Click on the link to read the announcement about an upcoming important meeting
Click on the link to read the announcement about an upcoming important meeting
Helping low-income seniors and people with physical disabilities living in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Washington and Scott counties.
Metro Paint-A-Thon helps homeowners to continue living independently by matching them with volunteer teams who will scrape, prime and paint the exterior of their home, garage or other structure at no cost to the homeowner. Despite the economic challenges Metro Paint-A-Thon has faced, they are committed to continue to serve eligible homeowners.
Interested homeowners and agencies can find more program details including eligibility requirements outlined on the 2014 homeowner application available at: www.paintathon.gmcc.org/homeapp.php or contact Metro Paint-A-Thon to have a copy mailed or emailed (612-276-1579). Send completed applications by April 14, 2014 to:
Metro Paint-A-Thon, PO box 7509, Minneapolis, MN 55407-0509
The Paint-A-Thon takes place August 2-3, 2014,with some preparation work occurring in the weeks preceding.
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The Senior Luncheon and Resource Fair is a Folwell and Webber-Camden “Come Home to Camden” event with no charge to the seniors for the luncheon and resource fair. Approximately thirty resource and senior support providers attend and are available for one-on-one discussions with seniors when lunch is finished. After lunch this year, the seniors are offered various free medical screenings as follows: Neighborhood Health Source will provide- Blood Pressure checks; NorthPoint Health and Wellness – Height, weight, BMI (body mass index) and glucose and Sight and Hearing Association will test for glaucoma.
The Senior Luncheon and Resource Fair will be held at Folwell Park (1615 Dowling Ave. N., Mpls). from Noon until 2:30 p.m.
RESERVATIONS ARE NEEDED. To make reservations, stop in the FNA/WCNO office (1206 37th Avenue North), call 612.521.2100 or email email@example.com.
*****Check This Out*****
Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis
Saving the City is a lively and provocative television series celebrating the energy and excitement of our cities. Telling stories through the eyes of people who use the city, Saving the City highlights successful and unsuccessful examples of urban development throughout the United States and Canada. The focus is on downtowns and surrounding neighborhoods, the most visible and visited part of our cities. One of the initial segments focuses on Minneapolis and its “Flour Power” story. For more information and to see the Flour Power segment (scroll down a bit to see that segment): http://savingthecity.org/
*****Events and Activities*****
Paul Shambroom Class Exhibition
March 4 – 15
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South, West Gallery
Student photography exhibition. This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For information: https://art.umn.edu/nash.
Prints and Paintings by Lindsay Splichal and Booka B
Opening Artists Reception: Thursday, March 6, 4 – 7 pm
Gallery One at OST, TractorWorks Building, 800 Washington Avenue North, Suite 514
Gallery One at OST and The Art Leadership Program™ proudly present two emerging talents in the field of printmaking. The work of Lindsay Splichal and Booka B (aka Adam Booker) display the common thread of printmaking processes in two divergent directions. Lindsay Splichal’s work has a conceptual edge unveiling the importance of process. Through her varied presentations of a singular intaglio plate, Lindsay explores the monoprint and the multiple. The incisions of the plate create an intense view of the mark in contrast to the painterly surfaces of her prints, pushing both the depth and fragility. Booka B, coming from a musical background, presents work that has a beat and sound of its own. Iconographic imagery of totem poles merge with what would seem like something you would see on the streets: from rock posters to graffiti on a downtown street. Repeat patterns become an integral part of the work, giving the imagery a sense of rhythm and movement. Both of these artists began as painters and are also displaying selected paintings. Booka B (Metropolitan State University) and Lindsay Splichal (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) are both recent college graduates. Splichal was just awarded the Highpoint Center for Printmaking Jerome Residency. Open Systems Technologies (OST) has opened its North Loop Minneapolis offices as exhibition space for emerging artists. OST is a member of The Art Leadership Program™ Emerging Artist Series, an innovative collaboration that brings together leading artists and corporate leaders to showcase art for the community to view and enjoy in unexpected spaces. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 8, 10 am – 1 pm
Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South
Shop indoors from nearly 40 vendors, for everything from squash varietals, root vegetables and salad mix to freshly milled grains, local honey, maple syrup, pastured meats, eggs, specialty cheeses, baked goods, seasonal flowers and more! For information: http://millcityfarmersmarket.
