Weekly Roundup: Oct 23-29

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.

Save the Date: Tuesday Oct 27, 6-7:30pm

Best [zoom] Meeting Ever! Annual General Membership Meeting. More info here.

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.Longfellow Community Council Board of Directors Elections Process: Because of Covid-19, we are conducting our election process a little differently. Below are the steps to follow to run for a seat and to vote for members–

To Submit an application to run for a seat on the LCC Board of Directors:
Prior to the October 27th General Membership Meeting (GMM) via Zoom, anyone interested in joining the LCC Board of Directors will fill out an application. You can find the application form here or request a copy by emailing: info@longfellow.org.

To nominate yourself during the General Membership Meeting:
During the General Membership meeting, residents will have an opportunity to add their name to the ballot and voter guide. Because we may have additions during the meeting, we will keep our voting process open for one week(voting closes on November 2nd).

To vote to elect the 2020-2021 Board of Directors:

  1. You can go to our website at http://www.longfellow.org (any time before November 2nd) and read the voter guide and fill out the ballot to elect candidates.
  2. We will notify the elected members and the community at large by Friday, November 6th. Please note, there may be additional nominations during the October 27th General Membership Meeting, so you may want to withhold voting until October 28th.

Zoom Link Information:
Topic: LCC GMM and Board Election Meeting Time: Oct 27, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87533844710?pwd=Q3o3czBTQThpYWowaFgzclppWklFQT09
Meeting ID: 875 3384 4710
Passcode: 445092
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 875 3384 4710
Passcode: 445092
***Zoom Background Contest at the LCC General Membership Meeting!***
Many of you work from home and have meetings through Zoom. While Zoom is a great resource it also becomes a bit boring. During the LCC Board Meeting, we encourage participants to change their background to something interesting, colorful or funny. ***
Staff will select 5 winners who will receive a free Longfellow Brackett Rocket Hoodie.


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Drop off your mail-in ballot! Find out where to drop off your mail ballot in-person 

How it works: Our drop-off locations are outdoors and typically in parking lots. You will have a short interaction with an election official. The election official will look over your signature envelope to make sure everything is filled out and signed. Your ballot envelope will then be placed into a locked box. Please wear a face-covering. Keep a six-foot distance between yourself and others as much as possible. We can only take ballots from Minneapolis residents. Deadline: Deadline to drop off your ballot is 3pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.
More information here: https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot-drop-off/

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is offering FREE meal boxes to all youth 18 & under. This program is open to all families; youth do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive meal boxes.  Meal boxes provide a full week of meals for every kid, 18 and under, in the family. All meals meet MPS’ high standards for nutrition and quality ingredients, ranging from comforting favorites like pizza and tamales to new tastes like local, watermelon radishes. Families can pick-up free meal boxes at sites across Minneapolis, Monday-Friday (school days) Most sites are open 11am-3pm, and a handful of sites have extended hours of 11am-5pm. Youth, parents, or siblings can pick up one box for each child in their family, per week.  Visit the MPS Culinary & Wellness Services website to learn more: cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/2020-21_school_year.

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 23 

Music Mayhem Late Night @ 10pm • ONLINE EVENT
Know Your Music?  Prove it and WIN! Music Mayhem is a live, virtual game show where you can win prizes with your love of music!   Compete against players from around the world, and learn interesting facts about the songs and artists we feature. 
It is free, easy and fun: 
1) Watch on your computer: https://twitch.tv/mayhemtrivia
2) Guess on your phone: https://gomayhem.com
Shows are limited to 50 players. Join up to 10 minutes early. Prizes are awarded on Friday Nights.

The Invisible Man (1933) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) finds a way to become invisible, but it slowly drives him insane. Whale’s pre-Hollywood Production Code masterpiece still shocks 87 years after its release and is essential viewing for any horror fan.

