Kingfield Farmers’ Market Committee
Monday, January 28, 2008
12:00-1:00
Corner Table

Attendance: Melinda Ludwigzack, David Nicholson, Scott Pampouch, David Brauer,
KFNA Staff: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Joanna Hallstrom

Announcements:
Mary Hunter withdrew her commitment as a KFMC board member; do to family and business priorities. Hunter confirmed that Grand Café will be a 08 vendor.

Joanna S. Hallstrom announced that she will be taking maternity leave in August and possibly not returning to KFNA.

Housekeeping Items:
1. Whether or not to join the MN Farmers’ Market Association: The committee decided to hold on becoming a member of MFMA ($60) this year but to invest funds in sending the new market coordinator to an MFMA conference if it was found to be beneficial. MFMA published The Farmers’ Market Manual for Minnesota ($55). Hallstrom will try to find a copy that the committee can review before decides to purchase a copy.

After discussion the committee felt that MFMA membership, although beneficial (i.e. included in an on line market listing etc) is not a necessity or priority to this year.  Membership will be revisited for 09.
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KFNA Redevelopment Committee
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
7 – 9 P.M. Martin Luther King Park
Attendance: approximately 70 people
Redevelopment Committee Member
Mark Hinds, Arthur Knowles, Tom Parent, Rosemary Dolata, Doug Kress, Dave Saddoris

KFNA Staff: Sarah Linnes-Robinson and Joanna S. Hallstrom

Welcome/Introduction of Meeting:
Tom Parent called the meeting to order and gave an overview of evenings presentations and discussions. Parent gave an update on the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan and summarized why there is a new plan and what major changes expected. Parent reported the formation of joint Lyndale & Kingfield Comprehensive Plan study group and invited residents who would like to participate to contact him.

I. Greater Context of Supportive Housing
Cathy ten Broeke of Heading Home Hennepin gave an overview of why supportive housing exists and what the county’s role is in addressing the issues of homelessness. In her presentation ten Broeke explained research that had been done to identify national best practices to address homelessness. Heading Home Hennepin is the county’s plan to address homelessness in partnership with the State. The goal is 5,000 housing option for homeless people. 910 of these are designated for youth hand young adults. This group is a need of quality housing that is affordable and linked to services that help people succeed in their situation.
The supportive housing model works and is cost effective. There isn’t one housing structure that is most recommended. It can be single sites or scattered sites.

Regarding youth and supportive housing best practices have identified that the intake process needs to be flexible. Youth are more likely to choose services in a flexible context. The service provider must understand the youth culture and development. Young adults need to be allowed to develop at their own pace and move ahead.

II. PCNF Process for Choosing this Project
Doug Mitchell, Associate Pastor of Missions and Outreach from Plymouth Church gave the back ground for why PCNF is involved in supportive housing. Based on their core religious belies to be involved in social justice issues and to help the poor. Plymouth Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church have partnered together to increasing affordable housing for people in need.

The Nicollet Square project started in October 2005 when PCNF first met with the Family Housing Fund, the County, The City, Department of Human Services and Members of Housing 150 and PCNF, and MN Housing Finance Services to develop a more focused plan to participate in ending homelessness in the county and decided to target homeless youth.

When selecting a site for a their project 3700 Nicollet was appealing because is was large enough for the development and it was near public transportation.

PCNF met with other youth supportive housing providers in the area to talk about what was currently being done to serve this population, how was this group being under served and what could be done better in serving this population.

The feedback from these meetings and other research help develop the facility and program design model that PCNF wanted to pursue (A flat rent structure and work fast model linked to affordable housing). PCNF put out an RFP for a social service organization. Youth Link was awarded the contract.

III.
Social Service Program Description [PCNF, YouthLink, Housing 150]
A panel or representatives from PCNF, YouthLink and Housing 150 answered questions generated by the Kingfield community about inner workings of day-to-day life of proposed development. Kingfield residents were emailed a FAQ, specifically addressing each question prior to tonight meeting. Copies of the FAQ were available as needed. Residents were asked not to re-ask questions that were specifically addressed in the FAQ but could ask relate clarification and related questions.

The executive director gave an overview and history of YouthLink’s 30-year experience working with youth. A written summary can be found at HYPERLINK “http://www.kingfield.org” www.kingfield.org under the redevelopment link. YouthLink services are often partnered with other providers (e.g. Hennepin County Front Door and African American Services). YouthLinks goal is to create an environment that empowers but not enables youth. Their vision is to end homelessness and poverty for youth. YouthLink staff receive 52 hours of training a year. YouthLink has built a framework, expertise and history for serving youth well. Their #1 commitment is to homeless youth.

Program description –

Residents will be screened before they are accepted into the program. Residents will pay a flat rental fee. The fee will start at $204 the first year and second year, increase to $305 the third year and increase again the 4th year to $410. A flat fee requires that residents secure and maintain an income. The fees are affordable but are required as part of rental agreement. The increases help move the resident to market rate rents. The housing is permanent. Residents can stay as long as they need to. Staying too long is not a concern as statistically young residents move out within 6mo to 1yr. PCNF and YouthLink will be trying to keep residents longer in order to help them stabilized as much as possible and prepare for independent living.

No alcohol or drugs will be allowed and guest visits are restricted.

The building will be staffed 24hrs a day. During the day time there will be 5 staff on site (3-YouthLink social workers, employment specialist, property manager, front desk). The desk person will monitor the doors 24hrs a day. Comparing this project to others like it, one person to monitor the doors is adequate.

The programs will be structure based on a work fast model. PCNF and YouthLink will partner with an employment services provided to help with job placement and coaching. Residents will not all be employed at the same time. Some will be going to school and/or working part time. Work training will be provided as well as help with career development – a comprehensive component of these services. Residents will be assisted with finding immediate employment either through the retail partnerships within Nicollet Square and outside businesses.

The development is not scheduled to open until the fall of 09 or the spring of 2010. PCNF is excited to work on partnerships with local resources such as the YMCA, Family Tennis Center, MLK Park. Kingfield residents are encouraged to volunteer as mentors.

PCNF is committed to work on eliminating and reducing crime in the area and will actively work with and cooperate with the police staff. As with other projects Nicollet Square staff and residents can/will participate in the neighborhoods Crime and Safety meetings.

IV. Question and answer session on issues of the social service model for PCNF and YouthLink.

Parent asked that everyone be familiar with the HYPERLINK “http://www.kingfield.org/kfna_housing_redevelopment.htm” \o “FAQ and Addendums” FAQ and Addendums that were emailed out before the meeting and made available on the Kingfield website and provided at this meeting. Parent stated that tt is the goal to expound on items in the in the FAQ but not re-ask or re-answer items posted in this document.

Q. How will the no drug and alcohol policy be enforced?
A. It will not be done as a “police search”. If drugs or alcohol are abused or found on the site residents would be asked to leave.

Q. What happens if the front desk person needs to leave?
A. It is common to only have one staff person in charge of the desk. People cannot enter if the front desk person leaves, as they have to be buzzed in. There will be cameras inside and outside of the building at the front and back doors. PCNF met with CPS Thompson to do a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design assessment that will be incorporated into the design plans.

Q. What is the track record to success?
A. This is PCNF’s first affordable housing project for young adults. PCNF’s partnership with YouthLink will bring the expertise and track record needed to run a successful program. The average stay at a YouthLink unit is 1 year. 70% move on to healthy non-supportive housing.

Q. 40% of youth have mental illness what type of support is provided for them?
A. YouthLink has a mental health support through partnerships and has a clinical psychologist that they can refer youth to.

Q. If you did the research in October 2005, when did you send out the RFP?
A. Early fall of 2007. The delay was because PCNF become involved in buying back a 20-unit section 8 building (process took 1 ½ year).

Q. Were the program parameters outlined in the RFP? How much say to YouthLink have in the program proposal?
A. Lee Blons stated her background working with affordable housing, directing a homeless shelter etc. Blons stated that there was 18-20 months of program planning and research. They are committed to doing what works. PCNF asked for provider feedback before the RFP was posted. YouthLink liked the parameters that PCNF proposed.

Q. Of unsuccessful how many are dropping out and let go from programs?
A. 17% of youth were asked to leave. 70% of youth developed rental history and had a positive transition to independence. These stats are from one YouthLink program. The note take was unable to record all the statistics that were presented for this question.

Q. What supportive services are available (page 3 of FAQ)? Can they choose?
A. Residents are not required to participate in services. Please look at the study addendum for more info. Research says that young people that are not required to access services participate in them at the same rate as those who are required. This is a youth engagement model where relationship building, development of respect for each other and the facility are keys to successful and positive results in youth’s independent transitioning.

Q. Why a youth model and not adult model?
A. The population PCNF will serve on this project is 18-21. For 14-16 year old youth the goal is family reunification as much as possible. This model is for young people that are unaccompanied and have not support base. These youth need help to connect back to education. This group is also very vulnerable. There is also very limited shelter for homeless youth. There are only 70 beds for emergency shelter in this areas. Youth have full lives and with the right assistance will be able to integrate back into the community.

Q. Why 42 units – the answer in the FAQ is week? 21 units verses 42 seems to be more manageable.
A. Archdale has 37 units, Barnabus has 37, Lydia has 40 units. PCNF believes that it is a reasonable model. Other neighborhoods associations have not expressed a negative impact.

Q. What will happen in 15-20 years when funding dries up?
A. If the use of the building were to change it would be transferred into rental and maybe converted into one bedroom units.

Q. What is residents stay for four years? You will have significant age differences between residents (minors with adults). Will you balance the gender of the residents and sexual orientation?
A. Each person is judged based on their individual merits. Residents will reflect the youth homeless locally. There is a large GLBT youth population, a majority African American and Native American. The male female ratio is about a 40/60 gender mix.
From past experience youth are very protective of their environment. Any type of illegal activity will be reported as staff are mandatory reporters. Any resident under 18 must have the permission of a guardian.

Q. Security guard (front desk) is a high turn over position isn’t it? How do you prevent the desk person from becoming buddies with the residents and turning a blind eye to negative activity?
A. The front desk staff are part of the whole house culture. They become the youth advocate. There are precautions in place to prevent this from happening.

Q. How does supportive job coaching work?
A. The job coach is the buffer between the employee and their client. They help with placement and trouble shooting any issues that arise in the work place.

Q. Why will the majority of residents be African American? Due to systemic issues there will be more homeless kids coming from foster care. Do you use a strength based model?
A. The demographic at YouthLink programs is 70% African American youth.
A strength based model interrelated to positive youth development. Youth spend to much time on negative issues. A community model of living is most effective. This program is designed to help youth aging out of foster care – providing a place for them to transition into independence without becoming homeless first.

Q. Concern that the building will become a vacuum for other homeless youth that do no want help.
A. This has not been a problem at other youth supportive housing site and it will be addressed if it becomes a problem at Nicollet Square.

Q. How will youth be able to find money for the first months rent and deposit? If they don’t have to participate in school, work etc how will they pay?
A. There is an application process to get into Nicollet Square. Some youth will have jobs already; some money will come from the county, some from other programs. Youth must engaged in services to get financial assistance. Youth cannot stay in Barnabus or Archdale if they cannot pay rent, the same will be true with Nicollet Square. The model is one of empowerment and not enablement. Youth who do not have a legal source of income will not be able to stay – this encourages work.

The Experiences of Other Neighborhoods with Similar Developments
Dave Fields, Elliot Park neighborhood, home of Barnabas was not able to attend tonight but sent a detailed letter of Elliot Park’s experience with Barnabas. Elliot Park is very supportive of the project and has not experience any negative affects from it.

