New Webber Park Library Meeting, Thursday, July 31, 6-8pm

 

Please join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff from Hennepin County Library and Property Services on Thursday, July 31, 20146 to 8 p.m. for the next New Webber Park Library Community Advisory Committee meeting. We’ll continue the discussion on library exteriors and meet LSE-Architects, the project design team. This meeting will be held at a new location:

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m.

Webber Community Center

4400 Dupont Ave. N., Multipurpose Room

Minneapolis, MN 55412

 

Information about the project and meetings will be continue to be available online at hclib.org/buildingprojects. Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to Lois Lenroot-Ernt: 612-543-8555.

 

We are eager to hear your ideas. Everyone is welcome!

 

 

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – July 16, 2014

*****Events and Activities*****

Mill City Farmers Market – Summer Bounty

Saturday, July 19, 8 am – 1 pm

Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway

Come to the Market to load up on the summer’s bountiful harvest: blueberries are in this week as well as tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and so much more! Find your favorite vendors on their vendor map. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo, join Market Chef Heather Hartman today with special guest May Lee of Mhonpaj’s Garden. The duo will be serving up a seasonal summer recipe making use of the freshest available produce from the Market. Also, calling all KIDS! Enter the Market’s Kids in the Kitchen contest by this Sunday, July 20. Find out more info here. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/category/recipes/. From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes back Orange Mighty Trio. Check out this delightfully adventurous ensemble. Stop by the Sponsor Booth and find out what’s new at the Wedge Community Co-op. Learn about the benefits of membership and grab a free, reusable water bottle from our year-round farmers market. Car2Go also will be at the Market all day: learn about the benefits of becoming a member of this convenient car service, now available in neighborhoods all over the Twin Cities. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Ink OrchardFresh Mud PotteryLarissa Loden, and Christy Wetzig. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter: http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/.

Opening of Bluff Street Extension of the Dinkytown Greenway

Sunday, July 20, 1 – 2 pm (rides leave at 1 pm; remarks at 1:30 pm)

Rides start from Gateway Park (Hennepin and Second Street) and from TCF Bank Stadium (between gates C and D on 23rd Street SE)

Join Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and City Council Members Frey and Gordon for a celebration of the Bluff Street Extension of the Dinkytown Greenway. When the Dinkytown Greenway opened last summer, it provided a bike/ped path from Bridge 9 to TCF Bank Stadium and the U of M Transitway bike/bus route. This summer, the new Bluff Street tunnel extension under I-35W connects cyclists directly from downtown Minneapolis to Bridge 9 (the tunnel entrance is on 13th Avenue South, between Second Street South and West River Parkway). Both projects received federal funding from the Bike Walk Twin Cities federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, administered by Transit for Livable Communities. Join us in celebrating this exciting bike/ped connection! Council Members Frey and Gordon will lead two rides to the celebration. Council Member Frey will lead a ride from Gateway Park in downtown Minneapolis to the ceremony, and Council Member Gordon will lead a ride from the east bank starting at TCF Bank Stadium. Remarks will be at 1:30. Afterwards, join elected officials for a ride through the tunnel. For information and to register: https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/132/mtgdetail.asp?formid=tlcmeet&caleventid=23671.

ARTshare Membership Event

Tuesday, July 22, 2 – 6 pm

Town Hall Brewery, 1430 Washington Avenue South

Join the Southern Theater as they celebrate the kick off of the public availability of ARTshare memberships and celebrate the beginning of this new endeavor and program for the Twin Cities. This exciting new program allows you to pay $18 a month to have all access to 15 Resident Performing Arts groups over the course of the year. For more details about ARTshare visitwww.southerntheater.org and check out the FAQ. We’ll be hanging out at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on the patio (or inside if weather is crummy). THB has been kind enough to provide food and drinks for all attendees. The gathering will include some performances by some of the newly announced resident companies and some speeches (brief) by Southern board and staff. Attendees will be able to sign up for an ARTshare membership from 2 to 6 pm. Memberships are limited! There are only 2,100 so they can’t guarantee that everyone will necessarily get one. So come down and celebrate as they launch this exciting new adventure. Thanks to Town Hall and Arts ink, Inc. for sponsoring this event.

Nicollet Island Concerts

All concerts at 7 pm unless noted

Nicollet Island Amphitheater, 40 Power Street

Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Monday, July 28 – Dustin Hatzenbuhler (pop/singer/songwriter)

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520http://www.mnbookarts.org.

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

Family Class: Let’s Go Play!

with Ellen Ferrari

Tuesday, July 29, 10 am – 12 noon

Listen to Play by Ann Morris, and then play card games and games with cards. Make your own card stamps and print lots of them on our printing press. Use them to create your own games of bingo, dominos, concentration, top this, match-up and more, while we snack on bridge mix. You can trade cards, too! Join Ellen Ferrari for family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning. For families with children ages 2-10. Adult/child pair: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee; additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/family/.

Adult Class: Generating Content: A Creativity Workshop

with Elizabeth Carls

Saturday, August 2, 10 am – 3 pm

In this workshop we’ll explore the creative process in a relaxed and supportive environment. Each participant will create a small but sturdy handmade journal to work in for the remainder of the day as we generate creative content through various writing, drawing and collaborative activities. All skill levels welcome. $85 ($75 members) + $25 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/adult/.

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org.

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Old Saint Anthony

Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Discover Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhoods and satisfy your thirst with a history pub crawl of the east bank of the Mississippi River. The town of St. Anthony began in 1849, several years before its neighbor Minneapolis across the river. Although annexed by Minneapolis in 1872, the area’s unique character and history remained distinct. Hear about the people who lived and worked there and about the historic flour mills, churches, red light districts, Victorian residences, pubs, immigrant enclaves, commercial centers, breweries and more. The tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes stops at a number of historic sights, including two watering holes housed in historic buildings. The tour includes three blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Tours are held rain or shine. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price, but drink specials will be made available at participating locations. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. $25/$20 for MNHS members. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Women’s Work Tour with History Player Eva Valesh

Saturday, August 2, 1 pm

A costumed actor portraying labor writer Eva Valesh will lead a walking tour highlighting the factories whose working conditions were exposed by Valesh in series of newspaper articles in 1888 and 1889. Jobs available to women in the 19th and early 20th century and some of the key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis will be discussed. Valesh was a labor writer and orator who also was known by the pen name Eva Gay. Among the riverfront factories singled out by “Eva Gay” was the North Star Woolen Mill, still standing two blocks from Mill City Museum. Valesh served as labor editor for the Saint Paul Globe and the Minneapolis Tribune. She went on to national acclaim, working for Samuel Gompers as assistant editor of theAmerican Federationist. The tour includes 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information visithttp://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Engineering the Falls Tour with History Player William de la Barre

Sunday, August 3, 1 pm

Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Participants will visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west-side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls has changed over the years. The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Concerts and Movies

All concerts at 7 pm unless noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE

The great tradition of the music-movie combo on Tuesdays at Father Hennepin continues with a movie showing after the concert, along with Food Truck Tuesdays. Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Tuesday, July 29 – Tortuga! (jazz/rock/world)

Movie – Viewer’s Choice, Cult Classic

Activities at the Soap Factory

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

Common Room: The Weather Tour: Fish in the Parking Lot and Other Stories from the Stormy History of the Twin Cities

Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 pm

Kenneth A. Blumenfeld, Ph.D., Hazardous Weather Research Specialist for Hennepin County Emergency Management, will lead a tour of former sites of some of the city’s most notable and damaging weather events, with descriptions of what happened, when, and how what we now see has been shaped by something long forgotten. Transportation: historic bus. Common Room is a summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in its seventh season. All tours begin outside the main entrance to The Soap Factory on Second Street SE. Get your tickets: http://www.tempotickets.com/tempotickets/site/pages/event.php?e=3584&c=95.

