Seward Neighborhood Group Newsletter for Sept. 1, 2011

SNG E-NEWSLETTER – September 1, 2011

 

In this edition …Kings Fair…Seward Profile resurrection…Special rebates and Home Improvement Assistance…Seward Walkers…

 

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

 

The Seward Profile should be landing in your mailbox in the next week!  For more information or to get involved email profile@sng.org

 

Kings Fair Planning meeting—Sept 6, 6:30PM  @ Matthews Park—Kings Fair is scheduled for Saturday September 17th 12 -5PM  Don’t miss it!!  Please email Kerry at kerry@sng.org or call 612-338-6205 ext 119 for more information.

Volunteers Needed Please email Kerry@sng.org 

 

·           Postering in the neighborhood—September 8 – 15 anytime that is convenient for you

Day of King’s Fair

·           8AM  Set up—many needed

·           12 -2  Compost Captains 6 needed

·           2 – 4  Compost Captains 6 needed

·           4 – 5  Compost Captains 6 needed

·           5 – 6  Breakdown many needed

 

 

SNG Home Improvement Assistance

 

Are you thinking about making improvements to your home, but not sure how to proceed?  The Seward Neighborhood Group’s Housing Coordinator can help with project planning, hiring contractors, obtaining financing and advice during construction.

 

In addition, Seward homeowners can take advantage of special loan programs available through a partnership between the Seward Neighborhood Group and the Center for Energy and Environment at interest rates from 0%-5.99%.  The SNG Revolving Loan Program provides loans up to $12,000 to income eligible homeowners for exterior, energy, mechanical, electrical and code improvements at 3.99%.  The Minnesota Fix-up Fund provides loans up to $35,000 for home improvements including additions at 5.99%.  Income eligible Seward homeowners can have their fix-up fund interest rate reduced to 3.99% on up to $20,000 for up to 15 years. The Home Energy Loan Program provides loans up to $20,000 from 0%-4.99% for energy related improvements (0% for terms 36 months or less).

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Doug Wise, SNG’s Housing Coordinator, at (612) 338-6205, ext. 102 or doug@sng.org.

 

 

Seward Environment Committee Rebate

 

The Seward Environment 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 rebate of 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

<http://www.mnenergychallenge.org/Teams/Neighborhoods/Seward_Mpls.aspx>;  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 kerry@sng.org or the SNG office at 2323 East Franklin Avenue.

 

*Qualifying upgrades are: attic insulation and air sealing, wall insulation and air sealing, new furnace or boiler and new water heater.

 

For additional information contact Carol Greenwood at carolgwood@comcast.net

 

 

Seward Walkers

Those interested in "signing up" for the walkers can contact sewardwalkers@gmail.com ... or just meet at Matthews Center – 2318 29th Ave S or Welna II Hardware. Walk with Kate Hague on Sept. 1 in honor of Al Hague.  The Seward West Walkers meet at 7:00 Tuesdays at the parking lot of Welna II hardware.  This group picks up litter as they walk & talk, and are helping to improve Seward.  Join them in this community effort. For more information on the Seward Walkers, please contact Kathy Sikora: 612-375-1696 or ksikora@me.umn.edu.

 

 

Seward Art Crawl

This year the Seward Art Crawl will be held in conjunction with the Franklin Frolic—December 2nd and 3rd.  Art Crawl Kick-off at the Playwrights Center, Dec. 2nd—Local Readings and performance artists! Save the Date!!  Email Kerry@SNG.org if you want to get involved or want to sign up to participate.

 

 

II. SNG Committee Calendar

 

 

Crime and Safety Committee –  September 12 

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

FFI, contact committee chair Kathy Sikora at ksikora@me.umn.edu

-Community Development Committee – September 13

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

FFI, contact Doug Wise at doug@sng.org

History Committee – September 7

6:30, SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

FFI, contact Dick Westby at sandrich22@comcast.net.

-Seward Arts Crawl/Festival-TBD

            Matthews Center 2318 29th Ave. S

            FFI contact Kerry Cashman @ kerry@sng.org or 612-338-6205

-Kings Fair Planning Meeting-September  6

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

            FFI contact Kerry Cashman @ kerry@sng.org or 612-338-6205 ext 119

Environment Committee Meeting – September 12

6:55PM , SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

FFI, contact committee chair Carol Greenwood at carolgwood2@gmail.com

Board of Directors Meeting – September 28

7:00 PM, 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, smains@visi.com.

