SNG E-Newsletter – October 1, 2010

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – October 1, 2010

In this issue…Seward Art Festival Weekend of Art, Music, and Seward History … Franklin Ave. Crime Prevention Meeting…Global Work Party to Fight Climate Change on Oct. 10 …and so much more!

– Franklin Ave. Crime Prevention Meeting
Tuesday, October 5, 9:00 am, Pizza Luce, 2200 E. Franklin Ave.

Join neighbors, members of the Seward business community, and representatives of the Minneapolis Police to discuss the recent spike in crime along Franklin Ave and plan community responses to these incidents. 

This meeting is free and open to all to attend.

– Seward Arts Festival – October 1*2*3
Once again this weekend the Seward Arts Festival will flood Seward with fabulous culture—a neighborhood-wide art crawl, art car parade, live music at several venues, and much much more.

For a complete schedule of events and list of venues, visit www.sewardarts.orgSome highlights include:

– Seward History Celebration
Saturday, October 2, 1:00 pm
Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St.

Join friends and neighbors in celebrating life in Seward in the 1930s and 40s, from the stock market crash of ’29 to the Veteran’s Day blizzard of ’41. Photos and mementos are welcome. For more details, contact Dick Westby at

– Benefit Concert for Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice
Saturday, October 2, 7:00 pm
Seward Church, 2011 21st Ave. S.

A jazz/indie rock dance party with much heart to benefit the the SLRJP’s work to promote reconcilitation and healing for our youth and community. FFI, contact Michele Braley at, or 612-338-6205, x108.

– SNG 50th Anniversary Celebration – Sunday, October 3, 6:00 pm


Eagles Club, 2507 E. 25th St.

Music by Papa John Kolstad and Spider John Koerner! 

Can you believe it—the Seward Neighborhood Group is turning 50!  Come party with SNG to recognize all the amazing work done by neighbors working with neighbors over five decades, and to lay the foundation for the next 50 years.

Cash bar, light snacks provided.

– Zipps Wine Tasting and SNG Fundraiser – Tuesday, October 5, 6:30-9:00pm
Eagles Club 2507 E. 25th St.
Come sample Zipps’ excellent selection of wines from around the world, with the proceeds to support SNG. More yummy wine = more yummy neighborhood. 

$25 per person. Tickets will be available online at or at Zipps.

FFI, and details on upcoming events and more at Zipps, call 612-333-8686.

I. SNG News and Events
– SNG Home Improvement Loan Program
– Additional Energy Saver Rebates Available Starting September 30

II. SNG Committee Calendar
– Community Development Committee, October 12
– Environment Committee – October 18
– Board of Directors Meeting – October 27
– Crime and Safety Committee – Next meeting, January 2011
– History Committee – TBD

III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News
– Conference Facilitator Training – November 12-14.

IV. Community News and Events
– MN Solar Tour – October 2
– Friends of the Mississippi River Gorge Events – October 9 & 16
– Matthews Park Annual Halloween Party and Parade – October 29

I. SNG News and Events

– SNG Home Improvement Loan Program

Looking to remodel? Fix drafty windows? Put in insulation? Have a home energy assessment? SNG currently has a low interest home improvement loan program available to qualified neighborhood homeowners for these and other projects. Contact Doug Wise for information on a variety of programs and funding sources available for energy-related and other home improvements. Let SNG help you save some money while improving your home!

FFI, contact Doug Wise, SNG’s Housing Coordinator, at 338-6205, x102, or

– Additional Energy Saver Rebates Available Starting September 30

Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce $2 million of additional federal funds for the Energy Saver Rebate program.  The third funding phase of this program will include different rebate percentages and modified program forms, which will be posted on the Minnesota Housing website on Monday, September 27.  Lenders may begin committing Fix-up Fund loans eligible for Energy Saver Rebates on Thursday, September 30. 

Eligible improvements will continue to include high efficiency furnaces, boilers and central air conditioners, Energy Star replacement windows and replacement exterior doors, Energy Star replacement light fixtures, insulation in conjunction with air sealing and water heaters if “orphaned” due to furnace replacement.

The new Energy Saver Rebate funds are not retroactive.  Fix-up Fund loans associated with these funds cannot be committed or closed prior September 30, 2010.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

FFI, contact the Single Family Division Help Desk
651.296.8215 or 800.710.8871
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (business days)

II. SNG Committee Calendar

– Community Development Committee, Tuesday, October 12
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, October 18
7:00 p.m., Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.

