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This Memorial Day, I would like to honor the soldiers, sailors, air force, coast guard, and marines who lost their lives during American wars. If you are in Golden Valley this weekend, you'll see around 225 US flags lining Golden Valley Road between Highway 100 and Winnetka.
Victory Neighborhood is hosting a memorial concert with patriotic music performed by the Robbinsdale City Band at the Victory Memorial Flagpole (Victory Memorial Drive and 45th Ave N, map), this Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. (take a chair or blanket).
Be sure to check out "Go Outside" at the Government Center South Plaza and Target Field Station, and all the great upcoming events this month. I encourage you to also think about subscribing to other interesting topics offered by Hennepin County.
Have a great Memorial Day!
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$2.3 million county investment supports
The board for Hennepin County’s Housing and
Redevelopment Authority approved $2,325,000 in funding for six transit-oriented
development (TOD) projects on May 3. These projects include a mix of
infrastructure, housing, retail, services, workplaces and public plazas, with
improvements to transit corridors or adjacent to planned light rail (LRT) or
high-frequency bus service.
The county projects that its $2.325 million investment will
have leveraged more than $105 million in total private and public investment.
It will also have played a role in developing 452 units of housing and creating
or retaining 153 jobs.
“The county’s funding for TOD is relatively modest compared
with the investment that goes into building a light rail transit line. But it
has a huge impact in the amount of private-sector investment that it leverages,”
said Commissioner Linda Higgins, Chair of the Housing and Redevelopment
First approved by the Housing and Redevelopment Authority
(HCHRA) Board in 2003, the county’s TOD program is in its 14th year of
reviewing and funding proposals. The board has approved approximately $29
million for more than 100 TOD projects. For a list of projects, see govdelivery.com.
TOD spotlight: Great
River Landing, 5th Street near Target Field Station, North Loop Minneapolis,
This development features approximately 72 units of affordable housing
targeting individuals who are chronically unemployed, homeless, or recently
incarcerated. Program funds will reduce the project gap by funding acquisition,
utilities, lighting, bicycle infrastructure, site work, landscaping,
sidewalks/trail, and site furnishings. Total project cost: $17.1 million.
Foster care by the numbers
the month of May, Hennepin County thanks the nearly 500 foster
parents the county licenses, and working to build awareness of the acute need for
additional foster families (see video here).
families provide a short-term haven for children who cannot safely live
at home because of abuse or neglect. The ultimate goal is to preserve
children’s well-being, but the hope is to support children and their parents as
they work toward reunification. During that process, foster families play a
vital role in showing children and birth parents a healthier way to live
have a great capacity to love and give of ourselves," said Warren
Carey, a pastor at Tree of Life Church in Northeast
Minneapolis. "There are folks out there who understand parenting and
children and they probably are experienced at it and they have a lot to give
and a lot to offer."
care by the numbers
last quarter, 1,492 Hennepin County children were living with foster families.
of children were boys; 46% were girls
of children in foster care were less than a year old
were ages 6 to 12
of children in foster care in 2015 were adopted by their foster parents,
relatives or others
loving adult and a safe home are an enormous gift to a young person who likely
had a difficult start in life," said Commissioner Marion Greene. "We
thank foster parents for all they do to make our community a better
place, and we stress the need for more arms to be opened to children.”
information about becoming a foster parent, visit www.hennepin.us/fostercare.
The first step toward
becoming a foster parent is to attend an information session. The next regular
session is Monday, June 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Hennepin County Library
– Ridgedale, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka.
2015 Hennepin County Library Juneteenth celebration
What is Juneteenth? In the words of Henry
Louis Gates, Jr.:
“Of all Emancipation Day observances, Juneteenth falls
closest to the summer solstice…the longest day of the year, when the sun, at
its zenith, defies the darkness in every state, including those once shadowed
by slavery. By choosing to celebrate the last place in the South that
freedom touched — reflecting the mystical glow of history and lore, memory and
myth, as Ralph Ellison evoked in his posthumous novel, Juneteenth —
we remember the shining promise of emancipation, along with the bloody path
America took by delaying it and deferring fulfillment of those simple,
unanticipating words in Gen. Granger’s original order No. 3: that “This
involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between
former masters and slaves.”
