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Grand Café to host Haiti benefit

The Grand Café is hosting a benefit dinner, “Le Grand Pikliz,” to support the relief work of the American Refugee Committee on March 8.

Grand Café chefs Jon Radle and Ben Pichler will be making Caribbean cuisine, including pulled pork, Haitian chicken, pikliz, rice, beans and dessert.

The world music trio Mariameu will perform at the event.

“By hosting this benefit, the Grand Café is bringing together the local community to help earthquake survivors,” said Daniel Wordsworth, president of the American Refugee Committee, which is based in the Loring Park neighborhood. “We are deeply grateful for this support, as it directly enables us to help people rebuild their lives in Haiti.”

The dinner costs $35. All net proceeds will go to the American Refugee Committee.

When: March 8, doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m.
Where: The Grand Café, 3804 Grand Ave. S.


Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign

The Twin Cities natural food co-ops have joined FoodShare’s March campaign, pledging to raise 85,000 in combined dollars and found pounds.

Minnesota FoodShare is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit committed to fighting hunger across the state. Each March it organizes the largest Minnesota food drive to help restock 260 food shelves around the state.

The 11 Twin Cities natural food co-ops are working to encourage people to contribute healthful food items for the March drive.

“Twin Cities co-ops are leaders in natural and organic foods, and in community enrichment,” said Kelly Smith of the National Cooperative Grocers Association in a statement about the food drive. “We’re so proud to be part of this effort. We hope people throughout the Twin Cities visit their local co-op and make a donation so that nutritious, organic and natural foods are available to everyone in the community.”

Shoppers can donate money or drop off food donations at any of the Twin Cities co-ops.

When: Throughout March
Where: 11 Twin Cities natural food co-ops (visit for more information)


Street yoga

Local yogis Nan Gane Arundel (aka Thrilla in Gorilla) and Jessica Rosenberg (aka Yogarilla) are launching a very creative new yoga movement called Gorilla Yogis.

The idea is to hold monthly yoga gatherings at unexpected venues around town. In April, they will hold a gathering in a loft in the Midtown Exchange building.

In the summer, they will host outdoor events in all kinds of places — barges on the river, baseball fields and rooftop decks, according to their website —

Nan, a yoga instructor who teaches at Blooma and Sigh studios in Southwest, among other places, says the main goal is to have a lot of fun and build community. One of the missions is to “respect the unexpected, “ she said.

Anyone can be a Gorilla Yogi, Nan says. The yoga gatherings will feature 75–90 minutes of vinyasa yoga (a flowing style). There will be food, too, and time to get to know your fellow yogis afterward.

When: 6 p.m. March 14
Where: Mpls Photo Center, 2400 N. 2nd St.