Weekly Roundup: May 28-June 3

Have a lovely week, Greater Longfellow!


Open Seats on the Longfellow Community Council (LCC) Board of Directors
LCC is seeking candidates to fill 2 vacant seats on the Board of Directors. If you live in Greater Longfellow or own a business within Greater Longfellow, you are eligible.
The following LCC Board of Directors seats are vacant:
• Community Representative: 1-year term, expires in October of 2021
• Business: 1-year term, expires in October 2021
To get more information, you can contact Melanie Majors, LCC Executive Director via email at melanie@longfellow.org
*LCC is filling seats that only have 3 months left in their term. At the October 2021 General Membership meeting, anyone filling these seats will be able to run for a new term.

The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) will review the following funding modification at the June 17th Board meeting: To move $25,000 in uncontracted Community Participation Program (CPP) funds into our existing Community Participation Contract. If the funds are not expended by the end of this year, they will roll over into a new contract for LCC, but we are not yet able to determine what activities will be eligible. These funds were earlier set aside by LCC for new priorities that might be identified by the neighborhood; those priorities have not been identified.
Notification of any additional modifications after June 17th will be noticed on LCC’s website and FB page.
If you have questions, please contact LCC’s Executive Director Melanie Majors at melanie@lonfellow.org.

Reduce the stigma; May is Mental Health Month
In these especially traumatic and stressful times, it’s more important than ever to look out for our mental well-being. What exactly is mental health? Mental health is a person’s general sense of emotional, psychological and cognitive well-being. The World Health Organization defines mental health as: A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to his or her community. Reduce the stigma around mental health conditions Stigma around depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma and other mental health conditions can add shame to the weight people carry and keep us from getting the help we need. Use these tips to talk about mental wellness in a stigma-free way:

  • Take certain words out of your vocabulary. Crazy, nutty, head case, lunatic, psycho, schizoid and similar words reinforce stereotypes, label human beings and minimize the importance of understanding mental health conditions.
  • Instead of “afflicted with” or “suffers from” a mental illness, use the fact-based “lives with,” “is diagnosed with” or “has.”
  • Use a person-first approach. We are not our diagnoses. Example: Instead of “a schizophrenic person,” say “a person living with schizophrenia” or “someone diagnosed with schizophrenia.”

Resources for mental wellness and crisis: You and your loved ones are not alone.

Greater Longfellow’s Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale 2021 is coming up on SATURDAY, JUNE 5! REGISTRATION EXTENDED to May 31!

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 31 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

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Paddle Share is opening for the 2021 season on May 29! Reservations can be made up to 21 days in advance,
A self-serve kayak sharing system in the Twin Cities metro area that lets you rent a boat and paddle to a destination downriver! https://www.paddleshare.org/

Juneteenth Activities • June 13 – 19 Multiple locations, including MPRB Headquarters, 2117 W. River Road N.
For 2021, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Juneteenth Community Board will commemorate Juneteenth with a week of activities in various parks. A variety of in-person, virtual and distanced options allow everyone to participate based on their own comfort level with small or larger groups of people. For information: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/juneteenth/.

WARD 2 Candidate Forum on Local Energy & Climate Justice @ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 6:30pm • Free • Facebook Live
Register to attend on Zoom here:
Participating Candidates:
* Yusra Arab * Cam Gordon * Robin Wonsley Worlobah * Tom Anderson

Come listen to candidates seeking to represent Ward 2 of Minneapolis on the City Council – they will be asked to share their visions how to meet Minneapolis’ local clean energy and climate goals in ways that also benefits key priorities of the city such as housing affordability, renter’s rights, economic, racial & environmental justice, and workforce development for clean energy jobs.
In addition to prepared questions, there will be time for audience questions that are screened. ***AUDIENCE QUESTIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON ZOOM REGISTRATION LINK OR BY JOINING THE ZOOM MEETING (not via Facebook***
Following the 1h30min candidate forum the zoom-room will be held open for an informal post-forum conversation in virtual breakout rooms by issue topic.

