Weekly Roundup: July 9-15

Enjoy Summer, Greater Longfellow!


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.

Use water wisely during this summer’s hot and dry weather–From Minneapolis City:
Our region is having a moderate drought because of our extended hot and dry weather. To help take stress off the City’s water supply source, use water wisely.
Tips include:
• Watering during the coolest part of the day to avoid evaporation.
• Watering grass only when it needs it. Most lawns only need an inch of water a week.
• Installing low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
• Taking shorter showers using low flow showerheads instead of baths.
• Turning the faucet off while you shave or brush your teeth.
• Loading dishes into the dishwasher without rinsing them.
• Running the dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded.
• Filling the sink to wash dishes by hand instead of letting the water run.
• Using a large pan to clean vegetables rather than letting the water run.
• Only washing full loads of laundry.

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.

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

4th Annual Trylon All-Night Horrorthon w/ Trylon Cinema @ JUL 16, 7pm– JUL 17, 6am 
Tickets: http://www.trylon.org/film/4th-annual-all-night-horrorthon
(35mm/16mm/DCP, All. Damn. Night.) For the past three years, the Trylon has gone all night long with The Cult Film Collective to bring you programs of rare horror-film prints and new restorations. We’re coming to get you again, in 16mm and 35mm! Those who stay to the bitter end will receive a limited-edition button and screenprinted poster designed by the freaks behind Tape Freaks. Promotional support is provided by Trash Film Debauchery.
SAT 7:00, $50. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 28, at 10 a.m.

Minnehaha Falls Art Fair 2021 @ JUL 16, 3pm–JUL 18, 5pm • FREE
Celebrate approximately 150 artists at the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair! This three day event offers a wide variety of art mediums, plus live music, amazing food, delicious beer and wine, family and dog friendly activities, and so much more! ALL artist booths at the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair will offer items in their booth for under $30!

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.

Twin Cities Black Communal Legislative Assembly w/ Twin Cities Black Communal Legislative Assembly @ JUL 16, 10am–JUL 17, 6pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT 
It is taking place at Hobbs Field in North Minneapolis over the course of 2 days beginning at 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Friday, July 16th, 2021 & Saturday , July 17th, 2021.
Featuring a showcase of premier performers representing the spectrum of Black expression, we want to curate this community space to engage, educate and inspire the community to rally around creating a 150 point comprehensive list of Community Inspired Resolutions for the subject of Reparation across municipal responsibilities.

Guests include: members of the Sounds of Blackness, Juxtaposition Arts, Black Womens Wealth Alliance, Black Family Blueprint, N4 Collective, A Mothers Love Initiative, Research In Action, Black Civic Network & the Urban League Twin Cities Young Professionals.

Black Army Brigade and its community partners are extremely proud to bring the Twin Cities Black Communal Legislative Assembly to Hobbs Field in North Minneapolis for the inaugural demonstration, “Reparations through Liberation”. The Black Communal Legislative Assembly is a demonstrative exercise of peaceful protest. Essentially it is a replicated exercise of the state legislature with members of the community. Issues may range across Health – Education – Institution Building – Economic Development & Political Representation. We will invite 150 “Community Representatives” from across the Twin Cities #ADOS/Descendants of Enslaved Americans community to participate in the process of drafting Articles Of Reparations for our City, County, and State Municipalities to consider in the upcoming City of Minneapolis and State of Minnesota Bonding/Legislative Session in the Fall of 2021/ Spring 2022. The Community Representatives will present their informed ideas for program, policy, budget recommendations in the form of suggestions to the community to engage each other in an Intentional timed debate. We also invite 15 Community Organizations to address the assembly and give a report highlighting their organizational contributions to the community and when/how to access their services. We Will host a lot of Expressive Artists as well to support and platform their performance skills.
The event is Free to the ADOS Identifying Community. $10 Non ADOS Identifying Community. There is a 500 person capacity for the in-person activation so please use the registration link to reserve your spot in the assembly and to also propose a community inspired resolution: https://tinyurl.com/BlackCommunalAssembly


Friday, July 9 

CLAUDINE (1974) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7-8:30pm
Tickets: http://www.trylon.org/film/claudine/2021-07-09
This heart-and-soul comedy follows Harlem natives Claudine (Carol) and Rupert (“Roop”) (Jones) as their fledgling romance is imperiled by her six kids and the welfare officer who badgers them constantly. One of the little-seen gems of the 1970s.

Saturday, July 10

Carnage The Executioner Presents: The Plant Based Poets w/ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge @ 7-10pm • Doors 6:00pm :: Music 7:00pm :: All-Ages w/ adult :: Tickets: $15-$30
Tickets · $15 – $30 utc-plantbasedpoets.eventbrite.com
Carnage The Executioner – in association with Summit Brewing, Jack Daniels, Slane Irish Whiskey, The Hive & Nobool Present: **THE PLANT-BASED POETS**
A display of organic self-expression through live music, dance, art & food.
Live Performances by: Carnage The Executioner & Desdamona as ill chemistry | Just Wulf | The Orange Goodness | Jodi Seiger’s Rhythm And Shoes Dance Studio
BUY TIX NOW!: https://thehookmpls.com/event/utc-theplantbasedpoets/

Live painting: Mr. Goat & Cardboardo // Plant based/vegan vendors: Root To Rise Kitchen • Healing Foods • Lutunji’s Palate

Garden Club Learning Event @ 2157 Roblyn Avenue, Saint Paul • 9:30-11:30am • FREE
The Longfellow Garden Club is doing something different this year for its annual garden tour: hosting a learning event in the yard of one of our Saint Paul members. The tour is free and open to everyone.
You can walk around the gardens and skilled gardeners will staff tables, taking questions about:
· native plants
· invasive jumping worms and worms in general
· vegetable gardening
· demonstration of floral arrangements using garden leaves, twigs and flowers
· backyard composting, garden waste, fall leaves, and organics drop off
· trees and shrubs for birds
· humanely dealing with wildlife
· flower and perennial gardening

Sunday, July 11

Monday, July 12

Tuesday, July 13

Parenting 4 Social Justice with Angela Berkfield w/  Magers & Quinn Booksellers @ 6pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Get inspired by the authors of the new book Parenting 4 Social Justice: Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversation and Action with Kids.

In this virtual gathering of parents and change-makers who care for kids we’ll hear from coauthors and illustrator, Angela Berkfield, Jaimie Lynn Kessell, Leila Raven, Chrissy Colón-Bradt, Rowan Parker, Abigail Healey, and Brittney Washington – who represent diversity across race, class, gender, ability, and nationality. Book talk participants will also be invited to share their own successes and challenges!

More on the book: Parenting 4 Social Justice includes forewords by Autumn Brown and Chris Crass, as well as firsthand experiences from parents around the US. Brittney Washington contributed beautifully illustrated conversations between caregivers and children – and the book includes an extensive resource list and kids book list. Published by Green Writers Press. Learn more at www.parenting4socialjustice.com. 
This event is free but requires registration

Wednesday, July 14

Queer Book Club w/ Moon Palace Books @ 7pm • FREE 
Join us for Queer Book Club on Wednesday, July 14 at 7pm at Brackett Park (2728 S 39th Ave, Minneapolis). We’ll be meeting to discuss Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story by Jacob Tobia. Anyone is welcome to join whether you’ve read the whole book or just skimmed a few pages.

A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today’s world, Sissy guarantees you’ll never think about gender–both other people’s and your own–the same way again. We meet the second Wednesdays of every month. Next month, join us for Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg. 

