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Phasing plan for Peavey Park improvements is now online

Improvements at Peavey Park that are scheduled for both 2017 and 2018 are outlined in the new Peavey Park Phasing Plan for 2017/18.

In fall 2017, the Park Board will improve the basketball court complex. This includes replacing three half-courts with 2 full courts, one half-court and practice hoops. All of the new courts will be located in the northwest corner of the park.

In summer 2018, the multi-use field and playground will be replaced. Improvements for pathways, lighting, irrigation and grading are also planned in 2018 throughout the park.

These improvements are guided by the Peavey Park Master Plan, which is part of MPRB’s South Service Area Master Plan, covering all of the neighborhood parks south of downtown and east of I-35W.

To find out more about the 2017/2018 improvements at Peavey Park, visit the project web page, where you can also sign up for timely email updates, as the project progresses.

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Phillips Round the World Challenge Kicks off April 4

Pat Eagan with Amy and Roy Rincon enjoying the potluck dinner following last fall’s walking challenge.

By the Phillips Wellness 50+ Team

“I love to walk but it isn’t always easy to find someone to walk with,” says Pat Eagan. “The Phillips Wellness 50+ walking group helps me walk more regularly.” Amy Rincon says she is “proud to wear my green t-shirt and be a part of a community of people working to keep ourselves healthy.” She and her husband, Roy, have hardly missed a week since the Phillips Wellness 50+ walking group formed last May.

Now, the group is kicking off a new community challenge—the Phillips Round the World Challenge. None of us can walk around the world by ourselves but together we can do it.

We invite everyone to participate in this fun way to contribute to a community goal, get some exercise and meet new people. No matter what speed or distance you walk (or roll), this is for you.

Gathering on Tuesday, April 4

Join us for an organizing meeting in the dining room of 2700 Park Apartments on Tuesday, April 4, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. We’ll provide information about walking and serve a light dinner.

Walking Sessions Start April 18

The 8-week walking challenge will start Tuesday, April 18, meeting each Tuesday at 5:00 PM in the lobby of Ebenezer Tower, 2523 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404. For more information, contact Donna Nordin at 612-741-5180 or dnordin2@comcast.net.

Phillips Wellness 50+ is a community-led initiative with support from the Vital Aging Network, HealthPartners, Allina Health and the Bush Foundation.

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“Capitalists are our Feudal Barons”

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Project Earth

By Peter Molenaar

March 8, 2017…

(Note: DAPL refers to Dakota Access Pipeline.)

The Walker Community United Methodist Church continues to showcase our resilience, this time beckoning a “Café con Alondra.” The forum was to feature a panel of #NoDAPL veterans, fresh from the Battle of Standing Rock. Alondra Cano’s presence was appreciated as well.

As it happened, audience members were invited to state their concerns. By what path will we transition to the post-fossil-fuel society? Will an intervening crisis ensue? Does the slogan – “Workers and oppressed people unite” still hold true?

Clearly, the assembled Native-American voice now serves as our spiritual intermediary to Mother Earth. Yet, Trump supporters have shouted: “How will that oil get to you without the pipeline?” Well, listen up. The oil in question has been shipped by train all along. Why would you support the ambitions of one sector of capital over another? Why would you heap another brutal round of oppression upon the great heap of historical oppression?

There was one panelist with a pale face like mine. Patty is a tireless and talented activist. However, her observation that “Market forces” are delivering us from fossil fuels too slowly was too meekly put.

Actually, the expression “market forces” is a euphemism for capitalism, i.e. capitalists and the profit motive. Thus, we are witness to the pivot from coal to natural gas, not because we have a “Clean Power Plan” but because fracking renders the gas cheap. But where is the real plan to save humanity and the viability of our planet?

Smile, please. Someday soon, a person like Patty will be elected president with a new assignment for NASA. Call it: PROJECT EARTH.

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Frank Reflections

BY FRANK ERICKSON

Here is how the process works. State lawmakers get to the Capitol by being elected. Then, they get a 45 per cent pay raise $31,000.00 to $45,000.00 from an independent Council created by “voter approved Constitutional amendment.”

Interesting how they allow us to vote on a constitutional amendment to give a raise to themselves and that the vote is seen as a fair and justifiable approach; but refuse us the opportunity to vote on a liveable wage. For some reason a voter-approved amendment is enough for themselves to get a raise, but not enough for a liveable wage for their voters.

They need to stop playing games at the Capitol and do their job, giving access to democracy to everyone.

They just get voted into office, vote to get themselves a raise, and create “laws” that block any chance of low-income people getting a liveable wage. They deny us access for a liveable wage, but then use democracy to give themselves a huge raise! It is so wrong, I had to write it twice to see what I what missing. No! I’m not missing anything! It is so obvious it almost makes a person think they must misunderstand it. It is blatantly wrong!

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Ongoing Solar Lantern Workshops – Solar Generator Workshops

COL family members at the solar lantern workshop.

