MPRB (Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board) – Neighborhood Naturalists/Environmental Programs/November 2014

Neighborhood Naturalists | Environmental Programs| November 2014


In This Issue      

- Kids Camps & Classes                                          – November Cooking Classes

- Family November Programs                             - Preview December Cooking Classes                                           



Kids Camps & Classes

Click Dates to Register

Winter Outdoor Adventure Camp Week 1 & Week 2

Spend your winter break in extreme action! Build snow forts, find hidden treasure by compass, go sledding and snowshoeing, track animals in the snow and more! No snow? Don’t worry. Our naturalists will still provide fun alternative activities. Be prepared for outdoor winter adventures and dress appropriately. Please click on Week 1 or 2 to register.


Come Out and Play Family Nature Club

Click Here for Dates and Locations

You don’t need to leave the city or even your neighborhood to enjoy fun in nature. It’s time to get outside and play! Come Out and Play is a FREE, no-registration, no-obligation program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature. Research shows that kids who spend time in nature are more relaxed, happier, learn and sleep better, and enjoy better physical health than those who spend the majority of their time indoors. Join our club leader and her children in a natural setting for some unstructured play and exploration. Kids of all ages and their adults are welcome, including (of course) babes-in-arms. Each month the club leader picks a new location in a Minneapolis park to explore. The club meets on weekdays and weekends so all families have the opportunity to participate. For more information contact



Winter Family Programs

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Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and for that it is celebrated in many different cultures as the renewing of a season. Learn about the history of the Winter Solstice, catch the sun, make a

nature craft, and enjoy a bonfire with treats as we celebrate too! Register Here


November Cooking Classes

Home- Made Ravioli

Tuesday November 4, 2014 6:00-7:30pm at Theodore Wirth Park Picnic Pavilion (3275 Glenwood Ave.)

$15 per person. Children twelve and older are welcome with an adult.  Register here

Have you ever wondered if you could make ravioli in your home kitchen taste as great as in a restaurant? Learn the secrets and try your hand in our evening class. Children 12 and up welcome with an adult.  Instructor: Franny Bannen


Essential Oils for Everyday Life

Thursday November 6. 2014 6:00-7:30pm at Theodore Wirth Park Picnic Pavilion (3275 Glenwood Ave.)

$10 per person. Children fifteen and older are welcome with an adult.  Register here

What can you do with essential oils? Have you bought food grade essential oils from the co-op and they just sit in you cabinet? Learn how to use essential oils, whether it is for cooking, cleaning or personal care. There are limitless possibilities with these healing gems from the Earth.

Instructor: Elizabeth Nyguen, founder of Thousandfold Yoga and Health


Greek Yogurt & Lebneh- Simple Milk Ferments

Tuesday November 11, 2014 6:00-7:30pm at Theodore Wirth Park Picnic Pavilion (3275 Glenwood Ave.)

$20 per person.  Children ten and older are welcome with an adult.  Register here

Yogurt populates a whole section of most grocery stores. Yet you can make your own simply and for less money and packaging. Learn to make traditional creamy yogurt and variations: Greek yogurt and “lebneh”- Lebanese strained yogurt spread. Taught by Iman Mefleh, who learned from the “Lebanese Grandmother School of Cooking.”

Instructor: Iman Mefleh, co-owner of You Betcha Kimchi, LLC.


Pumpkin Pie Filling from Scratch

Thursday November 13, 2014 6:00-7:30pm at Theodore Wirth Park Picnic Pavilion (3275 Glenwood Ave.)

$10 per person. Children twelve and older are welcome with an adult.  Register here

In preparation for the biggest local food holiday in North America, Thanksgiving, you can learn to make pumpkin pie from real pumpkins! We’ll experiment with a few variations of flavors, crusts and ingredients to find a pumpkin pie that suits your pallet and is sure to please.  (Check out our pie crust class on Tuesday November 18, too!)

Instructor: Kristi Pursell


Pie Crusts from Scratch

Tuesday November 18, 2014 6:00-8:00pm at Theodore Wirth Park Picnic Pavilion (3275 Glenwood Ave.)

$12 per person.  Children twelve and older are welcome with an adult.  Register here

As a partner class to our pie filling class, we’ll anticipate the up-coming pie season by testing out different crusts from scratch: oil crust, butter, etc.  Find your favorite and prepare to “wow” your family and friends this year!