This year, Twin
Cities Juneteenth celebrates its 30th annual community festival on Saturday,
June 18, with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and festival between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The
celebration will include activities for families and youth, a commemoration of
Prince, music, food and other entertainment. For more information and other
activities for the celebration, visit juneteenthminnesota.org.
North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 North Mississippi Drive, Minneapolis.
You can also celebrate this important moment in
African-American history with one of these library events:
- Hennepin Brookdale
Library, Saturday, June 11 between 2 and 4 p.m. Crafts, cultural
demonstrations, storytelling, singing, drumming, theater and more!
- Hennepin Sumner
Library, Thursday, June 16 between 5 and 7 p.m. Crafts, cultural
demonstrations, storytelling, singing, drumming, theater and more!
- Hennepin North
Regional Library, Sunday, June 26 between 2 and 4 p.m. Interactive and
performance art led by: Voice of
Culture Drum+Dance, Million
Artist Movement, Black Storytellers
Alliance, Ancestry Books and more!
Go Outside with Hennepin
The Go Outside with Hennepin County program begins Wednesday, June 1 on the Government Center South Plaza lawn.
Tuesdays will feature noontime outdoor piano performances.
Wednesday’s visitors can find lawn games, a “Zen garden” for meditating, a Little Free Library and a featured food truck every week.
On Thursdays the farmers’ market will be open all day
Target Field Station events will range from yoga to movies
We invite Hennepin County employees and other downtown workers and visitors to go outside on your lunch break and have some fun in the sun with Hennepin County! Events will be held Tuesday to Thursday every week until the end of August. See community calendar.
Join us for the Health and Safety Fair June 7
ways to improve your health, stay safe, and help your loved ones do the same. More
than 25 exhibitors will share a wealth of resources, demonstrations and
activities at this year’s Health and Safety Fair. The event brings together
CenterPoint Energy, NiceRide, Minnesota Safety Council, Hennepin County
Sheriff’s Department, Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota Department of
Health and many other organizations and is hosted by Hennepin County’s Workplace
Safety and HealthWorks.
Health and Safety Fair
Tuesday June 7, 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. Sixth St., skyway level,
County services to expand for people in crisis
Hennepin County will expand assistance for people
experiencing acute alcohol intoxication or mental health crises. The county
board voted Tuesday to approve a renovation project at the county-owned 1800
Chicago Avenue, which already houses chemical health services space.
Two programs in one
The withdrawal management program will expand the current
50-bed detox space to 65 beds and create two levels of care. The programs will
offer both clinically managed and medically monitored withdrawal care. Average
stays for more than one-third of clients is expected to decrease from two days
to one. The total remodeled space will include 5,900 square feet for detox.
The mental health crisis program will offer a 16-bed
residential stabilization unit. This program will provide an alternative to
expensive hospital placements and will redirect low-level offenders who need
mental health care away from jail. The remodeled space will measure 8,300
square feet on the facility’s second floor.
“These efforts are a significant step forward and present
opportunities for further innovation,” said Leah Kaiser, area manager for Adult
Behavioral Health. The total cost of the renovation is $4 million. Additional
funding comes from the 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Program for the 1800
Chicago Withdrawal Management and Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Project. Construction
is expected to be completed by September 2017.
Golden Valley to host first suburban Pride
The first Golden Valley Pride Festival will be held on
Sunday, June 12, from noon to 4 pm at Brookview Park (200 Brookview Parkway N.,
Golden Valley). You can connect with the event on Facebook for the
latest event information and to RSVP. Further information at goldenvalleypride.com.
