Weekly Roundup: July 3-9

This neighborhood is inspiring. Stay strong Greater Longfellow.


Thank you volunteers and donors!

From Longfellow Community Council Executive Director, Melanie Majors:
“Giving your time, expertise and money to support your community should not be thankless work. The staff and board of directors of LCC want you to know it is not. We thank you and are inspired everyday by your generosity.

For three nights, Greater Longfellow at and around Lake and Minnehaha was the target of a massive amount of destruction. Every morning there were people out on the street sweeping, cleaning up garbage and glass, putting up plywood and removing graffiti. No one was paid for this work and yet we never heard one person complain.

The murder of George Floyd has traumatized communities all around the country and awakened people to the terror, pain and hopelessness that people of color suffer on a daily basis. Greater Longfellow was a focal point for this powder keg of emotion and rage. And yet, the response from the community was not to strike back or to threaten or scare peaceful protesters. The community came together to begin to restore the business community and the overall sense of safety and wellbeing.

Block Club leaders have organized patrols on their blocks along with daily and weekly community meetings. Professionals with expertise and resources have come together to plan for rebuilding. People are taking care of their neighbors and donating goods for those who have lost access to food and other basic needs. You have reached out to LCC to offer any assistance we may need. What the country has witnessed (and even the world) is the strength, resilience and power of people who place the needs of others above their own.

We must acknowledge the gifts this community has received from outside of the area. The response has been tremendous, and we are grateful for that support as well.

On a personal note. I am so proud to the be the Executive Director of the Longfellow Community Council. On a daily basis I am reminded of how amazing things can happen when people come together. Thank you for everything you have done to make Greater Longfellow one of the best places in Minnesota to live, work and play. This community will always have a special place in my heart.” 


Rebuilding Greater Longfellow

It is going to be a long road to repairing our community, but we’ve already seen how kind, passionate, and driven our neighborhood is. We’re in this together, and we’ll work to build an even better community.
 Longfellow Strong yard sign fundraiser

• Every Monday from 11am-1pm at the LCC Office | 2727 26th Ave S.
•. Fireroast Cafe & Wine Bar | 3800 37th Ave S.
• East Lake Liquor Store | 3916 E Lake St
•. Wed & Thu, July 8 & 9 from 5-7pm at Brackett Park | Corner of 39th Ave & 28th St

Yard Signs available for $10 each
Cash or Venmo ONLY, username: LCC-Strong

(Sorry for any inconvenience.)
LCC and Imagine! Express have teamed up for this fundraiser acknowledging Greater Longfellow’s resiliency and our renewed sense of community. ALL PROFITS will help fund our food security, neighborhood safety, and business stability plan as we work to rebuild Longfellow.



Here are a list of local businesses, when they are open and what they are offering: https://messenger.whatsopen.news/


The Neighborhood by the Falls is AVAILABLE! Click on the link:  https://squareup.com/market/longfellow-community-council/  and scroll down to the “Merchandise” and click on the image of the book (feel free to donate or buy any other awesome merch while you’re at it!) and choose how many you want. Then pick up at the LCC offices, 2727 26th Ave S. Mondays from 10am-1pm (Other pick up times can also be arranged). WE DON’T HAVE SHIPPING CAPABILITIES–Sorry.

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Apply online to vote by mail

For the upcoming 2020 elections, the CDC recommends voting by mail if possible. As always, all Minnesotans are eligible to vote early by mail. Voting by mail may mean you need to plan and prepare a bit more than you might if you were going to vote at your polling place, but it doesn’t mean your vote (and voice!) is counted any differently.
Myth: “My mail ballot will only be counted if the race is close.”
Fact: All votes are counted, no matter if cast in-person or by mail.
By law, we count every properly returned ballot we receive by Election Day, period. It is a common misconception that mail (absentee) ballots are only counted during very tight races. Want to vote by mail this year? Apply online today for your State Primary and/or General Election ballot

 

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

“Community Meetings on Reframing Public Safety”
You are Invited to a Community Gathering on Proposed Reframing of Public Safety in The Minneapolis Charter, information from City Council Representative Cam Gorden  

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police set off a worldwide wave of protests, including an uprising here in our city that left hundreds of businesses and homes damaged or destroyed. It is clear that the status quo is broken, and that it is time to make a transformative change to the way that we approach community safety. I believe that we have a unique opportunity and an obligation to transform the way we provide for each other’s safety this year in our City. The Council unanimously passed a resolution committing to do just that on June 12, stating that “the City Council will commence a year long process of community engagement, research, and structural change to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in our city”:https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/Download/File/3810/Transforming%20Community%20Safety%20Resolution.pdf.

