Weekly Roundup: August 21-27

This neighborhood is inspiring. Stay strong Greater Longfellow.

Rebuilding Greater Longfellow

Longfellow Strong Yard Signs Available at More Locations!
Our Longfellow Strong yard sign fundraiser is going strong! This fundraiser is for and about our community. We want to clarify that Longfellow Strong signs are a fundraiser for the Longfellow Community Council (LCC) to help rebuild our community in a way that preserves our minority-owned businesses and respects black, indigenous and people of color in Longfellow.  LCC represents all Longfellow residents and is particularly focused on reaching residents who have been historically under-represented including people of color, renters, and people experiencing homelessness. The messaging “Longfellow Strong” was chosen to recognize and display the amazing solidarity across our community following the recent unrest.

Signs are $10 each and available (Additional locations TBD):
• Every Monday from 11am-1pm at the LCC Office | ABC Construction bldg. 2727 26th Ave S. 
• Fireroast Cafe & Wine Bar | 3800 37th Ave S 
• East Lake Liquor Store | 3937th Ave S 
• The Fix Studio | 3725 Minnehaha Ave. 
• Mother Earth Gardens | 3738 42nd Ave S

Longfellow Community Council (LCC) Board of Directors Elections – Tue, Oct 27
The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) is YOUR neighborhood organization if you live or own a business in the Longfellow, Howe, Cooper or Hiawatha neighborhoods and we’d love your participation in our Board of Directors elections! At this time, we are seeking nominations for open seats on the Board.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and unrest after the murder of George Floyd, the LCC is working with residents and through community partnerships on these issues facing our community:
1) Rebuilding businesses and community resources in the impacted areas
2) Food security
3) Safety and security of residents and businesses

LCC is your citizen participation organization in the place you live, work and/or play. No one should feel intimidated by joining the LCC Board of Directors. LCC is committed to having a Board that is welcoming and that represents the cultural diversity of Greater Longfellow. Any resident or person who owns a business in Great Longfellow can nominate themselves.  LCC needs your input to represent the broader community.

Join Our Board of Directors
The LCC Board of Directors is responsible for fundraising, organizational management and planning.  Members attend monthly meetings and other special meetings as needed.  LCC staff ensure that all board members have the resources and support they need to participate. All members will also receive training soon after the October elections.
If you have an interest in joining the LCC Board, or if you just want more information please contact Melanie Majors, LCC Executive Director via email at info@longfellow.org or by sending a request in the mail to 2727 26th Avenue S., Mpls  MN  55406..  More information will be available in September through the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger and social media.  LCC staff are working remotely but you can leave a message for Carly Swenson at 612-722-4529 ext. 11. 
Submit a Question for the Meeting:
Do you have a question for our elected officials, the Police Inspector our LCC board, or for LCC in general? Submit your question with the form found here: https://longfellow.org/2020/08/17/gmm2020/ During the meeting, questions will be chosen at random, due to time restraints, some questions might not be answered during our GMM Zoom session.

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

 Apply for a Bush Fellowship!

The Bush Fellowship is an investment in you, so that you can make a difference in your community. 
We want to help you make the most of your application. Below are resources to support you as you explore if the Bush Fellowship is right for you, and point you towards answers for all of your questions. 
Visit our website for all the information you need, and make sure to submit your application before September 17 at noon Central

Friday, Aug 21

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
An obsessive bank clerk (Alec Guinness) hatches a plan to steal the gold bullion shipments he has loyally overseen for two decades, smuggling them to Paris as Eiffel Tower paperweights. 

New World Night Market w/ Modus Locus @ 6pm
Legacy Arts Group has partnered with Modus Locus, Reverie Cafe + Bar, and Powderhorn Neighborhood Association to have a night market for the summer! In alignment with many of the groups and organizers that are currently supporting the effort to provide space to businesses of color to recover from COVID19 related revenue losses, the New World Night Market seeks to provide the same. We want to continue bridging the gap of community support of business owners of color, help to create lasting business opportunities in this area, and create a space for artists of color to share ands sell their work.

