Weekly Roundup: Jan 22-28

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Announcements

Volunteers Needed for the Volunteer Shoveling Network!
Help your neighbors age in place while also keeping Greater Longfellow sidewalks safe for pedestrians! 
The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) is interested in creating a volunteer shoveling network to help seniors and people with disabilities in the Greater Longfellow area who are unable to keep up with the Minnesota winter on their own. LCC would work to connect volunteers with neighbors that request assistance based on proximity, who would then work out an arrangement independently.

If you are interested or have questions, please fill out the form linked below or email LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/B117insMiXaZnDey9
*Please noteThis is an informal volunteer network and LCC takes no responsibility or liability for any accidents, injuries or property damage volunteers or homeowners/renters may experience.  LCC is not responsible or liable for volunteers or homeowners/renters who voluntarily and knowingly subject themselves to certain risks while performing or receiving volunteer services. LCC’s role in this process is solely to facilitate the initial connection.



Dear Residents of Greater Longfellow,
The following letter was sent by the LCC Executive Committee to the United States Postal Service (USPS) in response to a recently mailed post card asking for resident feedback on potential sites for a new post office. We have heard from several of you and we know that the postcard was confusing. Council Members Johnson and Gordon have also reached out to USPS and we will keep you informed of any updates:
 


Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events


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Friday, Jan 22 

Virtual CEE Project: Cards for Seniors @ 11am • ONLINE EVENT
Join your fellow students to make greeting cards to bring a smile to a senior in a nursing home.  Make a digital greeting card by following these directions (http://bit.ly/CEEDirections).  The Center for Experiential Education staff will then print and deliver the cards for you to residents at Presbyterian Homes in Bloomington. We will host a virtual room as well to make cards together if you want to join!

Virtual Open Studio: New Year Confetti Poppers w/ Minneapolis Institute of Art @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
You’re invited to virtually join Mia’s Art Team in creating confetti poppers to help you reflect on the previous year and prepare for the New Year. 
For this at home activity you will need the following materials:
• Balloon
• One toilet paper tube
• Tape
• Colorful patterned paper, or construction paper
• Scissors
• Pens, Markers, Pencils, Paint, or other decorating materials

This program is free and open to the public. It will be hosted on YouTube live. No registration required, simply click here: bit.ly/3n3BFb1 on Jan 22 at 1PM CST to join the virtual open studio!
Art Team is a group of 8-10 young Mia staff members that work as a team to create opportunities for young people, support Family Day, create community and grow together. Learn more about Mia Art Team here: bit.ly/2VrE3yH. 
 

Saturday, Jan 23

Yoga For Transformation @ 11:14 • ONLINE EVENT
11:14-12:45pm
$25 (member discount applies – contact us for promo code)
This 90-minute yoga workshop is designed for self-assurance and to awaken you to your own higher potential. Instructor Andrea will guide you through yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation for one powerful practice. We will also explore a kriya (cleansing practice) called agni sara and bandha work (energy locks) for purification. We will move mindfully at an unhurried pace, bringing movement into your spine, hips and shoulders while building awareness at the navel.

Join in for this creative and transformative practice – it a lovely practice for the New Year and new beginnings.​Registration includes a recording of the workshop.

TRAILBLAZERS: AMELIA EARHART Book Launch with Sally J. Morgan @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for a virtual event with author Sally Morgan to celebrate her new book Amelia Earhart: First Woman Over the Atlantic! Part of the Trailblazers series of biographies, this book is perfect for inquisitive readers who loved the Who Was? biographies and are ready for the next level. Sally will tell us a bit about the book and Amelia Earhart, answer your questions, and we’ll have an interactive trivia challenge!

