SNG E-Newsletter – April 1, 2011

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – April 1, 2011


In this edition …Garage Sale Registration is Open… Seward Stroll Patrol is Back! … Seward Co-op’s Community-Supported Agriculture Fair Free Learn-to-Bike Classes in Seward … and more!


***April is National Poetry Month***


(Though Seward has poetry on its lips year–round, I suspect.)  A poem for you, dear Seward—


Even after all this time
the sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me.”

Look what happens
with a love like that—
it lights the whole sky.

~Hafiz (from The Gift)


***Seward Garage Sale Days Registration Open***


Spring is here, and the Seward Garage Sales are coming up fast! Last year there were over 100 sales throughout Seward, with bargains for everyone. One person’s stuff is another person’s treasure. Or, at the very least, a fabulous deal.

Garage Sale Days – Friday, May 13 & Saturday, May 14
9 am – 5 pm

For a registration form, visit

Registration closes Friday, May 6.

NEW THIS YEAR – In addition to a print map, a Google interactive map of the garage sales will be available online the week of the sale. This map will allow shoppers to locate and browse the sales online, including pictures of sale items. More details to come.

We can’t make this all happen without volunteers.  Some tasks that will need doing are:

     -Promoting sales to your neighbors (without a print newspaper for Seward, it’s harder to get the word out to everyone)

     -Sign-making (end of April)

     -Sign delivery the week of the sale (car needed)

     -Sign pick up the Monday after the sale (car needed)


If you can help with any of these jobs (an hour of your time!), please call the SNG office at 338-6205, x119, or e-mail to


***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


***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


***Dual Sort Recycling Pilot Program Comes to Seward***


This pilot, which started on March 29, will switch the city’s current “multi-sort” recycling system to a “dual sort” recycling collection program.  With only two recycling bins to fill instead of eight, over the twelve-month span of this project the amount of recyclable material collected could increase by an estimated fifty percent (about fifty tons).  Approximately 700 homes and 2000 residents in Seward are in the pilot area.   


Please check your mail for an invitation to participate in the pilot program.  You must select a container option and mail a card back to the city indicating you will participate.  If you have any questions, contact Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling Customer Service at (612) 673-2917.  To see a map of the program area in Seward, visit  


***New History and Archives Link on SNG webpage!***

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.  ( at 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.


I. SNG Committee Calendar

– Community Development Committee – April 12

– History Committee – April 14

– Environment Committee Meeting – April 18

– Board of Directors Meeting – April 27

– Crime and Safety Committee – May 9


II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

– Conference Facilitator Training – May 20-22


III. Community News and Events

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

– Twin Cities Neighborhood Sustainability Conference – April 9

– České písničky: A celebration of Czech music – April 9

– Twin Cities Green Drinks – April 13, May 11

– National Poetry Month “Poem in Your Pocket Day” – April 14

– Seward Co-op’s Community-Supported Agriculture Fair – April 16

– Free Learn-to-Bike Classes in Seward – April 17 & April 24

– Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors Italian Dinner Fundraiser – April 28

– Raingarden Workshops for Clean Water


I. SNG Committee Calendar


– Community Development Committee – Tuesday, April 12

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


For further information, contact Doug Wise at


– History Committee – Thursday, April 14

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


For further information, contact Dick Westby at


– Environment Committee Meeting – Monday, April 18

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


For further information, contact committee chair Carol Greenwood at


– Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, April 27

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,


– Crime and Safety Committee – Next meeting Monday, May 9

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


For further information, contact committee chair Kathy Sikora at


II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News


– 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 


– 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 to 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,


– České písničky: A celebration of Czech music

Saturday, April 9, 7:00 pm

Prospect Park United Methodist Church, 22 Orlin Ave SE (near the intersection of I-94 and MN 280)


Frank Trnka – Dudy, Piano, Recorder

Jody Ouradnik – Folk Harp, Voice, Recorder

Stu Anderson – Saxophones, Pedal Steel Guitar


This concert celebrates Czech music, old & new, traditional folk & classical, plus familiar American tunes, but all sung in Czech. The performers will be in “kroj” (traditional Czech folkdress). Concert attendees who wish to come dressed in traditional Czech folkdress are encouraged to do so!


There is no charge for the concert, but a free-will offering will be taken. Donations will benefit two recipients: 1) the Pratt Council/Friends of Pratt in support of local music/dance/arts programs for children at Pratt Community Education Center in Prospect Park; and 2) SOKOL Minnesota in support of their renovation project of CSPS Hall in St Paul, the longest serving Czech-Slovak hall in continuous use in the U.S., which will celebrate 125 years of use by the Czech & Slovak communities in 2012. Concert-goers will have the opportunity to designate how their individual donations should be split between these organizations.


Directions and more concert information are available on the church Web site, Parking is available on the street or in the Pratt Elementary School parking lot across the street from the church. 


-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.


– National Poetry Month “Poem in Your Pocket Day” – April 14

Celebrate national Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 14!


The idea is simple: select a poem you love during then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.  It’s easy to carry a poem, share a poem, or start your own PIYP day event.

– Start a “poems for pockets” give-a-way in your school or workplace

– Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems

– Post pocket-sized verses in public places

– Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards


Poems will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores. Create your own Poem in Your Pocket Day event using ideas from or let us know how your plans, projects, and suggestions for Poem in Your Pocket Day by emailing

Need a Poem for Your Pocket?
Along with your library, bookstore, or shelf at home, you can find the perfect poem for your pocket by browsing, or by signing up to receive a poem from new spring poetry titles each day during April.


Download pocket-sized poem PDFs to print and share at

– Tenth Annual Seward Co-op Community-Supported Agriculture Fair! 

Saturday, April 16, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Seward Co-op’s parking lot, 2823 E. Franklin Ave.


The CSA Fair is a meeting point between rural and urban folks committed to the local food economy. At the fair, our community can learn about different CSA programs and select a participating farm that best meets their needs. Each grower offers a different package depending on the farm’s length of season, items offered, cost and drop-off locations. Purchasing a share helps cover a farm’s yearly operating expenses and connects us to the bounty and risk that farmers take in growing healthful, fresh, local food.


For more details and a list of participating farms, visit


Raffle Prizes!
The co-op is holding two raffles in the co-op during the CSA Fair.  Sign up at the Meat & Seafood counter for a chance to win a meat bundle (valued at $225), an opportunity to purchase in bulk from the co-op and save money. Also, stop by the Customer Service desk to sign up the book raffle for an opportunity to win one of three prizes.


– Free Learn-to-Bike Classes in Seward

Sunday, April 17 & 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

2310 Snelling Ave (between Coastal Seafoods and the LRT)

Indoor and outdoor space, so the events are on, rain or shine

FREE.  All ages welcome—attend one or both classes.


Interested in learning to bike this spring?  Don’t have a bike to learn on?  This is a great opportunity to work with individuals who are bike advocates with experience working with new riders.  A safe space for all skill levels to practice and have fun in preparation for the spring biking season!  Bring yourself and your positivity—bikes and instructors will be provided.


Instructors include: Harris Grigoropoulos of Redesign, Charlotte Fagan of MacBike, Laura Kling of Grease Rag, and Laila Davis.


For more details, contact Harris Grigoropoulos at (773) 852-9911, or


-Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors Italian Dinner Fundraiser

Thursday, April 28, 5:30-8:00 pm

Minnehaha Academy – North Campus, 3100 W. River Parkway


David Nimmer, retired WCCO TV reporter, Star Tribune editor and reporter, and journalism professor, will be our guest speaker.  Soloist Emily Green and pianist Chris Lomhein will provide musical entertainment.


An Italian menu will be served and the evening will include a Silent Auction.  Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased through the Healthy Seniors office by calling 612-729-5799.  Everyone is welcome!


– 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! 






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