Weekly Roundup: April 23-29

Best. [zoom] Meeting. Ever. Annual General Membership Meeting @ 6pm, MONDAY, APRIL 26
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://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mWB9MfkXRiyQowUUmB47vg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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/

2021 Bylaw Amendments: In February 2020, the LCC Board of Directors proposed amendments to the LCC Bylaws that were to be reviewed during the April 2020 General Membership Meeting.  When this meeting was cancelled due to the pandemic, the bylaw amendments were tabled until a new board could be seated in November of 2020.  These amendments are now being offered for review at the April 26th, 2021 LCC General Membership Meeting (please see the meeting announcement on this page). Below is a short description of the amendments.  You can find the full text here: www.longfellow.org/2021/03/15/2021-proposed-bylaw-amendments/

Article VI. Board of Directors
An addition was made to Section E. DUTIES OF DIRECTORS.  The addition is in bold and adds new language about how Directors communicate with each other, staff and the community.

Section F.  OFFICERS, 1.a, and 1.d
Minor grammatical changes

Section F.  OFFICERS, 2.
Additional language to explain the role of the Board President

Section F.  OFFICERS, 6
An additional paragraph is added to explain decision making of the Executive Committee

Article VIII Committees, Section A. 1
Additional language added to explain management responsibilities of the Executive Committee between the time an Executive Director leaves the LCC and a new Executive Director begins their tenure.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure A.
Language added to define who can file a grievance against the LCC.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure A. a.
a is created to outline the procedure for handling grievances against any member of the Executive Committee.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure B.
Language deleted and added to clarify the process for grievances.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure C.
Language added to explain the responsibility of the Executive Committee to the Board of Directors. 
Additional edits are made adding sections E., F., and G.


COMMUNITY SAFETY TRAINING: Pick a Saturday: April 24, May 8, or May 22 from 11am–2:30pm
Location: Cedar Ave S & 24th St E Minneapolis, Minnesota – Little Earth Outdoor Auditorium
Learning Objectives: • Identifying their trigger points & anchor points based in Unarmed Civilian Protection. • Strengthen participant’s ability to hold space during actions and crisis points through Healing Justice methodologies. • Provide an overview of commonly used munitions by the state and their remedies. https://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/articles/940-cst

The Community Safety Training Workshops focus on preparing individuals and communities for handling community safety concerns and situations. The learning objectives are rooted in Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) and aim to supply participants with skills for approaching safety concerns and providing a safe space for the community. These workshops are led by Nonviolent Peaceforce facilitators in partnership with Little Earth Protectors (LEP), American Indian Movement (AIM), Twin Cities Democratic Socialist of America (DSA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Cedar-Riverside Community Council. During training, participants will practice building out de-escalation skills, strengthen the participants ability to hold space during actions and crisis points, and be able to hold a healing space grounded in respect and mutual aid/protection for all individuals. 

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has taken action so more Minnesotans can get help on their heating bills, to best serve the urgent needs of Minnesotans affected by COVID-related economic hardships, as well as those facing higher utility bills due to the natural gas price spike in February 2021.  
An estimated additional 100,000 Minnesota households are newly eligible for Energy Assistance, through Commerce’s action to raise income eligibility. Commerce also extended the time to apply, so Minnesotans can now apply for Energy Assistance through September 1, 2021.
The Energy Assistance Program can help eligible households by:

  • Paying energy bills, including past due bills, to avoid disconnection
  • Addressing no-heat crisis situations through payments and furnace repair or replacement
  • Providing referrals and advocacy. 

Celebrate Earth Month! Tell Friends of the Mississippi River how you kept trash out of the river. Fill out their form to tell them more about what you did to celebrate Earth Month! They’ll give you volunteer hours to count towards SuperVolunteer status! https://fmr.org/celebrate-earth-month-tell-us-how-you-kept-trash-out-river 
Wanted: Habitat restoration volunteers! Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff on the prairies, in the forest, or on the bluffs to restore pollinator and wildlife habitat. Learn more at fmr.org/events Or contact volunteer@fmr.org

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

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

Hosted by Daniel Schultz with the Longfellow Community Wildlife Habitat Project
Saturday, May 1st, 1030am-1130am (Zoom link below)
Do you know how many different kinds of birds occur in the Mississippi River Gorge area of Minneapolis every year?  Most of us don’t, but Dave Zumeta does.  He is a well known Birder, and for over 30 years has been documenting the diverse array of birds that come through the Gorge, part of a major bird migratory route along the Mississippi.
Like most wildlife these days, bird populations are shrinking along with their last remaining wild areas.  You can play a pivotal role by planting and landscaping your yard to help birds.  This could even attract one of the many unique, beautiful, and fascinating birds of the River Gorge to your own backyard.
Dave Zumeta has been gardening in his yard near Seven Oaks Park for the past 30+ years. His interests include native perennials, trees, and shrubs, with particular focus on enhancing bird habitat. Dave worked for Minnesota DNR for 34 years, mainly in forestry. Dave earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies, with a focus on bird population ecology, an M.S. in Forestry, and a PhD in Forest Policy.  He is also a Garden for Wildlife Mentor with the Longfellow Community Wildlife Habitat Project.
Hosted by the Longfellow Community Wildlife Habitat Project (www.longfellowwildlife.blogspot.com)
Event linkMay 1, 2021 
Time: May 1, 2021 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 894 2337 9053 
Passcode: 288942

