Camden April community calendar

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Art

Ongoing Mondays – The Northside Arts Collective board of directors meets on the first Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. Email info@ nacarts.org for location.

Ongoing Mondays – Artist Roundtable meets monthly on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Email info@nacarts.org or visit www.nacarts.org for location.

Ongoing Thursdays – Northside Writers Group Meeting, 7-9 p.m. New members always welcome. Any skill level acceptable. We are interested in your enthusiasm, in your story, in your willingness to write. Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth. Info: Debra Stone at stone.debra @comcast.net or George Roberts at george@homewoodstudios.com.

Ongoing – Camden Music School spring term, April 9-June 16; instrumental and vocal lessons, Musikgarten early childhood classes, music theory classes, ensembles and two new classes: Singing with Prudence (Prudence Johnson, renowned Twin Cities performing artist), ages 16+, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, CMS/NE; and Youth Choir with new CMS instructor, Delores Matthews, ages 9-15, 5 p.m. Wednesdays, CMS/Camden. Family discounts/scholarships available. Scholarship deadline midnight April 3; www.camdenmusicschool.com or 612-618-0219. Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 3751 Sheridan Ave. N., or Grace Center for Community Life, 1500 6th St. NE. 612-618-0219 or camdenmusicschool.com.

Friday, 4/20 – Buy tickets now for the Brill Building Sing-Along, a FUNdraiser for scholarships at Camden Music School. Tickets going fast! Experience an evening with musical thrills and chills: The Brill Building Sing-Along, 7 p.m., the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway. Host Dan Chouinard and song leaders Prudence Johnson, Cynthia Johnson, T. Mychael Rambo, Gary Rue and Katy Hays lead the audience in songs by Brill Building artists Carole King, Bacharach and David, Neil Diamond, Leiber and Stoller, Boyce and Hart, and more. Tickets: camdenmusicschool.com or 612-529-2317. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Special discounts for groups of 4, 6, 8 and 10. Proceeds go to the Camden Music School Scholarship Fund, a sponsored project of Our Neighborhood Works (www.ourneighbor hoodworks.org). Info: 612-618-0219, www.camdenmusic school.com or info@camdenmusicschool.com.

Church events

Ongoing – Clothes Closet at North United Methodist Church, 44th and Fremont, from 9 a.m.-noon the first three Saturdays of each month and the first Monday each month from 6-8 p.m. with free bag lunch from Mobile Loaves and Fishes. One Saturday per month dental checks, blood pressure readings, vision screening and medication checks available. Donations accepted when open or see if there is some clothing you may need. If unable to get to NUMC during open times, call the church at 612-522-4497.

Ongoing third Sundays – Breakfast and a Bag. The Joint Ministries of Evangelist Temple, Brooklyn Center Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist and Gethsemane Lutheran host a free community breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on 47th and Colfax. When you are finished with breakfast and coffee you are welcome to take a bag of groceries home with you.

Friday, 3/30. The Seven Last Words: A Prayerful Evening of Sacred Music, Sacred Art and Sacred Word. Join us for an unforgettable Lenten evening of prayerful reflection on the message Jesus offered from the cross. St. Bridget Church, 3811 Emerson Ave. N, 5:30; soup supper, 7 p.m. Free.

Saturday, 4/21 – Saint Paul Vocal Forum Praise with Pipes. Blending voices with majestic organ pipes, the Saint Paul Vocal Forum’s performances pays homage to the lush harmonies and sustained tones of master composers JS Bach, Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Benjamin Britten and Ian Hare. 7:30 p.m., Parkway United Church of Christ, 3120 Washburn N. www.parkwayucc minneapolis.org. Free; contributions to SPVF accepted. Donations of non-perishable food items for local food shelves accepted. www.spvf.org or 612-618-0219.

Saturday, 4/28 – Gethsemane Lutheran Church Women’s Spring Salad Luncheon, 47th and Colfax, noon. All members, neighbors and friends invited for all kinds of delicious salads. Enjoy the floral designs by Kay and her unique arrangements for any occasion. Tickets: adults $10, $5 for 10 years and under. Info: glcmpls.org or 612-521-3575.

Classes, workshops, services

Third Tuesdays – Seniors with diabetes support group, 10-11:30 a.m., Webber Park Community Center, 4141 Webber Pkwy. Call Dot Hase, 521-1182, or American Diabetes Assn., 593-5333. Free.

Ongoing Wednesdays – TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 7 p.m., Webber Park.

Ongoing Mondays – Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is for you. Fear of falling is just as dangerous as falling itself. People limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. Class is designed to reduce the fear of falling, increase activity levels, and improve the quality of life. Learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St. NE, Mar. 5-Apr. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost $15; workbook and refreshments provided. Info/register: Laura at 612-781-6011.

Ongoing Saturdays – Homewood Tai Chi, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Questions: Beverly Roberts at 612 588-3723 or beverly@homewood studios.com.

Ongoing – Minneapolis Community Education is continuing to expand Northside programs. Classes at North High School, 1515 James Ave. N. Spring classes begin April 16: Hip Hop Dance; Shoulder Massage for Couples; Salsa Dancing; Photography: Digital SLR 1 with Projects; Write it—Story, Blog or Journal; Yoga: Slow Flow Vinyasa; The American Western—From an African American Perspective.

Ongoing Open Computer Lab. Walk-in computer access for the community. Surf the web, check your email or get assistance creating documents. Call 612-668-1730 for details. Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info: 612-668-1922 or www.mpls communityed.com. Would you like to teach a class on the Northside? Are there classes you’d like to see offered? Contact Kevin at 612-668-1922 or kevin.czmowski@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Saturday, 4/14 – AARP Defensive Driving Class: 4-Hour Refresher Course, 10 a.m.-2:30 pm. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee provided. $12 for AARP Members; $14 for non-members. Info: Ruth Brown at 612-529-4912; or to register call Folwell Park at 612-370-4917.

Saturday, 4/28 – Raingarden Workshops. North Regional Library: 651-698-1390 or www.metroblooms.org. Space limited. Free.

Community and cultural events

Ongoing – Hennepin County Public Health low-cost immunizations for people who don’t have health insurance or their insurance does not cover immunizations. Walk-in clinics; no appointments needed. Clinics at Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Road, April 24, 9-11 a.m.; Hennepin Health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave. S., April 6, 8:30-11 a.m. Info: 612-348-2884 or www.hennepin.us/vaccines. Donations requested but not required.

Ongoing – Free Tax Preparation for seniors or lower income persons: North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave N. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. through April 11 and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. through April 14. First come, first served.

Ongoing – Do you qualify for free health insurance? The Medical Assistance program has expanded to include adults without children. If you are between ages 21-64, have no kids at home and earn a monthly gross income equal to or less than $681 for a single or $920 for a married couple, you might be eligible. Medical Assistance offers coverage for most basic care including doctor visits, prescriptions and hospital stays. Stop by Webber Park Library, 4310 Webber Pkwy., on April 12, May 10 or June 14, 12:30-3:30 p.m. to apply. Contact Jenny Case, 612-873-2767.

Ongoing Wednesdays – Want to build your summer paddling, mountain biking and trail running skills? Join the City of Lakes Tri-Club! Using Minneapolis’ chain of lakes and one-of-a-kind trail network in Theodore Wirth Park; learn from expert instructors the many ways to have fun during a Minneapolis summer. Stay active and expand your recreational horizons. Club meets 5/23-6/20, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 612-604-5334.

Ongoing Saturdays – Camden Garden Club spring schedule: 9:30-11 a.m., March 31 clean up at Dowling and I94, bring bags and gloves; refreshments after. April 14 cut grapevines at Sculpture Garden, 41st and Lyndale; bring chain saws, loppers, pruners; refreshments after. April 28 trim back dead plant materials at Sculpture Garden, bring gloves, loppers, pruners, bags; refreshments after. May 12 rototill at Sculpture Garden, apply Roundup and Preen; refreshments after. May 26 weed and woodchip at Triangle Garden, 42nd and Humboldt; refreshments after. Want to volunteer on an evening instead? Call Lisa at 612-588-0483 or Nancy at 612-522-

Saturday, 3/31 – St. Olaf Retirement Communities Auxiliary Bazaar. Crafts, bars, books, Grandma’s Attic and lunch, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch served 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In St. Olaf Residence Building, 2912 Fremont – parking lot entrance on Emerson Ave. Funds raised by the St. Olaf Retirement Communities Auxiliary are used to purchase equipment used by the residents.

