Court Watch – Thursday, September 25th


Court Watch Returns with a Problem Properties Forum on September 25th, 6:30 p.m. in the Folwell Park Community Room. In October and November there will be a three meeting series on Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System. The forums in the Juvenile series will be in the 4th Precinct Community Room. The 4th Precinct is located at Plymouth and Morgan Avenues North.

City of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Update

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

I’m in the Dog House

Saturday, September 27

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) is hosting its annual fall celebration “I’m in the Dog House”on Saturday, Sept. 27 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.).  We will be “kenneling” and then adopting local elected officials and celebrities to raise money for the animal shelter.

Do you have an awesome pet that does amazing tricks or is just too cute? Enter the pooch in our Doggie Costume Contest. Or simply join us for a backstage tour of the shelter, face-painting, dog agility demonstrations, vendors, and more.

This year, we are working to build two new dog runs to give the pups more time to run and stretch and play with volunteers. Currently, our existing dog run is small and has two electrical units in the middle of it. While it is functional, we would like to do better on behalf of the canines in our care.

Want to learn more about the event? Visit our website at

Staff at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control

Victory Labor Day Races and Community Picnic – Monday, September 1

Victory Labor Day Races/Community Picnic: Monday, September 1. 10K-8am, 5K-9:30, Kids’ ½ mile-10:15.  All kids’ race participants get finishers’  ribbons and t-shirts.   (Free food served during and after the races: hot dogs, chips and lemonade cups). Races begin/end near Colfax/Webber Parkway (the picnic is in the parking lot by Colfax/Webber Parkway).  Information and to register for the races:

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – August 27, 2014

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

Mill City Farmers Market – Entertaining Guests

Saturday, August 30, 8 am – 1 pm

Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway

It’s Labor Day Weekend, marking the official end of summer in Minnesota and the beginning of another school year. No need to be sad though; Mill City Farmers Market will be going strong every week through October. Needless to say, the end of summer does not mean the end of farmers market season. Attend the market this Saturday to stock up on everything you’ll need for entertaining this weekend or for enjoying a relaxing time at home. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo, join Chef Colin Cody of the Wedge Community Co-op as he shows off some of the Wedge’s finest catering options, perfect for entertaining on any occasion. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes DL Cajun Trio, who will entertain us with an eclectic mix of two steps, waltzes, blues with Cajun accordion, fiddle, guitar and French vocals. Stop by the community booth today and support aspiring farmers in the farmer training program at the Minnesota Food Association. MFA provides immigrant and minority farmers with the skills and knowledge to operate their own viable organic and sustainable vegetable farms, while providing fresh, organic produce to local consumers by the farmers-in-training. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Crankosaurus PressMatthew Krousey CeramicsLarissa Loden and The Abbey Alpacas. 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:

Southern Theater pARTy

Saturday, September 6, 7 – 10 pm

Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South

Join the Southern Theater for an evening of celebration! They’re hosting a free party for the arts community. Come down to The Southern Theater and celebrate artists as they announce the 2015 ARTshare season. Resident Companies will be speaking about their upcoming works at The Southern. There will be complimentary food and drink, music performances by Bad September and the drawing of their GIGANTUS Raffle. The pARTy is free, but please RSVP your attendance. For more information and to RSVP:

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: For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line:

My Preschooler & Me: Nature Explorers – Insects

Tuesday, September 9, 10 – 11:30 am

Introduce your little one to the wonders of nature! Explore different themes each week through hands-on play, stories, art and games. Head outside to see what we can discover. Both adult and child pay. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-07. This program is for ages 2-5.

My Baby, Me and the Mississippi: River Animals

Thursday, September 11, 10 – 11 am

It’s never too early to begin exploring the natural world! Increase your knowledge while introducing topics to your child through sensory play. Get ideas for playing at home and enjoy the company of other parents. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-01. This program is for ages 0-2 and the fee is per adult-child pair.

Mississippi River Festival and Heritage Days

Saturday, September 13, 1 – 4:30 pm

Celebrate the Mississippi River! Participate in minnow races, create a boat to launch in the current and bring your own shirt to print a fish T-shirt. Meet river animals, and snap a picture with a snake. Go on a digital scavenger hunt, or try the stream table. Solve a history mystery, meet Jacques the Voyageur, and learn to make rope, apple cider and popcorn over the fire. Walk along the National Park Service’s giant River Map, make a “green” cleaner with the Minneapolis Green Team, and visit the Department of Natural Resources FiN tank of river fish. There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides from 1 to 4 pm and a puppet show by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz at 2 pm. Fishing poles will be available for children to use. This festival is co-sponsored by the Lind Bohanon Neighborhood Association. Cost is $5, and there is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. Bike to the event and save $1. This program is open to all ages.–.aspx.

Free Family Fun Day: Mississippi River Boats

Sunday, September 14, 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.

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:

Jim Moore Graywolf Publication Launch

Thursday, September 11, 7 pm

Performance Hall

The Loft invites you to join them for the first career retrospective of beloved poet Jim MooreUnderground: New and Selected Poems is the long overdue career retrospective of Jim Moore, a poet of great depth and generosity who has steadily been building a devoted following over the course of three decades and seven books. This definitive volume gathers the best of his previous work as well as twenty new poems that showcase a poet whose work should appeal to fans of Mary Oliver and Billy Collins. In poems that are frank and accessible, Moore is a generous and keen observer of the world and people around him; one who, like the best of friends, is not afraid to risk sentimentality to get at deeper emotional truths that lie beneath the surface of daily life. For information:

The Story of a Book: Patricia Hoolihan

Friday, September 12, 7 pm

Celebrated teaching artist Patricia Hoolihan launches her new memoir and offers a teachable moment about her journey in an exciting new series offered by the Loft.

Deborah Keenan and Susan Solomon

Sunday, September 14, 2 pm

Join the Loft in celebrating the launch of So She Had the World, a collaborative project between Deborah Keenan and Susan Solomon connecting the word and the visual with special guests Mary Kane, Dore Kiesselbach, Todd Pederson and Paige Riehl. Deborah Keenan‘s latest books are From Tiger to Prayer (broadcraft press), So She Had the World (Red Bird Chapbooks) with paintings by Susan Solomon and Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems (Milkweed Editions), the winner of a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. She’s a full time professor in the MFA program at Hamline University and has taught at The Loft every year for more than 30 years. Her new full-length manuscript is called The Saint of Everything.Susan Solomon is a freelance painter living in the Twin Cities. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the same school that claims David Lynch as a former student. Susan is the editor and cartoonist for Sleet Magazine. She loves collaborating with poets, more than almost anything, because they know stuff. For more information:

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

September 12 – 14

Keegan’s Irish Pub, 16 University Avenue NE

For the 13th year, Keegan’s will celebrate this event, which they introduced to the Twin Cities. Reverse Cowboy (Friday) and Four Pints Shy (Saturday) will be playing in the pub, and you can enjoy specials on Guinness and Fish and Chips all weekend! And on Sunday Keegan’s will have Seisun at 4 pm and 6 pm. For more information:

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

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520

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.

Non-Adhesive Bindings: Elegance without Glue

with Sue Bjerke

Saturday, September 13, 9 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, September 14, 12 noon – 4 pm

Non-adhesive bindings can be simple yet elegant choices for small editions and artist’s books. Learn four bindings: a two-section pamphlet stitch with ribbon closure, an Asian stab binding, the dos equis binding and a chevron longstitch book. A variety of decorative papers for covers and several weights of text papers for the book blocks will be available. This will be a jam-packed weekend of bookbinding fun! All skill levels welcome. $195 ($175 members) + $50 supply fee. To register:

The Magic of Japanese Brushes

with Sheila Asato

Four Mondays: September 15, 22, 29, October 66 – 9 pm

If you love the fluidity of watercolor, the bold beauty of ink and experimenting with a variety of art materials, then this is the class for you! Begin with an introduction to Japanese calligraphy and brush meditation, learning how to use supple Japanese brushes with sumi ink on handmade Japanese papers (washi) to make a variety of lines and simple characters. Then compare how these brushes behave with watercolor on Western cotton papers through a variety of fun color exercises. $195 ($175 members) + $20 supply fee. Great for beginners. To register:

Trading Post at Coldwater Spring

Saturday, September 13, 9 am – 12 noon

Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South (Google map)

See history come alive at Coldwater Spring’s Trading Post day. Costumed re-enactors from La Compagnie de Hivernants will show visitors what life was like in the 1830s when more than 100 people lived at Camp Coldwater, including blacksmiths, settlers, fur traders and families. This free, family-friendly Trading Post includes geocaching, scavenger hunts, easy craft activities and a chance for kids to earn a Junior Ranger badge. The Mississippi River Fund and National Park Service host Second Saturdays, which run through October. No registration needed. Just show up, ready to play. For details,

Mill City Suds Run

Saturday, September 13, 10:01 am

Starting at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park

Welcome to the Mill City Suds Run, brought to you by O’Donovan’s Irish Pub! Join them for this super fun 5K “run, walk or whatever.” Put on your running shoes (and a costume if you like) and join thousands for the 23rd running of the Suds Run. The tradition of this great event continues. The great run course starts at and crosses the Stone Arch Bridge, onto Mississippi River Parkway, over the Plymouth Avenue Bridge into Boom Island (where you can enjoy a brew and catch some live music), onto Nicollet Island and to the cobblestone of historic SE Main Street to the finish line at Father Hennepin Park. Fastest runners awards go to the top three males and females overall. Costume contest categories are: Individual, Pairs, Group, Dog and Human, Child/Parent and Best Irish. Awards will be given to the top two in each category. The band will play until 1:01 pmor later! For more information and to register:

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit

Historic Main Street Tour

Saturday, September 13, 1 pm

Stroll through Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood with a Mill City Museum guide, and learn about the rich past and exciting future of historic Main Street. The tour will highlight life in the village of St. Anthony, changes along Main Street throughout the years, and such landmarks as the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs. This tour begins and ends at Pracna Restaurant, 117 Main Street S.E. The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Tours include admission to Mill City Museum and are held rain or shine. For more information visit Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

Sunday, September 14, 1 pm

Walk the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Participants will visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, which was once the milling center of the world and is now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. A guide from Mill City Museum will lead visitors onto the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of the falls, the historic buildings surrounding it and downtown Minneapolis, and tell stories of the people who have worked and lived in the area and how it has changed over the years. 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 Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Includes museum admission. Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Sixth Annual Minneapolis Bike Tour

Sunday, September 14, 7:30 am start time

Begin and end at Boom Island, 724 Sibley Street NE

The recreational bike tour for all ages and abilities spans the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System. Proceeds from the Minneapolis BikeTour will benefit bike safety and education events for Minneapolis youth as well as bike trail improvement projects throughout the system. There will be three routes to participate in, 16-mile, 25-mile and 32-mile, and they are closed to motorized traffic. All routes include stops with refreshments and bike mechanics. Stick around after the ride to enjoy LIVE music, beer available to participants 21+ (must show ID), food from local vendors, exhibitor booths and Bike Tour merchandise for sale! For more information and to register:

Mosaic Tile Making with Polymer Clay

Sunday, September 14, 11 am – 2:30 pm

Clay Squared to Infinity, 34 13th Avenue NE, Suite 109

Come away with 50 or more mosaic pieces which you can use later in your own mosaic projects or jewelry making projects. Learn several different techniques to make polymer clay look like other materials such as marble and metal. Also experiment with the watercolor technique and learn how to transfer words to clay. We will learn at least one millefiore design and play with mica powders and rubber stamps. Plus you will have the skills to make more mosaics on your own that can be hardened in your own oven (No kiln needed!) We will not be putting these pieces together to make a finished piece but rather just making a collection of tiles that you can use mixed in with other tiles on your own later. Many of these techniques could also be used in bead and button making- just add holes! $75 (supplies included); sign up two people for $110. For more information in this and other classes and to sign up online:

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

Ten Thousand Things presents: Romeo and Juliet

October 10 – November 2

Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, and Minnesota Opera Company, 620 First Street North

Ten Thousand Things opens the 2014–15 season with its first-ever production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Peter Rothstein directs the tale of finding love when surrounded by family and societal cultures of violence. Namir Smallwood and Anna Sundberg star as the young lovers, joined by David Darrow (Mercutio, Paris), Bob Davis (Capulet), Kurt Kwan (Benvolio), Dennis Spears (Friar Laurence, Tybalt), Karen Wiese-Thompson (Nurse) and Regina Williams (Lady Capulet, The Prince). Peter Vitale provides musical direction, assisted by musician Jason Hansen. Sets are by Erica Zaffarano, costumes by Trevor Bowen, and fight choreography by Annie Enneking. The show begins its tour to correctional facilities, low-income centers, schools, and shelters September 25, with public performances October 10 to November 2 (first three weekends at Open Book, final weekend at Minnesota Opera Center). ThursdayFriday and Saturday shows start at 8 pm and Sunday shows at 4 pm. Tickets are $30; pay what you can for audiences under age 30 (please present ID at the door). For information and tickets: (reservations open in September).

The Guthrie Theater presents an Odyssey Theatre Ensemble production of A Steady Rain by Keith Huff directed by Jeff Perry October 14 – November 2 Opening Night: Friday, October 17 Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Dowling Studio

Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten and, after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny’s wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. The result is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop. Don’t miss this dark duologue from playwright Keith Huff, a writer and producer of Syfy’s “Helix,” AMC’s “Mad Men” and the NetFlix series “House of Cards.” A Steady Rain is directed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company Co-Founder Jeff Perry, well-known for his role as Cyrus Beene on the hit TV series “Scandal.” For information:

*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Musical Performances on the U of M West Bank

The School of Music, located in Ferguson Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank, offers a range of musical performances throughout the year, many of which are free. For more information, go to

Live Jazz

Wednesdays, 9 pm – 12 midnight

The Tangiers, 116 First Avenue NE

Located in the trendy and historic North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis sits The Tangiers, housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings from 1884, The Hennepin Steam Building. Eat – drink – lounge – and now enjoy live jazz on Wednesdays along with DJed music other evenings. For information:

Guthrie Theater Architectural Tours

First Saturday of each month, 9 am, plus by appointment for groups of five or more

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Influenced by the Mississippi River’s proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for “theaters in the sky” made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Architecture tours are scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and last approximately 75 minutes in length. $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at Private architecture tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more; advance reservations are required by calling 612-225-6390.

Star Tribune Heritage Printing Plant Tour

Daily, 9 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (latest time is best chance to see presses in action)

Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 First Street North

If you like BIG, this is the place to see. The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds, and the building is the size of nine football fields. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, is free to the public and is by appointment only. Tour visitors must be 10 years of age or older with adult supervision. Exceptions may be made for children under 10 as long as each child is chaperoned by an adult. Tour groups of us to 20 people may be accommodated; groups of fewer than 10 people may be combined with another group. For more information, including how to schedule a tour:

Birthday Party Options

Depot Waterpark

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Birthday party packages available including admission, balloons, party favors, tokens, vanilla ice cream, cake, soda or juice, and choice of hot dog and chips or slice of pizza. Package price is $19.95 per person. Minimum of eight people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at For additional info, visit

Depot Rink (thinking ahead to next season)

