Announcements – Community Calendar

Calling Current Managers and Leaders
Are you looking to increase your ability to lead inclusively in the workplace? Do you want to learn skills that will help you with open communication, decision-making and participation for diverse employees?
I am a graduate student at St. Catherine University conducting an action research project and looking for 6 to 12 managers/leaders that want to voluntarily participate in a free 3-part class on February 3, 10, 17, 2018 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in South Minneapolis to learn and practice skills in a safe environment.
To learn more, please visit my website at:
Or contact me directly at:

The 2018 Precinct Caucuses Will Be Held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals and values (called party platforms).
In 2018, one part of precinct caucuses will be a preference ballot for the candidates you want your political party to support for governor and lieutenant governor.
Call the DFL for precinct locations at 651-293-1200.
Senate District 63 Republicans will meet at Minnehaha Academy Lower and Middle School, 4200 W. River Pkwy.

School Choice Fair for Minneapolis Families
Minneapolis School Fair to be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at 301 on Main Event Center (301 NE Main St., Mpls. 55413).
Open to all public and private schools, this year’s fair marks the first school choice event planned by a collaborative effort of Minneapolis charter schools and community organizations.
“The best way to make a community better is through collaboration,” said committee member and organizer David Núñez of Southside Family Charter School.
“The goal of our planning team is to create an event for families to easily find the best fit for their child and his or her education. We’ve created a one-stop shop experience for families to see the varied school choices available to them.”
During the fair, families have the opportunity to meet staff from 23 public and private schools (PreK-12), witness student performances and connect with community resources.

Kateri Residence is scheduled to close down June 2018 due to budget constraints. Kateri Residence is a transitional housing program, funded by Group Residental Housing (GRH), that primarily serves Native-American women and their children located in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Kateri Residence was the second program of St. Stephen’s church, which opened in 1973 after the socially-minded congregation noted that there were a disproportionate number of Native-American women experiencing homelessness in the neighborhood. Kateri Residence started as a halfway house model, initially serving single women and over the years became a family program, offering safe and sober transitional housing to women in recovery from substance abuse disorders and their children. Kateri Residence is one of the few programs that offer a safe place for women to reunify with their children while working toward establishing more permanent housing.

NEBA Sponsors Event For Home-based Business Professionals
There will be an event held in Nokomis East to bring together area home-based business professionals on Tuesday Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level event center of McDonald’s Liquors, 5010 34th Ave. S.
Nokomis East Business Association (NEBA) has announced this important initiative whose goal is to identify and attract to membership the growing number of home-based professionals who live and work in the Nokomis East neighborhoods (Keewaydin, Wenonah, Minnehaha, Morris Park). NEBA believes it exists to serve, represent and promote not only business professionals who operate out of commercial space, but also those who work generally from their residences.
The January gathering will be coordinated by NEBA board members. Those who attend will be encouraged to share their thoughts about how a group of area home-based professionals may best serve all those involved. It is hoped there will be a spirited exchange of ideas, and that those present will take ownership of how they would like to see the group evolve within NEBA. If you work predominantly from home and are self-employed or work for others, you are welcome to attend.
The event will include a facilitated discussion about five broad categories believed to be of concern to many home-based workers. Refreshments will be provided.
Preregistration is encouraged. To register or for additional information contact NEBA board member Bob Albrecht, 612-910-2272 or

New Radio Station Hits South Minneapolis
A new community radio station began broadcasting on 98.9 FM to a potential 300,000 Minneapolis listeners. KRSM Southside Media Project is a low-power FM radio station that operates out of Waite House Community Center in South Minneapolis as part of the Community Media Initiative by Pillsbury United Communities. The station, which began live-streaming online in March of this year, will share 65 hours per week of original programming in six different languages created by a team of over 100 volunteers and hosts. The weekly schedule includes shows about mental health, community organizing, relationships and sexuality, entrepreneurship, history, music and more. The station will also feature syndicated content such as lessons in Ojibwe language, history and culture created by partner stations on Native reservations around greater Minnesota as well as Spanish-language content from Democracy Now.
KRSM is designed to provide a platform for elevating the voices, narratives and cultures of communities that have a history of being marginalized, misrepresented and erased by traditional media. Over half of the shows are run by women, 73% are hosted by Indigenous and people of color, and 80% of the hosts have had no previous experience working in radio. The station also serves as an on-ramp to jobs in the media industry by offering free training opportunities and access to professional grade equipment. New programming to expect soon includes a monthly radio novella from El Colegio high schoolers as well as a show run entirely by people incarcerated in prison. The full show schedule is available online at, and listeners can access programming through the website, mobile app or 98.9 FM.

Early Learners Ready for Kindergarten
Way to Grow, the Twin Cities’ preeminent advocate for early childhood and K-3, is pleased to announce that nearly 110 preschool children enrolled in its “Great by Eight” hallmark initiative are prepared to enter kindergarten this fall. A celebration to recognize the students was held in August at Urban Ventures, 2924 4th Ave. S.
Great by Eight provides early childhood and K-3 education to children from some of Minneapolis’ most isolated families to ensure they are given an equal opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Way to Grow prepares children for academic success and supports families by providing culturally appropriate, wrap-around services through home visits and center-based programming.
For the past years, more than 90% of Way to Grow’s children entering kindergarten were deemed ready for school.
Research suggests that waiting until kindergarten is too late to prepare a child to learn. The optimum time is during the formative years, beginning at birth to 5 years, when a child’s brain develops at a rapid rate, growing to more than 85% of its capacity. During these years if a child’s cognitive skills, language, social interactions and motor skills are encouraged to develop, evidence proves the child is more likely to succeed throughout the entire years of school and beyond.
To learn how you can help us do more, visit, or call 612-874-4740. Way to Grow is headquartered at 125 W. Broadway Ave., Suite 110, Mpls. 55411.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT)
HOBT recently received a $275,000 gift from the Sarah Bowman Trust. Sarah Bowman was a longtime supporter of HOBT and for several years was part of the “Sun Flotilla” of red canoes that bring the Sun Puppet across Powderhorn Lake at the climax of HOBT’s annual MayDay Ceremony. Sarah passed away suddenly in an accident in 2016, and her death rattled this community. HOBT was unaware of its prominent place in her estate planning until after her death.
This gift will have significant impacts on the communities served by HOBT.  Three years from HOBT’s 2014 financial crisis, and one month away from the end of our fiscal year, HOBT is proud to say that these funds will not be needed to balance the organization’s operating budget.  HOBT intends to complete the current fiscal year on target, and has a balanced budget for the coming year. Instead, this gift from Sarah Bowman makes much bigger things possible.

Parent Resource Group Meets in South Minneapolis
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides support groups to help parents of children under 18 discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem-solving skills. The groups are facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and who has been trained to lead support groups. A parent resource group meets in South Minneapolis on the first Saturday of each month, from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., at Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. Bilingual support is available for Spanish speaking families. For more information contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

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.

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 percuocok@puc-mn.organd 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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