 

 

II. Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

 

Two musical events in support of Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership


September 24, from 11am to 3pm. SLRJP will be one of several beneficiaries of donations from the first annual “Festival of Giving and Receiving,” a benefit concert and community celebration devoted to food, fun and the joyful practice of generosity in the parking lot of Common Ground, at 2700 East 26th Street, in South Minneapolis. Featured musicians will include: Ellis, Robert Everest, Larry Long and Dean McGraw. 

 In keeping with Common Grounds’ Buddhist tradition, the event will be based on a free-will donation. Other organizations receiving donations, who will also be present to speak with community members on the day of the event: Project Homeless Connect, La Conexion de Las Americas, Wellshare International, Buddhist Global Relief and Dream of Wild Health.

 

September 25, 4:00pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (http://www.saintmarysepiscopal.org/) in St. Paul. SLRJP has been selected as the recipient of donations at an annual classical music concert organized by a Longfellow resident. Featured musicians include: Marya Hart, Liz Lupien, Mimi Tung (premiering a work by David Evan Thomas), Tadeusz Majewski, Evren Ozel and William Yang, Karl Jones, and Mary Louise Knutson.

 

For more information about these events or SLRJP, contact Michele Braley at michele@sng.org or 612-338-6205 x108. 

 

 

III. Community News and Events

 

 

Midtown Farmers Market Expands Shopping Dollars!  

 

In 2006, the Midtown Farmers Market (MFM) became the first market in Minnesota

to accept EBT/Food Stamps. Now, for the second year, MFM will match the first $5 customers spend on their SNAP-EBT cards with $5 in Market Bucks coupons. This means up to $10 of free market goods each week! Customers can use these Market Bucks on fresh and local market goods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, cheese, and bread. The market is located at E. Lake St. and 22nd Ave. S on Tuesdays (3-7) and Saturdays (8-1). Come by and take advantage of this great deal!

 

 

Farmer’s market each Wednesday in Seward

10a.m. -1p.m. at Seward Towers West (probably in parking lot).
2p.m.-5p.m. at Seward Towers East (parking lot on North side of building).
 

 

Last Workshop for Make Mine Solar!

The State Rebate Expires September 15th for Solar Thermal Installations. Last chance to take one of these workshops to learn about this program and meet the installers.

There is extra money for people in Seward. Please email www.makeminesolar.org for details.0%

Financing Now Available for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The Center for Energy and Environment now offers 0% financing to qualified homeowners of single family owner occupied residences statewide.  Designed to address the needs of homeowners prior to the winter, this program offers 0% financing for many energy efficiency upgrades including air sealing, insulation, windows, high efficiency heating systems and more.  Insufficient insulation is the main cause of ice dams which created huge damage to homes across Minnesota last year.   Did you know that it only costs approximately $2-3,000 to have the average home’s attic air sealed and insulated?   That’s about $85/month for 3 years at no interest for peace of mind this winter.  The chart below identifies the monthly payments associated with the corresponding loan amount.  CEE offers up to a $20,000 loan amount for this program.


 

Loan Amount

Fixed Rate

Monthly Payment*

Loan

Term

$1,000

0%

$30.00

3 years

$3,000

0%

$85.00

3 years

$5,000

0%

$140.00

3 years

$7,000

0%

$195.00

3 years

 

 

For more information on this program and others offered in your community by the Center for Energy and Environment, visit www.ceeloans.org  or contact 612-335-5884 or loaninfo@mncee.org.

*These monthly payments are meant to be estimates only.  Monthly payment may vary slightly depending upon several factors.

 

 

Festival of Giving and Receiving—September 24th 11AM – 3PM 

Common Ground, 2700 East 26th St.

Common Ground Meditation Center would like to invite you to the first annual “Festival of Giving and Receiving,” a benefit concert and community celebration devoted to food, fun and the joyful practice of generosity. Saturday, September 24, from 11am to 3pm in the parking lot of Common Ground, at 2700 East 26th Street, in the Seward neighborhood. In keeping with Common Grounds’ Buddhist tradition, the event will be based on a free-will donation – without a fixed admission price, but encouraging donations from $2 to $2000. All proceeds will directly benefit the following organizations, who will also be present to speak with community members on the day of the event:  Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership, Project Homeless Connect , La Conexion de las Americas , Wellshare International , Buddhist Global Relief , Dream of Wild Health  

 

 

This newsletter was compiled by SNG with the assistance of neighbors who contributed suggestions and news items. To subscribe, send an email to admin@sng.org with “subscribe” in the subject line. To unsubscribe, send an email to admin@sng.org 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 admin@sng.org. Thank you! 

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