East Side Bulletin Board May 27th, 2019

Safe summer nights

The St. Paul Police Department’s Safe Summer Nights program returns again this summer. The Safe Summer Nights program is designed to provide opportunities for police officers to become acquainted with residents of the neighborhoods they serve over a meal rather than during times of trouble. The initiative began in 2014 when Safe Summer Nights partnered with the St. Paul Police Department and the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department to host events in St. Paul that brought neighborhood families and police officers together in a picnic-type setting. Some upcoming Safe Summer Nights events include:

-June 6: McDonough Recreation Center, 1544 Timberlake Road

-June 13: Linwood Recreation Center, 860 St. Clair Ave.

-June 20: Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center, 800 Conway St.

-June 27: Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

Water Fest

Water Fest returns to Lake Phalen on Saturday, June 1 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The festival, which celebrates clean water and the outdoors, will have activities all day long from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, family-friendly festival will have activities like fishing lessons, paddling, Voyageur canoe rides, archery, arts and crafts, live animals, native plant giveaway and much more. For more information about the festival, go to www.rwmwd.org/get-involved/waterfest/.

 

Unity Iftar dinner

All neighbors are invited to a community Iftar dinner — a dinner to celebrate Ramadan and break the fast — on Tuesday, May 28, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Highwood Hills Recreation Center, 2188 Londin Lane E. All neighbors are invited to share a community dinner and get to know each other.

 

Capitol Region Watershed District community meetings

Capitol Region Watershed District is hosting conversations with residents to learn more about the needs and interests of the community, desired improvements and opportunities to work together to better manage rainwater and runoff and achieve cleaner waters. Input gathered will help guide development of the watershed district’s 2020 Watershed Management Plan. Once created, the plan will serve as a road map for work through 2030. There are two upcoming meetings for community members to learn about the process the share their input. One will take place on Thursday, May 30, 6 to 8 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S. Another will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. For more information, go to www.capitolregionwd.org.

 

St. Paul Public Schools summer meals

St. Paul Public Schools will provide free meals to children 18 years old and younger through its Summer Food Service Program. The program is also available to those who are 19 years old and older and have a mental or physical disability or who participate in a public or private nonprofit school program for the mentally or physically disabled. The Summer Food Service Program begins Tuesday, June 11 and ends Friday, Aug. 23. Meals will be available at more than 75 locations throughout the city including schools, community centers and organizations. Meals will include breakfast, lunch, supper or a snack, depending on the site’s hours of operation. For more information and the latest list of summer meal sites, visit spps.org/summermeals.

 

Payne-Phalen Community Council meeting

The Payne-Phalen Community Council Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. The agenda will include a presentation on Rivoli Bluff Phase II, and St. Paul Chief Resilience Officer Russ Stark will lead a presentation and discussion on the St. Paul Climate Action & Resilience Draft Plan.

 

Monthly group walk

Join the Greater East Side Community Council, which represents neighborhoods like Frost Lake, Hillcrest, Hayden Heights, Beaver Lake and Prosperity Heights, for a community walk around Beaver Lake on Thursday, June 20. Meet at the Beaver Lake Walking Trail, 1118 Edgewater Blvd. at 6 p.m. for  a short walk around the lake. Neighbors are invited to join together for a dinner at Hazel Park UCC after the walk. For more information contact Lisa Theis at D2lisa@outlook.com.

 

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.

 

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