December 2006/Janurary 2007 Volume 20 Number 11 “Grow Your Neighborhood!” By Alexis Bell, Editor T he Corcoran Neighborhood Organization Avenue. The avenues will be broken down like this: (CNO) would like to introduce you to our Cedar/Longfellow, 19th Avenue, 20th Avenue, 21st “Grow Your Neighborhood!” fundraising Avenue, 22nd Avenue, 23rd Avenue, 24th Avenue, and campaign. Two board members, Kevin Reuther and 25th/26th/27th Avenues. Each month we will break Gerry Tyrrell, have secured a $5,000 dollar matching down the number of donors, showing which Avenue grant fund from area resident Kim Lund to help CNO has the most participants growing the neighborhood. with general operating expenses. The money will It looks like 21st Avenue is in the lead. Make your match any individual donations made to CNO up to block proud! Donate and encourage your neighbors to $5,000. donate today. How does the matching grant work? The Neighborhood Advocate—CNO’s e-mail Our goal is to raise $5,000 from individual donors in newsletter—will also be updating you with the same order to receive a match of $5,000 to bring our total information once per month via email. (If you don’t money raised to $10,000. Here is how it works: let’s already receive the Advocate, go to our website to say that I have decided to donate money to CNO. If I sign up.) You can also access our website at www.cor make a one-time donation of $250, the matching grant coranneighborhood.org for the most current and up to will match my donation bringing the total donated to date information regarding the progress towards our $500. Another option would be a recurring (pledge) goal. donation; you pledge to donate, say, $25 per month In February, at our annual Volunteer Recognition using our online donation option found at our website Dinner, residents will have a chance to meet Kim www.corcoranneighborhood.org. Your total pledge Lund, the grantee. We will have more information would be $300 and with the match the total donated about our efforts as well as our progress to date. would be $600! When you drive by our office located on the corner Why should you donate? of Cedar and 35th, take a look at our window to check Let’s take a look at our mission statement: “We, out the progress of our campaign. There will be a large the Corcoran Residents, in all our diversity, will version of the flower graphic in our window showing strive to strengthen and protect our unique character, how close we are getting to our goal of $5000. livability, and social fabric of our neighborhood. We I want to help my neighborhood grow. How can I will endeavor to encourage and empower all residents, donate? businesses and property owners to unite in addressing our common issues.” CNO strives to continue the There are many ways that you can donate to help endeavor of making Corcoran a better place to live, your neighborhood grow. The easiest way is to donate work and raise our families. In order to continue online. All you have to do is go to our website www to maintain and strengthen our mission, we rely on .corcoranneighborhood.org and click on the Donate donations that allow us to continue working with the button. You can sign up to have the money taken community. directly out of your checking account via electric funds transfer or your bank card. You just enter the Where does my money go? amount you wish to have taken out each month and The money we receive from your donations and they will send you an email reminding you of the the matching grant will cover program expenses upcoming withdrawal. Save your emails and you are for our non-profit organization. You may have able to use it as a tax write-off. received flyers in the past alerting you to upcoming While you are on our website, check out the list of neighborhood meetings and keeping you abreast of Minnesota companies that will match their employees’ what is happening in the neighborhood. The money donations to non-profit organizations. My friend helps pay for the paper, the ink and the time it takes to works for 3M and they match his donation to CNO deliver these notices. CNO also has donated paint to dollar for dollar. What does that mean for our drive? the mural projects in our neighborhood (Cedar Avenue It means if he donates $300 per year himself, his Shell Station this fall) as well as creating the annual company donates $300 and the grant will match his National Night Out Planning BBQ that takes place original donation bringing the grand total to $900! every June. A few more examples: this newspaper that you are reading right now, the Corcoran You will also find a return envelope inserted in this Neighborhood News, The Neighborhood Advocate, issue of the paper. Just fill it out and mail it or drop Watch Your graffiti removal, Problem Properties Caucus, events, it off at the office. Each month there will also be a Clean Sweep, citizen participation, housing programs cutout in the paper which you can fill out and mail to Neighborhood Grow! and Latinos en Accion. What is the “Grow Your Neighborhood! Campaign? us or drop off. CNO is very excited about this new fundraising effort. We would like to thank Kim Lund for this wonderful opportunity. We would also like to thank Each month the Corcoran Neighborhood News joAnn Blohowiak at Art of This for working with us (CNN) will publish the flower graphic (seen at left) on the visuals for this campaign. We sincerely hope with an update of how close we are to reaching our that you, the Corcoran residents, will be as excited goal. As you can see, as of the end of November we about this effort and reach into your pocketbooks to have reached $1863 in individual donations towards help continue to make Corcoran a great place to live. the goal. Everyone likes a friendly competition, Please feel free to call or stop in the office for more right? We will also be including a graph (seen lower information on “Grow Your Neighborhood.” left) showing how many donors have given on each www.corcoranneighborhood.org PAGE 2 November 2006 CORCORAN NEWS Corcoran Neighborhood News is Dear Editor, Now Hiring for a Part Time Position I just wanted to thank you and the others for printing the article last month about the Position: Advertising sales for a small, well-established, neighborhood newspaper. deceased kitty. The owner contacted me and was very glad to know what had happened and Hours: Approx. 20 hours per month. This is a very flexible job; perfect for a college also very happy to learn that the kitten they had student, stay at home parent, or as a second job. adopted from my neighbors was actually their Salary: $10.00 per hour. grand-kitty! ~ Amy Dolan, Corcoran resident Duties Include: § Selling ad space in the Corcoran Neighborhood News (CNN). CNN has a list of potential advertisers to contact, must also find additional options. § Ensure that monthly billing totals at least $600/month, customers are happy Christmas Joy I with their ads, deadlines are met, and layout is approved by the Editor. t is Christmas once again. § Work with the Editor on the layout of the advertising page using InDesign and The same Christmas and unchanging, with Adobe Photoshop software (experience preferred but not required). the same deep meaning it has always had. § Creating ads for customers who do not have something electronically. The same summons to all men to have faith, § Preparing invoices for billing and sending out renewal notices. not in any one faith, but to have faith in § When inserts are sold, finding volunteers to help stuff the newspapers before themselves, in mankind, in each other. delivery. Because if all the earth be laid in ruins and Preferred qualifications: all our yesterdays and all man’s wonders § Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign computer software (not become smoke and ashes, if love remains, then required). everything remains. § Interest in advertising (experience preferred). Christmas isn’t just once a year – Christmas is § Self-motivated and detail oriented. always, flowering in late December. § Outgoing and personable. A time for unselfishness, a time for each other, For more information, contact Amy Arcand at 612-724-7457. for goodwill, love, understanding, and deep respect for all our fellow men. For all we have Lake Street Road Construction Update on earth is each other. That’s what Christmas is all about A – reaffirming our love for each other and ll major work is decorative fencing at various contractor continues to install mankind. completed except locations. The roadway is open sidewalks on the south side of for placing the final to four lanes of traffic from 5th Lake Street and will continue May all of life’s good blessings be showered 2” bituminous wearing course Avenue to 21st Avenue. through November 20th. Trees on you this Christmas – and always. from 14th Avenue to 21st The contractor has completed and shrubs are being installed. By Maynard Swanson Avenue. This work will be placing the bituminous base Construction work will be completed in the early summer and binder courses and suspended by November 24th. of 2007. The contractor the concrete curb & gutter However, the new streetlights continues to complete from 27th Ave through 37th will be installed throughout the minor work items including Ave. The roadway will be winter months. installation of site amenities, opened to four lanes of traffic installing shrubs, and installing on November 20th. The Riche’s Kicken Café Opens Register to receive CNO’s free e-mail newsletter, The Neighborhood Advocate, by visiting www. corcoranneighborhood.org. By Matt Wieland, CNO Staff • up-to-date news & information R I decided on a bowl of chili, an easy decision • neighborhood events iche’s Kicken Café opened its doors • volunteer opportunities on my volunteer budget. I have since gone back to customers at 3445 Cedar Ave S • receive about once a week for more, and I believe my chili tally currently on October 3rd, giving area residents stands at four bowls. I have also heard positive Each issue of The Neighborhood another dining option. Owner Richard Flax Advocate allows you to end your reviews by fellow co-workers here at Corcoran opened the restaurant at the former site of subscription if you choose. Neighborhood Organization, who have ordered Coffee Eclectic, and before opening decided meals such as BBQ chicken pizza on pita bread, to keep the coffee machines in place. Richard