We're putting together a Last Minute Local Gift Guide, and we need your help! Every year, thousands of people (don't lie, we know you're probably one of them) leave their holiday shopping to the last minute. This year, we want to get those people to do that shopping at great local businesses across Southwest.

Have any ideas on stores we should be sure to include in our guide? Reply to this email or text us at 612-204-2887.

The British Arrow Awards have kicked off at the Walker. If you've never been, it's a super fun show featuring some of the best British ads of the past year. Check out the details and buy tickets here.

The Park Board is offering a bunch of great free activities for kids over Winter Break, including photography, beat making, short story theater classes, and how to create YouTube videos. Check out the full list and sign your kids up here.


The Minneapolis School Board is paying students to be part of a citywide student leadership board to help guide changes across the city's schools. (Star Tribune)

How Minneapolis' new Director of Regulatory Services is using her position to help reduce racial disparities across the city.  (MinnPost)

Looking at the unprecedented power that Mayor Frey got over the city's operations when the "strong mayor" system went into effect last week. (Star Tribune)


The Kingfield Neighborhood Association is hosting a community and developer meeting tonight to discuss a new project at 3030 Nicollet which will include 110 units of affordable housing, a rebuilt Wells Fargo bank branch, and a bunch of community amenities. Sign up to attend here.

Fun holiday light activities going on across the city this week. Kingfield is hosting a neighborhood lights walk from 5-7 tonight and every Monday. Armatage is hosting a holiday light tour on Friday - Sunday of this week. If you live in the neighborhood and want to show off your lights, sign up by tomorrow.


The Zacc Harris residency is happening tonight at Icehouse.

The Granada Theater is hosting yoga under their starry ceiling tonight at 5 PM.

The Blaisdell YMCA hosts an English - Spanish conversation group every Saturday morning for people who are trying to learn either language.