We will hold one last contest as our community finishes up the final year of our Lawns to Legumes project, targeted to increase habitat and native plants to support the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bees (which happens to also help many other pollinators, and birds/wildlife in general).
• Prizes will be awarded in Fall for confirmed sightings of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee using the website www.bumblebeewatch.org to verify your findings (also suggest downloading the phone app).
• Create an account on www.bumblebeewatch.org.  When you see a Bumble Bee, take at least 3 pictures of them (ideally a picture from directly above the bee, a picture of the side, and a picture of their face, but just try your best).  Tip:  some newer cameras allow you to take a video of the Bee, and you can extract and save individual pictures from the video.  Then, if you can, try to name the flower the Bumble Bee was found on, and guess the species of Bumble Bee you found.
• A bee expert will review your sighting and confirm the bee species.
• There are four prize categories, and each prize is up to $100 in value (donated by a few local neighbors, it does not use any grant monies).  This is for residents of Greater Longfellow only.
–1 st PRIZES will go to the FIRST ADULT to successfully ID a Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, and another 1st Prize will go to the FIRST KID to ID a Rusty.
— GRAND PRIZES will go to a different adult that identifies the largest NUMBER of Rusty Patched Bumble Bees, and also a Grand Prize for another kid that identifies the MOST Rusty Patched Bumble Bees in 2021.
— Prizes will be awarded some time in the Fall.  The Bumble Bee website does not share your contact info of course, so if you think you are a winner, send your contact info to Daniel Schultz, Habitat Coordinator, at dscultz6@comcast.netIf you would like to contribute a gift certificate towards the Prizes, or have any questions, please also contact Daniel at that same email address.
Need some help identifying a Rusty Patched Bumble Bee?  Elaine Evans from the UofM recently gave a presentation to our community on this very topic. 
Please watch a recording here: Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID with Elaine Evans
Access Passcode: %H.rQe7C

Participate in the first ever Minneapolis garden tool swap: Spring is here. Many of us are turning toward our home and green spaces. When cleaning out your storage, hang on to unused yard tools and gardening items.
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling and community partners will be holding the first ever citywide swap event of garden tools and plant related equipment. From first-time gardeners to those with green thumbs, all are welcome at this free event.
Minneapolis Garden Tool Swap

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8
  • Bring your unused items to a swap event near you. Face masks are required and residents must maintain at least a 6 feet distance from other people.
  • Event locations: Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave S.; Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.; Logan Park, 690 13th Ave NE; and Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Ave. N.
  • Visit Solid Waste & Recycling’s website for more information.

Cleaning your storm drain during transitional weather is a great way to protect our local waterways! Trash and debris that were previously covered by layers of snow are uncovered and can be picked up. This debris can clog up storm drains and cause flooding. Learn more and adopt a drain near you at adopt-a-drain.org

Friday, Apr 23 

Shaking Up the “Classics”: AnaSofía Villanueva and Lisa Channer w/ University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance @ 5:45-6:45pm • Free • Online Event
Virtual Zoom Event, Meeting link: z.umn.edu/RedefiningClassics
How can we responsibly interface with “enduring texts”? How can we expand our approach so that young artists do not feel compromised? How can we redefine what “classical” is in a way that does not conform to oppressive ideologies, such as white supremacy and patriarchy?

Join AnaSofía Villanueva (director of ‘The Heresy of Love’) and Lisa Channer (director of ‘Hecuba’) for a conversation about approaches, processes, and philosophies underpinning adaptations of Greek, Spanish Golden Age, or other “classics” now. Villanueva and Channer will discuss their respective projects and the importance of refining what “classical” means now. The talk will touch on what “classical” means to BIPOC artists, how artists can refine these ideas so that they better serve and amplify voices historically marginalized on the American stage, and to ensure that future generations of theatre artists are not subjected to the trauma of erasure.
Learn more at z.umn.edu/ShakingTheClassics 

Teen Takeover: Bloom w/ Walker Art Center and Walker Teens @ 7-9pm • Free • Online Event
Come hang with the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) for a curated evening of music, games, and giveaways. Totally free!
Registration for this Zoom is required. By teens and for teens only 
Check out @walkerteens on Instagram for more.

Saturday, Apr 24

For Nature, Home, God & Country w/  Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota @ 11am • Free • Online Event
Online: rebrand.ly
• A Pulitzer Prize-nominated author
• Minnesota cultural leader & social worker
• Born 1888 in Nowy Targ, Poland
• Books of poetry include Singing Furrows (1953), Star Hunger (1942), and Walls of Space (1945)
Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click Link below to access webinar: https://rebrand.ly/xxb28xo

Will Dean “The Last Thing to Burn” – In conversation with Adrian McKinty w/ Once Upon A Crime @ Noon • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Author Will Dean will be joining us from Sweden to discuss his new novel, The Last Thing to Burn, with Adrian McKinty, author of the Sean Duffy novels and The Chain. On an isolated farm in the United Kingdom, a woman is trapped by the monster who kidnapped her seven years ago. When she discovers she is pregnant, she resolves to protect her child no matter the cost, and starts to meticulously plan her escape. But when another woman is brought into the fold on the farm, her plans go awry. Can she save herself, her child, and this innocent woman at the same time? Or is she doomed to spend the remainder of her life captive on this farm?
Register Here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/will-dean-the-last-thing/register

acme tv w/ ACME collective @ 5pm-midnight • Free • Online Event
Online: twitch.tv

LGBTQIA+ MUSIC EDUCATION PANEL w/ Augsburg Music Department @ Noon-2pm • Free • Online Event
Mallory Alekna, professor of music, human development, and learning at Augsburg University is coordinating a LGBTQIA+ Music Education Panel.
Full event and registration details are here: https://www.augsburg.edu/…/upcoming-lgbtqia-music…/ 

Sunday, Apr 25

YA Discussion Group w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 5:30pm • Free • Online Event
The YA Discussion Group is a virtual book club for young adults. We read a different book each month and discuss it alongside whatever else we’ve been reading, watching, and thinking about. This is the world’s lowest-pressure book club—don’t like the book? Don’t finish it! Ran out of time? It’s that kind of year. Rather tell us about the 20-volume fantasy epic that’s been consuming your every waking moment? We want to hear about it!

At our next meeting on Sunday, April 25 at 5:30PM, we’ll discuss WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia! Or, feel free to tell us about anything else you’ve been reading. We’ll send out a Zoom link a little bit ahead of time. For now, happy reading, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Order the book here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/book/9780062691323
**Mention that you’re a YADG member in the order comments at checkout to get 20% off of this month’s book!**
To join the YA Discussion Group and get a link to our next meeting, please contact Linda at linda@wildrumpusbooks.com.

Monday, Apr 26

Best. [zoom] Meeting. Ever. Annual General Membership Meeting @ 6pm, MONDAY, APRIL 26
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://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mWB9MfkXRiyQowUUmB47vg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Tuesday, Apr 27

WA Winter “The Secret Lives of Dentists” – in conversation with Larry Millett w/ Once Upon A Crime @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Local author WA Winter will be interviewed by fellow Minnesotan Larry Millett about his new book, The Secret Lives of Dentists. A fictionalized account of a true crime, it brings 1950s Minneapolis to life as it recounts the murder of a North Dakotan woman looking for work, love, and adventure in the big city.
Register Here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wa-winter-the-secret/register

Online Senior Social & Health Talk: Allergies & Aging w/ Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors @ 10:30-11:30am • Free • Online Event
Join us online for a Senior Social & Health Talk about allergies and aging.
Mary Ann Elder, RN, MS, FNP, Nurse Practitioner at Allergy & Asthma Specialists P.A., will help us understand what the most common allergens are; what causes food, season, and perennial allergies; and how our immune system changes as we age.
If you would like to get information or register, please message us on Facebook or call our office at 612-729-5799.

Diversity Seminar: America, Race & Agriculture w/ North Central NAMA Chapter @ 2:30-4pm • Free • Online Event Online: zoom.us
Join us, as Bryana Clover of 1619 Consulting guides us through brave conversations about race. 1619 Consulting believes at the intersection of most diversity, equity and inclusion matters are racial dynamics. Successful DEI initiatives require an understanding of the history of racism, the origins of White Supremacy in America and the structure and dynamics of privilege.

And while this sounds scary, it doesn’t have to be! It is important to have a foundational understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) terminology and the important differences between words that can often be misused. After this guided conversation, you will leave with a DEI (with a race equity lens) foundation and you will be armed with common language that will enable brave conversations to advance personal and professional goals for change. Join us, as Bryana Clover guides and equips us with appropriate language and understanding required for brave conversations about race! 

Live Workout With Livea’s Director of Fitness w/ Livea Centers @ 8-8:30am • Free • Facebook Live
Jump start your day with this LIVE 30-minute workout!

