October 7, 2021 eNews

Jim Crow of the North Screening & Discussion Tonight

Thursday, October 7

Our FREE community screening and discussion of the groundbreaking documentary, Jim Crow of the North, happens TONIGHT (Thursday, October 7) from 6:30-8:00pm outside the Armatage Rec Center. After the film, we’ll hold a short discussion with Maria Ciseros of The Just Deeds Project, which helps homeowners and cities by providing free help to undo racial housing covenants.

Please dress for the weather and plan to distance. Free hot cocoa, sparkling water and popcorn provided (donations appreciated). All are welcome, even if you don’t live in Armatage. Sign up at https://armatage.org/jimcrowofthenorth/

Community Engagement Meeting Tonight at 6:00pm

You’re invited to tonight’s Community Engagement meeting, which happens from 6:00-7:00pm outdoors at Armatage Park!  All are welcome (including kids and dogs!) to join. We’ll meet near the playground so please bring a chair and come find us.

On the agenda is planning for the Halloween Decoration Tour this month (see below), the Holiday Light Tour in December, with time for new ideas, too.

Weigh in on the Draft Bylaws & Funding Plan Through Oct 15

There is just over a week left to weigh in on the ANA’s draft bylaws and funding plan! The ANA is updating its governing bylaws to comply with the City of Minneapolis’s new funding program. The ANA has ALSO drafted a neighborhood funding plan (called a Plan Modification) to add more funds to its reserve community engagement and staffing budgets.

We hope to have as many community members vote on both during the public comment period, which runs through October 15. Huge thanks to the many of you who have weighed in already!

Click here to learn more and weigh in by October 15. Thank you for making your voice heard!

Sign up for the Halloween Tour

Get ready to enjoy the sights and frights around Armatage for our second annual Halloween Decoration Tour!

Sign up for the tour by October 18 and be a bright spot in the neighborhood this season! Learn more and register at https://armatage.org/halloweentour

Candidate & Charter Amendment Forums

We’ve teamed up with our neighboring communities to host informative, non-partisan City Council and Park Board candidate forums as well as an educational series on the proposed charter amendments to help you get ready for Election Day on November 2!

Kid Clutter Pickup Drive This Month

Fall is here!  Clear out that outgrown kid stuff when the Kid Clutter Pickup Drive returns to Armatage on October 12, 25, and 26.

Kid A picks up your used kid and baby stuff, pays you for the items that they resell, and donates everything else to great local non-profit organizations for you.

During their spring pickup drive, Kid A raised $682 for local school PTAs and collected more than 7,500 donated items for Tandem Family Resource Center, Arc’s Value Village, and Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN.

Turn your kid clutter into cash and community resources in one convenient pickup. Reserve a time at kidamarketplace.com/pickup-drive – but don’t wait, slots are limited!

Open Streets Lyndale collage

Open Streets Lyndale: Sunday, October 10

Open Streets Lyndale happens this Sunday, October 10 from 11:00am-5:00pm!

A four-mile stretch of Lyndale Avenue South from West 22nd Street to West 54th Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic to open it up for people to enjoy activities on the street in a car-free environment. There will be live entertainment, more than 140 local vendors and a large artisan market with over 30 local creators.  Learn more about the event here.

Get Ready for the November 2 Election

The Minneapolis Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave is open for voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person. Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services has also begun mailing ballots to voters who have requested to vote early by mail. Learn more at https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/vote-early-in-person  And see what’s on the ballot at https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot

Never voted early before? A new video shows you how easy it is to vote early. Follow typical Minneapolis voters Chad and Maya as they cast early ballots. Watch the video HERE.

Ranked Choice Voting

Minneapolis voters will use ranked choice voting this fall! Ranked choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked choice voting in Minneapolis is used only for municipal elections. Learn more at https://vote.minneapolismn.gov/ranked-choice-voting/

Voter Registration

The Office of the Secretary of State has a simple online tool that voters can use to see if they are registered to vote at their current address.

Take the Transforming Community Safety Survey

Please complete the Office of Violence Prevention’s Transforming Community Safety Survey to share your thoughts on a new model of community safety. The purpose of the survey is to give members of the Minneapolis community an opportunity to identify what safety looks like and provide ideas for how a new model can be accomplished

The Office of Violence Prevention will use feedback from this survey to create recommendations for elected leaders and guide our next steps in our community engagement

Click here to take the survey.

Thank You, Clean-up Volunteers!

Huge thanks to everyone who volunteered at the Fall Clean-up on October 2! We had an awesome team of kids and adults! Together, they collected 16 bags of trash and 10 bags of recycling from our parks, boulevards, storm drains. Thank you, volunteers!

All Are Welcome Here Lawn Signs – Just a Few Remain

If you’ve been thinking about getting an All Are Welcome Here lawn sign, now is a great time to do so!  The ANA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donation is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching contributions.

Signs + stakes are $20 each and your donation goes toward supporting the ANA’s work in our community. Order online at armatage.org/allarewelcomehere/ and, if you’re in the neighborhood, we’ll deliver your sign to your front yard.