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 4/29-5/22 Stages Theatre Company and the Capri present All American Boys at the Capri Theater. Tickets: stagestheatre.org. Info: capritheater.org.

    Ongoing – Bright Futures: K-5 Enrichment at PCYC, 2210 Oliver N. Bright Futures programming features activities that spark creativity and build confidence. Focus on academic enrichment, and round out each day with fun, imaginative arts and recreational activities. Free! School year time/dates: Sept. 20-June 10, 2:30-5 p.m., M-F. Sign up at pcyc-mpls. org/bf-meet-greet or call 612-673-2000. Info: pcyc-mpls.org or Justice Fisher, 612 643-2026.

Church Events

    Ongoing – After School Tutoring at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Homework help and expert mathematician. 3-6 p.m. Tue. and Wed.; 3-5 p.m. Mon. and Thurs. To enroll call 612-529-7726.

    Ongoing Wednesdays – Youth Club at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. 6:30 p.m. and other days available. For grades 6-12. Transportation available. To enroll call 612-529-7726.

    Ongoing Sundays – North City Church is hosting weekly community dinners at Webber Park,   4300 Webber Parkway, at 5 p.m. The food is free and everyone is welcome around this big neighborhood table. In addition to the community meal, there is live music, stories, kids’ programming and friendly conversation. Contact: text only 612-439-7432, hello@northcitychurchmpls.com or northcitychurchmpls.com for event details.

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

Community Events

    Tuesday, 5/3 – Community listening session to inform/search for a new Minneapolis police chief. City Council Member LaTrisha Vetaw, chair of the Council’s Public Health & Safety Committee, is working with mayor and police on community listening sessions. Northside is 6-7:30 p.m. at 4055 Nicollet Ave.

    Saturday, 5/14 – Community Garden Openings at The Story Garden (35th and Humboldt) and Zen on Penn (35th and Penn) from noon-3 p.m. Join us to open these community gardens and to learn more about what activities will be occurring at them over the summer.   

    Ongoing spring – Blue Thumb Resilient Yards Spring Workshops. Virtual workshops teach earth-friendly actions that mitigate the impacts of heat waves, flooding rains, and habitat loss by using rain gardens, native planting and other do-it-yourself tactics. Two workshops: Resilient Yards covers resilience, site assessment, rain gardens, native planting, designing with trees and shrubs, turf alternatives, and other information for an eco-friendly yard. Pollinator Lawns/Turf Alternatives will focus on options to traditional turf lawns including flowering lawns that support pollinators and that require less watering and mowing. Workshops $15; offered thru the spring starting March 29. Scholarships available. Info: bluethumb.org/events/ or 651-699-2426.

    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

    Ongoing – Northside libraries have restarted free, drop-in, after-school K-12 homework help. Staff and volunteer tutors are available to aid students in all subjects, from daily homework assignments to long-term projects. North Regional Library, Monday and Tuesday 4-7 p.m. 1315 Lowry; Sumner Library, Monday and Thursday 4-7 p.m., 611 Van White Memorial Blvd; and Webber Library, Tuesday 4:30-7:30 p.m., 4440 Humboldt. Full system list and schedule of homework help libraries at hclib.org/programs/home work-help#tutors-at-the-library.

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

    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.

Parks

    Wednesday, 5/4 and 18 – Anime Club. Be bold! Be Anime! Biweekly Wednesdays at Folwell Park at 6:30 p.m. (May 4 and 18). We invite all ages interested in anime, or want to learn more. Join us for watching, drawing, snacking and chatting!  Info minneapolisparks.org.

    Saturday, 5-14 – It’s a day for all gardeners. Minneapolis Garden Tool Swap at Folwell Park from 9 a.m.-noon. Share/swap your garden tools. Recycle and help your neighbors at the same time!

    Ongoing 4/15-10/31 – The 116th season at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Its’s the oldest public wildflower garden in the nation. On 15 acres in Theodore Wirth Regional Park, its legacy dates back to 1907, when Minneapolis botanist Eloise Butler and botany teachers successfully petitioned the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to create a natural botanic garden to preserve native flora. Hours/info: Info minnespolis parks.org.          

    Ongoing summer – Creekview Park summer sports and program registration is open! T-ball, coach-pitch, baseball, softball and track & field. Info: minneapolisparks.org.

    Ongoing summer – Neighborhood Summer Day Camps at Creekview Park. For ages 6-12. $10/ week. Tues to Thurs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Summer Survivor (#132235) 6/21-6/24; All Star Sports (#132212) 6/28-7/1; Great Outdoors (#132229) 7/5-7/8; and Wet & Wild (#132247) 7/12-7/15. Info: minneapolis parks.org.

    Ongoing July – Sign up now for Urban Explorers 4-H Day Camp (#127008) for ages 8-14. Runs July 18-22, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: minneapolisparks.org.

    Ongoing summer – Sign up now for 3rd Lair Skateboard Camps at Creekview Park for ages 6-17, $75. 1-4 p.m., Tues-Thurs: June 21-23 (#130967); July 19-21 (#126974); and Aug 9-11 (#126975). Info: minneapolisparks.org.

    Ongoing spring and summer – Sports at Folwell Park. Youth baseball for ages 5-15. Track and Field for ages 9-17. Info: minneapolisparks.org.

    Ongoing Saturdays – Open basketball for ages 55+ at Folwell Park, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Stop by for some fun and exercise.

    Summer – 8/1-8/3 – Sign up now for Pre-School Art Camp: Fan Favorites Art Camp for ages 3-6 at Folwell Park. This camp is packed full of fan favorites! From paper maché bowls, projects that glow-in-the-dark, and messy clay masterpieces, these are the Kidcreate projects our littlest students love the most! All of them put together in one very popular camp. This is the stuff the kids can’t get enough of and guaranteed to be an artsy good time!  Info: minneapolisparks.org.

    Ongoing summer – Fishing Camp– Urban Lakes and Rivers. Two sessions from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 18-21 or Aug. 15-18. Info: minneapolisparks.org.

    Ongoing Mondays – Martial Arts Class at Folwell Park, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Ongoing Thursdays – Nite Owlz-Teen Night at Folwell Park, 6-9 p.m.

    Tuesdays thru May – Technology Tips for Adults at Creekview. Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., free, any adults who need help with technology. May 10 – Online Shopping. Minneapolis parks.org.

    Ongoing summer – Sign up now for summer programs at Camden Community parks. Info: minneapolisparks.org or Facebook.

    Ongoing summer Tuesdays  – Sign up now! Hip Hop Cardio Fitness at Creekview Park, 6-7 p.m. Free. HipHop Cardio Dance Fitness Taking the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning Hip Hop Dance Fitness Party! Everybody welcome! Minneapolis parks.org (activity #125862).

    Ongoing summer Tuesdays and Thursdays – Sign up now. Walking, Mobility & Strength Training at Creekview Park, 9-10 a.m., for ages 55+, Free. SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) is a free exercise and education program for older adults to increase and improve their strength and mobility through walking, stretching, and movement exercises. Minneapolisparks.org (activity #125866).

    Summer Monday and Friday – Sign up now for Afrokaribe Dance Fitness at Creekview. June-Sept., 6-7 p.m. Donation base class. For ages 18 and up. Join us for a high energy and fun dance party to Reggae, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Meringue and Afro beats! This is a donation based Afrokaribe dance fitness class held in the Creekview Recreation Center gym. Coach Val is a motivated, excited, and passionate instructor that is here to help you get fit while having plenty of fun in the process! Minneapolisparks.org (activity #128729).

    Weekdays, May-June – Sign up now for summer Pickleball at Bohanon Park. Monday-Thursday, May-June. Leagues: Beginner or Intermediate. $60 for 8 week season. Minneapolis parks.org.

    Ongoing – Preschool Fun at Creekview. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 3-5, $40 each session. Session 3: April 26-June 2. Preschoolers will explore and learn about their world through play, stories, music, and hands-on art and science activities. Each session will feature a different theme highlighting ideas around seasons, social studies, and STEAM ideas. A light snack is included. Instructor Kristen Lace.        

    Ongoing Tuesday – Technology Tips for Older Adults at Creekview, 4-6 p.m. Ages 55+, free.

    Ongoing Fridays – Folwell Park Senior 500 card club. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Bauers, No Trump, Nula and Slam are some of the terms you’ll hear while playing 500. Meet friends and master this always exciting game! No partners needed to attend; pairings formed as individuals arrive.

    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 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: minneapolis parks.org/register.

    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. Two mornings a week on live Zoom calls for 1.5 hours. Info 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.