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Feb 08th

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Coats collected benefiting The Salvation Army to help those in need stay warm this winter

Coats collected benefiting The Salvation Army to help those in need stay warm this winter

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves Foward, partnered with Comcast Twin Cities for the fourth year in hosting a coat drive benefiting The Salvation Army on Jan 23rd. During the three-week drive coats were accepted at seven metro-area Comcast payment centers as well as the Target Center box office. Coats were collected to help those in need stay warm this winter. Love, personally delivered many coats collected during his recent coat drive to The Salvation Army last Tuesday.

 

Preserving priceless resources

Preserving priceless resources

 Announces Recipients of Mid-Size and Large Historical And Cultural Heritage Grants

The Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM), created by businesswoman Roxanne Givens, celebrates the contributions made by African Americans in Minnesota and the Midwest.  According to the MAAM website, MAAM educates and ensures that future generations will have the knowledge, skills and information to compete and succeed for many years to come.  MAAM is dedicated to researching, presenting, acquiring and preserving the history of African Americans in Minnesota.

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Black History Month Events

Black History Month Events

“More than a Month”-  Feb.  21, 7pm
Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.  His tongue-in-cheek journey explores the complexity and contradictions of relegating an entire group’s history to one month in a so-called post-racial America.  A discussion will follow the film.  Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave.

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Community Calendar

¬Send Community Calendar information to us by email: info@insightnews.com, by fax: 612.588.2031, by phone: 612.588-1313 or by mail: 1815 Bryant Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55411. Free or low cost events preferred.

EVENTS

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chamber Music Series at the Capri - October 29 and December 10, 2015 and April 7, 2016
10/29/15 and 4/7/16 programs to be announced. 12/10/15: J.S. Bach’s Brandenberg Concertos No.3, No. 5 and No.6. Admission: $33 for all 3 concerts* Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, 55411. Tickets: www.thespco.org or the SPCO box office: 651-291-1144. More information: www.thecapritheater.org. *80 seats at the Capri will continue to be offered for free on a first-come, first-served basis one month prior to each concert date. 

Donaldson Award recognizes exceptional student achievement - January 16, January 23, January 30, and February 13
In conjunction with the 2016 Science Fusion event series, students from around Minnesota will be formally recognized and awarded the 2016 Donaldson Science Award. The award recognizes Minnesota middle- and high-school students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in or passion for a STEM discipline, either in the classroom or outside of school. Students are nominated for the award by teachers or mentors, and they are publicly recognized at one of the Science Museum’s four Science Fusion events. All high school winners will receive $500 and a one-year membership to the Science Museum of Minnesota. All middle school winners will receive $200 and a one-year membership to the Science Museum of Minnesota. Award ceremonies will take place at 1 p.m. on the Atrium Stage on level 3. All winners will attend the Science Fusion event for which they were nominated and will join scientists and educators from the community in greeting Science Museum visitors and sharing their activities and interests. The Science Museum of Minnesota has a 108-year history of bringing science learning to life through hands-on exhibits, giant screen films, and unparalleled educational opportunities for all ages. For museum information, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org.
 
Black Lives Matter: A Movement in Context - February 2, 9 and 16
Tuesdays, at 12:30 pm, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. North. It’s been called one of the most vibrant protest movements in recent history, and it’s attracted its share of critics as well. Join Macalester Professor Duchess Harris as she talks about the historical roots of the Black Lives Matter movement in this three-part series. A compelling speaker as well as a ground-breaking scholar, Prof. Harris is the author of the new book, Black Lives Matter, published by Essential Library. February 2 Part I: Reconstruction to Brown v Board of Education. February 9 Part II: Civil Rights to the Clinton Administration. February 16 Part III: Black Lives Matter in the Age of Obama. The series is free, and no registration is required. Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota with financial support from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

A Community Conversation with Kevin Powell - February 5

Doors open at 6pm, free admission. Juxtaposition Arts, 1108 W Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411. For more information, please visit at www.juxtapositionarts.org. To find out more about the author, visit his website Kevin Powell. Doors open at 6:00 PM with limited seating first come first serve. Email at kevin@kevinpowell.net. Follow on Twitter @kevin_powell | follow on Instagram @kevinpowellinbrooklyn | friend on Facebook, Kevin Powell | forward to a friend. Juxtaposition Arts, 2007 Emerson Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55411. (612) 558-1148. info@juxtaposition.

Farview Art Seld Rally - February 6th
Saturday, 2:00 PM. Farview Park, 621 N 29th Ave. Check out this upcoming event! A free community created event! Our mailing address is: FLOW Northside, 1101 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, Mn 55411. Add us to your address book.

Bring a sled or borrow on of ours! Work with local artists to create something insane to slide down the hill - February 6th
2pm. Cars, planes, animals, aliens, UFO's, anything goes down!

Our Fare Ladies - February 6
Saturday, 3pm. Saint Paul's United Church of Christ on Summit Avenue, St Paul. ASL Interpreted. Tickets: Advance $20, Door $22, Kids 12 and under free. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door. Buy tickets online.

TCWC Winter Concert: "Our Fare Ladies". With special guest, The Twin Cities Girls' Choir - February 6
Sat., 2016 at 3:00 p.m. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Ave., Saint Paul MN 55105. www.spucconsummit.org

TODAY MEANS AMEN: Sierra DeMulder Book Release - February 6

Internationally touring Minnesotan poet celebrates release of fourth book. Minneapolis, MN. Saturday, at 7pm – Come celebrate the release of Today Means Amen, Sierra DeMulder's newest collection of poetry, published by Andrews McMeel, publisher of Calvin & Hobbes, The Oatmeal, and New York Times bestselling poet Lang Leav. The evening will include a reading by the author, as well as performances by Guante, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Rachel Rostad, Blythe Baird, and Donte Collins! DJ Big Cats will start and end the night. Facebook Event Page. Doors at 6:30pm. Show at 7:00pm. Venue: Honey MPLS. 205 E Hennepin Ave. www.sierrademulder.com. For more information, please contact Sierra DeMulder at sierrademulder@gmail.com or 612.859.4734.

