Weekly Roundup: Nov 27-Dec 3

Stay safe and strong, Greater 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


Friday, Nov 27 

2020 The Christmas Truce of 1914 @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Western Front. Christmas. 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land Singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. This award-winning docu-musical theatre production recreates an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. This remarkable story is told through the words of the great WWI poets, official war documents, diary entries and letters written by more than thirty WWI soldiers. The historic documents are woven together with iconic WWI songs and European Christmas carols to create a profound retelling of this extraordinary moment in history.

Saturday, Nov 28

Calvary Food Shelf @ 9am
Our food shelf distribution is now available twice weekly for our local community every Tuesday and Saturday 9am-12 Noon. To maintain safe distances during the COVID19 concerns, we will offer walk-up and drive-up fulfillment. All fulfillment will be accomplished outside at 39th and Chicago in South Minneapolis. Access to our food shelf is available once each calendar month.

Black Business Is Beautiful HOLIDAY Market – 3 DAYS! FREE Registration! w/ The Lab – Pilot Facility & Taproom @ 11am
After our September outdoor market, we have moved things inside for 3 DAYS!  Saturday Nov 28th, Sunday Nov 29th, and Saturday Dec 12th.
This time no outside food vendors, but GREAT gifts for the holidays or yourself from our beloved BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) community. 40 vendors will be there EACH day to showcase their products and services – clothing, gifts, beauty products, personal chef, nail care, personal services, mens accessories, books, gift wrap, food to-go, jewelry, and crafts. Vendors keep 100% of their sales. 
Check out our website for a full list of vendors. https://blackbusinessisbeautiful.org/

Grab yourself a FREE socially-distanced shopping pass – so we can make sure we are limiting total number to less than 250 people at any given time. Our vendors have all committed to making ALL people feel WELCOME, SAFE, and LOVED!

SAFETY. It’s strange to think that, in this crazy world we live in, masks have become the new normal. We get it though, and we want to be courteous and respectful to our fellow humans, so we are requiring face coverings at this event at all times. It’s part of our Spread LOVE (not COVID) mission. FREE Parking is in the SOUTH lot at the corner of Wabash & Eustis. Join us and help bring our community TOGETHER!

We plan to continue this market EVERY SECOND Saturday in 2021. (Indoor to start and then back out under the Big Red Shed.)
Thank you to Suntide/Case for donating their space to us.

ComedySportz Live Virtual Match Saturdays in Nov @ 7:30pm 
Watch ComedySportz Live on your computer from your home! We will be performing live four Saturdays in October. Two teams battle it out in improv comedy. The audience chats out suggestions, votes each round for teams to win points . A ComedySportz Match is rated E for EVERYONE. The performance is free or pay what you can if you want to support our show and players. For more info: https://www.csztwincities.com/csz-on-the-road.

Sunday, Nov 29

Dance classes for youth! @ 2pm
This will be a fun learning experience for teenagers to gather, have fun and build with each other. This is a non-competetive scene, rather it’s one where we help each other grow and connect. Salsa taught by Hanna Esparza from 2-3pm and Hip hop (various styles including animation, krumping, slides, footwork..) taught by Vortex and Stain from 3-4pm. Let’s begin 2020 with more dance love for the youth!

Monday, Nov 30

Tuesday, Dec 1

SGAD Emergency Supply Drive w/ Surly Brewing Company @ 3pm
Come join us at our SGAD Emergency Needs Drive on GivingTuesday!  We will be collecting donations for: Bridging–New or gently used bath and kitchen towels. Touchstone Mental Health–New men’s and women’s underwear and wool socks.

House of Charity–New or gently used winter hats, winter gloves, scarves/gaiters, winter coats. This event will be held outside at the Surly Brewing parking lot. Simply drive through the lot and give us your donations. Volunteers will be gloved, masked up and can take it right out of your car. Come drop off your donations and we will get them out to those who need them!
(If you’d like to volunteer to help with the event, here’s the link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNrpVXsXwfOMWP4pYEsyB04ABuhy7JSuN7PupWbAakSX4Mrg/viewform)

UPDATED: Edible Winter Tree Event @ 3pm
Traditionally the neighborhood comes together to decorate a tree with edible ornaments for the little critters that live outside. 
Due to the rising numbers of COVID 19 and the Governor’s mandate of staying home, this gathering has been canceled, but the spirit will continue. 

Folks can turn this into a family activity to do on their own time. Here is a link to fun ideas of ornaments you can hang:  https://www.metroparent.com/daily/family-fun/family-activities/edible-christmas-tree-wildlife-backyard/ 
There will be an evergreen pine tree in the middle of the Story Garden, along with the fruit trees at the entrances of the garden. Please feel free to enjoy the garden and this activity.  Each night at Twilight, the lights will be turned on and the neighborhood can enjoy the gift of bringing light to the darkness. 

If you have questions, contact us info@folwell.org.