Safety is Communal: From Fear to Focus Training with Abbie Shain @ 6:30-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: docs.google.com
As we surpass one year of the Covid-19 pandemic and near the end of the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder or George Floyd, the Ward 12 Community Organizing Team is sponsoring SAFETY IS COMMUNAL: from Fear to Focus, to help us act together from a place of relationship and calm rather than fear.

This two-hour workshop begins with an overview of the neuroscience of fear and safety. Through a series of interactive, reflective activities, we will learn how to name fear responses and apply specific coping skills that decrease harm and increase intention and compassion in responding appropriately. We will also have a chance to meet others and share what has worked for us in the past and define our future.
Register at the link above or here to receive the Zoom link: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdpLKoih7O…/viewform…

KIM TODD and KATHRYN NUERNBERGER w/ Rain Taxi Review @ 5:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Join Rain Taxi for a celebration of the women in history whose stories brought us where we are today—and the women today who write about them! Kathryn Nuernberger (The Witch of Eye, Sarabande) and Kim Todd (Sensational: The Hidden History Of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters,” Harper) will discuss research, craft, and the many ways to tell a story long swept under the rug. More info here: https://www.raintaxi.com/kim-todd-and-kathryn-nuernberger/

Wednesday, Apr 28

Amy Suiter Clarke “Girl, 11” – Interviewed by Wendy Walker w/ Once Upon A Crime @ 6pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Minnesota-born debut author Amy Suiter Clarke will be interviewed by best-selling author Wendy Walker. Elle Castillo once trained as a social worker, supporting young victims of violent crime. Now she hosts a popular true crime podcast that focuses on cold cases of missing and abducted children. After four seasons of successfully solving these cases in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Elle decides to tackle her white whale: The Countdown Killer.
Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/amy-suiter-clarke-girl/register

Tamara Winfrey Harris with Dr. Carolyn Strong w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: wildrumpusbooks.com
Join us for a special virtual event with Tamara Winfrey Harris, writer and editor of the important new book DEAR BLACK GIRL: LETTERS FROM YOUR SISTERS ON STEPPING INTO YOUR POWER. She will appear in conversation with Dr. Carolyn Strong, who lovingly wrote one of the letters within. They will read some selections from the book, discuss the complicated Blacke-femme relationship, and answer questions.
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! https://dearblackgirl.brownpapertickets.com/
Order DEAR BLACK GIRL and find more information here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/dearblackgirlevent

About DEAR BLACK GIRL: More than a year ago, author Tamara Winfrey Harris asked a few Black women on social media to write 12 honest, open, and inspiring letters of support to young Black girls in a workshop aged thirteen to twenty-one to. She asked them to write letters that were loving, truthful, vulnerable, feminist, anti-racist, body positive, LGBTQ+ positive, anti–respectability politics, and pro–Black girl. Instead of twelve letters, she received more than fifty from all over the world. And she continues to receive them. On scented paper. Through the internet. Shoved into her hands in Starbucks. Neatly printed on notebook paper. Typed. Scrawled in elegant swirls. In hand-decorated envelopes. In DEAR BLACK GIRL, Winfrey-Harris introduces and organizes a selection of these letters, modeling how black women can nurture future generations. Each chapter ends with a prompt encouraging girls to write a letter to themselves, teaching the art of self-love and self-nurturing.

Waite Park Anti-Racism Series: What I Can Do w/ Waite Park Neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis @ 5:30-7:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: tinyurl.com
The Waite Park Community Council is grateful to partner with Tru Ruts on this community conversation featuring guest speakers Michelle Hensley (5 Min of your Day in Anti-Racist Action), SooJin Pate (Anti-Racist Parenting podcast) and Rene Meyer-Grimberg (Chair of Racial Dialogue & Action Committee for Summit Hill Neighborhood) along with artist activists Shá Cage and EG Bailey reflecting on what steps you can take NOW in the fight against racism.
The program is open to all but registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/wpars

Thursday, Apr 29

Vinyl Revival: The Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble w/ Hennepin County Library @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: bit.ly
Join us for a conversation with free jazz maverick Milo Fine as Vinyl Revival celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month.
Look back with the self-taught Minneapolis musician on his 50+ years playing improvised music on percussion, clarinet, and piano, listen to selections by the Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble spun straight from HCL’s vinyl collection, and explore the DIY pioneer’s dedication to self-determination in organizing primarily under-the-radar community-centered Twin Cities’ concerts.
Register today with your email: http://bit.ly/MiloFineHCL
The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance (within 48 hours of the event).

