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Sunday
May142017

Hippy Feet / YouthLink Photography Project to Culminate in July Gallery Event

Article by Claudia Kittock 


Hippy Feet and YouthLink 501(c)3 are collaborating on a project that aims to raise awareness about the needs within the homeless community.

For this program, youth clients of YouthLink who are interested in additional income opportunities will be given disposable cameras and asked to take photos that document their day to day experiences as a homeless or formerly homeless individual. In conjunction with taking pictures, they will write a quick journal about each photo. When the individual has filled the entire camera roll, they'll return the camera and a copy of their journal entries to YouthLink, where they will be awarded varying forms of compensation for their work.

The Hippy Feet team will then develop the photos and prepare them for a “gallery” event. This event will be held at Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul, and will act as a fundraising event for YouthLink and for Hippy Feet’s efforts to employ homeless youth. Tickets will be sold for this event, and each ticket will include a pair of socks, a beer, a pulled pork sandwich, and admittance to the fundraising event. The photos that are displayed at the event will be sold/auctioned off to the attendees.

The proceeds from photo sales will be divided in 3 ways. An equal percentage will be donated to YouthLink and Elpis Enterprises, a non-profit partner of Hippy Feet that provides employment and job training to homeless youth. The remainder of the proceeds will be given back to the individual artist who took the photos as a form of commission.

The goal for this project is to provide a $100 value as an invective for youth to participate in this project, and for them to return the camera in a timely fashion with a full film roll of high impact photos. This $100 per participant will be paid via gift cards, bus tokens, and a cash stipend.

The gallery event will be hosted at Lake Monster Brewing because of its convenient location next to Elpis Enterprise. Photographs will be displayed and sold, food and beer will be available, and additional items will be up for auction. Tickets for the event will be sold at the door and online via Eventbrite.

How can you help this worthy cause?

·  Learn more about Hippy Feet

·  Buy socks

·  Follow Hippy Feet on Facebook

·  Watch for tickets for the gallery event in July.

Claudia can be reached at claudia@millcitymedia.org

Sunday
May142017

Check out the evolved Water Works design concept and share your thoughts

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation recently unveiled an evolved concept for Water Works. Water Works is a transformative park development project overlooking St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge that will bring significant new historic, cultural, and recreational amenities to one of the most iconic locations in Minneapolis.

The updated concept embeds a new park pavilion into the historic ruins of the Bassett and Columbia mills, as well as expands naturalized gathering spaces with direct access to public amenities. Click the link below for an in-depth tour of the updated concept and share your thoughts:

Take the survey, images included...

Sunday
May142017

May 19 is Bike to Work Day

May 19 is Bike to Work Day, and all over the city the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will have pit stops set up for participating riders. Bike commuters will be greeted with coffee, high-fives, free food, and other giveaways during both the morning and afternoon commute.

Enter the Twin Cities Bike to Work Day Sweepstakes
Pledge to ride
to work on Twin Cities Bike to Work Day and be automatically entered for a chance to win some great prizes, including $500 gift cards to Cherry Cycles, Farmstead Bike Shop and Tangletown Bike Shop.

You can also volunteer as a pit stop captain. The Coalition is looking for enthusiastic people to keep the energy alive throughout the morning and afternoon commute. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt! Click here for more info.

Saturday
May132017

The Dignity Center - Working with People to Achieve and Maintain Stability

Article by Claudia Kittock, Photos by Mary Martin of Dignity Center

In my work, many people have mentioned the Dignity Center and the incredible work done there.  Today, I found out what all of the ‘fuss’ is about.

Located on the grounds of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, the Center is housed in a beautiful old mansion on Groveland Avenue. Built in the 1930s and eventually donated to the church, the Center is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00am – 11:30am. The front door remains locked to assure that everyone who arrives is greeted by name and welcomed.

Mary Martin, the Director of Outreach, greeted me at the door and introduced herself. She is a dynamic and enthusiastic advocate for the work done here. The mission is to assist people to reach the goals they have in their lives by providing structure, support, and resources. It is free and open to all, but the requirement is for the people who come here to do the work. It is a unique relationship-focused program, and when people reach their goals they are welcome to volunteer at the Center.

