March 2015 Community Meeting

Monday, March 23rd, 7pm at Clare House, Central Avenue between Spring and 3rd we’re hosting our Community Meeting. Everyone is welcome, and we’ll start at 7 so everyone can get home. Topics of conversation include:

Council Member Jacob Frey

Hillcrest Development proposal for Broadway

Our Parks, including the opening of our Community Gardens

May Plant Give Away

Love St Anthony proposal with Stephanie Williams.

Hope to see you Monday night

Free Community Technology Repair and Education

Fix-It Tech Events

A free community technology education event providing computer hardware repair, education and tech support.


Friday, January 30, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Takoda Institute – AIOIC
1845 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, 55404

Friday, February 27, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Oak Park Center – Pillsbury United Communities
1701 Oak Park Ave N., Minneapolis 55411

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Waite House – Pillsbury United Communities
2323 11th Ave S., Minneapolis, 55404

Have a Computer Question or Issue?

  • If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support!
  • Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.

Details & What to Bring:

  • First come, first served. Labor will be FREE. Parts available to purchase.
  • Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord.
  • Volunteers will help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

Free Workshops and Resources

  • Short sessions will cover basic computer maintenance and Internet safety. Pick up resources, learn about technology education programs and careers.

See more at Fix-It Tech Event page and blog post from November 22 event in North Minneapolis.

SAENA considering updating street lights

SAENA has money ear-marked for updated street lighting… We need to decide if this project is something we’d like to pursue.

The link below contains the Minneapolis Street Lighting Policies.

This is a good start to understanding the process and basic information the City provides.

At the Community Meeting last night (January 26) this information was shared by a member of the Minneapolis Public Works Department.

Energy Assistance Available

If you or someone you know is in need of additional assistance paying for heating and energy bills, the Energy Assistance Program might be able to help.

Offered through the MN Department of Commerce, this program can help pay some home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.

For more information and to apply, call 1-800-657-3710 or go online

Need Housing Repairs?

A Brush with Kindness is a home repair and restoration program of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.  A Brush with Kindness helps homeowners in your area with painting, repairs and critical health & safety issues.  The program works in partnership with municipalities and agencies in the Twin Cities to assist struggling homeowners remain living in a safe, healthy home.

In 2014, they served 130 families in the Twin Cities. Much of their work occurs in the inner cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Also, this past year they moved our ABWK offices/warehouse to NE Mpls. and would love to do more work in their new “backyard” in the neighborhoods of NE Minneapolis.

The typical home improvement projects include exterior painting and minor repairs to siding, porches/decks and windows.  Interior projects include painting, minor patching and some flooring work. They also do a few larger projects as well as some accessibility work including roofing, ramps, railings as well as some electrical and plumbing.

Requirements for the program include filling out an application, having an income below 60% AMI, having a significant repair need and be willing to partner if capable and work on your project alongside volunteers.

If you from these services, please call 612-788-8169 or go to the website at to get more information, apply online or download an application.


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