COMMUNITY VOICES | “Musicians Exit,” a poem about the Minnesota Orchestra

Did we know what we had?Could we recognize what was growingin our Midwest midst?Greatness may have caught usoff guard. Was this to be ours? a community of musicians—our guys—waking upto this instant, this note, playing it as iffor the first time—hearts exploding with magic and effort, never mindmodesty?Steady, relentless keenness for the work, respondingto a call to beauty, lifeform taking shape in each heartcon brio? Knocking the socksoff the Proms, making them weepat Carnegie— What do we know of birthright? deep-rooted tradition? Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Saint Anthony Park considers becoming Transition Town with festival on April 20

No matter the weather, on Saturday, April 20, Saint Paul’s Saint Anthony Park neighborhood will celebrate all things green. SAP is considering becoming a “Transition Town” with a festival — including kids’ activities, school projects, music, short films, and learning opportunities. A Transition Town is a community that understands that it must create less a fossil-fueled, energy-intensive way of life and at the same time a more stable, satisfying, locally-oriented one. Several working interest groups have already started the journey, and Saturday they will hold an expo of new initiatives, inviting discussion and participation.Here are Festival details:Date: Saturday April 20Time: 1-4 PM – drop in or come for the entire afternoon!Place: SAP Lutheran Church – 2323 Como Avenue (across from Speedy Market)Host: Saint Paul’s District 12 Community CouncilThe District 12 Community Council has charged the Energy Resilience Group, or ERG (http://www.sapcc.org/ttasap), with raising community understanding of climate change, of the limits of fossil fuels and of possible constructive adaptation. Its members look to join the international Transition Towns network (http://www.transitionnetwork.org), uniting with other Twin Cities neighborhoods (http://www.transitiontc.org), to build local resilience while reducing carbon emissions.Working interest groups include: Community Solar, Sustainable Food Production, Zero Waste, Transportation and Home Energy Reduction. Continue Reading