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Flowers are the Opposite of Graffiti has funds for 2 boxes, 3 more to go!

posted Aug 20, 2015, 10:46 AM by Ricardo McCurley

In May we sent in applications to the Minneapolis Public Art Board and all five of our first submissions have been approved.

In June, we ordered covers for the Como Corner Box (22nd Ave and Como Ave) and the Accord Garden Box (15th Ave and Como Ave in Van Cleve Park)!  The deadline for wrapping more boxes this year is July 31, so keep the donations coming in!

For more information and to donate to the project, click here

Matching Grants Approved!

The SECIA board created a matching grant pool.  New donations to the project will be matched 100% up to $1500.


Bake On! Community Bread Oven Fundraiser

posted Aug 20, 2015, 10:45 AM by Ricardo McCurley

When: August 19th, 6-10 pm

Where: Sporty’s Pub & Grill

Help: FairShare Farmers and SECIA are raising money to build a community bread oven.  Tickets are $15 and get a burger basket and one glass of beer or beverage.  There will be a live auction and other games. Tickets available at the garden (22nd & Fairmount Aves SE) on Mon/Wed at 6pm & Sat at 10am or at the SECIA office from 10am-3pm..  You do not need a ticket to attend. For more information visit tinyurl.com/fsfbreadoven or www.facebook.com/FairSharebreadoven.


Who: FairShare Farm is one of SECIA’s community gardens – the one with vegetables, at the corner of 22nd and Fairmount SE. FairShare Farm Gardeners share the work, the produce, and the skills they bring to the gardens. In 2015, our fifth year, we want to continue to expand the community aspect of our space by building our long-desired outdoor community bread oven.


What: Our intent is to build the oven ourselves, with expert leaders, just as we built the raised beds and the garden shed. This will provide another great hands-on learning activity for all interested. The oven build and the subsequent oven use will be open to people in the greater community. The fire starter and bread baking classes will be open to the gardeners, greater community members, and oven sponsors. What we need now is the money, the expertise, and the training.


Why: We need funding for: planning events to determine the final design, materials for the oven build and simple storage, experts builders & instructors (Sunny Day and Bearpaw), oven operating supplies, fire starter training, bread baking classes, SECIA management: coordination of the build volunteers/students, scheduling, communications, etc., future maintenance and supplies.

How you can help: By donating to this project – Send your donation directly to the SECIA office with Bread Oven in the subject line, and receive a ticket for a burger basket and one beer / beverage redeemable only on 8/19/2015. Buy auction items (cash, check or Paypal by mobile). Come and join us at Sporty’s!


What's in it for you?: In return you get a true community oven, chances to learn how to build and use the oven, opportunities to bake your special artisan breads, and increased engagement with your community!

Fifth Annual All About Family BBQ Competition

posted Aug 20, 2015, 10:44 AM by Ricardo McCurley

- Saturday August 1st, 2015 3pm-6pm

Volunteers and Competitors are needed on August 1st for All About Family’s fifth annual Barbecue Competition! This fun filled family oriented competition is in support of local businesses featuring a multitude of light competition including: Men’s Moustache, Beard and Hair if you Dare Competition, Ladies of the Eighties Hairstyle Competition, Youth 80s Fashion Competition, Best Buns - Hamburger and Hot Dog style buns competition from local bakeries, 2 DJ's spinning clean Family Friendly 80’s music, and much more!

Food and root beer, donated by Sporty’s Pub & Grill, will be provided for all attendees.

This event is sponsored in part by Castle Building and Remodeling, The Southeast Como Improvement Association, Sporty’s Pub & Grill,

For more info, Contact Brian Kelley at kelley01@visi.com or visit the events facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1760842117475726/Top

Como Gardens are Green and Blooming!

posted Jul 30, 2015, 11:52 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info


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The gardens are bursting with color for the season, get an eyeful of rainbow flora at one of the upcoming gardening times.


Como Corner Community Garden, at 22nd & Como Aves SE, is an ornamental and native plant garden. Gardeners meet at 6:30 pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday evening of each month. Como Corner is an important greenspace to our community since it is on our main bus/bike/driving route. Its cared for by neighbors and more help is needed! Come for one, session, or come for them all. Contact the SECIA office to get on their email list or find the Como Corner Community Garden on Facebook.


The previous two years of rain garden installations by Como neighbors at Talmage Crossing Community Garden are greening up beautifully for the summer. Come walk along the paths and you might see some of our smaller visitors, the bees and butterflies. These gardens are maintained by volunteer Como residents and more hands are always welcome, even just for a single visit. The newest garden bed was successfully planted with native prairie plants in May with help from volunteers gardeners. Regular gardening days will be on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:00 PM to dusk and the last Saturday of the month from 10:00 AM to noon for June through September. Contact talmage@comogreenvillage.info to be notified of other garden activities.


FairShare Farm Community Garden, the communal vegetable garden at 22nd & Fairmount Ave SE, still has a few membership openings! This is a great opportunity to be part of a gardening community and learn from other gardeners. Members get first pick of the harvest and are required to show up once a week at the Monday evening, Wednesday evening, or Saturday morning gardening times. Supporters get the remaining produce and can participate whenever they like. Making a time commitment can be hard, so we welcome FairShare members and supporters alike! Gardening is a rewarding experience that is enriched by sharing it with others. Registration info for Supporters and Members can be found at http://z.umn.edu/uvw Contact Steph at the SECIA office with questions, at steph@comogreenvillage.info, 612-676-1731, or visit our Facebook page


Talmage blurb for social media

TALMAGE CROSSING GARDENS June Gardening Days:

Tuesday June 9th: 6:00 pm - Dusk

Saturday June 27th: 10:00 am - Noon

Gloves and tools will be provided.

Hope to see you there!


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Protected Bike path updates

posted Jul 30, 2015, 11:49 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info

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In June, the SECIA Environment committee discussed future biking routes through and around Como.  Robin Garwood, Policy Aide to CM Cam Gordon, and Simon Blenski, Bicycle Planner, were on hand to discuss the new Updated Protected Bikeway Plan for the City of Minneapolis.  The image above shows the Updated Protected Bikeway Plan for the City of Minneapolis relevant to SE Como. This updated plan was recently passed by the City Council.  The idea behind this update is to put in place 40 Miles of Protected Bikeways by 2020. Protected bikeways are the safest way to transport Bicyclists of all kinds. Although they are the safest, they require the most space to implement. Given the small amount of space that is available on 18th Ave, north of Como Ave, the city has yet to determine what they are going to do to connect the Diagonal Trail with the 15th Ave Protected Bikeway.  The City representatives stated that the next step would be to convene a public meeting with Como residents on the portions that affect Como.  The time frame for this meeting is as yet undetermined.  If you have any questions regarding the development of the routes or future discussions, please contact your council member.

Ward 1: Kevin Reich   Kevin.Reich@minneapolismn.gov

Ward 2: Cam Gordon  Cam.Gordon@minneapolismn.gov


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TCEducate Named “Local Public Health Hero”

posted Jul 30, 2015, 11:47 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info

The City of Minneapolis recently named SECIA a “Local Public Health Hero.” This award was presented by the Minneapolis Health Department as part of their National Public Health Week “Healthy Where You Are” effort. The ceremony was held on Thursday, April 9th in the City Hall Rotunda and recognized “Heroes” who are helping the Health Department achieve their goals for a healthier and more livable city. SECIA won for our TCEducate series.

This is an especially rewarding recognition because, like many SECIA initiatives, we knew our efforts to close the knowledge gap between state regulators and neighbors was necessary but had only anecdotal information that others thought the same.  Our TCE intern, Charlene Sundermann, is completing a final report as part of her internship requirements. The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) will add our project to the many tools they offer to communities.  We will also share our model with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to better the experience of other communities that find themselves in similar situations.

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Host Rail Safety Forum

posted Jul 30, 2015, 11:44 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info

Thursday, June 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street NE

City of Minneapolis Council Members Kevin Reich, Cam Gordon and Jacob Frey will host an Eastside Minneapolis Rail Safety Forum.  Panelists will include Congressman Keith Ellison, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Sen. Kari Dziedzic, Fire Chief John Fruetel, Grant Hosmer from City of Minneapolis Emergency Management and representatives from BNSF, CP Rail and MN DOT.

Rail safety and operations are of keen interest to Eastside Minneapolis residents, given the increasing frequency of rail traffic through Minneapolis neighborhoods. This forum and public discussion will allow the community to learn more about strategies in place to ensure public safety, as well as an opportunity to share questions and concerns with local, state and federal jurisdictions and railroad representatives.

This forum is co-hosted by the Shoreham Area Advisory Committee (SAAC), which is composed of representatives from CP Rail and the City of Minneapolis as well as community members and representatives from neighborhood organizations to maintain a forum for communication and community outreach regarding the Shoreham Yards area.

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Residential Organics Drop-Off at Van Cleve Park!

posted Jul 30, 2015, 11:39 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info

The Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA), in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, are proud to continue to host a Residential Organics Drop-Off at Van Cleve Park, located at 901 15th Ave SE. This nearby drop-off allows residents to drastically reduce the amount of trash they create, and recycle organic material that cannot be composted in backyard bins.


Residential organics include ALL food waste, food-soiled and non-recyclable paper, and other compostable materials such as coffee grounds, filters, cotton swabs, and dryer lint. Yard waste and pet waste are not accepted. Residents must drop-off their organic materials in a compostable bag (either paper or certified compostable plastic). Larger items such as pizza boxes and wax coated boxes do not need to be bagged.  Linked here is detail list of what can and cannot be included.


The containers are located at the west end of the parking lot. Sign up for the Van Cleve Park drop-off by clicking here!  


UPDATE: Minneapolis Residents now have an organics recycling option via curbside pick-up. Residents currently have a black cart for garbage and a blue one for recycling; organics will be collected in green carts. Any organics from the home can be put in the green cart for pickup on the same day as garbage. Customers must opt in for this service and will be invited to sign up starting in April. To get a green organics collection bin, Minneapolis recycling customers can request one at swrcustomer@minneapolismn.gov or by calling 612-673-2917.



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Help Repaint the Mural

posted Jul 30, 2015, 11:35 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info   [ updated Jul 30, 2015, 11:37 AM ]

July 9th and 10th, 4-8 pm, July 11th 9am-noon

8th ST and 15th Ave SE

Calling all artists and community members alike!  Help restore the Mural.


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Garden Classes offered at Van Cleve Park

posted Jul 30, 2015, 11:23 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info   [ updated Jul 30, 2015, 11:41 AM ]

“Garden Prep with the FairShare Farmers” is a spring gardening class series where you can get ready for the growing season with the FairShare Farmers!  FairShare Farm is SE Como’s community vegetable garden where members plan, grow and harvest crops communally.  Each session will be a blend of instruction, demonstration, activities, with plenty of opportunity for Q&A for own site. Take part in one class, or in the whole series and get your garden plans spouting. Refreshments and materials will be provided.  To Register, call Van Cleve Park at 612-370-4926 or follow the link provided with each session below. These classes are FREE thanks to the Good Neighbor Fund and the Vikings.


June 6, 2015 10am-noon: Irrigation techniques and planning; Instructor Larry Cipolla, Master Gardener Activity Number 52704

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