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Note to Venues and Event PlannersI’m very happy to publicize your riverfront events and activities, but do need your help to gather theevent information and then keep it as thorough and correct as possible. This is a volunteer effort,so I have limited time to play sleuth to find events or to check back to make sure that details haven’tchanged. As a result, I largely rely on information that folks send me. Please send your listings andany updates or corrections to email@example.com, so that the information in theRiverCurrent is the best it can be.My “editorial policy” is to include events and activities that happen along the river in Minneapolis(i.e., within the first couple of blocks back from the river’s edge) and informational events thathappen elsewhere that have topics related to the river (e.g., water quality, historic preservation,tourism). I also occasionally will include information about riverfront commercial ventures (e.g.,stores, restaurants) if they have something unique going on or are new to the riverfront. I want toremind readers of the wonderful variety of businesses we have along the riverfront, but can’tinclude listings about every sale or promotion.In order to keep the RiverCurrent from becoming too long, I only list events once. Most eventsare listed about 10 – 17 days in advance of the event date (unless I don’t find out about them untillater). Those that might fill up or require tickets I typically list earlier (usually about six weeksahead). If there’s a specific “issue” in which you’d like me to include the listing, please let me know.Ongoing activities are listed once a month.The RiverCurrent is generally distributed on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, so I need anysubmissions by Wednesday mid-day for inclusion that week. Feel free to send informationearlier if it’s available, as I’ll put it in queue for inclusion at the appropriate time. And, since this is avolunteer effort, I may occasionally need to revise the distribution schedule and can’t promise thatlistings sent in just before the deadline will always make it in. The RiverCurrent is important to me,but I do occasionally have a life that intrudes!It’s easiest for me if you just send plain text, as it often takes quite a while to pull information out ofa nicely formatted flyer format (especially if it’s a .pdf). The closer the submission is to the format Iuse in the RiverCurrent, the more grateful I will be! To keep the newsletter size reasonable andavoid spreading viruses, I don’t include photos or attachments, so I’d prefer if you didn’t sendthose. Thanks!Note to ReadersAs noted above, I try to keep the information in the Current as thorough and correct as possible,but can’t guarantee that event details won’t have changed since I got the information. Therefore, itnever hurts to check web sites or other resources to make sure that nothing has changed beforeyou head out…*****Events and Activities*****Free Yoga in the ParkSundays, 10 amFather Hennepin Bluffs ParkFree Yoga in The Park is offered by CorePower Yoga every Sunday. A different teacher every
week teaches an all-levels Power Yoga style class to anyone who shows up. No reservations areneeded. Classes are currently scheduled through August, but they will continue through Septemberif the weather holds up. Visit www.corepoweryoga.com and visit the Downtown Washington AveMinneapolis schedule and page for more information and for the bio of the teacher each week.Mill City Museum to Re-OpenThe Mill City Museum will re-open on Thursday, July 21, and the Mill City Live concert scheduled forthat evening (Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover) also will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Mill City Farmers Market – Pesto FestSaturday, July 23, 8 am – 1 pmChicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River ParkwayThis week’s 10 a.m. Cooking Demo will feature Chef Nick Schneider demystifying pesto (it’s notfor basil alone!) in a simple, summery soup with ingredients from market sponsor, Nash BrothersTrading Company. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., kids can come get their hands dirty and makesome pesto. Janice Cole turned her passion for cooking and good food into a career as a foodprofessional. She’ll be signing her book, “chicken and egg: a memoir of suburban homesteadingwith 125 recipes” all day. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., enjoy the music of Gypsy Mania Quartet,offering an exceptional stylistic dimension with prodigious improvisation – a market favorite and agroup not to be missed! The Art Market will feature The Ink Orchard, Plantworn, Aprilerre and TomJaszczak & Heather Wang. For more information (including what products are expected at themarket this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s emailnewsletter: http://www.millcityfarmersmarket.org.Mill City River District 10K Running TourSunday, July 24 and July 31, 9:30 amStarting at Nicollet Mall and Seventh StreetJoin City Running Tours for a six-mile guided running tour in the old flour milling district ofMinneapolis. Learn what put the City on the map, experience the great parks system, and catch aglimpse of top attractions like Target Field and the Guthrie Theatre. The tour includes a visit insidethe Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. $45 per person. For information and to register:http://www.cityrunningtours.com/minneapolis.html.Mill City River District 5K RunTuesdays, 6:30 amStarting at Nicollet Mall and Seventh StreetCatch breathtaking views of the skyline while crossing the Stone Arch Bridge – the heart ofMinneapolis’ flour milling history! Along the way other Mill City facts will be shared and photoopportunities are abundant. $25 per person. For information and to register:http://www.cityrunningtours.com/minneapolis.html."Key Lessons from Waterfront Cities" and "Your Turn: Redevelopment Choices"Tuesday, July 26, 5 – 7 pm (note corrected time)2117 West River Road, Board Room, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquartersPeter Hendee Brown – architect, planner and adjunct professor of private sector development atthe University of Minnesota – will share key lessons learned from other waterfront cities. Brownbrings both his direct experience leading urban redevelopment and his insightful analysis of othermajor waterfront cities. He directly addresses critical tools for implementation, and realistictimeframes for measuring success. Following the presentation, participants will have the
opportunity to discuss key riverfront development questions: For new development in this area, what are biggest priorities? If high density development is necessary to achieve a high value development future, what is your attitude towards it? What is your comfort level with a longer timeline if more time makes your preferred development future possible? What are important first steps/first locations/first investments in the direction of your preferred future?This Upper River forum, hosted by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and the Above the FallsCitizen Advisory Committee, is the third in the 2011 series, Creating a Great River City Legacy.Questions? Please contact Cordelia Pierson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.minneapolisriverfrontpartnership.org and the news and events page.http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2011/07/17/neighborhood-notes-development-mississippiRange of Motion Wellness Outdoor Fitness ClassesWednesdays, July 27 through September 28, 6:30 am; meet at river plaza across from Coloplast,1601 West River RoadThursdays, July 28 through September 29, 5 pm; meet at base of Mill Ruins Park parking lot (pastlock and dam)Embracing the American College of Sports Medicine’s “Fitness is Medicine” campaign, there’s anew fitness offering in Minneapolis that promises to strengthen, not weaken, your fitness resolve.These classes, offered by Range of Motion (ROM) Wellness are offered at three accessiblelocations (two along the riverfront). ROM Wellness founder and American College of SportsMedicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer, Jeremy Morris, will host the hour-long workouts.Sessions are only $5 each and will take you on a short warm-up, body-weight strengtheningexercises and a stretching cool down. E-mail reservations are strongly encouraged but anyone iswelcomed to attend. The workouts Range of Motion Wellness have planned will be held ininteresting outdoor settings and will allow people who feel a little out-of shape to make the gradualtransition to regular exercise, while giving regular exercisers an exciting break from the gym.Morris cautions truly inactive individuals or people with chronic pain or medical issues to seekclearance from their doctor before participating in a new fitness routine. Founded in 2011, Rangeof Motion Wellness offers certified and insured in-home and on-location personal training, worksitehealth promotions and additional fitness and lifestyle services throughout the Twin Cities. JeremyMorris, an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, has been leading group cycle and TRX SuspensionTrainer® classes for more than three years. For information: www.rom-wellness.com.Going Live!July 27 – 31Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Dowling StudioA Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training will present Going Live! in the Dowling Studio. Thistheater piece, devised by director Marcela Lorca and the 2011 Guthrie Experience participants,offers a satirical look at what’s current in our lives: an exploration of how media and technologyinfiltrate our humanity, turning truth on its heels and causing absurd chaos in our world. Now in its15th year, A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training helps actors build a bridge between trainingand the profession, challenging their talents through various training workshops, discussions andindividual working sessions, while introducing them to the Guthrie and the Twin Cities community.The hope is that after the actors return to their final year of training at their respective institutions,they will enter their professional careers, retaining a relationship with the Guthrie and seeking to
y p g p gspend a portion of their career in the Twin Cities. To date, more than 170 actors have participatedin A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training. Single tickets are $10 and are now on sale throughthe Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224, toll-free 877-44-STAGE, 612-225-6244 (Group Sales)and online at www.guthrietheater.org.Bootstrappers BreakfastThursday, July 28, 7:30–9 amWilde Roast, 65 SE Main StreetEarly stage technology startups compare notes on operational, development and business issueswith peers who "eat problems for breakfast." Moderated by start-up lawyer Kevin Spreng. $10 perperson. For information: http://www.meetup.com/Bootstrappers-Breakfast-Minneapolis/.Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Coffee Concert -- Music in MotionThursday, July 28, 10:30 amNicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power StreetAs much as music moves us, it also makes us want to move. The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra willpresent an evening of music to move by: dances by Dvorak, Brahms, Lecuona and Josef Strauss(the Waltz King’s kid brother), plus concertmaster Michal Sobieski’s flying fiddle and AccorDanceswith Minnesota’s premiere accordionist Mark Stillman. We dare you to keep still! Free. Forinformation: http://www.mplspops.org/.Northeast Dog ParadeFriday, July 29, 6 pmArd Godfrey House opens and picnic starts at 5 pmStarting at historic Chute Park (University and Central)Dogs and owners cruise the neighborhood! There will be refreshments, dog tricks and prizes at thefinish line, as well as a sidewalk sale during the parade and throughout the weekend. Starting at5:00 p.m., you can picnic in the park, visit the historic Ard Godfrey House located in Chute Squareand enjoy the creative outfits of the owners and dogs. At 6:00 p.m., the owners and their dogs willassemble in Chute Park, and at 6:15 p.m. the parade will begin, escorted by Officer Elliot Wong ofthe Minneapolis Police Department as it makes its way through the business district. From 6:30 to8:00 p.m., enjoy Dogtail Hours and Flea Market. After the parade, socialize and shop with poochesof all shapes and sizes. Dog-friendly venders will be selling their wares with new vendors beingadded daily. Visit http://www.NortheastMinneapolis.com for an up to date list of participants. Makesure to come early and stay late for numerous canine-related activities. Owners are encouraged toget creative with not only their dog’s attire but also their own! The parade starts at historic ChutePark and ends at the Key North Parking lot on First Ave NE. The historic Ard Godfrey House willbe open from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to welcome the public attending the parade (sorry, no dogsinside!). Members of the Woman’s Club in 1850s costumes will give free guided tours of thehouse. Water dishes will be provided for the dogs outside the house. Some of the dogs also will bein costume as there is a prize for the best doggie outfit. For information: http://www.northeastminneapolis.com/events/dog-parade/.I-35W Bridge Remembrance Garden DedicationMonday, August 1, 5 pmWest River Parkway across from Gold Medal ParkOn Monday, August 1, the fourth anniversary of the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse, aRemembrance Garden to the victims and survivors of that disaster will be officially dedicated. The
ygeneral public is invited to join family members, survivors, first responders, elected officials andothers at the ceremony that begins at 5 p.m. The outdoor memorial garden’s focal point is the 13pillars, each inscribed with the name of a person who died when the bridge collapsed in 2007. Inaddition to the I-beams, which will be illuminated at night, the memorial will feature a stone wall withthe names of those who survived the bridge collapse, along with an inspirational quote anddedication. The memorial also features a path leading from the water wall to the bluff edge, wherean observation deck allows views of the river and the new bridge through the trees.Nicollet Island ConcertsAll concerts at 7 pm unless notedNicollet Island AmphitheaterFree. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.Monday, August 1 – Neale and Haberman (American roots rock)Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520, http://www.mnbookarts.orgHours: Monday 10 am -- 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am -- 9 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am -- 5 pm,Sunday 12 noon – 4 pmClass details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available athttp://www.mnbookarts.org/classes/classes.html. You may also register for a class by calling 612-215-2520.Lets Go Fishing!with Ellen FerrariTuesday, August 2, 10 am – 12 noonGet hooked on Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish. Then use color paper and tissue paper, colorpaint and glitter, brushes and lots of rubbery fish to print a GIANT rainbow fish, sunfish, catfish orperch. "Catch" a bucket of fish prints to take home and share some "fishy" snacks when you’redone. For families with children age 2 and up. $30 ($27 members) per adult/child pair; $15 ($14)each additional participant. Register for this workshop...Altered Bookswith Jennifer HibbardFour Wednesdays: August 3, 10, 17, 24; 6 – 9 pmThe term "altered book" covers a vast range of techniques, from books that have becomesculptures to books that can be read, but with a significantly changed meaning and appearance.We will survey the field with a quick overview of altered books by contemporary artists. Then we willtry altering books ourselves with a sampling of techniques: subtracting, obscuring and addingmaterials to the book. On the second and third days you will focus on your chosen book project.Through one-on-one and group discussions youll develop and initiate a plan tailored to your vision.Note: Bring 2-3 books to experiment on and 2-3 books youd like to alter. Hardcover books havethe most possibilities. Also bring small found objects, decorative papers, pictures, playing cards,anything that youd like to have at hand. All skill levels welcome. $175 ($155 members) + $15supply fee. Register for this workshopIntroduction to Design: Notan -- a Japanese Approach to Composition and Designwith Sheila AsatoSaturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 10 am – 4 pmIn this workshop, you will learn how to transform a flat two-dimensional surface into a dynamicvisual composition through the use of Notan, Japanese for light-dark design. Notan focuses on theinteraction between positive and negative spaces, which is exemplified in such ancient images as
interaction between positive and negative spaces, which is exemplified in such ancient images asthe Yin-Yang symbol. Through a progressive series of fun, paper based exercises, you will learnhow to design more effectively in a way that will have a positive impact on your work in the bookarts, printmaking and beyond. Great for beginners. $175 ($155 members) + $15 supply fee.Register for this workshopMarbling Sampler Part I: Paperwith Mary HollandSaturday, August 6, 10 am – 4 pmGreat for beginnersInvented by Turkish artisans in the 1500s, marbling has been adapted to incorporate traditionaldesigns while using contemporary materials. This workshop introduces students to the processand materials needed to marble paper that can be used in a variety of projects. Students will learnto select and mix materials and paint while learning several patterns, and will become familiar withthe full range of marbling tools. Great for beginners. $105 ($95 members) + $35 supply fee.Register for both Marbling Sampler Part I: Paper and Part II: Cloth for an additional discount: Bothworkshops only $190 ($170 members) plus $85 total supply fee. Register for this workshopPrint Your Own Summer Memories PosterSaturday, August 6, 1 – 3 pmCelebrate the wonderful memories you made this summer by turning them into colorful posters tohang up or give as gifts! First, create your own pressure print design on the Vandercook printingpress. Then, crank the sign press to print a special message on top using old-style wood type.Participants can print and take home at least three copies of their poster! For families with childrenages 6 and up. $30 ($27 members) per adult/child pair; $15 ($14) each additional participant.Register for this workshop...Marbling Sampler Part II: Clothwith Mary HollandSunday, August 7, 10 am – 4 pmIf you’re ready to try something new as a marbler, this class is the perfect opportunity! Learn aboutthe challenges, tricks and delights of marbling on fabric. You’ll work with a variety of fabrics, whichmay include cotton, satin, silk, organza and/or polyester. Students also will receive informationahead of class time on how to prepare their own fabrics for marbling, if they want to bringadditional swatches. The full range of marbling patterns and tools will also be covered. Great forbeginners. $105 ($95 members) + $50 supply fee. Register for both Marbling Sampler Part I:Paper and Part II: Cloth for an additional discount: Both workshops only $190 ($170 members)plus $85 total supply fees. Register for this workshopNew Perspectives from China -- China Insights: Unsettling ConsequencesAugust 2 – 25 (gallery hours are 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday)Lecture: Thursday, August 11, 4 pmOpening Reception: Thursday, August 11, 5 -- 7:30 pmKatherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue SouthChina Insights: Unsettling Consequences brings together the work of seven photographers frommainland China: Chen Yuan Zhong, Hua Er, Jia Yu Chuan, Li Nan, Yang Yan Kang, Yu Haibo, andZhang Xinmin. Each has undertaken the creation of a long-term documentation of one or moreaspects of Chinese culture that reflects something vital about China now--whether that issomething emerging or something vanishing. Collectively, these photographers have numerouspublications, exhibitions and awards to their credit, but until now little of their work has appearedoutside mainland China. In association with the exhibit, A.D. Coleman will give a public lecture oncontemporary Chinese photography on Thursday, August 11. The exhibition includes 150
p y p g p y y, gphotographs and is equally divided among the seven participating photographers. All events at theRegis Center for Art are free and open to the public. For information about the gallery:http://nash.umn.edu/. Parking is available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp; hourly or event ratesapply. Curated by Gu Zheng and A. D. Coleman and co-sponsored by the Katherine E. NashGallery, the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, the Institute for Advanced Study, theInstitute for Global Studies, the Confucius Institute and individual donors. Organized by theFoundation for the Exhibition of Photography.National Night OutTuesday, August 2Neighborhoods all along the river (and elsewhere in the city) will be gathering on National Night Outto celebrate and get to know their neighbors better. To see what’s happening in yourneighborhood, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno/events-list.asp.Mill City Museum Programs and Events704 Second Street SouthFor more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visithttp://www.millcitymuseum.orgMinneapolis History Pub Crawls: Washington AvenueTuesday, August 2, 7 – 9 pm (trolley departs at 7 pm)Discover the richness of Minneapolis history and satisfy your thirst with some fine beverages alonga single road: Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy street to see the importance of railroads,warehousing, flour milling, immigration, entertainment and vice to the story of the Mill City. A trolleywill take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington Avenue from 35W to PlymouthAvenue North, with stops at significant historic places and two watering holes in historic buildings.Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price, but drink specials will bemade available at participating locations. Fee: $25/$20 for MHS members. Reservationsrecommended; call 612-341-7555, www.millcitymuseum.org/toursMill City Live: Outdoor Music Series – The Hypstrz and Mighty MofosThursday, August 4, 6 – 8 pmThe Hypstrz and Mighty Mofos have been tearing up Twin Cities live stages since the 1970s.Formed by brothers Billy Batson (vocals) and Ernie Batson (guitar), the Hypstrz played gritty,garage rock influenced by the MC5, The Kinks and the Small Faces. They released a number ofsingles and the LP Hypstrization (1980) on the Twin Tone Label. The band’s transition fromHyspstrz to Mofos happened in 1984, culminating in the release of Sho Hard, a rampaging chunkof fun that was a delightful romp through speedy pop and the blurt of garage rock. The Twin Cities’most explosive outdoor concert series is back for an eighth season with a slate of bands curatedby music writer Jim Walsh. Featuring legendary performers from the heyday of the Minneapolissound, these concerts will riff on American music in a gorgeous riverfront setting every Thursdayfrom July 7 through August 18. Admission includes the concert and entrance to the museum from 4to 9 p.m. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering available for purchase. Fee: $5 per person;includes admission to Mill City Museum. Free for MHS members.Minneapolis Riverfront Walking TourSaturday, August 6, 1 pmWalk the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Participants willvisit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, which was once the milling center of the world and isnow a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. A guide from Mill City Museumwill lead visitors onto the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of the falls the historic buildings
will lead visitors onto the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of the falls, the historic buildingssurrounding it and downtown Minneapolis and tell stories of the people who have worked and livedin the area and how it has changed over the years. The tour begins and ends at Mill City Museumwhere participants can visit the museum gallery (included in the price of the tour) and enjoyrefreshments at the Mill City Museum Café. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students,$10 children 6-17 and MHS members. Includes museum admission. Reservations required; call612-341-7555.Engineering the Falls: Walking Tour by History Player William de la BarreSunday, August 7, 1 pmTake a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, theAustrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower.Participants will visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west side milling district and the Stone ArchBridge, and hear about the many ways the falls has changed over the years. The tour will begin andend at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museums gallery (included in the price ofthe tour). Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHSmembers. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555.Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Concerts and MoviesAll concerts at 7 pm unless noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunsetFather Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SEFree. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.Tuesday, August 2 – Indigenous Music and Seven Movies (celebrating Native American Culture)Minnehaha Park Outdoor Concerts and MoviesMinnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park DriveAll shows at 7 p.m. except as noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunsetMinnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park DriveIn case of rain, concerts will be held in the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion. Free. Concert schedule issubject to change. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/Wednesday, August 3 – Minnesota Association of Songwriters (songwriter showcase)Thursday, August 4 – Nigel Egg in 3D (original roots music and more)Friday, August 5 – Bob Frey (regular in Cities’ folk scene)Saturday, August 6 – SecretariatSample of Activities and Classes at The Loft1011 Washington Avenue SouthFor information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities: http://www.loft.org.2011 APIA Spoken Word and Poetry SummitAugust 4 -- 7Registration is open for the 2011 APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit, “Moving It Forward,Bringing It Back,” taking place around the Twin Cities. The Summit is a space intended specificallyfor artists and activists who self-identify as Asian American, Asian and/or Pacific Islander. Thesedefinitions are inclusive of West Asian (Middle Eastern), South Asian, LGBTT and multiracialpeoples. All the registration information is on the Loft’s website: https://www.loft.org/summit-registration. The Summit will include a public showcase of talent Saturday, August 6, 7 p.m. atMacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis featuring Lawson Fusao Inada, Brenda Wong Aoki andmany more.
Movies in the Park -- True GritThursday, August 4, 15 minutes after sunsetMarshall Terrace ParkFringe FestivalAugust 4 – 14Various venues, including Lab Theater (700 North First Street), Mill City Museum (704 SecondStreet South, if it’s re-opened by then) and Rarig, 330 21st Avenue SouthMinnesota’s festival of performing arts returns for its annual run, showcasing 168 productions in 18venues. For a full schedule and tickets: http://www.fringefestival.org/2011/St. Anthony Main Outdoor Concert SeriesFridays and Saturdays, 7 – 10 pm; Sundays, 5 – 8 pmOutdoor stage at St. Anthony Main, between Tuggs Tavern and VIC’S, 219 SE Main StreetConcerts are free and open to all ages. For full schedule visit http://stanthonymain.com/?page=free_music_series.Friday, August 5 -- TBASaturday, August 6 -- Swag Visit My SiteSunday, August 7 -- Mary Jane Alm Visit My SiteKroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)North Mississippi Regional ParkFor information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: www.ThreeRiversParkDistrict.org.Women’s Rafting AdventureSaturday, August 6, 9 am – 4 pmFrom Coon Rapids Regional Park to North MississippiLearn and laugh together with other women as you experience the Mississippi River in a 10-person inflatable river raft. Explore backwaters and the river shoreline, and stop on beautifulislands. Depart from Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, lunch along the river and end at NorthMississippi Regional Park. Shuttle, beverages and snacks provided. Bring a camera, water bottle,lunch and a spirit of adventure. Wear shoes that can get wet. Cost is $45, and reservations arerequired by August 1; reference activity #315417-02. This program is designed for women ages:18+. http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/R/rafting-on-the-river--women-s-adventure.aspxFree Family Fundays: Nature TexturesSunday, August 7, drop in any time between 1 and 3 pmFeel bones and fur, bark and leaves. Stick your hand in a bag and guess what’s inside. Exploreplant textures in the prairie. Free; for all ages.*****Input, Participation and Stewardship Opportunities*****Section 106 Consultation Meeting to Receive Input on the Design of ProposedRenovations to the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory of the University of MinnesotaTuesday, August 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pmSaint Anthony Falls Laboratory Auditorium, 2 Third Avenue SEThe National Science Foundation (NSF) gives notice of a Section 106 consultation meeting,
pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act, to receive input on the design of proposedrenovations to the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) of the University of Minnesota. Inresponse to a proposal from the University of Minnesota (UMN) highlighting the need forrenovations to SAFL to permit it to continue to support forefront research, NSF has awarded fundsto UMN to develop a design for the renovations and, if the design is satisfactory, to cover the costof some of the renovation work. A preliminary design has been developed that, in addition tointerior renovations, also includes enhancement of the Outdoor Stream Laboratory that forms partof SAFL and the installation of an elevator shaft. NSF invites interested members of the public toprovide comment on the preliminary design and input to inform the final stages of the designprocess. To provide an opportunity for public engagement with interested parties, NSF iscoordinating a Section 106 consultation meeting with the following meeting objectives:1. Review the preliminary (schematic) design for the proposed renovation2. Describe the scientific objectives of the proposed renovation3. Receive comments from interested parties regarding whether there are adverse effects on anyhistoric properties within the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District and, if so, ways to avoid,minimize or mitigate those effects. A second opportunity for public engagement is to providecomments through a web-site: www.saflr3.umn.edu. Those interested may view there a copy of thepreliminary design, as well as learn more about the mission of SAFL and the planning of therenovation. Comments on the preliminary design may be emailed to email@example.com. To beconsidered in the design process, comments must be received before August 15, 2011.*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****Mighty Mississippi Discovery BackpacksCheck out a free, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at three Metro river parks. Thebackpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River includingactivity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more!Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups cancheck out the special “Group Pack” which includes additional activities and supplies to help groupsof 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. Check-out a MightyMississippi Discovery Backpack at the North Mississippi Regional Park (763-694-7693),Mississippi River Visitor Center of the National Park Service (651-293-0200) at the ScienceMuseum of Minnesota and Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724). Call any check-out site formore information. The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from theMcKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund. The packs are developed by the MississippiNational River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service and offered in cooperation withpartner sites. Visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn more about the Mississippi National River andRecreation Area.Minneapolis Queen and Paradise Lady Public Cruises – Season Begins Mother’s DayWeekendDeparting from Boom Island Park, 700 Sibley Street NEwww.TwinCitiesCruises.com, 952-474-8058Sunday Brunch and Lock CruiseSundays, 11 am – 1 pmExperience a "lock through" of the Upper St. Anthony Lock aboard the Paradise Lady, marvel atthe view of the upper Falls, while taking in the beauty of the Minneapolis skyline and the historicbeauty of the majestic Mississippi River to the new 35W bridge Adults-$30 children ages 2 - 12
beauty of the majestic Mississippi River to the new 35W bridge. Adults-$30, children ages 2 - 12are $25.50. Advanced reservations required by 3 p.m. Friday prior to cruise.Sightseeing and Lock CruisesEvery Saturday and Sunday through October 16, 12 noon – 1:30 pm and 2 – 3:30 pmMay, September and October: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12 noon – 1:30 pmJune, July and August: Mondays through Wednesdays, 12 noon – 1:30 pm, Thursdays and Fridays,12 noon – 1:30 pm and 2 – 3:30 pmEnjoy the sights of historic downtown Minneapolis with a narrated tour complete with a trip throughthe deepest lock on the Mississippi River, at St. Anthony Falls, while viewing the new 35W bridge.Adults-$17.50, children ages 2 – 12 are $9.50. Advanced reservations recommended. Walk upsare NOT guaranteed.Happy Hour, Pizza and Lock CruiseWednesday and Thursday evenings, 6 – 8 pmTake a narrated cruise on the Mississippi River through downtown Minneapolis, locking throughthe Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock while enjoying the beautiful Minneapolis skyline, views of the new35W bridge, along with happy hour drink prices with a full cash bar available and complimentarypizza served. Adults-$25.50, children 2 – 12 are $9.50. Advanced reservations required by 3 p.m.day of cruise.Friday Evening Dinner and CruisesFridays, beginning in May, 6:30 – 9 pmExperience a "lock through" of the Upper St. Anthony Lock, marvel at the view of the upper Falls,while taking in the beauty of the Minneapolis skyline and the historic beauty of the majesticMississippi River to the new 35W bridge. Adults $45.50, children ages 2 - 12 are $30.50.Advanced reservations required by 3 p.m. day prior to cruise.Guthrie Theater Self-Guided Audio ToursGuthrie Theater, 818 Second Street SouthNarrated by Joe Dowling and several familiar Guthrie actors, this fascinating 40-minute audioexperience takes visitors on a tour of the theater’s public spaces. Learn more about the Guthrie’shistory and the unique architectural elements of the Jean Nouvel-designed building. Headsetrentals are available at the Box Office from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $5 per person. (Sunday rentals endat 6 p.m.)Guthrie Theater Virtual TourThe Guthrie Theater now offers an online virtual tour, offering a new way to explore the acclaimedMinneapolis cultural destination designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Openedin 2006 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the 285,000-square-foot theater center is open tothe public daily at 8 a.m., and has served as an anchor in the rebirth of Minneapolis’ historic MillDistrict, while attracting visitors from around the globe. Created by Minnesota-based CircaVista,the new interactive journey lets visitors explore five floors of public spaces, offering a great previewof the sweeping panoramic views enjoyed from the Guthrie’s signature Endless Bridge, as well asa look inside each of the three performance spaces. To take the virtual tour, visitwww.guthrietheater.org/virtualtour.Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam ToursThursdays through Mondays, 9:30 am – 6 pm (or as posted at the lock and dam)Upper St. Anthony Falls lock and dam, 1 Portland Avenue SouthThe Visitor Center at Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, operated by the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers, St. Paul District, offers tours of their facility. The tour information will consist of thehistory of Upper St Anthony Falls navigation on the Mississippi and the operation of the lock
history of Upper St. Anthony Falls, navigation on the Mississippi and the operation of the lockstructure. Tours will take place in the visitor center, and a visitor safety and security briefing will beprovided to each group before they enter the facility. A maximum of 30 people allowed for eachtour. Free.Music at Red Stag Supper ClubWednesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm; Sundays at 9 pmRed Stag Supper Club, 509 First Avenue NEThe Red Stag Supperclub offers live music three nights a week. For more information on theirvarious special food and libation offerings and a music schedule, visithttp://www.redstagsupperclub.com.*****Informational Resources*****Minneapolis Park Board E-subscription Service Now AvailableThe Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board launched a new e-mail subscription service toprovide residents and park users with timely email updates on Park Board activities and services.The service allows subscribers to choose the topics they are notified about, including Boardmeetings, news updates, parkway closures, planning projects, activities, programs and events,facilities and seasonal brochures. This e-subscription service will allow the Park Board to quicklyand efficiently distribute information to email subscribers interested in specific services, programsand facilities, while also improving public access to information, reducing staff time, cutting costsand increasing the Park Board’s “green” communication efforts.” To subscribe, select the redenvelope icon on the home page of http://www.minneapolisparks.org. By simply entering an emailaddress on the e-subscribe page, subscribers can add topics, change topic choices orunsubscribe.Mississippi National River and Recreation AreaThe stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – theMississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’sNational Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/missGreat River Road Explorers GuideMost of the Great River Road Explorers Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can bedownloaded in PDF format - just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and ResourcesAs rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscapingpractices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. Infact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find whatyou need, when you need it. This is where the new Friends of the Mississippi River “Landscape forthe river” webpage comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested localand practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Read more »Heritage News -- JulyHeritage News is a monthly e-newsletter published by the National Park Service to deliver timelyinformation on topics including grant opportunities, new laws or policies, events and activities of
interest to the national heritage community. Read the online version of Heritage News athttp://heritagenews.cr.nps.gov/index/Index.cfm*****Riverfront News Articles*****Aquatennialhttp://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/125531063.htmlSt. Anthony Falls Laboratory Renovationhttp://kstp.com/article/stories/S2197001.shtmlGrant to Improve Riverfront Bird habitathttp://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/125582848.htmlhttp://kstp.com/article/stories/s2198625.shtmlRainn Wilson at the Guthriehttp://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/125577623.htmlPossible Funding for Lowry Bridgehttp://www.startribune.com/local/west/125670638.htmlFamilies Living Downtown (Including Riverfront)http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/125692778.htmlSambusa Cookoff at Lab Theaterhttp://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/style/125604408.htmlPaddling on the Mississippihttp://www.twincities.com/ci_18478491?nclick_check=1City Running Tourshttp://tcbmag.blogs.com/daily_developments/2011/07/new-mpls-running-tours-target-tourists-biz-travelers.htmlSister Cities Event (note: this has already happened)http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2011/07/15/minneapolis-celebrates-sister-citiesNortheast Dog Parade (last item in this piece)http://www.downtownjournal.com/index.php?publication=downtown&story=17154&page=65&category=92The Public House in North Loop (last item in this piece)http://www.downtownjournal.com/index.php?publication=downtown&story=17152&page=65&category=92Minneapolis Pops on Nicollet Islandhttp://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2011/07/17/neighborhood-notes-minneapolis-pops-comes-
p yp g p p pnicollet-islandThird/Central Avenue Resurfacing Planned for 2012http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2011/07/18/central-avenue-resurfacing-planned18th Avenue NE Bikeway to River Completedhttp://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2011/07/18/18th-avenue-bikeway-finally-openNorth Mississippi Heron Chickshttp://kstp.com/article/stories/S2204239.shtmlhttp://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/18/heron-release-photos/http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/07/18/homes-destroyed-by-tornado-blue-herons-head-back-home/http://kstp.com/article/stories/S2199672.shtml?cat=1http://www.kare11.com/news/article/930648/396/Birds-rescued-Great-Blue-HeronsThe Bachelor Farmer (100 North First Street) Roof Top Garden (at end of this piece)http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2011/07/15/30026/greening_up_rooftop_farms_and_gardens_flourish_in_the_cities/