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December 2013
Nokomis Community Calendar


Spark Wellness Moves into Mike’s Corner Store Space
Spark Wellness, holistic clinic and yoga studio, is moving into the previous home of Mike’s Corner Store on 56th and Chicago Ave. in S. Minneapolis. Spark Wellness hopes to move into its newly revitalized space before the first of the year, continuing its current services.

Parent Resource Group Meets in Minneapolis
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota provides support groups for families of children with mental illness. The support groups will help parents discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem-solving skills. A parent resource group meets the first Saturday of each month, from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., at Lake Nokomis Recreation Center, 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy., in the arts and crafts room. This group also offers bilingual support for Spanish-speakers. For more information call Susan at 612-424-1823.

From Council Member Cam Gordon
The Council’s Community Development Committee has voted to apply for $635,000 in grant funds for environmental investigation and cleanup for Phase III of the Seward Commons development. The granting agencies are the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program, the Metropolitan Council’s Tax
Base Revitalization Account Grant Program and the Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund. The old Tri-State building at 34th Ave. S. and 25th St. E. is moving to a public auction. The underlying zoning of the building is residential, and it may have lost its nonconforming rights as an industrial building. Future use of the building may require rezoning to a low- density Office Residence district. My office has been in contact with Seward Redesign, and it sounds like there are several people interested in turning this building into something that benefits the broader neighborhood and fits in well with the uses along 25th St. E.


Hiawatha Avenue Landscape Improvements
Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hiawatha School Park Recreation Center
4305 E. 42nd St.
Hennepin County is looking at ways to improve/restore the landscaping along Hiawatha Ave. between 32nd and 46th streets. Join us for a chance to look at landscape concepts and ask questions or make suggestions on the plans for the area. The landscape plan is slated for completion in early 2014. For additional information contact Robb Luckow at 612-348-9344 or

Free Defensive
Driving Classes
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 12 to 5 p.m.
Dan Cheung’s Office
4020 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Defensive driving classes for people who are 55 or older. After completion of the DD class, participants will get a 10% discount for their car insurance no matter which insurance company they are with.

6th Annual Holiday Sale
Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 12 to 5 p.m.
Vine Arts Center
2637 27th Ave. S.
Discover unique art made by Vine Arts Center members. Come for two days of eclectic shopping and opportunities to chat and meet with the artists. The holiday sale includes ceramics, woodworking, painting, fine art collage, fiber arts and clothing, framed prints, cards, body care products, homemade food goodies and much more!

21st Annual Women’s
Art Festival
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Midtown YWCA
2121 E. Lake St.
The festival features art made and sold by local women. This year there are over 125 artists participating, selling jewelry, photography, pottery, textiles, food and much more. There is live music by women throughout the day. Come browse, shop, listen, visit with friends, enjoy!
Winter Bird Walk
Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.
Coldwater Spring
5601 Minnehaha Park Dr. S.
Come see which birds use the Coldwater Spring during the winter. The walk will be lead by National Park Service Ranger Sharon Stiteler. Walkers will find ducks, sparrows, juncos, woodpeckers, eagles and perhaps some of the large groups of Twin Cities crows heading to their metro area winter roost. No reservations. Event is free for all ages. Dress appropriately for the outdoor weather.

Messiah Sing-along
Sunday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.
St. Olaf Catholic Church
215 S. 8th St., Mpls 55402
Join us for this beloved holiday tradition! Our Messiah sing-along brings together singers of all ages in a spirited rendition of Handel’s masterwork, led by Minnesota Chorale soloists and ensemble members. Sing from our scores or bring your own. Conductor is Kathy Saltzman Romey and organist is Lynn Trapp. Free and open to the public; free-will offering accepted.

Potluck: Building a Movement Against Drones
Saturday, Jan. 11, 5-7 p.m.
4200 Cedar Ave. S.
Bring a dish to share and come hear from Anti-War Committee members Misty Rowan and Sophia Hansen-Day about the Code Pink Drone Summit they attended in Washington, D.C. Then we’ll have a discussion about what to do to continue to build a grassroots movement against drones. Families welcome. Organized by the Anti-War Committee.


Art | Music | Dance | Theater
Community | Museums

The Lower Depths
Nimbus Theater
• 1517 Central Ave. NE • 612-548-1380

A wife, a drink, a future. In a squalid boarding house the hopes and desires of a collection of society’s castoffs swirl and collide. Morality is tested, compassion and empathy struggle against cruelty and greed. The characters’ struggles show the very essence of what it is to be human, what defines you and what can be lost in an increasingly stratified society. Directed by Josh Cragun. Running through December 22.

