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Sep 04th


Challenge grant raises dollars and awareness for MN food shelves

September is national Hunger Action Month, and two Minnesota organizations have joined forces to address hunger locally. Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless are offering a $100,000 challenge grant for food shelves to raise dollars and awareness in their local communities.

Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, says hunger in the state has risen, with food shelf use up sharply since the recession began.

2nd annual Twin City Health Summit

Studies continue to show African-Americans at greater risk of developing cancers and of finding cancers at later stages. This is why the American Cancer Society, along with NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Kappa Alpha Psi–St. Paul/Mpls Alumni Chapter, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority–Mpls/St. Paul Alumnae Chapter are holding the 2nd annual Twin City Health Summit, on September 25, at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis. Preventing cancer throughout the community will be the focus as local area residents will get practical and innovative tips to stay well and get well.

Summit Academy OIC hosts Community Health Fair Open House for low income community residents

Students from Summit Academy OIC, located at 935 Olson Memorial Highway, in Minneapolis are hosting a Community Health Fair Friday, October 15, 1 – 3 pm to educate low-income community residents and minorities about a variety of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight prevention, sexually transmitted diseases and obesity.

Aamina Muhammad featured in dance showcase

Aamina Muhammad featured in dance showcaseAamina Muhammad, 17, daughter of Fatima Muhammad of North Minneapolis, will be featured in the 9 x 22 Dance/Lab Series at the Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 22 at 8 p.m.

Muhammad will perform as part of the dance company at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, where she is a senior at the Arts High School.

Under the direction of instructor Mary Harding, The Perpich Center dance company will present original choreography based on the work of award winning artist Bill T. Jones.

The Perpich Center for Arts Education is home to Minnesota's Arts High School, a statewide, public, tuition-free school for juniors and seniors based in Golden Valley.

WE WIN Youth Garden

WE WIN Youth GardenAs you travel on Olson Highway (highway 55) in North Minneapolis, take a look at the south end of Zion Baptist Church. On the hill, you will see a beautiful garden that has flourished and produced many healthy fruits and vegetables despite the hot temperatures we had this summer.

The garden, located on 621 Elwood Avenue North, was tilled, cultivated, planted, and watered by the children of WE WIN Institute’s summer program.

WE WIN’s summer theme was, “Love, Hope, and Faith Renewed.” What better way to show love for yourself, hope for good results, and faith that the garden will produce great harvest because of the hard work and tender loving care. The children planted an array of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, broccoli, kale, chard, herbs, and greens.

Stokely and Sylvia Williams: African American giants

Stokely and Sylvia Williams: African American giantsStokely Williams is known to most as the lead singer of the singing group, Mint Condition, which was started by Williams and his Central High School friends in the late 1980’s. He not only sings, but is the group’s drummer and percussionist. Mint Condition has a diversity of sounds which range from conventional jazz to popular R&B; they play funk as well as Latin sounds. In 2008, the group was presented with the Album and Group of the Year from the SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award.
Williams is a man who has a clear understanding of his culture and history. He believes in giving back to his community. He was named after the revolutionary, Stokely Carmichael, who is best known for the statement, “Black Power.” Williams father, the Elder Mahmoud El Kati, is an African American professor emeritus, legendary historian and sage for African Americans in Minnesota and the country. It is no wonder that Williams has a love for his community and for the children.

Camden Bridge restoration complete, opens to traffic

Camden Bridge restoration complete, opens to trafficThe Camden Bridge, closed since April 12 for extensive rehabilitation work, recently opened to traffic, re-connecting traffic routes between North and Northeast Minneapolis. The bridge work, made possible through $10 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, included improvements that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will all enjoy.

“We’ve created a better bridge for this critical crossing of the Mississippi River,” said City Council President Barbara Johnson, who represents the Fourth Ward, on the west end of the bridge. “Thousands of commuters were inconvenienced by this construction over the past four-and-a-half months. They’ll see that it was worth the wait to get the bridge we have now. The new Camden Bridge will do a better job serving our drivers, cyclists and walkers for decades to come.”
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