community GUIDE: Community organizations
(last revised, 2004-11-20.)
Activities / Information / Meetings / Notices
Several places in the neighborhood are used for posting notices publicizing anything of general interest (rather than using telephone poles, which is unsightly and illegal). For example if you have items for sale or a lost pet, post notices at/in:
1. Pratt Community Center, SE Malcolm @ SE Orlin
2. Luxton Park Community Center, 112 SE Williams
3. Prospect Park United Methodist Church, SE Malcolm Ave @ SE Orlin Ave
Block Clubs (PPA Neighborhood)
A system of block clubs was begun in the late 1970’s and renewed in the mid-1990’s with PPERRIA NRP activity for the primary purpose of crime prevention. Block clubs consist of a leader and neighbors in a small area of part of one street or several adjacent streets. Not all areas of the neighborhood have block clubs. Contact 2nd Precinct Community Crime Prevention of the Minneapolis Police Department for the Block Club nearest you (there are about 30): Every 1st Tuesday in August block clubs participate in National Night Out events to help neighbors meet one another. The Minneapolis Police Community Crime Prevention (CCP) program stays in touch with block-club leaders.
Center for Neighborhoods
612-339-3480, 2600 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls. MN 55406, www.center4neighborhoods.org
Originally known as the Minneapolis Center for Neighborhoods, the Center was formed in 1994 to find ways to strengthen neighborhoods, to help them develop a more effective voice and to facilitate cooperation among neighborhoods and city and regional policymakers. In 2002, the Center’s name was changed to reflect the fact that our efforts increasingly serve the broader Twin Cities metropolitan region.
The Prospect Park Community Choir is a fun, non-audition group that practices weekly (Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m.) and gives 2-3 concerts a year including a Winter Holiday Concert in mid-December. Many of the singers are from the immediate neighborhood but there are several who come from other places and just like to sing. Our director Curt Oliver is a very accomplished musician and composer and besides teaching us a lot about the music, he is funny, encouraging, and positive. We sing because we like music and because Curt helps us enjoy singing it. The music can include classical, popular, Broadway tunes, Stephen Foster--a nice balance. Our schedule follows the academic year, so we sing from September through May with a break for holidays. For more information, call Curt Oliver at 763-208-6556.
Consumer Association for Community Action (CACA) Board Chair: Dean Lund 612-378-2486. CACA is a membership organization which makes small grants to neighborhood and other organizations to support a variety of community and social services.
Garden Club and Community Gardens
Prospect Park Garden Club, Contact: Del Hampton.
A group of horticulturally minded neighbors who tend to personal gardens and the gardening of Prospect Park triangles and other public green spaces. Organizes annual Prospect Park Garden Walk in June. Meets 4th Weds at 6:30 for potluck and discussion.
Prospect Park Community Gardens, Contact: Farmer Del.
We provide a safe and peaceful environment where home owners and renters can apply their gardening skills and take pride in growing their own food and flowers. While doing so we will be enhancing the neighborhood visually and environmentally by developing underutilized land into green space. See the PPCG website.
Glendale Resident’s Council (GRC)
612-342-1986, 92 SE St. Mary’s Ave., Room 8
An organization open to all Glendale Residents who are interested in seeing their community take a stand on issues concerning them. Provides input into services such as public housing, daycare and recreation. Meetings are held 4th Friday afternoons at Luxton Park. Henry Keshi is the current president (2010).
612-370-4925, 112 SE Williams Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Director: Diane Moe. The community Center building in Luxton Park is named after famous Minneapolis Tribune gardening columnist George Luxton, author of the book, Flower Growing in the North. Luxton Park is administered by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Ice skating, softball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and wading pool available.
Programs for Children include: Eastside Movers and Shakers (learn ABC’s and 123’s), Youth Care (Girl Talk, Arts & Crafts, Field Trips); Kookin’ in the Kitchen (how to prepare after-school snacks); Ceramics (handpaint and glaze Greenware); Crafts Class; Computer Fun (homework and games); Jumpin’ Gym (dodgeball, volleyball, basketball); Dominoes (math skills). Luxton Park Reading Initiative and Lending Library; story sharing during bookmobile hours. Programs for Teens include: Southeast Youth Council (get involved in the park and community); Luxton Football League (flag football for boys and girls); Homework Help (quiet place to study or for computer help); Dominoes (math skills); Teen Night (music room, movies, recreational games); Field Trips (explore the city, Science Museum, Roller Gardens, etc.); Swap Meet (sports card collection); Game Day (spades, dominoes, Connect 4, Uno).
Programs for Adults include: Adult Gym; Men’s Basketball; Open Computer Lab.
Luxton Park Council
Jim Widder, 612-331-6129. A group of volunteers who meet regularly to suggest programming and advice on the use of the Luxton Park Community Center as a neighborhood resource and service. Meetings at Luxton Park Center, 112 SE Williams Ave, first Mondays, 7p.m.
Neighborhood Walking Club
Contact: Lois Willand 612-378-9697. Meets every Tues. evening, 5-6:30 (rain date on Wed.)
Meet at the Franklin Oval. (Bedford & Franklin)
612-668-1122, 66 SE Malcolm Ave, Mpls. MN 55414.
Director: Jan Thurn. Hours: M-F 8am-9pm. Pratt Community Center was created in 1982 when Pratt Elementary School (built in 1898) was closed. The Center hosts a burgeoning Community Education Program of classes (as part of Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education) on diverse topics such as personal finance, art, computer workshops, cooking, VCR Repair, bike repair, exercise, ballet and belly dancing. Pratt Community Center also hosts programs in Adult Basic Education (GED), Early Childhood Family Education, English as a Second Language (ESL).
Community Programs housed here include: SouthEast Seniors, Block Nurse/Living At Home, Senior Outreach and JOY Seniors Social & Educational Events. Toddler Playtime, Girl Power, Sidney’s Place for Youngsters, Youth in Minneapolis After-school Program (Y-MAP) and Neighbors Educating Themselves (NET) also have activities scheduled. A new computer center is hooked to the Internet. Annual events are the weekly summer Farmer’s Market on Tuesday afternoons, Summer Splash (sports, arts, outings for 6-12 year-olds), and the Neighborhood Ice Cream Social (first Friday after Memorial Day).
Kathy Kahn, President,
612-378-0779, 66 SE Malcolm Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 . A non-profit organization of volunteers who provide influence and advice on the use of the Minneapolis Public School’s Pratt Community Education Center and Village Green Park as a neighborhood resource and service. The Pratt Council works through the Friends of Pratt (a group of annual contributors) to raise money for local program support and always welcomes new members. Meets 3rd Thursdays 7p.m., Sept - May.
612-767-6531, 66 SE Malcolm Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Web Site: www.prospectparkmpls.org/ppa
Organized in 1901, PPERRIA is the Neighborhood organization, with all residents eligible to join. The group actively addresses local issues directly affecting our neighborhood. In the last four years, PPERRIA has also managed the neighborhood’s NRP program. Topics of discussion address these areas: Housing; Transportation; Environment; Education and Human Services; Safety and Security; Livability; Business, Jobs and Employment; Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture. Issues include: block club organizing; zoning and land use changes; taxes; traffic changes; playground equipment; housing rehabilitation; historic preservation; and landscaping of public areas. Suggested annual household contribution is $12.00 to cover the cost of mailing the monthly information newsletter. Meetings are held in the lower level of the Prospect Park United Methodist Church, SE Malcolm & SE Orlin Ave, 4th Monday of each month, 6:30-9:00pm.
SouthEast Business Association (SEBA)
Contact: Michael McGlaughlin 612-664-1267. An organization of business representatives in Southeast Minneapolis
Southeast Home Based Business Association (SEHBA)
612-378-1460, P.O. Box 13244, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Stadium Village Commercial Association
Michael McLaughlin 612-664-1267.
President: Todd Dupont 612-378-0806. VP: Kelly Kottong 612-331-2127. An organization of businesses in the SE Oak St. & SE Washington Ave. area.
Textile Center: A National Center for Fiber Art
612-436-0464, 3000 SE University Ave
Margaret Miller, Executive Director, www.textilecentermn.org 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Gallery, Shop, Classrooms, Auditorium and Library. Textile Center provides resources such as classes for all ages and skill levels, exceptional fiber art exhibitions in four gallery spaces, an artisan shop, a professional-grade dye lab, a natural dye plant garden, and the largest circulating textile-related library open to the public. It is a dynamic hub where people come together to learn, create, share, and are inspired by fiber art. Programs include: fiber art classes, lectures, seminars, summer camps and workshops for youth and adults. Holiday Show & Sale. Exhibitions by local, national & international fiber artists.
-Jazz Threads at Surly Brewing Co. - June 27, 2016 (ongoing in June, day changes)
-A Common Thread member exhibition: opens each year in early January
-Textile Summer Camps: July through August each year
-Holiday Gallery Shop: opens each year in early November
A national resource that has helped organize resiliant communities across the United States. Of particular interest is Transition Longfellow in south Minneapolis and the First Transition National US Gathering July 27-32, 2017 in St. Paul at Macalester College.