March 8 – April 12 (Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 1:00-6:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am-4:00 pm or by appointment)
Opening reception: Saturday, March 8, 5 – 9 pm
Circa Gallery, 210 First Street North
CONFISCAPE works borrow images, materials and processes frequently associated with street art and the urban environment, including tagging, stenciling and graffiti; featuring new artwork by Matthew Bergen, Jacob Lunderby and Barry Maxwell. Bergen prefers to remove most of the evidence of construction, and his finished works fall somewhere in between painting, printmaking and photography. There is no set medium — spray paint, ink and automotive paint finishes are all incorporated into his work. Lunderby presents images of urban environments layered over patterns, transforming them into new compositions on panel. While the production of the work involves digital resources, the artist wants his art to be read in the context of a painting. Maxwell’s abstract paintings play with contrasting painterly approaches, opening a dialogue between the rigidity of constructivist compositions and the randomness of graffiti. Paintings build through a process of washes and layers of paint and glazes. Local artist Matthew Bergen will be in attendance at the opening reception. For over 20 years, CIRCA Gallery has offered collectors the finest work by emerging and established local and national contemporary artists. For more information visit: www.CircaGallery.org
March Water Walk: Seasonal Changes
Tuesday, March 11, 12 noon
Education Sciences building, 56 East River Road, East Bank of UMN campus (meet in corridor outside Dunn Bros coffee shop)
Bundle up, grab your shoes and a friend and join River Life for a March Water Walk! Explore the connections between campus and the Mississippi and learn about important aspects of the river corridor and the water system that supports it (and us). Join us at noon on March 11 as guest speaker Jay Hatch leads us on a Water Walk focusing on seasonal changes and the river. Weather permitting, we’ll take a walk on Bridge 9, but we may just go out and have a peek before retreating to the coffee shop. Come with questions! For more information and to RSVP if you’d like, send a message to the River Life Programrlp@umn.edu. Attendees are welcome to stay and purchase lunch after the event. Students, staff, faculty and the general public are all welcome!
A SIP OF SCIENCE: Climate Changed: Adapting to Change Now and in the Future
Wednesday, March 12, 5:30 pm
Temperatures are rising, dew points climbing, precipitation increasing and extreme weather events growing in frequency. Climate change is underway in Minnesota, and with that comes many big questions. What are the implications of these changes and what are likely trends as we contemplate the future? What measures might we want to implement both individually and collectively to enhance our resilience to climate change? Is it possible to adapt to climate change in ways that also enhance our quality of life, lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve disaster recovery and advance our economic competitiveness? Join us as Pat Hamilton, Director of the Global Change Initiative at the Science Museum of Minnesota, examines these questions and provides some thoughts as we move forward into our ‘climate changed’ future. A SIP OF SCIENCE bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly. Food, beer and learning are on the menu in a happy hour forum that puts science in context through storytelling. The talk takes place during happy hour at the Aster Café. No cover; food and drink available for purchase. NEW: RSVP for Sip of Science and get $5 Summit Beer all night!
Dread Scott Artist Talk
Thursday, March 13, 7 pm
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South, Influx Space
This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For information: https://art.umn.edu/nash.
Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)
North Mississippi Regional Park
For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.
My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades — Migration
Tuesday, March 18, 10 – 11 am
Join in animal adventures as you watch a puppet show, then do a special activity or craft. Restricted to participants age 2 to 6. Cost is $4, and reservations are required; reference activity #216903-03. This program is for ages 2-6; both adult and child pay.
Free Family Fun Day: Herons and Egrets of Minnesota
Sunday, March 23, 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. Free; for all ages.
