Category Archives: Community Engagement

First Annual Chili Cook-off at Armatage Fire & Ice

Put your chili to the test and sign up to compete against your neighbors and claim the prize of the best chili in the neighborhood.

The Chili Cook-off takes place inside the Armatage Rec Center on Friday, January 24 from 6:30-8:30pm as part of Armatage Park’s Fire & Ice Skating Party. Registration closes on Sunday, January 19 so sign up here to reserve your spot.

It’s free to compete and just $5 to eat. Competitors should plan to bring a full crock-pot or instant pot of chili to the park by 6:00pm on January 24.

Come for the Chili

Help judge our competitors’ offerings! Come to the Chili Cook-off to taste each entry and vote for your favorite chili in Armatage. The cost to eat is $5 per person and tasting is open to all.
Bring or borrow skates and enjoy music and cocoa as part of the Fire & Ice Skating Party and help us crown the neighborhood’s 2020 Chili Champion.

October 11, 2019 eNews

October 15, 2019 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Equipment Needs
  • Guest: City of Minneapolis Regulatory Services
  • Guest: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board on Parks for All Comprehensive Design
  • Guest: City Council Member Linea Palmisano, Ward 13
  • Coordinator Update – Plan Mod Outreach
    • Washburn Tot Lot pop-up event
    • Door knocking maps & dates
    • Social media
    • Halloween at the Park display and incentives
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Winter Pedestrian Safety outreach
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • Litter Be Gone wrap-up
    • Mini Grants:
      • Mural Project
      • Neighborhood Thermal Camera
  • Adjourned


Litter Be Gone: Thank You Volunteers!

Huge thanks to the 22 volunteers who cleaned up our neighborhood streets, sidewalks, parks and storm drains this past Sunday, October 6. We collected 6 huge bags of trash, 5 bags of recycling and 5 yard waste bags of leaves that were clogging storm drains!

The ANA and the Green Team are so grateful to Book Club Restaurant and the citywide Litter Be Gone team for their support of our fall clean-up event!


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020


Share your story for the #WeAreMpls campaign

The #WeAreMpls campaign is a public awareness campaign elevating unique voices in the city reflective of Minneapolis’ rich diversity. The campaign reaffirms the City of Minneapolis’s commitment to be a welcoming place for all people, regardless of ethnicity, race, national origin, gender identity, religion or birthplace.

If you have a story to share, live in Minneapolis and are interested in being featured in the campaign, share your photos and stories on social media with the hashtag #WeAreMpls. You can also share what Minneapolis means to you (350 words max) at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/goals/wearempls/


Vision Zero Plan – Comment through October 16

Traffic deaths and severe injuries are unacceptable. Together, we can make our streets safe for everyone. The draft Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan outlines steps the City will take in the next 3 years to make progress towards our goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on our streets. Learn more and share your thoughts at www.visionzerompls.com.

The City is accepting comments on the draft Vision Zero Action Plan through October 16. You can share feedback online or check out the online open house on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM on the City of Minneapolis Facebook page


Free Workshop on Backyard Accessory Dwelling Units

Monday, October 14th
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MLK Park (4055 Nicollet Ave S)

Everything you want to know about building backyard cottages, basement and attic apartments in Minneapolis!

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are a great way for families to provide a home to a relative, earn rental income, or downsize in their own neighborhood. Join the Family Housing Fund at this upcoming workshop and hear from architects, builders, and lenders on how to design, finance, permit, and build your own ADU. Speakers will share presentations on accessory apartments they’ve built across the region and then speak with you one-on-one at booths with even more examples of their work.

The Family Housing Fund is a Twin Cities nonprofit with a 40-year track record of partnering throughout the region to build a strong housing system that allows people, communities, and the region to prosper.



