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Tidbits 2012.8.1

posted Aug 17, 2012, 1:22 PM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Oct 15, 2012, 9:50 AM by Ricardo McCurley ]
Updates From the SECIA Office

Sign up for the Blueprint Focus Group pool
For 90 minutes of your time plus free food and other goodies, you can be a part of shaping S.E. Como’s future. Come help make it greener, more livable, more sustainable, safer, more bike friendly, more shop-able, cleaner, more garden-full – an even more terrific neighborhood!
We are facilitating six focus groups from mid-August through October. The information, ideas and suggestions that come out of these focus groups will help inform our small area plan. Our small area plan is a reflection of the priorities and desires of the people in our neighborhood. Let your voice be heard!
Send you your name, email address, and/or phone number to secomoblueprint@gmail.com.

Como Cookout
September 16 2-5 pm Van Cleve Park
Celebrate our wonderful neighborhood with free local food, entertainment and children’s activities. Meet your neighbors and learn about the opportunities in your neighborhood.

2:00pm-2:30pm Prairie Fire Lady Choir
2:35pm-3:05pm El Guante
3:10pm-3:55pm Como Ave Jug Band
4:00pm-4:50pm Kidsdance

Other activities Include hair-braiding, face-painting, an arm wrestling tournament, a silent auction, seed garlic give-away, local foods, a fire truck and an inflatable jumper. 
See You There!

Moving in the Absence of MIMO
As you may have noticed, there are no MIMO events scheduled this fall. SECIA is as disappointed as you. Neighborhood projects like MIMO rely on three things: hard work, dedicated staff/volunteers, and funding. While we have two of the three, we no longer have funding to carry on this valuable neighborhood service.

We are always thinking about how we can continue reuse and projects like MIMO. One of the ideas being considered is holding a fundraiser to raise money for a fall event, and we are open to suggestions.

MIMO was a huge success in the past. Since this project reached so many people and had such tangible benefits to Como and beyond, we are confident that it will return in some fashion, but its future may rely on you and your participation. If you have ideas or would like to help, contact Alison (alison@comogreenvillage.info) or Justin (justin@comogreenvillage.info). You can also check out the MIMO facebook page to keep up with new developments.

In the meantime: if you are looking to buy furniture there is the University of Minnesota Reuse center, open to the public on Thursdays. If you want to give away or find new household items check out the Twin Cities and SE Como Free markets.
Appliances, electronics, mattresses, scrap metal and many other household items are accepted at Hennepin County Drop-off Facilities. Disposal options for items not accepted at the drop-off facilities, like garbage, furniture and concrete, can be found by searching the A to Z How-to-Get-Rid-of-It Guide. Learn more on Channel 12.

Gardening & Green Village

SE Como Food Preservation Workshop Series
The Como Green Village is hosting a Food Preservation Workshop series funded by a Allina Neighborhood Connection grant. Canning expert Angela Mazur from the NE/SE Local Food Resource Hub will lead 3 hands-on sessions where participants will leave with canned jars. Jam making will be in the evening of Mon 8/27th, tomato canning will be in the morning of Sat Sept 22nd, and Herb preservation will happen on Sun 9/16th in conjunction with the Como Cookout. Registration will open soon! Check ComoGreenVillage.org, SECIA’s calendar, the Como Tidbits, or contact Steph at SECIA with inquiries gardens@secomo.org.

Community Garden Day
20 year Anniversary of Como Corner Community Garden
August 11 Noon-4 p.m.
FairShare Farm (22nd & Fairmount Aves SE ) & Como Corner Community Garden (22nd & Como Aves SE)
On Saturday, August 11, 2012 community gardens across the state of Minnesota will celebrate Community Garden Day, a statewide community garden open house . On this day, 60 participating community gardens will host events in their garden that are free and open to the public. View a map of participating gardens online at www.gardeningmatters.org

Como Corner and FairShare Farm community gardens will be participating in this celebration. Come visit these SE Como gardens from noon to 4 p.m. to build a windchime, hear music, learn ‘How to make hummus and flatbread’ at a FairShare SkillShare at 1pm & live painting at Como Corner. This event marks the 20 year anniversary of Como Corner Community Garden! In honor of that milestone, community gardeners are making a Little Free Library (co-sponsored by SEMCOL). See the progress at Community Garden Day! Contact the SECIA office with questions 612-676-1731.

