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January 2012  

Thru Jan. 30

A Century of Quilts" on display in Hennepin Gallery

“A Century of Quilts” will be on display in the Hennepin Gallery from now until January 30. The exhibit provides a look at historic Hennepin County quilts from the Hennepin History Museum’s Permanent Collection. The quilts, designed and created by Hennepin County residents from 1860-1960, include a blue ribbon winner from the Minnesota State Fair. Designs include log cabins, sunbursts, optic blocks, applique, pieced and crazy quilts. Fabrics and fibers used include feathers, silk, velvet, gingham, taffeta, satin and wool. The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A Level, 300 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis.

Jan. 5, 19

Washburn A Mill Tour

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building 1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 5 and 19. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online: Mill City Museum is located at 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis.

Thru Jan. 12

5th annual Dimensions of Indigenous exhibit

Dimensions of Indigenous hosted by Discover This! In partnership with Intermedia Arts is a multi-disciplinary all nations visual art exhibit showcasing Indigenous artists whose work demonstrates involvement in and knowledge of decolonization, building cultural identity and resisting further colonization of any kind. In recognition of the end of the Mayan long count cycle in 2012, the 5th annual Dimensions of Indigenous exhibit will feature works that explore the theme of Time. Curated by Rebekah Crisanta. Exhibition Run: November 28, 2012 - January 12, 2013 at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55408. Gallery Hours: 10-6PM, Monday - Friday; 12-5PM, Saturday, $3 suggested donation."



Diversity & Inclusion Networking Lunches

12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
2021 E Hennepin Avenue Suite 407, Minneapolis



If you are interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion in nonprofit work, you are invited to join MCN and Charities Review Council for this free, informal discussion and information sharing group.

Each month a topic is identified around which the majority of the discussion will revolve. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, examples and insights related to the topic of the session. In addition to the featured topic discussion, each session will include time to network and ask questions. This network is free and no RSVP is necessary. You are invited to bring your lunch, business cards and ideas. If you have any questions about the Diversity and Inclusion Networking Lunches, please contact Lauren Van Schepen, MCN’s nonprofit services assistant, at 651-757-3088 or



23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Location: MPLS Convention Center

Keynote: Marian Wright Edelman

7:30 a.m.


Sponsored by the General Mills Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. Tickets first come, first served. Tickets $30. For information, visit

The Breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of service of Dr. King and create an imperative to live out his legacy today in our homes, our communities and our world.


This year's keynote speaker is Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund. Edelman has advocated for disadvantaged Americans her entire professional life and is in a unique position to inspire the audience to action with this year’s theme: Education – The Fierce Urgency of Now.


Please join us for this very special community celebration!




Honoring Women Worldwide
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Leading from Your Heart in Tough Economic Times
Location: 3M
Contact: preeti@honoringwomenworldwidew

Click here to view this event and register at.




  Housing Empowerment Expo

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is holding its annual Housing Empowerment Expo at Shiloh Temple Church from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, January 26. This event is free. Families can get information on how to buy and own a Habitat home for less than renting. There will also be information on how to get free help making home repairs. Plus learn about free help from Habitat on saving your home from foreclosure. Shiloh Temple Church is located at 1201 West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis, 55411. This event is open to everyone. No need to register, just show up. Get information about Twin Cities Habitat online at<> or by calling 612-331-4090.


Places of Interest


The Japanese Garden


Normandale Community College

9700 France Avenue South

Bloomington , Minnesota .

Normandale Community College 's Japanese Garden is a two-acre oasis on its campus in Bloomington , Minnesota . The beauty and serenity of the garden make it ideal for contemplation and renewal of the spirit.

The garden is open year-round at no charge, except when reserved for special events. We ask that children under 12 not visit the garden without supervision. A self-guided tour brochure is available inside the square shelter located in the garden. Please call 952-487-8145 to leave a message for the garden committee and receive more information. If you are not able to visit the garden, our online tour describes the landscaping and architectural features.

The Garden is maintained jointly by the College and the Japanese Garden Committee. The Normandale Community College Foundation acts as the fiduciary agent. This partnership ensures the future of the garden through maintenance, memberships, special gifts, and donations. We invite you to enter our garden through the gallery and then explore the website to learn more about the garden's features and history.




Wind Whisper West Kimono Gallery


128 Main Street W.

Wabasha , MN 55981

Phone: (651) 565-2002

WHEN FASHION BECAME ART A stunning collection of 2,200 Japanese wedding kimonos. Only Japanese textile gallery of its kind. All kimono are for sale.




