Weekly Roundup: August 14-20

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. 

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 14

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 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.

Senior Social w/ Sewa – Asian Indian Family Wellness @ 1pm
Join our Seniors Group for conversations, celebrations, games, and more! We are currently meeting every Friday over Zoom.  Email us to join! juveria@sewa-aifw.org

Lightning Rod 2020 w/  Pillsbury House Theatre @ 5pm • FREE
This event is free, but you MUST register. This event is an outdoor, public, live, performance art event. LIGHTNING ROD is back for its fourth annual event! Over the course of a week, we present dozens of artists with the prompt “what needs to be said this week”?
*Tickets for Friday Performance:* https://ticketbud.com/events/4fced70c-cef2-11ea-a0c0-42010a71700b
*Tickets for Saturday Performance:* https://ticketbud.com/events/da5da974-cef3-11ea-8ed9-42010a71700b

+ Box Office opens at 7:00pm
+ Event Show begins at 7:30pm
+ Hydration, shade, chairs, and COVID-safety accommodations will be made. See ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT linked below for more details.
+ Audience will be divided into groups of ten at a time, and guided by ushers to assist social distancing
+ Performance time is will be between 60-90 minutes. This performance is flash theatre, developed the week of the intensive, so we will not know the content until just before the show!\
+ MASKS REQUIRED (we will have a supply available for free)

ACCESSIBILITY: Please see our full accessibility statement & COVID-19 protocol LINKED HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TtVCTNYxKrM6kGFHwLQc_GWzSdItv9sENyIt_mE3MuM/edit?usp=sharing
**This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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

Panther: A Moment To Reflect & Organize w/ Juxtaposition Arts @ 6:30pm
We are happy to invite you to a peaceful vibratious night of Dialogue, Laughter and Connection at Juxtaposition Arts, in their skateable art plaza space!!
We will bring together a panel from within the community in  dialogue centering the acclaimed feature “Panther” that covers the creation, infiltration, and eventual dismantlement of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. 
Panel Discussion : 7pm – 830pm 
*Discussion Will Be Live Streamed Online (for community that are not able to be in person)
Movie : Sunset start time 9pm
*REGISTRATION: https://forms.gle/JM9dAae3QXGH9Q7e7
*Space Is limited* 
*Registration PROOF Required For Movie Night Entry* 
*Safe Social Distancing*

Women & Femmes Grounding The Soul Through Art + Liberation. w/ Black Table Arts @ 6pm
Register here https://bit.ly/Blacktablearts . Hosted by http://www.BlackTableArts.com. Join artists and writers Ivy irihamye based in Sammamish, WA and Lexington KY, Janay D. Henry, a sole proprietor based in Minneapolis, MN,and Maya Elie based in Philadelphia | South Jersey in a virtual conversation and workshop that centers the experiences of black women + femmes using art to cultivate healing and rest, restore our sense of self and connect to larger networks of support. RSVP to join and hold space for your healing today.


Saturday, Aug 15

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!

August: IndiaFest w/ Indian Adoptees of Minnesota 
Aug 15 – Aug 16
IndiaFest in St. Paul, MN (capitol grounds)

Coming to the Table in MPLS: Racial Healing Learning Session w/ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 10:30am
Coming to the Table in Minneapolis: Racial Healing Learning Session
*Due to concerns around COVID-19, this event will be held online via Zoom. A link will be sent to participants shortly before the group meets.
What is Coming to the Table?
At Coming to the Table (CTTT), descendants of those who were enslaved, descendants of slave owners, Indigenous community members, and all those interested in engaging in safe constructive dialogue, are invited to come together to envision Minneapolis as a just and truthful community – one that acknowledges and seeks to heal racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, genocide of Native Americans, and the racism these collective traumas continue to spawn. CTTT provides relationship engagement, leadership, resources, and a supportive environment to dismantle racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery and genocide of Indigenous people.

Coming to the Table in Minneapolis: Racial Healing Learning Sessions are on the 3rd Saturday morning and 4th Monday evening of the month.

CTTT Learning Sessions provide an opportunity to learn and grow together. Through readings, videos and discussions, group members examine the intersectionality of racism, its insidious nature and options for healing historical trauma.
Example topics include: the Doctrine of Discovery, Implicit Bias, Exploring Systemic Racism, etc. 
Join CTTT Facilitator and Peacebuilding’s Assistant Executive Director Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power to help instigate this monthly CTTT group in Minneapolis for all who want to take Minnesota beyond the legacy of enslavement and be part of the solution.

“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.

Sunday, Aug 16

Calling all readers around the ages of 8-12! Join The Purple Door Book Club once a month to talk about books. We meet one Sunday a month at 5:30PM. Currently, all of our meetings are VIRTUAL! Email book club leader Linda at staff@wildrumpusbooks.com for more information. 

Sunday, August 16, 5:30PM: ME, FRIDA, AND THE SECRET OF THE PEACOCK RING by Angela Cervantes. Order a copy of the book here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/PurpleDoor

Non-Gestational Parent Group in August w/ Queer Birth Project @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Queer Birth Project is hosting a monthly meeting for non-gestational / non-carrying parents. Whether you’re just starting the planning phases, your kiddo is a full-grown adult, you’ve been both a gestational parent and NGP — perspectives from all along the journey are welcome! This is a trans-affirming and all-genders welcome meetup. Because of COVID, we will be meeting virtually via Zoom. Meetings will be on the third Sunday of the month at 10am.
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Chai & Chat w/ Sewa – Asian Indian Family Wellness @ 2pm
Chai & Chat creates supportive and safe spaces for all who identify as women to come together to discuss issues, share their stories, and to enjoy different activities and outings. Though COVID has put a damper on activities together, we are still meeting via ZOOM. 
Register Online:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqd-yqrTsqE9xKAKr8NqUnqAoCODLKzjo2

Rising from Concrete: Voice, Movement & Color along Lake Street w/ Moon Palace Books @ 6:30pm
What does it mean to rebuild, redistribute and ultimately grow amid civil & societal unrest? Something that you believe to be concrete is now being churned and resown. Concrete is laid to restrict overgrowth and make it easier for us to move, which ultimately creates a barrier between us and the land. But plants will always slip through the cracks despite a surface designed to oppress and repel them. Through voice, movement and color we will allow our bodies to cascade, take root and then rise again from the pavement, part of Pangea World Theater’s Another World Is Possible Series. 

The performance will be live, raw, in the moment responses to the various forms of art being expressed. Poetry and song will inform the movement of the dancers, as they paint their bodies with pigment powders, which will inform the chalk drawings on the street.

We will take the necessary precautions to ensure this event is covid-conscious. Masks are required. This event will be outside.

Yoga in the Park + Picnic w/ Samadhi Yoga MPLS @ 11am
Enjoy an all-levels outdoor yoga practice, followed by a socially distant community picnic (BYOB – Bring Your Own Brunch). All humans welcome. Class and picnic will be held on the West side of the lake, you’ll see a white sign to designate our spot. Donations welcome, pay what you’re able; $5-$30.
BIPOC-led, LGBTQ-friendly

Abolition Book Club: Arrested Justice w/ Boneshaker Books @ 6pm
The next book for Abolition Book Club will be Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation by Beth E. Richie. Join us for a virtual discussion!
ABOUT THE BOOK“Through the compelling stories of Black women who have been most affected by racism, persistent poverty, class inequality, limited access to support resources or institutions, Beth E. Richie shows that the threat of violence to Black women has never been more serious, demonstrating how conservative legal, social, political and economic policies have impacted activism in the US-based movement to end violence against women.
Arrested Justice brings issues of sexuality, class, age, and criminalization into focus right alongside of questions of public policy and gender violence, resulting in a compelling critique, a passionate re-framing of stories, and a call to action for change.”

Purchase the book here: https://tinyurl.com/arrestedjustice Or, attend our next pop-up event to purchase the book! Mention it’s for Abolition Book Club to receive a 20% discount (valid only in person).

