December E-news

December 2021 E-News

We Wish Everyone Good Health This Holiday Season!

EPNI December Calendar

There are no calendar events this month, join us in January as we celebrate the New Year!

Staff Changes at EPNI

As November transitions to colder weather, it also brings changes to Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc. Executive Director Vanessa Haight has transitioned to a new role outside of the organization after successfully serving the neighborhood for the past four years. As EPNI faces discussions about the future of the organization, we look back with gratitude for the time Vanessa gave and her commitment to building community vitality. The community was invited to a send-off celebration on November 15th and neighbors came out to share their thanks for the work she has done.

In the transition, the Board of Directors voted to offer a position as Interim Administrator to Becca Thomas. Becca has been a resident of the neighborhood for eight years and has previously served the organization as Community Outreach Coordinator from 2016-2018 and as a board member since 2019. Becca stepped down from her role as board vice president to accept the position and is excited to continue her work with the organization in a new role.

Missed the November BLUH meeting?

At the November Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting, Jordan Robertson, NCU's Executive Director of Operations, introduced the newly proposed building concept replacing the parking ramp across from the chapel entrance. This proposal includes a student union and biology classrooms. We also heard from Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's Shereese Turner (Chief Program Officer) and Cathy Lawrence (Chief Development Officer) about Habitat’s new vision and plan to address the Twin Cities' racial gap in homeownership.

Want to learn more? Check out the November's meeting recording

And please note: BLUH won't meet this month. See you next year!

Update from our beloved Band Box Diner!

Your contributions have gone along way for Brad & Heather, owners of the diner. They have been able to install a new security system, lighting and new doors. They have completed all the plumbing repairs and are starting to replace the drywall that had to be removed to reach all the pipes. The biggest news is that they have installed a secure to-go window which they thought was going to be their biggest hurdle. Unfortunately, as of now they have a broken HVAC unit. Brad is doing research to try and get their current unit fixed. As with many things these days, the part they need is sitting in a shipping container, waiting to make it to transport then shipping from port to port.

Heather's health is on the mend, she is no longer undergoing chemo or radiation treatments and is feeling better day by day! The support of the community that surrounds them is amazing, without all of your help none of this would be possible.

Photo credit: Anthony Souffle Star Tribune

Gamut Gallery's 10th Annual Holiday Market Opens this December!

Elliot Park's Gamut Gallery is bursting at the seams with over 50 MN Artists, helping you answer that age old question: What do you get the person that has everything? Art of course!!

Since the inception of Raging Art On in 2011, they have hand selected the artists, but leave the rest up to them! In doing so, they choose their “best of the best” artworks spanning all sizes & price points creating the full #Gamut of work. This season, we invite you to spread the word about Gamut Gallery’s Raging Art On: THE PLACE in the Twin Cities for all to find the most unique and fitting items to wrap-up and send along to your friends and family near and far. Learn more at:

• December 2nd – December 4th
• December 8th – December 11th
• December 15th – December 18th
• December 22nd - Last day to purchase in person

December 2nd – January 10th
• Selected works online
• Shop artworks at

MPLS Downtown Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is here, and we look forward to enjoying the holidays with you here in mpls downtown. Below is a look at some of the upcoming events and experiences coming up, including Holidazzle moments beginning this Friday with the Yeti illuminated art exhibit in Peavey Plaza. Tis the season for fun and festive events in our city's core. We invite you to celebrate the season with us featuring the below festivities. Plus, follow along on the mpls downtown holiday guide page for ideas on things to do.

Holidazzle moments include Yeti at Peavey Plaza, Santa Zooms + Festivities in Loring Park

Enjoy Holidazzle moments in Loring Park and throughout mpls downtown this holiday season! Head down to Peavey Plaza now through December 3 and grab a photo with the Holidazzle Yeti, a 17-foot, 340-pound illuminated art installation.

Holidazzle is offering free virtual opportunities to visit Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 11. Sign up and select your time to meet with Santa by visiting

Then, head to Loring Park on December 17-19 (Friday, Dec. 17 – 5-9 pm; Saturday, Dec. 18 – 2-9 pm; Sunday, Dec. 19 – 11 am-5 pm). This year’s Loring Park festivities will include fun-for-the-whole-family experiences including seasonal entertainment, Santa, local foods and beverages, shopping from local small businesses, and amusement rides (Ferris Wheel, carousel and giant slide). Plus, Friday and Saturday will feature festive fireworks at 7 pm. The full schedule and listing of 30+ local vendors, visit Plus, learn more about Holidazzle volunteer opportunities. Follow along on social media for more information and use #Holidazzle to share your experiences. 

Visit The Departments at Dayton’s

The Dayton’s Project is newly reopened and ready to host you for the holidays. Enjoy holiday window displays, special musical performances, and holiday shopping in at The Department at Dayton’s which showcases a diverse array of vendors from across the state that have gathered to bring unique craftsmanship and talent to The Departments at Dayton’s, adding a spark of magic into Minneapolis and The Dayton’s Project. Experience the magic of this seasonal makers market inside the Dayton’s Project Monday-Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm and Sundays from 12 pm – 5 pm.

Shop local at Chameleon Shoppes on Nicollet

The Chameleon Consortium is a private-public group dedicated to the experiential and economic vitality of downtown Minneapolis. Their purpose is to create vibrant downtown experiences by transforming empty retail spaces into equity opportunities for BIPOC- and women-owned businesses. Make sure to fit in shopping at each Chameleon Shoppes vendor this holiday season including Coconut Whisk CafeUniquely Global, and Sistah Co-Op featuring SJC Body Love and TiAngy designs – all located in downtown Minneapolis.

COVID Booster Shots Now Available!

