Events – Community Calendar

Virtual Celebration of  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, Jan. 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is taking its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration virtual! The event is typically held at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. However, with COVID restrictions still in place, we are going to celebrate and honor him virtually. Broadcast of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be on Jan. 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Information and links as to how to view the event are available at .
The celebration will be emceed by Chad Jackson, Manager, Corporate Partner Sales, with the Minnesota Twins. Devean George, Former NBA Player and Founder and Executive Director of Building Blocks Non-Profit, will be the keynote speaker. Mary Merrill, MPRB Superintendent Emeritus and MLK Legacy Council member, will be a guest speaker. Performances that evening will feature local singer/songwriter/producer Lawrence Miles and local teacher, writer and award-winning spoken word and hip-hop artist, Desdamona.
The MPRB will present its “Living the Dream” award, which honors an individual, business, or community group who has demonstrated dedication and distinguished service to the MPRB and the lives of Minneapolis residents. This year’s recipients are Jamal Guy and Stephen Slater.
The themes for the 2021 event highlight the importance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words today.  This year’s themes for the event are “Beloved Community” and one of Dr. King’s most famous sayings, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”
The celebration would normally include a “Feeding the Dream” Food Drive in which residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at their local MPRB Recreation Center.This year, we will not be able to collect at our Recreation Centers but we still encourage people to support Sabathani Community Center and NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. Please visit their websites to learn how you can support them and yourcommunity.;
For more information, please visit or call 612-230-6400.


Collection Playlist: ‘House in the Fields’ & ‘Susan Through Corn’
Through Jan. 25
Free virtual screening
From Walker Art Center/Moving Image Virtual Cinema
Two films from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection about sisters in nature on the cusp of change resonate with timeless, humanist connections. Depicting rural life in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, “House in the Fields” portrays the close relationship of two sisters coming of age in their traditional Amazigh village and the upheaval of evolving sociopolitical realities. Tala Hadid’s feature is paired with “Susan Through Corn,” an earlier experimental work from the collection by Kathleen Laughlin. The short is another intimate portrait of two sisters but set instead in a Minnesota cornfield. Total runtime: 88 min. Screening for free through Jan. 25 at

Minnesota History Center to Welcome 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

Charles Lloyd: Kindred Spirits
Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 p.m. through
Monday, Jan. 18, 9 p.m.
Free online event
Royce Hall and UCLA hold a special history for legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd. In the 1960s he sold out two nights in the famed concert hall with his quartet featuring Keith Jarrett, Ron McClure and Jack DeJohnette. This season he returns with an equally astonishing group of musicians featuring pianist Gerald Clayton, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Justin Brown to perform from his most recent album, “Kindred Spirits.” This two-day event is free and open to the public. For more info:

Adventure Hubs now open in Minneapolis Parks
Navigate to an Adventure Hub for FREE fun this winter! Trek through the snow, construct a cool fort, spy on feathered friends and more. Kids, teens, families, adults—everyone’s welcome! Think you’re familiar with Minneapolis parks? This winter, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) invites people of all ages to explore the parks in fresh ways. Through Adventure Hubs at 16 locations, MPRB offers FREE supplies and materials for a range of self-guided activities: snowshoes, trekking poles, fort building, outdoor art, orienteering, birdwatching or animal tracking. All Adventure Hub items are FREE to borrow – no sign-up or registration needed.
Just show up, see what’s available and be ready for fun!
Activities include: snowshoeing; trekking with poles; fort building; snow painting; bird watching and animal tracking. Items rotate periodically among Adventure Hubs, so you can return to try new activities.
Head to a Hub near you—or explore a new park! Look for Adventure Hub signs at recreation centers in the parks listed below or call ahead for information. The signs show available items, which staff bring outside for you to use. Note: items are available first-come/first-served. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.
South Minneapolis locations:
• East Phillips Park (East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center) – 612-370-4888
• Keewaydin Park – 612-370-4956
• Lake Nokomis Park (Lake Nokomis Community Center) – 612-370-4923
• Longfellow Park – 612-370-4957
• Powderhorn Park – 612-370-4960
• Stewart Park – 612-370-4932

Memorial Blood Centers Is Testing All Donations for the COVID-19 Antibodies
Through Jan. 31
Amid the ongoing challenges of recruiting blood donors during the COVID-19 pandemic, local nonprofit Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations. The need for blood is constant, but due to the pandemic, many drives have been canceled or postponed. To replenish supplies for Twin Cities’ hospitals, trauma centers, and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers in the coming weeks. Appointments can be made online at MBC.ORG or by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).
Through January 31, MBC will test all donations for COVID-19 Antibodies. In addition Memorial Blood Centers is collecting convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in efforts to help treat the virus (MBC.ORG/CPdonor). As a thank you, all presenting donors with receive a limited-edition long sleeve T-Shirt along with a voucher for free coffee at local area Dunkin locations through January 31, 2021. Additional Dunkin drawings for Free Coffee for a Year and $25 gift cards will occur throughout the month.
More than 50% of the blood supply was lost when community blood drives were cancelled due to COVID-19 this year, and the supply remains low (less than a 3-day supply of all blood types). Blood drives are resuming, with additional precautions at all donation sites; appointments are preferred to help maintain social distancing, and donors are required to wear a face mask or face covering.
Blood donation is safe and essential, and MBC has a COVID-19 self-screening policy in addition to general eligibility guidelines. In general, you may be eligible to donate if you are:
· In good health
· 17 years or older— or 16 with written parental consent (PDF available on MBC.ORG)
· At least 110 pounds
· Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons
· Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu
Visit MBC.ORG to find your nearest drive or donor center, or to make an appointment at one of the public blood drives. Every two seconds, someone needs blood and there is no substitute. Only volunteer donors can help save lives.

