Field Regina Northrop News and Events
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Have you seen the attractive lawn signs around your neighborhood? One can be personally delivered and placed in your yard.
If you would like to have one for your house, click on About FRNNG and complete the form!
ELECTIONS JUDGES NEEDED NOW!
The Minneapolis Elections Department is working on implementing a program called the Adopt-A-Precinct (AAP) program. The AAP will partner with different organizations from throughout Minneapolis, such as FRNNG, to have their members/residents work on Election Day(s) as election judges.
We are looking for 15-20 volunteers that can work as election judges (bi-lingual or multi-lingual is a bonus for serving our neighbors).
In order to participate, volunteers must
1) Be eligible to vote in Minnesota
2) Be able to read, write, and speak English.
3) Complete a two-hour training session at our Minneapolis Election’s Warehouse.*
These volunteers can either
A) work for pay and donate it back to your organization, or
B) just work as volunteers.
Notable dates: August 12th Primary, and November 4th General,
If you have other questions, feel free to call The Elections office at (612)-673-3870.
Learn more about election judges at http://vote.minneapolismn.gov/judges/index.htm
*Training dates for the Primary have passed but special training can be requested if you contact the Elections Office immediately.
Farmers Market comes to 52nd and Chicago!
July 23 4-8pm
August 27 4-8pm
Stop by for fresh produce, cheeses, breads, treats & more!
Seeing Little Cars along your Street? It's CAR SHARING!
The first car-sharing company to be part of the City of Minneapolis’ pilot program, is finding a lot of customers in the city. That’s all according to Car2go’s recently released third-quarter report. The City’s car-sharing pilot program began with Car2go on Sept. 12, 2003. About six months later, Hourcar and Zipcar were added to the two-year program. These three companies have since been sharing vehicles throughout town using on-street parking spaces as well as off-street ones. The on-street parking spaces will make it more convenient for users to get a car when they need it.
National History Day-The Arthur Lee Family
Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) is proud to announce that on March 25th, at a Regional Event at Augsburg College, Molly Hynes and Emily Voigt qualified for the National History Day competition at the University of Minnesota.. Molly and Emily also won that competition on May 3rd for their exhibit, "Racism in our Hometown: The Story of the Arthur Lee Family (1931)". They will now move onto the National Competition in Washington DC.
The exhibit introduces the Lee Family experience within the historical context of the years following WWI and the lives of the postal workers and veterans. It emphasizes its significance in light of short-term and longterm consequences in the community.
The students continue to research, conduct interviews, and augment their exhibit to honor the legacy of the Lee Family in preparation for the State competition. Also, Molly and Emily, with guidance from their teachers and librarians, will be working with their classmates to produce and direct a puppet show about the Lee Family for U.S History classes at CDH. They will build on the puppet show that was performed a few years ago at the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater’s (HOTB) free Saturday morning performances. Their teacher, Greg Poferl—a former Postal Worker—collaborated with Howard Kling from the Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota, Ester Ouray from HOTB, and the show’s creator, Children’s Theater actor and educator, Emily Zimmer to do the show.
Finally, Molly and Emily’s exhibit will be featured at the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) State convention May 5th-6th in Brainerd, MN. It has had a special place in the APWU and especially with the Minneapolis Area Local. Onward!
In peace and friendship,
Greg Poferl and Stearline Rucker.
Greening Committee Update
I-35W Sound Barrier Wall - On 2nd Ave. from Minnehaha Creek to 42nd St.
We are looking to develop a partnership with MnDOT regarding the care and maintenance of the new trees, plants and flowers along 2nd Avenue South from Minnehaha Creek to 42nd Street
The current maintenance contract for the new plantings comes to an end this June. From that point on, maintenance of the land will need to rely on neighborhood volunteers to cut grass, weed, or add new plantings along our thoroughfares.
In order to remain a vibrant community, we look to our community members to join us in this necessary volunteer effort to be coordinated by the FRNNG Greening Committee. You don't have to live along 2nd Ave. to participate in this beautifying project!
Studies have shown that neighborhoods, who have highway boulevards that are well maintained, add a nice view for neighbors and drivers SLOW TRAFFIC AND REDUCE LITTER and vandalism.
VOLUNTEER NOW! Be part of the "We Love Our Neighborhood" project. The Greening Committee meets regularly to plan and schedule. To get involved, please contact the FRNNG Greening Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or to get your block involved, contact your block leader.
In addition to these efforts, the 62 Crosstown Project enters its final planning phase. MnDOT is working with neighborhood groups to design the community "gateways" crossing 42nd, 46th, 50th, 60th (and intersecting with 2nd and Stevens Avenues) in Minneapolis and added street gateways entering Richfield. Neighborhood groups have been meeting with MnDOT representatives to decide on signage and limited plantings along these major thoroughfares into and around our communities. Final designs of possible signage are found on the MnDOT website at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35whwy62gateway.