Dance classes for youth! @ 2pm
This will be a fun learning experience for teenagers to gather, have fun and build with each other. This is a non-competetive scene, rather it’s one where we help each other grow and connect. Salsa taught by Hanna Esparza from 2-3pm and Hip hop (various styles including animation, krumping, slides, footwork..) taught by Vortex and Stain from 3-4pm. Let’s begin 2020 with more dance love for the youth!!

OAC: Artist Conversations with Blythe Dockham @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Please join us with Artist Blythe Dockham while we talk with them about their artwork. Their work can be found on their website: https://www.blythedockham.com/ Or on Instagram: @blythedockham_art

Monday, Aug 17

Burn Something Public Art @ Family Partnership building on the corner of East Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue South (on the southeast corner)
Collaborating inaugural Emerging Curators Institute fellows Adrienne Doyle and Gabby Coll present 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨,​ a public art exhibition now on view on the new Family Partnership building on the corner of East Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue South (on the southeast corner).

The exhibition features work from seven local Black, Indigenous, and POC femme, gender non-conforming, and trans artists. It is an expansion of the DIY publication, ​𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘡𝘪𝘯𝘦,​ which Doyle founded and produced between 2014 and 2016. ​𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘡𝘪𝘯𝘦 ​was a trans-inclusive submission-based publication accepting work from women of color. Within its 2-year run, six issues of the zine were published featuring 24 local and national contributors. Issues of ​𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘡𝘪𝘯𝘦​ can be found on the project’s ISSUU page, linked below. This project formed a cultural space for individuals of these identities to claim their narratives, build social connections, and heal by being heard.

This exhibition was scheduled to be on view at Modus Locus Gallery in late May 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd and subsequent uprisings in the Twin Cities, Coll and Doyle shifted the presentation of the exhibition to allow for safe social distancing and increased accessibility.

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words – Virtual Screening w/ MSP Film Society 
Your ticket purchase directly benefits MSP Film Society during these challenging times, thank you!
One of the most revolutionary and influential fashion designers of his time, Martin Margiela has remained an elusive figure the entirety of his decades-long career. From Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant to creative director at Hermès to leading his own House, Margiela never showed his face publicly and avoided interviews, but reinvented fashion with his radical style through forty-one provocative collections. Now, for the first time, the “Banksy of fashion” reveals his drawings, notes, and personal items in this exclusive, intimate profile of his vision.

The film features interviews with, among others, Margiela himself, Jean Paul Gaultier, Carine Roitfeld, Trend Forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn, and fashion historian Olivier Saillard. The score has been composed by the Belgian rock band dEUS

Jim Crow of the North – Free Virtual Screening and Discussion w/ MSP Film Society • FREE
We the People: Required Watching will continue on Sunday, August 16 with a FREE community screening of Jim Crow of the North, a TPT – Twin Cities PBS original documentary that explores why Minnesota has some of the worst racial disparities in the nation by tracking the history of the state’s racist, restrictive real estate covenants. MSP Film Society Programmer Craig Rice will lead a conversation with Director Daniel Pierce Bergin and Anthony R. Scott, President of Minnesota’s Black Community Project, on Monday, August 17 at 7pm. This series is generously supported by the George Family Foundation and KNOCK, Inc. All We the People online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.
ABOUT THE FILM: Why does Minnesota suffer through some of the worst racial disparities in the nation? One answer is the spread of racist, restrictive real estate covenants in the early 20th century. Jim Crow of the North charts the progression of racist policies and practices from the advent of restrictive covenants after the turn of the last century to their final elimination in the late 1960s.

Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created. A Twin Cities PBS Original.

