Events – Community Calendar


Safe Place: Homework Help
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m.
2002 Riverside Ave., Mpls.
Free tutoring for grades 1 – 12

Author Talk: Lorna Landvik
Thursday, April 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Library
4026 28th Ave. S., Mpls.
Please join us in welcoming New York Times bestselling author, performer and local community member Lorna Landvik as she discusses her books and writing process. Find her books in the HCL Catalog: Books by Lorna Landvik and at Roosevelt Library in March. Q&A to follow. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. More information at

Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors
Diabetes Support Group
Wednesday, April 10, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Trinity Apartments Community Room
2800 E. 31st St., Mpls.
Do you have diabetes? Interested in health information and a friendly community? Join us for a meeting of the Longfellow Diabetes Support group. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, and facilitated by Beth Peltzer, MSW. New members always welcome!

Yoga for Strength and Balance
Four sessions, April 11 – May 2
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st St., Mpls.
Yoga is perfect for those who want to improve their flexibility, strength and balance. The benefits include muscle improvement, management of some chronic conditions, and increased well-being. The class is taught by certified yoga Instructor Dyan Anunson. The cost is $3 per class or $10 for all four sessions. Call 612-729-5799, email [email protected], or go to to register.

Sabathani Spring Health Fair
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th St., Mpls.
Join us for the Sabathani Spring Health Fair, a free event dedicated to promoting health and wellness in the South Minneapolis community. Attendees will benefit from complimentary health screenings and vaccines, including diabetes screening; eye and dental examinations; blood pressure check; COVID-19 vaccines; HIV testing; prostate/PSA screening; lead poisoning testing (for children under 6); and Medicare/Medicaid enrollment assistance.
There will also be speakers, presentations and demonstrations throughout the day, as well as fun activities for all ages, including dance classes, healthy cooking recipe samples, kids’ activities, prize drawings, gift cards and incentives. Register by April 6 to receive a complimentary lunch from WholeSoul Eatery. Registration link and more information:

Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors
Disaster Preparedness
Tuesday, April 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st St., Mpls.
Meghan Burian, MPH, a Public Health Specialist with the City of Minneapolis Emergency Management Department, will discuss emergency preparedness topics including personal preparedness and resources for learning more. Senior Social and Health Talks occur on the third Tuesday of each month and feature guest speakers on health/wellness issues, birthday celebrations and time to socialize! Refreshments are provided! A Nurse is In/Blood Pressure Clinic is also offered. Suggested donation is $1. No registration required.

WAMM Peace Bridge Vigil 25th Anniversary
Wednesday, April 17, 5 p.m.
Join us for the 25th Anniversary of the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Peace Bridge Vigil on Wednesday, April 17. Meet on the Lake Street bridge from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by music and program at St. Albert the Great Church, 3216 E. 29th St., in Minneapolis. Pizza will be provided. Sponsored by Women Against Military Madness.

‘Joy is the Justice We Give Ourselves’ by J. Drew Lanham, with Michael Kleber-Diggs
Wednesday, April 17, 6 p.m.
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.
Join us as Milkweed Books welcomes J. Drew Lanham for a reading from his new poetry book, ‘Joy is the Justice We Give Ourselves,” a lush journey into wildness and Black being, in his signature mix of poetry and prose. Drew will read from his book and sit in conversation alongside poet Michael Kleber-Diggs, followed by time for audience questions and a book signing.
Enjoy a social hour in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore Milkweed Books beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the reading and conversation beginning at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. More information at

Schmidt Spring Art Crawl
April 19-21
Schmidt Brewery
900 W. 7th St., St. Paul
The Schmidt Spring Art Crawl, in coordination with the St. Paul Art Collective and the West 7th Arts District, will take place April 19-21. Start your art crawl adventure at the historic Schmidt Brewery-turned artist lofts and creative workspace. From the tunnel to the rooftop overlooking the St. Paul Skyline, you will find over 75 artists, artisans and makers exhibiting and selling their work. Schmidt resident artists, as well as local visiting artists will exhibit many styles and mediums, including paintings, ceramics, illustration, jewelry, photography, block printing, glass, digital work, healing arts, fiber arts, sand art and more. Open Palette live painting and art demonstration will be conducted by a selection of artists. Attend a session and get inspired! The 43rd Annual MN Congressional High School Art Competition will be displayed in the atrium. Buna Coffee Cart will be on site, as well as crowd favorites Egg Roll Queen and Red Rocket Pizza food trucks.
Make a whole day of it (or the whole weekend) in the West 7th Arts District of St. Paul. Hours are Friday 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon to 7 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Enter at Door 1 on the north side of the building by the tall smokestack. Attendance is FREE and all are welcome. Parking is FREE on nearby streets.

South High Foundation
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Sunday, April 28, 8 a.m. to noon
South High School
3131 19th Ave. S., Mpls.
(enter on 32nd St.)
Please join us for a delicious pancake breakfast to raise funds for the South High Foundation. $12 for adults; $6 for kids ages 6 to 18 years; FREE for ages 5 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door, or online at See you there!

