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.

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – July 16, 2014

*****Events and Activities***** Mill City Farmers Market – Summer Bounty Saturday, July 19, 8 am – 1 pm Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway Come to the Market to load up on the summer’s bountiful harvest: blueberries are in this week as well as tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and so much more! Find your favorite vendors on their vendor map. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo, join Market Chef Heather Hartman today with special guest May Lee of Mhonpaj’s Garden. The duo will be serving up a seasonal summer recipe making use of the freshest available produce from the Market. Also, calling all KIDS! Enter the Market’s Kids in the Kitchen contest by this Sunday, July 20. Find out more info here. 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 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes back Orange Mighty Trio. Check out this delightfully adventurous ensemble. Stop by the Sponsor Booth and find out what’s new at the Wedge Community Co-op. Learn about the benefits of membership and grab a free, reusable water bottle from our year-round farmers market. Car2Go also will be at the Market all day: learn about the benefits of becoming a member of this convenient car service, now available in neighborhoods all over the Twin Cities. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Ink OrchardFresh Mud PotteryLarissa Loden, and Christy Wetzig. 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/.

Opening of Bluff Street Extension of the Dinkytown Greenway Sunday, July 20, 1 – 2 pm (rides leave at 1 pm; remarks at 1:30 pm) Rides start from Gateway Park (Hennepin and Second Street) and from TCF Bank Stadium (between gates C and D on 23rd Street SE) Join Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and City Council Members Frey and Gordon for a celebration of the Bluff Street Extension of the Dinkytown Greenway. When the Dinkytown Greenway opened last summer, it provided a bike/ped path from Bridge 9 to TCF Bank Stadium and the U of M Transitway bike/bus route. This summer, the new Bluff Street tunnel extension under I-35W connects cyclists directly from downtown Minneapolis to Bridge 9 (the tunnel entrance is on 13th Avenue South, between Second Street South and West River Parkway). Both projects received federal funding from the Bike Walk Twin Cities federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, administered by Transit for Livable Communities. Join us in celebrating this exciting bike/ped connection! Council Members Frey and Gordon will lead two rides to the celebration. Council Member Frey will lead a ride from Gateway Park in downtown Minneapolis to the ceremony, and Council Member Gordon will lead a ride from the east bank starting at TCF Bank Stadium. Remarks will be at 1:30. Afterwards, join elected officials for a ride through the tunnel. For information and to register: https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/132/mtgdetail.asp?formid=tlcmeet&caleventid=23671.

ARTshare Membership Event Tuesday, July 22, 2 – 6 pm Town Hall Brewery, 1430 Washington Avenue South Join the Southern Theater as they celebrate the kick off of the public availability of ARTshare memberships and celebrate the beginning of this new endeavor and program for the Twin Cities. This exciting new program allows you to pay $18 a month to have all access to 15 Resident Performing Arts groups over the course of the year. For more details about ARTshare visitwww.southerntheater.org and check out the FAQ. We’ll be hanging out at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on the patio (or inside if weather is crummy). THB has been kind enough to provide food and drinks for all attendees. The gathering will include some performances by some of the newly announced resident companies and some speeches (brief) by Southern board and staff. Attendees will be able to sign up for an ARTshare membership from 2 to 6 pm. Memberships are limited! There are only 2,100 so they can’t guarantee that everyone will necessarily get one. So come down and celebrate as they launch this exciting new adventure. Thanks to Town Hall and Arts ink, Inc. for sponsoring this event.

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, July 28 – Dustin Hatzenbuhler (pop/singer/songwriter)

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 Play! with Ellen Ferrari Tuesday, July 29, 10 am – 12 noon Listen to Play by Ann Morris, and then play card games and games with cards. Make your own card stamps and print lots of them on our printing press. Use them to create your own games of bingo, dominos, concentration, top this, match-up and more, while we snack on bridge mix. You can trade cards, too! 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/.

