Windom Park Citizens in Action’s monthly Neighborhood Gathering has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 15 (instead of July 20). The start time is 7:30 pm, to coordinate with Windom Park’s annual Movie in the Park event. Join your neighbors live and in person at Windom Park prior to the movie for a neighborly social gathering featuring refreshments, informal discussion of neighborhood priorities, an announcement about the new community bike rides, and a farewell to WPCiA’s long-time staffer Gayle Bonneville.
Columbia Heights Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula will host a “Mayor’s Town Hall: Hearing from Our Neighbors of Color & Healing Together,” at Huset Park, 3965 Jefferson St. NE, Columbia Heights, on Saturday, March 27, 10 am-12 pm. Info: https://fb.me/e/GuP5Tgj0. The event is for people to hear BIPOC speakers from the community and wider area. This event hopes to help the city grieve the pain of racism and the death of George Floyd. “We also will hear how we can support our neighbors of color during the trial of Derek Chauvin. We hope this event helps us be a city that heals together so we can ensure all people feel welcome and safe into our community.” The event will take place on the east Huset Park ball fields; bring something to sit on (blankets or chairs) and masks. They will be physically distanced on the grassy field with the speakers under the shelter.
Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula – Latina mayor of Columbia Heights
Rev. Lawrence Richardson – Black pastor
Josh Olayiwola – Black school counselor and Columbia Heights H.S. grad
Ebony Adedayo – Black writer and community leader
Kiki Latham – Black community leader
Fred Carter – Black retired professor and member of Community United Methodist in Columbia Heights
Joe Woods – Black military veteran and Heights resident
Jim Bear Jacobs – Native American and racial justice program director at Minnesota Council of Churches
Rev. Dr. Jin Kim – Pastor of Church of All Nations, Columbia Heights
Rachel James – white member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee to the Columbia Heights Police
There are three upcoming online public hearings for people to share thoughts on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2021 City Budget, www2.minneapolismn.gov/budget/2021-budget. Comments can also be submitted online at the City’s website, www2.minneapolismn.gov/budget/budget-comments. Online public hearings: 10 am, Monday, Nov. 16; 6:05 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 2; and 6:05 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 9. Learn how to participate in online public hearings, www2.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/WCMSP-224511.
Comments submitted online will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Mayor Jacob Frey’s proposed $1.5 billion budget calls for a 5.75% maximum levy increase. With a 12% increase in the overall tax base, three-quarters of Minneapolis residential property owners will see a decrease in their property tax bills with the median-valued household set to experience a $59 yearly decrease.
Visit the City’s website, www2.minneapolismn.gov/budget/, to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more. You can also watch a series of videos on the City’s budget process.
The Above the Falls Community Advisory Council (AFCAC), made up of representatives from neighborhoods, businesses, and environmental organizations, will have its next socially distanced meeting, Tuesday, July 28, at 7 pm, at Pavilion C on Boom Island, 724 Sibley St NE.
Membership is open (not appointed). Everyone is welcome. People from Bottineau, Columbia Park, Sheridan, and St. Anthony West are especially needed.
AFCAC weighs in with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board on use and development plans for parcels along and adjacent to the Mississippi River from Plymouth Avenue to the northern city limit. Questions and info: email AFCAC@googlegroups.com.
St. Anthony Village Area Chamber of Commerce presents a free networking event, “Coffee with the Chamber,” Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 am, The Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson St. Special Guest: New St. Anthony Village Mayor, Randy Stille. Come meet the new mayor, connect with other local businesses and see where it takes you. No cost to attend, RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a friend or loved one living with Alzheimer’s? Are you looking for information and support? Join the Alzheimer Support Group. They meet every second Wednesday (no exceptions) of each month, 2-3:30 pm, Catholic Eldercare, RiverVillage East (Sunroom), 2919, Randolph St. NE. Info: Teri Brustad, 612-362-2463.