Category Archives: About Town

Local Author Meet & Greet

Meet Armatage Author Metra Farrari

Saturday, September 11
9:00am-12:00pm

Come meet local Armatage author, Metra Farrari, AND check out her debut novel, All the Blues Come Through! Meet Metra at the park on Saturday, September 11 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Plus you’ll have another chance to grab an All Are Welcome Here lawn sign from the ANA while you’re there.

Can’t wait – see you there, neighbors!

Voter Education Forums

We’ve teamed up with our neighboring communities to host non-partisan City Council and Park Board candidate forums as well as an educational series on the proposed charter amendments to help you get ready for Election Day on November 2!

Park Board District 6 Candidate Forum

The Park Board District 6 Candidate Forum was held Tuesday, September 28 from 7:00-8:30pm.

Click here to view the recording of the Candidate Forum.

Mayoral Candidate Forum

Our neighbors at KORE (Kenny Organizing for Racial Equity) are hosting a virtual Mayoral Candidate Forum on Sunday, October 3 from 6:30-8:00pm. Click here to sign up!

Ward 13 Candidate Forum

The Ward 13 City Council Candidate Forum will be rescheduled for a date later in October. There will be a live stream and recording of the event. Learn more and sign-up at www.lindenhills.org/ward-13-forum

Charter Amendment Educational Forum

This fall, Minneapolis votes on three charter amendments that will determine the future of public safety, rent control, and the structure of our local government. Learn about all three proposed City Charter amendments from groups advocating on each side of each one.

Click here for the recording from the Charter Amendment Forum on October 16.

To learn more about the proposed charter amendments, visit our neighborhood educational hub at https://kingfield.org/election-education-2021/

Meet Your Community Helpers

Meet Your Community Helpers

Saturday, September 25 | 2:00-5:00pm

You’re invited to an outdoor event at Armatage Park with the helpers that serve our community including the Minneapolis Fire Department, Solid Waste & Recycling, USPS, MPD, EMTs and more! There will be educational tables for both adults and kids, an interactive neighborhood equity station, demonstrations, and TRUCKS to check out.

Don’t miss this chance to get your pressing recycling questions answered, learn about fire safety, talk with our MPD 5th Precinct staff about community safety, explore the inside of a USPS mail truck, share what equity in Armatage means to you, make an Armatage button, weigh in on the neighborhood Bylaws & Funding Plan, and lots more.

Plus, Sparrow Cafe and Thumbs Cookies will both be on-site with treats! 🙂

School Supply Drive

We are also holding a school supply drive for Armatage Elementary during the event. Check out the school’s wish list here and bring items to donate to get entered to win a door prize, one of which is a Ring doorbell.

Covid-19 Safety

Please plan to wear a mask and distance when you’re able at the event. Stay home if you’re experiencing any symptoms, were recently exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or are waiting on a COVID-19 test. Thanks for keeping our helpers, neighbors, staff and volunteers safe!

Hosted by the Safety, Equity & Outreach Committee. In case of severe weather, we’ll post cancellations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

July 22, 2021 eNews

July 20 Meeting Recap

City of Minneapolis staff Aryca Myers and Bob Cooper presented upcoming neighborhood funding changes as the funding levels drop and requirements shift toward more equitable engagement work. The ANA will seek feedback from neighbors this fall on new governing bylaws, which are required to keep receiving city funding, and on a Plan Modification to put just over $60,000 in repaid housing loans under contract.

The Board approved funds for three upcoming events including the Armatage Playground Reopening Celebration ($100 for popsicles), the Summer Food Truck Night ($275 for printing and paper marbling supplies), a Meet Your Community Helpers event in September ($175 for printing and door prizes), and a button-making machine. The ANA also plans to hold Halloween Decoration and Holiday Light Tours this year. Next month’s meeting will be a week later than usual on Tuesday, August 24 at 6:30pm on Zoom.


Water Sprinkling Restrictions are in Effect

Sprinkling restrictions started yesterday (July 21) for all Minneapolis residents and businesses! Check out the new guidelines here and thank you for doing your part to conserve water during this drought!

Sprinkling Restrictions

  • Sprinkling lawns is NOT allowed from noon to 6 p.m. on any day.
  • On calendar days that are even numbers (examples: July 26 or Aug. 18), the even side of the street CAN sprinkle lawns outside of the noon to 6 p.m. time window. Examples: 1238 Oak St. or 2574 Cedar Ave.
  • On calendar days that are odd numbers (examples July 27 or Aug. 19), the odd side of the street CAN sprinkle lawns. Examples: 1247 Maple St. or 2561 18th Ave.

Exceptions

  • Bushes and flowers may be watered with a hand-held hose as needed.
  • Vegetable gardens and new sod (first two weeks from placement) may be watered on any day but not during the prohibited afternoon hours of noon to 6 p.m.
  • Trees may be watered with a dripping hose, bucket or tree watering bag as needed.

