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Monday May 20th 2024

News to Use: May 24

City of Minneapolis is accepting applications for a new African American Heritage Work Group
The City is recruiting members for a newly formed African American Heritage Work Group. This body will serve as an advisory board to the City Council on efforts to document and honor African American history. Community members who are knowledgeable on the topic of African American heritage are encouraged to apply by May 12.

Up to 15 community members will be included in the work group: 13 to be appointed by council members and two by the mayor. The work group will advise on the selection of 25 properties associated with Black history in the city to be surveyed for inclusion in a Minneapolis African American Historic and Cultural Context Study. At least three properties will eventually be nominated by the City for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

The African American Heritage Work Group will meet approximately every one to two months between July 2024 and June 2025. The meetings will be organized by City staff and will be open to the public. The group will be asked to suggest relevant research materials; advise on the properties to be surveyed for the context study; review draft reports; and make recommendations about next steps. After the work group concludes, staff will report to City Council on the group’s activities and recommendations.

Potential applicants can find more information about the African American Heritage Work Group by calling 612-673-2216 or emailing

Summer adult sports include pickleball leagues and lessons, tennis match play and lessons, sand or grass volleyball, and outdoor soccer
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) summer adult sports registration opened on Tuesday, April 23, 2024! Follow the links below to browse upcoming adult sports opportunities and register your team.

You can also register as a free agent if you don’t have a full team, and if you want to stay involved in sports and get paid, consider signing up to be an official!

Questions? Call 612-230-6400 or email

Apply for a Minneapolis Edible Boulevard
Have you started planning your edible garden yet? If you live in one of our partner neighborhoods, we’d love to get you going. I you’ve never gardened before, we’ll teach you how. And if you’re a current participant and need some seeds for the season, you can stop on by.

Our applications for this year’s Minneapolis Edible Boulevards are now out! We have one in English and one in Spanish. Everything you need to know about eligibility is on the application.

Application in English:

En Español:

Neighborhood Day is May 11
Minneapolis residents are invited to mark their calendars for Neighborhood Day May 11. Neighborhood Day is an annual day set across the city to increase resident participation in local civic engagement through one of the city’s 70 recognized neighborhood organizations.

Minneapolis residents can picture the neighborhood they want to live in and then help make that vision a reality by becoming involved in their neighborhood organizations. Examples of 2024 Neighborhood Day events include neighborhood meet and greets, garden tool swaps, youth choir concerts, happy hours and neighborhood cleanup.

Neighborhood voices are important for equity, but typically fewer than 1% of eligible people vote for neighborhood organization boards. Neighborhood boards are important local forces for change; they make investments and decisions about the community. Voting in board elections can help make sure the board members making these decisions and setting priorities for neighborhood organization activities represent voters on the most local level.

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