April 2018 News and Updates from Commissioner Higgins

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April 2018

flower and pollinator

This issue highlights some of the great work being done by Hennepin County. Also, be sure to check out all of the upcoming events this month, including the Minneapolis St. Paul Home Tour, the Bee Run, Poetry Month, and many bunny-friendly Easter egg activities!

In addition, I invite you to think about subscribing to other interesting topics offered by Hennepin County.

Best wishes,

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Linda at NACo

Linda at NACo

Commissioners Greene, Goettel, Callison, Opat, McLaughlin and I attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) legislative conference in Washington, D.C. I presented at the conference about public-private collaborations such as the Pathways program and the Hennepin County program to rehab tax-forfeited properties. We went to the Hill to meet with Senators Klobuchar and Smith and the two Members of Congress who represent Hennepin, Keith Ellison and Eric Paulsen. 

State of the County Address April 10

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The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners cordially invites you to the 2018 State of the County Address presented by Jan Callison, Chair.

Tuesday, April 10 at 9 am
Meet and greet with light refreshments at 8:15 am
Brookview Golden Valley Community Center
316 Brookview Pkwy. S., Golden Valley

For event details and to RSVP hennepin.us/stateofthecounty.

Rebroadcast Friday, April 13 at 8 pm on Metro Cable Network / Channel 6. Webcast rebroadcast at hennepin.us

Minneapolis-Saint Paul Home Tours April 28-29

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The annual Minneapolis-Saint Paul Home Tour highlights almost 50 homes for your viewing enjoyment. Kitchens, bathrooms, wooden floors - even decorating ideas - are shown off by their owners. And this year, two of the tax-forfeited properties that have been rehabbed through our pilot project will be on the tour.

The tour is open Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 5 pm. The tour will be held regardless of weather conditions. Pro tip: Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off!

Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour maps and information.

C Line Bus Rapid Transit and Penn Avenue improvements kick off with groundbreaking

Lucy Laney kids at groundbreaking

Representatives from the Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit, Hennepin County, Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, Lucy Laney School (above), along with KMOJ radio emcee Freddie Bell and prominent business and community members grabbed shovels last Tuesday morning to break ground on the region’s second rapid bus line (BRT), the C Line.

The C Line will substantially replace Route 19, running from Brooklyn Center into Minneapolis, primarily on Penn Avenue and Olson Memorial Highway. C Line service is scheduled to begin in 2019. Gov. Mark Dayton has included $50 million in his bonding proposal for future rapid bus lines and Bus Rapid Transit service, which operates on highways.

“The C Line will improve transportation choices, reduce congestion and connect hundreds of thousands of people with jobs,” said Gov. Dayton. “We must continue to develop a comprehensive transit system that will allow the Twin Cities metropolitan area and state of Minnesota to grow and compete. Projects like the C Line are essential to the long-term vitality of our communities.”

C Line buses are expected to perform up to 25 percent faster than today’s local service. Service will be sped up by allowing customers to purchase fares before they board, spreading stops farther apart and using roomier, 60-foot buses with front and rear entrances. In a first for the region, most of the buses used on the C Line will be fully electric, running on rechargeable batteries and producing no tailpipe emissions.  

Service along the line will also be made more efficient through technology that lets buses request green lights and by placing new stations on the far side of intersections, allowing buses to get through lights before stopping. Trips will run every 10 minutes throughout the day, giving customers confidence the next bus is never far away. The C Line will also provide a safer, more comfortable waiting experience for riders. Well-lit stations will have real-time signs, security cameras and heaters, among other amenities. 

The C Line is part of the Penn Avenue Improvements Project partnership with Hennepin County and Minneapolis. The partnership is meant to make meaningful infrastructure improvements and enhance transportation and transit service and safety throughout Penn Avenue and Olson Memorial Highway into downtown Minneapolis. It will include reconstruction of portions of Penn Avenue, to coincide with C Line construction.

You can read more from the C Line project homepage and review these frequently asked questions (FAQs) sheets: C Line rapid bus and What to expect during construction.

Your feedback is needed regarding a new route for the existing Route 19 line that will remain open once the C Line is in operation. The three options are online at metrotransit.org/route-19-service-planning. You can provide feedback (by April 5) by calling 612-373-3333, or send an email.

See more on this project with Hennepin County Penn Community Works, a community-involved project for the past few years.

Minnpost “It’s a big deal”: C Line to bring bus rapid transit to popular north Minneapolis route.

New Hennepin Healthcare clinic opens

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The new Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center has opened just across 8th Street from Hennepin County Medical Center. Along with the new building, a new website – hennepinhealthcare.org – and an updated logo have been introduced.
See video and story on KSTP

EMS Pathways Academy Student Internship Program

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Applications for this class are due March 30

The EMS Pathways Academy Student Internship Program is helping the Minneapolis Fire Department and Hennepin EMS workforce to better reflect the community they serve. The first class of graduates included 91% people of color and was more than 50% female. 

Obtaining a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification opens the door to many career paths. This is a rapidly expanding field and as more jobs for EMTs are created, it is necessary to fill these positions with qualified candidates that reflect the multilingual and culturally diverse communities we serve. 

Graduates of this program have been successfully hired as Minneapolis firefighters, dispatchers with Hennepin EMS and some are continuing their training to become paramedics.

What: 13 week EMT training and certification course. 
Who: Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, be authorized to work in the United States, and will be required to pass a physical exam.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. The next class will begin in June of 2018. 
Cost: There is no cost to apply. Participants are paid $15 hourly.
Applications for this class are due March 30.

Register, learn more or sign up for future notifications of openings.
 

Property taxes due May 15

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We offer three ways to pay your property taxes online
Property taxes are due on May 15, 2018. 

Make it easy on yourself and pay current or previous year tax payments online! It’s much more convenient with our automated online e-check, direct debit, credit or debit card services. We still offer conventional payment methods, too. You can also subscribe to receive property tax due date reminder emails.

Visit our Property taxes web page for more information.

Proposed ordinance on food waste recycling, curbside organics collection and more

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Hennepin County is in the process of revising its recycling ordinance (ordinance #13 source separation of solid waste). This revision process was initiated when the County Board adopted the Solid Waste Management Master Plan in November 2017.

 Potential ordinance revisions

Upcoming open house meetings for businesses

We are hosting a series of open house meetings for businesses that generate large quantities of food waste. Staff will gather input from attendees, answer questions and share information about our grants and other resources that are available now for businesses to start an organics program.

More info here. County staff are reaching out to city representatives, trade associations, waste haulers, property owners and the broader community to seek input on the ordinance language.

Sign up to receive notifications with updates and opportunities to provide feedback as the revisions proceed.

For questions about the meetings and to RSVP, contact Angie Timmons at angie.timmons@hennepin.us or 612-348-2477.

‘1917–1919 The Americans in Tours’ on display in Hennepin Gallery April 3 through May 30

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“1917-1919 The Americans in Tours” will be displayed in the Hennepin County Government Center from April 3 through May 30. The exhibit, featuring photos and documents from the First World War, was created by the city of Tours, France, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the Americans who were stationed there. Tours became the General Headquarters during the war. The goal of the exhibit is to educate people about the lives of the American soldiers while they were stationed in Tours.

Tours, France has been a Sister City to Minneapolis since 1991, and strong ties have formed between the two cities.

The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 6 pm, at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis. 

Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT)

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People who want to comment on the proposed corridor protection wall and other design changes to the Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT) can submit written remarks.

Changes studied in the SEA/Amended Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation include:

  • A proposed freight rail corridor protection barrier in Minneapolis;
  • Changes to retaining walls and landscaping in the Grand Rounds Historic District;
  • Realignment of 31st Street in Minneapolis;
  • Trail detours and mitigation;
  • New potential construction lay-down areas in St. Louis Park and Minneapolis;
  • Other impacts.

Review the amended document.

    A public comment period started on February 23 and comments will be taken until April 9, 2018, online at www.swlrt.org, or by mailing:

    Ms. Kelcie Campbell
    Environmental Project Manager
    Metro Transit - Southwest LRT Project Office
    6465 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 500
    St. Louis Park, MN 55426
    Email: SWLRT@metrotransit.org.

    On another LRT note, developers are increasingly choosing to invest along light rail transit, as witnessed by the $8.4 billion in reported new investments along existing and future LRT lines in the Twin Cities metro region. That’s an increase of $1.6 billion in just a year (see inset picture).

    Learn more about the Green Line project’s joint Supplemental Environmental Assessment/Amended Draft Section 4 (f) Evaluation and LRT development in the latest edition of the Metropolitan Council’s Extending Tracks.

