Events – Community Calendar

Community Input Meeting on E. Lake Street Building Mural
Monday, June 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Via Zoom, with limited in-person attendance
The Family Partnership
1527 E. Lake St., Mpls.
The Family Partnership has engaged City Mischief to create a large-scale mural for the east-facing exterior wall of its new Building for Better Futures resource center at 1527 E. Lake Street. Community members are invited to meet with the artists and The Family Partnership to learn more about the vision for the mural and provide input towards the design. The vision for the mural is to reflect and celebrate the diversity and strengths of Minneapolis families. The meetings will be virtual through Zoom with very limited in-person attendance on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or Monday, June 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Somali and Spanish language interpreters will be at the meetings. When you register let The Family Partnership know if you require the very limited in-person meeting option or an additional interpreter. Register here:  Questions?

Call for Proposals: The Off-Kilter Cabaret, by Off-Leash Area
Apply by Monday, June 14
Performances on Aug. 19, 20 and 22
Off-Kilter is a new community program of Off-Leash Area to highlight and support performance work by artists with disabilities. Artists are being sought now to present work at the Off-Kilter Cabaret Aug. 19, 20 and 22 in the outdoor rail court at the Mill City Museum. This site (of the Mill City Farmers’ Market, next to the Guthrie Theater) will feature an accessible stage with full lighting, sound and projection capability, and retain the steampunk vibe of the reclaimed industrial site. The event includes accessibility accommodations such as sign language interpreting, captioning and audio description, as well as current protocols following CDC and state COVID guidelines such as physically distanced seating, masks, etc.
Artists with disabilities are asked to submit proposals by June 14 of a 5-to-10-minute piece they would perform on the theme “Organ Recital.” Off-Leash Area co-artistic director Jennifer Ilse says, “We hope to provoke artists to propose risky, unapologetic, and entertaining performances, using their body organs and systems as inspiration.” Seven artists or artist groups will be selected. The call for proposals is available now on the Off-Leash Area website,
Off-Leash Area, under Ilse and co-artistic director Paul Herwig, has a history of more than 20 years of presenting original interdisciplinary performance work. The Off-Kilter Advisory Group and Selection Panel from the disability community also include: writer and storyteller Amy Salloway, arts accessibility consultant Jon Skaalen, dance artist Mike Cohn, and Sam Jasmine, host of the Disability and Progress program on KFAI.

Reparations Reading Group: An Investigation and Celebration of Juneteenth
Tuesday, June 15, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Free online event sponsored by
Eastside Freedom Library
Juneteenth has long been celebrated as the holiday marking the final end of slavery in the United States, the date when enslaved women, men, and children in Texas were informed of their emancipation. This event will feature a presentation by Tsione Wolde-Michael, Curator of African American Social Justice History, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. The daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, Tsione Wolde-Michael grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College. She has pursued graduate work in Public History at Harvard University and has worked at both the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Smithsonian Museum, where she is now leading a project in “decolonizing the museum.” While we will open with a presentation, we intend our virtual gathering to be primarily a conversation. Learn more on our Facebook page at, where you can watch the event livestreamed, or register for the Zoom link. Presented in collaboration with the St. Paul Recovery Act Reading Group, and free and open to all.

Trellis and Senior LinkAge Line Events in June
Medicare 101
Tuesday, June 15, 2 p.m.
This presentation introduces what is covered by Parts A, B, C and D of Medicare, as well as what additional insurance options are available. The enrollment process and options for enrollment in Medicare will be discussed along with the personal costs of the program. We will address the donut hole and eligibility for extra help with prescription drug costs. We will introduce the services of the Senior LinkAge Line® that include assistance making personal comparisons using the website and the Health Care Choices booklet, published by the Minnesota Board on Aging. Register at:
Health Care Fraud: Preventing Fraud and Avoiding Scams
Thursday, June 24, 10 a.m.
This Senior LinkAge Line presentation will teach you how to detect Medicare fraud and what to do if Medicare fraud is suspected. We discuss the top scams currently being directed towards seniors and highlight why seniors are specifically targeted. We’ll offer tips on how to avoid falling for scams and where to get help.
Register at:
Health Care Directives
Tuesday, June 29, 10 a.m.
Leaving instructions about your health care choices helps ensure decisions are made that are based on your values and preferences, even if you are unable to make your wishes known. We will equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to create your directive.
Register at:

Seitu Jones in conversation with Douglas Kearney
Wednesday, June 16, 7 p.m.
Free online event
Sponsored by the Weisman Art Museum
Seitu Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer known for his large-scale public artworks and environmental design. Working both independently and in collaboration with other artists, Jones has created over 40 large-scale public art works. For his online artist talk with the Weisman, Jones will discuss his latest site-specific installation at the University of Minnesota, Pillsbury Hall, in conversation with University of Minnesota faculty member and award-winning poet, Douglas Kearney.
ASL services provided by ASL Interpreting Services. Automated captioning will be available for this event.
This virtual event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to receive the Zoom link to attend. Register now at

U of M School of Music Event
University of Minnesota Jazz Ensembles
Wednesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
The University of Minnesota Jazz Ensembles will present their next virtual performance on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature Jazz 1 and 2, as well as the 10:10 and 11:15 Jazz Combos. The program features works by Brown, Mobley, Shorter, Santamaria, Badu, Garrett, Hancock (arr. Morales), Hines, Sorenson, Strayhorn (arr. Clayton), Washut, Corea, and Gershwin. Phil Hey and Dean Sorenson, directors. View the program at This performance is free and open to the public, and will be airing on the School of Music’s YouTube Channel at

Juneteenth — Celebrating Freedom Day
Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St., Mpls.
A day of educational and informational entertainment, including Juneteenth storytelling with Auntie Beverly. She will share stories of celebration and achievement, of liberation and self-determination, as well as freedom and family; informational booth by Cultural Wellness; Juneteenth kids’ crafts; young entrepreneurs from Creative Innovators; Dancing Divas dance troop; Chicago Steppin’ by Command Steppers; New Start Fashions fashion crawl; and Soul to Soul Smokehouse will offer Juneteenth specials: BBQ, spaghetti and rib tips.

Queer Voices Writing Circles
Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m.
Online via Zoom
All are invited to join the continuing Queer Voices Writing Circles in June and July. Lisa Marie Brimmer and Sherrie Fernandez-Williams convene the meet-ups on Zoom, and participants talk about their writing, do shared writing exercises and offer encouragement and advice, all in a low-key, low-pressure environment. It’s free, but please go here to pre-register:
Queer Voices is a coproduction of Hennepin County Library, Quatrefoil Library and the Co-curators.

Spring into Summer: Photographs by Cate Vermeland
Through Summer 2021
Tuesday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Isles Bun & Coffee
1424 W. 28th St., Mpls.
Cate Vermeland, photographer and faculty member at Concordia College, presents a new exhibition of her work at Isles Bun & Coffee, on view through Summer 2021. The artist can be contacted at

LOG JAM! A Paul Bunyan Musical Spectacular
May 27 – June 20
The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave., Mpls.
Presented by Open Eye Theatre
Grab your lawn chair and your favorite plaid shirt and meet us outdoors for a REAL LIVE SHOW! This comic music-theatre contraption will have it all — including a trio of musical lumberjacks, a bouncing ice ball, and 8 indie theatre superstars! When the logging town of Oakpine Falls falls victim to a polar vortex that quarantines the populace and freezes her mother in a ball of ice, young Betty Kensack sets out on a quest to bring the legendary Paul Bunyan out of retirement. Heartwarming hilarity ensues as Betty, Babe the Blue Ox, and a crew of rowdy lumberjacks join Minnesota’s famous folk hero on a quest to melt the ice and bring back the sun. LOG JAM! is a witty and subversive riff on a local legend, and perfect for a night out with friends and family.
More info and tickets available at:

What’s Going on at the M?
Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota
Through June 20, 2021
The M, Window Galleries
Robert St. N. and 4th Street, and Skyway Ecolab Entrance
“Outer Experiences,” presented in partnership with the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota (AAICM), explores the experience of being Black outside of the Twin Cities. “Outer Experiences” coloring books are available for pick-up at the M’s Robert Street Window Gallery. This companion coloring book is beautifully illustrated by Leeya Rosa Jackson and drew its inspiration from Chris McDuffie’s photographs as well as the lives of notable Black historical figures from Greater Minnesota.
Wise, Gifted, and Black: Art by the Magnificent Golden Agers
June 27–July 17
Window gallery
Robert Street N., St. Paul
As part of a seven-session residency led by teaching artists Nicole M. Smith and Lawrence El Grecco Waddell at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, members of their group of women elders—known as the Magnificent Golden Agers—have created powerful collages, written reflections, poetry, and photographs that reflect discussions around the themes of Black identity and the intersection of art and activism.
St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) 2021 Honors Visual Art Exhibition
June 27–July 17
Window gallery, 4th Street
The 2021 Honors Visual Art Exhibition celebrates the creativity and achievements of student artists from seven St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) high schools. The works on view, all made by SPPS Honors art students, demonstrate a variety of paths to artistic self-discovery—from technically disciplined to playful, from highly personal to globally-minded—and showcase artworks created using a range of mediums, styles, and techniques.

Birdhouse Upscale Challenge
Entries due Tuesday, June 22
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore home improvement outlets are sponsoring the “Birdhouse Upscale Challenge”: a chance to unleash your creativity to build a birdhouse using existing materials or those purchased at ReStore. The houses will provide homes to area birds and the top three builders can win significant discounts for a year at ReStore. The first-place winner will receive a 35% discount for a year while second-place winner gets 20% and third place gets 10% off.
The public can vote on the best houses on ReStores’ Facebook and Instagram pages where a “like” or “heart” indicates a vote. The top three picks will then be shared on WCCO-TV Morning News where anchors Jason DeRusha and Heather Brown will pick first, second, and third place on the air on July 2.
Birdhouse entries are due June 22 and online voting begins June 24. To sign up and learn more about the Upcycle Challenge:

Coming to the Table: 2021 Virtual National Gathering
BOLD: Building Our Legacy Daily
June 24-27
Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,” will be our keynote speaker on opening night. Yeye Luisah Teish, teacher, dancer, storyteller, high priestess and author, will be our featured speaker on Friday. Alex Trapps-Chabala, historian, genealogist, and founder of KinConnector, will be our featured speaker on Sunday. This will be a different type of National Gathering since we’ll gather “virtually” rather than in person. The schedule will take into account our multiple time zones so West Coast participants won’t need to get up too early, and East Coast participants won’t need to stay up too late. One big advantage will be the cost. Without expenses for travel, accommodations or meals, the only expense will be the cost of registration. To register, go to
There will be multiple presentations, breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with fellow CTTT members in both structured and unstructured settings. There will be a strong focus on launching and sustaining local groups, as well as on Linked Descendants, Reparations, Genealogy and many additional tools for Taking America Beyond the Legacy of Enslavement (TABLE). Privacy Statement: Most sessions (other than those where deep/personal or unstructured sharing takes place) will be recorded. CTTT does its best to protect the privacy of our members and all NG participants, balanced with the commitment to be as accessible as possible. This is another advantage to being “virtual” this year. All registrants will be offered access to view all sessions, including breakouts, after the NG.
Scholarship Support: CTTT has a limited amount of scholarship funding available to support those with limited income. Please go to and complete the Contact Us form to request more information and/or an application form. Please note in your message that your request for scholarship information is for the National Gathering.

Cedar Cultural Center Call for Artists
Applications due Wednesday, June 30
Cedar Cultural Center Call for Artists has begun for the 2021-2022 Cedar Commissions. Go to the main Cedar Commissions page on the Cedar Theater website for more information. For those who have begun their application process and have specific questions, there will be a virtual Q&A session held on Saturday, June 12, 2-3 p.m. CT. A previous Cedar Commissions artist will be present as well for this virtual gathering.

Plant Your Garden and Eat It Too!
Free gardening and cooking series
The Summer Garden
Saturday, July 10, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Fall Garden
Saturday, September 11, 10-11:30 am
Sponsored by Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Garden season is here! If you’re starting a backyard garden from scratch or want to up your game with the one you already have, the two remaining classes of this three-part series will help you make the most of your garden this growing season. In each class you’ll learn what to plant and when to plant it, how to care for your vegetables, and how and when to harvest them.
Courtney Tchida with the Minnesota Horticulture Society will share gardening tips and plans for the early, middle, and late parts of the season. Beth Jones, Co-Owner of Cooking With the Jones Sisters, and Campus Club Executive Chef, will offer recipes and kitchen techniques to show off your produce at its peak. You are welcome to cook along in real time or watch and recreate the recipes later.
Each class is free, but please go to to preregister. A Zoom link will be emailed out prior to each class.

