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Tidbits 2012.7.1

posted Aug 17, 2012, 1:16 PM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Oct 15, 2012, 9:51 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 itgreener, 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!

Go to https://sites.google.com/site/comoblueprint/home/contact-us to fill out the Questionnaire and sign up for the focus group pool or email secomoblueprint@gmail.com and give your name, email address, and/or phone number. If you have already volunteered on the Neighborhood Questionnaire, no need to do it again.

Student Group
SECIA knows that Summer is in full swing and homework feels like a bad dream. It is not the time to be thinking about school. But, the SECIA Student Group is gearing up for a new semester and we want you to get involved! Dedicated student neighbors like you can help make SECIA number one off and on campus. Painting the bridge, planning events, gardening, and brainstorming are all a part of the experience. Want to make something happen in your neighborhood? SECIA Student Group is open to new challenges and ideas. If you are interested please email alison@comogreenvillage.info for more information (no commitment necessary).

Gardening & Green Village 

July Skillshare Schedule
FairShare Farm community gardeners are hosting Skill-Shares through the summer. Any community member is welcome to attend a FairShare SkillShare. Attend any of these July sessions!

July 19th: Homemade Deodorant (5:30-7:30pm)

July 22nd: Simple Hors D'oeuvres (3:30-5pm)

July 26th: Make your own paper fruit basket (5:30-7:30pm)

July 29th: Cooking things (4-6pm)

See SECIA’s online calendars for the complete schedule.

Community Garden Day is Aug 11th / 20 year Anniversary of Como Corner Community Garden
Como Corner and FairShare Farm community gardens will be participating in Community Garden Day on Saturday 8/11/2012. Come visit these SE Como gardens from noon to 4pm 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 progress to installation of a Little Free Library (co-sponsored by SEMCOL). See the progress at Community Garden Day! Further information about Community Garden Day events will be found on theComoGreenVillage.org and the SECIA calendars.

Frac Sand Update
A meeting between Twin Cities residents and railway representatives was held June 26 to discuss the transportation of frac sand through the Como and St. Anthony Park neighborhoods. Residents are concerned that the uncovered sand will be a threat to their health. ThisMinnesota Daily article provides an overview of the meeting. Keep an eye out for further updates and meetings on the issue. A great way to learn more about frac and other neighborhood environmental problems is through an environment committee meeting. Attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Van Cleve Park. 

HERC Proposal Update

After three years of intentional delay, the EAW (Environmental Assessment Worksheet) that the MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) has been waiting for has been submitted and will be reviewed by their staff.   This is the document that has been postponing any review by the City of their proposal to burn more garbage downtown, suburban garbage, an additional 212 tons each day.  14 of the 16 Minneapolis legislators had asked for a more formal environmental review in the form of an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) and that is what other environmental and civic groups want also.  Without this document or a similar health effects study we do not know how many additional asthma cases will be added locally, cancer cases, and how many will have their lives ultimately shortened by the toxic pollutants that come from garbage burning like dioxin, lead and mercury.  It seems particularly unnecessary to be adding burning capacity when the City is now recycling more plastics (like deli containers etc...) and paper (milk cartons, etc...).  As Minneapolis residents we are doing our part to reduce waste and the need for garbage burning or disposal at all.  We’ll keep you posted on any emerging activities with this issue, and as always you can attend the environment committee meetings the fourth Tuesday at 7pm, to find out more information.

Events & Opportunities
Here Comes the Minneapolis Aquatennial
July 13 – 21
The Minneapolis Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Entering its 73rd year, Minneapolis residents, workers, and tourists have come to love and appreciate all that the City of Minneapolis has to offer during the Aquatennial Festival.
This year’s annual celebration will include many events. There will be music, river rat ski shows, bocce ball theatre performances and baseball! 
For a full calendar, see http://www.aquatennial.com

City of Lakes Community Land Trust Picnic 
July 21  1-4 p.m
The City of Lakes Community Land Trust is hosting their 8th Annual Reunion Picnic Saturday, July 21 from 1-4 p.m. at Powderhorn Park located at 3400 15th Avenue South.
This event brings together homeowners, members, and supporters of the CLCLT for food, fun, games, crafts, and good conversation. Stop by for a bit or stay all afternoon. 

Ice Cream on Northrop 
July 20 1:00 p.m.
Universities across the country this year are marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of the 1862 Morrill Act, legislation that laid the groundwork for the public research university's ongoing mission of learning, discovery, and engagement for the common good. Join the University of Minnesota's 16th President, Eric Kaler, to celebrate the anniversary of this law, signed by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. More about the year-long celebration is at http://landgrant150.umn.edu/

Northrop Plaza is the patio at the south (main) entrance to Northrop Auditorium, on the East Bank campus.  Map at http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/NMA/  The East Bank campus is accessible by Metro Transit bus, and by free campus shuttle buses that link the St. Paul, East Bank, and West Bank areas of campus.  http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/index.html 

National Night Out
Registration are now being accepted for the August 7 National Night Out online or through 311. If you want to block off your street, you can do so for free through July 24.  From July 25 through August 2, there is a $100 fee.  After August 2, no applications for blocking off a street will be accepted.  Last year, more than 60,000 Minneapolis residents gathered during National Night Out to celebrate with a record 1,173 events in all 83 neighborhoods of the city. An improved, easier to use online registration process, the quality customer service from 311, and the hard work of the City’s Crime Prevention Specialists were just a few of the reasons for the increased participation.

