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/

Weekly Roundup: January 15-21

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Announcements

$40,000 in Grant Funds Available!
The Longfellow Community Council is pleased to provide support to small businesses in the greater Longfellow area through $2,500 grants. The Civil Uprising grants are made possible by a generous donation from Comcast, $25,000, and the Covid-19 Support grants, $15,000, are funded through LCC’s Rebuild Longfellow fund.
Read more here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/afebd94a-ea58-40e7-bd8d-3b049f4406db
Here is the application link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJvCdXqMsJUs341qvYodpSthfVE5q1TEgic5ZMRuHBDtwwJw/viewform

 Gov. Walz activates Minnesota National Guard in face of threats of violence
Gov. Tim Walz today activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist state and local law enforcement in public safety efforts in Saint Paul over the coming days. The governor’s action follows the violent insurrection at the United States Capitol last week and national reports of possible armed protests at state capitol buildings.

The Minnesota National Guard will work in coordination with other state resources, including the Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, as well as local law enforcement. In addition to the fence around the Minnesota Capitol that has been in place since last summer, the State Patrol has increased its presence to respond to various threats and prevent unlawful entry into the building and has continued to enhance readiness through training, equipment, and personnel.  

In the wake of last week’s events in Washington D.C., Walz is visiting American history monuments across Minnesota this week to call for calm, civility, and peace. Drawing on his roots as a high school history teacher, Walz is encouraging Minnesotans to reflect on the greater context that led to this dark moment in history, while calling on Minnesotans to come together to restore democracy for all.



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.




Minnehaha Post Office Update:
What:
The U.S. Postal Service sent a postcard to the residents of the Minneapolis MN Minnehaha Post Office, previously located at 3033 27th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55406-1914, requesting customer feedback.  
Who:
USPS Real Estate Specialist Greg Shelton   
Background:
Due to a fire that caused unrepairable damage to the Minnehaha Post Office, the Postal Service is considering options to relocate retail services to a yet-to-be-determined location within the 55406 ZIP Code.

Typically, the Postal Service will host an in-person community meeting to discuss future plans with the customers who are impacted by such relocation efforts. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Postal Service is seeking information by mail. 

Options of what USPS needs for a new site are as follows:
• 13,130 square feet building with 91+ parking spaces,
• Any leads on land to purchase that is 84,000 square feet, or
• Retail area with 2,500 square feet with an area to be transformed into a Carrier building that is 10,110 square feet.
Read more here:
https://about.usps.com/newsroom/local-releases/mn/2020/1228ma-notice-of-public-comment-period.htm


Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration goes virtual for 2021! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is taking their annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration virtual! The event is typically held at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. However, with COVID restrictions still in place, we are going to celebrate and honor him virtually. Read more here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNPARKREC/bulletins/2b439c8


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Friday, Jan 15 

This Is Minnesota Orchestra: Television, Radio + Streaming w/ Minnesota Orchestra @ 8pm
The Minnesota Orchestra returns to the Orchestra Hall stage this fall with a re-imagined concert season designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. Hosted by Sarah Hicks and Classical MPR’s Melissa Ousley, the broadcasts and livestreams will afford wide and easy access for audiences across the state and beyond to experience a live Minnesota Orchestra performance. 

Be Antiracist – Support Group & Book Exploration w/ Unity Minneapolis @ 7pm
Join us as we explore the book “Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action” one Friday per month from January – April from 7pm-830pm.  You should read the first book prior to joining the class.  It is available here: https://www.google.com/books/edition/How_to_Be_an_Antiracist/6pNbDwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0&kptab=getbook 

BOOK SUMMARY BELOW:
Reflect on your understanding of race and discover ways to work toward an antiracist future with this guided journal from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning.

Antiracism is not a destination but a journey–one that takes deliberate, consistent work. Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism has reenergized and reshaped the conversation about racial justice in America and pointed us toward new ways of thinking about ourselves and our society. Whether or not you’ve read How to Be an Antiracist, this stunning paperback journal offers the opportunity to reflect on your personal commitment to antiracism. Be Antiracist is both a confessional and a log of your journey toward a more equitable and just society. 
Be Antiracist helps you reflect on topics such as body, power, class, gender, and policy, as well as specific questions like, “Who or what scares you the most when you think about race?” and “How can we go about disconnecting Blackness from criminality?” and “What constitutes an American to you?” Kendi’s multipronged approach to self-reflection will challenge you to make change in yourself and your community, and contribute to an antiracist future.