Vinyl Revival is a series of artist residencies, performances, workshops, and listening opportunities presented by Minneapolis Central Library and funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

RESCHEDULED: Kashimana-A One-On-One Concert with Music in Minnesota w/ The Cedar Cultural Center @ 7:30-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online via The Cedar Public Access Channel • Free – Suggested Donation: $10
This episode, originally scheduled to air on April 15th, at 7:30 pm CDT, is now rescheduled for April 29th, 7:30 pm CDT. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Next up on The Cedar Public Access Channel, singer-songwriter and composer Kashimana performs a short set of songs at The Cedar as part of Music in Minnesota’s series of one-on-one performances. As a way to highlight audience members’ love of live music and the empty state of many venues, Music in Minnesota created a concert and interview series where one lucky audience member won the opportunity to see local musicians perform live. In this time of waiting for venues to reopen, we’re excited to share Kashimana’s soulful performance for audience member Andrea Buekelman recorded earlier in March – we hope these songs help spread some of the magic of hearing music from The Cedar stage. Read more about the one-on-one concert and interview with Kashimana and Andrea Buekelman, here: https://www.musicinminnesota.com/one-on-one-kashimana/

About KASHIMANA: Kashimana is a singer-songwriter, composer, producer, lyricist and artist with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through her original compositions. Along with her distinctive voice, Kashimana’s stage presence pulls you in and leaves you in a warm and fuzzy thrall that’s hard to shake. Her songs show you where her heart beats because they are catchy and paint compelling stories of her experiences growing up in Nigeria, Kenya, traveling through Africa, Europe and settling in the US.

Science Thursday: Manoomin (Wild Rice) w/ The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota @ Noon-1pm • Free • Facebook Live
This Science Thursday will be all about manoomin, also commonly known as wild rice. Manoomin is a culturally significant resource, an important natural food source and a component of a healthy ecosystem. Under the Treaty of 1854, Bands retain the right to hunt, fish and gather in the 1854 Ceded Territory encompassing present-day northeastern Minnesota. The 1854 Treaty Authority is an inter-tribal resource management agency governed by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Protection of manoomin is an important aspect of work the organization conducts to preserve and enhance treaty rights and resources

Manoomin is a sacred gift given to the Bands and part of the Ojibwe migration story. Manoomin is an annual plant growing from seed each year and is subjected to numerous threats including changes to water levels and water quality, human disturbances, competing vegetation, and pests and diseases. The 1854 Treaty Authority assists in manoomin conservation through identifying locations of current and historic presence, long-term monitoring of lakes and rivers, and management and restoration activities. Manoomin harvest occurs each season and outreach efforts to tribal and non-tribal harvesters promote proper use of the resource.
Science Thursdays are a monthly series where TNC and partners share their work and findings with anyone and everyone interested in science and conservation work happening on the ground. Science Thursdays will be streamed to Facebook Live – no Zooming required!

Virtual Talk: The Art of Turtle Island, Dakota Floral Legacy w/  Minneapolis Institute of Art @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: ticket.artsmia.org
Join us for a FREE virtual talk with artists Holly Young, Gracie Horne and curator Jill Ahlberg Yohe.
This is a FREE virtual event that takes place via zoom. Reserve your tickets here: https://ticket.artsmia.org/…/Virtual-AIB-Talk…
Holly Young, creator of this year’s Art in Bloom’s signature artwork “Floral Legacy,” and multidisciplinary artist Graci Horne will join Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Mia’s associate curator of Native American art, in a lively conversation. Learn about Dakota art, Young’s inspiration for “Floral Legacy,” and Native perspectives on floral art.

“Floral Legacy” is not just a stunning art object; it’s also a functional double-sided woman’s bag. Drawing on traditional methods of materials collection, design, and construction, the signature quill and beadwork piece demonstrates Indigenous heritage and skill carried brilliantly to contemporary style.

This virtual event is presented by the Friends of the Institute in alignment with Virtual Art in Bloom. Learn more here: https://new.artsmia.org/artinbloom/


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Sections of West River Parkway and Lake Harriet Parkway closed to automobile traffic for social distancing this spring: Parts of West River Parkway and Lake Harriet Parkway are closed to automobile traffic through May 31. Lake Harriet Parkway between West Minnehaha Parkway and West 43rd Street and one lane of West River Parkway between Fourth Avenue North and 11th Avenue South are reserved for walkers, bikers and rollers to protect social distancing. The southbound lane of West River Parkway will remain open to vehicles; the northbound lane will close to automobile traffic.

The trails adjacent to these parkways have been busy this spring, while COVID-19 is still a threat to public health. Allowing trail traffic to spread out into the parkways will allow greater separation of park users for social distancing as directed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find more information about the parkway changes on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board website.

