Minneapolis inTouch Issue: 10
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Welcome to the tenth issue of the Minneapolis inTouch! Send any tips on events, activities or news you would like to share with others to NCR at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include links to online content. Thanks!
This issue of Minneapolis inTouch can be viewed on the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department website. Past issues and community news are also available.
Neighborhood and Community Connections Conference on Saturday, February 11, 2012
The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department will host its first annual Neighborhood and Community Connections Conference at the Zurah Shrine Event Center on February 11th. The conference is specifically designed for neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents, and practitioners and will focus on creating connections, sharing and showcasing neighborhood best practices, and introducing new and innovative ideas. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your experiences and network with neighborhood-minded activists from throughout the city!
WE CARE Celebration and Community Building event on Saturday, August 20
Attend the re-opening of the HHH Metrodome and the WE CARE Celebration and Community Building Event for the tornado victims of North Minneapolis. The event includes music, entertainment, Minnesota Vikings activities, rollerblading, monster trucks and more. There will also be a program to honor the contributions of the thousands of volunteers who stepped up and who continue to help victims of the May 22nd tornado and to support the affected families and community organizations for a successful back-to-school experience. This event runs from 2 5 p.m. at the Metrodome.
- Learn more at: WE CARE Celebration and Community Building event
Work on Tornado-damaged sidewalks will follow tree stump removal on the North Side
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board began work Thursday, August 11 to remove boulevard tree stumps left by the May 22nd tornado on the North Side. The stump removals mean the City of Minneapolis will soon be able to begin repairs to sidewalks that were damaged in the tornado. The Mayor and City Council approved plans to make sidewalk repairs without assessing any of the cost to property owners.
Around 1,600 sidewalk panels were damaged when the tornado cut through north Minneapolis, according to a survey of the damage done by the City’s Public Works department. Also, around 600 feet of curb was damaged in the tornado and will need to be replaced. Almost all of this damage was caused when the tornado toppled trees along the sidewalks and curbs, causing the roots to push up the concrete. Once the tree stumps and roots are removed, the ground can be patched up and sidewalk work can begin.
Park and Recreation Board crews have spent the last several weeks working with Gopher State to locate utility lines around each of the 1,529 "tipped" stumps on boulevards that have exposed roots, in order to make sure the removal can be done safely. The work will begin in the northernmost section of the tornado area and move south, and work to remove tipped stumps is expected to take about a month. The City expects to begin sidewalk work around September 1st, once enough stumps are removed to allow crews to work continuously on sidewalk and curb repairs.
The cost of sidewalk and curb repair work is approximately $300,000, and the City Council has approved a resolution seeking reimbursement of these costs from FEMA and the State of Minnesota. Replacing the sidewalks without assessing property owners is similar to what the City did in 2009 when a tornado damaged neighborhoods in south Minneapolis.
- Learn more at: Tornado Sidewalk Repair
Free design assistance available to property owners impacted by North Side tornado
Free design assistance is available for Minneapolis residents impacted by the May 22nd storm through a local initiative called Rebuilding It Right. Architects and other design professionals (interior designers, landscape architects, etc.) in the metro area have partnered and are available to provide design assistance and guidance to homeowners working through the often complicated process of rebuilding their homes. Local, north Minneapolis architects came together in the aftermath of this storm, concerned about the quality and type of repairs that might be made and how that could adversely impact the character of the homes in the community.
The Rebuilding it Right initiative involves three phases:
- Assist individual property owners in restoring the character of their homes by providing free design assistance.
- Working with neighborhoods and organizations to develop new in-fill prototypes through a design workshop process.
- Facilitate a discussion that will assist the community in developing goals and visioning for areas impacted by the May 22nd Storm.
Those who participate in Rebuilding it Right can expect:
- Professional review of existing conditions
- Advice regarding what can be repaired and/or replaced
- Assistance with design decisions and details
- Provide resources for next steps (such as permits or contractors)
Residences that have minor to moderate levels of damage qualify for Rebuilding it Right. Examples include:
- Roof damage
- Porch damage
- Window damage
- Other exterior damage
Volunteers will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Requests will be accepted through August 31, 2011. If you are unsure if your home qualifies, call 612-338-6763. For more information visit the Rebuilding it Right website. Rebuilding it Right is a program run by AIA Minneapolis, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and AIA Minnesota, a society of the American Institute of Architects.
- Learn more about Rebuilding it right.
Tornado Recovery Hotline
The Northside Community Response Team has created a hotline to help people affected by the tornado get connected with recovery and support services. When one calls the Tornado Recovery Hotline, a representative from the North Side Community Response Team will talk with the caller to assess their needs and determine what resources will help in their recovery. Resources available through the hotline include:
- Employment and housing assistance
- Mental health information
- Small business support
- Information for renters needing help with tenant / landlord issues
- The hotline’s number is 612-787-3730. The hotline is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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One Minneapolis, One Read: The community shares a book & conversation – available in paperback on September 6
Later this year, folks in your neighborhood and all over Minneapolis will have something in common: a book. One Minneapolis, One Read will bring people in our city together and spark conversations by having everyone read the same book, and you’re welcome to participate in this big community endeavor.
The book being read is "The Grace of Silence" by Minneapolis native and National Public Radio host Michele Norris. This memoir describes the experience of the Norris’ as the first black family on their block in a south Minneapolis neighborhood. Norris also details her discovery of race-based family secrets. In her research for the book, Norris learned that her father, upon his return from service in World War II, had been shot by a police officer in Alabama.
"The Grace of Silence" offers opportunities for conversation about race, family and neighborhood history that go beyond the accounts in the book. This is the first time Minneapolis has embarked on an initiative like this, and you can get involved by reading "The Grace of Silence", sponsoring a book discussion, hosting a movie and discussion that explores issues of race, exploring and discovering history of your neighborhood in the context of race, sponsoring a day of listening, encouraging listening to family and friends and recording those conversations. Or come up with your own way to participate!
The idea for a community read was inspired by Building Bridges, a group of residents in south Minneapolis neighborhoods whose mission is to understand how race and racism affect our communities. Instead of walking away from difficult discussions on a recent racially-polarized local issue, the community wanted to find a way to help promote better understanding and enable more discussion. Norris’ aunt, Doris Christopher, is one of the leaders of Building Bridges.
There will be events this fall that will include a variety of opportunities to share and learn. And, author Michele Norris will visit and join the discussions. Start reading the hardcover now or just spread the word and get ready for the paperback release at the beginning of September. We’ll have some big events in October and ways to get involved throughout the fall and early 2011.
You can learn more about "The Grace of Silence" and Michele Norris efforts to engage people in conversation about race at www.michele-norris.com. To get more information and to get involved in One Minneapolis, One Read, email: email@example.com or call: Cheyenne Erickson: (612) 673-2052 or Jenny Chayabutr: (612) 673-2509.
- Learn more at: One Minneapolis, One Read
Corridors of Opportunity Outreach and Engagement Grants – Application deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, August 15
The Community Engagement Team is now accepting applications for outreach and engagement grants. The Community Engagement Team is made up of Nexus Community Partners, Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing, and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability. Team members were chosen by the Corridors of Opportunity Policy Board because of the unique roles each plays in the Twin Cities region.
The Corridors of Opportunity Outreach and Engagement grants are intended to support innovative and effective placed-based initiatives that engage and involve underrepresented and marginalized communities (low-income, communities of color, immigrant communities, persons with disabilities) in participation, decision-making, and leadership roles around transit corridor planning and implementation. This funding does not replace existing efforts, but is intended to supplement them with increased community capacity. It is estimated that 8 – 10 grants of an average of $30,000 will be made in this first round of grant funding. Community organization(s) applying for an Outreach and Engagement Grant must include a resident driven organization or initiative serving a geographic or cultural community and, be a registered 501(c)(3) or have a partnering 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, and target transit corridor related development opportunities.
- Learn more about Corridors of Opportunity Outreach and Engagement grants.
The Waite Park Fall Festival and 3rd Annual Push Cart Derby arent until September 10th, but you can learn the basics of building a push cart now. Come to Columbia Gardens, 3301 Central Ave. NE., at 1 p.m. and find out how easy it is to build your own push cart.
- Learn more in the Waite Park Voice newsletter (pdf)
Beltrami Dog Park Fundraiser on Saturday, August 13
Enjoy an all you can eat spaghetti dinner and help raise funds to build a dog park in the Beltrami neighborhood. Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased online. The dinner will be held from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Moose on Monroe, 356 Monroe St. NE.
- Learn more at: DiscoverBeltrami.org
Armatage Festival on Monday, August 15
Come celebrate with your neighbors and make new friends at the annual Armatage Summer Festival! The event includes food and games, music, a collector car show, a magic show and a silent auction. This is a new, heat re-scheduled date. The event will be held from 6 8:30 p.m. at Armatage Park, 2500 57th St. W.
- Learn more at: Armatage.org
Live on the Drive on Tuesday, August 25
Pack a picnic. Invite you friends. Join your neighbors. Enjoy a summer evening concert series co-sponsored by the Cleveland Neighborhood Association on Victory Memorial Drive at 34th Ave. N. The August 25th concert is a make-up for the rained out July concert. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and features the La Gran Charanga.
- Learn more at: LiveontheDrive.org
Longfellow River Gorge Clean Up on Saturday, August 27
Have a group of youth who need something to do? Looking for a chance to get out in the Gorge? This is it!
- For details, contact Hillary Oppmann at 612-724-8110.
MIMO re-opens on Thursday, September 1
Mark your calendars for the official reopening of the Move-In/Move-Out (MIMO) Free Store. The Southeast Como Improvement Association – SECIA - will be running this temporary Free Store at the SECIA Office parking lot, 1170 15th Ave. SE., for folks to drop off items and/or conduct some shopping while leaving your wallets at home. SECIA received a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to pilot a reduce, reuse, recycle project here in Como. Further funding has been provided by the McKnight Foundation and most recently, the Stadium Good Neighbor Fund though the University of Minnesota. The goal of MIMO is to address the large amounts of curbside waste left after the Move-In/Move-Out cycles. From August 29th on, you can drop off items directly at the temporary "neighborhood free store" at the SECIA Office, but please contact the office at 612-676-1731 before you plan to drop off any items. You can also contact the SECIA office or email MIMO@comogreenvillage.info to arrange a pick-up of your unwanted household items for MIMo. A listing of what we accept is available at www.comogreenvillage.info
- Learn more at: ComoGreenVillage.info
Get to know your local farmers market during National Farmers Market week August 7-13. At a time when more than 60 percent of adult Minnesotans are overweight or obese – and at risk for a host of serious diseases and conditions that drive up health care costs – healthy eating is an important choice. Farmers markets can make the healthy choice the easy choice as local produce is nutritious and affordable. Purchasing food from local farmers also helps support the local economy. Farmers markets dramatically reduce the journey that food takes to your table and avoid costly, wasteful packaging and emissions. Most farmers markets are accessible by foot or bicycle, providing another way to be healthy.
The City of Minneapolis website has a list of farmers markets in the city. Many of Minneapolis’ Farmers’ Markets also sell organic produce, as well as flowers and artisan food and gifts. For a directory of Minnesota farms, markets and garden centers visit the Minnesota Grown Food and Farm directory.
For EBT users
Get up to $5 in free "Market Bucks" coupons when you buy fresh, healthy food with your EBT card at participating farmers markets in Minneapolis this summer including the Minneapolis farmers market on Lyndale, and the Midtown, West Broadway, and Northeast farmers markets. Visit www.iatp.org/EBT or ask 311 for more information. The EBT and Market Bucks program also helps customers support local farmers and connect with their communities. In 2010, more than $27,000 was spent at area farmers markets through EBT and Market Bucks, circulating federal food support and other resources into the local economy. In addition, farmers markets encourage an understanding of where food comes from and provide ways for people to connect with their neighbors and community.
- Learn more about Farmers' Market week.