Soar With the Eagles
Saturday, March 22, 9 am – 4 pm
Discover the bald eagle success story at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. See eagles up close, tour the center and enjoy the interactive displays and observation decks. There will be stops for eagle viewing on the Mississippi River along our way. This program will start and end at the Kroening Interpretive Center. Transportation will be provided to and from the Eagle Center. Restricted to participants age 16 and older. Please bring along a lunch or enjoy a meal at a local restaurant on your own. Snacks, binoculars, fun and games will be provided. Cost is $22, and reservations are required; reference activity #216917-01. http://www.threeriversparks.
Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pm, Wednesday-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.
Altered Journals: Cultivating Joy during the Dark Months
with Sheila Asato
Four Thursdays: March 20, 27, April 10, 17; 6 — 9pm
Research shows that journaling is not only fun and interesting, but it is also good for your health! During the dark winter months, energy can run low for many. Just getting up in the morning can be a challenge. In this class, students will focus on how the act of journaling can help improve energy, as well as bring in joy to help cope with the winter blahs. And rather than starting with a pristine, blank book, students will enter into a dialogue with an old book that has been discarded through a variety of altered book and mixed media techniques. Come ready to play! All skill levels welcome. $195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee.
Book Arts Roundtable with visiting artist Karen Pava Randall
Friday, March 21, 7pm
Visiting artist Karen Randall presents The Leyden Jar Project, her recent collaboration with the poet Cole Swensen. This artist’s book delves beyond the printed page and encodes the poet’s voice in a series of Leyden Jars, the 18th century means of storing electrical charges that is the precursor to the capacitor. This project employs an Arduino microprocessor as an element of the book’s construction, lacing contemporary electronics into the publishing process while paying homage to the earliest efforts to harness and store electricity. Karen Pava Randall is an artist who works in the media of words, digital collage, oil painting, letterpress printing, 19th century photographic techniques and open source programming languages (all nicely subsumed under the heading of “artist’s books”). She is the daughter of a pediatric nurse-turned-sociologist and an astrophysicist, and grew up playing with primitive computers, a very cool chemistry set from the 50s, building short wave radios and a telescope, and studying Russian and comparative literature at Smith College and the University of Chicago. She has taught hands-on science in Chicago public schools, literary studies in western Massachusetts and letterpress printing at the Center for Book Arts in NY, the San Francisco Center for the Book, at Naropa’s Summer Writing Program and at MCBA. She is the proprietrix of Propolis Press and editor of the Least Weasel chapbook series (both of which feature the work of contemporary poets). Free and open to the public.
MCBA Book Arts Certificate Graduate Exhibition
March 24 – May 4
MCBA Lerner Bindery Gallery
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: http://www.loft.org.
Mentor Series: Cathy Park Hong
Friday, March 21, 7 pm
The 2013-2014 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents poetry mentor Cathy Park Hong reading along with program participants Caitlin Bailey (poetry) and Kristin Fitzsimmons (poetry). Cathy Park Hong is the author of three collections of poetry, including Translating Mo’um published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Her third book of poems, Engine Empire, was published in 2012 by WW Norton. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. She is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina. Caitlin Bailey holds an MFA from Hamline University where she served as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Water~Stone Review. Her poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bateau, Lumina, Paper Darts, Poetry City USA, Vol. 2 and elsewhere. She is currently working on a collection of poetry. She lives near the river. Kristin Fitzsimmons received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in June 2013 and has since been a summer teaching artist at The Loft and a co-host and editor for the YouTube series What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia? Her work has most recently been published in New England Review Digital, Midway Journal and Handsome.
Equilibrium: Vicky Grise and Florinda Bryant
Saturday, March 22, 8 pm
Vicky Grise, a Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow whose project centers around Latino and Somali communities on Lake Street, will perform and co-curate this event.
Mill City Museum Programs and Events
704 Second Street South
Women of Mill City Family Day
Saturday, March 22, 1 – 4 pm
Celebrate Women’s History Month with performances by four Mill City Museum History Players and a series of family activities. Families can enjoy portrayals throughout the day of women in Minneapolis and the region in the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors also take a short quiz to discover which “women’s work” of the 18th and 19th centuries would suit them best and try their hand at the “Piecework Challenge,” testing their speed against nineteenth century work standards. Program is included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.
Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music
501 Second Street South
MacPhail Spotlight Series: Viennese Ventures
Saturday, March 22, 8 pm
Vienna is often regarded as a bastion of musical tradition and history. However, some of the most daring experiments took place on the stages of the Austrian capital. Viennese Ventures explores these significant developments from the well-known works of Mozart to the bold compositions of Schoenberg. Featuring performances by faculty members Jean De Vere, violin; Hanno Strydom, cello; Andrea Leap, voice; Tom Speckhard, voice; Gail Olszewski, piano; Richard Tostenson, piano; and vocals from Tom Speckhard, Mary Laymon, Andrea Leap, Seth Keeton, Jerry Rubino, Tiana Malone and Joey Clark. Special guest performers: Lydia Miller, violin; and Emily Hagen, viola. 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. Tickets may be purchased for single performances or a four concert series package. A MacPhail student discount is available. For more information and tickets: http://www.macphail.org/
COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company presents:
Romeo & Juliet
April 10 — 20
The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North
COLLIDE presents a modern-day re-telling of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Set in Brooklyn in 2000, the bare-knuckle world of New York City politics has created a blood feud between the Montague and Capulet families that has endured for generations, always simmering just below the surface and occasionally erupting into public view, sometimes with tragic consequences. The production features ten professional dancers, two vocalists, original Shakespearean text and a four-string violin quartet playing popular music hits from artists such as Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and U2. For information:http://www.thelabtheater.org/#
The Acting Company in association with
the Guthrie Theater presents
by William Shakespeare
directed by Ian Belknap
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
directed by John Rando
April 22 – May 4
Opening Night: Friday, April 22
Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, McGuire Proscenium Stage
Shakespeare’s story of a Danish prince and his search for vengeance, justice and truth plays in repertory with Tom Stoppard’s reworking of the same tragedy from the point of view of two minor characters and their static existence in a world beyond their comprehension. For tickets: 612-377-2224 or http://www.guthrietheater.org/
*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****
Keegan’s Pub Entertainment
Keegan’s Irish Pub, 16 University Avenue NE
Keegan’s Pub offers a full schedule of live music, Irish lessons, pub quizzes and other activities each month. For more information and a full event calendar, visit http://www.keeganspub.com.
Classes at Surdyk’s
Mondays and Tuesdays
Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop, 303 East Hennepin Avenue
Surdyk’s offers an extensive and fun choice of classes to help you learn about wine, beer and cheese (both in general and specific types). Check out their calendar at http://www.surdyks.com/events.
National Park Service “Ranger on Call” Virtual Tour of the Mississippi River
Visitors and residents of the Twin Cities can now have a national park experience 24 hours a day with Ranger on Call, a new virtual tour of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Ranger on Call is an audio guide to exploring some of the park’s most special places. The guide features a series of 20 stops designed to expand users’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and provoke exploration. Users can listen to stories from all along the 72-mile corridor of the national park, and download podcasts and maps online at http://www.rangeroncall.com. Or, for an all-encompassing park experience, users can visit the featured sites along the river in person and dial 1-877-727-1172 (toll free) for the cell phone tour. Ranger on Call features narration by Don Shelby, who brings to life the stories from diverse communities along the river. Tour stops feature the Minneapolis Riverfront, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Lock and Dam #2 in Hastings. Ranger on Call was created by the National Park Service and the Mississippi River Fund. http://www.nps.gov/miss.
Horse and Carriage Tours
Enjoy a tour of the riverfront via a horse-drawn carriage ride. Regular tours are available from both the Nicollet Island Inn and VIC’s Restaurant on Main Street. For information: http://www.thehitchingcompany.
Acme Comedy Club
Tuesdays through Thursday, 8 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and 10:30 pm
708 North First Street
Enjoy stand-up comedy at one of the top five comedy clubs in the country. For more information:http://www.acmecomedycompany.
