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May 12, 2018 eNews

May Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 15 • 6:30pm
Pizza dinner featuring pies from both Pizzeria Lola and Red Wagon Pizza

Special Guests: Senator Dibble
Colleen O’Dell with the Southwest Service Area Master Plan (SWsamp)

What would you do to improve Armatage neighborhood if you had $50,000? 

Currently the neighborhood is involved in the programs listed below, but we want to know what you, our neighbors, would like to see happen! Join us at our annual meeting to share your ideas and see how you can help us make it happen.

Current programs/projects:

  • Summer festival
  • Happy hours (every other month)
  • Neighborhood communications (eNews, social media, website, newsletter, etc.)
  • Safety initiatives (ideas abound; we’d like your input)
  • Subsidized rain gardens with Metro Blooms
  • Events at the park
  • A facade improvement grant for area businesses
  • A growing Green Team with lots of ideas they’d like your input around!

Other Ideas: tool library; micro grant program; additional park enhancements; speed signs on Penn & Xerxes

We will be electing board members, and setting priorities for what the ANA will do over the next several years to support our neighborhood, its residents and businesses. To view the current list of candidates, please see the ballot.

Upcoming meetings/events

Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on the Draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (time correction)
Southwest High School Auditorium

The draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan hasrecently been released ( and Ward 13 residents have many questions about the impact of the proposed plan. Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano will host a public conversation on May 23 with a short presentation and plenty of time for Q & A. Joining her in this important discussion will be City of Minneapolis Long Range Planning Director Heather Worthington.

 Road resurfacing 

Project to begin this summer in Armatage from Xerxes to Penn between 60th and 54th. The project is awaiting final Mayoral approval.  Details updated on the project website.

Kenny/Armatage Neighborhood Garage Sales

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NEW: Register online and/or pay via PayPal (payment to

Our neighborhood garage sale is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck! Clear out your clutter and make a little cash! Again this year, we will partner with our friends in the Kenny neighborhood to amp up the traffic to this event.

Your $10.00 registration fee includes:

  • A general garage sale ad in the StarTribune newspaper, website, social media and Craigslist.
  • Your sale location will be marked on the map of sales and a packet of maps delivered to your home the day before the sale. This map will also be available through Google Maps.

A check for $10.00 payable to the Armatage Neighborhood Association (or pay via PayPal) to: Armatage Neighborhood Association, 2500 W 57th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (or drop off at the park desk)

Forms can also be emailed to Questions regarding registration can be directed to the ANA office by calling 612-668-3206 or

Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 29!

City Updates

Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan open houses

Attend one of five upcoming open houses to discuss the draft Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan. Each event will feature the same family-friendly activities created by local artists, as well as free food from local businesses.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE

5:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 14
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16
North Commons Recreation Center, 1801 James Ave. N.

5:30- 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17
Dayton Gaviidae YMCA, 651 Nicollet Mall #300

5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 31
Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S.

2020 Roadmap

The Neighborhood 2020 Web Page has been updated with the revised Roadmap, public comment report, work group overview and updated timeline.

Elections & Voter Services has now posted on the City jobs site ( thirteen available positions to assist at our in-person absentee voting (“early voting”) location located one block from City Hall at 217 S 3rd St.

Absentee Voting Team Member

(Seasonal Election Support Specialist I) – 13 to be hired, $18.39/hr
Providing customer service and assisting voters in the absentee ballot process; processing absentee ballot applications; processing voted absentee ballots; entering/looking up data in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS); and performing related clerical work.  Positions would be full-time (32hrs/wk), and run from mid-June through November.   Some evenings and weekends required.

*Especially encouraged to apply are those with fluency in English plus one of the following languages:  Somali, Oromo, Hmong, or Spanish—to assist voters with limited English skills.  

SW Parks Planning

In addition to attending Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, there will be many other ways to get involved in the project:

  • Sign up to receive email updates by visiting If you are already a subscriber, add “Southwest Service Area Master Plan” to your subscription preferences. Email updates are the best way to stay informed about meeting and event dates.
  • Attend other public project meetings. Though they have not yet been scheduled, MPRB expects numerous community meetings throughout 2018 and 2019.
  • The project team will share project information and listen to ideas be at dozens of community ice cream socials, festivals and park events this summer. Stop by and see us!
  • Email Project Manager Colleen O’Dell at if you’re interested in inviting someone from the project team to present at a meeting or event or engage your organization, group or community in the planning process.
  • Share your thoughts now via the SWSAMP online survey.

