The Minneapolis Police Department will be presenting the 10th Annual Building Blocks and 8th Annual Theresa S. Ruhland Awards tonight.  The Ruhland Award honors a Minneapolis reisident volunteer who does an outstanding job of getting youths involved in the community.

The Building Blocks awards are given to block clubs that are the city’s most active and effective. Two Kingfield block clubs are among the eleven chosen for the awards this year: 4200 Garfield and West-of-King block clubs. 

4200 Garfield AwardWest-of-King Award

 

 

 

 

 

To read more about these great Kingfield blocks, click on “read more”.

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eyesWhat’s happening on the streets of Kingfield?

This feature is posted each Monday, so you can share concerns and crimes that you see happening in our neighborhood. Do your part to increase the safety of Kingfield and let your neighbors know: What are you seeing on your daily walk? From your window? At the bus stop? In the alley?

Leave a comment on this post to let others know. Be specific about location. Check out the comments on this post to see what others have to say this week.

Remember: This is a way for neighbors to share information and does NOT replace official reporting of crimes.

-If there is an emergency, or you see suspicious activity or a crime that requires a police response, call 911

-To report other problems, such as street lights out, abandoned vehicles, graffiti, or animal complaints, call 311

Search ‘Eyes on the Street’ on the left side of the page, to view previous weeks’ postings.

The City will be adding four more NEHBA commercial nodes to the Minneapolis Plan. Effective Monday April 6, 2009 there will be a total of nine business nodes that are eligible for the Great Streets Business Facade Improvement Program matching grants within the NEHBA boundaries.  The program goes through May 2010 or until grant funds are exhausted which ever comes first.

Eligible Commercial Nodes   Match Ratio/Grant Maximum
36th St W & Bryant Ave S           1:2 / up to $5,000
*36th St W & Lyndale Ave S         1:2 / up to $5,000
*38th St W & Grand Ave S            1:2 / up to $5,000
38th St W & Nicollet Ave S        1:1 / upt to $5,000
*40th St W & Lyndale Ave S         1:2 / up to $5,000
43rd St W & Nicollet Ave S         1:2 / up to $5,000
46th St W & Bryant Ave S           1:2 / up to $5,000
46th St W & Nicollet Ave S         1:2 / up to $5,000
*48th St W & Nicollet Ave S         1:2 / up to $5,000

For more information click here.

The KFNA Board will meet April 1, 7-9 PM at MLK Park, rather than their regular second Wednesday of the month date.  All are welcome to attend—the beginning of each meeting is a Community Forum, a chance for neighbors or business powers to bring their questions or concerns before the board.  For more info contact sarah@kingfield.org. 

On the agenda is a discussion of the City’s Community Engagement Task Force, the Minneapolis Public Schools Changing Options Plan, and planning for the April 20th KFNA Annual Meeting and Board Election.

 

 

Northbound and southbound I-35W lane reduction in Minneapolis starts March 27
Motorists will encounter significant delays on Interstate 35W from Friday, March 27 at 9 p.m. through September when the freeway is reduced from four to three lanes between 42nd Street and the Highway 65 split near downtown Minneapolis. Read more

Please note–our server had a meltdown earlier today so this notice is being posted here until it can also be sent to our e-mail distribution list.  Sorry for the inconvenience; we expect to have it fixed in a few days.  If you are not on the e-mail list to receive weekly postings such as this, join on the left-hand side of the page.

Thank you– Admin

Content:

1)         Visit www.openarea.ning.com to talk with your neighbors about potential school changes

2)         KFNA Board Meeting Date change!  April 1 instead of April 8, MLK Park 7 PM

3)         Backyard Harvest Informational Open House, March 26, Linden Hills Park 7 PM

4)         MPLS Public Schools Area C Meeting on Class Size, March 26, Kenny School 6:30 PM

5)         Lyndale Avenue Construction Kick-off Meeting, March 31st, Painter Park 6:30 PM 

6)         The Fifth Annual Community Garden Spring Resource Fair, March 28, 9 AM-4 PM

7)         Save the Date for these April Events!

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1)            All F2 Open Area neighbors (Kingfield and East Harriet) are invited to attend a new online network where people are discussing proposed changes to the public school attendance boundaries, including ‘closing’ Open Area F2, essentially giving Kingfield neighbors a community school choice.  You are also invited to visit the network on this topic at www.openarea.ning.com. 

 

For More Info Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson at KFNA:

info@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980

2)         KFNA Board Meeting Date change!

The KFNA Board will meet April 1, 7-9 PM at MLK Park, rather than their regular second Wednesday of the month date.  All are welcome to attend—the beginning of each meeting is a Community Forum, a chance for neighbors or business powers to bring their questions or concerns before the board.  For more info contact sarah@kingfield.org

 

3)             If you missed the discussion last week at Butter about Backyard Harvest, you get another chance to learn more about the program…come learn how you can participate as a customer or volunteer with this community-building program in urban permaculture for food production.