Ken Stroebel, Stevens Square neighborhood, home of Lydia Apartments gave a brief history of the controversy that Stevens Square neighborhood had with the Lydia project (PCNF supportive housing for adults with mental illness and chemical dependency). Residents were adamantly opposed to the project and wanted the property to be developed into something other then supportive or assisted living of which their neighborhood has a number of already. They wanted to diversify the type of developments in their neighborhood. Lydia Apartments did get developed and the neighborhood has not had any negative impacts from the project and residents been good neighbors.

Minutes completed by Joanna S. Hallstrom, NRP Project Organizer

Kingfield Crime and Safety Meeting
Tuesday January 15
7-8:30pm
Driftwood

Attendance
Kingfield Residents- 9
MLK Park Staff:
MPD- Lt Marie Przynski
Fifth Precinct Community Attorney- Lisa Goden
Crime and Safety Task Force Board Representative-
KFNA Staff- Joanna S. Hallstrom, Project Organizer
Announcements:
Citizen Academy application information was passed out.
Open Forum Issues of Concern:
No new concerns were reported.
The group was hoping for a up date on the 39th and 1st drive by shooting. There was nothing official to report.
The group discussed gang activity in the neighborhood. Nothing stated by Lt. could be reported as public record.
Neighborhood Crime Reports: 
Lt. Przynski reported that overall crime stats are down for our precinct.

Crime Prevention and Safety Strategies: 
Lt Przynski is still working on confirming a date for the citizen training on Minneapolis gangs. This training will be precinct wide.
Hallstrom reported that she attended a court watch meeting that the process is being reviewed to be more effective and not burn out volunteers.

The group enjoyed meeting at Driftwoods and will met there again but not regularly as it is hard to hear and talk as a group.

Minutes completed by Joanna Hallstrom, Project Organizer – KFNA

Minutes of Kingfield Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Attending: David Brauer, Ben Kristensen, Chris Sur, Amy Joe Gracyalny,
Dave Saddoris, Tom Parent, Niki Stavrou, David Potosky, and Arthur Knowles.
Absent: Darrell Gerber, Mary Hunter, JobyLynn Sassily, and Karen Pieper.
KFNA Staff present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson

Meeting was called to order at 7pm.  There were no comments from the community forum.

REDEVLOPMENT
David Saddoris clarified his motion (previously made by email) for an amendment to the letter regarding 4307 Wentworth.  The sentence should read “letter approving county’s concept for the property contingent…..” that will be created and executed.”  All voted yes.

FINANCIALS
Lois Epstein, KFNA Bookkeeper, walked us through balance sheet and income statement for 7 months through 12-31-07, explaining how to read and understand the financial reports.  David Brauer asked if there was a way to indicate more about the timing of our cash flow, like a “cash flow projection”.  Sarah explained that she will bring forth a proposed budget to the February meeting.  Projections for future funding will be explained in more detail then.  David Potosky asked for clarification of NRP Funds.  Sarah stated that as we proceed with budgeting for this year we need to evaluate if we can keep running at the same capacity as before.

Epstein said she can modify the reporting for the next fiscal year to include a budget column on the monthly report—Linnes-Robinson will modify our budget report this year to align more closely with the General Ledger so this is possible.

Discussion ensued about cash flow, including NRP, loan repayments and in the end it was agreed that we want to be able to see if we are “on budget” or not.  Find “the happy place” between too little info and too much detail.  Budget tracking through the year and where our cash flow stands was felt to be important.

FUTURE OF NRP and future funding for KFNA.  We originally received a plea to write a letter in support of NRP funding.  After looking at other neighborhoods “form” letters, it seems uncertain if the letter is still necessary.  Do we want to plug for 2009?  Do we think that 2 million is enough to keep us going?  Will probably be less than 25K per neighborhood.  Big question is we still don’t really know if the money is going to be there.

There are concerns about the programs the city is going to be offering in lieu of NRP and that those programs will be less accessible to neighborhoods. We can choose whether to respond or remain silent.  Arthur Knowles expressed strong concern that we should speak out.  The questions remain: What can we do so that we can all make an informed opinion about NRP and our position?  Can we send the letter asking the city to clarify certain points in their most recent decisions re: NRP?

