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  1. 1. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com*****Events and Activities*****Fundraiser for Playground for Kids of All AbilitiesFriday, November 4, 7 pmSea Salt Eatery, Minnehaha ParkPeople for Parks invites you to join them for a special Wine Pairings evening at Sea Salt Eatery.Proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items benefit the playground planned for theMinnehaha Falls Upper Wabun Picnic Area. Caps Restaurant, Lone Spur Grill and EdelwiessBakery will be offering small plates, and wine expert Bill Pausitis will pair the food with delicious,complementary wines. $50 ticket price includes food, wine and parking. $25 is tax deductible.People for Parks Falls 4 All committee is working with the Minneapolis Park and RecreationBoard to create a universal-access playground for Minneapolis-area children of all abilities. Theplayground will join a variety of existing facilities and resources to help entice visitors from aroundthe region. In addition to providing increased self-esteem and confidence, the playground will helpchildren with and without disabilities learn cooperation and mutual respect for each other throughregular play, and its soft surfaces will provide both kids and elderly caretakers with an addedmeasure of safety. Although all Minneapolis parks meet ADA standards which eliminate some ofthe hurdles facing those with disabilities, universal-access playgrounds go above and beyond ADAstandards to create a space in which children or parents with physical, sensory or developmentaldisabilities can use at least 70 percent of the outdoor equipment. The planned playground wouldbe the first Universal Access Playground in the Minneapolis Park System. For tickets and moreinformation, visit http://www.peopleforparks.net/falls4all.html.Sip of Science: A Sense of Where You Are: Science and Knowing on the MississippiRiverWednesday, November 9, 5:30 pmAster Cafe, 125 SE Main StreetJoin River Life Coordinator Pat Nunnally for an exploration of the Mississippi River, what we knowabout it and what it means. After a brief visual tour, Nunnally will engage the audience on a highlyinteractive exploration of the Mississippi River close to home, right outside our doors, in fact, at theAster Cafe. (Not to worry: well stay inside, and explore through images and discussion.) In ourincreasingly connected world, its easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of information at yourfingertips. There is a growing movement to build programs that can synthesize material on a topicfrom a vast number of sources so we can spend our time connecting and acting on important newsand events rather than having to scrounge for the information ourselves. The River Life Programconnects University teaching, research and programs to off-campus partners who are workingtoward a sustainable river and inclusive planning for our river future. The program utilizes diversedigital platforms and makes strong use of social media to create unique learning opportunities --students learn from practitioners, river agency staff network more with each other and communitiesup and down the river can share their experiences. A SIP OF SCIENCE bridges the gap betweenscience and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly. Food, beer andlearning are on the menu in a happy hour forum in which researchers put science in context throughstorytelling. This talk takes place during happy hour at the Aster Café, and food and drink areavailable for purchase. No cover. For more information: http://nced.umn.edu/content/sip-science-sense-where-you-are-science-and-knowing-mississippi-riverMpls Photo CenterMpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street
  2. 2. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comFor information on classes and other events: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/Gary Hallman Artist Talk: EvolutionTuesday, November 15, 7 – 9 pmWhen Gary Hallman was five years old, his father took him to a bluff overlooking downtown St.Paul. There, he opened up the back of the family camera and inserted a piece of wax paper. On itappeared an image of the city, inverted: magic. This experience led the young novice to becomehooked on photography and eventually to an outstanding career as an artist and a teacher. Forinformation: https://www.photographyatthecenter.org/class/gary-halman-november-15th-artist-talk-evolution-30.html.Kroening 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.Astronomy under the Night SkyWednesday, November 16, 6:30 – 9 pmJoin astronomer Paul Fusco on a journey through a late winter sky. Peer through a powerfultelescope at deep sky objects and fall constellations. Bring your digital camera, and take a photothrough a telescope. Refreshments served. If weather is cloudy, the make-up date will be Friday,November 18. Reservations required; reference activity #416901-15. $5. Ages: 16+.The Ancient Art of Making StringSaturday, November 19, 1 – 3 pmFrom bowstring to fishnets to wigwams and baskets, the ancient world was held together by string.Learn the art of making your own string from plants found in the park, then use it to make adecorative knot, beaded necklace or even a pair of snowshoes. Reservations required; referenceactivity #416901-16. $5. Ages: 8+.Free Family Fundays: Lots of KnotsSunday, November 20, 1 – 3 pm, ongoingLearn how to tie many useful knots, including those useful for fishing and camping. Free; for allages.Sample 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.Publication Reading: Marge Barrett and Joanne EsserWednesday, November 16, 7 pmAn evening of poetry from two authors published by Finishing Line Press. Marge Barrett will readselections from her recent chapbook My Memoir Dress. The poetry chapbook was a finalist inFinishing Line’s critically acclaimed New Women’s Voices Competition. Of the chapbook,acclaimed author Wang Ping says, “Each poem from Memoir Dress is a seed from the rich soil ofMinnesota. It may appear small and quiet, but read it slowly, and it blossoms with the smell andcolor of the prairie, each as hot as the noon sun. Every Minnesotan deserves this book.” JoanneEsser will present work from her upcoming chapbook I Have Always Wanted Lightning. Poet JimMoore shares, “At the heart of the poems in I Have Always Wanted Lightning is the worldsgorgeous and sometimes terrifying unreasonableness. ‘Small’ details of daily life are duly noted,collected, sifted through until patterns emerge and the total in any given poem is, indeed, larger
  3. 3. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comthan the sum of the parts.…”Dreams and EffigiesNovember 17 – December 23 (Gallery hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 noon – 6 pm and byappointment)Form+Content Gallery, 210 North Second Street, Suite 104New work by interdisciplinary artists Camille J. Gage and Ellen Skoro. This exhibition includes anarea appropriate for meditation or quiet reflection. Interested groups and individuals should contactthe gallery to schedule private time within the space. All events are free and open to the public. Forinformation: 612-436-1151 or http://www.formandcontent.orgWinter MarketSaturday, November 19, 10 am – 2 pmLocal D’Lish, 208 First Street NorthOn the third Saturday of the month from November through April, Local D’lish will be transformedfrom a grocery store to a bustling farmers’ market. Meet your farmers and food makers, samplesome tasty treats and buy gifts for any occasion. Choices will include jams, chocolates, bakedgood, apples, honey, all-natural skin care products, granola, meat, cheese and so much more.Street parking is FREE on weekends! For information: 612-886-3047 or http://www.localdlish.com.NE Holiday Boutique CrawlSaturday, November 19, 12 noon – 5 pmCome kick-start your holiday season through beautiful and historic Northeast Minneapolis with aholiday boutique crawl. This neighborhood progressive pre-holiday sales event will includespecials, giveaways and strolling Victorian carolers and will also include a “Holiday WindowDisplay Contest” from numerous Northeast businesses. Come and show your holiday spirit! Formore information: http://www.northeastminneapolis.com/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.Tenth Annual Book Arts Festival Holiday SaleSaturday, November 19Celebrate the TENTH YEAR of this exciting annual holiday event, featuring dozens of artistsdisplaying and selling handmade books, journals, paper, prints and gifts. Browse hundreds ofitems made by local artists and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Festivities will includeartist demonstrations, free family art activities, and special sales on gift items featured in TheShop. Free and open to the public.Printed Holiday Note CardsSaturday, November 19, 12:30 -- 4:30 pmThis holiday favorite sells out every year! Get into the spirit by making your own holiday cards.Each adult/child pair will create note cards with a festive image and letterpress-printed greetingusing the platen and Vandercook presses. Students will design their own holiday images andchoose text from a variety of pre-set messages. Each person can print up to 20 cards (40 per pair)
  4. 4. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com-- and envelopes will be provided, too! For families with children grades 1 and up. $48 ($44)adult/child pair, $24 ($20) each additional participant. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/workshops/families.html.Japan America Arts Forumwith Sheila AsatoSunday, November 20, 2 – 4 pmThe Japan America Arts Forum is collaboration between MCBA and the Japan America Societyof Minnesota (JASM), hosted and facilitated by Sheila McNellis Asato. Each month, peopleinterested in Japanese visual art forms, related materials and processes gather at MCBA forlearning, fellowship and hands-on fun. At each meeting, an artist who either practices a Japaneseart form or whose work is deeply influenced by the Japanese arts shares their work and then leadsthe group through a simple exercise which allows everyone to get a hands-on experience of thework for themselves. Topics range from katazome (resist dying on fabric) to suminagashi (papermarbling) to origami (paper folding) and much more. Meetings are typically held on the thirdSunday of each month. For more details and monthly forum topics, visit Sheilas website, MonkeyBridge Arts. If you would like to share your work or know of an artist who would, email Sheila. Allskill levels welcome. $10 ($5 MCBA or JASM members). No need to pre-register, just drop in!Mill City Museum Programs and Events704 Second Street SouthFor more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visithttp://www.millcitymuseum.orgWashburn A Mill TourSaturday, November 19, 1 pmTake an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill CityMuseum building on this guided tour. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’smany nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how thebuilding functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building overtime. Also covered will be how the mill ruin was converted to a museum and office building.Although many parts of the A mill can be explored on a self-guided basis during a regular museumvisit, this is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building, and the onlychance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum galleryas well as the Flour Tower show. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 childrenages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations recommended;call 612-341-7555 or register online.Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music501 Second Street SouthFor more information about events (including student performances) and classes:http://www.macphail.org or 612-321-0100.Violin Master Class with Ernest SalemFriday, November 19, 4 pmRoom 607Ernest Salem is currently Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton. He hasperformed in concerts and recitals across the United States. Active as a freelance musician in theLos Angeles area, Dr. Salem has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra,Long Beach Symphony, Asia American Orchestra and more. Former Concertmaster of the Wichita
