Weekly Roundup: April 2-April 8

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


City of Minneapolis: March 31st marks Trans Day of Visibility – a day dedicated to both uplifting trans and gender non-conforming folks’ accomplishments, and bringing awareness to the systemic barriers trans/GNC people still face. We know that visibility does not keep trans and gender non-conforming people safe. If anything, it is those who are most visible, especially trans feminine people of color, who are often most at risk of institutional and interpersonal violence. And, we know that if we don’t make visible our barriers and our accomplishments, others will define – and often misdefine – them for us. Today we celebrate trans and GNC communities, and recommit to recognizing trans leadership and fighting for trans safety. 
Looking to read others’ reflections on TDOV? 

Looking to learn more about TDOV and how you can show up for trans community? 

State of Minnesota discrimination helpline
The State of Minnesota has a helpline for people facing discrimination. Discrimination based on someone’s race, ethnicity, religion or other protected class is prohibited. If you or anyone in your community faces discrimination, please call 1-833-454-0148 or complete this online form to report the incident.
The helpline is staffed 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Translation services are available and information about the helpline is available in 17 different languages on the State of Minnesota website.

Law enforcement leaders provide Operation Safety Net update
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo joined other local law enforcement officials and faith leaders for a media briefing March 29 to provide an update on Operation Safety Net, a coordinated effort to ensure public safety during the trial of Derek Chauvin.  Arradondo and other leaders again thanked people who have participated in peaceful demonstrations. Officials said there are no credible, imminent security threats related to the trial.

The Minnesota National Guard currently has about 200 service members activated in support of Operation Safety Net. About 100 are providing security in and around the Hennepin County Government Center and 100 ​service members were added this week to support law enforcement activities in St. Paul.
Watch the March 29 press briefing.
Learn more about Operation Safety Net

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Best. [zoom] Meeting. Ever. Annual General  Membership Meeting, Tue, Apr 27, 2021 @ 6-7:30pm
This annual neighborhood meeting Cooper, Howe, Hiawatha, and Longfellow Neighborhoods will focus on Greater Longfellow Resilience & Restoration with updates from elected officials, LCC updates on rebuilding efforts, and voting on Bylaw amendments. 
Meeting info: https://longfellow.org/2021/03/15/april-2021-gmm/
WANT TO ATTEND? You need to register to receive the zoom link here: https://longfellow.org/2021/03/15/april-2021-gmm/
Bylaw Amendments:  The General Membership of Greater Longfellow will vote on whether or not to approve Bylaw amendments approved by the LCC Board of Directors in February of 2020.  The amendments will clarify the role of the Executive Committee and LCC Grievance Process. Learn more here: https://longfellow.org/2021/03/15/2021-proposed-bylaw-amendments/

Touchstone Mental Health Hosting Community Meeting Regarding Potential Move to 4001 38th Ave S
This Thursday, April 1st from 6-7pm Touchstone Mental Health will be hosting a virtual community meeting to answer neighbors questions regarding their proposed residential program at 4001 38th Ave S.

Zoom link & more project Info: https://longfellow.org/2021/03/29/touchstone-mental-health-hosting-community-meeting-regarding-potential-move-to-4001-38th-ave-s/

Security Lighting Grants Available  
The Longfellow Community Council is now offering grants of up to $200 to reimburse residential property owners in Greater Longfellow for security lighting purchases. For information on eligible project and how to apply, please visit www.longfellow.org/programs/home-security-lighting-grant/

If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Identification w/ Elaine Evans, UofM Extension/BeeLab on Thursday, April 15th 7-8pm (Zoom link below)
Learn how to find and identify the Minnesota State Bee (and a federally endangered species), the Rusty Patched Bumblebee (and how to distinguish them from the more common Bumblebees in Minneapolis).  This is especially helpful for anyone that has participated in the Lawns to Legumes program designed to develop a richer Bumblebee habitat, and anyone that wants to learn more about Bumble Bees!
Did you know that your Minneapolis garden could be supporting an endangered species? We need your help tracking populations of the endangered rusty patched bumble bee. Learn to identify the rusty patched and other common bumble bees as well as help inform research and recovery by participating in public monitoring efforts. We will also share other actions you can take to help the rusty patched and other pollinators.
Elaine Evans is a University of Minnesota Extension Educator and Bee Researcher working on pollinator education and research relating to bee conservation. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Her current work focuses on enacting pollinator conservation through research, education, outreach, and public participation in science.
Elaine is generously volunteering her expertise for this presentation.  If you are able, donations to the UofM BeeLab are always welcome to support ongoing research and outreach:  https://www.beelab.umn.edu/giving
Hosted by the Longfellow Community Wildlife Habitat Project (www.longfellowwildlife.blogspot.com).  For more info, contact Dan at dschultz6@comcast.net
Event link (open to the first 100 people): 
April 15, 2021     7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 874 0554 8390
Passcode: 424185

