Weekly Roundup: October 9-15

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Rebuilding Greater Longfellow

Rebuild Longfellow – E. Lake St and Minnehaha Ave Commercial Area Longfellow Community Council
Introduction:
The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) is facilitating a neighborhood planning process for the reconstruction of the areas most affected by this summer’s social justice demonstrations. The goal 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.
Please invite your family, friends and neighbors to fill out this questionnaire too: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5819704/RebuildLongfellow


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.



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Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Public Safety Committee Welcomes Public Comment on October 8:
The Public Health & Safety Committee of the City Council has set a public comment period at the beginning of its next meeting to hear from the public about public safety.
Public safety public comment period
1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8
To comment at the committee meeting, sign up in advance on the City website: http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/…/attend-citycouncil-meeting

VOTE EARLY IN-PERSON

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.

Hours:
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
https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-in-person/

ALDI has reopened September 30th! Welcome back to the community



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, Oct 9 


Saturday, Oct 10

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!
 

Father Hennepin Bluffs Stewardship @  9am •nRegistration required – We follow COVID safety guidelines.  Please register here: http://tiny.cc/fatherhennepin2020 
Caring for Our Mississippi River: Restore native habitat and protect clean water in this scenic nature sanctuary by the Mississippi River that was once part of St. Anthony Falls. You will create space for native plants to thrive, remove invasive plants, and clean up the shoreline and park slopes near limestone rocks where waters once tumbled, like at Minnehaha Falls. You will be able to rotate between activities. After the event, you can walk to an active eagle nest nearby.
Getting There: Parking includes metered street parking on Main Street SE and adjacent streets, and parking ramps at 201 Second Street SE and Riverplace. 
Closest transit: Bus #6
Meeting Place: Walk down the stairs across from the Pillsbury A Mill, and you will see the sign-in area in the clearing below Main Street SE, by the Third Ave SE road to the U of M lab. Sign in, learn about the area and activities, meet other volunteers, and receive tools and supplies for the event.
What to Bring: Please bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate clothing (rain gear as needed) and closed-toe shoes geared for an outdoor activity on natural and uneven surfaces. Closed-toe shoes will protect your feet, and long pants will protect your legs from brush. If you have long hair, a hat or other hair restraint is recommended. Please bring bug spray and sunscreen.
Kids Welcome: For children under 12, please have one adult for each child.
Additional information can be found at https://www.marcy-holmes.org/father_hennepin_stewards


Color for a Cause w/ Bauhaus Brew Labs @ Noon
Bauhaus is helping raise funds for Draw,  an organization dedicated to creating positive mental health experiences across the Twin Cities, through a “chalk-toberfest” coloring experience.  Participants will “purchase” a section of pavement for their chalk design and let their creative juices flow.  Bartenders will judge the works of chalk art and winning groups will receive a round a beer on the Haus.  Those interested in participating should:
1. Make a reservation through Open Table (12-4pm reservation slots – please see ticket link!).
2. On the Open Table confirmation page, add “COLOR” in the special request field so we know you’re participating and can prepare supplies accordingly.
3. Upon arrival to Bauhaus, check in at the bar and proceed to the patio to purchase your square from Steve at Draw ($20 entry fee), get your supplies and designated spot.  
This will be a socially-distanced experience and masks are required!



 

Sunday, Oct 11

Music Mayhem: Sunday Showtune Challenge! @ 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!


National Coming Out Day Panel. @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Minnesota Deaf Queers is hosting a National Coming Out Day LGBTQ+ Panel with its vibrant Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Queer community.
Learn from our vibrant community of individuals, their personal stories, challenges and what life is like for them living open in Minnesota. 
This panel will be facilitated by a member of our community. 
Registration will be uploaded in the next few weeks. 
We will be offering ASL hours, Educational CEUS, and applying for RID CEUS

Monday, Oct 12

Mr. Vampire (1985) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
In this witty and imaginative kung-fu comedy, corpses from a small village cemetery revive and begin sucking the villagers’ blood—forcing a Taoist priest (Ching-Ying Lam) and two of his acolytes to fight with hopping vampires who throw their own heads as weapons.




