Come join us for a Mosaic Workshop tonight, Friday Nov. 30 at MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave South!  We are making 10, 4×4 glass tiled panels that reflect different textile patterns from the various cultures in our  community.  These will be hung on the exterior of MLK Park when completed.

All ages welcome.  Please youth under 14 must attend with an adult.  No previous experience necessary!  Learn more about the project at the Mosaic Quliting tab on the right hand side of this page at

WHEN: December 1 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

WHERE: The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (3749 Chicago Ave, MPLS) and The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Ave, Studio B, MPLS)

Twenty artists and artist teams are hard at work on their Arts on Chicago Projects, creating public art along Chicago Avenue between 32nd and 42nd streets. Pillsbury House + Theatre, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Professor Natasha Pestich, Upstream Arts, and the Ward 8 Council Office of Elizabeth Glidden invite you to The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center and The Third Place Gallery (both at 38th and Chicago) to hear more about the projects and to meet the artists.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center with the introduction of the artists and leadership team. Councilwoman Elizabeth Glidden will moderate brief presentations about each project. After the formal program, we will move across the street to The Third Place Gallery, for an exhibition of the artist’s work-in-progress and an opportunity to engage with individual artists. Refreshments will be served at both the Fire Arts Center and The Third Place. In true Third Place style, ping pong and karaoke will round out the evening.

The featured artists and organizations all live or work in the four neighborhoods connected by the Chicago Avenue Corridor. They are: Patricia Anderson, Kelly Brazil, Breaking Ice, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, City Food Studio, Loretta Day + TAWU Artists Group, Dylan Fresco, Wing Young Huie, Masa Kawahara, Natasha Pestich, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Eric Reiger (HOTTEA) and Forrest Wozniak, Stephanie L. Rogers, Jenny Schmid, Drew Anderson + Andrea Steudel, StevenBe, Peter Haakon Thompson, Upstream Arts, and Molly Van Avery.

Questions? Contact Mike at

Learn more about Arts on Chicago:

Your handcrafted bowls can make a difference!

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association, in partnership with Nicollet Square* needs unique bowls made by local pottery artists to make our Empty Bowl fundraiser a success. The bowls should hold 2-3 cups and be of food-grade quality.

Donated bowls are filled it with yummy soups made by volunteers in the Kingfield neighborhood. Attendees make a donation and leave with the bowl as a reminder that many of our neighbors are in need of food and housing.

Bowls are needed by February 1st, 2013 Read more

Lyndale Farmstead Park is participating this year in the “Recycle Your Holidays” program with the Recycling Association of MN (RAM. ) We are collecting burnt-out or unwanted holiday lights for recycling. You can find more info at

The program accepts:

  • Electric cords
  • Holiday lights
  • Telephone cords
  • Appliance cords.

*Please do not bring cord adapters or battery packs.

We are accepting these items until the end of January.  Look for the bin in the Lyndale Farmstead lobby.

Friday, November 30 7:30 – 9am Turtle Bread (4762 Chicago Ave)

With the results of this year’s election still fresh, the DFL now has majorities in the Senate and in the House.  And many Minneapolis Legislators have been selected by their peers for significant leadership posts.

Please join Elizabeth in welcoming incoming Speaker of the House Paul Thissen (DFL-63A) and Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate Jeff Hayden (DFL-62) to Early Mornings with Elizabeth on November 30th!  They will discuss the current makeup of the legislature, emerging priorities for the 2013 legislative session, and much more.  This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from our legislative leaders and ask questions!  Free coffee courtesy of Turtle Bread! 8th Ward Office: (612) 673-2208 or

If you’re looking for ideas for wintertime fun in Minneapolis, check out the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Winter-Spring Guide. Now available online and in print in the coming week, the 24-page, full-color guide highlights the park system’s winter amenities and activities. Once winter weather conditions allow, the park system’s winter recreation facilities become available, including ice rinks, ski trails and snowboarding and tubing areas. The guide lists hours for ice rink warming houses, ski chalets, snowboarding and tubing, including extended hours during Minneapolis school release days. The Winter-Spring Guide also includes details about recreation center programs and classes for youth and adults and special winter and spring events in the parks. The guide will be available at MPRB recreation centers, Hennepin County Libraries in Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center in the next week.

For more information on the park system or to request a copy of the guide, visit, call 612-230-6400 or sign up to receive email updates about your favorite winter activities.

Thanks so much to all of the wonderful volunteers who have particpated in the workshops so far!  Just to give you a little perspective, our week has been really crazy, exciting, and busy and our numbers look like this:

  • Total number of people who have helped with the mosaic so far:  176
  • Number who helped on Saturday, Nov 17:  85
  • Number of workshops held the week of November 11: 4

We have workshops scheduled for the dates listed below.  We hope you will join us at either of them.

  • Friday, November 30 8 – 10 pm at King Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis
  • Tuesday, December 11 – 6:30 at King Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis

Enjoy the photos of the completed panels, learn more about the project here, and come help us build the rest of them!





Attached are two of the panels that are close to being completed.  They are just stunning.  Thanks for all of your help and to Sharra Frank for her expertise and vision.


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