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Tidbits 2012.11.21

posted Jan 8, 2013, 1:16 PM by Ricardo McCurley


Ward 1 Public Safety Community Reception on Tuesday, November 27, 6-7 PM
Block Leader Training on Wednesday, November 28th, 6-8 PM
MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan Meeting on Monday, December 3, 6-7:30 PM
MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan Meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 6-7:30 PM
SECIA Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 6:30-9 PM
Urban Agriculture in Minneapolis on Wednesday, December 5, 5:30-9:00 PM
Councilman Cam Gordan at Muddsuckers on Tuesday, December 11, 9:30-11 AM
Environment Committee No November meeting. The next meeting is December 11, 7PM
Councilman Cam Gordan at Muddsuckers on Saturday, December 22, 9-10:30 AM

Make Goodsearch.com your search engine and help SECIA
Dear Como Neighbors,
We asked for support and you are providing. Give to the max was a success! To date we have received over $4000 in donations and employer matching contributions. We’re adding to our fundraising toolkit with Goodsearch.com, a search engine that uses the ad revenue they generate to support nonprofits. Make it your search engine and each time you search, you help SECIA.

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. 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. 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!

Red Stag Supperclub Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Friday, November 23, through first few weeks of December
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Avenue NE
On November 26, 2007, the Red Stag opened as the first LEED certified restaurant in Minnesota, and it's been a great five years! The anniversary menu will be available from Friday, November 23 through the first few weeks of December. They hope you can join them and help them celebrate! AND, if you tell your bartender or server the secret password, "Happy Birthday!" between Friday, November 23, and Sunday, December 2, they'll get you one of their most popular cocktails from the last five years - the Lemon Basil Martini or their Classic Old Fashioned - for three bucks.

Ward 1 Public Safety Community Reception:
Tuesday, November 27, 6 – 7 p.m.
Firefighters Hall & Museum, 664 22nd Avenue NE.
Join your friends, neighbors and Council Member Kevin Reich in welcoming the Second Precinct’s new Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bradshaw, while also meeting Police Chief nominee Janee Harteau and bidding farewell to outgoing Chief Dolan. All are welcome and light pizza dinner will be served. RSVP to 612-673-2201 or kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov.

Block Leader Training
Wednesday, November 28th, 6-8 pm
2nd Precinct, 1911 Central Ave. N.E.
Join other residents throughout the city to develop skills for effectively working with your neighbors. Topics to be covered:

Introduction to Community Crime Prevention
How to organize a block/apartment club
Services of Community Crime Prevention
Responsibilities of a crime prevention block leader
How and when to use 911
How to solve problems effectively
Meet your crime prevention specialists

Please RSVP at 612-673-2874 or email Susan.Bradshaw@minneapolismn.gov

MPRB Urban Agriculture Plan
December 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Farview Rec Center, 621 29th Ave N
December 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Nokomis Rec Center, 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is developing a plan to address urban agriculture within the park system. The MPRB invites your participation through meetings scheduled in November and December and seeks a broad base of community opinion and experience to help shape the new Urban Agriculture plan. In addition to your involvement, the plan will rely on the contributions from interest groups, elected officials, and individuals within advisory committees. This outreach will serve to ensure that the direction and content of the Plan is authentic, informed, and supportive of the needs of park users and visitors.
For additional information, visit the Urban Agriculture Plan project page on the MPRB website. Direct questions to Ginger Cannon, Park Planner, 612-230-6413, gcannon@minneapolisparks.org.

Urban Agriculture in Minneapolis:
December 5 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m
East Phillips Park and Cultural Community Center, 2307 17th Ave. S
Our open house will include an information fair attended by various organizations that support urban agriculture, an opportunity to learn about composting, gardening and bee keeping and an invitation to join in a discussion on the future work of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council.
A light dinner will be served by Sisters Camelot from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Jane Shey, Homegrown Minneapolis Coordinator, if you plan on attending.

Como's Sunny Litter Containers
Como Livability Committee members Lila Smith and Emilie Quast recently completed the painting of the Como Neighborhood's sun logo on all sides of all the litter containers along Como and a few other locations. Thanks, Emilie and Lila! If others would like containers on their corners to solve a litter problem, see the City's rules and requirements for a container at the City's Clean City web site: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@publicworks/documents/webcontent/WCMS1P-087570.pdf If you empty the container yourself, there's no cost. If you have the City empty the container, there's a reasonable charge. Please notify the SECIA office (676-1761), if you'd like the logo painted on your container.

