NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | February 2013 events in the West 7th Street neighborhoods of St Paul


Let’s Party Mary! at the CSPS Hall (map) 383 Michigan

It’s time for Carnival and Masquerade Balls in the West End!

Saturday, February 9, The 37th Nordic Ball Danish Festelavn

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan St, St. Paul. Join the Danish Folk Dancers for an evening of dancing to some of the best Nordic bands in the area and a traditional light evening meal. Festelavn is Danish Carnival or Shrovetide. Wear your Nordic dress or carnival costumes and masks. Tickets available at the door for $25.00 each.

Saturday, February 9: 3rd annual Chocolate Tasting & Gift Fair

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., A destination for Valentine’s chocolates and gifts, complete with live music by the Urban Legends Trio. Delectable chocolates, cheese, fruit and chocolate pairings, and lots of sweet treats on hand to sample and purchase. Meet some of our favorite local gift vendors, including soap and candle makers, SunLeaf Naturals. Mississippi Market Coop 1500 West 7th Street. Visit for full event details.

Sunday, February 10: Traditional Mardi Gras II Tea Dance

1 – 5 p.m. The Southside Aces will play their traditional New Orleans Jazz; Cajun2Geaux will cater a menu of Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, and Jalapeno Corn Bread; you will supply your alter ego with mask, beads, and get up! This second now annual festival supports programming and projects at the CSPS Hall. FYI: For tickets $15: 651 297 9000 or

Saturday, February 16: CARNIVAL! EDT’s Annual Winter Dance Party!

7:00-11:00 p.m a family-friendly winter dance party featuring live music by Orkestar Bez Ime and dance performances by Ethnic Dance Theatre! $15 adult; $8 under 17; Free under 3

February 23: SlovCzech Trio at the Black Dog Cafe

8 p.m. SlovCzech brings you the sounds of eastern and central Europe (and early West End Czech/Slovak immigrants) by taking traditional folk songs and reformulating them into modern high-energy melodic sounds, even a few Celtic inspired tunes. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself temped to dance. 308 Prince Street, Lowertown, 651-228-9274

Sunday, March 3: Flavors of Slovakia Dinner, March 3

12:30 p.m. Pre-paid reservations required by February 25. Seating is limited. Tickets $16.00 adults, $8.00 child under 9 – Reservations 952 941-0426 See flyer for details.
Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota, CSPS Hall 383 Michigan

Monday, February 4, 11, 18 and 25 – 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.
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday, February 4 – Girl Scout Cadets

6:30-8:00 pm. 6th and 7th grade girls participate in leadership, teamwork building, cultural activities, crafts, community service, etc. Call Laura Carlson at 651-330-0386 to register.
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 – Early Childhood Music Class

9:45 to 10:30 am at West 7th Community Center – Music fun for infants through preschoolers together with their parent or caregiver. Young children learn basic rhythm and melodies combined with movement using a variety of rhythm instruments. For cost and other info, call 651-298-5493 or stop in to register.
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Tuesdays – February 5, 12, 19 and 26 – Family Open Gym

10:30 am-3:00 pm. Free family play time for toddlers through preschoolers together with parent(s) or caregivers. No registration necessary. (Check calendar as gym may not be available on occasion when gym is in use for center events.)
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, February 7: Driver Safety Refresher Class (Formerly 55-Alive)

9:00-1:00 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. Call the center to register.
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Friday, February 8 – Fare for All Discounted Groceries

10:00 am-12:00 pm. Complete food packages from $10-$30. Call Cathalina Young for information
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday, February 11: West 7th Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council
7 p.m. board meeting

Wednesday, February 13 – 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.

Friday, February 15 – West 7th Cinema: Ice Age Continental Drift

6:00-8:15 pm. Movie is free with low-cost concessions (hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza).Children must be with someone age 13+.

Wednesday February 20 – 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, February 21: West 7th Book Club

6:00-8:00 Interested in belonging to a book club? The West 7th Book Club meets every three weeks at the center. For more information, contact Pam for more information, 651-224-2056.
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Friday, February 22: Wellness Friday: Easy Tai Chi

10:30-11:15 Tai Chi is the ancient Chinese practice of smooth, quiet movements tied to breath that helps people feel refreshed and energized while building strength and balance. It is a great exercise for people of all ages. Come join Curtis West, personal trainer ( and certified Easy Tai Chi practice leader for an interactive learning session where you will learn moves that you can bring into your own Home Practice. Fee: No charge. Register at the front desk by Monday, January 21. 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. Homework help, tutoring in reading and math, enrichment activities, social skills curriculum, sports and field trips, healthy snacks and more! Low fees determined by sliding fee scale. Transportation available within our neighborhood. To register, call Julie Murphy at 651-298-5493 x214 or email:
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

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