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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!

Do you want to know more about how early play=later academic success? Are you grateful for the 30 minutes of recess Barton students get, but alarmed by the fact that most MPS students get HALF this amount of time for recess? Are you wondering what alternatives to test-based assessments exist, and how to advocate for them?

Then please join Barton Open School parent Kori Hennessy this Wednesday, October 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr., park in Minneapolis, 41st and Nicollet. Barton received a grant from a Boston-based group called Defending the Early Years, and is hosting an event to celebrate the idea that early play does lead to later academic success, and should be available for all children. Barton teacher Kristin Sonquist will be part of our panel of early childhood education (Pre K-3) and play experts, and everyone will leave with an action toolkit.

This event is FREE and childcare will be provided.

Free Super Saturdays at InnerCity Tennis, located on the corner of 40th and Nicollet, in Martin Luther King Jr. Park,

This free Super Saturday Program serves children ages 3-17. On average, 300 children and 80 volunteers participate each week.

The 2014-15 Super Saturday Program runs for 24 Saturdays from late September – April. Children ages 3-10 participate from 3:00 – 4:30pm and children ages 11- 18 participate from 4:30 – 6:00pm.

Same day registration for the program is completed at the tennis center, before the program begins. Children can join the program at any time.

For more information on the InnerCity Tennis Saturday Program, visit them on the web here.

circle_nicolletMajor Sponsors: The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield and City of Minneapolis Government.

Neighborhood Sponsors: Driftwood Char Bar, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Pat’s Tap, and Nicollet Ace Hardware.

Street Sponsors: Five Watt Coffee, Dunn & Semington PrintingKyatchiHola Arepa, and the Hosmer Library World Music Series.

Block Sponsors: Alem ChiropracticGerhard’s Brats (MN Bratwerks, LLC), and The Aliveness Project.

Mini Sponsors: Sonny’s Ice CreamTRU PIZZA, Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA), Solomon’s Porch, Showroom,Butter Bakery Cafe, BANGbang, InnerCity Tennis, State Farm Insurance – Tom Kilton, Blaisdell YMCA, Tracee Robinson Real Estate Company, PCC Carpet and Upholstery.

Nicollet Open Streets is organized by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) and Kingfield Neighborhood Association working in partnership with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.  If you enjoy events like this please ‘Like’ your nonprofit neighborhood association’s Facebook page to stay in touch!

circle_nicolletRemember, to know what is happening on the entire avenue visit the online map here

Healthy activities abound at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park! InnerCity Tennis will be running their kid’s agility program in the street outside the park. Stop by and partake in the fun and learn about their weekly free Saturday Tennis Program for youth of all skill-levels right here in the bubble in MLK Park! At the Mosaic Garden plaza, just north of the building, a number of movement artists whose common connection is that they hold classes in Kingfield’s Center for Performing Arts will be holding drop-in classes and demos including:

  • 12:00  Zumba Party with Darryl Sellers
  • 12:30  T’ai Chi with Blue Dragon T’ai Chi
  • 1:00  Instrument Making with Diedrich Weiss  – Mini Guitar lessons and Jam session
  • 2:00  Nia with Beth Giles – Dance fitness with power and healing
  • 2:30  Zumba Party with Darryl Sellers
  • 3:00 T’ai Chi with Blue Dragon T’ai Chi
  • 3:30 Instrument Making with Twin Cities Music Therapy
  • 4:30 Nia with Beth Giles – Dance fitness with power and healing

The park area south of the building will feature, in part:

  • 12-2 & 3-5 Archery in the Park, a new MLK Park program!
  • 12-3 Crafts In the Park led by Park Staff
  • 12:00-5:00 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Council Info Table
  • 3:00-5:00 Bobby & Steve’s Youth Foundation Table

The Children’s Stage at MLK Park feature:

  • 3:00-3:45 Teddy Bear Band (featuring the dancing Panda)
  • 3:45-4:00 Story Time (providingFree books to all participants sponsored by Bobby & Steve’s)
  •  4:00-5:00 The Resistors

Also pause while you are at the park to enjoy the enhanced Beloved Community Space, recently revamped and revealed by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park Jr. Legacy Council. You can read more about the new space, this project, and the Council in the most recent edition of The Southwest Journal in an article titled More Than a Name.

circle_nicolletNicollet Open Streets, Sunday September 14, Noon-5 PM

On Nicollet Avenue between Lake & 46th Street

On Facebook, KFNA and other participating organizations are updating the page daily with updates on band schedules, activities, food and drink specials, performances, and more! Scroll through and see what is happening…or view our online Activity Map which has new info added daily to make sure you don’t miss your favorite band or dance class during the Sunday Sept. 14, noon- 5 PM event! Just zoom in to see the details!

If you think there’s good stuff going on (which we do!) invite friends and neighbors to join you on Nicollet this Sunday!

Combine strength training, stretching and light aerobics in this fun class. Taught by certified group fitness instructor Nancy Fritz-Whalen.

4055 Nicollet Avenue S, Mondays at 10:15 am

From Sept 8 – December 15 (no class 9/22, 11/24)

Cost: $26 for 13 classes

This class is run by the Southwest Senior Center, which offers a number of other great fitness classes at their home location at 3612 Bryant Avenue South. For information on other classes contact Mary Ann Schoenberger at 612-822-3194.

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