NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End June calendar of events


The first two annual events deserve our attention! They are featured in your Community Reporter and exemplify what makes our community special–people who do so much, and homes and gardens that are so much.

Wednesday June 12: West Seventh Community Service Awards

6 – 9 p.m., Mancini’s. RSVP before tomorrow! Tickets $28/$5 deductible. Celebrate three neighbors, Lori Harris, Becky Yust, and John Yust who have done so much to “foster a better community, a more beautiful community and a more open and welcoming community for long-time residents and newcomers alike. Contact the West 7th Community center 651 298 5493

Saturday June 15 West End Garden Tour! Come one, come all! Visit one; visit all!

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: sixteen gardens in the West End will be open from art garden, to bee garden, to “critter hunts” within a formal garden, the family-friendly free garden tour offers children, young and old, a variety of opportunities to explore what it means to garden. For the history-minded, both Lauer Flats and the Henry Lauer home will open their hidden formal gardens to view. The free tour is presented by the Fort Road Federation and the West End Gardeners. Tour Map and Guide Booklets are available at Highland Nursery, Mississippi Market, CUB Foods/West Saint Paul and Gerten’s/Inver Grove Heights. On the day of the tour at Mancini’s Char House, West 7th / Fort Road Federation, and at Mississippi Market on West 7th Street. Current tour maps and slideshows of previous years’ tours can be found at A plant sale will be held at the West 7th/Fort Road Federation parking lot. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

For the kids:

June 10 – 14: Sixteenth annual Sokol MN Cultural Day Camp

Czech and Slovak Sokol MN has a tradition of supporting educational, cultural, social, and athletic activities. This year, we are offering our sixteenth day camp. Our program provides campers with the opportunity to learn about Czech and Slovak heritages. It fosters personal growth through cultural enrichment and social and recreational activities. We welcome campers from all backgrounds. FYI:

June 17 – August 9 West 7th Community Center afternoon day camp,

12:00-6:00, Contact Rachel Knutowski, 651-298-5493 x211
Serving students entering grades K-9. Field trips, enrichment activities, reading program, social skills, sports, lunch and snack daily. Low fees – sliding fee scale. Transportation available in West 7th neighborhood. Register now, space is limited! West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair

Sponsored by the W7 Community Center Library

Wednesday, June 12th – 10:30 – Radzoo Reptile Show
Wednesday, June 19th – 10:30 – Magician Matt Dunn
Wednesday, June 26th – 10:30 – Magician Magical Mia

Friday, June 21 and 28 – Early Childhood Art (4 sessions – also July 12 and 19)

9:45-10:30 am. Abrakadoodle “Friday Fun Days” art class for children ages 2-5 together with a parent or caregiver. We will paint seahorses, sculpt funny fish, paint with sand and collage a cool summer picture. (Min. clss size, 6 children; max. class size, 12 children). (4 sessions for $40; 10% discount for 2nd child in same family $36). Call 651-298-5493 or stop in to register.

Friday, June 21 – West 7th Cinema: Frankenweenie

6:00-8:15 pm. Movie is free with low-cost concessions (pizza, popcorn, etc.).Children must be with someone age 13+.

Thursday, June 6: Enhancement Coalition monthly meeting

11 a.m. at Mancini’s: Agenda includes garden tour, summer events, Island Station, Festa Italiana Minnesota. Enhancement Coalition is a comprised of West Seventh Business Association and neighborhood residents: all are invited to assist.

Tuesday, June 11: Stories from the Levee

5:30-7:00 Please join us for an evening of storytelling and reminiscing about the Upper Levee. The Upper Levee community, below the High Bridge was commonly referred to as “Little Italy”. This community of Italian immigrants made the Levee their home from the 1900’s to 1950’s. The housing in the area was eventually condemned due to constant flooding. We will have some local historians on hand, but bring your stories or your parents or your grandparents stories from the Levee! Call the center to register. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday, June 17: Introduction to Medicare: An Overview

6:00-7:30 Are you new to Medicare or will you be enrolling soon? Perhaps you are helping a family member to sign up? This presentation is a great starting point! We will review what is covered by Parts A, B, C and D of Medicare, as well as Medicare supplement options available, enrollment process and personal costs. Additionally, the presentation will address the donut hole and eligibility for extra help with prescription drug costs. No Charge, Register by June 11. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

New! West 7th Senior Program is launching its Caregiving Program.

The following programs will be available to caregivers. Our caregiver program is staffed by trained Social Workers, Geriatric Care Managers and Experienced Respite Staff. Our goal is to assist you in your caregiver role by providing: Caregiver Book Club for Adult Children, Caregiver Support Group for Spouse/Partner, Respite Services, Family Consultations, Caregiver Consultations. Please contact Maureen Davidson or Hallie Goetzke at West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Monday, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 – 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.

Wednesday June 19 – 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, June 7 – Fare for All Discounted Groceries

10:00 am-12:00 pm. Complete food packages from $10-$30. Call Cathalina Young for information.

Ongoing – Support, Referral, Care Management services

For individuals/families to access community resources. Contact Azeb Gebretsadik, ext. 215 or Judy Burns, ext. 201. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair

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. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair

Check out the events calendar at the Ramsey House and the Pax Conversational Salons