Arts

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Saturday, 1/31 Camp Capri Arts camp for students in grade 5-8 led by Capri Artistic Associate, Dennis Spears. This month is the Art of Jewelry Making featuring guest artist, Christina Ashford. Free, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway. Register/info: thecapritheater.org. Contact: Kiana Batteau, kbatteau@ pcyc-mpls.org, 612-643-2061.

Monday, 2/6 – Freedom of Xpression Open Mic. Hosts Desdamona and Joe Adams, 6 p.m., Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway. Bring your art to our stage! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration and on-stage rehearsal. Free. Info: thecapritheater.org, or Capri Director James Scott at jscott@pcyc-mpls.org or 612-643-2024.

Saturday, Sunday 2/11 and 12 – Legends @ the Capri. Sweeping Through the City: A Celebration of Gospel Music. Featuring Shirley Marie Graham and special guest, Paris Bennett, 7 p.m. Feb. 11 and 3 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets:  $25 or $20 each for groups of 10 or more at thecapritheater.org or call Capri TicketWorks at 612-326-1813. Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway. Info: thecapritheater.org or Capri Director James Scott at jscott@pcyc-mpls.org or 612-643-2024.

Saturday, 2/18 – Camp Capri. Arts camp for students in grades 5-8 led by Capri Artistic Associate, Dennis Spears. A screening of the movie Selma, with good conversation to follow. Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free, lunch included. Register, more info: thecapritheater.org. Contact Camp Capri Company Manager Kiana Batteau at kbatteau@pcyc-mpls.org or 612-643-2061.

    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. For Info/ register contact Camp Capri Company Manager Kiana Batteau at kbatteau@pcyc-mpls.org, or Capri Theater Director James Scott at jscott@pcyc-mpls.org, 612-643-2024.

Ongoing – Free St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts for kids for 2016-17 season. Children ages 6–17 can attend unlimited regular SPCO concerts free of charge, with up to four free child tickets per paid adult ticket. Children and students can get free tickets to as many SPCO concerts as they like, with nearly the entire season available for free ticket reservations. Get info/tickets at thespco.org or 651-291-1144.

Ongoing – Music lessons at Redeemer Music Arts Academy (RMAA), 1800 Glenwood Ave. Individual lessons: Piano, voice, clarinet, guitar, African hand drum set. Also group classes. Contact musicacademy@redeemermpls.org or redeemercenter.org.

Ongoing Mondays – Artist Roundtable meets monthly on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Email info@nacarts.org or visit nacarts.org for location.

Ongoing – Single and season tickets are on sale for the ninth season of Legends @ the Capri.  February 11 and 12, Sweeping Through the City: A Celebration of Gospel Music. April 22 and 23, Judy! You Bette! featuring the music of Judy Garland and Bette Midler. More info/tickets at thecapritheater.org or 612-326-1813.

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Church Events

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Ongoing – Clothes Closet at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 2901 Emerson Ave. N.  Hours:  Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon, Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Wednesdays noon-2 p.m. During the Wednesday hours, 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 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 – 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.

Ongoing – Hockey and figure skating for boys and girls ages 6 – 14 are offered at North Commons Park and Northeast Arena through February. All equipment is provided and the cost is minimal. Transportation available for those who need it.  Register and get more info at North Commons Park, 612-370-4921.

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Classes and Workshops

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Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1/31-3-30 — Head to Toe Fitness. CommonBond – Shingle Creek Commons, 4600 Humboldt Ave. N., 1-2 p.m. Enjoy doing exercises designed to improve your strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, and endurance.  This evidence-based program is the best prescription for maintaining independence through the senior years. The teacher offers exercise options while seated or standing; use of some equipment in class. Attend either/both sessions each week. $18. Register at mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Thursday, 2/2 — Building Your Immune System … Naturally. CommonBond-Shingle Creek Commons, 4600 Humboldt Ave. N., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us to discuss the important roles that vitamins and minerals play in our daily diet. Review fruits and vegetables that contain great immune support power, and adopt healthy habits that strengthen our resistance to germs, bacteria and other irritants. $1 at door. Register at mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Tuesday, 2/28—Strengthen Your Financial Foundation,  Lucy Craft Laney Community School, 3333 Penn Ave. N., 6-8 pm. Do you have questions about budgeting and saving for the future? Are you interested in improving your credit score but don’t know where to start? Hear three financial experts offer an informative class addressing savings strategies, debt management and credit maintenance. Practical worksheets will be shared. Together we can build your financial foundation! Free. Register at mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Saturday, 3/4—Strengthen Your Financial Foundation. Lucy Craft Laney Community School, 3333 Penn Ave. N., 10 a.m.-noon. Do you have questions about budgeting and saving for the future? Are you interested in improving your credit score but don’t know where to start? Hear three financial experts offer an informative class addressing savings strategies, debt management and credit maintenance. Practical worksheets will be shared. Together we can build your financial foundation! Free. Register at mplscommunityed.com or call 612-668-2219.

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

Ongoing second Tuesdays – Free Community Health and Advocacy Talks (CHAT). Focus on social aspects of health specifically how we can make health better for all Northsiders. UROC building, Penn and Plymouth Aves. Gather 5:30 p.m., with the talk  6-7 p.m. Light refreshments served.

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Community Events

Saturday, 2/11 – Mask & Doodle interactive art. Make & Mingle coloring party 2-4 p.m., reception and Q&A with artist Alex Barreto Hathaway, 4-5 p.m. Free and friendly for all ages and abilities. Serendripity Spot, 3300 Lyndale Ave N.

Ongoing 2/1-4/15 – 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.