jerk chicken sandwiches, and twice baked continues to serve fair-trade coffee at his café. THE CORCORAN NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS potatoes. I recently ate lunch at Riche’s Café, and Next Issue: January 26, 2007 Riche’s Kicken Café also features Richard’s Copy & Ad Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2007 walked in to a pleasant mix of humor and Published by Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, delivered very own barbeque sauce. Richard has been monthly door-to-door in and around Corcoran Neighborhood. sensibility, while maintaining a quant café feel. making the BBQ sauce for 16 years, but began Boundaries: The restaurant certainly has its quirks, which E. Lake St. to E. 36th St.: Hiawatha Ave. to Cedar Ave. professionally bottling the recipe this past June. Chief Editor: Alexis Bell include its name, random pictures on its local Email Editor: email@example.com You can come in and order from the menu to flyers (which include a kangaroo reaching Phone Editor: Leave a message at 612-724-7457 taste test the sauce, and if you approve, buy a Newspaper Volunteers: Gerry Tyrell, Jessica Ward- into its pouch), and advertisements written on Denison, Johnny Jones, Jr. bottle for $4 dollars at the café. Ad Sales: Contact CNO at 612-724-7457 for rate chalk sandwich boards outside the restaurant sheet and information about special begging for a rivalry between Riche’s Café Riche’s Kicken Café is open Tuesday- discounts and classifieds. Saturday, 11:00 AM—8:00 PM, and Sunday- Circulation: 2,200 and Famous Dave’s. Even the menu makes Delivery: 612-724-7457 you smirk. The café features barbecued meats, Monday, 11:00 AM—7:00 PM. On Sunday, Printing: Finance and Commerce A CPED Community Development Block Grant provides soups, sandwiches, baked goods, and of course, November 26th, Richard will begin serving a partial funding through Citizen Participation funding to CNO. fair-trade coffee. Perhaps the restaurant should Sunday brunch from 11:00-2:00. Richard also Opinions and viewpoints expressed in CNN are those of have simply changed names to Café Eclectic. caters, so keep Riche’s Café in mind for your the writer and may not reflect the views of CNO or its funders. While the menu hosts a wide array of choices, next business event or family gathering. Contact The Corcoran Neighborhood News complimented by daily specials, I have yet to the Café at 612-722-1121. Bon appétit! Corcoran Neighborhood Organization be disappointed by a meal. On this lunch hour, 3451 Cedar Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55407 PAGE 3 December 2006/January 2007 CORCORAN NEWS Effectively Addressing Problem Properties By Gerry Tyrrell, Corcoran resident T officers the ability to address whatever issue 3. Call Corcoran Neighborhood his summer saw increasing safety and concerns you. Concerned about a group of Organization (CNO) and Minneapolis livability issues in Corcoran, especially youth congregating? Then call 911 and report Police’s Community Crime Prevention along Cedar Avenue and Lake “blocking of the sidewalk or loitering” or even Specialist (CCP) - You are Not Alone. It Street. Corcoran Neighborhood Organization “suspicious activity”. Otherwise, the police is important that you let the Neighborhood is bringing neighbors together to effectively would be unable to intervene. Try to make Office and the Community Crime Prevention address crime and livability issues. One highly detailed and descriptive statements to the 911 team know what is happening. They can pull successful example was CNO’s concerted operator. The more detailed information you additional resources and energy toward solving effort to organize block clubs to participate in can provide the better equipped police will your problem. National Night Out on August 1, 2006, with be able to address the situation. Documented CCP/SAFE Specialist Contact CPS Karen close to 80% of blocks participating. Corcoran repeat 911 calls to an address alert the police Notsch at 612-673-2856 or Neighborhood Organization’s Problem and landlords that there is a chronic problem firstname.lastname@example.org. Properties Caucus – a concerted effort of CNO that needs to be addressed. Although the 911 CNO Community Organizer Contact Eric Staff together with the 3rd Precinct, Crime operator will ask you for your name, you don’t Gustafson at 612-724-7457 or Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch, Council have to give your name to the 911 operator if email@example.com. member Gary Schiff’s office, block clubs, and you wish to remain anonymous. Also, give the landlords–successfully addressed many chronic 4. Call the Landlord - Hold them operator the address of the property you are problems identified by Corcoran residents last Accountable. Often landlords hold the key concerned about - otherwise your address will summer. Caring Corcoran Neighbors is starting to addressing problem properties, and they be documented as the source of the call. a problem property subcommittee to foster often want to know how their tenant’s behavior increased involvement by residents in these 2. Talk to Your Neighbors - You are Not is affecting the community. With