Church Events

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

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 Wednesdays – TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 6 p.m., Webber Park Center. Community Events Ongoing – AARP Foundation Tax-aide offers free tax preparation for seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers at these Northside locations: Hennepin County Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. from February 1 thru April 11; and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 3355 N. 4th St., Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. from February 5 thru April 15. These two locations are on a first come first served. There are also tax services at Pillsbury United Communities-Oak Park Center, 1701 Oak Park Ave., Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from February 3 thru April 14. Oak Park Center is closed for Presidents Day February 18. Call 612-377-7000 for an appointment. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments get preference.

Ongoing Saturdays – Hart’s Snatch & Grab Saturday Shopping Event at North Market (4414 Humboldt Ave N) now thru June. It is an event to promote small business owners, vendors, crafters and homemakers while the community can shop on a budget. This is also a great opportunity to network and connect with other businesses throughout the Twin Cities. Fun atmosphere and all are welcome to come. Info: 612-352-0219 or 952-688-9983.

Saturday, 2/1 – Community Connections Conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center. Free event that fosters connections between Minneapolis residents, community groups, neighborhoods and local government. This year’s conference theme is “We Count” and features important info, networking opportunities, panels, speakers, performances, free food and over 100 exhibitors spaces. Contact your local neighborhood organization (see pages 6 and 7) to learn more or go to minneapolis mn.gov/ncr/conf/index.htm.

Sundays, 2/16-3/8 – Henry High Northside Winter Baseball Clinics. Held at Brooklyn Park Dome located on Park Center School Campus. 6th-8th grades from 2:30-4 p.m., and 9th-12th grades from 4-5:30 p.m. (3rd, 4th and 5th grade session is full). Free, paid for by sponsors. For info visit gopatriotsbaseball.weebly.com. Register early. Only 30 spots per time session.

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 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. Libraries Thursday, 1/2 – Healing Circles with the Zen Bin: Intention Setting. Webber Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Join us for this fun intention-setting workshop made for you to live your best life all 2020!

Libraries

Saturday, 1/11 – Explore Nature! Webber Park Library, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Enjoy nature-themed activities, meet a live critter, and learn about the Mississippi watershed and our regional ecosystem. Collaborators: North Mississippi River Regional Park. Kids event.

Thursday, 1/16 – Bucket Drumming. Webber Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hopewell Music will be leading kids and teens in learning the basics of bucket drumming. Saturdays, 1/18 and 1/25 – Basquiat Self-Portrait Art. Webber Library, 2-3:30 p.m. Grades 2-5. Learn about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Create your own self-portrait using Basquiat’s painting techniques. Youth should attend both sessions!

Ongoing – Art on Display! – Family Portraits. Photos taken in September 2019 at a Webber Park. Library Portrait Program will be exhibited in the library through January.

Ongoing Tuesdays – Homework Help. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Webber Library. Ongoing Tuesdays – Homework Help. Webber Library, 4:30-7:30 p.m. No program Dec. 24 or 31.

Ongoing Thursdays – Afterschool Kids Jam. Webber Library, 4:45-5:15 p.m. Join Coach Chaz Sandifer and other kids/teens to do dance aerobics, cardio-kickboxing and fun movement games! Sponsored by North Market.

Fridays – Family Storytime. 10-10:30 a.m. Webber Park Library. For  kids/ caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. No program December 28.

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 – 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

Saturday, 1/18 – Senior Bingo. Webber Park, 1-3 p.m. B-I-N-G-O! Come to Webber Park for an afternoon of fellowship and fun at our senior bingo. Come, play and win fun prizes!

Friday, 2/7 – Fire & Ice at Bohanon Skating Rink, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free family skating party for all! Enjoy skating to music and keep warm with hot cocoa and a bonfire.

Ongoing – Skating at Northside Parks. As soon as ice conditions allow skating will begin and all ice rinks will remain open until March 1, weather and ice permitting. Check minneapolisparks.org for info.

Ongoing Fridays – Free Indoor Playground at Creekview Park for ages birth-5 with an adult 10:30 a.m.-noon January 10-May 1 (skip March 20).

Ongoing Tuesdays – Preschool Tuesdays at Creekview Park – hands on art and science activities. Drop off program for 3-5 year olds – drop off program. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, January 7-May 19, 10 a.m.-noon. $5 each day.

Ongoing Wednesdays – Stay & Play at Creekview Park – caregivers and kids can play and learn together thru stories, music, art, science. For ages birth-5 with an adult. Every Wednesday January 15-March 18 and April 8-May 27, 10 a.m.-noon. $35 each session or $5 drop in fee per class.

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.

Ongoing winter – sign up now for adult winter sports at our neighborhood parks; basketball, broomball, dodgeball, pond hockey and volleyball. Not into sports? Pick from hundreds of activities and classes at the parks. For info visit minneapolis parks.org. Have a free event going on in our seven Camden neighborhoods? Send the info to ccn@tds.net.

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