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Beginning at 42nd Street, Curran’s will be providing pulled pork and sweet potato fries, and beer in their front yard on Nicollet and down the street at Four Gates you can work off that lunch with kettle balls and hula hoops from noon to 2:30! Or take a break from the action and get directions and schedules for the day’s event at the Odds and Ends Streetside Reading Room.

The reading room contains the KFNA Info Station and also a literary corner, which highlights local authors reading from their books, a word-focused button making project, and a Little Free Library book collection and giveaway.  At the info Station, KFNA will also be conducting a uber-local scavenger hunt and completed entries will be entered into a drawing for a free Little Free Library to call your very own; funds raised from this project will go towards buying permits for local Little Libraries that aren’t registered yet.  As an added bonus, the founder of the nonprofit Little Free Library, Tod Bol, will be at Nicollet Open Streets from noon-1!

Authors Line-up Includes:

  • 12:00     Todd Bol and Margret Aldrich: Do you love Little Free Libraries? Todd Bol is the creator and executive director of Little Free Library, the nonprofit based in Hudson, Wisconsin. Kingfielder Margret Aldrich is the author of the upcoming Little Free Library Book, available April 2015 from Coffee House Press.
  • 1:00         Erin Soderberg: Local children’s book author of several popular chapter-book series, including The Quirks and the forthcoming Puppy Pirates.
  • 2:00         Sabra Waldfogel: Her first book, Slave and Sister, was published earlier this year. It is the story of a Jewish woman and her slave half-sister who are transformed by the Civil War—from mistress and slave to true sisters.
  • 3:00         Douglas Owens-Pike: A landscape expert and author of Beautifully Sustainable, a quick reference guide for beginners and pros on best practices for ecological gardening—filled with useful tips, ideas, planning lists, and professional insights.
  • 4:00         Jay Walljasper: Award-winning writer and community thinker Jay Walljasper gathers insights from around the world that point us toward a more sustainable and enjoyable future. Author of All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons and The Great Neighborhood Book, Walljasper also serves as the editor of OnTheCommons.org.

Just across the street, The Lowbrow will be celebrating “Where Beer Comes From”, a public art instillation by local designers Jonathan Schuster and Meredith Stuart.  Come enjoy a beer brat and a cold pint with your ice-cream sandwich and pick up a cool new tee shirt to show the neighborhood your support both public art and beer!

When you are done at The Lowbrow, stroll south to the Colorwheel Gypsy Bazaar where you will find face painting, henna tatoos, and of course: handthrow pottery, handknit goods, handmade art, and a bizarre collection of bazaar items for sale!  In true Colorwheel style, artist and owner Tammy Ortegon will have an eclectic mix of artwork and artists sharing her space on the street.

Also at this corner Fun Sister and Restyle are partnering on putting on public fashion shows down the avenue at 1, 2, and 3 PM. Grab a chair along the runway and see if you spot a neighbor modeling or if you get inspired to try a new style!  Shows run for 15 minutes each.

In this spirit of cooperation and teamwork, the new kid on the block, Bull Run, will be serving up coffee and our very own Kingfield ice-cream flavors designed and made by our own Sebastian Joe’s: The Flavor Formerly Know as Nicollet Pothole” and their newest “Open Streets Cycle-delic”! Grab and cup of joe and a scoop of Joe’s before moving out to hear the mini-rock festival at Roadrunner Records who is offering a full line-up of live music including:

Healthfair 11’s Q-munity Vehicle will be across the street.  Stop in and pick up some healthy-living tips and get a check-up!  then visit the extended FrameUps Handmade Market as well as the extended Kingfield Farmers Market.  Each will feature many of the same great vendors you see each week, but extra special events are also being added including:

  • Bike checkups with Tangletown Bike Shop, 10am – 2pm
  • Bike decorating, 11am – 4pm
  • Veggie tasting, 12pm – 4pm
  • Sampling fresh, local veggies from the market
  • Market button making & tattoos, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Cookie decorating with Sun Street Breads

At the intersection of 44th and Nicollet, MPLS Taps will have free water flowing, and Leonardo’s Basement will have the bikes rolling, up and down, and up again over their own handmade bike ramps.  Come try them out!

