Weekly Roundup: November 6-12

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Longfellow Community Council POLICING SURVEY:
For residents and business owners in the 3rd Precinct LCC is conducting a survey to gather information about how residents and business owners feel about policing in their neighborhoods and about the future of the 3rd precinct police (previously at E. Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue). This survey is not being done on behalf of the City of Minneapolis but we do plan to share results in summary form with our City elected officials to consider in their decision-making and in their City-led public engagement process.
We will also share summary results with neighborhood residents and nearby neighborhoods that participate in the survey. Any identifying information of participants will not be shared. Please use the following link to participate in this survey https://forms.gle/CyYpGEWAebsBJuT26
Note: The 3rd precinct includes all Minneapolis neighborhoods east of Highway 35W and south of Highway 94. Elliot Park Neighborhood (EPNI) PPNA Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association Corcoran Neighborhood Organization Nokomis East Neighborhood Association Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association

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.

The City of Minneapolis announces the launch of the Rehab Support Program.
In partnership with Minnesota Housing, the program offers the Fix Up Loan program at a fixed interest rate of 2% (2.144% APR based on $30,000 loan).The program, with a maximum loan amount of $30,000 is available in 43 select Minneapolis neighborhoods (see the attached map). The goal of the Rehab Support Program is to encourage households to complete improvements to their homes that will increase the home’s value while addressing health, safety and housing code violations.
Questions about the program should be directed to owneroccupiedrehab@minneapolismn.gov.
The Rehab Support Program, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and Minnesota Housing, offers the Fix Up Loan program at a fixed interest rate of 2% (2.144% APR based on $30,000 loan). Maximum loan is $30,000 to 43 select Minneapolis neighborhoods. The goal of the Rehab Support Program is to encourage households to complete improvements to their homes that will increase the home’s value while addressing health, safety, and housing code violations.
The Rehab Support Program (RSP) offers the following:
Priority for improvements will be the correction of outstanding code orders and any mechanical, structural, and safety hazards. If no required repairs are present, permanent improvements such as, but not limited to, interior finishing/remodeling, energy conservation, accessibility, site work, building envelope, electrical, garage, HVAC, plumbing, and windows will be allowed.
• Household Income may not exceed $105,600.
• Must have a credit score of at least 620.
• Single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes are eligible.
• Ownership by any form of trust except Community Land Trust and individual home-site lease assignments on tribal trust land and ownership subject to a reverse mortgage are not eligible.
• Homeowner labor / sweat equity projects are not allowed.
How to Apply:
1. Download and print the Rehab Support Program application from the website or request an application be sent to you 
2. Complete and sign all forms.
3. Provide copies of supporting documents as described in the application.
4. Include a check payable to City of Minneapolis for the credit report. Cash and credit cards are not accepted.
Send your completed applications to:
E-mail: owneroccupiedrehab@minneapolismn.gov
FAX: 612-424-8281
Mail: City of Minneapolis – CPED
Attn: Owner Occupied Rehab
105 Fifth Avenue South Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2534
Questions please call: Owner Occupied Rehab at (612) 673-5174
For more information about this program and other owner occupied home improvement programs, please visit our web site: http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/cped/housing/WCMSP-213535

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, Nov 6 

This Is Minnesota Orchestra: Television, Radio + Streaming @ 8pm
The Minnesota Orchestra returns to the Orchestra Hall stage this fall with a re-imagined concert season designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. Hosted by Sarah Hicks and Classical MPR’s Melissa Ousley, the broadcasts and livestreams will afford wide and easy access for audiences across the state and beyond to experience a live Minnesota Orchestra performance.
Each section of the orchestra is featured on the November 6 program that includes a Jean Sibelius overture for brass, a captivating trio for the percussion section, a woodwind quintet inspired by the aesthetics of American Indian culture, and a vibrant string octet from the pen of a teenager.
LEARN MORE: https://minnesotaorchestra.org/tickets/this-is-minnesota-orchestra

Art Attack 2020, Nov 6 – Nov 9 • Online Event
Art Attack 2020 is almost here! This highly anticipated event showcases art, textiles, home decor, furniture, jewelry, and more, all created by Small Businesses at the NKB. This year we have moved the event online, now you can shop from the comfort of your living room, any time of the day or night. Start your gift shopping local, at the Northrup King Building.