Adult Class: Generating Content: A Creativity Workshop with Elizabeth Carls Saturday, August 2, 10 am – 3 pm In this workshop we’ll explore the creative process in a relaxed and supportive environment. Each participant will create a small but sturdy handmade journal to work in for the remainder of the day as we generate creative content through various writing, drawing and collaborative activities. All skill levels welcome. $85 ($75 members) + $25 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/adult/.

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: Old Saint Anthony Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Discover Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhoods and satisfy your thirst with a history pub crawl of the east bank of the Mississippi River. The town of St. Anthony began in 1849, several years before its neighbor Minneapolis across the river. Although annexed by Minneapolis in 1872, the area’s unique character and history remained distinct. Hear about the people who lived and worked there and about the historic flour mills, churches, red light districts, Victorian residences, pubs, immigrant enclaves, commercial centers, breweries and more. The tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes stops at a number of historic sights, including two watering holes housed in historic buildings. The tour includes three blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. 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. $25/$20 for MNHS members. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Women’s Work Tour with History Player Eva Valesh Saturday, August 2, 1 pm A costumed actor portraying labor writer Eva Valesh will lead a walking tour highlighting the factories whose working conditions were exposed by Valesh in series of newspaper articles in 1888 and 1889. Jobs available to women in the 19th and early 20th century and some of the key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis will be discussed. Valesh was a labor writer and orator who also was known by the pen name Eva Gay. Among the riverfront factories singled out by “Eva Gay” was the North Star Woolen Mill, still standing two blocks from Mill City Museum. Valesh served as labor editor for the Saint Paul Globe and the Minneapolis Tribune. She went on to national acclaim, working for Samuel Gompers as assistant editor of theAmerican Federationist. The tour includes 1.5 miles 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 visithttp://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Engineering the Falls Tour with History Player William de la Barre Sunday, August 3, 1 pm Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Participants will visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west-side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls 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 http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. 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

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. Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/. Tuesday, July 29 – Tortuga! (jazz/rock/world) Movie – Viewer’s Choice, Cult Classic

Activities at the Soap Factory Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE Common Room: The Weather Tour: Fish in the Parking Lot and Other Stories from the Stormy History of the Twin Cities Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 pm Kenneth A. Blumenfeld, Ph.D., Hazardous Weather Research Specialist for Hennepin County Emergency Management, will lead a tour of former sites of some of the city’s most notable and damaging weather events, with descriptions of what happened, when, and how what we now see has been shaped by something long forgotten. Transportation: historic bus. Common Room is a summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in its seventh season. All tours begin outside the main entrance to The Soap Factory on Second Street SE. Get your tickets: http://www.tempotickets.com/tempotickets/site/pages/event.php?e=3584&c=95

Live Action Sets’ Crime and Punishment at the Fringe Festival July 31 – August 9 Descend 19 steps into the darkness of The Soap Factory’s industrial basement and embark on a tormented journey through an immersive and broken world of physical performance where dance and theater bind with carnage and blood. Live Action Set,with playwright John Olive, has created a twisted interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s classic novel. The audience descends into The Soap Factory’s sprawling, industrial basement; beginning an ominous journey. The show utilizes custom smells, blood effects, lush sets and a dynamic soundtrack to immerse the audience in a surreal, broken world with hidden layers and unexpected surprises. Live Action Set’s rigorous, action-driven style is captivating in this darkly tormented performance. Director Noah Bremer reshapes the standard audience experience and puts you at the center of the action. For information and tickets: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=682.

Common Room: The Overnight Tour Saturday, August 2, 2:30 am (Saturday night through Sunday morning) When the bartenders announce last call in downtown Minneapolis on a Saturday night, there are countless others who are just beginning their work days. On this first-ever early morning Common Room tour, we’ll walk from the Soap Factory across the Third Avenue Bridge and through the heart of downtown, visiting hospitals, bakeries, cab companies, afterparties, hotels, corporate security desks, police stations and restaurants, and meeting some of the people that work the overnight shift. Tour starts at 2:30 am and will conclude around 5 am with breakfast at a surprise location. Transportation: walking. Common Room is a summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in its seventh season. All tours begin outside the main entrance to The Soap Factory on Second Street SE. Get your tickets: http://www.tempotickets.com/tempotickets/site/pages/event.php?e=3585&c=95.

