Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Community Energy Services Workshops in March 2012

Central: Thursday, Mar 1, 2012
6:30 PM
Anderson United Community School
1098 Andersen Lane
Northeast: Thursday, Mar 8, 2012
6:30 PM
Northeast Middle School
2955 Hayes St NE
South: Saturday, Mar 17, 2012
10:00 AM
Hale Elementary School
1220 54th St E
Southwest Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012
6:30 PM
Clara Barton Open School
4237 Colfax Avenue S
Come learn more about the Community Energy Services program and how to reduce energy waste in your home at one of our presentations! We always provide coffee, cookies and FREE childcare. You will also have a chance to schedule your home energy visit from our energy experts. Presentations begin promptly at their scheduled time and typically last between 45 minutes to an hour long. To register by phone call 612-219-7334.

*Community Energy Services Home Energy Visit is currently available only to Minneapolis homeowners in owner-occupied single-family, duplex, triplex and four-plex homes.

212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 560
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 335-5858

Monday, February 27, 2012

Teen Job Fair on March 24

When: Saturday, March 24
Time: 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Where: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
How to land that job?
  • Get info on jobs, volunteer opportunities and internships.
  • Meet employers.
  • Attend workshops.
  • Sign up now for employment training.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cornerstones and Common Ground: Reflections on the History of North Minneapolis on Thursday, February 23

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 5 p.m. Community reception
6 p.m. "Cornerstones" screening
7 p.m. Panel discussion
Where: UROC
2001 Plymouth Avenue North

The history of Minneapolis's north side is the topic of Critical Conversations, a new series of public discussions with scholars, historians, artists and community leaders on urban issues.

The kick-off conversation will focus on the people in front of—and behind—the camera in the recent university-produced documentary, "Cornerstones: A History of North Minneapolis." The documentary, which premiered in November on Twin Cities Public Television, traces the history of Minneapolis's north side communities through place-based stories interwoven with themes of immigration, race relations and social change. Cornerstone's director and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Pierce Bergin will moderate a panel of experts, historians and community leaders:

  • Roxanne Givens, businesswoman, philanthropist and founder of the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center;
  • Linda Schloff, historian, lecturer and former executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest;
  • Katherine Solomonson, associate professor in the university's School of Architecture and an architectural historian featured in "Cornerstones;"
  • John Wright, professor in the university's Department of African American and African Studies.
Discussion topics will include the stories behind the documentary, social dynamics and changes on Minneapolis's north side landscape over the past century and the importance of neighborhood connections and community common ground. The discussion will be introduced by university Senior Vice President Robert Jones, with a question and answer session to follow. A public reception will precede the event at 5 p.m., followed by screening of "Cornerstones" at 6 p.m.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The 6th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Saturday, July 30th

When: Saturday, July 30
3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Along Broadway in North Minneapolis (map)

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 in North Minneapolis.

Now more than ever, we invite the community 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!

Artist Applications and information available at

FACEBOOK: FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl

FLOW is an arts crawl that shines a light on the Northside community through the arts. It unites, celebrates and transforms in collaboration with the broader communities that surround us.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cinema and Civics begins Wednesday, June 15th

When: Wednesday Evenings
June 15 – July 20
Music begins at 8:00 p.m., Movies at Dusk
Where: Stevens Square Park
1801 Stevens Ave S

Music and movies in Stevens Park - Cinema and Civics begins Wednesday, June 15th!

Join us for the first installment of this year's series - Citypages' Best Blues Guitarist of 2011, Charlie Parr, will play before the classic film North by Northwest. Representatives of Springboard for the Arts and Stevens Square Center for the Arts will also be present, so bring your community arts-related questions!

Music at 8, movie at dusk. The series will run each Wednesday from June 15th until July 20th. For the complete schedule visit, and like us on Facebook.

Volunteers needed to help clean up debris in North Minneapolis on June 18 and 25

When: Saturday June 18 and 25
Two shifts each day:
 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Carrie Aspinwall
Neighborhood and Community Relations
(612) 673-2243

Since the devastating tornado struck North Minneapolis on May 22, thousands of volunteers, nonprofits, church groups, businesses and government agencies have pitched in to help folks recover and rebuild.

One key piece of the cleanup is to get rid of the storm-related debris that the tornado left in its path. There have been clean up efforts since May 22, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

There are two upcoming Clean Sweep days to help folks get storm debris loaded onto trucks for proper disposal and 200 volunteers are needed for each day. Volunteers will get specific meeting location information when they sign up for a volunteer shift.

Clean Sweep Days

  • Saturday, June 18
    8 a.m. – noon
    noon – 4 p.m.
    (100 volunteers each shift)
  • Saturday, June 25
    8 a.m. – noon
    noon – 4 p.m.
    (100 volunteers each shift)

Those interested in volunteering must be 18 years old, commit to working a four-hour shift, be able to lift at least 40 pounds, and wear thick-soled shoes, ideally work boots – no tennis shoes (food, work gloves & protective eye gear will be provided).

