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Northeast News

• Local Officials Host Area Town Hall Meeting

Representative Diane Loeffler and newly-elected Senator Kari Dziedzic are planning a series of joint town meetings to hear constituents’ views and ideas.  The first sessions will be Saturday, February and Saturday, February at a variety of Northeast location yet to be determined.    Watch the Windom Park beat in the TC Daily Planet or neighborhood email networks for the details.

Or you may contact Representative Loeffler’s office.  Her legislatiave assistant, Charlotte Antin, can be contact by email (charlotte.antin@house.mn) or phone 651 296 5360.

And start keeping track of your complaints, questions and ideas – not necessariiy in that order!

• MAGIC at the State Capitol

During the interim Representative Diane Loeffler co-chaired the Bipartisan Redesign Caucus.  The Caucus just released a report on findings gleaned from meetings held throughout the state to engage school, city and county officials to identify ways in which the state could foster innovation at the local level.  The report has the support of the Minnesota School Boards Association, the League of Minnesota Cities and the Association of County Commissioners, an unlikely harmonic convergence of advocacy groups that are not always inclined to collaborate.

In her recent report to constituents Loeffler points to a Star Tribune article describing the work of the Bipartisan Redesign Caucus.   Referring to the Bipartisan Redesign Caucus the Strib reporter notes that “the group is pushing a piece of legislation with the catchiest acronym of 2012 — the MAGIC act – short for the Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and Collaboration Act. Approved by the Senate last year, the bill would allow counties to sidestep regulations and legislative restrictions and come up with their own solutions to problems in a limited number of test cases.”

Watch the MAGIC happen when and if a divided Legislature takes time to listen to the bipartisan ideas for concrete steps that just might create a system that spurs collaboration and promotes inter-agency collaboration.

 

• Ashmores Tell Tales of Northeast History February 11

Kerry and Margo Ashmore, publishers of the Northeaster and North News, will team up to share the stories and history of Northeast with friends and neighbors, old-timers and recent arrivals to this promised land.  They’ll be walking through the history of the legendary Northeast community on Saturday, February 11, 1-2 p.m. at the Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue Northeast.

The talk is free and open to the public.  If you haven’t visited the library recently take time to explore what’s new – consider a good read about the city, the immigrants to Northeast or something appropriate to African American History Month to be celebrated all during the unusually long month of February.  You’ve got an extra day, use those 24 hours to spend time with a good book.

• Elementary Students to be Feted at Edison

Another fun evening at the Edison Community Gym, 700 22nd Avenue Northeast.  It’s the 4th Annual Elementary School Night, Thursday, February 9. Elementary schoolers (maybe especially Tommies) are welcome to a great basketball game matching the Edison girls against the team from St. Paul Academy and Summit.

Half time treats include the STEP team, dance team and cheerleaders along with the 2011 robot, musical performances and more.

There will be pre-game musical performances beginning at 6:30 with the game starting at 7:00 p.m.  Elementary school students in free – regular admission $6 for adults, $4 for students and free for kids under 7.  Raffle prizes throughout the evening.

The Latest from the Greatest (Neighborhood, that is…)

Soup with the Supe

Minneapolis School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson will be in Northeast on Thursday, December 8, for another of her Soup with the Supe conversations with families and residents of the neighborhood.  The event includes food, student entertainment and free child care for children age 3 and up.  It’s 6-8 p.m. at Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes Street NE.  Spanish, Hmong and Somali interpreters will be available.  Free and open to the public.

 

Northeast Seniors on the Move

Northeast Senior Services, for the past three years in residence at Northeast United Methodist Church, has moved to Autumn Woods, 2580 Kenzie Terrace.  They are in the senior building, Suite 2A.  The phone number and email remain the same 612 781 5096 or mail@neseniors.org.

Kay Anderson, Executive Director, hints that an open house for members andneighbors may be forthcoming – details to follow.

