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November 17, 2020 Agenda

Register to attend the November 17, 2020 ANA Monthly Meeting here. All are welcome to attend.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Special Election for Open Board Seats (2)
    • Learn more about the candidates running for election at ANA Candidate Guide Nov 2020 Special Election.
    • All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated representatives of a neighborhood business or institution are welcome to attend the November 17 meeting and vote in the election.
  • Halloween Tour Recap and Requests for Holiday Light Tour
  • Supply Needs
  • 2021 Rain Garden Program
  • ANA Visioning and Committee Expectations
    • Small group discussion (Break into 2 or 3 groups to discuss feedback on this plan)
  • 2021 Coordinator and Accountant Contracts

August 14, 2020 eNews

August 18, 2020 Agenda

6:30-8:30pm | Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94646891472
All meetings are open to community members. Please allow time to sign in at the link above.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Fall Planning:
    • Armatage Park Alternative Halloween Event
    • Virtual Happy Hours Topics/Guests
    • Rescheduled National Night Out
    • Litter Be Gone
    • Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop
  • Sweet Treats in the Park:
    • Event Details
    • Volunteer Tasks
    • Minutes – Approved Via Email
  • Neighborhoods 2020 Letter
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Fall Newsletter Content and Timeline – Election, Census, Let’s Get Uncomfortable
    • Web and Social Media Content Updates
  • Neighborhood Financials Training

Sweet Treats in the Park

Sunday, August 23
5:30-7:30pm
Armatage Parking Lot

Grab your mask and come to Armatage Park for a new safe and distanced neighborhood event – Sweet Treats in the Park! Food trucks Sonny’s Ice Cream and Thumbs Cookies & Milk will take orders in the parking lot while practicing new safety guidelines and distanced ordering. Dairy-free or gluten-free? Not to worry – Sonny’s has options for you.

Thanks in advance for following our safety guidelines to wear a mask during the event, maintain *at least* 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, follow signs and use the pre-marked spaces to wait in line, and eat away from others in the park (or bring your treats home!).


Donations Needed for the Bridge for Youth

Currently, youth are the most likely segment of Minnesota’s population to be homeless. Of Minnesota’s 6,000 homeless youth, 35% are pregnant or parenting. In Hennepin County, this rises to nearly 50%. Opening this month, Gloria’s Place will be the only emergency shelter specifically for homeless teen parents and their children in the state of Minnesota. Through comprehensive case management, youth in Gloria’s Place will have their immediate needs met, in addition to access healthcare, assistance in obtaining vital documents, parenting groups, enrolling in school and individual and group counseling and more.

You can help the Bridge for Youth create a safe, welcoming environment for the youth at Gloria’s Place by donating much-needed items from their registry at Target. Follow the Bridge for Youth on Facebook and Instagram for more updates along the way and check out KARE11‘s recent feature on Gloria’s Place.



Census Takers Started Door-to-door Outreach on August 11

On August 11, enumerators (also known as census takers) began going to households to help those who have not yet completed the census. If you do not want someone to come to your door, you can still complete the census:

Census takers will only visit households until September 30. Let’s make sure our community is seen and heard. Be counted now, so we have the resources we need for education, healthcare, housing and other vital services for the next 10 years.



Travel Needs Survey

You are invited to participate in a short University of Minnesota survey on people’s travel needs in the Twin Cities region and how shared automated vehicles may help meet these needs. This survey is part of a larger study titled SCC: Leveraging Autonomous Shared Vehicles for Greater Community Health, Equity, Livability, and Prosperity (HELP), which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The survey is completely online, is available in English and Spanish, lasts no more than 15 minutes, and is voluntary. After completion, all survey participants will be entered into a raffle to win one of forty $50 VISA gift cards!

