October 15, 2020 eNews

October 20 Meeting Agenda

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

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

Fall Food Truck Night This Sunday!

Sunday, October 18 • 4:30-6:00 PM

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

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

Get Ready for the First-ever Armatage Halloween Tour

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

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

Sign up to be a Tour Stop by October 22

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

The 2020 Census Deadline is TODAY

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

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

Sign up for Rec Plus at Armatage Park

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

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

Safe Trick or Treating

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

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

Street Sweeping Starts October 20

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

Thank You, Volunteers!

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

Free COVID-19 Testing in Minneapolis

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

Public Review of City Draft Built Form Regulations

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

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

Vote Early or Drop off Your Absentee Ballot

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

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

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