your help, efforts. Alone. There is strength in numbers. Often they can evict problem tenants as appropriate. those closest to the problem are fearful that they You can find out who the landlord is and how Here are a few tips we’ve learned to help hold will be targeted as the source of police calls. to contact them by looking on the Hennepin law breakers accountable and keep crime in Talk to your block club leader and ask other County Property Tax website and go under check: neighbors to make calls as well. Some blocks “Property Information Search”. Search by 1. Call 911 - Alert and Document. Don’t are more organized than others. If you don’t “Property Address” and you can see who owns hesitate to call 911 if you see illegal, have a block club, take the initiative and start the property and how to contact them. If the threatening, or suspicious behavior. Legally, one. Staff at the Corcoran Neighborhood office landlord is not responsive, get others involved police need “probable cause” to intervene are available to help you. in contacting her/him (block club, CCP Safe, in the community. Your phone call gives CNO, City Council office). Community Effort Brings Quick Turnaround at 3043 Longfellow South Minneapolis Homes and Caring Corcoran Neighbors Contribute By Eric Gustafson, CNO Staff O the Caring Corcoran Neighbors, my crew was here securing the emphasized that her role was part ne bad apple can spoil and additional efforts by CNO house with new locks, deadbolts, of a community effort. “Before the bunch. For the 3000 staff, helped lead to two summer and lighting. I credit the neighbors I bought the house, the Caring block of Longfellow raids in which Minneapolis Police for keeping watch and preventing Corcoran Neighbors group was key Avenue, that apple was number seized narcotics and boarded the further problems.” Restoration of in identifying the problems, and 3043, which went from quiet doors at 3043. the home, Frost explains, occurred making sure they were addressed to drug house almost overnight Today, just weeks after the not only in physical terms but in quickly and effectively,” she said. last summer. A combination of boarding, the home is clean, nicely its reputation with the problem “This project has been inspiring.” circumstances and manipulation rehabilitated, and available for individuals. To inquire about South of the owner brought activity by street prostitutes into the house, purchase. Sitting in the living I asked Cynthia what she’d most Minneapolis Homes, contact which became business as usual. room, I chatted with Corcoran like people to know about her Cynthia Frost at 612-360-4440 or The reputation of the property and resident Cynthia Frost, who work. “We restore the housing firstname.lastname@example.org. Also look for a the block grew, and drug and gun spearheaded the acquisition and stock in our community, because paid insert in this issue, featuring activity followed close behind. But remodeling. She does this for we live here. Our focus is more information about South the crime activity was not without a living as president of a small providing quality houses for sale.” Minneapolis Homes and several witness. Frequent 911 calls by company called South Minneapolis As with many of the distressed available properties for sale. residents, including members of Homes. “Within an hour of closing, homes she’s touched, Cynthia The above photos are ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos take of the living room at 3043 Longfellow Avenue. Carpet was removed and the hardwood floors refinished. Finishes from floor to ceiling were replaced or refinished. Photos taken by Cynthia Frost. PAGE 4 December 2006/January 2007 CORCORAN NEWS In The Heart of The Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre is Taking the Nativity Story to the Streets Just when it’s really getting cold E out there, the holidays arrive-the xperience the Christmas Story as you Performance Dates: never have before. The story of the holy December 15: 6:30pm occasion for more celebrations with child being born in our midst – here in December 16: 6:30pm neighbors, friends and colleagues Midtown Minneapolis. This innovative holiday December 17: 4:30pm than at any other time of the year. presentation will combine puppetry, street -Tom Allen Tickets: theatre and a traditional Latino “La Posada” $20/adult procession. And you’ll be a part of the action! $15/child under age 12 Audiences will move with the performers among $15/person for groups of 10+ Only $10/ three different locations: person for groups & individuals who live in CNO’s Mission Statement: We, the Corcoran residents, in all our diversity, will -First, meet “Maria and José” in the Mercado the Powderhorn, Central, Phillips or Corcoran strive to strengthen and protect the unique Central. neighborhoods! character, livability, and social fabric of our -Across the street in the Avalon Theatre, you’ll Performed in English and Spanish. neighborhood. We will endeavor to encour- discover shepherds and star-seekers. Approximately 2 hours long including fiesta. age and empower all residents, businesses and property owners to unite in addressing -Then, in a colorful torch-lit procession, follow