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Sep 17th

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Park Board gets $10,000 for JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden

Park Board gets $10,000 for JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA’s) Grow Your Park program—made possible through a gift from the J.R. Albert Foundation—to support the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden, located north of Glenwood Avenue in Theodore Wirth Park.  
 
Through programming at the garden, children and teens plant, weed, water, compost, harvest, prepare, sample and take home garden produce from late-May to late-September. Grow Your Park funds will be used to address the needs and wishes of 2010 program participants and will focus on three main areas: perennial plants and crops, garden infrastructure and new intergenerational programming.
 
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4 overlooked spots to spring clean

4 overlooked spots to spring clean Is your spring cleaning routine sufficient? Or do you suspect dirt may be lurking in places you've never even put on your to-do list?

If you're like most Americans, chances are you forgot some of these often overlooked spots while spring cleaning:

In the Kitchen
Most people hit the stove, fridge and the microwave. But there are more places in the kitchen needing your attention. All cupboards and pantries should be cleared and re-stocked at least once yearly to dispose of expired food and guard against insects and rodents.

Also make sure you clean your can opener! This often used, rarely cleaned tool can be a trap for bacteria and spores. Use Q-Tips and soapy water to wipe down every nook and cranny, including the gears.
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Earth Day offers hope to youth

The Sierra Club and NAACP held an Earth Day celebration at the Minneapolis Urban League on Saturday, April 30th to promote clean industrial methods and to celebrate the enthusiasm of young people for protecting their environment.

The Sierra Club works closely with Minneapolis community leaders in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by toxic by-products. They advocate strengthening environmental protection agencies toward eliminating the release of mercury in Minnesota’s precious water resources and other toxins into the air.
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Soul Daddy: America’s next great restaurant opens at Mall of America

Soul Daddy: America’s next great restaurant opens at Mall of AmericaSelf-employed caterer/cook Jamawn J. Woods and his Soul Daddy concept last Sunday, May 1, reigned supreme as winner of NBC Televison’s alternative series “America’s Next Great Restaurant.”

As part of his prize, Woods’ concept made its grand opening Monday, May 2, at Mall of America, and simultaneously at two additional locations in New York and Hollywood.

Iron Chef Bobby Flay, with investors Curtis Stone, Steve Ells and Lorena Garcia, said Soul Daddy had the greatest potential to succeed in the competitive restaurant market and invited people to see for themselves at the roll out of the three eateries.
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How to start composting for your garden

How to start composting for your garden Ecological experts have proposed countless ways to improve the environment, but something as simple as changing the way you dispose of your trash could have a significant impact on the future of our planet.

By composting biodegradable materials, such as yard trimmings, food waste and disposable paper products in a pile or bin, a nutrient-rich soil is created that can be used for gardening. This soil reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, is better for the environment and  will save you money. It also promotes healthy foliage and growth -- a boon to gardeners everywhere.
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Police remind residents to party responsibly

As the weather improves and people hold more parties both in and outdoors Minneapolis Police want to remind people to drink responsibly, be mindful of their neighbors, prevent underage consumption and take steps to prevent party guests from drinking and driving.

Last year the Minneapolis Police Department responded to approximately 2400 complaints of loud parties.  Most were called in by neighbors disturbed by the noise.  Residents are reminded that there is a City ordinance regarding excessive noise after 10 pm.  In most cases officers were able to convince party hosts to comply but return calls to the same party often resulted in residents being cited.  The City can use party citations as leverage against landlords to deal with tenants who create a nuisance. 
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Westbound Milkyway illuminates Spring sky

Westbound Milkyway illuminates Spring skyDuring May the sun climbs almost as high as it will get, bringing balmy but shorter evenings to watch the heavens. This year stars get most of the attention, since all but one of the bright planets are now clustered in the predawn sky.

Luckily, the lone bright evening planet is Saturn. Coming out in the east after sundown, the majestic orb traverses the night sky above the bright star Spica, in Virgo. Its rings are tilted only about eight degrees from horizontal, but through a telescope the planet's golden color never fails to delight.
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