May 11, 2012
May is Minnesota American Indian Month
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Older Americans Month
· American Indian Month events continue
· Boards and Commisions – candidate deadlines extended
· Remembering the May 22, 2011 tornado http://tinyurl.com/84wqr7u
Community Events Calendar at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar/index.htm
American Indian Month Community Events Calendar at http://tinyurl.com/7vqme9p
Neighborhood News and Events
NORTH FIRST Focus Groups on Saturday, May 12
In this first of three summer focus groups, we’ll seek to ask ourselves why we’re here, what are the issues, what do we want to do, how will we get there, and how you will be involved in making our future a reality.
ECCO Tour de Compost on Thursday, May 17
Spend a delightful evening of touring homes -- learning about organics, rain gardens, worms and more!
Seward Garage Sale Days on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19
Enjoy two days of garage sales in the Seward neighborhood.
CARAG Super Sale on Saturday, May 19
Over 50 sales will be featured!
East Harriet Sale-O-Rama on Saturday, May 19
See the results of cleaned out attics, closets and basements!
Linden Hills Neighborhood Garage Sale on Saturday, May 19
Maps will be available at Linden Hills Park starting at noon on Monday, May 14.
Fulton Farmers Market Opening Day on Saturday, May 19
Founded by the Fulton Neighborhood Association, the Fulton Farmers Market aims to bring neighbors together to buy, eat, and learn about local food.
Kingfield’s Totally Unofficial Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 19
This sale is held in conjunction with Junque In The Trunk: An Art and Thrift Sale in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church parking lot.
First Annual Marcy-Holmes FROLF Tournament on Saturday, May 19
A fun mashup of frisbee and golf, FROLF will be played on a neighborhood course with nine "holes" at historic locations. At all nine holes, participants will hear a bit about the historical significance of the landmark in the development of the neighborhood and Minneapolis.
Powderhorn Housing and Garden Fair on Saturday, May 19
Come for housing, garden, and yard exhibitors, a plant swap and more. This event is co-sponsored by PPNA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Lyndale Spring Home Tour on Saturday, May 19
Four houses will be featured on this guided tour, with host providing a 20-30 minute tour of their home.
Northside Block Party on Saturday, May 19
One year after the tornado, celebrate rebuilding our community and come together for a great time with friends. This event is sponsored by the Jordan Area Community Council, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding it Right, and the City of Minneapolis.
Kingfield Farmers Market returns on Sunday, May 20
This neighborhood-run farmers market located in South Minneapolis was started by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association. The Market has been serving neighbors since 2001.
Linden Hills Festival on Sunday, May 20
Attend the 38th Annual Linden Hills Festival. This event includes a marketplace, games, silent auction and lots of food.
Green the Greenway on Tuesday, May 22
Join residents for spring cleaning and tending the native plantings on the Midtown Greenway. Tools, gloves and a snack provided. All ages welcome!
Memorial Concert on Thursday, May 24
This concert will be held at the Victory Memorial Flagpole: 45th Ave. & Victory Memorial Dr.
Armatage and Kenny Neighborhood Garage Sales on Saturday, May 26
Two adjacent neighborhoods, many great sales!
Community News and Events
African Development Center Gala 2012: African Chic on Friday, May 11
Visit the Landmark Center for a memorable opportunity to celebrate and support the strides that ADC made in this past year.
Volunteers needed for Minneapolis Tree Distribution on Saturday, May 12 - Monday, May 14
Help distribute 1,900 trees to Minneapolis residents as part of Tree Trust’s annual tree distribution. Volunteers help get trees into vehicles and also facilitate traffic control and check-in. Location is the Minneapolis Impound Lot; multiple shifts are available.
Talk-It Hennepin Workshop: Coming, Going, and Staying on Hennepin Avenue on Saturday, May 12
With Hennepin Avenue as the central focus, local artists and urban designers will ask workshop participants to walk up and down the Avenue, lead them to visualize challenges and suggest problem-solving ideas. RSVPs requested.
Community Sing and Dinner on Saturday, May 12
Minnesota Community Sings is building the culture of public community singing. Everyone sings - no auditions - no performances - no audience. YOU are the main attraction. This event is co-sponsored by Corcoran Grows and supported by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
RESCHEDULED - May Day Parade and Festival on Sunday, May 13
The May Day Parade and Festival has become a joyous annual rite of summer. Upwards of 2,000 participants, along with amazing puppets and floats parade down Bloomington Ave. The parade is followed by a ceremony and festival in Powderhorn Park.
Connect for Health Challenge – entries accepted through Tuesday, May 15
The Connect for Health Challenge is providing up to 20 grants of up to $20,000 and one grant of up to $100,000 to support efforts that strengthen social connections in low-income communities across Minnesota. Your creativity is the limit! Entries will be accepted from April 17 – May 15.
