Weekly Roundup: July 17-23

This neighborhood is inspiring. Stay strong Greater Longfellow.


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

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

(Sorry for any inconvenience.)
You can also purchase a sign through our online shop and pick it up any Monday between 
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.

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Upcoming & Ongoing Events

The Trylon Cinema​ is once again showing films. Last weekend we had audiences of up to 10 people (we have set our limit at 20). Remember, at this time masks are required in the Trylon Cinema. That means box office AND auditorium, mouth AND nose. Forget your mask at home? We’ll give you one! https://www.trylon.org/
 

Vote by Mail

Our recommendation for you: stay at home and vote by mail. To minimize direct contact with others, the CDC encourages you to vote by mail. All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote by mail. It’s easy to vote by mail, just as long as you plan ahead a bit. Due to a recent court action (in late June), some of the requirements for voting by mail have changed. These affect witness requirements and the deadline for returning your ballot. Currently, these changes ONLY apply to the August 11 State Primary. The changes are reflected throughout all information below.  
Apply to get a ballot in the mail: After you apply, we will mail your ballot to you with a postage-paid envelope for return.
Apply online: The online ballot application for the August primary and November general election is available now.
Application deadline
We recommend you apply for a ballot no later than 10 days before Election Day. This gives you the best chance to get your ballot in the mail and still have time to mail it back or drop-it off.  
You can apply after this date, but each day increases the chances you will not be able to receive and return your ballot by the deadline.




Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID Contest
Since the Greater Longfellow area is a Community Wildlife Habitat and a Lawns to Legumes Demonstration Neighborhood, it would be fantastic to find the species we are specifically trying to save from extinction:  the Rusty Patched Bumblebee.  The female workers should be out now, collecting nectar and pollen for the colony.  We usually have one or two sightings each year, but we don’t have any verified observations on www.BumblebeeWatch.org yet. 
So let’s have a little fun in our neighborhood.  I am personally offering a cash prize to some of the first people in the Greater Longfellow Area that can submit a verified Rusty Patched Bumblebee sighting to the Bumblebeewatch website or app.  Since this is coming from my own pocket, I’m afraid the awards are rather humble.  If anyone wants to add to these prizes, that would make this even more interesting.  Please text me directly with details.  Cash or gift certificates would all work just fine.

$50 1st Prize:  First adult person to submit a fully vetted and confirmed Rusty Patched Bumblebee sighting through Bumblebeewatch.org (which will indicate where the sighting took place and on what date).  I don’t check the website every day, though, so please message me to let me know if you submit a sighting.

$50 Kid Prize:  First young person under the age of 18 to get a fully vetted and confirmed Rusty Patched Bumblebee sighting on Bumblebeewatch.org.  The website doesn’t indicate if the observer is under 18 years old, so if you’re a parent or guardian of a young citizen scientist, please let me know when they get a confirmed sighting on BumblebeeWatch.org.

$50 Grand Prize:  Whoever gets the most number of confirmed Rusty Patched Bumblebee sightings in 2020 will win this prize (so this won’t go to the 1 st Prize or Kid Prize winner, even if they have more sightings, but rather just trying to give someone else a chance to win even if they don’t have the first verified sighting).
(The BumblebeeWatch website or app has lots of tips for finding and identifying Bumblebees.  But the main thing is to create an account, upload one to three good photos of your sighting, and it will be vetted by highly qualified bee experts.  And don’t worry about identifying the Bumblebee – you can pick what bee you think it is, but you don’t have to know, the bee expert will take a look and officially identify the Bumblebee for you.  After they review it, they will identify it (if they can), and mark it as a “verified” sighting.)
This is a Rusty Patch Bumble Bee:



 

Friday, July 17

Online Fun Friday Kids Art Camp w/ Rock Paper Scissors Goods @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Looking for something fun for your kids to do on Fridays this summer? Sign them up for our ONLINE Fun Friday Summer Art Camp! Each Friday we will use a new inspiration. Themes nature, animals, the ocean, space, etc to create various creative projects using paint, sculpture, weaving, printmaking and fiber arts. This class is suitable for kids 8-12. (Older kids can dedicate more time to making more elaborate projects.) Younger kids may need assistance at times but most projects should be easy to accomplish.) All materials each session are included. The class starts via ZOOM at 10AM CST and ends around 11:30AM. Here are the dates included- Fridays: July 17, 24, 31, August-7, 14, 21
Once you register we will save your child’s spot so refunds are not available.Each week you will receive a kit with all materials for the sessions projects. Each session will have at least 2 projects.



 

Saturday, July 18

Midtown Farmers Market Saturday Market @ 8am-1pm, Moon Palace Books
Fresh and local food and goods! Join us from 8am to 1pm for a safe and healthy market, right in your backyard. We are still in our temporary location with the help of our gracious hosts, Moon Palace Books!