  5. 5. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comand Las Cruces Symphonies, he has also served as principal second of the Minnesota OperaOrchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Texas Chamber and Texas Opera TheaterOrchestras. He has been a faculty member at Wichita State University, the College of St.Benedict/St. Johns University and New Mexico State University. In addition to performanceactivities, Dr. Salem has been published in the American String Teachers Journal and the LongIsland Historical Journal. Admission - $5Free for MacPhail students.*****Planning Ahead*****A Soulful Family ChristmasDecember 16 – 20The Lab Theater, 700 First Street NorthJoin Grammy Award-winning artist Ann Nesby and her family of soulful singers, American IdolParis Bennett and Twin Cities legend Jamecia Bennett for the holiday concert of the season.Powerhouse voices fill the air with some of the Twin Cities finest musicians on stage to raise theroof and rafters with the sizzling sounds of gospel. For information and tickets:http://www.thelabtheater.org/#!christmas.Sounds of Blackness – The Night Before Christmas – A Musical FantasyMonday, December 19, 7:30 pmGuthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust StageMinnesota’s three-time Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness returns with their annualperformance of The Night Before Christmas – A Musical Fantasy on December 19 at the GuthrieTheater. The Night Before Christmas – A Musical Fantasy is a contemporary adaptation of thebeloved poem, A Visit From St Nicholas. This family-friendly musical production brings Santa, Mrs.Claus and Rudolph the Rappin’ Reindeer to life in hilarious song and dance, as they learn the truemeaning of Christmas. The music ranges from R&B/Hip-Hop to Jazz, Blues and Gospel andfeatures Sounds of Blackness singers and band in show-stopping, roof-raising songs and scenes.This is a must see performance during the holiday season. Tickets available at the Guthrie TheaterBox Office, charge by phone at 612-377-2224 and online at GuthrieTheater.org. For information:http://www.suemclean.com/shows/sounds-of-blackness/?utm_source=emarketforward -%20Stay InThe Loop&utm_medium=email&utm_content=14867745&utm_campaign=Stay%20in the Loop!Sounds%20of Blackness, Win%20Tickets!.*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****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 more information: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 back intoclass? Let the Broadway veteran faculty at the Lundstrum Center help develop your gifts. Fallsession registration is now open. Children and adults, all levels welcome. Programs include:
  6. 6. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com 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 Metro Transitbus-accessible. Class cards available! For a class schedule please check out the center’s websitewww.lundstrumcenter.org or call 612-521-2600 to be put on their mailing list.Keegan’s Pub EntertainmentKeegan’s Irish Pub, 16 University Avenue NEKeegan’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 Football gamesat the new TCF Stadium. Round trip tickets are $10 and include a drink at the pub after the 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 -- a delightfulcombination of transportation and entertainment. With Twin City Trolleys, you can avoid costlyparking and city driving while exploring at your own pace as you hop on and off the trolley. Twin CityTrolleys is the best way to enjoy different restaurants, shops and to see the city. The route willinclude Hells Kitchen, Saint Anthony Main, The Soap Factory, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill CityMuseum, Nicollet Mall, Hennepin Avenue, the Sculpture Garden and various other locations.Tickets are $24.00 and may be purchased from the Trolley driver or by calling their office Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To board the Trolley you can step on at Saint Anthony Main, theSculpture Garden, Mill City Museum, The Soap Factory or the Minneapolis Convention Center HallC. For more information or http://www.twincitytrolleys.com/content/146.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.National Park Service “Ranger on Call” Virtual Tour of the Mississippi RiverVisitors and residents of the Twin Cities can now have a national park experience 24 hours a daywith Ranger on Call, a new virtual tour of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.Ranger on Call is an audio guide to exploring some of the park’s most special places. The guidefeatures a series of 20 stops designed to expand users’ knowledge of the Mississippi River andprovoke exploration. Users can listen to stories from all along the 72-mile corridor of the nationalpark, and download podcasts and maps online at www.rangeroncall.com. Or, for an all-encompassing park experience, users can visit the featured sites along the river in person and dial
