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Tidbits 2012.9.1

posted Oct 15, 2012, 9:40 AM by Ricardo McCurley

September 13th (Tonight!), New Minneapolis-Hennepin Household Recycling and Drop Off Center Meeting
September 15th, Riverside Park Habitat Restoration and Native Planting
September 15th, 8:30-11 AM at Pratt School, Pratt Council Annual Pancake Breakfast and “Boot Sale”
September 16th, 2-5 PM at Van Cleve Park, Como Cookout
September 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, Gateway Mural Painting Days
September 20th, Hennepin County Pedestrian Plan Workshop
September 22nd, Como Canning Class
September 22nd, 1-6 PM Northeast Riverfeast
September 22nd, Summer 612 Celebration
September 22nd, Riverside Park Tour
September 23rd, Progressive Dinner on the Greenway
September 24th, Mississippi Riverfront Partnership Riverboat Tour
September 24th, One Minneapolis One Read
September 29th, SEMCOL Learning Carnival

Como Cookout NewsSeptember 16th, 2-5 pm
Van Cleve Park

Come and celebrate the SE Como neighborhood with a free locally-sourced meal*, entertainment, and all ages activities. Meet your neighbors and learn about opportunities in Southeast Minneapolis.

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

Other activities include:
Hair braiding, face-painting, arm wrestling tournament, silent auction, fire truck, garlic garden give-away, painting of the Gateway Mural on 15th Ave SE, health screening, inflatable jumper, resource fair and door prizes.

*Meat from Fischer Farms located in Waseca, MN and as much produce as possible coming from other local farms.

The Como Cookout is a low-waste community event sponsored by U of MN Student and Community Relations, the Southeast Como Improvement Association, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Allina Neighborhood Health Connection™, Two Fat Guys and a Grill and the U of MN Coca-Cola Development Initiative.

Volunteer at the Como Cookout on Sun Sept. 16th
Volunteers are needed to make this fun event happen! All volunteers get a meal and
a t-shirt. Contact the Neighborhood Liaisons to sign up. Email neighbor@umn.edu or call 612-626-5213

Gateway Mural painting begins / Painting during the Como Cookout
After a year full of applications, community meetings, design workshops, and events; it is now time to start painting the Gateway Mural and we are looking for your help! Sign up to help us September 15th,16th (during the Como Cookout!), 22nd and 23rd here (http://bit.ly/PkkZJS) or by contacting us at gatewaymuralproject@gmail.com.

Free health screenings at the Como Cookout
Hosted by Allina Neighborhood Health Connection™ and Southeast Seniors, Living at Home/Block Nurse Program September 16, 2012 at the Como Cookout from 2-5pm.

Knowledge is power. Join us at the free health screening, you will learn important information about key health indicators, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, BMI and more. You will have a chance to talk about health issues, discuss healthy behaviors and learn about community health resources. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes to the screening. For more comprehensive cholesterol testing, please avoid eating high saturated fats, refined sugars and alcoholic beverages for 48 hours prior to the screening. *Screenings available to adults and children 10-17 with parental consent.* Visit NeighborhoodHealthConnection.org to learn more about this innovative new program.

Herb Preservation workshop at the Como Cookout
Como Green Village and the NE/SE Local Food Resource Hub bring a Food Preservation Workshop Series to SE Minneapolis! The Como Green Village is hosting a Food Preservation Workshop series funded by Allina Neighborhood Health Connection™. The 'Herb Preservation' session will teach various techniques of drying, freezing, making vinegars and salts out of garden grown herbs. The 'Tomato Products' canning class will cover basic sauce and salsa making, using both demonstration and hands-on learning in small groups. Register here Classes remaining in the series:

'Herb Preservation' during the Como Cookout: 2:30 pm on Sun, September 16, at Van Cleve Park 901 15th Avenue Southeast Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

'Tomato Products' Saturday, September 22, 10am – 1pm at University Lutheran Church of Hope, at 601 13th Ave SE, 55414 in the basement kitchen next to the Fellowship Hall
NE/SE Food Hub Potluck with SkillShares alongside the Como Cookout
Alongside the Como Cookout this weekend there will be a potluck for the NE/SE Local Food Resource Hub. On 9/16/2012 from 2-5pm there will be a number of food growing & preserving SkillShares at the potluck. SkillShares are open to all.

~ Tomato seed saving by Copper

~ FairShare Farm by Jimmy

~ Community orchards by Asmaa

~ Canning by David

~ Local Food Resource Hubs/ tool lending by Mallory

~ Fermentations by Mandy

~ Weedwrench by Doris & Robyn

~ Solar oven by Amy and Tina

~ Season extension/winter sowing by Alana

~ Dehydrating by Kathy &

~ the Hub's Tomato Tastin' by University Students Like Good Food.
New Minneapolis-Hennepin Household Recycling and Drop Off Center Meeting
September 13th, 7 PM at the Firefighters Hall and Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE
City and County officials are presenting an update and will answer questions regarding Minneapolis-Hennepin Household Recycling and Drop Off Center proposed for 27th and University Ave NE. They will be at the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association general meeting this Thursday, September 13th, 7PM at the Firefighters Hall and Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE. This is just west of Edison High School on 22nd Ave. Supposedly this new plan is for a smaller household hazardous waste transfer facility. DDONE urges you to attend the meeting to find out what they have planned and let them know how you feel about the impact this will have on our neighborhood.