Yoga in the Park with Dallas @ 9:30am, Powderhorn Park 
We’re back in the park, on the west end near the stage. Bring a mat if you have one, otherwise, you can borrow one of ours. We’ll be spreading out, keeping distance. Please leave space for others as we arrange ourselves for class. Vinyasa style class with lots of options. Remember to care for your body and mind and community by coming together to move and breathe. 
Our class is held at the bottom of the hill very near the Powderhorn Park West Sanctuary. Please check out their current needs and bring requested supplies if you’re able: https://twin-cities-mutual-aid.org/?search=powderhorn+park+sanctuary


Virtual: 60-Minute Saturday Morning Energizing Flow w/ Minnesota Fitness @ 8:30am
WHO: This class is recommended for those who are considered experienced beginners and higher (attended several yoga classes / have an understanding of basic poses and breath-to-movement flow)
WHAT: 60-minute Saturday morning flow to help energize your creative expression
WHERE: Zoom + your home studio space!
WHAT to BRING: Please bring a yoga mat, water, and any props you have such as blocks, bolsters, or blankets.
COST: Pay what you can! Recommended $10. – Free admission for healthcare professionals, essential workers, and those whose financial security has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Limit 1 ticket per registrant.

This 60-minute energizing morning class is designed to energize you, wake you up and get you ready for the day ahead. This class is best for experienced beginners — folks who have some previous yoga experience (have attended at least a handful of public classes / have experience practicing at home). We will be working through an increasingly more energizing set of poses, starting with warm-ups and sun salutes, moving into a standing series, and then coming to the floor for core, twists, front & backbends, and savasana.
I’ll “open” the video studio space no later than 8:20am, and we will get started with the practice no later than 8:30am. This will run around 60 minutes in length, however, I’m allocating an extra 15 minutes post-practice to answer questions and to allow folks to socialize a bit.


Book Discussion – Digitize and Punish @ 3pm • ONLINE EVENT
MNWiT will be hosting an online group discussion on the book, “Digitize and Punish – Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age”
The University of Minnesota has pulled together an amazing group of books focused on “Reading for Racial Justice” and this book by Brian Jefferson focuses on the use of digital technology in the American criminal justice system.
The book is available for free online or the paperback is available for purchase: https://manifold.umn.edu/projects/digitize-and-punish
We will all be reading on our own, making our notes for discussion, and then coming together as a group to discuss our findings and ideas

Sunday, July 19

Dodging Bullets Screening and Discussion @ 6pm, Free • ONLINE EVENT
Zoom Meeting with Indigenous author, professor and activist, Anton Treuer, Co-Director, Bob Trench and Community Discussion Leader, Kimberly Whitewater, Wakjexiwiga. 
To pre-screen Dodging Bullets and attend the July 19th discussion, register at: info@arttochangetheworld.org
*All relevant log-in information will be provided to you
Stories from Survivors of Historical Trauma: The award-winning film explores a cross-generational sampling of Indigenous people, researchers, and politicians to reveal the reasons for disproportionately high incidences of health and social issues that impact Indian Country. This collection of remarkable stories names Historical Trauma as the unique and insidious part of the genetic code that resilient populations are still finding ways to dodge. The documentary provides a unique opportunity for communities to reflect on traumatic historical events and how those events can cause cumulative emotional and psychological wounding that may be passed from generation to generation. 
Read more about Dodging Bullets: https://dodgingbullets.org/
Read more about this event: https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/dodging-bullets-screening-and-discussion/


Abolition Book Club: Are Prisons Obsolete? @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
What does a world without police or prisons look like? Whether you’re new to the concept of police and prison abolition or have been organizing around it for years, we’d love for you to join us for our newest virtual offering: the Abolition Book Club.
Join us for the first installment of our virtual Abolition Book Club on Sunday, July 19th at 6 PM! We’ll be reading and discussing Angela Davis’s book Are Prisons Obsolete?
In Are Prisons Obsolete?, Davis illustrates how the prison industrial complex relies on the inheritances of slavery, and asks us to imagine a world focused on healing and rehabilitation rather than punishment.
To sign up to receive emails about our book clubs, click here: https://forms.gle/Fe7wQDjveFZJCZEJA.
Interested in donating or receiving a free copy of Are Prisons Obsolete? Indicate on the form that you’re interested in our Book Club Solidarity Fund!
The Zoom link for the book club will be posted on July 19th prior to the meeting.


 

Monday, July 20

Supply Drive at YWCA Midtown @ Noon
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
Baby Supplies:
Diapers (newborn-6 sizes)
Pull-ups (sizes 2T-3T, 3T-4T, 4T-5T)
Baby wipes
Men’s (small, medium, large, XL)
Women’s (small, medium, large, XL)


Yoga at Longfellow Park @ 7pm
Longfellow Trainings is partnering with One Yoga Studio to provide gentle yoga classes in Longfellow Park! Our goal is to promote community healing through mindful movement. Register at https://forms.gle/t8VAzfaRJqgUgD6bA or email longfellowtrainings@gmail.com for more information.”

