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Thursday
Sep032015

Minneapolis Idea Exchange (MiX) Brings Creative and Innovative Leaders to Minneapolis to Inspire Ideas that Power Community

Minneapolis Idea Exchange (MiX) Brings Creative and Innovative Leaders to Minneapolis to Inspire Ideas that Power Community

MINNEAPOLIS (September 3, 2015) The Minneapolis Idea Exchange (MiX), an initiative of the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan, will host MiX 2015 on September 28, October 1 and October 2. With three days of speakers and events, MiX will partner with the 35th annual Westminster Town Hall Forum to inspire attendees to think about creativity and community in innovative ways.

Nationally-recognized creators and advocates for empowered communities will build on the momentum created at MiX 2014. MiX 2015 will feature:

  • Pete Docter: Minnesota native
  • Tavis Smiley: author, publisher, social justice advocate
  • Dan Buettner: Minnesota native, founder of Blue Zones, an organization helping Americans live longer, healthier, and happier lives

“We’re thrilled to have three dynamic speakers discussing topics of significance at this year’s MiX event,” said Tim Hart-Andersen and Mary Shaffer, co-chairs of the 2025 Plan MiX Committee. “Minneapolis has been highly-ranked at the national level on many lifestyle indicators ranging from innovation to overall vitality, and we want to continue to see that expand and support a thriving world-class downtown.”

MiX is the venue that makes it possible for ideas to come together from national inspiration to local talent and a community of doers. During MiX 2015, attendees will be inspired to tap into their creativity, learn from communities of justice and take a cue from the world’s healthiest people. In addition to thought-provoking speakers, MiX will transform the corner of Nicollet Mall and 12th Street to create an outdoor experience complete with music, good eats, local drinks, interactive activities and social events. The events are free and open to the public.

MiX Speaker Schedule

Pete Docter

Monday, September 28, 7:00 PM

Inside the Creative Community: The Power and Process of Animated Film

Pete Docter is a film director, animator, and screenwriter at Pixar Animation Studios. He contributed to the story and characters of Toy Story, Pixar’s first full-length animated feature film, and served as the supervising animator for the film. He wrote story treatments for Toy Story 2 and Wall-E and directed Monsters, Inc., Up, and his latest release, Inside Out. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards and won Best Animated Feature Film for Up. Born and raised in Bloomington, Minn., he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts where he received a Student Academy Award. In 1990, he was hired as Pixar’s third animator and began work the day after his college graduation. Website: pixartalk.com/pixarians/pete-docter/

Tavis Smiley

Thursday, October 1, 7:00 PM         

No One Left Out: Creating Communities of Justice

Tavis Smiley is an author, publisher, social justice advocate, and host and managing editor of the late-night PBS television talk show, Tavis Smiley, and the public radio program, The Tavis Smiley Show. He has written or edited 18 books, including The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, co-authored with Cornel West; My Journey with Maya, a memoir of his friendship with Maya Angelou; Death of a King, an account of the final year in the life Dr. Martin Luther King; and Covenant with Black America, a collection of essays addressing economic and social disparities. He is the founder of a nonprofit foundation committed to empowering young people and to alleviating poverty across all sectors of society. Website: pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/

Dan Buettner

Friday, October 2, Noon

A Blue Zones City: Living Like the World’s Healthiest People

Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones, an organization committed to helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. He teamed with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify lifestyle choices in specific parts of the globe where people live measurably longer lives. Their research has been published in his bestselling book The Blue Zones: Nine Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest and his recent book, Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People. In 2009, he brought his nine principles for longevity to the town of Albert Lea, Minn., where participants in his program added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan. Website: bluezones.com

All keynote events will be hosted at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 S. Marquette Avenue in Minneapolis. Additional activities that are free and open to the public will happen near 12th Street and Nicollet Mall on Monday, September 28, Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2.

About the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the oldest central business associations in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council (MDC) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The MDC’s collaborative developments of Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit http://www.downtownmpls.com/.