Hosted by Community Power, an energy democracy organization which originated as the 2013 Minneapolis Energy Options campaign that led directly to the City forming its first-in-the-Nation Clean Energy Partnership with Xcel and Centerpoint. Cohosted by Twin Cities Youth for Climate Justice, a collective who are carrying on the momentum of the 2019 Climate Strikes, along with Minneapolis Climate Action, MNIPL and MN350 Action. The beginning will have a guest appearance from FairVote Minnesota, which is a national leader in the movement for Ranked Choice Voting. Rank choice voting is a simple, but powerful change to the way we vote that gives voters more choice and more power.

If you are not able to make this particular evening, help us spread the word to build up attendance, and encourage our next local elected leaders to provide strong, visionary leadership! Donations are much appreciated and welcome to continue this work but not at all required: Community Power https://www.communitypowermn.org/donate
Check out candidate responses to the 2021 energy questionnaire here: https://www.communitypowermn.org/2021_city_elections
**Community Power & Co-hosting organizations do NOT endorse candidates. The purpose of these events is to highlight the importance and connectedness of local energy issues, and give a platform for residents to educate themselves about what city candidates plan to work on and prioritize**

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.

Thriving as we Come Out of COVID; A Summer Workshop Series with Longfellow Life Coach
Join Longfellow Life Coach for an IN PERSON (YAY!) summer workshop series. The focus of this 5 session series will be to guide you in taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical health with topics that will support you to feel better and live more fully as we transition out of one of the toughest years of our lives. Find a complete list of session topics in the link below. 
• The workshops will be held from 6:30 – 8:00pm every other Monday. First session is 6/14/21. Last session is 8/9/21.
• The sessions will all be held outdoors in a local park. 
• Registration fee (for Longfellow residents) is $150 for the five session series. Need-based discounts are available. 
• Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Slots are being held for Longfellow residents only until 6/6/21.

For details go to LongfellowLifeCoach.com/Summerworkshop. Or you can email Sarah at sarahlaurencoaching@gmail.com

Friday, May 28 

May 2021 Understanding NEAR Science & Historical Trauma Workshop w/ FamilyWise Services @ 10am-3:30pm • Free • Online Event Free VIRTUAL Day-long Workshop on NEAR* Science & Historical Trauma
Join us for a free, VIRTUAL, day-long workshop on Understanding NEAR* Science & Historical Trauma
* NEAR Science stands for neurobiology, epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & resilience research

You are invited to attend a day-long workshop to learn how historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, and childhood adversity impact our lives, the lives of our children, and the health of our communities. The goal of this workshop is to build a common language and understanding about NEAR Science and Historical Trauma as a starting point .

All are welcome, and we encourage diverse cultural and identity groups to attend this workshop. Each of us hold wisdom to create healthier communities, and after attending this workshop, attendees are encouraged to think about how this information can be applied within their own family, work life, and community. The workshop will be divided into two presentations. First, FamilyWise will present the Understanding NEAR Science: Building Self-Healing Communities presentation, which represents a paradigm shift in human understanding of individual and societal health and well-being. This presentation highlights key findings from the fields of neurobiology, epigenetics, epidemiology, and resilience research, demonstrating the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on health and well-being and offering strategies to build resilience.

After a break for lunch, the Trauma Across Generations: Reclaiming the Narrative presentation, facilitated by Sam Simmons, will increase awareness of the link between historical trauma and community challenges to effectively engage communities of color. Also, the presentation will discuss the harm that approaches without cultural sensitivity can have on communities of color. This training is brought to you by BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota & FamilyWise Services

Saturday, May 29

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 characters from the series ASTRID & APOLLO by V.T. Bidania. 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.

