Arts           

Monday, 12/4 – Freedom of Xpression Open Mic with host Desdamona. Bring your art to our stage!  Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway, 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 for registration and on-stage rehearsal. Free. Info: thecapritheater.org or 612-643-2024.

Ongoing December – The Goddess of Glass presents Holiday Magic an artisan gift boutique. Fri., Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., Dec. 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A variety of artisan vendors sharing their handcrafted wares. 4400 Osseo Road, on the NW corner of 44th and Penn Ave N.

Ongoing Mondays – Northside Singers winter session. Did you know there is a community choir on the Northside? The Northside Singers operate through Minneapolis Community Ed and practice Monday nights from 7:30 to 8:45 at Patrick Henry High School. This is an inclusive, friendly group that sings seasonal, jazz, pop and occasionally gospel songs for area rest homes and other community venues throughout the year. No prior choir experience or ability to read music is required. Info: folwellmn. nextdoor.com.

Ongoing – Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series @ the Capri. Season tickets on sale now for the 2017-18 season. Info: 651-291-1144, thecapritheater.org or thespco.org .

Ongoing third Saturdays – Camp Capri S3. Middle school-age students explore the arts. At the Capri, 2027 West Broadway,10 a.m. – 2 p.m. began Sept. 16. Director: Dennis Spears, with monthly guest artists. Free. Lunch provided. Info: thecapritheater.org or 612-643-2024.

Ongoing Tuesday and Thursday – Capri After School Theater,  Open to all students currently enrolled in high school. Free at the Capri, 2027 West Broadway, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Director Kevin West. Info thecapritheater.org or 612-643-2024.       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          

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 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.

Ongoing Mondays – Community Yoga at Serendripity Spot (3300 Lyndale Ave N) 6-7 p.m. Vinyasa flow for all levels; $5 suggested donation.          

Community Events          

Wednesday, 11/29 and 12/6 –  Public comment meetings for proposed 2018 Minneapolis Park Board budget — focus on fiscal responsibility, service delivery to meet changing demographics and supporting the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan. Get the proposed budget and related documents at minneapolisparks.org/ budget or 612-230-6400. Meetings: Nov. 29, Administration & Finance Committee Approval of 2017 Budget – MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road. Comments may be made during 5:30 p.m. regularly scheduled Open Time session. Dec. 6, Public Hearing and Board Approval of 2018 Budget – City of Minneapolis public hearing on 2018 tax levy and 2018 Budget, City Hall, Council Chambers Room 317, 350 South 5th St., at 6:05 p.m.

Friday, 12/1 – Holiday on 44th – 20th anniversary! Entertainment, food, fun and holiday shopping all along 44th Ave. – see the full schedule on page 7 and visit holidayon44th.com.

Sunday, 12/3 – Art Activity Hang Out, 1-3 p.m., join artist Salem Murre and neighbors to make art your way – drawing, doodling, collaging – while discussing the current gallery show at Serendripity Spot (3300 Lyndale Ave N).

Tuesday, 12/5 – Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development Community Interactive Engagement event, Farview Park, 621 29th Ave. N, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Over the past year, City planners have been listening about the future of Minneapolis. One theme heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. Planners have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts. Event includes family-friendly activities created by artists and City-staff, and free food from local businesses.

Tuesday, 12/5 – Minneapolis 2040 Open House, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Farview Park. City of Minneapolis planners have spent the last year listening to residents’ thoughts about the future of the city and shaping ideas to plan for its growth. Attend this interactive open house to learn about their ideas and share your feedback.

Saturday, 12/9 – Donations and volunteers are still needed for PCYC’s Annual Children’s Holiday Gift Sale. Info: Catrice O’Neal, 612-643-2026 or pcyc-mpls.org.

Sunday, 12/10 – “Second Sundays” & Holiday Pop-up Shop, 2-4 p.m., complimentary beverages, Hopewell Music’s Flute Choir, and holiday gifts from a dozen local makers at Serendripity Spot (3300 Lyndale Ave N).

Monday, 12/11 – Kid’s Storytime, 10:30 am at Serendripity Spot (3300 Lyndale Ave N). Songs, stories and open play for children ages birth to five.

    Ongoing Thursdays – Community Coffee & Conversation, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., complimentary coffee at Serendripity Spot (3300 Lyndale Ave N).

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. Upcoming: Nov. 16 meet the new Police Chief Medaria Arradondo; and Dec. 21 presentation on the Domestic Abuse Program.

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 – Fighting Chance Youth Boxing Program. 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.

Ongoing – Boys to Men Club – activities and a chance to earn some money. Info: facebookboystomen clubminneapolis, boystomenmpls @gmail.com or 612-470-1934.

Ongoing Mondays – Join Mahjong game play. Free and open to players of all levels (beginners welcome; hosts on site to teach). 1-3:30 p.m., Serendripity Spot (3300 Lyndale Ave N).

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 – 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   

Wednesday, 12/13 – Senior Surf Day. 10 a.m.-noon, Webber Library. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line. Registration required. Register online or at 612-543-KNOW.

Ongoing Fridays – Family Storytime. 10-11 a.m., Webber 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 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           

Ongoing – Folwell Park sports – sign up now for Fundamental Basketball  $25.

Ongoing Tuesdays – Zumba at Folwell Park 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free.

Ongoing Mondays – Kempo Martial Arts, Folwell Park, 6 p.m. $10 per season. 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.

Ongoing Tuesdays Thursdays – Boxing at Folwell Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 8-15. Free. Learn the fundamentals of boxing through this non-contact program. Program focuses on learning the fundamentals and building confidence, minds, body and inner wellness. Coach  Thomas is a certified coach with USA Boxing.

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

Ongoing Saturdays – Vinyasa Yoga Class, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Folwell Park. Cost $20 for Fall Session, sign up at the park.

Ongoing – Youth Fall Sports: Youth Football, ages 6-14; Youth Soccer ages 6-14; Girls Volleyball, ages 10-14. Register at Folwell Park or minneapolis parks.org.

Ongoing Thursdays – Zumba, 9 a.m., all summer, Webber Park. Free.                             Ongoing Fridays – Strength and Conditioning, 8 a.m., Victory Park. Free.

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.