 

Tuesday, Oct 13

Stuart Turton – Interviewed by Gina LaManna for The Devil and the Dark Water @ 5pm • ONLINE EVENT
Stuart Turton, author of the 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle will be interviewed by Gina LaManna for the release of his new book, The Devil and the Dark Water. 
Samuel Pipps is the greatest detective of his day…but now he’s a prisoner, accused of an unknown crime by one of the world’s most powerful men. Along with his faithful sidekick, Arent Hayes, they’re sailing back to Amsterdam from the East Indies, where he’ll stand trial. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. Still shackled in his cell, Pipps sends Hayes to solve a mystery that connects every passenger on board. All hope is pinned on Hayes solving the mystery, but when he goes missing, Pipps is faced with the most dangerous puzzle of his career…All the while, voices whisper to him in the dark. But are those whispers clues? Warnings? Or the devil himself…In Powderhorn Park, meet northwest of the lake, near the baseball field.


East Lake Library + Library Bike Team at Midtown Farmers Market! At Moon Palace Books @ 3pm
Visit with your favorite local librarians at the Midtown Farmers Market! East Lake Library and the Downtown Library Bike Team provide physical library cards and quick information on eResources, promote local library virtual programming and programming provided by our local community partners. We will highlight ways to connect with library staff and access library information while the majority of our in-building services are unavailable at this time.


Stories in a Snapshot – October @ 2pm • ONLINE EVENT
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:
•  October 13 – https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-8
•  October 20 – https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-9
•  October 27 – https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/stories-snapshot-10

Wednesday, Oct 7

BIPOC Practice at George Floyd Memorial Square w/ DYFIT? @ 5:30pm
The Ancestors used dance and music for healing, awakening, energizing, connecting, communicating, and understanding. Don’t You Feel It Too? is a contemporary form of old wisdom and a learning process to build BIPOC community. We dance and move, express and heal, create and stay strong as a community in these moments of great challenge and great opportunity.
LOCATION: We will practice at George Floyd Memorial Square at 38th & Chicago. Meet us outside the Speedway at 3744 Chicago Ave S.
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, and dress for comfort and weather. For Covid-19 safety, we require face covering for in-person practice sessions. The Wednesday BIPOC sessions are 90 minutes long.
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 COVID-19 safety guidelines:
+ Stay at least six feet away from others outside your household.
+ Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover.
+ Stay home 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:
Demetrius McClendon, who also goes by ImagineJoy, began dancing with street hip-hop at the age of 15; they have traveled nationally and internationally as a professional concert dancer/choreographer sharing their love and passion for the arts. Believing wholeheARTedly in the power of loving action, radical imagination, and spiritual practice, they co-create with others to facilitate experiences that ignite creative possibilities and empower beloved community. The DYFIT community feels fortunate to have Demetrius working with us as the BIPOC Practice lead artist and Cohort member.

 

Actividades Gratis! Free Drop-In Activities! w/ Whittier Recreation Center @ 5:15pm
Take a distance learning break and come join us outside at Whittier park for fun Spanish and English aquatic invasive species activities for the whole family. Disinfecting protocols and social distancing are still in place at these events.

Toma un descanso del aprendizaje a distancia y acompáñanos afuera en el parque Whittier para actividades en inglés y español sobre las especies acuáticas invasivas para toda la familia. Los protocolos de desinfección y el distanciamiento social siguen en efecto en estos eventos.


Online Wreath Making Class w/ Rock Paper Scissors Goods @ 6:30pm
In this fun class you will customize a grapevine wreath by using felt leaves, paper and fabric leaves, pinecones and other decorations provided in your kit. We will meet live on Zoom and I’ll go over how to make the leaves, glue items and create some custom elements. Everything you’ll need except a scissors, pencil and glue gun/glue is included in your kit. Shipping/Delivery is included in the class price. Once you register we will get your address and make sure you get your necessary items by the class meeting. Get some friends together and make a festive seasonal decoration for your home.


Opportunities to Increase Resiliency in Minnesota’s Food Systems w/ Environmental Initiative @ 9am
The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changed the way we produce, distribute, and consume our food. With the service sector shutting down, school and corporate cafeterias closing, and more people cooking and eating in their homes, our food systems and supply chains were tested, stretched, and sometimes fully halted. In these ever-changing times, we must consider ways to build resiliency into our food systems in Minnesota.  

