Weekly Roundup: Jan 8-14

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Announcements

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.


Looking for work?
Du Nord Foundation is hiring a Food Pantry Program Coordinator:
“Our food pantry is gearing up to re-launch, and we are hiring for our Food Pantry Program Coordinator position. BIPOC, women, and non-binary people are encouraged to apply. This position is part-time [up to 30 hours a week] and hourly at $17-$20/hour. There is some flexibility in the work schedule as we set up the food distribution schedule, reflective of community needs and food pantry hours of operation.”
Learn more here: https://www.dunordfoundation.org/jobs



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.



What:
The U.S. Postal Service sent a postcard to the residents of the Minneapolis MN Minnehaha Post Office, previously located at 3033 27th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55406-1914, requesting customer feedback.  
Who:
USPS Real Estate Specialist Greg Shelton   
Background:
Due to a fire that caused unrepairable damage to the Minnehaha Post Office, the Postal Service is considering options to relocate retail services to a yet-to-be-determined location within the 55406 ZIP Code.

Typically, the Postal Service will host an in-person community meeting to discuss future plans with the customers who are impacted by such relocation efforts. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Postal Service is seeking information by mail. 

Options of what USPS needs for a new site are as follows:
• 13,130 square feet building with 91+ parking spaces,
• Any leads on land to purchase that is 84,000 square feet, or
• Retail area with 2,500 square feet with an area to be transformed into a Carrier building that is 10,110 square feet.
Read more here:
https://about.usps.com/newsroom/local-releases/mn/2020/1228ma-notice-of-public-comment-period.htm


Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration goes virtual for 2021! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is taking their annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration virtual! The event is typically held at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. However, with COVID restrictions still in place, we are going to celebrate and honor him virtually. Read more here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNPARKREC/bulletins/2b439c8


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Friday, Jan 8 

Now FREE: Feeding the mind at mealtime: A virtual canine enrichment seminar @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Attend this seminar and learn how to take advantage of your dogs meal time to engage their brains in various ways. Explore both DIY and store-bought enrichment options with varying levels of difficulty. Good for dogs of all ages, from puppy to senior dogs! Presenter: Saige Bell
Register for free at our Web site and we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the meeting. https://www.tcotc.com/events/event/feeding-the-mind/



Sleepy Hollow – WSTC Watch Party @ 7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by John Heimbuch based on the story by Washington Irving directed by Jon Ferguson
In the quaint village of Sleepy Hollow, stories of wonder and strangeness surround the legend of a mighty headless Hessian. When the humble schoolteacher Ichabod Crane vies for the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the townsfolk might protest but it is ultimately the Horseman who will decide his fate. 

Walking Shadow produced The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 2013.
Available Online: January 1 – 31, 2021
Watch Party: Friday, January 8 at 7:30pm
Full cast and designer list here: https://www.walkingshadow.org/shows/legend-sleepy-hollow/

Content Warnings: This production may be frightening for young audiences.
Join others in a shared audience and engage in a live chat with company members John Heimbuch and Amy Rummenie, who will be on hand to answer your questions about the show.
When you purchase, you’ll receive the link to the YouTube page. Just follow that link a little before 7:30 on Friday.
Patrons with an optional YouTube account can chat in the sidebar. (Or you can turn off the comments and just watch.) 

Your ticket also gives you access to stream The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on demand on Vimeo through January 31. If you’ve already purchased on-demand video access, we’ll email you the YouTube link as well!
Individual tickets are Choose-Your-Price, minimum $10.

Saturday, Jan 9

KATIE THE CATSITTER Virtual Book Launch! @ 2pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join author Colleen AF Venable and illustrator Stephanie Yue for a virtual book launch to celebrate the release of their new middle grade graphic novel, KATIE THE CATSITTER (out 1/5/21)! They’ll tell us about the book, answer your questions, and Stephanie will draw a picture while we watch!
Register for this event to receive a coupon code for 15% off of your next order. Register here: https://katiethecatsitter.brownpapertickets.com/ 

Pre-order KATIE THE CATSITTER to get a signed bookplate from Colleen and Stephanie. Order here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/katiecatsitter
This event will take place on Zoom Webinar.

