NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | West Seventh Community Calendar – February 2011


February 2011 events in the West 7th Street neighborhoods of St Paul Minnesota
Don’t let the snow stop you!  ;-{)

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Neighborhood events:

Saturday, February 5: Pop-up sale: Warm your heart
9:30am- 5:00pm. featuring all things Valentine–cards, bears, bunnies and marbles of course. Special: Support Literacy books and other surprises.  Historic Pilney Building, 1032 West Seventh at Randolph

Saturday, January 29: Det Norske Folkedanslaget 35th Nordic Ball 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall, 383 Michigan St. Come on time and hear a local musician. Ticket: $25 at the door. fyi:

Friday, February 11:  West 7th Senior Prom
4:00-7:00   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. We will enjoy a meal of chicken cordon bleu, baked potato, peas and carrots, bread and dessert.  Following dinner, enjoy a few more dances.  Fee: $10.00 per person. Tickets on sale at the West 7th Community Center.
West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street at St. Clair (651) 298-5493

Friday, February 11: W7 Collective/bc designs launch event
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Handbag and accessories collection will be unveiled featuring 14 unique styles. Launch event features beverages and cupcakes, discounts and drawing. Historic Pilney Building, 1032 West Seventh at Randolph.

Thursday, February 17: West 7th Business Association Networking Happy Hour!
4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Shamrock’s Bar and Grill, West Seventh
W7BA benefits of membership include networking opportunities, a voice at City Council and other professional organizations, collaboration for a safer and cleaner West 7th, strengthening our commercial presence.

January 10 – February 18: Women’s Art Registry Minnesota exhibit of West End artists Deborah McWatters Padgett and Lauri Rockne
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Opening reception: Friday, February 4, 5-7 p.m. Both Deborah and Lauri work with images of nature and make the most of the natural world’s vibrant colors and fractal structures.  For further works by & information about these artists, visit:  htttp:// For more information on the exhibit: or 651.228.0338.

Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota

Saturday, February 26: Traditional craft class: Making pastry feather brushes
9:30 to 10:30 a.m at the CSPS Sokol Hall 383 Michigan. Decorative and useful feather brushes used when baking pies, breads, and pastries/koláče. Students should be 8 years or older, and must be able to tie a knot. Class size is limited to 6 students. If the 9:30 a.m. class fills, we will add an 11 a.m. class. All that students need to bring to class is a pair of scissors. Fee is $8 for Sokol members and $10 for non-members. If a second Sokol member from a household wishes to take the class, the cost will be $7 for the second person. Registration is required and must be made by February 22.

Fitness programming:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. low impact callisthenic routines, prostnas, carry this historic philosophy for adults;
Thursdays, 3:45 p.m. Tumbling for Tots, ages 2 – 4: $5/session/tot. Adult or guardian must be present
Tuesdays & Thursdays: beginning, intermediate and advanced gymnastics

Fort Snelling :

Thursday, February 10: World War II History Roundtable: Return to the Philippines
7 p.m. George Eaton, command historian for the U.S. Army Sustainment Command and author of an upcoming biography on Gen. Walter Krueger, who led the U.S. Sixth Army in the Philippines, will discuss the retaking of the Islands lost to the Japanese in 1942. Sixth Army veterans who fought in the battles will be on hand. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable is presented the second Thursday of each month from September through May (some exceptions may occur).

Neighborhood meetings

Thursday, February 3: Monthly Meeting – West 7th/Smith Avenue Neighborhood Task Force
7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Salvation Army, Smith and West 7th Streets. FYI:

Monday, February 14: West 7th Fort Road Federation Board meeting 7 p.m.
Federation office 974 W. 7th Street., 651 298 5599

Thursday, February 3: West Seventh Enhancement Coalition Meeting
11 a.m. Mancini’s. Discussing West End priorities, April clean-up, etc. WSEC is a task force of the W7BA.

St. Paul Fire Department:  “Save Haven” a new fire prevention program
This program, open to St Paul residents in owner occupied homes, will provide a check of smoke alarms with replacement alarms provided & installed by firefighters as needed, check of carbon monoxide detectors with replacements provided & installed by firefighters as needed, free fire extinguisher made expressly for stove fires and a CUB gift certificate! For further information please call the St Paul Fire Department directly at 651-228-6273 or email Funded by a federal grant from FEMA.

Pre-registration: Xcel High Bridge Arbor Day Planting Event
Date of event: Friday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Great River Greening is entering its 13th year of work at the Xcel Energy plant. This year, 100 volunteers will plant trees, seedlings, and shrubs in order to close a gap in the forest canopy in an effort to help ensure the ecological health of the surrounding floodplain forest and Mississippi River. The planting will help ensure the health of a rich diversity of plant and animal life. The closed canopy will also help improve wild bird habitat and encourage the return of endangered bird populations. The project as a whole helps protect the water quality of the Mississippi River which positively impacts the entire metro area watershed. Individuals of all ages, families, community and corporate groups are welcome to participate in Greening’s restoration events. To register, contact the Mark Turbak, Greening Volunteer Program and Event Manager, at or 651-665-9500 ext. 11.

