Events – Community Calendar

Waffle Bar Fundraiser for TCDSA
July 20, 9 a.m. – noon
Walker Community UMC dining hall
3104 16th Ave. S
Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America (TCDSA) and its Socialist Feminist Branch and comrades are hosting a fun fundraiser Waffle Breakfast on Saturday, July 20. The goal is to raise money to send our 19 elected delegates to the biennial DSA convention in Atlanta. Waffles, plus unlimited toppings and bottomless fair-trade coffee, will be sold for anything you can afford from $7 up to $25 and you can add a “tip” to help even more.

Minnehaha Falls Art Fair
Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Minnehaha Falls Park
4801 Minnehaha Ave.
Minnehaha Falls is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks featuring a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, river overlooks, Sea Salt Eatery, many walking and hiking trails, and more!
And now, for the first time ever, Minnehaha Falls will be the site of Minnesota’s newest Art Fair! Celebrate dozens of local artists at the first annual Minnahaha Falls Art Fair. Peruse a wide variety of mediums including paintings, ceramics, textiles, screen-printing, woodworking, photography and more.
There will be items UNDER $30 at every artist booth!
More info at 612-296-7371  or

Saturday, July 20
Put your skills to the test in this ultimate summer adventure race! The Tri-Loppet is a point-to-point off-road triathlon using the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and trails in Theodore Wirth Park. Paddle 7K, run 5.5K and mountain bike 13K – all in the heart of the city!
The Tri-Loppet is open to both individuals and relay teams, and will take participants through some of the best land and water trails that Minneapolis has to offer. Kayak, canoe or SUP your way along the Chain of Lakes with awesome views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline, run on some of the city’s most beautiful natural trails and bike along Wirth’s new system of singletrack. Once you cross the finish line, enjoy a fun summer afternoon at The Trailhead with live music, food for purchase and a free Surly beer for all race participants.
All off-road and a ton of fun, this is a race experience you’re sure to have a blast competing in!
This is a Hoigaard’s Challenge event, learn more here:

PechaKucha Night: Are Galleries Dead? Not in Northeast!
Tuesday, July 23
6 to 8 p.m.
Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, 55413
Moving from a Sunday to a Tuesday, and into the Ritz Theater, the next PechaKucha asks the question, “Are Galleries Dead?” and answers it with “Not in Northeast!” Nine Northeast gallery directors will present 20 slides in 20 seconds each on how they formed, who they represent and how they survive.
The program will feature the following galleries: 2001 A Space, Circa, IceBox, Kolman & Pryor, NE Sculpture Gallery Factory, Qarma, Rogue Buddha, Rosalux and Tres Leches Gallery.
Herman Milligan, prominent art collector and NE-AD board member, will lead a discussion following the PechaKucha presentations. The discussion is intended to help inform the NE-AD leadership and the public on what is needed to sustain a thriving gallery culture. The definition of “gallery” may be constantly changing to meet consumer preferences. At this PechaKucha we will explore how Northeast galleries have managed these changes and what NE-AD can do to help.
Bring your questions to the Ritz Tuesday, July 23, 6 p.m. The free event, with refreshments, will conclude by 8 p.m., after which people will be gathering next door at Rogue Buddha Gallery for a reception and informal conversation. Donations ($5 recommended) are appreciated to offset venue expenses and the PechaKucha license.
PechaKucha Nights are a project of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District’s HATCH committee, which is exploring the need for an arts center or online clearinghouse.

Campfire Songs and Stories
Monday, July 22
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dodge Nature Center, Main Office Entrance 1, 365 Marie Ave. W. in West St. Paul
Join us in the Dodge for songs and stories around the campfire. Hear funny stories, tall tales and outright lies. Join in singing some classic campfire singalongs. Then roast a marshmallow or two, or more.
Pre-registration required. Cost: $7 per person; ages 2 and under are free. 651-455-4531,

Mississippi Market’s $3 Community Dinners
Thursday, July 25 and
Thursday, August 22
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
622 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Market is pleased to announce the return of its $3 Community Dinners​ this summer. These events will be held on the fourth Thursdays of July and August from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the co-op’s East 7th store. Each dinner will feature an affordable Market Made meal, live music from local musicians, free food samples, community partners, raffle prizes and more. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available at both dinners. Save the dates to celebrate community with good food, great people and live music. All are welcome!
July 25: Garlic Rosemary Chicken or BBQ Tofu & Potato Salad
August 22: BBQ Pulled Pork or Jackfruit Sandwich & Coleslaw

Roots & Kinship
A community gathering to revitalize our relationships with Mother Earth and each other
Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Community Center Picnic Shelter
2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy.
Lyla June, musician, public speaker and performance poet of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and Scandinavian lineages, explores indigenous resurgence, reclaiming European indigenous roots, forgiveness, reconciliation, and love as a revolutionary force.
The Wisdom Dancers, traditional dancers and singers drawing from Balkan, Greek, and Asia Minor lineages. Share the collective joy of traditional songs and dances as tools for healing. Through dance they connect with their roots and explore ways to live in right relationship in Minnesota.
FREE. Please bring a blanket for sitting on the ground or your own chair. In the case of rain, we will meet inside the Lake Nokomis Community Center.
ASL interpreted. Accessible seating available.
More information at or

Foraging Summer Herbs
Saturday, July 27
Noon to 2 p.m.
Midtown Greenway and East 28th
Summer is a time of lush growth that provides awesome opportunities for the urban forager. These include wild herbs that produce amazing aromas, lend bright flavors as seasonings and give numerous health benefits to boot! Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging as we learn how to identify, harvest and prepare the herbs of summer. This workshop will be discussion based; we won’t actually collect or concoct any of the herbs, but we will learn a lot about them! Meet at the intersection of the Midtown Greenway and East 28th St. in Minneapolis. Sliding scale $15 – $35. Space is limited. For more details or to register, please visit, email, or call 612-440-5958.