Pratt Council Annual Pancake Breakfast and “Boot Sale”
Come visit with your neighbors and enjoy a wonderful breakfast and community "Boot Sale/Yard Sale" on Saturday, September 15 at Pratt School, 66 Malcolm Ave. SE, Mpls. A breakfast of pancakes, sausages, juice, milk and coffee will be served 8:30-11:00 a.m. in the Pratt School cafeteria; $5.00 adults, $3.00 children age 12 and under. A "Boot Sale/Yard Sale" will also be held in the Pratt parking lot 8:00 a.m.-12 noon. Community members who would like to sell at the yard sale can set up a table (sellers bring their own table) or sell from the back of your vehicle for a $10 reservation fee. Volunteers are needed for flipping pancakes, serving food, and clean-up. Volunteers receive a free breakfast! Proceeds go toward Pratt Council-sponsored programs for people of all ages in the Pratt Community. For more information on the Pancake Breakfast, to volunteer to help, or to reserve a spot at the sale call 612-668-1100 or email Jan.Thurn@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Welcome from the Police Department
The University of Minnesota Police Department and the Minneapolis Police Department would like to welcome everybody to the 2012-2013 school year. The beginning of the school year brings more people into the neighborhood and is a “settling in” period for new students. In order to have a safe and peaceful school year, please remember the following tips:

Call 911 if you need Police to respond to your location

Call 911 when you see anything suspicious such as someone going through a car, peeking into windows, or entering your house without your permission
Be aware of your surroundings – do not be distracted by your cell phone, iPod or other electronic devices
Take your valuables (cell phones, laptops, GPS) out of your vehicle
Remember the Noisy and Unruly Assembly Ordinance goes into effect at 10:00 p.m.
Party responsibly

Remember the Social Host Ordinance
Know who is drinking at your party and that they are of age

Talk to your neighbors and share information
Consider being a block leader for your area
Be a good neighbor

Lock your doors and windows even when you are home
Keep your valuables out of sight
Sign-up for the email alerts system with the Minneapolis PD and the U of M PD
TXT – U: https://idp2.shib.umn.edu/idp/umn/login
Try to walk in a group or use the University’s free walking escort service
CALL 624-WALK (9255)
If you have any questions about safety and crime prevention please do not hesitate to call the 2nd Precinct’s Crime Prevention Specialist at 612-673-2797 or the U of M for non-emergencies, call 612-624-COPS (2677).

Hennepin County Pedestrian Plan Workshop: Thursday, September 20
Hennepin County is preparing its first official pedestrian plan, which aims to make it easier for residents to walk to destinations, increase their safety while walking and ultimately help improve people’s health. The plan will include strategies to support walking through infrastructure, education, encouragement and law enforcement.

The county is hosting multiple workshops to generate ideas about improving walking conditions along county roads. The workshop will include a brief presentation about the plan and several activities to collect ideas, input, and concerns about walking in Hennepin County. You’re invited to participate in an upcoming workshop in Minneapolis:

Thursday, September 20, 6:30 – 8 PM
Brian Coyle Center
420 15th Ave S, Minneapolis.
An online survey is also available: http://hennepinpedplan.questionpro.com/

One Minneapolis One Read - an evening with Garrison Keillor and Diane Wilson on Monday, September 24 – tickets on sale now
Minneapolis City leaders are launching the second year of One Minneapolis One Read, a citywide “read” where the entire community is encouraged to read the same book and join in a community conversation. The book is “Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past”, a book of vignettes Wilson created to honor the lives of her Dakota family. One Read week culminates in an evening with Garrison Keillor and author Diane Wilson on Monday, September 24. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors, students and people with limited income, and are available at www.ticketworks.com or 612-343-3390. You can also download a pass for a free ride to the event from Metro Transit.

THRIVE MSP 2040 Council Member Listening Session
The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability invites you to join Metropolitan Council members and staff for an opportunity to help create the vision for the Twin Cities metropolitan region over the next 30 years. There are 10 Listening Sessions (listed below) planned in September for local officials, community leaders and the general public to provide their feedback on what our region needs to thrive. Attend whichever meeting is convenient to your schedule and encourage other members of your community to attend as well.

Please RSVP if you’re planning to attend: 651-602-1140 or public.info@metc.state.mn.us.
Monday, September 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Pohlad Hall

2012 Southeast Minneapolis Learning CarnivalOn Saturday, September 29th from 1pm to 4pm, Van Cleve Park will come alive with learning during the 2nd Annual Southeast Minneapolis Learning Carnival. People of all ages are invited by the Southeast Minneapolis Council on Learning (SEMCOL) for an afternoon of fun, hands-on learning activities, provided for FREE by your neighbors and community organizations.

Small Business Technical Assistance Program
The City of Minneapolis is partnering with six non-profit business consulting organizations to provide professional one-on-one business coaching and training classes on business planning, improving operations, financial management and other topics to Minneapolis businesses and entrepreneurs. Services are either free or at reduced rates. For more Information, visit:

House Cleaning by Megan
For Como, Marcy Holmes and Prospect Park Residents
$20-$25/hr Monday-Saturday between the hours of 8am-12pm. Call 605-381-0990 or email beisn003@gmail.com. Will use your supplies and clean to your specifications. Willing to do extra house chores and pet duties. Responsible, hardworking and friendly. *Mention Tidbits and get ½ off your first cleaning*

Green Ideas & Ham with Boulder, CO Mayor Susan Osborne!Green Ideas & Ham is back, and we've got some very special guests! On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8:00 AM, at Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, we'll be joined by Boulder, Colorado Mayor Susan Osborne and Institute for Local Self-Reliance Policy Senior Researcher John Farrell! RSVP today to save your seat for this popular event!