  7. 7. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com1-877-727-1172 (toll free) for the cell phone tour. Ranger on Call features narration by Don Shelby,who brings to life the stories from diverse communities along the river. Tour stops feature theMinneapolis Riverfront, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Lock and Dam #2 in Hastings. Rangeron Call was created by the National Park Service and the Mississippi River Fund. The nationalpark’s 72-mile boundary stretches along the Mississippi River from Dayton/Ramsey, throughMinneapolis and Saint Paul, to just south of Hastings. It includes a range of cultural, economic andnatural resources — from historic sites like Fort Snelling to unique features including the river’sonly waterfall and gorge, to public parks and wildlife refuges. In addition to protecting the river’secosystems and water quality and providing access points for recreation, the park offers a rangeof volunteer and educational activities, including ranger-led canoe, fishing, biking and hikingprograms and school programs. www.nps.gov/miss. The Mississippi River Fund is the officialcharitable partner of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. The fund supportsstewardship and community engagement programs that support the park and its mission. Theseprograms include water quality protection, habitat restoration, formal education, and interpretiveprograms that share with the public the significant role our National Park plays in American historyand culture. www.missriverfund.org.Horse and Carriage ToursEnjoy a tour of the riverfront via a horse-drawn carriage ride. Regular tours are available from boththe Nicollet Island Inn and VIC’s Restaurant on Main Street. For information:http://www.thehitchingcompany.com/*****Informational Resources*****New At-a-Glance Neighborhood ProfilesWilder Research has released at-a-glance profiles for Saint Paul and Minneapolis neighborhoodsthat provide information about: Population trends and demographics including age, ethnicity, education level and income Housing occupancy and stability Employment opportunitiesThey present the information in a user-friendly, printable format for residents, grass-rootsorganizations, community groups and others interested in the health of their community and areavailable at http://www.mncompass.org/twincities/neighborhoods.php. There are profiles for eachof Saint Paul’s 17 planning districts and 87 Minneapolis neighborhoods. Eleven Minneapoliscommunity profiles (groupings of several neighborhoods) also are available. Because many of theindicators come from the U.S. Census, the data can be compared at the county, state and evennational level. The data file with margins of error and source information is also available.http://www.twincities.com/ci_19244497Park Board Event CalendarHaving fun in Minneapolis parks just got easier! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board(MPRB)’s website now features a multi-month event calendar. The current event calendar is nowavailable at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/documents/events.pdf and is a quick guide to MPRB-sponsored and co-sponsored events as well as outside organizers’ permitted events in the parks.Check it out, mark your calendars and enjoy the many events occurring in Minneapolis parks!Mill City Times
  8. 8. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comhttp://www.millcitytimes.comThis web site covers “life, work and play in the Historic Mill District.” It also includes an event listingthat is more expansive than the Mill District and that would be a useful resource for you in betweenissues of the RiverCurrent (or if, as sometimes happens, you accidentally deleted it).Mississippi River TrailThe Mississippi River Trail follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters to theGulf. A new MRT resource website has been launched for the Minnesota segment of the trail(http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt.html) complete with interactive Google Earth based maps, anda 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*****Proposal for Lower Gorge Homehttp://www.minnpost.com/twocities/2011/10/28/32749/minneapolis_neighbors_battling_planned_riverfront_home_lose_latest_skirmishThe Edge of Our Bodies at Guthriehttp://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/132711213.htmlhttp://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/132801688.htmlAcme Comedy Club’s 20th Anniversary and Louis Leehttp://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/132797263.htmlhttp://www.minnpost.com/stories/2011/11/01/32802/acme_comedy_co_celebrates_20_years_of_stand-up/?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=91a9112514-Newsletter_11_01_1111_1_2011&utm_medium=emailFort Snelling Golf Coursehttp://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/132836783.htmlSurdyk’s Sign Proposalhttp://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/132968743.htmlColdwater Spring Renovationhttp://www.startribune.com/local/west/132966398.htmlhttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/11/neglected-minneapolis-site-to-be-restored-and-turned-into-a-park/Park Board Superintendenthttp://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/133049363.htmlWater Treatment Plant Improvements
  9. 9. Posted by http://MillCityTimes.comhttp://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/10/27/investing-in-clean-water-pays/Longfellow Zoo Historyhttp://www.minnpost.com/minnclips/2011/11/02/32850/lost_twin_cities_iii_|_minnehaha_fallsNational Park Service Ranger on Callhttp://www.thelinemedia.com/features/rivertours110211.aspx?utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=RangerOnCall%3a+a+high-tech+tour+of+the+mighty+Mississippi&utm_content={Email_Address}&utm_campaign=Telling+the+Real+StoryWeisman Plazahttp://www.thelinemedia.com/devnews/weismanplaza110211.aspx?utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Weisman+Art+Museum+chooses+a+winning+design+for+its+pedestrian+plaza&utm_content={Email_Address}&utm_campaign=Telling+the+Real+Story