Community News

Volunteer Opportunity In Minneapolis and
Surrounding Area
Become a Senior Companion by making friendly visits to older adults in need and connecting them to community. Senior Companions are 55+; give 10-15 hours a week; earn $150 to $200 a month or more tax free; receive mileage reimbursement and other benefits. Contact Kate Lecher 651-310-9447; kate.lecher@lssmn.org.


Soldiers and Veterans
Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church (lower level)
2511 E. Franklin Ave.
The Mission Project was founded in 2005 by Mary Bergerson, the disabled widow of Sgt. Douglas Bergerson, in order to honor his memory and military service following his suicide. We lose 23 soldiers/veterans to suicide every day. It is her vision to put an end to this by keeping others from following in his footsteps.
The most important thing soldiers need from us is to know they are not alone, that people care and that we are here to help and support them. We are committed to mental health, advocacy, reintegration, suicide prevention, camaraderie and fellowship.
Veteran-driven support groups, sponsored by the Mission Project, meet weekly and provide free resources such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, live music, a community meal and veteran resource tables. Families, friends and support systems are welcome to come along. One group meets in Lakeville, but there’s one in South Minneapolis now, at Bethany Lutheran Church.  Call 952-393-7524 for more information.


Cohousing Information Session
Bassett Creek Cohousing

3rd Sunday of Every Month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Society
900 Mt. Curve Ave., Mpls. 55403
We invite you to join us for this free event and learn what cohousing is. At this session you will find out about cohousing in general and about Bassett Creek Cohousing in particular. Please join us as we work together to create a neighborhood that is dedicated to everyone having an equal say in how the community is created and then an equal say in how it is managed.  Cohousing is a concept that comes out of Denmark, a country which has the highest happiness index in the world. Live longer and have more community.  Come join us to explore what cohousing is. Check out our website at www.bassettcreek.us.  We hope to see you there!


Healing Waters Qigong Practice Group
Wednesdays year round, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center
2701 E. 44th St.
Healing by the water, through the water and for the water. Learn simple Spring Forest Qigong healing movements and guided meditations for health. Every week we practice sending our healing to the world and blessing Lake Hiawatha. Cost is $5. emily@wisdomdances.com


Food Addicts Anonymous
Fridays, 8 to 9 p.m.

United Church of Christ
3805 E. 40th St.
All welcome. For more information contact Shea 612-722-5064 or visit website foodaddictsanonymous.org.


Become a Minnesota Reading Corps Preschool Literacy Tutor with Way to Grow
If you are passionate about education and Early Childhood Literacy, then join us at Way to Grow and make difference in a child’s life as Minnesota Reading Corps Preschool Literacy Tutor. Way to Grow has three part-time Reading Corps positions available at our preschools, M-F, for eleven months beginning in August. You’ll receive a stipend, training and onsite coaching. To learn how you can inspire a child, contact Craig Allen at callen@mplswaytogrow.org.


Healthy Seniors Exercise Classes
***Mondays, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
51st St. & 34th Ave. S.
***Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m. 
Bethel Lutheran Church
42nd St. & 17th Ave. S.
Free blood pressure checks are available on Thursdays. $2 donation gladly received.


Volunteering at Minneapolis Adult Education
2225 E. Lake St.
612-668-3984
abe.mpls.k12.mn.us/volunteer
Classroom assistants are needed once a week in ESL, math, reading and writing. There are volunteer openings in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Training is provided.


Gamblers Anonymous
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Living Table Church
3805 E. 40th St. (Hope Room)
Anyone with a desire to stop gambling is welcome.


Make-and-Take Drop-in Sessions
Every Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Junket: Tossed & Found
4049 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Each week, join Junket’s Artist-In-Residence, Meg Erke, for a casual, FREE, hands-on creative experience using found and repurposed materials. You’ll leave this little adventure with a simple piece, made by you.
Drop in at the shop anytime between 6:30 and 8 p.m. to try your hand at a fun and easy DIY project. All ages and stages welcome!


