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EVENTS


Celebrate Minnesota’s Summer of Civil Rights - June 14 - July 31
July 2, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Help celebrate the golden anniversary of this landmark legislation by taking part in the many events that are part of Minnesota’s Summer of Civil Rights. Police Conduct Oversight Commission listening session, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 14, Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, Loving Day, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, American Burger Bar, 354 Wabasha St. N., Saint Paul, Voting Rights Act: Act to Remember, Act to Restore, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, June 22, Interfaith event at Shiloh Temple, 2647 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis, 50th anniversary opening ceremony, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, RSVP, CAIR-MN Ramadan dinner, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, July 12, University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union, 300 16th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, Key reflections on the Civil Rights Act from Minnesota judges, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Ave., Saint Paul, and 50th anniversary closing ceremony, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, Location TBD. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination in the United States based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It also provided voter registration protections and ended racial segregation in schools, workplaces and facilities that serve the general public.

Neighborhood Development Center's Free Business Workshops - June 17 - July 29
All workshops held at the Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17- Demographics Now: Learn the demographics as well as purchasing patterns of the households who live in a selected area. Monday, June 23- Understanding Accounting: Learn about financial analysis, ratio analysis and how to read and understand financial statements. Tuesday, July 8- First Steps of Starting Your Small Business: Learn the basics of a business plan and get introduced to the resources NDC has available to help you start and finance your small business. Tuesday, July 15-Branding Your Business: Learn the basics of branding and how it can help strengthen relationships with your customers, gain more recognition in the marketplace and give your customers a unique experience. Tuesday July 22- Internet Marketing: Learn about internet marketing and receive different tools and strategies. Tuesday, July 29- My Small Business Brainstorm: Want to start a business and do not know where to start? Come brainstorm and find out your talents and gifts that could be profitable. Explore different sectors, ideas and opportunities that may spark a flame inside. Be sure to register for these free workshops, they fill up fast. The limit is 12 participants. Contact Cicely Corbett at 651-379-8113, or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To find more, visit the Workshop page at http://www.ndc-mn.org/

Ordway Announces 2014 Summer Dance Series Lineup - June 19 - July 24
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announce the lineup for the 2014 Summer Dance Series. The popular series offers free, family-friendly dance events and live music in Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul on select Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Beginning June 19, the Ordway Summer Dance Series will highlight a different dance and music genre each week, offering free lessons from professional instructors from around the community, followed by live music and open dance in the park. Each evening will begin with a social gathering at 5:30 p.m. where food and beverages will be available for purchase from The Saint Paul Hotel, R.A. MacSammy’s, Potter’s Pasties and the Leprechaun’s Dreamcycle. At 6:00 p.m., local dance professionals will lead group dance lessons focusing on a different style each week. At 7:15 p.m., attendees can show off what they learned at an open dance with live music from local bands. All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the series, visit www.ordway.org/summerdance.

“Real Change: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence” – June 19, July 24
Women’s Advocates will host two community conversations around domestic violence and solutions to prevention. Titled “Real Change: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence,” the events will be held June 19 and July 24 at Penumbra Theatre, 270 North Kent Street in St. Paul. Both sessions are 5-8 p.m. with a reception; the program follows at 6 p.m. Both sessions are free and open to the public, though RSVPs are encouraged at www.wadvocates.org.
June 19, 2014: “A Call to Men: Breaking the Silence of Violence Against Women” 5-5:45 p.m.: Reception and refreshments; 6-6:30 p.m.: Remarks by Babette Jamison and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi; 6:30-7 p.m.: Presentation by Ted Bunch, co-founder, A Call to Men; 7-8 p.m.: Moderated discussion with T. Mychael Rambo, affiliate professor, School of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. July 24, 2014: “Bringing Together the Elements: Violence and Public Health” 5-5:45 p.m.: Reception and refreshments; 6-6:30 p.m.: Welcoming remarks; 6:30; 7 p.m.: Presentation by Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD ; 7-8 p.m.: Moderated discussion with T. Mychael Rambo. For more information about the event and to RSVP, visit www.wadvocates.orgor call 651/227-9966.

Weekly African Dance Classes - July 15 - Aug. 28
Location: Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN, $13/ Class - All dance classes are drop-in, Tuesday, 7pm-8:30pm , Open Level w/ Whitney (note: we are moving to Thursday after the 15th).
Summer Session Weekly African Dance Class - July 24 - Aug. 28
Every Thursday 7pm - 8:30pm w/ Whitney McClusky & Nafi Diabate. A thorough and invigorating workout which incorporates traditional West African dance movement with live drumming. This class offers a variety of dynamics and all levels are welcomed. Choreography is broken down to accommodate new dancers and the pace is heightened for those wanting more challenge. It is a friendly and inviting environment to experience a new dance form.