Mary Martin, center 

When people enter the Center, they meet with an advocate to assess the nature of the problem and assist in setting steps needed to resolve that problem. The responsibilities of each client includes:

  • Making and keeping appointments
  • Taking part in programs to help succeed
  • Following action plan and documenting progress
  • Staying clean and sober

The Dignity Center works with people to achieve and maintain stability. They work together on skills such as problem solving, decision making, organization and budgeting. Progress is measured as improved housing, improved financial situation, completed education and training, obtained employment, and supportive community.

In pursuit of its mission to support each person’s stabilization, the Dignity Center is a host site for the Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) brief legal services clinic. The on-site legal clinic allows clients to address their legal issues side-by-side with other issues creating instability in their lives. The VLN clinic is generally open on the same schedule as the Dignity Center.

At the VLN clinic, clients meet face-to-face with an attorney for approximately 30 minutes free of charge. The attorney will answer questions and/or refer people to other places for help. Clients will not receive any ongoing representation or ongoing services by the attorney. Any action taken after this meeting with the attorney is the client’s responsibility.

Attorneys can provide brief services, such as: writing a letter, making a phone call, obtaining specific information from a third party, drafting pleadings or a portion of pleadings, assisting in service of process, and providing written information regarding your legal issue and the next steps to take. Once again, any action taken after the meeting is the client’s responsibility unless a specific agreement has been crafted with the attorney in writing.

If you are interested in supporting the vital mission of this group, there are a number of ways to get involved:

1)    Learn more at http://hennepinchurch.org/dignitycenter/

2)    Volunteer at http://hennepinchurch.org/dignityvolunteer/

3)    Participate in the Share the Journey Dignity Center Luncheon on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (arrive by 11:45am). Join other lunch guests and enjoy entertainment and inspiring stories by Dignity Center participants. You will have an opportunity to learn about the Dignity Center's mission and contribute to the important work of stabilizing the lives of those in need. Free parking available in Hennepin Church’s parking lot. The Keynote Speaker is Susan Haigh, President and CEO - Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

4)    Join your neighbors in donating to the 2017 DCEH Sofas and Spokes Drive. The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness will be accepting gently used bicycles and gently used furniture at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue S, on Saturday, May 20.

Claudia can be reached at claudia@millcitymedia.org


Friday
May122017

May 20 Spokes and Sofas Event is the Perfect Opportunity to Give Away Adult Bikes and Gently Used Furniture

The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness is sponsoring an event to collect adult bikes and gently used furniture.

Details:

Donations can be dropped off Saturday, May 20, from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue

 

Adult bikes only, please!  

 

Items not accepted due to size, disposal and/or repair costs:

Refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, air conditioners, gas/electric stoves, dishwashers, water heaters/softeners, damaged/musty/smoky furniture, pianos, organs, plumbing fixtures, storm doors, windows, screens, swing sets, metal bed springs, carpeting, tires, batteries, chemicals.

 

Wondering if it is in good enough shape to donate? Just ask yourself, “Would I use this myself or give it to a loved one?” If the answer is yes, your donation is definitely welcome and will be greatly appreciated by our neighbors in need.

Friday
May122017

Friends of the Mill District Singers at the Capri Theater, May 16

Article by Claudia Kittock

The Friends of the Mill District Singers, sponsored by Friends of the Mill District and a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), will be performing at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway, on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00pm. JD Steele and Dennis Spears will be directing, and the singers will be accompanied by a group of talented musicians.

This is part of the Capri Glee! Choirs in Concert series  - a night of hope and a night of community. Come and hear songs sung with pure joy.  We are a community of friends and know we are stronger together.

Admission is free!

Thursday
May112017

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Announced as Finalist for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to compete for prestigious honor in the park and recreation industry

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) as a finalist for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for more than 10 years.
 
Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems awarded on odd numbered years.
 
The MPRB is a finalist in the Class I category for park agencies serving jurisdictions with a population over 400,000. This is the second consecutive year the MPRB has been named a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award. The MPRB was also named a finalist in 1988 and 1989 and won the award in 1989.
 
Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. The MPRB joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.
 
