The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) is a group of representatives of Minneapolis neighborhood and cultural communities brought together to advise the Mayor and City Council on a wide range of community engagement issues. The NCEC is responsible for developing guidelines for the City’s principal neighborhood funding program, the Community Participation Program (CPP). The Commission also works to broaden participation on advisory boards and commissions, develops recommendations for improving the City’s public participation process and reviews the business plan for the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.NCEC is seeking a representative for District 8, which covers the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood. The term runs through the end of June, 2014. Applications can be found here. Please contact Howard Blin with any questions (Howard.Blin@minneapolismn.gov; 612-673-3163).
Wednesday December 4
Fireside Theology at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 26th Ave S), potluck at 6pm and discussion at 6:30pm. The group will discuss issues of faith using the “Animate Faith” DVD series and journals.Hiawatha Landscape Improvements Open Houseat the Corcoran Park Recreation Center (3334 20th Ave S), 6:30-7:30pm. Hennepin County is coordinating the efforts to come up with a long-term plan to improve and restore the landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue from 32nd to 46th streets. The current landscape is deteriorated with noticeable gaps in the tree canopy. This Open House is one of two being held to garner the public’s opinions on the initial concepts and answer any questions or concerns about the landscaping process. The next open house will be Monday, December 9th at the Hiawatha School Park Rec Center (4305 E 42nd St), 6:30-7:30pm.More information can be found here.
Thursday December 5
Calof Series at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Ave) 7:30-9:30pm. This performance is free and will feature spoken word and storytelling artists as well as singers and song writers. There will be free coffee and baked goods available for event attendees. For more information about the performers visit the event website.
Friday December 6
Seward Winter Frolic Kick Off Party 6:30-9:30pm at the Playwright’s Center (2301 E Franklin Ave), $15/person or $25/couple. This party will feature local artists and food to celebrate the 14th Annual Seward Art Crawl. The Art Crawl itself will run Saturday the 7th from 10am-5pm and Sunday the 8th from 12pm-5pm. More information about the Art Crawl and Kick Off Party can be found here.
Saturday December 7
Creativity and Conversation at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 36th Ave S) 10am-12pm. Join others for conversation, Christmas music, and cookie baking. More information here. Craft Fair at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave), 1-5pm. Crafts will range in price depending on the crafters. A portion of the proceeds from craft sales will be donated to the Free Space. For more information visit the website.
Personal Permaculture with Transition Longfellow at the Riverview Cafe (3753 42nd Ave S), 10:30am-12pm. This month’s topic is Creatively Use and Respond to Change.
Free Concert by Lake Wobegon Brass Band at Christ Church Lutheran (3244 34th Ave S) 7pm. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit theLSS Metro Homeless Youth programs. The concert will feature newly composed works and old favorites. For more information go here.
Sunday December 8
Science Day at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue) 1-4pm. The Free Space will be hosting a day of inquiry, curiosity, exploration and good company. This event will feature scientific presentations and demonstrations. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own presentation or experiment. This event is appropriate for all ages.
Monday December 9
Hiawatha Landscape Improvements Open House at the. Hennepin County is coordinating the efforts to come up with a long-term plan to improve and restore the landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue from 32nd to 46th streets. The current landscape is deteriorated with noticeable gaps in the tree canopy. This Open House is the second of two being held to garner the public’s opinions on the initial concepts and answer any questions or concerns about the landscaping process.Home Security Demonstration at Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct (3000 Minnehaha Ave). With the recent uptick in burglaries the MPD is offering this class on how best to protect your home. The Demonstration will be from 6:30-8pm. For more information and to RSVP contact Don Greeley, Crime Prevention Specialist (email@example.com; (612)-673-3482).
Tuesday December 10
More than Honey Movie Showing at Beez Kneez Honey House (2204 Minnehaha Ave) 6:30-9pm. A discussion of the movie will follow the showing. A suggested donation of $5-10 is appreciated. Find out more about the event here, and more aboutthe movie here.
Wednesday December 11
Fireside Theology at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 26th Ave S), potluck at 6pm and discussion at 6:30pm. The group will discuss issues of faith using the “Animate Faith” DVD series and journals.
We hope your holiday is filled with joy and that everyone who is traveling stays safe. The LCC office will be closed Thursday November 28th and Friday the 29th.
Friday November 22
Beez Kneez Kid’s Night Out! Children ages 6 and older are invited to the Honey House (2204 Minnehaha Ave) from 6-8pm for an evening filled with fun and learning while parents get the night off. The program will feature an introductory lesson on honeybees, engaging games and activities, and a viewing of Dreamwork’s “The Bee Movie.” The cost of the event is $25 for one child and $20 per child for families of two or more. Register here.
