NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West End September Calendar of Events


Wednesday, September 7: Smith Ave. Garden And History Walking Tour
6:30pm  Begins at 445 Smith Ave. North, Anthony Waldman House, a limestone building ca 1857. The event will be a walking tour of four sites along Smith Ave.RSVP: Kent Petterson

Thursday, September 8: Shred-it! Shaller Family Sholom East Campus
8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Bring important papers to shred in the secure Shred-it truck (limit 2 bags or boxes per person please); stay for a free continental breakfast; tour facilities. Free and open to the public. To reserve your spot for breakfast and for more information, call 651-328-2023. Shaller Family Sholom East Campus, 740 Kay Avenue

Sunday, September 11: St. Stanislaus Church Fall Festival & Turkey Dinner
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Adults $10.00 Children under 12 $4.00; Raffle for Cash – Drawing @ 5 p.m. Bingo, Bakery, Various Booths, Games for Kids, Hot Dogs and Beverages

Thursday, September 15: United Family Medicine’s Harvest Moon Mingler
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Minnesota History Center, the 3rd with a theme of “Recognizing our Roots, Celebrating Commitment” and their 70 year history and roots of our clinic go back to the old Miller Hospital and Wilder Dispensary. Tickets are $50 and include dinner and free beer. FYI: Tina Scheid

Saturday September 17: West 7/Fort Rd & Summit Hill Neighborhood Clean-up
10:00 a.m. -2p.m. James Ave. (enter from Toronto St.); proof of residency will be required. See Website for information on what is and is not allowed, as well as fees. Have Questions? Call 651-298-5599, or email Betty

Sunday, September 18 : 22nd annual Czech Slovak Festival and booya!
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Highland Park Pavilion. Folk music, dancing, food, beverages, special guests, craft booths & informational kiosks. All reflect traditions from those early settlers back to the 1860’s in the West End. Fun for the whole family! Fully accessible facilities. Free admission.

Friday, September 23: Sokol special meeting: WWII POW John Cicha:
the “stuff” of movies
7 p.m. Sokol member John Cicha, age 93, will speak at the CSPS Hall of his World War II Prisoner of War (POW) experiences in the Pacific. His experiences were the stuff of movies: captured on Corregidor, he was a Japanese prisoner of war for 3.5 years. When the Japanese evacuated the Phillipines, prisoners who could walk were evacuated by an unmarked ship, and it was bombed and sunk by U.S. planes. He swam about a mile and was picked up by another Japanese ship. This ship reached Formosa (now Taiwan) but was sunk in the harbor by U.S. planes. His third ship reached Japan on January 31, l945. The prisoners learned an atomic bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki, 80 miles away. When released, John and two buddies deserted the camp and set out for an airbase 300 miles away. Of more than 1600 originally captured, John was one of 300 to survive and weighed 80 pounds. All are welcome and encouraged to hear his compelling story.

Neighborhood meetings:

Thursday, September 1: Little Bohemia neighborhood meeting
7:00 pm. 271 Forbes. Agenda: Community Garden/Pleasant Park planning; housing rehab update; City Council/School Board candidate forum planning. RSVP: Marit

Thursday, September 1: West Seventh Enhancement Coalition Meeting
11 a.m. Meet at The Claddah, 459 W. 7th St. Agenda: District 9 Zoning Change update; Cliff Street gardening; Community Reporter Insert;  History and Gardens Walking Tour Sept. 7th,  new bike racks, planters, recognition certificates; Randolph Avenue enhancement, review on literature drops, West 7th murals; focus of Enhancement Group. WSEC is a task force of the West 7th Business Association. FYI: Ed Bova

Monday, September 12: West 7/Fort Road Federation directors monthly meeting
Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council, 974 W. 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102, 651-298-5599 email:

Tuesday, September 27: West 7 Business Association General Membership Meeting
3 – 5:00 p.m. at Summit Brewery 910 Montreal Cir See Website for current projects and advancements. Membership drive underway!

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

Fort Snelling :

Sept. 3-5, Fort Snelling Work and Harvest Weekend
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Fee: (both Historic Fort Snelling and Sibley House) $14 adults, $11 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17; $5 for MHS members. Over Labor Day weekend see what kinds of work Minnesotans did at the 19th-century outposts. Learn about harvest and the preparations for the bitter winter ahead. Joint tickets include admission to both historic sites. In addition to regular programming, this special event offers demonstrations, activities for kids, hands-on experiences. A free shuttle will be available between each site courtesy of the Friends of the Sibley House.

