July 12, 2013
July 26th is the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
· Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Celebration on Sunday, July 14
· Tour de Camden on Saturday, July 20 (register by Monday, July 15)
· FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28
· Red Hot Art on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
Minneapolis inTouch Update
Beginning in August, the Minneapolis inTouch will be combined with NCR’s Minneapolis Connects newsletter. Minneapolis Connects will now be published monthly, and will be expanded to include more indepth coverage of events and issues important to neighborhood and cultural organizations. All events will continue to be listed in NCR’s Community Events Calendar. We look forward to your continued readership.
Neighborhood News and Events
Tour de Camden on Saturday, July 20
Register by Monday, July 15
Take the 7th Annual Tour de Camden! This 10-12 mile leisurely bike ride travels through the seven Camden neighborhoods and over the Lowry Ave North and Camden bridges. The Tour includes educational stops at the new Northside Greenway, a Nice Ride station, and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s new facility in Northeast Minneapolis. A light lunch will be served at the end of the ride. The tour is free, but preregistration is requested.
Bryn Mawr Ice Cream Social / Scoop Off on Tuesday, July 16
Loring Park Family Fun Night on Wednesday, July 17
Join Citizens for a Loring Park Community, Friends of Loring Park, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for a pre-parade party. There'll be a DJs for kids, carnival games and plenty of food. This is an Associated Aquatennial Event.
Bancroft Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 18
Midtown Phillips Festival on Saturday, July 20
Attend the Midtown Phiilips Festival at Stewart Park! There will be games, food, and a full day of music. This is an Associated Aquatennial Event.
Prospect Park Community Concert on Tuesday, July 23
Join Prospect Park residents at the Pratt Outdoor Amphitheater for a free concert. The evening features Ticket to Brasil, a Bossa Nova, Afro-Brazilian Samba and Latin Jazz Fusion project created around a collective love for the celebration of rhythm and for the spirit of experimentation. Dance, sway, or just sit back, and relax while listening to an intoxicating tapestry of elegant Bossa Nova, groovy,Latin Jazz, and hot Afro-Brazilian Samba.
Lyndale Garden Tour on Thursday, July 25
Tour neighbors’ gardens in Lyndale. Get ideas for your own garden and prepare to be impressed. The tickets and raffle are a fundraiser for the environment committee.
Hale Page Diamond Lake Picnic in the Park on Thursday, July 25
Come enjoy music, food trucks, and plenty of activities!
Red Hot Art on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28
Presented by the Stevens Square Community Organization, the Red Hot Art Festival is well established as the Twin Cities’ premier art festival for emerging Minnesota artists. Now in its 13th year, the festival takes place in Stevens Square Park and provides an art and entertainment space for thousands of festival goers. Over 100 local artists and 20 bands are featured annually, along with local food vendors. The Red Hot Art festival strives to be accessible and affordable. A majority of the art available is between $5-$50 dollars. It’s a great opportunity to connect with local artists and purchase original artwork.
Share the Gorge Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 30
Join the Longfellow Community Council River Gorge Committee, for the 9th annual Share the River Gorge event! This is your chance to enjoy cold delicious ice cream, take a free family canoe ride down the Mississippi River, and mingle with neighbors!
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization seeks Community Leadership Organizer and Housing Coordinator – apply by August 12
Community News and Events
Preserve Minneapolis Tours
Historic Old Highland on Sunday, July 14
Grain Belt Brewery on Wednesday, July 17 – SOLD OUT
Milwaukee Avenue Historic District on Saturday, July 20
Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution Biking Tour on Sunday, July 21 – SOLD OUT
The Warehouse District on Wednesday, July 24
Church Week: Hennepin Avenue Methodist on Sunday, July 28
Church Week: The Basilica of St. Mary on Tuesday, July 30
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.
Minnesota Preservation Awards – nominations accepted through Monday, July 15
The Minnesota Preservation Awards recognizes the most impressive preservation success stories and individuals who have advanced the cause of preservation and have made a true difference in our community. Award winners will be recognized at the Minnesota Preservation Gala on September 27.
Art from Indian Territory - opening reception on Friday, July 19
Join All My Relations Gallery for Art from Indian Territory: Contemporary Native Art from Oklahoma. The exhibit addresses the twenty-first century identity of being indigenous in Oklahoma - a state that is home to thirty-nine federally recognized tribes. Tribes were relocated into Oklahoma so they would be invisible in the expanding boundaries of the United States. This exhibition has the solemnity and seriousness that comes from a history fraught with challenges, but it is primarily a celebration of survival from a dark century; sustaining against policies that intentionally targeted their cultures and languages for extinction; prepared to forge a future on terms guided by the wisdom of their ancestors.
Building Intercultural Understanding between Immigrant and Indigenous Communities – free webinar on Tuesday, July 23
Learn about groundbreaking initiatives in Wellington, New Zealand, and Vancouver, Canada, that are bringing new immigrant and indigenous communities together for intercultural learning and meaningful exchange as an essential part of newcomer settlement and welcome in these multicultural societies. The webinar will also be archived online.
