NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West 7th Neighborhood Calendar


Community events:

Mississippi Market launches in-store composting program at its West 7th Street store
On November 1, 2011 Mississippi Market’s West 7th store began piloting a comprehensive in-store composting program with the goal of dramatically reducing the amount of waste produced within the store. The co-op has posted signs labeled “Compost”, “Recycling” and “Trash” to direct customers and staff to the correct bin. FYI: Kari Binning | 651-310-9465 |; Waste Management contact: Julie Ketchum | 651-334-4309 |

A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Through December 31. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-3 p.m. Sundays Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Victorian Christmas. The Alexander Ramsey House offers visitors a chance to step back in time to the Christmas season of 1875. Visitors can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family’s Steinway piano and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Shop in the Carriage House gift store that is stocked with replica Victorian ornaments and other Christmas gift items. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Monday, December 12: 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:

Tuesday, December 13 Monroe High Alumni, Spouses & Friends “Annual Holiday Gathering”
$17 per person Mancini’s Char House Social 11:00 AM – Lunch 1:00 PM Steak or Chicken Dinner Wine & Dessert Bring a donation for neighborhood food shelf More information: 651-739-1101

Mississippi Market Coop:
A series of holiday local artisans’ & authors’ showcases leading up to the week of December 20th.

Saturday, December 3rd 11-3pm at Selby, including fair trade Alsadu scarves and a book signing with local cook book author, Beth Dooley with her new book The Northern Heartland Kitchen

Saturday, December 10th 11-3pm at West 7th, including local pottery by Utile Mud, local winter accessories by Breaksea and local handcrafted pieces by Wood from the Hood.

Saturday, December 17th 11-3pm at West 7th, including a book signing with local cook book author Pam Powell with her book Salad Days and locally made Scent From Nature Candles

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. 651-292-2400

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

Dec. 6, The film, Queen to Play. In French about an ordinary hotel maid who learns to play chess and whose life is uplifted by it. Kevin Kline plays a doctor who instructs her.

Dec. 13, Open Conversation for everyone

Dec. 20, The film, Joyeux Noël.
Christmas Eve 1914 during WW I. Soldiers on different sides decide to cal a truce and become brothers for one night of peace. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at 79th Academy Awards.

Dec. 27, See old year out and new year in with five Robert Frost poems: The Mending Wall; The Road Not Taken; Acquainted With the Night; Fire and Ice; Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Night.

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

Monday, December 5: Community Holiday Party
5:00-6:30 pm. Free. Limited to West 7th residents. Party includes dinner, storytelling and Santa Claus! Call 651-298-5493 to register.

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

Wednesday, December 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, December 21: Immigration Law Consultations
3:00-5:00 pm. Free service by Leslie Guyton regarding immigration issues. Must preregister. Call center at 651-298-5493.

Thursdays, December 1, 8 and 15: Teen Girls’ Circle
3:00-5:00 pm. High School girls. Includes activities, food and transportation within the neighborhood. To register, call Sarah Granger at 651-298-5493 ext. 215.

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

Friday, November 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.

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)

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. No Dance on December 14 & 28 Cost: $4.00 No registration required.

Thursday: December 1, 8, 15: 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, December 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, December 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, December 5 thru February 21: Therapeutic Pool
4:15-5:15 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, December 20: Massage Clinic
1:00-3:00 Fee: $25.00 for ½ hour, Register for appointment.

Thursday, December 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, December 15: Christmas Party and Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be Roast turkey with gravy, sage stuffing, whipped potatoes, fresh vegetable, roll 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, December 8

Wednesday, December 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.

Fridays, December 2, 9, 16 Bridge Class/Refresher
12:30-3:00 Have you always wanted to learn how to play bridge? Maybe your bridge skills are a little rusty and you would like to improve your skills. During this six-week free class you will learn how to play or improve your skills. Registration is required. Fee: No charge.

Monday, December 19: Volunteering for Adults 55+ – Ways to Give
6:00-7:00 Would you like to learn about volunteer opportunities that are specific to adults who are 55+? Learn about Lutheran Social Services Foster Grandparent program, Senior Companion Program and RSVP Program. This is a great class for those who would like to give back, but are unsure where to start. No Charge.

Wednesday, December 21: Winter Snowflake Dance
1:00-3:00 We will be celebrating the season at our weekly Wednesday dance. If you are feeling festive, wear blue and silver to celebrate the winter season! Snowball cupcakes and hot cocoa will be served. $4.00 per dancer

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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