The Pet Project Calendar Release Party, 4:30-6:30pm at Bone Adventure (312 E Hennepin Ave). The Pet Project is releasing a beautiful 2014 calendar featuring photographs by Sarah Beth Photography. The party will have games, food and drinks available. Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend! The event is free, calendars are $20 and will help keep people and their pets together. Find out more about The Pet Project here.
Saturday November 23
Do It Green! 8th Annual Green Gifts Fair, 10am-5pm at the Midtown Global Market (Lake St & Chicago Ave). This fair is organized to help Minnesotans learn ways to reduce their environmental impact over the holiday season. There will be 75 green gift vendors, demos, displays, free handouts, food samplings from local chefs, holiday lights recycling, an eco fashion show and the 2014 Do It Green! Directory. For more information visit the event website.
Monday November 25
Hennepin County Bike Plan Meeting at Spokes Workshop (1915 E 22nd St) 7pm. Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District are revising the county-wide bike and regional trail plan. The plan identifies bike and trail routes, and sets priorities, goals and guidelines for bike routes and regional trails. The community is welcome to provide input at this meeting. Find out more here.
Wednesday November 27
Fireside Theology at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 26th Ave S), potluck at 6pm and discussion at 6:30pm. The group will discuss issues of faith using the “Animate Faith” DVD series and journals.
Thursday November 28
Saturday November 30
Small Business Saturday! Show your support for local businesses. For a list of Longfellow businesses visit the Longfellow Business Association website. Peace Coffee Wonderland (3262 Minnehaha Ave) will be open all day, and will be offering samples of their winter coffee, Snowshoe Blend, from 9am-2pm. Find out more here.
Thank you to everyone who donated yesterday on Give to the Max Day! Minnesotans were so generous they crashed the GiveMN website for a few hours! If you were deterred by the site traffic yesterday, please consider giving to LCC today–everything counts in making our neighborhood a great place to live!
Saturday November 16
Choose Conscious Health for a Vibrant Life at Natural Built Home. Kristen Wernecke will give a reading from her book, written from her 22 years of experience in healing through massage, energy healing and other integrative modalities. After the reading Wernecke will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her book. Find out more and RSVP here.
Sunday November 17
Art and Craft Show at the Danish Center (3030 W River Pkwy), 9:30am-12:30pm. The show will be held in conjunction with the Æbleskive Breakfast.Find out more here.
Monday November 18
Powderhorn 365 Book Release Party at Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (821 E 35th St) 6-7:30pm. Celebrate the publication of the 2012 Powderhorn 365 book. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale. Visit PPNA’s website for more information.
Wednesday November 20
Metro Transit is hosting two Midtown Corridor Alternative Analysis Open Houses. These open houses are to update the public on the alternatives being studied for enhanced bus service on Lake Street, rail in the midtown greenway and a review of study results regarding ridership, cost and other factors in public transportation. The first open house will be on Wednesday, November 20 at Intermedia Arts (2822 Lyndale Ave S), 6-8pm; the second open house will be Thursday, November 21 at the Colin Powell Center (2924 4th Ave S), 3rd floor, 6-8pm. Open house materials will be posted here. If you are unable to attend you may provide comments in an online survey here.
The Longfellow Community Council is Longfellow’s neighborhood organization, and we’re dedicated to making Longfellow the best neighborhood it can be. We’re the neighborhood’s “go-to” source for questions about development, safety, livability, and building community. LCC listens to your feedback about what’s important to you in Longfellow. Then we organize events and work with our neighbors, policy makers, and government officials to improve our neighborhood.
We cannot do any of those things without the support from our neighbors in Longfellow. We are constantly working for the neighborhood to provide programs that residents ask for and connecting people with services they need. With your help we are making a new name for Longfellow and rejuvenating the sense of community that makes this neighborhood home to more than 20,000 people. Thank you for your support this year, and we hope to continue a successful partnership with all of our neighbors!
Give to the Max Minnesota is a day designated for nonprofits to connect with their supporters and have one day of celebrating the work that they do. Longfellow Community Council is continuously working towards improving the neighborhood’s livability–whether that means facilitating conversations with the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, or simply helping neighbors connect after a big storm damages houses, LCC’s goal is to help the residents of this phenomenal community to sustain and grow everything that makes this neighborhood the best in Minneapolis. If you are able to give on November 14th, please remember the good work that LCC does and will continue to do with your added support.
