Weekly Roundup: March 13-19

Check out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and stay safe!

Due to increasing concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission, the Longfellow Community Council encourages individuals to use their best judgement if/when attending community events. Check with the Center for Disease Control or the Minnesota Department of Health for updated information and guidance.  

Note: LCC will not be hosting any meetings or events after Monday, March 16 as a precautionary measure. (Our Board of Directors meeting that has been scheduled for March 19, will also be cancelled). We will keep you posted as things change. 

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Gardening for Wildlife MentorshipNow taking applications for the Gardening for Wildlife Mentorship. We did this for the first time last year, and it was so much fun, we are going to do it again. This year is looking better for many reasons, but especially because we will be teaching an intro class and the Longfellow Community Council got the Lawns to Legumes community grant! Info below, please consider joining us on this adventure this year.  Garden for Wildlife Mentorship: $75. Learn about, design, and create a wildlife friendly yard. A 2-Night Intro class April 14 th and 21 st 6:30-8:30pm is required, and then you will be matched with a local experienced Wildlife Gardener, and they will share their expertise with you, and possibly even some “extra” native plants from their own yard. An optional field trip, yard tour, and seed exchange event will take place over the summer and fall. By the end of the year you should be able to certify your yard as a Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation (more info on our communities’ efforts at www.LongfellowWildlife.blogspot.com). Thanks to the Lawns to Legumes grant, 90% of your expenses for native plants and mulch can then be reimbursed up to $350 until our funding is used up (save receipts!). Email Daniel Schultz at dschultz6@comcast.net, and he will send you the application.

Minnesota Transportation Action Plan Open Houses:
Your voice is incredibly important in this planning process. To create a better future, all of us need to turn out and to speak up for great transit and safe streets that put people first. We need to show that this matters and that we care. Can’t make it tonight? Your chance to weigh in continues into April.
Tuesday, March 24, 5-7 PM • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Center 
Wednesday, April 8, 6-7 PM • Online: City of Minneapolis Facebook Page 
Monday, April 13, 4:30-6:30 PM • University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
This 10-year action plan is a huge opportunity to advance mobility, equity, and climate action throughout Minneapolis and to create the transportation future you want to see. For starters: Let’s make sure the TAP’s goals reflect the scale of action needed on climate change. The draft TAP sets a goal to reduce Minneapolis’s transportation-related carbon pollution by 35% by 2030. But experts say we need to reduce carbon pollution by 45% (!) by 2030 if we want to head off extraordinary hardship for hundreds of millions of people. 
Let’s make sure our High-Frequency Transit routes are actually fast and frequent. You shouldn’t have to choose between a slow transit trip and a fast car trip.The draft TAP sets goals for speeding up Minneapolis’s High-Frequency Network buses. This is great! And we want to make sure the City is setting the right targets. Today, Minneapolis local bus routes can travel at just 6 miles per hour on average. That’s less than half than the speed of local routes in Boston, D.C., or Chicago. Demand better: high-frequency routes that average 13-15 miles per hour and are time-competitive with car travel. 
Public comment on the TAP is open now through April 22. Don’t miss out!
Questions? Contact Sam at samr@movemn.org.

We want to let you know about upcoming in-person and online events. You can read, download, and comment on the plan at our website anytime at go.minneapolismn.gov
Help us gather feedback on the Draft Plan. For neighborhood associations and community organizations interested and available to help us gather feedback, we have an engagement toolbox available on our website.
Other ways to provide feedback on the draft plan. Can’t attend one of the in-person events? Head to the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. Starting March 9th, the interactive website will include opportunities to provide your input on the plan and our draft strategies and actions.
You can also follow the City of Minneapolis on social media to stay updated. Use #gompls to share your feedback with us and follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

FRIDAY Fish Dinner • Fridays February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 • 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm • St. Albert the Great, 2836 33rd Ave S
St. Albert the Great’s popular and famous fish dinners offer rewarding opportunities to unwind at the end of the work week and feast on great home-made meals.  Dinners include fried or baked tilapia, potatoes mashed with cheese and spices or hashed-brown wedges, coleslaw, spaghetti with meatless marinara sauce, homemade desserts, and beverages. All food is made fresh by parish staff and volunteers and feeds many hundreds of individuals from the parish and the greater community each Friday.

