Weekly Roundup: Feb 5-11

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


The upcoming METRO Orange Line will mostly replace Routes 535 and 597. Other bus routes in south Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington and Edina will be restructured to connect to the Orange Line. How will you connect to the Metro Orange Line? For more details and to take a quick 10 minute survey, go to surveymonkey.com/r/OLConnectingBus

Center for Urban & Regional Affairs – CURA is Seeking applications for 2021 Housing Stability Grants: Too many people in the Twin Cities region do not have access to safe, healthy, affordable, and reliable housing. In particular, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities face barriers to this critical resources. Market conditions have shown that the housing market does not work for most low-income people, so solutions may require questioning long held assumptions, creating innovative solutions, and attempting new ideas to address housing stability. Read more here: https://mailchi.mp/umn/housing-stability-grants-4285913?e=d063d889af

Hennepin County deconstruction grant funds available for 2021 Reuse and recycle building materials from remodeling and construction projects: To help divert waste from landfills, Hennepin County has grants available for property owners and developers to deconstruct residential buildings to salvage building materials rather than demolish them. The deconstruction grant program launched as a pilot in February 2020 and 17 projects were awarded in the first year of the program. During the 2020 pilot, grant eligibility was limited to properties in cities with a pre-demolition inspection program established, and this year the program is open to all cities. Read more here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNHENNE/bulletins/2bde590

The Energy Assistance Program can help by providing financial assistance:
As Minnesotans continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 and the quarantine, we want them to know that there is still assistance available to income eligible households (both owners and renters) for home heating bills and furnace repairs. The Energy Assistance Program can help by providing financial assistance:

  • To pay past due energy bills to avoid disconnection
  • To purchase fuel for delivery in emergencies
  • To repair or replace homeowners’ malfunctioning furnaces.

The application period is open until May 31st, 2021 and we are asking offices and organizations such as yours to share this information with the communities you serve. 
Please feel free to include in your newsletters or emails. Attached please find flyers in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Additionally, here are links to those flyers:
MN Energy Assistance Flyer – English
MN Energy Assistance Flyer – Spanish
MN Energy Assistance Flyer – Somali
MN Energy Assistance Flyer – Hmong
 You can find more information and links to apply at the  Minnesota Department of Commerce website.

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Hennepin County Library (HCL) is celebrating Black History Month by featuring current history makers in our community! Visit their Facebook Page daily to learn about a new important and influential person of color.

Safer ways to enjoy the Super Bowl
Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest way to celebrate the Super Bowl this year. During the pandemic, choose a safer way to enjoy the game.

Celebrate with your own household or host a virtual Super Bowl watch party.

  • Wear your favorite team’s logo or colors or decorate your home with them.
  • Make appetizers or snacks with the people you live with for the game, and share the recipes with your friends and family.
  • Start a text group with other fans to chat about the game while watching.

If you do have a small gathering with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is safer than indoors. If you have others over inside, limit it to a total of two households with no more than 10 people. And in either case, make sure to:

  • Wear a mask  when you’re not eating and drinking.
  • Keep a distance – at least 6 feet – between yourself and anyone you don’t live with.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after you eat.
  • Know that shouting and loud cheering releases more particles in your breath. So if you are infectious with COVID – and you could be without even having symptoms – shouting and cheering releases more COVID particles.

Find more information about safer celebrations on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Friday, Feb 5 

We Need to Talk About an Injustice- TedTalk By Bryan Stevenson w/ Unity Minneapolis @ 7pm
We Need to Talk About an Injustice– TedTalk By Bryan Stevenson
Join us as we discuss this amazing TedTalk! 
Click here to join discussion via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86184121913 or use Meeting ID 861 8412 1913 at Zoom.us

Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
Here is the video to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2tOp7OxyQ8

Meta Simulacrum, Vol 1: Artist Conversation w/ Walker Art Center @ 7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Watch this free artist talk on February 5 here → http://wlkr.art/2MWRzYl
Ahead of the world premiere co-presented by the Walker this May, join Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Nate Bachhuber and composer William Brittelle in an exploration and meditation on the creation of the Meta Simulacrum, Vol 1.

