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Friday
Nov212014

Public Invited to First Steering Committee Meeting for Downtown Service Area Master Plan and Downtown Public Realm Framework

Via a November 21 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis are embarking on concurrent planning processes to develop a Downtown Service Area Master Plan and a Downtown Public Realm Framework. These plans will form a vision for parks, open space and the public realm in downtown Minneapolis. You are invited to an initial meeting of a Steering Committee (Community Advisory Committee) as it begins the effort of guiding the creation of these plans. Members of the public are welcome to attend this and all Steering Committee meetings.

 

Downtown Service Area Master Plan and Downtown Public Realm Framework Steering Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

MPRB Board Room

2117 West River Road, Minneapolis 55411

 

The Downtown Service Area Master Plan will guide the MPRB’s long-term capital improvements, management, and operations of public parks in downtown, including envisioning and identifying new park and recreation opportunities. City of Minneapolis Planning staff is creating the Downtown Public Realm Framework, a guiding policy document for enhancing the pedestrian experience in downtown Minneapolis. The MPRB’s plan will focus on the downtown park system’s existing parks and trails, while the City’s will focus on downtown’s network of streetscapes, urban plazas and other publicly-accessible spaces. Together, these documents will envision the park, open space and public realm features that will support a thriving downtown and a vibrant urban experience.

 

To see a schedule of Steering Committee meetings, sign up for email updates, follow the blog, and learn more about the project, please visit the project page and select “Downtown Service Area Master Plan.”

 

CONTACTS:

 

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – Downtown Service Area Master Plan

Jennifer Ringold, Director of Strategic Planning

612-230-6464

jringold@minneapolisparks.org

 

City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development – Downtown Public Realm Framework

Lacy Shelby, Principal Urban Designer

612-673-5058

lacy.shelby@minneapolismn.gov

 

Thursday
Nov202014

Join Day Block Brewing on November 24 for "Free Bikes for Kids" Event

Day Block Brewing Company would love your help in building Free Bikes for Kids on Monday, November 24, from 3:00pm - 6:00pm.

Last year Free Bikes for Kids gave 5,000 bikes to families in need throughout the metro. They plan to give many more this year - with your help.

To sign up to come along Monday - leave a message letting them know if you'll attend as a mechanic (MUST be able to repair a bike) or a cleaner. They'll send you more information about meeting on Monday.

NOTE - They ask that you sign up only if you can FOR SURE be a part of this event.

You can also donate bikes, cash or your time on another date if November 24 doesn't work for you.

Wednesday
Nov192014

Planning for the 2015 Northern Spark is Underway - Help Requested!

Via a November 18 e-newsletter:

Northern Spark—the all-night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis each June—is turning 5 in 2015 and the planning has already begun!

To celebrate, we’re inviting our friends, fans, and supporters to partner with us to commission five new innovative art projects for the 2015 festival. The call for projects is out. Artists will be selected in January 2015. To make this opportunity as rewarding to artists as possible, we need to raise $25,000 by December 31, 2014.

This will be our one and only crowd-funding campaign between now and the Festival, so we can spend this Spring focusing on making 2015 the best year yet for all involved. If you'd like to support us, the time is now!

You can make a difference now with a gift that feels right for you. How much is Northern Spark worth to you? Here’s a direct link to our Indiegogo campaign page to make donating easy. Every dollar counts. Every gift inspires another. I hope you will take this opportunity to join our growing circle of friends who value the festival and have taken the next step to support it.

Over the last four years, Northern Spark has provided hundreds of artists with an essential public platform for experimentation, exploration, and connection with new audiences. At the same time, it has offered huge audiences an approachable and social way to explore new art forms, to find inspiration, and to connect with the city and each other in a unique way.

Thanks for your support and enthusiasm. We organize Northern Spark for the artists, partners, places, and community that inspire us! Donate here to be a part of the next festival in a necessary and meaningful way.

