Weekly Roundup: August 7-13

This neighborhood is inspiring. Stay strong Greater Longfellow.

Rebuilding Greater Longfellow

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.)

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. WE DON’T HAVE SHIPPING CAPABILITIES–Sorry.


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

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.  

Options for returning your mail ballot

All voters will receive a postage paid envelope to use to return their mail ballot. As Election Day gets closer, we offer additional options for returning your mail ballot.

Return your ballot by mail (or package delivery service)

Use the postage-paid envelope to return your ballot. We recommend mailing your completed ballot back at least 7 days before Election Day to ensure your vote counts.  For the August 11 State Primary, your ballot will count as long as it is postmarked on or before Election Day (August 11) and is received in the mail no later than two days after Election Day (by August 13). This is a change from previous election law requiring mail ballots to be received by Election Day. 

Return your ballot in person

If you would rather drop your mail ballot off in person, you may bring it to our office at 980 E. Hennepin Avenue during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Minneapolis voters may also drop mail ballots off at Hennepin County Elections at the downtown Hennepin County Government Center skyway level (300 S. 6th Street). The Hennepin County hours may differ from ours.. 

New ballot drive thru drop off service at 980 E. Hennepin Ave. (look for the tents):
Friday, August 7 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, August 10 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Read more here.

U.S. Census Bureau announces it will end counting efforts Sept. 30

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that the 2020 Census self-response period will end Sept. 30, leaving two months to ensure that our communities are counted.

Starting Aug. 6, census takers will begin early non-response follow up (NRFU) in Minneapolis, where census staffers will begin interviewing households that haven’t yet completed the 2020 Census. Census staff have been hired locally to assist in obtaining an accurate count and can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge that includes their photograph and a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark. Census field staff are trained in social distancing protocols and will provide census takers with masks as well as following both CDC and local public health guidelines during their visit. For more information on verifying a census takers identity, COVID-19 protocols or the NRFU strategy click here. If you haven’t yet completed the 2020 Census application and would like to avoid a census taker coming to your home, you can submit your form online, by phone or through the mail (respond to the U.S. Census Bureau form that you received at your household). Language assistance is offered in multiple languages online or via the phone option and can also be requested at your visit.In 2010, Minneapolis had a census completion rate of 72.8%. Currently, Minneapolis has a completion rate of 69.9%. It is important now more than ever that our communities are counted and receive the resources and representation that are needed to meet their needs. Let’s get counted Minneapolis!

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/

Holy Trinity is continuing to do food distribution through August on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Information can be found at https://htlcmpls.org
People who collect large donations can find a spreadsheet with needs at:
And a sign-up to volunteer can be found here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4da5a829a0f85-holy7

Friday, Aug 7

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- 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.


Pet first-aid and CPR online class w/ Red Cape CPR Training, LLC @ 2pm

Learn the skills to become your PET’s Best Defense in an emergency.  Red Cape CPR Training holds pet first-aid and CPR classes regularly Monday, Wednesday, Friday and every other Sunday; check our  website for other days and times this course is offered. In this 4 hour class (currently held on Zoom, in-person classes suspended due to Covid-19), we will cover common issues such as choking, insect bites and bloat as well as more severe situations such as bleeding, seizures and how and when to conduct CPR. There will be time for questions after the class. Included is a multiple question quiz, 2 year certification upon passing and 2 Continuing credits for pet sitters, trainers and groomers. Also included is a digital manual and checklists for new puppies and kittens, wellness assessments and disaster preparedness.. This class is great for people working with pets, pet caretakers of all ages and anyone interested in learning something new! We encourage you to have your pet (if willing) or a stuffed animal near for practicing first-aid skills during the class. Upon registration you will be sent an email with class details, digital manual and frequently asked questions. Select a date and register today at redcapecpr.com

Saturday, Aug 8

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!

“We MUST Breathe” Pop Up Circus! w/ Vivid Black Paint • 11:30am • FREE
Mission: In collaboration with FLOW, VividBlackPaint aims to create space/moments for families, that are unrelated to COVID, rioting, death and disparity. We want to be a part of the healing initiatives.
This is not to overshadow or step ahead of social justice initiatives. So if you participate understand your purpose/intentions.
Provide welcoming space for kids, families, residents to know it is okay to smile, laugh, and be entertained in spite of the despair that is spreading nationwide.

Creating these spaces in times as uncertain as these, are vital to the mental health and social emotional development of our people. As we bear the weight from the police, COVID and general disparity on our hearts, lunges and souls… We MUST Breathe. More details here.

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

Yoga + Anti-Racism Conversations @ 10am
This is a in-person workshop. These events will be held outdoors, social distancing and other COVID precautions are required to keep us all safe and healthy. Bridges Through Yoga with the support of Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness presents Yoga and Anti-Racism Conversation Series. Come join us for this unique experience to be a part of the conversation and talk about yoga and anti-racism with founder of Bridges Through Yoga, James Orione. 
*This is not currently a series, dates below should be booked individually or together. 
Dates/Times:  Saturday Aug 8 | 10am-12pm
Where: 3900 Dowling Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55406
Suggested Donation: Make a donation of $20-$200 to reserve your spot paid directly to Bridges Through Yoga.
Please click the link below to REGISTER TODAY! https://www.devanadiyoga.com/workshops-class-series/ 
August 8, 2020 – excerpt from My Grandmother’s Hand by Resmaa Menakem.

If you cannot attend these workshops but would like to support this work, we invite you to make a donation to Bridges Through Yoga using the link above. James has an ongoing relationship with BIPOC students and staff at Washburn High School, South High School, and Stonebridge World School. The benefits of yoga are realized from sustained practice and your contribution will go towards making yoga available and accessible throughout the school year. Namaste!


Talking Tech w/ Uprising Theatre Company @ 11am

A workshop for playwrights! Suggested donation of $25 (pay what you can/will) • Ashley Lauren Rogers has been very vocal that she DESPISED writing stage directions. She’d worry “Am I telling too much, am I not writing enough,” but her main worry was, “Am I telling another theatre professional how to do their job?” In this workshop, we will get to the bottom of how to craft dialogue and stage directions that are specific, interesting, and help your fellow theatre-makers get excited to help bring your words to the stage! For more information and to register, visit our website: https://www.uprisingtheatreco.com/talking-tech-workshop/

Sunday, Aug 9

Monday, Aug 10

Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance • Mondays & Thursdays, August 10 – October 15, 11:30am -12:30 pm • Via Zoom Conferencing

This Tai Ji class reduces risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays for 12-weeks. 

To Register: Use this link https://yourjuniper.org/Classes/Register/2093 or call us at 612-787-4086. For more information about either of these programs or about the rest of our Older Adult programming, feel free to email me back or give me a call at 612-787-4086.


Postponed: SingOUT – Hosted by Alive & Kickin! @ 1:30pm

SingOUT is a monthly gathering to SING, CELEBRATE and SOCIALIZE! SingOUT is a free event on the 2nd Monday of each month from 1:30-3:00 pm, where seniors sing along to Rock&Roll, Motown, Soul, Standards, and Gospel favorites. This event also includes a light healthy snack and time to meet new friends. 

SingOUT is hosted by Alive & Kickin, a non-profit senior services arts organization serving ages 60-99+ “years young” on a mission to give seniors voice! We do this through storytelling and song. Our organization is completely free for seniors to be a part of and accessible to all regardless of age or ability. Our rockin’ seniors redefine what it means to “age” by honoring each other and inspiring our community.

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)


Laughter Yoga on the Phone Monday Mornings with Sarah from Wherever You Are @ Powderhorn Park, 9am
“Sarah is a powerhouse of joy, laughter, and insight! She’s also truly amazing at connecting with and inspiring people. I cannot recommend working & laughing with Sarah enough. Not only will you be happier, but you’ll also have the pleasure to learn from a truly inspired, loving, fun human being!” – what one participant said Experience it for yourself! Spend just 15 minutes with Sarah on the phone on Mondays and start your week with energy, positivity and motivation to carry with you! Feel free to share with your friends, family and colleagues ~ you can call from your car, your office or the park. For questions or to be added to the reminder email, visit: http://www.LaughHealthy.com I can’t wait to share playful purposeful laughter with you – Laughter really is the best medicine. Experience these wonderful benefits: ~ Increased: energy, focus, creativity, productivity, blood & oxygen flow in the body ~ Decreased: stress, anxiety, depression, pain ~ Easy way to get exercise when you’re on the go ~ Don’t forget how much FUN you’ll have…and you’ll feel GREAT! Call any Monday at 9am CST: 218-339-2460 Code: 52844# (LAUGH#)