Change Comes to President’s Bike Boulevard

What’s happening in Northeast – would you believe proposed road construction!  The current challenge comes from a proposed median at Polk Street and Lowry Avenue.  The proposal and the anticipated President’s Bike Boulevard will be discussed at a special meeting on Thursday, December 15, 6-7 p.m. at Audubon Park Recreation Center, 1320 39th Avenue NE.

The rationale in support of the change includes slowed traffic on Lowry as well as a safe stopping space for bicycles and pedestrians crossing Lowry at Polk.  Negative impacts would include reduced parking on Lowry and no left turn from Lowry onto Polk/Polk to Lowry.  Motorists would also not be able to travel North-South on Polk at Lowry.

A decision by the City Council on the road changes and the impact on the President’s Bike Boulevard will be made in January.

PACIM Wigilia Dinner

A fundraiser for needy Polish orphanages, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve meal will be held at the Gasthof Restaurant, 2300 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis from 6:00 until 8:00 PM on Sunday, December 11. This community celebration features breaking of opłatek, traditional foods and singing of koledy. Same wonderful menu as last year. Tickets are $35. They can be purchased by mail by sending your check made out to PACIM to Paul Rog, 1213 Monroe Street NE, Minneapolis 55413. Be sure to include the names of the people attending and any special seating requirements you may have. For more information, contact Paul at 612-789-5972.

 

 

 

 

 

Dolly in Northeast — It’s So Nice to Have You Back Where You Belong!

Morris Park Players are celebrating their 100th production with one of America’s perennial favorites, Hello, Dolly! Beginning Friday, October 28, Dolly will strut her stuff on stage at the Edison High School Auditorium, 700 22nd Avenue Northeast. Performances continue through mid-November with 7:30 performances continuing on November 4,5,10,11 and 12 and 2:00 matinee performances on October 29 and November 6.

Though Morris Park Players have a long history in Minneapolis their move to Northeast is more recent. The troupe began as the Morris Park Father Singers in spring 1952. Over the years, the group transformed and expanded its repertoire, first changing in 1968 to the Morris Park Singers, and again in 1981 to its present name, Morris Park Players.

For many years Morris Park Players performed at Folwell Middle School in South Minneapolis. Over the past 55 years they have mounted some 100 productions, a fact they are celebrating with the ever ebullient Dolly!
The intent of the Morris Park Players is to provide quality musical theatre to the community as well as many opportunities for individuals to contribute and develop their talents. The move to Edison continues their partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools and establishes their position “ in the midst of the vibrant arts community in ‘Nordeast’.
Tickets for Dolly are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Groups of ten or more should call 612 724 8373. Tickets may be purchased online at morrisparkplayers.org – or find the Players on Facebook or Twitter. There’s a special Alumni Night and celebration of the 100th production on Friday evening, November 11 – details online.

How to Become a Tommie – November 15 at Edison

Once again Thomas Edison High School is throwing open its doors to the community.  “How to Become a Tommie” is the theme of the open house, designed for prospective students.  The open house is set for November 15, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Edison, 700 22nd Avenue NE.

 

Potential students are invited to meet staff, students, families and community members, to learn about the curriculum, community partnerships and scholarships.  There will be musical performances by Edison students, arts theatre performance by the Morris Park Players and a chance to meet Superintendent of Schools Bernadeia Johnson.

Those who can’t make the November 15 open house may check out the school at the Northeast showcase, representing all eastside Minneapolis Public Schools, Pre K-8, on Saturday, November 12, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

For more information contact Pamela Vertina 612 668 1310.

Northeast Schools Plan an All-School Welcome Back to School 2011

School supplies and trendy new togs are flying off the shelves.  School calendars are flooding the shelves of every office supply store.  Everybody is talking State Fair.  And, yes, the days are getting shorter – if hotter.

It must be Back to School season.

