"Try following these footsteps"
Nyk Shea, 19, practiced hip-hop dancing on a playground at Powderhorn Park Thursday. Shea loves to dance and felt peaceful listening and moving to music in the cool late autumn air.
"All The Leaves Are.... Green?"
A long pile of leaves lined a couple of parking spaces on Bloomington Avenue's west side between 37th & 38th streets. Street sweeping was scheduled for the next day, a last attempt to gather up remnants of fall before the arrival of winter.
"Not much for meetings"
Hazel Waderich, 2, was fidgety during the business portion of the annual Powderhorn Community Gathering at Powderhorn Park Thursday night. The gathering was a chance for residents to vote for candidates running for the PPNA Board of Directors. Her father, Josiah Waderich, was seeking re-election to another term on the PPNA board. After candidates presentations, a meal was served and Hazel was much happier.
"Tamales Y Bicicletas"
Reynaldo Diaz, left, trues a bike wheel under the supervision of master bicycle mechanic Merritt McCollum at Tamales Y Bicicletas on the corner of East Lake Street and 15th Avenue South. The shop promotes green transportation and healthy living through cycling and food justice with a community garden in Midtown, founder José Luis Villaseñor said. The organization started three years ago.
Earlene Williams nods in agreement with the preaching of Pastor Jarvis J. Hanson during the Fall Revival at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church on 14th Avenue South. Hanson, of Chicago, was the guest revivalist for the three-day event.
"Last Day of Summer"
Siblings Jeffton and Alexis played with their yet to be named pet turtle at Powderhorn Park on what turned out to be a beautiful and warm, final day of summer. The turtle belonged to a friend and was given to them when the friend could no longer be responsible for its care.
Having sanded off layers of peeling paint, Yuliya McCallum applies a coat of forest green to the wood trim on her porch in the 3200 block of 16th Avenue South. McCallum and her husband bought the home in March and want to add screen windows to the porch.
Kaja Martinson, left, and Betsy Hawes give their daughter, Finley, 1, room to climb as they relax in the backyard of their home on 13th Avenue South. They were also keeping an eye on their other daughter, Ezra, 4, who was playing on a nearby tree swing.
Mike Svendahl hand ties Swedish potato sausage at Ingebretsen's on East Lake Street Thursday morning. Svendahl, who has been behind the meat counter for 53 years, said he and the other butchers will make 1,000 pounds of potato sausage per day during the Christmas season. Svendahl grew up in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood and has worked as a butcher at the Scandinavian market since he was 16.
Julia Schuster scrolls through work-related email on her porch at the corner of 15th Avenue South and East 32nd Street Thursday. A high school special education assistant, Schuster was preparing for the start of the school year next week and said she felt refreshed after a summer of travel.
Jonas Collins, 13, right, and Emory Russell, 14, got creative with a bike, razor scooter, and two orange karate belts as they took turns pedaling up and down Powderhorn Terrace Thursday. With only one bike between them, Emory said they figured this was a good way for them to travel.
James Wilkes wipes down the pews at Mount Olive Lutheran Church to get it clean for Sunday services. Wilkes joined the church as its Sexton in May and when he looks back on the custodial jobs he has held over the last 35 years, in Mount Olive, he says he has found his home.
Mary Gray is airborne as she executes a kick during a capoeira class in Powderhorn Park. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines that combines dance and acrobatics. The class is taught by third-generation capoeirista Mestre Senna, who has been teaching it in Minneapolis for 25 years.
Patty Gille, left, and Giuliana Ciabo embrace the social aspect of salsa dancing during a class in the garage studio of Lelis Brito on 17th Avenue South. Brito recently converted her garage into a studio as a way to pass on the dances she learned growing up in her Venezuelan family.
Elizabeth Kite, center, and Noah Wicklund joined hands and attempted to tag others during a game of blob tag at Jubilee Community Church Thursday. Tagged kids must join the chain of taggers - the blob - until everyone is rounded up. Elizabeth and Noah were among 50 kid's grades K through 5th participating in a week-long arts camp hosted by the Jubilee Youth Center.
Ross, 21, practices his violin on the edge of Powderhorn Park near 38th Street before attending a private lesson in the neighborhood Thursday evening. Ross, who plays guitar and drums, decided recently to learn violin because he always regretted the choice of baritone for elementary school orchestra.