Sun, Sep 4 Friends of the Upper Post World War II Walking Tour
a two-mile loop to the Upper Post

Thu, Sep 8 World War II History Roundtable: Beneath the Waves,…
Don Keith, author of “Final Patrol” and “War Beneath the Waves,” and veterans of submarine warfare, will discuss the heroics and dangers that were faced during the battles in the Pacific.

Fri, Sep 9 Time Travel Fridays: Technology Timeline

Sat, Sep 10 Hearth Cooking Basics

Sat, Sep 10 Soldier One-Day Camp

Wed, Sep 14 Civil War School Tours

Fri, Sep 16 Time Travel Fridays: Fort Snelling and the Civil War

Sat, Sep 17 Blacksmith For a Day

Sat, Sep 17 Fife and Drum One-Day Camp

Sat, Sep 17 Fort Snelling After Dark

Wed, Sep 21: World War II School Tours

Fri, Sep 23: Time Travel Fridays: Minnesota and World War II

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

West 7th Community Center,
265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493
Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
West 7th Community Center is closed for Labor Day, Monday, September 5th

Family and Youth Events

Mondays, September 12, 19, and 26: Circle of Parents®
5:30–7:30 pm at the 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.

Monday, September 19: Girl Scouts

Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20 and 27: Parent-Child Music
10:00-10:30 am. West 7th Family Center at Monroe School, 810 Palace Avenue.

Wednesday, September 14: 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.

Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, and 29: Teen Girls’ Circle
3-4:30 pm. High School girls. Includes activities, food and transportation within the neighborhood. To register, call Sarah Granger at 651-298-5493 ext. 215.

Thursday, September 15: Immigration Law Consultations
3:30-5 pm. Free service by Leslie Guyton regarding immigration issues. Must preregister. Call center at 651-298-5493.

Thursday, September 1, and Fridays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30: Parent-Child Yoga
10:00-11:00 am. West 7th Family Center, Linwood-Monroe School, located at 810 Palace Avenue.

Friday, September 2: Fare for All discounted groceries
10:00 am-12:00 pm. Complete food packages from $10-$30. Call Cathalina Young for information.

Friday, September 16: West 7th Cinema Presents… Gnomeo and Juliet
6:00-8:15 pm. Low-cost concessions (hot dogs, popcorn, and pizza). Children must be with someone age 13+.

Tuesday , September 6: West 7th Community Kids After School Program
2:15-6:00 pm, M-F, for students K-8th Grade. Sliding fee scale. Transportation available within our neighborhood. Register now; space is limited! Call Aaron Wanserski to register: 651-298-5493 Ext. 211, or email

Ongoing – Support, Referral, Care Management services
For individuals/families to access community resources. Sarah Granger, ext. 215.

Ongoing – Bridge to Benefits
Call for a 10-20 minute meeting to determine eligibility for public programs. Sarah Granger, ext. 215.

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

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.

Monday: Free Blood Pressure Checks
12:15-1:00: Monday, September 26 Cost: No Charge No registration required.

Thursday: September 8: 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, September 8: 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, September 8: 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.

Tuesday, September 13: 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.
Session 1: September 13- November 1 (14 Sessions) No Class October 20. Fee: $42 Register at the center.

Thursday, September 15: 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, September 15: Senior Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be Chicken patty sandwiches, fruit salad, cole slaw, and bread pudding. 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, August 4

Wednesday, September 28: Veteran’s Benefits Counseling
10:00-11:00 a.m. 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.

Friday, September 23: Wellness Friday
10:15-11:30 Program to be determined, Call the center for more information. Healthy snacks will be served. Win one free month of exercise at the center! Register at the front desk by September 1

Monday, September 19: Evening Wellness: Shopping the Co-op on a Budget
6:00-7:00 Think healthy eating is out of your budget? Learn the secrets for how to shop for natural, organic foods without breaking the bank. You will learn to set a budget and get coupons and resources to make the most of your money and your die. Speaker, Liz McMann Fee: No charge. Call the center to register.

Tuesday, September 20-October 11 Third Age Yoga: Yes YOU Can Do Yoga!
5:30-6:30 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.
Session 1: Tuesdays, September 20-October 11 (4 Sessions)
Session 2: Tuesdays, October 18-November 8 (4 Sessions)
Fee: $24 per 4-week Session Please register at least one week prior to class

Monday, October 3: GLBT Health Care Directives, Two-Part Series
5:30-6:30 Part 1: Dr. Bucher, Medical Director for United Family Medcine will discuss the medical issues related to having a Health Care Directive. Part 2: Melanie Liska, Attorney at Law for Tarrant & Liska, P.L.L.C. will discuss the legal issues related to Health Care Directives. Light supper provided both evenings. October 3 and October 10 (2-part workshop) Fee: 5.00 suggested donation Please register by September 28

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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