Greater Robot Grab! 2019

Greater Longfellow youth are invited to take part in LCC’s first-ever Great Robot Grab (GRG), a public art collaboration, happening during the Annual Greater Longfellow Neighborhood Garage Sale.

What is it?

We’re building a robot and you’re invited to help! Parts found at local garage sales will be used to build a robot community sculpture! (Examples can be found here.)

 

Who Can Participate?

Youth ages 4-14, living in Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, or Longfellow neighborhoods are invited to participate. Participation is free, limited vouchers available.

 

How do I sign up (or sign up my child)?

Registration to participate will began at 9:30am on Tuesday, May 7 via Google form,  found here. Or you may stop in to the Longfellow Community Council Office at 2727 26th Ave S. to sign up.

 

How will this work?

Registered participants pick up a $5 GRG voucher* between 9am-Noon on Saturday from Matt Swenson at the Minnesota Art Truck, parked at Fireroast Cafe & Wine Bar, 3800 37th Ave S. (Please note, while the neighborhood garage sale is a two-day event, the Greater Robot Grab ONLY takes place on Saturday, June 8). Matt will briefly explain what types of items will and won’t work for robot parts, as well as show a few examples. Then, as the participants’ families stop at Garage Sales, they’re on the lookout for a fun “robot part” to purchase with their voucher from a registered garage sale site.**

After you purchase a part for our neighborhood robot, bring it back to Matt with the MN Art Truck. All purchased parts (or unused certificates) need to be returned to Matt by 3:30pm on Saturday, June 8. Parts not returned to Matt by this time on the day of the event WILL NOT be included in the final sculpture.

All found parts (that meet the aforementioned requirements given when the voucher is picked up) will be used by the artist to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture, made especially for our neighborhood!

 

What if a garage sale doesn’t want to take my voucher?

**All garage sale sites listed on the LCC neighborhood map have agreed to take part in this project as part of registering for the event and shouldn’t refuse your voucher. If they still refuse to accept your voucher, we’re sorry. Some people just aren’t very fun, you will likely have to go to another map site location with cooler people.

Unlisted garage sales aren’t taking part in this project, so they will have no idea what you are talking about.

 

Any other rules?

* Yep. Here are more details about the vouchers. It’s boring, but important:

  • Vouchers are NOT redeemable for cash at any garage sale site, they are only good for purchasing “robot parts”
  •  A voucher can only be used at a single garage sale location, no returns and no change will be given (We want to make this process as easy as possible for residents hosting garage sales.)
  • More than one “robot part” may be purchased with a voucher if combined total is $5 or less
  • Vouchers cannot be combined to purchase larger items
  • Limit of two (2) vouchers per family/household
  • Unused vouchers must be returned to Matt by 3:30pm, on Saturday, June 8

 

When do we see the completed project?

The finished artwork will be revealed at our BEST MEETING EVER General Membership Meeting in October!

 

Where will it be on Display?

The sculpture will be on public display at Moon Palace Books, from October 2019-May 2020. After that we will secure and announce it’s permanent home.

 

Who’s Matt Swenson and what’s the MN Art Truck?

Matt Swenson, the founder of the Minnesota Art Truck®, has two goals: 1) Make it easy to support local artists and makers by bringing art and unique gifts to you; 2) Help artists extend their reach beyond the standard channels (Art Fairs, Brick-And-Mortar, Etsy).

When Matt’s not rolling to events in the Minnesota Art Truck®, he’s busy creating upcycled robot sculptures and assembled art murals (http://www.djonk.net/), as well as cabin and cave signs (Stuga Märke), or searching for more artist crew members. Visit www.mnarttruck.com to learn more or email matt@mnarttruck.com.

 

What awesome organizations helped make this neato project possible?

Moon Palace Books helping to financially support this event.

Longfellow Community Council  and their dedicated volunteers for coordinating and facilitating this event.

Minnesota Art Truck for engaging with Greater Longfellow to build an original piece of public art with help from our community.

Fireroast Coffee & Wine Bar for hosting the MN Art Truck during this event.

Weekly Roundup: February 15-21

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Check out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and get cozy with some yummy treats!


