SNG E-Newsletter – January 6, 2011

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – January 6, 2011

In this edition… Community Energy Services Workshop in Seward… Zipps Liquors Wine, Beer and Liquor Tasting Benefit for Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice…Free Lead Paint Testing…and more

I. SNG News and Events
– Community Energy Services Workshop in Seward – January 13
– MN Energy Challenge – Seward’s Team Keeps Growing

II. SNG Committee Calendar
– Crime and Safety Committee – January 10
– Community Development Committee – January 11
– History Committee – January 12
– Environment Committee – January 23
– Board of Directors Meeting – January 26

III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News
– Zipps Liquors Wine, Beer and Liquor Tasting Benefit and Second Annual Benefit Concert for Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice

IV. Community News and Events
– Free Lead Paint Testing
– Immigrants Among Us: A four-part series at Faith Mennonite Church in January
– Two Wheel View – Free Info Session, January 17
– Coffee and Conversations: a screening of Desert in the Coffeehouse, January 20
I. SNG News and Events

– Community Energy Services Workshop – Residential Energy Program Comes Back to Seward!

 

Thursday, January 13, 6:30 p.m. at Matthews Center

Learn how to reduce your energy use and save money. Join over 2,500 Minneapolis homeowners and over 100 Seward homeowners that have already participated! The Seward Neighborhood Group is proud to introduce Community Energy Services, a partnership with the Center for Energy and Environment, City of Minneapolis, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy.

A free educational workshop for Seward homeowners will be held at Matthews Park Recreation Center (2318 29th Ave S) on Thursday, January 13, 6:30 p.m.

To reserve your spot or for other workshop dates contact:
 Kyle Boehm at (612) 219-7334 or kboehm@mncee.org.
*Free childcare provided at the workshop*

By attending the workshop, you are eligible to receive a customized home visit; a $400 energy efficiency package for a co-pay of only $30! This package includes two energy professionals from the Center for Energy and Environment spending an hour and half with you in your home. During this time they will perform a blower door test, which measures air leaks, as well as install energy and money saving materials. Some of these materials may include: compact fluorescent light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe wrap and more!

Homeowners are also provided with 12 months of personalized energy tracking. This unique feedback allows you to see how your home uses energy and how much energy you home is saving with the program. Participants are also given information on financing, incentives, and gain access to rebates available only to Community Energy Services participants.

For questions, please contact Kyle Boehm at (612) 219-7334, kboem@mncee.org or visit www.mnces.org

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

-MN Energy Challenge – Seward’s team kept growing in 2010! 

With 149 members, Seward currently ranks 4th out of 152 Neighborhood teams. Look what we saved:

Annual Team CO2 Savings: 1,026,386 lbs of CO2 prevented
Annual Team Dollar Savings: $ 91,727 (Contributing to economic development in the neighborhood)

Thanks to everyone who continues to display their Energy Challenge signs!

For more information, or to join the MN Energy Challenge and start saving money on your utility bills while reducing your energy use, visit www.mnenergychallenge.org, or call the Center for Energy and Environment at (612) 335-5858.

II. SNG Committee Calendar

– Crime and Safety Committee – Monday, January 10
7:00 p.m., Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.

For further information, or if you have topics you would like to discuss at this meeting, please e-mail Mike Rollin at mike@sng.org.

– Community Development Committee – Tuesday, January 11
7:00 p.m., Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.

For further information, or if you have topics you would like to discuss at this meeting, please e-mail Mike Rollin at mike@sng.org.

– History Committee – Wednesday, January 12
10:00 a.m., SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

For further information, contact Dick Westby at rs.westby02@yahoo.com.

– Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, January 26
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.

For further information, contact board chair Sheldon Mains, smains@visi.com.

– Environment Committee – Sunday, January 23
1:00-4:00 pm

For further information, contact Carol Greenwood, carolgwood@comcast.net.

III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

Save the Dates for two fun activities in support of Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership, more details to follow:

Saturday, February 12, 6:30-9:00 pm

Zipps Liquors will host a wine, beer and liquor tasting at the Eagles Club, 2507 E. 25th St.

Sunday, March 13, 2:00-4:00 pm

2nd Annual Benefit Concert at Faith Mennonite Church with local musicians Bret Hesla, Larry Dittberner, Ray Makeever, Linda and Sophia Breitag, Chris Jones and Robin Nelson.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved in SLRJP contact Michele Braley at 612-338-6205 x108 or michele@sng.org

IV. Community News and Events 

-Free Lead Paint Testing
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible to receive new windows through a Hennepin County grant program:
     Home built before 1978
     A child (5 or under) lives in or frequently visits your home
     Live in Hennepin County
     Meet certain income qualifications

Call the Sustainable Resources Center at 612-872-3281 to schedule a free home visit! Communication available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.

– Immigrants Among Us: A four-part series at Faith Mennonite Church
Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St.
Sundays in January, 11:00 am – noon

January 9: “Emancipation: A Path to Immigrant Liberation” – Presentation by La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Assembly for Civil Rights)
January 16: “Immigration: Over, under, around, and through the Law” – Presentation by legal advocate Hillary Richardson
January 23: “ Voice from the Southern Border” – Presentation by Faith Mennonite members Gabe Schlabach and Valerie Ong, and Francisco Segovia, director of Waite House
January 30: “Mennonites, Immigration, and the Phoenix Question” – Presentation by Faith Mennonite pastor Joetta Schlabach

FFI, call 612-375-9483, or e-mail minstaff@faithmennonite.org

-Two Wheel View – Free Info Session
Monday, January 17, 6:00 pm
Sibley Bike Depot, 712 University Ave W., Ste B3, Saint Paul

Come to an information session to learn more about Two Wheel View, a non-profit organization that provides leadership, environmental and cultural education to young people through their participation in bicycle education and expedition programs.  Sibley Bike Depot has two scholarships available to help two youth aged 14-17 go on a two-week bike trip to Norway or Argentina! 

FFI, call (651) 222-2080

– Coffee and Conversations: a screening of Desert in the Coffeehouse, a film by Pamela Nice, followed by a dialogue inspired by the film.
Thursday, January 20, 7:00 pm
2nd Moon Coffee Café, 2225 E. Franklin Ave.

In this 28 minute documentary film, local documentary filmmaker Pamela Nice asks two basic questions: What do Americans think about the Middle East, and do they see America as an empire? By allowing average Minnesotans in coffee shops across the Twin Cities to voice their opinions about the Middle East, this film brings America’s mainstream views—unedited and without embellishments—into focus and lets us wrestle with our prejudices and hopes.

Sponsored by the Arab American Cultural Institute. FFI, e-mail pmnice@stthomas.edu

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This newsletter was compiled by SNG with the assistance of neighbors who contributed suggestions and news items. To subscribe, send an email to admin@sng.org with “subscribe” in the subject line. To unsubscribe, send an email to admin@sng.org 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 mike@sng.org. Thank you! 
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