Monday, April 28, 2008

Hawthorne Clean Sweep Coming!

May 10th, 2008
8:30 AM to Noon

We need volunteers for our annual Clean Sweep across the Hawthorne neighborhood to clean up the sidewalks and boulevards of our neighborhood!

Help us make our neighborhood beautiful and help the environment and make our streets sanitary for our kids and community.

Last year, we collected over 60 bags of garbage from the street and 250 tires were disposed of. In the past we’ve cleaned up as many as 450 tires in the neighborhood.

We always appreciate all of your support and we look forward to your help if you can join us!

Keeping homes and neighborhoods in good condition makes it easier to create economic and
social stability.

Free breakfast and lunch provided at Farview Park for volunteers like you!

Please meet us at Sat. May 10th at 8:30 AM at Farview Park and we will provide everything you need to help!

Great exercise, fresh air and a chance to make wonderful new friends in Hawthorne!

For more details:
Call: 612 529-6033
Or e-mail:

The Great Hawthorne CanDo Bookaway!

Join us in Farview Park on Saturday, May 31st for the very
first Hawthorne CanDo BookAway from 10AM to 3PM!

We’ll be giving away free books to everyone who comes to Farview Park, from mystery and science fiction novels to children’s books, cookbooks and more! Bring your friends and family and
help us celebrate reading and literacy in our neighborhood! It’s fun for all ages!

The Hawthorne CanDo BookAway is also collecting tin and aluminum cans to recycle them and help preserve our environment and keep the Hawthorne Neighborhood a beautiful place to live.

If you have canned goods you’d like to donate to the local food shelves we can also take those too!

The Hawthorne CanDo BookAway is a great way for you to meet the excited staff, volunteers and board members of the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council who work to improve the quality
of life in our neighborhood by working with you to identify our community needs and opportunities to improve the physical, cultural, social and economic needs of our community.

If you have a great idea to improve our neighborhood, contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Paint-A-Thon for Seniors!

It’s that time of the year again for the Metro Paint-A-Thon. Applicants must be seniors (age 60 or older) or individuals with a permanent physical disability, own a single family home and meet low-income guidelines. Paint-A-Thon provides this service free of charge.

If you, or someone you know who is interested in applying for this program, please contact Deidre Pope, Director, Metro Paint-A-Thon at 612-721-8687, ext. 321 or e-mail him at:

The Metro Paint-A-Thon is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the St. Paul Area Council of Churches

Hawthorne Huddle This Week!

Please join us at the Hawthorne Huddle on Thursday, May 1st, when representatives of the local media will share their ideas on how to build relationships that will support more positive press for North Minneapolis. We will discuss developing news releases that provide “newsworthy” information, and teaching youth effective ways to tell their stories through the written word,
videos, and photography. We will learn how to leverage the various forms of news media and how nonprofits can encourage the media’s interest in their work.

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 hope you can attend and participate in the discussion.


WELCOME Ellen Luger
Safety update Representative, Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct


– Steven Brandt – Star Tribune
– Jay Bryson – One Nation Press
– Jeremy Eggers -- Twin Cities Daily Planet
Tracey Williams – Spokesman Recorder
– Al McFarlane – Insight News
– Allan Malkis -- Northside Marketing Task Force
– Donald W. R. Allen II – Twin Cities Business

Q&A -- Hawthorne Huddle Attendees

Monday, April 07, 2008

April 10th: Hawthorne Board of Directors Meeting

Open to the public!

Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Arpil 10th, 2008
7:00–8:45 p.m.
Farview Park – 29th and Lyndale

7:00–7:05 Roll Call
7:05–7:10 Approval of Agenda
7:10–7:15 Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Approval of Financial Report

7:15-7:25 Staff Reports (10 Minutes)
7:25-7:30 Motions From Committees
7:30-9:00 Old Business/Updates
A. 2008 Budget Update
B. Update on ED process
C. Organizational/Strategic Planning proposals
– Review, Update and Discussion
•Organizational/Strategic Planning document
•St. Thomas Community leadership Institute –
Fall board training
•Current options
New Business
NCRC Conference Update
2944 Emerson Office Purchase

April 14th: Crime Prevention & Family Safety Committee

Crime Prevention & Family Safety Committee
April 14th, 2008
7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Farview Park

Come join us for the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council Crime Prevention & Family Safety Committee and discuss key issues affecting our neighborhood.


