Thursday, August 27, 2009
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Address: 212 13th Ave. NE
Join us for the 8th Annual Ice Cream SNOcial! This year’s gathering will be held at 212 13th Ave. NE -- right next to 212 Pottery.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Whittier Elementary School, Multipurpose Room
Address: W 27th St and Grand Ave
6th Ward Candidates:
- Mohamed Cali
- Laura Jean
- Robert Lilligren
- Michael Tupper
- Andy Exley
Election date: November 19
Download: 2009 Election Packet
August 24, 2009 - The process for the election of neighborhood representatives and alternates for seats on the 2010 NRP Policy Board is underway. The election will be held Thursday, November 19, 2009. Those interested in filing as a candidate must complete a Candidate Filing Form and return it to the NRP central office no later than noon on Friday, September 18, 2009.
What is the NRP Policy Board?
The NRP Policy Board is the governing body of the NRP. Its members provide overall direction to the Program and are responsible for the review and approval of Neighborhood Action Plans. Neighborhood residents hold four of the 18 seats on the Board and serve for a one-year term. Policy Board meetings are typically held on the fourth Monday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Who is eligible to run for a seat on the Board?
Candidates seeking a term on the Policy Board must be a resident of the appropriate neighborhood category (i.e. protection, revitalization, redirection) for a minimum of 30 days prior to the election and be at least 21 years old when their term of office begins in January 2010. A neighborhood representative and alternate will be elected for each of the three neighborhood categories (protection, revitalization, redirection). An at-large representative and alternate will also be elected.
Candidate forums and election proceedings set for Thursday, November 19, 2009
Each Minneapolis neighborhood organization will select an elector and alternate to vote on behalf of the neighborhood. Information on this process is being sent to each neighborhood organization. A Voter's Guide listing the candidates and their responses to several questions will also be prepared by NRP and distributed in October. Election proceedings, including candidate forums, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the Crown Roller Mill Building, 105 Fifth Ave S. For more information on the election, call Carsten Slostad at 612-673-5150. The candidate forums and election proceedings are open to the public.
Click on the link below to download the filing forms and other important Policy Board Election documents. You will need a copy of Acrobat Reader to view these documents. For more information on the election, call Carsten Slostad of the NRP at 612-673-5150.2009 Election Packet
Friday Night Block Party: 6pm - 8pm
Location: Heritage Landing Parking Lot
Address: 415 N 1st Street
(Lot between 1st St N and 2nd St N, adjacent to Toast Wine Bar & Café)
Saturday Volleyball Tournament: 10am - 4pm
Location: Herschel Lofts Lawn
Time: 748 N 3rd St
Post Volleyball Happy Hour: 4pm - 6pm
Location: The Loop Bar & Restaurant
Address: 606 Washington Ave N
Like it or not, summer is nearing an end. What better way to close out the summer than with a party! It’s time to hit the streets and celebrate at the second annual North Loop Days. Due to the outstanding turnout last year at the volleyball tournament, we’ve expanded the neighborhood summer celebration to multiple days this year. The North Loop Days will be held on Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th. It’s time to get out and about in your neighborhood to enjoy a great final summer weekend celebration!
Gather at the Friday night Block Party to enjoy live music, browse and purchase art from local artists, meet your local businesses and neighborhood organizations. Treat your dog to new accessories. Treat your kids to root beer floats and turns in a bouncy moon walk. Sample food and beverages* – including voting on new wines to be featured at North Loop establishments.
Bring the kids – Bring the dogs – Bring your neighbors – be at the Block Party.
Continue the festivities on Saturday with the Volleyball Tournament on the lawn of Herschel Lofts. Join in the game by signing up a volleyball team. Don’t play? Well bring the kids and lawn chairs to cheer on your neighbors and enjoy fresh grilled food from JD Hoyts. Prizes rewarded to the winning teams, think you’ve got the skills? Sign up teams and show your neighbors how to play. Hurry up and register, space is limited. Don’t think you can find a full team but wanna play? Email Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a team.