Fish Dinners also include BINGO in the gym from 5:30 to 7:30 pm plus several kinds of raffles. We also serve up plentiful conversation and a joyful, welcoming atmosphere.  In 2006 & 2013 City Pages named St. Albert the Great’s fish dinners the best fish fry in the Twin Cities, and this celebrated event has been highlighted by KARE 11 ( also see their 2008 article), WCCOMinneapolis StarTribune, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Even bloggers sing our praises!  This year, we’re featured in the book Food Lover’s Guide to the Twin Cities. Overflow parking is available one block north at Anne Sullivan School parking lot. Our shuttle bus runs back & forth from the lot to the door… so hop on!

Enter via the front door of the church and enjoy the musical entertainment provided for you (if you have to wait for seating.)  Each night features 3 different performers. Bring your coffee up and enjoy after you eat too! Line up of performers will be announced soon! 



Creating a Resilient Yard With Buzz
Blue Thumb’s 2020 Lawns to Legumes workshops teach sustainable practices and pollinator conservation techniques to create resilient yards.
Participants can choose from three options — Resilient Yards, Turf Alternatives, and Healthy Soils — to learn sustainable practices ranging from installing a raingarden to replacing a conventional lawn to protecting the living earth that makes up healthy soil. In addition, participants will learn about Lawns to Legumes, a new state program offering grants and other support to help Minnesotans protect the endangered rusty patched bumblebee and other at-risk pollinators by putting in native pocket plantings, beneficial trees and shrubs and pollinator lawns and meadows. Blue Thumb coordinates part of the Lawns to Legumes program in partnership with the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources. “Pollinator conservation can be as simple as allowing clover to bloom within your lawn or installing a few native perennials. Small actions like these can have great impacts when adopted by communities that have the proper information and guidance,” says James Wolfin, an expert on bee-friendly lawns and a manager of the Lawns to Legumes program for Blue Thumb.

Workshops cost $15 per household unless otherwise noted and will be offered throughout the spring starting in March. Participants will learn practical information about installing projects, as well as Lawns to Legumes and other cost-share programs and resources that can help get a project in the ground. More information and scheduled workshops are available by visiting  https://bluethumb.org/events/ or calling ​651-699-2426​.

Resilient Yards Workshop (3 hours) A framework for understanding and creating resilience, covering site planning, raingardens, turf alternatives, trees, other plantings, pollinator habitat, and more. Includes one-on-one design assistance for individual yards from Blue Thumb landscape designers, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, Master Water Stewards.
Turf Alternatives Workshop (2 hours) Alternatives to conventional grass turf that require less watering and fewer chemical inputs, with step-by-step instructions for establishing them. Includes information about pollinator-friendly (bee) lawns. Group will discuss common challenges and solutions.
Healthy Soils Workshop (2 hours) Laying the groundwork for healthy soil. Healthy soil helps plants thrive, filters and cleans water, prevents erosion and is teeming with life. Participants learn why healthy soil is the foundation of a resilient yard and how to take action to strengthen and protect their soil.

Locations for these workshops are offered throughout the metropolitan area. As of now, we have several workshops scheduled  with more to come. Updates and additional dates will be updated here: https://bluethumb.org/events/

Chard Your Yard Garden Registration Opens March 15
Have you seen those signs near your neighbors gardens and wondered what Chard Your Yard is all about? Since 2013, Transition Longfellow has partnered with the Longfellow Community Council to offer a fun and exciting event to increase vegetable gardening in our neighborhoods, CHARD YOUR YARD. Transition Longfellow is a community led group of neighbors focused on building sustainable communities in order to address climate change.