Saturday, Nov 7

Magnus Nilsson Book Talk w/ American Swedish Institute @ 11am • ONLINE EVENT
Join us as the American Swedish Institute becomes the first venue on a virtual book tour welcoming back world-renowned Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson for a special talk launching his new book, “Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End” (2020, Phaidon.com). Lee Svitak Dean, food journalist and former Star Tribune Taste Editor, will moderate. Nilsson recently closed his extraordinary Fäviken restaurant at the height of its success to, among other things, buy an apple orchard. He and the book provide a fascinating first-hand account of the restaurant’s evolution – candid, insightful and thought-provoking. 
•  $75 – Talk + Book* Pick Up at ASI
•  $81 – Talk + Book* + Shipping
•  $250 – Talk + Magnus Opus (5-book collection). This option is pick-up only.
*Note: The book retails for $59.95
Register: https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/magnus-nilsson-book-talk

About Magnus Nilsson: Magnus Nilsson is one of the world’s most creative and celebrated chefs. He is the author of bestselling books, Fäviken (2012), The Nordic Cookbook (2015), Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes (2016), and The Nordic Baking Book (2018), all published with Phaidon. He closed his critically acclaimed restaurant Fäviken, in Järpen, Sweden in December 2019. He is featured in the Emmy Award-winning US PBS TV series, Mind of a Chef, and the Netflix documentary series, Chef’s Table. In 2020 Nilsson became academy director of MAD, where he will develop an educational institution that equips the restaurant world with the skills, tools, and perspectives to make positive change.

Winter Container Workshop w/ Mother Earth Gardens @ 1:30pm  
An outdoor winter greens container class  led by a Mother Earth Garden’s designer.
Join our socially distanced, outdoor workshop to create a beautiful container chock full of winter greens, sticks and other lovelies that will persist outside through the cold times and add cheer all season long. Our expert staff will guide you through the whole process and you’ll leave with a gorgeous finished pot for your stoop, patio or deck. Rain, snow or shine, this class will be held outside. We are able to provide shelter from precipitation, but not warmth so dress accordingly!
New procedures will be in place this year to ensure the safety of staff and attendees in this time of COVID:
-Masks required at all times for attendees and staff
-In order to maintain adequate distance, capacity is limited to 2 people per table for individual attendees and up to 4 people per table from the same household/pod.
– To reserve a table for a group of 2-4 people, purchase all tickets together -OR- e-mail coordinator@motherearthgarden.com after each individual has purchased their ticket with a list of those who’d like to share a table.
-Set-up will be designed to minimize movement around the workshop area.

Zoom Online: Yoga For Larger Bodies 6 Session Series w/ The Yoga Room @ 3pm • ONLINE EVENT
November 7th-December 19th, 2020 (No Class Thanksgiving weekend)

Have you always wanted to do yoga, but worry that your body is too big or that you might be the only larger-bodied person in the class? Yoga for Larger Bodies is exclusively for larger people looking for a safe environment to reconnect with their bodies through yoga. Taught by a plus-size yoga teacher who specializes in making yoga accessible, this 70-minute class combines Hatha yoga with breathing and mindfulness exercises to help you reduce stress while improving balance, strength and body awareness. No flexibility, experience or fancy spandex pants required! Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes.  All levels welcome and perfect for beginners.
Pre-registration is required: https://www.northsidecenter.net/bookings-checkout/yoga-for-larger-bodies-5-session-series-1
Instructor Rachel
Cost $75

MN350’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Solidarity Campaign for a virtual screening of Sisters Rising
Join Mysti Babineau and Sheila Lamb from MN350’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Solidarity Campaign for a virtual screening of Sisters Rising, PLUS a discussion with the Sisters Rising team!
Get your tickets at: https://secure.everyaction.com/IF_oA4GkW06UqdMJrvFY9g2
About the film:
Sisters Rising is the story of six Native American women reclaiming personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States.