“We’re thrilled to be named a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award once again,” said MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller. “This honor is a testament to the incredible work our staff puts in every day, as well as the enormous support we receive from the communities we serve.”
 
A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels. 
 
This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the seven Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Sept. 26-28, 2017.
 
For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/goldmedal or www.aapra.org. (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) as a finalist for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for more than 10 years.
 
Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems awarded on odd numbered years.
 
The MPRB is a finalist in the Class I category for park agencies serving jurisdictions with a population over 400,000. This is the second consecutive year the MPRB has been named a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award. The MPRB was also named a finalist in 1988 and 1989 and won the award in 1989.
 
Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. The MPRB joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.
 
“We’re thrilled to be named a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award once again,” said MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller. “This honor is a testament to the incredible work our staff puts in every day, as well as the enormous support we receive from the communities we serve.”
 
A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels. 
 
This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the seven Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Sept. 26-28, 2017.
 
For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/goldmedal or www.aapra.org.

 

Thursday
May112017

Down the Green Line: A Northern Spark preview, Part 1

Via a May 11 e-newsletter from Northern Lights.mn:

It’s the time of year when the sky stays bright a little later each night, reminding us of the summer season ahead. For Northern Spark staff and artists, it’s a time of projection tests, rehearsals, outreach and chocolate restoratives.  

As you begin to consider your journey on the night of June 10th, here’s a linear preview of what’s to be found down the line at Northern Spark.

The Commons
Let’s begin at The Commons, the western-most edge of the festival and downtown Minneapolis’s new green space. At 8:30 pm, Mayor Hodges talks with MINN_LAB artists about ORBACLES, this year’s multi-sensory Creative City Challenge winner. Listen and wander among the lights, sounds and smells of speculative infrastructure for the futures of bird populations in a climate-changed Minnesota.

After the Opening Ceremony, stick around to play in a carnival of climate games; visit the 3rd iteration of the Night Library to outwit overlord robots; watch an interactive superhero action flick from a carbon neutral traffic jam; interact with underground tree networks; marvel at a pearlescent sculpture; paint a mural about water protectors; and take a string survey to draw your opinions on climate change in correlation with others.

We’ve just begun, but maybe you already find yourself with a desire for connection and play. Find the station for Collective Action! - Northern Spark’s festival-wide game of acting together to solve climate change. Make yourself a unique avatar on your phone; wait until you’re called up to the stage and go! Find a Collective Action! station in each festival zone (except East Bank).

And lastly, don’t forget to swing by the Fulton Beer Tent for a sip before heading on your way.  

West Bank
Next stop: West Bank.  Climb the stairs from the Cedar Ave exit and choose right or left. Right takes you to the Southern Theater, where you can hone your debate skills with a sidewalk climate denier; or sit for a spell as 3600 seconds of multimedia movement are performed eight times over the course of the night, prompting the consideration of the vast effects of climate change in relationship to the minutiae of everyday life.

Choose left and travel down Cedar Ave to find pockets of interactive installations throughout the neighborhood. In the plaza in front of May Day Books, find a game arena to play a series of activities linking drought, traditional food ways and feminism. Then cross the street, remove your shoes, walk the carpet and visit a dome of light, sound, and video that challenges progressive discourses on climate change.

Wander down to the Cedar Community Plaza, where--if you arrive by 8:59 pm-- you’ll hear the call to prayer, the traditional end the day of fasting during Ramadan. Take a seat at an interfaith Iftar and storytelling circle to share about your environmental ancestry. Stop off at the Northern Spark Info Tent to grab a recycled water bottle to fill at a Tap Mpls station and continue across the street to find a market of gifted experiences and a ritual / installation that calls us to reflect on the urgency of environmental genocide through the voices of immigrants and people of color.  

Continue to walk and wander all the way to Currie Park to witness the intergenerational building and unbuilding of an aqal, the traditional Somali nomadic home. Weave your way back to the small park behind the Cedar Community Plaza and find a garden, tended by neighbors, growing greenery to blur the borders. Stay for awhile and drink tea with a gathering of Somali elders sharing stories of an ancient nomadic life.