Organizer Roundtable - Communities of Color and Immigrant Communities as Economic Assets to the Region on Wednesday, May 16
Communities of color and immigrant communities are significant cultural and economic asset in our region. Discuss the strategies being used to not only harness this power the potential of immigrants and people of color and to make policymakers aware of the economic potential of these communities. This discussion is sponsored by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability.
Art-A-Whirl on Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20
Sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open-studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork.
Making Places in the Midtown Greenway: A Visioning Workshop on Saturday, May 19
This workshop will bring together YOUR voices to create a vision for the Midtown Greenway Streetcar's potential station areas. There will be discussion about what we love about the Greenway, and we’ll envision ways to create new places that will serve the streetcar, connect to surrounding neighborhoods, and improve the Greenway for all users.
Local Food Resource Hub seedling distribution on Saturday, May 19
The Local Food Resource Hubs Network supports residents to grow their own fresh produce, helping to ensure greater food security and healthy food access.
Animal Wellness Clinic at Whittier Park on Saturday, May 19
This event will offer free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, nail clippings and microchipping.
Temporary Shelter - Collecting Tales From the Minneapolis Tornado on Saturday, May 19
Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater will collect personal stories of those affected by the May 22, 2011 tornado to raise public awareness of their challenges. Stories will be collected at the Sumner Library and North Regional Library. To share your story, register online. Walk-in participants also welcome.
Northside Arts Collective SPRING THING on Saturday, May 19
It’s an annual community potluck and membership drive! BLT and Sasha Mercedes will play, and there’ll be performances from Northside Arts Collective members.
Minnesota AIDS Walk and Run for the Ribbon on Sunday, May 20
Visit Minnehaha Park for the 25th Year of the Minnesota AIDS Walk. Donations to the AIDS Walk help the Minnesota AIDS Project prevent new HIV infections and keep people living with HIV healthy.
Me? Go Back to School? - Encore Career Education Fair on Monday, May 21
Adults exploring the possibilities of a new or expanded career are invited to the Encore Career Education Fair, sponsored by SHiFT and the Twin Cities Adult Education Alliance.
After the Storm: An All Things Considered Special on Tuesday, May 22
On the one-year anniversary of a tornado hitting North Minneapolis, MPR News will be broadcasting All Things Considered live from UROC. Drop-in for any portion of it, say hello, chat with neighbors and see how live radio comes together.
Grain Belt Brewery Tour on Wednesday, May 23
The Grain Belt Brew House, constructed in 1891, served as a local brewery until Christmas Day of 1975. When the last batch of Grain Belt beer rolled off the site, the buildings were permanently vacated. For more than twenty-five years the site was dormant. On this tour you will experience the awe-inspiring interiors of the Brew House and learn about its award-winning rehabilitation. Participation is limited - register early!
Professional Grant Development Workshop on Wednesday, May 23 – Friday, 25
This is a comprehensive workshop that covers the diversity of donors, key search engines, and writing one's individual grant or idea in what ultimately will constitute a winning grant.
Uptown - Minneapolis’ Lakes District Tour on Thursday, May 24
As the City of Minneapolis grew, the lakes began to attract people seeking relief from the central city—from day-tripping fisherman to visitors of the area’s posh resorts on the shores of Lake Calhoun. This tour will show how the accessibility of the lakes was enhanced by being located on the new Minneapolis, Lyndale and Lake Calhoun Railway, first laid in 1879, which ran from downtown to the shores of Lake Calhoun.
Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering on Friday, May 25
Today, the Mde Maka Ska is called Lake Calhoun. The Mde Maka Ska Canoe Nations Gathering event is an genuine opportunity for Native American youth, parents, and community to re-engage the sacredness of water or mni wakan.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center seeks Family Assessment Worker, Accounting Manager
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center has two openings; both positions are full-time, salaried, exempt. The MIWRC seeks to empower Anerican Indian Women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity.
City and Local Government News and Events
Innovative Graffiti Prevention Microgrants - applications due by Friday, May 11
Up to $150,000 is available to assist communities and community-based organizations with innovative projects designed to remove and prevent gang related graffiti or offer anti-graffiti education programs in their community. These grants are to be used as reimbursed "seed money" for manageable projects that will lead to larger, more ambitious projects in the future.
Cedar Riverside / West Bank Safety Center Grand Opening on Friday, May 11
A short program will be held at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Family Bicycling Series - Saturday Safety Series on Saturday, May 12
Riding safely starts with having a bike in good repair. This clinic will teach you and your child how to identify possible mechanical problems and make simple repairs. Once your bike is ready to ride, you’ll give it a go on a handling course or a short ride around the community.
Phillips Community Center and Waite House Grand Opening on Saturday, May 12
Join neighbors, elected officials and friends to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Phillips Community Center and Waite House. There will be food, tours, music and fun.
Eastside Youth Forum on Monday, May 14
The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council will host a special panel discussion on youth issues in NE and SE Minneapolis. Panel members include representatives from Edison High School, Eastside Neighborhood Services, Hennepin County Juvenile Probations, and Minneapolis Parks & Recreation.
