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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association News-September 2017

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EPIC Report-September 2017

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September 2017 Ventura Village

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St. Paul’s and Semilla Center’s annual Taste of Phillips Art Festival

BY PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL

Get ready for some fabulous art!  October 28, 2017, 4-9 pm: St. Paul’s and Semilla Center’s annual Taste of Phillips Art Festival. Hands-on art.  Live music: acoustic, Latin American & more!  Youth Photography Show.  Great food and silent auction.  Dedication of our Peace Garden on 28th Street.  All at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave. S.

Writers of any level or experience: we want your work!  The Phoenix of Phillips literary magazine is accepting submissions of poetry, essays and short stories for its 4th edition: “Healing”.  Writing about healing in the widest sense—healing of mind, body and soul, healing of community, healing of the earth—is welcome. Youth and adults who live, work or volunteer in the Phillips neighborhood are invited to submit to this community journal.  Deadline is September 30.  E-mail submissions to semillacenter@gmail.com or mail them to: Semilla Center for the Arts @ St. Paul’s, 2742 15th Ave S.  Minneapolis, MN 55407.

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The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts and Annual Block Party @ St. Paul’s Lutheran 28th and 15th Avenue

Gardening, Art, Growth and Laughter

BY TALIA HANSEL AND AUBREY DONISCH

The Young Leaders Program of The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts @ St. Paul’s Lutheran has come to an end for the summer of 2017. The past six weeks have been full of gardening, art, growth and laughter.

The Young Leaders brought the community together at St. Paul’s annual Block Party—they brought their A-Game and their water conservation knowledge to share. By performing a dance about water, the Young Leaders moved the community in a new way by showing gestures of what water means to them and why Water is Life (Agua es Vida).

A central piece of our work was planting native plants in boulevard gardens.  These plants serve two purposes: first, they help attract pollinators. Second, because their roots are deep, they hold more soil, which in turn, helps hold and clean more storm water runoff from the sidewalk.  Everything bit of storm water that runs into the storm sewers in our neighborhood goes directly to the Mississippi River, without being treated.

Young Leaders also traveled all over the city to meet with community artists and activists from locations like the All My Relations Gallery to the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization to Walker Art Center (and everywhere in-between).

Like our Boulevard Garden, the Young Leaders have grown strong and have developed in their skills of guidance, kindness, awareness, and advocacy. In the style of our Peace Garden, the Young Leaders have shown more care for their community and more camaraderie among themselves.

The Young Leaders would like to thank everyone they have been able to meet this summer—we had a blast!

Talia Hansel, is Community Ambassador for Young Leaders and Aubrey Donisch, is Youth Program Director

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4 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

By the Phillips Wellness 50+ Team

It’s challenging to know what to do to stay healthy. Advice from experts seems to change from month to month, and it’s hard to keep track of what’s most important.

That’s why the Phillips Wellness 50+ group strives to take on four simple-to-remember behaviors:

  • Getting 150 minutes of physical activity each week (that’s 30 minutes a day for five days each week).
  • Eating five servings fruits and vegetables a day. Think of a serving as about a half of a cup.
  • Drinking little or no alcohol (no more than an average of one drink a day for women; two per day for men).
  • Eliminate smoking and other tobacco products.

Doing these four things can produce important benefits, including:

  • Better functional health (being able to do everyday things) that allows for good quality of life and independence.
  • Lower incidence of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.
  • Decreased depression, stress and other emotional health issues.
  • Lower overall mortality.

Phillips Wellness 50+ is an initiative to increase health and well-being, by and for people in the Phillips neighborhood.

We invite you to join us for a weekly group walk. Meet us in the lobbies of Ebenezer Park Apartments and Ebenezer Tower every Tuesday night at 5:45 PM. After the walk we gather to learn, connect and support each other.

Contact Donna Nordin at 612-741-5180 or dnordin2@comcast.net for information.

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12 Local Auto Shops Help Reduce Hazardous Air Pollutants

Maddie Norgaard, showing the safer brake cleaner with Le Le, lead mechanic and manager of Nicollet Auto Services.

