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 

    May 10-15 – StoryFest 2021 – Virtual Event. Full of workshops, a variety of stories to listen to and storytelling opportunities, StoryFest will focus on community and the role of storytelling in creating connections. With free registration, you get access to 20+ sessions over six days.  New this year is a series of sessions highlighting groups using story in our communities. Visit storyartsmn. org/storyfest.

May 13-23 – 40th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Virtual festival including select in-person outdoor events. Get info and film schedule at mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff/.

Ongoing summer – Bright Futures: K-5 Enrichment at PCYC. Register now for summer session! 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon. thru Fri., June 28 to August 13. Free! Breakfast and lunch served daily. Transportation provided to those with Northside addresses. Located at PCYC, 2210 Oliver Ave. N. Registration required in advance online at pcyc-mmpls.org/brightfutures. Enrollment limited. Info: pcyc-mpls.org or Jaleeza Smith-Breedlove, 612-643-2026.

Church Events            

Ongoing spring – After-school tutoring for grades 1-12, Mondays-Thursdays, from 3-5 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 2901 Emerson Ave. N. Emphasis on homework completion, remedial and enrichment math. Call for intake: 612-529-7726.

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 – New Direction Youth Ministry After School Tutoring and Youth Program at 2901 Emerson. Includes: homework help; math help using an expert mathematician; mentoring possibilities; access to other youth development programs; and computer lab (ChromeBook compatible). Info: 612-529-7726.

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 school year – Bright Futures: Free K-5 Enrichment at PCYC, School Year Session, 2-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Online via Zoom (must have internet and technology). Chromebooks/iPads may be available. First come, first-served. Enrollment limited; registration required in advance. Call Jaleeza Smith-Breedlove, 612-643-2096. Info: pcyc-mpls. org.

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

Community Events

Tuesday, 5/4 – Above the Falls Community Advisory Committee (AFCAC) is an organization made up of community representatives from neighborhoods, businesses and environmental organizations. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings; representatives from Lind Bohanon and McKinley are especially needed. AFCAC weighs in with the City of Minneapolis and the Parks & Recreation Board on use and development plans for parcels along and adjacent to the Mississippi River from Plymouth Ave to the northern city limit. The next AFCAC meeting is May 4, 7-9 p.m. Email info@abovethefallsmpls.org for info and how to join the meeting.

    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

    Thursday, 5/6 – Celebrating May Day: Workers of the Twin Cities Labor Movement, 6:30-8 p.m. Panel discussion including workers in the Twin Cities Labor Movement and features staff from Tattersall Distilling, The Atwood Center and Augsburg University and will be moderated by Veronica Mendez-Moore of Centro Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha. Hear about recent workplace organizing campaigns and discuss the local labor movement amid COVID and racial justice movements. Program is 90 minutes including a Q&A. Info: hclb.org.

Thursday, 5/13 – Eviction Expungement Clinic, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record. People request expungement of an eviction record to make it easier to find housing in the future. Attend a virtual info session to learn more about the eviction expungement process and have general questions answered by attorneys. Registration required. Info: hclb.org

Thursday, 5/13 – More Than a Single Story: In the Eye of the Beholder, 7-9 p.m. In Toni Morrison’s first novel The Bluest Eye, her character Pecola Breedlove faces unspeakable troubles in her young life and believes her problems will go away if only she had blue eyes. For years, women of color have been writing about how American beauty standards affect them, and the beauty industry has been working to make them buy into those standards rather than helping them love and respect their own beauty. In this More Than a Single Story conversation, artists/activists/hair stylists Ebony J. Davis and Mahogany Plautz lead a conversation with poets Mary Moore Easter and Saymoukda Vongsay, designer Bris Carbajal, Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo Emmy- nominated artist Missy Whiteman and salon owner/hair stylist Fiona Buff on the issues of women of color and beauty. Info: hclb.org.

Saturday, 5/15 – Noticing the Field of Purple: Examining Beauty Through Black American Writing and Music, 2-4 p.m. Guided poetry writing session will question the power dynamics of beauty while exploring our own personal relationship to it. We will anchor our critical exploration of beauty in Black American literary traditions and music. From this framework, we will generate original poems that intentionally reflect on how we can assert and affirm a radical recovery of beauty that nourishes with its strength, healing properties and reminds us to love ourselves and the overlooked splendors of environments that make up who we are. Led by Sagirah Shahid, award-winning African American Muslim poet, arts educator and performance artist. Info: hclb.org.

Monday, 5/17-  Join Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang for a reading and discussion of her newest picture book, Yang Warriors. Discover how a ragtag group of children become the real-life heroes to those around them, a source of strength and inspiration for all. 2-3 p.m. Info: hclb.org.

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

Ongoing – Webber Park Library offers Grab-n-Go service. Includes: Retrieving of holds, limited browsing of materials, checking out items, quick reference support, returning of library materials, computer use (appointments are recommended).

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.

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.

Parks

Saturday, 5/8 – Plant Your Garden & Eat it Too, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. apm.activecommunities.com/ minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/117831.