About the 2025 Plan: 

The Downtown 2025 Plan is a vehicle to help leaders and citizens build on Downtown’s assets and guide its development in ways that reflect the community’s aspirations for a Downtown Minneapolis that is thriving, livable, green, connected and welcoming in the decades ahead. This includes initiatives to double downtown’s residential population, transform Nicollet Mall into a must-see destination, implement a Gateway area and other green elements throughout downtown, create a compelling and walkable environment around the clock, lead the nation in transportation options, end street homelessness, forge connections with the University of Minnesota and more. The 2025 Plan is a Minneapolis Downtown Council initiative established in 2010.

About the Minneapolis Idea eXchange:

MiX is a community-powered event that encourages discourse on the topics impacting our city and celebrates the nationally recognized ingenuity and talent rooted in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Idea eXchange is an initiative of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and supported through community leaders, or MiX Luminaries including Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.  For more information, visit http://www.minneapolisideaexchange.com/ or follow along @MiXMpls on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday
Sep012015

Hennepin Gallery Exhibit Memorializes Veterans and Soldiers Lost to Suicide

Via a September 1 Hennepin County e-newsletter:

Hennepin Gallery exhibit memorializes veterans and soldiers lost to suicide

The 8030 Project photograph installation on display September 4 - October 27

Every day an estimated 22 U.S. veterans and soldiers commit suicide.

Every year, that adds up to more than 8,000 lives lost.

The 8030 Project, a veterans’ suicide awareness project, was created as a community participatory public art project to raise awareness of these unnecessary and tragic deaths. An installation featuring images from The 8030 Project will be seen at the Hennepin County Government Center in the Hennepin Gallery from September 4 through October 27, 2015.

Images featured in the installation are culled from The 8030 Project’s open call to create individual memorials for these lost lives. The memorials use everyday objects in everyday spaces; 22 items represent the 22 lives lost. They can be as simple as a circle of chairs, stones on a beach or a drawing. More than 100 submissions have been collected over the past year on the project’s website, www.8030project.com. The exhibit is a selection of the submissions with the stories that accompany them.

Despite increasing media coverage and heightened public awareness, the number of deaths keeps rising. This project provides a tangible, local experience to help people understand what the numbers truly mean.

This will be The 8030 Project’s first large-scale installation.

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About the artist

This installation was created by artist Mara Pelecis, founder of The 8030 Project, and supported by the Hennepin County Multicultural Arts Committee and Forecast Public Art.

Mara Pelecis created the project in response to the growing number of veteran suicides while creating her film: “Surviving the Peace,” which tells the story of the fallout of war on her father and family. A Vietnam veteran, her father committed suicide in 2002 following numerous hospitalizations.  Since the first interviews were recorded in 2004, she saw the number of suicides go up, not down, over time. Pelecis has an extensive exhibition history; the film has been seen by audiences from Minneapolis to Prague.

People are invited to add submissions to the project’s online gallery at 8030project.com.

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Events and observances

Memorial procession
Tuesday, September 8, 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. American Heritage Pipes and Drums and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office honor guard will lead a solemn observance and procession from the Skyway Level to the Hennepin Gallery to officially open the exhibit.
  
Film screening: Surviving the Peace
A film by exhibition curator, Mara Pelecis
Thursday, September 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hennepin County Government Center Auditorium, A-level

Panel discussion: 22 Among Us
A conversation about returning veterans and mental health services
Thursday, October 22, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hennepin County Government Center Auditorium, A-level

National Suicide Prevention Week
September 7 – 13, 2015

World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2015

Veterans’ Voices Month
October is designated to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Minnesota veterans and to educate all Minnesotans by sharing and studying veterans’ experiences.

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Background

The Hennepin County Multicultural Arts Committee (MCAC) was created by the County Board in 1995 as part of the organization’s response to the Minneapolis Initiative Against Racism. MCAC sponsors art displays, performances, discussions and exhibits representing Hennepin County’s diverse cultural canvas.

Forecast Public Art is a non-profit arts organization that connects artist talent with community needs. Forecast supports the Hennepin County Multicultural Arts Committee with an annual installation in the Hennepin Gallery that connects county goals to the creativity of artists.

The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis. The exhibit is a project of Hennepin County Communications.

Tuesday
Sep012015

Day Block Brewing to Host PorktoberFest Block Party on Sunday, September 6

On Sunday September 6th, Day Block Brewing will host PorktoberFest, an end-of-summer block party, from 11am - 10pm. The all-day event will emphasize local food - namely pork selections - as well as several vegetarian options. Enjoy craft beer and a full schedule of live music beginning at 2:00pm. This event will be held in the shared Day Block Brewing/Grumpy’s Bar lot located on the South side of the Day Block Building. Limited free parking will also be available.

