NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | September 2013 Phillips Powderhorn community calendar



Powderhorn Park Lake Walk Now Under Construction

The new concrete pathway will replace the aging asphalt trail. The park will remain open, but the lake walk will be closed for construction from now until the project completion in the fall of 2013. We appreciate your patience during the construction process. Please use caution while recreating within the park.


The 8th annual Twin Cities Chicken Coop Tour is underway. If you google 2013 Twin Cities Chicken Coop Tour, you can click on a link, Coop Tour Sign-up Form, to get connected to the tour. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. You’ll see the map of coop sites all over the metro area. If you’re interested in raising chickens in the city, this is a good way to hear firsthand stories from urban chicken keepers.

Water Your Trees

Recent heat and lack of rain are now stressing the city’s urban forest. Yard and boulevard trees need an inch of water every week throughout summer and fall. In any week that it rains less than 1 inch, your trees need to be watered. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board plants and mulches boulevard trees but relies on residents or businesses to water them.
Turn on a slow stream of water (just so the hose is “weeping”) for a few hours. Watering in the evening is most effective since it minimizes evaporation and trees tend to take most of their water during the night. Watering one tree weekly costs only about $3 for 23 weeks, the entire summer-fall season.

Monarch Festival

Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nokomis Naturescape Garden
2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy.
A grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board is making it possible to continue our tradition of quality art activities, music and dance that highlight the Minnesota-Mexico connection created by the Monarch Migration. This year, preserving the migration is even more important. This past winter saw a 59% reduction in the number of monarchs that made it back to Mexico compared to the winter before.

S. L. Smith “Running Scared” Book Signing

Saturday, Sept. 7, 12 to 2 p.m.
Once Upon A Crime
604 W. 26th St. S.
Sharon Smith is a Minnesotan whose second police procedural mystery is set in St. Paul. Choices are an inevitable part of everyday life. Sometimes the outcomes are good, sometimes not. One decision triggers a devastating and unthinkable series of outcomes that leaves several people Running Scared, and threatens to destroy more than one family. St. Paul investigators Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney must determine what triggered this tragic set of events.

Movies With An Important Message

Saturday, Sept. 7, 15 minutes after sunset
East Phillips Park
2307 17th Ave. S.
Come watch the award nominated anti-bullying film “Boys Cry.” This fiction film based on a true account details the tale of an African raised teenager whose life takes an incredible turn for the worse when his peers target him for his differences in culture and ultimately force him to engage in acts that, without influence, he would never commit.

Fourth Annual Nokomis East Block Party

Sunday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oxendale’s / Faith Evangelical
34th Ave. S. and E. 51st. St.
The block party hosted by Oxendale’s Market, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and Nokomis East Business Associa-tion will feature about 60 vendors, food and drink stands, silent auction, bounce house, live music, antique cars and much more. Come for fun; enjoy friendly camaraderie. Everyone is welcome.

Hiawatha School Rummage Sale

Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hiawatha Community School
4201 42nd Ave. S.
The PTO will be hosting its annual rummage sale to help our 5th graders go to Camp Audubon. Items will not be priced, but rather we ask that you make a donation for those items you wish to keep. Try this sale for great bargain hunting. Call the PTO at 612-642-1786 with questions.

Volunteer Day

Saturday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.
Anti-War Committee office
4200 Cedar Ave. S.
Help us make a banner for the MN contingent to take to Chicago to protest drones! On September 28 we’re off to Chicago to protest U.S. drone warfare at Boeing headquarters.

Cub Scout Roundup

Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.
St. Helena Catholic School
3200 E. 44th St.
Visit Cub Scout Pack 38 to learn about upcoming fun and exciting adventures. Pack 38 will camp, hike, climb, shoot, fish and camp (more than once!). We will build cool things with tools, play new sports and games, learn about nature and wildlife, practice being good citizens and so much more. Pack 38 welcomes all boys kinder-garten to 5th grade. For more information or to join, contact Dan Fehler at 612-724-6284 or Visit the website at

First Annual Neighborhood Harvest

Sunday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
48th & Nicollet Ave. S. (South of 35-W and 46th St.)
Enjoy a day of food, entertainment, prizes and open houses. Local businesses will be hosting activities and opening their doors to provide exclusive opportunities like tours of the Salt Cave, healthy eating tips, acupuncture demos, kid and adult obstacle courses, sidewalk chalk contests and much more! The event will bring residents together for a day of community building and access to several new healthy-living businesses in the area.

