FNA Ice Cream Social – Thank you to many!


A big thank you to everyone who helped at the Folwell Neighborhood Association Ice Cream Social on July 17th: community resources who had “information tables” with activities for the kids, volunteer groups (Camden Lions, Crime Prevention Interns, FNA Board Members, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority), individual volunteers and staffs of FNA and Folwell Park. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Open Streets/Harvest Fest – September 20

The Open Streets/Harvest Fest celebration is once again on Lowry Avenue, from 11 am until 6 pm. Food and Fun! More information coming soon.

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – July 30, 2014


*****Events and Activities*****

A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training presents:


July 30 – August 3

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Dowling Studio

Pulse can be our human pulse, the pulse of a community, our vital signs or what’s happening now. How do we find our own humanity in a world bursting with technology? Has greed run amok? Humans, robots and Fates interact in a world where reality, illusion and hope pulse with the thriving energy of deep human desires. How can we learn again to see, to feel, to speak and to find the truth? Since 1997, A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training has brought a company of the most talented young actors from across the country to Minnesota to study, experience, create and absorb the culture of the Guthrie and our vibrant theatrical community. This program helps inspire them toward a career in the theater and encourages them to return to the Guthrie stages professionally. As one of the culminating activities of the program, the ten actors of the 2014 company will present a special showpiece for the public, devised by the actors of 2014 and director Marcela Lorca. All tickets are $10. For information: http://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/_guthrie_experience_actors_training_2014.

Mill City Farmers Market – Kids in the Kitchen Day

Saturday, August 2, 8 am – 1 pm

Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway

It’s officially summer in Minnesota — sweet corn is in (!!!), as well as blueberries (for just a few more weeks), heirloom tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and all that we wait for all winter long! Bring your kids, nieces, nephews and other little ones down to the Market from 8 to 10 am for a fun veggie + art kids’ activity with Monica from Budding Farmers. This week’s10 am Cooking Demo will showcase Market Chef Heather Hartman and “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking contest winner and birthday girl — Vanessa Reyes-Romero (age 9 on Saturday). Vanessa will be showing us how to prepare her winning recipe:Fresh Mexican Flag salad. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/category/recipes/. From 10 to 10:45 am, check out a preview for this summer’s rendition of King Arthur: A Picnic Operetta  –English baroque gets punked. From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes Light of the Moon Trio. The Trio serves up a wide range of roots music from the American South, ranging from Appalachian tunes and old-time country, Country Blues and Swing…on banjo, guitars, harmonicas, feet, voices, tinwhistle and more. Because UCareis “health care that starts with you,” visit UCare’s sponsor booth for a free tote bag, their new one-cup portion bowl and other wellness items and information from their LivingWell program. The Art Market will feature AprilierreSunrise Artists and Annika Kaplan. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter: http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.

Animal Care Camp

August 11 — 14

Learn how to care for reptiles and amphibians. Net minnows and crayfish in the creek and sweep for grasshoppers in the prairie, then use what you find to feed the education animals. Observe and handle turtles, toads and salamanders. Meet a snake and create a play area for a wood turtle. Fill feeders and spy on the animals that visit them. Discover what animals need to survive and design your own animal habitat. Restricted to participants age 7 to 9. $204. Reservations required. To register:http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/A/animal-care-camp.aspx.

Habitat Story Sticks and Games

Saturday, August 16, 10 am – 12 noon

Learn about habitats. Hike through the park, play a game, then create a story using story sticks you’ve made. Restricted to participants age 5 and older. $5. Reservations required. 20% discount for groups of four or more. To register:http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/H/habitat-story-sticks-and-games–.aspx.

Free Family Fun Day: Story Walking – If You’re Not from the Prairie

Sunday, August 17, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.This program is free and open to all ages.

Nicollet Island Concerts

All concerts at 7 pm unless noted

Nicollet Island Amphitheater, 40 Power Street

Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Monday, August 11 – Bossa Jazz Band (jazz with a Bossa twist)

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520http://www.mnbookarts.org.

