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Phillips West News – May 2018

Phillips West Neighborhood Events: www.phillipswest.info

By CRYSTAL WINDSCHITL

May 3rd Thurs. 6-7pm
PWNO Community Meeting

Join neighbors & Partners for updates: City Government, Police and MNdot; Q & A about summer construction projects. At the LSS Centrum Rm. 2400 Park Av. Free parking: in rear off Oakland Av. Free Jakeeno’s Pizza & Bev. provided! Info: or to get involved call Crystal at 612-879-5383 or pwno2005@yahoo.com Read the rest of this entry »

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Hope Community 40th Anniversary Open House

The Board and Staff of Hope Community invite you to join our celebration of Hope’s 40th year. Explore the campus and hear what is going on at Hope today. Learn about our Food, Land and Community work, our new Best Buy Teen Technology Center, Power of Vision mural project, Parks & Power campaign, and much more.

Saturday, May 19th, 11am – 3pm
Hope Community – Children’s Village Center
611 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
*Valet service will be provided*

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Metro Transit – How about FREE public transit as a great alternative in blizzards?

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

Our weather hasn’t behaved itself so far this year: March went in like a lamb and out like a lion, and the April showers that are supposed to bring May flowers came in frozen form.

In adverse weather, public transit shines as an alternative to getting in your car and risking an accident. Of course, the best thing to do is stay home during a blizzard, but when you absolutely, positively have to get somewhere, and neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night can keep you from doing something important, transit is one of the best options. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marie Sandvik Center – May 2018

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What’s Up at the Franklin Community Library – May 2018

By ERIN THOMASSON

K-12 Homework Help
T, W, TH, 3:30-7:30pm
Free in-person tutoring.
www.hclib.org/homework. Sponsor: Friends HN Cty Library.

Teen Programs
Urban 4-H Club
Tuesdays, 5-7pm
Urban gardening, digital photo/video, & theater. Partner: U of MN.
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Memorial Day Service 2018

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The origins of Memorial Day in Minneapolis and the G.A.R. Lot at Layman’s Cemetery

CAROLINE FALKNER, CIRCA 1938 COURTESY OF THE HENNEPIN HISTORY MUSEUM
The Grand Army of the Republic Lot inside the Lake Street Gates circa 1938.

Martin L. Nicks, the first burial in the G.A.R. Lot

May 28, 2018, will be the 150th anniversary of the first Memorial Day or as it was originally called Decoration Day. It was on May 5, 1868, that General John A. Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order No. 11, which called for “The 30th of May, 1868, [to be] designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion… with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year…” The late date of the order made any organized celebration in Minneapolis unlikely, and although there were no documented celebrations, it’s still quite possible that the local members of the G.A.R. made a visit to the city cemetery (Layman’s cemetery) and paid their respects to their fallen comrades. By the following year, 1869, it was quite a different story. The Minneapolis Tribune reported; “A large concourse of our citizens met at the cemetery and at 3½ pm formed in procession and proceeded to the graves of our soldiers… The Rev. F. A. Conwell, read a few appropriate verses from the Scriptures [and] Capt. J.C. Whitney followed with some well-timed remarks upon the occasion…” The paper also listed the names of the 20 known veterans buried there. Read the rest of this entry »

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A new world needs new people

By PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL

St. Paul’s Lutheran and its Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts are committed to transforming the neighborhood, and building stronger, healthier and (even) wiser neighbors. These are just some of the activities this spring & summer:

  • Sat. May 12, 10am to 1pm: Pollinate Phillips: planting green, planting art.
  • June 11-15: Creativity Camp for children ages 3-12
  • June 5-Aug 5: Young Leaders: ages 11-15 earn stipends creating art, green space & community awareness.
  • Summer: block party, puppet shows, youth photography
    class, art making in our Peace Garden, bonfires, & mosaics
    for garbage cans.
  • The Phoenix of Phillips literary magazine is receiving “Resistance and Resilience” Summer Issue submissions: with a poetry contest, with cash prizes, for children and youth.

Cool, huh? Info: 612-724-3862 or stpaulscreate@gmail.com

St. Paul’s & Semilla Center are located at 2742 15th Ave S—look for the art and the green!

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Roland Wells: 30 of 45 years of ministry at Portland Av. St. Paul’s Lutheran

Pastor Roland Wells, Senior Pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Portland and Franklin Avenues for 30 years, will retire from that ministry to continue other ministry.

By ST. PAUL’S CONGREGATION

For thirty years, Pastor Roland Wells has been pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran at 1901 Portland. That will come to an end on April 30, as he retires, to continue his local and national work in cross-cultural ministry. He came to St. Paul’s as our neighborhood was descending into the crack wars, which hit their peak in 1995-’97. With open-air crack markets on their steps and bullets coming into the building, St. Paul’s set about to help change things by training people to do holistic ministry through the School of Urban Ministry, now renamed “MissionShift Institute.” Since then, over a thousand people have attended the course in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, Houston, St. Louis and Kansas City. Read the rest of this entry »

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EPIC News – May 2018

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