2021 Midtown Greenway pedestrian and bikeway safety improvements project
Hennepin County will make improvements at seven at-grade intersections to benefit the safety of people who walk, bike, and roll on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis.
The seven Midtown Greenway intersections are:

  • James Avenue
  • Irving Avenue
  • Humboldt Avenue
  • 5th Avenue
  • 28th Street East
  • Hiawatha Avenue (Highway 55)
  • Minnehaha Avenue

For more details about the expected 2021 safety improvements, please go to the project website:  www.hennepin.us/midtown-greenway-safety. You can also go to theMidtown Community Works webpage to learn more about the collective work between Hennepin County and its partners.

Construction timeline and impacts: Project staff is coordinating with the contractor to determine the best time to start. At this time, construction could begin as early as May. We anticipate work at each intersection to take two to three weeks, depending on the location and work required, and we could work at more than one intersection at a time. 
When we begin construction, there will be some trail impacts, and depending on the intersection, we will require local detours to complete the work. Below is our current plan for a detour or alternate routes.

  • At James, Irving, Humboldt and 5th avenues: we will maintain a gravel path around the work
  • At Hiawatha Avenue: we will reroute Greenway users via the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge.
  • At 28th Street and Minnehaha Avenue: we will detour Greenway users onto local streets and nearby trails. 

Detour and alternate routes will be available on the project website soon. Staying connected:  We will notify Greenway users of the project schedule and impacts as we have details to share via e-mail and web updates. People can sign up to receive e-mails by going to the project website. We will also share all of our updates with you to keep you informed.

Diverse applicants wanted for Minneapolis boards and commissionsNine City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this spring. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available so all residents can participate.

City boards and commissions have brought forward recommendations that resulted in renter protections, wage protections and a ban on a hazardous chemical in dry cleaning. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights.

People can apply through the open position pages linked below and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines at minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings. Applications are open now. Read more
The positions are open until filled; application review begins April 30. These nine City boards and commissions have 91 open positions:

Read moreU.S. Department of Justice launches investigation into Minneapolis Police Department policing practices
U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced today the Justice Department has opened a pattern or practice investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department. It follows the murder conviction of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. 

The investigation will assess all types of force used by MPD officers, including uses of force involving individuals with behavioral health disabilities and uses of force against individuals engaged in activities protected by the First Amendment. The investigation will also assess whether MPD engages in discriminatory policing. As part of the investigation the Justice Department will conduct a comprehensive review of MPD policies, training and supervision. The department will also examine MPD’s systems of accountability, including complaint intake, investigation, review, disposition and discipline. The Department of Justice will also reach out to community groups and members of the public to learn about their experiences with MPD.

Individuals with relevant information are encouraged to contact the Department of Justice via email at Community.Minneapolis@usdoj.gov or by phone at 866-432-0268. Individuals can also report civil rights violations regarding this or other matters using the Civil Rights Division’s new reporting portal, available at civilrights.justice.gov.

The new civil investigation is separate and independent from the criminal investigation into Floyd’s death that the Justice Department has previously announced. In June 2020, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights launched an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department after filing a civil rights charge related to Floyd’s death. This investigation into policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years will determine whether there is probable cause to credit the allegation of unfair discriminatory practices by the MPD toward people of color. This will help the City determine what changes need to be made to stop any and all discriminatory practices. Learn more about the State investigation

Spring street sweeping underway: Public Works crews have started the City’s comprehensive street sweeping program to clear away what has accumulated in the streets over the winter.

For approximately four weeks, sweeping crews will take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets. Alley sweeping will be completed by then. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot. Read more.  


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Get a free COVID-19 test and help stop the spread
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. While the coronavirus spread continues to increase, fewer people have been getting tested for it. Testing is 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, hand-washing and getting vaccinated.

With variant cases on the rise in Minnesota, you should get tested if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms; if you were close to someone who tested positive for COVID-19; if you attended a one-time, high risk activity with people you do not live with; if you are actively engaging with people outside of your household or working outside of your household; or if you are returning to a classroom or a school campus. In particular, young people in school and their families should get tested every two weeks until the end of the school year. This strategy is to help keep schools and sports open.

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

Sanctuary Covenant Church, 710 W. Broadway Ave. Noon-3 p.m. Fridays, April 23 and 30, May 7, 14, 21
You can expect to get your test results in about 24 hours.

More free COVID-19 tests:
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S. 
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.
If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

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

Resources The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.

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.
 Vaccination site now open at fairgrounds for residents of most vulnerable zip codes: Minnesota has opened a mass vaccination site with federal support at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, which will receive 168,000 doses over eight weeks to help provide fair and equitable access to vaccines. The site will vaccinate more than 100,000 people during the eight-week period. The doses administered at the fairgrounds will be in addition to Minnesota’s regular statewide vaccine allocations.

