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March 1, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign

The Twin Cities natural food co-ops have joined FoodShare’s March Campaign, pledging to raise 85,000 in combined dollars and found pounds.

Minnesota FoodShare is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit committed to fighting hunger across the state. Each March it organizes the largest Minnesota food drive to help restock 260 food shelves around the state.

The 11 Twin Cities natural food co-ops are working to encourage people to contribute healthful food items for the March drive.

“Twin Cities co-ops are leaders in natural and organic foods, and in community enrichment,” said Kelly Smith of the National Cooperative Grocers Association in a statement about the food drive. “We’re so proud to be part of this effort. We hope people throughout the Twin Cities visit their local co-op and make a donation so that nutritious, organic and
natural foods are available to everyone in the

Shoppers can donate money or drop off food donations at any of the Twin Cities co-ops.

When: Throughout March
Where: 11 Twin Cities natural food co-ops ( for more information)


Seven the Speakeasy

The Hennepin Avenue hotspot Seven will host a benefit to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research on March 5.

Seven will turn part of its space into a 1920s-era Speakeasy for the event organized by the American Cancer Society and PINK committee. According to organizers, breast cancer kills more than 600 women in Minnesota each year. The event will also honor Seven CFO Scott Kotaska’s late wife Renee Kotaska, who died of breast cancer.

The gala will feature an awards ceremony, silent and live auctions and dancing. Food stations will have steak, sushi, Asian-infused and Italian dishes.

When: March 5, 6 p.m.
Where: Seven, 700 Hennepin Ave. S.


Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Conference

The weekend of March 12–13 is a big one for folks interested in local government and sustainability initiatives.

Central Lutheran Church is hosting the third annual Local Government Workshop on March 12 and the fifth annual Neighborhood Sustainability Conference on March 13.

Highlights of the local government event include several workshops on making cities and towns greener, tips on securing funding for renewable energy projects, information on creating safe bike and pedestrian networks and strategies to protect urban forests.

The neighborhood sustainability conference’s keynote speaker is Mark Lakeman of City Repair in Portland, Ore. He’ll talk about efforts in his city to reclaim urban spaces for a wide variety of community projects.

There will also be grassroots project workshops, design charettes and organizing and outreach skill building sessions, among other activities. For more info, go to

When: March 12–13
Central Lutheran Church, 333 12th St.



I’m always on the hunt for a good deal in the skyways. One of my favorite destinations these days is Len in the City Center.

The retailer is the latest concept from the Len Druskin family of stores.

The store has a wide selection of discounted designer clothing and accessories for men and women. According to the store’s website, everything has been marked down at least 50 percent. I’m a fan of the scarves and earrings.

Monday–Wednesday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and noon–5 p.m., Sunday
Where: City Center, 40 S. 7th St.