Yoga with Dallas by OUT in the Backyard – OIBY @ 9:30-10:30am • Free • Online Event
Note: if the weather is nice, we will be in Powderhorn Park, but we’ll most likely be on Zoom for the rest of the year.
Grab a bath towel or a blanket/strap combo for props. If you plan to join regularly, investing in a couple of yoga blocks may be helpful. We’ll be moving and sharing a bit of community – reminding each other that we are not alone and joyful movement is possible. Often a short meditation is included.

pw: mountain

Sunday, May 30

Minneapolis Poetry Sanctuary’s OPEN MIC w/ Minneapolis Poetry Sanctuary @ 6:30-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Minneapolis Poetry Sanctuary presents: An OPEN MIC for Creative Writers & Poets
All are welcome! Event starts at 6:30pm CDT & will be streamed LIVE
Signup to read by messaging host Frances on our Facebook Page or email her at mplspoetrysanctuary@gmail.com
Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 31

World No Tobacco Day w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ 12:15am-11:45pm • Free • Online Event
The VA Tobacco and Health program is encouraging Veterans to enjoy a life free from tobacco — and providing a variety of resources to support Veterans in taking the first steps to becoming tobacco-free.
Learn more: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/quit-tobacco/index.asp

Tuesday, June 1

A PRIVATE WILDERNESS virtual launch event with David Backes w/  University of Minnesota Press and Listening Point Foundation, Inc. @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: listeningpointfoundation.org
Join the Listening Point Foundation and the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute for a virtual launch event for A Private Wilderness: The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson with editor David Backes. There will be an in-depth presentation and moderated conversation with Backes about the history and inspiration surrounding the book from inception to publication, as well as a Q&A session with the audience. Register for the free event here: https://listeningpointfoundation.org/book-release-event/.

Written mostly during the years from 1930 to 1941, Sigurd F. Olson’s journals describe the dreams and frustrations of an aspiring writer honing his skills, pursuing recognition, and facing doubt. Author of Olson’s definitive biography, editor David Backes brings a deep knowledge of the writer to these journals, providing critical context, commentary, and insights along the way.

“Sigurd Olson is one of the great voices in the American wilderness movement. His writings, his conversations, and his philosophy of life all reflect a profound understanding of the environment and man’s intimate relationship to it.”
—Harold Jerry, former president of the Wilderness Society

Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/boo…/books/a-private-wilderness

Curtis Sittenfeld w/ Rain Taxi Review @ 5:30-6:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Join us for the book launch of the paperback edition of Rodham, the New York Times bestseller by Curtis Sittenfeld that the Washington Post called “fiction as therapy” and the Wall Street Journal dubbed “Sittenfeld at her best.” An alternative history, Rodham imagines a world in which 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton never married Bill Clinton and instead pursued her own political career. At this special event, Sittenfeld will appear in conversation with former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to discuss the vital places where American politics and literary fiction meet.
Free to attend, registration required. More info and to register go here: https://www.raintaxi.com/curtis-sittenfeld/.
Crowdcast registration: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/curtis-sittenfeld

Let’s Imagine Something Better w/ Pollen @ 9:30-11am • Online Event • Tickets · $15
A community conversation to collectively imagine an idealized future and examine the pathways and obstacles to realizing that future.

WATERFALL virtual event with SubText Books and Mary Casanova w/ University of Minnesota Press @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Join Mary Casanova for a virtual event with SubText Books for a discussion of her new book, Waterfall. She will be joined in conversation by Susan Bartlett Foote, author of The Crusade for Forgotten Souls. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/casanovafoote/register.

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 here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/waterfall.

Wednesday, June 2

Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters w/ LSS Employment Services @ 6-7pm • Online Event
Online: lssmn-org.zoom.us
Tickets: forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx
Looking to update your resume? Learn about the four most common formats and how to choose the best one for you! This workshop also covers the do’s and don’ts of resume writing and creating effective accomplishment statements. You’ll leave knowing what a resume and cover letter are and the many tools available to create a resume or update a current one! Email us at tec@lssmn.org with any questions.
Register with this link: https://lssmn-org.zoom.us/…/tZMlceuurjwvH9VUvnSu_dhe…

SAVING ANIMALS virtual event with Book Moon, Alex Blanchette, and Elan Abrell w/ University of Minnesota Press @ 6pm • Free • Online Event
Online: us02web.zoom.us
Elan Abrell will join a virtual event with Book Moon for a discussion of his new book, Saving Animals: Multispecies Ecologies of Rescue and Care. He will be joined by Alex Blanchette, author of Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZcud….