Upcoming& Ongoing Events

2019 LoLa Winter Fine Art Exhibition @ Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Ave. S. • Admission is free and open to the public; a small donation is optional for make-and-take activities.
Return of the Longfellow winter art event expands to two weekends in February, adds hands-on activities with artists. February 16-17 and 23-24, noon-5pm each day.
Opening Reception 2/16/19 5-7pm: Wine, beer, and other beverages plus a variety of snacks; a chance to mingle with other art lovers and many of the artists; and music provided by DJ Phil Borreson of Solid State Vinyl.
New this year: More opportunities to visit, and more reasons to drop in and see what’s happening.
• Open for two weekends instead of one, with the opening reception at the close of the first day
• For art lovers with small budgets: Some of the artists will also have small items for sale during their volunteer gallery shift such as note cards featuring their artwork. This will be continuously changing.
• Artist educators will lead informal make-and-take activities for children and adults (very small children will need an adult helper), for a small optional donation of up to $5 to cover the cost of materials. These will occur at various times during gallery hours, with a schedule available on LoLa’s website, and announced on the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LoLaArtistsMN/

Focus on Local Business: 
Are you the owner or manager of a business in the Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, or Longfellow neighborhoods? If so, you’re invited to take a moment to fill out this form. Longfellow Community Council is starting an on-going project to help draw focus to local businesses by spotlighting how unique and wonderful they are!

MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT UPCOMING BLOCK LEADER TRAININGS:
Wednesday, February 20 or Monday, March 18 (you need only attend one) from 6:30-8pm @ Minneapolis Police Dept. 3rd Precinct Community Room, 3000 Minnehaha Avenue
Crime Prevention Block Leaders: Help build Community one block at a time by organizing your neighbors. Have an impact on reducing crime. Neighbors who are informed are the strongest crime prevention tool for communities.
Communicate to their neighbors when a crime trend/pattern is identified. Work with neighbors and MPD if there is a problem on the block. One of the Minneapolis Police Department’s top goals is to increase organized blocks. Neighborhoods and block clubs work with our Crime Prevention Specialists to prevent and reduce crime. It’s not just about crime…..it’s about building community. Get your block organized! RSVP appreciated so we have enough materials. You can RSVP by calling Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch at 612/673-2856 or email her at karen.notsch@minneapolismn.gov
For questions, contact: Karen Notsch, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct
(612) 673-2856
karen.notsch@minneapolismn.gov


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rockin’ Roller Vinyl Bus w/ Solid State Vinyl Records
Its a big blue traveling record store/music mobile. Check out it’s schedule! • https://solidstatevinyl.com/pages/rockin-roller-vinyl-bus

Grants Available: Up to $5,000 for residents with open citations on their property
The Longfellow Community Council is offering grants up to $5,000 for residents of Longfellow, Cooper, Howe and Hiawatha neighborhoods of Greater Longfellow who have received citations from the City of Minneapolis after a property inspection. The grants are offered to residents who are at or below 80% AMI (area median income). To find out if you qualify, contact the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) at 612-335-5858 or go to the grant page on their website at https://www.mncee.org/services/financing/longfellow/.  After you access this page, click on the words “START APPLICATION PROCESS” to the far right of the page and fill out the requested information to see if you qualify.  This program is funded by the Longfellow Community Council and will be open until grant funds are expended.

The Neighborhood by the Falls is AVAILABLE! 
Click on the link:  https://squareup.com/market/longfellow-community-council/ and scroll down to the “Merchandise” and click on the image of the book (feel free to donate or buy any other awesome merch while you’re at it!) and choose how many you want.  Then pick up at the LCC offices. WE DON’T HAVE SHIPPING CAPABILITIES–Sorry.

This week’s movies at the Trylon Cinema and Riverview Theater!

 


Friday, February 15

 

Two Great TED Talks From Women w/ Transition Longfellow @ Minnehaha Communion Lutheran, 4101 37th Ave. S • 6:30pm potluck • 7:15pm movie • Cost: Free will donation
Join us for a potluck meal and then watch these two 15-minute videos, with discussion in between. NOTE: We need at least one more volunteer to help movie night happen. Volunteers help with set-up and clean-up. If you can help, contact Jeanne.
Greta Thurnberg, Swedish Schoolgirl and Dynamic Climate Activist
Greta is everywhere in the news these days, speaking to world leaders and the media. Come and hear her story and recommit all over again to taking action.
Katharine Wilkinson and Project Drawdown
According to Katharine, “Gender and climate are linked. Drawing down emissions depends upon rising up.” Learn about the connection and how we can help women in the U.S. and around the world move toward equity, healing and wholeness.

I Live in Fear (1955) on 35mm @ Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St • 9:30pm
Mifune plays a wealthy industrialist so deeply afraid after the invention of the hydrogen bomb that he attempts to move his family to Brazil. They respond by trying to have him declared insane.

Flamenco Fit @ Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, 3715 Minnehaha Ave S • Noon • Price: 10-Week Session $150 / Drop-in $15
Fulfill those fitness New Years Resolutions by coming to Flamenco Fit! This all levels class will begin with energizing flamenco fitness and move into fun flamenco variations.

The Trappistines/ AJAB/ Ruff Ronny/ SIMS (beat set) @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 9pm • 21+ • $10
A night of destructive R+B, electro pop, experimental noise

Eat Your Words: a creative writing workshop @  Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, 1915 E 22nd St • 4pm • FREE writing workshop for K–12 students!
Try food from local restaurants and strengthen your writing skills as we learn about sensory language, description, and how to write like a professional food critic.
Snacks will be provided to all students. Participants can RSVP to this event or register day-of.
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI) empowers underserved K–12 students to think creatively, write effectively, and succeed academically alongside a community of caring volunteers.

Post Valentine’s Day Massacre @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7:30 • Music 8pm • 21+ • $7 Advance / $10 Day of Show
Join us at the Hook for a post-Valentine’s show to help mend your broken heart.  If you are grieving and sad about being rejected and ignored on Valentine’s Day, let us help you recover with a night of music to help sooth your soul and put a smile on your face.  Music will heal your pain.
Post Valentine’s Day Massacre
* Mike Nicolai backed by Rank Strangers
* Mike Munson & Jake Illika
* Wilkinson James

 

Saturday, February 16

Yoga w/Dallas at Powderhorn Park Community Ctr. • 9:30am 
Dallas Rising replaces Nick Veazie for Saturday Yoga.
This accessible class is designed to help students discover their personal practice in a supportive space. Rather than expecting students to conform to arbitrary shapes, my goal is to create opportunities for students to feel more relaxed and confident in their bodies, regardless of experience or physical mobility. Expect a class with dynamic sequencing, some mindfulness practice, and messaging that celebrates who you already are. All are welcome.

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with Corey Hamm @ St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2836 33rd Ave S • 7:30pm
It’s happening again – a free community concert with 3 amazing composers (Prokofiev, Dvořák, and Mozart!), 2 superb soloists, and 1 fan-tastic orchestra (get it? We’d be nothing without you 🙂

Margarita Sikorskaia “Origins” Opening Reception @ Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave • 7pm
“Origins: Meditations on the sources that connect us all.”
Margarita Sikorskaia returns after a ten-year hiatus from public viewings to deliver a collection of work of tremendous power delivered in exquisite subtlety.
Sikorskaia’s canvases open a world revealing the interconnectedness of all beings, inviting you to a world of relationship and connection, of stillness and revelation. These paintings are meditative exchanges, evoking subtle but deep emotions, absorbing you into their state of being as you absorb them into yours.
Once imbued with Sikorskaia’s ensouled world, you will never want to leave.
We hope this experience will evoke feelings of belonging in all of you, our friends. Let us wander together in contemplation of the origins from which we emerged… which are all, ultimately, one source.”

Fire & Ice Valentine’s Ball! @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave • 8pm- 12am • $10 Cash only at door • No experience necessary • No partner needed
It’s our Annual Fire & Ice Valentine’s Ball!
Academia de Baila con Pasión invites you to share a night of the best of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha Cha and more as we enjoy an evening of fabulous music, fabulous dancing and most of all FABULOUS people!
Intro class 8pm!
Red, Pink and White attire requested, not required.
Call 703.402.3645 or 772.233.6914 for more information or go to Bailaconpasion.com
Hablamos Espanol!

How to Take Eco Action in 2019 @ Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S • Noon
Join us for an uplifting and practical approach to taking care of the planet, including an activity to take action during the class.

Spearwave V3.N1 & Grand Opening of Soomaal House @ Soomaal House of Art, 2200 Minnehaha Ave, Suite 200 • Doors 5pm • Program 6pm • FREE
Spearwave is a monthly intimate exhibition and gathering space for conversations about art and culture. We hope this gesture will foster interconnectedness, and, using Spearwave as a foil, allow these artists a fresh opportunity to experiment with new ways of bringing to you the fruits of their artistic conceptions.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Yasmin Yassin
Abdi Phenomenal
Khadija Charif
Kaamil A. Haider

Drag Story Hour at Moon Palace Books @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 10:30am
Join us for glitter beards at 10:30 am and stories and songs at 11 am. Featuring special guest Marcela and your regular hosts Doña Pepa and Old Man Zimmer! Free and open to all ages.