Garden Warriors at Midtown Farmers’ Market, Minneapolis American Indian Center
The Garden Warriors Apprenticeship program provides a safe place for Native teens to learn about their culture, traditional farming, and health, while developing leadership and job skills. Once accepted in the program, Garden Warriors sign a contract, earn a stipend, and learn basic money management skills. Garden Warriors is a program of Dream of Wild Health , a 10-acre organic farm in Hugo, MN. Support the Garden Warriors by visiting the Midtown Farmers' Market, 22nd Ave and Lake St. E. , Tuesdays from 3 – 7 p.m. and the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. , on Thursdays from 12 – 2 p.m.
- Learn more about Garden Warriors
Bridging Festival on Saturday, August 13
Join Phillips residents for the Bridging Festival, which is designed to celebrate creativity and connections. The Bridging Festival is a hands-on, interactive event progressing east to west along 24th Street, from Hiawatha to 35W. The festival will move from site to site (like a progressive dinner) and participants will co-create while learning about projects taking place throughout Phillips. This event includes a Circle Ceremony, dance, juggling and face painting, a delicious, healthy (free) lunch provided by Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, a Somali Mall Tour, unveiling of the new Bridging Minneapolis mural panels, live African music, and presentations by the and entertainment provided by the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Come prepared to get paint and glue on your hands and to meet people who are doing fun, progressive work. The festival begins at 10 a.m. at the 24th and Cedar entrance to Hiawatha pedestrian bridge, near Little Earth of United Tribes. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events and learn more about Phillips West neighborhood history and the story behind the 24th St. pedestrian bridge.
- Learn more at: BridgingMinneapolis.com
Twin Cities Polish Fest on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14
Attend the 2011 Twin Cities Polish Festival. This festival is designed to bring together Minnesotans to celebrate Polish culture and Polish heritage. The Twin Cities Polish Festival will immerse Minnesotans in "all things Polish", presenting a kaleidoscope of unique cultural and educational displays, food and top-notch entertainment. Bring a blanket, take a seat on the lawn, visit with friends, watch outstanding musical and dance entertainment, enjoy traditional foods and beverages, and just simply have fun! You can even take a free polka lesson. This festival will be held on Old Main St. across from Riverplace an St. Anthony Main on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Learn more at: TCPolishFestival.org
India Fest on Saturday, August 13
IndiaFest is the joyful celebration of the rich culture and heritage of India by the Asian Indians with all Minnesotans. India Association of Minnesota (IAM) has been proud to present this longstanding annual event, formerly known as the Festival of India. This year, IndiaFest will be held couple of days ahead of Indias Independence Day (August 15th) at the St. Paul Capitol Grounds from 12 5 p.m. IndiaFest showcases live Indian music, classical & modern Bollywood dances, cultural entertainment programs, interactive Yoga, lip-smacking food from various parts of India, heritage exhibit representing various states of India, merchandise booths, and much more! Visitors get a unique opportunity to learn about India and the Indian-American community, as many India-related organizations participate in the IndiaFest to educate attendees about the fascinating aspects of Indian culture that they represent.
- Learn more at: IAMN.org
SE Como Rock-Out on Saturday, August 13
The SE Como Rock-Out runs from 2 8 p.m. at Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave. SE. The Rock-Out features numerous bands, each with a Como connection. Each band will have approximately 45 minutes of stage time. A resource fair will also be available, and the Minneapolis Police Department, the Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) FairShare Farm, and Student Legal Services all plan to attend. This event is sponsored by the U of M Student Neighborhood Liaisons with the purpose of celebrating community and the arts, bringing the neighborhood closer by giving people a common place to gather. This program will also allow the Student Neighborhood Liaisons to promote their other projects, such as Civitas, the SE Mural Project, community garden partnerships, and available internships.
