Due to the Corona COVID-19 virus many of the events listed in this calendar may not be meeting. Contact them before you head out.

Church Events         

Ongoing Thursdays and Saturdays – New Oil Christian Center Food Give-Away. 4050 Upton Avenue N. Every Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh food items, fruits, vegetable, dairy product, meat and non-perishable items.

Ongoing – New Direction Youth Ministry After School Tutoring and Youth Program at 2901 Emerson. Includes: homework help; math help using an expert mathematician; mentoring possibilities; access to other youth development programs; and computer lab (ChromeBook compatible). Info: 612-529-7726.

Ongoing Sundays – Gethsemane Lutheran, 47th and Colfax, hosts a free community breakfast every Sunday from 9-9:45 a.m. On the second and fourth Sundays of the month you are welcome to take a bag of groceries home with you. Info: 612-521-3575.

Ongoing Tuesdays – Salem Lutheran, 4150 Dupont, hosts free community dinners, curbside pick-up begins at 6 p.m. Two meals per bag. Everyone welcome. Info: 612-521-3644.

Classes and Workshops          

Ongoing school year – Bright Futures: Free K-5 Enrichment at PCYC, School Year Session, 2-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Online via Zoom (must have internet and technology). Chromebooks/iPads may be available. First come, first-served. Enrollment limited; registration required in advance. Call Jaleeza Smith-Breedlove, 612-643-2096. Info: pcyc-mpls. org.

Ongoing Wednesdays – TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 6 p.m., Webber Park Center.

Community Events

Ongoing – AARP Foundation Tax-aide offers free tax preparation for seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 3355 N. 4th St., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. thru April 15. This location is by appointment only. Call 612-767-9428 on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

Ongoing Tuesdays – The Above the Falls Community Advisory Council (AFCAC) meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. The council is made up of representatives from neighborhoods, businesses and environmental organizations. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings; and ongoing representation from Lind Bohanon, McKinley and Webber-Camden is especially needed. AFCAC weighs in with the City of Minneapolis and the Parks & Recreation Board on use and development plans for parcels along and adjacent to the Mississippi River from Plymouth Ave to the northern city limit. Call 612-998-2382  for info and how to join the meeting via Zoom.

    Ongoing third Thursdays – Northside Business Luncheons, noon-1 p.m. Held virtually via Zoom to maintain social distancing. Visit westbroadway.org to sign up for newsletter and receive event details.

Ongoing Mondays Attention minority veterans, dependents and survivors! The Minority Veterans Program Coordinator and Outreach Specialist from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs is available each Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Minneapolis Urban League to discuss your benefits, take claims and speak with you about other options that are available to you. To make an appointment contact stanley. walton@ va.gov or 612-970-5277. More info at va.gov or iris.va.gov.

Monday-Friday — Northside Boxing Club. Free to ages 9–21. Training includes boxing drills, technique work, running and strength conditioning. Each session ends with a healthy meal. Hours 4–7:30 p.m. Gym is located at 1704 33rd Ave N. northsideboxing club.org.

Ongoing – Boys to Men Club – activities and a chance to earn some money. Info: 612-470-1934,  Facebook, boystomenclubminneapolis or boystomenmpls @gmail.com.

Ongoing Wednesdays – Camden Lions meet the second Wednesday through June, at 6:30 p.m. at Creekview Park, and the Club Social is the 4th Wednesday 6:30 p.m. at varying local food venues. Contact Lion Jim Cain 612-521-1903 or Lion Kevin Aldwaik 651-246-7701 for info or location.

    Ongoing – Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing juvenile crime and violence by giving kids a safe place to play, positive role models, and creative activities to engage in—all for free. Visit minneapolispal.org or call 612-673-3447 for info on upcoming programs and schedules.

Ongoing – Help save a life—donate blood. The Red Cross urges healthy, eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain diverse and sufficient blood supplies – especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. Visit redcrossblood. org or call 800-733-2767. Minneapolis Blood Donation Center 1201 W. River Parkway. Mondays and Tuesdays, noon-6 p.m.; Thursdays, 1-7 p.m.; Fridays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Libraries

Saturday 2/27 – Save the Boards to Memorialize the Movement: 2-3 p.m. Conversation with Leesa Kelly and Kenda Zellner-Smith who are collaborating with the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery to collect, preserve and archive the plywood art murals that were created after the killing of George Floyd. Leesa and Kenda have collected over 500 boards from Twin Cities businesses. An outdoor exhibition of the plywood board murals is being planned for May. Hear about what motivated them to start this project, how they joined forces and why preserving these artworks are important to the Black community. Register at hclib.org/events.

Ongoing – Hennepin County Library continues to host many wonderful virtual programs for adults, youth and families. Check hclib.org for listings.

Ongoing – Webber Park Library offers Grab-n-Go service. Includes: Retrieving of holds, limited browsing of materials, checking out items, quick reference support, returning of library materials, computer use (appointments are recommended).

Ongoing – Homework Help. Online resources and services. Students can get help from a tutor online (HelpNow), and find other K-12 homework help resources at hclib.org/homework.  HelpNow is a comprehensive platform that includes resources for building academic skills and study habits, for writing assistance, and live help for language learners. Live online tutors are available 7 days per week, and offer help in English and Spanish. Staff are encouraged to walk patrons through the steps of getting connected to HelpNow as time allows. Additional resources online include resources for school and learning activities at home. Students and their families can continue to borrow and download eBooks and eAudio from home and Grab and Go at Webber Library.

Ongoing Fridays – Family Storytime. 10-10:30 a.m. Webber Park Library. For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

    Ongoing every other Thursday – Teen Tech workshop. North Regional Library, 5-7 p.m. Get creative and make music, videos, animation and other projects using high- and low-tech tools, everything from iPads and 3D printers to synthesizers and sewing machines. Led by the library’s Teen Tech Squad.

Parks

Friday until 3/26 – Free Family Indoor Gym Playtime, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Creekview Park.

Ongoing Tuesdays – Virtual Hip Hop Fitness, March 9-April 27, 6-7 p.m. Creekview Park.

Ongoing – Pickleball Leagues at Bohanon Park Tennis courts. May 4-June 10. Tuesdays, Beginners and Thursdays Intermediate. 6-8pm. $25 per doubles team. This league will continue all summer and early fall.

Ongoing March, April, May; – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays – Virtual Preschool (offered monthly). Ages 2-6. Virtual content is loaded weekly and done on your own schedule.  Videos are pre-recorded.  Supply packets are sent to your home so you have all the materials you will need for the activities.  $40/ month. Info: apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/home.

Ongoing monthly Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays – Virtual Creekview Preschool. Pre-recorded content to access with your kiddos on your own time. Ages 2-5, $40 each month. Register:apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/home.

Ongoing thru 6/11 – Rec Plus provides school-age childcare for children in grades K-6 at neighborhood recreation centers, including Webber Park. Rec Plus operates after school and on school release days (times vary 2-6 p.m.). Activities have been modified for social distancing and may include games, sports, arts and crafts, homework help and nutritious snacks. Program components have been modified to meet CDC and MDH guidelines, including mask requirements for staff and children. Info webber@ minneapolisparks.org, 612-370-4916 or minneapolis parks. org.

 

Ongoing winter Bohanon Park Hockey and General Skating Rink is now open, 4917 Bryant. Warming room is open with restrictions: Monday-Friday 4-9 p.m.; Saturdays noon-9 p.m., Sundays 1-5 p.m. Outdoor benches are available to put on your skates even if the warming room is not open. Outdoor lights are on a timer and on 4-10 p.m. daily.

Ongoing Mondays and Wednesday – Indoor Adult Pickleball Doubles League at Creekview Recreation Center. Beginners – Mondays, 2/1-3/15; and Intermediate 2/3 to 3/17; 6, 7 or 8 p.m. start time of matches. $25 for each team.

Ongoing Tuesdays – Virtual Hip Hop Fitness Class on Zoom #116239. Free; 1/12-2/23; 6-7 p.m. apm.activecommunities. com/minneapolis parks/home.

Ongoing Fridays – Free Family Indoor Playground. Creekview Park From 1/12-3/26, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Ongoing – Family Obie Playtime. Free; Monday-Thursday 4-5:30 p.m.; Fridays 10:30 a.m.- noon. Obie combines innovation and entertainment by turning blank surfaces into virtual playgrounds. The floor instantly comes alive, engaging kids of all ages and keeping families coming back for more. Thank you Shingle Creek Neighborhood for donating the Obie Projector. Info: playobie.com.

Ongoing – Virtual Harry Potter Book Club. Ages 8-13. Read the classic Harry Potter series! Each week we will discuss what we read so far in that book and work our way through the series. There are a limited number of books to borrow. Info minneapolisparks .org/register.

Ongoing second Tuesdays – Virtual Young Adult Book Club. Ages 9-17. We will read popular books each month. We will meet live on Zoom to discuss the book or books we have read over the past month. Book selections and live discussion groups will be divided by age and based on number of participants. Books selected will be available via pick up at Hennepin County Libraries. Info: minneapolisparks.org/register.

Ongoing – Virtual Yoga for ages 18+. Online class will build the mind-body connection through breath and movement. Class will begin with heat building flows and then move into cool down through slower movements to help balance the body. This class is open to all levels. Participants will receive specifics for online participation prior to the beginning of the session. Info: minneapolisparks.org/register.

Ongoing – Arts and Culture Creation Center, for ages 7-12. Come on and get creative! Each day we’ll give you a new opportunity to use your hands and minds to create something new. Activities will involve both arts and sciences. This is a great opportunity to try your hand at new creative activities. This virtual version of our Creation Center program allows you to do our activities at home. Once you register, we will send you the link to the weekly activity and let you know how to pick up your activity packet to take home. Info: minneapolisparks.org/register.

Ongoing winter – Navigate to an Adventure Hub for free fun this winter. Trek through the snow, snowshoeing, snow painting, construct a cool fort, spy on feathered friends and more. For kids, teens, families, adults – everyone’s welcome! Look for Adventure Hub signs at recreation centers in the parks or call ahead for info: Creekview Park – 612-370-4965, Folwell Park – 612-370-4917, North Mississippi Regional Park – 612-370-4844, and North Commons Park – 612-370-4921The signs show available items, which staff bring outside for you to use.

Ongoing winter – Creekview, Folwell and Webber Park Recreation Centers are only open during scheduled youth programming. Due to COVID-19, there are no drop-in visits and no “hanging out” by youth or parents. Find out what programs are available at minneapolisparks.org. Registration required for all programs: space is limited, pre-registration strongly encouraged; on-site registration may be available on a limited basis, as program space permits. To enter a recreation center, you must wear a mask, practice social distancing, stay home if you feel sick.

Ongoing – Winter Hockey at North Commons Park – register at the park or online, minneapolisparks.org.

Ongoing – Creekview Park Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association donated an Obie Interactive Game Projector to the park. We have access to over 100 interactive floor games for youth and families to play in the multi-purpose room for programs and events. We are excited to show it off to the community. Info: playobie.com. like us on Facebook – Creekview Recreation Center for updates on programs, sports, events and happenings around the park.

Ongoing – Virtual Strong & Fit is an evidence-based physical activity and self-management program that targets people with lower extremity osteoarthritis. Free and offered virtually live via Zoom. The first hour of class is comprised of exercise incorporating stretching and flexibility, low-impact aerobics/fitness walking, strength training, and balance exercises. The last 30 minutes focuses on health education and group problem solving for behavior change. You do not have to have osteoarthritis to participate or benefit from this class. Creekview Park is finalizing the dates and times on this but it will be two mornings a week on live Zoom calls for 1.5 hours two days a week. Info minneapolis parks.org.

Ongoing – Creekview Park – get the most recent info on Facebook – Creekview Recreation Center for updates for programs, events and sports. For info or to sign up for email updates visit minneapolisparks .org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/.

Ongoing – Open Computer Lab at Webber Park. Take advantage of the Open Computer Lab to surf the web, type up a resume or search for a job. Open Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.

Ongoing (daily except Sun.) – Open Computer Lab. Folwell Park, 3-8 pm., free.

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