NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End December 2013 calendar of events


This calendar of events is created for over 700 neighbors of the West End. Please see our District Council/Federation website for calendar additions, corrections
and updates at

Small Business Saturday: Support your local West End businessesand enjoy the product diversity of retail offerings for this national promotional event thisSaturday, November 30. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, create more (and often better paying) jobs, and are more service oriented. The arteries of West Seventh are arguably the oldest neighborhood commercial area in the state, and your patronage keeps the vitality and tradition alive.

Wednesday, December 18: Project Noel Toy Distribution
2:00-6:00 pm. Families with children ages 0-14 who are registered through the Salvation Army Clearinghouse can select toys and warm outerwear. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Wednesday, Dec. 4: West 7th Business Association Networking Breakfast
7 to 9 a.m. Our hosts Mary Hogan-Bard and manager Patrick Gavin of Claddagh Coffee, 459 Seventh Street West. Membership not required but welcomed for all participating local businesses.

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Author Deborah Padgett, book reading “A Story Like Truth”.
6:30 to 8:30 pm. Saint Paul Gallery, 943 7th Street West. About childhood trauma resulting from abuse: what does one do with this trauma during their life? The perpetrator gets the attention—what about the victim? Padgett is a resident of our West 7th community. Also: Dec 10: Open Conversation at Saint Paul Gallery. Pax Salons:

Sunday, Dec. 8: Author Brandon Flesher book reading: “Shattered Dreams in Light”
1:30 p.m. Claddagh Coffee basement. this is Brandon’s second book od poems, attempting to make sense of the fears we keep hidden to examine how they influence us in subtle, imperceptible ways. Flesher is a resident of our West 7th community. Henry Rifle, author of “Ballistics Report” will also read.

Thursday, December 5: West 7th Book Club:
6:00-8:00 p.m. Meets every three weeks. Contact Pam for more information, 651-224-2056. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Thursday, December 5 and 19: Jam & Sing Along:
5:00-6:00 p.m. Join the West 7th Community Center for a time of music, your favorite songs, and good company. Feel free to bring your favorite instruments. All are welcome! West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday, December 9: Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council Board
7 p.m. Meets to discuss issues and possibilities.
959 Seventh Street West

Alexander Ramsey Programs:

A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Mulitple dates through December Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sundays Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875.

Fort Snelling Events
Includes new Education Days: Fort Snelling and WWI First World War Sept 20 &; Minnesota and the First World War Sat, Sept 21 (10 am – 5 pm)

Event and Tickets at the Xcel Energy Center:

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

Monday, December 2: 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.

Tuesdays, December 3 and 10: 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.)

Friday, December 6: Fare for All Discounted Groceries
10:00 am-12:00 pm. Complete food packages from $10-$30. Holiday Meal Package includes ham, fruit pie, turkey tenderloin, whole chicken, bacon, corn, green beans, bread. Call Cathalina Young at 651-298-5493 x218 for information.

Wednesday, December 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 pre-register 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.

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

NO Immigration Lawyer or West 7th Cinema Presents Movie in December

West 7th Community Center is closed Thursday/Friday, November 28/29, and December 24/25