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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
10:28 am
[prinder]
It has been awhile
Hello everyone,

It, I think, is time for an update, don't you? A thousand apologies, life happened (as it always does) and I got caught all up in it, and had to step away for awhile from MPLS_Outreach, but never fear! For I have returned!

If you check out the profile you will see that there have been several updates made, and not all of them are listed with the new stuff. That is because, while I have not been able to post, I have not actually stopped hunting down information for your viewing pleasure.

Those thoughts aside, I have news about two blood drives going on this month, yes I do.

The first is at Sabathani Community Center, it will be held January 10th, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
To sign-up for that, contact Mr. Serotoff at 612-821-2313

And yes, walk-ins are welcome.

The second is at MCTC (Minneapolis Community and Technical College) and it will be held on the 31st of January from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
To sign-up with them, contact the Student Life Office at 6152-659-6761

And, of course, walk-ins are loved here as well.

Obviously, I won't be able to donate at both sites, however, I am Registered at Sabathani's, so I will be there at 2:00, and if all goes well, I may just stop by and see how things are going at the one going on at MCTC.


One last thing before I go, a quick reminder to everyone:

It's not just me who can post here. If you've come across anything that you've never seen before, if you have a question, if you found a resource that I haven't posted and/or seen yet, please feel free to post it! The whole point (and fun, I think) of MPLS_Outreach is getting the word out to the community about things going on IN the community. Barring keeping the language clean and using your own discretion, there are no rules on what you can and cannot post.

That is all.
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
3:52 pm
[prinder]
Farmers Market
I was asked to pass this along by a colleague, so here it is:

Sabathani has a Farmers Market, farm-fresh produce, every Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Great prices, great produce.

Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55409

And I can't stress this enough: Fresh produce, EVERY Wednesday at Sabathani.
Monday, May 21st, 2007
4:23 pm
[prinder]
¡Ay caramba!
And heavens to Betsy. I know, I know, it has been FOREVER, but do not worry! I have not forgotten about you guys, I assure you.

As you can see on our Bio page, I have added a new second, called (vary appropriately named) "Newly Added"

This is pretty self-explainitory; Every new thing I find, website wise, will be added to that section, as well as added to the section that it will be sorted into for future ref. In short, LESS HUNTING for the new links that I find for you guys, and you can then see, at a glance, what's new, without having to face my boring, snooze-enducing drivel (I can tell that you are all very happy about that. ^_^)

So, to cut to the chase, ENJOY!
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
1:24 pm
[prinder]
That time again
Just a quick and friendly reminder to all in the MPLS_outreach community:

Anyone and Everyone is welcome to post about ANYTHING that is happening in the community. Know about some place that is doing Ethnic dancing lessons/showing? Yard/garage sales? Neighbor's pet have babies and needs help finding them a good home? Know about a REALLY COOL website that I don't know of (I.E. haven't posted in the Bio yet)?

Post it, get the word out; even if it is something you spot on your way into work or to the store, chances are, if you've never heard about it until that point, there are other people who haven't, either.

That all aside, I have some new items that a mutial friend posted that I didn't have up yet.

If you look in the Bio, you will see that there is site for Redcross in the Donation section, a new site for volunteering in (surprise, surprise) the Volunteer section, and TWO links in Government; one for the Senate and the other for the House reps.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, December 15th, 2006
9:05 am
[prinder]
For those Job hunting
It has come to my attention that, even in this computer-savvy, internet age, there are still folks out there who may not realize that there are tricks for finding out of places are actually hiring before you have to walk into the store/business/whatever.

Most websites these days, have this long list of links at the bottoms of their main pages (in tiny font so that you are less likely to notice if you aren't paying attention), in this list there is usually, more often than not, a link that says "careers"

If you click on that, it will, typically, bring up some form of search engine, whenin you put the information about the job you are looking for (usually in the form of "keywords"). The types of information they will ask for will very, as some will want to know your pay range, what your level of education is, age, what store you are thinking of working for, ect. however, for the most part, it's all fairly simple.

Why am I bringing this up? Because I stumbled onto the Joann fabrics website ( http://joann.com/ ) and I found their career page (right where I said it would be) and clicked on the link.

Normally, to save people the time of looking, I just post the direct link and call it good, unfortunately, because said link (in this case) is SOOOOOOOOOO long, it, on the printer-friendly version of this site, it takes up two whole lines worth of text.

In short, I thought, since re-typing something like that correctly would be next to impossible, the explination would be more useful. As an added bonus, the trick (if it can actually be called that) can be used on other websites as well.

Happy hunting!
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
9:52 am
[prinder]
It's that time of year.
Whatever your religious denomination, I would like to take the time to wish everyone a joyful and altogether pleasant holiday season and an exceptional New Year.