Polish Cultural Institute


102 Liberty

Winona , MN 55987


Phone- (507) 454-3431 Business 1(507) 452-5570 Fax

The Polish Museum features a repository of Polish culture, family heirlooms, religious articles, books, parish records and other treasures. The building is the historic Laird, Norton Lumber Co building.





Cookie Cart


The Cookie Cart couples real life experiences in business entrepreneurship, leadership training, academic skill building, and cultural enrichment, with the guidance of successful adult role models and mentors. Through this model, youth gain an understanding that the life choices they make today can help lead them to successful, productive futures.

The Cookie Cart has been serving North Minneapolis youth since 1988. We operate through the support of, and in partnership with, the business community, the Minneapolis School District , foundations, faith-based communities, area nonprofits, neighborhood families, and a strong volunteer network. By integrating and leveraging resources from throughout the Twin Cities community, our youth development programming represents a proven resource for positive change in North Minneapolis .

Check Website for order form and places they will be selling cookies.

The Cookie Cart

1119 West Broadway

Minneapolis , MN 55411


612.521.9293 fax

Retail Store Hours: 9-5 Monday – Friday




Hmong Elder Program 

Every Monday9:30 a.m.-noon

First Lutheran Church  

463 North Maria Avenue  

St. Paul , MN 55106

Audience: Hmong elderly

Description: Every Monday morning, Hmong elders meet to socialize, exercise, learn about health issues, and share a culturally appropriate meal. Transportation is provided.

Contact: Jennifer Schneider 651-293-1261




Cambodian Elder Program 

Every Thursday10 a.m.-noon

Christ Lutheran Church gathering space –

Southeast Asian Ministry (SeAM)

105 W. University Avenue  

St. Paul , MN 55103

Audience: Elders of the Cambodian community 

Description: Every Thursday morning, Cambodian elders gather to socialize, exercise, learn about relevant health issues, and share a culturally appropriate meal. Transportation is provided.

Contact:Jennifer Schneider 651-293-1261

Programs that can be Booked



Breaking Ice


Every organization wrestles with communication – often based on misunderstanding or cultural differences. And we all know how it can impede organizations from moving forward.

Breaking Ice is a customized professional theatre experience created for organizations and businesses that need help with difficult issues both interpersonal and institutional.

Our professional staff develops a dynamic theatrical performance that encompasses the issues with which your organization struggles. Imagine what happens when the same discussions and dialogues straight from your workplace are illuminated by actors in a theatrical setting. It's a powerful, dramatic way to step back and get a fresh perspective while gaining a more intimate understanding of how individuals relate to each other. Following the performance, Breaking Ice facilitators lead participants in discussions designed to foster better understanding and communication.

Explore the tough stuff together – more than 200 organizations have since Breaking Ice began in 1996.

We welcome the chance to meet with you and discuss how we can develop a program for your organization. Call us at 612-825-0459.

Click here for more information.




Building Bridges – Teaching about the Hmong in our Communities Program


A Building Bridges presentation may be booked for a fee. Call 651-917-9937 or e-mail to book a presentation.

The Building Bridges Program curriculum is flexible and is adapted to meet the needs, questions and interests of groups. Presentations may range from 1-2 hours with considerable opportunity for participants to ask questions The following is a list of topics included in the program curriculum:

·         Hmong Population Around the World

·         Hmong History and the Hmong Role in the CIA's Secret War in Laos ,

·         The Hmong Refugee Movement to the U.S. 1975-Early 1990s

·         Hmong Refugees in Wat Thamkrabok Buddhist Temple in Thailand 1992-2004

·         Characteristics of Hmong Refugees from Wat Thamkrabok and How they differ from earlier groups of Hmong refugees who came to Minnesota

·         Hmong-American Population and Demographics

·         Diversity in the Hmong Minnesota Community

·         Hmong Clans

·         Traditional Hmong Religion and Shamanism

·         Traditional Hmong Beliefs about Health and Medicine

·         Hmong Marriages and Funerals

·         The Hmong Language

·         Cultural Etiquette and Communication Strategies for Service Providers who work with Hmong refugees.

·         The Building Bridges program Curriculum is accompanied by a set of educational handouts.

Ongoing Events



West African Movement with Whitney McClusky

Wednesdays - 7:00-8:30pm

Hennepin center for the Arts

528 Hennepin Ave.

Minneapolis , MN 55403

Zenon School of Dance (4th Floor)

Cost: $12.00

A thorough and invigorating workout which incorporates traditional West African dance movement with contemporary and traditional music. This class offers a variety of dynamics and all levels are welcomed. Choreography is broken down to accommodate new dancers and the pace is heightened for those wanting more challenge. It is a friendly and inviting environment to experience a new dance form.





