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A Publication of the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department of the City of Minneapolis
September 8, 2011
Welcome to the 11th issue of the Minneapolis inTouch! Send any tips on events, activities or news you would like to share with others to NCR at email@example.com. 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.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15
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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!
North Minneapolis Tornado Response
Tree Trust is offering 300 trees to homeowners in north Minneapolis who lost trees on their property during the May 22 tornado. This effort is funded by grants from State Farm Insurance and Xcel Energy Foundation, and an in-kind donation from Bachman’s Nursery.
- Learn more, see Tree Trust provides trees to North Minneapolis homeowners.
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.
The hotline is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The hotline’s number is 612-787-3730.
New video thanks everyone who has lent a hand in tornado recovery
- Learn more at: Tornado PSA
One Minneapolis, One Read: "The Grace of Silence" now available in paperback
One Minneapolis, One Read is bringing people in our city together and spark conversations by having everyone read the same book. 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. Watch for more details about an October 3 event with Michele Norris at the Guthrie.
- Learn more at: One Minneapolis, One Read/
Grants available from two watershed districts:
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) have grants available for community organizations. MWMO deadlines are October 1 and October 3.
MIMO Free Store open on September 8, 9, 17 and 18
MIMO stands for Move In/Move Out, a waste reduction project addressing the massive amounts of curbside waste left after the regular Move in/Move out cycles. The Fall MIMO free store will be located in the SE Como Improvement Association parking lot at 1170 15th Ave. SE.
- Learn more at: comogreenvillage.org
Fulton Fall Festival, Farmers Market and Food Drive on Saturday, September 10
Live music, a used book sale, games theres something for everyone at the Fulton Fall Festival! The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Harriet United Methodist Church parking lot on 49th & Beard. Folks are also encouraged to drop a bag of food at Pershing Park prior to the Festival or on the day of the event.
- Learn more at: fultonneighborhood.org
Walk the Wedge Annual Home Tour 2011 on Saturday, September 10
Walk and visit the historic streets of Lowry Hill East. Tour residences ranging from middle class society to a high society home designed by Harry Wild Jones. The self-guided tour begins at the Mueller Park Pavilion, Bryant Ave. and W. 25th St, and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $10.
- Learn more at: http://www.thewedge.org/
Minneapolis Monarch Festival on Saturday, September 10
The Monarch Festival returns to the Lake Nokomis Naturescape Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year, over 5,000 people helped nearly 400 live Monarch butterflies start their amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to the mountains of Michoacán Mexico. The Festival highlights this Minnesota - Mexico connection with cross-cultural food, music, dance, habitat awareness and art. The festival is sponsored by the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association , the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Community Celebration of Place.
- Learn more at: monarchfestival.org
Waite Park Fall Festival and Push Cart Derby on Saturday, September 10
Join your Northeast neighbors at Waite Park, 1810 34th Ave. NE , from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Fall Festival and 3rd Annual Push Cart Derby. There will be music, food, a silent auction, park events and kids games.
- Learn more at: www.waiteparkneighborhood.org
Elliot Park Night to Unite on Tuesday, September 13
Spend part of the day beautifying the neighborhood, then come to Elliot Park, 1000 14th St. E. , between 4 and 8 p.m. to celebrate with music, food, fun activities and some very special guests.
- Learn more at: http://www.elliotparknighttounite.org/
Sheridan Ice Cream SNOcial on Thursday, September 15
This years Ice Cream SNOcial runs from 6 8 p.m. in the Two 12 Pottery parking lot, 212 13th Ave. NE .
- Learn more at: http://www.sheridanneighborhood.org/
Nordeast Music Festival on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17
- Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149533181800636
Garage Sales galore on Saturday, September 17
Audubon Park, Bancroft, Lynnhurst or Waite Park… attend one neighborhood garage sale or visit all four!
- Learn more at: audubonneighborhood.org
Beltrami Doggie Bags Bean Bag Tournament and Block Party on Saturday, September 17
It's a bean bag toss to help build a dog park in Northeast Minneapolis! Games begin at 11 a.m. at Beltrami Park, 1111 Summer St. NE. Bean bag toss not your thing? Skip the bags and join us for the live music, food and other events.
- Learn more at: http://www.discoverbeltrami.org/
Peavey Park Celebration on Saturday, September 17
Phillips West neighborhood, Ventura Village neighborhood, Hope Community, Minnesota Teen Challenge and others invite you to the first ever Peavey Park Celebration from 12 4 p.m. at Peavey Park, 730 22nd St. E.
