Events – Community Calendar

Get up close with nine gorgeous gardens at the 2018 Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour
Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nine gardens in South Minneapolis and Richfield
Coordinated by volunteers with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program—Hennepin County, this year’s tour showcases nine gardens in Minneapolis and Richfield with on-site gardening advice from dozens of trained Master Gardener Volunteers.
The annual event features unique home gardens designed and tended by Master Gardener Volunteers who live in Hennepin County, as well as a community garden that began as a Victory Garden in 1943. This year’s self-guided tour includes food trucks at select stops, a Book Nook with a variety of books for kids and adults, and the Garden Shed, which offers fun and useful gardening accessories. Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand at each garden, conducting demonstrations at various education stations covering topics such as hydroponics, native plants and composting.
Last year, a record-breaking 800-plus people attended the tour, which is accessible to visitors who arrive on foot or by bike or car.
The tour is held rain or shine. Single tickets are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the tour. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Children under 12 get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. All proceeds help support the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program—Hennepin County community programs. Admission includes entry to all nine gardens and a booklet with garden descriptions, on-site demonstration details and driving directions. To buy tickets and learn more about the Learning Garden Tour, visit or stop by the Extension Master Gardener Hennepin County office at 479 Prairie Center Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344. For details about the Hennepin County Master Gardener Program, call 612-596-2130 or email


The Town Hall Forum: Mandela’s Way: Lessons For An Uncertain Age
Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m.
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
Richard Stengel is a journalist, author and former managing editor of Time. He has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, New Republic, Spy and The New York Times, and he appears regularly on television as a political commentator. In 2013, he accepted the position of Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Obama administration. He served as the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, which was established by Congress to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution. He collaborated with Nelson Mandela on Mandela’s autobiography, “The Long Walk to Freedom” and he was a producer of the documentary film “Mandela.” He is the author of the book “Mandela’s Way.”

The City of Minneapolis Invites You To Take A Look At The proposed Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan
Thursday, May 31, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Powderhorn Recreation Center
3400 15th Ave. S.
The event will feature family-friendly activities created by local artists, as well as free food from local businesses. Throughout the event, you can view and comment on draft policies and maps that are intended to achieve the plan goals. You will also have the opportunity to sit down with city planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussions on specific action steps listed in the draft plan.”
The Plan is already controversial. The Mayor and Council President have proposed up-zoning the entire city to allow for more density and to provide affordable housing. People in rich neighborhoods object because they want to protect their single family homes, and people in poor neighborhoods object because they don’t believe increased density will be spread throughout the City but will end up, where it always has, in their neighborhoods.

6th Annual Neighborhood Ice Cream Social & Sidewalk Sale
Thursday, June 21, 4 to 7 p.m.
56th & Chicago Ave. S.
Join us for ice cream, hot dogs, shopping, bouncy house and more. Everyone invited.

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