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Aug 23rd

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Regional transit system ranks high in efficiency


Over the last seven years, the Metropolitan Council has had considerable success in expanding our regional transit system and growing ridership.

We’ve opened our first light rail line in the Hiawatha corridor and begun work on our second in the Central corridor. We’ve started service on our first commuter rail line in the Northstar corridor. And we’ve completed the first phase of bus rapid transit improvements in the I-35W and Cedar Avenue corridors.
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Greenovate! The guide to creating environmentally-friendly strategies while turning a profit

Greenovate!  The guide to creating environmentally-friendly strategies while turning a profitImagine a neighborhood where smart, solar-powered garbage cans signal trash collectors only when they are full and ready to be emptied, thus reducing fuel costs. Or a mass transit system where buses run on recycled cooking oil, making them cheaper to operate with reduced emissions. Or a program to create homes for the poor by converting and upgrading discarded shipping containers.

In Greenovate!, the inaugural publication released by the Hult International Business School and the Center for Innovation, Excellence, and Growth (IXL), these environmentally-aware scenarios are a reality. Fifty companies that have successfully “gone green” while also turning a profit are carefully examined, their goals and barriers clearly laid out so that readers can easily understand how a ”greenovation” is conceived and executed. The book covers a wide range of industries and products, from all-natural cosmetics, to energy sources derived from cow manure, to intelligent street lighting.
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Community dialogue explores cultural identity and spirituality

A discussion about family and cultural identity and spirituality takes place 5:30-7pm Wednesday, May 5, at University Outreach Research/Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Psychologist Ted Thompson will talk about  “Weaving the Fabric of Family Culture and Spirituality.”

His talk examines:
•the many definitions and behaviors associated with "FAMILY"
•the cultural underpinnings of family, with spirituality at their core,
•the strengths which have enabled survival in the face of social persecution.

Refreshments will be served.
To RSVP please email Ady - ady@headwatersfoundation.org
For more information call Betty Emarita, 612-823-5193





Elevating the community's voice in health disparities research

The University of Minnesota's Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research will feature Barbara Israel, DrPH, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Angela Reyes, MPH, Executive Director of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, in a forum Tuesday, May 11 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 2-530 Moos Tower on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research, and Center for Health Equity, and the School of Public Health's Health Disparities Work Group.

For further information: TEL: (612) 626-9192 or online at www.healthdisparities.umn.edu

Projects aiding the poor strengthen mentoring ties

Participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Beyond School Walls” program will donate 18 hand-made blankets to homeless families and their children at People Serving People in Minneapolis. As part of a service learning project, mentors (Bigs) from Comcast and mentees (Littles) gathered at the KIPP: Stand Academy to create tie quilts from fleece donated by Comcast’s St. Paul headquarters.

After working together to create the blankets, Bigs and Littles participated in a scavenger hunt for which they researched local homeless shelters to learn about the services they provide, who they serve, and what their mission is. Using the information they learned, the group voted on which shelter would receive their donation.
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Library examines Asian cultures through food traditions

Library examines Asian cultures through food traditionsAsian Americans make up approximately six percent of Hennepin County residents. The largest groups are Hmong, Vietnamese, Asian Indian and Chinese. Asian celebrations are centered around food and Asian cuisine is known the world over for its rich flavors and spices.

This May, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Hennepin County Library's Spice and Slice of Asia 2010 series explores the role food plays in Hmong, Indian, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. Local culinary professionals and community figures will share the history and traditions of food and festivities within their respective communities.
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Minnesota celebrates Mexican independence and culture

Minnesota will celebrate the Bicentennial of the Independence of México and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution in festivities that include the famed Marimba Nandayapa, performing as part of the Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference.

Marimba Nandayapa, a musical group whose origin starts from its founder and director, Maestro Zeferino Nandayapa, native of Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, México.  performs in different venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Marimba Nandayapa performances are:

8pm Wednesday, April 28, at Ted Mann Concert Hall, the opening concert for the Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference
11am Thursday, April 29, performance by Javier Nandayapa at Weisman Art Museum
8am-5pm Friday, April 30, Marimba 2010 Festival
8pm Friday April 30,  VocalEssence Concert at St. Paul Cathedral for a world premiere of “Aquí ha Nacido el Tiempo” by Mexican composer Jórge Córdoba
8am Saturday, May 1,  Lecture/demonstration at Ted Mann Concert Hall

For additional information about the festival please visit www.marimba2010.org
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