Warm regards,
Steve Dietz

President and Artistic Director, Northern Lights.mn / Founder of Northern Spark email: director@northern.lights.mn

PS. Offline giving is also accepted, 100% tax-deductible, and very much appreciated!  Make checks payable to "Northern Lights.MN" and

mail by Dec. 31st to:
Northern Lights.mn
2751 Hennepin Ave. Suite 231
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Tuesday
Nov182014

MPRB Downtown Service Area Master Plan Update, CAC Applicatio​n Informatio​n

Via a November 17 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board:

Plannning is now underway for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Downtown Service Area Master Plan. To learn more and get involved, visit the project webpage or go to www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects, then select Downtown Service Area Master Plan.

On the project webpage, you can:

- Sign up for email updates;
- Apply to serve on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Applications are now being accepted for the Community Advisory Committee/Steering Committee for MPRB’s Downtown Service Area Plan. Applications will be accepted through this Thursday, November 20th. Download an application and learn more by visiting the project webpage;
- Share your ideas on an online survey;
- Learn more about the project and concurrent planning efforts by CPED on their Downtown Public Realm Framework.

Tuesday
Nov182014

November 19: Mississippi East Bank Trail Public Hearing at MPRB

Via a November 17 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board:

Please attend the Mississippi East Bank Trail public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30 pm in the Board Room at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters at 2117 West River Road. 

This will be an opportunity for the public to address the Park Board Commissioners regarding the plans for the proposed project.  If you wish to speak at the public hearing, please sign up, using the form located on the table outside the Board Room, no later than 6:25 pm on the day of the hearing.   

Monday
Nov172014

Exclusive - New Condo in the Works for the Mill District?

I've spoken with 3 reliable sources over the past 3 weeks who've confirmed that developer Jim Stanton is pursuing the purchase of a property currently owned by Cenveo Corp.  The property is a full block, which would allow for a project with hundreds of units.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal published a story last week announcing the closure of the facility by the owner:

"Cenveo Corp. will permanently close its commercial printing facility at 121 12th Ave. S. by the end of March, according to a mass layoff warning sent to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and obtained by the Business Journal."

Read the full article...

The property in question is outlined in red, lower right corner, below:

Cenveo Corp

Monday
Nov172014

Grain Belt Beer Sign in the Headlines Last Week

Monday
Nov172014

Give Your Feedback on Proposed Trail and Pavement Markings

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has developed draft standards for regulatory signs and pavement markings on its trails. The purpose of the project is to develop a unified system of signs and pavement markings on trails and at trail crossings to improve safety and usability on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board trails.

MPRB wants your input on the draft standards. The draft standards are available for review online at http://minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1497. MPRB is accepting comments through Friday, November 14, 2014. Once MPRB finalizes the standards, staff will develop an implementation plan to prioritize trails and crossings to bring into compliance with the final standards.

For additional information about this project, please contact Jake Martin, Construction Engineer, at (612) 313-7718 or jmartin@minneapolisparks.org.

Monday
Nov172014

Santa & Sleigh Rides in the North Loop

Sunrise Banks is hosting a Santa event in the North Loop on December 6.  There will be pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, a little present for the kids, cookies, coffee, hot coco and sleigh rides around the neighborhood with real reindeer!

North Loop Sleigh Rides

Monday
Nov172014

Jennifer Carnahan, NE Boutique Owner, on KSTP

KSTP's Jessica Miles talks with Jennifer Carnahan, owner of Primrose Park, about the Holiday Boutique crawl held on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Monday
Nov172014

Are You MN Enough? Winter Sucks!

Winters in Minnesota can be hard. Like, really hard. So why do we do it? This video will remind you. In this episode of "Are You MN Enough?" Producer Eve Daniels takes a look at just how much Minnesota Winters suck.

Sunday
Nov162014

The Week Ahead in Mill City

Grain Belt Beer Sign - Close Up

Each week we provide an easy to reference list of events and activities for the week ahead in the Historic Mill District and Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhoods.  Have an event to share?  Submit your events here...

