A Community Catalyst Event*
October 6, 2011 (First Thursdays)
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
COFFEE & light refreshments provided
Most of us work with people from a wide variety of cultures every day. In the Central neighborhood, Latino Americans make up 44% of the population according to the 2010 census.
Let us just name the issue – the great majority of us who work in neighborhood helping organizations are English speakers who cannot speak Spanish and have never been to Mexico beyond Cancun, Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatamala, or any of the other places that our neighbors hail from. We have no frame of reference on what they have left behind, and very little knowledge of the entirely different cultural family norms and dynamics that they bring with them.
This month we are inviting experts from the community who can direct us, as helping organizations, in working more effectively with those we serve. At Park Avenue, we try to translate all of our written materials and we have Spanish speakers on staff, but I know there is so much more that we should be doing to engage, assist and empower the families who come to us seeking resources. The following experts have agreed to sit down and talk with us:
Jesus Purisaca, Latin American Ministry
Park Avenue United Methodist Church
also Parent Liaison, Minneapolis Public Schools
Other speakers to be announced
Please click on the link below to RSVP. Feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues and neighborhood residents.
Rev. Paula Sanders, Executive Director
Park Avenue Youth & Family Services
*The purpose of Community Catalyst meetings is to foster collaboration for positive change in the Central neighborhood area of South Minneapolis.
Once a year Kingfield residents gather to celebrate 38th Street. From hot dogs to music to hair extensions there was a little something for everyone to enjoy at this multi-block party. Southwest Minneapolis Patch’s resident illustrator captured these scenes.
Check them out on Patch!
2 Dinners, 2 Drinks, 2 Forks to share Dessert, all for $25 from 6 – 9!
The Lowbrow, 4244 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Kingfield residents turned out Saturday for “Celebrate 38th,” an annual festival along 38th Street organized by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association. Shop keepers set out booths, a Brazilian band played, and residents (and their dogs) paraded up and down the street, celebrating community. Southwest Minneapolis Patch had our own stand in front of Peter Pan Dry Cleaners, taking the portraits of willing passers-by. Check out the portraits!
More photos of the event on the Celebrate 38th page of this website
Thursday September 29, 2011 ~ 6:30-8:30pm
Lake Harriet Upper Campus, 4912 Vincent Ave. South
childcare ages 3 & up ~ interpretation in Spanish & Somali
• Welcome & Introductions: Chris Rigert, parent, DPAC co-chair
• DPAC report/upcoming elections
• Enrollment Increases: update on planning status, Courtney Cushing-Kiernat, project manager
• Go-To Cards for High School Students: the discussion, Meredith Fox, operations & planning
• Q&A: Theresa Battle, associate superintendent for Area C
Chris Rigert – firstname.lastname@example.org co-chair
Yassin Qanyare – email@example.com co-chair
Gael Ellis, Community Liaison, OFCE – firstname.lastname@example.org 612-987-2344
Theresa Battle, associate superintendent – email@example.com
Chinook Books are chock-full of local coupons from green-minded businesses (over 350 of them!) and this year the $20 bargain comes with a mobile coupon ap for 100’s of additional deals! These books are EVERYWHERE now so why should you buy one from KFNA? Because every penny raised goes directly into supporting Kingfield Community Gardens…not only our current Pleasant Community Garden, but the new ones being dreamed of and planned for on Blaisdell, Nicollet, and also at Dr. Martin Luther King Park!
Get your Chinook at the Kingfield Farmers’ Market every Sunday this fall at the KFNA table at the front of the market. Like this very market that KFNA started over a decade ago which has grown into a sustainable, community-gathering place for so many people, so too can each garden nourish the community and provide fresh food within our urban neighborhood!
Buy a book from KFNA and be part of growing something larger than our neighborhood!
September 30th, 2011
Turtle Bread Co. , 4762 Chicago Ave South
A Discussion of Census Data for Ward 8 Neighborhoods.
Census data shows dramatic change for South Minneapolis’ historically black neighborhoods. For the first time, black population has declined in four Southside neighborhoods, a decline nearly double that seen on the city’s North Side.
This trend of Black families moving out of the city and into surrounding suburbs is not unique to Minneapolis or the Twin Cities. At the same time, some of the same neighborhoods have seen large increases in Latino community members. What are the reasons for this demographic shift? Why have Blacks migrated out of Minneapolis and how do these changes affect our communities?
We are joined by speakers who will offer their thoughts on these changes for our city and South Minneapolis neighborhoods, including Star Tribune reporter Steve Brandt, actor, playwright and Central neighborhood resident Kim Hines, and Professor Keith Mayes, of the U of MN African American & African Studies Department. Please join the conversation!
Andrea Jenkins, Senior Policy Aide
Office of Elizabeth Glidden
8th Ward City Council Office