Weekly Roundup: July 2-8

Stay Safe, Greater Longfellow!


The Longfellow Community Council  LCC Equitable Housing Committee is looking for community members!
Our goals are to:

  • Eliminate barriers to equitable housing through community action
  • Educate the community about housing disparities and remedies for them
  • Engage people who have not been involved in LCC projects in the past

Longfellow Community Council represents Howe, Cooper, Hiawatha and Longfellow with a mission to improve the well being of our diverse community through engagement, involvement, and empowerment. Our geography is home to over 21,000 people and 400 businesses. We are convening community members to ensure Greater Longfellow is welcoming, inclusive, and affordable for people who are low-income and people of color.
If you’re interested in joining, please email justin@longfellow.org for more information.
We meet monthly–join us at 4 pm on July 7th for our next meeting! 
Topic: Equitable Housing Committee
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 856 7572 6210
Passcode: 920032

Longfellow Community Council is resuming our monthly Neighborhood Development and Transportation Committee (NDTC) meetings on Tuesday, July 6th! Follow the link below for additional information and to sign up for our NDTC email list and receive monthly agendas and meeting info.

Mental health resources:  Knowing that retraumatizing events can be ongoing, the City has created a list of mental health support resources to help residents and their loved ones. Find details and contact information on the City website.

Buy Local Buy Longfellow: Coupons Coming with the July Edition of the Messenger
Check your July edition of The Longfellow Nokomis Messenger for some coupons to neighborhood businesses. You’ll see discounts for food, drinks, retail and professional services! The coupons are good until the end of September and your support helps our business corridors to thrive!
Featured business include: Alexanders Auto Repair, All Square, APA Medical Devices, Corazon, Daisy Nails, East Lake Liquors, Elite Cleaners, El Norteño, Fix Cafe,  Glass Endeavors, Habanero Tacos, Minnehaha Scoop, Mother Earth Gardens, Trylon Cinema, Turquoise Vintage and Wildflyer Coffee. 
Brought to you by The Longfellow Business Association

Weather isn’t the only thing that changes with the seasons – your energy use does, too! When and how you keep cool this summer can have an impact on the environment. During times when more people are using energy, like weekday evenings, it costs more to produce energy and Xcel Energy may need to use more fossil fuels to meet demand. If we shift our energy use to different times of the day, like overnight and earlier in the day, we can use more lower-cost, carbon-free energy like wind and solar.

So how can you stay cool and green this summer? Try these tips to shift your AC use to different times of the day. If you have a window AC unit, turn it on for overnight use – that’s when energy is the least expensive and the cleanest. During the day and the evening, use an overhead fan to keep air circulating. Looking for more smart energy tips? Check out https://stories.xcelenergy.com/Other/EnergyUseShifting.

Be safe with fireworks, keep 911 open for emergencies Fourth of July fireworks are part of Independence Day celebrations, and the noise complaints and safety issues they can generate lead to high call volumes at 911 call centers across the country. That’s why the City wants to make sure folks stay safe during fireworks season and know what to do if they have fireworks-related complaints. Fireworks safety

  • Read, understand and follow the instructions on each device before using.
  • Use fireworks with close adult supervision.
  • Choose a safe place to use fireworks. Fireworks should only be ignited outdoors and away from animals, buildings, storage tanks, brush or combustible materials.
  • Anyone acting in an irresponsible manner or who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs should not handle or discharge fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks away from small children and store them in a cool dry location away from sources of ignition (heat and flames).
  • Never ignite fireworks inside another container such as a bottle or can.

What’s legal, what’s not

  • Non-explosive fireworks are legal in Minneapolis. Examples include sparklers, cones, tubes that spark, snakes and party poppers.
  • It is legal to use these types of fireworks in your yard or on your sidewalk.
  • Fireworks that explode or take off are illegal in Minneapolis. Examples include firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells.
  • It is illegal to use any fireworks on public property including roads, alleys, schools and parks.

When to call 911: For fireworks-related issues that pose life safety threats or fire hazards, residents should call 911 for police, fire or medical help. Examples of calls that should go to 911 include: 

  • A person injured by fireworks.
  • Airborne fireworks landing on a building or wooded area posing a fire risk.
  • The size of a fireworks gathering and unruly behavior beginning to pose a threat to others.

Make noise reports online Reducing the number of noise complaints to 911 will allow emergency calls to be answered as quickly as possible. On a typical Fourth of July evening, Minneapolis 911 receives hundreds of calls per hour, most of which are related to fireworks noise complaints. On a normal day, Minneapolis 911 will receive fewer than 100 calls per hour. Because of the volume, police officers cannot be dispatched to each fireworks noise incident around the Fourth of July but calls will be prioritized to ensure public safety. Instead of calling 911 for Fourth of July noise reports, people are asked to make noise reports online; the reports will be reviewed during normal business hours. Noise reports may also be made through the or by calling 311. You can also text “fireworks” to 311898  to enter a fireworks complaint on the City’s website.

Residents should note that Minneapolis 311 is closed July 4, but the mobile application can be used any time to make a report. City staff will review the complaint during normal business hours when offices open again and may follow up with the property owner the complaint references. For more fireworks safety tips visit https://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

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, July 2 

Friday Art-making in the Garden w/ Walker Art Center @ 10am-1pm • FREE
This summer, join us for free, drop-in art-making activities in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden! There will be a new project each week and all art supplies will be provided. These sessions are for ages 4+, no prior registration is required. Drop-in dates may be cancelled the day-of due to inclement weather. Materials will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. Walker educators will be stationed in the Garden and we’ll have signs to help point you in the right direction!

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7-8:30pm 
Tickets: http://www.trylon.org/film/night-of-the-creeps/2021-07-02
After two pledging fraternity members accidentally thaw out a corpse in a lab, they release brain-eating aliens. This clever homage to 1950s sci-fi from the director of Monster Squad has become a cult favorite. 

THE FACULTY (1998) on 35mm! w/ Trylon Cinema @ 9-10:45pm
Tickets: http://www.trylon.org/film/the-faculty/2021-07-02
In this homage to The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the high school teachers and parents in a small Ohio town are acting strangely. It’s almost as if they’re from another planet. 35mm Print courtesy of film collector Brian Darwas. 

Saturday, July 3

Dock 6 Art Pop-up: B Rose and Kendall Dickinson @ 10am-2pm
Location: 4206 E 34th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
B Rose is a zine maker and paper artist covering a variety of a subjects.
Kendall Dickinson is a local artist and zine-maker who specializes in work about mental health and queerness.  View their work here:


Sunday, July 4

Monday, July 5

Tuesday, July 6

LCC is resuming our monthly Neighborhood Development and Transportation Committee (NDTC) meetings on Tuesday, July 6th from 6-7:30pm! As the name implies, NDTC focuses on keeping track of new developments and transportation projects in the Greater Longfellow area, including meeting with developers, City and County project reps and facilitating community meetings to give residents an opportunity to ask questions and provide valuable input. Committee membership is informal and doesn’t require a long-term commitment, so you can attend every meeting or just the one’s you’re interested in. Meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

Fill out the form linked below to sign-up for our NDTC email list and receive monthly agendas and meeting info:

Wednesday, July 7

DOJ Investigation of the Minneapolis Police Dept: An Evening of Learning and Sharing w/ Black Lives Matter Twin Cities MetroMinnesota Justice Coalition @ 6pm • FREE • Online Event
Online: umn.zoom.us
Event link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/93230844891 or dial in at 651 372 8299 Meeting ID: 932 3084 4891
The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the Minneapolis Police and City of Minneapolis. They are looking at uses of force by the police and whether the police engage in racial discrimination.
Our goal is to make sure the DOJ gets the information they need to uncover the truth about Minneapolis policing and to make sure the community is at the table for solutions, including a consent decree.
Attend this event to tell your story and share your ideas for a powerful consent decree. 

An Evening of Online Horror with DCP w/ Distant Calling Pictures @ 9-10pm • FREE 
Online with Facebook Live
Join Distant Calling Pictures with host Nathan Block for an online horror film screening event! We will be screening 3 of our most popular and award-winning films that you can watch in the safety of your own home … maybe! Q&A to follow.
Films to be screened:
FROM THE RIVER (2018) 10 minutes
Award Winner: Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Audience Favorite – 50/50 Hallow’s Eve Challenge
A couple coping with the loss of a child experiences an unexplained presence in their home.

PETER PETER (2019) 7 minutes
Award Winner: Best Visual Effects (Tabloid Witch Awards)
Official Selection: Crimson Screen Horror Fest, LA International Short Film Festival
A young rapscallion finally gets his comeuppance when he destroys the property of the wrong person.

THE BUS RIDE (2020) 8 minutes
Award Winner: Best Costumes, Best Make-up, Best Villain (Z-Fest 2021)
A young woman with dreams of a better life boards a bus where she meets a mysterious stranger.

Themed Trivia: The Office w/ The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar @ 8-10pm • FREE
Are you are a true fan of The Office? Have watched each and every episode?
Then join us for our themed trivia night on July 7th from 8p-10p with Get A Clu Trivia!

Thursday, July 8

SculpTour 2021 w/ Walker Art Center @ 6-6:45pm 
Tickets: walkerart.org/calendar/2021/sculptour-2021
SculpTours are back! SculpTour is a workout/dance tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden designed by choreographers Abigail Whitmore and Annika Hansen. This 40-minute, all-abilities program will give you a kinesthetic interpretation of the sculptures in the Garden while showing you moves to shake it out.

Groups with limited capacity will be spread out and masks are required for participation. If you forget yours, we’ll have one for you. The starting point will be right outside of the Walker front entrance on Vineland Avenue.

Registration is required and can be done by selecting the appropriate date and time on the event page found in the ticket link. July and August registration will open up closer to the tour dates. Please check back!

Nobuko Miyamoto in conversation with Meena Natarajan w/ Moon Palace Books @ 7pm • FREE • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Moon Palace Books presents author Nobuko Miyamoto in conversation with Meena Natarajan, executive and artistic director of Pangea World Theater, and Dipankar Mukherjee, co-founder and artistic director of Pangea World Theater, at 7pm CST on July 8 for the release of Not Yo’ Butterfly (University of California Press), mold-breaking memoir of Asian American identity, political activism, community, and purpose. Register on Crowdcast.
Nobuko Miyamoto is a third-generation Japanese American songwriter, dance and theater artist, and activist, and is the Artistic Director of Great Leap. Her work has explored ways to reclaim and decolonize our minds, bodies, histories, and communities, using the arts to create social change and solidarity across cultural borders. Two of Nobuko’s albums are part of the Smithsonian Folkways catalog: A Grain of Sand, with Chris Iijima and Charlie Chin, produced by Paredon Records in 1973, and 120,000 Stories, released by Smithsonian Folkways in 2021.

Twin Cities Pride: Grand Marshal MASKqueerade: Unmasked w/ Twin Cities Pride and Rock What You Got Live @ The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 5-9pm
Tickets: tcpri.de/gala
In a world where things change quickly, we needed to adapt! When we created this event there were still restrictions and mask mandates. So with feedback from all of you, we’ve consolidated to one location and reduced the price of a ticket so more of you can come and celebrate with our Grand Marshals Commisioner MDH Jan Malcolm and ASL Interpreter to Governor Walz, Nic Zapko. We’ll also honor 2 longtime friends of TC PRIDE Steve Haussy and Jordon Roberge.

See our amazing talent and get ready for the Pride Festival the following week. MASKqueerade Party – featuring Musician Jamecia Bennett, Comedian Maggie Faris, Drag Show by Nina DiAngelo, Slay workshop by Brian Bose, and DJ Keezy spinning the music! Host Miss Shannan Paul.
Tickets $40 and include the show, appetizers and a sparkling wine toast. https://tcpri.de/gala Party will also be live streamed for FREE.  This is fundraiser for Twin Cities Pride and features an awesome Silent Auction: https://www.32auctions.com/TCPride2021
ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: American Sign Language and Black American Sign Language Interpreters will be available at Please let us know when you purchase tickets if you would like to be near the interpreter.

Art to Art: Ekphrastic Poetry w/  Gris Literatura @ 7pm • FREE • Online Event
Online: eventbrite.com
As the author of the groundbreaking guidebook on Ekphrasis, Janée J. Baugher believes that engaging with the visual arts can be an important portal to a person’s creativity. A common definition of Ekphrasis is descriptive writing influenced by the visual arts. Ekphrasis has a long literary tradition dating back to Homer’s description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad. Ekphrastic writers create “extroverted art,” whereby writers become subordinate to the object of their gaze. Join Baugher and some of her favorite contemporary ekphrastic poets as they discuss modern approaches to interfacing with the visual arts. Topics of discussion include: What is the “art of deep-looking”? How is engaging in art a bio-psycho-social experience? How can writers make creative use of visual stimulation? What are the ekphrastic conventions? As an aesthetic pursuit, what currency does ekphrasis hold—in academia, to the art world, to the general public?

Featuring, along with Janée J. Baugher, poets David Wright, Gerard Wozek, & Hedy Habra. Thursday, July 8th, from 7-9pm CT, on Zoom – $20 sliding fee, no one turned away! And, as always, 100% of sales goes to the Poets – #SupportPoetryPayPoets!


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Hennepin County and Hennepin Healthcare to co-locate services in South Minneapolis 
Later this year, Hennepin County and Hennepin Healthcare will co-locate services and find new ways of serving residents at the South Minneapolis Human Service Center. The building will reopen in phases throughout 2021, tentatively starting in October 2021. As services become available, they will be offered by appointment.
“The goals of the co-location are to provide efficient, effective service and care, create a safe and welcoming space for residents and provide easy access to services,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley.
“After a difficult year, reopening the Hennepin Healthcare East Lake Clinic will allow us to offer a trauma healing model of care, co-located with critical county services and community support, to a neighborhood that we have been proud to serve for more than a decade and plan to serve for many years to come,” said Jennifer DeCubellis, CEO, Hennepin Healthcare.
New services and partners

  • Adult probation
  • Hennepin Healthcare East Lake Clinic 
  • Mental Health Center
  • Office of Multicultural Services

Returning services and partners

  • Human services
  • WIC: Women, Infants and Children

Tenants Briva Health and Seward Pharmacy will continue to operate in this space. Residents who receive economic benefits through Hennepin County Human Services will continue to do nearly all their transactions online and by phone. These are the best ways to initiate and maintain benefits:

  • Apply for cash, food and child care assistance at mnbenefits.org
  • Learn about health insurance and apply for coverage at mnsure.org
  • Call to speak with a Human Services representative at 612-596-1300

Residents who do not have access to a smart phone or computer will have access to technology tools to apply for benefits at the Human Service Center. View more info about the project.

City Council committee advances plans for Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee has directed the City’s Division of Race and Equity to work with other departments to develop a framework, timeline and budget for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The first-of-its kind, cross-cultural commission will examine the experiences of American Indians and Black/African descendants, drawing on narratives from each groups’ historical experiences in order to tell the truth about the level of harm each group has endured.

The Council committee’s action follows recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Workgroup established in October 2020 by a City Council resolution. The workgroup has spent the last six months examining the meaning of reconciliation and has established definitions for priority groups outlined in the resolution – American Indians and Black/African descendants – and clarified the importance of focusing on these communities. The workgroup has also outlined a vision statement for the truth and reconciliation process, provided guidance on implementation in Minneapolis and made recommendations to partner with the City in appointing commissioners.

The City Council has proposed amending Mayor Jacob Frey’s proposed spending plan for the first round of federal funding awarded to the City through the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act to include $500,000 to support the City’s truth and reconciliation work. The Council is scheduled to vote Friday, July 2 on adopting the spending plan. Read more


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

State’s COVID-19 peacetime emergency ends July 1  After reaching a deal with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to protect monthly emergency food payments for Minnesotans, Gov. Tim Walz has announced a plan to end the COVID-19 peacetime emergency tomorrow, July 1 while ensuring an orderly transition. 

The agreement with the USDA ensures that the State will continue receiving emergency food assistance funds, benefitting grocers, farmers and truckers who work in the food industry. 

Minnesota’s peacetime emergency gave the state the tools necessary to quickly launch State vaccination sites and acquire supplies and technology to support the vaccine effort. It also supported the rapid buildup of Minnesota’s nationally recognized testing infrastructure; protected Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishment; provided expedited procurement power for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment; allowed Minnesota to implement measures to follow the advice of public health experts in combatting the spread of COVID-19; protected workers from unsafe working conditions; allowed for enhanced protections for residents of veterans homes; secured over $500 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for Minnesotans who need help buying groceries; and provided economic relief and stability to Minnesotans and small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

As Minnesota has seen a rapid reduction in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, the Walz-Flanagan Administration has worked with the Legislature to codify and unwind key provisions of the emergency response. These include an off-ramp for the state’s evictions moratorium and extensions of key waivers related to health and human services programs.  Learn more

What you need to know about the eviction moratorium off-ramp policy
Gov. Walz has signed the Housing Omnibus bill into law. The law provides $125.596 million in funding for programs at Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for fiscal year 2022/23. The bill also includes the eviction moratorium off-ramp policy, which provides guidance to landlords and tenants in orderly transition. The policy requires a landlord who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to a tenant, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts. The policy that is now law also prohibits a landlord from evicting a tenant of the tenant has applied for rental assistance through available funding opportunities at the state or local level. A tenant must be able to relinquish proof that they’ve applied for rental assistance.

I have questions about my specific housing situation and how it relates to the off ramp, who should I call or contact?
We suggest you reach out to Home Line’s tenant hotline (Metro: 612-728-5767 or Greater Minnesota 866-866-3546 or homelinemn.org) or your local legal services organization. You can also find more information at www.LawHelpMN.org.
Learn more

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 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you would require a second dose three weeks later (Pfizer) or four weeks later (Moderna). You will be fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose. You must be 18 and older. Walk-ins are welcome, and the vaccinations are free. You don’t need insurance, you don’t need an appointment and you don’t need an ID.

Upcoming clinics

  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway Ave.3-7 p.m. Thursday, July 1 & 15, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (18 and older)
  • Park Ave United Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 17, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (18 and older)
  • Camden Farmers Market, 4150 Dupont Ave. N. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 17, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (12 and older)
  • PRIDE Festival at Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, Pfizer, Moderna  and Johnson & Johnson (12 and older)

Find more information, updates and new free community vaccinations on the City 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.

Sick and safe time covers vaccine appointments Accrued sick and safe time hours can be used to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and recover from any side effects. Learn more about the City’s Sick and Safe Time ordinance.

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.


Other Information, Events, Activities & Resources:

••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/.

Independence Day Concert
Sunday, July 4, 2 pm
Ard Godfrey House, 245 University Ave. SE
Celebrate July 4th at an outdoor music concert at the historic Ard Godfrey House. Bring a lawn chair if you’d like. Learn the story of the first U.S. flag raised in the town of St. Anthony in 1850. The house will be open from 1 to 4 pm for free guided tours of the 1849 Godfrey House led by docents in period costume. Face painting and temporary tattoos will be available for the kids. The Ard Godfrey House is partially wheelchair accessible on the main floor, but has the restrictions of a historic home. Please call Muriel (612-781-8791) a week in advance to make arrangements for guests with special needs.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs
Building hours: Tuesdays — Fridays, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm: Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm – Now open again
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
Unless indicated, all activities are free and for 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/.
Underground Explorers Day Camp
July 12 – 16, 8 am – 4 pm
Come discover the hidden world under the surface. How do animals thrive down in dark tunnels and damp corners? Use your imagination while playing and building in the dirt to uncover what life is like underground. For ages 5 ½ — 9. $150. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/underground-explorers-day-camp/113610.  
Underground Explorers Day Camp
July 12 – 16, 8 am – 4 pm
Come discover the hidden world under the surface. How do animals thrive down in dark tunnels and damp corners? Use your imagination while playing and building in the dirt to uncover what life is like underground. For ages 9 — 13. $150. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/underground-explorers-day-camp/113611.
Nature Nuts: Nature Playtime
Wednesday, July 14, 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/113562.
Noticing Nature Hike
Thursday, July 15, 7 — 8 pm
Tap into your senses as you explore the park with a naturalist guide. Reset your mind and body, tune in to the rhythm of the season, and practice noticing nature. Discover the peaceful sights, sounds, and smells outside while becoming grounded in nature and appreciating the ever-changing elements around you.  For ages 8 and up. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/noticing-nature-hike/113578.
Family Funday
Saturday, July 17, 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/113579
Hike: Prairie Blooms
Saturday, July 17, 4 – 5 pm
Tour the park’s restored prairie with a naturalist to see what flowers are in bloom. Discover the adaptations prairie species have developed to be successful in a grassland and what makes this ecosystem so beneficial and diverse. For ages 8 and up. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/hike-prairie-blooms/113581.

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/
Art Practice Circle: July
With Regula Russelle
Monday, July 12, 6 – 7 pm
Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking during this time of physical separation. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will provide time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in progress, an idea that needs exploring or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress. All skill levels welcome. $10/participant; $5 for BIPOC participants. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/art-practice-circle-july/.
Intro to Screen Printing: DIY Studio Setup
With Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Wednesdays: July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11; 6 – 8 pm and Sunday Print Labs July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15; 6 – 7 pm
Have you ever wanted to invest in your own home screen printing studio but weren’t sure where to start? This virtual workshop will focus on the methods, techniques and procedures employed in screen printing at home—without a darkroom. Set up your home screen printing space and gain fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to confidently explore and experiment within the medium of screen printing, including cutting stencils, screen printing with watercolors, using drawing fluid and screen filler, mixing inks, printing layers, registration methods and techniques, printing effectively on fabric and paper and planning for successful screen prints. This workshop includes weekly one-hour group Print Labs and a virtual walk-through of each participant’s home studio setup. All skill levels welcome. $300/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $150 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information n and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/intro-to-screen-printing-diy-studio-setup/.
Copyright 101: Rights and Permissions for Artists
With Suzanne Glémot
Thursday, July 15, 7 – 9 pm
At its core, publishing is the activity of making information available to the public. Printing and calligraphy can both be considered forms of publishing, and it is the responsibility of artists working in these techniques to secure permission to use texts and images not originally their own. In this workshop, participants will dig into copyright as it works in the US, what it protects, and when artists need to obtain permissions from copyright owners. We’ll cover the Public Domain, Fair Use and cases like song lyrics and epigraphs. We’ll also walk through how to request copyrighted material from an author or publisher. At the end of this session, you will be equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to address copyright in your future projects. This workshop does not constitute legal advice, but participants are welcome to bring their general or project-specific questions to the session for discussion. Important links and slides presented in the session will be shared with participants following the workshop, and participants are also encouraged to take notes. All skill levels welcome. $45/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $25 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/copyright-101-rights-and-permissions-for-artists/.  

Preserve Minneapolis presents: 
Fort Snelling Upper Post Walking Tour
Tuesday, July 13, 6 – 7:30 pm
Corner of Taylor Ave. and Colville Ave.
Built between 1820 and 1825, Fort Snelling served as one of several Army outposts during Euro-American settlement of the nation’s western frontier. When the frontier passed the Fort, the property was sold and stood empty between 1858 and 1861. It was pressed back into service during the Civil War, providing a base for training and equipping over 22,000 soldiers from the Upper Midwest region. New barracks, barns, warehouses and kitchens were built outside the stone walls of the original fort. After the Civil War, the federal government designated the fort as headquarters for the Department of Dakota, which administered the expansive Dakota Territory to the west. The fort was also a staging point for military campaigns against Native American tribes, a tragic chapter of our nation’s past. The fort’s expanded role launched an extensive construction campaign, producing dozens of new buildings on the Upper Post for training, supplies and administration. Fort Snelling grew during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to meet military needs within and outside of U.S. boundaries including Word War I. Life was more leisurely during the 1920s and 1930s, when officers played polo on one end of the parade grounds and golf on the other, giving the fort its reputation as “the country club of the army.” After America’s entry into World War II, the fort’s induction center was again filled with new recruits—over 300,000 men were processed by a permanent staff of 1,000. After the war, though, the Army found the fort of little strategic value. It was decommissioned and turned over to the Veterans Administration in 1946. The nearby restored 1820s historic fort is a popular destination for regional school groups, families and tourists. The Upper Post area, on the other hand, is overlooked by most people, although it played the primary role in the fort’s history for three-quarters of a century. While sports fields have been added to the parade grounds and the golf course remains in use, visitors have little other incentive to explore the area and its decaying buildings. However, that is soon changing. A proposed development led by Dominium would turn the 26 historic buildings at the Upper Post into workforce housing with a preference for veterans. The project, Upper Post Lofts, is scheduled to begin construction Summer of 2021. The tour may include access to select buildings and will be less than one mile walking. The tour guides are John Stark AIA of BKV Group, Kelly Mastin AIA and Chuck Liddy FAIA of Miller Dunwiddie Architecture. A signed waiver will be required, and solid-toed shoes and appropriate construction site attire required. $14. For information and to register: https://www.preserveminneapolis.org/events/ft-snelling-walking-tour.

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
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park
Second and fourth Tuesdays
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE
Tuesday, July 13 – Aaron Kerr’s Dissonant Creatures (classical free form metal jazz); movie: Twin Cities Black Film Festival 
Minnehaha Park
Thursdays and Fridays
Minnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park Drive
Thursday, July 15 — Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars (summer fun hits 60’s-now)
Friday, July 16 — Wailing Loons (americana alt-country, folk rock)

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Mississippi Park Connection present:
Park After Dark
Tuesday, July 13, 9 – 10 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Dr. S.
Join a park ranger and entomologist in identifying the creatures and critters that come out at night at Coldwater Spring. Nightlife in the Twin Cities doesn’t get any wilder than in your national park on the Mississippi River. Some of the freakiest creatures come out to play after the sun sets at Coldwater Spring. Join a park ranger and entomologist Jessica Miller in watching this buzzing scene come alive at Nighttime Nature Fun. You will use a big sheet and black lights to attract a variety of critters. Become a citizen scientist for the evening, and help Jessica and the park ranger record who shows up to the city’s wild nightlife. For information and tickets: https://parkconnection.org/events/2021/6/8/park-after-dark-8j9yd.

Public Hearing on Draft Watershed Management Plan
Tuesday, July 13, 3 pm, Virtual
Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the MWMO’s draft 2021-2031 Watershed Management Plan at the upcoming MWMO Board of Commissioners meeting. The meeting will be held remotely, via Zoom. The updated comprehensive plan will guide the MWMO’s work over the next 10 years. The current draft of the plan and related documents can be found on MWMO’s plan update page. Public input will begin at 3 pm, when the meeting starts. After the public comments have concluded, the board will move on to its regular meeting agenda. Board members will not be voting on the draft plan at this meeting; they will only be receiving input from the public. For information: https://www.mwmo.org/events/board-of-commissioners-meeting-july-2021/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

National Park Service “Ranger on Call” Virtual Tour of the Mississippi River
Explore the river with a National Park Service ranger, any time you like, just by using your cell phone. Ranger on Call is an audio tour that explores the Mississippi River’s exceptional places. Three tours are geared for bicyclists, with tour stops at Nice Ride stations by the Stone Arch Bridge/Saint Anthony Falls area, downtown St. Paul riverfront and Fort Snelling/Minnehaha Falls. Three additional Ranger on Call walking tours are at Coldwater Spring, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Hastings’ Jaycee Park. For more information, visit: http://www.rangeroncall.com/

Nice Ride Minnesota Bike Rentals
Bikes are now available for rental at the various Nice Ride Minnesota kiosks (including numerous locations along the riverfront). It’s a great way to explore the River! For information: https://www.niceridemn.org/.

Big River Journey Online
Experience a riverboat field trip on the Mississippi River! This virtual field trip is filled with fun and exciting video clips and interactive learning modules about birds, boats, bugs, water quality and much more. Big River Journey Online allows curious junior rangers to explore the mysteries of the Mississippi from home. For information: https://bigriverjourneyonline.org/.