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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Architecture For Humanity Minnesota To Host Fundraiser for Twin Cities Homeless Locker Project is helping to spread the word about Architecture for Humanity Minnesota's latest design-build project, The Twin Cities Homeless Locker Project. I hope you can join AFH for a fundraiser for the project on Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 7PM at the Bedlam Theatre on the West Bank in Minneapolis. Admission is $10 ($5 for students.)

The event will feature a silent auction, live music from Aviette, Derailleur and The Serfs and DJ sets from DJ Christian Fritz and DJ Terrence Jerome.

The Bedlam is always a great place to see a show and has a lovely rooftop patio on which to hang out with a great view of the Minneapolis skyline. I hope you'll join me for drinks and music at this important event.

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Contact: Maureen Ness 612.752.6954


Minneapolis, MN August 12, 2008 – Architecture for Humanity Minnesota (AFH MN), a chapter of Architecture for Humanity International (AFH), is a group of local designers who volunteer their time and talents to provide architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and bring design services to communities in need. Since its founding in January 2005, AFH MN has provided design services for community centers, schools, and a memorial garden in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and Minnesota.

For the first time, AFH MN is taking on its own design-build project, the Twin Cities Homeless Locker Project, to address the needs of homeless individuals to have a secure storage location for personal belongings that they can access as needed. AFH MN and The American Institute of Architects Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee teamed up through the Search for Shelter workshop in February 2008 to design the lockers. The first site in the Twin Cities for the installation of 20-30 lockers will be at Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis.

AFH MN is now raising funds to build this set of lockers and for a second set in a future location in St. Paul. Members of AFH MN will join homeless individuals to build and install the lockers at Simpson this fall. On September 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m., AFH MN will host a fundraising event at the Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis with a silent auction and musical performances by The Serfs, Derailleur, Aviette, DJ Christian Fritz, and DJ Terrence Jerome.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Rock The Vote Takes Over ‘The Electorate Fetus’ for a Political Happy Hour

Rock The Vote Takes Over ‘The Electorate Fetus’ for a Political Happy Hour

In-store voter registration and other activities will take place during the Republican National Convention

MINNEAPOLIS -- From Sept. 2-4, during the Republican National Convention, The Electric Fetus will be acting like The Electorate Fetus, with the help of the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote. From 3-6 p.m. on those days, it will be a regular rock and role call, as the iconic record/cd and gift shop pledges to register 1,000 new voters. It will be made easy with the help of Rock the Vote and the League of Women Voters, who will have staff on-hand to register new voters and help all voters find out more about their polling places. Even if you are already registered to vote there are plenty of reasons to stop by and see your friends at the Fetus.

Staging a Movement: A variety of bands will be playing special in-store performances to support The Electorate Fetus Political Happy Hour events. The shows will take place Tuesday through Thursday and the lineup will be announced soon.

Sound(off) Check: The Fetus is offering an open mic to anyone interested – including the candidates, who have been invited – in discussing the importance of voting. The forums will take place between band sets. Political candidates or their representatives will have microphone priority and certain restrictions apply (obviously). Bring your guitar, a beat, or just yourself and be heard.

Rocking Refreshments: The Fetus will be offering cookies and juice to anyone who stops by to take part in The Electorate Fetus events.

Political Records: During the three-day span, the Fetus will be naming 10 important political albums of all time and will feature them 20 percent off, with a portion of each sale going to support the Rock the Vote movement. The 10 albums will be announced this week and will be available for sale both online and in the store.

What: The Electorate Fetus Political Happy Hour events to register new voters and assist existing ones

Where: The Electric Fetus at 2000 4th Ave. South, Minneapolis 55404

When: Sept. 2-4, from 3-6 p.m.

Why: To get people involved in the important election process and register new voters