- Learn more at: Peavey Park Celebration flyer or call Crystal at 612-879-5383
Seward King’s Fair on Saturday, September 17
The original King’s Fair was started in 1866 and once rivaled the State Fair. This year’s fair runs from 12 – 5 p.m. and includes a full program of activities.
- Learn more at: www.sng.org/kingsfair.html
7th Annual Riverfest and Heritage Day on Saturday, September 17
Join the Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association and Three Rivers Parks District from 1- 5 p.m. at the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Ct. Meet "Jacque the Voyageur" and experience wagon rides, cidering, rope and shingle-making and more. Admission is $5, which includes a picnic lunch.
- Learn more at: www.lindbohanon.org
1st Annual Lyndale Home Tour on Saturday, September 17
The Lyndale Home Tour will feature a guided tour offour homes starting at 3223 Blaisdell Ave. and run from 2 - 5 p.m. $5 suggested donation, but all are welcome.
- Learn more at: http://www.lyndale.org/node/120
Como Cookout on Sunday, September 18
Come to Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave. SE, from 2 – 5 p.m. for the 9th Annual Como Cookout! The Arborators, a local European Dance/Polka Group, will headline the Cookout, and the Raptor Center will be welcomed back as our closing act. Other activities include food, music, arm wrestling, local artists, ping pong, door prizes and much more.
- Learn more at: http://www.secomo.org
Northside Transportation Network Open House on Thursday, September 8 through Saturday, September 10
This three-day event at the Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., is designed for residents and interested parties to drop in, contribute their knowledge about their neighborhood, get their questions answered, and share their insights and concerns about the proposed Bottineau LRT project.
- Learn more at: NTN Workshop Poster
Pride of Vietnam: Legends & Rituals and Mid-Autumn Festival on Saturday, September 10
Come celebrate Vietnamese Mid Autumn festival at the Mall of America Rotunda from 2 -7:30 p.m. The program will include storytelling of Vietnamese folktales.
- Learn more at: Vietnamese Mid Autumn Festival flyer
Museum in the Streets: Lake Street Fundraiser on Thursday, September 15
Join the Lake Street Council in Midtown Exchange Rooftop Community Room, 2929 Chicago Ave S., from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for a fundraiser in support of the Museum in the Streets: Lake Street. The project aims to install three bi-lingual heritage-discovery walks along Lake Street that will highlight, educate and celebrate the great stories, events and people that have influenced the growth and life of Lake Street from its beginnings in the 1860s.
- Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169307469814086
Ukrainian Heritage Festival on Sunday, September 18
Celebrate all things Ukrainian from 12 5 p.m. at the Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main St. NE.
- Learn more at: www.ukrainianfestivalmn.com
9th Annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, September 18
Join in celebrating Mexican Independence Day from 12 7 p.m. at Fourth Ave. S. and East Lake St. The parade begins at 1 p.m. This celebration attracts over 35,000 people.
- Learn more at: http://www.golatino.org/home.htm
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) Community Day on Tuesday, September 20
Come tour the building, learn about research collaborations, get a sneak peak at the University/TPT documentary telling the stories of north Minneapolis and meet new University President Eric Kaler. The open house runs from 12- 6 p.m. at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.; there will be a short program at 1 p.m.
- Learn more at: UROC Community Day flyer
20th Annual Black Master Storytellers Festival – "Signifyin’ and Testifyin’" on Thursday, September 22 through Saturday, September 24
A fantastic line-up of internationally renowned storytellers master storytellers will be in Minneapolis. The festival occurs over three nights at three different locations and is free, family-friendly, and open to the public.
- Learn more at: http://www.blackstorytellers.com/2006%20BSA.htm
Greenways in North Minneapolis Discussion on Monday, September 26
Participate in this interactive workshop on creating bike and pedestrian friendly streets in North Minneapolis -- part of the Northway Community Trust Community Listening Sessions. The conversation will be held from 6:30 8 p.m. at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.
- Learn more at: www.northwaycom.org/newsletter.html
Hmong Resource Fair on Saturday, October 1
Mark your calendars for the Hmong Resource Fair. This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aldrich Arena, 1850 White Bear Ave. N., Maplewood. The focus is on providing resources assistance to members of the Hmong community and to those who work with them.
