Events – Community Calendar

MASTER GARDENER HOME TOUR
You are invited to participate in the 2021 Hennepin County Master Gardener Volunteer Learning Garden Tour being held virtually this year. The tour will be released on Friday, September 10 at 3 p.m.
This year the tour will feature four beautiful and unique home gardens of Hennepin County Master Gardener Volunteers along with four focused educational opportunities that include pruning, planting trees, wise watering practice, and when and how to plant your spring bulbs.
Tickets are $12. To buy tickets and learn more about the Learning Garden Tour, please visit us https://84402.blackbaudhosting.com/84402/2021-Hennepin-County-Master-Gardener-Volunteer-Virtual-Learning-Garden-Tour-10Sep2021


No More Pipeline Blues
We are in the thick of a major fight against Big Oil in Northern Minnesota.  #StopLine3
Through the winter Larry Long composed and produced  “No More Pipeline Blues (On This Land Where We Belong)” featuring Waubanewquay, Winona LaDuke, Day Sisters, Mumu Fresh, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, Jennifer Kreisberg, Indigo Girls, Bonnie Raitt and Joy Harjo.
Music video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjoRB7ETaGk
Produced by Keri Pickett
Call to action: Send a letter to President Joe Biden’s administration, the White House, by visiting STOPLINE3.org/Biden telling him to #StopLine3


‘Difficult Gifts: A Physician’s Journey to Heal Body and Mind’ with author Courtney Burnett
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
Local author and physician Courtney Burnett presents her memoir of life as both doctor and patient after a surprise diagnosis. When Courtney, a young American physician studying medicine in Thailand, began to experience unexplainable neurological symptoms, the last thing she expected was to diagnose herself with a malignant brain tumor. “Difficult Gifts” is an honest, intimate and liberating memoir written by a physician who becomes a patient. At first filled with sadness, she learns she can also find joy. Facing mortality before the age of 30, she finds courage rather than fear. Through it all, she shares how to embrace the life we have been given. With daring honesty, this new writer teaches us the value of a difficult gift: a gift that teaches us, motivates us, changes us, and inspires us. Using lessons learned as a physician, a patient, an avid reader and a student of Buddhist wisdom, Courtney shares how sometimes suffering can open a door to happiness, and through dying, we can learn to fully live. Free, but registration required at www.magersandquinn.com/event.


‘ANIMATE’
Sept. 16 – 26, 6:30 p.m.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Eastbrook Dr., St. Paul
Mixed Blood Theatre presents the world premiere of “ANIMATE” by Ken LaZebnik, performed at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Featuring Sally Wingert, Kevin Kling, Jevetta Steele, Regina Marie Williams, Stephen Yoakam, Taj Ruler, Bruce A. Young, Randy Reyes, and a cast of many others (including a cameo by Don Cheadle). The extravaganza starts with a helicopter landing as the audience moves from primate house to polar bear odyssey to giraffe grotto to tropical encounters to the 1200-seat sea lion amphitheater. It’s a play about race and philanthropy seen through the lens of species preservation. “ANIMATE” champions zoos as invaluable resources to their regions and the world as bastions of species preservation, conservation, and education. This production marks Jack Reuler’s final directing project in his 46-year tenure at Mixed Blood.
True to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s commitment to free access, admission to all shows of “ANIMATE,” like the zoo itself, is free to all, but reservations are required. Beyond city, state, and CDC safety protocols, audiences are asked to be masked for the entire 100-minute journey, and comprehensive cleaning and distancing practices will be in place. For reservations and more info, see www.mixedblood.com.


‘Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law’
Author Mary Roach in conversation with Erik Larson
Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. CDT
Online
Rain Taxi is pleased to announce that “America’s funniest science writer” Mary Roach will kick off a month of virtual Twin Cities Book Festival programming on Thursday, Sept. 16. Roach will discuss her new book “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” (Norton) with fellow blockbuster nonfiction author Erik Larson, who like Roach has six New York Times bestsellers to his name. “Mary Roach, or rather the collective laughter of the audience, tore the roof off the house when she appeared at Rain Taxi’s TCBF back in 2006,” reminisces Eric Lorberer. “I know she’ll be just as captivating in the virtual format, and this unique opportunity to see her gab with the great Erik Larson should be irresistible.” More information about this event is at: https://twincitiesbookfestival.com/mary-roach/.