Friday, Apr 2 

Felt: Creative Community Meetup for Older Adults @ 4-5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT via Eventbrite
Felt connects older adults through shared creative pursuits. Join us for a Zoom meetup to share projects, and connect with others creatives.
Our April 5th Prompt: Use Any medium to tell us what makes you feel alive…For our April project only, share your work in advance on social media using #howifelt (and follow @feltcreators on Instagram), or submit here to be entered into a raffle to win up to $200. Additional details via our submission form: https://forms.gle/ind36zW6pX9aAmPn8
How it works:
-Interpret the project prompt using any medium you choose.
-Share your project in our community roundup on April 2nd, at 2pm PT / 5pm ET

See our incredible variety of community interpretation, and meet other makers – exchanging stories of creation, and inspiration.

Connect with our community between projects:

Saturday, Apr 3

First Avenue 51st Anniversary w/ Bad Bad Hats, Nur-D, and more @ 7-9pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT Online with Facebook Live
Join us online as we celebrate our 51st Anniversary. We didn’t expect to be celebrating another anniversary online, but we’re making the best of it with special performances recorded at First Avenue throughout the past year, plus all-new performances from Bad Bad Hats with Nur-D.
Bad Bad Hats (Live + Streaming) with a new streaming set from NUR-D plus songs filmed throughout the past year at First Avenue from Charlie Parr, Curtiss A, Dizzy FaeHippo CampusSoul AsylumTrampled by Turtles, and more
Hosted by Sophia Eris presented by Minnesota Lottery

Stream for free via First Avenue’s YouTube or Facebook channels. To support First Avenue, please consider shopping our merch store, or buying tickets to an upcoming fall concert. Merch: first-avenue.com/shop/ Upcoming Concerts: bit.ly/3lvELp4

Sunday, Apr 4

Online Meditation for People of Color: Zoom @ 6:30-8pm • ONLINE EVENT
Tickets: http://www.northsidecenter.net/bookings-checkout/copy-of-online-meditation-for-people-of-color
This event is sponsored by North Market, N, Mpls
Please register via the website to receive the Zoom link: https://www.northsidecenter.net/…/online-meditation-for…
Join Zenzele and Omkar for guided meditation, mindful movement and group sharing in BIPOC community setting. All people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and/or person of color are welcomed.
Donations can be made via paypal to zisoke@aol.com

Monday, Apr 5

Tuesday, Apr 6

Talk of the Stacks with Lisa Genova @ 7-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: us02web.zoom.us * Free registration available at: https://www.supporthclib.org/lisa-genova *
Join us for an evening with bestselling author Lisa Genova (“Still Alice”) as she discusses her new nonfiction book “Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting” (releasing March 23) with the Star Tribune’s Laurie Hertzel.

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.
Pre-order “Remember” through bookseller partner Magers & Quinn: https://bit.ly/Order-Remember
Learn more about our event guest authors and the library’s impact: https://www.supporthclib.org/spring-2021-events-guide

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.

Life’s Too Short Book launch with Abby Jimenez and Casey McQuiston @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Celebrate the release of Abby Jimenez’s latest novel with this virtual event! Featuring special guest Casey McQuiston.
Join contemporary romance phenoms Abby and Casey for this FREE virtual event on April 6.
Two ways to join:
1) Pre-order Life’s Too Short from Magers & Quinn: All customers who pre-order Life’s Too Short from Magers & Quinn are already on the “guest list!” If you have already pre-ordered, or if you pre-order by April 5, you will receive the event access information via email. No need to register separately! Click here for more information about pre-ordering the book .
2) Free registration: If you have already pre-ordered elsewhere or simply want to tune in without purchasing the book, you should register here!

Event access: Event access info will be sent 2 days prior to the event, and again on the evening of the event. It will be sent via email, so please ensure you check your email account regularly and check spam/junk folders.
About the book: A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist .

Vanessa lives life on her own terms — one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, traveling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment. But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element. The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . .

Abby Jimenez is a Food Network winner and USA Today bestselling author. She founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. Abby’s wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now famous Nadia Cakes Vageode ® cake. Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house.