Sunday, February 17

A Magical Story Time @ Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S • 11am
It is our mission with this story time to promote children’s books that shine a spotlight on a wide array of racial and cultural identities, genders, orientations, experiences and abilities. We want to create a space that places a special emphasis on promoting self love, empathy and a greater understanding of the strange, magical world we inhabit. There is serious deficit in children’s books that depict protagonists who are a people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ or any combination of the above. That is why Madeline and Sam’s Magical Story Time seeks out books that do just that. Positive representation in books is crucial to a child’s development of a positive self image. It can be absolutely life affirming for a child to see a protagonist who reflects them accomplishing anything they set their mind to. It is also crucial in developing empathy for a child to experience diversity at a young age. This story time will not only be educational, but spectacularly fun! Before each reading we will have one minute wiggle parties and coloring pages that correlate with that weeks books.

Winery tour and tasting @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House,
 3016 E Lake St • 1pm
Take a tour of the basement winery and production facility at Urban Forage with co-owner and winemaker, Jeff. Taste a sampling of our offerings on tap, as well as samples of ciders and wines in production. Stay afterward in the taproom for an informal question and answer session. Must be 21+ 

Slow Flow Yoga w/Val at CANDO • 10am
Join Val for a luxurious Sunday morning slow flow. We’ll practice meditation, gentle yoga, and some light vinyasa to wind down from your weekend, and prepare for a positive week to come! All levels are welcome.

Wild Read Book Club: Scribe @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 2pm
Join the Wild Read Book Club for a discussion of Scribe by Alyson Hagy. Get your copy at Moon Palace for 20% off!
A haunting, evocative tale about the power of storytelling. A brutal civil war has ravaged the country, and contagious fevers have decimated the population. Abandoned farmhouses litter the isolated mountain valleys and shady hollows. The economy has been reduced to barter and trade.
In this craggy, unwelcoming world, the central character of Scribe ekes out a lonely living on the family farmstead where she was raised and where her sister met an untimely end. She lets a migrant group known as the Uninvited set up temporary camps on her land, and maintains an uneasy peace with her cagey neighbors and the local enforcer. She has learned how to make paper and ink, and she has become known for her letter-writing skills, which she exchanges for tobacco, firewood, and other scarce resources. An unusual request for a letter from a man with hidden motivations unleashes the ghosts of her troubled past and sets off a series of increasingly calamitous events that culminate in a harrowing journey to a crossroads.
https://www.moonpalacebooks.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=5037

Annual Cribbage Tournament @ St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2836 33rd Ave S • 1pm
Join us for our annual Cribbage Tournament.  This year, 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the American Refugee Committee.
Tournament Info:
* Singles cribbage
* Two games guaranteed
* Trophies!
* Free food and beverages
* $10 entry fee requested
* All ages welcome – invite your family and friends!
* Bring cribbage boards and cards

Foxes (1980) on 35mm @ Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St • 7:30pm
Showing a different side of typical Valley girls, Foxes depicts Jeanie (Foster) and her troubled friends on the verge of womanhood. Together they grasp for answers as they deal with abusive parents, drugs, and their budding sexuality.

Sabyre Rae and Annie Frazier – Music In The House @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 6:30pm • Music 7pm • 21+ To Drink / Kid Friendly • $10 Suggested Donation – All Proceeds To The Artist
Music in the House Series presents Sabyre Rae and Annie Frazier for an intimate seated concert.
Sabyre Rae:
When Sabyre Rae’s blues and jazz meanderings give way to her alt-country and folk roots, the result is a swampy, bayou-infused stomp all the way up the Mississippi River to the Heartland. With the soulfulness of Norah Jones and the Americana sensibilities of Lucinda Williams, the Minneapolis-based songstress draws from a vibrant palette of past and present musical influences at her live performances and off her debut EP Revel..
Annie Frazier:
A well-known vocalist in the Minneapolis music scene, Annie Frazier collaborates with musicians of all genres and styling’s including bluegrass, soul, jazz, folk and contemporary.  She is known as a power house vocalist with a vibrant stage presence. Being a front woman in projects such as the Burbillies and Demitri Rallis and Friends, you can also catch her harmonic additions in Slippery People (Talking Heads tribute) and Max Graham and the Fam.

