SNG E-Newsletter – March 15, 2011

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – March 15, 2011


In this edition …Seward Stroll Patrol is Back! … New History and Archives link on SNG Webpage—Check it out! … Environment Committee intern works to “Make Seward Green”…and more


– Seward Stroll Patrol is Back!

Kick-off meeting

Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm

Matthews Center – 2318 29th Ave S


Since 2004, the stroll patrol has been “cooling our heels.” But now it’s time to get out the walking shoes and hit the streets, Seward. Join the stroll patrol and…


– Explore Seward and get acquainted with buildings, gardens, parks, and alleys

– Get some exercise

– Meet new neighbors

– Experience the sights and sounds of the great outdoors right here in Seward


For more information on the Seward Stroll Patrol, please contact Kathy Sikora: 612-375-1696 or


– New History and Archives Link on SNG webpage—Check it out!

Did you know that Seward has a History Committee dedicated to the collection, preservation, and promotion of Seward’s rich history?  Now you can find updates on their work, such as history walks and tours and “memory night” gatherings focused on various themes, and find out more about the people, places and events that have shaped Seward over the past 100+ years. 

Visit, and click on the “History & Archives” link.  To learn more about the history of dozens of buildings and sites in Seward, visit the Seward Neighborhood Page on Placeography.  ( Placeography is a wiki website, so all are invited to add photographs and historical information on their ‘place’ in Seward. 

And while you’re at the SNG website, click on our Facebook and Twitter links for updates on events and other happenings in Seward.


– Welcome to SNG Environment Committee Intern Amanda Lee!


Hello everyone, and happy greetings to the Seward neighborhood! My name is Amanda Lee and I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota studying Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health. I will be working with the Environment Committee through May on the “Make Seward Green” plan.  Over the next few months I hope to meet many of you and provide insight and ideas to make your lives healthier and overall, more eco-friendly. Please stay tuned to the Environment page on the SNG website ( for links on information I will be posting, such as “How to make your own green cleaning products,” and “Products that are harmful and why,” and other items on clean air and healthy living.


I. SNG Committee Calendar

– Environment Committee Meeting – March 21

– Board of Directors Meeting – March 23

– History Committee – March 24


II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

– Hennepin County Gallery Space exhibit on youth Restorative Justice through March

– RJ on KFAI’s Truth to Tell with Andy Driscoll – March 21

– Conference Facilitator Training – May 20-22


III. Community News and Events

– AccountAbility Minnesota Offers Free Tax Preparation Services

– Rec Plus Summer Program Registration Begins March 15  

– Franklin Art Works Photo Exhibit and Gallery Concert – March 19

– Southside Local Food Resource Hub Coffee Meet N Greet – March 19

– Seward Montessori School Plant Sale

– Twin Cities Green Drinks – April 13, May 11

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


I. SNG Committee Calendar


– Environment Committee Meeting – Monday, March 21

6:55 p.m., Matthews Center, 2318 29th Ave. S.


For further information, contact committee chair Carol Greenwood at


– Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, March 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,


– History Committee – Thursday, March 24

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


For further information, contact Dick Westby at


II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News


– Hennepin County Gallery Space exhibit on youth Restorative Justice through March


The underground walkway between the Government Center and City Hall is lined with a large gallery space. SLRJP and seven other youth RJ programs are featured in the gallery during March.


– KFAI, Truth to Tell with Andy Driscoll – Youth restorative justice panel

Monday, March 21, 9:00am-10:00 am


Truth to Tell is a weekly public affairs radio show on KFAI (90.3 FM in Minneapolis, and 106.7 FM in St. Paul). Panelists for Monday, March 21 from 9:00-10:00 include Michele Braley, Program Manager for SLRJP and Patty Moses, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.


– Conference Facilitator Training

Join us for a 20 hour training from May 20-22 to learn how to facilitate restorative conferences with youth committing misdemeanor offenses in Seward and Greater Longfellow.


Contact Michele Braley, SLRJP Program Manager at 612-338-6205 x108 or to request a facilitator training application or for more information about the program and how you can be involved.


III. Community News and Events 


– AccountAbility Minnesota Offers Free Tax Preparation Services

Free tax prep and financial services at 13 locations across the Twin Cities. For individuals and families AccountAbility Minnesota offers free tax preparation and financial services, enlisting the help of nearly 400 IRS-certified volunteers to prepare your taxes.


Year-round tax assistance:

January 27 – April 16 (traditional tax season):  Clinics at 13 sites in the Twin Cities metro area and 24 sites in greater Minnesota.

May and June:  Clinics at two sites – AccountAbility Minnesota and Minneapolis Urban League.  

July through October:  Taxes are prepared solely at the AccountAbility Minnesota main office.  


Income guidelines:

Individuals making $30,000 or less per year

Families making $50,000 or less per year


Use the online tax clinic finder for a list of locations near you, schedules and eligibility requirements at


For more information, call 651-287-0187 or e-mail to


– 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


– Franklin Art Works Photo Exhibit and Gallery Concert


Franklin Art Works is pleased to present solo exhibitions by Dawit L. Petros and Janet Lobberecht. 


