Weekly Roundup: June 23-29

Enjoy Summer, Greater Longfellow!


Announcements

WATER USE RESTRICTIONS GOING INTO EFFECT July 21st, 2021, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. A water use emergency has been declared as part of the ongoing drought and the DNR’s requirements as part of the drought action plan.
RESTRICTIONS:
a. Sprinkling lawns is NOT allowed from noon to 6 p.m. on any day.
b. On calendar days that are even numbers (examples: July 26 or Aug. 18), the even side of the street CAN sprinkle lawns outside of the noon to 6 p.m. time window. Examples: 1238 Oak St. or 2574 Cedar Ave.
c. On calendar days that are odd numbers (examples July 27 or Aug. 19), the odd side of the street CAN sprinkle lawns. Examples: 1247 Maple St. or 2561 18th Ave.
EXCEPTIONS:
a. Bushes and flowers may be watered with a hand-held hose as needed.
b. Vegetable gardens and new sod (first two weeks from placement) may be watered on any day but not during the prohibited afternoon hours of noon to 6 p.m.
c. Trees may be watered with a dripping hose, bucket or tree watering bag as needed.
ENFORCEMENT:
a. Complaints will be directed to 311.
b. Public Works will verify violations.
c. Warning/education letters will be sent to the utility bill payer and the property address.
d. Repeated violations will result in a $25 fine.
The City also encourages residents and businesses to follow other responsible water conservation practices.
Water conservation tips:
• Water during the coolest part of the day to avoid evaporation.
• Water grass only when it needs it. Most lawns only need an inch of water a week.
• Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
• Take shorter showers using low flow showerheads instead of baths.
• Turn the faucet off while you shave or brush your teeth.
• Load dishes into the dishwasher without rinsing them.
• Run the dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded.
• Fill the sink to wash dishes by hand instead of letting the water run.
• Use a large pan to clean vegetables rather than letting the water run.
• Only wash full loads of laundry.

Mental health during the pandemic In March 2020, Senior Psychiatric Social Worker Kathleen Sapp completed her last in-person therapy session at the Hennepin County Mental Health Center before it closed from COVID. The center continued to provide virtual and critical in-person appointments. In this article Sapp and her colleague Dr. Yohance Pickett discuss four things the pandemic taught them about mental health. https://www.healthyhennepin.org/stories/mental-health-matters

Household hazardous waste drop-off events
Hennepin County is collecting household hazardous waste for residents to safely and properly dispose of unwanted household and lawn and garden products including paints, chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, batteries and fuels.

Residents must wear masks and remain in their vehicles.
Upcoming events in Minneapolis

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 30-31: Anthony Middle School, 5757 Irving Ave. S.
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 13-14: South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S.

Visit Hennepin County’s household hazardous waste collection event webpage to learn what items you can bring to the event, review safety guidelines, and see all 2021 events.


Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Quick summary:
What it is: A self-guided tour of local art at artists’ homes and businesses
Where: Throughout Greater Longfellow, Minneapolis, bordered by the Midtown Greenway, Minnehaha Falls, Hiawatha Avenue and Mississippi River. Look for the yellow LoLa signs.
When: Sat., Sep. 18, and Sun., Sep. 19, 10–4 both days
Who’s LoLa? The League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa) is a nonprofit organization and voluntary association of artists who live or work in Longfellow.
More info: LoLaArt.orgFacebook.com/LoLaArtistsMN

Living Well with Chronic Pain – Self-Study Class
Wednesdays | July 27 – August 31 | 10:30-11:30 AM • Via Telephone

This is a self-study program for Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain. Participants receive a toolkit that includes a reference book, exercise CD, and relaxation CD. Every week participants have a one-hour group telephone call with a class leader to connect with others, set action plans, and review topics like nutrition, making treatment decisions, and communicating with health care providers and family. Toolkits and group call information will be sent to participants after registration.
Register here
Questions? Contact 612-787-4086 or VitalLiving@esns.org
Donations accepted based on a cost share.