‘Anansi the Spider: Re-spun’ 
Streaming January 11 – 31
Children’s Theatre Company
CTC is presenting “Anansi the Spider: Re-Spun,” created by the UK’s leading theatre for young people, Unicorn Theatre, free of cost January 11—31. Inspired by their hit show, “Anansi the Spider,” about the infamous mischief-maker and master spinner of yarns (whose schemes don’t always go as planned!), these classic West African and Caribbean tales have been adapted into an exciting online experience. This energetic and engaging online performance takes three classic Anansi stories and uses music, song, dance and humor to create an exciting new adventure. Created and directed by Justin Audibert for Unicorn Theatre, Best enjoyed by ages 3 and up. Free.

Children’s Theatre Company
Virtual Academy Classes
Jan. 26—March 27
CTC’s Virtual Academy classes for the winter season are now on sale! Classes are either nine weeks or four weeks long, running Jan. 26 through March 27. Classes will include a mix of theatre, music, dance, film, and technical theatre for ages 4 through 18, beginner through pre-professional. This winter also includes a new offering designed for parents providing fun ways to bring imagination and creativity into the home paired with weekday daytime classes to give students an artistic break in their virtual school day. Also included are classes specifically designed for young people with sensory sensitivities including those with ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and other disabilities and mental illnesses for ages 4 through 12. Classes can be purchased at

‘Amethyst Skies’ by Amy Rice
‘Cityscapes’ by Mark Horton
Through Jan. 23
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace, Mpls.
Groveland Gallery presents two new exhibitions on view now through Jan. 23. Visit in person Tuesday through Saturdays from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (by appointment only) or online. Amy Rice’s “Amethyst Skies” is a new body of small mixed media paintings illustrating the real and imagined lives of the animals that live on and under the artist’s East Central Minnesota flower farm. Also on view: “Studies, Sketches & Small Works,” a group show by gallery artists. Call 612-377-7800 or go to for more information.

Safe Place: Homework Help
Free online tutoring available for grades 1 through 12. Contact Destiny at

An Evening with Mira Jacob
Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
Free online event
Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator and cultural critic. Born in New Mexico to parents who emigrated from India, she uses her dual-culture background to navigate the ebb and flow of politics and modern culture.
In 2015, Mira illustrated a graphic article for BuzzFeed entitled “37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son,” which quickly went viral. Her stunning graphic memoir, “Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations,” expands upon the delicate and nuanced conversations about race and politics she has with her son. “Good Talk” was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a best book of the year by Time, Esquire, Publisher’s Weekly, and Library Journal. It is currently in development as a television series with Film 44. This free and open to the public event is presented by University of North Dakota Writers Conference and University of North Dakota. For more information:

Heart of the Dance
Heart of the Dance MN works to bring the SEL program “Dancing Classrooms” to schools across the Twin Cities metro area, including 3-year partner Keewaydin Elementary School. Since COVID-19 has caused everyone to shift to virtual programming, for the first time ever, we are able to offer a shortened virtual program directly to families with elementary school-aged students. “Dancing Classrooms Homeroom Edition” is designed to accommodate the complexities and potential inequities of remote learning. The Homeroom Edition residencies include original prerecorded instructional videos with flexible follow-up assignments, live virtual instruction and check-ins from teaching artists, engaging assignments connecting dance to other subject areas, virtual peer-to-peer sharing celebrations, and a live, family-friendly dance party. A short video about the program is available at

Safe Place: Homework Help
Free online tutoring available for grades 1 through 12. Contact Destiny at

Como Zoo’s Reindeer Cam Is Back!
The 24/7 webcam livestreams all the reindeer games and more from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul. Get to know Mabel, Abigail and Forest, the three reindeer that call Como Zoo their ho-ho-home! Enjoy a 24/7 peek into the daily details of their lives through Como Zoo’s Reindeer Cam. Count down to the holidays while watching the reindeer feed, interact with one another, and socialize with their neighbors – a few arctic fox that peep into the reindeer habitat from time to time. The reindeer holiday habitat includes a Christmas-themed barn complete with a live Advent calendar and a map detailing Santa’s delivery route on Christmas Eve. Visit us at

We Are the Story
L’Merchie Frazier
Nov. 21 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

Help Provide Diverse Books For Local Schools
Magers& Quinn has organized a fundraiser to provide diverse books to local schools, in partnership with Reading Partners Twin Cities. Reading is critical to student success both in school and beyond. But right now, many students are learning from home with limited access to classroom or public libraries. To help get books into the hands of more kids and support at-home reading, we’re hosting a digital book drive for Minneapolis schools! All of the funds raised will be used to purchase books, and these books will be distributed to students at the following schools: Ascension Catholic School, Bethune Community School, Lyndale Elementary, and Hiawatha Leadership Academy. Donations are welcome at this link:


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