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Friday
Jan302015

Congratulations to Neighborhood Businesses Recognized by Hennepin County for Their Recycling Efforts

Via a January 29 Hennepin County News Release:

Hennepin County recognizes 40 businesses for their extraordinary leadership in recycling

Hennepin County is pleased to recognize its 2014 Environmental Partners for their leading efforts to recycle and divert organic waste from the trash through composting, sending food scraps to local farmers to feed animals, or by donating edible food. By creating and sustaining strong recycling programs, these 40 businesses help conserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the local economy.

The business sector generates more than half of the total waste in Hennepin County, and studies show that about one-third of that waste is food and food-soiled paper. Initiatives by businesses to increase recycling are critical to meeting the county’s recycling goals and will be required for most companies in the county starting in 2016.

“As a healthcare organization, our mission is to improve the health of our community,” said Wesli Waters, sustainability program manager for Fairview Health Services, a 2014 Environmental Partner. “By implementing sustainability initiatives such as recycling and composting, we are able to conserve resources, which improves the health of the environment, and ultimately the health of our communities. While these programs are important to not only our employees, patients and community, they also help Fairview conserve valuable financial resources.”

Businesses become eligible to be recognized as Environmental Partners by completing an application that details their recycling programs, which are then verified by Hennepin County’s Environment and Energy Department staff during site visits. Businesses that demonstrate that they’ve met the Environmental Partner standards receive recognition decals to post at a visible location at their business and are listed in the Environmental Partners Directory on Hennepin County’s website. In addition to the Environmental Partners program, the county offers grants up to $50,000, free labels and signage, and professional staff assistance to help businesses start or improve recycling programs.

Thank you and congratulations to all of Hennepin County’s 2014 Environmental Partners:
•APA Medical
•The Bakken Museum
•Barbette
•Barrio – Edina
•Bread & Pickle
•Brave New Workshop
•Bryant Lake Bowl
•Butter Bakery Café
•Caffetto Coffee House
•The Cookie Cart
•Common Roots Café  and Catering
•Cozé Flats
•Donaldson Company
•Dunn Brothers – Freight House
•Edina Cinema
•Edina Grill
•Fairview Southdale Hospital
•Gastrotruck
•Gigi’s Café
•Gumball Collective
•IDS Center
•International Dairy Queen
•Joseph Catering
•Kid Zone Child Care Center
•Lions Tap
•Mason’s
•MSP Airport
•Mill City Clinic
•Minnesota Twins
•Open Arms
•Pat’s Tap
•Red Stag Supper Club
•Salut Bar Americain – Edina
•Solhavn
•Solhem
•Soltva
•Tennant Co.
•University of Minnesota Medical Center - West Bank and East Bank
•Wedge Community Co-op

Learn more about the Environmental Partners Program at www.hennepin.us/environmentalpartners or by calling 612-348-9195.

Friday
Jan302015

Izzy's 2015 13 Days of Giving, February 1 - 13

For a second year, Izzy's Ice Cream is paying it forward with their "13 Days of Giving", February 1 - 13.  Each day a different organization is featured (3 days have 2 organizations) and $2 from every single scoop cone or cup sold that day is donated to the organization.  This year's organizations are:

Open Arms of Minnesota
Autism Society of Minnesota
People Serving People
Roots for the Home Team
Youth Link
Fresh Air KFAI
Cycles for Change
Cookie Cart
Dangerous Productions
Milkweed Editions
Restart, Inc.
Twin Cities Pet Rescue
Friends of the Mississippi River
St. Stephen's Human Services
NPH USA
Guthrie Theater Foundation

They are also hosting a Silent Auction/Movie Night on Thursday, February 12, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Riverview Theater (3800 42nd Avenue South).  All proceeds from the silent auction and movie night will be distributed equally among the organizations.

Thursday
Jan292015

Here's What's on the Menu at the Film Society of Minneapolis St.Paul

 
Now playing thru February 5 |
2014 MSPIFF Official Selection | Oscar
Nominee

We're delighted to bring back the 2014

MSPIFF Official Selection and Oscar

Nominee, Boyhood.

