Weekly Events Round Up May 1-7

This is the last Weekly Round Up for a while

Jessica is leaving the Longfellow Community Council.

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 schedule for road closures during Minnehaha Avenue Reconstruction is available from Hennepin County. Go to the project website for regular updates.

The Midtown Farmers Market is seeking volunteers for this season. Help is needed on Saturdays to set up, help customers compost or to take down when the day is done. Shifts are available 6-8am, 8-10:30am, 10:30am-1pm or 1-2:30pm. Experience the fun, enjoy time with your neighbors and community and get to know farmers. Contact Miguel Goebel, Market Manager at 612-724-7457or manager@MidtownFarmersMarket.org to sign up.

Friday May 1

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.

Citizen Kane screening at Trylon Microcinema (3258 Minnehaha Avenue), throughout the weekend. For more information and to buy ticketsvisit here.

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 May 2

Opening Day Food Truck Fest for the Midtown Farmers Market (2225 East Lake Street), 8am-1pm. Live music, a variety of food trucks, locally made food and products and more! Learn more here.
Independent Book Store Day at Moon Palace Books (2820 East 33rd Street), 10am-5pm. The store will feature hourly sales and book deals throughout the day. They will also be at the Midtown Farmers Market from 8am-1pm. Find out 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.

Sunday May 3

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 every Sunday.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrationa at El Nuevo Rodeo (2709 East Lake Street), 1pm. Live music, food specials and family-friendly entertainment will be available. Learn more here.

41st Annual May Day Parade down Bloomington Avenue, starting at noon. This yearly event showcases In the Heart of the Beast puppetry, music and the taking over of the street by community members! Go here for a map and more information.

Monday May 4

Happy Star Wars Day.

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

Marnie screening at the Riverview Theater (3800 42nd Avenue South), 7pm. This Hitchcock film is part of the Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival. Learn more and buy tickets to all the shows here.

Tuesday May 5

Support Nepal by eating at Himalayan Restaurant(2910 East Lake Street). May 5-7 the Himalayan Restaurant will donate 100% of its sales will be donated to disaster relief in Nepal.

Job Search Assistance at East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street) 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.

Adult Non Fiction Book Club at the East Lake Library (2727 East Lake Street), 6-7:30pm. May’s book is Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff. June’s book is Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss.

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).

LoLa meeting at Bethany Lutheran (3901 36th Ave), 7-8:30pm, to discuss the future of LoLa. Read below for a letter from the resident who called this meeting, David Holliday:

Hi all.  It was announced last month that LoLa was taking a year off and would not be organizing an art crawl during 2015.  That message was sent prematurely.  The reality is, last year’s Steering Committee is not going to lead the planning and organizing of a 2015 art crawl, so it is up to others to step up and volunteer if we want LoLa to happen.  

A meeting has been called to discuss the immediate future (what to do in 2015) and the long-term future of LoLa. ALL are welcome to attend this meeting whether you are a past or future LoLa artist, a business interested in supporting LoLa, or a community member interested in preserving this community asset. 

We are especially looking for POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS that can dedicate time and energy to LoLa.  Expertise in web and print design, marketing, social media, event planning, fundraising/ grant writing, meeting facilitation, community building, and volunteer coordination are especially needed.  If you would like to VOLUNTEER to play a larger role in LoLa, please consider attending this meeting.  Please also send me an email with your name, email or phone number, and skills (tangible and/or intangible) you can offer.  We are also looking for SPONSORS and BUSINESSES to help support LoLa in the future.

I would like to thank all of the past LoLa Steering Committee members, especially Bob Schmidt and Anita White, LoLa’s godfather and godmother.  I am excited to lead this conversation and look forward to the strong future of LoLa in 2015 and beyond!


Dave Holliday
LoLa Volunteer

Wednesday May 6

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).

Advancement Committee meets at Lake Coffee House (3223 East Lake Street), 7pm. Join neighbors in finding ways to fundraise for and promote the Longfellow Community Council. For more information e-mailcommunications@longfellow.org.

Thursday May 7

Maker night Junket: Tossed and Found (4049 Minnehaha Avenue), 6:30-8pm. Drop in at Junket to learn how to make garden themed greeting cards 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.