NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | July 2011 events in the West 7th Street neighborhoods of St Paul Minnesota


Monday, July 4: Neighbors are gathering for the Fourth of July fireworks in Upper Landing this year! 
The Taste of Minnesota is gone, but Saint Paul’s sky will be lit up on July 4th with an aerial fireworks show beginning at 10:15 p.m.! Arrive early and stay late and take advantage of July 4th specials at bars and restaurants in Downtown Saint Paul. The fireworks will be unleashed in Upper Landing Park (along Shepard Road, “behind” the Science Museum along the Mississippi River just south of Downtown) at approximately 10:15 p.m. 

Fridays, July 8 and 22: Minnesota Museum of American Art Presents Patio Nights @ City House
on the Upper Landing at St. Paul’s Riverfront. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m.: Friday, July 8 Matthew Inkala & the Hostages; Friday, July 22: Mr. Rowles and Band. Admission is free and appropriate and encouraged for all ages. Food and drink provided by 128 Cafe. Only a short walk up the path, visit San Francisco artist Jim Campbell’s phenomenal light sculpture, Scattered Light, as it lights up at sundown each evening. For questions or more information, please contact Jessari Kuppe, Minnesota Museum of American Art, at 651.797.4057 or

Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota:

Two dates, Sunday, July 17 and/or Tuesday July 19 History tours special for the West End
7 p.m. . All neighbors are invited to view the formal Meetingroom–even the basement!–with an introduction to the history of organizations that called the CSPS Sokol Hall home since 1879. The historical narrative illustrated with furnishings and photographs will be presented by Joe Landsberger, past president and current archivist. This summer Sokol Minnesota is continuing a restoration/renovation phase with major projects, and its Project Planning Committee is meeting with stakeholders of the building. Our neighbors/neighborhoods are critical as past partners in saving the hall in the 1970’s. All are welcome! 383 Michigan

Dvořák Project Workshop at CSPS Hall July 27th & 28th 
7-10 p.m. Neighbors of the West End are welcome to attend two open rehearsals of a new work in progress inspired by Antonin Dvořák’s historic visit to the CSPS Sokol Hall, the West End, and the Midwest in 1893. In April playwright and director Rachel Perlmeter and composer J. Anthony Allen would love to find some musicians in the community who might like to take part in the concert performance which will be held at the Hall on October 15th at 8:00 pm- amateurs as well as experienced players are encouraged to come learn more about the project and should bring their instruments if they would like. The creative team will be pleased to share what they’re doing with anyone interested in the great maestro’s story or in glimpsing a sneak peak at how a staged radio play gets put together. For more information visit the director’s website:

Monday, July 18: Festa Italiana Fundraiser
5:30 – 9 p.m., Mancini’s Char House, 531 West 7th. Food, beer and wine tasting, silent auction, and more. $25 or $10 if you sing an Italian song in the singing contest! Enter your name and song to Visit for more information.

Neighborhood meetings

Thursday, July 7: West Seventh Enhancement Coalition Meeting
11 a.m. Location change: Eagle Street Grille (W7 & Kellogg). WSEC is a task force of the West 7th Business Association. FYI: Edward Bova

Monday, July 11: West 7th Fort Road Federation board of directors monthly meeting
Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council, 974 W. 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102, 651-298-5599 email:

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

Tuesday, Jule 26: West 7th Business Association General Meeting
3 – 4:30 p.m. See Website for more information.

Fort Snelling : 
Shut down?

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

Tuesday, July 5, Open Conversation

Tuesday July 12, Video of Occupation 101, presented by Eliza Burr. 
Documentary is about the current and historical root causes of 
Palestine and Israel conflict ad the U S government involvement ..

Tuesday July 19, the film “abUSed” by Guatamalan film director, Luis Arguenta.
Postville, Iowa packing plant raids in 2009.

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

Mondays, July 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.

Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26: Parent-Child Music
10:00-10:30 am. West 7th Family Center at Monroe School, 810 Palace Avenue.

Wednesday, July 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 register 651-298-5493.

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

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28: Parent-Child Yoga 
10:00-11:00 am. West 7th Family Center, Linwood-Monroe School, located at 810 Palace Avenue.

Thursday, July 14: Family Book Fair
4:00-6:00 pm in the Community Center gym. Bring the whole family to our “Reading is a Blast” free family book fair! Enjoy a good time as we blast off with books, space-age games, crafts and snacks. Each child from toddler to teen can select 3 free books!

Friday, July 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 Summer Day Camp: 
1:00-6:00, Mondays-Fridays through August 19. Serves students entering grades K-9. Field trips, enrichment, reading, science, social skills, sports, lunch and snack. Sliding fee scale with low fees. Transportation available within our neighborhood. Register now; space is limited! Call Aaron Wanserski @ 651-298-5493, ext. 211, or

Free Summer Lunches and Snacks: 
11:30-1:00 (lunches) and 3:00-4:00 (snacks) Mondays-Fridays, running through August 19. Nutritious lunches and snacks provided daily at no cost for children and teens, ages toddler through 18. 

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!

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.

Monday: Free Blood Pressure Checks 12:15-1:00: Monday, July 25 Cost: No Charge; No registration required.

Thursday: July 14: Medicare Counseling
10:00-12:00: Need help enrolling, reviewing or making changes to your Medicare 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. 

Thursday, July 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.

Thursday, July 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.

Thursday, July 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. 

Thursday, July 21: Senior Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be BBQ chicken, potato salad, fruit and bread pudding. Please bring EXACT CHANGE. Bingo starts at 12:00. Cost: $5 for lunch $1 for bingo cards (pay the day of) Register and pay for lunch by Thursday, June 9

Wednesday, July 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. No Charge Call the center to register. 

Friday, July 22: Maintaining a Healthy Heart
10:15-11:30 This presentation will explore the meaning and dimensions of spiritual wellness and will offer ways of enhancing one’s spiritual wellness through practical and simple steps. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Verlyn Hemmen is the Chaplain Manager and CPE Supervisor at United Hospital in St. Paul. He has served three parishes over a 20-year time span. He began working at United Hospital in 2000 and offered the first unit of CPE there during the summer of 2000. Healthy snacks will be served. Win one free month of exercise at the center! Register at the front desk by July 18.

Tuesday, July 19: Lady of the Lake on Lake Minnetonka boat Trip
11:30-3:30 Think summer sunshine and sign up for our 2011 boat trip on the “Lady of the Lake” on Lake Minnetonka. Our tour will be the “History of the Big Island”. Along the route we will be treated to a view of beautiful scenery and Minnetonka mansions. We will enjoy a boxed lunch of turkey, ham or roast beef on a croissant, pasta salad, fruit, and cookie. Beverage choices will be ice tea, lemonade, or coffee. 
Fee: $34 Registration ends July 12.

Wednesday, July 27: Annual Ice Cream Social and Dance 
1:00-3:00 Come see what all the fun is about! Join us at our Weekly Wednesday Dance, with the Golden Tones Big Band and enjoy a tasty ice cream sundae during intermission!
Fee: $4 for admission to the dance, treats are free. 

Fridays, Cards Anyone?
12:30-3:00 We have room for more 500 card players! Call Jeannie if you are interested! 651-298-5493 x204

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.

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