Weekly Roundup May 7-13

Have a beautiful week, Greater Longfellow


Greater Longfellow’s Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale 2021 is coming up on SATURDAY, JUNE 5! 

Greater Longfellow (Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow neighborhoods) are teaming up with six other adjacent neighborhoods (Corcoran, Standish Ericsson, Minnehaha, Keewaydin, Wenonah, and Morris Park) for one day of amazing deals!

To participate: Registration fee is $10 for your sale to be included on the free Sales Map including all participating neighborhoods available at several local businesses including Greater Longfellow’s
• Fireroast Coffee & Wine, 3800 37th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
• Milkweed Coffee, 3822 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
• Turtle Bread (Longfellow), 4205 E 34th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Registration is OPEN NOW through MAY 26 at: https://forms.gle/RMh1BfJez7vDtaD37
•Funds raised help support Longfellow Community Council’s neighborhood work.•

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


Farmers markets opening for the seasonNearly 20 farmers markets will operate throughout Minneapolis this year, and they have already begun to open.

Farmers markets are a great way to get fresh food on the table, an important part of our food supply and an essential connection to our farmers. There has never been a more important time to buy local and contribute to a healthy local food economy. The Market Bucks incentive matches up to $10 worth of coupons per day to customers who use SNAP benefits to purchase eligible foods at participating farmers markets. Participating markets are noted in the map and downloadable list.

Schedules, map of markets: Find a map and schedule for farmers markets in Minneapolis. The map and schedule will be kept up to date as schedules shift. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in the farmers markets.

Homegrown Minneapolis also offers other ways to get healthy, local food on the table. Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.

COMMUNITY SAFETY TRAINING: Pick a Saturday: 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. 

Start new low-waste habits by joining the online Zero Waste Challenge
Sign up now for the online Zero Waste Challenge, which runs May 1 to 31.
Many people are interested in avoiding waste, decluttering, and recycling more but aren’t sure where to start. Hennepin County’s Zero Waste Challenge will help you learn more, connect you with resources to help you reduce the waste and clutter in your life, and provide support and motivation along the way.Past Zero Waste Challenge participants have called the experience eye-opening and a conversation-starter. They said it both educated them and pushed them into action. Some even called it life changing!

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

City hosting candidate info sessions for 2021 election: The 2021 municipal election is Nov. 2  with early voting beginning Sept. 17. Offices on the Minneapolis ballot include: mayor, City Council members, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and the Park and Recreation Board. Candidates who wish to get their name on the ballot must file for office with the City between July 27 and Aug. 10. To support prospective candidates and campaign workers, the City is holding two virtual information sessions before the candidate filing period opens.

Session 1: What to know about the candidate filing process • We’ll overview the three different steps of the filing process. We plan to leave time at the end to make sure we answer your questions, too.

Session 2: The roles and responsibilities of the mayor and City Council members • Our city clerk will walk through the job description of the mayor and City Council. This session is aimed to give candidates a good idea of their role, if elected.

  • Late June – specific date and time TBD
  • Microsoft Teams (virtual) – sign-up form will be added soon

Learn more about these candidate information sessions and sign up to attend.Minneapolis Public Schools offering range of summer activitiesStudents have tons of fun options this summer with Minneapolis Public Schools to keep their minds active and their bodies moving. Check out the program options below.

  • Summer Scholars is free and open to all students in pre-K-8, with both in-person and virtual options depending on a student’s grade. Many programs are also available to students who live in Minneapolis but do not attend an MPS school.  
  • Many old favorites like swim lessons will return with class content adjusted to maximize safety, along with expanded programs like Freedom Schools and Natural Leaders. Learn more about Super Summer programs for youths on the Community Education website.
  • MPS’ School Spirit Sport Camps are available to elementary students (K-5 grades) from Aug. 2-6 and Aug. 9-15, with both morning and afternoon options. Sport Camps are free and transportation is provided. Sports will be played on the varsity field and will include soccer, volleyball, flag football and track. Adaptive sports will also be available. Contact Devin Nelson at devin.nelson@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Learn more about the 2021 summer programs

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.