Tuesdays 5:30–7:00pm

Patrick's Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave. S.

Minneapolis , MN

$17 Drop in rate

$150 10 class card

$5 Drum rental

Learn traditional rhythms from Guinea West Africa. This is an open level class that will teach beginners basic technique and foundations of hand drumming while offering experienced drummers the opportunity to broaden their repertoire and learn challenging accompaniment.






ADC's Fine Art Gallery Exhibition

African Development Center

1931 South 5th Street

Minneapolis , MN 55454


The African Development Center Fine Art Gallery showcases African-influenced art from local and international artists. We feature innovative and on-of-a-kind art pieces that are inspired by the plethora of dynamic cultures steaming from the global African Diaspora. Whether you are in search of domestic or commercial-sized productions, the ADC gallery has quality art for every space you would like to further define and illuminate. We offer flexible options for purchasing art including, payment plans, leasing, and consignments.

Current Exhibition: Afro-UniversalLaunching the official ADC Fine Art gallery with a mixed show of Contemporary Fine Art from Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia, Brazil, and AmericaRegular Operating Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The ADC provides your guide to financial success in America , and our new art gallery reflects another dimension to promoting your financial success. Purchasing original art does not only appeal to aesthetic and cultural preferences, but is also a sound financial investment! We embrace a holistic promotional approach that entails extensive research and networking efforts to display artists’ works in traditional and non-traditional spaces. These spaces include world-class museums, galleries, universities, business centers and so forth. Our holistic promotional approach ensures that art you acquire from the ADC gallery gains value overtime.




Asian Women’s Reading/Discussion Group: 1st Wednesday, 7-9 pm

Facilitator: Saychay Thor

The Asian Women’s Reading and Discussion gropu’s goal is to bring a diverse group of adult Asian women together for the purpose of promoting cutting-edge dialogue and reading in Asian women who are out of the usual environments that would expose them to or encourage personal reading and “outside the box” thinking. Each month, a specific topic will be chosen to encourage open dynamic discussion within this group. Participants will be asked to choose a reading of their choice about the topic to share. Talking points will be distributed ahead of time to help facilitate the discussion surrounding opinions, issues, historical facts, etc. related to the topic of the month.

The Loft Literary Center      

1011 Washington Avenue South , Minneapolis , MN 55415




Finote Tibeb Literary Group - 1st Sunday, 2 – 5 pm

Facilitator: Dawit Worku Asefour

Finote Tibeb Literary Art Center is an Ethiopian Art Center established to promote and nurture the Ethiopian art, theater, music and literature for Ethiopians and the community at large.

The Loft Literary Center      

1011 Washington Avenue South , Minneapolis , MN 55415




GLBTQ Writers Group 3rd Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm

Facilitators: Shannon McCarville & Lucas Schulze

The group is open to gay/lesbian/bisexual/queer/trans folks of all ages, experience levels, and writing genres. You are not obligated to write anything or share any of your work if you are not ready, willing, or prepared to do so. The atmosphere is very supportive, friendly, and comfortable.

The Loft Literary Center      

1011 Washington Avenue South , Minneapolis , MN 55415




Basics of Somali Language Group


Open Book


1st and 3rd Fridays, 5:30 – 7:30pmFacilitator: Anwar Diiriye

The Loft Literary Center      

1011 Washington Avenue South , Minneapolis , MN 55415

This group brings together Somali men and women of diverse backgrounds for the purpose of promoting Somali culture, language and literature. Call to Register:  612-215-2585.




Paisano Scribes Latino/Hispanic Group - 1st Monday, 6 – 8 pm

Facilitators: Vanessa Ramos & Shira Naharit

Paisano Scribes seeks to create a bias free community for all Latino/Hispanic Writers of MN, a space in which to dialogue and discuss creative work or issues affecting Latinos. This group will create an environment for writers of all to levels to experiment, receive feedback, experience cultural solidarity as well as promote the presence of Latinos in the writing community.

The Loft Literary Center      

1011 Washington Avenue South , Minneapolis , MN 55415




HRP-MN Diversity Discussion Group

Diversity discussion group that meets the second Friday of each month, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Attendees discuss diversity-related topics, questions, suggestions, and resources. Sponsored by HRP-MN and ASTD-TCC. Free and open to the public. Location: Black Bear Crossings coffee house, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy , St. Paul (at the Pavilion on Como Lake ). Contact Lila Kelly at 651-983-4489 or




Intercultural Communication Special Interest Group (SIG)

Sponsored by the American Society for Training and Development - Twin Cities Chapter.  Free and open to the public. Contact: Steve Theobald (612) 823-8710 for more information.






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