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April 26, 2021 Agenda

The April Monthly Meeting has been postponed until Monday, April 26 from 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom to better support our community, especially our BIPOC neighbors, after the verdict. Take care of yourselves and we will see you soon.


All are welcome to join an Armatage virtual meeting!  Register at https://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

April 26, 2021 Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
  • Update from Armatage Park Director Jordan Nelson (6:40pm)
  • Open Discussion on the Trial & Community Safety (6:50pm)
  • 2021 Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning (7:10pm)
    • Open Seats
    • Speaker Update
    • ANA Presentation
    • Election Moderators
    • Communications
    • Gift Cards
  • Leadership Roles & Transition Planning (7:25pm)
  • Coordinator Update (7:40pm)
    • Armatage Play Area Update
    • Hennepin County Archives
    • City Funding Update
    • ANA Mail
  • Green Team Roof Depot Letter (7:55pm)
  • Committees – 3 Minute Updates (8:05pm)
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team

Online Annual Meeting & Board Election

Join your neighbors for a virtual Armatage Annual Meeting & Board Election on Zoom!

Virtual Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 18
6:30-8:30 PM | Zoom

Connect with elected representatives, hear how the leaders of Armatage Reparations & Equity Action (AREA) are helping neighbors renounce racial housing covenants on their Armatage homes, learn what the neighborhood is up to, and enter to win a $25 gift card to an Armatage business (must be present to win).  Register to attend at bit.ly/anameetings


Join the Board

Please consider supporting your community and running for the board. Board members have a critical role in shaping our neighborhood nonprofit for years to come.

We especially encourage members of under-represented communities to run, including renters, seniors, residents with disabilities, and residents who identify as LGBTQ+ or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color).

Monthly meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month and the total time commitment is approximately 5-6 hours/month. Board members are expected to participate in these monthly meetings as well as serve on a committee, volunteer at events and help with organizational planning. If elected, your term will run from May 2021 – May 2023. Bylaws that govern our non-profit organization are posted at https://armatage.org/ana-bylaws/ 

The deadline to register to run is May 9. Click on the link below to enter a bit about yourself and why you want to run along with a picture. If you have any questions about this process, please contact our Coordinator, Lauren, at anacoordinator@armatage.org.

Click here to register to run for the board.


Vote in the Online Board Election

Online voting will be available from May 11 through May 18 at 7:00pm through a form posted here and linked at armatage.org.

All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated business and institutional
representatives are eligible to vote in the election and help select the next ANA Board. Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on May 18 and online the following day.

Spring Tea & Blooms

Spring Tea & Blooms

Saturday, May 8
2:00-4:00pm | Armatage Park

Grab your mask and join us for afternoon tea at Armatage Park!  Jinx Tea and Sparrow Café will take orders outside, soon-to-open neighborhood spot Café Cerés will share samples, and the ANA will give away take-home kids’ planting kits (supplies are limited). Pick up a free book donated by Jump! at 54th & Penn, and complete a scavenger hunt and enter to win a gift card to a neighborhood business!

Thank you for following our safety guidelines by wearing a mask during the event, keeping 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, and bringing your treats home or into the park to enjoy. In case of severe weather, cancellations will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

Thank you for following our safety guidelines by wearing a mask during the event, keeping 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, and bringing your treats home or into the park to enjoy. In case of severe weather, cancellations will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

Earth Day Clean-up

Earth Day Clean-up at Armatage Park

The Armatage Green Team is partnering with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to host a modified DIY clean-up this year. The Earth Day Clean-Up has been the largest community service project in Minneapolis for many years. Pick up supplies for your Do-It-Yourself efforts at Armatage Park (or one of the participating Earth Day sites) on April 24 from 9:30 am to noon. See full list of sites at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/earth_day_cleanup/

It’s free to participate and residents are encouraged to participate by volunteering to help pick up trash in parks, neighborhoods, and watersheds. No registration needed, just follow these easy steps:

Your DIY Earth Day Cleanup:

  1. Pick up bags and gloves at Armatage Park on April 24 from 9:30 am to noon (while supplies last). Please wear a mask. If you’d prefer to clean-up at another time, use your own bags and gloves.
  2. Head to a nearby park or trail and pick up trash you see, while getting fresh air and exercise!
  3. Practice social distancing and other current COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more at www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/
  4. Share pictures of your trash haul on our Facebook page – at @MPLSEarthDay using the hashtags #MplsDIYEarthDay and #armatage

