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Tuesday
Feb222011

Twin Cities Named 7th Most Active

Time named the 15 most active cities in the United States on Friday, with the Twin Cities coming in at #7.  The graphic with the article was of runners on the Stone Arch Bridge in the Mill District.

From Time.com:

Although it has the coldest average yearly temperature (45 degrees F!) of any major U.S. metropolitan area, Twin Cities residents manage to avoid hibernation. It could be the city's abundance of water ways: lakes, wetlands, waterfalls and the Mississippi River are all within city limits. Or it could be the designated bike paths and greenway trails through which 10,000 Minneapolitans commute to work each day — the second highest rate of bike commuters in the country. In fact Bicycle magazine named Minneapolis the best biking city in 2010. If this city's residents can endure Arctic air masses on two wheels, the rest of us have little excuse.

Tuesday
Feb222011

Today - Anime Showcase at the Central Library

Time: 4:30pm–6:30pm

Location: Pohlad Hall, Central Library

Anime Showcase:  Hayate the Combat Butler
 
Grade 7 and up. Don’t miss this chance to watch an amazing line-up of Japanese animation on the big screen! Anime Twin Cities and Teen Central have teamed up to offer something for everyone. Cosplay encouraged.

Sponsored by the Anime Twin Cities.

Monday
Feb212011

Vikings Stadium - Downtown Offers Most Potential for Economic Impact

Existing Metrodome site has a cost advantage of $200 million over prospective North Loop site, according to Star Tribune editorial.

While they don't come right out and say it, it's clear the site of the Metrodome is the overall best site for a new Vikings stadium.  Parking, mass transit and other infrastructure seem to give a big cost advantage to the current site relative to any other in the Twin Cities.  The importance of the core cities to the overall economic vitality of the State of Minnesota should give priority over a suburban site.

Read the full article...

Monday
Feb212011

Tonight - Randy Newman at the Guthrie Theater

Witness an American-music legend as he performs favorites including Louisiana, Leave Your Hat On, Feels Like Home, I Love to See You Smile and You've Got a Friend in Me live at the Guthrie Theater.

More info...

Sunday
Feb202011

Only 4 Days Left for CorAzoN's Consolidation Sale

CorAzoN's Consolidation Sale, with savings of up to 70% off, ends February 24.

Sunday
Feb202011

The Benefits of Being a Mill City Commons Member - An Ongoing Series 

Dave and I became members of Mill City Commons(MCC) in January.  We joined for a number of reasons, including the ability to attend interesting member-only events, meet fascinating people, and to have more of a hands on role in helping with their various fundraising activities. 

Unfortunately, time constraints keep us from attending all the events we'd like to.   Linnea Tweed, Executive Director at MCC, filled us in on an event we missed this past week:

"We had no idea how timely our February Compleat Scholar topic on the Egyptian civilization would be when we scheduled it last summer. Our speaker, Professor Steven Derfler, Ph.d., was in Egypt in January and returned to the USA one day before the political protests started. He included recent events in his presentation on the history of Egyptology and shared some amazing pictures. Our partnership with the University of Minnesota makes these exclusive classes available to members right here in our neighborhood."

To learn more about Mill City Commons, please visit the website, or contact Linnea at 612-455-3329 or linneatweed@millcitycommons.org.

Friday
Feb182011

This Weekend in Mill City / February 18-20, 2011  

It's a busy weekend in the Mill City, my home town.  Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis and across the Stone Bridge in Old St. Anthony.

Friday, February 18

Exhibition opening at MCBA - Parts of a Whole: New Work by MCBA's Artist Community

Ten Thousand Things' Doubt, A Parable at Open Book

Stormwater BMP Performance and Cost Benefit Assessments at McKnight Foundation

Alisa Weilerstein and Gabriel Kahane at Southern Theater

Artist Talk with Rosemary Williams at The Soap Factory

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Saturday, February 19

Faculty Concert at MacPhail

Alisa Weilerstein and Gabriel Kahane at Southern Theater

Bundle Up, Walk Right Into Winter at Minneapolis Central Library

Scandinavian Classic Baking with Pat Sinclair at Mill City Museum

Twisted Fairy Tales at Minneapolis Central Library

Whisker Whirl: A Party for People and Pups at the Depot

Mill City Farmers Market at Local D'lish

Midwest Photo Safari "Minneapolis Nights" in the Mill District, Winter 2011 Special Session

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Sunday, February 20

Chamber Music at MacPhail

Accordo at Southern Theater (2 nights)

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Weekend Brunch

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at Spoonriver
750 South 2nd St (at Chicago Ave S)
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-436-2236

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

See the menu...

