Weekly Roundup: September 4-10

Rusty-patched bumble bee on culver’s-root at UW–Madison Arboretum. Photo: Susan Day/UW–Madison Arboretum

This neighborhood is inspiring. Stay strong Greater Longfellow.

Rebuilding Greater Longfellow

Longfellow Community Council (LCC) Partners with consulting firms to Rebuild Longfellow
Consortium of consultants provides pro bono support to Greater Longfellow

Minneapolis, MN  August 27th – The LCC Board of Directors has agreed to an official partnership with Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®), Community Design Group (CDG), Biko Associates, and Patrick Connoy to assist the residents and businesses of Greater Longfellow to create a rebuild plan for the area affected by the unrest after the tragic death of George Floyd. 
The consulting team has a long and successful history of working on community projects across Minneapolis. Many of the consultants have a connection to the Longfellow neighborhood, having been a part of planning and development along Lake Street in the past and the lead for the SEH team is also a Longfellow resident.
The goal is to create a new vision for equitable, sustainable and resilient redevelopment while enhancing public spaces; preserving key community assets; and rebuilding civic, commercial and residential places for the coming years.
The rebuild plan will be inclusive and respectful of the urgent need for our community to become more equitable and welcoming to communities of color.  Community engagement will be at the forefront of the work to ensure that residents, businesses, and community organizations use their collective wisdom to rebuild Longfellow in a way that serves the whole community.
LCC and the consulting team are currently in the process of creating a Steering Committee and a community survey.  Stay tuned through the LCC website and Weekly Roundup for updates and community participation activities through our website at www.longfellow.org.
Longfellow Community Council is the citizen participation organization for the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood.
If you would like more information about this announcement, please send an email to info@longfellow.org

Open letter by Local Organizations to City about Lack of Transparency and Strategy
Dear Mayor and Minneapolis City Council,
Attached is a letter from several organizations representing residents and businesses in areas of south Minneapolis massively damaged by unrest after the murder of George Floyd. This group includes the Corcoran Neighborhood Association, the Longfellow Business Association, the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, the Seward Civic and Commerce Association, the Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association, the Longfellow Community Council and the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger. 

We respectfully submit this letter to you for review and request a response by Sept 4th.  We understand that you are trying to balance a multitude of issues right now, but we are very concerned about the absence of a more coordinated effort by the City to rebuild our communities and engage residents. We are working hard on these same issues that we are asking you about, but we cannot and should not be forced to act without leadership and resources from our City, County and State governments. Please do not direct us to our individual City Council Members as we have been working with them and greatly appreciate those conversations. But the City including the Mayor and entire City Council as well as our County and State elected officials are responsible for a coordinated response to our communities. 

With respect, 
Marya McIntosh
Board President for the Longfellow Community Council

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

Save the Date:

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

The Lake Street Target is scheduled to open in late Fall 2020.  As they rebuild, Target is interested in getting feedback from the community.  Below is a link that you can use to fill out this very short survey. Target Lake Street Store Community Survey:  https://bit.ly/2Ozn2O6

Free Ice Cream for Longfellow on National Night Out!
How can the business community show Longfellow neighbors how grateful we’ve been for their support through both a pandemic and civil unrest? With free ice cream of course!  The Longfellow Business Association is partnering with The Minnehaha Scoop and Big Bell Ice Cream to send ice cream trucks into the neighborhood for National Night Out on Tuesday, September 15th.  On NNO, Big Bell Ice Cream will have a stationary ice cream truck at Longfellow Park (3435 36th Ave S) so that you and your family can pick up some ice cream and enjoy it socially distanced style.  A second truck will drive down both 29th and 31st Streets making stops to especially thank neighbors for helping to minimize the destruction to Lake Street properties.  We are grateful to share this community with such concerned neighbors. Sponsoring Businesses Include: Big Bell Ice Cream, The Minnehaha Scoop, Kennedy & Cain PLLC, Mother Earth Gardens, Lake Street Dairy Queen, Post Plus, Lake Street Oil and Gifts, Glass Endeavors, David M Jacobs, P.A., Dawn Bartell American Family Insurance, Industrial Arts Unlimited, West River Dental, Two Bettys Green Cleaning, Aaron Jones – Thrivent Financial and Kathy Nelson.