Ticket price includes food. Audiences must our common issues. Maria & José as they look for refuge down 15th be mobile and dressed appropriately for the Avenue to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, outdoors; the procession is 2.5 blocks long. La Misión: Nosotros, los residentes where all will be welcomed for the Nativity. Please notify us of any special needs at least de Corcoran, en toda nuestra diversidad, -Finally, join the fiesta in St Paul’s Fellowship one week in advance. procuramos reforzar y proteger el carácter Hall – complete with music, food and games. único, vida llevadera, y la tela social de Space is limited, so reserve early. Call 612-721 nuestro vecindario. Nosotros procuraremos Told with HOBT’s signature visual beauty and 2535 for tickets. alentar y habilitar a todos los residentes, ne- soulful live music, “La Natividad” will be an gocios y dueños de propiedades para unirlos, utterly unique community celebration. Come hablando de nuestras cuestiones comunes. join us! LEFT: Scene from ‘La Natividad.’ RIGHT: mask from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. CNO E-Board Minutes 11/1/06 Attendees: Amy Arcand, Alexis Bell, Sue November 2, 2006. The proposal is a request match program will apply to individual gifts Duoos, Kath Lenk, Jessica Ward-Denison, Billy for $70,000 of two years. The funds are for and pledges. It will not apply to other matching Weber general operating expenses. CNO has applied programs, in-kind gifts, or sponsorships. Motion: Approval of the August E-Board for and received funding from McKnight in the Jessica Ward-Denison Volunteer minutes, with the following amendment: The past. Amy Arcand, Sue Duoos, Jessica Ward- Jessica announced that she will be volunteering Events Committee reported on preparations Denison, Eric Gustafson and Billy Weber will in the office over the next several months as she for the book sale. be present for the site visit. transitions between jobs. She will be working Made by Alexis, second by Sue, motion carried Discussion-General Membership Meeting on special projects. unanimously. The Board continued planning for the Committee Reports Selection of an Elector for NRP November general membership meeting. The Events – Kath Lenk. Book sale was a great The board discussed and chose an elector meeting will be held at Corcoran Park. The success raising $1,100! The added second day representative to the NRP Policy Board. topics for the meeting are the Energy Challenge, this year was slow, so next year the committee The person will participate in voting for presented by Kath (Eric G. will be absent); is likely to return to a one day event. The neighborhood representation on the Policy Caring Corcoran Neighbors, Individual giving, committee is already working on the next event, Board on December 12, 2006. The policy and introduction of the new city attorney. Sue Volunteer Recognition, which will be held in board is made up of NRP and city staff, elected Duoos will prepare the minutes in the absences February. officials, and citizens. of Billy W. Market – Harvest Fest, the celebratory last day Motion: CNO Board nominates Jessica Discussion-Individual Giving Planning of the market was a great success. Bringing to a Ward-Denison to represent CNO and vote Jessica W.-D. briefed the board on the giving close the fourth season for the market. for the policy board representative on the plan being prepared by the task force of board Latino’s en Accion – Angel Morales’ last day behalf of CNO. members in order to maximize giving and the was October 27, 2006. A job will be posted Made by Billy, second by Sue, motion carried match. The program will launch on December soon for his replacement. unanimously. 1, 2006. An emphasis will be made on the Motion: Motion to adjourn. Discussion-McKnight Grant: participation of on-line giving. A graphic will Made by Alexis, second by Billy, motion The Board reviewed and discussed the be developed to track progress in the CNO carried unanimously. McKnight Foundation grant proposal in paper and office. 100% of the board and staff preparation for the foundations site visit on are already participating totaling $1,840. The PAGE 5 December 2006/January 2007 CORCORAN NEWS A Helping Hand and an Opportunity to Lend a Hand By Jessica Ward-Denison, Corcoran resident T Services Offered the food shelf, donating toys Army received over 7,000 calls he Salvation Army, Year round services: food for Toys For Tots, coats for requesting help with utility bills. an international shelf, hygiene items, diapers, the annual Coats for Kids The Salvation Army served over organization started in formula, vouchers for clothing, drive, staffing phone banks and 25,000 families from its five London in 1865, has centers in furniture & household items, contributing money through the metro food shelves last year. 111 countries. Here in the metro transportation assistance, and Red Kettle program. Currently Through the Salvation Toy Shop area there are 26 Salvation Army HeatShare (utility bill volunteers are answering phones nearly 125,000 presents were assistance.) Services are for the Toys for Tots program distributed in 2005. In 2005 the offered based on