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What’s Up at the Franklin Community Library September 2019

By ERIN THOMASSON

All Ages

Live at Franklin: Kashimana

Thursday, Sept. 5, 5:30-7:30 pm

Kashimana has a rich, soulful blues voice; her compelling songs paint stories of her experiences growing up in Nigeria and Kenya, traveling through Africa and Europe, and living in the United States. Kashimana will perform an original set for Franklin Library’s live music series. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Electronic Music Workshop

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-7:30 pm

Grades 3-12. Make beats and experiment with electronic music production in a space that empowers girls, non-binary and trans youth. All are welcome! Collaborator: Beats by Girlz.

West African Drumming & Dance, Thursday, Sept. 19, 5-6 pm

Learn traditional rhythms and dances from Guinea in West Africa. Practice basic hand technique, patterns and timing on the djembe. Learn fun energetic dances with steps which will be broken down for all levels, accompanied by live drumming. All are welcome. Collaborator: Duniya Drum & Dance.

Live at Franklin: Tufawon

Saturday, Sept. 28, 3-4 pm

Tufawon is a Dakota/Boricua hip-hop artist. His music addresses Indigenous resiliency, politics, health, defending Mother Earth, and fighting against oppressive systems. Tufawon will perform an original set for Franklin Library’s live music series. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Teens

Design A Skateboard

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5-7 pm

Using permanent markers and templates, create art on a skateboard deck. Materials provided, including a skateboard deck. Click here to register. Collaborator: Rivard Art. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Moving Through American History

Thursday, Sept. 12, 5-6 pm

Grades 7-12. From jazz to soul, funk to hip-hop, learn the basic steps of dances from several eras in American history and connect these dances to specific locations, movements and events. Click here to register. Collaborator: The Cowles Center. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Adults

Prompts for Poems

Friday, Sept. 20, 3-4:30 pm

Explore fun and inspiring prompts to get new poems underway. Click here to register. Collaborator: The Loft Literary Center. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Sign Painting

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12-3 pm

Have something to say? Create an artistic sign using repurposed materials to display in your home or yard. Think about your identity – who you are or where you are from – and display this personal message on your sign. This is a drop-in program. Collaborator: Pinwheel Arts and Movement Studio. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Fasal furan oo ku Saabsan Barashada Teknoolojiga Maktabadda/ Library Technology Open Lab

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10:30 am-12 pm

Kaalay oo baro Teknoolojiga maktabadda. Shaqaalaha waxey ku bilaabi doonaan Open lab-ka 20-daqiiqo oo horudhac ku saabsan teknoolojiga maktabadda. Mowduucyada laga hadli doono waxaa ka mid ah: sidaad u isticmaali laheyd kombiyuutarada maktabada, Internet-ka iyo Email-lada, asturnaanta, printer-rada iyo Scanner, iyo sidaad buugaagta uga raadsan laheyd bogga maktabada iyo kheyraadka laga helaba. Markuu mowduuca horidhaciisa lasiiyo, ka qeyb galayaasha waxey waqti u heli doonaan iney sii dabaqaan waxey barteen iyadoo shaqaalahana diyaar u ahaan doonaan iney uga jawaabaan su’aalahooda mid-midna u caawiyaan.

Click here to register. Come and explore library technology. Staff will start each Open Lab with a 20-minute orientation to library technology. Following the orientation, participants will have time to explore on their own, while staff will be available for questions and one-on-one support. Schedule of topics: Sept. 25 – Scanning and printing. 

Franklin Learning Center: 612-543-6934

The Franklin Learning Center offers free, one-to-one tutoring for adults who are learning English and math, preparing for the GED and citizenship exams, and gaining life skills. We are always looking for community volunteers! No experience necessary; we provide training and materials. Contact us at 952-847-2934 or flc@hclib.org.

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Semilla Center for Healing: Peace Lantern Procession on Sept. 21

By Patrick Cabello Hansel

Saturday, Sept. 21 is International Peace Day. It was established in 1981 by a unanimous vote at the United Nations, with a hope that all nations would recommit to building a Culture of Peace.

Without a doubt, our neighborhood and our world are in desperate need of recommitting to building peace. 

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts are hosting a Peace Lantern Procession on Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. We will walk with lanterns to various spots in the community that are crying out for peace. The event will also feature music, interactive activities, food and the projection of Semilla’s Youth Photography Show.

A special lantern making workshop will be held at St. Paul’s on Sunday, Sept.8 at 1:30 p.m. St. Paul’s is located at 2742 15th Ave. S. For more information, call 612-724-3862 or e-mail: semillacenter@gmail.com

THE PHOENIX RISES!

Want to see your work in print? Consider submitting to our neighborhood’s literary magazine The Phoenix of Phillips. Writers of any age are welcome to submit for this fall’s issue, whose theme is “Hope.” There will be a special poetry contest for youth, announced in October. Writers can send their poems, short stories and essays to semillacenter@gmail.com. 

The Phoenix of Phillips is a project of the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Check out our website at www.semillacenter.org, like us on Face Book: Semilla Center, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @semillacenter.

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Backyard Community Health Hub September 2019

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EPIC September 2019

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Midtown Phillips September 2019

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Ventura Village September 2019

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Do you like newspapers? 

Better yet, do you read The Alley Newspaper and want to it to improve, grow or change? 

JOIN the Editorial Leadership Team of Alley Communications and work with the Alley’s Coordinator to lift the many voices of the Phillips Community and how to get them represented within the pages of The Alley Newspaper!

Email AlleyWinje@aol.com or call Harvey at 612-990-4022 for more info and next steps.

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Movie corner: I had a good time watching ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

By HOWARD McQUITTER II

Howard McQuitter

oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com

howardmcquitter68@gmail.com

Drama/Comedy

The year is 1969. Vietnam, hippies, Black Panthers, marijuana, campus demonstrations, Stonewall riots, robust middle-class, man landing on the moon, white flight anywhere but where the blacks, soul music and Afros. Republican President Richard Nixon’s first term telling the American people to stay clear of the leftists on American campuses. Pope Paul VI declares an ersatz new liturgy (mostly in vernacular languages) for the Catholic Church. A historical music event called Woodstock drawing thousands of youth to upper state New York to hear the best of rock- country- soul music.

Director Quentin Tarantino brings authenticity to the year 1969, in his ninth installment “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” It’s summer in Tarantino’s Hollywood starting with an aging television and film star Rick Dalton (Leonardo Di Capri) is rapidly becoming a has-been Western television star. It seems his great success in the once popular television Western “Bounty Law” is now just re-runs. Dalton, though, still has the appetite to get his mojo back and he asks for advice from producer Marvin Schwarzs (Al Pacino) who tells him to go to Italy to act in Spaghetti Westerns. He takes the producer’s advice acting in several Westerns there and when he returns to California he has a bride on his arm. As for Rick’s buddy, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) who operates as his stunt double artist, chauffeur, handyman and soon, finds himself with little work in the industry, too.Cliff’s main problem is the studios have shunned him because responsible for his wife’s murder.

To keep a cash flow going, Cliff works as Rick’s chauffeur plus they both hang out at Rick’s posh crib on Cielo Drive. It so happens he lives next door to Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha) and his wife Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), an upcoming actress who just acted in her latest movie “The Wrecking Crew,” starring with Dean Martin. Charming, I guess, two fictional characters Rick and Cliff and, on the other side, two real characters Roman and Sharon. Anyway what a treat!

The conversation between child-actor Trudi (Julia Butters) and her co-star Rick on set before the cameras roll is one of the most memorable ones in Tarantino’s ninth film that is rich with dialogue anyway.

I also think of the hippie girl, Pussycat (Margaret Qualley), Rick picks up to the Spahn Ranch – at one time a Western movie set – is now a commune of Charlie Manson (Damon Herriman) followers, eerie characters, some of his clan go on to murder Sharon Tate (she’s pregnant) and five adults in all.

The Manson character appears only once, but Sharon Tate character is seen several times saying relatively little. She didn’t need a lot to say it’s her presence that proves strong. She stops in at a theater (only 75 cents) where a movie with her and Dean Martin appear together. She’s happy with her life and career; she glows, for me, Mrs. Tate is the sympathetic character, the one (I’ll never forget, I’m 21 years old at the time) smells success before fate’s curtain comes down.

The chemistry between Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt is terrific. At a party somewhere in Hollywood women in go go boots and men in bell-bottom pants dance away by a swimming pool. Who shows up but Mama Cass from the rock group the Mamas & the Papas. Although there’s Tarantino’s moments of violence, it’s less of it than in his films such as in “Inglourious Basterds”(2009),”Django Unchained” (2012) and Kill Bill (2003, 2004, respectively). I honestly say I had a good, good time watching “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Cast: Leonardo Di Caprio (Rick Dalton), Brad Pitt (Cliff), Margot Robbie (Sharon Tate), Luke Perry (Wayne Maunder), Dakota Fanning (Squeaky Fromme), Al Pacino (Marvin Schwarzs), Margaret Qualley (Pussycat), Timothy Olphant (James Stacy), Damon Lewis (Steve Mc Queen), Kurt Russell (Randy), Emile Hirsch (Jay Sebring), Bruce Dern (George Spahn), Rafal Zawierucha ( Roman Polanski), Damon Herriman (Charles Manson), Dreama Walker (Connie Stevens), Sydney Sweeney (Snake), Julia Butters (Trudi), Mike Moh (Bruce Lee). Director:  Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography: Robert Richardson.