As a next step, on June 26 the Council voted unanimously to put forward a Charter amendment, which I hope will be on this year’s ballot. Folks can find it here:https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/Download/File/3866/MPD%20Charter%20Amendment_VII%20062420%20Final.pdf.

This amendment, if placed on the ballot, will do a few major things. It will remove the Police Department as a Charter department, and replace it with a new Community Safety and Violence Prevention department, which will “have responsibility for public safety services, prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach.” It will not preclude the City from continuing to employ licensed police officers, but will also not require us to do so. The law enforcement division, if we choose to have one, will report to the Community Safety department, and the director of Community Safety will appoint the head of law enforcement, with the Council’s approval.

I strongly favor this change, which in my view is a necessary first step that will give us the flexibility we need to make the deep community engagement we will be doing on the future of community safety meaningful. Whatever the results of that engagement, and the path forward we all choose together, this Charter amendment will give us the ability to move forward.

I believe that it’s time for that engagement to start now, so I am hosting a number of community gatherings to discuss the Charter amendment, answer any questions people may have, and discuss further how this might move forward this year. Keeping in mind that we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be hosting these meetings in neighborhood parks. Please feel free to join the meeting in your neighborhood, or that is most convenient for you. Please remember to bring your mask, and expect to remain physically distant from other attendees.

Brackett Park, Saturday, July 4, 11:00 am
Murphy Park, Sunday, July  5, 1:00 pm
Luxton Park, Monday, July 6,  6:30 pm
Matthews Park, Saturday, July 11,  1:00 pm 
Van Cleve Park, Sunday, July 12, 2:00 pm

I also understand that some of these times may not be ideal for everyone. I want to assure everyone that this will definitely not be the last opportunity to get engaged on this important topic.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out, if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns. You can email me at cam.gordon@minneapolismn.gov, and my Policy Aide Robin Garwood at robin.garwood@minneapolismn.gov.


Longfellow Community Pantry / Banco de alimentos en Longfellow, Peace Coffee & Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio • LOCAL Donation/Volunteer OPPORTUNITY
With many of the neighborhood stores closed until further notice, we recognize the need for available community resources. We are open for supply donation drop-off every weekday from 1-5 pm, around the side door of the building. Our Community Pantry hours are from 2-5 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. We try to have at least 8-10 volunteers available on Tuesdays and Fridays during the hours we have our doors open to the public. If anyone is interested in volunteering, in either supply organization or to assist individuals using the pantry, our signup form is here: https://signup.com/go/uGNrvbH. As a large segment of our population speaks Spanish, having volunteers who also speak Spanish would be amazing.
While all supplies would be appreciated and distributed, big needs are:
– bottled water
– personal hygiene items (oral hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, etc.)
– household items (laundry detergent, dish soap, garbage bags, sponges, cleaners, etc.)
– produce
– ready-made meals

As of right now, we have a large number of individuals coming through our space to collect these resources, but don’t have the supplies to be able to fully support them.


Minneapolis Parks Foundation Self-Guided Walk and Talk Tours
The Minneapolis Park Foundation’s popular series is back this summer with new self-guided tours that offer even the most devoted Minneapolis parks-goer something new to explore. Posted below are their first printable guides – of two of their most popular tours, Winchell Trail and RiverFirst – ready to download and go. More are coming – along with digital options – so be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get the announcements. For information: https://mplsparksfoundation.org/news-events/mpf-events/walk-talk-series/.


