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January 2018 Alley Newspaper

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Phillips West Neighborhood Organization and Community Partners invite you and your family to the 21st Annual

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Messiah Congregation, Epiphany** Sale and Celebration, Jan. 26 & 27, 725 East 25th Street

BY ANN E. KEATING

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church is having an Epiphany Sale and Celebration on Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm as we vacate our historic church at 725 East 25th Street.

Come wander the rooms and reminisce. Pick through the books, take home a poster or a hymnal. Sit in the sanctuary one more time and listen to our wonderful organ.

I am sure you will meet many of your old friends.  Refreshments and places to sit and visit will be provided where you can share memories with each other.

Check out the archives, maybe you would like to take home our bowling trophy from 1950 or a really old Bible. See the wedding dress of the first bride married at Messiah. Look at the photographs and find members of your family or maybe even one of your friends. They probably will look a little younger.

Have you always wanted a church pew? This will be your chance to buy one. There is always a need for a folding chair for that special occasion. They are available for sale too.

All these items and many more will be available at bargain prices.

For those who would like to do so, an opportunity to share your nostalgia, your memories and have them videoed and recorded for posterity will be made available so they, too, can be stored in our archive room and shared with future generations.

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Urban Ventures’ Center for Families: A Program for the Whole Family!

BY PRISCILLA BROWN   

On a cold and snowy night in December, a room is filled with adults and children dressed in their Sunday’s best, but they’re not here for a holiday party. They’re here instead for a graduation.

This wasn’t a celebration for the kids, but for the adults, both men and women, who were being recognized for the twenty weeks of hard work they invested into strengthening their families. Urban Ventures’ Center for Families equips parents with the tools that help improve the entire family. Some of the topics taught are:  parenting dynamics, discipline, communication, conflict resolution, forgiveness and role of the parents.

Staying aligned with Urban Ventures’ new strategic plan, the Center for Families doesn’t just stop at equipping adults with the necessary skills and resources to lead their families but staff also aim to provide a holistic approach and serve the children as well. While the parents are in their adult education classes, their children (ages 6 months -15 years) are following their own curriculum which mirrors what the adults are learning (and with plenty of fun thrown in!).

The hope is for the whole family to be learning together. An example of this is when the adults are focusing on communication, the children will learn the importance of listening and responding to their parents while even creating their own “listening ears” in the process. Older children, such as teens, will talk about the importance of clear communication, which is then reinforce through different activities. Meanwhile, parents are learning how to improve their communication at home among their family.

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Transit: War Simulation, SB LII, Giveth and Taketh

BY JOHN CHARLES WILSON

The Super Bowl giveth, and the Super Bowl taketh away. For transit users in the Twin Cities, the Super Bowl mostly taketh away; while the Metropolitan Council giveth the use of our light rail trains to rich tourists who can afford Super Bowl tickets.

Meanwhile, our poor bus drivers are threatening to go on strike during the Super Bowl to call attention to the perfectly legitimate need to have some protection from riders who assault them.

What is to be done? Shall we wait around like sitting ducks for the other shoe to drop? The Council wants to throw us a bone by offering free bus rides to us “regular citizens” on Super Bowl Sunday, while the elite with their game day passes get to ride our trains, all in the name of security.

Sure, we all want the Super Bowl to be a safe venue, but does the Super Bowl want us to be safe? Will security be so concentrated around the stadium my friend calls the “Sinking Ship” as to ignore other parts of town? If I get hit on the head by some robber while waiting for the #2 or the #6, will the police be there to help me, or will they only care about the “chosen ones” – those who can afford Super Bowl tickets? On the other hand, with all the police brutality Minneapolis is known for, maybe the rest of the city away from the stadium can call it a “day off”…..

We waited two years for our Nicollet Mall buses where they didn’t belong – on Marquette, then on Hennepin (Marquette was actually better). Finally, we got our buses back on Nicollet, relieving the overcrowding at the Hennepin bus stops. This detour was made so Nicollet Mall could be “improved” to impress the rich people coming into town to watch men play a “game” which really simulates war: the taking of territory, the penetration of enemy defenses with an object, the sheer knocking about…. Even a field goal is sort of like a missile launch if you think about it.

Oh, well. Once it’s over, we’ll have our transit system back, having thoroughly impressed the Super Bowl fans who will go back to their hometowns and praise Metro Transit for heroically bringing them to and from the game, not realizing that Metro’s regular customers were ripped off in order to provide them that experience.

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association News-January 2018

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EPIC Report-January 2018

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January 2018 Ventura Village

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A Plea for Help!

Opposite this page is The Alley Newspaper Front Page of December 1978/January 1979. It was “A Plea for Help.” Help did appear as it has for several evolutions of this community-owned and governed newspaper.

Neighbors took the task before them and produced 473 issues of The Alley Newspaper in 42 Years

During the past two years, we have begun to prepare for changes in editorship when Harvey Winje would leave that position. Harvey’s departure as Editor will happen in 2018.

Those discussions and the changes in producing The Alley Newspaper over the last eighteen years seem to be leading us toward a new infrastructure that broadens leadership and formalizes the governance of this community media source. The hope is that the change of the Editor and Manager function, as has happened many times, doesn’t just prompt filling that slot with one or two people, but with a team of people that broadens expertise, spreads out the work requirements, and diversifies the ages, ethnic and cultural perspectives.

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“The Shape of Water”

“The Shape of Water”(2017) Fox Searchlight

****1/2

Back during the Cold War, a young mute woman, Eliza Esposito (Sally Hawkins), lives in a shabby apartment above the Orpheum Theater (“The Story of Ruth and the Mardi Gras” on the marquee) with in-a-closet, gay struggling illustrator, Giles Richard Jenkins in Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1962. She works as a cleaning woman in a questionable, secret government facility. She goes about her job in a perfunctory way and has only one friend on the job Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer), who looks out for her.

One thing will change Eliza’s life forever which she doesn’t see coming. One day she and Zelda are told to clean some spilled blood in the laboratories. Eliza becomes curious about a tank in the lab. What they find next is an amphibian humanoid creature in the tank. For Eliza, whenever the chance she gets while at work, she gets the creature’s trust. The boss of the secret place is Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), a sadistic man who sees the creature simply as an experiment for the space program

The fact the creature can breathe in and out of water fascinates Strickland and his cronies. However, the Russians also have their eyes on the creature, led by Russian spy, Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhbarg) who has successfully infiltrated the secret facility.

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