Category Archives: Green Living

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.

December 12, 2017 eNews

December Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, December 19
6:30pm • Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update, Nikki Friederich
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – November minutes approved online
  • Treasurer Report
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Washburn Park (Dec 2)
      • Happy Hour (Jan 9)
    • Green Team
      • Rain gardens: final consultations by mid-Dec; property plans by early Jan; install date decided Feb
  • Coordinator Update
    • Tree lighting recap
  • Coordinator Contract
  • New Business
    • Neighborhood Forests
  • Adjourn

Upcoming meetings/events

  • Armatage Happy Hour 1/9
  • Next regular ANA meeting 1/16
  • Fire on Ice 1/19
  • Minneapolis Connections Conference
  • Saturday, February 10th
  • Minneapolis Convention Center

Snow Removal

Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall, and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

The City has stepped up enforcement activities to ensure compliance with the sidewalk snow and ice ordinance, and it increased the number of staff involved with winter sidewalk inspections. Call 311 to report unshoveled sidewalks and learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks.


Do you enjoy working with older adults and want some part time work?

We are hiring snow removal workers in Hennepin County!

Shovel within 24 hours of end of 2+ inch snowfalls. Commit for the entire season, until the final snow/ice storm of spring. Provide your own equipment & transportation. Paid $16 per hour; hours depend upon snowfall. Can work with multiple senior citizen clients. Age 16+. For details contact Bethany Sapp at or call 952-767-7886. Located in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.

A low-salt diet for our lakes and streams

A little salt can go a long way for managing snow and ice. But too much salt – which may be less than you think – is causing irreversible damage to our lakes and streams.

The danger of ice and snow on roads and sidewalks is a fact of life in Minnesota, and salt and sand can help reduce ice and add traction. When that snow inevitably melts, however, most of that salt and sand wash directly into nearby waters. 

Currently, salt use is not regulated, but it poses a real threat to clean water. The chloride contained in one teaspoon of road salt can permanently pollute five gallons of water. Chloride upsets aquatic environments, can kill birds and some plants, and can impact groundwater used for drinking.

Many people use more salt than they need.  But using more salt does not melt more ice, or melt it faster. In reality, salt only works when the temperature is above 15 degrees. Extra salt crystals will just eventually become a pollutant. It’s best to use no more than one pound of salt per 250 square feet (for scale, a typical parking space is about 150 square feet). One pound of salt fills up a 12-ounce coffee mug.

Want to protect your local lake or stream from chloride pollution? Here are some easy ways you can help:

  • Shovel regularly (a great form of winter exercise) to minimize ice buildup.
  • Break up ice with an ice scraper before deciding if sand or salt is necessary for traction – you may find that it’s not.
  • Salt won’t work if the temperature is below 15 degrees. Use calcium chloride or magnesium chloride instead, or use a small amount of sand for traction.
  • Sweep up any salt that’s visible on dry pavement and use it elsewhere or throw it away. 

By being proactive with your snow management, and using salt and sand wisely, you can save money, time, and the environment without sacrificing safety. Learn more at

Yes, there is still time to register for Winter Youth Sports Leauges

July 11, 2017 eNews

July Agenda

Tuesday, July 18 • 6:30pm
Armatage Rec Center

Guest: Tim Schwarz – Polling place change
Park Update, Nikki Friederich
Committee Updates
Community Engagement
Green Team
Consider additional funding for 5 more raingardens in 2018 (from 10 to 15)
Safety (Personal Safety workshop, Sat, Sept 23)
Stun and Run Self Defense – $100/1 hr or $200/2 hr
Summer Festival
Armatage shirts or such / frisbees
Coordinator Update
July/August Newsletter
Summer Intern
Bylaws (Joel, Judy, Jim, Kelly, Laurel)
Secretary Report – June minutes approved online
Electronic votes
Rita’s House grant
Approval of June minutes
Approval of award and gift for Steve Johnson
Treasurer Report
New Business
Solar Power Hour event, July 26, 4-5pm at Insight Brewing (SE Como group)

Happy Hour and Goodbye to Cafe Maude

Monday, July 17 • 7:00-9:00pm
Cafe Maude

Join us for our neighborhood happy hour and a chance to say goodbye to Cafe Maude as they will be closing their doors after a decade. We hope to find a new place to continue hosting neighborhood happy hours – so stay tuned.

