Weekly Roundup: June 11-17

It’s PRIDE month! YAY!


Announcements

Find ways to stay cool during hot weather
Find ways to stay cool as temps remain in the 90s. Young children, senior citizens and people who are sick or overweight are most vulnerable. Check out Hennepin County’s interactive map of cooling options.  
 

Reduce waste by switching to reusable items
From bags to toys and household goods, plastics have only been around for the past 50 years. Our grandparents lived fine without them. Their health and our environment wasn’t affected by the manufacturing, use and disposal of plastics. Commit to switching one single-use plastic item in your home to a reusable alternative. Examples include

  • Sandwich bags 
  • Cling-wrap 
  • Food storage containers  

Your small action, plus the small actions of your friends, family and neighbors really adds up. Share a reusable alternative that you can’t live without. #LoveYourStuffMPLS. Visit the City’s website for more information on how to shop smart, love your stuff, and reduce waste.


Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day this June
June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a month that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of immigrants and their families to the history, culture and economy of the United States. This month is an important time to reflect on the past and honor the strength, determination and richness of immigrant communities while recognizing the need for everyone to have access to health care, education and economic security.

Celebrate the courage and resilience of refugees on June 20, World Refugee Day. Refugees are people who have fled conflict and persecution in their home countries in hopes of finding safety and a better life abroad. World Refugee Day began in 2001 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. Join the Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affair for a variety of events throughout the month of June. Learn more


Aging With Gusto • Tuesdays | June 15, 22, & 29 | 1:30-3pm
Via Zoom. An interactive Zoom series of discussions to expand our positive view of aging and grow our capacity for living meaningful, satisfying lives in our older years. Upcoming topics led by trained facilitators and current research:

  • What contributes to your aging with gusto?
  • How can you recognize and respond to ageism?
  • How can your values and goals shape your future? 

For more information and to register: VitalLiving@esns.org or 612-787-4086.

Art Shanty Projects announces 2022 program, updated mission statement
Contact: Erin Lavelle, Artistic Director – (612) 618-2822 or erin@artshantyprojects.org

Art Shanty Projects is pleased to announce the Open Call for the 2022 On-Ice Program! The festival will be back on Bde Unma / Lake Harriet January 18 – February 9, 2022. This will be the third year of a three-year agreement with Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC). The program will adjust this winter to become an exterior-only experience for visitors with a greater emphasis on the social aspect of the outdoor village life. This means new design challenges for shanty artists, who will have some creative freedom on how they want to inhabit their structures, and expanded opportunities for performances and art actions. 

The organization is holding Artist Forums on June 15 and 23, both at 6:30pm, for interested applicants to learn more about the updated guidelines and to meet other artists and potential collaborators. Proposals are due July 15. Full information on the forums and open call can be found here: www.artshantyprojects.org/2022-open-calls

In addition to this direct, creative engagement with artists during the pandemic Art Shanty Projects board and staff members pivoted their focus towards internal reflection and assessment, and a deepened look at equity, accessibility, sustainability and accountability. They sought out funding – an MRAC Equity Response Grant – to hire professionals to facilitate this work. Board Co-Chair Danielle Jackson says “During our year off the ice we made a commitment to re-assess where we’re at as an organization, why we exist, how we want to grow, and what will guide our journey. Through a 2-day retreat led by Tana Hargest and Bethany Whitehead, and countless hours of additional discussion, reflection, shared documents, and action steps, we are pleased to have a new mission, vision, and guiding principles.” These key documents, which are now posted on the Art Shanty Projects website, will continue to shape the internal structure, processes and activities of the organization. Visit: https://artshantyprojects.org/announcing-our-new-mission-statement/

“Art Shanty Projects has grown and shifted significantly over the years,” Artistic Director Erin Lavelle comments. “While we maintain the essential spirit of our intrepid beginnings on Medicine Lake in 2004, we are now grounded within an urban community and wider public network. It’s important to honor these changes with updated language that will inform our creative offerings and engagement.”

The retreat activity was made possible with a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund. For more information, visit www.artshantyprojects.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
Juneteenth w/  Hennepin County Library & Black, Bold and Brilliant • Free • Online Event @ JUN 13, 3pm – JUN 19, 4pm
Commemorate Juneteenth Season. Juneteenth 2021 is a practice of reminding and remembering, re-grounding and regrouping. There’s a reason Juneteenth is reunion season. We reconnect, retell old stories, and revive our relationships.

Come together online throughout the week of June 13th-June 19th to enjoy powerful stories, performances, rhythms and songs with Passed Presents, Journey Productions, Nothando Zulu, Auntie Beverly, WE WIN Institute, Wisdom Young, Voice of Culture, Mama Sheila’s House of Soul, Black Table Arts Co-op, Black, Bold and Brilliant, and Million Artists Movement. ASL interpreters will be present for all live virtual events. Details and links to register are available online at https://www.hclib.org/Juneteenth

Hennepin County Library recognizes and honors Juneteenth, a celebration of Black freedom and resistance. Juneteenth is said to be the oldest African American celebration of emancipation from slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, but news of emancipation moved slowly. For the next 2½ years, enslaved Africans and Black abolitionists persevered in the struggle for freedom. In Texas, formerly enslaved Africans celebrated their emancipation on June 19, 1865, and since then, Juneteenth has been remembered and celebrated as a holiday.
Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


WARD 2 Candidate Forum on Local Energy & Climate Justice @ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 6:30pm • Free • Facebook Live
Register to attend on Zoom here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ddj7B_kJRb-vMGqfPbR7cA
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.
 


Friday, June 11 

Sujata Massey “The Bombay Prince” w/ Once Upon A Crime @ 6pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Sujata Massey will be discussing her third Perveen Mistry novel! Bombay’s first female lawyer, Perveen Mistry, is compelled to bring justice to the family of a murdered female Parsi student just as Bombay’s streets erupt in riots to protest British colonial rule.
Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/sujata-massey-the-bombay/register 


Embracing Our Roots – A Collaboration with Black Table Arts and More Than A Single Story w/ Black Table Arts Co-op and More Than A Single Story @ 6-8pm • Free 
Zoom Register here https://tinyurl.com/9nxdbkje
A Collaboration with Black Table Arts and More Than a Single Story
Second Friday of the month from June-December, 2021
The program will be hybrid – you can join in person at Black Table Arts or if you prefer, you can participate virtually on Zoom or FB Live.
Description: In the Spirit of Sankofa, Embracing Our Roots is a speaker series that reaches back into the history of the Black literary arts in Minnesota. The purpose is to pass this knowledge along to the new generation that is now ascending as leaders in our Black literary arts. The series features Black Literary Elders and Culture Bearers who will discuss significant milestones in Minnesota’s Black literary history, and will engage audience members in conversation around the impact that both the writers and the movements have had on our present day capacity to survive the storms and keep creating.

Speakers include: Carolyn Holbrook, Pamela Fletcher Bush, John Wright, Alexs Pate, Arleta Little, Louis Alemayehu and more. The program will culminate in a tour of the Givens Collection of African American Literature based at the University of Minnesota.


THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7-9pm
Set in a dying Texas town in 1951, this landmark film, based on the late Larry McMurtry’s 1966 novel, came to life after Polly Platt recommended the book to husband Peter Bogdanovich. She created the memorable production design and costumes.

Saturday, June 12

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 Justice Makes a Difference by Dr. Artika Tyner.
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.



Sunday, June 13

JUN 13 @ 3pm – JUN 19 @ 4pm
Juneteenth w/ Black, Bold & BrilliantMillion Artist Movement • Free • Online Event

Commemorate Juneteenth Season. Juneteenth 2021 is a practice of reminding and remembering, re-grounding and regrouping. There’s a reason Juneteenth is reunion season. We reconnect, retell old stories, and revive our relationships.

Come together online throughout the week of June 13th-June 19th to enjoy powerful stories, performances, rhythms and songs with Passed Presents, Journey Productions, Nothando Zulu, Auntie Beverly, WE WIN Institute, Wisdom Young, Voice of Culture, Mama Sheila’s House of Soul, Black Table Arts Co-op, and Million Artists Movement. ASL interpreters will be present for all live virtual events. Details and links to register are available online at https://www.hclib.org/Juneteenth

Hennepin County Library recognizes and honors Juneteenth, a celebration of Black freedom and resistance. Juneteenth is said to be the oldest African American celebration of emancipation from slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, but news of emancipation moved slowly. For the next 2½ years, enslaved Africans and Black abolitionists persevered in the struggle for freedom. In Texas, formerly enslaved Africans celebrated their emancipation on June 19, 1865, and since then, Juneteenth has been remembered and celebrated as a holiday.
Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Monday, June 14
 

Tuesday, June 15

In the Heights: Finding Home Virtual Book Launch w/ Moon Palace Books @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: eventbrite.com
Join Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter for a very special In the Heights Virtual Book Launch moderated by America Ferrera on Tuesday, June 15 from 7:00 to 8:00pm CST on Zoom.

Sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding home, this is your chance to hear directly from the creative team behind the timeless story of how one neighborhood—Washington Heights—can speak to the world. This is a bundled event. One book = One ticket. You ticket includes admission to this exclusive event, a hardcover copy of In the Heights: Finding Home, as well as sales tax and shipping costs (priority mail).
Find tickets on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/in-the-heights-finding…
If you have any questions email info@moonpalacebooks.com. We hope to see you there! See Less

Wednesday, June 16

In Conversation with Jonathan Slaght & Jonathan Meiburg w/ Moon Palace Books @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Join Jonathan Slaght and Jonathan Meiburg as they discuss owls, caracaras, and their books Owls of the Eastern Ice (FSG) and A Most Remarkable Creature (Knopf) at 7pm CST on Wednesday, June 16. Register on Crowdcast.

Jonathan C. Slaght is the Russia and Northeast Asia coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he manages research projects on endangered species and coordinates avian conservation activities in Asia from the Arctic to the tropics. His book Owls of the Eastern Ice won the 2021 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, a 2021 Minnesota Book Award (for general nonfiction), and was named a Best Book of 2020 by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR, among others.

Jonathan Meiburg is best known as the singer for the band Shearwater, but A Most Remarkable Creature—his first book—reveals his parallel life as an ornithologist and his quarter-century of experience with unusual, crow-like birds of prey called caracaras. Published only in March, the book is already one of 2021’s most acclaimed nonfiction books. “Calling this a bird book is like calling Moby-Dick a whaling manual,” declared one review, and authors including Margaret Atwood, David Sibley, Laurie Anderson, Jeff Vandermeer, Jennifer Ackerman, Carl Safina, Charles Mann, and Steve Rinella have praised its combination of natural history, travel writing, and literary biography. 


Online Artist Talk: Seitu Jones in Conversation With Douglas Kearney w/ Weisman Art Museum @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: z.umn.edu
Seitu Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer known for his large-scale public artworks and environmental design. Working both independently and in collaboration with other artists, Jones has created over forty large-scale public art works. For his online artist talk with the Weisman, Jones will discuss his latest site-specific installation at the University of Minnesota, Pillsbury Hall in conversation with University of Minnesota faculty member and award-winning poet, Douglas Kearney.
ASL services provided by ASL Interpreting Services. Automated captioning will be available for this event.
REGISTRATION:
This virtual event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to receive the Zoom link to attend. Register now >> z.umn.edu/SeituJonesArtistTalk


Cultural Appropriation and Art w/ Unitarian Church of Underwood @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Cultural Appropriation and Art: What is cultural appropriation in art? What controversies surround the subject? How do artists of all backgrounds engage with cultures that are different from their own in ways that honor diverse cultural perspectives? Join Kandace Creel Falcón (she/they) in a Zoom conversation on these topics on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00 PM.

Kandace is a lifelong interdisciplinary scholar whose life’s passion involves the power of narrative for social transformation. Kandace has two Bachelor’s degrees (in Women’s Studies and Psychology) with a minor in Leadership Studies, a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Feminist Studies, and an Associate of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in visual arts.

For nearly a decade, Kandace taught and directed the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at a regional university in NW Minnesota while publishing research on Chicana feminism, feminist pedagogy, equity efforts in higher education, and digital media storytelling practices. Now as an equity consultant and full-time artist and writer, Kandace lives and works in rural Erhard, Minnesota with their wife, and their ever-changing brood of chickens, cats, dogs, and goats. To learn more about Kandace, check their website at www.kjcfalcon.com. They give a view of both Kandace’s art and writing, obviously a woman who takes their passion seriously.

Join Kandace on Thursday, June 16, at 7:00 on Zoom. Register for the event at: http://bit.ly/SitOtterTail

This talk will be recorded, so if you can’t be at the meeting, register anyway and you will receive a link to the recording of Kandace’s talk after it is over. It is a part of the series “Sit With Me; Let’s have a conversation” sponsored by Pelican Rapids Multicultural Committee, the Welcome Place, Unitarian Church of Underwood, Otter Tail County Historical Society, and West Central Initiative


WARD 2 Candidate Forum on Local Energy & Climate Justice @ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 6:30pm • Free • Facebook Live
Register to attend on Zoom here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ddj7B_kJRb-vMGqfPbR7cA
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**

Thursday, June 17

Queer Voices w/ Hennepin County Library @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online 
Join us for a new edition of the long-running Queer Voices reading series! This series provides LGBTQIA writers and audiences with an accepting environment to explore the day to day material of life without censorship.
Curators Lisa Marie Brimmer and Sherrie Fernandez-Williams host an exciting evening of virtual readings with a group of talented writers.
Presented by Hennepin County Library and Quatrefoil Library. Funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The event will be on Zoom. Register today: http://bit.ly/qvpridereg
More info: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/…/609c67272346ceb5183f182e


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City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Reconnection of 38th and Chicago underway
On June 3, The Agape Movement began facilitating a phased reconnection of 38th and Chicago in partnership with the City. The reconnection of the intersection is an important next step in advancing a long-term vision for the area that supports the needs of businesses and residents while honoring its importance as a space for racial healing.

The City’s three guiding principles for the reconnection of 38th and Chicago are community safety, racial healing, and economic stability and development for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other communities of color. City leaders are collectively committed to establishing a permanent memorial at the intersection and making the area an enduring space for racial healing. Artwork, artifacts, and plantings memorializing George Floyd at the intersection have been preserved. Watch the media briefing.


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

 Public hearing set for June 16 on proposed spending plan for first round of American Rescue Plan Act funding
The City Council’s Committee of the Whole will hold an online public hearing 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 on Mayor Jacob Frey’s spending proposal for the first round of federal funding awarded to the City of Minneapolis through the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act.

The City Council began reviewing the proposed spending plan at a Committee of the Whole meeting this morning. The committee is scheduled to consider amendments to the spending plan 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 23. The City Council is anticipated to take final action on the plan Friday, July 2.

Mayor Jacob Frey outlined his plan for the first round of the $271 million in federal funding on June 4. The $89 million proposal focuses on economic recovery, affordable housing, and community safety measures while piloting new programming like a guaranteed basic income (GBI) pilot project and an apprentice-style community safety initiative.

Key priority areas include affordable housing ($28 million), economic recovery ($37 million), public safety ($11.5 million), and a new Minneapolis GBI program ($3 million). Approximately $12 million is budgeted for City enterprise investments, such as furlough relief and other staff needs. 

American Rescue Plan Act funding online public hearing: 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, City Council’s Committee of the Whole  Learn how to participate in a public hearingReview Mayor Frey’s spending proposal.



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.

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

City hosting free vaccine clinics
Get a free COVID-19 vaccine at a Minneapolis Health Department clinic. You can get a single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and be fully vaccinated in three weeks. If you choose to get a Moderna vaccine, you would require a second dose four weeks later. You will be fully vaccinated two weeks after you second dose. You must be 18 and older. 

Upcoming clinics

  • 3-7 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway Ave.
  • 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 12 at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave.

Find more information on the Health Department’s website

Other ways to get a 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.


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, 2018 Aldrich Ave. N. (corner of Aldrich and West Broadway Avenue) noon to 3 p.m. Fridays, June 11, 18 and 25
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 1301 10th Ave. N. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 11
  • Masjid Omar Islamic Center (inside the 24th St. Mall), 912 E. 24th St. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, June 12 and 26
  • African Immigrant Community Services Office, 1433 E. Franklin Ave. Suite 13B noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 10 and June 14-17
  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.
  • Brooklyn Park Starlight Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

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.


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Other Information, Events, Activities & Resources:

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs
Building hours: Tuesdays — Fridays, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm: Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm
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.

••Woodland Fairytale Day Camp
June 21 – 25, 8 am – 4 pm
Discover the mystical lost realm of the woods. Find out which plants and animals attract fairies, elves and gnomes. Uncover secret hiding places, learn the special powers of the woods, and unlock the magic for yourself. For ages 5 ½ — 9. $150. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/woodland-fairytale-day-camp/113551.

••Nature Nuts: Nature Playtime
Wednesday, June 23, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Get those inquisitive minds and bodies exploring nature through active outdoor fun. Bring your little one outside for imaginative play activities curated by a naturalist. Discover seasonal themes, cultivate curiosity, and encourage exploration. For kids up to age 8 with an adult. This is an adult/child interactive experience. For ages 2 – 8. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/nature-nuts-nature-playtime/113536.

••Bird Watching: Summer Songbirds
Saturday, June 26, 9 – 10:30 am
Get up with the morning birds to discover what summer birds to look for this summer season. Learn about bird behaviors and identification while strolling through prairie, woodland and along the river with a naturalist and keeping eyes and ears open for our feathered friends. Binoculars available. For ages 8 and up. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/bird-watching-summer-songbirds/113538.

••Family Funday
Saturday, June 26, 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: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/family-funday/113555.

••Music and Movies in Minneapolis Parks
Refreshments available at most events. All concerts start at 7 pm unless noted; movies start at 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 21 – Debbie Briggs Vintage Jazz (vintage jazz and blue) 
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park
Second and fourth Tuesdays
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE
Tuesday, June 22 – TIMISAROCKER  (pop that’s punk but pop-punk); movie: Green Book, rated PG-13 
Minnehaha Park
Thursdays and Fridays
Minnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park Drive
Thursday, June 24 — Sesay & Kaity Joan and Glossy (singer songwriter)
Friday, June 25 — Peter Ruddy (fingerstyle guitar)

Virtual Events and 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/.
••Artist Talk: Eyes Wide Shut
With Ben Blount
Wednesday, June 23; 7 — 8:30 pm
You’re invited to a virtual artist talk with Ben Blount, an artist, designer and printer interested in notions of American identity, race and culture. Ben Blount’s exhibition, Eyes Wide Shut, was on display in the windows of Minnesota Center for Book Arts from January to March 2021, viewable from the sidewalk along Washington Avenue. “Eyes Wide Shut is an examination of our relationship to white supremacy in the United States,” says Blount. “It’s ubiquitous, yet unseen. Both monumental and myth. Are we safe or are we surrounded?” Learn more about Blount’s powerful printmaking work as he joins us from his studio in Evanston, Illinois. $15/participant; $5 for BIPOC participants. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/artist-talk-eyes-wide-shut/.

••Folded Surprises
With Mary Leikvold
Thursdays: June 24, July 1; 7 — 9 pm
In this virtual workshop, learn how to make six little folded structures and explore the many ways they can be used and shared with others. On the first night, learn two folded paper structures that can be embellished and can hold written notes or drawings—a spiral fold that becomes a flower-like object and an elegant packet that unfolds to reveal a writing surface within. Delve briefly into zine-making and a basic accordion fold. On the second night, get an introduction to pop-ups and learn how to create a floating accordion structure and a map fold that can be showcased with its own jacket. Come away with ideas and inspiration for projects using folded structures such as unique gifts and cards, art, teaching objects and displays for special occasions. All skill levels welcome. $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/folded-surprises/.

••Love Local: Summer Edition
Saturday, June 26, 1—2 pm
Gather your family and join Madeline Garcia, MCBA’s Education & Community Engagement Coordinator, for a virtual workshop. You’ll learn how to make three warm weather-inspired pop-up cards to send to your loved ones this summer. Fun and accessible to many developmental levels, this workshop is open to all ages. Families can choose to work together or separately to create their cards (some adult help suggested when using Xacto knife). Free. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/love-local-summer-edition-pop-up-cards/.

When Pattern Becomes Form
June 24 – July 31 (gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, 1 — 5 pm; appointments are not required)
Form+Content Gallery, 210 Second St. N.
Form + Content Gallery presents When Pattern Becomes Form, an exhibition of new work by Clarence Morgan, Stuart Nielsen and Howard Oransky. The artists work in abstract modes and are inspired by the subtle shift that occurs in an artwork when the marks coalesce into a pattern and the pattern suggests a form. This is the second time these three artists have shown together at Form + Content Gallery. Their previous exhibition, Layers of Time, was presented in 2019. Morgan and Oransky showed together twice before: in the exhibitions Patterns of Dialogue (2017) and Shared Distance (2009). All three artists share a relationship to the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota: Clarence Morgan is a member of the faculty, Stuart Nielsen is an alumnus, and Howard Oransky is director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. If you would like to make an appointment outside of regular gallery hours, please contact the gallery at:formandcontent@gmail.com. For information: http://www.formandcontent.org/upcoming-exhibitions/

Paddle With A Ranger: Minneapolis Heron Rookery
Thursday, June 24, 6 – 8 pm
Begins at North Mississippi Regional Park, 5116 N Mississippi Dr (ends at Boom Island)
Get up close with a heron rookery, and spot bald eagles, peregrine falcons,] and other wildlife as you kayak down the Mississippi River. On this guided tour with a National Park Service ranger, you will also pass by the Upper Harbor Terminal Project site, several industries on the river, the Lowry Avenue Bridge,and the iconic Boom Island lighthouse, with the Minneapolis skyline as your backdrop. This four-mile paddle from North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park includes a kayak, paddle and personal flotation device rental from Paddle Share. $35. For information and to register: https://parkconnection.org/events/2021/6/24/paddle-mpls.

Guthrie Theater Virtual Benefit: An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.
Friday, June 25, 7 pm
The Guthrie Theater will present a one-night-only virtual benefit featuring a concert by Tony and Grammy winner Leslie Odom, Jr. with beloved local actor Regina Marie Williams as emcee. The one-hour, livestreamed program will include three concert sets by Odom, Jr. of Hamilton fame; a 15th anniversary celebration of the Guthrie’s home on the Mississippi River and special giving opportunities. Proceeds will help support the Guthrie as it prepares to reopen and resume performances onstage this fall. Attending the virtual benefit is free, but registration is required. ASL interpretation, audio description and closed captioning will be available. For more information about how to give to the Guthrie and register for the event: https://app.mobilecause.com/e/nLHzFA?vid=iy9j3.

TC Pride Rainbow Run
Sunday, June 27, 9 am
Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley Street NE 
5K your way. dress your rainbow and join in the fun. Join the live Run in Minneapolis, or plan your own run where you’re at. Because of COVID-19, the Rainbow Run 5K Presented by UnitedHealth Group will look different again this year because social distancing cannot stop Pride Celebrations. The Run is going HYBRID! That means you don’t have to run at 9 am on Sunday, June 27, in Minneapolis, unless you want to. You can choose your own time and location between June 20-30. For information and to register: https://tcpride.org/event/rainbow-run-5k-presented-by-unitedhealth-group/.  https://tcpride.org/rainbow-run-5k/.