Sage Cowles, Riverfront Resident and Dance Activist
We recently lost riverfront resident Sage Cowles, who positively impacted so much in our community.
*****Events and Activities*****
Small Works Show
December 21 – January 18 (Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 1 – 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm)
Opening reception: Saturday, December 21, 6 – 9 pm
Circa Gallery, 210 First Street North
The Small Works Show will feature new, small-scale work by artists who have recently been added to the Circa Gallery roster and artists who have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the organization. The Small Works Show offers established and aspiring collectors the unique opportunity to acquire original works of art that are limited in size and price. The opening reception event is open to the public. For more information: http://www.circagallery./com.
Bead and Button Class
Saturday, December 28, 12 noon – 2 pm
Clay Squared to Infinity, 34 13th Avenue NE
We start this class by adding curly hair to some funny little ladies and then turning those into beads and then we’ll roll clay around in glitter and mica powder and more! It sounds crazy, but you will learn how to roll colors of clay together to create amazing beads that can be baked in your own oven. Delight in the magical technique of millefiore which will make multiple beads that can be shaped into beads or buttons depending on how you slice it, dice it and poke it! No fancy equipment here — just your bare hands and a cutting tool and a toothpick and you will come away with a pile of beads and buttons to use in all kinds of creative projects. For information and to register: http://shop.claysquared.com/bead-and-button-class-p543.aspx?utm_source=Clay+Squared%27s+October+Newsletter+2013&utm_campaign=October+CSI+Newsletter+2013&utm_medium=email
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, December 28, 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.
Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)
North Mississippi Regional Park
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.
Free Family Fun Day: Squirrels
Sunday, December 29, 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. Free; for all ages.
Minnesota Opera: Project Opera
January 10 – 12
The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North
Project Opera is MN Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers. The group performs one opera a year that is for kids and by kids. Project Opera students also serve as the children’s chorus in MN Opera main stage productions. MN Opera seeks all talented youth who want to learn about singing, acting and opera. For information:http://www.thelabtheater.com.
*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities*****
Water Works Park Community Input Survey
Survey open December 10 – January 10
“What would make a new park on the Minneapolis Central Riverfront a top destination for you?” That’s the big question at the heart of a new community input survey released today by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation \ (MPF) and its Water Works park project partner, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB). Community members can access the survey throughJanuary 10, 2014, via MPF and MPRB websites, or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/waterworksinput. Water Works is a future year-round destination park on the Mississippi Riverfront in the heart of Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota. It’s a Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board-owned site overlooking the great river’s only true waterfall – St. Anthony Falls. Part of the future Water Works park will be incorporated into Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, which is already rich in natural features rare in such an urban setting. The Water Works community input survey is part of a broader comprehensive community engagement strategy developed by MPRB to involve the public in Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan revision process. Water Works is one of the key sites within the Central Riverfront Regional Park. Community members have the opportunity to share current interests and activities, as well as what kinds of experiences they’d like to have in the future park. MPF and MPRB will share survey responses with the Water Works Design Team, as well as the Community and Technical Advisory Committees assembled by MPRB to inform in the Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Planning process. Responses will also be posted on the MPF blog, at http://MplsParksFoundation.org/blog, and made available by MPRB.
Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 19, 6 – 7:45 pm
Park Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North, Board Room
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will host the fourth Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting to gather public input for the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan. The agenda will be posted to the project page prior to meeting. The Park Board encourages the public to attend CAC meetings to share ideas, concerns and priorities with the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park design team. For more information, please go to the MPRB project page:http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1396.
*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****
Live Music and Movies at Crooked Pint Ale House
Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 Washington Avenue South
Crooked Pint Ale House is a nouveau urban pub with a local neighborhood feel that offers movies and live music. Live music every weekend features local, regional, and national performers and a range of music styles. Visit http://www.crookedpint.com/music-film-and-events for schedule information. For more information: http://www.crookedpint.com or 612-877-6900.
Mill City Museum
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am — 5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon — 5 pm
704 South Second Street
Built within the limestone ruins of the Washburn A Mill – the National Historic Landmark that was once the centerpiece of the world’s flour milling industry – the museum tells the story of a mighty river, a young city and how the production of flour fueled the growth of Minnesota. The museum’s 12,000 square foot exhibit space is packed with fun and intrigue for visitors of all ages. Follow your nose to the Baking Lab, splash around in the water lab and enjoy the rooftop view of the riverfront. The eight-story Flour Tower show tells the story of the mill through the voices of former workers and runs throughout each day. The newly restored West Engine House features Kevin Kling’s take on Minneapolis history in the movie “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” and shows every half hour. Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students with ID, $6 youth ages 6 – 17, free for children under 5 and MHS members. Call 612-341-7555 or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org for more information.
Music at Aster Café
125 Main Street SE
The Aster Café now has live music on many evenings to complement its food and beverage offerings. For more information and a schedule: http://aster-cafe.com/ .
Guthrie Theater Backstage Tours
Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 am
Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South
This 45-minute backstage tour offers a look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Guthrie. Discover the stunning and expanded features of this state-of-the-art facility and learn how the Guthrie takes its plays from script to stage, including the many intriguing steps in between. On the tour, visit the Guthrie’s various production departments, including the shops where costumes, sets and props are expertly crafted by talented artisans. The cost is $12 per person; $7 for subscribers, students or seniors. To book a tour, call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://www.guthrietheater.org. http://www.guthrietheater.org/whats_happening/calendar. Additional tours may be scheduled for groups of 20 or more based on availability. Groups may call the group sales office at 612-225-6240 for information and scheduling options. Advance reservations are required for groups of 20 or more.
Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul
St. Anthony Main Theatres, 115 Main Street SE
In addition to first-run movies, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul exhibits the best of classic and contemporary cinema from around the world, including several topical festivals. To see what’s on the schedule, visit: http://www.mspfilmsociety.org.
If Walls Could Talk Tour
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 pm
Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road
Public tours of the newly expanded Weisman Art Museum are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. A Weisguide will meet you at the front desk. Tours last for one hour. For information: http://weisman.umn.edu.
Telling River Stories Web Site
The “Telling River Stories” Web site can be found at http://www.riverstories.umn.edu. Telling River Stories is a collaborative project that populates the urban Mississippi River corridor with stories of how the city and the river have been jointly developed. The site highlights stories about the people and places that make up today’s urban river landscape. In addition to the Web site, future programs and on-site installations will be part of the overall project. The Telling River Stories program is part of the River Life: Mississippi and U project, a partnership of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Institute for Advanced Study, Water Resource Center, College of Design and Urban Studies Program. The River Life project connects University research, teaching and civic engagement programs with off-campus partners who are working to reinvigorate the urban Mississippi River. In the coming weeks, project team members will be adding materials to the site’s coverage of “river stories” in the Twin Cities, St. Louis and New Orleans. Check back often to view the progress.
River Talk is a thoughtful, informed blog about issues that affect the Mississippi River that is provided by Patrick Nunnally of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment RiverLife program. To check it out: http://www.riverlife.umn.edu/rivertalk/
Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Calendar
The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District web site has a calendar feature that has lots of great info. To check it out, visit: http://www.minneapolisdid.com/page/show/207241-calendar#nodePicker-main
*****Riverfront News Articles*****
HR&A and Above the Falls Master Plan Update
Lowry Avenue Bridge Lighting
Town Hall Brewery Expansion
The Freehouse in North Loop
Grain Belt Sign
Downtown Emergency Warning System