Weekly Roundup: November 20-26

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Announcements

It’s that Give to the MAX time of year! Feeling generous? Consider donating to Longfellow Community Council: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Longfellow
Through our engagement with businesses and residents, we harness the energy, time and resources of volunteers to improve, sustain and grow our community which is the largest neighborhood in the city of Minneapolis.
Now more than ever, we need help to make our community whole. We are focused on long-term sustainability through programs and projects to help the community restore a sense of wellbeing and security.
Our current programs address issues of both the pandemic and the rebuild of businesses and organizations. Until we have made significant progress, we are dedicating our resources to the following:
1) Small business support and stabilization
2) Food security for those in need on an on-going basis
3) Safety and security efforts to help residents heal and recover from the trauma and devastation in our community.
LCC is a very small non-profit with three full-time staff. We need the help of generous donors to continue our work as we seek to heal and restore our community.
https://www.givemn.org/organization/Longfellow




Bee-ing Thankful – Bees, Next Years Program, and Grand Prize winners:
Some things to be thankful for:  the Rusty Patched Bumblebee has been sighted in our neighborhoods, they still exist!  And our neighborhood has hordes of people planting up their yards, and holding back on pesticides/herbicides, in order to welcome and nurture these fuzzy and buzzy friends.
PLUS, the LCC still has funding for one more year of the Lawns to Legumes program and Longfellow Garden Mentorship.  If you would like to participate next year (up to $350 worth of native plants can be reimbursed, with a 10% match), please text or email me your email address.  I can send you the application along with more info on what it entails.  We will probably hold the first online (Zoom) class starting in February (really, what else is there to do in February?).  This is for residents of Greater Longfellow only (Hiawatha, Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, etc)
 
Holiday Gift Idea:  give your significant other permission to dig up the yard and make it wildlife friendly.  For some, this is a mighty gift in itself.  You can go the extra mile and offer to help with the digging and planting, and sign them up for the classes.  Or give yourself this gift – it’s been a long year, you deserve it!
 
We have the winners of this year’s Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID contest:  you can read about the first person to ID them this year, Emma, and the first kiddo to ID one, Freya, from the Messenger Article: http://www.longfellownokomismessenger.com/stories/longfellow-residents-spy-rare-rusty-patched-bumblebees,1248
 
We ended up with a 4-way tie for the Grand Prize, so I will give each of these winners a $25 e-gift certificate for our local Fireroast Café (coffee, food, ice cream, and much more, even curbside pickup).  These folks to send an email to Dan Schultz: dschultz6@comcast.net  with their email address (if you know them, please let them know they won and that he needs their email address to give them their prize):  Tamara Smith, Karen Christopherson, Dana Gramp, and Rachel Guerrero.


 

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute Trainings partially funded by the Minneapolis Foundation for all those who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis:

Introduction to Restorative Justice for Community Healing and Transformation  
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $50; CEs available for MN social workers, teachers, and nurses
Monday, November 23, 2020, 9am-11am CST    Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/1Dj2Pemlg
 

Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence, Racial Healing and Equity
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $30;  CEs available for MN social workers, teachers, and nurses
Friday, November 20, 2020, 3pm-5pm CST         Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/2XeV6yNUU
Monday, November 23, 1pm-3pm CST                Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/cGZKwTKqb
Friday, December 4, 10am-12pm CST                  
 

Coming to the Table (CTTT) Racial Healing Talking Circles
These free monthly events are free, and donations are gratefully accepted
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10:30am-12pm CST        Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/5HboZBg4E
Monday, November 23, 2020, 7pm-8:30pm CST             Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/27pzvcW3o
 

Introduction to Self-Care for Resilience: Training for Practice in Everyday Life
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $50; CEs available for MN social workers, teachers, and nurses
Friday, December 4, 2020, 2pm-4pm CST
 

STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day for Cultural Competence, Racial Justice Healing and Equity 
Early Tuition: $99 Standard Tuition: $155  CEs/CLEs available for MN mental health professionals, attorneys, teachers, and nurses.
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 9am-5pm CST


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Friday, Nov 20 

Online Intro to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience @ 3pm • ONLINE EVENT
*We are grateful to the City of Minneapolis’ Office of Violence Prevention for partially-funding this training for those who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis. All are welcome.
Online via Zoom video conferencing services. 
Pay-what-you-can-up-to $30. 

When terrible things happen, our peace is stolen from us. Most people want to build peace back into their lives. Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) teaches how to build peace back into our lives and communities for cultural competence.

This 2 hour online training teaches basic concepts, models, and strategies of the 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – STAR Training. STAR is a research and practice-supported peacebuilding training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. All are welcome to join us online. Optional 2 hours of continuing education is available for Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses for an additional $15. 
Sponsored by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.



Humanize My Hoodie Virtual Movie Screening @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
A conversation about the Black culture!
 

Saturday, Nov 21

Harry Potter Trivia Nights @ 7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Harry Potter Trivia Nights will be on the third Saturday of the month coming this November.


Local Author Storytelling & Crafts To Go @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Local author, Kevin Kunkel will be reading from his picture book ,The World We Choose. Your ticket will provide you a $5 voucher towards the purchase of his book and an ARTrageous craft kit that you can take home and create with. We will have limited spaces for the in studio event and an option to join in on a virtual event as well. 
You can pre order the book and craft kit for a special price of $35 and have it shipped to you directly.


Yoga & Racial Justice w/ James Orione w/ One Yoga @ 10am 
People come to yoga for many different reasons, one of which is to check out versus check in. The difference is so subtle that we usually don’t even know we are doing it. This is also referred to as spiritual bypassing, and it shields us from the truth, disconnects us from our feelings, and helps us avoid the big picture.

There are many people who believe that we have progressed as a society, but by tuning into current events, there seems to be a chasm between progress and reality. Now is the time to put our bodies in mindful action toward ahimsa (non-violence). Now is the time to use yoga to help reveal the samskaras (impressions, ideas, or actions taken together that make up our conditioning) of racism, oppression, and injustice, and create new ways of thinking, being, and living. Conversations about race and racism can be difficult and uncomfortable, but allowing ourselves to feel that discomfort without becoming defensive or withdrawn is the only place to start.

This workshop will offer a practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation that will allow us to be present and open. We will explore our roles in how we are potentially perpetuating racism, oppression, and injustice, and identify ways we can begin to form new samskaras around deconstructing our ideas and behaviors that cause himsa (violence) to others.

This workshop is priced on a sliding scale to support folks who would like to attend but may not have the financial means to do so.  Choose an amount that feels right for you.

FORMAT: This is a livestream workshop on Zoom. Online registration is required. You will receive the class link roughly one hour before the start of the workshop. Please email any questions about your online account or the workshop to info@one-yoga.org.
REGISTER: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=10757&stype=-8&sTG=26&sVT=45&sView=day&sLoc=1&sTrn=100000198&date=11/21/20


Learn to Sew a Mask “Pay What You Can” @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Instructor: Lara Neel
For this class, we’ll talk through the pros and cons of different mask designs, then go through sewing a face mask with a filter pocket, step by step. You can choose either elastic or ties for your mask. The pattern for this class is free.
Visit https://twinsnneedles.com/pay-what-you-can-sew-a-mask-class/ to sign up for $5, $10, or $35 tickets


Coming to the Table in MPLS: Racial Healing Learning Session @ 10:30am • 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.

Sunday, Nov 22

YA Discussion Group: FRANKLY IN LOVE @ 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
The YA Discussion Group is a virtual book club for young adult readers. We’ll be reading a different book every month and discussing it alongside whatever else we’ve been reading, watching, and thinking about. This is the world’s lowest-pressure book club—don’t like the book? Don’t finish it! Ran out of time? It’s that kind of year. Rather tell us about the 20-volume fantasy epic that’s been consuming your every waking moment? We want to hear about it!

At our next meeting, we’ll discuss FRANKLY IN LOVE by David Yoon, and anything else we’ve been reading. The meeting will be on Sunday, November 22 at 5:30 pm via Zoom. Contact Linda at linda@wildrumpusbooks.com to join and get the Zoom link.

Mention that you are a YADG member to get 20% off of this month’s book! Order the book here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/YADG


Music Mayhem at Heartbreakers in Chaska w/ Music Mayhem @ 5pm
Love music and prizes? Gather with friends for a night of Music Mayhem trivia competition. We play a fun mix of great songs and your dream team quickly guesses the Title and Artist of each song. It’s Wheel of Fortune meets Name That Tune. The faster you guess, the more points you earn and the better your chances to win our great cash and drink raffle prizes! Will you be the Music Mayhem Champions?