Tickets: $10 (includes a $5 food and beverage voucher)


Live Music featuring:
• Hustle Rose
• The Lone Crows
• Moon Grass Trio
• Fairfax, AK
• Frankie Teardrop
• Basement Brew
 

 

Sunday
Aug302015

Week 17 at the 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The August 29 Market showed definite signs of autumn.  Mmmmmmmm.  :)

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Fingerling potatoes - so cute.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

I look forward to sweet corn ice cream from Sonny's every year, and I always have them pack a pint for me to take home.  :)

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

We got a kick out of this vintage mobile phone at the Tech Dump booth.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Fun kids shirt from Sassy Knitwear.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

You know the season is changing when these beauties show up at the Market.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Ginger is really popular!  Dave took this picture at the Stone's Throw Urban Farm booth when the Market opened, and I came by about an hour later and was lucky to get one of the last pieces.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

A rainbow of cherry tomatoes.

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

This watermelon juice from Zula is refreshing straight up, or with a shot of gin. ;)

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The goat!

August 29, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Congratulations to Singing Hills Goat Dairy on taking 1st place for their Goat Farmer cheese in the "Semi-hard, fresh, pressed Goat cheese" category at The Minnesota State Fair. There's some fierce competition out there!

Sunday
Aug302015

The Week Ahead in Mill City

 

Above: 1857 - Minneapolis from the corner of 2nd Avenue S and Washington Avenue

Backyards of houses are clearly visible. St Anthony is visible in the distance. Building in foreground is Barber Block. Thompson was tailor on the first floor. McGhee's General Store and the Minnesota Democrat were also in this building. Arnell's house is visible over the roof of the Barber Block. Paint shop is to left of residence. Northrup's house is beyond Arnell's near the river. Taken from the roof of the St James Hotel.

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Each week we provide an easy to reference list of events and activities for the week ahead in the Historic Mill District and Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhoods.  Have an event to share?  Submit your events here...

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Sunday
Aug302015

In the News

Friday
Aug282015

People Serving People Needs Volunteers for the October 10 MN Beer Run 

77 Volunteers Needed!

  
People Serving People is the charitable partner for first annual MN Beer Run, and they need volunteers to help make this fun event a success!
 
Please sign up for one of 77 volunteer positions available. Come as an individual or as a group!
 
They have several positions available on Saturday, October 10Please click on the link below to see the available shifts and positions.
 
Click Here to learn more about volunteering for the annual MN Beer Run.
All volunteers must be 18 years or older. Children 10-17 can volunteer with their parent.
Please wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothing.
Any questions, contact Mallory Haugen
Mallory Haugen | Volunteer & Events Manager
 
Thank you!
Friday
Aug282015

Volunteer for Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts September 15–17

Via an August 28 City of Minneapolis e-newsletter:

Minneapolis Public Works is gearing up to conduct its 9th annual bicyclist and pedestrian count and you can help! Volunteers are needed to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians at over 100 locations throughout the city. Volunteering means people-watching with a purpose on a beautiful September afternoon from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on one of the count days of your choosing:

•Tuesday, September 15th
•Wednesday, September 16th
•Thursday, September 17th

Minneapolis Public Works conducts bicyclist and pedestrian counts in order to understand the impact of non-motorized traffic on streets, sidewalks and trails. Accurate counts help the City to evaluate existing conditions and inform future plans.

If you’re interested in volunteering please complete the online form which provides more details about volunteer duties.

To learn more about bicyclist and pedestrian counts check out our traffic count page where you will find traffic flow maps, past count reports and other fascinating and useful volunteer-powered data!

Thanks to all of our volunteers. We could not do this without you!

Thursday
Aug272015

September 14 at Gold Medal Park - Movies In the Park: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

From the Film Society of MSP:

The Film Society is excited to announce an all new program of outdoor screenings! Join us September 14 at dusk for the inaugural presentation at Gold Medal Park, featuring a 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the iconic comedy gem by Minneapolis native Terry Gilliam. See it for the first time, or see it again and introduce it to a new generation with this gloriously remastered HD restoration. We'll provide the coconuts.