Instructor: Franny Bannen



Preview of December Cooking Classes


Tuesday December 2, 2014 6:00-7:30pm at Theodore Wirth Park Picnic Pavilion (3275 Glenwood Ave.)

$8 per person. Children ten and older are welcome with an adult. Register here

Use a special Krumkake iron to cook these light, round “cake” cookies. We’ll try out several recipes and do a taste-test with some extra to bring home.  Uff da!

Instructor: Kristi Pursell



Tuesday November 11, 2014 6:00-8:00pm at Theodore Wirth Park Picnic Pavilion (3275 Glenwood Ave.)

$15 per person. Children twelve and older are welcome with an adult. Register here

Help yourself and your family avoid the cold and the flu season this year by regularly taking your homemade elderberry syrup. We will be making syrup in class to learn the process, so that you can make it at home. 

Instructor: Iman Mefleh, co-owner of You Betcha Kimchi, LLC.


Look for more cooking classes to come in 2015:

Pizza-making, Dark chocolate from scratch, cooking with herbs, spices and “weeds,” Gluten-free baking, preserving the harvest classes, easy at-home ferments, cooking with honey, children’s cooking classes, personal and household cleaning products and much, much more!


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*****Events and Activities*****

A Comeaux Enterprises presents:

You Took Me with You (Returning for two more performances)

written, produced and directed by A Comeaux

Saturday, November 1, 7 pm, and Sunday, November 2, 3 pm

The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

Set in Innercity, America, a family’s coveted matriarch holds secrets sworn in debts paid with vows only death will release. A mother married to a man who was right for her, but she knew she’d never be right by. A sweet daughter only wanted to be her mother’s mini-me, but she knew not the path she begged to mimic. A son left behind, but very much holding his father’s weight in his eyes. A Comeaux brings her third book of the same title to the stage. In poetry, raw honesty and monologues in love, this theatrical installment is written by a child of an addict. Today they both seek a path of peace in their quest for redemption. A Comeaux is dedicated to using her talents on a national level to support those left in addiction. This production is an ode to children of addicts and speaks to the plague of our nation. Visit: For information and tickets:!you-took-me-with-you/c1p32.

Upcoming Regis Center for Art Activities

Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South

Body Cartography Project Residency

Through November 14

Performance dates for closer

Draft of closer Part 1: Wednesday, November 5, 2 – 5 pm

Draft of closer Part 2: Friday, November 7, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Draft of closer Part 1: Wednesday, November 12, 2 – 5 pm

As part of its thinking making living exhibit (through November 30), the Katherine E. Nash Gallery will host its first performing arts residents, Body Cartography Project, whose mission is to investigate embodiment and empathy and provoke aliveness. During the residency co-directors Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad will be working on a new project, closer – a practice in being present. closer is a performance intervention for two strangers (audience and performer) in public space that evolves into a communal experience. It is an invitation for engagement and empathy. Together Bieringa and Ramstad will examine how the space of connection between performer and audience can function as a site for transformation. closer lays bare the power of live performance to facilitate a re-enchantment of physicality and presence. closer unfolds in two parts. Part 1 is a series of one-on-one performances and conversations that reflect on movement, behavior and transformation. Part 2 is an evening-length performance that engages performers and audience in a practice of intentional aliveness and will take place in a theater, gym or community hall. For more information about the project visit:

MEND with me

Tuesday, November 4, 11, 18 and 25; 3 – 5 pm

MEND with me is a series of drop-in sock darning workshops hosted by Artist Emmett Ramstad. Mending supplies will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own socks or learn to darn on provided socks. Come learn how to fix holes and have conversation about repair, labor and care while you mend.

Conversation Portraits: For the One Who

Wednesday, November 12, 12 noon – 2 pm

An experiment in presence and connection, Conversation Portraits: For the One Who… is a relational performance piece in which the artist interviews participants and writes impromptu text poems about their lives using a 1960s Royal manual typewriter. During each event, artist Jan Estep invites participants to sit and talk with her one at a time, guided by a series of personal questions. Afterwards she turns in her seat and writes a biographical text for her guest. The original is given to the participant as a gift; a carbon copy is made as a secondary document and displayed in the gallery.

