Events – Community Calendar

Frisbee at Brackett
Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Brackett Park
2728 S. 39th Ave.
It’s purposely a low-barrier-to-entry group and style of play. If you kind-of maybe know how to throw a frisbee and are ok with some light jogging, this game is for you! Feel free to come and go as you need anytime between 5:30 p.m. and dusk, and come out as often as you want. Just show up or contact Mike via email to get on the list for weekly invites and reminders.

The Town Hall Forum: What We Can Learn from Flint, Michigan
Tuesday, Oct. 16, noon
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
Mona Hanna-Attisha is an associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a pediatrician at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Michigan. She has been acclaimed internationally for her research that exposed elevated levels of lead in the blood of the children of Flint. She directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a public health program committed to researching, monitoring and mitigating the impact of the Flint water crisis. The daughter of Iraqi immigrants, she is the author of “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.” She received her BS and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Fall Foraging
Saturday, Oct. 20, 1 to 3 p.m.
Meet at the park on the corner of 3rd Ave. S. and E. 24th St. in Minneapolis.
Fall is upon us, bringing with it a new season of delectable wild foods. Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging as we learn what foods fall has to offer the urban forager. We will focus on black walnuts and crab apples, as they are two species which are now legal to harvest in Minneapolis Parks! Free of charge, but donations are accepted. Space is limited! Please register by Thursday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. For more details or to register, please visit, email, or call 612-440-5958.

Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) Annual Meeting, Mixer and Dinner
Saturday, Oct. 20, 5 to 7 p.m.
3023 4th Ave. S.
This year’s event will be a chance to get to know the people who are currently involved with CANDO in different capacities, and to let us know what kinds of things you want to see and participate in. We’ll break for a free community dinner then finish with a little business, like board member elections and announcements about changes to our funding structures.

Open House on Nokomis Groundwater and Surface Water Issues
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Lynnhurst Recreation Center
1345 W. Minnehaha Pkwy.
Participating Agencies:
The City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the Department of Natural Resources and Hennepin County
As part of efforts to keep area residents informed and engaged, the Nokomis Area Groundwater and Surface Water Evaluation team is planning an open house. No formal presentations are planned, but interagency staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions on a variety of topics related to groundwater and surface water issues in the area. For more information visit

2018 Immigration Law Forum: Civil Rights Behind Bars
Friday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. & Saturday, Nov. 3
University of Minnesota Law School (Walter F. Mondale Hall)
229 19th Ave. S., Mpls. 55455
The James H. Binger Center for New Americans and Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice are pleased to invite you to a two-day forum. Topics include troubling trends in immigration enforcement and detention, the use of federal court litigation to protect immigrants and lessons from the civil rights era.
Attendees will hear from leading litigators and educators from across the country who are involved in high-profile cases at all levels of the immigration adjudication system including the United States Supreme Court.
The cost for a community member is $15. Students, free.
Morning coffee and lunch will be provided on both days. Friday evening reception. To make disability-related accommodations or dietary requests email Liz Coffield,

The Town Hall Forum: Presidents of War: 1807 to Modern Times
Tuesday, Nov. 13, noon
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
Michael Beschloss is an award-winning author of nine books on presidential history. He is the presidential historian for NBC News and a contributor to PBS NewsHour. A graduate of Williams College and Harvard Business School, he has served as a historian for the Smithsonian Institution, as a senior associate member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and as a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation. His books on the presidency include, among others, “The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963”; “The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany” and “Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989.” His latest book, “Presidents of War,” will be published in October. He is the recipient of the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award, the New York State Archives Award, and the Rutgers University Living History Award. He is a trustee of the White House Historical Association and the National Archives Foundation and a former trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Next Generation of Parks with Florence Williams, author of “The Nature Fix” 
Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave. S.
Tickets are free. Reserve seats at
“Walk into a forest and within five minutes your body and brain start to change,” says Florence Williams, the journalist and author of “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.” Williams is the opening night speaker in the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s 2018-2019 Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series, which focuses on how parks contribute to our emotional, physical, social and cultural health.
Williams, who is a podcaster and public speaker in addition to her work as an author and journalist, spent two years researching and writing “The Nature Fix.” Her talk will delve into what she learned during her investigations – how scientists in Japan quantified the benefits of forest bathing, where school bullies are sent on the “happy train” for nature-based rehabilitation, and what “dose of nature” is most effective (hint: five hours a month is good; more is better).
When the Minneapolis Park System was founded in the late 1800s, parks were thought of as an antidote to ailments associated with rapid industrialization, like low mood and a lack of physical activity. Fast-forward to today, and we’re surrounded by a digital environment, as well as a concrete one. “In Theodore Wirth’s time, only about 30% of Minnesota’s population lived in Minneapolis and St. Paul. By 2040, six in 10 Minnesotans will live in the Twin Cities,” says Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis parks Foundation. “It’s more important than ever that we protect and expand access to nature, because parks are the places that connect us, heal us, and make us whole.”
Who should attend: nature lovers, big-thinkers, urban dwellers, parents, concerned citizens, placemakers, environmentalists. Ultimately, Williams challenges us to ask, “How can cities make places of awe and restoration?”

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