Announcements – Community Calendar

Does anyone have room in their home for this dog? or maybe know someone who would
like to adopt him?
I am in need of a forever home. I am a 10 year old Chihuahua mix (15 lbs) named Brice. Since my adoption from the 3rd year spay neuter laboratory I have lived with my owner, a 91 year old long time client of the UMN VMC. Unfortunately my mom broke her hip and is in transitional care. When she is discharged from the hospital, they have told her I can’t go home with her. I might trip her accidentally. She also may be moving to a senior care facility that doesn’t allow dogs.
I am looking for a special chance for a loving home. I have some anxieties which have been managed by my great doctors at the UMN behavior service and now primary care. I am very sensitve and loving, but I need a stable understanding person- a lot of change and chaos upset me. I do best as an only dog but if I get to know smaller dogs I have made friends with them over time.
Call or email 612-298-5405

Hiawatha Y Service Club and YMCA Christmas Tree Sales
The sale of Christmas trees begins on Friday, Nov. 24, at East 42nd Street and Hiawatha Avenue and goes until sold out. The Y Service Club is a service organization that helps provide programs at the Hiawatha and Blaisdell YMCAs. Profits are used to support youth programs, usually camp scholarships. For more info call 952-890-1740.

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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