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800 Youth Expected to Attend Annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair at Central Library on April 25

Via an April 17 City of Minneapolis e-newsletter:

Over 800 Twin Cities Metro Area Youth Expected to Attend the Annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair on Saturday, April 25

On Saturday, April 25, between 800 and 900 teens are expected to attend the Annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair taking place at the Minneapolis Central Library from noon to 3:00 p.m. 

The Minneapolis Teen Job Fair is an opportunity for teens aged 14 to 19 to connect to job-search resources and find out more about available volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities.  Approximately 30 businesses and organizations are expected to take place including TJ Maxx, JC Penney and Taco Bell. 

Additionally, the Minneapolis Youth Congress will host two workshops “How to Get a Job?” and “Who We Hire” presented by a panel of employers including: North Community YMCA, Juxtaposition, TJ Maxx, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Youth will also have the opportunity to learn easy and fun ways to dress professionally during the event from Aveda Institute Minneapolis.  The flagship institute is planning two “Work Couture” fashion shows for the fair to demonstrate to youth how to use dress to leave a lasting positive impression when networking, inquiring about a job opening, and/or interviewing.

The Teen Job Fair is free and open to the public.  Preregistration is not required.  A complete list of exhibitors is available on the City of Minneapolis website.  The event can also be followed on social media by using the hashtag #Jobs4yoUth.

The Teen Job Fair is produced by City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development, Hennepin County Library, AchieveMpls, Minneapolis WorkForce Centers, Lunds and Byerly’s, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Youth Congress, and Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board. 

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015
            12:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Central Library
             300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 55401
             Second Floor


Neighborhood Volunteer Opportunities

Our Mill District neighbor, Claudia Kittock, would like to spread awareness of two volunteer opportunities in the area: Webster Elementary and Mile in My Shoes.

Webster Elementary opens this fall to serve downtown Minneapolis. Initially the classes will be K-2, and a grade will be added each year thereafter. 

They will need volunteers to assist teachers throughout the day, help with the literacy hour by reading with children (every day, but times are yet to be determined), in the lunch room and possibly at recess.  Once staff is hired and final numbers are received from the district office, details will be provided.  Whatever time you have is welcome!

To volunteer for Webster, email Kaylie Burns Gahagan at An application can be filled out online.  All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session -to begin August 4.

The other organization is Mile in My Shoes (MiMS). Their goal is to foster wellness, empathy and empowerment within individuals and communities by bringing together diverse populations through the power of running. Members are made up of guests of the Emanuel House and the local running community.  

This group meets 6:00am – 7:00am Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Emanuel House, 818 South 3rd Street - rain or shine. They warm-up, run, and cool down together, with routes ranging from 1-3 miles. If interested, please send an email to Mishka at and specify that you wish to run with the Emanuel House group.  This Minneapolis Running article from last Fall provides insight on what MiMS is all about.

Feel free to contact Claudia at with questions on either of these opportunities.


Traffic Alert - One block of Fourth Street in Downtown Closing for Construction 

Via an April 15 e-newsletter from the City of Minneapolis:

Crews will be filling in a tunnel that connected two Star Tribune buildings

Fourth Street South, from Portland Avenue to Park Avenue on the east side of Downtown, is closing to traffic today, Wednesday, April 15. Over the next couple months, crews will be filling in a tunnel that used to connect two former Star Tribune office buildings. They will also be rerouting utility lines located in that tunnel. 

The affected block of Fourth Street is one way eastbound. Traffic will be detoured onto southbound Portland Avenue, to eastbound Sixth Street, to northbound Park Avenue and back onto Fourth Street. The bike lane along Fourth Street is closed until the construction is complete, which is tentatively set for July 8. 

This is one of many construction projects that will affect traffic in Downtown this year. To help drivers know about all of the current and upcoming work, the City has mapped these projects. Links to the maps are available at


Hennepin County Board Adopts Updated Bicycle Plan

Via an April 14 Hennepin County News Release:

Hennepin County board adopts updated bicycle plan

Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District worked together to update a county-wide bicycle plan that reflects current and growing use of cycling in the region. The plan, called the Hennepin County 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan, will guide the county’s work to expand the bikeway system, improve safety for people who bicycle, walk or drive, increase bicycling for transportation, and improve the health of county residents.

This plan, replaces the 1997 plan. Since 1997, the county has made great progress in enhancing its bicycle transportation network. It has built and funded more than 136 miles of new bikeways and closed 59 gaps in the bicycle network. Bicycle commuting has doubled in Hennepin County since 2000 from 0.8 percent to 1.6 percent of trips to work.

The plan includes 45 strategies and more than 170 action items that address infrastructure, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation. The plan also recommends the continuation of current county practices that contribute to the goals of the Hennepin County Pedestrian Plan and the Transportation System Plan.

Bicycle usage and interest continue to grow in Hennepin County. Transportation costs have increased and there is greater public concern about the environmental impacts of transportation. There is also a greater emphasis on active living and the public health benefits of bicycling.