Our panelists:
– Kathy Draeger, Statewide Director, University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
– Lillian Otieno, MPH, Produce Safety Outreach Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
– Tamara Nelsen, Executive Director, Agrigrowth
– Eric Sannerud, Farmer, Entrepreneur, in transition

We will explore: 
– How diversification of farmers, produce, and farms in Minnesota contributes to the resiliency of both Minnesota’s food systems and its natural systems. 
– Supports needed to assure farming is a sustainable career path for new or emerging farmers who will need to weather economic shocks.
– Opportunities to create greater flexibility in supply chains as consumer needs and interests shift. 
– Utilizing and increasing access to existing programs and resources to enhance food system resiliency.

This event will be held online with a podcast offered a week before and reflections with additional content provided post-event.


Virtual Nordic Handcraft Demo: Foraged Fall Wreaths with Christine Hoffman @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Create a completely natural, unique fall wreath from foraged elements in your backyard! Christine Hoffman, a floral designer and “Slow Flowers” advocate who specializes in working with local and organic florals, will be your guide through this fun and easy project.

Students have the option to purchase a starter kit with a vine wreath and dried materials, or may simply follow the tutorial along from home and make a wreath another day. In any case, students are encouraged to gather wild harvested materials from their own neighborhood to make their wreath unique. Christine will walk students through the basic technique of making a wreath and offer tips for collecting wild materials at the end of the growing season, leaving time for plenty of questions and feedback on student creations.  

Optional kits are available for $20. Students may pick up their materials at ASI; shipping is not available for these kits.
$30 ASI members / $35 non-members. Register here: 
https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/virtual-nordic-handcraft-demo-foraged-fall-wreaths-christine-hoffman



Online Eating Vegan On a Budget @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Curious about veganism, but think it’s too expensive? Or maybe you’re already vegan, but spending way too much? 

Join Vegan University to squash the myth that the vegan lifestyle is hard on your wallet. We’ll discuss couponing, where and how to shop for food, tips for meal planning and staying organized, and provide tons of resources! Come with questions and feel free to share tips on how you’re already living vegan on a budget. 
All are welcome; you do not need to be vegan to attend! 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83003718385?pwd=RCtTS2ZLUWZlMWN5VUxDYlArWmdUUT09
Meeting ID: 830 0371 8385
Passcode: 939894
If you’re new to Zoom, follow this link for steps on how to join a meeting: http://techtalk.strose.edu/zoom/join-a-zoom-meeting 


Trans 101 w/ JustUs Health @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
Do you feel unprepared to work with and support trans folks? Are you confused by unfamiliar pronouns? If so, this course is for you!

In order to maintain social isolation while continuing to offer high quality courses, we will be offering this training online via Zoom. You will receive a link to join the zoom webinar at least 1 day before the start of the course.

This 2 hour training is designed for individuals seeking to learn more about transgender identities. Because gender is critical to who we are as people and impacts a person’s day to day life, as well as one’s mental and physical health, it is important to understand trans identities and seek to reduce barriers trans people face. This training will help professionals in all contexts feel prepared to serve, help, care for, and work alongside transgender individuals. It will also provide guidance for future learning and skill development in order to stay up to date on information regarding trans identities.

This training is for:
– Social workers
– Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors
– Medical providers (doctors, nurses, medical assistants)
– Public health professionals
– Anyone else looking to learn this information

This training is approved for 2 CEUs by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. You must attend the entire training to receive the CE hours.

Objectives for the course include:
– Develop an understanding of the differences between sex, sexuality, and gender, and the language used to discuss each.
– Improve your personal and professional interactions to develop an understanding and skill in using different gender pronouns.
– Learn skills to reduce barriers trans members of the LGBTQ community face.
– Explore ways you can be more inclusive of transgender people.

Questions about registration? Contact Hannah McNamee via email at hannah.mcnamee@justushealth.org
As the impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, JustUs Health is monitoring and responding to developments as they occur. Check out http://www.JustUsHealth.org/COVID-19 for details on our community response and updates on which services are available.


Online Introduction to Restorative Justice Training @ 3pm • ONLINE EVENT
*We are grateful to the Minneapolis Foundation for partially funding this restorative justice training for those who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis. All are welcome to join us.
• 2-hour online training
• Pay-What-You-Can up to $50
Ruptured relationships create psychological trauma, conflict, and violence. Restorative Justice allows for truth-telling, reconciliation, and repairing harm for healed just relationships. Creating healed just relationships is violence prevention. Restorative justice prevents violence and builds peace into our lives and communities. Join us to learn, explore, and apply restorative justice philosophy, principles, and practices to build peace within your spheres of influence to repair harm for healed just relationships. This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals. Training tuition and 2 hours of continuing education for Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses is $75.