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

Family Class: Let’s Go to the State Fair!

with Ellen Ferrari

Tuesday, August 12, 10 am – 12 noon

Get ready for the Minnesota State Fair with Donald Crews’ Night at the Fair. Buy your ticket (book) — yay! Enjoy some scrumptious food on a stick (book) — yum! Visit your favorite animals at the livestock barn (book) — noisy! Take a spin on a midway ride (book) — whee! We’ll even share some snacks on a stick. Join Ellen Ferrari for family book arts fun. Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning. For families with children ages 2-10. Adult/child pair: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee; additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/family/.

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org.

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Washington Avenue

Tuesday, August 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Discover Minneapolis’ rich history and satisfy your thirst with a history pub crawl along Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy thoroughfare and hear about the importance of railroads, warehousing, flour milling, immigration, entertainment and vice to the story of Minneapolis. An air-conditioned bus will take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington Avenue from 35W to Plymouth Ave. N, with stops at a number of historic sights, including two watering holes housed in historic buildings. The tour includes two blocks of moderately paced walking. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Tours are held rain or shine. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price, but drink specials will be made available at participating locations. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $25/$20 for MNHS members. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Mill City Live: The Cloak Ox

Thursday, August 13, 6 pm

The Cloak Ox is made up of indie rock vets Andrew Broder and longtime friends and sometimes bandmates Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mark Erickson and Martin Dosh. In 2011 the group topped City Pages new artist Picked to Click list and in 2013 their full length “Shoot the Dog” made top ten lists by the Star Tribune and City Pages. Set in the museum’s dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features four outdoor concerts in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the $5 concert fee includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering is available for purchase. Media support for Mill City Live is provided by Vita.mn and 89.3 the Current. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/millcitylive. Fee: $5/free for MNHS members; includes museum admission from 4 to 9 pm. Reservations recommended; register online.

Riverfront Quest Family Tour

Saturday, August 16, 1 pm (bookmaking 1 — 1:30 pm, tour 1:30 — 2:30 pm)

Try out questing with a family-focused tour of the Minneapolis riverfront outside Mill City Museum. A Quest is a community treasure hunt that guides people through, and teaches them to see, a unique part of their community. This quest includes solving rhyming riddles and searching for hidden boxes with pictures to place in a quest journal that participants can make before the tour. Journal materials and admission to Mill City Museum are included in the tour cost. The tour is designed for ages 6–11, but can be enjoyed by all ages. Adults and seniors must be accompanying a child. The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17; $7 MHS members ages 6-17, free for adult and senior MHS members. Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Sunday, August 17, 1 pm

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Concerts and Movies

All concerts at 7 pm unless noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE

The great tradition of the music-movie combo on Tuesdays at Father Hennepin continues with a movie showing after the concert, along with Food Truck Tuesdays. The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul is partnering with the MPRB to show selections from the “Minnesota Made” category of the 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Come early to learn about the society and the festival and to meet the film creators. Free. For updates and more information:http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Tuesday, August 12 – War Poets (rock/Americana)

Movie – Old Man

Minnehaha Park Outdoor Concerts and Movies

Minnehaha Falls, 4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive

All shows at 7 p.m. except as noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset

Minnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park Drive

In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion. Free. Concert schedule is subject to change. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Wednesday, August 13 – She Has Issues (pop/theatre/rock)

Thursday, August 14 – Hibcap (funk, rock, Latin, jazz)

Friday, August 15 – Doug Otto & the Getaways (rockin’ country and blues)

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: http://www.macphail.org or 612-321-0100.

Jazz Camp Concert

Friday, August 15, 3 pm

Come Out and Play Family Nature Club

Thursday, August 14, 9 – 10 am

Saturday, August 16, 4 – 5 pm

B.F. Nelson Park

You don’t need to leave the city or even your neighborhood to enjoy fun in nature. It’s time to get outside and play! Come Out and Play is a free, no-registration, no-obligation program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature. Research shows that kids who spend time in nature are more relaxed, happier, learn and sleep better, and enjoy better physical health than those who spend the majority of their time indoors. Join the club leader and her children in a natural setting for some unstructured play and exploration. Kids of all ages and their adults are welcome, including (of course) babes-in-arms. Each month the club leader picks a new location in a Minneapolis park to explore. The club meets on weekdays and weekends so all families have the opportunity to participate. Click Here for dates and locations and to register.

Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft

1011 Washington Avenue South

For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities: http://www.loft.org.

Janet Burroway Reading

Friday, August 15, 7 pm

Losing Tim is a memoir by a mother about a soldier son who killed himself. It’s not an easy read. But it’s a beautiful one. Burroway, a National Book Award nominee, welcomes readers to grieve along with her, while also providing a lens into how soldiers, and military contractors, like her son, are changed by their combat experiences. Jonathan Shay, author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character, a highly acclaimed volume on PTSD, and a 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, comments in the book’s foreword, ”To me, the pain recalls Homer’s Iliad, in which, as James Tatum puts it in The Mourner’s Song, ‘the beauty [of the poetry] is in the killing.’” Janet Burroway is the author of eight novels, plays, poetry, essays, texts for dance and children’s books. She was nominated for the National Book Award in 1977 for her novel Raw Silk. Her Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and her multi-genreImaginative Writing is out in a third edition. Her most recent novel is Bridge of Sand (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), and her play Medea with Child was produced in 2010 by Sideshow Theatre Company in Chicago. She is at work on a musical adaptation of Barry Unsworth’s novel Morality Play with composer Matthew M. Kiedrowski. She is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University. Her most recent book is Losing Tim, a memoir about her son, a private contractor in the Iraq War.

Women’s Prison Book Project

Saturday, August 16, 7 pm

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of the Women’s Prison Book Project.

Smack Shack’s Crayfish Block Party

Saturday, August 16, 12 noon – 8 pm

Smack Shack, 603 Washington Avenue North

If Cajun crayfish are your thing, check out Smack Shack’s Crayfish Block Party. The fest includes an all-you-can-eat Louisiana-style crayfish boil, all-you-can-drink hurricanes and beer. There also will be live music and a crayfish-eating contest. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door and are available at smack-shack.com.

Diaspora, A Fashion Show

Saturday, August 16, 9 pm

The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

Diaspora: a unique approach to history through the fashion lens. The movement of African people has influenced North and South American, Asian, African and European history. Through the inclusion of diverse design talent, models, music and art, the show celebrates the variety of the African diaspora and provides a clear vision for the future. Hair and makeup provided by The Beauty Lounge. Hosts: KMOJ’s Shed G and Kare11′s Adrienne Broaddus, with music by Liquid Crystal Project & DJ3J. For more information and tickets: http://www.showclix.com/event/DiasporaaFashionShow.

Activities at the Soap Factory

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

Souvenirs from Americana, a Talking Image Connection Reading

Saturday, August 16, 8 pm

Talking Image Connection is a free event which brings together writers, contemporary art and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. Performers, composers and writers Kool Akiem, Lisa Brimmer, Sharon Chmielarz, Donte Collins and IBé Kaba invent music, stories, poems and other souvenirs in response to “Americana,” an exhibition curated by Ben Heywood, that “considers the assumptions and stereotypes of this mythic land.” August’s TIC reading is co-curated and co-hosted by Saymoukda Vongsay and Alison Morse. For more information: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=700.

John Stevens and the State Fair

Sunday, August 17, 2 pm

John H. Stevens House, 4801 Minnehaha Avenue

Storyteller Larry Johnson will explain the story of John Stevens and the first State Fair – how it all started. For information: 612-722-2220 or http://www.johnhstevenshouse.org/index.html.

*****Planning Ahead*****

Sustainable Soiree

Sunday, September 7, 4 – 7:30 pm

Mill City Museum Train Shed, 750 Second Street South

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest with a delicious farmers market dinner that will benefit the Mill City Farmers Market. Enjoy cocktails, local beer and wine, live music and unique silent and live auctions. This year, the market chefs will prepare a flavorful menu featuring the three sisters — corn, squash and beans – grown from ancient seeds and harvested by Paul Red Elk at Northern Lakes Wild Rice. The annual Sustainable Soiree supports the market’s mission to inspire and nurture a healthy community by building a local, sustainable and organic food economy in a vibrant, educational marketplace. Harvesting a healthy community since 2004, the Mill City Farmer’s Market is a nonprofit organization that relies on sponsors to fund its Healthy Foods – Local Farmers initiatives. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by August 15. Tickets may be purchased athttp://millcityfarmersmarket.org/support-the-market/mcfm-benefit-dinner/.