Casey McQuiston is the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue , and the forthcoming One Last Stop , as well as a pie enthusiast. She writes books about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in New York City with her poodle mix and personal assistant, Pepper.

Cleveland Free Cinema: The Films of Robert Banks and Bruce Chece w/ Walker Art @ Apr 6, 10am – Apr 19, 11pm • FREE • ONLINE EVET • Online: walkerart.org
Representing Cleveland, Ohio, longtime friends Robert Banks and Bruce Checefsky have been making underground films using innovative animation techniques and reconstructed images and texts for decades. View their celebrated solo, avant-garde works along with a new, never-before-seen collaboration. Total runtime: 30 minutes.
Click the link for a free screening beginning at 10 am (CDT) April 6 until April 19.

Erica Ruth Neubauer “Murder at Wedgefield Manor” – In Conversation with Jess Lourey @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT  • Online: crowdcast.io
Erica Ruth Neubauer will be discussing her sequel to Murder at the Mena House with local author Jess Lourey! Jane Wunderly is back at it – when a man dies at the English Estate she is staying at it’s up to her and the enigmatic Redvers to crack the case.
Register Here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/erica-ruth-neubauer/register 

Wednesday, Apr 7

Online Family Art Workshop: Celebrate Spring! w/ Walker Art Center @ 3:30-4:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Jump for joy—spring is finally here! We’ll explore the sights, smells, feelings, and sounds of the season through artworks that celebrate springtime! Bring your imagination and a pencil and paper.

This workshop is designed for families with kids ages 5 to 9. Adult participation is optional, but we recommend that an adult is present for younger children.

Click here to register for this free online workshop. The will be a Zoom event, giving participants the option to turn their cameras and audio on or keep them off during the program. Participants will need access to a device with a camera and Internet access.

Thursday, Apr 8

Northrop Presents RUBBERBAND @ Apr 8, 7:30pm – Apr 15, 11:59pm
Tickets: http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/rubberband-2021
Online premiere Apr 8, 7:30 pm CST/Performance available on-demand through Apr 15
Artist Q&A following the performance. This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.
Vic’s Mix:
Mixed repertory program
Spanning RUBBERBAND’S 18 years
“Three points of contact” defines choreographer and RUBBERBAND founder Victor Quijada’s work and style as an unusually difficult yet expressive and highly athletic dance form that connects dancers to the stage, or each other, with three body parts. The three points describe his technique and also Quijada’s trio of cultures: Mexican heritage, Los Angeles upbringing, and French-Canadian residency. Vic’s Mix extracts notable works from Quijada’s extensive repertory as both a classically trained dancer and b-boy performer in a humorous yet thoughtful program filled with dance theater and both classical and original music.

The Cedar Presents THE CEDAR COMMISSIONS 2020-21: Revisited @ 7:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Thursday, April 8th, 2021 / Premiere at 7:30pm • Online via The Cedar Public Access Channel
Free – suggested donation: $10

Next up on The Cedar Public Access Channel, we revisit The Cedar Commissions. This year’s Cedar Commissions was a four night, virtual showcase of newly created works by six emerging, Minnesotan artists and composers including AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa, Beatriz Lima, Farrington Llewellyn, Tearra Oso, Hassan Shahid, and S U N A H. Over the course of March, audience members heard music inspired by the process of finding beauty in mental illness, stories of the Portuguese diaspora, evolution of the Hmong language, Black Muslim American fatherhood, addressing personal traumas, healing through Bomba, and so much more.

In this program, viewers will have a glimpse into each artist’s larger work by hearing one song from each artist and a portion of their respective interviews. The full programs will be available to the public on The Cedar’s YouTube channel starting Friday, April 9th. Learn more about The Cedar Commissions: https://www.thecedar.org/cedar-commissions

The Cedar Public Access Channel is an online stream that presents creative content planned and produced by artists in collaboration with The Cedar. You can tune in through The Cedar’s Facebook or YouTube.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/thecedar/
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/user/MadeofCedar
All programs will be available for free with a suggested donation of $10 to cover the costs of the program. All artists will be paid. If you’re able, please help keep The Cedar going strong at https://thecedar.org/donate
Funding for The Cedar Public Access Channel is provided by our general operations grants along with support from The Nash Foundation. The Cedar Commissions is supported by a grant from The Jerome Foundation.