Contact Carol Greenwood,, for further information.

– Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, October 27
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, next meeting January, 2011

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. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

The next Conference Facilitator training will be November 12-14. This training is for anyone interested in facilitating restorative dialogues with youth referred for misdemeanor offenses in Seward and Longfellow.  Please save the dates and watch for more details if you are interested in becoming a facilitator for SLRJP.

FFI, contact SLRJP Program Manager Michele Braley at, or 338-6205, x108.

IV. Community News and Events

– MN Solar Tour, Saturday, October 2
See renewable energy technology in action!

Sponsored by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES), the self-guided, public
Minnesota Solar Tour features 50+ exemplary homes, businesses, and institutions that
have incorporated renewable energy into the design and operation of their buildings. From geothermal heat pumps using the earth as a huge thermal buffer to wind turbines elegantly spinning in the breeze and the many incarnations of solar energy between earth and sky, this event offers local residents an opportunity to find out how their neighbors are trimming their energy bills, increasing their energy independence, and taking steps to address global warming.

For a map of locations, including homes in Seward, visit

– Friends of the Mississippi River Gorge Events – October 9 & 16
Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Help install native plants and shrubs in Riverside Park, near Franklin Avenue and the River Gorge in Minneapolis. Volunteers will be replacing invasive species removed by volunteers this spring at our successful Riverside Park Kickoff event! The native species will help improve wildlife habitat, control erosion, and contribute to watershed health.

Saturday, Oct. 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Come help remove buckthorn in the maple basswood forest near 44th Street and West River Parkway. Volunteers will work closely with FMR staff and will be provided with tools and gloves. Be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Due to the tools and terrain, this event may not be suitable for small children.

FFI, contact Sue Rich, FMR Volunteer Coordinator / 651.222.2193 x14 /

For a full listing of events including those beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul, please visit

– Global Work Party Organized by
Sunday, October 10 – various locations is an international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand.

We’re calling 10/10/10 a Global Work Party, with emphasis on both ‘work’ and ‘party’. In Auckland, New Zealand, they’re having a giant bike fix-up day, to get every bicycle in the city back on the road. In the Maldives, they’re putting up solar panels on the President’s office.  In Kampala, Uganda, they’re going to plant thousands of trees, and in Bolivia they’re installing solar stoves for a massive carbon neutral picnic.

Since we’ve already worked hard to call, email, petition, and protest to get politicians to move, and they haven’t moved fast enough,  now it’s time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.

On 10/10/10 we’ll show that we the people can do this–but we need bold energy policies from our political leaders to do it on a scale that truly matters.  The goal of the day is not to solve the climate crisis one project at a time, but to send a pointed political message: if we can get to work, you can get to work too–on the legislation and the treaties that will make all our work easier in the long run.

You can sign up to host a local event at
Or search for an event to join at

What is 350? 350 parts per million (ppm) is what many scientists, climate experts and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. Learn more about the science of 350 here <>.

– Matthews Park Annual Halloween Party and Parade
Friday, October 29th, 4:00-5:30 pm, Matthews Park, 2318 28th Ave. S.

Ghouls, goblins, super heroes and other costumed characters are invited to join in the spooktacular tricks and treats, games and goodies at Matthews Park this Halloween. Moms and Dads can rest easy while kids join in the safe, supervised fun. Seward neighborhood parade starts outside at Matthews Park at 4pm sharp. The party with games and treats will directly follow the parade in the park building. Co-sponsored with Community Education.

Free for all ages; no pre-registration required.

For more Halloween fun, check out the Minne Ha-Ha Falls of Fun Halloween Event
Saturday, October 30th – 2:00-4:00pm – $2 per person
Minnehaha Falls Pavilion – 4801 Minnehaha Ave S

Join us for a family fun event! Come in costume! There will be child friendly musical entertainment, hayrides, creepy crawly creatures to check out (courtesy of our park board naturalist program) fortunes told, marshmallow roasting, and a trail full of costumed characters for the children to trick and treat on! Food & refreshments will be for sale!

Check out all the fun new programs being offered in your area, and find a full brochure of fall programs 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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