- Learn more by contacting U of M Student Neighborhood Liaison Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Longing for Qeej by the MN Sunshine on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14
Media Access, and Pan Asian Arts Alliance, opens Longing for Qeej, a Hmong dance drama, at Minnesota Fringe Festival. Longing for Qeej is a Dance Drama portraying the origin of Qeej (pronounced as khang), which is a mouth organ with six bamboo pipes of different lengths attached to a wooden air chamber. This authentic Dance Drama - Longing for Qeej - utilizes narration interweaving acrobatics and traditional Hmong Dances, to re-tell the mystery, creating a seamless cultural conversation from Ancient Asia to Modern America. The dance will be performed on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m. at U of Ms, Raring Center Proscenium, 330 21st Ave. S.
- Learn more about the MN Sunshine Dance.
Community Sing on Tuesday, August 16
Did you know that from 1919 through the late 1950s, people by the thousands gathered in Minneapolis parks to sing on summer evenings? Imagine: every Sing scored by judges, standings printed in the newspaper, trophies for the best singing park...it was the American Idol of participatory culture! You can continue this tradition by joining neighbors at 6:30 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S., for an hour of community singing led by songleaders from Minnesota Community Sings. All voices are welcome, and Braille songsheets and ASL interpretation will provided at this event.
- Learn more about Community Sing
Southside Youth Engagement Group on Thursday, August 18
Bring your lunch and everyone else who is working with youth in South Minneapolis to a gathering with the Southside Youth Engagement Group. The August presenter is Monica Bryand, Senior Program Officer Headwaters Foundation for Justice - a 30 year old resource for groups and organizations working for social change. Discuss how, in this time of increasing competition for funding, people who work with youth should be thinking about the process of researching grant possibilities, getting to know funders and their priorities, and preparing proposals that meet the grade. The group meets from 12 – 1:30 p.m. at the East Phillips Community and Cultural Center, 2307 17th Ave. S.
- Learn more by contacting Jo Haberman at (612) 673-2720
Hue-MAN Partnership Project Kick-off on Saturday, August 20
The Hue-MAN Partnership project is a collaborative of south Minneapolis non-profits with a focus on the health and wellness of men living in urban communities-primarily men of color. The project exists to promote current programs and services designed to address health, safety, and behavioral health issues available for young and older men and to educate the community on those resources. The focus is addressing issues relating to mens health disparities and closing the gaps in obtaining much needed medical services by promoting local resources and ethnic diversity. Attend the projects kickoff event from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
- Learn more at: http://www.thefamilypartnership.org
Lantern Lighting Festival on Sunday, August 21
The Lantern Lighting Festival, the largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, takes place in Como Park every August. Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, it features stage performances, cultural demonstrations, activities, and, of course, Japanese food. The event is reminiscent of Japan's annual Obon holiday, an important cultural and family event. During this holiday it is said that ancestral spirits revisit their families for three days. Many people will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites, and often small paper lanterns are lit and floated down the river to guide ancestor's spirits. The Obon Festival also features the Bon Odori, or folk dance, in which all are invited to join in the circle and dance. The Como Park Lantern Lighting Festival incorporates traditions such as the Bon Odori with Minnesota culture to create new traditions. Every year Mu Performing Arts, featuring the Mu-Min Chorus Mu-Daiko, and Mikaharu-kai Dance Group perform the Minnesota Bon Odori, celebrating Minnesotan culture with a Japanese flair. A collaborative effort between the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) , Como Park, and the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC), the Lantern Lighting Festival is a chance for JASM to reach out to the community and directly promote cultural exchange. By creating a fun event for all ages, they hope to share the experience with people who fondly remember festivals in Japan, and those who wish to experience one for the first time. The event will be held from 3 – 10 p.m. at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul.
- Learn more about the Japan America Society of Minnesota.
United Again Violence Summit on Tuesday, August 23
Join United Way, practitioners and those passionate about ending violence in Minnesota for this complimentary full-day workshop. The day will present new information, results of the 2011 Minnesota Crime Victims Survey, and share and engage you in the Statewide Plan to End Violence. The event will also address how violence adversely affects behavior, education, hunger and more. The United Against Violence Summit will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza Minneapolis Hotel, 35 S. 7th St. Registration is requested.