Xu Bing

November 11 – 22, 2014

Regis West Gallery

One-person exhibition of Chinese artist.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line:

My Preschooler and Me: Nature Explorers – Turkeys and Geese

Tuesday, November 11, 10 – 11:30 am

Introduce your little one to the wonders of nature! Explore different themes each week through hands-on play, stories, art and games. Head outside to see what we can discover. Both adult and child pay. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-09. This program is open to ages 2-5.

My Baby, Me and the Mississippi: Birds of a Feather

Thursday, November 13, 10 – 11:30 am

It’s never too early to begin exploring the natural world! Increase your knowledge while introducing topics to your child through sensory play. Get ideas for playing at home, and enjoy the company of other parents. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-03. This program is for ages 0-2 and the fee is per adult-child pair.

Mississippi Stories: Exploring the Future of Young Farmers

Saturday, November 15, 10:30 am – 12 noon

Biking down the Mississippi, Christy Newell and Siri Simons had a mission to transform local food systems. Join us to hear stories of their adventure and who they met. Learn about Fresh Forks and their high school pilot agricultural curriculum introducing students to careers in local farming. Participate in a sample lesson. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416917-04. This program is for ages 16+.–exploring-the-future-of-young-farmers.aspx

Free Family Fun Day: Junior Ranger Badge

Sunday, November 16, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This program is free and open to all ages.

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

WAM Chatter: Why Not Travel?

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 pm

This edition of the popular “pecha kucha” style presentations will feature author Jack El-Hai and artist Katherine Turczan. Each presenter has 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to answer the question, “Why not travel?” For more information: (

American Craft Council Library Salon Series: Crafting the Spirit: Native American Craft and Culture

Wednesday, November 12, 7 pm

American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200

For centuries, the classification of Native American craft has bobbled between the labels of art, artifact, traditional and innovative. Join local artist Douglas K. Limon and new assistant curator of Native American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art Dr. Jill Ahlberg Yohe for a provocative dialogue on the classification and interpretation of Native American art and culture regarding both contemporary practice and presentation. Presented in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month. For information:

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

Preschool Holiday Session: Book Ornaments/Ornament Books

Thursday, November 13, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

MCBA’s workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day’s art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities. For families with children ages 3-5. To register:

Family Class: Thanksgiving Paper Dinner

with Ellen Ferrari

Saturday, November 15, 10 am – 12 noon

Celebrate the colors and aromas of Thanksgiving dinner by “cooking” up some paper. Start by pulling sheets of white paper, then add onion skin yellow, cabbage purple, cranberry red and more! Add herbs and spices such as crumpled sage, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dress for mess with waterproof shoes. Join Ellen Ferrari for family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning. For families with children ages 2 and up. Adult/child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $6 supply fee
. Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13.50 members) + $3 supply fee. To register:

Mrs. Darwin’s Garden

November 13 – December 20 (Gallery hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 noon – 6 pm or by appointment)

Public Reception: Saturday, November 15, 6 – 8 pm

Form+Content Gallery, 210 North Second Street, Suite 104

This exhibit showcases new art by Vesna Kittelson – artist books, drawings and paintings. 2009 was the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of his birth. During artist Vesna Kittelson’s life and work (with a visiting artist studio) at Cambridge University in 2009, she witnessed many commemorations of Darwin’s life and work. She became consumed by the unexpected realization that his life with his wife, Emma Wedgwood, was one of great love, risk, sacrifice and triumph. How to celebrate their exceptional love story, overshadowed by the impact of the Theory of Evolution, through art, became a central question in her work. At the same time she was pondering how to best highlight current and alarming environmental concerns like the disappearance of bees, climate change, etc. Ms. Kittelson decided to create an imaginary garden for Mrs. Darwin, featuring invented images of primitive-seeming plants rendered in bright color and presented as “specimens” in an accordion book as if they were made for a natural history museum display. Playfully, each “specimen” was named as if it were of the same origin as a contemporary plant. Mrs. Darwin’s Garden Book One and Mrs. Darwin’s Garden Book Two will both be going to the artist book collection at the Tate Gallery, London. Book Three is currently in process. An additional artist book, Fountains, was produced because Mrs. Darwin’s Garden must have fountains as well. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public. For more information:

Snowflake Ornament Class

Thursday, November 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm OR

Saturday, December 13, 4 – 6 pm

Clay Squared to Infinity, 34 13th Avenue NE, Suite 109

These super fun snowflake ornaments are created on a special wire armature so it’s very sturdy and very easy. Layl will teach you several fun millefiore techniques like the mandala, which will be used to create one or more snowflake ornaments. Great gifts for the holidays! $40 (supplies included). For more information on this and other classes and to sign up online:

Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft

1011 Washington Avenue South

For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities:

Nuruddin Farah: Hiding in Plain Sight

Thursday, November 13, 7:30 pm

From an acclaimed African writer, Hiding in Plain Sight is a novel about family, freedom and loyalty. A new departure in theme and setting for “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” (The New York Review of Books)Hiding in Plain Sight is a profound exploration of the tensions between freedom and obligation, the ways gender and sexual preference define us, and the unexpected paths by which the political disrupts the personal. Nuruddin Farah is the author of eleven previous novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages and have won numerous awards. Born in Baidoa, Somalia, he lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he is Distinguished Professor of Literature at Bard College.

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit

Pie School with Author Kate Lebo

Saturday, November 15, 12:30 and 2 pm

Visit the Baking Lab for a series of demonstrations on the art of all things pie. This program will be led by Seattle’s “Pie Poet” Kate Lebo, author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter. Program is included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Saturday, November 15, 1 pm

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Soap Factory Day and 25th Anniversary Party

Saturday, November 15, 6 pm – 12 midnight

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

Celebrate 25 Years of The Soap Factory with a daylong, citywide celebration and an evening blowout party with music, performances, art, gourmet fare and cocktails in their historic building. Proceeds from the 25th Anniversary Party support The Soap Factory’s innovative artistic and public programming. For information:

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: or 612-321-0100.

Spotlight Series: Reflections

Saturday, November 15, 8 pm

Antonello Hall

The MacPhail Spotlight Series showcases the exceptional talents of MacPhail teaching artists and special guests, providing an intimate listening experience in MacPhail’s Antonello Hall. Under the artistic direction of Mischa Santora, this series will be brought to life with collaborations from some of the Twin Cities’ finest artists. Reflections is an experimental idea, bringing together some of the Twin Cities’ most creative musicians from different genres and performing music specifically written for this concert. Each piece will reflect the composer’s individual background, life story, and musical journey. The program will include compositions by Nachito Herrera, JD Steele, Mischa Santora and also featuring Jaqueline Ultan. Tickets are $25 for adults (or $75 for the four-concert series), $15 for youth (6-18) and seniors (55 and older) and can be purchased by calling 612-767-5250 or visiting MacPhail. For more information:

Matthew McCright Piano Master Class

Sunday, November 16, 2 pm

Room 126

$5 general admissions; free for MacPhail students.

Guitar Workshop with MacPhail Faculty – Jeff Lambert

Sunday, November 15, 3 pm

Room 607

$5 general admissions; free for MacPhail students.

*****Planning Ahead*****

Kevin Kling - Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log

Monday, December 15, 7:30 pm

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Kevin Kling returns to the Guthrie in his celebrated one-man show to spin his yarn of family tradition and holiday merriment. Wry tales of Midwestern Americana run from laugh-out-loud bizarre to touchingly beautiful. For tickets:

*****Grants, Awards, Contests and Funding Resources*****

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Grant Program Information Session

Thursday, November 13, 12 noon – 1 pm

MWMO Community Facility, 2522 Marshall Street NE

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) invites you to a free information session to learn more about MWMO’s grant types and how to apply. Bring a lunch, hear grant details and ask questions! Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Please RSVP by November 12 to help them plan (space is limited). RSVP by emailing Details and a timeline for each grant type can also be found on the MWMO’s web site: NOTE: Pre-Applications are due in December.

*****Informational Updates*****

MWMO Community Facility Wins Award

Congratulations to the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization for having their new riverfront facility recognized with the 2014 Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award in the Environmental Impact category. For more information:

*****Riverfront News Articles*****

Water Power Park

Lower St. Anthony Falls and Ford Locks

Velo Apartments

LifeSource Headquarters

North Loop and Mill District

1720 Marshall Street NE

Gavin Kaysen Restaurant in North Loop

ReScape Awards

Betty Danger’s Country Club

Family Art Day at Intermedia Arts – November 2

Sunday, November 2, 2014 | Domingo 2 de Noviembre del 2014

10am – 12pm

Free and open to all kids, parents, and families  

Gratis y abierto a todos los niños, padres y familiares

Artmaking Activities | Actividades de Artes Manuales

 Papel picado, paper maché calacas, and more with Irina Barrera and Joanna Nunez | Papel picado, calacas de papel maché, y más con Irina Barrera y Joanna Nunez