Free 20-hr Anti-Racism Training for Lgbtq Helping Professionals
Oct 23 – Oct 25 • Online Event • FREE / Pay what you can: Unlearning Racism Training for LGBTQPAI+ White Helping Professionals
Deeper Than Skin Deep offers a serious and intentional dive into our anti-racism work:
-Increase our Racial Literacy
-Face our Queer Whiteness
-Examine the colonization of the mental health and social work fields
-Develop our anti-racist and decolonizing perspectives into actual anti-racist practices.
Total 38-hour training – if you do the weekend and the 12 group meetings:
Noon, Friday, October 23 – 4:30pCST, Sunday, October 25, 2020 (20-hour weekend training)

Saturday, Oct 24

Refreshing the History of 27th & Lake @ 10:30pm
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 for everyone except the presenter. We ask that participants maintain 6 feet of distance between households.

Immediately following this tour, Hennepin History Museum will host a one-hour community discussion “History for the Future” led by Acoma Gaither and Andrea Monolov. Please register separately for that event.

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.

The Brave New Workshop: Goes Viral w/ The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre • 8pm
The Brave New Workshop: Goes Viral returns for season two with more of the hilarious weekly show you’ve come to love! Your favorite BNW personalities will join Caleb McEwen to discuss current events and the ‘unprecedented’ world we’re living in. Join us every Saturday at 8pm central via Facebook, Youtube or on our website.

Sunday, Oct 25

Monday, Oct 26

Coming to the Table in MPLS: Racial Healing Learning Session @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Coming to the Table in Minneapolis: Racial Healing Learning Session
*Due to concerns around COVID-19, this event will be held online via Zoom. A link will be sent to participants shortly before the group meets.

What is Coming to the Table? At Coming to the Table (CTTT), descendants of those who were enslaved, descendants of slave owners, Indigenous community members, and all those interested in engaging in safe constructive dialogue, are invited to come together to envision Minneapolis as a just and truthful community – one that acknowledges and seeks to heal racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, genocide of Native Americans, and the racism these collective traumas continue to spawn. CTTT provides relationship engagement, leadership, resources, and a supportive environment to dismantle racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery and genocide of Indigenous people.

Coming to the Table in Minneapolis: Racial Healing Learning Sessions are on the 3rd Saturday morning and 4th Monday evening of the month.

CTTT Learning Sessions provide an opportunity to learn and grow together. Through readings, videos and discussions, group members examine the intersectionality of racism, its insidious nature and options for healing historical trauma. Example topics include: the Doctrine of Discovery, Implicit Bias, Exploring Systemic Racism, etc. Join CTTT Facilitator and Peacebuilding’s Assistant Executive Director Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power to help instigate this monthly CTTT group in Minneapolis for all who want to take Minnesota beyond the legacy of enslavement and be part of the solution.

The Invisible Man (1933) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) finds a way to become invisible, but it slowly drives him insane. Whale’s pre-Hollywood Production Code masterpiece still shocks 87 years after its release and is essential viewing for any horror fan

Hiawatha Academies – Free Flu Shots w/ Hiawatha Collegiate High School @ 4pm • FREE
Free Flu Shots! Provided by St. Mary’s Health Clinics

Available for all Hiawatha Academies students, families, and staff.
HCHS Art Room Space
Safety plans in place:
– Please stay home if you are sick
– Face coverings required

Life with Diabetes Monthly Meetup ~ SuperStrongDiabetics • ONLINE EVENT @ 7pm
**PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, these meetups will be held virtually via ZOOM. **
This casual, supportive meetup group provides a valuable resource for those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, including family and friends. All are welcome! Type 1 and Type 2, Gestational, Pediatric. We all experience similar triumphs and challenges and sharing can make a big difference.  

Join us and share what’s good and new from your month and how the group can support you! We meet the 4th Monday of each month and are led by Diabetes Coach, Carrie Boe (also a well-managed diabetic for nearly 25 years). Meetings are held at Ascent Wellness Clinic in south Minneapolis. 
Please RSVP by emailing SuperStrongDiabetics@gmail.com (to receive your access link to ZOOM) or finding us on Meetup.com. You can also find us on Ascent’s Facebook page and the SuperStrongDiabetics’ Facebook page.

