Minneapolis Community Education proudly presents Minneapolis kids Jr! Minneapolis Kids Jr. will offer a safe, nurturing, educational, and recreational experience specifically designed for children entering kindergarten the following school year. Children will be encouraged to pursue interests, and develop friendships, independence, and confidence. The program will run at 4 locations: Dowling (9AM-12PM), Hale (9AM-12PM), Lake Harriet Lower (10AM-1PM), and Ramsey (9AM-12PM) and will incorporate curriculum from Mother Goose Time. (www.mothergoosetime.com) Registration for Minneapolis Kids Jr. will open on May 1st, 2014. Please see the Minneapolis Kids website for more information.
Every year, Housing Inspections staff proactively sweeps neighborhoods for environmental and nuisance violations. Housing staff are able to cover nearly every street and every alley at least once over the warmer months—many neighborhoods are swept multiple times during this period. Oftentimes our letters of violation come as a surprise to unsuspecting residents, so we have created a flyer to increase awareness and provided this to neighborhood organizations.
Mary Petersen, Associate
Council Member John Quincy’s office
350 S. 5th Street, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hello Organic Recyclers!
We are about to go live with your Drop-off, Organics Recycling Program!
The program will officially kick off on Saturday, April 26th at Hale Page Diamond Lake’s Earth Day Celebration! Join us at Pearl Park between 9:30am – 12pm. There will be food, coffee, door-prizes, and of course, clean-up supplies for people who want to help tidy up the neighborhood!
At this event, we will be providing organics recycling training to ensure our compost has minimal contamination and to make sure everyone gets the maximum, garbage-reducing benefit from the program. After completing the training, you can pick up a handy at-home guide, FREE compostable bags, coupons, and get started collecting organics at home. Trainings will run every 30 minutes or so.
Why compost, you ask?
- Huge reduction in trash produced (less to HERC)
- Can compost items that can’t go in a backyard bin (like meat, dairy, and soiled paper)
- Organics recycling takes just minutes a week.
- 1/3 of trash in Minnesota is compostable.
- It’s green!
- It’s a way to reduce your family’s carbon footprint.
Beginning on Saturday, April 26th, the organics recycling carts will be in the Pearl Park front lot and ready for use. For the first couple months of the program, drop-off will be staffed by volunteers to help ensure there is minimal contamination and that everyone understands how the program works. Come by with your organics on either Saturdays from 9am – 12pm or Tuesdays from 4pm – 7pm each week.
Please visit the City of Minneapolis webpage Pearl Park Residential Organics Drop-Off
to find more info on the program, specifics on what is and is not compostable, a sign-up feature to be a part of the program, and other links and information.Happy Spring, everyone! See you at Pearl Park on the 26th!
The Hale & Field Annual Plant Sale is finally here and with it comes SPRING
Pre-Order Deadline: April 18th
Plant Sale Pick-Up: Saturday, May 10th
Hale School Parking Lot, 8-11am
1220 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417
*New Feature: Gift Cards from Bachman’s, Wagners & Pahl’s*
*Note: We will not be hosting The Garden Sale this year*
Please visit the website at: http://www.halefieldpta.com/catalog/ to start shopping a Wide selection of gorgeous plants from Pahl’s Market, one of Minnesota’s best, family-owned nurseries.
Questions: Please contact the Landscape Committee co-chairs: Cindy Goehring, firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Starks, email@example.com
Starting March 17, the City of Minneapolis is offering more than 1,000 five- to eight-foot trees for only $25 each. Mark your calendar now. Order your tree starting 8 a.m., March 17, at www.treetrust.org. Pick it up May 15, 17, 18 or 19.
Trees are available for Minneapolis property owners including residents, businesses and nonprofits.
Choose from several varieties and sizes of trees, including fruit trees. First-come, first-served – order early for best selection. Limit one tree per property, maximum five properties.
Healthy trees look beautiful in your neighborhood, increase property values, help clean the air you breathe, absorb carbon dioxide, save on your energy bills with strategic planting, keep the city cooler in the summer, provide homes for wildlife and help manage stormwater.
Did you hear that a Drop-Site Organics Recycling Program is coming to HDPL this spring???
More info on that is coming (so stay tuned) BUT if you plan to be involved (and you totally should! here is a great way to get a low-cost kitchen pail for your organics:
Minneapolis is hosting one of the Recycling Association of Minnesota’s (RAM’s) rain barrel and compost sale events again this year. The sales are now live and the pickup date is scheduled for April 26th to coincide with Earth Day activities. If you’re interested in a low-cost rain barrel, compost bin or kitchen pail, you may purchase them now from any of the sale events listed on RAM’s webpage.
Here’s a link directly to RAM’s Sale Events webpage: http://www.recycleminnesota.org/programs/sale-events
Free Saturday Youth Tennis Program
InnerCity Tennis, located on the corner of 40th and Nicollet, in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, has a free Saturday tennis program, which serves children ages 3-17. On average, over 300 children and 80 volunteers participate each week.
The 2014 Saturday Winter Program begins January 11th and continues through February 22 (6 sessions in all). Children ages 3-11 participate from 3:00 – 4:30pm and junior high and high school aged children participate from 4:30 – 6:00pm.
Same day registration for the program is completed at the tennis center, before the program begins. Children can join the program at any time.
For more information on the InnerCity Tennis Saturday Program, visit them on the web at
Neither snow nor ice could prevent residents of Tangletown and HPDL from attending our Organics Recycling Summit. In attendance were representatives from Hennepin county, the city of Minneapolis and our city council member John Quincy.
John Jaimez from Hennepin Co provided an overview of the waste process in our county and how organics recycling fits into that system. He showed a few benefits of finalized compost; erosion control and highway revitalization landscaping.
David Herberholz and Kellie Kish from the City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste and Recycling, detailed the cost analysis of using different containers and explained the statistics and structure of the ongoing organics recycling pilot programs in Minneapolis and surrounding townships.
Lauren Anderson, Tangletown board member and coordinator of the Macalester-Groveland compost project, explained the do’s and don’ts of organics recycling and how it differs from backyard composting. It turns out dairy and milk are approved organics recycling material for the type of drop-site organics recycling program we are planning to implement!
The evening wrapped with a brief Q&A and a door prize followed by closing statements from Minneapolis Council Member John Quincy. There proved to be no shortage of enthusiasm towards the project and we look forward to bringing organics recycling to a location near you in the very near future! Check this website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ( @hpdl_mpls ) to stay abreast of any future developments.
John Jaimez from Hennepin Co provided an overview of the waste process in our county and how organics recycling fits into that system
Councilman John Quincy showed his support and helped us close out the meeting