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, July 30 – The Slush Puppies (jazzy pop quartet) Thursday, July 31 – Charanga Tropical (Latin) Friday, August 1 – War Poets (rock/Americana)

Grand Opening of Minnehaha Park Playgrounds Wabun Playground – Thursday, July 31, 5:30 pm North Plateau Playground – Thursday, July 31, 6:30 pm The North Plateau Playground will open early in the week of Monday, June 16, and the Wabun playground is currently scheduled to re-open on July 25, but both will be celebrated at an event on July 31. A concert by Charanga Tropical is scheduled for 7 pm at the Minnehaha Park bandshell. Please plan on attending the grand opening celebrations! For more information on the Minnehaha Park Playgrounds renovation project, please visit the project webpage.

Minnesota Fringe Festival July 31 – August 10 Multiple venues, including Southern Theater, Soap Factory, Joule and Rarig Center The Minnesota Fringe is an 11-day uncurated performance festival featuring 169 original theater, dance and musical theater productions. Founded in 1994, the Minnesota Fringe is one of the oldest and largest fringe festivals in the country. More information about this year’s festival and shows can be found at http://www.fringefestival.org/.

Riverfront Fest 2014 Friday, August 1, 5:30 pm to sunset Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water Street NE Join us as we celebrate our newest riverfront park, Sheridan Memorial Park. The event will feature Northeast food trucks, craft beers and bands. The River Rats will perform, and the Bouncey Castle is back. Free admission – come explore this new riverside park! The Sheridan Veterans Memorial, honoring all Minnesota veterans, is centered around a large spherical sculpture of protective shields, created by local artist Robert Smart. The perimeter walk has quotes about peace engraved in granite. The memorial is surrounded by peace gardens and vertical markers describing the ten conflicts in which Minnesotans have served. The event is co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and the East Minneapolis Exchange Club.

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. Bower: Éireann Lorsung, Katrina Vandenberg and Ben Weaver Friday, August 1, 7 pm A midsummer night’s dream of words and music, featuring Éireann Lorsung, Katrina Vandenberg and Ben Weaver. Éireann Lorsung is the author of Music For Landing Planes By (Milkweed, 2007), Her Book (Milkweed, 2013) and Sweetbriar (dancing girl press, 2013). Recent poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalBurnside ReviewColorado Review and Women’s Studies Quarterly. She is now at work on a novel about archives and earthquakes, pieces of which can be found in Two Serious LadiesDIAGRAMBluestem and Mandala. She edits 111O and co-runs MIEL, a micropress (miel-books.com).Katrina Vandenberg is the author of The Alphabet Not Unlike the World (2012) and Atlas: Poems (2004), both published by Milkweed Editions. With poet Todd Boss, she is the co-author of the chapbook On Marriage (Red Dragonfly Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in The American ScholarBlackbirdPoetry DailyThe Southern ReviewOrionThe Iowa ReviewThe SunAlaska Quarterly ReviewPoets and Writers, Post Road and other journals, as well as several anthologies, including Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry (Borealis). She is an Assistant Professor in the MFA and BFA Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University.

Ben Weaver is an American singer-songwriter. His albums include, “El Camino Blues,” “Living in the Ground,” which was recorded in one five-hour-session, “Hollerin’ at a Woodpecker,” which, released in 2002, was critically acclaimed in Britain and the United States, including being named No.3 Americana album of the year by Mojo magazine, “Stories Under Nails” and “Mirepoix and Smoke.” He is also a poet and fiction writer whose short story, “Humanesque,” was included in the 2009 anthology Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians, and whose poem “Devastations” won the 2009 What Light Grand Jury Prize. Wordsong with Florestan Recital Project Saturday, August 2, 7 pm Join Co-founder and Artistic Director of WordSong Boston Howard Frazin along with the Florestan Recital Project (Alison d’Amato, piano, and Aaron Engebreth, baritone) as they present the inaugural WordSong Twin Cities event as part of the Source Song Festival. An interactive song program, Alison and Aaron will present five songs by five composers on Langston Hughes’ “Harlem.” Complete with conversation between performers, composers and audience, you won’t want to miss this engaging event! WordSong is a new concert format in which one text is presented in multiple, newly composed settings and is the focus of directed conversation among composers, performers and audiences. WordSong’s goal is to reconnect musicians and listeners through shared, active artistic experiences. It is a public conversation about intuitive musical understanding. For additional information: https://loft.secure.force.com/portal/EventDetails?event.id=a1EG0000006afGjMAI