Friday, May 7 

Saturday, May 8

Queer Voices Writing Circles with Lisa Marie Brimmer and Sherrie Fernandez-Williams @ 10am-Noon • Free • Online Event
Lisa & Sherrie continue the creative writing meet-ups begun in April, with four more Saturday-morning Writing Circles in May and June. Join the free Zoom meetings, 10 am-Noon on May 8 & 22 and June 5 & 12.

As QV Curators, we hope to offer some collective space for community building, sharing knowledge, and sharing work! These share spaces are not about critique, but more about the admiration of the sentences and more generative moments in the writing process!

Register Herehttps://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZUvdOGtqjwpHtH6N5…
Invitation: Come with your writing tools, something yummy to drink or eat, and we’ll spend two hours grounding in the archive, responding to writing prompts, and sharing back in community! You are welcome to come to both or just one of the sessions. There will be more to come!
Queer Voices is a coproduction of Hennepin County Library, Quatrefoil Library and the Co-curators.

Plant Donation Drop-Off Day w/ Mediation and Restorative Services – MN @ 2-4pm • Free • Online Event
Hello! We are seeking the items listed below in preparation for our Plant Sale Fundraiser on May 16th.
• Plants (indoor and out) including those for a vegetable garden and clippings of plants.
• Pots/other containers
• Soil
• Seeds

If you have donations, please drop them off on the dates listed below – or email us at info@mediationservice.org to make other arrangements.
May 8th from 2-4pm
May 10th from 2-4pm
May 12th from 2-4pm

At the Blaine Human Services Center (1201 89th Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55434)
We appreciate your support, always!

Sunday, May 9

Patty Peterson Presents The Jazz Women All Stars – virtual Mother’s Day Concert from the Dakota @ 3pm-Midnight • Online Event • Online: dakotacooks.com
This Mother’s Day, celebrate the women in your life with this ensemble that honors the great women jazz artists in the Twin Cities—instrumentalists and vocalists—led by Patty Peterson.
Members: Patty Peterson (vocals) • Linda Peterson (vocals) • Mary Louise Knutson (piano) • Joan Griffith (bass) • Sue Orfield (sax) • Sheila Earley (drums)
3pm: $15
7pm: $15
Click here→https://bit.ly/3s0W2bz

Monday, May 10

Tune In: Return to Skid Row w/ TPT – Twin Cities PBS and Minnesota Experience @ 8pm • Free • Online Event • Online: tpt.org
Details on how to watch: The documentary film “Return to Skid Row” walks along the pavement of bygone downtown Minneapolis, preserved in rare footage, memory and 21st Century reflection. A unique 16mm film brings back to life Minneapolis’ seedy Gateway district in its twilight years. Guided by a first-person account from the ‘King of Skid Row,’ the film is an unnerving and illuminating gaze on midcentury poverty, people, place, and the past.

Some viewers will recall TPT’s 1998 program “Down on Skid Row” which aired for years and was popular with viewers. “A few years ago, we determined that standards and expectations had changed and some of the graphic and troubling footage didn’t seem appropriate to air in prime time without some additional context,” says Executive Producer Daniel Bergin. Long-time TPT producer Steve Spencer worked with scholars like the author of The King of Skid Row, James Eli Shiffer, to reframe the found footage. The haunting images now might offer some historic context for current-day concerns like housing insecurity, oppression of Native peoples, and addiction.