Live Action Sets’ Crime and Punishment at the Fringe Festival

July 31 – August 9

Descend 19 steps into the darkness of The Soap Factory’s industrial basement and embark on a tormented journey through an immersive and broken world of physical performance where dance and theater bind with carnage and blood. Live Action Set,with playwright John Olive, has created a twisted interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s classic novel. The audience descends into The Soap Factory’s sprawling, industrial basement; beginning an ominous journey. The show utilizes custom smells, blood effects, lush sets and a dynamic soundtrack to immerse the audience in a surreal, broken world with hidden layers and unexpected surprises. Live Action Set’s rigorous, action-driven style is captivating in this darkly tormented performance. Director Noah Bremer reshapes the standard audience experience and puts you at the center of the action. For information and tickets: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=682.

Common Room: The Overnight Tour

Saturday, August 2, 2:30 am (Saturday night through Sunday morning)

When the bartenders announce last call in downtown Minneapolis on a Saturday night, there are countless others who are just beginning their work days. On this first-ever early morning Common Room tour, we’ll walk from the Soap Factory across the Third Avenue Bridge and through the heart of downtown, visiting hospitals, bakeries, cab companies, afterparties, hotels, corporate security desks, police stations and restaurants, and meeting some of the people that work the overnight shift. Tour starts at 2:30 am and will conclude around 5 am with breakfast at a surprise location. Transportation: walking. Common Room is a summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in its seventh season. All tours begin outside the main entrance to The Soap Factory on Second Street SE. Get your tickets: http://www.tempotickets.com/tempotickets/site/pages/event.php?e=3585&c=95.

Minnehaha Park Outdoor Concerts and Movies

Minnehaha Falls, 4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive

All shows at 7 p.m. except as noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset

Minnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park Drive

In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion. Free. Concert schedule is subject to change. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Wednesday, July 30 – The Slush Puppies (jazzy pop quartet)

Thursday, July 31 – Charanga Tropical (Latin)

Friday, August 1 – War Poets (rock/Americana)

Grand Opening of Minnehaha Park Playgrounds

Wabun Playground – Thursday, July 31, 5:30 pm

North Plateau Playground – Thursday, July 31, 6:30 pm

The North Plateau Playground will open early in the week of Monday, June 16, and the Wabun playground is currently scheduled to re-open on July 25, but both will be celebrated at an event on July 31. A concert by Charanga Tropical is scheduled for 7 pm at the Minnehaha Park bandshell. Please plan on attending the grand opening celebrations! For more information on the Minnehaha Park Playgrounds renovation project, please visit the project webpage.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

July 31 – August 10

Multiple venues, including Southern Theater, Soap Factory, Joule and Rarig Center

The Minnesota Fringe is an 11-day uncurated performance festival featuring 169 original theater, dance and musical theater productions. Founded in 1994, the Minnesota Fringe is one of the oldest and largest fringe festivals in the country. More information about this year’s festival and shows can be found at http://www.fringefestival.org/.

Riverfront Fest 2014

Friday, August 1, 5:30 pm to sunset

Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water Street NE

Join us as we celebrate our newest riverfront park, Sheridan Memorial Park. The event will feature Northeast food trucks, craft beers and bands. The River Rats will perform, and the Bouncey Castle is back. Free admission – come explore this new riverside park! The Sheridan Veterans Memorial, honoring all Minnesota veterans, is centered around a large spherical sculpture of protective shields, created by local artist Robert Smart. The perimeter walk has quotes about peace engraved in granite. The memorial is surrounded by peace gardens and vertical markers describing the ten conflicts in which Minnesotans have served. The event is co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and the East Minneapolis Exchange Club.

 

Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft

1011 Washington Avenue South

For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities: http://www.loft.org.

Bower: Éireann Lorsung, Katrina Vandenberg and Ben Weaver

Friday, August 1, 7 pm

A midsummer night’s dream of words and music, featuring Éireann Lorsung, Katrina Vandenberg and Ben Weaver. Éireann Lorsung is the author of Music For Landing Planes By (Milkweed, 2007), Her Book (Milkweed, 2013) and Sweetbriar (dancing girl press, 2013). Recent poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalBurnside ReviewColorado Review and Women’s Studies Quarterly. She is now at work on a novel about archives and earthquakes, pieces of which can be found in Two Serious LadiesDIAGRAMBluestem and Mandala. She edits 111O and co-runs MIEL, a micropress (miel-books.com).Katrina Vandenberg is the author of The Alphabet Not Unlike the World (2012) and Atlas: Poems (2004), both published by Milkweed Editions. With poet Todd Boss, she is the co-author of the chapbook On Marriage (Red Dragonfly Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in The American ScholarBlackbirdPoetry DailyThe Southern ReviewOrionThe Iowa ReviewThe SunAlaska Quarterly ReviewPoets and Writers, Post Road and other journals, as well as several anthologies, including Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry (Borealis). She is an Assistant Professor in the MFA and BFA Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University. Ben Weaver is an American singer-songwriter. His albums include, “El Camino Blues,” “Living in the Ground,” which was recorded in one five-hour-session, “Hollerin’ at a Woodpecker,” which, released in 2002, was critically acclaimed in Britain and the United States, including being named No.3 Americana album of the year by Mojo magazine, “Stories Under Nails” and “Mirepoix and Smoke.” He is also a poet and fiction writer whose short story, “Humanesque,” was included in the 2009 anthology Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians, and whose poem “Devastations” won the 2009 What Light Grand Jury Prize.

Wordsong with Florestan Recital Project

Saturday, August 2, 7 pm

Join Co-founder and Artistic Director of WordSong Boston Howard Frazin along with the Florestan Recital Project (Alison d’Amato, piano, and Aaron Engebreth, baritone) as they present the inaugural WordSong Twin Cities event as part of the Source Song Festival. An interactive song program, Alison and Aaron will present five songs by five composers on Langston Hughes’ “Harlem.” Complete with conversation between performers, composers and audience, you won’t want to miss this engaging event! WordSong is a new concert format in which one text is presented in multiple, newly composed settings and is the focus of directed conversation among composers, performers and audiences. WordSong’s goal is to reconnect musicians and listeners through shared, active artistic experiences. It is a public conversation about intuitive musical understanding. For additional information: https://loft.secure.force.com/portal/EventDetails?event.id=a1EG0000006afGjMAI. Also see related events at MacPhail.

 

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: http://www.macphail.org or 612-321-0100.

Open Source: An Evening with Libby Larsen

Friday, August 1, 8 – 9 pm

Antonello Hall

The opening event of Source is sure to be a memorable one! Join host Libby Larsen as she offers you an evening of what song means to her, through her own music and the music that inspires her to continue. It’s just shy of a gala: leave the gown at home, but stay for the champagne afterwards! For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/739660.

MNSong Final Recital

Sunday, August 3, 8 – p pm

Antonello Hall

Come enjoy the works by the emerging composers selected by Libby Larsen for the first ever MNSong Composers Workshop. Performed by local artists, by local composers, it doesn’t get any more Minnesotan than this – unless it were ‘on a stick’! For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/739829.

 

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.

Puppet Playhouse

Saturday, August 2, 10 am – 12 noon

Enjoy a puppet show in the outdoor theater. Make a puppet, create props from natural materials and put on your own show. The finale is a puppet parade! Program will be indoors if raining. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity number #316901-03. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. This program is open to all ages.

Free Family Fun Day: Spider Spies

Sunday, August 3, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.This program is free and open to all ages.