Congratulations Andrew Johnson!
LCC is proud to welcome Andrew Johnson as the new Ward 12 City Council Member. For the past two years Andrew has served as the LCC Board President and has done an amazing job of leading the Board and organization towards greater growth and sustainability. Andrew will continue this work through the City of Minneapolis and champion the causes of residents in Ward 12 and City wide. Andrew will bring a fresh and progressive perspective to the City Council and he will be greatly missed at LCC!
Friday November 8
Seward Concert Band Performance at Roosevelt High School (4029 28th Ave S), 7:30pm. The suggested donation for adults is $6, seniors $5, and students $4.
Monday November 11
River Gorge Committee will be meeting at Hiawatha School Park (4305 42nd St E) 6:30-8pm. Contact JoAnna with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Neighborhood Development Committee WILL NOT be meeting in November or December.
Tuesday November 12
Longfellow Faith Forum will meet at Epworth Methodist Church (3297 37th Ave S), 12-1:30pm. A community meal will be served. RSVP to email@example.com.
Community Connections Committee will meet at the LCC office (2727 26th Ave S), 6:30-8pm. Contact JoAnna with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday November 13
Mother Earth Gardens annual I Left My Heart in Longfellow Customer Appreciation Party. Appetizers will be served, 5-9pm, at their Longfellow location (3738 42nd Ave S). RSVP Here.
Thursday November 14th
Lake Street Council wine and beer tasting and silent auction fundraiser. Join the Council’s supporters while enjoying Mexican food and locally produced beverages at their only fundraiser of the year. More information and tickets available here.
Buy your tickets to this Sunday’s Chili Cook Off and be entered to win!
*tickets are no longer available for pre-sale. Please join us at Zeke’s Unchained Animal–tickets will be available at the door!
Attendees who buy in advance save $2 per ticket! Come eat delicious chili, cornbread, and try out the suggested beer pairings from Summit Brewery at Zeke’s Unchained Animal! The cook off is from 5-7pm, and will include kids activities and neighborly camaraderie!
Thanks to Forage Modern Workshop we now also have a beautiful door prize! For every ticket you buy your name will be entered to win a Blue Backseat Blanket made by Pierrepont Hicks–a value of $198! If you buy your ticket early you will be entered twice!
Please join us on Sunday, November 3rd!
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The Best Meeting Ever
Thank you to everyone who came to The Best Meeting Ever! It was a blast and we are once again reassured that we are The Best Neighborhood Ever! Thank you especially to everyone who volunteered or donated to the event!
Chili Cook Off
The Longfellow Annual Chili Cook Off Fundraiser is Sunday November 3rd at Zeke’s Unchained Animal (3508 E Lake St) from 5-7pm! Tickets are on sale now, get them online here! If you would like to get your tickets in person, please visit the LCC office (2727 26th Ave S). If you want to compete with the reigning Chili Champ for Best Neighborhood Chili check out theentry rules and guidelines here!
LCC is seeking applicants for the Housing and Environment Coordinator. The job is full-time and comes with benefits. Please pass the information along to interested parties. The deadline is Friday, November 1, 2013.
Saturday October 26
Friends of the East Lake Library Book Sale! This sale runs on Saturday 10/26 from 10am-6pm and Sunday 10/27 from 12-3pm. $5 Bag Sales begin at 3pm on Saturday and all day Sunday. Adult hardcover books are $1.00; children’s books and adult paperbacks are $.50. The sale will be at the East Lake Library (2727 E Lake St).
Sunday October 27
The Birchwood Cafe Anniversary Party and Kickstarter Kickoff! Join the Birchwood Cafe (3311 E 25th St) staff and supporters as they turn 18 and celebrate from 5-9pm with food, drinks and treats. They will be launching a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund a location expansion project. More information here.
Tuesday October 29
Environment and Transportation Committee will be meeting at Hiawatha Park (4305 42nd St E) from 6:30-8pm. For more information contact Jessica (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday October 30
Rise Up Singing at Minnehaha Free Space (4737 Minnehaha Ave), 6:30-9:15pm. Bring a water bottle and snacks for yourself or to share. The RiseUp Singing songbook is used–loan copies are available. Instruments are welcome. For more information contact The Free Space Coordinators, Sarah and Phil (email@example.com).
Thursday October 31
Happy Halloween! Here are some events happening in the neighborhood on All Hallows Eve!
