August 2015 News and Events from Commissioner Linda Higgins

Commissioner Linda Higgins, Hennepin County, MN

AUGUST 2015


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PUBLIC AUCTION

There will be a public auction for a limited number of homes in North Minneapolis on July 31. See the Auctions section for additional information.


REMINDER: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS AUGUST 4

Join your neighbors to have an evening out together for public safety. See our July newsletter for details.  


CONTACTS

Linda Higgins
Commissioner, District 2
612-348-7882
www.hennepin.us/higgins

Tina Sanz
Principal Aide
612-348-5335

Roshonda Royston
Administrative Secretary
612-348-3526


ABOUT THE DISTRICT

District 2 serves the cities of Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, north and northeast Minneapolis, southeast Plymouth and St. Anthony.

2nd District Hennepin County

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Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. Feel free to forward it to your friends and neighbors.

I had a new experience this week. Our board chair, Jan Callison, wasn't able to be at the board meeting on Tuesday, so I chaired the meeting! I've chaired a lot of meetings and conventions in my time in office, but this was just different enough to feel like an important milestone! Further below, there is a wrap-up of our day's actions.

We list many great events this month, and I think this newsletter is full of great information. Also, did you know you can subscribe to other interesting topics offered by Hennepin County? Follow the link!

Cordially,

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Top stories

Webber Park natural swimming pool opening in Minneapolis

First public pool of its kind in North America to open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Labor Day

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Images (clockwise from upper left): Webber Pool layout; ground breaking with Minneapolis Council President Johnson, Park Board Chair Wielinski, Commissioner Higgins, Park Board Commissioner Jon Olson and others; Webber pool today with walking bridge; and aerial view of pool (lap lanes in foreground).

The much-anticipated Webber Park natural swimming pool is opening on Friday, July 24 and will be free and open 1 to 7 pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend (including Monday, Sept. 7). The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's newest innovative project is located in north Minneapolis at 4300 Webber Parkway.

As part of its commitment to the Hennepin Youth Sports Grants program, the Hennepin County board approved $250,000 of the capital project in 2014. 

In addition to free admission and open swimming, there will be fee-based programs offered starting July 31. Registration is available at recreation centers, the pool house, or minneapolisparks.org.

Lap swimming – 12-1 pm, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. $3 per day or $24 for a ten-visit punch pass.

Swim lesson sessions – 12-12:40 pm, Friday-Saturday, eight lessons, four weeks, July 31-Aug 21. $50 resident and $60 non-resident (scholarships available).

Major construction is completed; however, the pool's unique water management systems need ongoing monitoring and additional specialized robotic vacuums for maintaining the pool before it can open daily. Details and photos of the pool are at minneapolisparks.org.


teen pregnancy program Better Together Hennepin

Successful teen pregnancy prevention program receives $7.5 million grant

 

From the time the program started in 2007 through the end of 2013, teen pregnancies in Hennepin County dropped by nearly 50 percent.

 

The Better Together Hennepin initiative to reduce teen pregnancies has been named as a recipient of a five-year, $7.5 million federal grant to continue and expand successful, evidence-based programming to prevent teen pregnancies.

Better Together Hennepin is among 81 nonprofit organizations, school districts, local government agencies and others receiving grants totaling more than $86 million.

 

Focusing work where it's needed most

Hennepin County uses GIS data to track where teens are giving birth. Better Together Hennepin focuses resources in those areas of the county that have the highest concentrations of teen pregnancies -- Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Central and North Minneapolis, Richfield and Robbinsdale. 

With the funding in hand, the program will implement the It’s OUR Future project, which aims to reduce teen birth rates by an additional 30 percent by 2020. The project is expected to reach about 32,665 young people over the next five years.

For more information, visit the Better Together Hennepin webpage.


SW LRT

Board approves funding for reduced-scope SWLRT 

On July 7, Hennepin County leaders became the first elected body to offer a formal funding commitment to a Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) plan that reduces the project’s scope by more than a quarter billion dollars and adds other local investments to the funding mix.

The Hennepin County Board approved $5 million from the Environmental Response Fund to address areas of contamination associated with SWLRT.  At the July 21 meeting, the board also agreed to set aside $3 million for infrastructure costs associated with the Southwest Light Rail project (see below, under "Board news" for July 21). 

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, who chairs Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority, said the approval is the “first down payment on a shared investment by the county and the cities along the corridor,” and that this sort of collaboration and joint problem solving is why this region is highly regarded by the federal government and why we succeed in obtaining federal funding. 

The line is currently scheduled to open in 2020.

Related board actions

In addition to support for the SWLRT scope reductions, the board also voted to submit a $20 million 2016 State Capital Bonding request for the Bottineau Light Rail Transit project and support the Met Council’s request for the balance of the state contribution for SWLRT. 

Both projects will travel through District Two and provided needed transportation options to residents.


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Board approves increased funding for Child Protection Services unit

 

Based on new State of Minnesota child protection requirements and report initiated by Hennepin County with Casey Family Programs, the board has approved a transfer of $429,000 in contingency funds and accepted a state funding infusion of nearly $2.2 million to increase staffing and enable systems changes in the Child Protection Services unit. 

The additional funding will enable the Human Services and Public Health Department to adopt a series of recommendations put forth by Governor Dayton’s Task Force on the Protection of Children and a county-initiated comprehensive review of services to county-involved children and youth. 

Changes will include the hire of 60 child protection social workers and 38 supervisors, legal services staff, case management assistants, and support staff. The measure also includes $255,000 to cover five new hires in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office; new state requirements are increasing both the number of cases Hennepin County must handle and the work done on each case.

 

Child protection oversight committee created

The board also established an oversight committee for child protection services in response to new State of Minnesota child protection requirements and the Casey Family Programs report. The committee will consist of 7 to 11 members including two Hennepin County Commissioners, as well as community members, individuals with professional expertise in child protection, and others. The committee will regularly report to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

 

Tasks created related to child protection recommendations

The board also assigned a series of tasks to county administration and human services leadership, including implementing a data unit to compile statistics and improved early intervention responses to cases of neglect. Those tasks were related to the recommendations from the Casey report and the Governor’s Task Force. County administration will report back to the board on their progress by October 1, 2015. Further information is on the Hennepin County website at www.hennepin.us/news.


west broadway transit study logo

 

Metro Transit, in partnership with Hennepin County and Minneapolis, has initiated a Transit Alternatives and Economic Development Study to identify possible transit improvements along West Broadway. The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority approved funding to support the study in December 2013.

Streetcar and arterial bus rapid transit (BRT) are the two modes that will be evaluated in the study looking at an alignment from downtown Minneapolis via Washington Avenue North or North Second Street (see map) and along West Broadway. The purpose of the West Broadway Transit Study is to conduct a collaborative planning process that will identify existing transit challenges and evaluate potential transit improvements in the North Loop and West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis. This will include evaluation of potential connections to the planned METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) at possible stations in Golden Valley or in Robbinsdale.

For further information, see metrotransit.org/west-broadway-transit-study.

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Hennepin County awarded top ten ranking in using technology

Hennepin County has been awarded a top ten ranking in the 2015 Digital Counties Survey in the population category of 500,000 or more. The Digital Counties Survey is a national recognition program and provides an annual measure of county performance and innovation in using technology. 

Hennepin County’s Digital Counties Survey submission featured a number of initiatives that support our overarching goals of ensuring our residents are self-reliant, healthy, protected and safe, mobile, and assured due process. The initiatives featured were:

  • Hennepin County Geo:Code Event (see YouTube video)
  • Metropolitan Health Plan Website
  • Workforce Leadership Council Web Page
  • Risk Management – Identity and Access Management
    and Payment Card System
  • Hennepin Housing Key
  • eCitations and eFiling/eCharging
  • Integrating Election Data
  • Hennepin County GIS Road Centerline Data Collaboration
  • Recycle Everywhere
  • Hennepin County Library Innovations

Learn more about Hennepin County online services at

hennepin.us/services.


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Veterans Court commemorates five-year anniversary

(photo above: Fourth District Judge Kerry Meyer kicked off the five-year anniversary event on Monday, July 13).

The mission of Veterans Court, implemented in July 2010 by the Fourth Judicial District Court and Hennepin County, is to promote public safety and assist and support veterans and their families by creating a coordinated responsewith the veterans' service delivery system, community-based services, and the criminal justice system. In short, handing down strict conditions helps in avoiding jail time for defendants whose combat-related stress may have contributed to their crimes. Since July 2010, 224 veterans have participated and 165 have graduated. The Star Tribune did a recent piece about the court available at startribune.com/hennepin-county-s-veterans-court-celebrates-five-years-of-operation/312303101/.


new skyway level real estate service counter

Real Estate service counter opens on skyway level

Our new Real Estate service counter is open!

It just got better to serve YOU and provide easier access to records. We are pleased to announce a new presence on the skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center (view map), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information is online at hennepin.us. Initial services include:

  • Document recording
  • Land records research
  • Current year property tax payments


Golden Valley logo

Golden Valley selects finalists for City Manager 

The selection process for Golden Valley’s new city manager is in its final phase as the City Council considers four candidates chosen from a field of seven semifinalists. The four finalists are Anoka City Manager Timothy Cruikshank, Delano City Administrator Philip Kern, Windom City Administrator Steven Nasby, and former Willmar City Administrator Charlene Stevens.

The search effort garnered 46 applications. A City Council subcommittee interviewed the semi-finalists July 13, and finalists will meet residents at a community open house at City Hall July 22 (6:30 to 8 pm) and will interview with the full City Council and City management team July 23. The City Council is expected to choose a new city manager in August 2015. Current City Manager Tom Burt is retiring this fall. For more information, visit goldenvalleymn.gov. 


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Media Spotlight: Hennepin Health

In case you missed it, Minnpost recently published a great article about Hennepin Health’s work in using a “Housing First” strategy to reach the Medicaid users in the county. We are really proud of our team of people in Hennepin for their work on this innovative and award-winning program that uses a collaborative service model to reach people where it best serves them. I hope you will take the time to learn about them at minnpost.com.


Plymouth kids fest with video link

Plymouth Kids Fest Set for July 29

Plymouth will hold Kids Fest at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at the Hilde Performance Center, 3500 Plymouth Blvd.

Kids Fest features opportunities for children to engage in interactive, environmental learning. In addition to ever-popular features such as inflatables, games, prizes, entertainment and face painting, this year’s event includes an Environmental Fair component – complete with eco-friendly activities, insects, mascots and animals.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with games and activities. Kid Power with Rachael takes the stage from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a kid-friendly performance. Carnival tickets cost 25 cents each – or $8 for an unlimited wristband. Carnival games and activities require one to four tickets. Environmental activities and entertainment are free. The event is open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


$50 Swimming Lessons for Only $5 in Minneapolis!

Being able to swim is an important skill for every child to have. Thanks to collaboration between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and non-profit People for Parks’ generous $5,000 swimming lesson scholarships, Minneapolis youth can take swimming lessons for only $5! There is no criteria for this use of this coupon, only that they are Minneapolis residents. Scholarships pay for $45 of the $50 class price for Minneapolis families and are available on a first come, first served basis. Classes are held at Lupient Water Park, Wirth and Nokomis beaches and are available for the remaining Aug. 3-14 session.  

Interested families can call 612-767-6892 or email swimlessons@peopleforparks.net for more information and to register. Coupon Code MPRB: PFPParksBSL. Also, individuals interested in providing a swimming lesson to a youth in need can donate online at the People for Parks website. 

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Board news

July 7

 

Board approves funding for reduced-scope SWLRT 

Hennepin County leaders became the first elected body to offer a formal funding commitment to a Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) plan that reduces the project’s scope by more than a quarter billion dollars and adds other local investments to the funding mix (see story above).

Funding approved for 98 Child Protection, five County Attorney hires

The board approved a transfer of $429,000 in contingency funds, and accepted a state funding infusion of nearly $2.2 million to increase staffing and enable systems changes in the Child Protection Services unit (see story above). 

Funding for homelessness prevention, rehousing

The Hennepin County Board accepted more than $4.2 million in state funding for the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program. Services are aimed at preventing homelessness and quickly re-housing people who become homeless. Interventions include:

  • Financial assistance to pay rent
  • Legal services to negotiate tenancy and eviction issues
  • Rapid re-housing services to resettle homeless families and singles staying in county-paid shelters
  • Youth services to either reunify families or stabilize youth housing
  • Transitional housing for families at high risk of homelessness recidivism

Community partners include Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin, Catholic Charities Community Emergency Assistance Program, Lutheran Social Services, People Responding in Social Ministry, Mid-MN Legal Assistance, Simpson Housing, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP), St. Stephen's, YMCA, YouthLink, Oasis and The Link.

Committing to justice for people with mental illnesses

The Hennepin County Board endorsed the National Association of Counties' Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jails, commit to sharing lessons learned with other counties in Minnesota and across the country to support a national initiative and encourage all county officials, employees and residents to participate in Stepping Up.

Some measures could include:

  • Convening a diverse team of leaders and decision makers from multiple agencies, who are committed to safely reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails
  • Studying the problem to better identify those who enter jails with mental illnesses and assess their recidivism risk, then using that baseline information to guide decision-making at every level
  • Examining treatment and service capacity and access to determine which county programs and services are available for people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders
  • Developing a research-based plan with measurable
  • Creating a process to track progress, and report successes

New Facility Services director appointed

The county board confirmed the appointment of Michael Sable to the position of Facility Services director. Mike holds a MBA from the University of St. Thomas and brings many years of local government leadership experience. He most recently served as Interim City Manager for the City of Brooklyn Park, where his duties have included oversight of the city's communications, human resources and information technology services. Mike will begin his new role in early August.

Environmental Response Fund projects approved

The board approved Environmental Response Fund requests for 10 remediation projects. These grant awards will preserve or support development of 799 affordable housing units, enhance green space, significantly increase tax base, and provide new construction and permanent jobs.

Projects include:

Minneapolis

  • 4041 Hiawatha Avenue—$130,135 to Minneapolis/Hiawatha Partners LLC to assist with contaminated soil cleanup and soil gas vapor mitigation associated with development of affordable housing units
  • 700 Central —$140,620 to Minneapolis/Nolan Properties Group for contaminated soil cleanup and soil gas vapor mitigation associated with renovation of vacant buildings into market rate apartments and new commercial space
  • Former Superior Plating— $118,233 to Minneapolis/Lennar Multifamily Communities for operation of a remediation system in preparation for the development of a mixed-use commercial and multifamily residential redevelopment
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens—$209,500 to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for contaminated soil cleanup during park renovations
  • North Loop Commons—$61,123 to Minneapolis/NHH Olson Memorial, LLC for contaminated soil cleanup and soil vapor mitigation to renovate a vacant building for future charter school, commercial use, and office use
  • Seward Towers East and West—$221,250 to Minneapolis/Seward Towers Corporation for asbestos abatement as part of their renovation of two existing low income/section 8 residential buildings

Hopkins

  • Oxford Village—$167,385 to Project for Pride in Living Inc. (PPL) for contaminated soil cleanup, asbestos abatement, and vapor mitigation associated with development of affordable rental housing units

St. Louis Park

  • The Shoreham—$200,000 to St. Louis Park EDA/Bader Development for contaminated soil cleanup associated with development of market-rate and affordable housing and office space

Bloomington

  • VEAP-Former Viking Foods—$75,334 to Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, Inc. (VEAP) for soil vapor mitigation in a food production and distribution center and office space for the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health team

Medina

  • Hamel Road stormwater infiltration pond—$62,500 for asbestos waste removal costs, associated with pond construction

Measure approved to explore joint youth treatment center with Ramsey County

Staff will move ahead to develop recommendations for principles, terms, practices and policies relating to a new joint Hennepin County-Ramsey County residential treatment center for youth in both counties.

July 21

Board OKs $3 million in SWLRT infrastructure costs

At Tuesday's meeting, the board set aside $3 million for infrastructure costs associated with the Southwest Light Rail project. Potential uses are creating elements that connect the communities to station areas, acquiring needed lands and improving water quality. The county funding will come from the Southwest Community Works program, and will be available 2016-2019. Each Community Works dollar spent is matched by federal New Starts funding. 

Board intends land transfer to Met Council for SWLRT

The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority Board stated its intention to transfer portions of the Kenilworth and Cedar Lakes rail corridor for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project, subject to certain conditions and future actions. The Board's action will assist in receiving matching federal dollars for the project. The land includes portions of the Kenilworth and Cedar Lake rail corridor from approximately 2,000 feet west of 11th Avenue in Minnetonka to Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis. 

$12 million commits for Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit to south metro

The board committed to provide as much as $12.8 million of the local funding for the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Project capital costs. The line will extend from downtown Minneapolis, 17 miles along Interstate 35W to Burnsville. The project will have 11 stations in Hennepin County and one station in Dakota County. 

New labor relations director appointed

The board appointed Katherine Megarry to the position of labor relations director at Hennepin County. She will begin her duties on August 24. Megarry comes to the position with nearly 20 years of experience in the labor relations field. She has experience in both the public and private sector, most recently with Macy's. 

Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at www.hennepin.us/news.

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Events

St. Anthony

  • Friday, July 31, 3pm through Sunday, August 2pm
    St. Anthony Villagefest. Parade, food and fun. For times and locations, visit stanthonyvillagefest.com.
  • Tuesday, August 4, 6-9pm
    Night to Unite. Join with your neighbors for a fun filled evening. For more information, visit ci.saint-anthony.mn.us.
  • Thursdays through August 13, 7pm
    Salo Park Summer Concert
    Salo Park Amphitheater
    39th Avenue NE, between Silver Lake Road and Stinson Blvd
  • Monday, August 17 through Wednesday, August 19
    The City of St. Anthony's Public Works Department will be conducting curbside branch chipping for residents. $15 plus applicable sales tax for each 10 minutes of chipping. The charge will be billed on your October 2015 water bill. For more information, call 612-782-3301 or visit www.ci.saint-anthony.mn.us.
  • Police Citizens' Academy Classes Fall 2015. For dates and registration information, visit http://www.ci.saint-anthony.mn.us.
  • Silverwood Onstage live theater and music. For dates, times and performances, visit silverwoodonstage.org.
    Silverwood Park Amphitheater
    2500 County Road E, St. Anthony

Northeast

  • Saturday, July 25, 6-10pm
    Lourdes NE Block Party. Free. Live music, food, beer and viewing of the Aquatennial fireworks. Wristbands and tickets available for beer, pop, barbecue, crepes and brats. 
    Our Lady of Lourdes
    1 Lourdes Place, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, August 1, 5-10pm
    Summer Crayfish Party. Crayfish, Bachelor Farmer meatballs, sweet corn, snow cones, local beer, Aquavit and music. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door as available. For tickets and more information, visit askovfinlayson.com.
    Second Avenue North next to Bachelor Farmer (between First Street North and Azine Way).
  • Thursday, August 20, 3:30-7:30pm
    Open house and community bbq. Eastside schools are kicking off the school year together. Edison High School will have an open house from 4-6pm during this event.
    Edison High School
    700 22nd Avenue NE, Minneapolis 
  • Saturday, August 29, 3-7pm
    Beltrami Summer Festival. Food, music, games and the “Beetlejuice” movie screening at dusk. For more Information, call 612-229-8480 or email office@discoverbeltrami.org.
    Beltrami Park
    1111 Summer Street NE, Minneapolis

North

  • Thursday, July 23 through Saturday, July 25
    FLOW Northside Arts Crawl. For highlights and event information, visit westbroadway.org.
  • Thursday, July 30, 7pm
    Minnesota Sinfonia family Concert. The Minnesota Sinfonia is excited to celebrate the rededication of Webber Park. 
    Webber Park
    4203 Webber Parkway, Minneapolis
  • Thursday, July 30, 6-8pm
    Community Forum: $1 houses. Join Council Member Blong Yang to talk about housing issues and opportunities in Ward 5. Learn about dollar houses, city’s home ownership program, the rehab housing program and more. Please RSVP by July 29 to Samantha Vang, 612-673-2205 or samantha.vang@minneapolismn.gov.
  • Now through August 7, 9am-4pm
    Summer Camp Capri. Free middle school arts camp for students who've just completed grades 5-8. To register or for more information, visit thecapritheater.org or contact Kiana Batteau at kbatteau@pcyc-mpls.org.
    The Capri Theater
    2027 West Broadway Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • Weekdays through August 7, 9am-4pm
    PCYC Drop-in Summer Fun. Free fun activities for kids of all ages and no advance registration. For more information, contact Catrice O'Neal at 612-643-2026 or coneal@pcyc-mpls.org.
    Cleveland Park
    33rd and Queen Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • Weekdays through August 7, breakfast and lunch hours
    Summer food service program. Meals meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are free. For times and locations, contact Catrice O'Neal at 612-643-2026 or coneal@ycyc-mpls.org.
    Plymouth Christiam Youth Center (PCYC)
    2210 Oliver Avenue, Minneapolis
  • Friday, August 7 and 14, 5-8pm
    Music in the Heart of Victory. Join your neighbors for two evenings of food trucks and music performed by local artist. 
    The Warren
    4400 Osseo Road, Minneapolis 
  • Thursday, August 13, 6-8pm
    Live on the Drive featuring Javier Trejo. For more information, visit liveonthedrive.org.
    Victory Memorial Parkway
    34th and Victory Memorial Parkway, Minneapolis
  • Now through August 14, 11:30am-5pm
    Summer at Gethsemane. The Camden Promise will provide free lunch to all who come to Gethsemane's summer lunch program. For kids grades 1-5.
    Gethsemane Lutheran Church ELCA
    4656 Colfax Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, August 15, 10am-4pm
    Battle of the Badges bbq contest and city wide picnic. The Minneapolis Fire Department and Minneapolis Police battle to see whose barbecue is the best. Free food, fun and giveaways.
    North Commons Park
    1801 James Avenue N, Minneapolis  
  • Sunday, August 16, 10:30am-4pm
    Heart of the Northside Festival. $1,000 raffle, silent auction, brunch, snacks and treats, bingo, pull tabs, kids’ games, and craft sale. Participants are welcome to attend Mass at 9:30 a.m., and stay for the day. For more information, visit stbridgetnorthside.com.
    St. Bridget Catholic Church
    3811 Emerson Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • Thursday, August 27 at dusk
    Movie in the park. Take a blanket or chair to Victory Park and enjoy a showing of the family movie “Boxtrolls.” Popcorn and lemonade available.
    Victory Park
    4414 Upton Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • Wednesdays through September 2, 6-7:30pm
    Summer at Gethsemane Wednesday night cook outs.
    The grills will be fired up cooking hot dogs in the parking lot. Chips, dessert and beverages will also be served. Pallets of fruit and vegetables provided by Second Harvest will be available.
    Gethsemane Lutheran Church ELCA
    4656 Colfax Avenue N, Minneapolis

North Loop

  • Thursday, July 23, 6:30-9pm
    Riverfront Vitality Forum: finding the green for parks. Join in a conversation with Park Board Superintendent Jayne Miller and the Theater of Public Policy. Reserve your $5 ticket today.
    Open Book
    1011 Washington Avenue S, Minneapolis
  • Friday, July 24, 6-9pm
    Community Backyard Bash. Onsite DJ, backyard games and conversations, food and beer available for purchase at Blue Plate Restaurant Company. Event will take place rain or shine.
    Sunrise Bank
    525 Washington Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • Tuesday, August 4, 5:30-7:30pm
    National Night Out Party. Join your neighbors for brats, hotdogs, drinks and live music. Inflatable jumper for the kids.
    Target Field Amphitheater
    5th Avenue N and 5th Street N
  • Sunday, August 16, noon-7pm
    Borough Block Party. Food, drinks and live bands.
    $5 in advance, $7 at the door. For tickets, visit boroughmpls.com.
  • Sunday, August 23, 11am-5pm
    Open Streets. Explore downtown Minneapolis by bike, foot or skate on car-free streets. Get a map at openstreetsmpls.org.

Bryn Mawr

  • Tuesday, August 4
    National Night Out. For times, events and locations, visit bmna.org.

Medicine Lake

Golden Valley

Plymouth

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2:30-5pm
    Night to Unite open house
    Plymouth Creek Center
    14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
  • Tuesday, August 4, 6-7pm
    Walk with a Doc. Each month a different doctor will lead a 45 minute walk that is open to all Plymouth community members.
    Plymouth Creek Center
    14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
  • Tuesday, August 11, 7-8pm
    Free concert by Greg Herriges New Whirled Band
    Parkers Lake Stage
    County Road 6 and Niagara Lane, Plymouth
  • Friday, August 14, at dusk
    Movie in the Park: “Big Hero 6”
    Zachary Playfield (Ball Diamond)
    4355 Zachary Lane N, Plymouth
  • Friday, August 21, at dusk
    Movie in the Park: “Maleficent”
    Ridgemount Playfield
    12000 Ridgemount Avenue N, Plymouth
  • Friday, August 21, 6:30pm
    Live at the Hilde. Featuring Big Head Todd and The Monsters, G. Love and Special Sauce, and JJ Grey and Mofro. Tickets start at $27. For tickets and more information, visit plymouthmn.gov.
    Hilde Performance Center
    3500 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
  • Friday, August 28, at dusk
    Movies in the Park: “Finding Nemo”
    Hilde Amphitheater
    3450 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth
  • Bike Helmet Sale. The Plymouth Fire Department will sell low-cost bike helmets 6-8pm the first and third Thursday of each month through August 20. Helmets range in size from toddler to adult extra large and come in many styles and colors. Traditional bike helmets are $14 and multi-sport helmets are $17.
    F
    ire Station II
    3300 Dunkirk Lane N, Plymouth

Greater Minneapolis 

  • Tuesday, August 4
    National Night Out. An annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, have block parties, and get to know their neighbors, as a way to encourage crime prevention. For more information, to find an event, register an event, or apply to close down a street or alley, and to get tips for planning an event visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us.
  • Tuesday, August 4, 8am-5pm and Wednesday, August 5, 8am-4pm
    Stand Down for Veterans. Welcome ceremony Tuesday at 11am. Free services available. All veterans welcome. For more information, visit mac-v.org.
    Boy Scout Base Camp
    201 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling
  • Now through September 7
    Music and Movies in the Park. Enjoy more than 200 free outdoor concerts at six outstanding concert venues in the parks. For times and locations visit minneapolisparks.org.
  • Now through September 19
    Preserve Minneapolis walking tours. Visit Minneapolis's historic neighborhoods. Guides will tell the "stories behind the stories" and give participants a greater understanding of the area's social and built history. Most tours are $9. To register or for more information, including tour dates, visit preserveminneapolis.org.
  • Walker Art Center events. Target free Thursday nights, music/film series, Walker cinema, Walker on the Green, performing arts and more. For dates and times visit walkerart.org.

Farmers Markets


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