Minnesotans living in the zip codes near the fairgrounds with the highest scores on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Social Vulnerability Index will be eligible for appointments at this site to help protect people hardest hit by the pandemic. Up to 1,000 doses per day will also be taken offsite to community-based clinics in those areas.

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds were selected for being well known, centrally located, accessible by public transportation, and expansive enough to allow for a high volume of drive-through vaccinations. The site will also allow Minnesotans who use other forms of transportation to get vaccinated.

Sign up: The site will be by appointment only. Minnesotans living in the eligible zip codes can sign up for the vaccine connector to be selected for an appointment. Minnesotans can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 for language assistance and any questions about signing up for the connector. More information on directly booking appointments through a call center will be shared later.
There will be no cost and Minnesotans will not need to provide an ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated.

COVID-19 hotline for Immigrant Communities
Get answers in your own language about COVID-19 information, testing and resources. You can also get help in your own language with other needs like food, school, child care, employment and health care. Call the Refugee and Immigrant COVID Care hotline at 651-318-0989, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

COVID-19 emergency rent and utility bill assistance
If you have experienced hardship due to the pandemic and need help paying your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction. Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months total assistance.  

Get ready by downloading this checklist to see if you’re eligible and find out what documents you’ll need to be ready when the program opens for applications later this month. 

RentHelpMN is a collaborative effort among the City of Minneapolis and other local and State governments across Minnesota to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis households and households across the state.

Landlords:’ Download the landlords checklist for information about how to alert your tenants, help them get ready to apply and prepare your documentation for when the program opens for applications. 
You can sign up for email updates about when RentHelpMN will open and how to apply on the State’s website.



Other Information, Events, Activities & Resources:

Virtual Workshops from Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Note: Some MCBA workshops fill up before I list them, so feel free to check their website for future options: https://www.mnbookarts.org/category/exhibitions-events/upcoming-exhibitions/

Photographing Your Artwork at Home
With Joanna Manning
Tuesdays: May 4, 11; 4:30 — 6:30 pm
Documenting artwork is increasingly important as we find ourselves more reliant on digital platforms like social media and websites to share art. Images are also a crucial element in proposals to exhibit, teach and sell artwork. In this virtual workshop, learn how to set up a basic photo lab at home using low-budget lighting equipment and natural light. Instruction will cover the basics of using a DSLR camera, smartphone camera, backdrops, tripods, lighting and photo editing using Adobe Photoshop. Come away with helpful tips and tricks to improve your photos. Night one will focus on learning tools, and night two will focus on friendly critique and troubleshooting. Some experience using your camera and Adobe Photoshop is helpful. Joanna Manning (she/her) had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for an Artist’s Books and Publications course and support her professor during her undergraduate degree. Courses that she has completed related to bookmaking include printmaking, photography and digital media. In addition to her classroom experiences, she is also a Clay Camp Assistant at Northern Clay Center. She supports art educators, helps maintain the classroom and works with students. During COVID, her team has adapted new strategies to create a welcoming and safe art experience. To learn more click here. Some experience helpful. $80/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $40 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/photographing-your-artwork-at-home/

A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms
With Shawn Sheehy
Wednesdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26; 4:30 — 6:30 pm
Think back to the last time you picked up a movable card. You moved the mechanism back and forth, soothed and satisfied by the movement. You wished there was a collective noun for movable cards. Well, there is! Join seasoned paper engineer Shawn Sheehy in building a SATISFACTION of ten movable mechanisms that demonstrate a wide range of movement possibilities. All you need is a simple set of hand tools, a short stack of materials and an interest in engaging with technical paper mechanics. To dial up the satisfaction quotient, you’ll bind your collection into a tidy sample book. This virtual workshop will be technical and very, very…satisfying. In addition to materials that participants source themselves, the instructor will also send a materials kit prior to the workshop. All skill levels welcome. $144/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee; $72 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/a-satisfaction-of-movable-mechanisms-may5/

Experimental Art and Zine-Making
With Elam Bonebright
Thursday, May 6, 4:30 — 6:30 pm
In this rigorous two-hour workshop, experiment and play with a series of generative written and visual exercises focused on making zines. Discuss various formats for zines and strategies for using content, sequence and medium to convey an idea to the viewer/reader. Participants will tell stories in shapes and write their biographies from junk mail. They also will draw with toothbrushes and ponder what it means to self-publish (or not publish) a secret. Exercises will move quickly in an effort to get ideas on paper, but participants are encouraged to move at their own pace. Digital worksheets will be available for each exercise. Elam Bonebright (she/her) is deeply in love with ink and paper, and consistently searching for new ways of mark-making. Her art is process-driven and often grows from personal challenges that she gives herself to stay motivated. She also likes to branch out of her wheelhouse and explore uncommon mediums to incorporate into her work, like mechanical components, or insect wings. To learn more click here. All skill levels welcome. $45/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $25 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/experimental-art-and-zine-making/

Art Practice Circle, Summer Series
With Regula Russelle
Mondays: May 3, June 7, July 12, August 2; 6 — 7:30 pm
Would you like to attend all four Art Practice Circle meetings this summer? Register for them all at once and receive a discount. Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking during this time of physical separation. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move participanbts’ work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will provide time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress.  All skill levels welcome. $38/participant: $18 for BIPOC participants. For information. And to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/art-practice-circle-summer-series/. Registration closes April 29 at midnight CT.