Learn more including water conservation tips at www.minneapolismn.gov/news/2021/july/city-implements-even-odd-water-sprinkling-restrictions/


Summer Food Truck Night

Get ready for another Armatage neighborhood Food Truck Night! Five fabulous food trucks will be in the Armatage parking lot to take distanced orders. Enjoy live music from local band Unicorn! Swing by the ANA table for free paper marbling, kids books generously donated by Jump! and an All Are Welcome Lawn Sign. Bring your blanket or chairs and find a spot in the park to picnic.

More info including COVID-19 safety info is at armatage.org/summer-food-truck-night/


Household Hazardous Waste Events

Hennepin County is collecting household hazardous waste for residents to safely and properly dispose of unwanted household and lawn and garden products including paints, chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, batteries and fuels.  Residents must wear masks and remain in their vehicles.

Upcoming Collection Events

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm on July 30-31: Anthony Middle School, 5757 Irving Ave. S.
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm on August 13-14: South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S.

Visit Hennepin County’s household hazardous waste collection event webpage to learn what items you can bring to the event, review safety guidelines, and see all 2021 events.


Armatage Playground Reopening Celebration

Thursday, August 26
4:30-6:30pm

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA), the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB), and Armatage Community School for a Playground Reopening Celebration! Enjoy free popsicles and cold treats (donated by the ANA and Johnny Pops!) and celebrate with music, bubbles and new play equipment!

Learn more about the planning process at bit.ly/armatagepark and read how neighborhood funds were used to make completing this project possible at armatage.org/armatage-park-play-area/


Free Pet Adoptions for Cats & Dogs Over 6 Months

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is waiving adoption fees for cats and dogs over six months old currently at the shelter. Visit the City’s website for more information.

Adoption details

Come prepared

  • To adopt you must be 18 years old with a valid form of identification.
  • Minneapolis residents must also provide proof of their current address and of current rabies vaccines for other pets (cats, dogs or ferrets).
  • Cats and small critters must leave in a carrier. You can bring a carrier or buy a cardboard transport box at the shelter. Dogs must leave on a leash. You can bring a leash and collar, or the shelter will provide a slip lead.

National Night Out is August 3

National Night is just around the corner!  This year’s block events will likely look a little different due to COVID-19, but there are lots of ways to safely gather with your neighbors. Think about a BYO picnic dinner instead of a potluck, discuss safety guidelines (especially for neighbors who are not yet eligible to get vaccinated like children under 12), and offer activities that allow you to distance. The deadline to get a free street closure permit has passed, but you can still pay $100 to close your street or host a neighborhood gathering in neighbors’ yards.

Not sure if your block has a block leader? Contact our Crime Prevention Specialist, Jennifer Waisanen, at jennifer.waisanen@minneapolismn.gov and consider volunteering as a block leader. Learn more about block clubs at bit.ly/blockclubs


Free Business Advertising in Armatage Welcome Bags

Are you an Armatage neighborhood business that would like to advertise for FREE? Consider providing content for our new neighbor Welcome Bags!

The reusable bags contain useful information on our neighborhood, community involvement, area businesses and local government. Your contribution can include menus, brochures on your business, gift cards, coupons, branded trinkets, or even just business cards! It’s totally free contribute items for the Welcome Bags and you can also consider a tax deductible cash contribution to our non-profit organization to help support the cost of producing the bags. Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org to contribute!

Thank you from the Armatage Community Engagement Committee. Learn more about the Welcome Bag program at armatage.org/programs/welcome-bags/   Pic of our ANA VP Kevin outside Café Cerés.


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find us at an upcoming in-person sale date at Armatage Park (weather permitting) – neighbors are encouraged to join meetings:

  • Saturday, Aug 14 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Summer Food Truck Night
  • Thursday, Aug 26 from 4:30-6:30pm at the Playground Reopening Celebration

Free the Deeds

Free the Deeds, an artist-driven initiative, is launching a city-wide project this month to build awareness of the history of racial covenants in housing in Minneapolis and to encourage action to repair the harm done by these covenants. Homeowners whose houses have a racial covenant will be encouraged to display a lawn sign in their yards that says “This house had a racial covenant” on one side and “Building equity, one deed at a time” on the other. Free the Deeds has been working with Armatage Reparations & Equity Action to launch this project.

All Minneapolis residents will have the chance to donate to down payment assistance for households who purchase homes through the African American Community Land Trust (AACLT), which focuses on significantly decreasing the historic racial disparities in the homeownership rate while increasing access to perpetually affordable homeownership in Minneapolis. Check out freethedeeds.org to learn more about what racial covenants were, how to find out if your home had one, and how to participate with this city-wide project.


New Solid Waste & Recycling Disposal Guide

There’s a NEW Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling Disposal Guide in town!  The City of Minneapolis has an easy-to-use, searchable website to get all your recycling and disposal “where does this go?” questions answered quickly and easily. Check it out at www.minneapolismn.gov/resident-services/garbage-recycling-cleanup/disposal-guide/

July 15, 2021 eNews

July 20 Meeting Agenda

All are welcome to join next week’s OUTDOOR meeting at Armatage Park! Please bring a chair if possible and plan to distance. In case of rain, our meeting will shift to Zoom. Register for the back-up Zoom link at bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Armatage Equitable Engagement Fund and Plan Modification – Aryca Myers and Bob Cooper, City of Minneapolis
  • Safety Update – Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Bookkeeping Candidate: Claire King – Judy Vecere, Treasurer
  • Equitable Engagement Plan Edits (Due Sept 1)
  • Coordinator Report:
    • Armatage Playground Celebration
    • Fall Programs and Newsletter Content:
    • Volunteers to Draft Fundraising Ask
  • Committee Action Needed:
    • Community Engagement: Funds for Aug 14 Event
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach: Funds for Sep 25 Event
    • Green Team
  • New Business

Summer Food Truck Night

Get ready for another Armatage neighborhood Food Truck Night! Five fabulous food trucks will be in the Armatage parking lot to take distanced orders. Enjoy live music from local band Unicorn! Swing by the ANA table for art activities, free kids books generously donated by Jump! and an All Are Welcome Lawn Sign. Bring your blanket or chairs and find a spot in the park to picnic.

More info including COVID-19 safety info is at armatage.org/summer-food-truck-night/


Household Hazardous Waste Events

Hennepin County is collecting household hazardous waste for residents to safely and properly dispose of unwanted household and lawn and garden products including paints, chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, batteries and fuels.  Residents must wear masks and remain in their vehicles.

Upcoming events in Minneapolis:

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm on July 30-31: Anthony Middle School, 5757 Irving Ave. S.
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm on August 13-14: South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S.

Visit Hennepin County’s household hazardous waste collection event webpage to learn what items you can bring to the event, review safety guidelines, and see all 2021 events.


New Solid Waste & Recycling Disposal Guide

There’s a NEW Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling Disposal Guide in town!  The City of Minneapolis has an easy-to-use, searchable website to get all your recycling and disposal “where does this go?” questions answered quickly and easily. Check it out at www.minneapolismn.gov/resident-services/garbage-recycling-cleanup/disposal-guide/


Last Chance to Comment on Parks for All

Have you commented on the Parks for All Comprehensive Plan yet?  This week is your last chance before comment period ends this Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Your input is welcome whether you have been deeply involved in the planning process over the past two years or if you are hearing about this for the first time. There are numerous ways to learn about the plan and send feedback using the links below. Following the public comment period, the draft plan will be revised based on public input and presented to MPRB Commissioners for review and approval.

Share the Parks for All draft plan with your friends, family, neighbors or other networks using minneapolisparks.org/parksforalldraft or bit.ly/MPRBCompPlan.


Free the Deeds

Free the Deeds, an artist-driven initiative, is launching a city-wide project this month to build awareness of the history of racial covenants in housing in Minneapolis and to encourage action to repair the harm done by these covenants. Homeowners whose houses have a racial covenant will be encouraged to display a lawn sign in their yards that says “This house had a racial covenant” on one side and “Building equity, one deed at a time” on the other. Free the Deeds has been working with Armatage Reparations & Equity Action to launch this project.

All Minneapolis residents will have the chance to donate to down payment assistance for households who purchase homes through the African American Community Land Trust (AACLT), which focuses on significantly decreasing the historic racial disparities in the homeownership rate while increasing access to perpetually affordable homeownership in Minneapolis. Check out freethedeeds.org to learn more about what racial covenants were, how to find out if your home had one, and how to participate with this city-wide project.


National Night Out is August 3

National Night is just around the corner!  This year’s block events will likely look a little different due to COVID-19, but there are lots of ways to safely gather with your neighbors. Think about a BYO picnic dinner instead of a potluck, discuss safety guidelines (especially for neighbors who are not yet eligible to get vaccinated like children under 12), and offer activities that allow you to distance.

Apply here for your City of Minneapolis street closure permit by July 20. If your street isn’t eligible for closure, you can also host a neighborhood gathering in neighbors’ yards. Not sure if your block has a block leader? Contact our Crime Prevention Specialist, Jennifer Waisanen, at jennifer.waisanen@minneapolismn.gov and consider volunteering as a block leader. Learn more about block clubs at bit.ly/blockclubs


Block Leader Contact Info

We’re putting out another call for block leader contact information and need your help!  If you are an Armatage block leader and haven’t already done so, please send your name, address, email address, phone, and the block(s) that you represent to us at anacoordinator@armatage.org

Currently, city block leader info can’t be shared or accessed by neighborhood organizations so we’re working to build our own list. Thanks to the MANY of you who have already sent in your info! Interested in learning more about block and apartment clubs and how they work? Visit bit.ly/blockclubs


Free Business Advertising in Armatage Welcome Bags

Are you an Armatage neighborhood business that would like to advertise for FREE? Consider providing content for our new neighbor Welcome Bags!