Link to survey: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8tRKSNEtnt5HLaB



Emergency Rent Assistance

Hennepin County is still accepting applications for its emergency rent assistance program. Learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/emergency-rental-covid19


 

Distanced National Night Out: September 15

Minneapolis National Night Out is officially rescheduled for September 15 this year due to COVID-19. Learn more about registering your event at minneapolismn.gov/nno/nno_register. Here are some ideas for safe and distanced block gatherings:

  • Be out in front yards at the same time to see one another, pop over for a brief conversation, etc.
  • Meet a neighbor you don’t know yet (masks on, 6+ feet apart)
  • Reconnect with 2 neighbors you do know (masks on, 6+ feet apart)
  • Pick up 3 pieces of litter
  • Clean up a storm drain of leaf/tree debris
  • Chalk a picture on your sidewalk
  • Play a song with an instrument or speakers in your front yard for others to enjoy (be mindful of adjacent neighbors doing this to not complete and take turns)
  • Put out a few balloons or other decorations to make the block festive
  • Share an interesting “show and tell” in your front yard for other neighbors  (a chicken, another interesting pet, a historical novelty, a favorite book of yours, etc.; No touching, just looking)
  • BYO food, drinks and chairs


Hennepin County Deconstruction Grants

To help divert waste from landfills, Hennepin County has grants available for homeowners and developers to deconstruct buildings to salvage building materials rather than demolish them. Homeowners and developers of residential properties can receive up to $5,000 to help offset the additional costs associated with deconstruction.

Grants are available for demolition or renovation projects that are 250 square feet or larger on structures built prior to 1970. Learn more about the grants including eligibility and requirements at hennepin.us/deconstruction.

September 17, 2020 eNews

September 22 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Potential New Neighborhood Wine/Liquor Store
  • Fall Food Truck Night
  • Halloween Decoration Tour & Trick or Treating Safety Info
  • Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop
  • ANA Response to Neighborhoods 2020
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – Approved Via Email
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Committee Updates:
    • Welcome Bags: Volunteer(s) Needed to Adopt the Program
    • Green Team:
      • Native Plant Rebate Program
      • Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge
      • Neighborhood Clean-up (Litter Be Gone)
    • Mini Grants
  • Coordinator Update: Upcoming Supply & Technology Needs


Armatage Play Area Survey Closes Friday!

Check out the plans for new play areas at Armatage Park— and share your comments!  The comment period is open through tomorrow (Friday, September 18).

Here’s how to weigh in:

  1. Review the plan: Concept for Armatage Park play areas
  2. Share your comments: Take an online survey or send an email

You Could Lose Your Neighborhood Association. We Need Your Help.

We know this is a tough time for funding in Minneapolis. But it is an even tougher time to lose our network of community-building neighborhood nonprofits.

Many neighborhoods across the city (including Armatage) are facing such steep cuts in funding that it will be a struggle to keep doors open. Can you take just two minutes to send a comment to the City of Minneapolis before the deadline of September 30, 2020 at 11:59pm? All the info you need to comment is at https://armatage.org/n2020.


Armatage Native Plant Rebates

The ANA and Green Team have launched our first-ever Native Plant Rebate program to increase pollinator habitat throughout the neighborhood! Now through September 30, you can purchase native plants locally and apply for a 50% rebate from the ANA up to $20/household.

See lists of native plants available at our local garden centers and learn more about the new program here.


Take the Census by September 30

Hundreds of households in Minneapolis remain uncounted. This undercount could leave communities without resources and fair political representation for the next 10 years.

What can you do to help?

  1. Complete the census for everyone in your household. If your household misses the opportunity to complete the census this year, the next opportunity to be included won’t occur until 2030
  2. Already completed the census? Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
  3. Share census information on social media. Post the link: my2020census.gov and tell your networks about the importance of getting counted.

The data obtained by the census allows the federal government to determine where to allocate resources for things like schools, parks, roads and much more. Our communities deserve the proper funding for resources we rely on including programs and services like SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP and Head Start. Visit My2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020 and get counted before the Sept. 30 deadline.



Armatage Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge

Sign up to adopt a new storm drain in the neighborhood, commit to keeping it clean and free of debris that could pollute our waterways, and enter to win a $25 gift card from the ANA! All the details you need to get started are at armatage.org/adoptadrain The challenge ends September 30.



Sign up for the Fall Neighborhood Clean-up

Join the Armatage Green Team for a safe and distanced clean-up of our neighborhood streets, sidewalks, and parks on Saturday, October 3 from 9:00-11:00am as part of the citywide Litter Be Gone events! This is a great, meaningful opportunity for kids, teens and adults to show our neighborhood pride and keep trash and recycling from ending up in our waterways. We provide the supplies and a $5 gift card per household as a thank you. Learn more and sign up here.



Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop

Racism is everybody’s problem, and it’s well past time to start talking about it. In this conversation series, Let’s Get Uncomfortable, we’re asking you to do just that. LGU is a facilitated space to get people (particularly white people) to talk about racism, its consequences, and how we all share the responsibility to do the work for change. Need a place to start? Here you go, get uncomfortable with us. This event is happening on Tuesday, October 6th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, is sponsored by the Armatage Neighborhood Association and hosted by Danger Boat Productions.

Space is limited to 25 people. Please register here and consider making a donation: https://dangerboat.net/lgu-oct-6-armatage


City Begins Public Review of Draft Built Form Regulations

The City has launched the 45-day comment period for the public to review draft built form regulations that will regulate the scale of new buildings and additions to implement the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Minneapolis 2040 includes 14 Built Form Districts that will guide regulations on  building height, floor area ratio (FAR), lot sizes and setbacks from property lines, and more.

Upcoming online open houses on proposed regulations:

Read more about how to comment on the draft regulations.



Free Meals Available at School Sites

Free meal boxes are now available at 29 school sites. All families are invited to participate in this free program and do not have to have a student in Minneapolis Public Schools. Families can pick up one box per child per week.

Most sites will be open from 11:00am – 3:00pm with some sites open 11:00am-5:00pm. Visit the Minneapolis Public Schools website for locations, menus and special diet information.


Early Voting Starts Friday

Vote early in person at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center at 980 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55414 starting tomorrow, Friday, September 18 at 8:00am. Hours are posted at vote.minneapolismn.gov/events and please wear your mask!

Vote by mail: Everyone in Minnesota is eligible to vote by mail, no reason needed. It’s quick and easy to request your absentee ballot online. Allow plenty of time to request and mail back your ballot: bit.ly/vbmmn101


Blue Thumb Lawns to Legumes Resilient Yards Workshops for Fall

Many of us are spending more time in our yards, grateful to have this natural place of solace in these uncertain times. More and more, though, Minnesota and its inhabitants are feeling the impacts of a changing climate on our landscapes, including unseasonable heat and torrential rainfalls. Take control of the situation.

Attend a Blue Thumb Lawns to Legumes webinar to learn strategies for mitigating the effects of climate change in your outdoors, and to help protect pollinators, clean water and the local ecosystem.Webinars cost $15 unless otherwise noted and scholarships are available. These workshops are offered with the support of the City of Minneapolis. More information: https://bluethumb.org/events/, or call 651-699-2426.



Download the Armatage Art Journal

Thank you to our neighbors who submitted their artwork and creations to help document this unique moment of time in Armatage. We’ve been hard at work organizing submissions and the final journal is ready! Visit armatage.org/art to download a PDF or EPUB e-book format of the Art Journal.

About the Art Journal: submissions were collected during May and June during quarantine from COVID-19 and the civil unrest in Minneapolis. We were blown away by the creativity and beauty that we received and hope you are, too. Huge thanks to our Coordinator, Lauren Anderson, for layout and design and to Board Members, Joel Federer and Donte Mearon, for their leadership and hard work on this project.


Join Hennepin County’s Stop Food Waste Challenge

Did you know that about 40% of food is wasted somewhere along the supply chain? That’s like stepping out of a grocery store with five bags of food and dropping two in the parking lot. You may not think you waste that much food at home, but the little bits here and there add up.

Most of us don’t want to waste food, but in the dash to make dinner, food waste might not be the first thing on our minds. For those of us who want to break the shop-cook-waste cycle, the good news is that with practice, wasting less food can become an effortless cooking habit. Get started by joining the Stop Food Waste Challenge at http://hennepinfoodwaste.ecochallenge.org


Free Classes through Literacy Minnesota

If you need to learn English, get your GED or Adult Diploma, gain citizenship, prepare for college or brush up on math and reading, improve your computer skills (internet and email basics, Word, Excel, and more), or train for a new career*, then the Adult Literacy Hotline can help!  They provide referral services in English, Spanish, and have interpreter service to communicate class information in 200+ languages such as Somali, Karen, Vietnamese, French and more.

Call: 1-800-222-1990
Text: 612-424-1211
Email: krynda@literacymn.org
Search online: https://www.literacymn.org/classesforadults

October 15, 2020 eNews

October 20 Meeting Agenda

6:30-8:30pm | Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94646891472 
All meetings are open to community members. Please allow time to sign in at the link above.

