Ward 8 Update Newsletters June 11, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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June 11, 2015


Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



City of Lakes

Ward 8 Welcomes Urban Scholar

LaKeshia Vance


The Ward 8 office is excited to once again host an intern from the competitive Urban Scholars program, LaKeshia Vance.

LaKeshia is highly motivated to make the most of life.  A student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, working toward a degree in education, LaKeshia is also a mother to three children ages 3, 13 and 15, and planning for a wedding this summer.

LaKeshia is working on historic designation projects this summer, learning about unique research, documentation, and interview methodologies as well as working with neighborhood stakeholders.  

According to LaKeshia, "Urban Scholars has motivated me by giving me the opportunity to spread my wings in the world of diversity. I am excited about working in Ward 8 with John Smoley and Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. So far it has been a great experience and I look forward to working closer with them on current and future projects."

We are honored to have LaKeshia Vance as part of our Ward 8 team this summer!

38th and Chicago Music & BBQ Festival

38th and chicago

Join your neighbors Saturday June 13 from 11 am - 4 pm for live music, food, art and hundreds of your neighbors and business owners.  This annual festival closes down Chicago Ave between 38th and 37th (3700 block) to gather together as a neighborhood from 11am-4pm.

Members of the 38th & Chicago Business Association will be there representing. Come by to say hello and support these businesses.

Experience Pop-Up Art at the 38th andChicago Festival. 

pop up art

The 38th and Chicago Business Association is partnering with local artists to activate spaces on the Chicago Ave corridor. Artists David Pisa and The Powderhorn Kitchen (Jess Hirsch and Ginny Sims) have created a slew of events that invites the public to participate in their interactive art projects. You can visit The Experimental Cooking School and Clever Treasure Puzzle Party from 11-4 on June 13th.

Visit the Ward 8 booth!

Ward 8 will host a booth this year at the 38th & Chicago BBQ, showcasing information from the Future of E 38th Street Community Meeting Series, a history quiz, unique one-of-a-kind bookmarks featuring African American historic properties AND a stenciled path for your hopes and memories.  Come to meet Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, Policy Aide Sara Lopez, Ward 8 Associate Deebaa Sirdar and Urban Scholar LaKeshia Vance!

Somali Independence Day June 13


Once again your friends at Ka Joog are honored to host and present to you Somali Independence Day Festival 2015.

Saturday June 13, 1-8 pm
W Lake Street between Blaisdell and Grand Ave

You can experience live music and dances, authentic East African Cuisine, art, poetry and games, and a community village with the first ever Somali hut in the Western world.  And much more!

Fish Fest! June 13

Fish Fest

Join your friends in Lyndale neighborhood for Fish Fest at the Garfield Aquarium from 5-8:30 pm on Saturday June 13.  

Celebrate summer with fish tacos, your neighbors, great music, and activities for kids!

Celebra el verano con tacos de pescado, sus vecinos, buena musica, y actividades para niños!

And … Northern Spark is here!

northern sparks

Northern Spark, Minneapolis’ all-night arts festival, will light up the city Saturday, June 13, with dusk-to-dawn events including giant video projections, temporary sculptures, dance presentations, multimedia experiences, concerts and experimental performances.

The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza, 1301 Second Ave. S, where attendees can see Mayor Hodges unveil mini_polis, this year’s winner of the Creative City Challenge. There will also be a free concert by Duluth natives Cloud Cult, a chamber rock band with a national reputation for dynamic, visually engaging performances.

Clean Energy Partnership Forum


Tuesday, June 16, 6-8 pm
Lyndale Community School, 312 W 34th St

Ward 8 Council Member Elizabeth Glidden will share about serving on the board of the Minneapolis’ first-in-the-nation Clean Energy Partnership and hear ideas from community members. She will be joined by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association and the energy organizers with Community Power whose efforts led to the Partnership. 

We will share the story behind our new Clean Energy Partnership and the opportunities it provides neighbors to address environmental and economic justice with the community. 

Community Power will also do a Powerful Conversation on the basics of our energy utility system so we can learn to recognize and promote our interests in terms of energy management.

In the Lyndale Neighborhood, there is a new cooperative garden being developed on Nicollet and 34th that is seeking to elect a board this summer. Join us for more information on this and many more environmental justice opportunities at the event.

Congratulations Open Streets!

open streets

On Sunday June 7, Lyndale Avenue was the site of the city’s first open streets event.  Congratulations to the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, which has worked with the City of Minneapolis for several years to create and implement the Open Streets concepts.

Elizabeth with Ethan Fawley of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition

There are Open Streets events all summer throughout the city - check out the schedule here.

Check out What’s Up 612


The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board’s Minneapolis Afterschool Network has launched its citywide program finder. What’s Up 612! is an online resource of things to do outside of the classroom in Minneapolis. The program finder is a citywide resource where youth, parents, educators, youth workers and persons who know young people can find after-school and summer activities for children and youth ages 5-21.

Own your Future Own Your Home


City of Minneapolis has launched Homeownership Opportunity Minneapolis (HOM), a new housing program aimed at increasing the number of homeowners in Minneapolis and reducing the racial disparity gap in homeownership.

Maybe you’ve thought homeownership wasn’t possible, or you didn’t know where to start. Maybe you thought your credit wasn’t good enough or you haven’t saved enough for a down payment. We can help!

The City of Minneapolis is partnering with Minnesota Housing and the Minnesota Homeownership Center to provide access to down payment assistance, quality, affordable mortgages and free, non-biased housing experts that can help you become a successful home owner! The City is providing up to $7,500 to qualified buyers to cover down payment and closing costs when purchasing a home anywhere within Minneapolis city limits. 

To find out more, go to the City of Minneapolis website or the Own Your Future Own Your Home website.