PACER Center workshop - July 22
PACER Center is offering “Individualized Education Program: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?” a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities and for professionals. It is on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. This workshop will help parents understand how to use the valuable information in their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) is addressing his or her unique needs. PACER Advocates and PACER-trained parent leaders will guide participants through the process of connecting the child’s strengths and needs as documented in the evaluation report with the goals, services, and supports in the student’s IEP. To participate in the workshop, parents will need to bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report, and a copy of the child’s IEP. To register, call PACER at (952) 838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.

Walker: Radical Presence Opening-Day Performances & Reception - July 24
Thu, Jul 24, 6–9 pm, FREE. Kick off the Radical Presence exhibition with a cocktail and experience a dynamic range of performances by contributing artists. The evening pays tribute to the late conceptual artist Terry Adkins, whose The Last Trumpet (1995)—a sound piece made of four 18-foot-long brass horns played by four local musicians—is presented at 6:30 pm. Additional performances include works presented by participating artists Senga Nengudi (performed by Maren Hassinger), Pope.L, and Jacolby Satterwhite.
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
Target and Friedman Galleries
. Jul 24, 2014–Jan 4, 2015. Featuring video and photos, interactive works and installations, Radical Presence explores the development of black performance in contemporary art from the 1960s to the present. From groundbreaking works by highly influential artists such as Coco Fusco, Lorraine O’Grady, Benjamin Patterson, and David Hammons to essential new voices including Theaster Gates, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Xaviera Simmons, this dynamic exhibition brings together some 36 artists from across generations who push the boundaries of performance.

Riverfront Vitality Forum - July 24
On July 24 the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership (MRP) will premiere the Riverfront Vitality Forum, a new series of discussions on Minneapolis riverfront issues. The first forum, "Minneapolis Upper Harbor Terminal – What’s Next for the 48 acres of Mississippi Riverfront Property?" will address the imminent closure of the Upper Harbor Terminal., a 48-acre city-owned property on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The closing of the terminal represents a rare opportunity to re-shape a large piece of the Mississippi Riverfront, a long-held goal of the city and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The forum will be held 6-7:30pm, Thursday, July 24, at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall St. N.E. It is a free, ticketed event. Attendees are asked to register by July 22, 2014 via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minneapolis-upper-harbor-terminal-whats-next-for-the-riverfront-registration-12149691053. For more information, visit http://minneapolisriverfrontpartnership.org.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl - July 25

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl will be held Friday, July 25, 12:00pm-10:00pm Saturday, July 26, 12:00pm-9:00pm, West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411. FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is both a community celebration and premier art event in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of North Minneapolis’ main business corridor. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside. 2014 highlights include a Dinner on the Farm event on Friday, a full weekend of events for the historic Capri Theater's 60th birthday, and a national R&B headliner at the KMOJ stage.

The Great Midwest Rib Fest - July 25 - July 27
Date and Time: Friday, July 25 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://www.mysticlake.com/greatmidwestribfest14. Free! The Great Midwest Rib Fest will take place July 25-27 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota. This outdoor event features 8 of the country’s top rib cookers, more than 100 of the best Minnesota artists, and live entertainment each day including The Oak Ridge Boys on July 26. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 651-717-4176.

Lowertown Blues Festival Launches its Inaugural Season at Mears Park with a Free Concert - July 26
The Lowertown Blues Festival brings a stunning blues lineup to Mears Park for its inaugural season. The Lowertown Blues Festival is a cooperative effort by the Minnesota Blues Society and the Lowertown Blues Festival Committee with support from the City of St. Paul. The mission of this festival is to bring awareness of St. Paul’s Lowertown redevelopment, showcasing the vitality and beauty of Lowertown’s Mears Parks with music and the arts. With the opening of the METRO Green Line and Union Depot down the street, this festival is easy to get to. Admission is free. 3:00 PM: Sena Ehrhardt, 4:30 PM: The Lamont Cranston Band, 6:30 PM: Hamilton Loomis, 8:30 PM: Shemekia Copeland. Event Details: Saturday, July 26, 2014, Mears Park in Lowertown, 221 E 5th St, St Paul, 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. Additional information at http://www.lowertownbluesfestival.com.

Afro Cuban Bash - Under the Stars - Annual Fundraiser - July 26
The Afro Cuban Bash - Under the Stars - Annual Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Riedel Farm Estate, 5100 East River Road, Fridley, MN. Cuba, rather Afro-Cuba, invades your senses as the spicy African edge of Cuban culture takes center stage with art, food, and live music. A vibrant mix of live Cuban jazz, four gourmet culinary stations, Cuban themed silent auction, and dancing under the stars. This is a joint fundraiser with the Minnesota Cuba Committee. The Q-Band is the local go-to Cuban in the Twin Cities. This night they put their Afro Cuban roots front and center. Fronted by Latin Grammy award nominee pianist Viviene, the Q-Band pulls dancers from their seats. In typical Obsidian Arts' fashion food is an integral part of the affair. Four food stations feature Cuban favorites such as roasted pork, Cuban sandwiches, arroz con pollo, squash soup, picadillo, plantain, rum cake, and much more. Not only will you be dancing under the stars, but Cuban choreographer and dance instructor and his team interpret classic Afro-Cuban movements. To purchase tickets visit: http://www.obsidianartscenter.org/afro-cuban-bash-info.html. For more information call 612-787-3644.

Basketball College Workouts in Bemidji – Aug. 1
(Bemidji) The 1st annual School of High Performance Basketball College Workouts will be featuring advanced skill instruction by NBA Trainers. 75 minute specialized sessions will be held at the Calvary Lutheran Church Gym in Bemidji beginning August 1 with Tim Springer of Spartan Basketball, San Antonio, Texas. Other dates and instructors include August 23 with Cody Toppert of Elev|8 Sports Institute of Florida, September 27 with Norm Persin of Ohio and the LeBron James Skills Academy and Michael Jordan Flight School, and October 25 with Tim Martin of the Association Preps and Pros of Texas. The fee for each session is $15 or $12.50 per registered session on the same date. Space is limited to 15 college men and women players per session. For a schedule or more information, contact Dan Ninham at 218.368.6430 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mighty Fortress Health and Wellness Conference - Aug. 2
MFI's 5th Annual Health and Wellness Conference will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 11 am to 3 pm. The Free Health Conference and Fair is themed "Natural, Spiritual, Healthy You!" The Health Conference and Fair will include Seminars, Wellness Exhibitors, Free Health Screenings and Children's Fun Fair ages 5-12. Pre-register at (http:2014healthyyou.evenbrite.com) for extra entries into drawings. Conference Location: Excell Academy 6510 Zane Ave N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55429. Everyone is Welcome!

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) Workshop - Aug. 6
Small business owners seeking ways to grow their business should attend “Connecting to Corporations: Developing the Value Proposition for Women-Owned Business,” a workshop presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Target West Campus Auditorium, 3701 Wayzata Blvd., in Minneapolis. Presenter Julia Hubbel, author, veteran and a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), who specializes in teaching minority- and women-owned companies how to do business with the Fortune 500, will help small business owners adjust their value proposition to maximize impact, effectiveness and grow their business through connections with large corporate supplier diversity programs. The workshop is free of charge but requires registration. Space is limited. For more information, please visit www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477, ext. 0.

Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day - Aug. 22-24

Coming to the Twin Cities August 22-24, the Komen 3-Day® is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to be a part of something bigger – ending breast cancer forever. Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, educating tens of thousands of people about breast health and raising funds to help support breast cancer research and community outreach programs. For more information: http://www.the3day.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_cityl_TC_landing

Parent Advocacy Workshop – “Telling Your Story So Others Will Listen” - September 13
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, LOCATION: Oak Grove Middle School (Educational Services Building, Door C), 1300 West 106th Street, Bloomington, MN. A story can be a powerful way to effect change, but in our fast-paced, wired society, it’s hard to make your story stand out. Join us for this fun, interactive workshop where you will learn effective communication strategies and ways to make your own story compelling enough that policymakers and professionals will listen. Longtime disability advocate and legislative expert Kim Kang will be presenting. Participants will learn: The power of story, How to tell your personal story, Effective communication, Meeting strategies, and Organizing for change.

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

 
Handy Helper Needed - Ongoing
Help an elderly Minneapolis resident remain safely in their home. Volunteer your time to assist with MINOR REPAIRS. Snowbirds, retirees, and trainees welcome (over the age of 18). You must have some experience to ensure that the work is done correctly (license not required). Choose your own unpaid handyperson schedule. Adult individuals, two-person teams, and small groups welcome. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One-time unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens who reside in Minneapolis and need a handyperson should call 612-374-3322 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Let It Grow - Ongoing
Enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! Seniors in Minneapolis need your help to maintain their flower garden or vegetable patch. Volunteer one time or adopt a garden for the season until it freezes. Work with a partner and you can take turns gardening. Family teams welcome, youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One-time and other unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-746-8549 for more information. NIP website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org If you are a Minneapolis senior in need of yard care, call 612-374-3322 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Senior citizens who reside outside of Minneapolis should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their neighborhood.

Cityview Community School looking for volunteers

City View is looking for tutors. For more information contact Kathy DeKrey (218)760-1106.

Council on Crime and Justice needs mentors
The Council on Crime and Justice is looking for men to mentor men released from Minnesota State Prisons. Connecting with mentors can reduce the amount of stress and challenge as one is reintegrating back into family and community. When: Your choice. Please contact 612-353-3000.

CEED Online Class
Earn a Continuing Education Certificate (clock hours) or Academic Credit by successfully completing a CEED online course. Sessions are nine weeks long and instructor-led. Participants need a computer with internet access and a high speed connection. Click on the links for more information about each course and to register. Mar. 24, 2014 - Pregnancy's Unexpected Outcomes: Death, Disabilities, and the Impact on Parents and Children--A Guide for Practitioners. (82 Clock Hours or 2 academic credits)

FYI/ I Can Prevent Diabetes Program
I can Prevent Diabetes is a collaborative, community-based, lifestyle change program designed for people who have diagnosed as pre-diabetic or who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes (overweight, family history, get little exercise, had a baby weighing more than 9 lbs.), or currently taking Metforin. This program Involves 16 weekly sessions and eight (8) monthly follow-up sessions where participants learn how to create a healthier lifestyle. For more information or to register please contact Sylvia Amos at 612-521-3110 for a list of church sites where the class will be offered in 2014.

CAST (Capri after School Theater)
Working in collaboration with Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) and PYC Arts & Tech High School, Capri After School Theater (CAST) is open to students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in exploring the world of theater after school every week Tuesdays and Thursday until May 22, 2014, 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. at Capri Theater 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411. There is no charge for this program thanks to generous support from the Carlson Family Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. If you are a high school student (or a parent/guardian of a student), please contact Kevin D. West at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-643-2039 for information or to enroll.

Volunteer at North Regional or Sumner Library
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 and Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd Minneapolis, MN 55411 are looking for volunteers for the Homework Hub and promoting Homework Hub for grades K-12. Volunteers can contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (NR) and Mary Okoronko at (612) 543-6875 for questions. Volunteers will go through a short interview and be screened. North Regional is looking for individuals willing to commit to a weekly time. Homework Hub does not operate when schools are closed. Please visit www.hclib.org for more information about North Regional Library.

Summer Academic Enrichment Program
If you are eligible for free or reduced price lunches and are in grades 3-11, apply for stipend to attend a summer academic enrichment program. A Stipend for up to a $1,000 will be paid directly to the summer academic enrichment program you attend. If you are in grades 7-11, you must have either an overall “C” average or its equivalent for the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable to the summer program you wish to attend. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. www.ohe.state.mn.us/summerenrichment/

Host a Food Charter Event
The Minnesota Food Charter Event process also includes setting-specific topics that can be added to the one-hour event. These half-hour additions allow groups to discuss barriers and opportunities associated with childcare, healthcare, schools and worksites unique to their communities. Check out this outline for how a Minnesota Food Charter Event works. When and Where: Your choice. Fill out the contact form or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

GUTTER CREW NEEDED
Spring draws near! Leaves do fall and up the ladder we must crawl. Gain a new poetic perspective while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to clean gutters. Perfect for individuals, groups (small to large), and families (kids stay on the ground). Others can rake while an adult clears out the gutter. Seasonal: mid-April (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time fun, flexible unpaid volunteer activity that can be done weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! BYOL: Bring Your Own Ladder (optional). Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are available with lawn mowing and assisting with handyperson activities. One time opportunities are occasionally available. Please check our other postings. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (612) 746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

RAKE IT Spring Yard Clean-Up
Think Spring! Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Seasonal: starting mid-April (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Minneapolis senior citizens who seek assistance should call (612) 374-3322 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Seniors outside of Minneapolis should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their neighborhood. NIP website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

Volunteer Opportunities
Need to fulfill volunteer requirements? Looking to build your resume? Want to make an impact in your community? Sign up to volunteer at Agape 24 Hour Childcare. Volunteer Opportunities: Receptionist– flexible hours, Tutors, Reader Helpers, Greeters and Parent Board. If interested, please call (612) 287-9775 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit website: www.agape24hourchildcare.com

Sabathani March campaign – Ongoing thru March
Sabathani Community Center will be hosting a food and fund drive as part of the March Campaign, a statewide effort coordinated by the Minnesota FoodShare to raise food for local food shelves. Sabathani’s goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of food and raise $25,000. Support Sabathani’s efforts: Bring donations of non-perishable food items and cash donations to Sabathani Community Center church during the month of March; Organize a food drive for Sabathani’s food shelf. To assist with the March Campaign community food and fund drive efforts, Sabathani will supply food barrels and make arrangements to pick up food and monetary donations. Sabathani Community Center is located at 310 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN. For further information and/or to make a donation, please call Kevin at 612-821-2302 or Kim at (612) 821-2399.

Volunteer Computer Tutor - Ongoing
Twin Cities RISE! seeks tutors to provide computer-skills assistance to participants enrolled in the introductory and intermediate computer courses. You will help participants with basic to intermediate file management for Windows 7, and beginner- to intermediate-level skills with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook basics, including sending attachments and using appropriate e-mail etiquette. Tutors will work one-to-one, or in small groups with participants for approximately one hour, weekday mornings or evenings only. Twin Cities RISE! is seeking volunteers who have skills and experience working with computers, and have the patience to explain applications and procedures to individuals who have limited computer skills and experience. Times vary. Locations are at our St. Paul or Minneapolis offices. For more information, and to sign up for a volunteer orientation, please contact Lisa Bryant, director of Volunteer Services, at (651) 366-6064, or visit the Volunteer website page at www.twincitiesrise.org

Twin Cities RISE! Tutor - Ongoing
Are you a whiz at English and grammar? Apply your English skills as a Twin Cities RISE! tutor helping participants to enhance their skills in subject-verb usage and agreement, and identification of irregular verbs. You will also help participants apply these skills as they develop resumes and cover letters. Must have strong English grammar and writing skills, and have the patience to explain subject-verb agreement and sentence structure to individuals who are trying to acquire knowledge. Times vary. Locations are at our St. Paul or Minneapolis offices. For more information, and to sign up for a volunteer orientation, please contact Lisa Bryant, director of Volunteer Services, at (651) 366-6064, or visit the Volunteer website page at www.twincitiesrise.org.

Super Duper Handyperson Wanted
Help an elderly Minneapolis resident stay in their home. Assist with MINOR REPAIRS to make certain that their home is safe. Snowbirds, retirees, and trainees welcome (over the age of 18). You must have some experience to ensure that the work is done correctly (license not required). Choose your own schedule. Adult individuals, two-person teams, and small groups welcome. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One time unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens who reside in Minneapolis and need a handyperson should call 612-374-3322 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Share A Smile - Ongoing

Brighten the day of a senior citizen and have some fun. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy, like watching a movie, building stuff, playing games, conversation or whatever! Work with a partner and you can take turns visiting. Families welcome; youth must be age 12 or older and accompanied by an adult. Volunteers age 55+ may qualify to become a Senior Companion and earn a stipend. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. A variety of one-time or ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (612) 746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens that reside in Minneapolis and wish to be matched with a Friendly Visitor should call 612-374-3322 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Register at any time for lessons at Camden Music School - Ongoing
Looking for a place to play? You can enroll in lessons at CMS at any time! Tuition is prorated to the number of lessons you take. All ages, abilities and experience levels are welcome. The CMS Fall Term runs through Saturday, January 18. Recitals will be held on January 25. Spring Term starts the week of February 3. CMS offers vocal and instrumental lessons, Musikgarten early childhood music classes (newborn to age 8), hand drumming, community choir, music theory and more! Family rates and discounts are available. Scholarship applications for the spring term will be available Monday, December 2. Classes in Camden: Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 3751 Sheridan Ave. N., 55412. CMS in Northeast Minneapolis: Grace Center for Community Life (formerly Holland School), 1500 6th St. NE, 55413. More information: 612-618-0219 or www.camdenmusicschool.com.

Volunteers of America Foster Parent Information Meetings Ongoing
Foster Parent Information Meetings for interested skilled parents desiring to provide care for troubled youth in the Volunteers of America foster care program. Kids of all ages are in need of a stable home with dedicated parents. Information meetings are held at Volunteers of America Corporate Office every Friday from 10am-11:30am. To RSVP or for additional information on becoming a foster parent, contact Jolene Swan at (952) 945-4064, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or online at http://voafostercare.org

Reduce Gym Membership Fee
Save money, get in shape, and help your neighbor! Develop strong muscles by shoveling the snow off a grateful senior citizen’s walkways and driveway. Adopt a yard until the weather warms. Resident will provide the thankful smile. Perfect opportunity for apartment/condo dweller that yearns to be outside. Work with a partner and you can take turns shoveling. Family teams and small groups welcome; youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. We offer unpaid volunteer opportunities year-round. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org


HELPING SENIORS IN MINNEAPOLIS
Seniors Program of Neighborhood Involvement Program assists elders aged 60 and over in North and Southwest Minneapolis with a variety of services so that they can remain safely in their home or apartment. Our services are specialized for each resident and we strive to provide as much as possible via the assistance of volunteers. To be eligible for seniors' services, people must live within the following boundaries: south of 44th Avenue in North Minneapolis, north of West 36th Street in Southwest Minneapolis, 35W on the east, and France Avenue on the west. For information about NIP Senior Services email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 612-374-3322. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

West African Dance & Drum Classes
African Dance w/ Whitney $12 - All classes Drop-In. Every Saturday 1:00pm - 2:30pm; Every Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:30pm. at Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406.

Foster Parent Information Meetings
Find out about becoming a foster parent and changing a child's life! Open information meetings are held every Friday from 10AM-11:30AM at 7625 Metro Boulevard Edina, MN 55439. Volunteers of America-Minnesota is looking for skilled parents to provide 6-9 months care for troubled youth in our new Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Program (MTFC). We have kids, ages 12-17, who are in need of a stable home with dedicated parents who appreciate the difficulties of childhood! Volunteers of America provides quality foster parents with lots of friendly training, 24 hour support and a monthly stipend. If you would like more information contact Jolene Swan at 952-945-4064 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit us online at http://voafostercare.org!

GED, ELL, College Prep and skills development courses offered
Minneapolis Public Schools-Adult Education is offering free GED, ELL, College Prep and skills development courses. Prepare for GED exams; Increase Math, Reading, and Writing skills; Develop Computer skills; Job training and specific certifications; Comfortable learning environment; and Day and evening classes available! For more information, please contact staff at: Minneapolis Public School Adult Education, 1250 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55411 or http://Abe.mpls.k12.mn.us or (612) 668-1863.

Volunteer at Skyline Tower Conversation Group
Reach out to your neighbors for an hour of coffee and conversation, Thursdays 5-6 pm! Share your stories and learn about other cultures while helping English language learners gain confidence in their language abilities. Our participants are mainly Vietnamese, Somali and Ethiopian residents of Skyline Tower at 1247 St Anthony Ave. For more information, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or (651)999-7528.

Volunteer as an English Teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council.
Help adult refugees and immigrants learn the reading, writing and speaking skills needed to thrive in the U.S. Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities. The literacy council provides training and support. Interested? Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call Allison at 651-251-9110. Or visit www.mnliteracy.org/volunteers/opportunities/adults

The Mu Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc at the U of MN is searching for former members
Currently, the sorority is collecting historical information to add to it's archives. This includes information pertaining to former Eta Chapter members (1922-1964) and Mu Rho Chapter members (1979-Present).For more information please contact the Graduate Advisor, Peggye Mezile by email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hazelden Offers Free Educational Opportunity
Concerned about someone's alcohol or drug use? Addressing Concerns Together (ACT), Hazelden's new outreach program, can help. Join us for a free event to learn more about addiction, intervention, assessment, and treatment. Hazelden's St. Paul campus, 680 Stewart Ave., St. Paul. 2nd and 4th Mon. of each month at 6pm. This is an open event and there is no need to register. If you have questions, please contact Hazelden at 800-257-7800.

Free Classes for Adults
The Minnesota Literacy Council, a non-profit organization, has free classes for adults at our Lake Street Learning Center at 2700 East Lake Street, 2nd floor, above Denny's. For classes and more info, visit: http://www.mnliteracy.org/

Free Internet Access
Access internet, check email, look for housing, type up resumes, job search, practice typing, learn Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. M-F 11am-2pm and 5pm-7pm. At Sabathani Community Center Room 324 310 E 38th St Mpls, MN 55409.

Youth Business Club Develops Entrepreneurial Skills
Kids learn with support and guidance from community. The Selby Avenue Youth Business Club is open to youth ages 9-16 who are interested in starting their own or learning more about business. The group meets the first and third Saturday of ever month from 9:30 am to noon at Golden Thyme Cafe on Selby and Milton. For more information, interested parties can visit http://selbyareacdc.org/Saybcindex.html, e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or contact at: 615-964-0710.

