SNG Newsletter

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – June 30, 2011


In this edition … Kings Fair …National Night Out… Special rebates and Home Improvement Assistance…Seward Walkers…Opening on the SNG Board of Directors !!!


I.   SNG News and Events

II. SNG Committee Calendar  

III. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

IV. Community News and Events 


I.  SNG News and Events


Kings Fair Planning meeting set—July 14 7PM  @ SNG—Planners needed!!

Kings Fair has been scheduled for Saturday September 17th, now all we need to do is plan a fun exciting event. Please come to our planning meeting on July 14th at 7PM in the SNG offices, 2323 Franklin Ave. Please email Kerry at or call 612-338-6205 ext 119 if you want to be involved in planning this great Neighborhood event, but can’t come to this meeting. 

Special needs are: 

Music recruiter & organizer

Children’s events organizer

Family kickball tournament organizer

Food Vender Recruiter 

National Night Out—Save the Date!!

It is getting to be that time of year.  NNO is set for Tuesday, August 2nd.  You register your block party online at register your event or call 311 .  If you register before July 19 there is no charge for blocking off your street.  Act now!!  If you need help planning a block party or just want to know if you already have a block leader contact Kerry at


Community Energy Services Workshop


A free educational workshop for homeowners will be held at South High School (3131 19th Ave. S.) on Thursday, July 7th, 6:30 p.m   To reserve your spot or for other workshop dates contact: Kyle Boehm at (612) 219-7334 or *Free childcare provided at the workshop*


Learn how to reduce your energy use and save money. Join over 3,700 Minneapolis homeowners and over 130 Seward homeowners that have already participated! Community Energy Services, a partnership with the Center for Energy and Environment, City of Minneapolis, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy.


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, or visit <>   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).


Seward Environmental Committee Rebate


The Seward Environmental Committee is offering a special $150 rebate to members of the Seward community who are participating in both the Minnesota Energy Challenge and Community Energy Services!  This rebate is in addition to the rebates of up to $400 from the Center for Energy and Environment and up to $350 from Center Point Energy for participants in the program.


To receive this rebate, you must be a member of the Seward Energy Challenge team

<>, have received a home energy visit through Community Energy Services and completed one of the recommended upgrades* from that visit between 9/1/2010 and the end of this year.  To receive this $150 rebate, you need to submit the following:


Copy of your “Home Energy Report – Reduction Plan” that you received at your home visit;

A signed invoice from your contractor for the completed work;

A print-out of your Energy Challenge dashboard (“My Challenge”).


Submit these forms to Kerry Cashman at or the SNG office at 2323 East Franklin Avenue.


Seward Walkers – 7PM Every Thursday at Matthews and Tuesdays at Welna

Meet in the parking lot behind Welna Hardware on Tuesday or at Matthews on Thursdays at 7PM and walk with your neighbors for 1 &frac12; hours.  This is the perfect chance to get exercise, meet new neighbors and check out the emerging gardens.  Walk every week or just once a month whatever fits your schedule. 


Those interested in “signing up” for the walkers can contact … or just meet at Matthews Center – 2318 29th Ave S or Welna Hardware. For more information on the Seward Walkers, please contact Kathy Sikora: 612-375-1696 or


Board of Directors Opening Still Available


There is still one more opening on the SNG Board.  The board meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  Board members are expected to attend board meetings and join a SNG committee.  This is a great way to make a difference in your community.  Email to express interest or if you have any questions or come to the August 24th Board meeting and check it out.  Meetings are at the Seward Towers East (NE corner of Franklin Avenue and 29th Avenue) in the 2nd floor meeting room (it is handicap accessible). To get there, enter the north door (off the parking lot) and go through the door immediately to your left. Follow the long hall to the Advantage Center.


Cake Eater Bakery going out of business

As of July 10, 2011 Cake Eater will be going out of business.  You have 10 days to stop by and have a final treat, say goodbye and show them that they will be missed. 


