Puppet Updates: Love East Lake

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Love East Lake: Kick off Party at HOBT

Join us for a fun summer evening in celebration of Love East Lake, a series of 8 memorable and rewarding events from August to November 2018.

Come for the free ice cream and dance party, stay for the hourly drawings for a season pass to HOBT’s Saturday Matinees! Meet your neighbors, make a lantern, and more.

Join us!


Photo Courtesy of Bread & Puppet

Save the Date: Bread & Puppet Performances Oct 6 & 7th at 7pm

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a celebration of 6000 generations of human revolution against human management, featuring precarious dancing bears and celestial grasshoppers, and powered as always by the hot sounds of the Bread and Puppet Circus Band.

Interested in being a part of the performance? Bread & Puppet is looking for 30 volunteer community performers to join the show. Contact aheimstead@hobt.org for more information!

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. We are thrilled to welcome them to the Avalon Theatre!


Photo by Ryan Stopera

Congratulations, Yaqui: Step-Up Intern of the Year!

We were thrilled to attend yesterday’s STEP-UP End of Summer Celebration and see our very own intern Yaquelin Briones be presented with a much-deserved award for StepUp Intern of The Year!

Yaqui has assisted with teaching stilt walking classes, developing a new program for preschoolers and their parents in our lobby, building puppets and sets, and helping maintain and organize the puppet theatre.

Bart Buch, HOBT Director of Youth and Community Programs, said, “I’ve had the pleasure to watch Yaqueline Briones grow as an artist, organizer, youth worker and activist for seven years. Her intelligence, common sense, kindness, intuition and initiative are remarkable. Yaqui’s work this summer as a STEP-UP intern with HOBT often surprised me at how ahead of the game she was and how she acted as a vital member of a team of artists and administrators. If other young people today are as talented as Yaqui, we will be looking at a future revolution of really getting things done, with efficiency, quality, heart and hope. Watch out world!”

STEP-UP prepares today’s youth for tomorrow’s careers by recruiting, training and placing more than 1,600 young people (ages 14-21) in paid internships each year with over 200 regional employers (from Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, to public agencies and nonprofits, like us.) As one of the nation’s leading youth employment programs, STEP-UP leverages a collective of more than 200 partners spanning 15 industries and multiple sectors.

Learn More Here


Community Spotlight: Daniel Polnau

We are so grateful to be a part of a vibrant, creative, engaged community working together to transform and heal our world through the power of art. We want to lift up the amazing individuals, organizations, and artists who make up this beloved community. Read on for this week’s spotlight:

Join us in celebrating HOBT Associate Artist, Daniel Polnau! Dan has created puppet theatre and community puppet spectacle events since 1982. He specializes in low-tech, high magic puppetry techniques, creating puppets from upcycled materials.

Did you catch Dan in the Star Tribune this week? They did a feature on his new solo art exhibit Iron Teeth – 13 Baba Yaga Huts at Modus Locus Gallery. “For this solo art exhibition, he focuses on sculptural renderings of the ancient crone-witch Baba Yay, goddess of wisdom and death found in Slavic folklore. But it’s the downstairs portion of this exhibition, which is like a cross between a haunted house maze and an homage to the catacombs in Rome, that you definitely want to visit.” Alicia Eler, Star Tribune

Join us in supporting Dan by visiting Modus Locus, 2-6pm Saturdays through Sep 1. Admission is free.

Learn More Here


Photo by Bruce Silcox

Let’s Create Together

Whether through hands-on workshops or captivating theatrical productions, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre delivers exceptional learning experiences to students of all ages, abilities, and learning styles.

Our experienced Teaching Artists use newspaper, paint, and imagination to create custom group workshops. Together we will tell stories that explore and celebrate the human experience and the wonders of the natural world.

Learn more about bringing HOBT to work with your community, school, place of worship, senior center, and more!

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MnDOT Hennepin County projects update

This is an update for the I-35W@94 project email list. The web page is here: 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown – MnDOT

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown – MnDOT

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown resources and contacts

All closures and schedules are weather permitting and subject to change. Check www.511mn.org for real-time updates.

Please plan ahead and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Please drive with care through the work zones. They can change frequently.



I-35W Minneapolis to Roseville http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35w-mpls-roseville/index.html

I-35W southbound will be closed from Ramsey County Road C in Roseville to Fourth Street in Minneapolis starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 until 5 a.m. Monday Aug. 20.