Monday, Nov 23

Collection Events – Donate Your Reusable & Paper Bags w/ Nokomis East Neighborhood Association @ 11am
NENA is collecting reusable grocery bags for the Nokomis East Food Distribution project. We want to cut down on the number of plastic bags used and start giving out reusable sacks. We use these bags to create pre-made grocery kits for distribution events.

Stop by the NENA office with your reusable bags. We are looking for clean and “on the larger side” types of bags. Any color, logo, or shape will work. (We cannot accept plastic/one-time-use bags) 

Can’t make it at this time or date, contact NENA to see if we can make a drop off possible – nena@nokomiseast.org. More Info about the Nokomis East Food Distribution Project: https://www.facebook.com/events/645621319630006/ Thank you!


Hiawatha Academies – Food Distribution(OPEN TO ALL) w/ Hiawatha Collegiate High School @ 10am
Please follow the instructions below to help maintain social distancing, please follow these rules during meal distributions:
– Upon Arrival, please tell us how many kids are you requesting food for.
– Please open your trunk so staff can load the food there.
—————Spanish
Por favor siga las instrucciones a continuación para ayudar a mantener distanciamiento social, por favor siga estas reglas durante las distribuciones de comidas: 
– Al llegar, por favor díganos para cuantos niños usted está solicitando comidas. 
– Por favor abra la cajuela de su carro para que el personal pueda poner la comida ahí.
—————Somali
Fadlan raac tilmaamaha hoos ku qoran si aad u ilaaliso kala fogaanshaha bulshada, fadlan raac sharciyadan inta lagu jiro qaybinta cuntada:
– Imaatinka, fadlan noo sheeg imisa carruur ah ayaad codsanaysaa cunto.
– Fadlan santarkaaga fur si shaqaaluhu ugu rartaan cuntada halkaas.


Virtual Talk: Denazification and the Cold War—The United States and Germany after WWII @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for a virtual talk, “Denazification and the Cold War—The United States and Germany after WWII” with Professor David Tompkins of Carleton College.  
David Tompkins specializes in the history of modern Central Europe, and is particularly interested in the relationship between culture and politics. At Carleton, he offers a wide range of courses on the history of modern Europe, including seminars on music and politics, visual images and socialism, dictatorships, and the Holocaust.

Virtual presentation via Zoom. Register at gai-mn.org/Chapters



Paint By Nature: Fall on the Farm @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Looking for a new hobby to liven up your time at home? Already a painter but want to practice your skills? Participate in a live virtual nature painting session via YouTube! This comprehensive tutorial will include tips for all aspects of painting, from color mixing to finishing touches, that will make your art come alive. No matter what your experience level is, you’ll have a blast painting and learning about some of our favorite subjects in nature. This month, paint an idyllic fall farm scene inspired by Dodge’s farmyard friends, and meet a few along the way.

This is an acrylic painting course. Acrylic paint can stain clothing, so make sure your workspace is protected and you wear a paint shirt or apron. This program is for adults ages 16+. Preregistration is required.

Preregister here: https://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/event/paintbynature-fallonthefarm
Pricing:
Have your own materials? – $20
This includes access to the live virtual program, a downloadable PDF of the painting outline and instructions.
Need the materials? – $45
This includes access to the live virtual program, a downloadable PDF of the painting outline and instructions + materials kit. Kit includes:
– 11 x 14 canvas
– 10 pack of brushes of varying size
– Paints: red, blue, yellow, black, and white
– Paint palette for mixing colors
– Printed outline and instructions
– Tracing paper
Pick up the materials kit at our Main Office contact-free the day of the program (your confirmation email will contain more details).
Once you register, you will receive an email the morning of the program with the link to the live virtual program, a downloadable PDF of the painting outline and instructions on how to tune in and interact with the naturalists the evening of the program.



Warm for the Winter Coat Drive w/ Ridgedale Center @ noon
The holidays are a time for giving! We’ve partnered with Volunteers of America to help support our local community and give back to those in need. Join us in spreading holiday cheer by donating new coats, hats, scarves, and gloves from November 20 – December 11. 
#WeHaveYouCovered
Learn more!


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.



Community Conversation: A Dialogue about Race, Antiracism & More @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
In the world, which is shifting, our ability and the opportunity to be in in conversation, to dig through the rough, uncomfortable issues around race is not optional. Originally advertised as a book club, we have reorganized this event to be community dialogue and we have invited two local artists, performers and all around brilliant people to facilitate. 