February 16, 2021 Minutes

ANA Meeting Minutes

Board Attendees: Samantha Bild, Joel Federer, Ethan Komoroski, Nikki Lindberg, Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler, Donté Mearon, Kevin Ross, Judy Vecere

Not in Attendance: Adriana Dobrzycka, Vikisha Goberdhan

Other Attendees: Lauren Anderson (Coordinator), Rachel Ireland-Henry (Accountant), Cynthia Hendricks, Maureen Foley, Kelli M., Grace, Pete Hermann-Franzen, Stephanie Vigen, Geri Wolf, Daniel del Prado

Agenda

6:30 Welcome and Introductions

6:35 Secretary Election

  • A motion was made and seconded to elect Nikki Lindberg for the secretary position. Motion carried.

6:40 Cafe Ceres (5401 Penn Av S)

  • Geri Wolf, on behalf of Executive Pastry Chef and General Manager Shawn McKenzie and business partner Daniel del Prado
  • Cafe Ceres coffee shop opening anticipated March 15 (planned hours 7am-3pm). This is a second location (also on 44th St in Linden Hills). Middle Eastern influence, focused on light offerings (pastries, salads, etc). They will be applying for a liquor license for future ideas like tasting events, etc. A public hearing regarding this license probably at the end of March/early April, but haven’t submitted the application yet. A motion was made and seconded to support this project. Motion carries. Lauren will draft letter for board approval.

7:10 Committee Visioning Next Steps

  • Review where we’ve been and where we want to go
  • Laying the groundwork so we can be well-positioned for the future
  • Board member expectations
    • 5-6 hours/month (including a monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm)
    • Engagement with ANA email discussions
    • Come prepared to meetings
    • Disclose any conflicts of interest
    • Act in a positive manner, and as a representative of the organization in a professional manner
    • Volunteer at ANA events throughout the year
    • Assist in recruiting new members, promote the ANA
    • NEW — Joining an ANA committee (goal to share the work equitably)
  • Breakout Sessions: plan first meeting, what you hope to accomplish in first 3 months (March-May); consider special requests (speakers, surveys, social media posts); who will chair (or put as first meeting agenda item); take notes and send to Lauren
    • Community Engagement (Judy, Ethan, Kevin, Stephanie, Sharla)
      • Thursday, March 4 at 5:30 (First Thursday of the month)
      • Event ideas:
        • Easter/spring activity
        • Snowman contest
        • Coffee truck
        • Art kit
        • Chalk contest (great Armatage sidewalk weekend)
        • Way to connect with park director (Jordan)
        • Concentrate on better events, not necessarily more events (will work on setting a calendar)
        • Chair, Sharla
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach [SEO] (Danté, Nikki, Joel, Sam, Rachel)
      • Saturday, March 6 at 10:00am (First Saturday of the month)
      • Priorities:
        • Rebuilding our relationship with the MPD; get to know the officers. Note: Palmisano’s February 24 event to meet with new 5th Precinct Inspector, Katie Blackwell, February 24th at 6:30-8pm
        • Recruiting more members
        • Safety education: reliable sources, who to report to, how to share
          responsibly
        • Review safety rebate program
        • Chair (leads meeting, keep on task, updating Lauren/board) will be on the first meeting agenda

7:50 Coordinator Update

  • Byte Technologies website support bundle renewal. A motion was made and seconded to support purchasing the 10-hour bundle (with 3 free bonus hours) for $1,550 (anticipate it will get us several years of support service). Motion carried
  • Adobe Creative Suite renewal ($360/year nonprofit discounted rate) A motion was made and seconded to support our continued Adobe subscription. Motion carried.
  • A question was raised regarding cloud storage, and how the ANA was sitting. Currently at 75% capacity, so will address increasing storage capacity in March.
  • Hennepin County Archives reached out to the ANA and is offering to digitize items for archival purposes. We will discuss this further in March but could be a nice way to digitally save what is currently in file drawers.
  • Open board seat election will take place at the March 16th monthly meeting. Palmisano is also scheduled to present an update in March.
  • Block leaders update: 29 registered (of 80 or 90 total blocks)

8:00 Committee Action Needed

  • Event updates: 90 link requests for plastics movie; 12 for discussion; 40 at the workshop
  • Reading circle updates: 6 at first, at least 8 anticipated at second
  • Solar awareness presentation in the works. Motion made and seconded to purchase two $50 gift cards from local businesses as door prizes to encourage attending this presentation. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:14

Solar Workshop

Free Community Solar Workshop

Join the ANA Green Team and the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) for a free community workshop on solar options including rooftop, solar gardens, options for renters and more.

