Seward Neighborhood Group October 2012 Newsletter

Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘hood scheduled…Annual Meeting on November 7th…Spokes Events and more…

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Seward Neighborhood Group

SNG Events

  • Seward Walkers– done for the season
  • Spokes Learn to Ride Wednesdays at Matthews Park 4:30 – 6:30
  • Spokes Open Shop Every Saturday from 1PM – 5PM
  • Spokes Comunity Rides Every Saturday 10:30 – 12 noon.
  • Spokes Women Only Open Shop 4th Monday of every month 7 PM – 9PM
  • Spokes Weekly Volunteering–every Thursday from 4PM – 8PM
  • Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘hood October 29 7PM planning meeting 7PM at Matthews Center
  • SNG Annual Meeting November 7 6PM – 8PM Matthews Center 2318 29th Ave. S.  FFI contact
  • Seward Winter Froilc kick-off November 30 6:30PM – 9:30 PM Playwright’s Center 2301  E. Franklin Ave.
  • Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘hood December 1st and December 2nd  Save the Date!!

SNG Committee Calendar

  • Board of Directors Meeting – October 24th    7:00 PM, Matthews Center 2318 29th Ave. S.. 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 chairs Ben Walen or  Mike Trdan
  • Seward Winter Frolic:  Art in the ‘hood October 29th 7PM Planning meeting at Matthews Center FFI contact Kerry Cashman at
  • Seward History Committee TBASNG Offices 2323 Franklin Ave. FFI contact Dick Westby 722-2853
  • SNG Annual Meeting November 7 6PM – 8PM Matthews Center 2318 29th Ave. S.  FFI contact
  • Community Development Committee –November 13th 7PM PM,  Matthews Center 2318 29th Ave. S.  FFI, contact Doug Wise at

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Parnership

To learn more about SLRJP and find out how you can be involved, contact Michele Braley at 612-338-6205 x108 or



Seward Neighborhood Group News


Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘hood–December 1st and 2nd

Registration ends on November 2nd.  Don’t miss your chance to be listed in the map.

The annual Seward Arts Festival is scheduled for December 1st and 2nd from 12 – 5PM with a kickoff party on Friday November 30th from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at the Playwright’s Center.  Register on line at or go to 

Planning Meeting Monday October 29nd 7PM at Matthews Park

Seward Annual Meeting November 7th 6 – 9PM at Matthews Park
Come for the potluck and Silent Auction deals and stay for the SNG updates!

Silent Auction donations needed for the Annual Meeting on November 7th
Please email if you have any items that could be donated to the SNG Silent Auction.  Items should be new (in most cases but not always so).

Spokes Bike Walk Connect

  • Weekly Volunteer Evening:  Every Thursday 4PM – 8PM (come whenever you can).  Any skill level welcomed.  Help repair used bikes (and a great time to drop off a repairable bike you want to donate).
  • Open Shop–Every Saturday from 1 – 5PM.  Use our tools to fix your bike.  A bike mechanic will be available to help when needed.
  • Women Only open Shop–the 4th Monday of every month from 7 – 9PM.
  • Community Rides–Every Saturday morning from 10:30 – 12 Noon.  Relaxed pace, 4 – 6 miles to different locations in the area.  A great family activity.  Bring your own bike or borrow one from SPOKES (only adult bikes are available)
  • Used Bike DriveDonate your unused, repairable bikes to SPOKES–Are you trying to get your car back in your garage? Do you have a bike gathering dust in the basement or storeroom?  Get that un-used bike into the hands of someone who will use it! SPOKES relies on a steady supply of repairable used bikes. Used bicycles will be needed in many of SPOKES’ community programs – including Junior Mechanics classes, Earn-a-Bike and the Bike Lending Library. SPOKES will also fix up bikes to sell at reasonable prices to community members.
SPOKES Wish List   A few things we could really use at Spokes.