“Return to Skid Row” features interviews with James Eli Shiffer (The King of Skid Row) Stewart Van Cleve (Land of 10,000 Loves) and scholar and award-winning author Brenda Child (My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation). Tune in to watch “Return to Skid Row” on your TV, computer or phone. TPT.org/return-skid-row/

HOUR OF THE WITCH BOOK TOUR: Chris Bohjalian in conversation with Sheila O’Connor w/ Rain Taxi Review @ 5:30-6:15pm • Free • Online Event • Online: crowdcast.io
Please join us for a special event with Chris Bohjalian, the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives (a selection of Oprah’s Book Club), Trans-Sister Radio (a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award), and The Flight Attendant (now a Golden Globe-winning HBO series), among many other smash hits. Bohjalian will be in conversation with Minnesota Book Award winner Sheila O’Connor about his new novel Hour of the Witch (Doubleday), a historical thriller set in 1662 that may also be the most timely novel Bohjalian has ever written.
More info herehttps://www.raintaxi.com/chris-bohjalian/
Register for event herehttps://www.crowdcast.io/e/bohjalian

Tuesday, May 11

Community Peacemaking Workshop: Discovering the Story of your Community w/ Peace Catalyst International – Minnesota @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online Event • Online: eventbrite.com
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 “community narratives”: what are the stories that define our community? That name our biggest needs and strengths? That bind us together or tear us apart? 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 on Eventbrite herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/…/community-peacemaking… 

Gun Safety and Suicide Prevention w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ Noon-12:45pm • Free • Online Event • Online: teams.microsoft.com
In this presentation, Kathy Lee, Suicide Prevention Nurse Case Manager, will discuss basic gun safety and suicide prevention. Ms. Lee has over 35 years of exposure/experience with firearms and she is an experienced DNR Firearms Safety Instructor. Additionally, Ms. Lee researched and developed “Firearm Awareness and Suicide Prevention Education” for all VA and brought the “FREEZE THE KEYS” initiative to Minneapolis VAHCS.
Virtual Location:
Phone at 1-872-701-0185 with Conference ID: 325 317 900 #
or Microsoft Teams via Video Conference (no special software required) https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting…/0…

Story Time with Linda Bondestram w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 6pm • Free • Online Event • Online: goodnightearth.brownpapertickets.com
Put on your PJ’s and snuggle up for a special live virtual story time with Linda Bondestam, author of the beautiful new picture book GOOD NIGHT, EARTH! Linda will be joining us all the way from Finland! She will read her book, show us some of artwork, and answer questions.

Please REGISTER for free to get the link to join plus a coupon discount code for 15% off your next order! https://goodnightearth.brownpapertickets.com/

Linda Bondestam is an illustrator based in Helsinki. A graduate of Kingston University in London, she has illustrated dozens of children’s books that have been translated into more than ten languages. One of the most celebrated illustrators in the Nordic countries, Linda was awarded the Snöbollen for Swedish Picture Book of the Year in 2016 and the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2017 for Djur som ingen sett utom vi (Animals that no one has seen except us). She was also nominated for the August Prize in 2020 for Mitt bottenliv (My life at the bottom) and is a six-time ALMA nominee, among various other awards. Good Night, Earth is her authorial debut.
This event will take place on Zoom Webinar.

Stephen Mack Jones “Dead of Winter” w/ Once Upon A Crime @ 7pm • Free • Online Event • Online: crowdcast.io
Stephen Mack Jones will be discussing his book with Chris Offutt. August Snow is back in Jones’s third novel. A shadowy Detroit real estate billionaire. A ruthless fixer. A successful Mexicantown family business in their crosshairs. Gentrification has never been bloodier.
Register herehttps://www.crowdcast.io/e/stephen-mack-jones-dead/register

Courageous Conversations with Dr. Jermaine Davis @ 11am-2pm • Free • Online Event • Online: lp.constantcontactpages.com
Cultivating a Culture of Civility, Respect and Inclusion.
How do you manage emotions when they run high? Have you ever heard, you shouldn’t discuss race, religion, or politics? Well, what do you do when these conversations organically emerge? Do you welcome and embrace them? Or do you run and hide? Dr. Jermaine Davis defines Courageous Conversations as, “Honest, open, and transparent dialogues that need to happen to move relationships, teams, and organizations forward.” Those who live, lead, and work with an inclusive lens—create brave and safe spaces for Courageous Conversations.

As a masterful storyteller and facilitator, Dr. Jermaine will share principles and practices on how to facilitate healthy Courageous Conversations. He will draw from his books, Leading with Greatness! and Leading and Working with an Inclusive Lens. If you want to take your communication and dialogue skills to the next level—then don’t miss this presentation. Get ready to laugh, learn, and of course engage in professional fun.

Wednesday, May 5

Small Business Month: Mergent Intellect w/ Hennepin County Library @ 1-2pm • Free • Online Event
Mergent Intellect is one of Hennepin County Library’s online business research tools. This tool is great for new entrepreneurs or those who are looking to scale up. Mergent Intellect provides access to competitor research, industry research, demographic research, financial benchmarking, and customer identification.
Hosted by Amelia from the Minneapolis Central Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center.
Register today with your emailhttp://bit.ly/SmallBusinessMonth2021
The link to the online event will be emailed to registrants in advance.


Thursday, May 6

In the Eye of the Beholder w/ More Than A Single Story and Hennepin County Library @ 7pm • Free • Online Event 
Online: hclib.bibliocommons.com

More Than a Single Story is a series of programs that strives to break down the stereotyping of people of color by celebrating their diverse voices and experiences. Founded and curated by writer Carolyn Holbrook.

In Toni Morrison’s first novel “The Bluest Eye,” her character Pecola Breedlove faces unspeakable troubles in her young life and believes her problems will go away if only she had blue eyes. For years, women of color have been writing about how American beauty standards affect them, and for years, the beauty industry has been working to make them buy into those standards rather than helping them love and respect their own beauty.

In this More Than a Single Story conversation, artists/activists/hair stylists Ebony J. Davis and Mahogany Plautz will lead a conversation with poets Mary Moore Easter and Saymoukda Vongsay, fashion designer Bris Carbajal, Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo Emmy-nominated multimedia artist Missy Whiteman and salon owner/hairstylist Fiona Buff on the issues of women of color and beauty.

In collaboration with Hennepin County Libraries. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This program hosted by More Than a Single Story via Zoom. The link to the online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance.

Fredrick Soukop, author of BLISS w/ Eat My Words Bookstore @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Author Fredrick Soukop discusses his book Bliss – recently nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in Fiction – with Matt Callahan.

Fredrick Soukop is a 33-year-old writer living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In March of 2020, Regal House Publishing released his debut novel, Bliss, which received a 2020 IPPY bronze medal in the category of Great Lakes Fiction, was a finalist for the 2020 Eric Hoffer Award, and is a finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards. His second novel, Blood Up North, was shortlisted for the 2019 C&R Press Fiction Award and is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press in February of 2022.

About BLISSIn search of meaning amid America’s sedated upper middle class, a cynical college graduate forgoes medical school and moves to inner-city Chicago. When he falls in love with a woman uncompromisingly devoted to her community, he finds himself caught between two lives, one he does not want and one he cannot have. Soukup’s Bliss is “The Graduate” of our time.

Ask An Advocate Series: Healthy Relationships w/ Sexual Violence Center @ 1-2pm • Free • Online Event
Join Olly from SVC to discuss healthy relationships! Relationships, romantic or platonic, depend on respect and communication to function in a healthy manner. We get to set the terms of our own relationships, which is both beautiful and daunting. How can we do it in a way that honors our needs and desires while also honoring those of the other individual(s) involved?
Pop in to chat about boundaries, communication, and fulfillment in personal relationships!
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/

WATERFALL virtual event with Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery and Mary Casanova w/ University of Minnesota Press @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: us02web.zoom.us
Mary Casanova will host a virtual event with Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of her new book, Waterfall. Please join the virtual meeting on the day of the event via the link above.

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.

