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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com for more information (no commitment necessary).
Gardening & Green Village
July Skillshare Schedule
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
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
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
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
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.
year’s annual celebration will include many events. There will be
music, river rat ski shows, bocce ball theatre performances and
For a full calendar, see http://www.aquatennial.com
City of Lakes Community Land Trust Picnic
July 21 1-4 p.m
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.
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.
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
National Night Out
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.
A new exhibit on the 35W Bridge Collapse opened at the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis.
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.
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.
Absentee Voting Starts
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:
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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!