South-West Bulletin Board April 22nd, 2019

Online travel tips

Join local travel expert Rayne Olson as she shares tips on how to book airfare online, how to find the best deals, and which travel resources are available at the library. Personal laptops are welcome but not required. Registration is required for this session on April 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the South St. Paul Library, 106 Third Ave. N. Call 651-554-3240 for more information. 


Middle School Monday

Drop in from 3 to 4 p.m., April 22, to create a fun project with a different theme each month at this program just for middle schoolers. Open to kids ages 11 to 14, this will take place at the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. E.


Community listening session

There will be a MAC quarterly airport listening session arranged by Mendota Heights and Sunfish Lake April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., in Mendota Heights City Hall council chambers, 1101 Victoria Curve. Attendees are encouraged to submit any comments or questions prior to the session using an online form at This session will be available to watch live and on demand and on cable Channel 18.


Peeps catapults

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 25, construct a working catapult capable of flinging sweet treats. Registration is required. Open to kids ages 8 to 14, this will take place at the South St. Paul Library, 106 Third Ave. N. Call 651-554-3240 for more information.

Parent Education night on anxiety in children

Deepen your understanding of the features of anxiety in children with a brief overview of the diagnosis and its impact on the brain. Parents, caregivers, and educators will learn to identify the different ways children display symptoms of anxiety. Learn practical strategies for helping your child cope with anxious thoughts and manage behavioral symptoms. This free class will be held April 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave East. A free meal will be provided and childcare is available. This class will be presented by Catherine Brightman, a psychotherapist and registered yoga teacher working with Grounded Roots Counseling and Yoga in Mendota Heights. Contact Kate Bartlein at with allergy information and to request childcare. For information or to register, call 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at


Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros

Celebrate literacy and reading that connects children of all ages and cultural backgrounds. This family-friendly event includes live entertainment, Spanish/English bilingual story time, crafts and games, light refreshments and resource information from local community partners. Each child receives a free book. This will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 27 at the West St. Paul Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave.


Paint the Seasons: Spring

Learn watercolor tips and techniques from artist and instructor, Georgia Kandiko, as you add pages to your own watercolor journal. Hike the springtime trails with a Dodge naturalist to find the right flora, fauna or landscape to inspire your creative side. Kandiko encourages each student’s unique perspective to shine through while taking the time to guide as needed. Just bring yourself and a lunch; all materials are included to make and bring home your own nature journal. No experience necessary for this session on April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $80, and this will take place at Dodge’s farm entrance, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. Call 651-455-4555 or visit for more information.


Earth and Arbor Day

Spend the morning on April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Mendakota Park, Rogers Lake, or Valley Park assisting with garbage and landscape debris removal, raking, clearing sediment, buckthorn removal, and more. There will be kid-friendly and adult-only tasks available. Volunteers should bring work gloves, wear closed-toe shoes, and appropriate clothing. Work equipment, bags, and safety vests will be provided as needed.

At 11:30 a.m. volunteers will gather at Mendakota Park for a tree planting (weather permitting) followed by appreciation with snacks, beverages, and games.

Register online at or by phone or email to Krista Spreiter 651-255-1123, A signed waiver is required to participate. Waivers are included in the online registration process, and will also be available at the parks on event day. 



Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 27 is Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Visit Mendota Heights City Hall, 1101 Victoria Curve, South St. Paul Police Department, 125 Third Ave. N., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to safety and property dispose of medication no longer needed. Contact your city hall to see if there are participating locations near you. 


Teen Lit Con

Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave., Mendota Heights, is host to Teen Lit Con April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event is designed to celebrate teen literature, promote reading and writing, and to create a community of readers by connecting teens and authors. Teen Lit Con is brought to you by your metro public libraries, with funding from a Legacy Amendment Grant, Sibley High School, and other partners. For more information, visit


River Heights Chorale

The River Heights Choral will present “Reflections of Spring” on April 27 at St. Paul Reformation Church, 100 Oxford St. N., in St. Paul, and at 3 p.m., April 28 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7600 Cahill Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights. Admission is free, but goodwill donations are accepted. 


Alive and Kicking performance

Made up of 34 senior members, Alive and Kickin’s musical talents bring to life some old standard favorites and explore the new music of today. the seniors in Alive and Kickin will sing and dance in a series of performances. The group is managed and directed by award-winning performing arts professionals.  Register by April 30 for the performance on May 9, which will run from 1 to 2 p.m. Taking place at Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul, the cost is $10, which includes dessert. Call 651-403-8300 to register.


ISD 197 groundbreaking

A series of groundbreaking ceremonies will be held beginning April 30 to commence the district’s construction projects that are in conjunction with the passed May 2018 bond referendum. The ceremonies will be held:

• Garlough Environmental Magnet School, 1740 Charlton St., West St. Paul: April 30 at 1 p.m.

• Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave., Mendota Heights: May 1 at 1:30 p.m.

• Friendly Hills Middle School, 701 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights: May 2 at 1:30 p.m.

• Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School, 1436 Lone Oak Road, Eagan: May 8 at 1 p.m.

• Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School, 217 W. Moreland Ave., West St. Paul: May 9 at 1 p.m.


Shoe and clothing drop off

Do you have some old clothes or shoes that are taking up room in your closet? Drop them off at South St. Paul’s Central Square Community Center, 100 Seventh Ave. N, Mendota Heights City Hall, 1101 Victoria Curve, or West St. Paul Sports Dome, 1655 Livingston Ave., until April 28.

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