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Birthday party packages include: skate admission, skate rental, balloons, soda and choice of a hot dog with chips or a slice of pizza, vanilla ice cream cup and cake. Cost is $19.95 per person. Minimum of 8 people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at For additional info, visit

*****Informational Resources*****

Clay Squared to Infinity Fall Class Schedule

34 13th Avenue NE, Suite 109

The fall schedule for Clay Squared to Infinity is now online – Check out a full array of great polymer clay classes from September through December. Clay Squared to Infinity is also a tile showroom that carries local and national contemporary tile artists and reproductions from seven historic tile companies from the Victorian,Arts & Crafts and Mid-century periods 1890′s to 1950′s.

River Trip Planner

Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to:

St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site

The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visit

Above the Falls Destinations Map

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage:

Mississippi River Field Guide

Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information:

Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps

The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit

Minneapolis Bicycling Map

The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at

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

New North Loop Restaurant and Haute Dish

InVision Coming to North Loop

ARTShare at Southern Theater

One-Way Streets in East Hennepin Area

Bachelor Farmer Sausage Cart

New Store on NE University

East Bank Residential Development Proposal

Askov Finlayson

Hennepin County News: Hennepin County Library-St. Louis Park Reopens After Building Upgrades

Hennepin County Library – St. Louis Park, 3240 Library Lane, reopens Saturday, August 30, at 9 a.m. after five weeks of building upgrades An expanded teen area, two small study rooms, comfortable lounge seating areas, and a new periodical area with a bookstore feel were added. The children’s area has more family-style seating and new early literacy interactive elements. Patrons will also find new carpeting and furniture throughout the library, and additional power sources closer to seating and study tables.

HVAC and electrical system upgrades and new materials handling equipment have improved the library behind the scenes.

St. Louis Park Library opened in its current location in 1968. Hennepin County Library is committed to updating each of its 41 library buildings at least once every 10 years.

The library’s hours are: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday.

Patrons who chose an alternate pickup location for their requests during the library closure will see their pickup location change back to St. Louis Park Library automatically. For more information, call the library at 612-543-6125. Upcoming programs at Hennepin County Library—St. Louis Park:

Jumpstart Your Job Search: Job Search Over 40 Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1–3 p.m. This program will address issues confronted by mature workers in continuing the next step of your career. Learn how to present your experience and savvy in an interview, address the age/wage barriers in job search, and explore how your values affect your choices. Presented in partnership with Employment Action Center.

First Pages for Adults: Writing for Magazine Publications Sunday, Sept. 14, 1–2:30 p.m. Have you always had a secret desire to see your name in a magazine? Do you have a knack for writing, but just don’t know how to get published? Learn tips that will get you on your way to writing for magazines. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

Crafty Minnesota: X Marks the Spot Thursday, Sept. 18, 6–8 p.m. For adults. Cross stitch never goes out of style. Learn the basics you need to create a tiny piece of embroidered art. Design your own snarky saying on a sampler or “8-bit” character for your favorite video game geek. Materials provided. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Textile Center.

Paws to Read With an Animal Sunday, Sept. 21, 1–2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 1–2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 1–2:30 p.m. For families. Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. Time slots are 15 minutes. Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.

First Pages for Teens: Read to Write Thursday, Sept. 25, 3:30–5 p.m. Registration required, begins Aug 28. Grades 7-12. Will reading “The Hunger Games” teach you to be a writer? You bet! Learn how Harry Potter can teach you about world-building, Neil Gaiman’s characters can inspire creating memorable characters and how Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series can teach you about developing plots. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

Author Talk: Meryll Levine Page Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m. Page will discuss “Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception and Risky Business” which recounts the intertwined stories of two women who fight to establish themselves in a time and place where women, Jews and capitalism were disparaged in the “New” Russia who succeed by creating their own luck.   Register for events online or call 612-543-6125.