Petros premiers four multi-panel photographic works created his recent travels to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Dakar, Senegal. The works are investigations of color, process and abstraction, documenting the artist’s exploration of two disparate cities on either side of the African continent. 


In her new series of prints, local artist Janet Lobberecht incorporates techniques of layering in her printmaking process, adhering bits of detritus (tape, mylar, graphite) to paper then shaping them into abstractions reminiscent of architectural forms. 


The exhibition is open until Saturday, March 19. Gallery hours are 12-5, Tuesday – Saturday. Gallery admission is free. Closing event on Saturday, March 19 will feature performances by Teshome Asseged Yimer and Beytubekii, and a brief artist’s talk by Petros. 


You can find information about our current exhibition on the website:


– Southside Local Food Resource Hub Coffee Meet N Greet

Saturday, March 19, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave S


Come sprout the seeds of change with your friends and neighbors! Join a hub!

Build the local food system and make gardening friends at the same time.  Members get seeds and seedlings and access classes for the beginner to the expert! Gardeners, neighbors, activists, friends and localities! Let’s grow a healthy city! Bring your energy and ideas, bring your family and your friends! Come help us shape the program in our pilot year.


Questions: Contact Gardening Matters 612-821-2358 or  or search for “southside hub” on google groups


– Seward Montessori School Plant Sale


The forecast calls for snow, but our imaginations are longing for Spring.  Give your imagination a boost and support high quality education in our neighborhood by checking out the Seward Montessori School Plant Sale! 


112 varieties of high quality plants at reasonable prices: 

Annuals – Multi-packs…Annuals – Single pots…Herbs…Vegetables…Hanging Baskets…Perennials…Native Perennials…Gift Cards


6 easy steps to order:

1. Go to

2. Download and print the order form

3. Complete the order form (please write Seward Forum as the ‘Student’s Name’ at top of page)

4. Calculate payment

5. Make check payable to Seward PTA

6. Mail or deliver your order form and payment to:


2011 Plant Sale

Seward Montessori School

2309 28th Ave. So.

Minneapolis, MN 55406


Order forms are due in the school office by Monday, March 21.

Your plants will be ready for pick-up at the school gymnasium:

May 5 – 2:00 to 6:00 pm

May 6 – 7:30 to 6:00 pm


-Twin Cities Green Drinks (TCGD)
6:00-7:30 pm, 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)

April 13 – Balancing Act: Creative expression with found objects and nature for home and garden.
Speaker: Jill Waterhouse, Sculptor & Master Gardener.

May 11 – Permaculture Design
Speaker: Dan Halsey, Certified Permaculture Designer.


– Call for Minnesota Artists

Living Green Expo – Art Exhibition, State Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building

May 7-8, 2011

TITLE – Art as a Gateway for Community Engagement: Sustaining Nature and Culture


This 10th anniversary art exhibition focusing on issues pertaining to art as a vital voice in awakening consciousness about the need to perceive and participate in the growing fragility of planet earth. We will feature artwork in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, mixed-media, drawing, watercolor, prints, installation art, and performance art addressing issues of the ecosystem. Sustainable materials, environment from natural wonders to urban landscapes conceptual and representational and innovative/experimental.


Fore more information, contact Roslye Ultan, Curator, at

Deadline for Submissions: March 17, 2011


– 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


– Twin Cities Neighborhood Sustainability Conference

Saturday, April 9, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Central Lutheran Church, 333 12th St. S. (next to Minneapolis Convention Center)



600 other citizen leaders and volunteers from neighborhoods, congregations, schools, businesses and city environmental commissions gather for an opportunity to get practical resources for hands-on projects and to learn from other citizen leaders who have partnered with their city to bring about real and sustainable local policies.


This year’s keynote speakers are Rob Hopkins, author of The Transition Handbook and member of Transition Townes who will be videoconferencing to us from the U.K., and Krista Leraas, founder of Backyard Harvest who is a well known name in the local food movement here in Minnesota.


For more information, contact Sean Gosiewski, Program Director, Alliance for Sustainability at 612-331-1099 or,


– Raingarden Workshops for Clean Water

Get ready for spring by planning a garden that beautifies your yard and helps keep our water clean. Register now for a two-part workshop series, taught by landscape design specialists from the nonprofit group Metro Blooms. The $10-$25 workshops will be offered in nine West Metro communities from mid March to mid June.


Whether you are an experienced gardener or have never tried gardening before, these eco-friendly gardening workshops, will help you learn how to:


Use native plants in your garden landscape

Limit fertilizers and pesticides without compromising a beautiful yard

Capture rainwater on site with rain gardens

Redirect your downspouts

Plan your own garden with one-on-one assistance from landscape designers and Hennepin Master Gardeners.


Participants are also eligible for a low-cost onsite consultation and design drawing.


For more information, visit or call 651.699.2426.




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! 



Seward Neighborhood Group

(612) 338-6205  ext. 119


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