Events – Community Calendar

Policing the Police: A Discussion Led By Dave Bicking
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The Loft above Blue Moon Café
3820 E. Lake St.
Dave Bicking served on the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority (CRA) until he was removed for being too critical of the abuses of power the CRA was supposed to review. He is now on the board of Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB).

January Member Meeting of Our Revolution Twin Cities
Sunday, Jan. 21, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
SEIU Local 26
826 18th Ave. NE
Please join us for our monthly member meeting to plug into a movement to defend our communities from hate and rebuild our democracy from the ground up.
We’ll be holding committee breakouts, endorsing candidates for the DFL nomination, electing our board and continuing to advance the political revolution that is necessary now more than ever.
As always, potluck style food and snacks are welcome, but not required!
We will continue the political revolution by engaging progressives to fight for racial, social, environmental and economic justice while building long-term independent political power to elect progressive at all levels of government in Minnesota.

Longfellow Community Council Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
Thursday, Jan. 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Gandhi Mahal Restaurant
3009 27th Ave S
Join us for chili and all the fixings, a variety of sweet treats and a fun-filled evening of community. Try all the chilis, meet the cooks and vote for your favorite recipes! Before the evening is over, we’ll tally the votes and see who will be crowned 2018 Chili Champion! This event is family-friendly! Kids under age 5 eat free. Vegetarian options will be available.
Are you a cook with impressive chili-making-powers? Sign up to compete in the cook-off for a chance to win the coveted trophy and bragging rights for a whole year! Registration is now open through Friday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $10/person in advance, $12 at the door.
Kids under age 5 eat free.

Nokomis East Green Fair
Jan. 27, 12 to 3 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy.
You may know that sustainable, energy-efficient practices at home and work help retain the natural beauty of our community, reduce waste, and can even save you some money. However, sometimes the wealth of information available can seem daunting. Join us in January for a one-stop shop, and get individualized attention and advice.
The event will feature information booths and demonstrations to assist you with creating a more green lifestyle. Learn how to make your yard more climate change resilient, lower your car’s carbon footprint while improving gas mileage, and other useful tips. A child play area with activities will be provided for families attending the fair. The first 100 visitors to the Green Fair will receive a FREE kitchen compost pail!
Does your organization or business have a sustainability focus? Exhibitor booths are free for this event! Contact Program and Communication Manager Lauren Hazenson to receive an application.

WAMM Presents: An Evening with Lorna Landvik
Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m. (gathering); 7:15 p.m. (program)
St. Joan of Arc, Hospitality Hall
4537 3rd Ave. S.
Lorna Landvik is author of 11 novels including “Patty Jane’s House of Curl” (in which one character moves back to Minnesota from California and does legal work “pro bono for WAMM—Women Against Military Madness…”) and “Once in a Blue Moon Lodge,” which includes this scene:
“ ‘Get a job,’ yelled a man slowly driving by in an SUV. The group responded, as they did to all hecklers, by giving the peace sign … the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge Peace Vigil had been a long-standing Wednesday date on Ione’s [calendar] … “
Lorna Landvik promises to regale us with stories from her life as a writer, actor, comic, wife, mother and peace marcher.
A benefit for WAMM!
Suggested donation: $10-$25, nobody will be turned away. All are welcome!
Refreshments, plus opportunity to bid on silent auction items and gift certificates!

Fix-It Clinic
Feb. 10, 12 to 4 p.m.
Crosstown Covenant Church
5540 30th Ave. S.
Got broken stuff at home? Learn valuable repair skills at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic. Residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more, and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items.
Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. Free.
For more information, visit or contact program coordinator Nancy Lo at or 612-348-9195.

Book Launch for “Just One Question: A Road Trip Memoir”
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.
Common Good Books
38 Snelling Ave., St. Paul 55105
“If you could ask everyone you met one question, what would you ask?   Armed with this single question, I drove out into America and spent six months interviewing people, to learn more about our great country and those who inhabit it. I was at a crossroads in my life and hoped that by engaging others I would find my own path in the world.”

Support the Valve Turners Necessity Defense 
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.
Minnesota Court of Appeals
25 Rev Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul
The decision by Judge Robert Tiffany to allow the necessity defense in the Minnesota Valve Turner case was appealed. We have an opportunity to support the defense by attending the oral argument.
From Common Dreams:
Judge Robert Tiffany ruled that four activists who participated in the #ShutItDown action—in which pipelines across five states were temporarily disabled, halting the flow of tar sands oil from Canada into the U.S.—may present scientists and other expert witnesses to explain the immediate threat of climate change to justify their action.
This case in Minnesota involves valve turners Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein.  “What we did is not in dispute,” said Klapstein. “The only question before the jury will be whether our action was necessary to prevent imminent climate catastrophe.  Now we’ll be able to present evidence connecting the devastation we’re seeing—from hurricanes in the Caribbean to wildfires throughout western North America—to an oil-soaked political system utterly failing to respond.”

Growler Gala #3: Benefit for Roosevelt Theater
Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
3010 Minnehaha Ave.
Advocates of Roosevelt Theater Arts presents the 3rd Annual Growler Gala fundraiser for Roosevelt Theater. Featuring live music by Wanaku and The Betsies, a growler walk, silent auction and more. Come enjoy a night out with your neighbors and support community theater.
Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Please see Facebook event page for updates.

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