Weekly Roundup: May 14-20

Have a beautiful week, Greater Longfellow


May is American Indian Month in Minnesota. Join Hennepin County Library as they celebrate American Indian Month in Minnesota with online events, book lists and other library resources:

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 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. 

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Wuhan Wuhan | MSP Int’l Film Festival w/ MSP Film Society: May 14 @ 12am  – May 23 @ 11:55pm • Free • Online EventOnline: prod3.agileticketing.net 
Click for tickets to your virtual screening of WUHAN WUHAN: https://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx…

WUHAN WUHAN is an observational documentary unfolding during February and March, 2020 at the height of the pandemic in Wuhan city, where the coronavirus began. With unprecedented access at the peak of the pandemic lockdown, WUHAN WUHAN goes beyond the statistics and salacious headlines and puts a human experience into the early days of the mysterious virus as Chinese citizens and frontline healthcare workers grappled with an invisible, deadly killer.

The film focuses on five heart-wrenching and endearing stories: a soft-hearted ER doctor and an unflappable ICU nurse from the COVID-19 hospital; a compassionate volunteer psychologist at a temporary hospital; a tenacious mother and son who are COVID-19 patients navigating the byzantine PRC healthcare system; and a volunteer driver for medical workers and his 9 month pregnant wife whose heartfelt story forms the backbone of this film.

WUHAN WUHAN is a testament to the universality of our collective pandemic experience, that no matter what country, no one is immune to disease and that we, as a human species, share the same humanity in our struggle to survive.

Minnehaha Falls Art Fair 2021: May 16 @ 8am – May 18 @ 5pm • Free • Facebook Live
Celebrate dozens of artists at the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair! This three day event offers a wide variety of art mediums, plus live music, amazing food, delicious beer and wine, family and dog friendly activities, and so much more!
ALL artist booths at the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair will offer items in their booth for under $30!
More info at www.minnehahafallsartfair.com

Collection Playlist: Black Mary & Shades of Shadows w/ Walker Art Center: May 18 @ 10am – May 31 @ 11:59pm • Free • Online Event • Online: walkerart.org
A film from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is paired with a contemporary work that is not in the collection. The two works resonate with timeless, conceptual connections.

Two visionary, boundary-breaking artists find creative intersections, incorporating fragments from the past to offer contemporary spaces of sanctuary and freedom. Kahlil Joseph’s beautiful and haunting short film Black Mary screens with Amir George’s metaphysical collage film Shades of Shadows, recently acquired to the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.
Screening online for free beginning at 10 am (CDT) May 18 until May 31.


Men on Boats w/ University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance: May 19 @ 7:30pm – May 26 @ 11:30pm • Free • Online Event
MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus • Directed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha & Kym Longhi • Streaming virtually on Vimeo: vimeo.com/umtad
PASSWORD NEEDED TO VIEW. Password is cap-sensitive!

About the play: Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Performed by an entire cast of Not-Men. More info & virtual program at z.umn.edu/MenOnBoats

Friday, May 14 

Saturday, May 15

Writing Workshop: Noticing the Field of Purple w/ Hennepin County Library @ 2pm • Free • Online Event
Online: hclib.bibliocommons.com
In this guided poetry writing session, we will question the power dynamics of beauty while exploring our own personal relationship to it. We will anchor our critical exploration of beauty in Black American literary traditions and music. From this framework, we will generate original poems that intentionally reflect on how we can assert and affirm a radical recovery of beauty that nourishes with its strength, healing properties and reminds us to love ourselves and the overlooked splendors of environments that make up who we are. Attend this workshop to receive, reflect, write and (if you feel so inclined) recite.