Saturday, Jan 16

She Rock Online Open Mic! @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT
Let’s do another online open mic! This event is open to performers of all-ages who identify as girls, women, trans or nonbinary.  You can perform original songs or covers.  You can come in and just watch too, you don’t need to perform!

This will be a private event on Zoom, so please e-mail jenny@sherocksherock.com to sign up to perform, or if you would like the info to just watch.  The day before the event, we will email everyone the Meeting ID and password to access the open mic. Suggested donations of $5-$10 for all performers and audience members will be collected on our website.

She Rock would love to keep our amazing community united and going strong through these trying times, so we hope many folks will continue to participate in our events!
Again, please email: jenny@sherocksherock.com

if you would like to perform or be an audience member!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and ask!



Coming to the Table in MPLS: Racial Healing Learning Session w/ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 10:30am • ONLINE EVENT
*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. 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.

Sunday, Jan 17

Non-Gestational Parent Group – January w/ Queer Birth Project @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Queer Birth Project is hosting a monthly meeting for non-gestational / non-carrying parents. Whether you’re just starting the planning phases, your kiddo is a full-grown adult, you’ve been both a gestational parent and NGP — perspectives from all along the journey are welcome! This is a trans-affirming and all-genders welcome meetup.

Because of COVID, we will be meeting virtually via Zoom. Meetings will be on the third Sunday of the month at 10am. Babies & kiddos are welcome!
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85107225377?pwd=QWR6WE5nZkg5Y3lpdFpCRlNBbFNnQT09
Meeting ID: 851 0722 5377
Passcode: ngpgroup
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,85107225377#,,,,,,0#,,66473769# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location:  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)    
Meeting ID: 851 0722 5377
Passcode: 66473769
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcmzjE8NKQ

This Is Minnesota Orchestra: Television, Radio + Streaming w/ Minnesota Orchestra @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
The Minnesota Orchestra returns to the Orchestra Hall stage this fall with a re-imagined concert season designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. Hosted by Sarah Hicks and Classical MPR’s Melissa Ousley, the broadcasts and livestreams will afford wide and easy access for audiences across the state and beyond to experience a live Minnesota Orchestra performance.
LEARN MORE: https://minnesotaorchestra.org/tickets/this-is-minnesota-orchestra
 

Monday, Jan 18

Midtown Global Market Blood Drive w/ Midtown Global Market @ 10am
In honor of National Blood Donor Month, Midtown Global Market is hosting a blood drive. The Memorial Blood Centers’ Bloodmobile will be parked on Elliot Street. Register inside the Market or schedule an appointment online (www.mbc.org/searchdrives and use sponsor code 4925) or by phone (1-888-GIVE-BLD). 

Picasso, Pollock and Pokemon, Oh My! w/ ARTrageous Adventures @ 9am
Paint your way through 2021 as we take inspiration from two great artists in history and one modern day media franchise that started in Japan.

This camp will have an AM, PM, and Full day session available for crafting. Space will be limited so save your spot today! Remember if your child will be joining any of our full day camp sessions to pack a lunch and a water bottle. Also make sure to review our COVID safety plan or reach out to us if you have any questions. As always everyone should dress for a mess!

Tuesday, Jan 19

PJ Story Time with guest author Molly Beth Griffin @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Put on your pajamas, get cozy, and join us for a special PJ story time with guest author and reader Molly Beth Griffin! Molly will read her beautiful new picture book Ten Beautiful Things.
This story time will be posted at 7PM on IGTV, Facebook, YouTube, and on our website, and will be viewable for 24 hours.

Get a signed copy of Ten Beautiful Things! Order your copy by Sunday, January 17 to have it signed by Molly Beth Griffin (signed copies will be available to pick up starting on Tuesday, January 19). Do you want your book personalized? Just tell us to whom you’d like it inscribed in the order comments at checkout.