Free Lead Paint Testing
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible to receive new windows through a Hennepin County grant program:
• Home built before 1978
• A child (5 or under) lives in or frequently visits your home
• Live in Hennepin County
• Meet certain income qualifications
Sustainable Resources Center have partnered with the National Center for Healthy Housing to bring a national perspective to our efforts in Minnesota. SRC will be working with public, private and nonprofit organizations throughout the State to develop the plan. This is a great opportunity to encourage and support the creation of healthy homes for all! Call Sustainable Resources Center at 612.872.3281 to schedule a free home visit! Communication available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. http://www.src-mn.org/

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program (MFPP)
MFPP provides free counseling for Minneapolis homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages (and referrals for clients outside of our service area). Located in the Minneapolis Urban League building at 2100 Plymouth Ave N, call 612.331.4090 and select option 3 to speak with a MFPP representative and set up an appointment.

The Black Parent Group - Mondays
Free weekly support group for parents of any race raising African American children. Mondays at 7–830pm at: Washington Tech Middle School 1495 Rice St. Saint Paul. Please visit the website: www.theblackparentgroup.com or send an e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

PCLG Parent Support Group – Ongoing 2nd Mon. of each month
Parent-led support group where parents can share the challenges of parenting a child with mental health concerns. Open to any parent or caregiver of a child with mental health concerns residing in or receiving services in Hennepin County. 6:30pm–8pm, 2nd Monday of each month at Sabes Jewish Community Center 4330 South Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, MN. Contact 612.825.9615  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit website at www.hccmhc.com

Seniors Program of Neighborhood Involvement Program
If you are aged 60 live within the following boundaries: 44th Avenue in North Minneapolis, West 36th Street in South Minneapolis, 35W on the east, and France Avenue on the west in MPLS and need help with a variety of services email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it m or www.neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612.374.3322 for more info.

Need to read better?
Call us for free classes or tutoring near your home.
• Improve your reading or math
• Get ready for your GED
• Learn computer skills
• Study English as a Second Language
Minnesota Literacy Council's Adult Literacy Hotline: 1.800.222.1990
www.theMLC.org/hotline

An Individualized Internet Course for Senior Adults
At last! Individualized instruction to help you find health information on the Internet. Free, ongoing classes and workshops held at these locations: Eastside Neighborhood Services 1700 2nd St. NE, Mpls. 55413 .612.787.4020 or The Seniors' Place 1801 Central Ave. NE, MPLS. 55418 (612.788.9186).

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Serves all of Hennepin County, offering a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis counseling, up to 72-hour overnight residential care, community referrals, parent education, parent support group, and a home visiting program. For more information or if you need services: .763.591.0100. Services are accessed voluntarily by families through the Crisis Hotline.

Pillsbury Crisis Nursery - A program of Pillsbury United Communities
Serves all of Hennepin County, offering a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis counseling, emergency day care, and limited 72-hour overnight home based care. For more information or if you need services: 612.302.3500. Services are accessed voluntarily by families through the Crisis Hotline.

Homeless Intervention Services
Are you a Minneapolis resident who needs help finding housing? Call the Minneapolis Urban League's In-take Line at (612) 827-9299. For more information about the services, contact the Minneapolis Urban League, Sharon Sayles Belton Community Services Center, 411 38th Avenue S., Minneapolis, (612) 827-5673.

City of St. Paul mortgage foreclosure prevention
Contact for free counseling to help you learn about the steps necessary to keep your home. 25 W Fourth St., 12th floor, St. Paul. (651) 266-6626.

NHS Refinance clinic
Call (612) 521-3581 for details, to register for the refinance information session or to schedule an individual appointment with a mortgage counselor.

Free Legal Services from Legal Aid Society
An attorney is available by appointment each Monday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. Call the Minneapolis Urban League at (612) 302-3100.

Free Drug Rehab Resource consultations
Call today 1-866-649-1594 or find out more at www.drugrehabresource.net. Don't wait.

Help someone in your community learn English
Enthusiastic individuals needed to make a lasting difference in the life of an adult learner. Help someone in your community learn English, prepare for the GED or increase their basic math, reading and computer skills. Ongoing training and support is provided through the Minnesota Literacy Council. For more volunteer information, go to www.theMLC.org or contact Allison Runchey at 651-645-2277 ext 219,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Brooklyn Center Support Group for Families
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI-MN) sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Brooklyn Center at 7:00 p.m., on the first Tuesday of the month. For information, call Bob at (763) 533-1729.

Thinking About Welcoming an Exchange Student?
AFS-USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Anyone interested in learning more about hosting or volunteering with AFS should visit www.afs.org/usa/hostfamily or call 1-800-AFS-INFO.

NIP Seniors Program RAKE IT seeks volunteers Now–Nov
Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer

Impact the life of a child: Become a literacy tutor with RSVP
RSVP of the Greater Twin Cities is accepting applications from people 55 and over who are interested in tutoring youth, either in the classroom or in an after school program format. RSVP places people in volunteer tutoring positions with organizations in their own neighborhoods. You can make a difference in a child's life for as little as one hour a week. The RSVP program, sponsored locally by Volunteers of America of Minnesota, provides benefits and support to people 55 and over. For more information call Mary Jane Horton, RSVP Literacy Coordinator, at 952-945-4163 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wanted: Community-minded book lovers
One in seven U.S. adults lack the literacy skills necessary to enjoy great books, help their children with homework, or understand medication labels. But you can change this by volunteering with the Minnesota Literacy Council. With only two or three hours a week, your love of reading can create a stronger community. Tutor an adult learner, assist in an adult classroom, or teach a basic English or GED class. We have locations throughout the Twin Cities area, flexible scheduling and training to help you get started. Contact Allison at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 651-645-2277, Ext 219 or visit us on the web at www.themlc.org

Senior Companions Make a Difference
Are you interested in visiting homebound or isolated elders in their homes and helping with transportation for appointments or errands? If so, the Senior Companion Program would like to match you with people in the community who need a little extra help to stay in their homes. Senior Companion volunteers earn a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, training and liability insurance while serving. Volunteers must be 55 or older and serve 15 hours a week. For more information, contact Kate Neuhaus with the Senior Companion Program of Lutheran Social Service at 651-310-9447 or at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Coordinator at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 612.746.8549 for more info or visit www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

Foster Care Programs
Volunteers of America-Minnesota is looking for parents to provide care for youth in one of our two foster care programs. We have kids of all ages in need of a stable home with dedicated parents who appreciate the difficulties of childhood! Volunteers of America provides foster parents with friendly training, 24 hour support and a monthly stipend. Stop by an information meeting and learn more about making a difference in the life of a child! Meetings are held Fridays from 10:00-11:30 and the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30. Sessions are held at the VOA office: 7625 Metro Blvd, Mpls, MN 55439 Contact Heather Thornton at 952-945-4064 for more information, or to RSVP. Also, visit us online at www.voafostercare.org

Volunteer tutors are needed to teach Adult ESL & GED classes
One day per week at Sumner Library- 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. Morning Classes: 10am-Noon & Evening Classes: 6:30-8:30 Monday-Thursday. No previous experience necessary; full training provided. Must be able to commit to a 3 month period. For more information, please call 612-377-5399 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mentors Make a Difference
The Council on Crime and Justice is looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to serve as mentors in two separate support groups. One group is for ex-offenders who have recently been released from prison, and the other is for their loved ones, who are helping the men transition from prison. All mentoring is done in a group setting at the Reentry Hub located on 1101 West Broadway Ave in MPLS. Groups are offered at various times and include both daytime and early evening hours. Expected commitment 3-6 hours per month. To sign up or for more info contact Zach Psick at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  612.353.3016.

Volunteer: Coach to Success Mentoring Program
Volunteer to become a mentor with AAAC's mentoring program. Make a positive impact on the life of a young student in the Osseo Area School District #279. For more information, contact the African American Action Council, 6001 78th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN. 763-503-0159.

Adult Literacy Tutors
Help someone in your community learn English, prepare for the GED or increase their basic math, reading and computer skills. For opportunities throughout the Metro area or Greater Minnesota, contact Allison at the Minnesota Literacy Council  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or (651) 645-2277, Ext 219. Or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jacobs Ladder Inc. & P.A.L. tutoring program
Certified teachers needed to volunteer with the Jacobs Ladder Inc. & P.A.L tutoring program. Contact Diashka B. Jackson, (763) 458-3440.
Volunteers Needed: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Contact Mary Wiles at (651) 255-8183 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for information or to volunteer.

Volunteers Needed: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Contact Mary Wiles at (651) 255-8183 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information or to volunteer.

Guild Incorporated
Guild Incorporated is a health and human services organization that exists to help people with mental illness lead quality lives. The Volunteer Service Program at Guild Incorporated offers: flexible scheduling, expense reimbursement, training, ongoing support and recognition of your efforts. For more information about volunteering, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (651) 925-8465 or heck out www.guildincorporated.org. A variety of volunteer positions are available.

Become a Minneapolis Urban League volunteer or mentor
To become a Minneapolis Urban League classroom volunteer or to mentor a student, contact the Marketing Department at (612) 302-3143.
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