    Find a new rhyme and meter during National Poetry Month

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    This April during National Poetry Month, your library is a center for inspiration and creation with poetry-themed book lists, online resources and events.

    hclib.org/about/news/2018/march/poetry

    Get car care information from hclib.org

    alldata

    ALLDATA automotive provides diagnostic and repair information for more than 30,000 vehicles, 1982 and newer. Patrons can access this valuable resource only at a library building, logging in with your library card, using either a public computer or your own device.

    Learn more about this automotive resource.

    Get a free Hennepin County Library card here.

    Black poets in the stacks

    Free Black Dirt collaborative via Intermedia Arts

    Listen to micro-poetry readings from local and distinct African-American poets throughout the sections and stacks of Webber Park Library. Celebrate the ways that poetry lives in all spaces and forms in Black American expression from jazz, “playing the dozens,” hip-hop and culinary arts to activism and performance art.

    Tuesday, April 10, 6 to 7 pm

    Webber Park Library

    4440 Humboldt Ave. N., Minneapolis. 

    Collaborator: Free Black Dirt (artists pictured).

    Learn more about this poetry event.

    Step to it with your community this May

    Step to It kids

    Build healthy habits by tracking your activity through the Step To It Challenge, a fun, free program that encourages people of all ages and abilities to become more active.

    Join the challenge this May on behalf of your community, school, workplace or other group. The challenge is not just about walking; convert a variety of activities into steps, including running, cycling, dancing, manual wheelchair use and many others.

    Win Twins tickets or other prizes

    Participate in the challenge for a chance to win Minnesota Twins tickets or other prizes. 

    Get inspired, find more information and register for the challenge by visiting steptoit.org or calling 612-348-5618.

    Guide to Additional Health Care Resources

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    The Minnesota Department of health has put together a guide listing various programs or agencies that provide health care services or information about services or insurance in specific situations. The guide is divided into the following topics:

    Senior Information
    Free or Reduced Cost Health Care
    Lower Cost Dental Services (note: see also NorthPoint Dental Clinic)
    Health Care for Children with Disabilities
    General Insurance Information
    Prescription Drugs
    Veterans Information

    The complete Minnesota Department of Health online guide.

    Questions about health resources

    Contact the Minnesota Health Information Clearinghouse health.clearinghouse@state.mn.us. Seniors may contact Senior Linkage at 1-800-333-2433, disabled or chronically ill people may contact Disability Linkage 1-888-333-2466, and veterans and their families may contact the Veterans’ Linkage Line at 1-888-546-5838. Services listed in the guide have contacts specific to the services, but you may always contact Hennepin County with questions 612-348-4111. Hennepin County also provides information and training classes for providers and people with disabilities. 

    Find your kid a summer activity program

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    Camps span a wide variety of activities and interests, including, but not limited to, the arts, nature exploration, outdoor recreation, sports, day camps and more.

    Registration is in advance with waiver and assistance availability. Programs are committed to accommodating campers with disabilities.

    Registration for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) youth summer camps is open now and filling quickly. See the full list of MPRB youth summer camps, call Customer Service at 612-230-6400 or visit any MPRB recreation center. 

    St. Anthony, Plymouth, and other locations Three Rivers Park District is offering camps for children ages 4 to 14. Visit the Three Rivers Park District web page or call 763-559-6700.   

    Help save our bees with a 5K and river cleanup

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    Join a fun, family-friendly event hosted by the Great River Coalition in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the National Park Service. The Bee Run is a 5K fun run/walk held in the only national park offering scenic views of the Mississippi River!

    Bee-gin the Saturday, April 21 5K with Mayor Jacob Frey and National Park Superintendent John Anfinson in Boom Island Park and follow a course that traverses through one of the city's most historic and naturally beautiful areas.

    Following the 5K, take part in an organized river cleanup, learn about efforts to protect pollinators, and enjoy plenty of live music, entertainment, and Earth Day festivities. 

    More information and registration at greatrivercoalition.com.

    Plymouth Offers Free ‘Creating Resilient Yards’ Workshop

    Plymouth garden class

    Learn about installing rain gardens, establishing mowable, native alternatives to turf and other practices

    Plymouth will hold a “Creating Resilient Yards” Metro Blooms workshop 6 to 8:30 pm Tuesday, April 17 at St. Barnabas Church, 15600 Old Rockford Rd.

