Minneapolis RiverCurrent – February 24, 2016

*****Events and Activities*****

Beads and Buttons Techniques Class

Saturday, February 27, 3 – 5 pm

Clay Squared to Infinity, 34 13th Avenue NE

Start by adding curly hair to one of Layl’s face canes and turning those funky-haired ladies into beads. Then learn a few new millefiore designs like a star and a flower which you can turn into beads and buttons of all shapes. We will also play a bit with texture and mica powder. Also learn some fun ways to play with your scraps to make magical bicone swirl beads! You will come away with a collection of fun beads and buttons to bake in your own oven. $40, supplies included; sign up your friend for only $25 more. To register: https://shop.claysquared.com/bead-and-button-class-p543.aspx.

The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul presents:

NT Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Saturday, February 27, 1 pm

St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE

Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil (Janet McTeer, The White Queen) and Vicomte de Valmont (Dominic West,The Wire) now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night, but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel (Elaine Cassidy, The Paradise). While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed. NT Live brings you the world’s finest stage performances from London’s National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, shown on-screen at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. For information and tickets: http://prod3.agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=172357~163a5c15-c3ae-4635-ba12-bbe995cbeb29&epguid=152a8d78-2b22-4396-94be-586557214003&.

Freehouse Dr. Seuss Day

March 2, 6:30 am, to March 4, 12 noon

Freehouse, 701 Washington Avenue North, #101

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Bring in a new or gently used Dr. Seuss book and get $12 off your breakfast (books to be donated to: LDA Minnesota). Organizers will have Dr. Seuss Trivia and Dr. Seuss-themed food and drinks, featuring Yot in a Pot and Roast Beast Sandwich. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. The places you should go should only be to the Freehouse!

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520, http://www.mnbookarts.org.

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

The River: Memory and Metaphor on the Mississippi

On exhibit: March 4 – July 10

Opening reception: March 4, 6 – 9 pm

The River will not only display a diversity of techniques, methods and approaches as they pertain to book, paper and print, but will also demonstrate the variety of ways the Mississippi has influenced and guided artists in their creative practice. It will be a dynamic exhibition that demonstrates the communicative power of narrative in relation to America’s greatest river. For information: http://www.mnbookarts.org/theriver/.

Alternative Papermaking: Creating Content Within the Page

with Sue Carrie Drummond

Four Thursdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31; 6 – 9 pm

Learn basic papermaking techniques and build your technical understanding of handmade paper as an artistic medium. Explore stencils, pulp painting, watermarks and blowouts as a way of creating imagery and meaning embedded into the sheet. Come with an idea to build on through experimentation, or simply enjoy exploring new materials and techniques. $195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=1012.

Cartonnage: Art Deco Box

with Sue Bjerke

Sunday, March 13, 9 am – 5 pm

Modern cartonnage grows out of the long-standing French tradition of covering small containers with decorative materials and offers a great use for your marbled papers. Make a box in the Art Deco style: an upright disc with a lid. Review the essential elements of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting and applying decorative papers, using a plinth, making curved sides and making variations on design and size. Experience helpful, but not required. $130 ($115 members) + $25 supply fee. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=1015.

Tiny Fairy House Creating Class

Saturday, March 5, 1 – 3 pm

Clay Squared to Infinity, 34 13th Avenue NE

These little creations are simple and easy, but you can also really show your creativity in the details. Learn how to make a tiny star and two other tiny magical patterns. Layl will teach you how to make each house and roof a different shape and then you can add details galore. In the end you will have a fun collection of fairy houses to plant in your favorite plant. You will also get a chance to use the scrap pile so you can add all kinds of tiny designs. $40; supplies included; sign up two people for $65. To register: https://shop.claysquared.com/tiny-fairy-house-polymer-clay-class-p744.aspx.

Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft

1011 Washington Avenue South

For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities: https://www.loft.org

Be Heard Youth Slam, Semifinals Bout #1

Saturday, March 5, 7 – 8:30 pm

Performance Hall

Since January 15, more than fifty Minnesota poets between the ages of 13 and 19 have performed in five preliminary bouts spread across the Twin Cities. In front of big, supportive audiences, these young artists told their stories, built community with one another and shared work addressing issues and ideas such as police brutality, gender violence, immigrant identity, heartbreak, family and much more. Their journey continues on March 5 at The Loft Literary Center, as the Be Heard series (presented by TruArtSpeaks) heads into semifinals! The top poets from each semifinal bout will head to Finals, where they will compete for a chance to join the team representing Minnesota at the 2016 Brave New Voices youth poetry slam and festival. Suggested at the door: $3 students, $5 adults. To register:https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/7/events/202/be_heard_youth_slam/.

Poetry Out Loud State Competition

Thursday, March 10, 5 – 9 pm

Performance Hall

The Poetry Out Loud State Finals Competition will take place in the Target Performance Hall. Twelve semifinalists will compete. For information: https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/7/events/200/poetry_out_loud_state_competition_/.

Mentor Series Reading: Carolyn Holbrook

Friday, March 11, 7 – 9 pm

Performance Hall

The 2015–2016 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents creative nonfiction mentor Carolyn Holbrook reading along with program participants Gabriella Anaïs Deal-Marquéz (poetry) and James Stephenson (fiction). There is a $5–$10 suggested admission fee for this event. For information: https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/7/events/95/mentor_series_reading_carolyn_holbrook/.

American Craft Library Spring Salon Series: Let’s Talk Books with Coffee House Press and Graywolf Press

Wednesday, March 9, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200

The American Craft Council presents a series of public conversations about craft, making and art in the American Craft Council Library, located on the second floor of the historic Grain Belt Brewhouse in northeast Minneapolis. The Twin Cities are known as one of the most well-read places in America. A strong publishing community has contributed to our local literary landscape. Join Caroline Casey, managing director of Coffee House Press, and Katie Dublinski, associate publisher at Graywolf Press, in a conversation on the craft of publishing in Minnesota. The American Craft Council Library is wheelchair accessible. All events are free and open to the public. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Special thanks to social hour partner, Community Keg House. For information:http://craftcouncil.org/event/acc-library-salon-series-lets-talk-books-coffee-house-press-graywolf-press.

A SIP OF SCIENCE: Minnesota’s Water Challenge: The Science & Psychology of Managing a Sustainable Harvest of an “invisible” Resource

Wednesday, March 9, 5:30 pm

Aster Café, 125 Main Street SE

A SIP OF SCIENCE bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly. Food, beer and learning are on the menu in a happy hour forum that puts science in context through storytelling. Is Minnesota running out of water?  Is our groundwater use draining all the water from our aquifers, lakes, rivers and wetlands?  Like all of Minnesota’s natural resources, the use of our water resources is required to meet the needs of our communities and commerce. Yet, the natural ecological systems we value as Minnesotans also rely on clean and plentiful water. The task ahead for our state is to find a balance, creating a sustainable harvest of groundwater and surface water that meets the needs of our society and the needs of the ecosystems we cherish. Join us as Paul Putzier from the Minnesota DNR explores the fine line of managing our water resources. This science happy hour is sponsored by the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED) and is a chance to hear about new and exciting research over beer, in a cool bar. Come talk with the experts about their efforts to address some of the Earth’s most pressing problems. NCED’s A SIP OF SCIENCE brings the wonder of science to happy hour. For information on this month’s topic and to RSVP: http://www.nced.umn.edu/sip-science.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/north_mississippi_regional_park/. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: https://threeriversparks.org.

Big River, Small Fry: Nature for Curious Kids – Spring

Thursday, March 10, 9 am – 12 noon

Make a playdate with nature and your little one. Participate in sensory learning, science activities, hikes, ideas for home and more. Stay for an hour or all morning. Cost is $5, and reservations are required by the Tuesday prior to the program; reference activity number #216901-00. This program is for ages 0-6 and both adult and child pay.

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: http://www.macphail.org or 612-321-0100.

Spring Honors Recital

Friday, March 11, and Friday, March 18, 7:30 pm

Antonello Hall

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

MacPhail Concerto and Aria Concert

Sunday, March 13, 3:30 pm

Antonello Hall

The MacPhail Concerto and Aria Concert is MacPhail’s premiere performance opportunity for students. MacPhail students of all instruments and ages are eligible to perform before a panel of judges in two rounds of auditions with a movement from a concerto or an aria from an opera. Six students will be selected to perform live on stage with a chamber-sized orchestra comprised of professional musicians – both MacPhail faculty members and guest musicians – in Antonello Hall. MacPhail welcomes back Mischa Santora (Artistic Director of the Spotlight Series) as guest conductor for this event. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. For information: http://www.macphail.org/events/macphail-concerto-and-aria/.

Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday, March 12, 10 am – 1 pm

Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South

The Mill City Farmers Market has moved inside the Mill City Museum every second Saturday of the month. Visitors can stroll inside the cozy and lively marketplace and choose from an abundance of fresh, local fruits and vegetables, freshly baked bread, pastured meats and cheeses, meatless meat, expertly crafted ceramics, kitchenware, jewelry and much more. Stop by the Info Booth for free, seasonal recipes to inspire your winter meal planning. Each Winter Market brings a unique celebration of seasonal offerings. The March market will offer the first signs of spring. Winter markets are a great opportunity to stock up on storage crops such as squash, potatoes, garlic, onions and apples and nonperishable goods like wild rice, maple syrup, pickles and preserves to help you eat locally all winter long. Make sure to check out theRecipe Archive for seasonal meal ideas. For information: http://millcityfarmersmarket.org.

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Saturday, March 12, 1 pm

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Activities at the Soap Factory

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

Art(ists) on the Verge

On exhibit: March 12 – April 17 (Gallery hours are 2 – 8 pm Thursdays and Fridays and 12 noon – 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Opening reception: March 12, 7 – 11 pm

Art(ists) on the Verge 7 features new work from five Minnesota-based artists. AOV7 is an intensive, year-long, mentor-based fellowship program for emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology and digital culture. One of the fundamental concepts defining the mission of the Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship is the commitment to emerging artists whose practice often falls outside of and in between the traditional notions of media or disciplines. The Art(ists) on the Verge fellows are no exception. Their work at The Soap Factory engages with a broad spectrum of ideas. Please visit Northern.Lights.mn to learn more about their organization, AOV and their other programs. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. For information: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=751.

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

http://weisman.umn.edu/

Magpies and Ravens

Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13; 7 pm

The Magpies and Ravens chamber choir will perform its 2016 choral work at the Weisman Art Museum. The choir is made up of half professional vocalists and half high school students, selected from across the Twin Cities metro area to be mentored by professional vocalists representing many of the local singing organizations. This performance will feature the four new young composers chosen in 2016. For information: http://weisman.umn.edu/event/magpies-and-ravens.

*****Planning Ahead*****

Pramilla Vasudevan & Justin Jones present:

‘I don’t normally do this…’

March 19 – 20

Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South

“I don’t normally do this…” An evening of dances created by people who make things other than dances. Featuring dances created by Lighting Designer Heidi Eckwall; Visual Artist Maxwell Hoaglund; Visual Artist Emmett Ramstad; Visual Artist Andrea Steudel; Theater Artist Katie Ka Vang; Photographer Kayva Yang; Theater Artist Emily Zimmer; and others. Admission: $24, student (with ID): $18, ARTShare members free and Tuesday – Pay What You Can. For information and tickets: https://southern.ticketworks.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=62.

Friends of the Mississippi River presents:

Premiere Documentary Film Screening — Rebirth: A National Park and the Revitalization of the Mississippi River

Thursday, April 7, 6 – 8:30 pm (informal reception at 6 pm, program 7 – 8:30 pm)

