Arts

Saturday, 11/9 – Camp Capri Arts Explorers. For Middle School-Age Scholars (grades 5-8). Kelly Pribyl leads a cool craft project. Free; lunch is served. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at PCYC, 2210 Oliver. Register in advance at thecapritheater.org or 612-643-2058. Enrollment is limited. Info: 612-643-2024 or thecapritheater.org.

Saturday, 11/24 – HUGE Theater hosts the inaugural Queer and Funny Improv Festival – Minnesota’s first festival dedicated to improv by and for LGBTQ+ people. Featuring Queer Ensemble; Invisibi; Sober Queer History; The Other Jeannie Retelle. Festival includes performances, workshops, a panel and a jam. Open to all genders and orientations. Info: queerandfunny. weebly.com.

Ongoing – Dot Mandala Painting, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4656 Colfax. Get into a calm meditative place through mandala painting. You’ll be skillfully guided to create a beautiful dot mandala painting on canvas, cookie tin, rocks or ornaments complete with your own touches! Canvas – Thu., 11/14, 7-10 p.m. Cookie Tin – Tue, 11/19, 7-10 p.m.; Thu, 12/12, 7-10 p.m. Holiday Ornaments – Tue, 11/5, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., 12/7, 3-6 p.m.; Rocks – Thu., Sat, 11/23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Fri., 12/20, 7-10 p.m.. $45/$38 Studio Members + $15 supply fee. Pre-registration required; goddessofglass.com.

     Church Events             

Friday, Saturday, 11/1-2 – Annual Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale – North Methodist Church (44th and Fremont) is having their Annual Bazaar on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday  at  9- 11 a.m. We will be having some local crafters and other vendors. The church will be hosting a Bake Sale. Hopewell Music School will be providing entertainment during the bazaar. Sloppy Joes will be available on Friday night for a small fee. We will also have lefse for sale. The church is handicapped accessible. Enter by the parking lot door. Info: contact the church or Marlys via email (marlys.burseth@comcast.net). Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 11/2 – Hope Lutheran Church Bazaar and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5200 Emerson. Items for sale include handmade crafts, quilts, baked good, handmade wooden stools, etc., and much more! Coffee and cookies available throughout the day. A light lunch will be available starting at 11 a.m. The quilt drawing will be at 1 p.m. Info: Phyllis at 763-494-4233.

Saturday, Sunday, 11/23 and 24, Our Lady of Victory Fall Bazaar.  Our Lady of Victory Church, 5155 Emerson, annual craft and bake sales from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 9-11 a.m. Sunday. Fresh donuts will be sold Saturday morning and a light lunch will be served. Chances to win a gift basket. Info: 612-529-7788 or visit Our Lady of Victory 2019 Fall Bazaar on Facebook.

Ongoing last Tuesdays – Free Community Dinner, last Tuesday of the month starting at 6 p.m. Salem Lutheran Church  4150 Dupont Ave N. Everyone is welcome. Info: 612-521-3644.

Ongoing – Clothes Closet at 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 – 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              

Saturday, 10/26 – First Time Homebuyer class, Lucy Laney School, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free! Childcare and lunch provided. Contact cna@clevelandneighborhood.org.

Ongoing, second Wednesdays – Food Business 101 Class – Do you dream of starting a food business and 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 Thursdays – Crystal Lake Cemetery offers a free funeral pre-planning seminar at 10 a.m. in 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

Ongoing Saturday, Sunday – Stop by Mississippi Mushrooms’ mini-farmer’s market, 3750 Washington N., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. thru Oct. for a weekly selection of fresh mushrooms,  produce and cottage foods. Stop by year-round for fresh mushrooms tours and kits. Info: mississippimushrooms.com.

Ongoing thru fall – Community Gardening in Folwell. Help beautify the neighborhood; get to know your neighbors have fun, food and stories; and celebrate our earth in our community gardens. You don’t need a green thumb. All kinds of opportunities at the Penn Garden, Love Garden and Story Garden. Info info@folwell.org or folwell.org.

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 missionproject2005.org.

Ongoing – Join Councilmember 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. northsideboxingclub.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, September 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  

Saturday, 10/26 – Friends of the Webber Park Library Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bargain hunters and book lovers take note: Friends of the Webber Park Library will hold a used book sale on October 26. Proceeds benefit Hennepin County       Library. Info: webberpark@supporthclib.org.

Saturday, 10/26 – 1619-2019 Four Hundred Years of Black Life, Resistance and Change, 1-2:15 p.m. at Sumner Library. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Africans arriving in Jamestown on a slave ship. What has happened to African descendants during this 400-year period? Dr. Rose Brewer, Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, will lecture and lead a discussion analyzing 400 years of Black life, resistance and change. The Woodson Lectures series sheds light on topics relating to the experiences of African-Americans throughout the course of United States history.

Saturday, 11/2 – Explore Nature! 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Webber Park Library. Enjoy nature-themed activities, meet a live critter, and learn about the Mississippi watershed and our regional ecosystem. Collaborators: North Mississippi River Regional Park, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Kids event.

Sunday, 11/3 Live at North Regional: I.B.E. 3 p.m. at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave N. Vibrations made make to make you move – longtime Rapper and producer I.B.E. (Intelligent Black Enterprise) brings his musical stylings to the library.  I.B.E. will perform a live music set upstairs in the north meeting room of the library. Sponsor: Friends of North Regional Library.

Saturday, 11/9 – Writing your way to YouTube Stardom. 2-3:30 p.m., Webber Park Library. Learn the behind-the-scenes work of creating a plan, writing a script and creating a persona to become a YouTube star. Leave with a plan to launch (or relaunch) a new hit series. Register at hclib.org.

Saturday, 11/16 – Gentrified Memory. 2-3:30 p.m., Webber Park Library. Memory is often tied to place, and the displacement of memory has been foundational to the theft of land under settler colonialism and the anti-black logics of gentrification. So how might remembering become part of a restorative practice? Join us at Webber Park Library as poet, Chaun Webster, reads from Gentry!fication: or the scene of the crime, and co-facilitates (with you) a space where we identify the shape of what’s forgotten and a vocabulary to recover it. This reading and workshop is made possible a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

Sunday, 11/17 – Slavery’s Reach – Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State. 2-3:15 p.m. at North Regional Library. From 1849 to 1865, Minnesotans developed some of their communities with money from sales of real estate to southern slaveholders, despite Minnesota’s legal prohibition of slavery. Dr. Christopher P. Lehman, professor of ethnic studies at St. Cloud State University, will present on his new book Slavery’s Reach, which traces the money trails between southern slave plantations and Minnesota’s businesses. The Woodson Lectures series sheds light on topics relating to the experiences of African-Americans throughout the course of United States history.

Wednesday, 11/20 – Boost Your Brain Health. 1-2 p.m., Webber Park Library. The health of your brain isn’t just dependent on the luck of the draw. Learn how you can take positive steps to get your brain in the best shape possible. Leave with an understanding of ways that your lifestyle can impact our brain. Register at hclib.org.

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 Wednesdays Kid’s Bookclub, 2:30-4 p.m., Webber Park Library. No pre-reading     required, we will share a book, discuss and do a fun activity! Sponsored by Friends of the Webber Park Library. No registration required. For kids entering grades 1-6.

Ongoing Saturdays (beginning 6/22) – Read Together, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Webber Park Library. Sign up for a weekly 30-minute session to practice reading with a teen mentor. Come to Webber Park Library, 4440 Humboldt, to register or call 612-543-6751. For kids entering K-3.

     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

Tuesday, 10/29 – Webber-Camden Youth Center official grand opening from 5-8 p.m., 4350 Fremont. The youth center, free to all youth ages 12-19, is hosted by the four-person Teen Tech Squad from Hennepin County Library. The Squad will be present at the grand opening and has activities planned that will introduce youth to the instruments and recording equipment available at the center.

Wednesdays, 11/6 and 20 -Watchful Wednesdays, 8:30-10 a.m. North Mississippi Park. Discover what to look for when identifying birds in the field. Learn about bird behaviors while strolling with a naturalist. Coffee, tea and treats provided.

     Thursday, 11/7 – Campfire Mingle  6-8 p.m. North Mississippi Park. Bring some friends and meet some new ones at an evening of food and nature around an autumn bonfire. Enjoy naturalist-led gourmet campfire cooking, group games, and a senses-exploring night hike. Info: minneapolisparks.org activity #100238.

Thursday, 11/7 – Insane Slime  Folwell Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 4-9; $2. Sign up early for this popular class! It’s silly and slimy and insanely fun. Messy Time is one of our most popular activities, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing all class long! We’ll get silly with silly putty, messy with muck and so much more! This is going to be a messy one, so dress your child appropriately. Info minneapolisparks.org #105713.

Saturday, 11/9 – Hike Mississippi River North Regional Park with a naturalist to discover how human use and attitudes towards the river have changed alongside the shifting riverbanks over time. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, 11/23 – Cornucopias, 1:30-3 p.m., North Mississippi Park. Craft your own “horn of plenty” for your dining table this year using natural materials found in the park.

     Wednesdays, 11/27-12/18 – Early Childhood Nature Play Group Wednesdays 10:15-11:15 a.m., North Mississippi Park. Get those inquisitive minds and bodies exploring nature and socializing with peers! Bring your little one to play and have fun outside with other children and parents/guardians. For kids up to age 5 with an adult.

Friday, 11/29 – Special Event: Nature’s Black Friday Fun, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., North Mississippi Regional Park. Ditch the mall crawl and opt to outside this year! We’ll have naturalist programming and self-guided nature exploration activities all day. Hike the park, build a fort, go on a scavenger hunt, play games and join in the coloring contest! This is a drop-in special  event; pre-registration encouraged, but not required. Dress for the weather. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, 12/14 – Mother-Daughter Holiday Create Night, Folwell Park, 5:30-7 p.m. Ages 5-12; $5. Christmas is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than creating masterpieces with your child? Prepare for an evening filled with holiday fun! You and your child will follow easy step-by-step instructions as you create matching portraits of the most famous reindeer of all-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Each mother and daughter will create their own masterpiece on a real canvas board. Info minneapolisparks.org #105714.

Ongoing – Hockey for girls and boys ages 6-14 at North Commons Park and Northeast Arena, November thru February. All equipment is provided and the cost is minimal. Register and get more info at North Commons Park, 612-370-4921. Register early to get the most for your money.

     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.