Chard Your Yard – Get a Garden or Volunteer to Help in Your Community
Transition Longfellow helps neighbors get started growing food with its Chard Your Yard program. A “garden mob” of neighborhood volunteers will install 24 (3’ x 5’ x 12”) raised bed gardens in people’s yards at cost on May 13. The beds are composed of a treated pine lumber frame and a soil/compost mix and are available for anyone in the 55406 zip code area. Renters can also request a bed. A landlord’s written approval is needed. Sign-up begins April 1 at and ends when all beds have been assigned.

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.

Lake Hiawatha Park Hosts 2017 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration
Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and tree lovers of all ages for the 2017 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration at Lake Hiawatha Park (2701 E. 44th St.) on April 28, 4 to 8 p.m.!
This year’s event will be a festival-style celebration full of tree-themed activities and educational opportunities, music, food, beer and, of course, new trees! Anyone can help MPRB Arborists plant more than 300 trees around Lake Hiawatha.
The 2017 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration would not be possible without event sponsors People for Parks, Brewing a Better Forest and Pat’s Tap. Also, a big thank you goes out to all of the community supporters and volunteers, including Friends of Lake Hiawatha, Giving Tree Gardens, Harmony Tree, Free Forest School and Ecological Design.
For more info visit
Activities will be concentrated near Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center, 2701 E 44th St.

Help Build the Puppets For the 43rd MayDay Parade!
During the month of April, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is transformed into a giant studio where staff artists and volunteers create the MayDay Parade.
From April 8 to May 4, MayDay Build Workshops are held at 1500 E. Lake St. every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
Workshops are free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Workshops are funded by free will donations.
Bring recycled items to the build if you can! We especially love paper bags and newspaper donations.
Workshops are free, although donations are graciously accepted, always welcome and much needed. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear “painting” clothes. No reservations required. Just Come! All welcome!

2017 Creative Kids Contest
PACER Center invites children with disabilities, ages 4 to 17, to join in the fun at the 10th annual Creative Kids Contest. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 25 at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington.
The Creative Kids Contest is a morning of creativity, fun and exploration around the themes of unity, inclusion, kindness and friendship! Kids will use their imaginations to express themselves through various media and vibrant colors.
The winning design will be featured on PACER’s 2017 greeting card, which is sold online and at the Annual Benefit on May 13. The original artwork of the top eight designs will be sold at the Benefit’s silent auction.
All family members are also welcome to create artwork, but only Creative Kids with disabilities will be eligible for the contest.
The event is free, but space is limited. To register email or contact PACER Center at 952-838-9000 or 1-800-537-2237 (toll free). For information visit

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!

Bid On This Important City Project:
The City of Minneapolis is looking for a company to develop, construct and operate a Community Solar Garden to which the city will participate as a subscriber for 40% of the Garden’s output for a 25-year period.  Contact Brian Millberg, energy manager, at 612-673-3024 for more information.

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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