Halima Mah stirs a pot of rice at Ruwayda Kitchen on 17th Avenue South for of a lunch she was preparing for a nearby daycare center. Mah has been the chef at Ruwayda Kitchen for two years, making meals for child and adult day care centers, schools and Muslim celebrations in the Somali community.
Hollis Holmes, left, and Camille Roberts enjoy the sun and a late lunch overlooking the lake in Powderhorn Park. Holmes said he stayed indoors during the rainy days of the previous weeks waiting anxiously for a sunny day in the park. He was grateful for Thursday afternoon.
Artist Trevor Aarsvold inks a cymbidium orchid with wings on the arm Heidi Cromwell at Twilight Tattoo on Bloomington Avenue. Cromwell selected the image to honor her son, Levon, who passed away last year.
John Penners gratefully waves in a customer to a friend's garage sale on 31st and Bloomington Thursday. Penners made sure motorists noticed the sale and his dancing up and down the sidewalk was effective in bringing in customers.
Nezzie Garcia moved fluidly with her hula hoop, dancing in and out with each move keeping the hoop in motion during a class at Walker Community United Methodist Church Thursday evening. Garcia was part of a dozen people in an Elemental Hooping class taught by Jeanna Hensler of Hoop Twin Cities.
Greg Leierwood, a member of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association board of directors, asks a question about local crime during a community forum at the PPNA office Thursday evening. About 50 people attended to hear panelists discuss public safety, immigrant rights, and civil discourse.
Luisa Cabello Hansel joined members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church on the corner of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue Thursday morning for a prayer vigil and rally to pray for an end to sex trafficking and child abuse. Luisa and her husband, Patrick, are co-pastors at nearby St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Twiins Barbershop is located just east of the intersection of Chicago Ave. & E. 38th St. and opened its doors in August 2016. Owners Joey (pictured working on a customer in the background) and Fred Barrera (not pictured) have been told frequently they look like twins, which is what the two "i's in their business name represent. Staffed with barbers of Mexican, Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, their mostly male customer base comes in all colors, sizes and ages.
Sean Sandon examines a piece of iron pulled from a forge during a blacksmithing class at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center on Chicago Avenue. Sandon, an engineer who took the class for a creative outlet, was shaping the softened metal into a decorative hook.
Stacey Ginez Rubio moves a tray of cheesecake slices towards the storefront cases at Panaderia San Miguel on Lake Street. Bakers start work before 5 most mornings so that conchas, bolillos, and telera breads are freshly made and ready for customers on their way to work when the door opens at 7.
Mike, the resident repairman at Vintage Music Company on East 38th Street, gets ready to install the AM antenna on a 1959 Motorola turntable and stereo console. Mike has been the repairman, doing fixes on mechanical components and refinishing radio and stereo cabinets, for 15 years.
A Virgin of Guadalupe statue is always lit in the home of Alba Vasquez on in the 3100 block of 15th Avenue South. Vasquez said she grew up with Mary images in her home and this particular statue was a Mother's Day president from her husband, Roberto, 15 years ago.
The setting sun streams through the front window of Cup Foods while a shopper rests in front of the produce before exiting the store. The store has been pillar of the Powderhorn Park neighborhood since 1989.
Briana Morocho, left, and Joanna Cruz laugh while doing workbook pages in Irela Landa's Spanish language kindergarten classroom at Risen Christ Catholic School. Risen Christ is one of only 12 Catholic schools in the U.S. where students receive 50 percent of their instruction in Spanish. Grades K through 2 receive dual language instruction and the school plans to add a grade to the program each year.
Ayde Vasquez ties a First Communion dress onto a form in front of her shop, Creaciones Jhoaleymat, in Mercado Central on Lake Street. Ayde's shop, which specializes in party decorations and finery for Catholic celebrations, has been at the Mercado for 14 years.
Samir Mohamed, 9, follows the footwork commands of his instructor Deontae Williams during a boxing class Thursday at Circle of Discipline boxing club on East Lake Street. Samir's father, Rashid, said his son has lost 32 pounds and has grown in confidence since joining the acclaimed gym.
"Looking at Luna"
Delilah Oxborough, 5, used a magnifying glass to inspect the family cat, Luna, as it laid across the dining room table on 14th Avenue South. Delilah was eating an after-school snack when she suddenly felt compelled to zoom in on Luna's paws.