Weekend Calendar: March 20-22, 2015

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March 20

Aliveness Project NNHAAD HIV Testing

Day

In observance of National Native

HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, local organizations serving Native American

communities will be offering free HIV testing and educational events

to raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on American

Indians and to honor those who are living with or have died of the

disease.

According to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC), Native communities currently have the

fifth highest rate of new HIV infections in the U.S. when compared to

other population groups. Factors contributing to higher disease

occurrence and lower life expectancy among American Indians include

disproportionate rates of poverty, discrimination in the delivery of

health services, limited access to quality health education, cultural

differences and social stigma. The Minnesota Department of Health

encourages HIV testing.

10 a.m.to 3 p.m., The Aliveness

Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. For more

information, call 612-824-5433.

March 21

What’s Our Plan? A Teach-In on

Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in MN

Co-sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith

Power and Light, MN350 and the International Forum on Globalization.

Speakers include Winona LaDuke, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Victor Menotti,

and regional leaders in movements to stop frac-sand mining, bomb

trains, and oil pipelines.

Minnesota is being besieged with new

fossil fuel infrastructure that violates the treaty rights of

indigenous people and endangers the health of our communities and we

are not prepared. Let’s come together and find common spiritual

ground from which to address this public policy crisis and protect

ourselves and the earth. Unlike most teach-ins, "What’s Our

Plan" will be interactive and solution-focused, drawing on the

diverse assets of the group to create plans for action. Participants

will leave not only better informed, but better equipped, connected

to allies and ready to take next steps

Free, 9 a.m. to noon; Lunch, noon, $10

featuring The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman. First Universalist Church of

Minneapolis, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. For more

information and to register, visit

www.eventjoy.com/e/join-mnipl-and-honor-the-earth-for-a-weekend-of-action-2006197.

March 21

First Time Homebuyer Workshop

A Native American based curriculum will

cover topics including: Steps to becoming a homeowner; How to prepare

financially; What can you afford?; The importance of credit; How to

choose the right mortgage loan and get it; Responsibilities of

homeownership; and more!

HomeStretch Workshops meet the National

Industry Standards of Homeownership Education

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to the public;

Lunch Provided. Bii Gii Wiin CDLF, 1113 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 200,

Minneapolis, MN.

For more information or to register

call 612-354-2249, email areese@bgwcdlf.org

or visit www.facebook.com/biigiiwiin.

White Earth Strategic Planning

Meeting

Light lunch served; Elder Luncheon will

be canceled for the meeting.

10 a.m. to noon. 1308 E. Franklin Ave.,

Minneapolis, MN.

Empty Bowls

Join us at this family-friendly event

featuring a contemporary powwow performance from the student group,

Ta Oyate Ota (Lakota for “many nations of people”) from American

Indian Magnet School, while also enjoying a tasty bowl of homemade

soup and fresh baked bread. Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for the Saint

Paul Area Council of Churches Department of Indian Work Food Shelf.

11 a.m.-2 p.m., White Bear Lake United

Methodist Church, 1851 Birch Street, White Bear Lake, MN.

Tickets can also be purchased with cash

or check at the door. Attendees will have a chance to participate in

a Free Will Offering. For ticket price and more information, contact

Connie Johnson, Development Outreach Coordinator at 651-789-3857,

email cjohnson@spacc.org or

visit www.spacc.org.