To Spill My Husband’s Blood Album Release w/ Amanda Standalone @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • Tickets $10 in advance •  $10-15 at the door • 7:30pm doors • 8:00pm show
Prints by Marie Stier, tunes by Rachel & Kyle (of Barbaro) and Amanda Standalone, & retold murder ballads by To Spill My Husband’s Blood
8pm Rachel & Kyle (of Barbaro)
8:45pm Amanda Standalone
9:30pm To Spill My Husband’s Blood
To Spill My Husband’s Blood is a foray into the dark world of traditional murder ballads. Julia Hobart (Mama Caught Fire) rewrites historical ballads from the perspective of the victims, honoring the real women who were murdered. Grounded in old time instrumentation, the music is a modern, feminist response to American folk tradition. To Spill My Husband’s Blood seeks to uncover what has historically been obscured: glimpses of the bold, peculiar, and creative personalities of women lost to violence.
Rachel Calvert & Kyle Shelstad from Barbaro will kick things off with a duo set. Barbaro’s music is at once lively and intimate, perfect for twirling around the dance floor or cooking with someone you love. The Minneapolis-Winona quartet have built momentum around their dynamic sound, each set flowing naturally between energetic jams and contemplative interludes. Their upcoming album, due out spring 2019, showcases their captivating songwriting, layered over textures pulled from bluegrass, jazz, pop, and country-western.
Amanda Standalone is an award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, and composer of music based in the American folk tradition. Her music is a soulful blend of acoustic folk/blues strongly influenced by American Roots music. She skillfully attacks the guitar, banjo, and her single-stringed washtub, while packing an extra punch with her rich vocals. Currently, Standalone is working on her 3rd album and performing around the Midwest.
MARIE STIER is a talented local print-maker, whose artwork adorns the finest posters of the Minneapolis old time music & dance scene. Check out her art at Block Prints by Marie Stier, and stay tuned for where to buy the To Spill My Husband’s Blood print series.

Monday, February 18

Brent Penny February Residency at Moon Palace @ Music at Moon Palace,3032 Minnehaha Ave • 8pm doors/Music 8:30-10:30 21+ • $5-10
Before I release my record ‘Choose the Right’ this spring, I’m doing a residency every Monday in February at Moon Palace Books. I’ll be experimenting with arrangements and performing with different musicians and special guests. Every week I will have 2 other acts perform that I admire. February 04 with IN/VIA, Iceblink February 11 with Holly Hansen, Nat Harvie Trio February 18 with Fiji-13, Products February 25 with Miss Manners, Prim Woes Flyer by Al Ducts Hanson

Zumba w/Bernice – Powderhorn Park Rec. Ctr. Gym • 6:30pm 
The heat is on every Monday – FREE ZUMBA AT POWDERHORN PARK!!! CLASE GRATIS EN POWDERHORN!

Baby Storytime with Sarah and Bruno @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 10:30am
Read, dance, sing, and play with Sarah and Bruno the chicken. These storytimes are perfect for kids 0-24 months and their caregivers, but all are welcome.

Fairy Tale Study Group February Meeting @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7pm
Come to the next Fairy Tale Study Group at Moon Palace! We’ll be talking about Grimms’ “The Robber Bridegroom,” the English variant called “Mr. Fox” (find it at http://www.archive.org/stream/englishfairyothe00hartiala#page/24/mode/2up), and the Grimms’ tale “Snow White and Rose Red” (not be confused with “Snow White”). Any translation you like is fine. Hope to see you there!

Flamenco Physically Integrated @ Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, 3715 Minnehaha Ave • 6:30pm • Price: 11-Week Session $150 / Drop-in $16
Structured for those with limited mobility, balance issues, or other disabilities. Classes are taken seated or standing (adaptations made) and designed for every student to have an authentic flamenco experience. Students are led through locomotor and non-locomotor movement combinations, and they connect to flamenco music, execute choreographies, enjoy improvisation, and organic expression. The rhythm and exercises are invigorating, while games and stories keep the class fun and challenging. Students appreciate engaging and promoting community, celebrating flamenco culture, and gaining greater health and well being.

