Category Archives: Green Living

May 14, 2020 eNews

May 19 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 Palmisano
  • June Online Annual Meeting & Board Election
    • Resolution for a Remote Annual Meeting
    • Agenda and speakers
    • Board election volunteers
    • Communications and budget
  • Art Journal Project
    • Communications & Outreach Plan
  • ANA Board & Committee Expectations
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – need to approve
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team
    • Mini Grants
    • Complete Count
  • Coordinator Update:
    • New Board Orientation & Board Refresher

Monday, May 18
7:00-8:00pm
Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83728133761

Thinking of making a change that will have a huge impact on your family’s environmental footprint? Now is the perfect time to start organics recycling and check out our free Organics Recycling How-to Workshop on May 18! We’ll cover what can and can’t go into the green cart, tips and tricks, and lots of ideas to affordably set up your home.

Taught by our Coordinator, Lauren, who ran organics recycling programs and taught workshops all over the Twin Cities before coming to the Armatage neighborhood, we promise it’ll be a short and fun Zoom workshop! Open to all, even if you live outside Armatage: armatage.org/online-organics-recycling-workshop/


Armatage Neighborhood Art Journal

During this time of social distancing, what have you and your family members done to express yourselves creatively? Please share your creations with us as we compile a journal to document this moment of time in Armatage.

Your submission could be artwork and paintings; sidewalk art; original poetry or short stories; knitted, crocheted or sewn creations; new gardens; home DIY projects; recipes you’ve cooked up; or images from walks. We will assemble your submissions into a free journal available to download at armatage.org/art and possibly feature them in ANA communications about this project or in a future community mural.

See submission guidelines and an awesome video about this project at armatage.org/art/


Armatage Annual Meeting & Board Election

Tuesday, June 16
7:00-8:30pm
Zoom

Join your neighbors for a virtual Armatage Annual Meeting! Connect virtually with your elected officials and hear a short, fascinating talk on the 2020 Census and its impact on Minneapolis before board election results are announced.

This year’s Board Election will be held online from June 9 through June 16 at 7:30pm. All Armatage residents 18 years and older and designated business representatives will be able to vote in the election through an online form that will be posted at armatage.org. See below for more details on running for election!


Join the Board

Thinking about running for the Armatage Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors?  Thank you!  Board members will have a critical role in shaping our neighborhood nonprofit for years to come.

Members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to run for the board, including renters, seniors, residents with disabilities, and residents who identify as LGBTQ or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color).

Learn more about what’s involved and register to run by June 8 at armatage.org/2020boardelection/


Take Action and Win a $50 Gift Card

Help neighbors and friends take the Census by May 31 and enter to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Take the 2020 Census: my2020census.gov
  2. Take Action. Choose from the following list…
    • Snap a selfie and share with hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Share a social media post with my2020census.gov/ and hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) about completing the Census using #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check in remotely).
  3. Visit armatage.org/2020census and enter your info for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses. All Minneapolis residents are eligible to enter.

Help is Available

We updated our COVID-19 Resource Page to make it much easier to navigate, especially on mobile. Check it out to find links to emergency assistance, unemployment, food shelves, maps of local businesses offering curbside pick-up, online kids’ activities, and details on our new Stay Safe MN order at https://armatage.org/covid19.


Armatage Park Play Area Improvements Survey

Dreaming of when we’ll be able to safely play in parks again? Us too! In the meantime,  please help weigh in on upcoming improvements for the Armatage Park Play Area by taking the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s survey and signing up for project updates at https://bit.ly/ArmatagePark

This survey is open now through May 29 and is expected to be first in a series on prioritizing and designing improvements. Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas and opinions for our beloved park! Click here to take the Armatage Park survey.


Comment on the Transportation Action Plan by May 22

Did you know that streets and public right-of-ways make up 22% of the land in Minneapolis?  The draft Transportation Action Plan is a 10-year action plan to guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for these spaces and for all people in all the ways we move around Minneapolis.

Visit the interactive website at http://go.minneapolismn.gov/ to provide your input on specific strategies and actions during the public comment period, which runs through May 22.


Stay Safe MN Details

Beginning May 18, non-critical businesses, like retail stores and main street businesses, can reopen if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent capacity. Also, starting May 18, Minnesotans are welcome to gather with friends and family in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place. Learn more at https://mn.gov/covid19/


Comprehensive District Design Passes

The Minneapolis School Board voted to approve the district’s Comprehensive District Design recommendations this week.  Learn about the changing school boundaries and pathways, magnet schools and timeline for implementation at https://www.cdd.mpls.k12.mn.us/


NRPA Social Distancing Graphic

Minneapolis Park Closures

Minneapolis playgrounds, skate parks, athletic fields, and courts are closed. Check out the closure details at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

Parks and trails are still open during this time. Please do your part to keep them safe for everyone and check the MPRB’s COVID-19 page in the weeks to come for updates.

May 7, 2020 eNews

Armatage Park Play Area Improvements Survey

Dreaming of when we’ll be able to safely play in parks again? Us too! In the meantime,  please help weigh in on upcoming improvements for the Armatage Park Play Area by taking the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s survey and signing up for project updates at https://bit.ly/ArmatagePark

This survey is open through May 22 and is expected to be first in a series on prioritizing and designing improvements. Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas and opinions for our beloved park! Click here to take the Armatage Park survey.