7:00 – 7:05 Introductions

7:05 – 7:10 Meeting Agenda Approval

7:10 – 7:15 Approval of March Minutes

7:15 – 7:45 Crime Update

7:45 – 8:30 Clean Sweep: Litter Pickup.
Wafanna’s Update

8:30 – 8:40 Other Business

8:40 - 8:45 Agenda for May


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Help the Hawthorne Neighborhood during the Home Tours April 26-27!

The Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is April 26-27, ’08! Several homes and buildings in the Hawthorne Neighborhood will be giving tours with volunteers discussing how to renovate and preserve your homes. (

Please help our neighbors show their homes in the best light during the tour by cleaning your lawns and boulevard and clearing your windows of obstructions, if possible.

Thank you!

Watch where you park: street sweepers are coming to a block near you!

With the winter snow piles retreating, it's time for the City to clean up all the dirt and grime the melting snow and ice left behind on Minneapolis streets. Crews are set to begin the comprehensive spring street sweep in mid-April.

Over the course of five weeks, Minneapolis Public Works will send sweepers down all 1,100 miles of city streets. Weather permitting, the spring street sweeping will begin on Tuesday, April 15.

To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary "No Parking" signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Residents need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed.

"No Parking" signs – As the sweep gets underway, City crews will post "No Parking" signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The "No Parking" signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with "No Parking" signs will be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Phone calls to residents – In addition to the "No Parking" signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.

Interactive Web tool – Starting a few days before the sweep begins, folks will be able to use a tool on the City's Web site to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods.

By going to, residents can find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the city to find out which of the five days of the work week that the sweeping will occur.

Minneapolis is known for its sparking lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way.

That's why protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City's top priorities.

Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April 9th: The Northwest Hennepin County Job Fair!

On Wednesday, April 9, 2008, over 50 metro area employers will be participating in The Northwest Hennepin County Job Fair.

Each employer will have a booth where you can talk to a company representative about current job openings, and pick up information on their company.

Some companies will have you complete applications or interview for a position right at the job fair!

Workshops include:
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For more information call:
Hennepin County Human Services Department (612) 348-8953


This event is jointly sponsored by Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Department, the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, the Star Tribune and The Employment News in cooperation with the following Employment Service Providers:

American Indian OIC
Center for Asian & Pacific Islanders

East Side Neighborhood Service, Inc.
Employment Action Centers-Division of Resource, Inc.
Goodwill Easter Seals

Hennepin County W.E.R.C.

Hmong American Partnership
Jewish Vocational Service
Lifetrack Resources

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Minnesota Workforce Centers-Hennepin County

Minneapolis Urban League
Pillsbury United Communities
Project for Pride In Living
Connections to Work
St.Stephen’s Human Services

This event will also feature several Community Resource Agency exhibitors. Each resource agency booth will provide valuable information about their programs and services.

Staff will be available to answer your questions about child care, crisis counseling, employment and training, family resources, financial counseling, health care, housing, transportation and much more!

You can reach Hennepin Tech by using Metro Transit bus route 721 from Brookdale. Use route 5 from downtown to Brookdale.

The Northwest Hennepin County Job Fair
Wednesday April 9, 2008 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hennepin Technical College North Campus
9000 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Create a good impression!
Wear appropriate business attire!
Bring your resume!

Companies will be hiring for careers in Accounting, Clerical, Construction, Customer Service, Health Care, Management, Manufacturing, Retail, Sales, Security and many more.

Hawthorne Huddle This Thursday!

Please join us at the Hawthorne Huddle on Thursday, April 3rd, when we will hear from a number of North Side arts leaders about the impact of their work on the community in terms of economic development, housing and academic achievement. We hope participants will leave enlightened on the possibilities of what The Arts are on the North Side and new ways to support these efforts.

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 hope you can attend and participate in the discussion!


WELCOME by Ellen Luger
Safety update by Inspector Mike Martin, Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct


– Connie Beckers, Executive Director, Northside Arts Collective
– Janet Zahn, Director/Owner, Camden Music School
– Karl Reichert, Director of Capri Redevelopment, Plymouth Christian Youth Center
– Duane Atter, Jr., Managing Director, The Warren: an Artist Habitat (also representing the Workhouse Theatre)
– Kerry Casserly, Artistic Director, Lundstrum School of Performing Arts
– Deanna Cummings, Executive Director, Juxtaposition Arts
– Dudley Voigt, Arts Coordinator, PEACE Foundation

Next Meeting: May 1, 2008!