Twin Cities Pride
Twin Cities Pride brings the greater GLBT community together
to commemorate diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness
of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality. Events are open and inviting
to everyone in the community, providing a safe environment in which individuals
feel free to celebrate their relationships. Learn more and find an event calendar
Plymouth seeks volunteers for flower planting day
Plymouth is seeking volunteers for the annual Flower
Planting Day 9 am to noon Saturday, June 4. The annual spring
event helps add vibrancy and color to Plymouth’s gardens and parks.
do not need previous gardening experience.
participate, call Volunteer Coordinator Jackie Maas at 763-509-5230 or email email@example.com.
Community info sessions for seniors and people with disabilities
The Community Informational Sessions for Seniors and People with
Disabilities booklet has been updated with new dates, times and
locations. These sessions are free and open to the public.
Community Informational Sessions are offered as a continuing effort to keep
families, clients and providers informed about service options and application
processes. Please visit services
for people with disabilities for more information.
Hennepin County Career Connections
The National Association of Counties (NACo) wrote about
Hennepin’s Career Pathways program as an example of innovation in government.
See the full story at Career
pathways program knocks down barriers to county jobs
At your library: testing
resources in print and online
Hennepin County libraries offer study resources in
print and online for GED, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, military and occupational
exams. Resources are available with your library card.
Find test books and study guides at your library for a
variety of subjects. Visit the library’s page for examples of study
guides in print:
You can also use these resources:
Adult Learning Center: Live coaching and practice exams
for tests including the U.S. citizenship exam and the GED. Build academic
skills, learn Microsoft programs, improve your résumé, and more.
Library: Resources for basic computer and academic skill building, job
preparation and career advancement. Includes interactive tutorials, online
books and test preparation tools for GED, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and military and
If you have questions, see Ask Us. Whether you’re online,
on the phone or in a library, we are here to help.
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Medical examiner reappointed
The board voted to reappoint Dr. Andrew Baker to another
four-year term. The Medical Examiner is a licensed physician, trained in
the specialty of forensic pathology. Baker leads the Medical Examiner’s office,
which investigates unexpected deaths that take place in Hennepin County. The
Medical Examiner is an independent entity, and does not work for the County
Attorney or any law enforcement agency. The information gathered during
these investigations, including autopsies, can be critical in civil or criminal
court cases and may help to identify trends in health and illness. Learn more about the medical examiner's reappointment.
Transit-oriented development projects approved
The board for Hennepin County’s Housing and Redevelopment
Authority approved $2,325,000 in funding for six transit-oriented development
(TOD) projects (see story above).
Pledge reduces stigma during Mental Health
The board took the Make It OK pledge for Mental Health Awareness
Month. The board acknowledged the importance of mental well-being for people of
all ages, races, social classes and walks of life. The Make It OK pledge is a
promise to learn more about mental health, to talk about mental illness to stop
the stigma and to encourage others to take the pledge online. You can find more
information about the pledge at makeitok.org.
Police week honors those in law enforcement
The board approved a resolution to establish Police Week, May
15-21, 2016, in honor of the 2,200 police and peace officers who serve
residents of Hennepin County. Read the Police Week resolution.
Strategic plan will guide natural resources
The board adopted the Hennepin County Natural Resources
Strategic Plan, which is valid through 2020. The plan will guide the county and
its partners in responding to natural resource issues and developing policies
and programs that improve, protect and preserve our natural resources. The
primary need for the plan is to provide clear direction to guide natural
resources work in the county and support applications for natural resources
funding. The county has delivered conservation services for more than a decade
and is currently the only county in Minnesota with the duties and authorities
of a soil and water conservation district. Learn more about the Natural Resources Strategic Plan.
Renovation makes space for crisis mental and
chemical health programs
The Hennepin County Board approved a plan to expand mental and
chemical health programming at its facility at 1800 Chicago Avenue (see story
State grant will fund adult mental health
The board accepted an $11.4 million grant from the Minnesota Department
of Human Services to provide services under the Hennepin County Adult Mental
Health Initiative. The 2016 Adult Mental Health Grant includes funding in four
- $3,633,586 for Community Support Services programs,
which provide drop-in case management and related services to help people
live on their own in the community.
