Seward Neighborhood Group E-Newsletter March 12, 2010

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – March 12, 2010


In this issue…Cupcake Fundraiser for SNG…and much more


Cupcake Benefit Fundraiser for SNG!


This Saturday, March 13, Welna Hardware and the Cake Eater bakery will once again join forces in a cupcake benefit fundraiser for the Seward Neighborhood Group.  Welna II Hardware is buying the ingredients, the ladies from the Cake Eater Bakery are baking the treats and everyone gets to enjoy starting at noon.


If you missed these treats at the February Cupcake Benefit, here’s your chance to get a sugary sneak peak at Cake Eater’s fabulous baked goods.  There will be even more cupcakes this Saturday, including regular size along with the mini cupcakes.  Welna will have cranberry juice available again that can be purchased for a small donation. 


If you’re looking to get a head start on spring painting projects or some yard and garden clean up, now’s the time!  Welna offers a full line-up of supplies for your spring project, and what better way to reward your hard work than treats baked right here in Seward?

Starts at 12:00 at Welna,
2201 E. Franklin Ave.

Ends when the cupcakes are gone.

Suggested minimum donation is $1.00.  All proceeds go to the Seward Neighborhood Group.


The Cake Eater Bakery is scheduled to open this March in the old Cliquot Club location at 2929 E. 25th St. FFI visit  


I. SNG Events


– Garage Sale Days, May 14-15


II. SNG Committee Calendar


– Environment Committee – March 15

– Board of Directors Meeting – March 24

– Crime and Safety Committee – next meeting April 12

– History Committee – TBD


III. Community News and Events


– I-94 Capacity Improvement Project Noise Advisory Committee Meeting, March 16  

– Sustainable Yards Workshops, March 20

– Energy Efficiency Workshop for First-time Homeowners, March 24

CommunityGarden Resource Fair, March 27

Minneapolis Teen Job Fair, April 3

– Stimulus Money for Energy-Related Home Improvements  

– Does Your House Need Painting?

– $10 Raingarden Workshops in Minneapolis


I. SNG Events


-Garage Sale Days – Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15


Registration and other information coming soon.  For more information, contact Mike Rollin at SNG: 338-6205, x 119, or


II. SNG Committee Calendar


– Environment Committee, Monday, March 15

7:00 p.m., Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.


Contact Carol Greenwood,, for further information.


– Board of Directors Meeting, Wednesday, March 24

7 p.m., Seward Towers East, at the intersection of 30th and Franklin Avenues


Board meetings are open to the public—all residents and those who work or own property in Seward are invited to attend. 


Please enter the building from the parking lot on the north side of the building.  Just inside the airlock, turn left, and follow the long corridor to the office.  Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor meeting room.


Contact board chair Sheldon Mains,, for further information.


– Crime and Safety Committee, NO March meeting

Next meeting Monday, April 12

7:00 p.m. Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.


If you have topics you would like to discuss at this meeting, please e-mail Mike Rollin at


– History Committee – next meeting TBD


For more information, contact Dick Westby at


III. Community News and Events

– I-94 Capacity Improvement Project Noise Advisory Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 16, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church (Garvey Hall), 1500 Franklin Ave. S.E.


The agenda for this meeting will include:


I. Welcome – Scott Pedersen, Mn/DOT Project Manager

II. Brief summary of previous meetings – John Jaeckel, HNTB Environmental Quality Engineer

III. Proposed Noise Barrier Locations – John Jaeckel

IV. Committee discussion and questions – All


Please join us for this important final meeting.


FFI, contact Regina M. Flanagan, HNTB Infrastructure, 952-345-5997, or e-mail Web:


– Sustainable Yards Workshops
Saturday, March 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sanford Middle School, 3524 42nd Ave. S.


The Longfellow Community Council is hosting a series of workshop on sustainable practices for your yards and gardens.   Workshop topics will include:


Landscaping with Native Plant Species

Organic Lawn Care


Fruit Trees and Shrubs

Vegetable Gardening

At the event, you can also learn what’s behind the City’s stormwater fees and Do’s and Don’ts of boulevard planting.  

  Light refreshments will be provided. ALL are welcome! Longfellow residents are eligible to save energy, water and time with an array of door prizes – such as rain barrels, compost bins, native plants, fruit trees, green cleaning products, low-flow shower heads and MORE!

The event is FREE, but please click on the link below to RSVP:

 For more information, contact Kim Jakus at, or 612-722-4529 x 5.  


– Energy Efficiency Workshop for First-time Homeowners

Thursday, March 24, 6:00-8:00 pm

3001 Fourth St. SE


Co-hosted by the Green Institute, the City of Minneapolis and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. The workshop will cover appliances, heating and cooling, water usage, moisture control and sustainable living.  Information on local resources that complement the program and address the needs of this audience will be provided at the end, including low cost conservation products, multi-lingual guides to reading bills and permit applications, up-to-date rebates and incentives, carbon reduction resource sheets, etc.

