Minneapolis RiverCurrent – September 17, 2014


*****Events and Activities*****

Mpls Photo Center

Mpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street

For information on classes and other events: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/

Black & White Exhibition

On exhibit thru November 4 (Exhibit Hours 11:30 am — 5:30 pm daily)

For information: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/exhibits/current-exhibits.php.

AIGA: A to Z Closing and RED OBSESSION Opening

Reception: Thursday, September 18, 5 – 8 pm

Gallery One at TractorWorks and Gallery One Eleven, both at 800 Washington Avenue North

Sherlyn Leonard is a multi-media performance artist. Her work is fresh, original, bold, edgy and a bit shocking. On display as part of the RED OBSESSION exhibit will be selfies, sculptures, performance and embellished objects. Sherlyn takes ordinary objects and enhances them with a variety of materials, paint, assemblage, and welding. Open to the public.

ECLIPSE Air Water Fire Light

October 23 – December 19

Opening reception: Thursday, October 23, 4 – 7 pm

Gallery One at TractorWorks, 800 Washington Avenue North

Marcia Soderman, MFA, MA, PhD, creates abstractions based on the natural world as visual metaphors for inner states of mind as well as a concern about climate change. Her subjects have included water distillations (healing, meditation) and solar and fire distillations (determination, spirit, inner fire). She’s always been fascinated with nature in all its intricacy, and often paints small watercolors outdoors as studies for larger acrylic paintings. Never satisfied to repeat the same image twice, the large abstractions evolve from one painting to the next in her continuing quest for greater artistic understanding. More info 612-562-0889.

Mill City Farmers Market – Autumnal Abundance

Saturday, September 20, 8 am – 1 pm

Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway

The fruits of fall are here – butternut squash, cold hardy greens, garlic, everything you need to make a big pot of soup for your week ahead. But before you get cozy at home, come to the Market first to get all your grocery needs. There are now several apple varieties at the Market, as well as fall raspberries, purple carrots, Minnesota-grown ginger and so much more. The harvest season is in full swing at Mill City – as soon as the temp drops, the vendors will move indoors for the monthly Winter Markets, beginning November 8 inside the Mill City Museum. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo as part of Juut Salonspa’s sponsored series Healthy Cooking on a Budget, Market Chef Heather Hartman will be making a tasty seasonal dish – Brown Rice Croquettes with a Late Summer Vegetable Ragout, plus more tips on cooking healthfully on a budget. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/category/recipes/. From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes back The Eddies – “a compelling mix of traditional, roots and contemporary songs with multi-part harmonies.” The Community Booth will feature the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Come learn about the DNR’s water sustainability work in our state. The first 500 people to stop by the Old El Pasosponsor booth at the Market will receive a FREE sample of their revolutionary Stand N Stuff tortilla boat. Fill the tortilla boats with your favorite fresh ingredients from the Market for a great taco night. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Barn Swallow GardenFresh Mud PotteryAprilierre and The Abbey Alpacas. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter:http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/.


September 30 – October 18 (Gallery hours: 11 am to 7 pmTuesday through Saturday)

Saturday, October 11; Artist talk: 6 – 7 pm, Influx Space; and reception: 7 – 9 pm, Quarter Gallery

Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South

The Quarter Gallery presents Connecting, an exhibition of artworks by Odessa and Patti Peterson. The artists have been friends for twenty-five years since meeting at the University of Minnesota while working on their Master of Fine Arts degrees. They discovered the same interest in the natural world. Being at one with nature is connecting. Their thoughts and seeing similarities in their work gave them the idea to emphasize “connecting” — what they found to be in them and in their work. Everything in life is connected: people, nature, time and place. Exploring and revealing these hidden, yet significant, connections make up the body of their work. Observing artful images is touching and connects them to the emotional metaphysical experience. They find themselves in these connections. Emotion and feelings bring a new understanding and respect for the natural world, everyday people, places and things.

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520http://www.mnbookarts.org.

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesday-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.