- $506,300 for the Project for Assistance in Transition
from Homelessness program, which provides support services to people who
are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness.
- $6,499,267 for Adult Mental Health Initiative programs
– an array of case management, crisis, residential, and non-residential
- $651,000 for the Transition to Community grant, to assist
residents of Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center and the Minnesota
Security Hospital with the transition to a community setting.
There was an amendment to the agreement, which channels $122,538
in additional funding:
- $20,000 for the Anti-Stigma and Promotion of Recovery
- $35,000 for a supportive housing coordinator
- $25,000 for a needs assessment for culturally
responsive services for the African population
- $42,538 to Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota to
provide Lao Access to Mental Health Services
Learn more about the grant and the initiatives it will
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Thursdays, June 23 through August 11, 7pm
Summer Concert Series.
Salo Park Amphitheater
39th Avenue NE, between Silver Lake Road and Stinson Boulevard
Tuesday, May 31, 9:30am
Employment Orientation meeting for Seniors. For low-income Hennepin County seniors (55 and older) who are interested in paid on-the-job training in a variety of community based settings. Types of positions include teacher aide/day care assistants, house keeper aide, adult day care worker, meal servers, and office aide workers. For more information, visit esns.org or call Macey at 612-787-4090.
Friday, June 3, at dusk and Saturday, June 4, 10am-4pm
Johnstock. Arts, crafts, music, raffle and magic show.
Johnson Street Merchants
28th Avenue NE and Johnson Street NE, Minneapolis
Saturday, June 4, 10am-2pm
Pierre Bottineau Library
55 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis
Saturday, June 11, 9am-5:30pm
Homebuyer workshop. Participants will receive a homestretch certificate which creates eligibility for numerous down payment and first-time homebuyer assistance funds and programs. $40. Limited scholarships available to those who qualify. For more information or to register, call 612-256-2567, or visit umojacdc.org.
June 13 through July 22, noon-4pm.
Summer sports-arts camp. $200. For students in grades K-5. For more information, contact Andrew at 612-668-2108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, June 17, noon-8pm, Saturday, June 18, 11am-8pm and Sunday, June 19, 11am- 5pm
Stone Arch Bridge Festival. Free art and music festival, car show, beer sampler and family entertainment. For more information, visit stonearchbridgefestival.com.
Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 8am-5pm
NEighbors garage sale weekend. $10. $8 if an Eastside Food Co-op member. For more information and to register, visit mynortheaster.com.
Tuesday, June 21, 6:30-9pm
87th Annual Celebrate Northeast Parade on Central Avenue between 27th and 18th Avenues NE. For more information, visit minneapolischamber.org.
Saturday, June 25, 4-7pm
Beltrami Art Festival. Free. Ice cream, popcorn, games, art and music. For more information, call 612-229-8480, or visit discoverbeltrami.org.
1111 Summer Street NE, Minneapolis
- It's Camp Bovey Registration Time. Registration for the 2016 overnight art camp and other summer camp sessions begins now. To register and for more information, visit esns.org.
- Summer Day Camps. Low cost, fees based on family size income and the number of children registered. For more information and to register, visit gracenempls.org.
- For Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Markets dates, times and locations, visit northeastmarket.org.
Saturday, June 4, 9am
22nd annual Victory Garage Sales. Get map at victoryneighborhood.org.
Thursday, June 9, 6-8pm
Live on the Drive featuring Rio Nido. For more information, visit liveonthedrive.org.
Victory Memorial Parkway
34th Avenue N and Victory Memorial Parkway, Minneapolis
Wednesday, June 15, 9:30am-8pm
Hopwell Music celebrates Children's Day at Webber Park. Various performances and activities. For more information, visit hopewellmusic.com.