Best Laid Plans
October 10 – May 29
Old Spaghetti Factory, 233 Park Avenue
Join The Murder Mystery Company as they journey back in time to the glamorous 1930′s with “Best Laid Plans.” Get all dolled up for an evening of “Old Hollywood Style” fun as you mingle with the who’s whos of society. Be careful though, as someone in the room is guilty of a terrible crime. Bring your friends, family and don’t forget your detective skills to help solve the case! For information and tickets: http://www.grimprov.com/
Classes Available at the Lundstrum Center
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, 1617 North Second Street
Dream of performing on Broadway? Preparing for your college audition? Looking to get back into class? Let the Broadway veteran faculty at the Lundstrum Center help develop your gifts. Fall session registration is now open. Children and adults, all levels welcome. Programs include:
The center offers state of the art, spacious, sun lit studios, with free parking and #14 Metro Transit bus-accessible. Class cards available! For a class schedule please check out the center’s website http://www.lundstrumcenter.org or call 612-521-2600 to be put on their mailing list.
*****Grants, Awards, Contests and Funding Resources*****
Free Web Site Assistance for Nonprofits
Due March 17, 2014
The Nerdery (a web services company based in Bloomington) is holding its annual Overnight Website Challenge again April 12 — 13 where web professionals design and create a new online presence for nonprofits for free in a 24-hour time period. If you know of a Minneapolis nonprofit that could benefit from an enhanced digital presence, the nonprofit should apply by March 17 at: http://tc2014.
Centennial Legacy Grant Program
Due March 31, 2014
The following is adapted from the website above.
The Toro Company’s Centennial Legacy Grant Program is currently accepting applications from non-profits that are located within 30 miles of a Toro community (in Minnesota: Shakopee, Windom, and the Twin Cities). Grants will support non-profit organizations in their efforts to beautify and preserve outdoor environments and enhance green spaces at home, work and play. The objective of the program is to provide funding for projects in these focus areas that will serve the community for many years to come. Grants will be made to qualified organizations in the communities where Toro employees live and work. The project funded should:
For more information or to apply, visit the webpage above.
Preserve Minneapolis Smart Phone History App
Minneapolis Historical mobile app is live! Preserve Minneapolis has partnered with two local neighborhoods to bring history to life on your smartphone. Travel back in time with this free smartphone app for self-guided walking tours of Marcy-Holmes and Old Highland.
Park Board Event Calendar
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)’s website features a multi-month event calendar. The current event calendar is now available at http://www.minneapolisparks.
Mill City Times
This web site covers “life, work and play in the Historic Mill District” and offers videos of many important presentations and meetings related to riverfront topics. It also includes an event listing that is more expansive than the Mill District and that would be a useful resource for you in between issues of the RiverCurrent (or if, as sometimes happens, you accidentally deleted it).
Mississippi River Trail
The Mississippi River Trail follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters to the Gulf. A new MRT resource website has been launched for the Minnesota segment of the trail http://www.dot.state.mn.us/
1 Mississippi Campaign
This site includes information on the entire Mississippi River and how you can help protect and enhance it.
*****Riverfront News Articles*****
Nordic Film Festival
Italian Film Festival
North Loop Business News
Latitude 45 Development at Washington and Third Avenue South
Superior Plating Redevelopment Proposal
Freud’s Last Session at Guthrie
Grethen House Coming to North Loop
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 go questions and provide regular updates about offenders, arrests, court dats and outcomes.
The community leads and drives a Court Watch by
* Sharing valuable information about offenderws 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
The March Court Watch meeting is Tuesday, March 11th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis 55411.
Winter Parking Restrictions are in effect
Winter Parking Restrictions have been put in place for reasons of public safety. Because of snow and ice buildup along curbs, many streets are getting too narrow for fire trucks and ambulances to get around.
Until further notice, DO NOT PARK on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes (most residential streets). This will allow emergency crews to navigate every street in Minneapolis and get to people as quickly as possible.
You can park on both sides of Snow Emergency routes, parkways and along the odd numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes, provided a Snow Emergency is not in effect, or unless otherwise posted.
For more information visit our website or call 311.
|Dear Friend,As often happens in Minnesota, come March, we still have snow piled up and ice covering the streets. I know many of you are frustrated with the long winter and the tough driving conditions around the City and across the metro area. I wanted to let you know what the City of Minneapolis Public Works is doing to address the snow and ice on our streets, to keep traffic moving as best as possible.
When it snows, plowing and treating streets is the first priority. As we have snow in the forecast each day this week, Public Works will first prioritize clearing the snow.
We know the ice, which is bonded to the streets, is a major problem. These areas are everywhere, but are particularly problematic downtown and anywhere else the pavements are mostly in shade. The chemical deicers the City uses are not effective at temperatures below 15 degrees. So while we continue trying to treat the streets, the best our crews can do is chip away at the ice until we see significant, long-term rises in temperature. During that time, crews are focusing their efforts in areas with higher traffic volumes and/or speeds. The slightly higher temps forecast in the next few days should help.
We also have crews occasionally going into the residential streets to try to clean up the even sides of the streets where we had problems during the last snow emergencies. The thick snowpack and bonded ice will remain there for a while. If we get any warming, the hard-pack can sometimes “fluff up,” making it look like it snowed again, or crews were never there to plow. Crews are also dealing with alley plowing concerns as they arise.
Public Works, Police and Fire, as well as Metro Transit are still working to evaluate, prioritize and determine what to do with snow emergency routes that appear narrowed. Plowing crews are already addressing some from Metro Transit, day and night, when they’re able. As for non-snow emergency streets, Public Works and Regulatory Services Traffic Control are working together to enforce the Winter Parking Restrictions where appropriate. These restrictions – while frustrating for many – are necessary to ensure emergency response vehicles have enough space to make it down the streets. Remember that until further notice, or April 1, do not park on the even numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes unless otherwise posted. You can find out more about the restriction and download multi-language flyers here.
This week crews are working on an aggressive corner clearing operation. Just prior to the February 17 snow emergency, crews had worked to clear almost all of the approximately 16,000 corners, but after getting another 15 inches of snow since then, the corners were all filled in again.
Crews from Public Works are also tasked to enforce the sidewalk shoveling ordinances. Please be sure you’re doing your part by shoveling the sidewalk in front of your home or business. You can also help out the City by digging out the fire hydrant on your block. There are more than 8,000 fire hydrants in the City of Minneapolis, and the Fire Department is asking the public to help out when you’re able.
I know many of you are dealing with slick streets and possibly difficulties parking or navigating your alley. The great people who work at Public Works are responsible for all of the work I’ve just mentioned. They have daily and short-term work plans, and they work to balance all the needs and priorities across the City – those priorities can change daily, or even hourly. And as I mentioned, if it snows, everything stops until crews deal with that immediate priority.
Please don’t hesitate to share your concerns with me or through 311. I thank all of you for your patience as Public Works employees strive daily to keep our streets open and traffic moving, and keep our City running well.
Mayor Betsy Hodges
Looking for fun over Spring Break? Spend it outdoors! Find hidden treasure by compass, track migrating birds, build with natural materials, learn about maple syruping and more! Bad weather? Don?t worry. Our naturalists will still provide fun alternative activities indoors. Be prepared for potentially cool and wet outdoor adventures – dress appropriately. $60
Monday, March 31st to Friday, April 4th
For children ages 6 to 12.
Three Locations – Register by clicking on the park name below.
Pearl Park - 1 to 4pm
Lyndale Farmstead Park - 1 to 4pm
Theodore Wirth Park - 9am to Noon
For questions call 612-313-7725
The Folwell Neighborhood Association currently has one opening on the Board of Directors as the result of a member’s resignation. This is an At-Large position that will be filled by a vote of the current Board of Directors at the regular meeting on April 7, 2014. The term is for the remainder of the vacated position from the date of the appointment through the Annual Meeting in November 2014.
Folwell residents or folks who work in or own a business in the neighborhood are eligible to serve. Candidates must have attended at least one meeting of the Board in the current year to date. Board members are expected to attend regular Board meetings held once a month, participate on special committees and attend, participate in and volunteer at Association sponsored events.