NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End February 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 at

Sunday, Feb. 19: CSPS 125, Butch Thompson’s Mardi Gras Tea Dance
1-6 p.m. Butch Thompson, of Hall Brothers and Prairie Home Companion fame, and noted jazz musician, will celebrate Mardi Gras in the West End in celebration of the hall’s 125th anniversary! It will feature not only his great music (2-5 p.m.) but also a New Orleans-style tea dance and classic funeral march, and celebratory food and beverages for sale in our CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan. Proceeds benefit restorations for the historic hall’s next 125 years! To reserve your place, for more information or your pre-paid $20 booking at 651 297 9000 or (this calendar email address). See also the Sokol Minnesota Website for information, and history of the hall and its organizations. The Mardi Gras is a unique event in the life of our cultural corridor of the West End, and a golden opportunity to engage with its history. Let the good times roll!

West 7th Community Center Family and Youth Programming

Oneida Scholarship education advancement opportunity for adult learners.
2-4 scholarship grants available to qualified, age 18+ West 7th residents to be used toward a certificate or degree in post-secondary education/training. Applications available at West 7th Community Center and must be submitted no later than February 29, 2012.

Mississippi Market Coop: YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
The full year program begins Monday, February 13, 6 pm with 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions. The Program uses a group-based lifestyle intervention designed especially for people at high risk of developing type-2 diabetes. It has been proven to cut participants’ chances of developing the disease by more than half. For more information call 612-465-0489 or check the website, .

February Community events:

Thursday, February 2: West Seventh Enhancement Coalition Meeting
11 a.m. Mancini’s Char House, 531 W 7th Street. WSEC is a task force of the West 7th Business Association. Contact Edward Bova for agenda.

Thursday, February 2: Little Bohemia Neighborhood meeting
7 p.m. at the Federation offices 974 W. 7th Street. For review of the District 9 Gateway Zoning Study and agenda, contact

Saturday, February 11 Chocolate Tasting & Gift Fair, Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of Valentine’s Day at the Selby-Dale location, and meet some of our favorite, local vendors offering a variety of unique & meaningful gifts.

Monday, January 13: 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:

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

Tuesday, February 28: West 7th Business Association Board Meeting
3 – 4:30 p.m. The newly (January) elected board will meet. For location, agenda and information Tina Scheid []

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

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, February 6: 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.

Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28: Parent-Child Music
9:45-10:30 am. West 7th Family Center at Monroe School, 810 Palace Avenue.

Wednesday, February 8: 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, February 15: 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.

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: Circle of Parents®
5:30–7:30 pm. Parent Support Group Meeting at West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida St.
Participation is free with free child care and light dinner also provided at $3 per family. To register call Sarah Granger at 651-298-5493, Ext. 215.

Friday, February 3: 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.

Friday, February 3: LadyJ Griot “Blues Storyteller”
5:00-6:00 pm. A Black History Month exclusive! Veteran radio and television personality, Jacquie Maddix. through LadyJ Griot, will connect the audience to the history of the Blues using live music and the West African oral tradition known as storytelling. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Blues Society, West 7th Community Center, and Friends of the Saint Paul Library. West 7th Community Center gymnasium – FREE. 651-298-5493 for details.

Fridays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24: Parent-Child Yoga
10:00-11:00 am. West 7th Family Center, Linwood-Monroe School, located at 810 Palace.

Friday, February 17: West 7th Cinema Presents …. Mars Needs Moms
6:00-8:15 pm. Free movie with low-cost concessions (hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza). Children must be with someone age 13+.

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: February 9: 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, February 9: 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, February 9: 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, February 28 – April 19: Therapeutic Pool
4:00-5:00 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, February 20: Massage Clinic
1:00-3:00 Fee: $25.00 for ½ hour, Register for appointment.

Thursday, February 16: 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, February 19: Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be Beef Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables, 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, January 12

Wednesday, February 22: 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.

Tuesday, February 21: 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. Fee: No charge. Call to register.

Wednesday, February 15: Valentine’s Day Dance
4:30-7:00 Please join us for a lovely evening of music, food and dancing. The Golden Tones will be serenading dancers with their sounds of the thirties and forties. Following dinner, enjoy a few more dances. Tickets on sale at the West 7th Community. Fee: $10 per person Call to register.

Tuesdays, February 28, March 6, 13, 20 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.

Friday, February 24: Wellness Friday Brain Games-Ways to Improve Your Brain Health
10:15-11:15 In a University of Alabama study of nearly 3,000 older men and women, those who participated in 10 60-to 75-minute sessions of brain-boosting exercise sharpened their mental abilities so much that their brains performed like those of people more than 10 years younger. Join us and learn a few new games that improve brain health and try some brain boosting foods – take home some tips on how you can keep your brain healthy! Refreshments will be provided. No charge. Call the center to register.

Monday, February 20: Should I Buy a Smartphone?
6:00-7:00 In this workshop, participants will learn the differences between a cellphone and a smartphone, the kinds of phones and their costs. In addition we’ll look at the applications that make the phone useful for you and resources you can use to decide if you need a smartphone. Fee: $10 per person Register by Wednesday, February 8

Thursday, February 23: 55-Alive Refresher
9:00-11:00 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. 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: $15, for AARP members (must present your AARP to receive discount) $17 for non-AARP members. Call the center to register.

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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