Our core objective is to connect community members with each other in a way that our healthy interdependence can be furthered through engagement around community: mutually supportive sustainability strategies; honoring and encouraging inter-generational family participation; inter-cultural sharing of strengths and supports; and uplifting spirits and encouraging our noblest traits.

Solar Lantern Workshop:

Friday 5:00-7:00 p.m.- Midtown Global Market

Solar Generator Workshop:

Saturday, 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m. – Midtown Global Market

To reserve your space to sign up to and participate, stop by Communities of Light store, Midtown Global Market, call 612-239 4652 or call Gilbert McKinley, 706-601-7131.

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…and coming this July 2017, COMMUNITIES OF LIGHT/BYI Rebirthing Community CHAT Re-OPENS AMEN CORNER Thrones Plaza-Corner of Chicago and Franklin Avenues JULY 8, 2017 ~SATURDAY, Noon-4:00 P.M.

We are pleased to announce that we have added new volunteers from the Communities of Light Co-op to support the Amen Corner 2017 session. Please come and support us. The Amen Corner opens officially, SATURDAY, JULY 8, Noon to 4:00 p.m. Stop by Peavey Park, Thrones Plaza, on the corner of Chicago & Franklin Avenues. Communities of Light (COL) will support the Amen Corner’s focus through the end of October and into November as weather permits.

Open Mic is the reason we present the Amen Corner- to provide a space for all of us to listen to one another, the community, throughout the afternoon and relate to the thoughts, concerns, stories, and testimonies. And, of course, we’ll be grillin’! The Amen Corner’s focus—to use the Open Mic concept to provide a safe space for adults, youth and children to “Speak Your Truth” in hopes of making positive changes within our community; relieve current pressures; and help to create a healthy community.

Communities of Light, via the Amen Corner, will recruit new families to COL’s solar lantern workshops and expose our guests to the idea of self-sufficiency through conversation and understanding of ourselves and our community—being a COL Co-op member is a bonus.

We invite you to come to Speak Your Truth about yourself, your struggles, your stories, your ideas, your family, your community and your world. Please join Communities of Light at the Amen Corner, in Peavey Park, Thrones Plaza, every Saturday, Noon-4:00 p.m. (Chicago & Franklin Avenues.)

We look forward to seeing you as a volunteer and welcome you as a participant each Saturday. Mostly, we urge you to speak out the truth and you may just get an “amen.” Amen Corner, a time to enjoy community.

For more info, contact: Amen Corner Team, 612-239-4652, or visit our website: communitiesoflight.org

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JOIN Communities of Light (COL) at the MayDay Parade Workshops!

BYI Rebirthing Communities/COL CHAT leader hosting a Communities of Light lantern-decorating table at the MayDay workshop 2016.

It’s April and time for MayDay Workshops facilitated by Heart of the Beast Theatre as we prepare for the 43rd annual MayDay Parade and Festival! Communities of Light/BYI Rebirthing Communities CHAT bring people together for the common good and provide a different environment for creativity as we prepare for the Annual MayDay Parade. The COL MayDay lantern (icosahedron) decorating workshops are bright, colorful, and always delightfully engaging.

Community comes together to provide workshops where you can be creative even if you’re not an artist. Almost anything goes, and we’re there to help you coordinate and guide the direction of your color selections. We welcome your ideas on how to decorate our community-made solar lanterns. You can even join us in the COL section of the MayDay Parade on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Communities of Light’s MayDay Workshop location:

Avalon Theatre, corner of East Lake Street & 15th Ave. S., Mpls.

MayDay workshop schedule: OPENS: Saturday, April 8

  • SaturdaysApril 8, 15, 22, 29—8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, April 11,18, 25—6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, April 13, 20, 27—6:30-9:30 p.m.

(NOTE: Communities Of Light is NOT available on Sat. mornings.

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Featuring the Exciting Work of COMMUNITIES OF LIGHT CO-OP/BYI Rebirthing Communities CHAT (Community Health Action Team)

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45 Year Momentum at an ALL-TIME HIGH! PHILLIPS AQUATIC CENTER

At the Phillips Aquatic Center

March Madness

By Denny Bennett

March, 2017 will be long remembered as a big month in the history of the Phillips Aquatics Center! On Tuesday, March 28th at 1:00 PM, at the Phillips Community Center, the ceremonial groundbreaking took place. Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Superintendent Jayne Miller led the festivities, and the crowd heard from elected officials, key donors and me. MPRB is planed the details of the event, and had the obligatory golden shovels and pre-softened dirt.

To me, this public display of “digging in” was like a wedding, in the sense that all who participate are saying loudly and publicly, “I’m all in!” From this day forward, we can all relax a little bit. This thing is real, and once declared publicly at a groundbreaking, there are no “take-backs”! Just like a wedding, there was even a reception with light refreshments afterwards, and for entertainment, people took a tour of the “before” version of the old pool.

In January, while I heralded the joy of this dream coming true, I also dedicated a few column inches to explain how important items got left out due to budget constraints. Specifically, there were two projects that were designated as “optional” and as a result, not included in the planned construction:

  • Existing locker room upgrade – $162,000
  • Fitness & teen center relocation and remodeling – $116,000

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