 

Bike with a Ranger – The Gorge

Saturday, August 2, 10 am

Starting point: Ford Dam Overlook

Biking is a great way to explore the Mississippi River on a guided tour by a national park ranger! This is a new route that includes both the Minneapolis and St. Paul sides of the Gorge. While Harriet Island’s nearby trails are closed this summer, we’ll ride atop the river gorge. Join us to explore the river’s natural and human characteristics. This is a great orientation ride to the Mississippi River. $8/$5 for Mississippi River Fund Members; kids under 10 ride free. Registration at 651-293-0200 orwww.missriverfund.org/bike is required 24 hours prior to event.

 

O’wamni: Falling Water Festival

Saturday, August 2, 2 pm until dark (movie at dusk)

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE

Join us for O’wamni: Falling Water Festival. This new one-day event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, a movie under the stars and more. O’wamni will celebrate indigenous voices, connecting both locally and nationally through music featuring Keith Secola, Scatter Their Own, Chase Manhattan, Tall Paul, Bluedog and Wade Fernandez. An arts fair area focused on American Indian contemporary traditional and fine arts will showcase the talents of Anishinaabe, Hochunk and Dakota visual artists. Woodland style painter Gordon Coons (Ojibwe/Ottawa) will exhibit his paintings and prints alongside painters James Autio (Ojibwe), Karen Savage-Blue (Ojibwe), David Limon and others. Traditional artists including Cheryl Minnema and Denise Lajimodiere will demonstrate beadwork and birchbark traditions of the Anishinaabe. The Sioux Chef and Native Food Perspective both will be making and selling local indigenous foods. At dusk, there will be a test screening of The Jingle Dress. Filmed in Minnesota, this movie was produced by William Eigen. The story line follows John Red Elk who pulls up stakes and takes his family off the reservation and down to the big city to find out how his long-lost Uncle Norton died. Through the fresh eyes of his eight year old daughter Rose, we follow the family as they discover a new, urban culture and gain insight into their own ancient, indigenous society. This event is made possible by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. Events partners include the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minnesota Historical Society, and Dream of Wild Health, with help from media sponsor KFAI 90.3 Fresh Air Radio.

 

Bachelor Farmer’s Kräftskiva

Saturday, August 2, 5 – 10 pm

First Street and Second Avenue North

This year’s Kraftskiva event will feature performances by: Haley Bona, Night Moves and BBGUN, featuring DJ Jonathan Ackerman. They’ll be serving chilled crayfish, TBF Meatballs, sweet corn and bannock, along with local beer by Fulton Brewery and drinks by Marvel Bar. Admission: $5 at the door. To RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1476075152636570.

 

Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler present

In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft

Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Avenue NE

Sunday, August 3, 2 – 8 pm

The Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler are proud to bring you Minneapolis’s First Collaboration Festival, In Cahoots! Eight Minnesota breweries formed four teams to create four new collaboration beers that will debut at this year’s block party. You vote on the best brew! A portion of the event proceeds will be given to the winning team’s local charity. The free event will be held outside at the Red Stag, rain or shine. In Cahoots! Teams include August Schell Brewing and Sociable Cider Werks; Fulton Beer and Dangerous Man Brewing; Bang Brewing and Summit Brewing; and Bent Paddle Brewing and Fitger’s Brewhouse. Featuring entertainment from Sonny Knight & the Lakers, E.L.nO, Shiro Dame, Alpha Consumer, Frankie Lee, Romantica, MC Foxy Tann, dance collective Epitome No Question, North Star Roller Girls and more! For more information: In Cahoots! Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447358638854018/ or Block Party Website:http://www.redstagblockparty.com/

 

 

*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Music at Red Stag Supper Club

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm; Sundays at 9 pm

Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Avenue NE

The Red Stag Supperclub offers live music three nights a week. For more information on their various special food and libation offerings and a music schedule, visit http://www.redstagsupperclub.com.

 

Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpacks

Check out a free, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724). The backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more! Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups can check out the special “Group Pack” which includes additional activities and supplies to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund. The packs were developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service. Visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

 

John H. Stevens House

Open Sundays and holidays, May 26 through mid-September, 12 noon — 4 pm

Minnehaha Park, 4801 Minnehaha Avenue

The 1850 John Stevens House was the first frame house built on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The civic and social hub for early city founders originally was located near the site of the current Minneapolis Post Office, but was moved to Minnehaha Park in 1896. Now restored, it is open for docent-led tours and by appointment. As a special gift to Minneapolis residents and visitors, this summer all tours and events will be free. Private tours may be arranged for $3 adults and $1 children. For information: 612-722-2220 or http://www.johnhstevenshouse.org/index.html.

 

Guthrie Theater Self-Guided Audio Tours

The Guthrie has invited six local celebrities to its recording studio to lend their voices to a revamped and freshly written version of its self-guided audio tour. Available for free download on iTunes or with a $5 iPod rental at the Guthrie Box Office, the tour offers visitors the choice of one of six voices to accompany them on the 45-minute tour through the public spaces of the building: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, WCCO-TV news anchor Angela Davis, performer and writer Kevin Kling, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Cities 97 radio personality Brian “B.T.” Turner and actor Sally Wingert. More info athttp://www.guthrietheater.org/visit/tours/selfguided_audio_tours.

Guthrie Theater Virtual Tour

The Guthrie Theater now offers an online virtual tour, offering a new way to explore the acclaimed Minneapolis cultural destination designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Opened in 2006 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the 285,000-square-foot theater center is open to the public daily at 8 a.m., and has served as an anchor in the rebirth of Minneapolis’ historic Mill District, while attracting visitors from around the globe. Created by Minnesota-based Circa Vista, the new interactive journey lets visitors explore five floors of public spaces, offering a great preview of the sweeping panoramic views enjoyed from the Guthrie’s signature Endless Bridge, as well as a look inside each of the three performance spaces. To take the virtual tour, visit http://www.guthreitheater.org/virtualtour

 

Comedy Corner

Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Avenue South

The Comedy Corner Underground offers comedy shows three or four nights a week and has a Friday night open mic event. For information and a schedule: http://www.comedycornerunderground.com.

 

 

*****Grants, Contests, Awards and Funding Resources*****

2014 Picture a Park Photo Contest

Grab your cameras and clean of those lenses – the annual Picture a Park Photo Contes  has returned for the fifth consecutive year! Submit your Minneapolis parks photos today! Contest categories include: Beauty in the Parks, Fun in the Parks, Sports in the Parks and Photos by Youth.  The next time you’re walking around the Chain of Lakes, riding your bike around the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, attending an event in the parks or simply playing in a neighborhood park with friends, bring a camera and take a few photos. Photo contest entries can depict people, activities, events, nature, sports and places in the Minneapolis Park System from any time of the year. The contest is open to photographers of all ages, Minneapolis residents and non-residents, with categories for both youth and adults. Photos must be unpublished, color and high resolution. Photographs from all seasons are encouraged and accepted. Photographers can submit up to three entries. There is no entry fee. Be sure to read the full photo contest guidelines! Awards will be presented for contest-winning photos, including National Camera Exchange gift certificates, Annual Patron Parking Permits, and Jim Lupient Water Park and Wirth Winter Recreation Area passes. A public vote will take place online in September to choose among a selection of entries as the People’s Choice Award winner. Check out the contest guidelines for full awards details! Photo contest winners also have the opportunity to have their photo appear on the 2015 Annual Parking Permit. Imagine your photo on the window of more than 7,300 vehicles visiting the Minneapolis regional park system! All photos and entry forms must be submitted online by September 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. CDT through the National Camera Exchange website – the submission web form is at the bottom of the page so scroll down! Complete contest rules and guidelines as well as previous contest winning photos are available for viewing online atwww.minneapolisparks.org/photocontest. The 2014 Annual Photo Contest is co-sponsored by National Camera Exchange,People for Parks and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

 

 

*****Informational Resources*****

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss

 

Great River Road Explorer’s Guide

Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.

 

River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources

As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.