    Using native plants can help improve water quality and provide a habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Participants may receive recommendations and options for installing rain gardens, establishing mowable, native alternatives to turf, and other practices.

    Following the presentation, attendees may receive one-on-one design assistance from Blue Thumb Landscape Designers, Hennepin County Master Gardeners and Master Water Stewards to create plans for their yards. Workshops attendees may also receive information about installation cost-share programs and Blue Thumb resources to help complete applicable projects.

    The workshop is free for Plymouth residents or $15 per household. To register, call 651-699-2426 or visit metroblooms.org/workshops.

    County program will help cities improve building energy efficiency

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    The board approved funding to develop a consistent building energy benchmarking program for cities across the county and region. Energy benchmarking helps building owners evaluate energy performance and identify conservation opportunities. 

    Local governments across the country, including Minneapolis, have passed policies that require building owners to track their energy use. This new program will provide resources to cities interested in implementing these types of ordinances. Owners with multiple buildings across the county will have one reporting system and the same support to reach energy-saving goals.

    Hennepin County received a $50,000 grant from the McKnight Foundation and approved a $105,000 agreement with a consultant to develop the program. 

    Read more about this board action.

    Read more about how the program works

    Hennepin County reflects diversity of our community, a priority for the county

    Employment diversity charts Hennepin

    The Hennepin County workforce now is 62% women and 28% employees of color.

    As shown in the chart, these numbers are likely to increase with pending retirements and normal turnover. Several programs at Hennepin County such as the Pathways program seek to bring even more diverse people into our workforce, and internal programs such as the Leadership Academy seek to provide people with the skillset needed to promote.

    Hennepin County is a great place to work and has competitive benefits. Consider working for the county! Our website shows 27 positions currently available at Hennepin County, including Civil Professional Engineer, Correctional Officer, Custodian, Dentist and more! If you’re looking for a job or know someone who is looking, please check out this resource. Click here to see the list

    Autonomous shuttle demonstration to take place along Midtown Greenway

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    Hennepin County will test an electric-powered shuttle and offer free public rides along a two- to three-block stretch of the Greenway during Earth Day weekend, April 20 through 22. The shuttle, capable of operating safely in mixed traffic with pedestrians and bicyclists, will travel for limited hours during the demonstration on one lane of the existing bicycle and pedestrian trail. A human operator will be on board the shuttle to take over, if needed. The shuttle will travel no more than 12 miles per hour.

    The county is interested in studying how this emerging technology can complement other multimodal forms of transportation and enhance connections to major transitways.

    Become a Master Recycler/Composter

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    Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter. These trained volunteers plan and implement projects that prevent waste, improve recycling and increase public awareness of opportunities to recycle and compost.

    The spring course will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 pm from April 11 to May 16 at Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale. An optional field trip will be held on Friday, May 4.

    Registration for the class will open on March 12. For more information, contact carolyn.collopy@hennepin.us or 612-596-0993.

    Tree stewards needed

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    Learn the basics of tree care and help take care of the urban forest by becoming a tree steward. Volunteer tree stewards take a one-day class that covers the basics of tree biology, health, planting, watering, and pruning through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on, outdoor field experience.

    Volunteers will then have opportunities to practice their skills by helping with various tree planting and tree care projects in the community.

    The next class will be held Saturday, March 31 from 8 am to 4 pm at the Hopkins Fire Station. Learn more and sign up.

    For more information, contact jen.kullgren@hennepin.us or 612-596-1175.

    Board actions

    March 13

    Project to improve safety of Highway 252 enters next phase

    The board approved agreements that will move forward with the Highway 252 project in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. Five of the six intersections in this corridor are among the 100 most dangerous in the state, with a high number and severity of crashes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). This project has developed concepts to address safety concerns and convert the corridor into a freeway. 

    Read more about these agreements.

    Read more about this project.

    Grant-funded navigators will help youth experiencing homelessness

    The board accepted a grant to change the county’s approach to assisting youth ages 15 to 17 experiencing homelessness. A Minnesota Department of Human Services grant will fund the work of two navigators who will help minors exit homelessness through family reunification and connections to benefits, housing and supportive services.

    Read more about this project.

    Funding will house and support youth currently in or aging out of county services

    The board approved $323,500 to provide stable housing and services for youth ages 18 to 24 involved in or aging out of county services. This initiative will build on the success of similar county programs working with segments of the same population.  

    Read more about this initiative.