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

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

February 1: Sami Rasuli, Iraqi/American, guest speaker
on why the US will be in Iraq till the year 2025.

February  8:  no salon—caucus night

February 15:  Solitary Confinement,
a film by National Geographic on solitary confinement in prisons.

Feb.  22:  Carole Julian will lead us in a discussion about Anthony de Mello.
A Jesuit priest ostracized by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church for his teachings which were more of the Thai Buddhist teachings. His books were written in a multi-religious context to help the followers of other religions, agnostics and atheists in their spiritual search.

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

Monday, February 7: Girl Scout Juniors and Cadets
6:30 pm. Room 108.

Mondays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28: Circle of Parents
5:30-7:30 pm at the West 7th Community Center at 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 7:  Fare for AllDiscounted groceries
10 am-12 pm – Food packages from $10-$30. Call 651-298-5493 for information.

Tuesday, February 8: Family Lawyer
8:30-10:30 am. David Burns Law Office, LLC offers free one-time legal advice regarding family law issues. Must call to register 651-298-5493.

Wednesdays, February 9 and 16 and Thursdays, February 10 and 17:
Clay Animation Class for Teens
6:00-7:30 pm. (Snack at 6:00; class at 6:15.) For students in Grades 6-9. Discover art and science of clay and stop motion animation.  Call center to register.

Thursdays: 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, February 17:  Immigration Law Consultations
3:30-5 pm. Free service by Leslie Guyton regarding immigration issues. Must preregister. Call center at 651-298-5493.

Friday, February 21:  West 7th Cinema Movie Night “Shrek Forever After” (PG)6:00-8:15 pm. Low-cost concessions (hot dogs, popcorn, pizza). Children must be with someone age 13+. Doors open at 6 pm. Movie runs 6:15-8:15 pm.

Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26: Community Open Gym
10:00 am- 12:00 pm – walk, jog, play basketball. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Check in at front desk.

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.

Oneida Scholarship – applications available for qualified adults.
Contact Julie Murphy, ext. 214, or for information. Applications available at and the Center’s front desk.

June 55+ Events, West 7th Community Center

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

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. No Dance on February 9.

Monday: Free Blood Pressure Checks
12:15-1:00: Monday, February 28 Cost: No Charge No registration required.

Mondays, beginning January 24:   Square Dancing
6:15-8:00 Toss those winter doldrums aside and come do-si-do at the West 7th Community Center.  Modern square dancing is a great social mixer, combining a healthy atmosphere and stimulating exercise to promote good fun and fellowship.  Seniors, couples, families, all are welcome!  Join us on Mondays, it’s hip to be square!  If you plan on coming, we suggest attending the first few sessions.  After that, it may be difficult for newcomers to keep up without having those first few lessons. No pre-registration required,  Fee: $3.00            

Thursday, February 10: Medicare Part D Counseling
10:00-12:00:  Need help enrolling, reviewing or making changes to your Medicare Part D 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 10:  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

Thursday, February 10: 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, February 15:  Riding the Bus & Trains with Confidence!
10:30-11:30 Come learn how to ride Metro Transit buses and train.  Learn how easy it is so you can commute with confidence throughout the metro area.  Some of the topics covered include: Paying your fare, bus etiquette, using the online trip planner, accessibility, safety and security, transit information center, customer relations and lost and found. Participants will receive one free ride coupon.

Thursday, February 17: 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 17: Senior Lunch N’ Bingo
11:30-1:30 Lunch will be from Kentucky Fried Chicken and dessert.  Lunch begins at 11:30. Please bring EXACT CHANGE.  Bingo starts at 12:00.
Fee: $5 for lunch  $1 for bingo cards (pay the day of) Register and pay for lunch by Thursday, February 10

Wednesday, February 23: 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. Cost: No Charge Call the center to register.

Tuesday, February 22:  Enjoy Biking Year-Round
10:30-11:30 Did you know one of the biggest problems with cold-weather bike riding can actually be dressing too warmly? Come learn tricks for staying warm without, finding safe routes, combining bike trips with transit and riding safely in snowy conditions.
Thursday, February 24:  55-Alive Refresher
5:00-9:00 p.m. 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

Friday February 25:  Maintain Your Brain
10:15-11:00 This workshop will cover topics based on scientific evidence that shows us how to improve the way our brains work, and potentially lower our risk factors for developing dementia. The workshops will cover: (1) The Brain: How it works and changes with age, (2) The Body: How the heart and brain are connected, and (3) The Person: How social connections and emotional health affect your brain.  Ashley Brooks-Danso, from the Alzheimer’s Association will be speaking.    
Register at the front desk.   Fee: No charge

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.