The Zoom link will be available on the day of the event here: https://www.summithillassociation.org/calendar/2020/11/23/community-conversation-a-dialogue-about-race-anti-racism-and-more

As a point of departure we recommend you engage with Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘HOW TO BE AN ANTI-RACIST.’ Several free copies of the book are available (courtesy of the City of St Paul) at Red Balloon Bookshop on Grand Ave. Ask for “How to be an Anti-Racist for the Summit Hill Association Book Club.” Call ahead to reserve at 651-224-8320 – while supplies last.

Shá Cage is a writer, activist, theater/film performer, and director raised in Mississippi and living in Minnesota who has been called a Change-maker, one of the leading artists of her generation, and a mover and maker. Her work has been featured in several publications including Blues Vision and The St. Paul Almanac and her plays have been produced recently at Stages and Open Eye Theater. She holds both Emmy and Ivey awards and has been using art to elevate Black and Brown narratives through Tru Ruts for 20 years.

E.G. Bailey is an award-winning artist who crosses the disciplines of theatre, film, and poetry. He is currently focusing on play-writing, screen-writing, and directing and has been recognized by artists such as Bob Holman, Amiri Baraka and Nikki Giovanni as one of the leading spoken word artists of his generation. Born in Saclepea, Liberia, he is a founder of Tru Ruts Endeavors, Arkology, Speakeasy Records, and the MN Spoken Word Association. A recipient of numerous grants, he recently worked with Amiri Baraka on a stage adaptation of Baraka’s epic cycle of poems, Wise Why’s Y’s. E.G. is also a recipient of an Emmy Award, the winner of the Hughes Knight Diop Poetry Award, and a former nominee for the Independent Music Awards. His writing has been published in Solid Ground, the millennial issue of Drumvoices Revue, and Warpland, a publication by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for creative writing.

Sponsored by the Summit Hill Association and St. Paul Innovation and Equity Grant.

Tuesday, Nov 24

November Cultural Community Connection @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Call 952-945-4034 to register.
Please join us for a Cultural Community Connection event. Topics include Mental Wellness, COVID-19, and updates. Invited community leaders and other experts will speak and answer questions.

Wednesday, Nov 25

NUMBERS: An exhibition of original works by incarcerated artists w/ Creators Space • 4pm
Join us for a month-long exhibit featuring incarcerated artists, NUMBERS, from the Minnesota Correctional Facility- Stillwater. Find out the details and REGISTER here to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/art-from-the-inside-mn-31615293675 
Throughout November, the exhibit will be open to the public during gallery hours at Creators Space. 

Art From the Inside creates the opportunity for incarcerated artists to have a visual voice through engaging, community-centered exhibitions of their art. 

The hope for the project is to connect us to our shared humanity, to examine the effects of the criminal justice system, and to inspire actions that support racial and economic justice. As incarcerated artist C. B. puts it, “By giving the incarcerated artists a platform, we encourage redemption narratives and a public belief in second chances.”



Make Pinecone Elves @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Make sweet pinecone elves as a family! We will supply a kit with felt, wooden beads, embroidery floss and pinecones of course! We will include templates for the hats, mittens, feet and scarves. In the Live Zoom class we will demonstrate how to create your pinecone elves. This class can be taken by individuals or families as your kit will have enough materials to create at least 4 pinecone elves. This class will meet at 6PM CST & is 1.5-2 hours long. Material kits will be shipped or delivered to you, so once you register we will need your address

Thursday, Nov 26

Intuitive Writing and Chats w/ Creators Space @ 7pm
Are you interested in an informal chat about all things intuitive? How about and Intuitive Writing workshop? Melissa Ollila offers both in The Sanctuary at Creators Space! Melissa brings her down to earth approach in this unique opportunity to share with like-minded individuals. 
INTUITIVE CHATS (last Thursday of each month): Come and meet Psychic Medium Melissa in the Ether’s Lounge which is located in the lower level Sanctuary within Creators Space. She will communicate with her Spirit Guides to select the evening’s group discussion. Topics may range from clearing and protecting, dreams, Spirit Guides, channeling, empathy, telepathy, and many more. We may even play a psychic game or two!

INTUITIVE WRITING (Twice/month on Wednesday and Sunday – check the schedule!):  In this class you will tap into your intuition and connect with your Guides to simply allow writing to flow through you in an intuitive sense! Maybe you have a question, a dream, or something that has been on your mind lately. Melissa will begin with a guided meditation to connect you to your Higher Self and your Guides and then you will move into writing.