Led by Sagirah Shahid, an award-winning African American Muslim poet, arts educator and performance artist. Her debut collection of poetry “Surveillance of Joy” is forthcoming from Half Mystic Press.
In collaboration with the Hennepin County Libraries. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Ann Hobbie, author of MONARCH BUTTERFLIES w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers and Monarch Joint Venture @ 3pm • Free  Online Event
Online: monarchbutterflies.brownpapertickets.com
Join Wild Rumpus and the non-profit organization Monarch Joint Venture for a virtual event with Ann Hobbie, author of the new book for young readers MONARCH BUTTERFLIES: EXPLORE THE LIFE JOURNEY OF ONE OF THE WINGED WONDERS OF THE WORLD! Ann will read some excerpts from her book, tell us about monarchs, give suggestions for things you can do to help monarch butterflies, and answer questions. Plus, there may be a surprise visitor!
Please REGISTER for this free event to get the link to join plus a coupon discount code to get 15% off you next order! https://monarchbutterflies.brownpapertickets.com/

Ann Hobbie is the chair of the board of directors at the Monarch Joint Venture, a national partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and academic programs working together to conserve the monarch butterfly migration. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching children, training teachers, and writing curriculum related to monarchs, schoolyard ecology, and schoolyard gardening. Hobbie holds an MA in curriculum and instruction. In addition to working with children and teachers, she specialized in education policy for a nonprofit helping the public understand and support public education in Minnesota. She lives in St. Paul.

This event is co-hosted by Wild Rumpus and Monarch Joint Venture. Find out more about MJV on their website: https://monarchjointventure.org/ Find MONARCH BUTTERFLIES here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/book/9781635862898 

YANG WARRIORS virtual event with Washington County Library and Kao Kalia Yang w/ University of Minnesota Press and Washington County Library @ 10:30am • Free • Online Event
Online: washcolib.libcal.com
Kao Kalia Yang will join a virtual event with Washington County Library on Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. for a reading and discussion of her new book, Yang Warriors. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting informationhttps://washcolib.libcal.com/event/7556230.
In this inspiring picture book, fierce and determined children confront the hardships of Ban Vinai refugee camp, where Kao Kalia Yang lived as a child. Accompanied by the evocative and rich cultural imagery of debut illustrator Billy Thao, the warriors’ secret mission shows what feats of compassion and courage children can perform, bringing more than foraged greens back to the younger children and to their elders. In this unforgiving place, with little to call their own, these children are the heroes, offering gifts of hope and belonging in a truly unforgettable way.

“Yang Warriors entranced me from start to finish. Kao Kalia Yang reminds us that children can be just as brave, steadfast, and pure of heart as any adult. This tale of hope and resilience will inspire young warriors everywhere.” —Christina Soontornvat, author of All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/yang-warriors.

Friends & Neighbor Story Stroll w/ Moon Palace Books @ 8am • Free • Online Event
Join local authors Sarah Warren and Catherine Urdahl as we celebrate children’s literature! Enjoy a self-guided outdoor story stroll featuring the picture book BLACK BOY, BLACK BOY by Crown Shepherd. Pick up a special story stroll BINGO card to track your participation—and win fun prizes!
Please practice safe social distancing and wear a mask. No registration is necessary.
Sarah Warren is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sunday, May 16

Monday, May 17

THE PERENNIAL KITCHEN virtual launch event with Beth Dooley w/ University of Minnesota Press and Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture @ 6pm • Free • Online Event
Event by Online: eventbrite.com
Please join Beth Dooley for a virtual event for her new book, The Perennial Kitchen: Simple Recipes for a Healthy Future. The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, the Forever Green Initiative, Lakewinds Food Co-op, Excelsior Bay Books, and the University of Minnesota Press. Beth will be in conversation with Prabin Bajgain, Sandy Boss Febbo, Kieran Folliard, Tre Hardy, Luke Peterson, and Tracy Singleton. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/the-perennial-kitchen…Books are available for purchase through our partner bookseller, Excelsior Bay Books.

In The Perennial Kitchen, James Beard Award–winning author Beth Dooley provides the context of food’s origins, along with delicious recipes, nutrition information, and tips for smart sourcing. More than a farm-to-table cookbook, this book expands the definition of “local food” to embrace regenerative agriculture, the method of growing small and large crops with ecological services.

“Beth Dooley’s The Perennial Kitchen is not only a cookbook but also a guide for how to transform our food and agriculture systems. The regenerative agriculture practices described here are good for the planet—and delicious!” —Danielle Nierenberg, president, Food Tank, and 2020 recipient of the Julia Child Award
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/…/books/the-perennial-kitchen.

