Johnny Hazard’s novel “The Pancho Villa Underground Railroad” is available at Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S. Hazard was founder of the Heathen Science Monitor and opinion columnist for the Minnesota Daily. He has published fiction or journalism in Southside Pride, The Rag Blog (Austin, Texas), Counterpunch, Z Magazine, and Pulse of the Twin Cities.   He was a bicycle messenger in downtown Minneapolis before becoming a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1992 to 2000 and is now professor of English at Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM). The usual Monday night acoustic jam session at the Driftwood follows. To contact the author:

“A modern and even post-modern picaresque chronicle of our era, traversing the decadence of Bohemian Grove in California, the radical collectives of various U.S. Midwestern and Southwestern cities, and on down to a Mexico seething with discontent, conspiracies and revolt, all punctuated by unusual wit.”  –Fred Whitehead, writer and editor, Kansas City, Kansas
 “It seems that Johnny Hazard will never lose his good humor in spite of everything . . . He’s a provocateur, a spirit that parodies everyone and everything.”   – Rafael Catana, rock singer/songwriter, Mexico City



The Joys and Challenges of Motherhood
Wednesday, May 17, 7 to 9 p.m.
Think Bank Community Room
3655 Hazelton Rd., Edina 55435
Happy Mother’s Day!  Join the Twin Cities Chapter of Holistic Moms Network for a discussion about the ups and downs of motherhood, how to maintain balance and what you’ve been surprised by and learned since becoming a mother.  Nurture yourself by joining other mothers in this discussion, while enjoying healthy snacks and free chair massages (massages provided by Wellness @ Work).
Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit national organization that connects people who are passionate about holistic health and green living. The Twin Cities Chapter holds monthly meetings the third Wed of each month, 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are free and open to the public. No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic journey, you are welcome! Children are welcome. For more info e-mail or visit or

Hennepin County Misdemeanor Warrant Forgiveness Day
Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th St.
This criminal justice community collaboration event is an opportunity for people with an eligible misdemeanor warrant to clear their warrant without being arrested.
Participants also have the opportunity to resolve their case after meeting with a public defender and a prosecutor. Settlements may include:
• doing community service work at or near the event
• getting time to pay a fine
• scheduling a court date in the future to handle or dispute the case.
If you participate in this event, your warrant will be cleared or resolved before you leave.

Rock the Barn
Saturday, May 20, 3 to 7 p.m.
Dodge Nature Center, Farm Entrance 3
1701 Charlton St., W. St. Paul 55118
Round up the entire family for Dodge’s annual farm and music festival. Join a tour of the barn where you will meet live animals up close. Your child will also have the chance to experience a “day in the life” by taking part in farm chores and old-fashioned games. Everyone will enjoy the live music in the atmosphere, mixed with opportunities like face painting, ice cream, and raffle entry. Proceeds from this event support Dodge Nature Preschool scholarships.  Cost at the gate: $8/person or $30/family; 651-455-4531;

Folwell at Minnehaha Falls
Saturday, May 20, 1 to 4 p.m.
Minnehaha Falls
4801 S. Minnehaha Dr.
The students from Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet will be performing all afternoon and visual art students will be selling their prints.  There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes.  We hope to see you there!

Neighborhood Night—The Jewish Connection to the Land of Israel
Wednesday, May. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/Lower Level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Israel has been in the news a lot lately.  Are you interested in knowing more about your Jewish neighbors?  Heidi Schneider, a speaker from the Jewish Community Relations Council, will present on “The Jewish Connection to the Land of Israel” for our May Neighborhood Night.  Her presentation provides a look at Judaism’s ancient connection to the land in the Middle East that we now call Israel, and how Israel became the world’s only Jewish state.  She tells the story using examples from Jewish tradition, history, geography, and demography to show the connection that the Jewish people throughout the world have to the modern state of Israel.   She will also share reflections on her own personal connection to Israel.  If you have an interest in knowing more about Judaism, Jews in your community and about Israel in this time of conflict, bring your questions and your curiosity.  Discussion and Q&A time included and coffee will be served.  Join us and bring a friend for this chance to get to know neighbors better.  For more info visit or call 612-724-5465.

All School Yard and Bake Sale
Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wenonah School
5625 23rd Ave. S.
(on the north playground (56th St., between 23rd and 24th Ave.)
1st and 2nd Grade Student Council, Lake Nokomis Community School – Wenonah Campus Purpose:  to purchase new picnic tables for our playground
Items:  fine art, handmade quilt, collectibles, children’s books and clothes, records, small appliances, book shelves, etc.

Know Your Rights Training
Monday, June 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Surly Brewery, Scheid Hall
520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Mpls. 55414
You are invited to attend a training to learn about what to do if you are stopped by law enforcement. Everyone should know what their rights are around law enforcement.
We will cover the following topics:
• Rights around local police when stopped for questioning.
• Search and seizure rights. When can the police search you? When can your property be seized?
• What are your rights around Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?
• Information you can share with your friends or family who may be fearful of deportation.
• What to do if you or someone you know have had their rights violated.
This event is open for anyone to attend, and we encourage attendees to pass on the information learned to other people who may be targets of law enforcement. Know your rights materials will be available in English, Spanish and Somali, but the presentation will be done in English.
Light snacks will be provided and beverages will be available for purchase.