Brews and Canoes

Wednesday, September 10, 6 – 8:30 pm

Aria, 105 First Street North

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with Brews and Canoes! There are nine breweries from across Minnesota participating in Brews and Canoes – a craft beer competition celebrating Minnesota’s outdoors and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The competing breweries are ready to battle for the coveted Star of the North (Best in Show) trophy and awards in several other categories. FBWW and its brewery partners will cap off Brews and Canoes at a ticketed tasting event at Aria in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 10. The event will feature samples of the commemorative collection, live music and the announcement of champion beers in categories including Best Northern Lights (light-bodied, light-colored beers including, but not limited to, lagers and pilsners); Best Night Skies (heavy-bodied, dark-colored beers including, but not limited to, ales and stouts); Fish Fry’s Finest (best beer pairing with a shore lunch); Best Campfire Companion (best beer to drink around a campfire with friends) and Call of the Wild (most pioneering brew or experimental beer). Tickets to attend the tasting event and live concert go on sale athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/brews-and-canoes-tasting-and-awards-tickets-10138856593 beginning August 1. Admission will include beer samples, food and a signature take-home Brews and Canoes tasting glass. For more event information, ticket prices and updates on the tasting event, continue to visit the Brews and Canoes page on the FBWW website throughout the summer. – See more at: http://www.friends-bwca.org/programs/brewsandcanoes/#sthash.bi5YHu7a.dpuf.

The Guthrie Theater presents

a Pillsbury House Theatre and

The Mount Curve Company co-production of

Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet

by Tarell Alvin McCraney

directed by Marion McClinton

September 12 – October 5

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Dowling Studio

Pillsbury House Theatre and the Mount Curve Company return to the Dowling Studio for the final installment of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed “Brother/Sister Plays” trilogy. Newly 18-year-old Marcus is haunted by dreams and dogged by doubts among his friends and family. Days before an ominous storm on the Louisiana bayou, Marcus journeys to discover who he is and where he comes from by unraveling the secrets of his deceased father Elegba. As Marcus pieces together his own ancestral legacy with help from his tightly-knit, intergenerational community, he realizes the special power that being “sweet” brings. Tony Award-nominated Marion McClinton returns to direct this powerful coming-of-age, coming-out story that infuses ordinary life with West African mythology. For information: http://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/marcus_or_secret_sweet.

The Heidi Chronicles

by Wendy Wasserstein

directed by Leigh Silverman

September 13 – October 26

Opening Night: Friday, September 19

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust Stage

Witty, insightful and poignant, The Heidi Chronicles traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland from high school in the radicalʼ60s to her career as an art historian in the heartless ʼ80s. As Heidi determines her place in society and how to juggle success and failures in work, friendship, romance and motherhood, The Heidi Chronicles asks the ever-present question: Can women have it all? Variety raved “not many plays manage Heidi’s feat of inducing almost continuous laughter while forcing the audience to examine its preconceptions,” while the New York Daily News called it “not just a funny play, but a wise one.” Leigh Silverman, the Tony Award-nominated director of the hit Broadway musical Violet, will make her Guthrie debut at the helm of this Pulitzer Prize-winning gem. For information and tickets: https://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/_heidi_chronicles.

Preserve Minneapolis Tour: East Hennepin: Behind the Scenes

Sunday, September 14, 10 am

The bustling commercial district surrounding East Hennepin Avenue has hosted many names throughout the years, but everyone knows its unforgettable landmarks . . . Surdyk’s, Nye’s, Kramarczuk’s, Historic Main Street and Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Located across the Hennepin Bridge from Downtown, this neighborhood was originally established in 1855 as the Town of St. Anthony Falls and later merged with the City of Minneapolis in 1872. Its proximity to the Mississippi River, Downtown, the University and Northeast Minneapolis have made it an influential hub for transit, industry and commerce. The last decade has brought dramatic change, and the area around East Hennepin is now considered one of the trendiest and most exciting places in Minneapolis to eat, shop and live. Fortunately, the area has managed to maintain its old-world flavor to this day. Join us for a “behind-the-scenes” history of the busy streets, unique businesses, and colorful people that have shaped this popular walking neighborhood. Hear amazing stories told from the perspective of individuals who have lived and worked here, through good times and bad. Come away with perspective on what life and work here might have actually felt like throughout this neighborhood’s most defining eras. This tour will walk approximately 10-12 city blocks. The tour guides are Scott Parkin and Michael Rainville. Cost: $8. Buy tickets (for the September 14th tour) on Eventbrite. For basic tour information and a list of other tours: www.preserveminneapolis.org/wpfile/tours/

*****Input, Participation and Stewardship Opportunities*****

Park Board Ecological System Plan Input Sought

Community Advisory Committee Meeting: Thursday, August 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Park Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are preparing the first-ever Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment. An appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will help guide the plan, with the first of several CAC meetings scheduled for Thursday, August 7. The public may attend CAC meetings, which feature a brief public comment period at the end of each meeting. The Ecological System Plan will seek to first understand the ecology of the city and watershed, then plan for parks and public lands management and improvements that benefit both humans and nature. It will address specific threats such as climate change, decreasing water quality, explosion of invasive species, increasing runoff and fragmentation of habitat. It will envision a more environmentally sound way of managing the impacts of the city, so that the city can be cleaner, greener, cooler and more efficient. For more information on the plan and other ways the public may provide input: http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MNPARKREC/2014/07/28/file_attachments/311058/2014-07-25_News_Release_CAC1.pdf.

*****Contests, Awards, Grants and Funding Resources*****

Mississippi Minute Film Festival Contest

One River, One Minute, Your Vision – The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership invites you to share your vision of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis in a 60-second long video that informs, energizes and inspires. Sitting within blocks of thousands of Minneapolis downtown workers, residents and visitors is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world, a national park, the Mississippi River. The trouble is, too many people don’t realize it’s there. While revitalization efforts have reclaimed portions of the Minneapolis riverfront, much of it is still inaccessible and in places virtually invisible. The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership seeks to make the invisible visible and will unveil the best submissions at their annual Riverfront Summit on October 20 via the engaging medium of video. Create a vision that tugs at heartstrings or makes people laugh, that showcases an appreciation for – or the future potential of – the urban riverfront in Minneapolis. Submissions are due August 31, 2014, at 5 pm. For more information, including the categories, jury list and how to submit an entry: http://minneapolisriverfrontpartnership.org/mississippi-minute/.

*****Informational Updates*****

Marcy-Holmes “Box Fresh” Utility Wraps Project

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA) has commissioned six local artists to create original artwork to cover utility boxes throughout Marcy-Holmes. This project adds public art to historic Marcy-Holmes, enlivening the streetscape and featuring artwork by people associated with the neighborhood. “I think this is a really exciting new development for the neighborhood,” said Ben Heywood, Executive Director of The Soap Factory, an art space in Marcy-Holmes and one of the managers of the project. “Marcy-Holmes is Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood with a rich and varied history of support of the arts”. The MHNA and the Soap Factory, sponsored the project. For more information, including the box locations:http://marcy-holmes.org/news-events/box-fresh-utility-box-wraps-now-on-display/.

*****Riverfront News Articles*****

Riverfront Condo Listing



Upper Harbor Terminal



ARTshare at Southern Theater




Riverfront Tech Business


Mississippi Minute Film Festival


DeLaSalle Expansion


Dinkytown Greenway Connection


Red Stag Block Party


Encore Development Proposal near Guthrie



602 North First Street Project




Target Aquatennial Fireworks (Note: This event has already occurred)



Video of finale thanks to Mill City Timeshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcxWWUnCx5E&feature=youtu.be

Northeast Dog Parade (Note: This event has already occurred)


Mill City Farmers Market Weaver


Riverfront Business Space 150


River Rats Ski Show


Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike at Guthrie


I-35W Bridge


Downtown Condo Market


Tenth Avenue Bridge Rehab



Event Will Close West River Parkway on July 29


Kräftskiva and Other Events


Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam


Riverfront Housing Development Proposals


Alatus Riverfront Proposal




Another New North Loop Restaurant





Fringe Festival at Rarig


Minneapolis Historic App


New Webber Park Library Meeting, Thursday, July 31, 6-8 p.m.