Chard Your Yard volunteers have built and installed about 160 raised bed vegetable gardens in the greater Longfellow neighborhoods. We plan to build, deliver, and fill dirt in 24 raised bed vegetable gardens for neighbors in zip code 55406. The garden beds are $70 which includes: a 3’x5’x12” wooden frame installed and delivered to your house, a site visit by a master gardener to find the perfect spot for your bed, a fill of nutrient rich dirt, and a Chard Your Yard sign. Through the generous support of Longfellow Community Council, ​we can offer a limited number of beds for low-income and senior citizen gardeners ($35) and double-high beds for gardeners with disabilities ($70). These beds are only available for people in Longfellow, Cooper, Howe and Hiawatha neighborhoods.

This event is completely volunteer based and we need your help! This is a great event to meet neighbors and learn more about Transition Longfellow. ​We will be building and installing the beds Wednesday, April 29th between 5pm-9pm and filling them Saturday, May 2nd from 8am-4pm (attendance for entire shifts not required). Registration to receive a bed opens March 15th and will close in April or when all beds are purchased. Please visit ​www.transitionlongfellow.org/chard-your-yard​ for further information and to sign up to receive a bed or volunteer. 

Belle’s ToolBox, 3400 42nd Avenue S • www.belles-toolbox.org
Belle’s ToolBox is a creative space for families to explore hands-on activities with repurposed materials. Geared toward preschool age and up, children and their caregivers/parents are welcome to experience both our indoor and outdoor learning spaces…in the near future!
We’ll be closed beginning March 17 and until further notice in response to current community health issues. We love you all and want you to be healthy! Take care and stay tuned!

This week’s movies at the Trylon Cinema and Riverview Theater!

Friday, Mar 13

Vector 9 XXII ft Blue Venus/Tobi Shammu/Video Variant & more @ Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • 7pm Doors • 7:30pm
The 22nd installment of Vector 9!  ALL AGES!

For the installment we are looking forward to : Comedy from Tobi Shammu
Music from Blue Venus 
Logan Talks About Sex 
A queer video showcase by Video Variant
Live visuals by Half the City
And an open mic, and sketches by the Uproar crew!
Entry is sliding scale $5-15, all profits go to artists involved
It’s a joy to bring you these artists under one roof, and we love the folks who come out. You make these showcases happen and are super awesome audiences!
The open mic has 6 slots! For anything other than music, unless it’s comedic music.
Accessibility notes: Bus routes 3, 6, 7 and 21 drop off near Du Nord. The Lake street/haiwatha light rail stop is very close as well. There are plenty of free parking spots in the lot or on the street next to Du Nord. There is an accessibility lyft in the south entrance (E. 32nd St. side)
Wheelchair given priority seating, message us if you wanna chat about that. The stage is about 4 feet off the ground and there is only a step stool, so if you would like to perform we can chat about having help lifting a chair to the stage or placing the mic on the ground in-front of the stage. 

MR. KLEIN (1976) @ Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St • 7pm 
Art dealer Robert Klein (Alain Delon) pursues a lavish lifestyle while taking advantage of Jews who are fleeing Nazi-occupied Paris—until a Jewish newspaper arrives at his door, linking him with a mysterious doppelganger.

Mango Jam with Call Puerto Rico and Dark Pony @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7:30pm • Music 8:00pm • 21+ • $12 Advance • $15 Day of Show
TICKETS -> https://mango-jam.eventbrite.com 
Feeling the winter thaw with Mango!
A Twin Cities band that formed in 1989, and has played in 46 states. And throw in a good deal of recording as well. Because of family obligations, Mango Jam doesn’t play nearly as much as it once did. But Mango Jam still packs in people, still plays great and to the band, the music still seems fresh.

Drew Peterson with Jaybone Bell @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7:30pm • Music 8pm • 21+ • $12 Advance • $15 Day of Show 
The Hook and Ladder Theater is proud to welcome beloved Minnesotan singer-songwriter Drew Peterson (Dead Pigeons/40WattBulb) for the release of his new “St. Jude, a Duck and The Crooked Line” record in the Hook’s new Mission Room performance space. Joining Drew will be members of The Dead Pigeons and a supporting set by Jaybone Bell. 

