality, composition and storytelling. Four free classes are being offered this summer. Space is limited and registration is required, so register today!
A Minnesota Department of Health Community Conversation on Tuesday, June 4
Attend a Minnesota Department of Health Conversation on improving health communications in refugee and immigrant communities. Refreshments will be provided.
Music and Movies in the Park – Movies begin on Friday, June 7
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 – June 9 - 15
Bike Walk Week 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.
Preparedness Series for Community Based Organizations - Whole Community Resilience: Build on Strengths to Meet Diverse Needs on Monday, June 10
Join the Minneapolis Health Department for a free training series to learn, refresh, and expand your organization’s preparedness. This third training will emphasize the whole community approach – a strategy to be more inclusive and effective in planning and response. It focuses on the strengths of communities, the spectrum of vulnerability, and critical partnerships to support Community Resilience. Learn more about preparedness tools at www.minneapolismn.gov/health/preparedness.
Help communities bridge the digital divide – meetings on Thursday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 19
3,211 people participated, and the second year's results are in on a survey the City conducted to understand how Minneapolis residents use computers, mobile devices and the Internet to better their daily lives. City leaders and staff will be hosting community meetings with residents, businesses, community groups, and other stakeholders to share the results and get feedback about how to overcome the digital divide in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, June 15
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 June Fit-It Clinic will be held at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.
Take MPRB's Skate Park Survey – survey open through Wednesday, June 26
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is currently developing a plan to support skate parks and related activities citywide. Related activities could include BMX biking, in-line skating, rollerblading, scooter use, and parkour, among others. The MPRB has launched a survey to learn more about community needs and preferences. Skaters and non-skaters are encouraged to share your opinions. Paper surveys can be obtained by calling 612-230-6469. Learn more about this project at the Skate Park Plan page.
Register your bike with the Minneapolis Police Department
Every year, thousands of bikes are lost or stolen in Minneapolis and many of them are actually recovered. However, because of a lack of proper identification, only a small percentage are ever returned to their owners. To help increase the chances that your stolen bike will be returned, you can now register your bicycle. You can register online, call 311, or use 311's phone app. To register your bike, you will need to include your bike’s serial number, a description of the bike--make and model--and your contact information.
New safety campaign educates bicyclists and drivers about safely sharing the road
As summer approaches, a growing number of people are taking to our streets and trails on bicycles. Whether you’re pedaling around town, driving a car or doing a little of both, the City of Minneapolis wants to remind everyone that bicycle safety starts with all of us. This summer, new transit shelter posters will help educate bicyclists and drivers on how to safely share the road and avoid common, preventable crashes.
NCR News and Information
NCR seeks Access and Outreach Manager – apply by Friday, June 7
The Access and Outreach Manager leads a team of 6 staff and actively participates in their selection, training, work direction and supervision. The team serves as a key communications link between elected officials, city leadership and staff, neighborhood and community organizations within the city of Minneapolis. The team focuses on building outreach and meaningful connections to underrepresented communities where language, cultural norms, and/or disabilities, as well as knowledge of government affect communication and access.
NCEC Elections scheduled for Thursday, June 13
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 Senior Citizen Advisory Committee on Thursday, June 13
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
City of Minneapolis
Public Service Center, Room 110
250 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Published May. 31, 2013