Tapestry Folkdance Center names new Executive Director

Posted on 22 April 2019 by calvin

Tapestry Folkdance Center welcomes Ann Mosey as the new Executive Director. Stepping into leadership at Tapestry, Ann says, “I am honored to join this amazing dance organization. I look forward to working together to build upon its strong foundation as we (literally) move into the future.”

Ann comes to Tapestry Folkdance Center with extensive credentials in dance and arts administration. In addition to graduate and doctoral studies at Ohio State University, Arizona State University, and other schools, she was awarded dance scholarships with Merce Cunningham’s company, and with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Her professional development credits include the Shannon Leadership Institute and the Art of Leadership MAP. During her time in the Minnesota arts community, she has spent twelve years in non-profit arts administration, and founded two arts organizations. She served as the Executive Director of the Northfield Arts Guild for seven years and organized non-profit training for the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits in eleven counties in southeast Minnesota. Ann is also a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor.

Tapestry Folkdance Center offers several weekly dance programs and annual dance events, and also rents studio space to several groups. In selecting a new ED, the “primary criteria was to hire an experienced Executive Director with excellent communication and people skills. Ann exhibits these skills and much more. She’s calm under pressure, highly organized, efficient, and knowledgeable about non-profit organizations,” says Carole Wilson, Tapestry’s President of the Board of Directors. “She has a lifetime of experience that will benefit Tapestry enormously, and she’s a delight to work with. We’re fortunate to have her as our new ED.”

Tapestry Folkdance Center was started in 1983 by a group of dedicated folk dancers determined to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in the joy of dancing and music from around the world. A building on Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis was bought and remodeled in 1999 to provide a permanent place for the dances. Tapestry Folkdance Center has two dance studios with spring wood dance floors and holds weekly, biweekly and monthly dances for International Folkdance, Contra Dance, English Country Dance, and Ballroom Social Dances. Several weekend-long events are also offered during the year.

Dances feature live music, as well as DJ-chosen, recorded music. All dances are open to the public and offer instruction during the first portion of the dance. Tapestry Folkdance Center also rental space for several dance groups, including the Minnesota Tradition Morris Dancers, The Minnesota Chapter of the Royal Scottish Dance Society, and the Somali Museum Dancers.

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New memoir presented at the Hook

Posted on 22 April 2019 by calvin

Cherríe Moraga will present her new memoir “Native Country of the Heart.” at the Mission Room at the Hook and Ladder Theater, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., on Thur., May 2, 7pm. The presentation is free and open to the public. The book is Moraga’s coming-of-age memoir.

“Native Country of the Heart” is, at its core, a mother-daughter story. The mother, Elvira, was hired out as a child by her father to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley. The daughter, Cherríe, is a brilliant, pioneering, queer Latina feminist. The story of these two women, and their people, is woven together in an intimate memoir of critical reflection and deep personal revelation.

As Moraga charts her mother’s journey—from an impressionable young girl to battle-tested matriarch to old woman—she traces her self-discovery of her gender-queer body and Lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism. As her mother’s memory fails, Moraga is driven to unearth forgotten remnants of a U.S. Mexican diaspora, its indigenous origins, and an American story of cultural loss. Poetically wrought and filled with insight into intergenerational trauma, “Native Country of the Heart” is a reckoning with white American history and a piercing love letter from a fearless daughter to the mother she will never lose.

At this special Twin Cities event, Moraga will be in conversation with local author Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Self-described as a “queer black troublemaker,” Gumbs is a writer, scholar, and activist who currently teaches at the University of Minnesota.

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NENA News, May 2019

Posted on 22 April 2019 by calvin

Mapping Prejudice: A History of Racial Covenants in the Nokomis area
Although discriminatory racial practices in Minneapolis housing have been illegal for many years, the racial covenant language still exists in many Nokomis area deeds.

Join Nokomis East Neighborhood Association and Hale Page Diamond Lake Association for an evening with Mapping Prejudice, University of Minnesota based project focused on visualizing racial covenants in the Twin Cities. Learn from Mapping Prejudice about their work, racial covenant history in the Nokomis area, and how you can remove any remaining covenant language from your deed.

The event will be hosted on May 21 from 6:30-8pm at Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 S. 31st Ave.

Rain Garden Grant Lottery
Nokomis East residents, enter to receive a custom rain garden from Metro Blooms for less than half the price through the NENA Rain Garden Grant Lottery! Rain Gardens are not only a beautiful landscaping feature, but they can also reduce standing water in your yard, reduce mosquito breeding, filter out pollutants, and protect local lakes and streams. Fifteen garden grants are available for residents in the Nokomis East neighborhoods, and five are available for residents with homes within the Lake Nokomis watershed. A randomized selection of recipients for each category will be drawn on the day after registrations are due on June 14. Contact Program and Communication Manager Lauren Hazenson at 612-724-5652 for further information or to register.

