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Tidbits 2012.10.24

posted Jan 8, 2013, 1:12 PM by Ricardo McCurley   [ updated Jan 8, 2013, 1:12 PM ]


Northside Fresh hosts “Forks over Knives” on Wednesday, October 24
Minneapolis School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 25
Annual Halloween Bike Ride on Sunday, October 28, 4 pm at Van Cleve park
Lowry Avenue Bridge Grand Opening on Saturday, October 27
Grand Opening of MWMO’s New Community Facility on Saturday, October 27
First Thursday in the Arts District on Thursday, November 1
SECIA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 PM
Give to the Max Day! on Thursday, November 15
UMN Combined Heat and Power Plant Update on Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Housing and Livability Committee on Tuesday, November 20, 7 PM
Environment Committee is not meeting in November. The next meeting is Tuesday, December 11, 7PM

Thank you for your support so far
Dear Como Neighbors,
This year we face many challenges as both a community and as an organization. We are in danger of losing the organizational capacity to oversee our gardens, safeguard our air and water, coordinate events like the Cookout and maintain an office. If our funding stream stays consistent, within 8 months, we will be forced to reduce staff. By 2014, we may lose all but part-time staff and be unable to afford an office. What’s worse, the city has made no promise to fund neighborhood organizations beyond 2013.

Because of this, many Como neighbors have donated and voiced their support. For those who haven’t yet done so you may be asking, “How can we help?” Thankfully, there are many ways to support SECIA. You can donate. You can send us a check, use your credit/debit card at GiveMN.org, or stop by the office with cash. You can spread the word. Talk to your friends and neighbors, tell them about your contribution and ask them to match it. Come to the Annual Meeting, November 13th 6:30 pm at Van Cleve Park. We need the neighborhood to come out and vote on a variety of budget and programming issues that may extend our ability to service the community. Join a committee or run for the board. As an active member of SECIA, you can organize fundraisers, pressure city officials, welcome new neighbor, beautify the streets and create new programs. Find your way to be an active partner in Southeast Como!

Check out our Home Buyer Loans
SECIA is now offering down-payment and closing cost loans of up to $5000. These loans are forgivable if you live in your house for seven years. For more information, visit our Housing programs page at http://secomo.comogreenvillage.info/home/programs/housing-programs
Correction: We previously called this a “First time home buyer” program. This loan is for anyone interested in buying a home in Como and not limited to first time buyer.

Want to sell your home to another homeowner? Or looking for long-term tenants?
Don't forget the University District Alliance's "Live Near Your Work" listing service. There's no charge for his service.
See www.livenearyourwork.net Open the "For Sale" or "For Rent" button at the top and then find the phrase "List your property" or "List your rental" on the page you've opened. If you're selling a home through a realtor, please encourage your realtor to use these listings. And please recommend the web site to friends who may be looking for housing in the U District neighborhoods as well.
And while you're at www.livenearyourwork.net, please have a look at the short, snappy videos about the attractions and advantages of living in the U District neighborhoods.

Join the Liaisons in the annual bike parade through the University Neighborhoods. Wear your costume and get ready for fun activities like Johnball, bike maintenance, pumpkin carving, scary stories, and of course, biking. The event will culminate at the Barebones Theater Halloween Extravaganza at Hidden Falls Park. This last event is optional because of its late start time and considerable distance from the University District. Everyone is welcome! Please email neighbor@umn.edu for more details.

The parade starts at Van Cleve Park at 4pm on October 28th (continuing on to Holmes Park around 5pm and Witch's Hat Water Tower around 6pm.)

Polling Place Changes in 2012
Beginning in 2012, voters will use the new voting precincts established during the 2012 Redistricting Plan. This created new boundaries for many voting precincts, and the selection of some new polling places. Most people will vote at Van Cleve Park. You can use one of these tools to find out if your 2012 voting precinct and polling place has changed:
Voter Registration Lookup
Where do I vote? Polling Place Finder
The City of Minneapolis’ Elections and Voter Registration website has some great information about important dates, absentee ballot information, polling place look up and other election related information:http://www.minneapolismn.gov/elections/index.htm

Time to plant your garlic!
At the 2012 Como Cookout, SECIA handed out seed garlic to neighbors and community gardens for fall planting. Our garlic was purchased at Ecological Designs with support from a Allina Neighborhood Connection grant. Did you get one or more of the five varieties we gave-away? Well then, it is time to plant! See the ComoGreenVillage.org site for more details.

