Weekly Roundup: May 15-21

Check out this week’s information for Greater Longfellow and stay safe!


Neighborhoods 2020 Draft Plan (An open letter from LCC & SENA)
An important message about the future of neighborhood organizations like Longfellow Community Council (Not related to COVID-19).

To the residents of Greater Longfellow:

The following notice from the City of Minneapolis – Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCRD) extends the comment period for the draft guidelines on the program(s) that will fund neighborhood organizations. We encourage everyone to review the guidelines (link here) and give your feedback to the City. The proposed program is woefully underfunded and will undo the system of neighborhood organizations that has successfully supported communities like Greater Longfellow for the past 30 years. We need your input now more than ever. Please feel free to contact LCC’s Executive Director Melanie Majors at melanie@longfellow.org with any questions. Read more here: 

All Star Tribune has all it’s COVID-19 coverage available without a paywall here.


CALLING ALL BLOCK CLUB LEADERS: Now, more than ever, it’s important that we can get information and available resources shared throughout our community.
If you are OR know a block club leader in the neighborhoods of Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, or Longfellow, please email your contact information (first & last name, and email address) to info@longfellow.org
We want to do our part to help keep you informed, so you can share that information with friends and neighbors who might not be on our social media. Thanks for your help. We’re all in this together. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month:
CDC Information on Stress and Coping during the pandemic feels especially relevant during mental Health Awareness Month. We are all in this together.
Mental Health Resources
• University of Minnesota: Managing Fear and Anxiety for Healthcare Workers  
• Ramsey County residents who are experiencing stress and mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the county’s Crisis Team for support and resources. The county’s two crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
• Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878
• Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900
• CDC: Helping Children Cope During and After a Crisis  
• CDC – Printable Coping Strategies Activity and Coloring Book  
• PBS – How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus 


Now Accepting Applications for LCC’s Ready-Made Pollinator Garden Program
LCC’s Ready-Made Native Pollinator Garden Program will fund and coordinate the installation of up to 22 pollinator plantings for residents located within the Greater Longfellow Community.
The program is designed to increase pollinator habitat while also educating participants around sustainability and pollinator conservation. Garden installations will include a special focus on creating food sources and habitat for the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, in order to extend its effective range and connect established habitat corridors in and around Greater Longfellow.
This program was made possible through funding from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ (BWSR) Lawns to Legumes Demonstration Neighborhood Grant Program. Click the link below to apply:


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Chard Your Yard IS Happening This Year and in Need of Volunteers
Are you looking to get outside and volunteer in your community? Want to help your neighbors reduce their carbon footprint by growing their own food? We are looking for volunteers to build and fill garden boxes in the 55406 zip code. Transition Longfellow is a community led group of neighbors focused on building sustainable communities in order to address climate change. Since 2013, Transition Longfellow has partnered with the Longfellow Community Council to increase vegetable gardening in our neighborhoods through our program called CHARD YOUR YARD. Our volunteers have built and installed about 160 raised bed vegetable gardens in the greater Longfellow neighborhoods. This year, despite Coronavirus, our team plans to build, deliver, and fill dirt in 24 raised bed vegetable gardens by June 1st. This event is completely volunteer based and we need your help – especially this year! Due to Coronavirus we must update our volunteering to promote social distancing. Volunteers will join a virtual team to complete needed garden build tasks on their own and report their progress. We will be building and installing the beds for the month of May. Please visit www.chardyouryard.com to sign up to learn more or volunteer – No garden experience is necessary!


Shop safely at the farmers market during the pandemic
COVID-19 affects some of the ways shoppers can safely move around at farmers markets this season. As with any other essential trip, farmers market customers will want to plan ahead to get in and out, go as one person rather than a family, wear a mask, preorder if possible and of course keep 6 feet away from others.

Farmers markets are considered essential grocery providers by the State of Minnesota and can stay open under specific conditions that help prevent the spread of the coronavirus including: shoppers stay at least 6 feet from each other and workers, and all food is taken offsite before eating. Farmers markets are an important part of our food supply and are essential to our farmers. There has never been a more important time to buy local and contribute to a healthy local food economy.

Find a map and schedule for farmers markets in Minneapolis here. The City expects about 22 markets to open this season. The map and schedule will be kept up to date as schedules shift. 

Twin Cities Jazz Festival | Thursdays, 7 pm

Tenth Annual Art 4 Shelter | May 15

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra: Bridging the Distance | Saturday, May 16, 8 pm

Circle Fold Book
Friday, May 15, 11 – 11:20 am
This week’s lesson is led by special guest Jamie Kubat, a teaching artist and senior at MCAD who is working to complete their education practicum. Jamie will share how to make a Circle Fold Book — a flowery, sculptural form that uses folded circles of paper to make your book bloom. Just in time for spring! For information: https://www.mnbookarts.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Virtual-Fold-Along_May-15_Facebook-1.jpg.
Single Sheet Book
Friday, May 22, 11 am
Tower Pop-Up
Friday, May 29

Online Art-A-Whirl
May 15 – 17
Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country, and they are celebrating their 25th year! Due to COVID-19, participants can’t gather together across Northeast Minneapolis this May, but over 1,000 artists, galleries, bands, businesses, restaurants and breweries are active and ready to connect with you through the Art-A-Whirl Online Experience.
·         Find artists by map location, studio building or medium.
·         Browse 800+ artist shops with shipping and curbside pick-up options.
·         View art demos, virtual studio tours and musical performances.
·         Order takeout or delivery from NE restaurants and breweries.
For more updates, follow the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) on Facebook and Instagram. For information: https://www.minneapolis.org/calendar/the-online-art-a-whirl-experience/

Closing Time Author Talk
Wednesday, May 20, 7-7:30 pm
Bill Lindeke and/or Andy Sturdevant will share their popular book, Closing Time: Saloons, Taverns, Dives, and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities in this virtual event. The book is an entertaining journey into the highs, lows, bright spots and dark corners of the Twin Cities’ most famous and infamous drinking establishments—history viewed from the barstool. For information and to tune in: http://www.mnhs.org/event/8478.

Friends of the Mississippi River Virtual Happy Hour
Wednesday, June 3, 5-6 pm
At this virtual happy hour, participants will hear from FMR’s Water and River Corridor Program Directors, play some river trivia and raise a glass for our hometown river. To RSVP: https://fmr.org/events/2020/06/03/river-guardians-members-virtual-happy-hour-legislative-session-wrap.

COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Updates from City partners

Public Health: The CDC has added six more conditions to its list of COVID-19 symptoms, including chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Please visit the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 website for information about what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, including a new resource that helps identify testing locations: https://mn.gov/covid19/
Find COVID-19 testing locations with new state website. As part of the state’s effort to provide widespread, rapid COVID-19 testing, Governor Tim Walz today unveiled a new website to help Minnesotans find a testing location within their community. This testing collaborative now includes 127 clinics and health care facilities across the state.
Managing Chronic Conditions during COVID-19. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Learn about basic steps older adults can take to protect themselves.
•  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
•  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides situation updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.  
•  Health Questions? Call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. This is a state hotline staffed by MDH and will be operating from 7am-7pm 
• The Minnesota Department of Health has a new public dashboard with the latest information about the pandemic.
• Ramsey County Public Health guidance and resources: Ramsey County COVID-19
•  Centers For Disease Control (CDC): COVID-19 basics and frequently asked questions 
•  Food Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Health has curated information about food safety, including guidance for food facility operators.

Minneapolis sick and safe time ordinance:
Under the City’s sick and safe time ordinance, employers are required to provide access to sick leave (or more generous leave) to all employees in Minneapolis. Leave must be paid by employers (unless they employ five or fewer workers) and accrual and use balances must be provided on pay stubs.
An employee’s accrued sick and safe time hours are legally protected for their use due to COVID-19 symptoms, testing or infection. Protection extends to the employee and the employee’s care of a covered family member. Learn more about how COVID-19 impacts sick and safe time protections

Low Income Energy Assistance Program:
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. EAP is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants are:
• For renters or homeowners
• For households with income at or below 50 percent of the state median income
• Based on energy cost, household size, and income
Find out more details here: https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp


Additional resources:
• Food Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic
• Information on unemployment benefits
• Minnesota Employment and Economic Development Department’s resources for workers
• Information on the City’s wage theft prevention ordinance
• Minnesota Department of Labor information 
• U.S. Department of Labor resources 
• State of Minnesota childcare information
• Emergency Relief Fund for artists living in Minnesota 
• Other resources for workers 
• Updates on how COVID-19 impacts Sick and Safe Time protections
• State of Minnesota Safely Returning to Work guidelines 
• FAQs for local businesses: Find information about how to stay updated on the latest orders, how to pay license fees, curbside pickup zones.
• City’s Small Business Team
• Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program 
• Minnesota Employment and Economic Development Department COVID-19 resources 
• Federal Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Multilingual Health Information
• Governor Walz releases COVID-19 public service announcements in multiple languages
• COVID-19 Prevention Tips in ASL from the CDC
• COVID-19 PSA created by the Minnesota Department of Health
• 2019 ኮሮናቫይረስ በሽታ (ኮቪድ-19)
• فیروس كورونا المستجد
• 2019 Novel Coronavirus Hmoob
• Koronafayraska Cusub ee 2019
• Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
• Loại coronavirus mới 2019 (COVID-19)
• Twin Cities PBS: Coronavirus: An Almanac Special 

Important notices, Information, and Reminders
• Government responses:  FederalStateCountyCityParksSchools
• Coronavirus FAQs from the City of Minneapolis
• MN Department of Health has a new public dashboard with the latest information
• Bus and train hours have been reduced (see changes here)
• Utility shut-offs have been suspended
• Wi-Fi internet has been opened up
• Tax filing deadlines moved to July 15th (read more)
• MPS is offering free food for students
• To get regular updates from the City on COVID-19, sign-up here
• Please do not hoard food or toilet paper – there is plenty!