The reusable bags contain useful information on our neighborhood, community involvement, area businesses and local government. Your contribution can include menus, brochures on your business, gift cards, coupons, branded trinkets, or even just business cards! It’s totally free contribute items for the Welcome Bags and you can also consider a tax deductible cash contribution to our non-profit organization to help support the cost of producing the bags. Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org to contribute!

Thank you from the Armatage Community Engagement Committee. Learn more about the Welcome Bag program at armatage.org/programs/welcome-bags/   Pic of our ANA VP Kevin outside Café Cerés.


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find us at an upcoming in-person sale date at Armatage Park (weather permitting) – neighbors are encouraged to join meetings:

  • Tuesday, July 20 from 6:00-8:00pm at our Monthly Meeting
  • Saturday, Aug 14 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Summer Food Truck Night

2021 Windom Community Turf Alternatives  Garden Tour

Windom Alternative Turf Garden Tour: July 17

Our friends at the Windom Community Council will host a tour of turf alternative gardens in Windom on Saturday, July 17 from 9:00am-12:00pm! Come view tour front yards and chat with experts including Master Gardeners, a native plant expert from Wild Ones, staff from Metro Blooms, and a Naturalist.

The garden tour is self-guided. Social distancing is encouraged. The final location list is available at https://www.windommpls.org/2021-windom-turf-alternative-gardentour


Home Energy Squad & 0% Loan Programs

The Home Energy Squad helps homeowners increase energy savings and comfort throughout the year.  During a two hour visit, a crew of two energy experts will visit your home to conduct an assessment to reveal opportunities for energy savings and the installation of energy saving products such as LED bulbs, door weather-stripping, water savers and a programmable thermostat, at no extra cost. There is also the option of a no-cost virtual consultation.

To increase energy savings this summer, for a limited time Xcel Energy is offering FREE smart thermostats for customers that have central air and sign up for the AC Rewards program. To help with financing energy efficiency upgrades Minneapolis residents can also take advantage of a 0% loan program. Recently the loan term increased to 10 years and the maximum increased to $20,000. To schedule an appointment with the Home Energy Squad, call 651-328-6220 or visit mncee.org/hes


Take the Hennepin County Natural Resources Survey

We all play a role in protecting our natural resources, and Hennepin County needs to hear from you as they update the Natural Resources Strategic Plan. The updated plan will seek to better align with new county initiatives, shifting demographics, and changing landscapes. This is the first opportunity to incorporate the county’s climate and racial equity priorities into the foundation of the plan, and they will be seeking input from the community throughout the year-long plan development process to ensure your values and priorities are reflected.

Take the survey

Take Hennepin County’s survey here by August 1, 2021, to help shape priorities and let them know how you would like to be engaged in the update of the plan.

July 8, 2021 eNews

Summer Food Truck Night

Get ready for another Armatage neighborhood Food Truck Night! Five fabulous food trucks will be in the Armatage parking lot to take distanced orders. Enjoy live music from local band Unicorn! Swing by the ANA table for art activities, free kids books generously donated by Jump! and an All Are Welcome Lawn Sign. Bring your blanket or chairs and find a spot in the park to picnic.

More info including COVID-19 safety info is at armatage.org/summer-food-truck-night/


National Night Out is August 3

National Night is just around the corner!  This year’s block events will likely look a little different due to COVID-19, but there are lots of ways to safely gather with your neighbors. Think about a BYO picnic dinner instead of a potluck, discuss safety guidelines (especially for neighbors who are not yet eligible to get vaccinated like children under 12), and offer activities that allow you to distance.

Apply here for your City of Minneapolis street closure permit by July 20. If your street isn’t eligible for closure, you can also host a neighborhood gathering in neighbors’ yards. Not sure if your block has a block leader? Contact our Crime Prevention Specialist, Jennifer Waisanen, at jennifer.waisanen@minneapolismn.gov and consider volunteering as a block leader. Learn more about block clubs at bit.ly/blockclubs


Block Leader Contact Info

We’re putting out another call for block leader contact information and need your help!  If you are an Armatage block leader and haven’t already done so, please send your name, address, email address, phone, and the block(s) that you represent to us at anacoordinator@armatage.org

Currently, city block leader info can’t be shared or accessed by neighborhood organizations so we’re working to build our own list. Thanks to the MANY of you who have already sent in your info! Interested in learning more about block and apartment clubs and how they work? Visit bit.ly/blockclubs


Free Business Advertising in Armatage Welcome Bags

Are you an Armatage neighborhood business that would like to advertise for FREE? Consider providing content for our new neighbor Welcome Bags!

The reusable bags contain useful information on our neighborhood, community involvement, area businesses and local government. Your contribution can include menus, brochures on your business, gift cards, coupons, branded trinkets, or even just business cards! It’s totally free contribute items for the Welcome Bags and you can also consider a tax deductible cash contribution to our non-profit organization to help support the cost of producing the bags.

Thank you from the Armatage Community Engagement Committee. Learn more about the Welcome Bag program at armatage.org/programs/welcome-bags/   Pic of our ANA VP Kevin outside Café Cerés.


