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


Wednesday, May 4: Survey on the history, visual character, defining features and historic resources of the neighborhood of the West End, bordered by our bluff from Forbes, Wilkin,Grand, 35E, Smith, Duke Street.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Mississippi Market Co-op, 1500 West 7th Street. The research focuses on the history, visual character, defining features and historic resources of the neighborhoods, with the results to be used in planning and community development efforts. Researchers are especially interested in receiving public responses to the following questions: What neighborhood sites are important to you? What places have historic significance? Who are the important people in history who lived and/or worked in these communities? Sponsored by Historic St. Paul, St. Paul Survey, St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission, Ramsey County Historical Society. You can also submit information share information, stories and photos. If you have questions or information to provide you may email or call651-222-3049.

Saturday, May 7: “Healthy West 7th” conversation on neighborhood health.

1-3 p.m. at the West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street. Resident physicians at United Family Medicine will present their research findings from interviews, surveys, and group discussions on neighborhood health and what can we do to make West 7th a healthier place. A recent Wilder survey found that life expectancy in the West End is eight years less than in its suburbs. Reviewers at the Minnesota Academy of Family Practice Research Forum voted the project as the best resident research presentation! Refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. Questions? Need transportation? Call Gina at 651-241-1085

Saturday, May 21: West 7th Neighborhood Cleanup

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Summit Hill & West 7th Combined, Neighborhood Disposal / Cleanup

Location: Pleasant Ave. between the Summit Hill Compost Site & Victoria St. Enter Pleasant Ave. off St. Clair Ave. (NOT Victoria Street). Sponsored by: The Summit Hill Association/District 16 Council, West 7th – Fort Road Federation/District 9, Eureka Recycling and the City of Saint Paul.

Entrance: $5 to $20 to enter the site (depending on size of vehicle). Gate fee charged each time you enter.

Electronics: $5 per item (TV’s, DVD’s, VCR’s, stereos, computer equipment);

Tires: $3 each / Mattresses and Box Springs: $15 each; See Website for more information.

Neighborhood meetings

Thursday, May 5: 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

Monday, May 9: 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 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

Tuesday, May 31: West 7th Business Association General Meeting

3 – 4:30 p.m. at Summit Brewery 910 Montreal Cir

Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota

383 Michigan

Thursday – Sunday, May 5 – 8 Festival of Nations

Enjoy Czech and Slovak participation and booths with food, culture booths, gift shop; children, teen, and adult folk dancers on stage. St. Paul RiverCentre, downtown St. Paul

St. Mark Lutheran Church

550 West 7th St., 651-224-0228,

Monday (today!) and Tuesday, May 2-3: Spring Rummage Sale

FYI: tele: 651.224.0228 / fax: 651.224.1277; website:;

Fort Snelling :

Thursday, May 12: World War II History Roundtable: Destroying the Armaments Industries in Germany

7 p.m. Bob Mrazek, author of “A Dawn Like Thunder” and the upcoming “To Kingdom Come,” along with veterans of the bombers of the Eighth Army Air Force will discuss missions on the arms plants in Germany and the mission on Stuttgart in September 1943. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable is presented the second Thursday of each month from September through May

Saturday/Sunday, May 28-29: Opening Weekend: Historic Fort Snelling and Sibley House Historic Site

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Sibley House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday Enjoy a weekend of programs and activities as Historic Fort Snelling and the Sibley House Historic Site open for the season. Try the History Hunt program for kids and get a special Fort Kid’s button; see cannon and musket firings, hearth cooking demonstrations, and try your hand at period games at the historic fort. Across the river at the Sibley House Historic Site, tour some of the oldest buildings in Minnesota, see the restored Sibley and Faribault homes, learn about the fur trade and see exhibits on the history of Mendota and its connection to the fur trade and Minnesota’s first governor, Henry Sibley.

Monday, May 30: Military History Timeline

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Explore a living timeline of military life through history during this special day honoring America’s soldiers. Costumed staff and reenactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniforms, accoutrements, artifacts, and firing demonstrations. Veterans receive free admission


Pax Conversational Salons

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

Tuesday, May 3, Open Conversation

Tuesday, May 10, Veteran for Peace, Steve Clemens

Returned from a trip to Afghanistan will talk about his experience.

Tuesday, May 17. Jack Rossbach on a synopsis of Nuclear Power

Tuesday, May 24, Sarah Martin

One subpoenaed by the FBI, about her work within the peace movement

Tuesday, May 31, Little Book of the Odd Month Club discussion

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Pilney Building/w7 Collective

event + gallery + social: Judy Wilds Shimota 651.398.5582

Thursday, May 5: BC Designs trunk show

Friday, Saturday, May 6-7: Yoga Calm Workshop (fee: $200)

Thursday, May 13: Yoga nite, 5pm-9pm (fee: $50)

Mississippi Market:

1500 W. 7th St. 651-690-0507


May 5-30, Mississippi Market’s West 7th Store Annual Plant Sale

Sale opens on Thursday, May 5 with cool hardy plants such as Minnesota natives, potting annuals and cool crop vegetables. Plus an ample assortment of hanging baskets for Mother’s Day weekend.

During the second week of the sale, the bulk of perennials, tomatoes and peppers will arrive along with other tender veggies, herbs, & annuals! We’ll have a fantastic selection of heirloom tomatoes and peppers (over 65 varieties!) Our Tomato and Pepper Resource Guide will be available for helping you decide which varieties to select. Vegetable growers can also anticipate several new items. Check out our 6 pack Urban Gardener samplers of peppers, tomatoes, root vegetables, cole crops, squash, and onions. Starts for cucumbers and melons will also return this year. Organic soil amendments, worm castings and potting soils are available at both stores. Don’t forget to look indoors for a great selection of gardening essentials such as High Mowing & Seed Savers Exchange seeds, gardening books, pots of all sizes, tools, gloves, and composting buckets.


Saturday, May 14th: Patio Party at the West 7th Store

11am-3pm: Join us as we celebrate the return of gardening and grilling! Talk with Master Gardeners. Taste our brats made in-house & burgers hot off the grill from local Grass Run Farm. In the store, try samples of the perfect accompaniments to your backyard barbeque, including local Pumphouse Creamery ice cream.


West 7th Community Center Family and Youth Programming

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




Monday, May 2: Girl Scout Juniors and Cadets

6:30 pm. Rooms 108 and 116.


Mondays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23: 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, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31: Parent-Child Music

10:30 am. West 7th Family Center at Monroe School, 810 Palace Avenue.


Wednesday, May 11: 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, May 5, 12, 19, and 26: 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, May 19: Immigration Law Consultations

3:30-5 pm. Free service by Leslie Guyton regarding immigration issues. Must preregister. Call center at 651-298-5493.


Friday, May 6: 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, May 6, 13, 20 and 27: Parent-Child Yoga

10:00-11:00 am. West 7th Family Center, Linwood-Monroe School, located at 810 Palace Avenue


Friday, May 20: West 7th Cinema Movie Night Presents “Tangled” (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, May 7, 14, and 21: 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. Open Gym ends May 21 and will resume in the Fall.


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.


May 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, May 23 Cost: No Charge No registration required. West 7th Community Center

265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493


Thursday, May 12: 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, May 12: 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, May 12: 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, May 19: 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, May 19: Senior Lunch N’ Bingo

11:30-1:30 Lunch will be Cold Chicken Pasta Salad w/Whole Grain Pasta, Mixed Vegetables, Roll, Fresh Fruit, Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting. 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, May 12

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


Wednesday, May 23: 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


Wednesdays May 4-June 8 (6 Week Session) Writing About Your Life

4:00-5:30 p.m. Everyone has a story. In this class, we’ll focus on memoir—writing “short vignettes” about times, people, places and events in your life. We’ll use the element of “remember the time…” We’ll focus on “practice” and take no heed of “getting it perfect.” We’ll do brainstorming; short, timed writing exercises; and read aloud what we write to others in the group. We’ll laugh, have fun and do some mental “limbering up” to get us going. Individual consultations included, if desired. Bring a notebook, your favorite pen, and your fondest memories. About the instructor: Maxine McCormick was the Community Reporter newspaper editor for eight years. Now she focuses on the Youth Writing Programs of the newspaper. In the past, she’s taught writing classes to children and adults. Fee: $30.00, Registration ends May 2

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

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