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast,

Richard Linklater's groundbreaking film tells

the story of growing up as seen through the

eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough

performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally

grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring

Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, and

newcomer Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood charts

the rocky terrain of childhood like no other

film  has before....read more

Now playing thru February 5
Extended Run | Minneapolis Theatrical
Exclusive

An unconventional documentary about the

Hindu Swami who brought yoga and

meditation to the West in the 1920s, and

authored the spiritual classic "Autobiography

of a Yogi," which has become a spiritual

classic used by yoga lovers and philosophers

everywhere, and bears the distinction of

being the only book Steve Jobs kept on

his iPad!...read more

February 1 at 1:00pm
series: Opera on Screen

Tony Award winning stage director Bartlett

Sher makes his European opera debut with

this production of Roméo et Juliette, one of

the most famous and moving love stories in

all of opera. Tenor superstar Rolando Villazón

sings opposite young Georgian soprano Nino

Machaizde, one of the newest darlings of the

opera world.  ...read more

February 6 - 12
2014 MSPIFF Official Selection | MN Made
MN Theatrical Exclusive

At its heart, The Jingle Dress

is a contemporary story of a Native American

family that moves from their rural home on

the reservation in northern Minnesota to the

faster paced urban environment of

Minneapolis....read more

February 2 at 7:00pm | February 4 at 7:00pm
series: WonderWomen On Screen

Lativa's Oscar submission for Best

Foreign Language Film! 

 

Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe

Baumane tells five fantastical tales based

on the courageous women in her family and

their battles with madness. With boundless

imagination and a twisted sense of humor,

she has created daring stories of art, romance,

marriage, nature, business, and Eastern

European upheaval-all in the fight for her

own sanity....read more

Now playing thru February 5
Extended Run | MN Theatrical Exclusive | #StudentGiveaway

When William Friedkin, director of

The Exorcist, calls it the most terrifying film

he's ever seen, one should take note.

Directed by a former apprentice of Lars

Von Trier, the film follows a single mother

who struggles to control her son's fear of a

monster he believes is coming to kill them

both: the Babadook....read more

February 3 at 7:00pm
Oscar Nominee | Members-Only Free
Screening

This screening is full, but stay tuned for

more Members-Only Free Screenings in

the future!
For the first time, the Dardenne Brothers have

teamed with a major international star, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, and

the result is another masterwork of

humanism.  ...read more

February 9 at 7:00pm
series: WonderWomen On Screen

For three decades, Suzan Pitt has been an

internationally renowned creator of beautiful,

strange and fiercely original animation.

Collected here in this program are four of Pitt's

pioneering and unforgettable masterworks.

...read more

Tuesday
Jan272015

Should Gov. Dayton Punish Minneapolis Parks Over Southwest LRT? - Mill City Times Poll

Our Governor is proposing to slash the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board budget over its engineering studies of the Southwest LRT project (see statements from Dayton & MPRB below).  What do you think?

Vote here, it only takes 1 click!

Tuesday
Jan272015

Inaugural Mpls Lantern Fest To Bring Community Together and Illuminate Downtown On February 21

Via a January 27 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

MINNEAPOLIS (January 27, 2015) — The Minneapolis Downtown Council and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre announced today the inaugural Mpls Lantern Fest will take place Saturday, February 21 from 5-8 p.m. at Cancer Survivors Park in downtown Minneapolis.

The event will be a culmination of free workshops at various Minneapolis locations throughout February, at which participants of all ages and abilities will be able to create their own paper lanterns with the help and direction of In the Heart of the Beast teaching artists. Participants may build their own lantern at a workshop, then pick up their lantern on February 21 and take part in an illuminated movement beginning at 6 p.m.  Participants may take their lanterns home afterwards.

“We’re excited to introduce the Mpls Lantern Fest and start a new tradition here in Downtown Minneapolis,” said Leah Wong, vice president of events and marketing, Minneapolis Downtown Council. “Activities and events are a big part of creating a consistently compelling downtown experience, an initiative of our Downtown 2025 Plan. The Mpls Lantern Fest will be a great way to bring our downtown neighborhood and Minneapolis community together.”

Food, beverages and live entertainment will be on hand at Mpls Lantern Fest, which celebrates lighting the winter night. Lantern festivals date back to Chinese dynasties as early as 200 BC. They have since become gathering events in Europe and across the world, where children and adults alike build their own illuminated lanterns, and come together as a community.

