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Wednesday
Dec292010

China Wok added to the Order-In Dining Link

We recently received direct mail advertising from China Wok, and gave them a try.  The experience was positive on every count: the person taking the order was cheerful, they delivered in half the time estimated, the delivery person was friendly and the food was great.  I should also mention that we called 5 minutes past their posted delivery hours, yet they were happy to accommodate us.

Wednesday
Dec292010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

Christmas Shots in the Mill District

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Tuesday
Dec282010

Mill City Commons' 2010 Holiday Food Drive and Fundraiser is a Success

Linnea Tweed, Executive Director of Mill City Commons, shared successful results of this year's "TURKEY, DRESSINGS, and EXTRA HELPINGS" food drive and fundraising event:

"We were able to provide all the fixings for holiday dinners for 50 families in the Jordan Neighborhood, and we had enough money to add over $300 of food to their food shelf. Jeff Hamm, the Store Manager at Rainbow Foods, 3505 W Broadway, was an amazing help. This is the second year they've helped us. His staff was so friendly and helpful - they kept telling us how wonderful we were to do this. They looked for the best buys so we were able to spend about $38 per family for their holiday meals including a whole turkey or ham (we purchased 25 of each). Jeff had his bakery bake 50 pumpkin pies for us - he said it was cheaper than selling us the ingredients.  It truly was heart warming.

We loaded an SUV with sweaters, hats mittens, gloves, scarves, some winter shoes and jackets and delivered them to People Serving People.  We also delivered gifts to Exodus House for their annual Holiday Event and took a load of children's clothes and other small gift items to Mary's Place for their residents.  They have many (almost 200) homeless children in families living there."

Below, some of the 50 pies that Rainbow Foods Store Manager Jeff Hamm made sure his bakery prepared fresh the morning of the deliveries.

This initiative started 3 years ago when Mill City Commons members Delia and Tyrone Bujold were enjoying a glass of wine with friends.  They came up with the idea to do food baskets for families in need.  Their goal that first year was 25 dinner baskets - but within a few days of spreading the word, they had enough money to do 50.  Last year they decided to use Mill City Commons as the contact point so that donations could be tax-deductible.

Delia consulted Fr. Michael O'Connell for ideas on where to deliver these baskets the food.  Fr. O'Connell currently serves as Pastor of the Church of Ascension in North Minneapolis, and Delia has known him since he was Basilica Rector.   He recommended the Jordan New Life Community Church because of it's expansive outreach program. 

Many of us want to do something good at the holidays, but are strapped for time, don't know where to start, etc.  People like Delia and Tyrone, along with the volunteers from Mill City Commons, make it effortless for the rest of us to help.  Just write a check and you've given a less fortunate family a Christmas dinner, or helped stock a foodshelf - it's that simple. 

Dave and I look forward to being involved with this fundraiser next year. 

Tuesday
Dec282010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

Christmas Shots in the Mill District

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Monday
Dec272010

Winter Pet Care Tips - An Ongoing Series from Curtis L. Sanford, DVM

This is the sixth installment of Pet Tips from Curtis L. Sanford, DVM.

Housing:
It is best to keep pets indoors during the winter months, but if this is not possible, outdoor pets must be provided with shelter. Their home should be elevated off the ground to prevent moisture accumulation and have a door of some kind to keep out winter winds, sleet, and snow. Shelters should be insulated or heated. Water sources may be heated to permit constant access to unfrozen water; thermal units designed specifically for this purpose are readily available. Outdoor pets require extra calories to keep warm. Feed your pet according to its needs when the temperature drops. In severely cold or inclement weather, no pet should be kept outside. Indoor pets should have sleeping quarters in a draft-free, warm area with their bed or mattress elevated slightly off the floor.

Roaming cats:
Roaming cats, as well as house pets and wildlife, may climb onto vehicle engines for warmth during cold weather. Be sure to check under the hood before starting your vehicle and honk the horn to startle any animals seeking shelter inside.

Frostbite and snow removal salt:
Snow and salt should be removed from your pets paws immediately. Frostbitten skin is red or gray and may slough. Apply warm, moist towels to thaw out frostbitten areas slowly until the skin appears flushed. Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible for further care. Frost bite usually occurs on the extremities; such as the ears, tail and toes but using fleece or other body coverings will decrease possible frost bite on other parts of the body. Snow removal products should be stored out of the reach of pets and small children as their toxicity varies considerably. We recommend to cover feet with rubber boots or other foot covers to keep off salt and snow while walking outdoors. If your pet will not tolerate foot covers, then vigorously washing off the snow and salt with tepid water will prevent irritation to the pads, hair and skin of the feet.

Dr. Sanford is a Veterinarian and Owner/Founder of Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital in the Mill District.   He can be contacted at 612-746-0300 or mplsvet@live.com.