Introduction to Western-Style Papermaking

with Suzanne Hughes

Four Wednesdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22; 6 – 9 pm

Learn the tools, terminology and procedures of Western style papermaking. Process cotton and abaca fibers in the Hollander beaters, use moulds and deckles to form sheets, and explore traditional drying techniques. Then up the ante by adding pigments, inclusions and/or sizing. Focus will be on consistent sheet formation and a solid grounding in materials and technique. Great for beginners. $195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=308.

Preschool Fall Session: Wacky Food Books

Thursday, October 2, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

MCBA’s workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day’s art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities. For families with children ages 3-5. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=265.

Dirty Works: Way Easy Decorative Spine Bindings

with Jeff Rathermel

Friday, October 3, happy hour 5:30 — 6pm, class 6 — 8pm

Bind a trio of small, soft cover journals with unique exposed-spine structures. While working, you will be introduced to terminology, traditional materials and a bit of book art history. After learning the basics in class, you will be able to adjust sizes and materials to meet your own needs — whether you write, draw, paint or collage. $35 + $5 supply fee. To register:http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=283.

The Topography of Handmade Paper

with Mary Hark

Four Saturdays: October 4, 18, November 1, 15; 9 am – 12 noon

Soft, ephemeral and airy, or tough and back-like; paper can be an absorbent material that carries fluidity with ease or possess a dense impenetrable face. Paper has potential to carry a “smooth as glass” surface or become a field of lush texture. Skin or substrata, this wonderful material has endless possibility. A thorough investigation into papermaking fibers and traditional tools will be the starting point for a lively exploration of surface, form and content. Basic sheet forming with an eye towards producing high quality papers suitable for use in books and printmaking will lead into a personal exploration of surface and texture. Some bookbinding and sculptural techniques will be covered. A variety of experimental as well as traditional approaches to color will be introduced, including pigmentation, colored fabrics,and the use of some natural dyes, as time allows. Workshop participants will develop a beautiful portfolio of papers that will carry a great variety of qualities. Each person will be encouraged to find ways of using this material to address their individual aesthetic concerns. All skill levels welcome. $195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=307.

2014 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival

October 1 – 5

St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul will sponsor and host the 2014 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival in early October. Film highlights include the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival opener NAS: Time is Illmatic by director One9. The feature length documentary film delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Also premiering at the festival is Joseph Hillel’s prescient documentary portrait of Haiti’s ongoing reconstruction Ayiti Toma: The Land of the Living and writer/director Eddie Mullins pre-apocalyptic comedy Doomsdays, which follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes. The full slate may be seen at www.mplsundergroundfilmfest.com. Tickets are available on The Film Society’s website: mspfilm.org and at the St. Anthony Main Theatre box office.

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.

Nodin Press Presents Jill Breckenridge and Carol Rucks

Wednesday, October 1, 7 pm

The Loft invites you to join them as Nodin poets, Jill Breckenridge (The Sometimes Poems) and Carol Rucks (Evidence of Rain), launch new collections. Jill Breckenridge works as an editor, focusing on both writing product and process. A former Director of The Loft Literary Center, she originated The Mentor Series, a program connecting national and local writers. Jill won The Bluestem Award, judged by William Stafford, for her book of poems, How To Be Lucky. Her sequence of poetry and prose about the Civil War, Civil Blood, was published by Milkweed Editions. The book was nominated for the American Library Association’s Notable Books of 1986. Jill’s honors include a Bush Foundation Fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants and Loft-McKnight Awards in both poetry and prose. Carol Rucks studied poetry with Rosann Lloyd in Guatemala, as part of Art Workshops in Guatemala. She has worked mainly in libraries, including the Golda Meir Library in Milwaukee, and also the Art/Music/Literature Department of the Minneapolis Central Library, which later became part of the Hennepin County Library system. Her poems have appeared in Abraxas, Energy ReviewColereWest BranchDust and Fire and elsewhere. She is actively involved with the Loft Literary Center and its classes and readings and was a finalist in the 2012 Loft Mentor Series.

