Kingfield PorchFest = Fun!

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40 Musical Groups + 25 sites + 3hours 

Porchfest.2CKingfield’s PorchFest offered a summer evening of uber-local, amazingly diverse music, co-mingled with active participation on the part of listeners…and the results were AWESOME!

Thank you to each and every musical performing group, our many hosts, and the hundreds and hundreds of participants that biked or walked from site to site over the three hours. We know there was so much music happening that there was truly no way you could hear it all! Hosts and musicians, we still would like to get your feedback on the evening: send your comments to sarah@kingfield.org and these will be taken into consideration as we begin planning for Kingfield PorchFest 2016!
Listeners, if you have comments we are happy to hear them as well including who was your favorite performer of the evening?! Let us know and maybe we can save them a spot on the Local Stage at Nicollet Open Streets in September!

Kingfield PorchFest Tonight 6-9 PM!

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Porchfest.2CThe weather is perfect for a stroll through Kingfield and LOTS of live music!  Come enjoy the 1st Annual Kingfield PorchFest, a project of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association.  Music tonight will be performed on over 25 local front stoops by over 40 musical groups!

Check out the map either online to put on your phone or download a paper copy of the 2015 Kingfield PorchFest Map!  Then pack a picnic, push the baby, pedal the bike from site to site and listen to the talent in our neighborhood!  Remember to pack your pockets full of change to love your love and appreciation for musicians via their tip jars as well!

Questions regarding the event should be directed to Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director at sarah@kingfield.org.

Kingfield Porchfest Map Released!

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Porchfest.2CWoo Hoo!  Check out the Kingfield Porchfest map and get ready to get your groove on Thursday June 18!

Thank you musicians and hosts and volunteers for ramping up our neighborhood with such an awesome event!

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?usp=sharing&mid=zQHnVbmJh4n8.kTa70WCQlIWY

Porchfest.2CPorchfest is an evening of free acoustical music (6-9 PM) held at free venues throughout Kingfield on a single evening. PorchFest is a chance for you to walk the dog, stroll the baby, or pack a cool beverage and meander with your honey from home to home enjoying the beauty and talent of our amazing neighborhood! Artists performing at this event are doing so to share their love of music so please also pack your pockets with change to share your love back with them in the form of tips!

Kingfield Neighborhood Association will be providing maps for you to discover over 20 performing musical groups around Kingfield. For more details on bands visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KingfieldNeighborhoodAssociation?fref=ts

Looking forward to listening to some great local music and enjoying some beautiful weather on June 18th!

Fire on the Greenway –Mother’s Day Sale!

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Friday May 8, 5-10 PM & Saturday May 9, 1-7 PM

2845 Harriet Ave. S

Support the 15 local and independent potters that support Kingfield’s Empty Bowls at this once-a-year sale at Fire on the Greenway! The event features ceramic works, both functional and sculptural. For more info visit their website at http://www.fireonthegreenway.com

Playground Groundbreaking Celebration

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The public is invited to join in the groundbreaking celebration for the new playground at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Wednesday, May 6 at noon (4055 Nicollet Ave. So.) The event will be held at the site of the current playground.

The playground will be the first in the state of Minnesota to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and African-American History. In collaboration with four local African-American artists and design consultants, the neighborhood and its stakeholders have designed a park that will inspire children, their parents, fellow neighbors and friends of the community.

Main elements of the new playground will include:
• interpretive panels with historical information and QR code links to the African-American Registry website
• a climbing structure replicating the Edmund Pettus Bridge
• a climbable mountaintop
• an educational staircase illustrating authors of African Heritage
• a flag from the Red Hand Division WWI African-American regiment
• themed children’s play to highlight African-American inventors, including our own Minnesotan, Frederick McKinley Jones.

The old playground will be completely removed and a new one installed. This special event will feature a brief program, official groundbreaking and light refreshments to follow.

Questions? Contact: Colleen O’Dell, MPRB Planning, codell@minneapolisparks.org, 612-230-6469

Rethinking our narrow, often ugly freeway pedestrian bridges

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Reposted from MINNPOST By Bill Lindeke | 03/20/15

40th Street Pedestrian Bridge Yarn Bomb by Hot TeaA freeway pedestrian bridge is probably the least pleasant place to spend time in today’s modern city. Often they’re narrow, utilitarian spaces surrounded by wire mesh cages, and every moment you’re perched inside, the exhaust and sound of cars flood your senses. They’re often covered in graffiti, and to many they seem like the epitome of urban dilapidation. It’s hard to imagine a less appealing setting.

But at the same time, these simple bridges can be the only link between neighborhoods that were cut in two by freeways generations ago. After decades of neglect, state agencies and community groups are starting to rethink how we design and build pedestrian bridges over our ubiquitous freeways.

Read about some specific problem bridges including our own 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge: http://www.minnpost.com/…/rethinking-our-narrow-often-ugly-…

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