East Side Bulletin Board January 21, 2019

Freeze Fest

Bundle up and join neighbors on Lake Phalen for an annual celebration of winter on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to all. Activities include ice fishing, fire building, arts and crafts, kicksleds, puppet pageant, story stroll and cooking over a fire. Most activities will be near the Phalen Lakeside Activities Center, 1530 Phalen Drive. For more information go to tinyurl.com/FreezeFest2019.


Recycle holiday lights

Need to get rid of non-working holiday lights? Please don’t put them in the garbage. Instead, bring them to a free Ramsey County household hazardous waste collection site in St. Paul, which are open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about locations, visit ramseyrecycles.com/hhw.


Dance class at Phalen Rec.

A youth dance class starts Jan. 22 at Phalen Recreation Center. The class, open to kids ages 3.5 through 6, meets from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at the recreation center, located at 1000 Wheelock Parkway E. Cost is $44 for six sessions and is taught by Carla Ekwall from Cheer Xtreme Inc. Participants will learn a combination of the beginning basics of ballet and tap while increasing strength and coordination. Register online at www.stpaul.gov/facilities/phalen-recreation-center. For more information call 651-793-6600.


Cultural STAR program accepting applications

St. Paul’s Cultural STAR program will be accepting applications through Friday, Feb. 22 for various art and culture projects across the city. The Cultural STAR Program, which is funded by taxpayers, serves to promote economic growth in St. Paul by strengthening arts and culture in the city. Information sessions about the application process will be held in each city ward over the next few weeks. Ward 6 residents can attend a meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St. Ward 7 residents can attend a meeting at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, 788 East Seventh St., on Monday, Jan. 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information about Cultural STAR and for additional information sessions, go to www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/economic-develo....


Skating party

Stop by a local recreation center for a skating party this winter. Battle Creek Recreation Center, located at 75 Winthrop St. S., will have a skating party on Feb. 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. during its Winter Lock Out event. The event is free. For more information go to www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation.


Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary community walks

Join members of the Lower Phalen Creek Project community for weekly lunchtime walks around the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Every week the walks will serve as an opportunity to join as a community to pause and experience the culture, history, and natural world of the sanctuary. Walks will be held year-round and allow the community to experience the changing seasons. Walks, while lead by the director, will be largely unguided to allow discussion and knowledge to be shared. Free to attend, but please dress for the weather. Participants will meet at the entrance to the sanctuary along Fourth Street and begin walking at 12:05 p.m. More information can be found at www.lowerphalencreek.org.


Dakota winter walk

Indigenous educator Jim Rock will give an interactive presentation and tour at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, focusing on the sacred Wakan Tipi Cave, Dakota astronomy, and the winter season on Friday, Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will meet at the entrance to the sanctuary along Fourth Street. Warm up with a campfire, hot beverages, and great conversation. More information can be found at www.lowerphalencreek.org.

Free disposal of Christmas trees

Four Ramsey County yard waste collection sites are accepting Christmas trees for mulching. Sites are free and open to all county residents. Hours are Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sites accepting trees include: Arden Hills, Frank and Sims, Midway and White Bear Township. For more information about locations, go to www.ramseycounty.us and search “yard waste.” Due to elongate hemlock scale (EHS) do not bring wreaths, swags, boughs and other evergreen decorations to a county yard waste site. They will not be accepted. Please place them in a plastic bag and put them in your trash. Do not burn wreaths or other evergreen decor.


QPR - Suicide Prevention classes

QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide - Question, Persuade and Refer. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. The QPR class will be offered on Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., W., in suite 400. For more information or to register call 651-645-2948 x198 or see “classes” at namimn.org.


Get to Know NAMI

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Get to Know NAMI class on Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., suite 400, in St. Paul.  Meet NAMI staff and volunteers and hear firsthand how NAMI’s work directly affects the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Learn about education and support programs and how to advocate for better mental health policies. Please RSVP to Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.

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