Weekly Roundup: September 11-17

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Rebuilding Greater Longfellow

Longfellow Rebuilding Plan – Community Questionnaire
The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) is facilitating a neighborhood planning process for the reconstruction of the areas most affected by the unrest that followed the tragic death of George Floyd.

The goal of this effort is to create a new vision for equitable, sustainable and resilient redevelopment, enhancing public spaces, preserving key community assets and rebuilding civic, commercial and residential places for the coming years.

Your participation in completing this brief 5-minute questionnaire will begin to inform this critical neighborhood rebuilding effort.

Click here to fill out the questionnaire.



Longfellow Rebuilding Plan – Project Steering Committee Application
The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) is in search of residents, business and commercial property owners and community organization representatives interested in joining a Project Steering Committee (PSC) to help lead the process of creating a rebuild plan for the area affected by the unrest that followed the tragic death of George Floyd.

We hope to assemble a PSC made up of members with a diverse range of viewpoints and skills in order 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. Desirable skillsets include, but are not limited to:

  • Racial Equity Work
  • Urban Planning & Development
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Small Business Ownership & Management
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Architecture & Design

Time Commitment: Each Steering Committee Meeting will be 2 hours.  You will need to read documents in advance of the meeting which will require additional time from you.  There will be six (6) total committee meetings.
You will also be asked to dedicate 8-12 hours of time over six (6) months to plan for and participate in community engagement activities and plan preparation. We recognize that not all members will be able to make the full commitment, but you will automatically resign from the Steering Committee after 3 absences.

Interested? Click here to fill out a brief application. Applications are due by September 14th.
If you have questions about the PSC or the Longfellow Rebuilding Plan, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

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.



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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 (Virtual) – Lowa Phase II

Date: Thursday, September 24th
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Virtual (information on how to join listed below)
Join us for a virtual community meeting with Oppidan Investment Company, to discuss their plans for the development of a multi-family residential building located at 3939 E 46th Street, south of the existing Cub Foods mixed-use building.
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 to increase maximum building height in C3A district from 4-stories, 56ft to 5-stories, 54ft.
  • Variance to Pedestrian Overlay District standards to increase maximum front yard setback from Nawadaha Blvd.
  • Variance to reduce minimum interior side yard along the east property line adjacent to the alley from 13 to 10 feet.
  • Site Plan Review: New 5-story building with 144 units.

Site plans for the project can be found hereTo join the meeting, click here and select “continue using this browser, between 6:00 and 7:30pm on Thursday, Sept 24th. 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 11

THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Antonious Block (Von Sydow), a disillusioned knight returning home from the Crusades, finds society in tatters amid the horrors of the Black Plague. When Death (Ekerot) comes to claim the knight’s life, Block challenges the dark figure to a game of chess


New Dawn Theatre’s “A Breath for George”: Amplifying Solidarity @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Free Zoom screening. Northrop is standing with Twin Cities theater companies to present a free Zoom screening of A Breath for George; a collection of songs, interviews and poems created by New Dawn Theatre and Minnesota artists to: honor Floyd’s life; speak to this moment and moments past openly and honestly; and to share avenues which promote hope and positive changes for the future. A Breath for George gives voices to the ways Black citizens and residents historically have been negatively affected emotionally, physically, and financially by systemic racism and nationwide police violence. Donations will be accepted for local charities. http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/new-dawn-theatre-breath-george-2020


Senior Social w/ Sewa – Asian Indian Family Wellness @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
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


Saturday, Sep 12

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.


Beginner Mushroom Hunting @ 10am-1pm • $45 • Tickets: http://www.ironwoodforagingco.com/workshops
Do you want to learn how to safely harvest edible wild mushrooms? This is a 3-hour hands-on beginner’s mushroom hunting hike. Mushroom identification, biology, and usage will be discussed. Location will be emailed to students prior to class (within an hour of Minneapolis). Class size limited to allow individual instruction and maintain required gathering size limits.


Seward Cafe Group Bike Drop w/ Bikes & Bites MPLS @ 10am
We are headed to Seward Cafe for our next group bike drop! After being forced to shutter their doors due to COVID, Seward Cafe turned their space into a free food and supply collective. Please check out the awesome work they are doing and support Seward Cafe’s efforts by donating supplies and riding with us on Saturday, September 12th!

We are hopeful that the weekend time slot makes it possible for more cyclists to join us. We will meet at 10a on Saturday 9/12 at B&B HQ. Please message us or email us at bikesandbitesmpls@gmail.com for the address! We’ll pack up our trailers and backpacks and leave around 10:15a for Seward Cafe. It should be about a 16 mile ride (round trip). Feel free to split off earlier if needed, but it is tons of fun to get together for this safe, distanced activity! MASKS REQUIRED as always and social distancing protocol will be followed.

Seward Cafe is in need of the following supplies: Paper towels • Toilet paper • Maxi pads • Diapers • Baby wipes • Formula • Dish soap • Laundry detergent • Shampoo/conditioner • Hand/body soap • Toothpaste/toothbrushes • Deodorant • All purpose cleaner • Cooking oil • Flour • Salt • Sugar • Rice • Pasta/pasta sauce • Snacks • Bottled water • Hand sanitizer • Paper grocery bags for customer shopping *Small, individual-sized items preferred 
*No more canned goods please
We will update this list if needs become more specified over the next two weeks. Please share this event with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc! Thank you everyone and looking forward to another great drop!


12th Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival Re-Imagined @ 10am
2020 Minneapolis Monarch Festival Re-Imagined: Online and In-Person Activities Bringing the Festival into Your Home
Festival Monarca de Minneapolis 2020 reimaginado: Actividades en línea y en persona que llevan el festival a su hogar

As the majestic Monarch Butterfly delights Minnesotans this summer, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival re-imagines our annual celebration and moves online.
PLEASE NOTE – We are unable to change the date on this Facebook Event. We will have new content on Facebook and http://www.monarchfestival.org from August to September 12.

New in 2020, the Festival will organize cultural, artistic, and educational virtual activities to keep the spirit of the Festival alive and promote our core message of protecting the Monarch Butterfly. from August to September 12. These bilingual, interactive online and in-person events will bring the Festival right into your home with local artists and hands-on projects, author and book reading, and our scientific experts.

Our online guests will celebrate the Monarch Butterfly’s 2,300-mile journey from Minnesota to Mexico with art, culture, and education. The Festival welcomes artist Lynette LaRue and take-home kits for creating butterfly masks; Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec dancers explain the cultural and historical significance of their exquisite hand-made costuming; Monarch Joint Venture teaches our audience how to be good stewards by conserving the endangered monarch environment; and so much more!

The Re-Imagined Festival will protect our guests, exhibitors, and staff by complying with COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing. The Festival plans to return to its home at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis in 2021 and welcome over 9,000 visitors.

Find out more about the Re-Imagined Festival at http://www.monarchfestival.org.  The Minneapolis Monarch Festival 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. 

Sunday, Sep 13

Music Mayhem: Sunday Showtune Challenge! @ 8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
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!


Great Indian Dance Off 2020 w/ SAATH – South Asian Arts & Theater House @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
WHAT IS GIDO?
The Great Indian Dance Off (GIDO) is a fast-paced and highly entertaining dance-off event organized by SAATH annually. Teams compete in a bracket-style tournament for prize money. To advance through each round, teams must perform 30-seconds of original choreography to wow judges and earn audience votes. Absolutely any dance style can be performed – the catch? It must be performed to an Indian song! 
GOING VIRTUAL
This year, GIDO will be live-streamed over three weeks (September 13, 20, 27). Teams will submit a pre-recorded video of themselves performing. Each weekly broadcast will reveal another round in the competition, featuring new dances, judge’s commentary, and live reactions from the host!  The event is FREE for audience to watch.
REGISTER TO COMPETE NOW! CASH PRIZE! For details,  participation rules, and to register your team now, check out our website – https://www.saathmn.org/gido

Virtual GIDO 2020 Event Calendar:
Sunday, September 13th – Round 1 Livestream
Monday, September 14th, Round 1 voting closes @ midnight 
Tuesday, September 15th – Announce Round 1 Winners 
Sunday, September 20th – Round 2 Livestream
Monday, September 21st-  Round 2 voting closes @ midnight 
Tuesday, September 22nd – Announce Round 2 Winners 
Sunday, September 27th – Round 3 Livestream
Monday, September 28th-  Round 3 voting closes @ midnight 
Tuesday, September 29th – Announce GIDO 2020 Winners!


Abolition Book Club: Beyond Survival @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for the next installation of our virtual Abolition Book Club! We’ll be discussing Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement. In this collection of essays, a diverse group of authors lay out concrete and practical strategies for accountability outside of the criminal justice system.

Transformative justice seeks to solve the problem of violence at the grassroots level, without relying on punishment, incarceration, or policing. Community-based approaches to preventing crime and repairing its damage have existed for centuries. However, in the putative atmosphere of contemporary criminal justice systems, they are often marginalized and operate under the radar. Beyond Survival puts these strategies front and center as real alternatives to today’s failed models of confinement and “correction.”
Purchase the book from our Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/beyond-survival-strategies-and-stories-from-the-transformative-justice-movement/9781849353625
As we get closer to the event date, we’ll send out a link to register for the Zoom meeting. Looking forward to discussing this with you all!


Virtual Family Day: Shine On! @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Be dazzled by the strength and brilliance of metal arts in Mia’s collection, some made thousands of years ago. Hear music played on metal gongs and cymbals by the Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, and learn how to shine together through complicated times from therapist parents Jamil and Sara from Creative Kuponya. Quiz yourself about metal arts, and use household items to make your own mirror inspired by ancient bronze mirrors.

September 12-13 from 10AM to 2PM: Pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at at Mia’s 3rd Avenue entrance! You’ll find metal sundials cast by Sara Hanson from the WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show to polish, plus art materials to prime your creativity for the Foot in the Door 5: The Virtual Exhibition (https://bit.ly/2PM4SZW), an open call for Minnesota artists of all ages to submit artworks that fit within a cubic foot. 

