MPD Officer Do spent two hours on burglary prevention in the Kingfield neighborhood the other day (34th to 40th street and from Stevens to Lyndale) and gave out 11 placards for opened garages and 1 for an unattended truck that had numerous tools in back of the truck. One garage, which is shared by four different tenants, had bins all stocking up and ready for whoever wants them. Officer Do reported that some of the homeowners were appreciative of the reminder but still think running in and out of their houses for few minutes is not going hurt them.

Thanks to Officers who take the time to do these preventive actions, but it is really all of us that can have the biggest impact on reducing these types of crimes: lock your house and garage, even when you are at home; keep your garage door closed unless you are in it, and call your neighbors if you see their garage door up; lock your bikes, even if they are on your front porch or in your garage.

Join the Kingfield Block Walkers! Our first orientation will be Tuesday, September 16th, 7pm at MLK Park. Come and learn what you can do to make our neighborhood safer, while getting some exercise and hanging out with great people (and maybe a few terrific dogs, too)!!

Saturday, August 23, 11AM- 4PM

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Join your friends and neighbors at the 3rd annual park event to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s free celebration will include musical entertainment, activities for kids, food vendors and the unveiling of the Beloved Community Project. Years in the making, the project includes a paved walkway, granite benches and landscaping around the Freedom Form II sculpture and a plaque marking its significance in the park.

The Beloved Community Project was a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Legacy Council, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, and Chicago Fire Arts, partially funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.  Read more

August 12, 2014

BY: Michelle Bruch, Southwest Journal
Minneapolis neighborhoods investigate community-shared solar projects

With most of Minneapolis’ roofs too shady for solar panels, neighborhoods across Southwest are exploring the idea of solar gardens.

In a solar garden, homeowners or businesses can buy a share in a new solar installation and see their proportion of power generation deducted from Xcel energy bills. State legislation approved in 2013 first allowed community-shared solar gardens, and a decision last week by the Public Utilities Commission cleared the way for projects to begin.

Read the rest here: http://www.southwestjournal.com/news/news/solar-gardens-prepare-to-shine

 

The Seward Coop is opening a grocery store, the “Friendship” store, at the corner of East 38th Street and 3rd Avenue, across from Sabathani Community Center.  Seward purchased the site from the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and now has finalized all city and neighbor approvals for the project.  Construction will begin soon and Seward Coop plans for the store to open in fall 2015. Find out more at: www.seward.coop

Seward Co-op Construction jobs

Anyone interested in learning about the construction of the new Seward Coop Friendship Store, and the requirements and qualifications needed for construction employment, is invited to attend an informational meeting:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 3 p.m., Sabathani, 310 E 38th St, 2nd floor gym

Can’t attend? Visit www.seward.coop project page

Anyone interested in construction work is invited to fill out the construction referral form, found at www.seward.coop/friendship (in left column) and return it to HIRED, Seward Coop’s employment assistance partner, at HIRED, c/o Barbara Doyle, 310  E 38th Street Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (inside Sabathani).  You can also call HIRED at (612) 822-9071 or visit HIRED’s office, located in Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street Suite 101, in person.

Construction Job Fair 

Meet multiple employers with openings, get training and tuition assistance information, and updates on construction jobs at Seward Coop Friendship Store, at this job fair:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3-5 pm, Sabathani, 310 E 38th Street, 2nd floor banquet room

Complete info at: www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/RENEW

BRING: your resume, references, identification

Seward Coop Grocery Store Jobs

HIRED, located in Sabathani Community Center, has partnered with Seward Community Co-op in assisting the co-op with hiring efforts, specifically their commitment to hiring a perment staff (for grocery store and administration jobs) that closely reflects the diversity of the community.   Questions about jobs? You can contact Barbara Doyle at HIRED at 612-822-9071.  You can also apply for grocery store/permanent jobs directly at:  www.seward.coop/careers or click on “careers” on the Seward Coop homepage.

 

From the Star Tribune:

What’s at stake: The primary election Tuesday includes contested GOP races for governor and U.S. Senate, a DFL contest for state auditor and dozens of regional and local contests.

Where to vote: The Minnesota secretary of state maintains an online tool to find your local polling place at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/. [For Kingfielder's that location is MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet.]

Poll hours: Most polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Towns with fewer than 500 people can open polls as late as 10 a.m.

How to vote: Registered voters do not need additional identification. New voters, or those who have not voted in at least four years, must bring identification in order to register or re-register. Voters who are new to Minnesota are also encouraged to bring identification.

Important reminder: In primary elections, participants may vote only for candidates from one political party. For instance, voting in both the GOP governor’s race and the DFL state auditor race would invalidate a ballot.

On the north side of MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet

Thursday August 14, 6-7:30 PM

Beans

Beans

An intersection of art, culture, fresh food, and community at our community park –stop by for a little of each!

Artist:  Tammy Ortegon, seed art

Movement: Nan Zosel, Yoga in the Park (bring your own mat!)

Food: Marianna Padilla, sample chilled cucumber soup and chipotle herb butter on fresh bread prepared by Marianna working with the Urban Farming Kids

Music: Andrew Young, acoustic guitar student of ‘Devin Hill Guitar’ at the Center for Performing Arts

This fall, Kingfield Neighborhood Association is partnering with Whittier, Lyndale and Stevens Square neighborhoods on a project called Nicollet Votes.  The goal of the project is to get people excited to vote and register un-registered voters. We’re doing it because in past non-presidential elections like this upcoming one, up to 7,000 voters in our neighborhoods haven’t made it to the polls.

If Voter Education & Registration is an issue that interests you, we would love to have you join us for the Kingfield kick-off training event, including dinner, on September 11 at MLK Park, 5:30-8:30 PM.  To assure enough food, we need you to RSVP for this event at info@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980 before Sept. 9.

This event and project is a great opportunity for us to get to know our neighbors and have some important conversations with them about our democracy, our values, and the kind of place we want to live.

Beginning Sept. 11, we will be doorknocking four days each week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) in each of the four neighborhoods. You can sign up for one or more of the canvassing dates at the Kick-off Event or by contacting us at info@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980.

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