East Bank
Over the mighty Mississippi, near East Bank station, sits the Weisman Art Museum, host to six projects aglow on the grass. Travel a tunnel timeline of rising temperatures constructed by U of M students in the Making Sense of Climate Change class; add your own image to a magic lantern carousel; re-visit the Backyard Phenology trailer that first appeared at Northern Spark 2016 to hear everyone’s stories; weave waste into an epic trash tapestry; and pause under the entrance to WAM to crowdsource some electronic sonatas that chronicle the states of our planet’s evolution from geological to technological.  

Or, if nocturnal birds of prey are more your thing, time your visit to occur in the 11 pm hour to join the meet and greet with owls from the U’s Raptor Center.

Little Africa
Get back on the train and take a load off for a while, traveling down the line into Saint Paul. Exit at Snelling Station and walk 1 block north into Little Africa where Sherburne Ave becomes an outdoor cinema, festive eatery and interactive installation hub. Check out wireless headphones and settle in to watch films about economy, ecology, and environmental justice at the inaugural Little Africa Film Fest. Express your commitment to extricating yourself from petrochemical culture; watch sculptures and paintings animate global warming; join others in a circle where water brings connection, healing and creativity; and take a personal journey towards a tree sapling chosen specifically for you.

Perhaps all this leaves you a little hungry? Fuel up! We’re only half-way through the night. Little Africa’s staple eateries Fasika Ethiopian and Ghebre’s Restaurant will be open all night for necessary nourishment along with neighborhood-related food trucks and tents.

Stay tuned for Journey Down the Green Line Part 2 in the next newsletter. Or, don’t wait for us. Plan your night by reading about all festival projects on our Art and Events page.

We’re Hiring!

We are looking for several individuals to join our Northern Spark 2017 Production team as Production Assistants! Production Assistants work with the Production Coordinator and Producer to support all aspects of outdoor festival production. Read more on our website here, and apply by sending a resume and cover letter to jobs@northern.lights.mn.

Do you have a knack for nighttime photography? We are looking for professional photographers and videographers to join our documentation team to capture images of Northern Spark all night long. Must be able to work in very low-light environments. Read more on our website about the photography or videography calls, and apply by sending an email to photos@northern.lights.mn with an email explaining your interest and a link to your portfolio.

Thursday
May112017

Take Online Survey or Attend May 24 Meeting to Help New Project at Sheridan Memorial Park

Online survey open until May 22; design options will be discussed at May 24 meeting

Sheridan Memorial Park will receive more than $1 million in park improvements in 2018, including a picnic shelter, playground and pathways. Now a new online survey is available for park users (including kids!) to weigh in on a new picnic shelter, playground and other potential additions planned for the new riverfront park.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is hosting the second public meeting regarding this project on Wednesday, May 24, 6-8 pm at East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St. NE. At the meeting, several design options will be presented and discussed. 

You can also take the online survey.

Wednesday
May102017

May 11 is Nice Ride Day!

Nice Ride Day this Thursday, May 11th.

Nice Ride is hosting special promotions at the following locations:
- IDS Center from 11:30am - 1pm and 4pm - 5:30pm
- Coffman Union from 11:30am - 2pm and 4pm - 5:30pm

As part of the promotion for Nice Ride Day, all 30 Minute trips purchased through the official Nice Ride Bike Share App will be only $2.50 for the first half hour. Organizations wishing to give a $6 24-Hour pass to their team members, please contact groupmemberships@niceridemn.org. Subsidized 1-Year Memberships are also available for purchase for your team. More details can be found at www.niceridemn.org/groups.

Additional themed days for riding include: 
- Bike to School Day, May 10
- Twin Cities Bike to Work Day, May 19
- Family Bike to Parks Day, May 27 
Tuesday
May092017

Minneapolis Convention Center's New Stormwater System Will Reduce Runoff by 5.4 Million Gallons a Year

Via a May 9 News Release from Meet Minneapolis:

This spring, the Minneapolis Convention Center has begun using its recently installed stormwater storage system, which will keep an estimated 5.4 million gallons of stormwater from running off and into the Mississippi River each year. A series of large rainwater storage pipes buried under the center’s marshalling yard will collect runoff from the building’s roof, with a total storage capacity of 250,000 gallons. The stored water will be used to irrigate the landscaped areas all around the center, becoming the primary source of water for the facility’s irrigation system.  