How to control ice on sidewalks in a river friendly way
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization has an online video that shows how to maintain your walks and drives in a way that protects whatever water body your storm water runs into. To learn more:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc8Y-_Nmfmo.

Zimride for Thanksgiving (Courtesy of the U Parent Newsletter)
Students who need a ride home or want to earn some gas money by driving others when they head home for the holidays can look into ridesharing throughUMN Zimride. This password-protected website allows students to search for open seats or post a ride of their own. Plus, if they post a ride in November, they will be automatically entered to win an iPad, courtesy of Zimride.

Off-Campus Living Notes for Students (Courtesy of the U Parent Newsletter)
Students living in the neighborhoods near campus can make life easier for themselves and their neighbors by ensuring that snow is shoveled from sidewalks as soon as possible after a snowfall. In some cases, students have accepted the responsibility of snow-shoveling through their lease agreements. In other cases, they may not be officially responsible, but if they are willing to help out, they can make the walk to and from campus safer by pitching in. We know that some landlords are not as quick to clear snow as they should be. A call or email to the landlord to request service, or simply taking matters--and a snow shovel--into their own hands, will be appreciated by all who walk to classes. When snow gets packed down, it's that much harder to clear and that much more treacherous for pedestrians.

Those who are going home for Thanksgiving--and in another six weeks going home for winter break--are reminded to be sure to safeguard their apartments before leaving. Close curtains, put lights on timers, move cars from the street, and be sure that valuables are put in a safe place. Students can notify a trusted neighbor when they'll be leaving and returning and ask that any suspicious activity be reported.

It's also time for students to take note of snow emergency procedures for Minneapolis and St. Paul. Towing fees are expensive, and students are greatly inconvenienced if their cars are towed. Just because the weather has been decent so far this fall, students should not assume there will be no storms while they're gone.

MPRB Seeks Input on Web Site Design
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking feedback about its website (www.minneapolisparks.org) and is encouraging residents, park users and the general public to complete a brief online survey. Results will be used by the MPRB to redesign the website in 2013-14. The survey is available online through November 30 at 5 pm in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmonglanguages. Print copies are available through November 28 at 5 pm at Minneapolis recreation centers. The MPRB’s website,www.minneapolisparks.org, launched in 2001, is considered the organization’s most critical communication vehicle and has more than 2.2 million visits annually. The Park Board is committed to providing easily-accessible information and is seeking public input as part of its efforts to meet the public’s information and technology needs. Website feedback will help the MPRB to serve the public better now and in the future.

Minneapolis Trends Report
CPED has released the 2012 Third Quarter Minneapolis Trends Report. The City’s economic and housing markets continued to exhibit growth across a range of indicators.

Minneapolis Parks Winter-Spring Activities Guide
If you’re looking for ideas for wintertime fun in Minneapolis, check out the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Winter-Spring Guide. Now available online at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/documents/homepage/2012-13WinterGuideLR.pdf and in print in the coming week, the 24-page, full-color guide highlights the park system’s winter amenities and activities. The guide will be available at MPRB recreation centers, Hennepin County libraries in Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center in the next week. For more information on the park system or to request a copy of the guide, visitwww.minneapolisparks.org, call 612-230-6400 or sign up to receive email updates about your favorite winter activities.

Prevent scavenging! Save taxpayer funds!
Metal scavengers are out in our alleys, stealing from Minneapolis taxpayers by scavenging precious metals from electronic equipment, aluminum cans, and other scrap metal. They generally come the day or night before your recycling day. You can stop much of this scavenging by holding these items until the morning of your recycling day. Minneapolis counts on recycling revenue to pay for City services. (According to Dave Herberholtz, the City's new Solid Waste director, this is a problem all over Minneapolis.)

Mattress recycling in SE Como
PPL has recycled 29,906 mattresses since the program launched in 2009 – and provides training and employment for people who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. PPL’s mattress recycling and other recycling programs have supported 14.5 new full-time positions. With the additional county funding being used to expand and improve the efficiency of the mattress recycling program, PPL expects to recycle 45,000 mattresses and create six new full-time jobs in 2012 and 2013.
Mattresses are accepted for recycling at the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park for $15 per mattress or box spring. Mattresses are also accepted as part of the curbside recycling program in Minneapolis. For more information, email Carolyn Collopy or call 612-596-0993.