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

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Comcast submitted a request to the City of Saint Paul to have its cable franchise agreement renewed. For citizen input, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) is hosting a series of six focus groups on October 2, 3 and 4. To join one or for more information: www.spnn.org/FocusGroups , or by calling 651-224-5153.

Fri -Sat Oct 4-5: Saint Paul Rivercentre Health and Fitness Expo
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, one of the many events hosted in conjunction with the 32nd Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, returns to Saint Paul River Centre on Friday – Saturday, Oct. 4 – 5. The expo is free, open to the public, and will feature over 100 vendors including hands-on health and fitness exhibits, bargains on running and fitness gear, free samples, etc

Friday – Sunday Oct 4 – 6: Reception “All Around Us” a solo show by Joshua Cunningham Grand Hill Gallery, 303 Grand Avenue, #101. Reception over Saint Paul Art Crawl weekend. Joshua will be present each day. FYI and hours: 651 227 4783 grandhillgallery.com

Saturday, Oct 5: Padgett Studio Art Crawl
11 am – 5 p.m Open Studio Hours, 274 Goodrich Avenue FYI: http://padgettspot.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 9: Annual W7CC Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
4:30-7:30 Join us for our delicious dinner prepared by board members and staff. Adults $8, Seniors $7 (over 60), Children $3, under 5 years-free. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org

Thurs-Sat, Oct 10 -12 St. Mark Lutheran Churchwide Rummage Sale
Antiques, jewelry, collectables, vintage clothing, furniture, housewares, clothing, bake sale. FYI and hours: 651-224-0228 550 West Seventh Street www.saintmark.info

Tuesday, Oct 15: United Family Medicine’s 5th Annual Harvest Moon Mingler
6:00 – 8:00 pm. Harriet Island Pavilion, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Boulevard. Gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate the season at a fundraiser for United Family Medicine. Enjoy brats, burgers, beer and live music. Enter to win a “wall of wine” and bid on special items in a silent auction. Tickets $50 each or 2 for $75 Purchase in advance at 651-241-1085 or glotzer@unitedfamilymedicine.org

Tuesday, October 22: Aging Well Expo 10:30-1:30 Fee: No charge
Join us for our most popular event for Adults 55+. The Aging Well Expo is THE place to find resources and information on health and wellness. We will have a variety of health and wellness exhibitors, breakout sessions, chair massages, as well as various health screenings. Flu vaccines will also be available (bring your insurance card!). Make a day of it and stay for lunch. You do not want to miss this fun and informative event! West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org

Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24: Driver Safety 8 Hour Class
9:00-1:00 Fee: $15 for AARP members (must present AARP card to receive discount), $17 for non-AARP members 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. Please feel free to bring a snack or lunch. . West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org

Wednesday, Oct 23: Child Safety Seat Training Class
7:00 pm Free! Door prizes! Children 4-7 years of age in booster seats reuce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone, though 72% are misused? This class will inform you about: state laws and proper use, seat inspection and installationt. Course conducted by a NHTSA certified instructor; time permitting specific instruction to your vehicle or an appointments can be made for your specific vehicle and car seat at another time. Highland Autostar Collision Center 2042 W 7th St. Contact:John Ritter Jr 651-699-0340johnjr@highlandautostar.com Please RSVP; class size is limited

Sunday October 27: Sokol’s Czech Roast Pork Dinner
12:30 p.m. Traditional menu: roast pork, raised-bread dumplings, sauerkraut, dessert, and coffee. $16 adult; $8 child under 9. Cash beer and wine bar. Pre-paid reservations by October 24: 952-941-0426

Alexander Ramsey Programs: http://events.mnhs.org/media/Kits/events.cfm?siteID=16

October 5: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1879
Tours Noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Experience the sights and sounds of 1879 in this one-hour, family-friendly program.

Oct 11: Ramsey after dark: Secretary of War
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. When Alexander Ramsey was appointed Secretary of War by President Rutherford Hayes in 1879, this Cabinet position brought both national prominence and problems. This 75 minute program explores this fascinating portion of Ramsey’s political career. See rarely seen artifacts from Ramsey’s time as Secretary of War including his official ceremonial uniform and hear excerpts from his personal letters and official correspondence. Discover what issues he and the administration faced, including addressing reform at West Point.

Oct. 19 History Chef! Fall cooking for kids
10 a.m. to noon In this 2 hour program, children ages 8 to 12 can roll up their sleeves and cook their way through history. Using Mrs. Ramsey’s recipes, young chefs will measure ingredients, mix dough, and make apple turnovers and other fall treats. While the treats are baking in the wood-burning stove, the chefs will take a tour of the house and discover how the Ramsey family lived. After the tour, there will be time to taste the baked treats and even have some to take home and share.

Oct 28 Hippocrates Cafe presents “Bite Me!” a Halloween show
7 to 8 p.m. A family-friendly Halloween show that explores the things that bite and creep us out, from leeches to vampires, all in a medical context. Join us in the Ramsey House parlor for an unforgettable evening as Dr. Jon Hallberg, medical director of the University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic and founder of Hippocrates Café, will be joined by local acting great Mark Nelson, actor-singer-accordionista Simone Perrin, and two members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Oct. 31 History Happy Hour: Spirit photography
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Celebrate Halloween by having a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House and learning about the art of 19th century spirit photography. Photographer and instructor Nathan Lewis will share some of the most famous Victorian Era spirit photos, discuss the process by which they were made and the Civil War context in which they became popular. This program is for people 21 years and older. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets, snacks and presentation at 6 p.m.

Fort Snelling Events http://www.historicfortsnelling.org/events-programs/special-events

Thurs – Fri, Oct 17 – 18: Old School Minnesota
10 am – 5 pm (both days) Come and spend the day off from school at Historic Fort Snelling!

History Mystery Night: CSI Fort Snelling – Last Call!
Saturdays, October 19 & 26 6 – 9 pm

Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon )

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter’s Tea House, 943 W 7th, 651-227-3228 for information

Tuesday, October 8, Open Conversation. Open to any new people who want to come and discuss events in which they are interested.

Tuesday, October 22, Guest, Rich Gehrman, will talk about the program of Safe Passage and its struggle and progress with their advocacy efforts to improve child welfare system, and, also, how they are working with sectors such as early childhood development to improve services overall.

West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org

Monday-Friday: West 7th Community Kids After-School Program
2:15-6:00 pm. Serving students grade K-8 with homework help, tutoring in reading and math, social skills, enrichment activities such as art and science, sports and fitness, field trips, healthy snacks and more! Fees determined by sliding-fee scale. Transportation available within our neighborhood. Call Julie Murphy at 651-298-5493, ext. 214 or jmurphy@west7th.org.

Monday, October 7: Girl Scout Cadets
6:30-8:00 pm. 6th-12th grade girls participate in leadership, teamwork building, cultural activities, crafts, community service and field trips.

Mondays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28: 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.

Monday, October 28: Teen Halloween Party!
6:00-7:30 pm. Fun for teens ages 13 and over. Bring a friend or come and meet some new fiends
(I mean friends J). Includes pizza, pop, bobbing for donuts, games and prizes.

Tuesdays, October 1-October 22: Early Childhood Music
9:45-10:30 am. 6-week session – $45 for 1 child, $55 two or more children from the same family. Music fun for infants through preschoolers together with parent or caregiver. Young children learn basic rhythms and melodies combined with movement using a variety of rhythm instruments. Call or stop in to the front desk to register. (651-298-5493)

Tuesdays: Family Open Gym
10:30 am- 3:00 pm. No registration necessary. Open gym play for infants through preschoolers together with parent or caregiver. Families responsible for setup and tear-down of equipment . (May not be held some weeks if the gym is in use.)

Wednesday, October 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 pre-register 651-298-5493.

Wednesday, October 16: 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, October 31: Children’s Halloween Party!
4:00-5:45 pm. Community party for families and children, infants through age 12. Wear your costume and bring the family for games, snacks, and treats in the gymnasium. $5 suggested donation per family.

Friday, October 4: Fare for All Discounted Groceries
10:00 am-12:00 pm. Complete food packages from $10-$30. Call Cathalina Young for information.

Friday, October 25: West 7th Cinema Presents: Oz, the Great and Powerful!
6:00-8:15 pm. Movie is free with low-cost concessions (pizza, popcorn, etc.). Children must be with someone age 13+.

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

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

Ongoing – Support, Referral, Care Management services
For individuals/families to access community resources. Contact Azeb Gebretsadik, ext. 215 or Judy Burns, ext. 201. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493www.west7th.org

Ongoing – Bridge to Benefits Call for a 10-20 minute meeting to determine eligibility for public programs. Contact Azeb Gebretsadik, ext. 215 or Judy Burns, ext. 201 West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org.

Monday Square Dancing
6:15-8:00 Have you always wanted to try square dancing? Looking for something fun and healthy to do this fall/winter? Modern square dancing is a great way to meet new people and get exercise too! Seniors, singles, couples, families, all are welcome to join! *Must come to the first couple classes in order to be enrolled in the group. No newcomers after October 7 (it may be difficult to keep up without having the first few lessons).Fee: $4 per person. Ages 9-18 years free with a paid adult. No registration necessary. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493 www.west7th.org