certain sign up and toy distribution. To Salvation Army helped 3,427 criteria, call 612-767- volunteer call 651-746-3425 and families pay their utility bills 2700, with questions and ask for volunteer services. through HeatShare. to make an appointment. The Salvation Army is a faith The Salvation Army is located Holiday Offerings based organization and offers at 1604 E. Lake St., 612-767- church services on Sundays 2700. Hours are 8:30 to 12:00 Local families in need at 11:00 am, Sunday school at & 1:00 to 4:00 Monday through of extra help around the 10:00 am. Both are bilingual Friday. Holidays can participate (English & Spanish) services. in the Toys for Tots Beginning in January there program toy distribution. is a weekly kids after school Families can call 651- program with Captain 746-3595 to sign up to Cedarvall on Wednesdays receive toys. (Volunteers from 4:30 to 7:30 pm with are needed to staff dinner provided, call 612-767- those phones – see next 2708 for more information. Salvation Army employees Patty Munuz (left) section.) and Tracy Privratsky sort food that has been You do not need to be a donated. Photo by Jessica Ward-Denison Have a hand to help? congregation member to Salvation Army receive services at the social Centers, including one at 1604 volunteers participate in many service office. E. Lake St. that serves Corcoran ways; visiting nursing homes Some Stats and surrounding neighborhoods. and hospitals to provide gifts In fall 2006 at the East Lake In 2005 over 76,000 volunteer to the elderly and lonely at office, about 800 children hours were logged to help serve Christmas, serving over 1,200 received coats and vouchers over 200,000 people in the meals on a daily basis, donating for coats. From August to Metro Area. food to your local office for September 2006 the Salvation Donations. Photo by Jessica Ward-Denison General Membership Minutes 11/13/06 Meeting opened by CNO Board Chair Paula Kruchowski. Scott Christenson was concerns of prostitution and crime. Jessica Ward-Denison. recognized for nine years of great service Achievements of the committee include: Thank you to Corcoran’s newest business, as City Attorney through the 3 Precinct. rd • A distribution list of 70 members Riche’s Kicken’ Café, for providing BBQ We wish him the best as he moves on to • Visit to Volunteers of America samples for the meeting. the Minnesota Supreme Court. Gwen also program to assist former prostitutes No approval of August 2006 General welcomed Paula Kruchowski to the 3 rd • Refined goals through education in Membership Minutes as this meeting was Precinct and our community. Paula spoke problem properties and drug crime part of National Night Out celebrations on of her departmental and community goals. • Saturday summer kick off event with August 1. She asked the community to stay in contact media coverage on new lawn signs with her through 3PAC meetings on the • Wednesday and Sunday walking CNO staff person Eric Gustafson gave a fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30- patrols presentation on the state-wide, Minnesota 8:00 pm. Market Advisory Committee Chair Gerry Energy Challenge. Eric projected the Center for Energy and Environment’s CNO Board Members Gerry Tyrrell and Tyrrell reported in on successful closing of Challenge website onto the wall and Kevin Reuther were publicly thanked for the Midtown Public Market. Committee is demonstrated how to take the Energy finding a community resident and donor rolling into the planning season for the fifth Challenge. More info is available at ww who agreed to match all CNO donations up season in 2007. w.mnenergychallenge.org. The website to $5000. The “Grow your Neighborhood” CNO Events Chair Kath Lenk reported calculates your possible energy savings fund drive is ongoing. The residents who that the annual Book Sale brought in over for home and business. Points granted are comprise CNO’s Board and Staff are all $1000. Upcoming event is the Volunteer based on your pledge toward energy saving participating. $1800 has been donationed as Recognition Dinner on February 5th, 2007. actions. These points can be ‘assigned’ of the end of October. Look for more info Please contact the CNO office with towards your neighborhood or other in future issues of The Corcoran News and Volunteer of the Year nominations. community group. The Neighborhood Advocate. Next General Membership Meeting is Gwen McMahon, CNO Board Member Caring Corcoran Neighbors (CCN). February 5, 2007. and member of the 3rd Precinct Advisory History and update provided by Committee Council (3PAC), introduced Minneapolis Chair Mary Buhr. The program began City Attorneys Scott Christenson and by resident Sara Blanch out of common PAGE 6 December 2006/January 2007 CORCORAN NEWS Community Calendar See what’s going on in our community this month… Arts, entertainment, education, meetings, & more! December 16, 17, 22, 23: Holiday Every Wednesday: Walking Patrol. 6: December 2: Midtown Public Market Art Sale. 1pm to 6pm on the 16th and 17th, 3pm to 8pm on the 22nd and 23rd at Art of This Gallery and 30pm on the corner of 31st and Longfellow. Advisory Board Retreat. 