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Mar 03rd


Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative celebrates five years

Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative celebrates five yearsThe Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has reduced the average daily population of the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) from 95 to 44 youth, a total decline of 54 percent from 2005 through 2009, announced JDAI.

Hennepin County's JDAI, modeled after the goal of the national JDAI vision, is a collaborative effort of the courts, probation, police, county attorneys, public defenders, schools, human services, and community members to create an effective, fair, and efficient juvenile justice system that produces positive outcomes for youth, while at the same time protecting public safety.

Receive a gift card for recycling a thermostat at a Hennepin County drop-off facility

Residents can save energy by replacing a traditional thermostat with a programmable thermostat encourages Hennepin County and Covanta Energy Corporation. Homeowners can save about $180 a year by using a programmable thermostat. Old thermostats contain mercury and must not be placed in the trash, but should be recycled. 

As a thank you for recycling those old thermostats, Covanta Energy is offering a $5 Menards gift card to residents to help reduce the cost of purchasing a programmable thermostat.

Challenge grant raises dollars and awareness for MN food shelves

September is national Hunger Action Month, and two Minnesota organizations have joined forces to address hunger locally. Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless are offering a $100,000 challenge grant for food shelves to raise dollars and awareness in their local communities.

Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, says hunger in the state has risen, with food shelf use up sharply since the recession began.

2nd annual Twin City Health Summit

Studies continue to show African-Americans at greater risk of developing cancers and of finding cancers at later stages. This is why the American Cancer Society, along with NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Kappa Alpha Psi–St. Paul/Mpls Alumni Chapter, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority–Mpls/St. Paul Alumnae Chapter are holding the 2nd annual Twin City Health Summit, on September 25, at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis. Preventing cancer throughout the community will be the focus as local area residents will get practical and innovative tips to stay well and get well.

Summit Academy OIC hosts Community Health Fair Open House for low income community residents

Students from Summit Academy OIC, located at 935 Olson Memorial Highway, in Minneapolis are hosting a Community Health Fair Friday, October 15, 1 – 3 pm to educate low-income community residents and minorities about a variety of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight prevention, sexually transmitted diseases and obesity.

Aamina Muhammad featured in dance showcase

Aamina Muhammad featured in dance showcaseAamina Muhammad, 17, daughter of Fatima Muhammad of North Minneapolis, will be featured in the 9 x 22 Dance/Lab Series at the Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 22 at 8 p.m.

Muhammad will perform as part of the dance company at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, where she is a senior at the Arts High School.

Under the direction of instructor Mary Harding, The Perpich Center dance company will present original choreography based on the work of award winning artist Bill T. Jones.

The Perpich Center for Arts Education is home to Minnesota's Arts High School, a statewide, public, tuition-free school for juniors and seniors based in Golden Valley.

WE WIN Youth Garden

WE WIN Youth GardenAs you travel on Olson Highway (highway 55) in North Minneapolis, take a look at the south end of Zion Baptist Church. On the hill, you will see a beautiful garden that has flourished and produced many healthy fruits and vegetables despite the hot temperatures we had this summer.

The garden, located on 621 Elwood Avenue North, was tilled, cultivated, planted, and watered by the children of WE WIN Institute’s summer program.

WE WIN’s summer theme was, “Love, Hope, and Faith Renewed.” What better way to show love for yourself, hope for good results, and faith that the garden will produce great harvest because of the hard work and tender loving care. The children planted an array of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, broccoli, kale, chard, herbs, and greens.
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