Events – Community Calendar


Community Listening Sessions on Police Union Contract Negotiations
Monday, Aug. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Ave., Mpls.
The city is holding three community listening sessions to receive input on topics related to a new three-year contract with the Police Federation of Minneapolis. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
This past spring Mayor Jacob Frey convened an internal workgroup focused on collaboration and developing a shared set of priorities in advance of the 2023-2025 police union contract negotiations. The group, comprised of Council President Andrea Jenkins, Council Member Lisa Goodman, Council Member Aisha Chughtai, Council Member LaTrisha Vetaw and city staff, meets monthly and is hosting these listening sessions as an extension of its work.
In these sessions, the city will explain the negotiation process and hold workgroups where people can collaborate on ideas related to the contract. This process will help inform the city in its negotiations with the Police Federation. Information on the negotiations is available on the city’s website:
Earlier this year, the city approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Police Federation that retroactively covered years union members worked without a contract. That agreement expires Dec. 31, 2022.

Talk of the Stacks: A Pulitzer Poetry Celebration
Diane Seuss and Mai Der Vang in conversation with Jeff Shotts
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.
Free virtual event
The 2022 Pulitzer Prize announcements were a red-letter day for Graywolf Press, whose tradition of championing the most talented emerging voices in literature yielded two significant honors in poetry for the Minneapolis-based publisher. Talk of the Stacks is proud to present both honorees, Diane Seuss and Mai Der Vang, in conversation with Jeff Shotts, Graywolf Executive Editor.
Diane Seuss is the winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “frank: sonnets,” which deftly transforms the sonnet form into lyrical autobiography. These poems tell the story of Seuss’s working-class childhood in rural Michigan to the dangerous allures of New York City and back again. In this collection, Seuss is at the height of her powers, devastatingly astute, wry, and—in a word—frank.
Mai Der Vang is a 2022 Pulitzer finalist for her poetry collection “Yellow Rain,” a groundbreaking work that reopens a wrongdoing that deserves a new reckoning. As the United States abandoned them at the end of its war on Vietnam, Hmong refugees recounted stories of a mysterious substance that fell from American planes during their escape from Laos. This substance, known as “yellow rain,” caused thousands of deaths and was widely misportrayed by American scientists as the feces of honeybees. In poems that sing and lament, that contend and question, Vang restores a vital narrative and brilliantly explores what it means to have access to the truth and how marginalized groups are often forbidden that access.
To register for this free webinar, go to

HomeHelpMN program open for applications
Deadline extended through Aug. 17
HomeHelpMN began accepting applications for assistance on Tuesday, May 17. HomeHelpMN will provide relief to homeowners who have been impacted by the pandemic and who owe past due mortgage payments and other eligible housing expenses. Funds for the program are limited, and need is expected to be high. If applications received during the application period exceed available funding, applicants may be put on a wait list. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 17. Homeowners can get ready today by visiting the website at or calling the Call Center at 1-800-388-3226. That website and phone number are also where they can apply for funds. A submitted application is not a guarantee of funding.
The Call Center is available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is accessible by TTY and also utilizes the Language Line to provide access for callers who wish to communicate in a language other than English.

Kramarczuk’s Kielbasa Fest
Friday, Aug. 19, 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Utepils Brewing Co.
225 Thomas Ave. N., Mpls.
Utepils Brewing Co. has teamed up with the legendary Northeast Minneapolis staple, Kramarczuk’s Eastern European Deli, to bring back the amazing Kielbasa Fest! This event will be a weekend filled with music, fun, beer and of course, sausage!
Friday we will get things kicked off in the Beer Garden with a FREE Meat Raffle (4 p.m.) and The Ukrainian Village Band (6 p.m.). Kramarczuk’s street food will be available all night.
On Saturday your $5 wristband gets you into the festival and you are allowed to come and go as you please. Kramarczuk’s will be serving up sausage and Utepils will be pouring our delicious European-style beers. Music and a pierogi-eating contest throughout the afternoon. For details, go to
Cost: Friday FREE; Saturday $5 – (ages 5 & under FREE)

