East Side Bulletin Board May 13th, 2019

Ramsey County Master Gardeners Plant sale

The Ramsey County Master Gardeners Plant Sale returns May 18 this year, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at “The Barn” 2020 White Bear Ave. in Maplewood. Grab your gardening friends and bring a box or wagon to bring home Minnesota-grown plants at affordable prices. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. The proceeds from this sale benefit the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener programs in Ramsey County. For more information go to www.ramseymastergardeners.org/index.php/12-upcoming-events/85-2019-plant....


Senior poetry class

The East Side Arts Council has organized a senior poetry class that will meet Mondays throughout the upcoming summer. The class will be taught by poet Diane Jarvenpa, an internationally known singer, songwriter, guitarist, and kantele player (Finnish folk harp). In addition to her music, she is also an award-winning poet and has published five books of poems. Her love of nature, music, and her experience as a Finnish immigrant all shape her writing. The class will start June 3 and run through Aug. 5 at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. The class is free to seniors 62 years of age and older. Sign up by calling the East Side Arts Council at 651-774-5422 or by sending on email to office@eastsideartscouncil.org.


Young Adult Mental Health support group 

Young Adult NAMI Connection (ages 18-30) is a free mental health support group sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). A group meets in St. Paul on the first and third Sundays of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Unity Church – Unitarian, 733 Portland Ave., Owl Room on lower level, in St. Paul. The group is facilitated by young adults living with a mental illness and doing well in recovery. For information contact Tess at 507-226-3369 or Leah at 207-272-4450 or Leahwilcox9@gmail.com.


Phalen Family Fishing Nights

The Tips Outdoors Foundation and St.Paul Parks & Recreation are teaming up again this summer for Family Fishing Nights at Lake Phalen. Tips Outdoors professional staff and mentors will be on hand the first Wednesday of each month starting in May and running through September. Fishing will start at 6 p.m. and go until sunset. This event is free, family friendly, and all are welcome. No previous fishing experience is required. All equipment will be provided. 

You will find Family Fishing on the northwest side of Lake Phalen. There are two fishing piers, one on Phalen Lake and one on Round Lake. Kids under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license. Those 16 years old and older must have a valid Minnesota fishing license. You can find where to purchase a fishing license, or purchase your fishing license online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/fishing/index.html?type=fishing#res. Tips Outdoors Mentors and Pro-Staff will be on site to help with any license purchases as well. No one will be turned away for the inability to pay.


YMCA aquatic job fair

Stop by the East Side YMCA, 875 Arcade St. on May 15, 6 to 8 p.m. to learn more about aquatic careers at the YMCA. YMCA locations across the Twin Cities are hiring for 200 part time and seasonal positions for lifeguards and swim instructors. For more information, go to ymcamn.org/jobs. 


Career and college fair

Join the St. Paul Youth Council and the East Side YMCA Teen Thrive for a Career and College Fair on Saturday May 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be opportunities to learn from colleges and professionals from multiple fields. Teens will be entered into a raffle to win a free summer bus pass. Organizers for the event are still looking for professionals from the following fields to table and talk to young people: public service, STEM, business and finance, health sciences. If you’re interested, please feel free to reach out to Longkee Vang at Longkee.vang@ymcamn.org. The event will be held at the East Side YMCA, located at 875 Arcade St.


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.


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 jankiefner@comcast.net for more information and to RSVP.


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.


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.

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