The 2013 Program is currently scheduled to be Saturday mornings only, starting Saturday, June 8th, through Saturday, August 3rd. The kids and families are told to show up by 10 AM, and, depending on age group of the kids, we will be done by 11:15 AM.
This is the 11th year of the current version of the Little Kids Soccer Program at King Park. The Program was started as a Kingfield Nieghborhood Association (KFNA) Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) in 2002, with the objective of drawing Kingfield families with young children to King Park with a fun, family-friendly, outdoors program. The Little Kids Soccer Program is about kids (and their parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents) having fun playing games using a soccer ball, or many balls. It is not about creating soccer teams, playing a bunch of regular soccer games (at least not much). We do not form the kids into soccer teams. Whichever kids show up on a given Saturday (sometimes up to 75+) are placed in appropriate age groups, and we use the games you as the coaches choose to keep the kids moving and having fun. For the older age groups we often end a session with a 10-minute regular soccer game, sometimes with just kids, sometimes intermixed with parents, anunts, uncles, and grandparents). Obviously not all games are appropriate for all of our age-groups of kids. Those working with the 4-year-olds, in particular, play with the most simplified of games, and usually conclude sessions with the hokey-pokey and a round of “duck, duck, grey-duck”.
Registering kids for the Program can be done on-line by going to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board web site, and follow to the “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” page for finding the program under the registration listings. The standard cost for the program for the summer is $20, but there is a waiver possible (fill out and submit the waiver form). No Minneapolis resident will be turned away due to inability to pay the $20 registration fee. It is also possible to register at the field along 42nd Street, particularly between 9:30 AM to 10 AM on the first several Saturdays of the sessions.
This program is volunteer-led, thanks to the dedication of Kingfield neighbor Michael Vanderford. You may contact him with any questions at ‘michaeljvanderford at gmail.com’
7-8 PM, MLK Park
Guest Presentation on the City of Minneapolis draft “Blueprint for Equity”. View it here:
Community Forum following until roughly 7:30, followed by the KFNA Board regular monthly meeting which includes a brief presentation by the MPLS Park and Rec Board regarding the procedures and outreach plan for the new MLK Park Playground. The meeting will close at 8 PM for a New Board Orientation.
Join us for the Unveiling Celebration! Food, music, and GREAT art on Saturday April 27 at 1 PM,MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet! Learn more and share the Facebook Event:
This is a project of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association & VOA Southwest Senior Center funded by the City of Minneapolis Graffiti Prevention Grant and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Legacy Fund.
See the growing community window-map at Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet!
And while you are there, be sure to tell Dan Swenson-Klatt, Butter owner, congratulations for being elected to the Kingfield Neighborhood Association Board of Directors! Our six new Board Members plus one of our Alternates are pictured below.
Stop by Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet, and add a post-it note, or even bring a small photo of your favorite place or memory of Kingfield on the giant window map facing Nicollet Avenue! This was the KFNA annual meeting planning team’s idea to to encourage neighbors to think about and share what they love about our neighborhood!
Please come (with friends and families!) and start filling the map in before the KFNA Annual Meeting on Monday April 22, 6:30 PM, also at Butter!
Wednesday April 17
5:30 PM, RSVP Required
Create new friendships and connections, conspire happily in the creation of community-building events, and engage in nuanced and creative discussions on how to promote the welfare of our neighborhood, our city and our world. Yes, KFNA is seeking new board members!In advance of the April 22 Annual Meeting KFNA invites you visit come to a party and talk. We’ll have pizza and drinks, and conversation about the pain and the pleasures of joining the KFNA board, what skills and interests are on our “wish list” to supplement the strengths of the current board, and why joining the board might make the coming year interesting and enlivening for you.
Let Board Member Hetal Delal know in advance so we have enough food and drink, and we’ll even work out child care if you need it as well. RVSP to 612-724-0117, or hetal at kingfield dot org. You can also visit the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/224387377704221/
Monday April 22 at Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet!
6:30 PM Potluck & Social/ 7:00 PM Meeting
KFNA’s Annual Meeting is taking a page from its own playbook and moving out into the neighborhood this year! Historically the meeting takes place on a beautiful spring evening, and people are a bit hesitant to come into the park building and miss the first lick of sunshine, so this year we are holding the annual meeting inside the big-windowed, bright new space of the lovely Butter Bakery Cafe.
On Monday, April 22, at 6:30 PM we welcome you to join the KFNA Board and your neighbors at Butter, 3700 Nicollet, for a Kingfield-only potluck party. The event will include the melodious sounds of Kingfield musician Benjamin Pena, delicious treats handmade by Butter themselves, and information from KFNA on activities and events from the year past and for the year to come.
Also at this meeting we will welcome six new board members, elected by you, the public. You can even be one of these board members if you want—you may contact Executive Director Sarah Linnes-Robinson anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.823.5980 and she will be happy to chat with you about board needs and responsibilities. Or, simply nominate yourself at the Annual meeting while you are there! Each KFNA Board member serves a two-year term.
We hope to see you at Butter on April 22…and wander by beginning April 16th to watch, and help create!, the growing community-window-art map of Kingfield!