The workshop is free to attend, will last approximately 60 minutes, and is open to all, whether you live in Armatage or not. All attendees will be entered to win a solar portable charger (generously donated by MRES) or a $25 gift card to either Wagner’s or Ace (donated by the ANA Green Team). Must be present to win.

Register at https://forms.gle/NNSk3FVnePjmbzVz8

March 16, 2021 Agenda

We’re holding a special election for one open board seat!  Learn more about the candidate and cast your vote online on Tuesday, March 16 from 9:00am-6:40pm only at https://armatage.org/march-2021-special-election/

All are welcome to join an Armatage virtual meeting!  Register for the monthly Board, Green Team, Community Engagement or Safety, Equity & Outreach Meetings at https://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions (6:30pm)
  • Special Election for Open Board Seat (6:35pm)
  • Update from Council Member Linea Palmisano (6:40pm)
  • Armatage Reparations & Equity Action (AREA) – Eric Magnuson & Veronica Soria Miller (7:10pm)
  • 2021 Annual Meeting & Board Election Planning (7:30pm)
    • Format
    • Topic/Speaker
    • Election Process
  • Spring Newsletter (7:50pm)
    • Annual Meeting & Board Election
    • Community Engagement Event
    • AREA
    • Board Feature
    • Block Clubs (Request for Block Leader Contact Info)
    • Compost Bin/Rain Barrel Sales
  • Approve $550 for ANA Website (8:05pm)
    • $480 Web Hosting (2 years)
    • $70 Domain Name (2 years)
  • Committees – 3 Minute Updates (8:10pm)
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Mini Grant

Safety & Trial Information

City of Minneapolis Trial Support & Safety:

The City of Minneapolis launched a new webpage to keep our community safe and informed during the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. Find updates on current street closures, sign up for trial updates, report suspicious activity, and find mental health resources for support during this traumatic time at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/programs-initiatives/trial-support-safety/

If you need assistance:

  • Call 911 for emergencies where someone’s safety is at risk that requires an immediate response from police, firefighters, or medics.
  • Call 612-673-5335 or text 847411 to report suspicious activity directly to MPD that doesn’t require an emergency response (example: reporting a fast-moving car without license plates or spotting something odd in an alley)
  • Call Minneapolis 311 at 311 or 612-673-3000 or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov for non-emergency concerns.

Mental Health Supports 

This is a re-traumatizing time for many in our community.

See mental health supports for Minneapolis residents and their loved ones at https://bit.ly/mplsMHsupports


Interacting on Social Media

Be Helpful, Not Hurtful

Reflect on your words:

  • How would you feel if someone directed your statement at your child/parent/significant other/etc.?
  • Would you share this point-of-view at work/church/public meeting?
  • Would you say this comment in-person to the individual or group of people you are referring to?

Check Yourself – Think Before You Post

Take a moment to pause and reflect before you post to social media to help share mindful, helpful information.

  • (check) Focus on behavior (what was someone doing that concerned you and how does it relate to crime)
  • (check) Give a full description including clothing and specifics about location
  • (check) Don’t assume criminality based on race or ethnicity

Additional Resources:

Minneapolis Public Schools has a great set of resources for supporting children during this time: https://mpls.k12.mn.us/trial_resources.html

Our colleagues at the Minneapolis Downtown Council put together a helpful guide with dates, links, and FAQs on the trial. Check it out at https://www.mplsdowntown.com/trial/

February 23, 2021 eNews

February 16 Meeting Recap

Chef Daniel del Prado of Colita and consultant Geri Wolf shared plans for a second Café Ceres location to open at 5401 Penn Ave S later this spring. The proposed cafe will focus on breakfast and lunch service, include an application to the City of Minneapolis for an on-sale liquor license for specialty events, and offer some outdoor patio seating. Community members in attendance asked questions regarding the menu and hours of operation (~7:00am-3:00pm) and shared their feedback. A motion of support passed unanimously and will be shared with the City.