The detour is I-694 to Highway 100 to I-94.

This project will not have lane or ramp closures during weekends the rest of the month for the State Fair.

I-35W@94 http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/

Crews have some work to do on bridges over I-94 that will connect to downtown. That will require some directional closures.

Aug. 23: Eastbound I-94 closed 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from I-394 to I-35W

Aug. 25: Westbound I-94 closed midnight to 6 a.m. from I-35W to I-394

The detour is I-35W, Highway 100 and Highway 62.

I-494 East Bush Lake Road https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/eng/east-bush-lake-roadi-494-interchange-west-bound-ramp

One lane of I-494 will be closed in each direction from 10 tonight to 5 a.m. Friday.

Highway 62 Edina to Eden Prairie http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy62/index.html

Work continues on ramps and the intersection near Beach Road and Clearwater Drive.

The ramp from westbound Highway 62 to southbound Highway 169 is closed until Friday, Aug. 24.

The following ramps will be closed starting Monday, Aug. 20 to Thursday, Aug. 30.

  • Tracy Avenue to westbound Hwy 62 will be closed
  • Eastbound Highway 62 to Tracy Avenue will be closed

The entrances to Clearwater Drive in Minnetonka and Beach Road in Eden Prairie will be right-turn only until Aug. 28. Please follow the detours.

Four weekend, directional closures will be needed starting Sept. 7-10 with eastbound Highway 62 from I-494 to Highway 100. The remaining closures will be westbound Sept. 14-17, eastbound Sept. 21-24 and westbound Sept. 28-Oct. 1. These closures are to lay asphalt on the highway.

University and Central Avenue Sidewalk and Signal replacement http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47andhwy65/

This is scheduled to start Sept. 4 and last about five weeks. Crews will work on all five intersections simultaneously, one corner at a time. Check the web site for the intersections that will get work.

I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr/

The Whitney pedestrian bridge over I-94 in Minneapolis opened last week. This completes the year-and-a-half project that fixed 50 bridges, repaired nine miles of freeway and made drainage improvements.

Maintenance work:

I-94 east

The ramp from Cedar Avenue to I-94 east will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 so crews can fix a fence.

Third Avenue bridge

Watch for single-lane closures on the Third Avenue bridge in Minneapolis daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 to Thursday, Aug. 23. This is for bridge inspection.


The on ramp from Ridgedale Road to I-394 west will be closed from 9-11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

Thank you for your patience, input and support during these projects.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261

Join us! 38th St. Bridge over I-35W reopening celebration on Aug. 16

This family-friendly event is open to the public and includes kids’ activities, live music and a sit-down shared meal on the bridge
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Metro – 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown in Minneapolis: 2017-2021 construction

Join us!

Join your neighbors for a meal on the 38th S.t Bridge to celebrate its reopening to traffic and the reconnection of communities across I-35W. The E. 38th Street bridge was recently reconstructed as part of the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project. The bridge reopened Aug. 3.

Building Bridges & Breaking Bread

4-8 p.m. Thu, Aug. 16

E. 38th St. Bridge, between 1st Ave. S and 3rd Ave. S

This family-friendly event is open to the public and includes kids’ activities, live music and a sit-down shared meal on the bridge facilitated by Marnita’s Table. The three-course meal will be created by Eat for Equity and will include halal, vegan and gluten-free options.

E. 38th St. will be closed to traffic from 2-9 p.m. to accommodate the event. Please use alternate routes during this time if you plan to travel through the area.

Event Schedule

4 – 5:45 p.m.

  • Kids’ activities and live music

5:45 – 8 p.m.

  • Sit-down meal on the E. 38th Street Bridge, discussion facilitated by Marnita’s Table .

View the Facebook page for more information about the Building Bridges & Breaking Bread event.

A special thank you to our community co-hosts and sponsors: Blackeye Roasting Co, Bryant Neighborhood Organization, Center for Performing Arts, Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, Eat for Equity, Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Kente Circle, Kingfield Neighborhood Association, Litin Eco, Marnita’s Table, Sabathani Community Center, Seward Community Co-op Friendship Store, Southside Community Health Services, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder News, and Xcel Energy.

More about this project

To learn more, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, visit the project website at: www.mndot.gov/35w94.