Brian Freeman’s “The Deep, Deep Snow” • ONLINE EVENT @ 7pm
Brian Freeman will be discussing his most recent release, The Deep, Deep Snow. Deputy Shelby Lake was abandoned as a baby, saved by a stranger who found her in the freezing cold. Now, years later, a young boy is missing-and Shelby is the one who must rescue a child.

The only evidence of what happened to ten-year-old Jeremiah Sloan is a bicycle left behind on a lonely road. After a desperate search fails to locate him, the close bonds of Shelby’s hometown begin to fray under the weight of accusations and suspicion. Everyone around her is keeping secrets. Her adoptive father, her best friend, her best friend’s young daughter-they all have something to hide. Even Shelby is concealing a mistake that could jeopardize her career and her future.

Unearthing the lies of the people in Jeremiah’s life doesn’t get the police and the FBI any closer to finding him. As time passes and the case grows cold, Shelby worries that the mystery will stay buried forever under the deep, deep snow. But even the deepest snow melts in the spring

Tuesday, Oct 27

East Lake Library + Library Bike Team at Midtown Farmers Market! w/ Midtown Farmers Market @ 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.

Howl-O-Ween with Underdog Rescue w/ Unleashed Hounds and Hops @ 6pm
Join us for a night of spooky fun at Unleashed Hounds and Hops! This event will be a celebration for ALL dogs and their owners, and will include a pumpkin for you & your pup to pick, a costume contest, heavy appetizers, and safe, fun pup play! 
Tickets are $25 for you and your pup ($40 for two humans/one dog) and $5 is donated back to Underdog Rescue! Grab your tickets here: https://checkout.square.site/buy/IYTVPPWTJGFWQM3RNTOG7R6G
Visit http://www.unleashedhoundsandhops.com to see our rules & requirements, and register your pup beforehand if it is your first visit!

Wednesday, Oct 28

Bones, Poems and Texts: Anti-Jewish Violence in Tàrrega during the Black Death @ 4pm • ONLINE EVENT
Due to COVID-19, the fall lectures in our 2020/2021 Community Lecture Series will be held online as virtual webinars. We are still planning for our three spring lectures to be held in person at local venues, however we have contingency plans in place if that cannot happen. Please RSVP for this event at: https://z.umn.edu/5mqf                     

This talk surveys Jewish responses to the Black Death before focusing on a Jewish community in Catalonia that was nearly annihilated by plague-related violence. The 2007 discovery of mass graves in Tàrrega briefly returned the victims of the worst episode of anti-Jewish violence during the Black Death (1346-52) to daylight and historians’ attention.  This talk draws on the work of forensic archaeologists, newly researched archival records, and a previously unnoted liturgical lament to treat the Tàrrega incident anew.  What does this episode tell us about Tàrrega’s victims and perpetrators, and about the ways pandemic plague might exacerbate old tensions and ignite them ? What can we learn from the ways that Targarin Christians and Jews reacted, and from how they chose to remember or forget?

Susan Einbinder is Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, specializing in late medieval Jewish writing in Europe (especially France, Provence and Iberia). She studies writing and martyrdom, persecution and exile, the scientific and belles letters writing of physicians, liturgical poetry, questions of late medieval identity and affinity, and medieval manuscripts and translation. She is the author of After the Black Death: Plague and Commemoration Among Iberian Jews. Cosponsored by: Center for Medieval Studies

Thursday, Oct 29

Praxis and Ideology: Analyzing Teacher Learning in Translanguaging Professional Development @ noon • ONLINE EVENT
This qualitative study investigated seven teachers participating in a professional development series on translanguaging pedagogies. We will present on two analyses of this data. The first was aimed at understanding how teachers adapted translanguaging strategies into their classroom practice, and how they perceived challenges and benefits of these approaches. The second, ongoing analysis investigates the complex, fluid, and often contradictory language ideologies the teachers expressed and embodied while negotiating and disrupting the monolingual bias in their school.

