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Parks and Rec Meeting Tonight!

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Interested in the St. Louis River Corridor’s future, especially the prospect of using the revenue from the 1/2 and 1/2 tax? Don’t miss the Duluth Parks Commission annual meeting at the Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet (8551 Grand Ave.) There will be a chance to explore the various projects that have been proposed at 5:30; programming starts at 6 and includes the yearly Parks progress report. The public is encouraged to attend!

Lincoln Park Apartments now accepting applications!

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The old Lincoln Park Elementary School building (2424 W. 5th St.) is being converted into affordable apartments, slated to open April 2015. Stop by in person to submit applications on Wednesday, February 18 (3-7 pm) and Thursday, February 19 (9 am-2 pm). Income limits apply. For more details on these limits as well as the amenities of the new apartments, download this PDF.

Lincoln Park Apartments Flyer

Downtown Bikeways Meeting Feb. 3

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FYI: this evening at City Hall (411 W. 1st St.) there will be a public meeting on downtown Duluth’s bikeways. If you’re interested in multimodal transportation and its place in Duluth’s future, don’t miss it! The meeting starts at 5, and there will be a presentation at 5:30. More details here.

Seed Libraries and Seed Sharing

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As you may have heard, the future of the Duluth Seed Library is in question. This library, which makes it possible for users to share the extra seeds they’ve collected at the end of the gardening season with others, is proving difficult to maintain in the face of laws requiring large-scale seed tests before they are sold or given away. This evening there will be an informational meeting about the seed sharing issue–if you are interested in finding out more about this situation, join the Institute for a Sustainable Future, Duluth Seed Library committee members, and city councilors at this meeting. It’ll be held at Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. East., on Thursday, December 11 from 7:15-8:30 p.m. Neighborhood gardeners and anyone interested in food access and sustainability issues are invited to attend and get informed about this important topic.

The issue will also be addressed at Monday’s Duluth City Council meeting, to be held at 7 pm in the 3rd floor Council Chamber at City Hall on 411 W. 1st St.

For more details, check out the library’s event page here.

Design Duluth, Part Deux

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Tomorrow, December 10, the Design Duluth Collaborative (the St. Louis River Alliance, Duluth LISC, and the University of Minnesota Department of Landscape Architecture) invite the public to come to Clyde Iron Works for final project presentations by 11 graduate design student teams. Come see what they’re imagining for the St. Louis River corridor! From economic development to food access to environmental design, they’re thinking outside the box for ways to make the river neighborhoods more welcoming places to live, work, learn, and play.

The event goes from 11 am-2 pm in the event space at Clyde Iron. There will be light snacks and refreshments available; at 11 am there will be a short introduction to the program, and afterwards there will be a chance to look at students’ projects and chat with them. If this all sounds familiar, it’s because the program had an initial event in October that let students present the sites they were most interested in and get neighborhood input as they worked on narrowing down their projects. If you went to that and were intrigued, come see what they’ve done since!

Tuesday, Two Ways

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There are two very different community events going on tomorrow evening, but they both have the community’s health in mind. Stop by one on your way to the other if you can!

The first: Fair Food Access and Insure Duluth are partnering up to have an open house for local residents who need a little bit of guidance making it through the health insurance sign-up process. There will be food provided, and Northern Expressions Arts Collective will have creative kids’ activities to keep them busy while you navigate the enrollment process. That’s from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Harrison Community Center, 3002 W. 3rd St.

Then head way down Grand Avenue to the Morgan Park Community Center for the monthly meeting on the Morgan Park Community Club. Why would you go if you’re not a MP resident? Tomorrow’s special guests, Susan Johnson and Catie McCoy from the Environmental Protection Agency District 5,  will be discussing plans for the US Steel site cleanup, which will have an impact on all the riverfront neighborhoods, including Lincoln Park. That starts at 6:30, and the address is 1242 88th Avenue West.

Job Openings at Community Action Duluth!

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Community Action Duluth currently has two openings available! The Seeds of Success program, which has combined urban agriculture and employment training, is looking for a new coordinator. CAD is also looking to hire a career/financial coach.

Do you have agricultural experience and a commitment to social change through practical training and good food?

Or do you have experience in employment counseling and the financial world and a desire to help empower Duluth families to get out of poverty?

For more information on these two postings and details for how to apply, check CAD’s website here.

Trail opening CANCELLED!

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Stay warm and dry, folks–the opening ceremony scheduled for the Cross City Trail today (10/17) at noon in front of Park State Bank has been called off due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled! A confirmed date should be coming through shortly.

Comm-U-N-Ity Compstat is back!

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Want to help take the initiative in making Lincoln Park safer and healthier? Comm-U-N-Ity Compstat came back in September after taking the summer off…but they’re hoping to see even more neighbors at this month’s meeting!

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 (one week away!)
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Harrison Community Center (3002 W. 3rd St.)

Note that the time and place overlap with two other super-cool things:

(1) The Lincoln Park Farmers’ Market, 4-7 p.m. Some sweet summer veggie bounty right here in the neighborhood!

(2) Northern Expressions Arts Collective’s weekly In the Park-After Dark event. Parents and guardians, here’s what the kids can be doing while you’re in the meeting.

Community Family Resource Fair at Myers-Wilkins

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Head up the hill tomorrow (Tuesday, September 23) to check out a great event at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School!

Come find out what a community school is all about and locate great resources in our area. The Duluth Community Family Resource Fair will feature over 30 presenters that provide a wide variety of support to families in our community in areas such as health, housing, education, financial and employment coaching, and youth development.

  • Mini-classes on a variety of topics
  • Child care for parents attending the classes
  • Activities for all ages
  • Healthy snacks and beverages

Community schools such as Myers-Wilkins aim to reach out to entire families and connect them to the resources that they need for their kids to get the most out of their education. Enrichment programs, tutoring and mentoring, and cultural events are just some of what they do.

To find contact information for the event, head over to the calendar entry. To learn more about what Myers-Wilkins does as a community school, check out the school’s website and the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative website.