SNG June Newsletter 2014

June Newsletter 2014

Seward Neighborhood Group

Making Seward a better place to live, work, and play


Committee Meetings
Community Development Committee 7PM June 10 Matthews Center
SNG Board of Directors June 25 7PM Matthews Center

Garden Tour June 26 6-8PM

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Garden Tour and Tea Party
June 26 6 – 8PM

The Seward Garden Tour and Tea Party is a chance to stroll through some of Seward’s most interesting urban gardens on an early summer evening, pick up gardening tips, enjoy light refreshment, and support SNG. This year’s event is on Thursday evening June 26th from 6 to 8 pm Holding the tour on a weekday evening frees up another of those precious summer weekends for gardeners and garden touristsalike. Advance tickets are on sale at Welna II Hardware, 2201 East Franklin. Ticket sales on June 26th will be at 2901 East 22nd Street from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the tour. Proceeds benefit the community building work of the Seward Neighborhood Group.

Join us for dinner!

Mark your calendar for the Potluck Dinner at Matthews Park
June 18 at 6:00 PM. On Wednesday June 18th, the Community
Conversations project of the Seward Neighborhood Group is
hosting a multicultural potluck in
Matthews Center. This is your chance
to share your culture and learn about the
other cultures of our Seward Neighbors.
Come for dinner, bring something to share
and bring your own plate and utensils.
Please RSVP at or just
show up with a willingness to meet
new friends.

SPOKES Community RideJune 21st at NoonMeet at SPOKES 1915 22nd ST. and ride to the Somali Independance Day celebration at Colfax and Lake Street.
SPOKES bike walk connect

  • Spokes Open Shop Every Saturday from 1-5PM and Wednesday 5-9PM
  • Spokes Women , Transgender, Femme Open Shop 2nd and 4th Monday of every month 7-9PM
  • Youth Open Shop Fridays 3-6PM (12 to 18 years old)
  • Spokes Weekly Volunteering-every Thursday from 5-9PM
  • Hub Store Open(accessories and some great used bikes for sale) Saturdays, 10AM – 5PM
  • Bike Tune-up Class Monday July 7, 6PM – 8:30PM
  • Adult Learn-to-Ride Four week class starts Tuesday June 3rd. Classes are taught at Matthews Community Center from 5:30 – 7PM
  • Teenage only Learn-to-Ride class starts on July. Click here for more info on Spokes Learn to Ride classes.
  • Second Thursday Volunteer Mechanic Training 6PM – 7PM
  • Community Ride Leader Training Monday June 2nd 6PM
  • Adult Learn-to-Ride “Train the Trainer” class Monday June 30th, 6PM

Classes and Programs (please RSVP at info)

Volunteer Training night-Second Thursday of every month 6-7PM Our volunteer mechanics are fantastic. It is time for us to give something back. On the second Thursday of every month SPOKES will have a volunteer training session. Check the SPOKES website for the February topics.

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Events
Looking for some fun-filled activities for you and your family this spring and summer? Spend the season with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)!Stay connected with the electronic brochure:
Building Renovations and Addition Approved for Seward Montessori School
The school archetects will present to the Seward Neighborhood during the June 10th Community Develpment Committee Meeting. This meeting will focus on the design of the school and the effect on the neighborhood. This meeting will be held in the Multi-purpose room in Matthews Center.
Hub of Heaven has garden plots available!The community garden in Seward Neighborhood, Hub of Heaven, still has a few plots available for responsible gardeners. The fee is $30 per plot per year, a commitment to plant, maintain, weed in and around your plot, agree to sign up for and do a chore throughout the planting season & clean up after the season (by Nov 1). The garden is organic, no chemical herbicides or pesticides please, a few common sense rules like that. Hub of Heaven is located at 26th Street and 28th Ave S , in Seward Neighborhood, MinneapolisAny questions contact
Jim @ jimscheidt , leemcolby1, 612 375 0040
SNG Energy Conservation Grants
Seward Residents receiving a Home Energy Squad Enhanced Audit will have the cost of the energy audit reduced from $70 to $30. (Audits are also available at the $70 cost for rental property.) To find out more go to To sign up, go to SNG Environment Committee is offering $150 Conservation Grants to homeowners making improvements recommended by the audit. Participants also have access to 0% financing from CEE and utility company rebates. For more information, contact: Doug Wise, at 338-6205, ext. 102 or doug; or Carol Greenwood at 724-8430 or carolgwood2.
SNG’s goal is to freshly stencil all the storm drains in Seward.
You can help! With the help of the City of Minneapolis, the parks department, and Friends of the Mississippi River we hope to raise awareness around the pollution of our lakes and rivers from storm drains. Especially as our neighborhood starts to melt into spring we want to make sure our drains stay clean of any trash that is buried in the snow or chemicals that we have used to melt and manage ice. These items and chemicals will drain directly into the Mississippi River and continue pollution. Take it from the professionals at Friends of the Mississippi River as they talk about the harm and potential damage of this on our river:“Storm drains are part of the storm sewer system which carries untreated rain and snow-melt directly from the city’s lawns and streets to rivers and lakes. This runoff from our urban landscape carries anything in the street — pesticides, antifreeze, fertilizer, motor oil, pet waste, and grass clippings — directly to the nearest lake or river. The stenciled message alerts citizens to this fact.”Please, if you are interested in helping stencil the storm drains around Seward, SNG will provide supplies starting April 26thfor neighborhood use. Email Kerry to reserve your stenciling kit.
SNG removes limit on revolving loan program Interest Rates now at 2.50%
The Seward Neighborhood Group is offering home improvement loans to homeowners and rental property owners to make improvements to properties with up to four units. The SNG Revolving Loan Program, which is available to both owner occupied and rental properties, provides loans up to $12,000 for a term of up to ten years at 2.50% interest. The Interest Subsidy Grant Program, available to owner occupied properties, reduces the interest rate on Minnesota Fix-up Fund loans from 5.75% to 2.50% on loans up to $20,000 for up to 15 years. There is no income limit on the Revolving Loan Program. The Interest Subsidy Grant Program currently has an income limit of $96,500 (total household income).SNG also has an Emergency Deferred Loan Program, which 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. 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
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2323 E Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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