Presenters: Amanda Swearingen is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests center around pre-service teacher development and critical intercultural communication.
Samuel David is an Assistant Professor of Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota (UMN). His research interests include literacy development of emergent bilingual students, teacher learning about translanguaging and culturally responsive pedagogy, and educational equity for linguistically & culturally diverse students.  
This presentation is cosponsored by the Second Language Education program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

What Haunts Us, Virtual Reading w/ Loren Niemi @ 5pm • ONLINE EVENT
An innovative storyteller, poet, and recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Loren Niemi has spent over forty years immersed in all aspects of his craft: creating, collecting, directing, performing, and teaching. He also leads workshops on storytelling and effective messaging for mission, brand, or engagement, as well as coaching storytellers and solo performers. His work explores the power of narrative and the beauty of poetry to illuminate what it is to be human and why it matters.

What Haunts Us “What Haunts Us” is a collection of fifteen short stories that speak from the page in the voice of the storyteller – at turns comical, unsettling, heartbreaking and wondrous – evoking the full range of human behavior and emotion. From tales set in the northern Minnesota Boundary Waters, to the millennia-spanning landscapes of Europe and the United States, these are stories brimming with a dynamic sense of place and person, imbued with a sense of grounded reality. Loren Niemi’s work has been called post-modern, “with the dark beauty of language that is not ashamed of poetry.”

“What Haunts Us” are those things we hold in memory or in feelings: people, geography, actions, philosophies and beliefs, and emotions themselves. I have lived with some of these stories for decades. Giving them the form that they deserved eventually became inevitable. This collection includes the reworking of oral histories that give a nod to testimony of ghosts and the metaphysical, narratives that explore the ways in which we make the intangible present, and finally the tale of the Count Saint Germain, which is about how grief haunts even immortals.”

Escorted Early Voting & Celebration w/ American Indian OIC @ 11am
Join your community as AIM & AIOIC feeds and escorts voters to the polls for one last early voting push!
Guests are invited to celebrate the power of voting with a drum, free NDN tacos from Pow Wow Grounds, free flu shots from NACC, and voter information and SWAG. Patrol members from AIM will escort Hennepin County voters to the Early Voting Center so they can vote in a safe and culturally-supportive environment. Voting escorts depart AIOIC at noon, 2pm, and 4pm. Join us!
This is an outdoor event and physical distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are required.


City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Neighborhoods 2020 next steps and timeline: Now that the public comment period has closed on the Neighborhoods 2020 draft program guidelines, the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department is reviewing the 244 public comments received and creating a summary. The comments and summary will be available on the Neighborhoods 2020 webpage before the City Council takes action.

Next steps

  • Oct. 22: Public Health and Safety Committee makes notice of intent for public hearing.
  • Nov. 5: Public Health and Safety Committee public hearing and presentation.
  • Nov. 13: Full City Council vote.
  • Nov. 16: Budget Committee presentation to discuss the program allocations.

By voting on the program guidelines before the budget, the City Council can discuss the funding needed to implement the program as designed.
Over the next few weeks, NCR will send out more information as it becomes available. 
Find City Council meeting calendars, agendas and decisions on the City of Minneapolis’ Legislative Information Management System (LIMS).  Read more about Neighborhoods 2020 here.

More spaces becoming available this winter for people experiencing homelessness
Partners from the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and State of Minnesota are coming together to encourage people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Hennepin County to come inside as winter weather arrives.

A broad coalition of government agencies, nonprofit and philanthropic partners are currently operating the largest and safest emergency shelter system that has ever existed in Hennepin County as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These collective efforts have thus far allowed us to avoid the devastating impacts COVID-19 has had on people experiencing homelessness in other cities.

There is existing emergency shelter capacity, especially for women, children and families. Emergency shelters continue to see beds becoming newly available each day, and some go unused each night. There are also around 200 current vacancies in board and lodge facilities, which provide low-barrier housing that people can access today.

Partners are also working to open new spaces that meet the individual needs of people sleeping outside before the end of the year, and to make permanent improvements to ensure COVID-19 safety guidelines continue to be met at existing and new shelter spaces, as they have since the beginning of the pandemic.

By the end of 2020, partners, including city, county, state and philanthropy, plan to invest $55 million to open at least seven sites to provide emergency shelter, low-barrier housing and protective housing for people experiencing homelessness, as well as enhance existing shelters and expand support services and street outreach. An additional 670 units of very affordable housing designated for people experiencing homelessness will have opened or begun construction by the end of this year. Read more

Northside Oral History Project highlights stories of resistance, resilience
The Northside Oral History Project kicked off this week – a community-based project that centers the stories of residents who have lived in the Penn/Plymouth area of North Minneapolis over the last 50 years.