 

Tuesday, February 19

Crowded House: The Dreaded Inheritance @ Peace Coffee Wonderland Park, 3262 Minnehaha Ave • Community Room • 5:30pm  **This is a donation based event. Your donations will help us defray setup costs and, ultimately, ensure that we’re able to continue offering events and classes to our community. Thank you!**
Are you freaked about the idea of inheriting your parents’ lifetime accumulation of stuff in the not-nearly-distant-enough future?
The emotional labor, investment of time, and direct financial costs involved in emptying a family estate on someone else’s behalf can not be understated. Our work with families dealing with these sorts of circumstances has made us intensely aware of the guilt, exhaustion, frustration, and conflict that often arise when tackling the pig in the python: a filled house, frequently offered up as ‘your inheritance.’
Our objective is to help second generation family members anticipate, and be aware of a series of issues and stages common with this major life transition. This workshop has a specific environmental angle: we’ve seen too many families default to filling a rolloff (or four) only to deal with the emotional aftermath of intensified regret: the throwing away of truckloads of useful things that belonged to important people is something we want to help you avoid.
This will not be a silver bullet, nor will we offer platitudes. Instead, during this ‘tell it to me straight’ info session, we’ll offer a new paradigm for the possession and divestment of material goods, explain the current market for secondhand items, discuss the unique opportunities and challenges that present for those with close connections to aging family members, and provide resources to help you and your sibs empty that house with or without the property’s primary resident involved.
You’ll leave the event with a clear understanding of your options and a list of resources, contacts, and strategies intended to help you and your family keep as much of a lifetime’s treasures out of the waste stream as possible. If you’d like to host this programming for your community, customer base, or private event, please co

Networking Happy Hour @ Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • 5:30pm
Our November happy hour was a huge hit, and attendees said they wanted more! Join the Professional Editors Network for another Networking Happy Hour at Du Nord Craft Spirits. PEN welcomes current and potential members and anyone interested in networking with local editing and publishing professionals.
PEN is an association based in Minneapolis with members across the US. We’re a community of editors, writers, proofreaders, indexers, communications and public relations specialists, page layout specialists and others who want to grow and learn as professionals. PEN encourages members to share knowledge, exchange job leads, market their services and grow professionally.

Boomer Downsizing Strategies: Do The Most Good @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 9am **This is a donation based event. Your donations will help us defray setup costs and, ultimately, ensure that we’re able to continue offering events and classes to our community. Thank you!**
As boomers reach retirement, millennials embrace minimalism, and retailers spit out an ever-increasing barrage of product, those getting ready to downsize face a harsh reality: stuff isn’t worth much, demand is weak, and estate liquidators have become strategic about which clients they accept, leaving many seniors – and their families – to deal with decades of emotionally charged accumulation on their own.
Our objective is to help empty nesters know what to expect and how to plan for a major life transition in order to have the most positive experience and most successful outcomes possible.
During this ‘tell it to me straight’ info session, we’ll explain the current market for secondhand goods, discuss the unique opportunities and challenges that present for this particular age group and explain what is likely to happen at each phase of the downsizing process.
You’ll leave the event with a clear understanding of the stages involved, solutions for each stage, and a list of resources, contacts, and strategies intended to help you keep as many of your treasures out of the trash as possible.

Touchy Subject Trivia: Benefiting Planned Parenthood MN Advocate @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • Doors @ 6pm / Trivia @ 7pmJoin Cheeky Kitty for Touchy Subject Trivia! • TICKETS – Pay to play • $10 suggested donation • We sold out last month so be sure to get your tickets in advance! • Presale ticket buyers who purchase before 4pm on trivia day also get entered for a special prize drawing!
With your help we have raised $6,245 for Planned Parenthood Minnesota Advocate since we started one year ago in February 2018! Like our work? Support us by buying us a bday present that helps make these events possible! http://a.co/52jXfrb
Be sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for a couple visual hints that can help your sexy team get the upper hand for our Historygasm and Bangerz rounds, as well as looks at our special prize sponsors!
Touchy Subject Trivia is a monthly team sex ed trivia night benefiting Planned Parenthood Minnesota Advocate. Topics include debunking sexual myths, promoting healthy discussion, inspiring reproductive justice, and refreshing what you should have learned in sex ed class. Cheeky Kitty is dedicated to fostering a safe, respectful environment where everyone can learn and “have the talk” in a fun, laid back space. Every month there will be a little news, a little pop culture, and a whole lot of sex positivity.

