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.

Arts

Ongoing – PCYC Bright Futures: K-5 Academic Enrichment Program, school year session. Bright Futures is offering an amazing range of online activities to fit everyone’s needs this school year. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m., October 5-June 11. Free. Registration required in advance. Enrollment limited. Info: pcyc-mpls.org, DeShawn Woods at 612-643-2026 or Jaleeza Smith Breedlove at 612-643-2096.

Church Events           

Saturday, 10/17 – Clothing Giveaway, North United Methodist Church at 44th and Fremont, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children, women and men sizes; also shoes, boots, blankets, sheets, toys, books. Kids keep growing and things wear out, so let your friends and neighbors know we may have just what they need! Wheel chair access. Facemasks and gloves required. Info: 763-607-1546.

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.

Classes and Workshops         

Wednesdays, 10/7 and 10/21 – Turf Alternatives Workshop, online (webinar). A 2-hour workshop, 6-8 p.m., focused on alternatives to conventional grass turf that require less watering and fewer chemicals, with step-by-step instructions for establishing them. Includes info about pollinator-friendly (bee) lawns and Lawns to Legumes, a new state program offering support to help Minnesota residents create habitat for the endangered rusty patched bumblebee and other at-risk pollinators. Presentation is followed by a short discussion/Q&A about common challenges and solutions. $15, workshop scholarships available, call 651-699-2426 to sign up. Presented by Metro Blooms on behalf of Blue Thumb and MN BWSR’s Lawns to Legumes program. Info: bluethumb.org/event/mpls-l2l-turf-alternatives-webinar-3/.

Saturday, 10/24 – Safety Workshop, 3701 Fremont – save the date! Get details on the Folwell FB page, Folwell.org or contact chuck@folwell.org.

Ongoing, second Wednesdays – Food Business 101 Class – Do you dream of starting a food business but don’t know how to take the next step? Kindred Kitchen, Appetite For Change, and Northside Economic Opportunity Network are partnering to offer a series of free workshops every second Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at NEON’s Office, 1007 West Broadway. At these workshops you’ll receive the key ingredients needed to start a food business while refining your business model. Register at eventbrite. com/e/starting-a-food-business-101-classes-tickets-54293571534.

Ongoing Third Thursdays – Northside Business Lunch: Women Entrepreneurship. Northside Business Lunches from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (location subject to change). Opportunities for local businesses to connect and learn about business best practices. At NEON’s Coworking Space.

Ongoing, Third Saturdays – Thinking About Business Workshop. Are you thinking about starting a business? 9 a.m.-1 p.m. free, 1007 West Broadway. Connect with an expert business advisor and learn how to create a business plan that will turn your idea into a successful business! Register at eventbrite.com/ e/thinking-about-business-workshop-tickets-53151254834.

Ongoing Tuesdays – Living Well With Chronic Conditions, 1-3:30 p.m. at North Market, 4414 Humboldt. Workshop is designed to improve the self-management skills of people living with ongoing health issues. Conditions like arthritis, mental health conditions, chronic pain, cancer or diabetes can cause those affected to lose physical conditioning and suffer health problems over many years. This program teaches new strategies that will give participants the confidence, motivation and skills needed to manage living with a chronic health condition. Free. Register at yourjuniper.org/ classes/register/1314.

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

Community Events

Friday, 10/2 – Pumpkin Give-Away, 7 p.m. at Story Garden, 35th and Humboldt. Candy, bonfire and a movie! Info: folwell.org.

Saturday, 10/3 – Litter Be Gone. Volunteer with your family, friends and neighbors to clean up litter from Minneapolis streets and boulevards before it becomes covered by leaves and snow. Show your community pride and feel good knowing that you are improving your neighborhood and preventing litter from ending up in our storm drains and waterways. Supplies can be picked up at Creekview Community Center.

Ongoing Saturdays – The Camden Farmers Market runs thru October 10 on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. at North Market, 4414 Humboldt. Info: Facebook or 651-373-0543.

Ongoing fall -Virtual Tour de Camden 2020.  The annual Tour de Camden bike tour can be done any time you can schedule, and done as many times as you like. Map and directions are available at sites.google. com/mpls.k12. mn.us/shinglecreekneighborhood. Remember to ride with safety in mind.

Ongoing – Folks on the Northside have found their lives radically changed and altered by the Coronavirus. Schedules, lives, work, school have all come to a halt. Many are feeling the deep impacts of loss of work, isolation and access. It is at times like this that neighbors can unite in an effort to ensure all vulnerable residents are taken care of. We have residents who have more than they need, and residents who don’t have enough. In either case, see pages 8 and 9 to see if your neighborhood association can help.

Ongoing – Freedom Fighters, part of the Mission Project, is a peer-driven support group that provides an opportunity for soldiers/veterans to meet and work through their issues or wartime experience. It is open to all veterans, their families, and support systems; services free of charge. Located at the Mission Project, 912 3rd Ave NE, Minneapolis, 952-393-7524; and opened a new location at Atonement Lutheran Church in Bloomington for the third Tuesday of the month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Info: missionproject2005@gmail. com or missionproject 2005.org.

Ongoing – Join Council-member Phillip Cunningham in open community office hours every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Corner Coffee Camden (4155 Thomas Ave. N). Check out FB @CMCunningham Ward4 for upcoming details.

Ongoing third Thursdays – 4PAC, Minneapolis Fourth Precinct Advisory Council—Bringing Police & Community Together! Monthly State of the Precinct updates, and an invitation to everyone looking for the opportunity to discuss safety and crime issues in their neighborhood. At the 4th Precinct, 1925 Plymouth Ave. N.; meet and greet at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30-8 p.m.

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 minneapoli spal.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.

Ongoing – 500 Card Club. Join your friends and neighbors for a morning of cards and socializing. Refreshments and prizes each week. Fee $1. For ages 55+. Folwell Park on Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Creekview Park on Thurs. 10 a.m. -1 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Libraries   

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

Tuesdays, 9/22 until weather changes – Hip Hop Cardio, Creekview Park, 6-7 p.m. $5 drop in fee. Hip Hop Cardio Dance Fitness, taking the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning HipHop Dance Fitness Party! If you’re worried about not knowing how to dance, don’t be. The moves are really simple to follow. This is a fun filled dance fitness class guaranteed to make you sweat, but leave you feeling great. Things needed: Dumbbell weights (2lbs to 5lbs), a yoga mat, water and a friend. If you don’t have everything that’s okay, we encourage you to still show up and show out.

Fridays, 10/2 and 10/23 – Outdoor Fitness in the Parks, Creekview Park. Afrokaribe Dance, 6-7 p.m. Free.

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 – Virtual Creekview Preschool, Creekview Park. Preschoolers will explore and learn about their world virtually through play, stories, music and hands-on art & science activities. Each month will feature a different theme highlighting ideas around seasons, social studies, and STEAM ideas. Info: apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/109837.

Ongoing – Fall Sports & Program Registration open. Fall Sports include soccer, flag football, tackle football and volleyball. Info: apm.activec ommunities.com/minneapolis parks/Home.

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 – The Minneapolis Parks (MPRB’s) priority is the health and safety of park visitors and employees. The MPRB is actively monitoring the coronavirus COVID-19. Even with program cancelations and building closures, parks and trails are still available for your use. Going outside and taking a walk, riding a bike or just sitting and breathing fresh air can be helpful during stressful times. Visit minneapolisparks.org /coronavirus for updated FAQs and info. Receive timely email updates by visiting minneapolisparks.org/ subscribe, enter your email and select the “COVID-19” topic in the “News Updates” section.

Ongoing – Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden is open for the season with modified hours and trail access; Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last entry at 6:30 p.m.) through October 31. The Visitor Shelter is closed for the 2020 season, due to COVID-19. Park garden staff have been planning and testing safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and comply with requirements from local, state and national agencies. We want to make sure that all visitors can enjoy a safe and pleasant experience. Get up-to-date info on the garden’s season, including a new visitors guide, visit the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden website.

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 – Folwell Park – Youth Volleyball: Bump …. Set …. Spike! Folwell Park youth Volleyball is geared for recreational play. Our organized leagues teach kids the basic volleyball skills, instruct them on the rules of volleyball and the importance of teamwork. Ages: 11U, 13U and 15U.

Ongoing Mondays – Kempo Martial Arts: Every Monday 5:30 p.m. Seven Dragons Kempo is committed to the promotion of the Martial Arts and the benefit of mankind through the teaching of humility and self-restraint. Classes are open to all experience levels. Learn Kempo martial arts technics, practical self-defense, physical conditioning and character development. Folwell Park.

Fridays and Saturdays – Teen Night Nite Owlz. Is your teen sitting on the couch doing nothing? Do you want them to have a blast? Teens take over the Folwell Park Rec Center from 8-10:30 p.m. to hang out with friends, listen to music, play basketball, learn to cook, play video games and more. Call your friends, get off the couch and meet at the center to join in on the fun!

Ongoing Tuesdays – Zumba at Folwell Park 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free.

    Girls Volleyball, ages 10-14. Register at Folwell Park or minneapolis parks.org.

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.

    Have a free event going on in our seven Camden neighborhoods? Send the info to ccn@tds.net