Important Issues facing Minneapolis Immigrant Communities

January Learning Lab: Immigration Affects Us All – Important Issues facing Minneapolis Immigrant Communities

When: Wednesday, January 27th, from 6:30pm to 8pm
Where: Mercado Central, 1515 E. Lake St Minneapolis, MN 55407

Featured Speakers:

  • Mariano Espinoza, Latino Community Specialist
  • Abdirashid Ahmed, East African Community Specialist
  • Michael Yang, SE Asian Community Specialist

Topic: Each speaker will lead a discussion with Neighborhood Leaders and City Staff about how they arrived in Minneapolis, what challenges communities are facing, and ways in which Neighborhood and City leaders can understand and engage immigrants.

Space is limited! To register for this Learning Lab, send an email to [email protected]

Farmer Tune-Up Classes with Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing


Insects: Saturday  February 6, 10am-3pm
Weeds: Saturday February 20 from 10am-3pm

Location: The Good Acre Classroom (1790 Larpenteur Ave. W., FalconHeights, MN 55113)

Cost: $85/Class
Click here to register.



Improve your growing skills through increased knowledge of insect and pest management. Learn proper Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies. This workshop will contain in-class lectures and hands-on activities. Beginning to Advance Farmers and Growers welcome.  Dr. Ribbing will be there to answer all your insect questions.


Improve our growing skills through increased knowledge of weed identification and management. Learn proper organic pesticide selection, safe application and handling. This workshop will contain in-class lectures with hands-on activities. Beginning to Advanced Farmers & Growers welcome. Dr. Ribbing will be there to answer all your weed questions.

Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, WEI Faculty and Consultant, is a former research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Extension Specialist with the University of Illinois; and Assistant Professor of Crop Science with the University of Wisconsin in River Falls where she taught courses such as Organic Production Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Weed Control and Integrated Pest Management.   Her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois is in Crop Sciences, specializing in Plant Pathology.  She has many years of previous research, extension, and teaching experience and has publications related to IPM for agronomic and horticultural crops, developing bioherbicides, and other plant and microbe interactions.


Free Computer Training at East Side Neighborhood Services

Do you or someone you know need some basic computer training? As usual, East Side Neighborhood Services (1700 Second Street NE) has a program for that, and it’s FREE. Class schedules are listed below but, to participate, you need to sign up in advance. Interested? Contact Ellen Stavreff at 612-787-4095 to RSVP.

FREE Computer Basics Training (English language)

February 1: 10:30-12:30, Basic computer
February 2: 10:30-12:30, Microsoft Word
February 3: 10:30-12:30, Internet
February 4: 11:30-1:30, Gmail
February 5: 9:30-10:30 Computer Practice/Review, 10:30-12:30 Northstar Certification Exam.

FREE Computer Basics Training (Spanish language)

February 22: 10:30-12:30, Basic computer
February 23: 10:30-12:30, Microsoft Word
February 24: 10:30-12:30, Internet
February 25: 11:30-1:30, Gmail
February 26: 9:30-10:30 Computer Practice/Review, 10:30-12:30 Northstar Certification Exam.

Again, please contact Ellen Stavreff at 612-787-4095 to RSVP.

Upcoming Programs at East Side Neighborhood Services

There are many important programs at East Side Neighborhood Services. Here are few you can add to your calendar:

FREE Financial Empowerment Sessions at East Side
Budgeting to Create Emergency Savings

January 14, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn how to use your current budget to build a realistic savings for life’s unexpected but sure-to-happen emergencies. Call Camri (612) 787-4068 to register.

Prepare and Prosper FREE Tax Preparation
Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings
January 23 – April 18 at East Side
Prepare and Prosper will provide free tax preparation to low-income individuals and families. There is no need to sign up – service is walk-in only. The order in which clients are served will be determined randomly. Everyone present at the sign-in time, which is 5:15 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 8:15 am on Saturday, has an equal chance to be served and to be seen first. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the sign-in time. Those arriving after the sign in time will be served if there is time.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
Mondays and Wednesdays January 25 to April 13
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at East Side
12 week class to reduce risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through coordinated movements in a slow, circular, flowing motion. $10 suggested donation pays for 24 classes. Contact Brenna Horn to register: 612-787-4055 or [email protected] Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance is sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging in the 7 county metro area.