August Quick Reads Book Club @ 6:30pm

Join Anna the Librarian for a special virtual session of East Lake Library’s monthly Quick Reads Book Club – Second Mondays 6:30-7:30pm. Link to meeting is provided one day prior to the event to those who RSVP on Facebook. Quick Reads Book Club discusses new and interesting titles that are quick to read – all book selections are under 250 pages!  The book for August is All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld 
Link to Hennepin County Libraries book page: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/5036434109
More information on current library curbside services: https://www.hclib.org/about/curbside-pickup

Link to OCLC page with listing of other library holdings: https://www.worldcat.org/title/all-the-birds-singing/oclc/1017750060

Support our local bookstore Moon Palace Books by purchasing a copy to be sent to your home: https://www.moonpalacebooks.com/

Here is the description: “Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods? Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags. It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back. Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of one how one woman’s present comes from a terrible past. It is the second novel from the award-winning author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice.”

Tuesday, Aug 11

Midtown Farmers Market Saturday Market @ 3pm-7pm, 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!

Hiawatha Food Distribution – Everyone is welcome! w/ Hiawatha Collegiate High School @ 10am
To help maintain social distancing, please follow these rules during meal distributions:
• Upon arrival, please hold up a piece of paper or your fingers to indicate the number of children in your household.
• Please open your trunk so staff load the food there.
• Please clean out the vehicle trunk prior to arrival so the process runs smoothly.

East Lake Library + Library Bike Team at Midtown Farmers Market! @ 3pm

Visit with your favorite local librarians at the Midtown Farmers Market! East Lake Library and the Downtown Library Bike Team provide physical library cards and quick information on eResources, promote local library virtual programming and programming provided by our local community partners. We will highlight ways to connect with library staff and access library information while the majority of our in-building services are unavailable at this time.

Wednesday, Aug 12

Eyewitness: Climate Change Book Club w/  Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy @ 7pm

Get your copy of Eyewitness: Minnesota Voices on Climate Change and join our virtual book club!    EYEWITNESS is a collection of short stories, poems, and artwork that speak to the diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives of Minnesotans and their experiences of climate change. From scientists to musicians, farmers to explorers, mothers to students, we are all eyewitness to climate change.  

Taking place on Zoom, these small group discussions on the stories and themes featured in the book, as well as space to share our own climate stories. Both book club meetings have a maximum attendance of 30 people, so save your spot! 

August 12th Registration:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtf-qrrjouGNDt0dyvJMapXbtAuDAFdno6

September 3rd Registration:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvce2prz0qGd1wV3yYOPZNvJcpVqSSp7ln

Get your copy of the book: 
• online at https://www.climateeyewitness.org/
• e-book version at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1033372
• From local bookstores: Birchbark Books and Native Arts, SubText: A Bookstore, Piragis Northwoods Company, Eat My Words Bookstore, Fair Trade Books Red Wing, Drury Lane Books, Next Chapter Booksellers

Ballet + Bharatanatyam Class w/ SAATH – South Asian Arts & Theater House @ 7pm

Join a team of instructors trained in ballet and bharatanatyam to create an inclusive and non-competitive environment to share knowledge on two traditional dance styles through technique formatted classes where participants will discover parallels and celebrate differences between the styles and gain discipline and skills to improve as a dancer.  

Topic: Ballet Bharatanatyam Technique Class
Time: This is a recurring meeting 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92106197557
Meeting ID: 921 0619 7557 • One tap mobile: +13126266799 92106197557# US (Chicago) • +16465588656 92106197557# US (New York)


Live-streamed Game on Wednesdays at 8 (Movies & Music / 18+) @ 8pm

Feeling a bit too socially distant? Maybe you need to play a game – safely, from your own home. Join us on Wednesdays @ 8pm Central Time (U.S.) for a FREE, live-hosted game of Sassy Lassy Trivia during COVID times. Best part of Sassy Lassy Trivia? If you don’t know the *right* answers, you can still get points for your creative and hilarious made-up answers. 