Of course, Legacy Arts Group will have some entertainment and a focus on the youth! Our Future! *WE WILL OBSERVE ALL HEALTH REGULATIONS AND REQUIRE MASKS TO BE WORN ON THE PREMISES.
WHEN: Bi -Monthly on Fridays at 6pm to 10pm • August 21st • September 4th
WHERE: On 35th St. at Bloomington in the courtyard located in between Reverie Cafe + Bar and the Graffiti House near the ally

For Potential Vendors: Please email legacyartsgroup@gmail.com with your product selection/website, needs, and available times based on the dates above. CRAFTERS, VISUAL ARTISTS WELCOME! For more information, please email legacyartsgroup@gmail.com

Saturday, Aug 22

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!

She’s Always In My Hair: Performing with Prince w/ PRN Alumni Foundation @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
A Panel Discussion With Some of the Incredible Women Who Shared Their Talent and Creativity with Prince.                                                           

The PRN Alumni Foundation continues its “Alumni Shares:  Stories From The Park” series with some of the women who worked with Prince, both in the studio and on the stage.  Prince was ahead of his time in a number of ways, one of them being having talented women work with him throughout his career as musicians and executives. The “She’s Always In My Hair” panel, which is the second panel hosted by Prince’s close friend, SINBAD, will air on Saturday, August 22, 2020 8pm (CST) and includes:    Drummer, Cora Coleman (“3121”, “LotusFlow3r”) |  Saxophonist, Candy Dulfer (“Musicology Live 2004Ever tour”) | Guitarist, Kat Dyson (“Emancipation,” “Crystal Ball”) |  Dancer, Mayte Garcia, (New Power Generation) | Singer, Shelby J – (“Planet Earth,” “20Ten,” “LotusFlow3r”) |  Bassist, Rhonda Smith – (“New Power Soul,” “Emancipation”        

**100% of the proceeds from this event benefit the car accident recovery fund for New Power Generation keyboardist, Chance Howard. Chance is in an outpatient rehabilitation center re-learning how to walk and needs as much support as we can provide. In addition to your $10 event ticket that benefits Chance, you may also donate directly to the GoFundMe organized for him by his bandmate and panelist Candy Dulfer, right here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-support-of-chance-howard

Black Lines Matter – A Virtual Writing Workshop @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Come kick it with Black Poets! Register here https://bit.ly/BlackLinesMatter1 Our next session is August 22nd! This space is for and by black people. Black Lines Matter is a home for black poets thinking about joy and liberation. Hosted by http://www.BlackTableArts.com  
Black Lines Matter is a regular writing space for black communities to connect, get feedback and engage other black poets. This is a space where we think through the craft of writing and the tactics of liberation. 

These sessions will be bi-weekly geared toward two things 1) Holding space for black writers to create and share new work . 2) Studying poetic craft through black writing pulling from historic and contemporary writers.  Join us as we search through language to celebrate, survive and fight. We are the garden we need to grow.

100 Years of Votes for Women w/ Hennepin History Museum @ 10am-5pm
The weekend of August 22 and 23, Hennepin History Museum will open its doors to the public! We are doing this temporary reopening to celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified and signed into law 100 years ago this month. Now is your chance to visit Votes for Women, along with our other exhibits. We also are unveiling “Hot Button Issues,” a new display of political buttons from the 1970s and 1980s, which deal with women’s rights and female empowerment. Masks and advance registration are required.
Tickets: $8 General/ $5 Seniors & Students/ Free for HHM Members

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood • At Target Field Station w/  Target Field (Metro Transit station) @ 7pm
An outdoor / social distanced presentation of:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
(5th ave N and 5th St N)
**in case of rain, we will reschedule to Saturday, August 29 at 7p

Sunday, Aug 23

100 Years of Votes for Women w/ Hennepin History Museum @ 1-5 p.m
The weekend of August 22 and 23, Hennepin History Museum will open its doors to the public! We are doing this temporary reopening to celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified and signed into law 100 years ago this month. Now is your chance to visit Votes for Women, along with our other exhibits. We also are unveiling “Hot Button Issues,” a new display of political buttons from the 1970s and 1980s, which deal with women’s rights and female empowerment. Masks and advance registration are required.Tickets: $8 General/ $5 Seniors & Students/ Free for HHM Members

LONGFELLOW ANTI-RACISM NETWORK Meeting @ Longfellow Park (34th St & 37th Ave) from 3-5p
The purpose of this informal self- organized Longfellow Anti-Racism Network is to connect and build relationships among Longfellow residents committed to centering and advancing anti-racism work in our lives and our community. There are many existing excellent resources, organizations, issue campaigns, and other ways to plug into anti-racism work. These are critical vehicles for the work, and we encourage each person to chart out their own path for intentional anti-racist work in their lives and community. This network is not intended to be a source of organizing new work, but to intentionally center anti-racism in building strong community connections across Longfellow.

