South-West Bulletin Board April 29th, 2019

Air dry clay

Create a clay sculpture based on your favorite animal, superhero, or character from a book or movie. You’re limited only by your imagination. Registration is required. Open to kids ages 11 to 17, this will run fro 2 to 4 p.m., May 4 at the West St. Paul Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave. Call 651-554-6800 for more information.


Mendota Heights spring clean-up day

Mark your calendars for Spring Clean-Up Day and keep the community clean by properly disposing of broken and unwanted items. Please see flier for specific disposal costs and materials accepted. This event, running from 8 a.m. to noon on May 4 at Mendakota Park, 2171 Dodd Road, is open to residents of Mendota Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, and Sunfish Lake.


Grand re-opening of McMorrow Field Athletic Complex

Join the City of South St. Paul for the Grand Re-Opening of the McMorrow Field Athletic Complex on May 4 at McMorrow Field, 200 South East St. A dedication, ribbon cutting, activities and refreshments will take place starting at 10 am. The public is invited to attend this free event. McMorrow Field Athletic Complex has been transformed into four full-sized flat fields that can be used for a variety of field sports including soccer, football, lacrosse and the area has the flexibility to be lined and set-up for multiple, smaller-sized fields. Each field has goal end safety fences and it features ADA accessible viewing areas. For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 651-366-6200.


Rideshare education training

The Communities for a Lifetime Initiative is hosting a rideshare training for adults 55+.  Lyft or Uber can be a good option for people who can’t or don’t want to drive. Topics covered include how to download the app, schedule rides, costs, how to rate and tip drivers, and background checks.  Contact Jess Luce at for more information.  Register by May 1 for this session on May 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. Taking place at Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul, the cost is $3. Call 651-403-8300 to register.


Free comic book day

Stop in anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 4, to celebrate Free Comic Book Day by making a superhero mask or comic book hero button and picking up a free comic book — while supplies last. Sponsored by the Friends of the Inver Glen Library, this will take place at the library, 8098 Blaine Ave. E.


Craft and bake sale

Holy Family Catholic Church, 1960 Lexington Ave,. Mendota Heights, will be holding a craft and bake sale May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 pm. Find organic jams/honey and locally made foods, Norwex, Y.L. oils and organic make up, photography prints, greeting cards, doll clothes, pet beds, jewelry, baby gifts, quilts/blankets, garden art and Mother’s Day gift ideas.



Signs of spring hike

Enjoy a naturalist-led hike around Dodge to look for signs of spring. Visit the pond and wander through the woods using your senses. Try to find plants and animals that are busy now that spring has sprung. A special treat awaits participants at the end of the hike, which will take place May 4 from 9 to 10 a.m. The cost is $7, and it will take place at Dodge’s Farm Entrance, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. Call 651-455-4555 or visit to register. 


The Top Secret Project

The Top Secret Project is a unique traveling exhibit designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight. Using a simulated teenager’s bedroom, the interactive exhibit includes hundreds of items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there is a problem.
The exhibit is interactive and accompanied by a presentation and discussion with presenters from Dakota County. It will run from 10 a.m. to noon on May 4 at West St. Paul City Hall, 1616 Humboldt Ave. This event is for adults only.
There will be a resource room open starting at 9:30 a.m. that will including mental health and substance abuse resources available throughout the Twin Cities and Dakota County. Officers will be available throughout the event to answer any police response related questions and explain the role they play in mental health and substance abuse calls.
For more information, contact Laura Vaughan, Crime Prevention Specialist for the West St. Paul Police Department at 651-552-4235 or 


Gramercy open house

Gramercy Park Cooperative of Inver Grove Heights is hosting an Open House on Sunday, May 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For those interested in learning more about how cooperatives operate there will be an informational session from noon to 1 p.m. before the open house begins. Guides will lead tours through eight floor plans and be available to answer questions. Gramercy Park is located at 5688 Brent Ave. in Inver Grove Heights. For more information, call 651-450-9851


Mississippi Valley Orchestra

Women play a central role in the Mississippi Valley Orchestra concert May 5 at 3 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S. Robert St., in West St. Paul. The orchestra, led by Artistic Director Ho-Yin Kwok, presents MVO concertmaster and Minnesota Orchestra violinist Sarah Grimes in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
There will also be a performance of the Saint Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 - first movement. The pianist, Jacqueline Pham, is the recent winner of the St. Paul Piano Teachers’ Association concerto competition. Also, the orchestra will be performing Elizabeth Maconchy’s “Two Dances from Puck Fair” (from her ballet), and Aaron Copland’s signature work “Appalachian Spring”. There will be a pre-concert discussion at 2:15 p.m. The performance is free with donations gratefully accepted. Facility is wheelchair accessible and families with children are always welcome. 


Inver Hills Community Band

The Inver Hills Community Band will be performing a free concert on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of St. Patrick’s, 3535 72nd St. E. in Inver Grove Heights. The program will contain an Aaron Copland medley, highlights from “The Phantom of the Opera,” a vocal piece from “Hamilton,” a American Spiritual with vocalist and other entertaining musical selections. For more information please visit


Childhood Trauma: Building Resiliency

 NAMI Minnesota will sponsor a free, parent night presentation called Trauma in Childhood: Building Resiliency on May 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Wentworth Library, 199 E Wentworth Ave., in West St. Paul. Discover how adverse experiences can shape lives and that of children. Learn strategies to help you and your child become more resilient despite any challenges you may have experienced. The presenter will be Luke Spiegelhoff, MSW, LICSW the clinical director for FACTS MN. Free childcare and a meal are available for this event. Contact Kate Bartlein at with allergy information and to request childcare. For information or to register, call 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at

Harding High School class reunion

Classmates from the Harding High School Class of 1969 are invited to a 50th class reunion on Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m. at the Crooked Pint in Maplewood, 1734 Adolphus St. Send an email to for more information and to RSVP.


Karibu grand 


Karibu Grocery and Deli, located at the corner of Payne and Minnehaha avenues, will have a grand opening celebration on Friday, May 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. The grand opening will be joined by St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, city council members, and others involved in the project. Everyone is welcome. 


Read with the Saints

The St. Paul Saints are bringing their Reading Tree series on the road and to Arlington Hills Library on Saturday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A Saints player, children’s book author, and Mudonna, their pink fluffy mascot, will read children’s books. This event features award-winning author David LaRochelle. The library is located in the Arlington Hills Community Center at 1200 Payne Ave.


Elder Cafe

Join East Side Elders on Thursday, May 9, noon to 2 p.m. for the monthly Elder Cafe event at 463 Maria Ave. After lunch, the Ogitchidakwe Council Drumming Circle will share a performance and members will talk about their work towards breaking the silence to end sexual violence. The cost of the event is $5 per person. Punch cards may be purchased at the door. Cash, check and credit card are all accepted. Contact East Side Elders at 651-683-2326 or to make a reservation or to request transportation on an accessible van. East Side Elders cannot guarantee a meal without a reservation. If you have a special diet need, please contact East Side Elders at least one week in advance of the event. Please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food or personal care items to the event. East Side Elders will be collecting items for its Blue Bag program in which supplemental groceries are delivered to seniors in the community.


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 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 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 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


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

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.


Seedlings series

Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. With the guidance of an Early Childhood Environmental Educator, you and your child will explore the wonder of nature together. The day starts with open ended play in Dodge Nature Preschool’s Movement Room, then continues with a nature hike. Exploration includes encounters with animals, sights and sounds of the woods and prairies, and discoveries about water. Parents will learn about the benefits of nature for a child’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Children begin cultivating a lifelong relationship with the natural world. Classes meet once per week for four weeks. Dress yourself and child for outdoor play and exploration. This class is limited to children no older than 30 months — born after 9/30/16. No strollers please. This series starts April 30 and ends May 21, and runs on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Dodge’s Preschool Entrance, 1715 Charlton St. West St. Paul. The cost is $60, and register by visiting or call 651-455-4555 for more information. 


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. 



DIY garden in a CD case

Get inspired while listening to a garden story read aloud to create your own garden in a CD case. Registration is required for this event, which runs May 2 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Intended for kids ages 3 to 8, it will take place a the South St. Paul Library, 106 Third Ave. N. Call 651-554-3240 for more information. 


Friends of the Inver Glen Library book sale

Support the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. E, and discover deals on gently used materials at the annual book sale, running from May 1 through May 4. 

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