Co-hosted by Cynthia Froid Group.

Thursday
Aug272015

Congratulations to the 6th Annual MDID Greening & Public Realm Awards Winners

MINNEAPOLIS (August 26, 2015) — The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District announced its 6th Annual Greening & Public Realm Award winners today, a group that includes seven new winners among the 12 categories decided by a public online vote.

Included in the 12 award recipients [full list below] in this year’s categories are first-time winners Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (Outdoor Café), Spoon & Stable (Streetscape Green Infrastructure), Central Lutheran Church (Streetscape Greening), Kenosha Building (Façade Greening), Aloft Minneapolis (Entryway Greening), 5th Avenue Lofts & Security Warehouse Lofts (Public Realm Improvement) and Loring Park (Neighborhood).

Also among the winners is Loring Greenway in the Large Green Space category. Loring Greenway has now won in each of the six years the Greening Awards have been presented.

“The variety and quality of downtown green spaces is increasingly evident through our annual Greening Awards initiative,” said Steve Cramer, President & CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District. “As we continue to see more new nominees and winners, it shows the level of commitment our community is putting into adding and enhancing green space. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists for helping advance this important goal.”

MDID also announced it received a record-number of online participants in the voting process. Greening Award winners are selected exclusively by the public through an online vote, and this year’s final tally of 1,312 responses eclipsed last year’s number by 400 voters.

The Greening Awards, an MDID initiative since 2010, celebrate outstanding examples of private greening and placemaking happening in Downtown Minneapolis. They are intended to inspire all to work toward making downtown a greener and more vibrant place. MDID’s mission through the Greening Awards is to encourage all downtown businesses to participate in the greening effort.

MDID accepted nominations through an open social media and email submissions campaign throughout July leading up to a July 20 deadline, yielding 35 unique finalists. Submissions were divided into 12 categories based on the nature of the project. Finalist voting began August 10 and concluded August 24.

Winners will receive a commemorative Greening Award created by Wood from the Hood, a Minneapolis-based company that reclaims discarded trees from urban neighborhoods and creates high-quality wood products. Each award will display the year the award was issued.

Here are this year’s results:


Best Large Green Space Activation

·        Target Field Station — 34.4%

·        Government Center Plaza — 30.3%

·        Convention Center Plaza — 27.1%

·        Peavey Plaza — 8.2%

 

Best Small Green Space Activation

·        Piazza on the Mall – 57.6%

·        IDS Center PARKLOT presented by Bank of America – 42.4%

 

Best Large Green Space

·        Loring Greenway — 41.9%

·        Loring Park — 31.7%

·        Triangle Park — 19.7%

·        Elliot Park — 6.7%

 

Best Small Green Space

·        Assisi on 9th Park — 67.0%

·        Target Plaza – South Entry — 33.0%

 

Best Outdoor Café

·        Dakota Jazz Club —  52.6%

·        Red Cow — 25.3%

·        8th Street Grill — 22.1%

 

Best Streetscape Green Infrastructure

·        Spoon & Stable — 34.5%

·        5th Avenue Lofts/Security Warehouse Lofts — 29.0%

·        RiverStation Condos — 19.8%

·        American Academy of Neurology — 16.7%

Best Streetscape Greening

·        Central Lutheran Church — 72.3%

·        222 Hennepin — 14.8%

·        The Foundry Home Goods — 12.9%

 

Best Façade Greening

·        Kenosha Building — 39.6%

·        Fifth Street Towers — 36.2%

·        Seven Event Destination — 14.4%

·        500 S. Washington — 9.8%

 

Best Entryway Greening

·        Aloft Minneapolis — 47.3%

·        Martin Patrick 3 — 34.7%

·        Cynthia Froid Group — 10.2%

·        Goldberg Bail Bonds — 7.8%

 

Best Public Realm Improvement

·        5th Avenue Lofts/Warehouse Lofts — 25.3%

·        Central Lutheran Church —  24.2%

·        IDS Center PARKLOT presented by Bank of America — 16.9%

·        Soccer field at Elliot Park — 14.4%

·        Convention Center Plaza —  8.6%

·        Spoon & Stable — 7.5%

·        The Foundry House Goods — 3.1%

 