Development Community Meeting – Holiday Gas Station – 46th & Hiawatha Ave.
Date: Wednesday, September 16th  
Time: 6:00-7:30pm  
Location: Virtual (information on how to join listed below)

Join us for a virtual community meeting with Holiday Station Stores LLC, to discuss their plans for the reconstruction of the Holiday gas station located at 4601 Hiawatha Avenue. The project includes a larger convenience store located at the corner of 46th and Hiawatha Ave. and car wash with expanded services.
The meeting will feature a presentation, Q & A and community vote, which will be conducted through an online survey. The vote will determine whether LCC provides a letter of support, conditional support or non-support to the City Planning Commission regarding the developers land use requests listed below.
Land use application requests:

  • Conditional Use Permit for a dynamic sign.
  • Variance to allow a curb cut wider than 35 feet between the site and frontage road.
  • Approval of an Expansion and Alteration of a Nonconforming Use, due to project being located in a C3A and Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.
  • Site Plan Review.

Project Site Plans:

To join the meeting, follow the link below on Wednesday, September 16th between 6:00pm and 7:30pm.
Zoom Meeting Link: 
Meeting ID: 993 6458 7379
If you have questions or trouble joining the meeting, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org


Vote by Mail

Our recommendation for you: stay at home and vote by mail

To minimize direct contact with others, the CDC encourages you to vote by mail. All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote by mail. It’s easy to vote by mail, just as long as you plan ahead a bit.  Due to a recent court action (in late June), some of the requirements for voting by mail have changed. These affect witness requirements and the deadline for returning your ballot. Currently, these changes ONLY apply to the August 11 State Primary. The changes are reflected throughout all information below.  

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/

Friday, Sep 4

Kathy King: Unearthing Story • ONLINE EVENT @ 9am 
Kathy King, ruler of the narrative vessel, invites you into her world full of texture, feminism, and critical perceptions. Her sensual carvings on utilitarian vessels work as a conduit to provoke impressions of gender, sexuality, and the influence of popular culture on the stories we believe. Journey with King as she demonstrates her vessels from conception, to creation, to carving. She will demonstrate her sgraffito and carving techniques and share the influence and crossover of printmaking and mixed media in her work. As you absorb her process, lean in to unfolding the story you have to tell, whether it be personal narrative or thematic perspectives, and explore profound ways to share and embody them through the physicality of clay.

Virtual Workshop price includes a Clay-Along Kit and bisque firing of pieces created during the workshop: $130
NCC Members and Educators: $115 | Students: $75

Virtual Workshop Only: $100
NCC Members and Educators: $85 | Students: $50

About American Pottery Festival:  American Pottery Festival guest ceramic artists from across the country will illuminate and celebrate the honor in, and value of, the millions of ways to be and live and create in the U.S. This year, APF features a virtual conference (including workshops, lectures, and demonstrations) and an exhibition and sale (online and in-person).
Learn more: bit.ly/2020APF

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!
WHERE: On 35th St. at Bloomington in the courtyard located in between Reverie Cafe + Bar and the Graffiti House near the ally

For more information, please email legacyartsgroup@gmail.com

Bloodwork: Contemporary Coping Mechanism | Virtual Art Exhibition | September 4-30, 2020 @ Lowertown Lofts Artist Co-op
In-person viewings by appointment only, contact: visit.bloodworkt@gmail.com (Masks & social distancing required.)
For Artist commentaries, exhibition details, and the live stream tours, Art Demos, and Q&A schedule visit: www.nakedcarlyart.wordpress.com/bloodwork-exhibition/
50% of sales from Sep and Oct, 2020 will be donated to National Indigenous Women’s Resource CenterNational Center for Transgender Equality, and The Bail Project
Virtual Exhibition Schedule:
• Fri 9/4 6pm CT: Tour, Artist talk, Q & A YouTube Live Stream
• Sun 9/6 11am CT: Hand Lettering art demo YouTube Live Stream
• Wed 9/9 11am CT: Tour, Artist talk, Q&A Facebook Live Stream
• Sun 9/13 1pm CT: Hand Lettering art demo Facebook Live Stream
• Thu 9/17 4pm CT: Tour Instagram Live Stream
• Sun 9/20 3pm CT: Hand Lettering art demo Instagram
• Wed 9/30 4pm CT: Live Stream Closing Artist talk and Q & A YouTube Live Stream
IG: @mindfully.unapologetic | www.youtube.com “Carly Swenson” | www.facebook.com/carly.swenson.artist/

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

Virtual Movie Night w/ Bisexual Organizing Project-BOP @ 7pm
We will watch Moonlight on Netflix Watch Party hosted by BOP chair Leah. You do NOT need a Netflix account. You do need Netflix Party extension added to Chrome. 
This will work on Apple or PC, but will NOT work on your phone.
Leah will post the URL link here and in the comments section to get started at 6:55pm and the movie will start at 7pm. You can join or leave at anytime.

