LOWBROW_logoWhat better way to spend a Wednesday afternoon but at The Lowbrow with your neighbors who are also your fellow homebased workers?!

Our next Third Week of the Month Happy Hour will be on Wednesday 19 November from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at The Lowbrow (4244 Nicollet). As usual, no formal agenda–just a casual gathering of friendly home-based professionals for conversations and networking.

Please RSVP on our LinkedIn Group https://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&gid=4812315&type=member&item=5936603243898486785  or email scott@kingfield.org if you can join us.

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 http://kingfield.org 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!

Empty BowlsTuesday Nov. 18, evening, Washburn High School

KFNA has partnered with Washburn Community Education and Washburn High School to offer this single evening Pottery Throw-Down Event! Experienced potters will fill the wheels at Washburn on this evening and throw bowls for the Kingfield Empty Bowls event, which is a fundraiser held in February each year for Nicollet Square.

Clay provided. Bowls will be used at various public schools and community events for “Paint-a-Bowl” events in december and early January! Interested in getting your hands dirty? Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson , KFNA Executive Director at Sarah@kingfield.org. Please note, speed and experience on the wheel are a must!  Space is limited so contact us quickly!

Volunteers will also be needed to assist the potters! Want to help? Want to watch? Contact KFNA!

Nicollet-Votes-Logo-SingleKFNA will be at the park all day Tuesday celebrating the conclusion of Nicollet Votes which had accomplished the following two weeks ago (meaning our number are even higher now!):

  • 75 volunteers shifts,
  • 1361 doors knocked,
  • 455 conversations,
  • 25 voters registered.

KFNA will be located north of the park building under the blue tent next to the roaring bonfire, chatting with voters and providing free coffee and treats donated by our fabulous local cafes. Be sure to stop by on your way to, or from the polls!

This event is supported with delicious coffee and treats by our independently owned cafes including Five Watt CoffeeButter Bakery CafeBull Run CafeCurran’s Restaurant and Royal Grounds Coffee, as well as Bruegger’s Bagels! Stop by the tent before or after you vote! 

Nicollet-Votes-Logo-SingleIt’s getting down to the wire–the Election is Coming and YOU Can Help Increase Voter Turnout by Participating in Nicollet Votes, A Project Targeted at Increasing Voter turnout in South Minneapolis

The final doorknocking date in Kingfield is Saturday November 1, 11 AM-1:30 PM. To sign-up visit this link.

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. This 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 community we want to live.  Read more about the project in the recent edition of the Southwest Journal.

Questions? Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson atinfo@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980.

FIRE

Friday, October 24th 6:30pm at MLK Park

Our annual fall bonfire will celebrate the great work by neighborhood Block Leads!  The bonfire starts at 6:30pm on the north side of the recreation center near the Mosaic Garden – free s’mores and apple cider for all!  Plus, our fabulous storyteller will be making a return visit to share a spooky story around the bonfire for young and old!

–organized by KFNA and supported in partnership with MLK Park

 

Beans

Beans

The Kingfield Community Garden Group is a project of the nonprofit Kingfield Neighborhood Associationwhose mission is to create a network of gardens and access to fresh food throughout the neighborhood in south Minneapolis. “Community gardens work because people take mutual ownership of a space and are brought together because of it,” says Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kingfield Neighborhood Association executive director. Read more!

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