MSP Film Society presents Ava DuVernay’s 13TH special FREE screening and discussion. Sunday, July 5 11am- Monday, July 6 11am

This event is part of the MSP Film Society’s programming initiative, We the People: Required Watching, designed to spark conversation around current events and issues of social impact affecting our community, country and world. This event and series is generously supported by the GEORGE FAMILY FOUNDATION. All We the People online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.

Watch the documentary for FREE by clicking the link here, or visiting our webpage linked in the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8&feature=emb_logo 

Conversation: Monday, July 6 at 7:00pm. Registration is FREE. MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice moderates a conversation with special guests to be announced.


July Mystery Book Club, Monday, July 6 • ONLINE EVENT
Join Anna the Librarian for a special virtual session of East Lake Library’s monthly Mystery Book Club. Same time, new place – ONLINE! Link to meeting is provided one day prior to the event to those who RSVP.  Mystery Book Club discusses new and interesting titles from the mystery and thriller genre!  

The book for July is Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, The Serial Killer. 

Link to Hennepin County Libraries book page:  https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/5776745109
Link to information on contactless curbside pick-up: https://www.hclib.org/about/curbside-pickup
Link to OCLC page with listing of other library holdings:  https://www.worldcat.org/title/my-sister-the-serial-killer-a-novel/oclc/1077717543 

Support our local bookstore Moon Palace Books by purchasing a copy to be sent to your home: https://www.moonpalacebooks.com/
Here is a description“Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.”
 

Supply Drive at YWCA Midtown, Monday-Friday, July 6-10 @ Noon, Midtown YMCA
YWCA Minneapolis is here for our neighbors in need. We have created a distribution hub at YWCA Midtown to ensure our neighbors have groceries, personal hygiene items and other supplies. We are collecting items Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at YWCA Midtown. Below is a list of items we are accepting for supply kits (new and unused only). No food is needed at this time. Donations will be accepted at the Minneapolis Sports Center main door entrance and staged in the south end.

Volunteer opportunities are available! Sign up for a shift at: https://ywcampls.volunteerhub.com/

People can pick up food and supplies at YWCA Midtown (2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407) every Wednesday and Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Open to everyone! Learn more at ywcampls.org/drive
Items Needed:
• Feminine hygiene pads (light, medium, heavy)
• Shampoo (full size)
• Conditioner (full size)
• Toothbrushes
• Body wash/soap (full size)
• Deodorant
• Hand sanitizer
• Liquid hand soap
• Razors
• Sunscreen
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
• Facial tissue
• Dish soap
• Cleaning spray
• Sponge/scrubber
• Laundry detergent
• Disinfectant wipes

In her impassioned and powerful film, Cheryl Haines visits current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and learns how these letters were vital to their survival. MSP FILM PRESENTS VIRTUAL CINEMA! We are partnering with independent distributor First Run Features to bring an alternative online experience to film fans in our community for home viewing!


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Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

Renter Protections
The City has adopted renter protection policies as part of our Housing Maintenance Code. Violations of these policies may lead to citations or other penalties. Here’s what landlords need to know to stay in compliance.
The City of Minneapolis is hosting a series of free webinars about the renter protection ordinance. Read more or Register here.
 ’20 is Plenty’ speed limit yard signs available July 6

20isPlentyMinneapolis and Saint Paul are in the process of implementing new, lower speed limits to support safer streets. Slower speeds on local streets make travel safer for everyone no matter how you get around.The new speed limit starting this fall will be 20 mph in both cities unless otherwise signed. To help get out the word about the new speed limits and the importance of slower speeds for safety, the City has yard signs available for community members.You can pick up your “20 is Plenty” yard sign at any Minneapolis fire station. Signs will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from July 6 to July 24 while supplies last. Due to COVID-19, signs will be available outside the stations for no-contact pickup. Signs come with metal stands. Find your nearest fire station here.Learn more about the new speed limits

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announces opening of 20 wading pools on July 4

wading poolThe Minneapolis Park and Recreation (MPRB) will begin to open 20 wading pools across Minneapolis on Saturday, July 4. The locations focus on areas of the city without lakes or other water bodies.The wading pools will be open seven days a week from noon to 6:30 p.m. All wading pool areas will have a limited capacity to ensure that social distancing practices can be followed. Wading pool capacity numbers vary by location and MPRB staff will be on site to help monitor capacity.Public restrooms will be open for use during the wading pools’ open hours. Drinking fountains will not be available, so please plan to bring your own water in a non-breakable container. Because of the limited number of children and adults who can be in the wading pool area at one time, we ask that visitors limit their time to two hours to allow others to use the wading pools.Find wading pool locations. 


