NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End March 2014 calendar of events


This calendar of events is created for over 750 neighbors of the West End. Please see this new location for calendar additions, corrections and updates at

Sunday, March 2: West End Mardi Gras III Tea Dance
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Featuring the Southside Aces and their New Orleans Jazz, cash bar and menu a la carte of Creole jambalaya (from Louisiana!), red beans and rice. Bring your mask, costume, parasol and alter egos to this singular neighborhood event: the band promises two “parades”.

Admission $15; $7.00 under 16. As the snow falls, rise up for the fun! Proceeds benefit installation of hall air conditioning for summer tea dances! or 651 297 9000 for information. CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan off West 7th Street.

Mardi Gras III Tea Dance-forget winter Mary! and Laissez les bons temps rouler encore!

Thursday, March 6: West 7th Enhancement Coalition monthly meeting
11 a..m.: Mancini’s Restaurant. All welcome! Agenda includes Citywide Spring Cleanup in April. The Enhancement Coalition is a committee of the West 7th Business Association . FYI: or 651-222-5536

Saturday, March 8: Ecumenical Women’s Luncheon
St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church. Great opportunity to get together with other women of our neighborhood churches and celebrate the West Seventh Community! For more information, contact St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 651-224-0228 (office)

Monday, Mar 10: Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council Board
7 p.m. Meets to discuss issues and possibilities at its offices at 959 Seventh Street West.

Friday, March 14: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
7 p.m. Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control all were a part of Victorian life, but were never spoken of in public. Discover the “secrets” of the Victorian era in this 90 minute adult-themed program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals which provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors and friends. Discover what issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors. Alexander Ramsey Programs, 265 S. Exchange St

Sunday, March 16: Flavors of Slovakia dinner
12:30 p.m. Menu: Cabbage rolls, pierogi, dumplings, and more. $16 adult; $8 child 9 and under, cash bar. Pre-paid reservations by March 11: 952-941-0426. CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan off West 7th Street.

Irish Ceili in Saint Paul

Monday, March 17: Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ceili at the CSPS Hall
7:00 p.m. Dance lessons;
7:30 p.m. Dancing! Music by Barra Band, one of Minnesota’s longest-running traditional Irish bands. Admission $10.00; $5.00 for under 16

Tuesday, Mar 18: Pax Salon: A salon in memory of Pete Seeger.
6:30 to 8:30 pm. Songs, readings and remembrances. Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. St Paul Gallery (formerly Mad Hatter’s Tea House) 943 W 7th. Call 651-227-3228 for information. or

Wednesday, Mar 19: Annual West End Neighbors Garden Tour organizational meeting
6 p.m. at the Federation offices, 959 Seventh Street West. Help out for this singular event. 651 298 5599 for more information or

Saturday, March 22: Šibřinky: Sokol costume ball & supper
4 – 10 p.m.: Cathy Erickson Band, children, teen, and adult folk dancers. $10/advance (by 3/15, mail check made to Sokol MN to 3704 Denmark Ave, Eagan, MN 55123). $12/door. CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan off West 7th Street.

Tuesday, March 25, Pax Salon Open Discussion.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy even if you have never come before. Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. St Paul Gallery (formerly Mad Hatter’s Tea House) 943 W 7th. Call 651-227-3228 for information. or

Thursday, March 27: West Seventh Business Association membership
4 p.m. Information on MNSure Healthcare for small businesses: MNsure SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) specialist Carol Eckelberg and Navigator Connie Welch of United Family Medicine on West 7th Street will present and answer your questions. The program should last about 30-45 minutes with socializing and networking afterwards. Location to be The Saint Paul Port Authority announced that Pearson’s Candy has been awarded $200,000 to expand in Saint Paul by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Thursday, March 27: History Happy Hour: Labor History
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House. Join Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman for a conversation about Saint Paul’s labor history. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets (white wine and beer only) and snacks. Alexander Ramsey Programs, 265 S. Exchange St

West End Artists: St. Paul arts scene gets $8M lift from Knight Foundation, $4.5 million for the Knight Arts Challenge: a community-wide contest looking to find and fund innovative arts ideas. The Arts Challenge is open to everyone from independent artists and artist collectives to businesses. Finalists to be announced this summer. For more information:

Fort Snelling Events

Event and Tickets at the Xcel Energy Center:

West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Friday, March 28: Wellness Education-Arthritis Foundation:
Put Pain in Its Place: How to Get Osteoarthritis Pain Under Control10:30-11:15
No cost, refreshments will be offered
Get the facts about osteoarthritis pain and learn strategies for controlling and even preventing pain. Together with your doctor, you can create a pain management plan that can help you get back to doing the things you enjoy. Find out what you can do to Put Pain in Its Place. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Tuesday, March 4: Adult Children Caregiver Support Group:
5:00-6:30 There are many decisions a caregiver needs to make in their role as a caregiver, some harder than others. We have trained Caregiver Consultants who can meet with you to discuss concerns or help you make tough decisions. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, March 6, 27: West 7th Book Club: 6:00-8:00
Interested in belonging to a Book Club? We meet every three weeks and read great books! Contact Pam for more information at 651-224-2056 or the West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday, March 10: Girl Scout Cadets
6:30-8:00 pm. 6th-12th grade girls participate in leadership, teamwork building, cultural activities, crafts, community service and field trips.

Wednesday, March 12; Saint Patrick’s Day Dance and Luncheon: 12:00-3:00
Wear your green and join us for an Irish-American lunch of corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and dessert. After lunch the music will begin! $4.00 for dancing only, $12 for lunch and dancing. Lunch will be served at 12:00pm. Reserve your spot by March 3 by calling Mary at 651-266-6447. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Friday, March 14; Befriending an Older Adult Who Lives with a Mental Illness
10am Learn how to stay connected with a friend, neighbor, co-worker or loved one who is struggling with the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental illness. How do you maintain a long-term relationship with a person managing the ebb and flow of a chronic mental illness? We will also discuss practical tips for visiting and what you need to know when a loved one is hospitalized. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Wednesday, March 19: FREE Identity Theft Awareness Training:
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FTC publications and solutions provided.​ Brought to you by Ken Mahler. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday-Friday: West 7th Community Kids After-School Program
2:15-6:00 pm. Serving students grade K-8 with homework help, tutoring in reading and math, social skills, enrichment activities such as art and science, sports and fitness, field trips, healthy snacks and more! Fees determined by sliding-fee scale. Transportation available within our neighborhood. Call Julie Murphy at 651-298-5493, ext. 214

Mondays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24: Circle of Parents
6:00-7:30 pm. Parent support group meeting at West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street. Participation is free with free child care. To register call Azeb Gebretsadik at 651-298-5493, ext. 215.

Mondays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24: Girl Power
4:15-5:00 pm. Weekly group for teen girls, grades 7-12. Encourages young women to be healthy, self-confident, educated, and responsible by participating in life skills, workshops, college prep, community service and fun activities. To register call Azeb Gebretsadik at 651-298-5493, ext. 215.

Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25: Family Open Gym
10:30 am- 3:00 pm. No registration necessary. Open gym play for infants through preschoolers together with parent or caregiver. Families responsible for setup and tear-down of equipment . (May not be held some weeks if the gym is in use.)

Wednesday, March 12: Family Lawyer
8:30-10:00 am. David Burns Law Office, LLC offers free one-time legal advice regarding family law issues. Must call to pre-register 651-298-5493.

Wednesday, March 19: Immigration Lawyer
3:00-5:00 pm at the West 7th Community Center at 265 Oneida Street. Free service provided by Leslie Guyton of Guyton Law Firm regarding immigration issues. Must pre-register to see the attorney; call the center at 651-298-5493.

Thursday, March 13: Family Book Fair
4:00-6:00 pm. Bring the whole family for reading, games, crafts and a snack. Each child from toddler to teen can select 3 free books. READING ROCKS!

Friday, March 7: Fare for All Discounted Groceries
10:00 am-12:00 pm. Complete food packages from $10-$30.
Call Cathalina Young at 651-298-5493 x218 for information. NEW: Free Blood Pressure Checks available at Fare For All.

Friday, March 21: West 7th Cinema Presents: “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs II”
6:00-8:15 pm. Movie is free with low-cost concessions (pizza, popcorn, etc.). Children must be with someone age 13+.

Ongoing – Support, Referral, Care Management services
For individuals/families to access community resources. Contact Azeb Gebretsadik, ext. 215 or Judy Burns, ext. 201.

Ongoing – Bridge to Benefits Call for a 10-20 minute meeting to determine eligibility for public programs. Contact Azeb Gebretsadik, ext. 215 or Judy Burns, ext. 201.

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