Zoom Online: Yoga For Larger Bodies 6 Session Series @ 4pm • ONLINE EVENT • 1/9-2/13/2021
Have you always wanted to do yoga, but worry that your body is too big or that you might be the only larger-bodied person in the class? Yoga for Larger Bodies is exclusively for larger people looking for a safe environment to reconnect with their bodies through yoga. Taught by a plus-size yoga teacher who specializes in making yoga accessible, this 70-minute class combines Hatha yoga with breathing and mindfulness exercises to help you reduce stress while improving balance, strength and body awareness. No flexibility, experience or fancy spandex pants required! Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes.  All levels welcome and perfect for beginners.
Pre-registration is required: https://www.northsidecenter.net/bookings-checkout/yoga-for-larger-bodies-6-session-series-1
Instructor: Rachel
Cost $75

January Queer+ New/Prospective Parent Group  @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Social support and community group for new (0-3y) or prospective queer+ identifying individuals and families! Children welcome!
Because of COVID, we will be meeting virtually via Zoom. Meetings will be on the second Saturday of the month at 10am.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87487771765?pwd=Qis3cGdkSHlwaDV1aEdMLzZwM1I1UT09
Meeting ID: 874 8777 1765
Passcode: newparent
Dial by your location:     +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 874 8777 1765
Passcode: 647039525
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbR48SOs29

Nonviolent Communication: Communicating in Times of Stress @ 2pm • ONLINE EVENT
The world is on edge, and people are reacting with volatility, anger, and frustration. How can we extend grace, compassion, and forgiveness to others, while also recognizing our own limits and boundaries, communicating them firmly yet kindly? Using Nonviolent Communication, this workshop will dig into practical examples of de-escalation, expressing boundaries, and authentic empathizing.
FORMAT: This is a live stream workshop on Zoom. Online pre-registration is required. You will receive the Zoom link one hour prior to the start of the workshop. Please email any questions about your online account or the workshop to info@one-yoga.org.
PRICING: 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.
REGISTER: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=10757&stype=-8&sTG=26&sVT=45&sView=day&sLoc=1&sTrn=100000352&date=01/09/21
 

Nordic Table Demo: Home Baked Limpa Bread @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
Slightly sweet and aromatic limpa bread is a familiar Swedish-American standby. Simply the word for “loaf” in Swedish, it makes a great accompaniment to soups, a yummy sandwich base and excellent toast. 
Instructor Erin Swenson-Klatt will walk through the process of making this loaf from start to finish (using “TV magic” to show all the steps back-to-back). With recipe in hand, students will be ready to wow their families and friends with fresh limpa any time.

This is a live virtual class taught over Zoom. The recipe packet will be provided via email one day before class with log in information. This workshop will be recorded and available to all registrants after class to watch later.

$20 ASI members / $25 non-members. Register here: https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/virtual-nordic-table-demo-home-baked-limpa-erin-swenson-klatt

Sunday, Jan 10

Wild Things Book Club (for new readers) @ 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
We’re excited to announce a new book club for emerging readers around the ages of 6 to 9 years old! We’ll meet virtually on the second Sunday of each month at 5:30PM.
At our first meeting on Sunday, January 10 at 5:30PM, we’ll talk about DRAGONS AND MARSHMALLOWS (Zoey and Sassafras book #1) by Asia Citro and Marion Lindsay.
Email Karlyn at staff@wildrumpusbooks.com to join the Wild Things Book Club and get a link to our next meeting! Mention that you’re a book club member in the order comments at checkout to get a 20% discount on the book.
https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/wildthingsbookclub 
Book club meetings take place on Zoom Meeting.

Monday, Jan 11

January Quick Reads Book Club w/ Seward-Longfellow Library Community @ 6:30pm
Join Anna the Librarian for a special virtual session of East Lake Library’s monthly Quick Reads Book Club – Second Mondays 6:30-7:30pm. Link to meeting is provided one day prior to the event to those who register on the Hennepin Libraries website. Quick Reads Book Club discusses new and interesting titles that are quick to read – all book selections are under 250 pages! 
The book for January is Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown.
Register for Quick Reads Book Club sessions: 
https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=quick%20reads
Link to Hennepin County Libraries book page: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/5560942109
More information on current library grab-and-go services: https://www.hclib.org/about/current-services/grab-go
Link to OCLC page with listing of other library holdingshttp://www.worldcat.org/oclc/975023428
Support our local bookstore Moon Palace Books by purchasing a copy to be sent to your home: https://www.moonpalacebooks.com/

Here is the description: “Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives — experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. Now Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

Tuesday, Jan 12

Wednesday, Jan 13

Online Intro to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience @ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 9am
Online via Zoom video conferencing services. Get your ticket to be sent the link closer to the training!
Pay-what-you-can

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 $25. 
Sponsored by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.