2021 Tour of Saints Bike Ride
Sunday, July 11
Registration is open for the 2021 Tour of Saints! It’s not a race. It’s a heavenly little ride. Each summer in Central Minnesota, more than 1000 bicyclists wend their way through a rich green and rolling landscape, along quiet roads on the Tour of Saints bicycle ride – a Minnesota tradition and a celebration of bicycling. This is the 41st year that bicyclists from around the state and beyond will make their annual pilgrimage to St. Joseph. This ride is also a fundraiser for the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, the state’s bicycle education and advocacy nonprofit. Make this the year you ride the tour! We’re thrilled to announce that registration is now open! Register early for the best price. The Tour takes place on Sunday, July 11. Don’t miss this Central Minnesota tradition! Learn more about the ride at

Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival
July 15-17
The Hook & Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.
It’s the return of the 10th annual award-winning Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival Fundraiser, July 15-17! Due to safe distancing guidelines and limited capacity at The Hook & Ladder, we have elected to present three consecutive nights of #RRDBFest performances this July.
We are pleased to continue presenting an eclectic and diverse line-up of local, regional and national/international touring acts, including performers such as Molly Maher, Gully Boys, Mae Simpson, RL Boyce, Kent Burnside, and many more. It was our aim to provide a bit of Roots, Rock and Deep-blues to audiences each night this year. We hope you will continue to support this unique Minneapolis summer event and our largest fundraiser of the year, and we look forward to seeing you Under the Canopy! For more info, including pre-sale promo codes and ticket sales, see

Friday, July 16, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 17, 9 p.m.
Sunday July 18, 9 p.m.
Target Stage on Harriet Island
110 Harriet Island Road, St. Paul
What, or who would you sacrifice to achieve eternal greatness? Critically acclaimed Vox Medusa with Infiammati FireCircus breathes new life into this time-honored dilemma with their “Eurydice.” An in-person, outdoor production forged in music, dance, film and fire set at the beautiful Target Stage on Harriet Island on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul. A reimagining of the Orpheus myth from his mysterious wife’s viewpoint of her harrowing journey, follow Eurydice’s epic odyssey over land and sea, through true love, death and a fiery underworld in order to discover herself not just as a muse of Orpheus, but as her own inspiration for rebirth.
“Eurydice” is a collaborative creation born of provocative contemporary dance by Vox Medusa, powerful original electronic music by Jeremy Christensen and moving vocal score by Emily Colay, potent spoken word by Desdamona Ross, breathtaking fire performance by Infiammati FireCircus, stunning video environments and dynamic light design by Tony Biele and cinematic film debut by Jeremy Christensen and Vox Medusa.
Socially-distanced outdoor seating: ample audience area for socially-distanced seating is available on both flat ground for chairs and raked hillside for blanket seating. Please Note: All audiences should bring their own blankets or camp chairs for personal seating.
Tickets: Pre-Sale Eventbrite Tickets: $15 adult, $10 ages 12 and under.
Eventbrite Ticket Link:
Event Page on Facebook:
Eventbrite Pre-Sale ends at 5 p.m. each day of the show.
Day of show tickets can be purchased at Target Stage. $20 day of show for all ages.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. each night to check-in at the ticket table to find your seating area.

Cafesjian’s Carousel Opens in Como Park
May 21–TBD: Friday, Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sept. 4–Oct. 31: Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1245 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, MN
Infants under age 1 ride free; tickets for all other riders are $3.
Cafesjian’s Carousel opens for its 22nd season in Como Park on May 21. The historic carousel that graced the Minnesota State Fair for 75 years (and was in downtown St. Paul for a few years) has operated since 2000 in a $1.1 million pavilion just next to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and the new Visitor Center at Como Park. The carousel’s 68 horses and two chariots have been fully restored to the way they looked when new in 1914, and a fully restored band organ plays waltzes, marches and popular tunes. About 100,000 people ride the carousel each season. The carousel is owned and operated by Our Fair Carousel, the non-profit community group that saved it from being auctioned to collectors in 1988. More volunteers are needed to operate the ride, assist riders, and sell tickets and merchandise. For information, call (651) 489-4628, email, or see