For the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood, please send any ideas or concerns you may have to the FRNNG Greening Committee at email@example.com.
Ted Moe and Tim Price
Art & Community Together!
FRNNG is launching an arts initiative in our neighborhoods for performing and visual artists! Its mission is to promote and advance arts-based opportunities in the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood, providing support to the artist community and fostering greater engagement with the neighborhood.
Thanks to the efforts of FRNNG to increase arts opportunities, The Parkway Artist Coalition (The PAC) was started. Artists of all disciplines and art educators are welcome!
The next meeting of The PAC will be September 4 at 7pm at The Gallery in Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church (1620 E. 46th St).
FRNNG 25th Silver Anniversary Parade and Celebration
FRNNG celebrated 25 years of service to the Field Regina and Northrop Neighborhoods at McRae Park Saturday, June 21! A colorful parade of VIPs, decorated cars and bikes, Lions Club Drum Corps and others strolled down Portland Ave and into McRae Park.
At the celebration, there was music, ballerinas and spoken word performances on stage, pony rides, face painting and various games for the kids. Adrian's cooked up a storm of tasty streats!
FRNNG had special shirts and lawns signs available for our neighbors to show their pride in their community! Shirts are still available for $12 each. Lawns signs are also available (donations accepted for the signs).***
A quilt donated by South Minneapolis Quilters was raffled to raise funds for an Art and Community Together project!
Art and Community Together was a new addition to the festivities this year with neighborhood artists exhibiting and selling their work. Dan O'Brian was on hand with 3 Saori weaving looms and a Commmunity Painting project.
Great thanks to all who participated, the staff at McRae Park and MARC and all who volunteered to make this year's event fun and engaging! Much gratitude to the various businesses who donated items for the prizes and consistently support the efforts of FRNNG!
****If you would like to purchase a t-shirt or request a lawn sign for your yard, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Nutrition Program
Monday through Friday the Volunteers of America host a free/reduced price lunch for area seniors aged 60+. The suggested contribution is $3.50, however they just ask people to pay what they can afford. No one is ever denied a meal because they cannot pay.
Meals are at 1:00pm at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 1720 E. Minnehaha Parkway. For more info call 952-945-4157 or 612-729-6668.
Taste of FRN Cookbook Fundraiser
FRNNG is collecting recipes now through the Fall for a fundraiser cookbook. Help us by submitting your favorite recipes to the cookbook committee at email@example.com or to the FRNNG office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with your recipe, please list your name as you would like it to be printed in the cookbook, along with the neighborhood you live in. Pass the info on. the more recipes we get the better the cookbook will be!
Free Home Security Audits
Is having your house or garage broken into a constant worry for you? Stop home burglaries before they happen with a free home security audit conducted by Crime Prevention Specialist Sue Roethele. Contact Sue at the Third Precinct by calling 612-673-2839 or e-mailing her at email@example.com.
Volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood
Are you looking for a way to volunteer with organizations in your neighborhood, but don't know quite how to get connected with the right group? For information about non-profit groups near you that are looking for volunteer help, check out VolunteerMatch.org, an easy-to-use web-site that lists volunteer opportunities by zip code. There are plenty of opportunities to help your neighbors. If you want a way to "get back" while you "give back," volunteering is the way to do it!
Minneapolis Walking and Biking Tours
Sponsored by Preserve Minneapolis
During the summer of 2014, Preserve Minneapolis will offer unique tours that highlight the built, natural, and cultural treasures found throughout the City. The 2014 schedule runs from June 7 through September 21.
On each tour, guides with experience in fields like architecture, history, and preservation will tell the “stories behind the stories” and give participants a greater understanding of the area’s social and built history…with fun and a sense of humor. We leave the lecture hall behind and delve into the human stories that made, and make, Minneapolis neighborhoods real.
Most tours are $8 per person. Participants will need to pre-register and pay for tickets on-line. Tours fill up fast; last year, over 75% of Preserve Minneapolis tours sold out!
Pre-payment/registration and more information is available at: www.preserveminneapolis.org/wpfile/tours/
The remaining 2014 TOURS are:
• East Hennepin: Behind the Scenes; September 14
• Southeast Lake Harriet Parks and Homes; September 21
• Como-Harriet Streetcar Line and Linden Hills; July 27
• Camden Neighborhood; July 30
• Bryant and Pleasant Avenues Biking Tour; August 4
• Tangletown and Minnehaha Creek; August 13
• Red Cedar Lane; August 16
• Hennepin Avenue Theater District; August 16
• Architect Avenue; August 19
• West 49th Street; August 24
• Uncovering Urban History: Cedar-Riverside; August 26
• Murder & Mayhem: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery; September 6
• Nicollet Island; September 13
Please visit the Preserve Minneapolis website for more information.