Helping Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment. mntapP@umn.edu

BY MADDIE NORGAARD

The results are in from this summer’s Phillips Community Air Quality Improvement Project!

In total, 12 automotive repair shops chose to switch to safer cleaning and degreasing products resulting in approximately 3,000 pounds of air emissions reduced per year. Working in partnership with Hope Community Inc., the Lake Street Council, and the Franklin Area Business Association, a Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) intern helped auto shops assess the relative safety of their current products, and then identified safer alternatives available at local retail stores. Participating shops were given free samples of safer alternative products and a starter case to encourage adoption. MnTAP recommended safer products that have no Hazardous Air Pollutants, are low in Volatile Organic Compounds, and minimize Minnesota Chemicals of Concern.

Thank you to all the auto shops making a significant contribution toward better air quality in South Minneapolis:

Alliance Auto

Clausen Service Center

Duke’s Cars and Towing

Green Garage

Intermaco Auto Body

K&J Auto Repair

Nicollet Auto Services

Lake Street Tire

Red and White Taxi

Rongos Auto Service

Starr Auto Service

Valvoline Oil Change

Air Emission Reductions (per year)-

450 lbs. of Hazardous Air Pollutants

860 lbs. of Volatile Organic Compounds

1,765 lbs. of ground-level ozone (smog)

To learn more about this project or to get involved in future safer cleaning and degreasing projects, please visit MnTAP’s website or call 612-624-1300.

Maddie Norgaard is a MnTAP Intern

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A Tribute to Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

Robert Mitchum was born on August 6, 1917, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

(I was also born on August 6th, but not until 1948.)

He was an actor with great talent and vastly underrated. At an early age he rebuffed authority by being charged with vagrancy and was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, but found a way to escape.

Mr. Mitchum’s big break in Hollywood was a role as Lt. Walker in “Story of G.I. Joe”(1945) and received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

But in all his years of acting — 1945 to 1997— he never won an Oscar.

He had a deliberate style of acting, charming, convincing that made him popular with audiences. As a bad boy he was up with the best of them such as Victor Mature, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Lawrence Tierney, and other actors.  He was arrested for marijuana use spending time in prison in 1949.

Mitchum didn’t give up the weed though.

Some of his movies: «The Night of the Hunter» (1957), “Cape Fear”(1962), “Macao”(1952), “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” (1973), “Crossfire” (1947), “The Lusty Men” (1952), “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (1944), “Not as a Stranger” (1955), “Heaven Knows, Mr.Allison” (1957), “Dead Man”(1995), “Nevada” (1944) and again in “Cape Fear” (1991).

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“Kidnap” & “Detroit”

Kidnap

“Kidnap”(2017)

* out of 5 starts

Thriller, Di Bonaventure Pictures

It is true a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States. However, it is also true “ Kidnap” is a bad movie. (It had been sitting on the shelf since 2014: usually a bad sign.) Even though I sympathize with Halle Berry’s character Karla Dyson who has her young son Frankie (Sage Correa) snatched from her in an amusement park just slightly out of eyeshot.

What ensues is a hyper- octane car chase after the kidnappers Terry (Lewis Temple) and Margo (Chris McGinn) Vicky up and down Louisiana highways causing numerous car wrecks (you wouldn’t want to be on any of these freeways), including a police officer on a motorcycle demanding her to pull over upended.

“Kidnap” is one huge mess: clumsy script, lousy monologues and a painfully predictable atrocity. She’s driving a 1980s Mustang and her antagonists are driving a Chrysler minivan. The two cars crash into each other, banging into traffic, going over the road getting on another with damage to both vehicles but nothing what the Indianapolis 500 would envy.

What’s more, director Luis Lee’s vague references to child  trafficking is unsatisfactory. We’re the kidnappers working alone or with a larger operation? We’re they interested in murdering children or selling them to pedophiles or planning to kill them selling their body parts?

Cast: Halle Berry (Karla Dyson), Sage Correa (Frankie), Chris McGinn (Margo), Lew Temple (Terry), Dana Gourrier (Female Sheriff Deputy). Director: Luis Prieto. Writer: Knate Lee. Running time: 81 minutes.

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Agitation is the Atmosphere of the brains!

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