Notice of Intent: $22,700 to fund TNA Environmental Initiatives

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA) Board of Directors proposes allocating $22,700 to a Neighborhood Priority Plan (NPP) focused on environmental and sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability and environmental initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
– Quarterly education events (leaf raking, water quality, reuse/recycle, backyard composting, etc.)
– Watershed protection programs (i.e. rain gardens, rain barrels, drain stenciling)
– Organics/composting programs
– Energy efficiency programs (energy audits, community solar support)
– Pollution prevention and remediation efforts

The TNA Board of Directors will vote on this proposal at the March 20, 2017 meeting.

Direct questions or comments to info at tangletown.org

Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan: comment through March 4th

Draft Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan available for public review and comment

Public comments will be accepted until March 4 via online survey, paper survey or direct email or phone call to the project manager.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking comments on a draft of the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan. This document will create a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet, and surrounding parkland within Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park.

The draft Master Plan is the result of 18 months of community-based planning and design. Public comments will be accepted until March 4, 2017.

The plan is available online on the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan project page. Printed copies of the plan along with paper surveys will be available after Jan. 25 at each of the 13 recreation centers located in southwest Minneapolis, MPRB headquarters and the Walker, Linden Hills, and Washburn libraries. Community members may comment by filling out a brief online survey, a printed survey at one of the locations referenced above or by emailing or phoning the project manager listed below.

At the conclusion of the open comment period, MPRB staff will catalog and categorize each public comment to assess its impact to plan. The comments will be taken into consideration by the Board of Commissioners when considering approval after a public hearing on the plan.

Once approved by the Board of Commissioners, the plan will be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for review and adoption. Future funding of capital improvements at the two lakes and surrounding parkland is contingent upon a Met Council adopted master plan.

The first round of improvements identified in the plan will begin in spring 2017.

Español: 612-230-6573 | preguntas@minneapolisparks.org

Soomaali: 612-230-6574 | suaalo@minneapolisparks.org

CONTACT:
Deb Bartels
Project Manager
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
612-230-6438
dbartels@minneapolisparks.org

Renaming Ramsay School

A student-led campaign to rename Alexander Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis is underway. The school community is exploring the history of Alexander Ramsey and searching for a new name that would better reflect our values and inspire our students.

Mark your calendars for the next Community Voices Event: What should be the name of our school?

Tuesday February 28th 6:00pm dinner then program at 6:30

All are invited-neighbors, alumni, students, families, historians & community leaders! At Ramsey Middle School on 50th St. & Nicollet Ave. Dinner & childcare provided. Come for a presentation by students outlining our top new name choices as submitted and chosen by the Ramsey Middle School community. Then attendees will participate in small group-listening sessions to discuss their name preferences.

Please RSVP to paul.sommers@mpls.k12.mn.us or elissa.cedarleafdahl@mpls.k12.mn.us for dinner/childcare

Learn more at http://renamerms.weebly.com/

Call for Artists!

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA) is seeking Minneapolis artists to submit designs for utility box wraps in the Tangletown neighborhood in south Minneapolis. The program is open to professional artists living or working in the Tangletown neighborhood or the City of Minneapolis. TNA will also consider art students (or teams of arts students) living in or attending school in the Tangletown neighborhood, provided their arts teacher will mentor the student(s) through the process. Selected artists will be paid a small honorarium.

For details, please review the full description of the project and submission requirements here. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.

Questions? Email us at info@tangletown.org

Tangletown is Hiring!

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA) is seeking a neighborhood Coordinator.

  • Part time (~20 hours/week)
  • Flexible hours (some evening meetings)
  • Contractor status, $30/hour

TNA is a board of volunteers from the neighborhood who help organize events, programs, and outreach, with the goal of strengthening our community and enhancing quality of life for our neighbors.  

We are looking for a Coordinator who can take board ideas and run with them to make things happen.  We need someone who is organized and has great ability to follow through with little to no supervision.  The Coordinator works closely with our volunteer board members and officers, and is a key part of the team.  Beyond interacting with board members and neighborhood residents, the Coordinator will have a great support system via the Southwest Coordinators group and various City contacts.  

Our ideal Coordinator will …

  • Enjoy interacting with neighbors, building relationships, and managing events.
  • Think it’s fun to manage our communication, (social media, website, e-newsletter, etc.).
  • Love to be organized and make sure things don’t fall through the cracks.
  • Be a quick learner and share opportunities they see for improvement.
  • Help identify and execute board strategy.
  • Find satisfaction in contributing to our local community.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Attend monthly TNA meetings, generally evenings after 6pm.
  • Coordinate volunteer efforts for various TNA events.
  • Maintain and develop tangletown.org website.
  • Expand and distribute eNewsletter and social media communications.
  • Coordinate paper newsletter creation and draft content.
  • Monitor TNA email account, PO box, and reply to correspondence as needed.
  • Develop annual calendar of board actions and activities that outlines decision making timelines for successful events & activities. Assist in scheduling meetings to meet the outlined deadlines.
  • Manage partnerships with the City of Minneapolis, other neighborhoods and neighborhood schools as directed.
  • Produce, manage, and submit reports, grants and contracts.
  • Support Treasurer in managing TNA Finances
  • Attend relevant meetings to represent TNA and its initiatives as directed.
  • Report to and communicate with TNA Board contact(s) and submit bi-weekly report.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, (feel free to include samples of work).
  • Strong organizational skills to manage and coordinate all aspects of responsibilities.
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally.
  • Familiarity with basic web design and major social media platforms.

To apply, email resume and references to info@tangletown.org

November is Water Quality Month in Tangletown!

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November is Water Quality Month in Tangletown!

FREE Water Quality Forum at Fuller Park – November 1st

Join us Tuesday, November 1st for an evening forum with Leslie Yetka from the Fresh Water Society.  Leslie will discuss water quality issues in urban areas and strategies for residents to mitigate their impacts and protect our waterways. The forum takes place at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave S) – doors open at 6:30pm and the forum starts at 7:00pm.

Volunteer for Neighborhood Leaf Raking – November 5th

Many of our neighbors struggle to rake their leaves each fall – you can make a huge difference by volunteering on Saturday, November 5th from 12:30-3pm.  Grab your rake or leaf blower, meet at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave S) to grab a cookie and some hot apple cider, and head out for a fun afternoon.  This is a great family service activity and children and youth are very welcome to participate.  Sign up as a team or individually and we can assign you to a team.  When finished with leaf raking, volunteers are encouraged to enjoy the Water Quality Fair. 

For those who have requested help with leaf raking, a team of volunteers will come in the afternoon on Saturday, November 5th.  

Water Quality Fair – November 5th

The Water Quality Fair takes place on November 5th from 1:30-4:00pm at Fuller Park.  Stop by to play games, talk to water resource specialists, check out interactive exhibits, learn how to protect our water resources through simple home practices, and grab a hot beverage and snacks.  Exhibitors from Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Westwood Consulting, the Master Water Steward Program, the Wetland Health Evaluation Program, Tangletown Neighborhood Association, and City of Minneapolis Adopt-a-Drain program will be present at the fair.  This is a FREE event, so please bring friends and family and help make Tangletown the most water-smart community in Minneapolis! There will also be door prizes!

Tangletown Adopt a Storm Drain.

Oooh! Pretty Streets!

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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.

Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter

Click the link below to view Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s Spring/Summer Newsletter.

Details on all the ways to participate in the 2015 Tangletown Garage Sales – drawing in buyers from all around!

4th of July festivities

Annual Meeting information

All you need to know about our terrific Tangletown!

2015 Newsletter

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