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Saturday May 18th 2024

Southside Roots: Student Led and Community Grown

Illustration: Jake Ryan

By OLIVE GRABE and LUCY JARMAN

Do you live in the East Phillips, Corcoran, or Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis? Are you interested in workshops and resources centered around keeping food cultural, local, and healthy? If so, you should check out Southside Roots. We are led by South High students and co-led by Michelle Shaw of Minneapolis Edible Boulevards. We prioritize making food healthy and accessible, and connecting with youth and families to make sure everyone has the opportunity to explore urban agriculture. Our program is based around food justice, gardening, outdoor education, and community building.


So far our team has planted an edible mushroom bed, three fruit trees, and a community boulevard garden at South High School, and helped plant edible boulevard gardens in our students’ own communities throughout Minneapolis. We have also co-hosted a seed sowing event together with Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and Minneapolis Edible Boulevards, and have helped members of the community prepare seed cells for their upcoming summer gardens and for boulevard gardens that will be planted by Minneapolis Edible Boulevards’ participants this spring.


There are many plans for the future, including hosting community cooking classes that teach how to make plant based meals from the different cultures and countries that reflect the diverse demographics of our schools and South Minneapolis as a whole.… Read the rest “Southside Roots: Student Led and Community Grown”

Conversation with Kali Pliego, Crime Prevention Specialist Extraordinaire

By MARY ELLEN KALUZA and KALI PLIEGO

I met Kali for the first time in 2020 after a series of break-ins. I didn’t know what to expect from a “Crime Prevention Specialist”. I was wary, having heard, “Why don’t you move?” too many times over the years. But Kali was kind, empathetic, helpful and enjoyable to talk with. She has also been a generous contributor to the alley in recent years in her position. I thought we all needed to know Kali better, hence this email interview.

Credit: Katie Jennings

Mary Ellen Kaluza: Your job title is Crime Prevention Specialist. Tell us what a Crime Prevention Specialist does?
Kali Pliego: Crime Prevention Specialist is a public education role, with a focus of the education being how to not be a victim of crime. There are so many ways this is borne out through our work. The most common services are updating neighborhood groups on crime trends, giving personal safety presentations, conducting home or business security checks, etc. We also respond to direct questions as well as complaints about suspicious activity that come through Minneapolis 311.
The other major area of our work is managing a system of block leaders. We recruit, train, and support block leaders as they organize their block clubs.… Read the rest “Conversation with Kali Pliego, Crime Prevention Specialist Extraordinaire”

Franklin Library May 24

By ARI BAUM-HOMMES
All information listed here is accurate as of April 12th, 2024. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org.

FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS
Monday 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday 12 PM to 8 PM Wednesday 12 PM to 8 PM Thursday 12 PM to 8 PM Friday 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM

PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES:

Homework Help
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-7:30 PM
Saturdays, 1-5 PM
Find homework resources for K-12 students online and at all our libraries: history, language arts, math, science and more.

STEAM Workshops for Youth
Wednesdays, 5-6 PM
Drop in for fun and creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) experiments and projects! Materials provided. Led by Franklin Library’s Teen Tech Squad.

Young Achievers
Thursdays, 4-6 PM
Open to all teens who want to learn about various arts and media (including video projects, skits, and poems)! Young Achievers supports members to be a positive voice for their generation and community.


PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:

Bike Fix-It Clinic with BikeMN
Thursday, May 2, 12:30-2 PM (rain date: Thursday, May 16, 12:30-2 PM)
Local riders, bring your bike to Franklin where Bike MN technicians will provide basic mechanical support for the community.… Read the rest “Franklin Library May 24”

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