Friday, July 27, 2007

Welcome 1101 Back To W. Broadway!

On Friday, August 3, 2007, the restored 1101 West Broadway building will be dedicated with a community celebration and you're invited!

Featuring entertainment by Gospel Soul Productions and the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, the speakers will include Mayor R.T. Rybak, City Council member Don Samuels, City County Federal Credit Union President Dean Nelson, and Emerge Executive Director Mike Wynne. Refreshments will be provided by the new Bean Scene Too, and there will be building tours.

The celebration takes place from 4:00 to 6:00 PM!

Hawthorne Huddle on August 2nd!

Friends of the Hawthorne Huddle, Please join us at the Hawthorne Huddle on Thursday, August 2, when we learn about local volunteer offices and the services they offer to the North Side community.

Minneapolis ranks as the nation’s number one community for volunteerism. Be a part of the conversation on the importance of volunteers and how your organization or community utilizes volunteers.

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 participate in this important discussion.

The agenda includes a welcome by Ellen Luger, the regular safety update from Lt. Mike Sauro, Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct, and a discussion on Volunteerism with:

-Dan Kelty, Chair, Wise Resource Volunteers of Minneapolis Public Schools

-Robyn Cousin, Head of Minneapolis Public Schools Volunteer Services Department

-Tonya Matthews, Assistant Principal, Nellie Stone Johnson School

-Bryan Thao Worra, Communications Director, Hawthorne Area Community Council

And a discussion of Volunteer Offices & Services of Huddle Attendees.

We hope to see you there!

New Hawthorne Newsletter Out!

The new Hawthorne Area Community Council Newsletter has been finished and should be coming in your mail this week! Let us know if you haven't received your copy by e-mailing us at

West Broadway Alive!

Thanks to everyone who came out on July 16th to the last community meeting of the West Broadway Alive! project at Shiloh Church! The Hawthorne Area Community Council brought the famous Mobile Block Party to the event and great hamburgers and hot dogs were served as well as important updates and assessments about the process to transform Broadway Avenue into a vibrant corridor of Minneapolis. Your participation counted!

Popsicle Social a hit!

On July 19th at Farview Park, the Hawthorne Area Community Council and the staff, volunteers and friends of Farview Park held a great community outing with the first annual Popsicle Social from 5:30 to 9:00 PM, including free food, popsicles, games and music, as well as a chance to tell our neighbors and city officials what you like about the Hawthorne neighborhood and what changes you'd like to see. Thank you all for making this an amazing success!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

July Hawthorne Huddle

The July Hawthorne Huddle was a success as the community recognized Patrick Henry High School Valedictorian Joua Lee and her parents. You can see her valedictorian address here. She and her family thanked the community for their support.

Bob Milner, John /Baumann, Cynthia Fernandez and Mary Etzioni spoke about National Night Out and it's importance that extends well beyond just one night in the community, particularly encouraging people to knock on the doors of neighbors you haven't met before to encourage them to participate.

Karen Kelley-Ariwoola, Yvonne Cheek, Carol Batsell Benner, Bryan Schafer and Sondra Samuels were on hand to discuss the Youth Violence Prevention Program, while Lt. Mike Sauro of the Minneapolis Police Deprtment 4th Precinct gave everyone a safety update.

The Page Education Foundation also announced that 600 MN students have been awarded Page Grants for the 07-08 academic year, including 104 from the 55411 zip code area who are graduating from North High School or Patrick Henry High School.

Free Northway Community Trust Neighborhood Leadership Training is still available, but spaces are filling up fast for this program on Monday Nights starting July 16th. For more info: or call 612-521-4158.

Jordan New Life's Night at the Apollo will be held at 1922 25th Avenue North on Friday July 27 @ 7PM. For more information call 612-522-8624. It is a retro-themed costume adult charity game night. $7 person, $10 couple.

Free movies for teens will be held every Friday at 7PM at the Capri Theater at 2027 W. Broadway. and free movies for kids and families every Saturday at 3 PM year round.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is still accepting applications for next year's 9th grade class at its new school at 2924 4th Avenue South in Minneapolis. has more information or call 612 276-0140.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Last W. Broadway Alive! Meeting: 7/17

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

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at Shiloh Temple church, 1201 West Broadway Avenue. The meeting format will be an open house with a presentation at 7:00. The focus of the presentation will be on how to implement the vision for West Broadway that’s been developed over the past year. But you will also be able to view and comment on materials that illustrate all of the major recommendations that are being proposed as part of the West Broadway Alive plan.

We’re grateful to North Minneapolis residents and business owners for their active engagement in this planning process. Because of this we are pleased to celebrate its conclusion with food and festivities that include:

Barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs, and other food and beverages
A film of West Broadway street interviews created by Juxtaposition Arts in collaboration with Asian Media Access
Other community-based music and dance
Thank you to Comcast, US Bank, American Iron, Cub Foods, the Bean Scene, the Cookie Cart, and Shiloh Temple for making this possible.

1201 West Broadway is accessible via Metro Transit route 14. 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. A Hmong interpreter and free child care will be provided.

Visit for more information.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Popsicle Social: July 19th!

July 19th , starting at 5:30 PM, the Hawthorne Area Community Council and friends are hosting the free Popsicle Social for the community at Farview Park. Families and community members are welcome to attend! There will be entertainment and opportunities to meet with your neighbors, and of course, popsicles! Please join us if you can!

Hawthorne Huddle to Recognize Joua Lee, July 12th

On July 12th at Farview Park at 7:30, the Hawthorne Area Community Council and the General Mills Foundation will make a special presentation in recognition of the Patrick Henry High School Class of 2007 Valedictorian, Joua Lee, who is a resident of the Hawthorne Area Neighborhood, and her parents Tou Pao Lee and Ka Xiong Lee.

The Hawthorne Huddle will also hear a safety update from Lt. Mike Sauro, Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct, and we will then discuss:

National Night Out with Bob Milner, Media Relations/Community Outreach for Crime Prevention SAFE (CCP/SAFE), John Baumann, Manager, CCP/SAFE, Mary Etzioni, Crime Prevention Specialist, Minneapolis Police Department

We will also discuss Youth Violence Prevention, with Mayor R. T. Rybak, Karen Kelley-Ariwoola and Ellen Luger, Steering Committee Co-Chairs.

It is an excellent and exciting opportunity for neighbors and community members to connect and celebrate the diverse events happening in the Hawthorne area neighborhood and Minneapolis. There will be breakfast provided.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Just a reminder that you can close your street for free on National Night Out, Tuesday, August 7. Just apply by Tuesday, July 24. Go to to register your NNO event and apply for street closure. You can also call 311 (612-673-3000).

Whether you want to close your street or not, there are plenty of reasons to have an NNO event on your block this year:

· Free child ID kits (up to 10)
· Free ride tickets for The Park at MOA (up to 25)
· Vouchers for very low cost Minnesota Twins tickets (20 tickets)
· Free reminder door hangers (as many as you need)
· Free name tags (as many as you need)
· Free coloring sheets (as many as you need)
· Entry into a drawing for additional free door prizes (if you register by July 24)
· If your block is new to NNO, a free start-up kit with party basics (first come, first serve)

By bringing your neighbors together on NNO, you can help create a friendlier, safer place to live!

For more information, go to or call John Baumann 612-673-3447.

HACC Announces Interim Executive Director

The Hawthorne Area Community Council has recently announced the temporary appointment of Bryan Thao Worra to the position of Interim Executive Director until the appointment of a permanent executive director for the organization. You may address e-mail communications to and continue to call at (612) 529-6033.

Bryan Thao Worra is succeeding Tait Danielson Castillo, who served the Hawthorne Area Community Council for 18 months as its executive director. The Hawthorne Area Community Council extends its best wishes and thanks to Tait Danielson Castillo, who will be joining the District 7 Planning Council in Saint Paul as its new executive director in August.

Bryan Thao Worra previously served the Hawthorne Area Community Council as its communications director and will continue to fulfill these functions as well, and will resume his post as communications director following the arrival of the new executive director.

HACC Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, July 12th

There will be a meeting of the Hawthorne Area Community Council Board of Directors on Thursday, July 12th at Farview Park from 7pm to 9pm. It is open to the public.

Crime and Safety Committee Meeting Monday, July 9th

There will be a meeting of the Crime and Safety Committee Meeting on Monday, July 9th at Farview Park for the Hawthorne neighborhood. Members of the community are welcome to attend. The meeting lasts from 7PM to 9PM.