Weekly Events Round Up February 27 – March 5

General Information

Sign up for Organic Recycling Pick Up today! The City of Minneapolis will start picking up organic waste separately from recycling and trash starting in August if homes opt-in to the program. Learn more here. Alternately, 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.The tentative schedule for road closures duringMinnehaha Avenue Reconstruction is available from Hennepin County. Go to the project website for regular updates.

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

Submit feedback for signal timing improvementsalong Highway 55. If you experience unusually large delays call 311 or e-mail HiawathaSignals@minneapolismn.gov by March 1, 2015 with the location and specific details. Learn more here.

Registration for spring volunteer opportunities with Great River Greening is now open. Sign up for days to help plant trees, remove invasive species like buckthorn, plant rain gardens and much more.

The Improve Group, an independent research and evaluation company in Saint Paul, is seeking Longfellow residents to participate in a focus group to gather the opinions and perspectives of people on burning wood. If you are a person who enjoys the heat and recreation of wood burning in either your home or backyard contact courtneyc@theimprovegroup.com. The focus group will be Thursday, March 5th from 6-7:30pm. Dinner will be provided and participants will be paid $75 for their time.

Sign up today for Camp Beez Kneez, a 14-week course on becoming a bee keeper from Beez Kneez. If you have an interest in starting and managing your own apiary with the guidance of experienced bee keepers this class is for you. For more information visit here.

Junket: Tossed and Found Digital Scavenger Huntruns from February 20-March 20, 2015. The Grand Prize for the winner of the Scavenger Hunt is $350 in store credit. To participate read the directions here.

Hennepin County is looking for input from future users of the Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) line. The Southwest LRT project, also known as the METRO Green Line Extension, will operate between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, through the communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and passing in close proximity to Edina. The proposed alignment includes 17 new stations along approximately 16 miles. The City of Minneapolis would like interested parties to take a survey about how people travel to get to the LRT station nearest to you. Take the survey here.

Friday February 27

Friday Fish Dinners at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church (2836 33rd Ave S) are every Friday through March 27. Dinner is served from4:30 to 7:30 pm: fried and baked tilapia, with mashed or hash brown potatoes, meatless spaghetti, coleslaw, rolls, homemade desserts and beverages. Mini-raffles and bingo from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.. This was voted City Pages Best Fish Fry in 2013. Adults $10, Seniors (65+) $9, children 6-12 $5. Kids under 5 eat free.

Family Story Time at East Lake Library (2727 East 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.

To Have and Have Not screening at Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), throughout the weekend. For more information and to buy tickets visit here.

Cool Moms at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Avenue), 7:30pm. Patrick’s Cabaret presents two nights showcasing women who have built or sustained a creative practice alongside–and draw inspiration from–their roles as mothers.  Entrance is $10 at door. Learn more here.

Fix-It Tech Event at the Oak Park Center (1701 Oak Park Avenue North), 3-7pm. This event is a free community technology education event providing computer hardware repair, education and tech support. Learn more here.

George Harrison Birthday Bash at Harriet Brewing (3036 Minnehaha Avenue), starting at 7pm with Israel, followed by Tommy Bentz Band playing a tribute to George Harrison. The Pepper Jax Philly Express food truck will be parked outside. Learn more here.

Saturday February 28

4th Annual Zipp’s Sweethearts and Spirits Fundraiser for Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership. Come to the Minneapolis Eagle’s Club (2507 East 25th Street), 6:30-9pm to taste drinks and treats for $15/person. The Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership’s mission is to build community by providing the opportunity to repair harm by involving the victim, offender, and community in solutions that promote healing, accountability, and reconciliation. To buy tickets in advance visit Zipp’s Liquor (2618 East Franklin Avenue).

Seed Swap and Resource Management at the Permaculture Research Institute (3941 42nd Avenue South), 1:30-4:30pm. The group will create a map that highlights combined skills in hopes of distribution as a resource with the greater community and have a sharing table for a seed swap. For more information visit here.

Sunday March 1

Conversation Circle for non-native English speakers at the East Lake Library (2727 East Lake St), 3-5pm. Practice English and make new friends in an informal volunteer-led setting and learn about the library too. For more information in English call612-543-5669; Hmong, 612-543-8845; Somali,612-543-8756; and Spanish, 612-543-8510.
This City is Perfect For Chickens, a class about keeping chickens in your back yard. Hosted by Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar (3745 42nd Avenue South), 7-8:30pm. Instructor Rob Czernik from Powderhorn Feed Company will present almost everything you need to know about keeping chickens in the city. Learn more andregister here.

Monday March 2

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

Story Time with Mama Ray at Moon Palace Books (2820 East 33rd Street), 11am. This children’s story time features local writer and Longfellow resident Rachel Gabriel (aka Mama Ray). This event is geared towards kids ages 5 and under and their adults. It does include a sing-a-long portion. Learn more here.

Tuesday March 3

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.
Learn to Knit with Transition Longfellow Skillshare at Lake Street Coffee (3223 East Lake Street), 6:30-8pm. Learn the basics of knitting with experienced knitter Susan Aguirre. Bring straight size 6 knitting needles and worsted weight smooth yarn. Contact Susan with any questions (susanhaguirre@gmail.com).

Adult Nonfiction Book Club at the East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 6-7pm. Join the discussion of new and interesting nonfiction titles. March’s book is A Crack in the Edge of the World by S. Winchester. Lending copies may be picked up at the library information desk prior to the meeting. April’s book is The (Honest) Truth about Dishonestyby D. Ariely and the book club will meet Tuesday, April 7.

Wednesday March 4

This City is Perfect For Chickens, a class about keeping chickens in your back yard. Hosted by Mother Earth Gardens at Mother Earth Gardens Northeast (2318 Northeast Lowry Avenue), 7-8:30pm. Instructor Rob Czernik from Powderhorn Feed Company will present almost everything you need to know about keeping chickens in the city. Learn more and register here.

Advancement Committee at the LCC Office (2727 26th Avenue South), 7pm. Join others in the community to plan events and fundraising strategies for the community. Contact Jessica with any questions (jessica@longfellow.org).

Childcare Group Storytime at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 10:30-11:15am. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for the children in your care. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

Thursday March 5

Maker night Junket: Tossed and Found (4049 Minnehaha Avenue), 6:30-8pm. Drop in at Junket to learn the art of bookmaking with artist in residence Meg Erke. RSVP here.

Teen Geekery Club at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 6-7:30pm. For teens. Are you an anime and manga fan? A cosplayer? A fan of Doctor Who, Sherlock, Homestuck or Supernatural? If yes to any of these, Teen Geekery Club is for you! Watch anime, share your artwork and discuss your favorite fandoms.

Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Class at the Tiny Diner Farmhouse (3957 42nd Avenue South),6:30-8pm. These mushrooms can be easily grown in the home or garden using low tech methods and often from waste products such as spent coffee beans, cardboard and even old clothes. The class will focus on simple but successful methods for cultivating oyster mushrooms on a small scale.For more information visit here.