. Also see related events at MacPhail. 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. Open Source: An Evening with Libby Larsen Friday, August 1, 8 – 9 pm Antonello Hall The opening event of Source is sure to be a memorable one! Join host Libby Larsen as she offers you an evening of what song means to her, through her own music and the music that inspires her to continue. It’s just shy of a gala: leave the gown at home, but stay for the champagne afterwards! For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/739660.

MNSong Final Recital Sunday, August 3, 8 – p pm Antonello Hall Come enjoy the works by the emerging composers selected by Libby Larsen for the first ever MNSong Composers Workshop. Performed by local artists, by local composers, it doesn’t get any more Minnesotan than this – unless it were ‘on a stick’! For ckets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/739829.

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. Puppet Playhouse Saturday, August 2, 10 am – 12 noon Enjoy a puppet show in the outdoor theater. Make a puppet, create props from natural materials and put on your own show. The finale is a puppet parade! Program will be indoors if raining. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity number #316901-03. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. This program is open to all ages. Free Family Fun Day: Spider Spies Sunday, August 3, 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. Bike with a Ranger – The Gorge Saturday, August 2, 10 am Starting point: Ford Dam Overlook Biking is a great way to explore the Mississippi River on a guided tour by a national park ranger! This is a new route that includes both the Minneapolis and St. Paul sides of the Gorge. While Harriet Island’s nearby trails are closed this summer, we’ll ride atop the river gorge. Join us to explore the river’s natural and human characteristics. This is a great orientation ride to the Mississippi River. $8/$5 for Mississippi River Fund Members; kids under 10 ride free. Registration at 651-293-0200 orwww.missriverfund.org/bike is required 24 hours prior to event.  O’wamni: Falling Water Festival Saturday, August 2, 2 pm until dark (movie at dusk) Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE Join us for O’wamni: Falling Water Festival. This new one-day event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, a movie under the stars and more. O’wamni will celebrate indigenous voices, connecting both locally and nationally through music featuring Keith Secola, Scatter Their Own, Chase Manhattan, Tall Paul, Bluedog and Wade Fernandez. An arts fair area focused on American Indian contemporary traditional and fine arts will showcase the talents of Anishinaabe, Hochunk and Dakota visual artists. Woodland style painter Gordon Coons (Ojibwe/Ottawa) will exhibit his paintings and prints alongside painters James Autio (Ojibwe), Karen Savage-Blue (Ojibwe), David Limon and others. Traditional artists including Cheryl Minnema and Denise Lajimodiere will demonstrate beadwork and birchbark traditions of the Anishinaabe. The Sioux Chef and Native Food Perspective both will be making and selling local indigenous foods. At dusk, there will be a test screening of The Jingle Dress. Filmed in Minnesota, this movie was produced by William Eigen. The story line follows John Red Elk who pulls up stakes and takes his family off the reservation and down to the big city to find out how his long-lost Uncle Norton died. Through the fresh eyes of his eight year old daughter Rose, we follow the family as they discover a new, urban culture and gain insight into their own ancient, indigenous society. This event is made possible by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. Events partners include the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minnesota Historical Society, and Dream of Wild Health, with help from media sponsor KFAI 90.3 Fresh Air Radio. Bachelor Farmer’s Kräftskiva Saturday, August 2, 5 – 10 pm First Street and Second Avenue North This year’s Kraftskiva event will feature performances by: Haley Bona, Night Moves and BBGUN, featuring DJ Jonathan Ackerman. They’ll be serving chilled crayfish, TBF Meatballs, sweet corn and bannock, along with local beer by Fulton Brewery and drinks by Marvel Bar. Admission: $5 at the door. To RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1476075152636570.

Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler present In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Avenue NE Sunday, August 3, 2 – 8 pm The Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler are proud to bring you Minneapolis’s First Collaboration Festival, In Cahoots! Eight Minnesota breweries formed four teams to create four new collaboration beers that will debut at this year’s block party. You vote on the best brew! A portion of the event proceeds will be given to the winning team’s local charity. The free event will be held outside at the Red Stag, rain or shine. In Cahoots! Teams include August Schell Brewing and Sociable Cider Werks; Fulton Beer and Dangerous Man Brewing; Bang Brewing and Summit Brewing; and Bent Paddle Brewing and Fitger’s Brewhouse. Featuring entertainment from Sonny Knight & the Lakers, E.L.nO, Shiro Dame, Alpha Consumer, Frankie Lee, Romantica, MC Foxy Tann, dance collective Epitome No Question, North Star Roller Girls and more! For more information: In Cahoots! Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447358638854018/ or Block Party

Website:http://www.redstagblockparty.com/ *****Reminder of Ongoing Activities***** Music at Red Stag Supper Club Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm; Sundays at 9 pm Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Avenue NE The Red Stag Supperclub offers live music three nights a week. For more information on their various special food and libation offerings and a music schedule, visit http://www.redstagsupperclub.com. Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpacks Check out a free, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724). The backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more! Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups can check out the special “Group Pack” which includes additional activities and supplies to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund. The packs were developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service. Visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. John H. Stevens House Open Sundays and holidays, May 26 through mid-September, 12 noon — 4 pm Minnehaha Park, 4801 Minnehaha Avenue The 1850 John Stevens House was the first frame house built on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The civic and social hub for early city founders originally was located near the site of the current Minneapolis Post Office, but was moved to Minnehaha Park in 1896. Now restored, it is open for docent-led tours and by appointment. As a special gift to Minneapolis residents and visitors, this summer all tours and events will be free. Private tours may be arranged for $3 adults and $1 children. For information: 612-722-2220 or http://www.johnhstevenshouse.org/index.html.

Guthrie Theater Self-Guided Audio Tours The Guthrie has invited six local celebrities to its recording studio to lend their voices to a revamped and freshly written version of its self-guided audio tour. Available for free download on iTunes or with a $5 iPod rental at the Guthrie Box Office, the tour offers visitors the choice of one of six voices to accompany them on the 45-minute tour through the public spaces of the building: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, WCCO-TV news anchor Angela Davis, performer and writer Kevin Kling, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Cities 97 radio personality Brian “B.T.” Turner and actor Sally Wingert. More info athttp://www.guthrietheater.org/visit/tours/selfguided_audio_tours.

Guthrie Theater Virtual Tour The Guthrie Theater now offers an online virtual tour, offering a new way to explore the acclaimed Minneapolis cultural destination designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Opened in 2006 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the 285,000-square-foot theater center is open to the public daily at 8 a.m., and has served as an anchor in the rebirth of Minneapolis’ historic Mill District, while attracting visitors from around the globe. Created by Minnesota-based Circa Vista, the new interactive journey lets visitors explore five floors of public spaces, offering a great preview of the sweeping panoramic views enjoyed from the Guthrie’s signature Endless Bridge, as well as a look inside each of the three performance spaces. To take the virtual tour, visit http://www.guthreitheater.org/virtualtou Comedy Corner Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Avenue South The Comedy Corner Underground offers comedy shows three or four nights a week and has a Friday night open mic event. For information and a schedule: http://www.comedycornerunderground.com.

*****Grants, Contests, Awards and Funding Resources***** 2014 Picture a Park Photo Contest Grab your cameras and clean of those lenses – the annual Picture a Park Photo Contes  has returned for the fifth consecutive year! Submit your Minneapolis parks photos today! Contest categories include: Beauty in the Parks, Fun in the Parks, Sports in the Parks and Photos by Youth.  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 September 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. CDT through the National 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 atwww.minneapolisparks.org/photocontest. The 2014 Annual Photo Contest is co-sponsored by National Camera Exchange,People for Parks and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

*****Informational Resources***** Mississippi National River and Recreation Area The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss Great River Road Explorer’s Guide Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm. River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.