FREE Tax Assistance for Seniors – February 1 to April 13
Monday afternoons and Wednesday evenings beginning February 1 through April 13
AARP will be providing free tax assistance to low-income senior and disabled individuals at East Side. Assistance is by appointment only and may be made in person or by calling the front desk. Volunteer tax preparers will be here Monday afternoons and Wednesday evenings beginning February 1 through April 13. Appointment times fill up fast, so if you know anyone that could benefit, encourage them to call early. (612) 781-6011

Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle
Saturday – February 6 – 9:30 AM
The biggest snowshoe race in Minnesota! Participants come from around the country to participate in this fun and challenging winter race. All proceeds benefit Camp Bovey, a summer youth program of East Side. For more information, visit

40th Annual Senior Appreciation Valentine Luncheon
Thursday, February 11, 2016 – 11:30 AM seating
Admission by ticket only – Cost $4.00
Community members 55+ welcome.
Tickets can be purchased at: the Senior Food Shelf (1801 Central Avenue NE) or at East Side Neighborhood Services (1700 Second Street NE). Call 612-781-6011 with questions.

FREE Financial Empowerment Sessions at East Side
Strategies for Paying off Debt
February 11, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn the shortcuts that lenders and debt collectors don’t want you to know and begin your journey to financial freedom! Call Camri (612) 787-4068 to register.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions – Six week workshop
February 16 to March 22 – Tuesdays – 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Contact Brenna Horn to register: (612) 787-4055 or [email protected]

MPRB celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: January 18, 2016
Time: 6:30–7:30 pm
Location: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
Address: 4055 Nicollet Ave. S
Cost: Free!

Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) for their annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18 from 6:30–7:30 pm at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center (4055 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis).

The celebration will be emceed by Chad Jackson, Senior Account Executive with the Minnesota Twins. Trent Tucker, District Director of Athletics – Minneapolis Public Schools and “Retired NBA Basketball Player,” will give a keynote presentation, and there will be a performance by Minnesota’s Own, Three-Time Grammy Award-Winning, “Sounds of Blackness.”

The MPRB will present its “Living the Dream” award to Frank White for his dedication and commitment to our community. The “Living the Dream” award honors an individual, business, or community group who has demonstrated dedication and distinguished service to the MPRB and the lives of Minneapolis residents.

Special presentations and guest speakers also include: Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Sandra Richardson from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council, and spoken word by S’sence Adams and Baby S’sence.

The celebration will also mark the conclusion of the seventh annual “Feeding the Dream” Food Drive. Residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at their local MPRB Recreation Center through January 18.

The community service project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and since then more than 10,000 pounds of donations have been collected. This year, all donations will go to The Aliveness Project and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Refreshments will be available following the program. For more information, please visit or call 612-230-6400.

Jacob Frey’s 2nd Annual State of the Ward and Recognition Awards

Join Council Member Jacob Frey for his 2nd Annual State of the Ward Address and Third aWards–annual awards presented to Third Ward residents in the categories of Leader, Local Business, Neighborhood Project/Initiative, and Youth Leader.

“The Third aWards are a chance to acknowledge our amazing residents and small business owners that help make the Third Ward a dynamic place,” said Council Member Jacob Frey.

Individuals interested in making a nomination should write a brief description of the accomplishments that deserve recognition. Please submit Third aWards nominations via email ([email protected]), fax (612-673-3940) or by mail to Council Member Jacob Frey, 350 South 5th Street, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415 by Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

The State of the Ward and Third aWards will take place Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Event Center, 212 2nd Street SE. Please R.S.V.P. early by calling 612-673-3126 or emailing [email protected]

Bottineau Neighborhood: NRP Money Decisions

Good news, Bottineau: Some unused NRP funds designated by the City for Bottineau Neighborhood have unexpectedly turned up and we, as a community, need to vote on how we are going to use that money. And you will have that opportunity at our first community meeting of the new year at East Side Neighborhood Services (1700 2nd St. NE) on Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.

At our December meeting, the BNA board discussed funding priorities in the Neighborhood and voted to recommend that we reassign this money—$46,340.85 from an old commercial loan program—to the current housing grant program that benefits Bottineau property owners and helps keep our neighborhood’s housing stock in good shape. If that sounds familiar it’s because you’ve read about it in the Gazette before—it’s the Bottineau Matching Grant program that provides up to $2000 for home improvement projects.

To reassign this money from an old NRP strategy to a current neighborhood priority, we need the community—a.k.a. you—to ratify the board’s recommendation.

But that’s not the only NRP money available to be reassigned: another $9000 in uncontracted funds from an NRP I bike path strategy has also turned up and the Board has voted to recommend using these funds to engage neighborhood residents in other meaningful ways. One thing the Board wants to do is again fund the family reading program we piloted in 2014. A popular and effective program, it worked with immigrant families to better prepare their children’s reading skills and, thus, their ability to succeed in school. Volunteers read books to children and every week each child was given a book to take home.

Other potential uses for these funds include translation services at meetings; youth arts programming via Juxtaposition Art, or via workshops organized in conjunction with resident artists at the California Building; and Movies in the Park—something we can all enjoy.

But, again, this is something for our community to vote on, and other ideas—for how to use this money to engage neighborhood residents—are certainly welcome. To propose an idea, though, you need to show up. In fact, the world is run by people who show up.

Join us and help make Bottineau beautiful.

Job Opportunity – Youth Stewards Facilitator at Hope Community

Position Available

hope_logoHope Community is seeking to hire a lead facilitator in their Youth Stewards program. The position will be direct work with youth engagement in food, environment and leadership opportunities.

Details about the position can be found by clicking here. The position is also listed on the MN Council for Non-Profit’s webpage:

Interested applicants can submit letter of interest, current resume and a sample 30 minute lesson with youth in the garden to:

Alisa Hoven, Program Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Deadline for interested applicants is December 31, 2015.
They will offer interviews mid-January 2016.
The position will start early February 2016.

Upcoming Events at Edison High School

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

Thursday, December 10 – 12, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Thomas Edison High School – 700 22nd Ave. NE. – Minneapolis, MN 55418

“Very family friendly—less than two hours with an intermission.  $8 for adults, $6 for students – tickets sold at the door.”

Edison’s Winter Choir Concert

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Thomas Edison High School – 700 22nd Ave. NE. – Minneapolis, MN 55418

“Join us for an evening of music performances by Men’s/Women’s Concert Choirs and Varsity Choir. This a a FREE concert and these performances will be enjoyed by all ages.”

Edison’s Winter Band Concert

Wednesday, January 13, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Thomas Edison High School – 700 22nd Ave. NE. – Minneapolis, MN 55418

“Join us an evening of music performed by Edison’s Concert Band, Rock Band and selected students from the guitar and piano classes. This is a FREE concert and these performances will be enjoyed by all ages.”

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California Dreamin’ – Win a Trip to California!

California Dreamin raffle ticket artwork

Win Two Tickets to Paradise!

Be a big winner at the California Dreamin’ art crawl on November 13 (5-10 PM) and November 14 (Noon to 8 PM). How? By winning a raffle for two round trip tickets to California.

Raffle tickets will be sold only at the event. Bottineau Neighborhood Association (BNA), the raffle’s sponsor, will also be selling beer and wine in the California Building lobby during the California Dreamin’ open studio event with proceeds benefiting Eastside Environmental Quality of Life (EEQL) and BNA. Beer & Wine sales are sponsored by Fulton Brewery, River Liquor Store and The Sample Room.

  • One prize of a $1000.00 gift certificate for Sun Country Airlines will be awarded to the winner
  • Drawing will be held on Saturday November 14, 2015 at 8:15 PM at 2205 California St NE Minneapolis MN 55418
  • You must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket or win prize