The Board decided that they needed more education on the subject and that they needed to get some links for board members, and residents alike, where they can inform themselves better about NRP the history and current activity.  David Brauer will tweak the letter and send it.  Sarah & David will meet w/ Bob Miller of NRP and talk to Elizabeth Glidden and Scott Dibble to see if a meeting can be arranged to discuss NRP in an informative way for board members.  JobyLynn suggested that residents should be invited to such a meeting too – in advance of the Annual Meeting.  That inviting residents will help educate them about NRP too, and will give us an opportunity to then remind them about the Annual Meeting and perhaps even encourage them to run for the Board.

4307 Wentworth
Unanimously voted to send the letter with the amendment as noted earlier.

ANNUAL MEETING PLANNING AND BOARD RECRUITMENT
David Brauer asked every board member to try to recruit at least one new person to run for the board.

Newsletter announcing the meeting comes out 1 month prior to the meeting.  Discussion ensued regarding how to rev up interest to get a better turnout than at last year’s meeting.  David Brauer mentioned that the potluck might not be as big of a draw as in previous years.  Tom Parent suggested we call on our neighborhood restaurants for food donations and publicize the pre-meeting time as “A Taste of Kingfield”.  Niki Stavrou agreed to talk with some of the other restaurateurs in the neighborhood to get a feeling for the interest level about participation in such an event.  She will report back at the February meeting.

In discussing potential speakers who might draw an audience, Niki Stavrou suggested that at previous Annual meetings the speakers are often politicians and often sound like they’re just campaigning.  What about something different like Julie Ristau to facilitate something to gather ideas from the residents about what they want to see in Kingfield (i.e. an interactive time rather than just listening to someone speak); or what about Jay Walljasper to talk about community and neighborhoods etc…as an alternative to inviting only politicians.

JobyLynn suggested it’s important to have someone educating people about NRP – refer back to “invite the public to any meeting we might have for board members to learn about NRP” – then use the opportunity to tell them about at the annual meeting.

Bruce, resident of Kingfield, asked about next summer tearing up of Lyndale Avenue and what kind of draw that might have for getting people to come to the meeting.

Everyone is to think more about ideas before February meeting so we can invite speakers with plenty of notice.  Another suggestion from Arthur was to invite the green party candidate ??name??.  Or, Keith Ellison suggested by Tom Parent.

No decisions were made.

REDEVELOPMENT
Things are progressing regarding the development plans of 3700 Nicollet.  Intermittent meetings are planned to educate community on programming, building design, and safety.   People who have voiced opposition to the idea are attending meetings and are engaging in the process.  Sarah announced there is now a separate email list for the 3700 Nicollet project.  This week FAQ sheet will start answering those questions and will be sent to the email list and posted on the website.

Arthur asked if King Bridge Partnership is dead for now.  Answer was yes, but not forever.  The money for King Bridge that is being held is fine sitting in our account.  Website to be incorporated into KFNA’s.  The discussion is the project will be reactivated next summer and funding will be sought makes more sense to let it lie now and use the completion of the RvierLake Greenway as an organizing point to connect the two segments.

Website: Roll out is delayed.  Website timeline is over the next two to four weeks.  Feb 12-26 migrating old content.  Finalizing migration and launch by March 2nd.  Big savings by using Dream Host.

Kingfield Wiki will be phase 2 of the website. New email addresses for everyone and more.  2 laptops have been donated to KFNA by David Potosky.

Direct mailer has brought in approx $4000.  Business sponsorship is down.  Will send another letter to businesses.

40th and Lyndale unveiling is coming out sometime soon.

KFNA office lease went up to $870 per quarter vs. $765.  It’s a 4-year contract for deed to own.  Niki offered to make some inquiries about the co-op and how exactly it works.  Will report at the next month’s meeting.

Tennis Center has applied for a grant that would require them to get involved in community organizing.