Best Neighborhood Overall

·        Loring Park — 45.4%

·        North Loop — 24.1%

·        Mill District — 22.1%

·        Elliot Park — 8.4%


 

Best Open Space Green Infrastructure

·        Target Field Station – 56.0%

·        MCTC – 44.0%

 

For more information on downtown greening, visit www.minneapolisdid.com or follow @MinneapolisDID on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

About the Minneapolis Downtown Council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the oldest central business districts in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council (MDC) is a membership-based entity that works to create, preserve, and enhance a vital and engaging experience for the people who visit, work, shop and live in Downtown Minneapolis. The MDC’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit www.downtownmpls.com.

About the Downtown Improvement District:

Founded in early 2009, after more than five years of formative planning and advocacy by the downtown business community, the Minneapolis DID delivers higher levels of service to make downtown cleaner, greener, safer and more vibrant throughout a 120-block area, as is the case with most Business Improvement Districts. For more information, visit www.minneapolisdid.com.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Highlights from the Mayor's Proposed 2016 Budget

Minneapolis City of Lakes 

Via an August 26, 2015, e-newsletter from Mayor Betsy Hodges:

Dear Friend,

   Two weeks ago today, I proposed my 2016 budget to the City Council. Last year, during my first budget address, I reflected upon a quote from Vice President Joe Biden that I have used as a guiding principle for many years, “show me your budget and I’ll show you what you value.”

I followed that good advice again. We put together a budget that both reflects and harnesses our values so they guide our growth into the future.

We have entered a time when we are being asked to face and meet the changes of the 21st century. We must not only match, not only meet, but we must precede the challenges these changes create with innovation, vision, and the bone-deep knowledge that to become the city of the future we must be a city that leads and weathers the transition and is in it for the long haul.

Being a 21st-century city means we transform our work to meet the needs of the people and economy of the new century. So, I presented a budget with significant investments in public safety, affordable housing, sustainability, better basics from the city and economic growth.

And we did this all while making significant cuts, strategic budget decisions, and transformative investments which will cause the City portion of taxes to go down for two-thirds of Minneapolis homeowners.

Here are some highlights from my proposed budget:

• $13 million in investments in affordable housing largely spurred by the Mayor’s Cradle to K cabinet’s proposal to focus on housing as a strategy to ensure a healthy start for kids. This includes investments in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, $1 million flexible dollars to help create affordable housing options for large families, and targeted rental assistance for families leaving shelters.
• $10 million for the City’s portion of the 10th Avenue bridge rehabilitation.
• $400,000 to accelerate Minneapolis’ conversation of City-owned streetlights to LED technology. The funding will implement approximately 900 LED fixtures which will save about $113,400 a year over their life cycle and pay for itself in three and a half years.
• Raising the sworn compliment of police officers to 862 while funding a recruit class and ongoing community service officer classes.
• Funding for 30 TechHire Initiative scholarships that will provide women and people of color with job training to meet employers growing demand for a workforce educated in technology skills.

More spending investments are listed below if you have the time to read on. You can also read my full speech here.

I cannot conclude without offering my deepest thanks to you. Thanks to your vision. Thanks to your support. Thanks to your desire, like me, to transform Minneapolis into one of the leading global cities of the 21st century.

Sincerely,
 
Mayor Betsy Hodges
City of Minneapolis

Wednesday
Aug262015

Mississippi Minute Film Festival Entries Open Until September 15th, Film Contest Judges Named

Call for additional entries to the Mississippi Minute Film Festival; entries are open online until September 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

“Imagination and creativity are what’s most important for your film or video entry; much more important than film-making skills. Entries are welcome at all levels; no one should be afraid to enter!” notes Kathleen Boe, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership (MRP), sponsor of the Festival.

Entries are made online, and all entry information, forms and formats are accessible at www.mississippiminute.org.

