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The Week Ahead in Mill City / January 9-15


2012 Volunteer and Internship Opportunities at The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory is proud to be supported by a team of over 400 volunteers and 20 interns each year. In 2011 volunteers completed over 14,000 hours of work, supporting programs like The Ten Second Film Festival, The Amazing Adventures of the Corporate Wizard in the Land of LARP, The Haunted Basement and all the regular exhibitions and building improvements.

Applications are now being accepted for 2012 volunteers and interns.

All prospective year-round volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation session. The next orientation session is scheduled for March 10.   Internships at The Soap Factory are a terrific way to explore working at a nonprofit art gallery. Every year over 20 interns work closely with Soap Factory staff, board members and exhibiting artists.

See the website for application deadlines and other details.


This Weekend in Mill City / January 6-7


Park Board Selects Officers, Committees, Representatives for 2012

From a January 4, 2012, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board e-newsletter:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) held its annual meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3, and elected its officers for 2012. Commissioners elected John Erwin as President for the third consecutive year and Liz Wielinski was elected Vice President.

“I’m proud to continue the role of President, representing a Board that has made significant changes the last two years. Those changes include responsive leadership, a more efficient workforce, expanding our city’s tax base through riverfront development, and enhancing our parks and increasing greening while holding the line on property taxes,” said John Erwin, President of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

At the meeting President Erwin also acknowledged Commissioner Young’s contributions last year as Vice President, stating that Young’s service has been instrumental to the progress the Board and the organization has made.

The Board also elected Karen Robinson to continue serving as Secretary to the Board and Brian Rice as General Counsel.

President Erwin appointed the following Commissioners to serve on Standing Committees of the Board (one-year terms):
Administration and Finance Committee– Chair Scott Vreeland, Vice Chair Anita Tabb, Brad Bourn, Bob Fine, Liz Wielinski
Recreation Committee– Chair Bob Fine, Vice Chair Brad Bourn, Carol Kummer, Liz Wielinski, Jon Olson
Planning Committee– Chair Anita Tabb, Vice Chair Bob Fine, Annie Young, Scott Vreeland, Jon Olson
Operations and Environment Committee– Chair Jon Olson, Vice Chair Annie Young, Carol Kummer, Scott Vreeland, Brad Bourn
Legislation and Intergovernmental Committee– Chair Carol Kummer, Vice Chair Jon Olson, Anita Tabb, Liz Wielinski, Brad Bourn
Standards and Conduct Committee– Chair Annie Young, Vice Chair Scott Vreeland, Liz Wielinski, Bob Fine, Carol Kummer
Innovation and Development Committee– Chair Brad Bourn, Vice Chair Anita Tabb, Bob Fine, Annie Young, Scott Vreeland

Park Board Commissioners, ten citizens and Superintendent Miller were appointed to serve on the following external boards, commissions and panels:
Planning Commission– Liz Wielinski
Board of Estimate and Taxation – Bob Fine
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (citizen appointment)– Ali Warsame
St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board– Scott Vreeland, Liz Wielinski, citizen appointee Stephanie Gruver, John Erwin, Superintendent Jayne Miller
Youth Coordinating Board – Bob Fine
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Board– Anita Tabb
Middle Mississippi Watershed Management Organization – Scott Vreeland, alternate Annie Young
John H. Stevens House Organization– Carol Kummer
Minneapolis Parks Foundation – John Erwin, alternate Brad Bourn
Minneapolis Tree Advisory Committee– Scott Vreeland, citizen appointees John Uban, Peggy Booth, Gay Noble, Jeanne LaBore, Don Willeke
Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership– Liz Wielinski, Scott Vreeland, Bob Fine
Minneapolis DID Greening Design & Infrastructure Committee – John Erwin
City-MPRB Green Ribbon Committee– John Erwin, Anita Tabb
Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee– Citizen appointees Janice Gepner, Matthew Hendricks, Joshua Houdek

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board typically meets at 5 p.m. every first and third Wednesday of each month for regular meetings. MPRB Board meetings are broadcast live from 5-9 p.m. on the Minneapolis Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast cable and online on the Channel 79 webpage.

Meeting agendas and related information are typically posted on two business days prior to each meeting.


Last Chance to See "Paul Goodman Changed My Life" from the Film Society of Minnesota

Where: St. Anthony Main Theater - Screen 3

When: Wed, Jan 4 & Thu, Jan 5 at (5:00), 7:00

Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he merited a cameo in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. Author of legendary bestseller Growing Up Absurd (1960), Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt therapy—and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of the ’60s.

Paul Goodman Changed My Life immerses you in an era of high intellect (that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that Mad Men has so effectively exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. Using a treasure trove of archival multimedia—selections from Goodman’s poetry (read by Garrison Keillor and Edmund White); quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his family, peers and activists—director/producerJonathan Lee and producer/editor Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) have woven together a rich portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for rediscovery.

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Breaking - MN Executive Office Suites, LLC Purchases 1st Floor Commercial Space at the Carlyle

MN Executive Office Suites, LLC, will be opening professional executive offices at The Carlyle in approximately April 2012.

The Carlyle is a condominium skyscraper in downtown Minneapolis, on Third Avenue South between First and Second Streets.  The Carlyle stands one block from the Mississippi River and the Third Avenue Bridge.

At the time the Carlyle was built, an approximately 3000 sq. ft. space was planned for commercial or professional use.   The interior of this space has not yet been occupied or completed.

Recently, MN Executive Office Suites, LLC, purchased The Carlyle’s professional space.

MN Executive Office Suites, LLC, engaged Blumentals Architecture, Inc., to design executive office space at The Carlyle location.  The design opens to an inviting reception area and includes eight separate professional offices with stunning floor to ceiling windows, a paralegal office, and a kitchenette and conference room.  MN Executive Office Suites, LLC, and Blumentals are seeking to complete construction in a “green” and environmental manner.

Weber & Nelson Law Office, PLLC, is one of the professional businesses that will be located in the new office space.  Other executive offices will be available for lease, and virtual office arrangements will also be an option.

Michael J. Weber is the President and Chief Manager of MN Executive Office Suites, LLC, and Nancy Lee Nelson is Vice President.  Michael also is the founder of Weber & Nelson Law Office, PLLC, where Nancy serves as a Partner.

The professional office space is situated on The Carlyle’s street level, at the corner of Third Avenue South and Second Street South.  The location is nearby skyway access, the U.S. and Hennepin County courthouses, and the light rail system.

The Carlyle received a Pillars of the Industry award, named Best Condominium High Rise in the U.S. in the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB’s) 2009 showcase of designs and trends.  Developed by Opus Northwest Construction, The Carlyle has panoramic views of the Stone Arch Bridge, Mississippi river, St. Anthony Falls and Downtown.

More information about The Carlyle:

Contact Michael J. Weber at 612-825-6052 for more information.