Monday, November 17

Tuesday, November 18

Wednesday, November 19

Thursday, November 20

Friday, November 21

Saturday, November 22

Sunday, November 23

Friday
Nov142014

Don't Shave Off Your "Movember" Hair Too Soon

Whether you're working on a well groomed moustache or full on face carpet in honor of Movember - don't shave it off as soon as the calendar hits December 1. On Sunday, December 7, Mattie's on Main is holding a "Movember on Main: Show Off Your Work at Mattie's on Main" event from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.

Show off your moustache for a good cause.  Every $20 donated to the Movember Foundation will get you a draft beer and coupon for an appetizer.  There will also be prizes.

Thursday
Nov132014

35W Bridge to go Green Tonight in Honor of Give to the Max Day

Via a GiveMN.org e-newsletter:

Watch the Sunset - and the Bridge Go Green
 
Thanks to the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the colorful LED lights lining the I-35W bridge will turn GiveMN green in celebration of your generosity on Give to the Max Day.

The bridge will go green starting at sunset on November 13 until sunrise the next day.

If you catch it, snap a photo, tell us your favorite cause and post it to our Facebook page.

Wednesday
Nov122014

What You'll Find at a Mill City Farmers Market Winter Market

November 8 was the first indoor Market of the 2014-2015 Mill City Farmers Market winter season.  The next indoor the Market is Saturday, November 22 - just in time to stock up for your Thanksgiving feast (and hostess gifts!). An added bonus to visiting the indoor Market is experiencing the Mill City Museum.  Be sure to check out their very cool store and programming. 

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

Below, a Market volunteer provides samples and recipes. 

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

No MCFM would be complete without the goat! :)

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

November 8, 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

Tuesday
Nov112014

Stone Arch Lofts Becomes a Minnesota Heart Safe Community

Our Mill District neighbor, Dana Kirkemo, invited me to attend a life support class that was held at the Stone Arch Lofts on November 4th. Stone Arch Lofts recently installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) and became a Minnesota Heart Safe Community

Pat Olson, an HCMC paramedic, conducted the class of 17 Stone Arch Lofts residents on the "Chain of Survival" - a check list of actions to take if you witness someone experiencing a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest.  Attendees had the opportunity to practice chest compressions on Resuscitation Annie, use a defibrillator and learn the Heimlich maneuver.

If you'd like to talk to Pat about an AED and training for your residential building or business, you can reach him at pat@afaaed.com or 612-865-2548.  Also see http://www.advancedfirstaidinc.com/ for information on AEDs.

Monday
Nov102014

In the News 11/10/2014

PARK BOARD VOTES TONIGHT ON ANOTHER NORTHEAST RIVERFRONT PURCHASE

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/park-board-votes-tonight-on-another-northeast-riverfront-purchase?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

FINAL DESIGN OF WATER WORKS COMPLETE; FUNDRAISING NEXT

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/final-design-of-water-works-complete-fundraising-next?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

RIVERFRONT REVIVAL CONTINUES IN MINNEAPOLIS

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/281984031.html?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

CPED PROPOSES TIF PLAN FOR UPPER HARBOR TERMINAL SITE

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/cped-proposes-tif-plan-for-upper-harbor-terminal-site?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

NEXT IN THE NORTH LOOP, A BUILDING THAT SAYS TIMBER

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/281720911.html?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

NICOLLET HOTEL BLOCK REDEVELOPMENT MEETING DRAWS BIG NAMES

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/real_estate/2014/11/nicollet-hotel-block-redevelopment-meeting-draws.html?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

THE TWO TOWERS: NEW MINNEAPOLIS HIGHRISES ARE POISED TO CHANGE DOWNTOWN LIVING

http://www.thelinemedia.com/features/twotowersdowntown11052014.aspx?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