  •  Repairable used bikes (Just drop them on Thursday evenings or Saturday afternoons).
  •  Metal utility shelving (does not have to be pretty).
  • Two drawer lateral file cabinets.  A working dorm sized refrigerator.
  •  Folding chairs (Welna II donated eight great new folding chairs–THANK YOU Jim, We could use about 20 more.)
  • Battery powered wall clock (fairly large)

For more information, or 612-787-RIDE (612-618-7433)   1915 East 22nd Street, Minneapolis  (a block west of Minnehaha Avenue)

Board Openings
Seward Neighborhood Group has 2 openings on our board of directors.  If you are interested in joining the board, email a short biography (1 paragraph) to or call 612338-6205 ext 119.  The Board meets the 4th Wednesday of every month and the next meeting is October 24th at 7PM at Matthews Center.

SNG Home Improvement Loan Programs are now available to Townhouse, Condominium and rental property owners.
The SNG Revolving Loan Program can now be used for improvements to 1-4 unit owner occupied and non-owner occupied rental properties.  The loans are also available to townhouses and condominiums. The Revolving Loan Program provides loans up to $12,000 for exterior, energy, mechanical, electrical and code improvements at 2.75%.

  The SNG Interest Subsidy Grant Program reduces the interest rate on Community Fix-up Fund loans from 5.75% to 3.75% on loans up to $20,000 for up to 15 years. The Community Fix-up Fund is available to owner occupied 1-4 unit buildings and townhouse and condominium owners.  The loans can be used for most types of home improvement projects including interior remodeling and additions. 

  The Emergency Deferred Loan Program provides 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.  All of the loan programs have an annual household income limit of $96,500 for the owner of the property.

  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

Neighborhood Crime alerts available

If you are interested in getting up-to-date emails on Neighborhood crime issues sign up at There has been an small increase in daytime break-ins.  Make sure your doors are locked both day and night. Don’t forget about locking your garage door!   Make sure to report any suspicious activity to 911!!

Community News

Seward Montessori will hold a Project WET Workshop on October 25th, November 8th and November 15th from 3:00-5:00 pm. 
The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education.
Continuing Education credits will be offered. The cost of the workshop is covered by Mississippi Water Management Organization. 
All educators and community members are welcome to register. To register, please email Karen Utter at by October 22nd.
More info about Project WET:

MWMO’s Grand Opening Celebration for our new Community Facility

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) and Hennepin County invite you to attend the grand openings of the MWMO’s new Community Facility
and the Lowry Avenue Bridge Be a part of this historic celebration. 

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Where: 2522 Marshall Street N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55418
Free Festivities:  See how our landscape saves, reuses and cleans stormwater. ..Tour sustainable design features of our new facility…Visit our Machinery Hill of stormwater — featuring a vactor truck, monitoring boat and more….Watch a video of the old Lowry Bridge blow up and the new bride rise….Step inside a giant water bubble!…Take a free commemorative photo….Make your own non-toxic cleaning solution….Free Segway rides….Meet the mascot Water Drop….Arts and crafts…Face painting….And more! Food and beverages available for purchase from local food trucks. 
Transit and Parking Options:   Street parking….Ride Metro Transit (#11, 22, and 32)….Park in the RSP lot at 1300 Marshall Street N.E. and take the free shuttle to the MWMO 

Seward Writer’s Collective Presents Read Local Day
Saturday, November 3 12 – 3PM Vine Arts Gallery  2637 27th Ave. So
Michael Stoesz, Minneapolis Teacher and Author shares “Walter Meets Mack a Minnesota Adventure”  finalist of the Historical Fiction and Best Young Adult Fiction Midwest independent Publishers Association
Seward Author and Artist Bob Haddow presents: “A history of the Seward Neighborhood” Home to generations of Musicians, Artists, and writers.
Minneapolis Author and photographer Brain D. Garrity promotes “Still Waters Run Deep”. A novel of life on the Mississiippi in the 70’s, and other anthologized work.

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