Arbor Week: Tuesday, May 15 – Saturday, May 19
Join the MPRB for a week long Arbor Week Northside Treecovery event. During this week, volunteers will assist with the planting of more than 1,000 boulevard trees in the tornado-hit areas of North Minneapolis. Presentations and community plantings will be held at Folwell Park on May 19.
55+ Walking Series: Linden Hills & Lake Harriet on Wednesday, May 16
Join other seniors and explore Minneapolis! Each stroll will explore a different area. Strolls take place at 10 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday, March to August, and are 1.5 to 2 miles long.
Walking Tour: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse on Wednesday, May 16
Enjoy a lunchtime tour of one of the Twin Cities' greatest landmarks: the Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse. Learn about local history and discover the intricate detailing that makes this building an architectural treasure.
Summer 612: Unlearning the Culture of Violence microgrants - applications due by Wednesday, May 16
Up to $16,000 in local public health funds will be available for micro grants not to exceed $2,000 per project for the period of June 1, 2012 through September 30th, 2012.
Great Streets Speaker Series: Business District support contracting on Thursday, May 17
Learn what you need to know about Special Service Districts and other public realm management tools.
Kidical Mass - Celebrate Art-a-Whirl on Saturday, May 19
Meet outside the Logan Park Rec center to decorate bikes at 9 a.m. The group will parade down 13th Ave NE and ride some of the new Northeast bikeways.
Neighborhood Bicycle Tours – Midtown Global Market on Saturday, May 19
Ride some of Minneapolis’ great bikeways and make stops at bike-friendly businesses. Learn about finding a route, planning trips and riding safely and comfortably with traffic.
Northside Street Race and Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, May 19
Here’s your one chance to outrun the Police! Come for the race, stay for the fun! Enjoy an open house at the MPD Special Operations Center with Family friendly activities. Sponsored by the Minneapolis Police Dept. and the Webber Camden Neighborhood Organization.
55+ Bicycling Mini-Series on Wednesday, May 23
Learn how to ride confidently, safely, and enjoy bicycling as a lifetime activity! This bicycling class for 55+ community members will cover getting started, types of cycles, basic maintenance and upkeep, rules of the road, and trip planning.
Basic Bike Maintenance Class on Thursday, May 24
Keeping your bike working isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little know-how and occasional grimy hands. This class includes tire inflation, brake adjustment, cleaning & lubricating a bike chain and changing a tube. Participants will receive free inner tube patch kits.
Call for Artists: Public Art Commission for the Veterans Memorial at Sheridan Memorial Park – applications due by Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m.
Artist selection is a two-part process. Interested Minnesota artists submit qualifications. A group of finalists will be selected by a jury and interviewed.
Martin Luther King Community Member Award – nominations due by Thursday, May 31
The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights will be awarding the first ever Martin Luther King Community Member Award. The Award will be presented to a Minneapolis resident—young or old—or Minneapolis-based organization that has worked to protect, support, or further the civil rights of the people of Minneapolis.
Grants available for Water Quality Projects – applications due by Friday, June 1
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is offering mini grants of up to $2,000 for short-term projects or small projects completed by community groups.
Stadium Village University Avenue Station Area Plan – public comment accepted through June 14
Stadium Village is one of the most dynamic places in the Twin Cities. A draft plan for Stadium Village and the adjacent area along University Avenue SE is ready for review. These comments will be part of the plan’s official record when it moves into the City approval process and may influence its content.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s 2012 Summer–Fall Guide now available
This full-color guide highlights the park system’s attractions, including beaches, gardens, golf courses and historical sites, and a variety of activities, free concerts and movies and events. New in the guide are details about day camps, golf schools, environmental and gardening programs, and water recreation activities such as swim and sailing lessons and logrolling. The Summer-Fall Guide also includes details about popular park eateries, great places to hold a wedding or corporate event, and fun recreation center programs and classes for youth and adults. Low-resolution and high-resolution versions available.
NCR News and Information
Volunteers needed for Project Homeless Connect on Monday, May 14
Join us at Project Homeless Connect, a one-stop shop to help our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness connect with services they need. 1,100 volunteers are needed; training will be provided.
CANCELLED - NRP Policy Board meeting on Tuesday, May 15
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities (MACOPD) meeting on Wednesday, May 16
Boards and Commissions – candidate application deadline extended to Friday, May 18
Applications are still being accepted for open positions on three open boards and commissions: that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this spring: Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, the Neighborhood Community and Engagement Commission and the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 22
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) elections - candidate applications deadline extended to Friday, May 25
This year, neighborhood districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 are up for election through the neighborhood election process. Due to an unexpected resignation, there is also now a vacant seat in district 5. In addition, One (1) Mayoral and three (3) City Council positions are up for appointment through the City’s open appointment process.
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Published May. 11, 2012