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Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 23, residents and volunteers gathered at the Rondo Victoria Peace Garden, located at Concordia Avenue and Victoria Street, to celebrate the hard work they did this summer on the new community garden. There were pumpkins to be carved, cider to be sipped, and plans to be discussed on this quiet fall day.

In June, the garden first opened with a peace pole dedication as the kick-off to Aurora/St. Anthony NDC’s Summer of Peace celebrations. On Saturday, the garden was put to bed as folks cleaned, raked and prepared for the future. This ending also was a beginning as the group planted garlic sent to St. Paul from AfroEco — a group out of Detroit, Mich., focusing on urban community gardens. The bulbs that had traveled all the way from the Motor City were aptly named Motown Garlic.

All summer long, the owners of the lot had asked residents the question, “How would you use the space?” The top answers were revealed at the Harvest Festival and included:

  • Meditating/thinking
  • Vegetable garden
  • Flower garden
  • Neighborhood events

Future conceptual plans were also shared for the garden, with landscape design ideas including mixed planting beds, apple, cherry and plum trees, plus a sitting area with benches.

With the burst in popularity of community gardens — a wonderful way to bring residents together — the Rondo Victoria Peace Garden is a very welcome addition to the neighborhood. It will be very exciting to see what the future holds.

Check out the other photos from the Harvest Festival in our Flickr photostream here:

Governor Appoints MLK Council Members

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has appointed nine members to The Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday. Diana Allen, Eugene A. Barringer III, Cheryl Chatman, Lester Collins (Chair), Jacquelyn Celeste Cooper, W. Rayford Johnson, Dora Ann Jones, Marilyn Porter and Dr. Carolyn Ruth A. Williams were appointed to terms that expire on April 3, 2011.

Barringer is an Aurora/St. Anthony NDC Board member and Porter is a staff member at ASANDC.

The Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday was created in 1986 by executive order (Executive Order 86-11), and reauthorized by Governor Pawlenty in 2003 to plan the activities and events in observation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. The council consists of up to 15 members appointed by the Governor.

Homebuyer Education

Homebuyer education and counseling, known as the Home Stretch Program, is coordinated by the Minnesota Home Ownership Center and delivered by local, non-profit, community-based organizations. Home Stretch eight-hour workshops offer education about the home buying process and cover credit and budgeting; qualifying for a loan; special loan programs; shopping for a new home; home inspections; maintaining your home; and successful home ownership.

Classes sponsored by Model Cities, in partnership with Aurora/St. Anthony NDC, will be held at the Brownstone Building, 849 University Ave. in St. Paul from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays (participants attend two sessions):

May 15 and 22; June 5, 12, 19 and 26; July 10, 17, 24 and 31;  August 7, 14, 21 and 28; September 4, 11, 18 and 25; October 2, 9, 16 and 23; November 6 and 13; December 4 and 11.

For more information about Home Stretch classes, contact Brenda Bailey at Model Cities,  651-632-8350 or by email.

Saluting Entrepreneurs

The Atlanta Post ranked the Twin Cities as #5 in its list of Top 5 Innovative Cities for African-Americans, in part based on the Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers’ commitment to African-American entrepreneurship. Nieeta Presley, executive director of Aurora/St. Anthony NDC, is vice chair of the MCCD.

Read the whole article here.