Wednesdays are strongly MUSIC & MOVIES themed, and intended for an 18+ crowd. 

Play alone, or pull together a team. A “team” might be the people already in your home, or you can connect with them virtually (via video, conference calls, or texts). Here are the deets, peeps.


Eating Vegan On a Budget @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT

Curious about veganism, but think it’s too expensive? Or maybe you’re already vegan, but spending way too much? Join ARC’s Vegan University to squash the myth that the vegan lifestyle is hard on your wallet. We’ll discuss couponing, where and how to shop for food, tips for meal planning and staying organized, and provide tons of resources! Come with questions and feel free to share tips on how you’re already living vegan on a budget.  All are welcome; you do not need to be vegan to attend!  

If you’re new to Zoom, follow this link for steps on how to join a meeting: http://techtalk.strose.edu/zoom/join-a-zoom-meeting 

Topic: Vegan On a Budget 
Time: Apr 16, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83313398069?pwd=R1d6cm9qdjVEUUU5dzI5TVZYVkV1QT09

Meeting ID: 833 1339 8069 • Password: 892293

Thursday, Aug 13


Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

City Council approves funding package to expand capacity for three new homeless shelters

The City Council has approved a roughly $8 million funding package to expand shelter capacity for three new shelters for people experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County’s response to homelessness during COVID-19 prioritizes moving people from unsheltered homelessness to safer shelter and housing situations. There has been a significant increase in unsheltered homelessness since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has received a one-time influx of funding from the federal government, through the CARES Act, to provide help with responding to homelessness during the pandemic. This historically large, one-time Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding provides an opportunity to strategically respond to COVID-19 across a range of strategies and to reshape the City/County homelessness response system to better serve persons experiencing homelessness in the coming months and years. Learn more about the new shelters

 Next steps for proposed charter amendment that would create new Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention

The Minneapolis Charter Commission has held three public hearings to gather feedback on a proposed charter amendment establishing a new Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention authored by five City Council members. A decision on whether that proposal will be referred to voters at the Nov. 3 general election must be decided by today, Aug. 5, to meet statutory deadlines.

The City Council voted June 26 to advance the proposal as a ballot measure to be considered by Minneapolis voters. Under State law, proposals to amend the City Charter must first be reviewed by the City Charter Commission. The Charter Commission has at least 60 days to complete its review and submit its recommendation to the City Council but it may take up to 150 days to complete its review. The statutory deadline for submitting questions on the Nov. 3 general election ballot is Friday, Aug. 21. If approved by voters, the changes would become effective May 1, 2021. A decision by the Charter Commission is anticipated at its regular meeting 4 p.m. today. Learn more about the proposed charter amendment and submit feedback.

Mayor Frey moves forward with targeted approach to curb community spread in bars, restaurants
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey issued Emergency Regulation 2020-17, which delivers a targeted approach to curb community spread of COVID-19 in Minneapolis bars and restaurants. Frey’s executive action will effectively close bar areas in restaurants, clubs, and other indoor spaces. The Minneapolis Health Department is reporting a rate of 18 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 per day while the statewide rate has remained closer to 11 per 100,000.
The regulation takes effect 5 p.m. Aug. 1.National Night Out recommended date changes to Sept. 15 for 2020: The Minneapolis recommended National Night Out date for 2020 is Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Residents can find out if their block is already signed up by emailing crime.prevention@minneapolismn.gov. Registered block leaders received notices directly about closing their streets to hold their event, but a block without a block leader could still hold a COVID-19 safe event by spreading out across three or four yards to make enough space for physical distancing.

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors to prevent crime. It’s a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Free COVID-19 testing event planned for Aug. 15
Minneapolis is scheduling a free COVID-19 testing event Aug. 15 focused on the Latinx community. All are welcomed. The testing is available to people arriving on foot or by car.
Register onsite. Registration forms are available in English and Spanish. Spanish interpreters will be onsite. If you have medical insurance, please bring your insurance card.

