SNG E-Newsletter – Feb. 15, 2011

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – February 15, 2011

 (From the editor: Sorry for the messy formatting. We are working out some issues and will fix it soon hopefully.)

In this edition…Garage Sale Days May 13-14…Jobs and internships in Seward and elsewhere …Help available for utility bills and weatherization…and more!

– Seward Garage Sale Days – Mark your calendars!

Friday-Saturday, May 13-14


Start setting aside all that stuff you don’t really need—the Seward Garage Sale Days are back!  Last year we had 100 sales all around Seward with hundreds of shoppers checking out all the goodies.  Stay tuned for more details and registration information.


– Job Opening at SNG – Community Coordinator


The Seward Neighborhood Group’s Community Coordinator is responsible for providing day-to-day management for one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most successful neighborhood organizations. Responsibilities include: volunteer recruitment and management; events planning; program management; supporting the board of directors and standing committees and implementing the vision they set forth on behalf of the neighborhood; and fundraising.


For a full job description, visit


To apply: Submit letter and resume to Seward Neighborhood Group at by February 28, 2011.


– Program Associate Positions at Redesign


Project Assistant Intern

The Project Assistant (PA) works with a team consisting of the Redesign Associate Director, SCCA Program Manager, and interns to assist with the implementation of programs and projects for the Seward Civic and Commerce Association (SCCA). 


Marketing Intern
The Project Assistant Intern works with a team consisting of the Redesign Associate Director, SCCA Program Manager, and other interns to assist with the implementation of special events for SCCA.


For complete job descriptions, visit

Applications are due on or before 4:00p.m.on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011.


– Neighborhood Support Specialist Job Announcement

City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations Department


The City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill two Neighborhood Specialist positions. The Neighborhood Specialist will be part of a team that provides funding and other support to the City’s 70+ neighborhood organizations.


For a full job description, application details, and to apply on-line please go to: If you’d like to submit your resume and supplemental questions through USPS, please contact Jennifer Thoreson at 612-673-2282 or email at


Applications are due by Thursday, February 17, 2011.


– Mpls. Charter Commission is soliciting applications for redistricting Advisory Group


In 2010, Minneapolis voters transferred authority for developing new boundaries for the City’s thirteen wards and the Park Board’s six districts to a Redistricting Group made up of the Charter Commission and an appointed Advisory Group. The Charter Commission is now soliciting applications for the Advisory Group.


The Charter Commission seeks applicants who will bring diversity to the Redistricting Group, are active citizens, have knowledge of the many communities within the city, and will serve on a nonpartisan basis. Please note that while Advisory Group members are expected to participate in a nonpartisan manner, current or past involvement in political party activities does not disqualify an applicant from service.


The job description and application form are posted on the Charter Commission’s website at


All applications should be submitted as outlined in the application by the March 25, 2011 deadline.  Interviews will be conducted in April, 2011. If you have any questions, please call the Commission Coordinator, Peggy Menshek, at 612-673-2287 or email her at


– Help Available for Utility Bills and Weatherization


If you’re a homeowner or a renter and need help paying your gas or electric bill or making your home more energy-efficient, federal aid is available through Community Action of Minneapolis. If you meet income-eligibility requirements (based on your last three months of income), your utility bills can get paid directly to the utility company.

You may also be eligible for free energy-saving weatherization that typically helps households save 26% on future energy costs. Weatherization funding comes from the federal Recovery Act stimulus. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so inquire today.


For more information, visit, or call (612) 335-5837


I. SNG Committee Calendar

– History Committee – February 17

– Board of Directors Meeting – February 23

– Environment Committee – February 28

– Crime and Safety Committee – next meeting Monday, March 14


II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

– Second Annual Benefit Concert at Faith Mennonite – March 13


III. Community News and Events

– Growing Lots 2011 CSA Shares Available

– Town Hall Meeting with Representative Jim Davnie and Senator Patricia Torres Ray –

February 19

– Special screening of the movie Gerrymandering – February 22

– Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Block Leader Trainings 2011

– The 17th-annual South Minneapolis Housing Fair – February 26

– FEAST – Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics – March 5

– Growing Communities Workshop – March 5-6

– Blood Drive at Matthews Park – March 10

– Majora Carter to Kick off Momentum 2011 Event Series – March 10

– Rec Plus Summer Program Registration Begins March 15  

– Twin Cities Green Drinks – March 9, April 13, May 11

– Gardening Matters – 7th Annual Community Garden Spring Resource Fair – April 2


I. SNG Committee Calendar


– History Committee – Thursday, February 17

10:00 a.m., SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.


