South-West Review Bulletin Board May 13, 2018

District 197 orchestra festival

The community is invited to attend the ISD 197 Orchestra Festival on May 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees will hear the award-winning Henry Sibley Orchestra and be treated to performances by musicians in grades fifth through 12. The festival is free and will be held in the Henry Sibley High School Auditorium, 1897 Delaware Ave. 


The history of Henry Sibley

Henry Hastings Sibley is a very well-known personain Minnesota history. He arrived in St. Peter, Minnesota (now Mendota) and built the first stone building in the state as he made a name for himself in the fur trade. Sibley went on to become Minnesota’s first governor and the person who was appointed to stop the uprising that led to the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The Sibley name lives on in our history in a variety of ways, including the Sibley Historic Site. This presentation on May 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will cover the life of Henry Sibley and describe how the site carries on his name. Register by May 14 by calling 651-403-8300. This class will cost $5 and take place at Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul.


School start time meeting

Inver Grove Heights Schools will host a community meeting May 15 to provide information about the ongoing conversation in the district about school start times. The meeting will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Simley High School Spartan Center, 2990 80th St. E. Information about the district discussion can be found at Community members can send questions or concerns to


Dakota Gardeners monthly meeting

This month’s speaker will be Diane Narem, research scientist, on the subject of native grasses: benefits, site preferences, design and maintenance. The meeting will be Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m., at South St. Paul High School, 700 Second St. N., South St. Paul in the lecture hall on the east side of the building. It is open to the public. Call 651-455-2889 or visit for more information.


Mendota Heights book group

This is a partnership between the Wentworth Library and the City of Mendota Heights, ISD 197 and Tri-District Community Education. The group will meet May 16 from 10 to 11 a.m., at Mendota Elementary School, 1979 Summit Lane, in the media center. This month’s book is “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier.


Discover group

Join Ph.D. Biochemist Gary Gray each month to engage in discussions on articles from the latest issue of “Discover.” So much is happening so fast: climate change, medical breakthroughs, space exploration, uncovering ancient civilizations and dinosaurs and much, much more be a part of these exciting discoveries. The “Discover” magazine has short articles and is easily understood by people without a science background. No registration is needed for this event on May 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul.


Dakota County Gardeners sale

Dakota Gardeners Perennial Sale will take place May 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community of Christ Church, 5990 134th St. Ct., Apple Valley. Large numbers of perennials that have been divided and donated by club members will be available for sale. There will also a selection of annuals and vegetables.  Master gardeners will be on site to answer your questions.


Waggin’ Tales

Bring your kids to the library to read to certified therapy dogs. It’s not only fun, it helps develop reading skills and fluency. This is open to kids ages 5 to 10. It will run from 10:30 a.m., to noon at the West St. Paul Library, 199 Wentworth Ave. E, and from 11 a.m. to noon at the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. E.


Archeology dig

You are invited to join the Dakota County Historical Society and Blondo Consulting for “Where Indy Found his Loot: A Public Archaeology Dig,” on May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. Mini Indy’s (children) are encouraged to attend with an adult guardian.
Attendees will participate in an actual field day with archaeologists in a site visit to one of the many Alpha Sites within Dakota County. Visitors will put the skills learned during previous sessions to use by searching and identifying artifacts found during the dig. 
If you are interested, please visit to register. The event is free to the public and will take place at Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul.
More information regarding the dig location will be provided once you have registered for the event.

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