Weekly Roundup: June 4-10

It’s the Annual Neighborhood Garage sale on Saturday!


Greater Longfellow’s Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale 2021 is coming up THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 9am-3pm!
Over 130 sales happening throughout Southeast Minneapolis.

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!Check out the COMMUNITY SALE MAP online here.
PICK up your map in the Greater Longfellow neighborhood at(Maps dropped off to locations at 8am 6/5/21)
• 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
Or use this QR code:

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.

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**

Weed & Water Wednesday: Kids 0 to 8 and their caring adults are invited to join us from 9:30-11:30 am every Wednesday, June 9 – August 7. Enjoy crafts, snack, stories, and play, while helping tend to the Epworth Garden. FREE. Epworth UMC, 3207 37th Ave S. For more info find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/epworthwww or contact us at 612-722-0232.

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, June 4 

TARGETS (1968) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7-8:30pm
Tickets: http://www.trylon.org/film/targets/2021-06-04
Byron Orlok (Boris Karloff) is an aging horror-film star doing a personal appearance at a drive-in theater that comes under assault by a deranged Vietnam vet. When producer Roger Corman tasked Peter Bogdanovich with re-using 20 minutes from an earlier Karloff movie, the director’s then-wife, Polly Platt, wrote the story and did the costumes. The biting film that resulted was Karloff’s last.

Saturday, June 5

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 book When Everything Was Everything by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay.
Pick up a special story stroll BINGO card to track your participation—and win fun prizes! 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.

Keller Williams – Early Concert w/ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge @ 5pm • Tickets · $30 – $50
Keller Williams – Early Concert – Family Friendly
– Under The Canopy at The Hook and Ladder Theater
– “An Urban Outdoor Summer Concert Series”
– Doors 4:00pm :: Music 5:00pm :: 21+
– Reserved Seats/Pods** of 2, 4, & 6
-* Does not include Fees
-** Must purchase the entire pod of seats
Definition: ADM (Acoustic Dance Music), solo acoustic guitar and voice with every other song walking the line of electronica. If you need a title to file under try electro-hippie acoustic downtempo.

“What kind of definition is that? It’s the kind of definition that will take you actually going to a show to decide for yourself and put it to your own words. This element of my life is what I refer to as my day job. Which is essentially me finding new ways to entertain myself on stage in front of an audience. Using technology and a technique, described by Dr. Didg, as live phrase sampling or looping, I am able to entertain myself for two sets. Nothing is prerecorded and all sounds and beats are created live by layering loops on top of one another and then singing or soloing over top if all if it.
See what I mean? Only being there can explain it. The thousands of hours on YouTube cannot describe the feeling and vibe of one of my solo shows…..at least the feeling that I get. Drawing from almost 2 dozen releases as well as a ridiculous amount of covers, hours are spent on set lists that often get abandoned for requests from the audience. So much fun, it should be illegal and in some counties it is.”
 – Keller Williams
COVID Safety:
-If you have any covid symptoms stay home!
-Arrive early to allow time to get into the venue and your seats.
-Wear a mask to your table, seat, bathroom, bar and respect others space.
-Pods are spaced 6 feet apart.
-Enjoy The Show!
The health and safety of our guests, artists, and staff is our top priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health. Thank you!
You are solely responsible for assessing and implementing the appropriate safety and security measures for yourself. Your participation in safe practices is required. Continued violation of social distancing and unsafe practices may cause you to be asked to leave the event.

Sunday, June 6

Monday, June 7

Tuesday, June 8

Public Hearing Notice – Appealing the approval of new community residential facility serving up to sixteen people in the existing building at 3805 40th St E @ 1:30pm
Joe Wagner is appealing the City Planning Commission’s decision to approve the following land use applications to allow a new community residential facility serving up to sixteen people in the existing building at 3805 40th St E:

  • Conditional use permit for a community residential facility serving up to 16 persons.
  • Variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement.

This matter will receive an additional public hearing before the Business, Inspections, Housing, and Zoning Committee (BIHZ) of the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. During the declared local public health emergency, Minneapolis has transitioned to an electronic format for its public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19. The public may view the public hearing using the following options: Watch on Comcast Channel 14 or 799 or live on www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv.   Read more here

Edvard Grieg Soc. of MN String Competition Finals w/ Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota @ 7-10pm • Free • Online Event
A link for the free video event will be embedded on Norway House’s Edvard Grieg Society page at this link: https://www.norwayhouse.org/egsmn
The five finalists from a national pool of entrants are S. Lelani Himegarner, cello (Student of Kacy Clopton, Luther College), Yu-Chia Hsu (Student of Sally O’Reilly, DMA student at U of MN), Matthew Liston, cello, (Student of Ruth Marshall, 2019 graduate of WInona State Univ.), Clara Schubilske, violin (Student of Blair Milton, Northwestern Univ.), and Ava Shadmani, violin, (Student of David Perry, U of W, Madison).
Each performer will play a three-piece program consisting of a miniature or transcription of a work by Grieg, a movement or piece by another Scandinavian composer, and a complete 3movement Grieg String Sonata. The winner will be awarded a $1,500 prize and an invitation to perform on the next season of the Edvard Grieg Society of MN’s concert season. 2nd prize is $1000, 3rd price is $500, and there is a $300 William Halverson Prize for the best performance of a work by Grieg. Additional performing opportunities may also be offered to prize winners.

The Edvard Grieg Society of MN presents a rotating four-year schedule of competitions featuring strings, piano, voice, and commissions or special projects. Next year’s competition will be built around Grieg’s works for voice. The next String Competition will be in 2025. The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota is a program of Norway House. 


Wednesday, June 9

Talk of the Stacks with Daniel James Brown w/ Friends of the Hennepin County Library @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Free registration available athttps://www.supporthclib.org/daniel-james-brown *Join us for an evening with bestselling author Daniel James Brown (“The Boys in the Boat”) as he discusses his new history “Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II” (releasing May 2021). At this event, Brown will be led in conversation by award-winning historian and author Erika Lee (“America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States”).

This virtual event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required via the link above. The talk will be followed by a live Q&A session with webinar participants.
Order “Facing the Mountain” through bookseller partner Magers & Quinn: http://bit.ly/Order-Facing-the-Mountain
Learn more about our event guest authors and the library’s impact: https://www.supporthclib.org/spring-2021-events-guide
The 2021 Talk of the Stacks series receives support from sponsors LSE Architects, Noor Companies, and U.S. Bank, as well as media partner Star Tribune.

The Power of Art: Creating Space for Racial Justice w/ Weisman Art Museum @ Noon • Free • Online Event
The College of Liberal Arts is hosting a series of roundtable discussions with community leaders that seeks to answer the question “What’s next for us to eliminate institutional and systemic racism in society in the wake of George Floyd’s death?” Join us for a conversation focused on what’s next for arts institutions following the killing of George Floyd. How can museums advance racial justice today and over the long term? And how are museum leaders viewing their roles differently now?
This event is open to all but you must register to attend to receive a Zoom link. Audience can submit questions in advance or live during the event.
Register to attend at >> z.umn.edu/PowerOfArtRegister
– Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, head of public programs, Smithsonian American Art Museum
– Katie Luber, director and president, Minneapolis Institute of Art
– María Elena Ortiz, associate curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami

– Karen Mary Davalos, professor, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, University of Minnesota
Learn more about the panelists and moderators at >> z.umn.edu/PowerOfArt

A Backup Plan for Minnesota’s “Solo Seniors” w/ Southeast Seniors @ 1:30-2:30pm • Free • Online Event
A growing portion of the 55+ population is composed of “solos.” These are individuals who cannot or choose not to rely on family to help navigate life events and make health decisions. Health and well-being are concerns for everyone, but they are often the core concern in the second half of life. Planning is essential, but particularly those who cannot count on a family safety net. Many of us don’t like to plan or know how to do it well. Existing planning tools tend to focus on the end-of life, but neglect planning for health decisions and events that will likely occur during the“long middle.” Come hear about solos and the special challenges they face. You’ll hear about a new planning model and tool –the Backup Plan—and how it can help solos and others stay in the driver’s seat in the second half of life.

Linda J. Camp is an independent consultant, writer, and researcher. Her work focuses on strategic planning, systems analysis, and change management for non-profits and local government. Past work includes 28 years of management experience in the public sector and consulting work related to older adults. She most recently served as Project Manager for a Bush Foundation funded project on health decision making by/for solo older adults.

To register or for more information, contact Southeast Seniors at 612-331-2302 or info@seseniors.org and provide your name, phone number and email. Registration closes at midnight the evening prior to the program to ensure that all participants receive the Zoom link and handouts (if applicable) prior to the start of the class.

Summer Kickoff – Patio Party w/ Longfellow Grill @ 4pm • Free 
Come join us in welcoming the return of patio parties and Minnesota Summer fun! We’ll fire up the grill and enjoy music from @The Jupes and drinks from @Breakthru Beverage Minnesota

Thursday, June 3

A PRIVATE WILDERNESS virtual event with the Friends of the Boundary Waters and David Backes w/ University of Minnesota Press and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: us02web.zoom.us
David Backes, editor, will join a virtual event with the Friends of the Boundary Waters on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of A Private Wilderness: The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson. He will be joined in conversation by Douglas Wood, author of Deep Woods, Wild Waters. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_gLbenSHDR3adHppbFb2nyw.

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

City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Minimum wage increases July 1 in Minneapolis
On July 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Minneapolis is going up to $12.50 at small businesses and $14.25 at large businesses. The City is committed to supporting an economy that includes everyone. The Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance defines small businesses as 100 or fewer employees and large businesses as more than 100 employees. Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of a minimum wage.

The City’s Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage, and workers are encouraged to report violations online. Increases in Minneapolis’ minimum wage directly benefit tens of thousands of families and the economy. The ordinance supports the City’s goals of promoting economic inclusion and reducing economic and racial disparities. For more information about the ordinance, visit the City’s website. For additional questions call 311 or email minwage@minneapolismn.gov.

A comprehensive study of economic impacts conducted independently by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is ongoing. Watch and share a short video on the City’s minimum wage ordinance

‘Your Shot to Summer’ rewards request form now open The State’s “Your Shot to Summer” vaccine incentive campaign is now open for submissions at mn.gov/covid19/summer. Minnesotans 12 years of age and older who have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccine dose since May 27, 2021 are eligible to fill out the request form and choose their preferred vaccine reward.

There are several reward options, including a Minnesota fishing license, Minnesota State Parks pass and $25 Visa gift card.  Rewards will be available for the first 100,000 requests made by eligible Minnesotans. Reward requests must be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health by 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021, and will be fulfilled on a rolling basis.

Beaches, pools and other water activities open for season Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s pools, water parks and beaches are open for the season. With dozens of wading pools, 12 beaches, two water parks, and the nation’s first natural swimming pool, Minneapolis parks provide all kinds of water fun.
Find schedules for wading pools, the Webber Natural Swimming pool, water parks, beaches and water activities.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Mayor Frey lifts mask mandate in Minneapolis
Mayor Jacob Frey signed an emergency regulation June 1 immediately lifting the City’s local mask requirement, which has been in place since May 2020.

Currently, 78.6% of Minneapolis residents (15+ population) have received at least one vaccine shot (either a single dose or first dose of two) of a COVID-19 vaccine. As the city approaches an 80% adult vaccination rate, positive case figures continue to trend down with the city’s seven-day rolling average of new daily cases per 100,000 consistently below 10. Currently, 69% of all Minneapolis residents aged 15+ are fully immunized.

The City’s Health Department will continue to emphasize equity and inclusion in its outreach efforts with an increased focus on providing vaccine education and access to Black, Indigenous, Asian-Pacific Islander, Latinx, East African and people of color.  Learn more.

Find your free vaccine Vaccines work. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, get a free vaccine as soon as you can. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have plummeted as more Minnesotans receive their vaccine. About nine out of 10 Americans live within 5 miles of a COVID-19 vaccination site. Lyft and Uber are offering free rides to vaccination appointments until July 4.


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)

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/.

• 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.