The event is free and open to the public. Spectators and those who participated in workshops are encouraged to join us for free entertainment and festivities at Mpls Lantern Fest.

“At In the Heart of the Beast, our mission is to bring people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performances,” said Catherine Jordan, interim executive director, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. “Mpls Lantern Fest not only brings people together, but it allows us to embrace the heart of winter while ushering in the warmth and illumination of spring. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to shine light on our great downtown.”

Participate in a Workshop and be part of the experience:

• Lyn-Lake: Saturday, Feb. 7 (1-3 PM), Saturday, Feb. 14 (10 AM-12 PM) | Hosted by Intermedia Arts Gallery (2822 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408)
• North: Tuesday, Feb. 12 (5-8 PM) | Hosted by Juxtaposition Arts (1108 Broadway Avenue W, Minneapolis, MN 55411)
• Northeast: Saturday, Feb. 14 (2-5 PM) and Sunday, Feb. 15 (12-3 PM) | Hosted by ArtShare (Grace Center, 1500 6th Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)
• Powderhorn: Tuesday, Feb. 17, Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb.20 (6-9 PM) | Hosted by In the Heart of the Beast (1500 Lake Street E, Minneapolis, MN 55407)
• Uptown: Wednesday, Feb. 18 (6-8 PM) | Hosted by First Universalist Church, Chalice Room (3400 Dupont Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408)
• More to be announced

In the Heart of the Beast teaching artists Nicole Amaris, Eric Avery, Amy Ballestad, Bart Buch, Seth Eberle and Sandy Spieler will lead the workshops teaching participants how to build lanterns. All supplies will be provided. Participants are welcome to come and go during the allotted timeframe or stay as long as desired during the workshops in order to complete their projects. Artists on hand will do demonstrations and walk participants through the process of creating a lantern.

At Mpls Lantern Fest on Feb. 21, teaching artists will mobilize giant lantern puppets inspired by constellations —including a bear (rendering at right), rabbit, loon, fox and crow—that will provide artistic light and lead the movement. Participants will take their own lanterns and follow their teaching artist during the movement at Cancer Survivors Park.

For more information on the Mpls Lantern Fest and workshops, visit DowntownMpls.com/mplslanternfest.

About the Minneapolis Downtown Council:
 
Founded in 1955, and one of the oldest central business associations in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council (MDC) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The MDC’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit DowntownMpls.com.

About the 2025 Plan: 
 
The Downtown 2025 Plan strives to achieve 10 initiatives that will help leaders and citizens build on Downtown’s assets and guide Downtown Minneapolis’ development. These include doubling downtown’s residential population, transforming Nicollet Mall into a must-see destination, creating a compelling and walkable environment around the clock, leading the nation in transportation options, ending street homelessness, forging connections with the University of Minnesota and more. For more information on the 2025 Plan and its initiatives, visit 2025Plan.com, BeInBusinessDowntownMpls.com and MinneapolisIdeaeXchange.com. The 2025 Plan is a Minneapolis Downtown Council initiative established in 2010.

Monday
Jan262015

This Week's E-Newsletter

MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. “

-- Jane Addams

 

[PHOTO] PIC OF THE WEEK – “DARK WATER”

https://www.flickr.com/photos/millcitytimes/16180609649/in/set-72157648773188916

[PHOTO] READER PIC – “GOLD MEDAL GUTHRIE”

https://www.flickr.com/photos/millcitytimes/15981339700/in/set-72157649102100600

Have a photo to share? Send it to dave@millcitymedia.org – or post it to our Facebook page http://Facebook.com/MillCityTimes

CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL MAY OPEN IN DOWNTOWN EAST, TO BE NAMED "MILL CITY HIGH SCHOOL"

According to a report from The Journal, the Mill City High School plans to enroll up to 200 9th- and 10th-grade students for the 2015­–2016 school year. The school will offer students a “global classical studies” theme.  Coverage by the Journal & MSP Business Journal:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/charter-high-school-may-open-in-downtown-east-to-be-named-mi.html

THURSDAY NIGHT - STATE OF THE WARD ADDRESS AND COMMUNITY AWARDS CEREMONY AT NYE'S

Join Council Member Jacob Frey for his 1st annual State of the Ward Address and Third aWards Ceremony.  Awards will be given for Leader of the Year, Local Business of the Year, Neighborhood Project/Initiative of the Year and Youth Leader of the Year.