Puppet Lab: A 2-Week Festival of New Work
Through Aug. 21
Open Eye Theatre
506 E. 24th St., Mpls.
Featuring new work by Dominique Herskind, Mary Plaster, Liping Vong and Amoke Kubat.
Puppet Lab is celebrating its 10th year of radical, genre-expanding, boundary–pushing puppet work! Since early spring, four emerging puppet and mask theater artists have been testing and creating new works within a supportive and challenging workshop environment. Join us for the culmination of their hard work during the Puppet Lab Festival. For performance schedule and tickets, visit

Do The Work: An Antiracist Activity Book by W. Kamau Bell + Kate Schatz
Monday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.
Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave., Mpls.
Overwhelmed by racial injustice? Outraged by the news? Find yourself asking, “What can I doooo?” DO THE WORK! Join Emmy-Award winning sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell and New York Times bestselling author Kate Schatz as they discuss their revolutionary antiracism workbook that addresses institutional racism in the U.S. Poet, author and cultural commentator Sun Yung Shin will moderate this important conversation as the authors share insights and their hands-on approach to dismantling systemic racism. All ages. Presented by Magers & Quinn Booksellers. Tickets available at!-An-Antiracist-Activity-Book/107.

MPS Young Learners Celebration
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 4 to 7 p.m.
Mona Moede Early Learning Center
2410 Girard Ave. N., Mpls.
(Corner of Girard and 23rd)
Join Minneapolis Public Schools for a Young Learners Celebration! Families with children ages 0-7 are invited to this fun back-to-school event featuring activities, entertainment, music, food, school resources and much more.

  • Free food for everyone
  • Free books
  • Free school kits (backpacks)
  • Free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for all ages
  • Ride a school bus!

Scott Lloyd Anderson, Oil Paintings
Through Aug. 27
Doug Flanders & Associates
5025 France Ave. S., Mpls.
DF&A will present the second solo exhibition featuring the work of plein air painter Scott Lloyd Anderson. Scott Lloyd Anderson is a quintessential landscape painter of the 21st century. In addition to interpreting the beauty of nature or the vitality of the cityscape, Scott has explored that area where so much of our experience lies – the suburbs. He proves it is possible to paint a good picture of anything by combining detailed realism with abstract playfulness.

MPRB’s Group Bike Rides for Teens
Continuing through August
Make friends and explore the city on FREE rides, led by MPRB naturalists. Bikes and helmets provided!
Take to the trails and explore Minneapolis green spaces on two wheels. Youth ages 12 to 17 can develop safe bicycling skills, navigate the city’s outstanding trail system and have fun while making new friends. All rides are FREE and led by MPRB naturalists. Bicycles and required helmets are provided (riders can bring their own equipment).
For youth ages 12-17 who can ride a pedal bike without training wheels. Rides run 1 to 2 hours and cover about 2 to 8 miles. Wear summer clothes and bring a water bottle – it’s hot out! At least two adult supervisors ride with each group.
Locations and times:
Upper South Minneapolis
East Phillips Park, 2399 S. 17th Ave., Tuesdays 5 to 7 p.m.
Stewart Park, 2700 S. 12th Ave., Thursdays 5 to 7 p.m.
Lower South Minneapolis
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.
Southwest Minneapolis
Whittier Park, 425 W. 26th St., Mondays 5 to 7 p.m.
Ready to ride? Sign-up is encouraged but not required:
Phone: 612-230-6400 (Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)​
In person: Visit any recreation center and talk to MPRB staff

Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour
Sunday, Sept. 11, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Como Lakeside Pavilion
1360 Lexington Pkwy. N., St. Paul
This year, the 28th Annual Saint Paul Classic will again explore the beautiful off-road trails and protected bikeways that circle the city. Registration is OPEN to ride the Saint Paul Classic on Sunday, Sept. 11! This year there are two different check-in times: 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 8:30-9:30 a.m. Please make sure you are purchasing the correct tickets for your desired check-in time. This will greatly help reduce congestion on the route and lines at rest stops. We also hope it will allow a few more people to enjoy some of the best St. Paul has to offer including some newly rebuilt trails along the river (yay, no detours)! This year, we’re once again going over the river and through the woods to visit a hidden gem — Lilydale Regional Park. We’re excited to ride together for a splendid day of bicycling, tasty treats and live music. Find out more and sign up to ride or volunteer at

Vine Arts Center
Member Show/Reopening
Sept. 17 – 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vine Arts Center
2637 27th Ave S., #228, Mpls.
Vine Arts Center will have its Member Show/Reopening as part of the LoLa Arts Festival.

Golden Rule Peace Boat
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
Unity Church – Unitarian
732 Holly Ave., St. Paul
Friday, Sept. 23, 6 to 8 p.m.
Veterans For Peace office
4200 Cedar Ave., #7, Mpls.
The storied Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat will be in Minneapolis/St. Paul from Sept. 21 through Sept. 25, kicking off a series of local events to raise awareness about the growing danger of nuclear war and to build support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The 34-foot wooden ketch is sailing on a 15-month voyage around the “Great Loop” of the central, southern and eastern United States, making 100 ports-of-call. The Golden Rule is a national project of Veterans For Peace, which owns the boat.
The public is invited to tour this historic peace boat, which will be docked at the Watergate Marina, to hear about nuclear issues today, and to learn how we can stop the possibility of nuclear war!
Church, school and civic groups are welcome to schedule an educational presentation by contacting the
Golden Rule Project Manager, Helen Jaccard, at or 206-992-6364.

‘Unite to End Gender-Based Violence’
Thursday, Sept. 22, 5 to 7 p.m. CT
Virtual event
Global Rights for Women’s annual fundraising event, “Unite to End Gender-Based Violence,” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are available for the livestream program featuring Professor Anita Hill in a live and virtual keynote address; Global Rights for Women Executive Director, Cheryl Thomas; Alicia Wallace, founder of Equality Bahamas, Scott Miller, Executive Director, Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, and acclaimed global and national leaders in ending gender-based violence against women and girls.
All ticket proceeds go toward ensuring systems are responsive to survivors in our local and international communities, and that law and policies target the root causes of inequality and gender-based violence.
The virtual event will be streamed live from Minneapolis. Tickets can be purchased at for $10 or by visiting

16th annual NAMIWalks Minnesota
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Minnehaha Park
4801 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.
The 16th annual NAMIWalks Minnesota, a 5K walk to raise awareness about mental illnesses and celebrate hope, is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. NAMIWalks supports the efforts of NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to provide education, support and advocacy for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. The event opens at 11 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m.
There will be picnics and food trucks, music, speakers, mental health resource tables, a T-shirt contest, a tree of hope and more. NAMIWalks is a transformative opportunity in which participants reduce stress, build community, and find local support and services that can make a difference.
Walkers can also join the Walk in their own way to raise awareness in their home communities, with some choosing to bike, run, skate, swim, canoe, post signs, start conversations or walk, for example. For details, including forming or joining a walk team, go to or call 651-645-2948.

Vine Arts Center Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
Vine Arts Center
2637 27th Ave S., #228, Mpls.
Vine Arts Center will celebrate the end of construction on the rebuild of the Ivy Building for the Arts with a dedication of the Vine Arts Center to our benefactor, Howard Gelb, a member gallery to Mark Roberts, a founding member, and the store to Mary Stiff, also a founding member. This will include music from local band “Up In The Attic,” and member Edie Karras will present her children’s’ photo book, “Let’s Go For A Wander.”

Volunteer for the Greenway!
Can you spare a few hours to help support the trail and our community? Consider volunteering for the Midtown Bike + Walk Ambassadors. Join the Ambassadors for a walk or bike ride along Lake Street and the Greenway this summer. Help welcome visitors to the area, provide directions, and visit small businesses to show support. Greenway users and Lake Street business owners tell us they really appreciate our Ambassadors. Meet new people and help support our community! Walks and rides go out every week. More information here:

Friday Night Summer Movie Series
Fridays, doors open at 5 p.m., movie starts at 6 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th St., Mpls.
Hosted by Agape Movement,
For more info contact Bridgette Stewart at (612) 824-4017 or

Fulton Farmers Market
Saturdays through Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
49th St. & Chowen Ave. S., Mpls.

Kingfield Farmers Market
Sundays through Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
40th St. & Nicollet Ave.
(North end of MLK, Jr. Park)

‘In Our Minds’
On view through Oct. 16
The M Window Galleries
Robert St. and 4th St., St. Paul
The M and Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts are excited to present “In Our Minds,” an exhibition celebrating artmaking as a form of research, improvisation and play. “In Our Minds” features artists with and without disabilities, from inside and outside the Interact studio community. Taking cues from Interact, “In Our Minds” seeks to advance frameworks for understanding creativity that move away from myths of independence towards recognition and celebration of interdependence.
The M’s gallery spaces are currently closed to the public. “In Our Minds” is installed in the windows on Robert Street and 4th Street, as well as the M’s Ecolab Skyway entrance. Visitors can access the skyway via automated doors that lead to elevators at 350 Robert St. and at the Pioneer building lobby entrance on Robert Street. Some of the sidewalk surfaces around the viewing windows are uneven. The window installations are on view to the public 24/7. Admission is free, everyone is welcome, and a map is available adjacent to the windows north of the 350 Robert St. entrance.
To make arrangements or for further help please call the M at (651) 797-2571 or email

‘Posturing’ by Joshua McGarvey
Through Oct. 30
Minneapolis Institute of Art
U.S. Bank Gallery
2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.
“Posturing” is a multimedia installation by Minneapolis-based interdisciplinary artist Joshua McGarvey that explores the abstraction of truth. Through sculptural installations, the exhibition invites visitors to consider how museums like Mia often display objects out of their original context to imbue different meanings. The exhibition also features video work that experiments with the concept of truth and the presentation of self. Presented as part of Mia’s Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP), the exhibition will be on view from July 23 through October 30, 2022, in Mia’s U.S. Bank Gallery.

‘Local Vibes’
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST
On YouTube
“Local Vibes” – come for the music, stay for the stories. “Local Vibes” is a one-of-a-kind show documenting and creating space for the Twin Cities hip-hop community and their voices through performance and interview. It’s music that sounds like Minnesota, and it’s only on the Vanguard, Radio K’s 24-hour, college-student curated online hip-hop stream.
“Local Vibes” opens a door into the vibrant local hip-hop scene that you won’t be able to find anywhere else on commercial airwaves. The show’s unique performance setup and fun yet informative interviews make for memorable content you won’t find anywhere else in Minnesota. You’ll hear voices that are enhancing the Twin Cities culturally and socially, and are testing the bounds of music as we know it. Tune in to watch interviews from your favorite Twin Cities artists, and to discover up-and-coming artists that you’ll want on your radar. Twin Cities hip-hop has something special to offer, and we want to let you in on the ground floor.
The Vanguard is a student-curated, uncensored, 24-hour online stream dedicated to hip-hop. It’s one of the first non-commercial stations in the county to exclusively feature hip-hop, and it’s the only place to hear hip-hop 24/7 in the Twin Cities. Tune in to watch “Local Vibes” in a late-night talk show format on Radio K’s YouTube channel each Wednesday at 8 p.m. CST and catch updates on the Vanguard’s Instagram (@radiokvanguard). Stream The Vanguard here:

NAMI Mental Health Support Groups
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a variety of free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. African American, GLBTQ and BIPOC community focused groups are also offered. Led by trained peer facilitators, the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. Find a complete listing of group meetings and how to join in by going to and clicking on “Support Groups” or go straight to

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