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:
- Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 18: Honoring History Makers at Home award winners
- Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 25: 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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:
- Join the Hennepin County Plastic Free Challenge happening now through February 20.
- Shop smart and love your stuff tips from the City of Minneapolis’s Department of Solid Waste & Recycling.
- If you missed our January workshop on The Problem with Plastic & Practical Alternatives, which covered where our plastic goes, why recycling alone isn’t the answer and what you can do about it, you can stream the recording here.
- Double check what can be safely recycled in Minneapolis here – when in doubt, throw it out.
- Check out Eureka Recycling’s Take Action resource page for tons of ways you can make a difference at home and in our community.