“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 herehttps://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/waterfall.

Voices from the Pandemic w/ Hennepin History Museum @ 7-8:30pm • Free/Pay as You Can • Online Event
Online: eventbrite.com
This is a Pay as You Can event. Please register in advance at the ticketing link. The program will be recorded and available for later viewing on the Hennepin History Museum YouTube channel.

Join us for a conversation between two women on the frontline of the pandemic in Minneapolis: Jennifer Vongroven, a bedside nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center, and Agatha Lamin, a nursing assistant at the Jones-Harrison senior home. The conversation will be moderated by Zac Farber, the former editor of the Southwest Journal, who recorded Vongroven’s and Lamin’s stories as part of the paper’s “Voices from the Pandemic” project.

About Voices from the Pandemic: “Voices from the Pandemic” is a community reporting project launched by the staff of the Southwest Journal newspaper that documents the pandemic’s toll by recording the personal stories of Minneapolis residents and workers whose daily lives are in a state of flux. Eighteen local residents have shared their stories, and some participants have been interviewed more than a dozen times.

About the moderatorZac Farber was the editor of the Southwest Journal, the biweekly community newspaper of Southwest Minneapolis, which closed in December 2020. Since the closure of the Southwest Journal, he has continued the paper’s “Voices from the Pandemic” project on his personal website, ZacFarber.com. Farber recently started a new job as managing editor of Berkeleyside, a nonprofit news outlet in the Bay Area.

Virtual Artist Talk: Cara Romero on Indigenizing Photography w/ Minneapolis Institute of Art @ 11am-Noon • Free • Online Event
Event by Online: bit.ly
Join us for at FREE virtual artist talk by Cara Romero on “Indigenizing Photography: The Importance of Self-Representation in the Native American Community.” Reserve your FREE ticket here: bit.ly/3eONik1

Cara Romero was born in Inglewood, CA and raised between the rural Chemehuevi reservation in the Mojave Desert and the urban sprawl of Houston, TX. Her identity informs her photography, which is a blend of fine art and editorial photography. Her practice is shaped by years of study, and a visceral approach to representing Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural memory, collective history, and lived experiences, from a Native American female perspective.

To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or register online (bit.ly/3eONik1) and receive an email with the Zoom link for the program. If you have never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app or join from your browser. Zoom works best on the Google Chrome browser. If you are having any trouble, contact our Visitor Experience team at visit@artsmia.org

Give back: This program is free. Mia relies on your support to present its programs and exhibitions. Please consider making a contribution: bit.ly/2xjYxyS.
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman lecture.


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Small Business Administration (SBA) funding available for Minneapolis restaurants, bars
Minneapolis restaurants and bars can apply for pandemic relief through the Small Business Administration (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Eligible businesses can receive funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss from this SBA program. Applications open Monday, May 3.  

Priority groups include BIPOC, women and veteran owned businesses. The Minnesota District office of the SBA is offering multiple webinars to help businesses better understand the program and ask questions. Minneapolis businesses who would like support connecting to local resources should contact the Minneapolis Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov

City launches 2021 scooter program The City of Minneapolis has entered in to license agreements with two operators — Bird and Lyft — to participate in its 2021 shared motorized foot scooter program. Under the program, the number of scooters allowed in the city is capped at 2,500. A maximum of 40% of scooters are allowed downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and at least 30% of scooters must be distributed in areas of concentrated poverty in north, northeast and south Minneapolis. The program runs through Dec. 31, 2021. Additionally, the City will be soliciting feedback this summer on the future of shared mobility (bike and scooter share) programs in the City in alignment with the work of the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan.