Men’s Al-Anon Meeting    
Mondays, 5:45 to 8 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave. S.
Many recovery groups meet at Plymouth.  They’re independent groups, not sponsored by the church. The al-anon meeting listed is for men only. Check www.plymouth.org for AA and SAA groups.  Click on Caring and Support and Addiction Recovery in the drop-down menu.


Weekly 12-Step Groups
Mondays (AA), 7 p.m.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays (AA), 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays (NA), 7:30 p.m.
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S.
All groups meet in the Fellowship Hall. Feel free to call the church office at 612-722-9527 for more information. Or check www.aa.org or www.na.org. All are welcome to attend.


Nokomis Healthy Seniors
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church
4120 17th Ave. S.
For more info call NHS at 612-729-5499.
***Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Drop in for free blood pressure check, treats, coloring time, fellowship and conversation. All are welcome. Free. While you’re here, learn about all of our other programs, including exercise, games, movies, support groups and more (some fees apply to these activities).
***2nd Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.
Lunch and a Movie. Freewill offering.
***Monday – Friday
Exercise classes focus on increasing strength and flexibility. They also include modified/chair exercise and yoga. Freewill offering.


LSS Volunteer Opportunity
If you are 55 or older and would like to visit isolated adults in Minneapolis and surrounding areas to provide in-home companionship and transportation, please contact Kate Neuhaus at Lutheran Social Service, 651-310-9447 or kate.neuhaus@lssmn.org. You will receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits.


Hosmer Library
347 36th St. S.
612-543-6900
http://www.hclib.org
Register online or call for all events.


Franklin Library
1314 E. Franklin Ave.
612-543-6925
http://www.hclib.org
Register online or call for all events.

*** Bike Maintenance Basics
Friday, May 25, 2 to 3 p.m.
Do you know how to fix a flat tire? In this demonstration-style class by a Freewheel Bike technician, learn the essentials of bike maintenance from removing wheels to replacing an inner tube to lubing the chain without covering yourself in oil.


East Lake Library
2727 E. Lake St.
612-543-8425
http://www.hclib.org
Register online or call for all events.

*** Documentary Mondays: Michael Jackson
Monday, May 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Join us for a viewing of a 2009 documentary, Michael Jackson’s “This is It.” You are welcome to bring your own comfortable seats.

*** Curious Community: Woodblock Printmaking
Sunday, June 10, 2 to 4 p.m.
Longfellow resident and artist Jean Shannon will introduce the modern Japanese “self-carved, self-printed” sosaku hanga style of woodblock printmaking with examples from Japanese artists and Shannon’s own work. Shannon will demonstrate preparing the drawing, carving the woodblock and printing with waterproof ink. Print from a carved block, and/or hand-color a finished print. Curious Community is a program series celebrating the spaces, faces and places of the Longfellow Community.

*** Chair Yoga
Tuesday, June 19, 6:15 to 7 p.m.
Small group session of easy yoga and calming breath work. Comfortable, loose clothing is recommended.

*** Live Show: Jack and Kitty
Saturday, June 23, 1 to 2 p.m.
Entering PreK-grade 6. Enjoy fun, interactive acoustic/folk music with Jack and Kitty, an Emmy Award-winning acoustic duo. Sponsor: Friends of the Hennepin County Library, MELSA (Metropolitan Library Services Agency).


Roosevelt Library
4026 28th Ave. S.
612-543-6700
http://www.hclib.org
Register online or call for all events.


Nokomis Library
5100 34th Ave. S.
612-543-6800
http://www.hclib.org
Register online or call for all events.

*** Author Talk: Naomi Kritzer
Thursday, May 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Kritzer, a Locus Award and Hugo Award winner, will talk about her science fiction and fantasy books. She was nominated for a Nebula Award for her 2015 short story, “Cat Pictures Please.”

*** Nature Trading Place
Thursday, June 14, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Learn about natural history, biology and geology by trading items at the Nature Trading Place at Nokomis Library. Bring in your objects, drawings, or photographs of natural objects, and earn points in trade for books, prizes, and other items in the collection. Sponsor: Friends of the Nokomis Library.

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