Coming soon, to our very own Minneapolis (and surrounding areas)!

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.

InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books

Greg Campbell Fine Binding

Both on exhibit: January 9 – March 28

Opening reception: Friday, January 9, 6 – 9 pm

InsideOUT celebrates the art and craft of contemporary bookbinding and private press printing. Organized by the U.K.-based binding society Designer Bookbinders, this ambitious project is a collaboration between thirty-four binders based in the United Kingdom and twenty-five based in the U.S. and Canada. Greg Campbell Fine Binding celebrates work from this renowned Minneapolis-based bookbinder and proprietor of Campbell-Logan Bindery. The opening reception will include a 7 pm gallery talk by featured artist/publisher Gaylord Schanilec of Midnight Paper Sales. This event is free and open to the public, and a number of participating artists and organizers will be in attendance. For information:

Plainly Spoken: The Guild of Book Workers Midwest Chapter 2013-2014 Juried Traveling Exhibit

On exhibit: January 9 – April 26

Reception: Friday, February 6, 6 – 9 pm

MCBA is honored to host the Guild of Book Workers Midwest Chapter’s exhibitPlainly Spoken, featuring bindings of Julia Miller’s Books Will Speak Plain by seventeen binders from across the United States. The reception will include a gallery talk at 7:30 pm by featured artists Karen Hanmer and Jana Pullman. This event is free and open to the public. 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


Star Tribune Heritage Printing Plant Tour

Daily, 9 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (latest time is best chance to see presses in action)

Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 First Street North

If you like BIG, this is the place to see. The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds, and the building is the size of nine football fields. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, is free to the public and is by appointment only. Tour visitors must be 10 years of age or older with adult supervision. Exceptions may be made for children under 10 as long as each child is chaperoned by an adult. Tour groups of us to 20 people may be accommodated; groups of fewer than 10 people may be combined with another group. For more information, including how to schedule a tour:

Birthday Party Options

Depot Waterpark

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Birthday party packages available including admission, balloons, party favors, tokens, vanilla ice cream, cake, soda or juice, and choice of hot dog and chips or slice of pizza. Package price is $19.95 per person. Minimum of eight people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson For additional info, visit

Depot Rink

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Birthday party packages include: skate admission, skate rental, balloons, soda and choice of a hot dog with chips or a slice of pizza, vanilla ice cream cup and cake. Cost is $19.95 per person. Minimum of 8 people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at For additional info, visit

Musical Performances on the U of M West Bank

The School of Music, located in Ferguson Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank, offers a range of musical performances throughout the year, many of which are free. For more information, go to

Live Jazz

Wednesdays, 9 pm – 12 midnight

The Tangiers, 116 First Avenue NE

Located in the trendy and historic North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis sits The Tangiers, housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings from 1884, The Hennepin Steam Building. Eat – drink – lounge – and now enjoy live jazz on Wednesdays along with DJed music other evenings. For information:

Guthrie Theater Architectural Tours

First Saturday of each month, 9 am, plus by appointment for groups of five or more

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Influenced by the Mississippi River’s proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for “theaters in the sky” made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Architecture tours are scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and last approximately 75 minutes in length. $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at Private architecture tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more; advance reservations are required by calling 612-225-6390.

Live Music at Mattie’s on Main

Mattie’s on Main, 43 Main Street SE

Mattie’s on Main offers an ever-changing, but frequent calendar of music and other events. For full information:

*****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

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*****

STARR Award to 222 Hennepin

Congratulations to the 222 Hennepin project for winning a STARR (Shopping Center Tribute Award for Retail Real Estate) award in the Mixed Use category! For more information:

Mark Muller Named New Director of McKnight Mississippi River Program

Following a national search, The McKnight Foundation has named Mark Muller as director of its Mississippi River program. He will take on the new role on January 5, 2015. For more information:

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

Franklin Avenue Bridge Rehab


Jonah and the Whale at Guthrie

602 Residences

Spoon and Stable Opening

Red Table Meat Company

Trader Joe’s Plan

River Bridge Repair Costs

Minneapolis tops in the nation in National Night Out Participation

December 1, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) Thanks to incredible community support and an increase in community policing, Minneapolis has once again grabbed the trophy for top National Night Out (NNO) city in the country. It is the city’s 3rd year in a row topping the charts nationwide.

