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Halloween Tour

Kenny/Armatage Halloween Tour

Monday, October 24 – Monday, October 31, 2022
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Enjoy the sights and frights around Armatage AND Kenny for this year’s Halloween Tour! The tour is self-guided and great for all ages. If you live in Armatage or Kenny, sign up to be a tour stop through Oct 19!  The tour map will be available here and at kennyneighborhood.org just a few days before the tour starts!

Visitors will be able to vote for their favorites in the following categories and the displays with the most votes in each category will get a $50 gift card generously donated by neighborhood favorite, Book Club Restaurant!

  • Spookiest
  • Best Use of Pumpkins
  • Armatage Neighborhood Fave
    Kenny Neighborhood Fave

Friendly reminder: please be respectful of others on your adventure and minimize idling if you drive.


Sign up for the Halloween Tour

Sign up for the tour by October 19!  By signing up, you agree to have your decorations up every night of the tour AND to have your address published on our tour map. Please plan to snap a photo of your display and send it to us at anacoordinator@armatage.org by October 23 for our voting form!  🙂

June 21, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

6/21/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park, next to the wading pool

BOARD ATTENDEES

Ethan Komoroski, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe, Vikisha Goberdhan, Judy Vecere

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Eli Johnson, Nikki Lindberg

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator)

THE MEETING

Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

Park Update (email from Jordan Nelson)

  • The park is aware of recent graffiti incidents, but painters cannot keep up. Parks employees will step in to temporarily cover smaller or more offensive works of graffiti art. Park police have been doing extra sweeps to try to catch people/deter this activity.
  • Staffing: seasonal maintenance is far below preferred/historic levels. So activities like weed whipping are being skipped altogether for higher impact activities. Park center staff is fairly healthy, a number of younger staff (high school and college age) are filling up the ranks.
  • Side note: Jordan has gotten a promotion to SW Parks Director, which is both super exciting but a bit of a bummer since we won’t be working as closely with him on our events. Congrats to Jordan!

6:35  Comments from Community

  • The board voted unanimously to enact the policy document to guide public comments. That will be linked on the website.
  • Comments from the Community will now be a standing agenda item.

6:45    Executive Committee Election

  • Sharla was voted in unanimously as Vice President
  • Nikki was voted in unanimously as Secretary
  • Judy was voted in unanimously as Treasurer
  • Motion to approve the May minutes and Financials. Seconded. Carries. 

6:55    Recent ANA Events and Program Debrief

  • What’s gone well?
    • Setup has been very smooth. Lauren making maps of layouts has been super helpful and visual.
  • Opportunities to Improve? Ideas?
    • Can we consolidate our equity efforts (Senior focused events) into our larger events rather than standalone?
    • Could the ANA be at school events? And promote specific things, Board outreach?
    • Could we do a newsletter with senior outreach? Develop a senior steering committee (Ward 11 has one, through CM Koski’s office. Our efforts haven’t been fruitful)
    • Annual meeting: could we consolidate with PTA meeting? What about a meeting at the same time as a school event?
      • Garden Tool Swap will be coming back to Armatage next year. This simple event drew a TON of people this year so consolidating it with the Board Election seems like a good idea
    • Should we spread out the master calendar?
      • It’s tough because seasonal weather, COVID
    • What about a Saturday standing event? Something like a pet rescue or popsicles at the playground or Julie from Unwind Within doing chair massages, etc. Just to increase ANA visibility beyond our big events and also spotlighting good and/or local causes.

7:25  Summer Newsletter

  • Board Feature
    • Vicky
  • Articles
    • Shout out neighbors (Armatage Affirmations)?
      • Neighbor on Queen who does exercise happy hours on Fridays
      • Neighbor slip and slide
    • Tech Dump
    • National Night Out
  • Volunteer proofreaders (soon after 7/4)
    • Charlie

7:40    Board Recruitment

  • Discussion on how to increase interest in joining the Board. Seems to be a lack of awareness about the open positions despite multiple social media blasts, etc.
  • What about bringing back neighborhood happy hours for more face-to-face discussion about the work we do with interested neighbors?
    • Red Wagon host? Lola? Vin?
    • Could also be more intentional about having these conversations at our new ANA Tent at events.