Mpls Neighborhood Green Teams Meeting Invitation @ 7:30-9:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Summer 2020 Mpls Green Teams meeting via Zoom.
Green Teams meetings are a space for Minneapolis neighborhood environment committees and interested neighbors to come together on a quarterly basis to share strategies to improve our communities through innovative climate and environmental action.
Green Teams work to:

  • Share techniques and tips for successful outreach and effective engagement.
  • Leverage our voice to support our neighborhood initiatives, goals, and projects.
  • Build skills in communicating about difficult environmental topics.
  • Create community and support for each other as we address our environmental opportunities and challenges.
  • These meetings are intended for Minneapolis neighborhood organizations and associations, but all are welcome to learn and to share challenges and successes. 

Details and agenda are on our Facebook event. Please email kyle@mplsclimate.org with any questions or for additions to the agenda.

 

Tuesday, July 21

Virtual Community Circle: Indigenous Identities and Healing @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for a free virtual event with Louis Alemayehu (facebook.com/louis.alemayehu). His work as poet, educator, counselor, community organizer & environmental activist places spiritual healing energy at the center. He believes that today’s major challenge is to define and reclaim indigeneity for rebirth of the world. Alemayhu invites us to consider “What is Indigeneity?” and “What can we learn from it in this moment as we seek to build something new as a global community?”
This virtual event is free; registration is required. Please email communityarts@artsmia.org to register.
About Louis Alemayhu: A child born on the Southside of Chicago, Louis Alemayehu’s granduncle, a country preacher, predicted he would grow up to be a preacher or a doctor. As a spoken word artist and musician with innovative poetry-jazz ensemble Ancestor Energy, he does offer words and healing to his audiences. Honoring Alemayhu as the first World Work Elder, the Work Institute in Portland, Oregon, recognized these same gifts.
 

Wednesday, July 22

Online Block Printing Class 7/22 @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
In this class Lizzie Christian from Rare Press will teach you the basics of working with Block Printing techniques. She will provide all the materials including the rubber to carve, carving tools, inks, etc for you to create your own custom stamp. These supplies will be delivered or mailed a couple days before your class meets online via Zoom.  This class is best suited for guests 21+ so if you are younger please check in before registering. All classes require pre-registration so we can gather the correct amount of materials and have adequate delivery time. Register on our website’s workshop page to secure your spot.



 

Thursday, July 16

Book Discussion: “The End of Policing” by Alex Vitale @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Abolishing the police isn’t an idea that just emerged with the killing of George Floyd. Sociologist and author, Alex Vitale, wrote this book three years ago. (And the research, activist, and artist group MPD 150 published their report three years ago.). So, let’s actually learn what thoughtful people are talking about. Get beyond the slogans. E-books are available for as little as $3. Hope you can join the discussion.

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.

RSVP and receive event access details here:  https://www.meetup.com/humanism-166/events/271739673/


Unconscious Bias: Impact –> Counteract @ Noon • ONLINE EVENT
As you open your eyes and open your mind, you can turn unconscious bias into conscious awareness and actions aligned with your values.
None of us wants to let something we’re not aware of limit our effectiveness. Did you know that 99.999996% of what our brains process every moment is unconscious? Raise awareness of your biases and replace them to act in alignment with your values while you strengthen your commitment to improving our communities.
This training will:
-Help you understand unconscious bias
-Provide a framework and tools to address it
As you open your eyes and open your mind, you can turn unconscious bias into conscious awareness and actions aligned with your values.
Mark Hiemenzhas more than 25 years of experience in the philanthropic, corporate and nonprofit sectors, serving at organizations including the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Ameriprise Financial and HandsOn Twin Cities. He has been a nonprofit executive director, corporate community relations director and a community foundation philanthropic advisor.  A longtime champion of diversity and equity, he served on the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation’s Racial Equity Leadership Team and has engaged many organizations in managing unconscious bias. He has served on numerous boards of directors, including Minnesota Alliance With Youth, Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Corporate Volunteerism Council. At Wiser Paths, his consulting practice, Mark focuses on building organizational culture and capacity. He believes that the core strength of an organization lies with motivated staff and board working together smoothly in alignment with a mission-driven strategy.