On September 13, click here (https://bit.ly/2XVs5xs) for the full content, videos, and art-making tutorials.
Family Day Major Sponsor: Bank of America

 

Monday, Sep 14

THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Antonious Block (Von Sydow), a disillusioned knight returning home from the Crusades, finds society in tatters amid the horrors of the Black Plague. When Death (Ekerot) comes to claim the knight’s life, Block challenges the dark figure to a game of chess.


The Monday Night Comedy Show! @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Monday Night Comedy Show is the longest running Comedy Showcase in the Twin Cities.  (Since May of 2007) Now, with a Global Pandemic threatening the safety of an audience and performers, we do an online show at NANOTAKO STUDIOS in North Minneapolis!
WATCH LIVE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE OR OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!
Each week we have  3 in-studio comics (following all safety protocol. Masks required!),
 3 streaming in from their homes and 3 videos by local artists.  It is free to watch, but a suggested $5 to tip the performers is appreciated via Venmo or facebook pay. 
venmo.com/mondaynightcomedyshow 

The lineups change weekly and we are always looking for new faces to make our audience laugh!  Message us on facebook or mncstwincities@gmail.com Bookings are done by Mae and Roni. 
We welcome streaming performances by out of town comics! Just hit us up and remember we are central time. 

Tuesday, Sep 15

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!

Wednesday, Sep 16

Refusing to ‘go back to normal’: Addressing structural racism in policing, healthcare, and other institutions w/ Human Rights Lab @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT

This next event in the Human Rights Lab “Envisioning the Future” series builds upon our previous webinar, “Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond,” by delving further into the impacts of systemic racism, and suggesting alternative social and policy paths for improving lives and health by respecting the rights of Black people in the United States. Panelists include UN Special Rapporteur on Racism Tendayi Achiume, Professors Rachel Hardeman (UMN) and Sirry Alang (Lehigh), and moderator Dr. Shailey Prasad (UMN). Register at z.umn.edu/EFwebinar.

Thursday, Sep 17

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.
INSTRUCTIONS:
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.


 

 

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Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

Free meals for families available at school sites
Free meal boxes are now available at 29 school sites. All families are invited to participate in this free program and do not have to have a student in Minneapolis Public Schools. Families can pick up one box per child per week.
Most sites will be open from 11 am to 3 pm with some sites open 11 am to 5 pm
Visit the Minneapolis Public Schools website 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

City begins public review of draft built form regulations
The City has launched the 45-day comment period for the public to review draft built form regulations that will regulate the scale of new buildings and additions throughout Minneapolis. The regulations are critical to achieving the goals of Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by the City Council in 2018. The plan will shape how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents can benefit. Under consideration now are technical aspects of Minneapolis 2040 implementation.

Minneapolis 2040 includes 14 Built Form Districts that will guide the development of new regulations, which will govern issues such as: building height, floor area ratio (FAR), lot sizes and setbacks from property lines, among other things. The new built form regulations will resolve some of the major conflicts between Minneapolis 2040 and the City’s current zoning regulations. They are also intended to provide more predictability for the scale of new buildings and additions in different areas in the city, including neighborhoods, downtown, production/employment areas and areas served by high-frequency transit. 
Minneapolis 2040 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, following over two years of community engagement. The plan guides growth and change with 14 key goals, including eliminating racial disparities, promoting climate change resiliency, and increasing access to jobs and housing. Read more about how to comment on the draft regulations
 




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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.
 Learn more about federal paid sick leave for COVID-19
In addition to the City’s Sick and Safe Time ordinance, the U.S. Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ensures that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat COVID-19.
In general, employees of private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees, and certain public sector employers, are entitled to (up to) two weeks (of fully or partially paid) sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons. Additional partially paid leave is available to care for a child, including during school closure or virtual learning. Private employers that have fewer than 500 employees are reimbursed with tax credits for the cost of providing their employees with paid leave.

For more information, call 1-866-4-US-WAGE and check out the following resources: informational videoeligibility toolposter and FAQs

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Ways to Help

How to donate food & supplies If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.


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.
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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”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNjU1MzUvNTAyODkyNDk4ODNfZmJlNmZiMjM2NV9rLmpwZw~~

WAM ZINE: How Does Your Garden Grow?
https://wam.umn.edu/2020/08/25/howdoesyourgardengrow/

Minnesota State Fair Home Edition
https://www.mnstatefair.org/

Minneapolis Music in the Parks Virtual Concerts
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV2dRZcFF_R3Qge3GSn1DpA

Highland Water Tower Video Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O458Anvanz0&feature=youtu.be

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Virtual Concert Series
https://www.thespco.org/

MinnPost Compilation of Virtual Author’s Events
https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2020/09/author-events-go-virtual-history-theatres-diesel-heart-on-zoom/

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
http://www.millcitytimes.com
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
http://1mississippi.org/
This site includes information on the entire Mississippi River and how you can help protect and enhance it.