Thursday, 2/9 – North Market is set to break ground in March with a grand opening set for October. Pillsbury United Communities has engaged the community on the design of the building, merchandising and services that can be offered in the space. The next community engagement meeting is set for Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Webber Park Center to see finally exterior elevations and preliminary interior designs.

Wednesday, 2/15-22 —African/American History: Civil Rights and Integration – 1945-2016. CommonBond -Shingle Creek Commons, 4600 Humboldt Ave. N., 1:30-3 p.m. American history cannot be told without including African Americans. Explore African/American progress made to realize the Constitutional promise of full civil rights in the face of private and institutional racism. Review accomplishments made by ordinary and notable Black people (including sports figures) that helped change public opinion and further the goal of equity. Examine the methods African Americans used to gain civil rights for all Americans and the effect those methods had on the movement for full participation in American society for all. This is a participatory class and an opportunity to start the conversation on race relations. $2 at door. Register mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Saturday, 3/18 – Northside Housing Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lucy Craft Laney School at 3333 Penn. Educational mini-workshops from vendors will be scheduled throughout the day as well as activities for kids. The event is free and open to all, ADA-Accessible, and easily reachable by taking the 19 or 32 bus routes.

Ongoing Mondays – Mahjong game play, 1-3 pm. Similar to rummy, mahjong uses tiles. Free and open to all levels (hosts available to teach beginners). Serendripity Spot, 3300 Lyndale Ave N.

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 – Camden Lions meet the 2nd Wed. at Webber Park at 6:30 p.m., and the 4th Wed. at different locations. Contact Jim Cain, 612-521-1903 or Bill Moore, 612-806-4560.

Ongoing Tuesdays – Camden Running Club at 6 p.m.  All running abilities welcome. Running distances determined by those runners in attendance.  Contact Eric Nystrom at camdenrunningclub@gmail.com.

Ongoing third Wednesdays – The Patrick Henry High School Foundation exists to enhance the learning environment at Patrick Henry and expand educational opportunities for students. Join them at Patrick Henry, room 201, 5:30 p.m.

    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 Area 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.; Creek-view Park on Thurs. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Libraries

Thursday, 2/23 – Laughing in the library with Shed G. Popular comedian, actor and KMOJ radio personality, Shed G, will present a family-friendly comedy performance at the Sumner Library, as part of our Black History Month celebration. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Hennepin County Library – Sumner, 611 Van White Memorial Boulevard. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sumner Library. Learn more about Shed G http://www.canivent.com/.

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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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­    Thursday, 2/2  – Nature for Curious Kids: Sun and Shadows. West Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center, 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Play with shadow puppets, make sun art and rainbows, and learn how important the sun really is. Ages birth-6; children 1 and under free. Both adult and child pay $5. Register at mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Thursday, 2/16-3/9 – Acrylic Painting Explorations. Creekview Recreation Center, 5001 Humboldt Ave. N, 1-3 p.m. Learn to express yourself in acrylic paints, which dry so fast, you can’t make a mistake, since you can paint over them in minutes. Demonstrations will be given to exemplify basic acrylic painting techniques and approaches. You can paint from life or from your imagination, and you will be encouraged with helpful hints and constructive criticism as you paint your own masterpieces! See supply list and plan to purchase your supplies for the first class. $38. Register at mplscommunityed.com or 612-668-2219.

Ongoing thru 2/20 – Ice skating at Webber Park Pond, free. Warming house open from 3 p.m. -9 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays. In case of heavy snow and/or wind chill below 20 degrees warming house will close. Check rink conditions and closures at 612-313-7708 or minneapolisparks. org/activities__events/winter_activities/ice_rinks/.

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 Fridays and Saturdays – Nite Owlz, Folwell Park, 8-11 p.m., ages 13-18, free. Teens take over the recreation center to hang out with friends listen to music, play basketball, learn to cook, play video games and more. Teens must have a Park ActivePass card to attend. Activepass cards are free, register at any MPRB Park to get your pass.

Ongoing Mondays – Zumba, Folwell Park, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, all ages. Party yourself into shape! A cutting-edge, high-energy fitness system with a fusion of Latin and international music is fun and easy to do. A combination of unique body sculpting and dance steps gives you high energy and motivation.

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.

Ongoing Thursdays – Game Night, Webber Park, 6-8 p.m., ages 8-15. Play a variety of video games on the big screen. Show off your video game skills, play with friends or take on staff in weekly tournaments. Visit Webber to get your park Active Pass.

Ongoing Fridays – Afternoon Crafts, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Folwell Park. Come on up and make some crafts to take home to show off to your family and friends. We have all sorts of crafts for boys and girls! Wear clothes that are okay to get messy, just in case. You’ll make animal masks, racecars, pinwheels, kites, tile mosaic coasters, Frisbees, sand monsters, tribal rainsticks, hats, hotshot basketballs, sand candles, piggy banks, drawstring backpacks and fuse bead key rings. Free, ages 6-11.

Ongoing Thursdays – Family Open Gym, Folwell Park, 6-8 p.m. Family Open Gym is a time for families to play pick-up games of basketball, volleyball, floor hockey or simply to run off steam. Children required to have parent supervision. Free; a great time to enjoy some family fun.

Ongoing Mondays – Girls Acro Dance, Folwell Park, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn and perform basic acrobatic movements intertwined with dance. Build strength, self-esteem and confidence, and meet new friends while learning new Acrobatic dance movements. Free; for ages 13-17. Register at Folwell Park

Have a free event going on in our Camden neighborhoods? Send the info to editor@camdenews.org