South-West Bulletin Board March 18, 2019

Simple seed starting

Spring is around the corner and now is a great time to start seeds for the annuals you want to enhance your yard. Dodge will introduce you to an easy technique that doesn’t require indoor space, lighting, or heat mats. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., learn how to set up plastic containers outside and let nature do the work. Participants will prepare and plant one container to take home. This will take place March 19 at Dodge Nature Center’s Farm Education Entrance 3, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. The cost is $10. Call 651-455-4531 or visit for more information. 


TED TALKS Discussion 

The first 20 minutes is spent watching a popular pre-selected TED TALK Video. Next, a facilitator will lead a discussion by posing a few questions to get the conversation started and the group will do the rest. No registration is needed for this session on March 19 that will cover “This Is What Happens When You Reply to a Spam Email” with speaker James Veitch. It will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul. 


Teen job fair

Teens, young adults and parents are encouraged to attend the teen job fair to meet with local employers and learn how to develop the skills needed to get their first job. Geared for adults and youth ages 14 and older, this will run from 3 to 7 p.m., at the West St. Paul Library, 199 Wentworth Ave, March 20.


Dakota gardener meeting

Dakota Gardener’s March meeting will feature Jenn Hovland, the owner of Fleur de Louise in Stillwater. She will present a floral design demonstration to welcome the coming spring at 7 p.m. on March 20 at the South St. Paul High School, 700 Second St. N., South St. Paul. The public is welcome. For more information, visit

International Day of Forests celebration

Listen to a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” and celebrate the ways forests sustain and protect us through related crafts, games, and activities. Open to kids ages 6 to 14, this will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 21 at the South St. Paul Library, 106 Third Ave. N.


Health Care Directives

Most people don’t consider the possibility of being too sick to make healthcare decisions.  But planning ahead for such an event is a wise choice.  This presentation will offer information on why it is important to plan ahead and issues to consider when completing a healthcare directive.  Various life sustaining treatment options, such as artificial nutrition, resuscitation and ventilator/respirator will be discussed.   Register by Wednesday March 20, for this session on April 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $3, and you can register by calling 651-403-8300. It will take place at Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul.


Maple syruping

Celebrate the return of spring by observing the age-old process of turning tree sap into syrup. Observe a tree tapping demonstration, collect sap, visit the evaporator, and sample some delicious maple syrup. This program is designed for kindergarten and older. It will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m., March 23 and cost $7. This will take place at Dodge Nature Center’s Farm Entrance, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. Call 651-455-4531or visit for more information. Another session will be held March 30. 


Recorder concert

Enjoy the Twin Cities Recorder Guild’s annual Play the Recorder Day concert and hear the ensemble of recorders play music from the Renaissance and contemporary periods. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Wentworth Library, this will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., March 23 at the West St. Paul Library, 199 Wentworth Ave.


Community garden plots available

Looking for a place to grow organic vegetables? Consider renting a plot at the community garden at the First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul. The garden is a partnership with the Master Gardeners of Dakota County. It is located on the west side of the church, north east of the intersection of Highway 52 and Wentworth.  The master gardeners teach classes and plant a demonstration garden using organic gardening methods, church members and neighbors grow organic vegetables on their plots and volunteers grow food for Neighbors food shelf. Want to garden but not rent a plot? Consider helping with the food shelf plots.  

A 10 foot by 15 foot plot rents for $35, and a 10 foot by 20 foot plot is $45. If you are interested in helping with the food shelf garden or in renting a plot, please call Julie at 651-459-5607 or the church office at 651-451-6223 or go to


Free Technology support at TPAC’s Tech Learning Center

Receive one on one computer, smartphone and tablet mentoring Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon at Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul. No appointment is needed. Bring your own laptop/phone/tablet or use one of our computers. Mentors will individually help you with your questions. Learn computer basics to more advanced skills. The older adult mentors speak your language and are very patient and friendly, using hands-on teaching methods.  

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