The ANA provides food. Cafe Maude offers happy hour drink pricing.

Come on down and meet neighbors, and ask board members questions! 

Lawn Care for Water Quality

‘Tis the season for turf grass maintenance! Most of us have lawns that need maintaining throughout the warmer months, but did you know that how you care for your lawn can have a big impact on water quality? What lands on your lawn can make its way into storm drains that lead straight to streams and lakes without treatment. That means if you fertilize your lawn, blow grass clippings into the street, or don’t pick up after your pet, all that might be going down the drain straight to water we rely on for drinking and playing.

But it’s easy to minimize your impact! Here are some tips:

  1. Mow high and often. Cut your grass to 3 inches or higher, which helps trap pollutants and leads to a healthier lawn that has stronger roots and is more resistant to weeds. Don’t cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time to avoid stressing the grass. You’ll also avoid having large mats of grass on your yard, which smother grass and are more likely to wash off into the street.
  2. Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings contain the same amount of nutrients as one round of fertilizer, which is good for your lawn and your pocketbook! Be sure to sweep up any clippings that blow into the street so they don’t run down a storm drain.
  3. Water wisely. Lawns don’t need as much water as you might think. Lawns generally need about 1-inch per week to stay green. Try to water in the early morning so the grass absorbs the water better and be sure to divert your sprinklers so they aren’t watering impervious surfaces. If a green lawn isn’t a concern for you, try to not water more than is necessary. Grass that turns yellow or brown in the middle of summer is just going dormant and will bounce back in the fall.
  4. Fertilize in fall. If you are planning on fertilizing your lawn, it will be most effective in the fall. It’s also useful to get a soil test of your yard so you know what nutrients your lawn needs. Be sure to use zero-phosphorus fertilizers and sweep up any fertilizer that falls on hard surfaces. As an alternative to fertilizing, you can aerate in the fall instead.

More tips can be found on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District website. You can help us improve the watershed, one action at a time!

Southwest High School Soccer Camp

Dear Soccer Families,
This summer, August 7-10, 2017 from 2:30-4:30pm, we will be holding our annual Southwest High School Soccer Camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-9 in the Fall of 2017. Cost is $75 for the first player in a family and $60 for each additional sibling. The camp is held at Southwest High School Soccer Stadium and led by Southwest High School soccer captains with assistance from coaches and former players.

The camp is limited to 100 campers and has filled each of the last few years, so please sign up early. We are hoping to get up to 100 campers by July 16 so that we can get T-Shirt orders in. Sign up at: Registration is complete once the online registration form is completed and waiver/payment is received. For questions about the youth camp, send an email to: call Dale Peterson at: 612-655-2796 Thanks for supporting SW soccer!

Parks in need of Seasonal Workers

Role Summary

Perform seasonal manual labor in the care and maintenance of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) buildings, grounds, and amenities to provide a safe, comfortable environment for the public.  Position is temporary lasting up to six (6) months, with expected duration from mid-April through mid-October, depending on work location and weather conditions.  May be assigned a modified workweek and workday that includes weekends and holidays.  Start times are between 5-7am, end times are between 1:30-3:30pm.  A limited number of positions required to work 1-9pm.

Check out this opportunity and more online.

Safety Camp

Safety Camp teaches participants safety education through games, demonstrations and hands-on activities in a fun camp setting. Camp is action packed, and safety topics include water, bike, animal, bus, fire safety and more. Police, firefighters, and recreation staff serve as camp counselors. Parents/guardians are invited to join their camper for lunch on July 26, noon-1 pm. Camp includes: drinks, snacks, t-shirt and awards ceremony.

