Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hawthorne Clean Sweep A Success!

On Saturday, May 19th, it was a bright and sunny day as over 20 volunteers from across the Hawthorne Area neighborhood cleaned up the sidewalks and boulevards of our neighborhood. Over 60 bags of garbage from the street were collected and 250 tires were disposed of. (Last year, we collected 450 tires.)

Everyone then gathered at Farview Park for a celebratory lunch and a chance to talk with friends and neighbors.

We appreciate all of your support and we look forward to next year!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

McKnight Gathering In North MPLS

On Thursday, May 17th, the McKnight Foundation gathered community service and neighborhood organizations from across North Minneapolis at the renovated North Regional Library in order to give them a much-needed opportunity to network themselves with both old friends and new friends who are helping to make North Minneapolis a better place to live.

The Hawthorne Area Community Council was represented by executive director Tait Danielson-Castillo, Bryan Thao Worra and Jeff Skrenes.

Nearly a hundred people were in attendance throughout the day, which was productive and informative, with many positive outcomes emerging from the day.

The participants from the Hawthorne Area Community Council thank the McKnight Foundation for organizing this inspiring event, and look forward to the upcoming reports!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Scenes from the May Hawthorne Huddle

Thanks to everyone who came to this month's Hawthorne Huddle at Farview Park in North Minneapolis!

We had a great turnout as over 100 of our residents met with our elected officials and community organizers about problems with predatory lenders and foreclosures in North Minneapolis and across Minnesota. In the coming months ahead, many of the recommendations and suggestions that have emerged from this meeting will be submitted to our elected officials and policy makers.

Our next Hawthorne Huddle will be on June 7th!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Hawthorne Clean Sweep: May 19th

This year we're cleaning up Hawthorne for our annual clean sweep on Saturday, May 19th!

It will be from 8:00 AM to Noon, starting from Farview Park, and we need volunteers!
You can RSVP at: 612-529-6033 or e-mail:

We need your help cleaning the boulevards of our neighborhood by picking up trash with our fellow neighbors and to show others that we care about our community and want to get the summer started out right!

We'll even provide breakfast and lunch, thanks to support from General Mills and the City of Minneapolis.

The schedule is:
8:00 Volunteer Sign-In at Farview Park (609 29th Avenue North)
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Clean Sweep
11:00 Lunch

Hawthorne Huddle: May 3 and Predatory Lending

Please join us at the Hawthorne Huddle on Thursday, May 3rd, to learn about two critical issues in our community: predatory lending and mortgage foreclosure. Minneapolis City Council-member Diane Hofstede and Hawthorne Area Community Council Executive Director, Tait Danielson-Castillo will frame this discussion, and our panelists will inform participants of initiatives taken to date and proposed solutions. We will take time for a break-out session, during which all of us will brainstorm ideas about how we can all implement solutions.

The Hawthorne Huddle will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Farview Park, located at 621 29th Avenue North. A continental breakfast will be available at 7:15 a.m.

We welcome your ideas and encourage you to join in this important discussion!

West Broadway Alive Meeting

The City of Minneapolis and West Broadway area community and business organizations invite you to participate in the next West Broadway Alive community meeting.

The meeting will be Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at 800 West Broadway Avenue at Aldrich and West Broadway (the former Furniture Liquidator and future YWCA).

The meeting format will be an open house with a presentation at 7:00.

The focus will be on strategies for revitalizing the West Broadway commercial core from Girard Ave N to I-94.

Join us any time during the open house to offer your comments on:

* A mock-up of a redesigned West Broadway streetscape
* Redevelopment scenarios on key sites
* Business development strategies
* Recommendations for location and design of public art

Other displays will include future land use and development intensity maps for the entire corridor as well as recommendations from North High students on how to improve safety using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.

800 West Broadway is accessible via Metro Transit route 14. Thank you to Cub Foods for providing parking in the northwest corner of the grocery store parking lot. Refreshments will be available. A Hmong interpreter and free child care will be provided.

The meeting site is wheelchair accessible. If you need other disability related accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in alternative format, please contact Krista Bergert at 612-673-5015.

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