4400 Dupont Avenue N, Minneapolis
June 17 through October 7, 3-7pm
West Broadway Farmers Market
1000 West Broadway Avenue N, Minneapolis
Wednesday, June 22, 7pm
Victory Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
44th Avenue N at Thomas Avenue N, Minneapolis
Thursday, May 26, 5-8pm
Date Night. Explore North Loop. Enjoy horse and carriage rides to your shopping and dining destinations, along with special events, amusements and discounts. For more information and a list of stores, visit northloop.org.
Friday, May 27, 11:30am
Food Truck Fridays. Join us every Friday this summer for great food and beverages provided by some of the best trucks in the Twin Cities.
718 Washington Avenue N, Minneapolis
Saturday, June 4, 10-11am
Washington Avenue Cleaning Party. Meet at Hennepin and Washington to clean down to Plymouth Avenue. Bags, gloves and coffee provided.
Tuesday, June 7, 4-6pm
Grand Opening. Celebrate the historic Cameron building. Tour and ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 5:30pm.
756 North 4th Street, Minneapolis
Wednesday, June 8, 5:30-8pm
Summer Social with Jacob Frey. Catch up with the Minneapolis Councilmember.
Mill and Main building community room
401 SE Main Street, Minneapolis
Monday, June 13, 6am
Explore the North Loop by bike. Board members will guide you through the neighborhood. All are welcome. Meet at Target Field Amphitheater.
Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, 7-9pm
The Wiz. $5.
Anwatin Middle School
256 Upton Avenue S, Minneapolis
Saturday, June 4, 9am-noon
Police Bike Along. Officers will guide you through the local trail system with a few detours to show points of interest.
Golden Valley Police Department
7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
Mondays, June 6 through August 9
Concert in the Park. Free. For schedule, visit goldenvalleymn.gov.
Wednesday, June 15, 6-8pm
Public Service Open House. Talk with police officers and firemen.
Public Safety Building and Firehouses
7700 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
Saturday, June 18, 5pm-midnight
Street dance. Celebrate the community with music and entertainment.
Chester Bird American Legion
200 N Lilac Drive, Golden Valley
Sundays, starting June 19, 9am-1pm
Golden Valley Water Tower
7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
Friday, June 24, 12:30-2:30pm
Water day. Water slides, music and puppet shows. Drinks provided at the park shelter.
1856 Toledo Avenue N, Golden Valley
Saturday, June 4, 9am-noon
Flower Planting day. Volunteer to help add vibrancy and color to Plymouth. No experience necessary; good opportunity for groups. For more information, visit plymouthmn.gov.
Monday, June 6, 4:30-6:30pm
Plant Swap. Free. Bring perennials or gardening wares, such as seeds, pots, tools and books, and swap them out for new plants
Plymouth Maintenance Facility
14900 23rd Avenue N, Plymouth
Tuesday, June 7, 11am-noon
Walk with a Doc. Residents are invited to take a 45-minute walk with a local doctor, who will share information on a health-related topic and answer questions during the event.
Plymouth Creek Center
14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
Monday, June 13, 6:30-8pm
Home Alone Workshop geared toward children ages 8-10. $5. For more information, contact Sara Cwayna at 763-509-5198. To register, visit plymouthmn.gov.
Plymouth Public Safety Building
3400 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
Thursday, June 16, 6pm
Holy Rocka Rollaz. Take a trip back to the 50's with rock 'n roll music, including 50's cars, food trucks and the movie Hoosiers (PG-rated) starting at dusk.
Hilde Performance Center
3500 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
June 22 through October 5, 2:30-6:30pm
Plymouth Farmers Market. For location, visit plymouthmn.gov.
Saturday, June 25, 8am
Music in Plymouth 5K run.
3500 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
Wednesday, June 29, 5pm
Music in Plymouth.
3500 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
Art Center events. Target free Thursday nights, music/film series, Walker
cinema, Walker on the Green, performing arts, and more. For
dates and times, visit walkerart.org.
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