Thursday, Oct 15

BUG GIRL at The Bakken Museum @ 7pm
Open Eye Theatre and The Bakken Museum announce a six-night run of liz Howl’s shadow puppet show BUG GIRL. Performed on The Bakken Museum’s spacious green roof, this large format shadow puppet show draws inspiration from graphic novels, pulp comic book, and B-horror movies in a funny and creepy tale of a girl who fights to control a parasite who has invaded her. BUG GIRL will include live pre-show music. 

BUG GIRL tells the story of a young girl who grows wings and shrinks in size after swallowing a strange insect. Her new abilities become a threat to those around her as a new hunger drives her to consume—and ravage—the minds of those closest to her. Searching for a means to control her powers and tame her parasite, Bug Girl will travel between worlds, battling the darkness within and without her.
Created by liz Howls • Written by Senah Yeboah Sampong • Puppetry by Karly Gesine Bergmann, liping Vong, Oanh Vu • Sound and composition by Dan Dukich • Technical direction by Brandon Sisneroz

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
• October 15, 7pm
• October 16, 7pm
• October 17, 7pm
• October 22, 7pm
• October 23, 7pm
• October 24, 7pm 
RUN TIME: 35 minutes, no intermission
HEALTH AND SAFETY: Face masks are required of all guests, and social-distancing will be observed between viewing groups. The rooftop safely accommodates 50 people. Bring your own lawn chair!
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 13 and up for graphic imagery
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Audiences will be directed to the roof of The Bakken Museum roof via the exterior stairs located through the Bakken’s parking lot off of Zenith Avenue or through the courtyard on 36th Street. The Bakken will be open for visitors who need to use the elevator to access the roof or restrooms.


Twin Cities Book Festival • Oct 15 – Oct 17 • ONLINE EVENT
The 20th Annual Twin Cities Book Festival is going virtual October 15 through October 17! Visit https://twincitiesbookfestival.com/ for event information. All FREE!



 


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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Public comment period set Oct. 8 to hear public safety comments
The Public Health & Safety Committee of the City Council has set a public comment period at the beginning of its next meeting to hear from the public about public safety.
Public safety public comment period: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

To comment at the committee meeting, sign up in advance on the City website. The City has an obligation to ensure all of its public meetings comply with the law and that full and fair access is available to anyone interested in participating. State statute requires us to provide a minimum of three days public notice prior to a public comment period.

 

Halloween COVID-19 safety guidance
Many traditional Halloween activities can have a high risk of spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to celebrate Halloween.

If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, like with all activities you should not participate in person in Halloween festivities or give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Stay safer during the holidays: If you’re wondering how to stay safer in light of the pandemic during the holiday season, the City of Minneapolis Health Department recommends following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.


Election Day is approaching: Make a plan to cast your ballot 
We’re just five weeks away from Election Day, Nov. 3. Early voting began on Sept. 18 and the City has mailed over 130,000 requested mail ballots out to voters. Voting by mail is CDC recommended this year, but you may still vote in person either early or on Election Day.

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 (closed Monday, Oct. 12).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.

 Office of Violence Prevention presents community engagement timeline for transforming public safety work
The City Council’s Public Health & Safety Committee has approved an outline for expansive community engagement on how to improve our public safety system in Minneapolis. Under the proposed plan, community members citywide will have opportunities to offer feedback on alternatives to policing and police responses, public health-oriented violence prevention, and law enforcement reforms and/or changes to protocols and practices.

The process is divided into four parts:

  1. Phase One (October-December 2020): A community survey and public forums focused on the current model of community safety and opportunities for changes, with a synthesis of initial themes presented to the City Council in early December along with a draft vision for consideration and adoption by the City Council.
  2. Phase Two (January-March 2021): Public forums for community members to review and confirm the themes and goals established in the first phase plus a deeper dive into ideas for a new public safety model to help inform draft recommendations of action steps to realize the established vision and goals.
  3. Phase Three (April-May 2021): Opportunities to offer feedback on draft recommendations at public forums and online.
  4. Phase Four (June-July 2021): Recommendations will be refined and finalized, incorporating community feedback gathered throughout the engagement process, with a final report to the City Council on strategies for building a new model for community safety.