SWSAMP Project Page

CAC Meeting #1

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
Address: 4055 Nicollet Ave S

Spring Lawn Care Tips that are Useful All Year

Did you know that you and your neighbors have waterfront property? Your yard and the nearest lake, stream, or wetland are connected by the nearest storm drain or ditch. That means the actions you take on your property affect the local water bodies.

In urban areas, rain falls on hard surfaces such as streets, driveways and rooftops and flows into the storm sewer system, which carries it to the nearest body of water.  This rainfall, called stormwater runoff, brings along any pollutants it has picked up along the way.  You can help reduce the amount of pollutants entering local lakes, rivers and streams (and save money at the same time) by following a few simple steps:

  • Water wisely – if your lawn needs water, do it in the morning when it’s cooler to avoid evaporation, and make sure to aim sprinklers so they don’t water hard surfaces. Lawns typically only need one inch of water per week, so if it rains, you can skip the watering.
  • Mow three inches or higher – Mowing grass to a height of three inches or higher will encourage thicker and healthier grass and make your lawn more resistant to weeds, drought, and erosion.
  • Sharpen your mower blades – Sharper blades will cut grass to three inches or higher more effectively. Dull blades damage grass, which can give the grass a yellow or white tint.
  • Leave grass clippings on lawn – Leaving your grass clippings on your lawn puts the same amount of nutrients back into your grass as one application of fertilizer. If you don’t want grass clippings on your lawn, compost them. Be sure to sweep up any clippings that blow into the street so they don’t run down the storm drain.
  • Fertilize smartly (if you need it) – If you choose to fertilize, only do it in the fall when it’s most effective. Apply only the amount directed and be sure to choose a zero-phosphorus fertilizer. Many lawns already have plenty of phosphorus in the soil and any excess will just run off into local waters and produce algae (do a soil test first if you aren’t sure about your lawn). Another alternative to fertilizing is aerating your lawn.
  • Pick up pet waste regularly – In addition to preventing lawn burns, regular pick-up of pet waste will keep bacteria from running off into storm drains and our local waters.

Following these tips will help keep your lawn healthy while keeping our waters clean and safe this summer. Learn more at

Free glove for kids aged 5-8 at
Twins Community Fund
Glove Giveaway Celebration on May 16!

Bring your young softball or baseball player to Sibley Park next Wednesday, May 16, 6:15 pm for the 2018 Twins Community Fund Glove Giveaway Celebration!
Kids aged 5-8 will receive a Minnesota Twins fielding glove and ball and have the opportunity to meet T.C. Bear and a surprise Twins player!

If you have a child interested in attending, please email Kent Brevik at by Monday, May 14.

The Minnesota Twins Community Fund has generously donated equipment and uniforms for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board youth RBI baseball and softball for the past 25 years.
Twins Tball Kid North Commons
Twins Community Fund Glove Giveaway

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 6:15 pm
Location: Sibley Park
Address: 1900 E 40th St., Minneapolis, MN 55407

2018 Highlights

  • Final plans were approved for the Washburn tot lot and the ANA will be paying to replace picnic tables and benches and adding a bike rack (up to $17,000 in improvements).
  • Continued our neighborhood happy hours, and are engaging with new residents who have some great ideas for future events.

2017 Highlights

  • Casual connections – bi-monthly happy hours have gained a good following. Welcome bags delivered on a regular basis, and people are aware of them now, and sometimes even request to get one!
  • Re-instituted our Business Facade Grant program for our local businesses.
  • Engaged residents around the redevelopment of Washburn tot lot park.
  • Created an Armatage Green Team and partnered with Metro Blooms to begin installing rain gardens in the neighborhood.

March 15, 2018 eNews

March 20, 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • President’s Report
    • Approval 2017 Annual Report
    • 2020 Roadmap (see below)
    • May annual meeting (Topic/Structure)
  • Secretary Report – February minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Park Update
    • Egg Hunt (3/24) – registration required; volunteers needed to hand out prizes (see below)
    • Movie Night (7/9) Mighty Ducks
    • Sports and summer program registrations open
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      Washburn Park Update – final public input opportunity held 3/14
      Happy Hour (held March 6) – discuss future plans
      Neighborhood Garage Sale (June 2) online registration & payment available
    • Green Team
      Meeting update
    • Safety (Gary)
      Safety proposal
      Lola’s / security cameras
    • Summer Festival – list sent to board to start task assignments
      Showmobile booked
      Food vendors: Red Wagon, LaLa Homemade Ice Cream
      Band: Chime
      Carnival games (to continue or not)
    • Micro-grant program
  • Coordinator Update
    SW Area Parks Community Advisory Committees (CACs)
    Neighborhood Forests
  • New Business
    iMatter Minneapolis (email forwarded to board)

Upcoming meetings/events

Egg Hunt 3/24 – Park – 10:00-11:30am – Registration Required
ANA meeting 4/17 – Rec Center – 6:30pm

Metro Blooms – Workshop at Armatage

Installing Turf Alternatives
$15 per household

Location: Armatage Recreation Center
2500 West 57th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Installing Turf Alternatives – Your Guide to a Low Maintenance Lawn, covers the advantages of using perennial ground covers to minimize the need for irrigation and chemical inputs while maximizing ecological benefits. It also demonstrates handy how-tos for replacing traditional turf by installing and maintaining two popular types of turf alternatives: Low Maintenance Lawns and Bee Lawns, which support pollinators and clean water.

Participants learn:

—The what, how & why of converting traditional lawn into low-input turf alternatives that support pollinators and clean water. :

—Presentation followed by questions and a facilitated discussion on common barriers.

Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-11:30am

All kids must be pre-registered to participate! $5 per child. Egg Hunt starts promptly at 11am.

Volunteers are needed to distribute/hide eggs and pass out prizes/candy after the egg hunt concludes.

Save the Date

Armatage & Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 2 • 8:00-4:00pm
Online registration and payment available.

Armatage Movie in the Park

Monday, July 9 • Dusk • Mighty Ducks
Armatage Summer Festival
Sunday, August 12 • 4:00-7:00pm

Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap

Document open for public comment through April 30

Neighborhoods 2020 is a planning process for the funding and implementation of neighborhood-centric programming. You have the chance to submit your opinions and help shape the decisions about neighborhood funding, programs and oversight. The 2020 Roadmap presents three proposals to consider, and hopes further ideas may bring forth a solution that best supports the grassroots organizational success our City has experienced, while expanding opportunities for a changing society.

March 5, 2018 eNews

Neighborhood Happy Hour

Tuesday, March 5 • 7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors. Ask questions. Enjoy FREE Pizza!
Cash Bar

February Meeting Highlights

Guest: Colita’s (new restaurant going in at 54/Penn in Jensen’s)

Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on Pedestrian Safety
Although details of the accident can’t shared due to the current investigation, we were able to talk about the City’s plans under Vision Zero, to eliminate pedestrian and bicyclist injuries through a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach. This plan is just starting to develop, but may include such things as driver education, lighting studies, etc.

Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-11:30am

All kids must be pre-registered to participate!  $5 per child. Egg Hunt starts promptly at 11am.

Volunteers are needed to distribute/hide eggs and pass out prizes/candy after the egg hunt concludes.

Washburn Park Input Open House

Wednesday, March 14
Armatage Rec Center

Drop in anytime. Kids welcome. This will be the final opportunity to provide input or suggestions before final plans are sent for approval!

See the plans at our website.

Southwest Service Area Master Plan

All Minneapolis neighborhood parks south of I-394 and west of I-35W, including small triangle park properties. Does not include regional parks such as Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park (including Brownie, Cedar, Isles, Bde Maka Ska, and Harriet) nor regional trails (Kenilworth, Cedar Lake, and Minnehaha) because regional parks and trails are required by the Metropolitan Council to have separate master plans.

Community Advisory Committee applications due soon!

These master plan projects will set visions and priorities for future park and trail improvements. The planning for each of these projects will be guided by separate Community Advisory Committees (CACs), which are appointed by various neighborhood organizations and elected officials.

Applications for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan CACs are due March 21.

CAC Application

February 17, 2018 eNews

February 20, 2018 Agenda Updates

6:30 – Welcome

Guest: Diamond BBQ (new restaurant going in at 54/Penn in Jensen’s)

Abbreviated business meeting

7:00 – 8:30 Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on Pedestrian Safety
Join us for a conversation with City of Minneapolis staff to discuss pedestrian safety issues and learn more about the Vision Zero initiative across our city.

Individuals from Traffic and Parking Services and the MPD 5th Precinct will be present to help answer questions, discuss policies, and listen to your concerns regarding the recent 54th and Penn tragedy.


