NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End Neighborhood Calendar



Saturday, April 9: West 7th Neighborhood Cleanup:
9:00 am – 11:00 am. The West 7th Federation, West 7th Business Association and its West 7th Enhancement Coalition, the West 7th/Smith Ave. Task Force, St. Clair Ave. and the Cliff street group along with all groups, neighbors and businesses are invited to join in for the neighborhood clean up. After our long hard winter with lots of debris accumulation, we need a little attention to cleaning the city. We hope you can join with us to make the West End a more attractive and welcoming neighborhood. After the cleanup on the 9th join us at the Ft. Road Federation parking lot, 974 W. 7th Street for refreshments and info sharing at 11:15am. Besides the general clean up on April 9th, consider cleaning your windows, adding a little paint, prepping a flower bed or container. Businesses could pay special attention to their street appearance and signage. This is an ongoing process, but on April 9th get out with the neighbors and join in a community effort. The City of St. Paul has initiated a new Come Clean! Neighborhood Litter Campaign. If you have an area that has high pedestrian traffic and public litter, you may be interested in their offer of a trash container that you can adopt. Kris Hageman at 651-266-8866 and would be your contact for more information. Go to the Business Association website for a link to the page where you can sign up your group for the Come Clean! Program in a park or city street area. In this time of tight budgets, this is a great program where neighbors can be effective in efforts aided by city encouragement.

Saturday, April 9:  Community Shred Event
9 – noon.  Bring your personal and confidential papers to be shredded on-site by Shred Right.  $5 tax deductible donation per box/bag.  Benefits Crime Stoppers. 2310 West Seventh Street.

Volunteer(s) needed: On the 2nd Monday of each month Second Harvest comes to the Winslow Senior High Rise and delivers food for the residents. 

They need assistance unloading the truck and clean up after the distribution.  
The time frame is from 8AM to about 11AM. If there comes a time when they do not have any help, they will stop coming and many of them depend on this food, so they have money for their medications. They have help for April, but starting in May,  they need help each month thereafter.  Some muscle is needed lifting the boxes. Contact Pat Heroff, St. Stans at

Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota
383 Michigan

Saturday, April 9 Czech Music Concert
7 p.m. Frank Trnka, piano and dudy (Czech bagpipe), Jody Ouradnik, soprano and folk harp, and Stu Anderson, sax and guitar, in a concert of A. Dvořák , Czech folk tunes, and ’60s Pop in Czech
Prospect Park United Methodist Church, Orlin and Malcolm, Prospect Park, Southeast Minneapolis. $20 free-will donation suggested. CSPS Hall Legacy Fund will benefit from the proceeds.

Thursday, April 14, noon – 7 p.m. & Friday, April 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sokol Annual Garage Sale!
(Wednesday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Donate and drop off books, clothing, and domestic items)

Sunday, April 17, 9:30 – 1:30 p.m. Spring Breakfast with Craft and Bake Sale: 
Featuring French toast and all-you-can eat pancakes with fruit cup, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee. $6.50 adult; $4.50 child under 9; $20.00 family-friendly-for-four. No reservations required. Buy spring crafts and collectibles as well as delicious breads, cakes, kolache, and pastries for your Easter table. (Reserve a craft table for $25)

Sunday, April 17, 1-3 p.m.: Landmark Center Honors the Czech Republic and Slovakia 
After your yummy breakfast at our Sokol Hall, you are invited on an Urban Expedition: Czech Republic/ Slovakia at Landmark Center by Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul. Enjoy music, food, dance, craft activities, and shopping from 1 – 3 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a food-shelf donation. This free event includes a stage program with Sokol member pianist Frank Trnka, soprano Jody Ouradnik, and guitarist Stu Anderson offering selections from Dvorak. The Tanecni Mladez and Teens will dance along with the Saint Paul Czech and Slovak Folk Dancers. The dancers and Sokol members will present a style show of kroje (folk dress), The Czech “Mom’s Club” will have small perniky cookies for children to decorate, plus a short puppet show.

Sunday, April 23 1 – 3 p.m. Velikonoce/Vel’ká noc Family Easter Celebration 
The Czech Slovak Mom’s Club will host a Traditional Czech Slovak Family Easter Celebration at CSPS Sokol Hall. From noon to 1 p.m., enjoy potluck (bring items to share). From 1 2 p.m., take part in the Czech/Slovak Easter activities (bring blown-out, unpainted eggs). From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the puppet show is about a boy who spends velikonoce at grandma’s house in a Moravian village. Decorate eggs with hot wax or simpler egg coloring for younger children; purchase perníková vajíčka (gingerbread cookies); make a special Easter stick from willow branches, and decorate with ribbons of different colors. The stick is called pomlázka in Czech; korbač in Slovak. Information/registration or 651-452-6240.

Black Dog Cafe
308 Prince Street #100 (downtown St. Paul)

Ernensto “NETO” Ybarra opening exhibit of new work Que es Importante
Exhibit: April 1 – 30. Friday, April 1, 7 – 11 p.m. opening reception; 7:45 p.m. opening ceremony: Danza Mexica Cuauntemoc with music by Ray Evangelista

St. Paul Art Gallery
943 West Seventh St

Deborah McWatters Paggett opening exhibit of new work
Saturday, April 2, 6-8:30 p.m./Sunday afternoon, April 3, 1-4 p.m. 
Hosted by Dave and Sue Thune. 651-227-2511 Website

Pilney Building
Randolph and West 7th

Thursday, April 21: Jennifer Scheffler jewelry launch party and trunk show. 
Using metals, natural stones, Czech glass, etc.

Saturday, April 30: Mary Blouin Auffert (Orangefishydesign) and vendors from the West 7th area. 
Auffert, a St. Paul, MN artist, designs and constructs each Orange Fishy piece using hand-selected fabrics. Orange Fishy is Mary’s most recent creative endeavor and draws from her experiences as a costumer and bridal designer as well as her love of children and experiences in the circus.

St. Mark Lutheran Church
550 West 7th St., 651-224-0228,

Sunday, April 10: 55th Annual Spring DinnerRoast Beef & Roast Pork Dinner, sides, beverage and dessert.
11 – 2 p.m. Adults $ 14.00; Children $5.00 (under 12)

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

Monday, May 2nd, Steak or Walleye Dinner at DeGidio’s
Benefit Help the Youth of our West 7th Community. Entertainment, Jeff Gerbino (Renowned Comedian), and our own “American Idol Father Clay”, Silent & Live Auction. Tickets are limited! $25.00 Call for tickets: 651-338-6164

Fort Snelling :

Thursday, March 10: World War II History Roundtable: The Role of the Coast Guard in Naval Operations
7 p.m. Ken Wiley, author of “Lucky Thirteen” and a World War II veteran of the Coast Guard, will join other veterans to explain the critical role of the Coast Guard in guiding and protecting island landings in the Pacific. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable is presented the second Thursday of each month. Check the schedule to verify

Pax Conversational Salons
Mad Hatter’s Tea House, 943 W 7th Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Tuesday, April, 5. A follow up to the book The Transition Handbook, we will showT the
The film, End of Suburbia will be shown. This film discusses the dwindling supply of cheap energy in the form of fossil fuels and its effects on society.

Tuesday, April 12. Open Conversation. Come and talk and share your thoughts.

Tuesday, April 26, Mike (Media Mike) Hazzard brings us his vivid video word ride of local poet, Roy McBride. 
This is Mike’s labor of love, videotaping Roy since 1986. He calls Roy, “The Joy of Roy.”

Neighborhood meetings

Monday, April 7: Monthly Meeting – West 7th/Smith Avenue Neighborhood Task Force
7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Salvation Army, Smith and West 7th Streets. Agenda includes naming the area, Special Ed programs that will be moving in to the Open School building, ad neighborhool cleanup.FYI:

Thursday, April 7: West Seventh Enhancement Coalition Meeting
11 a.m. Mancini’s Char House discussing West End priorities. WSEC is a task force of the West 7th Business Association
FYI: Edward Bova

Thursday April 14, Great River Park neighborhood meeting/Project update
6:30 p.m. Saint Paul RiverCentre

Monday, April 18: West 7th Fort Road Federation Annual convention
7 p.m. at Summit Brewery, 9910 Montreal WayAnnual meeting and election of officers. Guest speaker: Gary Bruggemann on the history of West 7 and Schmidt Brewery

Saturday, May 7: Healthy West 7th! a discussion about the health in the West End!
1-3 p.m. A partnership between United Family Medicine, United Family Medicine Residency,, and numerous people and organizations from the neighborhood exploring the priorities of the neighborhood about health over the last year and a half in a research project. We invite you & your families, friends, & neighbors to join us as we announce our results & discuss next steps. Email/call Kate Vickery, MD with questions:, 651-241-1010.

West End Club Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
for those with a desire to stop drinking. All ages, various times and formats. 955 West 7th StreetSee schedule

Hazelden West End Adult Outpatient Addiction Treatment Programs
The program includes education, group therapy, and individual work using a holistic recovery approach with the Twelve Steps as the core. Day treatment programs run six hours a dayMonday through Friday for three to six weeks. 680 Stewart Avenue. 
651-292-2400 Website

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

Monday, April 4: Girl Scout Juniors and Cadets 
6:30 pm. Room 108.

Mondays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25: Circle of Parents
5:30-7:30 pm at the West 7th Community Center at 265 Oneida St. Participation is free with free child care and light dinner also provided at $3 per family. To register call Sarah Granger at 651-298-5493, Ext. 215.

Wednesday, April 6: Fathers Reading Every Day Event
5:30-7:00 pm. Fathers and male caregivers join their children for dinner, story-telling, by special guest readers, info sessions, book giveaways, and more.

Wednesday, April 13: Family Lawyer
8:30-10:30 am. David Burns Law Office, LLC offers free one-time legal advice regarding family law issues. Must call to register 651-298-5493.

Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28: Teen Girls’ Circle 
3-4:30 pm. High School girls. Includes activities, food and transportation within the neighborhood. To register, call Sarah Granger at 651-298-5493 ext. 215.

Thursday, April 21: Immigration Law Consultations
3:30-5 pm. Free service by Leslie Guyton regarding immigration issues. Must preregister. Call center at 651-298-5493.

Friday, April 8: Fare for All Discounted groceries
10:00 am-12:00 pm. Holiday Food Package for $20 includes: frozen ham (family size), package of chicken, apple pie (serves 6), 2 bags of frozen corn, bag of frozen strawberries, bread. Other complete food packages from $10-$30. Call Cathalina Young for information. Other food packages from $10-$30. Call 651-298-5493 for information.

Fridays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29: Parent-Child Yoga 
10:00-11:00 am. West 7th Family Center, Linwood-Monroe School, located at 810 Palace Avenue

Friday, April 15: West 7th Cinema Movie Night “Megamind” (PG)
6:00-8:15 pm. Low-cost concessions (hot dogs, popcorn, pizza). Children must be with someone age 13+. Doors open at 6 pm. Movie runs 6:15-8:15 pm.

Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16, and 23: Community Open Gym 
10:00 am- 12:00 pm – walk, jog, play basketball. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Check in at front desk. No Open Gym on April 30.

Saturday, April 30: WOMENS HEALTH FAIR
10:30 am- 1:30 pm – Free celebration for all women featuring health and wellness exhibitors, workshops, health screenings, beauty services, massages, childcare, lunch and door prizes.

Ongoing – Support, Referral, Care Management services 
For individuals/families to access community resources. Sarah Granger, ext. 215.

Ongoing – Bridge to Benefits 
Call for a 10-20 minute meeting to determine eligibility for public programs. Sarah Granger, ext. 215.

June 55+ Events, West 7th Community Center

Monday, Wednesday & Fridays: Young at Heart Exercise Class
9:30-10:10 a.m. Great way to get out, meet new people and do something healthy at the same time! Instructor is a certified Arthritis Foundation exercise leader. Class combines seated and standing exercises along with a short endurance routine. Cost: $8.00 per month. Come and try a class! 
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Wednesdays: Weekly Big Band Dancing
1:00-3:00 p.m. Put your dancing shoes on! The Golden Tones Dance Band will be playing. Refreshments provided. Cost: $4.00 No registration required. 
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday: Free Blood Pressure Checks
12:15-1:00: Monday, April 25 Cost: No Charge No registration required.
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, April 14: Medicare Counseling 
10:00-12:00: Need help enrolling, reviewing or making changes to your Medicare Part D plan? Sign up for a 45-minute one-on-one counseling sessions with Janet Warwick. Bring a list of prescriptions you take and your Medicare card. Janet will be offering her services on the second Thursday of each month. Cost: No charge. Donations appreciated. Call the Center to register. 
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, April 14: Senior Law Attorney 
3:00-4:00: Melanie Liska from Tarrant and Liska, PLLC, will be at the center offering free legal consultations for seniors. Cost: No Charge Call the center to register. 
West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, April 14: Senior Lunch Bunch
11:30-1:30: Monthly group gathers to share lunch. Call the center for restaurant details. Cost: Free, lunch is on your own. $3 if you need a ride. Call the center to register.
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, April 21: Foot Care Clinic
9:30-1:30 p.m. Foot care provided by a registered nurse. Diabetics welcome. Cost: $28 payable at time of appointment. Call the Center to register. 
West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, April 21: Senior Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be Itallian Style Meatloaf with Marinara and Penne, green beans, bread, milk and dessert. Please bring EXACT CHANGE. Bingo starts at 12:00.
Fee: $5 for lunch $1 for bingo cards (pay the day of) Register and pay for lunch by Thursday, April 14
West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Wednesday, April 27: Veteran’s Benefits Counseling
10:00-11:00 a.m. Patricia Manley, Veterans Coordinator from the Veteran’s Administration Office, will be available the fourth Wednesday of every month to answer questions about veterans benefits you may qualify for. Fee: No Charge Call the center to register. 
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Tuesday, April 12: Circus Juventas Mini-Performance at West 7th 
4:00-5:00 Circus Juventas is coming to the West 7th Community Center! Enjoy a mini-Circus Juventas performance in the West 7th gym! Following the performance, we will have a question and answer session with the performers while enjoying refreshments. Fee: No charge. RSVP to the front desk. West 7th Community Center
265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Wednesday, April 13: Pizza Tour 
1:30-4:45 Who has the best pizza in Saint Paul? The best crust? Best ambience? Find out on this tour of 5 Saint Paul pizza eateries. Fee: $10 per person Register at the front desk by April 6
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Friday, April 22: Wellness Friday: Mug Shots: Clay Making Workshop
10:15-12:15 For ages 6-600. Make personalized mugs for you or your family and friends. Explore working with clay as you make a set of mugs for your favorite beverage. Bring your favorite kid, grand or otherwise to this exciting intergenerational activity. Susan Obermeyer will be teaching, she has been a studio artist at Northern Clay Center for over 10 years. Fee: Donations are appreciated. Register at the front desk by Friday, April 15
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, April 18: 55-Alive Refresher 
5:00-9:00 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! Instructors are trained volunteers. This class is for those who have completed the 8-hour class and need to be re-certified. Please feel free to bring a snack or lunch. Fee: $15, for AARP members (must present your AARP to receive discount) $17 for non-AARP members
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Spring Yard Clean-Up by 3M Volunteers (Date to be determined)
1:00-3:00 Our faithful 3M Volunteers will be at the center once again this May, helping to spruce up senior yards and the community center grounds. The volunteers help seniors clear out their yards for spring by raking, planting (if the senior has plants), cutting back branches, mowing, removing weeds and dividing plants. 
Seniors who would like to sign up for this service should contact Jeannie Farrell at 651-298-5493 extension 204 by May 1, 2011. Seniors need to provide tools and lawn or garbage bags and are responsible for disposing of compost. 
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

April thru October: Green Thumbs Wanted!
Help keep our newly landscaped garden look great! Volunteers will be responsible for weeding, watering, dividing and general care of plants. Volunteers are also needed to maintain our garden by the Meals on Wheels entrance. This would be a great opportunity for an individual or a group. Time commitment: 1-2 hours a week. Contact Jeannie Farrell
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Tours of Center Available
Are you new to the center or the neighborhood? Curious as to what programs and activities are available to those who are 55 and up? There is a lot going on here and we love to see new faces! Call Jeannie Farrell and arrange a tour of our center and a brief overview of our Older Adult Programming and Services. 
West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

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