Fourth Ward Report: July 2015

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

July, 2015

Contact Information

Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide

Dawn Snow, Associate



Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 4

Planning for this year’s National Night Out has begun!  It is free to participate and when you register your event, you will get free Mystery Point Passes for Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America. Register your event online at or by calling 311. You can also apply to block off your street for free thru July 21.  If you register from July 22 through July 29, there is a $100 fee. You will not be able to block off your street if registering after July 29. Minneapolis ranked number one for registered NNO block events in 2013.  Help make Minneapolis number one again!  For more detailed information and planning ideas and tools, visit the Minneapolis NNO website at  

MACC New Dog Run Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Please join us on Saturday, July 11 at noon when we will celebrate the opening of our NEW outdoor dog runs for the canines in our care. We have worked the last three years to raise the funds to build an outdoor area for our staff and volunteers to socialize and play with the dogs. The great news is that NO city tax payer dollars were used in the construction of the new space. Only donations from animal lovers were accepted!

We will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at noon. Afterwards, guests will enjoy tours of the new space and refreshments. The city council and the media will be invited to share in our big day. We hope you will join us, too.

RSVP to or 612-673-6244.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl July 23 - 25


Since 2006, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl has become the premier art event in North Minneapolis. Highlighting the uniqueness of the Northside community, this free, family event is a unique collaboration between the business and arts communities that showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside by artists of all ages. FLOW is a self-guided art tour featuring visual and performing artists at businesses, studios and organizations along West Broadway in North Minneapolis. The main event is Saturday, July 25th, an exciting day of indoor and outdoor activities along West Broadway from the Mississippi River to Penn Ave and on N 2nd St from 16th to 24th Streets. 

For more information and a full schedule, visit 

9th Annual Tour de Camden


Saturday, July 25th 9am – Noon beginning at Creekview Park, 5001 Humboldt Ave N.

It is a 10-15 mile leisurely bike ride through the seven neighborhoods of the Camden area planning district in Minneapolis including all the neighborhoods above Lowry Ave N including Cleveland, Folwell, Lind Bohanon, McKinley, Shingle Creek Victory and Webber Camden.

For more information and to register visit  

Minneapolis Aquatennial


July 22-25
Minneapolis – various locations
The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of Minneapolis, dubbed the best days of summer! Entering its 76th year, the summer festival has something for everyone ranging from the Twin Cities River Rats water ski show, to the coveted Torchlight Parade and Most Amazing Race, there are many great and diverse events happening throughout the celebration. Bring the whole family and enjoy the festivities! For more information and the full schedule, visit

Hennepin County Hosting Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Hennepin County residents can safely dispose of unwanted garden and household hazardous wastes during a series of community collection events. All sites will be open to the public from 9am – 4pm, Thursday through Saturday.

July 9-11
340 27th Ave. NE

Aug. 20-22
Public Works Garage
(Off Snelling Avenue)
3607 44th St. E.

For more information, including directions and a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, call Hennepin County Environmental Services at 612-348-3777 or visit

Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board Launches After-School Activity Finder


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.What’s Up 612! brings together after-school opportunities offered by the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board and community organizations.

The website is one component of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board’s Minneapolis Afterschool Network, the citywide out-of-school time system created to ensure all of Minneapolis young people have access to the kinds of comprehensive, high-quality afterschool programs that support positive youth development, educational achievement, and career and community readiness. The board developed this tool not only for connecting parents, youth, educators and youth workers with out-of-school time activities, but also for addressing and shrinking the opportunity gap.

To raise awareness of What’s Up 612! and continue to promote the message of “after-school and beyond,” there will be a number of events taking place this summer. Be on the lookout for tutorials, citywide marketing and public service announcements promoting the importance of afterschool engagement and resources.

Nice Ride FREE 1 Year Bike Membership


The Neighborhood Hub has partnered with Nice Ride MN to give away FREE one year bike memberships! Must be 18 years or older, attend a bike station demonstration and have a debit or credit card (note: your card will not be charged for membership).

July 14, 21 & 28
Times vary

Neighborhood Hub
3210 Oliver Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55412 (bike station demos @ Penn & Lowry Avenue)

Call today and schedule an appointment 612.522.0942 – hurry space is limited! 

How Did Your Neighborhood Look Decades Ago? Find Out with New Online Historical Aerial Photos

Minneapolis has changed a lot since the 1930s, and now you can see those changes for yourself.

As part of a collaborative effort with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Historical Society, the University of Minnesota Libraries has completed digitization of more than 4,500 historical aerial photos of Minneapolis. All of the large-scale, detailed aerial photos, dating back to 1938, are freely available for viewing by the public at

The Minneapolis photos were added to the Libraries’ existing Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online collection, which includes more than 121,000 aerial photographs from around the state that date back to 1923.  

TEXTURE: Free Summer Youth Program in Victory Neighborhood


Texture Saturdays – Free youth activity program is open to boys & girls ages 10-17 every Saturday from June 20-August 15.  The program runs from 1pm – 5pm at Robbins Urban Wellness Retreat, 3900 Thomas Ave N. 


Jewelry making
Healthy Cooking
Spoken Word & Poetry
Art & Design
Henna Artistry
Video & Photography
...and more!!

***Free healthy snack provided***

Contact Carmen Watson: 715.919.1120

Public Safety Career Fair


There will be a career fair focused on public safety jobs. This event is free and open to the community! Candidates of all ages, experience levels and industries are encouraged to attend.

Sat. July 25, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)      
2001 Plymouth Avenue North

Participating Public Safety Departments:

·        Minneapolis Police Dept.

·        Minneapolis 911 & 311

·        Minneapolis Fire Dept.

·        Minneapolis Regulatory Services

·        Saint Paul Police Dept.

·        Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)

·        Minneapolis Park Police and Recreation Board

·        Metro Transit Police  Department

·        Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office

·        Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

Bring your resume and come prepared to network. Questions? Contact Ayianna Kennerly @ (612) 490-2222