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Garden Evolution

Free Workshop: Garden Evolution

Saturday, June 11 | 10:00 – 11:30am
Armatage Community Center

Whether you are a new gardener or a very experienced gardener, gardening means changes. As we move along in our gardening efforts we may change how and why we garden to adjust to events in our lives. This workshop may help you find a path you can take to keep gardening, garden even more, or if needed garden less. Restrictions on time, resources, physical ability, cognitive changes, realigning priorities and even changes to where you garden can be anticipated and planned for. Join us to see what options are possible as your garden life changes.

For all levels and free and open to the public. All attendees will be entered to win a native garden kit!

Presenter: Hennepin County Master Gardener Theresa Rooney

Theresa is a life long gardener. On her small turf-free south Minneapolis lot, her gardens are filled with fruit trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs and some veggies. The yard is a certified  National Wildlife Habitat. To enable her lazy lifestyle, Theresa relies on research-based, common sense gardening, including regenerative and permaculture practices. You can also hear her about once a month on AM830 WCCO ‘Smart Garden’ show. She is the author of ‘Humane Critter Control’.

Garden Tool Swap

Get Ready for the Minneapolis Garden Tool Swap

Spring is officially here! To celebrate, many of us are turning towards our home and our green spaces. When cleaning out your storage, hang on to unused yard tools and gardening items. We are SO excited to be a Garden Tool Swap site this year.

Huge thanks to Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling for coordinating this second annual city-wide swap event of garden tools and plant-related equipment and to the Armatage Green Team for hosting our swap site. From first time gardeners to those with green thumbs, all are welcome at this free event.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 9:00am – 12:00pm and bring your unused items to Armatage Park or one of the six other swap sites. You do not need to bring items to the event to take items home with you.

Event Locations

  • Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
  • Logan Park
  • Folwell Park
  • Powderhorn Park
  • North Commons Park
  • Longfellow Park
  • Armatage Park

Learn more about Garden Tool Swaps including accepted items here.

March 15, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

3/15/22 / 6:30 PM / Zoom

BOARD ATTENDEES

Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere, Charlie Wolfe

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Vikisha Goberdhan, Janhel Leandre, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director)

THE MEETING

January meeting minutes approved via email. Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:33    Park Update (Jordan Nelson, Armatage Park Director)

  • Winter sports wrapping up this week
  • Spring and summer sports and programming open for online registration
  • Scholarship and fee waiver programs have been updated by MPRB. Complete an application and qualify for $300 per person to spend city-wide on park programs
  • Due to the teacher’s strike there are additional school-age programs available

6:40    Transitioning to In-person Meetings

  • Multi-purpose room at the park is available on Tuesdays or Thursdays at this point
    • May need to do either/or (in-person or Zoom) not hybrid because of budget and personnel limits
    • Plan to move in-person outdoors (May-Oct). If needed, indoors would require masks.
    • Would like to continue with a mask policy (due to not all having kids eligible for the vaccine) as well as those with immune-compromised family members
    • We (as well as the park) have lots of masks still on hand for any who attend
    • Board can make a decision for the board. Committees can decide for themselves.
  • Motion to transition to in-person meetings in May for the board (allowing committees to make their own choice). Seconded. Carries

6:55    Approval of February Minutes & Financials

  • Motion to approve the February minutes and financials. Seconded. Carries. 

6:45    2020-2021 CPP Annual Report

    • Did a walk-through of the report to ensure that it is accurate and comprehensive
  • Motion to approve the 2020-2021 CPP Annual Report. Seconded. Carries.

7:00    Safety, Equity & Outreach Update

  • Tech Day for Seniors (Sat, April 23 | 1:00-3:00pm)
  • Will not be doing the Community Helpers event and will be re-focusing on more education and community discussion focused (as part of meetings vs additional events)

7:15    Annual Meeting & Board Election
    [May 17 (outdoors if possible) 6:30-8:00]

  • Julie from Unwind Within will be a speaker (focus on stress/relaxation techniques)
  • Topic: Growing Together
  • Jamie Long plans to attend, as do Marion Greene & Linea Palmisano
  • Seats up for election: Sam, Nikki, Sharla, Kevin, plus 2 open seat (1 year and 2 year)
  • Kevin, Ethan, Charlie, Nikki (6pm) to help set up
  • Potential food (something reusable)

7:35    Coordinator Report:

  • Add Comments from Community Item to Agendas
  • Meeting Materials Options (Online, PDF, Projector)
    • Hope to source used equipment (projector and free-standing screen)
    • Leverage tech available (Google Slides)
    • Minimize printed materials
    • Project what we can via slides
  • Help Needed to Share ANA Programs/Events
    • So many events this spring and we need to each do our part to help share, like, etc.  through social media to help reach the most neighbors we can
    • If you want to help do posts, just let her know and she will get you connected

8:10    ANA Committee Updates

    • Safety, Equity & Outreach
  • Motion to allow $20 towards drinks/snacks. Second. Carries.
    • Community Engagement
      • Great support from local businesses for the Pet Fest
    • Green Team
      • Soil Health (Kiss the Ground – can link for free or on Netflix) and expert panel (3 guests)
      • Earth Day Clean-up on April 23 (mostly managed by the city)
      • Lawns to Legumes (still waiting to hear – should know later this month)
      • Another grant through City – People for Parks grant (due tonight)
        • Requires some matching funds. There is $ in a fund slated for environmental greening ($4,000 available in NRP). Should know in June if we get this grant.
        • Built in a maintenance plan to help the success of the plantings
  • Motion to approve up to $1,000 matching funds in support of this grant for plantings at the Washburn Tot Lot. Second. Carries
    • Depot update (Frey vetoed with caveats – 6 stipulations, that should be addressed soon, and the veto will be dropped) Note – Palmisano didn’t vote to support Chavez’s proposal, would have made it veto proof (but looks like it will move to be an urban farm)
      • Will be keeping an eye on the Upper Harbor Development Project

8:30    New Business

  • Welcome bag delivery – Ethan has some great ideas for people to connect with and stories to share. Great to do on social media (print space is very limited). We could highlight area businesses, too.