Gardening Happy Hour on May 12

Tuesday, May 12
8:00-9:00pm
Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/502813335

Social distancing got you craving connection? Our Happy Hour topic of the month is gardening, so come discuss your adventures with vegetable gardens, perennials, annuals, hard-scaping and dealing with the urban critters who disrupt our plans (🐿+🐇). Open to all, even if you don’t live in the neighborhood.

Thanks to the Armatage Green Team for hosting this month’s Neighborhood Happy Hour!


Monday, May 18
7:00-8:00pm
Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83728133761

Thinking of making a change that will have a huge impact on your family’s environmental footprint? Now is the perfect time to start organics recycling and check out our free Organics Recycling How-to Workshop on May 18! We’ll cover what can and can’t go into the green cart, tips and tricks, and lots of ideas to affordably set up your home. Open to all, even if you live outside Armatage. Learn more at https://armatage.org/online-organics-recycling-workshop/


Win a $50 Gift Card and Help Our Community Count in the Census

There’s still time to help ensure Minnesota gets its full share of funding for schools, health care, roads and public services by getting more of your friends, family and neighbors to take the 2020 Census.

Help out and enter to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Take the 2020 Census: my2020census.gov
  2. Take Action. Choose from the following list…
    • Snap a selfie and share with hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Share a social media post with my2020census.gov/ and hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) about completing the Census using #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check in remotely).
  3. Visit armatage.org/2020census and enter your info for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses. All Minneapolis residents are eligible to enter.

Help is Available

Safety at Home: Stay at Home should never mean you stay somewhere unsafe. There are places of sanctuary open for anyone facing abuse or violence. Please call Minnesota’s statewide crisis hotline – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – at 1.866.223.1111 or text 612.399.9995.

Unemployment Support: Minnesota is one of the first states to implement both the $600 per week additional compensation and the 13 week extension of benefits. Find these and answers to other unemployment questions here.

Mental Health: If you’re worried about a loved one, or if you want someone to talk to, know you can reach out. We have a website with mental health resources. You’re not alone in this challenge.

Find info on assistance programs, free food and meals, chore help, local businesses, volunteer opportunities, kids activities and more at https://armatage.org/covid19.  Please keep sharing this link!



Sign up for the Rain & Native Garden Program

We’ve teamed up with local nonprofit, Metro Blooms, again this year to help Armatage residents install a low cost rain or native garden. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and there are just a couple left!  Apply today at armatage.org/programs/rain-gardens/

Participants pay an average of $300-$450 and are responsible for planting and maintaining their garden. Additional need-based grants are available through the ANA for residents who meet income guidelines: click here for guidelines and to apply for additional assistance. We’ve been busy retooling the program with your safety in mind so site visits and installations will take place through social distancing – learn more at armatage.org/programs/rain-gardens/.


Adopt-A-Tree with Brewing a Better Forest

In honor of Arbor Day and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, consider adopting a tree.  There’s no housebreaking or litterbox training. No obedience classes. All an adopted street tree asks of you is water – once a week through the current growing season.

Brewing a Better Forest has thousands of public trees available for adoption, including many in Armatage: Select yours today.



Free Virtual Home Energy Visits

The Home Energy Squad is now offering free virtual home energy visits to help you find your biggest energy savings. The cost-free visit is conducted online to help you discover low cost energy-saving opportunities. They’ll also help identify possible future projects to save you even more, so you’ll be ready for action when the time comes. Learn more and sign up at https://www.mncee.org/home-energy-squad/sign-up/

You can also sign up to borrow the Armatage Thermal Camera to pinpoint energy waste through a no contact pick-up and drop-off at https://armatage.org/thermal-camera/



Doors Open Minneapolis Facts & Photo Contest

Learn about your community as you enjoy Doors Open Minneapolis’ new project, Strolls Through the Streets. Check out facts and addresses of notable landmarks around the city here.

You can also enter this year’s photo contest on Instagram and share the exterior of your favorite venue to win $250 for you + $250 for a COVID relief charity of your choice. Learn more at https://www.doorsopenminneapolis.org/stroll


Transportation Action Plan Open House

Check out the draft Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on specific strategies and actions during the public comment period, which is extended until May 22.

One more Open House is scheduled for you to hear about the plan, give input, and interact in real time:


NRPA Social Distancing Graphic

Minneapolis Park Closures

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board made the difficult decision to close playgrounds, skate parks, athletic fields, and courts last week. Check out the closure details at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

Parks and trails are still open during this time. Please do your part to keep them safe for everyone, which means…

  • Bringing a water bottle, hand sanitizer, etc. while buildings are closed
  • Not visiting parks or trails if you feel sick with a fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose and/or sore throat.
  • Staying at least six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with you.
  • Washing your hands immediately before and after visiting a park.
  • Walking or rolling to your local parks. The MPRB has asked that folks don’t drive across the city or metro to visit popular park attractions.
  • Not holding any group activities with people who don’t live with you.

