Get Together

“Get together” is a section of the Review Perspectives publication where readers can find out about ongoing clubs and networking groups and how they can join.  
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The Gladstone 55 Community Center at 1945 Manton Street in Maplewood now offers Domino games (Mexican train, chicken foot, wild fire, high rise, triominos) and easy card games on Tuesdays, from noon to 3 p.m. There is no cost. Call the community center office with questions at 651-748-7250. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and laughter.

Party Bridge players meet  on Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. at Gladstone Community Center, 1945 Manton St. in Maplewood. Come and join us for a friendly, fun game. For more information call Len or Evelyn at 651-779-6299.

 The Century College Orchestra welcomes community players — adults of all ages — to join. The orchestra performs classical music from baroque to modern, features wonderful soloists, and premiers works by notable local composers. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings and are seasonal; call director Elliot Wilcox at 651-779-3214 or email for more information.

The Two Rivers Chorale is a dynamic community choir based in Minneapolis and St. Paul and is comprised of seasoned amateur singers who represent the rich collegiate choral heritage of Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Founded in 1998 and led by artistic director and conductor Timothy Sawyer since 2004, the Two Rivers Chorale seeks to enhance and expand the tradition of Minnesota choral excellence in the Twin Cities and beyond and to provide fulfilling musical experiences for its members and its audiences by performing a wide variety of quality choral literature.  The group performs annual fall and spring concerts at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in Arden Hills and other venues in the region. Rehearsals are held September through May on Thursday evenings at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3920 N. Victoria St., Shoreview. For more information, call Murray Bright at 763-767-1508 or go to the Web site.

The Earth House Project Inc. will host Coffee Cauldron, a recurring meet-up, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdaysof each month at the Caribou Coffee at 1127 Larpenteur Ave., Roseville. Coffee Cauldron is an opportunity for pagans, Druids and Wiccans and other earth-reverent people to socialize; the group has been meeting for about 10 years. The goal of the Earth House Project is to eventually build a pagan community center in the area to host space for meetings, classes, offices and worship and ritual.

The members of the Minnewheelers chapter of the Good Sam Club are well into planning their monthly recreational vehicle camp-outs and business meetings to plan future activities.
Good Sam is the largest RV owners club in the world. Recreational vehicle owners who live in the general metropolitan area can join in learning more about how the club and its activities benefit their community. Anyone interested is invited to attend the next camp-out, which is free, except for a nominal camp-site fee. For more information and directions to the Minnewheelers next camp-out and meeting, contact Bob Anhalt at 651-451-8345.

The North St. Paul Bluegrass Jam, with its vintage “fiddle” music, provides interactive opportunities, and publicizes upcoming bluegrass events.  This acoustic (non-electrical) style of music, relying heavily on banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica, is widely known for its high-pitched vocals and instrumental solos.   The two-hour monthly practice “jams” are open to interested musicians of all skill levels.  For dates, times and locations, call 651-777-2920 or email at

Painting Pals is a group for anyone interested in expanding their artistic ability and meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gladstone Community Center, 1945 Manton St. in Maplewood. Participants must bring their own painting supplies. Call 651-748-7250 for more information.

The St. Paul East Park Lions meet on the second Wednesday of the month at noon and the fourth Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Perkins, 1829 North St. Paul Road, Maplewood. The public is welcome. For more information, call 651-493-7155.

Lake Country Chorus is a member chorus of Sweet Adelines International. Its 30+ members come from throughout the north and east metro areas, from Anoka to Harris to Lake Elmo to Inver Grove Heights. Rehearsals are at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3770 Bellaire Ave, White Bear Lake, on Tuesday evenings. Rehearsals are always open to visitors and prospective singers. We love to sing and share our hobby with others, and always welcome women who would like to try four-part harmony. For more information, email us at

The Gladstone Community Center, 1945 Manton St. in Maplewood, offers aerobics classes for ages 55 and up from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The classes are sponsored by UCare, and are free for UCare members. The cost is $3 for non-members. Call the community center office at 651-748-7250 for more information or to register.

Neighborhood Service Exchange, based in Stillwater, holds regular new member information sessions to introduce people to this free service-exchange network. By exchanging tasks in which they are expert, people can trade tasks like childcare, sewing and yard work or “bank” tasks toward a larger input of hours such as re-roofing or landscaping work. Information sessions are held in Stillwater and at other sites in Washington County. Call Cathy Dyball at 651-439-7434 to pre-register or visit the Web site.

Woodcarvers are welcome to test out their skills in a weekly group that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Gladstone Community Center, 1945 Manton St. in Maplewood. Participants must bring their own supplies. Call 651-748-7250 for more information.

The North St. Paul Area Business Association offers networking opportunities, information on city activities and development, involvement in community festivals such as Fall Round-Up and the opportunity to be featured on monthly pages in the Review newspapers to its members. For information on joining the association, call Chris at 651-770-8822.

A knitting group meets Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Gladstone Community Center, 1945 Manton St. in Maplewood. Participants knit and crochet baby hats (which are donated to hospitals), prayer shawls, dish towels, afghans or feel free to come up with a new idea. Bring your own supplies. Call 651-748-7250 for more information.

The North St. Paul Historical Society sponsors events and participates in community activities and provides information of historical interest to many groups and individuals. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at the museum at 7 p.m. For more information about meetings, resources or volunteering call 651-779-6402.

North St. Paul Green is a volunteer group that beautifies the downtown area by planting and maintaining flowers in the gardens and boulevards. Join other volunteers to work on the gardens and socialize. For more information, call Claudia at 651-777-3493 or go to the city of North St. Paul website. Look under Living Here and find organizations.

G.R.O.W., a women’s networking group, holds weekly meetings in Forest Lake. The group helps women in their growth, both personally and professionally, by building confidence and opportunity through business networking. For more information, contact Barbara S. Vaughn at 651-407-7360.

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family fraternal service organization founded in 1882 which is now 1.7 million members strong. Knights are Catholic men 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their church. For more information on the local Knights of Columbus council, call Mark Slaikeu at 651-777-5187 or visit

The Lake Elmo Business Association draws together Lake Elmo businesses to make the most of what makes their community unique. Updates on city, county and state actions that affect businesses as well as staying in touch with local happenings are just a few of the benefits of membership. To learn more, call Kitty at 651-777-8365.

The Maplewood Athletic Association offers summer youth baseball opportunities for all ages. For more information, visit

The Maplewood Area Historical Society delves into the history of diverse areas of Maplewood, and is headquartered at the newly-dedicated Bruentrup Heritage Farm, 2170 E. County Road D. The group researches local history, holds fundraisers and enjoys speeches by experts. For more information, call Char at 651-776-7183.

The Maplewood Moose Lodge 963 offers a way to get involved in the community. The club has been a longstanding feature of Maplewood life, offering community-building activities and youth support. Call Mike at 651-776-2830 for more information.

The Maplewood-North Lions Club was originally charted in 1964 and serves the Gladstone area or Maplewood. With projects that aid the community and Lions International work, the club strives to “serve those less fortunate than ourselves.” For information on club activities and membership, call Marv at 651-489-1805.

The Maplewood-Oakdale Lions Club serves the south Maplewood and Oakdale area, pursuing community service projects and the Lions Clubs International, which emphasizes helping people with sight problems. For information on activities and membership, call 651-739-8835.

The North St. Paul Lions, into their seventh decade of service to the area, have left their “pawmark” on many aspects of community life. From support of youth activities, local celebrations and area efforts to the building of access ramps for the disabled and the children’s fishing dock at Silver Lake, the Lions have had a vital role in developing the city and helping its residents. For membership information, call Suzie Hanssen at 651-777-6846.

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Rotary Club prides itself not just on its international interests and knowledge but its boosterism right here at home. Activities range from sponsoring traveling learners to offering scholarships and  noting outstanding students in District 622. Call Lee at 651-578-1600 for more information.

The North/Tartan Basketball booster club brings together youth bound for the rival schools, to hone their basketball skills at an early age. From skill- and age-appropriate league play to special clinics and tournament opportunities, it’s a great way to introduce youth to a lifelong sport and get a “jump ball” on the competition. Call 651-735-0250 for more information.

The Oakdale Athletic Association gets youth into the game through a variety of sports and skill-level programs. Call the OAA hotline at 612-831-7205 for a schedule of upcoming programs or ways to get involved as a volunteer.

The growing season in Minnesota is so short that it helps to have some expertise to make the most of it. Basic or acid soil? Perennials or annuals? Fellow enthusiasts at the Oakdale Garden Club probably have the answer. For information on events and membership, call 651-739-2929.

The Oakdale/Lake Elmo Historical Society has a history to draw on as vast as the farms that used to surround the area. From the establishment of the agricultural commerce hub of Lake Elmo in the 19th century to the dramatic changes metropolitan expansion has made in Washington County in the 20th, there’s a lot to explore. For upcoming meetings or to slate an entertaining, educational speaker from the society, call 651-773-4092.

Become a better public speaker at Mutual Voices Toastmasters. Have a presentation coming up at work? Asked to give a speech at your friend’s wedding? We can help mold you into a top notch public speaker and provide opportunities to improve your leadership skills. The Mutual Voices Toastmasters club meets every Thursday at noon on the 6th floor the Securian building in downtown St. Paul. Our meeting location is 400 Robert Street North. Guests are welcome to attend any of our meetings for free. If you decide to join our club as a member, club dues and Toastmasters International dues apply. For more information, contact Caleb Werth at 651-214-3410 or or visit our website at

Fearful, terrified or scared when it comes to public speaking? Join Toastmasters every Thursday at Land O’ Lakes in Arden Hills from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Toastmasters began in 1924 when Dr. Ralph Smedley began weekly practice meetings to help people overcome their fear of speaking in public. Today, his idea has developed into the world’s largest organization devoted to communication and leadership development. For more information, call Dave Holmquist at 952-703-5734.

The Partnership, composed of community leaders from North St. Paul, Maplewood and Oakdale, pursues issues of youth and community health by gathering information from residents and providing education in both school and community forums. Past efforts have been to educate youth about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse and to engage families in discussions about how to resist violence. The annual “Red Ribbon” campaign in schools is sponsored by the Partnership. To find out more or to get involved, call 651-483-3201.

American Legion Post 39 in North St. Paul holds meetings and service activities for its veteran members, as well as offering rentals of its facilities. For club information, call Charles at 651-777-3708. The American Legion Auxiliary supports the Legion post’s activities, as well as pursuing focuses of its own.

The North Star Chapter of the Beer Can Collectors of America meet regularly to share their hobby. The group also hosts the popular “Guzzle-n-Twirl Beer Can Show.” For more information, call Dave at 651-731-9573.

The area Chamber of Commerce offers its members networking opportunities, marketing and promotion vehicles and the strength of membership in the nationally-known Chamber of Commerce organization. For information on membership, call Sue at 651-483-1313.

The United Chapter of Business Networking meets in Maplewood every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at “The Comedy Club” in the Maplewood Inn Best Western, 1780 E. County Road D (northwest of Maplewood Mall.) Michaeal Chiodi, speaker, trainer, business coach and author of “The Art of Building People: 36 Coaching Tools to Get More out of Work and Life” leads the meetings. There is no charge to attend. Call 651-773-5478 for more information.

AARP’s White Bear Lake area chapter meets regularly to discuss the new challenges seniors face as well as the enjoyment of the retirement years. Special guest speakers are also featured. Call 651-415-0660 for information.

The League of Women Voters of Roseville, Maplewood, and Falcon Heights which also serves Lauderdale and Little Canada strengthens our communities by promoting voter registration, conducting candidate forums, influencing public policy through education and advocacy, observing city council and school board meetings, providing leadership opportunities through volunteer service and studying issues of local, state, and national importance For more information, contact Stephanie at 651-483-1006, or check our website

The Silver Fox Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Local 789 U.F.C.W. Hall, 266 Hardman Ave., South St. Paul. The club is made up of retired workers who belonged to United Food and Commercial Workers No. 789 or any Packing House Local Union, P-4, Local 167 C.I.O., or Stockyards Local. Local 789 has diverse members, from Snyder Drug Store employees to nursing home workers. The club tries to keep its activities fun, whether it’s socializing, going on organized outings or helping with food-shelf drives. To join the Silver Fox Club, call Dale Johnson at 651-457-5981, Donna Kronholm at 651-451-7304, Joe Stol at 651-739-5065 or the U.F.C.W. No. 789 Hall at 651-451-6240.

The St. Paul Hiking Club has been in continuous operation since January, 1921, when a young secretary working in City Hall got together a group of her co-workers and friends and formed the club. Now, instead of taking the streetcar, group members drive their cars to designated areas twice a week to enjoy walking through distinctive neighborhoods or historic sites. Longer hikes are occasionally scheduled in regional parks or interesting sites in other cities. Hiking is a fun way to get to know the metro area and state. Any active adult is invited to join this group for friendship, fun and exercise. For further information on the St. Paul Hiking Club, call JoMarie at 651-646-6421 or George at 651-224-8933.

Learn square dancing with the Triple T Square Dance Club, based in Roseville. As well as holding dances for experienced square dancers, the club opens its doors to beginners on a seasonal basis. For more information call 651-430-2828.

The Tartan Area Youth Hockey Association offers youth teams and booster activities to keep the kids skating. The opportunities for involvement have only increased with the introduction of girls to the game. Call 651-731-4423 for more information on TAYHA activities.

The Vallee de Croix Chorus, headquartered in Stillwater, often seeks new regular members or singers for special performances. Call Phyllis at 651-777-5543 for more information.

The White Bear Avenue Business Association involves business and community members from the areas along White Bear Avenue in St. Paul and Maplewood. A large and ambitious organization, WBABA’s most recent focus has been obtaining grants to renovate the sidewalks, lighting and landscaping along the Avenue, making it more appealing and pedestrian-friendly. Other activities include sponsoring and organizing the annual White Bear Avenue Parade and supporting youth and community booster activities. For information on WBABA membership, call Al at 651-917-3400.

The Women of Today are looking for a few good women. If you are interested in growing as an individual, forming lasting friendships and helping to make a difference in your community, log on to for more information about attending a local chapter meeting in your area. The Minnesota Women of Today are a nonprofit service organization open to women age 18 and over.

Women’s Connection, a networking organization to connect the business professional or entrepreneur with other noncompeting businesses meets regularly at the Hubert Humphrey Job Corps Center on Snelling and Arlington Avenues. For more information and directions call Lori at 651-481-6925.

The Rotary Club of Woodbury meets every Thursday morning from 7 to 8:15 a.m. at the Machine Shed Restaurant, near the intersection of Radio Drive and Interstate 94. Meetings include a buffet breakfast and program speaker. Visitors are always welcome. For information and reservations contact Ben Gilbertson, club president, at 651-714-6460.

The Optimist Club of West St. Paul, which has been serving the youth of West St. Paul and surrounding communities since 1971, is now meeting at West Sides Lanes (1625 South Robert Street) from 5 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  Visitors and new members are always welcome!  For more information about the Optimist Club, contact Cheryl Bergstrom at or 651-450-7391.


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