Thursday, Jan 14

Online Introduction to Restorative Justice Training w/ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 9am • ONLINE EVENT
*We are grateful to the Minneapolis Foundation for partially funding this restorative justice training for those who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis. All are welcome to join us. 
2-hour online training • Pay-What-You-Can up to $50

Ruptured relationships create psychological trauma, conflict, and violence. Restorative Justice allows for truth-telling, reconciliation, and repairing harm for healed just relationships. Creating healed just relationships is violence prevention. Restorative justice prevents violence and builds peace into our lives and communities. Join us to learn, explore, and apply restorative justice philosophy, principles, and practices to build peace within your spheres of influence to repair harm for healed just relationships. This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals. Training tuition and 2 hours of continuing education for Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses is $75. 

Resilience and Self Care: Training for Practice in Everyday Life w/ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 3pm • ONLINE EVENT
We are pleased to be partnering with the Alliance for Peacebuilding to offer this training. Everyone is welcome.
Online via Zoom.  

When terrible things happen and our peace is stolen from us, most people want to build peace back into our lives. Join us to learn, explore, and apply strategies to build peace into our personal and community lives with self-care practices for resilience.
Training objectives:
1. Learn the definitions and purpose of resilience and self-care.
2. Learn Resilience and self -care research and how it applies to everyday life.
3. Learn strategies for self-care to build resilience.
4. Consider how to apply strategies self-care for resilience in everyday life.
Everyone is welcome. Pay-What-You-Can up to $50. Pre-registration is required. CEs available for an additional $25.

 
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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

When it snows, remember to shovel your sidewalks
Sidewalks are a critical part of Minneapolis’ transportation system and they should be open for everyone. Here’s a refresher on the City’s rules: Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks helps people of all ages and abilities safely walk or roll to where they need to go. This is a primary mode of transportation for many people in the city so it’s important to be a good neighbor and help them out.

In addition to relying on complaints reported to 311, City inspectors will also be out in neighborhoods actively looking for sidewalks that aren’t shoveled. Failure to shovel and maintain your sidewalk could result in a warning letter and, if left uncleared, a bill for the City to remove snow from your sidewalk. An average bill is approximately $239.  Call 311 to learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks. Find more information about snow clearing on the City’s website.



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, 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

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

What you need to know about the State’s next phase of COVID-19 protocols:
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, as of 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.

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 saliva 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.

  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 25
  • Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St. Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 9, Jan. 23
  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 21, Jan. 28
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 and 30

You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

More free COVID-19 saliva 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 (Note: Testing ended 4 p.m. today because of the winter storm.)
    Make an appointment hereFind 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.
  • 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.

Resources: 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. The State is also offering free at-home saliva tests. Any person in Minnesota can order a saliva test kit from the COVID-19 Test at Home program.

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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.


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

Intro: Building Narratives in Artist’s Books
With Radha Pandey
Saturdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30; 10 am – 12 noon
An introduction to artist’s books, this virtual workshop will focus on text and image, pacing and rhythm to create a narrative artist’s book. Learn six book structures as well as several methods of image making: hand printing linoleum blocks, gelatin printing, pochoir, trace monotypes and paper cutting. Quick exercises at the beginning of each meeting will loosen up the hands and mind before moving onto more complex concepts applying what you have learned with at-home assignments. Each participant will produce several “book-sketches,” or mock-ups of in-progress artist’s books, throughout the sessions. All skill levels welcome. $144/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $72 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/intro-building-narratives-in-artists-books/.