House on Fire/Dameun Strange and the Temple of NU/The Reflectors @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 9pm 
House on Fire Band: HOF is a collection of songs written by Chris Hepola. The music has grounded melodic and harmonic roots with specific rhythmic and polyrhythmic layers. The many voices function together to create a cohesive sound. The group does not have a strong emphasis on genre, though you can hear the influences in the music. Each song has its own path of development. https://www.houseonfireband.com/
Dameun Strange and the Temple of NU 
Temple of the Nu is an electro-acoustic new music/jazz ensemble convened by multi-instrumentalist and composer Dameun Strange to explore the mystic sounds of the universe via original improvised acoustic and electronic music. http://www.dameunstrange.com/
Reflectors: Crystal Myslajek + John Marks – Crystal Myslajek is a multi-instrumentalist, who blends looping, ethereal vocals, and effects with minimalism, classical piano, and pop. She collaborates across disciplines including experimental film, performance art, theater, and dance. John Marks is a sound artist and filmmaker working with 16mm film and modular synthesizers. https://circadiamusic.bandcamp.com/

Saturday, Mar 14

Twin City Synth Meet @ Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Ave • 2pm-6pm
A community focused event to all interested in learning about synthesizers of all kinds. Talk with friends and neighbors, bring equipment and knowledge to share, and ask technical questions. If you’re a beginner or an experienced synthesist, we welcome you! Suggested donation of $5 for space rental and operations. Open to all ages, youth attend for free!
Front gallery programming:
2-6pm – Synth social/show and tell
Rear gallery programming:
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Open PA jam
3:00PM – 5:00PM – Live performances by Darkcloud & Matt Paffel
5:00PM – 6:00PM – Open PA jam
Suggested things to bring:
– any gear or equipment to demonstrate and play with
– a table if you’re concerned about not having one, we have plenty of space (please coordinate with one of the admins or moderators)
– headphones (preferred) or small powered speakers (please be mindful of volume so folks can talk and not get overstimulated by too many competing sounds.)  

2nd Saturday Songwriter Showcase at Riverview Cafe, 3753 42nd Ave • 7pm
The March 2020 installment of 2nd Saturday Songwriter Showcase series presented by Jun Sugiyama will bring three brilliant talents in the Twin Cities area. 
Set Schedule:
7:00 – 7:45 John Siqvelan
7:50: 8:35 Juliet Catherine
8:40 – 9:20 Ben Hoganson

St. Patrick’s Saturday Evening at Merlins with The Inland Seas! @ Merlins Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St • 8:30pm
Come celebrate St. Paddy’s with us at Merlins Rest from 8:30-12:30 on Saturday March 14th! Pub songs! Whiskey! We can’t wait!!

Sunday, Mar 15

Monday, Mar 16

Neighborhoods 2020 and Beyond @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E 31st St • 6pm
**Light Refreshments served. Childcare provided.** MEETING WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED via FACEBOOK
Neighborhood Associations were built by and for residents! It’s time we made our voices heard. The City has proposed new funding recommendations for Neighborhood Associations (NA). Under the new program, many NAs across the city may be forced to close due to significant cuts starting in 2021. Your NA could be one of them.
You can help by standing up for your neighborhood. Insist that the City Council and the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department continue to fund neighborhoods at a level that ensures our continued service to our communities.
This meeting is open to all Minneapolis Neighborhood Associations and residents to attend. It will also be live-streamed on the Longfellow Community Council Facebook page.

More info here: https://longfellow.org/2020/03/02/draft-neighborhoods-2020-program-guidelines-are-now-available-for-review-and-public-comment/

Uproar Open Mic Ft. Khadijah Cooper @ Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • 7:30pm • SHOW IS FREE AND ALL AGES! 
Sign up and Doors 7:30pm • Show goes from 8pm to 9:30pm-ish

There are 10 slots for the open mic FCFS*
Up to 6 advance sign ups via email: vector9varietyshow@gmail.com – Make the subject uproar open mic mm/dd
show up by 7:45 to claim your spot or it will be given to someone else.
Each person gets 5 minutes any comedy act: stand-up, characters, sketch, improv, songs, etc – as long as you’re trying to make people laugh.
*Note: ANYONE is welcome to see the show, but the performance slots are for black, brown, indigenous, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, trans, non-binary, transgender folk and womxn to work on their comedy. We will not police your identity but by signing up you are stating you are within one or multiple of these identities.

