SNG Newsletter – February 2, 2012


 Feb 2, 2012

The following people have had donations given to SNG in their name:   Bernie Weibel, Dick Westby, Charlie Hoffman,  Verna Strick and Kate BruceThank you Bernie, Dick, Charlie, Verna and Kate for all you have done for the Seward Neighborhood!



Join Jazz88ʼs Morning Show with Ed Jones Friday morning February 3rd, 7 to 9 a.m. for an In the Neighborhood Live Broadcast from The Birchwood Cafe (3311 E. 25th St.) in Minneapolisʼ Seward Neighborhood. Jazz88ʻs In the Neighborhood broadcasts celebrate the stories of our vibrant neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Ed will be spinning his usual mix of jazz, traffic updates, neighborhood interviews, news and more. Stop on down to have coffee with Ed and experience and celebrate the Seward neighborhood! 

Listen for neighborhood celebrities Tracy Singleton, Sheldon Mains, Mary Delander and John Devine.


SNG Newsletter Moving to MailChimp–Yippee

We know the newsletter hasn’t been pretty or easy to read.  We are sorry about that.  We are going to be using MailChimp to send out our newsletters.  We believe this will make a huge difference.  If you would like to help in the transition, give Kerry a call or email at 612-338-6205 ext 119 or


SNG Makes Changes to Home Improvement Loan Programs


Income limits for the Revolving Loan Program and Interest Subsidy Grant Program have been raised from 80% of the metro median income to 115%.  The current household income limit for the programs is now $96,500. SNG has also created a new Emergency Deferred Loan Program to assist homeowners in making emergency repairs when they don’t have access to other funding.


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 Interest Subsidy Grant Program reduces the interest rate on Minnesota Fix-up Fund loans from 5.99% to 3.99% on loans up to $20,000 for up to 15 years. The Minnesota Fix-up Fund can be used for most types of home improvement projects including interior remodeling and additions. 


The purpose of the Emergency Deferred Loan Program is to provide deferred loans to owner-occupants of properties in the Seward neighborhood who face emergency home repairs and are unable to obtain funds to repair the problem. Loans will be made to cover the cost of correcting the problem up to a maximum of $5,000. For homeowners unable to make monthly payments, the loans will be repaid when the house is sold.


For more information on the loan programs or general home improvement advice, contact Doug Wise, SNG’s Housing Coordinator, at (612) 338-6205, ext. 102 or

“National Night In”  Don’t wait until August to see all your neighbors!!  They are still all there behind closed doors and cold cars.  Join other Seward Block Clubs and have a “National Night In” party.  Find someone willing to host and invite the neighbors for a potluck.  If seating space is an issue, have your neighbors for coffee or tea and ask everyone to bring a treat.  Sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon event!

Exciting news!  We are planning a fun new event for Saturday June 16th.   Teams of neighbors will scour the neighborhood on foot or on bike for clues during a community wide scavenger hunt.  All teams and team supporters will end at Matthews for a neighborhood wide potluck in the park.   Our next planning meeting is Feb 21st at 7PM at the home of Kerry Cashman & Bill Barnett—2901 E. 22nd St.  Call Kerry at 612-338-6205 ext 119 or email at if you have any questions.


Communications meeting:  Do you like working on websites…Newsletters…Facebook?  This is your chance to change the look of SNG’s online communications.  We are meeting February 7th to discuss the look and content of all of SNG’s materials.  We’re looking for volunteers to help create our new look.  Come to the SNG offices on Tuesday, Feb 7th at 7PM.  Call Kerry at 612-338-6205 ext 119 or email at if you have any questions.


Seward Garage Sale Days Scheduled for May 18th and 19th 

Save the date(s) for the annual Seward Garage Sales and clean out your basements!!


Green Yards in Seward

Tired of our brown winter and want a little green?  Check out the attached story and pictures, about our Great Green Yard #2.


Nominate a neighbor to be part of the “Great Green Yard” project


“Great Green Yard” is part of the Environment Committee’s “Make Seward Green” program, part of our effort to help neighbors reduce use of products that damage health, air, and water, and use products and practices that are safe for human health and the environment while getting the same or better results.


SNG Committee Calendar


Board of Directors Meeting – February 22

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 Mike Trdan

Communications Committee-Feb 7 

7PM at SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

            FFI, contact

Community Building Committee-Feb 21

            7PM at Kerry Cashman’s house, 2901 E. 22nd St.

            FFI, contact Kerry @

-Community Development Committee – Feb 14 (may be rescheduled to March 13)

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

FFI, contact Doug Wise at

-Crime and Safety Committee –  April 9th (meets Quarterly) 

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

FFI, contact committee co-chair Dick Westby 722-2853

Environment Committee Meeting – March 19 (meets Quarterly)

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

FFI, contact committee chair Mike Trydn,

-History Committee – Feb 28

7PM, SNG office, 2323 E. Franklin Ave.

FFI, contact Dick Westby at



Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership News

Two Fun Events to Support Restorative Justice


Wine, Beer & Liquor tasting—Saturday, Feb 11 from 6:30 – 9PM


Zipps Liquors will be hosting a Wine, Beer and Liquor tasting on Saturday, February 11 from 6:30-9:00 to benefit Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership. Tickets are $20 individually or $30 if you buy two.  The event will be at the Minneapolis Eagles Club (2507 E. 25th Street).  Tickets are available from SLRJP, Zipps,  or at the door.

Benefit concert at Faith Mennonite Church—Sunday March 11th 2:00 – 4:00PM

Mark your calendars for benefit concert for SLRJP in March.  Faith Mennonite church and Community of St. Martin will co-host a concert on Sunday, March 11 from 2:00-4:00pm with singer-songwriters, folks musicians and blue grass by performers including Ray Makeever, Linda and Sophia Breitag, Robin Nelson and Chris Jones. The concert is free and donations to SLRJP will be gratefully received at the concert.


For information about either event or to find out more about SLRJP contact Michele Braley at 612-338-6205 x108 or


Community News and Events


Playwrights’ Center reading “The Few” by Samuel D. Hunter  Monday Feb 6 at 7PM

This Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 pm, the Playwrights’ Center will be presenting its latest free staged reading, *The Few* by Samuel D. Hunter. If you haven’t had a chance to check out one of our Ruth Easton readings, you won’t be disappointed. The event is casual, there are free snacks and drinks provided, and there’s a discussion with the playwright afterwards. Samuel D. Hunter is a rapidly rising star in the world of playwriting — his play *A Bright New Boise *just had an extended run at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and *The Whale *premiered to rave reviews at Denver Center Theatre earlier in January.




Ice Follies at Matthews Park–Saturday, February 11, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

A day filled with winter fun, on the ice, for the whole family to enjoy. Relays, games, prizes, food, and entertainment for everyone. Bundle up and jump on the horse drawn hayride with your friends and neighbors. Co-sponsored by Minneapolis Community Education. FREE – ALL AGES WELCOME


Midtown Greenway WINTER WONDER WALK/RIDE  February 11th 2012 12 – 2PM:

A wintertime extravaganza on the Midtown Greenway. 

The Midtown Greenway has become a backbone of bicycle transit and recreation in south Minneapolis—and not just in summertime.  Whether you’re a walker, an experienced year-round biker, or a fair-weather cyclist just itching to get back out on the trails, come to the first-ever Winter Wonder Walk/Ride on February 11th to see just how fun winter on the Greenway can be!  From 12 pm. to 2 p.m., the Midtown Greenway will teem with activity: a fat tire bike obstacle course courtesy of Freewheel, Nice Ride MN’s slow-bike races, tricycle trains, three-legged snowshoe races, bike tubing, and more.  We’ll have snacks and hot drinks to keep you going; you can even enjoy a s’more made with a marshmallow-toasting bicycle. 

Register now by going to!  Participation is free and open to the public.  Plenty of activities will be centered around the Midtown area, within walking distance of each other.  You can also bring a bike to access another activity hub at Brackett Park.  Either way, check in outside of Freewheel Midtown Bike Center between 11:30 and 12.  The official kick-off will happen at noon outside of Freewheel!