Art of Food – Summer Art Camp w/ Articulture @ 7pm
Art of Food, Full Day Summer Camp • Grades 3 – 6 • August 17 – 21 • 9 am – 4 pm
Create food related projects at Articulture in the mornings with nonfood materials. Then spend afternoons at the nearby Soup for You Café kitchen, chopping, measuring, stirring, cooking, and baking sweets and savories. Then, of course, sample your creations!
Tuition: $330 ($280 members)

Musical Mindfulness Onstage at Orchestra Hall: Resilience w/ Minnesota Orchestra @ Noon
Join us for a noon-hour break of guided meditation and live music that explores the nature of resilience with Minnesota Orchestra violinist David Brubaker and University of Minnesota mindfulness faculty member Mariann Johnson. Sessions take place onstage at Orchestra Hall. This session will provide an opportunity to explore several mindfulness and regulation practices that can help build resilience and strengthen your ability to adapt in the face of challenges. No prior experience with mindfulness or special attire is needed. Everyone is welcome to participate! Learn more about the Center at csh.umn.edu

The Ladykillers (1955) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Five criminals plotting a bank heist rent a room from octogenarian Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), who lives across the street from their target. But their landlady’s unceasing annoyances end up undermining their intentions.  https://www.trylon.org/film/the-ladykillers/2020-08-14

Virtual Event – The Unicorn Art Show 6: A Fantasy Art show w/ The Otherworldly Arts Collective, Artspace and the Residents of Jackson Flats @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Otherworldly Arts Collective with Artspace and the Residents of Jackson Flats have made a decision to postpone an in person Art Show. We will now be hosting a LIVESTREAM event with our artists and sponsors. More Information Coming Soon!

Tuesday, Aug 18

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.

The Good Fight: a streaming reading w/ Theatre Unbound @ 7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Good Fight, by Anne Bertram is the true story of Grace Roe, an early-twentieth-century English women’s suffrage activist, who organized a bodyguard of women trained in martial arts in order to protect the leaders of the militant suffrage movement. On this, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we’ve invited back the original cast of The Good Fight and Director Carolyn Levy, to tell their story. For one night only, don’t miss this live-streaming staged reading to benefit Theatre Unbound. Admission is free and open to all – we know these are challenging times. For those who can afford to donate, we would love your support. 
REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theatre-unbound-presents-the-good-fight-by-anne-bertram-tickets-115738209099
To Donate to Theatre Unbound and help us tell even more women’s stories: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/143618

Medicare Basics Webinar w/  UCare @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Covid time is the perfect time to brush up on Medicare. Learn about the parts, when to enroll, and pros and cons of different plan types. Our de-complicators look forward to helping you!

Collective Care | In the Park,  Lake Hiawatha @ 7pm • FREE
This class is a collective for and by Black folx to gather and experience community care. Classes incorporate both promoted and open discussion, gentle yoga and meditation, rest and joy. This event will be led by nathaniel, James, Vaughn, and Alicia, and open to all that identify as Black. This group will meet at Lake Hiawatha (exact location will be sent in your registration confirmation).

Free for participants; To non-Black folx wanting to support, you are invited to contribute by making a one-time or monthly contribution to compensate leaders and sustain this group for participants (100% of offerings go to facilitators.)

Kids’ Hair Fundamentals Webinar @ noon • ONLINE EVENT
Learn the essentials of styling your little one’s hair in the comfort of your own home. This digital class is ideal for someone with limited experience managing textured hair ie. multiracial families, foster parents, and transracial adoptive parents. Leave with the confidence to wash, detangle, and create simple hairstyles.

Wednesday, Aug 19

Insemination 101 for Queers and Single Parents Class w/ Mandala Midwifery Care and Queer Birth Project @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Planning to grow your family through insemination?  Check out our upcoming class that covers all the basics to get you on a path to parenthood.  The class is a partnership between Mandala Midwifery Care and Queer Birth Project

Native Trans/ GNC/ Two-Spirit Listening Session @ 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
We will give an update on the current trans equity work plans at the City of Minneapolis, as well as the current work to develop alternatives to policing, and other work happening outside of the City as well. We want to hear your feedback on the trans equity work and your input on what community safety needs to look like, and brainstorm opportunities to collaborate or support work you’re already doing. We want to create a space that centers your needs, and, if you want, build relationships for future involvement with trans equity work at the City. Cecilia Petit (she/her) from MN Indian Women’s Resource Center will facilitate the space, and Track Trachtenberg (they/them), Trans Equity Project Coordinator in the Division of Race and Equity, will present on City of Minneapolis updates.

