Weekly Roundup: Mar 5-11

Walgreens has opened up their drive-thru prescription window for free Covid-19 testing. Register Online to make an appointment.

How the COVID-19 testing process works

  • Complete a quick questionnaire.
  • Choose a location and time for your COVID-19 test (based on the type of test you want).
  • Go to the testing location and remain in your vehicle with the window rolled up.
  • Show your confirmation email, a valid state ID or driver’s license, and insurance card or voucher.
  • Perform the nasal swab yourself under the direction of a pharmacy team member. Patients ages 3-18 will need a parent or legal guardian while they self-administer the COVID-19 test.
  • Get results from PWNHealth.

Find Minnesota Testing Locations

  • Location: Walgreens, 4547 Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Rebuild Longfellow Existing Conditions Assessment: COMPLETE
Longfellow Community Council (LCC) and partners recent planning efforts provide foundation to rebuilding Lake Street/Minnehaha area:
LCC is pleased to announce the completion of the “Rebuild Longfellow Existing Conditions Assessment”. The document, developed under the auspices of Longfellow Community Council (LCC), is the result of an unprecedented community partnership between LCC, Greater Longfellow community organizations, residents and businesses, and a consortium of planning and design consultants assembled and led by Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc (SEH®). The consultants brought together by SEH – including Biko Associates, Inc., Patrick Connoy and Community Design Group – offered their services to the community on a pro-bono basis with the goal of assisting in planning efforts to rebuild.

The work of the consultants was guided by LCC staff and a Project Steering Committee (PSC) made up of a diverse group of residents, community organizations and business owners. The PSC worked with the consultant team to provide comment on the existing conditions assessment and promote a community survey that was taken by nearly 900 people. We are encouraged by this high level of participation in the community and look forward to building on this enthusiasm with our partners through additional planning efforts.

The “Rebuild Longfellow Existing Conditions Assessment” (available online here) examines current conditions in support of future planning, design and rebuilding efforts undertaken by others. The conditions assessment was completed for the following:
• Demographics
• History and Built Heritage
• Streetscape, Public and Private Realm
• Multimodal Transportation and Parking
• Future Land Use, Built form Guidance and Zoning
• Market Overview
• Community Survey
Importantly, the document is meant to be used as a non-proprietary, freely shared platform that will serve as foundational reference to inform planning efforts that are currently ramping up and are being led by allied organizations, including Longfellow Rising, Redesign, Longfellow Business Association, Lake Street Council and others.
LCC extends a heartfelt thank you to SEH and its partners for their excellent work and partnership. We will continue to actively support other ongoing community efforts and engage the Greater Longfellow community to support local small businesses and to create programs, projects and activities that will support the growth, safety and sustainability of our community. Longfellow Community Council is the citizen participation organization for the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood. If you would like more information about this announcement, please send an email to info@longfellow.org
View completed report here:

NEW!  Artist Residency Opportunity at Greater Longfellow’s own Squirrel Haus Arts!
Squirrel Haus Arts in the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis would like to offer a studio space for an artist for 3 months. A 16 x 17 foot studio with sink, white walls and a $1000 stipend. Accepted applicants will have 24 hour access to a working space on the second floor of Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406. Please note there is no elevator.
Requirements and how to apply here:

Minneapolis property owners can buy a $25 tree this spring!
Applicants are encouraged to use the online application as the Appointing Authority will have access to your information as soon as it is submitted. Paper application can be submitted to: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St Paul, MN 55155-1299. Applications are kept on file for a one-year period In accordance with the Minnesota Open Appointments Law, the Secretary of State acts as an administrator in publishing vacancies, receiving applications and recording appointments. Applications will be reviewed and appointments made by the appointing authorities; questions about specific vacancies and appointments should be directed to the appointing authority.)

Minneapolis property owners will soon be able to order a 5- to 8-foot tree for $25 each to plant on their private property. This year, Minneapolis property owners in Green Zones, rental property owners and property owners who haven’t gotten a tree in the City Trees program in the last two years will get a chance to order a tree earlier.

The 2,000 trees in 24 varieties this year include large and medium shade trees, fruit trees, evergreens and smaller flowering trees. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

Tiered purchasing windows

  1. Green Zones property owners can order up to three trees starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 8. Just fill out a separate order for each tree.
  2. Rental property owners citywide can order one tree per property, maximum of 10 properties, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 8. Just fill out a separate order for each tree.
  3. Minneapolis property owners who haven’t received a tree from the Minneapolis tree sale in the last two years, who aren’t in a Green Zone, can order one tree per address starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 15.
  4. All Minneapolis property owners can order one tree per address starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 22.

