The Kingfield Community Garden Group is a project of the nonprofit Kingfield Neighborhood Associationwhose mission is to create a network of gardens and access to fresh food throughout the neighborhood in south Minneapolis. “Community gardens work because people take mutual ownership of a space and are brought together because of it,” says Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kingfield Neighborhood Association executive director. Read more!

Do you want to know more about how early play=later academic success? Are you grateful for the 30 minutes of recess Barton students get, but alarmed by the fact that most MPS students get HALF this amount of time for recess? Are you wondering what alternatives to test-based assessments exist, and how to advocate for them?

Then please join Barton Open School parent Kori Hennessy this Wednesday, October 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr., park in Minneapolis, 41st and Nicollet. Barton received a grant from a Boston-based group called Defending the Early Years, and is hosting an event to celebrate the idea that early play does lead to later academic success, and should be available for all children. Barton teacher Kristin Sonquist will be part of our panel of early childhood education (Pre K-3) and play experts, and everyone will leave with an action toolkit.

This event is FREE and childcare will be provided.

Story from the Ward 8, e-newsletter of City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden.

The Minneapolis City Council has approved new rules for some restaurants that sell alcohol outside of the Downtown area. Until now the city’s rules were antiquated and made it difficult for well-run businesses to meet required alcohol-to-food sales ratios, which the current economy does not support.

As Council Member Glidden, an author of the ordinance changes, described, “While neighborhood restaurants are valued spaces to experience great food and community, our laws governing restaurants have not kept up.  These archaic rules, requiring 70 percent food and 30 percent alcohol sales, don’t fit the business model of restaurants today, where craft beer and fine wine purchases will quickly put a restaurant out of compliance with city regulations.  We can do better, with a regulatory model that focuses on ensuring restaurants act like good neighbors.” 

The revised ordinances eliminate requirements that some restaurants in the city sell a certain amount of food, compared to the amount of alcohol they sell. Now, restaurants in commercial corridors that are outside of Downtown are no longer required to make at least 60 percent of their sales in food, and 40 percent or less in alcohol. Though these outdated restrictions are removed, restaurants would still be required to earn a substantial amount of their revenue from non-alcohol purchases. Additionally, the changes create a new set of tools the City can use to take action against establishments that create problems in city neighborhoods. Modernizing the City’s ability for dealing with problem businesses will allow the City to better address problems while making things easier for businesses that are well run. 

The ordinance changes will not change the type of establishment that’s allowed in a particular location. For example, a neighborhood restaurant could not be replaced by a bar (a common question!). The proposed ordinance also defines what a “bar area” is within a restaurant and the amount of bar area an establishment can have. This will make sure that these areas are appropriately scaled for the neighborhood and the size of the establishment. 

70/30 rule still in place, vote in November

The new ordinances do not affect those restaurants that are outside of Downtown and nestled in residential areas (not in commercial corridors). The current requirement, which is found in the City Charter and can only be changed by voters, is that they must make at least 70 percent of their sales in food, and 30 percent or less in alcohol. This November, voters in Minneapolis will vote on a ballot question which, if approved, would remove that food sales threshold for those restaurants. If that happens, the currently-proposed City ordinances would then apply to those restaurants as well. If voters do not approve the ballot measure, those restaurants will still be required by the City Charter to meet the 70/30 sales ratio. 

For more information and to see the ordinances and frequently asked questions visit the City’s business licensing web page.

Open Thursday Sept. 25th through Sunday Sept. 28th from 9 am to 6 pm daily; this month you will find a healthy dose of fall!
Your Lucky Day, an occasional shop at 4159 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Seedling@body.JPG4310 Nicollet, Sunday September 28, 8:30 AM – 1 PM

Stop by the KFNA Table at the Farmers Market this weekend and find out how you can reduce your waste by participating in a residential organics drop-off!  The City’s Division of Solid Waste & Recycling in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is expanding residential organics drop-offs to other areas of the City.  Pearl Park and the City’s South Transfer Station and Van Cleve Park (UMN) are already open and drop-offs at Whittier Park, Audubon Park, and Armatage Park will be opening soon!

Get your questions answered on how to set up a collection system in your home, what materials are accepted, how a residential drop-off is different than composting in your backyard, how participating may be able to save you money, and more!

Stop by on Sunday or visit for more information!

Free Super Saturdays at InnerCity Tennis, located on the corner of 40th and Nicollet, in Martin Luther King Jr. Park,

This free Super Saturday Program serves children ages 3-17. On average, 300 children and 80 volunteers participate each week.

The 2014-15 Super Saturday Program runs for 24 Saturdays from late September – April. Children ages 3-10 participate from 3:00 – 4:30pm and children ages 11- 18 participate from 4:30 – 6:00pm.

Same day registration for the program is completed at the tennis center, before the program begins. Children can join the program at any time.

For more information on the InnerCity Tennis Saturday Program, visit them on the web here.

Reservations seriously recommended!  KFNA usually draws 30-50 people at these bi-annual events, and that only 6 have registered.  We need a lot more reservations to make the event sustainable for KFNA and Jason’s pizza truck!

September 22, 6-8 PM at Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th Street

Homebasers, plan to join us Monday evening, September 22, 6-8 PM, at Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th Street, to mingle, market, and celebrate the success of one of our own, as well as to crack a champagne bottle against the side of the church for inaugural launching of a new Kingfield co-work space! Kingfield neighbor, Jason Montgomery, attended the first Kingfield Homebased event in January 2013, and he received such resounding support for his idea to build a pizza oven truck that he felt both inspired and supported in following his dream. By July 2014, Tru Pizza was launched!

Come share a slice at this special Kingfield Homebased Event; cost for Kingfield folks is $10 per person and $15 for folks from adjoining neighborhoods. Beer and wine available. Register and pay here (scroll down and look on the left-hand side of the page); plus, Join the Facebook event to share with your friends and show them you are going!  

At this event you can also tour the Work Lounge, Solomon’s latest business venture to create a community work space to support local homebased professionals.

Questions?  Just email and let us know you would like to attend and we can register you directly.

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