MPRB News: Minneapolis Celebrates Annual Monarch Festival September 6

The Minneapolis Monarch Festival makes its return on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to continued flooding and extensive turf and plant damage along the lake shore, the Monarch Festival will be held near the intersection of 49th Street and Woodlawn Boulevard, east of the Nokomis Community Center.

The festival offers everything from food, to music, education and art, highlighting the Minnesota – Mexico connection that the Monarch butterfly creates along its migration path.

This year’s event features a fresh line up of performers and art activities, food from Minnesota, Mexico and beyond, games for kids, monarchs and habitat education and the Kids Butterfly Fun Run.  The Festival is free and open to public.

Bring the whole family to this wonderful annual event. We look forward to seeing you at this unique and incredibly fun festival!

Monarch Activities and Education

  • Tag and release monarchs with the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab
  • Learn about the monarch’s life cycle and the Monarch Migration
  • Explore the Nokomis Naturescape Gardens and look for monarchs
  • Learn how to invite monarchs into your own yard
  • Purchase plants to add to your garden that monarchs need and love – Mother Earth Gardens, The Vagary, and Cedar Hill Natives
  • Find out how to get your yard certified as a Monarch Waystation
  • Buy books about monarchs from Wild Rumpus

Kids Butterfly Fun Run

The Kids Butterfly Fun Run offers separate runs for four different age groups for children ages 1 – 12 and awards prizes for first, second and third place finishers. The $10 registration fee (checks or cash only – make checks out to “MPRB”) includes an official Butterfly Fun Run t-shirt for youth participants. The Kid’s Butterfly Fun Run is sponsored by Univision Minnesota and U Care. Their generous support allows us to keep the registration fee low, and still contribute Fun Run proceeds to monarch habitat preservation through Monarch Joint Venture. More information and registration details for the Kids Butterfly Fun Run can be found

Live Music, Dance

We have an exciting stage line up for the 2014 Monarch Festival with performances from:

  • Mariachi Mi Tierra (Mariachi band)
  • Kalpulli KetzalCoatilcue Aztec Dance (Traditional Aztec ceremonial dance)
  • The Shiny Lights (70s inspired pop/rock)
  • Salsa Del Soul (nine piece orchestra performing dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean)
  • Chico Chavez and the Guayaba Tropical Band (Latino dance grooves, Peruvian, Andean & Amazonian Cumbia with mixes from all of Latin America)

Art and Fun Activities

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre (visually stimulating puppetry and theatre) will be presenting two performances of The Way of the Monarch. (They will be performing in their own tent – not on the main stage.)

  • Printmaking by steamroller with ArtOrg
  • Printing with Plants
  • Textile printing
  • Create a felt caterpillar
  • Paint with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Make milkweed seedbomb for planting in your home garden
  • Play Monarch games

Food Vendors

Food will be available for purchase from Sweet Berry Kitchen, Mighty Chocolate Mini Donuts, Taco Taxi, Burrito Mercado, La Loma, Blue Bell popsicles and Naturally Delicious homemade ice cream.

Produced by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA).

In partnership with the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Support from the Mexican Consulate, Univision Minnesota and UCare.

Sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Detailed information on the stage lineup, the Butterfly Fun Run, art activities, monarch tagging, and the Nokomis Naturescape can be found at


Hennepin County News: The METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) moves into preliminary design!



Hennepin County is pleased to report that the Bottineau LRT project – now known as the METRO Blue Line Extension – is moving to its next phase. For a letter about this milestone from county commissioners Mike Opat and Linda Higgins, click on the link below or open the email attachment.


Intermedia Arts: Apply today! Filmmaking, Writing, Leadership, Music & More

Fun (and Free) Teen Programs
Do you want to spend your time after school merging art, leadership, and social change?
Apply to be a part of one – or all! – of these teen programs:

Application Deadline: September 12

Members of the YLC build leadership skills and their resumes while creating youth arts opportunities from art exhibits toperformance events. Apply today for Intermedia Arts’ Youth Leadership Council. New members start in October.


