Weekly Roundup: Oct 30 – Nov 5

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


VOTING Information: Election Day, Tuesday Nov 3

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/

More information on voting in person and locations HERE.

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Announcements:

Time to meet the people running for Longfellow Community Council’s Board of Directors and VOTE! Board Elections will began during the October 27th General Membership Meeting. Voting is now open and remain open until November 3, 2020.

https://longfellow.org/about/board-of-directors/meet-the-candidates/
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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


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.

 Fall street sweeping update Street sweeping has resumed. Keep an eye on the interactive map on the website for the most up-to-date schedule, and as always, watch for signs on your street at least 24 hours before a planned sweep.

During 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



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/

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Friday, Oct 30 

Hausu (1977) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
His cult masterpiece, comprised of bizarre set pieces, subtle humor, and surreal deaths, still feels fresh today, four decades after it was made. Come join us for this Trylon Halloween tradition—for the first or the 21st time.


Senior Social w/ Sewa – Asian Indian Family Wellness @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join our Seniors Group for conversations, celebrations, games, and more! We are currently meeting every Friday over Zoom. Join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85334672155


Silver Hands, part 1, by Folktopia – Virtual Performance @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
How am I in the world and what stories do I hold? 
Parker Genné and her Intergenerational Folktopia Band premiere Silver Hands, part 1, in collaboration with American Swedish Institute’s virtual programming, on Friday, October 30, at 6pm CDT. 
Silver Hands, part 1, explores how we learn to make wise choices when afraid.

Inspired by the folktale Handless Maiden, young Josephine searches for adventure beyond her family’s mill – climbing trees, bathing in the river and playing by the edge of the forest. When she is forced to make her own path in the world, the darkness of uncertainty is terrifying. Josephine must find the strength to trust the unknown. Will she listen to the inner guides of earth, wind, water and fire?

Presented virtually via ASI’s Zoom platform on October 30, at 6 p.m. CDT, the performance will be followed by a virtual post-show discussion with the audience and artistic team. An ASL interpreter will be provided for the artist discussion and Q&A session. All ages and abilities welcome. Silver Hands, part 1 is recorded live at ASI in Oct. 2020. Look for Silver Hands full album release in Spring 2021, in support of the larger work Silver Hands, originally conceived as a new performance work in collaboration and development with the American Swedish Institute and Ebenezer Park Apartments for Fall 2020.
TICKETS:
https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/silver-hands-part-1-folktopia-virtual-evening-performance 
$7 ASI members/$10 non-members. Pay-what-you-can tickets available by calling ASI at (612) 871- 4907.
For more information about Folktopia and the performing & producing work of Parker Genné: http://www.parkergenne.com

Saturday, Oct 31

Supporting LGBTQ Youth @ 11am • ONLINE EVENT
Even for the most supportive adults, helping LGBTQ young people thrive in their identities can be a complex and challenging journey. This uplifting workshop will offer affirmation for what you’re doing right already, practical tips for navigating today’s ever-expanding vocabulary of sexual and gender identity, and a toolkit of strategies for fostering informed, compassionate, and authentic conversations with the young people you support. Please visit  https://www.supportgroupscentral.com/lssmn to register.
If you’re having trouble registering, join the meeting on the day using this link: https://supportgroupscentral.zoom.us/j/94121949450?pwd=U3c5SDlRd0lJb3VnaWRDdWpYSHhlQT09
For more information, please email Cat Hammond at Cat.Hammond@lssmn.org or self@lssmn.org 
About the trainer:  Cat Hammond (any pronouns) has worked as a sex educator since 2012, and joined the SELF program at LSS in 2019. In addition to teaching about sexual well-being to people of all ages in various formats and settings, they have also worked as a trainer and consultant on gender, leading presentations on gender diversity and accessibility for faith communities, medical professionals, and performing arts organizations including Children’s Theatre Company and the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Cat holds a B.A. in Gender Studies and Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University


Fresh Produce and Diaper Giveaway at Kmart Parking Lot @ 11am
Come get some free vegetables, fruit, non-perishable food items (beans, pasta, grains, etc), and diapers. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing by staying at least 6ft away from others. For more information on the food distributions from Source MN go to sourcemn.org/food


Minneapolis Halloween Half, 10K & 5K at Stone Arch Bridge and St Anthony Falls @ 8:30am
Join in the Halloween Fun with a race in Minneapolis. Choose from a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K. Speed test your costume and get a healthy start to the holiday season. This is also the first race of the Xperience Fitness Holiday Challenge. More details and sign up here: http://www.minneapolishalloweenhalf.com


