Urban Forage
Urban Forage is an awesome cidery off of Lake Street that forages their fruits from the city to make their special brews. On June 26, they are partnering with East Lake Library to share the history of their business and some fun interactive learning. After the program, participants have the option to head over to Urban Forage for some tastings!
This is part of the third annual three-part series offered by East Lake Library called the “Curious Community.” The series celebrates the places, faces and spaces of Longfellow! All sessions are offered at the library located at 2727 E. Lake St. in South Minneapolis.

Seward  Co-op Wins Sustainability Star Award
Seward Co-op has been named a Sustainability Star by National Co-op Grocers (NCG) for excellence in sustainability efforts. The award recognizes food co-ops that demonstrate outstanding leadership by making a positive impact on social, environmental and local economic issues.
At its annual meeting in April, NCG honored Seward Co-op for its commitment to positive environmental impacts and improving sustainable practices where possible, particularly in the area of waste management. Seward Co-op’s three business locations’ recycling and compost efforts divert approximately 85% of waste from landfill or incineration.
Like all Sustainability Star Award winners, Seward Co-op participates in Co+efficient, NCG’s sustainability program that helps co-op grocery stores measure their impacts, drive improvements, and share the story of their important work with community members and other co-ops. This marks the second year that NCG has highlighted co-ops by awarding Sustainability Star honors. Seward Co-op is one of 10 co-ops nationwide recognized for its 2016 performance.
Seward Co-op is proud to share its successes and draw community attention to the many challenges facing ethical and sustainable food production and distribution in an inclusive socially responsible manner. In the last two years, they have expanded their diverse workforce to more than 330 employees earning a living wage.
The cooperative sector has long been an innovator in sustainability. Earning Sustainability Star recognition shows that Seward Co-op is leading the way, not only by excelling in its sustainability pursuits but by sharing the details and result of its efforts for the benefit of co-ops and communities around the country.

Midtown Farmers Market
The market is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, at 2225 E. Lake St. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from May through October. Starting in June, the market will also be open every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through October. The market’s 80+ vendors offer a wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, seedlings and potted plants, eggs, meat, cheeses, honey, pickles, preserves, jams and jellies, hot sauces, bread, pastries, granola and other snacks, food truck fare, books, handmade jewelry, natural home and body products and other artisan goods—all from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Free live music and poetry performances, yoga and zumba classes and a community gathering space.

It is estimated that at least 10,000 children in Minnesota have a parent currently in prison or jail. Hennepin County Library downtown is offering several programs to bring light to this issue.
Wednesday, June 28—Maya Schenwar, author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better,” will discuss the impact of mass incarceration on families, including her own.
Thursday, July 13—Shaka Senghor, whose bestselling memoir is “Writing My Wrongs,” will share stories of his incarceration that included seven years of solitary confinement and how he found redemption.
All programs are from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Each year the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (NPPF), held at Augsburg College, brings together Nobel laureates, world leaders and accomplished peacemakers with students and community members to work on building a world in which people can live full, rich, meaningful lives. Originally formed as a consortium of the five Norwegian Lutheran colleges in the upper Midwest, the Forum operates under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and is the only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway. In addition to the founding schools, the Forum now has academic and community partners as well, mostly local.
The 29th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place Sept. 15 and 16 in Minneapolis and will honor and advance the important accomplishments of the 2015 laureate, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, recognized “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” For tickets and further information go to

Chicago Ave. Permaculture
A permaculture community garden with wild flowers, vegetables and fruit- and nut-bearing trees is being developed at 3740 Chicago Ave. S. It is a joint project of the Baha’i community, Sisters Camelot and the Youth Garden. Some of the produce will be sold via the Youth Garden, but a large part will be free food for the neighborhood. Anyone and everyone is invited to invest in this great garden by working on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings, starting at 9:30. The opportunity to learn about this sustainable “with nature and not against nature” method should not be missed.

Friendship Academy of the Arts Awarded $7,500 Grant!
Target and national nonprofit KaBOOM! awarded Friendship Academy of the Arts a $7,500 grant to use toward the purchase of an Rigamajig™ play equipment system. KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve through play, is working with Target to increase access to play across the country. Grants for Rigamajig™ are helping to achieve that goal by bringing active play to more than 430,000 kids across the country.

Cornerstone Nonprofit Thrift Store
Park Avenue Church
3400 Park Ave.
Gently-used, high-quality clothing and household/gift items. Everything is about $1 (children’s clothing $.50). Open Tuesdays 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Enter through parking lot doors, downstairs to lower level on the left. Open to all!

Phillips Literacy Network (PLN) If you want to do something wonderful for the world (and for yourself), take some time to teach a child to read.  Contact Anna Meteyer at  or Kate Percuoco at and join the Phillips Literacy Network (PLN).  It’s a conspiracy against illiteracy.

If you see someone you suspect is homeless please call St. Steven’s Street Outreach at 612-879-7624.  They will work with this individual and try to find shelter and resources for them.

The HOME Program of Senior Community Services is offering a no-cost Home Assessment which will evaluate the safety of the homes of senior citizens as part of a grant through the state of Minnesota. We will check out your need for handrails, grab-bars, smoke detectors, lighting and other safety components. Elders aged 60+ residing in suburban Hennepin County and Minneapolis are eligible for this limited time offer. No sales. For more information contact 952-746-4046. Senior Community Services is a nonprofit organization with five programs, including HOME, which serves seniors and caregivers in Hennepin County.

Handbook of the Streets
People experiencing homelessness may get a free copy of “Handbook of the Streets” by coming to 2309 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls. 55404 or to Street Outreach  at 333 S. 12th St., Mpls. 55404.

Random Acts of Kindness At Our Local Dairy Queen
Southside Pride received an email from the general manager at Dairy Queen: “We had TWO separate acts of kindness on Saturday, Sept. 6. Really quite amazing. First, a couple (man and woman) bought three 10-dollar gift cards and handed them out to customers randomly waiting in line to order. Then, about an hour later, a man left $100 and told our server to use the money for the next customers till the money ran out. As far as we know these were unrelated, but who knows. I have talked to my staff about the significance of this and [encourage them] to try to pass this on whether financially or helping people in other ways. And I think these random acts of kindness deserve some kind of recognition. Thanks for your help, Steve.”

Register Your Bicycle with the Minneapolis Police Department!
This will help them return your bicycle if it is recovered after being lost or stolen. Every year, thousands of bicycles are lost or stolen in Minneapolis. Many of them are recovered. However, because of lack of proper identification, only a small number are ever returned to their owners. The Minneapolis Police Department has an easy online way to register your bicycle. You will need to include the bicycle’s serial number, a description of the bicycle and your contact information. You can also call 311 to register. Registration is free of charge.

Help Seniors with Their Yards
Spring is here (we believed in it all along) and senior citizens may need help with raking and yard cleanup. Minneapolis seniors (65+) who need help may contact 612-374-3322 or email
Anyone who would like to help seniors remain independent in their homes may sign up to rake and clean somebody’s yard. Get some friends together, pick a date and time, and contact Jeanne, The Neighborhood Involvement Seniors Program coordinator, at or call 612-746-8549.

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 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. For more info call 952-945-4157 or 612-729-6668.

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 3rd Precinct by calling 612-673-2839.

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