You will join Leah’s Netflix Party by clicking on the URL link and then click the “NP” icon to watch Netflix with friends at the same time and chat during playback. You can click your user icon in the top right corner to change your icon (and name and pronouns) if you like.
About the movie: Moonlight. 2016. Drama. 110 minutes. Written and Directed by Barry Jenkins (III). Studio A24 Films.
Rated R (for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout).
The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. 110 minutes.

Music & Movies Drive-In! @ Bohemian Flats @ 8pm
Enjoy the City Pages & Star Tribune Music & Movies Drive-In Event at Bohemian Flats Park! 
• Friday, September 4: A League of Their Own with DJ Truckstache | Purchase Here: https://bit.ly/3lkONc2
• Friday, September 11: Grease with DJ Shannon Blowtorch | Purchase Here: https://bit.ly/32tcaYo
• Friday, September 18: Top Gun with DJ Truckstache | Purchase Here: https://bit.ly/31sklFl
• Friday, September 25: Space Jam with DJ Shannon Blowtorch | Purchase Here: https://bit.ly/3jcqWtf

Saturday, Sep 5

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

Yoga In the Park With Dallas @ Powderhorn Park @ 9:30am
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.

APF Evening Social: Sanam Emami & Guillermo Guardia • ONLINE EVENT • 6pm
Everyone is welcome to join us nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, for FREE evening social hours and artist lectures. These events are free, but registration is encouraged so that we can you links to join the virtual space.
Marginalized histories of women and clay inform Sanam Emami’s material connections and approach to ceramics. Obscured or unobscured use, the soft and sharp, Emami curiously explores the unity of contradictory expressions with mark making, symmetry, and patterns.
Originally from Peru, Guillermo Guardia currently lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also creates figurative sculptures, integrating pattern and form, which are influenced by art history, his upbringing in Peru, Catholicism, his transition to living in the United States, and political events.
American Pottery Festival guest ceramic artists from across the country will illuminate and celebrate the honor in, and value of, the millions of ways to be and live and create in the U.S. This year, APF features a virtual conference (including workshops, lectures, and demonstrations) and an exhibition and sale (online and in-person).
Learn more: bit.ly/2020APF

Calvary Food Shelf @ 9am-Noon
Our food shelf distribution is now available twice weekly for our local community every Tuesday and Saturday 9am-12 Noon. To maintain safe distances during the COVID19 concerns, we will offer walk-up and drive-up fulfillment. All fulfillment will be accomplished outside at 39th and Chicago in South Minneapolis. Access to our food shelf is available once each calendar month.

Supporting LGBTQ Youth • ONLINE EVENT @ 11am
Even for the most supportive adults, helping LGBTQ young people thrive in their identities can be a complex and challenging journey. This uplifting workshop will offer affirmation for what you’re doing right already, practical tips for navigating today’s ever-expanding vocabulary of sexual and gender identity, and a toolkit of strategies for fostering informed, compassionate, and authentic conversations with the young people you support.
Please visit  https://www.supportgroupscentral.com/lssmn to register.
For more information, please email Cat Hammond at Cat.Hammond@lssmn.org or self@lssmn.org 
About the trainer: 
Cat Hammond (any pronouns) has worked as a sex educator since 2012, and joined the SELF program at LSS in 2019. In addition to teaching about sexual well-being to people of all ages in various formats and settings, they have also worked as a trainer and consultant on gender, leading presentations on gender diversity and accessibility for faith communities, medical professionals, and performing arts organizations including Children’s Theatre Company and the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Cat holds a B.A. in Gender Studies and Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University.