Dawn was in the Army, now she’s a tribal cop in the midst of the North Dakota oil boom. Sarah is an attorney and scholar fighting to overturn restrictions on tribal sovereignty. Patty teaches Indigenous women’s self-defense workshops. Loreline and Lisa are grassroots advocates working outside of the system to support survivors of violence and influence legislative change. Chalsey is writing the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservation’s tribal court.

Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women. Amnesty International found that 1 in 3 Native women reports having been raped during her lifetime and that 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. Non-Indian perpetrators exploit gaps in tribal jurisdictional authority and target Native women as ‘safe victims’ with near-impunity.

In a portrait of six brave participants who refuse to let a pattern of violence against Native women continue on in the shadows, this film shines an unflinching and ultimately uplifting light onto righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.

Sunday, Nov 8

Nora’s Sunday Showtune Challenge! @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Showtune Challenge is BACK by popular demand! 
Brought to you by new host Nora, Music Mayhem: Sunday Showtune Challenge is a live, virtual song-guessing game show where your love of musical theater helps you gain points and tickets that can lead to cash and prizes!

Compete against players from around the world, and learn interesting facts about the songs and shows we feature. 
Its free, easy, and fun: 
1) Watch on your computer: https://twitch.tv/mayhemtrivia
2) Guess on your phone (or another browser): https://gomayhem.com/

Be sure to tune in 10-15 minutes early to ensure you’re ready to start playing! Themes will change weekly, so study up on your showtunes!

Monday, Nov 9

The French Connection (1971) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Two detectives learn of a heroin shipment coming into New York from France in this coarse, relentless film. In our opinion, it boasts the greatest onscreen car chase of all time.

Songs from Latin America with Dr. Ahmed Anzaldua @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Founder and director of the Twin Cities chamber ensemble Border CrosSing, Ahmed Anzaldua shares  expertise, insight, and community singing in this introductory session to the rich heritage of Latinx choral music.

Begin Tango -Twin Cities  w/  Four Seasons Dance @ 7pm
DANCE TANGO in the TWIN CITIES. Welcome to your next steps towards dancing Tango with us… and your friends (old ones and new ones you will pick up along the way) The more people who sign up will determine where we will meet. Imagine where you could be in JUST a month from now? And then how about a year? The next time this list rolls around, you may very well be an Tango dancing aficionado. And that ain’t dreamin’ too big, my friend! **COVID precautions observed** Class sizes will be limited so don’t miss out.

Community Peacemaking Virtual Discussion: Moving Forward Post-Election @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
This is the first of an ongoing series of calls for those who want to be peacemakers in their community. We’ll support each other and explore together what practical steps we can take to build a just peace in our own neighborhoods and relationships, while also caring for ourselves and dreaming of a more compassionate, equitable, and flourishing society. Whether you’re new to peacemaking, or a highly experienced peacebuilder, your presence and insight are welcome and valued! This call is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrdOqvpzktGt3zg8U2HUWlw5o4fA04avsy

Tuesday, Nov 10

Virtual Development Review Meeting – Mixed-use Project 4601 Minnehaha Ave.
 Tuesday, November 10th
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Virtual (information on how to join listed below)
Join us for a virtual presentation and Q&A with Hall Sweeney Properties LLC, to discuss their plans for the development of a mixed-use building located at 4601 – 4621 Minnehaha Ave.
Site plans for the project can be found here.

First Annual Strike Theater One-Minute Film Festival • Nov 10 – Nov 13 • ONLINE EVENT
Calling all poets, storytellers, comics, sketch-writers, and more to star in your own reel in the First-Annual Strike Theater One-Minute Film Festival!