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Staying connected to your support system is especially important for people in recovery, and support may look a little different during the pandemic. Reach out to your support system and brainstorm ways to help you stay connected. Some ideas are regular video chatting or virtual support groups, and requesting telehealth services. It’s important to find the system that works for you. It is OK to seek help. Reach out to a friend, family, neighbor, or crisis line. There is help, there is hope. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 855-273-8255 or text MN to 741741.
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ #StayConnectedMN

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

City leaders share update on preparations for Chauvin trial with City Council
City leaders provided a briefing March 1 for the City Council on preparations for the upcoming Derek Chauvin trial. The Minneapolis Police Department is part of Operation Safety Net, which brings together local and state law enforcement agencies under a unified command to respond to any civil unrest interrupting peaceful protests during the upcoming trial. Throughout the trials, the City’s communications and engagement teams will be working with partners from multiple jurisdictions in a joint information system to keep the public informed using a coordinated communications and engagement strategy. Our goal is to create multiple channels to share timely and relevant information, and receive ongoing feedback from the community. Watch the briefing.

Government Center services to relocate during Chauvin trial; pandemic service changes continue
Hennepin County remains committed to providing services to residents during the ongoing pandemic and during the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Many county services continue to be offered online, by phone and in person by appointment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hennepin County’s role in the trial is to ensure that the Fourth Judicial District Court can conduct business in a safe and effective manner. To do that, it is necessary to restrict access to the Government Center to court-related services and implement additional security measures inside and outside the building

Access to the Government Center will be restricted to the operations of District Court for the duration of the trial. The Government Center Parking Ramp will also be closed to the public. Learn more
 Sign up for updates from the Minnesota Judicial Branch on the State of MN vs. Chauvin case
Everyone is invited to sign up for updates on the State of MN vs. Chauvin case from the Minnesota Judicial Branch webpage. The webpage includes all public documents filed in the case and other information. This case was filed in Hennepin County District Court May 29, 2020

Law enforcement officials provide update on public safety plan for Chauvin trial
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo joined other law enforcement leaders for a media briefing this afternoon to introduce Operation Safety Net, which brings together local and state law enforcement agencies under a unified command to respond to any civil unrest interrupting peaceful protests during the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin. Watch the Operation Safety Net press conference

Chauvin Trial Timeline:
March 8, 2021: Jury Selection begins for Derek Chauvin trial
March 29, 2021: Opening statements, State of Minnesota’s case begins vs. Derek Chauvin Trial Duration: At a minimum , approximately 2-4 weeks
August 23, 2021: Trial proceedings begin for J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao trial

• Trial Preparation: Lake Street Business Q&A with Chief Arradondo on February 18, 2021 here
• Tactical Safety and Security training this Thursday (hosted by the Corcoran Neighborhood) at 6pm, if you or anyone you know may be interested.  Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdOytrzMtGNGyMZQk2g9oi9LYtFlYg3ci
• The most recent City of Minneapolis Safety Press Briefing can be found here
• Role for neighborhood organizations: As the City moves through the next two months, we recognize that neighborhood organizations have relationships with residents and bring knowledge and value to the work of the City. NCR is committed to providing you with accurate information, trial updates and city preparedness updates, such as details about public safety, street and traffic plans. In order to share timely and relevant information, NCR will engage neighborhood organizations using three strategies: Weekly meetings, Weekly emails, Community information network
(Just so you know LCC’s role, and the information we’ll be getting to disseminate to residents.)

Friday, Mar 5 

Free First Saturday: Virtual Kids’ Film Fair w/ Walker Art Center and Xelias Aerial Arts • FREE • Mar 5 @ Noon – Mar 12 @ 11:30pm • ONLINE EVENT 
Online: walkerart.org
Enjoy our annual Kids’ Film Fair from home March 5–12! A free program of colorful, fun, and creative short animated and live-action films for families will screen right here throughout the week.
Watch Party: Saturday, March 6 at 10 am
Cuddle up with your family and join a live Saturday morning watch party (pajamas encouraged)! After the screening, meet some of the directors, who will share how the films were made and answer questions. Then, follow along as Nicolas Collard, instructor at Xelias Aerial Arts, demonstrates some circus arts warm-ups and skills that families can try at home. Xelias Aerial Arts is a Minneapolis-based aerial arts studio for students of all ages.