Break the Silence! A benefit show honoring Jamar Clark - February 9th
Featuring music & spoken word. Entrance is a “pay-what-you-can” donation, with no one turned away. Funds raised will make the final payment on Jamar Clark’s tombstone, and support ongoing organizing for justice in his case. The Anti-War Committee is the organizational sponsor for this event, working with Jamar’s family and other community members and activists dedicated to this work. Tuesday, Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7. Ends at 10pm. Capri Theater, 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis. Event website: http://antiwarcommittee.org/event/break-the-silence-a-benefit-show-honoring-jamar-clark/. Contact: Jess Sundin, 612-272-2209, jess.sundin@gmail.com.

EVENT ●● Financial Planning Workshop ● Income Taxes and Retirement - February 9

2016 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm ● Southwest High School 3414 W 47th Street Minneapolis, MN 55410. To register please email debra.teske@thrivent.com or call 952-658-6221 before February 2nd.

PACER Center workshop will explore how Special Education can help children with challenging behaviors be successful in school - Feb. 9
PACER Center is offering “Special Education and Challenging Behaviors,” a free workshop for parents of children with challenging behaviors. It will be held on Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., in Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. Children and youth with challenging behaviors may struggle to be successful in school. This workshop is for parents and others who are interested in learning more about the Special Education process specifically for children and youth with challenging behaviors who qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Topics will include evaluation and eligibility, understanding how the IEP relates to improved behavior and school success, and questions to ask when a student is not making sufficient progress. To register, call PACER at (952) 838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.

JOIN HMONG ARCHIVES IN CELEBRATING OUR NEW HOME at the EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY, 1105 GREENBRIER STREET, SAINT PAUL - FEBRUARY 10
WEDNESDAY, 2016, 5 – 9 PM. Please join Hmong Archives at an open house to celebrate our new permanent home in the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, in Saint Paul. An agreement of association will be signed at 7 PM, with brief program, light refreshments, and tours available. Hmong Archives has moved as often, it not as far, as Hmong people. After three years we lost our first space when Metro State decided to build a new Library. Please join us at 1105 Greenbrier Street, on Saint Paul’s East Side, on February 10, from 5-9 PM to celebrate the signing of our association agreement with the East Side Freedom Library.

PACER workshop in Anoka to explore planning for and obtaining employment for teens and young adults with disabilities - Feb. 10

PACER Center is offering “The Bridge to Work: Supplemental Security Income and Employment Planning,” a free workshop for parents of teens and young adults with disabilities and for professionals. It is on Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center (Erling Johnson Room C), 2727 N. Ferry St., in Anoka, Minn. Advance registration is required. To register for the workshop, call PACER at (952) 838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.

Policy and a Pint®: One Byte at a Time - Using Technology to Solve Community Problems - February 10
Wednesday at Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Doors: 5:30pm, Program: 6:00pm. $10 general, $5 students with student ID. Complimentary appetizers, cash bar.

PACER workshop in Shakopee will address the important role parents play in the special education process - Feb. 11
PACER Center is offering “Special Education and the Important Role You Play for Your Child,” a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities and for professionals. It is on Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Shakopee Community Center (Rotary Room), 1255 Fuller St. S., in Shakopee, Minn. Advance registration is required. To register for the workshop, call PACER at (952) 838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.

The 34th annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands kick off - February 13th
2 pm at the Minneapolis Eagles #34 in the Seward neighborhood and continue Sunday February 14th, 1pm at the Cabooze on the West Bank. The 2 day volunteer run fundraising event will include over 40 jug bands, characterized by home made instruments such as; spoons, washboards, washtubs, and jugs. Each band will be given 15 minutes to perform for the audience and a panel of judges consisting of last years competition winners. If chosen, the winners will walk away with the the coveted pancake iron on Saturday, or the coveted waffle iron on Sunday. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Dave Ray/ Bill Hinckley memorial fund and KFAI radio. If you would like to get involved please contact the jug band committee at mplsbattle@gmail.com . For more information, please go to the official website at www.jugbandmpls.weebly.com , or find us on facebook.

Asian Americans in Science - February 13
Saturday, rounding out this year’s Science Fusion series is Asian Americans in Science, an event that invites visitors to meet science and education professionals who represent many geographic backgrounds, from Southeast Asia to the mainland and the Pacific Islands. The presenters, including representatives from Donaldson Company, Northwestern Health Sciences University, the University of Minnesota’s chapter of Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, the 3M Visiting Wizards, and Ecolab will share stories about their experiences and successes in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, and get visitors involved with hands-on activities that relate to their areas of expertise. The Science Fusion event series is sponsored by Donaldson Company, Inc. All events are from 1 to 4 p.m., with the Donaldson Award ceremony taking place on the Atrium Stage on level 3 at 1 p.m. All Science Fusion activities are free with the purchase of general exhibit admission. During each Science Fusion event, up to four kids enter FREE with the purchase of one adult ticket. Special rates are available for individuals with limited incomes; visit www.smm.org/tickets for more information. Visit www.smm.org/sciencefusion for details about each event as the dates draw closer.

Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts Presents: Lent Procession Service of Lessons and Hymns - February 14
Sunday, 4:00 P.M. Join Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts for a contemplative service of lessons and carols, for Lent! Typically associated with Advent and Christmas, this service is designed especially for those caught up in preparations for the coming Easter and spring seasons. It provides an opportunity to withdraw from the busy-ness of life to pray, sing, listen, smell, an opportunity to fully enter into the season of Lent, a time to renew our baptism and our lives. The event takes place at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Cherwien at the church office by phone at 612-827-5919, by email at cantor@mountolivechurch.org, or online at www.mountolivechurch.org.

Children’s Theatre Company’s Be Inspired! ALL ACCESS CELEBRATION OPEN HOUSE - February 15
FREE, Family Friendly Event on Monday, 2016. Children’s Theatre Company (CTC). For 50 years, our work on stage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the community has been for you. Celebrate a world of wonder and imagination at CTC’s FREE open house event. Explore the world of theatre magic – costumes, props, scenery. Take a Theatre Arts Training (TAT) class. Put your Snowy Day shadow puppets to work on the main stage. Enjoy story time with your favorite CTC actors. Learn new dance moves from Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical. Performances by community artists featuring: Maria Isa and Tall Paul. Teen talk-back with student performers. And more! Monday, February 15, 2016 (President’s Day). Doors open at 11am. Event open until 4pm. FREE event for all ages. http://childrenstheatre.org/about-us/be-inspired-all-access-celebration. LOCATION: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis.

