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Tidbits 2012.9.26

posted Oct 15, 2012, 9:42 AM by Ricardo McCurley
Waite House Raptor Night on Thursday, September 27
'State of the River' Launch & Presentation on Thursday, September 27
Lyndale Wine and Beer Tasting on Friday, September 28
Southeast Minneapolis Learning Carnival on Saturday, September 29
Hollywood Theater Open House on Saturday, September 29
48th & Chicago Fall Festival on Saturday, September 29
Lowry Open Streets and Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 29 – volunteers needed
I'm in the Dog House on Saturday, September 29
Next Generation of Parks: Sweet and Salt (Water and the Dutch) on Monday, October 1
Solar Tours on Saturday, Oct 6
Voting and the Democratic Process on Sunday, October 7
Cam Gordon Office Hours on Tuesday, October 9, 9:30-11:30 at Muddsuckers
9th Annual Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 13
Free safety class: “How to get out of situations” on Monday, October 15, 6 PM
Housing and Livability Committee on Tuesday, October 16, 7 PM
Urban Agriculture & the Eastside Panel Discussion on October 17, 6-8 pm
Environment Committee on Tuesday, October 23, 7PM

Another Successful Cookout!
Thank you for making our 10th Como Cookout the biggest and best yet!  We had over 900 people in attendance, served over 100 pounds of hotdogs, 350 baked potatoes and almost 500 ears of corn.  There were nearly 50 varieties at the Tomato Tastin', 200 heads of seed garlic given away, a Local Food Resource Hub potluck featuring some very delicious samosa and 7 gardening and cooking skillshares!!  Residents enjoyed the Prairie Fire Lady Choir and the acapella rendition of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,”  poetry and hip hop from Guante, Jug-tacular tunes from the Como Avenue Jug Band and a throng of childrens dancing with KidsDance.   The arm-wrestling tournament was a bigger success than last year, with trophies handed out in men, women and children’s competitions and next door, 10 folks learned a bit about fall herb harvest and preservation.  Thanks to all the organizations that came to talk politics, education, sustainability, art, fitness or who helped us dance, paint the mural or dream.  All this excitement and only 2 bags of trash for the 14 bags of  compostable waste collected! Thanks to our sponsors; U of MN Student and Community Relations, the Southeast Como Improvement Association, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, The Varsity Theater, Anytime Fitness, Southeast Christian Church,  Big Event Productions, Allina Neighborhood Health Connection, Two Fat Guys and a Grill, the U of MN Coca-Cola Development Initiative and the 3 farms- Foxtail, Cornercopia and Fischer Family.  Finally, thank you to all our Como neighbors.  It is your energy and enthusiasm that makes events like the Como Cookout worth the time and effort we invest as a community.

A Call For Support
Dear Como Neighbors,
This year we face many challenges as both a community and as an organization.  For many years, the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) provided steady funding with consistent rules regarding it’s use.  As NRP transitions to Neighborhood and  community Relations (NCR), our funding has been reduced by 75% and our ability to continue receiving support is governed by a process still being created.  These funds have been used to directly support neighborhood projects and organizations, hire staff to support the neighborhood goals and provide the fiscal stability and matching funds needed to seek grants from other sources. 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.

Many of you are already aware of our situation and are asking, “How can we help?”  Thankfully, there are many ways to support SECIA.  You can donate.  Even amounts as small as $5 can have a big impact.  And it’s easy you give.  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 $5 contribution and ask them to match it.  Come to the Annual Meeting, November 13th.  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!

Discover, Explore, Experiment, and have Fun at the 2012 Southeast Minneapolis Learning Carnival
On 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.

The goal of the Southeast Minneapolis Learning Carnival is to reveal the rich variety of learning opportunities available in our community. Everyone who attends will make new connections and discover many possibilities for meaningful learning experiences.

A wide range of learning activities will be at this year’s carnival:
  • Explore the solar system with the Bell Museum’s ExploraDome
  • Meet animals from the Como Zoo
  • Play sports with Gopher athletes
  • Hone your artistic skill with Articulture, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Weisman Art Museum
  • Get in front of the camera and behind the scenes to create a short film with IFP Center for Media Arts
  • Taste the flavors of a local fruit and vegetable harvest with Midwest Food Connection
  • Play music with the West Bank School of Music
  • Dance with Pratt Community Education and Essence of Prodigy Dance Studio
  • And more!

For more about the Southeast Minneapolis Learning Carnival, including a video from last year and information about how you can contribute a learning activity, visit our website:

Check out our new First Time 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

Preschool Book Arts Series: Fall Session with Ellen Ferrari
Thursdays, 1:30 -- 2:30 pm Minnesota Center for Book Arts 1011 Washington Avenue South
October 4: Wacky Food Books
October 11: Object Printing Crazy Shapes
October 18: Printing Press ABCs
October 25: Papermaking
Get a jump on literacy in interactive preschool book arts classes with Ellen Ferrari. Children and adults work together to make paper; print patterns, shapes and letters; and construct colorful books in a fun environment. Each class begins by reading a story and continues by investigating examples produced by working artists. Vocabulary, tools and processes also will be introduced. These workshops emphasize visual decision-making, improving manual dexterity and instilling a love of books -- and can be repeated over and over again as projects change each session. Dress for mess with water-safe shoes. Register for a single class, or an entire session at a discounted rate. For children ages 3-5. NOTE: Registration for Preschool Book Arts classes closes on the Tuesday prior to each class, to give the instructor time to prepare workshop materials beforehand. For example, for a class on Thursday the 18th, you must be registered by Tuesday the 16th.  http://www.mnbookarts.org/

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association
seeks part-time Office Assistant / Local Marketing Associate – apply by Wednesday, October 10  

NE Minneapolis River Cleanup
Saturday, October 6, Keegan’s Pub, 16 University Avenue NE
Mark Saturday, October 6, on your calendar for the NE Minneapolis River Cleanup sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, Keegan's Pub and Surdyks. Meet at the pub for Kegs & Eggs at 9 am, followed by the cleanup at 11 am. After the work is done, return to the pub for a free pint of SHIFT beer from New Belgium. For more information: http://www.northeastminneapolis.com/ne-minneapolis-river-clean-up-october-6th/.

