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Come join the fun at the Fair!

The Folwell Neighborhood Association and Folwell Park are excited to bring you the 2019 Annual Resource Fair and Ice Cream Social! Come join the fun on Thursday June 20 from 5-8 pm at Folwell Park over by the Park Building.

Check out all the Incredible things you will find at the Fair this year!

We are elevating things year to provide a solid three hours of community fun!

There will be tables and chairs so residents can sit, stay, and enjoy the event. Thank you to Northend Hardware for helping sponsor!

Our very own Fremont Clinic will be there as First Aid to ensure the safety of all participants.

Food

Free Ice Cream: The park was donated a ton of Diet Root Beer so Root Beer floats are available! Vegan frozen treats will also be available!

$1 Snow Cones from Lady Kay: Ice donated by NPR’s Water Main, and compostable cups donated by FNA.

Wha’Jamacian is hosting $3 plates of incredible food! A menu set special just for Folwell:
Jerk Chicken
Brown Stew Chicken
Steamed Veggies Medley,
All Served with Coconut Basmati Rice
This is cash only – purchase your food ticket at the FNA info table.

Events & Activities

For the first time ever Marcus Kar with Youth Farm is Emceeing the Xcel sponsored entertainment stage! You will experience the gifts of DJ SciPreme, David Abide Pellinen (House of Dance), Traiveon Dunlap and Unlimited & Next Level Drill & Dance Crew. It will be a solid three hours of entertainment, so make sure to bring a chair and stay for the evening

Starting at 5:30 pm: FLY UP Youth Team is hosting A Kids on Wheels event near the park Building. There will be 20 bikes ready to be fixed up and given to the first 20 kids who come.

7 pm: Kickball pick up game hosted by Squad of Players Adult Kickball League – (There is a picture on the Ice Cream Social Event page on FB if you want to grab that.)

Loppet is hosting a Free Sample Bike Adventure Course in the parking lot off Dowling.

The local Fire Department will have a rig on site so kids can get an up close and personal look and tour of the truck.

Folwell Park is sponsoring Youth Activities that include: a Video Game Truck, Inflatable Race Course, Face painters, Lawn Games and the Baron of Balloons. The Folwell Fun Factory Trailer will be coming out of retirement and making an appearance again in the Kid zone!

Vendors

More than 60 Resource Vendors will be available to chat with residents about the work they do that impacts your lives.

Full Vendor List

  • Asian Media Access-Multimedia afterschool programs
  • Athleadership
  • Bill Magnuson Crime Prevention Specialist Minneapolis Police Department 4th PCT
  • Build Youth of America
  • Camden Lions
  • Centered On Youth (COY)-Youth Prevention Outreach Services
  • City of Minneapolis – Councilmember
  • City of Minneapolis-Census and Neighborhoods 2020
  • City of Minneapolis – Solid Waste & Recycling
  • City of Minneapolis Regulatory Services-Housing Inspections, Fire Inspections, Traffic Control, Animal Control
  • Cleveland Neighborhood Association
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Admissions Department)
  • CURA
  • Emerge Community Development- Employment Services and Training
  • FLY UP Folwell Youth
  • FNA FNA Info booth
  • FNA Housing
  • Folwell Neighborhood Association Green Team
  • Folwell Park
  • Fremont Clinic
  • Goddards Gardens
  • Green Garden Bakery
  • Greenway Homes Realty
  • Growing North
  • Hennepin County Child & Teen Check Up program – Promote preventative health & dental visits for children, teens & young adults .
  • Hope Academy-K-12 Private School
  • Hopewell Music Cooperative North – Art (Music) Education
  • Housing Resource Network
  • Juxtaposition Arts
  • Juxtaposition Arts/EJCC
  • Lowry Fire
  • Mastery School
  • McKinley Community Neighborhood Organization
  • Metro Transit Public Transportation
  • Minneapolis Urban League – Workforce/Wealth Accumulation/College Readiness
  • Mississippi Watershed Management Organization-Partner with the community to keep local lakes and the Mississippi River clean and healthy, as well as supporting related habitat.
  • MN House Fue Lee
  • MN SNAP – spay/neuter surgeries for low-income families
  • Mother’s Love-Resources for Black Mothers
  • MPRB Water Quality Education lead
  • NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network)
  • Nice Ride Mn-Transportation and recreation
  • North News
  • North Regional Library
  • NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc
  • Northside Boxing Club
  • Northside Fresh
  • Northside Greenway Now!
  • Northside History Association
  • Northside Seniors-Social group for seniors and people
  • Off The Blue Couch-Healing & Sustainability
  • Park Board Rep
  • Park Board Strategic Plan & Park Plans
  • Prodeo Academy
  • School Board Rep
  • SCV-Domestic Abuse Support
  • Sustainable Resources Center-Free lead testing, lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes education
  • Tree Trust -Trees/Youth Employment Job Training
  • Urban Homeworks-Home repair and owner assistance
  • VINA
  • WBC
  • West Broadway Avenue Bridges reconstruction project – Hennepin County Public Works
  • Women’s League of Voters – Voter registration
  • Youth Farm

