CarolingReverse Caroling, you ask, what is THAT?   The households listed below are gathering a troop of non-wandering minstrels who will play and sing holiday tunes by an outdoor fire. We have heard rumors of guitars, jug bands, and even accordions joining in the merriment and coming together with you to raise your communal voices to the stars! To join the fun all you need to do is bundle up, pack a warm beverage in a mug, and visit any or all of the following sites! Bring your own sing sheets, or some sites will also have them provided. Instruments and children are welcome too, of course!

Reverse Caroling Host Sites:

  • 3640 Garfield Ave
  • 4203 Blaisdell Ave
  • 4019 Blaisdell Ave
  • 3700 Nicollet Ave (Note, this location is indoors at Butter Bakery Café where communal caroling will also be offered! Frigid weather is not an excuse to not participate!)

Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Director, at if you have questions.

Neighbors: If you want to join in the fun last minute, just add your address to the Facebook Event! All we ask is that you have a fire going from 6:30-8 PM, be welcome to everyone joining you, and be committed to singing carols (providing song sheets is optional!)

Also, all neighbors, just for fun, we ask that if possible you light a luminary in your yard on Monday evening to light the way for your neighbors on their evening walk!

ColorWheel SnipSaturday & Sunday, December 6th & 7th, 2-8 PM, 46th and Grand

Come & Support our Local Artists while you shop for Fun & Funky gifts in a Comfortable & Interesting Atmosphere with Cool Art, Sweet Treats, Community Networking & Conversation. 2 day opening reception featuring Art by Tammy Ortegon, Gordon Coons, Eileen Connor, Edoardo Ortegon, Eileen Espinosa & Fantasticl Jewelry by WreckCycled, Ixmukane Accesories, Paulina Jacobsson & more!

Saturday Dec. 6th, 4:00-6:00 PM: Treat yourself to a Chair Massage by Cynthia Reuss, Massage Therapist specializing in deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy. She will be charging $1.oo a minute that she will be will be donating to a Local Food Shelf. Work out that Holiday Stress & move more Gracefully into the New Year!

Sunday Dec. 7th, 2:00-8:00 PM: We are Happy to have “Herban Vagabond Apothecary” join us with her cabinet of curiosities, enchanting elixirs, and decadent herbal delights from the heart of Mother Earth! All products are made with love by Powderhorn Community Herbalist Jessica Belden

Stop back to the ColorWheel on Sunday December 14th 2:00-6:00pm for a FREE Artist Talk & Art Workshop with Gordon Coons! Bring your Family & Friends to Create a Ojibwa Woodland Art Style, linoleum block print.

KFNA is looking for looking 2-3 additional sites in Kingfield to be, on a yet to be determined date in December, a “reverse caroling” site!

Reverse Caroling, you ask, what is THAT?   We are seeking households with a musical bend willing to stoke up the fire pit and hang out in their front yard singing holiday songs and possibly playing instruments on a yet-to-be-determined evening. KFNA will publish a map of the locations and encourage neighbors to walk to one or more of the homes to sing along as “reverse carolers”!

No date has been determined but we are thinking a weekday evening, not a weekend…..

Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Director, at if you are interested in hosting a caroling site!

1454761_1494092984187356_3091744921954191011_nWhat is Plaid Friday Twin Cities?

Plaid Friday is a network of local, independent businesses joining together to support small retail stores during the holiday shopping season. Here’s their plan: Stay home with your family on Thanksgiving, forget about long lines in cold big box store parking lots, dress up in plaid, & shop local on Black Friday. Get great deals on cool stuff & have fun!

More info here:


Join Butter Bakery Cafe for Plaid Friday and show your neighborhood pride and support local businesses on one of the biggest retail days of the year. In appreciation, Butter will offer a special gift and half price coffee and tea to anyone wearing plaid. Our holiday tea lovers gift package will also be on sale, featuring tea from locally owned TeaSource.

Visit the  ColorWheel Gallery on NOV 28th, 12:00-7:00pm for a sneak peek of All Our Holiday Treasures. Enjoy Hot Cider & Cookies and remember if you wear PLAID you will Receive 10% off your Entire Purchase!


Refusing to shop at all on Friday? Be sure to consider spending your hard-earned cash the next day on “Small Business Saturday”, at local small, businesses, of course!

KFNA is excited about our new 2015 Empty Bowls logo created by Alex Kern of alex v kern DESIGN, a homebased business owner in Kingfield! Thanks, Alex, for your support of KFNA!


Learn more about Kingfield’s 2015 Empty Bowls event here!

Register here!
Intro to Welding    Thursday, November 13, 7 pm
  Second Thursday of each and every month
Wood Carving With a Knife
  Tuesdays, November 11, 18, 25, 6:30 pm
Machine Shop Intro
  Thursday, November 20, 7 pm   FREE!
3D printing:  What’s all the Fuss?
  Tuesdays, December 2 & 9, 7 pm
      We have two machines for you to explore
Gift Making Workshop
  Friday, December 12, 7 pm
    Use the laser engraver and other tools
to make small molded concrete, jewelry
    and found object art. We have a lot of 
    wood to use for imaginative projects

KFNALogoGive to the Max Day has become a veritable annual holiday of giving to the causes and organizations that Minnesotans care about. Last year the day was so successful at generating donations that the computers crashed. This year, just like shopping for the holidays, you can order now and schedule your gift to be given on the big day! We at KFNA ask, as you weigh who to share your hard-earned dollars with, to consider sharing it with your neighborhood association, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA).

Kingfield neighborhood is special for a lot of reasons, but a lot of those reasons come back to your neighborhood association. KFNA has worked really hard for the last 20 years to engage amazing neighbors in their very own neighborhood. The goal in doing this work is to assist residents in developing and sharing their own special talents and skills to solve both smaller, neighborhood-level concerns but also to pilot programs and projects that can be duplicated across the City.

KFNA has helped develop programs and leaders in the areas of urban agriculture including farmers markets and community gardens, alternative energy including solar and geo-thermal education and installation, public art including tried and true methods to deter graffiti and build identity using exterior business murals and wrapped utility boxes, and much more including programs and projects focused on store-front development, street usage and traffic calming, recycling, race-based discussions and building connections to other neighborhoods and communities, and affordable housing. KFNA uses your donations to support these programs and more.

Some of you might ask, why should I give money to my nonprofit neighborhood organization? Neighborhood groups receive financial support from the City of Minneapolis to do their work, don’t they?


Although KFNA is fortunate to receive some support from the City of Minneapolis for the outreach and long-range planning we do in the neighborhood, the City only provides about $50,000 annually, which is about 50% of KFNA’s annual operating budget. Let’s be frank. $50,000 is not enough money to employ two part-time staff, maintain an office and communication channels via websites, e-mail (like this one!), and social media, pay for insurance, accounting services, and plan and implement numerous projects and events annually.


To continue to do all the work we do in Kingfield Neighborhood, we need your financial support as well. Donations can be made via Give MN page, or visit the Kingfield Neighborhood Association page at to learn more about the work we do first, and make a donation from there.

Gifts in of any size are greatly appreciated and put to work in your neighborhood!

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