Raging Art On @ 5pm
RAO  DATES:  December 1st – December 21st • In person 
Selected works online:  December 2nd – January 5th 
MEMBERS ONLY NIGHT PREVIEW PARTY: Tuesday, December 1st // 5-10pm
Our “first dibs” opener will have limited capacity due to our Covid-19 protocol
Reserve your spot or become a member today:  gamut-gallery.myshopify.com/collections/gamut-gallery-membership
• 1 hour reserved shopping sessions
• 8 visitors per session
• Masks required
• Temperature taken upon entry
• Please stay home if you are feeling unwell

FEATURED ARTISTS: Aaron Kibben, Aaron Schmitz, Allison Baker, Anna Brauch, Ashley Nichole, Barret Lee, Benja Wuest, Black Daze, Canaan Mattson, Cassie Garner, C.E. Hickman, Dawn Yang, Darwin Patrick, Eli Libson, Emily Forbes, Emily Quandahl, Evan Weselmann, Heather Renaux, Jacob Eidem, James Kloiber, Jamie Owens, Jenna Richardson, Juliana Fergusson, Justice Jones, Kellan David, Lalunette Jewelry, Linnea Maas, Lora Hlavsa, Nelson Cain, Phaedra Odelle, Rachel Schroder, Reid Olson, Rock Johnsen, Roland Patrick, Ron Brown, Rose Weselmann, Russ White, Scott Seekins, Sherstin Schwartz, stace of spades & Witney Bjerke.

The event that kicked off Gamut’s inception is back for the 9th year in a row! A holiday market in a gallery setting, Gamut Gallery provides a fun-filled, consumer-conscious alternative to chain stores and mall shopping. Our annual holiday pop-up shop, Raging Art On (RAO), will feature over a dozen new artists and many others that have been with us from the very beginning.

NEW this year, we will be expanding RAO by featuring the selected works on our website for those who wish to shop from the comfort of their home! As we continue to assess the evolving nature of COVID-19, Gamut Gallery will be operating under limited capacity to allow adequate social distancing. Additionally, to ensure everyone has access to a safe holiday shopping experience, patrons may request an appointment.


Wednesday, Dec 2

Fair Trade Holiday Market @ 10am
Shop small + shop gifts with meaning this holiday season!  Twin Cities-based fair trade brands are coming together to create a unique pop up shop experience this November and December. Shop Wednesday through Sunday every week at our NE Minneapolis location.

Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 11am-7pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
*subject to change, check back for updates!

Fair Trade Vendors:
Elevat • Fair Anita • Global Mamas • Trade Winds • + displays from: Gifts for Change, Multicolores, and She is Love!
Get all of your holiday gifts in one place, filled with fair trade brands that prioritize ethical + sustainable production!

Thursday, Dec 3

LIVE DEMO: Screen Printed Holiday Cards w/ Minnesota Center for Book Arts @ 7pm
Join designer and printer Ben Blount as he demonstrates his letterpress printing process and shares about his work—plus, receive a poster hand printed by Ben! A believer in the power of the printed word, Ben uses wood and metal type to create books and prints that have an impact beyond the printed page.

He is best known for work that is typographic, content-forward, and topical. Some of his favorite times are spent traveling the country, and lately the Internet, sharing his love of ink, paper, and compelling content with students. Come take a peek into his studio and process! Fee includes a poster that Ben will letterpress print during the workshop, shipped to address provided at registration.
Learn more and register here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/live-demo-letterpress-posters/

$55 for BIPOC participants
*We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.
Please note: Registration closes 11/29 at midnight.

All Is Bright Holiday Lights Tour w/ Experience the Twin Cities @ 6:15pm
Fa-la-la-let’s make some plans! Our private All Is Bright Holiday Lights Tour is available to book NOW!
Santa will drive your private group of up to 13 people on a 30-minute family-friendly holiday light tour in our open-air bus. 🎅 Bundle up and BYOB (blanket + beverage!).

BOOK NOW, advanced reservations are required: https://twincitiessightseeingtours.com/public-tours/#allisbrightholidaylightstour
LOCATION: The tour starts and ends at the Microtel Inn & Suites, Inver Grove Heights.
Expand your experience:
– B-52 Burgers & Brew discount
– Discounted rates from Microtel Inn & Suites, Inver Grove Heights and Holiday Inn Express St Paul S – Inver Grove Hgts. 
Proof of receipt is needed to obtain discounts. Thank you to our partners at Visit Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota!

What COVID-19 precautions are in place?  Santa will be in an enclosed cab and your private group will be in the crisp MN winter air on our open-air bus. We follow all applicable mandates. Your safety and comfort are our top priority.

Do children and infants count toward the capacity? Yes. The maximum capacity of our open-air bus is 13 people, including infants and children. 

What time is the tour? We have MULTIPLE TIME SLOTS available each night: 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm. The tour runs Thursday-Sundays in December and December 22 & 23. Advanced reservations are required. 

Can I bring alcohol? Yes, if you’re 21+. Cheers!

Will there be snacks? Yes! A holiday snack pack with goodies from local businesses is available to purchase when you book your tour.

What is the cost? The tour is $150, which is just ~$11 per person if you meet the 13 person capacity of the bus. 

Open-air bus? Sounds cold. Yes, that’s how we prove we’re Minnesotans. Bring a blanket and a warm beverage! https://twincitiessightseeingtours.com/public-tours/#allisbrightholidaylightstour


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.


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:


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: “Bridges”

Minnesota History Day Documentary on Washburn ‘A’ Mill Explosion and Height of Milling Industry in Minneapolis by Kristen Peterson and Sarah Wright

St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation and McKnight Foundation present: Art in This Present Moment

Arena Dances presents: Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance podcast

Walker Art Center presents: British Arrows Greatest Hits
November 19 – January 4

Talk of the Stacks Welcomes Ijeoma Oluo
December 8