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find us at an upcoming in-person sale date at Armatage Park (weather permitting) – neighbors are encouraged to join meetings:

  • Saturday, July 10 from 10:00-11:00am at our Safety Equity & Outreach meeting
  • Tuesday, July 20 from 6:00-8:00pm at our Monthly Meeting

City Council Adopts American Rescue Plan Spending

The Minneapolis City Council voted July 2 to approve the first round of American Rescue Plan funding for the City of Minneapolis. The approved $102 million in funding features a strong emphasis on economic recovery, affordable housing, and community safety measures while piloting new programming like a Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) Pilot.

The majority of the $102 million will be distributed beginning in August 2021. Mayor Frey will put forward his proposal for allocating the remaining approximately $169 million later this year.

View the final approved funding plan.

See details of the impacted programs.


Fall Park Registration is Open

Registration is now open for fall activities, programs, and sports through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board!  Check out youth programs and activities here.

There are also tons of adult sports league options to check out. Don’t have a team? Sign up as a Free Agent. Looking to make some extra cash? Consider becoming an adult sports official!


2021 Windom Community Turf Alternatives Garden Tour

Windom Alternative Turf Garden Tour: July 17

Our friends at the Windom Community Council will host a tour of turf alternative gardens in Windom on Saturday, July 17 from 9:00am-12:00pm! Come view tour front yards and chat with experts including Master Gardeners, a native plant expert from Wild Ones, staff from Metro Blooms, and a Naturalist.

The garden tour is self-guided. Social distancing is encouraged. The final location list will be coming soon at www.windommpls.org/2021-turf-to-alternative-garden-tour


Home Energy Squad & 0% Loan Programs

The Home Energy Squad helps homeowners increase energy savings and comfort throughout the year.  During a two hour visit, a crew of two energy experts will visit your home to conduct an assessment to reveal opportunities for energy savings and the installation of energy saving products such as LED bulbs, door weather-stripping, water savers and a programmable thermostat, at no extra cost. There is also the option of a no-cost virtual consultation.

To increase energy savings this summer, for a limited time Xcel Energy is offering FREE smart thermostats for customers that have central air and sign up for the AC Rewards program. To help with financing energy efficiency upgrades Minneapolis residents can also take advantage of a 0% loan program. Recently the loan term increased to 10 years and the maximum increased to $20,000. To schedule an appointment with the Home Energy Squad, call 651-328-6220 or visit
mncee.org/hes


Take the Hennepin County Natural Resources Survey

We all play a role in protecting our natural resources, and Hennepin County needs to hear from you as they update the Natural Resources Strategic Plan. The updated plan will seek to better align with new county initiatives, shifting demographics, and changing landscapes. This is the first opportunity to incorporate the county’s climate and racial equity priorities into the foundation of the plan, and they will be seeking input from the community throughout the year-long plan development process to ensure your values and priorities are reflected.

Take the survey

Take Hennepin County’s survey here by August 1, 2021, to help shape priorities and let them know how you would like to be engaged in the update of the plan.


Red Hot Art Events

Our friends at the Stevens Square Community Organization are holding 20 events across Stevens Square-Loring Heights from June to October that are free and open to all. That’s 20 chances to eat, dance, play, connect, and enjoy art all summer long! Visit https://www.stevenssquare.org/redhotart to learn more.

June 24, 2021 eNews

4th of July Fun at Armatage Park

For 2021 the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is planning a series of Fourth of July events at neighborhood parks and regional parks around the city, including at Armatage!

Between 11:00am and 1:00pm on July 4, stop by Armatage Park for a free creation from on-site balloon artists. See the full list of events at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/red_white_and_boom/


Tangletown 4th of July

Our friends at the Tangletown Neighborhood Association are also holding their annual 4th of July Celebration from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave S) with live music from the Roe Family Singers and food trucks including Finer Meats & Eats, Cafe Ena, Cairo Cafe, and 9-Yum-Yum Ice Cream Truck! Local businesses will be present with activities, giveaways, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, pick up some food from one of our vendors, and enjoy live music. Learn more at https://tangletown.org/4th/


All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard. You can also find us at an upcoming in-person sale date at Armatage Park (weather permitting):

  • Saturday, July 10 from 10:00-11:00am at our Safety Equity & Outreach meeting
  • Tuesday, July 20 from 6:00-8:00pm at our Monthly Meeting

Be Safe with Fireworks and Keep 911 Open for Emergencies

Fourth of July fireworks are part of Independence Day celebrations, and the noise complaints and safety issues they can generate lead to high call volumes at 911 call centers across the country.

Minneapolis Fireworks Rules

  • Your fireworks must be nonexplosive. Examples of approved fireworks include sparklers, cones, and snakes
  • Use your fireworks on your own property.
  • Do not use your fireworks on public property, including roads, alleys, schools, parks

When to Call 911

For fireworks-related issues that pose life safety threats or fire hazards, residents should call 911 for police, fire or medical help.  Call 911 if a person is injured by fireworks, airborne fireworks land on a building or wood area posing a fire risk, or the size of a fireworks gathering and unruly behavior beginning to pose a threat to others.