“The Third aWards is a time to recognize our amazing residents and small business owners that help make the Third Ward a spectacular place.” Council Member Jacob Frey.

Join your neighbors, enjoy the cash bar and take advantage of a great excuse to visit Nye’s before it closes.  More details and RSVP:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/thursday-night-the-state-of-the-ward-and-third-awards-at-nye.html

[VIDEO] MINNEAPOLIS AFTER THE LOCK – UNLOCKING NEW OPPORTUNITIES

More than 200 people packed the Mill City Museum to learn about the future of the Minneapolis Riverfront after the closing of the Upper Lock at St. Anthony Falls, which will be no later than June 10 of this year.  The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership convened an expert panel to explore the possibilities.  We've broken the event video into separate clips, followed by the entire event with a running time 1:29:02.  A few highlights:

- WHITNEY CLARK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FRIENDS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Whitney delivers an impassioned plea to faithfully implement the Above the Falls Master Plan, protecting it from being eroded by private interests to the detriment of the common good.

- JOHN ANFINSON, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL RIVER AND RECREATION AREA, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

John explains how the St. Anthony Falls Locks failed to live up to hopes for economic viability, and the invasive carp threat were just the final trigger for closure.

- THOMAS MEYER, PRINCIPAL, MSR ARCHITECTURE

Tom recaps key moments in recent history of the Central Riverfront, culminating in the lock closure.

- NAN BISCHOFF, PROJECT MANAGER/FERC COORDINATOR, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Nan details the logistics of the lock closure, shares possibilities for the future, and gives an update on hydro projects at St. Anthony Falls.

Here’s the link to all of the videos:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/video-minneapolis-after-the-lock-unlocking-new-opportunities.html

[VIDEO] [DOWNLOAD]  HISTORIC HOLLYWOOD THEATER PROJECT TAKES STEP FORWARD

The Community Development Committee approved a Legacy Grant for restoring the historic Hollywood Theater last week.  Watch the hearing, download the staff report:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/historic-hollywood-theater-project-takes-step-forward.html

MINNEAPOLIS PARKS FOUNDATION NAMES R.T. RYBAK AND LIZ HAWN TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation has named Liz Hawn and R.T. Rybak to its 20-member Board of Directors. Hawn, a community leader and philanthropist, and Rybak, former Minneapolis Mayor and Executive Director of Generation Next, assumed their three-year Directorships at the Parks Foundation’s annual meeting, when community leader Sue Bennett was also elected Chair of the Board:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/minneapolis-parks-foundation-names-rt-rybak-and-liz-hawn-to.html

TUESDAY AFTERNOON - RE-ENVISIONING THE MINNEAPOLIS RIVERFRONT AT ST. ANTHONY FALLS LABORATORY

Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation will delve into the vision this unique organization is creating for the future of Minneapolis Parks and the people they serve. Highlights will include the Water Works park plan, released and presented to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board in October 2014, and fully funded by the private sector.  More details:

http://millcitytimes.com/mill-city-minneapolis-events/january-27-2015-tuesday-seminar-series-at-the-safl.html

FRIDAY MORNING - MISSISSIPPI RIVER FORUM: "HOLD THE SALT, PLEASE: CHLORIDE POLLUTION IN OUR WATERS"

In the heart of a cold Minnesota winter, come share a cup of coffee and pastry—and learn how road salt is impacting our water resources, what we can do about it and how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is addressing the issue.:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/friday-morning-mississippi-river-forum-hold-the-salt-please.html

SUNDAY - CARING FOR WATER: PHOTOGRAPHY OF CORDELIA PIERSON

You are welcome to a reception on February 1 from 11:00 to 12:30 for Caring for Water, a photography show open until Feb. 21 in the church's Fellowship Hall. Photographer Cordelia Pierson selected 15 photos – several from the Mississippi in Minneapolis.  More details:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/sunday-caring-for-water-photography-of-cordelia-pierson.html

LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Zen Box Host/Hostess, Olive & Co. Web Developer, New Webster School:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/local-employment-opportunities.html

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IN THE NEWS

REQUEST TO TRUCK IN SAND AND GRAVEL ALARMS RIVER AND MINNEAPOLIS NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCATES.