Click here to register for this free 75-minute live watch party. The watch party will be a Zoom meeting, giving participants the option to turn their cameras and audio on or keep them off during the Q&A.

About the Films:
A Lynx in the Town by Nina Bisyarina • A curious lynx leaves the forest, attracted by the lights of the snow-covered city. 2019, France, nonverbal animation, 7 min.

Om Num Num by Minato Matsuda, Haruna Ueno, and Tomoko Taiga • A hungry dinosaur meets a jumping egg in the forest. What would happen if he swallowed it? Team Aman Gokkun, three young artists from Tokyo, combine stop-motion animation, puppets, and pastel drawings to tell their funny tale. 2018, Japan, nonverbal animation, 3 min.

The Cubicbird (El Pájarocubo) by Jorge Alberto Vega • Pedro is a pet bird who has dreamed of escaping his cage for his whole life. After a dream, he finds a unique way to fly free. 2019, Colombia, animation, 10 min.

Becolored by Maurizio Forestieri • Red, yellow, and blue dogs run across a blank page in a playful, musical drama. 2019, Italy, nonverbal animation, 5 min.

Circus Movements by Lukas Berger and Mário Gajo de Carvalho • Outdoors, amidst changing backdrops of magnificent landscapes, youth from Ethiopia perform circus arts together. 2019, Portugal/Ethiopia, nonverbal experimental documentary, 15 min.

Total runtime: approximately 50 minutes. For ages 3 and up

FREE Online Performance: ‘Votes for Women! Rally 1920’ w/ Norway House and History Alive Lanesboro • Mar 5 @ 8am – Mar 8 @ 8pm 
Online: youtu.be

‘Votes for Women! Rally 1920’ will make you feel the passion of early feminists. Brought to you in video form, this program will be available to view from Friday, March 5 through Monday, March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day.

Leaders Emily Bright and Clara Ueland (Norwegian –Minnesotan) move the crowd with descriptions of the long struggle. Nanny Mattson Jaeger (Swedish-Minnesotan) describes how she and many Scandinavian immigrants renewed the movement. Nellie Griswold Francis (African-Minnesotan) tells of her leadership with the Rondo community in St. Paul.

The efforts of these and other Minnesota suffragists are commemorated in the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul.
– Learn a short suffrage song!
– Meet some key Minnesota suffragists who are Scandinavian immigrants and an African-American feminist!
– Hear of the arrest and the hunger strike by firebrand Swedish –Minnesotan Berthe Moller!

Watch on your own via YouTube, or join us for a Zoom showing and post-show talk-back on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7pm. To pre-register for the FREE Zoom showing and talkback, email Max at mstevenson@norwayhouse.org

2021 Cedar Commissions w/ The Cedar Cultural CenterSUNAH • Mar 5 @ 7:30pm – Mar 7 @ 9pm • ONLINE EVENT
Online: boxoffice.mandolin.com

Night one: Beatriz Lima and AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa • Friday March 5, 2021
Night two: Farrington Llewellyn and Tearra Oso • Saturday, March 6, 2021
Night three: Hassan Shahid and S U N A H • Sunday, March 7, 2021

All shows premiere at 7:30 PM CST each night
This is an online show with pre-recorded performances. Tickets will be made available in the coming weeks.
Purchase tickets here: https://boxoffice.mandolin.com/coll…/the-cedar-commissions

The Cedar Commissions is The Cedar’s commissioning program for emerging Minnesota-based composers and musicians. To date, the Commissions have showcased new work by over 50 emerging artists. Artists receive mentorship and financial support to create 30+ minutes of brand new music. To learn more about each artist’s project visit: https://www.thecedar.org/cedar-commissions
The Cedar Commissions is made possible in part by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

Saturday, Mar 6

Cassandra’s Cabaret “The Light Returns” w/ The Cassandra School of Middle Eastern DanceJawaahir Dance Company and Cassandra Shore • FREE • 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join the audience to watch Cassandra, Helen, Renee, Salome Alexandra, and Zahirah as they celebrate our upcoming spring with beautiful dances! $20.00 per household gets you a link for the show, sent the day of the performance! Register online at https://www.jawaahir.org/Events.html

Sunday, Mar 7

The Purple Door Book Club with guest Anastasia Higginbotham w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers • FREE • 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Calling all readers around the ages of 8-12! Join The Purple Door Book Club once a month to talk about books.
We’ll discuss WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW: A STORY OF LIBERATED CHILDHOOD by Anastasia Higginbotham. As a special treat, author Anastasia Higginbotham will join us 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.