Please register here to receive the link for the listening session: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/130f33a010f1496ba8f79438f03f4532.  The space will be conducted in English; if you need interpretation or have other access needs, please contact track.trachtenberg@minneapolismn.gov or 612-394-0714 (call or text). 

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact the Division of Race and Equity at 612-394-0714 (call or text) or e-mail track.trachtenberg@minneapolismn.gov. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.  TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626. Para asistencia 612-673-2700 – Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 – Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

Thursday, Aug 13

Back to School: Keeping Kids Safe Online @ Noon • ONLINE EVENT
CornerHouse is proud to present a monthly virtual speaker series, providing background on our child abuse intervention, advocacy, healing services and other aspects of child welfare.
Join us for August’s Installment
Back to School: Keeping Kids Safe Online
When: Thursday, August 20 | 12 – 1 PM
Where: Zoom!
With schools returning mostly online, our children and teens will be spending more time on the internet than ever. Unfortunately, youth are at an increased risk of exploitation online.
Join Stephanie Randolph, MA – a forensic interviewer at CornerHouse – to learn strategies to set boundaries and communicate with children to ensure they are safe from sexual harm online.
This presentation is geared toward community members, caregivers, and partners in social services, but all are welcome to join.

RSVP here: https://www.trailblz.info/cornerhouse/eventcomplete.aspx?eventid=2819

Book & Body Series: My Grandmother’s Hands w/ Yoga Sanctuary @ 7pm
Are you curious about the current upheaval around issues of racism in America, around the globe and inside of you?Are you interested in exploring how generational trauma has lodged itself into your body, all bodies, without your awareness?

Join Yoga Sanctuary Instructors Shelley Pagitt and Michelle Steffen (who has participated in the Body Blows immersion experience with Resmaa at Minneapolis Institute of Arts), for this Book & Body Series to explore racism through the lens of generational trauma with discussion, body-based practices and intentional community.

“The first self-help book to examine white-body supremacy in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology. The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze.” My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action for Americans to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but also about the body. Menakem introduces an alternate view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide and takes readers through a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing practices.”

– Preregister to receive additional information + Zoom link
$75/5-class series *all proceeds go to Minnesota Freedom Fund. Also, we do not want finances to keep anyone away. Please contact Shelley@YogaSanctuaryMpls.com for support. MindBodyOnline, our registration system, is having a problem with WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONS. Use this link to register for all SUMMER SERIES & WORKSHOPS: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=28052&stype=-8&sTG=23&sView=day&sLoc=0
– Purchase the book: Check the author’s website http://www.resmaa.com/books order from your local bookstore http://www.magersandquinn.com

Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series w/ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 7pm
*Due to concerns around COVID-19, Peacebuilding films will be held online via Zoom. A link will be sent to participants shortly before the film starts. Come join your local community for our monthly Peacebuilding Film Series! This event is free and open to the public.

We’re also partnering with the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis to offer $5 off your meal when you order online! Discount code and ordering link included in EventBrite confirmation email. 
This Month’s Feature Film: “The Mask You Live In” 
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.


Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

Minneapolis Forward: Community Now Coalition proposes first slate of recommendations for recovery efforts
The Minneapolis Forward: Community Now Coalition has issued the first round of recommendations aimed at rebuilding the city in the aftermath of civil unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins convened a virtual briefing of coalition members and funding partners to present the proposals from first of three planned work cycle sprints on Aug. 6. The first round focused on four key areas of action including: business retention, prioritizing BIPOC/minority-owned businesses, supporting entrepreneurs who invest in the community, and real estate and investment. 

Participants in the Minneapolis Forward: Community Now Coalition reflect leadership from Twin Cities foundations, community-rooted businesses, and community organizations that are working together to transform Minneapolis into a stronger, equitable, inclusive and innovative city. The coalition is a cross-sector action team whose work is guided by the expertise of Black people, indigenous communities, people of color, and immigrants, including young people. Learn more about the coalition on the City’s website

 Loans available for Minneapolis businesses and nonprofits affected by civil unrest
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved a disaster declaration for areas in Minnesota impacted by the recent civil unrest. Minneapolis business, nonprofits, and individuals are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans directly from the SBA, including both physical damage and economic injury loans.     

See the SBA news release and fact sheet for more information; two online training sessions are also available.

For additional guidance and assistance, Minneapolis businesses can consult with an advisor through the City’s Business Technical Assistance Program or contact the Minneapolis Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.govApply online.

 Diverse applicants wanted for Minneapolis boards and commissions
Twenty-four City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this fall. Applications are open now. The positions are open until filled; application review begins Sept. 30 unless marked otherwise. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available so all residents can participate.

City boards and commissions have brought forward recommendations that resulted in renter protections, wage protections and a ban on a hazardous chemical in dry cleaning. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights.

People can apply through the open position pages linked below and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings. Applications are open now. Learn more about the openings


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Gov. Walz extends peacetime emergency
Following the advice of public health experts, senior advocates, labor leaders, doctors, hospitals, and long-term care providers, Gov. Tim Walz today signed an executive order today extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to rapidly-evolving issues stemming from COVID-19.

The President’s COVID-19 national emergency remains in effect, and states of emergency are in place in all 50 states. Minnesota’s peacetime emergency protects Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishment; provides expedited procurement power for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment; allows Minnesota to re-open society strategically, while following the advice of public health experts; protects workers from unsafe worker conditions; requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and provides economic relief and stability to those impacted by the pandemic. If the peacetime emergency were to end, it would jeopardize over $50 million each month in federal funding.

 Free COVID-19 testing events coming up Aug. 15 and 25
Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 testing events Aug. 15 and 25. All are welcomed. The tests are available to people arriving on foot or by car.

  • 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. Register onsite. Registration forms are available in English and Spanish. Spanish interpreters will be onsite.
  • Free COVID-19 testing focused on PICA Head Start families: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 McKnight Early Childhood Family Development Center, 4225 Third Ave. S. Hmong, Somali and Spanish interpreters will be onsite.

You can expect to get your test results in about two days. The test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance. If you are unable to attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

Public health information: Slow the spread of COVID-19


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:

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Mill Stone”
Virtual Fresh Ink Series: Carlyle Brown’s Acting Black
August 13 — 15
Rhythmically Speaking, The Cohort: From Home!
Friday, August 14, 7 — 9:30 pm
Virtual Fresh Ink Series:
Serving Black Futures: Loving Black Artists
August 20 – 30
Votes for Women. Launching Wednesday, August 26
On August 26, 1920, lawmakers signed into law the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution which upheld the right for women to vote. This momentous legislation was one step in the struggle to overturn barriers to voting rights that persist to this day. Votes for Women is an online exhibit that will launch on the Minnesota Historical Society’s website at www.mnhs.org/votesforwomen on August 26. Developed in partnership with the League of Women Voters Minnesota, the exhibit shares the stories of more than 40 Minnesota women whose commitment to civic responsibility, as well as the many voices who have been left out, can inspire us to participate more fully in the democratic process. In addition, a video with interviews from today’s Minnesota civic leaders will share how different communities view the right to vote and what work still needs to be done to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. Visitors can learn about the League of Women Voters, how to register and ways to vote in the upcoming November election, plus they can explore related resources including MNHS Press books, MNopedia articles and more. Special programs will be offered throughout the fall including the one noted below.
Turnout: Making Minnesota the State the Votes Event
Wednesday, August 26, 7 pm
Joan Growe and Lori Sturdevant will talk about their new book Turnout: Making Minnesota the State that Votes. Hear from the former Secretary of State, Joan Growe, about how Minnesota’s high voter turnout is no accident. 
A Public History of 35W: Virtual Story Share
Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Mystery on the Mississippi
Katherine E. Nash Gallery presents:
Practice and Interpretation 
Report from the Midwest
Arts 3890/5890 – 3D Modeling and Digital Fabrication
Friends of the Hennepin County Library Pen Pals Virtual Events