Monday is Dine Out Give Back night at The Lowbrow. 10% of the evening's proceeds will support TCWC. Make your plans now! - Feb. 15
Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, 4-9 p.m. The Lowbrow, 4244 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409.

Informational Session about JobPrep Services by Tree Trust - February 17th
Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 PM. Come to the Brookdale Library to learn about job counseling and paid internship opportunities available to suburban Hennepin County residents who are 18-24 years old. With Tree Trust's JobPrep services, young job seekers will: work on career exploration, goal development, and skill assessment with a career coach, have opportunities for paid internships in the childcare, office administrative, landscaping, construction, and customer service fields, receive financial assistance with miscellaneous certification and school fees, be able to get a driver's license, find a job based on their skills and interests. For more information about Tree Trust's JobPrep services, join us for an information session to start your career path! Find out more at www.treetrust.org

What Birds are Saying about Climate Change & What We Can Do - Feb. 17
7-9pm. Fuller Park Recreation Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, 55419. The earth is warming, CO2 is going up, the oceans are rising…a lot of countries meet in Paris and agree on something, while our politicians agree on nothing…meaning what? To cut through the chatter, Don Arnosti, Conservation Program Director for the Izaak Walton League will come to the Holistic Moms Network meeting to teach us to speak “bird.” Birds don’t waste time debating global warming, they simply respond to already changing temperatures, growing seasons and availability of food. Some will thrive, some will struggle, some will go extinct. Birds are adapting, and we must, too. We’ll learn specific, practical actions each of us can take to reduce climate change, while learning to live more sustainably on this earth of ours. In the future, when your grandchildren ask you, “But what did you do about it?” you’ll have an answer.

The Economic Status of Minnesotans - A Citizens League Mind Opener for Members - February 17
Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:30 am. Downtowner Woodfire Grill (back party room), 253 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. A continental breakfast will be provided. Citizens League Members only. $10.

TCWC Open rehearsal - February 17
Weds., 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Calvary Lutheran Church, 3901 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407. www.clchurch.org

History Comes Alive: Frederick McKinley Jones - Feb. 20
Saturday, 2 p.m. For families. African American men and women shaped not just Minnesota, but the entire nation. Their history comes alive in this series of interactive dramatic reenactments. Meet Frederick McKinley Jones, a prolific black inventor with more than 60 inventions. Sponsored by Friends of the Hosmer Library ; Presented in collaboration with Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center. Hosmer Library, 347 E 36th St., Minneapolis, MN 55408. 612-543-6900. www.hclib.org, event url: http://apps.hclib.org/events/index.cfm?ID=34653.

Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference - February 20

Saturday, 2016; 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. University of St. Thomas, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. $20 students; $60 general admission; (Buffet lunch and parking included in registration.) Registration: http://www.stthomas.edu/celc/hubbs. The Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference is designed for anyone interested in encouraging the use of quality children’s literature in homes, schools, and the community. The conference offers a chance to share information and learn how to better meet the education needs of youth. Breakout sessions provide an informal opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the authors and engage them in discussion about their work, creative process, and book signing. The 2016 featured speakers are Kwame Alexander, John Newbery Medal award winning author of The Crossover and Minnesota native Catherine Thimmesh, the Sibert Medal-winning author of Team Moon, and Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled.

Black Baseball in Minnesota: Stepping Up to the Plate - February 23
Tuesday, at 12:30 pm. Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. North. Join baseball historian Frank White for an illustrated talk about some of the greatest ball players ever to grace the mound or hit a line drive. Learn about the long and colorful history of African-American baseball players, including the challenges, indignities and struggles they faced in Minnesota, as elsewhere. Possible special appearances by former players. This program is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota and supported financially by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Administrative Offices, 4570 North Victoria Street, Shoreview, Minnesota 55126. (651) 486-2200, FAX (651) 486-2220.

EVENT ●● Financial Planning Workshop ● Income Taxes and Retirement - March 2

2016 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM ● Southwest High School 3414 W 47th St. Minneapolis, MN 55410. To register please email debra.teske@thrivent.com or call 952-658-6221 before February 24th.

TCGC at Spring Song Share - March 3
Thur., 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Location TBA. www.commusicationmn.org

Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) - March 16
7-9pm. Fuller Park Recreation Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, 55419. There are many complementary and alternative health care options. Come to the Holistic Moms Network meeting to hear from a panel of experts: Naturopathy - Dr. Lori Hulsing, ND (http://www.allseasonsintegrativehealth.com), Homeopathy - Kathryn Loeb, Classical Homeopath (http://healinghearthomeopathy.com), Traditional Chinese Medicine- Carey Velenchenko, Licensed Acupuncturist (http://sunuwellness.com), Ayurveda - Dena Jackson, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (http://www.purefreedomwellness.com), Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapies - Kris Groth, OTR (http://bodywhisperstherapy.com), Reiki - Barbara Heidelberger, Certified Reiki Master Teacher (http://www.naharaenergy.com).

EVENT ●● Financial Planning Workshop ● How to Get Through Divorce + Start Your New Life Feeling Financially Confident - March 24

2016 from 6:00 - 7:30pm ● Wayzata Central Middle School 305 Vicksburg Ln N Plymouth, MN 55447. To register please email debra.teske@thrivent.com before March 17th to reserve your spot.


TCGC’s Spring Women’s Concert, Featuring: ENCORE! - April 10
Sun., 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Location TBA. www.twincitiesgirlschoir.org

CSAs & Buying Clubs - Save Money & Support Local Producers - April 20
7-9pm. Fuller Park Recreation Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, 55419. Want your family to eat healthy but cringe at the prices of organic produce and free-range/grass-fed meat? Looking for ways to save money on healthy options? Come to the Holistic Moms Network meeting to discuss community-supported agriculture (CSA) and local buying clubs that can save you money on healthy food while supporting local producers. We'll also explain how our members can benefit from wholesale prices through Frontier.

