Monday, June 30, 2008

Photoessay: Hawthorne Businesses

Here's a glimpse at many of the businesses located in the Hawthorne neighborhood!

Hawthorne at the Pride Festival '08

The Hawthorne Neighborhood Council staff and board were volunteers with Community Shares during the Twin Cities Pride Festival at Loring Park in Minneapolis on the weekend of June 28-29th to help celebrate diversity and community.

It was also an excellent opportunity for us to connect with members from other non-profit organizations including the Wedge, Tenants' Union, Youthforce, NAMI and the Alley newspaper. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Northside Poverty Advocacy Training

Do you want to make a difference?

Have you wanted to tell politicians what you really think?

Learn to be your own best advocate!!!

Northway Community Trust & The Pubic Policy Project
The Northside Poverty Advocacy Training

If you are a low-income person living in North Minneapolis (Between Xerxes and the Mississippi River and Highway 394 and 53rd Street North) you should participate in this 8-month poverty advocacy training to learn how to –

• Effectively address policy decisions around poverty that impact north

• Proactively organize around legislative issues

• Build working relationships with other low-income residents from around
the state who are working to end poverty in Minnesota.

Training will be held twice a month, each month,
beginning Thursday, July 17th and end with a
"Day-on-the-Hill" event at the Capitol in February.

ACT NOW!!!!!

For more information: or contact Loren
Niemi @ 651-271-6349 or James Trice @ 612-722-1677

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

26th Avenue Greenway/Bikeway survey

Please take some time to complete the 26th Avenue Greenway/Bikeway survey the Metropolitan Design Center put together.

Also, please forward the link to your email lists or to others who may be interested.
This survey will help us improve 26th Avenue and help create a better neighborhood for our community.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hawthorne Business Committee Meeting this Week!

Help us make a difference!

Join Us At The Hawthorne Business Committee:
Friday, June 27th at 8:30 AM
US Bank, 1030 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Hawthorne has many unique advantages and opportunities for business owners. This committee is chance to network with other businesses about exciting news and opportunities that can help you grow and succeed in our neighborhood.

It’s free and refreshments are served! We’ll be done by 9:30 AM.


NorthWay Community Trust will honor 40 community members who are working together to improve North Minneapolis at a special event on Monday, June 23. These individuals will be recognized for their commitment and participation in the Public Policy Neighborhood Leadership Training Program at BabalĂș Latin Caribbean Restaurant, 800 Washington Ave. No, Minneapolis. A program takes place from 5:45-8:00pm

Since June 2006, the Public Policy Neighborhood Leadership Training Program has prepared Northside community members to make their voices and views heard through direct participation in advocacy, organizing and community policy.

The curriculum, developed for NorthWay by The Public Policy Project, includes classroom training, presentations by elected officials and community leaders, and hands-on organizing experience. The next 8-month training session begins July 17, 2008

NorthWay Community Trust invests in collaborations and advocates for systemic change to reduce poverty and increase wealth in North Minneapolis. For more information, please contact Loreda Berry at or 612-521-4500.

Green Carpet Film Festival Call For Entries

The city-wide competition is sponsored by Linden Hills Power & Light, funded by the City of Minneapolis and promotes energy conservation and renewable energy.

Green Carpet Film Festival

Forget the Red Carpet! Linden Hills Power & Light (LHP&L) invites residents to create a digital video 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length for a GREEN carpet event. There are three prizes of $300, three prizes of $150 and a grand prize of $500.

Videos should promote one of the following themes:
1. The MN Energy Challenge (get information at;

2. Organics Recycling -benefits or "how to" (research on the web or get information at;

or 3. Waste reduction/ Conservation or Anaerobic Digestion (you can research on the web, or find information at

Entries are due September 15th, with a screening date of mid September. It's a great summer project for kids and families!

Some Ideas for your Green Themed Digital Video Include:

An ad for the MN Energy Challenge –imagine you're trying to get as many people as possible excited about signing up.

The benefits of recycling organics material

How easy it is to recycle organic material

What's compostable and what's not.

What is anaerobic digestion?

How can people reduce waste?

Music video featuring your own original music
Entry forms, rules and full details can be found at

Tuesday, June 17, 2008



The Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing is offering in-depth training for neighborhood volunteers.

The training gives participants the opportunity to get individual direct hands-on help for specific neighborhood projects. Do you need to get more people involved in your organization? Raise funds for a project? Clean up a problem property or close down a drug house? Organize a well-run and energized neighborhood meeting? Do outreach to immigrants in your community?

You can get help for your project at this training.

This in-depth training is designed to help volunteers learn organizing fundamentals and apply them effectively to their community groups. The training combines comprehensive coverage of organizing basics, trainings individually tailored to the individual needs of each volunteer and group, long-term follow-through, and group support from fellow neighborhood volunteers.

The training will take place once a week on Wednesdays for two hours for five weeks.

The first topic will be RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS.

Other topics will be chosen by the participants and can include such areas as:
*Leadership development
*Issues identification
*Grassroots and foundation fundraising
*Organizing and involvingnizing under-represented groups
*Running effective meetings
*Media and communication

These trainings will be given primarily through questions, problems-solving, and direct experience. The first meeting will be on:

Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 P.M.
Northeast YMCA2304 Jackson St. NE

The Northeast YMCA is at the northwest corner of Jackson St and 23rd Ave. NE

Directions. Take I-94 westbound. Exit at Broadway. Turn left at Washington, then right at Broadway. Turn left at Central Ave. NE turn left at 23rd Ave. NE. Go west one block.

If you are interested in participating, or have questions, call Jay Clark at 625-2513.


330 Humphrey Center, 301 19th Ave. S.,
Minneapolis, Mn., 55455
Phone: 612-625-2513 Fax: 612-626-0273

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Board Of Directors Meeting: Thursday, June 12th

Open to the public!

Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
7:00–8:45 p.m.
Farview Park – 29th and Lyndale

Tentative Agenda
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 Pending Audit

7:15-7:25 Staff Reports (10 Minutes)
7:25-7:30 Motions From Committees
7:30-9:00 Old Business/Updates
9:00 Adjourn

Crime & Safety Committee Meeting June 9th

Crime Prevention & Family Safety Committee
Monday, June 9th, 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.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Volunteers needed for live Chess game!

On Saturday, July 26th, a very special chess tournament will be held in Hawthorne using real human chess pieces representing the different walks of life in our community and we need you! :)

We're looking for residents and representatives of community organizations and businesses who would be willing to volunteer for this exciting project!

For more details, contact Mindy Isaacs at

June 4th: Housing Committee Meeting

This month's Housing Committee Meeting will convene June 4th at Farview Park at 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM on the corner of 29th and Lyndale Avenue N. For further questions and notes on the agenda, contact Jeff Skrenes at (612) 529-6033 x 204 or e-mail

NorthForce Newsletter now available.

The NorthForce newsletter, the City of Minneapolis’s bimonthly newsletter about the collaborative efforts underway to improve livability on the Northside is now available.

The most recent newsletter can be found at

Hawthorne CanDo BookAway a success!

The first Hawthorne CanDo BookAway was a great success at Farview Park on May 31st as residents and neighbors gathered together to celebrate literacy and community and to take home free books donated by their fellow neighbors, residents and local businesses and non-profits.

They also had a chance to meet many of the members of the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council, including Peter Teachout, Jim Wentzell, JoAnne Kelty, and Dee Phillipps and Communications Director Bryan Thao Worra. A special thanks goes to Paul Jaeger and the staff of Farview Park for their support!

Pictures will be up soon!