Danza Performance & Demo | Espectáculo de Danza y Demo

With Con Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue at 10:45AM | Con Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue i 10:45AM

Latin American Music | Música Latinoamericana

With Colombian Guitarist Juan Figueroa | Con Guitarrista Colombiano Juan Figueroa

Healthy Snacks + Beverages | Botanas Saludables + Bebidas

More info at: | Mayor información comuníquense al:

(612) 871-4444


A multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, we work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives. By stimulating civic dialogue and giving voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.

Art. Changes. Everything

Intermedia Arts// 2822 Lyndale Ave South // Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408 // (612) 871-4444

New Webber Park Library Update- Next community meeting is Saturday, December 6, 9-11 am, at the Webber Community Center

The new Webber Park Library design team is eager to share the preliminary ideas that they have been developing this fall with the Northside community.  The next community meeting for the New Webber Park Library will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9 to 11 am at the Webber Community Center, located at 4400 Dupont Avenue N.   Hennepin County staff and the project architects will review proposed library site plans and discuss early plan diagrams. For additional information on the Webber Park Library process, please visit the project’s website or contact Lois Lenroot-Ernt at (612) 543-8555.


Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization – Annual Meeting, Thursday, November 6, 6:30 p.m., Webber Park

Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization

Annual Meeting

Hennepin County Community Works will present the Penn Corridor Project and what that  means to Webber-Camden neighborhood. Hennepin County Library has been invited to present the 44th and Humboldt RFI (use of the Kowalski site) and the progress on the new library. This is also the meeting at which the Annual Report is delivered to the community and board elections are held.

Camden Historical Society Group, Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m, Webber Park Community Center (4400 Dupont Avenue North)

On Wednesday, November 19th, at 6:30pm, there will be a meeting at the Webber Park Community Center to begin organizing a historical society representing the Camden neighborhood of Minneapolis. The group will build on the efforts of Buzzy Bohn and others in the Camden Community Historical Society, working towards 501(c)(3) status.
At the meeting, several items will be discussed:
  1. Introductions
  2. Why a Camden historical society? Why do we want 501(c)(3) status?
  3. Committees to brainstorm ideas regarding:
  • Name of Organization
  • Mission of Organization (Why should there be a historical society?)
  • Membership (What constitutes a “member”?)
  • Governance (Who should make up the Board? How many Board members?)
  • Meetings (Where, when, and how often?)

The meeting should be wrapped up by 8:00pm. If you are interested in doing a little “pre-meeting” reading, please check out this linked document from the Minnesota Historical Society which the group will use as a template in its efforts to get the group organized.


News from Hennepin County: November 2014 – News and Events – District 2 – Linda Higgins>

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Linda Higgins
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Principal Aide

Roshonda Royston
Administrative Secretary


The 2nd District serves the cities of Golden ValleyMedicine Lake, north and northeastMinneapolis, southeastPlymouth and St. Anthony.

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Youtube Bottineau virtual tour link

Join us at a community open houseWednesday, November 12:
North Minneapolis and
Golden Valley station areas
for Bottineau LRT

Wednesday, November 12
5:30 to 8 pm with welcome/presentation at 6 pm
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis

  • Get information on four station areas along the proposed METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT)
  • Share ideas for bike, pedestrian and transit connections and development that will help neighborhoods near the stations thrive
  • Learn about a related planning initiative for bus rapid transit on Penn Avenue connecting to the Blue Line Extension’s Penn Avenue station

 Information/RSVP: 612-348-4454 or email

Hosted by Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and the City of Golden Valley.

Budget graph: estimated market value changes

Budget public hearings and meetings

The board launched a series of hearings to discuss the budget and gather public input. Meetings can be viewed live on Metro Cable Network/Channel 6 or online at

All budget meetings are held in the Board Room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. Sixth St. in downtown Minneapolis, and are open to the public. View the 2015 budget hearing schedule online.

Upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, November 4
Public hearing on Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy and budget beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 13
Public hearing on human services and public health budget from 10 a.m. to noon

Friday, November 14
Public hearing on public safety budget from 10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, December 2 
Public meeting on the proposed budget and levies at 6 p.m. (Truth in Taxation meeting)

Tuesday, December 16
The final county, Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority budgets and tax levies will be adopted beginning at 1:30 p.m.

More information: See the budget news release.

Penn Community Works

Penn Avenue Community Works
Open Houses to Shape the Future of Penn

Please attend one of the upcoming community open houses (see flier) to provide feedback on early redevelopment and street design concepts for the Penn Avenue corridor. The open houses will feature information on:

  • C Line bus rapid transit improvements coming in 2016, including an opportunity to weigh in on station locations
  • How Penn Avenue may be reconstructed in the future to better accommodate pedestrians, cars, trucks, buses and bikes
  • Alternative options for bike routes, both on and off Penn Avenue
  • Redevelopment possibilities at key commercial areas along the corridor, particularly at 44th Avenue, Lowry Avenue, West Broadway and Plymouth Avenue

Open houses are on:

Saturday, November 8, 2014
10 am to 12 noon
Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Avenue N, Minneapolis

Thursday, November 13, 2014
6 to 8 pm
Harrison Recreation Center (Multipurpose Room), 503 Irving Ave N, Minneapolis

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
1 to 3 pm
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North (Meeting Room), Minneapolis.

For more information, visit

Picture of 911 Center in Plymouth

New 911 Emergency Communications Center Opens in Plymouth

Hennepin County and the Sheriff’s Office hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 3 to celebrate the construction of the new Hennepin County Sheriff’ s Office 911 Emergency Communications Facility (911 ECF) in Plymouth.

The 911 ECF is one of the largest consolidated dispatch centers in the Upper Midwest. It will handle approximately 600,000 telephone calls annually, which includes calls from 911, law enforcement information requests, and other calls.  It will provide dispatch services in 37 communities, 23 law enforcement agencies, 21 fire departments, and four EMS providers.

The 50,000 square-foot facility has three primary functions: 911 dispatch, a highlyadvanced data center, and a technical services unit that provides maintenance and repairs to approximately 8,000 interoperable radios and services 700 mobile data computers (MDCs) in squad cars and public safety vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances.

The 911 ECF replaces the current 911 facility in Golden Valley which was built in 1948 and among the many deficiencies in the aging facility; it lacked the capacity to keep pace with future call volume.

New Webber Park Library Update

Library Planning

The new Webber Park Library design team is eager to share the preliminary ideas that they have been developing this fall with the Northside community. The next community meeting for the new library will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 9 to 11 amat the Webber Community Center, 4400 Dupont Avenue N. Hennepin County staff and the project architects will review proposed library site plans and discuss early plan diagrams. For additional information on the Webber Park Library process, please visit the project’s website or contact Lois Lenroot-Ernt at(612) 543-8555.

Site Preparation and Deconstruction

Preparation of the site for the future Webber Park Library began earlier this fall. Site fencing was installed and soil sampling and analysis is underway. Deconstruction of the residential buildings began in early October and is expected to be complete in November. The deconstruction process is carefully coordinated to ensure materials are salvaged for reuse, recycling, or repurposing where possible.

RFI for Commercial Development

Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority released a Request for Interest to sell the surplus property located just south of the new library, located at 4414 Humboldt Avenue North. The county is seeking a party that proposes to remodel or redevelop the property in a manner that is complementary with the library and the community. Responses to the Request for Interest are due on November 21, 2014. Respondents are invited to display information on their responses at the December 6 community meeting. An update on the process will be provided at the community meeting as well.

For additional information on the 4414 Humboldt Avenue North property, please visit the RFI website or contact Thatcher Imboden at (612) 348-4191.

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Board news

October 28, 2014

County to recover 400 additional tons of metal from HERC ash

The board approved a contract to recycle ferrous metals from the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), increasing metal recycling by 400 tons per year and reducing costs for ash disposal. Recycling these additional materials will provide $250,000 in annual revenue and save $150,000 per year in ash disposal. SKB Environmental, Inc. will install new equipment to recover more metal from the ash. More than 11,000 tons of scrap metal is recovered from HERC ash each year – more than double the amount of metal collected in curbside recycling programs in the county.


Board calls on Washington NFL team to change its name

The Hennepin County board passed a resolution calling on the owner of the National Football League (NFL) team from Washington, D.C. to change the name of the team to one that is not offensive to American Indians or any other ethnic group. The use of the term “redskins” is objectionable to many American who consider it to be racist and derogatory. The Washington, D.C. council, many American Indian tribes in Minnesota and across the country, and other groups and individuals have called for the team to change its name.