Bridging anthropology with animal studies and political philosophy, and based on fieldwork at animal rescue facilities across the United States, Saving Animals is the first major ethnography to focus on the ethical issues animating the establishment of such places. It illustrates how caregivers and animals cocreate new human–animal ecologies adapted to the material and social conditions of the Anthropocene.

“When Elan Abrell visited VINE, we put him to work mucking out the barn. He threw himself into the work whole-heartedly, seizing the opportunity to immerse himself in everyday life at the sanctuary. We could see that he understood why we require visitors to help co-create our community by adding their own labor to the mix. In Saving Animals, Abrell brings the same combination of vigor, rigor, and acuity to the challenge of thinking care-fully about the many ethical questions that arise in the course of rescue and sanctuary work.”
—Pattrice Jones, cofounder of VINE Sanctuary
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book…/books/saving-animals.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls • Wednesdays | June 2-July 28  10am-Noon • Via Zoom 
Maintain independence and improve balance! In this award-winning class, participants will learn to view falls as controllable, reduce fall risk at home, set goals for increasing activity, and exercise to improve strength and balance. This nine-week interactive program meets weekly for two hours. 

This “virtual” nine-week class will be held via Zoom. If you’re not familiar with Zoom, don’t worry we will help you! There will be a “session 0” where you will meet one another, practice using Zoom, and receive support for any technical challenges on Wednesday, June 2 at 10 AM. 
Register here 
Questions? Contact 612-787-4086 or VitalLiving@esns.org.  
Donations accepted based on a cost share. 

Minnesota Peace Initiative: COVID: The History, The Prognosis w/ Norway House @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Minnesota Peace Initiative presents: COVID: The History | The Prognosis

Thursday, June 3

Caring for the Caregiver Interactive Workshop • Thursday | June 3 | 2-3pm • Via Zoom 
Join the artists of Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater for a virtual workshop, designed for caregivers of all kinds. Participants will explore ways to express feelings associated with the daily work of caregiving through the integration of movement, stories and memories.  
There is no fee to participate in this workshop and no prior movement experience is required. Be prepared to write, draw, and move during this interactive workshop. Pre-registration is required.  
To register, contact Liz at LFlavin@esns.org or 612-787-4076. 
This activity is brought to you by the Vital Living Department, in coordination with the Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater (SPDT). It has been made possible by a SPDT grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. 

HUDSON BAY BOUND virtual event with North House Folk School and Natalie Warren w/ University of Minnesota Press @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: us02web.zoom.us
Join Natalie Warren for a virtual event with North House Folk School for a presentation of her new book, Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic. Please register here to join the free event: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_TpgjtyfNQ_2_009tjhOofA.
Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho take a 2,000-mile journey by paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, giving readers an insider view from the practicalities of planning a three-month canoe expedition to the successful accomplishment of the adventure of a lifetime.

“Hudson Bay Bound is a story of friendship forged on the river as two young women paddle 2,000 miles to the Arctic. With the candor and enthusiasm of a first grand adventure, Natalie Warren shares the joys and trials of living by water, propelled northward by muscle power and the belief that anything is possible.”
—Caroline Van Hemert, author of The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000–Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book…/books/hudson-bay-bound

Journey Together: Align with Your Soul Purpose Meditation w/  Heart of Tao Resonance Art @ 10am • Online Event
Tickets: doushinresonance.as.me/soulpurpose
Spring Forest Qigong Grand Master Chunyi Lin says that our soul had a purpose of coming into this world. So, in Spring Forest Qigong practice, we focus on our Soul Purpose to guide us in our practice. But sometimes our life situations and our egos steer us away from our Soul Purpose and we feel lost in our lives, even though we have everything we need to keep us on our path. So, it is important for us to get in touch with our Soul Purpose and align our life with it.

In this special guided meditation, Spring Forest Qigong Master Gadu Doushin will guide you to go deep into your heart and feel your Soul Purpose. When you align yourself with your Soul Purpose, you will feel that you are being guided in your life and feel the joy of life on every step you take.
Fees: $25 USD (Replay will be available)
For more information, go to Heart of Tao Resonance Art website: https://doushinresonance.com

Celebrate Pride with 5 LGBTQ mystery authors! w/ Once Upon A Crime @ 6pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Join us as we celebrate Pride: Mystery Style! Featuring 5 fantastic authors. We’ll have a mix of chatting and reading.
Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/celebrate-pride-with-5/register
Jessie Chandler – Author of the Shay O’Hanlon Caper Series, Operation Stop Hate, and The Quest for Redemption.
Nicolas DiDomizio – Debut author of Burn it All Down: Take the ride of a lifetime with this mother/son, crime/revenge thriller James Patterson praises as “audacious, addictive, highly entertaining.”
Robyn Gigl – Debut author of By Way of Sorrow, a gripping debut legal thriller with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and a unique protagonist who, like the author herself, is a transgender attorney.
Ellen Hart – Lambda, Goldie, and Minnesota Book award-winning author of the Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenway series.
Cheryl A. Head – Author of the Charlie Mack Motown Mysteries. Warn Me When It’s Time comes out June 29th. 

Artists of the Big River Continuum: Bloom Like a Wildflower in a Hurricane and Flow Like a River w/ Weisman Art Museum and A Studio in the Woods @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: z.umn.edu
Join us for a special online event with Weisman Art Museum and the Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. Artists Monique Verdin and Karen Goulet, along with Curator Rebecca Dallinger, will discuss The Big River Continuum arts residency. This inspired collaborative integrates artistic activity with scientific scholarship and connects the Mississippi River from the headwaters to the Delta. The project is supported by Central and Northwest RSDP (@UofMNExtRSDP) and is a creative collaboration of Weisman Art Museum, Itasca Biological Field Station (@ItascaBioStation) in Northern, MN. and A Studio in the Woods (@astudiointhewoods)in New Orleans, Louisiana.


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

George Floyd family launches The George Floyd Community Benevolence Fund to benefit 38th and Chicago community
The George Floyd family and their attorneys announced Tuesday, May 25 the launch of The George Floyd Community Benevolence Fund to benefit the 38th and Chicago community — one year after Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. The fund will award grants to eligible businesses and community organizations serving the community at 38th and Chicago. Grants will be funded at three levels: $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. In order to receive a grant, an organization must complete and submit the application found on the fund’s website. Applications will be accepted starting in the fall. Fund leaders have issued a corporate grant challenge to the largest corporations and professional sports teams in Minneapolis to join the family in their efforts by contributing to the fund and/or joining the board of directors. Outreach to additional corporations and potential partners will continue in the months to come. Learn more about The George Floyd Community Benevolence Fund.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Parks Foundation celebrate opening of Water Works
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Minneapolis Parks Foundation are celebrating the opening of the Water Works, a new park along the downtown riverfront. Construction is nearly complete and outdoor elements are now open. 
Water Works was created in Mill Ruins Park, overlooking St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. The three-acre project brings significant new historic, cultural and recreational amenities to one of the most visited and iconic areas in Minneapolis.

Water Works is designed to reveal layers of untold stories, in acknowledgement of the location as both a spiritual place that has shaped cultural and economic connections for Indigenous people and immigrants, and as the birthplace of Minneapolis’ milling history. Learn more

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.

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 programs

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



COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Minneapolis mask requirement remains in effect for all indoor public places
Mayor Jacob Frey has kept Minneapolis’ mask requirementin place pending review of public health data and local vaccination rates. Private businesses, public transportationand other settings also have face covering requirements including Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, which stays in effect requiring masks in schools through the end of the school year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 13 that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can start doing many things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Gov. Walz has lifted Minnesota’s mask requirement while still strongly recommending Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings indoors. These are still subject to local restrictions. Learn more

Minnesota now vaccinating youth 12 and up  Minnesotans ages 12 to 17 can now get vaccinated at the State sites that have Pfizer vaccines. Appointments are not necessary; these sites take walk-ins. A parent or guardian must be present with 12-15-year-olds, and 16-17-year-olds can get consent in person or online beforehand through the registration process. Families – join your child and get vaccinated at the same time. Vaccinating kids will get them back to the summer activities they love: sports, seeing friends, concerts. Getting vaccinated will give them a significant level of protection to keep them, their families and their communities safe.Vaccination sites giving Pfizer vaccines include: Bloomington (Mall of America), Saint Paul (Roy Wilkins Auditorium), Lino Lakes and Oakdale.
Other ways to find sites with Pfizer vaccines:

  • Vaccine Connector: Sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong to get contacted about vaccine in your area.
  • Vaccine Locator Map: Use the Vaccine Locator Map to search for providers who are vaccinating ages 12 and older at Vaccine Finder.
  • Vaccine Finder: Find COVID-19 vaccine appointments at vaccines.gov. You can filter by vaccine manufacturer and search for only Pfizer vaccine appointments.
  • Health care provider: Contact your child’s primary health care provider, local public health department or a local pharmacy

Get a free COVID-19 test and help stop the spread The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. 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.

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.

Health officials now estimate that 60% of all COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are associated with the B.1.1.7 variant, a more transmissible version of the virus that may be associated with more severe symptoms. Much of the spread of COVID-19 in recent weeks has been seen in younger Minnesotans, particularly among middle and high school.

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 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 4, 11, 18 and 25
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 1301 10th Ave N. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 28, June 4 and 11, July 2 and 16
  • AICS (inside Masjid Omar), 912 E. 24th St. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday May 29, June 12 and 26 and July 10
  • AICS office, 1433 East Franklin Ave, Suite 13B. Noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday the weeks of May 25, June 1, June 7, June 14
  • 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 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:

Music and Movies in Minneapolis Parks – Back for the season
Refreshments available at most events. All concerts start at 7 pm unless noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset. Free. For full calendar: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/MM_WHOLE-2021_FINAL.pdf
Nicollet Island
First and third Mondays
Nicollet Island Amphitheater, 40 Power Street
Monday, June 7 – Lila Ammons Jazz Group (blues to hard-bop)
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park
Second and fourth Tuesdays
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE
Tuesday, June 8 – Papa Bleu (rhythmic party music sound); movie: Twin Cities Black Film Festival
Minnehaha Park
Thursdays and Fridays
Minnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park Drive
In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion
Thursday, June 3 – Drunk Girl Crush (quirky electronica dream pop)
Friday, June 4 – Forrest & the Rangers (50’s & 60’s rockabilly and more)
Thursday, June 10 — Pig’s Eye Jass Band (traditional jazz-move your feet)
Friday, June 11 — Blue Groove Bluegrass (contemporary bluegrass)

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.

All-School Recital
Tuesday, June 1, 7 – 8 pm
Intended for students of all ages, instruments and abilities, All-School Recitals typically feature a nice mix of performers, composers and genre. For information: https://www.macphail.org/events/all-school-recital-4/.

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/.
• Box Building for Beginners With Erin Maurelli
Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15, 22; 7 – 9 pm
This workshop is perfect for anyone new to book arts who would like to learn something a little different. Building boxes, with high-density board often called “book board,” is a time-honored tradition within book arts. Hand-built boxes serve many functions, from holding tools to preserving fragile books. Participants will learn the basics of box building while creating two unique boxes with lids. Erin Maurelli (she/her) is a Twin Cities-based educator and artist. Printmaking, letterpress and book arts are central to her personal work. She received a Master Printer Certificate from Tamarind Institute for Lithography in 2002. Maurelli received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa, with an additional Book Arts Certificate from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. Maurelli is a great technician and aims to help students improve their technique as well as explore their creativity. To learn more click here. All skill levels welcome.  $190/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee; $110 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/box-building-for-beginners/.

• Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking With Rachel Church
Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15; 4:30 — 6:30 pm
Learn a set of at-home techniques and structures for creating engaging artist’s books with little surprises such as storage compartments, peek-through cut-outs and custom patterned paper. First, learn how to print patterned papers using simple, inexpensive supplies at home. This is a great process for all levels of artists to quickly express themselves through pattern and print. Next, explore masu boxes, a folded box structure that can be used to create a variety of book objects with storage compartments. Last, learn to make a suite of single-page folded book structures and experiment with ways to incorporate cut-outs to take advantage of both sides of the paper. All of these techniques can be combined with other art and bookmaking processes you may already know to enhance your practice. All skill levels welcome. $120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/print-fold-cut-three-playful-techniques-for-bookmaking/.

• Origami Fireworks Modular With Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesdays: June 2, 9; 6 – 9 pm
Learn how to make two celebratory origami fireworks. Origami modulars are made up of several pieces folded in the same way and put together like puzzle pieces, all connected without glue. These firework modulars can be manipulated endlessly. With each rotation, you will see a different view of the connections of the units. It’s mesmerizing to play with! Modulars are addicting to fold, satisfying to assemble and a delight to the eyes. In this virtual workshop, learn how to fold and assemble two unique modular fireworks and leave with the knowledge to make more. All skill levels welcome. $120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/origami-fireworks-modular/.

• Hand Lettering in the Physical and Digital World With Joanna Manning
Wednesdays: June 2, 9; 7 – 9 pm
Designed for those with interest in exploring American penmanship, this virtual workshop begins with a brief history of calligraphy and writing instruments. Instruction will cover paper position, pen-holding posture, penmanship exercises and practice with margin and spacing design. After hand lettering a design with an ink pen, scan the finished design and learn how to edit and share your design digitally. Build skills with this expressive form of communication and experiment with inventive ways to share it. This workshop is designed for adaptability to the skill level and individuality of participants; however, participants must have experience with photo editing software and a scanner. Some experience helpful. $80/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $40 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/hand-lettering-in-the-physical-and-digital-world/.

• Mixed Media Sketchbook With Emma Freeman
Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17; 7 – 9 pm
Breathe new life into your book collection by turning existing books into sketchbooks. Explore a variety of mixed media artmaking techniques including painting, mark-making, collaging, drawing and writing to create dynamic art on each page. This virtual workshop is an invitation to play and experiment with mixed media techniques to expand and deepen your abstract artmaking and mixed media language. All skill levels welcome.  $120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/mixed-media-sketchbook/.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
Unless indicated, all activities are free and or all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/north_mississippi_regional_park/
Naturalist staff will be onsite to provide sanitized materials and introductory instruction for activities that will be self-directed by individual households.

• Nature Nuts: Storybook Stroll
Wednesday, June 2, 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/111359.

• Wild Nature Challenge
Thursday, June 3, 5 – 7:30 pm
Practice your wilderness skills in the park through nature challenges. Build forts, maneuver through obstacles, and build a campfire with the bare essentials. It’s like an escape room in nature – fun for all ages and abilities. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/wild-nature-challenge/111286.

• Trail Treasures
Saturday, June 5, 10 – 11 am
Explore park paths with a naturalist guide in search of nature’s treasures. Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to get a closer look at what’s hidden outside. Come enjoy the exploration – who knows what we may find! All experience levels welcome to enjoy the outdoors while activating bodies and minds in discovery. This is a therapeutic recreation designed program. For ages 18 and up. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/trail-treasures/111378.

• Family Trail Treasures
Saturday, June 5, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Explore park paths with a naturalist guide in search of nature’s treasures! Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to get a closer look at what’s hidden outside. Come enjoy the exploration – who knows what we may find! All experience levels welcome to enjoy the outdoors while activating bodies and minds in discovery. This is a therapeutic recreation designed program. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/family-trail-treasures/111302.

• Family Funday
Saturday, June 5, 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/111370.

Seeking Applications for Water Works Public Art Project
The City of Minneapolis invites public artists to apply to design and create public artwork to be incorporated into Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s new park, Water Works, located within Mill Ruins Park overlooking Saint Anthony Falls. The artwork will celebrate the histories, languages and vibrant cultures of Indigenous and Dakhóta people and honor the two nearby sacred Dakhóta sites — Owámniyomni (St. Anthony Falls) and Wanáǧi Wíta (Spirit Island) – destroyed in the 1960s to make way for the nearby lock and dam. The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the design team and community to create public artwork for this new park. Applications due June 7. For information: https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/business-services/planning-zoning/city-plans/public-art-long-range-planning/call-for-artists/.

MWMO on Creating Pollinator Habitat at Home
Planting native plants at home — even just a few — is a powerful way to support both pollinators and water quality. Our latest blog post covers both the how and why of planting native perennials at home, including how to choose a location, select plants and overcome challenging soil conditions. If you decide to give it a shot, you can find even more resources on the native plants page. If you already have native plants, May is a good time to prepare them for the new growing season. You can learn the basics of spring maintenance for native plants in this YouTube video. And while you’re busy planning your native plant garden, you can support pollinators in the meantime by letting your lawn grow wild for  No Mow May (provided that your local ordinances allow it).

Mississippi River Paddle Share
Mississippi River Paddle Share is an exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who don’t own a boat and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. This is a first of its kind in a national park and in the country. Kiosks are located at three locations along the Minneapolis stretch of the Mississippi River (and four on other river segments). All the Minneapolis and St. Paul stations are aligned with Nice Ride bike share stations. For a separate fee, you can paddle one way and bike back along this great river. Transit service and ride share is available from the other locations. See www.rivertripplanner.org for transit and bike share options, including schedules and locations. For information: http://paddleshare.org.

Nearby Nature at North Mississippi Regional Park
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
Think you’re familiar with your local park? The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) invites people of all ages to explore the parks in fresh ways this summer with Nearby Nature. All Nearby Nature activities are free, and no registration is necessary. Just show up and be ready for fun, relaxation and inspiration! Rotating through parks every week or so, activities include the following:
·      Storybook Strolls — Walk through a great story and a park at the same time, page by page.
·      Natural Finds — Learn orienteering on special courses designed for Minneapolis parks.
·      Nature Quests — Discover nature in the park through scavenger hunts, challenges, informational signs and more.
·      Guided Experiences — Nature-inspired yoga poses, forest-bathing techniques and other prompts help your mind, body and soul tune into a refreshing state of nature.
·      Collaborative Nature Art — Find and add natural objects to mandalas, collages, community collections and other artworks-in-progress in the park. 
For updates on what will be happening, where: https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodnaturalist/

Mississippi Park Connection’s Women of the Mississippi
The Women of the Mississippi Project features people who have impacted the Mississippi River in Minnesota, honoring the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment. For information: parkconnection.org/com

Great River Road Plan Your Trip
The Plan Your Trip interactive map application features the Great River Road and Mississippi River (bicycle) Trail routes in Minnesota, over 700 points of interest, over 200 local food providers and more. It also includes expanded interactive travel guides for each of six distinct regions from the headwaters at Lake Itasca to the Bluffs Region in the southeastern area of the state. Each region has unique features and histories, towns and recreational opportunities. This information is also the most updated that Great River Road Minnesota has available. Follow the Great River Road to find unique places to explore along the Mississippi River in the Metro Region. Statewide, Minnesota’s Great River Road offers 565 miles of byway with over 700 places to experience this great river.

The Water Blog
Stay up to date on metro Mississippi River water issues with the Friends of the Mississippi River Water Blog. As news comes out or important river protection milestones are achieved, updates will be posted at: https://fmr.org/waterblog.

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

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

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