Sunday, Sep 6

KIds’ Hair Fundamentals @ The Beauty Lounge Minneapolis @ 1pm
Learn the essentials of styling your little one’s hair. This hands on 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.
Includes hands-on instructed styling session, product recommendations, plus a 15% discount on all product purchased during the session and monthly product subscriptions.
*not recommend for children under 3*

Music Mayhem: Sunday Showtune Challenge! w/ Music Mayhem @ 8pm
The Showtune Challenge is BACK by popular demand!  Brought to you by new host Nora, Music Mayhem: Sunday Showtune Challenge is a live, virtual song-guessing game show where your love of musical theater helps you gain points and tickets that can lead to cash and prizes!
Compete against players from around the world, and learn interesting facts about the songs and shows we feature. 
Its free, easy, and fun: 
1) Watch on your computer: https://twitch.tv/mayhemtrivia
2) Guess on your phone (or another browser): https://gomayhem.com/ 
Be sure to tune in 10-15 minutes early to ensure you’re ready to start playing! Themes will change weekly, so study up on your showtunes!


Monday, Sep 7

September Mystery Book Club w/ East Lake Library @ 6:30pm
Join Anna the Librarian for a special virtual session of East Lake Library’s monthly Mystery Book Club. Same time, new place – ONLINE! Link to meeting is provided one day prior to the event to those who RSVP. 

Mystery Book Club discusses new and interesting titles from the mystery and thriller genre!  
The book for September is Adam Johnson’s Orphan Master’s Son
Link to Hennepin County Libraries book page: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/5143724109
Link to information on contactless curbside pick-up: https://www.hclib.org/about/curbside-pickup
Link to information on grab-on-go services: https://www.hclib.org/about/closure-faq/grab-go
Link to OCLC page with listing of other library holdings: https://www.worldcat.org/title/orphan-masters-son-a-novel/oclc/711989011
Support our local bookstore Moon Palace Books by purchasing a copy to be sent to your home: https://www.moonpalacebooks.com/
Here is a description: “This novel follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. The son of an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il. Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother, a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang, and a father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return. Considering himself ‘a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world, ‘ Jun Do becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress ‘so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.'”

Monday Tiyumba Dance Class @ 6pm
Tiyumba in the park! Dance class every Monday in Powderhorn Park at 6-7 pm CDT. We will be on the south side of the park – off of 35th Street. Please bring masks, hand sanitizer & water. We will be practicing social distancing. Drop-in: $15; 6 class package: $80. You can also join us online. For the Zoom meeting link, payment information and more, please see: http://tiyumba.com/danceclasses.html.

Yin Yoga @  Powderhorn Park Recreation Center @ 7pm • FREE
Bring a Mat, Water and Towel • All levels  • On the stage opposite the Community Center

Art Practice Circle: September w/ Minnesota Center for Book Arts @ 6pm
Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly, community space to listen and share about art-making during this time of physical separation. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage each other, to be an audience for each others’ work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will have time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in-progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress.
Learn more and register here! https://www.mnbookarts.org/art-practice-circle-sept7/
Please note: Registration closes 9/4 at midnight


Tuesday, Sep 8

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.

Stories in a Snapshot – September w/ American Swedish Institute @ 2pm
Join ASI staff on Zoom as we explore different photographs from our archives each week. Together we will learn about the history of the photograph and its ties to Swedish-American culture. Participants are encouraged to share stories that are relevant to the photograph’s content.
This program is free. Space is limited to 10 participants per session and registration is required. Register by 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning to receive instructions to join us via Zoom. This program will be recorded so ASI can capture stories for archival and marketing purposes. 
Stories in a Snapshot September schedule; click individual dates to register:
•  Tuesday, September 8 – https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-3
•  Tuesday, September 15 – https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-4
•  Tuesday, September 22 – https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-5
•  Tuesday, September 29 – https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-6

Book Launch: WORLD OF WONDERS, with Aimee Nezhukumtathil & Special Guests • ONLINE EVENT @ 7pm • FREE
Join us (virtutally) as we celebrate Aimee Nezhukumtathil and her new collection of essays, WORLD OF WONDERS! This virtual book launch will be co-hosted by Daniel Slager, Publisher and CEO of Milkweed Editions, and Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Authors Patrick Rosal, Joseph Legaspi, Sarah Gambito, Oliver de la Paz, and Jon Pineda will participate in a Q&A with Aimee about WORLD OF WONDERS and its journey to publication.
Free and all are welcome! **Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!** The first 100 RSVPs will receive access to the Zoom link via email. The event will also be live streamed to our Facebook page for the greater public.