To sign up, call the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at: (612) 673-2243.

The June 18 Clean Sweep will be picking up debris in the area of 44th to 29th avenues north from Lyndale to Newton avenues. The June 25 Clean Sweep will be in the area of 29th – 12th avenues north from Humboldt to Xerxes.

The City of Minneapolis will work with neighborhood organizations throughout the summer to identify if additional Clean Sweeps are needed to assist those impacted by the tornado. These sweeps are the result of a collaboration of north Minneapolis neighborhoods with the support of the Pohlad Family Foundation, working with City Departments including Public Works Solid Waste & Recycling, Emergency Preparedness, and the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

For a list of activities, click on the website:

Spice & Slice of Asia: Hmong, Indian and Vietnamese Storytelling on May 21

When: Saturday, May 21
2:00 p.m.
Where: North Regional Library
1315 Lowry Ave N

Storytellers will highlight their reasons for leaving their native land, their journey to America and their “American experience,” followed by questions and discussion. Will also feature dance performance from each ethnic group. Stories tie in with the “Legacies of War” exhibit at Brookdale Library during May.

Motivational Interviewing: A Counseling Approach in the Native Tradition, June 15 to 17

Dates: Wednesday – Friday
June 15th – 17th, 2011
Times: Wednesday and Thursday
 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
 8:30am – 2:00 pm
(each day will end early if possible)
Where: MIWRC Learning Center
Ancient Trader’s Market Building
1113 Franklin Ave E, Suite 105
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Betty R. Poitra, MSW
Jane Nakken, Ed. D
Contact: Jo Lightfeather

Save the Date(s): A Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Workshop

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an approach to counseling that fits with the values, styles, and ways of being of many Native American tribal cultures. Developed by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick. Ph.D. in the 1980s, MI is an Evidence-Based Practice that holds a key to unlocking our relatives’ own unique intrinsic motivations to make significant changes in their lives. It has been shown to be an effective approach to treatment in many fields including substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, diabetes management and other healthcare areas, juvenile justice, corrections and workforce counseling.

More Information to Follow

Jo Lightfeather
Director, Learning Center

MIWRC – Learning Center
Ancient Trader’s Market
1113 E. Franklin Avenue
Suite 105 & 200
Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 728-2031 (phone)
(612) 354-2063 (fax)

MIWRC Mission Statement:To empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity.

Funders: The MIWRC Learning Center is funded by the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, American Indian Section

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fabulous Fulton Plant Sale June 3, 4, 5

When: Friday, June 3 – Saturday, June 4
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 5
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 51st & Ewing

Whether you're planning a new landscaping project or just a pot of color for the front steps, we have the plants for you. Please visit our new location at the corner of 51st & Ewing and make your selections. Your support will help reforest Fulton neighborhood.

The Fulton Plant Sale, June 3-5, wouldn't be possible without your help.

Here's how you can contribute:

Donate your plants. Most perennials, including hosta, benefit from being divided every few years and will appreciate the extra room. For more information about dividing your plants, visit

Please consider volunteering your time. Two-hour shifts are available starting at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The last shift starts at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. It's easy, it's fun, and it's a great way to meet new people from around the neighborhood, the Twin Cities, the state and the country. Plant knowledge is helpful, but not necessary. Hennepin County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

To schedule your volunteer time, donate plants or for more information, contact Mary at 612-922-1591 or


Fulton Farmers Market Grand Opening May 21

When: Saturdays
May 21 – end of October
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Methodist Church parking lot
4901 Chowen Ave S

The excitement centered around the opening day of the market has been tremendous. We want to again thank all of the folks who have volunteered their time to assist with the market. Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA) contributed $6,000 in seed money to start the market, which is a satellite of the successful Kingfield Farmers Market (KFM). A number of FNA Board members have joined the KFM Board.

We have a robust lineup of vendors, including organic and sustainable produce from Gardens of Eagan, Pine Acres Farm, Waxwing Farm, Uproot Farm, Peter's Pumpkins, Mary Dirty Face Farms and more. We will have cheeses from local sheep and goat farmers as well as eggs and meat from Sunshine Harvest Farms and wild-caught salmon from Alaska Organics. And coffee, artisan breads, pastries, artisan crafters (candles, soaps, jewelry) and tasty street fare from Big River Pizza, Chef Shack, and Gai Gai Thai.

We will have a variety of plant vendors for the early weeks of the season and craft vendors for your enjoyment.

We expect the market will develop into the local gathering spot for neighbors to visit, enjoy a cup of coffee and buy their locally grown fruits and vegetables, and cheeses, breads and pastries.

The Fulton Farmers Market values your input and thoughts. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@fultonmarketmn) and our website for additional information. To volunteer at the Market, email To help staff the FNA table, email