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 www.metroblooms.org.   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

What is Court Watch?

Court Watch is a collaborative, community-based approach to criminal justice. Concerned citizens partner with police, prosecutors, probation officers, and other resources to promote sentencing accountability with the court system. Community participation makes Court Watch successful. At Court Watch meetings, Minneapolis City Attorneys, Hennepin County Attorneys, Neighborhood Probation, Minneapolis Police and social service agencies respond to questions and provide regular updates about offenders, arrests, court dates and outcomes. The community leads and drives a Court Watch by * Sharing valuable information about offenders and crimes

* Having input in the criminal justice process, which increases accountability

* Educating judges about the personal impacts of being a victim of a neighborhood crime, including drug sales, weapons offenses, property

crimes and prostitution

* Making communities safer

 

4th Precinct Court Watch

The Fourth Precinct Court Watch focuses on chronic offenders, habitual burglars and felons in possession of firearms. This collaborative meets monthly to address public safety needs and write impact statements.

Meeting Time and Location

Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30

North Regional Library

1315 Lowry Avenue North

Contact: 4thPrecinctCourt Watch@minneapolismn.gov

Cancelled -Court Watch: Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System-October 22 – Rescheduled

Tonight was to be the first in a series of three Court Watch Forums on how the juvenile justice system works in Hennepin County. All three will be rescheduled.

City of Minneapolis News: Every day is Election Day at City Hall through November 4

Extended hours for in-person absentee voting begin

Election Day is officially the first Tuesday in November. However, starting Monday, Oct. 20, all voters in Minneapolis can cast their absentee ballots in person at City Hall on any day of the week until Election Day. Whether it’s on a weekday or a weekend, every day is an Election Day at City Hall. This is the first year voters in Minnesota are not required to provide a specific reason for voting absentee. That means all voters now have the option to vote absentee either by mail or in person prior to Election Day. Also, the City Council voted last month to extend the in-person absentee ballot hours available at City Hall, 350 5th Street South. These two changes have created this unprecedented voting opportunity in Minneapolis. From now until Election Day, the hours for in-person absentee voting in City Hall are:

  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, through Oct. 31
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3

As always, voters can also do absentee voting at home. Ballots can be requested online at vote.minneapolismn.gov. All completed mail ballots must be received by the Elections & Voter Services Division by Election Day.

City of Minneapolis News: How can Minneapolis be a better arts and creative city?

The City of Minneapolis is leading a planning process to think more strategically about how its arts and creative assets can best contribute to the local and regional economy and improve Minneapolis’ quality of life. We would like to hear from you about your participation in Minneapolis arts and culture. You can take a survey by Nov. 21 either online or by downloading a PDF. Results from this survey will greatly inform the Creative City Road Map, a plan for Minneapolis arts and culture for the next 10 years.

Watch www.creativeminneapolis.org for updates and more information about the process and events, a survey, and what Minneapolitans are saying and thinking about how the arts and creative activities connect to their lives.

 

Mississippi Messages from Friends of the Mississippi River – October 2014

FMR Updates

MAKING OUR HOMES RIVER-FRIENDLY, FALL FMR WORKSHOPS

Our recent rain barrel workshop quickly reached capacity, but we still have three free fall workshops to help you make your home river-friendly inside and out! Capacity is limited and early registration highly encouraged.

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RSVP FOR NOV. 1ST, OUR FINAL OUTDOOR EVENT OF THE YEAR!

Join us Saturday, November 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the beautiful bluff-top prairie and oak woodlands above the river in Cottage Grove. Volunteers are needed to help FMR staff remove invasive species, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. No experience is required and all supplies (pizza included!) will be provided. Learn more and sign up via the event listing, or contact Amy Kilgore atakilgore@fmr.org for details and directions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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ACT TODAY! SUPPORT THE EPA’S WORK TO PROTECT U.S. STREAMS AND WETLANDS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on their draft Waters of the U.S. rule – a clarification of the Clean Water Act. Tell the EPA that you support their efforts to protect our nations streams and wetlands today!