Finish off a great weekend with the post volleyball Happy Hour, held at The Loop. Watch the awards ceremony while enjoying 2-for-1 drink specials and half-price appetizers!
Love how great the festivities sound? Wanna help out? Email Laura at email@example.com to volunteer with the weekend fun.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Seward Community Coop Classroom
Address: 2823 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Register in person: Seward Coop
Register by phone: Call 612-338-2465
For more info: Carol Greenwood, 724-8430 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ve Worked Hard For Your House. Now Make Your House Work For You!!
You are invited to four free workshops designed to help you save money in your home by cutting energy costs. Sponsored by Seward Neighborhood Group's Environment Committee and the City of Minneapolis' Climate Change Innovation Program.
You can save money on your electricity and natural gas bills by making improvements in your home’s structure, equipment, and what you do in your house, depending on the season and weather. Some of this will cost very little and some of it will cost a lot. Our series of workshops will address some of your questions about what to do, how to afford doing it, and where to get help deciding and doing. You will have plenty of time to discuss your questions with these experts.
- Sunday, September 20, 2:00 to 4:00
Getting Money For Home Improvements That Save You Money And Reduce Energy Use
Dave King, Center For Energy And Environment
Caleb Werth, Mn Office Of Energy Security
This workshop will deal with the big question that needs to be looked at before you do the big things--where will I get the money?
- Sunday, October 11, 2:00 To 4:00
What Is An Energy Audit And Why Do I Need It?
Bruce Stahlberg, Affordable Energy Solutions
Roger Howley, House Green
This workshop will address the question, “how much energy is my house using, how much can I save, and what do I need to do to reduce electricity and natural gas consumption?”
Note – bring information on one year's home consumption of natural gas and electricity. (No need to bring bills. You must request this information from your utility companies. They will supply the information to you on a spreadsheet including cost and usage amounts.)
Xcel 1-800-895-499 (e-mail or mail)
CenterPoint 612-372-4727 (by mail only)
- Sunday, October 25, 2:00 To 4:00
Your House Is A System - Understanding How Your House Works
Jimmie Sparks, Neighborhood Energy ConnectionThis workshop will deal with the question of how your house works. Your house is a system. By understanding how your roof and walls, heating and air conditioning systems, appliances, and water use equipment interact with weather conditions and homeowner practices, you can make all of it work together effectively to save yourself money, while providing good air quality, reducing offgassing, and preventing mold.
- Sunday, November 15, 2:00 To 4:00
Do It Yourself Projects Vs. Working With A Contractor - Choosing The Right Equipment And Choosing The Right Contractor - Assessing The Work
Mike Kulczyk, Center For Energy And EnvironmentThis workshop will deal with where you can get good advice and directions on do-it-yourself projects and the supplies you need vs. working with contractors on the big projects and choosing the right equipment for you. Many weatherization and other energy conservation/efficiency tasks are simple and take only a few hours to complete. Others may require the expertise of a contractor. We will provide information on lead, radon, asbestos/vermiculite, dust, and other hazards in old houses and tell you about resources available to tackle these problems and do things right.
These workshops will take about 70 minutes for the presentations, followed by Q & A and opportunities to speak individually with these experts. Refreshments after 3:30.
Everyone who attends can enter his (her) name in a drawing for valuable energy efficiency/conservation prizes. Increase your good luck by attending all four workshops. Each time you attend your name will be entered in the drawing, which will be held after the last workshop in November.