*****Riverfront News Articles***** Coloplast http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/266530621.html http://finance-commerce.com/2014/07/coloplasts-tif-loss-rare-in-minneapolis/

West River Parkway Still Closed after Landslide http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/266507861.html Red Stag Block Party http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/local-breweries-pair-up-for-contest-at-annual-red-stag-block-party

Superior Plating http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/developer-walks-away-from-superior-plating-deal http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3500264.shtml?cat=1 http://finance-commerce.com/2014/07/neighborhood-leader-deal-for-superior-plating-site-falls-apart/ http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/morning_roundup/2014/07/developer-scraps-plan-for-superior-plating-site.html http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/266834421.html

Mill City Opera’s Tosca at Mill City Museum http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/266630171.html

Mill City Quarter Development http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/266833541.html http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/07/12/affordable-senior-housing-downtown-minneapolis/12578961/

Minneapolis Bragging Improv at Southern Theater http://www.southwestjournal.com/news-feed/theater-of-public-policy-hosting-improv-show-for-mpls-bragging-week

New Proposal at Broadway and Marshall Street NE http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/new-developer-proposing-health-care-at-broadway-and-marshall http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/morning_roundup/2014/07/medical-building-developer-eyes-northeast-broadway.html

Minnehaha Falls Park Improvements Flooded http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/266890061.html

Event to Mark Truckers’ Strike Anniversary http://www.workdayminnesota.org/articles/events-commemorate-80th-anniversary-1934-strike All Star Gala Fireworks http://www.startribune.com/local/267122361.html?page=2&c=y

Bluff Street Bike Link http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/267062151.html http://www.journalmpls.com/voices/voices/new-bicycle-tunnel-to-dinkytown-greenway

Southern Theater http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/southern-theater http://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2014/07/artshare-southern-theater-host-15-performing-arts-groups?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=0a2451b309-7_16_2014_Daily_Newsletter7_16_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-0a2451b309-123345102

Wreck at Guthrie http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/267052421.html http://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2014/07/finalists-named-knight-arts-challenge-st-paul-wreck-guthries-dowling-studio?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=e3be118823-7_15_2014_Daily_Newsletter7_15_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-e3be118823-123345102

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!

CONTEST CATEGORIES:

  • 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.

 

 

Cancelled/Rescheduled-Folwell Neighborhood Association Ice Cream Social – Changed from June 19 to July 17, 2014

The FNA Ice Cream Social has been rescheduled to Thursday,  July 17,  5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Folwell Park (1615 Dowling Avenue North, Mpls. 55412). Due to the extreme amount of rain we have been having (and listening to the forecast), the FNA Ice Cream Social on June 19th has been postponed until Thursday, July 17th. What’s at the Ice Cream Social? *Caricatures, *Face Painting, *Food, *Free Ice Cream,  *Kids’ Games, *Raffles – 2 bikes, *Pickles the Clown, *Community Resource Tables and more! For more information contact Folwell Neighborhood Association at 612-521-2100.

Twin Cities Jazz Project

Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project – Victory Memorial Park – Free Concert

Posted on March 18, 2014, No Comments

When:
July 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where:
Victory Memorial Drive
34th to 3600 Victory Memorial Drive
Minneapolis,MN 55412
USA
Cost:
Free
Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project - Victory Memorial Park - Free Concert @ Victory Memorial Drive | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States

Event will be held on Victory Memorial Drive in the area between 34th and 36th steets. Same location as Live On The Drive concerts.

This is a day-time event that includes hands on time for children to try musical instruments–drums, etc. The musicians perform and also work with children to build up an interest in music.

It’s the day before Alive on the Drive. 

I know about this project–they bring in national acts who are performing in the Twin Cities and ask them to spend some time in Mpls parks.  Really a fun time for children of any age.

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.