Are you interested in Tabling at this event?

Fill out this registration form by Monday June 17, 2019.

Already registered and looking for details?

Vendor information here

Interested in Volunteering?

Email Dani at danielle@folwell.org. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt, food tickets for the night, and an opportunity to give back to the community.

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February 2019 Neighborhood Night Recap

Location: Folwell Park

Date: 2.18.2019

# of People: 19

Board Members Present: Beryl Ann Burton, Buzzy Bohn, Joe Bell

Committee’s Present: Crime and Safety, Folwell Farmer Coalition,

Special Guests/Contact Info:

Presentations:

Joe Davis started the night out with a spoken word piece and tips for Storytelling. There has been a collective ask for a focus on Storytelling. The ability to own the narrative of our experience in Folwell, as a community, and as the Northside. Creating space for performance art in Neighborhood Night while also learning skills will be a focus for 2019.

County Commissioner Irene Fernando came and shared with the community about the work she is focusing on as she settles into her new position. Some of that work being focused on is the process of bail, Affordable Housing, and transportation. It was a wonderful time to get to hear from her and create an opportunity for residents to get access to our County Commissioner. You can find out more about Irene at her current website www.hennepind2.com or her campaign website www.voteirene.com

Comfort Adult Day Care on 37th and Emerson came and invited the community to come and participate/volunteer with the work they do at their center. They have been spending a lot of time out in the community getting to know residents and connecting their resource with the Seniors who need it. Folwell is looking forward to getting to know our new neighbor and small business better. You can find out more about the Adult Day Care at eden10@hotmail.com or 651.373.9778 or 612.224.9971.

Community Build Question/Activity:

  • This didn’t happen as our time was used for presentations.

Topics/Issues brought forth from the Community:

  • Snow Removal on sidewalks and side streets and the problems they cause
  • Be aware of the Census coming out. Who is in charge of the Census, and how can Neighborhood Org’s participate in making them successful.
    • Dani has reached out to Ariah at NCR to learn more about the process and where Folwell fits in to the work.

Committee Reports:

  • Crime and Safety: Buzzy Bohn – buzzy@folwell.org
    • Safe Street Workshops will be held at Folwell Park on April 13 from 1:30-3:30pm
    • Look at what it would take to put Stop Lights on Penn and 36 and/or Lowry and Logan.
  • Folwell Farmer’s Coalition: Dani Tietjen – danielle@folwell.org
    • Took a look at schedule and events folks want to have at the garden’s
      • Penn Ave Garden:
        • 2nd Sunday’s Potluck
        • Every Thurs work night
        • Meditation and yoga at garden
      • Story Garden:
        • First Friday Movie nights
        • Every Weds work night
        • Storytelling bonfire events
    • Other Events neighbors want to see:
      • Growing/Cooking lessons
        • Learn how to garden
        • Container gardening
        • Pickling and Canning
    • First weekend in April have a sign party at Folwell Park. These signs will be at all the gardens to help folks navigate where they can harvest and what items are. Communication is key to ensuring people feel comfortable in the gardens.
    • All these events will be added to the Folwell Calendar that comes out this April, as well as updated on the website.
    • Comfort Adult Day Care would like to connect with Project Sweetie Pie to offer gardening opportunities in the plot behind their building.
  • Green Team: Kathy Acaso – green@folwell.org
  • Formal meeting didn’t happen. Will be waiting till next month to organize. Tentative schedule is for Spring Clean Sweep to happen April 27-28, 2019

One Word Evaluation:

This activity didn’t happen due to running over time and ending on lively conversation.

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January 2019 Neighborhood Night Recap

Every month the Folwell Neighborhood Night hosts Neighborhood Night where residents come together to share a meal, get to know each other, and organize around the topics they care about. To learn more about this program, click here.

Below you will find the notes taken from the evening.

FNA Neighborhood Night Recap
Location: Folwell Park
Date: January 21, 2019
# of people: 10
Board Members present: Buzzy Bohn, Stacey Henderson
Committee’s present: Crime and Safety, Youth, Green Team, Garden Team
Special Guests/Contact info:

  • Brian Kelley, Young Builders and Designers: 612-839-5219, kelley01@visi.com
  • Nancy Przymus, Bottineau Neighborhood Association: 612-801-7834

 

Presentations:

  • Young Builders and Designers came to share about their month long youth program for middle school students. Joining a building and design team includes 8 kids, 2 adults, 3 workshops and 1 competition. It is $400 per team. Each team meets once a week for a month focusing on a specific project that they design out of legos. The goal is to learn basic skills and language in architecture, designing and building.
  • Bottineau Neighborhood Association to discuss Lowry Bridge Cancer & Asthma Public Health Prevalence Study . Presented the findings of the Air test results and asking for Folwell to join in the effort to demand the city/state extend the Air testing beyond 2021. The study reveals that chronic Health Ris Values, HRV’s for Formaldehyde exceed the limits for human health almost 100% of the time for the past 4 years around the lowry Formaldehyde exposures this high can cause leukemia and brain cancer. Short term health effects include skin, eye, nose and throat irritation. To learn more contact BNA at bna@bottienauneighborhood.org or 612-367-7262. Door Knocking training will be on Feb. 2 at 2pm at 1808 University Ave NE.

 

Community Build Question/Activity:

  • What inspires you about MLK?
  • Reflecting on MLK day, we put up a poster for each team/committee and asked the question: “What is your dream for…” Residents spent the rest of evening adding words or comments. Those are captured below.
    • Housing
      • That landlords and tenants have better connections
      • That landlords should make sure that they run radon tests on all of their rental property.
    • Gardens
      • More gardens in our communities
      • More volunteers
      • More art
      • More music
      • More gatherings together
      • Feeding more people
    • Crime and Safety
      • That there will no longer be shots fired in North Minneapolis.
      • That the police could confiscate more weapons
      • That Police and Community could be more respectable and caring towards one another.
    • Green Team
      • That people would clean up behind themselves, be it their property or the streets.
      • That more residence would adopt trash containers on their block
      • Have them painted with art or a Clean slogan that inspires us

 

Committee Reports:

  • Crime and Safety
    • Chair: Buzzy Bohn buzzy@folwell.org
    • Topics/Discussion:
      • Focus on getting a 4th Precinct Inspector
      • How do we change the narrative and tell the positives of the neighborhood
      • Safe Streets clinic can be moved under this committee
    • Action Steps:
      • Signs like “Drive like your kids live here” around neighborhood
      • Safe Streets Action Clinic for the whole community

 

  • Clean Team / Green Team
    • Chair: Kathleen Acaso clean@folwell.org
    • Topics/Discussion:
      • Spring Clean sweep week after Earth Day celebrated at Folwell Park
      • Change name to Green Team
      • Are residents interested in hiring a truck 1-2 a year to pick up uncollectibles? The general consensus was not very inspired by the idea.
      • Looking into the FNA sponsoring trash receptacle along Penn, and/or getting businesses to sponsor a trash receptacle on their corner. No decision was met, more research is needed.
    • Action Steps:
      • Dani to contact Christine about changing email and website to green team
      • Kathleen to send Dani clean schedule to be added to Folwell Calendar

 

  • Youth Team
    • Chair: Stacey Henderson stacey@folwell.org
    • Topics/Discussion:
      • Creating a Health and Wellness program: Mentorship, Physical Fitness, Nutrition, Self-Esteem, Peaceful Mind Development. This program will be for 8-18 yr olds.
    • Action Steps:
      • Stacey to reach out to Pastor Chapman at Redeemer and hear about their programs.
      • Connect with Youth Link at Folwell Park to hear about their programing and how the FNA program works alongside it or with it
      • Create a Kick Off event

 

  • Garden Team
    • Chair: Dani Tietjen danielle@folwell.org
    • Topics/Discussions: This didn’t happen this month. There will a garden event for painting signs in March. We will take time in Feb to discuss it and announce a date.

 

Issues brought by Community:

  • Mary – Is there a way to create a network of folks who would sit with residents when they are witnesses in court? It would be a huge help and comfort to have someone in the court just for you, the witness.

 

One word Evaluation Activity:

  • This activity didn’t happen. We closed out the evening in spirited conversation.
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December 2018 Neighborhood Night Recap

Every month the Folwell Neighborhood Night hosts Neighborhood Night where residents come together to share a meal, get to know each other, and organize around the topics they care about. To learn more about this pilot program, click here.

Below you will find the notes taken from the evening.

Neighborhood Night Update
Monday Dec. 17, 2018
Folwell Park 5:30pm
Special Guest: Juxtaposition bringing plans for the North Regional Library Renovations
Committee’s Present: Crime and Safety, Communications, Housing
Board Members Presents: Buzzy, Christine, Nate, Guin
Staff Presents: Dani, Chuck, Mysnikol, Heidi
Community Present: 10
Agreements: No hitting, Yes… and, Don’t take it personal, Active Listening, Consider others feelings, Be Respectful

Topics Discussed

Communication Plan

  • Streamlining the FNA communication plan.
  • Took input from residents about what they need from FNA
  • Transition and strategize better tools for the Secretary Role

Action Steps

  • Wrote a list of email goals – twice a month the Friday after the board mtg and NN
  • Research Texting reminders – goal to start using for mid-year
  • Nate and Christine talked through the Secretary role and its responsibilities

 

Crime and Safety: Input on MPD 4th Precinct Inspector

  • List of things people want to see in the next Inspector
  • Buzzy has a list of requests from residents to share with MPD leadership

Action Steps

  • Invite new inspector to the next Neighborhood Night meeting

 

North Penn Village Residents: They came to Neighborhood Night to ask for help in finding legal assistance for their Home Owner Association.

Action Steps

  • Dani is reviewing their binder and reaching out to a few organizations that could help.

 

Traffic Issues on 33rd and Fremont: Gathering community support to address the collisions and speeding on Fremont.

Action Steps:

  • Community Meeting on Saturday Jan. 12 at Fremont Clinic at 3pm.

 

Housing: Rent Stabilization Plan

Action Steps:

  • Guin is going to engage renters in Folwell to help write the proposal and have support in the effort

 

Input on Neighborhood Night: Residents gave input on how they want to see NN work going forward

  • If Thrivent is helping fund NN through their Micro Grant Program, invite them in to talk about what other programs and services they offer
  • Sometimes it can be difficult to ensure that everyone gets a chance to talk.
    • Possibly offer some facilitation training to committee chairs? – Mysnikol
  • Work on our communication and feedback loops.
    • Having visuals with dotmocracy is helpful and an easy way for folks to engage
  • NN is a healthier space to have fuller conversations around issues and topics
  • NN is great at building community
  • The informal space allows for good conversations

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • January 7 – 630-8pm FNA Board Meeting at Folwell park
  • January 12 – 3-430pm Fremont Traffic Issues at Fremont Clinic
  • January 14 – 6-8pm Library Restoration Meeting at North Regional Library
  • January 21 – 530-8pm Neighborhood Night at Folwell Park

 

Juxtaposition Presentation:

  • The proposed changes to the North Regional Library are on display at the Library now. Juxtaposition is also attending all the community meetings they can to get input from the Neighborhood about what they want to see in the redevelopment. Currently the redesign will begin fall of 2019 and the Library will be closed for a year during construction.
  • If you would like to know more, come and join the meeting on Jan. 14 from 6-8pm at the Library.