7:55    Coordinator Report

  • Learning the ins and outs of the new projector
  • Capacity reduction in the coming months with personal commitments all falling concurrently. Ask is that committee members take on Lauren’s tasks, facilitate Board discussions, etc when Lauren is unable.
  • New accountant (Claire) contract updates
    • Exec committee is discussing how to manage expectations and will be handling the contract negotiations internally.

8:05    ANA Committee Updates

  • Green Team
    • New, final rain garden contract with Metro Blooms is signed.
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Scaling back, group direction is leaning toward consolidating with Community Engagement
  • Community Engagement
    • Looking into sponsorships for Summer Jam
    • Motion to approve $550 for band, face painter, and face paint for Summer Jam. Passes unanimously
    • Motion to approve $700 for tent with custom ANA insignia AND weights to hold it down in the wind! Passes unanimously

8:15    New Business

Meeting adjourned at 8:20

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • June 3 – Movie in the Park
  • June 14 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)

Fall Fun at the Washburn Tot Lot

Fall Fun at the Washburn Tot Lot

Come to the Washburn Tot Lot for a start-of-school fun pop-up event on Saturday, September 17 from 10am–11:30am! All are welcome, so tell your neighbors and come on down for…

  • FREE treats
  • Activities for all ages
  • On-site voter registration thanks to the League of Women Voters
  • Free renters’ resources
  • New Washburn Tot Lot pollinator garden community dreaming open house (see below for more info!)

We want to extend a special invitation to all of our neighbors who rent. The ANA is committed to better reaching our renters who make up nearly 15% of the households in Armatage.


New Washburn Tot Lot Pollinator Garden

The ANA is so excited to announce that the neighborhood has received grant funding from the State of Minnesota’s Lawns to Legumes Neighborhood Demonstration Program and the Minneapolis People for Parks Foundation to fund 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 local pollinators!

Community engagement will begin at this event and we anticipate the new garden will be installed in May 2023 with our partner, Metro Blooms.

2017 Summer Festival

Photos from 2017

Thanks to David Kern Photography

2018 Summer Festival

Photos from Summer Festival 2018

Thanks to David Kern Photography

Armatage Summer Jam

Armatage Summer Jam Thank You

Thanks for another great event! We are so grateful to celebrate our community and the awesome folks in it!  Huge thanks to our sponsors, The Dental Specialists Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, Sandy Cleland of RE/MAX Results and Kim Herring of Edina Realty!


Armatage Summer Jam

Don’t miss the best neighborhood event of the summer! 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:

Organized by our own Armatage Community Engagement Committee! In case of rain, food trucks will be outside and music and actitivies will move inside the community center!


Table at the Event

There’s still time to sign up to table at Summer Jam. Please click here to learn more and sign up.

July 19, 2022 Agenda

July 19 Meeting Agenda

Come one, come all to the Armatage Monthly Meeting next Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30pm, outside at Armatage Park!  Our meetings now kick off with comments from community members and we’d love to have you attend and share your thoughts and ideas! You are welcome to stay and participate throughout the meeting, too. Please bring your own chair if possible and find us near the playground (kids are welcome to play while adults meet). In case of rain, we’ll move indoors (masks recommended).

  • Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
  • Comments from the Community (6:35pm)
  • Ward 13 Update – Council Vice President Linea Palmisano (6:45pm)
  • Park Update & New Park Director, Dillon Clements (7:05pm)
  • ANA Events & Program Debrief Continued (7:15pm)
  • Fall Fun at the Washburn Tot Lot Event (7:35pm)
  • Approval of Minutes & Financials (7:45pm)
  • President’s Report (7:50pm)
  • Coordinator Report (8:00pm)
  • Committee Updates (8:05pm)
  • New Business (8:15pm)

We also have a couple open neighborhood board seats so if you’re interested in learning more or are a “do-er” and want to dive right in, please come to next week’s meeting or email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org!

Fall Recycling Event

E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

The ANA is co-sponsoring an upcoming e-waste and paper shredding recycling event at Mayflower Church! Please enter the parking lot via Diamond Lake Road and exit onto Stevens Ave and look for friendly volunteers to help you unload.

Accepted Items

Bring the following items for safe recycling AND data destruction (here’s the full list):

  • Documents with sensitive info for shredding
  • TVs (all kinds and sizes)
  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Phones (all kinds)
  • Peripherals (cords, computer parts, keyboards, etc.)
  • Small appliances (lamps, fans, vacuums, small kitchen appliances, etc.)

**Friendly reminder that Mpls Solid Waste & Recycling customers can also set out two electronics items every week and recycle paper in their blue cart for no extra fee!** At this event, you’ll be able to shred and recycle confidential documents and recycle electronics AND have secure data destruction.

Suggested Donation

Donations of $5 happily accepted, or $5 + $5 if you want to sponsor a neighbor, to help us cover Tech Dump and Paper Shredding fees and other event costs. No one will be turned away. Cash and cards will be accepted on-site.

Help for Seniors & Residents with Disabilities

The ANA Green Team will offer a limited pick-up service for seniors and residents with disabilities. Your items must be ready for pick-up outside your residence. You can register for pickup of your e-waste at https://bit.ly/TechDumpPickup or call us at 612-466-0296 to sign up.

Code of Conduct Policy

Armatage Neighborhood Association Code of Conduct

(The Code of Conduct is a work in process. The lack of a reference to particular conduct should not be construed as indicating ANA’s acceptance of such conduct.)

As a neighborhood organization, ANA strives to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible for all members, and to represent ourselves well to those living outside of our borders. In particular, the public conduct of those visibly associated with ANA (Board, staff, volunteers) can positively or negatively reflect on ANA, impacting our reputation and the good will needed to thrive.

ANA formally functions as a nonprofit while also being situated within a larger City of Minneapolis structure that provides funding for neighborhoods. Each status demands that ANA operates with consistently high ethical standards and maintains positive and respectful relationships, internally and publicly. When operating as intended, ANA necessarily exercises the democratic expression of its neighborhood membership and makes decisions in regard to policy and allocation of funding. While differences of opinions, values, or broad political outlook are inevitable within a membership such as ANA’s that is defined solely by geography, the welcomed expression of diverse viewpoints should actively be encouraged as that typically provides the most productive means for informed decision-making and ideal democratic inclusiveness. However, it is critical that ANA members – and in particular those most visibly associated – do not in their own public expression1 denigrate or make unwelcome any other participant.

Accordingly, the following is prohibited by ANA:

1) Violence or threat of violence.

2) Sexual harassment, as defined by the City of Minneapolis for its own workforce.

3) Personal or implied threat against another, directly or through harassment, intimidation, or retaliation, whether specified or made implicit through tone, manner, or content.

4) Comments denigrating to, or harassing of, identified groups, such as those recognized by the Minneapolis Civil Rights ordinance or which violate Minneapolis’ anti-discrimination policies.

5) Disparaging comments about one or more individuals in or associated with ANA, or connected to ANA through organizational activity or relationships.

6) Activity not in accordance with federal, state, or local law, or in violation of ANA’s bylaws or purposes and values, or which causes harm to ANA’s reputation or function.

For the purposes of 5), naming individuals with whom there is disagreement is permitted so long as there is good faith effort to state the disagreed-with person’s views fairly and without personal attack, animus, or shaming. While organizing opposition to another ANA member’s role or views is consistent with a democratic body, under no circumstances should such opposition be done in a manner which divulges personal contact information and/or directly or indirectly encourages or incites personal harassment.

1) Public expression includes, but is not limited to, the tone, manner, or content of statements made: at a AA event or meeting; at a public event; to media; via electronic communication that is not private.

Approved June 21, 2022

May 17, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes: 2022 Annual Meeting

5/17/22 / 6:30 PM / Armatage Park

BOARD ATTENDEES

Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild, Vikisha Goberdhan, Janhel Leandre, Judy Vecere, Nikki Lindberg

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director), Dennis Houle (neighbor), Julie Gramentz (Unwind Within and neighbor), Marion Greene (Hennepin County Commissioner D3), Cathy Abene (Parks Commissioner D6), Kevin Brown (neighbor), Tara Brown (Green Team member, neighbor), Linea Palmisano (W13 council member, council VP)

THE MEETING

This is our 2022 Annual Meeting. Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35    Updates from Elected Representatives

  • State Representative Jamie Long
    • Had to testify at the legislature, could not attend
  • Parks Commissioner Cathy Abene
    • Natural resource-forward agenda
    • Youth-focused funds from the last board are under lock and key, developing plans for deploying those investments and other 4 year outlooks now.
    • Chris DesRoches, MPRB, is managing the trails and sport courts from a “surface treatment” perspective.
  • County Commissioner Marion Greene
    • Bread and butter work is human services, roads and bridges, transportation, library,
    • Housing: affordability crisis is happening. During early stages of the pandemic, Hennepin County purchased a number of hotels to house folks. Now converting them to Single Room Occupancy. There’s a social worker on staff and other support services on site.
    • Economic Development: supporting small businesses, creating networking opportunities for folks in their job training program (Pathway program links them directly to county jobs)
    • Climate: final version of Hennepin County Climate Action Plan voted on in about the last year. Writing up a Zero Waste Plan for the county
    • Redistricting: Armatage will no longer be in Commissioner Greene’s district. We’re getting absorbed by Debbie Goetell’s district. Now 4 commissioners have Minneapolis in their district, which she views as a sweet opportunity.
  • City Council Vice President Linea Palmisano
    • Future of public safety, future police chief public hearings recently.
    • Gov’t restructuring committee: legislative and executive.
    • BIHZ Committee confirmed Community Planning and Economic Development director Andrea Brennan and Regulatory Services director Saray Garnett-Hochuli
    • Tree planting initiative. 200k trees for $1 million. Carbon credit offset program is starting with this effort, not much detail but sounds neat.

7:05    Growing Together: Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques with Julie Gramentz, Unwind Within

  • Julie walked us through some movements that we should use once per hour during our day to keep us from stiffening into hunched over sculptures. This included neck mobility, posture practice, back stretches, and breathing exercises.
  • She gave us a “sniffer”: a saturated wick of her proprietary (you’ll have to ask her) Breathe essential oil mix. It truly was refreshing.

7:35    Neighborhood Updates & Board Election Information

  • Green Team
    • Continued/Ongoing efforts: Spring and Fall neighborhood cleanups, Zero Waste stewards at events, raingarden program
    • Regenerative farming, soil health education series in March
    • Applied for and received $30k in grants to increase the scope of the raingarden program to include more equity. Also can set $10k of that money towards a natural vegetation barrier/pollinator garden at the Tot Lot.
  • Community Engagement
    • Past year
      • Spring Tea and Blooms
      • Summer Food Truck Night
      • Halloween and Holiday Light Tours
    • Upcoming
      • Summer Food Truck Festival
      • Home Maintenance Fair
  • Safety, Equity, and Outreach
    • Past year
      • Meet Your Community Helpers Event
      • Jim Crown of the North screening
      • Safety Campaign
      • Tech Help for Seniors
    • Upcoming
      • Movie in the Park
      • Renter pop up event
  • Board Election
    • New candidates close at 9PM on 5/17. Voting thru 5/24
    • 3 candidates running for the 5 open seats
      • Nikki Lindberg
      • Sharla McIntosh Ziegler
      • Kevin Ross

7:45    New Business/Closing

Meeting adjourned at 7:46

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • Jun 2 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Outdoors at Armatage Park)
  • Jun 7 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Outdoors at Armatage Park)
  • Jun 9 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, GT Member Backyard TBD)
  • Jun 10 – Summer Movie in the Park: Back to the Future (8:50pm, Armatage Park)
  • Jun 11 – Garden Evolution FREE Workshop (10:00-11:30am, Armatage Community Center)
  • Jun 21 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Outdoors at Armatage Park)