Paws and Effect, at the Minnesota Family Fringe
Saturday, July 27, 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 3, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 4, 1 p.m.
Barker Center for Dance
500 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis 55454
Off-Leash area is thrilled to announce the return of their wildly popular show “Paws and Effect,” starring a real dog, to the 2019 Minnesota Family Fringe! “Paws and Effect” is a visually rich, surreal production exploring the journey of a girl who doesn’t fit in, and a stray dog she befriends who teaches her how to show love and acceptance to others and especially herself. Featuring OLA’s signature award-winning interdisciplinary style, the performance blends company choreographer Jennifer Ilse’s highly theatrical movement with Paul Herwig’s elaborate visual set design using live projected animation. Performers include Off-Leash Area’s own Jennifer Ilse, Katie Kaufman and Lily the Doberman.
This show with a dog will be performed at the Barker Center for Dance in Minneapolis. The Barker Center. We swear this is a coincidence.
The Minnesota Family Fringe is a juried sub-festival of the popular Minnesota Fringe Festival, centered on kid- and family-friendly performances. “Paws and Effect” is a visual smorgasbord about adventure and acceptance—a delight to children of all ages and to adults as well!
Information on festival events and schedule at:

Jeffery Broussard &
The Creole Cowboys
Friday, August 2
Doors open 7 p.m.
Free zydeco dance lesson
7:15 p.m.
Music at 8 p.m.
Eagles Club #34
2507 East 25th St.
Louisiana band and zydeco greats Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys play in Minneapolis again on Friday, August 2, sponsored by Krewe de Walleye, the Minnesota Cajun & Zydeco Music & Dance Association. $20 admission.

Hiroshima Nagasaki Remembrance
With support from Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee, events again will be held in remembrance of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Committee offers these events to the community to encourage reflection on the past and hope for the future through action in the present. It calls for the total abolition of nuclear weapons throughout the world as one measure of ensuring a just and lasting peace.
Lyndale Park Peace Garden at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis:
*Monday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m., Commemorative Tea Ceremony
*Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7:30 a.m., Keynote speaker Larry Johnson, storyteller, Vets for Peace; Sadako story by Elaine Wynne and Sage Curry-Wynne; Music by Jo Bolles; Bell ringing by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27; Haiku
Global Harmony Labyrinth in Como Park, St. Paul:
*Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Letter from Nagasaki Mayor Taue; Music by Musicians from the Saint Paul Civic Symphony; On that Summer Day; Readings by Jay Kvale; Labyrinth dance by Alys Ayumi Ogura

National Night Out Event
August 6, 4 – 7 p.m.
Minnehaha Senior Living
3733 – 23rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Minnehaha Senior Living, An Assisted Living Facility, along with Providence Place Care Center, will host a community event for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6th. Free games, music, free frozen treats and drawings for Twins prizes.

Nature After Dinner: Flight of the Butterfly
Thursday, August 8
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dodge Nature Center, Farm Entrance 3
1701 Charlton St. in West St. Paul
The flowers are in full bloom on the prairie! With the flowers come colorful butterflies. Spend an evening learning about the life cycle of these amazing insects. Catch and release them from your insect net and learn clues on how to tell a moth from a butterfly.
This program is designed for kids ages 3-8. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Families are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $10 per child. 651-455-4531,

Nighttime Nature Fun
Thursdays, through Aug. 29
9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Coldwater Spring
5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Join park ranger Sharon Stiteler and entomologist Jessica Miller as they set up black lights and sheets to see what moths and insects visit Coldwater Spring at night. We might also hear other night active critters like deer, owls, raccoons or even coyotes.
Take the trail from the main entrance at Coldwater toward the dog park. Head toward the big lights and that is where the fun will be underway.

Regina High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion
Saturday, September 14
Minneapolis Marriott Hotel
Calling all graduates of Regina High School Class of 1969! Our 50th Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 14 at the Minneapolis Marriott Hotel. For further information, please go to or call 612-729-3500

Rain Taxi presents a book launch event with poets
September 14, 7 p.m.
Hook & Ladder Theater’s Mission Room
Join us as we kick off our Fall 2019 Rain Taxi Reading Series with two stellar poets on Saturday, September 14. This event serves as the book launch for Twin Cities poet Steve Healey’s newest collection, “Safe Houses I Have Known,” published by local Coffee House Press. Healey will be joined by National Book Award-winning Chicago poet and translator (and child of Chilean immigrants) Daniel Borzutzky, author of “Lake Michigan” and “The Performance of Becoming Human.”
The event will also debut the Fall print edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books (our 95th issue!), and it’s all free and open to the public! Books by the poets will be available for purchase and signing.
More info about the authors and this event can be found here:


Makers Mornings
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
American Swedish Istitute
2600 Park Ave
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, or outside, weather permitting.

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