Goals of the county bike plan:
•Quadruple the number of bicycle commuters from 2012’s 12,000 people to 48,000 people by 2040
•Complete an average of 20 miles of the bikeway system each year.
•Close an average of five bikeway gaps each year
•Achieve an access level where 90 percent of homes in Hennepin County are within one-half mile of a bikeway or within a mile of the enhanced bikeway network by 2040
•Move toward zero bicycle deaths
•Halve bicycle crashes per capita from 2010 levels by 2040

Development and implementation

Hennepin County will lead implementation of the plan, but also partner with other agencies and cities. This plan is a guide for supporting the vision of increasing bicycling within Hennepin County. Implementation of the plan requires additional action by the county board through the annual capital appropriations and cooperative funding agreements.

Development of the plan began in spring 2013, with community engagement activities throughout the plan drafting process. The plan was available for public comment in fall 2014 and winter 2015. It has been revised based on comments received.

For more information or to view the full plan, visit


Theater Latté Da Presents "NEXT: New Musicals in the Making" at the Ritz Theater

Enjoy Theater Latté Da's NEXT: New Musicals in the Making April 30 – May 17 at their new home in the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue NE.

NEXT: New Musicals in the Making is Theater Latté Da’s new work series that showcases three new musicals in various stages of development.

Each of the three workshops will culminate in three public performances providing audience members the unique opportunity to “get in on the ground floor” of the creative process.


Current Job Openings

Spoonriver Restaurant is seeking experienced servers for patio season.

Posted by Mill City Times on Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sales Manager position open at The Renaissance Minneapolis

Posted by Mill City Times on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Riley Hayes has an opening for a Senior Account Executive.

Posted by Mill City Times on Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Nicollet Mall Project Update

Activity on Nicollet Mall to shift for construction


Nicollet Mall Redesign - Art Walk Bocce

Work to redesign and improve Nicollet Mall begins soon. This season, crews will begin upgrading and relocating power, gas, telecommunications, sanitary sewer and water lines beneath the street in advance of the complete reconstruction. Over the next two years, the entire pedestrian and transit mall will be reconstructed, from building face to building face. More information on the new design, including renderings of how the new mall will look, is available at

Because of this construction, there will be noticeable impacts on mall traffic and activities:

  • Pedestrians - Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout construction. Sidewalks will remain open on at least one side of the street at all times, and customers and workers will be able to get to every business.
  • Buses – Metro Transit plans to detour bus service from Nicollet Mall for construction later this spring, likely in May. Buses would return once the mall construction project is completed in 2017.
  • Taxis – Taxis will not be allowed on the mall once construction begins. When the work is completed in 2017, Nicollet Mall will no longer have taxis north of 12th Street.
  • Bicycles – Bike traffic will be maintained on the mall this year, but bikes will not be allowed in 2016 until the mall construction project is completed.
  • Farmers Market – For the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Thursday farmers market will move to Hennepin Avenue.
  • Food vendors – Food trucks and other food vendors will move off the mall for this year and next year.
  • Sidewalk dining – There will be sidewalk dining throughout the reconstruction. However, depending on where work will be taking place, restaurants may have outdoor seating temporarily removed during construction.

Plans call for a $50 million redesign of Nicollet Mall from Washington Avenue to Grant Street. The design includes features that prioritize the space for pedestrians, including hardier trees, enhanced sidewalk spaces, improved lighting and new places for people to enjoy the mall. The grand opening for the new Nicollet Mall will take place in 2017.

Since the 1880s, Nicollet Mall has been a retail and business hub for Minneapolis. Over the years, the mall has been through two major renovations: one in 1968 and one in the 1980s. Today the space is used by 130,000 Minnesotans daily and is home to events such as the Nicollet Mall Farmers Market. The City and the Minneapolis Downtown Council are in the process of redesigning the mall to make it an even better destination and a more powerful economic engine for the region and the state.


Best of Facebook Last Week from Mill City Times

There's way too much news to publish on our website, so make our Facebook page  a regular destination.  Here's a sampling of our most popular from last week:

Next month - Art A Whirl!

Posted by Mill City Times on Saturday, April 11, 2015

2023 sounds like a long ways away - but so did 1999 when Prince first sang about it.

Posted by Mill City Times on Friday, April 10, 2015

Not approved yet, but still a possibility.

Posted by Mill City Times on Friday, April 10, 2015

...and St. Paul is #4.

Posted by Mill City Times on Friday, April 10, 2015

The Minneapolis Millerettes! (Did anyone else think they were looking at a scene from 'A League of Their Own'?) :)

Posted by Mill City Times on Thursday, April 9, 2015

A few surprises in this top 10 list.

Posted by Mill City Times on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another book to add to your local history collection: "Nordeast Minneapolis: A History"

Posted by Mill City Times on Monday, April 6, 2015


Update: Downtown Public Realm Steering Committee Meeting Notes

Meeting notes from the recent meeting of the Downtown Public Realm Steering Committee.


