Weekly Roundup: July 30-August 5

Stay safe in the heat, Greater Longfellow!


We’re hiring! Longfellow Community Council is looking for a new Executive Director. More details on the role, qualifications, and benefits here:
Position is open until filled; applications are preferred by August 4, 2021.

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.
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.
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.
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

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

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 30 

LADY TERMINATOR (1989) on 35mm! w/ The Cult Film Collective and Trylon Cinema @ 7-8:30pm
Tickets: http://www.trylon.org/film/lady-terminator/2021-07-30
This wildly violent Indonesian exploitation flick is the black-magic story of the lustful Queen of the South Sea, who overtakes the body of a female anthropology student. With mashup scenes liberally stolen from James Cameron’s The Terminator, it must be seen to be believed – presented on a very rare 35mm collector’s print. Don’t miss it! 

George Gershwin, John Williams and More – Digital Concert w/ Minnesota Orchestra and TPT – Twin Cities PBS @ 8-9:30pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
Online: mnorch.vhx.tv
Ken-David Masur makes his Minnesota Orchestra conducting debut in a concert that honors musical heroes and hometown heroes. Jon Kimura Parker shares the stage with the Orchestra performing music by legends such as George Gershwin, John Williams, William Grant Still, Amy Beach and Samuel Barber. After a year of great adversity in the world, we offer this program in the spirit of celebration and deep gratitude.


Saturday, July 31

Sunday, Aug 1

Monday, Aug 2

Tuesday, Aug 3

Wednesday, Aug 4

Longfellow Community Council’s August Committee Meetings:
Join us (virtually) for committee meetings on August 4th and 10th. Click below for meeting info.
All are welcome!


Thursday, Aug 5


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

City Council approves framework for single room occupancy housing, providing another affordable housing option in Minneapolis 

The City Council has approved changes to its Housing Maintenance Code and Zoning Code allowing for single room occupancy (SRO) units – a measure intended to address a gap in affordable housing options for low-wage workers in Minneapolis.

The ordinance changes create a new regulatory framework for single room occupancy units that may share a kitchen or bathroom. It allows for up to two occupants per room. These changes support goals outlined in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Minneapolis 2040, including pursuing innovative housing types and eliminating homelessness through safe, stable and affordable housing amendments.

Single room occupancy units can only be established by nonprofit or government agencies with a track record of successfully managing housing. The City will be creating licensing procedures and expectations over the next few months and staff anticipate being ready to take applications on Nov. 1. People interested in more information about converting or building a structure should contact 311. Learn more

Even-odd water sprinkling restrictions in response to drought in effect The City of Minneapolis has implemented even-odd water sprinkling restrictions until further notice. The city is now included in a drought warning as defined by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Drought Action Plan.

The Mississippi River has reliably provided the City of Minneapolis with drinking water for over 150 years. The City assures the public of its continued ability to produce sufficient quantities of high quality water for its residents and wholesale customers. The City’s sprinkling restrictions are in place to help reduce demand on the Mississippi River during the ongoing drought. Other metro cities have similar measures in place.   

Sprinkling restrictions

  • Sprinkling lawns is NOT allowed from noon to 6 p.m. on any day.  
  • 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.
  • 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.

Keep yourself and your pet safe during extreme heat City officials want to remind everyone how to handle the heat. Heat-related illness happens when the body isn’t able to cool itself. Seniors, small children and people with physical disabilities and pets are the most vulnerable to heat-related illness, but everyone should take steps to stay safe in extreme heat.

The Minneapolis Health Department works closely with other local jurisdictions and the Minnesota Department of Health to help folks prepare for extreme heat events. Minneapolis has an emergency plan that is used to respond when a heat advisory or warning is called by the National Weather Service. The plan is coordinated with a metro-wide notification plan that reaches out to agencies that serve vulnerable populations.Tips for preventing heat-related illness during extreme heat:

  • Drink more fluids. Drinking fluids helps your body cool itself. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid drinking liquids with caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar. They can actually cause your body to lose more fluid. Remind anyone you are responsible for to drink more water.
  • Never leave any person or animals in a parked vehicle.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitted clothing.
  • Check on your neighbors who may be at risk. Visit seniors and other vulnerable neighbors at least twice a day and look closely for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you or your neighbors are not vaccinated for COVID-19, you can call, text, video or meet them and keep a 6-foot distance. Seek medical advice immediately if you notice nausea, weakness, disorientation, rapid pulse and dry skin.
  • Take an air conditioning break. Air conditioning is your best defense against heat-related illness. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned and using air conditioning in vehicles.

Protect your pets The temperature inside a car can change drastically in a matter of minutes. It doesn’t have to be that hot outside for the temperature inside a vehicle to become dangerous to animals left inside – even with windows cracked. Animals left in vehicles can suffer from heatstroke and irreparable organ and brain damage. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control urges pet owners to take special precautions to protect their animals when the heat index is so high. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and alive:

  • Keep your pet inside and out of the direct sun. 
  • Be sure your pet has enough clean, cool water.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in a matter of minutes – even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.

If you see an animal outside or in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress, contact Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) immediately – in Minneapolis, call 311 (612-673-3000). If you believe the situation to be life-threatening, please call 911. Learn more

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.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

CDC, Minnesota officials update COVID-19 recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its recommendations for COVID-19 safety including wearing a mask indoors in public if you’re in an area of substantial or high transmission.

State K-12 recommendations: With students, families and K-12 educators preparing for the start of the 2021-22 school year, and given the delta variant’s alarming ability to spread more easily, Minnesota health and education officials recommend that schools follow the CDC’s new guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools this fall. The recommendations reflect the current state of the pandemic along with the importance of in-person learning.

State health officials stress that vaccination, masking and physical distancing remain our best public health strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19. With the uptick in COVID-19 cases driven by the delta variant, it’s more important than ever that anyone eligible for vaccination get that protection as soon as possible.

Among the specific points covered in the State guidance:

  • Everyone 12 and older should get vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to school, sports or other activities in person to protect themselves and to protect the people around them who cannot get vaccinated.
    • Becoming fully vaccinated lessens the chance of getting COVID-19 and becoming seriously ill from it. Getting vaccinated slows down transmission and helps keep everyone at school and in the community safe. Vaccines are safe and effective, and vaccinations are an important step in keeping schools and activities open for all students.
    • Children would need their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine by Aug. 2 and the second dose by Aug. 23 to be fully vaccinated by the first day of school. For information about vaccines, visit the City of Minneapolis website. To find Pfizer vaccinations (approved for ages 12 and older), contact your health care provider or find details for the Mall of America community vaccination site.
  • State officials also recommend all students, teachers, staff and visitors in school buildings wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status to protect those who cannot yet be vaccinated or who remain at higher risk because of immune-compromised status or other conditions.

For more information on how to get vaccinated, visit Vaccines.gov or contact your health care provider. You can use the map on State of Minnesota: Find Vaccine Locations to search for providers who are offering COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

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.


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/.