East Side Bulletin Board May 20th, 2019

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.

 

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. 

 

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 classes will be offered on June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. and June 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 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.

 

Get to Know NAMI in St. Paul

NAMI Minnesota will hold a free Get to Know NAMI class on June 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., Suite 400, in St. Paul. Meet NAMI staff and volunteers and hear firsthand how NAMI’s work directly affects the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Learn about education and support programs and how to advocate for better mental health policies. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.

Summer Food Service Program

The Salvation Army - Eastside is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, a national food program. Meals will be provided to all enrolled children and their families without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the Salvation Army located at 1019 Payne Ave. from June 10 through Aug. 2. An afternoon snack will be available from 1 to 1:15 p.m. and supper will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Tonia Collins at 651-776-8169 ext. 3016.

 

 

Railroad Island community meeting

The monthly Railroad Island Neighborhood Group will meet on Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at HOPE Community Academy, 720 Payne Ave. Enter through the doors from the parking lot. The meeting’s agenda was not available at the Review’s print deadline.

 

St. Paul Zoning Principles & Process Training

Zoning Principles & Process Training is an opportunity for community members to learn more about how the City of St. Paul determines what is built in neighborhoods. The presentation will be given by Jerome Benner, Zoning Inspector for the Department of Safety & Inspections and primary staff for the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.  It will include the purpose of zoning laws, types of zoning applications, how the city reviews zoning applications, and the community advisory role in making zoning determinations.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask specific questions about how the city works with applicants and neighbors to achieve the city’s land use policies. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rondo Community Library, 461 Dale St. N., and is free. Please register so they know how many to prepare for. The city’s Facebook page has the information and the registration at www.facebook.com/events/586471965184762/. Questions about the meeting can also be sent to Joe Mendyka at joe.mendyka@ci.stpaul.mn.us

 

Ramsey County body cameras

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office will have a public information meeting at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., on Thursday, May 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in order to inform the public about the upcoming implementation of body cameras for deputies in Ramsey County. Input from the public will be gathered and questions about policy for the body cameras will be responded to. The sheriff’s office will be sharing details about how the new body camera process will be implemented and how it will work once implemented. An overview on the technology to be used, the vendor selected, the method selected for data storage and the timetable for implementation will also be shared. An overview of the ways that Minnesota Data Practice legislation governs data storage and information sharing will be a featured topic. Public input and questions will be the bulk of the evening’s program. The meeting is open to everyone.

 

Swede Hollow master plan meeting

The second community meeting about the Swede Hollow Park master plan will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hope Academy cafeteria, 720 Payne Ave. Lower Phalen Creek Project will provide refreshments. The meeting is open to everyone, please RSVP at https://bit.ly/2HeTxxY so organizers know how how many people are coming for refreshments. The meeting will focus on two preliminary concepts based on goals and priorities collected from the past meeting and community survey. More information about the project can be found at www.stpaul.gov/SwedeHollowMasterPlan or by contacting project manager Cheeneng Yang at cheeneng.yang@ci.stpaul.mn.us or by calling 651-266-6414.

 

Wakan Tipi Center community visioning

Join Lower Phalen Creek Project’s board and staff, along with architect Sam Olbekson of Full Circle Indigenous Design and Cunningham Group, to envision what Wakan Tipi Center will look like during a community meeting on May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wakan Tipi Center will be a cultural and environmental interpretive center located in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary at Fourth and Commercial streets, below Mounds Park. Light refreshments will be provided. The community meeting will be held at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. The meeting is open to everyone, please RSVP at https://bit.ly/2ZOi04B,

 

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 August 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 an 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.

 

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. 

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