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We live in an amazing city… get out and explore!

The Minneapolis RiverCurrent is a list of upcoming and ongoing events in Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking for a craft beer festival or a place where the kids can run wild for an afternoon, this list has something for you!


Oooh! Pretty Streets!


Spring = Street Sweeping!

Here’s the info you need:
Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 14. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets to avoid a ticket and tow.
Through May 8, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.

Interactive Web tool – There’s a tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. Residents can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup,” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the Web site to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.

· Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish in short videos that can be watched at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
o English: See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean.
o Spanish: Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.
o Somali: Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.
o Hmong: Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”
Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

Green Day 2015

Green Day Tangletown

Join us for Tangletown’s 2nd annual Green Day event!

Workshops, demos, children’s art activity, door prizes, pizza & cookies. Learn about keeping our bees healthy, home energy improvements, biking safety, rain gardens, composting, rain barrels, aquaponics, natural yard care, the City of Minneapolis’s organics recycling program and more.

Workshop schedule:
*11:30am – Healthy Bees. Healthy Lives, Beez Kneez LLC
*12:30pm – Organics Recycling, City of Mpls/Tangletown Neighborhood Association

Tangletown Green Day is Saturday, April 12, 11-2, at Fuller Park

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s newly formed Sustainability Committee is hosting its first annual Green Day on Saturday, April 12 at Fuller Park from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature information tables, presentations, demonstrations, drawings, games, prizes, children’s activities, and delicious refreshments (pizza and lemonade!). Come learn more about various topics such as solar energy, home energy improvements, rain gardens, rain barrels, caring for Minnehaha Creek water quality, backyard composting and drop off organics recycling, tree care, fertilizer & pesticide use, organic gardening, and biking safety. This will be a great hands-on event for families wanting to learn more about sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Worms, fish, dirt, garbage – what more could you want?!! For more information or to volunteer to help, email maryjanemitchell@msn.com or call 612-824-8296.

Join your neighbors for a Community Organics Summit on Wednesday, December 4

Tangletown and Hale Page Diamond Lake (HPDL) Neighborhood Associations are working together with the City of Minneapolis to bring organics recycling to our neighborhoods! We’re looking to create a free, local drop-off option for compostable materials as early as Spring 2014 and we need you!

If you live in Tangletown or HPDL, are interested in learning more about the program, or if you’re ready to sign up, please join us for a community summit, with refreshments and door prizes, at the Fuller Recreation Center (4800 Grand Ave S), Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. If your household is unable to make the meeting, please email Tangletown (info@tangletown.org) or HDPL (office@hpdl.org) for more info.

Tangletown participating in area neighborhood priority plan supporting Lyndale Ave. and 54th St.

Tangletown neighborhood is partnering with Lynnhurst, Kenny, and Windom neighborhoods to develop a Neighborhood Priority Plan which suggests an approach to encouraging development specifically of a Special Services District for the area of Lyndale Avenue and 54th Street. Please review the NPP Plan Document to better understand the background and goals of this partnership and initiative. Submit questions about this proposal to info@tangletown.org. The proposal will be set for community approval at the September 16 board meeting.

Cost Share Grants for Stormwater Management

Up to $2,500 available in matching funds

As property owners make plans for their gardens and landscaping this spring, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is kicking off a program that offers grants for projects that protect water resources by stabilizing shorelines and streambanks or utilizing stormwater best management practices (BMPs).

The MCWD’s Cost Share programs help property owners make improvements that prevent runoff. Eligible projects for Stormwater BMP Cost Share grants include rain gardens, which filter stormwater, and pervious pavement, which allows rain to pass through the material to a drainage system below.

Who’s Eligible: Private property owners (residential, non-profit organizations, private schools and businesses, homeowner and lake associations). Public entities also considered for shoreline or streambank stabilization grants.
Examples of Eligible Practices: Rain gardens, native plantings, permeable pavers, etc. or using native plants to stabilize shorelines and streambanks.
Cost Share Percentage: Grants will be issued for up to 50% of project’s cost.
Maximum Grants: $2,500 cap for residential stormwater BMPs. $5,000 cap for residential shoreline or streambank stabilization. No set maximum for other proposals, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information and how to apply, contact Aldis Kurmis, MCWD Cost Share Specialist, at 952-641-4523 or akurmis@minnehahacreek.org.

For more information about the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, visit www.minnehahacreek.org.