Welcome to our weekly newsletter. On Fridays we share things we've published and things to do for the weekend.

Here's a roundup of what we published this week

Melissa Whitler wrote an explanatory piece about the MPS Comprehensive District Design. As we've talked to MPS teachers, ESPs and parents this year, the CDD has been brought up many times. We wanted to give you an overview of what the CDD is so you can be as informed as possible when reading about MPS. Complex enough for an entire article? You betcha.
Melissa also attended the public, but not-livestreamed, MPS Board of Education finance committee meeting on Wednesday.  The detailed costs of the collective bargaining agreements with the MFT 59 teachers and ESPs were revealed at the meeting, as she writes in an article posted this morning.
Eric Ortiz, president of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association, submitted an article about the importance of finding peace, together as neighbors.
Looking for a cozy spot to warm up this weekend? I'd suggest visiting Third Space Cafe, a whimsical cafe in LynLake. I wrote up a piece about the all-grrrl team that brings yummy food and innovative drinks to Lyndale Avenue S.

Here's what our daily subscribers dug into this week

Our daily readers read our own stories at a much higher rate than any of the witty link attempts this week. Aww, shucks.

When not reading SW Voices a lot of people checked out Broders' Cucina Italiana online announcement about its building fire. The Strib's opening/reopening article explained that the reopening of Broders' Cucina Italiana sadly doesn't include its pizza oven.
Speaking of food, readers also dug the Strib's 40 iconic dishes. There are a lot of Southwest Minneapolis eateries embedded in the list. Yum.
Keep sending around the college advice compiled by Libby Kramer of Southwest High School student-led newspaper The Navigator.
We also liked to see the success of our favorite Minneapolis Park and Rec food vendors. Ok, who else just learned that amazing Indigenous-run Owamni was in a Park Board building?


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 Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary opens today for the season.

Join me at Mortimer's for a night of pop-punk with Bad Cop/Bad Cop (on NOFX's Fat Wreck Chords, no big deal). FYI, the show starts un-punkly early.

It's the Uptown Diner takeover of Hennepin Avenue S. with its newest business. The Uptown Cafe, in the old North Face location, is having it grand opening celebration, including a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m.

I guess it's not out-of-season to announce the last Neighborhood Roots Outdoor Winter Market is today.

Head over to St. Paul and hop on the bunny train!

It's group bike ride season! A group ride is reforming every third Saturday at Smith Triangle Park. Bundle up this time.

Abdi (of Urban Skillet article fame), and I were excitedly chatting about this one: The new NA cocktail bar, Marigold, is holding a pop-up event at its new 35th and Nicollet Ave. S. location. The storefront is wrapped in bright colors, so you can't miss it.

Blackout Improv and Latins on Ice are performing their all-black and Latin X show, JOY, tonight at HUGE Theater. Groundbreaking, innovative, funny.

The Granada Theater presents an evening of music inspired by the Blue Note Record Label with the Pete Whitman Quintet.

¡Attention Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Cumbia, and Merengue dancers! There is a new Latin dance night at The Moxy/Uptown Hotel. Dance lessons are provided if you want to try something new.