Nokomis East Garage Sale
Garage-salers in the Nokomis East area are invited to register their sale on the Nokomis East website, starting May 1. Last year over 100 sales took part in at the all-day event, which draws bargain hunters from all over the metro area. The garage sale itself will be June 15 from 8am-4pm.

Curb Appeal Matching Grant Lottery
The deadline to enter The Curb Appeal Matching Grant Lottery is May 15. Nokomis East residents are encouraged to sign up and get their upcoming exterior home project entered to win a matching grant up to $500. Winners will be announced right before Memorial Day Weekend to start your summer off right. Visit for more information and to register.

Loan programs
NENA offers two home improvement loan programs for homes in the Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park and Wenonah neighborhoods. Loan applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Home Improvement Loans
Did you know that the NENA Home Improvement Loans also cover large energy efficiency home improvements like solar panels? These loans also cover most permanent home improvements. Call the Center for Energy and Environment at 612-335-5884 for more details on project eligibility. Owners of one to four unit residences can apply for up to $15,000 to make improvements to their properties. Owner-occupants and investors may also apply. The interest rate is either 3.5% or 4.5% depending on income. No income restrictions apply.

Emergency Repair Loans
A limited amount of funds are available for emergency repairs. Only owner-occupied households are eligible. Income restrictions apply. The maximum loan amount is $7,500. The loan is 0% interest, and there are no monthly payments. The loan is due in total upon the sale of the property or transfer of title.

How to apply
For more information or to request an application, call the Center for Energy and Environment at 612-335-5884, or visit

Upcoming meetings and events:
5/1/19, 6:30pm: NENA Housing, Commercial, and Streetscape Committee, NENA Office, 4313 E. 54th St.
5/7/19, 6:30pm: NEBA Annual Meeting, McDonald’s Liquor Event Space, 5010 34th Ave. S.
5/8/19, 6:30pm: NENA Green Initiatives Committee, NENA Office
5/21/19, 6:30pm: Mapping Prejudice: A History of Racial Covenants in the Nokomis Area, Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 S. 31st Ave.

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Academy students take part in Final Four

Posted on 22 April 2019 by calvin

The first week in April Minnehaha Academy journalism students Jacob McCabe, Luke Von Arx, Annika Johnson, and Abigail Hobrough were selected to participate in “Full Court Press,” an intensive sports writing and photography seminar that covered the NCAA Final Four before the semifinal games on Apr. 5 at US Bank Stadium.

Photo right: Students Luke Von Arx (left) and Jacob McCabe from Minnehaha Academy were chosen to participate in intensive sports writing workshop during the NCAA Final Four weekend. (Photo provided)

McCabe and Von Arx attended a panel discussion in the football press box with such journalism pros as Rachel Blount, reporter for the Minneapolis StarTribune; Pat Borzi, contributing writer for MinnPost, The New York Times, and ESPN; W. Glen Crevier, former StarTribune sports editor and past president of Associated Press Sports Editors; and Dana O’Neil, senior writer for The Athletic and past USBWA president. “The discussion included topics such as the influence of social media, the state of the job market, navigational skills in a 24/7 digital era, and survival tactics to deal with increasingly challenging deadlines. McCabe and Von Arx then attended team practices, press conferences, and the Reese’s College All-Star Game.

Photo left: Minnehaha Academy students Abigail Hobrough (left) and Annika Johnson two of only 12 to participate in the NCAA Final Four Sports Photography Workshop. (Photo provided)

Johnson and Hobrough were two of twelve total students that were selected to participate in the NCAA Final Four Sports Photography Workshop. They attended discussions on topics such as how to start your career, how to best cover the NCAA Men’s Final Four and more. Then, they received photography critiques from sports journalism photography pros. They were outfitted with camera gear and given access to the Men’s Final Four Practice Day and Reese’s College All-Star game. They received guidance from Director of NCAA Photos Jamie Schwaberow throughout the day as they photographed those events.

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Upcoming events at LS Healthy Seniors

Posted on 22 April 2019 by calvin

Join Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors and Minneapolis Community Education for a monthly Senior Social/Health Talk on Tues., May 21, 2019, at 10:30am (doors open at 10am) at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E. 31st St. The presentation is “Where Will You Live as You Age?” Where and how are you going to live as you get older? Bonnie Clark of the Senior Housing Guide will describe the different living options you can consider as you age, including reverse mortgages.

The last spring Alcohol Ink Painting class is planned for Wed., May 1, 1:30-3:30pm at Trinity Apartments, 2800 E. 31st St. We’ll use brightly colored, fast-drying alcohol inks and different effects to create wonderful free-form designs on tiles or synthetic paper. There is a $5 fee per class, which includes all materials. Class size is limited, so register by calling 612-729-5799.

A “Coloring Jam” (open coloring session) will be held Wed., May 22 from 1:30-3:30pm at Trinity Apartments. Come spend time coloring and relaxing! Healthy Seniors will provide a variety of coloring books, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. A class fee of $4 covers all supplies. Registration is required by calling 612-729-5799.

Tai Chi Easy exercise classes are held on Mondays from 10:30-11:30am at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Classes cost $5/each, and discounts may be available for lower-income seniors. Tai Chi is a low-impact, slow-motion exercise that’s adaptable to individual abilities. Movements vary between sitting and standing and help improve breathing, coordination, flexibility, and strength. Registration is not required, just drop in and try it!

A free monthly Diabetes Support Group for adults will be held on Wed., May 8 from 1-2:30pm at Trinity Apartments. Anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes is invited to attend.

Additionally, we’re looking for “Friendly Visitor” volunteers and volunteer drivers to help seniors live independently. Call Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors at 612-729-5799 or email for more information on activities, services or volunteer opportunities.

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Nokomis Healthy Seniors plan events

Posted on 22 April 2019 by calvin

Nokomis Healthy Seniors will host a Health and Enrichment program on “Health Benefits of Essential Oils” on Thur., May 2, 2019, at 11am. It will be held at Nokomis Healthy Seniors inside Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120-17th Ave. S. Free; all are welcome, and no reservation is required.

A Health and Enrichment program, “The Aging Bladder: An Owner’s Manual,” will be presented by Paula Fedunok, PA-C, Department of Urology, U of M on Wed., May 8 at 1:30pm. It will be held at Nokomis Square Co-op, 5015-35th Ave. S. Free; all are welcome, and no reservation is required.

Join Nokomis Healthy Seniors for “Lunch and a Movie” on Thur., May 9. Share a meal at 11:15am, then watch the movie “A Man Called Ove,” in their own theatre at Bethel Lutheran Church. All are welcome, but reservations are required (612-729-5499); the $5 fee must be prepaid.

Nokomis Healthy Seniors will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at an Open House on May 16 from 11am-1pm inside Bethel Lutheran Church. The celebration is free, but RSVPs are requested by calling 612-729-5499. The event will include volunteer recognition, volunteer and client testimonials, a special anniversary video, a light lunch, ad 25th-anniversary cakes, and entertainment. Participants will be able to reminisce, share memories, and look at old photos and newsletters, as well as meet with current staff, volunteers, board members, as well as friends from years past. Learn something new about the NHS and how they support seniors in staying independent in their own homes.

Join Nokomis Healthy Seniors for “Lunch and Bingo” on Thurs., May 30. Share a meal at 11:15am, followed by a spirited game of Bingo. All are welcome, but reservations required by calling 612-729-5499.

A Health and Enrichment program on “Chiropractic Care” is planned for Thur., June 6 at 11am. It will be held at Nokomis Healthy Seniors inside Bethel Lutheran Church. The program is free, and all are welcome. No reservations are required.

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Kids get their own night out at Lake Hiawatha Park

Posted on 25 March 2019 by calvin

Inexpensive kids program each Friday night gives parents a break for less than the cost of a babysitter

Give your kids a night out and give yourself time for a date.

Each Friday night, the Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center hosts Kids Night Out from 6-9pm, the only regular program like it in the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) system.

“I love that it is three hours including a meal for only $8 for Minneapolis residents,” stated Ruth Johnston, who has lived in the Northrup neighborhood since 2005. “I love that it is childcare that is not in my house (don’t have to clean up beforehand), and my son really likes to go. It’s a fun evening out for him and a break for my spouse and me.”

Some nights, Johnston and her husband go out to eat. “But the nice thing is that we can stay at home if we want,” she pointed out. “Sometimes we get take out food and hang out together!”

Photo right: Eleven-year-old Micah Johnston (left) plays Uno with MPRB staff Natalie Johnson and Riley Parham (right) on Mar. 15. Micah said he likes the games, friends, and movies. (Photo by Tesha M. Christensen)

Kids Night Out fills a gap for the Johnston family, who don’t have relatives in the area. Their family is in Iowa and Japan.

“Using Kid’s Night Out was even more important when our son was younger, and we were more tired and stressed out from watching after him. At 11 years old, the reason our son goes now is mostly that he likes it and wants to go,” stated Johnson. “But we still enjoy the free time.”

Parents can sign up ahead of time on the MPRB web site, or drop in that evening. A maximum of 25 kids can attend each Friday.

Johnston first learned about the program when she drove by and saw it advertised on the Lake Hiawatha Park sign off 28th Ave. Her son Micah has gone to Kids Night Out for years now, off and on.

He’s part of a group of four to 10 regulars that parks staff member Natalie Johnson, who facilitates the program, has watched grow up. The majority of attendees range from eight to 10 years old.

“A lot of times parents are looking for a babysitter and find us,” remarked Johnson. “This is a very affordable option. A lot of parents are shocked we have three hours and dinner at such a low cost.”

Evening catered to kids
While at Kids Night Out, children play on computers, watch a movie on the big TV, buy snacks from vending machines, and play board games. Meals are pizza, corn dogs and hot dogs with chips and water.

They also play group games such as dodgeball, four corners, kickball, and soccer. The group goes outside if the weather is nice or stays inside and uses the gym if it isn’t.

“We try to cater the evenings to what the kids want,” pointed out Johnson. They let the kids vote on movies and suggest games. “It’s different every Friday night. It keeps them coming back because they get to do what they’re into.”

“I like that it’s really laid back,” observed Riley Parham, who helps staff the program. “We really just hang out with kids and have fun.”

Parham attended similar programs at Painter Park when he was a kid, and appreciates how the parks system offers community gathering spaces for a lot of kids.

Supporting families
“My son recognizes kids from Kid’s Night Out when he sees them in the neighborhood,” said Micah’s mom. “For me, I just feel like this is a place in the community who cares about how much parents need an evening to themselves. This kind of inexpensive, available childcare is something that provides support to parents and families. “Giving parents a break is one effective way to take care of kids in our communities.”

“It’s a really fun program,” said Johnson. “We always welcome new kids.”


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Launch Party thrown for youth-designed coloring book

Posted on 25 March 2019 by calvin

A launch party for “Color Me Courageous,” a coloring book that highlights some of the most beloved Twin Cities landmarks and locations, was held Mar. 9. The book was created by Minneapolis youth in support of courageous heARTS (2235 E. 38th St.)—a youth-led nonprofit art studio fueled by the transformative power of art.

Photo right: Youth artists displayed their work in the Show and Sell Spot. (Photo by Katie Korpe)

Guests had the opportunity to connect with contributing artists, some of whom sold their work. There also were coloring books for sale, collaborative coloring activities, and a raffle to benefit courageous heARTS programs.

The coloring book, which they hope to be an annual project, promotes the unique talents and perspectives of their teen artists. All artwork for the book was hand-drawn, and they even included a special spot for you to create your own masterpiece.

Photo left: Another guest adding her mark to the Spoonbridge and Cherry design featured in Color Me Courageous by artist Annika Clift, age 11. (Photo by Katie Korpe)

This year’s edition highlights some of everyone’s favorite Twin Cities locations, including Riverview Theater, Bde Maka Ska, Guthrie Theater, Como Zoo Conservatory, Foshay Tower, First Avenue, and more.

Photo right: A stack of coloring books is ready to go in Creative Care Kits for children at Ronald McDonald House. When courageous heARTS receives a $20 donation, we donate a coloring book to one of three selected organizations: Ronald McDonald House, Perspectives Family Center, and Cornerstone. (Photo by Katie Korpe)

Sales of the coloring book benefit the contributing youth artists and help provide stipends for courageous heARTS’ Creative Community Apprentices, youth ages 16-24 who staff the studio. During this nine-month apprenticeship, teens learn about heARTS’ four core approaches: expressive arts, restorative practices, people-centered approaches, and trauma-informed care.

Photo left: Larry Whiten and Laurel Clift deep in conversation in front of the Witch’s Hat Water Tower, drawn by Lia Thibault (age 16) for the Color Me Courageous coloring book. (Photo by Katie Korpe)

You can purchase a copy of “Color Me Courageous” at their studio, 2235 E. 38th St. (When you buy directly from us at the studio or an event 100% of proceeds go toward our Creative Community Apprenticeship program.) Other locations to purchase the book include Doodle Bird (2803 E. 42nd St.), Acanthus Floral (3932 Cedar Ave.), Homespun Decor and Gifts (5006 S. 34th Ave.), and the ​Minneapolis Institute of Art Gift Shop. Online you can order through, and they’ll ship it to your doorstep!

Additional information about the coloring book can be found here:

Photo right: A group of teens enjoys coloring on one of three collaborative art pieces at the event, this one featuring art by 8th grader, Mia Lambert. (Photo by Katie Korpe)

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Is Hiawatha Golf Course making, or losing, money?

Posted on 25 March 2019 by calvin

Is Hiawatha Golf Course losing money or making money?

Both options are asserted during community meetings.

The confusion lies in whether people are looking at the audited or unaudited figures, according to Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) Assistant Superintendent Michael Schroeder.

It gets even more confusing because of the flooding in 2014 when the golf course lost money during and after the flood.

“Floods impact financial performance for many businesses, including golf courses,” pointed out Schroeder. “For Hiawatha, the potential for flooding exists, and it needs to be a part of a financial model.”

MBRB planner Tyler Pederson explained, “The unaudited financials tell us if a golf course is making money based on revenue received and expenses paid within the year.

Chart right: Hiawatha Golf Course Audited Revenue and Expenses (Illustration by Tesha M. Christensen)

“The audited financials also include depreciation (annual charge for past investments in the courses), revenue and expense adjustments made during the audit, and non-cash expenses including compensated employee absences, post-employment benefits, and pension liability. The audit is conducted by the Office of the State Auditor and requires the inclusion of the aforementioned expenses.”

Chart right: Hiawatha Golf Course Audited Income (Illustration by Tesha M. Christensen)

Hiawatha Golf Course last made money in 2009, when it generated a net audited income of $143,274. Since then, it has lost between $22,041 (2012) and $696,567 (2014). In 2017, it lost $360,370.

The 10-year audited loss is $1,986,049.

All MPRB’s golf courses have lost an audited $8,870,202 in the last ten years.

This does not include the $125,000 MPRB is setting aside each year for reinvestment in each course.

The unaudited 10-year loss is $749,518 with six of the last ten years losing money ranging from $11,122 in 2011 to $611,822 in 2014 (the year of the flood). In considering just the revenue received and expenses paid and not any other factors, the golf course was in the black in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.



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“Write to the River” project seeks spring submissions

Posted on 25 March 2019 by calvin

The spring photo prompt was taken at the Pine Bends Scientific and Natural Scenic Area by photographer Tom Reiter.

If you’ve ever wanted to submit a piece of writing for publication but have felt intimidated, now is your chance. The online journal “Write to the River” (WTTR) just opened its spring submission period for poetry and prose inspired by the Mississippi River.

WTTR is coordinated by writer Leslie Thomas and is offered in partnership with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR). FMR is a local non-profit that engages more than 5,000 people annually as river advocates and protectors.

This is how WTTR works. Each season, one photograph is chosen by a team of writers and river enthusiasts. The image is selected from photos provided by FMR volunteer photographer Tom Reiter. His photos capture different scenes, elements, and activities along the Upper Mississippi River basin throughout the year. The chosen image is offered as a starting point to inspire creative writing, and to showcase the river’s beauty in every season.

A brief caption is given to the image, and the location where it was shot is shared. There are accompanying questions such as what feelings does the image evoke? Does it remind you of a past experience? Can you imagine walking here? What sounds, smells and tastes does the image bring to mind?

The upcoming spring issue will be the 9th guarterly issue of WTTR. “I couldn’t have gotten this off the ground without the help of sue rich, FMR’s director of communications,” Thomas said. “I initially contacted her with a different version of this idea; I imagined a full watershed poetry contest complete with judges.”

Thomas continued, “To provide more options for creative expression, sue suggested we include prose as well as poetry. We discussed a seasonal publication, rather than a one-time contest. Tom Reiter’s splendid photographs of the river and its wild surroundings were added for their power to inspire. I’ve received submissions from people who consider themselves writers—but also from many who don’t. The writing comes from people of all ages and backgrounds. There have been stories from a retired tugboat captain, an essay written by a nurse who lives on a houseboat, poetry and memoir reflecting the many ways that people treasure the Mississippi River.”

Following the snowiest February ever recorded in Minnesota, what does the approach of spring mean to you? With the gorge of the Mighty Mississippi running right through Longfellow, it’s easy to connect with nature in this urban wilderness.

To submit an original piece of prose or poetry, view Tom Reiter’s spring photo prompt at, or have a look at the river somewhere as it winds its way through the neighborhood. The deadline for Spring 2019 submissions is May 15.



By Jim Larson (St. Paul, MN)

The sun has done its best all day
to turn the ice back to water
but the River won’t have it.

The River knows to rest this time of year;
no tugs, no barges, no kayaks.
The empty trees all have the same idea.

Even the buildings
have their eyes closed.
Time to put this day back with all the others.

Time to gather up a few friends
at a quiet table. Get some talk flowing about
what keeps you warm below the surface.

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