Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch – October 18th

Come, join your friends, family and neighbors at the Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch. Lots to see and do. The Party will be on Saturday, October 18th at 3600 Penn Avenue North from Noon until 3 pm. There will be music, face painting,  food, a Compost Workshop and THE REALLY BIG TABLE – Springboard for the Arts! We hope we see you there!

Reminder: North First EDUCATION-A Northside Social Event – October 6th

REMINDER – Just 1 Week Away!
EDUCATION October 6th Gathering

Join your neighbors this fall for our 2014 North First:EDUCATION social event on October 6th. This is a great opportunity to get to know other residents and neighborhood organizations and community, enjoy a delicious dinner, hear some great spoken word artist and hear some brief presentations about topics of interest to neighborhoods and residents. Come for a bite and stay for some conversation. Just make sure you RSVP today!

6:00-7:00pm Social hour, Freedom of Xpression Open Mic in the theater, and Info Exchange
7:00-8:00 Presentations in the theater
8:00-8:30pm Networking and information sharing

MC for the evening – Ann Kaari, Victory Neighborhood Association

Northside Schools Collective: Eyes on Education
Lynne Crockett, Northside Schools Collective

Why can’t my son go from Henry to Harvard?
Martine Smaller, Northside Educational Alliance

Mayor Hodge’s Cradle to K Cabinet
Dianne Haulcy, City of Minneapolis

Peer Mentored Youth: Food For Thoughts and the process of the creative
Brianna Wilson

Summa Summa Summa Summatech!
Kerry Felder, Northside Education Activist

Think BIG
Justin Fogel, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Creative Coping
Dr. Sheronda Orridge, Loving Spirit Life Coach Academy

Digital Kinship: Positioning to  a Place of Power
Lanise Block, Digital Empowerment Academy

The Secret to Staying Young is Youth
Cherie Irby

Lazos Latinos, Northside Latino Network
Victor Martinez, Director of Lazos Latinos

The work that must be done to bring north Minneapolis neighborhoods into tomorrows vision for healthy neighborhoods will take some heavy lifting – it is work better done with friends! So, join the Northside Neighborhoods Council and learn more about the next steps – they are ours to take together – and you need to tell us what you think those steps should be.
Make your reservation now. We look forward to seeing you and bring a friend who might be interested!

Learn more at

The Northside Neighborhood Council is a collaborative group of Neighborhood Organizations from the northside of Minneapolis. Read more about the NNC here.

“NNC invites and encourages participation from all residents. If you need this material in an alternative format please call 335-5924 at least two weeks before the event. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons may contact 335-5924 to use a relay service.”

OCT 6, 2013 6pm-8:30pm
Capri Theater
2027 W Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411


City of Minneapolis News: How healthy are we? Local health departments seek answers

Over the next several months, people in 60,000 households in the Twin Cities metropolitan area will be asked to provide information about their health. Eight public health departments serving all cities in six counties are conducting a voluntary, confidential survey as part of ongoing efforts to determine the health status and needs of the community.

Metro SHAPE (Survey of the Health of All the Population and Environment) is being conducted by the following departments:

  • Bloomington Public Health
  • Carver County Public Health and Environment
  • Dakota County Public Health Department
  • Hennepin County Public Health
  • Minneapolis Health Department
  • Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health
  • Scott County Public Health
  • Washington County Public Health and Environment

Participants in Metro SHAPE are randomly selected from all residences. About 5 percent of households receive an invitation to participate. Survey invitations will arrive via U.S. mail bearing the government logos of all participating health departments. Respondents will have the opportunity to answer questions online or to fill out a paper copy of the survey.

During the past 15 years, the health departments have conducted similar surveys to identify local health issues. Survey participants help provide vital information about the factors and trends affecting the health of adults living in the area.

Metro SHAPE data help local public health, human services, and nonprofit agencies understand current health trends among adults in their communities and develop ways to improve health, such as increasing opportunities for physical activity, expanding access to healthy food, and reducing tobacco use.

For more information about the Metro SHAPE 2014 survey visit The Metro SHAPE 2014 survey is funded in part by the Statewide Health Improvement Program of the Minnesota Department of Health.

Court Watch-Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System-October 22, November 5, November 19

In October and November there will be a three meeting series on Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System taking place on October 22, 6-8pm, November 5, 6-8pm and November 19, 6-8pm. The forums in the Juvenile series will be in the 4th Precinct Community Room. The 4th Precinct is located at Plymouth and Morgan Avenues North.

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

Clothing Closet

Clothing Closet: Most needed now and always: kids’ clothes!  Where is it located and when is it open?  North United Methodist Church, 4350 Fremont Avenue North, on the first, second, third Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to noon and the first Monday of each month-6:00 – 8:00pm also Mobile Loaves and Fishes Free Meal – 6:30 p.m. Information: 612-522-4497. No charge – donations accepted.

Safely get rid of your household hazardous waste, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., check locations

You can safely dispose of unwanted garden and household hazardous wastes at a community collection event.
October 2-4 Public Works Department 24200 Smithtown Road Shorewood, MN  55331
October 9 – 11 Minneapolis Public Works Dept. Snelling Ave. 3607 East 44th Street Minneapolis, MN 55406
Items can also be dropped off year round at Drop-off Facilities located at 1400 W. 96th St., Bloomington; and 8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park. For more information, call 612-348-3777. Promote the collection events. We have an article, social media posts and flyer available. Learn more.


Materials are accepted for free from households only. Businesses must manage their waste properly – see our commercial hazardous waste information. PLEASE NOTE: The county will NOT be accepting electronics at the collection events.