II. SNG Committee Calendar


Crime and Safety Committee – July 11 

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

FFI, contact committee chair Kathy Sikora at

-Community Development Committee – July 12

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

FFI, contact Doug Wise at

History Committee – July 13

9:30AM – 12PM, SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

FFI, contact Dick Westby at

-Seward Arts Crawl/Festival-July 13

            6:30PM Matthews Center 2318 29th Ave. S

            FFI contact Kerry Cashman @ or 612-338-6205

-Kings Fair Planning Meeting-July 14

             7PM SNG office , 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

            FFI contact Kerry Cashman @ or 612-338-6205

Environment Committee Meeting – July 18

6:55 p.m., SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

FFI, contact committee chair Carol Greenwood at

Board of Directors Meeting – Aug 24

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.  FFI, contact board chair Sheldon Mains,


II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News


Thanks to the individuals who have donated a total of $1800 to SLRJP in June! With your help we are making it despite significant cuts to our government funding in the past two years.   


Our next Advisory Committee meeting is July 11 from 6:30-8:00pm at Longfellow Park. Join us to get updates about the program’s work, learn about upcoming events and discuss ways to increase our visibility and viability.


Contact Michele at or 612-338-6205 x108 for more information about SLRJP and to learn about how you can be involved.  Follow SLRJP on Facebook!


III. Community News and Events


Music in the Garden Series at Holy Trinity–Sunday, July 3 at 11 AM & Sunday, July 24 from 3– 6 Several weekends this summer, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will offer refreshments and live music in its rain garden.  Mark your calendars for during the Watershed Friendly Garden Tour for these opportunities. 


The Playwrights’ Center,   Free Reading Thursday, July 8 at 3 pm

2301 E Franklin Ave
Playwright Mona Mansour’s The Hour of Feeling
“In 1967, fueled by a love of English Romantic poetry and Wordsworth in particular, a young Palestinian academic, Adham, and his new wife, Abir, take a trip to London, where he will deliver a career-defining lecture. While the situation in his home “country” deteriorates and his marriage threatens to dissolve, Adham confronts his fear of failure and the reality that he may be an outsider no matter where he goes.”


Art@Hand at Northern Clay Center Saturday, July 16 1 – 4

Community Open House…Games…Food Everyone welcome…20th Anniversary Alumni Reunion, Repurposed Pot Sale and Artists Reception


Free Geek has opened its doors in Seward Commons

Free Geek Twin Cities is dedicated to addressing Digital Divide and Electronic Waste issues though direct, local, community-driven action and they are now in Seward Neighborhood at 2310 Snelling Ave, just west of Minnehaha Ave around 22nd St.

The Digital Divide and Education 

There are still many people in our community that do not have access to computers and the Internet, or do not possess the skills to adequately leverage these technologies. There are many reasons for this gap in our population, but one of Free Geeks main goals is alleviate this problem through work and education. Volunteers work in programs where they gain skills on how to use, build, and understand computers, and in the process earn a free computer.

Electronic Waste and Reuse

With the rapid growth of technology, our community has created large quantities of electronic waste. FGTC accepts this waste and its first goal is to reuse this material and refurbish it into a new computer to give to volunteers or to sell in our thrift store. It is not always possible to reuse all the materials they get, so they are dedicated to recycling those materials in a way that is both environmentally and socially friendly.

Hours   Wednesday, Noon – 5pm   Saturday, Noon – 5pm   Sunday, 2pm – 7pm


Fare for All

Do you want to eat healthy without “breaking the bank?” Check out Fare for All, a cooperative food buying program with a new location in south Minneapolis! Open to everyone, Fare for All sells packages of fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meats for up to 40% less than grocery store prices. Food sales take place one Wednesday a month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E. 31st St. 2011 dates are:  July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 14. Come between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. to visit the distribution. No pre-registration is required. Because Fare For All buys food in bulk, the more people who participate, the better!


Kids Eat FREE! – Summer meals for Kids ages 1-18 are available for free. Find the many nearby locations by texting 612-516-FOOD, calling 211 or going to  Meals are available at Seward Montessori School, Matthews Park, Holy Trinity, Anne Sullivan School and both Seward Towers East and West. 


Minneapolis Park Board Concert Series

The outdoor concert series has begun! For more information, see the news release or visit


Emerald Ash Borer  As part of the ongoing effort to slow the spread of emerald ash borer (EAB), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will soon introduce tiny, stingless wasps as biological control in several locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Read more about this here:


Music and Movies at Minneapolis Parks 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has announced its summer 2011 music and movie schedule. Watch the RiverCurrent for information about the concerts at Nicollet Island, Hennepin Bluffs and Minnehaha Falls, and for more information on all of the music offerings:


Graffiti 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! 



Kerry Cashman, Community Coordinator

Seward Neighborhood Group

2323 E. Franklin Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55406

612-338-6205, x119




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