In the News


Thursday Night - The Grain Belt Apartments and Historic Grain Belt Office Building Celebrate Grand Opening 

What:    On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Everwood Development will celebrate the grand opening of The Grain Belt Apartments and historic Grain Belt Office Building.  The celebration will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a brief program including comments from Everwood co-founder and principal David Dye, Ward 3 Council Member Jacob Frey, and City staff.

The Grain Belt development is significant to the City of Minneapolis as the site was the last City-owned historic Grain Belt building to be developed.   In 1977, the City saved the one hundred twenty-four year old brewing complex from demolition by designating it as a Landmark and subsequently purchasing the property in 1989, one year before it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Since then, the City has worked with local developers and the State Office of Historic Preservation to secure capital, and to rehabilitate and reinvigorate the brewery complex, which now includes architectural offices, Park Board facilities, a public library branch, a union office, and artist studios.  The Grain Belt Office Building located at 1215 Marshall Street NE was the last portion of the complex to receive this treatment.  Through the Everwood development of The Grain Belt Apartments and Office Building, this historic renovation is now complete.

The Everwood development also preserves the archaeological remnants of the City’s first (and the state’s second) brewery: the Orth Brewery, whose remains have been capped and protected by a public plaza at the corner of Marshall Street and 13th Avenue NE.

Following the grand opening program, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the newly remodeled historic Office Building and The Grain Belt luxury apartments.  The apartments are housed in two, four-story apartment buildings totaling 220,514 sq. ft.  Of the 150 apartment units, 120 have already been leased.  A reception with light refreshments and music will go until 4:30 p.m. For more information on The Grain Belt visit their website.

When: Thursday, April 16

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Where: The Grain Belt Apartments

1215 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis


Elliot Park BLUH Meeting Thursday, April 16th, 7-8:30 p.m.

Elliot Park Building, Land Use & Housing Meeting Thursday, April 16th, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 E. 14th Street.


- HCMC Update-Revised plans & schedule

- 706 S 9th Street-Historic Building restoration project

- “The Commons” Presentation and discussion/feedback

- House of Charity - Presentation of new development project in Elliot Park


Hennepin Avenue will reopen in both directions by Monday, April 13th

Project Status Update - Downtown Minneapolis

MN Limited, LLC. and Michels Corporation, two authorized CenterPoint Energy contractors, will continue installing natural gas pipeline in the following locations:

April 13:

    Hennepin Avenue will reopen in both directions.

April 13 to April 24:

    The corner of 2nd Avenue N., from 2nd Street N. to 1st Street N. will be closed. Please follow the posted detour.

Beginning April 13:

    Crews will begin installing natural gas transmission pipe along the south side of 1st Street S., from Hennepin Avenue to 2nd Avenue S. Parking will not be allowed in this area as construction progresses. Two-way traffic will be maintained.

April 13 to April 24:

    The driving lane and sidewalk on 3rd Avenue N., west of 2nd Street N. will reopen.

    The southern parking and bike lane on 3rd Avenue N., from 2nd Street N. to Washington Avenue N. will be closed during construction.

April 15 to April 29:

    Construction will continue along 2nd street N., from 3rd Avenue N. to 2nd Avenue N. A lane shift will occur in the area of construction from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained. Construction will occur overnight as needed.


Minneapolis RiverCurrent

From April 9, 2015:

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

Third Annual Askov Finlayson Bubble Hockey Tournament

Saturday, April 12, 2 pm face-off

Askov Finlayson, 200 First Street North

The third annual Askov Finlayson Bubble Hockey Tournament is set for Sunday, April 12. It’s a single-elimination battle of quick thinking and quicker wrists, with The Bachelor Farmer's Norsten Bar serving drinks to athletes and spectators alike. Get more information here: Email with your team name and walk-up song to reserve a space in their bracket today.

Next Generation Parks Lecture: University of Minnesota 3.x: Where is Nature Now? Symposium

Friday, April 17, 7 pm (reception at 6 pm)

Northrop, 84 Church Street SE, Best Buy Theater

Through the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series, global design innovators and local thought-leaders showcase the most exciting new parks destinations and delve into important issues affecting our vibrant city and region. The 2015 series features impressive talent and dynamic speakers from across the county and around the world – including our own backyard. This opening event in the series will feature Kate Orff, Founder and Principal, SCAPE Landscape Design, and 2014 Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge winner. This is free public event, but seating is limited. For more information and to register:


On exhibit: April 18 – May 30 (Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 1 – 6 pm; Friday; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm)