- Learn more at: http://www.hmongresourcefairmn.org/
We Want You Back Day of Action on Saturday, September 10 – volunteers needed!
We Want You Back Day of Action is a grass-roots, citywide effort to identify, connect with, and invite un-enrolled young people to "come home to Minneapolis" to complete high school credits and graduate. Last year, 100 signed up on the spot to talk with Minneapolis school staff about finishing school and getting their diploma. Help do it again!
- Learn more at: http://www.ycb.org/initiatives/we_want_you_back/
Draft of Annual Report on 2010 Stormwater Management Activities available for public comment
September 13 – Comment in person
September 21 – deadline for receipt of written comments
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect water quality through the regulation of the discharge of pollutants to lakes, streams, wetlands, and other surface waters. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is the local authority responsible for administering this program. Under this program, specific permits are issued to regulate different types of municipal and industrial activities. A Permit held jointly by the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. One of the requirements of the Permit is public input into the development of the priorities and programs. Your input on the report is welcomed.
- Learn more, see the NPDES Annual Report
Bike and Pedestrian Count on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14
Volunteers are needed to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians at several locations around the city. Minneapolis uses these counts in order to understand the impact of non-motorized travel on streets, sidewalks, and bike paths. Accurate counts enable the City to plan and build for bicyclists and pedestrians, while tracking what’s successful and what should be done differently.
- Learn more at: minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/ or contact Simon Blenski at 612-275-6754.
Minneapolis Bike Tour on Sunday, September 18
Hop on your bike and take a tour of Minneapolis! Enjoy the scenic Grand Rounds Byway System at your own pace, with no motorized traffic! All ages and abilities are welcome; non-biking volunteers welcome too.
- Learn more at: www.minneapolisbiketour.com
Projects of the RiverFirst Team presentation on Monday, September 19
Learn about creative work completed outside the Twin Cities, discuss the next phase of the RIverFirst project and help plan the next generation of Minneapolis Parks. This event begins at 7 p.m. at the U of Ms Rapson Hall, 88 Church St. SE.
- Learn more at: http://mplsparksfoundation.org/index.php?contentID=1691
Summer 612 showcase event on Thursday, September 22
Summer 612 is a new campaign that takes a public health approach to youth violence prevention. Eight groups are working on projects allowing youth to reflect on their personal efforts to address the culture of violence. These projects will be showcased from 6 8 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.
New reports available from CPED
CPED has released a Healthy Housing Indicators Analysis and Minneapolis Trends – A Quarterly Overview of Socioeconomic and Housing Trends in Minneapolis.
Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition seeks Community Organizer – September 9 deadline
This position requires a background in or understanding of community organizing and some familiarity with social justice issues related to affordable housing, community development, fair lending or poverty-related issues. North Minneapolis residents encouraged to apply.
- Learn more at: NCRC organizer Job Posting (pdf)
Jordan Area Community Council (JACC) seeks PT Outreach Coordinator and PT Administrative Coordinator – September 21 deadline
The purpose of Outreach position is to assist JACC with organizing people and increasing relationships and trust between residents. The purpose of Administrative position is to provide administrative, communication and fundraising support to JACC for its strategic and organizational initiatives. Both positions are temporary with the possibility of renewal. Diverse candidates and candidates familiar with North Minneapolis and the Jordan Neighborhood encouraged to apply.
Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) seeks PT assistance
HNIA is seeking part-time support staff. Candidates must be friendly, patient, and comfortable communicating with a variety of people. 10-15 hours per week, including evening meetings.
- Learn more at: http://www.hnia.org/2011/08/31/hnia-offering-part-time-job/
Lyndale Neighborhood Association seeks Program Assistant for Women’s Leadership Program
This program is in its second year for the neighborhood and will provide an exciting opportunity for the intern to develop practical skills in program development and community organizing. This is a part time (8-10 hours a week) unpaid position running through June 2012 that requires some evening and weekend work.
- Learn more at: http://www.lyndale.org/node/108
NCEC Committee of the Whole (CoW) Meeting on Wednesday, September 14
Committee of the Whole meetings of the NCEC are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 5 6:30 p.m. The September meeting will be held at North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave. N.
- Learn more at the NCEC website
NCEC Meeting on Tuesday, September 27
Regular meetings of the NCEC are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 5 - 7 p.m. The September meeting will be held at the American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Ave., in the Community Room.
- Learn more at the NCEC website
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