Weekly Roundup: May 22-28

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. 

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Greater Longfellow & Standish Ericsson Community Sharing Event

Sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council (LCC) and the Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA).

Saturday, June 13 • 10am-3pm

To participate, register online (registration is free) for this event, set up items on tables or blankets in your front yard that are free for those in need. LCC and SENA will provide a map of participating locations and advertise this event on all local social media and to partner organizations in the community. Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Ideal items include:

• Non-perishable prepackaged food items (No homemade foods)
• Masks, Disinfecting wipes and/or other safety items
• Paper Products (Toilet paper, Tissues, Paper towels, etc.)
• Cleaning Supplies
• Entertainment items, puzzles, board games, etc.

Register & Learn more here. Due to COVID-19, the Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale will be replaced with a Community Sharing Event. Many community residents have expressed an interest in helping others who are in need at this time. This no cost, no contact sharing event is an opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives of others during this time of uncertainty. Although this is a no contact event, residents participate at their own risk and are expected to follow social distancing recommendations. LCC and SENA are not liable for any harm or injury that may occur related to this event.

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!

Paddle Share Season Starts May 23
Paddle Share reservations are now open for summer 2020! Treat yourself to an outdoor expedition this summer and discover your river firsthand. Details on how to rent, routes, safety and more can be accessed on the freshly updated web page: https://www.paddleshare.org/

Twin Cities Jazz Festival | Thursdays, 7 pm

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Virtual Workshop: Learn How to Make a “QuaranZine”
with Regula Russelle
Mondays: June 1 & 8; 6-7:30 pm
Explore how to shape a zine related to life during the pandemic. Content might range from sharing bread-making instructions to pointers on curing cabin fever. We will look at examples for inspiration, cover content development, simple zine structures, tips on making multiples, plus ways to share them with friends and strangers. The class will include group and individual meetings. $60 (10% discount for MCBA members). Participants are responsible for sourcing their own supplies from the materials list. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/learn-how-to-make-a-quaranzine/.

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.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss

Story Map Tool Reveals the Hidden Journey of Stormwater Runoff to the Mississippi River
How long does it take for stormwater runoff to get from your street to the Mississippi River? The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s new “Path to the River” tool uses modeling data to reveal stormwater’s hidden journey through our storm sewers. Experience this one-of-a-kind tool for yourself, learn how it was developed, and take a look at our their new and improved Story Map at: http://www.mwmo.org/news/story-map-tool-shows-the-real-life-path-of-stormwater-runoff-to-the-mississippi-river/.

Great River Road Explorer’s Guide
Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.

River Travel Magazine
River Travel magazine focuses on communities and attractions on both sides of the Mississippi River and was formed to showcase the nationally designated and internationally known Great River Road, 3,000 miles bordering the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. Visit rivertravelmagazine.com to enter travel contests, read travel blogs, and find many events, festivals and happenings along the Great River Road.

River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources
As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

State transitions to next phase of COVID-19 response: Stay Safe MN
The next phase of the state’s COVID-19 response: Stay Safe MN began May 18. All gatherings are limited to 10 and social distancing with masks, hand-washing and other safety measures should be followed to protect one another. Retail stores and other main street businesses can reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent occupancy. Starting June 1, limited outdoor dining at restaurants and bars will be allowed. Salons and barbershops will be allowed to open June 1 at 25% occupancy to ensure the safety of both the employees and the customers inside.

In both industries, customers will be either strongly recommended or required to wear masks, make reservations, and adhere to social distancing requirements to keep themselves, other customers, and employees safe. Learn more about the Stay Safe MN order

Minneapolis park courts, playgrounds and fields to slowly reopen during Stay Safe MN
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is beginning to slowly reopen courts, play areas, skateparks and sport fields over the next two weeks with the expectation that park visitors will follow social distancing guidance outlined in the governor’s Stay Safe MN order.
The MPRB urges park visitors to follow the executive order and the updated outdoor recreation guidelines. MPRB Park Ambassadors will continue to be in neighborhood and regional parks to provide information and encouragement on physical distancing practices to park visitors. Park signs will remind visitors to stay 6 feet apart, avoid team sports, and to wash hands before and after park visits and use hand sanitizer during park visits. Learn more about MPRB’s reopening schedule
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.

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

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

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!

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

Donate homemade face masks Memorial Day at Minneapolis fire stations
Minneapolis residents can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. Remember to stay 6 feet away from others when dropping off your donation. Note: fire stations are not equipped to take any other donations at this time. The City plans to distribute the donated masks throughout Minneapolis to residents, organizations and businesses that are most in need, including food shelves, congregate living facilities, small corner stores and shelters. 
Face mask design patterns and instructions can be found online. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings to help protect others from COVID-19. Cloth face masks can help prevent the wearer from infecting others – especially in situations where they can spread the virus without having any symptoms. Watch a video on Covid-19 mask do’s and don’ts.

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:

Virtual Art-A-Whirl

Minneapolis St. Paul Virtual Film Festival — Redefined


TPT: Welcome to Minneapolis – Your City Art Gallery Awaits

TPT: Take a Walking Tour of the Creative Enterprise Zone’s Mural and Art District

Brave New Workshop


American Swedish Institute Virtual Activities

Walker Art Center Film Dialogue Videos

Minnesota Opera’s 2020 Digital Opera Series

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Performance of Holst’s “Jupiter”

Landmark Center Virtual Exhibits

Minnesota Museum of American Art: The M @ Home

OmniFest at Home (including National Parks Adventure)

National Park Photos

Make a Paper Airplane

113 Composers presents: Twin Cities Virtual New Music Festival
Thru May 31

Sea Wall Film – Starring Andrew Scott, written by Simon Stephens
Thru May 25

Compilation of Streamed Performances