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at the Aster Cafe
St. Anthony Main
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-379-3138

Until 2pm.

See the menu...

Sunday

Brunch at Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-339-3388

brunch buffet 10am- 2pm Sunday
$12/person (kids 3 and under eat free, 4-12 years are 1/2 price!)

includes: eggs, bacon, french toast, hash browns, fresh salad and fruit, pastries, build your own omlette bar and more...

featuring absolut bloody bar for $5.

also offering fair trade coffee and full bar.

Thursday
Feb172011

Two New Restaurants, Live Music Planned for 501 Club Space in the Mill District

From The Journal:

WASHINGTON AVENUE — The 501 Club is gone, but the live music may make a comeback at 501 Washington Ave. S., if Mario Cocchiarella has his way.

Cocchiarella, who owns the building that Jarret Oulman’s venue vacated last January, has plans to resurrect the space as not one but two new bar/restaurants. And both will likely have live bands.

Cocchiarella made an appearance at a Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) meeting on Feb. 7, seeking a recommendation for a Class B liquor license.

Promising news.  We'll be tracking this and providing updates.

Read the full article...

Thursday
Feb172011

Minneapolis Leads the Metro Out of Recession

With all of the negative financial news being published and broadcast, here's an upbeat counterpoint from MinnPost. 

A state's biggest city is often expected to play the role of basket case. By some measures, Minneapolis fits the stereotype. It has more than its fair share of poverty, criminals, troubled schools, high taxes and dense city-hall bureaucracy.

But there's another side to the city that might surprise a lot of people. Minneapolis is better educated than its suburbs, an attribute that may have helped it weather the recession better than the state and metro area. The city's unemployment rate — 6.6 percent — is lower than either the metro's or state's. Its housing market is comparatively stronger, having led the metro in housing starts, even in the teeth of the recession. And through the darkest months of 2008 and 2009 it maintained its momentum on construction, in part because of a new ballpark but also because of targeted public investments in neighborhood projects.

We caught up this week with Mike Christenson, director of the city's Department of Community Planning and Economic Development, to talk about how cities might best protect their potential during hard times.

Read the full article...

Thursday
Feb172011

Tonight - Historic Resource Survey Meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes

Brian Schaffer, Senior City Planner for the City of Minneapolis, recently announced the schedule of locations, dates and times for public meetings to introduce the Historic Resources Survey project.

The purpose of the survey is to:

- Identify unknown historic properties.
- Recommend properties for further study.
- Make informed decisions about the significance and protection of historic resources.
- Develop goals and strategies for preservation as well as neighborhood planning.

The city has been divided into several Survey Areas, and the Mill District is included in the Central Core Survey.   The meeting for our neighborhood will be held Thursday, February 17, from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

More info...

Wednesday
Feb162011

CorAzoN Closing Washington Avenue Location, Consolidat​ion Sale February 15 - 24

We received the following notice from Susan Zdon, owner of CorAzoN, who recently finalized plans to consolidate her store locations to the Lake Street shop.

We are consolidating our 2 locations down to one. That means we are closing the downtown Washington Avenue store (but we will have our Lake Street at the Mississippi River store continue to do business as usual).
 
At the Washington Avenue location (ONLY at the Washington location) we will have a sale from Feb 15-Feb 24th.  All categories of merchandise will be on sale.  The sale will start at 30-50% off.  The next mark down will be 40-60% and finally 50-70%.  It is merchandise and a few fixtures.  We would love to have people come in and shop but also say hello - and if needed get directions to our ongoing store on Lake Street.
 
Thank you to all our customers over the years who have become friends, the many creative artists who have shown work with us, and all of you who have helped make CorAzoN successful. Please come and shop the great bargains at the Downtown Washington closeout sale.

And then please continue to visit us at Lake Street. 4646 East Lake Street at River Road 55406.  Telephone 612-276-0198.
 
All the Best
Susan and the CorAzoN Staff

Those of us living/working in the Mill District will miss having CorAzoN here - from the neat selection of merchandise and friendly staff to the irreverent cards.  And, of course, the fun artist parties...