City of Minneapolis Resource List: Resources for food, clothing, financial assistance, medication With the loss of grocery stores and other damage affecting people’s access to food, clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication, the City is compiling this list of resources to help residents. Note: Information is changing rapidly. Please confirm the locations are still accepting or handing out donations before heading out. An overview of resources

  • All Minneapolis food shelves
    Food shelves help ensure all Minneapolis residents have steady access to food. A map to help you find a food shelf and other food resources is available on the City’s website. More resources are listed below the map.
  • Minneapolis Public Schools free meals for kids
    Daily free food boxes for pickup. Seven breakfasts and seven lunches including fresh produce for anyone 18 and under. All families are welcome.
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday now until further notice.
  • Free meals for kids app
    More resources for free meals for anyone under 18.
  • MN Food Helpline
    Online map of food resources
    Or call phone hotline at 1-888-711-1151 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • SNAP-EBT emergency food services expanded eligibility
    Plus online purchasing and delivery through Amazon and Walmart.
    Participants with questions can call 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday starting June 1.
    People who use SNAP and don’t want to leave their homes to get food can authorize a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to pick up and deliver groceries using their electronic benefits card. They must contact their county or tribal financial worker to make the authorization. Minnesotans can fill out an application for SNAP online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.
  • Food and financial assistance
    The Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporarily made it easier for people to get and use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which offers monthly food benefits. Information about SNAP and other hunger resources is collected on the department’s new food emergency webpage.
  • If you weren’t receiving SNAP or MFIP but your child had free or reduced lunch, you can apply for P-EBT to help buy food for your family.
    Apply starting noon June 8.
  • South Minneapolis food distribution efforts (Note: Some may be pop-up efforts not licensed by the City of Minneapolis.)
    • CANDO (Central Neighborhood Development Organization)
      Accepting drop-offs at 3715 Chicago Ave., 612-824-1333
    • Simpson Food Pantry, 2740 First Ave. S.; 612-874-7741
    • CAPI (Center for Asian and Pacific Islanders) Food Shelf, 612-721-0122
    • Twin Cities Democratic Socialist of America (TCDSA) are hosting food distribution of hot meals and fresh produce for all southside residents.
      Northern Sun, 2916 E. Lake St.
  • Minneapolis farmers markets
  • Clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication through Hennepin County
    Call 612-348-3000 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.Help is available in multiple languages. Residents in need of assistance are assigned a Human Services Navigator to help connect to available services and resources.
  • Pharmacy service
    How to get pharmacy services if your pharmacy has been damaged or closed.
  • Pet food
    The People & Pets Together pet food shelf is open to residents of Minneapolis who need help feeding and caring for pets.
    5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. No appointment necessary.
    3745 Bloomington Ave. S., 612-722-9998

City of Minneapolis seeking disaster declaration for areas impacted by civil unrest
The City of Minneapolis, in partnership with Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota, is seeking a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the areas impacted by the recent civil unrest in Minneapolis. A disaster declaration would make low-interest property damage and economic injury loans available through the SBA.
The City needs your help to receive this declaration. We are seeking additional information from businesses owners and property owners who sustained building damage, e.g. fire damage, or business loss, e.g. damaged inventory, and do not expect losses to be fully covered by insurance (40% or more uninsured loss).
If this describes your situation, please complete this survey no later than Thursday, July 2 to provide data on your losses. Your response is optional and will not impact in any way your eligibility for relief funds should they become available. You will not be more likely or less likely to receive relief funds. Instead you are providing information that will help our community apply for a disaster declaration and if declared, provide access to these loans to all eligible business and property owners in our community.

For questions or assistance completing the survey, contact the Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov. Assistance in Spanish, Somali and Hmong is available.

For additional information about the City of Minneapolis response to the recent civil unrest, including resources for businesses, visit Minneapolis Forward.

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan includes a gradual turn of the dial to allow cautious and safe re-opening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues, beginning June 10, 2020. 

  • Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining while maintaining social distancing, requiring reservations, and seating no more than 50 percent occupancy.
  • Indoor social gatherings can take place with 10 people or less; outdoor social gatherings can take place with 25 people or less.
  • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, and museums may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, may increase occupancy rates to 50 percent while requiring reservations.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts, and theaters may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50 percent.  

City of Minneapolis guidance for businesses on openingState executive order suspending evictions extended until July 13  The governor’s latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until July 13. This suspension will allow households to remain sheltered during the peacetime emergency. The executive order does not relieve a tenant’s obligation to pay rent, however. It also does not include eviction actions based on cases where the tenant seriously endangers the safety of residents, or where the tenant seriously endangers the safety of others on the premises. Read the executive order



Donate homemade face masks at Minneapolis fire stations for Mask Drive Mondays 
Minneapolis residents can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday beginning June 8 for Mask Drive Mondays. 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.


COVID-19 Info

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 

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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.

How to donate food & supplies

If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.


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

Music in the Parks Goes Virtual
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has made the difficult decision to move the Minneapolis Music in the Parks events to a virtual format. The MPRB’s priority is the health and safety of their park visitors, Music in the Parks performers and their employees. To learn more about virtual concerts please subscribe to email updates by clicking on the link below. You can also view their most recent virtual concerts here, and learn about their summer virtual programs by visiting the Summer 2020page. Find all the virtual concerts online at: www.mplsmusicandmovies.com. Email Updates: Subscribe to Music | Subscribe to Movies
 

Puzzle of the Week: “Gold Medal Park Summer”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNjAxNS81ODk1MzA1NzI0X2U0YTkzMzhmODZfay5qcGc~
 

Big River Journey Online
Experience a riverboat field trip on the Mississippi River! This virtual field trip is filled with fun and exciting video clips and interactive learning modules about birds, boats, bugs, water quality and much more. The Big River Journey Online allows curious junior rangers to explore the mysteries of the Mississippi from home. For information: https://bigriverjourneyonline.org/
 

WAM@Home
https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/category/events/
 

New Films Added to MSP Film Society’s Virtual Cinema
https://mspfilm.org/
 

A Moment of Silence: 55+ Black MN Voices in a Historical Moment of Transformation
https://blackmnvoices.com/
 

Jazz Fest Live Virtual Performances
https://www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com/jazz-fest-live/

 
National Theatre at Home
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

 
PBS Voices Documentaries
https://www.youtube.com/user/pbsdigitalstudios


Martha (Graham) Matinees
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBESCEUBnkE
 

Nice Ride Minnesota Bike Rentals
Bikes are now available for rental at the various Nice Ride Minnesota kiosks (including numerous locations along the riverfront). It’s a great way to explore the River! For information: https://www.niceridemn.org/.

 
Friends of the Mississippi River Special Places
Friends of the Mississippi River has compiled all of the 25 Special Places they listed during their 25th anniversary year. There’s an interactive Google map and set of guides curated by metro region and by experience to help people get to know the river that shapes the Twin Cities. There are over 30 of their favorite river places to canoe, walk, visit (and protect). To check it out: https://fmr.org/explore-river


Park Board Event Calendar
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)’s website features a multi-month event calendar. The current event calendar is now available at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/events/ and is a quick guide to MPRB-sponsored and co-sponsored events as well as outside organizers’ permitted events in the parks. Check it out, mark your calendars and enjoy the many events occurring in Minneapolis parks! 


Mississippi River Trail
The Mississippi River Trail bikeway (MRT) follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters to the Gulf. Find information for the Minnesota segment on the MRT website http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt/, complete with an interactive Google Earth based map and a complete series of maps printable at 8 ½” by 11”.