We will provide a space to connect, learn, and offer accountability and support to one another as we seek to stay committed to being actively anti-racist in whatever way is most effective in our daily lives. Pushing against the defaults of white supremacy requires consistent effort and honest reflection. We believe that providing space for these relationships and community connections to form and deepen is a strategic role that fits within our current capacity as neighbors in this grassroots, volunteer-led effort.

Please join us this Sunday, and feel free to invite other Longfellow residents that may be interested. Wear your mask and be sure to keep a minimum of six feet distance as responsible precautionary measures. Feel free to bring a blanket or chair as well. If you know of other Longfellow residents who would like to receive future communications from the Longfellow Anti-Racism Network, please have them enter their email here.

Monday, Aug 24

World Travelers – Summer Art Camp w/ Articulture @ 4pm • August 24 – 28
World Travelers Summer Art Camp
Grades PreK – 1
Grades 2 – 6
This week, campers will go on a fun expedition around the globe to see how different cultures create both utilitarian and decorative arts.
Full-day | 9:00am-4:00pm | $320 ($272 members)
Morning | 9:00am-12:00pm | $155 ($132 members)
Afternoon | 1:00-4:00pm | $155 ($132 members)
PreK – 1: https://articulture.org/collections/full-half-day-camps/products/world-travelers-august-24-28-grades-prek-1
Grades 2 – 6: https://articulture.org/collections/full-half-day-camps/products/world-travelers-august-24-28-grades-2-6

NENA Green Initiatives Webinar – Mushrooms! w/ NENA’s Green Initiatives Committee @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Learning never ends, it just moves online during the COVID-19 pandemic. NENA’s Green Initiatives Committee is hosting a series of free webinars this summer to keep our community informed and engaged. Have you always been interested in learning more about local fungi, cultivation, foraging, and not dying from picking the wrong mushroom? This is the introductory webinar for you! 

In an intimate online setting, NENA and friends will be spending the evening with Tim Clemens sharing some of his vast knowledge and answering your questions. 
Tim is the President of the Minnesota Mycological Society, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and a Certified Wild Mushroom Expert. He is also the founder of Ironwood Foraging Co. and available for Twin Cities tours. Bio: https://ironwoodforaging.com/blog/f/introducing-ironwood-foraging

“Mycology is the study of fungi, including genetic and biochemical properties, taxonomy, their use as food and medicine as well as their toxicity. Lichenology is a branch of mycology, focusing on lichens, the symbiotic organisms made up of alga and fungus. Bryology is often studied along with lichenology due to the similar appearance and ecological niche of lichens and bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) even though they are not classified in the same kingdom.
Intensive scientific investigation of Minnesota fungi occurred from about 1885 to 1910 supported by the Geological and Natural History Survey of Minnesota. Collections made between 1910 and 1960 focused on plant disease fungi. Renewed interest in documenting fleshy fungi began in the 1960s and has expanded in recent years with the increased emphasis on the analysis of biodiversity.” 
from the Bell Museum https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/fungi/ 

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Tuesday, Aug 25

Community Conversation with Chief Arradondo of the Minneapolis Police Department w/ Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT

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.

Competition Line Auditions w/ The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts @ 6pm
Join our AWARD WINNING competitive dance team. Must have prior dance experience.

Ages 5-9 6:00-7:00pm
Ages 10-18 7:00-8:00pm
Please text 763-913-4952 or email dominiondancecompany@gmail.com
Bring all dance shoes and wear proper dance attire.

Wednesday, Aug 26

How to be a Better Ally w/ Kingfield Neighborhood Association @ 6pm
On Zoom (online.) / All events are limited to 25 participants  AND Registration is Required. / Led by @Danger Boat Productions and The Theater of Public Policy; co-hosted and funded by KFNA and LNA. More info and registration here: https://dangerboat.net/events 
Racism is everybody’s problem. Yet for too long, many white people have shirked the responsibility of learning about racism and talking about it with their white peers. That has shouldered dismantling racism on communities of color. 

It’s past time for white people to do more growing, dismantling, and getting uncomfortable, together and apart. We want to help. We’ve created three kinds of facilitated group experiences to discuss racism and anti-racism, and to practice what we can do (right now, today) to develop ally-ship skills.

Expanding on the “Let’s Get Uncomfortable” conversations, this workshop was developed as a response to our audiences wanting to learn more about Anti Racism. It is designed to give people tools to identify the racism they see in their environments and communities, to better understand the traits and tactics of a good ally, and to give them preparation and practice to take the actions and have the courageous conversations that will help promote safe environments for all where everyone can be their best selves.
Presented by Duck Washington and Danger Boat Productions
About the course: This will be a two hour workshop that will be a combination of facilitated lecture, interactive group work and team role play.

This conversation is financially supported by the neighborhood associations of Kingfield and Lyndale. Please also donate generously to keep this work going and support ongoing, deeper conversations with artists of color.

On-Site Job Fair – Walker Methodist Health Center! @ 9am
Apply and interview on the spot at our South Minneapolis location on Wednesday, August 26th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.! We are currently recruiting for RN/LPN, Nursing Assistants, Servers and Maintenace Technicians. Full-time and part-time shifts available.
3737 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409 

Zoom Macrame Workshop with Juniper + Oak w/ Rock Paper Scissors Goods @ 6:30pm
Workshop Wednesday- Join us for a beginner Macrame Wall Hanging Class taught by local artist, Erin of Juniper + Oak. This class will meet online via Zoom due to safety concerns during COVID. This is a beginner level class where we will be learning the basic macrame knots to create a beautiful Wall Hanging to spice up your space. The materials used are locally sourced branches that Erin collects on her daily walks with her dog and 100% Organic Cotton Cord. You will end up with a wall hanging that measures 10”x12”.  The ticket price will include all materials as well as the shipping/delivery costs to get your kits to you before the time of the class. Registration ends a few days before the class to ensure prompt delivery of materials so please register soon. You will be asked for your address after registration. Each guest will be sent their Zoom link a couple days before the class. And class meets August 26th at 6:30PM CST. Please register on our secure website to save your space!

MercyKids Outdoor Movie Night w/ Mercy Vineyard Church @ 7:30pm
Join us on August 26 at 7:30 pm! We’ll watch Zootopia and provide some questions and conversation-starters for families to talk about what justice looks like.

LunaFest: Minneapolis 2020 w/ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
NOTE: This event is VIRTUAL!
Enjoy seven short internationally curated films by and about women while supporting the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute’s racial and economic equity trainee scholarship fund and program.
We are pleased that Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley has graciously agreed to be our Honorary LUNAFEST: Minneapolis Chairwoman as we celebrate separately and together on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7pm!

This year there are two great virtual options available to fit your schedule: LUNAFEST General Admission: includes pre-viewing welcome and intro at 7pm on August 26, 2020. You will receive a viewing link and passcode which is valid through 11am CDT on August 27th.
LUNAFEST Screening Pass Ticket: Can’t make it at 7:00 PM? No problem, you may choose our Screening Pass option which gives you 24-hours to watch the LUNAFEST films: from 11 AM CDT on 8/26/20 through 11 AM CDT on 8/27/20. You will receive your screening link + passcode the morning of the event.

So what is Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute (i.e. Peacebuilding)?

When terrible things happen like COVID-19 and racism, our peace is stolen from us. Most people want to build peace back into their lives. “Peacebuilding” teaches positive, productive alternatives to revenge to build peace back into our lives and communities. Instigated in 2010, we now have over 5000 Peacebuilding graduates. 80% of our graduates are women, 33% are from communities of color, and the LGBTQ community is well represented. 50% of our trainees apply for scholarship assistance to attend our trainings. LUNAFEST: Minneapolis raises funds for Peacebuilding’s scholarship fund and programs to maximize racial and economic diversity at all our community trainings and events. Attending LUNAFEST inspires and supports our vision of making Minnesota the peacebuilding power state for all! Find out more at http://www.mnpeace.org.

LUNAFEST indicates that the content of this year’s films are suitable for adults and 14+ teens.

Thursday, Aug 27

Artist Talk: Ralph Lemon w/ Walker Art Center @ 8pm
One of the most thoughtful and influential artists or our time, Ralph Lemon is a dancer, choreographer, writer, visual artist. He has been a consistent artistic and intellectual force in the Twin Cities through his many residencies, commissions, performances, exhibitions, and digital art pieces presented by the Walker since 1997. As a Black artist who grew up in Minneapolis in the 1960s and 1970s, Lemon will reflect on those times and ours; the role of the arts and artists in the raw struggle for racial justice; the age of pandemic and its meaning and impact; and what he is contemplating now, poetically, politically, personally. His conversation with Philip Bither, Director and Senior Curator of Performing Arts—a continuation of their 23-year ongoing dialogue—will touch on history, trauma, literature, creative movement, race, memory, aging, and radical disruption, key elements found in Lemon’s rigorous creative research and the indelible resulting works.
Register for this Zoom webinar → https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EjKGAg4zRsuzGuM3TqCDkg


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

 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 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: “River Rainbow”

Virtual Jr. Naturalists: Build a Birdfeeder Workshop
Thursday, August 27, 3 — 4 pm
Thursday, September 3, 3 — 4 pm
Build a birdfeeder and get started making nature observations in your yard! Organizers will provide a kit of materials with everything you need except a hammer (and the computer to access Zoom). The park naturalist will co-facilitate a Zoom workshop with one or two staff from Elpis Enterprises, an organization that provides youth with job training and mentoring. To participate in the Thursday afternoon online workshop there will be two opportunities to pick-up your kit of supplies on the preceding Monday or Tuesday. You will find environmental educators at these parks waiting for you with some fun (and COVID-safe) activities ready — bring the whole family and turn an errand into an adventure! $8. Ages 6 – 12.
For information and to register for August 27 workshop (pick up at Brackett Field Park or J.D. Rivers’ Children’s Garden) : https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/virtual-jr-naturalists-build-a-birdfeeder-w-elpis/112171
For information and to register for September 3 workshop (pick up at Bryant Square Park or Currie Park): https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/virtual-jr-naturalists-build-a-birdfeeder-w-elpis/112173.

As many around the world are under orders to stay close to home, with in-person events and gatherings curtailed for the time being, Weisman Art Museum is joining Independent Curators International (ICI) and over 30 art spaces around the world in sharing DO IT (HOME), with artist-designed prompts and instructions for creations that can easily be realized in one’s own home. For information: https://wam.umn.edu/2020/06/10/do-it-home/

WAM Conversations with Creatives
WAM’s Conversations with Creatives connect you to up-and-coming professionals working in a variety of creative fields. Get advice about how to hustle in the creative economy, from people who have been there and done that. Since we can’t gather in person for this edition of the conversation series, organizers have asked their featured artists to offer their perspectives on creative work as part of the WAM@Home programming. They’re offering tips, tricks and candid perspectives on working creatively and finding opportunities, even in a time of crisis – it’s especially relevant, since the economic impacts of this pandemic season are disproportionately affecting self-employed artists and creative workers. This spring’s contributors are curator Alexandra Buffalohead, artist Michael Gaughan and Renee Powers of Feminist Book Club. For information: https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/in-the-field-conversations-with-creatives-4/.

WAM Artful Writing
Looking for something creative to do with the kids from home? Check out the WAM education team’s Artful Writing kit, filled with prompts and creative activities geared toward helping learners of all ages perceive, analyze and write about art. It’s all free and ready for you to explore. For information: https://wam.umn.edu/education/artful-writing/.

2020 Downtown Mpls Street Art Festival

Meet Minneapolis Compilation of Kids’ Activities

Virtual Cat Video Festival 2020
Thursday, August 20, 8 – 9 pm

Jonatha Brooke: Musical Metamorphosis: A Songwriter’s Journey into Musicals
Tuesday, August 25, 7 pm (Virtual)

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/.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn about places to go, things to do, citizen science projects, the Ranger on Call program and the park’s nature.

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/.

Minnesota Great River Road Information
There are 700+ things to see and do in the Minnesota segment of the Great River Road in the Plan Your Trip online map on this site, plus travel guides/story maps under the photos and videos tab at www.mnmississippiriver.com.

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.