TCWC Divas & Desserts Gala Fundraiser: Music from the Movies - May 6 & 7
Fri. & Sat., 2016 at 6:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Lake Calhoun Event Center, 3450 Irving Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55408. www.lakecalhouneventcenter.com

Job Search Assistance for Young Adults - December 16th – May 25th
Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00 PM, 2016. Are you seeking new employment or re-entering the workforce? Do you need help looking for a job, filling out applications, or writing a resume? Stop in for free one-on-one assistance with a job search representative. No appointment necessary.

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child
The Mothers First program provides prevention and intervention services for pregnant women who are abusing chemicals. The goal is to produce healthy infants through drug-free births and healthy families by reducing the chemical usage of pregnant women through intensive "in-home" involvement. The project has been in existence since 1990 and has had a success rate of 85-87 percent as measured by the total number of births and babies born drug-free. Mothers First is seeking a Child Care Assistant volunteer to help agency staff in providing supervision and care for the children with our Mothers First program while mom is attending counseling sessions. Volunteer Drivers are also needed to provide transportation to mothers in recovery to/from groups with our Mothers First program. Reimbursement for mileage is provided. Contact Ramsey County Health & Wellness Service Team — Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 for additional information or e-mail to HumanServicesVolunteer@co.ramsey.mn.us.

Sundays at Landmark: Urban Expedition

Experience cultures from around the world without leaving Saint Paul. Landmark Center’s international event series, Urban Expedition, returns for its 12th season, beginning Jan. 10. Urban Expeditions run from 1-3 p.m. and are part of Sundays at Landmark. The free culture and heritage events features music, dance, food, animals, crafts, and more from each featured country. Full schedule: Jan. 10 – Urban Expedition: Sweden; Jan. 24 – Urban Expedition: Haiti; April 10 – Urban Expedition: Taiwan; April 24 – Urban Expedition: Turkey; and May 15 – Urban Expedition: Nigeria. For more information on Urban Expedition events visit www.landmarkcenter.org/urban.html

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meetings
Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit national organization that connects parents who are passionate about holistic health and green living. The Twin Cities Chapter holds monthly meetings the third Wed of each month, 7-9pm, at Fuller Park Rec Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic journey, you are welcome! Children are welcome. To contact the Twin Cities Chapter, or for more info, an event calendar, and a map to our meeting location, visit http://twincitiesmn.holisticmoms.org or e-mail tcholisticmoms@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HMNTwinCitiesMN

RAKE THE LEAVES Fall Yard Clean-Up
Leaves do fall. Improve your health while helping a senior citizen remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Seasonal: starting mid-October (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! Exact location TBD in Minneapolis or Suburban Hennepin County, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the HOME Program Volunteer Coordinator at scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7894 for more information. Senior Community Services is a nonprofit organization with five programs serving seniors and caregivers. For more information please visit www.seniorcommunity.org or call 952-541-1019. The HOME Program number is 952-746-4046. Seniors outside of Hennepin County should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their area.

Holistic Moms Network
Is a non-profit national organization that connects parents who are passionate about holistic health and green living. The Twin Cities Chapter holds monthly meetings the third Wed of each month, 7-9pm, at Fuller Park Rec Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic journey, you are welcome! Children are welcome. To contact the Twin Cities Chapter, or for more info, an event calendar, and a map to our meeting location, visit http://twincitiesmn.holisticmoms.org or e-mail tcholisticmoms@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HMNTwinCitiesMN
 
REACH Ministry - Every Friday
EVERY FRIDAY! Music, worship, & the word! Doors open @ 7pm! FREE! REACH Ministry (1313 Chestnut Ave., Minneapolis)! reachministry.org! Spread the word!
 
Volunteer with the Minnesota Literacy Council 
Help adults learn English or get their GED. Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities. The literacy council provides training and support. Interested? Contact volunteer@mnliteracy.org or call Ellie at 651-645-2277 x207. Or visit www.mnliteracy.org/tutoradults.

Adult Literacy Hotline
Find free classes near you! Call 1-800-222-1990 or text 612-424-1211 to find out more information about free English, GED, computer or citizenship classes.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT NORTHWEST SUBURBAN HUMAN SERVICES OFFICES
Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health department is looking for friendly, reliable people to volunteer as greeters at the northwest suburban human services center, at 7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center. Greeters will welcome and guide visitors, answer questions and assist with special projects. Successful candidates will be 18 years old or older, will be good communicators and team players. Candidates will be expected to be reliable self-starters who are respectful of client confidentiality. They also should enjoy working with diverse populations. Bilingual skills are a plus. The department is looking for volunteers who can commit to two four-hour shifts each work week – morning or afternoon – for at least three months. Interested volunteer candidates should call 612-348-4749 or contact rosemary.carpenter@hennepin.us.

READING VOLUNTEERS FOR JENNY LIND ELEMENTARY
One out of every three Minnesota students are not reading at their appropriate age level. Our School has a few good volunteers dedicating at least one hour each week to help students in first through third grade improve their reading skills, we need many more. Please consider giving a little of your time to help a child brighten his or her future. You will be trained and supported by a Volunteer Coordinator from the Minnesota Reading Corps and receive lots of smiles from the children as your reward. Contact Kathleen Stratton, Jenny Lind Elementary, 5025 Bryant Ave N Mpls 55430, 612-668-2020 ext 37071, kstratton@minnesotareadingcorps.org

Beginning English for Work Classes - Ongoing
English for Work classes teach Literacy, Beginning and Intermediate levels of English to adult refugees, immigrants and asylees. Students learn English grammar, speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in addition to work and practical life skills. Classes use community resources to build academic skills and include basic computer, numeracy and work readiness training and Classes meet all MFIP requirements although students do not need to be receiving MFIP to attend class. Classes run Monday through Thursday 9 am -1 pm with Open-enrollment throughout the year. We are accepting new students now! The classes are Free. Students may have Refugee, Asylee or Immigrant status. To enroll new students MUST take a placement test. Testing is done on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:15 pm – 3 pm (No appointment necessary). Contact: Questions? Call 651-647-0191 EXT 300.

