Join the ColorWheel Gallery for a Fun afternoon of Local art, Interesting people, Sweet treats & Mexican folk art themed Art Making. Enjoy the ColorWheel’s selection of Folk Art, Gifts & Treasures inspired by Latin America, Dia de los Muertos & Frida Kahlo. Featuring Artists, Tammy Ortegon, Gordon Coons, Eileen Connor, Eddie Ortegon, Eileen Espinosa & many more. There will be a creation table that day with lots of supplies to make fun masks, tissue flowers & collage art for the kids & kids at heart.
In Mexico, Day of the Dead (or All Souls Day-Nov 1st & 2nd) is a time for families to honor & celebrate loved ones who have passed. Traditions include building altars, called Ofrendas, honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds & the favorite foods & beverages of the departed. Honoring the tradition, Cafe Ena invites you to join them for their 4th Day of the Dead celebration (Thursday Oct 30th – Sunday Nov 2nd) with a special Prix Fixe menu prepared by Chef Ruiz and a Beautiful traditional Ofrenda. Reservations recommended! Read more about the menu at their FB site:
Friday, October 24th 6:30pm at MLK Park
Our annual fall bonfire will celebrate the great work by neighborhood Block Leads! The bonfire starts at 6:30pm on the north side of the recreation center near the Mosaic Garden – free s’mores and apple cider for all! Plus, our fabulous storyteller will be making a return visit to share a spooky story around the bonfire for young and old!
–organized by KFNA and supported in partnership with MLK Park
Meet the At-Large Candidates for Minneapolis Public School Board!
(Organized by Area C neighborhood associations)
Monday October 20th / 6:30 PM Social, 7:00 PM Forum
MLK Park, Multipurpose Room, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South
(Bus Route #18 + on-street parking + parking lot off of 40th Street)
Four candidates are running to fill two at-large seats on the Minneapolis Public School Board. Area C neighborhoods are partnering to host a forum for neighbors to ask questions related to concerns about our public schools. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014. All neighbors are welcome to attend.
6:30 Coffee, Cookies, and Candidate Conversations
7:00 Community Forum moderated by the League of Women Voters
(Questions submitted and sorted during Social Time and Candidate Introductions)
8:25 Closing Statements
Questions on the forum should be directed to: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director, email@example.com or 612.823.5980.
Language translation services in Somali and Spanish provided at the meeting by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association. Sound services provided at the meeting by Twin Town Guitars and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, U of M.
This forum is organized by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) as part of a joint neighborhood voter-education and registration project called Nicollet Votes (a partnership with the Lyndale, Stevens Square, and Whittier neighborhood associations), with support from the Bryant Neighborhood Organization (BNO), Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA), East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO), Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA), and Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA). Additional partners still pending.
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.
Remember, to know what is happening on the entire avenue visit the online map here
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:
- 12:30pm: Ye Ye Pow (’60s French Pop)
- 1:30pm: Runes Av Vaskeri (Scandinavian Beat)
- 2:30pm: Kinda Kinky – Kinks tribute band, Minneapolis & St. Paul
- 3:30pm: Rank Strangers (Mpls legends!)
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:
- NOON- Tramps Like Us
- 1 P.M.- Gipsy Bastards
- 2 P.M.- The Beavers
- 3 P.M.- James Loney/Lolo’s Ghost
- 4 P.M.- The Drug Budget
- Then at 5:00 the party moves back indoors with Bog Doctors & Shotgun Ragtime Band
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!
Remember, 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.