Events – Community Calendar

Most events have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus.

We will try to keep you informed about programs that are ongoing or have moved online.

With the arts community so hard hit by cancellations, we encourage you to consider donating the value of your pre-purchased admission/enrollment by not requesting a refund. 

Thank you for supporting South Minneapolis!


Virtual Farm Babies
Minnesota Zoo
Through May 17
From the Minnesota Zoo straight into your home, Farm Babies are here! The springtime tradition continues as we virtually celebrate a new group of Farm Babies each week. Go to get your baby fix, with photos, videos and more. It’s a cuteness overload!

Poets and Pints Online
Wednesday, May 20
6:30 to 10 p.m.
Hosted by Cracked Walnut on Zoom and YouTube. This month will be the March show that we didn’t have because of COVID-19.We have amazing artists in the show, including host Tony Plocido, George Colburn, Dara Syrkin, Kennedy V. Lang, Emily McGuire from Lancaster, Pa., and PrimOne ThePoet from Kansas City, Mo., plus an Open Mic. See our Facebook event page for more info, including the Zoom link and Open Mic signup sheet at

Thomas Paquette and Carolyn Brunelle
Groveland Gallery
Through May 30
Thomas Paquette’s current exhibition “Near Horizons” and Carolyn Brunelle’s show “Transformations” are available for viewing online at

Chard Your Yard in May
Transition Longfellow and Longfellow Community Council
Chard Your Yard IS happening this year and in need of volunteers. Are you looking to get outside and volunteer in your community? Want to help your neighbors reduce their carbon footprint by growing their own food? We are looking for volunteers to build and fill garden boxes in the 55406 zip code. Transition Longfellow is a community-led group of neighbors focused on building sustainable communities in order to address climate change. Since 2013, Transition Longfellow has partnered with the Longfellow Community Council to increase vegetable gardening in our neighborhoods through our program called CHARD YOUR YARD. Our volunteers have built and installed about 160 raised bed vegetable gardens in the greater Longfellow neighborhoods. This year, despite Coronavirus, our team plans to build, deliver, and fill dirt in 24 raised bed vegetable gardens by June 1. This event is completely volunteer-based and we need your help – especially this year! Due to Coronavirus we must update our volunteering to promote social distancing. Volunteers will join a virtual team to complete needed garden build tasks on their own and report their progress. We will be building and installing the beds for the month of May. Please visit www.chardyouryard.comto sign up to learn more or volunteer. No garden experience is necessary!

Walker at Home
Walker Art Center
While our galleries are closed, we still want you to connect with art, artists, and the community you love. The Walker homepage at your source for videos, articles, and activities to help you stay engaged.Check out the Walker’s downloadable art activities for kids (or adults!) and learn about upcoming live online events. Plus, you can still visit the Sculpture Garden! Although the Walker building is temporarily closed, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden offers a place to enjoy art in a beautiful landscape. The Garden is open regular hours, from 6 a.m. to midnight every day. For your safety, please use social distancing practices and maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others while visiting the Garden.

Riverview at Home:
Virtual Cinema
Help support the Riverview Theater and catch a new independent movie at home!
If you are interested in supporting us during these hard times while watching great cinema, here’s your chance! A few cinema distributors have created “Virtual Screenings” of some independent films we might typically show. You are able to watch these films at home, and it provides economic support for independent theaters like the Riverview. By using the links we provide, you will be supporting us. For each film you rent, a percentage of the cost will go directly to the Riverview. Some of the films we are now offering in our Virtual Cinema include: “The Hottest August,” a documentary film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety; “Beyond the Visible”– In her Stockholm studio, Hilma af Klint created 193 breathtaking abstract paintings long before Kandinsky (the supposed pioneer of abstract art) ever dreamed of it; “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band”– This film is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band; and many more.A complete list of films we are currently offering is available online at, check back soon for more movies!

Stay Home and Make Art!
Let’s all do our part to help flatten the curve. Collaborate with Twin Cities artist Amy Rice! Visit her Flickr album to download Amy Rice original coloring pages, fun for kids and adults of all ages.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The May at MIA, celebrate the exceptiona historical and creative cultural contributions made by Asian America and Pacific Islander artists with videos stories, virtual events, and more. With one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of the arts of Asia, MIA is a vibrant resource for the appreciation of Asian cultural heritage, both past ad present.  Learn more at

Hennepin County Library eBooks
Fun tutorials for accessing ebooks using your library card!
Happy May! As we turn the corner to a new month, we encourage you to turn your attention to the books on your reading list … and with your Hennepin County Library card, you can access and read thousands of titles fromyour phone or tablet for free!
For those of you navigating this process for the first time, we’ve put together a few easy-to-follow tutorials to help you download, read, and return ebooks and audiobooks using the Libby app. Watch the videos at to learn how to access Hennepin County Library books instantly and right at your fingertips!

What Matters Most with Milkweed Editions
Introducing “What Matters Most,” a new video series by and for the Milkweed community. Each week, one of our authors will reflect on daily nourishments in their lives — people, objects, traditions, places, plants, and more—that bring them strength, joy, solace, or peace. “What Matters Most” was born out of our collective acknowledgment that times of uncertainty cement the importance of the things—big and small—that give our lives meaning. For us at Milkweed, it is our community of readers, authors and donors that matters most and who seed the publishing of literature that changes lives. While we are physically distant, it is our hope that through these videos, you’ll feel more connected—to our authors, to Milkweed, and to each other.
In the first installment of “What Matters Most,”poet Adam Clay greets us from his front porch and shares how he centers himself through the simple act of reading a few beautiful lines from a poem. Adam is the author of “To Make Room for the Sea,”“Stranger,”and“A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World.” View this video and others in the series at

The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross
On Bob Ross’s YouTube page, you can find all 31 seasons of his show, encompassing a total of 403 roughly 30-minute episodes. And every single episode is available to watch for FREE online at Each episode features Bob Ross painting a different nature scene, while he goes over the techniques and materials you need to paint right along with him. Dig out your old art supplies and paint some “happy little trees” with Bob!

Quarantine Dance Specials 2020
With powwows canceled, hundreds of indigenous dancers are sharing videos of themselves dancing in isolation on the Quarantine Dance Specials 2020 Facebook page. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of powwows across North America, Tiny Rosales, an indigenous dancer living in California, knew she needed to do something to keep people dancing. So she started the Facebook group, where people from around the world can post videos of themselves dancing in isolation. The group hosts regular competitions with prize money attached, but some people just use the group as a platform to show others they are still dancing in spite of tough times. So far, hundreds of people have posted video clips on the Quarantine Dance Specials Facebook group. Rosales said it’s “beautiful” to see so many people dancing.“I think it’s important we continue dancing not only for mental health, but for the healing prayers,” she said. “When we dance, it’s a beautiful feeling. Only a dancer knows that feeling and there’s another place we go to (when we dance).” Visit the site at

Open Culture
Open Culture scours the web for the best educational media. We find the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons and educational videos you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between. Visit for ebooks, online courses, MOOCS, language lessons, movies, concerts, plays, business courses, audio recordings, great lectures, celebrity reading lists, and more—all for FREE.

Food Distribution
noon  – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday
Available at most YMCAs
The Y, Loaves & Fishes and UnitedHealth Group believe that supplying healthy fresh food is critical to supporting families in our communities to alleviate food insecurity and hunger. Together they combine the YMCA region-wide distribution network, Loaves & Fishes internationally recognized program, and UnitedHealth Group efforts to cover the more than $2 million in food costs and wages for the cafeteria employees preparing meals for people in the Greater Twin Cities. This program with the YMCA and Loaves & Fishes is part of a larger effort by UnitedHealth Group to provide healthy meals to those in need, in the Twin Cities, and around the country.
Families may pick up food from Noon – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at most YMCAs and choose a meal package for a family of four including a protein, vegetables and other fresh food. Also, lunch bags with a sandwich, snacks and fruit are available. Anyone in the community may pick up food.  YMCA membership is not required. Supplies are limited.

Coming to the Table (CTTT)
Third Saturdays
10:30 a.m. to noon
For more information, please email Peacebuilding at
At Coming to the Table (CTTT,, descendants of those who were enslaved and descendants of slave owners and all those interested in engaging safe constructive dialogue, come together to envision the U.S. as a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, and the racism it continues to spawn. Join Peacebuilding Associate Trainer Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power. Since seats are limited, please sign up for this free event at  Questions? Email

3rd Annual Spring Floral Exhibition 2020
Studio Pintura
Selected artworks by local and nationally known artists.  Juried by Steven J. Levin.
To browse all the works, including those that could not be delivered to the gallery, please visit
Videos also available!
A complete Studio Pintura Fine Art Gallery tour:
Our guest juror, Steven J. Levin, announcing the awards and giving some commentary on the pieces and his process:

Groveland Gallery
Gallery works can by enjoyed by browsing the website at
Purchases can be made by phone or email.
25 Groveland Terrace
Mineapolis, MN


Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company
Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company has announced that their Spring 2020 production, “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, originally scheduled for May performances, has been postponed due to the current health crisis. The new dates are planned for July 24-25 and July 31-August 1. These dates are tentative and subject to change. Should there be no improvements with the present situation, it will be postponed again.
For more information, contact Noreen Brandt at 612-724-4539

Nina Simone: Four Women
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave. S.
In this powerful play inspired by Nina Simone’s song “Four Women,” Simone and three other women find themselves in the rubble-filled 16th Street Baptist Church on the day of the 1963 bombing, in which four young girls were killed. As riots erupt outside, the women must come to terms with the tragedy and with each other if they are to move forward. Featuring Simone’s most popular Civil Rights anthems. This work is an electrifying testament to the radical and healing power of art.
Box Office: 612-825-0459

The Works Museum
Robot Day (4/18) and She Discovers (5/2) and all She Engineers activities will be rescheduled when it is safe according to the recommendations of public health authorities.  Visit for updates.

Diabetes Support Group
Trinity Apartments
2800 E. 31st St., Mpls.
Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors sponsors a monthly diabetes support group for adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The group is facilitated by Beth Peltzer, MSW.

Tai Chi for Health
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st. St., Mpls.
Tai Chi is a low impact, slow-motion exercise that is adaptable to individual abilities. The classes vary between sitting and standing and include slow, easy movements aimed at quieting the mind, improving breathing, coordination, flexibility and strength. Registration is not required. Classes cost $5 each

Hennepin County Master Gardeners Learning Garden Tour
The Hennepin County Master Gardeners Annual Learning Garden Tour was to take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020. This event has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19. We’re saddened by the news. This was one of our main volunteer events during the year where we get to work directly with the public providing them opportunities to learn on various horticultural practices, as well as displaying a number of host Master Gardener home gardens. We look forward to our next tour on July 10, 2021 – we hope to see you there!
In the meantime, we suggest these various resources to help our new and existing fellow gardeners.
– Univ. of MN Extension Yard & Garden –
– Ask a Master Gardener –

Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company 
Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company has announced that their Spring 2020 production, “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, originally scheduled for May performances, has been postponed due to the current health crisis. The new dates are planned for July 24-25 and July 31-August 1. These dates are tentative and subject to change. Should there be no improvements with the present situation, it will be postponed again.
For more information, contact Noreen Brandt at 612-724-4539

Makers Mornings
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
Join other makers for this new weekly opportunity to work, share and learn in a relaxed, communal setting. Whether you knit, carve, weave, sew, spin, crochet or do some other fascinating thing with your hands, we invite you to bring a project to work on. All are welcome, regardless of level of ability or craft of choice! Come for as long as you like and bring your own works-in-progress, materials and tools. This group will meet in ASI’s Lindberg Stuga.


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