This live streamed conversation features a dialogue with preeminent climatologist William deBuys who’s writing inspired the work’s inception, as well as readings and music from members Will Johnson and Erika Dohi of this exciting supergroup. The full performance of this project will be streamed on May 2, 2021 here  → http://wlkr.art/3gonXxK

Accessibility: The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1 Artist Conversation will have closed captioning. For more information about accessibility, call 612-375-7564 or email access@walkerart.org.
How to View: The talk will be available to view online for free on YouTube beginning at 7:30 pm (CST) February 5.
Art + Climate: A two-part performance series: Artists everywhere are finding themselves drawn to confronting the monumental scale of the global climate catastrophe, employing human creativity to process and act on what is clearly in front of us. Two new performance works—theater/filmmaker Josh Fox’s The Truth Has Changed (2021 Edition) and composer William Brittelle’s The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1—both in partnership with the Great Northern—mourn futures already lost, insist on environmental justice, and reimagine new ways to live less destructively.

Saturday, Feb 6

Open Chess Saturday w/ Steamship Coffee & Games  @ 10am
Stop in and enjoy some open play Chess! The shop has multiple sets for use, and also some for sale.

A ‘Behind the Scenes’ Look at Local Heroes @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
Now more than ever, our community is grateful for the sacrifices that healthcare professionals make every day.
Join us for this virtual event as HHM Curator Alyssa Thiede discusses highlights of her research for our new exhibit Local Heroes. She welcomes exhibit collaborator Carol Oeltjenbruns to share stories from the collection at Hennepin Medical History Center.

Local Heroes pays tribute to the long tradition of healers and caretakers throughout early Hennepin County history, who devoted themselves to the caring for others, even in the face of adversity. Explore their stories of medical innovation, trailblazing and dedication.

Virtual Event: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon with Black Lunch Table @ 12:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Help us make a difference increasing the representation of black artists in Wikipedia. This virtual event is free, but advanced registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot: bit.ly/398HvCZ

Wikipedia edit-a-thons are held around the world to improve content on this free online encyclopedia, highlighting visual artists who are often excluded from art history. The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an oral-history archiving project and Wikipedia initiative, which was founded by New York-based artist Heather Hart and Chicago-based artist Jina Valentine. Their roundtable sessions provide space for interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussions, bringing together a diversity of community members and fostering candid conversations. Their Wikipedia edit-a-thons mobilize a collective authoring of articles pertaining to the lives and works of Black artists.

No experience is necessary; all you need is computer access. Organizers from the Black Lunch Table will host a training session via Zoom at 12:30pm CST for newcomers. Suggested entries focusing on artists from the collections from Mia, the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and the Weisman Art Museum will be shared with participants in advance. Join us the day before on Friday, February 5, at 12PM CST for a talk with the artists behind Black Lunch Table to learn more about their work.

To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or register online here: bit.ly/398HvCZ to receive an email with the Zoom link for the program. If you have never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app or join from your browser. Zoom works best on the Google Chrome browser. If you are having any trouble, contact us at visit@artsmia.org.

Give back: This program is free. Mia relies on your support to present its programs and exhibitions. Please consider making a contribution here: bit.ly/35fFSm1. 

Sunday, Feb 7

Purple Door Book Club with author Julie Berry @ 4:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Calling all readers around the ages of 8-12! Join The Purple Door Book Club once a month to talk about books.
Sunday, February 7, 4:30PM: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry  **Author Julie Berry will join us on February 7 for our virtual meeting, so bring your questions!**

We meet one Sunday a month at 5:30PM CT / 6:30PM ET. Currently, all of our meetings are VIRTUAL! Email book club leader Linda at linda@wildrumpusbooks.com for more information. (Please note that in February we’ll start at 4:30PM instead of 5:30PM.)

Mention that you are a book club member in the order comments at checkout for a 20% discount on each month’s book! Get the book here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/book/9781250073396

Oh for the LOVE of Nurses…An Outdoor Postcard Party @ 4pm
(+ Doctors, + Home Health Aides, + Physical Therapists, + Nursing Home Food Service Workers, + …!) 
Stop by neighbor Anita Newhouse’s yard and fill out a postcard (or take a few home with you!) to send to someone working in healthcare this Valentine’s Day! These Waves of Thankfulness will be distributed at local nursing homes, clinics and hospitals in the coming weeks to let them know we still care they are out there doing their jobs to keep us safe and healthy.

The bonfire will be out to keep you toasty warm if you want to write your cards there, but you are welcome to bring them home and mail them directly to people you know in the healthcare field. 

Mask wearing and social distancing will be required—stop by and see some neighbors in person!
Questions? Contact Sarah, KFNA Executive Director at sarah@kingfield.org

Online Meditation for People of Color: Zoom w/ Northside Center @ 6:30-8pm • ONLINE EVENT
This event is sponsored by North Market, N, Mpls
Please register via the website to receive the Zoom link:
Join Zenzele and Omkar for guided meditation, movement, and circle-sharing, and body practices presented in Resmaa Menakem’s masterpiece, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Spirits. We are gathering on Zoom.

As we continue working our way through the practices in this book, this will be a space for us to practice with the impact of current events.
Donations can be made via paypal to zisoke@aol.com

The Otherworldly Arts Collective and Jessica Lee DuRose Shimek @ 7-8pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
OAC: Artist Conversations: Jes Lee

Monday, Feb 8

Ojibwe Language & Collaboration on Forest Walks: Considerations for Indigenous Language & Knowledge Development w/ CARLA – Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition @ Noon • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Ojibwe Language and Collaboration on Forest Walks: Considerations for Indigenous Language and Knowledge Development
Register here for the Zoom link: https://umn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvcO-tqjgtH9eINyVGYfsJtZFF05UUiQdf

Indigenous language reclamation efforts are pushing academic ideas of what language is to be accountable to Indigenous epistemologies. As Indigenous immersion school efforts aim to grow more young speakers, it is important to understand how these speakers engage their linguistic, cultural, and land-based knowledge and relationships in intergenerational engagements on and with land. In this project, we examine episodes from three forest walks, taken from a broader corpus of walks (14), to describe how one Elder walking with groups of two children constructed knowledge and joint meaning-making in the Ojibwe language while walking on Ojibwe lands. Working from a framework that an Indigenous epistemology is embodied in these cultural ecologies, we explore how seeing humans as a part of the natural world, at play on the walks, facilitates language and other knowledge development. The project points to implications for designing learning and teaching of Indigenous language that is not limited to language-as-code or communicative tool, but that goes hand in hand with holistic concepts of Indigenous ways of being and knowing.
James McKenzie is a Diné Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona focused on Indigenous language and culture maintenance and revitalization, Indigenous immersion education and Indigenous culture-based education. He has worked in academic and community settings in his homelands to contribute to and organize efforts for Diné language and culture maintenance and revitalization. James is a graduate of the MA in Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota.

Mary “Fong” Hermes is Professor of Second Language Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. She has worked as an indigenous community member, decolonizing the university for 25 years. Focused on Ojibwe language revitalization, her work now is transdisciplinary, and she is thinking about how to reconnect humans to more-than-humans and place.

This presentation is cosponsored by the Second Language Education Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Tuesday, Feb 9

HUDSON BAY BOUND virtual launch event with Natalie Warren w/ University of Minnesota PressFriends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Natalie Warren will host a virtual event with Friends of the Boundary Waters, St. Croix River Association, Friends of the Mississippi River, and Voyageurs Conservancy on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. for the launch of her new book, Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic. Ann Bancroft will offer introductory comments, and Lee Vue will host an audience Q&A. Copies of the book are available from our partner bookseller, Magers & Quinn.

Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-book-launch-for-hudson-bay-bound-tickets-136102334747

Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho take a 2,000-mile journey by paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, giving readers an insider view from the practicalities of planning a three-month canoe expedition to the successful accomplishment of the adventure of a lifetime.

“Hudson Bay Bound is a story of friendship forged on the river as two young women paddle 2,000 miles to the Arctic. With the candor and enthusiasm of a first grand adventure, Natalie Warren shares the joys and trials of living by water, propelled northward by muscle power and the belief that anything is possible.” —Caroline Van Hemert, author of The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000–Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds

Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/hudson-bay-bound

Digging Up the Past – A conversation on telling family stories w/ Story Arts of Minnesota @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Robin Bady, Les Kurkendaal-Barrett, and Chelley McLear will share their experiences of mining their family’s legends and sorting fact from fiction to shape tellable stories. There will be time for audience questions.
This event is open to everyone via Zoom teleconferencing. Pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digging-up-the-past-a-conversation-on-telling-family-stories-tickets-133774622497

After registering, you’ll receive an email message with the Zoom link.
Registration is free, although donations are appreciated to support SAM’s virtual programming. The suggested donation is $10.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Wednesday, Feb 10

Brit’s Virtual Pub Quiz @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
We will be holding the next Brit’s Virtual Pub Quiz on Wednesday eve 2/10 at 7pm via FACEBOOK LIVE. Just visit our Facebook page at the time and date and you’re good to go!
There will be four rounds of ten questions (current affairs and general knowledge). Play solo or get a team together.

No cover charge to enter. As usual, all for fun, no prizes, though you may want to play against your friends.
Answers will be given out at the end of every round (Please remember not to submit answers when playing!)

Cheers all!

Thursday, Feb 11

Making Sustainable Living Sustainable w/ Moms Dish MN @ 7:30pm • $15 • ONLINE EVENT
Join sustainable living expert, Laura as she walks you through tips and tricks on how to make a sustainable living lifestyle work for you.

This virtual event is hosted by Hannah and Nicole, from MomsDishMN, and Laura Durenberger from Reduce Reuse Renew. Music at the beginning will be performed by local artist, Kashimana. MomsDishMN is a podcast, digital storytelling space, guide to Minnesota, and community. We aim to share stories, and provide resources, to help connect the great people of Minnesota and surrounding areas. Visit https://www.momsdishmn or find us on Instagram and Facebook @momsdishmn.

Laura started her reduction-based journey about five years ago when she was pregnant with her son. It started out as a simple decluttering project and quickly turned into so much more. Since then. her family has reduced their waste by 35 lbs a week and continues to find other ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. Learn more about Laura via her website.

Kashimana is a musician, singer. songwriter. composer, producer, lyricist. guitarist and performing artist with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through their original compositions. More information at https://kashimana.bandcamp.com/. In additioan to ticket sales we encourage you to support Kashimana via Venmo @kashimana.

Donate: 5% of all ticket sales will be donated to the local non-profit Appetite for Change. They use food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. They bring people together to learn, cook, eat, and grow food, creating change that lasts.
Items needed: Old socks!
Contact: For any questions email MomsDishMN@gmail.com
***** This event will be recorded and available for up to 2 weeks from the live date to view anytime for all ticket holders*****

Virtual Talk: Marcela Guerrero on Latinx Art, An American Artistic Force w/ Minneapolis Institute of Art @ 11am • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
You’re invited to join the Friends of the Institute for this free virtual event featuring Marcela Guerrero on “Latinx Art: An American Artistic Force.” Reserve your free ticket here: bit.ly/3ohmlbq.

Marcela Guerrero is Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recently, she was part of the curatorial team that organized Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945. In summer 2018, Guerrero curated the exhibition Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art. From 2014 to 2017 she worked as Curatorial Fellow at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she was involved in the much-lauded exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, organized as part of the Gettyoundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative and guest-curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta. Prior to joining the Hammer, she worked in the Latin American and Latino art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she served as research coordinator for the International Center for the Arts of the Americas. Guerrero’s writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and in art journals such ascaa.reviews, ArtNexus, Caribbean Intransit: The Arts Journal, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and Diálogo. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Guerrero holds a PhD in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman lecture.

To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or click here to register online: bit.ly/3ohmlbq and you will receive an email with the Zoom link for the program. If you have never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app or join from your browser. Zoom works best on the Google Chrome browser. If you are having any trouble, contact our visitor experience team at visit@artsmia.org

Give back: This program is free. Mia relies on your support to present its programs and exhibitions. Please consider making a contribution here: bit.ly/3sYEI8u.

Walker Winter Fun: Snowshoeing and Outdoor Films w/ Walker Art Center @ 5pm-9pm • ONLINE ART • FREE
Click here to sign up for your free 45-minute time slot. Last checkout is 8:15 pm → http://wlkr.art/39a1PFz

Venture out to the Walker for some socially distant snowshoe trekking. Back by popular demand, on Thursday nights in February a limited number of snowshoes will be available for check out at the Esker Grove patio. Explore the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in the moonlight. Self-guided tour materials will also be provided.

