October 2015 News and Events from Commissioner Linda Higgins

Commissioner Linda Higgins, Hennepin County, MN




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Board approves levy for 2016

Proposed 2016 budget

2016 proposed budget includes child protection system changes, election upgrades

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved a $726.8 million maximum property tax levy that will improve the safety of children, modernize the county’s elections system and support self-sufficiency and workforce initiatives.

The maximum property tax levy represents an increase of $31.2 million or 4.48 percent from last year’s adjusted levy. The board is required by state law to adopt a maximum property tax levy in September. Commissioners may later approve a property tax levy that is lower than the approved maximum, but they cannot set it higher than the maximum adopted at the September 22 meeting. In November, property owners will receive a notice that shows the effect of the county maximum levy on their properties, as well as the effect of taxes proposed by other local units of government such as cities and school districts. 

Full budget up for approval December 15

On September 8, Hennepin County Administrator David Hough presented a proposed budget of $1.9 billion; the figure the board approved on September 22 is the part of the budget that is covered by property taxes. 

"The board has taken an initial look at balancing priorities for this budget cycle," said Board Chair Jan Callison. "We will continue to look carefully at funding, program and service needs and impacts before setting the final budget in December.”

Hennepin County’s property tax levy has increased by an average of 0.19 percent per year over the past four years, but changes in state and federal funding and onetime and systemic changes continue to make the county more reliant on the property tax levy to fund programs and services.

The 2016 budget reflects onetime and systemic changes that are meant to improve conditions for some of the county’s most vulnerable residents, increase innovation and self-sufficiency, support services to residents, and demonstrate a commitment to solid fiscal priorities and responsibilities that remain evident in more than three decades of AAA bond ratings.

Some elements of the 2016 budget 

Child protection: A plan to improve the safety of children in the county includes increasing critical staff and reexamining current work practices.

Elections: In preparation for national and local elections in 2016, the county is updating existing voting equipment. 

Self-sufficiency and workforce initiatives: As Baby Boomer employees retire, the Career Connections program identifies, trains and hires qualified candidates for gateway county positions with opportunities for additional education and advancement. 

Upcoming hearings

The board held a series of budget hearings in September and will continue to do so until the final budget and levy are accepted in December. Remaining hearings and other important dates (for full schedule, see Office of Budget and Finance information): 

September 25, 9 a.m. to noon; 
November 2, 1 to 4 p.m.; 
December 1, 6 p.m. (Board holds Truth-in-Taxation public meeting); 
December 10, 9 to 11 a.m.;
December 11, 10 a.m. to noon; 
December 11, 1 to 3 p.m. (if needed); 
December 15, 1:30 p.m., County Board approves 2016 budget and levy at regularly scheduled board meeting.

Lowry North Open Streets this Saturday!

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The final Open Streets Minneapolis event of 2015 is this Saturday, September 26 in conjunction with Harvest Fest on Lowry Avenue North between Emerson and Vincent. Get your free Open Streets T-shirt while you still can. Organizers need a few more volunteers to power the event this Saturday. As a volunteer, you get to do anything from roving the street with giant bubbles to taking photos or helping to keep the street clean and car-free. Come celebrate community with us. You choose what you do and when you'll do it. To learn more or volunteer, visit openstreetsmpls.org/lowry_ave_n

Sumner library

Many Faces, One Library
Sumner Library's
100 Year Anniversary Celebration

You’re invited to celebrate 100 years of service to the community!

Saturday, Oct. 10, 12 to 4 pm (program at 12:30)

Hennepin County Library – Sumner
611 Van White Memorial Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55411

  • Enjoy historical exhibits, silent film, music and fun activities for the whole family during the open house.
  • See open mic performances by Open Door Learning Center students at 2 p.m.
  • Honor the diverse groups who have been a part of the Sumner Library community through the decades!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Sumner Library.

Event parking will be at Summit Academy OIC (935 Olson Memorial Highway) and Harvest Preparatory and Seed Academy (1300 Olson Memorial Highway).

About Sumner Library: This Carnegie-funded library opened in 1915. It is named for Charles Sumner, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and an outspoken abolitionist. The library has received historic designation from the City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A 2004-05 renovation refurbished or reclaimed many historical building features. Learn more at the anniversary celebration or online at hclib.org.


Golden Valley Library closed for remodeling

The Golden Valley Library will be closed for remodeling from September 21, 2015, through January 22, 2016. Knutson Construction will take ownership of the building and will be running the remodel project. More information may be found here.

Webber Park Library update

Commissioner Linda Higgins, Hennepin County staff and LSE Architects met with community members on September 9, 2015, to discuss the new Webber Park Library project. Designs for the library’s outdoor spaces, including the shape of the outdoor reading area, planting materials and outdoor furniture, were discussed. The focus will be on native plants that attract pollinators. Samples of granite and zinc that will be used on the library’s exterior were displayed.

The architects provided an updated interior image of the library to show how color, lighting and furnishings designs are developing. The image included an example of a sound-absorption wall panel shown above the children’s area. Acoustical ceiling panels and insulated windows that reduce sound transmission from outside of the library are also included in the plan, found here.


Absentee voting is in effect for the following jurisdictions in District 2 with elections this year.

Golden Valley  

Medicine Lake (46A)*

Plymouth (Portion in 46A)*

St Anthony

ISD 270 Hopkins, ISD 282 St Anthony, ISD 284 Wayzata

*Election because of the special election for the 46A legislative district caused by the resignation of Rep. Ryan Winkler. Some of those voters will have both the special election for 46A and a school district election on their ballots. Only Golden Valley and St Anthony have city offices on the ballot in District 2.

You may visit the Hennepin County Elections office, your city hall, or your school district for in-person absentee ballots. To find your voting information, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at: mnvotesinfo.sos.state.mn.us.


Note: League Of Women Voters Candidate Forum Oct. 7

The Golden Valley League of Women Voters candidate forum for the 2015 Golden Valley City Council election is October 7 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 7800 Golden Valley Rd. Read more.

Target hiring event Wednesday, September 30

Target is hosting a hiring event from 9:00 am to noon, Wednesday, September 30 at the Minneapolis Central Library, at 300 Nicollet Mall. The event will take place in the Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi Community Meeting Room, second floor (above Dunn Brothers) of the library. Positions are available at the St. Louis Park and Ridgedale stores.

reflecting pool at Hennepin

Hennepin Gallery exhibit memorializes veterans and soldiers lost to suicide

The 8030 Project photograph installation 
on display September 4 through October 27

Every day an estimated 22 U.S. veterans and soldiers commit suicide. 

Every year, that adds up to more than 8,000 lives lost. 

The 8030 Project, a veterans’ suicide awareness project, was created as a community participatory public art project to raise awareness of these unnecessary and tragic deaths. An installation featuring images from The 8030 Project will be seen at the Hennepin County Government Center in the Hennepin Gallery from September 4 through October 27, 2015 (more information here).

Images featured in the installation are culled from The 8030 Project’s open call to create individual memorials for these lost lives. The memorials use everyday objects in everyday spaces; 22 items represent the 22 lives lost. They can be as simple as a circle of chairs, stones on a beach or a drawing. More than 100 submissions have been collected over the past year on the project’s website, www.8030project.com. The exhibit is a selection of the submissions with the stories that accompany them.

Despite increasing media coverage and heightened public awareness, the number of deaths keeps rising. This project provides a tangible, local experience to help people understand what the numbers truly mean. 

This will be The 8030 Project’s first large-scale installation.

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH)  now accepting applications for its Energy Assistance Program

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) is now accepting applications for its Energy Assistance Program (EAP).  EAP is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to low income households to maintain electric and heat services during the winter.  Assistance is available to all eligible Hennepin County residents, including the City of Minneapolis.

CAPSH staff will be available at the following suburban Hennepin County locations to accept applications and answer client questions:

CAPSH Office
8800 Highway 7, Suite 401
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Hours: M,W 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Tue, Th, F   8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Northwest Family Service Center
7051 Brooklyn Blvd.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Hours: M, W, F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

VEAP Community Service Center
9600 Aldrich Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55420
Hours: Thurs.  8:00 AM to 6:30 PM

During the 2015-2016 heating season, CAPSH will also have staff available at three Minneapolis locations. 

Center For Changing Lives
Lutheran Social Services
2400 Park Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hours: M - F   8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave. N., #112 
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Hours: M - F 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th St., #211
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hours: Mon. 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
T - F 8:00 AM to4:30 PM

Important notes regarding CAPSH’s Energy Assistance Program:

  • Energy Assistance applications are available now through May 31, 2016.
  • Both renters and homeowners can apply.
  • It is a grant, not a loan. Benefit recipients do not have to pay the money back.
  • The grant is intended to cover a portion of the household’s energy and heating bill. It is important that those who receive energy assistance continue to make payments and/or request a reasonable payment plan with their energy provider.
  • The grant is paid directly to the electric and heat provider.
  • Homeowners may be eligible for emergency furnace repair or replacement.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply before they face an emergency.
  • Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Who is eligible?
Eligibility for this program is based upon income guidelines corresponding to household size.

How to apply?
The 2015-2016 EAP application may be downloaded from the link below or requested by calling CAPSH at 952-930-3541.  Applicants can also fill out this form for more information on applying or to request an application.

2015 – 2016 Energy Assistance Application


Give your input on Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) helps families with children meet their basic needs, while helping parents move to financial stability through work. Parents are expected to work, and are supported in working with both cash and food assistance. Most families have a lifetime limit of 60 months on MFIP.

Hennepin County invites members of the public to provide input as it develops its 2016-2017 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement, which is to be submitted to the state of Minnesota in October 2016.

To provide input in the development of the service agreement, you may contact Diane Loeffler at 612-348-6942 or diane.loeffler@hennepin,us.  Public input will be accepted until October 11.

More information about the biennial service agreement can be found on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website. More information about the Hennepin County MFIP program can be found on the MFIP webpage

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New human service center opens in November

The Central/Northeast human service center is expected to open at the Health Services Building in downtown Minneapolis at 525 Portland Avenue in November, making this location the fifth human service center to open in Hennepin County since 2012. A human service center located at Lake and Hiawatha in South Minneapolis is scheduled to open in early 2017.

All human service centers provide a full range of services and host specialty services delivered by onsite, nonprofit partners to help clients get services faster. Clients choose the center that works best for their location and schedule.

Find more information about open locations, hours, specialty services and parking.

Visit the county buildings web page.

Northwest changes opening hours

The Northwest Suburban Human Service Center service hours will change from 7:30 to 8 a.m. beginning Monday, October 19. Closing time will remain 4:30 p.m.

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Find contract opportunities and provider resources online

Visit www.hennepin.us/hsphpartners to sign-up for notices of contract opportunities and to find other provider resources, such as a newsletter, a contracting guide, and information about what to expect if you get a contract with the Human Services and Public Health Department.


Plymouth earns national park accreditation

Plymouth recently earned national accreditation in parks and recreation by the National Recreation and Park Association’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. This is the second national CAPRA accreditation for Plymouth, as it was first accredited in 2010.

A mark of distinction that recognizes a commitment to the highest level of service to the community, the CAPRA accreditation is no small feat. A total of only 136 park and recreation organizations in the United States are accredited.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. The process to earn accreditation is thorough – the Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department was required to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.

NRPA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space.

County Profile - Working in Hennepin County Corrections

Hennepin Co employee Elister Hollie

“...[It's] a job that’s basically a different experience each day, and then when you leave, you feel like you really helped somebody…" -Elister Hollie, Juvenile Corrections

Starting this month, we will profile a county employee or job within the county to share more about the work of Hennepin County,. Each month spotlights a person from varying departments and occupations.

This month’s employee is Elister Hollie, a Juvenile Corrections officer (click the picture above for a short video). For more information about current open jobs with Hennepin County, visit the link at the left sidebar. Hennepin is a great place to work!

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Board news

September 10

County Board accepts maximum housing and redevelopment levy

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, acting as the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HCHRA), voted to approve a $7.1 million maximum HCHRA property tax levy for 2016. The number represents a zero percent increase from last year. The HCHRA was established in 1987 to serve the housing, economic development, and redevelopment needs of the citizens of Hennepin County and its municipalities.

Acting as the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), the board voted to set the maximum property-tax levy for the HCRRA at $30 million. HCRRA was established in 1980 as a separate political entity to plan, design and implement light rail transit in Hennepin County.

Board approves negotiation of a lease with Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

Board authorizes negotiation of a lease agreement with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority for the McGill parking lot, 501 Park Avenue, Minneapolis 55415, immediately north of the Forensic Sciences Building, near the Vikings stadium.

Board approves NorthPoint lease negotiation and agreement with the Minneapolis Urban League at 2100 Plymouth Avenue North and at the Heritage Park Senior Services Center, 1015 4th Avenue North

Space at the Minneapolis Urban League will be to house information technology and other administrative support staff. The space at the Heritage Park Senior complex of the Minneapolis Housing Authority will allow expansion of senior care services and be co-located with other senior support partners, including Courage Center, Augustana Adult Day Center, the YMCA and Minneapolis Public Housing Senior Residences. Both of these actions are directly related to the increase in patient visits and demand for services at the NorthPoint main campus.

Board approves physical preliminary design of Southwest LRT project

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved the physical design component of the preliminary design plans for the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.

Board honors Bill Peters, Labor Relations

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners provided a commendation for William Peters, who is retiring afater 35 years of dedicated professional public service.


September 22

Board approves preliminary design plans for Green Line Extension project

The Hennepin County Board voted to approve the revised preliminary design plans for the Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT) project. The vote follows a joint public hearing held by the Metropolitan Council, the Hennepin County Board and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) on August 27 to receive public comment, as required by state statute.

The revised plans were approved by the Metropolitan Council in July. They reduce the estimated cost of the project by approximately $250 million and include design changes in several areas along the proposed LRT route. In addition to the county’s approval, the Metropolitan Council has received municipal consent from four of the five cities along the route: Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park. The Minneapolis City Council votes on September 25.

 “This is a big day for mass transit in the region,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, who chairs the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) and the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB). "We are on track to create a system that will serve residents across Hennepin County. Our partners are stepping up to ensure that together we move this project forward.”

Service on the 14.5-mile route will begin in 2020 as an extension of the METRO Green Line.

12 members appointed to child protection oversight committee

The County Board increased the maximum number of members that could be appointed to the Hennepin County Child Protection Oversight Committee, from a maximum of 11 to 12. The County Board authorized creation of the committee in July to provide direction and oversight for implementation of improvements in the Child Protection system in Hennepin County. These system changes are the result of recommendations from the Casey Family Programs study of county practices and new requirements issued by the state legislature and Department of Human Services. Committee members are:

  • Ann Ahlstrom, Hennepin County Human Services (co-chair)
  • Mike Opat, Hennepin County Commissioner (co-chair)
  • Janis Callison, Hennepin County Board chair
  • Craig Enevoldsen, Brooklyn Park Police Chief
  • Eric Fenner, Casey Family Programs
  • Anne Gearity, University of Minnesota School of Social Work
  • Jim Koppel, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Children and Family Services
  • Judge Anne McKeig, Fourth Judicial District Court
  • Dr. Alice Swenson, Children's Hospital and Clinics 
  • Darrell Thompson, Bolder Options youth development
  • Noya Woodrich, Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
  • Tim Zuell, Hennepin County Attorney's Office

Youth sports program fund to improve access to swimming lessons

The board approved a proposal by Chair Jan Callison and Commissioner Peter McLaughlin to dedicate $35,000 of the 2016 Youth Sports Program funding for a pilot project to improve access to swimming lessons for youth and communities who are underserved in Hennepin County. The resolution noted that during the first eight months of 2015, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 11 drownings and 16 near-drownings, and that nationwide, drowning rates for African American children are triple the rate for white children in the same age range. The Youth Sports Program is an initiative that awards grants to improve youth sports and recreation facilities as well as purchase capital equipment in Hennepin County. 

Hennepin County programs honored by NACo

The National Association of Counties recently gave top honors to 10 innovative county programs.

Early Childhood Development 

Initiatives to improve outcomes for young children who are involved in county support programs include early developmental screening and improved access to quality child care and education for high needs children and young children who are involved in child protection.

Transition from jail to community initiative

Corrections officers work with public and private partners to provide medium- and high-risk offenders with government and community resources to improve public safety and client outcomes.

Safer Home suicide prevention video

A county-generated video, available on YouTube and viewable on mobile devices, illustrates how family members can analyze the risks in their homes, and remove or secure lethal objects when a loved one is in mental health crisis. The video has been distributed to health, crisis, educational, and mental health networks in Minnesota and nationally.

Community navigators

Human Services clients connect with personal liaisons who help them explore alternative ways to meet personal and family needs other than through county resources. Navigators assess and identify client needs, and locate and connect clients to services in the community.

GEO:CODE event

This two-day event last February offered an opportunity for more than 70 Geographic Information Systems professionals and enthusiasts, technology developers and community members to collaborate on new technology applications using Hennepin County open GIS data sources.

GIS road centerline data collaborative project 

A partnership between all metro counties, the state, emergency services agencies and the Metropolitan Council, this group worked to improve transportation data collection that can be used for a variety of transportation network issues, including vehicle routing, address geocoding, next generation 9-1-1 routing and location validation and emergency services dispatching.

Identity and access management project

A web-based, self-service resource for secure, user-friendly and efficient access to Hennepin County systems. Users can safely register, access, manage, and use account information and passwords whether they are in an office or in the field using mobile devices.

Super Kinder: Listos para el kinder

Latino families of incoming kindergartners connect with parent educators, bilingual teens and a youth services librarian in a comfortable and culturally supportive library environment. Presented entirely in Spanish, the program provides early literacy and family support activities to help children succeed in school.

Pedestrian plan

This strategy to make walking a safe and easy choice for county residents will become part of the county’s overall 2030 transportation systems plan and Complete Streets policy. The plan supports walking and improved health outcomes through infrastructure, facilities, enforcement, education and evaluation. 

Digital Counties survey 

Accomplishments included a centralized housing portal, an upgraded election results application, and an automated citations and filing system that is removing paper from the criminal justice system.

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


Bryn Mawr

  • Thursday, October 8, 6-8pm
    Annual Sip and Stroll. Downtown Bryn Mawr. Enjoy shopping and strolling with a glass of wine. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

St. Anthony

  • Saturday, October 3, 1-4pm
    Fire Department Open House. Tour the fire station, try on gear, enjoy hot dogs, s'mores and lemonade.
    St. Anthony Fire Department
    3305 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony
  • Saturday, October 10, noon-4pm
    Fix-It Clinic. Free to the public. Bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more.
    St. Anthony Community Center
    3301 Silver Lake Rd, St. Anthony
  • Saturday, October 17, 9am-1pm
    Tri-City Electronics recycling collection event. For more information visit, ci.saint-anthony.mn.us.


North Loop

  • Saturday, September 26, 2-9pm
    Whole Foods Market Hennepin Block Party. Music, food and drinks.
    Corner of Washington and 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • Friday, October 9, 7-11am
    Upcycle Fest. Free electronic recycling. For more information visit, minnesota.twins.mlb.com.
  • Saturday, October 10, 9:30am-12:30pm
    Energy Fair. Presenters highlighting ways to make your home energy efficient with the opportunity to learn more about solar options for your home.

North Minneapolis

  • September 24 through 26, various times
    24th Annual Black Master Storytelling Festival, "Signifyin’ & Testifyin’," with a line-up of world renowned Master storytellers. Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-10 p.m., at the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, 1617 Second St. N. On Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., there will be storytelling concerts for students and their teachers. Teachers can register for a time and venue at blackstorytellers.com/Fridayconcerts.html. On Friday at 7 p.m., there will be a Liar’s Contest at Ames Elks Lodge, 1614 Plymouth Ave. N. The Grand Finale Storytelling Concert will be Saturday, Sept. 26, 7-10 p.m., at Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S., on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus. All events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit
  • Monday, October 5, 6-8 pm, and first Monday every month
    Freedom of Xpression Open Mic @ the Capri
    Bring your gifts of music, spoken word, dance, poetry or whatever your expression may be to the Capri’s open mic stage. Free @ the Capri, 2027 West Broadway, North Minneapolis. More information: James Scott, Director of the Capri Theater, jscott@pcyc-mpls.org
  • Thursday, October 8, 3:30-6:30 pm
    Join RISE for an open house at their new location, 1301 Bryant Ave N in Minneapolis. twincitiesrise.org.
  • Fridays through October 9, 3-7pm
    West Broadway Farmers Market
    1000 West Broadway Avenue N, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, October 10
    Sumner Library (see story above).
  • Saturday, October 17, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    FREE Home Buyer’s Workshop conducted by the non-profit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA). Held at Faith Tabernacle, 2025 North 4th Street in Minneapolis. To register for the workshop or find out about other NACA workshops in the area, for more information go to naca.com or call 888-302-6222.
  • Thursday, October 29, 7pm
    SPCO Chamber Music Concert, The Art of the Transcription, Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway, North Minneapolis. Free open-seating tickets for this concert are available beginning Monday, October 5 on a first-come, first-served basis by registering at www.thecapritheater.org. Tickets may also be purchased for $15 each or $33 for the 3-concert Capri season (guaranteed seating),