Volunteers needed at Hennepin County's new northside human services office
Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health department is looking for friendly, reliable people to volunteer as greeters at the new North Minneapolis human services office, at 1001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. Greeters will welcome and guide visitors, answer questions and assist with special projects. Successful candidates will be 18 years old or older, will be good communicators and team players. Candidates will be expected to be reliable, self-starters who are respectful of client confidentiality. They also should enjoy working with diverse populations. Bilingual skills are a plus. The department is looking for volunteers who can commit to two four-hour shifts each work week – morning or afternoon – for at least three months. Interested volunteer candidates should call 612-348-5835 or contact kristine.poelzer@hennepin.us.

RAKE IT Fall Yard Clean-Up
Leaves do fall. Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Seasonal: starting mid-October (depending upon the weather) until the snow stays. This is a one-time unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Minneapolis senior citizens who seek assistance should call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org. Seniors outside of Minneapolis should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their neighborhood. NIP website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

SHARE A SMILE
Brighten the day of a senior citizen and have some fun. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy. Work with a partner and you can take turns visiting. Families welcome; youth must be age 12 or older and accompanied by an adult. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. A variety of one-time or ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Volunteers age 55+ may qualify to become a Senior Companion, receive mileage, and a stipend. Senior citizens that reside in Minneapolis and wish to be matched with a Friendly Visitor should call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Handy Helper Needed - Ongoing
Help an elderly Minneapolis resident remain safely in their home. Volunteer your time to assist with MINOR REPAIRS. Snowbirds, retirees, and trainees welcome (over the age of 18). You must have some experience to ensure that the work is done correctly (license not required). Choose your own unpaid handyperson schedule. Adult individuals, two-person teams, and small groups welcome. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One-time unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens who reside in Minneapolis and need a handyperson should call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.


Let It Grow - Ongoing
Enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! Seniors in Minneapolis need your help to maintain their flower garden or vegetable patch. Volunteer one time or adopt a garden for the season until it freezes. Work with a partner and you can take turns gardening. Family teams welcome, youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One-time and other unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. NIP website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org If you are a Minneapolis senior in need of yard care, call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org Senior citizens who reside outside of Minneapolis should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their neighborhood.

Cityview Community School looking for volunteers

City View is looking for tutors. For more information contact Kathy DeKrey (218)760-1106.

Council on Crime and Justice needs mentors
The Council on Crime and Justice is looking for men to mentor men released from Minnesota State Prisons. Connecting with mentors can reduce the amount of stress and challenge as one is reintegrating back into family and community. When: Your choice. Please contact 612-353-3000.

Volunteer at North Regional or Sumner Library
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 and Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd Minneapolis, MN 55411 are looking for volunteers for the Homework Hub and promoting Homework Hub for grades K-12. Volunteers can contact LRISKEDAL@gmail.com (NR) and Mary Okoronko at (612) 543-6875 for questions. Volunteers will go through a short interview and be screened. North Regional is looking for individuals willing to commit to a weekly time. Homework Hub does not operate when schools are closed. Please visit www.hclib.org for more information about North Regional Library.

Summer Academic Enrichment Program
If you are eligible for free or reduced price lunches and are in grades 3-11, apply for stipend to attend a summer academic enrichment program. A Stipend for up to a $1,000 will be paid directly to the summer academic enrichment program you attend. If you are in grades 7-11, you must have either an overall “C” average or its equivalent for the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable to the summer program you wish to attend. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. www.ohe.state.mn.us/summerenrichment/

Host a Food Charter Event
The Minnesota Food Charter Event process also includes setting-specific topics that can be added to the one-hour event. These half-hour additions allow groups to discuss barriers and opportunities associated with childcare, healthcare, schools and worksites unique to their communities. Check out this outline for how a Minnesota Food Charter Event works. When and Where: Your choice. Fill out the contact form or email info@mnfoodcharter.com.

GUTTER CREW NEEDED
Spring draws near! Leaves do fall and up the ladder we must crawl. Gain a new poetic perspective while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to clean gutters. Perfect for individuals, groups (small to large), and families (kids stay on the ground). Others can rake while an adult clears out the gutter. Seasonal: mid-April (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time fun, flexible unpaid volunteer activity that can be done weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! BYOL: Bring Your Own Ladder (optional). Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are available with lawn mowing and assisting with handyperson activities. One time opportunities are occasionally available. Please check our other postings. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call (612) 746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

RAKE IT Spring Yard Clean-Up
Think Spring! Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Seasonal: starting mid-April (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Minneapolis senior citizens who seek assistance should call (612) 374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org. Seniors outside of Minneapolis should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their neighborhood. NIP website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

Volunteer Opportunities
Need to fulfill volunteer requirements? Looking to build your resume? Want to make an impact in your community? Sign up to volunteer at Agape 24 Hour Childcare. Volunteer Opportunities: Receptionist– flexible hours, Tutors, Reader Helpers, Greeters and Parent Board. If interested, please call (612) 287-9775 or email: eagapechilddev@comcast.net. Visit website: www.agape24hourchildcare.com

Sabathani March campaign – Ongoing thru March
Sabathani Community Center will be hosting a food and fund drive as part of the March Campaign, a statewide effort coordinated by the Minnesota FoodShare to raise food for local food shelves. Sabathani’s goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of food and raise $25,000. Support Sabathani’s efforts: Bring donations of non-perishable food items and cash donations to Sabathani Community Center church during the month of March; Organize a food drive for Sabathani’s food shelf. To assist with the March Campaign community food and fund drive efforts, Sabathani will supply food barrels and make arrangements to pick up food and monetary donations. Sabathani Community Center is located at 310 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN. For further information and/or to make a donation, please call Kevin at 612-821-2302 or Kim at (612) 821-2399.

