Weekly Roundup: Feb 12-18

Announcements

Virtual Development Community Meeting – US Bank 3600 E Lake St. @ 6pm on Tuesday, Feb 16 • ONLINE EVENT
Join us Tuesday, February 16th at 6pm for a presentation and Q&A with US Bank regarding their plans to relocate their Longfellow branch to the Tim Hortons building at 3600 E Lake St. Site Plans and Renderings
To join the meeting, follow the link below at 6pm on 2/16.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9761033314?pwd=bEdINU8wdDhrNVBFc0ZMdFFtdXNFUT09
Meeting ID: 976 103 3314
Passcode: 2LMOn2


Cub has REOPENED! The Cub at E. Lake Street and Minnehaha Ave. has reopened after being closed almost nine months. The temporary structure in the parking lot is being removed. However, the stoplight at the entrance into the shopping complex (29th and Minnehaha) is still not working. The other large businesses (including Target and Aldi) have also reopened!
 

USPS Makes Final Decision on the Location of South Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Post Office
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- The United States Postal Service (USPS) has made the decision to rebuild the Minnehaha Post Office in South Minneapolis in the same location, 3033 27th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55406, as it has been since 1970.

While there is not a current construction timeline, all services will continue to operate out of the temporary facility at 10 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408, until further notice. We thank all who have made it their mission to represent the community while USPS navigated the options for the Minnehaha Post Office and those that provided written feedback.

When the project is completed, the Minnehaha Post Office will provide a full-service retail and house local mail delivery operations. Customers can expect to receive the same level of service from their own community as they have in the past.

While the Postal Service is sensitive to the impact of this decision on its customers and the community, the Postal Service properly considered community input and this decision is consistent with Postal Service objectives. Postal Service operations are not supported by tax dollars. To be self-sustaining, the Postal Service must make decisions that ensure it provides adequate and affordable postal services in a manner that is as efficient and economical as possible.

This is the final decision of the Postal Service with respect to this matter, and there is no right to further administrative or judicial review of this decision. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.



Hello neighbors! Now taking applications for the 2021 Gardening for Wildlife Mentorship:
This is also the last year of the state funding our community has received through the Lawns to Legumes program (thanks to the Longfellow Community Council applying for these funds).  To help save our pollinators (in particular, the endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee), you can have up to $350 of native plant purchases reimbursed through this program.  The focus is on new gardeners, but experienced gardeners are welcome to apply.
 
You will learn about our local natural heritage, what plants can attract and provide the most benefits to butterflies and birds too, and how to landscape your yard to create your own wildlife haven in the middle of the city.  A 4-class series will start at the end of March (1 hour each via Zoom).  You will develop a garden plan, plant list, and start digging in April or May.  For even more support, a local gardening Mentor can also be assigned to you (although this year we are not sharing plants from our own yards, due to the presence of invasive Asian Jumping Worms in our neighborhoods).
Email me at dschultz6@comcast.net and I can reply with an application with the schedule and more information. 
 
This is also part of our ongoing effort to certify our neighborhood as a Community Wildlife Habitat.  We are just a handful of yard certifications away now, and should be fully certified after this upcoming gardening season.  More info in the links below.  Stay tuned!  Thank you, Daniel Schultz 
Longfellow Volunteer Habitat Team
www.longfellowwildlife.blogspot.com 
www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife
www.bwsr.state.mn.us/l2l




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
 


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.


Dark Muse Performing Arts and Guthrie Theater present: The Uprising Volume II: Black HERstory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BlackHERstory_TuneIn&utm_content=version_A&promo=37611&v=LG2Cvl8G8yk&feature=youtu.be
 

Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery and Hennepin County Library present three short films:
“Black Lives Matter – The Making of the Mural in Minneapolis”
“UN-HEARD,”
“Save the Boards to Memorialize the Movement”
Free
 

Since a lot of people are learning at home, here are some activities parents could use to help teach their kids about the importance of Black History Month, and influence people of color! 


SPCO presents: Concert video celebrating Black artists
https://www.thespco.org/blog/a-new-concert-video-collection-honoring-celebrating-black-artists/?fbclid=IwAR16dib9H59CUZO_YJelTRA8A4lHvC4Fxu__aFE0nhGmq6-jSjgHnJg74Kg

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Friday, Feb 12 

Young People’s Concert Experiences: Musical Menagerie w/ Minnesota Orchestra and TPT – Twin Cities PBS @ 3pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE

Go on a musical journey to meet animals and experience their habitats!
Musical Menagerie will invite viewers to connect music with animals—thanks to a partnership with The Minnesota Zoo—in a live concert that presents a variety of composers and styles of music as well as unique film elements and guests from the Zoo. Available via livestream and on-demand, and presented in partnership with Twin Cities PBS (TPT).
This concert is recommended for grades 1-6.