RSVP to Cristen Porter ( 612.305.7261).  Workshop is free and refreshments will be provided.


CommunityGarden Resource Fair

Saturday, March 27, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

SabathaniCommunity Center, 310 E. 38th St.

Keynote Speaker Ashley Atkinson from Greening of Detroit and Detroit‘s Garden Resource Collaborative Program, will share how Detroit‘s organizations work together to provide resources for successsful urban food growing!


Workshop topics will include: Growing Styles and Approaches for Urban Farmers; Doing More with Less: Superabundant Small Gardens; Sustainable Landscaping; Building an InclusiveCommunityGarden; Placemaking: Designing for Community; and more.


$5 suggested donation at the door, free parking.




Minneapolis Teen Job Fair

Saturday, April 3, noon – 3:00 pm

Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall


Come learn more about resources, programs, and employment opportunities available in HennepinCounty.  Last year, more than 1000 young people attended the fair. There will be dozens of informational tables offering short-term or summer employment, job readiness or training programs, and volunteer or educational opportunities.


Sponsored by HennepinCounty Library, the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the MinneapolisWorkforceCenters, and the Mall of America.


FFI, call Christy Mulligan at 952-847-8044, or e-mail to

 – Stimulus Money for Energy-Related Home Improvements  
Federal Stimulus Funding is now available through a rebate program that the state has put together to help assist with the cost of energy improvements.  In order to access the rebate residents MUST take out a Fix Up Fund (FUF) loan.  Once the loan is closed and the improvements are complete, residents can apply for the rebate, which is 35% of the qualifying improvements up to a maximum rebate amount of $10,000.  These qualifying improvements include windows, doors, insulation, water heaters, and heating and cooling. Improvements must meet certain energy efficiency criteria to be eligible for the rebate. This rebate is in the form of a check that does NOT have to be applied to the loan.

More information on the “Energy Saver Rebate,” the fix-up fund loan, and other home improvement loans can be found at <> .


– Does Your House Need Painting?
Paint-A-Thon is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.  Volunteer teams have been painting homes for low-income senior or disabled homeowners – free of charge – since 1984.  Painting usually takes place the first weekend in August.  Eligibility requirements include:


Your house is need of paint, but not major repair

You must be the owner-occupant of a single-family home

You must be over the age of 60 OR permanently physically disabled

Your monthly income must not exceed $1800 per month (for one person) or $2,500 (for two people in the home)


If you would like more information or to apply for the program, call 612-721-8687 x321. The deadline to apply is May 7, 2010.

– $10 Raingarden Workshops in Minneapolis
Metro Blooms is pleased to partner with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District to offer low-cost raingarden workshops and design assistance once again in Minneapolis in 2010.  Learn how to manage stormwater runoff by installing a raingarden using native plants to improve water quality in our lakes, rivers, and streams.  Metro Blooms has offered raingarden workshops in Minneapolis since 2005, and more than 4,400 people have attended. Metro Blooms has more than 25 years of history promoting gardening to beautify our community and to heal and protect our environment.

  2010 Raingarden Workshop Schedule
Register at or call (651) 699-2426.


LynnhurstRecCenter 1345 Minnehaha Pkwy. W.    

Tuesday, Mar 16 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. & Saturday, Mar 20 10:00 a.m. to Noon      

Pearl Park Rec Center 414 E. Diamond Lake Road

Tuesday, Apr 13 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  &  Saturday, May 8 10:00 a.m. to Noon      

LongfellowParkRecCenter3435 36th Ave. S.         

Saturday, May 1 10 a.m. to noon   &  Saturday, May 15 10:00 a.m. to Noon      

Bedlam Theatre 1501 S 6th Street                                   

Tuesday, May 4 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.   &   Saturday, May 29 10:00 a.m. to Noon      

AudubonPark1320 29th Ave. NE                                

Saturday, May 22 Noon to 2 p.m.  &   Saturday, May 22 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.     

LucyCraftLaneySchool 3333 Penn Ave. N.            

Tuesday, May 25 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  &   Tuesday, June 1 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.     

  Space is limited. Register with a credit card at <> or send a $10 check payable to Metro Blooms, PO Box 17099, Minneapolis, MN55417. Specify workshop location, and include your name, address, zip code, phone number and e-mail address.


See more workshop listings at <> .




This newsletter was compiled by SNG with the assistance of neighbors who contributed suggestions and news items.  To subscribe, send an email to with “subscribe” in the subject line. To unsubscribe, send an email to with “unsubscribe” in the subject line.  If you know of an upcoming event, meeting, or news item that should be included in a future newsletter, please email  Thank you! 


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