Ask An Advocate Series: Responding to Disclosures & Supporting Survivors w/ Sexual Violence Center @ 6-7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Join Olly from SVC to chat about how to best support victims/survivors in your life. These moments can be difficult to navigate and there is often worry that one may say the wrong thing when a loved one is disclosing their experience with sexual violence. Being a good support person is an important skill for everyone. Let’s take the time to come together and discuss how we can all best show up for one another in the wake of sexual violence.

The Sexual Violence Center is a dedicated rape crisis center providing free support services to individuals in Carver, Hennepin, and Scott counties who have experienced sexual violence. https://www.sexualviolencecenter.org/ 

Virtual Talk: Terry Tempest Williams @ 11am-Noon • FREE • ONLINE EVET Online: bit.ly
Join us virtually for a conversation with Terry Tempest Williams.
As a leader in American conservation, naturalist and acclaimed author, Terry Tempest Williams is a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. In her impassioned and lyrical prose, she is the author of several environmental literature classics. Ms. Williams will be interviewed by Deborah Karasov, Chief Operations Officer of Great Plains Institute, a national policy organization for a net carbon future.

Tickets: This is a free virtual event that will take place via Zoom. Reserve your free tickets here: bit.ly/3vJhXa6
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/2zi5xxk
Presented by the Friends of the Institute.
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman lecture.

WATERFALL virtual event with Mary Casanova and the Virginia Public Library (MN) @ Noon • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: forms.gle
Mary Casanova will host a virtual event with the Virginia Public Library (MN) on Thursday, April 8 at noon for a discussion of her new book, Waterfall, as part of their Book Lovers’ Tea series. Please call the Virginia Public Library at (218) 748-7525 or register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://forms.gle/yKQQTD33ZaGtg4eR8.

In her third Rainy Lake historical drama, Mary Casanova takes us back to pristine and rugged northern Minnesota. Informed by historical figures, by the burgeoning growth of women’s rights in the early twentieth century, and the complicated issue of mental illness and how “difficult” women were silenced, Waterfall offers a compelling story of a young woman’s fight to find her way.

“With its glorious setting contrasting with the realities of the era, Waterfall details darker aspects of the Roaring Twenties, but also celebrates the reemergence of an individual spirit.” —Foreword Reviews

“Waterfall is a thoughtful and beautifully written story about a young woman struggling to find her independence. Set in the 1920s, the book gives us glimpses of the issues of the day, which remain important now—women’s rights, anti-Semitism, treatment of mental illness, lynchings. A deeply satisfying read, it shows that one can go over the waterfall and still survive.” —Mary Logue, author of The Streel and the Claire Watkins mystery series

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


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

City seeking partners for City-owned parklets for 2021 Season
The City of Minneapolis is seeking community partners to host City-owned parklets for the 2021 season. Parklets are unique public gathering spaces built in the right-of-way with seating, plantings and other amenities. Neighborhood organizations, street-level businesses, nonprofits, community organizations and Special Service Districts are encouraged to apply to host a City-owned parklet. The application deadline is Friday, April 23. The City has three parklets to find hosts for.

City crews will setup the parklets at host locations in the spring after street sweeping is completed and will remove them in the fall. The City-owned parklets include the parklet structure (platform and planter boxes), plantings, chairs, tables, patio umbrellas and public parklet signage. Hosts are responsible for day-to-day maintenance and cleaning, such as watering plants, picking up trash, taking down umbrellas on windy days, locking up tables and chairs when not in use and reporting any issues.

Due to COVID-19, the City will require all tables be at least 6 feet apart and that parklet elements be routinely cleaned to ensure the health and safety of our community. When 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained, the City strongly encourages the use of face coverings. We encourage the parklet hosts to follow the Minnesota Department of Health Safety Guidelines for this parklet space. As part of the application process, the City will require each applicant to provide a short response to how they will ensure proper social distancing and cleanliness of the parklet space to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The goal of the parklet program is to activate community corridors with fun public spaces that make neighborhoods more vibrant and support local businesses. Find more information about the parklet host application process on the City’s website or by contacting parklets@minneapolismn.gov.


Green Partners grant applications are now open
Proposals are being accepted now for Green Partners grants. This program provides funding and support to organizations to actively educate, engage and motivate residents to become environmental stewards and take environmentally friendly actions. Visit hennepin.us/greenpartners for more information about projects we fund.
We award two types of Green Partners grants:

  • Environmental action grants for projects that focus on motivating adults to do more to protect the environment by focusing on one or two environmentally friendly actions using behavior change strategies.
  • Youth environmental education grants for projects that engage youth in learning about the environment and becoming environmental stewards using youth environmental education best practices.