Judges for the Film Festival have also been named; they are:

  • Whitney Clark, Executive Director, Friends of the Mississippi River
  • Lisa Goodman, Council Member, Minneapolis City Council
  • Brenda Langton, owner/founder of Spoonriver Restaurant; founder of the Mill City Farmer’s Market
  • Tom Meyer, Founding Principal, Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle, Ltd
  • Dean Otto, Program Manager, Moving Image, Walker Art Center
  • Blong Yang, Council Member, Minneapolis City Council

Films will be shown at MRPs Riverfront Summit, October 26th at the Mill City Museum at 6:00 PM. Film winners and awards will be announced at that time as well.

Guest speaker John Anfinson, PhD and Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area for the National Park Service, will talk about the upcoming 100-Year Anniversary of the National Park Service.

More info at MississippiMinute.org

Sunday
Aug232015

Week 16 at the 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22 was Pollinator Day at the Market. The UMN Bee Squad/Bee Lab and Pollinate MN were on hand to share info on their work with interested shoppers.  Regular vendors who can also answer your bee-related questions include Worker B and Ames Farm.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Below, Worker B offers an array of honeys, candles, bees wax, clothing and personal products.  You can also find them in the Northrup King Building.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The Loft Literary Center turns 40 this year and brought their party to the Market. Look for a separate post on The Loft later this week on our Farmers Market blog. 

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Valspar has been a super supporter of not only the Market, but other nonprofit organizations in the neighborhood. They brought a lot of fun on Saturday with a booth featuring energetic staff, giveaways for kids and adults, face painting and shopping bags. Look for a separate post on Valspar later this week on our Farmers Market blog. 

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The Zestars from Ames Farm arrived this week.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Seven Songs Organic Farm returned with their wonderful ginger.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Wild Run Salmon is back from what I hear was a wild fishing adventure.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

I just had to get a picture of this mom - she struck me as the quintessential Market shopper.  Carrying both a MFMC Membership tote and market basket, wearing a pollinator T-shirt and including her son in the shopping experience.  Love it!  :)

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Of course Market founder Brenda Langton shops here, too.  Below, we ran into her toting around a watermelon the size of a baby hippo for her Spoonriver restaurant. 

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Every wonder what hazel nuts look like when they're growing on the plant?  Well - here you go.

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The goat!

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 22, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Aug222015

NCED's Sip of Science Series Returns September 9

Great news! National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCED) will resume their monthly Sip of Science series on Wednesday, September 9, at the Aster Cafe.  :)

September Sip of Science - Ask me about my mussels! The relationship between sediment and native river mussels in Minnesota

Kelly MacGregor, Macalester College
September 9 5:30 pm
River Room, Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street

RSVP for Sip of Science

Native freshwater mussels are an important part of river ecosystems. Individuals can live for more than 50 years, filtering water for nutrients and stabilizing riverbed sediment in some places. However, widespread Kelly MacGregor collecting mussels during a snorkel survey. Photo credit: Macalester Collegehabitat Kelly MacGregor collecting mussels during a snorkel survey. Photo credit: Macalester Collegedestruction, pollution, land-use change and deteriorating water quality can impact mussel populations. Join us as Macalester College professor Kelly MacGregor describes a current collaborative study between Macalester College, the University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, and River Life that investigates the impacts of riverbed and suspended sediment on mussel diversity, health and happiness. The most recent portion of the research involved snorkeling four rivers (the Snake River, the Chippewa River, the Cottonwood River, and Le Sueur Rivers) this past summer. Mussel shells and stories will be shared!  

Kelly MacGregor collecting mussels during a snorkel survey. Photo credit: Macalester College 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Kelly MacGregor is a professor and chair of the Geology Department at Macalester College in St. Paul. She has a B.A. in Geology from Williams College, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz.  She is a geomorphologist with a focus on glacial erosion in alpine landscapes, and has done both numerical modeling of glacial erosion and field work on alpine glaciers in Alaska, British Columbia and Montana. Professor MacGregor is currently working on several projects, including environmental and climate change since the Last Glacial Maximum in Glacier National Park using lake sediments, and the dynamics of sediment transport on the St. Croix and Minnesota Rivers in Minnesota. She and her husband, also a geologist, live in St. Paul with their two kids and a motley crew of pets.

A SIP OF SCIENCE bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly.  Food, beer, and learning are on the menu in a happy hour forum that puts science in context through storytelling.

No cover; food and drink available for purchase.