CorAzoN Holiday Celebration

CorAzoN Holiday Celebration

CorAzoN Holiday Celebration

CorAzoN Holiday Celebration

CorAzoN Holiday Celebration

CorAzoN Holiday Celebration

Wednesday
Feb162011

Tonight - Performance And Discussion With Gabriela Lena Frank And Nilo Cruz at Open Book

In collaboration with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Loft presents a performance and discussion with composer Gabriela Lena Frank and poet and playwright Nilo Cruz, the first Latino recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Cosponsored with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Award-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank and playwright Nilo Cruz join musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for a special discussion and performance event at the Loft Literary Center. In anticipation of the SPCO’s forthcoming world premiere performances of Frank and Cruz’s song cycle La centinela y la paloma, the composer and playwright will discuss their work and unique collaboration. The evening will feature readings from Cruz’s work and performances of Frank’s music by members of the SPCO.

More info...

Tuesday
Feb152011

Pet Care Tips - An Ongoing Series from Curtis L. Sanford, DVM

This is the seventh installment of Pet Tips from Curtis L. Sanford, DVM.

There are several ways you can care for your pet’s teeth every day. A complete home dental care program for your pet often will include brushing as well as a special pet food that helps care for your pet’s teeth while he or she eats.

Even if you aren’t able to brush your pet’s teeth every day, by incorporating a special pet food into your pet’s daily routine, you can provide the dental care needed to keep your pet healthy. Be sure to discuss the options with your veterinarian to determine which are right for your pet.

Brushing Your Pet´s Teeth

1) Introduce a brushing program to pets gradually. Avoid over-restraining your pet and keep brushing sessions short and positive. Praise and reassure your pet throughout the process.

2) At first, dip a finger into beef bouillon for dogs or tuna water for cats. Rub the soaked finger gently over the pet’s mouth and teeth. Again, make the initial sessions short and positive.

3) Gradually, introduce gauze over the finger and gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion.

4) Finally, introduce a soft toothbrush designed for pets. Special pet toothbrushes are available from your veterinarian or specialty pet store. Don’t use toothpaste designed for people because it could upset the animal’s stomach.

Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital is currently offering 10% off all Dental related items for the months of February and March.

Dr. Sanford is a Veterinarian and Owner/Founder of Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital in the Mill District.   He can be contacted at 612-746-0300 or mplsvet@live.com.

Monday
Feb142011

He Knew it Was Time to Start Working Out When His Wife Said...

Doug and Pam have been married for 12 years.   After the wedding, Doug stopped working out - fast forward 3 or 4 years, and an eye opening statement from Pam made him realize he needed to make a change.  They were shopping on a rainy day, and Pam was watching Doug run to the car.  When he got in the car, she blurted out, "Your boobs jiggle more than mine!".  It was then that Doug decided he needed to get back in shape.  As you can see below, he's kept that commitment and he and Pam enjoy working out together.

  

Email Andrea Austin at andrea@tweakmyworkout.com if you'd like to try a complimentary RealRyder spin class at 501SP1N, or if you have a fitness or nutrition question. 

Saturday
Feb122011

Beautiful Array of Valentine's Flowers and Gifts at City Gardens Flower Mill

Valentine's Day is Monday!  City Gardens Flower Mill owner, Dan Seefelt, took a few moments to show us some of the gorgeous fresh flowers and gifts available to melt your sweetie's heart.  Call Dan today at 612-332-7377 to place your special order.

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

 Or how about a flower that lasts forever:

Valentines Day

Saturday
Feb122011

Sorella Wine & Spirits has that Perfect Wine for a Special Valentine

When we asked Stacey at Sorella Wine & Spirits for an example of a current special that would work well for Valentine's, she recommended Mumm Napa.  I'm no connoisseur, but the description sounded wonderful: "Crisp and elegantly styled, with floral apple and yeasty spice aromas that lead to layered flavors of baked pear, citrus and creamy vanilla."  

Valentines Day

Friday
Feb112011

This Weekend in Mill City / February 11-13, 2011 

With the Holidays behind us, it's time to restart our weekend preview.  Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis and across the Stone Bridge in Old St. Anthony:

Friday, February 11

Ten Thousand Things' Doubt, A Parable at Open Book

Winter Honors Recitals at MacPhail Center for Music

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Saturday, February 12

Phyllis Root and Eileen Beha Reading at The Loft

Washburn A Mill Tour at Mill City Museum

Talking Image Connection at the Soap Factory

How'd They Do That Workshop at the Guthrie - The Winter's Tale

Family Valentine's Class at MCBA

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Sunday, February 13

Winning Recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off at Mill City Museum

Live Music at the Aster Cafe

Weekend Brunch

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at Spoonriver
750 South 2nd St (at Chicago Ave S)
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-436-2236

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

See the menu...

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch at the Aster Cafe
St. Anthony Main
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-379-3138

Until 2pm.

See the menu...

Sunday

Brunch at Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-339-3388

brunch buffet 10am- 2pm Sunday
$12/person (kids 3 and under eat free, 4-12 years are 1/2 price!)

includes: eggs, bacon, french toast, hash browns, fresh salad and fruit, pastries, build your own omlette bar and more...

featuring absolut bloody bar for $5.

also offering fair trade coffee and full bar.

Thursday
Feb102011

Metrodome Roof Will be Replaced

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission voted unanimously today to replace the roof of the home of the Minnesota Viking, and host to over 300 events per year.

Estimated cost: $18.3 million

Source of funds: Mostly insurance

Completion date: August 1, 2011

Roof size: 10 acres

The Metrodome roof has collapsed four times since it opened, and one of the engineering firms involved in the evaluation stated that even with a new roof, there was a high probability the new inflatable roof would experience a collapse in the future.

Below: Metrodome the morning of the latest collapse

Metrodome Roof Collapse - Mill City Times Exclusive Photos

 

Thursday
Feb102011

Winner of Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition Announced

TLS/KVA was named the winner of the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition today during a press conference at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.  View the presentation and detailed proposal below:

TLS/KVA

TLS/KVA from MRDC on Vimeo.

A set of inter-related design initiatives-focused on health, mobility and green economy-that function at multiple scales and are enhanced by community outreach strategies to raise public awareness about consumer choice impacts on the River system.

View design details...

The other finalists and their designs were:

Ken Smith Workshop

Ken Smith from MRDC on Vimeo.

The river is a catalyst for renewal through new and enhanced park, infrastructure and ecological systems and a series of bold, iconic design scenarios that reflect the area’s history and spirit of place.

View design details...

Turenscape

Turenscape from MRDC on Vimeo.

A fifty-year framework for investment that focuses on: ecological renewal, social equity, new economies and a new identity for the city of the river, and includes a strategic approach to ecological infrastructure, re-orienting urbanism and phasing over time.

View design details...

Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Stoss Landscape and Urbanism from MRDC on Vimeo.

A longer-term transformation that reclaims the river as civic space, introduces new landscapes, infrastructure and urban fabrics, and weaves the multiple new and existing systems and experiences back into the city.

View design details...

Thursday
Feb102011

Yoga: A Transformation - Mind, Body and Spirit - With Breath and Movement

Submitted by Victoria Rico

Whether improvisational or classic theater, actors warm up their voices and bodies with a variety of vocal and physical routines.  Transformation of sound and movement is a warm-up used in acting companies around the country.   The basic steps are and principles are easy:

   1. Make a circle.
   2. Person (A) enters the middle of the circle and creates a sound and a movement.
   3. A explores the sound and movement, which  might morph it into a new sound and movement.
   4. A then moves to another individual in the group (B) and gives the energy – the sound- the movement to B.
   5. B then moves into the circle and explores the sound and movement given by A and further transforms the sound and movement – when fully explored – B gives the sound and movement to another individual in the circle (C).
   6. Each individual takes a go at receiving, exploring and giving energy – through sound and movement to one another in the circle.

In transformation of sound and movement, the actors warm up the body and vocal chords, explore time and space, give and receive one another’s energy and trust.  The concept was recently explored in Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, staged at the Guthrie Theater in May and June of 2010

While transformation of sound and movement is an actor’s tool, the concepts also applies to yoga.  Transformation of the mind, body and spirit can be achieved through each asana practice (physical practice).   While it may seem counterintuitive, losing oneself to each asana (pose) creates the greatest opportunity for transformation.   One can not muscle one’s way into an asana, one must allow the breath to transport the body into each configuration. 

Click here for the full article under the Mill City Times Fitness Blog