That aside, I'm seriously falling behind in my updating schedule, aren't I? But fear not! I have come with tidings of great joy (sorry, I couldn't resist that over-used joke)... and a small pout from myself, personally.

First, the pout, because I believe that bad news should always come before the good stuff.

Because no one bothered to humor me, there will be no new picture for MPLS_Outreach this year. :P This is dissapointing to me, as it means that ya'll just might not care for esthetics like I do; which, I suppose, is fine, although a little dissapointing.

That said, MOVING ON!

(For the full affect of this, drum your desk here, please... thank you)

Have you guys seen this:

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=161506,00.html

In short, it's "mo'money" for you from 2006 Taxes, if you qualify, and, considering the fact that this is the holiday season and are likely calling long-distance to our loved-ones in who-knows-where this time of the year anyway-- This likely includes everyone who has a Phone (cell or other) or VoIP (If you know what that is, chances are, you are more of a geek than I am... yes, you can feel proud about that-- for those who don't that means "Voice over Internet Protocol")

To get to the point, it's at least $30 extra back in your refund this year if you jump the hoops (not as bad as I'm making it sound, I assure you).

It's worth looking into. Also, it is worth looking into the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for those who made very little this year (under $38,348).

http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96466,00.html
Leer en Español aquí: http://www.irs.gov/espanol/article/0,,id=119799,00.html

Read at the link(s) for more information.



Moving on, I have one more thing that I will be posting about today, however, that will have to wait until I get home (where I have a scanner to actually scan it). For those who hate suspence: It's a list of dates and times for things that are happening at Sabathani's Senior Center.

Also, I will be updating the links in the Bio here shortly, so stay tuned!

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
10:53 am
[prinder]
Happy Birthday MPLS_Outreach!
I know it's very surprising, however, it's true, MPLS_outreach will be one year old as of Nov. 11th, in light of this, I have a few updates for all of you, as well as a web-site highlight (www.AFL-CIO.org), not to mention a mini-contest!

First of all, I want to remind everyone to go out and vote today, and spead the fun! I was 108 at my polling place this morning, find out what number you are and join in on the meme-game.

Secondly, to celebrate the b-day, I think it is about time this community had it's own icons, so I'm holding a contest, and the winner will recieve a "Printer Friendly" version of next month's issue of MPLS_outreach.

What I am looking for is an icon that best illistrates, with few or no words (if possible), "What People Need." It cannot be any larger than 100x100 pixels. I am planning the deadline for submissions (please post any submissions onto MPLS_outreach behind a cut-tag) to be November 18th. After that, everyone is then free to vote for their favorite icons (bias is welcome, meaning, you can vote for your own stuff. :) ) until November 28th. I will then tally the results and announce the winner on the 29th, and have the winner contact me via e-mail, and I will then send the prize.

It's as easy/hard as that.


All of that aside, I have a Web-site highlight. As mentioned in brackets, the website is http://www.aflcio.org/ And they are a collition of US-based Unions, working together to protect and improve worker's rights. I found their information very thorough, and their work impressive-- right now they are working on a program called Working America, and they are fighting to raise the federal minimum wage (from 5.15 to 7.25 an hour).

The website for that program is http://www.workingamerica.org/about/

They are most definately worth looking into.
Friday, October 13th, 2006
11:14 am
[prinder]
Coffee Talk
Sabathani Coffee Talk
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

APPLICATIONS FOR HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE

"Plan to attend Wednesday, October 18th, 10:30 AM, in the Senior Center, Room 106. Hear how Community Action of Minneapolis can help you with your energy bill. Staff from this angency, which distributes federal funds, will discuss eligibility for assistance with energy bills, furnace cleaning, insulation, and other programs.

REMINDER: You MUST bring your utility bills for the past three months AND proof of your income for the last three months with you to complete your application."

They will also have the new 2006-07 income eligibility guidelines available. Applications may be completed and accepted during the session.

Don't miss out, join in and learn the facts.

Again, it is:

310 E. 38th street, Minneapolis, MN.
Suite 106 (that's on the first floor).
from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

There is no fee for this program.

Call (612) 821-2306 for more information.
Thursday, September 28th, 2006
9:52 pm
[prinder]
This just in
"Learn Persian Dance

Classes are taught by famed Persian artist Leili Tajadod Pritschet. This class is a fun and non–intimidating dance experience for all ages and levels of skill. Leili's technique emphasizes the pleasure of moving, and healing with simple movements. Students take a trip to one of the world’s oldest civilizations through the timeless dances of Middle East.

