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 (http://www.climategen.org), 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.”
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!
Believe 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 www.sewardplantsale.org All proceeds support education offerings at Seward Montessori School.
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
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
Join the Midtown Greenway Coalition for the community Glow Arts Festival. Featuring community art, live performances, local food, craft beer, and more! Saturday, September 26th, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. along the Midtown Greenway.
Artists will create special installations and give live performances along the trail. The arts festival is FREE, but we invite you to register as a VIP to help raise funds for the Midtown Greenway! VIPs get:
Don’t miss the pop-up Beer Garden in the Ivy Building Parking lot, presented by Eastlake Craft Brewery. 4 – 9 p.m. at 2601 28th Ave S (next to Lawless Distilling).
Note: The event is 5-miles long and outside. It will take place at two-dozen small outdoor locations along the Greenway. Social distancing measures will be in place. No more than 25 people at a time will be allowed to view any art installation, and social distancing areas will be marked. Please maintain social distances of 6 feet or more from all artists and others at the festival. Masks are mandatory for everyone. Please bring a mask and hand sanitizer and have fun visiting the art and celebrating our community! View our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
For more information and to register or donate CLICK HERE.
Join us for this year’s Seward Garden Tour and Tea Party! The Tour will run from 6-8pm on June 25th, rain or shine. There will be an after party at 8pm with door prizes, snacks and drinks!
Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 day-of. You can purchase yours at Mother Earth Gardens, Welna II Hardware, or at the SNG office. All proceeds benefit the Seward Neighborhood Group.
A raingarden is a shallow depression that is designed to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the ground within a 24-48 hour period. SNG Environment Committee welcomes you to attend a workshop about planning and installing your own raingarden! This FREE workshop by Metro Blooms is scheduled for Monday, June 22 from 6:30-8:00pm at Matthews Center. More than 7,000 people have attended Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshops, come and see what all the hype is about!
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