Read more

 Fall street sweeping begins Oct. 20
Crews will sweep streets across Minneapolis next month to clean the streets before winter to keep leaves and debris out of the storm drains and ending up in our lakes and rivers as much as possible.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean about 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure crews can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 19, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed. Read more and find ways to stay informed of the parking rules.


City seeking comments on proposed rules, FAQs on freelance worker protections ordinance
The City of Minneapolis has drafted frequently asked questions and rules documents to provide general guidance to freelance workers and those who hire freelancers about their rights and responsibilities under the City’s freelance worker protection ordinance, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2021.

The ordinance will help prevent the exploitation of freelance workers, including many self-employed entrepreneurs who work as independent contractors. Under the ordinance, businesses that hire certain freelancers for their work in the City of Minneapolis must confirm their agreement in writing. It is an ordinance violation for a hiring party to refuse to pay the freelancer as stated in the contract or demand a freelancer accept less compensation after work has started as a condition of being paid on time.

Public comments about the clarity and substance of information in the FAQs and rules documents can be submitted online. The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 31, 2020. Read more


Reminder: City seeking diversity of applicants for fall openings on boards and commissions appointments
A reminder as application review nears: 24 City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this fall. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available so all residents can participate. The positions are open until filled; application review begins Sept. 30 unless marked otherwise.

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

People can apply through the open position pages linked here and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings. Applications are open now.
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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Free COVID-19 tests and flu shots coming up
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests and flu shots. All are welcome. You do not need insurance for the test.

  • Free COVID-19 tests at Masjid An-Nur Mosque, 1729 N. Lyndale Ave. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 Somali interpreters will be available. Register onsite.
  • Free COVID-19 tests at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Bryant Ave. N. 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 Make an appointment if possible, or register onsite.
  • Free COVID-19 tests at Phelps Park, 701 E. 39th St. 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 American Sign Language and Spanish interpreters will be available. Register onsite.
  • Free COVID-19 tests and flu shots at Phelps Park, 701 E. 39th St. 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 The flu shots are covered by insurance. If you have insurance, bring your insurance card for the flu shot. If you don’t have insurance, the flu shot is free. American Sign Language and Spanish interpreters will be available. Register onsite.
  • Free COVID-19 tests at St. Peter’s AME, 401 E. 41st St. 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 Make an appointment if possible, or register onsite.

You can expect to get your test results in about two business 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.
Testing for other communities
Free COVID-19 tests focused on the Cedar-Riverside community hosted by Pillsbury United
 1-4 p.m. every Friday and Monday Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. Note: Double-check with Pillsbury United for possible updates before heading over.

If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.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 workplace safety and paid sick leave during COVID-19
Workers have a variety of overlapping protections to navigate COVID-19 and its effects in the workplace.

The State of Minnesota and City of Minneapolis can help clarify best practices and requirements for workplace safety. Watch this video and check online for more information. Call 311, or MN OSHA at 651-284-5050, to report safety problems in a business or seek additional guidance.

Every COVID-19 preparedness plan must ensure that sick workers stay home. 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 public health.

In general, employees (of government or private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees), 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 may be reimbursed with tax credits. For more information about Coronavirus Leave, call 1-866-4-US-WAGE and check out the following resources: informational videoeligibility toolposter and FAQs

 State executive order suspending evictions extended until Oct. 12; 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 Oct. 12.

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:

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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: “Blaze of Glory”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vMzgxMS8xMDY0ODU2OTMyNV9kYjVhNTE2OGFlX2suanBn

Sioux Chef’s Sean Sherman
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cszjq9
https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/sioux-chef-s-mission-decolonize-the-kitchen-bPMkOyYHh0KsuppJcE11Kg

Minnesota Historical Society Artist in the Gallery: Randilynn Boucher-Giago
Tuesday, October 13, 2 – 3 pm
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8519

Minnesota Historical Society Brown Bag History: A Conversation on Indigenous Perspectives of Museums
Thursday, October 15, 12 noon – 1 pm
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8518

2020 Posters for Parks Virtual Show
Saturday, October 17, 5 – 6 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/posters-for-parks-show-2020-registration-121384956673

Schubert Club Virtual Concerts
https://schubert.org/events/

Vocal Essence 1020-2021 Virtual Season
https://www.vocalessence.org/vocalessence-on-demand/