For further information, contact Dick Westby at


– Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, February 23

7:00 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,

– Environment Committee – Monday, February 28

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


For further information, contact Carol Greenwood,


– Crime and Safety Committee – next meeting Monday, March 14

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


For further information, contact Mike Rollin at


II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

– Benefit Concert for SLRJP

Sunday, March 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St.


Mark your calendars for another fun activity to benefit SLRJP.  Faith Mennonite church will host a concert with singer-songwriters, folks musicians and blue grass by performers including Ray Makeever and Linda Breitag,  Bret Hesla and Larry Dittberner, Robin Nelson and Chris Jones. There will be door prizes from local businesses. The concert is free and donations to SLRJP will be gratefully received at the concert.


For information about either event or to find out more about SLRJP contact Michele Braley at 612-338-6205 x108 or


III. Community News and Events 


-Growing Lots 2011 CSA Shares Available – Get a box of veggies grown right here in Seward!


Growing Lots has officially opened up registration for 2011 CSA members.  We are aiming for a full 20 week CSA season in 2011. Of course, it depends upon Mother Nature’s temperament to a degree.  Cost for a 20 week CSA share will be $450 (approximately $22.50/week) and shares are sized smaller than traditional full-shares, in order to avoid ‘CSA Produce Shock’.  In 2011, we will be growing a bonanza of veggies and a few fruits, from the traditional to the exotic.  Even with another lot coming into play, CSA shares are unfortunately limited, so drop us a line today!


For more information on the 2011 CSA season, or to sign-up, please visit the Growing Lots website:, or drop the farm an email at


– Town Hall Meeting with Representative Jim Davnie and Senator Patricia Torres Ray

Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m.

Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave. S.


– Special screening of the movie Gerrymandering

Tuesday, February 22, 6:30pm – 8:45pm

Cowles Auditorium-Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S

On February 12, 1812 the gerrymander was born when Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a bill that created a distorted legislative district, which gave political advantage to his party. This year Minnesota legislators will draw new congressional and legislative districts that will impact our elections for the next ten years. This is a special screening of the movie Gerrymandering, a provocative documentary that examines how the redistricting process is being manipulated to control political outcomes.


The movie will be followed by a panel discussion on redistricting with former Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum, Senator Larry Pogemiller, and moderated by Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant.


Take a look at the preview here:


– Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Block Leader Trainings 2011
Feb. 22nd – Mar. 22nd – The fourth Tuesday of each month
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Minneapolis Police Dept. 3rd Precinct, 3000 Minnehaha Ave.


Topics to Be Covered:

• Introduction to community crime prevention

• How to organize a block/apartment club

• Services of community crime prevention

• Responsibilities of crime prevention block leaders

• How and when to use 911

• How to solve problems effectively

• Meet your Crime Prevention Specialist


Please RSVP if you are planning on attending one of these trainings.
Call: 673- 3482 or 673-2856


Additional 2011 dates will be scheduled.


– The 17th-annual South Minneapolis Housing Fair
Saturday, February 26, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S.

FFI, visit


Always free and open to the public, the annual Fair promotes city living, home improvement & maintenance, and community involvement. The Fair’s hallmark is its industry exhibits and educational workshops. The 2010 Fair featured nearly 100 reputable and local contractors, retailers, Real Estate agents, lenders, and community organizations. In addition, attendees had access to representatives from energy, affordable housing, green homes and the neighborhood associations to answer questions.


The popular “Ask the Expert” area will be back again this year. Experts such as waste & recycling staff from the City and home accessibility specialists will answer your specific questions. As always, the Fair remains a family event. Kids enjoy a special workshop where they build their own wooden bird feeder to take home.


For more information on the Fair, please email Jim Kelley at or call (612) 331-7839

– FEAST – Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics

Saturday, March 5, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Minneapolis Eagles Club #34, 2507 E. 25th St.
$10–$20 Cash donation at the door
No one will be turned away

FEAST is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging artmakers. By getting together and pooling our money, wealth becomes a plural communal attribute. We can then share that wealth with people whose projects our community finds the most valuable to implement.


