IMG_0781Empty Bowls is an event to build community & raise funds for NICOLLET SQUARE, a home for 42 formerly homeless youth in Kingfield managed by Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.
Thursday February 5, 4-8 PM
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet

Visit the Facebook event at to learn more about our participating local restaurants to date, including what they are making! Restaurant Supporters include:

Blackbird Cafe
Bruegger’s Bagels
Butter Bakery Cafe
Cafe Ena
Curran’s Restaurant
Five Watt Coffee

Grand Cafe
Kowlaski’s Lyndale Market
Nighthawks, coming soon to 38th & Nicollet and cheffed by HauteDish’s Landon Schoenefeld
Patisserie 46
Rustica Bakery
Sun Street Breads
Victor’s 1959 Cafe

The concept of the Kingfield Empty Bowls Event is simple: Attendees make a donation (suggested at $20 per bowl), select a beautiful handmade bowl donated by a local pottery artist, enjoy a hearty meal of soup and bread prepared by local restaurants and served by volunteers, and then keep their bowl as a reminder that many of our neighbors are in need of food and housing.

BlackbirdKingfield Empty Bowls 2015 is this Thursday, Feb 5, 4-8 PM, MLK Park!
Blackbird Cafe is cooking up a massive pot of their gluten-free, soy-free, tree-nut free, dairy-free vegan chili for Kingfield Empty Bowls. Thanks Chris, for making sure there is something every one can eat at the event!

IMG_7910This is a reminder that life, and art, are often unpredictable.

Handmade pottery is a truly fragile thing–we had a heartbreaking kiln-firing at Washburn this weekend with bowls shattering right through and glaze not adhering and cracking right off. Artists, you do so much for this event already, but if you have an extra bowl or two to spare, please bring it to theColorWheel Galleryby February 5 for the Kingfield Empty Bowls 2015 event! Thank you for your support of this event andBeacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative‘s Nicollet Square housing site!

If you would like to arrange for a pick-up of a pottery donation please contact KFNA Executive Director Sarah Linnes-Robinson at

Rocket Red Tulips framed by Bird on a StickPrinted via the Minneapolis 8th Ward Newsletter.

Minneapolis continues to be a hotbed of creative activity, according to new data that examines arts jobs, consumer spending and revenue of arts organizations. New data in the Creative Vitality Index 2014 Update shows that the Minneapolis area arts sector has moved up from sixth to the fifth strongest when compared to other top metropolitan areas. 

This is the second time this data has been compiled for Minneapolis, and it places the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area fifth nationally behind that of Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; New York and Boston.  In 2013, the creative sector (consumer retail sales in the arts plus nonprofit revenues) pumped $831 million into the Minneapolis economy. This is a 13 percent increase from $700 million in 2011.  The creative sector is a significant piece of Minneapolis employment; it employs nearly 20,000 workers, making up 5 percent of all jobs in Minneapolis proper.

For more information and a copy of the report, visit

Printed via the Minneapolis 8th Ward Council Newsletter.  

The new Clean Energy Partnership Board will hold its first meeting in February. This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership will have the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals, including making energy more affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases. 

The first board meeting will be 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4. The board members are Mayor Betsy Hodges, City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, City Council Member Kevin Reich and City Coordinator Spencer Cronk for the City of Minneapolis; Laura McCarten, Regional Vice President, and Lee Gabler, Director of Demand-side Management and Renewable Operations for Xcel Energy; and Joe Vortherms, Vice President of Gas Operations, and Jeff Daugherty, Director of Regulatory Affairs, for CenterPoint Energy. City Council Member Cam Gordon is an alternate for the City of Minneapolis.

At this first quarterly meeting, along with setting its schedule and adopting bylaws, the board will also establish an Energy Vision Advisory Committee. The board will begin accepting applications from the public for the committee in the weeks following this first board meeting, so look for more information on this opportunity. The Energy Vision Advisory Committee will provide feedback on the board’s work plan and performance reports, and provide expertise or represent their Minneapolis communities.

You can find more information about the Clean Energy Board, and follow its progress, here.

Welcoming newly appointed Chair of the Met Council Adam Duininck and Senator Scott Dibble

Friday, January 30, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S (in Café Lavain)

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In 2015, transportation is a top issue at the State Legislature. At the same time, the Metropolitan Council has been at the center of heated regional discussion about how to fund and prioritize transit and transportation investment, among other issues.

We are so excited this month to welcome Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, newly appointed by Governor Dayton in January 2015 to lead this regional organization that conducts regional planning and operates Metro Transit, as well as Minneapolis State Senator and Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee Scott Dibble.


Residents now have a black cart for garbage and a blue one for recycling; organics will be collected in green carts. Any organics from the home can be put in the green cart for pickup on the same day as garbage. Customers must opt in for this service and will be invited to sign up starting in April. But people don’t have to wait; any Minneapolis Solid Waste customer can sign up now. Service will be available to 25 percent of customers in August, and the rest will roll out in spring 2016. The early sign-up gives the City time to order carts and plan the routes. Neighbors, sign up now! Although the roll-out plan by neighborhood is not yet settled, lots of people expressing interest and a commitment will allow the City to leverage more money to support this new program!

The carts will be distributed only to customers who opt in. To get a green organics collection bin, Minneapolis recycling customers can request one at or by calling 612-673-2917.

For more information about what can be composted in this new program, go to this website:

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