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28
FLOW is an arts crawl that shines a light on the Northside community through the arts. It unites, celebrates and transforms in collaboration with the broader communities that surround us. This year, FLOW is expanding to a full weekend! Experience evening preview events Friday, an exciting day of indoor and outdoor events along West Broadway from the Mississippi River to Penn Ave N on Saturday, and extended gallery hours the entire weekend.
Central Open Streets on Sunday, July 28
The streets of Minneapolis will be active this summer as the city plays host to four Open Streets events. The second event of the season is on Central Ave. S. During Open Streets, a significant length of a busy street is closed to automobile traffic to allow neighbors to walk, bike, skate, have fun and shop in a safe, car-free environment. Open Streets Minneapolis is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and for the first time, this year’s four events are co-sponsored by the City.
City and Local Government News and Events
Minneapolis Aquatennial runs from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 20
The Minneapolis Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Entering its 74th year, Minnesota residents, workers, and visitors have come to love and appreciate all that Minneapolis has to offer during the Aquatennial. From water to food to music and more, there are many great and diverse events happening throughout the 2013 Minneapolis Aquatennial. Join in the celebration and enjoy The Best Days of Summer.
Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Celebration on Sunday, July 14
Attend the sixth annual Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Celebration at the Nicollet Island Pavillion! This free event and ice cream social will include entertainment, activities, and information about each sister city. Each of the Minneapolis Sister Cities are invited to perform a native song or dance representing their city or country and share insight into their culture. Minneapolis’ Sister Cities are Santiago (Chile), Kuopio (Finland), Ibaraki City (Japan), Novosibirsk (Russia), Tours (France), Harbin (China), Uppsala (Sweden), Eldoret (Kenya), Cuernavaca (Mexico), and Najaf (Iraq).
Picture a Park Photo Contest – free photo class on Saturday, July 20
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 a 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, so register today.
Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, July 20
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 July Fit-It Clinic will be held at North Commons.
30th Annual Minneapolis National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6
Register your event for free through Tuesday, July 23
National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, hold block parties, and get to know their neighbors. It's a great way to encourage crime prevention, promote community-police partnerships, and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family. Have your street blocked off at no charge by registering your event by July 23.
Hennepin County Attorneys available for National Night Out events – request a visit by Friday, August 2
Prosecutors and other staff from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office are available to attend your National Night Out block party on Tuesday, August 6th. They can answer questions on the criminal justice system and share crime prevention tips. Request a visit online or contact Ashley Schweitzer.
Utility billing survey
Utility Billing provides billing services for the citizens of Minneapolis for their water, sewer, stormwater, solid waste and recycling services. Please take a survey about Utility Billing’s customer service.
Minneapolis Bike Tour on Sunday, September 15
Early registration rates available through September 1
This recreational bike tour for all ages and abilities spans the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System. Proceeds from the Bike Tour benefit bike safety and education events for Minneapolis youth and bike trail improvement projects throughout the system. The Bike Tour features a 14-mile and a 36-mile route; both are closed to motorized traffic, and include stops with refreshments and bike mechanics. Stick around and enjoy a post-ride party!
Music and Movies in the Park – series continues through September 2
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!
NCR News and Information
Prosperity Act Celebration on Friday, July 19
Join the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department and the Latino community, State Legislators, City Council members, and education leaders in celebrating the enactment of the Prosperity Act - commonly known as the Minnesota Dream Act. The evening also recognizes the historic collaboration between the City of Minneapolis and the local Latino community to address several major equity issues. The celebration will be held at the Crown Roller Mill, 105 5th Ave. S., and begins at 6 p.m.
The Prosperity Act expands access to in-state tuition and state financial aid to all Minnesota students regardless of their immigration status. Passage of this act now opens higher education opportunities for many Minneapolis residents and thousands of people across the state who did not previously have access.
· RSVP to Mariano Espinoza at 612.673.2272 by Tuesday, July 16th
Minneapolis City Academy – enroll now!
Have you ever wondered how emergency calls in Minneapolis are dispatched? How streets get plowed? How the water gets to your faucet? Or, how property gets developed? The answers to these questions and more will be discussed at the 2013 Minneapolis City Academy. The City Academy will be held weekly from September 18th through October 16th. Each session will focus on one aspect of City government such as public safety, public works, planning and development, and fire services. Space is limited, and enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, July 16
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities meeting on Wednesday, July 17
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting on Tuesday, July 23
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
New location as of Monday, June 17
City of Minneapolis
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
To strengthen our city’s quality of life through vigorous community participation, resident involvement in neighborhood and community organizations, and supporting clearly defined links between the City, City services, neighborhood and community organizations.
The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or should you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting 311 or 612-673-3737. TTY users may call 612-673-2157.
This 53rd 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 Jul. 12, 2013