Poetry Out Loud: East African Voices with Special Guest Keith Ellison

Friday, October 3, 7 pm

Join the Loft’s Poetry Out Loud program for a special evening of readings centering on East African voices. Special guest Congressman Keith Ellison will be appearing to read from his book and relate the story of connecting with Minnesota State Poetry Out Loud champion Faiza Abubakar at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. This event will also feature short readings by Lula Saleh, Sarah Ogutu, Abdi Phenomenal and Abdihamid Geyre, with slightly longer readings by Faiza and Keith. After, there will be a discussion and Q&A moderated by University of Minnesota Professor Abdi Samatar.

Rewriting Hiawatha

Saturday, October 4, 7 pm

Join Chris Martin and guests Heid Erdrich, Gwen Westerman, Brad Zellar, Brian Laidlaw, Sarah Fox, Joe Horton and more in an evening interrogating Minnesota’s founding literary text, Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha,” from a contemporary perspective. Witness how these local luminaries rethink, revise and rewrite Hiawatha in poetry, prose, and song.

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.

Scouts: Webelos Geology Badge – Rocks on the River at Kroening

Thursday, October 2, 6 – 8 pm

Be a real rock hound! Collect, identify and discover the secrets of rocks found along the Mississippi River. See a stream table and create a fossil. Cost is $5, and this program is for ages 8-13. Reference activity number #416904-04.


Saturday, October 4, 8 – 9 am

Start your morning on a guided hike along the Mississippi! Explore different topics monthly. The October topic will be Natural Migration Routes – Who’s Using the Mississippi? This event is free. To register: http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/R/riverwalk.aspx.

Nature Journaling

Saturday, October 4, 1 – 3 pm

Create a journal, and learn journaling and sketching techniques. Be inspired along the Mississippi, and make your first entry. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416901-01. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. This program is for ages 12+.

Free Family Fun Day: Life of a Log

Sunday, October 5, 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


Artist talk with Dylan Miner

Thursday, October 2, 7 pm

Preview the exhibition Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag and hear from Dylan Miner. (Member reception to follow. RSVP at wamrsvp@umn.edu.)

Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes)

October 3 – January 4

Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) is an exhibition featuring lowrider bicycles created by urban Native youth, contemporary Indigenous artists and non-Native university students in Michigan. The exhibition’s central theme of bikes and mobility—physical and economic—are based on the sacred Anishinaabeg teachings known as Niizhwaaswi G’mishomisinaanig or Our Seven Grandfathers. The lead project artists imparted these seven core values, along with Métis and Cayuse knowledge, to the youth through a series of workshops, and the values are echoed in the bikes they created. This exhibition is based on a project funded through a National Museum of the American Indian’s Artist Leadership Grant. For more information: http://weisman.umn.edu/event/anishinaabensag-biimskowebshkigewag-native-kids-ride-bikes.

Lust for Leisure

October 3 – January 4

From the eighteenth-century notion of the European Grand Tour to the establishment of democratized tourism in the 1920s, we have been seduced to travel. There has been an unquenchable thirst to undertake a journey. The romance of traveling is not new, but where did this yearning begin? What is the foundation for our lust for leisure? Lust for Leisure, an exhibition of vintage travel posters from the Weisman’s collection, is guest curated by Megan Johnston. For information:http://wam.umn.edu/event/lust-for-leisure?utm_source=Weisman+Art+Museum+eNews+and+Events&utm_campaign=9bc13ca6d2-Sept14_enews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10b5407ded-9bc13ca6d2-84905418.

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Saturday, October 4, 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.

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Sunday, October 5, 8 am

As in past years, both the 10-mile and full marathon routes will include segments along the beautiful Mississippi River. For information: http://www.mtcmarathon.org.

*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities*****

East Bank Trail Public Meetings

Meeting #2: Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) seeks community input to help plan a mile of new bicycle and pedestrian trails and related amenities along the east bank of the Mississippi River from Plymouth Avenue to Marshall Street NE at the BNSF railroad bridge in Minneapolis. A series of community meetings are planned, with Meeting #2 focusing on trail alignment options. For more information: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=52&prid=2299.

