Weekly Events Round Up December 12-18

General Information

Organics Drop Off at South Transfer Station (2850 20th Avenue South) is open to residents Tuesday-Friday from 12:30-7:30pm and Saturdays from 8:30-3:30pm. There is no charge to drop off household organics. See the do’s and don’ts of the program and FAQ here.

Become a Master Water Steward in 2015! Master Water Stewards build projects in their community that protect water quality and work to educate their neighbors on clean water issues. Past certified Stewards have installed rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns and water permeable walkways that catch polluted rainwater before it makes it to a nearby lake or stream. To apply for the program visit here. Applications are due by December 20.

Living Table UCC is collecting donations to fill Christmas stockings for children at St. Anne’s Battered Women’s Shelter. There is a box for donations at the church (3805 40th Street East). Most children at the shelter are preschool age, though there are also elementary and high school students.

Longfellow Community Council in partnership with Hennepin County is looking for creative volunteers to help develop a comprehensive public art plan and long-term maintenance strategy for streetscaping improvement along the Minnehaha corridor. This project will stretch from Lake Street to 46th street along Minnehaha Avenue with the construction beginning April of 2015 and wrapping up November 2016. A unique public art and streetscaping campaign along the Minnehaha corridor can increase our community’s sense of place and identity. Contact Joe for more information (joe@longfellow.org; 612-722-4529 x13).

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) is creating a new plan for all the parks south of downtown and east of I-35W. This part of the park system is called the South Service Area, and it features 33 park properties. They will be examining all assets, making a vision for the parks overall and an improvement plan for each individual park. To complete this project they are seeking citizens to serve on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC). To apply to serve on the CAC or for more information about the project visit here. Applications are due December 12, 2014.

Volunteer to be a literacy tutor! Adults across the state are in need of help to learn English and gain basic literacy, math or computer skills that will enable them to succeed as workers, parents, and community citizens.  But the results of their efforts don’t stop there.  When adults reach their educational goals, their families and communities grow stronger. Help build strong families and communities by becoming an adult literacy volunteer. Learn more here.

The last Community Happy Hour of 2014 is at Le Town Talk Diner and French Drinkery (2707 East Lake Street) on Thursday, December 18 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join your neighbors for a bite of French food and a gourmet cocktail. Le Town Talk Diner will be donating 10% of the sales from the event to LCC, so bring your friends! RSVP here.

Friday December 12

The Man Who Fell to Earth at Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), throughout the weekend as part of the Space Oddity: Films of David Bowie series. For more information and to buy tickets visit here.

Community Meal at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue), 6-8pm. Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share or just yourself.

Learn Together: Music and Movement at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 10:30am. For babies and toddlers with their parents or caregivers. Learn new songs and activities to do with your baby or toddler with a local early childhood music instructor from Brighter Minds Music.

Adult Book Club at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 10:30-11:30am. The December book is 84, Charing Cross Road. Come discuss the book with other adults.

Africans in the Snow at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Avenue), 7:30pm. Performers from across Africa will contribute to this show. All door fees will go to Medecins Sans Frontieres to fight Ebola in West Africa and to Youth Activist Groups in Ferguson, Missouri. Entry is $10 at the door, cash or check. See the list of performers here.

Live music at Harriet Brewing (3036 Minnehaha Avenue), starting at 7pm with Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures and continuing at 9pm with the Church of Cash. A food truck will be present throughout the evening. Visit here for more information.

Saturday December 13

Longfellow Market Holiday Open House (3815 East Lake Street), 11:30am-4pm. Sample new and locally grown products throughout the store and see the expanding natural foods selection.

Craft and Vegan Bake Sale at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue), 1pm. Fiber arts, jewelry, zines, prints, patches, tinctures, teas and much more will be available. A portion of the proceeds from craft sales will be donated to the Free Space.

Holiday Sale at the Vine Arts Center (2637 27th Avenue South), 10am-5pm on Saturday, December 14 and noon-5pm on Sunday, December 15. Buy unique artwork handcrafted by members and guests of Vine Arts Center. Shop a wide selection of jewelry, gourds, kitty nichos, body care products, photographs, clothing, fiber arts, woodworking, fine art collage, paintings, calendars, cards, framed prints, pottery and more. Meet the artists and enjoy free refreshments.

Meet Santa at Mother Earth Gardens (3738 42nd Avenue South), 10-noon and 1-4pm. Bring the kids for a photo and shop around for your tree.

Book Signing of Twin Cities Chef’s Table by local author Stephanie Meyer at Birchwood Cafe (3311 East 25th Street), 1-3pm. Meet the author and peruse favorite recipes from Twin Cities chefs.

Sunday December 14

Conversation Circle for non-native English speakers at the East Lake Library (2727 East Lake St), 1-3pm. Practice English and make new friends in an informal volunteer-led setting and learn about the library too. For more information in English call 612-543-5669; Hmong, 612-543-8845; Somali, 612-543-8756; and Spanish, 612-543-8510.

Doctor Who on the Big Screen at Pepitos Parkway Theater (4817 Chicago Avenue South), 1pm. View 2 Doctor Who episodes for free. Learn more here.

Meet Santa at Longfellow Grill (2990 West River Parkway), 2-4pm. Bring the kids for a photo opportunity with Santa.

Monday December 15

Abuse of Weakness screening at the Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Ave), Monday and Tuesday. To learn more and buy tickets visit here.

eBook Basics Class sign up begins at East Lake Library. The class will take place on both January 12 and January 20. Call East Lake Library to reserve your spot: 612-543-8425.

Tuesday December 16

Job Search Assistance at East Lake Library (2727 E. Lake St) 3-5pm. Get assistance looking for a job, filling out applications or writing a résumé. Stop in for free one-on-one assistance with a job search representative.

Sustainable Finances Group hosted by Transition Longfellow at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 36th Avenue South) 6:30-8pm. Do you want to live more frugally, consciously and sustainably? Do you want to transform your relationship with money while investing in the economy of the future? Learn, share and find support in making the changes in your life, your home and your community. For more information and monthly topics visit here.

Minnehaha Academy reception to learn more about their upcoming expansion at the Upper School (3100 West River Parkway), 6:30pm. Minnehaha Academy is expanding their STEM program (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with a 3,000 square foot addition and renovation of existing spaces. Minnehaha Academy will update their science facilities and laboratory equipment.

Wednesday December 17

SPOKES Open Shop (1915 East 22nd Street), 5-9pm every Wednesday and 1-5pm every Saturday. Use SPOKES’ tools to fix your bike.

The Defenders Series at Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), 7pm with the Y.N. Rich Kids. The Defenders Series is the screening of a secret movie that may be a guilty pleasure, forgotten gem, under-the-radar or just plain bad movie chosen by the host. After the film screening the host must defend the movie to the audience. For more information and tickets visit here.

The Home Brew Club will be meeting at Sisyphus Brewing (712 Ontario Avenue West), 7pm. Join the Home Brew Club for a social hour and White Elephant beer exchange. For more information contact Peter Foster (peterjfoster@comcast.net).

Corcoran Neighborhood Organization meeting on public safety at Corcoran Park (3334 20th Avenue South), 6:30-8pm. Join Council Member Alondra Cano and 3rd Precinct Inspector Michael Sullivan for a community discussion on how to address violent crimes in the neighborhood and how to prevent future crimes. Learn more here.

Thursday December 18

Volunteer Training at SPOKES (1915 East 22nd Street), 6-7pm. Learn more about bike mechanics to help others fix their bikes.

Free Drop-In Crafting Session at Junket: Tossed and Found (4049 Minnehaha Avenue) 6-8pm. Join Junket’s Artist-In-Residence Meg Erke for a casual,  hands-on creative experience using found and repurposed materials. You’ll leave this little adventure with a simple piece made by you. For more information visit here.

Tap the Mic Night at Harriet Brewing (3036 Minnehaha Avenue), 8pm. Every third Thursday is open mic night at Harriet Brewing. No cover charge.

Longfellow Community Council in partnership with Le Town Talk Diner and French Drinkery host the last Community Happy Hour of 2014! Join neighbors for a delicious bite of French Food and gourmet cocktails at Le Town Talk Diner (2707 East Lake Street), 5:30-7:30pm. Le Town Talk will be donating 10% of sales from the event to the LCC. Invite your friends and neighbors! RSVP here.