Ward 8 Newsletter: April 15, 2013

News of the 8th Ward

April 15, 2013

Minneapolis Will Read "A Choice of Weapons" for Third Year of Community Read

One Minneapolis, One Read has chosen the 2013 book: A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks, with a forward by award winning Minneapolis photographer, Wing Young Huie. As Parks said, “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.” Don't wait - get your book now.  For more information and to get involved: visit www.facebook.com/OneMinneapolisOneRead, www.twitter.com/minneapolisread or email oneread@minneapolismn.gov.


A special thank you to the amazing book selection committee this year, including:

Jocelyn Hale, Executive Director, The Loft Literary Center

Carolyn Holbrook, teacher, community leader, Recipient of the Kay Sexton Award, Professor at MCTC & Hamline

Eric Lorberer, Editor, Rain Taxi Review of Books

Char Myers, Director of Professional Development and Assessment, Minneapolis Public Schools

John Quincy, Council Member, Minneapolis City Council

Lois Langer Thompson, Library Director, Hennepin County Library


Plan Now for Earth Day: April 20th


Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, April 20, 2013 for the annual Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up.  Most parks have clean-up activities from 9:30am-noon, as well as the Minnehaha Creek.  Check out www.minneapolisparks.org or your neighborhood association website for more specifics. 


Annual Meetings for Kingfield and FRNNG

Join your neighborhood association for its annual meeting – this is a great opportunity to meet neighbors, talk with your neighborhood board member, and learn what is happening through your neighborhood association.


Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group is holding its annual neighborhood meeting on April 18, 2013 at McRae Community Center Park 906 East 47th Street, Mpls, MN  55407 beginning at 6:30pm until 8pm


Kingfield (KFNA) is hosting its annual neighborhood meeting on Monday, April 22, at Butter Bakery Café, 3700 Nicollet, starting at 6:30 pm.  The event begins with a potluck and has music performed by Kingfield resident Benjamin Pena. 


A Letter from Birmingham Jail: Community Conversation and Reading


Please join Reverend Cynthia Williams of Park Avenue Church and the Reverend Donna Dempewolf of Living Spirit United Methodist Church as they lead a presentation and community conversation on the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s A Letter from Birmingham Jail. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this historic letter and the events leading up to this moment in civil rights history.


This free public event is sponsored by the Building Bridges Bookclub and takes place:

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue.


Celebrate the Mosaic Quilt at Martin Luther King Park!


Hundreds of neighbors gave over 1500 hours to create this beautiful and unique public art piece: a mosaic with 10 glass quits and weavings that are interpretations of our community’s various cultural textile patterns. 


Celebrate the installation of the Mosaic Quit at King Park, a symbol of welcoming. Saturday April 27, 1 - 2:30 PM, Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue.  Celebration with Food & Music Begins @ 1:00, Presentation @ 1:30 / Unveiling @ 2:00.


How Do You Feel About Community Attachment in Your Neighborhood?

As part of the Arts on Chicago initiative, Pillsbury House + Theatre and students from UMNʼs Humphrey School of Public Affairs are hosting an opportunity for residents to discuss what makes them feel attached to their community. Please join the discussion... details are below.

When: Monday, April 15th from 6-8:00 p.m.
Where: Pillsbury House Theatre, Corner of 35th & Chicago
Why: The focus groups aim to gauge how residents perceive and feel community attachment. Pillsbury House + Theatre will use this helpful and valuable information to learn how to better serve the community through their arts programming.


Ready for more Arts on Chicago?  Learn about the projects, the artists, and upcoming events at www.ArtsOnChicago.org.


Congratulations Sally Award Winners!


Noel Raymond and Faye Price of Pillsbury House Theatre (far left) and Jimmy Longoria of Mentoring Peace Through Art (far right)


Three arts leaders who work in Ward 8 were awarded with the prestigious Sally Award for 2013.  These awards, in their 21st year, are named for philanthropist and civic leader Sally Ordway Irvine.


Theater co-leaders Faye Price and Noël Raymond, of the 22-year-old Pillsbury House Theatre and neighborhood center at 3501 Chicago, won the Sally for initiative. They were cited for their integration of theater with social services such as affordable day care and after-school programming. They serve more than 24,000 people annually.  In addition, Noel Raymond is a Commissioner for the Minneapolis Arts Commission of the City of Minneapolis.


Painter Jimmy Longoria was given the Sally award for vision. Texas-born Longoria founded a youth mentoring organization, Mentoring Peace Through Art, that is partly a way to diminish graffiti by offering colorful art in urban neighborhoods.  You can see his work on buildings throughout south Minneapolis and in Ward 8.


Homeownership and Banking Fair: April 27th

Find out more about lending, down-payment and other resources for successful homeownership at the Homeownership & Banking Fair on Saturday April 27th, from 9am-2pm at International Market Square in Minneapolis.   This is a great event for home buyers at the start of the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour over the weekend of April 27-28.


The fair is organized by the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Homeownership Center.   Home ownership assistance and financial literacy program providers, non-profit housing developers, and lenders will provide resources at the fair


GMHC Builds New Home in Central Neighborhood


Thank you to the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC), which recently completed building a new home at 3412 Columbus.  With funding partnership from the City, there is now an opportunity for a new family in Central neighborhood where once there was a vacant lot.  Congratulations neighbors and thank you to GMHC!


$7 Million Set Aside for 2014 Property Tax Relief

Each year in March, the Ways & Means Committee receives the final accounting of what was spent in the previous year.  If there are unspent funds, there is a "roll-over" discussion about what should happen to the excess.  Due to good management and good fortune in 2013, city departments spent $9 million less than what was budgeted.  From this, the City Council has approved setting aside $7 million for property tax relief in 2014.  This funding will help the city weather the ups and downs of real estate market change, while keep property taxes as low as possible – we hope that for 2014 there will be a 0%  tax increase.