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Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

Office of Violence Prevention launches web presence:
The City of Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention has a new web presence describing its work within the City’s “transforming public safety” content. The office uses a community-focused public health approach to address the roots of violence, intervene at the first sign of risk, and lead healing in its aftermath.
The Office of Violence Prevention approaches violence prevention with this these things in mind:

  • Violence is not inevitable. As with other health conditions, we can prevent and treat violence, and we can heal from it.
  • Violence has roots in social, economic, political and cultural conditions. These can include: Oppression, limited economic opportunities, community disinvestment, community disconnectedness, poor housing conditions, harmful norms around gender and masculinity, classism and racism.
  • Violence takes an unequal toll on communities of color and on specific neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Violence prevention must include work to dismantle structural racism.
  • Everyone has a role to play in creating communities that don’t include violence. It takes all of us to make our communities safe, healthy, hopeful and thriving.

Read more about the Office of Violence PreventionCity and County seeking proposals for federal funding to assist with response to homelessness • The City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County have jointly released a request for proposals (RFP) for up to $14 million in federal Emergency Solutions Grant COVID (ESG-CV) response funds. The RFP information can be found on the City’s website here under the “housing development” tab. Proposals are due on July 24.

ESG-CV funding is designed to help local homeless assistance, prevention and housing providers deliver services, financial assistance and housing necessary to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among persons experiencing homelessness. The City and County will be accepting proposals for four specific areas: emergency shelter, street outreach, rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention (shelter diversion.) 
The City and the County share the vision for this funding to support a housing-focused, culturally competent and trauma informed system-level response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, which ensures that the health, safety and well-being of people experiencing homelessness is preserved for the duration of the pandemic, and that the community staves off any increases in homelessness due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. The vision for this system must explicitly address racial equity goals in our work on ending homelessness.



City of Minneapolis Resource List: Resources for food, clothing, financial assistance, medicationWith 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


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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Minnesota peacetime emergency for COVID-19 extended: Gov. Walz extended Minnesota’s peacetime emergency through Aug. 12 to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 peacetime emergency protects Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishment, provides expedited procurement power for personal protective equipment and other equipment, allows Minnesota to re-open society strategically while following the advice of public health experts, and protects workers from unsafe working conditions.
The governor points out that the emergency is not over, and we must continue necessary protections that are saving lives and keeping people safe. Working without the peacetime emergency would create a significant challenge and slowdown in the state’s response efforts and ability to provide emergency aid and economic relief across the state quickly – particularly with the current number of deaths and new cases. Forty-nine out of the 50 states are in states of emergency because COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to proliferate. Read the executive order.State executive order suspending evictions extended until Aug. 12; rental assistance available through Hennepin County: The governor’s latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until Aug. 12. 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.
While the eviction moratorium continues, housing providers can evict a tenant when the tenant violates a lease by endangering the safety of others, engaging in certain illegal activities, or significantly damaging property. Evictions can also proceed if the homeowner or their family member needs to move into the premises or if a writ of recovery was issued prior to March 24 at 5 p.m.
Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/rent-help.

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

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:

Mill City Times Puzzle of the Week – “Bright Lights Downtown”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vODI4Mi83NTI1MTQ2NTk0X2Y2NmM1MDhhMjBfay5qcGc~
 
Virtual Music in the Parks
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. You can view their most recent virtual concerts here, and learn about theiu summer virtual programs by visiting the Summer 2020 page.
 
Jazz Fest Live presents 
An Evening of Show Tunes
Thursday, July 16, 7 pm
With Twin Cities theater stars and pros Tyler Michaels King, Sasha Andreev, Aimee K. Bryant, Evan Tyler Wilson and Suzie Juul. Sign up here to save your spot.
 
Gary Larson Cartoons
https://www.thefarside.com/new-stuff/115/taxidermist
 
Live from Lincoln Center: Carousel
http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/show/rodgers-amp-hammerstein39s-carousel-250
 
Great River Shakespeare Festival
http://grsf.org/grsfeverywhere/
 
Comedy Corner
Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Ave. S.
The Comedy Corner Underground offers comedy shows two or three nights a week. For information and a schedule: http://www.comedycornerunderground.com.
 
Nearby Nature at North Mississippi Regional Park
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
Think you’re familiar with your local park? The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) invites people of all ages to explore the parks in fresh ways this summer with Nearby Nature. All Nearby Nature activities are free, and no registration is necessary. Just show up and be ready for fun, relaxation and inspiration! Rotating through parks every week or so, activities include the following:
·         Storybook Strolls — Walk through a great story and a park at the same time, page by page.
·         Natural Finds — Learn orienteering on special courses designed for Minneapolis parks.
·         Nature Quests — Discover nature in the park through scavenger hunts, challenges, informational signs and more.
·         Guided Experiences — Nature-inspired yoga poses, forest-bathing techniques and other prompts help your mind, body and soul tune into a refreshing state of nature.
·         Collaborative Nature Art — Find and add natural objects to mandalas, collages, community collections and other artworks-in-progress in the park. 
For updates on what will be happening, where: https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodnaturalist/.

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.