Make Noise Reports Online or Through 311

Reducing the number of noise complaints to 911 will allow emergency calls to be answered as quickly as possible. Instead of calling 911 for Fourth of July noise reports, people are asked to make noise reports online, leave a message at 311 or use the 311 app. You can also text “fireworks” to 311898  to enter a fireworks complaint on the City’s website. Learn more at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/report-an-issue/fireworks-complaint/


Armatage Playground Construction Update

Construction has begun and things are sure looking different at Armatage Park! The new estimate is that the play area should be completed and ready for use near the end of July.  The ANA Board voted to spend $27,645.21 of its Park Improvement funds to cover the funding gap for the playground so it can be completed this summer. This donation from the neighborhood will go toward two more shade canopies and an accessible seesaw.

Sign up for project updates at bit.ly/armatagepark and we will plan to hold a community celebration in August!


Need to Report Theft or Property Damage?

The City of Minneapolis is changing the way residents report non-violent, non-emergency theft and property damage that isn’t not in progress. Starting June 14, non-police City employees at 311 will take these reports from Minneapolis residents instead of 911 dispatching Minneapolis Police officers. You can report theft or property damage in two ways:

  • Submit an online report
  • Call 311 Monday – Friday between 8:00am and 5:30pm to make a theft or property damage report. If you need to make a report outside these hours or on holidays, you can submit online or leave a voicemail for a callback within 3 business days

If the theft or property damage is occurring at the time of call, call 911. This is a service change aligned with the City’s work around seeking alternatives to police response. The goal is to reduce administrative capacity for police and improve service experiences. Results of the program will be assessed throughout the year. Learn more about alternatives to police response.


Reduce Waste by Switching to Reusable Items

From bags to toys and household goods, plastics have only been around for the past 50 years. Our grandparents lived fine without them. Their health and our environment wasn’t affected by the manufacturing, use and disposal of plastics. Commit to switching one single-use plastic item in your home to a reusable alternative. Examples include:

  • Sandwich bags
  • Cling-wrap
  • Food storage containers

Your small action, plus the small actions of your friends, family and neighbors really adds up. Share a reusable alternative that you can’t live without. #LoveYourStuffMPLS. Visit the City’s website for more information on how to shop smart, love your stuff, and reduce waste


Cycle the Summer in Minneapolis Parks

Minneapolis Parks is hosting a series of smaller, bike-focused events throughout the summer for people of all ages, backgrounds and riding abilities to get on a bike! Learn more about the Cycle the Summer series and sign up for Cycling 101 youth events (August 25 will be at Armatage Park!) at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/cycle_the_summer/ 


Armatage Safety Rebates

Did you know that the ANA offers $100 per household per calendar year to each Armatage household (both renters and homeowners) for security enhancements including items such as doorbell camera systems?

Learn more and apply for a rebate at armatage.org/security-rebate-program-for-residents/


Red Hot Art Events

Our friends at the Stevens Square Community Organization are holding 20 events across Stevens Square-Loring Heights from June to October that are free and open to all. That’s 20 chances to eat, dance, play, connect, and enjoy art all summer long! Visit https://www.stevenssquare.org/redhotart to learn more.

4th of July Events & Safety

4th of July Fun at Armatage Park

For 2021 the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is planning a series of Fourth of July events at neighborhood parks and regional parks around the city, including at Armatage!

Between 11:00am and 1:00pm on July 4, stop by Armatage Park for a free creation from on-site balloon artists. See the full list of events above and more info at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/red_white_and_boom/


Be Safe with Fireworks and Keep 911 Open for Emergencies

Fourth of July fireworks are part of Independence Day celebrations, and the noise complaints and safety issues they can generate lead to high call volumes at 911 call centers across the country.

Minneapolis Fireworks Rules

  • Your fireworks must be nonexplosive. Examples of approved fireworks include sparklers, cones, and snakes
  • Use your fireworks on your own property.
  • Do not use your fireworks on public property, including roads, alleys, schools, parks

When to Call 911

For fireworks-related issues that pose life safety threats or fire hazards, residents should call 911 for police, fire or medical help.  Call 911 if any of the following occur:

  • A person is injured by fireworks
  • Airborne fireworks land on a building or wood area posing a fire risk
  • The size of a fireworks gathering and unruly behavior beginning to pose a threat to others

Make Noise Reports Online or Through 311

Reducing the number of noise complaints to 911 will allow emergency calls to be answered as quickly as possible. Instead of calling 911 for Fourth of July noise reports,

  • Make noise reports online,
  • Call and leave a message at 311
  • Use the 311 app
  • Text “fireworks” to 311898  to enter a fireworks complaint on the City’s website.