Additional resources: Small Businesses & Employers
• Small business? Learn about different support here
• City’s Small Business Team
• FAQs for local businesses: Find information about how to stay updated on the latest orders, how to pay license fees, food pickup zones and more
• Federal Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Resources relating to Children, Seniors, and other Vulnerable Populations
• Seniors in need of assistance? List of providers and help
• Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging’s Resource for Older Adults during COVID-19
• Food shelves in Minneapolis
• Families can apply for cash Emergency and food (SNAP) assistance at http://applymn.dhs.mn.gov. Before applying, you can see if you are eligible for ApplyMN programs at http://mn.bridgetobenefits.org
• School and Child Care Questions? Call 651-297-1304. This is a state hotline open for school and child care questions for Minnesota residents that is open 7am to 7pm everyday of the week.
• State of Minnesota childcare information
• Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is offering free, weekly food pickup for all children 18 and under at nearly 50 food distribution sites across the city of Minneapolis. Each day, up to 10 different sites across the city offer food pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Food boxes contains five breakfasts and five lunches, including fresh fruits and vegetables and items that families can heat at home. Children do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive food and families are welcome to take one box per child per week. Pick-up locations and more information. Families can also download the Free Meals for Kids mobile app to find their nearest food pick-up sites. 
COVID-19 information from the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs 

Executive order on evictions, Stay at Home, & COVID-19 information:
Resources for tenants regarding these orders and general advice about tenant rights. 
• Resources for renters (including legal resources)
• FAQs on suspension of evictions
• State of Minnesota Housing information
• Minneapolis Public Housing COVID-19 information
• Evictions have been halted (read details and exceptions)


Ways to Help

Help support urgent community needs created by the Coronavirus outbreak, while keeping in mind the following:

Honor the public health recommendations. If you’re delivering supplies or food to a family or  organization, follow the suggestion of social distancing – ring the doorbell and move away from the door, text them beforehand, etc. Please follow physical distancing and prevention guidelines. You staying home helps everyone.
Feel connected through solo volunteering. Even if you’ve signed up for a solo volunteering opportunity – like delivering food to someone who needs it or distributing door hangers with information – know that the people you’re helping appreciate your outreach and you’re helping people feel connected. You’re also staying true to the health department’s suggestion of social distancing.
Look for opportunities that are limited in size. Organizations know how important of a role they play in minimizing the spread of the disease. If you are committed to volunteering with others, look for a group size of 10 or less.
Stay home when you are sick. Of course, you should be doing all of the things to stay safe – handwashing, limiting exposure, etc. – but this one deserves a second shout out. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. Thanks to people who think like you, there will be plenty of volunteers out there to help when needed.


HandsOn Twin Cities: Volunteer Opportunities

 Hennepin County– Staff working in quarantine operations, including first responders, public health workers, and hospital/clinic staff, are running low on supplies. Priority items needed include:

  • Protective face wear – N95 or N100 respirators, PAPRs and surgical masks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Tyvek Coveralls
  • Tyvek Foot covers
  • Eye protection (wrap arounds or chemical splash)

You can drop-off supplies at Southdale Library in Edina, 7001 York Avenue.

Food Accessis a challenge for many residents during #COVID19. Our community resources page lists organizations providing food. If you are able, consider volunteering with a local food shelf. Even a couple of hours of time can help residents in need. https://bit.ly/2WtV3UQ

 Meals on Wheels– Meals on Wheels is anticipating an increased need for on-call volunteers to continue meal service to our neighbors who depend on them. Healthy individuals can play a huge role in ensuring food delivery to people in need by signing up to be on-call if more volunteers are needed.

Metro Meals on Wheels is looking for on-call volunteers in the event of a volunteer shortage. The nonprofit is accepting new customers and people can enroll in the service here. Meals are available on a short-term and long-term basis, Kenzie Bledsoe, an event specialist for Meals on Wheels wrote in via MPR News’ related submission formDonations are also being accepted.


St. Stephen’s Human Servicesin Minneapolis is in need of frozen meal donations to help feed guests at its emergency shelters. Meals must be able to serve 50, which generally takes the form of eight 9-inch by 13-inch pans — side dishes are encouraged but not required, wrote volunteer and giving coordinator Amanda Hancer. St. Stephen’s is also accepting donations and you can find a full list of what they need here. Those hoping to donate should contact Hancer to schedule a drop-off (AHancer@ststephensmpls.org or 612-481-9501.)


Open Arms of Minnesota is currently providing medically tailored and shelf stable foods to people living with life threatening illnesses who often also have compromised immune systems. They are in need of donations and are adding new volunteer shifts.


Lutheran Social Service of Minnesotais looking for volunteers to help with meal packaging and delivery for the elderly in Greater Minnesota. The statewide organization is also seeking volunteer caregivers for telephone support and visits to families who are caring for their family members and need a break(800-488-4146). Lutheran Social Service is also in need of groceries and hygiene items for homeless youth in the Twin Cities (651-470-8801). It also accepts financial donations via its website.


The Aliveness Project is a meal program, based in Minneapolis, food shelf and community center for low-income and homeless people living with HIV. They are accepting volunteers to help bag groceries and are accepting donations — learn more about how they are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak on its site here.
Normandale Community College– All donations to the Normandale Community College Foundation will be directed to student emergency funds through June 30. Donate to fund student emergency grants for food and other basic needs as they lose working hours, stay home with children, care for sick parents, possibly become ill themselves, and handle the complications of poverty.

Presbyterian Homes & Services– Residents in Presbyterian Homes Communities are unable to receive visits from families and friends during this time. 
Volunteer: Make a connection with an older adult. Seeking volunteers, both youth and adults, who are interested in becoming a pen pal via email or mail, sending small crafts or art work, providing phone call visits to get to know the residents, share stories, and more. The opportunity is flexible based on your schedule.

Cornerstone– Accepting donations items needed for the emergency safe shelter:
• Cleaning sprays
• Clorox or other disinfecting wipes
• Paper Towels
• Liquid hand soap
• Dish soap
• Sponges
Drop off at 1000 E 80th Street (55420) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call first at 952-884-0376; press 7 for donation. You can also donate gift cards to retailers such as grocery stores, Walmart, Target, etc. $20 denominations are preferred.

Good In the Hood– Food distribution in Bloomington will continue with pre-bagged or pre-boxed groceries on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 5-8pm at Cedar Valley Church (8600 Bloomington Avenue South). You can help by:

• Donating shoes – every pair will enable Good in the Hood to feed at least one more person with up to seven days of groceries. Drop off at any Schuler Shoe store or ship to: Attn. Jamie | Good in the Hood | 2101 Chicago Ave S | Minneapolis, MN 55404
• Donating money for groceries. Visit goodinthehood.org and select the blue donate icon
• Donating nonfood items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, plastic gloves, paper towels, diapers, etc. by bringing them to the warehouse at 8063 Ranchers Road, Fridley, MN 55432. Warehouse is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
• Becoming a flash (one-time events) or regular program volunteerContact info: (612) 217-4003 (leave a voicemail) or info@goodinthehood.org


Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Experience Minneapolis from Home
Our Home: Native Minnesota at Home
History Is Now
Share your story of how COVID-19 is impacting your life with the Minnesota Historical Society, here: http://www.mnhs.org/blog/historyisnow
HookStream Live Streaming Weekly Concert Fundraisers for Minnesota Artists and The Hook & Ladder Theater
Virtual Artists

Open Eye at Home (May – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)

Virtual Fold-Along Sessions
Are you looking to learn a new skill and flex your creativity at home? Join Minnesota Center for Book Arts for a Virtual Fold-Along—a free book arts lesson for kids of all ages! For information, a materials list and access to archived sessions: https://www.mnbookarts.org/category/free-fold-alongs/

Travel Coloring Books
Smithsonian Online Activities

NatGeo Kids: Mission Animal Rescue
NatGeo at Home
All Arts Online
American Swedish Institute Online Activities
Chanhassen Dinner Theater
Variety Slam — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8apn0BUK24
Variety Slam 2 — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KVs5Uz8eDg
History Unlocked during Virtual Preservation Month

The Loft’s Virtual WordPlay

Thirty Years of Walker Dialogues and Film Retrospectives

WCCO Coloring Book

Minnesota Musicians’ Quarantine Concerts

Container Garden Projects for Kids

Make a Bird Feeder

“Try This” Videos

“Spaced Out” Videos

Dog Science

International Space Station Story Time from Space

Virtual Exhibit: Art from the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity

WCCO Compilation of Virtual Activities

Travel + Leisure Compilation of 100 Things to Do at Home

Virtual Tours of International Museums