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!

Today!  Monday 15 December, 3:00 – 5:00 PM @ Blackbird Café (38th & Nicollet)

We continue our Third Week of the Month Happy Hour for Kingfield Home-Based Professionals. As usual, it’s just a friendly gathering of home-based professionals—no formal agenda.

We’re also excited to announce our next formal event to be held in the early evening on Monday 26 January in Kingfield (Homebased Mid-winter Escape III!) Save the date; details to follow shortly.

Please RSVP for Happy Hour at or email

The Free Super Saturday Program atInnerCity Tennisis a fantastic way to spend time as a family. The Saturday Program will start up again this Saturday December 6th. Level 1 (age 3-6) and Level 2 (age7-10) starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:30. Level 3 (age 11-13) and Level 4 (age 14-18) starts at 4:30 and ends at 6:00. For more information click on the link

Volunteer as a family and help coach hundreds of young children through the Kidspeed Stations. Please sign up here if you want to volunteer as a family.

This will be the perfect opportunity to checkout the new bubbles if you haven’t seen them! (Hint Hint!)

While you are out shopping this weekend, please consider picking up something extra for those in need.  The Aliveness Project needs donations of new gifts for their Holiday Basket Program for HIV+ people, including these specific items (new only, please!):
– Long-sleeve shirts for men (especially need medium size right now, but any size can be used)
– Small household appliances and silverware sets
– Gloves and hats for men
– Gifts for teens
– Long underwear for any age
– Gift cards
Please drop your gifts (unwrapped) off at The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue, 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday.

You can also sign up to adopt or deliver specific baskets at:

Also a special request: The Aliveness Project must raise $1600 to reach greater MN members this holiday season!  The Aliveness Project needs $1600.00 to cover the shipping costs to be able to deliver the Greater Minnesota holiday packages for 170 patients and their families living with HIV/AIDS. They are short this year; Teamsters are donating labor and supplies, and UPS is giving a discount, and they both have volunteers personally delivering the other packages for those living in the 11 county metro. Donations to the Aliveness Project for the MHP Greater MN Holiday Care Packages are tax-deductible. Donations in any amount could be made in person or via Mail to: The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Ave So, Minneapolis, MN 55408 with note or memo: MHP (MinnKota Health Project) Greater MN Holiday Care Package Shipping.

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!

Construction of the Seward Coop Friendship store is well underway at 3rd Avenue South and E 38th Street.  Seward recently provided a project update, including an update on project hiring and construction, which is available here.

Seward Open House and Project Office hosted at Sabathani.  Seward will host an open house at Sabathani Community Center, room 103 on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Several co-op managers and staff will be available to answer questions and discuss the project. This display will be open in room 103 until November 28th. After that point the display will move to the “project office” on the second floor of Sabathani. The office will be open to the public during business hours for the duration of the construction schedule.

The City’s current franchise agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, both signed in the early 1990s, expire at the end of this year. The new franchise agreements would begin in January 2015 and have a term with a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 with the potential to renew for up to 20. They would maintain the current formula for establishing the fees utilities collect from customers to pay the City.

 More information is available about the tentative Clean Energy Partnership and franchise agreements here.


Mayor  Betsy Hodges and the City Council have approved agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy that, among other things, establish a first-of-its-kind City-utility Clean Energy Partnership which will have the City and the utility companies collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals. These goals include making energy affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases.

The Clean Energy Partnership came about following discussions over renewing the City’s franchise agreements with the two utilities. Many communities in Minnesota negotiate franchise agreements with utility companies to identify the conditions under which the companies are allowed to use public property to provide service to local residents and businesses. A fee for that use is negotiated through franchise agreements, and utilities collect that fee from their customers.

Under the Clean Energy Partnership agreements, a board will be created that includes the mayor, two council members, the city coordinator and two senior officials from each of the two utilities. An Energy Vision Advisory Committee will also be established to provide feedback on the board’s work plan and gather feedback from critical Minneapolis communities. The board’s work plan will be shaped by Minneapolis’ adopted Climate Action Plan and may include ideas such as:

  • Giving customers additional choices about the way their energy is generated.
  • Increasing residential and business use of new and existing energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs to help consumers control energy costs and reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Supporting the development of renewable energy in the city and in Minnesota.
  • Exploring and implementing ways for the City to reduce its own energy use and increase its use of clean and renewable energy.

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