The system captures water from about 10 acres of the building’s roof and stores it in a network of 10- and 11-foot diameter corrugated steel pipes until it’s needed for irrigation. In addition to reducing stormwater runoff to the river, it also significantly lowers the center’s water costs by reducing the amount of potable water the center has used to irrigate its green spaces in the past.

This major project is a recognition of the importance of the Mississippi River and our lakes to the region. As Minneapolis has embraced the riverfront in recent years as a draw for recreation, visitors and new businesses, the City of Minneapolis and many partners have invested in efforts to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff from properties in the city, which carries pollutants into the storm sewers and into our lakes and river.

This project will further the Minneapolis Convention Center’s efforts to attain United States Green Building Council LEED for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM) certification. The rainwater project will help by meeting the LEED credit requirements for Rainwater Management.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at the Minneapolis Convention Center, visit the center’s website.

ABOUT THE MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER

The City-owned Minneapolis Convention Center is the largest indoor, contiguous convention center in the Upper Midwest. The MCC is more than a meeting place. It's more than a show space. It's a building all about building something else…relationships. With nearly 480,000 square feet of trade show space, 87 column-free conference meeting rooms, a 28,000-square-foot ballroom, and an auditorium with superb production and flexible technology options, the facility can handle any event from a small meeting to a large convention or trade show.

Tuesday
May092017

May 11 - West River Parkway (Portland to 13th Ave) Closed for Medtronic 1 Mile

West River Parkway (Portland to 13th Ave) will be closed from 6:00pm-8:30pm on Thursday, May 11 - Medtronic 1 Mile. Click here for a course map and additional information on the event.

Monday
May082017

Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area Visited by 32.5 Million in 2016, a New All-time Record

Via a May 8 News Release from Meet Minneapolis:

Meet Minneapolis-commissioned study shows increased visitor counts and spending as industry celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area saw 32.5 million total visitors in 2016, a 2.8 percent increase over 2015’s 31.6 million convention and leisure travel visitors, which is a new all-time record for the area. Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, announced today that a study conducted by DKShifflet shows that both the number of visitors and visitor spending increased yet again in 2016. This news arrives as the hospitality industry celebrates the 34th annual National Travel & Tourism Week (May 7-13, 2017).

Those visitors spent $7.6 billion in the area, an increase of 1 percent over 2015, when spending was $7.5 billion. The number of leisure visitors alone increased 4 percent to 23.4 million in 2016 from 22.5 million in 2015, with their spending increasing to $5.3 billion, or almost 2 percent over $5.2 billion spent in 2015. Full details are available online.

“I sound like a broken record, but it’s all true: Minneapolis continues to set all-time hospitality records,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “Travel and related spending continue to increase in our own community, just as it is across the nation, where travel is one of America’s strongest industries.” Travel and tourism generates $2.3 trillion for the U.S. economy.

National Travel & Tourism Week gives the industry an opportunity to shine a light on what travel means to jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. Travel employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

“Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 34,870 jobs right here in the city of Minneapolis, or 10 percent of the local workforce,” said Tennant. “This week, we are celebrating these workers and what travel means to our community.”

Meet Minneapolis celebrates with other tourism organizations nationally by conducting a program for partners that includes educational information for the summer convention season, including this July’s X Games, updates on the Tourism Master Plan and a tour of some key tourism sites in the city.

The program will also include an update on the Tourism Master Plan. The Tourism Master Plan includes multiple goals to enhance Minneapolis’ tourism economy. It includes a goal of 50 million visitors by 2030 and support of 40,000 hospitality-related jobs.

ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS

Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit of the greater Minneapolis area. Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.