Backyard Harvest Informational Open House
Thursday, March 26th, 7:00pm
Linden Hills Park Building, 3100 W 43rd St W, Minneapolis

 More info at www.pricoldclimate.org/backyard_harvest_customers.  Backyard Harvest is a program of the nonprofit Permaculture Research Institute – Cold Climate.

4)            MPLS Public Schools Area C Meeting

March 26th  6:30-8:30pm

Kenny Community School, 5720 Emerson Ave. South

                                              

Meetings are held monthly to discuss issues that are important to the families in the 23 schools that are in Area C.  One of the goals is to become a multi-school community that speaks with a clear voice in advocating for all of our families.  Ten representatives from this group are elected in the fall to sit at the table with Dr. Green, administrators and school board members to give input and to bring topics discussed back to the families at the next meeting.  The March 26th meeting will look at site councils and school budgets.  Many parents in Area C have expressed concern about class size. 

 

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Childcare is available, there will be translation in Spanish and Somali and this month there will be a light meal served.

Contact:  Gael Ellis, Area C Community Liaison Gael.Ellis@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

5)            Lyndale Avenue Construction Kick-off Meeting,

Painter Park, 34th and Lyndale

Tuesday, March 31st, 6:30 – 7:30 PM 

 

This meeting is to let people hear about the plans for this summer’s construction on Lyndale Avenue.  Staff from Hennepin County Public Works will be on hand to talk about the project and to answer your questions.  Monthly neighborhood informational sessions will also be held by Hennepin County Transportation on the second Tuesday of the month at Painter Park from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. starting on April 14th. These meetings will be held while Lyndale is under construction this season.

If you cannot attend the meeting (or want to find out the project status throughout the summer) visit the Lyndale Project Page supported by the East Harriet Neighborhood Association at www.eastharriet.org/lyndale-project.html  .

If you have questions contact:

Mark Hinds, Executive Director Lyndale Neighborhood Association
mark@lyndale.org  or
612.824.9402 ext 16

6)            The Fifth Annual Community Garden Spring Resource Fair
Saturday March 28th, 2009
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Unity Church- Unitarian, 732 Holly Ave, St Paul
Free Parking & $3 Suggested Donation at Door
www.gardeningmatters.org or call Gardening Matters at 612-492-8964.

Keynote Paula Westmoreland, Executive Director, Permaculture Research Institute-Cold Climate: Creating a strong urban food system and a healthy ecological culture. Eight workshops, activities for the kids, and engaging educational displays throughout the day! Capping the day, a Town Hall Meeting highlighting local government efforts supporting local food! Details and directions at

7)            Mark Your Calendar for these Important April Events!

April 20, KFNA Annual Meeting (7 PM) and Taste of Kingfield (6 PM)! MLK Park

See http://kingfield.org/kfna-annual-meeting-monday-april-20-7-9-pm-mlk-park-41st-and-nicollet/ for more details.  And are you a new business in the neighborhood—you are invited to introduce yourself to the community at this meeting…visit http://kingfield.org/opportunity-for-new-kingfield-businesses-and-organizations/ for more info!

 

Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is April 25 & 26 . 

Sixty homes, 39 in Minneapolis (including one in Kingfield!) and 21 in Saint Paul will be featured on the Tour. Homes on the free, self-guided tour will be open Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m.

 

Also on April 25—Save the morning for the first ever 8th Ward/All Neighborhood Community Meeting hosted by Councilperson Elizabeth Glidden.  Stay tuned for more details!

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The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) manages this List for the purpose of informing neighbors of events and issues that directly affect Kingfield neighborhood.  This list is never shared nor sold to any other organizations.  Kingfield is defined as 35W to Lyndale Avenue South and from 36th Street through 46th Street.  All List recipients are invited to share neighborhood news with other members by sending messages to sarah@kingfield.org ; please indicate in the subject line that it is a message for the Kingfield E-mail List.  All messages will be screened and no commercial or political messages will be posted.  The List Administrator will make the final decision as to the relevancy of all messages before they are posted to the Kingfield E-mail List.  Many messages concerning smaller neighborhood issues or questions we will simply answer directly, rather than posting to the entire list, or may be posted on our web/blog at www.kingfield.org

 

Kingfield’s own ‘Studio Bricolage’ at Leonardo’s Basement was featured in Saturday’s Star Tribune in the Variety section. Great photos! Read it online here: http://activepaper.olivesoftware.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=TVNULzIwMDkvMDMvMjEjQXIwODEwNA==&Mode=HTML&Locale=english-skin-custom

 

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