Weekly Roundup: Sep 25-Oct 1

Stay safe and 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


Save the Date:

Join Our Board of Directors
We have openings coming up on our Board of Directors! (Elections will be held during our Best [zoom] Meeting Ever: General Membership Meeting, Oct 27 6-7:30pm)
OPEN SEATS AND RESTRICTIONS There are 13 available seats.
• Cooper Neighborhood: 2 seats that have 1-year terms 1 seat that has a 2-year term • You MUST live in the Cooper Neighborhood to run for these seats
• Hiawatha Neighborhood: 1 seat that has a 1-year term 1 seat that has a 2-year term • You MUST live in the Hiawatha Neighborhood to run for these seats
• Howe Neighborhood: 2 seats that have 1-year terms 1 seat that has a 2-year term • You MUST live in the Howe Neighborhood to run for these seats
• Longfellow Neighborhood: 1 seat that has a 1-year terms 1 seat that has a 2-year term • You MUST live in the Longfellow Neighborhood to fun for these seats
• Community Representative: 2 seats that have 1-year terms • You may live anywhere in the Greater Longfellow community to run for these seats
• Business: 1 seats with a 1-year term You must own a business in Greater • Longfellow or work at one and be authorized by the owner to run for this seat.
Interested in running? Check out the job description: https://www.dropbox.com/s/sz18k9sk2nzrtbk/%20BOARD%20JOB%20DESCRIPTION%20copy.doc?dl=0
And you can apply here: https://forms.gle/SXpm767WciXhyiS68

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

FILL OUT THE CENSUS BY SEPTEMBER 30! Getting counted matters! Census numbers help determine funding needs.
Don’t Forget, ALL Kids Count in the 2020 Census. Children under the age of 5, including babies, are among the most likely to be missed in the 2020 census count. Achieving an accurate count of all children is extremely important. In the years to come, they may need day care, after-school care, or school lunch programs. ALL children will need safe communities in which to grow and thrive over the next 10 years. That’s why it’s so important that we count all children accurately. Responding to the 2020 Census can help shape resources for children and their communities for years to come.

 Vote by Mail
Apply now to get your ballot for the general election
Want to make sure your ballot will be returned on time to count for the general election on Nov. 3?

Apply now and get your ballot right when early voting opens – ballots will be mailed out starting Sept. 18. This will ensure plenty of time to receive your ballot, vote, and then return your ballot using the postage-paid envelope.

Apply on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website

Learn more about how the City is working to ensure a safe election season during the pandemic.


You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.
Locations: All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot. Depending on where you live, there may be additional locations.

  1. You can vote in person at your county election office.
  2. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk’s office for more information.

For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open:

  • The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.)
  • The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.
  • This does not apply to school districts holding standalone elections. 

Some local jurisdictions may provide additional absentee voting days or hours beyond the above required days and times. Call your jurisdiction for more information.2020 Early Voting Dates: GENERAL ELECTION
First day to vote early in person: Friday, September 18
Last day to vote early in person: Monday, November 2

Have you heard about the Adopt-a-Drain MN program?
It encourages citizens to protect our local lakes and rivers by spending as little as 15 minutes, twice a month cleaning their neighborhood storm drains! You can help spread the word by organizing a group of volunteers to distribute door flyers in your neighborhood. This is an easy, fun, and socially distant volunteer activity that helps educate people about a few simple steps they can take to improve our natural waters. If you’re interested in volunteering contact us at Lane.christianson@minneapolismn.gov

The application process is open for a new round of Good Food Access Program (GFAP) Equipment and Physical Improvement Grants.
Approximately $280,000 is available, with a maximum award of $50,000 and a minimum award of $2,500. Applications will be accepted until November 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm. The competitive review will begin after the application deadline. The Request for Proposals and application are available on the programs website at https://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/gfapequipmentgrant.