Equity and safety are key focus areas for the program. Beyond the scooter distribution requirements, operators are required to have low-income pricing programs and participate in other City led pilots, such as Mobility Hubs. They are also required to have ongoing education and outreach on safe riding and proper parking behavior, as well as the previously mentioned equitable pricing and access initiatives. State law regulates how motorized foot scooters can be operated. Scooters must follow the same traffic laws as bicyclists. They can’t be ridden on sidewalks and must be parked upright using the kickstand and locked to a municipal sign post or public bike rack, outside of the pedestrian path of travel.
For more information about motorized foot scooters, visit minneapolismn.gov/scooters or call 311.

City’s hospitality worker right to recall ordinance now in effect: The City of Minneapolis hospitality worker right to recall ordinance took effect May 1, 2021. The ordinance is designed to ensure that certain hospitality industry employers welcome back former employees as more COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift. The hospitality industry has struggled during the pandemic as the travel, tourism and events have been put on hold. The ordinance covers employees who lost their jobs in hotels with more than 50 guest rooms and event centers with at least 50,000 rentable square feet or 2,000 fixed seats in Minneapolis.

Employees protected under the ordinance:

  • Employed at least six months from March 13, 2019 to March 13, 2020 (including at least 80 hours of work performed in Minneapolis.)
  • Laid off after March 13, 2020.
  • Laid off because of lack of business or other economic, non-disciplinary reason.

Employers must give first priority for an offer to qualified employees, in order of seniority, who held the same position, or a similar position, when they were laid off.  A position is “similar” to another position if it is in the same department/area and requires comparable skills and duties.  Read FAQs and learn more about the ordinance.

 Comment on barriers to immigration status by May 19 Members of the public can comment on barriers to obtaining immigration status through May 19. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites comments from the public on how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can reduce burdens in its regulations and policies, including those that block foreign nationals from immigration services and benefits. In two weeks, DHS has already received more than 200,000 comments. Anyone can submit a comment to ensure that your voice is heard as DHS considers ways to improve immigration services.

For more information, and to submit a comment, visit the federal register notice. Please note that the original notice contains a typographical error on the deadline for submitting comments. A corrected notice confirms that comments are due by May 19.
Questions? For questions about this or other immigration matters, please reach out to the Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

More ’20 is Plenty’ speed limit yard signs available Speed limits in Minneapolis and Saint Paul are 20 miles per hour citywide unless otherwise posted. Slower speeds on local streets make travel safer for everyone no matter how you get around. Speeding was involved in about 75% of fatal crashes in Minneapolis last year; please slow down to save lives.

To help get out the word about the new speed limits and the importance of slower speeds for safety, the City again has yard signs available for community members.
You can pick up your “20 is Plenty” yard sign at any of the free sidewalk sand pick up locations:

Signs will be available 24 hours a day for no-contact pickup while supplies last. Signs come with metal stands. Learn more about the new speed limits

Provide feedback on potential route options for METRO Blue Line Extension project
Project staff are seeking feedback on potential route options for the METRO Blue Line Extension, which will connect communities from Downtown Minneapolis northwest to Brooklyn Park. Based on community input, technical considerations, and past project work, project staff believe these routes present the best opportunities to deliver a light rail project that maximizes community benefits and connects even more people to jobs, education, healthcare and other key destinations. They are also consistent with the project principles adopted by the Corridor Management Committee in December 2020.

These routes are intended to advance a conversation many years in the making with the goal of identifying a single community-supported route by the end of this year to advance through official design and review processes. Share feedback with project staff:

Learn more about the METRO Blue Line Extension Project


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

What you can do when you’re fully vaccinated
COVID-19 vaccines play a key role in ending the pandemic and helping us get back to normalcy. We can end this pandemic together. Get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Millions of people who are fully vaccinated can safely enjoy time together indoors without wearing masks. Everyone in the United States age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others. If you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

What you can start to do if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel. Do pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms – unless you live in a group setting.

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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.

The State is now urging athletes, coaches, referees, volunteers and other sports participants to get tested for COVID-19 weekly. Students not participating in sports or other group activities are still strongly encouraged to test every two weeks. 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, May 7, 14, 21
You can expect to get your test results in about 24 hours.