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Kelley fell in love with the Mississippi River. Looking beyond its polluted waters and industrial banks, Kelley saw both what it once had been and could be again: America’s river and the thrumming heartbeat of the Twin Cities. He pulled friends and colleagues aboard The Turtle, sharing his favorite river stretches and passion, and slowly, steadily built a small community of supporters. These river visionaries worked locally, then nationally and across party lines. Despite long odds, their dedication paid off. In 1988, Congress enacted by federal law the recognition and protection of the 72-mile Twin Cities stretch of the Mississippi River as a national park. More than a change in the river’s legal status, the designation was a tipping point in the river’s history, successfully turning the current of public opinion towards protecting and restoring the health and vitality of the Mighty Mississippi in the Twin Cities. Join us to learn the full story at the national premier of Rebirth: A National Park and the Revitalization of the Mississippi River. Produced for FMR by award-winning local filmmaker John Kaul, this 30-minute documentary tells the story of how one man’s vision — combined with smart citizen advocacy, effective political leadership and a small, dedicated group of supporters — created the Mississippi River’s first and only national park. The evening begins with an informal reception at 6 pm (optional) featuring a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres and giving everyone time to claim their seat. Organizers expect a full house, so be sure to claim your ticket in advance. The formal program begins at 7 pm. It will feature a brief introduction before the film’s premiere followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A. FMR board member Deanna Wiener will moderate the panel, comprised of Sen. Durenberger; Dr. John Anfinson, MNRAA superintendent; Tom Reiter, the film’s researcher and photographer; Kaul; and Whitney Clark, FMR executive director. Admission is free, but advance registration is required; visit: http://fmr.org/events/2016/04/07/fmr-guthrie-film-premiere#film_signup.

Four Humors presents:

Cheer Up Gary

April 8 – 22

Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South

Thanks for purchasing the UltimateCheerUp® package from Four Humors, LLC. When it comes to being professionally cheered up, we know you have lots of options, so thanks for choosing us to do it right. With more than 10 years of professional cheer-up experience, we guarantee 100% satisfaction! Admission: $24, student (with ID): $18, ARTShare members free and Tuesday – Pay What You Can. For information and tickets:  https://southern.ticketworks.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=40.

Harvey

by Mary Chase

directed by Libby Appel

April 9 — May 15

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust Stage

Elwood P. Dowd is charming, lovable and kind with just one catch: his best friend is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood’s sister Veta hosts a social gathering to launch her daughter into society, Elwood’s idiosyncrasies threaten to upset the family’s reputation. Veta tries to have him committed to the sanatorium, but a whirlwind of confusion and chaos ensues as the town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Harveyis a delightful comedy for the whole family. For information and tickets: http://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/harvey.

The Soap Factory Presents:

The 2016 Haunted Basement Assclown Gala

Saturday, April 9, 7 pm – 12 midnight

Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Avenue South

The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement kicks off its milestone tenth anniversary (HBX) with an excruciatingly special fundraising event that could only be named THE ASSCLOWN GALA. More of an “un-gala” than your typical black-tie affair, this will be a fundraising event as only the collective artists of The Haunted Basement can deliver. The Assclown Gala will feature the unveiling of their Indiegogo campaign, which for the first time in Haunted Basement history will offer exclusive incentives such as HBX merchandise and many opportunities for a number of very personal, very immersive experiences for this year’s HBX patrons. The Assclown Gala will also provide an exclusive first peek at The Haunted Basement Tarot Deck, the product of a unique collaboration of Haunted Basement artists who have participated throughout the project’s ten year history, curated by current Haunted Basement Director Christopher Barton. This very special item will become available for pre-order at the Assclown Gala event. Also, for the first time ever, gala attendees will be able to purchase tickets for the Haunted Basement – an event that sells out every year – months before the usual on-sale date of August 1, 2016. The event will also include fortune tellers, a raffle with a chance to win special Haunted Basement artworks and experiences, music and mingling, assclown makeovers by the Haunted Basement makeup team, terrifying treats and rueful refreshments and a soul-crunchingly unique Violent Auction station, courtesy of The Break Room: https://www.facebook.com/breakroommn. All proceeds from the Assclown Gala go to fund The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement and the artists who make it happen. This annual project provides vital support for The Soap Factory in fulfilling its larger mission as a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation. By fundraising for this anniversary year, we are not only able to realize the best celebration of our ten year history, but we can extend even more proceeds to support artists working in this unique and immeasurably important space during the rest of the year. Tickets $15, on sale now at http://www.tempotickets.com/assclowngala. (Included in the RiverCurrent despite non-riverfront location because it benefits the Soap Factory.)

*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Paint Nite at the Depot

Most Sundays, 3 pm

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Enjoy Paint Nite at the The Depot on Sundays! Come early or stay late to enjoy great food and cocktails at Stone Arch Bar located within the hotel. Experience the enjoyment of traveling to downtown Minneapolis to one of the cities’ most distinctive landmarks; a historic train depot complete with all the modern touches you will experience from full service Renaissance hotels in Minneapolis. Built as a railroad station over 100 years ago, the Depot is now a beautifully restored, upscale hotel in Minneapolis. For schedule and reservations: https://www.paintnite.com/pages/venueevents/view/minneapolis/108456.