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 25

Friday the 13th (1980, 35mm) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm • $8
Camp Crystal Lake is finally reopening years after the horrific drowning of a young boy, Jason Voorhees. Eager to enjoy free time before the arrival of campers, the counselors are slow to notice their dwindling numbers or the muffled screams coming from the woods. Come and see the film that defined the slasher genre as we know it!
-Only 20 tickets sold per screening (out of 90 seats).
-Masks must be worn at all times.
-Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets online. 
For further safety updates at the Trylon, please visit their website: https://www.trylon.org/coronavirus-safety/

ENCORE: New World Night Market- Artists Edition w/ Modus Locus @ 6pm
With the last days of moderate weather approaching, outside events will soon dwindle! We teamed up with Modus Locus and Spoon and Theory Handmade to encore the New World Night Market and showcase up to 10 BIPOC fine artists in the Graffiti Garden on Friday, September 25th from 6 to 10pm.  Layer up and come out to support! This encore will be an art walk, sharing hangings and tabled works form your favorite artists to artists you didn’t know you needed. We will be along side a very special premiere and amazing musical guests  we are excited about but can’t reveal yet. Stay connected for more sneak peaks of the line up. Details: Graffiti Garden (outside)- Located on 35th at Bloomington Ave. next to Reverie CAfe+Bar and Modus Locus. Starts at 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
For more information, please email legacyartsgroup@gmail.com
Are you an artists interested in selling in this event? Please email legacyartsgroup@gmail.com to sign up.

Living Well with Chronic Pain Orientation @ 2:30-3:30pm
Weekly ONLINE Meetings on Mondays, 9/28 – 11/2 from 2:30-4:30pm Via Zoom Conferencing
Living Well with Chronic Pain is a group class designed to help participants live a healthy life with chronic pain by managing their symptoms. This program teaches new strategies that will give participants the confidence, motivation, and skills needed to manage living with chronic pain. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
This “virtual” six-week class will held via Zoom. If you’re not familiar with Zoom, don’t worry we will help you! Registered participants are asked to attend a one-hour orientation on Friday, September 25th where you will meet one another, practice using Zoom, and receive support for any technical challenges.
To register, please go to the Juniper website or contact us at 612-787-4086; vitalliving@esns.org. Donations accepted based on a cost share.

Saturday, Sep 26

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!

Stone Arch Bridge Festival 2020 • Sep 26 – Sep 27 • ONLINE EVENT
200+ artists, Culinary Arts Market, Vintage and Vinyl Market, Live Music, Family Activities and Art of the Car Show.
This summer, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival will take place on September 26 & 27 instead of the traditional Father’s Day weekend in June. For 25 years, the festival has been bringing art, music and community to the historic riverfront district of Minneapolis. This postponement is due to COVID-19 and out of concern for the health and well-being of the artists, attendees and the community.

Adult “Learn to Row” Session on the Mississippi River @ 10:30-1:30pm
On September 26, Longfellow neighborhood residents are invited to a “Try Rowing: Sculling 101” beginning rowing session at the Minneapolis Rowing Club. This 3-hour class will provide a brief introduction to sculling (rowing with 2 oars) in a single boat.  Or if two members of the same household sign up together, they may row a double.

The class will include a section on land where we introduce ourselves, the boathouse, and the basic rowing stroke on the erg (ergometer=rowing machine). While we will quickly progress you to getting out on the water in a single or double, you will have a coach in a launch as well as an experienced rower out on the water with you.

As the health and safety of all club guests, members, and coaches is of the utmost concern, participants will be required to wear a face mask or other covering over the nose and mouth at all times while on land, including on the erg. 

This program is open to adults and high school aged youth. The minimum is age 14 and entering high school, and participants aged 14-17 (or entering grades 9-12) must register with and row in a double with a parent/guardian. The cost is $75 per participant and includes a t-shirt and $25 coupon good towards any MRC rowing program in 2021.

Please note that the ability to hold this session safely is heavily dependent on favorable rowing conditions including light to no wind. If there is any concern conditions will be unsafe, participants will be notified by 8 pm the night before. In the event of a cancellation, a make-up session will automatically be offered the following Sunday. Refunds will be offered if we are unable to hold this class on either Saturday or Sunday. Please sign up with the intention that you are potentially available on Sunday if we cannot row on Saturday. Saturday, September 26, 10:30am – 1:30pm.  If needed, make-up date Sunday, September 27, 10:30-1:30 For more information, visit https://mrc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=150333&module_id=233822.  Contact Jen Sowins, clubadmin@minneapolisrowing.org if you have additional questions.  This is a wonderful opportunity to experience rowing (sculling) for the first time!

Beads of Courage w/ Potekglass @ 10am • FREE EVENT 
Use your beadmaking skills to create beads to donate to the Beads of Courage program. 3-hour open torch session. Free Event!
Beads of Courage® has challenged the talented bead artists of Minneapolis to fire up their flaming hot torches and melt colorful glass into meaningful symbols of COURAGE! These one-of-a-kind glass beads will be given to children coping with serious illness to help them RECORD, TELL and OWN their story of COURAGE. We hope to see you there!