The resolution was adopted by the board with the pending game between the Minnesota Vikings and the team from Washington, D.C. on Sunday, November 2 at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

PanCAN and Board group photo

Board declares November pancreatic cancer awareness month

The board declared November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Hennepin County. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. African Americans have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer – between 34 and 70 percent higher than other racial or ethnic groups. Increased awareness and research into early detection, causes and effective treatments will enhance the health and well-being of Hennepin County residents. Hennepin County will also light the Lowry Bridge purple on November 13 for “Purple for a Purpose Day”. For more information on this Awareness Day onNovember 13 please visit:

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St. Anthony



  • Wednesday, November 12, 5:30-8pm
    Bottineau Community Open House
    UROC Building, 2001 Plymouth Avenue N

North Loop

  • Saturday, November 30, 2014
    Celebrate Small Business Saturday
    Visit for more information.

Bryn Mawr

Golden Valley

Medicine Lake


  • Saturday, November 1, 10am-12pm 
    Candy for the Troops. Donate your leftover Halloween
    candy to be sent to our troops overseas.
    Fire Station II, 12000 Old Rockford Road
  • Sunday, November 2, noon-2:30pm
    2014 Kids Garage Sale
    Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Avenue N
  • Monday, November 3, 8am-4:30pm
    Candy for the Troops. Donate your leftover Halloween candy to be sent to our troops overseas.
    Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Boulevard
  • Saturday, November 15, 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 16, noon-4pm
    Plymouth Arts Fair
    Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Avenue N

City of Minneapolis News: Snow Emergency information coming to household mailboxes

Minneapolis residents should watch their mail over the next several days for information that could help them avoid tickets and tows when snow season arrives. The City of Minneapolis is sending out about 176,000 Snow Emergency brochures, one to each household in the city. The brochure has graphics and text showing where to park during the three phases of a Snow Emergency. Folks should hold on to the brochures throughout the winter and have them handy whenever a Snow Emergency is declared. The brochure contains the Snow Emergency parking rules and lists ways people can find out when the City of Minneapolis declares a Snow Emergency. The more people follow the Snow Emergency parking rules and help their neighbors do the same, the easier snow season is on everyone. A printable version of the brochure is available at Snow Emergencies are declared whenever there’s enough snowfall to warrant a complete plowing of our streets. To get that done, people need to follow the parking rules and move their vehicles so crews can plow the full width of the street. When the snow flies, City Public Works crews have enormous jobs to do, with more than 1,500 miles of streets, parkways and alleys that need to be cleared. It’s important for drivers to follow the Snow Emergency parking rules so plows can do the best job possible clearing snow. Vehicles parked on the street in violation of Snow Emergency rules can be ticketed or towed. By reaching out to educate people about Snow Emergency parking rules, the City hopes that more drivers will avoid tickets and tows. Minneapolis spreads the word about Snow Emergencies by direct mail, emails, text messages, automated phone calls, social networks, the Internet and by working with the news media. Getting drivers to follow Snow Emergency parking rules helps the City, too. Towing and impounding vehicles is expensive and makes plowing inefficient, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help drivers follow the parking rules and avoid a ticket and tow. Stay informed Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and what to do when they are. We’re advising drivers to put many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways people use to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they will be to do their part, and the less likely they will be to be towed because they didn’t know one was declared.

  • Hotline - By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, folks can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. If a Snow Emergency is in effect, the hotline will have information on that day’s parking restrictions that drivers need to follow to avoid tickets and tows. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
  • The City’s website - Go to to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on Snow Emergencies in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
  • Phone alerts - Minneapolis uses a phone alert system to notify residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. It is an automated notification system that can place thousands of calls per hour. You can add your cellphone or unlisted landline number to the alert system by signing up at
  • Email alerts - You can sign up to get Snow Emergency alerts automatically emailed to you. Go to for more details.

App for Android devices and iPhones – Drivers who have Android devices or iPhones can download the Snow Emergency app. During a Snow Emergency, the app will tell them the parking rules for that day. It also has a street lookup, which lets them see where they can park on that day by street address or by having the device’s GPS pinpoint their location.

