Weekly Events Round Up January 16-22

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.

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.

Junket: Tossed and Found is collecting books for the Women’s Prison Book Project. You can drop off items at any time during Junket’s open hours. Junket is located at 4047 Minnehaha Avenue.

Radon Test Kits are available from the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Health Department. Up to 200 kits will be given away for free and after that they will cost $9.00. Learn more here.

The tentative schedule for road closures duringMinnehaha Avenue Reconstruction is available from Hennepin County. Go to the project website for regular updates.

Outdoor ice rinks are open and their status is updated here daily.

Ski passes can be purchased online for use of groomed trails throughout the city.

Sign up today for the first ever Longfellow Energy Fair, taking place on Saturday February 7th between 8:30am-3:30pm. Take classes and workshops focused on improving energy efficiency in your home and business, and learn about Minnesota’s energy future and options. Register here.

Friday January 16

Family Story Time at East Lake Library (2727 E Lake Street), 10:15-11:45am. For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

Baby Story Time at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 11:15-11:45am. For children from birth to 24 months and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format designed especially for babies. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

Senior Surf Day at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 9:30-11:30am. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Register by calling 612-543-8425.

Shop the Minnehaha Mile Weekend. All stores that make up the official Minnehaha Mile will be open January 16-18. Learn more here.

Transition Longfellow Movie Night at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 36th Avenue South). Potluck begins at 6:30pm, screening of Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden begins at 7:15pm. A discussion will follow. To find out more about the film visit here.

Singer/Songwriter Series at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Avenue), 8-10pm. Featuring 4 singers and songwriters this show features local talent. Entrance is $10 at door. Learn more here.

10th Annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championship Weekend at Lake Nokomis. The puck drops at 8:30am to start off a weekend of pond hockey with players from around the country participating. Expect heavy traffic in South Minneapolis. For a schedule of events and to learn more about the Championship visit here.

Picnic at Hanging Rock at Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), throughout the weekend. For more information and to buy ticketsvisit here.

Music at Harriet Brewing (3036 Minnehaha Avenue), starting at 7pm. Learn more here.

Saturday January 17

Transition Longfellow 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction Fundraiser at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 36th Avenue South), 9-11am. The suggested donation is $6 for all-you-can-eat organic pancake breakfast, with vegan and gluten-free options available. A silent auction with interesting items donated from across the community will be held. For more information visit here.

Insects We Like at the Tiny Diner (1024 East 38th Street), 12-1pm. Explore the diversity of insects living in our neighborhoods.  Some information on Pollinators, and how some insects are water quality indicators, also the ecosystems created in our gardens/yards. The cost for the class is $5. Learn more here.

Minne-City Camp at Gandhi Mahal (3009 27th Avenue South), 11:30-1:30. This lunch will will feature a discussion about ideas for using technology for good in our neighborhoods, open government trends in Minnesota cities and this state legislative session, digital equity and access, opportunities the new Bloomberg grant for a Minneapolis “Innovation Team” may bring to our community and more. Council Member Andrew Johnson and Bill Bushney of Open Twin Cities will lead the conversation. Learn more and RSVP here.

Sunday January 18
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.

Monday January 19

Martin Luther King Junior Day. Click here for a list of events throughout the Twin Cities celebrating the life of this Civil Rights Leader.

The LCC Office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.

Zatoichi meet Yojimbo screening at the Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Ave), Monday and Tuesday. To learn more and buy tickets visit here.

Midwinter Bike Tune Up Class at SPOKES (1915 East 22nd Street), 6-8:30pm. Learn how to tune up your own bike in the class. Sign-up is required, e-mail info@spokeconnect.org.


Tuesday January 20

eBook Basics at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 6-7:30pm. Learn how to search for, select, download and use eBooks from the HCL website on your personal eReader device or computer. Registration is required, call 612-543-8425.

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.

Public Hearing to amend ordinance for e-cigarette sampling at City Hall (250 South 5th Street, Room 317), 1:30pm. The Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee of the Minneapolis City Council will consider amending Chapter 281 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.  If approved, retail shops that sell primarily tobacco products may allow indoor sampling of e-cigarettes.  The proposed ordinance amendment is available here.

Wednesday January 21

The Defenders Series at Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), 7pm with Arzu Gokcen. 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.

Neighborhood Development Committee meets at Lake Coffee House (3223 East Lake Street), 6:30-8:30pm. Come discuss neighborhood projects and building plans with others from the Greater Longfellow neighborhood. Contact Joe for more details (joe@longfellow.org).

Thursday January 22

Maker night Junket: Tossed and Found (4049 Minnehaha Avenue), 6:30-8pm. Drop in at Junket to make pop up cards with artist in residence Meg Erke. RSVP here.

Minneapolis After the Lock: Unlocking New Opportunties Forum at the Mill City Museum (704 South 2nd Street), 6-7:30pm. In June 2015, the St. Anthony Falls Upper Lock will close primarily to stop the spread of invasive carp into the Upper River. What will be the impact on the Minneapolis Riverfront? “Minneapolis After the Lock: Unlocking New Opportunities”  a Riverfront Vitality Forum presented by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership (MRP), impanels a group of experts to discuss these questions and hear ideas about how the river can be used in new ways. RSVP here.