  • Saturday, September 26, noon to midnight
    Oktoberfest. Beer, food trucks and music.
    612 Brew
    945 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, September 26, 11am-1am
    Harvest Fest. Beer, food trucks and music. No entrance fee. $2 wristband to drink (Beers/Cocktails $6/Specialty Cocktails $8).
    Northgate Brewing
    3134 California Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, October 3, 10-11:30am
    Eastside Resource Fair. One-stop shop for information about resources, services and assistance programs, for everyone from renters to homeowners, and young people to seniors.
    Eastside Neighborhood Services
    1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, October 4, 11:30am-4pm
    Fall Festival. Ethnic food, bingo, handcrafts, pulltabs, raffles, bake sale, silent auction.
    St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church
    2215 3rd Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Wednesday, October 7 through Sunday, October 11
    Underground Film Festival. Enjoy 120 short films, 40 of which were made in Minnesota. For more information visit, www.mplsundergroundfilmfest.com.
  • Saturday, October 10, 1-4pm
    Nordeast Big River Brew Fest. Craft brews and local food vendors. Tickets, $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, call 612-781-6011 or visit esns.org.
    Eastside Neighborhood Services
    1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, October 10, 9am
    Historic Riverfront 5k run/walk. Wind through several scenic areas. $30 until October 6, $35 on race day. To register visit stawno.org.
    Boom Island Park
    700 Sibley Avenue NE, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, October 10, noon-10pm and Sunday, October 11, noon-8pm
    Hullabaloo. Beer, food and music.
    Indeed Brewing
    711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
  • Friday, October 16, 4-7pm
    Pumpkin Grab. Neighborhood pumpkin sale, prizes and giveaways.
    Outside the Bulldog NE, at East Hennepin and 4th Street NE, Minneapolis

Golden Valley

  • Saturday, September 26, 11 am-9:30 pm
    The Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival. kicks off with a parade that starts at 9:30 at Seeman Park and travels down Golden Valley Road to City Hall under the water tower. Meet Minnesota artists showcasing and selling their work. Games and arts activities for families, a classic show, car, and numerous bands starting with the Wiggle Jiggle Jam and ending with High and Mighty. See the Golden Valley Community Foundation’s page for more information
  • Saturday, October 3, 8am-1pm
    Mighty Tidy Day. Dispose of items you can no longer use. For more information visit, goldenvalleymn.gov.
  • Saturday, October 10, 1pm 
    Neighborhood Watch annual meeting
    Golden Valley Police Department 
    7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
  • Thursday, October 22, 6:30-8pm
    Human Trafficking Awareness. Panel discussion.
    City Hall Council Chambers
    7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
  • Saturday, October 24, 11am-1pm
    Public Safety Open House. Golden Valley Police and Fire Departments invite you to tour our stations and emergency vehicles.
    Public Safety Building
    7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
  • Saturday, October 31, 8am-1pm; Friday, November 6, 8am-3pm; Saturday, November 7, 8am-1pm and Saturday, November 14, 7am-1pm 
    Annual Leaf Drop-off. dispose of their leaves at no charge during the last weekend in October and the first two weekends in November. For more information visit, goldenvalleymn.gov.


Medicine Lake


  • Saturday, September 26, 11:30am-3pm
    Plymouth on Parade. Music, food, fun, and marching bands. The parade runs Plymouth Boulevard from 34th to 37th avenues, and family activities are at the Hilde Performance Center and the Plymouth Ice Center/Life Time Fitness area. Food concessions are available for purchase. For more information, visit the City of Plymouth website.
  • Thursday, October 1, 6-8pm
    Wine Tasting. Hors d’oeuvres, live music and the opportunity to win gift baskets. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 at the event for the opportunity to win a specially chosen flight of wines. For tickets, call 763-551-7256, email johnb@satelliteco.com or visit musicinplymouth.org.
    Plymouth Creek Center
    14800 34th Avenue N, Plymouth
  • Sunday, October 4, 1-3:30pm
    History on Parade Tour. Plymouth’s history in a classic transit bus with the Plymouth Historical Society. $12. To reserve a spot, contact Gary Schiebe, 763-473-4889 or garyschiebe@isp.com.
  • Saturday, October 10, noon-3pm
    Plymouth Fire Department Open House
    Fire Station III
    3300 Dunkirk Lane N, Plymouth

Greater Minneapolis

  • Free home energy visits. The City of Minneapolis if offering free Home Energy Squad visits for income-qualified Minneapolis households, and visits for $70 for non-income qualified. For more information/scheduling, call 612-335-5874 or visit mncee.org/hes-mpls
  • Fresh produce distribution. Second Harvest Heartland has several local distribution sites. For more information visit, 2harvest.org.

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