Arts

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Monday, 4/3 – Freedom of Xpression Open Mic with hosts Desdamona and Joe Adams. Featuring special guests Katana Da Don and Soul Reflect. 2027 West Broadway. Doors open 5:30 for registration and on-stage rehearsal, performance at 6 p.m. Free. Info:  thecapritheater.org, jscott@pcyc -mpls.org or 612-643-2024.

Saturday, 4/15 – Camp Capri. Featuring beatboxing and poetry with Carnage and Desdamona. For students in grade 5-8. 2027 West Broadway,10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Lunch included. Register/ info: thecapritheater.org, kbatteau @pcyc-mpls.org or 612-643-2061.

    Thursdays, 4/27-5/11 – Writing to the World: Ways to Connect through Writing and Be Heard. Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave. N, 6-8 p.m. We all have passions, causes we believe in, ideas we want to communicate. Learn tools to express yourself powerfully enough to reach others: a spoken word poem, letter, editorial in a newspaper, or even a memory captured on the page. Through writing exercises students will complete a tangible project they can use, share or submit for publication. Bring a notebook and writing utensils. $30. Register at 612-668-2219 or mplscommunityed.com org.

    Sunday, 4/30 – Rainbow Ruckus, children’s art party, noon-3 p.m., at Goddess of Glass/ The Warren, 4400 Osseo Rd. Free live music and entertainment. Food truck at event. Info: goddessofglass.com or thegoddessofglass@gmail.com.

    Ongoing third Saturdays Students in grades 5–8 explore, do, make and perform art! Free, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway. Info/register at kbatteau @pcyc-mpls.org,  jscott@pcyc-mpls.org or 612-643-2024.

Church Events

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Saturday, 4/1 – Free Write Your Representative event, 9-11 a.m., Parkway United Church, 3120 Washburn. Postcards and stamps provided, along with sample text and info on apps to use to let our leaders know how we feel about the current bills and issues. All are welcome.

Sunday, 4/2 – Honoring the Knights of Columbus at our first-ever annual Knights Mass, Parish of St. Bridget, 3811 Emerson, 9:30 a.m. Parishioners can greet gentlemen and their families from other parishes. Our local Council is made of men worshipping at St. Anne/St. Joseph Hien Church, Ascension Church, Our Lady of Victory, and our parish community. We want to welcome and thank them all for all they do for our parish community.

    Saturday, 4/29 – Annual Spring Salad Luncheon, North Methodist Church, 4350 Fremont.  Lunch noon-1 p.m., entertainment at 1 p.m.  Tickets: adults $9, children age 5-11 $4, and children under 5 free. Church is handicapped accessible. Enter the church on the parking lot side. Questions, 612-522-4497.

Ongoing – Clothes Closet, St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 2901 Emerson Ave. N. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon, Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Wednesdays noon-2 p.m. On Wednesdays there is also a Loaves and Fishes food distribution. Donations of clean, reusable clothing welcome, Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  612-529-7726.

Ongoing – Looking for safe and good quality activities for children and youth? St. Olaf Lutheran has affordable Bible Camp and School activities on the St. Olaf Campus at 29th and Emerson. Info: 612-529-7726.

Ongoing last TuesdaysFree community meal served at 6 p.m., the last Tuesday of each month Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4150 Dupont N. Everyone welcome. Info: 612-521-3644.

Ongoing – Clothes Closet, North United Methodist Church, 44th and Fremont, from 9 a.m.-noon the first two Saturdays of each month and the first Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. with free bag lunch from Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Donations accepted when open or find something you may need. If unable to get to NUMC during open times, call the church at 612-522-4497.

    Ongoing Sundays – Joint ministries of NuWay Missionary Baptist and Gethsemane Lutheran host a free community breakfast every Sunday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 47th and Colfax.  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.

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Classes and Workshops

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Tuesdays-Thursdays, 4/18-6/8 – Head to Toe Fitness. CommonBond-Shingle Creek Commons, 4600 Humboldt, 1-2 p.m. Enjoy exercises to improve your strength, coordination, balance, flexibility and endurance; the best prescription for maintaining independence through the senior years. Teacher offers exercise options while seated or standing. Attend either/both sessions each week. $16. Register at mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Tuesday, 4/18 and/or Saturday, 4/29 – Strengthen Your Financial Foundation. Lucy Craft Laney Community School, 3333 Penn, 6-8 p.m., free. Hear experts discus budgeting and saving; improving your credit profile; and buying a house. Tues. class focus on budgeting/savings and credit. Sat. class focus on home ownership. Practical worksheets will be shared. Register at mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Mondays, 4/24-5/22—Tai Chi for Health. Creekview Recreation Center, 5001 Humboldt, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Improve flexibility and balance using Tai Chi. Learn several movements that help you gain better control of your health and improve your quality of life while harmonizing body, mind and spirit. Wear comfortable clothes. $24. Register at mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Thursday, April 27—Enhancing Your Brainpower. CommonBond-Shingle Creek Commons, 4600 Humboldt, 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Investigate how your mind works while learning tips to improve your memory. Keep your brain active to ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms and add energy daily to power your brain more effectively. $1 at door. Register at 612-668-2219 or  mplscommunityed.com.

Saturday, 4/29 – Home Security Workshop,10 a.m., The Warren, 4400 Osseo Road N. ViNA workshop led by a MPD crime prevention specialist to provide homeowners and renters with tips on how to improve home security. Light refreshments provided.

Ongoing Thursdays – Crystal Lake Cemetery offers a free funeral pre-planning seminar at 10 a.m. at the cemetery office, 3816 Penn N. Questions call 612-521-7619.

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

Community Events

Saturday, 4/1 – Spring Garden Workshop, the Best Plants for 14 Tough Urban Sites, 10 a.m. Webber Park Rec Center. Learn from Master Gardeners at this free workshop presented by ViNA’s Garden Club. Learn how to plant and care for gardens in the toughest urban sites like those found along boulevards, in shade and in alkaline soil. You also have time to ask the gardeners for advice and connect with neighbors. Pre-register at victoryneighborhood.org or call 612-529-9558.

Monday, 4/10 – Children’s Storytime, 10:30 a.m. at Serendripity Spot. Stories, songs and literacy tips for the kids in your life ages birth-5. Free, at 3300 Lyndale Ave N.

Wednesday, 4/12 – Open House on redeveloping buildings at 4146 Fremont. View four different redevelopment proposals at this City-owned property. Meet the proposal teams, ask questions, and provide feedback to City staff to redevelop these vacant buildings on Fremont. Open house at Webber Comm. Center, come anytime 6-8 p.m. Learn more at minneapolismn.gov/cped/Fremont.

Thursday, 4/13 – MPS Community Education Community Dialogue. Henry High, 4320 Newton, 6-8 p.m. Learn about MPS Community Education programs in North Mpls. Share your ideas about how Community Education can provide more programs to meet your interests and needs. Help us to direct future programs on the Northside! Light dinner served 6-6:30 p.m., followed by guest speaker and idea sharing. RSVP required by April 11: Kevin.Czmowski@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-1922.

Saturday, 4/15 – Camden Candy Grab, 10 a.m., Victory Park, 4414 Upton. ViNA, Corner Church, Corner Coffee, Thrivent, Thirsty Whale Bakery and The Warren host a family-friendly spring event that features an egg hunt, cookie decorating and more. Free and open to all ages.

Saturday, 4/22 – Earth Day Clean-Up at parks, neighborhoods, Miss River and Shingle Creek from 9:30 a.m.-noon, gloves and bags provided. For info check out your neighborhood organization (pages 8 and 9) to see about clean-ups in your area.

   Saturday, 4/22 – Saturday Night Live at Serendripity Spot, 6-9 p.m., 3300 Lyndale. John Snell the Tenth (‘60s & ‘70s style acoustic) and Zombabies (rockabilly) to perform. Space for open mic performances, plus art and sounds by Coma Chronicles. No cover – musician tips gladly accepted.

    Tuesday, 5/4 – Minneapolis Homes Buy-Build-Rehab Training. Sabathani Comm. Center, 310 E 38th St., 6-7:30 p.m. Learn how to buy a move-in ready home; build a home on a City-owned vacant lot; and rehab a City-owned vacant home. Register at sabathanitraining.eventbrite.com.

    Ongoing thru 4/15 – Free tax help at North Regional Library. Wednesday and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., walk in only. AARP provides free tax help to residents. This year printed tax forms and instructions are not being provided to libraries. You need to request paper forms at revenue. state.mn.us and search for Income Tax Forms or call 651-296-3781. Federal forms can be requested at irs.gov and go to Forms and Pubs section or call 1-800-Tax-Form.

Ongoing Thursdays – Community Coffee & Conversation at Serendripity Spot, 3300 Lyndale, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Complimentary coffee hosted by neighbor. First Thursdays, meet officers of the Fourth Precinct in a casual and friendly setting

Ongoing Wednesdays – Camden Lions meet the 2nd Wed., 6:30 p.m. at the Folwell Neighborhood Office 1206 37th, and the 4th Wed. socially at different locations. Contact Bill Moore 612-806-4560 or Jim Cain 612-521-1903.

Ongoing second Tuesdays – Court Watch, 6:30 p.m., Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, 1925 Plymouth Ave. N. The purpose of Court Watch is to promote sentencing accountability within the criminal justice system. Info 521-2100.

Ongoing Sundays – 1st Sunday Flea Market at The Warren, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cleaning out the attic? Garage? Storage unit? Bring your household goods and collectibles the 1st Sunday of each month and find them new, loving homes! We allow up to one-fourth of items for sale to be handcrafted. Visit goddessofglass. com/events for details and a vendor application form

    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.

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.

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Libraries

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Thursday, 4/20 – Health & Wellbeing Celebration, 11 a.m., North Regional Library. Celebrate the significant accomplishments in health and wellbeing in the Hawthorne Neighborhood by watching a preview of conversations the Elders and Youth had, and receive a copy of The Remedies book. We will also discuss our next steps to this initiative. Light refreshments provided.

Ongoing – Homework Help on Mon., Tues., Thurs. from 3:30-7 p.m. at North Regional Library during the Minneapolis Public School year. Homework Help is for all students, K-12, at no cost and with no advance sign-up needed.

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.

Saturdays – Family Storytime. Webber Park Library, 11 a.m. 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.

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Parks

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Ongoing summer – Summer Camps at North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 North Mississippi Court. Let your kids spend a summer of fun at the park! We have camps all summer long (10 weeks of different camps) from 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m. Register at northmississipi@minneapolisparks.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. The possibilities are endless! Visit your Camden recreation center to register for this program and receive your Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Active Pass today! 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 Camden neighborhoods? Send the info to editor@camdenews.org.