Page Education Foundation 34th Annual Justice Gala
Friday, Sept. 17, virtual event, noon to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18, Gala at U.S. Bank Stadium, 6 to 10 p.m.
A highlight of the local nonprofit gala season, the Justice Gala is making its return Sept. 17 and 18. Founded by former Minnesota Viking and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and his wife, Diane, the Justice Gala benefits the Page Education Foundation. The foundation supports and inspires students of color by providing scholarships known as Page Grants when they graduate from a Minnesota high school and attend a Minnesota post-secondary institution.
The two-day event begins Sept. 17 with a one-hour program livestreamed at noon on Page Education Foundation’s virtual event platform. Guests will then have the opportunity to bid online or in person on the silent auction, which features sports memorabilia, unique wines, travel packages and more. On Sept. 18, the in-person cocktail party will return for the first time since 2019 to U.S. Bank Stadium’s Polaris Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Masks and proof of immunization/COVID test within 72 hours will be required to attend.
Registration for both events is required. Tickets for the online event are free. Tickets for the U.S. Bank Stadium event start at $65. For more information and to order tickets, please visit https://events.page-ed.org/event/2021justicegalaticket/.


Lantern Lighting Celebration at Lakewood Cemetery
Sept. 17 – 19, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Lakewood Cemetery
3600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
Lakewood Cemetery invites the public to its seventh annual Lantern Lighting Celebration the weekend of September 17-19, 2021. The event offers an opportunity for people to celebrate the memories of loved ones – whether lost recently or years ago – by decorating a floating, candlelit lantern in their honor. This event is open to the public.
At the event, people can decorate a paper lantern sleeve with favorite pictures, messages of love, and other symbols of remembrance. At dusk, in a beautiful ceremony, attendees gather to release their lanterns onto Lakewood’s eight-acre lake, while the names of loved ones are read aloud. The effect of the candlelit lanterns floating on the lake is breathtaking and magical, connecting people to their loved ones and to each other.
In 2020, Lakewood expanded the event from one evening to three evenings to allow more people to attend given event capacity restrictions during the pandemic. Throughout the event, guests can enjoy live music, food and refreshments from local food vendors, and the beauty of Lakewood’s scenic grounds. Self-guided tour brochures of the cemetery will also be available.
Admission is free, but there is a per lantern fee of $7 in advance or $12 at the door. More info: https://www.lakewoodcemetery.org/event/5390/


Children’s Theatre Company
2021-2022 Season
Children’s Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls.
Join us for a remarkable return to live theatre at CTC! We can’t wait to welcome you and your family back for a season that features jaw-dropping spectacles, blockbuster musicals, world premieres and more. Experience the magic of live theatre that will inspire you, open your heart, and fill you with joy. Tickets start at just $15 for kids!
“Annie,” Nov. 7, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022, all ages
“Bina’s Six Apples,” Jan. 9 – Feb. 13, 2022, ages 9 and up
“Circus Abyssinia Tulu,” Jan. 18 – Feb. 13, 2022, all ages
“Something Happened in Our Town,” Feb. 27 – March 27, 2022, ages 7 and up
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical,” April 22 – June 18, 2022, all ages
Single tickets to all performances now on sale at https://childrenstheatre.org/.


Highpoint Presents: A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking
On view Sept. 17 – Oct. 23
In-person opening reception: Friday, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 Lake St. W., Mpls.
Highpoint is delighted to partner with Delita Martin and Tanekeya Word to deliver the exhibition “A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking.” Curated by Milwaukee-based printmaker and bookmaker Tanekeya Word, and Austin, Texas-based printmaker and Highpoint Editions artist Delita Martin, this marks the first national exhibition curated by Black women printmakers highlighting the experimental prints of Black women printmakers.
This exhibition will explore the work of 12 contemporary Black women printmakers who have shaped a place for themselves in the printmaking world. Utilizing their craft in an improvisational style, each printmaker brings personal narratives into focus while paying homage to the foremothers who came before them.
Gallery viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. We are currently requiring masks in our galleries; please call (612) 871-1326 or visit www.highpointprintmaking.org for up-to-date information on visitor protocol.


Hook & Ladder 5th Anniversary
Friday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 3 to 10 p.m.
Hook & Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls.
The Hook & Ladder Theater is pleased to present a special two-day fall fundraising event to celebrate our 5th anniversary! It’s been a pretty incredible five years and we are proud of our eclectic mix of program activities, concerts and community engagements, with ongoing artist and community/Patreon support. We are inviting EVERYONE to join us over two days of outdoor celebration Under the Canopy with food, drink, music, dance and live performance art from an exciting mix of Minnesota acts. Our fifth anniversary concert on Friday, Sept. 17 features Kiss the Tiger, Black Eyed Snakes, and Superior Siren (doors 6 p.m., music 7 p.m.) Tickets and more info at https://thehookmpls.com/event/hook-5th-anniversary-concert/. And join us on Saturday, Sept. 18 for our fifth anniversary festival featuring food trucks, ice cream, and games from 3 p.m., with music at 9 p.m. by Apollo Cobra, Mystery Artist, BondDoesBelly, Siama Matazungidi and Drew Peterson. Five bands for $5! Details and tickets available at https://thehookmpls.com/event/hook-5th-anniversary-festival/.


‘QUITTING TIME at a Place of Endless Time’
Patrick Cabello Hansel and others
Poetry and music at the historic Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery
Saturday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.
East Lake Street and Cedar Ave., Mpls.
Patrick Cabello Hansel’s second book of poetry, “Quitting Time,” is an extended elegy to his father, Walter Hansel.  It engages his history from being born into a German-speaking home in rural North Dakota, through the Great Depression, World War II, becoming a barber and raising a family in Austin, Minn. Patrick retired in 2020 after serving with his wife Luisa for 15 years at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis.  He is the author of the poetry collection “The Devouring Land” and his work has been published in over 70 journals.
At the event, Patrick will read with prize-winning poets Tim Nolan and Richard Terrill. Live music with
Larry McDonough on keyboards and Richard on sax. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program, and there will be an optional tour of the historic cemetery.
You can enter the cemetery on the Cedar Avenue side. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. We will try to keep you updated on COVID restrictions, but be prepared with a mask just in case. And if you’re not vaccinated, please do so! https://www.artecabellohansel.com


Greenway Glow Arts Festival
Saturday, Sept. 18, 4 to 10 p.m.
Midtown Greenway
Join us for the Greenway Glow Arts Festival, the FREE outdoor festival along the Midtown Greenway! The Greenway Glow Arts Festival will feature dozens of local artists. Bike, walk or roll along the Greenway to experience live music, art installations, and theatrical performances. The festival is FREE, but you can support the Midtown Greenway by purchasing a VIP ticket! You’ll get:

  • 2 craft beers from Eastlake Craft Brewery (21+) or 2 sodas.
  • Food at the Beer Garden (2619 S. 28th Ave.).
  • $10 gift card to Lawless Distilling craft cocktail lounge (21+).
  • Glow lights to wear or put on your bike.
  • Door prizes at VIP Check-In (while they last!)
  • Entry into the exclusive VIP prize drawing for bike lights, bike backpacks and more.

A portion of the VIP ticket is tax-deductible. Proceeds will support programs for the Midtown Greenway, including our efforts to extend the trail over the Mississippi River and through St. Paul. The Midtown Greenway Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by donations. Purchase a VIP ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenway-glow-arts-festival-event-information-and-vip-tickets-tickets-161667565039.


‘Forgotten Beacons’ – The Artwork of Jayson Randall
Through Sept. 24
University of Minnesota, Larson Gallery
2017 Buford Avenue, #25-A, St. Paul
Minnesota-based experimental artist Jayson Randall will be having a solo exhibition at the University of Minnesota, Larson Gallery, from Aug. 26 through Sept. 24, 2021. The exhibition will feature many of his interactive electronic sculptures, including the unveiling of a new piece of his unique artwork.
Through Randall’s brilliant interplay of light and shadow in art, “Forgotten Beacons” illustrates the relationship between the useful and forgotten. Like beacons in the dark, his work expresses how discarded items call out as they are encountered by the viewer. He preserves stories and gives new life to those forgotten, through the use of interactive technology. Industrial materials are combined with interactive electronics as the viewer is engaged to participate in the functionality of the finished work.
Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (612) 625-0214


Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Fest
Sept. 29 – Oct. 3
In-person and online
Trylon Cinema
2820 E. 33rd St., Mpls.
The 15th edition of Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Fest returns to Minneapolis–St. Paul Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, 2021. This year’s fest will be held in a hybrid format, combining in-person and online film screenings and events. The in-person components of the festival will take place at Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis and virtual screenings will be accessible across the U.S.
In addition to classic and contemporary films, the festival will include panel discussions with filmmakers, scholars and film industry professionals. TCAFF audiences can expect to attend a virtual conversation on the eclectic cultural scene of 1970s Morocco. Additionally, Lebanese documentarian Sarah Francis and Palestinian artist Mona Benyamin will discuss how themes of lunar colonization appear in each of their films, exploring questions about exile and displacement.
Early Bird prices on Festival passes for virtual and hybrid Arab Film Fest screenings are now available! Through Sept. 17, passes will be available at 25% off their regular prices. There are a limited number of each so act fast to get yours! For more information, go to https://mizna.org/event/2021arabfilmfest/.


Mary Ann Key Book Club
‘Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning’ by Cathy Park Hong
The Mary Ann Key Book Club, a collaboration with columnist Myron Medcalf that uses reading to better understand past and current injustices, has announced the next read for Fall 2021! The discussion will center around “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” by Cathy Park Hong. In her book, poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong blends memoir, cultural criticism and history to confront the Asian American condition and examine the complex relationships between race, family, heritage and society in America. “Minor feelings arise,” she writes, “upon hearing a slight, knowing it’s racial, and being told, Oh, that’s all in your head.” For details, see www.hclib.org/programs/books-reading/mary-ann-key-book-club.


2021 Hennepin County Master Gardener Volunteer ‘Virtual’ Learning Garden Tour
Releases Friday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m. (video available for the next year)
Online
Come along on a Virtual Garden Tour! You are invited to participate in the 2021 Hennepin County Master Gardener Volunteer Learning Garden Tour being held virtually this year. The tour will be released on Friday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. CDT, along with a number of other virtual events happening that weekend. Gardening – whether you do it for the beauty, growing your own food, or just like getting your hands in the dirt, it’s now a click away with this Virtual Garden tour that will inspire you with new ideas and motivation. This year the tour will feature four beautiful and unique home gardens of Hennepin County Master Gardener Volunteers along with four focused educational opportunities that include pruning, planting trees, wise watering practice, and when and how to plant your spring bulbs. Tickets are $12.To buy tickets and learn more about the Learning Garden Tour, please visit us at https://84402.blackbaudhosting.com/84402/2021-Hennepin-County-Master-Gardener-Volunteer-Virtual-Learning-Garden-Tour-10Sep2021.


Pay Gap Festival
Saturday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Sunday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Minnesota State Fair Grounds, West End Market
1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul
A festival full of shopping, laughter, and music. There is free entry to shop for unique gifts with local businesses in the marketplace, a variety of food vendors to snack and sip, and you can buy tickets to reserve seats at the stage to enjoy a half or full day of comedy and music entertainment. Tickets to see entertainment include a hybrid option so that you can watch the show livestreaming from home if you can’t make it in. This event is produced by Rock What You Got and supports gender equality in the Twin Cities. This event is also supporting the FINNEGANS Community Fund. Bring non-perishable food donations to help keep our local food shelves stocked! Silent Auction to bid on will also be included. Cost: Marketplace FREE, Entertainment Stage Tickets: $55-$130.
For tickets, exhibitor registration, and more information visit: https://rockwhatyougotlive.com/paygapfestival/.


‘Free the Deeds’
Minneapolis Public Art Project
‘Free the Deeds,’ an artist-driven initiative, is launching a city-wide project this month to build awareness of the history of racial covenants in housing in Minneapolis and to encourage action to repair the harm done by these covenants. Homeowners whose houses have a racial covenant will be encouraged to display a lawn sign in their yards that says “This house had a racial covenant” on one side and “Building equity, one deed at a time” on the other. All Minneapolis residents, whether your home had a racial covenant or not, will have the chance to donate to down payment assistance for households who purchase homes through the African American Community Land Trust (AACLT). The AACLT is an initiative focused on significantly decreasing the historic racial disparities in the homeownership rate while increasing access to perpetually affordable homeownership in Minneapolis. Check out our website, freethedeeds.org to learn more about what racial covenants were, how to find out if your home had one, how to discharge it, ways to interact with this history, and how to participate with this city-wide project. freethedeeds.org


‘Annie’
Nov. 7, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
Children’s Theater Company
2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the much-anticipated production of “Annie” is now on sale. Directed by Peter Rothstein, “Annie” runs November 7, 2021, through January 9, 2022, opening the first live CTC theatrical season post-pandemic. This goosebump-inducing, gorgeous production is choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder with a live orchestra music directed by Victor Zupanc. Scenic designs are by Vicki Smith, costume designs are by Richard O. Hamson, and lighting is designed by Paul Whitaker. The cast will be announced in September.
Times are tough, spirits are low, and the world is in dire need of hope. Enter, stage left: a delightful underdog – a good-natured, yet mischievously feisty, young girl. She takes on the world and, with an equal share of moxie and music, unlocks hearts and changes lives through kindness, love and spirit. Like Annie and Daddy Warbucks sing, “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow!”
Tickets can be purchased at childrenstheatre.org/annie or by calling the ticket office at (612) 874-0400. Ticket prices range from $15-$73.