Some glass and mandrels will be provided for your use, but we encourage artists to bring their own materials to work with if they prefer. 
NEW THIS YEAR:  Sessions will be limited to 4 artists in able to practice social distancing. Torch stations will be sanitized and hand sanitizer will be available. We also will not be hosting visitors due to Covid 19 restrictions. Reserve your spot on our webpage.
Unable to attend in person? Glass will be provided at no cost for artists to pick up and create beads in their home studio.

You will be able to drop off and donate your bead the week of September 21-26. Please call or email for additional information or to schedule an appointment to pick up glass.

2020 Be The Match Virtual Gala @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
The 2020 Be The Match Gala, on September 26th, is going VIRTUAL. Even more exciting, the event is FREE! We cannot wait to share this inspirational evening full of live entertainment, auctions, raffles, and the special moment when a bone marrow transplant recipient meets the donor that saved his life for the FIRST time. Do not miss this incredible evening! Register for your FREE ticket today: https://bit.ly/3aRzRgV.
6pm: Social Hour & Entertainment
7pm: Gala Program
8pm: After Party Entertainment

THC at the Greenway Glow w/ Minneapolis Greenway @ 3pm
We will be playing tunes and doing art on the greenway 3-9pm.   There are art installations the whole length of the Greenway from Uptown to the River. We will offer both IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL ways you can experience the festival!
Local artists will create special installations and give live performances along the Greenway, from Uptown to Seward/Longfellow.  Bike, scooter, or walk the Greenway to experience an event that brings our community together and celebrates local art and artists. Don’t miss the pop-up Beer Garden in the Ivy Building Parking lot, presented by Eastlake Craft Brewery. 4 – 9 p.m. at 2601 28th Ave S (next to Lawless Distilling).

The arts festival is FREE, but we invite you to register as a VIP to help raise funds for the Midtown Greenway!  VIPs get free appetizers from Krishna’s Delight, craft beer from Eastlake Craft Brewery, a $10 gift card to Lawless Distillery, ice cream, glowing lights, and more! Register as a VIP here:  https://go.midtowngreenway.org/glow/

Not comfortable at live events?  You can support the Greenway from the comfort of your home!  Be a VIRTUAL VIP and have all the coupons and swag sent to you!  Then watch the event via livestream!  Food and beer coupons will be good for the two weeks following the event. 

Note:  The event is 5-miles long and outside.  We will require social-distancing and ask that participants stay at least 6 feet away from non-family members and all installations and performers.  No gathering of more than 25 people will be allowed at any single performance or installation, and we require that both artists and participants wear masks. Masks Required Sanitizer Provided • Keep your distance from those not in your pod. • We will offer both IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL ways you can experience the festival! 

Sunday, Sep 27

7th Annual Minneapolis Pyrex Swap w/ Turquoise Vintage @ 11am
Hello Pyrex people!  Well, to say it’s been a crazy year is quite the understatement. Who’s not itching for a little feel-good normalcy in their life right now?! And for us Pyrex geeks it’s none other than the event we wait all year for – the 7th annual Minneapolis Pyrex swap at turquoise vintage! The swap will be held in the back parking lot at turquoise vintage. The first hour will be reserved for swapping/trading – then open for buying/selling. There will also be door prizes and drawings every half-hour.
These events have been gotten bigger & better each year – with over 23 vendors last year! 

If you are interested in being a vendor, there will be a small fee of $15 for up to a 6′ table (please bring your own) and $30 for a 8 x 6 (parking space) booth (perfect for sharing with a friend!). 

Please send an email to turquoisevintagemn@gmail.com to reserve a space, payment via PayPal or Venmo are accepted. Although the swap is geared around Pyrex, all things vintage are welcome to be bought & sold! We are so excited to see everyone this year, please post in this event your items up for trade/sale as well as items you are in search of & SHARE the event with your friends!

Refreshing the History of 27th & Lake w/ Hennepin History Museum @ 1pm
The history of Lake Street is changing before our very eyes. Join Lake Street historian and former HHM Interim Director Cara Letofsky on a combination history-current walking tour of 27th & Lake. The tour will cover the development of the area from Dakota land, to a working class community fueled by immigrants and industry, to ground zero of the recent uprising in the wake of the death of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police. It will include a discussion of how the current historical events can be woven into the story of the area.

This in-person walking tour is limited to 10 participants and 4 hosts. Masks are required. We ask that participants maintain 6 feet of distance between households.