  • Welcome & introductions
  • Update from Ward 13 Council Member Linea Palmisano
  • Neighborhood Funding Update (NCR Staff) & ANA 2021 Budget
  • Armatage Halloween Decoration Tour
  • Holiday Lighting at the Park
  • Fall Event Wrap-up & Recommendations
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – Approved Via Email
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team: Ideas for Future Equity-Focused Engagement – Tara Carson
    • Mini Grant: Update on 2020 Grant Projects
  • Coordinator Update

Fall Food Truck Night This Sunday!

Sunday, October 18 • 4:30-6:00 PM

Whether you’re in town for MEA or need a quick dinner after your weekend adventure, grab your mask and come to Armatage Park this Sunday for one more safe and distanced neighborhood Food Truck Night! Gerhard’s Brats, Fair Faves and Thumbs Cookies will take orders at a distance while practicing extra safety precautions.

Thank you in advance for following our safety guidelines to wear a mask during the entire event (unless you’re eating), keep *at least* 6 feet of distance from everyone outside of your household, use pre-marked spaces to wait in line, and eat away from others or bring your treats home! In case of inclement weather, we will post cancellations on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.


Get Ready for the First-ever Armatage Halloween Tour

Sunday, October 25 – Saturday, October 31
Dusk – 8:00pm

Enjoy the sights and frights around Armatage for our first-ever Halloween Tour! The self-guided tour is geared for all ages. The tour map will be available on armatage.org starting Friday, October 23 so you can plan your route. After you’ve checked out every stop on the tour, visit our website to vote for your favorites in the following categories: Best Use of Pumpkins, Spookiest, and Neighborhood Favorite. The winning displays in each category will get a $50 gift card to an Armatage business. Open to all, even if you don’t live in Armatage.

Sign up to be a Tour Stop by October 22

Love to decorate for Halloween? Sign up for the Halloween Tour and be a bright spot in the neighborhood this season! Complete the sign-up form linked at https://armatage.org/halloweentour/ by October 22 and we’ll add your address to the tour map. By signing up, you agree to have your decorations up each day of the tour from ~6:00pm through 8:00pm.


The 2020 Census Deadline is TODAY

After a recent Supreme Court ruling, today is the last day to ensure that we are counted! After tonight’s deadline, we won’t be able to count ourselves again for another decade!

If you’re planning on mailing your census form-it must be postmarked today. If you still need to self-respond online, you have until 4:59am to visit my2020census.gov and complete the form. You may also call 1-844-330-2020 before 9pm to complete the form online #2020census


Sign up for Rec Plus at Armatage Park

Rec Plus provides school-age childcare for children in grades K-6 at Armatage Park from 2pm-6pm. Rec Plus operates after school, on school release days and during the summer.

Program components have been modified to meet CDC and MDH guidelines, including mask requirements for staff and children in accordance with Executive Order 20-81. Activities have been modified for social distancing and include games, sports, arts and crafts, and nutritious snacks. For more information please see the MPRB’s website or email Kasey at kcollver@minneapolisparks.org with any questions!


Safe Trick or Treating

Looking to celebrate Halloween in a safe, socially distant way? We know this is an important for many in the neighborhood and pulled together the following tips to get ready:

  • Stay home and don’t hand out treats if you or anyone in your household feels sick,
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Keep 6+ feet of distance from other trick-or-treaters and neighbors.
  • Instead of a grab bowl or answering your door, have treats spaced out on a table in your yard or create a candy chute to send treats at a distance.
  • Visit www.halloween2020.org for more ideas from the Harvard Global Health Institute and stay safe!


Street Sweeping Starts October 20

Watch the progress. Sign up for notifications. Learn the answers to all your street sweeping questions here.


Thank You, Volunteers!

Thank you to our amazing Fall Clean-up volunteers! At our safe and distanced clean-up earlier this month, volunteers collected a total of 18 bags of trash and 10 bags of recycling from our parks, streets and sidewalks. Thanks to Litter Be Gone and the City of Minneapolis for providing supplies. We are so grateful for our strong community!



Free COVID-19 Testing in Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 testing events during the month of October. You do not need insurance to participate and all are welcome. See the full list of testing events here.


