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Commercial Corridors

The commercial center of the neighborhood is located on Nicollet Avenue, where several restaurants, social service agencies and schools, and retail merchants operate.  Minor commercial hubs include Franklin Avenue and the Clinton Avenue strip mall. Read more »

Building Safety Improvement Program

SSCO has amended the guidelines of its Building Safety Improvement program to include funding for surveillance camera systems. Through matching grants, this program supports the efforts of residential property owners and tenants to improve the safety and security of their buildings and surroundings. Please click here to read program guidelines and details.

Fire Safety Meeting for Residents of Apartment Buildings and Condos

Please join us on Tuesday, May 8th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Plymouth Church (1900 Nicollet Ave - use the Lasalle Ave entrance).

Learn how to keep yourself and you neighbors safe. Topics will include the recent fire at 137 East 17th St, preventing fires in multi-unit buildings, evacuation plans, fire inspection procedures, and renters insurance. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

City Council Member Robert Lilligren will facilitate the meeting. Presenters will include Minneapolis Fire Department staff and a member of the Minnesota Multi Housing Association. Co-sponsored by Mint Properties, Stevens Community Apartments, The Apartment Shop, Kleinman Realty, Copenhagen Enterprises and Rand Management.

Please call 612-874-2840 with questions.

May 21 Clean Sweep

Don't talk trash . . . pick it up!

SSCO's Spring Clean Sweep is set for:

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to noon.  Meet at Stevens Square Park, East 18th St & 2nd Ave South.

Compete for the prize (an Electric Fetus gift card) for finding the most unusual piece of trash!

Cinema and Civics 2012 schedule now out!

The schedule for Cinema and Civic's 2012 series is officially out! This year's lineup includes:

Wednesday, June 13th - The Blues Brothers w/musical guest Me and My Arrow

Wednesday, June 20th - The Goonies w/musical guest Birthday Suits

Wednesday, June 27th - Ghostbusters w/musical guest Zoo Animal

Wednesday, July 11th - MN Short Film Night w/ musical guest Kristoff Krane

Wednesday, July 18th - Jurassic Park w/musical guest Nightosaur

Cinema and Civics, Stevens Square's music and movies in the park series, takes place annually in Stevens Square Park. For more information about this year's season, as well as info about previous seasons, visit!

May 26 work day at the Overlook Gardens

Saturday May 26th at the Overlook Gardens on 17th street between 2nd and Stevens: We will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. Come be part of the native habitat garden we have been installing. We need volunteers to help clean and add some more plants.

Brought to you by Stevens Square Community Organization and Minneapolis Park Board.

Contact Robert Skafte for questions: or 612 750 3779

June 9 SSCO Annual Meeting

Stevens Square Community Organization's annual meeting is set for:

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., the meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
Plymouth Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave.
(Use the LaSalle Ave entrance.)

On the agenda:

Election of Board officers and directors: chair, secretary, and four at-large directors.
Updates from committee co-chairs on SSCO activities.
Reports from public officials.

Eligible voters include anyone 16 years of age or older who lives, owns property, or is employed (up to two employees per business) in the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood. Please bring a form of identification verifying that you are eligible to vote, such as a current Minnesota driver's license or identification card, utility statement, lease agreement, state or county tax statement, a pay stub showing employment in the neighborhood, or an eligible voter to vouch for you.

For more information, call SSCO at (612) 874-2840.

Yoga classes in Stevens Square Park

Stevens Square Community Organization presents yoga classes in the park.

Where: Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave.

When: Saturdays, promptly at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., June 30 to August 25, weather permitting. Show up early to register. Cost: $10 donation to benefit SSCO.

Benefits: Mind-body workout, develops strength, flexibility, alignment, improves balance and posture, promotes relaxation. Meet your neighbors!

Guidelines: Participants are required to bring their own mat or blanket; yoga is performed with socks or bare feet; no big meals for two hours before class; yoga postures and modifications for all skill levels; yoga is non-competitive.

For more information, e-mail Elizabeth Young at