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Sunday
Jun162019

June 16, 2019, Sunday - Star Tribune 3rd Annual Father's Day Ugly Tie 5K

Time: 8a - 10a

Location: Father Hennepin Park

Star Tribune 3rd Annual Father's Day Ugly Tie 5K

Grab your sneakers and the ugliest tie you can find and join us on Father’s Day for the 3rd annual Ugly Tie 5K fun run. This family-friendly event features a full day of fun with an incredible 5K course and a kids .5K along the scenic downtown Minneapolis riverfront followed by a post-race party with live music, snacks and great prizes at Father Hennepin Park. Then, stick around for the Stone Arch Bridge Festival featuring 200+ artists, music and a car show.

Saturday
Jun152019

June 15, 2019, Saturday - Mississippi River Care: Father Hennepin Bluffs

Time: 9am

Location: We will meet at the corner of 3rd Ave SE and Main St SE, across from the Pillsbury A Mill.

Mississippi River Care: Father Hennepin Bluffs

Join your neighbors and people working nearby as we care for our Mississippi River together. Take a healthy break helping clean up our Mississippi riverfront; learning about the future of the Mississippi and how you can make a difference; and having fun with other people in Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Good for your community, good for your environment, and good for you!

We will clean up the shoreline, slopes and park on the east bank of the Mississippi River, where Father Hennepin named St. Anthony Falls.

Preparations:
Gloves and tools are provided by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Please bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes geared for an outdoor activity on natural and uneven surfaces.

Sign Up Here

Future Saturdays (all 9a-Noon):
July 13, August 3, September 7 and 28, October 26
Saturday
Jun152019

June 15, 2019, Saturday - 2018 Juneteenth Celebration

Time: 11am - 6pm

Location: Bethune Park1304 N 10th Avenue

2019 Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. This community-led celebration features a parade, music and performances, historical re-enactments, great local food and more. It takes place at the site of the first Freedom Day celebration in Minneapolis led by Michael Chaney and Spike Moss.

The Juneteenth - Celebrating Freedom Day Legacy Committee, along with co-organizers Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB), Phyllis Wheatley Community Center and People of Color Union Members (POCUM), are pleased to offer supporters opportunities for exposure and outreach at this annual, community-led celebration. 

Thursday
Jun132019

June 13, 2019, Thursday - Paint Nite at Aloft

Time: 7p

Location: Aloft Hotel, 900 S Washington Ave

Paint Nite: Teal Glowing Paris II

Grab your friends and unleash your inner artist at the Original Paint Nite. You’ll go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of laughs along the way. Guided by a talented and entertaining artist, you'll be amazed at what you create, and how much fun you have doing it.

  • 2 hours long
  • Ages 21 & up
Thursday
Jun132019

June 13, 2019, Thursday - An Evening with Dessa 

An Evening with Dessa to Benefit Hennepin County Libraries

Minneapolis’ own singer, poet, and songwriting powerhouse Dessa, will join supporters like you on June 13 for a special event to benefit our Library. Enjoy an indoor and outdoor experience (weather permitting) at the private residence of Tom and Mary Racciatti—a beautiful home with panoramic views of downtown Minneapolis, the Guthrie Theater, and the Stone Arch Bridge. The evening will include appetizers, cocktails, and a special performance by Dessa!
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Tickets are $150 ($50 non tax-deductible) and $250 for VIP ($75 non tax-deductible).  The number of tickets is limited, so buy now to ensure your attendance at this special event! Call 612-543-8104 or visit supportHCLIB.org/dessa.
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This very special event benefits Hennepin County Library programs such as MnSpin, the Library’s new streaming service featuring Minnesota artists.

 

Tuesday
Jun112019

June 11, 2019, Tuesday - Demonstration Prairie Planting on Nicollet Island

Time: 6p - 8p

Location: Nicollet Island

More info and registration

Working together on Nicollet Island, FMR staff and volunteers will dig in and plant over 600 native prairie plants! These prairie plugs will be planted in two 150-square-foot raised bed gardens along the newly installed pedestrian trail. Following this planting, identification plaques will be added to the garden allowing park visitors the chance to learn more about the stunning array of species coming up throughout the restored prairie.

FMR is leading a multi-year restoration of the natural areas on the north half of the island in partnership with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. The restoration plan includes removal of invasive species, enhancement of degraded forest areas, and the creation of new, diverse habitat, including two acres of native prairie and the re-creation of a pocket of maple forest historically present on the island.

All are welcome. No experience is needed however, registration is required and capacity is limited. All tools, gloves and training will be provided.

Tuesday
Jun112019

June 11, 2019, Tuesday - DMNA-EPNI Personal Safety Workshop at The Commons

Monday
Jun102019

June 10, 2019, Monday - DMNA Land Use Meeting at Mill City Museum

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum - ADM Room (Floor 6, 710 2nd Street entrance)

The next Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for June 10, 6pm, at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

Sunday
Jun092019

June 9, 2019, Sunday - Historic Main Street Walking Tour

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 Main Street SE

Historic Main Street Walking Tour Get Tickets Online

Stroll through Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood on a guided tour and learn about the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony and the immense changes along Main Street throughout the years.

Founded in 1848, a few years before Minneapolis, St. Anthony has been a crossroads for many diverse peoples, including Dakota, Ojibwe, Yankees, German and Irish immigrants, métis, free blacks, and Southern tourists accompanied by enslaved people. Tour landmarks include the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill, and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.

This tour begins and ends at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Lofts' main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). It includes about one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. $14/MNHS members save 20%

Saturday
Jun082019

June 8, 2019, Saturday - Canoe RAVE at North Mississippi Regional Park

Time: 12:00 PM  4:00 PM

Location: North Mississippi Regional Park, 5116 N Mississippi Dr

Canoe RAVE at North Mississippi Regional Park

River Action Volunteer Events (RAVEs) are a fun way to explore the river in a way few others do.  All trips couple a restoration service project in a hard to reach area of the river with an adventure tour by National Park Service rangers.  Explore the river, learn about significant wildlife and cultural features, and do some good!

For this RAVE, we will explore the northern end of our park aboard our awesome partner Wilderness Inquiry’s 24-foot voyageur canoes, and along the way hear river stories from national park rangers. We’ll meet near picnic shelter C at North Mississippi Regional Park, and board a bus for River Park where we will hop in canoes to access an island service project. Then we will continue our paddle back down to North Miss where we started.

This fun recreation and volunteer restoration project is great for adults and kids over 12 years old. No canoeing experience needed. Groups of 9 or less are welcome to register. RAVEs are free events for volunteers – your only ticket is your service to the river!

Please contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center with any questions or concerns on the day of the event: 651-293-0200

Saturday
Jun082019

June 8, 2018, Saturday - Mill Ruins Park Volunteer Demonstration Prairie Maintenance

A National Park River Site, Native Plants, and You! 

Looking for something fun and rewarding to do on a Saturday morning? Consider joining a group of volunteers to maintain a demonstration prairie at Mill Ruins Park. This native prairie attracts many bees, butterflies, and birds while improving the Mississippi River shoreline habitat.

The crew will meet at the St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center on the following Saturday mornings from 9am-noon:

June 8 & 29, July 13 & 20, August 17 & 31, September 14 & 21, and October 5 & 12

Led by a trained National Park Service (NPS) volunteer, this crew is also sponsored by the Mississippi Park Connection and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. All tools, such as gloves, are provided.

To sign up for crew projects and for more information: Contact Andrew at amarotz@parkconnection.org

Come every time or just when you can!

Friday
Jun072019

June 7, 2019, Friday - Ten Thousand Things presents: The Sins of Sor Juana at Open Book (3 nights)

Location: Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South

Ten Thousand Things presents: The Sins of Sor Juana

June 7-9

This romantic and humorous play was inspired by the true story of famed writer Juana Inés de la Cruz, a woman of great resilience who was determined to break the conventions of seventeenth century Mexico.

The show tours May 3 to June 9 to prisons, shelters, low-income centers and locations in Big Fork, Northfield and Virginia (Minnesota) before playing to paid public audiences at Open Book.

Directed by Marcela Lorca, and featuring Pedro Bayón, Sun Mee Chomet, Ryan Colbert, George Keller, Jason Rojas, Thallis Santesteban and Ava Saunders. 

Thursday
Jun062019

June 6, 2019, Thursday - 6th Avenue SE Care Day!

Time: 6 PM - 8 PM

Location: Meet at the intersection of 6th Avenue SE and 2nd Street SE

6th Avenue SE Care Day!

We'll provide gloves, you bring a trowel!

If you have questions, please contact Cordelia Pierson (cell 651-815-1268 or cordelia.pierson@gmail.com), or the Marcy-Holmes office: 612.623.7633 | chris@marcy-holmes.org

Learn more about this initiative: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g5Tn_4ueByHvvxSZPFPyGOT7KlCGvxq9/view

Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8uO29od1tko5Y6WqD0-avkProiKMamueHzgiHsjp618UchQ/viewform

Future dates: June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, September 12, October 3, Novmber 2

Thursday
Jun062019

June 6, 2019, Thursday - Dry Powder by Sarah Burgess opens at Grain Belt Warehouse (thru June 29)

Location: Grain Belt Warehouse, 77 13th Avenue NE, Studio 202

Dark and Stormy and Artspace present: Dry Powderby Sarah Burgess

June 6 – 29
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Don’t miss this stellar cast in Dry Powder, Sarah Burgess’ Olivier Award-nominated lacerating dark comedy about power, wealth, public image and the moral and ethical stakes of closing the deal, set against the fast-paced backdrop of a powerful private equity firm in a massive public relations crisis. “…a frighteningly funny play…enthralling and horrifying.” — Variety. Featuring: Robert Dorfman (Rick), Alex Galick (Seth), Sara Marsh (Jenny) and Darrick Mosley (Jeff Schrader).
Tuesday
Jun042019

June 4, 2019, Tuesday - Tend the Native Prairie at Ole Olson Park

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Ole Olson Park, Above the Falls Regional Park Minneapolis

More info and registration

Ole Olson Park in north Minneapolis is known for its top-notch walking and biking trails and stunning skyline views, but we want it to be recognized for even more. Join FMR as we return to this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they'll help reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River. 

This event will help further our long-term transformation and commitment at this site and to the river. Although a small urban site, Ole Olson is home to a surprising diversity of landscapes, including riverfront shoreline, woodland terrace and grassland slopes.

As always, all are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration required. We'll provide any tools and training needed.

 

Sunday
Jun022019

June 2, 2019, Sunday - Paint Nite at The Depot

Time: 1pm

Location: The Depot, 225 3rd Avenue S

Design a Sign: Happy Home

Design a Sign: Make a custom wood sign

Express yourself with a custom wood sign that showcases your personal style. Select your design from one of our stylish stencils or personalize one that’s uniquely you. Our master crafter will guide you through this 2-hour event where you’ll build and paint your one-of-a-kind sign.

Sunday
Jun022019

June 2, 2019, Sunday - Downtown Run Around 5K with Mile in My Shoes

Time:8:30 am

Location: Father Hennepin Park, 420 Main St. SE

Downtown Run Around 5K with Mile in My Shoes

You’re invited to participate in the third Annual Downtown Run Around 5K with Mile in My Shoes. Mile in My Shoes is dedicated to “running together to change perceptions and to change lives.” They do this by bringing together residents of local homeless shelters and halfway houses with local runner volunteers, who train together 2-3 times a week. The Downtown Run Around will be the very first 5K race for dozens of MiMS’s program participants. Whether you’re looking to participate or to see their community in action, this event is sure to inspire! And 100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to MiMS, a 501(c)(3) organization. Choose from a half-mile kids run and a 5K.

Saturday
Jun012019

June 1, 2019, Saturday - Free Yoga in Gold Medal Park

Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

Location: Gold Medal Park

Friends of the Mill District welcomes you to Mill City Yoga in Gold Medal Park. We meet on Saturdays, May 25 - August 31.

Each session will begin at 9 a.m. and end before 10. Grab your mat (or a towel), bring a neighbor and meet us by the orange sculpture. The sessions are free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Mill District charity. Come salute the sun and enjoy the beauty of our neighborhood with your friends and neighbors. Questions and comments can be sent to cjkittock@gmail.com.

Saturday
Jun012019

June 1, 2019, Saturday - University of Minnesota: Renovation & Renewal Walking Tour

Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30

Location: Pillsbury Statue (on Pillsbury Drive across from Burton Hall), 178 Pillsbury Drive Southeast

University of Minnesota: Renovation & Renewal Walking Tour

Located on a bluff above the Mississippi River, the University of Minnesota is a land-grant institution founded in 1851, when Minnesota was still a territory. We will experience two National Register-districts and a few of the recent architect-designed and restored buildings on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis east bank campus.

The Old Campus Historic District is based on a design by H.W.S. Cleveland; its buildings represent a proliferation of late nineteenth and early twentieth century architectural styles. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, the district consists of the 13 oldest buildings on the Minneapolis campus, as well as two statues, a memorial fence and gate, and a fountain.

The Northrop Mall Historic District, a distinguished campus plan envisioned by Cass Gilbert and detailed by Morell and Nichols, is the largest Beaux-Arts campus in the state. The Northrop Mall Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

This tour is ADA accessible.

Tour guide Laura Weber is the editor of Minnesota History, the quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society. She is a U of M graduate and also worked there for 20 years. She’s led similar tours for a number of groups, including the Society of Architectural Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Saturday
Jun012019

June 1, 2019, Saturday - Twin Cities Tour de Cure

Time: See event link for participation options

Location:Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE

Twin Cities Tour de Cure

Many Roads. One Purpose.

Join the American Diabetes Association at the 2019 Twin Cities Tour de Cure: it’s more unified, inclusive and powerful than ever before, with ride, run and walk options for the whole family!  All riders, runners, and walkers will be treated to lunch and a fantastic celebration party for all to enjoy.

Ride. Run. Walk.

Tour de Cure is for people of all cycling abilities, featuring well-marked cycling routes with safety marshals and safety vehicles, and fully stocked rest stops to fuel your journey! The 5K run and walk routes are a great way to get out, have fun, and celebrate those who are living with diabetes.

Tour de Cure is more than just a ride, run or walk - it is a celebration of the ADA’s mission and a chance to raise critical funds to help fight diabetes. Every mile covered and every dollar raised brings us that much closer to a cure.

After registering you will have access to your Participant Center, which is your fundraising hub. You will have a personal page to share your story, mobile apps, email templates and more. Fundraising has never been easier.