Public Review of City Draft Built Form Regulations

The City of Minneapolis has launched the 45-day comment period for the public to review draft built form regulations that will regulate the scale of new buildings and additions to implement the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Minneapolis 2040 includes 14 Built Form Districts that will guide regulations on  building height, floor area ratio (FAR), lot sizes and setbacks from property lines, and more.

Read more about the draft regulations and send a comment by October 19 for the Planning Commission’s Public Hearing here.


Vote Early or Drop off Your Absentee Ballot

Early voting has started at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center at 980 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55414. Hours are posted at vote.minneapolismn.gov/events and please wear your mask!

Find a drop-off location for your absentee ballot: Many new outdoor ballot drop-offs are opening around Minneapolis. Check out an interactive map and find a convenient location at https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot-drop-off/

Everyone in Minnesota is eligible to vote by mail, no reason needed. It’s quick and easy to request your absentee ballot online at bit.ly/vbmmn101. If you’re thinking of voting by mail, request your ballot as soon as possible and make a plan for dropping it off or mailing it back.

 

 

October 20, 2020 Agenda

October 20, 2020 Meeting Agenda

6:30-8:30pm | Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94646891472

All meetings are open to community members. Please allow time to sign in at the link above.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Update from Council Member Linea Palmisano
  • Neighborhood Funding Update (NCR Staff) & ANA 2021 Budget
  • Halloween Decoration Tour
  • Holiday Lighting at the Park
  • Fall Program Wrap-up & Recommendations:
    • Fall Neighborhood Clean-up
    • Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop
    • Fall Food Truck Night
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – Approved Via Email
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Committee Updates:
    • Green Team: Ideas for Future Equity-Focused Engagement – Tara Carson
    • Mini Grant: Update on 2020 Grant Projects
  • Coordinator Update:
    • November Happy Hour
    • Supply & technology Needs Continued

Full Zoom Link:

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September 22, 2020 Agenda

Meetings take place from 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom (link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94646891472) and community members are welcome to join. See below for this month’s full Zoom info!

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Potential New Neighborhood Wine/Liquor Store
  • Fall Food Truck Night:
    • Recap of Sweet Treats
    • Supplies
    • Communications Plan
    • Volunteer Needs
  • Halloween Decoration Tour & Trick or Treating Safety Info:
    • Gift Cards
    • Spreading the Word
    • Trick or Treating Safety Info
  • Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop
  • ANA Response to Neighborhoods 2020
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – Approved Via Email
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Committee Updates:
    • Welcome Bags: Volunteer(s) Needed to Adopt the Program
    • Green Team:
      • Native Plant Rebate Program
      • Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge
      • Neighborhood Clean-up (Litter Be Gone)
    • Mini Grants
  • Coordinator Update: Upcoming Supply & Technology Needs

Topic: Armatage Monthly Meeting
Time: Sep 22, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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July 16, 2020 eNews

July 21, 2020 Agenda

6:30-8:30pm | Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94646891472

All meetings are open to community members. Please allow time to sign in at the link above.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Officer Elections for Vice President & Secretary
  • Community Conversation Next Steps
    • Recap of June 9 and June 25 Conversations
    • Community Safety Survey
    • Where We Go Next
  • August Community Outreach:
    • Food Truck Night
    • Bike Parade?
    • Budget, Communications & Outreach Plan
  • Summer 2020 Print Newsletter
    • Content
    • Articles Due July 31
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – Approved Via Email
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • Native Plant Rebate Program
      • Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge
      • Litter Be Gone Clean-up
    • Complete Count:
      • Census Social Media Campaign wrap-up
    • Mini Grants:
      • Happy Hour 2 Min Recap
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Neighborhoods 2020
    • Board Member Info on Website
    • August ANA Meeting

Final Ward 13 Public Safety Conversation Tonight

Council Member Linea Palmisano is hosting the last in a series of virtual community dialogues on the future of public safety in our city tonight from 6:00-7:00pm. If you are able to participate, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449A9A628ABFC1-palmisano



Proposed City Charter Amendment

Learn more about the City Council’s proposed charter amendment at http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/charter/WCMSP-225116 If passed, it would create a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department and remove the Police Department from the Charter. The Charter Commission has one more public hearing on the amendment scheduled for next Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00pm.