All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave.
Featuring the work of contemporary American Indian artists C. Maxx Stevens and Henry Payer. Both artists’ practices are largely influenced by the use of found and re-appropriated materials. These two artists utilize the embedded pasts of the found objects to create works that draw from history, aesthetics, meaning and stories that the materials carry. They then reorganize the materials to create fresh, thought-provoking expressions.
Through January 18, 2014

Gage Family Art Gallery
Augsburg College
22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave.
Love is more talked about than surrendered to (for Charles Wright)
What barriers do we create to inhibit our access to the things that will provide meaning and fulfillment in our lives? Charles Matson Lume’s installation explores systems that limit illumination despite our desires that state otherwise.
Through December 19

Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St.
Prints on Ice
An exhibition of prints by members of its artists’ studio cooperative. This winter’s cooperative show features the work of 40 local printmakers currently working in Highpoints facilities. More than 70 pieces were selected, including lithographs, relief prints, intaglio prints and screenprints.
Through January 25, 2014

Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall
God’s Sketchbook for Creation
This exhibition is revelation of the sketches, demo versions and rough-cut designs for earth’s animals that were edited out before creation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes of creation and observe the working models, preliminary designs, a few outright failures, and some critters that simply did not “play well with others.” The sketchbook contains renditions of creatures that exist today, and perhaps more interestingly, the fantastical ones that might have been.
Through January 11, 2014

Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis-based artist Monica Rudquist explores the interplay and patterns between the interior and exterior of forms and the spaces created between the forms when they are set side by side. Making multiples and working in series is part of her working process and vocabulary, an integral part of how Rudquist works through ideas. The show will exhibit wall, pedestal and floor pieces, creating both large and small vignettes within the spaces.
Through January 5, 2014

Shoebox Gallery
2948 Chicago Ave. S.
It’s Good in the ‘Hood
Thaddeus Jameson’s colored drawings are mosaics of contradiction: What seems to be drawn from life comes from different historical eras and locations. Some of his work is informed by his photographic memory and sometimes gritty ‘70’s movies as they can caricature where you live into something beguilingly far out.
Through January 10, 2014

Sound Unseen
Monthly Movie
Trylon Microcinema
3258 Minnehaha Ave. S.
The Punk Singer
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the band Bikini Kill, dance-punk trio Le Tigre and currently, The Julie Ruin, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Director Sini Anderson creates a biographical documentary of Hanna using 20 years of archival footage and
in-depth interviews with the musician as well as other friends and fans.
Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave.
Davina and The Vagabonds
Holiday Show
Davina and The Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism and Davina Sowers’ commanding stage presence. Based out of the Twin Cities, they play hot jazz-blues-cabaret-soul-lounge-rock that warms the soul and just plain makes you want to dance! $10 at door (cash or check only).
Dec. 21, doors at 8 p.m.

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.
Through December 31

The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave. S.
The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost
In 1613, 16-year-old Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300-year dynasty. This exhibition provides an overview of the three centuries of Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 1917-1918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution. The events that led to the collapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what happened to their scattered property after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed.
Through March 23, 2014

Guthrie Theater
818 S. 2nd St.
Born Yesterday
In a deliciously witty screwball comedy about a corrupt businessman trying to get ahead, Harry Brock, a junk-dealer millionaire on the rise, hunkers down in a lavishly decorated hotel room in Washington with his brassy chorus girlfriend Billie Dawn in tow. Hoping to influence a senator in some personal business dealings, he soon gets advice suggesting that the seemingly dim-witted blonde will need a little polish to get ahead in D.C. society. Brock hires a newspaperman for the task but gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing.
Through January 5, 2014

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
Driving Miss Daisy
In this affecting story, Daisy, an independent, aging Jewish widow—stubborn and set in her ways—reluctantly surrenders the driver’s seat of her car to Hoke Colburn, a proud, soft-spoken black man. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.
Through December 22

Open Eye Theatre
506 E. 24th St.
The Longest Night
Celebrating the longest night of the year goes back to Stonehenge and Machu Picchu, Roman Saturnalia and the Viking Yule, and its traditions defined when, and how, Christians celebrate Christmas. This eclectic program of text and music, as kaleidoscopic as the season, is created and performed by Bradley Greenwald. The show celebrates Christmas, the holiday blues, excess and the soul’s need for rebirth.
December 19-22



Taste of FRN Cookbook Fundraiser
FRNNG is collecting recipes now through the fall for a fundraiser cookbook. Help us by submitting your favorite recipes to the cookbook committee at or to the FRNNG office at Along with your recipe, please list your name as you would like it printed in the cookbook along with the neighborhood you live in.

Senior Nutrition Program
Monday through Friday the Volunteers of America host a free/reduced price lunch for area seniors aged 60+. The suggested contribution is $3.50, however they just ask people to pay what they can afford. No one is ever denied a meal because they cannot pay. Meals are at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. For more info call 952-945-4157 or 612-729-6668.

Free Home Security Audits
Is having your house or garage broken into a constant worry for you? Stop home burglaries before they happen with a free home security audit conducted by Crime Prevention Specialist Sue Roethele. Contact Sue at the 3rd Precinct by calling 612-673-2839.

Safe Place Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Congregation
2001 Riverside Ave.
Adults, students and children all welcome. Tutors available for all levels. Interested in being a volunteer or tutor? Need more information about the program? Contact 612-333-2561.

Senior Volunteers Needed
The Lutheran Social Service Foster Grandparent Program offers an opportunity to seniors 55+ to mentor and tutor elementary aged students at schools in South Minneapolis. Stipend, mileage and other benefits. Contact Sara Koch, 651-310-9448 or

Nokomis Library
5100 34th Ave. S.
** Friends of the Library Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Help support your local library by planning and volunteering at book sales, programs and special events. The Friends look forward to meeting you.
** Paws to Read With an Animal
Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 to 5 p.m.
For families. Volunteers will put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting.






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