Stress First Aid for Healthcare Providers w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ 1-1:45pm • Free • Online Event
Online: teams.microsoft.com
Data is clear that healthcare providers are at increased risk for mental health and substance use issues after experiencing traumatic and stressful work events. In addition, the current pandemic has increased healthcare worker exposure to trauma and stress. Research has shown that even providers with the highest possible resilience scores can have burnout. Unfortunately, there is stigma associated with seeking help.

Dyani Saxby, PhD, will discuss an intervention available for staff at the Minneapolis VA called Stress First Aid. Stress First Aid has been adapted in partnership with the VA National Center for PTSD. This model was developed for military service members and first responders and has been adapted for VA healthcare providers. The Stress First Aid model emphasizes stress management through coworker’s support, creating a shared language, and reducing stigma by creating a culture change.

Title: Stress First Aid for Healthcare Providers • Date: May 17, 2021, 1-1:45 pm • Facilitator(s): Dyani Saxby, PhD
Virtual Location: Phone at 1-872-701-0185 with Conference ID: 934 312 653 #
or Microsoft Teams via Video Conference (no special software required) https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting…/0… 

Tuesday, May 18

Healing Race-Based Stress/Trauma Through Empowerment and Resistance w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ 1pm-2pm • Free • Online Event
Online: teams.microsoft.com
Research has shown that Veterans of Color have higher rates of PTSD. Unlike other types of traumas, incidents of race-based stress/trauma can be an ongoing experience that accumulates over time. Race-based stress/trauma can have an ongoing effect on one’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being. In addition, the current events in Minneapolis have increased one’s exposure to direct and vicarious forms of race-based stress/trauma. Unfortunately, many evidence-based practices were not created with the consideration of history/context and were not validated for incidents of race-based stress/trauma.

Brianna Loop and Desta Gebregiorgis will discuss an intervention for Veterans of Color available at the Minneapolis VA called Healing from Racial Stress and Trauma: A Race-Based Stress/Trauma and Empowerment Group Intervention. This group was created to fill the gap in clinical services and address the specific challenges that Veterans of Color experience. Martia Fuller, Certified Peer Specialist, will also discuss a future peer support drop-in group that will be specifically designed for Veterans of Color.

Title: Healing Race-Based Stress/Trauma Through Empowerment and Resistance • Date: May 18, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Facilitator(s): Brianna Cashman-Loop, MSW, LICSW (Clinical Social Work), Desta Gebregiorgis, MS (Psychology Intern), Martia Fuller (Certified Peer Specialist)
Virtual Location: Phone at 1-872-701-0185 with Conference ID: 554 910 028 #
or Microsoft Teams via Video Conference (no special software required) https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting…/0…

WATERSHED virtual launch event with Ranae Lenor Hanson Transition Town – All St. Anthony ParkSubText: A Bookstore and University of Minnesota Press @ 7pm • Free • Online Event 
Online: eventbrite.com
Ranae Lenor Hanson will join a virtual event with MN350.org, the Science & Environmental Health Network, and Transition Town–All St. Anthony Park on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. for the launch of her new book, Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information and to see full event details: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/watershed-virtual-book….
Copies of the book are available through our partner bookseller, SubText Books.
What if we tended to an ailing ecosystem just as we care for ourselves in the throes of a medical condition. This possibility is explored here, in a work that is at once a memoir of illness and health, a contemplation of the surrounding natural world in distress, and a reflection on how these come together in opportunities for healing.

“The credo ‘water is life’ has become a key environmental rallying cry in the years since Standing Rock, and this book helps us remember why. It recalls an American past, inhabits a global present, and imagines a working future—it will be an aid to many as they grapple with our difficult moment.” —Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of The End of Nature
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/watershed.

History Discussion Group: Settlement Houses in Minneapolis and Beyond w/ Hennepin County Library @ 3-4pm • Free • Online Event
Join us for an online discussion of the history of settlement houses with local writer and teacher Holly Day. Settlement houses were a movement started in the late 1800s by churches, community groups and individuals to aid people living in urban areas through education, recreation, child care and other services. They were a new social experiment and evolved in various ways across the country. Learn about their history and how their work continues today. Hosted by Minneapolis Central Library.