Extended Stay at Home Details

ICYMI, our #StayHomeMN order is extended through May 18 but many retail and other businesses can start offering online sales and curbside pick-up. Learn more at https://mn.gov/covid19/

 

April 22, 2020 eNews

50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970.  Scroll below for all kinds of green info including a DIY Earth Day clean-up and easy ways to take action to protect our planet.


April 21 Meeting Recap

Council Member Palmisano gave an update on the City’s response to COVID-19 and City services. Armatage Park Director Jordan Nelson shared MPRB’s new Ambassador program, which is stationing staff at all park properties throughout the City to serve as a resource. Armatage Park’s playground is up for reconstruction over the next year and the ANA is working with the MPRB on engagement and minimizing impact on the neighborhood.

The ANA will hold virtual Annual Meeting and Online Board Elections on June 16 (look for more details to come) and continue monthly virtual Happy Hours with different topics (next month’s Happy Hour is May 12 at 8:00pm with the topic of gardening). In May and June, the ANA will collect pictures of neighborhood art, poetry, knitting/crocheting, gardens, sidewalk art, etc. to create a final pdf or video. The board approved this year’s Mini Grant recipients and the sign-ups for the 2020 Rain & Native Garden program are underway (see below).


Minneapolis Housing Gap Funding – apply by April 27

Applications are now open for the City of Minneapolis’s Housing Gap Funding.  Eligible expenses include rent payments, utility payments and/or other housing stability related costs.  Apply by 12:00pm on Monday, April 27 at http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding. Please help spread the word!

Find links to the Gap Funding program, assistance programs, free food and meals,  unemployment, chore help, volunteer opportunities, and kids activities at https://armatage.org/covid19Thank you to everyone who has shared this resource with their block’s e-list or on social media. 


DIY Earth Day Clean-up

Join the Parks’ Annual Earth Day Park Clean-up, DIY style! Sometime during the month of April….

  1. Use a trash bag from home.
  2. Head to a nearby park or trail and pick up trash you see, while getting fresh air and exercise!
  3. Practice social distancing and other current COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more at www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/
  4. Share pictures your trash haul on our Facebook page – at @MPLSEarthDay – and get a prize!

Learn more at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/earth_day_cleanup/


Win a $50 Gift Card and Help Our Community Count in the Census

We need your help to ensure Minnesota gets its full share of funding for schools, health care, roads and more. Help out and enter to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses:

  1. Take the 2020 Census: my2020census.gov
  2. Take Action. Choose from the following list…
    • Snap a selfie and share with hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Share a social media post with my2020census.gov/ and hashtags #WeCountMN #Census2020 #ArmatageTakesTheCensus
    • Reach out to a neighbor (or two!) about completing the Census using #socialdistancing. (This is a perfect chance to check in remotely).
  3. Visit armatage.org/2020census and enter your info for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to local businesses. All Minneapolis residents are eligible to enter.

Sign up for the Armatage Rain & Native Garden Program

The Armatage Neighborhood Association is teaming up with local nonprofit, Metro Blooms, again this year to help Armatage residents install a low cost rain or native garden. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and virtual consultations will start right away. Apply today at armatage.org/programs/rain-gardens/

Participants pay an average of $300-$450 and are responsible for planting and maintaining their garden. Additional need-based grants are available through the ANA for residents who meet income guidelines: click here for guidelines and to apply for additional assistance. We’ve been busy retooling the program with your safety in mind so site visits and installations will take place through social distancing – learn more at armatage.org/programs/rain-gardens/.


Transportation Action Plan Open Houses

Check out the draft Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on specific strategies and actions during the public comment period, which is extended until May 22.

Two more Open Houses are scheduled for you to hear about your plan, give input, and interact in real time:


example Recycling Reminder email

Sign up for Recycling Reminder emails

We encourage you to sign up for our Recycling Reminder emails. By signing up you’ll receive an email every other week that includes:

  • Holiday collection delay notices
  • Seasonal service reminders like the start and end of yard waste collection
  • Tips and tricks to reduce waste, recycle and compost more
  • Notifications of upcoming waste reduction, reuse, and recycling events
  • Fun facts about what happens to your garbage, recycling, organics recycling, etc.

Sign up by finding your recycling day, and clicking “Sign up for Recycling Reminders”.


Fall street sweeping begins Oct. 22

Street Sweeping is Underway

Street sweeping began this week and will continue for the next several weeks.  Look for temporary “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before your street is scheduled. Spring street sweeping is critical clean leaves, debris and other pollutants from the more than 1,000 miles of city streets and alleys to protect our waterways.  Click here to see when your street is scheduled to be swept.


Last Chance to Comment on the SW Parks Master Plan

The comment period for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan ends on April 25, 2020. With park buildings now closed, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans.



 

Online Organics Recycling Workshop

Thinking of making a change that will have a huge impact on your family’s waste and environmental impact? Before Earth Month wraps up, think about starting organics recycling at home.

We’re hosting a free Organics Recycling How-to Workshop on Monday May 18 at 7:00pm on Zoom (link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83728133761). We’ll cover what can and can’t go into the green cart, tips and tricks, and lots of ideas to set up your home for organics recycling. Open to any Minneapolis resident.

Taught by our Coordinator, Lauren, who ran organics recycling programs and taught workshops all over the Twin Cities before coming to the Armatage neighborhood, we promise it’ll be a short and fun Zoom workshop!

March 5, 2020 eNews

Neighborhood Happy Hour

Tuesday, March 10
7:00-9:00pm
Red Wagon Pizza

Meet neighbors and catch up on everything that’s happening around Armatage at our next Neighborhood Happy Hour! With lots happening around neighborhood funding, the Census, and some exciting new organics recycling work, we hope you can stop by!

Helpful details: complimentary pizza provided by the ANA, cash bar, no need to RSVP, kids are welcome and help tipping our servers is appreciated.


Mini Grants Deadline Extended to March 7

Workshops, a community bread and pizza oven, bike clinics, little free libraries, tool sharing… the possibilities are endless. What could YOU do for the neighborhood with a $1,000 Mini Grant?

The deadline to apply for the 2020 Mini Grant round is extended to this Saturday, March 7. Check out the grant requirements and download the application at armatage.org/mini-grants


Organics Recycling Volunteers Needed

Huge thanks to everyone who attended our Organics Recycling CONFIDENT(ial) workshop last week!  This workshop kicked off an exciting year of neighborhood organics recycling outreach.  At the moment, only 47.68% of eligible Armatage neighbors are signed up for the City’s organics recycling collection program.  We think we can push that number MUCH higher and we need your help!

Can you help us by donating a few hours sometime this summer?  We’ll be door knocking, delivering starter kits, and tabling at neighborhood events in teams.  All experience levels welcome – training and materials will be provided and you can sign up when it works for you.  Sign up to help here.


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Palmisano Presents: Future of Neighborhood Organizations & Funding

Tuesday, March 24
6:30-8:00pm
SW Mpls location TBD

Save the date for a final conversation with City staff and Council Member Linea Palmisano to talk about the future of the Minneapolis neighborhood organizations.  Big changes are proposed and the City Council is scheduled to vote this May.

The final Neighborhoods 2020 Draft Guidelines were released late last week and residents can comment through April 17. Proposed funding levels for neighborhood organizations like the ANA will significantly decrease in 2021 and beyond to shift more funding toward areas of the City with greater equity needs. Read the draft guidelines and learn more at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/2020



Transportation Action Plan Open Houses

The City will be opening public comment on the draft 10-year Transportation Action Plan next week, which will guide future planning, design, and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around. View the plan and learn more at go.minneapolismn.gov/

Public comment on the draft plan will begin next Monday March 9th and will continue for 45 days. The City will host  hosting the first of 4 open houses to learn and give feedback.

  • Wednesday March 11th – Open house, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, 4pm-6pm
  • Tuesday March 24th – Open house, MLK Jr Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S, 5pm-7pm
  • Wednesday April 8th – Online open house, Minneapolis Facebook page, 6pm-7pm
  • Monday April 13th – Open house, UMN Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave N, 4:30-6:30pm

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Get Ready for the 2020 Census

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau works to count every person in the United States, including everyone living in Minneapolis. The resulting count will guide the distribution of billions of dollars to our communities, determine political representation for the next decade (including Minnesota’s number of congressional representatives), and provide data that shapes how policymakers and business leaders decide to invest public and private resources. Getting an accurate and complete count of all residents is vital.

Info on completing this year’s Census will be mailed soon!  In the meantime, see a sample census form and check out FAQs, how you can help, census guides in English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong and more at www.wecountminneapolis.org/


Upcoming Workshops – Resilient Yards and More

Metro Blooms will host a series of low cost, do-it-yourself workshops again this spring on Resilient Yards, Turf Alternatives, and Healthy Soil. Plus, a Resilient Yards workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at Armatage Park and we don’t know a better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day than that!  Learn more and sign up  at bluethumb.org/events/



Updated Plans for SW Minneapolis Neighborhood Parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board released updated park plans for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan.  A 45-day public comment period runs now through April 5, 2020.

Visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans online or visit any of the 13 recreation centers in the Southwest Service Area to see a paper copy and leave written comments.


Recycle Smart - no plastic bags, large plastic items or random metal items in your recycling cart

Minneapolis Recycling Info

Minneapolis started 2020 with a recycling contamination rate of 8.51%. While this is a great result, we can do better! Keeping non-recyclable items out of your cart helps reduce challenges with collection, sorting, and processing your items into something new. Learn more at minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/

Always recycle:

  • Mail, office and school papers
  • Magazines, newspaper and inserts
  • Boxes (food, beverage, toiletries)
  • Cardboard
  • Steel and aluminum cans
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Plastic bottles, containers, jugs (#1, 2, 5)
  • Cartons (milk, broth, juice)

Never recycle:

  • Plastic bags
  • Bagged recycling
  • Large plastic items (laundry baskets, storage tubs, toys)
  • Random metal items (pots and pans, pipes and poles, hangers)
  • Food-soiled paper (napkins, paper towels, paper plates, fast-food wrap)
  • Straws and utensils
  • Electronics and batteries
  • Hazardous materials (motor oil, propane tanks, etc.)
  • Medical waste (sharps: needles and syringes, lancets)
  • Tanglers (hoses, cords, holiday lights, etc.)

Plus sign up to go on a tour of Eureka Recycling’s sorting facility, where our Minneapolis recycling is processed and sorted!

February 21, 2020 eNews

February 18, 2020 Meeting Recap

The board approved its annual outreach report for the City. We are so grateful to the volunteers who donated 1,605 hours of their time to the Armatage Neighborhood Association in 2019! The board also discussed the upcoming Mini Grants deadline, Organics Recycling Workshop, recently awarded grant for Census-related outreach, and heard presentations from the following speakers:

  • Michael Jischke, from the Minnehaha Creek Master Plan Community Advisory Committee, on the designs for the section of the creek closest to Armatage.
  • Kate Hersey, Executive Director of the Minnesota Tool Library, on the process of setting up tool libraries.
  • Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist for the 5th Precinct, on neighborhood crime data.

Our Organics Recycling CONFIDENT(ial) workshop happens next Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00pm at Armatage Park!  Come learn and share ideas in a fun, supportive atmosphere. 🙂  Whether you are already recycling organics and ready to up your game or are still thinking about taking the plunge and getting started, we will cover the latest program updates, tips, tricks, and ideas for home set-ups to help make organics recycling a breeze.

Free to attend. Light refreshments and FREE compostable bags provided to the first 50 attendees. Questions or ideas? Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org


Just One Week Left to Apply for a Mini Grant

If you have a neighborhood project or idea you’ve always wanted to explore, apply now through February 29 for up to $1,000 in grant funds from the ANA to support that dream.

Any resident or organization connected to Armatage is eligible and some funding restrictions apply. Learn more at armatage.org/mini-grants


Your Vote Guide

Minnesota is holding its first Presidential Primary since 1992!  Unlike other elections, voters in the presidential primary need to choose which party’s ballot they want to vote on. The party they choose is not public information, though it will be available to each party.

Here’s all the info you need to vote on March 3:


Check out updated plans for SW Minneapolis neighborhood parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board released updated park plans for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan.  A 45-day public comment period runs now through April 5, 2020.

Visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans online or visit any of the 13 recreation centers in the Southwest Service Area to see a paper copy and leave written comments.


Apply for Lawns to Legumes Pollinator Grants

Appy now for the state’s new Lawns to Legumes Assistance program, through which all Minnesota residents are eligible to apply for a $350 cost-share in order to establish pollinator habitat in their yards. Applications will be chosen through a randomized drawing, with priority given to projects in high-priority areas – including our neighborhood! The first application period runs through Feb. 28. Submit your materials today!


Hennepin County Deconstruction Incentives

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 1950. Learn more about the grants including eligibility and requirements at hennepin.us/deconstruction.

February 14, 2020 eNews

February 18, 2020 Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Park Update
  • Minnesota Tool Library – Kate Hersey, Executive Director
  • 2019 Annual CPP Report
  • Other Business
  • President’s Report
  • Minutes – approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Safety Update – Jennifer Waisanen, 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Committee Updates:
    • Green Team: 2/26 Recycling Workshop
    • Mini Grants: Final outreach for 2020 grant cycle
    • Summer Festival
  •  Coordinator Update

Join your neighbors for an Organics Recycling CONFIDENT(ial) workshop on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00pm at Armatage Park!  Whether you are already recycling organics and ready to up your game or still thinking about taking the plunge and getting started, we will cover the latest program info, tips, tricks, and ideas for home set-ups to help make organics recycling a breeze.

Free to attend. Light refreshments and FREE compostable bags provided to the first 50 attendees. Questions or ideas? Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org


If you have a neighborhood project or idea you’ve always wanted to explore, apply now through February 29 for up to $1,000 in grant funds from the ANA to support that dream.

Any resident or organization connected to Armatage is eligible and some funding restrictions apply. Learn more at armatage.org/mini-grants


Check out updated plans for SW Minneapolis neighborhood parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board released updated park plans for the Southwest Service Area Master Plan.  A 45-day public comment period runs now through April 5, 2020.

Visit www.minneapolisparks.org/sw to view and comment on the plans online or visit any of the 13 recreation centers in the Southwest Service Area to see a paper copy and leave written comments.


Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Celebrate Black History Month

Honor Black History Month this February and year-round with community events, exhibitions, tours and movie nights.  The ANA will continue to add to this list throughout the month and we invite you to send us community events we’re missing to share with neighbors.

City of Minneapolis: Celebrate with ongoing events organized by the Minneapolis Black Employee Network. All events will be held on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm in the City Hall Rotunda, 350 S. Fifth St.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by African American artists with exhibitions, events, tours, and more this February at the MIA.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and Green Central School  will partner to host movie nights every Thursday evening in February to honor Black History Month. Each movie will be culturally based, with a focus on achievement and overcoming.


Elections and Voter Services 980 E Hennepin Ave map and building entrance images

Early Voting Information

Any voter can vote early through March 2; no explanation is required. Unlike with other elections, voters in the presidential primary need to choose which party’s ballot they want to vote on. The party they choose is not public information, though it will be available to each party.

Vote early in person:

Vote by mail at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee (request your absentee ballot at least 7 days before March 3).

Voter Registration

Register, change your registration, or check if you’re registered at mnvotes.org. Registering online only takes a couple minutes, and the application is mobile-friendly. You can also register at the polls on election day.


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Adaptive activities and events available this spring at Minneapolis Parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MRPB) offers a wide variety of programs and events for adults and kids with disabilities. Check out the list of upcoming adaptive programs and register by clicking the “REGISTER” link at the bottom of each program description or visiting minneapolisparks.org/register and entering the registration number in parentheses next to the activity title.

Questions? Contact MPRB Inclusion Coordinator Sarah Thorsen at 612-230-6478 or sthorsen@minneapolisparks.org.


Spring Break Day Camps

Armatage Community Education is offering several great day camps during MPS Spring Break. Each day camp runs from 10:00am-2:00pm. Click on the links to below to learn more and register your student:

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If you have a neighborhood project or idea you’ve always wanted to explore, apply now through February 29 for up to $1,000 from the ANA to support that dream.

Any resident or organization connected to Armatage is eligible and some funding restrictions apply. Learn more at armatage.org/mini-grants and catch us at our last Info Session​ to workshop your project ideas and get all your questions answered:

Mini Grants Info Session
Tuesday, February 11 • 7:00pm 

Armatage Rec Center
2500 West 57th St


Join your neighbors for an Organics Recycling CONFIDENT(ial) workshop on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00pm at Armatage Park!  Whether you are already recycling organics and ready to up your game or still thinking about taking the plunge and getting started, we will cover examples, tips, tricks, and ideas for home set-ups to help make organics recycling a breeze.

Free to attend. Light refreshments and FREE compostable bags provided.  Questions or ideas? Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org


District 61 Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, February 8
10:00am-12:00pm
T Plaza Dining Rom
MCTC (1501 Hennepin Ave S)

Visit face-to-face with Rep. Jamie Long, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Sen. Scott Dibble, and your Senate District 61 neighbors this Saturday at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

The format will be community conversations, where you’ll both get a chance to talk to your legislators and share your legislative priorities with neighbors in smaller breakout groups. See more details (including parking info) and RSVP on the Facebook event here, and share with your friends, neighbors, and relatives.



Join the Green Team on Thursday, February 7 to 7:00pm to plan this year’s neighborhood organics recycling outreach and upcoming free community workshop! All are welcome, whether you’ve attended team meetings in the past or would like to get started.

The Green Team is shifting its meetings to the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm and will rotate between neighbors’ homes. Email us at anacoordinator@armatage.org or call us at 612.466.0296 to get the address of this month’s meeting location.


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Celebrate Black History Month

Honor Black History Month this February and year-round with community events, exhibitions, tours and movie nights.  The ANA will continue to add to this list throughout the month and we invite you to send us community events we’re missing to share with neighbors.

City of Minneapolis: Celebrate with ongoing events organized by the Minneapolis Black Employee Network. All events will be held on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm in the City Hall Rotunda, 350 S. Fifth St.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by African American artists with exhibitions, events, tours, and more this February at the MIA.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and Green Central School  will partner to host movie nights every Thursday evening in February to honor Black History Month. Each movie will be culturally based, with a focus on achievement and overcoming.


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School Registration and CDD Survey Deadlines: Friday, February 7

For those with school age children in Minneapolis Public Schools, the deadline to submit your school choice card is tomorrow, February 7! Learn more about High Five, Elementary, Middle and High School options and enroll at https://schoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us/.

Minneapolis Public Schools is also in the midst of its Comprehensive District Design process, which aims to increase equity, close student achievement gaps in MPS, and reduce transportation costs. MPS released a plan with five proposed school models in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali and is wrapping up Community Listening Sessions this month.

Community members can submit feedback online through tomorrow, February 7. If passed by the school board later this spring, proposed changes would begin to take effect in Fall 2021.  Learn more about the Comprehensive District Design process here.


Elections and Voter Services 980 E Hennepin Ave map and building entrance images

Early Voting Information

Any voter can vote early through March 2; no explanation is required. Unlike with other elections, voters in the presidential primary need to choose which party’s ballot they want to vote on. The party they choose is not public information, though it will be available to each party.

Vote early in person:

Vote by mail at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee (request your absentee ballot at least 7 days before March 3).

Voter Registration

Register, change your registration, or check if you’re registered at mnvotes.org. Registering online only takes a couple minutes, and the application is mobile-friendly. You can also register at the polls on election day.


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Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Launches Repair Voucher Program

Starting today, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be issuing fix-it tickets for broken headlights, taillights, brake lights, or turn signals. Instead, deputies will be handing out vouchers to have these issues fixed at a participating auto service provider.

The Lights On! program is a partnership between law enforcement agencies and MicroGrants, a Minneapolis non-profit focused on helping low-income people break the cycle of poverty. Fixing minor issues such as a broken brake light can go a long way towards breaking the cycle of poverty – individuals who ignore a fix-it ticket are at risk of having their license suspended.


Last Weekend for Art Shanty Projects

Saturdays and Sundays | 10am-4pm
Ends February 9

Bde Unma / Lake Harriet

Check out this year’s Art Shanty Projects at artshantyprojects.org/. Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away.


Spring Break Day Camps

Armatage Community Education is offering several great day camps during MPS Spring Break. Each day camp runs from 10:00am-2:00pm. Click on the links to below to learn more and register your student:

December 23, 2019 eNews

Happy Holidays from the Armatage Neighborhood Association!


December 17 Meeting Recap

Council Member Linea Palmisano gave an update on the City Budget, new law enforcement training facility, and Vision Zero Plan implementation that may include safety efforts like lowering the speed limit for all Minneapolis streets, adjustments to high injury corridors, addressing unsafe behavior, education, and enforcement.

The Board voted to renew both the Coordinator and Accountant staffing contracts for 2020. Our Coordinator, Lauren Anderson, and Accountant, Rachel Ireland-Henry, are looking forward to another great year with the ANA! The Board also discussed its anticipated 2020 programming, including a few upcoming events in January:

  • Neighborhood Happy Hour January 14 7:00-9:00pm Red Wagon Pizza
  • Chili Cook-off January 24 • 6:30-8:30pm • Armatage Park’s Fire & Ice event.
  • Mini Grants Info Session January 30 • 7:00pm • Book Club Restaurant

Armatage Chili Cook-off

Friday, January 24
6:30-8:30pm
Armatage Park Fire & Ice Skating Party

Do you claim to have the best chili? Put it to the test and sign up for the First Annual Armatage Chili Cook-off 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 free skating party. Registration closes on Sunday, January 19 so competitors are encouraged to sign up here as soon as possible to reserve their 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.



Last Chance for a 2019 Safety Rebate

The Armatage Neighborhood Association offers rebates to residents for up to $100 per calendar year for eligible home safety updates. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your exterior lighting, deadbolt locks, adding security cameras, or more, check our list of eligible expenses and apply for a Safety Rebate before December 31 to take advantage of the 2019 program. If you’ve already gotten a rebate this year, you’ll have the opportunity to apply again in January.

The Resident Safety Rebate program is open to both renters and homeowners and the Business Safety Rebate program is open to any business operating in Armatage. Learn more at armatage.org/programs/safety-rebate-program



If you have a neighborhood project or idea you have always wanted to explore, we invite you to apply for a Mini Grant to support that dream. Applications for the next round of funding will be available on January 6, 2020 at armatage.org/mini-grants and are due February 29, 2020.

Any resident or organization connected to Armatage can apply for up to $1,000 to support a project that directly benefits the neighborhood. Some restrictions apply: grant funds cannot be used for general operating, food, entertainment, religious, partisan, or capital expenses. Learn more at armatage.org/mini-grants or save the date for our upcoming Info Sessions:

  • Thursday, January 30 7:00pm Book Club (5411 Penn Ave S)
  • Tuesday, February 11  7:00pm  Armatage Park

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Comprehensive District Design Studies & Listening Sessions

Have you been following the district’s Comprehensive District Design process that aims to increase equity and close student achievement gaps in MPS?  Two new studies available this week propose changes to Minneapolis Public Schools’ magnet programs and community school boundaries. The studies outline significant proposed changes for Armatage School and Zone 3. If passed by the school board next spring, proposed changes would start to take effect in Fall 2021.

Community listening sessions are scheduled for January and February and you can also give feedback online.  Learn more about the Comprehensive District Design process here.


Comment on the City’s ADA Transition Plan

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public comment on the draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for Public Works – a plan that identifies priorities for removing accessibility barriers in the City’s public right of way.

The City is accepting comments on the draft plan through December 27. It is a supplemental plan to the City’s ADA Action Plan, a comprehensive policy document for the City of Minneapolis to comply with the Title II requirements of the ADA. The draft plan was last updated in 2012.


55th & Washburn Holiday Lights

Learn all about how the 5500 block of Washburn Avenue S hangs their magical holiday lights along the boulevard from Armatage resident Jess Bell at armatage.org/lights

Photo credit: Matt Sepeta



Apply for Lawns to Legumes Pollinator Grants

Applications are now open for the state’s new Lawns to Legumes Assistance program, through which all Minnesota residents are eligible to apply for a $350 cost-share in order to establish pollinator habitat in their yards. Applications will be chosen through a randomized drawing, with priority given to projects in high-priority areas – including our community! The first application period runs through Feb. 28. Submit your materials today!


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Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

On October 25, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council adopted a resolution to approve the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Implementation of the plan is already underway and will focus on achieving the goals of eliminating racial disparities, expanding housing options, addressing climate change and improving the lives of residents throughout Minneapolis.

Initial implementation efforts include a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that allows 3-unit residential buildings in areas previously reserved for only single-family residences, and a permanent Inclusionary Zoning ordinance, both of which go into effect on January 1, 2020. In the coming years the City will continue to implement elements of the 2040 Plan.



Free Manufacturing Career Training

Local nonprofit HIRED is offering free manufacturing career training and certification courses.  The next round of training begins January 21, 2020 and priority is given to Minneapolis residents. Learn more and apply at http://www.hired.org/training/manufacturing/

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November 19 Meeting Recap

Welcome to new Armatage & Kenny Park Director, Jordan Nelson.  Jordan comes from Van Cleve Park near the University of Minnesota. We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to outgoing director Nikki Friederich who has been an wonderful leader for Armatage & Kenny and is moving to Creekview Park.

The ANA presented an overview of the draft funding plan, its community engagement efforts this fall, a summary of the feedback received, and the final proposed plan. Over the past 5 weeks, 160 community members weighed in on the funding plan with an overall approval rate of 89.4%.  Based on the comments received, the plan stayed consistent and the remaining $15,000 was allocated to the following priorities:

  • An extra $7,000 to Traffic Calming & Pedestrian Safety, bringing the plan total to $17,000,
  • $4,000 to Park Improvements (joining the $24,000 approved for parks in previous years by the ANA),
  • $4,000 to Environmental & Greening Programming.

The final plan was discussed and approved unanimously. It will now head to the City for legal review and final approval this winter. Please contact the ANA at 612.466.0296 or anacoordinator@armatage.org with any questions.



E Line Community Open House Tonight

Metro Transit will host an E Line Open House tonight, Thursday, November 21, from 4:00-6:00pm at Pershing Rec Center (3523 W 48th St).

Check out the interactive route map for the new Bus Rapid Transit E Line at https://www.metrotransit.org/e-line-engagement and comment at the Open House or via email at ELine@metrotransit.org.


Minnehaha Creek Community Open House Tonight

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan reconvenes tonight to review and discuss findings from a recently completed parkway traffic study. The master plan project paused in July to allow time for a study to be performed.

Thursday, November 21
6:00-8:00 pm
Windom South Recreation Center (5843 Wentworth Ave)

This meeting will provide space for the general public to converse with MPRB staff and the consultant team about the traffic study and the parkway west of Portland Avenue. The open house format does not include a formal presentation, so anyone can attend for any amount of time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.


Tree Lighting & Supply Drive for Crisis Nursery

While the ANA isn’t hosting a Tree lighting event this year, the annual neighborhood-sponsored holiday lights are up in Armatage Park along the east side of the building.

You can still drop off new, unopened formula, diapers, pull-ups, children’s toiletries, new with tags clothing and more to benefit the Greater Twin Cities Crisis Nursery now through December 20. Check out the Crisis Nursery’s full donation wish list here and look for a donation bin in the lobby of the Armatage Rec Center.


Theodore Wirth House Tours

Sunday, November 24
12:00-4:00pm
3954 Bryant Ave S,  in Lyndale Farmstead Park

The Theodore Wirth Home and his park planning offices in Lyndale Farmstead Park will be open to the public for FREE guided tours on Sunday, November 24 from 12:00-4:00pm. Volunteers with Minneapolis Parks Legacy Society, working in cooperation with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, would like to invite all of our neighbors to visit this historic site.

If you can’t make it this month, the house will be open again on December 8. Contact Joan at 612-275-8884 or joanberthiaume@msn.com with questions or for separate individual, group, and student tours, which may be scheduled by reservation only. Volunteers are appreciated.

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Give Feedback on the Proposed City Budget

There are two more public hearings for people to share thoughts on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2020 City budget of $1.6 billion. The City’s revenues come from a variety of sources with property taxes accounting for about 23% of the budget.  Comments can also be submitted online to be shared with the Mayor and Council Members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget Wednesday, December 11.

Budget public hearings at City Hall:

  • December 4 at 6:00pm: Truth in Taxation hearing to get community input on the total levy amount.
  • December 11 at 6:00pm: Opportunity to respond to the City Council’s amendments, for Council to make any further changes based on that, and then a vote to adopt the 2020 budget.

Visit the City’s budget website to learn more about the budget and key dates and watch a video about how to participate in the budget process. You can also watch budget hearings on Minneapolis City Council TV. Tune to SD channel 14 or HD channel 799 on Comcast or SD channel 8001 or HD channel 8501 on CenturyLink. You can also watch archived meetings on the City of Minneapolis YouTube channel.


Adopt A Storm Drain

Fall is an important time to keep leaves out of the gutter so they don’t get rush down the storm drain each time it rains. In the storm drain, leaves get carried to the Creek and eventually to Lake Hiawatha, adding the phosphorus that causes algae blooms.

If you haven’t already, consider the Adopt a Drain program and sign up to keep one or more storm drains on your street clear so that only water goes into it. You can adopt any drain that hasn’t already been adopted, even if it isn’t in front of your house! This interactive website helps you locate drains near you and adopt any that you choose: https://www.adopt-a-drain.org/ There are MANY drains that still need to be adopted in Armatage (shown in yellow below):

If you need assistance adopting a drain OR if you would like a friendly neighborhood volunteer to assist you the first time you set out to clean your storm drain, please contact the ANA at anacoordinator@armatage.org. The ANA’s Green Team will also provide the next twenty people who sign up to Adopt-a-Drain with a free pair of gloves to wear when cleaning your drain. Email us to pick yours up!  Huge thanks to ANA Green Team member Linda Ridlehuber for this article!



Census 2020 is Hiring

The 2020 Census is just around the corner and the Census Bureau is hiring to fill office and field representative positions. See the census job openings in Minnesota and apply here.

Check out what’s happening locally with the 2020 Census and sign up for updates at http://minneapolismn.gov/census/