When: Winter classes begin on October 7th, and end November 25th 2006
Saturdays 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: The Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Cost: $14 per class or $95 for eight classes
For more information call Leili at 612-789-1003 or leilipritschetATmsnDOTcom "

Monday, August 7th, 2006
5:53 pm
[prinder]
Caring Tree
It's that time of the year, everyone. Yes, that's right the Caring Tree.

What is the Caring Tree, you might ask? For more information go to http://www.caringtree.org

In short, my non-profit is partnered with them and I'm in charge of running our Back to School program.

For those who wonder where and how to sign up for those sorts of things, Please contact 211 (first call for help) for more information, as it can very a lot from location to location. Ours, for example, had sign-up only in July, and only to those who had already registered for the Food Shelf before July 1st.

For those who would like to help sponsor children, you have a few options on how you can help:

1. you can go to the website and donate directly there (credit cards or debit cards).
2. you can go, again, to the website and look up the Mall/social service agancy pair-up near you and go to THAT mall in person and donate (cash, check, or unused school supplies, please, thank you).
3. At the mall pick up a card and go shopping for that child and bring the supplies back to the same location (This is vital, as each site is run by a different group and it makes it very hard to track down who's card belongs where if they aren't returned to the proper place) BEFORE the 21st (that's a monday) to ensure that those supplies will make it to that child in time for school.
4. For those who cannot afford to help out, but would still like to, you can copy this whole thing and spread the word! Every little bit helps.

Or, do some of the things I suggested back in March, during foodshare month, only with school supplies.

~Host a party and have everyone bring some form of school supplies.
~Talk to your local places of worship (see: Churches).
~Empty out your pocket change every night after work and then bring ALL of that to the Caring Tree locations as a donation (that's what I did-- two years of putting nickles and dimes into jars in my room got us 28 dollars in change, just from little ol' me-- it WORKS I tell you).
~Hit up your friends.
~Hit up your neighbors.
~Talk to your coworkers. Get them in on the fun. See if your place of employment would like to group sponsor.

Use your imaginations, and I'll be watching for you!
Monday, July 17th, 2006
1:32 pm
[prinder]
Fare for All
This is their website http://www.emergencyfoodshelf.org/ffa/ (or, unternitively: www.Fareforall.org) and really, their website explains it best, however, the flyer that is on my desk offers some more information.

Essentually, you are buying pre-packed bags of food, put together by volunteers, at a major discount + a couple hours (two hours, to be exact, per family) of volunteering (or, rather, Sweat Equity) and the cost of your gas.

The standard food packs (Light, Regular, and Holiday sized)run from $12-22 dollars (smallest to largest, of course) and usually contain fresh fruit, veggies, and frozen meats.

There are other packs you can purchase as well, such as the Family pack ($20) and the Meat Only pack ($12).

You can pay with cash, check, or EBT Card.

As for how you complete your required volunteer service, it's all up to you, there are many ways you can do it.

For some examples:

~Donate Blood.
~Volunteering at your Local FFA site (more on that in a bit).
~Raking/shoveling for a neighbor.
~Carpooling.
~Any service in a church/temple/synagogue.
~Bringing a meal to a sick neighbor/friend.
~Baby-sitting.
~Working in a School.
~Making blankets for a charitable orginazation.
~Volunteering at your local Foodshelf/Clothing shelf.
~Helping out at a local nursing home.

Obviously, some of the things on this list are thing that you may already be doing now, but it is still volunteerism, and that is largely what this particular program is about.

Now, back to Your Local FFA site. For the sake of not spending more gas (as prices per gallon continue to sneak their way over $3.00), it is best for you, in the long run, to go to make arrangements at your local site so you do not have to drive anymore than you already do.

You can call either: (763)450-3880 or 1-800-582-4291

Or,

Info AT fareforall DOT org (remove all spaces and use the appropriate @ and . where indicated in all Caps).
There are several ways to find out where that would be
Friday, July 14th, 2006
10:36 am
[prinder]
Blood needed!
This just arrived in my e-mail this morning:

"Blood Donors Needed Today!

Critical Summer Shortage Of Blood Jeopardizes Supplies

Due to the recent Holiday and summer vacations, blood supplies are now considered to be a
“Critical Shortage”. This is not something we take lightly, the word “critical” is rarely used.
However, the current inventory of blood is in dire need of donors like yourself. We have a
shortage of all blood types except AB+ & AB-. ..."

"As a result, we’re asking eligible donors to schedule appointments immediately to donate
whole blood to ensure the supply is maintained for the hospitals in our community.

We’d also like you to consider trying ALYX donation, where two units of red blood cells are
collected during a single donation. To find out if you’re a good candidate for ALYX, visit with
our staff at your next whole blood donation appointment.