- Learn more about the United Again Violence Summit
Financial Management Network on Wednesday, August 24
Nonprofits thrive when they have healthy professional networks. Join us for the Financial Management Network on the 4th Wednesday of every month. The gatherings are free, and open to anyone with an interest in the topic at hand. No RSVP is required; just bring your lunch, your business cards, and your ideas. The August topic is Reserve Policies: What's Right for You? This event will be held from 12 1 p.m. in the Nonprofits Assistance Fund Conference Room, 2801 21st Ave. S.
Stewardship Fund Program Information Sessions on Thursday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 30
Attend a Partner Information Session to find out more about the application process for Stewardship Fund grants available through the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO). $250,000 is available annually through three types of grants:
- Mini Grants up to $2,000
- Planning Grants up to $10,000
- Action Grants up to $50,000
The sessions will be held on August 25th from 12 - 1 p.m. and on August 30th from 4 5 p.m. at the MWMO office in Grain Belt Brewery Building, 1224 Marshall St. NE, Suite 201.
- Learn more about MWMO infomational sessions.
Senior Citizen Safety Pride Day on Friday, August 26
Celebrate Senior Citizen Safety Pride Day with Mad Dads, UCare, Phillips West Neighborhood Association and others. This event includes free food, games and entertainment and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Mississippi Park, 5114 N. Mississippi Dr.
- Learn more by calling 612-822-0802.
Cultural Arts Imbizo on Friday, August 26
The Womens Initiative for Self Empowerment is hosting its fourth annual Cultural Art Imbizo! This event is based on the rich Zulu "Imbizo" tradition of communities coming together to celebrate friendship, soul & spirit. Immigrant and refugee girls who were a part of the GGAL Summer Arts Program will be displaying their work along with local cultural artists who can exhibit and sell their work or perform for the members of the Twin Cities community. There will be fun games, local ethnic food, music, resource booths from local community organizations, and a silent auction. The proceeds from the Imbizo will help to support GGALs Summer Arts Program, where underrepresented immigrant and refugee girls in high school have the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of art. There will be dance performances such as the Titambe West African Drum & Dance Ensemble and dancers from the American Oromo Community of Minnesota & Karen Organization of Minnesota. The event will be held from 4 8 p.m. at 570 Asbury St., St. Paul.
- Learn more about Womens Initiative for Self Empowerment
Lourdes Ex Student Association Fundraising Gala on Saturday, August 27
Come to the Mermaid's Coral Bay Ballroom and attend a fundraising gala in support the work of the Lourdes Ex Student Association (LESA) in MN. LESA-USA is the largest alumni organization of Cameroonian women, in the United States. The organization was started by former students of Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Bamenda Cameroon. LESA's commitment to serve is underscored through the organization's active involvement with its alma mater, and the establishment of projects geared toward the provision of a clean water supply for the students, Scholarships for students in need, and equipping the school with computers and other necessary educational tools. The event begins at 8 p.m. at the Mermaid Event Center, 2200 Highway 10, Mounds View.
- Learn more by calling Nina at 763-291-1069.
New Volunteer Opportunity at Central Library – Training begins on Monday August 15
The "Welcome Station", located just inside the library entrance, is the first stop for visitors to discover the unique Minneapolis Central Library. Volunteers will greet library users, provide directional information to library services, scheduled events and Central tours plus organize and distribute library and city information and maps. 2-3 hour shifts will be available starting September 6th. Training will start August 15th. Contact Becky at 612-543-8539 or email Margie at email@example.com. Other volunteer opportunities are also available.
- Learn more at: Volunteer Opportunity at Central Library
Innovative tree canopy map now available
A new mapping study of the Minneapolis tree canopy, made with the latest available technologies including satellite imagery, is now available online. The study finds that nearly 32 percent of Minneapolis is covered in tree canopy, which is greater than previously estimated. Not only is the majority of the City's tree canopy on residential property, but the greatest potential for new tree canopy also lies on residential property. Minneapolis property owners can check the map to find out which privately owned spaces in their communities could make the best use of trees. (Private property owners must not plant trees on boulevards.)
