Minneapolis inTouch Issue: 9
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From 5 6 p.m. on July 30th, at Penn & Broadway there will be a special ceremony to recognize the 6,000+ volunteers who've been part of the massive clean up of North Minneapolis in the weeks and months following the Tornado. We want to make sure all who helped, formally or informally, are invited. Groups are encouraged to wear their organizations shirt, or color and meet in the Fire & Ice parking lot, 2220 West Broadway, by 5 p.m.
- Learn more at: One Minneapolis, One Read
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 is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The hotline’s number is 612-787-3730.
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One Minneapolis, One Read: The community shares a book & conversation
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
National Night Out
National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, August 2
The 27th Annual NNO is almost here! 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 as a way to encourage crime prevention. It's a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.
- Find an event near you at: National Night Out
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 at: http://engagetc.org/grants/
B.L.E.N.D. Award nominations due by Friday, July 29
The B.L.E.N.D. Award encourages and rewards builders, architects, and home owners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis neighborhoods. A jury of industry professionals and neighborhood residents will select projects for recognition. Submission deadline is July 29; an awards ceremony and celebration will be held on September 15. This award is sponsored by the Fulton Neighborhood Association, in partnership with other Minneapolis neighborhoods.
- Learn more at: blendaward.org
Red Hot Festival of the Arts on Saturday July 30 and Sunday, July 31
The city’s premier grass roots arts festival, Red Hot Art is a weekend long event that serves as a showcase for emerging Twin Cities artists, offering them and arts enthusiasts alike a great opportunity to create flourishing relationships through support and networking. Red Hot provides an ideal opportunity for artists of all mediums to showcase their work and brings together 3,500 community participants. This year the festival will host up to 100 booths dedicated to visual artists, 28 musical acts to play on two stages, food from local vendors, and many local community organizations providing hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.
The event, free and open to the public, also provides a way to reclaim the park for neighborhood residents and local families. The mission is to celebrate the artistic diversity and urban vibrancy of Minneapolis in the historic Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood. Red Hot Art is presented by the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO), one of the longest running community organizations in the city. Red Hot Art will be held at Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. S. Hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.
- Learn more at: http://redhotart.org/about/
36th and Bryant Mural Unveiling on Saturday, July 30
Aldrich Arts Collaborative, in partnership with CARAG, is installing a mural on the wall outside of Glenn's Barber Shop at 36th St. and Bryant Ave. S. Volunteers prepped the wall on Saturday, July 9. Join them from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. for the big unveiling!
- Learn more at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carag/sets/72157627161709500/
Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival on Wednesday, August 3
Join friends and neighbors for the Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival from 5 8:30 p.m. at Lake Hiawatha Community Center, 2701 44th Ave. S. This event features food, games, a health fair, and free canoe rides on the Lake, and is supported by the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
- Learn more at: http://www.lhrc.freeservers.com/2011FestivalFlyer.pdf
Longfellow Corn Feed on Thursday, August 4
Longfellow's great summer celebration features music, activities for kids such as a moonwalk and face painting, a community business and resource fair, a health fair, roasted corn and more! The Longfellow Corn Feed will run from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave. S.
Kenny Summerfest on Saturday, August 6
Attend Kenny Summerfest and enjoy music, food, fun and friends! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Kenny Summerfest will be held from 5 10 p.m. at Kenny Park, 1328 58th St. W.
- Learn more at: http://www.kennyneighborhood.org/
Victory Garden Tour on Sunday, August 7
Take a tour of urban gardening at its best! A free picnic hosted by the ViNA Livability Committee will kick off the third annual Victory Garden Tour. The picnic will be held from 12 - 1 p.m. and the Garden Tour runs from 1 - 4 p.m. The site for the picnic and start of the Garden Tour will be the Loring School Yard Gardens at 44th and Thomas Ave. N., where you can pick up your guide and "passport" for this self guided tour. Get your passport stamped at a certain number of gardens and you will be eligible for valuable prizes. This will be your chance to explore some of the many beautiful gardens in corners of the neighborhood with which you may not be as familiar.