Learn more at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/report-an-issue/fireworks-complaint/

June 10, 2021 eNews

June 15 Meeting Agenda

All are welcome to join next week’s OUTDOOR meeting at Armatage Park! Please bring a chair if possible and plan to distance. In case of rain, our back-up will be Zoom. Register at bit.ly/ANAmtgs

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Officer Elections for President and Treasurer
  • Safety Update – Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Armatage Park Playground Project – Francisca Pass, Project Designer
  • President’s Report: City Contract Budget
  • Treasurer’s Report: Accountant Search
  • Coordinator Report: City Policies, Equitable Engagement Plan and Nonpartisan Election Forums
  • 3 Minute Committee Updates:
    • Community Engagement
    • Safety, Equity & Outreach
    • Green Team
    • Policy & Finance
  • New Business

All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs

Get your All Are Welcome Here lawn sign and proudly display to spread the message that ALL are Welcome in Armatage. The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign. Or, find us at an upcoming in-person sale date at Armatage Park (weather permitting):

  • TODAY (Thursday, June 10) after school, from 1:30-2:30pm
  • Saturday, June 12 from 8:00-9:00pm, just before our Movie in the Park, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!
  • Tuesday, June 15 from 6:00-8:00pm at our Monthly Meeting
  • Saturday, June 19 from 10:00-11:00am

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Armatage Park

Saturday, June 12 | dusk

Join the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Armatage Neighborhood Association for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Armatage Park on Saturday, June 12! Friendly neighborhood volunteers will be set-up to take lawn sign orders, answer questions, and share what the neighborhood is working on from 8:00-9:00pm and the movie starts at dusk.

Bring your blanket, bug spray and plan to distance to keep you and your neighbors safe. See the full list of Minneapolis Music & Movies at www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/music__movies/


Juneteenth

Thank you to Hennepin County Library for the following history of Juneteenth, which is now a new City holiday in Minneapolis!

Juneteenth is said to be the oldest African American celebration of emancipation from slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, but news of emancipation moved slowly. For the next 2½ years, enslaved Africans and Black abolitionists persevered in the struggle for freedom.

In Texas, formerly enslaved Africans celebrated their emancipation on June 19, 1865, and since then, Juneteenth has been remembered and celebrated as a holiday. From the late nineteenth century through today, typical Juneteenth celebrations across the country include parades, speeches by African American community leaders, singing of traditional songs such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and dancing.

Events to Commemorate Juneteenth

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board has a week of outdoor movies, discussions, music and family activities scheduled. Learn more at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/juneteenth/

Hennepin County Library has a great line-up of online events and videos at https://www.hclib.org/Juneteenth


Public Hearing on American Rescue Plan Act Funding

The City Council’s Committee of the Whole will hold an online public hearing 6:05pm Wednesday, June 16 on Mayor Jacob Frey’s spending proposal for the first round of $271 million in federal funding awarded to the City of Minneapolis through the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act.

This is an online public hearing and community members are encouraged to register to comment at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole Public Hearing on June 16 at 6:05pm. Learn how to participate in the public hearing here and review Mayor Frey’s spending proposal here.


Armatage Playground Construction Update

Construction has begun and things are sure looking different at Armatage Park! The new play area should be completed and ready for use around July 12-16. Sign up for project updates at bit.ly/armatagepark

Project Designer Francisca Pass will be sharing a construction update and the ANA will discuss contributing neighborhood funds to the project at our Armatage Monthly Meeting this Tuesday, June 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, outdoors at Armatage Park.  All neighbors are welcome to attend – please join us!


Pools & Beach Season is Here

Pools, water parks and beaches are opening up for the season! With dozens of wading pools, 12 beaches, two water parks, and the nation’s first natural swimming pool, Minneapolis parks provide all kinds of water fun. Armatage Park’s pool is scheduled to open after school ends.

Find schedules for wading pools, the Webber Natural Swimming pool, water parks, beaches and water activities.


Armatage Safety Rebates

Did you know that the ANA offers $100 per household per calendar year to each Armatage household (both renters and homeowners) for security enhancements including items such as doorbell camera systems?

Learn more and apply for a rebate at armatage.org/security-rebate-program-for-residents/


Minnesota Rent Help

RentHelpMN was created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or utility bills or fear that could happen. If you find yourself in this position, RentHelpMN is here to help. Eligible renters can receive assistance with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

Find out if you qualify and apply at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211, which has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions from 8:00am until 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday.


Minnesota Vaccine Connector

With COVID-19 vaccines now approved for young people 12 to 15 years old, sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector and get updates on vaccine opportunities in our area in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong. Getting vaccinated helps all of us get back to what we’ve missed sooner and safely.

Do your part now by continuing to help slow the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask, wash your hands often, stay 6 feet away from anyone you don’t live with, and stay home if you are sick. Doing all of these things will help keep people healthy until all Minnesotans have the opportunity to get vaccinated.