Coffee with A Ranger
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am
Facebook Live
Coffee with A Ranger is a new video series recently developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area as a way to interact with folks at home via Facebook Live. This series will continue throughout the summer and beyond, so tune in every Tuesday and Friday at 10 am to watch it live and ask questions in the comments section. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the videos, but you do need to be logged into an account to ask questions. The series now features a live ASL interpreter. To view previous segments covering birds, flowers, beer and more: previous segments covering birds, flowers, beer and more: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MississippiRiverNPS/videos/.
Ranger Station Pop-Up @ Coldwater Spring
10 am – 4 pm, starting June 12 
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Dr. S.
This is your opportunity to interact with a park ranger this summer! Learn about the site’s history, get information on plants and wildlife that can be found at the park or just get oriented with the park layout. Look for the National Park Service tent and rangers near the entrance. For information: https://parkconnection.org/events.
Jazz Central Studios
407 Central Ave. SE
In 2010, local jazz musicians Mac Santiago and Tanner Taylor established Jazz Central Studios as a rehearsal and recording space for Twin Cities jazz musicians. They encourage jazz patrons and musicians of all levels to become a part of Jazz Central Studios. Whether you want to develop your skills and career as a performing musician or you want to meet other jazz enthusiasts and support the local scene, there is a place for you at the studio. For a calendar of the studio’s several times a week performances: http://jazzcentralstudios.org/calendar/
Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul
St. Anthony Main Theatres, 115 Main St. SE
In addition to first-run movies, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul exhibits the best of classic and contemporary cinema from around the world, including several topical festivals. To see what’s on the schedule, visit: http://www.mspfilmsociety.org
Red River Oxcart Trail Audio Tour
Up until 150 years ago, parts of the east bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis served as a trade corridor. Routes in the city now known as Main Street and Marshall Street, as well as Coon Rapids Boulevard and Main Street in Anoka, once led settlers and traders north and west into what is now North Dakota. The history of this trail and the story of a key component of Minnesota’s development into statehood is told in the Red River Oxcart Trail audio tour, a project of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Now it’s easy to explore the 20-mile stretch of the Red River Ox Cart Trail’s route from Anoka to St. Anthony Main through an online audio tour which tells the story of the trail and the people who traveled it. Even though the ox carts are gone, buildings, streets, railroad tracks, names and families carry the story into the 21stcentury. To access the tour: https://www.minneapolishistorical.org/tours/show/10 .
Minneapolis Historical Mobile Tour Smartphone App
The Minneapolis Historical Mobile Tour app is available–for free!–for iPhones and Androids. There are two tours so far: The Old Highland tour (created in partnership with the Old Highland Neighborhood Association) and the Marcy-Holmes tour (created with the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association). The app offers users an on-the-go look into Minneapolis’s past, from the well-known headlines to the forgotten tales and people. The Marcy-Holmes tour tells stories of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood—what was once the town of Saint Anthony Falls—from 1849 through the early twentieth century, using images, text and recorded commentary from 27 neighbors and friends. Created using material drawn from Penny Petersen’s book, Hiding in Plain Sight: Minneapolis’ First Neighborhood, the tour focuses on 24 historical sights depicted in the bronze sculptures on the Sixth Avenue Stroll, an outdoor gallery created by artist Aldo Moroni in 2004 that extends from University Ave SE to Main Street. Each stop on the tour consists of a present-day image of the site, the corresponding bronze sculpture, an historic image (when available), brief text and two audio recordings by an individual somehow related to the site. To access the tour: https://www.minneapolishistorical.org/index.php/tours/show/5