October is Energy Awareness Month

Governor Walz has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. The Citizens Utility Board put together a fascinating blog post about our how we generate electricity here in Minnesota and where we’re headed (including links to rebates!).  Check it out at http://cubminnesota.org/october-is-energy-awareness-month/


Change Matters – Sleep Matters

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops have chosen My Very Own Bed as their October Change Matters partner. Change Matters is a register round-up program that promotes the work of local non-profits and invites shoppers to provide critical funding by rounding up their purchases.

My Very Own Bed provides new beds and linens to children in our community who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or sharing a bed with a parent or sibling. We focus on beds for kids because of the amazing power of sleep to help kids thrive. Healthy sleep helps children fight off illness, enhances growth, improves self-regulation and stress control, and aids learning. We also believe that all children deserve at least a small, comfortable place to call their own.

In October, shoppers at the Wedge Co-op, Wedge Table, and Linden Hills Co-op will be asked to round up their purchases to support My Very Own Bed. Each $200 raised will provide front-door delivery of a new bed and dream kit (new, twin-sized sheets, blanket, mattress pad, pillow, and stuffed animal) to another child. The stores will also collect these dream kit items.

Questions? Reach out to info@myveryownbed.org.

October 3, 2019 eNews

Sign Up for Armatage Litter Be Gone Clean-up

Saturday, October 5
9:00-11:00am

Meet at Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)

Join the Armatage Green Team to help clean up our neighborhood streets and sidewalks as part of the citywide Litter Be Gone events! This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for children, teens and adults. Plus all volunteers will get 50% off food thanks to the generous folks at Book Club Restaurant after the event!

Learn more and sign up at https://forms.gle/2JR9BvkLATXobqrw9  Huge thanks to Book Club for their support!  In case of heavy rain we’ll push to October 12.


Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020


Vision Zero Plan – Comment through October 16

Traffic deaths and severe injuries are unacceptable. Together, we can make our streets safe for everyone. The draft Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan outlines steps the City will take in the next 3 years to make progress towards our goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on our streets. Learn more and share your thoughts at www.visionzerompls.com.

The City is accepting comments on the draft Vision Zero Action Plan through October 16. You can share feedback online or join us for an open house:


Comprehensive District Design Survey

MPS invites anyone who has students enrolled at MPS schools to complete a survey that focuses on the student placement process. The deadline to complete the survey is October 7th. Click here to take the enrollment survey.

Stay tuned as there will be other opportunities to engage in conversations about the Comprehensive District Design process this fall. Broader input on Comprehensive Design elements will become available in October and throughout the school year.



Last Southwest Parks Master Plan Meeting

At its final meeting, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will finalize recommendations for each park (including Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot and the 58th & Oliver Triangle). All meetings are open to community members. For more information on the project, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #16 – Final Recommendations
Monday, Oct. 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave S
Light dinner and passive children’s activities provided.



Change Matters – Sleep Matters

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops have chosen My Very Own Bed as their October Change Matters partner. Change Matters is a register round-up program that promotes the work of local non-profits and invites shoppers to provide critical funding by rounding up their purchases.

My Very Own Bed provides new beds and linens to children in our community who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or sharing a bed with a parent or sibling. We focus on beds for kids because of the amazing power of sleep to help kids thrive. Healthy sleep helps children fight off illness, enhances growth, improves self-regulation and stress control, and aids learning. We also believe that all children deserve at least a small, comfortable place to call their own.

In October, shoppers at the Wedge Co-op, Wedge Table, and Linden Hills Co-op will be asked to round up their purchases to support My Very Own Bed. Each $200 raised will provide front-door delivery of a new bed and dream kit (new, twin-sized sheets, blanket, mattress pad, pillow, and stuffed animal) to another child. The stores will also collect these dream kit items.

Questions? Reach out to info@myveryownbed.org.

August 22, 2019 eNews

Washburn Tot Lot Celebration TONIGHT

Thursday, August 22
5:30-7:30pm
5825 Washburn Avenue S

Join the ANA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for free fruit juice popsicles, games, and bubbles to celebrate the Washburn Tot Lot’s new playground! Bring your neighbors and stop by for a short visit or stay to play.

Read more about the community process behind the new playground here.



Volunteer with TRUST

Local nonprofit TRUST’s Chore Program needs workers! The program provides household chore and maintenance services to older adults living in South Minneapolis—helping them to continue living safely and independently in their own homes. Currently, TRUST is looking for workers—or volunteers—that can do any of the following jobs: yardwork, mowing, small repairs, and house cleaning. If you are interested, please call the TRUST Chore Program at 612-827-6150.

Meals on Wheels Openings

TRUST Meals on Wheels has openings for new Meals on Wheels clients. If you or a parent, friend, or neighbor is in need of a nutritious, hot daily meal delivered right to the door, call Eleonore at 612-822-6040. If you are outside our area, we will direct you.


Development Assistance and Missing Middle Program RFPs

The City of Minneapolis current has two Requests for Proposals to fund the increase of affordable housing in the City.

1. Minneapolis Homes Development Assistance provides funding for new construction 1-4 unit homes on City-owned lots. RFP materials are available at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/housing/DevelopmentAssistance.

The MHDA RFP submissions are due at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 to MplsHomes@minneapolismn.gov.

2. Missing Middle Housing Pilot Program provides funding for the construction of 3 to 20-unit residential housing in Minneapolis on City-owned lots or privately-owned lots. RFP materials are available at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/housing/MissingMiddle.

The Missing Middle RFP submissions are due at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 to MplsHomes@minneapolismn.gov.


Thank you sponsors!

Without the generous support of these organizations, the Summer Festival wouldn’t have been possible! Click to learn more about each of this year’s sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:

     

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

            

September 13, 2019 eNews

September 17 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Tables for Armatage Rec Center
  • ANA Upcoming Plan Modification – Guests: Aryca Myers & Bob Cooper, City of Minneapolis
    • Current Available Funds
    • Proposed Plan Modification
    • Neighborhood Engagement Process
    • Feedback
  • Summer Festival Evaluation & Recommendations for 2020
  • ANA Fall and Winter programs:
    • Litter Be Gone Clean-up
    • Halloween at the Park
    • Armatage Park Tree Lighting
    • Additional ideas
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
    • Neighborhoods 2020 messaging update
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Mini Grants
  • Coordinator Update
    • Washburn Tot Lot Celebration recap
    • ANA Office

Funding for Neighborhood Organizations Expires in 2020

We need your help! Funding for neighborhood organizations is set to expire in 2020 and Minneapolis City Council is planning to vote soon on whether or not to continue funding neighborhood organizations, who provide many services to their communities including summer festivals, rain garden grants, micro grants, security rebates and more.

If you find value in these or other services provided by your neighborhood organization and would like funding to continue, please let City Council know with the sample letter at armatage.org/n2020


Armatage Litter Be Gone Clean-up

Saturday, October 5
9:00-11:00am

Meet at Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)

Show your neighborhood pride and volunteer to pick up litter from our boulevards, streets, and alleys to keep our waterways clean with the Armatage Green Team on October 5. Sign up by emailing anacoordinator@armatage.org. We’ll meet in the morning, hand out supplies and divide into teams to see who can collect the most trash and recycling before 11:00am. Then after the clean-up, all volunteers can head back over to Book Club to enjoy 50% brunch food.

Kids, teens, and adults are all welcome to sign up. Huge thanks to Book Club for their support!  Rain date: October 12.



Next Southwest Parks Meetings

Two more meetings have been scheduled for this fall to discuss the Southwest Parks Master Plan. Both are open to community members and will have refreshments and self-directed children’s activities. For more information on the project, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #15
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th Street

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #16
Monday, Oct. 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (note the longer duration than previous meetings)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave S


The 10th annual Washburn Games

A non-competitive sports sampler for kids ages 4 – 12 to support the Washburn Center for Children
Sunday, September 29
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Bryn Mawr Meadows in Minneapolis
Register online at:
www.washburngames.org

Kids + 3 hours of recess + giving back to the community = The fun-filled Washburn Games ! Kids ages 4 – 12 can try a variety of sports like soccer, volleyball, lacrosse and more, along with crafts, music and fun! Participants can discover their favorite sport (before you sign them up for a season they don’t like) and give back to support their peers through the Washburn Center for Children, Minnesota’s leading nonprofit children’s mental health center.

All participants receive a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag & the joy of helping others. $10 minimum donation per child in advance ($15 day of event). Register today for the September 29 event: www.washburngames.org


Latinx Heritage Month Book Lists

Latinx Heritage Month starts this weekend! Thanks to Hennepin County Library for two great book lists to celebrate the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Hear their stories in these fiction and nonfiction book lists.


  
Posters for Parks

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Royal Foundry (241 N. Fremont Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405)

This year’s event will feature 41 artists showcasing their parks-inspired prints, available for just $45 each. Just like in years past, 50% of all sales will go toward People for Parks’ efforts to support community-driven projects and ideas in Minneapolis public parks. The other 50% of each sale will go to the artist. Artist previews – sneak peeks – event information and more on Facebook!


Prevent Garage Burglaries

The Kenny and Lynnhurst neighborhoods saw a spike in garage burglaries in late August. The suspects entered through both secured and unsecured doors and by using the garage door opener from their vehicle parked outside. Suspects stole bikes and other miscellaneous items.

What you can do:

  • Always keep your home and garage secured and locked. Also, always lock your vehicle doors inside your garage and take all valuables out of the vehicle. (including small change, insurance and registration information)
  • Never leave your garage door opener in your car outside of your garage unlocked.
  • Consider in investing in Wi-Fi Security Cameras. This aids in helping investigators identify potential suspects. Motion lights on garage doors and homes are also a good deterrent for burglars.
    • Armatage residents can get a rebate of up to $100 reimbursed on eligible safety upgrades through our Safety Rebate Program.
  • Call 911 to report suspicious activity. This includes strangers walking down your alley and looking in garages, loitering, or vehicles circling the block with occupants you don’t recognize.
  • Burglars commonly knock on doors to see if anyone is home. Please call 911 to report any suspicious persons who knock on your door or ring your doorbell. For example, someone giving you a name of a person they are looking for, who doesn’t live there!
  • If you are burglarized, do not contaminate the crime scene. Do not enter your home until police have cleared it of possible suspects. Do not touch any suspected entry points or items that may have been moved or touched by the burglar. Do not “clean up” until after police have investigated.

If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact the 5th Precinct Property Crimes Unit at (612) 673-5715.

Boulevard Holiday Lighting

Washburn Winter Wonderland

If you saw the 5500 block of Washburn Ave S after the sun set last winter, you’ll remember the magical holiday lights stretching down the boulevards. We’ve got the details from Armatage neighbor, Jess Bell, on how her block hangs their lights, tips to help them last through the winter, and how the project got started!

Jess’s Light Hanging Tips:

  1. It’s important to hang lights out of reach to pedestrians and use a hanging material strong enough to sustain high wind and snow. Last year a couple of us chipped in to purchase 1000 feet of galvanized cable.
  2. Neighbors are responsible for providing their own strings of lights but help and supplies were provided to any neighbor who wanted to participate.
  3. Extension cords cannot run across sidewalks. We use trees in our yards to elevate and hide the cords.
  4. If there are significant gaps between the trees, we use 5 gallon plastic buckets with a 2×4 and sand or cement to weigh it down.
  5. On our block, people either run their own lights or take turns footing the bill between neighbors. There are no rules for when to turn them on and off.
  6. If the set up is done well, lights shouldn’t get damaged or need replacing.
  7. If you like the idea but not sure if your neighbors will jump on board, don’t let that deter you. Take a chance, you’ll be surprised by the response.

More from our interview with Jess in the October 2019 Armatage News:

What inspired you and how did the project come together?
When my husband Aaron and I lived in San Diego, a nearby neighborhood strung lights along their boulevards creating a magical experience and beautiful representation of community.
When we moved back to MN, I proposed the idea to our new neighbors. We came together on a Sunday afternoon in Nov to hang wire and lights between the trees along the boulevard. By the time the sun had set, both sides of the block were lined with lights.

What has been the impact?
We have a truly awesome group of neighbors here. The lights remind us of our community and connection during a time of year when we see less of one another. Walking down our street on a cold winter night certainly brings me joy and I’m not alone. People drive down our block because something as simple as stringing strands of lights along a boulevard transforms the block into something magical. It is a visual representation of our connection.

What advice would you give to other blocks?
Pick a date to gather neighbors and get cables and lights hung! Utilize peoples’ strengths. Each neighbor is responsible for providing and powering their own lights. There are no rules for when to turn them on and off. Don’t get hung up on the little details, it’s a process that will improve and work itself out over time. Also, if you try this year with minimal results, try again next year. Momentum will build, I promise.

Huge thanks to Jess Bell and the neighbors at 55th & Washburn! Photo credit: Matt Sepeta

April 24, 2019 eNews

April 16, 2019 Meeting Highlights

  • Our park director, Nikki, reported the Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt on April 13 was a huge success with 400-500 people in attendance!
  • ANA’s Annual Meeting & Board Elections will be held Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30pm at the Armatage Recreation Center. Several board seats will be up for re-election. Board members discussed event details, agenda, and approved a budget of $500 to serve free pizza, drinks and dessert at the event.
  • This year’s Summer Festival will take place on Sunday, August 11 from 4:00 – 7:00pm. The ANA board discussed recent updates to festival sponsorship, the layout of the event, and the price of wristbands, which will be raised to $6/child with an $18/family maximum in 2019.
  • Over 117 boxes and bags of items were brought to the Green Team’s Donation Drive on April 6. Volunteers sorted items and delivered them to 12 different organizations.  Great job, Green Team!

Upcoming meetings/events:

May 2 – Palmisano Presents: Transportation Action Plan (6:30 pm, Lynnhurst Community Center)
May 7 – Green Team Meeting (6:30 pm)
May 11 – Free Shredding Event (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
May 14 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
May 21 – Annual Meeting & Board Elections (6:30 – 8:00 pm)



ANA Annual Meeting & Board Elections

Tuesday, May 21
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Armatage Recreation Center

Join your neighbors for free pizza at our upcoming Annual Meeting & Board Elections! The ANA is excited to hear from you and to share our work over the past year and all the great things we have in store for 2019, including a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants program! Hear from Council Member Palmisano, run for the board, and enter to win a door prize.

Join the Armatage Neighborhood Association Board

Love our neighborhood and want to get more involved? Run for a seat on the ANA board at the Annual Meeting on May 21. If interested in running, please email our Coordinator, Lauren, at anacoordinator@armatage.org with a short bio about yourself and why you would like to join the board. Thinking about it? You are welcome to decide to run at the event, too! Renters are an important part of our neighborhood and are especially encouraged to run.



Join Council Member Linea Palmisano on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30pm in the multipurpose room at Lynnhurst Community Center (1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419) for an evening with Transportation, Planning and Programming Director, Jenifer Hager, to discuss our city’s proposed Transportation Action Plan. Visit http://msptap-staging.com/ to check out the plan before the meeting and come with your feedback. Snacks provided!


Armatage Green Team Meeting: May 7

Join the Armatage Green Team at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 pm at the Armatage Rec Center to help plan programs and services for the community around zero waste, rain and native gardens, and minimizing our ecological footprint. Can’t make it but want to get involved? Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org to join the Green Team’s e-list!


Free Document Shredding at Armatage Park

All are invited to this free Shredding Event on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00am – 12:00pm sponsored by the O’Neil Group of KW Integrity Lakes! Shred and recycle any confidential documents and enter to win a $100 Ace Hardware gift card courtesy of the O’Neil Group and Perl Lending.

  • Should you bring bank statements? YES
  • Tax returns? YES
  • Other confidential documents? YES
  • Junk mail? NO
  • Newspapers/Magazines? NO

Apply for an Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grant!

How can we make our neighborhood a better place and engage our neighbors? If you have ideas and want to implement them, the ANA has just launched a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants program. Grants are available for up to $1,000 and subject to the City requirements that prohibit spending on food or entertainment. Get all your questions answered at armatage.org/programs/mini-grants or at a Q & A session at our Annual Meeting on May 21.

The deadline to apply for a Mini Grant is June 15. Award notifications will be made by August 1, 2019 and grant recipients will have up to a year to complete their projects. Questions? Please contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.


Kenny/Armatage Garage Sale

Friday, May 31 &
Saturday, June 1
8:00am – 4:00pm

Our neighborhood garage sale is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck! Clear out your clutter and make a little cash. Again this year, we will partner with our friends in the Kenny neighborhood to amp up the traffic to this event. Registration is free this year and due to the growing popularity of weekday sales, you have the option to register your sale for Friday, May 31 in addition to Saturday, June 1.

To participate, register at armatage.org/events/garage-sales/ by Tuesday, May 28. If you have questions or experience issues registering online, please contact the ANA office at anacoordinator@armatage.org or 612-466-0296.


Minneapolis-Saint Paul Home Tour

Saturday, April 27 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday, April 28 1:00 – 5:00pm

The 2019 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is happening this weekend and two Armatage homes will be open for visitors!  Find help and encouragement as your tour home and make progress toward your new kitchen, bath, suite, your quest to claim unused space or to add on. From the very old homes to the very new, city dwellers open their doors to share their home improvement experiences. See the full list of homes on this year’s tour at http://msphometour.com


Help shape the future of transportation in Minneapolis!

The City is hosting 5 community workshops and 1 online open house in April and May to collect public input on transportation-related opportunities, issues, and priorities to develop the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan and the Vision Zero Action Plan.

Online Open House (Facebook Live)
Tuesday, April 30
6:30–7:30pm
City of Minneapolis Facebook page

Palmisano Presents: Transportation Action Plan
Thursday, May 2
6:30pm
Lynnhurst Community Center (1345 West Minnehaha Parkways)

Can’t attend an event? You can still get involved!

You can learn more about the Transportation Action Plan and provide direct feedback on our interactive website. Our topic pages include short surveys and are a great place to share your thoughts. You can also use #gompls to talk transportation with us and follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

April 12, 2019 eNews


April 16, 2019 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update:
    • Egg Hunt recap
    • Summer events
    • Park equipment needs for Spring & Summer
  • Annual Meeting Planning
  • Summer Festival Planning & Financials
  • Selection of NCEC Elector & Alternate Elector
  • NRP Phase II Contract Closeout
  • Other New Business
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team:
      • 4/6 Donation Drive recap
      • 6/1 Rain & Native Garden Tour
    • Mini Grants:
      • Communications Plan
  • Coordinator Update
    • Monthly summary
    • Rain/native garden sign ups
    • Garage Sale update

Upcoming meetings/events:

April 13 – Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt (10:00 am)
April 16 – Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
May 11 – Free Shredding Event (10:00am – 12:00 pm)
May 14 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
May 21 – Annual Meeting & Board Elections (6:30 – 8:00 pm)


Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13
10:00 – 11:30 am

Celebrate the arrival of spring with our annual egg hunt at Armatage Park. Bring the whole family down for this fun event. Enjoy an Egg Hunt, caricature artist, arts and crafts, live bunnies, and a light continental breakfast.

Important details:
*The Egg Hunt will begin at 11:00 am sharp.
*$5 per child.
*Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and we will not take registration at the door.

Register at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/86682


Introducing Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants!

How can we make our neighborhood a better place and engage our neighbors? If you have ideas and want to implement them, the ANA has just launched a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants Program. Grants are available for up to $1,000 and subject to the City requirements that prohibit spending on food or entertainment. Get all your questions answered at armatage.org/programs/mini-grants or at a Q & A session at our Annual Meeting on May 21.

The deadline to apply for a Mini Grant is June 15. Award notifications will be made by August 1, 2019 and grant recipients will have up to a year to complete their projects. Questions? Please contact us at anacoordinator@armatage.org.


Armatage Green Team Donation Drive – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by last weekend’s multi-organization Donation Drive at the Armatage Recreation Center.  We collected 117 boxes and bags of items to benefit 12 separate organizations through socially and environmentally responsible reuse. Interested in getting involved with a future Green Team event? Email our Coordinator at anacoordinator@armatage.org to join our Green Team e-list.


Help shape the future of transportation in Minneapolis!

The City is hosting 5 community workshops and 1 online open house in April and May to collect public input on transportation-related opportunities, issues, and priorities to develop the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan and the Vision Zero Action Plan. We’ve linked the Online Open House below – see the rest at http://go.minneapolismn.gov/get-involved

Online Open House (Facebook Live)
Tuesday, April 30
6:30–7:30pm
City of Minneapolis Facebook page

Can’t attend an event? You can still get involved!

You can learn more about the Transportation Action Plan and provide direct feedback on our interactive website. Our topic pages include short surveys and are a great place to share your thoughts. You can also use #gompls to talk transportation with us and follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Yard waste collection begins this week

The 2019 season for Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling collection of leaves, brush and other yard trimmings starts the week of April 8. Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers can set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs next to their garbage, recycling, and organics carts by 6:00 am on their weekly collection day.

Yard waste must be in brown Kraft paper or BPI-certified compostable bags. You can also use reusable containers for yard waste (please request a sticker from solid waste). Keep in mind that all bags and reusable containers are lifted and emptied by hand, so size and weight limits apply. Read more about how to prepare your leaves and brush for pickup at the Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling here.

For questions about leaf and brush pickup, customers can call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.


Doors Open Minneapolis

Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event that gives the public free, behind-the-scenes access to over 110 buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis is a chance to venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Minneapolis’ buildings, and experience the rich and diverse cultures of our community.

900 volunteer greeters are needed, and your help is essential!  Volunteers receive a complimentary t-shirt and a ‘front-of-the-line’ pass so that you will not be standing in lines when visiting venues.  Go to www.doorsopenminneapolis.org to register at the venue of your choice!


Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week

Home and personal preparedness
Outdoor warning sirens are for people who are outdoors, and the sirens may not be audible inside. For a heads up indoors about an imminent weather danger, families should consider using the National Weather Service’s NOAA Weather Radio or subscribing to an electronic weather alert service that sends notices by email or text message. Find more information here about signing up for cellphone alerts and downloading smartphone apps.

A simple way to plan ahead for a severe weather emergency is by creating a home emergency kit with these items in a bag or box stored in the basement or home shelter site:

  • Bottled water.
  • Non-perishable snacks and/or ready-to-eat food (include can opener if kit contains canned food).
  • Battery-powered radio.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • First aid kit.
  • Dust mask.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Local maps.
  • Cellphone with chargers.
  • List of key phone numbers (insurance agent, doctor, etc.).
  • A photocopy of driver’s licenses or State ID cards.

Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
Please see specific information about how Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs can be prepared for storm season and other emergencies here.

What to do if severe weather is approaching

  • Listen for alerts and warnings on NOAA Weather Radio, local TV, local radio or the weather channel.
  • Listen for outdoor warning sirens if outdoors.
  • Take shelter if a warning is issued or outdoor warning sirens sound. Find more information about taking shelter here.

Multi-language videos
The City of Minneapolis partnered with ECHO Minnesota to produce a series of multi-language videos about how to use NOAA Weather Radios and other precautions to take during tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods and snowstorms.

Learn more about weather safety

January 10, 2019 eNews


January 15, 2019 Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest and Donation Request: Meg O’Brien, My Very Own Bed
  • Park Update:
    • Fire on Ice Skating Party
    • SW Parks Plan Initial Design Concept Workshops
  • Pedestrian Safety Follow up
  • Red Wagon Pizza Company Liquor License Application
  • Summer Festival 2019
  • President’s Report
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Micro-grant program
    • Green Team
  • Coordinator Update
    • Newsletter update
    • Neighborhoods 2020
    • Social media
    • Community Connections Conference – February 2
    • 2018 CPP Report
    • Upcoming Ward 13 Summit
  • New Business

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Upcoming meetings/events
Jan 25 – Fire on Ice Family Skating Party (6:30-8:30 pm)
Feb 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
Mar 9 – Fix-it Clinic (12:00-4:00 pm)
Mar 12 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00-9:00 pm)
Mar 19 – Monthly Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)


Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will host three events at recreation centers on January 21 to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy. Each event is free and open to the public. Join for one, two or all three and please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Feeding the Dream Food Drive.

Lunch and performances

Powderhorn Recreation Center11:00am – 2:00pm
Celebrate the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. with performances and lunch. Doors open at 11 am for this free, family friendly event. Volunteers are welcome!

Music, dance and soul food 

Central Gym3:00 – 4:00 pm: Come and celebrate the life and movement of Dr. King. This event will be open to the public with recitals, choirs, music, dance, a guest speaker, and an old-fashioned soul food dinner.

Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
The holiday culminates with this annual celebration, featuring keynote speaker Paul Robinson, Senior Community Leadership Manager at The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and Pastor at Grace Outreach Covenant Church, performances and guest speakers, and presentation of MPRB’s annual Living the Dream Award to Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council Vice President (Ward 8).


Fire on Ice Family Skating Party


Let us know you’re coming to Fire on Ice at Armatage!


Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), Representative Frank Hornstein (61A), and new Representative Jamie Long (61B) invite their constituents to attend a town hall meeting on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. This event is an opportunity to preview the upcoming legislative session, ask questions, share stories and perspectives, and meet their elected officials.

When: Saturday, January 26 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Mount Olivet Church (Administration Building, Door #3)
5025 Knox Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Who: Senator Scott Dibble, Rep Frank Hornstein, Rep Jamie Long
Further Details:

  • Parking: Free street parking is available in the Mount Olivet parking lot. Look for the Administration Building sign and enter door #3.
  • Transit: Metro Transit buses number 4 and 46 stop less than a block from the venue, at the intersection of James Ave. S and W. 50th Street.
  • Biking: There is a bike rack located along James Ave S.

Help Shape the Future of SW Parks

The Southwest Parks Planning team will host four upcoming Initial Concept Workshops in January and February. Everyone is invited: please bring family, friends, neighbors and others! Each workshop has the same format and park design concepts and includes kids’ activities and refreshments. Photo credit: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
This workshop will also have information on the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan.

Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th St.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Jones-Harrison Residence, Centrum Room, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

Can’t make it? All of the initial park concepts on display at the public workshops will also be posted to the SW Parks Plan project page (minneapolisparks.org/sw) on Jan. 31, along with a link to an online survey where anyone can submit feedback on any design.


Hot Notes on a Cold Night Cabaret

Saturday, February 9 – 6:30 -11:00 pm
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church (3420 Irving Avenue, Minneapolis)

For tickets and to Register click below or Text HotNotes to 52182

https://e.givesmart.com/events/bPA/

Hot Notes on a Cold Night Cabaret celebrates the high-quality Theatre, Dance, Choral, Orchestra, Guitar and Band programs at Minneapolis’s largest public high school. This year, it will cost over $100,000.00 to fund the Performing Arts at Southwest. Minneapolis Public Schools pays approximately $2,500 of that. Hot Notes is where we close that gap.