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.

Hot off the presses

We put together a guide to the farmers markets around Southwest Minneapolis and greater Minneapolis. Many markets take EBT/SNAP, so check the market websites for details and deals.

Each week, we'll be featuring a new vendor at a local farmers market. Our featured vendor this week is K-Town Macarons. K-Town Macarons makes limited batch, handmade French macarons using only the finest ingredients. Owner and macaron baker, Jolynn Wilkinson, is inspired by Korean macaron culture of using generous fillings and well-balanced flavors that are not overly sweet, yet still grounded in classical French technique. She believes that macarons should taste just as good as they look and should be fun and accessible to all. Visit Jolynn, who grew up in Southwest, this weekend at the Linden Hills Farmers Market.
We attended the Public Works & Infrastructure committee meeting yesterday because the Hennepin Avenue Redesign plan was being discussed and aspects of the design layout were voted on. There was a robust discussion about the new "dynamic lanes" being proposed in lieu of 24/7 bus lanes.

Here's a roundup of what we published this week

A couple months ago, we wrote a piece about the Lowry Hill buyback program, where a group in the neighborhood is paying for additional patrol time from Minneapolis Police officers we checked back in on  to see how the program is going.

After the Minneapolis Public Schools educators strike and subsequent adjustments to the school year calendar, we put together a survey for parents in Minneapolis to find out how they felt about the city's schools. Here are some of the responses.

The Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education's finance committee was supposed to meet on Tuesday of this week to discuss next year's individual school budget allocations. Lucky for you, they postponed the meeting until May 31 so you could read Melissa Whittler's recap of the last week's business meeting.  Melissa reviews the budget constraints going into next school year.

Here's what our daily subscribers dug into this week

We are super stoked that you visited our Voices of Southwest piece from last month, but we really wanted you to link you to this one that features comments about the Soo Line Garden ADA-compliant path.

This Strib piece was a hit--local art collectors are putting a big chunk of their collection on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art soon.

And any news about that Kmart is certainly to draw attention, even if it's a resolution from the city's Community Planning & Economic Development department.

There's excitement about the new building on the Bde Maka Ska pavilion. Construction kicks off May 23. The new building will feature indoor and outdoor dining, restrooms, tons of seating, performance space, and rain gardens.

A reminder that you can order free COVID-19 tests through the USPS.


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.  🤯

Gigi's Cafe's Neighborhood Showcase features live music from very local musicians. Tonight, Ava Levy and Theodore Bischoff-Weyandt perform.

The World Jubilee Market sale runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The World Jubilee Market is a volunteer run organization that began in 1979. You can read more about the market on our website.

The Baakan Museum is hosting Discovery Days: Nature of Color. Learn about science behind our perception of color and its uses in nature. OoooOooOoooo

There is a kid, snack and pet-friendly group bike ride that starts at Smith Triangle Park at 5 p.m. Discussions about the Hennepin redesign are practically guaranteed.  

The Pedaling Pastor, aka Pastor Travis Norvell, celebrating his book, "Church on the Move" at Judson Memorial Baptist Church and Prodigal Pub. There will be singing, an interview with Bill Lindeke, and a Grape-Nuts cookie competition. (Full disclosure: Pastor Travis invited me to play the role of "neighborhood reporter" in which singing is involved)
Primitiva,  a collective of women and non-binary makers, has its grand opening today from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The collective formed to create, connect, and focus on healing, which you can read more about on our website. Thanks to Susan Maas for connecting us to this story. And shout out to Summer of TahaMade/Primitiva, a young woman entrepreneur who we met at the La Doña market this year.