Events – Community Calendar

ONGOING: Safe Place: Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Congregation
2001 Riverside Ave., Mpls. 55454
Adult students and children are all welcome. Tutors are available for all levels. If you are interested in being a volunteer or tutor or if you need more information, contact at 612-333-2561.

Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky
Through Dec. 22
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul 55116
This Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) original, based on true events from Billings, Montana, shares the story of an interfaith community that bands together against hate. The play, by Buffy Sedlachek, has been revised for an audience of age 6 and up.
When a brick is thrown at a menorah set in a child’s window for Hanukkah, community leaders of all faiths come together to help spread a message of tolerance and peace, leading 10,000 families to display menorahs in their windows for Christmas.
“Told through the eyes of two children, this story teaches us about inclusion, tolerance and hope,” says Shelli Place, director.
“With racist acvity and Neo-Nazism on the rise in our country and the world, ‘Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky’ is more relevant than ever,” remarks Barbara Brooks, producing artistic director of MJTC.
“When you consider what’s happened in Whitefish, Mont., Charlottesville … Pittsburgh … and Edina, Minn., I can’t imagine a more important play to produce for the larger community this holiday season.” Place continues, “This play is not only enjoyable, but educational … The adult and children characters in the play learn from each other, and that benefits families in conversation about what is happening out in the world now.” Tickets are $20; $15 with Season Passbook. Get tickets at 651-647-4315 or
Performance dates and times are as follows:
Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
NEW Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m.
Weekdays at 9:45* & 11:45* a.m. *This seating is limited, please call for availability.
The theater is fully accessible and has free parking on site.
ASL interpreted performances can be available on request with a two-week notice. For seating requests, contact the box office or learn more at
MJTC is a nonprofit organization currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season. Rooted in Jewish content, our work explores differences, illuminates commonalies, and fosters greater understanding among all people. For more informaon about MJTC, visit, email, or call 651-647-4315.
For more informaon about this production, visit
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Earth-friendly Gifts Featured at Textile Center
Nov. 1 – Dec. 24
(Meet the Maker Fest, Saturdays, Nov. 2 – Dec. 14)
3000 University Ave. SE
Mpls. 55414
At a time when protecting the earth’s natural resources, eco systems, climate and atmosphere for the next generation is top of mind, Textile Center’s 2019 Holiday Gallery Shop will feature a plethora of earth-friendly fiber gifts. The Shop showcases an abundance of eco-friendly merchandise, ranging from sustainable, organic, or local fibers; naturally or over-dyed textiles; repurposed materials, upcycled fashions, and even items to help one live a more sustainable life.
The 2019 featured artist, Wendy Richardson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., showcases hand-dyed and embroidered vintage linens. Her motto is “Seduced by Color,” and she specializes in over-dyed vintage textiles, accessories, apparel and quilt fabrics.
New for 2019 are Indian Artisan Textiles. Abdul Jabbar Khatri and Sufiyan Khatri, artisans from Bhuj, Gujarat, India, bring a selection of accessories and textiles made from historic techniques, which provide incredible opportunities to support Indian artisans, mainly women, in their communities.
MEET THE MAKER FESTS: Each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., (Nov. 2 – Dec. 14) the Holiday Gallery Shop hosts artists in person with trunk shows, demonstrations of their technique, hands-on “try it” opportunities, prize drawings and more.
Textile Center is unique as America’s national center with a mission to honor textile traditions, promote excellence and innovation, and inspire widespread participation in fiber art. The Center’s facility includes fiber art galleries, an artisan shop, the region’s only accessible professional-grade dye lab, and one of the nation’s largest circulating textile libraries. Textile Center produces more than 200 classes a year and the Youth Fiber Art Guild™. A dynamic hub of fiber activity for 25 years, Textile Center is located in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis—centrally located and easily accessed via public transportation or car—and brings people together in community to learn, create, share and be inspired by fiber art.
For more information:
Textile Center, 612-436-0464.

The Viking and The Gazelle
Nov. 29 – Dec. 15
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St., Mpls. 55454
“The Viking and The Gazelle” is a romantic comedy about the budding courtship of a Twin Cities couple with the role of race thrust upon their relationship. African-American Michelle was born and raised on Chicago’s Southside, while White Robert is from the Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins. Sparks fly in the hearts of the new couple, yet a happy ending is no foregone conclusion. With a cast of seven characters overall, Michelle and Robert find love’s battlefield surprisingly fraught with the biases of society, including with their trusted confidants, not to mention Robert’s deep dark secret. In a space and time in the land of “Minnesota Nice” where racial bias is seemingly diminishing, tough and relevant conversations erupt in this wonderful play that, though pointedly frank, does not take itself too seriously.
Go to for tickets and show times.

December at Bryant-Lake Bowl
Bryant-Lake Bowl
Cabaret Theater
810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 55408
A Very Die Hard Christmas
Nov. 30 – Dec. 21
“Yippee Ki Yay, Father Christmas!” Back for the eighth year comes the holiday treat with all the trimmings: singing, dancing, and bloodshed! Don’t miss this yuletide tradition combining the action and suspense of Die Hard with the sentiment of everyone’s favorite TV Christmas specials loaded with music, magic, and mayhem! Tickets $20/$18 in advance. Reservations at 612-825-8949 or
“Letters to Santa…
Dec. 5 – 27
One Woman. 10 Characters. Viciously Funny. This critically-acclaimed holiday show hits the Bryant-Lake Bowl stage at full tilt. Janelle Ranek is a literal one-woman sketch comedy tour de force. “Letters to Santa…ASSEMBLE!” is driven by Ranek’s fearless comedy style. Each character has their own bizarre requests to Santa, some naughty, some nice and some downright ridiculous. This is NOT your ordinary holiday show. Tickets $15/$12 in advance. More info at

Sospiri di Natale
Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church
901 Portland Ave., St. Paul 55104
Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The Art Gallery @ Hennepin Methodist
511 Groveland Ave., Mpls. 55403
This holiday season, Sospiri presents a concert of baroque music inspired by nativity stories. From vivacious guarachas, jácaras, and villancicos of Spain and Latin America, to evocative songs by seicento Italian composers like Monteverdi and Merula, Sospiri brings an intensely expressive and playful style to this diverse repertoire. Sospiri is a baroque chamber ensemble featuring singers Nerea Berraondo and Janna Kysilko, with Phillip Rukavina on lute/theorbo, Bruce Jacobs on portative organ, Dick Hensold on recorder/bagpipes, and Joe Dolson on baroque violin. Tickets: $15 ($5 for MNCare/MA cardholders). More info at

Fort Snelling Lions Club
Santa Brunch
Saturday, Dec. 7
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mt. Calvary Lutheran School Gym
6541 16th Ave. S.
Richfield, 55423
Menu: French Toast Bake, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Bacon/Beef sausage, Fruit, Rolls, Orange Juice, Coffee, Milk
Tickets: Adults $6; Children 8-16 years $4; Under 8 years FREE; Max for family unit $20
We will have Christmas music and games to play. Santa will be there to visit the children and for photo opportunities. Contact Lion Mary McSorley at 612-248-5156 for information or RSVP.

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music
Dec. 7 – 8, 3 p.m.
Get ready to yodel, Minneapolis, as the Riverview Theater will once again present Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music during the holiday season. Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music, a popular annual event at the Riverview that began in 2014, includes a screening of the classic film musical — and a lot more. This unique theater experience offers interactive fun for moviegoers of all ages. Each show begins with a vocal “warm-up” led by Katie Holmes, Riverview events manager and host for the event, which will feature a live musical accompaniment. Holmes takes audience members through their complimentary “magic moments fun packs,” which contain props to be used at strategic points throughout the film.
Of course, the event would not be complete without the costume competition. While costumes are not required, many people show up as nuns, goat herders, and baronesses — or even as scenery, such as the infamous Hills. If it’s from the movie, it’s fair game. Prizes are awarded to the best adults dressed in costume, and all kids who dress up walk away with a prize. Whether you sing loud and proud in a hand-made costume or not, the important aspect of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is that it’s completely inclusive. Said Holmes: “The big thing is just to come and watch ‘The Sound of Music’ with 600 of your closest friends and neighbors.”
“The Sound of Music,” the most successful movie musical of all time, which stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, and Peggy Wood, will be shown in big-screen Technicolor, complete with lyrics on screen so you can sing along. The audience can even play a supporting role in the film, telling characters what to do and how.
General admission for this special event is $12 for adults, $7.50 for children and seniors. Advance tickets are available for purchase at Note that Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music regularly sells out in advance, so reserve your tickets now.

ONGOING: Makers Mornings
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls. 55407
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.

Women’s Art Institute Exhibition
Sunday, Dec. 8,  11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Opening Reception
The show runs through Jan. 15
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave. S.
Join in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Art Institute (WAI) with a special exhibition by 12 artists from the class of 2018. The Women’s Art Institute was founded to encourage and deepen the art practice of advanced women artists of all ages and backgrounds.
WAI is a rigorous four-week studio intensive, which combines open studio work, individual tutoring, critiques and presentations from visiting artists, art historians, critics and museum curators, as well as visits to the studios of prominent local women artists. Issues of inclusion of women artists’ work in art history, museums and gallery representation, in the past as well as in the contemporary art world, are explored. In addition, thoughtprovoking conversations, reflective writing sessions and critical thinking are encouraged.
Elizabeth Erickson and Patricia Olson founded WAI at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. It currently resides at St. Catherine University, St Paul. Exhibiting artists are Shari Albers, Lynnette K. Black, Susan SkachBejarano, Martha Bird, Chris Cinque, Colleen Cosgrove, Kathleen Daniels, Cyndi Kaye Meier, Julia Nellessen, Brenda Olson, Kristin Palm and Kathleen Yennie.
For more information on Women’s Art Institute (WAI):

Against the Possibility of War: A Conversation with Visitors from Siberia
Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
WAMM Offices
4200 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Olga Fleshler and Elena Pishcherskaia, visiting the Twin Cities from eastern Siberia, are friends of classical pianist, activist, practicing Buddhist and Powderhorn resident Tom Dickinson.
Dickinson says, “The most effective tool against war is direct encounters with those perceived in one way or another to be a threat or an enemy. The U.S. currently has a very poor relationship with Russia, another nuclear power, and the relationship gets worse by the day.”
WAMM has the rare opportunity to offer a direct encounter with these two visitors from the Siberian city of Chita. This will be the second opportunity for members of WAMM to meet these women. The first was by Skype two years ago in the home of Tackling Torture at the Top (TTT) committee member Tom Dickinson. (TTT is a committee of WAMM.) Olga Fleshler and Elena Pishcherskaia are English teachers at college level in Chita, the capital of Zabaikalsky Krai. Olga is retired and Elena teaches at The Chita Institute, a branch of Baikal State University, which is located in Irkutsk.
Both have been deeply involved in efforts to create relationships between their country and region and the United States, much of them through an organization whose mission is to foster such relationships, Siberian Bridges, founded by Tom Dickinson in 1993.
While not particularly political, both women are well-informed and can offer the unique perspective of Russians who are also Siberians born and raised.
Olga has visited the U.S. many times, twice as a Fulbright Scholar, and also as the first faculty exchange as part of the sister relationship between Chita State Technical University and Southern Connecticut University, a pioneering post-Soviet relationship fostered by Siberian Bridges in the 1990s.
This is Elena’s second visit, and second time presenting a paper along with Olga at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) conference. Their paper this time is “The Russian Orthodox Mission to North America via Siberia.” In addition, Elena is working with Prof. Irene Duranczyk at the University of Minnesota for the third year on joint research and cooperative projects among their students, including the third annual Tri-Country Student Conference on International Students Day, Nov. 16. For the rest of this visit she is on an invitation from Siberian Bridges both to engage in conversations such as this, and for her professional development as an English teacher, to experience firsthand the ever-changing idiomatic speech of the United States.
Please note that they are from a region and city that was closed to the outside world during most of the Soviet Era as a critical military center and the location of nuclear tipped missiles. The place opened up immediately following the signing of the INF treaty in 1988 when the missiles were decommissioned.
For more information:
3212 18th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407 and

Posada in Powderhorn

A Procession, A Prayer, A Cry Through the Streets of Our City
Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
Gather at Powderhorn Park beginning at 3 p.m.
3400 15th Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Join the Posada—the journey of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter—in a bilingual, multi-sensory procession of prayer and solidarity. We will sing. We will travel one mile from Powderhorn Park to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave. S., Mpls. 55407.
We will walk for those that journey with hope toward the U.S. border. We will walk for those separated from their families by borders. All proceeds from a freewill offering will go to two groups that accompany immigrants through legal proceedings.
At the church there will be a bonfire, food, music, and a living Nativity.
Come! All ages. Dress Warm and Walk together.
For more information contact The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts. // 612-724-3862 // Facebook: Semilla Center #WeComeBearingPeace
This event is initiated by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts. With cooperation from Edina Community Lutheran Church, St Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church and In the Heart of the Beast Theatre.

The Rose Ensemble presents
“And Glory Shone Around:
An Early American Christmas”
Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
Saint Joan of Arc Chapel
4537 Third Ave. S., Mpls. 55419
Discover the music that gave birth to Bluegrass. The Rose Ensemble evokes the warmth of hearth and home. With special guest Dan Chouinard, singers Alyssa Anderson, Bradley King, Daniel Mahraun, and Jordan Sramek, plus instrumentalists Ginna Watson, David Burk, Josh Schwalbach, and Luke Pickman. Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 612-823-8205.

The Diary of Immaculee Illibagiza 
Wednesday, Dec. 18
7 to 8:30 p.m. 
Holy Name Church, Garvey Hall
3637 11th Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Everyone is welcome to Neighborhood Night! Join us for viewing and lively discussion of the documentary story of Immaculee and her escape from the Rwandan Genocide. This is an inspiring story of bravery and hope. Come, learn and get to know neighbors!  Coffee included. Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info:; 612-724-5465.  

Holiday Party
Thursday, Dec. 19
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church
​4120 17th Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
​Get your picture taken with “Santa Vern,” enjoy a delicious lunch provided by Minnehaha Senior Living, and enjoy entertainment by “Rick and the Resistors.” You can also visit with our nurse and get your blood pressure checked and take home a holiday gift! Pre-registration is required. Call 612-729-5499 or email,

Minnehaha Food Shelf
Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
Wednesday, Jan. 8
5 to 7 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church
5011 31st Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Treat yourself to a great meal and help your community at the same time. There will be a band and opportunities to win prizes. Join us for good food and fun! For more information: Tickets are $15 per person and children (ages 10 and under) are free.

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