Volunteer Computer Tutor - Ongoing
Twin Cities RISE! seeks tutors to provide computer-skills assistance to participants enrolled in the introductory and intermediate computer courses. You will help participants with basic to intermediate file management for Windows 7, and beginner- to intermediate-level skills with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook basics, including sending attachments and using appropriate e-mail etiquette. Tutors will work one-to-one, or in small groups with participants for approximately one hour, weekday mornings or evenings only. Twin Cities RISE! is seeking volunteers who have skills and experience working with computers, and have the patience to explain applications and procedures to individuals who have limited computer skills and experience. Times vary. Locations are at our St. Paul or Minneapolis offices. For more information, and to sign up for a volunteer orientation, please contact Lisa Bryant, director of Volunteer Services, at (651) 366-6064, or visit the Volunteer website page at www.twincitiesrise.org


Twin Cities RISE! Tutor - Ongoing
Are you a whiz at English and grammar? Apply your English skills as a Twin Cities RISE! tutor helping participants to enhance their skills in subject-verb usage and agreement, and identification of irregular verbs. You will also help participants apply these skills as they develop resumes and cover letters. Must have strong English grammar and writing skills, and have the patience to explain subject-verb agreement and sentence structure to individuals who are trying to acquire knowledge. Times vary. Locations are at our St. Paul or Minneapolis offices. For more information, and to sign up for a volunteer orientation, please contact Lisa Bryant, director of Volunteer Services, at (651) 366-6064, or visit the Volunteer website page at www.twincitiesrise.org.


Super Duper Handyperson Wanted
Help an elderly Minneapolis resident stay in their home. Assist with MINOR REPAIRS to make certain that their home is safe. Snowbirds, retirees, and trainees welcome (over the age of 18). You must have some experience to ensure that the work is done correctly (license not required). Choose your own schedule. Adult individuals, two-person teams, and small groups welcome. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One time unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens who reside in Minneapolis and need a handyperson should call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Share A Smile - Ongoing

Brighten the day of a senior citizen and have some fun. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy, like watching a movie, building stuff, playing games, conversation or whatever! Work with a partner and you can take turns visiting. Families welcome; youth must be age 12 or older and accompanied by an adult. Volunteers age 55+ may qualify to become a Senior Companion and earn a stipend. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. A variety of one-time or ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call (612) 746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens that reside in Minneapolis and wish to be matched with a Friendly Visitor should call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Volunteers of America Foster Parent Information Meetings Ongoing
Foster Parent Information Meetings for interested skilled parents desiring to provide care for troubled youth in the Volunteers of America foster care program. Kids of all ages are in need of a stable home with dedicated parents. Information meetings are held at Volunteers of America Corporate Office every Friday from 10am-11:30am. To RSVP or for additional information on becoming a foster parent, contact Jolene Swan at (952) 945-4064, email ftpfostercare@voamn.org or online at http://voafostercare.org


Reduce Gym Membership Fee
Save money, get in shape, and help your neighbor! Develop strong muscles by shoveling the snow off a grateful senior citizen’s walkways and driveway. Adopt a yard until the weather warms. Resident will provide the thankful smile. Perfect opportunity for apartment/condo dweller that yearns to be outside. Work with a partner and you can take turns shoveling. Family teams and small groups welcome; youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. We offer unpaid volunteer opportunities year-round. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

HELPING SENIORS IN MINNEAPOLIS
Seniors Program of Neighborhood Involvement Program assists elders aged 60 and over in North and Southwest Minneapolis with a variety of services so that they can remain safely in their home or apartment. Our services are specialized for each resident and we strive to provide as much as possible via the assistance of volunteers. To be eligible for seniors' services, people must live within the following boundaries: south of 44th Avenue in North Minneapolis, north of West 36th Street in Southwest Minneapolis, 35W on the east, and France Avenue on the west. For information about NIP Senior Services email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-374-3322. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

West African Dance & Drum Classes
African Dance w/ Whitney $12 - All classes Drop-In. Every Saturday 1:00pm - 2:30pm; Every Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:30pm. at Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406.

Foster Parent Information Meetings
Find out about becoming a foster parent and changing a child's life! Open information meetings are held every Friday from 10AM-11:30AM at 7625 Metro Boulevard Edina, MN 55439. Volunteers of America-Minnesota is looking for skilled parents to provide 6-9 months care for troubled youth in our new Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Program (MTFC). We have kids, ages 12-17, who are in need of a stable home with dedicated parents who appreciate the difficulties of childhood! Volunteers of America provides quality foster parents with lots of friendly training, 24 hour support and a monthly stipend. If you would like more information contact Jolene Swan at 952-945-4064 or ftpfostercare@voamn.org, or visit us online at http://voafostercare.org!

GED, ELL, College Prep and skills development courses offered
Minneapolis Public Schools-Adult Education is offering free GED, ELL, College Prep and skills development courses. Prepare for GED exams; Increase Math, Reading, and Writing skills; Develop Computer skills; Job training and specific certifications; Comfortable learning environment; and Day and evening classes available! For more information, please contact staff at: Minneapolis Public School Adult Education, 1250 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55411 or http://Abe.mpls.k12.mn.us or (612) 668-1863.

Volunteer at Skyline Tower Conversation Group
Reach out to your neighbors for an hour of coffee and conversation, Thursdays 5-6 pm! Share your stories and learn about other cultures while helping English language learners gain confidence in their language abilities. Our participants are mainly Vietnamese, Somali and Ethiopian residents of Skyline Tower at 1247 St Anthony Ave. For more information, contact lisa.vogl@commonbond.org or (651)999-7528.

Volunteer as an English Teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council.
Help adult refugees and immigrants learn the reading, writing and speaking skills needed to thrive in the U.S. Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities. The literacy council provides training and support. Interested? Contact volunteer@mnliteracy.org or call Allison at 651-251-9110. Or visit www.mnliteracy.org/volunteers/opportunities/adults

The Mu Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc at the U of MN is searching for former members
Currently, the sorority is collecting historical information to add to it's archives. This includes information pertaining to former Eta Chapter members (1922-1964) and Mu Rho Chapter members (1979-Present).For more information please contact the Graduate Advisor, Peggye Mezile by email: ga@akadpo.org

Hazelden Offers Free Educational Opportunity
Concerned about someone's alcohol or drug use? Addressing Concerns Together (ACT), Hazelden's new outreach program, can help. Join us for a free event to learn more about addiction, intervention, assessment, and treatment. Hazelden's St. Paul campus, 680 Stewart Ave., St. Paul. 2nd and 4th Mon. of each month at 6pm. This is an open event and there is no need to register. If you have questions, please contact Hazelden at 800-257-7800.