Ways to comment:



Final Revised City Budget Public Hearing

The City Council’s Budget Committee will hold its final public hearing on proposed revisions to the City’s 2020 budget. Minneapolis faces a significant revenue shortfall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and needs to make cuts to the City’s roughly $1.5 billion budget. Community members can engage and share their voices in this process during the second and last online public hearing this Wednesday, July 22 at 10:00am.

You can watch or participate in the online meetings. The City Council is scheduled to vote July 24 on a revised 2020 budget. For more information about the budget, visit the City’s website.


Mental Health Crisis and Non-Emergency Crime Surveys

The City of Minneapolis wants to hear from residents who have experienced and reported mental health emergencies and non-emergency crimes.  A team of residents and staff are redesigning the way calls are handled and hope to hear your perspectives on who responded, how you were treated, and if your needs were met to make real change in our communities. Surveys are open to all and responses are anonymous. Both close this Friday, July 17 at 11:59pm.

Click here for the mental health survey.
Click here for the non-emergency crime survey.

If you have questions, please email the Office of Performance & Innovation at innovate@minneapolismn.gov


Polling Location Changes

To keep voters safe, 50 polling locations throughout Minneapolis are changing for both the 2020 Primary and General Election. Of the 50 relocated polling places, 16 were in senior homes, high-rises and other residential sites and another 32 had insufficient space for people to keep at least 6 feet apart. Registered voters will receive a postcard in the mail with their new polling locations. You can also check the Minnesota Secretary of State’s polling place finder to see if your polling place has changed.

Vote by Mail

All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote by mail. This year in particular, we encourage you to stay safe and minimize direct contact with others while exercising your civic duty. It only takes a couple minutes to request ballots for both the August 11 primary and the general election. Ballots will arrive with postage-paid envelopes for return. Complete the vote by mail application online here.   You can track the status of your ballot or confirm that it was received back and accepted without problem.

Vote Early In-person

Visit the Minneapolis Early Vote Center (980 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55414) Monday-Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm (Saturday hours start in August) to vote early in-person for the August 11 Primary.  Hours and details are posted at vote.minneapolismn.gov/events/ and please don’t forget your mask!



Free Activities and Programs in the Parks

Find activities you can enjoy solo, with others from your household, or while social distancing. From Family Recreation Saturdays from 2:00-4:00pm each week at Linden Hills Park, Fun on the Run youth activities each Wednesday from 1:00-4:00pm at Kenny Park, or Old Fashioned Outside Yard Games for all ages on Sundays from 4:00-5:00pm at Lyndale Farmstead, there are TONS of great distanced outdoor programs for kids and adults happening through the end of August.

For up-to-date listings, including virtual programs, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/summer2020



Emergency Rent Assistance & Evictions Suspended Through Aug 12

Hennepin County is still accepting applications for its emergency rent assistance program. Learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/emergency-rental-covid19

With the extension of MN’s peacetime emergency through August 12, evictions are suspended but rent is still due so please continue to share this resource widely.


Last Chance to Comment on Park Master Plans

You have one last chance to comment on two Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Master Plans that impact our area.  Click on each link below to learn more about the project, view the final plans, and submit your comments:



Be Counted in the Census

If you haven’t completed the 2020 Census yet, please take a few minutes to respond and remind your friends and family to do the same. Census data determines how billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated and impacts representation at the local, state, and national level.

Minnesota is currently leading the nation with a 71.5 percent response rate! You can help maintain our lead by responding online here, by phone, or by mail.


Upcoming Trainings on Resilience, Peace and Healing Racial Trauma

When terrible things happen, like racism, police brutality, and COVID-19, our peace has been stolen from us. Intro to STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) for Cultural Competence trainings teach how to build culturally competent peace back into our lives and communities with justice for all.

2-hour online trainings are led by the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute and are partially funded by the City of Minneapolis’ Office of Violence Prevention to promote racial trauma healing, resilience, and restorative justice for all who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis. Pay-what-you-can up to $30. Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses can earn 2 hours of continuing education for $45.

Click the date/time link to register:
Friday, July 17, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Friday, July 31, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST



Pick up a Free 20 is Plenty Yard Sign

Did you know that both Minneapolis and Saint Paul are in the process of implementing new, lower speed limits to support safer streets? Starting this fall, the new speed limit will be 20 mph in both cities unless otherwise signed. Many busier streets already have new 25 mph speed limit signs installed. Learn more about new speed limits here.