Minneapolis American Indian Center
Grand Re-opening and Powwow
Wednesday, May 1, noon to 8 p.m.
1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls.
Please join us for a celebration of the reopening of the Minneapolis American Indian Center, which has been closed for renovations since 2022. The public is invited to an open house and powwow to explore the upgraded center and celebrate the reopening. Please note that there will be zero tolerance for alcohol, drugs or firearms at these events. Earlier in the day there will be a parade to celebrate the start of American Indian Month, beginning at Cedar Avenue Field Park at 10 a.m. and wrapping up at the Minneapolis American Indian Center at 11:30 a.m. Full schedule of the day’s events at

Beyond Guilt: Writers Reflect on Climate Change
Thursday, May 2, 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. program
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.
Join Milkweed Editions for the May entry in our monthly reading and panel discussion event series Milkweed Presents, hosted by “The Seedkeeper” author Diane Wilson. Diane will lead readings and conversation about writing amidst climate change with Erin Sharkey, editor of “A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars,” with special guest poet Halee Kirkwood.
This event is FREE and open to the public, please register here:
Enjoy a social hour and book-signing in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore, Milkweed Books, beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the reading and conversation in the Open Book Performance Hall beginning at 6 p.m.

Minnehaha Creek Duck Race
Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Minnehaha Pkwy., 12th Ave. to Cedar Ave.
Get ready for the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group’s 4th Annual Minnehaha Creek Duck Race on Saturday, May 4! The Duck Race begins at 11 a.m. at the 12th Avenue bridge and Minnehaha Parkway, and finishes with a neighborhood festival just before the Cedar Avenue bridge, when all the ducks have floated downstream to complete the race.
Event highlights include raffles; free face painting; food trucks; Minneapolis Fire Department truck and firefighters; fun activities and info tables from neighborhood groups; bags and gloves for anyone who can help to collect trash and recycling along the creek. Everyone is welcome, so bring your family and friends and enjoy the outdoors with us! More details at

Heart of the Beats ‘MayDayAnyway4’
Sunday, May 5, 2:30 to 7 p.m.
Powderhorn Park
Southwest corner of the lake
Lake Hiawatha/4200 Cedar Drum and Dance presents “MayDayAnyway4” (no affiliation with the Heart of the Beast Theater intended or implied). What we once recognized as a true sign of spring’s arrival – the Heart of the Beast parade and festival in Powderhorn Park on the first Sunday in May is now no more. But for us drummers, there is nothing saying that we cannot drum in the park at the same time and place as usual. Last year’s “MayDayAnyway3” drumming (and dancing!) event was loved and appreciated by all who attended. We even drummed for the canoe and puppet regatta as it crossed the lake at 3 p.m.! While it is too soon to know who will show up this year or what might be done to make our own fun, rest assured that a fine afternoon of rain-or-shine drumming will occur. Plan to be there and spread the word! (Tarp-covered drum dry space and waterproof percussion available for loan in case of rain.)
Also, do not forget our monthly drum jams at Lake Hiawatha Park on first Saturdays, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3 and September 7, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Tutors needed for Hennepin County Library’s ‘Let’s Read’ and ‘Homework Help’ programs
Join Hennepin County Library in making a positive impact on our next generation. The library is increasing its efforts to help boost children’s literacy, and volunteers and paid tutors are needed to support our youngest learners. We’re thrilled to invite you to be a part of two programs, “Homework Help” and the exciting new “Let’s Read” literacy initiative. Apply to be a paid lead tutor, or volunteer for either program. To learn more and to apply, go to

Join Nokomis Healthy Seniors’ FREE Caregiver Support Group
4th Thursdays, 11 a.m.
Nokomis Healthy Seniors
Bethel Church
4120 17th Ave. S., Mpls.
Often, caregivers don’t know where to turn for support and advice. A support group can be a lifesaver, allowing caregivers to talk to others who are experiencing the same joys and challenges, and who can not only empathize, but offer valuable insights and suggestions.
Held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at our office located inside Bethel Church, 4120-17th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, call the Nokomis Healthy Seniors office at 612-729-5499.

Puppet and Mask Lending Library
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
First and third Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Avalon Theater
1500 E. Lake St., Mpls.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has opened the Twin Cities’ first Puppet and Mask Lending Library! This hands-on opportunity will help kids and families embrace and participate in using puppets through a free two-week checkout system, just as they would do with a book at the library. The puppets can be used for community events, school plays, personal celebrations and more. All who check out a puppet or mask will get a lesson on how to wear and operate what they’re borrowing. Some puppets in the library will require puppeteers and/or transportation for a fee.
The library will be open the first and third Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre nurtures creative empowerment through the joy and magic of puppetry performance and education.

Minnesota Bicycling Handbook now available in Spanish, Somali, and English
BikeMN’s Minnesota Bicycling Handbooks have been translated into Spanish and Somali thanks to generous support from the Metropolitan Council. The Minnesota Bicycling Handbook continues to be one of BikeMN’s most in-demand education resources EVER! We know the handbook contains information that bicyclists and motorists need and want – which is why we’re overjoyed to offer it for Adult Learn to Ride participants in Spanish and Somali.
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. The Somali, Spanish, and English handbooks are available to view and download digital copies at

Take care of your community – Adopt-a-Stop!
Adopt-A-Stop is a program that helps businesses, individuals, community organizations and schools make a real difference in their neighborhoods by “adopting” local transit stops. Metro Transit employees make regular visits to shelters (in some cases, daily) to make sure that they are clean and damage-free. An adopter assists us by joining us in this work and alerting us to special maintenance needs and reporting vandalism or suspicious activity. When you or your group adopts a stop, you’ll help us keep area bus stops, shelters, and stations safe and clean. And the community will see you or your organization as a “good neighbor” that cares about its environment when we hang a sign with your name at the stop. As an extra thank you, you’ll receive 10 free rides for every month you adopt a stop. To learn more and to sign up, go to


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