Ongoing 5/11-27 – Virtual Creekview Preschool (ages 2-5) Tues, Wed and Thurs. $40 Register: apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/114867.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6/1-8/29 – Walking, Mobility & Strength Training. Sign up now. In-person (ages 55+). 9-10 a.m. Free. Info: minneapolisparks.org.

    Ongoing thru 6/11 – Rec Plus provides school-age childcare for children in grades K-6 at neighborhood recreation centers, including Webber Park. Rec Plus operates after school and on school release days (times vary 2-6 p.m.). Activities have been modified for social distancing and may include games, sports, arts and crafts, homework help and nutritious snacks. Program components have been modified to meet CDC and MDH guidelines, including mask requirements for staff and children. Info webber@ minneapolisparks.org, 612-370-4916 or minneapolis parks. org.                        Tuesdays, Thursdays thru 6/10 – Register today for Free Youth Volleyball instruction. Folwell Recreation Center’s free Youth Volleyball Clinic taking place twice a week, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Youth (ages 9-16) will work with high school coaches on volleyball fundamentals and develop proper mechanics through fun drills, games and competition. Learn the perfect arm swing, passing, serving, defense, tricks of the game, blocking and more! Clinic is open for all skill levels, beginner to advanced. Masks required to participate. Register at minneapolisparks.org/register or in person at Folwell Recreation Center, 1615 Dowling Ave. N. Info: 612-370-4917 or folwell@minneapolis parks.org.

Ongoing 6/21-24 – Fishing Camp – Urban Lakes and Rivers. Sign up now! Learn the basics of casting, knots, and catch and release while exploring shore spots on the lakes and rivers in Minneapolis. Camp will teach your child all the basics of fishing and the secrets of catching fish. Mon-Thur, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost $5. Ages 9-14.

Ongoing spring and summer – Creekview and Bohanon Parks youth sports. RevSports Baseball (Tball & Coach Pitch) – Mondays, May 17-June 14 (ages 3-10); RevSports Soccer – Wednesday evenings, May 26-June 16 (ages 3-11); RevSports Basketball – Wednesday evenings, May 26-June 16 (ages 3-11). Register at apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks.

    Ongoing summer – Weekly Summer Preschool Camps (ages 3-5) will be held virtually in June and resume in person in July and August at Creekview Park. Sign up now! Tues, Wed, Thurs; 9 a.m.-noon. $20/week. Info minneapolisparks.org.

Ongoing summer – Weekly Summer Neighborhood Theme Day Camps (ages 6-12) at various Northside parks. Sign up now. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10/week. Info: Minneapolisparks.org.

Ongoing – Folwell Baseball and Softball. Ages 5 to 14. Visit minneapolisparks.org.

Tuesdays, 5/11-615, Pickleball Intermediate League, #116247, 6-8 p.m. Info minneapolisparks.org.

Ongoing Mondays Spring – Martial Arts class for ages 8 and up, Folwell Park, 6 p.m. $10 per session.

Ongoing Tuesdays spring – Free Virtual Zumba Class, 6:30-7:30  p.m. Folwell Park. Register Minneapolisparks.org.

Ongoing spring and summer- Baseball & Softball Folwell Park. Ages: 5 to 18. T-ball, 10U, 12U, 13U, 15U, 18U.  Register online or at the park. Fee $20 (scholarships available).

Ongoing spring – Track and Field Folwell Park Ages: 9-17 Register online or at the park.

Ongoing spring – Outdoor Pickleball League on Bohanon Park Tennis Courts Sign up now! $25 per team (doubles). Pickleball Beginners League: #116248 Thursdays, May 13-June 17, 6-8 p.m.

Ongoing – Pickleball Leagues at Bohanon Park Tennis courts. May 4-June 10. Tuesdays, Beginners and Thursdays Intermediate. 6-8pm. $25 per doubles team. This league will continue all summer and early fall.

Ongoing May; – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays – Virtual Preschool (offered monthly). Ages 2-6. Virtual content is loaded weekly and done on your own schedule.  Videos are pre-recorded.  Supply packets are sent to your home so you have all the materials you will need for the activities.  $40/ month. Info: apm.activecommunities.com/ minneapolisparks/home.

Ongoing monthly Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays – Virtual Creekview Preschool. Pre-recorded content to access with your kiddos on your own time. Ages 2-5, $40 each month. Register:apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolis parks/home.

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 – Virtual Harry Potter Book Club. Ages 8-13. Read the classic Harry Potter series! Each week we will discuss what we read so far in that book and work our way through the series. There are a limited number of books to borrow. Info minneapolisparks .org/register.

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 – Creekview Park Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association donated an Obie Interactive Game Projector to the park. We have access to over 100 interactive floor games for youth and families to play in the multi-purpose room for programs and events. We are excited to show it off to the community. Info: playobie.com. like us on Facebook – Creekview Recreation Center for updates on programs, sports, events and happenings around the park.

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. Creekview Park is finalizing the dates and times on this but it will be two mornings a week on live Zoom calls for 1.5 hours two days a week. Info minneapolis parks.org.

Ongoing – Creekview Park – get the most recent info on Facebook – Creekview Recreation Center for updates for programs, events and sports. For info or to sign up for email updates visit minneapolisparks .org/ coronavirus-covid-19-information/.

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.

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