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/289388401.html


COMPETITION HEATS UP FOR WATER POWER AT ST. ANTHONY FALLS

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/289642341.html

MORE REASONS WHY MSP IS CAPITAL OF THE NORTH

http://www.thelinemedia.com/features/minneapolis011215.aspx

STYLE PROFILE: PRIMROSE PARK OWNER TAKES RISKS IN BUSINESS AND STYLE

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/style/289512701.html

SOUTHERN THEATER KICKS OFF NEXTFLIX-STYLE PROGRAM WITH TWO NEW PLAYS

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/289512611.html

GUTHRIE NAMED TO 10 BEST REGIONAL THEATERS LIST

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-regional-theaters-in-the-us#!8-guthrie-theater

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STAY UP TO DATE

THIS WEEK'S E-NEWSLETTER ONLINE:

http://millcitytimes.com/news/this-weeks-e-newsletter.html

EVENT SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 26

http://millcitytimes.com/news/the-week-ahead-in-mill-city.html

EVEN MORE NEWS FROM THE CENTRAL RIVERFRONT NEIGHBORHOODS OF MINNEAPOLIS:

http://Facebook.com/MillCityTimes

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Monday
Jan262015

Charter High School May Open in Downtown East, To Be Named "Mill City High School"

According to a report from The Journal, the Mill City High School plans to enroll up to 200 9th- and 10th-grade students for the 2015­–2016 school year. The school will offer students a “global classical studies” theme.

Read the Journal story

More Coverage in the MSP Business Journal

Monday
Jan262015

Friday Morning - Mississippi River Forum: "Hold the Salt, Please: Chloride Pollution in our Waters"

Mississippi River Forum: "Hold the Salt, Please: Chloride Pollution in our Waters"

Friday, January 30, 8 – 9:30 am

McKnight Foundation, 710 Second Street South, Suite 400

Happy winter, Minnesota! We seem to love (hate?) our extreme weather here, and our public works crews make it possible even to bicycle through the nastiest of wintry conditions. But many Minnesotans don’t realize that road and sidewalk salt is polluting our waters. When snow and ice melt from roads, parking lots and sidewalks, the salt we apply to those surfaces goes with it, washing into our lakes, streams, wetlands and groundwater. It takes only one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water. Once in the water, there is no way to remove the chloride that comes from salt; at high concentrations, chloride can harm fish and plant life. In the heart of a cold Minnesota winter, come share a cup of coffee and pastry—and learn how road salt is impacting our water resources, what we can do about it and how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is addressing the issue. Presenters Brooke Asleson and Rachel Olmanson are Watershed Project Managers with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Light breakfast provided. Free. RSVP to lark_weller@nps.gov. (Please be prepared to sign in at McKnight's front desk and get a visitor pass.)

Monday
Jan262015

Local Employment Opportunities

Zen Box - Host/Hostess

Oliive & Co. - Web Developer, Graphic Designer

Webster School - If you are interested in working at Webster, please join Ginger Kranz, Webster Principal, for a hiring information session. Learn more about the vision for the school, the opportunities, and the role of and expectations for staff.

Wednesday, January 28th, 4:00-5:15, at the Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway, Conference RoomS1-433 (south tower, first floor).

OR

Thursday, January 29th, 4:15-5:30, at Ramsey Middle School, corner of 50th & Nicollet, (enter through the door off of the 50th street parking lot).

Monday
Jan262015

Historic Hollywood Theater Project Takes Step Forward

The Community Development Committee approved a Legacy Grant for restoring the historic Hollywood Theater last week.

Download staff report...

Monday
Jan262015

Minneapolis Parks Foundation Names R.T. Rybak and Liz Hawn to 20-member Board of Directors

Minneapolis, Minn. – On January 13, 2015, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation named Liz Hawn and R.T. Rybak to its 20-member Board of Directors. Hawn, a community leader and philanthropist, and Rybak, former Minneapolis Mayor and Executive Director of Generation Next, assumed their three-year Directorships at the Parks Foundation’s annual meeting, when community leader Sue Bennett was also elected Chair of the Board.