Application Deadline: September 19

An intensive 7-month filmmaking program with coursework in screenwriting, storyboarding, camera, lights, sound, editing, and music, you will work in small groups to learn the craft of filmmaking, develop and produce your own independent film, and exhibit your work in a final film festival. INDY meets every Monday from 4-6:30PM beginning October 6.
Registration Deadline: Ongoing, but space is limited. First come, first serve.

Young Writers is a free bi-weekly gathering of teen teen poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. At each meeting you will join other young writers and an adult mentor to share writing prompts, set goals, learn new craft techniques, and receive feedback in a community workshop setting. Young Writers meets from 6-8PMevery other Tuesday beginning October 7. Space is limited, so sign up today to get involved.

Media Active


Application Deadline: September 19 
Intermedia Arts’ Media Active program gives youth media producers a chance to work on fee-for-service based media projects for non-profits, businesses and governmental agencies. This is a way for you to experience more employment and business training, developing job skills and earning stipends as crew members and creative personnel on productions. 

Click here to get involved 


A multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, we work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives. By stimulating civic dialogue and giving voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.

Art. Changes. Everything
Intermedia Arts// 2822 Lyndale Ave South // Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408 // (612) 871-4444

Open Streets – Harvest Fest – September 20, 2014, 11 – 6pm

Open Streets event is held on Saturday, September 20th, 11am – 6pm along Lowry Avenue from Vincent to Emerson. Open Streets events bring people together to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities in a safe, car-free environment. To volunteer for Folwell and Webber-Camden neighborhoods, please call 612.521.2100 or to volunteer for the general Open Streets event, email:  Stop by to say hello; pick up some informaton. The FNA/WCNO table is located on the northeast corner of Penn/Lowry.

Intermedia Arts: Immigrants Tell Their Life Stories in New Exhibition at Intermedia Arts

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Green Card Voices and Intermedia Arts Present
September 5 – October 25, 2014

Gallery Hours: 10AM-6PM, Monday-Friday12-5PM Saturday

$3 Suggested Donation

100 Stories - 365 Days

We’re all here. We all play a role. We all have a story to tell.
Co-presented with Green Card Voices, this exhibition features photographs, written biographies, quotes, and first-person narrative videos telling 100 immigrant stories from across the United States. Putting a human face to the current immigration debate, these stories share the experiences of 100 of our nation’s nearly 41 million immigrants. These chronicles are both awe-inspiring and thought provoking, portraying the diversity of the immigrant experience in the United States. Come meet your neighbors.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 6PM | FREE
Join photographers, immigrants who have shared their stories, and curators as we celebrate the opening of this new exhibit!

Curators: Tea Rozman-Clark and Jose Guzman
Videographer/Photographer: Justin Evidon, Neha Belvalkar
Video Editors: Jose Guzman, Jacob Urick, Jordan Keller, Anthony Balbo, Michael Hayne, Josh Sorensen, Benjamin Pimlott, Hrishi Shah
Green Card Voices (GCV) is a young 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that utilizes digital storytelling to share personal narratives of America’s immigrants. GCV’s programming seeks to increase the appreciation of the immigrant experience and promote understanding between immigrant and non-immigrant communities. Through their dynamic, video-based platform they empower educational institutions, community groups and individuals alike to acquire first-person perspective about immigrants’ lives.
Intermedia Arts’ Catalyst Series is dedicated to collaborating with and providing support for artists, arts groups, and organizations working as catalysts for change in their communities. The Catalyst Series is designed to engage audiences by provoking new performing, visual, literary, multimedia and film presentations that spark dialogue and inspire social change. Our goal is to provide artists, arts groups, and arts organizations with the resources necessary to focus on their creative process, connect with their communities, advance their career, market their work, and develop new audiences.

A multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, we work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives. By stimulating civic dialogue and giving voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.

Art. Changes. Everything

Intermedia Arts// 2822 Lyndale Ave South // Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408 // (612) 871-4444