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

Online Meditation for People of Color: Zoom w/ The Yoga Room @ 6:30-8pm • ONLINE EVENT 
Tickets: http://www.northsidecenter.net/bookings-checkout/copy-of-online-meditation-for-people-of-color
Please register via the website to receive the Zoom link: https://www.northsidecenter.net/…/copy-of-online…

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

Monday, Mar 8

FARGO 25th Anniversary book release and Q&A w/ Trylon CinemaMinnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Historical Society Press @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online with Facebook Live • Link to Live Program: https://www.facebook.com/8616350599/posts/10159247175690600/

“A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo” presents the untold stories behind the making of Joel and Ethan Coen’s most memorable film. It explores the behind-the-scenes creative moments that made Fargo a critical and cultural success, including casting struggles, the battles over dialect, production challenges (a lack of snow), and insights from the screenplay and deleted scenes. Author Todd Melby (and Trylon volunteer!) examines to what extent the story was inspired by true events (as the film claims), and whether the Coens are trustworthy narrators of their own story.

With special guests, actors Stephen Park, (Mike Yanagita), Larissa Kokernot (“Hooker #1”), and Melissa Peterman (“Hooker #2”)! More info about the book at https://www.toddmelby.com/book and https://www.mnhs.org/…/books/lot-can-happen-middle-nowhere
An additional event will feature a screening of FARGO at the Trylon on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7 pm (sold out) and 9:30 pm. Todd Melby will attend the screening and books will be available for purchase after the 7 pm screening and before the 9:30 screening.

Tuesday, Mar 9

The Seed Keeper Book Launch w/ Diane Wilson @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: zoom.us

Join award-winning Dakota author, Diane Wilson, for the launch of her novel, The Seed Keeper, celebrating our relationship with Indigenous seeds. The event features a video poem created by Indigenous filmmaker Missy Whiteman, and readings from Dakota writers, Teresa Peterson and Gabrielle Tateyuskanskan.
Register for the online Book Launch: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CfDTCWa_TguUP_iCFjhO-Q

Community Peacemaking Workshop: Getting to Know Your Neighbors w/ Peace Catalyst International – Minnesota @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: us02web.zoom.us

These calls are for those who want to be peacemakers in their community. We’ll support each other and explore together the practical steps we can take to build a just peace in our own neighborhoods and relationships, while also caring for ourselves and dreaming of a more compassionate, equitable, and flourishing society for all.

This month, we’ll be looking at building relationships in our communities. How do we meet people? How do we build connections? How do we build trust? How does that happen amidst the pandemic, and beyond? Whether you’re new to peacemaking, or a highly experienced peacebuilder, your presence and insight are welcome and valued! This call is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZUtcuCtpzwtEtQsHAwc1mso99m1z…

NELLIE FRANCIS virtual event with Bill Green w/ University of Minnesota Press @ 10am • $15 • ONLINE EVENT
Online: mnscu.rschooltoday.com

Bill Green will host a virtual event with Rochester Community and Technical College for a discussion of his new book, Nellie Francis: Fighting for Racial Justice and Women’s Equality in Minnesota, as part of RCTC’s Learning is ForEver (LIFE) Program. Register here ($15) to receive the virtual meeting information: https://mnscu.rschooltoday.com/…/179511/public/1/sp/.

William D. Green retrieves Nellie Francis’s story from obscurity, giving this pioneer for gender and racial equality her due and providing a long-awaited service to the history of Black activism and civil rights, both regional and national. His book offers welcome insight into the universal, yet often unacknowledged, challenges that strong and engaged Black women are forced to endure when their drive to enact justice confronts racism, cultural pressure, and societal expectations.

“William D. Green’s book is a must-read. The life of Nellie Francis and her struggle for racial justice reflects the stories of many African American women in the United States. Nellie’s story also reminds us of the limited friendship and courage many ‘white friends’ have when that courage is critically needed. I urge everyone to read this book and study the lessons shared.” —Josie R. Johnson, author of Hope in the Struggle

“Francis, a St. Paul Central High School graduate, racial justice advocate, fighter for women’s equality, incredible orator, and fiercely proud Black woman, comes to life in a new, strikingly relevant biography.” —Minnesota Monthly
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book…/books/nellie-francis/

Wednesday, Mar 10

Talk of the Stacks with Imbolo Mbue w/ Friends of the Hennepin County Library @ 7-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: us02web.zoom.us * Free registration available at: https://www.supporthclib.org/imbolo-mbue *
Join us for an evening with award-winning novelist Imbolo Mbue (“Behold the Dreamers”) as she discusses her new novel “How Beautiful We Were” (releasing March 9) with local author Anika Fajardo (“Magical Realism for Non-Believers”). This virtual event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required via the link above. The talk will be followed by a live Q&A session with webinar participants.