More info available at, and contact with questions.

Fourth Annual Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale
The fourth Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser hosted by the Holy Trinity Lutheran Confirmation students will be Sunday, February 12, 8 am – 1 pm. Grab your favorite valentine and plan to attend! Funds raised help to subsidize the cost of youth trips. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved in advance by calling 612-729-8358.




Let’s put the “veg” back in V-Day to support Boneshaker Books! On February 14, enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner by renowned vegan chef, Joshua Ploeg, hosted at the Seward Cafe. There will be two seatings for dinner: 7:00pm and 8:30pm. This is not just for couples; groups & singletons are welcome! There will be childcare available during the first seating (7pm) at the bookstore. The will be beverages, but beer and wine will be BYOB!   

Purchase tickets here:

Fare For All Express
Fare for all Express will distribute food on Wednesday, February 15 from 5 – 7 PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  This is a great way to save money on quality nutritious food. Fare For All Express buys fruits, vegetables, and frozen meats in bulk to save you up to 40% off grocery store prices. They select the best food from the shipments, pre-packaging it to give you the greatest deals. Fare For All Express is community supported and open to everyone. The more people who participate, the better. Packages range from $10-$30. Come to the north entrance facing Lake Street/East Lake Library. 

Minnehaha Park Family Nature Quest  Saturday, February 18, 10 — 11:30 am

It’s time for a winter quest! Bring the family out to Minnehaha Park where you will be able to hike, explore and follow the clues placed throughout the park to unlock its secrets and find a hidden treasure. It’s a nature-based scavenger hunt in winter. After the quest is completed, stick around to spend some time in the park while enjoying some warm and delicious treats! Meet at the Minnehaha Park music pavilion. Call 612-313-7725 for more details.


Home improvement talks


“Home Improvement: Found Space” is a talk offered at Nokomis Library, 5100 34th Ave. S., Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. South Minneapolis homeowners who would like more usable space from a home without expanding its footprint can see how a designer does it. “Before and after case histories will amaze you and start you thinking about the hidden potential of your home,” said Fred Peters of F&P Remodeling by Design, seminar presenter.


March 6, 6:30 p.m., Bob Buck of Buck Brothers Construction will present “When should I contact a contractor?” at the East Lake library, 2727 East Lake Street, for homeowners who want to make changes but are not sure where to begin, or those thinking of tackling a DIY project. Learn how the pieces of the construction puzzle fit together, and how to work with today’s professionals to stretch dollars.


Auditions for Theatre Production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”
The Holy Trinity Theatre Circle’s spring production will be an adaptation of the timeless Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life!”  Come join Holy Trinity as they travel to Bedford Falls and into the lives of George and Mary Bailey and their family and friends and watch how George’s life has such a positive impact on everyone he meets.  Be a part of George’s struggles with the evil Mr. Potter, and marvel as Clarence the Angel helps George to understand that George really HAS had a “wonderful life!”  As in the classic movie, there are many characters to bring to life–people of ALL AGES are needed for the parts, children, young adults, older adults–everyone.  They will be holding AUDITIONS on Saturday morning, February 25 starting at 10 am, and Sunday afternoon, February 26 starting at 12:30 pm, in the first floor Bartsch Room (please come to east entrance).  NO PREPARATION OR PAST EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!    Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
Don’t feel comfortable on stage but still want to be a part of the production?  We always need behind-the-scenes help with sets, props, lights, costumes, and publicity, so if you’re interested in that, let us know!  If you have questions, just email the director – Peter Johnson at



South Minneapolis Housing Fair, Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. is at South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis 

Dozens of home improvement professionals, finance people and artisan trades gather under one roof. This popular, free information fair is in its 18th year, a project of several south Minneapolis neighborhood organizations. In addition to exhibits, several workshops will be offered in two sessions that day.


For more information, visit or Facebook, or call 612-867-4874.

AARP Tax Assistance
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (2730 East 31st Street) hosts AARP income tax aid for seniors and low income taxpayers. Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 am —2:30 pm beginning February 6 and going through April 10.  Enter through east entrance and go up to the second floor. No appointment necessary.  First come, first served.


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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