Clean-up on Franklin Ave. and S. 9th St. on April 16

Franklin Ave. and 9th Street Clean up on April 16th, 10am – Noon
sponsored by  SNG and Franklin Housing Co-op
Join SNG and the Franklin Housing Co-op in a spring clean-up of Franklin Ave. and 9th St.  Meet us at the Franklin Housing Coop parking lot at 2300 E. Franklin 10AM on April 16th and pick up your gloves and garbage bag.  We will have coffee to start you off with and pizza at the end to celebrate our clean streets!  There will be supplies for cleaning and stenciling near-by storm drains also.  This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors.

Blood Drive at Garland’s Inc

When:  Tue Mar 15, 2016,  8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Where:  Garland’s Inc,  2501 26th Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55406

Contact: Denise Lucier, 612-276-7228
Click here to make an appointment
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Sponsored by Garland’s Inc and Welna Hardware

SNG Board of Directors Vacancy

Seward Neighborhood Group currently has three seats on the Board of Directors to fill. Any Seward resident over the age of 18 who wishes to become more involved in the neighborhood is welcome to run for the Board. We would love anyone who has an interest in furthering SNG’s mission, which is to “Make Seward a better place to live, work and play”. Some specific skills we would love to see in a Board member, though not required are:

Experience any of the following:

  • Non-profit finance
  • Event planning
  • Fundraising
  • Communications and/or social media
  • Community engagement

The board meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7PM in Matthews Center. Please contact or call at 612-338-6205 ext 119 if you are interested.


Seward Garage Sale Days May 18th and 19th

Garage sales are the perfect reuse and recycle event, your trash becomes someone elses treasure. Join SNG on May 18th and 19th for our annual Garage Sale Days. Registration fee for the SNG sales is just $18, for this you get a place on our printed map, an official garage sale lawn signs, copies of the sales map and a link on our website.

If you don’t want to host a sale remember to save the date for walking around the neighborhood and enjoying our unique Seward Community.


Trees available for $25 to Mpls. Residents!

You can order a $25 tree to plant on your Minneapolis property this spring

Starting Monday March 7 in City Council Wards 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 and Monday, March 21 for the entire city, the City of Minneapolis is offering more than 1,200 three- to eight-foot trees for only $25 each. Mark your calendar now. Order your tree at or call 952-767-3886. You must pick the trees up on May 21, 22, or 23 at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Trees are available for Minneapolis property owners including residents, businesses and nonprofits.

Choose from several varieties and sizes of trees, including fruit trees. First-come, first-served – order early for best selection. Limit one tree per property, maximum three properties.

Healthy trees look beautiful in your neighborhood, increase property values, help clean the air you breathe, absorb carbon dioxide, save on your energy bills with strategic planting, keep the city cooler in the summer

Housing Inspections Q&A

Check out the city’s Housing Inspections Response Q&A.

Birchwood Boost

In the tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Minneapolis’ Birchwood Cafe announces the launch of Birchwood Boost, a new initiative to promote and raise funds for local nonprofit organizations and provide opportunities for education, outreach, and volunteer action for staff and community.

“With Birchwood Boost, we hope to create an invitation for more people to participate in solving the deep and interconnected problems currently related to food and food systems,” says Birchwood Cafe owner Tracy Singleton. “This program will be a point of focus for giving at the restaurant and will hopefully activate our community in positive ways.”

Through scheduled events in the restaurant, customers and staff will be able to learn from, connect to, and volunteer with Birchwood Boost partnering nonprofits. Participating organizations will be featured in the restaurant’s social media, newsletters, and in-cafe promotions, and will receive the proceeds of a voluntary point-of-sale donation from customers, as well as host a ticketed Booster Club Dinner in the cafe.

The first Birchwood Boost partner is Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy (, a local nonprofit that works to educate and empower people to engage in solutions to climate change, with a focus on engaging youth. Proceeds will be directed towards their 11th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, to be held June 21-24, 2016 at Macalester College in St. Paul.
“The changes in our climate have affected our farmers and will have a profound impact on how our food comes to us,” notes Singleton. “On the heels of the Paris climate talks and in the midst of our presidential campaign, collaborating with Climate Generation for the Birchwood Boost right now makes a lot of sense.”
“We know the Birchwood sees a healthy food system as a part of the work towards creating solutions to climate change, and we’re looking forward to being part of the Boost program as the first partner,” said Climate Generation’s Executive Director Nicole Rom. “This partnership builds on years of collaboration with Tracy and the Birchwood.”

