Empty BowlsTuesday Nov. 18, evening, Washburn High School

KFNA has partnered with Washburn Community Education and Washburn High School to offer this single evening Pottery Throw-Down Event! Experienced potters will fill the wheels at Washburn on this evening and throw bowls for the Kingfield Empty Bowls event, which is a fundraiser held in February each year for Nicollet Square.

Clay provided. Bowls will be used at various public schools and community events for “Paint-a-Bowl” events in december and early January! Interested in getting your hands dirty? Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson , KFNA Executive Director at Sarah@kingfield.org. Please note, speed and experience on the wheel are a must!  Space is limited so contact us quickly!

Volunteers will also be needed to assist the potters! Want to help? Want to watch? Contact KFNA!

The City’s current franchise agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, both signed in the early 1990s, expire at the end of this year. The new franchise agreements would begin in January 2015 and have a term with a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 with the potential to renew for up to 20. They would maintain the current formula for establishing the fees utilities collect from customers to pay the City.

 More information is available about the tentative Clean Energy Partnership and franchise agreements here.


Mayor  Betsy Hodges and the City Council have approved agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy that, among other things, establish a first-of-its-kind City-utility Clean Energy Partnership which will have the City and the utility companies collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals. These goals include making energy affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases.

The Clean Energy Partnership came about following discussions over renewing the City’s franchise agreements with the two utilities. Many communities in Minnesota negotiate franchise agreements with utility companies to identify the conditions under which the companies are allowed to use public property to provide service to local residents and businesses. A fee for that use is negotiated through franchise agreements, and utilities collect that fee from their customers.

Under the Clean Energy Partnership agreements, a board will be created that includes the mayor, two council members, the city coordinator and two senior officials from each of the two utilities. An Energy Vision Advisory Committee will also be established to provide feedback on the board’s work plan and gather feedback from critical Minneapolis communities. The board’s work plan will be shaped by Minneapolis’ adopted Climate Action Plan and may include ideas such as:

  • Giving customers additional choices about the way their energy is generated.
  • Increasing residential and business use of new and existing energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs to help consumers control energy costs and reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Supporting the development of renewable energy in the city and in Minnesota.
  • Exploring and implementing ways for the City to reduce its own energy use and increase its use of clean and renewable energy.

A state law passed in 2014 requires transit providers to provide free rides on fixed-route service on Election Day this year.  The law also provides funding for agencies to cover the free rides. 

Free rides are available on the following services:
• Metro Transit buses
• All METRO Lines
• Northstar
• All Suburban providers
• Metropolitan Council buses.
NOTE: The free-ride offer is not available on Dial-A-Ride or Metro Mobility.

Free rides on buses will be available from the beginning to the end of the Nov. 4th service day (12:01AM to Midnight). Fare boxes on buses will have a cover placed over them that notes the customer of the free rides.

The bus overhead sign will read: “Vote Nov. 4″

Free rides on rail will be available from 3 a.m., November 4 through 3 a.m. November 5. Ticket vending machines will be disabled and the main screen will display the free ride message. Nov. 5. Rail card readers will either be disabled or will have a cover placed over them that notes the customer of the free rides.

Customers do not need to show or do anything to get a free ride this day.

A GREAT day to give transit a try AND get to the polls!

Nicollet-Votes-Logo-SingleKFNA will be at the park all day Tuesday celebrating the conclusion of Nicollet Votes which had accomplished the following two weeks ago (meaning our number are even higher now!):

  • 75 volunteers shifts,
  • 1361 doors knocked,
  • 455 conversations,
  • 25 voters registered.

KFNA will be located north of the park building under the blue tent next to the roaring bonfire, chatting with voters and providing free coffee and treats donated by our fabulous local cafes. Be sure to stop by on your way to, or from the polls!

This event is supported with delicious coffee and treats by our independently owned cafes including Five Watt CoffeeButter Bakery CafeBull Run CafeCurran’s Restaurant and Royal Grounds Coffee, as well as Bruegger’s Bagels! Stop by the tent before or after you vote! 

10440873_10152442126164537_6533195594608789806_nThursday Oct 30 through Sunday, November 2nd 2:00-6:00 PM

ColorWheel Gallery and Café Ena, West 46th Street and Grand Avenue South

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:


The new Kingfield Block Walkers will be out tonight! Meet us at Butter Bakery, 3700 Nicollet Ave, at 6pm to stroll through the ‘hood. Can’t make it tonight? Check out other dates, times, and locations and sign-up on Jooners:
Kingfield Block Walkers October-November

BicycleSeat.PerkinsDid someone mention Public Art? Be on the lookout this afternoon in Kingfield for four new wrapped utility boxes featuring the photographs of August Olson, Alby Zotkof, and Brenda Johnson! From our northernmost boundary of 36th Street toour southernmost at 46th, new art abounds!

This project has been coordinated and led by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association to deter graffiti and continue to create our community identity.

Questions on this project should be directed to KFNA Executive Director Sarah Linnes-Robinson at sarah@kingfield.org. This project has been funded by a grant from the City of Minneapolis Department of Solid Waste and Recycling.DresdenPlate.Olson

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