What’s Next on PFAS?: Water Action Wednesday w/ Clean Water Action Minnesota @ 7-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: cleanwater.salsalabs.org
Join Tom Johnson, Clean Water Action Minnesota Toxics Program Organizer, for a discussion on PFAS pollution in Minnesota, the extent of the problem and the risks posed to human and environmental health from these forever chemicals, and what you can do to take action to protect clean water.

This is the second in our Minnesota Water Action Wednesday series of townhall briefings. See the full calendar and watch previous events at cleanwater.org/WaterActionWednesday.

RSVP to join the discussion via Zoom: https://cleanwater.salsalabs.org/mn-water-action-wednesday-2
See the full calendar of #WaterActionWednesday events: cleanwater.org/WaterActionWednesday 

FREE Fun Live General Knowledge Trivia w/ The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar and Get A Clu Trivia & Loose Gravel Productions @ 8-10pm • FREE 
Do you like to win FREE stuff? Do you like to have FUN with your friends? Do you just simply know stuff?
Come play the MOST FUN FREE LIVE TRIVIA in South Minneapolis on Wednesday nights. Top 3 teams plus the LAST PLACE team win prizes each week. $30 Gift Card for 1st, $20 Gift Card for 2nd, $10 Gift Card for 3rd, and a mini trophy for last place. Raffle for all trivia players to win a FREE drink at halftime.
Who are you bringing with you this week for your team so you can be crowned the champions?

Online Panel Conversation: “What Do You Hear?” w/ Weisman Art Museum @ 6:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: z.umn.edu
For the cellist Rebecca Merblum, music has never been a standalone art. It was never just about playing for the audience, but about listening and experiencing people and things around you. For her, sound and listening have always had topography. Each is connected to experiences and relationships. And then the pandemic emerged, and Merblum’s relationship to performance and music drastically shifted. So began the “Conversations for Duet with Cello.”

Over the past year, Merblum has led evolving, virtual conversations with artist and landscape architect Rebecca Krinke, museum professional Lesley Kadish, and her cello. The central question was: What happens when the audience is invited into the performance itself, inside the conversation? When happens if, instead of playing for the audience, Merblum were to have a direct, one-on-one conversation with a member of the public? What would we hear then?

This conversation is the culmination of that year-long conversation. Moderated by poet Mwatabu Okantah, this event will be part performance, part interactive experiment, part panel dicussion, asking attendees to personally engage with presenters to explore the question: What do we hear?

ASL and Closed Captioning Icons. 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/WhatDoYouHear

Thursday, July 15

Minneapolis Diversity Virtual Hiring Event w/ DiversityX @ 11am-2pm • FREE  • ONLINE EVENT
Online: diversityx.net

300 plus jobs available at the Minneapolis DiversityX virtual hiring event. FREE for all job seekers. Register today.

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.

Blue Line Extension partners seeking proposals to lead anti-displacement workgroup Light rail projects like the Blue Line Extension provide exciting opportunities to connect people to jobs, education, health care and opportunities. They can drive community investment and advance neighborhood visions for community and economic development.

These types of transformative investments can also contribute to concerns of displacement. Project partners have heard these concerns from community partners and share a commitment to ensuring the Blue Line Extension benefits existing and future corridor residents from all backgrounds.

Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council are seeking proposals for an individual or organization to lead an anti-displacement workgroup. This group will center community voices in convening a diverse group of stakeholders to advance strategies to prevent displacement and maximize community benefits of light rail. Learn more at www.hennepin.us/blrt-anti-displacement
Visit the Hennepin County Supplier Portal to review the RFP and submit a proposal by July 27.Pre-proposal meeting A pre-proposal meeting for this RFP will be held July 12 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams. Details can be found in the RFP on the Supplier Portal.

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

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Urges Consumers Who Received a Disconnection Notice to Make Use of Available Options to Avoid Gas and Electricity Service Interruption
Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic peacetime emergency began, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission adopted measures to ensure Minnesotans had reliable power to stay at home safely. After conducting a thorough review of consumer safeguards, including data submitted by the rate-regulated gas and electric utilities, the PUC ordered a gradual return to normal service.This means that rate-regulated utilities began sending disconnection notices on June 1 and can begin disconnecting customers who have unpaid utility bills on August 2. 
Utility consumers can avoid being disconnected by: 
1. Applying for the Energy Assistance Program Consumers who have submitted an application that is pending OR has been approved for the Energy Assistance Program will be protected from utility disconnection for one year, through April 30, 2022. Households with incomes below 60 percent of the state’s median income may be eligible, which is about $65,000 in annual income for a household of four. Only the past three months of income are counted, and recent stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment insurance premiums are not counted.
Minnesotans should apply now to determine if they are income-eligible for the Energy Assistance Program. Request an application or find your local service provider for the Energy Assistance Program here:

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has expanded Energy Assistance by raising income eligibility and extending the deadline to apply to September 1, 2021.  More information:
Minnesota Department of Commerce expands Energy Assistance Program so 100,000 more households are eligible

2. Requesting to enter a repayment plan Consumers with past-due bills can call their utility and request to set up a plan to pay what they owe. Regulated utilities will not charge late fees or penalties for consumers who have entered and are complying with their plan for payment (including one missed payment if a consumer agrees to re-enter their plan).

3. Calling for help: Consumers in need of assistance should call their utility to discuss available options. For additional help, the PUC Consumer Affairs Office (CAO) is available to answer questions and to provide consumer mediation services. Ratepayers can contact the CAO at 651-296-0406, or 1-800-657-3782. Email at customer.puc@state.mn.us.

Negative credit reporting has permanently ended for the regulated utilities By order of the PUC, consumers who have past-due utility bills will not have those late bills reported to credit reporting companies. Overdue payments reported to credit reporting companies can result in consumers having lower credit scores and reducing the consumer’s ability to obtain credit or loans.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

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:

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/

Minneapolis Aquatennial
July 21 — 24
This year’s annual celebration will include many events at various venues (for full calendar and more information, see http://www.aquatennial.com/events), including the following riverfront events:

Twin Cities River Rats Ski Show
Thursday, July 22, and Friday, July 23, 7 pm (pre-show begins at 6:30 pm)
West River Road between Plymouth and Broadway
Join the Twin Cities River Rats for another spectacular show on the Mississippi River! The nationally ranked Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team puts on an exciting blend of water skiing, acrobatics and high speed thrills. This year’s performance is themed “Under the Ski.” Click Here for more information on the Twin Cities River Rats.

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock Open House
Saturday, July 24, 10 am — 6 pm
Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, 1 Portland Ave.
The National Park Service and Mississippi Park Connection invite you to experience Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam like never before! Enjoy a leisurely stroll or picnic on the lock wall surrounded by panoramic views of the falls, explore the visitor center, interact with National Park Service rangers and the Army Corps of Engineers, and discover the history and impact of the falls on Minneapolis and the nation.

Twin Cities Carifest
Saturday, July 24, 11 am – 10 pm
West River Parkway between Plymouth and Broadway avenues
For more than two decades, Twin Cities Carifest has been the premier Caribbean Festival featuring Caribbean food, music, arts, crafts and a traditional carnival parade with colorful costumes and dance. Held along the banks of the Mississippi River, you can see the Minneapolis Aquatennial Target Fireworks. Follow Twin Cities Carifest on Facebook or on Twitter for more information.

Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Live Music
Saturday, July 24, 6 – 10 pm
West River Parkway near Portland Avenue
Let’s get festive down at the river where the City of Minneapolis was born. Enjoy a jam-packed evening leading up to the Target Fireworks along West River Parkway that includes live music from Command Steppers (6 pm); DJ (6:30 pm); Dred I Dread (7:45 pm): and Annie Mack (9 pm). Join us for a new experience along the Mississippi Riverfront this Aquatennial.