The ANA also elected Nikki Lindberg as Secretary and approved funding for website technical support, communications software, and door prizes for an upcoming Green Team solar workshop. Attendees broke into small groups and outlined initial goals, meeting plans for two new Armatage Committees, Community Engagement and Safety, Equity & Outreach. See below for more on how to join. Neighbors are encouraged to register to attend a monthly board or committee meeting at http://bit.ly/ANAmtgs


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Palmisano Presents: Public Safety Update (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 24th
6:30-8pm

Join Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano for a forum on public safety with new MPD 5th Precinct Inspector Katie Blackwell.

To register, please email josie.vautrin@minneapolismn.gov. All are welcome, RSVPs are for event capacity planning purposes.



Public Hearing on Rent Stabilization: February 24

An online public hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 24 on proposed rent stabilization charter amendments during the City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee meeting.

The proposed amendments would allow either the City Council, or the people of Minneapolis by a petition process, to adopt a rent stabilization law. If passed, these charter amendments will not, on their own, create a rent stabilization policy. Rather, they will give future City Councils and the people of Minneapolis all possible options to adopt a rent stabilization policy through the methods allowed under current state law.  Learn how to participate in online public hearings and sign up to speak here.


Get Involved on an Armatage Committee

The ANA is excited to announce that we are launching two NEW Armatage Committees! Neighbors are encouraged to join and get involved. Currently, all meetings are held on Zoom. Click on each group’s link below to learn more. Register to attend at https://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

Community Engagement will meet on Thursday, March 4 from 5:30-6:30pm.


Safety, Equity & Outreach
will meet on Saturday, March 6 from 10:00-11:00am.


The Green Team
will meet on Thursday, March 11 from 7:00-8:15pm.


March Special Election

We’re holding a special election for one open board seat on March 16!  Learn more about the duties and register to run at https://armatage.org/march-2021-special-election/


Second Reading Circle

Join the Armatage Green Team for a monthly reading circle on All We Can Save – Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. The next circle is Thursday, March 4 at 7:00pm on Zoom to discuss Chapter 2: Advocate. Register at armatage.org/reading-circle/

If buying a book is a financial hardship, we can help: email anacoordinator@armatage.org for a copy.


Armatage Play Area Plan Approved

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) approved the concept plan for a new playground at Armatage Park, which includes replacing the equipment and surfacing of the park’s existing play areas. The new play areas are designed for universal accessibility so they can be accessed, understood, enjoyed, and used to the greatest extent possible by all children regardless of size, ability, or disability.

In addition to an ADA-accessible swing, belt swing and two infant swings, the approved plan includes a tire swing, based on requests from the community and an MPRB commissioner.

Next Steps

It is anticipated that construction will occur this summer and the new play areas will be complete during the summer or early fall. Actual dates will be announced once a construction contract is approved.  Sign up for updates at https://bit.ly/armatagepark


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Hennepin County Climate Action Plan

Hennepin County release its draft Climate Action Plan, which was created through feedback from many stakeholders, and sets goals tto mitigate the damaging impacts of climate change and better prepare the county to be more resilient as climate change presents new challenges to the region.

Submit your feedback here by Wednesday, March 3.


Minneapolis Black History Month Online Events

In celebration of Black History Month, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is honoring several community leaders as part of the History Makers at Home series. Whether “home” is defined as a city, region or state, this program is intended to honor changemakers identified by the community as working to create a lasting impact for future generations.

The final event in the series is this Thursday, February 25 from 12:00-1:00pm: Grateful and Rooted


Celebrate Black History Month with the MIA

Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by African American artists with exhibitions, virtual events, videos, stories, and more. For links to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ free offerings, visit https://new.artsmia.org/black-history-month



Free Fun on the Run for Youth & Teens

Got a kid or teen who needs more time outside this winter?  Check out the parks’ staffed Winter Fun on the Run for free outdoor recreation and activities. No registration is necessary: all youth and teens are welcome to drop by between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm for fun and games at a safe – and social! – distance. In Southwest, staff will be at Linden Hills Park on Mondays and at Lyndale Farmstead Park on Wednesdays (apologies that we had this reversed in previous emails!).