About the presenter: Cara  Letofsky is a regional policy leader, nonprofit consultant, and local historian. She served as the President of the Board and Interim Director of the Hennepin History Museum from 2014 – 2019. In 2012, she worked with the Lake Street Council to develop the Museum in the Streets tours of Lake Street, and has led tours each year since then.

BIPOC Improv Jam w/ HUGE Theater @ 4pm
The link to the Zoom site will be posted Sunday morning on this event in this event. 
Hey fam! Chris Rodriguez,  Shoshana Alexander-Daniels, and Mahmoud Hakima are hosting online BIPOC jam this month. Sunday, August 30th, 4-6pm CDT. Let’s check in, let’s be together, let’s play!
The POC improv jam is our response to COVID-19 shutting everything down. Just because we can’t meet at the theater doesn’t mean we still can’t meet up online and do improv together. 

This will be on ZOOM a video conferencing application. We will post the link the day of in the comments of this event page below.
Improv is for everybody. In an effort to get more people of color aware and interested, HUGE Theater’s diversity officer John Gebretatose is hosting a POC improv jam. This is an opportunity to meet new people, to create, to play together and to help start a new era where people of color are represented more on stage. This event is for people of color only, which includes participants and observers. This event is for all people of color only. It’s for all ages and free of charge. Please come as you are, that’s more than enough. 

The objective of the POC improv jam is to bring people together who may or may not know about improv to come together to learn more about improv, meet new people, play with people you’ve always wanted to play with or network. No experience required. People will learn about the principles of improv, what classes HUGE Theater offers, what auditions are coming up and what scholarships or other resources are available to minority students. There’s going to be an introductory workshop on improv, we will do some scenes on stage and participation is optional. The POC improv jam is a relaxed and non intimidating event. It is supposed to be playful, fun and easy. Yay! 

Why is this event for POC only? Since it’s about having representation it makes sense to have a space where people can feel they’re important and deserve to be in the room. The value to having a non white POC jam uplifts marginalized groups. Also, there’s other events for that. A lot of them. Bringing in people from all walks of life to our theater to take classes and to perform is important, even though improv doesn’t cast to type, having a diverse range of people adds value to the art, socially and to the theater. Having a more diverse improv theater yields way more benefits than to not have one. Creating diversity takes a lot of work; traditionally and currently improv is mostly white person’s game and while some minorities have seen shows or taken a class, the percentage of minorities that are actually represented on stage is low and that can limit the amount of interest from minority groups to be involved. It isn’t as simple as casting more POC – we want to find and improve the places where our art form has been less welcoming to performers of color, which isn’t just one task – it’s looking at every task with diversity and being more inclusive in mind and helping overwhelmingly white theaters and producers find their blind spots so we can do better. 

Got questions? No problem, email John Gebretatose at john@hugetheater.com.

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!

Monday, Sep 28

Go-For 1,000 Lives w/ University of Minnesota Twin Cities @ 12am 
Be The Match helps cure blood cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma, through stem cell and bone marrow transplants. We match potential donors on the registry with patients battling these blood diseases. 70% of patients don’t have a compatible donor in their family, and turn to Be The Match to find an unrelated donor.

For the “Go-For 1,000 Lives” University-wide event, all students are invited & encouraged to create a team/group to see who can get the most registrations under their designated code, or group name, to add more life-saving heroes to the Be The Match registry. 
The winning group will receive VISA gift cards, and a personal Zoom session with President Gabel! You & your team can sign up here: https://bit.ly/2FB3IPh, to compete with other groups, clubs & organizations around campus. 

If you would like to join the registry, you can do so online at: https://join.bethematch.org/UMNCures. To learn more about Be The Match, visit: https://bethematch.org/.

Beginning Watercolor Painting CLASS @ 7pm
This is a class for the absolute beginner.  You will receive detailed instructions about how to use watercolor paints and brushes by mixing paint colors and learning techniques for making outstanding paintings.  Have fun while you learn and visit with a few of your Unity friends! Class size is limited to 7.

