MPS School Board Election Informational Session Tonight

Did you know there is an upcoming Minneapolis School Board election coming up? Feeling under-informed?

Neighbors for Public Schools is hosting a quick informational session TONIGHT so you can have the most accurate and up to date information. Kid friendly!! Food and Beverages Provided!!

Here’s the invitation from Jenny Arneson, a current member of the Minneapolis Public School Board:

You care about kids. You care about schools. You care about our city and community. Over the last four years, we’ve worked hard to make them better and we are ready to keep working to make them great. Join us Tuesday as we discuss the status of the school board election. New people have filed for the at-large seats which will make this a difficult race for the DFL slate. Though I am not being challenged directly, the composition of the board directly impacts what we can achieve.

Take 90 minutes on Tuesday, July 15, 5:30-7:00 to gather with friends. Learn more about this election and what we need to do and how to go about it, while grabbing a bite to eat and having a beer. Your kids can play supervised activities in the next room.

Neighbors for Public Schools will be held at Grace Center for Community Life (1500 6th Street) and is open to anyone — even non-Minneapolis or residents from other Districts — that cares about kids and knows 10 people. Can you attend? It’s important to us that you come (and we promise you will be in and out) to get the most accurate and up to date information.

Please help shape the course of the election. Because this school board race is about us. Our kids. Our schools.

See you Tuesday.


National Night Out – Free Permits Still Available!

If you still need a permit for your block’s National Night Out celebration, you can get it for FREE! But not for long… Even if you don’t have all the details ironed out yet, get your permit and save $100.

Click here to register today. We have greatly simplified the process–you no longer need to enter the list of neighbors who enthusiastically approve of the block permit!



Upcoming Events in the Twin Cities

*****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:


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 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 ofThe 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:


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:


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 or 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:


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:


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, 612-215-2520

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pm, Wednesday-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:

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:

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:

Adult Class: Mixed Media and the Artist’s Book

with Julie Baugnet

Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27; 10 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:

Adult Class: Introduction to Relief Printing

with Laura Brown

Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27; 10 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:


Nicollet Island Concerts

All concerts at 7 pm unless noted

Nicollet Island Amphitheater, 40 Power Street

Free. For updates and more information:

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:

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 to 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 A video about River City Revue can be found here:


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:

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:

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, 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:

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 –

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:

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:

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 pm along 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:


Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: 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:


Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit

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 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 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: For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line:

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:



*****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:


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:!whats-on-stage/cju9.



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


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


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:


*****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 for schedule information. For more information: or 612-877-6900.


Mill City Museum

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am — 5 pm; Sunday, 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 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: .


Guthrie Theater Backstage Tours

Friday, Saturday 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 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:


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:


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 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:


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:



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

Downtown Road Closures This Weekend


Development Proposal for Central and Second Street SE


Park Board Operations Center Proposal


Gavin Kaysen Restaurant in North Loop


Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Rules


Minnehaha Wabun Accessible Playground Features


Mudslide along Mississippi


Broadway and Marshall Proposal Dropped


Riverfront Residents Arvonne and Don Fraser


Some Riverfront History


My Fair Lady at Guthrie


Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership Upper Harbor Terminal Forum




Red Stag In Cahoots Block Party Lineup

Looking for Summer Minneapolis Activities?

Whether you have out of town visitors, are keeping the kiddos busy, or looking for fun date night activities, check these out!


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

River Trip Planner

Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to:


St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site

The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visit


Above the Falls Destinations Map

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage:


Mississippi River Field Guide

Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information:


Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps

The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit


Minneapolis Bicycling Map

The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at



*****Informational Updates*****

West River Parkway Closed

A portion of West River Parkway will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time following last week’s mudslide. The street is now closed from Fourth Street South to Franklin Avenue.The closure also affects walking and biking trails through that stretch. A detour route has been established by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis’ Public Works. Traffic will be re-routed from West River Parkway to Riverside Avenue South/Franklin Avenue South. Detour signs for motorized vehicles, cyclists and pedestrian traffic will be posted. View the full detour route. The Minneapolis Queen and Paradise Charter Cruises will maintain their regular hours and services.


West River Parkway Closure for All Star Event

As a result of an invitation-only event being held at Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins Park, a section of West River Parkway will be down to one lane on July 13 and closed entirely on 14. For more information:


Mpls History Pub Crawl: Old St. Anthony

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Old Saint Anthony

Tuesday, July 8, 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 $25/$20 for MNHS members. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Feb. Community Meeting: Let’s talk about transit!

Please join us on Monday, February 24th for a discussion with our local leaders and elected officials on transit in our area.

Whether you bus, bike, walk or drive, whether you ride light rail daily or have never taken any sort of public transit, you’re welcome to hear what our leaders have to say and give them feedback on what’s useful to you, and what’s not.

This event will be held at 7pm in our regular meeting spot, Clare Apartments, located at 929 Central Ave NE.

Help build this event – RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!

NE Harvest Gathering


From the event’s Facebook page, “Join your neighbors for an evening dedicated to fostering community. Associate Justice Alan Page, Founder of the Page Foundation and Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice, will be this year’s speaker. This FREE event will include live music, keynote speaker, dessert, and discussion. Come ready to meet some new folks and discuss authentic community.”

Click here for flyer and the Facebook event page.