Opening reception: Saturday, April 18, 5 – 8 pm

Circa Gallery, 201 First Street North

RIVER MILES, featuring new paintings by Kansas artist Lisa Grossman, opens Saturday, April 18. It is Grossman's first show with Circa Gallery, and the artist will be in attendance. Grossman began exploring the Kansas River (known as the Kaw to Kansas locals) after moving to Lawrence, Kansas, from Kansas City in 1996. After catching an unforgettable glimpse of the Kaw on a flight, she began investigating the 171-mile length of the river valley with a local pilot, capturing the beauty of the meandering Kaw with photographs and videos. Already a painter of the prairie, primarily in plein air, she continued her meditative investigations, but with an emphasis on the ceaseless flux and flow of the river and its revelatory contrasts of the darkened mass of land and reflected ribbons of light. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For 25 years, Circa Gallery has offered collectors the finest work by emerging and established local and national contemporary artists. For more information visit:


Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

The Sweet Spot

On exhibit: April 20 – May 10

During the last weeks of the spring semester, the museum’s student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum’s front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the pavement-to-park movement and in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, the aim of the park is to “shift perspectives and spark encounters that aren’t always possible within a fast-moving and segmented society.” Visitors are invited to relax in the park, define a space for themselves and stay a while. Grab a zine from the Zine Library or catch one of the ongoing programs in the park. To submit a zine for the park:

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line:

Homeschool: Spring Science

Tuesday, April 21, 10 am – 12 noon

Make a kite, fly it, and learn why the wind blows. Survey for spring signs to help scientists across the country, and perform experiments to help us prepare for warmer weather ahead. Reservations required. $5. To register:

Cub Scouts: Webelos Scientist Badge

Saturday, April 25, 10 am – 12 noon

Investigate the scientific laws around us. Explore air and water pressure, launch a water pressure rocket, and make fog in a bottle. Test your balance, trick your eyes, and take home a kit to grow crystals. Reservations required. $5. To register:

Free Family Fun Day: Natural Toys and Games

Sunday, April 26, 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, but children younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult.


Upcoming Regis Center for Art Activities

Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South

Fred Larson and David Moore

April 21 – May 9, 2015

Quarter Gallery

In Conversation with Joe Dowling

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 pm

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust Stage

With his leadership coming to a close on June 30, Director Joe Dowling sits down with New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel for a parting glance at his career as the Guthrie’s leader. While most In Conversation events have been moderated by Dowling, this time the spotlight will be focused on him for a one-on-one conversation spanning his early years at the Guthrie to his current directorial work on this season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible and Juno and the Paycock, the production that brings his U.S. directorial career full circle. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. $15. For more information and tickets:

Beez Kneez Dandelion Honey Pastry Challenge

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

You’re invited to the biggest and sweetest bee-loving event of the year, the second annual dandelion honey pastry chef challenge. Tickets to the fundraiser are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information and tickets:

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

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

Jingle Dress Film Screening

Thursday, April 23, 6 pm

Join the filmmakers for a screening of Jingle Dress, a narrative feature film by William Eigen. The evening begins at 6 pm with music, then at 7 pm hear remarks from the filmmakers followed by the screening. Jingle Dress tells the story of John Red Elk who hears from his relatives in Minneapolis that his Uncle Norton is dead and vows to go to the big city to find out what really happened to him. The film stars Chaske Spencer and Stacey Thunder and introduces Mauricimo and S'Nya Sanchez-Hohenstein. Free.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Saturday, April 25, 1 pm

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

Baking Memories: White vs. Whole Wheat

Sunday, April 26, 2 pm

See how history is revealed in food through a baking demonstration focusing on the story behind white and whole wheat flour. Discover how Minneapolis millers perfected a way to make white flour on an industrial scale, hear about the popularity of white flour in the 19th century, what effects this had on nutrition and why flour today is frequently enriched. Visitors will also learn why Sylvester Graham developed a whole wheat cracker "to improve health and morality," hear the pros and cons of each type of flour, sample baked goods and take home the recipes. Program is included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.

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

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520,

Hours: Monday 10 am -- 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am -- 9 pm, Wednesday-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.

This Is Book Arts: Objectifying the Book Object

with Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling of Indulgence Press

Roundtable Artist’s Talk: Friday, April 24, 7 pm

Workshop Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26; 10 am – 4 pm

In celebration of its 30th Anniversary year, MCBA hosts a series of free “This Is Book Art” presentations and reduced price workshops throughout 2015, offering opportunities for interaction, discussion and skill-building with leaders in the field. At each month’s Book Arts Roundtable artists’ talks, you can learn more about the field of book arts and about each teaching artist’s work. Roundtables are free and held in MCBA’s studios. In this workshop class students will work with a small object of their choosing. Through free association and word generating techniques, students will write a series of words to describe their object. These words will then be printed letterpress on a sheet of paper that will be used to make an enclosure to house the object. Students will focus on content creation and gain basic skills in letterpress printing and simple structure models to enhance content development. All skill levels welcome. To register for the class:

Youth Class: Snail Mail: The Art of Correspondence

Saturday, April 25, 9 am – 12 noon

Snail mail is not a thing of the past! Writing letters is an important way to communicate with loved ones near and far. In this class, students will learn the fun of communication through letter writing. We'll spend the first portion of the class downstairs at MCBA where students will make a set of postcards complete with their own illustrations and use a Vandercook printing press to create multiples! In the second half of the class, we’ll head upstairs to the Loft, where we will read stories like I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff, and With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada, to explore the purposes and customs of letters. We will then put pencil to paper and write letters on our brand new handmade stationery! Come experience first-hand how enjoyable it can be to send and receive snail mail. Students will leave with real letters, so be sure to stock up on stamps! For students ages 6-8. $58.50 ($52.65 MCBA or Loft members). Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

14th Annual Marcy Arts Gala

Saturday, April 25, 5 – 11 pm

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

An evening of great food, drink, entertainment and art auctions to benefit arts programming at Marcy Open School. Advance tickets $45. For more information and tickets:

Star Gala

Saturday, April 25, 6 pm

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

You’re invited to the 24th annual Children's Star Gala. This year, proceeds will support Children’s Hospital and Clinics’ cardiovascular program, which is dedicated to serving pediatric patients battling a heart condition of any kind. With the largest program in the Upper Midwest, Children’s has consistently ranked as one of the top pediatric cardiovascular programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With the best medical experts, technology and facilities in one central location, their innovative approach to caring for the heart has ensured outcomes and a care experience that are truly unrivaled. For information and tickets:

Riverfront Earth Day Cleanups

Saturday, April 25, 9:30 am – 12 noon

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board along with the City of Minneapolis announce the 21st annual Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up event on Saturday, April 25. The Earth Day Clean-Up has become the largest community service project in Minneapolis and takes place at nearly 40 clean-up sites throughout the city. Since 2008, more than 17,000 residents have removed more than 140,000 pounds of garbage. There is no charge to participate, and residents are encouraged to participate by volunteering to help pick up trash in parks, neighborhoods and watersheds. No registration needed; just choose a site and show up. To find a detailed list of clean-up sites and more information please visit or call 612-230-6479. Some specific riverfront options of which I’m aware:

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association:

Father Hennepin Buffs Park, Sixth Avenue SE and Main Street

Help clean the riverfront from I-35W to Nicollet Island. Free refreshments, including a lunch for volunteers following the event. For more info, contact Lisa at:

Friends of the Mississippi River:

West River Parkway at East 36th or East 44th

Friends of the Mississippi River will be hosting cleanups at the rare oak savanna at East 36th and West River Parkway and the restored maple-basswood forest bluff top at East 44th and West River Parkway. Participants at these locations also will learn about the Mississippi River Gorge Stewards program and enjoy a Parkway Pizza lunch and a Great Lakes Brewing Company after-party. Details and directions are on the FMR event page:

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: or 612-321-0100.

Faculty Performance: Bach, Beethoven and Brazil

Saturday, April 25, 4 pm

Antonello Hall

Free admission. For program:

The Bakken Trio: For Richer, For Poorer, The Rich Legacy of the Hapsburgs

Sunday, April 26, 4 pm

The Bakken Trio brings you the exuberant music of Boccherini and Mozart and Schubert’s great B flat Piano Trio in “For Richer, For Poorer” — the rich legacy of composers rendered paupers in a wealthy empire. For more information and tickets:

Percussion Concert

Sunday, April 26, 7:30 pm

Antonello Hall

Collaborative Performance Series presented by MacPhail Center for Music and the University of Minnesota School of Music, featuring students from the University and MacPhail, including Rimshots! and the U of M percussion ensemble. Free and open to the public.

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:

Second Story Reading: Bryan Bliss and Pete Hautman

Sunday, April 26, 2 pm

Second Story is the Loft’s reading series for young adult and middle-grade authors. Perfect for families and readers of all ages, Second Story pairs a first-time author with a more established voice in children’s literature. Bryan Bliss is the author of No Parking at the End Times. He holds master’s degrees in theology and fiction and—shockingly—found a professional job that allows him to use both of those degrees. His political philosophy degree, however, is still underutilized. His nonfiction has been published in Image Journal, along with various other newspapers, magazines and blogs. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children, both of whom wish he wrote books about dragons. Or wizards. Pete Hautman is the author of more than twenty novels for adults and teens, including the 2004 National Book Award winner Godless, Los Angeles Book Prize winner The Big Crunch, and three New York Times Notable Books: Drawing Dead, The Mortal Nuts and Rash. His “young adult” novels range from science fiction (Rash, Mr. Was, Hole in the Sky and The Obsidian Blade) to mystery (Blank Confession) to contemporary drama (Godless, Sweetblood) to romantic comedy (What Boys Really Want). With novelist, poet and occasional co-author Mary Logue, Hautman divides his time between Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Stockholm, Wisconsin. His latest book is Eden West, the story of a boy growing up in an isolated doomsday cult in Montana. Learn more about Pete Hautman on his website: and his blog

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

Treehouse presents:

Illuminate: Let’s Make Amazing Happen

Thursday, April 30, 4 pm

The Depot Minneapolis, 225 Third Avenue South

Reserve your space at the 2015 TreeHouse gala today, benefitting Treehouse, Inc. The speaker will be Donald Driver, and the musical guest will be Ben Utecht. For information and tickets:

Ten Thousand Things presents:

Forget Me Not When Far Away

May 8 – 10 and 15 -- 17, Minnesota Opera Center, 620First Street North

May 22–24 and 29–31, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South

A solider returns from a long war and must navigate a very changed world in Kira Obolensky’s new comedy, Forget Me Not When Far Away, premiering with Ten Thousand Things (TTT) this spring. TTT Artistic Director Michelle Hensley will direct the show, featuring Ron Menzel, Shá Cage, Sun Mee Chomet, Annie Enneking, Elise Langer and Karen Wiese-Thompson. Music/sound is by Peter Vitale and Annie Enneking, sets are by Irve Dell, costumes by Sonya Berlovitz and choreography by Jim Lichtscheidl. This is the third play Obolensky has written specifically for TTT’s unique production style. She has been serving as playwright-in-residence with the company for the past two years; this is the third and final year of her residency. Tickets for the public performances of Forget Me Not When Far Away are $30. For audience members under 30, a pay-what-you-can option is available for every performance. Tickets on sale at or 1-800-838-3006.

Mississippi River Forum Workshop

Friday, May 8, 8:30 am -- 12:30 pm

Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul

You’re invited to the National Park Service's seventh annual Mississippi River Forum workshop. The keynote address will be provided by Bill Stowe, CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works. Workshop topics will include: The Return of the River Otters and Minnesota's Buffer Initiative: An Up-to-Date Look at the Proposed Legislation. Program information will be updated at To RSVP, and for more information, contact Lark Weller at 651-293-8442 or Thanks to Mississippi River Fund and The McKnight Foundation for support of this program. The Mississippi River Fund is the proud charitable partner of the National Park Service.

Environmental Initiative Awards

Thursday, May 21, 5:30 pm

Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street

Each year Environmental Initiative honors innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. The 18 finalists for the 2015 Environmental Initiative Awards were announced recently. You’re invited to join Environmental Initiative for an inspiring night of networking and celebration with over 450 of Minnesota’s environmental leaders. The evening includes a reception, formal dinner and awards program to honor the eighteen finalist projects. For more information, a list of the finalists and tickets:

All the World’s a Stage: A Tribute Gala Celebrating Joe Dowling

Saturday, June 6, 8:30 pm

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust Stage

A gala performance celebrating Joe Dowling’s 20 years of unparalleled vision and leadership. The Guthrie invites you to be with them on this singular night in the theater as they extend their gratitude for Joe Dowling’s dedication to the Guthrie by presenting a tribute performance featuring the rich community of artists he has nurtured for 20 years. A celebratory champagne reception will provide the finishing touch on the farewell. Black tie attire. For information and tickets:

*****Warm Weather Activities Returning for the Season*****

Lock and Dam 1

Daily, 7 am – 8 pm

5000 West River Parkway

Lock and Dam 1 (also referred to as Ford Dam), adjacent to Minnehaha Park, offers free, self-guided tours of the lock and dam. The facility features a public observation deck with scenic views of the Ford Dam, power plant and the river gorge. For more information:

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

Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul

St. Anthony Main Theatres, 115 Main Street SE

In addition to first-run movies, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul exhibits the best of classic and contemporary cinema from around the world, including several topical festivals. To see what’s on the schedule, visit:

Live Music and Movies at Crooked Pint Ale House

Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 Washington Avenue South

Crooked Pint Ale House is a nouveau urban pub with a local neighborhood feel that offers movies and live music. Live music every weekend features local, regional, and national performers and a range of music styles. Visit for schedule information. For more information: or 612-877-6900.

Real Ghost Tours

Fridays and Saturdays, 8 pm

St. Anthony Main, 125 Main Street SE

Visit the Other Side — beneath your feet is a world few ever see. What secrets do these 19th century limestone walls hold? What lies beneath today's bustling Mill City?

Step into the past with Real Ghost Tours of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Join a real ghost hunter on an expedition into the city's shadowlands, to meet the colorful characters of bygone days, where technology, theater and a bit of the supernatural bring lingering souls to life. Join us at 125 Main Street SE Minneapolis to touch, and be touched by, the past ... if you dare. For more information:


Mill City Museum

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am -- 5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon -- 5 pm

704 South Second Street

Built within the limestone ruins of the Washburn A Mill - the National Historic Landmark that was once the centerpiece of the world's flour milling industry - the museum tells the story of a mighty river, a young city and how the production of flour fueled the growth of Minnesota. The museum's 12,000 square foot exhibit space is packed with fun and intrigue for visitors of all ages. Follow your nose to the Baking Lab, splash around in the water lab and enjoy the rooftop view of the riverfront. The eight-story Flour Tower show tells the story of the mill through the voices of former workers and runs throughout each day. The newly restored West Engine House features Kevin Kling's take on Minneapolis history in the movie "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat" and shows every half hour. Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students with ID, $6 youth ages 6 – 17, free for children under 5 and MHS members. Call 612-341-7555 or visit for more information.

Music at Aster Café

125 Main Street SE

The Aster Café now has live music on many evenings (and weekend brunches) to complement its food and beverage offerings. For more information and a schedule: .

Guthrie Theater Backstage Tours

Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 am

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

This 45-minute backstage tour offers a look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Guthrie. Discover the stunning and expanded features of this state-of-the-art facility and learn how the Guthrie takes its plays from script to stage, including the many intriguing steps in between. On the tour, visit the Guthrie’s various production departments, including the shops where costumes, sets and props are expertly crafted by talented artisans. The cost is $12 per person; $7 for subscribers, students or seniors. To book a tour, call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://www.guthrietheater.org Additional tours may be scheduled for groups of 20 or more based on availability. Groups may call the group sales office at 612-225-6240 for information and scheduling options. Advance reservations are required for groups of 20 or more.

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

Telling River Stories Web Site

The “Telling River Stories” Web site can be found at Telling River Stories is a collaborative project that populates the urban Mississippi River corridor with stories of how the city and the river have been jointly developed. The site highlights stories about the people and places that make up today’s urban river landscape. In addition to the Web site, future programs and on-site installations will be part of the overall project. The Telling River Stories program is part of the River Life: Mississippi and U project, a partnership of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Institute for Advanced Study, Water Resource Center, College of Design and Urban Studies Program. The River Life project connects University research, teaching and civic engagement programs with off-campus partners who are working to reinvigorate the urban Mississippi River. In the coming weeks, project team members will be adding materials to the site’s coverage of “river stories” in the Twin Cities, St. Louis and New Orleans. Check back often to view the progress.

River Talk

River Talk is a thoughtful, informed blog about issues that affect the Mississippi River that is provided by Patrick Nunnally of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment RiverLife program. To check it out:

Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Calendar

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District web site has a calendar feature that has lots of great info. To check it out, visit:

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

West River Parkway Failed Slope Survey

The online survey for the repair of the West River Parkway Failed Slope has received over 750 responses. Although the survey will remain open until April 10, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has posted an interim report with all comments received. To review the interim report, go to the project page ( and select “What’s New.”

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

Minneapolis’ Last Barge Shipping Season Opens

Spoon and Stable

East Bank Trail Land Acquisition

Mr. Burns – A Post-Electric Play at Guthrie


Betty Danger’s Ferris Wheel Now Open

Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival

New Chef at Red Stag Supperclub

Tenth Avenue Bridge Rehab

Heron Island Restoration

Ukrainian East Eggs at Kramarczuk’s


SexWorld Building for Sale

InVision Open in North Loop

Studio ME Fitness in St. Anthony Main

Pracna Plans

The Food Building

Joe Dowling Celebration at Guthrie

Brenda Langton, Spoonriver

Diane Yang, Spoon and Stable

Kim Bartmann, Red Stag Supperclub, etc.


The Week Ahead in Mill City

Capella Tower in Blue

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...

Monday, April 13

Tuesday, April 14

Wednesday, April 15

Thursday, April 16

Friday, April 17

Saturday, April 18

Sunday, April 19 


STEP-UP to Provide Job Interview Experience to Over 1,600 Youth April 13-16

Via an April 9 Press Release from the City of Minneapolis:

Minneapolis Youth Employment Program STEP-UP to Provide Job Interview Experience to Over 1,600 Youth

Over 400 Twin Cities Business Professionals to Provide One-on-One Mock Interviews with Youth at Minneapolis Convention Center April 13-16

Thursday, April 9, 2015 (Minneapolis)  – April 13-16, over 1,600 Minneapolis youth and 400 Twin Cities business professionals will descend on the Minneapolis Convention Center for four nights for the annual [we don’t know how many years these have been happening] STEP-UP youth employment program ‘Mock Interviews.’ Directed by AchieveMpls, these practice job interviews match  professional business volunteers one-on-one with  over 1,600 Minneapolis youth who are preparing for summer internships at top Twin Cities companies through the City’s STEP-UP youth employment program.

Interviews are scheduled from 4:45 - 6:15 pm each night at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Meeting Room 200, 1301 Second Avenue South.  Interviewers include Richard Davis, STEP-UP co-chair and U.S. Bancorp Chair, President and CEO;  Hilary Marden-Resnik, UCare Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer; and Rich Renikoff, Wells Fargo Regional Director and Senior Vice President.

“Preparing our young people for the workforce is something we are all responsible for,” said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. “The STEP-UP program is one way we are making sure these young people are in the picture of our workforce, which is crucial to the success of all of us. I want to thank all of the people who are making a personal commitment to help our kids succeed and ensuring that no genius is left on the table.”

“The time to think about tomorrow’s workforce is today. The STEP-UP program is one of the top initiatives in the country for preparing our students for tomorrow’s jobs,” said Todd Klingel, President and CEO, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. “By participating in the ‘Mock Interview’ process, you are not only providing a wonderful service to some incredibly courageous young people—you are also ensuring a bright future for our entire community.” 