- Learn more at: http://victoryneighborhood.org/announcements.php?var=39
Lynnhurst Summer Festival on Wednesday, August 10
Join friends and neighbors for the 16th Annual Lynnhurst Summer Festival. Enter to win a rain barrel and compost bin, and enjoy live local music, food and drink, games and activities, a dunk tank, fire truck rides, and much more. This event will be held from 5:30 8:30 p.m. at Lynnhurst Park, W. 50th St. and W. Minnehaha Parkway.
- Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/3hf427l
Live on the Drive on Thursday, August 11
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. This month’s entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and features the Café Accordion Orchestra.
- Learn more at: http://www.liveonthedrive.org/
Push Cart Derby Clinic on Saturday, August 13
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.
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: http://www.discoverbeltrami.org/
25 for-sale homes will be open from 4 – 7 p.m. during this "twilight open house tour". See the website for a list of homes, visit one or more properties, and pick up a True North Restaurant Offers discount card. Discounts are good from July 29 - August 5, and the only place to obtain a card is at an open house.
- Learn more at: http://www.livenorthminneapolis.com/
Northeast Dog Parade on Friday, July 29
One of the Northeast River Districts most popular events, this parade winds through the neighborhood with dog-themed prizes, refreshments, and giveaways. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Historic Chute Park on University and Central Aves., and ends at the Key North Parking lot, 515 1st Ave. NE. This event also includes "dogtail hours" and a "flea market".
- Learn more at: http://www.northeastminneapolis.com/events/dog-parade/
Midtown Global Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 30
2011 marks the fifth anniversary of the Midtown Exchange. Many have called the Midtown Exchange a project "that demonstrates the potential of civic leadership, comprehensive community development, and public-private partnerships." Since opening, the neighborhood has witnessed a dramatic decrease in crime and a renaissance in new small businesses. The Midtown Exchange has also assisted in repositioning the Midtown Corridor as a fun, hip and cultural destination to shop and dine. The Midtown Global Jazz Festival will cap off a host of anniversary activities in a free, community-based celebration. This festival will be held from 12 8 p.m. at the Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.
- Learn more at: http://midtownglobalmarket.com/jazz/
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Saturday, July 30
Since 2006, FLOW has become the premier art event in North Minneapolis. This free family event is a unique collaboration between the business and arts communities that showcases artists of all ages from the North Minneapolis community. FLOW is a self-guided art tour featuring visual and performing artists showing at businesses, studios and organizations along West Broadway between Emerson and Penn. Now more than ever, the community needs to come back to North Minneapolis! FLOW down West Broadway for our Annual Celebration of hundreds of unique Northside Artists. Come to look, listen, make, taste, move, and buy Northside! This event will be held from 3 – 8 p.m.
- Learn more at: flownorthside.org
River Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31
The Mississippi River Challenge is a 2-day, 44-mile paddling event to raise money for a cleaner, healthier river. Experience a new view of the Mississippi River and the Twin Cities that includes paddling through three locks, stretches of what seem to be near pristine wilderness right in the core of the cities, camping in an historic fort, live music and great food, the opportunity to learn about the history, the ecology, and the culture of this great river and a chance to connect with other local paddlers and river enthusiasts. There are a variety of options for participation in the Mississippi River Challenge. You can canoe or kayak, paddle solo or with a partner, paddle one day or two, spend the night at Historic Fort Snelling -- or go home for the night.
This is the premier event for Friends of the Mississippi River and all funds raised go toward aiding the organization’s work on the Mississippi River in and around the Twin Cities. Each paddler over 18 is required to raise a minimum of $250 in pledges ($50 for those 16-18, and no minimum for those 15 and under) to participate in this event. This is a fully-supported, family-friendly event. People of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate!
