NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | March 2012 West 7th Street neighborhood event calendar


Thursday, March 1: West Seventh Enhancement Coalition Meeting
11 a.m. Mancini’s Char House. WSEC is a task force of the West 7th Business Association. Contact Edward Bova [] for agenda.

Thursday, March 1: Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association monthly meeting
7:00 pm, 73 Western Ave. So. (corner of Western and Harrison). Agenda includes spring neighborhood activities – LBNA Garage Sale, Spring Clean Up, Gardening Day June 6th, West End Garden Tour; housing rehab update; zoning feedback

Thursday, March 1: West End Artists monthly meeting
7pm to 8:30 Claddagh Cafe in the large table downstairs. Agenda: present a couple ideas for shows and we as a group can decide a direction and I will scout out venues for exhibit. FYI Maryellen 651-356-1780

Saturday, March 3: Sokol Šibřinky/Sokol Costume Dance
Ethnic food 6 – 10 p.m.; old tyme music by Cathy Erickson Band from 7 p.m. Folk dance performances by Taneční Mládež and the St. Paul Czech and Slovak Folk dancers. $10; prepaid $8. 651-452-6240.

Monday, March 5: District 9 Gateway Design Guidelines Study (AKA discussion regarding additional design structure for Commercial Zoning study)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Fort Road Federation Office, 974 W. 7th Street. This task force agenda includes design issues that need to be addressed with design guidelines; review options presented on February 2, 2012; identify pros and cons related to issues noted above; determine study area boundary; discuss task force make-up, process; identify next steps

Tools for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Memory Loss: 4 Sessions including
Enhancing Communication with your Loved Ones with Memory Loss, Real –life Strategies for Dementia Caregiving while Caring for Yourself, Interacting with our Loved Ones with Memory Loss. 5 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20. Sessions are free withe a light dinner in the Nosh Nook of the Shaller Family Sholom East Campus. 740 Kay Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Please RSVP to Kari Kearns at (651) 328-2023

Courses at River Garden Yoga Center, 455 W. 7th St.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for health and well-being, introductory course by Judith Lies Two Spring Sessions: Monday evenings, 6 – 8:30 pm, begins March 19; Wednesday mornings, 9:30 – 12 noon, begins March 21. Cost see website.  Kirtan-Bhakti Yoga: join Kirtan artists Pascale (Kirtan Path) & Melissa Fossum (Om Bolo) along with other guest musicians for call and response. 7:30 – 9 pm, first Fridays of the Month. Kirtan is an ancient practice of Bhakti Yoga. There is no need for experience or a great voice to participate. Cost: donation

Thursday, March 8: Healthy W7th – Gardening/Nutrition Project
7:30 a.m. at United Family Medicine. An agenda and minutes from the last meeting will be sent out before the meeting. FYI: Lynda Anderson []
This education session is free and we will provide a light dinner. Session will take place in the Nosh Nook of the Shaller Family Sholom East Campus. 740 Kay Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Please RSVP to Kari Kearns at (651) 328-2023 or

Friday, March 9: Public Hearing District 9 Gateway Commercial Zoning Study (AKA Zoning Study for Burger King and Mobil Station)
Friday, March 9th, 8:30 am at City Hall. For reports, contact Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council, 974 W. 7th Street, 651-298-5599

Sunday, March 11, 12:30 p.m. Flavors of Slovakia Sokol dinner
Our favorite Slovak menu: cabbage roll, dilled green beans, pickled beets, dumplings and cabbage, pierogi, caraway rye bread, dessert, and coffee. $15 adult; $7 child under 9. Cash bar. Limited seating. Reserve by March 4 952-941-0426

Monday, March 12: West 7th Fort Road Federation board of directors monthly meeting
Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council, 974 W. 7th Street, 651-298-5599 email:

March 15: Neighborhood author Deb Padgett discussing her recently released novels:
Solving Lonely & The Sea in Winter. Claddagh lower level 459 West 7th Street. Books will be available at the event, or at Claddagh and/or Mad Hatter Tea Shop (both on W 7th) for $15. FYI:

by Friday March 23: applications due for the Victoria Park Design Advisory Committee
The Committee will be comprised of local and regional interest groups to provide input in the development of a master plan for Victoria Park.Final selections will be made by Parks Commission staff at April 11, 2012 meeting. Applications and selection criteria are available on the City of Saint Paul website at Contact Alice Messer, project manager at 651-266-6412 or with any questions.

Tuesday, March 27: West 7th Business Association General Meeting
3 – 4:30 p.m. Summit Brewery, program to be announced. Meet the new board!

Saturday, March 31: Community Garden Spring Resource Fair: “Nourishing Neighborhoods, Connecting Communities”
9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street. Complete agenda Speaker: Karen Washington, President of the New York City Community Gardening Coalition and her work advocating for New York City community gardens, and the importance of working in unity. Also a panel highlighting how local garden projects have helped create solidarity in communities.

Palm Sunday, April 1: St. Stanislaus Women’s Spirituality Group Pancake Breakfast
8 a.m.- 12 p.m. Featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages Adults $6.00 Under 12 $3.50 FYI:

Sunday, April 1, Sokol Spring Breakfast with Craft/Collectibles and Bake Sales:
9:30 – 1:30 p.m. All-you-can-eat French toast and pancakes, fruit cup, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee. $6.50 adult; $4.50 child under 9; $20.00 family-friendly-for-four. Spring crafts and collectibles; delicious breads, cakes, kolache, and pastries for your Easter table.

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 day Monday through Friday for three to six weeks. 680 Stewart Avenue.

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

West 7th Community Center Family and Youth Programming
West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Family and Youth Events

Monday, March 5: Girl Scout Cadets
6:30-8:00 pm. 6th and 7th graded girls participate in leadership, teamwork building, cultural activities, crafts, community service, etc. Call Laura Carlson at 651-330-0386 to register.

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27: Parent-Child Music
9:45-10:30 am. West 7th Family Center at Monroe School, 810 Palace Avenue.

Wednesday, March 14: 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.

Wednesday, March 21: Immigration Law Consultations
3:00-5:00 pm. Free service by Leslie Guyton regarding immigration issues. Call center at 651-298-5493 to pre-register.

Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28: Circle of Parents®
5:30–7:30 pm. Parent Support Group Meeting at West 7th Community Center, 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.

Friday, March 2: Fare for All discounted groceries
10:00 am-12:00 pm. Complete food packages from $10-$30. Call Cathalina Young for information 651-298-5493 ext. 218.

Friday, March 3: Family Book Fair
4:00-6:00 pm. Bring the whole family to our book fair with crafts, snacks, games and prizes. Each child from toddler to teen can select 3 free books. West 7th Community Center gymnasium.

Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: Parent-Child Yoga
10:00-11:00 am. West 7th Family Center, Linwood-Monroe School, located at 810 Palace.

Friday, March 16: West 7th Cinema Presents …. The Lion King
6:00-8:15 pm. Free movie with low-cost concessions (hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza). Children must be with someone age 13+.

Oneida Scholarship education advancement opportunity for adult learners.2-4 scholarship grants available to qualified, age 18+ West 7th residents to be used toward a certificate or degree in post-secondary education/training. Applications available at West 7th Community Center and must be submitted no later than March 29, 2012.

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.

Ongoing – Community Kids after school program. Mon.-Fri., 2:15-6:00pm, students grades K-8. Homework help, reading and math Instruction, enrichment activities, field trips, healthy snacks and more! Low fees, sliding fee scale. Transportation within West 7th neighborhood if needed. Registration: Call Aaron Wanserski, 651-298-5493, ext. 211 or

June 55+ Events, West 7th Community Center
West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651)

Bring on the Heat Raffle to benefit Meal on Wheels in Ramsey County
Prizes include a Condo in Key West for four and $500 travel expenses, a Condo in New Orleans for 2 and $500 travel expenses, iPad, Acer Laptop, Overnight hotel packages, Twins Tony Oliva signed print, golf lessons, furnace tune up, oil changes, gift certificates, and much more! Tickets are on sale for $10.00 at the community center thru March 19 and the drawing will be held on March 26. $8.00 of each ticket will go directly to our Meals on Wheels program. You need not be present to win.

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.

Thursday: March 8: 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, March 8: 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, March 8: 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.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 28 – April 19: Therapeutic Pool
4:00-5:00 The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water makes it an ideal environment for aching joints. Immersing yourself in warm water raises body temperature, causing blood vessels to dilate thus increasing circulation! The Therapeutic Pool is 95 degrees and a gentle way to exercise joints and muscles. This is an open swim with no instructor, lifeguard is on duty. Fee: $42 14 Sessions. Register at the center.

Tuesday, March 20: Massage Clinic
1:00-3:00 Fee: $25.00 for ½ hour, Register for appointment.

Thursday, March 15: 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, March 15: Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be Corned Beef and Cabbage, Potatoes and Dessert. 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, March 8

Wednesday, March 28: Veteran’s Benefits Counseling
10:00-11:00 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.

Tuesday, March 20: NEW! Pension Rights Counseling
11:00-12:00 The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project (UMPRP) will be providing free of charge counseling, claims help, and advice on pensions and retirement income in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota regardless of age, income or value of claim. No charge. Please register by March 16

Monday, March 19: Your Retirement Income: Optimize It. Protect It. Enjoy It.
6:00-7:00 Life expectancy charts indicate we’re living longer than ever. And that’s very good news – if you have a plan for paying for those extra years! If you are nearing retirement or have been there for less than five years, attend this workshop and you will gain a retirement income distribution framework that accounts for your time horizon, needs and goals. Learn about guaranteed income options to last your lifetime. It’s vital to have a strategy for both the near-term and the long-term, because you could be around awhile. No charge. Call the center to register by March 15.

Friday, March 23: Wellness Friday: Learning about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) and Sourcing Local Food
10:15-11:00 Our topic for this month’s Wellness Friday will focus on how we can source local foods and support local farmers and learning more about CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture). The Land Stewardship Project will be presenting. No charge. Register at the front desk by Tuesday, March 20

Thursday, March 29: Reclaiming JOY in Living
10:00-11:30 As part of the DAPS Winter 2012 Mind, Body, Spirit- Healthy Aging Educational Series, the West 7th Community Center is pleased to co-sponsor this presentation. Come learn the difference between feeling blue and feeling depressed. Join in a 45 minute presentation followed by an informal question and answer discussion led by NAMI-MN. DAPS is a community collaborative led by Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and supported in part by a CSSD grant from the MN-DHS. No Charge.
Please register by March 22

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 Third Age Yoga: Yes YOU Can Do Yoga!
NEW TIME! 9:30-10:30 a.m. Third Age Yoga is a sensitive approach to yoga for those of us who may have felt that yoga wasn’t for us. Do you think your physical limitations or age would prevent you from doing yoga? Are you afraid you’ll hurt yourself? Or have you wanted to try yoga but were afraid you would feel out of place or embarrassed in a yoga class? In Third Age Yoga, you’ll learn how to move comfortably and safely to increase your flexibility, build strength and increase balance. In addition, you’ll practice a variety of breathing and relaxation techniques to invite inner calm, increase your lung capacity, and refresh your body and mind. Fee: $24 per 4-week Session Please register at least one week prior to class.

Mondays: Cribbage/Bridge/65: 12:30-3:00
Fridays: Cribbage/500/65: 12:30-3:00
We have room for more 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.

This calendar of events is created for neighbors of the West End. Please see our District Council/Federation website for calendar updates at

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