NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End January 2014 calendar of events


This calendar of events is created for 769 neighbors of the West End. Please see our District Council/Federation website for calendar additions, corrections
and updates at

Wednesday, Jan 15: Documentary “Who Built Our State Capitol?”
7 p.m. Free special showing followed by Q&A with Producer Randy Croce, Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota, and its researchers. The film features a profile of the early West End/Czech immigrant family of Jan Rachač (1849-1936) and his son John Rockart, partner of Cass Gilbert. Interviews take place in the historic meeting room of the C.S.P.S. Hall which will be open to tours after the event.

Saturday, Jan 25: 11th Annual Sokol Roast Duck Candle-light Dinner
4:15 p.m.: University of Minnesota Chamber Group playing Antonín Dvořák’s Bagatelles.
5:00 p.m. Roast Pork Dinner! Pre-paid reservations required by Jan 21; $22 (cash bar). Reservations/information: 952 941 0426.,

Monday, Jan 13: Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council Board
7 p.m. Meets to discuss issues and possibilities at its offices at 959 Seventh Street West.

Wednesday, Jan 15: Streetcar Study Open House affecting 7th Street West
4-7 p.m., Fire Station 1, 645 Randolph Ave (Jan 16, Dayton’s Bluff Rec Center, 800 Conway St)
Jan 24, 8:30 a.m.: Planning Commission Streetcar Study Public Hearing, City Hall Basement.
For more information contact Michelle Beaulieu,

Wednesday, Jan 22: West 7th Business Association General Membership Meeting
3 p.m. at Seventh Street Social, 2176 7th St West. Agenda includes election of your new 2014 Board of Directors, keynote speaker Louis F. Jambois, President, Saint Paul Port Authority SPPA) on findings of the SPPA’s study of industry in Saint Paul, and socializing/networking. Complimentary appetizers; cash bar. All are welcome.

Saturday, Jan 25 King Boreas Grande Day Parade/Saint Paul Winter Carnival
2 p.m. Location start: Smith Avenue to Rice Park, along West 7th Street Location end: Rice Park, enjoy a festive atmosphere as the units stroll through!

Mississippi Market Food Coop: Cooking events!
Throughout the month, including Mizutaki, a type of Japanese hot pot; One-Hour Pot Roast; Ayurveda Cooking: Warming Winter Soups; Dim Sum for the New Year!

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

Thursday, Jan 2 & 23: 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

Monday, January 6: 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, January 6, 13 and 27: Circle of Parents
6:00-7:30 pm. Parent support group meeting. Participation is free with free child care. To register call Azeb Gebretsadik at 651-298-5493, ext. 215.

Mondays, January 6, 13 and 27: Teen Girls Circle
4:15-5:00 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, January 7, 14, 21, 28: 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.)

Tuesday, January 7: Care Giver for Adult Children 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. Trained Caregiver Consultants 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

Wednesday, January 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 pre-register 651-298-5493.

Friday, January 10: 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, January 15: 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.

Friday, January 17: West 7th Cinema Presents: “Turbo”
6:00-8:15 pm. Movie is free with low-cost concessions (pizza, popcorn, etc.). Children must be with someone age 13+.

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

Alexander Ramsey Programs:

Saturday, Jan 4: Ramsey Time Capsule: 1857
Tours at Noon and 1 p.m. Experience the sights and sounds of 1857. Family-friendly: hunt for hidden pictures, taste a popular dessert and learn a song from 1857.

Friday, Jan 10: Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstitions
7 p.m. This one hour program discovers why and how superstitions captured the Victorian imagination including the Ramsey family’s letters and journals.

Thursday, Jan 30: History Happy Hour: Dapper Dan’s Demise
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House. Hear the story of an infamous St. Paul gangster with Star Tribune editor and author Ben Welter. Must be 21 years and older. Price of admission includes two drink tickets (white wine and beer only) and snacks.

Fort Snelling Events

Event and Tickets at the Xcel Energy Center