• 7:00 pm – Opening remarks from Daniel Slager, CEO and Publisher of Milkweed Editions, and Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
• 7:15 pm – Opening remarks from Aimee Nezhukumtathil
• 7:25 pm – Patrick Rosal, Joseph Legaspi, Sarah Gambito, Oliver de la Paz, and Jon Pineda join Aimee for a lively discussion of WORLD OF WONDERS
• 7:50 pm – Closing remarks from Aimee, Daniel, and Jafreen

“Reading WORLD OF WONDERS, it’s clear that Nezhukumtathil is a poet. These essays sing with joy and longing—each focusing on a different natural wonder, all connected by the thread of Nezhukumtathil’s curiosity and her identification with the world’s beautiful oddities . . . It’s a heartwarming, poignant, and often funny collection, enlivened by Fumi Nakamura’s dreamy illustrations.” —BUZZFEED
“Should the wonderful David Attenborough ever retire, my hope is someone at BBC has read the work of Aimee Nezhukumtathil . . . What a lovely book this is, gentle in its pacing, well-illustrated by Fumi Nakamura, and quietly subversive in the way she channels its gusts of joy.” —LITERARY HUB


Wednesday, Sep 9

Tiny but mighty: caring for your helpful soil micro-critters w/ Dr. Anne Sawyer Extension educator @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT • Brought to you by Zoom 
Caring for your soil microbes, bugs and worms to grow healthy plants. Did you know that one tablespoon of healthy soil can contain more microbes than there are people on earth? It’s true! This talk will discuss the role of microbes – as well as insects, worms and more – in maintaining soil health and optimum growing conditions for plants.  Zoom event:email longfellowgardenclubmail@gmail.com if you don’t get meeting announcements from the club. You will need to be sent a link and passcode.

Online Living as a Low-Waste Vegan • ONLINE EVENT @ 7:30pm
Join Ashley to learn tips and tricks to be eco-friendly, minimize waste, and save money! ( This event is a repeat of the event that happened July 22nd if you missed it!)
All are welcome! You do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend ARC events. 
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88166629629
Sign up for ARC’s monthly E-Newsletter: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/39949/23220/?v=a 
Become an ARC Volunteer: http://animalrightscoalition.com/volunteer/ 
See what ARC does: http://www.arcmnveganguide.com/what-arc-does.html

Artist Talk: Black Living: Jazz, Gentrification & Get’n By @ 7pm
Join Minnesota-based filmmakers E. G. Bailey and Bianca Rhodes in a moderated conversation with guest curator Steffan A. Spencer. They will discuss experiences of living while Black in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. How much has changed? What still needs to change? A Q&A session follows the talk.
Register for this Zoom webinar → https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cFs6Lz4WQdSZvewPNnw-mg

Thursday, Sep 10

Sodas + Stories! w/ East Lake Library @ 11am
Join us in the community area south of the East Lake Library parking lot for free cold beverages (soda, tea, water) and a space to share your stories of this historic time! Library staff members facilitating the event support social distancing and encourage mask-wearing. This is a drop in program. Community members are welcome anytime between 11am-1pm. 
**weather cancellations will be communicated at 9am on day of event**

White Allies practice w/ DYFIT @ 5pm
This weekly practice supports white allies in cultivating a sustainable, deeply rooted, and joyous relationship with racial justice and racial healing work. We welcome white allies at any step in their journey. Racial justice is a life practice – an embodied approach to bringing our whole selves to the work of liberation, and a way of relating that informs each breath we take together on this earth.
PREPARE: The DYFIT practice uses your personal music device that fits in your pocket, like a phone, so have your favorite pocket music and earbuds. Wear good shoes if you care to take your practice outside, and dress for comfort and weather. The Thursday white allies sessions are 75 minutes long.
LOCATION: Meet at West River Parkway & 24th Street East.
These are the 10-word set of instructions we will lead you through:
1. Love your music;
2. Move honestly (fearlessly);
3. Feel what you feel.
SAFETY: We remind you of the Minneapolis Parks Board’s current safety recommendations, including:
+ Stay at least six feet away from others outside your household.
+ Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover.
+ Be prepared for public restrooms and water fountains to be closed.
+ Do not use parks if you may have Covid-19 symptoms.
+ If you test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days after participating in an in-person session, please help us trace contacts by emailing info@dyfit.org.
HOSTED BY: Laura Levinson (DYFIT Programs Manager) is a movement artist, herbalist, and arts organizer. Laura has been performing and creating work in the Twin Cities for the past 6 years with Aniccha Arts, BareBones Puppets, and a variety of other beloved collaborators. They recently received an Artist Initiative grant from the MN State Arts Board to produce Dumpster Fire, an evening of Queer & Trans performance at Franconia Sculpture Park. Laura has worked with DYFIT since 2015. Among the programs Laura manages is the artist-healer-activist Cohort, a diverse group at the core of the DYFIT practice.

Wendy C. Morris, Director of Creative Leadership Studio, dances at the intersection of systems change, leadership development, mindfulness and innovation. A consultant, coach and process artist, she collaborates with several global networks for change. In the 1990’s she cofounded the White Women’s Race Lab, a collective of 5 somatic therapists, and artist/activists committed to racial justice who met regularly for 20 years to support an on-going journey of awareness and everyday action.

Talk: Ellen Winner – How Art Works, A Psychological Exploration w/ MIA • ONLINE EVENT @ 11am
Ever wondered what it is about Mia’s collections that we all find so irresistible and moving? Join the Friends of the Institute for the free virtual event: Ellen Winner on “How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration.”
Ellen Winner is the Friends September Lecture Series presenter and first speaker of the 2020-2021 season. Dr. Winner’s latest book, “How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration,” explores answers to questions such as: what constitutes art in the first place? Why does even abstract art cause us to respond emotionally? And why is it that we willingly seek out works of art that make us feel sad or that represent objects that in “real life” w try to avoid? And finally, are our responses to art innate or are they shaped by training, culture, and/or tradition?

Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Winner has written numerous books and lectured widely on a variety of subjects relating to how the brain understands, creates, and benefits from interaction with the arts. She is married to Howard Gardner, of multiple intelligences fame, and they have one child together.
Click here to register for this virtual event: bit.ly/2EgUbMk



Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

City Council resumes expanded structure with five modified committees
The City Council continues to update its committees and schedule to respond to changing needs during the local public health emergency. Beginning the week of Sept. 7, the two-week City Council cycles will consist of five standing committee meetings and the regular meeting of the full City Council. The standing committees are:

  • Budget Committee.
  • Business, Inspections, Housing & Zoning Committee.
  • Policy & Government Oversight Committee.
  • Public Health & Safety Committee.
  • Transportation & Public Works Committee.

The full City Council will continue to meet at 9:30 a.m. every other Friday.
This is the latest change in the City’s policy-making process since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dates and times of upcoming meetings are available on the City’s website at lims.minneapolismn.gov.State receives approval from FEMA for Lost Wages Assistance Program
The State of Minnesota has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA provides a temporary additional $300 per week benefit to Minnesotans receiving unemployment benefits. To be eligible, an applicant must have a weekly unemployment benefit amount of at least $100 and must be unemployed due to COVID-19.

Those currently receiving unemployment benefits do not need to reapply or do anything other than complete their weekly benefits request to receive the additional $300 a week. DEED Unemployment Insurance will review all payment requests made for the week of July 26 going forward and automatically pay applicants who are eligible for LWA.
DEED anticipates the program will last between five to eight weeks. Applicants can visit https://www.uimn.org/lwa for more information.

 Highlights of City recovery efforts to help business community
As these unprecedented times test our resilience, staff across the City are working on strategic resources to begin the long path toward recovery. Since the start of the pandemic, the City’s economic development team has helped our business community start to recover through expertise, funding and adapting processes.

Overall, the City’s economic development team has connected with more than 2,000 businesses, provided more than 3,000 hours of direct customer assistance directly or through service contracts, changed licensing and regulatory processes to save businesses $1.4 million, and helped business access more than $3 billion in funding since the start of the pandemic.
Read more about the recovery efforts

State executive order suspending evictions extended; rental assistance available through Hennepin County
The governor’s latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until Sept. 11.This suspension will allow households to remain sheltered during the peacetime emergency. The executive order does not relieve a tenant’s obligation to pay rent.

While the eviction moratorium continues, housing providers can evict a tenant when the tenant violates a lease by endangering the safety of others, engaging in certain illegal activities, or significantly damaging property. Evictions can also proceed if the homeowner or their family member needs to move into the premises or if a writ of recovery was issued prior to March 24 at 5 p.m.
Emergency rental assistance
Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/rent-help and find more information here: 

Census deadline approaching fast — get counted
Have you completed the census yet? The deadline to get counted in the 2020 census is Sept. 30, and Minneapolis still has several neighborhoods that are severely undercounted. Completing the census will ensure that our communities receive resources for programs and services that we need. Many programs that our communities rely on, including SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP and Head Start are funded through data that is obtained by the census. The 2020 Census is our chance to shape the future of Minneapolis for the next 10 years.

In 2010, the City of Minneapolis had a census response rate of 72.8%.
Census takers have begun following up in Minneapolis with households that haven’t yet completed the 2020 Census. Census staff have been hired locally and are here to help households complete their census forms. The goal of census door knockers is to help get an accurate count. Census staffers 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 follow both CDC and local public health guidelines, are trained in physical distancing protocols and will provide census takers with masks during their visit. Census staff have sworn a lifetime oath of confidentiality. Any information that you provide to them will not be shared with any entity other than the Census Bureau for statistical purposes only and never to identify an individual.
Find more information here on verifying a census taker’s identity, COVID-19 protocols or the strategy to visit households that haven’t responded yetLearn more
 Park Board updates on encampments
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) limits the total number of parks available for temporary encampments and the number of tents per encampment. It has also established a temporary permit that can be issued to an individual or body that agrees to be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of an encampment.

The board’s regulations respond to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness who are living in parks temporarily until dignified alternative spaces can be found. The MPRB is working with state, county and city health and human service agencies to find short, medium and long-term solutions.
For the latest information on encampment locations and Park Board actions, go to minneapolisparks.org/encampments
Learn more about the City’s work with partners responding to the increase in homeless encampments. 


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program opens to help with housing expenses 

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program has opened to cover housing expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities or other housing-related costs. This program will help keep folks in their homes and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners in communities across the state.
People in Minnesota interested in applying for assistance can call the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 Resource Helpline at 651-291-0211, visiting 211unitedway.org or texting “MNRENT” or “MNHOME” to 898-211. The 211 Helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For questions regarding the application process, check the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program frequently asked questions.

City offering additional free COVID-19 testing events 
Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 testing events Aug. 28 and Sept. 11, 12, 19 and 26. All are welcome.

  • Free COVID-19 testing focused on the north Minneapolis community
    Noon-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28
    New Salem Baptist Church, 2507 Bryant Ave. N.
    Tests given to people on foot. Register here.

  • 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.

RLM & Peace Coffee Food Pantry • Distribution is 2:00-5:00 Tuesdays and Fridays
Donations taken from 1:00 – 5:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to the door on the 33rd st side of the building.
Cash donations go to Venmo: @gabs-Semansky
Current needs: Baby supplies and personal hygiene products including soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, toilet paper.
Household goods such as Laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels.

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

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Gold Medal Sunset”

WAM ZINE: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Minnesota State Fair Home Edition

Minneapolis Music in the Parks Virtual Concerts

American Pottery Festival
September 2 – 6

History Theatre’s Diesel Heart
September 4 – 10

Highland Water Tower Video Tour

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Virtual Concert Series

MinnPost Compilation of Virtual Author’s Events

National Park Service “Ranger on Call” Virtual Tour of the Mississippi River
Explore the river with a National Park Service ranger, any time you like, just by using your cell phone. Ranger on Call is an audio tour that explores the Mississippi River’s exceptional places. Three tours are geared for bicyclists, with tour stops at Nice Ride stations by the Stone Arch Bridge/Saint Anthony Falls area, downtown St. Paul riverfront and Fort Snelling/Minnehaha Falls. Three additional Ranger on Call walking tours are at Coldwater Spring, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Hastings’ Jaycee Park. For more information, visit: http://www.rangeroncall.com/

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

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

Friends of the Mississippi River Special Places
Friends of the Mississippi River 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! 

Mill City Times
This web site covers “life, work and play in the Historic Mill District” and offers videos of many important presentations and meetings related to riverfront topics. It also includes an event listing that is more expansive than the Mill District and that would be a useful resource for you in between issues of the RiverCurrent (or if, as sometimes happens, you accidentally deleted it).

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

1 Mississippi Campaign
This site includes information on the entire Mississippi River and how you can help protect and enhance it.