Tough economic times have affected many of our families. Community Action of Minneapolis has a federal Energy Assistance program that is funded through the Minnesota Department of Commerce to provide help with gas or electric bills. They will use your past 3 months of household income and or last year’s federal tax forms for self-employment income to make eligibility determinations. In addition, your eligibility status will allow you to be referred to other programs designed to help with your housing and family needs, including:

  • Free home energy audit, free replacement compact florescent bulbs
  • Replacement and recycling of old refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners
  • Weatherization program

Application deadline is May 31 for this year’s programs. More information, including income guidelines, can be downloaded here (2 pg Word document.) Complete information and application forms can be found at Community Action of Minneapolis’ website

Please share this information with others you know who might be eligible! Flyer in English and Spanish

To Kingfield Community Members,

The reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue is currently scheduled to begin in 2012 and will take two years to complete.  The construction process will involve a complete street reconstruction, similar to what took place on Lake Street.  The reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue will be both a challenging time for neighborhood businesses and residents as well as an important opportunity to plan for the future and to encourage investment in the community.

The Steering Committee is being organized by the Lyndale and Kingfield Neighborhood Associations in partnership with the City of Minneapolis in order to ensure the community is involved in the planning process for the street design.

The purpose of the Committee is to:
A)  Be the connection between the community and the design process.
B)  Help shepherd the project through the planning and construction process.
C)  Solicit and organize input from community members, property owners, business owners and managers, and other users of the Nicollet Corridor.
D)  Be honest brokers between the different ideas and interests for the project.
E)  Identify and communicate ways to support businesses and residents who will be impacted during the construction process.
F)  Facilitate communication during the construction process.
 
The Committee is expected to meet at least once per month, and often more, during the next 10 months of the design process and will be charged with conducting extensive outreach to solicit input from other community members including hosting a number of community input meetings.  The Committee will also work with the City and community members during the construction process to ensure that construction goes as smoothly as possible.

The Committee will ideally have eight to ten community members representing a mix of property owners, businesses, and homeowners from both Lyndale and Kingfield.  The first Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 5th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the LNA Offices (3537 Nicollet Avenue).  If you are interested in serving on the Committee please let KFNA know.  If there are more people interested in serving than there are slots available, the boards’ of the respective organizations will make the final appointments.  Please feel free to contact either Sarah Linnes-Robinson (sarah@kingfield.org /612.823.5980) if you would like to discuss the Committee or the project further, or to express your interest in serving and RSVP for the first committee meeting on April 5th.

Sincerely,

Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director sarah@kingfield.org, Kingfield Neighborhood Association

SUNDAY March 28th 1-4pm

Free Sample Classes!

1:10–1:50: Read more

After last year’s tornado and the entrance of emerald ash borer in Minneapolis this year, what are the options and resources for rebuilding our tree canopy and creating garden spaces to enhance our neighborhoods?
 
We have a star-studded panel of “greening” experts who will describe projects planned for Ward 8 neighborhoods and resources available to residents and businesses! From boulevard tree planting to replace tornado damage, to raingarden projects to protect our environment, to community gardening tips, come for inspiration and to learn about these important projects.
 
Please join Elizabeth on Friday, March 26th as we hear from Park Board Forester Ralph Sievert, Gabriella Gesch of Metro Blooms, Ila Duntemann of Gardening Matters, and your neighbors for this “green” discussion.
 
Early Mornings with Elizabeth
Friday March 26, 7:30-9 am
Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S
(in the Pizza Bigga room)

Help Minneapolis’ urban forest–order an inexpensive tree to enjoy in your yard! 
 
More than 1,000 trees are being made available to Minneapolis residents for planting this spring. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help build the city’s tree canopy. The trees cost $25 each, residents can order one tree per household, and all trees are available first-come, first-served. Last month, the emerald ash borer was found in Minneapolis and could potentially contribute to the decline of all of the City’s more than 200,000 ash trees.  Planting a new tree now will help start the next generation of trees.
 
Varieties of trees available are Fat Albert spruce, pagoda dogwood, Kentucky coffee tree, blue beech, Merrill magnolia, regal prince oak, Canada select chokecherry, Redmond linden and burgundy belle maple.
 
Orders for trees can be placed at www.treetrust.org. You can also order a tree by calling (651) 644-5800.  In previous years, the trees have sold quickly, so place your order early.
 
Folks who order trees will need to pick them up on one of three days at the Minneapolis Impound Lot, 51 Colfax Ave. N.
 
• Saturday, May 8
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
• Sunday, May 9
8 a.m. to noon
 
• Monday, May 10
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more

Sunday, April 11 at 2:00pm- 6:00pm
Where: Colorwheel Gallery Read more

Kingfield’s Community Art Show is this Saturday, March 20 and the on-line show is available for your viewing here! 90 artists share 120 works–all for sale at this one-night event and silent auction! All pieces sold by auction Saturday, March 20.

Food prepared by local restaurants including Anodyne, Butter Bakery Cafe, Cafe Ena, El Meson, King’s Wine Bar. Menu creation, food preparation, service, and presentation overseen by Good Life Catering.  Serving wine by the glass selected by Cat and Fiddle and Surly Beer at a cash bar.  

Buy your $10.00 pre-show tickets at Anodyne or online at www.kingfield.org (lefthand side of the page) until Saturday afternoon.  Tickets at the door are $20.  All proceeds go directly to arts activities, events, and projects in Kingfield Neighborhood.

Questions should be directed to info@kingfield.org

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