Please click here to schedule your whole blood donation online, or call
(612) 871-3300, option 5, in the Twin Cities or (888) 448-3253 in the Northland."
Monday, July 10th, 2006
9:39 am
[prinder]
Sending files
For those of you who find lack the e-mail capasity to send large files, there is a solution, however, it comes with a few catches.

It cannot be any bigger than 1G.
You are subjected to advertisements (Buy my shoes, see this car, blah blah-- relitively tame).
You may want to have a higher-speed connection than just dialup.
It can be slow on the weekends (due to too many people using it, I suspect).

The website is http://www.yousendit.com

You don't have to register to send things, but you can, and it's free. As I said, you can send files up to 1G in size (and if you need to send files larger than that, I strongly suspect that there may be something either wrong with you, or you are a profesional in some field and do not know any better).

For whatever it is worth, there you go.
Thursday, July 6th, 2006
10:07 am
[prinder]
Travelling on the Cheap
http://www.megabus.com
A friend of mine actually found this little jem, and here's a quote of what he had to say about it:

"Travelling on the cheap
I know that my fellow Twin Citians from time to time have the need, or at least the desire, to go to Chicago. Now there's a new company that can get you there for as little as $1. That's not a typo - as little as one US dollar from Minneapolis to Chicago[1]. The catch, of course, is that you're on a bus. And the shorter the notice when you book your ticket, the more you'll end up paying. On the other hand, if you're planning ahead, this can save you a lot of money. And unlike Amtrak or Greyhound, you don't have to deal with a lot of stops along the way. They also have routes back and forth from Chicago to Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Detroit."

Which really just says it all.
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
12:47 pm
[prinder]
Money savers
Those of you out there have this problem: Bad Credit.

Here, http://www.creditrepair2004.com/ is a website that that I found with information and tips about how to rebuild and fix credit problems. It's a really interesting site, and well-worth checking out. Most, if not all, of the information is free so that's another plus. It can be found in the money savers section.
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
12:41 pm
[prinder]
"In the Spirit of Juneteenth"
"Doti and Lil'Toto Meet Wizz-dom"
"An adaptation of the popular play The Wizz by Terryann Nash

ONE SHOW ONLY
June 30th, 2006
7:00-9:30 PM
Sabathani Community Center
310 E 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Tickets: $5.00 General Admission

For more Info call: 651-698-3716"
Monday, June 26th, 2006
2:13 pm
[prinder]
Clinics
While I was hunting for more Teenaged clinics, I stumbled onto another information/help site.

This one is called http://www.birdsandbees.org/ and it is a great resource if you are a teen looking for information about a certain taboo subject of great controversy among most adults (See: Sexuality).
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
12:28 pm
[prinder]
Much awaited
For the longest time, there have been pamphlets passing over my desk from the Sabathani Life Skills program, but I have never had a website to add them to the list (as the classes change all of the time, so it can be rather difficult to keep my list up to date). But with this months issue, I got an interesting surprise.

http://sabathanilifeskills.com/default.aspx

What do they do? In short, they specialize in teaching adults new skills to better their chances at employment (just looking at the schedule for the June classes, we have Office Skills, Office Assistant training, Introduction to Computers, Office Obsolescence, Childcare Certification, and Medical Terminology).

Most, if not all, of the classes have a small cost (from $65-100-- which, considering the cost of College classes, that's not bad) and require a referral. Please contact them for more information (all numbers and e-mails needed to do so can be found on the website).
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
1:30 pm
[prinder]
Pregnancy
I know I am crossing a touchy subject, however, I wanted to get information out there to the masses about planned and unplanned pregnancies and the options avalible.

That said, I have two links on the topic, one Pro-life (and will be indicated as such for those with a personal prefferance) and the other one is Pro-choice.

The are:

http://plannedparenthood.org/pp2/portal/ (pro-choice) It also is avalible in Spanish (En Espanol).

and,

http://birthright.org/ (pro-life)

Both are great resources and are nothing to be sneezed at; they have their own section as well, so feel free to check them out.
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
10:19 am
[prinder]
Fraser
http://www.fraser.org/

This place just crossed my desk this morning. In sort, they do many things that deal with children with both typical needs and special needs, as well as adults with special needs (such as Autism, for example). Their services cover a variety of things, but, in a nutshell, they cover six (6) areas, in cluding (but not limited to) the following:

~Education
~Rehibilitation
~Prevention
~Treatment
~Residential services
~Consultation and support

It's worth looking at, and they also have Volunteer positions avalible for those that are interested in lending a hand. Obviously, with such a broad range of services, I think this one will either go into Misc. or be made into it's own section (if and when I figure out what to call said section. Suggestions, anyone?)
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