When you attend FEAST, you make a cash donation on a sliding scale to receive supper and a ballot. At the end of the night, you cast a vote for which of a handful of project proposals should get the evening’s proceeds. The winning project is funded directly from the donations collected at the door, and the grantee is asked back to present the fruits of their labor to you—the patrons—at the next FEAST dinner.


FFI, visit


– Growing Communities Workshop

Saturday and Sunday March 5-6

House of Hope Church, 761 Summit Ave, St. Paul. 

The cost of the workshop is $125 per person that includes continental breakfast and lunch both days, all materials, and an ACGA membership.


Community gardeners are invited to attend this 2-day leadership workshop from the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA). Gardening Matters is very excited to have Amanda Edmonds of Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, MI joining us as lead facilitator!  At the workshop, participants will learn about working successfully with different groups, fostering democratic decision-making in the garden, recruiting gardeners and community support for the garden, and making the community garden an asset to the surrounding community.


As a “train the trainers” session, attendees learn the principles and practices of community building, and how to pass these skills on to other garden members.


Go to for more details or workshop schedule and descriptions, or call Gardening Matters at 612-821-2358 for more info.


– Blood Drive at Matthews Park

Thursday, March 10, 3:00 – 8:00 pm. 

Matthews Center, 2318 29th Ave. S., Multipurpose Room


For appointments, call 1-800-RED-Cross

Or online at


-Majora Carter to Kick off Momentum 2011 Event Series
Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.

Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S. 4th St. (U of MN West Bank), Minneapolis

Majora Carter, an internationally renowned leader in environment-centered urban renewal, will simultaneously take on public health, poverty and climate change as she kicks off the Institute on the Environment’s new Momentum 2011 event series. Majora’s presentation, “You Don’t have to Move out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One,” will highlight an evening filled with presentations, conversation and entertainment.


For more information, visit

For tickets, contact the Northrop Box Office, 612-624-2345 or


– Rec Plus Summer Program Registration Begins March 15  


Parents looking for affordable, quality, school-age childcare this summer will find everything they need at Rec Plus. The program, for children ages 5 – 12, offers children opportunities to learn sports and make crafts, take field trips and make new friends. The summer application process opens Tuesday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m.


The summer program is offered from Monday, June 13, through Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at 15 Minneapolis recreation centers, including Matthews Park.

Rec Plus provides parents with affordable recreation based school-age care in local park centers. The program enables children to experience the positive benefits of a balanced recreation program while providing a safe environment for children that promotes healthy physical and social development.


Partial fee assistance can be requested by qualified Minneapolis residents upon availability. Hennepin County Childcare Assistance accepted. Parents should contact their desired Rec Plus+ site for fees, availability and complete registration information.


Matthews Park phone: 612-370-4950

For more information call 612-230-6400 or e-mail


-Twin Cities Green Drinks (TCGD)
6pm-7:30ish, the second Wednesday of every month.

Trotters Café, 232 North Cleveland Av, St. Paul [at Marshall]
Parking in back, street parking, or consider taking the bus!

The Twin Cities Green Drinks (TCGD) is part of a global non-movement to charge your eco-spirit, make some new connections, and learn a thing or two. All of our venues offer a variety of organic food and beverages for ALL ages. Green-Drinkers from other cities are always welcome!

For more information go to:  click USA, Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul

Host Group:o2-USA/Upper Midwest. Contact: Wendy Jedlicka (651-636-0964)

March 9 / 6-7:30ish
Getting Neighborly: Very local actions for eco-change.
Speaker(s): Alliance for Sustainability

April 13 / 6-7:30ish
Balancing Act: Creative expression with found objects and nature for home and garden.
Speaker: Jill Waterhouse, Sculptor & Master Gardener.

May 11 / 6-7:30ish
Permaculture Design
Speaker: Dan Halsey, Certified Permaculture Designer.


– Gardening Matters presents The 7th Annual Community Garden Spring Resource Fair

Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th St, Minneapolis

Free Parking – $5-$10 Suggested Donation at Door


Frogtown Farms will give the exciting keynote presentation in the morning, followed by workshops, exhibitors and demonstrations throughout the day.


For more information, contact




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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