SNG E-NEWSLETTER – April 14, 2011

Hi, my name is Kerry Cashman, the new Community Coordinator at Seward Neighborhood Group. I have been a Seward resident for almost 16 years and I am very excited to join SNG as their Community Coordinator. Please feel free to email me at or call me at 612-338-6205 if you have any questions or information you want to share about the Seward Neighborhood.


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

***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. For a registration form, visit

Garage Sale Days – Friday, May 13 & Saturday, May 14 

9 am –-5 pm 

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 – May 10 

– 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 

– – Twin Cities Daily Planet Monthly series—April 14 

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

-Earth Day Watershed Clean-up—April 16 

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

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

-Pedal Pub Seward/Longfellow Season Opener—April 23 

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

– Community Solar Educational Workshop—May 2 

– Permaculture Design–May 11 – Twin Cities Green Drinks – May 11 

Raingarden Workshops for Clean Water 

Live cooking demonstration-Shabelle Grocery—May 13 

I. SNG Committee Calendar 

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

Community Development Committee – Tuesday, May 10 

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

For further information, contact Doug Wise 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

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

The Twin Cities Daily Planet’s series, The New Normal: Deciding Community Priorities in a Downsized Economy, tackles a different issue each month> tackles a different issue each month.. This month it’s the state budget. Tonight, you’ll get some budget basics, balance the budget yourself, have an opportunity to discuss what YOU think lawmakers should consider as they negotiate, and leave with at least one action step.

R.S.V.P. to

Earth Day Watershed Clean up. April 16, 9:30 to Noon.

Come join us at sites 24th and West River Parkway and help clean up the river gorge and the neighborhood. No pre-registration is required! Arrive between 9:30 a.m.-noon and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will give you gloves and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash. The Birchwood Cafe will be providing Peace Coffee and baked goods for the 24th and West River Parkway clean up site.

For other Earth Day sites visit Every site has a coordinator who is there to assist volunteers and to answer any questions you may have. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, though we will have thin cotton gloves available for volunteers who need them. Check in at the registration table to get a bag and instructions on where to pick-up and leave trash. A volunteer coordinator will be at each site to assist volunteers and answer any questions.

If you are with a group of 10 or more volunteers looking for a site that may be a good fit for your group, please call Michelle Kellogg, Volunteer Coordinator, at 612-313-7778 for a list of sites that can accommodate a group of your size. 

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


Seward Co-op will also have free music by Will King and his Spanish acoustic guitar 11AM. 

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 for 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

PedalPub Seward/Longfellow Season Opener—Free Rides 

Saturday, April 23rd 12 – 4PM starting at the Eagles Club 2507 E 25th ST. 

Try the Pedal Pub! Join them for their 2011 Season Opener Party! Tour the Seward/Longfellow Neighborhoods. Visit your neighbors and make new friends. Any donations will go to Seward Neighborhood Group.

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!

Community Solar Educational Workshop 

Monday May 2 6:30 – 8:30 PM Free 

Matthews Park 2313 28th Avenue South 

This workshop is to highlight our Solar Hot Water/Air Heat Bulk Purchase Program, Make Mine Solar. Participants will learn the basics of energy efficiency, solar hot water and solar air heat technology, how the bulk purchase program works, rebates, incentives and financing.

May 11 – Permaculture Design 

Speaker: Dan Halsey, Certified Permaculture Designer. 

Twin Cities Green Drinks (TCGD)—May 11 

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) 

Live cooking demonstration– Friday, May 13 from 5pm-6pm Shabelle Grocery (2325 E. Franklin) 

The store owner and staff at Neighborhood Grocery have significantly increased the visibility and variety of fresh produce offered and we would like to celebrate their efforts with neighborhood leaders and residents at this event.

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. 


Graffitti Removal 

As the temperatures rise, it’s now again possible to remove graffiti. In case you don’t already know it, the Minneapolis graffiti reporting site is Please consider bookmarking the URL in your browser so you can submit reports easily and quickly after seeing graffiti in the neighborhood. If we all report tagging whenever it appears, it might discourage the proliferation of cross-tagging that sometimes shows up in the same locations.


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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