Monday
Dec272010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

Christmas Shots in the Mill District

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Sunday
Dec262010

Check Out the Guthrie Theater on YouTube

In addition to their recently posted "Guthrie Theater: 2010 in Pictures" video, there are a number of other interesting items.

For instance, did you know you can rent a costumefor Halloween through CostumeRentals - all costumes are from past productions of the Guthrie Theater and Childrens Theater Company.

You can also view performance samplings, staff interviews and more.   As of this posting, there were 98 Guthrie YouTube videos available.

Sunday
Dec262010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

Christmas Shots in the Mill District

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Saturday
Dec252010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Friday
Dec242010

"Enjoy the Holiday" MacPhail Community Youth Choir Winter Concert

Everyone we've played this for has thought it was an awesome new take on a holiday song, totally fresh. Can't wait for it to be released next year. That girl has serious talent.

Directed by J.D.Steele, the concert included pop, jazz, gospel and East African selections as well as compostions by members of the choir.

The MacPhail Center for Music is located in the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis.

Friday
Dec242010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy! 

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Thursday
Dec232010

Mill City Commons Offers January Savings on New Memberships

During the month of January, 2011, Mill City Commons is offering $100 off household memberships.  As an added bonus, members who join in January will have their membership extended through March 2012.

Mill City Commons is a unique neighborhood organization offering members a variety of interesting activities, in addition to other benefits.

For more information, please contact Executive Director Linnea Tweed at 612-455-3329, or email linneatweed@millcitycommons.org.

Thursday
Dec232010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

Mill District Christmas

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Wednesday
Dec222010

The Line - an Additional Source for Information About our Neighborhood

I recently subscribed to a weekly online magazine called The Line.  

The Line "tells the story of the new economy in The Twin Cities - a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live, and the best places to work and play." 

From a front page drop down menu, you can select what area of Minneapolis you'd like to read about.  For example, the December 15 edition had an article about The Soap Factory under the Riverfront/Mill District section.

While the Riverfront/Mill District section doesn't have frequent entries, it's still another interesting source for information about our neighborhood.

Wednesday
Dec222010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

Mill District Christmas

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Tuesday
Dec212010

Snow Emergency and Parking Restriction Updates

Just received this from Ruth at the office of City Council Member Lisa Goodman -

Minneapolis has declared a Snow Emergency beginning today, Dec. 20, 2010. To make the transition from Winter Parking Restrictions to Snow Emergency rules, drivers may start moving their cars off of Snow Emergency Routes and on to EITHER side of the non-Snow Emergency Routes beginning at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 20.

Winter Parking Restrictions, which ban parking on the EVEB side of non-Snow-Emergency routes, are not in effect during this Snow Emergency. However, beginning at 8 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 23, Winter Parking Restrictions will resume.

This latest Snow Emergency will be the 5th of the season. Minneapolis received more than 24 inches of snow in December, making it the 5th snowiest December recorded in the metro area.  Since more snow began falling this morning, City crews have been plowing and treating streets to keep them drivable. Now that a Snow Emergency has been declared, Snow Emergency parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 9 p.m., Monday, so crews can plow the 1,000 miles of streets as wide as possible. That’s the equivalent of 3,200 “lane miles” of streets that need to be plowed—enough to plow a lane from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Alaska.

It is imperative that drivers follow Snow Emergency rules and move their cars out of the ways of the plow. It’s in everyone’s best interest to follow the parking rules so plows can do the best job possible and folks can avoid a ticket and tow. Working together, City crews can deliver the high-quality plowing services that residents demand.

Snow Emergency parking rules
 
Last Night, Dec. 20 , 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.  (Day 1)
Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until the street is fully plowed (completely cleared and plowed to the full width of that side of the street).

Tonight, Dec. 21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)
Do not park on the EVEN side of a non-Snow Emergency route, or on EITHER side of a parkway until the street is fully plowed.

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)
Do not park on the ODD side of a non-Snow Emergency route until the street is fully plowed.

Thursday, Dec. 23 - 8 a.m. (“Day 4”) - Return to Winter Parking Restrictions
Between 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, and 8 a.m., Friday Dec. 24, people can begin moving their cars from the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency Routes to the ODD side to be in compliance when the Winter Parking Restrictions resume at 8 a.m. During Winter Parking Restrictions, parking is banned on the EVEN SIDE of non-Snow Emergency Routes. Drivers still need to follow all posted NO PARKING signs.

Winter Parking Restrictions were put into effect Friday, Dec. 17 in Minneapolis to ensure reliable access for emergency vehicles after a record December snowfall. Parking is banned on the even side of non-Snow-Emergency-routes until April 1, unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier. Parking is allowed on both sides of Snow Emergency routes and parkways, and the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency-routes, unless otherwise posted and provided a Snow Emergency has NOT been declared. Drivers parking in Minneapolis must follow these Winter Parking Restrictions, or they could be ticketed and towed.