Free Classes for Adults
The Minnesota Literacy Council, a non-profit organization, has free classes for adults at our Lake Street Learning Center at 2700 East Lake Street, 2nd floor, above Denny's. For classes and more info, visit: http://www.mnliteracy.org/

Free Internet Access
Access internet, check email, look for housing, type up resumes, job search, practice typing, learn Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. M-F 11am-2pm and 5pm-7pm. At Sabathani Community Center Room 324 310 E 38th St Mpls, MN 55409.

Youth Business Club Develops Entrepreneurial Skills
Kids learn with support and guidance from community. The Selby Avenue Youth Business Club is open to youth ages 9-16 who are interested in starting their own or learning more about business. The group meets the first and third Saturday of ever month from 9:30 am to noon at Golden Thyme Cafe on Selby and Milton. For more information, interested parties can visit http://selbyareacdc.org/Saybcindex.html, e-mail at SAYBC10@gmail.com or contact at: 615-964-0710.

Free Lead Paint Testing
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible to receive new windows through a Hennepin County grant program:
• Home built before 1978
• A child (5 or under) lives in or frequently visits your home
• Live in Hennepin County
• Meet certain income qualifications
Sustainable Resources Center have partnered with the National Center for Healthy Housing to bring a national perspective to our efforts in Minnesota. SRC will be working with public, private and nonprofit organizations throughout the State to develop the plan. This is a great opportunity to encourage and support the creation of healthy homes for all! Call Sustainable Resources Center at 612.872.3281 to schedule a free home visit! Communication available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. http://www.src-mn.org/

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program (MFPP)
MFPP provides free counseling for Minneapolis homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages (and referrals for clients outside of our service area). Located in the Minneapolis Urban League building at 2100 Plymouth Ave N, call 612.331.4090 and select option 3 to speak with a MFPP representative and set up an appointment.

The Black Parent Group - Mondays
Free weekly support group for parents of any race raising African American children. Mondays at 7–830pm at: Washington Tech Middle School 1495 Rice St. Saint Paul. Please visit the website: www.theblackparentgroup.com or send an e-mail to info@theblackparentgroup.com

PCLG Parent Support Group – Ongoing 2nd Mon. of each month
Parent-led support group where parents can share the challenges of parenting a child with mental health concerns. Open to any parent or caregiver of a child with mental health concerns residing in or receiving services in Hennepin County. 6:30pm–8pm, 2nd Monday of each month at Sabes Jewish Community Center 4330 South Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, MN. Contact 612.825.9615 hcpclg@yahoo.com or visit website at www.hccmhc.com

Seniors Program of Neighborhood Involvement Program
If you are aged 60 live within the following boundaries: 44th Avenue in North Minneapolis, West 36th Street in South Minneapolis, 35W on the east, and France Avenue on the west in MPLS and need help with a variety of services email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.com or www.neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612.374.3322 for more info.

Need to read better?
Call us for free classes or tutoring near your home.
• Improve your reading or math
• Get ready for your GED
• Learn computer skills
• Study English as a Second Language
Minnesota Literacy Council's Adult Literacy Hotline: 1.800.222.1990
www.theMLC.org/hotline

An Individualized Internet Course for Senior Adults
At last! Individualized instruction to help you find health information on the Internet. Free, ongoing classes and workshops held at these locations: Eastside Neighborhood Services 1700 2nd St. NE, Mpls. 55413 .612.787.4020 or The Seniors' Place 1801 Central Ave. NE, MPLS. 55418 (612.788.9186).

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Serves all of Hennepin County, offering a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis counseling, up to 72-hour overnight residential care, community referrals, parent education, parent support group, and a home visiting program. For more information or if you need services: .763.591.0100. Services are accessed voluntarily by families through the Crisis Hotline.

Pillsbury Crisis Nursery - A program of Pillsbury United Communities
Serves all of Hennepin County, offering a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis counseling, emergency day care, and limited 72-hour overnight home based care. For more information or if you need services: 612.302.3500. Services are accessed voluntarily by families through the Crisis Hotline.

Homeless Intervention Services
Are you a Minneapolis resident who needs help finding housing? Call the Minneapolis Urban League's In-take Line at (612) 827-9299. For more information about the services, contact the Minneapolis Urban League, Sharon Sayles Belton Community Services Center, 411 38th Avenue S., Minneapolis, (612) 827-5673.

City of St. Paul mortgage foreclosure prevention
Contact for free counseling to help you learn about the steps necessary to keep your home. 25 W Fourth St., 12th floor, St. Paul. (651) 266-6626.

NHS Refinance clinic
Call (612) 521-3581 for details, to register for the refinance information session or to schedule an individual appointment with a mortgage counselor.

Free Legal Services from Legal Aid Society
An attorney is available by appointment each Monday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. Call the Minneapolis Urban League at (612) 302-3100.

Free Drug Rehab Resource consultations
Call today 1-866-649-1594 or find out more at www.drugrehabresource.net. Don't wait.

Help someone in your community learn English
Enthusiastic individuals needed to make a lasting difference in the life of an adult learner. Help someone in your community learn English, prepare for the GED or increase their basic math, reading and computer skills. Ongoing training and support is provided through the Minnesota Literacy Council. For more volunteer information, go to www.theMLC.org or contact Allison Runchey at 651-645-2277 ext 219, arunchey@theMLC.org

Brooklyn Center Support Group for Families
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI-MN) sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Brooklyn Center at 7:00 p.m., on the first Tuesday of the month. For information, call Bob at (763) 533-1729.

Thinking About Welcoming an Exchange Student?
AFS-USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Anyone interested in learning more about hosting or volunteering with AFS should visit www.afs.org/usa/hostfamily or call 1-800-AFS-INFO.