Northside Fresh hosts “Forks over Knives”
Wednesday, October 24
Northside Fresh, a coalition of community partners whose goal is to increase access to healthy food for the North Minneapolis community, is hosting a community viewing and post-screening dialogue dialogue of the film “Forks Over Knives”. The film examines the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
· http://tinyurl.com/cxzda4s

2013 Home Tour wants your home, or your neighbors’
Who in your neighborhood recently remodeled their home and might like to show it off? Or a host with the most, in a classic home? The 2013 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is already looking for homeowners and home improvement professionals to feature on the late-April tour. Nominations/applications are due Tuesday, January 15, and early submissions are encouraged. For more information, call Tour Coordinator Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874 or emailmfashmore@aol.com.
· http://msphometour.com/

Fall street sweeping set to begin
Week of October 29th
Minneapolis Public Works is about to begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city. Como will be swept the week of October 29. In addition to posting temporary “no parking” signs, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. Folks can also use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods.
· http://eagsprod.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/StreetsweepApp/default.aspx?BDNUM=37

Lowry Avenue Bridge Grand Opening
Saturday, October 27
The vital connection between North and Northeast Minneapolis is restored! Don't miss this unique opportunity to celebrate a new neighborhood icon and walk along the deck before the roadway reopens to traffic in the evening. Festivities include music by the Patrick Henry and Edison high school marching bands, a short program and ribbon cutting, a water ski performance by the Twin Cities River Rats, and a ceremonial parade across the bridge. Stop by the new MWMO building while you’re there!
· http://www.lowryavenuebridge.com/pdf/Lowry_bridge_invite.pdf

Grand Opening of MWMO’s New Community Facility
Saturday, October 27, 10 am -- 2 pm
2522 Marshall Street NE (just north of the new Lowry Bridge)
Be a part of this historic celebration. Enjoy tours, displays, and fun activities for the whole family. See how the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s (MWMO) landscape saves, reuses and cleans stormwater. Tour sustainable design features of their new facility. Visit their “Machinery Hill” of stormwater, featuring a Vactor truck, a water-monitoring boat and more. Step inside a giant water bubble, and meet the mascot Water Drop. Take home a free commemorative photo, and sign up for free Segway rides. Free face-painting. For more information, visit www.mwmo.org.

Project Update: A New Combined Heat and Power Facility for the UMN Twin Cities Campus
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
The University of Minnesota is planning to reinvest in steam and electrical power operations at the "Old Main" facility on the East Bank campus. The plant is at 1180 Main Street SE, at the East head of the Dinkytown Bikeway Bride (Bridge No. 9). The plant will use natural gas to co-generate steam heat and electrical power, and will reduce the University's carbon footprint.
The University hosted initial information meetings about the project in August, 2011, and the design phase began early this year. A permit application will be submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in January, 2013.
I hope that you will be able to join us for this project update. If you know others who may be interested, please post or forward, and encourage them to attend.
For further details and to REGISTER: http://chpupdate.eventbrite.com/

It’s time for Early Childhood Screening
Did you know that the Minneapolis Public Schools provide early childhood screening, free of charge, to all children in the District? That they have both north and south side screening locations? Early childhood screening is required by state law for all children who enter kindergarten in a public school in Minnesota.
It provides valuable information about your child’s development and health. When done early, the screening gives kids and parents a jump start on school readiness
When your child turns 3, give Early Childhood Screening a call at 612-668-3715
They provide referrals for vision and hearing, early childhood family education, Head Start, High-5 Preschool and other community programs. They work with parents to help them provide for their child’s needs.
(If your child is under the age of 3 and you have concerns about development, please call Early Intervention Central Intake, also at 612-668-3715)

Does your neighborhood have a Wikipedia page?
If so, would you like to expand it with more historical information?
You and residents of your neighborhood are invited to come down the Minneapolis Central Library to expand on Neighborhoods of Minneapolis on November 3rd, 10-4:30 pm.
Here is more info on the event:
Please consider participating if you would like to work on your neighborhood’s Wikipedia page or if you would like to find out more about Special Collections and what we have on your neighborhood.

One Sort Recycling is Coming to Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis is in the planning stages to begin a One-Sort Recycling Collection Program. Instead of diligently sorting recyclables by category, all recyclables will go into one blue cart. One-sort recycling, also known as no-sort recycling, will be easier for you and more efficient for us. To find out how it works and when it will begin, visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/onesort

Plymouth Avenue Bridge river crossing is open
The Plymouth Avenue Bridge river crossing is open after a two-year closure. Crews have completed repairs to the main spans over the Mississippi River, making it possible for traffic to resume. The time of the bridge’s opening on Monday has yet to be determined.
Although the bridge will open Monday, there will be lane restrictions in place. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction until late November. All lanes on the bridge will then open to traffic through the winter.
When construction resumes in April 2013, lane restrictions will be back in place until the final repairs are completed at the end of the summer.
For more information on the Plymouth Avenue Bridge repairs, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/all/WCMS1P-080733.

Luke Live! comes to St. Lawrence-Newman in SE Minneapolis November 5, 6 and 7, 2012
Professional actor, now priest, returns to his roots in solo story of Luke, gospel writer. Paulist Fr. James DiLuzio brings to life Luke’s gospel, 2 chapters each evening, through stories, hymns, songs and preaching. Relevant to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and appropriate for ages 10 and up. 1203 5th Street SE, Minneapolis. 7:00-8:30 p.m. each evening. Freewill offering. http://www.umncatholic.org/ParishMission-LukeLive.html

Castle Remodeling now hiring
Castle Building and Remodeling is looking for Project managers, Carpenter/Handymen and apprentices. For more information visithttp://www.castlebri.com/careers.html