Tai Ji Practice
Mondays & Thursdays
August 9-September 20 | 10:30-11:30 AM • Via Zoom

Improve your balance, strengthen your muscles and reduce the risk of falling. These one-hour practice sessions meet twice a week. Practice consists of warm-up exercises, a mix of core Tai Ji forms and brief cool-down exercises. 
To register contact 612-787-4086 or VitalLiving@esns.org

Save the date for eighth annual Trans Equity Summit Oct. 3-4 Save the dates Oct. 3-4 for the eighth annual Trans Equity Summit: Routes to Joy, Community, and Social Change. Please share the save-the-date materials in English (PDF)Spanish (PDF),Somali (PDF) and Hmong (PDF)Find more information and watch for updates on the City of Minneapolis website.

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 23 

THE MIRROR (1975) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7-8:45pm
Tickets: http://www.trylon.org/film/the-mirror/2021-07-23
The recollections of a dying poet flash before our eyes in this richly textured collage. Largely dismissed by critics upon its release due to its elusive narrative structure, Mirror has since come to be seen as one of the director’s most renowned and influential works.

Saturday, July 24

Virtual Summer Programs – Showtunes with Sara! w/ Minnesota Opera  @ 10am-3:30pm • Free • Online Event
Join us for musical theater workshops for all ages on Saturday, July 24th!
Do you love opera but also love musical theater? Are wondering how to take your well-trained classical tone to an audition for a musical? No matter your age or experience level, this masterclass with Sara Sawyer (School Programs Associate Manager) from MN Opera will open your voice, acting skills, and auditioning practices to include songs from the Broadway repertoire. A pianist from MN Opera will record your accompaniment of your favorite showtune and you will sing for Sara and the rest of your class, receiving valuable one-on-one training.

Three different times for three different groups of students:
Middle school (grades 6-8) – 10-11:30am
High school (grades 9-12) – 12-1:30pm
Open to All Ages – 2-3:30pm

Tuition: Tuition is free for all summer camps and workshops.
Registration-Follow the link below to register: https://my.mnopera.org/showtunes-with-sara 

Sunday, July 25

Monday, July 26

Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice w/ CARLA – Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition @ Jul 26, 9am – Jul 30, 4pm 
Online: carla.umn.edu
There is a fee for this online course. (Facebook erroneously marked this course as free.)
https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2021/socialjustice.html
**REGISTRATION REQUIRED**
Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice • July 26–30, 2021

Synchronous 1-week summer institute
Teaching for and about social justice positively influences all students, yet social justice education can be challenging to integrate into the language classroom. In the first part of this institute, participants will examine the principles of social justice education and identify ways that these principles can support our standards, objectives, and targeted skills in contemporary foreign language education. Through discussion and reflection, teachers will identify their own interests and strengths as language educators for social justice.

In the second part of the institute, the participants will build on this foundation to adapt, develop, and create learning opportunities for their foreign language students. A creative set of experiences will help participants go from big ideas to activities and assessments for their classroom, all while teaching for and about social justice.

Target Audience:
This institute is designed for foreign language teachers, immersion educators, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers at the elementary level through the postsecondary level, as well as teacher educators. The institute is not targeted at English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. ESL teachers who are willing to stretch their thinking to make connections between the foreign language context and their ESL context would be welcome to join the institute.

Instructors:
Cassandra Glynn is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Education in World Language Instruction at Concordia College. Prior to working in teacher education, she taught middle and high school German and French in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Beth Wassell is Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education at Rowan University in New Jersey. Prior to her work in teacher education, she worked as a Spanish teacher at the high school, elementary, and community college levels.
Pamela Wesely is Associate Professor of Multilingual Education at the University of Iowa. Her research addresses the K–12 world language classroom and its stakeholders. She was previously a middle school French teacher for eight years.

Tuesday, July 27

Virtual Event with Madeline McGrane & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell w/ Moon Palace Books @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
Join Moon Palace Books and cartoonists Madeline McGrane and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for a virtual discussion of McGrane’s debut graphic novel, The Accursed Vampire (Quill Tree Books), on Tuesday, July 27 at 7pm CST. Register on Crowdcast.

Buy The Accursed Vampire from Moon Palace Books and get a signed copy!

Madeline McGrane lives in Minneapolis and draws comics. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2016. Since then she has drawn comics for a handful of publishers as well as regularly self-publishing mini-comics. The Accursed Vampire is her first graphic novel.

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell is a Minneapolis born, Zaragoza raised cartoonist and illustrator with a BFA in Comic Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (’16), currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Wednesday, July 28

Mizna Film Series: Jocelyne Saab’s Beirut Trilogy w/ Mizna and Trylon Cinema @ Jul 28, 7pm – Aug 1, 11:59pm • Free • Online Event
Online: mizna.eventive.org

The Mizna Film Series continues its monthly program with a special Beirut-focused summer series. Encountering the real effects of destruction, the films in this series complicate the relationship between fact and fiction, using poetry and other forms of intermediality to witness what emerges from ruins. Beirut, a city that has often been the site of sectarian, colonialist and imperialist violence, is a context which produces films that critically engage with images related to moments during, between, and after war and upheaval.

At the center of this series is a retrospective of recently restored films by Jocelyne Saab, who uses documentary form to demonstrate the effects of violence in Lebanon and to challenge dominant western media perceptions and practices of filming and exhibiting war in Beirut. This series coincides with and honors the one year anniversary of the devastating Beirut Port explosion through the celebration of Lebanese filmmaking.

JULY:
July will feature Jocelyne Saab’s Beirut trilogy, a series of landmark works in Lebanese cinema and masterpieces of the essay film form. Trained as a radio and television journalist, Saab turned her attention to documentary films at the start of the Lebanese Civil War. Saab’s commitment to and intimate interactions with the displaced, the exiled, and the dispossessed, mark her films and her quest to capture Beirut as uniquely her own.

Learn more about the films: https://watch.eventive.org/…/play/60b79b875c6d37008c5748e5

SCREENING VIRTUALLY WORLDWIDE: July 29–August 1, 2021
Tickets are pay what you can, suggested $5 donation.
IN-PERSON SCREENING: 7 pm on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Trylon Cinema
Tickets are $10.
TICKETS + PASSES: https://mizna.eventive.org/welcome 


Virtual Climate Change Trivia w/ Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: climategen.org
You’re invited to join in a national virtual game of climate change trivia! Our professional trivia master has authored a 20-question, four-round game. Not an expert on climate change? No worries, this is for everyone.

Test your wits on the sights, sounds, and pop culture of climate change impacts and solutions. Trivia will be hosted via Zoom.

REGISTER YOUR TEAM: https://www.climategen.org/events/climate-change-trivia/
Each member of your team should register with their personal information and your team name. No team? No worries! You can choose to join a group of other individuals or play on your own by entering “New Friends” into the Team Name field on the form. 



Summer Institute for Climate Change Education w/ Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy and The Wild Center @ Jul 28, 9am – Jul 30, 5pm • Free • Online Event
Join Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy for a virtual conference on climate change education with educators from across the country! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas.

Hosted in partnership with NOAA Climate.Gov and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program.
$250 Registration. Scholarships available. 20 Hours of Continuing Education.
Learn more and register: https://www.climategen.org/…/professi…/summer-institute/

Are you looking for a professional learning experience to rejuvenate you? We are looking forward to the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education with Climate Generation, a virtual conference full of powerful and engaging keynote speakers, meaningful discussion about the intersection of social justice and climate change, and collaborative conservations between a national network of climate change education leaders.

This three-day experience will include networking with a national audience, as well as one full day dedicated to working, planning, and learning with regional cohorts. On-screen time will be segmented, with the opportunity to choose which sessions you would like to attend.



 

Thursday, July 29

Vinyl Revival: Album Encounters – Maggot Brain w/ by Hennepin County Library @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: bit.ly
Join us for a discussion of Funkadelic’s extraordinary album Maggot Brain in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Listen to Vinyl Revival spin songs from this psychedelic funk touchstone, explore how George Clinton & Company fused metal, gospel, prog, blues, jazz, sound effects, and crowd sounds in mythically creative recording sessions.

Share your thoughts on one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Register today with your email: http://bit.ly/Funkadelic_Vinyl_Revival
The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance (within 48 hours of the event).
Album Encounters is a music discussion series hosted by Vinyl Revival – a program from Minneapolis Central Library featuring artist residencies, performances, workshops and listening opportunities. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 




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City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Cities of Minneapolis, Saint Paul partner with University of Minnesota researchers to kick off new pedestrian program aimed at making crosswalks safer: The Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s Public Works Departments are teaming up with University of Minnesota researchers to make meaningful changes to how drivers respond to pedestrians in crosswalks. The research program, funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and led by Nichole Morris, director of the HumanFIRST Laboratory in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, will measure how many drivers stop for people crossing the streets, and how various engineering treatments may affect pedestrian safety at crossings.

In the last five years, there have been over 2,598 pedestrian crashes in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Of those, 402 involved youth, including 183 involving children 10 and under. Fatal and severe crashes that involve speeding or reckless driving have increased significantly over the last 18 months in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and across the country. Last year, more than 70% of fatal crashes in Minneapolis involved high speeds.  

Last week, 52% of drivers were stopping for pedestrians at study locations in Saint Paul and 36% at locations in Minneapolis. A previous effort in Saint Paul, conducted in 2018, saw driver stopping at crosswalks improve from 32% to as high as 83% based on researcher observations. (The cities hope to achieve similar improvements this year.) Learn more


An update on the City’s response to homeless encampmentsThe City of Minneapolis approaches homeless encampments with the belief that:

  • Everyone experiencing unsheltered homelessness is vulnerable and deserving of being treated with dignity and respect.
  • The City must work with community partners to connect people experiencing homelessness to housing, shelter and services.
  • Encampments represent a serious health and safety risk, particularly for those staying within the encampment.

The City is currently monitoring several encampments throughout the city, providing outreach and hygiene and trash collection support. The City Homeless Response Coordinator team and contracted street outreach teams visit encampments weekly to offer services and shelter. The City responds to encampments on City-owned property and is asked to assist with encampment closures on private property. There are also, at times, encampments on property owned by other jurisdictions, including the State, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and Hennepin County. The decision to close an encampment on City-owned property is a City enterprise decision made with input from community partners and multiple City departments, including Health, Public Safety, Fire, Public Works and others. Decisions include an analysis of public health and safety. City residents should call 311 if they would like to share questions or concerns related to encampments to ensure that the City outreach teams are connecting our residents experiencing unsheltered homelessness to available services.

The City’s goal is for all people to gain access to permanent housing that is safe, stable, and affordable over the long term. Since March 2020, the City has invested $13.4 million in Minneapolis shelters and to expand street outreach services. Because of these investments, we have 200 more shelter beds, including low barrier culturally specific shelter, available today than we did a year ago at this time and another 36-bed facility under construction. Shelters are open 24 hours per day, seven days a week, have COVID-19 protocols in place, and have wrap-around services that help people transition out of shelter and into permanent housing. Learn more about the City’s work with partners responding to homelessness.



Free and affordable food
There are many places to get local, affordable or free emergency food in Minneapolis.
Emergency food Find a map and hours of food shelves and food distribution pop-ups for emergency food in Minneapolis. Find information about NorthPoint’s Free Fresh Food Fridays this summer at 612-767-9500 or online.

Free food boxes for all youths All families are invited to pick up free meal boxes for their children. Food boxes contain a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches that meet Minneapolis Public Schools’ high standards for nutrition and quality ingredients. In every box, children will find school favorites, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Milk is offered on the side.

  • Youths do not need to be enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools.
  • Youths, parents or siblings can pick up one box per child, per week.
  • Pick up at these sites. No registration is required.
  • Sites are open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Learn more and find a food box location.

Farmers markets: Find a map and schedule for farmers markets. Nearly all accept SNAP-EBT benefits.


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.

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing recommendations for summer Even as Minnesotans continue to push back COVID-19 through vaccination and other measures, State health officials said COVID-19 testing will remain a key tool in the coming months to help keep the virus at bay.

Minnesotans ages 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated. With the virus and the variants circulating in communities and many people still susceptible, COVID-19 testing remains an important tool in keeping the virus from spreading to those who are unvaccinated. This is particularly important for those younger than 12, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Updated Minnesota Department of Health guidance

  • People who are not fully vaccinatedshould get tested if they are in contact with someone who has COVID-19. 
  • People who are not fully vaccinated should also get tested every two weeks if they have frequent contact with people outside their household like day care or youth camps or if they participate in activities where social distancing may not be possible.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested after travel within the U.S.
  • Vaccinated or not, anyone who travels internationally should get tested upon returning to Minnesota.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after one dose of Johnson & Johnson. Find the updated testing recommendations under “Who Should Get Tested” on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 testing webpages.


Minnesota and Hennepin County offer vaccine incentives
With certain COVID-19 vaccinations, Minnesota is offering a weekly drawing for a travel voucher, and Hennepin County is offering a $50 Visa gift card. Minnesotans who get their shot July 1-Aug. 7 at MSP Airport’s Terminal 2 will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $500 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines. Minnesotans must be 18 or older to receive the shot and enter for a chance to win. This opportunity is open to the general public; no boarding pass or appointment is required.
Terminal 2 vaccination pop-up: 7150 Humphrey Drive, one-hour parking vouchers are available 6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily Johnson & Johnson
Learn more at about the travel incentive on Gov Walz’s website.
Hennepin County $50 Visa gift cards: Hennepin County hopes to raise the overall vaccination rate in our county and state while closing the vaccination gap within communities and neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19. In doing so, we can limit where the virus – especially the variants of concern – circulates and makes people sick. Hennepin County is offering vaccine incentives to people 12 and older who receive their first or second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Instant vaccine incentives: Until Aug. 15 (or as long as supplies last), everyone 12 and older is eligible to get a $50 Visa gift card when they receive a first or a second COVID-19 vaccine dose at any Hennepin County vaccine event. (People who receive both doses will get two $50 Visa gift cards.) Find a list of upcoming County vaccine events open to the public on the Hennepin County website.
For questions, call the COVID-19 navigator line at 612-348-8900, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, you can leave a voicemail. Help is available is English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.


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


State community vaccination sites winding down, vaccinations still available
After reaching the goal set by President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to vaccinate 70% of Minnesota’s 18-and-older population with at least one dose by July 4, Gov. Walz announced that the State of Minnesota will wind down its mass vaccination sites.

All State Community Vaccination Program sites, except for Mall of America, will close by Aug. 8. MSP Terminal 1 (terminal access required), and MSP Terminal 2 (open to the general public) will continue to offer the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine for people 18 years or older through Aug. 7. The Mall of America site will remain open (appointments and walk-ins) and administer the Pfizer vaccine to Minnesotans 12 and older. Parent or guardian consent is required for people younger than 18.
Minnesotans who have not received their vaccine are encouraged to find vaccine locations close to them.


Get a free COVID-19 test and help stop the spread
Testing is still an important way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 along with vaccinations, wearing masks correctly, keeping 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with and washing hands.

Free COVID-19 tests: Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 1301 10th Ave. N. 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, July 16
  • 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. 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Appointments required: Call 612-827-7181 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.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website. If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

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.



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Other Information, Events, Activities & Resources:

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.

Out of the Box Opera presents: Night at the Opera Night on the Town
Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24, 7 pm and 8:30 pm • Canopy Hotel, 708 Third St. S.
Out of the Box Opera will offer a new performance, Night at the Opera Night on the Town, that will take place in and around the Canopy Hotel’s Umbra restaurant, lounge and lobby. Singers will move throughout these areas, making the audience feel like a part of the show. Performers will include singers soprano Siena Forest, tenor David Walton and baritone Nicholas Davis with pianist Carson Rose Schneider. Reserved seating is available with a dinner reservation. Non-reserved seating will be available in the lounge. To make a dinner reservation click here. For information: http://millcitytimes.com/news/out-of-the-box-opera-announces-july-23-24-performances-at-th.html.

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.