Friday
Aug212015

RSVP for The Encore August 26 Open House

You're invited to The Encore Open House for an opportunity to preview Penthouse and Townhome layouts, customizable finish packages, as well as learn about the ability to reserve these exclusive units. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided, along with exclusive access to The Encore development and marketing team.  The event is being held from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at The Aloft Hotel – W XYZ Bar. Please RSVP to Leasing@MPLSEncore.com, attendance is limited.

      

     

Thursday
Aug202015

MPRB has a Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Position Opening

Via an August 20 Minneapolis Park and Rec Board e-newsletter:

The MPRB is seeking to fill a vacant community position on the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council. The Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council brings together key partners from local government, area businesses, community organizations, non-profits, and residents to build a healthy, local food system.

Learn more

Thursday
Aug202015

Zen Box Izakaya Ramen Attack! Returns September 27

Zen Box Izakaya's popular Ramen Attack! returns to the Mill City Museum trainshed on Sunday, September 27, 1:00pm - 6:00pm.

Mill City Museum is partnering with Zen Box to celebrate the restaurant’s fourth year anniversary and benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. The event includes ramen tasting featuring Zen Box Chef John Ng and world-renowned ramen chefs, beer, cooking demos by local chefs, music and Japanese cultural performances. Net proceeds from food and beverage sales will benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Tuesday
Aug182015

CenterPoint Energy to hold an Informational Meeting August 19 at Pizza Luce

Project Status Update            Minneapolis - 4th Street

On Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, CenterPoint Energy is scheduled                             to begin a ten week long natural gas pipeline project from 2nd Avenue N.                       to Marquette Avenue S. along 4th Street in Downtown Minneapolis.

For details on how CenterPoint Energy plans to coordinate this                             project, please attend our informational meeting tomorrow,                          Wednesday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m. at Pizza Luce located at                                  119 North 4th Street.

Please come with questions to learn more about this upcoming project.               Refreshments will be served!

4th Street Project
Sunday
Aug162015

Week 15 at the 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15 was Immigrant Farmer Day at the Market.  I picked up a beautiful variety of peppers at the Minnesota Food Association/Big River Farms booth.  Big River Farms is a program of Minnesota Food Association (MFA), whose mission is to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice through education, training and partnerships. Currently 13 farms are enrolled in the Big River Farms training program, representing 8 different cultures.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests by setting standards for responsible forest management. You can choose responsibly-grown forest products by looking for the FSC logo on wood and paper products. Visitors to their booth got to spin the wheel for a free product, and add their thoughts to the message board on what they love about forests.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Love these new salt bowls from Christy Wetzig Ceramics.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Below, rolling pins from Crookedwood - the tiger maple is my favorite.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

A budding photographer - love it! :)

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The first pears of the season from Ames Farm - so good!

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

When you need to get around the Market quickly...

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Sameh Wadi of Saffron Restaurant was the guest chef for the Mill City Cooks demo. He prepared an Heirloom Tomato and Melon Salad and also signed copies of his book The New Mediterranean Table.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

You might recognize Zero Waste volunteer and MCFM Board Member Kathy Klink. Kathy discussed composting with the cooking demo audience.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Fun soap shapes from Olsen Naturals.

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

The goat!

August 15, 2015 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
Aug162015

Start the Weekend With a DMNA-sponsored Yoga Classes at Gold Medal Park

Week 2 of Yoga at Gold Medal Park saw participation almost double, with 48 neighbors attending. Kudos to Claudia Kittock and Joan Bennett for launching this program.

As I was heading over the Farmers Market Saturday morning I crossed paths with a number of men and women carrying yoga mats and towels and I knew exactly where they heading - to the second of six free yoga classes sponsored by the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) at Gold Medal Park. Attendance doubled over the first week!

Yoga at Gold Medal Park

While geared towards beginners, all yogis are welcome to these weekly 8:00a Saturday sessions. Please join us next Saturday morning! Plan to arrive 5 - 10 minutes before class to sign in, meet the instructor and get settled in for an hour of "you" time.  :) 

Yoga at Gold Medal Park

Yoga at Gold Medal Park

An added bonus to this class is that there's plenty of room to spread out.  Anyone who's been in an overpacked, confined class knows how distracting and uncomfortable it is to worry about touching the person next to you.

Yoga at Gold Medal Park