“Liz and R.T. bring expertise in city-building and philanthropy, coupled with an extraordinary commitment to community development and equity, as well as a deep love for Minneapolis and our parks,” says Bennett. “We are pleased that they bring these qualities to an already enthusiastic and visionary Board of Directors, and together we are ready to expand our impact on Minneapolis Parks through an expanded mission, renewed community partnerships, and resolve to support our parks through meaningful advocacy and philanthropy.”

Rounding out the Parks Foundation’s full 20-member Parks Foundation Board of Directors are: Stuart Ackerberg, CEO, Ackerberg Group (Secretary); Mark Addicks, General Mills; Daniel Avchen, CEO, HGA Architects (Past Chair); Dorothy Bridges, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Treasurer & Chair-Finance Committee); Robert Bruininks, President Emeritus, University of Minnesota (Chair-Development Committee); John Crosby (Vice Chair-Development Committee); Caren Dewer, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Minnesota; Tom Evers, Executive Director, Minneapolis Parks Foundation; Tom Fisher, Dean, University of Minnesota – College of Design, Joseph Gibbons, First Vice President, Boyd, Bencini, Gibbons & Associates – Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management (Chair-Governance Committee); Shawntera Hardy, Director, Fresh Energy; Sarah Harris, Managing Director, University of Minnesota Foundation-Real Estate Advisors (Vice Chair); Mary McCarthy; Tom Paul, Chief Consumer Officer, UnitedHealthcare; Thomas Pohlad, General Manager, Porsche of Minneapolis; Connie Remele; Paul Reyelts, Retired CFO, Valspar Corp.; Tene Wells, Principal, Tene Wells Consulting. Liz Wielinski, President of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and Jayne Miller, Superintendent of Minneapolis Parks, remain ex officio Directors.

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation, which partners with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, is an independent 501c3 dedicated to community investment in the nation’s top park system. The Parks Foundation’s signature projects are the RiverFirst Initiative and Water Works, two design-based adaptive reuse parks projects on the Minneapolis riverfront, and the Next Generation of Parks Lecture Series. Beginning in 2015, the Parks Foundation will also provide key philanthropic support for park enhancements in our neighborhood parks, with a special attention to under-resourced communities; invest in pilot programs and activities that provide new opportunities for people to better connect to each other and our city through their parks; and champion the value of parks and the Minneapolis Parks System through community conversations around national and international park trends and engage volunteers in community-wide, high-impact volunteer activities.

For more information or to support our work, please visit MplsParksFoundation.org.

# # #

Major Funding for MPF is Provided By:

The McKnight Foundation | The Minneapolis Foundation | General Mills

George Family Foundation| Curtis L. Carlson Foundation

--
Janette Aldrich Law
Director - External Relations
MINNEAPOLIS PARKS FOUNDATION
4800 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55417

PHONE 612-822-3407

Monday
Jan262015

Sunday - Caring for Water: Photography of Cordelia Pierson

First Congregational Church and Cordelia Pierson present:

Caring for Water: Photography of Cordelia Pierson

On exhibit January 4 - February 22, Fellowship Hall

Public reception: Sunday, February 1, 11 am-12:30 pm

500 Eighth Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

You are welcome to a reception on February 1 from 11:00 to 12:30 for Caring for Water, a photography show open until Feb. 21 in the church's Fellowship Hall. Photographer Cordelia Pierson selected 15 photos – several from the Mississippi in Minneapolis. Representatives from nonprofit environmental groups working on water issues have been invited to share informally some ways people can help care for Minnesota's waters: Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Sierra Club, and Friends of the Mississippi River.

Monday
Jan262015

Thursday Night - The State of the Ward and Third aWards at Nye's

Time:   6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location:  Nye's Polonaise Room, 112 East Hennepin

Please R.S.V.P by calling 612-673-2203 or emailing zack.farley@minneapolismn.gov.

Join Council Member Jacob Frey for his 1st annual State of the Ward Address and Third aWards.  Awards will be given for Leader of the Year, Local Business of the Year, Neighborhood Project/Initiative of the Year and Youth Leader of the Year.
 
