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Archive for February, 2011

Ice Dams Getting You Down?

Community Energy Services Can Help

During the winter months many homeowners are experiencing ice dams, which can lead to damage of the roof and interior of the home.  Ice dams are caused when warm air travels up to your attic and melts the snow on the roof.  The melted snow flows down the roof where it can enter the eaves in your home and freeze.  Attic air leaks are the most common cause of ice dams in a home.  Community Energy Services, CES, offers home energy visits where energy experts will help you identify ice dam problems and provide you with information and financing that will allow you improve the comfort in your home while eliminating ice dams.

CES begins with FREE educational workshops where homeowners can schedule a customized home energy visit.  The visit includes a blower door test which measures for air leaks in the home, as well as the installation of energy and money saving materials. These materials may include compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe wrap, a programmable thermostat and more!  Participants are also provided with energy tracking and feedback, information on innovative financing and access to specialized rebates available to only program participants.  Up to $400 in services and materials for a co-pay of only $30!

Workshops are being held:
6:30 p.m., Thurs., February 17
Phelps Recreation Center (701 39th St. E)

6:30 p.m., Tues., February 22 
Burroughs Community School (1601 50th St. W)

To reserve your spot or for more workshop dates contact Ashley Robertson at 612-335-5869 or

More information can also be found at

Community Energy Services is a partnership with the Fulton Neighborhood Association, Center for Energy and Environment, City of Minneapolis, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy with funding provided by the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the City of Minneapolis block grants.

Categories: Housing, News, Things To Do

March Crime Prevention Presentations

Hosted by Fifth District Crime Prevention Specialists

Mark your calendar now!

Identity Theft/Mail Fraud Prevention Presentation
6:00 p.m., Wed., March 2
Temple Israel (2324 Emerson Av S) – Minda Hall

A US Postal Inspector will be present, along with representatives of the Minneapolis Police Department. Topics will include mail fraud, identity theft, identifying scams, and how to prevent becoming a victim of any of these crimes. This is a great opportunity to learn about the fastest growing crime in America and how to protect yourself.

Burglary Prevention Workshop
6:00 p.m., Wed., March 23
Temple Israel (2324 Emerson Av S) – Minda Hall

This presentation includes a short video with an interview of a career burglar, and recommendations related to landscaping, lighting, and how to secure your home. This presentation is aimed primarily at residential burglaries, however the CPSs will be able to answer questions regarding rental and commercial properties as well.

RSVP is not necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

For questions, contact:
Chelsea Adams, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 5th Precinct

Categories: Safety, Things To Do

Pershing Park February Update

Spring Programs – Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. on Mon., March 7. Register online at, in person at Pershing Park or call us at 612-370-4928.

SWAC Spring Sports – Registration begins in late February for T-ball, Pitching Machine Minors and Majors, Baseball, Softball and Track.

Summer Rec Plus Registration – Opens at 5:30 p.m. on Tues., March 15.  The mission of Rec Plus is to provide safe, fun and affordable recreation based school-age care for children ages 5-12, while promoting the positive use of leisure time.  Summer fees are $165/week.  Fees include: field trips, programs, swim lessons, snacks and other activity related costs.  For more information, please contact Jake Urick, Lead Childcare Worker at 612-370-4928. 

Categories: Parks, Things To Do

Join the “Jazz Caravan”

Series Kicks Off 7:00-9:00 p.m., Fri., February 25

The Lila Ammons Jazz Quintet will present the first of a series of concerts billed as the “Jazz Caravan.” To kick off the series, a concert will be presented Friday, February 25, 2011 at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community in Minneapolis, MN. The group will offer a range of styles, including classic Blues, Swing, Bebop, Ballads, Brazilian and Latin rhythms.

More stops with the “Jazz Caravan” will be announced at a future date, so stay tuned!

Join the Quintet’s “Jazz Caravan”
Fri., February 25
7:00-9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $15
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community
4401 Upton Ave S

Categories: Things To Do

Redistricting in Minneapolis

Residents can apply to play an important role

Redistricting happens every ten years, following the U.S. Census, and for residents who are interested, there is a new opportunity to play an important role in the redistricting process that’s about to start. It’s an important process, because having districts with equal populations helps ensure there is fair representation no matter where you live.  

In 2010, Minneapolis voters transferred authority for developing new boundaries for the City’s thirteen wards and the Park Board’s six districts to a Redistricting Group made up of the Charter Commission and an appointed Advisory Group. The Charter Commission is now soliciting applications for the Advisory Group. 

The Charter Commission seeks applicants who will bring diversity to the Redistricting Group, are active citizens, have knowledge of the many communities within the city, and will serve on a nonpartisan basis. Please note that while Advisory Group members are expected to participate in a nonpartisan manner, current or past involvement in political party activities does not disqualify an applicant from service.
The job description and application form are posted on the Charter Commission’s website at

All applications should be submitted as outlined in the application by the March 25, 2011 deadline.  Interviews will be conducted in April, 2011. If your group is interested in a presentation or if you have any questions, call the Commission Coordinator, Peggy Menshek, at 612-673-2287 or email her at

Categories: Community Engagement, Things To Do

Bridal Cocktail Hour

6:00-8:00 p.m., Thurs., February 24
Raku Japanese Restaurant, 3939 W. 50th St. Suite 101

Join us for an intimate evening of bridal planning with the wedding experts of 50th and France. Mix and Mingle, and ask your questions to experts from the following stores:  Monique Lhuillier, Cos Bar, Brio Images & Design, Brides of France, Priscilla of Boston, Robert Foote Jeweler, Sweet Retreat, La Bratique, The Dressmaker and Jett Makeup.
Ticket price is $20 and includes a 50th and France tote bag filled with information and samples from experts, a copy of Minnesota Bride Magazine, one drink and appetizers. A portion of ticket sales will go to charity.
To reserve your space please call 952-922-1524. Space is limited. No refunds. 

Categories: Things To Do

Soup with the “Supe”

Dinner with Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson
6:00-8:00 p.m., Thurs., March 10
Field Community School – 4645 4th Ave. S.
Tell everyone you know that they are invited for dinner and a conversation with Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and her leadership team!

Categories: Education, Things To Do

From Our Council Member Betsy Hodges

Farewell Ward Breakfast – 8:00 a.m., Wed., April 20
50th St. Cafe (formerly Pearson’s Restaurant)

The news that Pearson’s Restaurant has closed coincides with changes my office will be making to our community outreach efforts. The Ward Breakfast, which we’ve held at Pearson’s since I took office five years ago, has been a great way to connect with folks on City issues from potholes and snow removal to property taxes and pensions. I will be sorry to see it go, but I am excited to broaden our outreach to involve more neighbors, many of whom had difficulty attending a morning meeting.

We have had great success holding issue-based meetings over the last few years, including our Development Meeting, our Annual Budget Meeting, and smaller meetings like the ones we held on business issues and localized traffic and livability concerns. I look forward to holding more of these meetings in the next few years and I welcome your suggestions for topics. Please join me in April to say goodbye to the Ward Breakfast!

Betsy Hodges

Categories: Community Engagement, Things To Do

Family Sock Hop – Fri., March 4

7:00-9:00 p.m. at Southwest High School

Mark your calendar for the annual Family Sock Hop from 7:00 -9:00  p.m. on March 4 at Southwest High School.  Enjoy an evening of great music (50s, 60s & 70s), great games, treats and prizes, and lots of fond memories for rock-n-rollers of all ages!  The entry fee is $5.00 per family.  Please bring a food donation for the Metro Food Shelf and wear soft-soled shoes or tennis shoes, or be prepared to wear stockings-only in the gym.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Event is hosted by Southwest Community Education.   

Categories: Education, Things To Do

Living Green Expo – Call for Minnesota Artists

Living Green Expo – Art Exhibition, State Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building
May 7-8, 2011

The 2011 Living Green Expo is issuing a statewide call for artists.

TITLE –  Art as a Gateway for Community Engagement: Sustaining Nature and Culture

This 10th anniversary art exhibition focusing on issues pertaining to art as a vital voice in awakening consciousness about the need to perceive and participate in the growing fragility of planet earth. We will feature artwork in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, mixed-media, drawing, watercolor, prints, installation art, and performance art addressing issues of the ecosystem. Sustainable materials, environment from natural wonders to urban landscapes conceptual and representational and innovative/experimental.

Include the following information: 

  • current CV
  • CD or DVD with images for consideration (works will be available for sale if indicated with 10% designated for the Living Green Expo)
  • Artist statement
  • Self addressed envelope
  • All submissions must be fully identified, date, media, size, title

    Please submit all information by mail AND email to:

    5249 LOCHLOY DR MPLS MN 55436
    MPLS. MN 55436

Deadline for Submissions: MARCH 17, 2011

Categories: Arts, Things To Do