View the environmental education grants flyer (PDF) for a comparison of the grant options.Applying for a grantApplications are being accepted until 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 6. Application materials and a link to the Supplier Portal can be found on the Green Partners website.
How to apply: Applications must be submitted through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal and pre-registration is required to apply. Instructions to register can be found here.
Virtual information meetings:

  • Tuesday, April 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, April 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.

RSVP to a virtual information meeting via this form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting or contact the Green Partners grant program manager for feedback on project ideas before applying at patience.caso@hennepin.us or 612-348-9352.


We would like to inform you of a change that has been made to the current B-TAP NOFA. 
All organizations and consultants, both non-profit or for-profit, can now apply for all three B-TAP funding categories:

  • Micro-enterprise Support
  • Small Business Support 
  • Cooperative Support 

Micro-enterprise support contracts had previously been limited to only non-profit providers.  CDBG income and micro-enterprise requirements* will still apply to entrepreneurs receiving technical assistance support in this category.  We will be extending the submission deadline for all applications to Monday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. because of the change.  Completed applications should be emailed to btap@minneapolismn.gov.  
The amended NOFA, application, and Q&A documents can be found on the City’s Community Development and RFP’s web page, under “Business Assistance”. 
The 2021 B-TAP Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) has been posted on the City Website:  https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/business-services/doing-business-with-the-city/community-planning-development-rfps/

City offers web resource with trial information
A new City web resource offers information and updates around the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.
City information and links to partners in the new web section will help residents, businesses and others:

  • Find current street closures.
  • Sign up for trial updates from MN District Court.
  • Report suspicious activity.
  • Look up mental health and well-being resources for support during traumatic times.

They can also explore ways to prepare and stay informed, learn about security preparations and updates during the trial, follow impacts to traffic and transportation, and find public data on the officers involved.
The web pages will be updated as new information becomes available and as situations change.
 Government Center services relocating during Chauvin trial; pandemic service changes continue
Hennepin County remains committed to providing services to residents during the ongoing pandemic and during the 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


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

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.

1 million Minnesotans have received complete vaccine series
Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday that one million Minnesotans have completed the vaccination process.
As eligibility expanded to all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older Tuesday, Minnesota is getting shots into arms faster than ever before. Minnesota reported more than 70,000 vaccines administered on Saturday and Sunday — the two highest days on record. The seven-day average for doses administered is now more than 44,000 per day, an all-time high.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You will be notified by City staff, your organization or your employer if you’re eligible to get vaccinated through the Minneapolis Health Department. Remember, there is still a limited number of vaccine doses available to states from the federal government.  Find more information 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.

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.

  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, April 1, 8 and 15

You can expect to get your test results in about 24 hours. 

More free COVID-19 saliva tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room B 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. 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.


Other Information, Events, Activities & Resources:

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: 1874 Minneapolis Riverfront

Hennepin History Museum, Plymouth Congregational Church, Alliance Housing and Align Mpls present: Looking Back to Move Forward: The Housing Crisis
Thursday, April 15, 7 – 8:30 pm

Friends of the Mississippi River Special Places
Friends of the Mississippi River has compiled all of the 25 Special Places they listed during their 25thanniversary year. There’s an interactive Google map and set of guides curated by metro region and by experience to help people get to know the river that shapes the Twin Cities. There are over 30 of their favorite river places to canoe, walk, visit (and protect). To check it out: https://fmr.org/explore-river

Park Board Event Calendar
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)’s website features a multi-month event calendar. The current event calendar is now available at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/events/ and is a quick guide to MPRB-sponsored and co-sponsored events as well as outside organizers’ permitted events in the parks. Check it out, mark your calendars and enjoy the many events occurring in Minneapolis parks! 

Mill City Times
This web site covers “life, work and play in the Historic Mill District” and offers videos of many important presentations and meetings related to riverfront topics. It also includes an event listing that is more expansive than the Mill District and that would be a useful resource for you in between issues of the RiverCurrent (or if, as sometimes happens, you accidentally deleted it).

Mississippi River Trail
The Mississippi River Trail bikeway (MRT) follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters to the Gulf. Find information for the Minnesota segment on the MRT website http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt/, complete with an interactive Google Earth based map and a complete series of maps printable at 8 ½” by 11”.

1 Mississippi Campaign
This site includes information on the entire Mississippi River and how you can help protect and enhance it.