August 12, 2014

BY: Michelle Bruch, Southwest Journal
Minneapolis neighborhoods investigate community-shared solar projects

With most of Minneapolis’ roofs too shady for solar panels, neighborhoods across Southwest are exploring the idea of solar gardens.

In a solar garden, homeowners or businesses can buy a share in a new solar installation and see their proportion of power generation deducted from Xcel energy bills. State legislation approved in 2013 first allowed community-shared solar gardens, and a decision last week by the Public Utilities Commission cleared the way for projects to begin.

Read the rest here: http://www.southwestjournal.com/news/news/solar-gardens-prepare-to-shine

 

On the north side of MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet

Thursday August 14, 6-7:30 PM

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An intersection of art, culture, fresh food, and community at our community park –stop by for a little of each!

Artist:  Tammy Ortegon, seed art

Movement: Nan Zosel, Yoga in the Park (bring your own mat!)

Food: Marianna Padilla, sample chilled cucumber soup and chipotle herb butter on fresh bread prepared by Marianna working with the Urban Farming Kids

Music: Andrew Young, acoustic guitar student of ‘Devin Hill Guitar’ at the Center for Performing Arts

August 10, 8:30 AM -1 PM, 4310 Nicollet Avenue South

Nicollet Ace Hardware is bringing their Canning Master to the Market this Sunday to show you all how it is done! Come meet Mary Woell and watched some cukes get canned. Still wondering if you can really do that all by yourself? Talk to Mary about registering for one, or all four, of the Fresh Food Preservation Classes, happening this fall at MLK Park, or register at the links below.

Two classes of the September Thursday evening classes are taught by Mary who is a personal chef, culinary teacher and demonstrator, and a master preserver through the U of MN Extension Service: Canning with Confidence and Fun with Fermentation. The other two classes are taught by Kingfield neighbor Marianna Padilla, who has been gardening in the neighborhood for over forty years and teaching organic vegetarian cooking for over 30: Preserving Your Garden: Freezing and Preserving your Garden: Dehydrating.

You can also take advantage of the entire series of preservation classes at one low discounted price. Preserving your garden utilizing both freezing and dehydrating methods to maximize freshness throughout the year. Canning with Confidence will give you a basic introduction and take it a step further using fermentation to can sauerkraut for years of enjoyment. Our Gardening Masters will show you hands-on methods they have developed over a lifetime of working in their backyard gardens! Register for the series of 4 classes here:https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/41600

 

The Garden Preservation Program is a partnership between KFNA and MLK Park.

TigerLion Arts’ next production is Nature – a walking play performed in the beautiful surroundings of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Performances are September 12 through October 12.

Nature
seeks a community chorus
Want to be part of the show? We’re creating a chorus to sing, move and play as a community that surrounds the story and represents, both physically and sonically, the many levels and manifestations of the natural world. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in ensemble-based theater and choral voice work, as well as to rehearse and perform in the lush environment of the arboretum.

No prior experience or formal training is required. For full details and schedules, see a full description here or on our website. If you have further questions, join us at our information session on Sunday July 26, 1pm-3pm, at the Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Av, Minneapolis, or email nature@tigerlion.org.

Tickets and maps for the 6th Annual Kingfield Neighborhood Garden Tour will be available tonight beginning at 5:30pm at 4444 Garfield Ave S. Join us as we explore the wonderful gardens in our neighborhood, and end with a celebration at the Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden. Tickets are $10.

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The 2014 self-guided tour starts between 6-6:30 PM on Thursday, July 10, at 4444 Garfield Ave …and concludes with a celebration of community and gardening at Kingfield’s Pleasant Community Garden, 38th and Pleasant Ave S, next to the Center for Performing Arts at 8 PM! Tickets only $10 each—100% of proceeds go to supporting Community Garden Projects in Kingfield including the new 37th Street Community Garden, the Mosaic Garden at MLK, and the future Bread Oven coming to the Pleasant community Garden!

Be sure to pick-up your tickets for this year’s Kingfield Neighborhood Garden Tour at Nicollet Ace Hardware (3805 Nicollet Ave S), or Tickets and Tour Maps will also be available at the start of the tour from 5:45pm-6:45pm on Thursday July 10.

Tickets are $10. All proceeds from the garden tour will be donated in direct support for Kingfield Community Gardens. For additional information or questions contact KFNA at info@kingfield.org / www.kingfield.org /612.823.5980. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/663963170364617/

At the Market on Sunday July 13…

Food, produce, and the Center for Energy and Environment will be tabling on Sunday with information about residential energy programs! The KFNA table will highlight information on the Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit, which is discounted to $70 in MPLS. The visit includes a team of energy consultants evaluating energy savings opportunities, installing energy efficient materials, performing diagnostic tests, and helping with next steps. Already had a visit? Stop by to learn about the new Energy Fit Homes certification.

…& Makers Market across the Street! Come check out great handmade items by local artists and crafters. The event takes place right across the street from the Kingfield Farmer’s Market. Enjoy handmade and homegrown goodness from 8 AM- 2 PM in the Frame Ups parking lot, 4325 Nicollet! https://www.facebook.com/events/257167371157122/

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