NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End July 2014 calendar of events

Thursday, July 3: West 7th Enhancement Coalition monthly meeting
11 a..m.: at Mancini's. All welcome! The Enhancement Coalition is a committee of the West 7th Business Association. FYI: email terrace [at] winternet [dot] com or 651-222-5536

July 7 & 29: West 7th Business Association meets
July 7 at the Burn Unit for early morning coffee! On July 29 for a kitchen fire demonstration (whoosh!) at the fire department. Check out http://www.w7ba.org for details

Wednesday, July 9: Public hearing regarding Streetcars on West 7th Street
5:30 p.m. 3rd floor City Hall. Please see the Final Streetcar Study Summary Report for the recommendations where 7th Street is rated "best"...

Monday, July 14: 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.
http://www.fortroadfederation.org/

St. Stan’s Annual Food Drive
On the weekend of July 19 and 20, St. Stan’s will be having its Annual Food Drive Collection to support those in need in the West 7th Street Community. On the weekend of July 12 and 13, the Social Justice Committee will be handing out grocery bags and lists of most needed food items. Cash donations will be accepted. The Salvation Army uses the cash donations to purchase food from Second Harvest, which is then distributed to those in need. Thank you for your generous support for this great need among our neighbors.

Alexander Ramsey Programs, 265 S. Exchange St

July 5, 2014 Time Capsule for Kids: 1872
Tours at noon and 1 p.m.

July 11, 2014 Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Secrets
7 p.m. Mental illness, addiction, sexuality and birth control all were a part of Victorian life. This program is intended for ages 18 and over.

July 21, 2014, July 22, 2014, July 23, 2014 History Detective Camp
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Solve mysteries of the past in this three-day camp at the Alexander Ramsey House

July 31, 2014 History Happy Hour: Transportation Maps
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learn about Minnesota's history of transportation through maps. This program is for people age 21 and older.

Fort Snelling Events: http://www.historicfortsnelling.org/events-programs/special-events

Event and Tickets at the Xcel Energy Center: http://www.xcelenergycenter.com/events-tickets/calendar

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

Closed July 4!

Friday, July 11 Driver Safety class from AARP refresher course
8:45-12:45 Fee: $20, for AARP members (must present your AARP to receive discount) $23 for non-AARP members. This classroom training program is designed to help persons 50 and older improve their driving skills. Course completion is required to initiate auto insurance discounts. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multiyear discount to AARP graduates! No written or behind the wheel tests will be given. Classes are intended to be non-threatening, interactive and informative. Instructors are trained volunteers Please feel free to bring a snack or lunch. West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org

Wednesday, July 23 Lake Pepin Paddleboat Cruise with Keystone Senior Programs
Bus leaves West 7th at 9:15 am, return around 4:00 pm $45/person
Join us for a Lake Pepin summer boat ride on the Pearl of the Lake Paddleboat out of Lake City, Minnesota. The Pearl of the Lake is an authentic replica of the paddlewheel boats that plied the Mississippi River in the 1800’s. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Pepin, the largest and most scenic lake on the entire Mississippi River. Wildlife and eagles are just some of the things typically seen on the excursions.
Before cruising we will stop for lunch at the Skyline Restaurant in Lake City located on the water by the Lake Pepin paddleboat. Our luncheon options will be the walleye (broiled) sandwich or the reuben sandwich with chips, pickle, beverage and dessert.
Call Teisha at West 7th ASAP (651-298-5493 x204) to make a reservation for this trip and to let us know your luncheon choice. The cost includes coach bus, escort, boat trip and lunch. Please have your trip payment in by July 9th. West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org

Thursday, July 10, 31: 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 www.west7th.org

Tuesday, July 22: Massage Clinic: 1:00-3:00
Sister Janine, licensed massage therapist will be available for massages. $25 for 1/2 hour massage. Call for appointment. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org

Monday-Friday, June 16-August 19: Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program for Youth
11:30-1:00-lunch. 3:00-3:30-snack. Nutritious lunches and snacks provided daily at no cost for children and teens, ages toddler through 18.

Mondays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28: 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, July 7, 14, 21 and 28: Girl Power
4:00-5:00 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.

Wednesday, July 9: 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, July 16: 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, July 10: Free Family Book Fair
4:00-5:45 pm in the gymnasium. Bring the whole family for reading, games, crafts, and a snack. Each child from toddler to teen can select 5 free books. Reading rocks!

Friday, July 11: 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.

(No West 7th Cinema Presents until the Fall)

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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Joe Landsberger

Joe Landsberger contributes news from the West Seventh Street neighborhood.