Upcoming meetings/events

  • Happy Hour 3/6 at Red Wagon (7-9p)
  • ANA meeting 3/20
  • Egg Hunt 3/24

What’s Happening at the Park?

  • Weather permitting, ice rinks and warming houses will remain open through February 25
  • Spring/Summer Sports Registration opens Wednesday, February 28th at noon (flyers attached)
  • Summer Program registration opens Wednesday, February 28th at noon
  • Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-11:30am – all kids must be pre-registered to participate!  $5 per child. Egg Hunt starts promptly at 11am. Volunteers are needed to distribute/hide eggs and pass out prizes/candy after the egg hunt concludes.

Washburn Park Input Open House

Wednesday, March 14
Armatage Rec Center

Drop in anytime. Kids welcome. This will be the final opportunity to provide input or suggestions before final plans are sent for approval!

See the plans at our website.

January 16, 2018 Minutes

January 16, 2018 Agenda


Date: January 16, 2018

Called to order: 6:37pm

Presided by: Denis Houle, President

Note taker: Joel Federer

In attendance: Board Members — Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, Denis Houle, Michael Kootsikas, Laurel Luxenberg, Stephanie Vigen, Judy Vecere
Other Attendees — Linea Palmisano, City Council; John Freude (staff member to Linea), Larry Matsumoto, Public Works; Nikki Lindberg, Coordinator; Nikki Friederich, Park Director; Gary Remafie, resident; Ann LaBree, resident; Me’Lea Connelly, resident


Public Works

  • 2018 residential streets asphalt resurfacing/overlay
  • 4.37 miles planned from 58th to 62nd and Washburn Ave to Queen Ave.
  • 60th street is a truck route and not in scope of this project – is part of a different road improvement plan
  • Original paving was in 1987
  • There will be an assessment component, notices to include meeting invites
  • Targeted public hearings/Meetings:
    • May 1 at City Council Chambers, and
    • April 23rd 6:30pm at Armatage Community Center
  • Work target dates: End of May, early June – exact dates TBD


Guest: Diamond BBQ

  • Did not attend; will attend February meeting


City Council Update, Linea Palmisano

  • John Freude, new staff contact
  • Linea ran for Council President, did not get it
  • This term Linea is serving on: Public Works, Ways and Means, Chairing new Enterprise Committee, Leads Budget Committee
  • Recognized Super Bowl concerns:
    • How to maintain residential services during festivities
    • Power outage due to ice storm


Park Update, Nikki Friederich

  • Fire on Ice 6pm – 8:30pm this Friday Jan. 19
    • Ice rinks, fire pits, S’mores, DJ, more
  • Ice rinks are now open – closes Feb. 19 12-9pm, possibly longer (or shorter) depending on weather
  • Family Yoga at Community Center, starting this Wed 6pm, weekly until March 14th
  • Summer sports registration opens Feb. 28th


President’s Report

  • Ideas to spend board money
    • Micro grants committee is forming for anyone who would like to join
  • Community Connections Conference Feb. 10th 8am – 4:30pm


Secretary Report

  • December minutes passed, pass along to secretary moving forward for review, not coordinator


Treasurer Report

  • Financial reports sent via email


Committee Updates

    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park (Dec 2)
        • Tot Lot design was shared, areas for bigger kids and younger kids
        • Images online on ANA website
      • Happy Hour (Jan 9)
        • Approx. 10 residents attended and 6-8 board
        • Ideas to improve attendance are appreciated
        • Next HH planned for March 6th, come with any questions or ideas – Red Wagon
      • Mobile Menders (Feb 10)
        • 1pm – 4pm at Armatage Rec Center
        • Bring clean clothes in need of basic repairs
        • Will receive a write up in the SW Journal (!)
    • Green Team
      • Fist meeting of year scheduled for Jan. 22nd
      • Discuss events and goals of neighborhood, see where action can be taken
    • Summer Fest, Aug. 12th, 4pm – 7pm
      • Some vendors already booked, actively looking for musical acts


Coordinator Update

    • Business facade grant
      • Dental office on 54th/Penn is first recipient
    • Neighborhood Forest
      • Kenny is interested, $2/kid or about $1k total
      • Would occur on Earth Day
      • ANA Board will reach out to Kenny Board to inquire about joint partnership
    • January newsletter
      • Will be mailed out this week


Meeting Adjourned at 7:31pm

December 19, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Armatage Rec Center

Date: December 19, 2017

Called to order: 6:37 pm

Presided by: Denis Houle, President

Note taker: Joel Federer

In attendance: Board Members — Ryan Antkowiak, Tara Brown, Kelly Falsani, Joel Federer, Jim Hoch, Denis Houle, Bri Keeney, Michael Kootsikas, Laurel Luxenberg, Stephanie Vigen
Other — Nikki Lindberg, Coordinator; Nikki Friederich, Park Director; Rachel Ireland-Henry, Accountant; Cynthia Skrzy, Kenny resident


Kelly Falsani motioned to amend agenda and go around the table with introductions. Bri Keeney seconded. Motion carried.