*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpacks

Check out a free, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724). The backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more! Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups can check out the special “Group Pack” which includes additional activities and supplies to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund. The packs were developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service. Visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Guthrie Theater Self-Guided Audio Tours

The Guthrie has invited six local celebrities to its recording studio to lend their voices to a revamped and freshly written version of its self-guided audio tour. Available for free download on iTunes or with a $5 iPod rental at the Guthrie Box Office, the tour offers visitors the choice of one of six voices to accompany them on the 45-minute tour through the public spaces of the building: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, WCCO-TV news anchor Angela Davis, performer and writer Kevin Kling, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Cities 97 radio personality Brian “B.T.” Turner and actor Sally Wingert. More info at http://www.guthrietheater.org/visit/tours/selfguided_audio_tours.

Guthrie Theater Virtual Tour

The Guthrie Theater now offers an online virtual tour, offering a new way to explore the acclaimed Minneapolis cultural destination designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Opened in 2006 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the 285,000-square-foot theater center is open to the public daily at 8 a.m., and has served as an anchor in the rebirth of Minneapolis’ historic Mill District, while attracting visitors from around the globe. Created by Minnesota-based Circa Vista, the new interactive journey lets visitors explore five floors of public spaces, offering a great preview of the sweeping panoramic views enjoyed from the Guthrie’s signature Endless Bridge, as well as a look inside each of the three performance spaces. To take the virtual tour, visit http://www.guthreitheater.org/virtualtour

Comedy Corner

Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Avenue South

The Comedy Corner Underground offers comedy shows three or four nights a week and has a Friday night open mic event. For information and a schedule: http://www.comedycornerunderground.com.

Mpls Photo Center

Mpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street

The Mpls Photo Center offers a wide variety of classes for everyone from beginner to pro, as well as photography exhibits and events and talks. For information on classes and other events: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/

Music at Red Stag Supper Club

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm; Sundays at 9 pm

Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Avenue NE

The Red Stag Supperclub offers live music three nights a week. For more information on their various special food and libation offerings and a music schedule, visit http://www.redstagsupperclub.com.

*****Informational Resources*****

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss

Great River Road Explorer’s Guide

Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.

River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources

As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.

*****Riverfront News Articles*****




North Loop Historic Streets


New Minneapolis Parks Foundation Executive Director


Comedy Corner Underground


Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet at Guthrie



Primrose Park Opening


North Loop Hotel Proposal


The White Snake at Guthrie


New Route for Medtronic 10-Mile Race


North Mississippi Park Funding


Middle Brother at Southern Theater


Mississippi Messages from Friends of the Mississippi River – September 2014

FMR Updates


The Minnesota DNR is accepting comments until September 30, 2014 on the proposed Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) rules. Be sure to comment by sharing your connection to the river and how you want to see it protected and enhanced for generations to come!

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This coming October, FMR is celebrating its valued partnership with REI. Accordingly, we are offering these special benefits, courtesy of REI, to our members and supporters throughout October:

  • Generous REI coupon for new or renewing FMR members.
  • Complimentary “REI Steward 2014″ t-shirt if you are both an FMR and REI member.
  • REI Passage 2 tent raffle.


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From 1945 until 1966, the Ford Motor Company dumped unknown quantities of industrial waste, including solvents and paint sludge, on the floodplain of the Mississippi River below the bluff adjacent to its St. Paul assembly plant. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is now asking Ford to conduct further investigation of the dump before deciding whether to require Ford to clean it up. Friends of the Mississippi River has numerous concerns about the thoroughness of the proposed investigation and the possibility that the dump will be allowed to remain at the river’s edge permanently.

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We all know it’s important to conserve water and decrease pollution, but how exactly do you go about doing that in your own home or yard? And what really makes the biggest difference for our local rivers?

At FMR, we’re asked these questions all the time. This fall, we’re offering a trio of Vermillion Stewards workshops to answer them as best we can, as quickly and concisely as possible. Join the movement to make your home river-friendly. Sign up for one or all!

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting comments on their draft Waters of the U.S. rule – a clarification of the Clean Water Act. Tell the EPA that you support their efforts to protect our nations streams and wetlands today!

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FMR’s hungriest volunteers have returned to Gores Wildlife Management Area to dine on invasive shrubs.

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Congratulations to the city of Rochester for earning the Blue Star Award. Rochester, like all Blue Star communities, is taking a leadership role in protecting Minnesota’s water resources and public health through excellence in stormwater management.