Walldogs is in the black at this time.

Arthur moved to adjourn at 8:50pm.  David Potosky seconded.  Meeting adjourned at 8:50pm.

On 1-1-08 at about 10:15 pm, there was a Robbery of person near the intersection of 44th St W and Colfax Av S.

2 people were walking on 44th St W. They saw a dark colored car driving around on 43rd St W somewhat suspiciously, but did not get a license plate number.

2 black male suspects, both wearing hooded sweatshirts approached the victims and displayed handguns, demanding money. The victims complied with the suspects and were not harmed.

The suspects are described as;

  1. Black male, 5 ft 9 inches to 6 ft 1 inch, 16-19 years old, light complexion, wearing glasses.
  2. Black male, 5 ft 9 inches to 6 ft 1 inch, 16-19 years old, light complexion.

If you see any suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles, please call 911 immediately. Get as much information as you can to describe the suspicious behavior and describe the suspects/vehicles. License plate numbers are very important if you can get them.

Remember please;

  1. Please alert your neighbors to this information if they do not receive these e-mails. Also let your neighbors know how to sign up for these alerts. Send a message to safe5.2-on@ccpsafe.org
  2. Please let your block club members know about these events.
  3. Be aware and call 911 with suspicious person calls, if you see suspicious activity/persons.
  4. Keep an eye out for people on the street before exiting your home/vehicle.
  5. When you get into your car, lock your doors and do not just sit in the vehicle parked.
  6. Don’t carry excessive extra cash, credit cards or other items.
  7. Write down the numbers and contact information of all your credit/debit cards so you can call and cancel them immediately should they be taken/lost. Keep this in a safe location.
  8. Get involved with (or start) your neighborhoods Crime & Safety committee
    1. CARAG meets the 2nd Monday of each month, Call Scott Engle 823-2520 for more information
    2. East Harriet meets the 3rd Monday of each month at Java Jacks, contact Matt Perry at 839-3320 for more information.
    3. Kingfield meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at MLK Park, contact Joanna at 823-5980 for more information.
    4. Lyndale meets the second Tuesday of each month at the 5th Pct, contact Mark at 824-9402 for more information.
  9. Get involved with the Stroll Patrols for your neighborhood, contact the above people for more information on when/where these groups meet.
  10. If confronted by someone, comply with what they demand.
  11. If you have any information on this or any other crime please call the MPD Tips line at 612-692-8477

Again, please call 911 with suspicious person/activity complaints if you see something out of the ordinary.

1) Living Art featuring the work of artists from Kingfield, Lyndale, and across the Twin Cities.

Art Show and Silent Auction March 22, 7-10 PM
Rau+Barber Studio, 4424 Nicollet Avenue South

Call for Artists:
Local artists and community members are invited to create 2-dimensional or 3D art that captures the spirit of ‘Living Art’. Whether growing, changing, moving, or residing in the public eye and thus subject to individual interpretation, art lives among us and influences us. Artists are encouraged to be flexible in their interpretation of the concept “living art”, and how it is incorporated in their work.

One free ticket to the event, including food and desserts artfully crafted by Scott Pampuch of Corner Table and Theresa Lien of Anodyne, provided to each registered artist. Additional tickets $10 in advance; $20 at the door. Cash bar. Auction proceeds from ‘Living Art’ are split 50/50 between the artists and the Walldogs on Nicollet, a project of the Kingfield and Lyndale neighborhood associations.

Walldogs on Nicollet is a joint-project of the Lyndale (LNA) and Kingfield Neighborhood Associations (KFNA) neighborhood associations. The project will involve local and national artists coming together to paint 6-10 murals along Nicollet Avenue from Lake Street to 46th Street from July 24th to 27th, 2008. This project is being done to increase foot traffic on Nicollet Avenue, prevent graffiti, and build stronger relationships between local businesses and residents…besides assisting in creating some really awesome art! More information on this project can be found at www.walldogs.lyndale.org.

Registration Deadline: March 5

Artwork Due: March 15

To register visit www.kingfield.org and click on “Living Art”.