Dia de los Muertos & Halloween w/ Midtown Global Market @ 11am-2pm
On Saturday, Oct. 31, Midtown Global Market will be the place to be for people of all ages to enjoy both the traditional Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Halloween. 
These events are free and open to the public. Midtown Global Market welcomes the public to come and support our independent business owners. 
Día de los Muertos: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
The Day of the Dead is a Latin American holiday that is celebrated by people around the world. The Market will celebrate Día de los Muertos with a day of tradition, education, food, art, and music. 
An authentic, custom-made ofrenda will be created by local artist Marina Castillo. An ofrenda is an altar created by families for Día de los Muertos to honor and celebrate the lives of their family and friends who have died. 
The public is encouraged to bring small items or framed photos from their deceased loved ones and are invited to add them as a part of the Market’s ofrenda. The ofrenda will remain installed until November 5, 2020. Marina will be conducting a Facebook Live interview at 1:15 p.m. to discuss the inspiration for her installation. 
Market restaurateurs of Mexican heritage will be offering traditional treats based on their family recipes for $1 each: 
Andy’s Garage – Pozole (soup/stew)
Los Ocampo – Champurrado (warm and thick beverage)
Manny’s Tortas – Hot cocoa and Pan de Muerto (a traditional sugary pastry) 
Salsa a la Salsa – Tamales
Kids under the age of 10 can pick up a free Dia de los Muertos arts and crafts project.  

From noon to 1 p.m., guests may enjoy live music by Mariachi Estelar.
Halloween Treat Bag Give-Away: beginning at noon    
The first 400 children ages 10 and under will receive a pre-packed Halloween bag filled with candy and a toothbrush. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Only while supplies last. Thank you to Derek Clement 
Agency/American Family Insurance, Target, Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls, Mars Wrigley, and Delta Dental for their donations. 
The Market requires that all guests over the age of three wear a mask, use the provided hand sanitizer stations, and maintain social distance guidelines. Per Minnesota COVID-19 guidelines, a total of 250 people will be allowed in the Market at any one time, so there may be a brief socially-distanced wait at busy time periods.

Cassandra’s Cabaret @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Register to receive your link at http://www.Jawaahir.org
Join Cassandra and Three of her gorgeous fellow dancers LIVE on Zoom! Featured dancers are Cassandra, Margo, Helen, and Megan!
Show begins on your screen at 6:00pm CT. Approximate length of show: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Reservations are $20! Only 1 reservation per home needed.
Payment in advance is required by 12:00pm CT in order to receive your Zoom invitation before the show starts at 6:00pm CT on Saturday, October 31, 2020 

Sunday, Nov 1

Monday, Nov 2

Hausu (1977) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
His cult masterpiece, comprised of bizarre set pieces, subtle humor, and surreal deaths, still feels fresh today, four decades after it was made. Come join us for this Trylon Halloween tradition—for the first or the 21st time


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


Solidarity Dine Out: Midori’s Floating World and MUAS @ Noon
Join MN Uprising Arrestee Support and Midori’s Floating World Cafe for a lunch of solidarity, imagination, and community care. Midori’s Floating World Cafe, along with many other businesses on Lake Street, was physically damaged by the Uprisings and unable to continue to do business. Their insurance company, their landlord, and the City of Minneapolis have been unwilling and unable to assist them in any way. 

As part of imagining a future without police, we are also imagining new ways of community care.  
Join us to fundraise for Midori’s and to come together (distanced) as community. 
— Free meals for arrestees! — 
Menu will include sushi and noodle dishes, with vegan options.  All to-go. 

From noon until sold out! Please RSVP so we can accommodate for the number of guests. For covid safety, we are asking that this is non-eating event. Enter the patio on 22nd Ave, grab your lunch, and exit through the Greenspace onto Franklin Avenue. Please wear a mask, distance, and do not come if you are feeling sick. 
Cohosted by Minnesota Uprising Arrestee Support and Minnesota Freedom Fund at the Seward Cafe 
2129 E Franklin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55404 | http://www.mnuprising.org/ | http://www.floatingworldcafe.com/

Tuesday, Nov 3 • Election Day

Free Class- Breathing and Meditation to Relieve Anxiety @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join me for a FREE special workshop-style class on Election Day at 6pm. I’ll teach a few different breathing techniques to add to your toolkit during times of anxiety, and I’ll lead a short meditation practice. Hope to see you there! Sign up on moxie.xyz/yogawithjennyf
Donations not required, but highly appreciated! 

Wednesday, Nov 4

Thursday, Nov 5



 
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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

City election officials have opened two additional Early Vote Centers, making early in-person voting more convenient for even more Minneapolis voters.

There are now four places Minneapolis voters can cast early ballots:

  • The new North Early Vote Center at Urban League Twin Cities, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.
  • The new South Early Vote Center at Longfellow Park Recreation Center, 3435 36th Ave. S.
  • The Early Vote Center at Election & Voter Services offices, 980 E. Hennepin Ave.
  • The Hennepin County Government Center, 300 6th St. S. (for all Hennepin County voters)

Along with avoiding Election Day lines and crowds during the pandemic, Early Vote Centers are especially helpful to people who need language support or other special accommodations, such as curbside voting. All four early voting locations are open through Nov. 2. For hours and other information on early in-person voting, go to vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/vote-early-in-person.

