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Walk the Talk: Fat Girls Hiking, Little Africa Fest and more ways to get out and get involved

Editor’s note: From words to deeds is Streets.mn’s carefully curated and highly partisan collection of serious and fun events, community meetings and engagement opportunities that we believe will interest our readers. Email your ideas to the editor [email protected]

Here, in an order that makes sense to us, are five options you can learn and enjoy.

Take a walk and read books with Fat girls on a hike author Summer Michaud-Skog: Monday, August 1, 7 p.m., Magers & Quinn

Listen to the founder of Fat girls on a hike speak to Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis Monday night.

fat girls hiking, a national organization with a chapter in Minneapolis — and with the enticing handle “Trails, Not Scales” — will host a book reading at Magers & Quinn (Uptown) in Minneapolis on Monday, August 1, 7 p.m. Registration and mandatory masks; click here to learn more and register for the pre-event reading and walk.

  • Cat Polivoda, owner of plus-size thrift store Cake Plus-Size Resale and podcaster of KFAI (Matter of Fat), will interview Fat Girls Hiking founder Summer Michaud-Skog, whose book will be presented Monday night in one of the Twin Cities . good local bookstores. A pre-reading hike at Bde Maka Ska will take place weather permitting (note your interest on Eventbrite registration). The event is free and open to the public.

Little Africa Fest: Sunday, August 7, 12-9 p.m., Hamline Park, St. Paul

African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) is sponsoring the joyous Little Africa Festival on Sunday, August 7 at Hamline Park on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.

Dr. Bruce Corrie, an economist and professor at Concordia University in St. Paul, studies the economic impact that immigrants and minority communities have in the Twin Cities and across the state. Its Cultural Destinations website is a resource not to be missed. So when Bruce, in his gentle yet persistent way, urges people to pay attention to a neighborhood, local business, trend, or event, I tend to pay attention. Little Africa Festival — a celebration on Sunday, August 7, from noon to 9 p.m. — is one such event.

  • The event drew more than 10,000 people in 2019, Corrie says, to enjoy food, art, performances, an African fashion show and lots of dancing. Sponsored by African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS), Little Africa Fest will take place at Hamline Park on Snelling between Thomas and Lafond. Take Line A Bus Rapid Transit.

National Evening: Tuesday August 2, evening

Sidewalk performers showcase their pledge at National Night Out, held annually on the first Tuesday night in August.

national evening is a big deal in my neighborhood of St. Paul, with people of all ages on different blocks relishing the opportunity to safely hang out on the street, let their kids get lost in a bouncy house, grill and goofing off with neighbors. Relax with your neighbors. Despite some people’s reservations about the police nature of the event, Minneapolis claims to lead the country in participation in National Night Out, which this year takes place on Tuesday, August 2.

  • Prospect Park in Minneapolis has a positive twist, citing the possibility of building block clubs and “cohesive, healthy neighborhoods” by bringing together residents, businesses, faith communities, city agencies and more. The fun starts around 5:30 p.m., according to. Ride a bike and look for barricades blocking the streets. In my experience, foreigners are welcome.

Tonka Tour: Saturday, August 6, Minnetonka

La Tour de Tonka, Saturday, August 6, benefits the local food shelf as well as youth and preschool programs.

If you don’t have time for the three days Duluth Bike Festival for mountain bikers August 5-7, try a one-day ride on the Metro West on Saturday August 6. Tonka Tower offers six routes ranging from 16 miles up to a century-long ride, as well as same-day registration. “A ride not a race,” the event allows e-bikes and requires helmets.

  • A portion of the proceeds benefit ICA’s local food shelf at a time when demand for food shelves is on the rise. A Minnetonka Public Schools program, Tour de Tonka also supports community education programs for children.

Live at Lyndale Gardens, Wednesday nights in August

Simone Perrin and Kevin Kling will open the Live at Lyndale Gardens series on Wednesday, August 3.

In the Cultivating Delight category that we appreciate so much at Streets.mn, Illusion Theater’s Live in Lyndale Gardens the shows at Richfield on Wednesday nights in August seem like must-see events. The August 10 exploration of Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 album, What’s going on, with T. Mychael Rambo is sure to draw crowds.

  • This week, on August 3 at 7 p.m., storyteller Kevin Kling and musician Simone Perrin — whose Humming-bird The CD is online – will launch the series with “stories and music to lighten your heart and soul”. Climate change? Record inflation? Watching the Supreme Court take away another freedom we took for granted? Lightening the load for an evening seems OK to me.

Top photo courtesy of Jade Destiny at Unsplash