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Curling & Purling

Take your winter funk out for some afternoon fun

Ever wonder what all the fuss is about Curling?

Come try your hand at one of the oldest and most quintessential winter sports Thursday afternoons in the heart of downtown. Learn to throw a stone from local experts while you play a quick match with friends.

While you’re there, get creative with fiber artist Knitteapolis and contribute to a public yarnbombing installation. Or carve your own design in cuttlebone and see it poured in piping hot liquid bronze live on the street with the folks from Pedal to the Metal.

Whether you come to cast a stone, a stitch or a miniature bronze sculpture, you’ll be kicking your winter blues into April by celebrating what makes winter great in Minneapolis.

We’ll have hot beverages and street games for all ages. Learn to knit and carve while you warm up in the newly renovated DID Nicollet Office, then pop outside for some seriously fun curling, purling and pouring.

Invite your friends and bring your enthusiasm (experience is not required).

Local curling club hosts:
January 30 – Richfield Curling Club
February 6 – Four Seasons Curling Club
February 13 – St. Paul Curling Club
February 20 – Chaska Curling Center (with a special appearance by national champion and Olympic competitor Jeff Isaacson)

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zAmya Zone Script Reading

zAmya Zone is the latest work in progress by zAmya Theater Project — who use community based theater tools to build awareness and connection between individuals who’ve experienced homelessness and those who have not. Join us in the Nicollet Theater in the Round Amphitheater for the public, weather permitting. If it is cold we’ll move indoors to the The Commons off the library Atrium.

zAmya Zone is by Junauda Petrus – Nasah, and is inspired by content generated in Creative Expression Sessions at Hennepin County/Minneapolis Central Library. zAmya Zone borrows it’s name from the popular TV series the Twilight Zone and explores the surreal and strange nature of an abundant world that is somehow not enough.

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind, a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. In this dimension we are on beautiful earth, with abundant food and shelter for all. Yet, in this dimension, there exists the world of homelessness, displacement and poverty. A dimension where your class, your mental and physical health, your race, your ancestry could result in you not having a home, safety or care. Redlining and angry mobs, broken treaties with sovereign nations, settled land and enslavement, genocide and gentrification are apart of this legacy too.

You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of privilege and poverty, between haves and have nots, of shelters and high-rise condos. It is an area which we call the Zamya Zone.

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Pop-in to the Pop-up Open House

Pop-in to the Pop-up! Mpls DID had hosted open houses on the first Tuesday of every the month from 4–6p, this summer. Join us for our final Open House on Tuesday, October 1st. Stop by the DID Pop-up Satellite Office (first floor of Gaviidae Common between 6th and 7th streets) to chat with an ambassador, play games, enjoy free refreshments and learn more about our work downtown.

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Pop-in to the Pop-up Open House

Pop-in to the Pop-up! Mpls DID is hosting open houses on the first Tuesday of every the month from 4–6p, now through October. Stop by the DID Pop-up Satellite Office (first floor of Gaviidae Common between 6th and 7th streets) to chat with an ambassador, play games, enjoy free refreshments and learn more about our work downtown.

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Street Show

Catch Street Show performances where you see the Street Show spotlight sign and the red Radio Flyer custom Street Show wagon #OnNicollet (near 5th, 7th and 9th streets) and Hennepin (near 7th and 9th streets) select weekdays over the lunch hour and happy hours.

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Street Show

Catch Street Show performances where you see the Street Show spotlight sign and the red Radio Flyer custom Street Show wagon #OnNicollet (near 5th, 7th and 9th streets) and Hennepin (near 7th and 9th streets) select weekdays over the lunch hour and happy hours.

See who’s playing

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Street Show

Catch Street Show performances where you see the Street Show spotlight sign and the red Radio Flyer custom Street Show wagon #OnNicollet (near 5th, 7th and 9th streets) and Hennepin (near 7th and 9th streets) select weekdays over the lunch hour and happy hours.

See who’s playing

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National Night Out Kick-Off

Stop by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District Pop-Up Satellite Office at Gaviidae Common (6th and Nicollet) for our 6th annual National Night Out (NNO) Kick-Off event. Minneapolis is a national leader in NNO festivities, and we hope you’ll stop by and begin your evening with us.

City and county officials and law enforcement will be on hand as we foster constructive engagement between the community and law enforcement focused on neighborhood safety. Get to know our local officials while also locating where your neighborhood NNO event will take place later in the evening.

Activities include:

– Meet law enforcement
– Free treats and giveaways
– Live Street Show performances
– Play a variety of lawn games
– Children’s activities
– Find your local NNO event

Don’t miss out on this fun annual event #OnNicollet!

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Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival

Mpls Downtown Improvement District and Hennepin Theatre Trust are pleased to present the first annual Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival – the new signature downtown art experience for residents and visitors that celebrates street art in all its forms. Join us for an inclusive, vibrant and unforgettable experience in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. For more info, visit http://mplsstreetartfest.com/

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