Financial assistance for energy audits will be available to selected Seward residents in conjunction with SNG's housing program, funded by NRP. Residents with qualifying income and who wish this assistance will be asked to supply information to verify income and provide data after work has been done. If you want further information on the SNG low interest housing loan program and/or this audit assistance, contact Mike Rollin at SNG, 338-6205, ext 119, or by email at email@example.com
Seward Neighborhood Group and the SNG Environment Committee have partnered to organize these events. These workshops are funded by a City of Minneapolis climate change grant. Minneapolis created the grants to help local neighborhoods and organizations fund creative ways to engage residents in the fight against climate change. Thank you to the City of Minneapolis for providing us with funding through a Climate Change Grant!
Time: sign up for two-hour time slots
Register online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=H9n6_2fyAXhb1rdNOB7rwi5g_3d_3d
Contact: Shaun Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612)275-5128
Minneapolis Public Works is gearing up to conduct its 3rd annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, and you can volunteer to help. Volunteers will be asked to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians at several locations around the city. The main day for counting will be Tuesday, Sept. 15, although other days are available. Volunteers will sign up for various two-hour time slots, and are particularly needed from 4 to 6 p.m. on the 15th.
Minneapolis Public Works conducts bicyclist and pedestrian 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.
City of Minneapolis Bicycle Program
Thursday, August 20, 2009
url: MinnPost.com (scroll down to Your Vote for 'Neighborhoods within communities of more 10,000 residents')
Celebrate all Minnesota communities, September 6 at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair!
Minnesota Community Pride? You decide! Vote for the finalists in the 25th Anniversary Minnesota Community Pride competition via the online ballot at MinnPost.com between August 19 to 26, with winners announced at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. The contest is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair, MinnPost, The Blandin Foundation, and Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc.
"The Community Pride contest attracted community entries from across Minnesota, representing cities and neighborhoods, large and small, all generously sharing their stories of connecting, creating, and thriving through the current economic challenges," said Jane Leonard, president of Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc, one of the competition organizers. Online voting offers a chance for all Minnesotans to help determine top entries in several community improvement categories.
"Connecting, creating, thriving" is the tagline of Reinventing Minnesota, the initiative behind the contest. "It's a way to think and act, to turn the current economic challenges into opportunities that encourage people to connect and share good ideas and resources to move us into a thriving future for all," said Leonard. "It builds on Minnesota's history of inventiveness, innovation and compassion to recognize the goodwill and good actions that communities, neighborhoods and organizations across our state are doing right now to help one another."
The Community Pride competition lifts up and publicly recognizes the energy and ingenuity of Minnesota's communities in both overall community and economic development achievement, and innovations in specific disciplines, such as education, broadband deployment and application, health care, entrepreneurship support, arts & culture, community design, housing and natural resources/environment.
Finalist communities were determined by a panel of judges reviewing the entries received earlier this summer. Winners will be selected by the public vote online via MinnPost.com. All communities will be recognized and winners announced at the Minnesota Community Pride Showcase, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the State Fair's Carousel Park stage and exhibit tent.
To help celebrate this first-time event at the Fair, singer-songwriter Charlie McGuire will share his special brand of grassroots music. Minnpost will be conducting Minnesota Trivia contests and public affairs interviews with Minnesota newsmakers to highlight both our affection for and ideas and concerns across the state. Community participants will showcase their projects in the exhibit tent.
The Minnesota State Fair is providing cash awards, recognition plaques, and ribbons to winners and participants. The awards ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. on the Carousel Park stage.
"The State Fair has always been a place and time for Minnesotans to gather together to showcase, recognize and share creative ideas and innovations. It's the perfect venue to spotlight communities that are helping our state be the best we can be," explained Leonard.
You can learn more about the finalist projects and vote for your favorites at http://www.reinventingminnesota.org/mn_pride.html. Check out this and other State Fair events at www.mnstatefair.org. And join us at the Great Minnesota Get-Together on September 6!
Finalists for Minnesota Community Pride online voting:
- Baudette (Lake of the Woods County)
- Caledonia (Houston County)
- Detroit Lakes (Becker County)
- East Grand Forks (Polk County)
- Glencoe (McLeod County)
- Hoffman (Grant County)
- Lake City (Wabasha and Goodhue Counties)
- Lanesboro ( Fillmore County)
- Madelia (Watonwan County)
- Mankato (Blue Earth County)
- Maynard (Chippewa County)
- Minneapolis' Neighborhood Revitalization Program (Hennepin County)
- Sebeka (Wadena County)
- St. Louis Park (Hennepin County)
- Staples (Todd County)
- Willmar Design Center (Kandiyohi County)
Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. (MRP, Inc.) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year as a non-profit corporation that "makes connections to help Minnesota thrive." We have organized initiatives to strengthen rural-urban partnering, increase community entrepreneurship as a statewide economic development strategy, and support continued broadband deployment and applications to build 21st century communities. MRP, Inc. began as a support organization to the Minnesota Rural Partners, one of nearly 40 state rural development councils officially sanctioned by the USDA as a member of the National Rural Development Partnership. For more information, go to our website at http://www.minnesotaruralpartners.org.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM until ??
Location: Cedar Lake Point Beach
Address: 2100 Cedar Lake Pkwy
Bring a dish to share, a blanket or a lawnchair and wear your swimsuit. Water, cups, plates, napkins and silverware will be provided by the BMNA.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Locations:40 community gardens across the Twin Cities, 24 gardens in MInneapolis
Address: Garden addresses and map available at
The Twin Cities metro area has approximately 200 community gardens with new gardens sprouting each year! Community gardeners spend thousands of hours each season to grow food for their families, beautify their neighborhood and provide a space for people to know one another. This Parade celebrates gardeners' dedication to community and to the land.
Walk, bike, or drive from one garden or to all 40 community gardens! Learn from the gardeners about these community treasures! Gardens will feature a variety of attractions including music, fresh food, heirloom tomato festival, and a beehive!
For more information, call Gardening Matters at 612-492-8964 or view a map of participating gardens see www.gardeningmatters.org/Events/2009Parade/brochure.pdf
Location: Minneapolis Police Department Fourth Precinct Building (Community Room)
Address: 1925 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
August meeting materials are available at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/NCEC_Meetings.asp
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission meetings are open to the public.
Unable to attend a meeting? Commission meetings are videotaped and played on the City’s cable channel 79 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Check out the City’s Channel 79 schedule for more details. You can also request a copy of the video for a nominal fee.
If you would like more information about the commission, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/NCEC_Home.aspJennifer Lastoka
Community Engagement Coordinator
City of Minneapolis
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 31: 4-5 pm
Location: Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Address: 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 201
Water pollution comes from many different sources, including our everyday activities. Washing and maintaining our cars, caring for our yards, and the kinds of materials we use for driveways, sidewalks, and pathways can contribute to water pollution in the Mississippi River. Become a partner organization with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization by applying for a Stewardship Fund grant to work together to improve water quality in our watershed.
Projects funded through the Stewardship Fund Program should achieve the following:
- Improve water quality or improve water and natural resource management
- Build community understanding, knowledge, and initiative related to water and natural resource issues and solutions
Over $200,000 is available through three types of grants
- Mini Grants up to $2,000 – March, June, and September cycles each year
- Planning Grants up to $10,000 – September annual cycle
- Action Grants up to $50,000 – September annual cycle
Nonprofit organizations, officially recognized neighborhood groups, schools, local units of government, and business and professional associations are eligible to apply. Individuals, home owners associations and condominium associations, and private businesses may partner with eligible applicants in order to apply.
Letters of Interest due Monday, September 21, 2009, by 3:00 pm
For information about the application process, visit www.mwmo.org/stewardshipfund.html
Attend a Stewardship Fund Program Information Session at the MWMO’s new office! (See address below)
Monday, August 31, 4-5 pm
(612) 465-8780 ext. 208
(612) 465-8785 fax
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 201
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413-1036
Monday, August 10, 2009
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Joanne Levin Triangle Park
address: Irving and W. 26th St
url: East Isles Residents Association at 612-377-1371
East Isles Residents Association holds an annual ice cream social. They enjoy ice cream, cookies, lemonade, face painting, petting zoo, and jumpy inflatables!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine!
Location: W. 29th St between Lyndale Ave S and Dupont Ave S
The Minneapolis Uptown Market is a street market with local artisans, craftspeople, small business owners, area farmers, and neighbors. Affordable, unique goods from both emerging and established local vendors. It will be held four times in 2009, on the third Sundays of June, July, August and September.
On 29th Street, between Lyndale Ave. S. and Dupont, the Uptown Market is located in the heart of a unique cultural center and easily accessible by public transportation as well as the Greenway. Think green. Think local.
The 2008 Bicycle Count Report is now available. Findings include:
- The number of bicyclists increased 15% between 2007 and 2008.
- 15th Avenue SE north of 5th Street is the busiest location for bicyclists, with an estimated 3,570 bicyclists per day.
- East River Parkway north of Franklin Avenue carries the highest bicyclist mode share (17%), when compared to pedestrian, auto, and transit counts.
This weekend Hennepin Avenue in Downtown will be sealcoated. Use extra caution while bicycling, as loose rock chips can be difficult to ride over on a bicycle. Though the Hennepin Avenue bicycle lanes remain for your use, you are not required to ride in them if they are impassable. If necessary, merge into other traffic lanes, dismount and use the sidewalk, or use alternative routes such as 1st Avenue N and 2nd Avenue N. Excess rock chips will be cleared within one week.
In late fall, in conjunction with the 2-way conversion of Hennepin and 1st Avenues, bike lanes will be added to 1st Avenue N. Combined bicycle, bus, and right turn lanes will replace the bike lanes on Hennepin. Read more about the changes coming to Hennepin Avenue in this news release and on the project website. You can also view the new layout (pdf) for these streets.
Stay tuned to this e-mail update list for further details on the coming changes.
City of Minneapolis Bicycle Program
Location: Pratt School Amphitheater (in case of rain, the concert will move indoors to Prospect Park United Methodist Church across the street)
Address: 66 Malcolm Ave SE
This month's event is a home grown talent show! Come hear our neighbors do vocals, instrumentals and keyboards and participate in sing-alongs to songs about Propsect Park, the Witch's Hat Water, and Pratt School. Sing-alongs will be lead by Curt Oliver, director of the Prospect Park Community Choir, and the event will be emcee'd by the neighborhood's own clever Karen Murdock.
Summer concerts are presented by the PPERRIA Community Events Committee and are funded in part by the Pratt Council, PPERRIA and Schneider Drug. Your voluntary donations will help these concerts continue.
For concert pictures and information on past summers' concert series, please visit the events section of PPERRIA's website.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
|Date:||Wednesday, August 12|
|Location:||Our Lady of Lourdes|
|Address:||1 Lourdes Place|
|Hosted by:||Council Member Diane Hofstede|
|Topic:||Mississippi Riverfront and Economic Development!|
Come join in on the planning and share your hopes and dreams for YOUR community!
Where: Our Lady of Lourdes
1 Lourdes Place
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Third Ward Neighborhoods: Beltrami, Bottineau, Hawthorne, Marcy-Holmes, McKinley, Nicollet Island East Bank, St. Anthony East, St. Anthony West, and Sheridan.
Business Associations: Dinkytown Business Association, Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, North East Business Association, West Broadway Area Coalition
JOIN US &PLEASE FORWARD TO OTHERS!
For more information contact Council Member Diane Hofstede’s office at 612-673-2203 or email@example.com
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
|Position:||Assistant City Coordinator – Neighborhood and Community Relations|
|Deadline:||August 21, 2009|
The Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department is designed to serve as a liaison for residents, neighborhood and community organizations and provide guidance to other City departments in the realm of strong neighborhood and community relations. The department will focus on strengthening Minneapolis’ quality of life through vigorous community participation, resident involvement in neighborhood and community organizations, and supporting clearly defined links between the City, City services and neighborhood and community organizations. The NCR Assistant City Coordinator will lead this new department and will function as a champion to support and facilitate community engagement. Requirements: Bachelors Degree in a related field with a minimum of ten years of job-related experience. Strong community engagement skills and a proven track record in building strong community relations are essential. Send cover letter, resume and supplemental questionnaire responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this position including the supplemental questionnaire, visit our website at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/jobs
An AA/EOE.Pa Vang
Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
|Date:||Thursday, August 6|
|Time:||5:30 to 8:30|
|Address:||1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy|
Save the date - the Annual Lynnhurst Summer Festival will be Thursday, August 6th at Lynnhurst Park from 5:30 to 8:30. As always, it will be a fun event for the whole family with food, games, music and more.
Monday, August 3, 2009
url: Minneapolis has a special message for folks at National Night Out
Minneapolis is making a special pitch this year to encourage the thousands of people who attend National Night Out block parties to stay involved in keeping our city safe throughout the year. By signing up for Minneapolis Crime Alerts or helping update their Neighborhood Policing Plans, residents can get even more involved in keeping Minneapolis safe, while building important relationships with their neighbors and law enforcement.
Print off these fliers and share them with your neighbors at National Night Out:
Minneapolis has consistently been at the top of the list of cities with great turnout for National Night Out. This year, nearly 1,100 block parties will bring thousands of people together across the city Aug. 4. National Night Out activities help build and maintain Minneapolis’ extensive network of neighborhood watch block clubs by giving people an opportunity to get together with neighbors, build relationships, meet new people, discuss issues and plan for the future.
But attending National Night Out is just one way folks can be active in keeping our neighborhoods safe. This year, the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department will be encouraging NNO-goers to take advantage of opportunities to stay informed and get involved in keeping our city safe year-round.
Minneapolis Crime Alerts
The Minneapolis Police Department has launched a new crime alert service that folks can receive by cell phone, through e-mail, or online. Anyone can sign up to stay connected with important public safety news in their area, including crime alerts, community updates, and important advisories. Signing up is easy—just go to www.nixle.com. On the page, you can find Minneapolis under the ‘Featured cities’ section.
Neighborhood Policing Plans
Also, residents in every Minneapolis neighborhood have unique opportunities to work with police to help shape their Neighborhood Policing Plan. Beginning in 2007, every neighborhood in Minneapolis has its own plan, which is developed by the police and community working together. The plans are updated each year, so residents have a chance later this year to attend a meeting in their neighborhood to create the 2010 policing plans. Check the Neighborhood Policing Plan Web page to find out when meetings will be held this fall.
The Neighborhood Policing Plans are part of continuing community and Police Department efforts to focus on neighborhood concerns, which vary from place to place. In addition to addressing concerns, the plans also focus on policing strategy, neighborhood engagement, monitoring results, and other things that are specific to each neighborhood.July 31, 2009
url: Go green, save green at your National Night Out block party
When planning for your block party, go green to save money, use up fewer resources and throw away less garbage. You might not even need to buy any new supplies.
Use reusable plates, cups and utensils so you’re not throwing away and buying new every time. If you don’t have enough plates or cups, ask neighbors to bring their own.
Save decorations to use again next year.
Recycle the bottles, cans and other recyclables from the party. Set out bins or bags and label them to make it easy.
Whenever possible, use e-mail instead of paper to get information to your neighbors.
Incorporate local food from farmers markets or your own garden. Local food is fresher and easier on the environment because it doesn’t have to be shipped here.
For more ideas, visit the Minneapolis National Night Out site. Don’t be afraid to ask for your neighbors’ help. We’re all in this together! To take your commitment even further, see if you can organize a zero-waste event by recycling, reusing and composting.