North Minneapolis neighborhood beat…

The Cleveland Neighborhood Association will hold a neighborhood board meeting 7-8pm January 23rd at Lucy Craft Laney 3330 Penn Ave. N. due to the Martin Luther King Holiday originally scheduled for January 16. For more information: Debbie Nelson, 612-588-1155 or

GED Classes
Sumner Library, located at 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. is now accepting enrollment for GED classes. A ten-dollar registration fee is required for material expense. All classes however are free. The classes are held mornings from 10:00am-noon and evenings from 6:30-8:30pm Monday through Thursday. For more information: 612-377-5399.
Capri Theater: “Speak Low When You Speak Love”
The Capri Theater presents their “Legends” series featuring four outstanding Twin Cities performers: Sanford Moore, Dennis Spears, Julius Collins and Dennis Oglesby. The concerts are at 7pm Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, and 3pm Sunday, February 12, 2012. Tickets are $25, and $20 for groups of 10 or more. Theater,2027 West Broadway Minneapolis, MN.  For more information, visit

Open Mic Xpressions
The Freedom of Xpression open mic sessions, hosted by Crystal “Azteca” Ruiz, at the Capri are free and open to the public the first Monday of every month with the exception of this coming month.  The doors open at 5:30 pm and the theater will be open for tech rehearsals and workshops between 6 and 7 p.m.  Artists wanting to perform on stage are required to sign up between 5:30 and 7pm. the night of the event. Theater, 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN.  For more information, contact Crystal at

Business Committee Meeting
 The Hawthorne Business Committee and WBC Business Committee have merged to become the Northside Business Committee. The first meeting is 8:30am Friday, January 27th at McDonalds 916 W. Broadway.  Business committee meetings occur every other month, quarterly happy hours, and business lunches are open to all.  For more information: Alicia – or 612-353-5178.

Get Paid Helping Northside Seniors & Disabled Adults
The Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) and the Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) serve North Minneapolis as two senior chore service agencies.  CEAP serves seniors north of 44th Ave. N. and NIP serves seniors south of 44th Ave. N.  Both agencies have opportunities for individuals to earn $15 an hour doing snow removal and responsibilities as independent contractors.  Both programs require individuals to be 18 or older and go through a criminal background check.  Participants must also have their own shovel, or snow blower and provide own transportation to job sites.  For more information: Jon Burkhow at 612-374-3322.

North United Methodist Church (NUMC) has a Church Clothes Closet 9am-Noon the first Saturday of each month and 6-8 pm the first Monday of each month at 4350 Fremont Ave. N.  Donations are accepted. For further information: 612-522-4497.

Weight loss classes
Weight loss classes for Black men take place every Friday from 6:30-8:30pm at Kwanzaa Church 2200 Emerson Ave. N.  The class is a 12-week course for Black men who live with obesity, type II diabetes, high blood pressure and hypertension.  The cost ranges from $100 to $300 depending on training materials.  Space is limited to the first 10 qualified participants.  For more information: Kwasi Nate Russell 612-359-0077 or

Volunteer opportunities
 The Target Meals for Minds program, in collaboration with Second Harvest Heartland will have volunteering opportunities to end the fight of hunger in North Minneapolis.  A mobile food pantry will open once per month at Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary 807 24th Ave. N.  The distribution time & dates are 5-7:30pm Thursday January 26 and 5-7:30pm Wednesday February 15.  For more information: Kris Jensen, Volunteer Coordinator 651-216-2761 or visit

North Minneapolis Tornado Recovery
 Sites are available for mental and emotional recovery for victims traumatized by the May 22nd North Minneapolis tornado.  To schedule an appointment with a health care provider, three sites are available; Northpoint Health & Wellness Center 1313 Penn Ave. N. 612-543-2566, Hennepin County Mental Health Center 1801 Nicollet Ave. S. 612-596-9438 or Hennepin County Medical Center Acute Psychiatric Services 701 Park Ave. S. 612-873-3161.  Crisis response teams are available 24/7.  For adults, 612-596-1223 or 612-348-2233.  

January 16, 2012
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