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Annual Gathering and Election

It’s here! The Annual Neighborhood Celebration and Board of Director Election!

Every year, residents of Folwell get together to celebrate and learn about what the neighborhood has been able to accomplish. It is also when the neighborhood elects a new Board of Directors.

We will gather safely together at 3701 Fremont outside in the back and side yard. Please bring a chair so you can comfortably enjoy the event.

Event Details:

Casual Hangout and Tour starting at 5:30pm. Program begins promptly at 6pm.

Dinner catered by Wha’ Jamaican. (Covid guidelines in place)

Tour the new space and share your ideas

Hear from our Elected Officials and get connected to the work happening across the city

Volunteer Appreciation

New Board Member elections

S’mores and a bonfire; weather permitting

Have you thought about serving the community by joining the Board of Directors? We need dedicated folks who have knowledge, talents, and skills in finance, organizing, project management, communication, visioning, and fundraising. (Pssst, you can also join the board because you are passionate about your neighborhood. These skills are not requirements.)

Want to apply? Use this form here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MYtfS2_6WKg-IeyHLgghnkWVhEZeq_5a/view

For more info, contact us at info@folwell.org

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National Night Out during COVID

Have you participated in National Night Out (NNO) before? Traditionally, it’s been an evening of connection, fun, laughter, and an opportunity for neighbors to meet one other.

Historically this event is held on the first Tuesday of every August. This year, due to the Coronoviurs, Minneapolis’s National Night Out has been rescheduled for Sept. 15, 2020.

The City has however approved permits to still be issued on Aug. 4 if if you decide you would like to keep the original date. You can register your NNO event here.

Looking for some great ideas on what to do during your event? Keep in mind ways to minimize contact and keep safe distances.

Actvities you can do together:

Beautify a common areaPresentation by an arborist (Dutch elm disease, etc.)
Collect for a food shelfSign all ages up for library cards
Cover graffitiUse e-mail to communicate more with your block club 
Nominate a block club or an individual for a crime prevention awardVoter registration drive
Plan a fall clean-up or bulb plantingCommunity impact statements or petitions

Simple Refreshments: Have someone serve food to reduce multiple contact points.

Bring your favorite snackMini-donut stand
Coffee, tea, and dessertPopcorn
Cookie exchangePotluck
Fruit and cheese platesPretzels and pop
Hot dogs and bratsRoot beer floats
Ice cream cones/make your own sundaesWatermelon
Lemonade and cookies

With COVID 19 numbers still rising, we thought we would put together a few helpful healthy hints in hosting a socially distant event to help protect one another.

BEFORE HAND:

  • Please wear a mask when you door knock to invite folks.
  • Collect phone numbers so you can communicate through text or calls (have them give you their number if they are comfortable and type it in your phone yourself.)
  • Paint a sign with kids on the block that reminds people: PLEASE SOCIALLY DISTANCE FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL PEOPLE

DAY OF:

  • Offer free masks to neighbors who don’t have any.
  • Have hand sanitizer available that everyone must use before getting food.
  • Have someone serving food who is wearing a mask AND gloves so that there is no cross contamination.
  • Have snacks and drinks in individual servings, not large jugs or bags of chips to cut down on cross contamination.
  • Offer garbage, recycling, AND compost to help do our part in reducing waste.

If you are unable to get any of these items, please reach out the FNA and we can do our best to help secure masks and hand sanitizer. We also offer $50 to each Block party when you send an email to info@folwell.org notifying us of your event. We deliver funds on night of the event.

If you feel any symptoms, please stay home. Symptoms can include high temperature, cough, loss of taste or smell, headache. It incredibly important for each of us to do our part to keep others safe. A reminder that you may be asymptomatic for several days after a possible exposure.

The Folwell Neighborhood Association (FNA) does not host their own event. We believe in the mission of NNO where neighbors connect more deeply with those on their block. FNA board and staff will be out to come visit your event and get to know you!

Do you have questions? We can help! Email us: info@folwell.org

Check out these pictures from all the fun last year! While we know it won’t be exactly the same, we believe in how creative folks are in their ability to gather but gather safely.

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Census 2020: WE COUNT

The 2020 Census is here. Have you received it in the mail? Have you filled it out?

Check out the live interactive map to see how well Folwell, the Northside, and Minneapolis is doing.

Learn more about the Census and how to fill it out. Every count matters when it comes to funding critical programs like SNAP, WIC, Parks, Schools and City infrastructure.

Looking for work? Census Job applications have been extended through May.

Multi language Census Videos to help you understand and learn more.

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Falloween: Bringing Halloween Back to Folwell

Did you participate in our first ever Falloween? We would love to hear back from you about your experience so we can continue to grow and improve the community’s collective experience around this event. You can find the form here.

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REGISTER YOUR HOME HERE TO RECEIVE $10 FOR TREATS AND TO BE ADDED TO THE TREAT MAP!

Remember the years when every porch light was on and the streets were full of children and families? Ghosts, Goblins, superheros, cheerleaders, and wizards would visit every home with the magical chant that granted them the one day a year where their pillow case would be full of candy. For many however, recent years have seen visibly empty streets and much of their bags of candy go untouched as kids and families choose to Trick or Treat in other neighborhoods. 

Residents in Folwell have teamed up with the Folwell Neighborhood Association (FNA) and Folwell Park to bring Halloween back to Folwell! This year on Oct. 31 neighbors have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Falloween Fun! 

  • Trunk or Treat will be held at Folwell Park. No registration required, just bring your car (decorated or not) and park it in the lot. This is a great activity for little kids! Come visit the FNA tent and get your picture taken at the Photo Booth before you get candy!
  • A Bonfire and treats will be waiting for kids and families at the Story Garden on 35th and Humboldt. 
  • If you are looking for a more spooky experience, visit the garden on 34th and Penn “Eddie’s Garden of Dreams” previously known as the Love Garden. There will be a variety of harvest activities and a scary movie!

Residents of Folwell can also register their house for Trick or Treating to receive $10 to help offset costs. While anyone can hand out candy, those who register will be put on a map to help create a Trail of Treats journey for families to move them from event to event. 

You can register HERE!

Got questions, ideas or would you like to volunteer to be a safe spot on the Trail of Treats? Contact us at info@folwell.org

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2019 Folwell Resource Fair Registration

The Annual Folwell Resource Fair and Ice Cream Social is coming up on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 5-8 pm. More than a thousand residents show up to the park to hang out, play games, enjoy music, and food together.

Providing tables as platforms that creates access to dozens of resources for community members is a key focus of the FNA’s largest event of the year. We prioritize space for Northside business first, but welcome any agency that provides services or opportunities for Folwell’s residents.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the registration form to get more information and confirm a spot.

This event is free to participate in. For more questions, contact the event organizer, Dani at danielle@folwell.org.