To get the weekly events round up in your inbox every Friday, email Jessica (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please join LCC and your neighbors for THE BEST MEETING EVER! The meeting will Tuesday October 22nd from 6pm-8pm at Minnehaha Academy (3100 W River Pkwy) with a Resource Fair to beforehand starting at 5:30pm!
Plan on attending and coming hungry, because we already have a lot of food from local businesses lined up to serve the community!
Once again we are donating food to the Minnehaha Food Shelf. For every non perishable food item you donate you will receive a raffle ticket! There is a limit of 10 tickets per person, but more food donations are welcome! Here is a glimpse at our raffle prizes!
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and donors!
Seward Co-Op Grocery & Deli
The Rail Station Bar & Grill
Midori’s Floating World Cafe
El Nuevo Rodeo
Dairy Queen on Lake St
Dairy Queen on Minnehaha Ave
The Tiny Diner Farm
Zeke’s Unchained Animal
Mother Earth Gardens
Riverstone Salon & Spa
T-shirts, tote bags, and stickers will be available for purchase!
Ward 12 City Council candidates will have the opportunity to discuss local issues at a candidate forum to be held tomorrow, Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 10-11 a.m. The forum will be held at the Midtown YWCA (2121 E. Lake Street).
Candidates participating in the forum will include Charlie Casserly (Independent), Ben Gisselman (DFL), Andrew Johnson (DFL) and Chris Lautenschlager (Green). While Johnson and Lautenschlager did participate in a forum this spring, this is the first opportunity residents will have to hear Casserly and Gisselman share their positions on local issues in a forum setting.
Audience members are invited to submit questions for the candidates during the forum.
The event will be moderated by Rebekah Peterson, editor of My Broadsheet, and Gerry Tyrrell.
The forum is sponsored by My Broadsheet, an online news site covering the Longfellow, Hiawatha, Seward, Howe and Cooper neighborhoods.
Starting January 1st, 2014, a community art project will begin that highlights the Longfellow neighborhood. There will be seven photographers each assigned a day of the week to photograph something different in the community that consists of the Howe, Hiawatha, Longfellow, and Cooper neighborhoods. Similar projects are being done in the Powderhorn neighborhood and Prospect Park‘s updated photos are being displayed at Overflow Espresso Cafe.
Upcoming Information Sessions:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 6-7pm
Peace Coffee Wonderland Park – Brew Lab
3262 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 12-1pm
East Lake Library – Conference Room
2727 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Guthrie at email@example.com with questions/comments.
All experiences welcome.
Saturday October 12
Lake Nokomis Community School (5625 23rd Ave S) is hosting a celebration of the Keewaydin Campus expansion. The event starts at 8:45am. There will be a 15 minute ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a pancake breakfast, a Walk-A-Thon and tours of the school. More information here.
Lady Slipper, a female vocal trio, will be performing contemporary latin and Japanese music with baroque classics in period costume at the East Lake Library (2727 E Lake St) from 10:30-11:30am. This is a free event. More information here.
An interactive performance featuring Latin American folk music will be at the East Lake Library (2727 E Lake St) 2-5pm to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. More information here.
Big River Yoga’s Grand Opening (336 E 25th St) will feature free yoga classes and food from the Birchwood Cafe all weekend long. Go to theirwebsite for a schedule of classes.
Sunday October 13
Art Jam at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave) 5-8pm. Bring art supplies and any project you’re working on to the Free Space and socialize while creating.
Monday October 14
Neighborhood Development Committee at LCC’s office (2727 26th Ave S) from 6:30-8pm. Contact Spencer with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
River Gorge Committee at Hiawatha School Park (E 42nd St & 44th Ave S) meets from 6:30-8pm. Contact JoAnna with any questions (email@example.com).
Tuesday October 15
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be hosting a public house to hear community ideas for solar energy demonstration projectsin the Minneapolis park system. Possibilities could include roof panels, fence-mounted panels, shade canopies or other techniques. The meeting will be from 5-7pm at the MPRB Administrative offices (2117 W River Road). More information here.
Wednesday October 16
The City of Minneapolis will be conducting a city wide air quality monitoring project for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are seeking volunteers to place an air sampler on their property from November 4-7. Anyone who is interested in hearing more about the program and volunteering to help should email Jenni Lansing (firstname.lastname@example.org). October 16 is the last day to express an interest in volunteering.
Thursday October 17
Alley Atlas Show opening event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts 7-9pm. This community art project is an ongoing effort to name alleyways throughout Minneapolis. Read more about the project and the opening eventhere.
Hennepin County Bike Plan public workshop, 6-8pm at the St Louis Park Rec Center(3700 Monterey Dr, St Louis Park). The first Hennepin County Bike Plan was produced in 1997 and provided a vision of a bike-friendly community and biking options. This plan needs an extensive revamp and community input. The meeting seeks comments and feedback on shaping the vision and priorities for biking in the county, preferences for bikeways, and barriers to biking. More information here.
The Best Meeting Ever
LCC’s Annual General Membership Meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6pm-8pm at Minnehaha Academy (3000 W River Pkwy). The meeting will cover a variety of topics that matter to the community, and it will also have our official launch of the new branding package! Plan on attending and coming hungry, because we have a lot of food from local businesses lined up to serve the community!Once again we are asking for food donations to the Minnehaha Food Shelf. For every non perishable food item you donate you will receive a raffle ticket! There is a limit of 10 tickets per person, but more food donations are welcome! Raffle prizes thus far include items from Harriet Brewing, The Fix Fitness Studio, Moon Palace Books and more!
Note! The entrance to the meeting will be to the North of the doors facing the parking lot. Signs will be posted.
The Best Resource Fair Ever
Before the Best Meeting Ever is the Best Resource Fair Ever! Come talk to representatives of local non profit organizations and businesses. If your organization is interested in having a table visit theLCC website or email Jessica (email@example.com). The Resource Fair runs from 5:30-6pm at the Minnehaha Academy (3100 W River Parkway).
LCC’s Annual Chili Cook Off
The event will be from 5-7pm on Sunday, November 3rd at Zeke’s Unchained Animal (3508 E Lake St). Tickets are available for purchase on our website now! With ticket purchase comes all the chili you can eat (until it runs out), corn bread, dessert, activities for kids, the chance to win a fabulous door prize and an opportunity to spend time with your friends and neighbors! Water will be provided, and more drinks will be available for purchase. Think you have the best chili in the neighborhood? Check out entry rules and guidelines here!
Our biggest event this month is the annual October neighborhood meeting–or the Best Meeting Ever! This meeting is one of our two general membership events in which all of Longfellow is invited to come meet their neighbors and help decide what the priorities of the neighborhood are. This meeting features a community meal donated by local restaurants.
We look forward to eating delicious food while discussing the best neighborhood in Minneapolis! We will also be officially launching the new branding package for the neighborhood, and will be selling merchandise with the new images.
Once again we are donating food to the Minnehaha Food Shelf. For every non perishable food item you donate you will receive a raffle ticket! There is a limit of 10 tickets per person, but more food is welcome!
The meeting will be from 6pm-8pm at Minnehaha Academy (3100 W River Parkway). The entrance to the meeting will be to the North of doors facing the parking lot. Signs will be posted.
If you are interested in being a part of the Best Resource Fair Ever, which is from 5:30-6pm, please visit the webpage to sign up.
We look forward to seeing you there. If you’re on Facebook please RSVP to the event!
The Friends group of the East Lake Library are holding the Fall Book Sale Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27. They are accepting book donations now at the East Lake Library (2727 E Lake St).
All book donations can be dropped off inside the Library during regular Library hours: see the red cart on the left, by the water fountain.
Donors who wish to have a donation statement for tax purposes can obtain one from Library staff at the Help desk.
Please – no textbooks or magazines.
Friday October 4
No Safety Net at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Ave S), 7:30pm, $10 admission. Patrick’s Cabaret’s core programming consists of Open Call Cabarets, each show generally consisting of six acts with a mix of experience levels and artistic disciplines. This show will feature storytelling, short film, spoken word, dance, photography, music and performance art. More information here. This event is on Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th.
Saturday October 5
Personal Permaculture with Transition Longfellow at the Riverview Cafe (42nd Ave & 38th), 10:30am-12pm. The topic of discussion will be Use and Value Diversity. Visit here for more information.
Monday October 7
Open Mic Night at the Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave). The potluck starts at 7pm and performances begin at 7:30pm. Music, poetry, spoken word, dance, book readings and more are welcome. Bring friends and food to share.
Tuesday October 8
Longfellow Faith Forum will be meeting at Faith Mennonite Church (2720 E 22nd St) from 12pm-1:30pm. A community meal will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Connections Committee meets at 6:30pm at the LCC Office (2727 26th Ave S). Email JoAnna for more information (email@example.com).
Minne-Harvest Party at the Tiny Diner Farm (3957 42nd Ave S). From 4-7pm there will be garden tours, snacks, music, games, and fresh produce to celebrate the harvest. Go here for more information.
The Best Meeting Ever!
Tuesday October 22nd