Register today with your email: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/…/6078b2a4b635ed4500a513e4
A link to the program will be emailed to registrants in advance.
Program registrants will receive a suggested bibliography of online resources to explore before the program. Be prepared to share what you’ve learned and engage in a discussion with other history lovers.

Wednesday, May 19

Online Living as a Low-Waste Vegan w/ Vegan UniversityAnimal Rights Coalition and North Vegans @ 7:30-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: us02web.zoom.us
Join Ashley to learn tips and tricks to be eco-friendly, minimize waste, and save money! (This event is a repeat of the previous low waste events if you’ve already attended!)
All are welcome! You do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend ARC events.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85887672299
Sign up for ARC’s monthly E-Newsletter: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/39949/23220/?v=a
Become an ARC Volunteer: http://animalrightscoalition.com/volunteer/
See what ARC does: http://www.arcmnveganguide.com/what-arc-does.html 

Small Business Month: Patent Basics w/ Hennepin County Library @ 1-2:30pm • Free  • Online Event
Hennepin County Library’s Patent & Trademark Resource Center at Minneapolis Central serves all of Minnesota. This class will cover intellectual property basics, the patent process and how to do a preliminary patent search.
Register today with your email: http://bit.ly/SmallBusinessMonth2021
The link to the online event will be emailed to registrants in advance.

RESCHEDULED: The Legacy of Bearing Witness While Black in Minnesota w/ Weisman Art Museum and Office for Equity and Diversity – University of Minnesota @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: z.umn.edu
A virtual dialogue with Dr. Allissa V. Richardson and Dr. Danielle K. Kilgo
Join us on for a virtual talk by Dr. Allissa V. Richardson, journalism scholar and author of “Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism” (Oxford University Press, 2020). Dr. Richardson will discuss how smartphone testimony from two brave Minnesotans, Diamond Reynolds and Darnella Frazier, galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016 and 2020, when they filmed the police killings of Philando Castile and George Floyd, respectively. Both Reynolds and Frazier were engaging in a centuries-old practice of Black witnessing, which has always harnessed the power of journalism to shine a light on deadly racism. Dr. Richardson will draw connections between 19th- and 20th-century African American newspapers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and today’s Black citizen journalists.

Dr. Danielle K. Kilgo (John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) will moderate a Q & A session following the talk. We invite you to submit questions for Dr. Richardson in advance to weismanprograms@umn.edu. Questions may also be submitted during the event. This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Register now >> z.umn.edu/RichardsonLecture

Thursday, May 20

LGBTQ+ Veterans: Affirmative Care & Support w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ Noon-12:45pm • Free • Online Event
Online: teams.microsoft.com
The Minneapolis VAHCS is very proud and honored to serve all who have served, including all LGBTQ+ Veterans. This presentation will discuss and provide information on LGBTQ and related identity terms, the unique health care needs and health disparities of LGBTQ Veterans, ways in which you can provide affirmative care/support to LGBTQ Veterans, the role and purpose of VA’s LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators (VCC), and resources available to LGBTQ Veterans and Veteran supporters.

Title: LGBTQ+ Veterans: Affirmative Care & Support • Date: May 20, 2021, 12:00-12:45 pm
Facilitator(s): Teresa Capecchi (MSN, RN, LGBT VCC), Paul Portenlänger (MSN, APRN, CRNA, LGBT VCC), Molly Smith, (MSW, LICSW, LGBT VCC)
Virtual Location: Phone at 1-872-701-0185 with Conference ID: 538 151 463 #
or Microsoft Teams via Video Conference (no special software required) https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting…/0…

Ask An Advocate Series: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Survivors w/ Sexual Violence Center @ 1-2pm • Free • Online Event
Join us for an hour-long conversation about supporting LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence. During this Ask an Advocate event, we will discuss the impacts of sexual violence in the LGBTQIA+ community and how you can support the Queer survivors in your life. We will also open it up to questions, so come curious!

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/or…

Ask An Advocate Series: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Survivors w/ Sexual Violence Center @ 6-7pm • Free • Online Event
Join us for an hour-long conversation about supporting LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence. During this Ask an Advocate event, we will discuss the impacts of sexual violence in the LGBTQIA+ community and how you can support the Queer survivors in your life. We will also open it up to questions, so come curious!

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/ 

Artist in the Gallery: Denise Lajimodiere & Angela Erdrich w/ Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Historical Society Press @ 3-4pm • Free • Online Event • Watch live on our Facebook page.
Join us for a conversation hosted by Collections Outreach Specialist Rita Walaszek Arndt (White Earth Ojibwe) with author Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) and illustrator Dr. Angela Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) as they share their new children’s picture book, Josie Dances.

In this Ojibwe girl’s coming-of-age story, Denise highlights her own daughter’s experience at powwow. Elegant artwork by Angela features not only Josie and her family but also the animals, seasons and heartbeat of Aki, Mother Earth, and the traditions that link Josie to generations past and yet to come. The Artist in the Gallery series highlights many of the artists featured in the Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit. Support for this program provided by the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation.


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Hennepin County has grants to salvage building materials
Hennepin County has funding available for building and remodeling projects that use deconstruction techniques instead of standard demolition to remove materials during the removal or renovation of a building. In a deconstruction project, a building is taken apart mostly by hand, and materials are sorted into categories for efficient recycling and reuse. Deconstruction prevents usable materials from going to the landfill, makes used building materials available to the community, provides additional jobs, and supports local reuse retailers.

Property owners and developers can receive up to $5,000 to help offset the additional time and labor costs associated with deconstruction. Grants are available for projects on residential properties located in Hennepin County that are 500 square feet or larger on structures built prior to 1970. Learn more and apply at hennepin.us/deconstruction or contact Olivia.Cashman@hennepin.us.

Watch recording from transforming community safety learning lab
All community members are invited to see the recording of the Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention learning lab on transforming community safety from May 6. This kickoff for the learning lab series featured Anthony Smith, the executive director of Cities United, a national organization focused on reducing homicides and shootings; Office of Violence Prevention Director Sasha Cotton; and a Q&A period.

Smith provided an overview of violence prevention approaches for cities that incorporate proven on-the-ground violence prevention, intervention and healing strategies and policy solutions. Cities United is committed to supporting cities, their elected officials, their violence prevention staff, young people, community partners and other national partners in their efforts to do that. Cotton presented about Minneapolis’ public health approach to break the cycle of violence. Watch the recording and presentations on the City website, and share the link.

About the Transforming Community Safety Learning Lab Series The series will feature partners and national experts in violence prevention and other areas related to transforming community safety. The series will:

  • Provide information about relevant research, evidence-informed practices, practice-based evidence, promising practices, and innovative solutions and models for community safety from around the country.
  • Offer information and inspiration about what may be possible with reimagining community safety.
  • Create deeper understanding of some of the existing community safety models and practices we have locally that we can build on.

Watch the City website for future sessions in the series.

Partnership Engagement Fund now accepting applications
The City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department is excited to announce the Partnership Engagement Fund, one of the four funding programs that emerged from Neighborhoods 2020, is now accepting applications.

Community-based organizations doing work in Minneapolis to meaningfully engage historically underrepresented communities are invited to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $15,000 for projects that will involve a partnership with one or more of Minneapolis’ 70 neighborhood organizations.

NCR staff is available to help interested organizations create partnerships with neighborhood organizations. You are encouraged, but not required, to notify NCR of your intent to apply by May 16. Applications are due July 1, 2021. Application forms are available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Learn more and start the process at minneapolismn.gov/partnership-fund.

Minneapolis Public Schools offering range of summer activities:Students 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 programsTemporary discount on monthly broadband bills
To help families and households afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program is temporarily discounting monthly broadband bills for qualifying households. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms and everything we need the internet for.

If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals.
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50).

Apply now for the Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The program will end when the fund runs out of money or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Charter Commission seeking applicants for Redistricting Advisory Group
The Charter Commission is seeking nine eligible voters to join the Redistricting Advisory Group. These members will assist the Charter Commission in the preparation of new ward and park district maps. 
The Redistricting Advisory Group advises the Charter Commission about redistricting. They work together to:

  • Prepare new ward and park district maps
  • Hold and attend public meetings
  • Review all written public comments

The Charter Commission then has the final authority to approve new boundaries. The 2021-2022 application for appointment to the Redistricting Advisory Group is now open. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. June 24, 2021. Apply online now or download a PDF application

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 now accepting applications for block event permits
The City of Minneapolis has resumed accepting applications for block event permits as a result of Gov. Walz’s latest executive orders loosening COVID-19 restrictions. The City’s permit review process will continue to be informed by the latest in State and City pandemic-related regulations. Due to a large volume of permits we expect to receive, please plan for additional time for City staff to review and process. Find more information about obtaining a City permit for events held in the street

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.