This event will take place on Zoom Webinar. **All attendees will get a special coupon code for 15% off your next order!**

SALLY J. MORGAN has written more than twenty books for children on subjects including history, science, and magic. Sally loves writing and thinks it is the best job in the whole world. Sally lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, two children, and Mabel the dog.
https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/sallymorgan

Sunday, Jan 24

Charlie Parr + friends Sunday Residency Livestream-First Avenue @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
Sunday Residency Livestream Live from First Avenue 
Charlie Parr keeps his January residency tradition alive, with performances at First Avenue every Sunday night. Each night includes a fresh setlist of music, special guests, and possible new song debuts. The stream will be broadcast live in real-time on Charlie’s and First Avenue’s Facebook and YouTube pages and will be open to the public with “pay what you can” ticket contributions being accepted here: bit.ly/CHARLIEPARRFIRSTAVE. 
Ticket Contributions: bit.ly/CHARLIEPARRFIRSTAVE

Monday, Jan 25

Coming to the Table in MPLS: Racial Healing Learning Session w/ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Coming to the Table in Minneapolis: Racial Healing Learning Session
*Due to concerns around COVID-19, this event will be held online via Zoom. A link will be sent to participants shortly before the group meets.

What is Coming to the Table?
At Coming to the Table (CTTT), descendants of those who were enslaved, descendants of slave owners, Indigenous community members, and all those interested in engaging in safe constructive dialogue, are invited to come together to envision Minneapolis as a just and truthful community – one that acknowledges and seeks to heal racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, genocide of Native Americans, and the racism these collective traumas continue to spawn. CTTT provides relationship engagement, leadership, resources, and a supportive environment to dismantle racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery and genocide of Indigenous people.

Coming to the Table in Minneapolis: Racial Healing Learning Sessions are on the 3rd Saturday morning and 4th Monday evening of the month.

CTTT Learning Sessions provide an opportunity to learn and grow together. Through readings, videos and discussions, group members examine the intersectionality of racism, its insidious nature and options for healing historical trauma. Example topics include: the Doctrine of Discovery, Implicit Bias, Exploring Systemic Racism, etc. 

Join CTTT Facilitator and Peacebuilding’s Assistant Executive Director Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power to help instigate this monthly CTTT group in Minneapolis for all who want to take Minnesota beyond the legacy of enslavement and be part of the solution.

Tuesday, Jan 26

A Conversation with Resmaa Menakem @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Please join us for a virtual conversation on racial healing, equity, and justice with Resmaa Menakem, a national expert on cultural trauma, licensed clinical social worker, founder of Justice Leadership Solutions in Minneapolis, and author of “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.” Get your copy from a Black Owned Bookstore in your area. 
Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j66YMHxQSoyB2Ir_ssaVaw 

This virtual conversation is part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Day of Racial Healing event series that is rooted in truth-telling, offering people, organizations and communities conversations centered on racial healing, bringing people together to take collective action for a more just and equitable world.

This event is sponsored by the Office for Student Affairs, Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), Office of the President, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Black Faculty and Staff Association, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and Office for Equity and Diversity.

PJ Story Time with Karlyn! @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Put on your jammies, get cozy, and join bookseller (and author) Karlyn for PJ Story Time every Tuesday evening! PJ Story Times will be posted around 7PM on IGTV, Facebook, and on our YouTube channel, and will be viewable for 24 hours. 

Find all of the books read during PJ Story Times in the last month or so here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/VirtualStoryTime

DIVERSITY VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: MINNEAPOLIS @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Join us from your computer for meet and greets with hiring managers from your local area!

“Swipe to Save: Saving Money in a Cash-Free Age” w/ Thrivent Financial @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Urban League Twin Cities Young Professionals follow-up from our “Building Black Power Through Generational Wealth” Series with a Part 2 “Swipe to Save: Saving Money in a Cash-Free Age,” webinar as we aim to help you prioritize your current finances while building toward your long-term financial goals with Minneapolis-based, Thrivent Financial.

Following the meeting, new and current Urban League Twin Cities Young Professional members will get a chance to introduce themselves, meet the new E-Board, network and get to know each other as we prepare for Join Week and share our strategic plan for 2021! 

