SNG E-Newsletter April 1, 2010

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – April 1, 2010

In this issue…Garage Sale news…Teen Job Fair…Seward Somali fingerweavers at the Festival of Nations …and much more

The City’s spring street sweep (try saying that three times fast!) starts on April 12th. Please look for the signs on your street to avoid getting ticketed or towed!
I. SNG Events
– Garage Sale Days, May 14-15
– Seward Somali Fingerweavers at Festival of Nations, April 29
II. SNG Committee Calendar
– Crime and Safety Committee – April 12
– Community Development Committee – April 13
– Environment Committee – April 19
– History Committee – April 21
– Board of Directors Meeting – April 28
III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News
– Conference Facilitator Training, May 14-16
– Thanks to Everyone Who Supported the Benefit Concert
IV. Community News and Events
– Teen Job Fair, April 3
– People's Center Health Service Clinic at Seward Co-op, April 10 & 27
– 9th Annual CSA Fair at Seward Co-op, April 24
– Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors Italian Dinner Fundraiser, April 29
– Does Your House Need Painting?
– 311 Reduces Business Hours 
– Low-cost Trees for Sale in Minneapolis 
– Spring into the Garden with Blooms Day 2010, May 15
– $10 Raingarden Workshops in Minneapolis
I. SNG Events
-Garage Sale Days – Mark Your Calendar!
Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15
Spring is mostly in the air, and the Seward Garage Sales are coming up! Last year we had over 70 sales, hundreds of shoppers, and lots of sunshine. We're hoping for a goodly amount of sales, shoppers, and sunshine again this year.
The deadline to register is Friday, May 7. For more details and a registration form, visit SNG’s website at
As always, we'll be promoting the sales in the Star Tribune, on our website, and in local businesses, as well as giving Craig's list a try (a suggestion from last year), and also encouraging those with social media skills to use them.
We can't make this all happen without volunteers!  If you can help with any of the sale-related activities below (an hour of your time!), please let us know:
     -Promoting sales to your neighbors (without a print newspaper for Seward, it’s harder to get the word out to everyone)
     -Sign-making (end of April)
     -Sign delivery the week of the sale (car needed)
     -Sign pick up the Monday after the sale (car needed)
For more information, contact Mike Rollin at SNG: 338-6205, x 119, or
– Seward Somali Fingerweavers at Festival of Nations
Thursday, April 29, 1:00 pm
St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
Explore Minnesota’s cultural diversity at the Festival of Nations as 90 ethnic groups present their foods, folk dancing, cultural exhibits, folk art demonstrations, and an international shopping bazaar. 
This year a group of Somali fingerweavers from Seward will present their work and give a brief demonstration as part of the Festival. The fingerweavers group is facilitated by SNG’s Community Organizer in the Seward Towers, Nasra Noor, and received start-up support last year from a CURA Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative grant.
The Festival dates are April 29 & 30, May 1 & 2. For more information on hours and ticket prices, visit, or call 651-647-0191, x300.
II. SNG Committee Calendar
– Crime and Safety Committee, 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
– Community Development Committee, Tuesday, April 13
7:00 p.m., Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.
For additional information, or if you have topics you would like to discuss at this meeting, contact Bernie Waibel,
– Environment Committee, Monday, April 19
7:00 p.m., Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.
Contact Carol Greenwood,, for further information.
– History Committee – Wednesday, April 21
10:00 a.m., SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.
For more information, contact Dick Westby at
– Board of Directors Meeting, Wednesday, April 28
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.
III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News
– Conference Facilitator Training
Youth referred to SLRJP for misdemeanor offenses participate in a restorative conference with their parents, community members and the person harmed where a contract is developed for how the youth will repair the harm.  We are seeking people who want to volunteer as facilitators.  Facilitators receive 22 hours of training and the next training will be held May 14-16. Contact Michele at 612-338-6205 x108 or for more information.
– Thanks to Everyone Who Supported the Benefit Concert
The SLRJP Benefit concert at Faith Mennonite raised over $2800!  Thanks to all who attended or sent donations! We want to recognize the local businesses and organizations that supported this event: Faith Mennonite, Community of St. Martin, Peace Coffee, St. Martin’s Table, Seward Coop, and Welna II Hardware. Thanks also to the musicians who gave of their time and tremendous talent: Bret Hesla, Linda and Sophia Breitag, Ray Makeever, Chris Jones and Kirk, Jericho, Caroline and Joanna of String Harmony.  
IV. Community News and Events
– Teen Job Fair
Saturday, April 3, noon – 3:00 pm
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Last year, more than 1000 young people attended the Minneapolis Teen Job Fair in an effort to learn more about the resources, programs, and employment opportunities available in Hennepin County. Whether you offer short-term or summer employment, job readiness or training programs, volunteer or educational opportunities, please consider hosting an informational table.
Sponsored by Hennepin County Library, the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Minneapolis Workforce Centers, and the Mall of America.
FFI, call Christy Mulligan at 952-847-8044, or e-mail to
– People's Center Health Service Clinic at Seward Co-op
Assessing Your Medication, Supplement and Vitamin Needs
Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27, 4-8 p.m.
Sessions are 30 minutes in length. Walk-ins welcome, or call 612-332-4973 for an appointment.
Research has shown that reviewing your medication, supplement and vitamin usage with a clinical pharmacist improves patient safety and overall health. A clinical pharmacist can provide a personalized, 30-minute Assessment that will: educate you about all of your medications and supplements, their side effects, proper use and intended outcomes; and
assess your entire drug therapy (both prescription and non-prescription), looking for unintended interactions or potential complications – with special considerations in the use of vitamins.
The cost for the medications, Supplement and Vitamin Assessment is $40.
Please talk with clinic staff the day of your visit to determine your eligibility for the Sliding Fee Program. The minimum payment for qualifying patients is $20, and payment plans for as little as $5 per month can be set up. 
– 9th Annual CSA Fair at Seward Co-op
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Co-op parking lot
Seward Co-op's Community-Supported Agriculture Fair is a meeting point between rural and urban folks committed to the local food economy. The fair offers a venue where shoppers can learn about CSA options and select a participating farm that is the best for them. Each grower offers a different package depending on the farm's length of season, goods offered, cost and drop-off locations.
This year, 30 farms from around the region will be attending the fair, ready to answer questions, describe their offerings and sell shares from their farms. Peace Coffee, Grass Run Farms, Bent River Camembert & Sweet Cheeks Baby Food will handing out samples throughout the day.

– Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors Italian Dinner Fundraiser
Thursday, April 29, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Minnehaha Academy – North Campus, 3100 W. River Parkway
Jason Davis, host of “On the Road with Jason Davis,” will be the guest speaker. Musician Lyndon Peterson will provide entertainment.
An Italian dinner will be served, and there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through the Healthy Seniors office by calling 612-729-5799. Everyone is welcome!
– 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.
– 311 Reduces Business Hours
Effective Monday, April 12, 2010 Minneapolis 311 will be reducing its business hours from 7am – 11pm (Monday – Friday) to 7am – 7pm (Monday – Friday). This action is being taken in order to meet 2010 budget guidelines.
– Low-cost Trees for Sale in Minneapolis 
More than 1,000 trees are being made available to Minneapolis residents for planting this spring. The trees cost $25 each, residents can order one tree per household, and all trees are available first-come, first-served. Last month, the emerald ash borer was found in Minneapolis and could potentially contribute to the decline of all of the City’s more than 200,000 ash trees.  Planting a new tree now will help start the next generation of trees.
Varieties of trees available are Fat Albert spruce, pagoda dogwood, Kentucky coffee tree, blue beech, Merrill magnolia, regal prince oak, Canada select chokecherry, Redmond linden and burgundy belle maple.
Orders for trees can be placed at You can also order a tree by calling (651) 644-5800.  In previous years, the trees have sold quickly, so place your order early.
The City Trees program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis and Tree Trust, a local nonprofit that works to improve the community environment.
For more information on how to order a tree, contact Tree Trust at 651-644-5800.
– Spring into the Garden with Blooms Day 2010
Saturday, May 15, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kenny Community School, 5720 Emerson Ave. S.
The event is free.
Please join Metro Blooms, formerly Minneapolis Blooms, as we kick off the gardening season. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. with a keynote address from Teri Knight, a Dakota Master Gardener and former host of “Garden Bite” on 102.9 LITE FM.  
Hosted by Metro Blooms, this year’s event will also feature the Blooms Day plant sale and four free 25-minute seminars on (1) designing for foliage, (2) garden design styles, (3) fast landscape plantings in the aftermath of emerald ash borer, and (4) raingarden maintenance. These mini-seminars will take place throughout the morning.
Representatives from Metro Blooms, plant societies, the Hennepin County Master Gardeners, and garden/landscape businesses will be on hand to answer your questions. Enjoy refreshments while perusing silent auction items and shopping at exhibitor booths.
For more information about Blooms Day 2010, visit
– $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.
2010 Raingarden Workshop Schedule
Register at or call (651) 699-2426.
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      
Longfellow Park Rec Center 3435 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      
Audubon Park 1320 29th Ave. NE                                
Saturday, May 22 Noon to 2 p.m. &   Saturday, May 22 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.     
Lucy Craft Laney School 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, MN 55417. 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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