8am to 1pm at Midtown Design Studio at 3222 Bloomington Ave. S. Participate YWCA, 2121 E. Lake St. Every Sunday: Walking Patrol. 10am at in a salon-style affordable art exhibition/sale. the corner of 31st and Longfellow. December 7: CNO Events & Fundraising January 3: CNO Executive Board Meeting. Committee. 5:30pm at CNO. Every Sunday: Corcoran Knitters & 6pm at CNO. Crocheters. Noon to 3pm at Fire Roast Mountain December 9: 14th Annual Women’s Arts January 4: CNO Events and Fundraising Café at 3619 E 38th Street. Hosted by Susan Hensel Festival. 10am to 5pm at Midtown YWCA, 2121 E. Committee. 5:30pm at CNO. welcoming all knitters, crocheters, menders and Lake St. kibitzers. December 11: CNO Housing Committee. January 5: Wethe family vacation. 5pm Drove, We Saw, We Ate: December 1-3 Soul Tonic’s 9th Annual 6pm at CNO. Mike Elko explores to 9pm at the Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Holiday Sale at the Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S. Friday, Dec. 1st, 3 to 7 pm, Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 10 to 4 December 15-17: La Natividad. 6:30pm Ave. S. A picnic reception for the artist on opening (4pm Sunday) presented by In the Heart of the Beast night, show runs through February 28th, 2007. You pm, Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 11 to 2 pm. Over 30 local artists, Puppet and Mask Theatre. For more information including never knew art could be so funny! Mike’s work is one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts, fair trade and vintage location, see article on page 4. lighthearted, even though it often has a point to items. More info at www.freewebs.com/soultonic. make. This time his point is, Family Vacations are, by 16: The Last Gasp Holiday December 2: Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale. December 4pm at Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Gift Sale. 10am to definition, weird! 12 to 5pm. Powderhorn Park Center, 3400 15th Ave S. Cedar Ave. S. Beautiful handmade arts and crafts for a January 15: Land Use & Transportation December 2 & 3: An Early Christmas fair price, most items are under $100. Featuring work and Housing Meeting. 6pm at CNO (please call the in Minneapolis. 1pm to 5pm at the John H. Stevens by artists Susan Hensel (journals, handspun yarn, office to confirm). House, 4901 Minnehaha Ave in Minnehaha Falls Park. Christmas sing-along with cider and refreshments. woolen goods), Pauline Mitchell (ceramic sculpture, beaded jewelry), Beth Sullivan (cards and books), January 10: Midtown Public Market Advisory Board Meeting. 6:30pm at CNO. Bring your kids to make Christmas or Native Devin Gallison (knitted items, tiny paintings and American Gifts. Admission is free. Children must be miscellaneous cool things), and Kari Gunter-Seymour January 18: Caring Corcoran Neighbors with an adult. (cards & mini-posters from Diary of a Military Mom). Meeting. 7pm at CNO. Minnesota Energy Challenge Recycling Saves Mpls Neighborhoods partial standings as of 11/27 lbs CO2 avg per $ saved Energy Use, saved home Fulton 85,492 18 % $7,802 Longfellow 73,560 18 % $5,236 Reduces Waste Windom Park 59,335 17 % $4,215 Linden Hills 58,573 28 % $5,062 Armatage 49,485 37 % $3,752 McKinley 43,695 14 % $3,809 It takes less energy to make new stuff out of old stuff. You may not be able to see it, but recycling in Minnesota saves enough SE Como 42,669 30 % $3,241 energy to power 615,000 homes. In just one year, it also conserves Seward 41,627 14 % $2,354 5.75 million trees, reduces the need for 232,000 tons of coal, and Nokomis East 36,654 13 % $3,079 reduces our greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 2.3 Hale/Page/Diamond Lk 35,169 17 % $2,759 million cars. There is a lot of recyclable paper that is going in the garbage in Minnesota. Almost one-quarter of all our garbage- Lynnhurst 33,403 15 % $2,783 816,000 tons-is recyclable paper, including newspaper, magazines, Whittier 32,488 34 % $2,884 catalogs, cardboard, office paper, and other paper grades. Windom 30,480 19 % $2,262 Cleveland 29,652 17 % $2,341 Waite Park 29,224 23 % $2,602 Corcoran 28,715 17 % $2,573 No Waste Holiday Ideas Take the Challenge at www.mnenergychallenge.org T he holidays are upon us and -Reusable gift bags Tree Ornaments -Cloth napkins and rings one thing that definitely -A plain box decorated -Memorabilia -Gift basket with non-toxic occurs is more waste. Gifts -Last year’s holiday paper -Old jewelry household cleaners with their excess store wrappings Bows and Ribbons -Small stuffed animals and toys -Personalized “coupons” are then wrapped again with paper -Bows saved from other gifts -Cookie cutters -Gourmet dinner for a busy couple and ribbon. Holiday decorations -Scrap fabric -Buttons tied on a length of string -House plant that only last one season are tossed. -Scarves -popcorn and cranberry strings -Car safety kit More guests than normal can lead -Reusable items such as hair bows (can be fed to birds) Donation Opportunities to recyclables being inadvertently or shoelaces Party Waste Reduction Tips -Give to your local food shelf tossed. These are just a few of the -Last year’s holiday cards cut up -Use reusable tableware -Donate outgrown clothes or many ways we waste over the for gift tags -Rent tableware clothes you no longer wear holidays. Here are some ideas to -Cut up last year’s holiday cards as -Make a cash donation to your cut down this year: Packing -Air-popped popcorn (with a note placeholders local community organization Gift Wrapping it can be fed to birds) -Clearly mark recycling containers Information taken from Minnesota -Old posters and maps -Colorful neckties Gift Ideas Office of Environmental Assistance -Old newspapers and magazines -Used packing peanuts -Free babysitting service and Anoka County. -Pages from a child’s coloring -Crumpled ads from newspapers -Reusable food storage containters book PAGE 7 December 2006/January 2007 CORCORAN NEWS Corcoran Park Winter Building Hours Monday – Friday 1 PM – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 4 PM Sundays CLOSED Please call 612-370-4919 for more information or visit them at www.minneapolisparks.org, and select Corcoran Park from the Park & Lakes finder. Corcoran Park coaches pose with guest speaker Carl Eller (Football Hall of Famer) at the annual football banquet held at the park. Pictured left to right: Corey Coakley, Chris Fischer, Walt McFadden, Carl Eller, Tom Carpenter, Paul King. Photo by Peter Jaeger Winter Sign up now for winter sports at Corcoran Park. Boys Basketball Ages 9-11 years, Girls Basketball 10-12 years old. Wrestling ages 6-12 years old. Space is limited, so sign up soon. Preschool Disney Adventure: (Ages 3-5 years) Dates: Mondays (01/08/07 – 02/26/07) Classic Story Time: (Ages 3-5 years) Dates: Wednesdays (01/10/07 –02/28/ Classes At 1:30-2:30pm. $20. 07) Time: 2:30-3:30pm. Free. Toddler Time: (Ages 0-5 years with Crafty Kid’s: (Ages 3-5 years) Dates: a parent) Dates: Mondays (01/08/07 Thursdays (01/11/07 – 03/01/07) Corcoran – 02/25/07) 2:30-3:30pm. $10. Time: 1:30-2:30pm. $25. Naturally Creative: (Ages 3-5 years) Time to Learn Your ABC’s Dates: Dates: Mondays (01/29/07 – 02/02/07) Thursdays (01/11/07 – 03/01/07) Time: Park 11:00am-12:00pm. $10. 2:30-3:30pm. Free. Super Snowy Stories: (Ages 3-5 Nature Babies Winter Fun: (Ages 0-3 years) Dates: Mondays (02/26/07 – 03/ years with parent participation) 19/07) 11:00am-12:00pm. $10. Dates: Fridays (01/12/07 – 02/02/07) For more information about Kinder Tots: Preschool Program: Time: 11:00am-12:00pm. $10. these classes, please go to (Ages 3-5 years must be potty trained) Tumbling Tots: (Ages 3-5 years) www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612- Tues/Wed/Thurs (01/09/07 – 03/01/07) Session1: Fridays (01/12/07 – 02/16/ 370-4919. Register at 3334 20th Ave S. 10:00am-1:00pm. $100. 07) Time: 10:30-11:30am. $25. or online at www.minneapolisparks.org. Science Play: (Ages 3-5 years) Dates: Session2: Fridays (02/23/07 – 03/31/ Registration begins Monday Dec. 11th, 6: Wednesdays (01/10/07 – 02/28/07) 07) Time: 10:30-11:30am. $25. 00pm. Space is limited. Sign up soon! Time: 1:30-2:30pm. $20. Growing/Starting Seeds in the Winter By Johnny Jones, Jr., Corcoran Resident D you do the first and second steps, but don’t we are trying to grow here. One more thing – id you know that in the winter a lot get the third step completed you will be go very light on the fertilizers or they will burn of nature dies? Just kidding! When disappointed. Most experts say, use a soil-less your seeds out. Remember, as the plants grow that happens I am very sad. I am sad mix, but others say use a mix that is used for they will need to be fed. to see all the beautiful colors go brown. I have containers. Seeds can be started in any kind of container. nothing against brown (a beautiful color in its own right), but give me some more color. There When you select the container, it will need to is a solution: try starting some seeds this winter be kept warm and moist (use a spray bottle to a least cut in to some of nature’s down time. set to the mist setting to keep seed moist) for I will try to help you with that process. Let’s success with seed starting and it will need apply some rules of seed starting. to be cling wrapped. It will also need to be place under a light source and that source can When starting seeds, there are a number be sunlight or shop lights. Also, to keep the of things to consider. You need to start with container warm, try bottom heat from heating “fresh” seeds, seeds that were marked for the pads or near a heating unit. Follow these rules current year. Most seeds are good for one year, for success. These should cut into nature’s with a few exceptions. The second thing you down time! Happy holidays and enjoy that want to consider is germination rates printed green color! on the package, and if that number is lower for that variety, increase the sowing rate in your Johnny Jones, Jr has a home-base business selling containers. The third thing to consider is temp, bedding plants! Contact at plantmaster345aol.com Make sure the mix is weed free or you will seed starting materials, light and moisture. If or 612-724-4817. have a great crop of weeds which is not what PAGE 8 December 2006/January 2007 CORCORAN NEWS Corcoran Classifieds HENRY W. ANDERSON Have an item to sell? A service to offer? Advertise in the Corcoran News classifieds. 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