Household, lawn and garden products

  • Adhesives (flammable or petroleum based)
  • Aerosols (pressurized or containing product)
  • Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Drain cleaner
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable products
  • Gas cylinders – propane less than 40 lbs.; specialty gases less than 59 lbs. will be evaluated; some may not be accepted due to management restrictions
  • Paint (limit three 5-gallon pails; no limit on pails 1-gallon or smaller)
  • Paint thinners, solvents and strippers
  • PCB ballasts (must be removed from fixtures)
  • Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
  • Photographic and hobby chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rechargeable tools
  • Wood preservatives

Mercury-containing items

  • Fluorescent bulbs and HID lamps (limit 25)
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats

Auto and fuel wastes

  • Diesel fuel
  • Fuel additives
  • Gasoline (containers will not be returned)
  • Kerosene
  • Starter fluid
  • Vehicle lead-acid batteries
  • Waxes
  • NO motor oil

Not accepted

  • Appliances*
  • Asbestos
  • Electronics*
  • Explosives
  • Garbage (food waste, furniture, carpet, lumber, empty paint cans, etc.)
  • Gas cylinders – propane greater than 40 lbs.; gases requiring special management and all gases greater than 59 lbs.
  • Medicines or infectious wastes – find medicine disposal drop boxes
  • Motor oil and filters*
  • Photocopiers
  • Radioactive wastes (i.e. smoke detectors)
  • Recyclables (scrap metal, paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, etc.)*
  • Tires*

*Accepted at the county’s permanent drop-off facilities. Fees may apply on certain items.

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Where to get the help you need. Are you a senior homeowner or a homeowner with disabilities who lives in North Minneapolis?

The two agencies listed below may be just what you are looking for.

Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.)

N.I.P. North Office at the Center for Families, 3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Call Debbie at 612.374.3125, Email:


The Seniors Program dates back to the very beginning of N.I.P. The primary mission of the Seniors Program is to promote independence by providing low-cost home maintenance services and to prevent isolation through recreational/social opportunities. Are you in the N.I.P. Service Area? Check the boundaries in north Minneapolis: To 44th Avenue


North, East-Mississippi River, West-Xerxes Avenue North.

Snow-shoveling fee: $15.00.

Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP)

Call Diane at 763.450.3667

For more information, visit the website:

Designed to help senior citizens and disabled adults

stay in their homes by living independently

Service Area: Camden (north of 44th Avenue North), Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Osseo and Champlin.

Snow-shoveling fee: $15.00

Fall Programs at Webber Library

Fall Programs at Webber Park Library For Preschoolers: Saturdays, 11 AM at the Library Family Storytime Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

For Kids and the Whole Family: Tuesday at the Park Building Library Lab for Kids: Poetry and Music with T. Mychael Rambo Oct 28 at 4 PM Learn how poems and music communicate ideas, and compose your own songs by exploring the legacy of African-American poetry and music with T Mychael Rambo.

For Teens: Thursdays at the Park Building First Pages for Teens: Fan Fiction Oct 9 at 4 PM Learn how poems and music communicate ideas, and compose your own songs by exploring the legacy of African-American poetry and music with T Mychael Rambo. Make This: Anime and Manga Drawing Oct 23 at 4 PM Learn how poems and music communicate ideas, and compose your own songs by exploring the legacy of African-American poetry and music with T Mychael Rambo.

For Grown-ups: Thursdays at the Park Building Author Talk: Pauline Knaeble Williams Sept 18 at 6 PM Set in 1944 North Minneapolis, Williams’ “Finding Hollis” transcends ethnic and racial barriers through the eyes of a young white woman who witnesses a tragic car accident only to discover as much about herself as the new world “where the black folks on this side of downtown were relegated.”

Master Gardener: Landscape Plants for Winter Interest Nov 6 at 6 PM Plants – from trees to perennials – are admired for their beauty in winter, complementing the magic of hoarfrost. Some plants bring wildlife to your winter landscape, others show off when they drop their leaves.

Geneology Research: African American Families Nov 18 at 6:30 PM Learn how to research your family’s roots back to the Civil War using information from relatives, family records and basic genealogical resources such as census and vital records from Lois Mackin, director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

For Seniors: Thursdays at the Library Senior Surf Sept 18 at 1 PM Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.

4th Precinct Alert September 23, 2014

If you need this material in an alternative format, please contact the Minneapolis Police Department at 612-673-2912.


Gun Crimes – 4th Precinct September 23, 2014



In recent weeks the 4th Precinct has seen an increase in gun related crimes. These include incidents where guns were implied, displayed or fired. To reduce the frequency and in an attempt to prevent future gun related incidents we are asking for the public’s help. If you have information on involved people, addresses, or vehicles, please contact us through one of the below options. You may remain anonymous and the information will be provided to the correct investigative unit within the MPD.


Contact options:

  • 911 – If you see a crime in progress, or believe one is about to be committed, call 911 right away!

• Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) if you know of an illegal firearm or believe one may be used in a future crime.

• Log on to Crime Stoppers at and click on “Give a Tip.”

• Call the MPD Tip Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

• Use MPD’s Tip 411 app to text in your tip from your mobile device. The MPD Tip 411 app is free for iPhone and Android devices and available in the App Store and Google Play. You can also send pictures with your tip. Tip 411 is 100% anonymous.

• You can also access Tip 411 from the MPD’s website ( or Facebook page (


Please call the Violent Crimes Investigations Division at 673-2941 if you have any information about any robbery or shooting. You can remain anonymous

For additional questions and other information on making your community safer, please call your sector


Crime Prevention Specialist:

o North Of Dowling, call CPS Tim Hammett at 612-673-2866

o Between Dowling and Broadway call Officer Blake Moua at 612-673-3364

o South of Broadway call CPS Rowena Holmes at 612-673-2833


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