MINNEAPOLIS DOWNTOWN 2025 PLAN IS OFF TO A GOOD START

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/281380231.html?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

A FOCUS ON HOMELESS CHILDREN SHOWS THE NEED FOR MORE AND BETTER EARLY EDUCATION

http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2014/11/focus-homeless-children-shows-need-more-and-better-early-education?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

STREETSCAPES: FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING GETS A MAKEOVER AT 100

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/281948231.html?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

CAN YOU REALLY REDEEM A 100-YEAR-OLD COUPON?

http://www.blog.generalmills.com/2013/09/100-year-old-coupon/?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_medium=InTheNews&utm_campaign=InTheNews

Sunday
Nov092014

Highlights from the November 6 DMNA Meeting

Highlights from the November 6 meeting of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association meeting.

Crown Hydro Resolution Passed.  A resolution opposing the Crown Hydro project passed and will be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and our elected officials at the City, State and Federal government.

Download the resolution...

Download the supporting letter...

AC Hotel by Marriott Approved.  A hotel on 4th & Hennepin proposed by Mortenson Construction was approved 

Download the CPED staff report...

DMNA Board Elections.  Thanks to our Board members for serving:

- Chad DiDonato, Chair

- Laurie Jone, Vice Chair

- Peter Zenner, Treasurer

- Carletta Sweet, Secretary

Download the full agenda from November 6, 2014... 

Saturday
Nov082014

Deadline to Schedule a Contribution for 2014 GiveMN "Give to the Max Day" is November 13

GiveMN Give to the Max Day

Join thousands of Minnesotans ignite generosity and raise millions of dollars for nonprofits and schools across the state. Make a donation to your favorite cause on November 13 and be part of Minnesota's annual day of giving!

All scheduled gifts will transact on November 13 and be eligible for GiveMN Leaderboards and Golden Tickets.

There are a number of organizations participating in our neighborhood, including (but not limited to):

Preserve Minneapolis
Hennepin County Library
Open Book
The Southern Theater
People Serving People
MacPhail Center for Music
Friends of the Mississippi River

Simply click on the above link and type in the organization you'd like to contribute to.

Wednesday
Nov052014

This Weekend: Art Attack 2014!

 

Dates/Times:

Friday, November 7, 2013 - 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, November 8, 2013 - Noon – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 9, 2013 - Noon – 5:00pm

Location: Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street

Art Attack is an annual open studio and gallery crawl at the Northrup King Building, in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. The weekend-long event features over 200 artists working in painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, custom furniture, fiber arts, metal, ceramics, glass, hand-crafted and custom jewelry, mixed media, mosaics, textiles, and more.

We are pleased to announce that the Northrup King Building is collaborating with tpt 2’s MN Original on Saturday, November 8th to bring even more flavor, variety and entertainment to Art Attack 2014.

In addition to our lineup of MN Original artists we are also featuring other projects, readings, music and more:

John Ebert presents Determination – a map of the United States made strictly out of U.S. pennies (about 24,000 of them)! This insanely massive and unique piece of art work will be displayed throughout the weekend in Hedberg Maps studio space – studio 314.

Tom Combs, an Emergency Medicine physician with over 20 years experience, presents a reading of his new book – Nerve Damage – a suspense/thriller novel that has been well-received, strongly reviewed and is selling well. It involves unforgettable characters, fast-paced action and intrigue that unfolds in iconic Twin Cities locales.

Music by:
- Bitter Ridge Bluegrass Band, music hosted by Easel Street Annex throughout the weekend, studio 347.
- Vanessa Bray, acoustic guitar / singer

There will also be a variety of different food trucks available:
- Friday: 128 Cafe
- Saturday: Kabomlette and Scratch
- Sunday: Simply Steve’s

Art Attack is an exciting opportunity to gain admission to private studios and to buy original art direct from local, nationally and internationally known artists. Enjoy live music and live demonstrations.