SNG E-Newsletter August 2, 2010

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – August 2, 2010

In this issue…Free Concert in Matthews Park on August 2 …SNG 50th Anniversary Celebration…Seward Arts Festival registration…and more!

I. SNG News and Events
– Free Summer Concerts in Matthews Park – August 2, September 25
– National Night Out – August 3
– Share the Road Event with Longfellow – Volunteers needed
– SNG 50th Anniversary Party – October 2 – Partiers needed
– Seward Arts Festival – October 1-3 – Artists needed
– SNG Now on Facebook – Friends needed

II. SNG Committee Calendar
– Environment Committee – August 16
– History Committee – August 18
– Board of Directors Meeting – August 25
– Crime and Safety Committee – No August meeting, next meeting September 13
– Community Development Committee – No August meeting, next meeting September 14

III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News
– How-To Conference Benefit for SLRJP – August 21
– SLRJP Now on Facebook!

IV. Community News and Events
– Native Plant & History Walk on the Midtown Greenway – August 28
– Back to School Backpack BBQ Bash – August 28
– Crime Prevention Position Open at Highland District Council

I. SNG News and Events

– Free Summer Concert in Matthews Park
Monday, August 2, 6:30 pm – rain or shine

featuring Beytubekii – popular and traditional Oromo music and dance
On the grassy hill behind the tennis courts

Bring a blanket and some snacks, and enjoy a night of music in the park! In case of rain, the show will go on in the park building.

And mark your calendar for this upcoming show-

Saturday, September 25, 1:00 pm
featuring Teshome Asseged Yimer – popular and traditional Ethiopian music

These concerts are made possible by a Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative Grant from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

– Tuesday, August 3 – National Night Out
There are at least 27 events happening in Seward this year–to find out if your block is having a party, or to find the event nearest to you, visit the City of Minneapolis NNO page at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno/ , click on “Registered Events List” and scroll down to find the list of registered block parties in Seward. You can also call or e-mail the SNG office (338-6205, x119, or mike@sng.org) for more details on National Night Out in Seward.

– Share the Road Event with Longfellow
Are you interested in encouraging bike use and improving bike safety in Seward?  Here’s an event that needs you—our neighbors in Longfellow are putting together a Share the Road event to highlight bike safety this fall and are looking to connect with Seward bikers as well. This event is still in the early stages of planning, but most likely will be along 26th Ave in September. If you have ideas and/or would like to be involved in planning or work on the day of the event, get in touch with Mike Rollin at the SNG office (338-6205, x119, or mike@sng.org).

-SNG 50th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, October 2
Can you believe it—the Seward Neighborhood Group is turning 50! It doesn’t look a day over 30, really. Anyways, as part of the Seward Arts Festival, SNG will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Celebration, to recognize all the amazing work done by neighbors working with neighbors over five decades, and to party and lay the foundation for the next 50 years.

Do you have memories of those early years of SNG? Do you like to plan a party? We’re looking for volunteers to help make this celebration go. If you’d like to be involved, please get in touch with Mike Rollin at the SNG office (338-6205, x119, or mike@sng.org).

-Seward Arts Festival – October 1-3
Once again this fall the Seward Arts Festival will flood Seward with fabulous culture–a neighborhood-wide art crawl, live music, an art car parade, and much much more.
For more information on participating in the festival, contact Erik Riese at erik@tcq.net. Or click here for a link to the participation form for the 2010 Seward Arts Festival. Deadline for registration is August 10.

-SNG on Facebook!
Sign up to be a fan and tell your friends! You can view the page even if you are not on Facebook.  Thanks to SNG Board member Peter Fleck for all his work on this!

 II. SNG Committee Calendar

– Environment Committee – Monday, August 16
7:00 p.m., Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.

Contact Carol Greenwood, carolgwood@comcast.net, for further information.

– History Committee – Wednesday, August 18
10:00 a.m., SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

For more information, contact Dick Westby at sandrich22@comcast.net.

– Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, August 25
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, smains@visi.com, for further information.

– Crime and Safety Committee, next meeting Monday, September 13
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 mike@sng.org.

 – Community Development Committee, next meeting Tuesday, September 14
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, bd2210@qwest.net.

III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

-How-To Conference Benefit for SLRJP, August 21

Learn about bicycle maintenance, composting, tango dancing, understanding your credit and more and benefit SLRJP!  Thrivent Financial is partnering with several youth-focused nonprofits for this creative fundraiser.  Participants spend a half-day or full-day at “how-to” workshops and registration fees will be given to a non-profit of their choice.   

-SLRJP is now on Facebook! 

Sign up to be a fan and tell your friends! You can view the page even if you are not on Facebook.   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seward-Longfellow-Restorative-Justice-Partnership/126473534060176

IV. Community News and Events

– Native Plant & History Walk on the Midtown Greenway
Saturday, August 28, 9:00 – 10:00 am, Shasta Site
(parking available at Anne Sullivan School at 34th Ave S and the Midtown Greenway)

Join ecologist and native plant expert Joe Walton for an educational walk through an oak woodland restoration at the Shasta Site, a 1-acre site between 34th and 36th Avenue S along the Midtown Greenway. Enjoy learning about the diverse native grasses and wildflowers growing at this site and its history as one of the last remaining farms in the neighborhood.  As a conservation ecologist at Green River Greening, Joe worked with Longfellow Community Council to plan and implement restoration of the Shasta Site in 2008. Now the owner of Refugia, LLC, Joe specializes in restoration of native plant communities. We will learn the unique history of the site from Eric Hart, Longfellow representative to the Midtown Greenway Coalition and author of The Neighborhood by the Falls: A Look Back at Life in Longfellow. For more information or to RSVP contact Hillary Oppmann at hillary.oppmann@gmail.com.

Back to School Backpack BBQ Bash
Saturday, August 28, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Seward Church, in the parking lot at 2011 21st. Ave.

Come join us at Seward Church for BBQ and FREE Back-Pack. Free school supplies for kids-Alaab iskuuul oo bilaash ah.

For more information, contact David Modder at david@sewardchurch.org.

– Crime Prevention Position Open
The Saint Paul Highland District Council is seeking a part-time Crime Prevention Coordinator.  This person will be responsible for developing and implementing pro-active strategies to reduce crime in the Highland Park area. This person will also work with HDC staff, Board members and residents to identify problems and coordinate neighborhood responses to crime.  The ideal candidate will have an interest and/or experience in creating safe neighborhoods, criminal justice, and working with the community. The candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, self motivation, PC knowledge, ability to work independently and with city contacts, residents, area businesses, volunteers and Board members. A detailed job description will be available July 23, at: www.highlanddistrictcouncil.org . To apply, submit resume and cover letter by August 13, to: Highland District Council, Community Services Committee, 1978 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55116 or email hdc@visi.com.  

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