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  • 1. Minneapolis RiverCurrent 7-7-11 http://MillCityTimes.comMinneapolis RiverCurrent <mplsrivercurrent@gmail.com> Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 9:42 PMTo: Minneapolis RiverCurrent <mplsrivercurrent@gmail.com>Bcc: dave@millcitymedia.org *****Events and Activities***** Mill City Farmers Market Saturday, July 9, 8 am – 1 pm Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway This week’s 10 a.m. Cooking Demo will feature Girls at the Grill with Chef Heather Hartman and guest chef, Robin Asbell. Take a seat in the Market Cafe and learn about grilling veggies. Visit the animals on their urban adventure from Gale Woods Farm and Three River Park District. The Martha Stewart Tour is making a stop at Mill City Farmers Market! At the Community Booth, learn from the experts in reducing waste in your community. The first class of the Master Recyclers and Composters program will be on-site to answer your questions about waste management and reduction in the Twin Cities. Nick Schnieder will demonstrate how apartment dwellers can also compost in their homes… with worms!!! From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Minneapolis-based Potluck and the Hot Dishes will serve up acoustic folk, country and pop, seasoned with delicious harmonies and organic rhythms. Your favorite songs never tasted so good. The Art Market will feature Weavers Guild, Guillermo Cuellar, Chris Chookiatsirichai and Old World Cabinet. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter: http://www.millcityfarmersmarket.org. 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. KidsFest Saturday, July 16, 10 am -- 12 noon Designed with young kids (and their curiosities) in mind, KidsFest gives attendees the chance to get a feel for music! Try an instrument, make one to bring home, and sing and dance with MacPhails talented Early Childhood Music teachers. Guests also will enjoy a performance by the Dakota Combo! A must-do for ages 10 and under, but all will enjoy. Free. Sponsored by: RBC Wealth Management Lunch with MacPhail Friday, July 21, 12:30 – 2 pm Join MacPhail for lunch and an inside look at MacPhail, followed by Kids Rock Band Crawl. MacPhail Kids Rock is a camp for young rock musicians. Students are placed in bands and learn how to collaborate with fellow rockers. The Rock Band Crawl around MacPhail will visit several bands in rehearsal for their final performances. Free. RSVP to an event by calling 612- 767-5343 or send an email. http://MillCityTimes.com
  • 2. http://MillCityTimes.comNicollet Island ConcertsAll concerts at 7 pm unless notedNicollet Island AmphitheaterFree. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.Monday, July 18 – Calhoun Isles Community Band (concert style community band)Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Coffee Concert -- Movie MadnessTuesday, July 19, 10:30 amNicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power StreetThis concert will include not just music from films, but music suggested by films. Example? TheKing’s Speech puts us in mind of Crown Imperial, the royal march William Walton wrote forGeorge’s VI’s coronation. For Black Swan, it’s Swan Lake. For Winter’s Bone, it’s Fiddlers’Contest. The Right Stuff suggests Mars from The Planets. Does anyone remember “TheRabbit of Seville”? Free. For information: http://www.mplspops.org/.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, July 19 -- Justin McGuinn (honest, heart-felt singer-songwriter) and Stand by MeSamples 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 availableat http://www.mnbookarts.org/classes/classes.html. You may also register for a class by calling612-215-2520.Introduction to Design: Learning to See Design with the Digital Camerawith Sheila AsatoFour Wednesdays: July 20, 27, August 3, 10; 10 am – 12 noonGreat for beginnersCome see how much fun design can be! In this class you will learn how design fundamentalscan help improve your visual thinking and problem solving skills, as well as how to createdynamic compositions. Each week a core design concept such as balance, rhythm orasymmetry will be introduced. Then you will go out into the city and take photographs, applyingwhat you have just learned. At the end of each class, there will be time to share your work, askquestions and receive helpful feedback on how to improve future compositions. By the end ofthis course, you will not only have a better understanding of design fundamentals, but you willalso know how to take more beautiful photographs! (Participants must bring their own digitalcamera.) Great for beginners. $120 ($110 members) + $5 supply fee. Register for thisworkshopMinneapolis AquatennialJuly 6 – 23This year’s annual celebration will include many events at various venues (for full calendar, seehttp://www.aquatennial.com), including the following riverfront events: http://MillCityTimes.com
  • 3. http://MillCityTimes.comLife Time Fitness Torchlight 5KWednesday, July 20, 7:30 pmBasilica of St. Mary, 88 North Seventh Street, to Nicollet Island end partyHelp kick off this year’s Aquatennial Torchlight Parade by running in the Life Time FitnessTorchlight 5K. It’s a fun event for the whole family that happens in downtown Minneapolis in frontof thousands of spectators with a portion of the proceeds going to KS95 for Kids™ benefitingChildrens Cancer Research Fund and Gillette Childrens Specialty Healthcare! The racebegins at the Basilica and ends at Nicollet Island with an exclusive post-race party. Sign UpNowAquatennial Senior Alumni Association 500 Card TournamentThursday, July 21, 10 am -- 3 pmUkrainian Event Center, 301 Main Street NEFun is in the cards at this annual tourney open to adults of all ages. Find a partner and join theAquatennial Senior Alumni for a day of card playing. To register, send in your registration formby July 15, 2011. There is a registration fee of $10.00 per person, which includes lunch and abeverage. Dont miss out on the raffle and door prizes! For more information, call 612-922-4862.Mill City LiveThursday, July 21, 6 – 8 pmSee listing under Mill City Museum (will not be held if shutdown continues)Twin Cities River Rats Ski ShowThursday, July 21, 7 – 9 pmWest River Road between Plymouth and BroadwayThe River Rats perform a special Aquatennial show combining various water skiing acts withskits and music. The acts include Barefooting, Pyramids, Doubles and more. All shows arefree, and concessions are available. The home site is located just north of downtownMinneapolis on the Mississippi River. The hillside along the river provides excellent viewing forthe best show in the Twin Cites. Grab a blanket or a chair and come on down! For moreinformation – http://www.tcriverrats.com.Senior Alumni Association Coronation LuncheonFriday, July 22, 11 amUkrainian Event Center, 301 Main Street NEYoure invited to welcome the 2011 Senior Queen, Commodore and court at this tasty event.Tickets are available for $27.00, and free parking is available. Registration is due by July 6,2011 (oops; sorry, didn’t notice that deadline). For more information, call 763-557-0627.Aquatennial Ambassador Organization Queen of the Lakes CoronationFriday, July 22, 7 pmTed Mann Concert Hall, West Bank, University of MinnesotaExperience the pageantry and see the crowning of the 2011 Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen ofthe Lakes and two Aquatennial Princesses. Ticket pricing for individual tickets is $29 perticket, or the group rate at $27 per ticket. To purchase tickets: https://www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=AEF0A4D2-2A5F-493A-92F1-17E2741B94F5. For moreinformation, visit http://www.aquatennialambassadors.com, or contact the AquatennialAmbassador Organization.Minneapolis Riverfront Walking TourSaturday, July 23, 1 pmSee listing under Mill City Museum (will not be held if shutdown continues) http://MillCityTimes.com
  • 4. g y ( ) http://MillCityTimes.comTarget Fireworks ShowSaturday, July 23, 6 -- 10:30 pmAlong the Mississippi River in Downtown MinneapolisOne of the largest annual fireworks shows in the country, the Target Fireworks will light up theMinneapolis sky with a spectacular pyrotechnic display in celebration of the 72nd Aquatennial.Pre-fireworks activities and live music will begin at 6:00 p.m. along West River Parkway,between Portland Avenue and the Third Avenue Bridge. Fireworks begin at 10:00 p.m.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, July 20 – Rich Lewis Band (acoustic rhythm and blues)Thursday, July 21 – Celebration Brasa Quintet (American, jazz, Broadway and classical)Friday, July 22 – Your Friends and Family (modern folk/rock with soothing harmonies)Saturday, July 23 – The Chronicles of NarniaMill City Museum Programs and Events (will be closed if shutdown continues)704 Second Street SouthFor more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visithttp://www.millcitymuseum.orgMill City Live: Outdoor Music Series – “Spider” John Koerner and Tony GloverThursday, July 21, 6 – 8 pm“Spider” John Koerner and Tony “Little Sun” Glover are the two surviving members of theinfluential blues and folk trio Koerner Ray & Glover, which formed in Minneapolis in the early1960s and influenced a generation of blues and rock musicians with their albums “Blues Rags& Hollers,” “More Blues Rags and Hollers,” and “The Return of Koerner, Ray and Glover.”Guitarist Dave Ray passed away in 2002. Guitarist/vocalist Koerner has recorded numeroussolo albums and has appeared frequently on “A Prairie Home Companion” and National PublicRadio’s “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition.” Blues harp/guitarist/vocalist Glover haswritten several books on harmonica instruction, and numerous magazine articles, reviews andliner notes. He also performs with his acoustic trio V3. The Twin Cities’ most explosive outdoorconcert series is back for an eighth season with a slate of bands curated by music writer JimWalsh. Featuring legendary performers from the heyday of the Minneapolis sound, theseconcerts will riff on American music in a gorgeous riverfront setting every Thursday from July 7through August 18. Admission includes the concert and entrance to the museum from 4 to 9p.m. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering available for purchase. Fee: $5 per person; includesadmission to Mill City Museum. Free for MHS members.Minneapolis Riverfront Walking TourSaturday, July 23, 1 pmWalk the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Participantswill visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, which was once the milling center of the worldand is now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. A guide from Mill CityMuseum will lead visitors onto the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of the falls, thehistoric buildings surrounding it and downtown Minneapolis and will tell stories of the peoplewho have worked and lived in the area and how it has changed over the years. The tour begins http://MillCityTimes.com
  • 5. who have worked and lived in the area and how it has changed over the years. The tour begins http://MillCityTimes.comand ends at Mill City Museum where participants can visit the museum gallery (included in theprice of the tour) and enjoy refreshments at the Mill City Museum Café. Fee: $14 adults, $12seniors and college students, $10 children 6-17 and MHS members. Includes museumadmission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555.Washburn A Mill TourSunday, July 24, 1 pmGet an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill CityMuseum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the buildings many nooks andcrannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the buildingfunctioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time.Also covered will be the challenges of preserving the 120-year-old, fire-damaged building; itsart, architecture and interior design; and the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. Although manyparts of the mill can be explored during regular museum visits, this is the publics onlyopportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building. Fee: $12 adults, $10 seniorsand college students, $8 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museumadmission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555.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, July 22 -- Johnny Clueless Visit My SiteSaturday, July 23 -- TrickSunday, July 24 -- Dizzy 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.The River Rocks!Saturday, July 23, 1 – 3 pmWander along the Mississippi River looking for heron tracks and beaver chews. Explore thecreek and backwaters and feel the icy waters of an underground spring. Collect some “special”river rocks and make rock critters or other sculptures. Rubber boots provided. Reservationsrequired; reference activity #316901-23. $5. Ages: 5+.Free Family Fundays: BirdsSunday, July 24, drop in any time between 1 and 3 pmExamine nests and eggs close up. Use only a “beak” to build a nest. Observe birds at feeders.Go on a bird scavenger hunt. Free; for all ages.*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****Tours of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve BankWalk-in tours: Fridays, June through August, 11 amOther tours by appointment http://MillCityTimes.com
  • 6. http://MillCityTimes.com90 Hennepin AvenueMinneapolis is the home of the Ninth Federal Reserve District, and guided tours of their facilityalong the riverfront at Hennepin Avenue are available without appointment on Fridays (seeabove). In addition, tours are available for groups and individuals by appointment. The Bankwelcomes adult groups and students (grades 7 and older) who are studying economics,banking or finance. The tour consists of a general overview of the Federal Reserve and a walk-through of the cash and check departments. The maximum group size is 40 people. Tours are40 minutes long and free of charge. Complete and submit the form athttp://www.minneapolisfed.org/labout/ocations/mpls/tourform.cfm to sign up for Friday tour.Note: A photo I.D. is required for entrance to the Bank for those over the age of 18. Please donot bring cameras.Classes at Surdyk’sMondays and TuesdaysSurdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop, 303 East Hennepin AvenueSurdyk’s offers an extensive and fun choice of classes to help you learn about wine, beer andcheese (both in general and specific types). Check out their calendar athttp://www.surdyks.com/Events.aspx.Horse and Carriage ToursEnjoy a tour of the riverfront via a horse-drawn carriage ride. Regular tours are available fromboth the Nicollet Island Inn and VIC’s Restaurant on Main Street. For information:http://www.thehitchingcompany.com/Acme Comedy ClubTuesdays through Thursday, 8 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and 10:30 pm708 North First StreetEnjoy stand-up comedy at one of the top five comedy clubs in the country. For moreinformation: http://www.acmecomedycompany.comClasses Available at the Lundstrum CenterLundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, 1617 North Second StreetDream of performing on Broadway? Preparing for your college audition? Looking to get backinto class? Let the Broadway veteran faculty at the Lundstrum Center help develop your gifts.Fall session registration is now open. Children and adults, all levels welcome. Programsinclude: Children: After school programs; age 3 and up. Preteen/Young Adults: Broadway Musical Theatre -- Serious training in dance, voice and theater Adults: Ballet, tap, jazz, Pilates, voice Special Needs Children: “Dance Mania”-ages 6 to 12.The center offers state of the art, spacious, sun lit studios, with free parking and #14 MetroTransit bus-accessible. Class cards available! For a class schedule please check out thecenter’s website www.lundstrumcenter.org or call 612-521-2600 to be put on their mailing list.Keegan’s Pub EntertainmentKeegan’s Irish Pub, 16 University Avenue NE http://MillCityTimes.com
  • 7. http://MillCityTimes.comKeegan’s Pub offers a full schedule of live music, Irish lessons, pub quizzes and other activitieseach month. Keegans Pub also is offering shuttle bus service to and from Gopher Footballgames at the new TCF Stadium. Round trip tickets are $10 and include a drink at the pub afterthe game. For more information and a full event calendar, visit www.keeganspub.com.Twin City Trolleys’ Minneapolis Downtown TourSundays through October, 10 am – 5 pmMinneapolis offers dozens of historic sites and structures that have been preserved andmaintained so that visitors can experience both historic and contemporary sites. For over 15years, Twin City Trolley Tours have been providing sightseeing tours highlighting the best ofMinneapolis. Hop aboard one of our Trolleys and youll experience Transportainment -- adelightful combination of transportation and entertainment. With Twin City Trolleys, you canavoid costly parking and city driving while exploring at your own pace as you hop on and off thetrolley. Twin City Trolleys is the best way to enjoy different restaurants, shops and to see thecity. The route will include Hells Kitchen, Saint Anthony Main, The Soap Factory, Stone ArchBridge, Mill City Museum, Nicollet Mall, Hennepin Avenue, the Sculpture Garden and variousother locations. Tickets are $24.00 and may be purchased from the Trolley driver or by callingtheir office Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To board the Trolley you can step on at SaintAnthony Main, the Sculpture Garden, Mill City Museum, The Soap Factory or the MinneapolisConvention Center Hall C. For more information or http://www.twincitytrolleys.com/content/146.*****Grants, Awards, Contests and Funding Resources*****Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grantshttp://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=98093The following text is adapted from the web site above.The US Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) Choice NeighborhoodsPlanning Grants will support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalizationplans which will transform these communities into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods bylinking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportationand access to jobs. The program is focused on directing resources to address three coregoals: housing, people and neighborhoods. To achieve these core goals, communities mustdevelop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, orTransformation Plan. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for therevitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing thetransformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.Applications are due August 8, 2011. Approximately $3,600,000 is available with awards up to$300,000 each. Eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments,nonprofits and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity. For more details, seethe web site above.*****Informational Resources*****Park Board Event CalendarHaving fun in Minneapolis parks just got easier! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board(MPRB)’s website now features a three-month event calendar. The April-May-June eventcalendar is now available at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/documents/Apr-May-June_Calendar.pdf. The three-month calendar, which will be updated every month, is a quick guide to http://MillCityTimes.com
  • 8. Calendar.pdf. The three month calendar, which will be updated every month, is a quick guide to http://MillCityTimes.comMPRB sponsored and co-sponsored events as well as outside organizers’ permitted events inthe parks. Check it out, mark your calendars and enjoy the many events occurring inMinneapolis parks!Minneapolis Riverfront District Web Sitehttp://www.minneapolisriverfrontdistrict.comMeet Minneapolis’ Minneapolis Riverfront District site is a great source for information aboutthings to do in the Minneapolis Riverfront District, including a map.Mill City Timeshttp://www.millcitytimes.comThis web site covers “life, work and play in the Historic Mill District.” It also includes an eventlisting that is more expansive than the Mill District and that would be a useful resource for you inbetween issues of the RiverCurrent (or if, as sometimes happened, you accidentally deletedit).Mississippi River Trail (new to the list!)The Mississippi River Trail follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters tothe Gulf. A new MRT resource website has been launched for the Minnesota segment of thetrail (http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt.html) complete with interactive Google Earth basedmaps and a complete series of maps printable at 8 1/2” by 11.”1 Mississippi Campaignhttp://www.1mississippi.net/This site includes information on the entire Mississippi River and how you can help protect andenhance it.*****Riverfront News Articles*****Heron Rookeryhttp://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/blogs/124753308.htmlArtistic Façade for Surdyk’s (third item in this piece)http://www.downtownjournal.com/index.php?section=53&publication=downtown&story=17099&page=65&category=92Former Fuji Ya Sitehttp://www.downtownjournal.com/index.php?section=53&publication=downtown&story=17097&page=65&category=92 (first item in this piece)http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2011/07/05/fuji-ya-restaurant-park-foundation.htmlFun for the Kids on the Riverfront (and Elsewhere)http://www.downtownjournal.com/index.php?section=53&publication=downtown&story=17108&page=65&category=134Rachel’s is Openhttp://www.downtownjournal.com/index.php?section=53&publication=downtown&story= http://MillCityTimes.com
  • 9. http://MillCityTimes.com17107&page=65&category=134Crown Hydro (sorry, paywall)http://finance-commerce.com/2011/07/crown-hydro-hopes-to-bypass-minneapolis-parks-board/Hydropower on the Riverhttp://finance-commerce.com/2011/07/infrastructure-might-be-key-for-developers-of-hydro-projects/Discovering the Riverhttp://www.startribune.com/local/north/124984324.htmlFundraising on the Riverhttp://www.startribune.com/local/124951329.htmlBureau of Mines/Coldwater Sitehttp://finance-commerce.com/2011/07/feds-looking-for-firms-to-restore-bureau-of-mines-in-minneapolis/--To subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the Minneapolis RiverCurrent, send an e-mail to mplsrivercurrent@gmail.com. Ifyou would like to submit information for possible inclusion, please send it to that same address. http://MillCityTimes.com