Here is the latest “Midpoint,” a mid-month Web report on some local news and information received since the publication of our May issue:

George Floyd discussion series

James Stewart, Macalester College emeritus history professor, will lead an online discussion series at 1 to 2:30 p.m. on May 26, June 2 and June on “George Floyd, Minneapolis and History’s Hard Lessons.” The series is being presented by the Ramsey County Library.

Stewart is a prominent scholar of the abolitionist movement and his library series will examine our nation’s encounters with white supremacy and be based on his YouTube video lectures “Jim Stewart’s Historical Tonic for Fragile White Folks.”

Participants will be asked to prepare for each session by viewing some of these very short videos. To see the videos, please go to:

Stewart’s series will emphasize dialogue and discussion. Enrollment is limited. To register for this online series, call the library at 651-724-6001.

Chroma Zone Art & Mural Festival returns

The Creative Enterprise Zone’s annual Chroma Zone Art & Mural Festival, which was drastically curtailed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, returns this weekend with a series of outdoor painting activities and other special events.

The family-friendly celebration will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday May 22 at Bradford and Endicott streets with local artists creating wall murals.  Here are a few of the activities planned:

Live painting at the BANG IT! Mural Meet, featuring Focus Smith, Tom Jay, Daren Hill, Nu-One and Jordan Hamilton. Watch these talented artists bang out five murals during this four-day street mural event curated by Peyton Scott Russell of  Bang Brewing (2320 Capp Road.) and Urban Growler Brewing (2325 Endicott St.).

• Live pottery-throwing demos and mug sale at Deneen Pottery (2325 Endicott St), featuring music by Empire Nights. Discover the skilled craftspeople of this unique, family-owned business where each mug is hand-thrown.

• Live graffiti demos by advanced students of SPRAYFINGER. Learn about this unique school of art dedicated to teaching of the art, history, and techniques of graffiti and street art.

Cafesjian’s Carousel reopens May 28

Cafesjian’s Carousel opens for its 22nd season in Como Park on May 28.

The tentative summer schedule is for the renovated merry-go-round to run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting Sept. 4 through Oct. 31 the schedule is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Infants under age 1 ride for free; tickets for all other riders are $3.

The historic carousel that graced the Minnesota State Fair for 75 years (and was in downtown St. Paul for a few years) has operated since 2000 in a $1.1 million pavilion just next to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and the new Visitor Center at Como Park.

The carousel’s 68 horses and two chariots have been fully restored to the way they looked when new in 1914, and a fully restored band organ plays waltzes, marches and popular tunes. About 100,000 people ride the carousel each season.

The carousel is owned and operated by Our Fair Carousel, the non-profit community group that saved it from being auctioned to collectors in 1988.

More volunteers are needed to operate the ride, assist riders, and sell tickets and merchandise. For information, call (651) 489-4628, email or see

Bugle photo gallery

Summer is nearly here. And that means a lot of outdoor activities are getting ramped up. And the growing season for flowers, trees and other vegetation is in full bloom.  

Got a photo of some local event or activity that you would like to share with the Bugle’s “Photo Gallery”?  Send it to us at and with the “photo gallery” in your email subject line.

Compiled by Bugle editor Scott Carlson

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