Nature Nuts: Nature Playtime
Wednesday, May 5, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Get those inquisitive minds and bodies exploring nature through active outdoor fun. Bring your little one outside for imaginative play activities curated by a naturalist. Discover seasonal themes, cultivate curiosity, and encourage exploration. For kids up to age 8 with an adult. This is an adult/child interactive experience. $2. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/nature-nuts-nature-playtime/111350

Wild Nature Challenge
Thursday, May 6, 5 – 7:30 pm
Practice your wilderness skills in the park through nature challenges. Build forts, maneuver through obstacles, and build a campfire with the bare essentials. It’s like an escape room in nature — fun for all ages and abilities. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/wild-nature-challenge/111285

Build a Chair Workshop w/Elpis
Saturday, May 8, 10 – 11:30 am  OR
Saturday, May 8, 12:30 – 2 pm
Get ready to sit outside this summer season in style with a beautiful creation all your own. Practice the craft of woodworking without making a mess at home by building your own Adirondack chair in the park while guided by the expertise of Elpis Enterprises. All materials and tools provided. You will need to provide transportation of your chair after the program; NO DELIVERY AVAILABLE. Create joy for yourself and others – for every two chairs built, one will be donated to adults with developmental disabilities in our community. $150. Ages 18 and up. For information and to register for 10 am workshop: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/build-a-chair-workshop-w-elpis/111340. To register for 12:30 pm workshop: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/build-a-chair-workshop-w-elpis/117401.

Family Funday
Saturday, May 8, 1 – 3 pm
Get outside for active, nature fun in the park. Explore a different seasonal theme each week through self-directed: scavenger hunts, nature walks and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. All ages and experience levels welcome to enjoy the outdoors while activating bodies and minds in discovery. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/family-funday/111367.

Form+Content presents: Following a Thread Virtual Artist’s Talk
Thursday, May 6, 7 pm
To sign up for this Virtual Artist’s Talk in association with the Following a Thread exhibit and receive an invitation link, please email formandcontent@gmail.com by 12 noon on May 6. For information on the exhibit (open to June 19): http://www.formandcontent.org/upcoming-exhibitions

University of Minnesota Libraries presents: First Fridays Online – May
Friday, May 7, 12 noon – 1 pm
The University of Minnesota Libraries invites you to join them online for the 2020-2021 First Fridays season as they bring the archives directly into your homes. The May event features two presentations: “The Flying Jewish Chaplain,” presented by Kate Dietrick, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and “Curt Carlson: The Ultra Entrepreneur,” presented by Amanda Wick, Processing Archivist, Carlson Companies Corporate Records and Family papers. Make a reservation to receive instructions to connect via Zoom. Make a reservation to receive instructions to connect via Zoom. For information and to register: https://www.continuum.umn.edu/event/first-fridays-online-may/

WineFest – A Toast to Children’s Health
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, 225 Third Ave. S.
Friday, May 7, 5:30 pm – 12 midnight
Famed sommelier DLynn Proctor, frequently seen in national media and featured in the acclaimed SOMM wine documentary, leads an expert panel at this exclusive wine tasting. Sample premier and specialty vintages while Winemasters reveal all the details you want to know—the five main wine characteristics, the importance of terroir and more. Book your spot today—limited seating is available. For information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1601719059977475

DIY Floral Bouquet Workshop
Saturday, May 8, 4 – 5:30 pm
Hewing Hotel, 300 Washington Ave. N.
Looking for a special gift for Mom on Mother’s Day? or better yet — invite Mom to join you for some cocktails and design your own bouquets together! Join the Hewing for another DIY Floral Bouquet workshop with their friends from Sip n’Bloom. SIP ‘N BLOOM is the DIY floral design workshop that pops up in bars and breweries across the Twin Cities. They are experts at unleashing your creativity with design in-person and do-at-home events. Kits are available to design in-person (on-site) or at-home (pick-up) between 3 and 5 pm. In-person design takes approximately 45 min. Supplies limited. Pre-order your kit today. For information and to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/2884045148532891

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

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

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.

Taking Action to Help Pollinators

Restoring Habitat on Nicollet island

MSP Film Society Will Honor Founder at International Film Festival