NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End April calendar of events


This calendar of events is created for neighbors of the West End. Please see our District Council/Federation website for calendar updates (and corrections!) at

Monday, April 2: Vine Park Brewing Co Free Brewery Tour
5 – 7:30 pm – and a chance to taste their Growler beers. Vine Park Brewing Co. 1254 Seventh Street West

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 11:00 a.m. W7BA Enhancement Coalition
11 a.m. Mancini’s 531 W. 7th St. Agenda: Spring Cleanup (see April 14), J. W. Hulme expansion and employment program; Great River Passage. The Enhancement Coalition is a task force of the West 7th Business Association.

Thursday, April 5: Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association meeting
7 – 8:30 p.m. Location: Claddagh Coffee, discussing ISP housing progress and spring activities. FYI:

Friday, April 6: Good Friday Ecumenical Cross Walk
Noon. Join West End churches and meet at the Salvation Army. The processional walk will proceed through West 7th neighborhoods and stop at area churches for a brief time of prayer. A car will follow for those needing rest. FYI: Mark Wietzke, 224-0228

Saturday, April 7: Sokol Family Day
11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Potluck meals and family activities for children of all ages. Registration required: 612-384-1604 or 612-724-5464. 383 Michigan Street

Thursday, April 12: West 7th Fort Road Federation/District 9 Annual Meeting
7 p.m. Election of Board of Directors with guest speak former Mayor George Latimer. Convention takes place at Summit Brewery. 651-298-5599

Thursday, April 12: Sokol Minnesota Garage Sale:
Noon – 7 p.m. & Friday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Books, clothing, and 383 Michigan Street, 2nd floor hall.

Saturday, April 14 West End Litter Campaign and Spring Clean Up.
8:30 – 11 a.m. rain or shine. Meet at Fresh Grounds Cafe for bags, gloves and support supplies. 1362 7th street West. (Some will also meet in Pleasant Park for Little Bohemia neighborhoods).Sponsored by the West 7th Enhancement Coalition of the West 7th Business Association.

Wednesday, April 18: Spring Cleaning sponsored by Gentle Transitions and Sholom Home
1:00 pm. – 3:30 p.m. Clear Your Home and Your Mind! Whether you are planning a move in the next few years or just feeling that spring urge to get organized, resources in the area for helping you de-clutter, downsize, or prepare for a future move. Refreshments served! RSVP 651-328-2023. Sholom East – Mains Auditorium, 740 Kay Avenue

Wednesday, April 18: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Pub Crawl- St. Paul
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Come get your Pub Crawl on with us in the West 7th neighborhood in St. Paul! Come learn about this historic neighborhood rich in diversity, class, culture and pubs – as we visit historic drinking establishments Glockenspiel, Keenan’s, and Chris and Rob’s Chicago Taste Authority for cold brews and exciting conversations with a bonus tour of the CSPS Sokol Hall afterwards. There will be special deals for our group and we’ll do some trivia at the end of the night. Tickets: $5 (members); $10 (non-members)! Reserve your spot for the pub crawl on April 18th!

Thursday April 19: J.W. Hulme Co. Open House
4:00 – 7:00 pm 678 West 7th: Open house to showcase J.W. Hulme Company’s rich history and recent growth as well as our plans for expansion and continued enrichment of the West 7th business district.

Thursday April 26: Alexander Ramsey House History Happy Hour
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Socialize, sip and snack in the Ramsey mansion while you learn about the art of Victorian era photography. Learn about the history and process of tintype photography from Lacey Prpic Hedtke, an instructor at the Minneapolis Photo Center; look through her large format viewfinder camera. Use antique stereoscopes to look at photographic images. Take home your own Ramsey House carte-de-visite (Victorian photo calling card). Snacks and two drink tickets included with the price of admission. 265 S. Exchange Street

April, multiple dates: Sustaining You this Earth Day!
Mississippi Market Natural Food Coop: St. Paul location, 1500 West 7th St., sharpens its focus on sustainability by offering classes and demonstrations as Organic Heirloom Tomatoes from Seed, Compost and Soil Preparation for Organic Gardening, Diet for a Small Planet Earth Day Celebration!, Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Cleaning Kit, Organic Lawn Care, Backyard Mushroom Basics, Build Your Own Rain Barrel, Backyard composting, honeybees, urban trees, bike share. for a full listing of classes and events.