Through this work, the City’s Division of Race & Equity elevates the stories of resistance and resilience that have made the community what it is. The purpose of this project is to build greater trust and understanding between community residents and City staff and in so doing, build the capacity to create asset-based systems change.

Through a community based, participatory voting process, four artists have been selected to turn stories collected from 90 community residents into art projects. Those artists included Bully Creative (docuseries), Charles Caldwell (mural), Franklin Middle School (mural), and McFarlane Media Interests (multimedia). Read more

City Council approves resolution establishing truth and reconciliation process for City of Minneapolis 
The City Council approved a resolution Oct. 17 establishing a truth and reconciliation process for the City of Minneapolis. The ultimate objective of this process is to begin implementing specific solutions to specific harms that created and perpetuate racial disparities with a prioritized focus on healing with historically Black American descendants of slavery and American Indian/Indigenous communities.

The resolution notes that Minnesota and Minneapolis have some of the most severe racial inequities in the country. African Americans make up 31% and American Indians make up 8% of the incarcerated population but only 7% and 1%, respectively, of the statewide population. The Minneapolis median household income for white families is $68,000 compared to $30,000 for African American families.

The resolution calls for the establishment of a working group that will explore the creation of the truth and reconciliation process and study the meaning of reconciliation, research different models of truth and reconciliation commissions, and understand the impact that such a process might have on the City of Minneapolis and its residents. Read more

Fall street sweeping update
Due to Tuesday’s snowfall, street sweeping is canceled today and tomorrow, Oct. 21 & 22. Street sweeping will resume Friday, Oct. 23 if street conditions are favorable. Temporary “no parking” signs will be placed on impacted streets Thursday, Oct. 22 for Friday’s sweep.

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. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed. Learn more about street sweeping

Home energy efficiency improvements Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day this month to save energy, cut carbon and breathe easier.
Save energy in your home
•  Know your home’s energy score; it’s like knowing a car’s miles-per-gallon rating. Each home energy score is generated by looking at the areas with the highest opportunity for energy savings in Minnesota’s climate: attic and wall insulation, heating system and storm windows. Check out local nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment’s interactive map to find your home energy score.
•  Sign up for a free virtual Home Energy Squad visit.

If you’re interested in pursuing an energy efficiency improvement recommended by a Home Energy Squad visit within the last three years, there is still time to apply for a 0% energy efficiency loan through the end of the year.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

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.

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is offering FREE meal boxes to all youth 18 & under. This program is open to all families; youth do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive meal boxes.  Meal boxes provide a full week of meals for every kid, 18 and under, in the family. All meals meet MPS’ high standards for nutrition and quality ingredients, ranging from comforting favorites like pizza and tamales to new tastes like local, watermelon radishes. Families can pick-up free meal boxes at sites across Minneapolis, Monday-Friday (school days) Most sites are open 11am-3pm, and a handful of sites have extended hours of 11am-5pm. Youth, parents, or siblings can pick up one box for each child in their family, per week.  Visit the MPS Culinary & Wellness Services website to learn more: cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/2020-21_school_year.

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.

State executive order suspending evictions extended until Nov. 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 Nov. 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:


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: “Brilliant Downtown Sky”

Dodge Poetry Festival
October 21 – November 1
Opening celebration: Thursday, October 22, 7 pm

TEDxMinneapolis 2020
October 23 – 25

Women of Broadway: Patti Lupone (benefits Hennepin Theatre Trust)
Saturday, October 23, 7 pm

The Playwright Center presents: 37th Annual Playlabs Festival
Through October 25

Minnesota Orchestra’s Rhythm and Grace
Friday, October 23, 8 pm

Minnesota Historical Society: Immigrant & Refugee Women Changemakers Discussion
Saturday, October 24, 1 – 2:15 pm
Virtual via Facebook

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Educational Resources and Outreach Programming