    Grant to fund study on juvenile justice assessment tool

    The board accepted a $50,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop a local assessment tool that considers racial disparities while improving the accuracy of risk prediction, particularly for those most disproportionately represented in the Hennepin County juvenile justice system. This work is part of the county's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a partnership working to create a system that produces positive outcomes for youth, families and the community.

    Read the board action.

    Learn about opportunities to participate in the assessment tool project.

    Learn more about the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

    Candidates appointed to citizen advisory boards

    The board appointed the following candidates:

    County Extension Committee (University of Minnesota Extension)

    • Patricia Dominguez-Mejia 

    Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board

    • Sarah Gutzman
    • Lolita Davis Carter

    March 27

    Funding will help prevent spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

    The board awarded 11 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention grants totaling $198,175. Organizations will use funding for early detection of AIS, inspections at public lake accesses, outreach and education, research, watercraft cleaning facilities and more.

    Grant recipients include:

    • Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission - $20,000 to purchase and install a watercraft cleaning station at the French Regional Park along the north shore of Medicine Lake
    • CD3 General Benefit Corporation - $15,000 to build upon a previously funded project that developed a waterless cleaning station at numerous boat launches last year in the county
    • Christmas Lake Homeowners Association - $10,000 to assist with watercraft inspections every hour that Christmas Lake public access is open
    • City of Eden Prairie - $9,000 to conduct research on Brittle Naiad, an invasive plant about which very little is known
    • City of Long Lake - $33,675 to purchase and install a watercraft cleaning station at the public access on Long Lake
    • Fortin Consulting Inc. - $18,500 to fund early AIS detection efforts throughout the county, including volunteer assistance and training
    • Fortin Consulting Inc. - $18,000 to survey 12 water bodies lacking any boat access for the presence of AIS to evaluate possible unidentified pathways for AIS reaching these waters
    • Lake Minnetonka Conservation District - $10,000 to expand public access inspection times at smaller accesses around Lake Minnetonka
    • Three Rivers Park District - $20,000 to purchase and install a watercraft cleaning station at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
    • Three Rivers Park District - $33,000 to expand inspections at public accesses throughout the county
    • Wayzata Sailing Foundation - $11,000 to engage youth in discovery, monitoring and exploration of AIS in Lake Minnetonka

    Read more about these grant awards.

    Read more about how the county is preventing AIS

    Grant will fight opioid abuse among people experiencing homelessness

    The board accepted $85,200 in additional federal grant funds to provide treatment, prevention and awareness of opioid addiction within the Health Care for the Homeless program. This program provides a variety of health and wellness services at several clinics and shelters in Minneapolis. The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant will fund a social worker position to educate, assess and refer patients to substance abuse care and services. This effort aligns with the county's overall response to the opioid crisis.

    Learn more about Health Care for the Homeless.

    Learn more about Hennepin County's response to the opioid crisis

    Children's Theatre Company bonding request added to legislative platform

    The board approved an amendment to the state legislative platform that would add support for a $5 million bonding request for renovations of the Children's Theatre Company building.  

    Board declares April Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The board authorized a news conference planned for April 2 at the Government Center to raise awareness about child abuse. Local social service partner CornerHouse will host the event in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month and its Blue Kids Campaign, which encourages the community to “stand for kids.”  

    Learn more about this action.

    Board recognizes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

    The board declared April 8 - 14 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, as requested by the Hennepin County Attorneys Office. The county, along with community and state partners, strives to best serve victims of crimes by building trust and restoring hope. In 2017, Hennepin County prosecution crime victim advocates provided support and services to 35,049 individuals for cases moving through the criminal justice system.

    Read more about this action

    Read more about this action.

    Read more about this observance

    Candidates appointed to citizen advisory boards

    The board appointed the following candidates:

    Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board

    • Kurt Rogness - incumbent
    • Sherry Davis White - incumbent

    Human Resources Board

    • Ned Rousmaniere
    • Robert Powers - incumbent
    • Janet Frisch

    Events

    Northeast

    • Saturday, March 24 through Saturday, April 28
      Floral Art Exhibition. A showcase 65 works of art by 33 artists from Minnesota, as well as nationally. For flower enthusiasts, art collectors, and other artists. Northrup King Building, Gallery, Suite 293, 1500 Jackson St. NE. FloralArt
    • Saturday, March 31, 12-2pm
      Bunny Party and Egg Hunt. Celebrate the beginning of spring. Treats, games, Bounce House, egg hunt and more! Ages 7-12. Windom Northeast Park, 2251 Hayes St. NE. BunnyPartyandEgghunt
    • Saturday, April 7, 1-2:30pm
      Master Gardener: Beginning Vegetable Gardening. Learn basics of vegetable gardening for small spaces: site selection, soil preparation, terrain features, planting, upkeep and more. Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE. Register at MasterGardening
    • Sunday, April 15, 4-6pm
      14th Annual Hot Dish Revolution. Enter a creative hot dish and bring your friends to stack the votes for you. Celebrity judges decide the winners. 711 5th Ave. NE. HotdishRevolution
    • Wednesday, April 18, 10:30am-2:30pm
      East Side Job Fair. Twenty companies will be on hand to share employment opportunities. Bring your resume for onsite interviews. East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St. NE, Suite 230. For more information, (612) 787-4035 or EastsideJobfair

    North Loop

    • Saturday, March 31, 10am
      North Loop Candy Grab. Hunts for all ages, prizes and hot drinks. North Loop Playground, 4th and West River Parkway. CandyGrab
    • Wednesday, April 4, 12-2pm
      North Loop Wellness Day. A day dedicated to health and wellness. Educational talks on physical and emotional self-care. Enjoy a yoga class, giveaways and prizes. Industrious Minneapolis North Loop, 323 N. Washington Ave. WellnessDay
    • Wednesday, April 11, 5-6pm
      Coffee with Third Ward Council Member Steve Fletcher. Ask questions and raise issues you see in the community. Corner Coffee. 514 N. 3rd St. CoffeewithCouncilMember 
    • Saturday, April 21
      Earth Day Neighborhood Clean Up. Plan your own community cleaning party or join a group for a one hour clean up. Bags and gloves provided at Corner Coffee, 514 N. 3rd St. (April 17 through 21). Info: www.Northloop.org  

    Golden Valley

    • Wednesday, March 28, 6-8pm
      Community Workshop: Advance Planning for Future Light Rail. Residents, businesses, property owners are encouraged to attend to help guide planning for the areas around the future Metro Blue Line Extension LRT line. Unity Minneapolis, 4000 Golden Valley Rd. CommunityWorkshop
    • Saturday, April 21 7:45 am
      24th Annual Run the Valley. This 5K/10K race and 5K walk is a fundraiser for organizations that benefit the community. Brookview Park, 316 Brookview Pkwy. S. Registration and schedule, AnnualRunintheValley

    Plymouth

    • Friday, April 20 through Saturday, April 21, 11am-7pm
      Celebrate at Primavera. Enjoy a juried art exhibit, performances in music and the literary arts. Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N. CelebrateatPrimavera
    • Saturday, April 21, 7:30am-12:30pm
      Annual Drop-Off Day. Get rid of electronics, appliances, bicycles and more. Plymouth Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Ave. N. www.plymouthmn.gov/dropoff
    • Saturday, April 28, 9-11:30am
      City Sampler at the Plymouth Maintenance Facility. Residents can get an inside look at the state-of-the-art facility, and interact with city staff, the Mayor and Council members and visit the new facility. 14900 23rd Ave. N. www.plymouthmn.gov

    Bryn Mawr

    • Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 9am-5pm
      Festival of Garage Sales. 400 Penn Ave. S. FestivalofGarageSales  

    St. Anthony

    • Monday, March 26, 6:30pm
      10th Annual Cops vs. Kids Basketball Challenge. St. Anthony police officers play basketball games against local 4th-7th grade girls and boys basketball teams. St. Anthony High School, 3303 33rd Ave. NE. CopsvsKidsBasketball
    • Wednesdays, April 4 through May 30, 10:30-11am
      Family Story Time. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Books, stories, rhymes and movement. St. Anthony Library, 2941 Pentagon Dr. NE. FamilyStorytime  
    • Saturday, April 14, 10am-2pm
      Friends of the St. Anthony Library Book Sale. Bargain hunters and book lovers come and enjoy. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Hennepin County Library. St. Anthony Library, 2941 Pentagon Dr. NE. LibraryBooksale
    • Thursday, April 19, 7pm
      Rain Barrels available in St. Anthony. St. Anthony is offering rain barrels to residents who attend this information session. City Hall, 3301 Silver Lake Rd. Register at Rainbarrels  