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FMR is delighted to officially welcome events intern Amy Kilgore as our new Outreach Assistant and Events Registrar. Her smiling face will be familiar to many Mississippi Messages readers. Since March, Amy has worked with hundreds of FMR volunteers at our restoration and education events. Now she’ll also be the person signing everyone up, staying in touch about details and directions and sending Facebook-worthy photos after each event.

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Mississippi River News


The Star Tribune recently covered a decision by Judge Margaret Marrinan to send a nearly two-year old lawsuit over White Bear Lake water levels to trial next spring.

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Triclosan made headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks. New research on the risks on triclosan in personal care products, and newly released data on the FDA’s original approval in triclosan in toothpaste, shined a less-than-flattering light on the controversial chemical.

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In response to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, the Star Tribune authored this recent editorial highlighting the importance of Minnesota’s new standards, and calling for additional state action to protect and maintain our waters for both aquatic recreation, environmental health, and public safety.

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Calendar of Events


Thursday, September 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Cottage Grove

Join Friends of the Mississippi River ecologist Karen Schik and Washington Conservation District’s Angie Hong as we explore Ravine Lake and the wetlands surrounding it. You’ll learn about the plant life in and around the wetlands — aquatic, amphibious, and terrestrial — and the important role these plants play as they provide habitat and filter pollutants from our waters. Then we’ll use dip nets to get a closer look at macroinvertebrates living in the marsh, and discuss what these tiny creatures reveal about the impacts of water pollution!

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Children are welcome with a parent or guardian. Learn more on theevent page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.orgor 651-222-2193 x31.

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Sunday, September 21 — noon-4 p.m.
University Avenue, Central Corridor, St. Paul

St. Paul Open Streets encourages residents to get out and see our community up-close in a safe, car-free environment. This year’s event also includes a Water Festival, focused on making the connection between our local streets and the health of our local waters. Join FMR’s Kate Clayton to learn about the 450 miles of storm drains that run below the streets of St. Paul, what flows through them, and where all this stormwater — and the pollution that comes with it — really goes. Participants can also help educate others and reduce water pollution by joining Kate to stencil storm drains in the surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more on the event page.

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Thursday, September 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville

Every time there’s a heavy rain, rainwater has washed over your roof, your yard and pavement — carrying bits of roof shingles, pet waste, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil and dirt into the nearest storm drain. All of this pollution goes right into our local creeks, lakes and the Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers — unfiltered, untreated! Rain barrels help reduce this runoff pollution, and offer many other benefits as well. Learn more, sign up and purchase your barrel and supplies ($30) via the event page.

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Saturday, September 27 — 9:00-11:00 a.m.
River Oaks Park, Cottage Grove

Just southeast of River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove lies a riverfront bluff with stunning views and a special remnant bedrock bluff prairie. Roughly 30 years ago this remnant prairie was renown as a very high quality area with excellent biodiversity. Over the years, however, it has steadily declined, and is now at risk of slowly being taken over by non-native species.

Recently, FMR began working with the City of Cottage Grove to preserve and restore this important site. Now volunteers are needed to join FMR Ecologist Joe Walton at our first restoration event at River Oaks Park. Volunteers will primarily haul pre-cut buckthorn, helping to open the canopy and making way for more beneficial native prairie and savanna plants to return.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with akilgore@fmr.org or651-222-2193 x31.

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Through mid-October
City of Saint Paul

If you’re looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. It’s just one and a half to three hours in length, and can be set at a time and St. Paul location convenient for your group. Reservations are now being taken for outings through October 2014. Learn more on the stenciling event page or go straight to our stenciling, cleanup and presentation request form!

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Saturday, October 4 — 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Near 36th & West River Pkwy., Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis

Volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove buckthorn and other invading trees and shrubs or to haul brush to its pick-up spot. Tools and gloves will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Due to the tools and terrain, this event is not suitable for small children.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Saturday, October 11 — 9 a.m.-noon
Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area, Hastings

After a brief training, volunteers will help collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. Volunteers will work with FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik and Assistant Stewardship Coordinator Kate Clayton in the natural area most recently added to the Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. Large quantities — of volunteers and seed alike — are needed!

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more about this Vermillion Stewards event on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Saturday, October 18 — 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Cottage Grove

Centered around one of the most impressive landscape features in southern Washington County, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park totals nearly 600 acres. The ravine for which it is named is approximately a half-mile wide with 80- to 100-foot slopes, and bisects the park north to south before ending in a small lake. Known as a “tunnel valley,” the ravine was carved by a subglacial drainageway that carried large volumes of water, eroding the valley.

Volunteers will work with FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik to continue and expand the restoration of this beautiful park by hauling cut brush, primarily buckthorn. (There may also be some brush-cutting for volunteers comfortable working with handsaws or loppers.) This will help open the canopy, making way for native plants beneficial to local wildlife and waters to return.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with akilgore@fmr.org or651-222-2193 x31.

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Wednesday, October 22 — 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dakota County Western Service Center (next to Galaxie Library), Apple Valley

Join FMR Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett to learn about practices and small projects you can take on inside your home — be it a mansion or a small apartment — to significantly improve your water footprint. We’ll quickly cover the basics, touching on both well-known lessons and lesser-known tools to help you figure out the most effective steps to take to make your home river-friendly.

Topics include the biggest water users in your house or apartment (both direct and indirect usage), where to take leftover prescription drugs, alternatives to household products containing triclosan and other river polluters.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more about this free Vermillion Stewards event on the event page, or sign up now with akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Saturday, October 25 — 9:00 a.m.-noon
Pine Bend Bluffs near Highway 52, Flint Hills property, Rosemount

After a light breakfast and hot coffee, enjoy a nice fall workout removing pre-cut invasive buckthorn at this annual event in beautiful Pine Bend Bluffs. At the end, we’ll enjoy a hot lunch (in a heated tent) to say thank you and celebrate a day’s good work.

Learn more on the event page, or sign up now withakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Tuesday, November 4 — 6-7 p.m.
Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center, Hastings

Whether you’re interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We’ll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR’s former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials. .

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Whose View? From Where?


We continue our trip down memory lane this month with a scene of the Mississippi River from years past. This month we take to the air! Can you identify this view and the year the photo was taken?

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Last month’s photo was a trickier one because of its age. Only a few were able to correctly guess the “from where” of our image.

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Resource of the Month


Residents, homeowners, business owners, and seasonal workers can all benefit from the recently released Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) lawn care videos. The 21-minute videos promote techniques for maintaining an attractive and healthy lawn while keeping our rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater clean and safe.




There are squadrons of large white birds overhead.

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Supporting FMR


The Pohlad Foundation has offered FMR a $10,000 challenge grant to match new gifts before October 27. Thanks to an awesome show of support we are $500 away from the goal! To help us earn the final $500 and add your voice to the community voice for the river, please consider a tax-deductible gift to Friends of the Mississippi River today. You can call Heather at 651-222-2193 x30 to make a gift by phone, mail in a check or make your gift right now.

All new members get an attractive FMR magnet with our thanks!

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Quote of the Month

“The rising hills, the slopes, of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light”

        - “For the Children” by Gary Snyder

FMR Updates

Mississippi River News

Calendar of Events

Whose View? From Where?

Resource of the Month


Supporting FMR

Open Streets is coming to Lowry Avenue September 20th

Join us for Lowry Avenue Open Streets and
Get Your Free Open Streets MPLS T-shirt!
The Lowry Cooridor Business Association and Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition are excited to bring you Open Streets MPLS on Lowry Avenue September 20th! Open Streets MPLS events close a major city street to cars for one weekend day, and open it up to pedestrians, cyclists and other wheeled persons to experience the street in a whole new way. Come meet your neighbors, local businesses, organizations, artists and musicians September 20th and join the celebration as a representative of this event!
Open Streets is powered by neighborhood and community volunteers, and we need 150 volunteers to make this party possible. In exchange for 2.5 hours of volunteering to make chalk art or help keep the streets clean and car-free, volunteers will get a free Open Streets T-shirt, an invitation to the volunteer appreciation party, and a whole lot of high fives and bragging rights. Click this link to see a complete list of volunteer options and to sign up!
Thanks so much to all our volunteers who make this day possible.
See you at Open Streets!

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 go questions and provide regular updates about offenders, arrests, court dats and outcomes.

The community leads and drives a Court Watch by

* Sharing valuable information about offenderws 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

Court Watch – Thursday, September 25th-Problem Properties Forum


Court Watch Returns with a Problem Properties Forum on September 25th, 6:30 p.m. in the Folwell Park Community Room (1615 Dowling Ave. N., Mpls). In October and November there will be a three meeting series on Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System. The forums in the Juvenile series will be in the 4th Precinct Community Room. The 4th Precinct is located at Plymouth and Morgan Avenues North.

Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch – October 18th

Come, join your friends, family and neighbors at the Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch. Lots to see and do. The Party will be on Saturday, October 18th at 3600 Penn Avenue North from Noon until 3 pm. There will be music, face painting,  food, a Compost Workshop and THE REALLY BIG TABLE – Springboard for the Arts! We hope we see you there!

Northside Arts News – September 2014

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Northside Arts News!

News from the NAC Board of Directors

Monthly Board Meeting
The NAC board regularly meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Meetings are held at the McKinley Community Center, located at 3300 Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis.

More Exhibitions Planned for Heritage Park Center!
View the exhibition schedule for Heritage Park

Submit to Our Events Calendar! 
You can now submit your northside arts-related events to our events calendar via our Submit Event page! Members, you can place your event that are out of our area on this calendar too!

Once your submission is approved, it will automatically appear on our calendar and then will be broadcast to our Facebook page & Twitter feed. It’s an awesome way to help promote your event! Questions? Contact Communications Coordinator, Jeanne Fish.

Save the Date for Our Annual Meeting!
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 6th @ 6:30 pm!

Join the Board of Directors!
Consider joining the board for the Northside Arts Collective. We gather monthly for our board meetings, work on exhibitions and other was to showcase the talents of our members! Contact us for details!

Call for Volunteer Exhibition Coordinator
This is an awesome opportunity to gain invaluable experience coordinating with artists and exhibition spaces and other volunteers. Contact us for details!

Artist Reception for “Elements”

Join us for the Artists Reception for “Elements,” the current exhibition at Heritage Park Center!
“Elements” & artwork portrays the natural elements of earth, air, fire & water. ARTIST RECEPTION: Thursday, October 16 – 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

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The theme for this next exhibit is “LOVE” Artwork can be realistic or abstract. Love — what does it mean to you? Is it all hearts and warm fuzzies or something more ethereal?

Art will be on display beginning Thursday, November 20 and the exhibit will run through February 24, 2015.

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NAC and Member News

Check out the latest news from our members:

  • Keiona Cook produces 5th Annual Fashion Show Benefit for Youth
  • Johnna Morrow & Steve Sklar of Skysong Productions have a special musical offering
  • Dan Hylton will be performing @ Simon Calder’s Xtravaganza 8
  • Barbara Harman gives an artist talk and reading, offers painting workshop
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Northside Arts Organizations & Venues

Click on the link below to read the
latest from our local arts organizations:The Goddess of Glass News

Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts

Homewood Studios

Hopewell Music Cooperative

Now Showing @ the Capri

Mpls Photo Center

Opportunities, Classes & Workshops

Calls for art, artists, workshops and grants!

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MPRB “Rolls Out” New Recycling Program and Revamped Park Waste Management System