Then, head up to the top of the snow-covered hill next to the museum and not only will you find yourself looking out onto the best view of the city but you will also catch a glimpse of our winter film series.

Snowshoe rental is made possible by the University of Minnesota Center for Outdoor Adventure.
Please note, free tickets for gallery admission will be available, provided the museum is open to the public. Tickets must be reserved separately.
About the Outdoor Films: Each Thursday a different film from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection will be screened on repeat against the windows of the Cargill lounge. Check out the schedule for all film screenings here.

February 4: Frame Up by Ericka Beckman
Onsite construction for the expansion of the Walker Art Center is reimagined as a video pinball game created during Ericka Beckman’s 2005 artist residency. 2005, digital, 7 min.

February 11: Slow Motion (Relentis) by William Klein
Athletes appear onscreen floating through space in slow motion in William Klein’s dreamlike vision of their athletic movements. 1984, 35mm transferred to digital, silent, 20 min.

February 18: Kiss the Girls: Make them Cry by Dara Birnbaum
A reconstructed Hollywood Squares game show juxtaposes the gestures and sexist stereotypes of women portrayed on television in the 1970s, set to disco hits. 1979, analog video, 7 min.

February 25: Horizontal Boundaries by Pat O’Neill
Split shots of diverse topography juxtapose the unpredictable environments of southern California. 2006, 35mm transferred to digital, 20 min. 

Frequently Asked Questions:
What are your COVID-19 safety precautions? We request that all guests checking out snowshoes wear masks for the duration of their checkout process. The snowshoe checkout system is staggered to reduce crowds and lines waiting for shoes. Snowshoes will also be sanitized upon return. We request that visitors adhere to signage and physical distancing guidelines provided, including at the firepits provided for warming.

How does sign up work? For snowshoes, you sign up for your free time slot here. There are sign-up time slots every 15 minutes, with a capacity of ten people per time slot. Snowshoe check out is for 45 minutes, then you just return the snowshoes to the winter patio, warm up by the fire, and you’re all set!

Where do I go to collect snowshoes? Adjacent to our main entrance on Vineland Place is the Esker Grove patio. If you are facing the Walker on Vineland it is to the right of the building. Snowshoe check will be from the bar area on the patio.

What happens to this event if the museum is not open? The Walker will be announcing its reopening date shortly, however even if galleries are closed, we will still offer snowshoe rental for outdoor visits to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Restroom access will be available in the P1 corridor.

Are there tours this year? Due to COVID-19, we will not have group tours. However, we will have options for self-guided tours with lights to show you the way.

Can I bring my own snowshoes? Yes! Bring any winter item you’d like to use to get through the snow. Sleds are also welcome! Extra points for dog sleds.

What about gallery admission? Ticket reservations are required, even for Target Free Thursday Nights. Tickets are still free, but you need to reserve your timeslot in advance. This helps us ensure there is a safe number of people in the building at any given time.

Can I bring my dog? Yes! If your dog is leashed, you are more than welcome to bring your furry friend!


City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Targeted joint carjacking and robbery operation results in nearly 50 arrests in Minneapolis
Officers from the Minneapolis Police Department and deputies with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Violent Offender Task Force teamed up recently with air support from the Minnesota State Patrol to target groups of individuals responsible for the on-going number of violent robberies and carjackings in parts of South Minneapolis.

The three-day joint operation, which took place Jan. 26-28, resulted in 46 arrests, including 69 felony level charges. Law enforcement recovered 15 firearms and 12 stolen vehicles. Six of the vehicles were occupied at the time officers and deputies seized the vehicles.

The felony level arrests included probable cause charges of carjacking, drugs and weapons violations, auto theft and fleeing police. Last year, there were 405 carjackings in the city of Minneapolis, a 301% increase over 2019.

Tips to reduce your risk of becoming a carjacking victim: 

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Always be hyper-aware of your surroundings.
  • Equip your car with an anti-theft device.
  • Lock your doors while driving.
  • Don’t stop for apparently stranded strangers along the road. Note their location and pull over in a safe place once you’ve passed to call for help.