To help get out the word out, you can pick up a free “20 is Plenty” yard sign at any Minneapolis Fire Station, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm from July 6 to July 24 while supplies last. Due to COVID-19, signs will be available outside the stations for no-contact pickup. Signs come with metal stands. Find your nearest fire station here.


National Night Out Postponed to Sept 15

ICYMI, National Night Out has been postponed until September 15 this year. Block leaders can register their event and request to close their street here for this annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, hold block parties and get to know their neighbors.

August 18, 2020 Agenda

6:30-8:30pm | Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94646891472
All meetings are open to community members. Please allow time to sign in at the link above.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Fall Planning:
    • Armatage Park Alternative Halloween Event
    • Virtual Happy Hours Topics/Guests
    • Rescheduled National Night Out
    • Litter Be Gone
    • Let’s Get Uncomfortable Workshop
  • Sweet Treats in the Park:
    • Event Details
    • Volunteer Tasks
    • Minutes – Approved Via Email
  • Neighborhoods 2020 Letter
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Fall Newsletter Content and Timeline – Election, Census, Let’s Get Uncomfortable
    • Web and Social Media Content Updates
  • Neighborhood Financials Training

June 16, 2020 eNews

Armatage Annual Meeting Tonight!

Tuesday, June 16
7:00-8:30pm
Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89815019195

Join your neighbors tonight for a virtual Armatage Annual Meeting on Zoom. Connect with elected representatives, learn why the 2020 Census matters for Minneapolis, discover what your neighborhood is working on, hear board election results, and win a $50 gift card to Colita or Unwind Within (must be present at the end of the event to win!).

Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • The 2020 Census and Why it Matters for Minneapolis – David Rubedor, Director of NCR
  • Connect with Elected Representatives:
    • County Commissioner Marion Greene
    • State Representative Jamie Long
    • City Council Member Linea Palmisano
  • Current Armatage Neighborhood Initiatives:
    • Neighborhood Art Journal
    • Mini Grant Program
    • Neighborhoods 2020 Proposed Funding Cuts
  • Door Prize Drawing ($50 gift cards to Colita and Unwind Within – must be present to win!)
  • Results of 2020 Armatage Board Election

Last Day to Vote in the Armatage Board Election

Today is the last day to vote in the Armatage Board Election! Voting will close tonight (Tuesday, June 16) at 7:30pm. All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated representatives of an Armatage business are eligible to vote once. Learn more about the candidates and vote at https://armatage.org/2020boardelection/

Election results will be announced at the end of the Armatage Annual Meeting tonight on Zoom and on armatage.org tomorrow. Responses will be kept confidential and only final totals will be shared.


Hennepin County Library Free eBooks

Hennepin County Library is dedicated to listening, learning, educating, and making the critical changes needed to move toward a more just world.  As part of the library’s commitment to listening, learning and taking action, four eBooks are now available with no holds: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

These four titles bring to light the many ways in which racism functions, damages, and is perpetuated in our modern world. These books pose essential questions to each of us: How can we hold ourselves accountable? And also, how can we contribute to a society of true equity and justice?

If you’re hungry for even more reading, the University of Minnesota Press has made available a collection of anti-racist books to all to read online for free through August 31.


July 21, 2020 Meeting Agenda

6:30-8:30pm | Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94646891472

All meetings are open to community members. Please allow time to sign in at the link above.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Officer Elections for Vice President & Secretary
  • Community Conversation Next Steps
    • Recap of June 9 and June 25 Conversations
    • Community Safety Survey
    • Where We Go Next
  • August Community Outreach:
    • Food Truck Night
    • Bike Parade?
    • Budget, Communications & Outreach Plan
  • Summer 2020 Print Newsletter
    • Content
    • Articles Due July 31
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – Approved Via Email
  • Treasurer Report – Financials Emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • Native Plant Rebate Program
      • Adopt a Storm Drain Challenge
      • Litter Be Gone Clean-up
    • Complete Count:
      • Census Social Media Campaign wrap-up
    • Mini Grants:
      • Grantee Orientation Done
      • Happy Hour 2 Min Recap
  • Coordinator Update:
    • Neighborhoods 2020
    • Board Member Info on Website
    • August ANA Meeting?