Wednesday, February 20

Cabin Fever @ Epworth United Methodist Church, 3207 37th Ave S • 9:30-11:30am
Epworth UMC offers indoor play space for kids 0 to 5 years old with large and small motor activities, crafts, and healthy snack provided. Kids must bring a caring adult with them to watch them as they play. Coffee and conversation for adults. All for free. Cabin Fever ends in mid-March.

Trivia Mafia at Geek Love Cafe @ Geek Love Café, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 6pm
Grab some pizza and a drink and get trivia-ing! Trivia Mafia is old-school, team-based, pen-and-paper trivia. (None of this touchscreen nonsense.) We ask questions about everything under the sun (and, in certain astronomy-themed rounds, stuff beyond that). Pop culture, history, geography, science, even wordplay and puzzles. There are no rules. Well, actually, there is one rule. As we like to say: “Use your noodle. Not your Google.” Show up early and catch the end of happy hour (4p – 6p) to start your trivia out with a half price tap beer, cider or wine. After you enjoy some-head scratching trivia and some fabulous food and drink, you’ll still have time to browse in the bookstore, which is open until 9.

Big George Jackson Blues Band – Free Music Wednesdays @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 6pm • Music 7pm • 21+ • FREE
Big George Jackson Blues Band: Vocalist/harmonica player Big George Jackson is known as the “authentic big man of the blues”. He sings with a distinctive bass-rich voice, only a six-foot  six inch gentle giant could be blessed with. Add his fat harmonica playing, dead-on phrasing, commanding stage-presence and instant audience rapport and it’s easy to understand why the audience howls when he delivers his music.

OBI 3rd Wednesday at Schooner Tavern @ 2901 27th Ave S • 8pm • No Cover • 21+

Wednesday Night Jukebox Bingo at Memory Lanes, 2520 26th S • 10:30pm • FREE • 21+
Join us every Wednesday night in the bar at Memory Lanes in Minneapolis for Jukebox Bingo!  Our game is a fun cross between music trivia and bingo, and best of all it’s FREE to play and win! There’s CASH JACKPOTS and other great prizes up for grabs every week!

Zumba w/Bernice at Powderhorn Park Gym • 6:30pm
Get over that midweek hump w/FREE ZUMBA AT POWDERHORN PARK! CLASE GRATIS EN POWDERHORN!

Panel discussion: How do you start a craft beverage business? @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 E Lake St. • 6:30pm
Ever wondered what it takes to start a business in the burgeoning craft beverage industry?   We host a panel of entrepreneurs from the Longfellow neighborhood in the beer, wine and distilling business to learn the ups and downs of life in an alcoholic beverage startup.  Panelists will include Chris Montana from Du Nord Craft Spirits, Kyle Sisco of Venn Brewing Company and Jeff Zeitler of Urban Forage Winery and Cider House. Moderator will be Rebekah Smith, host and founder of the QuOTeD podcast.  Rebecca will present questions to panelists for an hour, then have an informal wine & mingle hour where you can ask questions of the panelists on your own. It should be a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

Spillover Open Mic @ Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave • 5:30pm
Modus Locus is excited to announce Spillover Open Mic every Wednesday from 5-7pm! Grab some food from May Day Cafe and Las Mojarras next door and settle in for some community entertainment.

Thursday, February 21

Q + A with Skratch Labs Founder Dr. Allen Lim @ The Fix Studio & Cafe, 3725 Minnehaha Ave • 4pm
Come by the studio for a discussion and Q + A with Skratch Labs founder Dr. Allen Lim! He’ll touch on the genesis story of Skratch Labs, nutrition tips for endurance athletes, and explain how eating can connect us to enhance athletic performance and emotional health. It will be an awesome evening. Hope to see you there!

Golden Girls Themed Trivia @ The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar, 3675 Minnehaha Ave • 8pm • FREE
“Go to sleep, sweetheart. Pray for brains.”

Manic Pop Release Show w Oyster World and Sauna Accident @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • $5-10 • All ages! • Doors 7:30pm • Music 8:00 – 11pm
Perfume is about to release their debut EP, ‘Manic Pop’, and they want you (yes, you!) to come out and dance to their groovy 60s/70s inspired new wave music that will either make you laugh or cry (or both!). Joining Perfume is Oyster World, Minneapolis’s premiere funktry punk band, and the legendary garage punk duo: Sauna Accident!
Oyster World @ 8pm
Sauna Accident @ 8:30pm
Perfume @ 9pm