Seward Co-op's 40th Anniversary
On Saturday, Aug. 4, from noon to 8 p.m. there will be a celebration befitting 40 years of community ownership and local, sustainably-grown food! The party will be held at East River Flats park near the University of MN, rain or shine. Everyone is welcome at this free event.

Music by: Bunny Clogs, Malamanya, The Brass Messengers, Willie Murphy, Fiddles on Fire
Food by: Chef Shack, Barrio Truck, Whiskey Junction, Chowgirls Killer Catering and Izzy’s
Beverages by: Flat Earth Brewery
Kids' activities include: Face painting by local artist Peter Thomas and creative activities with our friends from Seward Child Care Center and the Walker Art Center.
Visit booths from
KFAI radio, Hub Bike Co-op, Spire Credit Union, Wirth Co-op, Walker Art Center, HOURCAR, Commuter Connection, Civia Cycles, Dero Bike Rack Company, Seward Bike/Walk Center, massages by Darcy Sudderth, Patrick Schmidt & Robin Davis, pottery by Chrys Laramy, silk screen t-shirts by Erin Lease, and a Seward Co-op table featuring an advance look at images from our upcoming book commemorating our 40-year history, due out in October.

Note: Most food, beverages and activites are cash only.
Check the Seward Coop website for most up-to-date information.

Fairshare Skillshare
This season, FairShare Farm community gardeners are hosting 30 informal learning exchanges called Skill-Shares. Any community member is welcome to attend FairShare SkillShares. Be sure to check the SECIA calendar for more skill sharing. Attend any of the following August Skill-shares. Please check the calendar for date changes.

August 9: making paper baskets 6pm – 7 pm
August 12: Yogurt Making or Bean Sprouting 4pm – 6pm
August 16th: Drying fruits and vegetables (5:30-7:30pm)
August 19th: Cooking Appetizers (4-6pm)
August 26th: Ultimate Frizbee (4-6pm)

Gleaning for the Hungry
Attention Gardeners: Did you know that your produce could keep a food shelf from going empty? If you have spare room in your garden or extras after harvesting, canning and sharing your fruits and veggies, services like the Little Kitchen Food Shelf in Northeast will gladly accept your fresh donations. The Garden Gleaning Project is looking to work with gardeners to improve healthy food access to their communities. Visiting gardengleaning.org or email littlekitchenfoodshelf@gmail.com for more information or to donate.

Events & Opportunities

Rec Plus: School Age Child Care
August 27, 2012-June 4, 2013
For ages 5-12 years old must be enrolled in Kindergarten

Are you looking for quality Monday-Friday childcare that is safe, fun, friendly and affordable? At Rec Plus you can make friends, play games, learn sports, get homework help, increase confidence, play outdoors, make crafts, go on field trips, get exercise, have a healthy snack and gain social skills. Full-time and part-time spots are available. Registration will be complete when all required forms are submitted along with a $35.00 annual registration fee and the first month’s payment. Non-Mpls residents pay a non- resident rate of 50% more. Recreation Plus follows the Minneapolis Public School schedule. REGISTER NOW with the after-school program at Van Cleve Recreation Center 612-370-4926 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org for a list of Rec Plus sites, availability and registration information. Contact mjaeger@minneapolisparks.org with questions.