Sunday
May072017

Opening Day at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Dave and I were only able to take in the first hour of opening day, but we packed in as much as possible in that short period of time!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Welcome and Thank You to this seasons Mill City Cooks sponsor, Lakewinds Food Co-opJill Holter and Mary Jacobs provided shoppers with reusable totes. Look for a separate post about Lakewinds on our Farmers Market blog in the near future.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Some of the new vendors for 2017 were at opening day, including the following four (for which I'll be doing more in-depth posts on in coming weeks):

Lucas and Jenna of Kappers' Big Red Barn, Chatfield, MN, sell fresh cream, milk (regular and chocolate) and cheese curds. Dave is the chocolate milk aficionado in our home, and he gave it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Claudia Fierro-Poppen of Ommie Snacks offers a variety of energy bars made with dried fruits and seeds.  Note to vegetarian shoppers - these bars have no eggs or dairy. No nuts, soy or wheat either. If you want to see what's in them - just look at the two jars atop the display!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Farmers Market Vendor Event

Phil Calvit is the creator of Calvit's Drinking Shrubs, which are available in an assortment of flavor combinations. I brought home a bottle of the Thai Basil (I'm a sucker for anything with "Thai" in the name), and while the label says "drinking shrubs", I think this particular flavor will add some fun zing to a crisp spring slaw.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Farmers Market Vendor Event

Joe Silberschmidt of You Betcha! Kimchi will tempt you with three degrees of kimchi: Uff Da!, A Bit Nippy and Minnesota Nice. Get your probiotics with this versatile product - give a sandwich some crunch, dress up scrambled eggs, kick up a salad. (If you go with Uff Da!, be sure to have some milk on hand to cool off!)

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

So good to see all the young families return to the Market. Be sure to get your little ones signed up for a Power of Produce (POP) passport.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

It's "sun's out - guns out" at Black Cat Natural Foods!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Dr. Harold Wilkins of Goldfinch Flower Farm working his magic.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Be sure to pick up some seedlings or flower pots in the coming weeks. You can find them at Green Earth Growers on the 2nd Street plaza and Loon Organics in the Train Shed.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

3 Bear Oats serves up hearty porridge in both sweet and savory options - enjoy a meal at the Market, or take home for later.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Northern Fires Pizza is back!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

First fresh pickings of the season!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Burning River Farm offers CSA shares.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Finally, Thank You to Cynthia Froid Group for the herb giveaway, which took place after we'd left.

Milly the Goat! :D

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Here to help! The staff at the Info Booth is always happy to answer your Market questions.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
May072017

Star Tribune Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Free Printing Facility Tours

The Star Tribune is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and they invite you to join them for a free tour of their Heritage Printing Facility. Learn the production story, including robots and giant rolls of paper.

Click here to reserve a date and time.

- Reservations are required. 
- All members of the party must be 10 years old or older. 
- Maximum group size is 20. 
- Building is fully accessible. 
- Guests must wear closed toe shoes. 
- Each tour lasts about 90 minutes.

Saturday
May062017

Night of Hope Sleep Out

Article by Claudia Kittock

I have written about YouthLink many times.  The work that goes on every day is life changing for the young people.  I work with a young woman, Jordan, who has been homeless since she was 10.  She has finished 75% of her GED exam and has big plans for the rest of her life. Her story, like so many others, is powerful and happened with the support and assistance from the people who work at YouthLink.  However, it is also important to look at the impact that YouthLink has on our city.  The work done there benefits an entire community, not just the youth who find YouthLink.

In a study conducted by Steven Foldes, Ph.D., an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, and Andrea Lubov, Ph.D., the annual fiscal and social costs of YouthLink 2011 cohort, per person and as a cohort is shown in the following graph:

Not only is the experience of homelessness devastating on the lives of young people, it costs each and every one of us. 

The Night of Hope Sleep Out is an annual event. Funds from this year’s Sleep Out will support transformational programming that helps young people reconnect with pathways of education and employment - giving them opportunity to live their dreams.

Photos taken by Danae Hudson at last year's Night of Hope

Bring your sleeping bag for a night you’ll remember! Join over 100 other professionals on Sunday, September 24, for an inspirational, one-of-a-kind fundraiser and event - YouthLink’s Night of Hope: Sleep Out.  Here are some questions and answers about this event:

Q: How much do I need to raise?

A:  We ask for a minimum fundraising commitment of $500 per person.  There are plenty of ways to get to your goal and we are happy to help you! A great place to start is with a buy-in from your company to support your efforts.

Q: Do matching gifts count toward my goal?

A: Yes! Click here to see local employers that may match your donation. If you don't see your employer on the list, make sure to check with them. Please let us know if you need our tax information to complete a match.

Q: What if I don't meet my goal?