Order “How Beautiful We Were” through bookseller partner Magers & Quinn: https://bit.ly/Order-Imbolo-Mbue
The 2021 Talk of the Stacks series receives support from sponsors U.S. Bank, Noor Companies, and LSE Architects, as well as media sponsor Star Tribune.

Spirit Garage Anti-racism challenge for March @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: zoom.us

For this month’s anti-racism education challenge, watch these 4 TED talks, from the list of TED Talks to celebrate Black History Month: https://www.ted.com/…/230/10_great_talks_to_celebrate_bl
Isabel Wilkerson: The Great Migration and the power of a single decision
Ruby Sales: How can we start to heal the pain of racial division
Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice
Brittany Cooper: The Racial Politics of Time

Each video is less than 20 minutes, so even if you save it for 5 PM the day of our next meeting, you’ll be able to see them all! (Just listening to them works too, if you want to walk/drive/cook-and-learn.) Each of these folks are leaders and authors, and might lead you into the next book you want to read.

James Ponti with Stuart Gibbs w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 6pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Event by Online: 
Join us for a virtual event with Edgar Award-winning author James Ponti to celebrate the second book in his thrilling City Spies series, Golden Gate! James will be in conversation with his friend Stuart Gibbs, author of the Spy School series.

This event will take place on Zoom Webinar. **Please REGISTER for this free event to get the link to join plus a coupon code for 15% off of your next order!** https://ponti.brownpapertickets.com

James Ponti is the New York Times bestselling author of three middle grade book series: the all-new City Spies, about an unlikely squad of five kids from around the world who form an elite MI6 Spy Team; the Edgar Award–winning Framed! series, about a pair of tweens who solve mysteries in Washington, DC; and the Dead City trilogy, about a secret society that polices the undead living beneath Manhattan. His books have appeared on more than fifteen different state award lists and he is the founder of a writers group known as the Renegades of Middle Grade. James is also an Emmy–nominated television writer and producer who has worked for many networks including Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, History, and Spike TV, as well as NBC Sports. He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida. Find out more at JamesPonti.com.

Stuart Gibbs is the New York Times bestselling author of Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation and the FunJungle, Spy School, and Moon Base Alpha series. He has written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, and developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. Stuart lives with his family in Los Angeles. You can learn more about what he’s up to at StuartGibbs.com.

Find books by James Ponti and Stuart Gibbs on our website here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/jamesponti

THE INVENTION OF PUBLIC SPACE virtual event with The Skyscraper Museum and Mariana Mogilevich w/ University of Minnesota Press @ 5pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Event by Online: eventbrite.com
Mariana Mogilevich will host a virtual event with The Skyscraper Museum on Wednesday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of her new book, The Invention of Public Space: Designing for Inclusion in Lindsay’s New York. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/the-invention-of-public….

Mariana Mogilevich details a watershed moment when designers, government administrators, and residents sought to remake New York City in the image of a diverse, free, and democratic society. Combining psychology, politics, and design, she uncovers a critical moment of transformation in understanding city life and reveals the emergence of a concept of public space that remains today a powerful aspiration.

“Deeply researched and wonderfully written, The Invention of Public Space will inspire a re-thinking of a concept—public space—and a place and time—New York City in the 1960s and ’70s—that we thought we knew well. Mariana Mogilevich captures the unique excitement of that moment when the top-down framework of modernist urban design and planning had collapsed and a new world of open, inclusive, and participatory design seemed to be beginning.” —Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture + Planning, University of Michigan
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/…/the-invention-of-public-space

Memory, Meaning, and Metaphor in Memoir with Anika Fajardo w/ ModernWell @ 10am-Noon • FREE • ONLINE EVENTS
Online: modernwell.spaces.nexudus.com
Are you writing about your life? Whether you’re just starting out or polishing a memoir, this class will help you dig deeper to find the kernels of truth that make personal stories memorable. Join award-winning writer Anika Fajardo author of Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family) for this 6-week course designed to help you explore and expand your writing. Through reading samples from established memoirists, class discussion, and sharing our work, we’ll help each other mine our memories and our writing to expose the universal on the page. 
Sign up online at https://modernwell.spaces.nexudus.com/…/memory–meaning…