Northeast Calendar - deadline to vote for photos is Sunday, July 31
The Northeast CDC, a local nonprofit, is creating a calendar for 2012 to celebrate the awesomeness of Northeast Minneapolis! The calendar will highlight local artwork and photography as well as the 13 Northeast Neighborhoods. Over 100 submissions to the Northeast Calendar project were received. The online gallery is up and now it’s time to vote for your favorites. Any Northeast Minneapolis friend can vote – you don’t have to be a resident. Vote once for each neighborhood; the winning image for each neighborhood wins a month, but the image with the most votes overall goes on the cover. There are cash prizes for the artists, too – so be sure to check out all the images and vote for the best. Voting ends at midnight on July 31, 2011.
- Learn more at: http://www.calendar.northeastcdc.org/
Introduction to Ethiopian and Oromo Culture on Wednesday, August 3
Take an in-depth look at the Ethiopian and Oromo cultures, two of the oldest in the world with approximately 80 million people and over 80 different languages spoken. A lack of opportunity for gainful employment prompts many from both of these cultures to relocate to other countries, like the United States. Minnesota is now home to the fourth largest Ethiopian group nationwide. Join us in discussion about this growing local population. $50 per person. Register online. This presentation will be held from 9 11 a.m. at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St. E., St. Paul.
- Learn more at: http://www.neighb.org/onsite_workshops.aspx
55+ Meet and Greet on Friday, August 5
RSVP of the Greater Twin Cities is hosting a 55+ Meet & Greet for adults over the age of 55 interested in tutoring. Hear about local programs and meet current volunteers. This event will run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.
- Learn more and reserve your spot by calling Mary Jane Horton, RSVP Literacy Coordinator at 952-945-4163 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Gardening Day on Saturday, August 6
Go visit a garden near you! This is an opportunity for you to get to know these vital community spaces, and to celebrate alongside your neighbors. Check out the official Community Garden Day Map to see which gardens will have their gates open for you to wander in. You can also view information on previous years' Parade of Community Gardens (the former name of this event) to find out more about what gardeners have done in the past.
- Learn more at: gardeningmatters.org
Uptown Art Fair: Friday – Sunday, August 5-7
The 2011 Uptown Art Fair is celebrating its 48th annual fair with the theme "Art Meets Life," and an exciting line-up of nationally recognized artists, special performances, youth artists, a celebrity art sale, Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Expo, and much more. The Uptown Art Fair will take place at the intersection of Hennepin Ave. and Lake St. Metro Transit will provide free bus rides between the three art fairs on Saturday and Sunday.
- Learn more at: uptownartfair.com
Loring Park Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7
Enjoy the work of over 140 artists in a variety of media including painting, photography, printmaking, handmade paper, wood, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, mixed media and glass. The Loring Park Art Festival will have an array of vendors offering savory food, sweet treats, and thirst quenching drinks for your consumption this August. The Loring Park Art Festival will take place at Loring Park, 1382 Willow St.
- Learn more at: loringparkartfestival.com
Powderhorn Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7
Powderhorn Art Fair celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, continuing its legacy of artistic expression and community engagement. Set at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Powderhorn Art Fair features 184 regional and national artists of varied disciplines, as well as a Community Showcase and Group Exhibitors from the Powderhorn area. The family friendly, multi-cultural event also offers children’s activities, performances by Open Eye Figure Theatre and Articulture, and acoustic music including Dan Rein (Iranian stringed instruments), Tom Klein (Irish bagpipes), Ensemble Limousine (eclectic French mix) and others. Powderhorn Art Fair is a collaboration between the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Profits from the art fair pay for programs and equipment at Powderhorn Park that benefit all ages.
- Learn more at: powderhornartfair.com
Refugees & Immigrants: A Provider’s Perspective on Wednesday, August 10
This one-day, two-hour session is ideal for individuals who work with refugee or immigrant populations and have an interest in improving communications through better cultural understanding. Learn strategies to effectively serve new Minnesotans and gain insight into the unique challenges that refugee and immigrant groups face, such as limited access to resources, perception of law enforcement, traditional family roles, plus overcoming employment, housing, and language barriers.At the end of the session, participants will come away with a better understanding of challenges facing local refugee and immigrant populations. $50 per person. Register online. This presentation will be held from 9 11 a.m. at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St. E., St. Paul.