Mondays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30: Pauly’s List $25 gift card each week to a resident completing an on-line survey recommending a local St. Paul business (plumber, electrician, mechanic, roofer, insurance agent, etc.) and how the business provides “senior-friendly service”. Pauly’s List is a community-focused service, affiliated with the Consortium at Carondelet Village, particularly linking seniors and their families, boomers and professionals to local St. Paul businesses. Includes a rating system focused on “senior friendly” service. FYI:

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

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 dayMonday through Friday for three to six weeks. 680 Stewart Avenue. 651-292-2400 Website

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

Monday, April 2: 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.

Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24: Parent-Child Music
9:45-10:30 am. West 7th Family Center at Monroe School, 810 Palace Avenue.

Wednesday, April 11: 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.

Mondays, April 23 and 30: 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.

Friday, April 13: 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, April 6, 13, 20 and 27: Parent-Child Yoga
10:00-11:00 am. West 7th Family Center, Linwood-Monroe School, located at 810 Palace.

Wednesday, April 18: 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.

Saturday, April 21: Women’s Health Fair
10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The health fair is free and is a celebration for all women. The event includes health & wellness exhibitors, workshops, health screenings, mini-manicures, massages, child care, lunch and door prizes. West 7th Community Center gymnasium.

Friday, April 27: West 7th Cinema Presents …. Hop
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

Senior programming at the 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!

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: April 12: 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, April 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.

Thursday, April 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.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 26-June 5: 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: $36 12 Sessions. Register at the center.

Tuesday, April 17: Massage Clinic
1:00-3:00 Fee: $25.00 for ½ hour, Register for appointment.

Thursday, April 19: 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, April 19: Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be BBQ Shredded Beef, Roasted Potatoes, Salad Cup, Roll 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, April 12

Wednesday, April 25: 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, April 3, 10, 17, 24 Third Age Yoga: Yes YOU Can Do Yoga! NEW TIME! 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.

Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday April 12, 55-Alive 8-Hour Class
9:00-1:00 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! Instructors are trained volunteers. Please feel free to bring a snack or lunch. $15, for AARP members (must present your AARP to receive discount) $17 for non-AARP members. Call the center to register at least one week in advance.

Monday, April 16: Tips for Shopping Online
6:00-7:00 Learn basic tips for shopping online at popular shopping sites, how to checkout online, and how to navigate through sites, such as eBay and Amazon. We will also discuss the dangers and security of shopping online. Please note: Students must be comfortable using the keyboard and the mouse in order to take this class. Space is limited. Fee: No charge Please register by April 12

Tuesday, April 17: 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 register by April 13

Thursday, April 19: History Center: Capital Crimes; The St. Paul Gangster Musical
7:00 p.m. 1934 Crime is running rampant and St. Paul is the crime capital of the U.S.A.! Public Enemies like Alvin “Creepy” Karpis and the Ma Barker Gang have free reign thanks to a few shady deals and a truce of sorts between the cops and the criminals. But when J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI enter the picture, Karpis and the Barker Gang are put on the run. It’s high stakes at the Hollyhocks Club Casino with great songs by Drew Jansen, dance numbers featuring G-men and Tommy guns, and a dose of dark humor that explores the crazy days of St. Paul’s infamous past. $25 per person includes transportation and tickets. Please register and pay at least one week in advance. Limited spots available.

Tuesday, April 24: Making Thoughtful, Earth Friendly Gifts
6:00-7:00 Taking this class is a great way to celebrate Earth Day! Have you wanted to start giving “greener” gifts, but don’t know how or where to begin? Perhaps you simply want to learn about how to make gifts that come from the heart, are kind to the environment and don’t hurt your pocketbook. This class will introduce you to the basics of giving sustainable gifts. Each participant will take home 2 gifts and a packet on how to start thinking more green when giving. Funding for this project was provided by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board through Community POWER: Partners on Waste Education and Reduction Fee: $10 Please register and pay at least one week in advance.

Thursday, April 26 4-Hour Refresher Class
9:00-1:00 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! Instructors are trained volunteers. Please feel free to bring a snack or lunch. $15, for AARP members (must present your AARP to receive discount) $17 for non-AARP members Call the center to register at least one week in advance.

Friday, April 27: Wellness Friday
10:15-11:00 Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know to Be Your Own Advocate According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the number of Lyme disease cases has been increasing dramatically since the 1990s. Learn how Lyme disease affects the body, become familiar with symptoms, avoid diagnostic pitfalls, and know how to protect yourself and your family. Fee: No charge.
Register at the front desk by Tuesday, March 20

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.

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