May 5th (Thursday) 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Phillips West Community Meeting!
Join your neighbors and other Community Partners for updates from Local City Government, Police & Business Partners. This meeting will take place at the Center for Changing Lives in the Centrum Room (2400 Park Avenue). Free parking is available in the rear of building off Oakland Avenue. Free Jakeeno’s Pizza & Beverages will be provided! If you would like more information or would like to get involved with the neighborhood please contact Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 7th (Saturday) 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.-
Phillips West Spring Clean Up! Join your neighbors & other Community Partners for a block by block litter pick up starting at 9:30 a.m. but first join us for a free breakfast from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Center for Changing Lives in the Centrum Room located at 2400 Park Avenue. After breakfast we will provide free bags, gloves and maps for all volunteers! Perfect volunteer opportunity for large groups, family & youth! There is free parking in the rear of building off of Oakland. For more information call Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email her at email@example.com
BY PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL
We know that our food supply depends on pollinators—the little creatures like bees and butterflies that carry pollen from one flower to another. We know that pollinator populations are diminishing for a variety of reasons—climate change, pesticides, loss of habitat. But did you know that each of us can be a pollinator? We can pollinate beauty, justice and mercy, by how we integrate our lives with others.
St. Paul Lutheran’s Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts is committed to pollinating our neighborhood—with art, with justice, and with plants that attract pollinators. During the month of May, we will be planting boulevard gardens with pollinator-attracting plants, and teaching how to grow nutritious food in small containers. The month will culminate on May 21, when we “Pollinate Phillips”. We will start with breakfast at 9 am, and then we will break into teams to plant, plant art, do a survey of birds in the neighborhood, and enjoy our community.
Container garden planting workshops will be held at St. Paul’s on May 3 at 6 pm, and May 14 at 1 pm. St. Paul’s is located at 2742 15th Ave S. For more information, call 612-724-3862 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening Day of the Midtown Farmers Market for the 2016 Season is May 7, and we’ll kicking things off with a bang at our 2nd Annual Food Truck Fest! We’ll be hosting some of long-time favorites like Kabomelette, Fireroast Cafe, and the Moral Omnivore, along with a slew of exciting guest food trucks for the day. We’ll also hosting a Blood Drive with Memorial Blood Centers to help those in need and our Corcoran Parklet skee ball ramp, ping pong table and outdoor seating will all be back in place and ready for action, don’t miss out! Additional market event dates below:
May 7th – Opening Day Food Truck Fest and Blood Drive
Lake St E & 22nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Sat. 8:00am–1:00pm May–Oct.
Tue. 3:00–7:00pm June–Oct.
Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 30, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Music by the
Seward Community Concert Band beginning at 9:40.
Brigadier General Ret’d Dennis Shulstad, City Councilmember, 16 years is our keynote speaker.
Students from the Transition Charter School and Boy Scout Troops 82 and 1 will be participating.
Personal histories tied to industrial histories: “Wee Scotty,” James Stewart McLaren succumbed to pertussis
This marker illustrates that James Stewart McLaren’s parents loved their first-born son and how much they loved the country where they had been born and which they left in order to build new lives in the United States.
James’ marker is one of a kind here and under a large tree by several smaller markers that have carved lambs resting on top, the style of marker for most graves of babies and young children. James’ marker is tall with a loving cup on top of a three and a-half foot pedestal. James’ name, birth and death dates are carved on the base with the “love of homeland” words, “Wee Scotty.”
By Sue Hunter Weir
All that it takes is one look at his grave marker to understand how much James Stewart McLaren’s parents loved their first-born son. The marker also reveals how much they loved the country where they had been born and which they left in order to build new lives in the United States.
James’ marker is unusual for an eight-month-old baby, and in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery it is one of a kind. It sits under a large tree surrounded by several smaller markers that have carved lambs resting on top, the style of marker most commonly used to mark the graves of babies and young children. James’ marker is tall with what looks like a loving cup sitting on top of a three and a-half foot pedestal. James’ name, the date of his birth and his death are carved on the base as are the two words that tell of his parents’ love for him and their home country—they called him “Wee Scotty.”
Wee Scotty’s marker appears to be based on a Scottish quaich (pronounced quake), a shallow bowl with handles on each side. Traditionally quaichs were made of wood or silver and were used to mark rites of passage—weddings, christenings, welcomes and departures. This one marks a baby’s passing. James Stewart McLaren died on August 10, 1913 from whooping cough (pertussis). He was eight months and five days old.
McLaren is an old Scottish clan name that originally meant the Son of Lawrence. There were no Lawrences in Wee Scotty’s immediate family tree. Instead, he was named after his paternal grandfather and his father’s oldest brother. His father was named Mungo, a name that is not common in the United States, but which is fairly common in Scotland; it is thought to be a variation of the Welsh word that means “kind” or “gentle.”
Mungo Reed McLaren was born in Dundee, Scotland on June 4, 1883, the fourth child of James and Christine McLaren. He left school after seventh grade and eventually developed the skills necessary to work as a mechanic, most likely in one of the many factories in Dundee, a city known for shipbuilding and for manufacturing jute.
In March 11, 1905, at the age of 21, he sailed from Glasgow, Scotland on the Columbia bound for New York. His destination was New Jersey where he planned to join his older brother David. It’s not clear what prompted Mungo to relocate to Minneapolis but he did, and on September 8, 1907, this is where he married Williamina Nivin.
They settled in what is now the Seward neighborhood, and on December 5, 1912, James Stewart McLaren was born. At the time Mungo was working as a machinist for the Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company which later became Minneapolis Moline.