Tuesday, Mar 17

Senior Social Presentation: Save Energy, Save Money @  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E 31st St • Doors 10am • Program 10:30pm
Senior Social and Health Talks occur the third Tuesday of each month and feature guest speakers on health/wellness issues, birthday celebrations and time to socialize! In March, CUB will be sharing a presentation called “Save Energy, Save Money”. 
For more details, visit Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors’ website: https://www.lshealthyseniors.org/calendar.html.
Save Energy, Save Money: 
Would you like to save money on your energy bills and/or reduce your environmental impact? The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota will help you better understand your electric bills, share energy saving tips, programs and rebates and outline programs to assist those who struggle to pay their energy bills.
Senior Social & Health Talks are held the third Tuesday of each month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E. 31st Street, Minneapolis. The program begins at 10:30 am and the doors open at 10:00 am. A “Nurse Is In”/Blood Pressure Clinic is held afterwards. Everyone is welcome. (There is a $1.00 suggested donation.) For further information, call Longfellow/ Seward Healthy Seniors at 612-729-5799.
Co-sponsored by: Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors and Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education. Event space is donated by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Wednesday, Mar 18

Dr. Alien @ Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St • 7pm • $5
(1988) aka I Was a Teenage Sex Maniac, aka I Was a Teenage Sex Mutant. 
A college biology teacher meets his untimely demise after being chased by a UFO. A sexy but mysterious substitute starts performing “vitamin research” on a nerdy student suddenly making him a chick magnet. 
$5: Tickets https://www.trylon.org/films/category/tfd/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/BkdrzvjqRbQ

OBI 3rd Wednesday at Schooner Tavern @ Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave S • 8pm 
Join OBI for Balkan party music as part of our 3rd Wednesday series! 21+

Thursday, Mar 19

The Condor & The Eagle-Award Winning Documentary Screening at the Riverview Theatre, 3800 42nd Ave S • 7pm 
March 19th, film co-director and impact producer Clement Guerra will be in Minneapolis to celebrate World Water Day as we are bringing together youth, environmental and Indigenous groups – 700 of us at the Riverview Theatre – in collaboration with the LaPointe Family,  Unitarian Universalist Indigenous solidarity ministries and Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Water Decade. 

This month, we are launching the collaborative impact campaign “No More Sacrificed Communities”, our team of 9 impact producers will be on the road from April until September 2020, traveling across the US and Canada. We see our work as a unique climate organising instrument that spotlights Indigenous women, community-led resistance and amplifies the voices of targeted communities to catalyze critical intercultural dialogues, shift public opinion and coordinate urgent joint actions.

Riverview Theatre, Thursday March 19th at 7pm – Join us for the screening of the award-winning documentary “The Condor and The Eagle” as four Indigenous leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian Boreal forests to deep into the heart of the Amazon to unite the peoples of North and South America – the Indigenous prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle. Since its world premiere last Octobre, it was selected in more than 50 film festivals in North America and won 16 awards! Midst warning signs of a global climate collapse, the United Nations’ report on climate change and worldwide climate induced extreme weather events, we must follow Indigenous leadership resisting fossil fuel extraction before it is game over for the planet. 

Last November in Los Angeles, the Red Nation Film Festival awarded The Condor & The Eagle Best Environmental Documentary Film. The festival described the screening as “Breathtaking” and praised the filmmakers “for creating a piece of such power, regarding the single most important issue of our time.” This unique film is a stirring call to action for the climate, inspiring us to act. This March, let’s all take paths of hope and join hands as we show support to the filmmakers and our local organizers that bring you “The Condor & The Eagle”.

Karaoke Night! @ The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar, 3675 Minnehaha Ave S • 9:30pm 
Come in for karaoke every Thursday and now Saturday nights starting Jan. 11th! Starting at 9:30pm! Karaoke ends at 1:30am!
** Karaoke will begin after trivia on Thursday themed trivia nights.