You can register now to save your spot on Zoom at the link below: https://tinyurl.com/JANGBM2021

Wednesday, Jan 27

Union Hmong Kitchen: Live Fire Grilling @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
“Minnesota’s ambassador for Hmong culture and culinary traditions” (Minnesota Public Radio) Yia Vang (Union Hmong Kitchen, Vinai) welcomes visitors to this live fire grilling site with optimum viewing for the premiere of Marlena Myles’ Innerworld Prism, projected onto the iconic Highlight Tower in NE Minneapolis. Experience the art (6 minute loop), pick up some of the best takeout Minneapolis has to offer, and celebrate “festival eve” of The Great Northern as events commence January 28.

Online ordering is available at https://www.exploretock.com/unionhmongkitchen/experience/248116/takeout-at-great-northern-festival?date=2021-01-27&size=1&time=12%3A00

*This event is designed in full compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines put forward by the Minnesota Dept. of Health. In the event of heightened restrictions, this event will be cancelled.

We Are the Story: Carolyn Mazloomi & Penny Mateer w/ Weisman Art Museum @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
When Minneapolis became the epicenter of the nationwide protest movement against police brutality and racism in America following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) joined forces to create We Are the Story, a multi-venue series of exhibitions throughout the Twin Cities, on view through June 12, 2021.

Join us January 27 for a virtual conversation about the exhibition between curator Carolyn Mazloomi and artist Penny Mateer, whose work is currently installed at WAM and will be on view through March 14, 2021.

Cancer Education & Support Group (virtual) @ 12:15pm • ONLINE EVENT
Meetings via Webex (with a phone option) every Wednesday from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Join by phone (audio only) or Webex (video and audio)

Link: https://veteransaffairs.webex.com/
Webex Meeting Number (access code): 199 304 1993
Webex Meeting password: ZSgSfEZ*796
Instructions to join the Webex are on our website: https://www.minneapolis.va.gov/patients/downloads/How_to_join_Minneapolis_VA_Webex.pdf 

or Phone Number: 404-397-1596 
Phone Access Code: 199 822 0585

No appointment needed. All Veterans affected by cancer and their caregiver are welcome.
Topics include:
– Overview of Cancer
– “Chemo Brain”
– Integrative Health
– Movement & Rehabilitation
– Nutrition
– Caregiver Stress

Exercise Training & Tips for Better Balance @ Noon • ONLINE EVENT
In life we need balance in many ways. One important way is our physical balance. Physical balance helps us to move and carry out physical tasks throughout our day. This presentation will offer insight and exercises related to maintaining and improving physical balance. Be prepared to move. All ability levels welcome. Exercise modification will be shared. 

Marisa Cuneo-Linsly has been in the fitness industry for 40 years.  She has done everything from teaching fitness classes to becoming the Fitness Director at a number of local Fitness facilities.  She enjoys working with people of all ages. Currently, Marisa works for Interlachen Country Club in Edina and she owns and operates her own personal training business called “StrengthWorks”.  She is available for in-home training.   For fun, Marisa also operates a drum business called Smiling Drum Studio Dedicated to Women and Community, enjoys her 3 cats, husband, extended family, and staying active.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom. To register or for more information, please call Southeast Seniors at 612-331-2302 or email us at info@seseniors.org.

Virtual Painting Event | Stone Arch Bridge w/ Gray Duck Art @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Gray Duck Art, a local company based in the Twin Cities, is excited to host a virtual painting event. After you register here, we will ship you everything you need to complete this beautiful Stone Arch Bridge painting. This project was designed by Ruby Thompson, (a very talented Gray Duck Art Artist) and will be taught over Zoom by Maddy DePaul. 

Once you have purchased your ticket(s) here, please email maddy@grayduckart.com with the address you would like your supplies delivered to AND the ticket holder name. Please include “Virtual event” in the subject line. 

Ticket sales will end on January 20th, assuming they do not sell out. Space is limited. 
Included in your class supply kit will be: disposable table cloth, 3 paint brushes, gallery wrapped and framed canvas, paints, and a paint by number tracer. Supplies you will need from home: any ballpoint pen, tape, and a water cup to rinse your brushes. 

The class will be held from 6-7 pm (central), however it will typically take about 2 hours to complete the project.  We will send out a zoom link the week of the event. Anyone over 8 years old  and taking the class in the United States can participate. Can’t attend on this date? No problem! You can still purchase a ticket and we can send you a youtube link with directions on how to complete your painting.

My Time – 45min Mindfulness Self-Care Practice @ 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Take this small slice of time just for you. 
This weekly drop-in practice is perfect for self-care, mid-week reset, or an addition to any other ongoing practice. 

You can expect a very brief intro, Mindful movement (think gentle stretching and releasing), and Mindful meditation. The practice is designed to cultivate aspects of self-care including self-compassion, inner strength, equanimity, and more! This is a dana (donation/karmic exchange of energy) offering.
http://www.paypal.me/onemomentcenter to donate the amount you’d like.
Suggested donation $5-$20

Join us live with Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83406783414?pwd=Y0ZWODZpL1ViaVQrb1hoYWNZVVZIUT09
Meeting ID: 834 0678 3414
Passcode: 879082

Thursday, Jan 28

FIX WHAT YOU CAN virtual event with the League of Women Voters Minnesota and Mindy Greiling @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Mindy Greiling will host a virtual event with the League of Women Voters Minnesota on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of her new book, Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Lawmaker’s Fight for Her Son. The event will also feature Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota; Mary Jo McGuire, Ramsey County Commissioner; and county mental health staff to talk about the importance of mental health and why telling stories is important. They will also discuss racial disparities in the mental health system and how we can all be better advocates, and an audience Q&A will follow. Copies of the book are available from partner bookstore Next Chapter Booksellers. Please register to receive the virtual meeting information here: https://lwvmn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvd-qtrzspGNwYnC535efC91YT6HrVDz3O.

In his early twenties, Mindy Greiling’s son, Jim, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Greiling was a Minnesota state legislator who struggled, along with her husband, to navigate and improve the state’s inadequate mental health system. Fix What You Can is an illuminating and frank account of caring for a person with a mental illness, told by a parent and advocate.

“Mindy Greiling’s passionate support for mental health has turned Minnesota into a national leader on the issue.” —St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Fix What You Can offers readers deeper understanding of mental illness’ toll and a keener sense that society can do better by those afflicted. Putting this book in citizens’ hands is in keeping with Greiling’s long career of public service—and if it is that career’s capstone, it’s a worthy one.” —Star Tribune

Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/fix-what-you-can.

Energy Yoga Revitalize New Year Series! @ 6pm
Meet the new year by renewing your energy and gaining flexibility with my 5-week yoga series!

Full Moon Metal Casting for Grown Ups w/ ARTrageous Adventures @ 6:30pm
It’s the Wolf Moon! Celebrate the Celestial Beauty of the Full Wolf Moon this January by creating your own cast metal charm or mini sculpture! The Wolf Moon in January reminds us to be strategic, resourceful, and to seek out your community and value your chosen pack. Create your sculpture with these inspirations in mind or find your own symbolism. You will learn to carve cuttlebone molds and cast metal with lead-free pewter. Everyone can expect to make at least one and likely more small scale sculpture(s) and/or charms during the session. Participant artists will have the opportunity to finish the sculpture(s) through filing, ink patinas, and any other needed adjustments to realize their celestial visions. Class size is limited to minimize risks in this Covid time and masks are required.

 
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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Stay updated on the City’s transforming community safety work
The City of Minneapolis is committed to a goal of safety for everyone in Minneapolis. On June 12, 2020, the City Council passed a resolution committing to creating a transformative new model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis. Since then, internal work groups and key stakeholders have been exploring ways to develop an integrated community safety response that works for everyone.

Three pillars of community safety The City’s realignment to provide a holistic community safety response will take place in phases over time with much staff, partner and community participation. It focuses on three main areas:

  • A public health-oriented response for preventing violence.
  • Alternatives to police response for 911 calls.
  • Reforming law enforcement policies, protocols and practices.

Stay up to date Stay updated on this work by visiting the City’s community safety webpage. This source will have updated information on the three focus areas. Information will also be shared out over a variety of channels in many languages.

Staff will present regular community safety updates at City Council meetings. The first is a Health Department presentation on the first phase of engagement around public health-oriented violence prevention. This presentation will include a summary of the online survey, stakeholder interviews and focus groups you were invited to take part in. Staff from the City Coordinator’s Office will also provide an update on the alternatives to police response work rolling out this year.  Watch the presentation to the Public Health & Safety Committee at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21, on the City’s website.

Transforming Community Safety online meeting 
6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 
Learn more about the City’s work to transform community safety and upcoming engagement opportunities. RSVP to attendRead more about this work


 City leaders highlight extensive recovery efforts in 2020, outline priorities for addressing challenges in coming year City leaders have provided an overview of the City’s response to the pandemic and civil unrest in 2020 and outlined priorities for moving forward as Minneapolis continues to face the impacts of these unprecedented challenges.

Staff presented the “Minneapolis Forward: The Path to Recovery and Transformation” reportto the City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee on Jan. 13. The states of emergency orders resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest following the killing of George Floyd disrupted many lives and put an enormous strain on the City’s resources. Orders related to the emergencies closed more than 1,700 businesses and caused more than 144,000 people in Minneapolis to request unemployment benefits. The civil unrest following Floyd’s death caused more than $350 million in damage across the city.

The City enterprise responded to the crises by working creatively with policy makers, community partners and other levels of government to respond to the needs of residents and businesses. Moving into 2021, City leaders are committed to prioritizing work that both flattens the pandemic curve and addresses the disparities in Minneapolis that have been widened by the pandemic. Read more



Capacity Building Institute – Storyteller : As the grant that funded CBI ends, we want to understand the impact of our past work and find ways to sustain the program. With these goals in mind, the Division of Race and Equity seeks to hire an artist team to help us capture the story about our capacity building efforts from the beginning.

Capacity Building Institute Funding: This is a funding opportunity for experienced trainers who have existing or ongoing training opportunities for any of the following groups: community leaders, community cultural healers, faith based leaders, those who work with youth, mental and behavioral health professionals

30-hour SIP training
The SIP training program is a multi-disciplinary, inter-spiritual, multi-racial community of persons gathered for education, connection, and formation in the work of spiritually integrated psychotherapy. It serves licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals (i.e., counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction specialists, and more), as well as graduate students in any of those disciplines who seek to explore the ways spirituality, religion, and the search for meaning influence their own lives and the lives of their clients.  More information.



What do you want to see from future Trans Equity Summits?
As we plan for 2021, we want to know what you want to see from the Trans Equity Summit. The event has grown bigger than we ever dreamed during the first Summit in 2014, and that may mean it needs to look different too. Maybe it’s four smaller events spread throughout the year, or always partially virtual. Maybe you want to see different programming than in the past, or resources used in other ways. 

Please let us know what you think. If you want to be more involved in planning future Summits, reach out at RaceEquity@minneapolismn.gov or 612-394-0714 (call or text).  



Minnesota Commerce Department:
Right before New Year’s, the deadline for applications for mortgage relief for federally backed mortgages was extended to February 28, 2021 under the CARES Act. The Minnesota Commerce Department and Minnesota Housing issued a joint consumer alert to encourage homeowners who may be impacted by COVID-19 financial hardships to contact a home ownership advisor to see if they are eligible.
 
The following are versions of that consumer alert in English as well as Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
Consumer Alert – Mortgage Relief – English
Consumer Alert – Mortgage Relief – Spanish
Consumer Alert – Mortgage Relief – Hmong
Consumer Alert – Mortgage Relief – Somali
 
In Minnesota, about 13,000 Minnesota homeowners, or more than one in ten, have FHA-backed mortgages that are delinquent, which means thousands of Minnesota homeowners are behind on mortgages and could be impacted by the deadline to apply for mortgage relief. 
Please note that those who do not have a federally backed mortgage may be eligible for assistance. They should contact their mortgage lender or servicer for more information.
 
