Weekly Events Round Up March 6-12

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 during Minnehaha 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.

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 Hunt runs 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 6

Friday Fish Dinners at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church (2836 33rd Ave S) are every Friday through March 27. Dinner is served from 4:30 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.

Talk to Her screening at Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), throughout the weekend. For more information and to buy tickets visit here.

Jake Manders CD Release Party at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Avenue), 7pm. DJs Dave and Laura of Hymie’s Vintage Records will be spinning, Baaron and Jake Manders will perform. Entrance is $10 at door, the first 50 people at the show will receive a free copy of Jake Manders’ new CD. Learn 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 Reclaiming Rural Land. To find out more call 612-729-3733 or email radspacetc@riseup.net.

Saturday March 7

Venus & Other Roman Deities at the Vine Arts Center (2637 27th Avenue South), 11am-8pm. This Drawing Workshop and exhibition opens March 7th and runs through March 14th. The reception will include free portrait drawing of visitors by participating artists. The show will also be open on Monday, March 9th and Thursday, March 12th from 5-6:45 pm and Saturday, March 14th from 11am-5pm. Learn more here.

Plant Family Discussion at the Riverview Wine Bar (3747 42nd Avenue South), 10:30am-noon. Each month this discussion group will discuss a different plant family to investigate, mainly be looking at the families of plants, how to grow and harvest them and how to cook them. For more information visit here.

Free Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga Class at N2Living (3260 Minnehaha Avenue), 1:30pm. This type of yoga focuses on deliberate, slow movements combined with breathing techniques. N2Living offers regular Vinyasa Yoga classes on Sunday mornings from 11-11:45 am and are offering this free class as a preview.

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.

Flea Market at Minnehaha United Methodist Church (2701 East 50th Street), 10am-2pm. Browse furniture and other used goods and have lunch at the church. Schedule details and information about what is on sale here.

Sunday March 8

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 call 612-543-5669; Hmong, 612-543-8845; Somali, 612-543-8756; and Spanish, 612-543-8510.

Fireside Chat: <Censored> at Hennepin Historical Society (2303 3rd Avenue South), 2pm. The KKK was active through the nation, as well as in Minnesota during the 1920s. Historian and author Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle will talk about this rarely-acknowledged chapter of local history. Learn about the rise and fall of the KKK in Minnesota, their propaganda, political aspirations and Hennepin County Attorney Floyd Olson’s successful prosecution of five Minneapolis KKK members. In advertising this event the Hennepin Historical Society was censored for using the abbreviation “KKK” by a popular social network.

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 every Sunday.

Economics of Happiness Film Discussion Group at Lake Street Coffee (3223 East Lake Street), 2-3pm. This group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays and will use the film discussion guide provided by the filmmaker. To learn more visit here.

Animal Rights Coalition (ARC) Film Night at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue), 5-8pm. The group will be screening Lolita: Slave to Entertainment, a 2003 documentary about an orca whale kept in the world’s smallest orca tank for decades. RSVP Here.

Monday March 9

Lost Soul 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 the film The Fruit Hunters, followed by a group discussion.

Tuesday March 10

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.

Information Session on how to purchase vacant residential buildings from the City of Minneapolis at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center (3400 15th Avenue South), 7-8:30pm. Space is limited, reserve your spot here.

Faith Forum meeting, location TBD, 12-1:30pm. The group will hear from the Sheridan Story, an organization that works to alleviate childhood hunger. Please bring a bag lunch. Contact JoAnna for updates (joannalund@longfellow.org).

Community Connections Committee meets at Longfellow Park (3435 36th Avenue South), 6:30-8:30pm. Join neighbors in finding ways to make the neighborhood safer and more connected. Contact JoAnna for more information (joannalund@longfellow.org).

Wednesday March 11

Homemade Mushrooms Class at Mother Earth Gardens NE (2318 Lowry Avenue Northeast), 7pm. Join mycology expert Gerald Pesley to learn home cultivation methods for edible mushrooms. Learn more here.

River Gorge Committee meets at Hiawatha School Park (43rd Avenue South & East 42nd Street), 6:30-8pm. Join others in finding ways to protect and promote the Mississippi River Gorge in the Greater Longfellow neighborhood. Contact JoAnna with any questions (joannalund@longfellow.org).

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).

Bayou Maharajah at the Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Ave), Monday and Tuesday. This film explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who has been described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” To learn more and buy tickets visit here.

Lake Nokomis/Hiawatha Master Plan Phase 2 implementation planning meeting at the Nokomis Community Center (2401 East Minnehaha Parkway), 6:30-8:30pm. To view the project and plans thus far visit here.

Rise Up Singalong at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue South), 6:30-9pm. This group sings primarily from the Rise Up Singing song book and instruments are welcome.

The Building Blocks of Living Systems at Permaculture Research Institute (3957 42nd Avenue South), 6-8:30pm. This class is part of the Whole Systems Series, which teaches the art and science of adaptive and holistic permaculture designs and how to apply it to complex problems in many different systems. Register for the series here.

Thursday March 5

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

Calof Series at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Avenue), 7pm. A monthly series pairing two singer/songwriters and two storytelling/spoken word artists to present works-in-progress. Taking place in the Patrick’s Cabaret intimate lobby lounge, audiences enjoy free admission, Peace Coffee, Butter Bakery Cafe baked goods and the chance to discuss and shape new work with local artists: Ward Rubrecht, Bob Ronson, Nigel Egg, and Andra Suchy.