I Hate My Bath/Kitchen Casting Call
Magnetic Productions in Minneapolis is currently casting for the remodeling TV shows “ I Hate My Kitchen!” and "I Hate My Bath!" on the DIY Network. They are looking for young, energetic homeowners who are open to ‘outside the box’ design ideas to appear on one of these shows. If you live in within 25 miles of downtown Minneapolis, and are ready for a fantastic makeover, this opportunity may be right for you. Benefits of Participating:
  • Professional designer at no cost to the homeowner.
  • The homeowner will receive $4,000 towards their project and companies often provide goods in exchange for being featured on the show. " I Hate My Kitchen" also offers a discounted licensed contractor.
  • These projects are designed to transform an eyesore into a masterpiece In a matter of 4-6 weeks!

To apply send a brief description and of what you dislike about your room, photos of your room, a photo of yourself, a daytime phone number, your city of residence, and an approximate budget to:
bathcasting@magneticproductions.com or kitchencasting@magneticproductions.com
For more information and elegibility requirements, check out www.magneticproductions.com

U of M: The Old Campus Historic District-Preserve Minneapolis Tour
August 8
The University of Minnesota has had several major periods of development ranging from Horace Cleveland’s 1892 plan to Cass Gilbert’s Northrop Mall to the 1970s development of the West Bank campus. Join architect Bob Mack in a walking tour looking at the campus development and buildings from the earliest years up to the 1950s. http://www.preserveminneapolis.org/wpfile/tours/august-tours/

Free Lead Paint Testing
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible to receive new windows through a Hennepin County grant program:

· Home built before 1978
· A child (5 or under) lives in or frequently visits your home
· Live in Hennepin County
· Meet certain income qualificationsCall Sustainable Resources Center at 612-872-3281 to schedule a free home visit! Communication available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.

Apply now to the U of M's Growth Accelerator Program!
Do you own a high-growth business located in Minneapolis? Do you need help addressing a specific growth challenge?
Then apply now to the University of Minnesota's Growth Accelerator Program (GAP) and gain access to a comprehensive support system that includes one-on-one advising, MBA student consulting, and education and peer-group support. Successful outcomes have included helping companies gain access to capital and develop market entry strategies for new product launches. Only 15 businesses will be selected so apply now.
If you have any questions please contact Jeffrey Seltz at selt0012@umn.edu or 612-624-3578.

City Business

National Night Out Block Party Photos
Help document 2012 National Night Out with your block party photos. Include the location of your block party and contact information with your submissions. Keep copies of your photos and videos for your Block Club, as we cannot return them.
Guidelines for photo submissions:
They must be digital photos. Email them or put them on a CD and mail them or drop them off at CPS Don Greeley 3rd Precinct, Minneapolis Police Dept. 3000 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN. 55406

311 SeeClickFix
311 mobile app is the newest way to report potholes, graffiti & broken street lights
Did you know you can report potholes, graffiti, and broken street lights to the City of Minneapolis through SeeClickFix? And now it is easier thanks to the launch of the new Minneapolis 311 mobile application. Help keep the neighborhood clean by reporting the following on your mobile app, calling 311 or visiting SeeClickFix.com: Abandoned vehicle, graffiti, parking meters, parking violations, potholes, traffic signal timing, broken street light, traffic sign repair, traffic signal trouble. Folks can now report issues to the City through a free app on their iPhone, iPad and Android devices without calling 311 or visiting the City’s website. People who use Blackberry or Windows Phone devices can report service requests to Minneapolis 311 by visiting SeeClickFix.com on their mobile browser. GPS will provide the location of the service request and people will also be able to submit a photo to add more detail to their request. Follow your request from start to finish. The mobile app is available in the app stores for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices by searching “Minneapolis 311.” Folks can also find a link to the app on the City’s website.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Hennepin County is providing residents with convenient, local disposal options for their household hazardous wastes at upcoming collection events. Collection events are held Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
August 16 – 18, City of Minneapolis, Pillsbury School parking lot
September 13 – 15, City of Shorewood Public Works
Materials accepted include household, lawn and garden products, electronics, mercury-containing items and auto wastes.
Visit www.hennepin.us/collectionevents for a full list of materials accepted and maps to the event sites.