Drop off mail ballots now! Because Election Day is less than one week away, mail delivery may not be able to return completed absentee ballots in time to be counted. Instead, City election officials recommend dropping off completed ballots at one of 13 mail ballot drop-off locations now open through Nov. 3. Voters dropping off ballots from other voters can bring no more than three completed ballots (not counting their own ballots). They will need to show identification with name and signature and complete simple paperwork.

On Election Day, mail ballots can only be dropped off at one of the 13 drop-off locations until 3 p.m. and cannot be dropped off at regular polling places.

 Know your rights to vote safely and without intimidation
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has released guidance to the public about federal and state laws that protect voters from interference or intimidation, entitled “Know your rights to vote safely and without intimidation.”

Ellison encourages anyone who experiences any interference or intimidation in voting or attempting to vote to report it to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office at 877-600-VOTE. 
Watch the video, “Know Your Rights: How to Vote Safely.” 

 City secures property tax relief for properties damaged during civil unrest
The State of Minnesota has approved requests by the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County for property tax relief for properties damaged during civil unrest. Following the civil unrest that occurred after the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, the City’s Assessor’s Office began reviewing more than 900 properties in Minneapolis that were reported to have potential damage from the civil unrest and determined there was more than $106 million in reassessed value lost as a result of the damage. 

The amount of property tax relief for impacted property owners is estimated at more than $1.7 million for 2020. Of that, the State will be reimbursing the City and other local taxing authorities $1.3 million. The City’s Assessor’s Office collaborated with departments across the enterprise along with partners from Hennepin and Ramsey counties and the Department of Revenue to seek this relief for taxpayers.

Assessment officials have determined that just over 600 properties of the 900 properties reviewed sustained some level of damage and approximately 75 sustained significant damage or were destroyed during the civil unrest and are eligible for property tax relief. Read more
 
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

  • 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.

 Save money and stay comfy this winter
It’s no secret that the seasons are changing. For many Minnesotans, that might come with a draft of cold air across the living room or an annual heating bill increase. No one can stop the seasons from turning, but the City of Minneapolis wants you to stay comfortable at home and keep your energy bills low, and the Home Energy Squad can help. Their recommendations can help you improve everything from the energy performance of large equipment like furnaces, to the smaller, easier-to-overlook energy users like lightbulbs.

While usually performed in person, Home Energy Squad is now offering a free virtual home energy audit. If you are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have noticed that asking your home to act as both office and living space can really increase how much energy you use along with your monthly utility bill. After your free virtual visit, you and your energy expert may decide that the best next step is an in-person visit, which can be performed safely with health and safety guidelines in mind. Free in-person visits are available to income-qualified households.

Call 651-328-6220 or visit mncee.org/hes today for a free virtual audit that will help you discover ways to save energy in your home.

 

The City Council’s Budget Committee has begun reviewing departments’ proposed 2021 budgets and will continue through November. The City Council is scheduled to vote on budget adoption Dec. 9.  Mayor Jacob Frey’s proposed budget calls for a 5.75% maximum levy increase. With a 12% increase in the overall tax base growth, three-quarters of Minneapolis residential property owners will see a decrease in their property tax bills with the median-valued household set to experience a $59 yearly decrease. 

Public hearings on the proposed 2021 City budget are planned for Nov. 16, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Visit the City’s website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more. You can also watch a series of videos on the City’s budget process.

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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:

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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: “Mill City Museum”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vODQyNi83Nzg3NjI4NTc4X2IxN2YxYTU1MThfYi5qcGc~

Park Board Halloween Hounds 2020 Costume Contest
https://form.jotform.com/202951098575161

Waters to the Sea Stories: Dakota Place and Kinship with the Mississippi River
Tuesday, November 10, 6 pm
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDeYcKsj7e5lm9hcYsuTSZ3sqVE_K9nkmqrdeRlOEpvD_bbg/viewform

Waters to the Sea Mississippi River Adventure: The Science of Place at the MnSTA Conference on Science Education (MnCOSE)
Friday, November 13, 7 pm
https://www.mnsta.org/cgi/page.cgi/2020_Conference.html

Mia presents: Foot in the Door 5: The Virtual Exhibition
November 1 – January 10
https://new.artsmia.org/foot-in-the-door-5/
Virtual Family Day
Sunday, November 8
https://new.artsmia.org/event/virtual-family-day-foot-in-the-door/

Pillsbury House Theatre presents Fannie Lou Hamer: Speak on It!
Thursday, October 29 and Sunday, November 1, 7 pm
https://pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org/fannie-lou-hamer-speak-on-it/

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra presents: Postcards Across the Atlantic
Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1
https://www.thespco.org/

Hennepin History Museum presents: Introduction to Crop Art
Saturday, November 21, 1 – 3 pm
https://hennepinhistory.org/event/crop-art/