Pre-registration required, please note preference for class materials.  Register here: https://www.unityminneapolis.org/beginning-watercolor-paining-class/

Class Materials Needed – Note your choice (see below) when you register.
1.      Receive a materials list by email, and you do the shopping.  Cost will be $25-$40, and it will last you a long time.
2.      Pick up a materials package at Unity at a prearranged time and pay $10.00 when you pick up.  This is enough painting supplies to last for the three classes and beyond. 
Cost: $10 per session plus participant pays for materials
Facilitated by Maggie Ingle

Movie Monday: John Lewis “Good Trouble” + Get Out The Vote Panel w/ Target Field (Metro Transit station) @ 5pm
Join The Urban League Twin CItes Young Professionals, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc – Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter, the African American Leadership Forum in partnership with the Minnesota Twins for a free showing of Good Trouble, the life and legacy to the late Rep, John Lewis. This event is free and open to the public. 

Following the showing of the documentary, join us for a panel + discussion on continuing the FIGHT for the vote! We will be registering people to vote and completing the 2020 Census on site! This is a family friendly event! You can register your party in a “pod” HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQWE8-qUNfITr4X1PGP7AHoixaMwT3HNOfdaYQJdSDdpCN6g/viewform?pli=1
*Pods are designed to encourage social distancing but still allow families and couples to have placement together! Masks are required for entry and temps will be taken once checked in! 

 The event will be held outdoors at the beautiful Target Field Station: https://www.mlb.com/twins/ballpark/target-field-station

 ****In order to make sure you have a great experience we need a little info. Please complete every portion of this form to help us place you in the perfect spot. Reminder arrival is from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (your pod party will not be allowed into the event after 6:30 pm) and the movie starts promptly at 6:30 pm. If you have any questions or concerns or want to volunteer for this event please contact Desralynn at mulyppresident@ultcmn.org

Tuesday, Sep 29

Stories in a Snapshot – September w/ American Swedish Institute @ 2pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
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: https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-6

Virtual Tour with the Curator w/ The Museum of Russian Art @ 11am • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to present an exclusive virtual look at the exhibition “Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine” with TMORA’s Chief Curator, Dr. Masha Zavialova. 

This tour will discuss the exhibition’s title “Leaders and the Masses” and how it is reflected in the works on display. Humanity has always been puzzled by the question – Who makes history: leaders or people? These paintings from Soviet Ukraine conceal a coherent concept of what makes history tick that we will try to tease out from them during the tour. 

This virtual tour will be presented via Zoom*.  FREE.  Please register in advance. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItdO-hrDwpH93XKy6mVBFcVieLg4l8K5Yk

Wednesday, Sep 30

Webinar: Criminal Thinking, Substance Use Disorder, and Recovery @ 11:30am
Learn more and Register: https://bit.ly/3j9KLSb

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the substantial prison population in the United States is strongly connected to drug-related offenses. While the exact rates of inmates with substance use disorders (SUDs) is difficult to measure, some research shows that an estimated 65% percent of the United States prison population has an active SUD.   In Minnesota, the statistics are even higher. According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, in 2019 a full 90% of the offenders entering Minnesota state prisons were determined to be chemically abusive or dependent.

Decades of science shows that providing comprehensive substance use treatment to criminal offenders is effective, reducing both drug use and crime after an incarcerated individual returns to the community. Treatment is critical to reducing overall crime and other drug-related societal burdens such as lost job productivity, family disintegration and a continual return to jail or prison, known as recidivism. 

This webinar explores challenges in addressing substance use disorders with this population, looks at treatment approaches that have lead to positive outcomes, and, provides physiological and other scientific evidence to further support positive outcomes.  You will hear directly from, and have the opportunity for Q&A with, panel members, including formerly-incarcerated individuals who are now working in the community to help improve the lives of others.
Participants may earn up to 2 Continuing Education credits for this course.

Bloodwork: Contemporary Coping Mechanism | Virtual Art Exhibition Closing Live Stream w/ LLAC & Carly Swenson @4pm via Facebook 
Learn more here: For Artist commentaries, exhibition details, and the live stream tours, Art Demos, and Q&A schedule visit www.nakedcarlyart.wordpress.com/bloodwork-exhibition/

Exhibition includes 45 hand-lettered calligraphied statements and 6 large monochromatic portraits.
From the artist: “Let me explain—about the blood. Yes, it’s real. Yes, it’s mine. It’s gross, but not that gross, because half the population is used to it. Periods don’t scare us, they’re an annoyance at best. As awkward as this artistic medium is, it’s integral to my work. It’s an incredibly normal aspect of life that’s often unacknowledged, misunderstood, or shamed for from a young age. We’re taught to minimize this aspect of our lives for the comfort of a patriarchal society, in the same way those who identify as female are culturally gaslighted, taught to downplay and minimize our own lived experiences with casual sexism, sexual harassment, misogyny, and rape culture…”

In-person viewings by appointment only, contact: visit.bloodworkt@gmail.com (Masks & social distancing required.)
50% of sales from Sep and Oct, 2020 will be donated to:
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, National Center for Transgender Equality, and The Bail Project.
A sample of works included in this exhibition can be found here:

(IG: @mindfully.unapologetic | www.youtube.com “Carly Swenson” | www.facebook.com/carly.swenson.artist/)

Thursday, Oct 1

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.



Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

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.

Upcoming online open houses on proposed regulations 
• 5-6 p.m. Sept. 23 
• 5-6 p.m. Sept. 29
• 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7 (focused on downtown)

Read more about how to comment on the draft regulations

Early voting underway for Nov. 3 election
Early voting is underway for the Nov. 3 general election. Ballots may be cast early by mail or in person at the Early Vote Center, 980 E. Hennepin Ave.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging voting early by mail, and Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services supports this and other CDC and Minneapolis Department of Health recommendations to make sure every voter in Minneapolis can safely cast their ballots this election year. 

The Early Vote Center, 980 E. Hennepin Ave., makes early in-person voting more convenient for Minneapolis voters. It’s especially helpful to people who need language support or other special accommodations, such as curbside voting. While we are in a pandemic, voting early can help people avoid lines and crowds at polling places on the day of the election.

The Early Vote Center’s hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center will have extended hours for the final two weeks of voting, including Saturday and Sunday hours. For the last seven days of early voting, the City will open two additional Early Vote Centers. All early voting hours and locations are posted on the Elections & Voter Services website: vote.minneapolismn.gov.

Read more about early voting

Census deadline only one week away 

The 2020 Census deadline is ONE WEEK AWAY! The opportunity to count ourselves and our communities occurs only once every 10 years, and as of today we only have seven days left to ensure everyone of us, everywhere, are counted.

The census uses the information we provide to allocate $15 billion in federal funding to Minnesota for our roads, our hospitals, our education and many programs and services that our communities rely on. Without an accurate count of everyone, we could be in jeopardy of missing out on valuable resources, political representation and a voice in decision making that affects all of our lives. The time to act is now, get counted! Visit My2020census.gov to complete the census before the Sept. 30 deadline.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

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
 Rental assistance available through Hennepin County
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: 

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

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.

Read more about the State’s response to the pandemic

 Free COVID-19 testing events coming up
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests in Minneapolis communities. All are welcome.

  • Free COVID-19 tests focused on the East African community: noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Abubakar As-Sadique Islamic Center, 2824 13th Ave. S. Register onsite.

You can expect to get your test results in about two days.The COVID-19 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.

 Health officials begin statewide COVID-19 survey of Minnesota households
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is conducting a voluntary statewide survey through Sept. 30 as part of an ongoing effort to better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

The modified Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response, or CASPER, survey will include a household questionnaire as well as free virus and antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Information learned from the survey will help health officials and others who are part of the COVID-19 response make decisions that best meet the needs of our communities.

During the survey period, teams of public health professionals will visit randomly selected households in 180 preselected sites around Minnesota. After agreeing to participate, one member of the household will complete a questionnaire. All household members who consent can receive a COVID-19 test using a swab to test for current infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and an antibody test using a finger stick to draw a few drops of blood to see if someone has previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Participants with positive results for either test will be contacted by a nurse to receive additional information. All questionnaire responses and results will be kept private. For more information about this study, visit CASPER: COVID-19 Public Health Survey.


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: “Farmers Market Bounty”

A Conversation About Historical Erasure
Thursday, September 24, 3 – 4 pm

Park. Board Virtual Music in the Parks
Oh Sister!
Friday, September 25, 5:30 pm
Homeward Bound
Friday, October 2, 5:30 pm
Earlier Concerts

Virtual Cinema – Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
September 25 – October 1
Virtual Cinema – RBG
September 25 – October 1
Other Virtual Cinema Choices 

Collide Theatrical Dance Company: The Café – A Dance Cabaret 
September 25 and 26

Pillsbury House Theatre — Flip the Script; The Great Divide IV
September 25 – November 30

Free SPCO Digital Concert: Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Montgomery
Saturday, September 26, 8 pm

The Embattled Vote in America
Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 – 8 pm

Graywolf Fifth Annual Literary Salon
Thursday, October 8, 7:30 pm

Land of 10,000 Plates Virtual Book Launch
Thursday, October 8, 7 – 8 pm

Cowles Center for Dance Season