PLASTIC FREE CHALLENGE
Be part of the solution to reduce waste, protect water and wildlife, address climate change, and look after the health of ourselves and future generations by joining the Hennepin County Plastic-Free Challenge. The Plastic-Free Challenge is a month-long effort starting Feb. 1 to reduce plastic consumption, especially single-use plastics, in ways that fit best in your lifestyle and have the most impact on reducing your footprint. The online challenge has 70 actions you can choose from in seven categories. Learn more, sign up, and get ready to go plastic-free at hennepinplasticfree.ecochallenge.org.
Rooftop solar rebate
Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s Environmental Committee is offering a rebate to Tangletown residential property owners who install solar panels on their roof as a way to create a more sustainable energy future. To do this equitably, they have created a tiered rebate application. Rebates are available to households who install rooftop solar on their Tangletown home between Feb. 1, 2023 and Jan. 31, 2024. Limit of one rebate allowed per household. The rebate cannot be larger than the amount spent on the project. Rebate applicant must own the residential property.
artist applications for art fair open
Artist applications for the award-winning 59th annual Uptown Art Fair on Aug. 4 - 6, 2023 in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis have opened. The event footprint is located at the intersection of Lake and Hennepin, the center of a lively, upbeat business district and is the busiest intersection in the State of Minnesota. Some artists share that the Uptown Art Fair is the most successful show of the season, and in some cases, of their career. With the return of the event after a couple years of hiatus, organizers saw attendance in 2022 of 175,000 over the three-day event. Approximately 350 artists will be invited to exhibit this year.
SIMPSON MOVES INTO FORMER ZION CHURCH
Simpson Housing Services closed the doors on their Whittier location and moved into the former Zion Church building on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Their work includes providing homeless neighbors with a safe bed and warm food. Simpson expects to house neighbors in this extended stay shelter for approximately three years, while their current location is demolished and rebuilt. “While we are excited for Simpson to join Lyndale, we regret the loss of longtime leadership and engagement that have been the hallmarks of Zion Church. Zion was a pillar of community building and the hub of neighborhood service,” said LNA President Douglas Herkenhoff and LNA Treasurer James Carlisle. “As Zion arranged the dispersal of their assets they generously chose to pay tribute to many of their neighborhood partners. We are delighted to share that LNA received a substantial donation from the congregation. The LNA Board of Directors extends its deep gratitude for this generous gift. We will make judicious use of the funds to support the community, to help cover costs incurred this past year, and this will also allow us to make plans for some much needed building renovations.”
KINGFIELD EMPTY BOWLS COMING FEB. 12
Kingfield Empty Bowls will be in a new location for 2023 at Judson Church. Mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 12. This event supports Nicollet Square, an affordable Kingfield housing option for youth who have been homeless or aged out of foster care, as well as KFNA’s affordable housing advocacy and educational work. Volunteers needed; email firstname.lastname@example.org
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