Welcome to our weekly newsletter. On Fridays, we share things we've published, popular links from our daily newsletter, and a curation of stuff to do over the weekend.

First off, check out Minneapolis's hottest new track and music video, "Don't Miss The Bus," which encourages you to opt-in to the school bus system by the deadline on Monday!

Hot off the presses

We kept a close eye on the nomination process for the city coordinator position this week and reported on the City Council's delay to vote on Heather Johnston's nomination after what Councilmember Elliott Payne called an "unprecedented" public hearing from city staff.  

A reader submitted this op-ed about their thoughts and feelings on the two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. Thanks, Eddie, for sharing your voice with us.

Farmers market vendor spotlight

This week we are featuring Perfectly Imperfect Baking. Jennifer Gabrysiak Van Reese will be selling at the Linden Hills Farmers Market:

"I have been baking for friends and family since I was about 7 years old.  I have always loved to bake and used it for relaxation.  While many people began baking more during Covid, my baking really slowed down as I was not going into the office or meeting with friends who I usually would bring treats for. I still work full time, but this is a great way for me to unwind at the end of the day.

I am really looking forward to selling at the Linden Hills Farmers Market.  One of the most popular items has been the homemade "Twix" bars. [editor's note: Charlie ate these and they changed his life] They are made from shortbread crust and topped with homemade caramel and chocolate. The bars are finished with just a touch of salt to balance out the sweetness.

Another fan favorite are the lemon bars, with the shortbread crust. Having friends who have dietary restrictions, whether it was a gluten allergy or someone following a Keto diet inspired me to try some Keto versions of some of my treats. I also will be bringing a variety of muffins and scones."

Here's a roundup of what we published this week

We stumbled across the Uptown Urban Outfitters' closing date last weekend. Did you know that store was the tenth Urban Outfitters to open in the United States? The State Street flagship store in Madison, Wisconsin was its seventh. Now they have over 500!

We wrote about the city's Planning Commission approving some development plans that are in Southwest, including the 7 Points apartment complex.

Melissa Whitler live-tweeted the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting. An article will be up soon, too.

Here's what our daily subscribers dug into this week

Looks like I am not the only one who has had their plants uprooted by the cute little buns. Check out these deterrents for bunnies.

Check out the Star Tribune's restaurant critic review of Petite León.

A lot of people were seeking out more information about the Cedar Lake Parkway closure that will allow a tunnel to be built for the Metro Green Line Extension.

The history behind the post-World War II-era metal houses is pretty cool. Thanks, Racket.

We thought you'd be excited about the Music and Movies in the Parks schedules that are online now!


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Our events calendar is filled with unique events happening around town. You can submit events to be added to our calendar here. If you subscribe to the calendar, the events go straight to your personal calendar. Or you can add just the events you like.  

The first annual Caterwaul festival will be in Minneapolis this weekend, specifically at Palmer's and Mortimer's. The festival features underground/noise/divergent bands, so earplugs are suggested (by me). Send this info to all your death metal friends, as if they don't already know about it.

There will be music played by David Harland outside of the Harriet Brasserie tonight.

The Lake Harriet Spiritual Center is hosting a drum night in its sanctuary tonight. It's $10 for the energy exchange.

It is 100% dancehall reggae tonight at Pimento's Rum Bar.

City wading pools and splash pads open today. Check the map to make sure they are open. If the pool is on a school site, it won't open until June 25.

The National Council of Jewish Women Minnesota is celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day by lighting up the 35-W bridge in RED tonight.

There are many farmers markets open this weekend. Check out our guide for specific times and locations.

In the afternoon there is an adaptive cycling hangout! You can try out adaptive cycling equipment, hand cycles and adapted recumbent bikes, and socialize with other people who use adaptive bikes.

From 1-7 p.m. today, there will be a free festival and concert at George Floyd Square to commemorate Floyd's second "angelversary."

COPAL, a grassroots organization that seeks to impact the quality of life for Minnesotan Latinos, is hosting its monthly Know Your Rights training at 10 a.m.

There's a late night show at Driftwood Char Bar featuring Señor Blues and Larry Sahagian.

Take a rest after the socializing bonanza that was Friday and Saturday

The Music in the Parks Kick-Off event starts at 5 p.m. at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.