Sexual Abuse and Trauma Survivors Support Group w/ Twin Cities Mens Center @ 7:30pm
Many adults have been sexually abused in childhood or adolescence, or have experienced sexual trauma as adults. Whether you have clear memories or vague recollections, perhaps you experience feelings of shame, self-hate, guilt, fear, anger, grief, or embarrassment. Sharing your story and feelings with others can release these feelings, while creating and renewing patterns of comfortable, healthy, and rewarding interactions with people of both sexes.

This support group provides a safe environment to share your experiences and learn about how others are coping with these issues. Join us in developing healthier attitudes and behaviors that transform into living life to the fullest.

The Twin Cities Men’s Center
3249 Hennepin Ave S. Ste 55
Minneapolis MN 55408
A goodwill offering is appreciated!

 
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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

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

Minneapolis steps up investments in food security
Through its CARES Community Food Security Grants initiative to provide emergency food relief, the City of Minneapolis has awarded more than $935,000 in federal CARES-Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) funding to 37 local food shelves, food pop-ups, farmers markets, restaurants and faith communities distributing free food and meals directly to Minneapolis residents.

Awardees will serve the City of Minneapolis and provide free emergency food support related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides providing immediate food relief, these grant awards will build capacity in the emergency food relief system, positioning community partners to sustain the increased level of service needs brought on by the impacts of COVID-19.

“Nobody should have to wonder where their next meal will come from,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “But since the onset of the pandemic and recession, we’ve seen a sharp rise in Minnesotans confronting food insecurity. With support from our trusted community partners, this investment will help meet a fundamental need for more residents in our city.”

After the City received 47 applications with requests of nearly $1.3 million for the original $470,000 of CARES-CRF funding, the City allocated another $465,000 in CARES-CRF to the pool. Read more.


Snow Emergency season is here: sign up for alerts:
Snow season has arrived. Avoid a ticket and tow, and also help crews do a complete job plowing the streets by moving your car when a Snow Emergency is declared. The City sent out about 182,000 Snow Emergency mailers, one to each household in the city. The mailer has graphics and text showing the parking rules during the three phases of a Snow Emergency.

Hold on to your mailer throughout the snow season and have it handy whenever a Snow Emergency is declared. It explains the Snow Emergency parking rules and ways to stay informed during the snow season. Following the rules can help make snow season easier for everyone. It’s also important to help neighbors and visitors know the rules.

Snow Emergencies are declared when there’s enough snowfall to warrant a complete plowing of our streets. Moving vehicles allows crews to plow the full width of the street. When the snow flies, City Public Works crews have enormous jobs to do, with more than 1,400 miles of streets, parkways and alleys that need to be cleared. Vehicles parked on the street in violation of Snow Emergency rules can be ticketed or towed.

Getting drivers to follow Snow Emergency parking rules helps the City, too. Towing and impounding vehicles is expensive and makes plowing inefficient, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help drivers follow the parking rules and avoid a ticket and tow.

Sign up now, and stay informed throughout the season.

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.

Take survey by Nov. 20 on transforming community safety
Provide your input on what community safety looks like and tell us your ideas about a new model of community safety for Minneapolis. You can take the survey in EnglishSpanishSomaliHmong or Oromo.
Complete the survey by Nov. 20 for the first phase of survey results, which will be presented to council. Input provided after Nov. 20 will continue to be used for future engagement phases.

In June 2020, the City Council pledged to create a new model of community safety. As part of that, the council committed to a yearlong process of community engagement. This survey is one of the first steps in that process. Through the survey, you can share your vision for a new community safety model. You can also provide ideas for how to accomplish that new model.

Results from the survey will be used to help create recommendations for elected leaders and to help guide the City’s next steps for community engagement. This survey includes some questions similar to other recent City surveys. That includes questions about alternative responses to mental health crises and non-emergency crimes. Any input you already provided on those surveys is valued and will still be used as planned. Recommendations will also be considered as part of this broader focus on transforming community safety.
You can also check back to stay up to date on progress and more opportunities to provide input.

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Find free COVID-19 tests and flu shots; help stop the spread
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests and flu shots. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not they have symptoms. Testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus.

You don’t need insurance for the test. Your flu shot is free if you don’t have insurance. If you do have insurance, bring your insurance card for the flu shot.

  • Free COVID-19 tests and flu shots at East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second St. NE Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E Noon-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Make an appointment hereFind instructions here.
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests and flu shots on the City website.

