Archive for December, 2009

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UABA, AEDA, University United and U-Plan Move in Together

Community members turned out for opening of new center.

Community members turned out for opening of new center.

By Jake Kulju

September 22, 2009 may have seemed like any other day, but on University Avenue, it was a day of celebration. Hundreds of people gathered for free food, entertainment and speeches from local politicians, including a welcome from mayor Chris Coleman, at the new Community Solutions Center at 712 University Ave.

The event marked the grand opening of the center, a joint effort of the University Avenue Business Association (UABA), the Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), University UNITED and U-Plan.

The open house was held from 3 to 6 p.m., with a welcome by the mayor and program beginning at 4:30 p.m. Special guests included City Council members Russ Stark and Melvin Carter III, County Commissioners Toni Carter and Janice Rettman, state Reps. Alice Hausman, Erin Murphy, Phyllis Kahn and Cy Thao and state Sens. Mee Moua and Dick Cohen.

Several large tents spanned the parking area in front of the new Community Solutions Center, covering tables full of free food from local businesses. Food and beverages were provided by Abundant  Catering, China One, Chindian, Mai Village, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, Saigon Restaurant, Shuang Hur Supermarket and SugaRush.

The grand opening of the center was sponsored by US Bank, Update Company, Impressive Print, Lao Family Community and Lifetrack Resources.

City Councilman Russ Stark, right, speaks with a constituent at the grand opening.

City Councilman Russ Stark, right, speaks with a constituent at the grand opening.

Reminder: See You Thursday!

Please stop by our offices on University Avenue Thursday afternoon for our end-of-the-year community celebration! The event will take place between noon and 6 p.m. and will include good conversation, wonderful food, door prizes and a book-signing by Mahmoud El-Kati from 4-5 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Join us for MLK Day Events

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

The Council on Black Minnesotans will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, “The Fierce Urgency of NOW,” on Jan. 18.

A Rally begins the day with youth speakers, music and dance from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Central High School Auditorium. (map/directions)

Marchers will walk from Central High School to Concordia University Gangelhoff Auditorium (map/directions), where the main program will be held from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Keynote speaker will be Nekima Levy-Pounds, director of the Community Law Project at University of St. Thomas.

Surf’s Up!

This year’s Ward 1 Beach Party, organized by Ward 1 City Councilmember Melvin Carter III, will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the city’s newest recreation center and only indoor water park, Oxford Community Center, 270 Lexington Parkway North (click here for map/directions).

The free event will include food, community resource information, water park access, activities for the whole family, and great prizes and giveaways.

ASANDC Year-End Celebration

Join us for our open house!

You're invited to an open house!

Join us for an unusal end-of-the-year community celebration! This year ASANDC and the board of directors invite you to stop by our office anytime between noon and 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. There will be good chatter, good food and door prizes. You’ll also have a chance to hear about our work and accomplishments, but most importantly, we want to thank you for joining us in making our neighborhood a great place!

Special guest, Mahmoud El-Kati, will be signing copies of his book, “The Hiptionary: A Survey of African American Speech Patterns with a Digest of Key Words and Phrases,” from 4-5 p.m.

RSVP by calling (651)222-0399, extension 101.

Hope to see you there!