NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | May 2012 events in the West 7th Street neighborhoods of St Paul


Thursday, May 3: Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association meeting.
7:00 pm 74 Garfield Street.

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 11:00 a.m. W7BA Enhancement Coalition
11 a.m. Mancini’s 531 W. 7th St. The Enhancement Coalition is a task force of the West 7th Business Association.

Saturday, May 5: St. Francis-St. James United School Plant Sale
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Hanging Baskets, Perennials, Annuals, Vegetables, Herbs from Gertens Garden Center 486 View corner at Randolph Ave.

Monday, May 14: 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:

Monday, May 7: Vine Park Brewing Co Free Brewery Tour and Tasting Event
5 -7 p.m. Visit with the staff of MN’s most unusual brewery. Check out the beer they brew and sell in Growlers. Tour the facility and decide if you’d like to live out your fantasy of brewing your beers and wines. Sample the beers available that day for growler sales. 1254 W 7th Street

Monday/Tuesday May 7-8: St. Mark’s Rummage Sale
Monday, 8am-8pm; Tuesday, 8am- 4pm with $3 Bag Sale all day. Snack Bar and Bake Sale. St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church 550 West 7th Street

Tuesday, May 8: “Czechs and paychecks: a working class history of West 7th”
7 p.m. The Untold Stories; Labor History Series is co-sponsored by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and Sokol Minnesota. The panel includes author Patricia Hampl; labor historians Dave Riehle and John Sielaff discussing Jan Rachač, a carpenter on the Capitol building project and his architect son John Rockart, preferred associate of Cass Gilbert; Marlene Skarda Hinshaw, with memories of her father working at the Omaha Railroad shops on Randolph Street; and David Christopherson recalling the Skok family and blacksmith shop. CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan Street at West 7th, 2nd floor.

Wednesday, May 9: West End Garden Tour meeting.
6:30 pm at Federation 934 W. 7th St. Map booklets and information for tour gardeners will be available. All tour garden hosts or a representative are requested to attend.

Alexander Ramsey House Events (Check Website for details)

May 11: Ramsey After Dark: Politics, Scandal and Intrigue
Time: Tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Voter fraud, intimidation and rumors of a stolen election- the 1857 gubernatorial race had it all.

May 19: History Chef: Family Cooking at the Ramsey House
10 a.m. to Noon. Roll up your sleeves to help create some of the Ramsey’s favorite foods. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

May 31: History Happy Hour: Victorian Era Cocktails
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Happy Hour at the Alexander Ramsey House. Victorian era cocktails by Jesse Held of the North Star Bartenders Guild. Snacks and two drink tickets included with the price of admission.

Mississippi Market Natural Food Coop: Events at St. Paul location 1500 West 7th St

Radiant Child Yoga at River Garden Yoga Center
Tuesdays: 4:15-5:00 pm. Children ages 6 – 10: encourage them to balance their mind, strengthen their body and calm their spirit. Your Children will have fun and play games while learning focus, discipline and compassion.Contact: Tracy Cielto (651)-558-7755,

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

Hazelden Fellowship Club for services
680 Stewart Avenue Phone: (763) 509-3900. Primary Focus: Substance abuse treatment services
Type of Care: Non-hospital residential (24 hour) Special Programs: Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders; Groups: Women

April 2012 Family and Youth Events:
West 7th Community Center
, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493
Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm

West 7th Community Center will be closed on Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

Monday, May 7: 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.

Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21: 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.

Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29: Parent-Child Music
9:45-10:30 am. West 7th Family Center at Monroe School, 810 Palace Avenue.

Wednesday, May 9: 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, May 16: 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.

Thursday, May 17, D.A.D. – Dad Appreciation Day
5:30-7:00 pm. Fathers and other male caregivers are invited to attend with their children for dinner, storytelling by special guest readers, fun activities for dads and
kids together, and book give-away. Call Aaron Wanserski 651-298-5493 ext. 211.

Friday, May 4: 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.

Fridays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25: Parent-Child Yoga
10:00-11:00 am. West 7th Family Center, Linwood-Monroe School, located at 810 Palace.

Friday, May 18: West 7th Cinema Presents …. Puss In Boots
6:00-8:15 pm. Free movie with low-cost concessions (hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza). Children must be with someone age 13+.

Ongoing – Support, Referral, Care Management services
For individuals/families to access community resources. Azeb Gebretsadik, ext. 215 or Sarah Granger, ext. 201.

Ongoing – Bridge to Benefits Call for a 10-20 minute meeting to determine eligibility for public programs. Azeb Gebretsadik, ext. 215 or Sarah Granger, ext. 201.

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

Monday, Wednesday and 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: May 10: 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, May 10: 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, May 10: 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.

Tuesday, May 15: Massage Clinic
1:00-3:00 Fee: $25.00 for ½ hour, Register for appointment.

Thursday, May 17: Foot Care Clinic
9:30-3:00 p.m. Foot care provided by a registered nurse. Diabetics welcome. Cost: $28 payable at time of appointment. Call the Center to register.

Thursday, May 17: Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be Chicken Wild Rice Salad, Sourdough Bread and Dessert. Vegetarian meals available upon request. 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, May 10

Wednesday, May 23: 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.

Tuesdays, Starting May 1st: Knitting and Crocheting Group – All Ages Welcome!
1:00-3:00 New group at West 7th! Join others who share the same interest, learn or share skills with group members and be inspired to try new projects. All levels are welcome. Bring a project and supplies. Questions? Contact Fran McLay at 783-2381 or Paula Knutzen at 699-1515.

Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 and/or Wednesdays May 16, 23, 30, June 6
Third Age Yoga: Yes YOU Can Do Yoga! 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.

Tuesday, May 15: 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 call to register.

Thursday, May 17 and Friday May 18: 3rd Annual Plant Sale
10:00-6:00 Pick up veggies, herbs and perennials at our 3rd Annual Plant Sale. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions, information about home composting will be available and there will also be a booth with information about reducing junk mail at home. The proceeds from this event will go towards our new raised garden beds. The beds will be used by our summer youth program and volunteers will also plant produce that will be harvested and given to our Meals on Wheels clients.

Monday, May 21: Japan in a Suitcase
6:00-7:00 Learn more about Japanese culture and participate in a traditional Tea Ceremony. A local West 7th neighbor will play Japanese instruments. Call to register: 651-298-5493

Friday, May 25: Wellness Friday
10:15-11:00 Pain Management and Arthritis
Did you know there are over 100 different forms of arthritis? This presentation will focus on what arthritis is, myths and facts and what can make pain better or worse. Also learn strategies for pain management and control. Presenter: Arthritis Foundation Fee: No charge. Register at the front desk by Friday, May 18

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.

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