Neighborhood Briefs



Are Americans hopelessly divided? Are the rifts in politics and culture insurmountable? Not according to the four speakers appearing this fall at the Westminster Town Hall Forum. Four intellectually diverse speakers will address how to bridge divisions and build a more respectful, pluralistic society in the “Healing Our House Divided” series. Up first was “Service, The Antidote to Polarization” on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Jonathan Reckford serves as chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. He spoke to how service can build community across difference. All of these programs are entirely free and open to all at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Parking is available on-site. Music begins one-half hour before the speaker, and a free “Breads & Spreads” reception will follow. All forums will also be livestreamed at Up next is “Mending the Rural-Urban Rift” on Oct. 25. Lisa Pruitt’s roots in rural America go back five generations. As a legal scholar at the University of California Davis, she studies how rural and urban communities engage the state differently. She will argue against conflating rurality with whiteness, while seeking a more nuanced understanding of rural and working-class whites, especially in the era of Trump.


League of Women Voters Minneapolis will host a candidate forum for Minneapolis School Board on Saturday, Oct.15, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the University of Minnesota Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis. All candidates on the general election ballot have been invited. Advancing Equity Coalition is a co-sponsor for this candidate forum. This event is free and open to the public. The forum will be live streamed at d3LMGXBCM4k and recorded for later viewing on YouTube. Go to LWV Minneapolis ( website for access to the recording after the event.


MSP Film Society is thrilled to announce the full lineup for the 10th Annual CINE LATINO Film Fest, an annual celebration of the best new Latin American, US Latinx, and Ibero films. This year’s event runs Oct. 13-20, and includes over two dozen films from nearly a dozen countries and cultures. All Cine Latino screenings take place at MSP Film at The Main Cinema (115 SE Main Street). More at POSTERS FOR PARKS OCT. 22 Back in person at Royal Foundry Craft Spirits after two years of online-only (and record-breaking!) sales, Twin Citians can once again come together for the annual Posters for Parks for Show. The 2022 gallery-style event on Saturday, Oct. 22, 4-8 p.m. at the Royal Foundry showcases the work of over 40 local artists who created original poster designs inspired by Minneapolis’s renowned parks and the people, plants, and animals that share them. Posters for Parks benefits the Twin Cities community, with 50% of each $45 poster purchase going to the artist, and proceeds from the remaining 50% designated for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s People for Parks Fund. Last year, more than $36,000 was raised, which helped the Parks Foundation make nine equity-aligned grants throughout Minneapolis in 2022, supporting Slow Roll MSP, swimming lessons at Webber Natural Swimming Pool, and Afro Cardio/Yoga classes at North Commons Park and much more.


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