Founded in 2004, the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP youth employment program has created over 20,000 valuable workplace experiences for Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. Managed in partnership with AchieveMpls and with support from the Minnesota WorkForce Centers, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, and Project for Pride and Living (PPL), STEP-UP recruits, trains and places Minneapolis youth in jobs with a wide range of top Twin Cities businesses, nonprofits and public agencies, building a stronger future workforce for our knowledge-based regional economy. STEP-UP serves populations that face the greatest barriers to employment, particularly youth from low-income families, youth of color, youth from recent immigrant families, and youth with disabilities.

Prior to the ‘Mock Interviews,’ each STEP-UP program applicant completes 7-12 hours of work readiness training depending on their age and grade level. The trainings, directed by AchieveMpls and certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, are focused on developing 21st Century skills such as communication, problem solving, professional conduct, workplace ethics, interview skills, and resume writing.

In a bustling Minneapolis Convention Center hall, with their work readiness trainings completed, interns put their new skills to the test in what for many is their first professional job interview.  Following the interview, business volunteers coach each STEP-UP intern, modeling professionalism and providing candid feedback to help interns strengthen their skills and confidence. 

“This will be my third mock interview,” said Lulu B., a returning STEP-UP Achieve intern and aspiring doctor. “I really like connecting with the interviewers. They help me think about my strengths and challenges. They also help me prepare for the kind of professional work environment I should expect.  It really feels like a real job interview with a professional company.”

The 400-plus business volunteers will include employees from Accenture, Alina Health, Ameriprise, Best Buy, Fraser, General Mills, Target, Thrivent, US Bank, Wells Fargo and several other businesses and organizations.  Learn more about STEP-UP from the City of Minneapolis’ website or the AchieveMpls website, or follow STEP-UP activities and events all year long on Twitter with hashtag #STEPUPMpls.


Hennepin County Seeks Volunteers to Monitor Wetlands

Via an April 9 Hennepin County News Release:

Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands

Hennepin County’s Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) is offering residents a unique volunteer opportunity to explore and care for the county’s wetlands.

A background in science or previous experience is not needed — just an interest in wetlands, bugs and/or plants. Hennepin County provides training, equipment and leadership. Teams will be formed in the Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Maple Grove, Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka areas. Adult volunteers in these cities and neighboring communities are welcome to join a team.

The total time commitment is 15 hours per month from June through September 2015. Partnering cities use the data that are collected to determine the health of water resources and assist with natural resource management. Volunteer applications will be accepted through June 15, 2015.

For more information or to become a volunteer, call Mary Karius at 612-596-9129 or visit


Parkway Closures for April 11 for Goldy's Run

The following parkways will be temporarily closed April 11, 2015 for the Goldy’s Run 10 Mile:

8:00am to 2:00pm – East River Pkwy - West River Pkwy between 22nd Ave S and Broadway St NE – Main Street between 6th Ave SE and Hennepin Ave.

Please note that the duration of the closures is subject to change based on the event's start and finish times.

A complete list of current and upcoming parkway closures is available online.


Interim Report of West River Parkway Mudslide Survey Reponses

Via an April 7 Minneapolis Park and Rec Board e-newsletter:

The online survey for the repair of the West River Parkway Failed Slope has received over 750 responses!  Although the survey will remain open until April 10, we have posted an interim report with all comments received. Please visit the project page or go to and select “West River Parkway Slope Repair” to review the interim report under the "What's New" tab.


Franklin Avenue Bridge Reconditioning Update

Photo credit: Bill Klotz

Via the Hennepin County Website:

Reconditioning of the Franklin Ave Bridge (County Road 5) over West River Parkway and the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

The Franklin Avenue Bridge spans West River Parkway and the Mississippi River. This historic structure will be rehabilitated over the next two construction seasons.

The new bridge deck will incorporate safe, modern, multi-modal features such as separated on-road bicycle facilities, protected pedestrian walkways, overlook nooks, and architectural lighting.

The "below deck" concrete rehabilitation is anticipated to begin in April 2015. The bridge will be open during the 2015 construction season.

For travelers using West River Parkway and the easterly river edge trail under the Franklin Avenue Bridge, there may be some travel impacts as they complete the overhead concrete rehabilitation.

In 2015 the contractor will manufacture "precast" bridge deck panels that will be placed during the 2016 bridge closure. These panels will be made at a site, adjacent to the river, just south of the Washington Avenue Bridge. This will allow use of river transportation to float these panels down the river, and these segments will then be hoisted by water borne cranes into their final positions.

Deck removal and replacement will occur during the 2016 construction season with the goal of reopening the bridge in September 2016.

Hennepin County has established detour signing plans using alternative routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists during the bridge deck replacement phase. The alternative routes will be well communicated in Spring 2016.

Project layout and cross section (PDF)