1,484 events were registered for NNO in 2014, setting a record on our City streets the night of August 5th. Attendance totaled more than 74,000 and more than 23,500 of them were kids and young adults. All told, 19% of Minneapolis’ total population participated in the celebration and 100% of city’s 83 residential neighborhoods participated this year.

“Our communities and block club leaders realize what a tremendous honor this is for our City. Our Officers and Crime Prevention Specialists certainly do. The numbers prove that we have a very strong partnership with the neighborhoods that play a huge part in helping keep our streets safe,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said.

We live in a great city! Get out and see it!

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

Mill City Farmers Market – Preserving the Harvest

Saturday, October 4, 9 am – 1 pm NOTE REVISED START TIME

Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway

Stock up on the freshest produce around! Try to set aside some time this week to spend canning, pickling and preserving. You’ll be grateful for it this winter, and it’s a good excuse to invite some good friends over to help (and reap some of the benefits). Harvest season is at its peak at Mill City – fill your baskets with pumpkins, sweet corn, peppers and tomatoes, farm fresh meats and cheeses, fresh garlic and more. Don’t forget the market opens one hour later for the month of October. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo, Market Chef Jenny Breen will be joined by local author Amanda Paa. They will be making a recipe from Amanda’s book, Smitten with Squash – Smoky Red Pepper and Kabocha Soup as well as one of Jenny’s fall favorites – Squash Pecan Pate. Yum. Amanda also will be in the in the center booth for book sales and signing, featuring Smitten with Squash. 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 crowd favorite Moonlight Duo, entertaining with a wide-ranging repertory of traditional Southern roots music spiced with Cajun and country swing. The Community Booth will feature Pathways Minneapolis all day, whose mission is to provide resources and services for people with life-threatening illness to explore and experience complementary healing approaches. Stop by their booth to learn more. You also can learn about the benefits of becoming a member of the convenient Car2Go car service, now available in neighborhoods all over the Twin Cities. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Barn Swallow Garden, Anna Metcalfe, Larissa Loden 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:

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 4, 10 am

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, One Lourdes Place

The historic Our Lady of Lourdes Church invites pets and their owners to an ecumenical event on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Pastor Father Daniel Griffith will bless all creatures from the steps of the church, followed by refreshments for people and their pets.

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.

Thursday Morning Artist Series: Will Richardson and Meghann Schmidt

Thursday, October 9, 9:30 am reception, 10:30 am concert

Thursday Musical recently announced its 123rd concert season, including the Thursday Morning Artist Series at MacPhail Center for Music and Mount Olive Lutheran Church and Home Programs hosted by select Thursday Musical members throughout the Twin Cities metro area. To celebrate the start of Thursday Musical’s concert season, there will be free admittance for the Thursday Morning Artist Series opening concert October 9 at 10:30 am preceded by a reception at 9:30 pm. The concert will feature two artists in their Thursday Musical debuts, Will Richardson, cello, and Meghann Schmidt, soprano, in addition to the Kennsonn Trio (Jennifer Kennard, flute, Teresa Richardson, cello, and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano). Also performing is Gabriel Quenneville-Belair, a 2014 Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition first place winner in the category of College Piano. For information on the full season, as well as affordable annual series membership subscriptions ($75 general/$65 seniors) and individual tickets purchased at the door ($10): All concerts are open seating. For more information, call 612-333-0313 or visit

Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, October 11, 9 am

Boom Island Park, 700 Sibley Street NE

Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk will take you through historic Northeast Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River and over the Stone Arch Bridge. This is the perfect time of year to see the fall colors and the beauty of the tree canopy, river and cityscape. Race starts/ends at Boom Island Park, with over $2,000 of prizes to be awarded to top finishers and drawings for all who register. This year, The St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization has partnered with Mill City Museum to provide you highlights of the incredible history along the route as well as Buy One, Get One discount to the Mill City Museum for every person who registers. Whether you participate as a timed-chip runner or take a casual walk with your dog or baby stroller, this is a route that everyone enjoys. Proceeds benefit neighborhood parks and activities in the St Anthony West Neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, which includes the beautiful Boom Island, BF Nelson and Dickman parks. Learn more at For more information and to register:

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.

Not-Your-Average Sketchbook

with Sheila Asato

Two Mondays: October 13 and 20; 6 — 9pm

Don’t throw away those scraps! Learn how to make beautiful fusion papers instead from the scraps of handmade paper, fibers and other ephemera that we all having lying around. Traditional sewing techniques will be combined with fusible web to create unique, mixed media papers — then create some simple books with the papers. $95 ($85 members) + $20 supply fee. Great for beginners. To register:

An Evening of Fine Wine and Fine Books

Tuesday, October 14 6 – 9 pm

The Shop at MCBA

Sample a delectable variety of wines and cheeses, and view the latest offerings from outstanding local and international book artists. MCBA’s ninth annual Evening of Fine Wine and Fine Books is dedicated to fostering the collection of artist’s books. In one evening, explore new work from more than 100 artists from around the world, representing the range of contemporary artist’s books from self-published chapbooks to fine press limited editions. Plus, take in a presentation by Minnesota Book Artist Award winners Jody Williams, Fred Hagstrom and Regula Russelle. This event offers something for everyone, from the most seasoned collector to the newest enthusiast, with items at a wide variety of prices. This event is free and open to the public.

Sketchbook: Reverse Piano Hinge Structure

with Sue Bjerke

Wednesday, October 15, 6 – 9 pm

Explore the reverse piano hinge structure, which allows for the simple removal or replacement of sections or individual folios of any signature, without damage or modification to the book or page. The book opens flat for easy use; if needed in the field, the soft cover can be turned to the back while drawing. Once this structure is learned it can be adjusted for a variety of needs — a useful addition to your binding repertoire. Great for beginners. $55 ($50 members) + $25 supply fee. To register:

Art Classes for Youth: Fairy Tales, Myths and Bookmaking

Saturday, October 18, 9 am – 3 pm

For students ages 9-11

Explore the timeless territory of magic as you write your own fairy tales and myths! Students will record the hair-raising adventures of a main character, the hero, who sets out on a magical journey to save a troubled world, and along the way, encounters menacing villains and mystical beings. Then, make magical marbled paper and bring your fairy tales to life in a hand-bound book. For students ages 9-11. $117 ($105.30 MCBA or Loft members). To register:

Family Class: Halloween Mask Booooo-ks!

with Ellen Ferrari

Saturday, October 18; 10am–noon

Get ready for Halloween by creating your own boootiful Halloween mask book – or is it a book mask? A book for stories, a mask for trick or treats and a Halloween ghost book, 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 and up. Adult/child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $6 supply fee. Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13.50 members) + $3 supply fee. To register:

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:

Homeschool: Birding Series

Tuesdays, October 14, 21, 28, and November 4; 10 am – 12 noon

Learn about bird habitats, adaptations and how and why they migrate. Explore the park, try new experiments, play games and compete for awesome prizes in the Bird Olympics. Cost is $20 for four consecutive Tuesday sessions. On October 14 the topic is bird habitats. On October 21 we’ll be discussing bird adaptations. October 28 we’ll focus on bird migration. November 4 we’ll ask the question, “So, you think you know about birds?” This program is for homeschoolers ages 6-11. $20 for all four sessions. Reference activity number #416923-04. To register:–birding-series.aspx.