“Because we believe that art is the key to community, this project helps our community live and thrive by bringing artists and neighbors together in the creation and appreciation of art.”–KFNA

For information Contact:

Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
3754 Pleasant Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
www.kingfield.org
sarah@kingfield.org
612.823.5980

2) Fundamental Basketball at ML King Park

Fundamental Basketball registration (ages 5-8) is still open with the first day of the program beginning January 12th at 9:30am. Fee is $15.00 and with jerseys available for those that need to purchase them. 2008 Program Coordinator: Jenny Phillips. Please direct your questions to Brian Cornell at 612-370-4908

3) Meet the Kingfield Author – Jay Walljasper, author of The Great Neighborhood Book, Thursday, January 17, 2008, 7:00 pm; Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Avenue.

Join King Field resident and award winning author Jay Walljasper for an evening of readings and discussion of Jay’s new book, The Great Neighborhood Book — A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Placemaking. Jay is the former editor of the Utne Reader and current executive editor of Ode magazine.

A senior fellow at the Project for Public Spaces, Walljasper has written articles for The Nation magazine, the British magazine Resurgence, Mother Jones, Preservation, the Chicago Tribune magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer magazine, Toronto Star, L.A. Weekly, E magazine, Rock N Rap Confidential and publications in Paris, Madrid, Belgium and Australia. He was Culture Editor at In These Times and a travel editor at Better Homes & Gardens. Jay is a respected consultant and speaker on making places work for people and building neighborhoods.

Admission is free and Judson Church is now handicapped-accessible. Call 612-822-0649 for info.

4) M.L. King Day Event at King Park

Monday, January 21st
6:00 – 7:30pm

The MPRB 2008 Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration will take place Monday, January 21, 2008, from 6:00 – 7:30pm. The program will kick off with a Silent Candlelit Peace Walk from Central Green Gym to ML King Park led by Ward 8 Council Member Elizabeth Glidden and District 3 Park Commissioner Scott Vreeland. Upon completion of the Peace Walk, a short program comprised of music, entertainment and the presentation of the MLK Award to the 2008 recipient, Sherman Patterson, will take place at ML King Park.

**There will be a FREE shuttle bus available for transportation to Central Gymnasium for all of those who wish to participate in the Peace Walk. The shuttle bus will be departing ML King Park at 5:30pm.

Further info: Brian Cornell 612-370-4908

5) Free Dental Care

The Minnesota Dental Association is coordinating a special opportunity for low-income children in need to get free dental care on February 1 and 2, 2008. I am including below a letter from Richard Diercks, MDA Executive Director, and some information from the MDA website. Please pass this information along to low-income families in your neighborhoods.

In addition to the information below, the Minnesota Dental Association website provides the following information on “Give Kids a Smile” at http://www.mndental.org/public_home/about_us/give_kids_a_smile/

A list of participating providers can be found at

http://www.mndental.org/public_home/about_us/give_kids_a_smile/list_of_dentists/

6) Citizens’ Academy

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a police officer?
Do you wonder why officers do what they do?
Do you want to learn more about the Police Department?

Learn directly from investigators, trainers, precinct commanders and officers about police procedures, what it is like to be an officer and how the Minneapolis Police Department is organized at the Citizens’ Academy.

This 10-week course offered by the Training Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department is open to people who are 18 years of age and live or work in Minneapolis. Topics include Use of Force, Investigations, K-9 Unit, 911 Operations, Emergency Response Unit and much more. Some of the activities will be “hands on” experiences. Students will participate in scenarios and simulation exercises.

There will be a spring Citizens Academy in 2008. The class is planned for Tuesday evenings, March 11 through May 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be held in south Minneapolis. The deadline for registering for the spring class is February 22nd. For any questions or for information on registering for the class, call Crime Prevention Specialist Carol Oosterhuis at 612-673-2874 or carol.oosterhuis@ci.minneapolis.mn.us or Mary Lou Fiala in the Training Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department at 673-3420.

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