For two months beginning February 1st Climate Generation will provide Birchwood staff and customers with information and action steps to address climate change during tabling events at the cafe and it will be the recipient of Birchwood’s point-of-sale donations. Climate Generation will also host a a youth lobby training in early March, and a screening of their TPT-produced film, “Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate,” on Monday, March 28.

After a busy few years that saw a successful Kickstarter campaign, an extensive remodel and reopen, and then a 20th anniversary celebration and a Charlie Award for Chef Marshall Paulsen, Singleton concludes, “Now is the time for Birchwood to look outward and deepen our commitment to building community in an active and intentional way, to “be the change” we want to see and make the world a better place.”

Meet Climate Generation

Friday, March 4 / 11 AM – 1 PM
Wednesday, March 16 / 6 – 8 PM

Stop by the front of the cafe to meet and talk with the folks from Climate Generation to learn more about what you can do to#ActOnClimate!

The Seward Montessori Plant Sale!!

flowersBelieve it or not, spring is just around the corner. The Seward Montessori Plant Sale runs from February 25-March 18.  Turn your thoughts to fresh herbs, vibrant flowers, luxurious hanging baskets and sturdy native perennials. We feature many new annual and perennial varieties, T-shirts and Mother Earth Gardens gift cards.  Orders must be turned in to the school office or completed on-line by Friday, March 18. Orders will be ready for pick up at the school on May 5 & 6. You can view images, make your selections and pay online at  All proceeds support education offerings at Seward Montessori School.

Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha 2015 Redesign

If you bike, walk or drive on Franklin, Minnehaha or Cedar Ave. near the intersection of all 3 streets you may have notice what a mess this intersection is.  After years of discussion it looks like there will finally be big changes to that area, Minnehaha Ave. north of Franklin and just in front of Taco Bell is going to be closed to traffic.

Our job now is to figure out what to do with all the new plaza space that will be created.  Do you want to get involved?  Various groups and people in the neighborhood, including SNG, Redesign, SPOKES (Cycles for Change) have been working for years to get improvements to the Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha intersection to make it safer for people who drive, people who walk and people who bike. Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Works have come up with a plan for improvements. It isn’t perfect but it is better than now. (and it fits in the very limited budget available in the two public works departments). The plan is for construciton late this summer. We’ve already talked with Metro Transit, the Fire Department Taco Bell, the new owners of the Blue Nile site.

Check out this blog post on the intersection.

There are three public meetings coming up about the plans:

Tuesday, January 26, 3 to 5 PM
General overview, Discussion about the new plaza that will be created.
Cycles for Change Minneapolis (Formerly SPOKES)
1915 E 22nd Street, Minneapolis
(1/2 block west of Minnehaha Avenue on 22nd Street)
Hosted by Cycles for Change and Seward Neighborhood Group

Wednesday, January 27, 5 to 6:30 PM
General overview and Bicycle and Pedestrian plans discussion with the County Engineers
Precision Grind Coffee, 2223 East Franklin, Minneapolis
Hosted by Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition

Tuesday, February 9, 7 PM
Discussion and Neighborhood Approval Decision
Seward Neighborhood Group Community Development Meeting
Matthews Center, 2318 28th Avenue S, Minneapolis

Seward Winter Frolic Kick-Off

Come to the Winter Frolic Kick-Off at The Playwright’s Center! The Winter Frolic is Seward’s very own art crawl that takes place in homes and businesses the first weekend in December. Start it off right at the kick-off!

Enjoy Seward’s writers and performance artists, and experience great food and wine from Seward businesses. The talented lineup includes Seward writers Patricia Cumbie, Rachel Moritz and Madelon Sprengnether, and dance performances by Dans Askina and speed painting by JAO.

Friday, December 4th
$15 per person
$25 per couple

All proceeds go to Seward Neighborhood Group