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

$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.
If you have questions about the program or application, please contact Grant Manager Candace Miller Lopez at candace@longfellow.org

Application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJvCdXqMsJUs341qvYodpSthfVE5q1TEgic5ZMRuHBDtwwJw/viewform