Guthrie Theater Architectural Tours

First Saturday of each month, 9 am, plus by appointment for groups of five or more

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Influenced by the Mississippi River’s proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for “theaters in the sky” made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Architecture tours are scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and last approximately 75 minutes in length. $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://secure.guthrietheater.org/tickets/calendar/?q=whats_happening/calendar. Private architecture tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more; advance reservations are required by calling 612-225-6390.

Star Tribune Heritage Printing Plant Tour

Daily, 9 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (latest time is best chance to see presses in action)

Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 First Street North

If you like BIG, this is the place to see. The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds, and the building is the size of nine football fields. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, is free to the public and is by appointment only. Tour visitors must be 10 years of age or older with adult supervision. Exceptions may be made for children under 10 as long as each child is chaperoned by an adult. Tour groups of us to 20 people may be accommodated; groups of fewer than 10 people may be combined with another group. For more information, including how to schedule a tour:http://www.startribunecompany.com/153.

Birthday Parties at the Depot Rink

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Birthday party packages include: skate admission, skate rental, balloons, soda and choice of a hot dog with chips or a slice of pizza, vanilla ice cream cup and cake. Cost is $19.95 per person. Minimum of 8 people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at hjjohnson@thedepotminneapolis.com. For additional info, visit http://www.thedepotrink.com.

Musical Performances on the U of M West Bank

The School of Music, located in Ferguson Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank, offers a range of musical performances throughout the year, many of which are free. For more information, go to https://music.umn.edu/events.

Wine Night at Aster Café

First Thursday of each month, 6 – 7 pm

Aster Café, 125 Main Street SE

Join Bill Coy, wine writer for Mpls St Paul magazine. $15. Reservations are recommended due to limited seating; call612-338-0062. Must be at least 21.

Live Jazz

Wednesdays, 9 pm – 12 midnight

The Tangiers, 116 First Avenue NE

Located in the trendy and historic North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis sits The Tangiers, housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings from 1884, The Hennepin Steam Building. Eat – drink – lounge – and now enjoy live jazz on Wednesdays along with DJed music other evenings. For information: http://www.thetangiersmpls.com.

*****Informational Resources*****

River Trip Planner

Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! www.rivertripplanner.org will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to: www.nps.gov/planyourvisit

St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site

The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visithttp://www.stanthonyfalls.org.

Above the Falls Destinations Map

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage: http://www.minnehahamedia.com/gw/missriver_mpls_upper/index.html.

Mississippi River Field Guide

Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information:http://fieldguide.fmr.org

Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps

The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit http://www.mnmississippiriver.com.

Minneapolis Bicycling Map

The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out athttp://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.

*****Informational Updates about New Resources*****

Minneapolis Park Dedication Mapping Tool Now Available

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) announces the successful launch of a new mapping tool that tracks park dedication fee collections, allocations and expenditures. The park dedication map will be updated monthly. Blue dots represent fees collected, red dots indicate fees have been allocated toward a park project and green dots show where fees have been spent on completed projects. Click within any of Minneapolis’ 81 neighborhoods for an overview of total fees collected, allocated and spent in a specific neighborhood. The park dedication fee is assessed on all new developments in Minneapolis to help pay for park expansion or enhancement, akin to other development fees that support increased strain on infrastructure like sewer, water and roads. Park dedication fees are used by cities across Minnesota and the United States to enhance park systems for new residents or employees moving into the city. To access the mapping tool: http://cityoflakes.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=e77ccde5c8f2464fbbcc541453e77272. For more information: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/news/2016/02/18/1471/park_dedication_mapping_tool_now_available.

Related Press:

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-fee-brings-in-more-than-1-7-million-for-parks/369371181/

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/park-board-launches-park-dedication-tool

Update from Mill City Farmer’s Market

2015 marked our tenth season! To celebrate, Mother Nature delivered a near-perfect growing season and a summer full of sunny Saturdays! We provided economic opportunities for over 100 local farmers and artisans year-round and helped create a thriving marketplace, which benefits the local economy and nurtures the community around us. In 2015, in addition to our Mill City Cooks and Meet Your Vegetables cooking demonstration programs, we added the Power of Produce program, which empowered kids to make healthy choices at the market. Our EBT / SNAP Program attracted new customers to the market, and we donated over 5,000 lbs. of produce through our Greens for Good program, thus expanding healthy food access to our community. To learn more about all of our educational programming, check out our10th Season in Numbers and our Website. In 2016, we will continue to educate our community on the value of healthy, local and organic food, promote healthy food access for all and support a sustainable, local food economy. Click here to see all of our 2016 goals. Thank YOU for all YOU do to support our local food economy! If you’d like to become more involved, outdoor season day staff positions and internships are available; check out our internships and job postings on our Website. The Market also is seeking volunteers to help plan their annual benefit dinner in September. The benefit committee meets monthly April – August, and there are lots of ways to get involved. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Martha Archer at martha@millcityfarmersmarket.org. You also can become a Market member, with benefits including a Market Member key fob, two $5 tokens to spend with one of MCFM’s incredible vendors, a $25 Market donation and weekly member specials. See the web site for more information: http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/. 

Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool

Minnesota has a vast amount of infrastructure that is aging. This infrastructure protects public health and provides vital services to residents throughout the State. Maintaining, rehabilitating and replacing this infrastructure over the next few decades with limited resources will be challenging and expensive. Many of our communities do not have a large enough population base to spread the costs across. In order to understand the current state of our civil infrastructure, it’s important to understand its age, value and condition statewide. Seeing the lack of comprehensive information on the state of our civil infrastructure and what the needs might be, the State Auditor worked to make these maps a reality with the invaluable help and assistance of many important partners. These maps, for the first time, visualize existing city infrastructure data from various sources in state government, community by community statewide. For more information on the data: http://www.auditor.state.mn.us/default.aspx?page=20160211.001. To access the maps:http://www.auditor.state.mn.us/maps/

Related press:

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/02/17/minnesota-rolls-out-new-way-to-infrastructure-age-safety/

http://www.twincities.com/2016/02/17/how-stressed-is-your-citys-infrastructure-new-tool-shows-you/

*****Riverfront News Articles*****

Expanded Tailgating Proposal

http://www.vikings.com/news/new-stadium/article-1/Vikings-Minneapolis-Neighborhoods-Agree-on-Expanded-Tailgating-Proposal/c4138bf3-f0e1-4e43-9764-72684986a446

Otter Saloon: Best Karaoke in Minnesota

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/02/17/wcco-viewers-choice-for-best-karaoke-in-minnesota/

Guthrie Liner Parcel Land Sale Approved

http://www.startribune.com/real-estate-notebook-land-sale-approved-for-new-hyatt-in-downtown-minneapolis/369351591/

Potential New Names for Area Around Stadium

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/real_estate/2016/02/padillacrt-lists-options-to-rebrand-neighborhood.html

Influence of Chef Shack

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/3362023-derusha-eats-the-influence-of-chef-shack/

Fourth Street South

https://www.minnpost.com/stroll/2016/02/fourth-street-century-old-book-positively-poetic-about-whats-now-unremarkable-slice-d?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=d84811d0e4-2_19_2016_Daily_Newsletter2_19_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-d84811d0e4-123345102

The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound at Guthrie

http://www.startribune.com/playwrights-with-help-from-jeffrey-hatcher-take-aim-at-critics-in-a-guthrie-double-bill/369352091/

Graco Easement Condemnation

http://www.startribune.com/land-commissioners-for-graco-condemnation-award-tour-site-plant/369686591/

Mill City Opera Will Perform Sweeney Todd This Summer (second item in this piece)

https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2016/02/5-twin-cities-jazz-festival-headliners-mill-city-do-sweeney-todd?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=0f84bde64a-2_23_2016_Daily_Newsletter2_23_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-0f84bde64a-123345102

New Restaurant Coming to East Hennepin

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2016/02/23/mediterranean-streetfood-concept-expanding-to.html

You for Me for You at Guthrie

http://www.startribune.com/review-mu-s-you-for-me-for-you-is-offers-north-korea-through-the-looking-glass/369824741/