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 Airpor7 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.

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:

Nature Nuts: Storybook Stroll
Wednesday, May 12, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Get those inquisitive minds and bodies exploring nature through storybooks. Bring your little one outside for an active literary adventure while discovering nature themes during imaginative play. Each week check out a new book alongside nature exploration activities while strolling through the park. 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-storybook-stroll/111351.

Campfire Game Night
Thursday, May 13, 5 – 7:30 pm
Get outside for a night of fun and games in the park. Explore a nature topic, play games in the woods and hang out around the campfire. There’s something for everyone in nature’s backyard. $2. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/campfire-game-night/111311.

Toads, Frogs and Polliwogs
Saturday, May 15, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Jump into the world of amphibians. Discover the difference between frogs and toads then search for them in the park. Play games and make a toad home for your yard. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/toads-frogs-polliwogs/111299.

Family Funday
Saturday, May 15, 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/111368.

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/.
Simple Slipcase Construction
With Anna Haglin
Tuesdays: May 11, 18, 25; 7 – 9 pm
A slipcase can be an aesthetically pleasing buffer between your favorite book and the elements of your living space, like coffee rings and dust. Its construction is basic and flexible enough to also be used to store prints, photographs or any other loose and fragile items. Learn all the stages of boxmaking (including measuring, cutting, gluing, covering and lining) and gain familiarity with the tools, materials and techniques necessary to build your own handmade box. This virtual workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience in bookbinding. Anna Haglin (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Moorhead, Minnesota. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts and earned her MA and MFA in printmaking at the University of Iowa. She completed a two-year apprenticeship in bookbinding at Arion Press in San Francisco and a studio assistantship at the Women’s Studio Workshop. She was awarded a residency at MCBA in 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has taught courses in foil imaging, foraging/herbarium-making and papermaking with invasive plants. To learn more click here. All skill levels welcome. $120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $75 supply fee; $60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $75 supply fee. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/simple-slipcase-construction/.

Documentary Comics
With Camilo Aguirre
Saturdays: May 15, 22, 29; 10 am – 12 noon
In this three-week workshop, Camilo Aguirre will share his artistic process and the developmental strategies he uses to create his comics. Beginning with an introduction to various formats used in documentary comics, the workshop covers the importance of point of view in the comic—who we are and what our position is in the world—as well as identifying blind spots and how to address them. Throughout the workshop, participants will work toward creating their own documentary story. All skill levels welcome. $108/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $54 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/documentary-comics/.

May 14 – 16
Virtual and some in-person locations, including one along riverfront
Art-A-Whirl® is the largest open studio tour in the country. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the 2021 Art-A-Whirl will not be held as a normal event. Art-A-Whirl is online, with a hundreds of member galleries, shops and videos. Some individual studios, galleries and businesses will have their own open hours during Art-A-Whirl weekend. Use the NEMAA website to find open studios, buy art online and discover new food and beverage options. If visiting in-person, be sure to wear a mask and observe social distancing. For information: https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl/

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music
501 Second St. S.
For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: https://www.macphail.orgor 612-321-0100.
Concerto and Aria Recital
Friday, May 14, 7 – 8 pm
MacPhail Concerto and Aria Concert  s the premiere student performance event at MacPhail. Performers undergo two rounds of competitive auditions in order to be selected for the final concert. This year, instead of a chamber orchestra, a double string quartet will perform for select repertoire. Other performances will feature soloist with piano accompaniment or a pre-recorded performance for the singers, who were not able to audition in-person. For information: https://www.macphail.org/events/concerto-aria-recital/.

MSP International Film Festival Will Open Up with Summer of Soul

Pressing Issues Exhibit at Weisman

Twin City Rapid Transit Company Steam Power Plant History

Mill City Farmers Market and Other Local Markets Opening May 1

WRAP Restaurant Opening in North Loop
Third Avenue Bridge Progress Photos


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!

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.