A: It is our goal to help you meet your goal. Your participation is important to us, so please let us know if you are having trouble meeting your goal, and we can offer some fundraising tips.

Q: What do I need to bring to the sleep out?

A: Everything you need will be provided, including: meals, transportation, new sleeping bags, and other “sleep out” essentials. You may want to bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal items. There will be a safe place to keep your belongings, and access to restrooms. There will also be hospitality suites available on Monday morning for those who need to head straight to work from the Sleep Out. 

Q: What should I not bring to the sleep out?

A: Participants are welcome to bring toiletries and other personal items, extra clothes, and phones. While there will be a secure area to store belongings and small bags, we encourage you to leave large items (briefcases, laptops, luggage) at home.

Q. Who do I need to contact to get access to one of the hospitality suites?

A: We will contact all participants prior to the Sleep Out regarding the hospitality suites, or you may contact Erika LaDousa, Event Coordinator, at 612-412-8894 or events@youthlinkmn.org.

Q: Will there be security at the sleep out?

A: Yes, we are working closely with the Minneapolis Police Department to ensure a safe event, and there will be security on hand throughout the entire Sleep Out.

Q: What if there is inclement weather?

A: All events will go on as planned (but will be moved indoors) in case of inclement weather. Participants will sleep inside if the weather does not permit us to be outdoors.

Q: Will I have access to wi-fi during the event?

A: Yes, participants will be able to access wi-fi and have access to electrical outlets. In fact, we encourage you to post on social media or tweet about your experience and participation using the hashtag #NOHsleep.

Q: Tell me more about the bus tour.

A: The Sleep Out event will include tours of YouthLink and other local shelters and agencies. Buses will leave from and bring the participants back to the Sleep Out location.

Q: What if I need to arrive later in the evening?

A: You are encouraged to arrive prior to 5:00pm and participate in the various tours. However, if you need to arrive late simply let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Q: Can I bring my children with me to sleep out?

A: For security purposes, we ask that only registered participants attend the event. If you'd like to introduce your children to YouthLink, we'd be happy to schedule a tour at another time.

Q: I have a co-worker who is interested in participating. Am I able to invite him/her to participate?

A: Yes, we encourage you to recruit others to participate (see our suggested participant list, above). Please direct interested individuals to Frances Roen, Director of Development, at 612-252-1283 or roen@youthlinkmn.org.

Q: My company is interested in sponsoring or partnering with YouthLink for the sleep out. Who should we contact?

A: Sponsorships and partnerships are still available. Please contact Frances Roen, Director of Development, at 612-252-1283 or roen@youthlinkmn.org.

Q: Will meals be provided?

A: Yes, dinner and snacks will be provided throughout the evening and throughout the Sleep Out. 

Q: What should I wear?

A: Comfortable and weather appropriate dress encouraged. Please consider layers if the weather is chilly. We will have cold weather supplies (extra socks, gloves) on-hand if you forget yours.

Q. Where should I park? Will my car be safe?

A: There will be complimentary street parking. We are working closely with the Minneapolis Police Department to ensure a safe event, and there will be security on hand throughout the entire Sleep Out.

Q. Will we be able to meet any YouthLink participants?

A: Yes, YouthLink clients and staff will be participating in the event.

Q. What time can we expect to be done in the morning?

A: The sleep out will conclude with a closing and “grab and go” breakfast at 6am on Monday morning.

Q. Will there be press/photographers on hand?

A: Yes, there will be press and photographers on hand. Participants will be asked to sign a release where they can opt out of photographs and filming.

Q: Can I take photos at the event?

A: Yes, but we ask that you do not take photos during the tours at shelters and other agencies. The majority of YouthLink clients participating in the event have given permission to be photographed, but please ask everyone (staff, youth, or fellow sleepers) for their permission before snapping a photo. YouthLink will be posting photos throughout the evening with permission and we encourage you to retweet and repost these on social media.

Registration can be done online. Please join the Friends of the Mill District at this important event for the youth of YouthLink and for our community.

Claudia can be reached at claudia@millcitymedia.org.

Friday
May052017

Washington Avenue Reconstruction Update

Via a May 5 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

3rd Avenue lane reduction begins Monday

Starting early Monday, May 8, crews will be reducing traffic on 3rd Avenue South to one lane in each direction at Washington Avenue.