Please join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff from Hennepin County Library and Property Services on Thursday, July 31, 20146 to 8 p.m. for the next New Webber Park Library Community Advisory Committee meeting. We’ll continue the discussion on library exteriors and meet LSE-Architects, the project design team. This meeting will be held at a new location:

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m.

Webber Community Center

4400 Dupont Ave. N., Multipurpose Room

Minneapolis, MN 55412


Information about the project and meetings will be continue to be available online at hclib.org/buildingprojects. Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to Lois Lenroot-Ernt: 612-543-8555.


National Night Out 2014 – Folwell Neighborhood

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5th. FNA will help you celebrate! There is a $50 stipend for each registered block event in Folwell neighborhood (not to exceed 25 block events). Register with the City and provide FNA with your event registration number to receive the stipend. Visit: www.minneapolismn.gov/nno for more information from the City and call FNA at 612.521.2100 to register for the $50 stipend.


To register: call 311 or Luther Krueger-612.673.5371 or visit the website: www.minneapolismn.gov/nno.

MPRB News: 2014 Picture a Park Photo Contest – Submit Your Photos Now

Submit Your Photos to the 2014 Picture a Park Photo Contest!

Grab your cameras and clean of those lenses – the annual Picture a Park Photo Contest has returned for the fifth consecutive year! Submit your Minneapolis parks photos today!


  • Beauty in the Parks – capture the everyday beauty within the parks, including wildlife, historic sites and breathtaking views
  • Fun in the Parks – document a fun park activity, such as a concert, movie, bike ride or picnic
  • Sports in the Parks – photograph a team or friends playing sports in Minneapolis Parks.
  • Photos by Youth – budding photographers age 17 and younger can submit photos of their favorite Minneapolis Parks in any of the three subject areas – beauty, fun, sports.

The next time you’re walking around the Chain of Lakes, riding your bike around the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, attending an event in the parks or simply playing in a neighborhood park with friends, bring a camera and take a few photos. Photo contest entries can depict people, activities, events, nature, sports and places in the Minneapolis Park System from any time of the year.

The contest is open to photographers of all ages, Minneapolis residents and non-residents, with categories for both youth and adults. Photos must be unpublished, color and high resolution. Photographs from all seasons are encouraged and accepted. Photographers can submit up to three entries. There is no entry fee.Be sure to read the full photo contest guidelines!

Awards will be presented for contest-winning photos, including National Camera Exchange gift certificates, Annual Patron Parking Permits, and Jim Lupient Water Park and Wirth Winter Recreation Area passes. A public vote will take place online in September to choose among a selection of entries as the People’s Choice Award winner. Check out the contest guidelines for full awards details!

Photo contest winners also have the opportunity to have their photo appear on the 2015 Annual Parking Permit. Imagine your photo on the window of more than 7,300 vehicles visiting the Minneapolis regional park system!

All photos and entry forms must be submitted online by Sept. 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. CDT through theNational Camera Exchange website – the submission web form is at the bottom of the page so scroll down! Complete contest rules and guidelines as well as previous contest winning photos are available for viewing online at www.minneapolisparks.org/photocontest.

The 2014 Annual Photo Contest is co-sponsored by National Camera ExchangePeople for Parks and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Information from the County Attorney’s Office about National Night Out

Each year, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office participates in National Night Out.  Prosecutors, victim advocates and other staff are available to answer questions about the justice system, provide crime prevention information and other materials.

This year National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5th.  If your organization is hosting an event and would like someone from the County Attorney to visit, fill out the request form at www.hennepinattorney.org/NNO.   You can also send this link to your members who may be planning their own block parties.