For more information on Snow Emergencies and Winter Parking Restrictions, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow.

Tuesday
Dec212010

Announcing Our Mill District Community Cornerstones

Yesterday we issued a press release announcing our Mill District Community Cornerstone awards -

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Mill-District/Minneapolis/prweb4911264.htm -

a project we've been working on for some time.  Initial reactions from two of the first four:

"We are very fortunate to be part of such a vibrant neighborhood and cultural corridor and to partner, as we often do, with MacPhail Center for Music, the Guthrie Theater and Open Book on programming for youth and families. Thank you, Mill City Times, for your support and enthusiasm" said Laura Salveson, Director of the Mill City Museum.

“MacPhail Center for Music is proud to be a part of a neighborhood that values the arts, education and community. We are not only committed to excellence in music education for all ages and abilities, but offer a sense of community and belonging for people who love music.” Paul Babcock, president and COO of MacPhail Center for Music offered.

These organizations were among the first to commit to our neighborhood during its revitalization, and have played a huge role in the growth and vibrancy of our community. They highlight our role as the historical and cultural center of Minneapolis, and they draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to our neighborhood each year.

The Community Cornerstone awards will be announced bi-monthly throughout 2011, and will include well known, and lesser known organizations, all of which play a vital role in the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Visit the Mill District Community Cornerstone page...

Tuesday
Dec212010

Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital Hosts Fundraiser for Pet Project Rescue

Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital, located at 1030 Washington Avenue South, recently hosted a fundraising event for Pet Project Rescue.  Pet Project Rescue is a no-kill, 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue which places homeless animals in foster care homes until they are adopted by their forever families.

Pet Project Rescue at Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital

Above, Lisa and Curtis Sanford.  Curtis is a Veterinarian, as well as Owner and Founder of Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital. Lisa is the Office Manager and Receptionist.  Below are two members of their staff -  Heather,  a Certified Veterinary Technician, and Kathy, a Veterinary Technician.

Pet Project Rescue at Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital

Pet Project Rescue at Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital

Above, Lisa with artist Georgiana Ewing, who contributed this painting of rescued dog Oscar for the silent auction.  Oscar, an 8 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was the inspiration for the fund raising event.  Georgiana is a Texas artist who paints animals in bold, joyous colors.  Below, another example of her work.

Pet Project Rescue at Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital

Pet Project Rescue at Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital

Above, Pet Project Rescue Co-Founder and Director, Maia, and Adoption Coordinator, Lindsay, with Aspen, a rescued 10 week old puppy (which they believe to be a Huskey/Samoyed mix).  During the fundraising event, the Sanfords raised $1,900 for Pet Project Rescue. Funds cover animal care expenses, such as spaying/neutering prior to adoption.

In addition to dogs, Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital cares for other small animals such as rabbits, cats, guinea pigs and birds.  Dr. Sanford offers advanced surgical techniques, cutting edge medical care and Stem Cell Certification for Arthritis in dogs and cats.   He also serves on the Board for Pet Accolades, an organization that provides service dogs for those with invisible disabilities.

Tuesday
Dec212010

It's the Holidays in the Mill District!

From now thru December 31, we'll be posting random shots from around the neighborhood that capture the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

From the Mill District of Minneapolis.

Monday
Dec202010

New Exhibit Opening at Mill City Museum in January

The Mill City Museum will hold a public reception to open the exhibit for "Seeing the Big River: The Eco-Art of Peter L. Johnson" on January 13 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

This new exhibit challenges viewers to 'See Beauty in Damaged Places'.  Peter L. Johnson says of his work that it "seeks and sees beauty in damaged places." By creating what he calls "lyric" photographs, Johnson chooses subjects that present an unsettling truth about the devastating relationship between humans and the Mississippi River.

Johnson will give remarks at 7:00pm and refreshments will be available. The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.

Photographs accompanied by found "specimens" and videos will be on display at Mill City Museum from January 13 - May 16, 2011.

Johnson draws on his varied background as a documentary photographer, solo street performance artist and social activist to create his body of work entitled "Devastating Beauty." In his recent series called "Specimens" he expands on the bumper sticker slogan, "Take only photographs and leave only footprints." Johnson photographs then removes the "specimen" from the ecosystem finally presenting the item next to the photograph in a gallery setting. Johnson says "this adds another layer of connection between humans and their effect on the environment."

In the "Immersion" series, Johnson sparks a discussion about the dangers of just being in the Mississippi River. In order to enter the waters he had to sign a waiver which he displays alongside the life-size prints and a corresponding video.

This exhibit is part of "Greening the Riverfront," a series of programs that explore how humans interact with nature, in the past, present and future.

Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.