Molly Beth Griffin is a Minnesota native who lives in Minneapolis. Her picture books include Loon Baby (HMH 2011), Rhoda’s Rock Hunt (Minnesota Historical Society Press 2014), and the forthcoming titles Ten Beautiful Things (Charlesbridge 2021) and The Big Leaf Leap (Minnesota Historical Society Press 2021). She has also published one YA novel Silhouette of a Sparrow (Milkweed Editions 2012), two poetry chapbooks Under Our Feet and All the Hollow Places (Finishing Line Press 2018), and a series of eight beginning readers, School Sidekicks (Capstone 2019). She has been awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board grants and a McKnight Fellowship.
https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/GriffinPJStoryTime

Kwei Quartey’s “Sleep Well, My Lady” @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Kwei Quartey will be back with us discussing his second novel in the Emma Djan Investigation series. A talk show host hires Emma to find his girl-friend’s murderer. To solve Lady Araba’s murder, Emma must not only go on an undercover mission that dredges up trauma from her past, but navigate a long list of suspects with strong motives. Emma quickly discovers that they are all willing to lie for each other—and that one may still be willing to kill.  Register Here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/kwei-quartey-sleep-well/register

Know Your Nursing Home Rights w/ Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors @ 10:30-11:30am
Gordon Solo, Supervising Attorney for Legal Aid’s Senior Law Project, will discuss the rights of residents in nursing homes. Learn about protections provided by the Health Care Bill of Rights, as well as visitation rights during the pandemic and other entitlements.
Co-sponsored by Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors and Minneapolis Community Education.
To register call 612-668-3775, or email Helene.Gauthier@mpls.k12.mn.us



Virtual Meditation with Nancy Johnson @ 11:30am • ONLINE EVENT
Take a break and join us for some virtual meditation with Nancy Johnson, faculty from the Normandale Health Department!  Join event here: http://bit.ly/VirtualMeditationWW



Virtual ArtXchange: Response-able w/ MIA @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for a virtual installment of ArtXchange. This virtual event is free, but registration it required, click here to reserve your spot: bit.ly/396vGgD

ArtXchange is a salon-style series featuring local artists who use their work as a vehicle for dialogue and initiating change in their communities and beyond. For this installment of ArtXchange, Jay Apollo, Stayci Bell, Kat Purcell and Dez Bilges, will share reflections on their time spent in co-creative conversations with residents of encampments, housed neighbors, and each other over the summer of 2020. Together, we will explore the role of artists in political & social upheaval, consider what counts as art-making, and illuminate where we all might have more agency to affect change than we think.

To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or register online here: bit.ly/396vGgD to receive an email with the Zoom link for the program. If you have never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app or join from your browser. Zoom works best on the Google Chrome browser. If you are having any trouble, contact us at visit@artsmia.org

Give back: This program is free. Mia relies on your support to present its programs and exhibitions. Please consider making a contribution here: bit.ly/2XiawqA

Wednesday, Jan 20

Virtual Yoga with Anita @ 2pm • ONLINE EVENT
Come join us for some Virtual Yoga with Anita from Twin Cities Metro Yoga! This is a beginner friendly interactive yoga session for individuals of all skill levels! We would love to have you!!!  
Join event here: http://bit.ly/YogaNumber4

Online Laughter Yoga w/ Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors @ 10:30 – 11:00am
Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing. Laugher Yoga improves mood, reduces stress, and allows you to laugh during these strange and difficult times. The class is appropriate for every level of fitness and will be done in a seated position. To register and receive Zoom login information, call 612-729-5799 or email juliaockuly@LSHealthyseniors.org.


Online Living as a Low-Waste Vegan  @ 7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join Ashley to learn tips and tricks to be eco-friendly, minimize waste, and save money! (This event is a repeat of the previous low waste events if you’ve already attended!)

All are welcome! You do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend ARC events. 
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89168510811
Sign up for ARC’s monthly E-Newsletter: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/39949/23220/?v=a 
Become an ARC Volunteer: http://animalrightscoalition.com/volunteer/ 
See what ARC does: http://www.arcmnveganguide.com/what-arc-does.html

Thursday, Jan 21

Virtual Movie Showing: Just Mercy @ 4:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join the Department of Student Life for a viewing of the movie Just Mercy.  Register early for a movie pack that will be shipped to you before the movie night.  Join Event Here: http://bit.ly/VirtualMovieNCC 

Virtual Book Club: Sexuality and Disability @ 7am • ONLINE EVENT
Join us as a way to connect, learn and have fun together – virtually. Register for the first meeting on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErceippjIiGd2KI1v9e5HNDWaOobI9AaOV
Schedule:
Jan 21st, 6:00-7:00pm CDT: Sexuality for All Abilities: Teaching and Discussing Sexual Health in Special Education by Katie Thune
March 25th, 6:00-7:00pm CDT: Quick and Easy Guide to Sex and Disability by A.Andrews
May 20th, 6:00-7:00pm CDT: Disability Visibility by Alice Wong
July 22nd 6:00-7:00pm CDT: TBD