Running time: 159 minutes. (R)

The music of the 1960s is plentiful in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The music scholars are Holly Adams, Mary Ramos, Gary Raymond and Jim Schultz. Some of the songs: The Mamas & the Papas, “Straight Shooter”(1966); Vanilla Fudge, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1967); Neil Diamond, “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” (1969); Willie Mitchell, “Soul Serenada”(1968); Aretha Franklin, “The House That Jack Built” (1968); Deep Purple,”Hush” (1968); Neal Hefti,”Batman Theme” (1966); Paul Revere & the Railders, “Hungry” (1966); The Rolling Stones,”Out of Time” (1966); Otis Redding, “Can’t Turn You Lose ”(1967); Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson” (1968); Dee Clark,”Hey Little Girl” (1959); and more…

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MPRB shuts down Nokomis Beach after confirmed cases of E. coli

Disease investigators at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have  identified a total of 49 people so far who became ill with diarrhea after swimming at Lake Nokomis. The total includes the three initial lab-confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) announced Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

The cases include both children and adults, with about 20% of cases younger than 10 years old. In all cases, people became ill after swimming at the lake between July 16 and Aug. 11. No one has been hospitalized.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) officials said the Nokomis beaches will remain closed for the rest of the swimming season out of an abundance of caution. Health officials said they would need to see no illnesses reported for at least 16 days (two incubation periods of 8 days) before they could say there was no longer a risk of STEC spreading through water at the beaches.

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of STEC infection – diarrhea (often bloody), stomach cramps, no or low-grade fever – should see a health care provider.

Health officials remind all Minnesotans that anyone who has diarrhea should not go swimming in any body of water.

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Peace House community: They aren’t just ‘The Homeless’

By Marti Malby

“The Homeless,” a title that should only describe a person’s living situation, but often describes so much more. 

On the one hand, being part of the homeless population automatically means sleep deprivation, instability, the daily challenge of finding what you need and so much more. 

Unfortunately, that is only the objective side of homelessness, the things that can be observed and measured. There’s also a subjective side that can be even more destructive.

Sociologists and others talk about “Labeling Theory” which states among other things that the label a society places on a group within society becomes a shorthand for and an oversimplification of everyone in that group. When someone becomes part of “The Homeless,” that person finds that society no longer sees them as an individual. Instead, they are now simply part of a mass with no identity of their own. Worse yet, because of American culture’s emphasis on individual responsibility and tendency to downplay individual circumstances, those who end up homeless for whatever reason also find themselves judged by society for their situation. Worst of all, because the majority of the homeless in the U.S. grew up here, they share this cultural outlook, blaming themselves for being homeless and forgetting who they are as individuals.

Among all the other problems the homeless face, the emotional toll of being a nameless, faceless “homeless” is one of the worst. Even as I write this article, I know the current trend among social service providers is to talk about “those who are experiencing homeless” as a way of avoiding the dehumanization of slapping a label on an entire group. But even if I never applied the word homeless to any one individual, it would not change the dynamic of how our minds work.

When most of us see a “homeless” person, that is all we see. As Labeling Theory applied to homelessness explains: “One goes, often quite suddenly, from being a person with a set of socially acceptable identities, to being “homeless”, an identity that trumps, if not obliterates, all others.” (At Home of the Street: People, Poverty and the Hidden Culture of Homelessness) 

On seeing a homeless individual, people rarely see a great musician, painter, mathematician, theologian, dedicated volunteer or any other aspect of that person’s life. And yet so often they think they know that person’s story, or at least enough of it to judge them or feel pity for them.

Just for fun, do a search of “Famous homeless people” and see who comes up. As you look at the list, ask yourself, “The last time I saw a panhandler, did I think they might:

• Revolutionize world technology, as Steve Jobs did

• Win an Oscar, as Halle Berry did

• Change political discourse across the world, as George Orwell did

• Become a world-renown singer, actress, writer and activist as Eartha Kitt did?”

All of this to say that the homeless are not just “The Homeless.” They are individuals who each took their own path to where they are now and will each take their own path to whatever comes next. Each one is a blessed individual with their own story, their own strengths and their own struggles. 

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