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL “EVENING CELEBRATING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER”!

Friends of the Mississippi River held our 13th annual “Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River” on October 1, 2014 at the Weisman Art Museum – overlooking the great river we are all working to protect. The evening was a success on many accounts, and we are very grateful to everyone who helped make it a success. For photos, numbers and more, read on!

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OCTOBER IS REI MONTH AT FMR!

In recognition and appreciation for the individuals and families who also support our work, REI is offering special benefits during the month of October.

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THANK YOU FOR A YEAR OF ACTION TO STRENGTHEN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER RULES

FMR has called on activists to write letters, sign petitions, attend trainings and meetings, and send formal comments to the DNR over the past year. We would like to extend our thanks to nearly 2,000 FMR advocates that acted to better our river for future generations. Read on for what’s next in the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) rulemaking process.

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RESTORATION OF COTTAGE GROVE’S RIVER OAKS PARK IS UNDERWAY

Restoration of the city of Cottage Grove’s River Oaks Park has started. This park’s primary ecological feature is a small (half-acre) remnant Bedrock Bluff Prairie. The vista of the Mississippi River, from the bluff prairie, is sweeping and gorgeous.

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Mississippi River News

VIKINGS KICK IN ANOTHER $500K FOR AMENITIES, BUT NOT FOR BIRD-SAFE GLASS

The Vikings are paying another half-million for upgrades including an eighth elevator and additional food stands, but refuse to upgrade to bird-friendly glass for their new stadium. Due to its location in the Mississippi Flyway and towering glass wall, Audubon Society and many others, including the Minneapolis City Council, expect the new stadium to be a death trap for birds.

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Calendar of Events

HELP US WITH A BIG MAILING

Tuesday, October 21 and/or 28 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
FMR Headquarters, Robert & 5th, Downtown St. Paul

We have a big mailing that we need last-minute volunteer help to get out the door. Let us know if you can helpTuesday the 21st or the 28th! (Sign up for one or both.) We’ll provide the pizza and sodas!

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the FMR calendar listings, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31. (Be sure to let her know which night(s) you’re committing to.)

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MAKE YOUR HOME RIVER-FRIENDLY

Wednesday, October 22 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dakota County Western Service Center (next to Galaxie Library), Apple Valley

Join FMR Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett to learn about practices and small projects you can take on inside your home — be it a mansion or a small apartment — to significantly improve your water footprint. We’ll quickly cover the basics, touching on both well-known lessons and lesser-known tools to help you figure out the most effective steps to take to make your home river-friendly.

Topics include the biggest water users in your house or apartment (both direct and indirect usage), where to take leftover prescription drugs, alternatives to household products containing triclosan and other river polluters.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more about this free Vermillion Stewards event on the event page, or sign up now with akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY AT REI IN BLOOMINGTON — LAST CHANCE!

Saturday, October 24 – 3:00-7:00 p.m.
REI Bloomington, 750 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55420

Throughout October, FMR and REI are celebrating their longstanding partnership with special member benefits. One of these perks, is a complimentary REI “Steward 2014″ t-shirt ($20 value) for individuals that are both REI and FMR members. T-shirts will be available only for pick-up on the date provided above. Additionally, when picking up your t-shirt you can enter to win a light-weight REI Passage 2 Tent — it’s great for backpackers. Come out and join us onOctober 24th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at REI Bloomington. T-shirts available while supplies last. Only one per member please. Contact John Briel, Development Associate, with questions at jbriel@fmr.org.