Outdoor Teaching Techniques for Middle and High School Teachers

Thursday, October 16, 9 – 11 am

Join us on for an exciting workshop on outdoor education. Learn techniques that help keep order and expand student responsibilities in the outdoors. Discover basic skills to take students outside for valuable learning experiences, whether for a 45-minute lesson or a week-long unit. Leave with sample lessons. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity number #416917-02. This program is for ages 18+.

Free Family Fun Day: Bats

Sunday, October 19, 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.

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:

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitz

Wednesday, October 15, 7 pm

New York slam poetry icon and author of six books of poetry, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, will perform and read from her new book, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century. Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time. Award-winning author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter’s efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation—despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Year of No Mistakes (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013), and two books of nonfiction, including the recently released Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Gotham Books, 2014). Her recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the ArtsEdge Writer-in-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania and the Amy Clampitt House residency. When she is not on tour, she is writing furiously in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit her website:


“Can We Harvest Rainwater for Indoor Use?”

Friday, October 17, 8 – 9:30 am

McKnight Foundation, 710 Second Street South, Suite 400

As green infrastructure receives greater attention for its potential to help communities protect water resources, so do rainwater capture and re-use opportunities. Here in Minnesota, a common perception is that state laws prohibit harvest and re-use of stormwater for indoor uses like toilet flushing—but is this just a myth? Why, truly, don’t we see more projects harvest rainwater for indoor use, especially as we deepen our understanding of the need to reduce demand on our limited water resources? The answer is part governance, part economics and part persistence. Saint Paul’s Lowertown Regional Ballpark (currently under construction and will be home to the St. Paul Saints) will harvest rainwater for indoor use—Minnesota’s first such municipal project. Come hear how this project navigated regulatory issues, why the City of Saint Paul sees it as an important opportunity to demonstrate sustainable water management and how others can apply lessons learned from this project. The topic is particularly timely, given that the MN Plumbing Board is updating the Plumbing Code—and is considering the recommendations of an interagency Water Reuse Group on rainwater harvesting. Speaker Wes Saunders-Pearce is the City of Saint Paul’s Water Resources Coordinator and was instrumental in incorporating a rainwater harvesting program at the Lowertown Regional Ballpark. Note: Our hosts at the McKnight Foundation have a new check-in process. When you arrive, please be prepared to sign in at the front desk and get a visitor pass. Light breakfast provided. Free. RSVP to

Pumpkin Grab

Friday, October 17, 4 – 7 pm

Outside Bulldog NE, East Hennepin and Fourth Street

Get your Halloween spirit started with a neighborhood pumpkin sale featuring prizes and giveaways. Trick or Treat! Festivities will include a costume contest, trick or treating at participating locations, and free prizes and gift bag for early birds. For information:

Big Gay Race 5K

Saturday, October 18, 9 am

65 Main Street SE

The Big Gay Race is back and bigger than ever for its fourth year! Click here to sign-up for the Big Gay Race 2014! The Big Gay Race 5K has become a symbol of a diverse community of Minnesotans coming together in support of love, commitment, marriage and family. All proceeds go to MN United PAC, which works toward ensuring marriage equality. Walkers are welcome and will probably make up about half of the entire field. So, no excuses. For more information and to register:

Rock the Lock! Saint Anthony Falls Paddlefest and Concert

Saturday, October 18, 1 pm

Muse Event Center, 107 Third Avenue North

Rock the Lock! is a day of FUNdraising and adventure where guests have the opportunity to paddle the Upper Saint Anthony Lock for the LAST time. Hoping to “Rock the Lock,” we are inviting anyone seeking excitement to join us on this historic paddle to celebrate the Mississippi and raise money for youth outdoor recreation. After the urban paddling adventure, there will be a concert, food, drinks and photos from the day sent to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #RocktheLock. We are encouraging the use of personal paddle equipment, so there are discounted ticket prices for those who want to rep their own equipment and add their boat to the sea of colors traveling through the lock. All event proceeds are going to nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to providing outdoor recreation opportunities for underprivileged youth. Don’t miss this historic and once in a lifetime opportunity to paddle the lock and join the community in a day of fun and friends that exemplifies the adventurous, exciting and generous spirit of Minneapolis! More information: Tickets:

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

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

Washburn A Mill Tour

Saturday, October 18, 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. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Little Clayer’s Class

Sunday, October 19, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Clay Squared to Infinity, 34 13th Avenue NE, Suite 109

This class is designed for the younger creator ages 3 to 7. An aunt can bring her niece, a dad can bring his son, Grandma can bring her Granddaughter– any combo of young child with their favorite creative adult. Work together to create one piece or on your own to each make a unique clay creation.  We will start by learning some simple clay rolling and layering to make magical designs. Then choose something fun from the shelves of “Stuff to Cover”- special boxes, frames, jars, all kinds of things, and we will add our clay to create a wonderful unique creation that will serve as a reminder of your fun day together! $45 for child and adult to participate together (each additional participant is $25). Supplies Included. For more information on this and other classes and to sign up online:

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

Comments Sought on Reduction in Service Hours at Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock

Due October 22, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, proposes to reduce the hours of service at Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in downtown Minneapolis and Lock and Dam 1, adjacent to Minnehaha Park, starting in the 2015 navigation season. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, or WRRDA, directed the Secretary of the Army to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam within one year after the bill was signed into law. With closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock, it is anticipated the remaining two Minneapolis locks will have less than 500 commercial lockages per year. To comply with the Corps Inland Marine Transportation System guidance, this decrease in lockages would require reduced hours of service at the remaining two locks to one 10-hour shift per day. The locks would still operate seven days a week. Currently, the locks are open 19 hours per day. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters is evaluating the new law requiring the closing of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam and will provide guidance on how to proceed. Comments will be received through October 22, 2014, and may be submitted to Mr. Kevin Baumgard, Deputy Chief, Operations Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 180 Fifth St. E., Ste. 700, St. Paul, MN 55101–1678, or by email at

Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan Update CAC Meeting #12

Tuesday, October 7, 6 – 7:45 pm

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North, first floor meeting room

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will host the 12th Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting to gather public input for the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan. The CAC will be discussing and voting on their recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for the Master Plan. The Park Board encourages the public to attend CAC meetings to share ideas, concerns and priorities with the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park design team. For more information:

Mississippi East Bank Trail Meeting #2

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 pm

MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North

The second meeting to gather input on the planned Mississippi East Bank Trail project will seek to establish project priorities, review and evaluate conceptual trail alternatives and determine the preferred alternative that the consultant will develop for Meeting #3. The project webpage for the Mississippi East Bank Trail project has been updated with the presentation materials and public comments from the first meeting held on September 16.

Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan Update Public Open House #4

Thursday, October 9, 6 – 7:30 pm

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will host the fourth and final Public Open House Meeting to gather input for the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan. The design team will present their master plan recommendations at this time. For more information, please go to the MPRB project page or contact Tyler Pederson, MPRB Landscape Architect, at 612-230-6418 or If you require language translation or other accommodations, please call 612-230-6472 at least two business days in advance of the meeting.

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

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens (adapted by Crispin Whittell)

directed by Joe Chvala

November 13 – December 28

Opening Night: Wednesday, November 19

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust Stage

This year marks the 40th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the perennial favorite that received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010 and continues the Guthrie’s holiday tradition for families across the region. Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones! For information and tickets:


November 13 — 23

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Dowling Studio

The year is 2314. Archaeologists have discovered a 300-year-old colony in what used to be called North America. You are invited to the opening night gala exhibition of the artifacts they uncovered. This imaginative, promenade-style theatrical event encourages patrons to move freely through exhibits, life-size dioramas and reenactments of the daily life, rituals and battles of the “Ancients.” This mind-bending, interactive performance allows you to see today through the cracked lens of tomorrow. For information:

The MOVING COMPANY presents:

Love’s Labour’s Lost

November 14 – December 21

The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

The war is over. The King of Navarre and his men have been defeated. Reparations are owed. When the Princess of France and her women arrive to collect, the pains of war become pangs of love. And true to Shakespeare, love is everywhere, and in all shapes, sizes, ages and incarnations. THE MOVING COMPANY gives a makeover to the seemingly familiar, yet totally new – a mad festival of lovers, lunatics and poets, let loose upon the verdant meadow of Shakespeare’s mind. Conceived and adapted by Steven Epp, Nathan Keepers and Dominique Serrand, with direction and design by Dominique Serrand, costumes by Sonya Berlovitz, lighting by Marcus Dilliard and sound by Zach Humes. For information and tickets:!the-moving-company/c113j.

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

Classes Available at the Lundstrum Center

Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, 1617 North Second Street

Dream of performing on Broadway? Preparing for your college audition? Looking to get back into class? Let the Broadway veteran faculty at the Lundstrum Center help develop your gifts. Fall session registration is now open. Children and adults, all levels welcome. Programs include:

  • Children: After school programs; age 3 and up
  • Preteen/Young Adults: Broadway Musical Theatre — Serious training in dance, voice and theater
  • Adults: Ballet, tap, jazz, Pilates, voice
  • Special Needs Children: “Dance Mania”-ages 6 to 12

The center offers state of the art, spacious, sun lit studios, with free parking and #14 Metro Transit bus-accessible. Class cards available! For a class schedule please check out the center’s website or call 612-521-2600 to be put on their mailing list.

Keegan’s Pub Entertainment

Keegan’s Irish Pub, 16 University Avenue NE

Keegan’s Pub offers a full schedule of live music, Irish lessons, pub quizzes and other activities each month. For more information and a full event calendar, visit

Nice Ride Minnesota Bike Rentals

Bikes are now available for rental at the various Nice Ride Minnesota kiosks (which includes numerous locations along the riverfront). It’s a great way to explore the River! For information:

Lock and Dam 1 Tours

April to November, 7 am – 5 pm

5000 West River Parkway

Lock and Dam 1 (also referred to as Ford Dam), adjacent to Minnehaha Park, offers free, self-guided tours of the lock and dam. The facility features a public observation deck with scenic views of the Ford Dam, powerplant and the river gorge. For more information:

Classes at Surdyk’s

Mondays and Tuesdays

Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop, 303 East Hennepin Avenue

Surdyk’s offers an extensive and fun choice of classes to help you learn about wine, beer and cheese (both in general and specific types). Check out their calendar at

National Park Service “Ranger on Call” Virtual Tour of the Mississippi River

Visitors and residents of the Twin Cities can now have a national park experience 24 hours a day with Ranger on Call, a new virtual tour of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Ranger on Call is an audio guide to exploring some of the park’s most special places. The guide features a series of 20 stops designed to expand users’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and provoke exploration. Users can listen to stories from all along the 72-mile corridor of the national park, and download podcasts and maps online at Or, for an all-encompassing park experience, users can visit the featured sites along the river in person and dial 1-877-727-1172 (toll free) for the cell phone tour. Ranger on Call features narration by Don Shelby, who brings to life the stories from diverse communities along the river. Tour stops feature the Minneapolis Riverfront, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Lock and Dam #2 in Hastings. Ranger on Call was created by the National Park Service and the Mississippi River Fund.

Horse and Carriage Tours

Enjoy a tour of the riverfront via a horse-drawn carriage ride. Regular tours are available from both the Nicollet Island Inn and VIC’s Restaurant on Main Street. For information:

Acme Comedy Club

Tuesdays through Thursday, 8 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and 10:30 pm

708 North First Street

Enjoy stand-up comedy at one of the top five comedy clubs in the country. For more information:

Noir She Didn’t

Old Spaghetti Factory, 233 Park Avenue

Things aren’t looking good at Terry Bull’s Restaurant when a proposal gone right goes horribly wrong with a tragic demise! This speakeasy scene ain’t so easy now that the fuzz are on the prowl, and Mafia Don Terry Bull is fit to be tied while the detective tries to crack the case. Which one of these juice joint patrons is to blame? Bribe other guests for clues and gather information to solve the crime and get the good times rolling again. Don your pinstripe suits and get dolled up in your favorite 1930’s film noir evening gowns and cocktail dresses to make an entrance no one will forget. Snag your seat with The Murder Mystery Company by clicking or calling (888)643-2583 (CLUE) today. For information and tickets:

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

Minneapolis Historical Mobile Tour Smartphone App Now Available

The Minneapolis Historical Mobile Tour app is now available–for free!–for iPhones and Androids. There are two tours so far: The Old Highland tour (created in partnership with the Old Highland Neighborhood Association) and the Marcy-Holmes tour (created with the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association). The app offers users an on-the-go look into Minneapolis’s past, from the well-known headlines to the forgotten tales and people. Learn more and download it now at The Marcy-Holmes tour tells stories of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood—what was once the town of Saint Anthony Falls—from 1849 through the early twentieth century, using images, text and recorded commentary from 27 neighbors and friends. Created using material drawn from Penny Petersen’s book, Hiding in Plain Sight: Minneapolis’ First Neighborhood, the tour focuses on 24 historical sights depicted in the bronze sculptures on the Sixth Avenue Stroll, an outdoor gallery created by artist Aldo Moroni in 2004 that extends from University Ave SE to Main Street. Each stop on the tour consists of a present day image of the site, the corresponding bronze sculpture, an historic image (when available), brief text and two audio recordings by an individual somehow related to the site.

Park Board Event Calendar

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)’s website features a multi-month event calendar. The current event calendar is now available at and is a quick guide to MPRB-sponsored and co-sponsored events as well as outside organizers’ permitted events in the parks. Check it out, mark your calendars and enjoy the many events occurring in Minneapolis parks!

Mill City Times

This web site covers “life, work and play in the Historic Mill District” and offers videos of many important presentations and meetings related to riverfront topics. It also includes an event listing that is more expansive than the Mill District and that would be a useful resource for you in between issues of the RiverCurrent (or if, as sometimes happens, you accidentally deleted it).

Mississippi River Trail

The Mississippi River Trail follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters to the Gulf. A new MRT resource website has been launched for the Minnesota segment of the trail complete with interactive Google Earth based maps, and a complete series of maps printable at 8 1/2” by 11.”

1 Mississippi Campaign

This site includes information on the entire Mississippi River and how you can help protect and enhance it.

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222 Hennepin and Loose-Wiles Win Awards

The Minnesota Chapter of NAIOP recently recognized two riverfront projects during its Awards of Excellence ceremony. The 222 Hennepin project was recognized in the Mixed-Use category and the Loose-Wiles project in the Renovation category. For more information:

Riverfront Business MSR

Riverfront design firm MSR was recently ranked number 33 in the 2014 ARCHITECT 50 listing, 10 positions higher than last year. Launched by the American Institute of Architect’s magazine Architect in 2009, the ARCHITECT 50 listing recognizes architecture firms, small and large, that are positively impacting their communities, mentoring younger generations of designers, designing energy-efficient buildings and generally making their mark beyond the ability to run a financially lucrative business. For more information:

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

Minnesota Social Impact Center Coming to North Loop

Boom Island Beer

Closure of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock

Primrose Park Opening in Northeast

Historic Riverfront 5K

Unison Expansion

Producer of Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet at Guthrie

North Loop Business Wingnut

Downtown Building Boom

Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement is Open

West River Parkway Landslide Area Winterizing

Tech Companies in North Loop

Symphony Hydro