Making a bike-powered smoothie
Dear Friends of Venture North Bike & Coffee Shop,
Slowly but surely, we're saying goodbye to winter and hello to another season of great biking weather! Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us. This spring, we're excited to help new bikers get ready to hit the road. No matter your age or skill level, Venture North can help you get the gear and knowledge you need to be safe and have fun on your bike. Come by anytime during our extended summer hours: Tuesday through Thursday 11am - 7pm and Saturday 10am - 6pm (closed Sunday and Monday).
Over the past few months, we've been busy getting to know our neighbors, forging new partnerships, and continuing our youth empowerment programs. Here are some highlights from Venture North’s most recent adventures:
- Harrison Hang-Out: In May, the Harrison Neighborhood celebrated biking and health at the first Harrison Hang-Out. The free event represented a collaboration between Venture North and the Harrison Healthy Living Hub, a coalition of local organizations and residents interested in promoting health in our community. Funded by a grant from the City of Minneapolis Health Department, the Healthy Living Hub seeks to better understand the health disparities in our neighborhood, connect residents with health resources, and advocate for better health opportunities in North Minneapolis. The Harrison Hang-Out included booths from local organizations, live music, Zumba, face-painting, free food, an interactive BMX demo, raffles, games, and even a Bike Blender serving up fresh, bike-powered smoothies. It was a blast! We are so thankful for the support and participation of local organizations, businesses, volunteers, staff, and community members.
- Trade Skills Academy Bike Repair Seminar: We had a great time working with high school students from the Trade Skills Academy at MTS (Minnesota Transitions Charter School). Students worked with Venture North staff to complete a month-long bike mechanics seminar where they learned the basics of bike repair, maintenance, and built their own bikes from new and used parts.Two students from the seminar hope to pursue future internships at Venture North in the All About Bikes mechanic apprenticeship program. We look forward to continuing this great partnership!
- New Coffee Bar Apprentices: Venture North welcomed three new youth apprentices to the Coffee Bar. Our apprentices are learning the barista trade while developing their skills in customer service, business, and professionalism. They bring great attitudes plus excellent leadership experience from past work with youth programs at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Come by to say hello and try out an iced coffee drink!
- Pedal Power Girls Group: Thanks to a generous grant from the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Pedal Power is back for another summer session! Pedal Power is a girl-led program that empowers middle school girls to take leadership in STEM subjects. Activities include fun field trips, classes, inspiring guest speakers, and community building in a positive, encouraging setting. Some of last summer’s awesome Pedal Power graduates are returning this session to serve as mentors. With their leadership, we think that this will be the best summer yet!
We're looking forward to a busy summer of programs and classes, and we hope you can join us. Thank you for supporting Venture North Bike & Coffee Shop. With your help, we can continue empowering local youth and working towards a healthier, happier neighborhood. Ride on!