 City leaders highlight extensive recovery efforts in 2020, outline priorities for addressing challenges in coming year 
Today City leaders provided an overview of the City’s response to the pandemic and civil unrest in 2020 and outlined priorities for moving forward as Minneapolis continues to face the impacts of these unprecedented challenges.

Staff presented the “Minneapolis Forward: The Path to Recovery and Transformation” report to the City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee. The states of emergency orders resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest following the killing of George Floyd disrupted many lives and put an enormous strain on the City’s resources. Orders related to the emergencies closed more than 1,700 businesses and caused more than 144,000 people in Minneapolis to request unemployment benefits. The civil unrest following Floyd’s death caused more than $350 million in damage across the city.

The City enterprise responded to the crises by working creatively with policy makers, community partners and other levels of government to respond to the needs of residents and businesses. Moving into 2021, City leaders are committed to prioritizing work that both flattens the pandemic curve and addresses the disparities in Minneapolis that have been widened by the pandemic. Read more
 

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Gov. Walz extends peacetime emergency 
Gov. Tim Walz today extended the peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to the pandemic, including safely and effectively distributing the vaccine. Forty-eight other states remain in a state of emergency.

Minnesota’s peacetime emergency gives the state the tools necessary for the timely acquisition of supplies and technology to support the vaccine effort. It also supports the expansion Minnesota’s testing capacity; protects Minnesotans against evictions and wage garnishment; provides expedited procurement power for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment; allows Minnesota to follow the advice of public health experts in combatting the spread of COVID-19; protects workers from unsafe worker conditions; requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and provides economic relief and stability to Minnesotans and small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Learn more about the State’s response to the pandemic


 


Find free COVID-19 tests; help stop the spread
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. Testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus. Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
  • Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 16 and Jan. 30
  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 21 and Jan. 28

You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

More free COVID-19 saliva tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Make an appointment hereFind instructions here.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website.

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Ways to Help

How to donate food & supplies If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.


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Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Grain Belt”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNjA1My82MjIxNjI5NjI5X2U0N2MzYzZjMzJfYi5qcGc~

Guthrie Theater classes
https://www.guthrietheater.org/education
Including free educator workshops
https://www.guthrietheater.org/education/educator-workshops/

MnSpin Music
Thursday, January 21, 7 pm
Thrusday, January 28, 7 pm
http://millcitytimes.com/news/mnspin-virtual-mn-music-events-january-21-and-28.html

Climate Action Films at MSP Film Society
The Biggest Little Farm (Earth)
First Daughter and the Black Snake (Water)
2040 (Air)
Rebuilding Paradise (Fire)

Rethos presents: Old Home Certified Designation Webinar Course
February 3 – 4, 8 am – 4 pm
https://www.rethos.org/events/old-home-certified-designation-course-12-ce-credits

MNiatures: Short World Premiere Operas from Minnesota Artists
February 5 – 19
https://mnopera.org/mniatures-creative-teams/

Rethos presents: A Conversation with the Cofounders of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG)
Saturday, February 6, 11 am – 13 noon
https://www.rethos.org/events/a-conversation-with-the-cofounders-of-the-minnesota-african-american-heritage-museum-and-gallery-maahmg

Hennepin History Museum presents: A Behind the Scenes Look at Local Heroes Exhibit
Saturday, February 6, 1 – 2:30 pm
https://hennepinhistory.org/event/local-heroes/

Bdote Memory Map
http://bdotememorymap.org/

TPT presents: Racism Unveiled
https://www.tptoriginals.org/projects/racism-unveiled/

Ordway Center presents: Meet the Artists
https://ordway.org/

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
https://virtual.filmlinc.org/film/august-wilson-the-ground-on-which-i-stand/

Longfellow Community Council’s Open Letter to the USPS

Dear Residents of Greater Longfellow, The following letter was sent by the LCC Executive Committee to the United States Postal Service (USPS) in response to a recently mailed post card asking for resident feedback on potential sites for a new post office. We have heard from several of you and we know that the postcard was confusing. Council Members Johnson and Gordon have also reached out to USPS and we will keep you informed of any updates: