East Side Bulletin Board April 22nd, 2019

Merrick volunteers

Merrick Community Services is currently looking for volunteers to cover shifts at its food shelves at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1669 Arcade St.  and at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St. For those interested in volunteering reach out to Sierra Bethea at sbethea@merrickcs.org. Merrick also has other volunteer opportunities available from drivers, to interns, to office staff. 

 

A matter of balance 

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. An eight week course meeting every Tuesday starting May 7 will be offered through East Side Elders at 463 Maria Ave. To register, contact East Side Elders at 651-683-2326 or register online at www.yourjuniper.org/Classes/Register/1230. A $15 suggested donation includes eight weeks of the course and a copy of A Matter of Balance Participant Workbook. 

 

St. Paul climate action

The City of St. Paul recently completed a draft of the Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Please join Mayor Melvin Carter on Monday, April 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., for an opportunity to discuss the contents of the plan and provide important community feedback. What does the mayor mean by “climate action” and “resilience”? How will this new program impact our lives in St. Paul, now and in the future? As we learn about these concepts, how can we help shape the city’s programs? This event is free and open to all. For questions, reach out to the library at info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org and 651-230-3294. Questions can also be sent to Russ Stark at the city at 651-266-8511.

 

Tech on the East Side

Teens and young adults can stop by Johnson Senior High School on Saturday, May 18, noon to 4 p.m. for a free event to learn about IT careers and professions. Those interested can pre-register at www.techontheeastside.com/index.php/pre-register.

 

Payne-Phalen Community Council annual meeting

The Payne-Phalen Community Council will host its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. This event is free and open to the public. The annual meeting is the time when residents of the Payne-Phalen community gather to share a meal, to hear about the work of the organization, and to consider making a contribution to support the organization’s work in the community. Most importantly it is the time when residents of Payne-Phalen elect people from within the community to represent them on the organization’s Board of Directors. The board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center. If you live in or own a business within the district boundaries and are at least 16 years of age, you are eligible to run for a seat on the board and are eligible to vote. Contact the Payne-Phalen office at 651-774-5234 or email district5@paynephalen.org for more information if you are interested in running for the board. Information will be posted on the website www.paynephalen.org.

 

Earth Day Cleanup

Volunteers of all ages are needed for the annual Earth Day Cleanup to be held April 27 at Battle Creek Regional Park. The primary focus of the event is trash pickup and removal, and to help the parks prepare for the busy spring and summer seasons. Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is seeking more than 100 volunteers to assist with the cleanup. The clean-up event will begin at 8 a.m. at Battle Creek pavilion with coffee and doughnuts for volunteers and will end around noon. This volunteer event is open to individuals, families and small groups. Register in advance of the event at www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/volunteer/outdoors-recreation/earth-.... All participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. The event will take place rain or shine. In the event of snow cover on the ground, the cleanup will be rescheduled.

 

Understanding Depression in older adults 

Join NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for a free class in Oakdale on Saturday, April 27 to talk about risk factors, warning signs, stigma, treatment, recovery and resources for depression in older adults.  The class will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 4th St. North, in Oakdale. For registration or information, contact the church office at 651-738-2223 or www.guardian-angels.org.

 

Bird walk

Join the Friends of Swede Hollow for a free, family-friendly bird walk on Saturday, May 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Those interested should meet at the Drewry Tunnel near 622 Beaumont St. The walk will be lead by Kathy Sidles and participants will learn about the many different types of birds that call Swede Hollow home. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, but the St. Paul chapter of the Audubon Society will also have some for visitors to use. In addition to visual sightings, Sidles will also teach participants how to identify birds by sound. For questions call 651-776-0550.

 

Creating Caring Communities Presentations 

Speakers from NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will present “Creating Caring Communities” in St. Paul on May 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and again on May 29 from 11 a.m. to noon. Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. These free programs are open to the public and will be held at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., in St. Paul. For more information, contact the Workshop Coordinator at 651-645-2948 or workshopreg@namimn.org.

 

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid course 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Youth Mental Health First Aid training course on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, 1505 Burns Ave. The course is designed to teach participants the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, build understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teach individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Participants will also learn a five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or emotional crisis. To register (required) or get more detailed information, please contact NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at namihelps.org.

 

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 April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., W., in Suite 400. For information or to register call 651-645-2948 x198 or see “classes” at namimn.org.

 

St. Paul Mental Health Support Group for families

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in St. Paul on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway. Free parking in the ramp. For information, call Jennifer at 507-254-5524.

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