The registration form includes questions about the time and location of your block party.  There is also room to include specific crime prevention concerns or legal questions you would like addressed.

The office receives many requests and will attend as many events as possible throughout Hennepin County on August 5th.  Filling out the form is the best way to request a visit.

If you any questions about National Night Out or the Hennepin County Attorney, please visit our website atwww.hennepinattorney.org.  You can also contact Ashley Schweitzer at ashley.schweitzer@hennepin.us.



MPRB News: 2014 Pollinator Party: Celebration of Bees – July 24th

Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees
It’ll be a honey of a party

Have you heard the buzz? Honey bees and wild bees play a major role in the productivity of American agriculture through the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Join us for the 2014 Pollinator Party on Thursday, July 24 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Lyndale Park Gardens on the east side of Lake Harriet. The party will be on the open lawn just north of the Peace Garden. This event is free. Enjoy a picnic in the park – food and beverage will be available for purchase from La Loma Tomales.

The Pollinator Party brings together bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, and live music. This annual event also provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the life and work of honey bees and native bees.

At dusk, enjoy the Disney movie “Wings of Life” which offers an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers.

Event details:

  • Learn about honey bees and urban bee keeping
  • Discover the life cycles of honey bees and wild bees – and sample Minnesota honey
  • Mother Earth Gardens will be on hand with native plants and information about making your own backyard bee-hospitable.
  • Earn a cone of ice-cream made with honey
  • Discover the wild bees of the park – help catch, identify, and release bees
  • Engage in Art in the Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Meet Elena Hoffman, the 2014 American Honey Princess
  • Make seed bombs with Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
  • Learn about native bee nests with the Xerces Society
  • Get arty with Bee Swell
  • Learn about skin care from bee products with Worker B
  • Book signing for “Pollinators of Native Plants” with author Heather Holm
  • Learn about monarchs with Monarch Joint Venture
  • Get honey recipes from MN Honey Company
  • Play the pollination game with the MN DNR’s Biological Survey
  • Learn how to protect bees and other beneficial insects with Pollinator Revival
  • Listen to live music from: Pop Wagner, Dreamland Faces and the Brass Messengers

Event partners include the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, University of Minnesota Bee Lab and Bee Squad, the Bell Museum and the Beez Kneez.

The 2014 Pollinator Party is sponsored by sponsored by KFAI 90.3 Fresh Air Radio.

Please visit the MPRB’s website for more information about beekeeping programs and events in our parks!

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Update – Fireworks and Pet Precautions

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control: Working with residents to create safe and healthy communities for people and animals.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control

Urges Pet Owners to Take Special Precautions this July Fourth

Fireworks and animals do not mix.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is asking pet owners to take special precautions this holiday week – and the weeks following – to prevent dogs and cats from escaping from home.

Many animals are incredibly excited during the Independence Day holiday festivities. People “oohhh” and “aawww” over the sight of beautiful firework displays, but for animals this is a frightening experience. Due to a dog’s keen sense of hearing, fireworks sound much louder to them. Because of this, many dogs will run at the first fireworks bang. Dogs have been known to dig under fences, tear through screen doors and windows, and chew their way out of crates when they are afraid.

Because so many animals are startled and frightened by exploding fireworks, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control impounds a great number of pets during the first few weeks of July.

We recommend the following to keep your pets safe:

  • Keep your pets indoors as much as possible on the Fourth of July
  • Secure your dog in a harness and/or collar and leash when going outside
  • Drown out the noise of fireworks using music or television
  • Some pets are soothed by the presence of their owners – keep calm, distract your pet by petting, giving food or treats, grooming, and other hands-on activities
  • Close windows and doors to lessen the sound
  • For animals that find their own hiding places, let them be

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Clothing Closet

Clothing Closet: Most needed now and always: kids’ clothes!  Where is it located and when is it open?  North United Methodist Church, 4350 Fremont Avenue North, on the first, second, third Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to noon and the first Monday of each month-6:00 – 8:00pm also Mobile Loaves and Fishes Free Meal – 6:30 p.m. Information: 612-522-4497. No charge – donations accepted.