Block & neighborhood  parties for stormwater!
Fall Community Clean-ups for Water Quality are being launched this fall for block clubs and community groups with the purpose to prevent phosphorus run off in our lakes, streams and the Mississippi river. This is a project organized by Alliance for Sustainability with the Fresh Water Society, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.

Cleaning up our curbs and gutters prevents the highly nutrient-rich leaves and debris from entering rivers, lakes and streams. That reduces water pollution at the source and improves water quality for our com­munity. Fight water pollution in the streets near your home today.  Did you know that just five bags of leaves and organic debris from streets and sidewalks can contain one pound of phosphorus? Over time, this can lead to the growth of hundreds of pounds of algae. Phosphorus is the leading & most serious source of pollution for rivers & lakes causing excessive growth of aquatic plants & eutrophication.

Community members can sign up to host a fun & free 2 hour event on their block to rake up leaves out of their street and storm drains with neighbors between Oct 13 and Nov 20.  For each event the host will receive door hangers to invite their neighbors, a map showing how their block connects into their watershed,  compostable leaf bags for their event and incentives. After the events check back at Freshwater.org to see the total impact of all of our block events together!

Urban Agriculture & the Eastside Panel Discussion
October 17, 6-8 pm, Eastside Food Co-op
The evening will feature a panel of invited guests including Mike Smieja of Windom Park’s Buchanan Street  arm, and representatives from California Street Farm, Northeast Farmers Market, Homegrown Minneapolis, Mother Earth Gardens and more. I hope you’ll be able to join us for what promises to be an in depth conversation about the current state of urban agriculture in our community.

Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) is coming to Minneapolis in 2013
Now accepting:
Conference Workshop proposals – submissions due by Monday, November 2
The NUSA Program Development Committee is now accepting proposals for 90 minute workshops. Workshops should pertain to one of the nine NUSA workshop tracks and be delivered from the lens of cultural diversity/inclusion, social justice and equity, which create opportunities for generational leadership growth.
Neighborhood Exhibits applications -  submissions due by Wednesday, April 10
This is an opportunity to display the great work of neighborhoods and organizations in the City of Minneapolis!   It’s also a chance for networking and sharing ideas, information, brochures, projects amongst Minneapolis neighborhoods and organizations.

Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter Fall 2012 training course – register now for classes beginning on Tuesday, October 2

Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter. Master Recyclers/Composters are trained volunteers that work to reduce waste generation and increase public awareness of opportunities to recycle and compost. The course costs $30 and is limited to 30 participants. Classes are held Tuesday evenings, October 2 – November 13.  

RFP Issued for Great Streets Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program
proposals due by Thursday, October 25
The City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals from organizations to administer the Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program in commercial corridors, neighborhood commercial nodes, activity centers, and Hiawatha and Central Corridor LightRail Transit (LRT) station areas. The City provides Façade Improvement Matching Grant administration contracts to organizations as an incentive to encourage private investment in and improve the appearance of our neighborhood business districts. Proposals are due on Thursday, October 25.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl 2012 Photo Contest
voting open through Sunday, September 30
Choose your three favorite photos and then cast your vote. Voting will run until Sunday, September 30th. Winners will be announced in October and these photos will be used in FLOW 2013 promotional materials.

Results.net City and Neighborhood Film Festival
submissions accepted October 1 - 31
Results.net presents the City and Neighborhood Film Festival Contest. Submissions consist of a 3‐minute film/video that describes what you like about your city or neighborhood. Entries can be in any genre: comedy, drama, documentary, etc.  The most important thing is to be creative!  The five top entries will win cash prizes, and the judges will also select the best video entered by a contestant age 12 or under. A screening of films and an awards ceremony will be held on November 29th at the Riverview Theater.

Free Safety: “How to get out of situations”
October 15, 6 PM  at BUDO
There will be a class for people of all ages and abilities on "how to get out of situations" on the street. This is not a judo lesson; it's a self awareness and learn your personal options lesson.   Nick Juarez from Precinct 2 and others are excited about this opportunity for people to be able to practice what to do.  Recent crime activity may have left you wondering "What would I do . . ."  This is a chance for you to learn, practice, gain confidence in yourself with improved self-knowledge and awareness.  For more about BUDO, visit www.ewkmartialarts.com. For more safety tips, check out the safety page at secomo.org.

Restorative Justice
The Fall 2012 Community Conference schedule is ready Click here to sign-up for conferences. Southeast conferences dates run from mid October to mid December. All dates are currently available. You may notice that they've added a Panel Solicitation Community Conference to the schedule. These cases will be conferenced similar to Drug Court or deNovo cases (similar scripts and agreement guidelines). Feel free to participate in this conference or a conference outside of your precinct designation if you would like a change of pace. Drug Court and Panel Conferences are funneled through the programs outside of RJCA before they arrive in conferences; conferences are generally meant to fulfill the community reparative portions of those programs.

Women’s League Forums
Third, there are two League sponsored forums in October that you may find interesting.
On October 4th, there will be a forum on Education Policy in Minneapolis Public Schools, with a panel discussion and question and answer period.

On October 9th the League of Women Voters Minneapolis is sponsoring a Town Hall with Eric Black, titled “Humble Truths about Half Truths in Advertising.”  Check our website for more information at www.lwvmpls.org.