You may be eligible for a booster shot. Providers can now offer booster shots to Minnesotans who are eligible, and who previously received any of the three authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson).

Who is eligible?

All Minnesotans age 18 and older are recommended to get a booster shot. The timing of your booster shot depends on the vaccine you received for your initial vaccine series. 

If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

All Minnesotans age 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster shot at least 2 months after their single dose.

If you got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine:

All Minnesotans age 18 and older who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should get a booster shot at least 6 months after their primary series of vaccine. For most people, the primary series is two doses of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, but people with certain immunocompromising conditions are recommended to get a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as part of their primary series.

Learn more at CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People.

If you are eligible to get a booster shot, refer to Find Vaccine Locations.

Talk to your health care provider about your risk, the need for a booster dose, and any questions about mixing and matching doses. For more information, see MDH: Booster shots.


Reimagining Hennepin Healthcare

Phase 2: Creating Together. During this phase, Hennepin Healthcare is analyzing what the community shared with them throughout the engagement process and evaluating the broader healthcare landscape and social influencers of health in Hennepin County.    

Hennepin Healthcare is doing this because they want to combine the lived experience that our community described to use in the engagement process, with other economic, social and health information that can help them build a complete picture of how to advance health equity and improve Hennepin Healthcare. For example, if the community says, “we want more services that help our young people,” it is important for them to analyze what the rest of the community is investing and planning around that topic to identify gaps and opportunities. 

Postcard Project: Hennepin Healthcare wants to continue to hear from our community throughout this project and have created beautiful, pre-stamped postcards that ask thought-provoking questions about our healthcare system and prompt an artistic point of view: images you can draw and thoughts you can illustrate, as you see fit. They will be collecting these and incorporating them into ther planning process. Learn how to download and submit a postcard.

Expert and Artist Design Team: Throughout the remainder of the planning process, they are also collaborating with a team of healthcare experts, community leaders and artists. This team will help identify and amplify our community's needs, as well as develop highly creative and future-oriented possibilities for Hennepin Healthcare. Learn more about this dynamic team that we are fortunate to work with.

Insights Report: Imagine Deliver (a local, woman- and Muslim-owned design firm that led the community engagement work) has created an Insights Report of all information gathered from Phase 1: Learning Together. We will share key learnings from the Insights Report with you in December.

Future Focus: Hennepin Healthcare's team will analyze the insights gathered from the community engagement, as well as quantitative insights about healthcare and social influencers of health in Hennepin County, our state and region. This information will be used to build a comprehensive healthcare strategy that directly honors and responds to the true needs of our community by March 2022.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board seeks applicants for Advisory Committees

Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021.  Following submission, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and describing the general process for appointment. Appointments for open positions will be made at the January 4, 2021 meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. For a full description of each committee and to complete the application please visit:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking applications for community appointments to five ongoing Advisory Boards and Committees:

  1. Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board – One (1) Opening

  2. Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission – Five (5) Openings

  3. Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee – Three (3) Openings

  4. Racial Equity Advisory Committee – One (1) Opening

  5. Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council – One (1) Opening

Use the application linked below to apply for any of the above openings: 
Board Appointments Online Application

You may also download an application from the MPRB Committee Appointments page or call MPRB Customer Service at 612-230-6400 to request an application, fill it out and submit it via email or mail:

  1. Email to [email protected] 

  2. Mail to Board Secretary; Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; 2117 West River Road North; Minneapolis MN 55417

Service commitment may vary based upon needs, expectations and policy goals. However, most committee members can expect to approximately 10-15 hours of work per month.

Terms for the appointments for the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board and Minneapolis Tree Advisory are one-year and there are no term limits. Terms for the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, Racial Equity Advisory Committee and Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council are two-years and some term limits may apply.

Some Boards/Commissions have a need for specialized skills, but most people will find a Board or Commission that is a great fit for their knowledge base. Public members of Board and Commissions are people who may not have regular, ongoing experience in a specific topic area, but have a general interest in a Board or Commission’s work area. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about an area of interest and contribute a fresh and unique perspective. 

Applicants with questions about the appointments process should email their questions to [email protected].

Use the link below to sign up for email notifications for advisory committee opportunities:
Committee and Advisory Board Appointments Email Subscription

Community Connections Conference

The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that connects residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government. The 2022 conference is planned for February 12. 

The conference will be held in the Minneapolis Convention Center, lower level, Hall A, and will follow any necessary safety protocols related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 to make the conference a safe and welcoming place.

This year's conference theme is "forward together." This theme welcomes all communities to reconnect with the City and get involved in moving Minneapolis forward.

Opportunities to get involved as a workshop presenter, exhibitor or volunteer will be announced during fall and winter 2021.

Conference goals

We host this conference so that:

  1. Residents, community groups, neighborhood organizations, City of Minneapolis departments and decision-makers can connect.

  2. All communities feel welcome to get involved in local decision-making.

  3. Residents learn about programs and policies that affect them.

Learn more today: Community Connections Conference

Minneapolis City Council Agenda Meeting

Mark your calendars this month, join two online public hearings about 2022 city budget and tax levy, the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Plan, and the proposed water and sewer rates. the two hearing times are listed below. Featuring Council Members Lisa Bender (President), Andrea Jenkins (Vice-President), Andrew Johnson (Majority Leader), Cam Gordon (Minority Leader), Kevin Reich, Steve Fletcher, Phillipe Cunningham, Jeremiah Ellison, Jamal Osman, Lisa Goodman, Alondra Cano, Jeremy Schroeder, and Linea Palmisano
• 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1

• 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8

You can also submit comments online at the City’s website. Comments submitted online will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members.

Watch the meeting on:

  1. Comcast Channel 14 or 799

  2. City Council TV

  3. City's YouTube channel