Mississippi Park Connection presents: New Live Program: Game Night with A Ranger
Friday, January 7, 6 – 7 pm
Virtual
Looking for something fun to do on these dark winter nights? Join Mississipi Park Connection and the National Park Service for Game Night with A Ranger: four evenings of wildly entertaining TV game show spinoffs with contestants from the National Park Service, popular authors, outdoor celebrities, Fearless Comedy cast members and a live audience! Test your knowledge on Mississippi River park topics by playing funny games for a chance to win prizes! The January 7 episode will feature The Historic River with Ranger Will and Lee Harris. Each night will feature a medley of games including: Watch Your Mouth, True Confessions with A Ranger, Who Wants To Be A Ranger, Match Game, Win, Lose, or Draw, or Cottonwood Squares. $10 per event or $35 for all four events (save $5 and automatically become a member of Mississippi Park Connection for one year!). For information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/game-night-with-a-ranger-tickets-133362046471?utm_source=News+%26+Events+from+the+Mississippi+National+River+and+Recreation+Area&utm_campaign=bd1ee960f3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_30_01_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5b99619c53-bd1ee960f3-426134461&mc_cid=bd1ee960f3&mc_eid=46fd8b7a80

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Disposition Study Draft Report
Comments on environmental assessment due: February 16, 2021
The USAF Disposition Study analyzes three types of potential alternatives at the USAF site: (1) no action; (2) complete de-authorization by Congress of the Federal missions at the site and disposal of the properties according to Federal law; and (3) partial de-authorization and partial disposal. The partial disposal alternative would maintain the emergency flood mitigation capability of the structure. After evaluation and comparison of the alternatives, the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) is Alternative 1a, Complete Deauthorization and Disposal combined with offering a monetary incentive to the new owner in exchange for expediting the disposal through a direct property transfer. The TSP recommends that Congress deauthorize the project, ending the Corps’ primary navigation mission at the USAF Lock and all other secondary missions, including recreation. The TSP recommends that most lands and all Federally-owned project features be transferred to another entity. The Corps would no longer have a physical or legal presence at the USAF site. The site would cease to be a Federal property. The Federal government would no longer be responsible for future operation and maintenance of the disposed property. The TSP recommends that Congressional deauthorizing language include granting the Secretary of the Army authority for two years in which to negotiate the terms of the transfer of property and authorizing payment of the incentive. Deauthorization would require Congressional Approval. For information and to view the draft report: 
https://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/PN/Article/2446042/public-notice-upper-st-anthony-falls-lock-and-dam-disposition-study-draft-report/

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Frozen Cherry”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNjU1MzUvNTA3Mzg3MjUzNTNfNDNhODNkZDljM19iLmpwZw~~

Hennepin History Museum presents: Introduction to Crop Art
Saturday, January 9, 1 – 3 pm
https://hennepinhistory.org/event/introduction-to-crop-art/

Videos from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
While their typical outreach programming is on hold due to COVID-19, MWMO staff have remained hard at work on a series of educational videos. Check out their latest offerings below, and don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Fall Yard Care Tips for Protecting Clean Water
Stormwater Reuse Tank Installation at Metro Transit Bus Garage in Minneapolis(Clip)
Mississippi River Green Team Alumni Spotlight: Fartun Ahmed
Sustainability at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Towerside District Stormwater System Tour
Cleaning Out the Old Bassett Creek Tunnel (Clip)
Mississippi River Green Team Alumni Spotlight: Akia Vang

North Loop Neighborhood Association presents: North Loop’s Colorful History
The North Loop has been through some dramatic ups and downs over the past century, from a booming distribution center to a neglected warehouse district to the dynamic urban neighborhood and entertainment district we see today. The North Loop Neighborhood Association is launching a new series of videos and web posts to give you a look back at how far the area has come. For information and to view the videos: https://northloop.org/about/historic-north-loop/. For a self-guided walking tour: https://northloop.org/go-on-a-walking-history-tour/.

Mississippi Park Connection’s Women of the Mississippi
The Women of the Mississippi Project features people who have impacted the Mississippi River in Minnesota, honoring the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment. For information: parkconnection.org/com

Great River Road Plan Your Trip
The Plan Your Trip interactive map application features the Great River Road and Mississippi River (bicycle) Trail routes in Minnesota, over 700 points of interest, over 200 local food providers and more. It also includes expanded interactive travel guides for each of six distinct regions from the headwaters at Lake Itasca to the Bluffs Region in the southeastern area of the state. Each region has unique features and histories, towns and recreational opportunities. This information is also the most updated that Great River Road Minnesota has available. Follow the Great River Road to find unique places to explore along the Mississippi River in the Metro Region. Statewide, Minnesota’s Great River Road offers 565 miles of byway with over 700 places to experience this great river.

The Water Blog
Stay up to date on metro Mississippi River water issues with the Friends of the Mississippi River Water Blog. As news comes out or important river protection milestones are achieved, updates will be posted at: https://fmr.org/waterblog