Then learn about solar opportunities and benefits from both Applied Energy Innovations, and MN Community Solar.  Two Kingfield neighbors that just installed solar arrays will be on hand to talk to folks about their projects plus the Tiny Solar House will be open for touring.

Car2Go will also be there to talk about their car-sharing network and the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association would love to chat with Minneapolis neighbors about the great amenities our businesses provide educate folks about the issues facing local businesses and how you can help.  In particular they will be discussing “Vote Yes” on 2 in November to move 70 of your favorite neighborhood restaurants from the Charter and into the Ordinance so they can participate in the newly written, soon to be approved, regulations on Minneapolis restaurants.

Down the road in front of Driftwoods the music will also be flowing all day, along with the beer!  The grill will be cooking salmon and burgers and the band line-up is as follows:

At 45th and Nicollet you will find the new home of Corner Table, anchoring the end of the event with a good old-fashioned pig roast!  Grab a pint and a pork leg and enjoy the stage across the street, which features the talented congregants of Solomon’s Porch.  Poets, storytellers, and authors take the stage from noon to 2 PM and folk music by Ben and Heatherlyn will fill the air from 2-5 PM.  Yoga Sanctuary will have a session of fun and interactive yoga in the street from 2-3 PM.

Remember, schedules are subject to change so be sure to load the online map on your smart phone!

 

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.

On the north side of MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet

Thursday August 14, 6-7:30 PM

Beans

Beans

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

Be sure to put tomorrow’s Family Bike Ride on your calendar – great fun for everyone!

It starts at 6:00pm – meet at Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Park, near the white tennis bubble (40th street across from 1st Avenue).

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1450780538512999/

Basketball Camp #38959
Monday, July 28 – Thursday, July 31
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet
Ages: 8 – 13
Fee: Resident: $100 / Non-Resident: $140
This camp will give players the opportunity to learn new basketball skills and how to apply them in game situations. Players of all levels that are looking to enhance their ball handling and shooting skills will enjoy this fun, noncompetitive environment. Coaches will also address the importance of proper conditioning and training in order to play basketball at a higher level.

Register for programs at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/home

Tuesdays 7-7:45pm, July 15th – 29th
Center for Performing Arts (Sunroom Studio)

What better way to celebrate summer fun than a community dance class! Eight C is offering a 3 week session to get your kid off the couch and exploring basic hip hop movements to kid-friendly beats. While we’re flexible on age range, this class will appeal to a 5-10 year old audience.

A $25 advance registration is required for the session. Parents are welcome (and encouraged) to join in the fun at no additional cost. Space is limited.

Register at: https://squareup.com/market/eight-c-dance under “Eight C Kids”.

Questions? Email us at eightcdance@gmail.com or visit us at www.eightcdance.com

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is holding a public hearing for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Playground concept plan. The hearing will be held on July 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the 2nd floor board room of MPRB Headquarter at 2117 West River Road in Minneapolis. The draft concept plan and play equipment designs are the result of an extensive community engagement process that included more than 150 individuals, including more than 60 youth. A guiding design theme for the concept and play equipment is celebrating and honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American history. An artist team worked with the community, MPRB staff and design consultants to bring this theme into the playground design.

“I am thankful to everyone that participated in the planning for the new playground and look forward to celebrating with the community its opening in 2015,” said Commissioner Brad Bourn, 6th Park District.

The development of the concept plan included six community meetings, events in the park, community surveys and public consultations at Sabathani Community Center and Kingfield’s Farmer’s Market. Spanish interpreters were provided, as needed, at community meetings and at the Sabathani Community Center consultations. In addition, postcards, surveys and flyers were developed in English and Spanish. Individuals have also been able to track the project through regular email updates, mailings and online information. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council and Kingfield Neighborhood Organization assisted with notification and community engagement throughout the development of the concept design.

All those attending the public hearing will have an opportunity to review the plans and share their comments with the Planning Committee of the MPRB Board of Commissioners. If you are interested in speaking, you may sign up until 6:25 pm. on the day of the hearing. If you require language translation or other accommodations, please call 612-230-6472 at least two business days prior to the hearing.

Learn more about the project, view the concept plans or make a donation towards the playground on the

  • project’s web page
  • http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1359.

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