The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.
If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.
Watch and share these short videos in EnglishSpanishSomali and Hmong by the Minnesota Department of Health about what to expect when you get a COVID-19 test.




New COVID-19 restrictions take effect
As hospitals express concern about capacity to treat Minnesotans with COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz has announced new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus to save lives and stay safe. On Nov. 12 in the metro area, only 22 critical care beds were available. As of Nov. 13, new restrictions apply to three of the most significant sources of COVID-19 outbreaks across the state: social gatherings, celebrations and receptions, and bars and restaurants. Walz has also extended the peacetime emergency through Dec. 14 and announced $10 million in funding to support small businesses affected by the pandemic.

To make effective decisions to control COVID-19, health officials need to understand how this virus is spreading. More than 70% of COVID-19 outbreaks in Minnesota from June to November have a direct link back to weddings, private social gatherings, and late nights at bars and restaurants.
Safety restrictions as of Nov. 13

  • There will be a 10-person limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings, and all social gatherings will be limited to members of three households or less.
  • All bars and restaurants must end dine-in service between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. This follows research showing these environments become riskier later in the evening.
  • Bar and restaurant indoor capacity will be capped at 150 people and may not exceed 50% of an establishment’s total capacity.
  • Bar counters will close for seating in all establishments.
  • Counter service will also close except in establishments that only have counter service. There, patrons can line up with masks on, physically distanced, and then return to their tables.

Capacity limits for receptions related to weddings, funerals and similar events will be instituted through a phased approach that will eventually lead to a cap of 25 people. In addition, such receptions and similar events may not take place between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Learn more about the State’s response to COVID-19.


State opens COVID-19 saliva testing location at Minneapolis Convention Center
The State of Minnesota has opened a COVID-19 saliva testing site at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S.
Those coming for testing should enter on the west side of the building off 1st Avenue, then continue to exhibit room E. Free parking will be available and marked in nearby surface lots and parking ramps.

Due to expected demand, testing will be available seven days a week, noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. The State of Minnesota and Vault Health will reevaluate hours of each site as others open and demand waxes and wanes with disease progression in Minnesota. Appointments can be made through the Vault Health registration site.
Watch a video: “What to Expect: Visiting a COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site”Spanish/English COVID-19 hotline now available
Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to launch a COVID-19 hotline in Spanish and English. This statewide service provides accurate and culturally relevant information regarding COVID-19 to Latinx communities.
Call 651-304-6145 for assistance in Spanish with questions or concerns about:

  • Where to get tested.
  • What to do while you wait for your results.
  • How to manage if you’ve tested positive.

Program coordinators and hotline specialists are trained to best understand the needs of the Latinx community around the state as they relate to COVID-19 and will offer resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local organizations.



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.

 State executive order suspending evictions extended until Dec. 14; 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 Dec. 14.
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.

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: “Bridges”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNjI0MC82ODU0MzI4NDc2XzVlNmIzYjNkYWZfYi5qcGc~

Minnesota History Day Documentary on Washburn ‘A’ Mill Explosion and Height of Milling Industry in Minneapolis by Kristen Peterson and Sarah Wright
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKCinD2P5Os&feature=youtu.be

St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation and McKnight Foundation present: Art in This Present Moment
https://www.spmcf.org/art

Arena Dances presents: Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance podcast
http://www.arena-dances.org/studio-stories-archive/

History Theatre presents: The Things They Carried
Through November 22
https://www.historytheatre.com/things-they-carried

Walker Art Center presents: British Arrows Greatest Hits
November 19 – January 4
https://walkerart.org/calendar/2020/british-arrows-greatest-hits

Minnesota Historical Society presents: Ask a Conservator Day
Wednesday, November 18, 12 noon – 1 pm
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8542

MCAD Online Art Sale
November 19 — 21
https://mcad.edu/about-mcad/events/art-sale

Twin Cities PBS (TPT MN) and Classical Minnesota Public Radio present: Minnesota Orchestra: Musical Originals
Friday, November 20, 8 pm
https://mnorch.vhx.tv/videos/this-is-minnesota-orchestra-3

Minnesota Historical Society presents: A Conversation about Black Women Changemakers
Saturday, November 21, 1 – 2:15 pm
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8548.

Talk of the Stacks Welcomes Ijeoma Oluo
December 8
https://info.supporthclib.org/webmail/860373/70442463/23d56e0ae45e2e29eac83a204dee29b9e6d5c7f9f8f0a51b83c61ba0c4fea675