Ward 8 Update Newsletters October 4, 2013

News of the 8th Ward

October 4, 2013

Experience Nicollet Celebration!  Sat Oct 5, Noon-4pm

Celebrate everything our very own Main Street has to offer on Saturday, October 5th. The Experience Nicollet Celebration event will showcase and support our great businesses along Nicollet Avenue, from south of Lake through the two-year construction zone at 40th Street.

From 12pm to 4pm, activities will include: sidewalk sales, live music, lots of space for artists, great food, and games.

You can see more information on special events, music and participating businesses at the Facebook event page here.

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Seward Friendship Co-op Task Force

CANDO and the Bryant Neighborhood Organization are working with a task force to engage residents around the Seward Friendship Co-op Development.  The task force will help reach out to the community to provide feedback on the development plans.

The next Task Force meeting is on October 7th, 6pm-8pm, at the Minneapolis Urban League, 411 E 38th Street.  You are invited to be part of this and other task force meetings.


For more information on the Seward Co-op Friendship site go to: http://seward.coop/friendshipsite

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Responsible Banking Ordinance Adopted

The Minneapolis City Council today approved changes to the City’s responsible banking ordinance that require financial institutions that provide banking services to the City to publicly disclose an expanded set of information about their lending practices and policies each year.  Council Member Glidden was the lead author for this change, which makes Minneapolis the tenth city in the country to adopt a responsible banking ordinance.

The newly expanded ordinance will create greater transparency and allow the public a clearer view of how banks that handle public dollars operate in our community, including data on loan modifications and foreclosures. The information can also be used by City leaders in selecting financial service providers in the future.

Commercial banks that provide banking services will also be required to file a Community Reinvestment Plan every two years that describes current and proposed initiatives to address the financial needs of the City and its residents and businesses.

In developing the responsible banking ordinance, the City worked with the banking industry and a number of organizations that focus on creating more transparency and accountability among banks, including Jewish Community Action and the Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition. 

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Powderhorn Lake: Rescuing an Urban Treasure

Recently, officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency visited Minneapolis to learn about efforts to clean our beloved Powderhorn Lake.  The visit included learning about the 100 raingardens project, where neighbors in Central and Powderhorn Park are participating in helping clean the lake by maintaining raingardens on their property.

Please click here to read the story about Powderhorn Lake and efforts to maintain this community treasure.

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The Bancroft Neighborhood presents FREE Breaking Ice performances

On October 7 and October 14, the Bancroft Neighborhood Association presents Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Breaking Ice company as they take on race, class, and economics in an entertaining and thought-provoking live performance.

A reprise of the Arts on Chicago Breaking Ice performance earlier this year, which addresses questions such as:

• How are our neighborhoods responding to development and change?
• How do we respond to culture clash and conflict?
• How can neighborhoods evolve in economically stable and sustainable ways?

Join your neighbors for the show and participate in a short, facilitated discussion afterward as we confront these questions in an effort to strengthen the ties that bind neighbors together.

Monday, October 7, 7pm, at Bancroft School, 1315 E 38th Street (Facebook event)

Monday, October 14, 7 pm, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Avenue South (Facebook event)

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Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Partners with Rebuilding Together

Crisis Nursery

A partnership with Rebuilding Together has brought a beautiful designed landscape to the corner of 46th Street and 4th Avenue – the new home of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.  More than 50 volunteers from Honeywell and Cooper High School worked on October 3 to install a “play scape”.  These volunteers painted, built a deck, did landscape work and refurbished some recreational equipment for the Crisis Nursery, which performs a vital service for children and families in the metro area.

Thank you to all of these partners for helping create a beautiful signature space that will serve the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and be embraced by the surrounding community!

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Join the One Minneapolis One Read conversations in October

One Read Logo

October brings several special events to One Minneapolis One Read, a community read where everyone in Minneapolis is invited to read the same book and join the conversation. This year’s book is A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks.  Parks, a photographer for Life magazine, writer, composer, artist, and filmmaker, was 16 when he moved from Kansas to Saint Paul in 1928.

 5 pm, Oct. 7, Hennepin County Government Center - Gallery reception and program. Meet Robin Hickman, great-niece of Gordon Parks; Wing Young Huie, author of the book’s foreword and photographer; and Steve Floyd, photographer.

6 pm, Oct. 8, Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall - Screening of Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon ParksThe film will be followed by a panel discussion including the film's director Craig Rice, Parks' niece Robin Hickman, TPT filmmaker Daniel Bergin and The Loft Literary Center Associate Program Director Bao Phi.

6 pm, Oct. 24, Mill City Museum, RSVP required - Photography exhibit opening reception and panel discussion. Two exhibits will include photographic works by Gordon Parks on loan from the Gordon Parks Foundation and works by students participating in the One Minneapolis One Read photography residency at Juxtaposition Arts. The students will work with nationally acclaimed photographer Jamel Shabazz using inspiration from Gordon Parks.  More information is available here.

See www.oneminneapolisoneread.com for more information on these and other One Minneapolis One Read events.  Share this video that explains what One Minneapolis One Read is all about.

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Volunteers needed for Minneapolis Emergency Response Team: Cultural Services Unit

The City of Minneapolis is seeking a select group of multicultural community residents to actively serve in a new Minneapolis Cultural Services Unit as registered Hennepin County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers to assist in emergencies. The goal is to have a team of 12 to 20 trained community members able to support community disaster recovery and outreach activities. Members will gain valuable experience in the field of public health and safety and will serve as cultural liaisons for their communities. Minneapolis residents with strong connections to their respective cultural communities are being sought.

Training sessions will be held at the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct Station, 3000 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (located near Hiawatha and Lake Street). 

More information is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/health/preparedness.

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Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Playground Community Meeting Oct 8

Please join your neighbors at a community meeting to help develop a playground at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Park.  Tuesday, October 8, 6-8 pm, at MLK Park Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue.  Please go to the MPRB project page to learn more and to sign up for email updates.