East Side Bulletin Board May 6th, 2019

Submit poetry

The East Side Arts Council is looking for new poems to exhibit at its Phalen Poetry Park near Lake Phalen. To have your poem considered, submit them at esac@eastsideartscouncil.org. Poems must be one page or shorter. 


Restoration work at Bruce Vento

Are you interested in learning about restoring natural places or just want a project to work on outdoors? The City of St. Paul has a number of volunteer restoration events taking place at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary during the spring, summer and fall. Individuals and groups are welcome to sign up. All tools for the work will be provided. Volunteers should bring their own, full water bottles, wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. For questions, send an email to Tricia at environment@ci.stpaul.mn.us. Restoration work days are available nearly every weekend through October, so go to www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation/natural-resources/volunteer-... to sign up for a time that works for you. The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is located at 293 Commercial St. 


Blooming St. Paul

The East Side Arts Council’s annual gardening event, Blooming St. Paul, returns on May 19, 9 a.m. to noon in the dragon garden. All ages and experiences are welcome and gardening tools will be provided. Weekly gathering for gardening will also be starting up soon, planned for Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. For more information and directions to the garden, call the arts council at 651-774-5422 or send an email to esac@eastsideartscouncil.org.


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 $5.00 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 info@EastSideElders.org 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 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. 


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.


Creating Caring Communities Presentations in St. Paul

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 1 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.

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