35W Bridge Collapse: as seen by the rescuers

June 30 9 a.m.-4p.m.
new exhibit on the 35W Bridge Collapse opened at the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis.

It documents the disaster in greater detail, and commemorates the fifth anniversary of the collapse and the astonishing rescue efforts in the minutes and hours following.  Exhibit 
opens to the public on Saturday June 30th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. At the Fire Museum
664 22nd Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418
Call  612-623-3817 for more information.

The exhibit includes a computer monitor on which viewers can select victims based on where they landed at the crash scene, and see their video interviews. Another exhibit theme is the civilians who worked with firefighters and others. Read more about it in this Star Tribunearticle.

City Business
Absentee Voting Starts
If you can't make it to the polls to vote in the Aug. 14 primary, absentee ballots are available for the election, through Monday, Aug. 13.
You can apply for an absentee ballot if:

  • You’re going to be absent from the precinct on the day of the primary.
  • Illness or disability prevents you from going to a polling place.
  • Religious discipline or religious holiday prohibits you from going to a polling place.
  • You are an election judge in another precinct.

There are two ways to vote absentee:

  • In person at the Hennepin County Elections Office on the Public Service Level of the Hennepin County Government Center at 300 S. Sixth St. in downtown Minneapolis, or at most local city government offices.
  • By mail to your local city elections administrator.

If applying by mail, make sure to allow enough time to receive and return your voted ballot no later than the day of the primary. Hennepin County Elections and city offices will be open for extended hours for absentee voting on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
In-person absentee voting ends Monday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. – the evening before the primary.
Review our Absentee Voting page for more information or call the Hennepin County Elections Division at 612-348-5151.

Help Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

If you are spending time boating or fishing this summer, do your part to protect Minnesota’s waters by taking the following steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:
1. Remove any aquatic plants and animals from the propeller and underside of your boat, trailer and other equipment every time you move your boat from one body of water to another.
2. Drain water from bilge, livewell, motor, ballast tanks and portable bait containers before leaving water accesses or shoreline property. Keep drain plug out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.
3. Rinse, spray, or dry your boat and other water recreation equipment to kill or remove harmful species that were not visible at the boat launch. Some aquatic invasive species can survive more than two weeks out of water, so it is important to do one or more of these before transporting boats and equipment to another body of water.
4. Compost unwanted bait or dump it in the trash.

See the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Invasive Species page for more information.

Mattress Collection  
The City has entered into a 3-year contract with Project for Pride in Living to recycle the materials from discarded mattresses. This was necessitated, in part, by the downtown garbage burner’s decision to no longer accept mattresses.  PPL will deconstruct each mattress to remove the recyclable metals and other materials, helping the environment and creating jobs for low-income residents.
Call 612.332.0664 for more information.

Other Great Events 

Tour De Fat
Saturday July 28th

For those who haven't experienced Tour de Fat, it is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more.
The free event, which raises money for local nonprofits through beer and merchandise purchases, just exceeded the $2 million mark for total funds raised since its inception 13 years ago. Last year’s Minneapolis Tour de Fat stop raised more than $16,000 and had about 2,000 attendees.
The Bike Parade begins at 10 am from Loring Park, but be there early to register.
Be sure to stick around after the parade for performances by Sssnakenstein, Los Amigos Invisibles, Sean Hayes, and Yo-Yo People.

Schedule de Fat

9:00 AM - Parade Registration
10:00 AM - Parade Begins
11:00 AM - Main Stage
12:00 PM - Side Show
1:30 PM - Slow Ride
2:30 PM - Bike Trade
3:30 PM - De Finale!

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Alison, Ricardo, Justin & Stephanie (and interns)
SE Como Improvement Association (SECIA)
1170 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 
612-676-1731
www.secomo.org / www.comogreenvillage.info

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SECIA is the neighborhood association representing the Como neighborhood in Southeast Minneapolis. SECIA is one of Minneapolis' 81 neighborhoods that receives support and funding via the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP); find out more at http:\\www.nrp.org.


Como boundaries:

35W/railroad tracks to the west
the St. Paul border near Hwy 280 to the east
Elm St./railroad tracks to the south
E. Hennepin Ave/Winter St. NE to the north 

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How to Donate! If you wish to support SECIA and its wide variety of services and award winning programming, you have a couple of options. Remember, your donation is tax deductible.

You can donate through www.GiveMN.org by going to their web site and searching for SECIA. 
Or, go to www.comogreenvillage.info and scroll down until you find the link to donate on-line. 
Or, mail or drop off cash or checks at the SECIA office at 1170 15th Ave SE, #302, Minneapolis MN 55414.

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