Cerro Yuhualixtli, Iztapalapa, Mexico City. Photo by Dolores Nuñez.
Johnny Hazard presents his novel “The Pancho Villa Underground Railroad” on Monday, May 8, at 6:45 p.m. at the Driftwood Char Bar, 4415 Nicollet Ave. S. Fred Whitehead describes the novel as “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.”  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:

Seward History Stories

Matthews Center
2318 29th Ave.

Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Republicans, Reds, Radicals and Reformers: A Brief History of Seward’s Politicians. (Photo: Governor Freeman and family on Seabury Ave., 1958)


Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Railways, Riots and Roustabouts: Seward’s Industrial Past
(Photo: Lunchtime at the Tractor factory, Seward, 1939)

These stories about Seward will feature historical photos, film and maps in a 50-minute show with discussion afterwards. The presentations are curated by Dr. Rick Musser, former professor of journalism at The University of Kansas and a member of the Seward History Committee.
Tickets are $12 per session or $20 for both. Tickets are at the door  or contact Kerry Chshman, Seward Neighborhood Committee at 612-338-6205 or email or call Dick Westby at 612-722-2853.

Somalis in the Twin Cities: A Discussion of Immigration & Politics in Uncertain Times
Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Target Performance Hall, Open Book
1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. 55415
Join us for a timely discussion about supporting an immigrant-friendly community with authors Stefanie Chambers and Ahmed Ismail Yusuf, moderated by Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-Minnesota and introduced by R.T. Rybak.

Protecting Our Environment & Our Health
Wednesday, April 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Think Bank Community Room
3655 Hazelton Rd., Edina 55435
To celebrate Earth Day, Holistic Moms Network welcomes Conservation Minnesota, an organization that advocates for clean energy and strong environmental protections at the state and local levels, including those that protect our health. John Anderson, community coordinator, will discuss water quality and energy issues in our state, and what we can do to help ensure clean air and water in Minnesota. Kathleen Schuler, Healthy Kids and Families program director, will provide an in-depth look at the risks to our health from chemical exposures in our homes and in our environment and what we can do about it. She will provide practical consumer tips on safer products and discuss policies Conservation Minnesota is advocating for at the State Capitol to protect our health from unnecessary exposures to toxic flame retardants and other chemicals.
Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit national organization that connects people who are passionate about holistic health and green living. The Twin Cities Chapter holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of each month, 7-9 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 information email or visit

We Need You To Help Save Our Bees!
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to noon
Boom Island
724 Sibley St., Mpls. 55413
Join the Great River Coalition 5K Bee Fun Run/Walk and River Cleanup along the Minneapolis riverfront beginning and ending in Boom Island Park on Earth Day. To register visit our website at For more information visit us on facebook or

Volunteer Recruiting for Gateway Garden
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.
Nokomis East Gateway Garden
4224 E. 50th St.
Gateway Garden was planted in 2010 by NENA volunteers and hosts only native, indigenous plants, including wild flowers and trees.
Native gardens need support to remain healthy, keeping the space limited to native plantings, and keeping out invasive plantings. The garden is cared for by volunteers, who weed, thin, mulch and “corral” the more enthusiastic tall plants.
Any volunteer who is interested in native gardens/plants is welcome.
No gardening experience is required, but a love of the outdoors helps.
*Note:  April 29 is the back-up date, if rained out. Contact

Kickoff of the Speaker Series: When Climate Change Comes Home
Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m.
Hiawatha School Park
4305 E 42nd St.
Did you know that in July 2011, Moorhead, MN was the hottest place on the planet—with a heat index of 134 degrees and a dewpoint of 88? (MPR Updraft). Or that the tornado of March 6, 2017, was the earliest on record? Climate change is ALREADY affecting Minnesota, but do you know what these changes are going to mean in real, everyday terms?
Transition Longfellow will host the first of a planned 6-part series looking at how climate change will impact our community. April’s speaker is climate adaptation specialist Paul Moss from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The TPT program “Climate and Health” will also be shown and community members can begin to answer the question: “What can we do to prepare our households and our community for the changes ahead?” Beverages and child care will be provided (for children over age 1; younger children can attend with parents). Register at the website.
Future presentations will look at flooding, extreme storms and tornadoes, power outages, heat waves, climate-related illnesses (insect and water-borne) and emergency preparedness. The series will end with the creation of a community preparedness plan. See Preparing for a Changing Climate on the group’s website for more details.

Dining Out For Life
Thursday, April 27, all day
Metro Area
Join us for Dining Out For Life to help raise funds for The Aliveness Project, a nonprofit and community center serving individuals with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota. Eat at one of over 160 participating restaurants on April 27 and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Aliveness Project.  Find the list of participating restaurants here:

Holy Name Spring Rummage Sale
Thursday, April 27, 4 to 8 p.m. (Preview sale. Admission is $1 per person.)
Friday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon (Bag Day ($2 per bag))
Holy Name Catholic Church
3637 11th Ave. S.
We have books, clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, toys and check out our Oval Room with nicer items! For more information, call 612-724-5465. There will be signs for the sale at the 11th Ave. door.

NENA Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Crosstown Covenant Church
5540 30th Ave. S.
Meeting will provide updates on what the organization has been working on and the plans for the future. It’s also an opportunity for members of our community to get involved and provide input on who will represent them on the NENA Board.
NENA will hold elections for the Board of Directors for one seat each for the Minnehaha, Morris Park, and Wenonah neighborhoods; three seats for the Keewaydin neighborhood; and three at-large seats.
Residents (homeowners and renters), property owners and businesses (owners and employees) from Nokomis East are encouraged to run for a board member seat. Members serving on the NENA Board will have the opportunity to shape the future of our community.  The NENA Board meets once a month for most of the year.

MIRAc Fundraiser
Saturday, April 29, 6 to 10 p.m.
Activist Center
4200 Cedar Ave.
MIRAc is an immigrant rights organization fights for legalization for all, an end to ICE raids and deportations and full equality in all areas of life. Resistance Art will be for sale with food, music and fun. Proceeds will go to the Rapid Response Network (direct action), Know Your Rights materials, legal aid and Hot Line development. Follow MIRAc on Facebook. NO TRUMP! NO DEPORTATIONS! NO ISLAMOPHOBIA!

Introduction to Healing of Memories Workshop
Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch included)
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S.
Everyone has a story to tell and every story needs to be heard, acknowledged and respected. This is the first step to personal healing as well as healing of interpersonal relationships. Join us for a free 3-hour experiential introduction to Healing of Memories workshops.
The mini workshop provides a “taste” of the 3-day Healing of Memories workshop designed by Fr. Michael Lapsley, renowned South African anti-apartheid activist. The workshop provides a safe place for those who have experienced the emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses or other trauma to share their stories and gain insight and empathy for themselves and others. During the May 13 workshop participants will participate in one exercise which will help them to tell their story in an atmosphere of confidentiality and respect and enable them to experience what this can mean in their healing journey.
To register please call 612-722-9527. For more information about Healing of Memories contact