The lane reduction is necessary for crews to replace utilities, sidewalk, concrete, and pavement on the west half of that intersection. This work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. If 3rd Avenue is part of your commute across the Mississippi River, you may want to consider other nearby crossings for the duration of this lane reduction.

2nd Ave pipeCrews installing storm sewer pipe at the corner of 2nd Avenue South and Washington Avenue
 
Westbound Washington Avenue traffic to shift slightly Monday
Also, starting early Monday, motorists travelling west will still able to use Washington Avenue. However, westbound traffic on Washington Avenue will return to westbound lanes between 5th Avenue South and 2nd Avenue South. Crews recently completed work on the westbound lanes and now need to work on pavement removal and utility replacements in the eastbound lanes in the area.
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Eastbound lanes work continues
Finally, crews will begin paving eastbound Washington Avenue between Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Avenue South. The eastbound lanes remain closed and traffic continues to be detoured via Hennepin Avenue, 4th Street, and 5th Avenue.
 
Project progress
Crews have been very busy, and the project is currently ahead of schedule. While some of that time could be lost to weather and unforeseen challenges, the project has good momentum.
 
Staying safe
It is important to stay alert in the entire construction area, including during the evenings and weekends. Motorists should obey speed limits and limit distractions. Traffic changes, construction crews, equipment and work areas near the roadway can create unexpected situations.
 
Also allow for extra time when travelling through the area. While there is still pedestrian access, people should be ready for occasional changes in access.
 
Please be aware that there will be large construction equipment, and noise, vibrations and dust will be associated with this work. The county appreciates residents’ patience and understanding during these projects and activities.
  
Talk with us
You're invited to come and talk with a project representative. Join us at Dunn Brothers Coffee - Freight House at 201 3rd Avenue South next week:
- Tuesday, May 9: 10:30am - 11:30am  
- Thursday, May 11: 10:30am - 11:30am 
Anyone with questions or concerns are encouraged to stop in during this time.
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Get more information
- Learn more and sign up for project updates at http://www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/washington-ave-mpls.
- Contact the project at washingtonave@hennepin.us or 612-543-3722.
Thursday
May042017

2017 Music & Movies in the Park Series - Compliments of MPRB! 

The Minneapolis Park and Rec Board (MPRB) summer concert season fills the air daily with music at six concert venues running Memorial Day through Labor Day:

•Nicollet Island Park - Mondays, 7pm
•Father Hennepin Bluffs Park - Tuesdays, 7pm

•Minnehaha Park - Wednesday-Friday, 7pm
•Bryant Square Park - Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 pm
•Loring Park - Wednesdays, Noon
•Lake Harriet Band Shell - Monday-Saturday, 7:30pm AND Sundays, 2pm & 5:30pm

Don't forget - there will be movies, too!

Wednesday
May032017

Minneapolis International Festival set for May 20 at Boom Island Park

Join community members from across the city to learn about the many amazing cultures that make Minneapolis such a wonderful place to live.

Saturday, May 20, Noon-4:00pm at Boom Island Park

The Minneapolis International Festival is FREE and open to the public.

Some of the groups to be featured include:

•Chinese Heritage Foundation
•Hoka Hey
•Latin-American Folklore
•MN Scandinavian Ensemble
•Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers
•Somali Museum of MN
•Little Earth Dance Troupe
•Taikollaborative

This is an outdoor event. To learn more, visit the event page or Facebook.

The Minneapolis International Festival is presented by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Event Contact
Tom Godfrey
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Phone: 612-230-6484
Email: tgodfrey@minneapolisparks.org

Wednesday
May032017

Learn About the July 13-16 X Games Events at the May 25 DMNA Meeting


The X Games are coming to US Bank this summer, July 13-16.

Representatives from the X Games team will be attending an upcoming Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) meeting to speak more in-depth about the X Games, as well as answer any questions from local residents and businesses.

The meeting will be held Thursday, May 25, at Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd Street, in the ADM room from 5:45pm-8:00pm. Topics include street/road closures, how local businesses may be effected, concert hours and curfews and ticket information.

Additional X Games info