    North

    • Thursdays in March, 5-7pm
      Teen Tech Workshop. Make music, videos, animation and other projects using high and low-tech tools. North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N. TeenTechWorkshop  
    • Wednesday, March 28, 5-7pm
      Public Safety Community Forum. Join Mayor Frey and others for a forum on improving safety. Minneapolis Public School’s Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave. PublicSafetyForum
    • Friday, March 30, 8:30-9:30pm
      Flashlight Egg Hunt. Bring your own flashlights for an after-dark egg hunt. Free. Creekview Park, 5001 Humboldt Ave. N. FlashlightEgghunt
    • Saturday, March 31, 10am-12pm
      Camden Candy Grab/Spring Egg Hunt. Activities and egg hunts for kids of all ages. Victory Neighborhood Association, 2204 44th Ave. N. CandyGrab_SpringEgghunt  
    • Saturday, March 31, 12-3pm
      Spring Egg Hunt. Free family fun at Fairview Park. 621 N. 29th Ave. SpringEggHunt  
    • Saturday, March 31, 2-4pm
      Town Hall Meeting on Gun Violence Prevention. Please join Senator Bobby Joe Champion, Representative Fue Lee and Representative Raymond Dehn and MAD DADS to gain insights and help us organize on the important issue of gun violence prevention. Shiloh Temple International Ministries, 1201 W. Broadway. GunViolencePrevention
    • Saturday, March 31, 2pm
      Master Gardener: Small Space Vegetable Gardening. Learn how you can grow your own vegetables and ornamentals in a small space. Webber Park Library, 4400 Humboldt Ave. N. SmallSpaceGardening  
    • Saturday, April 7, 1-4pm
      EggStravaganza Helicopter Egg Drop. View spectacular scenes of thousands eggs being dropped from a helicopter. Bring your own basket to collect eggs. Enjoy, music, face painting, bounce houses, food and much more. Please also bring a non-perishable food item for food drive. North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave. N. EggStravaganza
    • Saturday, April 7, 1-4 pm, program at 1:30pm
      Join Sumner Library to honor Gary Sudduth and the books that make Sumner Library special. Music, stories and activities for all ages. Sumner Library houses the Gary N. Sudduth African American History and Culture Collection, which includes more than 5000 books for all ages. Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. hclib.bibliocommons  
    • Sunday, April 8, 2-4pm
      Seed Swap and Seed Saving Workshop. Bring your seed collection and a friend, trade seeds with other gardeners, get your collection started and enjoy a beverage. See demonstrations of seed saving techniques. Serendipity Spot, 3300 Lyndale Ave N. SeedSwapSeedSaving
    • Thursday, April 19, 6-7:30pm
      Turn Your Grief into Poetry. Work through loss and grief through writing poetry and exercises. Webber Park Library, 4400 Humboldt Ave. N. PoetryWriting  
    • Thursday, April 26, 3-5pm
      Left Behind: Young, Black, Male and Unemployed. A public policy forum discussion about the persistent unemployment among young black men; the history and the solutions. Minneapolis Urban League, Glover Sudduth Center, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N. LeftBehind

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    • Thursday, March 29, 6:30-8pm
      Hennepin History Live. A variety show featuring short presentations, songs, and trivia from magazine writers. Tickets $5. Hennepin History Museum, 2303 Third Ave. S. HennepinHistoryLive
    • Tuesday, April 3, 6:30-8pm
      The New Tax Bill: Who Wins? Who Loses? Join Congressman Ellison and others to learn about how the new tax bill will affect you. Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall. TheNewTaxBill
    • Sunday, April 8, 1- 2:30pm
      Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour: The Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum. $18/MNHS. For information and tickets: TalesoftheFalls.
    • Friday, April 20, 10:00am-3:00pm
      People of Color Job Fair. Take your resume and be dressed for interviews. Minneapolis Convention Center, 2nd Floor, Rm. 200. Register at http://www.poccareerfair.com/  
    • Tuesday, April 24, 7pm
      Alex Wagner, CBS News Anchor and Correspondent will share her narrative nonfiction debut “Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging.” The book is a journey into her ancestry and discoveries. Free. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. FuturefaceBooksharing

     

    Contact

    Linda Higgins
    Commissioner, District 2
    612-348-7882
    www.hennepin.us/higgins

    Tina Sanz
    Principal Aide
    612-348-5335

    Beverly Hammond
    Administrative Secretary
    612-348-3526

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