Metro Transit bus routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, and to sign up for Rider Alerts, visit www.metrotransit.org/35W.

Stay Connected

  • Visit the project website: info
  • Call the project hotline at 612-284-6125

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit http://www.511mn.org/ or dial 5-1-1.

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Minneapolis Public Schools’ last day for students to be June 7, 2019


Aug. 9, 2018


Media Relations Coordinator



Minneapolis Public Schools’ last day

for students to be June 7, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board of Education voted tonight to make this school year’s last day for students Friday, June 7, 2019. MPS currently exceeds the state-mandated school year length of 165 days. With this two-day reduction, the district will still be well within the required school-year length.

This change only impacts student attendance and does not impact staff duty days. The vote came at the recommendation of Superintendent Ed Graff after a similar change was made last year.


8.9.18 Minneapolis Public Schools’ last day for students to be June 7.pdf

MPD Warrant List, 8-7-18

Hello. Here is the 8-7-18 warrant list for 3rd and 5th Precincts in Minneapolis, issued by Beth Clark, Paralegal with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office. Previous lists are inaccurate and should be discarded.

When this list was compiled, the people on it were wanted by police and could be arrested on sight. If you see any of them, please call 911 immediately. Tell the operator that you know the location of a person who is on this warrant list. Be as specific about their location as possible.

If you personally know someone on this list, please encourage them to turn themselves in at a police precinct or at Midtown Safety Center.

Since the last time a list was released these people wereadded:

John Brantley

Jules Chomilo

Victor Garcia

Jovauna Gill

Melissa Kovarik

Lakota Powers

Daniel Robertson

Jessica Tucker

These people were removedfrom the list because they no longer had warrants:

Sharee Barrett

Andrew Durant

Mohamed Farah

Abdiqani Hassan

Stacy Johnson

Irvin Killsplenty

Rondel Manning

Ryan Mendoza

Vincent Skinaway

Alicia Weaver

This list is public information please post it and/or share with others who are interested.

Thank you!

John R. Baumann

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Warrant List 8-7-18 docx.pdf

Midtown Weekly Crime Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending August 6, 2018

Hello again. Here is the Midtown weekly crime report with community announcements for the week ending 8-6-18.

For this report, Midtown is the area from 35W to Hiawatha, between 28th and 32nd Streets. Portions of the Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park and Corcoran neighborhoods are included in Midtown. The report is attached as a Word file and the text is reprinted below the Safety Center logo.

There were 19 Part 1 (most serious) crimes in Midtown this week, up from 14 last week.

There were 7 violent crimes reported this week-1 rape, 4 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. By comparison, there were 3 violent crimes last week.

Police took 15 offenders into custody this week. 1 of these arrests was for a felony crime (forgery). 7 of the arrests were for prostitution-all men who were soliciting women.

The 3rd Precinct had 1 focused enforcement area in Midtown this week-29th St E to 31st St E, Oakland Ave S to Bloomington Ave S. Officers made a total of 65 proactive stops and 3 arrests in this area.

I have 5 announcements this week. See the report (below and attached) for more details on these items:

· The Lake Street Council’s Art Walk Block Partyis Saturday, August 11. Enjoy food, music, art and more.

· Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater presents an experimental Puppet Cabaret with live music and alcohol on Saturday, August 11. Enjoy a dance party after the show.

· Don’t forget to Vote in the primary electionon Tuesday, August 14.

· CANDO invites all to Dinner on the 38th Street Bridge on Thursday, August 16. This event includes music, kids’ activities and a sit-down dinner.

· Celebrate Africa at Midtown Global Market on Thursday, August 16. Enjoy special music and performances.

I always appreciate your comments. Please let me know what kinds of information you would like to see added or removed. I want the reports to be as useful as possible.

Also, please let me know the email address of anyone who would like to get these reports. Thank you!

John R. Baumann

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



Midtown Area Crime Report, Week of 7-31 to 8-6-18

By CPS John R. Baumann, Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct

Midtown Community Safety Center, 2949 Chicago Ave S, 612-825-6138

Midtown is the area between Highway 35W and Hiawatha Ave, from 28th St E to 32nd St E


· There were 19 Part 1 (most serious) crimes reported in Midtown during the week. This compares to 14 Part 1 crimes last week.

· Part 1 crimes this week included homicide (0), rape (1), robbery (4), aggravated assault (2), burglary (3), auto theft (1), arson (0) and larceny/theft (8). More than half of the Part 1 crimes were non-violent thefts.

· There were 7 violent crimes in Midtown this week-1 rape, 4 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. There were 3 violent crimes last week.

· There were 0 homicides and arsons reported during the week.

· There was 1 business robbery and 2 business burglaries reported during the week.

· MPD officers arrested and took into custody 15 offenders.

· 1 of the 15 arrests was for a felony crime, which is marked in yellow. This does not include those arrested for felony warrants.

· 7 of the 15 arrests were for prostitution. All of those arrested are men.

Reported Part 1 Crimes in Midtown This Week (Excluding Larceny)

Rape (1)

8-6, 2:00 pm 31xx OaklandAve S (Central neighborhood)Reporting Party works for the Hennepin County Child Protection Service. Reporting Party wanted to report a Rape. Reporting Party advised that Suspect is in an unhealthy relationship with Victim. Victim and Suspect are in a mutual relationship. Victim and Suspect were both positively identified by Reporting Party. Reporting Party is a case worker for Victim. Victim and Suspect were not on scene when the report was being completed and when Officers made contact with Reporting Party. Reporting Party was given a Blue (victim resources) Card and advised.

Robbery (4)

8-1, 12:01 am 31st St E & 17th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)Victim was robbed of his vehicle at gunpoint by suspect at 31st ST and 17th Ave S. Auto Desk notified… Recommendation: Case continued pending further information. [CPS note: Victim and suspect know each other and were riding in the car together before the robbery.]

8-1, 2:30 am Lake St E & 4th Ave S (Phillips West or Central neighborhood)Victim was robbed at 4th Av and Lake St at approximately 0230 hours on 8/1/18 after getting off a bus. Unknown suspect punched victim in his face and took his wallet and cellphone from his pants pocket. Body worn camera was activated and will be downloaded to evidence.com…Recommendation: Further investigation.

8-4, 7:41 pm 3xx Lake St E Business(Central neighborhood)Officers were called to the listed location on the report of a robbery. The reporting party was given a case (victim services) card. [CPS note: Suspect is a past customer of the business.]

8-5, 1:00 to 1:15 am 29th St E & Portland Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)Victim came to the 5th Precinct and reported he was robbed at knife point by unknown suspect of his I phone S5 near 29th St and Portland Av S at approximately 0100hrs… Recommendation: Further investigation.

Aggravated Assault (2)

8-1, 8:45 pm 30xx 20th Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)Officer responded to the listed address on a domestic assault in progress. Upon arrival officer spoke to a female later identified as Victim. Victim told officers that she was assaulted by a male later identified as Suspect. Suspect was gone on officers’ arrival. Victim refused to fill out the domestic violence paperwork and refused Emergency Medical Service. Suspect was not on the PC enhancement list. Domestic violence hotline was contacted.

8-6, 2:50 pm 22xx Lake St E (East Phillips neighborhood)On the above date and time, I responded to a person with a weapon at the above address. Security guards were assaulted by unknown suspects. There is video footage of the incident and they were given a blue (victim resources) card.

Burglary (3)

7-31, 5:00 pm to 8-1, 5:30 am 30xx 22nd Ave S Business(Corcoran neighborhood)[CPS note: A witness/employee saw suspect at the work site and told him to leave. The witness later saw the loss (copper scrap) and the suspect at a nearby address.

8-1, 5:30 am
30xx 5th Ave S
(Central neighborhood))
[CPS note: Suspect made entry by throwing a cement block through a front window while employees were in a back room. Loss was a cash register and around $200.]

8-4, 6:00 am 29xx 3rd Ave S (Phillips West neighborhood)[CPS note: The suspect entered the apartment through a window and took a television. Victim believes he knows who committed the burglary.]

Auto Theft (1)

8-3, 10:30 pm to 8-4, 10:55 am 29xx 17th Ave S (East Phillips neighborhood)[CPS note: Victim parked his vehicle in front of his house. He thinks he dropped his keys. The vehicle was gone the next day. No suspect information.]

MPD Arrests in Midtown (15)

Arrestees Booked into Hennepin County Jail (1 Felony)

All Offenses Misdemeanors Unless Noted

7-31, 8:45 am 29xx 15th Ave S Robert Taylor: Felony Warrant.

7-31, 9:06 pm Lake St E & 13th Ave S Carlos Saul Torres: Prostitution (Gross Misdemeanor).

7-31, 9:51 pm Lake St E & 13th Ave S Nathan Mark Pesch: Prostitution (Gross Misdemeanor).

7-31, 10:39 pm Lake St E & 13th Ave S Abdullahi Deq Abdi: Prostitution (Gross Misdemeanor).

7-31, 10:59 pm Lake St E & 10th Ave S Juvenile: Prostitution (Gross Misdemeanor). Transported to Juvenile Unit.

7-31, 11:25 pm Lake St E & 14th Ave S Abdirisak Mohamed Bile: Prostitution (Gross Misdemeanor).

7-31, 11:50 pm Lake St E & 13th Ave S Epimaco Lopez Regino: Prostitution (Gross Misdemeanor).

8-1, 12:05 am Lake St E & Bloomington Ave S Fahmudin Mohamed Yusuf: Prostitution (Gross Misdemeanor).

8-1, 10:00 am 3xx Lake St E Jakela Denise Whitney: Forgery (Felony).

8-2, 5:50 pm Lake St E & Bloomington Ave S Tyrone Washington: Felony Warrant.

8-2, 7:45 pm 15xx Lake St E Connie Rose Nelson: Felony Warrant.

8-3, 7:13 am 8xx 28th St E Stacy Lee Johnson: Felony Warrant.

8-3, 11:51 pm 30xx 16th Ave S Manuel Valtierrez: Narcotics Violation(Felony).

8-4, 9:21 pm 22xx Lake St E Anthony Corey Breedlove: Felony Warrant (for Domestic Assault).

8-5, 3:41 am 31st St E & 2nd Ave S Terry Andre Marquis Lewis: Driving While Intoxicated.

Focused Enforcement in Midtown

Midtown’s Lake Street area had 1 focused enforcement area for violent crime this week, 29th St E to 31st St E, Oakland Ave S to Bloomington Ave S

Proactive enforcement results: 65 total proactive stops, 35 directed patrols, 3 arrests.

Robberies & Aggravated Assaults in Enforcement Area: 1 robbery, 0 aggravated assaults.

Strategies used during the week included:

Patrol Tactics

All shifts: Directed patrol, foot beats, proactive stops, business checks.

Beats: Extra patrol on Lake St corridor

• CPS Notsch continues working on public events with officers being planned by local businesses

• Increased traffic stops in focus zone and immediate area.

Investigative Tactics

Beat: Collaborative effort between 3rd Precinct and 3rd Precinct Probation to do more specific details.

CRT-Details focusing on Lake St utilizing Precinct’s new cameras.

• Mobile camera at 16th & Lake is in for service has been moved to 4th Precinct due to recent shootings.

• Ongoing CRT focus on livability/nuisance crimes.

• Joint collaboration between MPD & Hennepin County Probation focusing on the Phillips 50 offenders.

• Sgts McDonald & Sullivan collaborating with Mad Dads Street Team in monitoring Lake/Bloomington area.

Problem Properties

• Hamdi Alley (the alley between 812 and 818 E Lake St)-looking at barricades. Still waiting for legal paperwork to be signed by 4 attorneys representing the businesses near the alley. Bids are out for the fencing.

Our #MakeOnLake Art Walk Block Party is this Saturday from 5-9 p.m. at the intersection of Bloomington Ave and Lake Street!

This free family-friendly event will include:

  • 3 guided Art Walks at 6pm, 7pm, and 9pm.
  • Live music from Indigo DJ Crew
  • La Favorita Taqueria & Antojitos Food Truck
  • Art activities
  • A Mobile Sign Shop
  • Free paletas and more!

Hang out and meet the artists, eat food, enjoy music, and participate in fun art activities.

Not into partying? Stop by and pick up a self-guided map to stroll up and down Lake Street looking at old and new public art pieces.

See you on Saturday!

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Puppet Cabaret at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater

Saturday, August 11th at 8pm
1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 721-2535

Join us for an evening of new, short, experimental, weird, borderline ‘artistic’ puppet acts from Twin Cities artists with live music and booze. Stick around after the cabaret for a dance party in the lobby!

Anything could happen in these late-night, low brow evenings. As always, adult content may arise. Performer lineup will be announced soon!

