YouthLink’s Nicollet Square housing project sits right in the Kingfield Neighborhood. We have received notice that a food-related project of theirs, which includes re-establishing the community garden space at Nicollet Square, is in the running for a United Way award and grant. 

According to Nicollet Square, “We envision the future of our community garden space as a community-wide initiative. If we receive this award, we’ll be reaching out to community members and organizations to work together in the gardens, host harvest dinners, and in general, create opportunities for building relationships among our young people and the greater community.”

Please share the link below with your friends and colleagues, encourage them to support this important project, and vote DAILY for “Youthlink” through January 27!

  • Click this link:
  • Scroll down to where it says “Cast your vote now!” and look for YouthLink under the “Fill the Plate” section.
  • Click the button next to YouthLink, then scroll down and hit “submit” and you’re done!

Determined by popular vote, the winner of the Greater Twin Cities United Way Centennial Volunteer Project will be awarded a $40,000 grant.  You can vote once per day now through the 27th of January. Votes are tabulated by IP address so it is ok to vote on both your computer and phone. Help us spread the word, cast your vote, and make nutritious food available for every youth!

A Kingfield Bee Conversation

Wednesday January 28

7 PM, location TBD

As many of you now know, KFNA has approved moving ahead with a hive at the Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden on the rooftop of the Center for Performing Arts.  While we are excited to be taking a step in increasing bee housing in the neighborhood, we also want to begin to discuss how we can engage the community and share information on this hive and how it fits into the bigger picture of our urban environment.

If you are interested in this topic please contact KFNA’s Executive Director at!

10923103_10152938896461233_1265136452_oMoksha by The Hop

Monday January 12, 5:30-10 PM at the Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant

Come ready to take a joyous inner self-journey through creative interactive media at the HOP’s inaugural event Moksha.

This event is your one-stop spot for:

- Fantastic and Original Art

- Great Conversation

- New Exciting People

- Diverse Interaction

- Free Massages and Body Work

- Kundalini Yoga

- Vinyasa Yoga

- Self-Created Inspiration

- Creative Ecstatic Dance

The event kicks off with an amazing community workshop brought to you by Inspyre, and continues throughout the night leaving you with a renewed mind, body, and spirit for 2015.  For a full schedule of activities and timing please visit the Facebook page!

Cost $5, or more if you are able.

Have you ever wondered what you can do to help someone that is panhandling?  Who should you call if you are worried about someone sleeping in a car? When the temperature plummets and winter arrives, who can people experiencing homelessness turn to when they need help finding a safe place to stay and a way to come in from the cold to stable housing?  Call The Outreach Team!

The St. Stephen’s Street Outreach Team helps people experiencing homelessness find the housing and services they need to end their homelessness and improve their lives. They serve people experiencing homelessness who sleep outside, in their cars, abandoned buildings, and in other places not meant for human habitation. They also provide drop-in hours for clients Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 11am. Teams of two canvass the streets from 9am to 9pm Tuesday through Friday and Monday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The Team connects people to available rental housing, supportive housing, community resources, emergency shelters, drop-in centers, food shelves, and meal sites. For those that who cannot find suitable shelter, St. Stephen’s Human Services provides emergency gear, builds their trust by checking on their welfare, and helps them to find safe housing and the services needed to stay in their housing. Recently, the Street Outreach Team has been spending time getting to know the 5th Precinct Day Beat Officers, Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams, and new Community Attorney Nicole Appelbaum. This collaboration has allowed for discussion and problem solving around homelessness and panhandling in the 5th Precinct.

What can you do if you are worried about someone who may be homeless or is panhandling and they approach you?
Acknowledge the person (smile, nod, say hello, or wish them the best).
If you are comfortable speaking to them, give them information about the Street Outreach Team.
Call the Outreach Team and leave a message anytime at 612-879-7624 (Put this number in your cell phone!)
The Team is available Tuesday-Friday: 9am-9pm, and Monday & Saturday: 9am-5pm
Assess safety of the situation: Is this person an immediate danger to themselves or others? If so, call 911 immediately.

Want more information? Go to

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!)

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