  • The media - News releases are sent to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers and listeners that a Snow Emergency is in effect.
  • Cable TV - Tune in to cable channels 14 and 79. These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared.
  • Facebook – Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook. Go to
  • Twitter - If you have a Twitter account, just follow us. Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is declared.
  • Videos - Informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are available online to help explain where you can park when a Snow Emergency is declared:
  • Minneapolis Snow Emergency Parking Rules (English) Find out where to park your car when a Snow Emergency is declared to avoid a ticket and a tow. Learn more in this edition of the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.
  • Reglas de Estacionamiento de las Emergencias por Nevada  (Spanish) Averigüe dónde estacionar su carro cuando se ha declarado una Emergencia por Nevada para evitar una multa y remolque. Más información en esta edición de las series de Minneapolis Sabía usted.
  • Xanibaada Goobaha Baabuurta La Dhigto Xilliga Gurmadka Barafka (Somali) Hel meel aad baabuurka dhigato marka lagu dhawaaqo gurmad barafka looga xaaqayo wadooyinka si aan gaariga lagaaga jiidin laguuna ganaaxin. Faahfaahin dheeraad ah waxaad ka heli kartaa nuqulkaan magaalada Minneapolis ee taxanaha “Ma ogtahay….”
  • Kev Cai Li Choj Txog Kev Kub Ceev thaum Daus Tau Lo  (Hmong) Thaum muaj daus tau lo, lub nroog yuav tsum tau kaus kev. Pej xeem yuav tsum tau tshem lawv lub tsheb, lub nroog thiaj li kaus tau kev du lug. Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub”.


Metro Blooms Minneapolis Garden Awards Event – November 6

  Some of the most beautiful, creative and sustainable gardens in the Twin Cities will be honored at the Minneapolis Garden Awards from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 6 at Columbia Manor in Minneapolis. The annual event recognizes outstanding work in publicly visible gardens and is presented by Metro Blooms, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices.

The garden awards program originally started in 1983 to recognize boulevard gardens in Minneapolis but has since grown far beyond its roots. Today Metro Blooms sends scores of trained volunteer evaluators to visit as many as 2000 gardens in the metro every year, and the program recognizes a wide range of categories, including congregation gardens, edible gardens, container gardens, and residential and business raingardens, among others. This year marks the first time an award will be given for a permaculture garden.

The event will benefit Metro Blooms’supporting the evaluation and recognition of beautiful and ecologically functional landscapes. Metro Blooms partners with organizations, businesses, governments and watershed districts to encourage gardening and landscaping activities that protect the environment. One of its main initiatives is teaching people how to plant raingardens that prevent polluted stormwater from draining into lakes, rivers and wetlands.   The awards ceremony will feature light fare, music and a cash bar. Tickets are $30.00. Advance ticket purchases are required by October 30. They are available at   Minneapolis Garden Awards is supported by Midwest Home/Minnesota Monthly Magazines, Bachman’s, Plaisted Companies, Northeast Bank and others.

Minneapolis Garden Awards

Time:  7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m., Thursday November 6, 2014

Place: Columbia Manor at Columbia Golf Course 3300 Central Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN  55418

City of Minneapolis: Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling: Yard Waste Collection

YW - Reusable ContainerYard Waste Collection
 will end the week of November 17, 2014. Your last yard waste collection will be on your regularly scheduled garbage day during the week of November 17th. Place yard waste out, prepared to collection guidelines, each week on your garbage day for collection. Minnesota state law prohibits disposing of yard waste with garbage and requires the use of compostable bags for collection of yard waste from your home. Visit our Yard Waste webpage for detailed yard waste preparation.

One-Sort Recycling collects 6,343 more tons of recycling in first full year of citywide One-Sort!  For more information on how the one-sort program participation, resident feedback and operational improvements, read the City’s media release.

Residential Organics Drop-Offs: For more information, visit our Organics webpage.  Now Open: Pearl Park, South Transfer Station, Van Cleve Park, Audubon Park, and Armatage Park

Mattresses are recyclable and should be placed out on your recycling day only. MattressCollection crews will sticker your mattress and return the following business day to pick it up. Mattresses are non-recyclable if they become water logged from rain or snow. Please keep your unwanted mattresses inside until the morning of your recycling collection to prevent them from becoming non-recyclable. You may also contact Solid Waste & Recycling and let us know that you’ll be placing a mattress out the day after your recycling collection for pickup. Our customer service staff will notify the collection crew so that it will be picked up.