 

 

*****Riverfront News Articles*****

Coloplast

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/266530621.html

http://finance-commerce.com/2014/07/coloplasts-tif-loss-rare-in-minneapolis/

 

West River Parkway Still Closed after Landslide

http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/266507861.html

 

Red Stag Block Party

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/local-breweries-pair-up-for-contest-at-annual-red-stag-block-party

 

Superior Plating

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/developer-walks-away-from-superior-plating-deal

http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3500264.shtml?cat=1

http://finance-commerce.com/2014/07/neighborhood-leader-deal-for-superior-plating-site-falls-apart/

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/morning_roundup/2014/07/developer-scraps-plan-for-superior-plating-site.html

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/266834421.html

 

Mill City Opera’s Tosca at Mill City Museum

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/266630171.html

 

Mill City Quarter Development

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/266833541.html

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/07/12/affordable-senior-housing-downtown-minneapolis/12578961/

 

Minneapolis Bragging Improv at Southern Theater

http://www.southwestjournal.com/news-feed/theater-of-public-policy-hosting-improv-show-for-mpls-bragging-week

 

New Proposal at Broadway and Marshall Street NE

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/new-developer-proposing-health-care-at-broadway-and-marshall

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/morning_roundup/2014/07/medical-building-developer-eyes-northeast-broadway.html

 

Minnehaha Falls Park Improvements Flooded

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/266890061.html

 

Event to Mark Truckers’ Strike Anniversary

http://www.workdayminnesota.org/articles/events-commemorate-80th-anniversary-1934-strike

 

All Star Gala Fireworks

http://www.startribune.com/local/267122361.html?page=2&c=y

 

Bluff Street Bike Link

http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/267062151.html

http://www.journalmpls.com/voices/voices/new-bicycle-tunnel-to-dinkytown-greenway

 

Southern Theater

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/southern-theater

http://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2014/07/artshare-southern-theater-host-15-performing-arts-groups?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=0a2451b309-7_16_2014_Daily_Newsletter7_16_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-0a2451b309-123345102

 

Wreck at Guthrie

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/267052421.html

http://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2014/07/finalists-named-knight-arts-challenge-st-paul-wreck-guthries-dowling-studio?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=e3be118823-7_15_2014_Daily_Newsletter7_15_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-e3be118823-123345102

National Night Out – Webber-Camden Neighborhood

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5th. WCNO will help you celebrate. There is a $50 stipend for each registered block event in Webber-Camden Neighborhood (not to exceed 25 block events).  Register with the City and provide WCNO with your event registration number to receive the stipend. Visit: www.minneapolismn.gov/nno for more information from the City and call WCNO at 612.521.2100 to register for the $50 stipend.

Register: Call 311 or Luther Krueger at 612.673.5371 or visit the website: www.minneapolismn.gov/nno.

MPRB News: 2014 Picture a Park Photo Contest – Submit Your Photos Now

Submit Your Photos to the 2014 Picture a Park Photo Contest!

Grab your cameras and clean of those lenses – the annual Picture a Park Photo Contest has returned for the fifth consecutive year! Submit your Minneapolis parks photos today!

CONTEST CATEGORIES:

  • Beauty in the Parks – capture the everyday beauty within the parks, including wildlife, historic sites and breathtaking views
  • Fun in the Parks – document a fun park activity, such as a concert, movie, bike ride or picnic
  • Sports in the Parks – photograph a team or friends playing sports in Minneapolis Parks.
  • Photos by Youth – budding photographers age 17 and younger can submit photos of their favorite Minneapolis Parks in any of the three subject areas – beauty, fun, sports.

The next time you’re walking around the Chain of Lakes, riding your bike around the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, attending an event in the parks or simply playing in a neighborhood park with friends, bring a camera and take a few photos. Photo contest entries can depict people, activities, events, nature, sports and places in the Minneapolis Park System from any time of the year.

The contest is open to photographers of all ages, Minneapolis residents and non-residents, with categories for both youth and adults. Photos must be unpublished, color and high resolution. Photographs from all seasons are encouraged and accepted. Photographers can submit up to three entries. There is no entry fee.Be sure to read the full photo contest guidelines!

Awards will be presented for contest-winning photos, including National Camera Exchange gift certificates, Annual Patron Parking Permits, and Jim Lupient Water Park and Wirth Winter Recreation Area passes. A public vote will take place online in September to choose among a selection of entries as the People’s Choice Award winner. Check out the contest guidelines for full awards details!

Photo contest winners also have the opportunity to have their photo appear on the 2015 Annual Parking Permit. Imagine your photo on the window of more than 7,300 vehicles visiting the Minneapolis regional park system!

All photos and entry forms must be submitted online by Sept. 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. CDT through theNational Camera Exchange website – the submission web form is at the bottom of the page so scroll down! Complete contest rules and guidelines as well as previous contest winning photos are available for viewing online at www.minneapolisparks.org/photocontest.

The 2014 Annual Photo Contest is co-sponsored by National Camera ExchangePeople for Parks and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Information from the County Attorney’s Office about National Night Out

Each year, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office participates in National Night Out.  Prosecutors, victim advocates and other staff are available to answer questions about the justice system, provide crime prevention information and other materials.

This year National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5th.  If your organization is hosting an event and would like someone from the County Attorney to visit, fill out the request form at www.hennepinattorney.org/NNO.   You can also send this link to your members who may be planning their own block parties.

The registration form includes questions about the time and location of your block party.  There is also room to include specific crime prevention concerns or legal questions you would like addressed.

The office receives many requests and will attend as many events as possible throughout Hennepin County on August 5th.  Filling out the form is the best way to request a visit.

If you any questions about National Night Out or the Hennepin County Attorney, please visit our website atwww.hennepinattorney.org.  You can also contact Ashley Schweitzer at ashley.schweitzer@hennepin.us.

 

 

 

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – July 9, 2014

*****Events and Activities*****

Rod Carew All-Star Field Grand Opening

Friday, July 11, 6 pm

Rod Carew All-Star Field, Xcel Park, St. Anthony Parkway and Marshall Street NE (parking lot access on Columbia Ave)

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) along with the Minnesota Twins and Major League baseball (MLB) will celebrate the grand opening of two projects constructed as part of the 2014 All-Star Game being held at Target Field. As part of the legacy of the All-Star Game, many projects in the metro area were selected and constructed with donations to commemorate the event. MPRB is pleased to be the recipient of two projects, the expansion and improvement of a youth baseball field in Northeast Park and the construction of a new artificial turf youth baseball field in Xcel (NSP) Park. Funding for both projects was donated by MLB, the Minnesota Twins, Pohlad Family Foundation and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. The Rod Carew All-Star Field project dovetailed with an MPRB project that was provided by a Hennepin Youth Sports Grant, Xcel Energy and Veit and Co. and MPRB neighborhood park funding. The public is invited to attend. For more information: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/documents/MLB_Twins_2014_All-Star_Week_CE_Schedule.pdf.

 

Mill City Farmers Market – Summer Picnic and Party Food

Saturday, July 12, 8 am – 1 pm

Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway

Tis the season for picnics and summer celebrations! Stop by the Market today to load up on the season’s finest: strawberries, kale, sour cherries, sugar snap peas, artisan cheeses, baguettes and more to make the tastiest summer salads and snacks for picnicking by the lakes, entertaining guests and making delicious meals at home. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo, join Market Chef Heather Hartman and learn how to make the perfect party or picnic dish – Quesadillas with Greens, Goat Cheese, Herbs and Salsa. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/category/recipes/. From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes back Daddy Squeeze. This local accordionist features an eclectic blend of Celtic, Tex-Mex, Creole, Blues, Jazz, Scandinavian, Polka and pop music. At the Meet Your Vegetables Tasting Booth, sponsored by Allina Health clinics, chat with Dr. Lindsey Pritchard, a doctor of pharmacy, who can talk about the latest medications and answer questions you may have. In addition, stop by the booth to meet Elizabeth Koffel MD, internal medicine and Lori Nelson, CNP to discuss healthy living and get answers to your health-related questions. Also, be sure to get a sample of Seasonal Thai Slaw made fresh at the Market and take home a recipe card. The Community Booth will feature the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, which supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration and education. Stop by to learn more. The market’s furry and feathered friends from Oliver H. Kelley Farm are back this week. The Art Market will feature the unique works of The AbbeyAnna MetcalfeChris Chookiatsirichai and Woodsport. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter: http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/.

Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring – Trees and Plants

Saturday, July 12, 9 am – 12 noon

5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South

July’s Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring is all about trees and plants. Come hear about the mystery of the cottonwoods and other stories about what’s growing at the park. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge, and everyone can try free, family-friendly adventures including geoocaching, a scavenger hunt and a make-and-take activity. No registration needed; just show up, ready to play. For information: http://www.missriverfund.org/index.asp?Type=B_EV&SEC=%7b834BA92F-C5DB-420E-AA33-DBDFA610173B%7d&DE=%7b015F8C30-D4EF-42D2-A94D-84312CBC32B4%7d.

Bike with a Ranger – The Gorge

Saturday, July 12, 10 am

Starting point: Ford Dam Overlook

Biking is a great way to explore the Mississippi River on a guided tour by a national park ranger! This is a new route that includes both the Minneapolis and St. Paul sides of the Gorge. While Harriet Island’s nearby trails are closed this summer, we’ll ride atop the river gorge. Join us to explore the river’s natural and human characteristics. This is a great orientation ride to the Mississippi River. $8/$5 for Mississippi River Fund Members; kids under 10 ride free. Registration at 651-293-0200 orwww.missriverfund.org/bike is required 24 hours prior to event.

Yoga Rocks the Park Minneapolis

Saturdays through September 20; meet at 10:30 am, class starts at 11 am

Rotating between Father Hennepin Bluffs Park (420 Main Street SE) and Marquette Plaza

Enjoy yoga and music in a beautiful outdoor setting. The 75-minute class will work for all levels, including beginners, with a special camp for children. For a full schedule, more information and tickets: http://www.yogarocksthepark.com/minneapolis.html.

Summer Salon

July 19 – September 20 (Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 1 – 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm)

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 19, 5 – 8 pm

CIRCA Gallery, 210 First Street North

CIRCA Gallery will exhibit a selection of the latest artwork by the gallery’s artists. The Opening Reception will have many local artists in attendance and is free and open to the public. Summer Salon is an annual exhibition, featuring the latest artwork by both the Gallery’s long-standing artists and those who have recently joined its roster. For over 20 years, CIRCA Gallery has offered collectors the finest work by emerging and established local and national contemporary artists. For more information visit: www.CircaGallery.org.

1934 Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike

Thursday, July 17, 6:30 — 9 pm

Minneapolis Central Library,  300 Nicollet Mall, Doty Board Room

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the 1934 truckers’ strikes, Canadian labor historian Bryan Palmer will talk about his book Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934. The strikes had riverfront connections and state-wide significance and galvanized the labor movement in Minnesota. Other speakers include Minnesota historian Mary Wingerd, historian and author William Millikan, and authors David Thorstad and John Lauritsen. Books will be available for purchase.

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520http://www.mnbookarts.org.

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

Adult Class: Sketching Around Town

with Sheila Asato

Four Mondays: July 21, 28, August 4, 11; 1:30 — 4:30 pm

Have you always wanted to draw but didn’t know where to start? Or perhaps, you already can draw but don’t practice as often as you would like. Come join this warm, lively community as we focus on the basics of drawing. Students will make a simple sketchbook the first week of class to take out on the town. During each subsequent session students will try a variety of fun and challenging exercises designed to help you focus on specific aspects of drawing that are often problematic for adult learners. And by the end of class, not only will your ability to draw improve, but you will also see and appreciate the world with new eyes! All skill levels welcome. $195 ($175 members) + $45 supply fee. For more information and to register:http://www.mnbookarts.org/adult/.

Family Class: Let’s Go to the Museum!

with Ellen Ferrari

Tuesday, July 22, 10 am – 12 noon

Come and meet two artists in When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden. Learn to make handmade paper with white cotton pulp, then “paint” your masterpieces with pulp in a rainbow of colors. Use colorful yarn and eye droppers for added artistic effects. “Gallery opening” snacks will be served. Dress for mess with water-safe shoes. Join Ellen Ferrari for family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning. For families with children ages 2-10. Adult/child pair: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee; Additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/family/.

Adult Class: Playing with Hokusai: Paper Cutting with a Historical Twist

with Sheila Asato

Four Wednesdays: July 23, 30, August 6, 13; 6 – 9 pm

Drawing inspiration from on Hokusai’s delightful manga sketchbooks, students will learn how to transform fun historical images into colorful three-dimensional papercuttings, which will then be turned into a pop-up book. All skill levels welcome. $195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/adult/.

Adult Class: Mixed Media and the Artist’s Book

with Julie Baugnet

Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 2710 am – 4 pm

Explore the realm of possibilities for creating content and working with materials such as watercolor, acrylic, pastel, collage and cut paper. Get an introduction to different types of papers, including weights and textures. Explore ways of adding type and image (including handwriting) and transfer methods. Students will create an experimental mixed media book and one concept book using the methods learned in class. All skill levels welcome. $195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/adult/.

Adult Class: Introduction to Relief Printing

with Laura Brown

Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 2710 am – 5 pm

Curious about printmaking? This is a great place to start learning! This workshop will provide a foundation of printmaking history and technique, giving participants the opportunity to develop fundamental skills in linoleum and wood block cuts. Pull prints on both Vandercook and etching presses, and learn the ins and outs of hand-printing so you can continue your printmaking adventures in your home studio. Over the course of the class, each participant will be able to experiment with these skills while developing an edition of images, no experience necessary. Great for beginners. $220 ($200 members) + $65 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/adult/.

Nicollet Island Concerts

All concerts at 7 pm unless noted

Nicollet Island Amphitheater, 40 Power Street

Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Monday, July 21 – Patchouli (Indie – acoustic guitar duo)

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Concerts and Movies

All concerts at 7 pm unless noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE

The great tradition of the music-movie combo on Tuesdays at Father Hennepin continues with a movie showing after the concert, along with Food Truck Tuesdays. Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Tuesday, July 22 – Barbara Meyer Band (roots rock & reggae)

Movie – Beetlejuice

Kayaking and the River Rats Water Ski Show

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 pm

Meet at Above the Falls Sports, 120 Third Avenue North

As a special “thank you” to their clients and neighbors for their support, the Cynthia Froid Group invites you to join them during Aquatennial week to view the Amazing River Rats Water Ski Show from KAYAKS (their treat)! RSVP by Friday, July 18 toadmin@cynthiafroid.com or call Kyle at 612-568-8571.

River City Revue at the Soap Factory – Common Room Fishing Trip

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 – 9 pm

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

The Mississippi River Fund has announced five event dates for the summer. River City Revue is a summer series of river tours on and by the Mississippi throughout our national park. Each tour animates a different theme and presents eclectic perspectives in an effort to focus attention on the Mississippi River and our national park. The events, on and off the river, feature live music, short science talks, art presentations, hands-on art making and plenty of river stories. The information about the event planned for Minneapolis is shown above. Take a bus tour with Andy Sturdevant, the Soap Factory and National Park Rangers with special stops including a few of the city’s best fishin’ holes. For tickets and more information about the Minneapolis and other events, visit www.missriverfund.org/rivercityrevue. A video about River City Revue can be found here:http://vimeo.com/97172065.

Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft

1011 Washington Avenue South

For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities: http://www.loft.org.

Murder and Mayhem with Kate Racculia

Wednesday, July 23, 7 pm

Fifteen years ago, a murder/suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; the grown-up bridesmaid has returned to face her demons; and a snowstorm is forecast that will trap everyone on the grounds. Then one of the orchestra’s stars disappears—from room 712. Is it a prank, or has murder struck the Bellweather once again? The search for answers entwines a hilariously eccentric cast of characters—conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. For everyone has come to the Bellweather with a secret, and everyone is haunted. Full of knowing nods to the shivery pleasures of suspense and the transporting power of music, Bellweather Rhapsody is a wholly winning new novel from a writer lauded as “charming” (Los Angeles Times), “witty” (O, The Oprah Magazine), and “whimsical” (People). Kate Racculia is a writer and researcher living in Boston, Massachusetts. Her first novel, This Must Be the Place, was published by Henry Holt & Company in 2010. Her second, Bellweather Rhapsody, was just published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2014. Kate studied illustration, design, Jane Austen and Canada at the University of Buffalo. She has her MFA from Emerson College and teaches novel and genre-fiction workshops at Grub Street, Boston’s nonprofit creative writing community.

Minnehaha Park Outdoor Concerts and Movies

Minnehaha Falls, 4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive

All shows at 7 p.m. except as noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset

Minnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park Drive

In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion. Free. Concert schedule is subject to change. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Wednesday, July 23 – Rich Lewis Band (acoustic R & B and soul)

Thursday, July 24 – Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang (50s rock, rockabilly, surf)

Friday, July 25 – Concrete Surgery (R & B funk)

Minneapolis Aquatennial

July 18 – 26

This year’s annual celebration will include many events at various venues (for full calendar, see http://www.aquatennial.com), including the following riverfront events the second week of the festival:

Life Time Fitness Torchlight 5K

Wednesday, July 23, 7:30 pm

Basilica of St. Mary, 88 North Seventh Street, to Father Hennepin Bluffs Park

Whether you are a dedicated runner or just someone who jogs from the couch to the fridge, the Life Time Torchlight 5k in Minneapolis is the fun run for everyone! Grab your family, friends and running shoes because the Torchlight 5k starts with a bang and ends with a brew. That’s right, the legendary post-race party features musical entertainment and complimentary refreshments. It’s the party of the year that just happens to start with a run! The Torchlight 5k starts near the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and follows the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade route. The course offers up close views of the Guthrie, Gold Medal Park, the mighty Mississippi, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Main. To register:http://www.torchlight5k.com/page/show/502309-registration.

Aquatennial Senior Alumni Association 500 Card Tournament

Thursday, July 24, 10 am

Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main Street NE

Fun is in the cards at this annual tourney open to adults of all ages. Find a partner, register and join the Aquatennial Senior Alumni for a day of card playing. For more information, call 763-786-9069.

Twin Cities River Rats Ski Show

Thursday, July 24, 7 pm

West River Road between Plymouth and Broadway

The River Rats perform a special Aquatennial show combining various water skiing acts with skits and music. The acts include Barefooting, Pyramids, Doubles and more. All shows are free, and concessions are available. The home site is located just north of downtown Minneapolis on the Mississippi River. The hillside along the river provides excellent viewing for the best show in the Twin Cities. Grab a blanket or a chair and come on down! For more information – http://www.tcriverrats.com.

Ambassador Organization Queen of the Lakes Coronation

Friday, July 25, 7 – 9 pm

Ted Mann Concert Hall, West Bank, University of Minnesota

Experience the pageantry and see the crowning of the 2015 Aquatennial Ambassador Organization’s Queen of the Lakes and two Aquatennial Princesses. For more information on the Aquatennial Ambassador Organization and for tickets: http://www.aquatennialambassadors.com/.

Twin Cities Carifest

Saturday, July 26, 11 am – 10 pm

West River Parkway between Plymouth Avenue and West Broadway Avenue

For 21 years, Twin Cities CariFest has been the premier Caribbean Festival featuring Caribbean food, music, arts, crafts and a traditional carnival parade with colorful costumes and dance. Held along the banks of the Mississippi River, you can have a front seat to the Minneapolis Aquatennial Target Fireworks. Twin Cities Carifest Parade kicks off at 4 pm. For more information:  http://www.carifest.org/.

Target Fireworks Show

Saturday, July 26, 6 — 10:30 pm

Along the Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis

One of the largest annual fireworks shows in the country, the Target Fireworks will light up the Minneapolis sky with a spectacular pyrotechnic display in celebration of the Aquatennial. Pre-fireworks activities and live music will begin at 6 pmalong West River Parkway, between Portland Avenue and the Third Avenue Bridge. Fireworks begin at 10 pm

Minneapolis Upper Harbor Terminal – What’s Next for the Riverfront?

Thursday, July 24, 6 – 7:30 pm

MWMO, 2522 Marshall Street NE

With the closing of the Upper Harbor Terminal along the Mississippi Riverfront in North Minneapolis at the end of 2014, 48 acres will be available for development. Join a panel of local experts convened by the Minneapolis Riverfront partnership as we discuss the question: “How do we redevelop in a way that both creates jobs and provides a meaningful place to live, work and interact with our environment? What does that mean in an urban setting?” The panel will be kicked off by City Council President Barb Johnson. The panel includes experts from the City, Park Board, Metropolitan Council, development community and the National Park Service. Free admission, but registration is required by July 22. For information and to register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minneapolis-upper-harbor-terminal-whats-next-for-the-riverfront-registration-12149691053.

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: http://www.macphail.org or 612-321-0100.

Summer Extravaplaza

Friday, July 25, 12 noon

The MacPhail Summer Extravaplazas is a free outdoor lunch hour concert series featuring students from ensembles, camps and individual lessons. Bring a picnic lunch while enjoying live music on MacPhail’s front yard, also known as Target Plaza. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors.

Advanced Piano Camp Performance

Friday, July 25, 2 pm

Antonello Hall

Free admission.

Jazz Camp Performances

Friday, July 25, 3:30 pm (Advanced Camp)

Friday, August 15, 3 pm

Antonello Hall

Free admission.

Northeast Dog Parade

Friday, July 25, parade starts at 6:15 pm

Meet at Chute Park, University and Central

Northeast had a fantastic and memorable dog parade last year; let’s make this year’s even better! Participants – both owners and pups – will meet up at Chute Park to mingle with other dog enthusiasts and owners. The parade begins at 6:15 and is routed up Hennepin Avenue, then back down to the riverfront for gift basket giveaways, contests and more. Don’t miss out on this popular event! Special thanks to the local business owners and vendors who provided great discounts and giveaways to help everyone enjoy the rest of the evening in lovely NE Minneapolis! For information: http://www.northeastminneapolis.com/81-2/.

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org.

Disasters of the Riverfront Tour

Saturday, July 26, 1 pm

Discover the dramatic story of disasters on the Minneapolis riverfront. The area around St. Anthony Falls has been transformed many times during the rise and fall of the greatest milling district the world has ever seen. These changes led to some of the biggest and most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will tell the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses and other calamities: explore the consequences for the people involved; and highlight what these tales reveal about Minneapolis history. Among the stories highlighted will be the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires and massive landscape changes. The tour includes 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Washburn A Mill Tour

Sunday, July 27, 1 pm

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Open House

Saturday, July 26

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, 1 Portland Avenue

In coordination with the riverfront Aquatennial festivities, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer a free open house of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.

Free Family Fun Day: Frog and Toad Adventures

Sunday, July 27, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.This program is free and open to all ages.

LIVE LETTERS and The Soap Factory present:

The Ericksons and Ben Weaver

Sunday, July 27, 8 pm

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

The Soap Factory is excited to introduce, as a part of the Sound On-Site programming, a new series of intimate concerts at The Soap Factory in collaboration with LIVE LETTERS. LIVE LETTERS document live music around Minneapolis and host small concerts in alternative spaces around Minneapolis. Minneapolis based duo the Ericksons has been crafting their own unique style of soulful, honest, indie-folk music since 2006. Sisters Bethany Valentini and Jenny Kapernick’s emotive sound is inspiring, powerful and captivating. With three albums under their belt, the latest of which, The Wild, garnering much acclaim in Minnesota, the duo is working on their newest collection of songs. A writer of great nuance and simplicity and simple wonder, Ben Weaver suffuses his songs with a sense of place and detail. Natural, everyday wonders are his inspiration (and shouldn’t they be for everyone, really?). For information and tickets: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=701.

*****Planning Ahead*****

PopUp Dinner Twin Cities

Saturday, August 16, 5 – 10 pm

Mystery location (last year was Boom Island)

Imagine a night where thousands come together in the Twin Cities, dressed in white with food and wine to decorate tables, and dance in celebration of the unusual, the unexpected and the unforgettable. The image is beautiful. The idea is simple. You’re invited to The PopUp Dinner Twin Cities, a benefit for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. For information and tickets:http://mplsparksfoundation.org/2014/06/18/youre-invited-to-the-popup-dinner-twin-cities-sat-aug-16-benefiting-the-minneapolis-parks-foundation/.

Golden Boys

August 22 – 24

The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

Golden Boys tells the story of one of the nation’s racially integrated army units. It is a new, high energy musical by New York artist Horace Turnbull, brought to life by critically acclaimed Minneapolis artist Heidi Spesard–Noble. Under Heidi’s skillful direction and choreography, this new musical will be presented at the Lab Theater August 22 — 24. Golden Boys was born from the inspiration after visiting New York City’s Historical Society. After viewing a WW2 exhibit surrounding the experience of an army unit whose mission was to perform musical theater across the country, Horace knew he had a story to tell. Focusing on the taboos regarding race relations and gender boundaries of the era, he crafts a theatrical experience for the audience that entertains and illuminates. This premiere will feature full production numbers in the style of 1940’s Broadway musicals, showcasing the vibrant dancing and singing of the Twin Cities theater community. For information and tickets:http://www.thelabtheater.org/#!whats-on-stage/cju9. 

*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities*****

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MPRB Operations Center Open House

Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 – 8 pm

Eastside Neighborhood Services Building, 1700 Second Street NE

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) invites you to an open house regarding the proposed renovation of the Michael P. Schmidt Operations Center located at 1720 Marshall St. NE, in Minneapolis. The property, acquired in 2012, includes an existing industrial building which is planned for park operations use. In addition, public pedestrian river access with a path and overlook are planned. The entire site is planned for future inclusion in the larger Above the Falls Regional Park Master Plan. At the open house MPRB staff will discuss the project scope, schedule, and rehabilitation concept plans. Please plan on attending! More information regarding this project may be found on the project page or by contacting Dana Murdoch, MPRB Project Manager, at (612) 230-6486 or dmurdoch@minneapolisparks.org.

Minnesota’s Great River Road Corridor Management Plan Public Open House

Monday, July 21, 4 – 6 pm

Boom Island Park Picnic Shelter, 724 Sibley Street NE

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with local governments, chambers of commerce, tourism-related river resource managers and other partners are developing a new Corridor Management Plan for the Great River Road. This project will document today’s byway attributes and suggest strategies to help the Mississippi River Parkway Commission of Minnesota and its partners provide and promote a superior byway travel experience and improve the quality of life locally, while maintaining the archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic intrinsic resources that enrich it. It also will guide the future work of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission of Minnesota including priorities for investment and marketing. Have additional questions, interested in learning more, or want to get involved? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or sign up to receive email updates. For information on the process, the upcoming open house (and similar open houses to be held other dates/locations) and other ways to provide input: http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/cmp/participate.htm.

*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Live Music and Movies at Crooked Pint Ale House

Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 Washington Avenue South

Crooked Pint Ale House is a nouveau urban pub with a local neighborhood feel that offers movies and live music. Live music every weekend features local, regional, and national performers and a range of music styles. Visit http://www.crookedpint.com/music-film-and-events for schedule information. For more information: http://www.crookedpint.com or 612-877-6900.

Mill City Museum

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am — 5 pmSunday, 12 noon — 5 pm

704 South Second Street

Built within the limestone ruins of the Washburn A Mill – the National Historic Landmark that was once the centerpiece of the world’s flour milling industry – the museum tells the story of a mighty river, a young city and how the production of flour fueled the growth of Minnesota. The museum’s 12,000 square foot exhibit space is packed with fun and intrigue for visitors of all ages. Follow your nose to the Baking Lab, splash around in the water lab and enjoy the rooftop view of the riverfront. The eight-story Flour Tower show tells the story of the mill through the voices of former workers and runs throughout each day. The newly restored West Engine House features Kevin Kling’s take on Minneapolis history in the movie “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” and shows every half hour. Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students with ID, $6 youth ages 6 – 17, free for children under 5 and MHS members. Call 612-341-7555 or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org for more information.

Music at Aster Café

125 Main Street SE

The Aster Café now has live music on many evenings (and weekend brunches) to complement its food and beverage offerings. For more information and a schedule: http://aster-cafe.com/ .

Guthrie Theater Backstage Tours

FridaySaturday and Sunday mornings at 10 am

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

This 45-minute backstage tour offers a look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Guthrie. Discover the stunning and expanded features of this state-of-the-art facility and learn how the Guthrie takes its plays from script to stage, including the many intriguing steps in between. On the tour, visit the Guthrie’s various production departments, including the shops where costumes, sets and props are expertly crafted by talented artisans. The cost is $12 per person; $7 for subscribers, students or seniors. To book a tour, call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://www.guthrietheater.orghttp://www.guthrietheater.org/whats_happening/calendar. Additional tours may be scheduled for groups of 20 or more based on availability. Groups may call the group sales office at 612-225-6240 for information and scheduling options. Advance reservations are required for groups of 20 or more.

Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul

St. Anthony Main Theatres, 115 Main Street SE

In addition to first-run movies, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul exhibits the best of classic and contemporary cinema from around the world, including several topical festivals. To see what’s on the schedule, visit: http://www.mspfilmsociety.org.

If Walls Could Talk Tour

Saturdays and Sundays, 1 pm

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

Public tours of the Weisman Art Museum are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. A Weisguide will meet you at the front desk. Tours last for one hour. For information: http://weisman.umn.edu.

Food Truck Mondays

Mondays, 11 am – 1 pm

709 Second Street South (across from the Mill City Museum!)

Have you ever… wanted to eat out in the MIll District on a Monday? Been jealous of those living and working downtown having access to the cool food trucks? If so, mark your calendars for Food Truck Mondays in the Mill District! Enjoy awesome food from the Chef Shack Truck, voted in the Top 10 Creative Food Trucks in the USA, and also a Mill City Farmer’s Market staple. Pulled pork tacos, heirloom tomato/watermelon gazpacho, seasonal salads are among their past offerings.

*****Informational Resources*****

Telling River Stories Web Site

The “Telling River Stories” Web site can be found at http://www.riverstories.umn.edu. Telling River Stories is a collaborative project that populates the urban Mississippi River corridor with stories of how the city and the river have been jointly developed. The site highlights stories about the people and places that make up today’s urban river landscape. In addition to the Web site, future programs and on-site installations will be part of the overall project. The Telling River Stories program is part of the River Life: Mississippi and U project, a partnership of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Institute for Advanced Study, Water Resource Center, College of Design and Urban Studies Program. The River Life project connects University research, teaching and civic engagement programs with off-campus partners who are working to reinvigorate the urban Mississippi River. In the coming weeks, project team members will be adding materials to the site’s coverage of “river stories” in the Twin Cities, St. Louis and New Orleans. Check back often to view the progress.

River Talk

River Talk is a thoughtful, informed blog about issues that affect the Mississippi River that is provided by Patrick Nunnally of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment RiverLife program. To check it out: http://www.riverlife.umn.edu/rivertalk/.

Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Calendar

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District web site has a calendar feature that has lots of great info. To check it out, visit: http://www.minneapolisdid.com/page/show/391008-events.

*****Riverfront News Articles*****

Downtown Road Closures This Weekend

http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/07/know-your-downtown-minneapolis-road-closures/

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/street-closures-planned-for-week-of-all-star-game-basilica-block-party

Development Proposal for Central and Second Street SE

http://www.startribune.com/business/265635251.html

Park Board Operations Center Proposal

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/01/northeast-minneapolis-residents-unhappy-pace-riverfront-park-development-ask-how-lon

Gavin Kaysen Restaurant in North Loop

http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2014/07/gavin_kaysens_merchant_may_be_getting_top_chef_backing.php

Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Rules

http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/265778591.html

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/businesses-want-voice-in-mississippi-corridor-regulations

Minnehaha Wabun Accessible Playground Features

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/265593801.html

Mudslide along Mississippi

http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3493150.shtml

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/university-of-minnesota-mudslide-repair

Broadway and Marshall Proposal Dropped

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/plan-for-liquor-store-at-corner-of-broadway-and-marshall-dropped

Riverfront Residents Arvonne and Don Fraser

http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2014/07/don-and-arvonne-fraser-time-and-experience-give-extraordinary-couple-some-pe?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=6f7984a279-7_7_2014_Daily_Newsletter7_7_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-6f7984a279-123345102

Some Riverfront History

http://www.minnpost.com/mnopedia/2014/07/minnesotas-first-medical-device-industry-artificial-limbs?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=8f91e683ca-7_8_2014_Daily_Newsletter7_8_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-8f91e683ca-123345102

My Fair Lady at Guthrie

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/266046471.html

Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership Upper Harbor Terminal Forum

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/forum-will-discuss-redevelopment-opportunities-for-citys-upper-harbor-terminal

Pedalopolis

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/crowd-sourced-social-bike-ride-festival-pedalopolis-to-hit-the-twin-cities-july-1

Red Stag In Cahoots Block Party Lineup

http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2014/07/red_stag_in_cahoots_block_party_2014_lineup.php

 

Twin Cities Jazz Project

Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project – Victory Memorial Park – Free Concert

Posted on March 18, 2014, No Comments

When:
July 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where:
Victory Memorial Drive
34th to 3600 Victory Memorial Drive
Minneapolis,MN 55412
USA
Cost:
Free
Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project - Victory Memorial Park - Free Concert @ Victory Memorial Drive | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States

Event will be held on Victory Memorial Drive in the area between 34th and 36th steets. Same location as Live On The Drive concerts.

This is a day-time event that includes hands on time for children to try musical instruments–drums, etc. The musicians perform and also work with children to build up an interest in music.

It’s the day before Alive on the Drive. 

I know about this project–they bring in national acts who are performing in the Twin Cities and ask them to spend some time in Mpls parks.  Really a fun time for children of any age.

MPRB News: 2014 Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees – July 24

Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees It’ll be a honey of a party

Have you heard the buzz? Honey bees and wild bees play a major role in the productivity of American agriculture through the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Join us for the 2014 Pollinator Party on Thursday, July 24 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Lyndale Park Gardens on the east side of Lake Harriet. The party will be on the open lawn just north of the Peace Garden. This event is free. Enjoy a picnic in the park – food and beverage will be available for purchase from La Loma Tomales.

The Pollinator Party brings together bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, and live music. This annual event also provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the life and work of honey bees and native bees.

At dusk, enjoy the Disney movie “Wings of Life” which offers an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers.

Event details:

  • Learn about honey bees and urban bee keeping
  • Discover the life cycles of honey bees and wild bees – and sample Minnesota honey
  • Mother Earth Gardens will be on hand with native plants and information about making your own backyard bee-hospitable.
  • Earn a cone of ice-cream made with honey
  • Discover the wild bees of the park – help catch, identify, and release bees
  • Engage in Art in the Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Meet Elena Hoffman, the 2014 American Honey Princess
  • Make seed bombs with Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
  • Learn about native bee nests with the Xerces Society
  • Get arty with Bee Swell
  • Learn about skin care from bee products with Worker B
  • Book signing for “Pollinators of Native Plants” with author Heather Holm
  • Learn about monarchs with Monarch Joint Venture
  • Get honey recipes from MN Honey Company
  • Play the pollination game with the MN DNR’s Biological Survey
  • Learn how to protect bees and other beneficial insects with Pollinator Revival
  • Listen to live music from: Pop Wagner, Dreamland Faces and the Brass Messengers

Event partners include the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, University of Minnesota Bee Lab and Bee Squad, the Bell Museum and the Beez Kneez.

The 2014 Pollinator Party is sponsored by sponsored by KFAI 90.3 Fresh Air Radio.

Please visit the MPRB’s website for more information about beekeeping programs and events in our parks!

July WCNO Board Meeting – Thursday, July 10, 2014

Come, join us at the WCNO July Board Meeting,  which will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the WCNO office (1206 37th Avenue North).

Clocks and Clouds performing at Live on the Drive July 10th


The annual Northside summer concert series, Live on the Drive, continues it’s seventh year presented by the Cleveland Neighborhood Association. The unique sounds of Clocks and Clouds classical fusion will perform onThursday, July 10th, from 6 to 8pm. This will be the second of three concerts held outdoors this summer on the scenic Victory Memorial Drive at 34th Avenue North in Minneapolis, one of the most beautiful concert settings in the city.

Clocks and Clouds has stunned audiences with their unique fusion of rock and classical music. The group consists of violinist Stephanie Shogren, cellist Lucas Shogren, and drummer Derek Powers. Each member brings their own individual musical style and ideas to create exciting and epic music that has been met with enthusiasm in audiences of all ages. By adding pick-ups to their acoustic instruments, incorporating guitar effects and loops, using a full drum kit, and writing original rock music for stringed instruments, a sound is created that is instantly appealing to listeners.

Come with an appetite and enjoy dinner from food vendors The Lowry Café, Mama Donato’s Woodfired Pizza, Gramsky’s Sandwiches, and treat yourself with gelato from Nona Rossa’s. Stay into the evening for a movie in the park, featuring Remember The Titans at dusk right at the Live on the Drive concert site. Our “green” events feature recycling and composting, diverting 93% of materials out of the waste stream last year. Be sure to invite your neighbors and bring your friends to this family-friendly, all-ages event!

Live on the Drive is presented by founding partner, North Memorial, with the Cleveland Neighborhood Association, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, North End Hardware and The Lowry Café, Hennepin County, Westphal Auxiliary Legion, Healy Creative, North News, Victory Neighborhood Association, Washburn-McReavy, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Live on the Drive brings people together from across the Northside and throughout the greater Twin Cities to hear extraordinary music and to celebrate summer, good health and Northside city living. Last summer, over 4,500 people attended, and we expect even more will come out to see this summer’s incredible slate of Minneapolis-based musicians: jazz vocalist Thomasina Petrus (June 12th), rock and classical fusion act Clocks & Clouds (July 10th), and folk/indie rock band Bomba de Luz (August 14th). Food vendors and Movies in the Park are back to finish out each concert night: family-friendly movie Remember the Titans (June 12th), Black Film Festival pick Soul Food Junkie (July 10th), and Black and White classic Psycho (August 14th). Our Bike to the Drive event in August, Artist Spotlights during intermission and more will round out what has become a staple of summer on the Northside.

For more information, call 612-588-1155 or visit www.liveonthedrive.org