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BLUFF PRAIRIE AND OAK WOODLANDS INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL

Saturday, November 1 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
3M Cottage Grove facility natural area

Join us in the oak woodlands and bluff prairie near the Mississippi River, part of a natural area owned by 3M-Cottage Grove being restored in partnership with Friends of the Mississippi River. Alongside FMR Ecologist Joe Walton and River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, volunteers will learn about, explore and then help restore the woodlands and prairie by hauling cut brush, primarily buckthorn, and removing honeysuckle. This will immediately create openings for the return of native plants that benefit our local wildlife and waters. No experience is required and all supplies will be provided.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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LANDSCAPE FOR THE RIVER: NATIVE PLANTS, RAINGARDENS, LAWN CARE FOR WATER QUALITY (+ WINTER TIPS)

Tuesday, November 4 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center, Hastings

Whether you’re interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We’ll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR’s former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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LANDSCAPE FOR THE RIVER: NATIVE PLANTS, RAINGARDENS, LAWN CARE FOR WATER QUALITY (+ WINTER TIPS)

Thursday, December 4 – 6-7 p.m.
Wilder Center, Midway (near the Green Line), St. Paul

Whether you’re interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We’ll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR’s former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Whose View? From Where?

OCTOBER 2014

Each month in this section, we feature a photo from somewhere along the river corridor in the Twin Cities that is in some way significant, important, or just plain scenic. Individuals may then e-mail us and identify the view and explain why they believe it is significant to the community or important to them personally.

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SEPTEMBER 2014 ANSWER

September’s photo was a popular spot and many of our readers recognized it. The Hastings High Bridge has a lot of history that many shared their stories about!

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Phenology

RARE FALL MIGRANTS

Mid to late fall can be a rewarding time to see rare birds in the Twin Cities.

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Supporting FMR

PLEASE SUPPORT FMR’S IMPORTANT WORK!

If you’ve read this month’s Mississippi Messages down to this point, you are well aware not only of what FMR has accomplished but what we still need to accomplish. And to do that, we need your support. Your gift in any amount today will help us accomplish more for your river and your community. And if you are able to consider a sustaining, monthly gift – the impact will really add up! If you value the work that we are doing, please make a gift today. Thank you!

Quote of the Month

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

        - Albert Camus

FMR Updates

Mississippi River News

Calendar of Events

Whose View? From Where?

Phenology

Supporting FMR

Mississippi Messages is a twice-monthly e-mail update distributed by Friends of the Mississippi River to help our members and subscribers stay informed on issues, FMR events, and opportunities related to the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area.

All subscribers’ names and e-mail addresses are kept confidential.

Original contents copyright 2014, Friends of the Mississippi River
http://www.fmr.org

Fall street sweeping begins October 21

Fall is here, and that means crews are preparing to sweep streets across Minneapolis. Drivers will need to park out of their way so they can do a thorough job cleaning our roadways.

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city on Tuesday, Oct. 21. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 20, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweep parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Making it easy to follow parking rules:

  • “No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
  • Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.  There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the schedule and watch for signs.
  • Interactive web feature – Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s  “Did you know…” series of short videos that can be viewed atwww.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79.  Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.

o    English:  See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.

o    Spanish:  Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.

o    Somali:  Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.

o    Hmong:  Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City’s top priorities. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.

Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

 

News from Barb Johnson: Fall Street Sweeping Begins Today, Tuesday, October 21

 

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

October 21, 2014

Ward 4 Neighborhoods

Cleveland
Folwell
Jordan
Lind-Bohanon
McKinley
Shingle Creek
Victory
Webber-Camden
Willard Hay

 

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping on streets throughout the city today, Tuesday, Oct. 21. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweep parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed. More detailed information is available on the city website, including the street lookup function.

City streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

 

Making it easy to follow parking rules:

·        “No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

·        Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.

·        Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.  There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the schedule and watch for signs.

·        Interactive web feature – Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.

·        Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s  “Did you know…” series of short videos that can be viewed atwww.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79.  Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.

o   English:  See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean in this video from the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.

o   Spanish Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.

o   Somali:  Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.

o   Hmong:  Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”

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

IntermediaArts.org

ABOUT INTERMEDIA ARTS | www.IntermediaArts.org

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

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.