Events – Community Calendar

Community Meeting for the 44th MayDay Parade
Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Avalon Theatre
1500 E. Lake St.
We invite you to join with neighbors and MayDay artists in a conversation about where we are as a community right now: our hopes, concerns and images that resonate and inspire as we look toward this New Year.
The MayDay staff presents their ideas for a theme garnered from the ideas shared at the first community meeting. Meeting participants then give feedback—asking questions, offering ideas and helping network possibilities for furthering the theme.
All are welcome!

The Town Hall Forum: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
Thursday, March 22, noon
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
Suzy Hansen is an American journalist and editor. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she moved to Istanbul in 2007 after receiving a journalism fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs to write on Turkish politics and foreign affairs. Since then, she has traveled to Libya, Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, Kuwait, India, Kenya and beyond to study and reflect on socio-political issues. She is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, London Review of Books, Vogue and Bloomberg Businessweek. Her first book, “Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World,” is a memoir exploring her assumptions about American beneficence abroad, America’s role in the Middle East, and its standing in the world.

Pancake Breakfast and Abandoned Art Sale
Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
courageous HeARTS’
2235 E. 38th St.
What’s better than a pancake breakfast? An ART PANCAKE breakfast! heARTS is putting a spin on the classic to raise money for our studio scholarship program so that ALL members of our community can participate in our space.
For the minimum donation, you’ll get all-you-can-eat classic pancakes, toppings bar, fruit salad, juice and coffee.
For an extra $2, you can make your own art pancakes, or choose from our preselected designs and we’ll make it for you!
Suggested donation: Kids – $3; Teens/Seniors – $5; Adults – $6
We’ll also be hosting our very first Abandoned Art Sale. You can purchase almost finished work for your walls and incomplete art that inspires your creative spirit.
We will accept cash and cards at the door.

Just One Question: Celebrity Questions and Book Reading
Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vine Arts Gallery
2637 27th Ave. S.
Join Ty Sassaman at the Vine Arts Gallery in the Ivy Building for a reading and signing of his book, “Just One Question: A Road Trip Memoir.” The central question of the book is “If you could ask everyone you met just one question, what would you ask?” Many famous people have participated and postcards from Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, Desmond Tutu and 100 others’ answers will be on display. This event is free and open to the public.

Maple Magic
Sunday, March 25, 1 to 3 p.m.
Washburn Fair Oaks Park
Corner of 22nd St. E. and 3rd Ave. S.
Maple trees, especially the sugar maple, are tapped in spring to gain access to the sap. Often this is boiled down into syrup, but maple sap is a wonderful product in its own right. Lightly sweet and full of trace minerals, it’s a traditional spring tonic that has been enjoyed by humans for untold centuries. Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging to learn how to identify maple trees and participate in a tree-tapping demo. Samples of maple sap will be served. We will also discuss boiling sap into syrup. Sliding scale $10-$40. Scholarships are available. This event is wheelchair accessible. For more details or to register, please visit or email

#MeToo and the ACLU: Fighting for Gender Equity in the Workplace
Thursday, March 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S. Washington Ave.
Join us during Women’s History Month for a discussion on what the future of the #MeToo movement looks like and how that will play out in our legislature and our courts. Gillian Thomas, the director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, will discuss where we go moving forward in the continued fight for gender equity in the workplace. Gillian is the author of “Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work.”
Gillian will be joined by Minnesota Rep. Erin Maye Quade, who came forward last fall with her own experiences of sexual harassment at the Capitol and has been championing for reform.
Tickets are $15 and include entry and one drink.

Annual Rummage Sale
Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (bagtime starts at noon)
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S.
Lunch is served with the best sloppy jo’s and homemade bars available for purchase. Stop by and check it out.

Annual Civil War Symposium
April 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Historic Fort Snelling
101 Snelling Lake Rd., W. St. Paul 55111
Speakers will address Immigrants and the Civil War and relate stories of Irish, Germans and Scandinavians who enlisted in the Union Army. The role of these new citizens was critical to provide manpower to save the Union and liberate millions of enslaved African Americans.
Following an overview introduction by William Kurtz, attendees will learn about Germans from New Ulm, the Irish Fenians, and Minnesota Sharpshooter Halvor Quie as related by his grandson former Governor Albert Quie. A lively final session will feature The Civil War in song and story.
Tickets are $10. An optional buffet lunch is available for $15 to the first 100 purchasers. Advance registration is recommended due to limited auditorium seating.
For further information and to register, please contact the Twin Cities Civil War Round Table: or email

The Town Hall Forum: Healing the Effects of Childhood Adversity and Trauma
Tuesday, April 10, noon
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician and advocate for children’s health. She is the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, which researches the impact of adverse childhood experiences on long-term health, behavior and learning. She has shared her findings at the Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatrics, Google Zeitgeist and Dreamforce. An advisor to the Too Small to Fail initiative, which promotes the importance of early brain and language development in children, she is the author of the new book “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.” She is the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism in Medicine Award and the Heinz Award for the Human Condition.

Piano Recital and Songs
Sunday, Apr. 22, 4 p.m.
Latvian Lutheran Church
3152 17th Ave. S.
Tickets at the door: $23; students $5; children 16 and under free.
Latvian musicians Andrejs Osokins, pianist, and Katrina Gupalo, singer, will present a recital of piano music and songs of Edit Piaf. Osokins is one of the most sought-after Latvian pianists. Gupalo is an extraordinary singer whose repertoire ranges from classical works to popular music. She is also an actress and highly skilled pianist.

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