Meeting adjourned at 8:33

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • March 21 – Palmisano Presents on Public Safety (6:30-8:00pm, Teams & Mount Olivet)
  • April 5 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • April 7 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • April 14 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • April 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • April 23 – Earth Day Clean-up (9:30am-12:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • April 23 – Senior Tech Day (2:00-4:00pm, Armatage Park)
  • May 14 – Garden Tool Swap (9:00 am-12:00 pm, Armatage Park)
  • May 14 – Armatage Pet Fest (2:00-4:00 pm, Armatage Park)
  • May 17 – Armatage Annual Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm, Armatage Park)

April 19, 2022 Agenda

April 19, 2022 Agenda

Come one, come all to the Armatage Monthly Meeting next Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom! You’re encouraged to attend and bring your questions, ideas, and concerns. Register to attend at bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Update from Council Member Palmisano
  • Comments from Community
  • Approval of March Minutes & Financials
  • Renter Engagement Fall Event
    • Date & Location
    • Organizational Partners
  • Annual Meeting & Board Election Final Details
    • Speaker & Agenda Update
    • Set-up, Take Down & Tabling Volunteers
    • Election Team
  • Transition to In-person Meetings Update
    • AV Equipment Needed
    • Committee Plans
  • Coordinator Report
  • ANA Committee Updates
  • New Business

March 24, 2022 eNews

Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture Panel Tonight at 7:00pm!

Got climate anxiety? Hope for climate change is under our feet and in our soil! Tonight, hear from a panel of featured experts on local food systems, regenerative agriculture, and soil health. Learn what’s happening right here in Minnesota, how they’re protecting soil health, and what we can do locally or with our own yards. This event is free and open to all. There’s still time to register to attend at https://armatage.org/soilhealth/

Image shows a barren farm field and a thriving green field side by side with the words "New Breakthrough: A Cure for Climate Change" in white text in front of the images.

Kiss the Ground Community Screening 

There’s also still time to stream the film, Kiss the Ground,  which unveils a game-changer to our climate crisis: the Earth’s own soil. The solution is called “Regenerative Agriculture,” which can revive farmer prosperity, reduce flooding & drought, replenish fresh water sources, reduce fire hazards, reverse global warming, recreate regional access to nutrient-dense food, reduce toxic pesticides & fertilizers, reduce dead zones & water pollution, reverse extinction, and reconnect humanity & nature. Kiss the Ground presents the research, practice, and hope we need to move forward. Together. Sign up for the link at armatage.org/soilhealth


Image shows a collage of four images from a summer food truck night. In the top left, two men are masked and behind a table with a hydrodipping art station. In the upper right hand, many neighbors are waiting in line for food trucks. In the lower left hand, two tables are set up under tents with the Armatage logo and lots of volunteers talking to neighbors. In the bottom right, two women are monitoring organics and recycling.

Get Involved with an Armatage Neighborhood Committee

Hi Neighbors! Did you know that Armatage has three committees that plan fun and educational events to bring the neighborhood together? Last year these groups worked as teams to host free workshops, film screenings, neighborhood clean-ups, food truck nights and more.

We would love for you to join us on either Safety, Equity & Outreach, the Green Team, or Community Engagement! Check out the Get Involved page on the Armatage neighborhood website and then choose to volunteer for a single event or join a Committee e-list to help plan new events throughout the year. Come meet new friends and neighbors while making Armatage an even better place to live!

Learn more, register for a meeting or volunteer at armatage.org/get-involved/:

  • Safety, Equity & Outreach meets next on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00pm on Zoom
  • Community Engagement meets next on Thursday, April 7 at 6:00pm on Zoom
  • The Green Team meets next on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00pm on Zoom

MPS Strike Resources

As the MPS strike continues, we’re sharing this strike fund created for Armatage Elementary staff, specifically educational support professionals who keep our school running! Resources for families include the following:


Image shows the Mpls skyline in the background on a sunny spring day with a parking lot and LOTS of low cost trees potted and ready for pick-up by city residents.

Low Cost Tree Sales are HERE!

Minneapolis property owners are able to order 5- to 8-foot trees in 30 varieties (including shade, fruit and flowering trees!) for $30 each to plant on their private property. Rental property owners and property owners who haven’t participated in the City Trees program can order a tree now. All other Minneapolis property owners can order two trees per address starting at 8:00am Wednesday, March 23.

New this year: two trees can be ordered per property! Tree are available first-come, first-served, and the sale closes on April 15 or when the trees run out, whichever is first. Tree pick-up will be May 21, 22 or 23 (subject to change). Volunteers onsite will help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles on request.


The graphic shows a shaded backyard patio with chairs and a bench surrounded by trees. The text through the picture reads "Resilient yards. Much Cooler."

Blue Thumb Workshops: Resilient Yards & Pollinator Lawns

Register for Blue Thumb’s low cost virtual workshops this spring!  Workshops teach earth-friendly actions that mitigate the impacts of heat waves, flooding rains, and habitat loss through rain gardens, native planting, and other do-it-yourself tactics. Resilient Yards will cover resilience, site assessment, rain gardens, native planting, designing with trees and shrubs, turf alternatives, and other information for an eco-friendly yard. Pollinator Lawns/Turf Alternatives will focus on options to traditional turf lawns including flowering lawns that support pollinators and that require less watering and mowing.

Workshops cost $15 and will be offered throughout the spring starting March 29. Full scholarships are available. Learn more and see a schedule of workshops by visiting https://bluethumb.org/events/ or calling 651-699-2426.


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Stream the Ward 13 Public Safety Conversation

Missed Council Vice President Linea Palmisano’s public safety conversation?  You can stream the event at https://vimeo.com/690682225

Speakers include MPD 5th Precinct Inspector Katie Blackwell, Hennepin County Director of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation Catherine Johnson, and Canopy Roots and the Behavioral Crisis Response Team.


Image shows three young girls in traditional dress dancing at a previous International Festival

Celebrate Cultures of Minneapolis at the International Festival

The Minneapolis International Festival happens on Saturday, March 26 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Central Gym (3400 Fourth Ave S). Celebrate the different cultures in the City of Minneapolis and surrounding communities with music, dance, art, cultural learning booths, exhibits, demonstrations, food and more. Some of the groups featured that day include: Nyttu Chongo, Kuyayki Peru, Chinese Heritage Foundation, Oromo Cultural Institute of MN, Spirit Boy Singers, food, art, jewelry and clothing from all over the globe.

The Minneapolis International Festival is FREE and open to the public. To learn more visit www.minneapolisparks.org and click on activities and events or by calling 612-230-6400. You can also find the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mplsinternationalfestival.


Image shows an illustration of women of all ages and racial identities standing together looking forward with the words "Women's History Month" above

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, CA in 1978.  A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March. Thanks to our SEO Committee Member, Sheila Dingels, for this write-up and the following resources!

Here are some ways to celebrate Women’s History Month: 


Image shows a Metro Transit city bus for Route 6E to Southdale on Upton Ave in Linden Hills. Snow is melting on the streets and riders are waiting to get on the bus.

Share E Line Bus Rapid Transit Feedback

Metro Transit’s new E Line Bus Rapid Transit will provide  faster, more reliable transit in the Route 6 corridor from University Avenue/4th Street, Hennepin Avenue, and France Avenue from the University of Minnesota to Southdale.