Free COVID-19 testing focused on Latinx community members

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15
    Incarnation-Sagrado Corazon Church, 3817 Pleasant Ave. S.

If you are unable to attend this testing event, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

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.


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.


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

The Loft Literary Center presents:
What if a Fish Virtual Book Launch Party
Thursday, August 13, 7 – 8:30 pm
Celebrate the release of Anika Fajardo’s debut middle-grade novel, What if a Fish. Join in the conversation with Pete Hautman (Flinkwater FactorSlider and others) and Sheila O’Connor (Keeping Safe the StarsUntil Tomorrow Mr. Marsworth and others) as they talk about books, summer activities and how they balance reading, writing and relaxing. Booktuber Racquel Marie (“Blonde with a Book”) will moderate the discussion. Come with your questions and stay for the party! Perfect for writers, kids and families. $10 ($5 members) or pay what you can. For information and to register: https://loft.org/events/what-if-fish-virtual-book-launch-party

The Loft Literary Center presents:
Northernmost: Peter Geye Virtual Book Launch
Tuesday, August 18, 7 – 8 pm
From the acclaimed author of Wintering, Peter Geye will share his new novel Northernmost: a thrilling ode to the spirit of adventure and the vagaries of loss and love. This reading will be hosted by the Loft’s Founding Director of Wordplay, Steph Opitz, moderated by Curtis Sittenfeld, and is cosponsored by Magers and Quinn bookstore and Alfred A. Knopf. During the reading, there will be a raffle for special prize packages including a private Zoom “afterparty” with Steph and Peter. All proceeds will go to the Loft’s Writers of Color class. Free. For information and to register: https://loft.org/events/northernmost-peter-geye-book-launch

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Virtual Workshop:
Split-Page Books
with Yuka Petz
Wednesday: August 19, 6 – 9 pm
Also known as mix-and-match books, split-page books are simple, yet compelling structures that encourage lots of hands-on engagement. In this workshop, participants will examine a variety of artist-made and commercially printed examples and then make their own folded and sewn variations of split-page books. We will also discuss creating split-page books in collaboration with adults and children, and how to structure content to create cohesive books that retain the play of chance operations. Participants also will have the option to collaborate on a split-page book with other class members, to be completed after the workshop. $60 (10% discount for MCBA members), $30 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/split-page-books/.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts Virtual Workshop
Mini Single Sheet Book Bonanza
With Amanda D’Amico
Thursday, August 20, 6 — 9 pm
A simple, single sheet of paper contains infinite possibilities, and in this workshop, participants will learn a variety of structures created by simply folding and cutting. While some structures mimic and are informed by the traditional codex, others contain the potential to become sculptural objects. In this virtual workshop, we will begin with simple foundational structures and move into alterations and modifications. By the end of the workshop students will have a variety of basic Single Sheet Book models and the knowledge to experiment with new structures of their own. $60 (10% discount for MCBA members); $30 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/mini-single-sheet-book-bonanza-aug20/

Plant Trees and Shrubs in the River Gorge
Tuesday, September 1, 6 – 8 pm
Mississippi River Gorge along West River Parkway
Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff and volunteers working along the beautiful Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side of the river gorge. This event will take place in the sand flats — an area of riverside floodplain forest at the north end of FMR’s 36th St. Oak Savanna restoration project. Participants will spend the evening planting climate-adapted trees and shrubs at the sand flats, where invasive buckthorn has previously been removed. These plants will help maintain a healthy, diverse ecosystem at the sand flats as the climate warms and the makeup of these forests begin to change. All are welcome, and no experience is needed. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Volunteers also may be asked to help with other restoration tasks as needed throughout the worksite. This event is specifically supported by the local neighborhood group, the Longfellow Community Council, and Longfellow area residents are encouraged to register! The event is also part of the Gorge Stewards program, which actively engages residents of the Twin Cities in the stewardship of the national treasure that is the Mississippi River Gorge. For information and to register: https://fmr.org/events/2020/09/01/plant-trees-and-shrubs-river-gorge

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!

Water Works Progress Photos

History at Heart Exhibit at Mill City Museum