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“The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919” on display in Hennepin Gallery April 3 through May 30
Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours (les américains à tours): 1917-1919,” an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I that will be on display in the Hennepin Gallery at the Hennepin County Government Center.

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“Origami in the Garden” features monumental origami-inspired sculptures, artwork at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
40 bronze, aluminum or steel sculptures outdoors in 25 displays placed throughout the gardens near the Oswald Visitor Center; represented are cranes, bison, horses, butterflies and more outdoors. Indoors in Reedy Gallery, an art exhibit, “Inside Out,” 24 pieces including six unfolding wall hangings, six cast maquettes, 6 origami paper models and 6 crease pattern wall hangings.

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Wood Lake Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration
Date: 04/22/2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Wood Lake Nature Center
6710 Lake Shore Drive
Richfield, Minnesota 55423

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Be Careful with That Lettuce: Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce
Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region. Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of several weeks, and contaminated lettuce could still be in homes, stores, and restaurants.
Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown.

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Technology-Based Resources Support School Nutrition Programs, Enhance Customer Service to States
In today’s school cafeterias, program operators work in fast-paced environments requiring quick and convenient access to resources to properly feed our nation’s children and effectively manage their programs. To meet this crucial need, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released several exciting technology-based resources and tools to help them do just that.

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Homegrown Minneapolis Food Policy Forum
Wednesday, May 23rd | 4:30 – 8:00 pm

4:30 – 5:30 pm Registration, reception and light bites from Minneapolis Public School Catering and Breaking Bread Café.

5:30 – 8:00 pm Dynamic program will include welcome remarks from Mayor Frey, Homegrown Highlights, performances by the Appetite for Change youth including their viral song “Grow Food” and panel discussions about food system priorities with community representatives, City of Minneapolis policymakers and staff, and the Public Health Law Center.

Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

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Whittier Clothing Mend, Swap, Donate, Recycle.
Saturday, May 19, 1 PM – 4 PM. The Black Forest Inn, 1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404. Free & open to the public. Suggested donation – $2-$5. Hosted by the Black Forest Inn and Whittier Alliance. Bring your old, damaged, and unwanted clothing, sheets and other textiles! Students from Whittier’s own Learning In Style School will be on hand to mend your damaged textiles on spot. Donated items will go to Learning in Style’s Clothes Closet, a free store for community members in need of clothing and household items.

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Join Minnesota GreenCorps!
Minnesota GreenCorps, an AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is looking for motivated, enthusiastic, service-minded individuals to improve the environment and strengthen communities throughout Minnesota.

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Opening Celebration of the Northeast Minneapolis Municipal Iris Gardens Sunday, May 20
The Northeast Minneapolis Municipal Iris Gardens, which were planted last summer at Columbia Park by the Iris Society of Minnesota in cooperation with the Minneapolis Park Board, will have its first bloom season this spring. A juried Iris Show and Mayoral ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 12-4 p.m. at 3300 Central Avenue NE.
Cake donated by Lund’s will be served, and there will be an iris coloring station set up for artists of all ages!

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38th Annual July 4th Hmong Freedom Festival
United Hmong Family, Inc. invites you to join the Hmong community in celebrating culture, food, and sports at the July 4th Freedom Festival!
Admission: $7/person
*42 inches and under, 65+ w/ ID = Free
*Re-entry available, but must have re-entry stamp!
*Free admission after 6pm both days, gates will close at 7pm on Saturday.

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Are you ready to embrace the cultural diversities of the surrounding community?
The HmongTown Festival is bringing you one of the biggest cultural events of the year. Come expose your friends, family, and loved ones to delicious and authentic food, learn about heritages, cultures, and values. The HmongTown Festival strategic goal is to bring the community closer together by sharing cultural values.

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Annual Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Wacipi weekend, August 17-19, 2018, in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Wacipi, or Pow Wow, is a great place to experience Native American culture through traditional music, dancing, authentic foods, and beautiful crafts.
Native American dancers from across the country will provide a sneak peek into Wacipi weekend during the SMSC’s annual Wacipi Exhibition on August 16. The dancing will continue into the weekend at the SMSC Wacipi Grounds in Shakopee.

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EPA Proposes Rollback of Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Standards
On April 13, 2018, EPA formally announced it plans to re-evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles. Minnesota opposes the rollback of these standards and has joined other states in suing to block EPA’s action. Check out this Minnesota Public Radio story for more.

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Greenway Glow Call for Artists
The Midtown Greenway Coalition announces a call for proposals for the Greenway Glow 2018, to be held July 28th in locations in and along the Midtown Greenway. The Greenway Glow is an illuminated nighttime bike ride, 5k walk/run and arts festival on the Midtown Greenway.
You are invited to propose a project or performance that is sited/performed along the Midtown Greenway, a 5.5 mile long corridor for non-motorized vehicles between the Mississippi and Chain of Lakes. The project/performance should be prepared to engage a broad public audience.


2017-18 Statewide District Bicycle Plans
The Minnesota Department of Transportation Statewide Bicycle System Plan (adopted in 2016) set an ambitious vision and goals to improve safety, convenience and comfort for local, regional, and statewide bicycle trips in Minnesota. To help reach these goals, the Statewide Bicycle System Plan will improve coordination and planning to better integrate regional and local bicycling needs into MnDOT project delivery.

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Summer Student Pass – ride all summer long for $29
Students at participating high schools can get a summer’s worth of rides on buses and light rail for just $29 with the Summer Student Pass! From June 1 through Sept. 4, students can get unlimited rides on buses and trains up to a $3.25 fare (for fares higher than that amount, like some Northstar trips, just add stored value to your pass). Passes are valid between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

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I-35W construction – Ride it out with us!
Know how to navigate your way to, through and from downtown during the ongoing I-35W construction project. Minimize your stress by letting Metro Transit get you downtown and back on bus or the METRO Blue Line. Many routes will have transit advantages, making the move from your car to a bus or train an easy decision!
There will be enhanced service added to routes 133, 135, 146, 156, 467, 535, 552, 553, 554, 558 and 578. Service levels in the corridor will increase by 40% for affected routes; with standby buses and new trips added during morning and evening rush hours.

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Bus-only lanes tested in Uptown May 15-17
Metro Transit, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, is exploring bus-only lanes on Hennepin Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Uptown Transit Station. The purpose of the pilot is to explore how peak hour bus only lanes impact transit reliability, travel times, transit rider experience and motor vehicle travel times.
Hennepin Avenue has among the best transit service availability and use in the Twin Cities with over 400 bus trip and 3,300 customers using the corridor on each weekday; however, it is also one of the slowest corridors in the region with speeds regularly slowing to 6 mph during rush hour.

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