The public comment period for the Recommended Corridor Plan is open now through April 8. Please explore the plan and provide comments on future E Line station locations at metrotransit.org/e-line-corridor-plan


Image shows the Minneapolis skyline and stone arch bridge at dusk.

New Minneapolis Warrant and Entry Policy

Mayor Jacob Frey has announced new proposed standards for the Minneapolis Police Department’s (MPD) warrant and entry policy. Read more about the proposed warrant and entry policy on the City website. The new proposed policy:

  • Prohibits the Minneapolis Police Department from applying for and using all no-knock search warrants.
  • Requires that officers continuously knock and announce their presence and purpose before entering with at least a 20 second wait time for any warrant and 30 seconds for warrants carried out during nighttime hours (8:00pm-7:00am as defined by state statute).
  • Creates a new risk classification and evaluation system for knock-and-announce search warrants.
  • Introduces new, safer tactics when police enter a home.
  • Enacts a more robust and thorough internal review and accountability process.

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Save the Date: Tech Help for Seniors

Sat, April 23 | 1:00-3:00pm
Armatage Community Center

Come to the Armatage Community Center for free tech help on Sat, April 23 from 1:00-3:00pm!
We’re partnering with Cyber Seniors, a nonprofit that provides free tech help, youth training, and connects generations!

Bring your phone, tablet, computer, or other device AND your questions on troubleshooting issues, apps, content, and more to get help from friendly, trained Minneapolis teens who will walk you through step by step.  Masks are required at all times per the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board policy. Learn more at armatage.org/techhelp/


Graphic shows keys for car and a house separate with the text "Safety Tip: Keep car and house keys separate."

Personal Safety & Carjacking Prevention Tips

Our Safety Equity & Outreach Committee put together these helpful safety tips and graphics with a few simple actions you can take to stay mindful AND safe, especially as the weather warms and we are out and about more often.  See the full list at armatage.org/safety-tips/  Follow the ANA on Facebook or Instagram for posts to share with family, friends and neighbors.


Screenshot of map showing properties in the Kenny Neighborhood that had racial housing covenants in the Armatage, Kenny and Windom neighborhoods..

Remove Racial Covenants Through the Just Deeds Project

Applications are open for the Minneapolis Just Deeds Project, which provides property owners with the opportunity to discharge racial covenants recorded against their properties and reclaim their homes as equitable spaces. Racial covenants were legal documents recorded against a property’s title that prohibited all future owners of the property from selling it, renting it or allowing it to be used by people of certain races or ethnicities. Thanks to the work of Mapping Prejudice, we know that more than 8,000 properties in Minneapolis contain racial covenants including many here in Armatage (see above).

The City’s Just Deeds Project and Hennepin County will help homeowners record a discharge form against their property title, free of charge. Participation is first come, first served and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more, check whether your home has a racial covenant, and apply for the project on the city’s website here. If you have questions, contact JustDeedsProject@minneapolismn.gov.


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COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

Vaccines: if you haven’t been vaccinated or gotten a booster yet, get a free vaccine as soon as you can. Visit mn.gov/vaccine to use the Vaccine Locator Map (more options listed below). Learn more about  boosters here.

Testing: you can now order four totally free COVID-19 rapid tests per residential household through https://www.covidtests.gov/  Ordering takes just a couple minutes. For more local testing options including home saliva PCR tests, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/index.html


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March 17, 2022 eNews

March 15, 2022 Meeting Recap

At this week’s Armatage Monthly Meeting, the ANA heard an update on Mpls Park & Rec hours during the strike (youth can drop in and run off energy weekdays from 3:00-9:00pm) and discussed a return to in person meetings in May including how to share meeting materials so community members can join discussions. Board members approved the Green Team’s People for Parks grant application to fund a pollinator garden at the Washburn Tot Lot and approved funds for snacks for the youth helping out at the Tech Help for Seniors event on April 23.

The ANA also edited and approved the Annual Report to the City of Minneapolis for FY2020 and 2021, planned the speaker line-up for the Annual Meeting in May (which will feature elected representatives and Julie Gramentz, owner of Unwind Within), and discussed plans to shift Safety, Equity & Outreach’s meetings to feature more relevant speakers and conversation and share resources.


Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture Series

Join Armatage Neighborhood’s Green Team in a series on soil health and how we all can have an impact by working with, rather than against, nature to help fight climate change! The series includes a free virtual screening of Kiss the Ground and a Regenerative Agriculture Panel on March 24 at 7:00pm on Zoom. Learn more and register at https://armatage.org/soilhealth/

Image shows a barren farm field and a thriving green field side by side with the words "New Breakthrough: A Cure for Climate Change" in white text in front of the images.

Kiss the Ground Community Screening (now through March 24) unveils a game-changer to our climate crisis: the Earth’s own soil. The solution is called “Regenerative Agriculture,” which can revive farmer prosperity, reduce flooding & drought, replenish fresh water sources, reduce fire hazards, reverse global warming, recreate regional access to nutrient-dense food, reduce toxic pesticides & fertilizers, reduce dead zones & water pollution, reverse extinction, and reconnect humanity & nature. Kiss the Ground presents the research, practice, and hope we need to move forward. Together.
Image shows an collage of two farmers (one man and one woman), a Homegrown Minneapolis logo, and another farmer in front of his tractor.

Regenerative Agriculture Panel (March 24 at 7:00pm) will feature experts including farmers and Homegrown Minneapolis staff to share what’s happening right here in Minnesota around regenerative agriculture and local food systems. Panelists will share how they’re protecting soil health, answer our questions, and help us understand what we can do locally or with our own yards. This event is free and open to all. Register to attend at https://armatage.org/soilhealth/


Graphic with blue background and white text that reads "Palmisano Presents: A Conversation on Public Safety. Monday, March 21 6:30-8:00pm, in person at Mt. Olivet or livestream"

Ward 13 Public Safety Conversation

Join Council Vice President Linea Palmisano for a conversation about public safety in the City of Minneapolis on Monday, March 21 at 6:30pm. This hybrid event will be held at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church (5025 Knox Ave S) or can be watched via livestream. Regardless of how you plan to attend, please register at https://bit.ly/3ClSJlP

Speakers include MPD 5th Precinct Inspector Katie Blackwell, Hennepin County Director of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation Catherine Johnson, and hopefully Canopy Roots and the Behavioral Crisis Response Team.


MPS Strike Resources

As the MPS strike continues, we’re sharing this strike fund created for Armatage Elementary staff, specifically educational support professionals who keep our school running! Resources for families include the following:


Image shows the Mpls skyline in the background on a sunny spring day with a parking lot and LOTS of low cost trees potted and ready for pick-up by city residents.

Low Cost Tree Sales are HERE!

Minneapolis property owners are able to order 5- to 8-foot trees in 30 varieties (including shade, fruit and flowering trees!) for $30 each to plant on their private property. Rental property owners and property owners who haven’t participated in the City Trees program can order a tree now. All other Minneapolis property owners can order two trees per address starting at 8:00am Wednesday, March 23.

New this year: two trees can be ordered per property! Tree are available first-come, first-served, and the sale closes on April 15 or when the trees run out, whichever is first. Tree pick-up will be May 21, 22 or 23 (subject to change). Volunteers onsite will help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles on request.


Image shows three young girls in traditional dress dancing at a previous International Festival

Celebrate Cultures of Minneapolis at the International Festival

The Minneapolis International Festival happens on Saturday, March 26 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Central Gym (3400 Fourth Ave S). Celebrate the different cultures in the City of Minneapolis and surrounding communities with music, dance, art, cultural learning booths, exhibits, demonstrations, food and more. Some of the groups featured that day include: Nyttu Chongo, Kuyayki Peru, Chinese Heritage Foundation, Oromo Cultural Institute of MN, Spirit Boy Singers, food, art, jewelry and clothing from all over the globe.

The Minneapolis International Festival is FREE and open to the public. To learn more visit www.minneapolisparks.org and click on activities and events or by calling 612-230-6400. You can also find the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mplsinternationalfestival.


Image shows an illustration of women of all ages and racial identities standing together looking forward with the words "Women's History Month" above

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, CA in 1978.  A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March. Thanks to our SEO Committee Member, Sheila Dingels, for this write-up and the following resources!

Here are some ways to celebrate Women’s History Month: 

Image shows a collage of four images from a summer food truck night. In the top left, two men are masked and behind a table with a hydrodipping art station. In the upper right hand, many neighbors are waiting in line for food trucks. In the lower left hand, two tables are set up under tents with the Armatage logo and lots of volunteers talking to neighbors. In the bottom right, two women are monitoring organics and recycling.

Get Involved with an Armatage Neighborhood Committee

Hi Neighbors! Did you know that Armatage has three committees that plan fun and educational events to bring the neighborhood together? Last year these committees worked as teams to host free workshops, film screenings, neighborhood clean-ups, organized food truck nights and more.

We would love for you to join us on the Safety, Equity & Outreach, Green Team, and Community Engagement Committees. Check out the Get Involved page on the Armatage neighborhood website and then choose to volunteer for a single event or join a Committee e-list to help plan new events throughout the year. Come meet new friends and neighbors while making Armatage an even better place to live!

Learn more, register for a meeting or volunteer at armatage.org/get-involved/:

  • The Green Team meets TONIGHT (Thursday, March 10) at 7:00pm on Zoom
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach meets next on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00pm on Zoom
  • Community Engagement meets next on Thursday, April 7 at 6:00pm on Zoom

Image shows a Metro Transit city bus for Route 6E to Southdale on Upton Ave in Linden Hills. Snow is melting on the streets and riders are waiting to get on the bus.

Share E Line Bus Rapid Transit Feedback

Metro Transit’s new E Line Bus Rapid Transit will provide  faster, more reliable transit in the Route 6 corridor from University Avenue/4th Street, Hennepin Avenue, and France Avenue from the University of Minnesota to Southdale.

The public comment period for the Recommended Corridor Plan is open now through April 8. Please explore the plan and provide comments on future E Line station locations at metrotransit.org/e-line-corridor-plan


Image shows the Minneapolis skyline and stone arch bridge at dusk.

New Minneapolis Warrant and Entry Policy

Mayor Jacob Frey has announced new proposed standards for the Minneapolis Police Department’s (MPD) warrant and entry policy. Read more about the proposed warrant and entry policy on the City website. The new proposed policy:

  • Prohibits the Minneapolis Police Department from applying for and using all no-knock search warrants.
  • Requires that officers continuously knock and announce their presence and purpose before entering with at least a 20 second wait time for any warrant and 30 seconds for warrants carried out during nighttime hours (8:00pm-7:00am as defined by state statute).
  • Creates a new risk classification and evaluation system for knock-and-announce search warrants.
  • Introduces new, safer tactics when police enter a home.
  • Enacts a more robust and thorough internal review and accountability process.

Graphic with yellow, organge, green and cream that says "Tech Help for Seniors Sat, April 23 1-3pm. Please wear a mask. armatage.org/techhelp"

Save the Date: Tech Help for Seniors

Sat, April 23 | 1:00-3:00pm
Armatage Community Center

Come to the Armatage Community Center for free tech help on Sat, April 23 from 1:00-3:00pm!
We’re partnering with Cyber Seniors, a nonprofit that provides free tech help, youth training, and connects generations!

Bring your phone, tablet, computer, or other device AND your questions on troubleshooting issues, apps, content, and more to get help from friendly, trained Minneapolis teens who will walk you through step by step.  Masks are required at all times per the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board policy. Learn more at armatage.org/techhelp/


Graphic shows keys for car and a house separate with the text "Safety Tip: Keep car and house keys separate."

Personal Safety & Carjacking Prevention Tips

Our Safety Equity & Outreach Committee put together these helpful safety tips and graphics with a few simple actions you can take to stay mindful AND safe, especially as the weather warms and we are out and about more often.  See the full list at armatage.org/safety-tips/  Follow the ANA on Facebook or Instagram for posts to share with family, friends and neighbors.


Image is a screenshot of the cover of the After Action Review Report

After Action Review from Civil Unrest Released

Hillard Heintze, a security risk management firm, presented key findings and recommendations of an after action review (AAR) of the City’s response to civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole on March 8. Learn more about the after action review and read the full analysis here.

The analysis focuses on the City’s actions immediately following Floyd’s murder from May 25, 2020 to June 3, 2020 and recommendations to rebuild trust in the community. Watch the March 8 Committee of the Whole presentation here (start around minute 21).


Screenshot of map showing properties in the Kenny Neighborhood that had racial housing covenants in the Armatage, Kenny and Windom neighborhoods..

Remove Racial Covenants Through the Just Deeds Project

Applications are open for the Minneapolis Just Deeds Project, which provides property owners with the opportunity to discharge racial covenants recorded against their properties and reclaim their homes as equitable spaces. Racial covenants were legal documents recorded against a property’s title that prohibited all future owners of the property from selling it, renting it or allowing it to be used by people of certain races or ethnicities. Thanks to the work of Mapping Prejudice, we know that more than 8,000 properties in Minneapolis contain racial covenants including many here in Armatage (see above).

The City’s Just Deeds Project and Hennepin County will help homeowners record a discharge form against their property title, free of charge. Participation is first come, first served and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more, check whether your home has a racial covenant, and apply for the project on the city’s website here. If you have questions, contact JustDeedsProject@minneapolismn.gov.


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COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

Vaccines: if you haven’t been vaccinated or gotten a booster yet, get a free vaccine as soon as you can. Visit mn.gov/vaccine to use the Vaccine Locator Map (more options listed below). Learn more about  boosters here.

Testing: you can now order four totally free COVID-19 rapid tests per residential household through https://www.covidtests.gov/  Ordering takes just a couple minutes. For more local testing options including home saliva PCR tests, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/index.html


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Enjoy the eNews? Support Our Work

The Armatage Neighborhood Association works to make Armatage a place where all are welcome, empowered, and connected through safety initiatives, community-building events, environmental work, advocacy and communications that keep you informed and engaged.

Big or small, EVERY donation matters!  Give today at www.givemn.org/organization/Armatage-Neighborhood-Association  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every donation to the ANA is tax-deductible and eligible for an employer match.

March 10, 2022 eNews

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March 15, 2022 Agenda

Come one, come all to the Armatage Monthly Meeting next Tuesday, March 15 from 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom! You’re encouraged to attend and bring your questions, ideas, and concerns. Register to attend at bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
  • Park Update – Jordan Nelson, Armatage Park Director (6:35pm)
  • Approval of February Minutes & Financials (6:40pm)
  • 2020-2021 CPP Annual Report (6:45pm)
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach Update (7:00pm)
  • Annual Meeting & Board Election (7:15pm)
  • Transitioning to In-person Meetings (7:35pm)
  • Coordinator Report (7:45pm)
  • ANA Committee Updates (7:55pm)
  • New Business (8:10pm)

Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture Series

Join Armatage Neighborhood’s Green Team in a series on soil health and how we all can have an impact by working with, rather than against, nature to help fight climate change. The series kicks off TODAY with a free virtual screening of Kiss the Ground and wraps up with Regenerative Agriculture Panel on March 24 at 7:00pm on Zoom. Learn more and register at https://armatage.org/soilhealth/

Kiss the Ground Community Screening (now through March 24): this film unveils a game-changer to our climate crisis: the Earth’s own soil. The solution is called “Regenerative Agriculture,” which can revive farmer prosperity, reduce flooding & drought, replenish fresh water sources, reduce fire hazards, reverse global warming, recreate regional access to nutrient-dense food, reduce toxic pesticides & fertilizers, reduce dead zones & water pollution, reverse extinction, and reconnect humanity & nature.

Regenerative Agriculture Panel (March 24): experts from around Minnesota will share what’s happening right here in MN around regenerative agriculture and local food systems. Panelists will share how they’re protecting soil health, answer our questions, and help us understand what we can do locally or with our own yards.


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Join the ANA Board

The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) has one additional open seat on the Board of Directors! We welcome any Armatage resident that is interested in making an impact, wanting to connect with neighbors and can provide a unique perspective! This is an opportunity open to renters and homeowners alike!

The time commitment and duties are posted at https://armatage.org/open-board-seats/ If you are interested in learning more, please email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org and plan to attend the March 15 Monthly Meeting at 6:30pm on Zoom. Photo credit: Jacob Tapia.


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Ward 13 Public Safety Conversation

Join Council Vice President Linea Palmisano for a conversation about public safety in the City of Minneapolis on Monday, March 21 at 6:30pm. This hybrid event will be held at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church (5025 Knox Ave S) or can be watched via livestream. Regardless of how you plan to attend, please register at https://bit.ly/3ClSJlP

Speakers include MPD 5th Precinct Inspector Katie Blackwell, Hennepin County Director of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation Catherine Johnson, and hopefully Canopy Roots and the Behavioral Crisis Response Team. Please submit your questions ahead of time by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 16 to ward13@minneapolismn.gov


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Save the Date: Tech Help for Seniors

Sat, April 23 | 1-3pm
Armatage Community Center

Come to the Armatage Community Center for free tech help on Sat, April 23 from 1:00-3:00pm!
We’re partnering with Cyber Seniors, a nonprofit that trains Minneapolis teens and connects generations!

Bring your phone, tablet, computer, or other device AND your questions on troubleshooting issues, apps, content, and more to get help from friendly, trained Minneapolis teens who will walk you through step by step.  Masks are required at all times per the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board policy. Learn more at armatage.org/techhelp/


Image shows a collage of four images from a summer food truck night. In the top left, two men are masked and behind a table with a hydrodipping art station. In the upper right hand, many neighbors are waiting in line for food trucks. In the lower left hand, two tables are set up under tents with the Armatage logo and lots of volunteers talking to neighbors. In the bottom right, two women are monitoring organics and recycling.

Get Involved with an Armatage Neighborhood Committee

Hi Neighbors! Did you know that Armatage has three committees that plan fun and educational events to bring the neighborhood together? Last year these committees worked as teams to host free workshops, film screenings, neighborhood clean-ups, organized food truck nights and more.

We would love for you to join us on the Safety, Equity & Outreach, Green Team, and Community Engagement Committees. Check out the Get Involved page on the Armatage neighborhood website and then choose to volunteer for a single event or join a Committee e-list to help plan new events throughout the year. Come meet new friends and neighbors while making Armatage an even better place to live!

Learn more, register for a meeting or volunteer at armatage.org/get-involved/:

  • The Green Team meets TONIGHT (Thursday, March 10) at 7:00pm on Zoom
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach meets next on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00pm on Zoom
  • Community Engagement meets next on Thursday, April 7 at 6:00pm on Zoom

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Personal Safety & Carjacking Prevention Tips

Our Safety Equity & Outreach Committee put together these helpful safety tips and graphics with a few simple actions you can take to stay mindful AND safe.  See the full list at armatage.org/safety-tips/  Follow the ANA on Facebook or Instagram for posts to share with family, friends and neighbors.


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Low Cost Tree Sales Are Coming Soon!

Start dreaming about where you have room in your yard for trees, neighbors! Minneapolis property owners will soon be able to order 5- to 8-foot trees in 30 varieties (including shade, fruit and flowering trees!) for $30 each to plant on their private property. Minneapolis property owners in Green Zones, rental property owners and property owners who haven’t ever gotten a tree in the City Trees program will get a chance to order a tree earlier:

New this year: two trees can be ordered per property! The sale closes  April 15 or when the trees run out, whichever is first. Low-cost trees are available first-come, first-served. People will pick up their trees May 21, 22 or 23 (subject to change). Location is to be determined and will be emailed to people who bought a tree. Volunteers onsite will help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles on request. Find more information and get ready to order your trees through Tree Trust here!


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After Action Review from Civil Unrest Released

Hillard Heintze, a security risk management firm, presented key findings and recommendations of an after action review (AAR) of the City’s response to civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole on March 8. Learn more about the after action review and read the full analysis here.

The analysis focuses on the City’s actions immediately following Floyd’s murder from May 25, 2020 to June 3, 2020 and recommendations to rebuild trust in the community. Watch the March 8 Committee of the Whole presentation here (start around minute 21).


Screenshot of map showing properties in the Kenny Neighborhood that had racial housing covenants in the Armatage, Kenny and Windom neighborhoods..

Remove Racial Covenants Through the Just Deeds Project

Applications are open for the Minneapolis Just Deeds Project, which provides property owners with the opportunity to discharge racial covenants recorded against their properties and reclaim their homes as equitable spaces. Racial covenants were legal documents recorded against a property’s title that prohibited all future owners of the property from selling it, renting it or allowing it to be used by people of certain races or ethnicities. Thanks to the work of Mapping Prejudice, we know that more than 8,000 properties in Minneapolis contain racial covenants including many here in Armatage (see above).

The City’s Just Deeds Project and Hennepin County will help homeowners record a discharge form against their property title, free of charge. Participation is first come, first served and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more, check whether your home has a racial covenant, and apply for the project on the city’s website here. If you have questions, contact JustDeedsProject@minneapolismn.gov.


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Redistricting is Complete!

The Minneapolis Charter Commission has approved new boundaries for 13 City Council wards and the six Park & Recreation districts. These ward and park district maps are available on the City website. Every registered voter in Minneapolis will receive a notice of their ward, precinct and polling place via a postal verification mailing before the primary election.

After every census, Minneapolis updates the boundaries of its 13 wards and six park districts to reflect new population counts. The Redistricting Group, made up of 24 Minneapolis volunteers, built the new maps with input from their communities. The Minneapolis Charter Commission approved the maps on March 2. The City Council will now consider and approve updated election precincts and polling place locations, all of which go into effect this year.


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Upcoming Home Weatherization & Old Home Workshops

Rethos, a regional nonprofit that advocates for the reuse and repair of old buildings, will be offering six free home weatherization and energy efficiency workshops to residents of Hennepin County this year! Workshops will teach residents of old buildings how to maximize energy efficiency, saving money and prolonging the life of their homes.

The first workshop, Why Old is Green: Sustainability in Older Homes, happens on Wednesday, March 16 from 5:30-7:00pm on Zoom. Pricing is pay what you can. You can learn more about the upcoming workshops and register at https://www.rethos.org/education


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COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

Vaccines: if you haven’t been vaccinated or gotten a booster yet, get a free vaccine as soon as you can. Visit mn.gov/vaccine to use the Vaccine Locator Map (more options listed below). Learn more about  boosters here.

Testing: you can now order four totally free COVID-19 rapid tests per residential household through https://www.covidtests.gov/  Ordering takes just a couple minutes. For more local testing options including home saliva PCR tests, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/index.html


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Enjoy the eNews? Support Our Work

The Armatage Neighborhood Association works to make Armatage a place where all are welcome, empowered, and connected through safety initiatives, community-building events, environmental work, advocacy and communications that keep you informed and engaged.

Big or small, EVERY donation matters!  Give today at www.givemn.org/organization/Armatage-Neighborhood-Association  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every donation to the ANA is tax-deductible and eligible for an employer match.

2022 Annual Meeting & Board Election

Online Board Election

Wed, May 18 ­— Wed, May 25

The Armatage Board Election will be online again this year!  If you need assistance with voting or don’t have computer access at home, please call us at 612-466-0296 – we’re happy to help.

Important Dates

  • The deadline to register to run in the Board Election is Tues, May 17 at 9:00pm.
  • Online voting and candidate information will be available here from Wed, May 18 at 9:00am through Wed, May 25 at 9:00pm.
  • Election results will be announced here and on social media on Thurs, May 26.

Join the Board

Step up as a leader in your community and run for the ANA Board! Meetings are held the third Tues of each month and the time commitment is 5-6 hours/month. Register to run by May 17 at 9:00pm at the link below.

Members of under-represented communities are especially encouraged to run, including renters, people with disabilities, and residents who identify as LGBTQ or BIPOC.

Click here to register to run in the Board Election


Annual Meeting: Growing Together

Tues, May 17 | 6:30pm
Armatage Park

Join your neighbors for this year’s Annual Meeting outside the front door of the Armatage Community Center! Connect with your elected representatives and grow individually and as a community with relaxation and stress management techniques from Julie Gramentz, owner of Unwind Within on West 54th Street!

We’ll be set up next to the playground so adults can attend while kids play. In case of rain, updated meeting information will be shared here and on social media the day of the event.

May 17, 2022 Agenda – Annual Meeting

  • Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
  • Updates from Elected Representatives (6:35pm)
    • State Representative Jamie Long
    • County Commissioner Marion Greene
    • Council Vice President Linea Palmisano
  • Growing Together: Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques with Julie Gramentz, Unwind Within (7:05pm)
  • Neighborhood Updates & Board Election Information (7:35pm)
    • Green Team
    • Community Engagement
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Board Election
  • Closing (7:55pm)

February 15, 2022 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

2/15/22 / 6:30 PM / Zoom

BOARD ATTENDEES

Vikisha Goberdhan, Eli Johnson, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere

NOT IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Bild, Adriana Dobrzycka, Janhel Leandre

OTHER ATTENDEES

Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Jordan Nelson (Armatage Park Director), Cathy Abene (Park Board), Charlie Wolfe, Joyce Cundiff

THE MEETING

January meeting minutes approved via email. Updated financials were sent via email.

6:30    Welcome and Introductions (Kevin Ross)

6:35    Park Update (Jordan Nelson, Armatage Park Director)

  • Rec centers back to normal hours (3-9, sat 12-6, sun)
  • Fire and Ice – great event and thanks for the help from the board. Estimate 150-200 people at one point in time.
  • Spring/Summer program registration opens March 2 online (from tots to seniors)
  • Most rec centers are hiring, including Armatage and Kenny

6:40    MPRB District 6 Update – Commissioner Cathy Abene

  • Work colleagues with Kevin for 14 years
  • Kids (just grad) and 2 washburn seniors and they have enjoyed working for the parks (plus gets babysitting jobs on top of it)
  • Sw area quiet on the capital improvement projects. Elected Meg Fornay president (as one of 2 returning members) and opted to have co-chair to help transitions
  • Co-charing housing committee. (w/ Dist 3) and many partners
  • Co-chairing  legislative agenda/ bonding programs 1-governor 2-waterworks facility 3-(perpetual) grand rounds missing link along 280 4-green infrastructure creeks // also focused on youth programming (under 24) // put forth policy
  • Current board has several more parents serving, 3 teachers, several who have kids who have or do participate in the public park system
  • Lots of respect for the superintendent al bangor
  • Question about youth programming that might affect us: broadly across the city, want to encourage more park identity building
  • Diamond sports, skateparks, – might have planning committees for some of these particular areas and how they should be looked at throughout the entire system (schools, club, etc.)
  • She does water resource engineering at the U // with her lens, wants to make sure water quality is considered (along with equity, etc.) and push on relationships (City, Watershed, etc.) and focusing environmental work in our parks and systems
  • What does the park board have regarding work plans? Next Wed they are having a public meeting about strategy for the next 4 years, around the superintendent’s goals.
  • Ethan / how do we use the park land as a climate resiliency tool? IE Hiawatha — issues around rising ground water at Nokomis // respecting our natural resources is part of the mission and heart of what park lands represent // finding a way to quantify it key, must value it
  • Funding for tree canopy, plantings…how to we steward the land and its future role
  • Minnehaha watershed plan – but some had broken down…and 3 commissioners + district 5, getting together to talk about what is holding it back

7:00    Open Board Seats

  • Two open seats. Two candidates. Charlie Wolfe (intro) interested to find a spot where he can help.
    • Motion to elect Charlie Wolfe the board (through May 2023). Seconded. Motion carries.
  • Emily Rawsted (hold off until she can attend)

7:05    Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning

  • Topic & Speakers – May 17 (outdoors if possible)
    • 6:30-8:00 (need to stick to shorter timeframe with it getting dark)
    • Theme: Growing Together
      • Welcome signs
      • Speaker idea: dept of innovation, hr dept mental health, (? good speaker at HCMC, Laurie) // Ethan, Charlie will work on ideas for speaker choices
      • Reps: Palmasano, Long, Greene
  • Board Recruitment
    • Those up for re-election will be contacted about running again
    • Request to current members to encourage new members
    • Reminder that a board member can be a representative of a business or organization in the neighborhood
  • Election Timeline
    • Candidate register April 15 through May 17
    • Online guide and voting May 18-26
    • Results announced online May 27
  • Volunteers
    • Election moderators (3-4): Ethan, Charlie, Vicky

7:25    Spring Newsletter – Lauren

  • Content & Timeline
    • Mar 15: Article deadline
    • Mar 15-21: Layout
    • Mar 22: Draft sent to volunteer editors (Charlie, Sharla, Stephanie)
    • Mar 27: Edits due
    • Mar 29: Final pdf sent to Jerry’s Printing
    • Arrives in mailboxes by April 15
  •  Articles
    • Annual meeting
    • Rain garden program (maybe grant)
    • Board Spotlight: Eli
    • Senior Tech Day (April 23)
    • Spring Clean-up (April 23)
    • Armatage Pet Fest (May 14) and volunteer recruitment (qr code)
    • Events calendar
    • If space permits:
      • Welcome bags
      • Block leader recruitment

7:40    Collaboration & Shared Resource Fund – Kevin, Sharla, Nikki & Judy

    • Exec committee met and discussed if we wanted to pursue and bring to the board. Natural fit seems Kenny. (have sort of the same 3 committees)
    • Deadline is Feb 28 (funding window through 2023 up to $15k) hopes we’d learn quickly if we are awarded a grant
    • Looking to get an exploratory meeting on the calendar with the Kenny exec board
    • Lynnhurst and Fulton interested
    • Could do some shared committee meetings / event planning and event itself (with Lauren’s time) conservatively saves $2,500/year per neighborhood
  • Motion to explore a collaboration for the grant. Seconded. Motion carries.
  • Will set up a meeting with Kenny

7:55    Coordinator Report:

  • ANA Calendar (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OT0nehoBIQdch_EljmokmDU9knvss3P24JmZ18by3Yo/edit?usp=sharing)
  • New Board Folder (bylaws, policies, calendar, roster, committee work plans, etc.) will be shared with members so folks have access to information and resources as needed
  • Website updates – can we use some of tech bundle to help with planning/staging as we update to a new WordPress platform

8:00    ANA Committee Updates

  • Green Team
    • Lawns to Legumes grant submitted. Hope to learn by the end of the month.
    • Next month Soil Health education series (view movie on your own, and then bring in experts to be part of discussions) https://armatage.org/soilhealth/
    • Senior workshop (moved to early June) Gardening as you Grow Older
    • April neighborhood clean-up in partnership with Kenny
    • Slothful book club – Overstory
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Cyber Seniors (April 24)
    • Policy and Government Oversight Committee (video of meeting) conversation around accountability
  • Community Engagement
    • Welcome bags (Kevin, Eli, Ethan)
    • Senior workshop end of Sept/early Oct – focus on home maintenance
    • Pet Fest (May 14) 2-4pm
      • Vendors: Sparrow, Zero-ish, Dreadlocks for Dingoes, People & Pets (food drive)
      • Tables: ANA, Dreadlocks, Animal chiropractor (?), Woof Central (?)
      • 2:15 parade
      • 3pm contest (categories tbd)
    • Next up will be planning for the Food Truck Festival

8:15    New Business

  • Approval of January minutes
    • Motion to approve and seconded (online). Motion carries.
  • Neighborhood election day

Meeting adjourned at 8:17

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

  • Feb 23 – 60th/Sunrise/58th St Repaving Meeting (6:30pm, Microsoft Teams)
  • March 1 – Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • March 3 – Community Engagement Committee (6:00-7:00pm, Zoom)
  • March 10 – Green Team Meeting (7:00-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • March 15 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:30pm, Zoom)
  • ANA 2022 Planning Calendar  (link)

 

March 3, 2022 eNews

Upcoming Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture Series

Join Armatage Neighborhood’s Green Team in a series on soil health and how we all can have an impact by working with, rather than against nature to help fight climate change. The series includes a virtual community screening of Kiss the Ground next week and a panel on regenerative agriculture on March 24 at 7:00pm on Zoom. Learn more and register at https://armatage.org/soilhealth/

Soil might be the last thing on your mind right now. But in a moment when the future of our planet and humankind is at stake, nothing may be more important than regenerating the ground beneath us. We’re in need of a kind of hope we’ve never felt before. All are welcome to attend whether you live in Armatage or not.


Image shows a collage of four images from a summer food truck night. In the top left, two men are masked and behind a table with a hydrodipping art station. In the upper right hand, many neighbors are waiting in line for food trucks. In the lower left hand, two tables are set up under tents with the Armatage logo and lots of volunteers talking to neighbors. In the bottom right, two women are monitoring organics and recycling.

Get Involved with an Armatage Neighborhood Committee

Hi Neighbors! Did you know that Armatage has three committees that plan fun and educational events to bring the neighborhood together? Last year these committees worked as teams to host free workshops, film screenings, neighborhood clean-ups, organized food truck nights and more.

We would love for you to join us on the Safety, Equity & Outreach, Green Team, and Community Engagement Committees. Check out the Get Involved page on the Armatage neighborhood website and then choose to volunteer for a single event or join a Committee e-list to help plan new events throughout the year. Come meet new friends and neighbors while making Armatage an even better place to live!

Learn more, register for a meeting or volunteer at armatage.org/get-involved/:

  • Community Engagement meets TONIGHT (Thursday, March 3) on Zoom at 6:00pm
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach will meet next Wednesday, March 9 at 6:00pm on Zoom (rescheduled)
  • The Green Team meets next Thursday, March 10 at 7:00pm on Zoom

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Spring Market and Craft Fair

Join local nonprofit TRUST Inc. this Saturday March 5th 9:00am-3:00pm for an indoor market and raffle with food, music, and crafts for kids!

Shop from over 15 local vendors while supporting TRUST and your neighbor’s small businesses at host site Diamond Lake Lutheran Church, which is located at 5760 Portland Ave.


Screenshot of map showing properties in the Kenny Neighborhood that had racial housing covenants in the Armatage, Kenny and Windom neighborhoods..

Remove Racial Covenants Through the Just Deeds Project

Applications are open for the Minneapolis Just Deeds Project, which provides property owners with the opportunity to discharge racial covenants recorded against their properties and reclaim their homes as equitable spaces. Racial covenants were legal documents recorded against a property’s title that prohibited all future owners of the property from selling it, renting it or allowing it to be used by people of certain races or ethnicities. Thanks to the work of Mapping Prejudice, we know that more than 8,000 properties in Minneapolis contain racial covenants including many here in Armatage (see above).

The City’s Just Deeds Project and Hennepin County will help homeowners record a discharge form against their property title, free of charge. Participation is first come, first served and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more, check whether your home has a racial covenant, and apply for the project on the city’s website here. If you have questions, contact JustDeedsProject@minneapolismn.gov.


Graphic shows keys for car and a house separate with the text "Safety Tip: Keep car and house keys separate."

Personal Safety & Carjacking Prevention Tips

Our Safety Equity & Outreach Committee has pulled together tips from a wide range of sources from cities across the country, local media, law enforcement, and our own committee members. As the weather warms and the days get longer, our community will likely see an increased need for these tips. We hope they help you to stay aware and stay safe.

See the full list at armatage.org/safety-tips/  Follow the ANA on Facebook or Instagram for posts to share with family, friends and neighbors.


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Join the ANA Board

The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) has one additional open seat on the Board of Directors! We welcome any Armatage resident that is interested in making an impact, wanting to connect with neighbors and can provide a unique perspective! This is an opportunity open to renters and homeowners alike!

The time commitment and duties are posted at https://armatage.org/open-board-seats/ If you are interested in learning more, please email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org and plan to attend the March 15 Monthly Meeting at 6:30pm on Zoom. Photo credit: Jacob Tapia.


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Upcoming Home Weatherization & Old Home Workshops

Rethos, a regional nonprofit that advocates for the reuse and repair of old buildings, will be offering six free home weatherization and energy efficiency workshops to residents of Hennepin County this year! Workshops will teach residents of old buildings how to maximize energy efficiency, saving money and prolonging the life of their homes.

The first workshop, Why Old is Green: Sustainability in Older Homes, happens on Wednesday, March 16 from 5:30-7:00pm on Zoom. Pricing is pay what you can. You can learn more about the upcoming workshops and register at https://www.rethos.org/education


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Final Redistricting Process Details

After every census, Minneapolis updates the boundaries of its 13 wards and six park districts to reflect new population counts. The Redistricting Group, made up of 24 Minneapolis volunteers, built the new maps with input from their communities. The Minneapolis Charter Commission approved the proposed ward and park district maps at 4:00pm yesterday (Wednesday, Mar 2).

Final steps: The City Council will vote on proposed voting precincts and polling places based on the new maps at its regular meeting at 9:30am on Thursday, Mar 10. You can watch on the City’s website, the City’s YouTube channel, or on Comcast channels 14 or 799.


Image shows the Minenapolis skyline at dusk with street lights illuminated from the river.

Office of Police Conduct Review to Review No-Knock Warrant Policy

In the wake of the Feb. 2 fatal police shooting of Amir Locke, the Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR), a division of the City’s Civil Rights Department, will conduct a special review of Minneapolis Police Department’s no-knock warrant policy. The review will focus on identifying and recommending specific changes and improvements to department policy and procedures. Read more here.

Click here to watch the Feb 7 Policy & Government Oversight Committee’s discussion on no-knock warrants.


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Minneapolis Behavioral Crisis Response Teams Expand Hours

The City’s Behavioral Crisis Response teams are now operating 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday through a pilot project with Canopy Roots. Two mobile units operate throughout Minneapolis. People having a behavioral crisis, or reporting one, should continue to call 911 for help. 911 dispatchers will gather information and determine if the incident is eligible for a mobile behavioral health team response.

The teams will not respond to incidents involving firearms or violent behavior. The MPD will only be on the scene if dispatch determines the need to clear the scene first or the response teams request assistance to complete their work.  Learn more about the Behavioral Crisis Response teams pilot project here.


Armatage Park is Hiring!

Armatage Park is hiring! Positions available range from childcare staff to programmers, customer service and building supervisors! The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board offers flexible scheduling with hours ranging from afternoon-evening, weekdays and weekends available.

This is a great opportunity for teens, young adults, retired neighbors and anyone looking for flexible, fun work. Reach out to our Park Director Jordan at Armatage@mineapolisparks.org for more information or to apply.


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COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

Vaccines: if you haven’t been vaccinated or gotten a booster yet, get a free vaccine as soon as you can. Visit mn.gov/vaccine to use the Vaccine Locator Map (more options listed below). Learn more about  boosters here.

Testing: you can now order four totally free COVID-19 rapid tests per residential household through https://www.covidtests.gov/  Ordering takes just a couple minutes. For more local testing options including home saliva PCR tests, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/index.html

Mask Mandate: all patrons, employees and visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask in Minneapolis businesses and areas of public accommodation. Learn more at https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/government/programs-initiatives/coronavirus/masking-guidance/


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