The FNA Board Meeting is Monday, December 1st, 6:30 pm at the FNA office. The Folwell Neighborhood Association office is located at 1206 37th Avenue North. We hope we see you at the meeting.
New Webber Park Library Update – Next community meeting is Saturday, December 6, 9-11 am at the Webber Community Center
The new Webber Park Library design team is eager to share the preliminary ideas that they have been developing this fall with the Northside community. The next community meeting for the New Webber Park Library will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9 to 11 am at the Webber Community Center, located at 4400 Dupont Avenue N. Hennepin County staff and the project architects will review proposed library site plans and discuss early plan diagrams. For additional information on the Webber Park Library process, please visit the project’s website or contact Lois Lenroot-Ernt at (612) 543-8555.
Join your family and friends on December 5 for yummy food, lots of fun and enjoy the community. 44th Avenue will be closed between Morgan and Upton Avenues. There will be lots to do outside and more fun and food inside at Patrick Henry High School (Morgan Avenue North) and Loring School (Upton Avenue North). We hope we see you at the 17th Annual Holiday on 44th!
You are invited to attend Court Watch in
the upcoming months
All the sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North
Next meeting: Tuesday, December 9
Beginning in January, there will be a three session series titled
“Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System”
What is Court Watch?
Court Watch is a collaborative, community-based approach to criminal justice. Concerned citizens partner with police, prosecutors, probation officers, and other resources to promote sentencing accountability with the court system. Community participation makes Court Watch successful. At Court Watch meetings, Minneapolis City Attorneys, Hennepin County Attorneys, Neighborhood Probation, Minneapolis Police and social service agencies respond to questions and provide regular updates about offenders, arrests, court dates and outcomes. The community leads and drives a Court Watch by
* Sharing valuable information about offenders and crimes * Having input in the criminal justice process, which increases accountability
* Educating judges about the personal impacts of being a victim of a neighborhood crime, including drug sales, weapons offenses, property crimes and prostitution
* Making communities safer
4th Precinct Court Watch The Fourth Precinct Court Watch focuses on chronic offenders, habitual burglars and felons in possession of firearms. This collaborative meets monthly to address public safety needs and write impact statements. Meeting Time and Location Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 North Regional Library 1315 Lowry Avenue North Contact: 4thPrecinctCourt Watch@minneapolismn.gov
*****Support Our Riverfront Businesses and Organizations!*****
As we head into our busy winter holiday season and end-of-the-year charitable decisions, please remember that your decisions can help support the riverfront organizations and businesses that you love and that make it such a special place. There are so many wonderful stores where you can find special gifts and supplies for festive gatherings, and gift certificates for riverfront dining and activities are always a great idea, too. In addition, there are so many wonderful nonprofits within (and supporting) our riverfront that would truly appreciate your support. Here are just a couple examples:
French Meat Pies Now Available
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, One Lourdes Place
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church’s signature French Meat Pies are now available for purchase at the Parish House. For more information: http://www.ourladyoflourdesmn.com/news/news-category/french-meat-pie-bake-october-25. For information on some of the upcoming holiday events at the church: http://content.seekandfind.com/bulletins/02/0846/20141123B.pdf.
Small Business Saturday in North Loop
Saturday, November 29
Shop the North Loop and enjoy carolers, entertainment, great holiday deals and 50 free gift card giveaways.
*****Events and Activities*****
National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men
Sunday, November 30, 1 pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE
Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award® winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). The production was nominated for two Tony Awards®, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O’Dowd. For information and tickets: http://mspfilm.org/films-and-events/nt-live-of-mice-and-men/.
Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.
My Preschooler and Me: Nature Explorers – Deer
Tuesday, December 9, 10 – 11:30 am
Introduce your little one to the wonders of nature through hands-on play, stories, games and outdoor exploration. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #116903-08. This program is for ages 2-5 and both adult and child pay.
My Baby, Me and the Mississippi: Nature’s Gifts
Thursday, December 11, 10 – 11 am
It’s never too early to explore nature! Introduce your toddler to new topics and enjoy the company of other parents. Cost is $5 per adult/child pair, and reservations are required; reference activity number #116903-05. This program is for ages 0-2.
Santa in the Floodplain Forest
Saturday, December 13, 10 am – 1 pm
Visit with Santa, sit in his river canoe, and create a special craft. Learn caribou and reindeer secrets, and search for enchanted forest creatures. Walk outside searching for the elf house and hidden message. Refreshments included. Cameras welcome! Activities ongoing. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #116901-01. This program is for all ages and children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 16+ are admitted free.
Free Family Fun Day: Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 14, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing
Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This program is free and open to all ages.
Weisman Art Museum
Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road
Student Study Nights at WAM | WAM Collective
Wednesday, December 10, 5 – 8 pm
On one Wednesday night every month during fall and spring semesters, the Weisman opens its doors to students looking for a study spot. Artworks on the surrounding walls, a carefully curated playlist in the background and supplied coffee and snacks at close hand make studying at the museum much less painful than studying in a dreary dorm room. Features of study nights include the Art Rental program (take a piece of art home with you that night) and meditation breaks. For information: http://weisman.umn.edu/event/student-study-nights-at-wam-wam-collective.
American Craft Council Library Salon Series: Holiday Salon with MCBA
Wednesday, December 10, 7 pm
American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200
Executive Director at Minnesota Center for Books Arts Jeff Rathermel will introduce the field of artist’s books, including the historical origins of these unique publications, contemporary trends associated with the genre and the creative opportunities for contemporary practitioners. Following the introduction, attendees are invited to bind a book by hand for next year’s resolutions. Learn the simple and versatile pamphlet-stitch book embellished with marbled paper. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary, but registration is required. Co-presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. For information: http://craftcouncil.org/event/acc-library-salon-series-holiday-salon-mcba.
Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft
1011 Washington Avenue South
For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities: http://www.loft.org.
Art of Series Student Reading
Friday, December 12, 7 pm
Cap off the Loft and Graywolf’s classes celebrating the Art of Series with a student reading.
Mill City Museum Programs and Events
704 Second Street South
Washburn A Mill Tour
Saturday, December 13, 1 pm
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online.
Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm
Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.
2014 Winter Book Publication Party
Saturday, December 13, reading at 6:30 pm, reception and signing to follow
MCBA is proud to announce the 2014 Winter Book, The War Between the Water and the Road, by Minnesota author William Alexander. Join MCBA for a celebratory reading and reception, both of which are free and open to the public. The twenty-fourth in MCBA’s perennial Winter Book series celebrating the handmade book, The War Between the Water and the Road is a modern parable regarding justice through the eyes of a young boy, full of cautionary tales, humor and elements of fantasy. Author William Alexander studied theatre and folklore at Oberlin College and English at the University of Vermont. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies; his debut novel, Goblin Secrets, received the 2012 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The War Between the Water and the Road will be published in Standard and Deluxe editions. The production team includes master printer Todd Thyberg, master binder Jana Pullman, interns and other members of the MCBA artist community. The artistry, sumptuous materials and craftsmanship of each Winter Book make it an avidly collected series, included in museum and rare book library collections across the country and around the world. Minnesota Center for Book Arts wishes to thank Wet Paint Inc. and Smart Set Inc. for their generous support.
An Eventually Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Thursday, December 18, 6, 7 and 8 pm
Friday, December 19, 6, 7 and 8 pm
Saturday, December 20, 5, 6 and 7 pm
Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South
This unique play performed in the museum’s Flour Tower elevator ride, features “The Ghost of Mill City Past” guiding an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party. The script is based on real stories taken from the pages of the company’s employee newspaper, The “Eventually News!” Scenes unfold on different floors of the mill, and visitors will meet different characters along the way. Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith; and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, “Eventually-Why Not Now?” This piece is written by playwright Joseph Scrimshaw, directed by Laura Salveson and stars a cast of professional Twin Cities’ actors. Not recommended for children under the age of 8. Ticket includes a voucher for museum admission, and post-performance refreshments. The museum store will be open for holiday shopping. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online at: http://tickets.mnhs.org/default.asp?cgcode=52. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 for children ages 6-17 and MNHS members; $2 off adult admission with Fringe Festival button.
*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities*****
Downtown Service Area Master Plan and Downtown Public Realm Framework Steering Committee Meeting
Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 — 8:30 pm
MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Board Room
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis are embarking on concurrent planning processes to develop a Downtown Service Area Master Plan and a Downtown Public Realm Framework. These plans will form a vision for parks, open space and the public realm in downtown Minneapolis. You are invited to an initial meeting of a Steering Committee (Community Advisory Committee) as it begins the effort of guiding the creation of these plans. Members of the public are welcome to attend this and all Steering Committee meetings. The Downtown Service Area Master Plan will guide the MPRB’s long-term capital improvements, management and operations of public parks in downtown, including envisioning and identifying new park and recreation opportunities. City of Minneapolis Planning staff is creating the Downtown Public Realm Framework, a guiding policy document for enhancing the pedestrian experience in downtown Minneapolis. The MPRB’s plan will focus on the downtown park system’s existing parks and trails, while the City’s will focus on downtown’s network of streetscapes, urban plazas and other publicly-accessible spaces. Together, these documents will envision the park, open space and public realm features that will support a thriving downtown and a vibrant urban experience. To see a schedule of Steering Committee meetings, sign up for email updates, follow the blog and learn more about the project, please visit the project page at www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects and select “Downtown Service Area Master Plan.”
*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****
Live Music at Mattie’s on Main
Mattie’s on Main, 43 Main Street SE
Mattie’s on Main offers an ever-changing, but frequent calendar of music and other events. For full information:http://mattiesonmain.com/events/.
Star Tribune Heritage Printing Plant Tour
Daily, 9 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (latest time is best chance to see presses in action)
Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 First Street North
If you like BIG, this is the place to see. The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds, and the building is the size of nine football fields. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, is free to the public and is by appointment only. Tour visitors must be 10 years of age or older with adult supervision. Exceptions may be made for children under 10 as long as each child is chaperoned by an adult. Tour groups of us to 20 people may be accommodated; groups of fewer than 10 people may be combined with another group. For more information, including how to schedule a tour: http://www.startribunecompany.com/153.
Birthday Party Options
The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South
Birthday party packages are available including admission, balloons, party favors, tokens, vanilla ice cream, cake, soda or juice, and choice of hot dog and chips or slice of pizza. Package price is $19.95 per person. Minimum of eight people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional info, visit http://www.thedepotwaterpark.com.
Depot Rink (thinking ahead to next season)
The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South
Birthday party packages include: skate admission, skate rental, balloons, soda and choice of a hot dog with chips or a slice of pizza, vanilla ice cream cup and cake. Cost is $19.95 per person. Minimum of 8 people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at email@example.com. For additional info, visithttp://www.thedepotrink.com.
Musical Performances on the U of M West Bank
The School of Music, located in Ferguson Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank, offers a range of musical performances throughout the year, many of which are free. For more information, go tohttps://music.umn.edu/events.
Wednesdays, 9 pm – 12 midnight
The Tangiers, 116 First Avenue NE
Located in the trendy and historic North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis sits The Tangiers, housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings from 1884, The Hennepin Steam Building. Eat – drink – lounge – and now enjoy live jazz on Wednesdays along with DJed music other evenings. For information:http://www.thetangiersmpls.com.
Guthrie Theater Architectural Tours
First Saturday of each month, 9 am, plus by appointment for groups of five or more
Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South
Influenced by the Mississippi River’s proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for “theaters in the sky” made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Architecture tours are scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and last approximately 75 minutes in length. $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://secure.guthrietheater.org/tickets/calendar/?q=whats_happening/calendar.Private architecture tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more; advance reservations are required by calling 612-225-6390.
River Trip Planner
Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! www.rivertripplanner.org will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to:www.nps.gov/planyourvisit
St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site
The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visithttp://www.stanthonyfalls.org.
Above the Falls Destinations Map
The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage:http://www.minnehahamedia.com/gw/missriver_mpls_upper/index.html.
Mississippi River Field Guide
Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information: http://fieldguide.fmr.org
Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps
The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visithttp://www.mnmississippiriver.com.
Minneapolis Bicycling Map
The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.
Last Barge at Upper Harbor Terminal
An era is ending. The last barge to the City’s Upper Harbor Terminal was unloaded on Saturday, November 15. After shutting down for the winter, barge service to the two private terminals apparently will continue next spring until the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock closes permanently in June.
*****Riverfront News Articles*****
A Christmas Carol at Guthrie
Love’s Labours Lost at Lab Theater
New Access Ramp to I-35W Northbound Open
Tenth Avenue Bridge Rehab
General Mills/Pillsbury Archives Relocates to Riverfront
Early Closure to River Shipping Season
Intermedia Arts: Live Music, Studio Photography, Performances, Handmade Gifts and more at Intermedia Arts
Elections at FNA Annual Meeting: Congratulations to the elected or re-elected FNA Board Members: Vice-Chair-Alexis Pennie, Secretary-Karen Taylor, Treasurer-Adam Wesanto and Marilyn Weber-At Large. There are two open At Large positions. If you consider becoming a FNA Board Member, please complete a FNA Candidate Information sheet (available at the FNA office) and attend the December and January board meetings. The goal is to fill the At Large positions at the February Board Meeting.
Clothing Closet: Most needed now and always: kids’ clothes! Where is it located and when is it open? North United Methodist Church, 4350 Fremont Avenue North, on the first, second, third Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to noon and the first Monday of each month-6:00 – 8:00pm also Mobile Loaves and Fishes Free Meal – 6:30 p.m. Information: 612-522-4497. No charge – donations accepted.