Beginning this week, visitors to Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board neighborhood and regional parks will notice new trash and recycling receptacles. Neighborhood Parks Gone are the decades-old round green (waste) and blue (recycling) cans. In their place, park patrons will see dark gray plastic carts for waste and blue carts for one-sort recycling. Minneapolis residents will be especially familiar with the new carts, as they are the same as are used by Minneapolis residents at home. “Sustainability is one of the Park Board’s core values, and park patrons have always been good about recycling when the option was available,” said Liz Wielinski Commissioner District 1 and Park Board of Commissioners President. “This just makes recycling an even easier choice.” All waste carts will be paired with a recycling cart. More carts will be placed in heavily used areas such as playgrounds, basketball courts, wading pools to accommodate higher usage. (The old metal waste and recycling containers are expected to be removed by mid-October.) As part of the City of Minneapolis solid waste and recycling program, park staff will move neighborhood park waste and recycling carts to the curb on specified pick-up days. Just as for Minneapolis residents, most nonhazardous items except for clothes, food, waxed coated cups, Styrofoam and yard waste can go into the single-sort recycling bins. Everything else from plastic to metal to glass is recyclable. old new Old waste and recycling cans (left) and new waste and recycling carts (right). Regional Parks At some larger neighborhood parks and at MPRB regional parks and trails (parklands that comprise much of the Grand Rounds, including the Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth, Minnehaha Park, Victory Memorial Parkway and areas around downtown Minneapolis and the Mississippi River), waste and recycling removal will be done by three new refuse vehicles. These single-operator compact vehicles are ideal for navigating the tight spaces in often found along trails and in parks. They also help increase efficiency and improve safety by eliminating manual lifting. regional new regional new The new refuse vehicles and receptacles. As at neighborhood parks, the older metal can are being replaced with new, larger waste and recycling receptacles. Both the waste and recycling receptacles are well-marked to make it easier for park users to recycle. Park patrons can expect to see the new waste and recycling receptacles and refuse vehicle beginning in October. Each year, more than 21 million visits are made to the nationally acclaimed Minneapolis p

City of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Update

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Minneapolis Animal Care & Control: Working with residents to create safe and healthy communities for people and animals. Woof Woof…Squawk…Purr-r-r-r…Chug Chug…Naaaahhhh…Chirp…Ththth…Ssssssss…Woof!  (Staff at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control speak fluent animal, so let us translate…)    Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for MACC’s“I’m in the Dog House” celebration. We will “kennel” and then “adopt” a whole host of celebrities and elected officials when they raise money for the animals at the shelter.    Be sure to register for our Doggie Costume Contest by 12:15 p.m. (Prizes for funniest costume, most creative, and best of the best). You’ll also be able to take a tour of the shelter, Ask the Vet, watch dog agility demonstrations, and join us for face-painting. Special thanks to Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws for putting their paws forward as title sponsors for our event.   Find more information on our website - www.minneapolismn.gov/animals We look forward to seeing you! Staff at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control

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Fall Programs at Webber Library

Fall Programs at Webber Park Library For Preschoolers: Saturdays, 11 AM at the Library Family Storytime Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

For Kids and the Whole Family: Tuesday at the Park Building Library Lab for Kids: Poetry and Music with T. Mychael Rambo Oct 28 at 4 PM Learn how poems and music communicate ideas, and compose your own songs by exploring the legacy of African-American poetry and music with T Mychael Rambo.

For Teens: Thursdays at the Park Building First Pages for Teens: Fan Fiction Oct 9 at 4 PM Learn how poems and music communicate ideas, and compose your own songs by exploring the legacy of African-American poetry and music with T Mychael Rambo. Make This: Anime and Manga Drawing Oct 23 at 4 PM Learn how poems and music communicate ideas, and compose your own songs by exploring the legacy of African-American poetry and music with T Mychael Rambo.

For Grown-ups: Thursdays at the Park Building Author Talk: Pauline Knaeble Williams Sept 18 at 6 PM Set in 1944 North Minneapolis, Williams’ “Finding Hollis” transcends ethnic and racial barriers through the eyes of a young white woman who witnesses a tragic car accident only to discover as much about herself as the new world “where the black folks on this side of downtown were relegated.”

Master Gardener: Landscape Plants for Winter Interest Nov 6 at 6 PM Plants – from trees to perennials – are admired for their beauty in winter, complementing the magic of hoarfrost. Some plants bring wildlife to your winter landscape, others show off when they drop their leaves.

Geneology Research: African American Families Nov 18 at 6:30 PM Learn how to research your family’s roots back to the Civil War using information from relatives, family records and basic genealogical resources such as census and vital records from Lois Mackin, director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

For Seniors: Thursdays at the Library Senior Surf Sept 18 at 1 PM 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®.