The festival will consist of 30 one-minute video entries. Films will be aired each evening of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 10-12, from 7-8 p.m. on Strike Theater’s Facebook page and promoted on social channels. The Finals will be held Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. on Strike Theater’s Facebook page.
The Finals will feature three videos within their respective award categories, the audience choice from prelims and any judges’ picks.
Judging: There will be community judges issuing awards for categories including:
• Best Use of the Word “Collide”
• Best Use of the Color Red
• Best Use of Peanut Butter
• Audience Choice (Determined by voting during prelims, Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 10-12, 7-8 p.m., on Strike Theater’s Facebook page. To cast a vote, type the number of your favorite video in the comment section. One vote per comment.)
• Judge’s Picks (Awarded for ANYTHING judges see fit! Tune in to the Finals to see what they loved!)

Awards: The most prestigious award in the history of awards: a $10 gift certificate to the The Maya Mexican Cuisine in Northeast Minneapolis. And they ROCK. 
KEY DETAILS: VIDEOS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 P.M. CST, FRIDAY, NOV. 6. If we receive more than 30 entries, a lottery will be held to determine the final 10 slots. One video per director/group will be accepted. Slots will be reserved for BIPOC/LGBTQ+ directors/groups. You will receive an email to confirm you are in the festival by Nov. 7th. 
All entries must be shot using a cellphone after Jan. 1, 2020.
You will be expected to help promote the festival and your video! Let’s get eyes on all your work! Please tag Strike Theater in your posts:
FB: Strike Theater
Instagram: @strike_theater
SUBMISSIONS: Submit your entry via Google Drive here: 

**Strike Theater will not accept any submissions that feature any forms of racism, bigotry, sexism, homophobia, ageism, ableism, or any other form of hate speech, harassment or abuse. Strike Theater retains the right to reject any video submission for any reason.**Powerful Tools for Caregivers  
Tuesdays, November 10-December 15, 1:00-2:30 PM
Via Zoom Conferencing

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend.  You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

East Side is partnering with Southeast Seniors to bring you this “virtual” six-week class via Zoom video conferencing. If you’re not familiar with Zoom, don’t worry we will help you! Registered participants will be asked to attend an orientation prior to the class where you will practice using Zoom and receive support for any technical challenges.
To register, contact us at 612-787-4086 or VitalLiving@esns.org
Donations accepted based on a cost share.

Wednesday, Nov 11

Women Repair The World: Artists Edition @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Rimon Artist Salon Series co-presents with Women Repair The World: Artists Edition, a virtual Zoom event on Nov 11, 7 pm. The event (a collaboration with the philanthropic initiative Women Repair The World, a project of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and Hadassah Upper Midwest) features performance, film, and dialogue by visual artist/activist Rachel Breen, vocalist/composer Ariella Forstein, and filmmaker Barbara Wiener.

Spanning multiple generations and art forms, the three artists address the brokenness of the world through their work in voice, textile, installation, and film. They uncover in provocative ways our responsibility to each other, encouraging us to seek out compassion, the interconnection of life and labor, and the balance between a rooted internal voice and an unfettered public call to action.
Participation is free, but registration is required.

Online-Make Paper Poinsettia Flowers w/  Rock Paper Scissors Goods @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
In this fun live Zoom class you will learn how to create paper poinsettia flowers with Anna, of The Paper Florist. She will create a kit for each guest that includes the special papers and materials you will need for making 2 large paper poinsettia flowers. Class fee includes this kit, instruction for the live Zoom class and delivery of your materials. Once you register we will get your address and get you the materials and zoom link closer to the class. Class meets at 6:00PM CST

Thursday, Nov 12

Online Introduction to Restorative Justice Training @ 9am • 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.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance
Mondays & Thursdays, November 12-February 25
24 Sessions, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Via Zoom Conferencing
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance reduces risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. 
This nationally recognized Juniper class is moving online and is delivered in the safety of your home. The live course is facilitated by a trained and certified leader and limited in class size to ensure sharing and interaction. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays for 24 sessions. Cost is based on a sliding fee and is a suggested donation.
To register, visit Juniper website here or contact 612-787-4086 or VitalLiving@esns.org


City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Fall street sweeping update: Street sweeping is underway. 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 City of Minneapolis City Council has created a website focused on the City’s extensive efforts improve and to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in our city, based on a resolution you can find at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2020-00667. The new site can be accessed from the City’s homepage, or directly at www.minneapolismn.gov/community-safety. It consolidates plans, reports, data, and other materials related to this work from across all departments and divisions.

The Office of Violence Prevention hired a team of 30 outreach “violence interrupters” and has launched our version of the Cure Violence model, that has been used successful in several other U.S. cities. It’s being called MinneapolUS. After years of conversations and study, the Minneapolis City Council is glad to see this program, and these courageous, compassionate, talented and skilled team members, working in our City. This was made possible by an amendment to the 2020 budget the Council passed in July. You can learn more here http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/minneapolisforward/OVPInitiatives and here: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/10/14/meet-the-minneapolis-violence-interrupters.

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. 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.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Gov. Walz requests federal support for hospitals, long-term care facilities

Gov. Tim Walz today requested staffing support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for long-term care facilities and hospitals. In a letter submitted to FEMA, the governor outlined the need to extend current federal staff support and provide an additional 10 medical professionals to help the state combat rising cases of COVID-19.  
“Minnesota’s case counts are on the rise, which means the need for staffing support will continue to increase,” Walz wrote in the letter. “Securing this additional staffing support, in addition to extending the current staffing support on the ground in Minnesota, would significantly assist our state during this tenuous time.”

The request would support 10 additional staff that would go to facilities experiencing staff shortages due to the spike in positive cases across the state. It would also provide a 30-day extension of existing federal support.
To address staffing shortages, the Minnesota Department of Health has also established a crisis staffing team, expanded the use of the Minnesota National Guard, provided emergency staffing pay incentives, and worked to secure additional staffing agencies. Learn more about the State’s response to COVID-19

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.


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: “Riverfront”

MacPhail on Demand

Ananya Dance Theater (some filmed along Mississippi River)

National Lutheran Choir presents: All Saints: In Memoriam (We Remember)
November 1 through fall

Art Attack 2020
November 6 – 9

Women of Broadway: Laura Benanti
Saturday, November 14, 7 pm

A Public History of 35W: New Research
Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Full Circle Theater presents: The Empathy Project
November 20 – 22

Open Eye @ Home

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra: The Mahler Project

The Moving Company: Liberty Falls 2020

*****Informational Resources*****
Friends of the Mississippi River Special Places
Friends of the Mississippi River has compiled all of the 25 Special Places they listed during their 25th anniversary year. There’s an interactive Google map and set of guides curated by metro region and by experience to help people get to know the river that shapes the Twin Cities. There are over 30 of their favorite river places to canoe, walk, visit (and protect). To check it out: https://fmr.org/explore-river

Park Board Event Calendar
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)’s website features a multi-month event calendar. The current event calendar is now available at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/events/ and is a quick guide to MPRB-sponsored and co-sponsored events as well as outside organizers’ permitted events in the parks. Check it out, mark your calendars and enjoy the many events occurring in Minneapolis parks! 

Mill City Times
This web site covers “life, work and play in the Historic Mill District” and offers videos of many important presentations and meetings related to riverfront topics. It also includes an event listing that is more expansive than the Mill District and that would be a useful resource for you in between issues of the RiverCurrent (or if, as sometimes happens, you accidentally deleted it).

Mississippi River Trail
The Mississippi River Trail bikeway (MRT) follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters to the Gulf. Find information for the Minnesota segment on the MRT website http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt/, complete with an interactive Google Earth based map and a complete series of maps printable at 8 ½” by 11”.