May 28, 2021 eNews

Get Your All Are Welcome Here Lawn Sign

The ANA is organizing an All Are Welcome Here lawn sign campaign!  Get your lawn sign and proudly display it in your yard!  This is a way to show up and support our BIPOC neighbors after racist messages appeared in the neighborhood earlier this spring. Our goal is to create a sea of signs throughout the neighborhood to show that All Are Welcome in Armatage.

Signs are $20 each and by ordering through the ANA, you’ll also help us continue serving our community. Order your sign at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ or find us at an upcoming in-person sale date – see the full list here.  Huge thanks to All Are Welcome Here for helping us organize this campaign!  To learn more, visit armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Armatage Park

Saturday, June 12 | dusk

Join the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Armatage Neighborhood Association for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Armatage Park on Saturday, June 12! The sun sets at 9:00pm and the movie will start at dusk. Bring your blanket, bug spray and plan to distance to keep yourself and neighbors safe. See the full list of Minneapolis Music & Movies at www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/music__movies/


Armatage Playground Construction Starts June 2

The Armatage Park Play Area construction is scheduled to start next Wednesday, June 2. Crews will begin by fencing off the play area and removing existing play equipment. The new play area should be completed and ready for use around July 12-16. While the playground is under construction, we encourage neighbors to enjoy the Washburn Tot Lot playground at 5825 Washburn Ave S or, outside of school hours, to use the Armatage school playground. Sign up for project updates at bit.ly/armatagepark

Save the date for the Armatage Monthly Meeting on June 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, outdoors at Armatage Park, when Project Designer Francisca Pass will be sharing a construction update and the ANA will discuss contributing neighborhood funds to the project.


Get Involved on a Neighborhood Committee

There are lots of ways to get involved in the neighborhood and with weather warming up, now is a perfect time to join an Armatage Committee! Neighbors are encouraged to check out a meeting or sign up for a committee’s e-list. Register at bit.ly/ANAmtgs and here’s what each group is working on:

  • Community Engagement meets on Thursday, June 3 from 5:30-6:30pm on Zoom to get ready for the Summer Movie in the Park and plan our next Food Truck Night in August.
  • Safety, Equity & Outreach meets on Saturday, June 5 from 10:00-11:00am outside at Armatage Park to discuss our neighborhood’s relationship with MPD, the All Are Welcome Here lawn sign campaign, and plan a Meet Your Community Helpers event for the fall.
  • The Green Team meets on Thursday, June 10 from 7:00-8:30pm outside in one of our members’ backyards to plan a great summer of environmental advocacy and programs. Register to attend and get our meeting address.

Armatage Safety Rebates

Did you know that the ANA offers $100 per household per calendar year to each Armatage household (both renters and homeowners) for security enhancements including items such as doorbell camera systems?

Learn more and apply for a rebate at armatage.org/security-rebate-program-for-residents/


Annual Meeting & Board Election Thank You!

Huge thanks to everyone who voted in the Board Election or attended the Annual Meeting last week!

Congratulations to our newly elected board member Eli Johnson and to re-elected board members Joel Federer, Vikisha Goberdhan, Ethan Komoroski, Janhel Leandre and Judy Vecere!


Free Business Advertising in Armatage Welcome Bags

Are you a neighborhood business that would like to advertise for FREE? Consider providing content for our Welcome Bags that are delivered to all new neighbors in Armatage! The reusable bags contain useful information on our neighborhood, community involvement, area businesses and local government. Your contribution can include menus, brochures on your business, gift cards, coupons, branded trinkets, or even just business cards!

Businesses in and around the Armatage neighborhood are welcome to donate and excluding the cost of producing your item, it’s free to contribute. You can also consider a tax deductible cash contribution to our non-profit organization to help support the cost of producing the bags. Learn more about the Welcome Bag program at armatage.org/programs/welcome-bags/


Minneapolis Mask Requirement is Still in Place

Mayor Jacob Frey has kept Minneapolis’ mask requirement in place pending review of public health data and local vaccination rates. Private businesses, public transportation and other settings also have face covering requirements including Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, which stays in effect requiring masks in schools through the end of the school year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 13 that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can start doing many things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Gov. Walz has lifted Minnesota’s mask requirement while still strongly recommending Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings indoors. These are still subject to local restrictions. Learn more here.


Minnesota Rent Help

RentHelpMN was created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or utility bills or fear that could happen. If you find yourself in this position, RentHelpMN is here to help. Eligible renters can receive assistance with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

Find out if you qualify and apply at renthelpmn.org or by calling 211, which has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions from 8:00am until 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday.


Minnesota Vaccine Connector

With COVID-19 vaccines now approved for young people 12 to 15 years old, sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine connector and get updates on vaccine opportunities in our area in English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong. Getting vaccinated helps all of us get back to what we’ve missed sooner and safely.

Do your part now by continuing to help slow the spread of COVID-19: Wear a mask, wash your hands often, stay 6 feet away from anyone you don’t live with, and stay home if you are sick. Doing all of these things will help keep people healthy until all Minnesotans have the opportunity to get vaccinated.