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Transit – The need for speed

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON
There are two pieces of good transit news in the Twin Cities this month: one directly impacts the Phillips Community, and the other mostly benefits those who commute to the southern suburbs.

In the July issue of The Alley, I mentioned that Route 2 (Franklin Avenue) was going to be made faster due to a decrease in the number of stops. That plan went into effect on the 13th of October. I am sure that some people won’t like this because they may have to do some extra walking, but for those who are able and willing to do it, the time savings will probably be worth it.

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What’s Up at the Franklin Community Library | November 2018

By ERIN THOMASSON
Family Storytime
Fridays, 10:30-11 am
For children of all ages and their caregivers. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

Teen Programs

Urban 4-H Club
Tuesdays, 5-7pm
We do everything from urban gardening to digital photo/video to theater. Partner: U of MN.

Teen Tech Workshop
Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm
Get creative and make music, videos, animation and other projects using both high- and low-tech tools, everything from iPads and 3D printers to synthesizers and sewing machines. Led by the library’s Teen Tech Squad.

Dhalinta Horumar sare rabta / Young Achievers
Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm
U dabaaldag Dhaqanka Soomalida, sameyso saaxiibo cusub iyo in aad isticmaasho hab nololeed cafimaad leh. Lamaane: WellShare International.
Celebrate Somali culture, make new friends and practice healthy lifestyles. Partner: WellShare International.

Teen Anime Club
Saturdays, 3-4:30 pm
Discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time!

Franklin Learning Center:
612-543-6934 flc@hclib.org
The Franklin Learning Center offers free, one-to-one tutoring for adults who are learning English and math, preparing for the GED and citizenship exams, and gaining life skills. We are always looking for community volunteers! No experience necessary; we provide training and materials. Contact us at 952-847-2934 or flc@hclib.org.

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Philips West November 2018

By CRYSTAL WINDSCHITL
Phillips West Neighborhood Upcoming Events:
Check out the Phillips West Website: www.phillipswest.info

PWNO Meeting
Nov. 1 (Thursday) 6-7pm
Join your neighbors and other Community Partners for updates from Local City Government & Minneapolis Police. State Representative Karen Clark will also be present to give a Legislative update! Meeting will take place at the Center for Changing Lives Building in the Centrum Room (2400 Park Avenue). Free parking is available in the rear of building off of Oakland Avenue. Free Jakeeno’s Pizza Dinner will be provided! If you would like more information or would like to get involved in the neighborhood, please contact Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email her at pwno2005@yahoo.com

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Migizi celebrates 40th anniversary

Join Migizi Communications, inc. to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with special honorees: Laura Waterman Wittstock and Elaine Salinas. The event will be held on Thursday Nove. 8, 2018, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Northwest Area Foundation, 60 Plato Boulevard, #400, St. Paul.
RSVP by Nov. 2 at migizi40.eventbrite.com.

“Join us in showing our appreciation to Laura and Elaine for their tremendous contributions of time, energy, love and laughter to grow and sustain MIGIZI throughout its history,” urge organizers. “We also want to acknowledge the work that they have done to enable organizations such as the Bdote Learning Center, Native American Community Development Institute, the Tiwahe Foundation and so many other organizations to play a role in the success of the American Indian community.”

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Plaque’s theft is a historically large loss and a petty thief’s gain

TIMOTHY McCALL
Soldier and Pioneers Memorial Cemetery since 1858 had new fence and pillars erected in 1928-29 and plaques soon after as a gift from the Minneapolis Cemetery Protective Association’s (MCPA) Auxiliary.

Someone stole a piece of the City’s history. It happened on Aug. 30 or 31st, most likely during the night. One of the two bronze plaques that graced the pillars on either side of the Lake Street gates was stolen. The thieves were trying to steal the other but must have been interrupted. Some of the stone that held the plaque was chiseled away but not enough to loosen it.

The fence and pillars were erected in 1928-29 and the plaques added either at the same time or shortly afterward. They were a gift from the Minneapolis Cemetery Protective Association’s (MCPA) Auxiliary. The Auxiliary was a group of women from the association’s membership who raised funds for many of the structures that have been identified as contributing resources in the nomination that placed the cemetery in the National Register of Historic Sites. Two of the other resources include the flagpole and the cemetery’s memorial to pioneer mothers.

Mike, the cemetery’s caretaker, first noticed that the plaque was missing on
Saturday, September 1st, when he was setting up for the movie. He noticed a pile of debris on the sidewalk and went to clean it up. He realized that is was stone that had been chipped out of the pillar and that there was only an indentation where the plaque had been.

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American Swedish Institute November 2018

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East Phillips Improvement November 2018

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Midtown Phillips – November 2018

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Ventura Village November 2018

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Movie Corner – November 2018

By HOWARD McQUITTER II
oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com
howardmcquitter68@gmail.com

This year, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece or, one of them anyway, “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), a treasure of science fiction/ drama although a film in this day that may not be fully understood, at least at the ending.

(One can honestly say, Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”[1964] is also a Masterpiece.) Mr. Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a major example of his ambivalence about technology and its future for humanity. Kubrick (like myself) grew up during the” Cold War” when “The Cuban Missile Crisis” and threat of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union seemed to be on the verge of breaking out. Kubrick’s film is based on Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Sentinel.” Both men collaborate on the screenplay to be made into four movements.

Yet, to this day the visuals are still mesmerizing with everything done mechanically (no CGI back then). Maybe Kubrick and Clarke’s outer space adventure somehow forecast the landing on the moon the next year — 1969 — when Mission Commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both Americans, plant the American flag there.

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