January Meeting Information: Katie Thune author of Sexuality for All Abilities: Teaching and Discussing Sexual Health in Special Education will be in attendance to answer questions about the book. If you order the book from our website shop we will include a small book club treat with the book. 
Order book here:
https://madhatterwellness.com/product/sexuality-for-all-abilities-teaching-and-discussing-sexual-health-in-special-education-signed-copy/?fbclid=IwAR2OFllc8kczj9hpSnkTWYA7mtToRpqlBc3fJ_DCvFwJmO-stbgZvbUKZaU
Register for zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErceippjIiGd2KI1v9e5HNDWaOobI9AaOV



Radical Justice & Healing in the New Year: Workshops with Dr. Joi Lewis @ 5pm • ONLINE EVENT
Three workshops, facilitated by Dr. Joi Lewis, centering radical self-care and healing justice in educational and racial equity work. 

 
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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

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” reportto 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




When it snows, remember to shovel your sidewalks
Sidewalks are a critical part of Minneapolis’ transportation system and they should be open for everyone. Here’s a refresher on the City’s rules: Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks helps people of all ages and abilities safely walk or roll to where they need to go. This is a primary mode of transportation for many people in the city so it’s important to be a good neighbor and help them out.

In addition to relying on complaints reported to 311, City inspectors will also be out in neighborhoods actively looking for sidewalks that aren’t shoveled. Failure to shovel and maintain your sidewalk could result in a warning letter and, if left uncleared, a bill for the City to remove snow from your sidewalk. An average bill is approximately $239.  Call 311 to learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks. Find more information about snow clearing on the City’s website.



City’s freelance worker protections ordinance takes effect Jan. 1
The City’s new freelance worker protections ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2021. The ordinance will help prevent the exploitation of freelance workers, including many self-employed entrepreneurs who work as independent contractors.

The City is dedicated to ensuring that everyone gets paid for the work they do regardless of their working arrangement. Freelance work is a growing segment of the economy and many freelance workers face difficulty securing timely payments and have limited options to recover earned but unpaid compensation. Mitigating those barriers helps everyone, especially as communities face uncertainty amid a pandemic.

Highlights of the freelance worker protections ordinance

  • Businesses that hire certain freelancers for their work in the City of Minneapolis must confirm their agreement in writing.
  • It is a violation of the ordinance for a hiring party to refuse to pay the freelancer as stated in the contract or demand a freelancer accept less compensation after work has started as a condition of being paid on time.

Find proposed FAQs, a sample contract and additional resources on the City’s website. The Labor Standards Enforcement Division of the City’s Civil Rights Department will enforce the ordinance by investigating claims and imposing remedies including damages and penalties as appropriate for the violation. The division also oversees compliance of the City’s sick and safe time, minimum wage and wage theft ordinances. For more information email wagetheft@minneapolismn.gov.
 

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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



Minnesota launches dashboard to track statewide COVID-19 vaccine
The State of Minnesota has launched a public vaccine data dashboard to detail the progress of COVID-19 vaccine allocation, distribution and administration across Minnesota.

The dashboard provides a visual and user-friendly way to view key vaccination data for our state. The dashboard includes information on the number of doses promised (allocated) to the state by the federal government; shipped to Minnesota providers; and administered to Minnesotans. The dashboard will be updated daily.

More than 140,000 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of vaccine. Over 7,000 people have completed their vaccination series. For currently available vaccines, a complete series is two doses of the same vaccine product separated by three or four weeks depending on the vaccine. View the vaccine data dashboard



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: “The Lock”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNjU1MzUvNTA0NDUwMjA5NDZfNDBjYmM4YTc1NF9iLmpwZw~~

SPCO presents: Jeremy Denk Plays Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto
Saturday, January 16, 8 pm
Thursday, January 21, 6:30 pm
https://content.thespco.org/music/concert-library/

Minnesota Historical /Society “E Pluribus Unum” – American Revolutions with Alan Taylor
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 — 8 pm
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8564

Minnesota Historical society presents: Artist in the Gallery: A Conversation with Jennie Kappenman
Thursday, January 28, 3 – 4 pm
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8563

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Through January 31
https://www.walkingshadow.org/streaming/

Parkway Theater presents: Mayor
https://watch.eventive.org/mayor/play/5fd936b63281b300442000ee