Spring classes will be held via zoom from 10:00 am-12:00 pm (CST) on the following Wednesdays:
March 10 • March 17 • March 24 • March 31 • April 7 • April 14

Thursday, Mar 11

Virtual Talk: Nell Irvin Painter w/ Minneapolis Institute of Art @ 11am-noon • ONLINE EVENT
Online: bit.ly

In this powerful and deeply insightful program, Nell Irvin Painter will explore issues of racial and gender identity and how they have figured into the history of America and her own artwork, which urges audiences to look at history beyond the lines of difference and stereotype.
To join us for this FREE virtual event, register here: bit.ly/3jRIA7f

Nell Irvin Painter is an award-win­ning scholar and writer. A graduate of Harvard University, Painter went on to become the Edwards Professor Emeritus of American History at Princeton University. A prolific author on the history of the American South, Painter’s latest book, The History of White People, addresses more than 2000 years of Western civilization. Also an acclaimed artist, Painter’s work appears in museums across the country, including Mia.

Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Institute. Generously supported by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund. 
Ticketing Information: To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or register online here: bit.ly/3jRIA7f 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 our visitor experience team at visit@artsmia.org

Impact of Task Complexity & Language Proficiency on Production of Second-Gen Spanish Heritage Speakers w/ CARLA – Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition @ Noon-1pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Register here for the Zoom link: https://umn.zoom.us/…/tJIqcuqpqz8rEtfWRhH06wPSqKTLMcuGtGzD
Although there have been numerous studies investigating the effects of task complexity on second language performance, a limited number (cf. Torres, 2013, 2018) has examined the impact of task complexity and language proficiency on Spanish heritage speakers’ written production. This presentation will discuss how changes in task complexity manipulated along ± reasoning demands (resource-directing cognitive factor) of Robinson’s (2007) Triadic Componential Framework impact the complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) of second-generation Spanish heritage speakers’ argumentative writing. Likewise, this presentation will explore if their performance differs according to their linguistic competence as tested through a modified version of the DELE exam. Results will be discussed in relation to the Cognition Hypothesis (Robinson, 2001) and pedagogical implications will be addressed.

Presenter: Vivian H. Franco Díaz is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the acquisition of Spanish as a second and heritage language, specifically academic writing development; language ideologies; and Spanish heritage language education.
This presentation is cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

Black Arts & Activism: Aleshea Harris & Harrison David Rivers w/ University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance and University of Minnesota English @ 4-5pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
A conversation with playwrights, Aleshea Harris and Harrison David Rivers, on Black arts, writing, activism, and performance.

Moderated by English Professor, Douglas Kearney. Presented by the University of Minnesota English Department EDI Graduate Workshops. Co-sponsored by Theatre Arts & Dance/HUB Engagement and African American & African Studies. Free to attend and open to the public.
Make sure to REGISTER at z.umn.edu/BAA_Register
More info & biographies at z.umn.edu/BlackArts_Activism


City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Just Deeds Project:
The City of Minneapolis has launched a new initiative providing Minneapolis homeowners with the opportunity to learn about, acknowledge and discharge racial covenants recorded against their properties. The City’s Just Deeds Project, led by the City Attorney’s Office, will allow people to reclaim their homes as equitable spaces.
Racial covenants were binding documents recorded against a property’s title, which prohibited all future owners of the property from selling it, renting it, or allowing it to be used by people of certain races or ethnicities. Racial covenants were recorded on residential properties in Minneapolis by developers and homeowners beginning in the 1910s to prevent the sale and use of these properties to non-white Minneapolitans. Mapping Prejudice, a research project based in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota, has compiled a map of over 8,000 properties in Minneapolis with racial covenants.
More information here: http://news.minneapolismn.gov/2021/03/03/citys-just-deeds-project-will-allow-minneapolis-homeowners-to-discharge-racial-covenants-recorded-against-properties-reclaim-homes-as-equitable-spaces/

The METRO B Line project has reached a major milestone with the release of a draft Corridor Plan as well as receiving full project funding in October 2020.  This plan reflects years of project planning and community engagement and feedback to shape future changes to the Route 21 bus corridor. Right now, we’re specifically seeking feedback on where stations would be located.  

With this important milestone, community feedback is important in helping Metro Transit staff continue to shape the future of this line. Knowing that we are not through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re relying on virtual engagement strategies. We’ll also connect with transit customers in person at key bus stops to ensure that we are hearing as many voices as possible.  
1. Share the B Line Draft Corridor Plan, this video, or any of our social media posts with your community and encourage folks to let us know their thoughts on the plan, and that we would are accepting comments through March 22, 2021. People can also keep updated with the project through the project newsletter
2. If you have any other methods of sharing the B Line Draft Corridor Plan and connecting with your community, whether it’s through printed or digital newsletters or a virtual meeting, our team would be happy to share information in order to reach as many community members as possible. 
3. Tell us any other thoughts you may have as an organization on the B Line Draft Corridor Plan (particularly on the stations, and potential changes to the non B Line service in your area)

Finally, below are direct links to the plans for the stations proposed near your community:

Here are the links:
B Line Project – Metro Transit
B Line Corridor Plan – Metro Transit

The City of Minneapolis is planning to release the 2021 B-TAP NOFA on Monday, March 8th Once it is released, you will be able to find the NOFA and application here: http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/cped/rfp/index.htm.  A few changes have been made to the 2021 program.  Organizations/consultants will have the opportunity to apply for funds in the following categories:

  • CDBG Funding for Micro-Enterprise Support: Micro-enterprise trainings  and general technical assistance for micro-enterprises.This includes trainings, feasibility, new business and retention support for CDBG eligible micro-enterprises. 
  • Funding for Small Business Support: One-on-one technical assistance   for business retention or expansion.
  • C-TAP Funding for Cooperative Support: Technical assistance for forming or existing cooperatives.

Non-profit and for-profit entities will be able to apply for the Small Business Support and Cooperative Support contracts.  Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for CDBG contracts. 
Our anticipated timeline is:
NOFA Issued: March 8, 2020
Informational meeting: March 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. via Microsoft Teams
Questions due by email to BTAP@minneapolismn.gov: March 12, 2020
Submission deadline for proposals: March 30, 2021
Recommendation to City Council: April 30, 2021
We recognize that this is a challenging time for Minneapolis, with the trial of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin occupying much of our attention.  We have set the deadline for March 30th to avoid closing applications at a time when we may be learning a verdict in that case.  Additionally, we want to ensure continuity of services and have 2021 contracts in place before the current contracts expire.  Thank you for your partnership and understanding
Please plan on attending the March 11 informational meeting if you have questions or would like to learn more about the B-TAP updates for 2021.  We will send another update once the NOFA is posted.

Researchers in Iowa State University’s Community and Regional Planning program are conducting a study on Accessory Dwelling Units and would like to hear from Minneapolis residents.
Accessory Dwelling Units (sometimes just referred to as ADUs or “granny cottages”) are smaller dwelling units located on the same lot with single family homes, with the smaller dwelling unit generally rented out or used as additional living space. ADUs can come in a few different forms, such as a converted garage, a detached unit in the backyard, or even a converted basement space.

To understand Minneapolis residents’ opinions on ADUs, we have put together a brief survey and would appreciate your input! Both renters and homeowners are welcome to take the survey, and survey responses are anonymous. At the end of the survey, there is an option to enter your name and email address to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card. Names and contact information will be separated from the rest of your responses.
Click the link to take the surveyhttps://tinyurl.com/adusurvey
Questions? Please contact Andrea Wagner (aewagner@iastate.edu) or Dr. Kathryn Terzano (kterzano@iastate.edu).

Auto Theft Prevention Board
Minnesota Department of Commerce houses several advisory boards related to the areas that we regulate. This board is in need of a community representative and since south Minneapolis is one of the areas that seen recent spikes in car thefts, it would be great to have someone from this area to apply. I’d like to see if you would share this on the newsletter but also, I’d like to connect with some other neighborhood associations – it would be great to have applicants of diversity.

Here is information about the board:
The Auto Theft Prevention Board advises the Commissioner of Commerce on how to develop and sponsor statewide plans, programs and strategies to encourage cooperation between agencies to prevent auto theft. Granting funds, auditing programs, providing education, and withdrawing funds part of their statutory duties. This board can grant financial support to neighborhood, community organizations, tribal groups or business organizations to fund programs and disseminate information to assist with prevention of auto theft. Appointments to this board is for a four year term. There are meetings regarding the granting of funds (virtual capability is necessary), but those only occur generally 1X every year with some participation to prepare for those meetings.

The open seat is the public appointment which can be filled by someone from a neighborhood, community organizations, tribal groups or business organizations. To Apply, visit the Open Positions Page on the Secretary of State’s website at:https://commissionsandappointments.sos.state.mn.us/
(Scroll down to find the correct Agency/Board/Council.
Choose the correct seat type, and click button that says APPLY
The system will walk you through creating an application profile.
Attach the following documents:
• Letter of Interest
• Resume or Biography

City’s Just Deeds Project will allow Minneapolis homeowners to discharge racial covenants recorded against properties, reclaim homes as equitable spaces:
The City of Minneapolis has launched a new initiative providing Minneapolis homeowners with the opportunity to learn about, acknowledge and discharge racial covenants recorded against their properties. The City’s Just Deeds Project, led by the City Attorney’s Office, will allow people to reclaim their homes as equitable spaces.

Racial covenants were binding documents recorded against a property’s title, which prohibited all future owners of the property from selling it, renting it, or allowing it to be used by people of certain races or ethnicities. Racial covenants were recorded on residential properties in Minneapolis by developers and homeowners beginning in the 1910s to prevent the sale and use of these properties to non-white Minneapolitans. Mapping Prejudice, a research project based in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota, has compiled a map of over 8,000 properties in Minneapolis with racial covenants. 

Through the City’s Just Deeds Project, Minneapolis homeowners can acknowledge and disclaim the racial covenants recorded against their properties by recording a discharge form against their property title. The City Attorney’s Office staff will assist homeowners in completing this process free of charge. Hennepin County has also waived its typical fees associated with this process. Participation in the City’s program will be first-come, first-serve, subject to staffing availability. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Learn more about the Just Deeds Project by visiting the City’s website or by emailing JustDeedsProject@minneapolismn.govRead more about the Just Deeds Project



COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

First Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses have arrived in Minnesota
Today Gov. Walz announced that the first Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses have arrived in Minnesota and met one of the first shipments to arrive in the state. Minnesota will receive 45,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. Immunizations will begin shortly after doses arrive to Minnesota providers.

Minnesota is already a national leader in getting shots into arms. As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control ranks Minnesota third among states for the percentage of doses received that have been administered. Minnesota providers have administered more than 1.4 million doses to almost 930,000 Minnesotans. More than 54% of Minnesotans 65 and older and 56% of K-12 educators and child care workers have gotten at least their first dose. Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan

Minneapolis unveils new vaccination web tool
The City of Minneapolis has developed a new web tool to help residents find information in multiple languages on the current status of the vaccination rollout, what to expect when getting the vaccine, and the safety of getting a vaccine.

The web tool includes:

  • The up-to-date status of the phased vaccination rollout. It shows which groups of people are being vaccinated now and which groups are next.
  • Detailed information about: the COVID-19 vaccines available, the safety of receiving the vaccine and what people need to know before, during and after a vaccine appointment.
  • An acknowledgement of past trauma for those who have experienced discrimination in medicine and vaccinations. This web tool is one effort in the City’s commitment to ensure equity, justice and transparency in distributing the vaccinations.
  • A form for community organizations and other groups to request a Minneapolis Health Department speaker to address common vaccine questions and concerns. The form is in four languages.

People should also check back for more web functions yet to be added, which could include a mapping tool to find vaccination locations and an interactive quiz to find out if they are eligible.
Find the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine web tool on the City website.

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.

Free COVID-19 tests detect COVID even as variants:
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 along with wearing masks correctly, keeping 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with and hand-washing. Testing is especially important now with people going back to school and because some of the recently found variants seem to spread more easily than the original strain – up to 70% more.

The State of Minnesota especially recommends these people get tested:

Free COVID-19 tests
Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, March 13 and 20
  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25

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 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • 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.
  • Brooklyn Park Starlight Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

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.


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 Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Crown Roller Mill”

Ramsey County Library presents: Tuesdays with a Scholar
Tuesday, March 2 – April 27; 1 – 2:30 pm


A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of ‘Fargo’ Virtual Book Launch
Monday, March 8, 7 – 7:30 pm

Talk of the Stacks with Imbolo Mbue
Wednesday, March 10, 7 – 8 pm

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Videos
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

St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site
The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visit: http://www.mnhs.org/places/safhb/.

Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps
The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit http://www.mnmississippiriver.com

Minneapolis Bicycling Map
The City of Minneapolis now has a map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.