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Festival of Giving at Common Ground Meditation Center

Poster for Common Ground's 3rd Annual Festival of Giving

submitted by Nancy Crotti

Common Ground Meditation Center is holding its third annual Festival of Giving, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 7 at the center, 2700 East 26th St. in the Seward neighborhood.

This family-friendly event will include performances by local musicians Larry Long, Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott, Dean McGraw, Marc Anderson and Alex Goldfarb. Ann Carter will lead simple folk dancing with music by Linda Brietag and friends. Spoken-word artists Louis Alemayehu and Kevin Freidberg will also perform, accompanied by Fernando Silva on the flute. Sawatdee, Birchwood Cafe and Peace Coffee and others will provide food and drink for purchase. Admission is free.

Nonprofit organizations that fight hunger and homelessness, assist neighborhood youth and promote public health will have information for visitors and will gratefully accept donations. The festival raised $10,000 for community organizations during each of the past two years’ festivals, according to Mark Nunberg, the center’s guiding teacher.

Participating nonprofits include:

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership

Juxtaposition Arts

St. Stephen’s Human Services

WellShare International

Buddhist Global Relief

Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

“Once a year, Common Ground invites the wider community to gather around the joy of giving. We bring together great music, activities for children, delicious food and a chance for people to make connections with these wonderful organizations that will be on site,” Nunberg said. “If you want, you can have a conversation and get to know about the important work these nonprofits are doing to make this world a better place. It has been a real joy to be at this event the past two years.”

For more information, email festivalofgiving@commongroundmeditation.org or call Common Ground at 612-722-8260.

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100 Garage Sales in Seward May 17 & 18! And a bake sale!

Engraving of a street sale from 1800s

The Seward Neighborhood Garage Sale days are this coming weekend — Friday May 17th and Saturday May 18. The Sale days are organized by Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG).

SNG will also have its own garage sale at 2901 E. 22nd St. If you would like to donate items to the SNG sale, drop them off at 2901 E. 22nd St. on Thursday evening (May 16) or Friday morning at the start of the sale.

And there is a bake sale with the garage sale. Donations for the bake sale can be dropped off at the sale on Friday or Saturday at 2901 E. 22nd St. Stop by for a treat!

Email kerry@sng.org if you have any questions.

Seward Neighborhood Garage Sales are almost here! Register yours today.

sent in by Kerry Cashman, Seward Neighborhood Group Community Organizer

Believe it or not it is time to register for the Seward Garage Sale Days. The Seward garage sales are scheduled for May 17th and 18th with May 19th a rain date. I know you sold everything you possibly could last year or the year before but I am sure some of you may have collected a few extra items over the last year(s).

Are you planning to host a Garage Sale? If so, it is time to register. You can either register online or via a paper form, and you can also either pay online or mail/drop a check in to our office.

Garage sale registration form

If you decide not to host a Garage Sale feel free to donate items to the SNG garage sale. We will be holding a fundraising sale at 2901 E. 22nd St. including a bake sale, water and soda sales. Please stop by to chat with neighbors, browse or pick up a baked treat.

We will be accepting donations May 5th and 12th from 10am – 12PM at the alley garage of 2536 Seabury Ave. We would love your gently used items. We have decided not to accept electronics, DVD’s or magazines and non-fiction books. The only clothes we are accepting are baby and toddler items. Large items can be dropped off at the sale either Thursday May 16th or Friday May 17th.

Seward Neighborhood Group seeking neighborhood chicken farmers.

Photo of an orpington chicken

Seward Neighborhood Group is hosting a Garden Tour and Tea party on June 15th. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.

We are looking for 2 or 3 Seward Chicken farmers to participate in the tour. You would need to be willing to open your yard to Gardeners and answer questions. The tour is from 1 – 5PM on Saturday June 15th and we would ask that someone be present in the yard the entire tour.

If you are interested email me at kerry@sng.org.

Neighborhood Sustainability Fair at Faith Mennonite April 13 – Recycle small electronics and more

Photo of kids working on a "web of life", working with  natural materials and scraps of cloth from people in the neighborhood at 2012 Sustainability Fair.

These kids are working on a “web of life”, working with natural materials and scraps of cloth from people in the neighborhood at the 2012 Sustainability Fair

12:00 – 4:30
Faith Mennonite Church
2720 E. 22^nd St.

Once again the Faith Mennonite Church community and the Seward Neighborhood Group, and the SNG Environment Committee will be co-sponsoring the Neighborhood Sustainability Fair, where you and your friends and family can bring small electronics to recycle—including old cell phones, defunct electric toothbrushes, old laptops, or digital thermometers. You can also bring your bike for a tune-up, your gently used clothing for the clothing swap, and garden seeds for the seed exchange. Find out how to start a worm box, meet the worms up personal, and maybe get a worm to feed our visiting chickens. Or come to the SNG Environment Committee table to find out whether we owe you $150.00.

In case all this whets your appetite, Sisters Camelot will be serving free food from their famous bus. This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors, who are contributing to a more sustainable neighborhood, and to share your ideas with them. Try to bike or walk, as parking will be at a premium and traffic will be problematic, due to two fairs on the same day.

We welcome volunteers to help with set-up, take-down, and tabling. If you have a sustainable living skill you can share or an organization you’d like to represent, we invite you to contact us. E-mail Phil Stoltzfus, at minstaff@faithmennonite.org.

Birchwood Cafe Request for Support

Dear Neighbors~

My name is Tracy Singleton and I write to you as both neighbor and neighborhood businessperson. I own three adjoining properties in Seward: my home of almost 18 years at 2501 33rd Ave South, the neighboring house at 2505 33rd Avenue South, and the Birchwood Cafe, the business I’ve operated for almost 17 years at 3311 East 25th Street.

As the Birchwood Cafe approaches our 17th anniversary, I am truly grateful to the Seward community. I’ve been able to grow a neighborhood business and support a burgeoning local foods movement, literally in my own back yard. Raising my daughter in the embrace of both the Birchwood and Seward communities is part of the good fortune of owning a local business with deep roots; roots that stretch back to the original Birchwood owners and stewards of this important neighborhood legacy. Continue reading