Thursday, 4/12 – North Minneapolis Meals on Wheels Annual Meeting. Shiloh Temple 1201 W Broadway. 12:30-2:30 p.m. RSVP 612-522-7335 or nmmowcsc@hotmail.com. Find out what we did in 2011 and what we look forward to in 2012.

Saturday, 4/21 – Veterans of the Iraq War honored at 11 a.m. at the Twin Cities Heroes Parade on Nicollet Mall in appreciation for their service and sacrifice. The Welcome Home Foundation’s event honoring post-9/11 Iraq veterans. Parade starts on 5th St., finishes on 11th. Twin Cities businesses and restaurants feature specials for veterans as part of Heroes Weekend. Info: www.tc heroesparade.org or tcheroesparade @gmail.com.

Libraries

Webber Park Library programs, 4310 Webber Pkwy., 612-543-6750, hclib.org.

Friends Meeting. Mondays, April 2 and May 7, 6:30 p.m. at Webber Community Center, 4400 Dupont Ave. N. Join fellow library enthusiasts to hear what’s happening . Help support your local library by planning and volunteering at book sales, programs and special events.

Job Search Assistance. Thurs., April 12 and May 10, 1 p.m. Are you seeking new employment or re-entering the workforce? Do you need help looking for a job, filling out applications or writing your résumé? Stop in for free one-to-one assistance with a job search representative.

Online Kids Book Club Online. Monday, April 2-6. Registration required; began March 5. Grades 4-6. Join other kids to talk about a great book! Participate in the book discussion through www.kidlinks.org, M-F, any time of day. Must have email address and Internet access.

Ongoing programs at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N., 612-543-8450, hclib.org

Discovery Days – Tuesdays, April 3-May 29, 3-5 p.m. Preschool-grade 5. Check out the Discovery Room where you’ll have minds-on, hands-on fun, with new themed activities each week.

International Teen Club. Tuesdays, April 3-May 29, 5-7 p.m. Grades 6-12. Explore your personality, improve leadership skills and increase community involvement. Learn something new and build friendships. “Hmonglish” is spoken during meetings!

Toddler Storytime. Wednesdays, April 4 and 11, May 23 and 30; 10 or 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 and 3. Interact with your toddler to nurture a love of books. Learn letters, sounds, and new words. Be active with music and movement.

Discovery Days. Ongoing. Preschool-grade 5. Check out the Discovery Room where you’ll have minds-on, hands-on fun, with new themed activities each week.

Game On! Gaming Thursdays. Thursdays, April 5-May 31, 5-7 p.m. Grades 6-12. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours!

Preschool Storytime. Fridays, April 6 and 13, May 25; 10 a.m. Ages 4 to 6. Help your preschooler get ready to read. Enjoy stories together and build language skills.

Chess Club. Saturdays, April 7-May 26, noon-2 p.m. Grades 6-12. Chess it out! Have fun learning the basics of chess, improving your game, mastering strategies and meeting other chess fans. Walk-ins welcome.

World of Work Orientation for Ex-Offenders. Tuesdays, April 10 and 24, May 8 and 22; 4-6 p.m. Drop-in service for men and women with a criminal background who need assistance with job applications, résumés, interview skills and support in overcoming that barrier to land their dream job.

Baby Storytime. Wednesdays, April 18-May 16, 10:30 a.m. For children from birth to 24 months. Delight and stimulate your baby’s senses with books and music. Build brain power.

Small Business Consultation With Northside Economic Opportunity Network. Wednesdays, April 18 and May 16, 4-6 p.m. How do you turn your business ideas into business realities? Do you have questions about running your business? Stop in for a free consultation with Northside Residents Redevelopment Council and learn about resources, loans and training to help you be an effective business owner.

Paws to Read. Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. Preschool-grade 5. Certified volunteers help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a dog or other animal and practice reading aloud. Call ahead to find out what types of animals will be visiting.

Parks

Saturday, 3/31 – Heron Egg Hunt. Noon-3 p.m., Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park. Celebrate the emotional return of the herons after last year’s devastating storms. Celebrate with a special spring egg hunt for blue eggs that look like heron’s eggs. Everyone gets a prize! Hunts begin at 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.; divided into age groups. Visit bunnies, chicks and goats. Walk on stilts and learn about herons as we celebrate spring! Cost $5; open to all ages. www.threeriversparks.org/events/H/heron-egg-hunt.aspx.

Sunday, 4/8 – Free Family Fun Day: Bird Eggs. 1-3 p.m., Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park. See samples of bird eggs close up. Learn why eggs are different shapes and colors. Try to find hidden eggs. Free; all ages.

Sunday, 4/1 Free Family Fun Day. April Fool’s Camouflage Challenge Sunday, 1-3 p.m., Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park. Mother Nature tricks us every day! Discover the secrets of camouflage and try your skills on our comedy camouflage trail! Drop in anytime. Free; all ages.

Saturday, 4/7 – Voyageurs, Lumbermen and River Pigs. 1-3 p.m., Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park. Use a crosscut saw, balance on a log, and play voyageur games as you learn about the major influence that the fur and lumber trades had on the history of Minnesota. Feel furs, try on a beaver hat, and make a string of trade beads and a lumber stamp to take home. $5; reservations required. Call 763-559-6700. Ages 7+.

Thursday, 4/12 – My Baby, Me and the Mississippi: April Edibles, 10-11 a.m., Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park. Let your wild edible and gardening knowledge blossom! Discover what wild edibles grow in the park and around your home, how were they prepared and what could be used medicinally. Let your little one explore different types of soil. Look at seeds, make a pot, and plant a seed to take home together. $5; call 763-559-6700.

Saturday, 4/14 – Games in the Mississippi River Arena. 1-3 p.m., Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park. Hone your knot-tying skills and learn to throw a “spear” better than any other competitor. Explore the floodplain forest as you forage for wild edibles along the river and embark on a challenge to find them before time runs out. Practice the art of painting and make a camouflage mask to take home with you. Inspired by the novel series Hunger Games. Cost $5,reservations required, call 763-559-6700. This program is for ages 10+.

Saturday, 4/21 – Earth Day Cleanup, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Folwell Park: Volunteer! Help clean up Folwell Park. Supplies (bags and gloves) provided along with refreshments. Info Mary Ann at 612-521-2100 or Folwell Park 612-370-4917.

Saturday, 4/21 – Earth Day Cleanup, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Webber Park: Help clean up in and around Webber Park. Supplies, refreshments provided. Info: 612-521-2100 or 612-370-4916.

Saturday, 4/21 – SCNA 17th Annual Shingle Creek Clean, 9:30 a.m.-noon. A family fun-filled day! Spend a couple hours in the morning cleaning up Shingle Creek, then eat some food; University of MN Raptor Center is swooping again in to lend a hand! Clean-up is from 9:30-11 a.m. Celebration party with food, refreshments and educational activities 11 a.m.-noon. scna-mpls.org.

Resources

Ongoing: Drugs and drug addiction are problems our community struggles with. Get help at Narcotics Anonymous.

No fees or dues. Meet Thursday, 5 p.m. or Sundays at 7 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church.

Info at naminnesota.org/ or call 952-939-3939. May Saturday, 5/19 – Police Week: Northside Street Race 5K and SOC MPD (Special Operations Center)

Open House: 8 a.m. is the kickoff of the 5K at 4119 Dupont Ave. N. concurrent with the “Y’all run” for peace officers only.

The half-mile Swat Trot for kids under 10 begins at 9 a.m. All participants/volunteers get a free race t-shirt.

SOC Open House begins immediately after the Swat Trot and ends at 1 p.m. Lots of family friendly activities.

Join in, help out or watch – it’s all fun. Info: 612-521-2100. www.active. com/event_detail.cfm?event_id =2020253.