MPRB staff sanitize equipment after each use and help ensure participants follow social distancing guidelines. Distanced activities include sledding, kick sledding, snow soccer, snow fort building, snowman building, snow corn hole and more. Learn more including helpful hints before you go here.


Statewide Vaccine Finder

The State of Minnesota has a statewide vaccine finder to better connect Minnesotans to vaccination opportunities in communities near where they live. Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan here.


New Salt Mini Course

The City of Minneapolis has launched a new educational program, the Minneapolis Salt Mini Course, and would love for you to be a part of it! The mini course is self-guided and consists of reading through a few lessons and watching videos.

Take the course and you will learn about the consequences of over salting and what you can do to help protect our waters! Upon completion, you can pledge to practice salt stewardship in your community and request a salt decal to show your commitment. Will you join us in doing your part to keep our waters clean?

February 12, 2021 eNews


February 16 Meeting Agenda

All are welcome at monthly meetings. Register to attend at http://bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Secretary Election
  • Plans for Cafe Ceres at 5401 Penn Ave S – Executive Pastry Chef and General Manager Shawn McKenz
  • Committee Visioning Next Steps
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Byte Technology Website Support Bundle
    • Adobe Creative Suite Renewal
    • Hennepin County Archives Donation
  • Committee Action Needed

Minneapolis Black History Month Online Events

In celebration of Black History Month, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is honoring several community leaders as part of the History Makers at Home series. Whether “home” is defined as a city, region or state, this program is intended to honor changemakers identified by the community as working to create a lasting impact for future generations.

Upcoming Black History Month online events:


Celebrate Black History Month with the MIA

Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by African American artists with exhibitions, virtual events, videos, stories, and more. For links to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ free offerings including virtual Family Day on February 14, visit https://new.artsmia.org/black-history-month



Free Fun on the Run for Youth & Teens

Got a kid or teen who needs more time outside this winter?  Check out the parks’ staffed Winter Fun on the Run for free outdoor recreation and activities. No registration is necessary: all youth and teens are welcome to drop by between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm for fun and games at a safe – and social! – distance. In Southwest, staff will be at Lyndale Farmstead Park on Mondays and at Linden Hills Park on Wednesdays.

MPRB staff sanitize equipment after each use and help ensure participants follow social distancing guidelines. Distanced activities include sledding, kick sledding, snow soccer, snow fort building, snowman building, snow corn hole and more. Learn more including helpful hints before you go here.


Second Reading Circle

Join the Armatage Green Team for a monthly reading circle on All We Can Save – Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. The next circle is Thursday, March 4 at 7:00pm on Zoom to discuss Chapter 2: Advocate. Register at armatage.org/reading-circle/ 

Need a book? Times are tight and we can help: email anacoordinator@armatage.org for a copy.


Statewide Vaccine Finder

The State of Minnesota has a statewide vaccine finder to better connect Minnesotans to vaccination opportunities in communities near where they live. Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan here.



Armatage Welcome Bags

We’re putting in one more plug to let us know if you’ve recently moved into the neighborhood so we bring you a Welcome Bag! The groovy, reusable tote bag’s contents include useful information on the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA), elected representatives, governmental services, local businesses, and a couple of fun items to welcome you.

  • Homeowners: be on the lookout for friendly ANA volunteers Ethan (pictured) or Kevin with a Welcome Bag with your name on it! They’ll swing by to do a masked, distanced drop-off.
  • Renters: if you are a renter who moved in during the past year or if you own a rental property in the neighborhood and have new tenants, please reach out to us at anacoordinator@armatage.org and let us know where we can drop off a Welcome Bag!

New Salt Mini Course

The City of Minneapolis has launched a new educational program, the Minneapolis Salt Mini Course, and would love for you to be a part of it! The mini course is self-guided and consists of reading through a few lessons and watching videos.

Take the course and you will learn about the consequences of over salting and what you can do to help protect our waters! Upon completion, you can pledge to practice salt stewardship in your community and request a salt decal to show your commitment. Will you join us in doing your part to keep our waters clean?


What You Can Do About Plastic

THANK YOU to everyone who joined our Let’s Talk About Plastic series. We were blown away by the response from both Armatage and surrounding communities.  Plastic is wreaking havoc in our world and is an equity issue that disproportionately impacts BIPOC and low-income communities.  Here’s how you can take action: