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Thursday
May182017

Above the Falls Sports Now Offers a Downtown Historical Recumbent Trike Tour

UPDATE May 24, 2017:

Per Above the Falls Sports: "No longer doing trike tours but we do have a variety of Trident Trikes for sale! Still running kayak tours on the Mississippi! Contact us via email at info@abovethefallssports.com or call us at 612-825-8983!"

 

Above the Falls Sports, 120 N 3rd Avenue, now offers a Downtown Historical Trike Tour- discover the history of Downtown Minneapolis on a recumbent trike alongside the shores of the Mississippi. From flour mills, to beautifully sculpted parkland, this trip encapsulates what Minneapolis was and what it came to be.

The tour is approximately 3 hours and the cost is $60 per person + tax/optional gratuity.

Wednesday
May172017

MPRB Begins the Process of Food Vendor Selection for Water Works 

The Water Works project includes a riverfront pavilion where a food vendor will operate

Via a May 17 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and philanthropic partner, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) are excited to request expressions of interest from food vendors seeking to create a food experience for Water Works on the downtown Minneapolis riverfront.

A project of the RiverFirst Initiative, Water Works is a transformational park development project in Mill Ruins Park overlooking St. Anthony Falls. The project includes creation of a new café space built into excavated mill walls with an address on West River Parkway and indoor/outdoor dining spaces.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) invite interested food vendors to submit an expression of interest communicating their food concept along with team and financial details. Find more information and the formal Request for Information by visiting MPRB's Business Opportunities page.

Wednesday
May172017

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul Celebrates David Lynch

Starting Friday, May 26, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul celebrates the brilliance and creativity of the singular auteur, David Lynch, with presentations of the new documentary on Lynch’s formative years and early artistic career, DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE.
This screening will be presented as a Double Feature with THE SHORT FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH, a digitally restored collection of six short films crafted by Lynch between 1967-1974, plus a one-minute film from 1995.
40th Anniversary: Eraserhead
Also screening will be the 40th Anniversary DCP restoration of ERASERHEAD, David Lynch’s debut monochrome masterpiece and cult sensation.
Tuesday
May162017

What's Happening at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA)

Via a May 16 e-newsletter from Minnesota Center for Book Arts:

Northern Spark Community Art Making Party
Saturday, May 20; 6-9pm
MCBA's print studio

Join us as we screen print t-shirts, cut out paper leaves, and fold tiny letterpress books for TransitionNOW!, a Northern Spark project dedicated to sharing ways to reduce your carbon footprint and create a sustainable future.

TransitionNOW! is also looking for 100 people to wear the screenprinted t-shirts on June 10th for Northern Spark. A few shirts will be available on the evening of May 20th for you to screenprint, or you can bring your own pre-washed black or darkly colored t-shirt to print on. To learn more about TransitionNOW! and ways to reduce your carbon footprint, visit the Twin Cities Transition website.

Northern Spark 2017 is a free, all-night art event exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects in neighborhoods along Metro Transit’s Green Line.

Call for Zines!
MCBA and Twin Cities Zine Fest are seeking submissions for the upcoming Free For All Zine Lounge, which will be featured in the 2017 Book Art Biennial's exhibition programming. Zines can be mailed to Aaron King c/o Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55404. Submissions are due May 22. The Zine Lounge will be open May 29 thru Aug 13. Donated zines will be added to MCBA's James and Marilynn Alcott Library.

The weather is warming up! Is your family ready for summer?
MCBA is proud to partner with a series of fantastic arts and cultureal centers across the Twin Cities to offer camps and classes for kids and tweens. Have fun experimenting with the book arts, plus dabble in clay, photography, theater, writing, and more! Give your child the opportunity to expand their creativity and experience many different art forms in a fun, hands-on environment.

For a complete listing of summer camps and to register, visit our Youth Camps website. Spots are filling up fast. Reserve yours today!

Join our team!
We are currently accepting applications for a full-time Marketing and Communications Coordinator to create and coordinate our print, digital, and social media communications.

The deadline to apply is next Friday, May 26 at 5pm CST. For a complete position description and to submit your application, please visit our website.

Tuesday
May162017

Mill City Summer Opera Tickets On Sale Now - Reserve Early!

The sultry lament of the bandoneon, the thrilling atmosphere, alluring tango dancers, and a wildly acclaimed cast new to Twin Cities opera audiences, will take the stage for Mill City Summer Opera’s 2017 chosen production Maria de Buenos Aires, by famed tango composer, Astor Piazzolla.

The stellar cast and creative team for this year’s production includes the key casting of Colombian soprano Catalina Cuervo in the leading role of Maria. As Maria, Cuervo has performed the role worldwide and is often referred to as the Fiery Soprano. Starring with her is baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco who has been hailed for his vocal and dramatic presence in the signature role of El Payador.

Opening night is Friday, July 14, with additional performances July 16, 18, 19 and 20.

With a ticket to the opera, attendees will be guided through dance instruction by professional tango dancers prior to the performance. After watching the tango performed as part of the opera performance, those that wish may join in the be dance with the cast to the splendid music that compliments the dangerous dance that is the tango.

Doors open at 7:00pm with tango dancing, the show begins at 8:00pm and more tango dancing at 9:30pm.

In light of the Ruins Courtyard’s extensive renovation throughout the Summer of 2017, MCSO is taking the opera across the Stone Arch Bridge for our sixth season. The shift in venue to the Machine Shop, 300 2nd Street SE, is temporary as restoration work continues in the Ruins Courtyard.

Tickets: http://www.millcitysummeropera.org/

Sunday
May142017

Scenes from the May 13 Mill City Farmers Market

Mother's Day was the focus of the May 13 Mill City Farmers Market, and many of them were treated to personal flower containers created by their little ones.

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Pam from Prairie Hollow Farm never disappoints when it comes to morel mushrooms!

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Superior Switchel is a new vendor for the 2017 season. Melina Lamer crafts her version of this tangy ginger-infused beverage that was popular with farmers in the 19th century.

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Milly the goat!

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 13, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Sunday
May142017

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

Article by Claudia Kittock 


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

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

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

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

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

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

How can you help this worthy cause?

·  Learn more about Hippy Feet

·  Buy socks

·  Follow Hippy Feet on Facebook

·  Watch for tickets for the gallery event in July.

Claudia can be reached at claudia@millcitymedia.org

Sunday
May142017

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

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

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

Take the survey, images included...

Sunday
May142017

May 19 is Bike to Work Day

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

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

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

Saturday
May132017

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Martin, center 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Claudia can be reached at claudia@millcitymedia.org


Friday
May122017

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

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

Details:

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

Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue

 

Adult bikes only, please!  

 

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

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

 

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

Friday
May122017

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

Article by Claudia Kittock

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

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

Admission is free!

Thursday
May112017

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

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

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

 

Thursday
May112017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re Hiring!

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

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

Thursday
May112017

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

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

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

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

You can also take the online survey.

Wednesday
May102017

May 11 is Nice Ride Day!

Nice Ride Day this Thursday, May 11th.

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

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

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

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

Via a May 9 News Release from Meet Minneapolis:

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER

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

Tuesday
May092017

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

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

Monday
May082017

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

Via a May 8 News Release from Meet Minneapolis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS

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

Sunday
May072017

Opening Day at the 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Farmers Market Vendor Event

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Farmers Market Vendor Event

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Northern Fires Pizza is back!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

First fresh pickings of the season!

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Burning River Farm offers CSA shares.

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

Milly the Goat! :D

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

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

May 6, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market