Council update – No update this week


Park update

  • Ice rink is being flooded.  Anticipate opening the week of Dec 26th
  • New programs are starting in January


President’s Report – Denis Houle

  • Attended tree lighting ceremony
  • Attended 2040 event Attended 2040 event to give community input on the vision of Minneapolis.
    • Another event in January
  • Neighborhood funding group is presenting a plan
  • Request a micro-grant subcommittee that can assist in creating the wording and help to create the criteria. (people within the community can apply for small grants)  See Fulton neighborhood


Secretary Update – November minutes approved online


Treasurer Report – Judy Vicere

  • Current financial statements sent via email.  


Committee Updates

  • Community Engagement – Bri Keeney and Nikki.  Washburn Tot Lot next meeting is Dec 20th from 6-8 pm
    • Issues were raised about safety. Project planner will respond to ANA on this topic
  • Next Happy Hour is January 9th  7-9 pm at Red Wagon Pizza
  • Green Team – Rain garden consultations should be done, property plans developed in January; install date should be decided in February


Coordinator Update – Nikki Lindberg

  • Business facade grant for Penn Dental in process (grant will be for just over $3k)
  • January newsletter – Michael volunteered to be our board member highlight; include info on use of salt on sidewalks, park info, Mobile Menders event, park events/activities

Coordinator Contract Renewal

  • Contract to be renewed for another year with an $1.50/hr wage increase.


New Business

  • Mobile Menders event, providing free sewing and mending services, to be held at Armatage Community Center Feb. 10 1- 4 pm.
  • Neighborhood Forests – Armatage school is not interested. Still trying to confirm with Kenny school.


Meeting adjourned: 7:59 pm


Next regular meeting: January 16, 2018 • 6:30pm


November 21, 2017 Minutes

Armatage Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Armatage Rec Center

Date: November 21, 2017

Called to order: 6:32 pm

Presided by: Ryan Antkowiak, Secretary

Note taker: Stephanie Vigen

In attendance: Board Members — Ryan Antkowiak, Jim Hoch, Michael Kootsikas, Laurel Luxenberg, Judy Vecere, Stephanie Vigen

Other — Rachel Ireland-Henry (accountant)

Residents – Gary Remafedi, Matthew Larson

Guest Presenters

  • Late Night Take Out/Diamond BBQ
    • Did not attend

City Council Update – (Linea Palmisano, City Council Member; Kendal Killian, Ward 13 Aide; Patty Day, Ward 13 Aide)

The following officers were nominated and approved.

  • Did not attend

Park Update – Nikki Friederich, Park Director


  • Nikki Friederich could not attend but Nikki Lindberg provided updates.
  • Youth sports registration is open but filling up fast.
  • Fire and Ice event – January 19th 6:00-8:30pm
  • Tree lighting this Friday @ 7:00pm
    • Sleigh will be delivered on Wednesday.
    • Will collect diapers and formula donations that night. Nikki Lindberg will drop off.

President’s Report – None

Secretary Report

  • October minutes approved online

Treasurer Report – Judy Vecere

  • Current financial statements sent via email.
  • Rachel Ireland-Henry, Accountant
    • Rachel will begin tracking numbers at the first of the year.

Committee Updates

  • Community Engagement – 12/2 open house for Washburn Park
    • Will take place at Armatage Rec Center
  • Happy hours at Red Wagon Pizza – Ryan Antkowiak
    • Next happy hour will be on Tuesday, January 9th from 7:00-9:00pm

Coordinator Update – Nikki Lindberg

  • Communications policy
    • Nikki sent info to NCR. They thought it would be better to meet with some ANA board members so Nikki would like to see who is interested.
    • Sample communication topic: Should ANA accept advertising in the newsletter?
  • Bylaws (link of review went to board)
    • Ready to send to the city.
  • Tree lighting, Friday at 7pm
  • Business facade grants: Penn Dental
    • First application for the grant.
    • Grant would be for a sign that will be internally lit.
    • Roger from SW Business Association will follow up with Nikki Lindberg when that organization receives funding.

