TC Weekend | Red, White & Boom!, Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary, Taste of MN, park parties and more!

Updated 7/5/2014 3:45 pm If you’re not one of the estimated 41 million Americans planning on hitting the road this Fourth of July weekend, you’ll find an exciting and eclectic mix of events in Twin Cities to help you ring in the holiday and savor the weekend. Pant-less bike rides, war reenactments, patriotic concerts, family-friendly festivals in the parks – this weekend runs the gamut. See the lineup below, and check Where to see Fourth of July fireworks in the Twin Cities: Hot spots, fun facts. Red, White and Boom!, July 4 This annual two-day festival began July 3 with a Hot Damn 5K run, which served as a benefit for the firework fund and celebrations. On July 4 the real fun begins with the TC Half Marathon in the morning, followed by live music and a free Family Fun Zone. The evening ends with a BOOM — the dazzling fireworks display, one of the biggest in the state.6:30 am – TC Half Marathon6 pm – 10 pm: Live music, movies, food, and family activitiesMill Ruins Park and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park10pm – Fireworks Celebrating Our Independence at Powderhorn Park, July 4There may not be  fireworks this year, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had at Powderhorn Park with local musicians, food vendors, family activities like face painting, bouncy castle and more. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | What do creative tenants need?

Major developer First & First is teaming with the Creative Enterprise Zone to host an evening of connection and collaboration around their latest project, Vandalia Tower, at 550 Vandalia St. The meeting, April 2, 4-6pm, is open to the public and all who are interested in exploring the intersection of creative entrepreneurship and modern urban development are encouraged to attend.This is a great opportunity for creative tenants to connect with one of the Twin Cities most innovative developers. Figuring out how to support creative entrepreneurship as the demands of a thriving metropolitan area push developers to think about land use and urban planning in new ways is tantamount to the success of our creative economy. The 550 Vandalia building is currently home to around 30 tenants, many of whom play an important role driving creative commerce in the metro area. From woodworkers and cabinet makers, to glass blowers, coffee roasters and more, entrepreneurial makers of all sorts have benefitted from the reasonable rent rates, unfinished interior and large work spaces at Vandalia Tower.Woodsport is a nationally recognized independent woodcraft studio currently housed in the building. Master craftsman and designer Scott McGlasson creates one-of-a-kind handmade wood furniture and accessories that have found their way into corporate board rooms, offices and homes across the country.Nordeast Makers is another important cog in our creative economy based out of the Vandalia Tower building. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | You really don’t want to meet the Dicks at Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America

I’m not one to cry. Truth is, I rarely cry, but during a visit to Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America I was literally reduced to tears! The bartender was abusive, abrasive, and mean as HELL. I wasn’t sure why he was in a bad mood, but later found out that it is their “niche” to be mean as spitfire. Were they really trained to treat people like this, to the point of harassment? Continue Reading

The State Fair’s missing sidewalks

For Streets.mn’s “Our Fair State” series during the Minnesota State Fair, I don’t really have a good story to tell about an out-state event. I do, however, live less than a mile from the State Fairgrounds and wanted to share a little of what this heavily pedestrian-oriented event is like to be around the other 353 days of the year. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | East Side of St. Paul is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ until a serious incident happens

In recent weeks, a devastating incident occurred on the Eastside of St. Paul where several teens allegedly beat a passerby until he was unconscious. This is a circumstance that no person should have to endure. One of the notable pieces of information that has surfaced is the fact that the passerby was white and the teens were African American. Although some within the broader community argue that the attack was based on race, the reality is that in light of the circumstances under which the attack occurred, the victim could arguably have been any individual who was within the vicinity of the young people in question. Actually, a similar severe beating of an innocent Black man, Edwin Daniel, by five young Somali men occurred on the Eastside just a few years prior to this most recent incident.The factors that contribute to these types of horrific episodes, including shootings by young people against other young people, may revolve around underlying issues at the intersection of race and poverty that are pervasive on the East Side of St. Continue Reading

St. Paul: St. Anthony Park district council elections moved to November

In an effort to involve more St. Anthony Park residents in the St. Anthony Park Community Council elections, the council’s board of directors is moving its annual elections from April to November.The council is also planning to host a town-hall forum for elected officials and district council candidates along with a community expo before the election. The dates for the election and forum will be announced later this summer.Residents or businesspeople interested in serving on the St. Anthony Park Community Council can nominate themselves at the fall town-hall meeting. Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Saint Anthony Park considers becoming Transition Town with festival on April 20

No matter the weather, on Saturday, April 20, Saint Paul’s Saint Anthony Park neighborhood will celebrate all things green. SAP is considering becoming a “Transition Town” with a festival — including kids’ activities, school projects, music, short films, and learning opportunities. A Transition Town is a community that understands that it must create less a fossil-fueled, energy-intensive way of life and at the same time a more stable, satisfying, locally-oriented one. Several working interest groups have already started the journey, and Saturday they will hold an expo of new initiatives, inviting discussion and participation.Here are Festival details:Date: Saturday April 20Time: 1-4 PM – drop in or come for the entire afternoon!Place: SAP Lutheran Church – 2323 Como Avenue (across from Speedy Market)Host: Saint Paul’s District 12 Community CouncilThe District 12 Community Council has charged the Energy Resilience Group, or ERG (http://www.sapcc.org/ttasap), with raising community understanding of climate change, of the limits of fossil fuels and of possible constructive adaptation. Its members look to join the international Transition Towns network (http://www.transitionnetwork.org), uniting with other Twin Cities neighborhoods (http://www.transitiontc.org), to build local resilience while reducing carbon emissions.Working interest groups include: Community Solar, Sustainable Food Production, Zero Waste, Transportation and Home Energy Reduction. Continue Reading

CENTRAL CORRIDOR VOICES | St. Anthony Park Library: The best place in the world

I have lived in Saint Paul most of my life, and I’d say my favorite place in Saint Paul is the St. Anthony Park Public Library. With its many shelves and millions of stories, each one unique, each one special in its own way, there is no place like it in the world. I love going to the library after school for hours on end, looking at the books.The St. Anthony Park Library is unique because of its architecture. Continue Reading