Saturday, Feb 13

Minneapolis Art Institute Virtual Tour @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
We will be taking a virtual tour of the Minneapolis Art Institute
Here is the Zoom information:

Meeting ID: 881 9431 3132
Passcode: 504384



Saturday Core Stability Mat Workout @ Noon • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Weekly, Saturday noon February 13th same link. Core Stability mat workout to help you rediscover your restore point. By working the body in gentle repetitive exercises we find our best posture. 60 minutes, beginner to advanced! Free class, password uu6dy1



Social Justice Exhibit w/ Northrup King Building @ Noon • FREE
Eye-opening, thought provoking, inciting needed conversations; the Social Justice Exhibit at Northrup King Building, hosted by Beverly and A. Drew Hammond.

Gallery 332 in the Northrup King Building
February 13th, 12 – 4 pm
February 20th, 12 – 4 pm
February 27th, 12 – 4 pm
Special viewing hours on Saturday, February 13, 5 – 10pm during Northrup King Nights.
You don’t want to miss this amazing and diverse body of works from seven artists who are expressing their views on social justice in America through their art!
Artists include:
· Loretta Bebeau
· Broderick Poole
· seangarrison
· A Drew Hammond
· Beverly Tipton Hammond
· Karen Kraco
· Kathleen Mommsen



February Queer+ New/Prospective Parent Group w/ Queer Birth Project @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Online: us02web.zoom.us
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:

Meeting ID: 874 8777 1765
Passcode: newparent
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 874 8777 1765
Passcode: 647039525

Sunday, Feb 14

Pal-intine’s Day Benefit Concert w/ Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Online: youtube.com
Join us for an hour of live music with Jeremy Messersmith on Valentine’s Day. The concert is free for everyone to attend. We will have a donation link and ask you to show us some love if you enjoy the show and value the work of the neighborhood association. The link will go live an hour before the show.


Hennepin County Library Special Collections and Minnesota’s Black Community Project present: The African American Community and the COVID-19 Pandemic @ 11am-12:30pm
https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/events/5fff94c125c2fc430bf2ddfd
For other classes and programs: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index
 

Monday, Feb 15

Tuesday, Feb 16

Virtual Development Community Meeting – US Bank 3600 E Lake St. @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join us Tuesday, February 16th at 6pm for a presentation and Q&A with US Bank regarding their plans to relocate their Longfellow branch to the Tim Hortons building at 3600 E Lake St. Site Plans and Renderings
To join the meeting, follow the link below at 6pm on 2/16.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9761033314?pwd=bEdINU8wdDhrNVBFc0ZMdFFtdXNFUT09
Meeting ID: 976 103 3314
Passcode: 2LMOn2

Wednesday, Feb 17

Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters w/ LSS Employment Services @ 5pm • ONLINE EVENT
In this 1-hour workshop you will learn about the 4 most common types of current resume formats, how to choose the best one(s) for you, a few Do’s and Don’ts of resume writing and how to use accomplishment statements on a resume. You will leave with an understanding of what a resume and cover letter is and many tools to help them start creating one or update a current one!

Join with this link:

https://lssmn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErdOuorjgjGtXeTVHYFPTvimF2HuMl76XN?fbclid=IwAR1Nu40uBhl2OGvRoHNCGAq8gNkSJNaHrf8geyqkHhAAoroyu4r5g-I4flY



“The Black Russian” – Book Discussion with Author Vladimir Alexandrov w/ The Museum of Russian Art @ 11am • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), Russian American Jews in Minnesota (RAJMN) and St. Paul Jewish Federation present a virtual book discussion with Vladimir Alexandrov, author of “The Black Russian” – an incredible true story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, the son of former slaves in Mississippi who became a famous impresario in pre-revolutionary Moscow and the ‘Sultan of Jazz’ in Constantinople.

February marks Black History Month in the United States, and during this virtual session, Alexandrov and TMORA’s Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova will delve into Thomas’s extraordinary life and the important history surrounding his journey. There will be an opportunity for Q&A during the program. Please join us.

This program will be presented via Zoom webinar. | FREE | Please register in advance
The Black Russian is available for purchase both in store and online at the Shop at TMORA – www.shoptmora.org
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Vladimir Alexandrov received a PhD in comparative literature from Princeton. He taught Russian literature and culture at Harvard before moving to Yale, where he is B. E. Bensinger Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  “What [Thomas’s] life illustrates, as Alexandrov skillfully and gracefully shows, is that when people are unshackled from slaveries – of whatever sort – freedom’s buoyancy can lift them to surprising heights, can offer miraculous views.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

“With so much focus on the black experience in America in the nineteenth century, we might never consider the black experience in Europe at the same time. Vladimir Alexandrov’s The Black Russian rectifies this oversight, and does so with panache.” – The Daily Beast



An Art Commentary on Lynching: How a 1935 Exhibition Resonates Today w/  Weisman Art Museum @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
In 1997, Margaret Rose Vendryes published an essay, “Hanging on Their Walls: An Art Commentary on Lynching, The Forgotten 1935 Exhibition,” in the anthology Race Consciousness: African-American Studies for the New Century. That “new” century is now a generation old. Recent protests demanding an end to violence against black people, particularly black men, are echoed in the art that populated that brief, and forgotten, 1935 exhibition.

Vendryes revisits her 1997 essay in light of Hale Woodruff’s prints in the Pressing Issues: Printmaking as Social Justice in 1930s United States on view at the Weisman Art Museum, and the sensitivities given to presenting the lynching subject matter. The theme of violence against black people has engaged African American artists since 1935 in myriad, and more caustic, ways than their forefathers who boldly displayed work during the height of Jim Crow segregation in a blatantly political exhibition calling for lawmakers to end lynching.

Register on Zoom to participate in the audience Q & A or stream the talk on YouTube.
Register on Zoom → https://z.umn.edu/MVR_lecture
Or tune on the Weisman’s YouTube channel → https://www.youtube.com/user/weismanart
Learn more about Pressing Issues and the Hale Woodruff prints → https://z.umn.edu/pressingissues
ASL interpretation provided by ASL Interpreting Services



A Fine/Bad Romance w/ Event by Once Upon A Crime @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Love is a mystery. Is it a fine romance with no quarrels? Or have you been caught in a bad romance?
Join some of today’s best crime writers as they share their hot takes on this four-letter word: love.
· Aya de León (Fine) – A SPY IN THE STRUGGLE
· Layne Fargo (Bad) – THEY NEVER LEARN
· Delia Pitts (Fine) – MURDER MY PAST
· Kristen Lepionka (Bad) – ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR
· K.D. Richards/Kia Dennis (Fine) – PURSUIT OF THE TRUTH
· E.A. Barres/E.A. Aymar (Bad) – THEY’RE GONE
Hosted by Jessica Laine

Register Herehttps://www.crowdcast.io/e/a-finebad-romance/register

Thursday, Feb 18

Virtual Game Night- Quiplash! w/ SMME – South Metro Minneapolis Evenings Rotary Club @ 7:30 • FREE • ONLINE EVENTJoin Hangouts Meet: meet.google.com/zpu-shch-fyj 

Vinyl Revival: Album Encounters – A Tribe Called Quest w/ Hennepin County Library @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Online: bit.ly
Join us for a discussion of A Tribe Called Quest’s influential album The Low End Theory. Listen to Vinyl Revival spin songs from this 1991 alt rap classic, explore the lyrical word play, humor and social commentary of Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, and share your thoughts on the jazz-infused masterpiece critics call “the Sgt. Pepper’s of hip-hop.”
Register today with your email:
http://bit.ly/TheLowEndTheoryVR

The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance (within 48 hours of the event).
Album Encounters is a music discussion series hosted by Vinyl Revival – a program from Minneapolis Central Library featuring artist residencies, performances, workshops and listening opportunities. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 
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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

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



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.



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.

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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. 18 and 25
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway  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:

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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.


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

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Kids on the Stone Arch Bridge”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNTc1MC8yMjA2MzgyNjAwNl9mODQwYjJjMmE2X2suanBn&nop=150

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents: 21 Extremely Bad Breakups
https://www.walkingshadow.org

Farm Table Foundation presents: You Are What You Eat: Storytelling Through Food
February 23 – April 20

This is a five-part series. You can take just one, two…or all five. For information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-are-what-you-eat-storytelling-through-food-tickets-136976693979?fbclid=IwAR2VU8TPITrHHikrv7hgGuPjpWqqivRUMQ3SfL2JcnJks2kIvL8UIZcX9VI

2021 History Forum Takes on ‘E Pluribus Unum — Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All with Martha Jones’
Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 — 8 pm
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8565

Minnesota Historical Society presents: Funny Thing About Minnesota . . . Virtual Book Launch
Wednesday, February 24, 7 – 8 pm
Free
https://www.facebook.com/events/735893520374411

Hennepin History Museum presents: A Public History of 35W – New Research
Thursday, February 25, 6:30 – 8 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2965573090366878

Augsburg Women Engaged present: A Breath for George
Thursday, February 25, 7 – 9 pm
Free.
https://www.augsburg.edu/alumni/leadershipboards/augsburg-women-engaged-awe/

RadioBody: The Screendance Iteration
Friday, February 26, 7 – 8 pm
Free
https://www.facebook.com/events/226814379085739

Coffee with A Ranger • Fridays, 10 am, Facebook Live
Coffee with A Ranger is a way for the National Park Service to interact with folks at home via Facebook Live. Tune in every Friday at 10 am to watch it live and ask questions in the comments section. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the videos, but you do need to be logged into an account to ask questions. The series now features a live ASL interpreter. To view previous segments covering birds, flowers, beer and more: previous segments covering birds, flowers, beer and more: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MississippiRiverNPS/videos/.