Stay informed of plans for METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit project
Project work is moving ahead for the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit projectthat will extend the existing Blue Line from Target Field Station northwest to Brooklyn Park and connect communities along the way. Recently, project partners announced new efforts to find an improved community-supported route while maintaining as much of the previous alignment as possible. The previous plan to use freight railroad property was no longer a viable option.

This change presents an exciting opportunity to build on previous efforts and improve the project by serving even more people and places. You will see project partners engaging with communities in the area to gather input to inform of the next phase of project work. Learn more and get involved at www.bluelineext.orgTake a community survey to share your priorities for the project.

Join a virtual listening session: The Blue Line Extension Project is hosting two corridor-wide online listening sessions. Project staff will share information about the recent project pivot, decision-making processes for identifying a community supported modified route, and what to expect in 2021.

Park Board extends comprehensive plan public comment period to July 18
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) has extended its Parks for All public comment period. The new deadline to send feedback on the draft comprehensive plan is July 18.

Parks for All will set Park Board priorities and policy direction for the next decade. Minneapolis community members, park users, MPRB staff and partners are encouraged to review the plan and send feedback.
Dive in to the plan with a video overview; look at the executive summary in EnglishSpanishSomali and Hmong; or see the full draft planLearn more and get involved through the MPRB website.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Minnesota ramps up COVID-19 vaccinations
The State of Minnesota has ramped up its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, and is now administering two times the number of shots given per day on average compared to just last week. 
The increase in vaccination rate follows Gov. Tim Walz’ directives to accelerate the availability of vaccine across the state. Walz set a goal that all providers should get 90% of vaccine received administered within 72 hours and the remainder within one week. 

The State is continuing to ramp up vaccination efforts this week. Walz made more than 35,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses available for Minnesota seniors this week and launched a statewide vaccine finder to better connect Minnesotans age 65 plus to vaccination opportunities in communities near where they live. Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan


Keep safe while waiting for vaccinations
With the welcome news that vaccinations have begun against the coronavirus, we also know the demand for vaccine far outpaces the supply. The entire distribution process will take time.While we wait throughout this process, public health experts remind us to keep protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbors by doing what works:

Thanks for your patience. We will end this pandemic together.

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. It’s one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus. Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

The State of Minnesota especially asks these people to get tested:

  • Students returning to school, youth sports or extracurricular activities. Testing doesn’t sideline your team but helps identify the virus early so it doesn’t have a chance to spread.
  • College and trade school students returning to campus or classes.
  • Anyone who regularly interacts with people outside of their family unit or household.
  • Anyone with symptoms or who was exposed to someone who tested positive or someone they don’t live with.
  • Anyone who is working at places that remain open during the pandemic such as critical infrastructure, first responders, health care, retail, schools and child care.

Free COVID-19 tests:

  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 and 20
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe building, 1308 E. Franklin Ave. 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 1301 10th Ave. N. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27

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

Why get tested? Videos in Spanish, Somali and Hmong Whether you feel sick or not, get tested. This will protect your loved ones and help us all return safely back to school, work and other activities. Watch and share these short videos in SpanishSomali and Hmong.

Public health information: Slow the spread of COVID-19:


Ways to Help

Du Nord Foundation Community Market (food pantry) opens this month, and they are looking for volunteers. Please feel free to share the link below with anyone who may be interested. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4da8a823a0f4c25-come

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 Puzzle of the Week: “Need a Ride?”

J.D. Steele Music presents: Listen! Please! Documentary Virtual Premiere
Monday, February 8, 6 pm

French Institute Alliance Française presents: Animation First 2021
February 5 – 15

Rethos presents an Old Home Certified Designation Webinar Course: Keeping the Weather Out Homeowner How-Tos
Tuesday, February 16, 10 am – 12 noon

The Good Acre presents: Discover: Beyond Soul Food
Tuesday, February 16, 5 – 8 pm

Rethos presents: Racism in Real Estate
Wednesday, February 17, 1 – 3 pm

Minnesota Historical Society presents: The Black Liberation Movement
Thursday, February 18, 3 – 4 pm

Theatre Latté Da presents: The Ghostlight Series: Songs and Stories in the Meantime

Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) presents: Club Book

Brave New Workshop Goes Viral

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