Our tree canopy is an important part of the urban environment and a priority for the City and its residents. Most people know that trees are important to any City's character, beauty, property values and air quality. Perhaps less intuitive are trees’ effects on health, crime and energy consumption. The map can help neighborhoods strategically plan and target resources for the greatest return on investment in our tree canopy, including reduced stormwater runoff and reduced energy consumption.
Staff plans to update maps following events such as the May tornado in north Minneapolis.
- Learn more at: Innovative tree canopy map
City has new web, email addresses and improved government TV
The City of Minneapolis has a new web address: www.minneapolismn.gov. While the new address is shorter and easier to remember, the most significant benefit is that it provides the public with an added reassurance that it is the official City government site, since only government entities are allowed to have a "dot gov" domain.
The old domain name MinneapolisMN.gov – will continue to work indefinitely, but people are encouraged to update their bookmarks and use www.minneapolismn.gov when visiting the City's website. In addition to the new domain name, City email addresses are also changing. City employee email addresses will be formatted like this: firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the web address, the old email addresses will continue to work indefinitely, so if a person sends an email to email@example.com, that City employee will still receive the email message.
To coincide with the shift to a new web address, the City also launched a revamped government television channel: Minneapolis 79. Among the changes viewers will see:
- A "live" graphic bug in the upper left corner during live council meetings so viewers can immediately tell when they are tuned in to a live City Council or Committee meeting.
- New "lower third" graphics that provide on-screen information during City meetings.
- A consistent programming schedule so it’s easier for people to know when to tune in to watch a Council or Committee meeting.
- A new set of short public education videos that promote important City news and information. These "Did You Know…" segments are also produced in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
The program schedule includes more rebroadcasts of government meetings. In addition to airing live and rebroadcast City Council meetings on Minneapolis 79, the City of Minneapolis offers live and archived meetings on its website. Live Minneapolis 79 programming can now also be viewed on most mobile devices.
The Minneapolis City Council approved the new web domain name in November 2010, and since then the City's Business Information Services department has been working to ensure that all Web pages and email addresses would work properly once the conversion to the new domain name was implemented.
- Learn more at: Government TV
"Picture Yourself in a Park" contest submissions due September 5
The Picture A Park photo contest has returned for its second year. The contest, sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), People for Parks (PFP) and National Camera, is designed to highlight the life and times in Minneapolis parks year round. So, next time you're sailing Lake Calhoun, riding your bike around the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, twirling on ice skates or simply playing in a neighborhood park with friends, bring a camera! Entries can depict people, activities, nature and places in the Minneapolis parks system from any time of the year. Prizes will be awarded to contest winners.
- Learn more at: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1227
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center seeks Childcare Teacher, Life Skills Parenting Intake Worker
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is a non-profit social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. Founded in 1984, MIWRC provides a broad range of programs designed to educate and empower American Indian women and their families, and to inform and assist those who work providing services to the community. MIWRC is located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, which has the third largest urban American Indian population in the United States. MIWRC is currently seeking both a Childcare Teacher and a Life Skills Parenting Intake Worker. Both positions are full time.
- Learn more about it at the: Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center job posting
City of Minneapolis seeks candidates for Director of Regulatory Services – August 19 deadline
The City of Minneapolis is seeking a seasoned and visionary leader to lead the Regulatory Services Department. The Director of Regulatory Services position is an appointed position and the candidate selected will serve as the chief executive for the department and will lead the enforcement of the laws, ordinances, policies and procedures through the administration of permitting, licensing, inspections, environmental and building codes, thus promoting the health, well being and safety of the community.
To be considered, you must minimally have a Bachelors Degree in Business, Management, Law or a related field of study along with a minimum of ten (10) years of leadership experience in the areas of regulatory services or similar government enforcement agency. Please review the position announcement for a complete job description. Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter no later than August 19, 2011 to M&A Executive Search, Attn: Greg Albrecht, 5821 E. Cedar Lake Road S., Minneapolis, MN 55416 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn more at: Regulatory Services job opening
Regular meetings of the NCEC are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 5 - 7 p.m. The August meeting will be held at the Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, in the Doty Room.
- Learn more at the NCEC website
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Published Aug. 12, 2011