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:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes Pfizer vaccine for youth 12 to 15
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for young people 12 to 15 years old, so there is an option for everyone from 12 up. Vaccinating kids will get them back to the summer activities they love. Getting vaccinated will give them a significant level of protection to keep them, their families and their communities safe. A CDC vaccine advisory committee recommendation is expected soon that would make the vaccine widely available to 12- to 15-year-olds as early as this week.

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Gov. Walz announces timeline to end all State COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota while doubling down on vaccination efforts
Gov. Tim Walz has announced a three-step timeline to end State COVID-19 restrictions as the state is on track to vaccinate 70% of Minnesotans by the end of June. The announcement came as more than 2.6 million Minnesotans have gotten their shots. The three-step process will end nearly all State COVID-19 restrictions by May 28, and end the statewide mask requirement by July 1 at the latest.

  1.  Step one took effect May 7. It removes limits for outdoor dining and ends the mask requirement when you’re outside (unless you’re in a very large crowd at a formal event).
  2. May 28: Step two sees an end to all capacity and distancing limits, including indoors. People will still need to wear face coverings indoors and at large events outdoors.
  3. When 70% of Minnesotans 16 and older have had at least one dose of vaccine – or July 1 at the latest – step three ends the remaining face covering State requirement. The State emphasized that local governments and businesses may still require masks and have other requirements beyond July 1.

Local requirements Minneapolis was the first jurisdiction in the state to issue an indoor mask policy, and Mayor Frey is in close contact with the Minneapolis Health Department. He will continue weighing public health data in determining when to lift restrictions in Minneapolis. Watch for City of Minneapolis news in the coming weeks and check with businesses before you go.

State protections remain Additional State protections will remain including the eviction moratorium, a ban on price gouging, and eligibility exemptions for people who receive State services.
Learn more about the State’s response to COVID-19

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:

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.

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/.

Green Minneapolis
Green Minneapolis is a nonprofit working to grow the Minneapolis tree canopy, provide free downtown activities and promote environmental initiatives. Their new carbon offset initiative focuses on enhancing the tree canopy (200,000 trees over 25 years) and will include areas along the river. Their Green Minneapolis Adventure Book includes a scavenger hunt with parks along the river to encourage families to explore the area and explains stormwater runoff. The book is free with any donation to Green Minneapolis. To make a donation and receive the Adventure Book: https://www.greenminneapolis.org/donate/. To view upcoming Green Minneapolis events and activities at Peavey Plaza: https://www.greenminneapolis.org/events/activities/.

Plant and Tend Demonstration Prairie and Pull Garlic Mustard at Nicollet Island
Tuesday, June 8, 6 – 8 pm
Nicollet Island
In 2019, Friends of the Mississippi River volunteers planted over 600 native prairie plants in the demonstration prairie boxes on Nicollet Island. Along with adding pollinator habitat and beauty to the island, these boxes are educational. Identification plaques give park visitors the chance to learn more about the stunning array of species coming up throughout the restored prairies on the island. However, the boxes need upkeep and tending. Join this June event to work in the demonstration prairie to ensure that this resource is providing everything it can for the human and wildlife communities on Nicollet Island. Volunteers will also plant additional plugs into bare spots in the boxes and in the larger prairie restoration and will help pull garlic mustard and other invasive plants from forested areas where buckthorn was recently removed. All are welcome. No experience is needed; however, registration is required and capacity is limited. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. This event is part of the FMR Above the Falls Stewards program, engaging North and Northeast Minneapolis residents to protect and restore their riverfront parks. For information and to register: https://fmr.org/events/2021/06/08/plant-tend-demonstration-prairie-and-pull-garlic-mustard-nicollet-island?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=492a1509-c6c5-45cd-ba07-c63e099399ab

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.