- Learn more about the workshop.
Youth Farm Harvest Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, August 10 and 11
Attend the Youth Farm and Market Projects annual end of the summer Harvest Festivals in Lyndale and Powderhorn Park! Each festival runs from 5 - 8 p.m. and features a free community meal, farm tours, and great performances by the YFMP youth. The Lyndale Harvest Festival will be held on Wednesday, August 10 at Zion Lutheran Church, 128 W. 33rd St. and the Powderhorn Festival will be held on Thursday, August 11 the Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave. S. The Youth Farm and Market Project provides year-round, youth development programming for over 500 youths, utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens and greenhouses.
- Learn more at: youthfarm.net
Annual Neighborhood Smackdown on Thursday, August 11
Come Join CURA for the 5th Annual Neighborhood Smackdown! This event features food, fun and wrestling belts, and is a great event for everyone who cares about neighborhood organizing. Whats the best in neighborhood organizing and outreach? Have you done some amazing outreach over the past year, and are just waiting for the opportunity to share your story?Come learn from Twin Cities neighborhood organizations about how local efforts can create big changes on a whole range of issues, or come be a contestant and share your own neighborhood organizing story.The format is simple: each contestant has two minutes to show and tell about a creative outreach and organizing strategy.Everyone wins and then we eat. The event is free and is open to everyone: board members, staff members, volunteers, youth leaders, and allies.
The McKnight Foundation is generously hosting this event at their offices, 710 Second St. S., Suite 400, from 4 – 7 p.m. The event includes a barbecue overlooking the Mississippi River – a great time to network with other neighborhood organizations. If you want to be a contestant or have a question contact Margaret Kaplan at 612-624-2300 or email@example.com
- RSVP to Renee Richie at 612-333-4220 or firstname.lastname@example.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. The purpose of the event is to celebrate community, the arts, and to bring 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 email@example.com
I-35W Bridge Remembrance Garden dedication on Monday, August 1
On Monday, August 1, the fourth anniversary of the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse, a Remembrance Garden to the victims and survivors of that disaster will be officially dedicated. The public is encouraged to join family members, survivors, first responders, City employees, elected officials and others at the ceremony that begins at 5 p.m. The memorial is on West River Road across from Gold Medal Park.
The outdoor memorial garden’s focal point is the 13 pillars, each inscribed with the name of a person who died when the bridge collapsed in 2007. In addition to the I-beams, which will be illuminated at night, the memorial will feature a stone wall with the names of those who survived the bridge collapse, along with an inspirational quote and dedication. The memorial also features a path leading from the water wall to the bluff edge, where an observation deck allows views of the river and the new bridge through the trees.
- Learn more about the I-35W Bridge Remembrance Garden dedication
East Side Bike Summit on Monday, August 1
Come and meet the City and County staff assigned to develop bike trails on the East Side. This agenda will include updates on 18th Ave. NE Phase 2, Central Ave., the East Hennepin and 1st Ave NE bike lane study, the 5th St. NE / 22nd Ave. NE Bike Boulevard and the Marshall/Main St. bike lanes. This meeting will be held from 6 -7 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE.
- Learn more at the Windom Park Citizens in Action Facebook page
Day of Hope on Tuesday, August 2
Building a community in a troubled neighborhood isn’t always easy, but it helps when businesses, citizens and government become partners in the process. The Day of Hope is a yearly event that brings together recipients and providers of chemical, financial and mental health services in the Ventura Village neighborhood while celebrating the spirit of hope and recovery. Central to the event is the Health and Safety Fair which includes information, testing and screenings, and more. The Minnesota AIDS Project will test adults for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis on-site in their mobile unit. Parents can learn ways to keep their children safe and healthy while children can participate in activities such as balloon sculpting by a clown. In addition, free food such as hotdogs and chips will be served.