Organized by: Akiko Ostlund, Dhann Polnau, and Steve Ackerman

Get your tickets here


Don’t Forget to Vote!

Tuesday August 14, 2018 is Election Day!
Your vote matters!

What’s on the ballot for the August 14th primary?
U.S. Senator
U.S. Senator, special election
United States Representative for District 5
Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
Minnesota State Representative (Districts 59A, 59B, 60B, 62A and 62B)
County Commissioner (Districts 2 and 4)
County Sheriff
Minneapolis School Board at-large members (two seats)

See sample ballot here

For information on voter registration, where to vote and more, click here

Gather up your neighbors and friends for a night of celebration at Midtown Global Market!! Join us on 8/16/2018 from 5 PM – 7PM for live music and cool performances. Shop around at our unique local vendors and grab a bite to eat in the market. This event is sponsored by the Cultural Wellness Center.

18 Midtown Weekly Report, 8-6.doc

TOMORROW!!!! Phillips West National Night Out

Please join Phillips West Neighbors & Community Partners for our 22nd Annual National Night Out Celebration tomorrow evening Tuesday August 7th from 5 to 8 p.m.! Flyers attached!

Crystal Windschitl, Executive Director
Phillips West Neighborhood Organization
2400 Park Avenue South, Suite 337
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: (612) 879-5383
Fax: (612) 879-5217

Check out our Website: www.phillipswest.info
Like our facebook page!

2018 National Night Out Flyers!.pdf

2018 NNO FINAL EVENT LAYOUT 8-03-18.pdf

TOMORROW!!!! Phillips West National Night Out

Please join Phillips West Neighbors & Community Partners for our 22nd Annual National Night Out Celebration tomorrow evening Tuesday August 7th from 5 to 8 p.m.! Flyers attached!

Crystal Windschitl, Executive Director
Phillips West Neighborhood Organization
2400 Park Avenue South, Suite 337
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: (612) 879-5383
Fax: (612) 879-5217

Check out our Website: www.phillipswest.info
Like our facebook page!

2018 National Night Out Flyers!.pdf

2018 NNO FINAL EVENT LAYOUT 8-03-18.pdf

August 2018 Newsletter

Southwest Light-Rail, mental health facility, Hosmer Library, NNO, Election 2018, and Movies at Target Field
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commissioner peter mclaughlin

August 2018



Southwest Light-Rail has cleared last major obstacle

An agreement has been made between Twin Cities transit planners and Twin Cities & Western Railroad. This was the last obstacle the Light-Rail had to get through in order to start the final stages of planning. The agreement will allow light rail and freight trains to share part of the nearly 15-mile corridor between downtown and Eden Prairie. Progress on the project had stalled due in part to the disagreement between TC&W and the Met Council. The conflict centered on ownership and operational issues along the part of the route where LRT and freight trains run alongside each other. The agreement gave the Light-Rail transit planners site control along the railway, set perimeters on both construction procedures and operation procedures. The Southwest LRT is scheduled to open and operate by 2023.


Hennepin County plans first mental health facility

On Tuesday, July 24th, the Hennepin County board voted to move forward a plan to build its own mental health facility. The board unanimously approved a study to find the feasibility of converting an abandoned building at the workhouse in Plymouth. The short-term facility would house residents or inmates who couldn’t find a secure bed at the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, are ready to leave the county jail or are temporarily at Hennepin Healthcare. They hope the study will be completed by October. “The mental health system is jammed up, and this is the county stepping up to deal with a chronic problem,” said Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. Right now, inmates at the county jail are staying longer than their sentence time waiting for a bed at Anoka. The board cited a recent case of a man with mental illness who was held in jail for three months even though misdemeanor charges against him were quickly dropped after his arrest. Besides the possibility of a new mental health facility, the county is working with community organizations and Hennepin Healthcare on a multiyear project to create a mental health and substance abuse residential treatment program at a county-owned building at 1800 Chicago Av. S. in Minneapolis.


Hosmer Library renovations

Beginning Monday, August 27th, Hosmer Library will be closed for renovations. The library is scheduled to reopen by the end of spring 2019. The building’s historic character will be carefully retained through the renovation, as the library has received historic designation from the City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. Repairs and preservation work will address the building exterior, including the large skylight and refurbishment of historic wood windows. Inside, patrons will find library spaces updated for increased flexibility and improved access to library services. The renovated entry will increase connectivity between the library’s main floor and the lower level, and meeting spaces of various sizes will be available on both floors. Areas for children and teens will be located to the front of the building and designed to support the activity level of youth programs, with the back of the building offering quieter computer use and seating. Restrooms will be upgraded for ADA compliance, new energy-efficient LED lighting will be installed, and wireless connectivity will be improved throughout the building. During the closure, patrons are invited to use other Hennepin County libraries:

  • East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake Street, Minneapolis
  • Nokomis Library, 5100 34th Ave South, Minneapolis
  • Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis


National Night Out 2018

Join us for the 36th Annual Minneapolis National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th. National Night Out is about getting to know your neighbors and having a good time in the process. There will be numerous block parties throughout the city celebrating so be sure the check out the list to see what’s going on near you and I hope to see you out!


Primary Election

Don’t forget to take part in the midterm elections this year. Absentee voting has already started and will run until August 13th at 5pm. The Primary Election Day is Tuesday, August 14th followed by the General Election Day which occurs on November 6th. Make sure to get out and vote to exercise your constitutional right. Be sure to check this link to show where you are registered to vote.


Movies at Target Field Station

Hennepin County is hosting free movie nights this summer at Target Field Station in partnership with the Minneapolis downtown council and the Minnesota Twins. Residents can bring a lawn chair or blankets, find a spot on the grass outside the ballpark and watch movies on the video board. The digital screen at Target Field Station allows for movies to be shown in crisp quality and before dusk, making the events ideal for all ages. All movies begin Thursdays at 7pm.

Movie Showtime’s for August:

  • Wednesday, August 8: “Coco”
  • Wednesday, August 22: “Mary Poppins”

Board Briefings

You’re invited. In addition to our regularly scheduled board meetings, the County Board often meets for updates on Thursday mornings. These are informal opportunities to discuss emerging issues. No decisions are made, and topics are subject to change. Board briefings occur in the board room on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center and are open to the public.

Thursday, August 9:

  • 9:30am-10:30am: Protected bikeways on county roads

Thursday, August 23:

  • 9:30am-11:30am: Board & Authority proceedings/2020 Census

About District 4

district 4This 4th district serves parts of east and downtown Minneapolis, and Fort Snelling.

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Peter McLaughlin
Commissioner, 4th District

Brian Shekleton
Principal Aide

Dorothy Rucker


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Klipp – A Creative August


Visit ASI for a Colorful & Creative August


The Great Makers Exchange – a Creative Gathering
Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Workshops begin at 9 a.m.)

Ready, set, make! The American Swedish Institute invites you to a gathering for painters, crafters, carvers, weavers – and folks who just want to learn how make something! With fun and casual two-hour craft workshops in the morning (9 -11 a.m.) and afternoon (2 – 4 p.m.), beginners as well as craft enthusiasts have a chance to make something with their hands. Visit the Great Makers Exchange event page to see the full list of workshops and to register. Drop-in activities include a Young Makers Studio for youth and families, a Makers Market where you can buy what artists have made, on-site craft demonstrations, live music from local talent and the Featured Maker Talk.

Festival included with museum admission or Great Makers Exchange workshop registration.

Featured Maker Talk: Sustainable Textiles with Three Rivers Fibershed

1-2 p.m.
Join Three Rivers Fibershed to talk about sustainable fashion and share questions, inspiration and ideas for action. Walk through ASI’s new exhibition Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe, to learn how one globally successful designer has incorporated sustainable practices into her textile and clothing production.


Be Bold! Explore Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe

U.S. Exhibition Premiere. On view through October 28

Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe has transformed ASI into a whimsical world with bold colors and patterns in a visually striking collaboration with Swedish designer and global entrepreneur Gudrun Sjödén.

Curated Cocktail Tours

Experience the exhibition with curated cocktail and specialty lite-bites from FIKA in hand. This after-hours journey of the senses is inspired by Gudrun – her bold use of color, her eco-conscious approach and her global impact.

Space is limited. Open to ages 21+. Two tour dates available:
Thursday, September 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Register here.
Thursday, October 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Register here.

$50 ASI members / $55 non-members

Private Group Tours
Book a festive outing for your book club, friends, co-workers or family to tour the Gudrun exhibition with one of ASI’s knowledgeable guides. Group tours include a Sjödén-designed cloth bag and exhibition booklet. grouptours.

Upcycle Your Used Clothing!

Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12
Finally, a creative way to put used clothing or fabric to work! Bring them to ASI’s new återbruk (recycling) container. On select weekends, designers led by Maddy Bartsch of Three Rivers Fibershed will “upcycle” (cut and sew) these items into bags that will be sold in the Museum Shop. A portion of proceeds will go to a local organization.

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Twin Cities Exclusive: Gudrun on Sale at the ASI Museum Store

Shop Gudrun Sjödén right here in Minneapolis!

From Boho Bird shirts that are flying off the rack to socks, tea towels to T-shirts, the ASI Museum Store at the American Swedish Institute is the only place outside of New York (or online!) to purchase Gudrun Sjödén goods. We’re re-ordering items as quickly as possible, including a limited number of scarfs designed especially by Gudrun for this ASI exhibition.

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Verne Anderson + Cecilia Schiller – Whimsy and Wonder

Exhibition on view August 11-September 16
Artist reception Wed., August 15, 6-7 p.m.

This remarkable exhibition features the engaging and whimsical work of two Twin Cities-based artists – Verne Anderson, printmaker and woodcarver, and Cecilia Schiller, who creates mechanical automata. Their careers intersect with three-dimensional sculpture, craft and art. The Artist Reception is included with museum admission.

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Try Your Hand At Nordic Craft!

Nordic Craft Two-Day Workshop: Birch Bark Field Pouch
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5,
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
$160 ASI members / $185 non-members
Click here for more info and to register.

Youth Nordic Craft Workshop: Decorated Pockets
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1-5 p.m.

$30 ASI member youth / $35 non-member
Click here for more info and to register.

Nordic Craft Workshop: Handmade Bound Journal
Friday, Aug. 10, 1- 5 p.m.
$55 ASI members / $65 non-members
Click here for more info and to register.

Nordic Craft Workshop: Printed Tote Bags
Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$85 ASI members / $95 non-members
Click here for more info and to register.

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Wednesday Craft Series
Summer fun for adults and youth

Craft & Cocktails Series
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Make Nordic-inspired crafts while enjoying a beverage from FIKA. Our Craft & Cocktail 2018 Series is a great after-work outing! Follow individual links to register:

$30 ASI members / $35 non-members. Includes one drink and all project materials.

Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft Series
Wednesdays from 1 – 3 p.m.
In our Summer Slöjd 2018 Youth Handcraft Series, young makers will make fun and useful objects. Adults may register alongside youth to create together. Follow these links to register.

$10 ASI members / $15 non-members.

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Youth & Family Programming
Come and play with us!

Kids at the Castle: Mini Makers
Fri., August 17 & Sat., August 18,
9-10 a.m. each day
It’s a morning play date! This month’s Kids at the Castle is inspired by the Great Makers Exchange and encourages curious young minds through crafts, storytelling, visual play, music and movement. Only $8 for the whole family. No registration required.

Pippi Day Camp – August 9. Only a few spots left!

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Language & Culture Walking, Talking, Learning

Language Classes
The last of summer classes begin the first week of August, including:

Swedish Hiking Club
Saturday, August 11, 9-11 a.m.
Take a skogsbad, break for fika and practice din svenska! The August Club will meet at Minnehaha Falls. Swedish Hiking Club will continue into the fall – view the list of dates.

$10 ASI members / $15 non-members. Click here to register.

Coming Soon: Fall Language Opportunities
Watch for some exciting new language programs this fall, including Svenska för tonåringar (Swedish for teenagers) and Svenska på slottet (Swedish at the castle). Stay tuned for the full line-up. Fall classes begin the week of September 17.

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Kräftskiva – Crayfish Party

Helan går…”

Friday, August 24, 6:30 p.m.

Experience a kräftskiva, a Swedish summer tradition, during a magical evening in ASI’s courtyard. There’ll be party hats, lanterns, music, dancing and, of course, plenty of crayfish brined with dill and served with bread, cheese and other side dishes. Our hosts will show you how to eat the crayfish and lead drinking songs. Grab a bib and skål!

$55 ASI members / $65 non-members (includes one shot of aquavit). 21+ event. Cash bar available. Click here to register.

Don’t Miss Out – Tickets go on Sale August 10
for the Fall Cocktails at the Castle on Friday, September 14!
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
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