WAMM Silent Auction

Sunday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Church
4537 3rd Ave. S.
WAMM (hardly a) Silent Auction features over 300 items such as restaurant gift certificates, vacation homes, health and wellness services, theater tickets, artwork, gourmet dinners, clothing items, books, CDs and much more. Complimentary buffet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bidding closes at 7 p.m. Suggested donation $10-30.

The Town Hall Forum: Making Government Work

Thursday, Sept. 26, noon
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
Mark McKinnon has been a political advisor and communications strategist for more than three decades. He has helped engineer five winning presidential primary and general elections and has worked for such diverse political candidates as President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Governor Ann Richards and Congressman Charlie Wilson. He is the co-founder of the Washington-based organization No Labels, a movement among Republicans, Democrats and Independents who are committed to bipartisanship, civil discourse and problem-solving in politics. Free and open to the public.

American Legion Post 99

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m.
American Legion
5600 34th Ave. S.
The legion will have a forum to meet candidates from Wards 11 & 12—plus candidates for mayor as well as the MPRB and the Bureau of Estimate and Taxation. Candid-ates or their representatives will be available to discuss their positions with the public and provide hand-outs. Contact Greg Iverson at 612-724-7567 or for more info.

Art | Music | Dance | Theater | Community | Museums

Parents, Get Ready for School!!

Parents, you probably already know these things. Most of it is common sense. But maybe here are a couple of helpful tips or reminders:
Imagine your child’s day. What time does school begin and end? What is their schedule? What clothes do they need for weather changes and recess or gym? Do they need to bring food or snacks?
If your child is walking to school, walk the route with them to assess its safety. Try to arrange for children to walk in groups. Advise them to stay on their route. Children biking to school must wear helmets.
Backpacks are a necessity of life for students. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints, causing pain and posture problems. So, take care when buying a backpack. Look for one that is lightweight, with two, not one, wide, padded shoulder straps, a padded back and a waist strap. If your student totes an especially heavy load, you might consider a backpack with wheels.
Backpack users should always do the following: Use both straps. Tighten the straps so the pack is close to the body and the pack is held 2 inches above the waist. Pack lightly so its weight is less than 20% of the student’s weight. Use all compartments, with heavy items closest to the center. Drop off unnecessary items at lockers during the day. Do not bend over at the waist, use both knees to bend down.
Parents, encourage your children to report pain caused by backpack use and then look for a solution.

All My Relations Gallery

1414 E. Franklin Ave.
Art from Indian Territory
This show features our first guest curator, Tony Tiger, and the work of 11 Native artists from Oklahoma. It speaks to the indigenous experience in a state that is home to 39 federally recognized tribes, and it addresses peoples’ connection to their sacred homelands and the land to which they were relocated. This exhibit has the solemnity and seriousness that comes from a history fraught with challenges, yet it is primarily a celebration of survival and strong emergence into the future.
Through October 12

Gage Family Art Gallery

Augsburg College
22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave.
John Ready

Ready’s sculptures and works on paper function as interventions, questioning the nature and value of objects within continually fluxing ecologies.
Through October 25

Highpoint Center for Printmaking

912 W. Lake St.
The Sideshow
Highpoint co-op artists Johanna Winters and Don Krumpos present a new collaborative series of etchings that depict a ragtag band of misfit performers meandering through ambiguous storybook scenery. This is the first collaborative effort between Winters and Krumpos. The whimsical imagery in this series hearkens back to the children’s book illustrations of the artists’ formative years but this time with a more mischievous (and cynical) spin.
Through October 4

Instinct Art Gallery

940 Nicollet Mall
Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World
The exhibition is designed to bring nature back into the conversations of contemporary art. In contemporary art institutions the focus of recent years has been on an art of distinct human-ness—where only the human mind can go.
September 7 – November 1

Northern Clay Center

2424 Franklin Ave.
Exquisite Pots II: Red-Handed
A 2008 Northern Clay show, “Exquisite Pots: 6 Degrees of Collaboration,” explored collaborations in porcelain and derived its idea from the 1920’s Surrealist game “Exquisite Corpse,” where each successive collaborator built upon the preceding work of another without fully knowing what had come before. This exhibition, based, in part, on the earlier show, reflects on the prevalence of collaboration in the 21st century.
September 27 – November 3

Jean Stephen Galleries

4811 Excelsior Blvd.
Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
Never-before-seen hats from Dr. Seuss’s Private Collection along with prints and sculpture from the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. All artwork on exhibition and available for acquisition.
October 11 – 26

Vine Arts Center

2637 27th Ave. S.
Substance of Life
Four Minnesota painters come together for an exhibition of large-format abstract paintings. Their diverse work shares a love for the physicality of paint, a desire to create worlds that the viewer can enter, and a commitment to work forward in the historical tradition of abstraction.
Through September 22

Mill City Museum

704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. 55401
From Mill to Museum: The Hidden History of the Washburn Complex, 1965-2003
An exhibit of dramatic images and words about the Washburn A Mill during the years it sat abandoned; after General Mills shut down the mill in July 1965, this National Historic Landmark sat unused except for a few tenants, curiosity seekers and homeless people.
September 13 – December 31

The Museum of Russian Art

5500 Stevens Ave. S.
Women in Soviet Art
An original exhibition in the Main, Mezzanine and Fireside Galleries brings together over 60 paintings by approximately 50 major Soviet artists, examining the visual depictions of the Soviet woman after the Second World War, from 1948 to 1991. Avoiding traditional portrayals of the cloistered feminine world, Soviet art passionately propagated the image of women as active contributors to socialist economy. These magnificent canvases reveal a Soviet fascination with women at work.
Through November 10

Harriet Brewing

3036 Minnehaha Ave.
A one-day festival featuring craft beer, food trucks, local art and live music. Harriet Brewing will brew a single batch of Rauchfest, a smoked Oktoberfest Lager for this festival. Tickets are on sale at the website.
September 28, 1- 10 p.m.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

810 W. Lake St.
Johnny Appleseed
The Old Gem Theater tours to Bryant-Lake Bowl with an autumn tradition of “Johnny Apple-seed.” Filled with physical comedy and goofy jokes, these side-splitting stories are geared for young audiences but include humor for the adults as well. This will be the first performance of the toe-tapping comedy in Minneapolis.
September 21, noon

Guthrie Theater

818 S. 2nd St.
Uncle Vanya
Vanya and his niece Sonya work their small country estate, living frugally and keeping their emotions tightly reined in. The return of Vanya’s brother-in-law with his beautiful second wife, Elena, unlocks hidden passions as the entire family is thrown into turmoil. Tea, wine and vodka fuel the tensions in this tragicomic story about unrequited love, thwarted ambition and enduring hope.
September 14 – October 27

Illusion Theater

Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave. S. at 6th St.
Love & Marriage: What a Difference a Year Makes
Celebration is in the air as we catch up with some the Twin Cities’ most committed couples through new interviews and new songs. The multi-media revue will travel down the road of married life; from first kiss to wedded bliss, through a lifetime of joys, sorrows and surprises. Bring your special someone and celebrate with us!
September 18 – October 20

Jungle Theater

2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
Fool For Love
An explosive tale of doomed love and loss is set in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave desert where transient lovers May and Eddie engage in a ruthless struggle for power and truth.
September 6 – October 20


Franklin Library

1314 E. Franklin Ave.
*4-H Mentoring Club
Tuesdays through Nov. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.
For teens. Learn about urban ecology, health and nutrition, sustainable agriculture and related careers in food science from adults and peer mentors. You also will maintain a community garden and visit local food enterprises.

*O.P.E.N. Time
Tuesdays through Nov. 26, 7 to 8 p.m.
For teens. Options for Play and Entertainment Now Time provides just that: options. Come downstairs to the Teen Center and choose from computers, magazines, board games, video games, brain teasers, conversations with friends and much more!