July 24, 2017 eNews

July Meeting Highlights

  • Possible change to polling location for 13-9 (see below)
  • Board is considering creating a business facade grant program, to complement the existing City’s Great Streets program.
  • We have a meeting with a planning team to discuss the improvements we’d like to see at the Washburn Tot Lot.
  • We hosted our final happy hour at Cafe Maude, but will be looking into a future location. 
  • We may be able to increase our Rain Garden participation from 10 to 15 residents. Working on the details for the program.
  • We will be hosting a personal safety workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23. More details soon.

Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13 • 3:00-7:00pm

3:30 – Magic by Bruce

4:00 – Deuxmensions Dance Performance

4:00-6:00 – Skate Park Activities with 3rd Lair

5:00-7:00 – Live Music by White Elephant

  • Fun games and activities 
  • (all-inclusive wristbands $5/each • $10 max per family)
  • INCLUDES: magic show • balloon animals • face painting • carnival games (with prizes) • bounce house • giant slide • obstacle course
  • NEW More activities for adults and families including Giant Jenga, Cornhole, Kan Jam and more!
  • RETURN of the CAR SHOW (want to show off your car? register today, its free!)
  • Silent auction & raffle see items and how to bid by text online
  • Local business and organization informational tables/booths
  • MPLS TAP water station (bring a refillable water bottle)
  • Food TRUCKS 
  • Red Wagon Pizza • Twin Cities Paella • Terzo • City Girl Coffee • Sonny’s Ice Cream • Sweet Dreams Candy

Thanks so much to our sponsors!


Poll Relocation – Minneapolis Elections Would Like Your Feedback!

Elections & Voter Services staff is considering relocating the poll for the 13-9 precinct from Anthony Middle School to City Church, 1501 54th St W. 

There have been challenges in voter flow and some congestion at the Anthony Middle School site. Auditorium renovations in the past couple years have also reduced the amount of available space previously used on the floor. 

While City Church lies further outside the precinct (approximately four blocks north of Anthony), it is within the one-mile statutory requirement, and offers ample, open floor space and parking. 

Staff would appreciate your comments!  This change would be in effect for the November 2017 Municipal Election and beyond. All registered voters would receive a postcard notice of the change via Hennepin County, should the relocation take place.

If you vote at Anthony Middle School and have an opinion in favor of or against relocating the poll, please contact Tim Schwarz by July 27 at tim.schwarz@minneapolismn.gov or by calling 612-673-3136.

Soccer Referees

Minneapolis Parks & Rec are looking for dependable, knowledgeable and hard-working people to referee our fall leagues. Referees receive up to $26 per game.

Join us at one of the clinics at 2117 W. River Road:

  • Tuesday, Aug 22 • 6:00-8:30pm
  • Monday Aug 28 • 6:00-8:30pm

Complete paperwork, learn about the MPRB leagues and receive hands-on training. Uniform shirts will be available for purchase at each clinic.

Contact Anthony DiBella for more information (adibella@minneapolisparks.org) 612-719-8035.

Neighborhoods provide grants to support Bridge for Youth’s Rita’s House

The Bridge for Youth’s mission is to provide runaway and homeless youth safe shelter, assist in the prevention and resolution of family conflicts and reunify families whenever possible. The Bridge is creating a facility, targeting an underserved population, through Rita’s House.

Rita’s House will be an intentional community for homeless youth, providing single rooms rented at a very low subsidized rate, with shared common spaces. The youth who will be eligible to be residents in the house will be between the ages of 18 and 20 years old, for whom it is not possible to live in a safe environment with a relative, and who have no other safe alternative living arrangement. Youth will develop their independent living skills, gain rental history, and learn how to manage a household, while living in a shared space that is tailored to and supportive of homeless youth. Housing will be provided on a month-to-month basis, with the intention being that youth stay at the house less than 24 months before moving to their apartment.

This facility is located at 2200 Emerson in the East Isles neighborhood. Through outreach to southwest Minneapolis neighborhood councils, the Bridge has been granted a total of $110,000 for capital improvements. Neighborhood involved in supporting this project include:

  • The East Isles Residents Association (EIRA)
  • Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG)
  • Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA)
  • East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO)
  • Armatage Neighborhood Assocation (ANA)
  • West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC)