Weekly Events Round Up March 13-19

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 TuesdayFriday 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.

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.

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.

The HOME Program of Senior Community Services is offering a no-cost Home Assessment which will evaluate the safety of the homes of senior citizens as part of a grant through the state of Minnesota. We will check out your need for handrails, grab-bars, smoke detectors, lighting, and other safety components. Elders aged 60+ residing in suburban Hennepin County and Minneapolis are eligible for this limited time offer. No sales. For more information contact 952-746-4046 or email home@seniorcommunity.org.

Longfellow is getting in on the March Madness with the Longfellow Landmark Bracket! Download a bracket, fill it out and vote for your favorite Landmarks in the Greater Longfellow neighborhood! New polls will be posted on the LCC website and Facebook page each week.

Friday March 13

Friday Fish Dinners at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church (2836 33rd Ave S) are everyFriday 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.

Adult Book Club at East Lake Library (2727 26th Avenue South), 10:30-11:30. The March book is Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. April’s book isRodeo Snow by Pat Rhoades.

All About My Mother screening at Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), throughout the weekend. For more information and to buy tickets visit here. This film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

Gray Matter at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Avenue), 7pm. Guest curator Nikolas Martell presents Gray Matters, a mental health and neurodiversity themed cabaret incorporating multiple mediums of artistic expression. A combination of performing and visual artists will share their work and lived experiences with mental health and illness. Entrance is $10 at door. This performance will occur on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14Learn more here.

Friday Dinner & Discussion Series at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue), 6-8pm. This is the first in the March discussion series “Signs of Spring.” The topic for March 6th is racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. To find out more call612-729-3733 or email radspacetc@riseup.net.

Twice weekly yoga classes for seniors at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (2730 East 31st Street),10am-11am. Yoga for Seniors is being sponsored by the Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors for only $4/class. Friday classes focus on gentle yoga where you’ll learn breathing techniques, balance poses and relaxation methods. Monday classes focus on healthy, strong bones and you will learn safe movements to sustain and improve skeletal health. No registration is required. For questions call Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors (612-729-5799).

Saturday March 14

Happy Pi Day! Zeke’s Unchained Animal andSeward Co-op are offering Pi Day deals. Don’t forget about LCC’s Annual No Pie Charts! Only Pie! Meeting and Pie Potluck on Tuesday, April 21st!

‘bottom: a play about sex trafficking in Minnesota,’will be performed at Minnehaha Academy (3100 West River Parkway), 7pm. This performance poses the question: if the demand for sex trafficking were to end, would the supply end too? This is explored by following a woman recently defected from a sex trafficking ring–will she cooperate and aid the side of justice, or will she continue to her deep allegiance to her former pimp? This performance is free, sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council and the Longfellow Faith Forum. Learn more here.

Venus & Other Roman Deities at the Vine Arts Center (2637 27th Avenue South), 11am-5pm. This Drawing Workshop and exhibition ends today. Learn more here.

Transportation Town Hall Meeting hosted by Representatives Jim Davnie, Jean Wagenius and Senator Torres Ray at the Lake Nokomis Community Center (2401 East Minnehaha Parkway), 1-2:30pm. This meeting will also have special guests Senator Scott Dibble, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and Representative Frank Hornstein, DFL lead on the House Transportation Committee.

Feminist Science Fiction Discussion Group at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue),1:30-3:30pm. This group discusses Space Opera with radical and feminist themes alongside the space ships, interstellar politics and amazing weaponry. For more information e-mail frowner008@gmail.com.

The Hardboiled Book Club hosted by Moon Palace Books at Du Nord Cocktail Room (2610 East 32nd Street), 7pm. The book this month is Fast One by Paul Cain. It tells the story of a gambler named Kells, who takes on a West coast gambling syndicate. Learn more here.

Dance Together at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 10:30-11:15am. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills. A maximum of two caregivers may attend with each child.

Trylon Microcinema Book and DVD Sale at the microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), 9am-2pm. Trylon regular John Bloomfield passed away last year. He stipulated that his entire DVD and movie-book collection was to be sold to benefit the theater. His collection includes hundreds of rare DVDs—many Criterion, a number of them still sealed—and scores of rare books about cinema. One day only!

Sunday March 15

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.

Neighborhood Night at Le Town Talk Diner and French Drinkery (2707 East Lake Street), 4-9pm. This special deal for the neighbors includes $6 burger with fires, $1 off all draft beer and $1 off kids menu. This deal will be available everySunday.

Wild Read Book Club at Moon Palace Books (2820 East 33rd Street), 2pm. Join others in discussing The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin in this Octavia Butler inspired book club. Learn more here.

Second Annual Twin Cities Seed Swap at the Tiny Diner Farmhouse (3957 42nd Avenue South). This event will feature a Seed Saving Workshop from12-1pm and a Seed Swap from 1-3pm. Find out more about seeds and how to save them. Exchange unique seeds to grow this season. Come with or without seeds, everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by The Tiny Diner and Farm, Seed Savers Exchange and Seed Sages. For more info, write to tinydinerfarm@gmail.com.

Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga at N2Living (3260 Minnehaha Avenue), 11-11:45am. This type of yoga focuses on intentional breathing and motion. The fee is $10/class with discounts if you purchase many sessions at once. Contact Braunson Landro with any questions: 612-767-0240,braunson@n2livingstrong.com.

Queer Cuts for a Cause at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue), 2-5pm. For Queer (LGBTQ+) and Allies who need a haircut. The fee is a sliding scale starting at $15 for a haircut. All proceeds will go to the Bisexual Organizing Project.Learn more here.

Monday March 16

Why Don’t You Play In Hell screening at the Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Ave), Monday and Tuesday. To learn more and buy tickets visit here.

Tiny Diner Farm Movie Night at the Farmhouse (3957 42nd Avenue South), 7pm. Join others in watching Renewable Energy select films, followed by a group discussion.

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.

Big Plants for Small Spaces, hosted by Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar (3745 42nd Avenue South), 7-8:30pm. Learn more about large trees and shrubs available and how best to use them in a small yard. Learn more and register here.

Public Hearing for Minnehaha Academy at City Hall (350 South 5th Street in Room 317), 4:30pm. Minnehaha Academy is seeking to build an additional classroom on their existing school at 3100 West River Parkway. They are requesting a Conditional Use Permit and no variances.

Free Cone Day at participating Dairy Queen locations. Celebrate 75 years of Dairy Queen with a free small vanilla cone. Limit one per person.

Tuesday March 17

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.

Wednesday March 18

New Plants 2015 at Mother Earth Gardens NE (2318 Lowry Avenue Northeast), 7pm. Vicky Weis, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, presents a gorgeous series of slides alongside her inspiring descriptions of new edibles, annuals and perennials for 2015. Learn more here.

Gentle Yoga Class at N2Living (3260 Minnehaha Avenue), 6-6:45pm. Classes are $10/person with a $5 discount if you register and pay for 4 classes in advance. Contact Braunson Landro with any questions: braunson@n2livingstrong.com; 612-767-0240).

LCC Neighborhood Development Committee (2727 26th Avenue South), 6:30-8pm. Andy Bare on behalf of Key Funding LLC will be presenting plans for a proposed mixed use multifamily development at 3403 38th Avenue South at NDC on Wednesday March 18th. Contact Joe with any questions (joe@longfellow.org).

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

LCC Community Happy Hour at Parkway Pizza (4359 Minnehaha Avenue), 5:30-7:30pm. Join your neighbors over pizza and a beverage at this local favorite! LCC will be announcing the winner of the Longfellow Landmark Tournament at the Happy Hour!

Thursday March 19

Lake Street Council Annual Meeting at Salsa a la Salsa (2841 Hennepin Ave South), 11am-12:30pm. This year the meeting will focus on the future of the Lake Street Corridor and the Council’s efforts to both spearhead and keep up with the changes. Stop by to listen to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges give remarks while you chow down on Salsa A La Salsa’s top notch Mexican cuisine and network with your peers. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Lunch is included.Buy tickets here.

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

Winter Story Circles at the Tiny Diner Farmhouse (3957 42nd Avenue South), 6:30-8:30pm. Join others to listen and share stories with a wintery theme. Hot cocoa and tea will be provided. Learn more here.

bell hooks Reading Club at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue), 6:30pm. Discuss bell hooks’ “All About Love” over three weeks. March 19th will focus on chapters 1-4, April 2nd will focus on chapters 5-9 and April 16 will focus on chapters 10-end of the book. If you are interested in joining email Marcela at ramir090@umn.edu.