This free event is sponsored by Hennepin County, Resource, Inc., and Spectrum Mental Health Services. The event will be held from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. on Chicago Ave. between Franklin and E. 18th St.
- Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/3becgmn
Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park Series on four Tuesdays in August, beginning August 2
Indigenous musicians, artists, filmmakers, producers and actors will be showcased this summer in a four-part music and movies series at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park in Minneapolis. The 2011 series is hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Migizi Communications, First Nations Composer Initiative, and Independent Indigenous Film & Media. Musical performances will feature local and national American Indian musicians. The series offers the opportunity to catch Indigenous films that have been shown at national and international film festivals. Emceeing the 2011 event will be American Indian director and producer Missy Whiteman of Independent Indigenous Film & Media. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic basket and take in the view of Minneapolis downtown skyline as you enjoy Indigenous Music and Movies at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main St. SE. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.; movies begin at dusk.
- Learn more at: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1288
Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Volunteer Information Session on Thursday, August 4
Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is now accepting applications for volunteers to help walk dogs, cuddle cats, or be part of the PAW PATROL. The next information session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Animal Shelter, 212 17th Ave. N. Space is limited, so you must pre-register to attend this session.
- Learn more at: Animal Care & Control
Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative Survey and Public Meeting on Thursday, August 4
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board advanced to a second phase of community engagement for the Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MR|DI). The MR|DI is a six-month refinement of RiverFIRST, a vision for new parks along the North and Northeast sides of the Mississippi from the Stone Arch Bridge to the city’s northern limits. Community members are invited to give input on which ideas and projects proposed in RiverFIRST are most important via three public meetings:
A community input survey is also available online now through August 9. Printed surveys are available at Minneapolis Parks headquarters at 2117 West River Road, all 47 recreation centers, and are being distributed by MR|DI Ambassadors at community events.
- Learn more at: minneapolisriverfrontdevelopmentinitiative.com
Downtown Transportation & Bicycling Survey – Responses accepted through Friday, August 5
Have you noticed the green bike lanes and other new bicycling facilities in downtown? If so, the City of Minneapolis would like to hear your thoughts via a short online survey. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and you can enter a drawing for a $25 gift card to a local bike shop. Respond by August 5th.
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 15. Contact Becky at 612-543-8539 or email Margie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other volunteer opportunities are also available.
"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.
The purpose of this grant funded position is to provide leadership and coordination in implementing the "Blueprint for Action" report developed by the City of Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee (YVPSC). Sponsored by the Office of the Mayor and the Minneapolis City Council, the Steering Committee developed strategic recommendations using a public health approach. In coordination with the Health Department, Youth Coordinating Board and others, this position is responsible for policy development, resource identification (including seeking grants), strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of the plan. This is a CDBG grant funded position, and is contingent upon the continued availability of funding. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 29.
- Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/42ewdqu
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 email@example.com.
- Learn more at: Regulatory Services job announcement
Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN) seeks Public Affairs Manager
Those who insist that we cannot solve America’s education problems without first solving poverty have it exactly backwards: we will never solve poverty until we guarantee a great education for all our children. MinnCAN has an energetic "we won’t fail" culture and a national-caliber team working on state-level problems. As a key member of the three-person in-state team, the ideal candidate will possess boundless energy and a great sense of humor, be extraordinarily driven and entrepreneurial, and be absolutely dedicated to ending poverty by reforming public education. This position reports directly to MinnCAN’s executive director and is supported extensively by the 50CAN national communications team.
- Learn more at: MinnCAN jobs
NCEC Committee of the Whole (CoW) Meeting on Wednesday, August 10 (location to be determined).
CoW meetings of the NCEC are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
- Learn more at the NCEC website
NCEC Meeting on Tuesday, August 23 at Central Library
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. 2, 2011