Grades:  2nd through 5th

July 24-26

$65 Resident / $88 Non-Resident

Theodore Wirth Regional Park

Register now!  Bus pick ups available throughout the city (including at Armatage Park) or opt to drop your camper off at Wirth. Sign up for the optional 4th day on July 27 from 9am-4:30pm.

March 27, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Highlights

  • Neighborhood Community Engagement Committee
    • Future of Neighborhoods • May 8 • 6:00pm (dinner) 6:30-8:30pm (program) • MLK Park — opportunity to learn more and express ideas about neighborhood organizations and how they should operate within the City in the future
    • Requesting update to the 2040 City planning document to move language from a survey reponse to raw data instead of as a planning directive
    • City Community Connections Conference April 1 • Information online (Free)
  • Park Updates
  • City Council Updates
    • Gypsy Moth spraying will take place in late-April or May. The ANA is posting information about the process, and will notify area residents through social media (eNews, website, Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter) as to the day of spraying once known.
    • As part of the Audit committee, she wants to make sure that all of the promises around the US Bank stadium deal are being honored. She also feels that accountability can be better tracked through the Audit committee for such things as the results from the recently released COPS report regarding the handling of incidents around the Jamar Clark shooting.
    • Tear-downs and home remodeling projects – in general, it seems that things have been running more smoothly in recent years, but it is truly case by case. If you have questions or concerns, check out some resources here, or contact the ANA.
    • Linnea encouraged everyone to get involved, as party caucuses will be starting in April. Watch for ways to learn about candidates, and be sure to vote!
  • Moving Happy Hour to Monday is seen as a good decision and will continue this way for 2017.
  • We continue to get items donated for our Welcome Bags which are delivered to new residents.
  • Newly formed Green Team had a great initial meeting. A few priorities for 2017:
    • Recruit home owners to get involved with our Metro Blooms rain garden program (see below)
    • Promote “Zero Waste” events (including the Summer Festival and National Night Out)
    • Encourage safe and healthy lawn care (will have information available during the Movie in the Park)
  • Variance for 5801 Russell approved.
  • No confirmed transactions or planned development at 54th and Penn.

Spring Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Armatage Park

Please preregister ($5/child ages 12 and under)

Yard Waste Collection begins April 10

Learn about what is accepted and how to prepare items for collection.

Plastic Bag Ban 6/1

Learn about this new ban and how it may affect you and area businesses.

Armatage + Kenny Neighborhood-wide Garage Sales

Saturday, June 3
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration forms now available for our 2017 area garage sales! Deadline to be included on the printed maps is May 29. You can mail or drop forms off to Armatage Park (2500 W 57th St, 55410).

Plastic Bag Ban FAQ

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2017

The Minneapolis City Council voted in an ordinance entitled “Single-Use Plastic and Recyclable Paper Carryout Bags” to be effective beginning June 1st, 2017. They have cited the purpose of the ordinance is to reduce litter, waste, lifecycle environmental impacts, and negative impacts on recycling facilities of single-use bags and incentivize Minneapolis consumers to use reusable bags.

Single use plastic bags will not be allowed, paper bags must be 40% recycled material and have notice of such on the exterior of the bag, and a fee or donation must accompany paper bags.

Does this rule apply to me?

Yes. Any person, business, facility, agency, vendor or organization in Minneapolis that provides food, merchandise or goods are affected. Continue reading for usage exemptions and options.

Which bags are banned?

Carryout bags provided at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure to a customer for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the establishment. Specifically, plastic bags that are neither intended nor suitable for continuous reuse may no longer be used.

Are there exemptions for specific types of bags or uses?


  1. Non-handled bags used inside store for bulk purchases
    1. Food Use (such as produce, bakery items, bulk foods, frozen or raw meats or other unwrapped prepared foods)
    2. For prescription drugs
    3. Where dampness may be a problem (potted plants, flowers, paper products such as greeting cards or print work)
  2. Bags used to safeguard public health during transportation of:
    1. Prepared take-out foods
    2. Prepared liquids intended for consumption
  3. Newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry-dry cleaning bags, bags used to protect fine art paper, or bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste.
  4. Bags deemed reusable that meet all three requirements:
    1. Plastic bags at least 4 mils thick
    2. Bags specifically designed with a minimum of 75 uses over its lifetime
    3. Bags able to carry a minimum of 18 pounds

Can I use compostable plastic?


Compostable bags must meet ASTM D6400 standard and be certified for compostability by the Biodegradable Products Institute and display the BPI logo.

Can I use paper bags instead?

Yes, but…

  1. Paper bags used must contain a minimum average of 40% post-consumer recycled materials, and must display the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
  2. You must charge a pass-through fee of minimum of 5 cents for each paper bag provided to customers/clients. It is a violation of the ordinance to pay or reimburse the customer for any portion of this fee.
  3. The pass through charge must be itemized on the transaction receipt, showing the number of paper, compostable and/or reusable bags provided, and the total amount of the pass-through charge.

Do I have to charge a paper bag fee if my primary use is exempt from the plastic ban?


Any business, whether offering paper bags for food or goods, must charge the minimum 5-cent fee.

User Exemption.

It is important to note that you are not required to collect the pass-through charge from anyone with a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) support programs, or the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or a recognized Minnesota food assistance program.

Is there any way I can avoid the paper bag fee?

Yes. You may instead choose to contribute 5 cents per paper carryout, compostable carryout or reusable bag provided to customers to a recognized non-profit organization to fund litter cleanup and waste reduction initiatives within the City of Minneapolis.

But. City officials would be authorized to monitor and ensure compliance with the requirements of this through the “utilization of reasonable and lawful auditing, reporting and recordkeeping requirements.”


Violations of this ordinance may be enforced as administrative offenses, and you may be issued an administrative citation. The ordinance also provides that enforcement may take place through a host of civil, administrative or criminal remedies. City staff have until January 31st, 2017 to report back with recommendations for implementing and enforcing the ordinance.

March 17, 2017 eNews

March Meeting Agenda

March 21, 2017 • 6:30pm • Armatage Rec Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • 2040 Plan & Resolution Update
  • Committee Updates
    • 2017 Goals & Priorities
    • Community Engagement: Renter engagement • Washburn Tot Lot • Happy hour • Welcome bags
    • Safety Team
    • Green Team
    • Summer Festival Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Annual Meeting
    • Annual Report
    • April Newsletter
    • Financial Audit
    • Trees for Kids
    • Tree lights and charity drive 2017
    • May 8th – Art of Hosting (MLK 6-8:30pm)
    • Garage Sale (June 3)
    • Movie in the Park (what do we want to do)
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – February minutes approved online
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

$15 workshops: Creating Weather Resilient Yards

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events.

Participants receive:

  • An overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to minimize their impact in your yard by using alternative turf, raingardens, and other resilient-yard practices.
  • 1 on 1 design assistance from Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb landscape designers and U of M Extension Master Gardeners from Hennepin County.

For more information and to register, go to or call 651-699-2426.

Space is limited.

MSP Aircraft Noise Analysis for 2016 is Now Available

02/27/2017 03:03 PM CST

Each year, the MAC reports aircraft noise exposure associated with operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and uses the results to determine homeowner eligibility for the MAC’s Noise Mitigation Program. To qualify for mitigation, a home must fall within a higher impact area for three consecutive years.

The report, called the MSP Annual Noise Contour Report, details the development inputs for aircraft noise exposure contours that represent the geographical areas exposed to aircraft noise levels of 60 dB DNL and greater surrounding MSP.

The 2016 Annual Noise Contour Report is available now on the MAC Noise Program Office website here:  2016 MSP Annual Noise Contour Report.

The report concluded that a total of 286 single-family homes are eligible for mitigation in 2018. (NOTE: None are in the Armatage neighborhood.) The eligible blocks are shown in blue in the graphic online. MAC will begin reaching out to these eligible homeowners in late 2017 to begin project orientation.

The MAC is also actively initiating mitigation projects for homes that qualified last year. These homes are shown in green on the graphic online.

Southwest Communities “Future of Neighborhoods” Conversation

May 8th, 6:00 pm (dinner) 6:30 – 8:30 pm (program)

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

The neighborhood organizations of Southwest Minneapolis, in partnership with the Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, invite you to come discuss your viewpoint regarding the future of neighborhoods, including creating stable communities through respecting residents’ voices and empowering local solutions.  Attendees will work with other Southwest residents to discuss current and future challenges facing neighborhoods and suggest policy and funding streams to support communities to creatively address these challenges.

Free Dinner and Childcare provided

City of Minneapolis
Community Connections Conference

Saturday, April 1
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE (meals included)
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S, Mpls

Register Now

Southwest High School Performing Arts

Sweet Charity (Musical)

March 16-18 & 23-25 at 7 pm and March 19 & 26 at 2 pm.

Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon.

Charity works at a dance club and has only seen the dark side of life but thinks things are changing when she meets Oscar.  Even when things turn sour, Charity stays Sweet and hopeful of her dreams

To find our more or purchase tickets go to

January 13, 2017 eNews

January 17th Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest speaker: Brad Bourn, Park Board Commissioner
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Renter engagement (1/7)
    • Washburn Tot Lot update
    • Happy hours 2017
  • Coordinator Update
    • FixIt Loan update
    • Annual Meeting (ideas: Citizens Utility Board)
    • aMEALiorate
    • City conference 4/1
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – December minutes approved online
  • Coordinator evaluation
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Armatage Fire on Ice

Neighborhood Ice Skating Party
Friday, January 20

Join us down at Armatage Park our annual Fire on Ice Skating Party!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor neighborhood celebration. Enjoy a night with family and friends skating and a variety of outdoor activities or keep warm with hot chocolate and bonfire. No registration required, just come on down!

Happy Hour Survey

Please take a quick moment to respond to this short survey.

Let us know what day or time works for you and if you have ideas of other venues!

Green Team

We are forming a Green Team to address topics of interest relating to sustainability and environmental issues. Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of this group! We will be planning an initial priority setting dialog soon.

Rain Gardens

By working in partnership, the Armatage Neighborhood Association and Metro Blooms may be able help you create a rain garden for your yard (with less work and cost for homeowners).  We are gathering contact information for people who may be interested in order to determine how much interest there may be in this sort of program. This program would be for 2018 rain garden installations.

Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13

Planning starting soon! We’d love to have you on our event team! Please let us know if you’d like to help with part of making this event happen.

What:  Kite Festival

When:  Saturday, January 28   12pm-4pm

Where:  Lake Harriet
4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway

Cost:  FREE

*Kites, food and beverages available for purchase*

A Southwest Business Association Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

5309 Lyndale Ave S


Running a small business is no small task, but you’re not alone – WE are on your team! Meet up with like minded individuals to bounce ideas, discuss the business climate, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and community leaders, and so much more. This is a great opportunity to connect with other Southwest Minneapolis catalysts that can help grow your business.


There is no cover charge to attend, we’ll have some tasty apps for you to enjoy, and there will be special happy hour drink options for you too!


RSVP and attend for the chance to win great local prizes courtesy of Warners’ Stellian Appliance! One ticket for coming, earn another for bringing along a fellow business owner. Additional ticket earning opportunities at the event as well. (Prize information coming soon)

January 3, 2017 eNews

December Meeting Highlights

  • Park update
    • Ice rink open:
   Monday-Friday, 3-9 pm
   Saturday, 10 am-9 pm
   Sunday, noon-6 pm
Free loaner skates available at the park. Gently used skates always welcome for donation.
    • Fire on Ice event January 20 (see below)
  • 2017 Happy Hours — Survey for future time and location
    • Thursday, January 5 • Cafe Maude • 4-5:30pm
    • Invite people to January event who may be interested in our new green team focused on a variety of sustainability issues
  • Renter engagement workshop — Saturday, January 7 • 10-11:30am
  • Park improvements — the Washburn Tot Lot is slated for improvements starting in 2017. We are collecting input from area residents, and are in discussions with Park planning.
  • FixIt Loan — currently all dollars have been loaned. Armatage, along with the other 3 partner neighborhoods have voted to add additional dollars so the loan program can meet the interest of area residents. Watch for updates once these funds have been transferred and are available.

Next Armatage Happy Hour

Thursday, Jan 5
4-5:30pm at Cafe Maude

Meet neighbors, share ideas, express concerns!
Appetizers provided. Cash bar (but great happy hour specials).

Happy Hour survey
Help us plan our future happy hour events! Let us know what day or time works for you and if you have ideas of other venues!

Green Team

We are especially inviting neighbors interested in our new green team focused on a variety of sustainability issues. Can’t make happy hour? Just email our coordinator to let us know you are interested!

Neighborhood Connections:Focus on Neighbors Who Rent!

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Armatage Community Center

Please join the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 10-11:30am, at the Armatage Community Center for free food and drink to build community, network, and share any questions or concerns. The ANA is especially interested in feedback on what kinds of workshops, events, or support would be useful to renters in the neighborhood.

Free copies of the book “How to be the Smartest Renter” will be available to attendees (first come, first served).

Armatage Fire on Ice

Neighborhood Ice Skating Party
Friday, January 20

Join us down at Armatage Park our annual Fire on Ice Skating Party!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor neighborhood celebration. Enjoy a night with family and friends skating and a variety of outdoor activities or keep warm with hot chocolate and bonfire. No registration required, just come on down!


December 9, 2016 eNews

December Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • NCEC/NCR Policy Board Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
      • Renter engagement (10-11:30 1/7)
      • Washburn Tot Lot update
    • Coordinator Update
      • FixIt Loan – do we want to contribute funds; January newsletter
    • Treasurer Report
    • Secretary Report – October minutes approved online
    • Coordinator Contract for 2017
    • New Business
    • Adjourn

Please submit agenda items at least 3 days in advance.

Thanks to the dozens of neighbors who came out Friday night Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate a season of giving. A truck load of diapers and baby supplies were delivered to the Greatere Minneapolis Crisis Nursery & People Serving People. We hope to grow this event next year – ideas welcome! NOTE: We are working out some lighting issues as the ice rink is built, so the lights may not be on for a few days while some re-wiring is done.

A Local Conversation about Islamophobia

Monday, December 12
Southwest High School Auditorium
(Enter through Door 1 at 47th & Beard)

Join our City Council Member, Linea Palmisano and her guest panelists for a conversation on how Islamophobia affects our community and what we can do about it. Come with your questions and hear from an excellent group of panelists as we address this important topic. (Facebook event info.)

  • Congressman Keith Ellison
  • City Council Member Abdi Warsame
  • David Scherer, Ward 13 Musician and Youth Minister
  • Yusra Arab, Community Leader

Neighborhood Connections:Focus on Neighbors Who Rent!

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Armatage Community Center

Please join the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 10-11:30am, at the Armatage Community Center for free food and drink to build community, network, and share any questions or concerns. The ANA is especially interested in feedback on what kinds of workshops, events, or support would be useful to renters in the neighborhood.

Free copies of the book “How to be the Smartest Renter” will be available to attendees (first come, first served).

Armatage Fire & Ice

Neighborhood Ice Skating Party

Friday, January 20

Join us down at Armatage Park for the 4th annual Fire & Ice Skating Party!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor neighborhood celebration. Enjoy a night with family and friends skating and a variety of outdoor activities or keep warm with hot chocolate and bonfire. No registration required, just come on down!



Applications now accepted for STEP-UP summer youth employment program

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2017 summer interns. Eligible Minneapolis youths ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2017 STEP-UP may go online and fill out the application until February 10, 2017.

STEP-UP is one of the country’s premier youth employment programs, serving Minneapolis youths who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. This includes youths from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youths of color, youths from recent immigrant families, and youths with disabilities. In addition to summer jobs with more than 230 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, STEP-UP also offers work readiness training, advanced-level internships and industry-specific career opportunities that help interns integrate their career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning.


We connect strangers wanting to find, build, and strengthen their community.

Founded in 2016, aMEALiorate is one answer to the question “How do I get to know others who are in my community, but are outside my everyday life?” The act of eating is shared by all, regardless of age, gender, identity, culture, or heritage. aMEALiorate enables the meal; the participants choose what happens next. Learn more about this program and how to participate!

Easiest Way to Reduce Waste? Food Recycling!

Hennepin County conducted a waste sort to learn more about what residents are throwing away and what opportunities we are missing to recycle more.

The study involved sorting residential trash from Minneapolis into new categories to get better, more specific information about what could be recycled now but is not, and what opportunities need to be developed to increase recycling in the future. 

Food is the most prevalent material in the trash by far. Steps you can take to reduce food waste include using up all of the food that you buy, practicing meal planning, understanding the date labels on food, and properly storing your food. As we enter the holiday season, residents can use holiday parties and dinners as an opportunity to learn about preventing the waste of food and other organics. Find resources at

Sign up to for curb-side organics recycling in Minneapolis!

12 ways to save energy this heating season

Tips from the Minnesota Department of Commerce

  • Get an energy audit. The first step to energy efficiency is an advanced home energy assessment to diagnose the best ways to save energy. An audit can be arranged through the Home Energy Squad.
  • Lower your thermostat. When you are at home or awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or away from home, turn your thermostat down about 10 degrees—either manually or with a programmable thermostat. This can reduce your heating bill by about 10 percent.
  • Take advantage of heat from the sun. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • Cover drafty windows. Tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months to reduce air leakage around windows.
  • Weather strip and caulk windows and doors to eliminate air infiltration.
  • Seal air leaks to prevent cold air infiltration around chimneys, vents, pipes and wires. Plugging air leaks is one of the most cost-effective ways to conserve energy and increase comfort—and is the key to preventing ice dams.
  • Close your fireplace damper when a fire is not in use and install airtight doors to prevent warm air from escaping. If the fireplace is no longer used, seal the flue with an inflatable plug.
  • Maintain your heating system. Have your furnace or boiler inspected annually to ensure maximum efficiency and safety. Also consider replacing mechanical systems if they’re old or inefficient, and clean or replace furnace filters regularly as needed. For wood and pellet-burning heaters, clean the flue vent and the inside of the appliance to improve efficiency.
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees F. Not only will this save energy, it will reduce the danger of scalding.
  • Use light-emitting diode—or LED—holiday light strings to reduce the expense to decorate your home for the holidays.
  • Upgrade to LEDs for your entire home lighting. LEDs are the most efficient and longest lasting bulbs.
  • Upgrade to LEDs for your entire home lighting. LEDs are the most efficient and longest lasting bulbs.

September 13, 2016 eNews

Armatage Happy Hour

Join Us Thursday!
Armatage Happy Hour
4:00-6:00 • Cafe Maude

Septemer Meeting Agenda

Sept 20, 2016 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Proposed expenditures
    • Portable projector screen (large, indoor/outdoor, movie night, etc) $209 (Amazon)
    • Tree lighting $650-700
    • Hydration station $850
    • Park event tent $96
    • Window blinds for multi-purpose room $1,015
    • Skate board lock-up $380
    • Additional reupholstering cost $1,130 (for a total of $2,930)
    • Other park amenties to explore
      • Shade trees/structures
      • A/C
      • Additional picnic tables/benches
    • Committee Updates
      • Safety
        • November Safety meeting
      • Community Engagement
      • Summer Festival – recap/feedback
    • Coordinator Update
      • Open Streets
      • October newsletter
      • 2017 calendar
    • Treasurer Report
      • 990 filing
    • Secretary Report
    • New Business
Solar gardens • pollinators • ash borer

Please submit agenda items and requests for childcare at least 3 days in advance.

Fall Park Guide Available Online

NEW Creative Dance Class at Armatage Park

Our littlest dancers learn creative dance and pre-ballet in an imaginative and childlike setting. We will make simple costumes (materials fee included). The session will culminate in a holiday Nutcracker performance. Parents are welcome but not required to participate.

Ages 3-5
Thursdays (9/15 to 11/17) #61156
Saturdays (9/17 to 11/19) #61155
$80 per session


Minneapolis Zero Waste Plan Reminder

In 2016 the City of Minneapolis will be developing a Zero Waste Plan, focused on a set of strategies to move the City toward zero waste. Your input, perspectives, ideas, and concerns will help City staff and policy makers develop a plan that supports the achievement of the City’s ambitious goals for waste reduction, while also enhancing livability, community vitality, and economic prosperity

Multi-Unit Residential Sector

Thursday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(registration and light breakfast at 8:00)
Sabathani Community Center
310 38th Street East, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This event is free, but we do request that you RSVP by Tuesday, September 18. Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 with questions.

Commercial Sector

Wednesday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(registration and light breakfast at 8:00)
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This event is free, but we do request that you RSVP by Tuesday, September 23. Contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 8104 with questions.

Keep informed about the 54th St Construction


City email sign-up

Tenant Engagement Workshop
September 22, 2016 • 6:00-7:30pm
Van Cleve Recreation Center

About the Tenant Engagement Work Group

The Tenant Engagement Work Group meets on a quarterly basis at rotating locations throughout the city. Meetings are informal and are open to all Minneapolis renters, people who advocate for and support renters, and others interested in tenant engagement. To receive future communications about the work group, email

RSVPs are appreciated at


Organics Recycling Training

Session 1: Tuesday, September 27, 6PM – 8PM, Longfellow Park (3435 36th Ave S)

Session 2: Thursday, October 13, 6PM – 8PM, Windom Park Northeast (2251 Hayes St)

Get your organics recycling questions answered with hands-on learning, demonstrations, and tips that make organics recycling easy.

Learn about the City’s new Recycling Block Leader program and how you can sign up to be the leader on your block.

  • Hear presentation from Minneapolis Recycling Staff
  • Get a free kitchen organics collection container, while supplies last
  • Pick up a free yard sign promoting organics recycling
  • Enjoy refreshments with your neighbors

RSVP:  Encouraged but not required.

Visit to RSVP and for more information.

Questions:  Laura Horner,, 612-673-3318


Register to vote in the general election, November 8

Eligible Hennepin County voters have until Tuesday, October 18, to preregister for the 2016 general election. If you’ve recently moved or are a new voter, save time on Election Day. Register to vote or check your voter registration status at

Voters may also register in person on Election Day, which is November 8, or vote absentee for any reason.

For information about voting and elections in Hennepin County, visit

Kids Vote need volunteers!


Free gun locks available to Hennepin County residents

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, offers free gun locks to Hennepin County residents.

The lock is a cable-style device and it is intended to discourage unauthorized access to a firearm, particularly by young children.  Cable locks require that many types of firearms be unloaded before the cable lock is installed, providing an extra level of safety.

The free gun locks are available at:

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Enforcement Services Headquarters at 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Gun Permit Office at 350 S. 5th Street, Room 22, Minneapolis

Find out more information here about gun safety in your home.

Help shape our city — apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions

Applications are now being accepted for a number of open board and commission positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 21. The positions are open until filled. There are 151 open positions on 17 City boards and commissions:

  • Advisory Committee on Aging
  • Advisory Committee on People With Disabilities
  • Arts Commission
  • Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee
  • Charter Commission – the application review process is underway
  • Commission on Civil Rights – the application review process will begin Oct. 14
  • Community Environmental Advisory Commission
  • Heritage Preservation Commission – the application review process will begin Sept. 30
  • Planning Commission
  • Police Conduct Review Panel – the application review process will begin Oct. 10
  • Police Oversight Commission – the application review process will begin Oct. 10
  • Public Health Advisory Committee
  • Public Housing Authority
  • Telecommunications Network
  • Workplace Advisory Committee – the application review process will begin Oct. 14
  • Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment