Category Archives: Summer Festival

August 22, 2017 eNews

Thank You for a Great Summer Festival

Mother Nature encouraged a last minute reorganization of parts of our festival indoors, but mostly kept the rain at bay. You can check out event photos on our website or Facebook.

We value your feedback! If you have comments, suggestions, etc. feel free to email our coordinator, or complete this short survey.

This event can happen with out support from

  • Volunteers! Thank you to our board and neighbors who helped sell wristbands, run games, bring back the car show, set up the festival, and more!
  • Sponsors! The groups listed below helped cover event costs so we can continue to hold this community event.
    • Gold Sponsor: 
    • Silver Sponsor: 
    • Bronze Sponsors: 
  • Area Businesses! Thank you to all the area businesses that donated items to our auction or raffle, hosted a table or activity at our event. A couple of auction items are still available (see below)! Funds raised go towards event costs. Any additional monies we raise allow us to host other neighborhood events, like happy hours or having pizza at our annual meeting.

Finally, we can’t have a great event with out you! Thank you to all the neighbors who came down to enjoy the music, skate park activities, dancers, games, food, car show…you are why we do this!

Silent Auction Items

Select items are available for bidding (or to buy now) through our online auction site through Labor Day. Items include:

  • 1-month gift certificate plus a uniform from Hwa Rang Do Martial Art Academy located at Nicollet and Diamond Lake. ($145 value) Opening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $65
  • 8×10 print by Karl Jaeger, featuring some of the most celebrated players in Minnestoa Twins history. Autographed by retired player and coach, Tony Oliva. Opening Bid: $15
  • Certificate for a private studio portrait sitting and $200 portrait credit at Bjorn Portraiture ($500 Value) Opening Bid: $50  Buy it Now: $225
  • $125 in services from ZerorezOpening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $50
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Leonardo’s BasementOpening Bid: $20  Buy it Now: $45
  • Bowling party for up to 40 people at Park Tavern in St Louis Park. ($520 value) Opening Bid: $100  Buy it Now: $240
  • Tangletown Crossfit Beginner Program = 12 classes + open gym (4 weeks) + jump rope ($115 value) Opening Bid: $25  Buy it Now: $50
  • Gift Certificate for $250 from R. F. Moeller JewelerOpening Bid: $50  Buy it Now: $100
  • Game Bag filled with toys, games and 4 classes to the Mathnasium ($200 value) Opening Bid: $40  Buy it Now: $90

Personal Safety Workshop

Saturday, September 23 • 10:00am-Noon

Armatage Rec Center

Sponsored by the Armatage Neighborhood Association, the Self Defense Bros. with present a personal safety workshop. Attendees can expect:

  • An initial brief crime analysis of the Armatage neighborhood to see what areas are being affected by crime, why certain crimes are being committed
  • Academic and practical assessments of situational awareness, or how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe from crime. 
  • Q&A Session
  • Hands-on self-defense moves and tactics to get out of dangerous situations; pepper spray (inert) & stun gun demonstrations.
  • Q&A Session (if time permits)

This event is free and open to the public. 

Coaches Needed

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking enthusiastic volunteer coaches for youth soccer, flag football and volleyball. 

To receive more information or to express interest in MPRB volunteer opportunities or contact 612-230-6493 or

New interactive map tours make it easy to explore public art in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis recently debuted six interactive map tours that make it easy and fun to explore the approximately 300 publicly owned artworks in Minneapolis.


Save the Arts with Congressman Keith Ellison

Thursday, August 24th, 6pm-7:30pm

Wurtele Upper Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis MN)

In Case of Rain: Walker Art Center Garden Terrace Room

Please join me for an event on the importance of federal funding for the arts and humanities! Save the Arts is free and open to the public, and will take place on Thursday, August 24th from 6-7:30pm in the Wurtele Upper Garden (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis MN).The event will be outdoors and limited seating will be reserved for elderly and disabled attendees. Please bring a blanket to recline on the grass! RSVP on Facebook.

Neighborhoods 2020 Update

NCR has worked with the NCEC to prepare a Draft Summary of Findings. Please note that this is a draft, and is subject to change. You can review the Draft Summary of Findings, Raw Data, and Open Ended Comments on the NCR Web Site.

July 24, 2017 eNews

July Meeting Highlights

  • Possible change to polling location for 13-9 (see below)
  • Board is considering creating a business facade grant program, to complement the existing City’s Great Streets program.
  • We have a meeting with a planning team to discuss the improvements we’d like to see at the Washburn Tot Lot.
  • We hosted our final happy hour at Cafe Maude, but will be looking into a future location. 
  • We may be able to increase our Rain Garden participation from 10 to 15 residents. Working on the details for the program.
  • We will be hosting a personal safety workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23. More details soon.

Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13 • 3:00-7:00pm

3:30 – Magic by Bruce

4:00 – Deuxmensions Dance Performance

4:00-6:00 – Skate Park Activities with 3rd Lair

5:00-7:00 – Live Music by White Elephant

  • Fun games and activities 
  • (all-inclusive wristbands $5/each • $10 max per family)
  • INCLUDES: magic show • balloon animals • face painting • carnival games (with prizes) • bounce house • giant slide • obstacle course
  • NEW More activities for adults and families including Giant Jenga, Cornhole, Kan Jam and more!
  • RETURN of the CAR SHOW (want to show off your car? register today, its free!)
  • Silent auction & raffle see items and how to bid by text online
  • Local business and organization informational tables/booths
  • MPLS TAP water station (bring a refillable water bottle)
  • Food TRUCKS 
  • Red Wagon Pizza • Twin Cities Paella • Terzo • City Girl Coffee • Sonny’s Ice Cream • Sweet Dreams Candy

Thanks so much to our sponsors!


Poll Relocation – Minneapolis Elections Would Like Your Feedback!

Elections & Voter Services staff is considering relocating the poll for the 13-9 precinct from Anthony Middle School to City Church, 1501 54th St W. 

There have been challenges in voter flow and some congestion at the Anthony Middle School site. Auditorium renovations in the past couple years have also reduced the amount of available space previously used on the floor. 

While City Church lies further outside the precinct (approximately four blocks north of Anthony), it is within the one-mile statutory requirement, and offers ample, open floor space and parking. 

Staff would appreciate your comments!  This change would be in effect for the November 2017 Municipal Election and beyond. All registered voters would receive a postcard notice of the change via Hennepin County, should the relocation take place.

If you vote at Anthony Middle School and have an opinion in favor of or against relocating the poll, please contact Tim Schwarz by July 27 at or by calling 612-673-3136.

Soccer Referees

Minneapolis Parks & Rec are looking for dependable, knowledgeable and hard-working people to referee our fall leagues. Referees receive up to $26 per game.

Join us at one of the clinics at 2117 W. River Road:

  • Tuesday, Aug 22 • 6:00-8:30pm
  • Monday Aug 28 • 6:00-8:30pm

Complete paperwork, learn about the MPRB leagues and receive hands-on training. Uniform shirts will be available for purchase at each clinic.

Contact Anthony DiBella for more information ( 612-719-8035.

Neighborhoods provide grants to support Bridge for Youth’s Rita’s House

The Bridge for Youth’s mission is to provide runaway and homeless youth safe shelter, assist in the prevention and resolution of family conflicts and reunify families whenever possible. The Bridge is creating a facility, targeting an underserved population, through Rita’s House.

Rita’s House will be an intentional community for homeless youth, providing single rooms rented at a very low subsidized rate, with shared common spaces. The youth who will be eligible to be residents in the house will be between the ages of 18 and 20 years old, for whom it is not possible to live in a safe environment with a relative, and who have no other safe alternative living arrangement. Youth will develop their independent living skills, gain rental history, and learn how to manage a household, while living in a shared space that is tailored to and supportive of homeless youth. Housing will be provided on a month-to-month basis, with the intention being that youth stay at the house less than 24 months before moving to their apartment.

This facility is located at 2200 Emerson in the East Isles neighborhood. Through outreach to southwest Minneapolis neighborhood councils, the Bridge has been granted a total of $110,000 for capital improvements. Neighborhood involved in supporting this project include:

  • The East Isles Residents Association (EIRA)
  • Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG)
  • Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA)
  • East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO)
  • Armatage Neighborhood Assocation (ANA)
  • West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC)

August 8, 2017 eNews

Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, Aug 13 • 3:00-7:00pm • Armatage Park

We still need volunteers!

We welcome middle-schoolers and older to help with Carnival Games. All volunteers are thanked with a choice of a raffle ticket or wristband. Please sign up to help!

  • Tickets sales
    • 3:00-4:00 (2 people)
    • 4:00-5:00 (4 people)
    • 5:00-6:00 (4 people)
    • 6:00-7:00 (4 people)
  • Carnival games
    • 4:00-5:00 (2 people)
    • 5:00-6:00 (2 people)
    • 6:00-7:00 (4 people)

So much is happening this year!

  • $5 Wristband ($10 family max) includes unlimited:
    • Carnival games with prizes
    • Face painting
    • Inflatables
      • Giant slide
      • 40′ obstacle course
      • Bounce house
      • Toddler bounce house
  • Entertainment
    • 3:30 – Magic by Bruce (with balloon animals)
    • 4:00 – Deuxmensions Dance
    • 4:00-6:00 – 3rd Lair in the Skate Park
    • 5:00-7:00 – Live music by White Elephant
  • Food Trucks
    • Red Wagon
    • Terzo
    • Twin Cities Paella
    • Sonny’s Ice Cream
    • City Girl Coffee
  • And more!

Bring a water bottle – the water station will be set up! Thanks Minneapolis Tap!

Thank you sponsors!

Sponsors help us to cover the costs of this community event. We truly appreciate their support and involvement.


Gold Sponsors

Kelly O’Neil Realty


Silver Sponsor

Karl Hermann State Farm


Bronze Sponsors

CEE Lending Center
Saint Minneapolis
Sport Clips
Warner’s Stellian   

Raffle and Silent Auction

We also raise funds to support this event and other Neighborhood activities by hosting a raffle and silent auction.

Raffle winners will be drawn at 6:30pm, and you do not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets cost $5 or 5 for $20, and must be purchased with CASH ONLY. We will have a Potpourri Raffle, drawn every 1/2 hour, so you have multiple changes to win in that one raffle box! See a list of items on our website.

Silent Auction items can be viewed online! You will also bid by text during the event. Can’t make it? You can bid online as well! Silent auction closes at 6:30pm, and you do not have to be present to win.

June 26, 2017 eNews

June Meeting Highlights

  • Safety Update – Joined by our Crime Prevention Specialist and a couple of our patrol car officers. Crime stats shared for the past quarter. Year over year, we continue to have a low level of crime. We always see an increase when the weather warms, but most crimes continue to be crimes of opportunity and the police want to remind residents that locking doors is one of the easiest prevention methods residents can take. They also noted, that they can not monitor discussions on Nextdoor. They have no access to read posts or comments on that site, and rely on neighborhood coordinators to help share area concerns.
  • City Council Update
    • There will be a public hearing regarding the Minimum Wage Ordinance on Thursday, June 22.
    • The Sick Time Ordinance will go into effect July 1.
    • The Plastic Bag Ban has been put on hold while certain details get worked out.
    • Edina recently passed an increase fro 18 to 21 for tobacco sales. Minneapolis is considering this as well as the possibility of banning menthol and other flavored tobacco products.
    • The City is aware of the congestion issues along 50th, and are working on ways to alleviate this situation.
  • Park Update
    • Armatage Movie in the Park was well attended with over 250 people. Kenny’s movie is the original Ghost Busters on August 9.
    • Bike locks will be available to borrow from the park desk.
    • Fall Sports Registration opens July 5.
  • The Green Team passed out pollinator seeds during the movie, and will have remaining packets included in the Welcome Bags to new residents. (Their next meeting will be on Wed, July 5 at 7pm)
  • The Safety Team will be planning a personal safety workshop with a tentative date of September 23.
  • The ANA will be reviewing their bylaws and policies this fall, with updates to be proposed by early winter.

Armatage Happy Hour

Monday, July 17 • 7:00-9:00pm
Cafe Maude

Join us for our neighborhood happy hour, and a last chance to say farewell to Cafe Maude which will be closing at the end of July.

Appetizers provided by the ANA. Happy hour pricing on drinks.

NOTE: We are hoping to find a new venue to host this new neighborhood tradition.

Summer Festival

Saturday, August 13 • 3:00-7:00pm

   3:30pm – Magic by Bruce
4:00pm – 3rd Lair in the Skate Park
5:00pm – Live music by White Elephant
Games • Food • Car Show • And more!

Keep up to date on our website and Facebook.

Around the City

Red, White and Boom!

Seasonal Election Help Needed

Neighborhoods 2020

In an effort to frame the future of neighborhood organizations across the City, a number of meetings have been held. Participate in their online survey, view current results, and learn more about these discussions online.

Lake Harriet Trail Update

West Lake Harriet Parkway closed to motorized traffic between 42nd and 44th Street through mid-July. Keep up to date online or sign-up for email updates.

Parks Ecological Survey

Help develop the Ecological System Plan, a vision for more environmentally friendly parks and public spaces.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are working together to create the Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.

Ecological System Plan topics include:

  • Air Quality Issues
  • Biodiversity and Habitat Quality
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Habitat Connectivity
  • Stormwater Runoff
  • Sustainable Energy Generation
  • Urban Heat Island Effect

Take the survey and learn more online.

New Airport Reporting Tool

The MAC releases new reporting tool tracking noise and complaints.

June 14, 2017 eNews

Storm Debris Collection

Following Sunday’s storm, Minneapolis residents should continue to use the City of Minneapolis’ regular yard waste services to get rid of small storm tree debris. These services include the collection of limbs that are less than three inches in diameter, are cut less than three feet long and are bundled securely with rope or twine. The bundles should not weigh more than 40 pounds.

Yard waste and small storm debris is collected on scheduled garbage days. Residents should have their bundles of small storm debris at their alley or curb line, next to the garbage cart, by 6 am. For more details about the City’s yard waste services, visit the yard waste page on the City of Minneapolis’ website.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is not collecting tree debris as a result of Sunday’s storm.

Help Keep Storm Drains Clear

Armatage Movie in the Park

Monday, June 19

Armatage Park

8:30 – Activities • Dusk – Movie

Join us at Armatage Park for Pee Wee’s Big Adventure! Bike on down and get a safety check and helmet fitting from Perennial Cycle. Ask questions of a Water Steward, and get tips on how to maintain an eco-friendly yard. Enjoy treats for sale from Sweet Dreams. Free popcorn provided by the park.

June Agenda

Tuesday, June 20 • 6:30pm

Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Tim Schwarz – Polling place change
  • Safety Update
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Review Post-It Ideas from Annual Meeting
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Green Team
    • Safety
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
    • Garage Sales
    • Cafe Maude
    • August newsletter
  • Secretary Report
    • Electronic votes
      • Supporting Hmong event
      • Approval of May minutes
      • Approval of $1,400 for Summer Festival inflatables
      • Supporting Cafe Maude’s 10th Anniversary celebration to take place Sunday, June 25 • 12:00-5:00pm • Live music
  • Treasurer Report
    • Filing of 990 and MN Atty General
  • Board Officer Elections
    • Conflict of Interest document
  • New Business

Volkswagen Settlement

Volkswagen has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act by selling vehicles that emit air pollution over the legal limit, and by cheating on federal emission tests to hide the excess pollution. The affected vehicles exceed federal emission limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.

As part of the settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay part of the cost of projects to reduce diesel emissions from vehicles and to install electric vehicle infrastructure. The MPCA is developing Minnesota’s plan for using these funds to improve air quality in our state.

How should Minnesota use $47 million?

Armatage Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13
3:00 – 7:00 pm
Mark your calendars! More details coming soon!

January 13, 2017 eNews

January 17th Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Guest speaker: Brad Bourn, Park Board Commissioner
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Community Engagement
    • Renter engagement (1/7)
    • Washburn Tot Lot update
    • Happy hours 2017
  • Coordinator Update
    • FixIt Loan update
    • Annual Meeting (ideas: Citizens Utility Board)
    • aMEALiorate
    • City conference 4/1
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report – December minutes approved online
  • Coordinator evaluation
  • New Business
  • Adjourn

Armatage Fire on Ice

Neighborhood Ice Skating Party
Friday, January 20

Join us down at Armatage Park our annual Fire on Ice Skating Party!! Grab your mittens and hat for this outdoor neighborhood celebration. Enjoy a night with family and friends skating and a variety of outdoor activities or keep warm with hot chocolate and bonfire. No registration required, just come on down!

Happy Hour Survey

Please take a quick moment to respond to this short survey.

Let us know what day or time works for you and if you have ideas of other venues!

Green Team

We are forming a Green Team to address topics of interest relating to sustainability and environmental issues. Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of this group! We will be planning an initial priority setting dialog soon.

Rain Gardens

By working in partnership, the Armatage Neighborhood Association and Metro Blooms may be able help you create a rain garden for your yard (with less work and cost for homeowners).  We are gathering contact information for people who may be interested in order to determine how much interest there may be in this sort of program. This program would be for 2018 rain garden installations.

Summer Festival

Sunday, August 13

Planning starting soon! We’d love to have you on our event team! Please let us know if you’d like to help with part of making this event happen.

What:  Kite Festival

When:  Saturday, January 28   12pm-4pm

Where:  Lake Harriet
4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway

Cost:  FREE

*Kites, food and beverages available for purchase*

A Southwest Business Association Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

5309 Lyndale Ave S


Running a small business is no small task, but you’re not alone – WE are on your team! Meet up with like minded individuals to bounce ideas, discuss the business climate, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and community leaders, and so much more. This is a great opportunity to connect with other Southwest Minneapolis catalysts that can help grow your business.


There is no cover charge to attend, we’ll have some tasty apps for you to enjoy, and there will be special happy hour drink options for you too!


RSVP and attend for the chance to win great local prizes courtesy of Warners’ Stellian Appliance! One ticket for coming, earn another for bringing along a fellow business owner. Additional ticket earning opportunities at the event as well. (Prize information coming soon)

August 8, 2016 eNews

ANA Summer Festival

Thank you sponsors!
MPRB_Logo  SWBAlogo_Page_1  Anytime Fitness      Minneapolis Tap

Monday, August 8, 2016
6:00-8:30 pm
Armatage Park

Movie in the Park at dusk WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Bring a blanket or chair and stay for the movie in the park

 Please help for 30 minutes at a game or selling tickets!

2016 Volunteer Sign-Up

Celebrating 25 years working for the neighborhood!

*Note: the ANA accepts credit cards for wristband and raffle ticket purchases. Food vendors may only accept cash.


August 3, 2016 eNews

ANA Summer Festival

Thank you sponsors!

MPRB_Logo  SWBAlogo_Page_1   Anytime Fitness   Minneapolis Tap

Monday, August 8, 2016
6:00-8:30 pm
Armatage Park

Movie in the Park at dusk
Bring a blanket or chair and stay for the movie in the park

Please help for 30 minutes at a game or selling tickets!

2016 Volunteer Sign-Up

Celebrating 25 years working for the neighborhood!

  • Skate park activities with 3rd Lair
  • Live music by Invisible 2 Women
  • MPLS TAP water station (bring a water bottle or buy one for $2)
  • Event photography by Janelle Nivens (watch Facebook and our website for photos after the event!)

*Note: the ANA accepts credit cards for wristband and raffle ticket purchases. Food vendors may only accept cash.


July 15, 2016 eNews

July Meeting Agenda

July 19, 2016
6:30pm in the Armatage Community Center

  • Welcome
  • City Council Update
  • Park Update
  • Committee Updates
    • Safety
    • Community Engagement
    • Summer Festival
  • Coordinator Update
  • Treasurer Report
  • Secretary Report
  • New Business

Please submit agenda items and any special requests at least 3 days in advance.

ANA Summer Festival
Monday, August 8, 2016
6:00-8:30 pm
Armatage Park

Movie in the Park at dusk – Where the Wild Things Are

Volunteer sign-up now available. Learn about all that will be happening that night including

live music • food trucks • carnival games for kids* • face painting and henna tattoos* • bounce houses and giant slide* • NEW games for adults including Kan Jam • great info booths with games and prizes


Bring a water bottle to fill up at our water station donated by Minneapolis Tap

Thank you to our additional sponsors  Anytime Fitness   SWBAlogo_Page_1   MPRB_Logo

Burglary Alert

There have been 5 reported burglaries since July 11 in a 2-3 block area in the Tangletown neighborhood. The burglaries occurred overnight between the hours of 10pm and 6am while the homeowners were asleep. In three incidents the burglar was unable to make entry into the home because the windows and doors were locked. Entry was made in the other burglaries through an unlocked window and in one case, pry marks were found on the side door.

If you have any information that could lead to a suspect on these burglaries, please contact our property crimes investigator Sgt. Warnberg at (612) 673-5599.

Home Security Prevention Tips

  • Lock your home, apartment, and garage doors and windows at all times, even if you are in the home or yard.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight. This includes laptops, purses, wallets, keys, and anything else that may contain personal information. Remember: Treat your garage door opener as a key to your property.
  • Record the make, model, and serial numbers on your valuables and keep in a safe place. This information can greatly assist in recovery of items. Photographs may also be of assistance. NOTE: You can register you bicycle for free with the City. This can help recover your bike if it is ever stolen.
  • Secure windows and doors in homes and garages.
    • Use deadbolt locks with at least a 1” throw on all exterior doors. Use 6” strike plates and 3” case-hardened screws that enter the studs behind the doorframe.
    • Pin or add auxiliary locking devices to windows and sliding glass doors.
    • Place an opaque material over garage windows.
    • Install a solid core door with a deadbolt on garage service door.
    • Secure overhead garage door tracks with a padlock.
    • Consider installing security film on windows near or on doors to prevent access to door locks via breaking a window.
  • Consider using timers on lights, radios and/or a TV when you are away from home.
  • If you have a security system, use it even while at home. Dogs can be a deterrent as well.
  • Know who is in your home; service providers and contractors should do background checks on their employees.

How to report a burglary

Call 911 to report a burglary, whether or not you witness the burglary in progress. Note missing items, suspect description, tools, objects, or DNA evidence left at scene, possible time and date of occurrence, video surveillance, etc. See for additional tips and resources.

Call 911 on all suspicious activity including suspicious persons and vehicles loitering near homes and in alleyways, or unfamiliar noises such as breaking glass.


2016 logo_tag
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2

You can request your block closure for free until July 19! After that, it costs $100! So act now!

Minneapolis has already had 1,000 parties registered! We continue to be one of the most engaged communities in the nation and hope you will help us all continue this trend. NNO is a great way to meet your neighbors and improve area safety.

This year we will be putting blocks with new event registrations, or where we haven’t had a registraiton in a long time, at the top of our list for team visits. These are investigators, lieutenants, commanders, and our top brass who visit many events throughout the night. We should have as many as 80 teams rolling around on August 2nd! As always our Crime Prevention Specialist and other officers from the precinct will be “party-hopping” too!

Also for many years we’ve included Mall of America Nickelodeon Mystery Tickets which are always a hit with kids at NNO block parties, and this year is no different. Register your party today!

Early voting has started for the Aug. 9 Primary Election. Although Minnesota voters already had a chance to participate in selecting each party’s presidential candidates in the caucuses held by the parties in March, there are other races on the primary ballot. Every seat in the state legislature is up for reelection this year, and several of those seats will be on primary ballots in order to decide which candidate will be moving forward for each major political party in the November General Election. Check out What’s on the ballot for more information about what contests are on the primary ballot, and to get a copy of your sample ballot.

In-person early voting

Voters can come downtown to cast an absentee ballot for the primary in-person. In-person voting is at the newly opened Early Vote Center located at 217 S. Third St, one block from City Hall. Early voting can be done Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., through Monday, Aug. 8. The Early Vote Center will also be open the final two Saturdays before the primary, on July 30 and Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Early in-person voting is convenient. It can be especially helpful for voters who need special accommodations, such as language support, by providing the extra time, attention and onsite resources more readily afforded at the Early Vote Center than across all polling places on Election Day.

Vote by mail

Voters who choose to vote early by mail just need to submit an absentee ballot application to have a ballot sent to them along with a postage paid envelope to return that ballot. This can be done by completing the application online or by completing a paper application and submitting by mail, email, fax, or in person to the Elections Office. Get downloadable forms available in 11 languages and full instructions for returning the application and mail ballots on the absentee voting section of

More election judges needed

Several hundred more election judges are needed to serve in the City’s 132 polling places on Election Day, for the Aug. 9 Primary and the Nov. 8 General Election. Judges can work in the polls on either or both dates to help voters cast their ballots, and run polling place operations. Election judges are paid for their service, at $13.30 per hour beginning Aug. 1, and also receive pay for the required training they will complete prior to Election Day.

You must be an eligible voter in Minnesota in order to serve as an election judge. The Elections & Voter Services website has more information about serving as a judge, and is also the place to go to get signed up by completing the online application.

Fall Park Program Registration Open Now

You can register online or in person at the Summer Festival (or at the park building). Youth sports including football and soccer are just some of the popular offerings through our parks.

Through August, adults can also take advantage of a new Zumba class on Wednesday nights!

Home Energy Squad

Home Energy Squad Visits

Interested in saving money on your home or rental property?  A Home Energy Squad visit is a great way to have a trusted  expert come to your home and install free energy efficient materials, safety check your heating and water system and evaluate energy savings opportunities.  This typically costs $70 and over 9,000 Minneapolis households have participated.  For a limited time, the City of Minneapolis is offering FREE visits for income qualified residents along with 0% financing for insulation and/or air sealing upgrades.  To learn more call 612 335 5874 or visit

Minnehaha Creek Cleanup: July 24

Registration is now open for the 2016 Minnehaha Creek Cleanup on Sunday, July 24! RSVP here.

As the event marks its 10th anniversary, volunteers now have three cleanup locations to choose from – Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Lake Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis. The expansion to Minnetonka provides opportunities to clean the creek all the way from the creek’s headwaters near the Gray’s Bay Dam to Minnehaha Falls – 22 miles downstream. This year’s goal is to collect 4 tons of trash. Learn more at

2016 Summer Festival Planning (Jan mtg notes)

Thanks to those who could make it last night – it was great to get the ball rolling.

A few things we have set already:
Date – Monday, Aug 8 (6-8:30)
Showmobile is reserved
We have “Where the Wild Things Are” for the Movie in the Park to take place after the festival
Decided to make the wristbands $5 (with a $10 cap per family) — if we are able to have success with sponsorships this should be a fine change financially
Because of the sponsorship focus and the success of the raffle, we will focus on raffle prizes, pulled throughout the event — and move the drum out closer to the Showmobile so we can announce winners from the stage

A few things we have folks working on nailing down:
Denis will contact the Melvilles to see if they can play again this year
Anne & Nikki will contact some food vendors
Ryan & Nikki are going to meet to carve off some of the sponsor contact duties (others welcome to help with this as well!)
Judy spoke with a realtor in the neighborhood – we will try to follow up regarding hosting something (maybe like Keith’s cake walk)

Things we are working on:
Always looking for good contacts for sponsorship — we are developing a more sophisticated program, and I will forward a document for everyone to review — this will outline the opportunities and then we can work on matching up places with areas that make sense, etc.
We had 4 carnival games last year (the Elephant for pre-schoolers, Football Toss, Putting Green and Plinko) — looking for ideas for some easy to run games that we might be able to add. Especially interested in ideas for the non-elementary school ages (middle, high school, and those without kids). Some ideas: Giant Jenga, the Mathnasium might have a large chess board, Corn Hole (bean bag toss), Shoe Kick

We plan to meet again in early April. Feel free to send ideas my way and I will gather them to share with the committee. Since most of the board seems interested in helping (hurray!) I will continue to update you all. If you want a “job” let me know and we can chat about what works best for your schedule/interest!

Nikki Lindberg, Coordinator