‘Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War’
Through Oct. 31
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
“Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War,” illuminates the story of the Kindertransport (German for “Children’s Transport”). This astonishingly successful rescue effort brought approximately 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany to Great Britain and other countries, including Sweden, between 1938 and 1939. The exhibition explores the children’s difficult and often heartbreaking journeys through original artifacts, audio testimonies and moving personal stories. The regional debut of this exhibition is accompanied by “The Story is Here,” developed by ASI, which features the experiences of Midwest families impacted by the Kindertransport.
The ASI Museum, Museum Store and FIKA Café new hours are Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.ASImn.org or call 612-871-4907.


Minnesota State Capitol Guided Tours
Monday – Friday, beginning July 12
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beginning July 12 visitors can go on a guided tour of the Minnesota State Capitol, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 45-minute tours are offered on the hour and will include stories of the Capitol’s construction completed in 1905 and the recent renovation completed in 2017. Visitors will see grand architectural details and fine art, visit the rotunda and historic chambers and, weather permitting, see the “golden horses.” Tours are free.
The Minnesota Historical Society is working to expand the guided tour offering to weekends by later this summer. www.mnhs.org/capitol


Minnesota Orchestra Movies & Music
Concerts for the 2021-22 Season
Tickets for most performances are available now.
Featured films include “Black Panther,” “Toy Story,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”
Conducted by Sarah Hicks, the Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, these special events bring feature films into the concert hall, where the movies are shown on a large screen above the stage while the Orchestra performs every note to the corresponding scores live. Four major films will be presented in the 2021-22 season, starting in November with the newly added 2018 Marvel Studios film phenomenon “Black Panther,” with Oscar-winning score by composer Ludwig Göransson. A family favorite also makes its first appearance at Orchestra Hall in November, when the Orchestra performs the score to Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story,” the revolutionary animated film released in 1995, with music by Randy Newman. The Orchestra continues its performances of the beloved Harry Potter series in January 2022 with the fifth installment of the film series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” featuring music by Nicholas Hooper, and returns to another favorite movie series with performances of John Williams’ Oscar-nominated score to the 1983 film “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” the final movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, in April 2022.
Tickets are available now for select performances of “Black Panther” and “Toy Story,” and for all performances of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” Tickets for additional performances will be available to subscribers on July 26 and to single ticketholders on August 16. Subscribers save up to 15%. Young Listener (ages 6-17) discount available for select concerts. Some restrictions apply. Visit minnesotaorchestra.org for details.


Minnehaha Creek Self-Guided Tour
Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Join our new Minnehaha Creek Self-Guided Tour! The second of our summer Walk & Talks is now ready to download-and-go. The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail area has a long history as part of the lands of the Dakota, followed by industrial and recreational use tied to the development of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Along this approximately 3.5-mile roundtrip, you’ll follow landscape architect Sarah Evenson’s guide to Minnehaha Creek from just east of I-35W to Lake Nokomis, taking a look at the past, present, and future of this storied waterway that receives more than 1.3 million visits annually. The new Minnehaha Creek self-guide is available as a printable PDF or as an online StoryMap. Find them both on our Walk & Talks page, where you’ll also find links to self-guides to the grounds of the new Water Works at Mill Ruins Park. https://mplsparksfoundation.org/news-events/mpf-events/walk-talk-series/


Cafesjian’s Carousel Opens in Como Park
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 ourfaircarousel@outlook.com, or see www.ourfaircarousel.org.


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: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed. 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 Summer 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 www.bikemn.org/handbook.


‘Farmers Markets of MPLS’ Collaborative now open
Many of the approximately 20 farmers’ markets in the Farmers Markets of MPLS are now open! Many favorite growers and other vendors are back, as well as 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 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., https://www.facebook.com/foursistersmarket.
-Kingfield Farmers Market, Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 16 through Oct. 24, 4055 Nicollet Ave., http://neighborhoodrootsmn.org/about/kingfield/.
-Midtown Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 1 through Oct. 30, Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., http://midtownfarmersmarket.org/.
-Nokomis Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 7 p.m., June 16 through Sept. 29, 5167 Chicago Ave., http://neighborhoodrootsmn.org/about/nokomis/.
-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 https://farmersmarketsofmpls.org/find-a-market/interactive-map/. 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.


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 textilecentermn.org/wearethestory.

 

 

 

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