August 2, 2022 eNews

Armatage Summer Jam This Saturday!

Don’t miss the best neighborhood event of the summer this Sat, Aug 6 from 4–6pm! Bring your appetite, friends and family, and a picnic blanket or lawn chair and come to Armatage Park for a great night of community including:

In case of heavy rain or storms, food trucks will be outside and music and activities will move inside the community center!

Happy National Night Out

The ANA wishes an awesome National Night Out to every block hosting a party tonight! We hope you have a fabulous evening of building stronger ties with neighbors, good food, and celebrating this neighborhood and all the wonderful people in it.

Not sure what National Night Out is?  Here’s a bit more from the City’s website.

July 19, 2022 Meeting Recap

Sorry for the very late recap this month!  The ANA was excited to have both Council Vice President Palmisano and new Armatage Park Director Dillon Clements at its July meeting. Outgoing Park Director, Jordan Nelson, is now serving as the SW Area Supervisor. The ANA Board approved $100 for refreshments at the Fall Fun  at the Washburn Tot Lot event and elected Kim Herring to the Board.  Congratulations to Kim! If interested in joining the board, please email us at

New Washburn Tot Lot Pollinator Garden

The ANA is so excited to announce that we have received grant funding from the State of Minnesota’s Lawns to Legumes Neighborhood Demonstration Program and the Minneapolis People for Parks Fund to create a pollinator garden at the Washburn Tot Lot!  The new garden will be installed along the alley to provide a safe, beautiful barrier that will benefit our community and local pollinators.

Community engagement will begin this fall with a Fall Fun event at the Washburn Tot Lot on Saturday, September 17 from 10–11:30am so save the date! We anticipate the new garden will be completed in May 2023 with our partner, Metro Blooms.

Police Contract Listening Sessions

Join a community listening session to give input on the new three-year contract with the Police Federation of Minneapolis. The City staff will explain the negotiation process and hold work groups where people can collaborate on ideas related to the contract. This process will help inform the City in its negotiations with the Police Federation. Members of the public are welcome to attend the upcoming community listening sessions:

  • 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Whittier Park Recreation Center, 425 W. 26th St. See the Facebook event.
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. See the Facebook event.
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. Folwell Recreation Center, 1615 Dowling Ave. N. See the Facebook event.

Donation Drive to Benefit Unhoused Neighbors

Members of SWAE (Southwest Alliance for Equity) are organizing a donation drive on Sat, Aug 6 from 3–5pm near the west parking lot at Bde Maka Ska (look for the volleyball courts).

Recently a large encampment was removed recently in South Minneapolis and unfortunately people were not allowed to take any of their belongings with them. Items needed include tents, yoga or sleeping mats, air mattresses, blankets, coolers, batteries, baby wipes, underwear and socks in all sizes.

Aug 13 Fix-it Clinic at Mount Olivet

Get free help with your broken stuff and learn valuable repair skills at the Aug 13 Fix-It Clinic from 12–4pm at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (5025 Knox Ave S). Get free, guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and (hopefully) fix small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and keep them out of the waste stream.

Clinics are held monthly and no pre-registration is required. Items must be carry-in-sized. Bring any parts and supplies that might be helpful. The events are family friendly. Learn more and see the full schedule of 2022 Fix-It Clinics at

E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Save the date for a fall e-waste and paper shredding recycling event on Sat, Sept 17 from 9am–12pm! Bring documents, TVs, computers, phones, peripherals (cords, computer parts, keyboards, etc.) and small appliances for safe recycling AND data destruction. Thanks to Mayflower Church for hosting the event.

The suggested donation is $5 (or $5 + $5 to sponsor a neighbor), but no one will be turned away. Cash and cards will be accepted on-site. We’re offering a pick-up service for seniors and residents with disabilities (items must be outside). Call us at 612-466-0296 to sign up. Learn more at

All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign to support your neighborhood organization and proudly spread the message that ALL are welcome in Armatage!

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your tax-deductible donation goes to supporting the ANA’s work in the community. Order online here or grab a sign at Armatage Summer Jam!

Water Boulevard Trees

Water is especially important for trees under five years old, including newly planted trees on city boulevards (that is, the land between the sidewalk and the street). Water in the evening to minimize evaporation, track your tree watering by doing it on weekly solid waste collection day. Watering one tree weekly costs only about $3 for 23 weeks – the entire summer-fall season.

How to help: Watch this video or check out the three options below:

  • Option 1: Fill a tree watering bag. If you live near a newly planted tree supplied with a green tree watering bag, fill the bag once a week. When it’s one-quarter full, pull up on the bag handles to straighten it. Bags hold 20 gallons of water and take about five minutes to fill.
  • Option 2: Use a five-gallon bucket to slowly pour water around the base of a tree. Do this four times for 20 gallons once a week.
  • Option 3: Run a garden hose on a slow trickle, placed at least six inches from the tree trunk. Let it run for an hour each week.

Field + Festival Summer Market

Looking for something fun to do? Wagners Garden Center and Mpls Craft Market’s popular winter markets are now Field + Festival! Find them outside at Wagner’s each Tuesday this summer from 4-7pm and indoors this fall. More vendors will be added throughout the season!  Learn more at

Fulton Farmers Market

The Fulton Farmers Market takes place weekly on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1 pm in the Lake Harriet United Methodist Church parking lot!  Stop by for breakfast, activities for kids, and live music starting at 10 am. You’ll find a huge variety of fresh and local fruit and veg, as well as meat, eggs, mushrooms, baked goods, preserves, crafts, and more!

Take the Minneapolis Climate Action and Equity Plan Survey

Minneapolis is working to reduce the impact of climate change. With a 10-year update to the 2013 Climate Action Plan, the City needs your help to meet its ambitious goals: eliminating carbon emissions and improving the daily lives of residents, particularly those most impacted by changes in our climate.

Fill out the Climate Action Plan survey here or contact

Join the August Stop Food Waste Challenge

We love food, which leaves us wondering: why do we let so much of it go to waste? About 40% of food is wasted somewhere along the supply chain, and you may be surprised to learn that much of that food waste happens at home. Here in Hennepin County, we throw away enough edible food each year to fill Target Field 1.5 times!

Join Hennepin County’s online Stop Food Waste Challenge to learn easy, practical skills that will help you stop wasting food, put more money in your pocket, and create a healthier environment. Even better, taking steps to reduce food waste is one of the most important actions we can take to address climate change.

The challenge runs through August 31. Join now at

Home Help MN – Apply by August 17

If you’ve fallen behind on your mortgage, property taxes, insurance, association fees or lot rent because of COVID, you can now to apply for the State’s Home Help MN program. Visit to learn more and get your application started.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

Vaccines: find vaccines for kids ages 6 months and up and boosters at (click on the Vaccine Locator Map). Learn more about  boosters here.

Free Rapid Tests: order free rapid tests at or at Ordering takes just a couple minutes.

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