Weekly Roundup: Dec 18-24

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Volunteers Needed for the Volunteer Shoveling Network!
Help your neighbors age in place while also keeping Greater Longfellow sidewalks safe for pedestrians! 
The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) is interested in creating a volunteer shoveling network to help seniors and people with disabilities in the Greater Longfellow area who are unable to keep up with the Minnesota winter on their own. LCC would work to connect volunteers with neighbors that request assistance based on proximity, who would then work out an arrangement independently.

If you are interested or have questions, please fill out the form linked below or email LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/B117insMiXaZnDey9
*Please noteThis is an informal volunteer network and LCC takes no responsibility or liability for any accidents, injuries or property damage volunteers or homeowners/renters may experience.  LCC is not responsible or liable for volunteers or homeowners/renters who voluntarily and knowingly subject themselves to certain risks while performing or receiving volunteer services. LCC’s role in this process is solely to facilitate the initial connection.

Vaccination Survey
As the City, County and State plan for vaccinations, your perspectives are vital for an equitable and effective distribution plan. Please take this survey by Dec. 31 on COVID-19 vaccination in Minneapolis.Your concerns, hopes and suggestions will inform the Minneapolis Health Department’s plan for community vaccinations.
Take the survey by Dec. 31

Free and affordable food resources
There are many places to get local, affordable or free emergency food in Minneapolis this winter.
Emergency food: Find a map and hours of food shelves and food distribution pop-ups for emergency food in Minneapolis.
Winter farmers markets: Find a map and schedule for winter farmers markets. Nearly all accept SNAP-EBT benefits.

 Hennepin County accepting applications for citizen advisory board vacancies: Share your voice and help shape policy!
The Hennepin County Board is recruiting volunteers for 23 citizen advisory board positions through its annual open appointment process.
Each fall, the board accepts applications from residents interested in volunteer service positions on advisory boards, commissions, councils and special task forces. Appointees advise commissioners and help set policy on a variety of topics. Appointments to these positions will be made during the first quarter of 2021.
Current openings:
• Adult Mental Health Local Advisory Council – five vacancies
• Community Action Partnership (CAP) – two vacancies for local, elected officials
• County Extension Committee (University of Minnesota • Extension) – one vacancy
• Library Board – three vacancies
• Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Board– two vacancies
• Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board – two vacancies
• Mental Commitment Attorney Panel Advisory Board – one vacancy for citizen attorney
• Three Rivers Park District – one vacancy
• Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board – six vacancies
Application process:
Now through December 31 – apply at hennepin.us/advisoryboards.
Starting January or February 2021 – The county board will listen to pre-recorded interviews. Applicants will get instructions to record comments for the board.
First quarter of 2021 – the county board will appoint volunteers to the positions.

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) https://tcaalf.com/ and Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (PWCC) https://www.phylliswheatley.org/ are working together to help Minnesota’s Black community navigate available resources and services needed to cope with the Health & Wellness, Economic Development, Education, and Family & Culture impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MN Black Community COVID-19 Hotline is fully staffed and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide callers with important info about where to find assistance for pandemic-related challenges and concerns, including but not limited to:
• Virus testing sites
• Support for virus protection measures (i.e. reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies)
• Resources that support food security, physical & mental health
• Employment opportunities and/or information about unemployment assistance
• Info about housing and childcare services
• Legal rights info and/or legal services
To get your COVID-19 questions and concerns answered today, call the hotline at 612-254-1145.

The Neighborhood by the Falls is AVAILABLE! Click on the link:  https://squareup.com/market/longfellow-community-council/  and scroll down to the “Merchandise” and click on the image of the book (feel free to donate or buy any other awesome merch while you’re at it!) and choose how many you want. Then pick up at the LCC offices on Mondays between 11am-1pm (or other arrangements can be made, email info@longfellow.org). WE DON’T HAVE SHIPPING CAPABILITIES–Sorry.

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Black Mamba Collective Winter Pop-up Dec 18-20
On December 18-20, we are hosting a Pop-up Event for Black Women-Owned Plant-Based Businesses.
We are providing you and five of your friends a personal shopping experience. In observance of Minnesota’s state mandate, we are honoring COVID-19 requirements. To ensure that your shopping experience is pleasurable and safe.


Friday, Dec 18 

This Is Minnesota Orchestra: Television, Radio + Streaming w/ Minnesota Orchestra @ 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.

Gathering with our community, our family, and our people to celebrate this holiday season will likely be different than in years past. Led by Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra performs holiday favorites, while storyteller Kevin Kling, and local poets and writers share what coming together means to them in these unprecedented times.
LEARN MORE: https://minnesotaorchestra.org/tickets/this-is-minnesota-orchestra

Love Actually Twitter Watch Party @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
While we might not be able to gather at the theater during this special time of year, we can still enjoy a holiday movie together! Join The Parkway Theater, Parkway Podcast team, and our spectacular host — producer, musician and #1 Love Actually Fan, Lazerbeak — for rom-com conversation & trivia about the 2003 film, ‘Love Actually.’

How do you join a Twitter Watch Party?
1) Get set up to stream ‘Love Actually’ through your favorite streaming application.
2) Log into your Twitter account and start following the hashtag #parkwaylove.
3) Start the film at 7:00pm CST.
4) Share your comments & enjoy a variety of holiday film trivia that will be shared throughout the course of evening.

About our Host:   Aaron Mader, known professionally as Lazerbeak, is a Minneapolis-based artist and producer. Aside from being a founding member of the Doomtree collective, he is also the CEO and General Manager of Doomtree Records, handling the day-to-day operations, management, and inner workings of the crew and label. Over the past decade, he has collaborated with everyone from reigning pop queen Lizzo (producing her entire debut album), bluegrass heavyweights Trampled By Turtles, mythological indie supergroup GAYNGS, and the Grammy-winning Minnesota Orchestra, all while continuing to build and create with life-long comrades from his own Doomtree artist collective and notching production credits on everything from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Mixtape to the dark electro-pop of Banks’ critically acclaimed III album. His latest solo album Penelope, the second in an ongoing instrumental trilogy for his children, was released by Doomtree Records on October 2, 2020.

Kind Country – HookStream (11/5/20 Rebroadcast) @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
Kind Country – HookStream (2 Sets) Rebroadcast of Live Stream from 11/05/20 at The Hook and Ladder Theater
FREE Stream on Facebook Live, YouTube, and Crowdcsat 1080 HD
Show at 8pm :: Donations Encouraged

1080HD Crowdcast Experience -> https://www.crowdcast.io/e/kind-country-rebroadcast

Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.
Thank you to our partners: Summit Brewing, City Pages, KFAI 90.3, The Beer Dabbler, MN Music Coalition, Music in Minnesota, Geek Love Cafe, Nobool Presents, & MN State Arts Board


Saturday, Dec 19

REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
This Preston Sturges-penned comedy has petty thief Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck) in jail over the holidays. When the District Attorney’s (Fred MacMurray) conscience gets the best of him, he puts up her bail and they embark on a road trip you won’t want to miss.

The Belfast Cowboys Holiday Show + ‘St. Dominic’s Preview’ – HookStream @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
Summit Brewing, KFAI 90.3FM, The Beer Dabbler & Nobool Presents The Belfast Cowboys:
Playing the entire ‘St. Dominic’s Preview’ Album in its entirety! The sixth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison

How The Grinch Stole LEGOs Workshop w/ Snapology of Minneapolis @ 1pm
Description: In this fun in-person holiday workshop, your learner will work to out-trick the Grinch by engineering ways to divert his plans to ruin Christmas! They will practice with strong building strategies, develop their teamwork and critical thinking skills, and learn that the value in the holidays comes from more than just the presents we give and receive.
Grades K-5
Cost – $20

‘Tis the Season @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
Discover the history of various holiday traditions as they have been observed in Minnesota over the last 150 years.
Even when the days are short and the weather cold, Minnesotans of all backgrounds still find plenty to celebrate. Join historian Alex Weston to examine the history of various holiday traditions as they have been observed in Minnesota over the last 150 years. Hear about the local history of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan, as well as Julebukking, Ōmisoka, and Kwanzaa. What is “Christmas creep” and how did this season become so important to Minnesota retailers? How did secular holidays such as Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, or civic festivals such as the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, come to be?

This presentation will be delivered via Zoom.  The link will be made available upon registration.

About the presenter: Alex Weston is a public historian and filmmaker based in the Twin Cities. He is Program Associate at Minnesota Historical Society, where he produces digital content for the James J. Hill House and Alexander Ramsey House. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife and three kids.

Wreaths of Honor Project w/ Fort Snelling National Cemetery @ 10am
Our Metro Brothers will be getting together like they do every year to lay wreaths that are delivered to the cemetery by the “Wreaths of Honor Project” out Brainerd, Minnesota.  Every year is always a privilege to honor our nations Heros during the holidays.
Gather up for lunch afterwards if you wish with our Brothers.

Christmas in Connecticut w/ Trylon Cinema @ 9pm
Food writer Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) must host a war hero and her boss for a Christmas meal at her family home. The only problem? She can’t cook and isn’t married. It’s no wonder this superbly funny, charming film is a holiday tradition for so many.


Sunday, Dec 20

Southside Poetry + Flash Fiction Social w/ Seward-Longfellow Library Community @ 7pm
Share poetry and flash fiction with our library community in this virtual writers’ social. Participants are welcome to share works of their favorite authors or writing of their own. All writers who want to share at the event will sign up through chat at the beginning of the program. 
Register to receive virtual meeting link: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=poetry%20flash%20fiction

YA Discussion Group @ 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Are you a young adult who likes books? Let’s talk!
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 two graphic novels: LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, and THIS ONE SUMMER by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. Feel free to read one, both, or tell us about anything else you’ve been reading! The meeting will be on Sunday, December 20 at 5:30 pm via Zoom, and we’ll send out a Zoom link a little bit ahead of time. For now, happy reading, and we can’t wait to see you there!

• THIS ONE SUMMER by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
• LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Mention that you’re a YADG member in the order comments at checkout to get 20% off of this month’s books! Find the books here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/YADG
To join the YA Discussion Group and get a link to our next meeting, please contact Linda at linda@wildrumpusbooks.com.

Non-Gestational Parent Group in December @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Queer Birth Project is hosting a monthly meeting for non-gestational / non-carrying parents. Whether you’re just starting the planning phases, your kiddo is a full-grown adult, you’ve been both a gestational parent and NGP — perspectives from all along the journey are welcome! This is a trans-affirming and all-genders welcome meetup. 

Because of COVID, we will be meeting virtually via Zoom. Meetings will be on the third Sunday of the month at 10a. Babies & kiddos are welcome!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85107225377?pwd=QWR6WE5nZkg5Y3lpdFpCRlNBbFNnQT09
Meeting ID: 851 0722 5377
Password: ngpgroup
Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Password: 66473769

Monday, Dec 21

Live Stream from The Hook and Ladder Theater @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
Show at 8pm:: $15
BUY LIVE STREAM TICKET -> https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-belfast-cowboys-stdominicspreview

The Belfast Cowboys are a nine-piece band that specializes in the music of Van Morrison. They have become one of Minnesota’s (and The Hook & Ladder’s) most popular bands, traveling only when their feet get itchy or the offer is too good to refuse. The band features several veterans of the Minneapolis music scene, including singer Terry Walsh and sax man Vic Volare.

In 2015, The Belfast Cowboys released The Upside to the Downslide, which was featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s annual critics poll as one of the year’s best releases.

Thank you to our partners: Summit Brewing, City Pages, KFAI 90.3/106.7, The Beer Dabbler, MN Music Coalition, Music in Minnesota, Geek Love Cafe, Nobool Presents, & MN State Arts Board

Christmas in Connecticut w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Food writer Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) must host a war hero and her boss for a Christmas meal at her family home. The only problem? She can’t cook and isn’t married. It’s no wonder this superbly funny, charming film is a holiday tradition for so many.


Tuesday, Dec 22

Online Eating Vegan On a Budget @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Curious about eating plant-based, but think it’s too expensive? Or maybe you’re already vegan, but spending way too much money on food.   

Join Kelsey, who is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University, to squash the myth that the vegan lifestyle is hard on your wallet. We’ll discuss why vegan food is expensive, what foods to shop for, where and how to find them, tips for meal planning, and provide tons of resource. Come with questions and be prepared to take notes! 
All are welcome! You do not need to be vegan to attend ARC events. 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88377127514
Meeting ID: 883 7712 7514
If you’re new to Zoom, follow this link for steps on how to join a meeting: http://techtalk.strose.edu/zoom/join-a-zoom-meeting


Wednesday, Dec 23

Thursday, Dec 24


City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

City Council, Mayor Frey approve 2021 City budget:
The City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey have approved a roughly $1.5 billion City budget for 2021 – a budget plan that includes new investments in violence prevention efforts, new approaches to public safety and affordable housing.

The budget includes a 5.75% tax levy increase. With a 12% increase in the overall tax base, three-quarters of Minneapolis residential property owners will see a decrease in their property tax bills with the median-valued household experiencing a $59 annual decrease. The 2021 City budget is $88 million (roughly 5.6%) less than the $1.56 billion City budget for 2020.

Visit the City’s website to learn more about the budget. You can also watch a series of videoson the City’s budget process

City’s freelance worker protections ordinance takes effect Jan. 1
The City’s new freelance worker protections ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2021. The ordinance will help prevent the exploitation of freelance workers, including many self-employed entrepreneurs who work as independent contractors.

The City is dedicated to ensuring that everyone gets paid for the work they do regardless of their working arrangement. Freelance work is a growing segment of the economy and many freelance workers face difficulty securing timely payments and have limited options to recover earned but unpaid compensation. Mitigating those barriers helps everyone, especially as communities face uncertainty amid a pandemic.

Highlights of the freelance worker protections ordinance

  • Businesses that hire certain freelancers for their work in the City of Minneapolis must confirm their agreement in writing.
  • It is a violation of the ordinance for a hiring party to refuse to pay the freelancer as stated in the contract or demand a freelancer accept less compensation after work has started as a condition of being paid on time.

Find proposed FAQs, a sample contract and additional resources on the City’s website. The Labor Standards Enforcement Division of the City’s Civil Rights Department will enforce the ordinance by investigating claims and imposing remedies including damages and penalties as appropriate for the violation. The division also oversees compliance of the City’s sick and safe time, minimum wage and wage theft ordinances. For more information email wagetheft@minneapolismn.gov.

The City of Minneapolis is pleased to announce the release of a NOFA to fund the increase of affordable housing in the City. Submissions for all options are due at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. Over 300 vacant City-owned parcels and approximately $5 million of financing are available for development activities through three different pathways:

  1. Minneapolis Homes: Financing is the umbrella name for a variety of 1-20 unit ownership housing strategies including new construction, rehabilitation, down payment assistance, and stabilization of owner occupied units. The MH: Financing application submissions should be e-mailed to MplsHomes@minneapolismn.gov
  2. Missing Middle Rental Pilot provides funding to produce new 2-20 unit rental housing projects on vacant land throughout the City of Minneapolis and provide affordable housing to tenants below 50% of area median income. Missing Middle Rental Pilot submissions will be submitted through Sharepoint and require applicants to request access to the Sharepoint site.
  3. 628 E Franklin is a vacant and blighted City-owned structure in need of extensive rehabilitation. The City is soliciting proposals for any type of development at this site. 628 E Franklin submissions will be submitted through Sharepoint and require applicants to request access to the Sharepoint site.

Open houses for 628 E Franklin will be held on:
Thursday, December 17 from 11:00 a.m.. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 14 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Masks are mandatory and signing a liability waiver is required prior to entry.
Applicant Information and Training Sessions
The City of Minneapolis will be providing multiple training sessions about the NOFA. Sessions include an introduction to Minneapolis Homes: Financing and working with the City as well as development pathway specific training sessions. All training sessions will be posted to Development Notices & Requests for Proposals by late December.

Development Pathways – available by late December

  • Minneapolis Homes: Financing – 1-20 unit ownership housing New Construction or Rehabilitation
  • Minneapolis Homes: Financing – Stabilization of occupied housing
  • Missing Middle Rental Housing Pilot – 2-20 unit rental housing, new construction

After completion of the training sessions applicants can contact Minneapolis Homes staff to ask questions or to discuss their proposals. Staff will have a live question and answer session on Wednesday, January 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Sign up here.
For more information please email Kevin.Knase@minneapolismn.gov or call 612-357-1505


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Gov. Walz announces next steps on COVID-19 to prioritize getting kids back in school, protect hospital capacity:
As hospitals remain concerned about capacity, Gov. Tim Walz today announced a plan to continue combatting community spread of COVID-19 while getting students back in the classroom and supporting Minnesotans’ quality of life. Walz also signed into law a $216 million economic relief package to support small businesses and workers impacted by the pandemic.

Kids being in school is an important public health priority. Schools play a critical role in the health, well-being, and education of Minnesota’s children. Based on Minnesota’s evolving understanding of the virus, young kids are believed to be less susceptible to serious complications from COVID-19. The state has also learned more about how to reduce the potential for spread in schools from success in other settings. Today the governor updated the Safe Learning Plan so that starting on Jan. 18, 2021, every elementary school across the state may choose to operate in an in-person learning model as long as they are able to implement additional mitigation strategies, which include providing and requiring staff to wear a face shield and mask and offering regular testing.

Quality time with loved ones and regular exercise are critical to the mental and emotional well-being of families across the state. Several modifications to existing restrictions will allow Minnesotans to tend to their quality of life:

  • Social Gatherings: Indoor gatherings are not recommended, but Minnesotans may gather inside with one other household up to 10 people. If outside, social gatherings may include up to two additional households (three total) with a maximum of 15 people, starting Dec. 19. Masking and social distancing is strongly encouraged.
  • Gyms and fitness studios: May open for individual exercise at 25% capacity, or 100 people maximum, with masks and 12 feet of physical distancing between individuals. Additional guidance about group classes, which can begin Jan. 4, will be forthcoming.
  • Youth and adult sports: Practices can resume Jan. 4. Additional guidance regarding the resumption of practices will be forthcoming. Additionally, organized sports activity is no longer directly tied to county case data or school learning model.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues: Open at 25% capacity, up to 100 people at a time. If food and drink are served, all must be seated.

As Minnesota approaches 4,500 deaths, our hospitalization rates and community spread put Minnesota well above the high-risk threshold and are still significantly higher than this summer and fall. Hospitals remain concerned about capacity as COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities across Minnesota. Walz is continuing efforts to stem community spread of COVID-19 and support our frontline heroes. Inside entertainment venues, event spaces, and similar establishments remain closed until Jan. 11.

Bars, restaurants, and breweries also remain closed for indoor dining, but they may open for outdoor service at 50% capacity or up to 100 people. Each table is limited to four people, and tables must be at least 6 feet apart. 
Learn more about the State’s response to COVID-19

Find free COVID-19 tests; help stop the spread
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you 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 can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

More free COVID-19 tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Make an appointment here. Saliva test. Find instructions here.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.
  • Somali Community Resettlement Services, 4020 Minnehaha Ave. S. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Dec. 14 Saliva test. No appointment needed. Somali interpreters available onsite.
  • 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.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests 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.

Stop the spread: videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong
Watch videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong and share them with your neighbors and community. They encourage us to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and get tested. They carry the message that testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and that free testing events are listed at Minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus. And finally, they encourage people to get tested whether they feel sick or not. These strategies will help protect our loved ones and help us all return to normal.
Find more information and links to the videos.


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.


Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “St. Anthony Falls Waterpower Company”

MinnPost compilation of virtual events

George Maurer Group – 22nd Annual Holiday Show
Wednesday, December 23

Minnesota Opera presents: A Holiday Special – Live!
Through December 27

New Year’s Eve with Davina & The Vagabonds
Thursday, December 31

Commonweal Theatre Company presents: A Driftless Christmas
Through January 4

Outdoor Art Gems

First Avenue Streamed Performances

National Theatre at Home

Open Rivers, Fall 2020: Relationality
Open Rivers is a digital journal (brought to you by the folks at the University of Minnesota’s RiverLife program) that brings community and academic knowledge together to examine issues associated with water, sense of place and urban community and identity. Issue 17 of Open Rivers is now available and focuses on  the interrelatedness of Indigenous ways of knowing and what we call the “environment” in Western modes of thinking. This issue was titled “Relationality” to highlight this connectedness. Many of the pieces in this issue offer an implicit challenge: how might our ways of engaging environmental challenges change if we considered ourselves as related, if we considered the “natural world” as other-than-human relatives? How might this interconnectedness impact our relationships with the world around us and with each other? To see the latest issue that explores these topics: http://editions.lib.umn.edu/openrivers/.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn about places to go, things to do, citizen science projects, the Ranger on Call program and the park’s nature.

Story Map Tool Reveals the Hidden Journey of Stormwater Runoff to the Mississippi River
How long does it take for stormwater runoff to get from your street to the Mississippi River? The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s new “Path to the River” tool uses modeling data to reveal stormwater’s hidden journey through our storm sewers. Experience this one-of-a-kind tool for yourself, learn how it was developed, and take a look at our their new and improved Story Map at: http://www.mwmo.org/news/story-map-tool-shows-the-real-life-path-of-stormwater-runoff-to-the-mississippi-river/.

Minnesota Great River Road Information
There are 700+ things to see and do in the Minnesota segment of the Great River Road in the Plan Your Trip online map on this site, plus travel guides/story maps under the photos and videos tab at www.mnmississippiriver.com.

Great River Road Explorer’s Guide
Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.

River Travel Magazine
River Travel magazine focuses on communities and attractions on both sides of the Mississippi River and was formed to showcase the nationally designated and internationally known Great River Road, 3,000 miles bordering the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. Visit rivertravelmagazine.com to enter travel contests, read travel blogs, and find many events, festivals and happenings along the Great River Road.

Online Smart Salting Trainings
Are you interested in learning more about best practices for winter maintenance? Do you want to learn how to save money, protect infrastructure and have a positive impact on the environment? The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Fortin Consulting and several local government units (including the MWMO) are partnering to bring Smart Salting Training to private contractors, public workers, property managers, and interested community members. To make it even easier to participate, you can take these trainings from the comfort of your own home, as they are all conducted virtually. For information and training calendar: Check out the MPCA’s smart salting training calendar

River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources
As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.