Weekly Roundup: May 29-June 4

Stay kind and safe, our beautiful Greater Longfellow community.


There are a lot of difficult things going on right now. Remember, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 
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 

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: 


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.

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.

 City Council meeting schedule returns to every other week

The Minneapolis City Council and committees have resumed a two-week cycle and now include a Budget Committee in addition to the Business, Inspections & Zoning Committee and the Policy & Government Oversight Committee.

Next meetings:

  • Business, Inspections & Zoning Committee: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.
  • Policy & Government Oversight Committee: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4.
  • City Council: 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 12.

Find information about the structure of the committees here and the new calendar here.

Watch or participate in online meetings here.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

The City of Minneapolis has released guidance for restaurants, bars and other businesses in anticipation of the governor’s order allowing limited outdoor dining and personal services businesses to open at a limited capacity June 1. 

The guidance is part of the City’s framework to move through and emerge from the pandemic. Mayor Jacob Frey has issued an emergency regulation, which includes several measures to allow for greater use of outdoor space and will also waive fees associated with the expansions.   

The City of Minneapolis has streamlined the permission process for restaurants and bars interested in expanding their outdoor dining venues. Businesses can apply for a temporary expansion of premises permit to allow for outdoor dining in an adjacent parking lot, parking spaces and available green space.

The City is also holding webinars this week for businesses as they prepare to open:

For more information on the City’s guidance for businesses, visit the City’s website.

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

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

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.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.


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.
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.


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

Virtual Concerts in the Parks
The Music and Movies in the Parks events have moved virtual for 2020 due to COVID-19. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is excited to highlight our wonderful local artist community and share performances from groups that would have graced the Minneapolis Parks outdoor stages as part of the annual Summer Music in the Parks Series. New videos will be shared weekly. You can subscribe for updates, including the announcement of the virtual concert schedule by clicking here 

Minnesota Center for Book Arts and The Loft Virtual Summer Youth Camps
The Loft Literary Center Virtual Classes and Wordplay Events
Minnesota Center for Book Arts Virtual Fold-Along Book Classes
Regis Center for Art
While the galleries at the Regis Center for Art are closed, they have been adding new material to the gallery website:
Practice and Interpretation
Practice and Interpretation is a new series of short videos and essays from artists, arts professionals and community members who have contributed to the Katherine E. Nash Gallery’s rich exhibitions program. This inaugural edition of Practice and Interpretation offers an intimate look at how Department of Art Professor of Drawing and Painting Clarence Morgan is creatively and actively reimagining ways to further his practice without access to his usual studio facilities, equipment and other resources due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Access the program here.
Department of Art Class Exhibitions
This inaugural online class exhibition features the work of students enrolled in ARTS 3890/5890 – 3D Modeling & Digital Fabrication with Robin Schwartzman during the Spring 2020 semester. Students designed projects utilizing the Department of Art’s XYZ Lab laser cutter and Rhino, a 3D modeling software. Access the exhibition here.
Community Partnerships
Booty Body is curated by a team of artists and staff from Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Arts, a progressive visual arts studio and theater company whose work challenges perceptions of disability. Access the exhibition here
Coffee with Ranger Will – Historical 3D Photos of Mississippi River
North Loop Virtual Spring Crawl
Lowry Bridge to Be Lit in High School Colors to Honor Grads
Fantastic Voyage Improv
Wednesdays, 7 pm
Museum of Russian Art Online Exhibits
Back Catalog Listening Party
Fridays, 4 pm
Midway Mic
Fridays, 9 pm
Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts presents We Are Not Disposable Exhibit
Through May 31
Amanda B. Perry’s “Live from My Living Room”
Saturdays, 7 pm
Mother Banjo Sunday Singalong
Sundays, 11 am
Theater Mu’s 24-Hour Playfest
Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30
Paul Taylor Dance Company Digital Classes and Performances
Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour
National Park Service Virtual Tours
Become a Community Scientist
National Theatre at Home
The Water Blog
Stay up to date on metro Mississippi River water issues with the Friends of the Mississippi River Water Blog. As news comes out or important river protection milestones are achieved, updates will be posted at: https://fmr.org/waterblog
River Trip Planner
Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area’s “River Trip Planner” (www.rivertripplanner.org) will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to: www.nps.gov/planyourvisit
Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps
The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit http://www.mnmississippiriver.com
Minneapolis Bicycling Map
The City of Minneapolis now has a map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.

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


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