NIP Seniors Program RAKE IT seeks volunteers Now–Nov
Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer

Impact the life of a child: Become a literacy tutor with RSVP
RSVP of the Greater Twin Cities is accepting applications from people 55 and over who are interested in tutoring youth, either in the classroom or in an after school program format. RSVP places people in volunteer tutoring positions with organizations in their own neighborhoods. You can make a difference in a child's life for as little as one hour a week. The RSVP program, sponsored locally by Volunteers of America of Minnesota, provides benefits and support to people 55 and over. For more information call Mary Jane Horton, RSVP Literacy Coordinator, at 952-945-4163 or mhorton@voamn.org

Wanted: Community-minded book lovers
One in seven U.S. adults lack the literacy skills necessary to enjoy great books, help their children with homework, or understand medication labels. But you can change this by volunteering with the Minnesota Literacy Council. With only two or three hours a week, your love of reading can create a stronger community. Tutor an adult learner, assist in an adult classroom, or teach a basic English or GED class. We have locations throughout the Twin Cities area, flexible scheduling and training to help you get started. Contact Allison at volunteer@themlc.org or 651-645-2277, Ext 219 or visit us on the web at www.themlc.org

Senior Companions Make a Difference
Are you interested in visiting homebound or isolated elders in their homes and helping with transportation for appointments or errands? If so, the Senior Companion Program would like to match you with people in the community who need a little extra help to stay in their homes. Senior Companion volunteers earn a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, training and liability insurance while serving. Volunteers must be 55 or older and serve 15 hours a week. For more information, contact Kate Neuhaus with the Senior Companion Program of Lutheran Social Service at 651-310-9447 or at kate.neuhaus@lssmn.org Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612.746.8549 for more info or visit www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

Foster Care Programs
Volunteers of America-Minnesota is looking for parents to provide care for youth in one of our two foster care programs. We have kids of all ages in need of a stable home with dedicated parents who appreciate the difficulties of childhood! Volunteers of America provides foster parents with friendly training, 24 hour support and a monthly stipend. Stop by an information meeting and learn more about making a difference in the life of a child! Meetings are held Fridays from 10:00-11:30 and the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30. Sessions are held at the VOA office: 7625 Metro Blvd, Mpls, MN 55439 Contact Heather Thornton at 952-945-4064 for more information, or to RSVP. Also, visit us online at www.voafostercare.org

Volunteer tutors are needed to teach Adult ESL & GED classes
One day per week at Sumner Library- 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. Morning Classes: 10am-Noon & Evening Classes: 6:30-8:30 Monday-Thursday. No previous experience necessary; full training provided. Must be able to commit to a 3 month period. For more information, please call 612-377-5399 or aconley@mnliteracy.org.

Mentors Make a Difference
The Council on Crime and Justice is looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to serve as mentors in two separate support groups. One group is for ex-offenders who have recently been released from prison, and the other is for their loved ones, who are helping the men transition from prison. All mentoring is done in a group setting at the Reentry Hub located on 1101 West Broadway Ave in MPLS. Groups are offered at various times and include both daytime and early evening hours. Expected commitment 3-6 hours per month. To sign up or for more info contact Zach Psick at psickz@crimeandjustice.org 612.353.3016.

Volunteer: Coach to Success Mentoring Program
Volunteer to become a mentor with AAAC's mentoring program. Make a positive impact on the life of a young student in the Osseo Area School District #279. For more information, contact the African American Action Council, 6001 78th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN. 763-503-0159.

Adult Literacy Tutors
Help someone in your community learn English, prepare for the GED or increase their basic math, reading and computer skills. For opportunities throughout the Metro area or Greater Minnesota, contact Allison at the Minnesota Literacy Council arunchey@theMLC.org or (651) 645-2277, Ext 219. Or volunteer@themlc.org

Jacobs Ladder Inc. & P.A.L. tutoring program
Certified teachers needed to volunteer with the Jacobs Ladder Inc. & P.A.L tutoring program. Contact Diashka B. Jackson, (763) 458-3440.
Volunteers Needed: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Contact Mary Wiles at (651) 255-8183 or mary.wiles@cancer.org for information or to volunteer.

Volunteers Needed: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Contact Mary Wiles at (651) 255-8183 or mary.wiles@cancer.org for information or to volunteer.

Guild Incorporated
Guild Incorporated is a health and human services organization that exists to help people with mental illness lead quality lives. The Volunteer Service Program at Guild Incorporated offers: flexible scheduling, expense reimbursement, training, ongoing support and recognition of your efforts. For more information about volunteering, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (651) 925-8465 or heck out www.guildincorporated.org. A variety of volunteer positions are available.

Become a Minneapolis Urban League volunteer or mentor
To become a Minneapolis Urban League classroom volunteer or to mentor a student, contact the Marketing Department at (612) 302-3143.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 11:51 )

Reflections: Heroes are neighbors who lend a hand

Reflections: Heroes are neighbors who lend a hand

The Todd Western Charity Foundation presented a check to a family devastated by the May 22, 2011 tornado last December.   Dora Hill and her family were severely impacted by the tornado while living in their Penn Avenue home.  Hill received a check for 1,000.00 to help with continuing to rebuild her life.  The check was presented at the Pillsbury United Communities’ Executive Offices with other North Community Response Team (NCRT) representatives present.
 

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North Minneapolis neighborhood beat

Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association
SCNA is holding a board meeting 6:30-8pm Tuesday February 14 at Creekview Park 5001 Humboldt Ave. N. For more information: Amy Luesebrink
763-561-1616 scna@stribmail.com

Black History Showcase
Plymouth Youth Center (PYC) Tech High School Discover Crew presents a Black History showcase 7pm Friday February 17, The Capri Theater, 2027 W Broadway, Minneapolis, MN.  . 

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Artspeak: Anatomy of the Whitney Houston Tragedy

At 2AM EST, my girlfriend Kesho from Iowa called and informed me that Whitney Houston, R&B music icon had died. Alone and without any apparent foul play, Whitney Houston, whose voice gave us airwaves magic with song like “I’ll Always Love You,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “I’m Every Woman,” “How Will I Know,” and “The Greatest Love of All,” is no more. 
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