“The Third aWards is a time to recognize our amazing residents and small business owners that help make the Third Ward a spectacular place.” Council Member Jacob Frey.

The State of the Ward and Third aWards will take place Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Nye's Polonaise Room, 112 East Hennepin. Please R.S.V.P early by calling 612-673-2203 or emailing Zack at zack.farley@minneapolismn.gov

Sunday
Jan252015

Encore Apartments Moving Forward?

Sherman Associates launched a website, and put up a sign on the property at 9th Ave S & 2nd St S last week.  While not a guarantee the luxury apartments will be built, it's at least a small step forward.

Encore Website

Encore

Sunday
Jan252015

The Week Ahead in Mill City

Encore

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, January 26

Tuesday, January 27

Wednesday, January 28

Thursday, January 29

Friday, January 30

Saturday, January 31

Sunday, February 1 

Sunday
Jan252015

[Pic of the Week] Dark Water

Dark Water

Sunday
Jan252015

[Reader Pic] Guthrie & Gold Medal

From reader Eric Rach at www.facebook.com/ericrachphotography

Gold Medal Guthrie

Saturday
Jan242015

[Video] Minneapolis After the Lock - Unlocking New Opportunities 

More than 200 people packed the Mill City Museum to learn about the future of the Minneapolis Riverfront after the closing of the Upper Lock at St. Anthony Falls, which will be no later than June 10 of this year.  The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership convened an expert panel to explore the possibilities.  We've broken the event video into sections, followed by the entire event with a running time 1:29:02.

Whitney Clark, Executive Director, Friends of the Mississippi River

Whitney delivers an impassioned plea to faithfully implement the Above the Falls Master Plan, protecting it from being eroded by private interests to the detriment of the common good:

John Anfinson, Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service

John explains how the St. Anthony Falls Locks failed to live up to hopes for economic viability, and the invasive carp threat were just the final trigger for closure:

Thomas Meyer, Principal, MSR Architecture

Tom recaps key moments in recent history of the Central Riverfront, culminating in the lock closure:

Nan Bischoff, Project Manager/FERC Coordinator, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Nan details the logistics of the lock closure, shares possibilities for the future, and gives an update on hydro projects at St. Anthony Falls:

Janna King, President, Economic Development Services Inc.

Janna King shares details of economic impact of the lock closure:

Public Comments & Questions

The public forum portion of the event:

Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council Member, Ward 3

Jacob highlights the future potential of the Minneapolis Riverfront in opening remarks:

The Full Event - 1hr 29mins Running Time

Event Description

Hosted by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership - When barge traffic ends, river management practices such as dredging will change. The closure will also have an environmental and economic impact on the entire river in the city of Minneapolis. What are the opportunities that the lock closure will bring to the river and riverfront in terms of recreation and development? How does this closure fit into the Central Riverfront Master Plan?

These questions and others were addressed. Panel speakers were:

- John Anfinson, Superintendent, Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, National Park Service

- Nanette Bischoff, Project Manager/FERC Coordinator, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

- Thomas Meyer, Principal, MSR Architecture, Interiors and Urban Design

- Janna King, President, Economic Development Services, Inc.

- Moderator: Kathleen Boe, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership

According to Federal law, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close St. Anthony Falls Upper Lock no later than June 2015 primarily to stop the spread of invasive carp into the Upper River. Such a spread has the potential to inflict destruction on lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota, effectively destroying water recreation throughout the state.

Friday
Jan232015

This Weekend: TwinsFest 2015

This weekend's TwinsFest 2015 at Target Field promises to be bigger and better than ever. 

Hours are:

Friday, January 23 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 25 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Check out today's StarTrib article.

Thursday
Jan222015

Tonight: Minneapolis After the Locks - Unlocking Opportunities at Mill City Museum

Minneapolis After the Locks - Unlocking Opportunities

Join your neighbors tonight at the Mill City Museum from 6:00pm-7:30pm!

The lock is scheduled to be closed in June 2015.  Its closure will change river management practices and have an environmental and an economic impact far beyond the Falls and the local area.  The Forum is designed to help us better understand both the immediate and longer-term consequences of the closure and to hear ideas about how the site and the river can be used in new and different ways.

Hosted by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership