NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End April 2014 calendar of events


This calendar of events is created for over 750 neighbors of the West End. Please see this new location for calendar additions, corrections and updates at

April is National Volunteer Month!
West 7th is blessed to have many wonderful, dedicated volunteers. The West 7th Community Center, West 7th Business Association and all of our public service organizations want to take this opportunity to loudly thank all of them publicly! Let’s celebrate!
Join us in removing winter litter Saturday April 12.

New: sign up for the new Fort Road Federation emailed newsletter: This newsletter will provide news and information about our District 9 Community Council!

Gardening Classes: Mississippi Market Co-op!
Visit for a full class listing and registration. About Mississippi Market offers about a dozen classes each month on health, nutrition and sustainable living.

Tuesday – Friday, April 1-4: Terrace Horticultural Books Annual Spring Open House
noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 5 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Get ready for Spring with 25% discount on everything, complimentary refreshments 503 St. Clair Ave., 651-222-5536,

Thursday, April 3: Little Bohemia Neighborhood Monthly Meeting
7:00 pm at 271 Forbes. Topics on the agenda: Art crawl update, housing update, Spring clean up, Pleasant Place. FYI:

Thursday, April 3: West 7th Enhancement Coalition monthly meeting
11 a..m.: West 7th Community Center. All welcome! Agenda includes yearly planning and the Citywide Spring Cleanup Saturday April 12. The Enhancement Coalition is committee of the West 7th Business Association. FYI: email or 651-222-5536

Saturday, April 5: Bronze Pour Overview session/pattern making
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Pattern Making Workshop; Saturday & Sunday, April 26th & 27th. 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Mold Making; Saturday May 3rd. 1:00 pm – Evening. The Pour. Instructors: Marty Hicks and Don Halverson. More details at

Saturday, April 5: Time Capsule for Kids–1876–Alexander Ramsey House
Tours at Noon and 1 p.m. Experience the sights and sounds of 1876 in this one-hour, family-friendly program. Children (ages 6 and up) and their parents will use a timeline map to explore the Ramsey House in 1876. Sample popular foods, learn about the new inventions and technology and play an 1876 parlor game. Before and after the event, children will be able to create their own time capsule to take home.

Monday, April 7: West End Artists: Deadline for submissions by local artists
to participate in the W7 extension of the Art Crawl. You must live or work in West End area. This includes West 7th, Irvine Park, Upper Town, or Little Bohemia. Contact Mary Esch

Tuesday, April 8: The Valley of Saint Paul: Legacy of an Iconic Landscape
6:30-8:00 p.m. Wellstone Center/Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street East. John Anfinson of the National Park Service: “The panoramic views of the Mississippi River Valley in Saint Paul are among the city’s greatest assets. Although the river, valley and bluffs do not look exactly as they did through the eyes of Mark Twain, they have maintained their scenic integrity”. Space is limited;RSVP

Tuesday, April 8: Dinner & Wine Event hosted by Ameriprise Financial
6 to 8 p.m. Overview of Market and Economic Perspectives from Goldman Sachs
Have dinner & wine with your friends at Louis Restorante & Bar, 211 7th Street West. Join us for a conversation about the stock market and economy lead by Matt Wolff, Vice President, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Seating is limited; RSVP with Mark Josephs of Ameriprise Financial at 651-702-9000 or

Friday, April 11: Ramsey After Dark: Washington Connections–Alexander Ramsey House
7 p.m. Alexander and Anna Ramsey befriended the most powerful people in Washington D.C., including presidents and Supreme Court justices. In this 75 minute program, hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals

Saturday, April 12: West End/Saint Paul Clean-Up Campaign
9 – 11 a.m. Join the West 7th Business Association and let’s get rid of winter as part of the City-wide Clean-up. Kick off and supplies (bags and gloves) at Fresh Grounds, 1362 7th Street West, starting at 9 a.m. There are many ways to participate! Contact: Kent Petterson E-Mail –

Saturday, April 12 etc.: West 7th Community Center History Tours by Dave Bredemus
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. 651-298-5493 Phone registration only. Continues until tours are full. Fee includes admissions, deluxe motor coach, lodging, all guides and historical narration. Food and beverages are included as specified. Local pick-up site West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street FYI: 651 298 5498

Sunday, April 13: Sokol Minnesota Pancake Breakfast with Craft and Bake Sale
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: $7 adult; $5 child under 9; $20 family of four. No reservations needed. Pre-order kolác?e: those delicious Czech/Slovak pastries: 952-941-0426. To reserve a craft table: 651-426-2826 or

Friday, April 18: Good Friday Cross Walk of the West End
Noon: Meet at the Salvation Army and walk in processional fashion through the West Seventh neighborhood, stopping at each church for a brief time of prayer. Everyone is encouraged to participate to their walking ability (a car following the walkers is available for rests) Please call or e-mail Pastor Walter Wietzke 651-651-224-0228 or

Thursday, April 24: History Happy Hour: Victorian Magic–Alexander Ramsey House
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Have a drink with your friends while you learn about the history of magic and magicians. Join comedian Michael Callahan for card tricks and a discussion of illusions. Price of admission includes 2 drink tickets (white wine and beer only), snacks and presentation at 6. This program is for people 21 years and older.

Thursday, April 24: Next West 7th Business Association Networking of Small Businesses
Check the W7BA Website next week (it’s temporarily down!) for time and location. The membership of W7BA wishes to thank Claddagh Coffee, Tavern on the Avenue, Joe and Stan’s Sports Bar and Lounge, Seventh Street Social, Shamrock’s Bar and Grill, Summit Brewery, Cossetta Alimentari for their hospitality for the 2013-14 cycle of W7BA events, and to Sokol Minnesota for meeting space for our board of directors.

Saturday, April 26, 12 to 6pm, The Saint Paul Art Crawl in West 7th.
noon – 6 p.m. Acme Academy of Art (937 7th Street West). Artists will take 100 percent of art sales! Free Metro Transit bus passes available for the St.Paul Art Crawl. There will be a live link two weeks before at experience the art and artists living and working in the West 7th Street and Little Bohemia Neighborhoods! Featuring outdoor artisan demonstrations, open houses, exhibits at neighborhood galleries, plus art and live music at Claddagh Coffee & Cafe. Continue on to the Schmidt Artist Lofts, The Acme Academy of Art (937 West 7th Street) for more Art Crawl on West 7th. Stop by Claddagh (459 West 7th St) the day of the event for more information and a map of activities. Contact Mary Esch at

Sunday, April 27: St. Mark Lutheran Church 58th Annual Spring Dinner
11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Roast Beef & Roast Pork Dinner, Tickets: $14.00/ $5.00 (under 12). 550 Seventh Street West, 651-224-0228,

Fort Snelling Events

Event and Tickets at the Xcel Energy Center:

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

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

Tuesday, April 1: Care Giver Support Group:
5:00-6:30 There are many decisions a caregiver needs to make in their role as a caregiver, some harder than others. We have trained Caregiver Consultants who can meet with you to discuss concerns or help you make tough decisions. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday, April 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, April 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.

Mondays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28: Girl Power
4:00-5:00 pm. Weekly group for teen girls, grades 7-12. Encourages young women to be healthy, self-confident, educated, and responsible by participating in life skills, workshops, college prep, community service and fun activities. To register call Azeb Gebretsadik at 651-298-5493, ext. 215.

Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: 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.)

Thursday, April 3: Drive Smart, Driver Safety Refresher Class:
12:00-4:00 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! No written or behind the wheel tests will be given. Classes are intended to be non-threatening, interactive and informative. Instructors are trained volunteers. This class is for those who have completed the 8-hour class and need to be re-certified. Please feel free to bring a snack or lunch. Fee: $20 for AARP members (must present AARP card to receive discount), $23 for non-AARP members. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Wednesday, April 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, April 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.

Friday, April 11: Fare for All Discounted Groceries
10:00 am-12:00 pm. Complete food packages from $10-$30.
Call Cathalina Young at 651-298-5493 x218 for information. NEW: Free “Blood Pressure Checks” available at Fare For All.

Friday, April 11: Taking Care of the Caregiver—When There is Mental Illness in the Family: 10am- 11:30am Families and close friends provide much of the support, practical help and informal case management when someone they love lives with a mental illness. That can be stressful combined with the caregiver’s other responsibilities of work, family, household chores and managing their own health. We will discuss caregiver burnout and self-care strategies. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651)

Thursday, April 17: West 7th Book Club: 6:00-8:00
Interested in belonging to a Book Club? We meet every three weeks and read great books! Contact Pam for more information at 651-224-2056 or the West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Friday, April 18: West 7th Cinema Presents: “Planes”
6:00-8:15 pm. Movie is free with low-cost concessions. Children must be with someone age 13+.

Friday, April 25: Acupuncture: 10:30-11:15
Please register at desk by Tuesday, April 22
While it is new to most Americans, Acupuncture has been keeping people in Asia healthy and happy for thousands of years. Paul Magee, Licensed Acupuncturist, will come to our West 7th Community Center to talk about the traditions, science and benefits of Acupuncture.
Free, refreshments provided too! West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

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.