Northeast schools have truly got their act together this year.  For the first time in history the Northeast schools will kick off the new school year together by inviting families to a community BBQ.  It’s at Thomas Edison High School, 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.  Edison High School will host an open house from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The announcement for the collaborative event puts it on the line:  “As always, the ‘Northeast Community Celebrity Grill Meisters’ will push the grill to the limits.  We have learned there is heavy competition for the honor of preparing the cole slaw this year.  The inside scoop is that a citrus flavored cole slaw is the front runner.”  Collaboration and competition, all in the same inclusive gathering!

Thoughtful planners are aware that too many welcoming events create a burden for busy families with young learners dispersed through different schools.  Though planning a joint welcome takes time and energy, the single event makes life easier for families – and provides a chance for families from different schools in the neighborhood to meet, greet, and eat some of the fine food.

Thomas Edison High School is at 700 22nd Avenue NE, just West of Central.

Families should watch announcements from their child’s school for more details.

History, the Stevens House and Kid Power Featured at July 17 Environmental Fair

“Gerda Pulls Harder then the Horses” is the intriguing title of a story to be told by Larry Johnson as one of many features of the Environmental Fair at the July 17 celebration of Colonel John and Helen Stevens, pioneer environmentalists who helped to shape the profile of Minneapolis.  The house that the Stevens built in the  mid-19th Century still lives – just not where it was built.

John and Helen Stevens were early settlers along the downtown side of the Mississippi where they built the first house West of the river in 1849.  In their spare time the Stevens helped to organize the city itself, the first Minneapolis school and the first association to help growing and agriculture in Minnesota.  They earned the land on which that first home was built by offering a free ferry from the West bank (now downtown) to St. Anthony Village (now St. Anthony Main.)

In the late 1800’s historic preservation called for the Stevens House to be moved to Minnehaha Park, a block south of the Falls, where it proudly stands to this day.  Over the years its served the community in a mix of ways including years as a public library, now the John H. Stevens is designated as an historic site open to the public for tours.

So how does one move a house in 1896?  That’s where Gerda comes in!  On May 28, 1896, 7000 Minneapolis school children actually pulled the house from the West Bank downtown to Minnehaha Falls.  That’s the story Larry Johnson will tell at the Stevens House at 1:30 on Sunday, July 17.   During the storytelling session children will enjoy a chance to calculate their own horsepower and to play with old time toys that do not leak mercury into the environment.

Storytelling is just part of the Environmental Fair at the Stevens’ House from Noon to 4:00 p.m.  At 2:30 Jerry Foley will talk about natural plant medicines and the Stevens’ role in promoting early growing in the state.  Throughout the afternoon the yard of the Stevens House will be dotted with tables for current environmental groups including Gardening Matters, Transit for Livable Communities, the Bioneers and others.

The Environmental Fair is free;  tours of the Stevens’ House are $3 for adults or $1 for children.  The John H. Stevens House is at 4901 Minnehaha, right in Minnehaha Park.

 

 

Prospective Edison Students and Families Meet with Principal Steinbach

 

Eighth graders choosing among their high school options can be assured of one thing – the red carpet is rolled for them at Thomas Edison High School.  If students and their families want to learn more, they are invited to join Principal Carla Steinbach for coffee, lunch and/or dinner.  These social gatherings offer a chance for entering freshmen and their families to get to know each other and to ask questions about Edison.

 

There are four opportunities to meet Dr. Steinbach.  Students and families are invited to attend as many as they would like.  The plans are these:

 

Thursday, June 16 – Dinner at Sen Yai Sen Lek from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00.

Wednesday, June 22 – Coffee at Eastside Food Co-op 8:30 a.m. – 10:00.

Lunch at Holy Land 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 23 – State of the School – District meeting with Principal Steinbach

Dinner will be provided at Firefighters Hall & Museum – 6:30 p.m.

This gathering is open to the public

Space for these events is limited.  Please RSVP by calling Julie at 612 290 3023 or email her at Julie.mcleod@mpls.k12.mn.us