Vaccines for Veterans, their Spouses and Caregivers
Minneapolis VA Health Care System invites all Non-enrolled Veterans, Veteran Spouses, Veteran Caregivers, and ChampVA beneficiaries to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Complete the Sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA tool here: After completing this tool, you can schedule your vaccination appointments by calling 612-467-1301 (Call Center is open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or walk-in Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enrolled Veterans are always welcomed, simply call 612-467-1301 to schedule or walk-in Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New MN Bicycling Handbook Rolls Out for Spring Cycling
More people than ever before are riding bicycles in Minnesota. That’s why the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) is rolling out the 2021 edition of the Minnesota Bicycling Handbook just in time for National Bike Month in May and to support people riding their bike for the first time or returning to it. The handbook is a comprehensive informational resource that equips bicyclists of all skill levels to safely enjoy Minnesota’s roads and trails and to know their rights. The handbook also provides guidance for motorists on what to expect from bicyclists and how to safely drive when bikes are around.
Many bicyclists feel that Minnesota bike laws are not straightforward and that it can be challenging to ride a bicycle both safely and legally, especially given some of the nuances in state statutes around bicycling. The Minnesota Bicycling Handbook provides 36 pages of Minnesota-specific information and digs into the details of many complicated topics, such as lane positioning, roadway and bike lane markings, bike law, equipment, bicyclists’ rights, and more.
This is the only place this information has been captured and put into one resource. BikeMN printed a record 50,000 handbooks this year and is in the process of distributing them across the state. The handbook is available to view, download digital copies, and order physical copies at

‘Papier’ by Swedish artists Bea Szenfeld and Stina Wirsén
Through July 11, 2021
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
“Papier,” in a juncture between art and fashion, is an international touring exhibition showcasing artist-designer Bea Szenfeld’s striking paper couture — dresses and other sculptural fashion items made entirely from paper and worn by such pop icons as Lady Gaga and Björk — united with artist-author Stina Wirsén’s evocative and colorful illustrations. “Papier” makes its Midwest debut, at one of only two sites in the U.S., Feb. 6 – July 11, 2021, at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in the Turnblad Mansion and Osher Gallery. In this remarkable, creative partnership, two prestigious Swedish talents meet in a mutual affection for the handmade and paper. “Papier” features a dozen of Szenfeld’s wearable pieces plus an object-based piece titled, “Grief.” Her bold designs belie their delicateness. Wirsén’s expressive drawings and illustrations set the scene and act as a colorful backdrop. Both artists have had a major impact in pop culture from fashion to theatre.
The ASI Museum, Museum Store and FIKA Café all reopened on Feb. 6 with reduced capacity, pending any further COVID-related precautions. Revised hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance, timed reservations are required to visit the museum and can be made at or by calling 612-871-4907 during public hours. Visitors must use face coverings and maintain safe distances. The Store and FIKA will accept walk-in customers. FIKA will also offer expanded Marketplace take-out orders. ASI has free on-site parking and is located at 2600 Park Ave., Mpls.

Highpoint Presents: Prints from Crow’s Shadow
Exhibition on view through July 17
Monday—Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St., Mpls.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking announces the opening of Prints from Crow’s Shadow, an exhibition featuring prints from Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts’ (CSIA) highlighting 30 years of collaborative commitment to Indigenous artists and fine art printmaking. Located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation outside of Pendleton, Ore., CSIA is a non-profit organization committed to providing a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Crow’s Shadow, their residency program and their commitment to supporting Indigenous and marginalized voices has done much to usurp and guide the conversation surrounding work made by Indigenous artists.
This stunning exhibition at Highpoint will feature a wide variety of prints published by Crow’s Shadow Press in collaboration with artists of a diversity of background and media. Visit our website for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: Gallery viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the gallery at a time and visitors are required to wear a mask while inside Highpoint. Please call or visit for more information on visitor protocol.

‘Farmers Markets of MPLS’ Collaborative to Open Spring Markets beginning May 1
Many of the approximately 20 farmers’ markets in the Farmers Markets of MPLS collaborative will open their spring markets May 1, with others opening later in the month and in June. The Spring Markets opening will bring many favorite growers and other vendors back, as well as introduce shoppers to new vendors and their products.
Some of the new vendors include Wild Sorrel (body products made with Horner’s Corner maple syrup); Perennial Pantry (Kernza flour); BIPOC-owned farmers’ brands Ever Wild Herbal Company (apothecary products), Pure Ginger for You (raw, cold-press juices made with local, organic produce), and Live Organically (certified organic vegetables). The nonprofit Urban Roots youth farm and conservation program will also introduce its new collection of native perennial plants.
Some of the Spring Market locations on the Southside include:
-Four Sisters Farmers Market, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 3 through Oct. 28, 1414 E. Franklin Ave.,
-Kingfield Farmers Market, Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 16 through Oct. 24, 4055 Nicollet Ave.,
-Midtown Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 1 through Oct. 30, Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave.,
-Nokomis Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 7 p.m., June 16 through Sept. 29, 5167 Chicago Ave.,
-Tiny Diner Farmers’ Market, Thursdays, (time and schedule are TBD), 1024 E. 38th St.
Many of the markets accept EBT and Market Bucks. To view an interactive map, visit All markets practice stringent COVID-19 protocols to ensure a safe experience for shoppers, growers and staff, and some offer online pre-ordering and pre-payment for a contact-free shopping experience.

Mary Ann Key Book Club
A collaboration with the Star Tribune, Hennepin County Library, and columnist Myron Medcalf. The Mary Ann Key Book Club invites you to participate in a shared, focused reading experience on themes of race, racism, and antiracism. Hennepin County Library will host facilitated discussions and programs to engage residents in conversations about the truths of the past, our challenges in the present and the possibilities of the future. The book club is a catalyst for conversation as we attempt to better understand past and current injustices – including systemic racism, other forms of discrimination, and bias that affects marginalized communities.
The club’s first selection is “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson. The book describes racism in the United States as an aspect of a caste system – a society-wide system of social stratification characterized by notions such as hierarchy, inclusion and exclusion, and purity. Wilkerson compares aspects of the experience of American people of color to the caste systems of India and Nazi Germany, and she explores the impact of caste on societies shaped by them, and their people.
For more information on how to join, and to request a copy of the book from the library, go to

History Revealed: “Hope in the Struggle” With Josie Johnson and Tish Jones
Eastside Freedom Library
How did a Black woman from Texas become one of the most well-known civil rights activists in Minnesota? After seven decades of speaking up and standing up, of fighting for fairness in voting, housing, education, and employment, Dr. Josie Johnson has finally written her memoir. “Hope in the Struggle” gives us an opportunity to not only learn about her, but to learn from her.
Dr. Johnson’s story began in segregated Texas, where her father organized against the Poll Tax, launching her on a lifetime of activism which brought her to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, where she cast her vote for Barack Obama for president. Her memoir offers a close-up picture of what that struggle has entailed, whether working as a community organizer for the Minneapolis Urban League or lobbying for fair housing and employment laws, investigating civil rights abuses or co-chairing the Minnesota delegation to the March on Washington, becoming the first African American to serve on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents or creating the university’s Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs with a focus on minority affairs and diversity. An intimate view of civil rights history in the making, “Hope in the Struggle” is a uniquely inspiring life story for these current dark and divisive times, a testament to how one determined soul can make the world a better place.
ESFL and RCHS are pleased to present Dr. Johnson in conversation with an activist from a younger generation, Tish Jones. A poet, organizer, and educator from St. Paul, Ms. Jones is Founder and Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks, and she has had an impact on artist-activists from coast to coast.
To view the video:

Riverview At Home – Virtual Cinema
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 at, you will be supporting us. For each film you rent, a percentage of the cost will go directly to the Riverview. A list of films we are currently offering is below, check back soon for more movies!
We are now offering the following films in our Virtual Cinema:
Zappa—“Zappa” explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time.
Some Kind of Heaven—Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America’s largest retirement community, The Villages, Fla., strive to find solace and meaning.
Collective—“Collective” is a gripping, real-time docu-thriller that follows a heroic team of journalists as they expose shocking corruption in the Romanian national health care system.
Crock of Gold—“Crock of Gold” is the definitive feature documentary on Irish musical icon, Shane MacGowan, exploring the wild and roving life of Ireland’s most beloved punk poet.
Women’s Adventure Film Tour—The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is a celebration of the inspiring women around us, doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure.
A Glitch in the Matrix—What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real?
Two of Us—Two retired women have been secretly in love for decades when an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down.
Atlantis—“Atlantis” is a gorgeous and visionary sci-fi drama set in the year 2025 in Eastern Ukraine.
Sweded—Zero-budget, amateur, homemade, zany, creative, weird and often downright hilarious: The Sweded Film Festival offers fan-made, five-minute versions of some your favorite movies.
Nationtime (1972)—“Nationtime—Gary” is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum.

History Is Now: Anti-Racism Uprising
Minnesota Historical Society
Speak your truth on the uprising. How are you grappling with our society’s longstanding history of racial inequality? What do you think tomorrow’s Minnesotans need to understand about the anti-racism uprising and this moment? We are living in a historic moment. Together, Minnesotans and MNHS are capturing and sharing history in real time. Join us in creating conversations that lead to real connection, deeper reflection, new questions, and purposeful action.
Minnesotans, their communities, and our nation are grappling with the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the systemic racism entrenched in our shared reality. The Minnesota Historical Society is hopeful that the outpouring of anger, pain, truth, and community witnessed over the last several months will lead to more meaningful conversation with community, increased self-reflection and awareness, purposeful action, and a more empathetic society.
History can and should help frame this discussion. George Floyd’s murder was not an isolated incident but part of a centuries-long persecution of African Americans. Understanding the past and present are crucial to shaping the future, and that includes sharing and recording stories of these times.
Submissions will be shared among the three partner organizations so that the collecting effort can be housed within the community from where the voices come. Some of the submissions may be added to the MNHS collections. To submit your comments online, visit Tell us what you think Minnesotans, current and future, need to understand. This collecting initiative is in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) and Hallie Q Brown Community Center (HQB).

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancement project is complete
Project is complete, but please stay out of the newly seeded areas to allow native plants to establish.
The shoreline improvements project at Lake Nokomis is complete. Project goals included:
– Repairing damaged and eroded shoreline areas
– Removing overstory growth
– Replacing large areas of mowed turf with a wide array of native seed to control erosion and promote water quality.
This work was part of a long-term effort to increase the amount of natural landscape within the park. Work originally began in the fall of 2019 and was largely complete by the end of 2019, with development of new native seed species during the 2020 growing season.
Due to the pre-existing turf and invasive weed bed that previously existed, additional over-seeding with the native seed mix was required in 2020. Proper establishment of native seed generally takes several years before a strong presence of the native plants can establish and thrive, with little to no competition from invasive plants.
In 2021, additional maintenance and establishment efforts will be done to help promote the establishment of these new native areas. The temporary fencing will stay up through at least 2021 to help protect these areas. Please stay out of the native seed areas and only use intended lake access locations to access the lake.

Free Reading and Math Tutoring for Minnesota Families from Scholar Squad
Scholar Squad offers free in-home tutoring powered by the proven programs of Reading Corps and Math Corps.
COVID-19 has made everything challenging this year, especially learning. Reading Corps and Math Corps have launched a new initiative to help. Scholar Squad offers free one-on-one, online tutoring for Minnesota students in PreK-8th grade. To request help, families are encouraged to visit and sign up for a consultation. Together we’ll set up a time to do a quick screening with your child to get a sense of what they may need. If the screening shows your child needs our help to boost their skills, we’ll match them with a tutor who will provide one-on-one practice and support.
About Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps: In Minnesota, nearly half of our students need extra help with reading or math. Reading Corps and Math Corps are AmeriCorps programs that provide a proven solution. By partnering with schools, Reading Corps and Math Corps have already helped more than 300,000 children improve their skills and confidence. Scholar Squad utilizes the successful model to bring tutoring directly to families at home. For more information, visit or email

Minnesota History Center Welcomes Back Visitors
Beginning Thursday, Jan. 14
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Minnesota History Center reopens to the public on Jan. 14. Timed entry tickets will be available beginning Jan. 7 online at or through the box office at 651-259-3015. A limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups. Tickets cost $8-12. Members are free. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors will once again be able to explore the exhibits “Then Now Wow,” “Weather Permitting,” Minnesota’s Greatest Generation,” and “Our Home: Native Minnesota.” Guests can shop for unique artisan-crafted jewelry, clothing, books, toys and more from the History Center store. Food service is temporarily limited to vending machines.
The Gale Family Library will welcome back on-site researchers starting Jan. 22. Researchers should contact the library starting Jan. 12 to make arrangements. Look for more information at

We Are the Story
L’Merchie Frazier
Through Sept. 19, 2021
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.
Frazier’s exhibition features selected moments that confront racism and the relationship dynamics of ownership, becoming property-less, of being deemed property, and the question of belonging. A public fiber artist, quilter, historian and poet, Frazier is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket. ”Freedom Rising: I Am the Story” is one of seven group and solo quilt exhibitions that make up the “We Are the Story” initiative curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, founder of WCQN and a member of Textile Center’s National Artist Advisory Council. “We Are the Story” was created in response to the nationwide protest movement against police brutality and racism in America following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Institute of Art joins Textile Center, the American Swedish Institute and the Weisman Art Museum as exhibition venues. For a detailed list of exhibitions and special events, visit



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