Ward 8 Update Newsletters - November 9, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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November 9, 2017


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

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drop by!



City of Lakes

45th Anniversary Pairing of Hale & Field Schools Celebration Tonight!


In September 1971, Hale and Field Community Schools were paired by the Minneapolis Public School District to provide a demonstration project in quality integrated education. The success of the pairing can be attributed to the activism of community leaders, parents and school staff who believed in desegregating our schools and neighborhood. 

A community celebration is being held tonight, November 9, 6-8 pm at Field Community School, 4645 4th Ave S, to recognize these leaders and celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the school’s landmark pairing.

This memorable event will feature video interviews with the community leaders who spearheaded the pairing, a panel discussion about past and present barriers to equitable education, guest speakers who helped get the Hale-Field partnership started, and choir and jazz music by past and current Hale and Field students. This event would not be possible without donations and the support of volunteers. 

Celebrate Ward 8! All Neighborhoods Open House and Community Thank you, Nov. 14


What: Ward 8 Neighborhoods Open House and Community Thank You
With Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden and Council Member-elect Andrea Jenkins
When: Tuesday, November 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave

A "short" community reflection led by local artist and actor, Dylan Fresco
Free food and refreshments
Kids activities
Come with your 6 words about race - and participate in The Race Card Project 

We hope you can join us for an open house --celebrating you!

Thank you to Seward Community Co-op, Butter Bakery Cafe, and Gigi’s Café for their generous contributions to this event.

Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, the Ward 8 office, and the neighborhoods of Ward 8 invite you to an open house celebration to enjoy food, fun and good company – this is a free event and all are welcome! For the past twelve years, the Ward 8 community has been at the center of incredible accomplishments contributing to the vitality and well-being of its eight neighborhoods. With a new Council Member for Ward 8 in January 2018, new beginnings are just around the corner and our community momentum will continue. 

Dylan Fresco is a Minneapolis-based performer, playwright, musician and educator. 
Past projects include work with Arts on Chicago, Pillsbury House + Theatre, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Guthrie. Dylan teaches with Upstream Arts and Children’s Theatre Company. His work invites connections between people and communities through story, movement and song.

The Race Card Project was started by author, journalist and radio host Michele Norris in 2010 to help foster a candid dialogue about race. Michele's book about growing up in Field neighborhood, The Grace of Silence, was promoted in 2011 as part of the city-wide book read program One Minneapolis One Read.

Visit the Facebook event here.

Thanks and Giving Comedy Benefit For Pepitos Owner Joe Minjares, Nov. 25


What: Thanks and Giving Comedy Benefit for Pepitos Owner Joe Minjares featuring Comedian Louie Anderson and Joel Hodgson
When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 7 - 9:30pm and 2nd show starting at 10:30pm
Where: Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Av. S.

Comedian Louie Anderson and Joel Hodgson (the creator of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) announced that they are throwing a comedy benefit on Nov. 25 to support Minjares and his family. The show will be held at the adjacent Parkway theater, which Minjares’ family also owns.

Joe Minjares, who opened Pepitos near the corner of 48th and Chicago in 1971, suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive incurable lung disease, and is recovering from a lung transplant.  Joe, who has helped so many others over the years, now is in need of help both medically and financially. A group of friends and associates have established a GoFundMe effort as one way of meeting some of his financial needs.  You can make a donation here.

Find out more info about the Thanks and Giving Comedy Benefit and purchase tickets here.

Get engaged with Minneapolis 2040 – share your thoughts on City planning!


Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One resounding theme is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help the city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.  City planners would like to hear your thoughts. 

Engage in Person

Monday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Martin Luther King Park multi-purpose room
4055 Nicollet Ave
Co-hosted by Tangletown, Kingfield, Armatage and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association  

Engage Online and with your friends

  • Starting November 20, visit www.minneapolis2040.com and check out the new interactive content and leave feedback. 
  • Follow on Twitter @Mpls2040
  • Sign up for the email list here
  • Download the Meeting-in-a-Box tool kit to host your own engagement meetings and report back 

Smoke In The Pit is expanding!


Congratulations to Dwight and Ivy Alexander, owners of Smoke In The Pit!  Smoke in the Pit is a family-owned BBQ restaurant located at 3733 Chicago Ave.  With assistance from the City’s 2% loan program, Smoke In The Pit is expanding its restaurant and will have increased capacity to serve more customers and clients.  The expansion will occur just in time as Smoke in the Pit was recently selected as a tailgate vendor for the Super Bowl!