New Business

  • Trees for Kids
    • Need to determine if ANA would like to be involved in this for Earth Day 2018.
    • Organization is Neighborhood Forest.
    • Cost to sponsor is approximately $2.00 per child.
    • Tree will be given to children to plant at home.
      • Trees are 6-12” and native to MN.
    • Targeted toward elementary school children although ANA does not have a strong relationship with either of the elementary schools.
    • Ryan Antkowiak will address at the next PTA meeting to help determine interest.

New Business/Other

  • Crime statistics
    • Nikki Lindberg spoke with Minneapolis Police. The Police agree that the crime information should be presented in a different way, however, they do not have a statistician to work on this.
  • Minneapolis 2040
    • The event that is closest to Armatage is at MLK Park on December 11th.
    • Conference is in January.
  • Parking lot at the park is extremely dark.
    • Need to determine what can be done about this to improve safety.
  • Minneapolis Crisis Nursery volunteer event
    • Tara Brown is organizing an event on December 2nd if anyone is interested in participating.

Next ANA meeting is scheduled for December 19th.

Meeting adjourned: 6:55 pm

Submitted by: Stephanie Vigen


January 18, 2018 eNews

Fire on Ice
Neighborhood Ice Skating Party

Friday • 6:00-8:30pm

Come on down for some skating fun with a DJ, cocoa, popcorn and bonfire!

January Meeting Highlights

  • Road resurfacing project (58th-62nd; Xerxes-Penn)

    Pre-public hearing to be held at Armatage Rec Center (details TBD, but anticipated in April). Public hearing at City Hall on May 1. Project work may begin by the end of May. Will will have several people on hand at the April meeting to answer any questions.

    This will be a mill and overlay project, and utility upgrades will take place prior to final paving. 60th is not included because it is a Truck Route, and is on a different maintenance and funding schedule. Project map and FAQ PDF available here.

  • Green Team will meet Monday, January 22 at 7:30pm at Armatage Rec Center. We will be planning our 2018 priorities. All are welcome!
  • The ANA is looking into developing a micro-grant program to support various initiatives and ideas (somewhat inspired by Fulton Neighborhood).

Mobile Menders at Armatage

Saturday, February  10
1:00-4:00 PM
Armatage Rec center

This is a FREE event

•    Do you have a pair of pants that need hemming?

•    Is a button missing from a pair of pants, shirt or jacket?

•    Is there a rip in your favorite shirt?

Mobile Menders is a group of volunteer sewers and menders that do basic clothing repair. If you have something that needs meding, bring the clean item(s)  to the rec center on February 10.

If you have a homebound neighbor, see if they’d like assistance get themselves or their clothes to this event.

Questions: contact

Sewing mends the soul

The 17th Annual Kite Festival

Saturday, January 27
Noon to 4 pm
Lake Harriet by the bandshell
This a is free, fun, family​ festival

  • horse-drawn wagon rides
  • snowshoeing
  • guided nature tours through Roberts Bird Sanctuary
  • ice fishing for kids
  • a marshmallow roast with s’mores​
  • music
  • Wild Rumpus Reading
  • ​Fat Tire Bikes demo
  • AND The Art Shanty Project

​​Minnesota Kite Society experts will be on hand to demonstrate maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime.

Bring your own kite or purchase one at the event. Food Trucks will be available to purchase food and hot drinks.

TIPS Outdoors will teach kids ice fishing skills and safety tips. Equipment and permits for children will be provided.​

Shuttles and Parking​
Free lot parking is available on site, please keep in mind  the lot fills quickly, however free, on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood and shuttles​ will be available leaving from Linden Hills Park (3100 W 43rd St. Minneapolis)​ to Lake Harriet​ from 11:45 am to 4 pm. West Lake Harriet Parkway delays are expected. Allow ample time to find a spot and walk to the venue.

Text to 911

New service provides significant public safety benefits

Did you know you can now send texts to 911? The service has been available statewide since early December of 2017, and is a great option when you are unable to call 911, such as a domestic incident, a break-in, or a medical event. It is also beneficial for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Dispatchers still prefer that you call 911 if you can, since the immediate two-way communication allows for faster information gather during an emergency.