East Side Bulletin Board February 4, 2019

St. Paul Youth Services 45th 


St. Paul Youth Services is celebrating 45 years of impacting youths’ lives. The organization will be hosting a celebration of its anniversary on Feb. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N. The program will feature many of the youth it works with. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about the nonprofit organization.


Imagine Our City discussions

Ahead of his March State of Our City summit, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced a series of seven community conversations to be held in February for residents to share their perspectives on opportunities and challenges they face. The conversations will take place:

• Thursday, Feb. 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Krungthep Thai, 1141 Rice St.

• Monday, Feb. 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway

• Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Boca Chica, 11 Cesar Chavez St.

• Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tapestry Restaurant, 394 University Ave.

• Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Snelling Café, 638 Snelling Ave. N.

• Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Ho Ho Gourmet, 1985 Old Hudson Road

• Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Plum’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 480 Snelling Ave. S.


Community workshop for Lake Phalen mural

Join local artist Liv Novotny for a free, all ages, interactive workshop designed to generate ideas for a water-themed mural at Lake Phalen on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St. Learn about water quality and the Phalen watershed from Friends of the Mississippi River and Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District. Afterwards, participants can kick-start the creative process through drawing, collage and group activities. Your input will help guide the final mural design to be installed June 1 during WaterFest at Phalen Regional Park. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Feb. 15 to Sage Passi at sage.passi@rwmwd.org. Novotny is a muralist, printmaker and graphic designer from Minneapolis currently working as a painter and mosaic artist for GoodSpace Murals, an organization that promotes community development through mural painting.


Prom dress sale

Stop by the Hazel Park Recreation Center on Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to find the perfect prom dress. No dress will be over $10, but a high school ID will be required for purchase. All proceeds from the sale will benefit youth programming and sports at Hazel Park Recreation Center. If you have a gently used dress, shoes or accessories that you would like to donate, please contact the center by calling 651-501-6350. The center is located at 945 N. Hazel St. 


Anxiety Support Group 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for persons with anxiety disorders. The groups help individuals develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. An Open Door Anxiety and Panic support group meets in East St. Paul from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on the first and third Thursday of the month, at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St. For information, call NAMI at 651-645-2948.


Mental Health Support Group offered

A NAMI Connection free peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in St. Paul. The group is sponsored NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets on Mondays, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Hamm Psychiatric Memorial Clinic, 408 St. Peter St., Suite 429, in St. Paul. Check in at front desk when you arrive. For more information, contact Mary at 612-387-7036.


Freeze Fest

Bundle up and join neighbors on Lake Phalen for an annual celebration of winter on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to all. Activities include ice fishing, fire building, arts and crafts, kicksleds, puppet pageant, story stroll and cooking over a fire. Most activities will be near the Phalen Lakeside Activities Center, 1530 Phalen Drive. For more information go to tinyurl.com/FreezeFest2019.


Cultural STAR program accepting applications

St. Paul’s Cultural STAR program will be accepting applications through Friday, Feb. 22 for various art and culture projects across the city. The Cultural STAR Program, which is funded by taxpayers, serves to promote economic growth in St. Paul by strengthening arts and culture in the city. Information sessions about the application process will be held in each city ward over the next few weeks. Residents can attend a meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St. For more information about Cultural STAR and for additional information sessions, go to www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/economic-develo....


Dakota winter walk

Indigenous educator Jim Rock will give an interactive presentation and tour at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, focusing on the sacred Wakan Tipi Cave, Dakota astronomy, and the winter season on Friday, Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will meet at the entrance to the sanctuary along Fourth Street. Warm up with a campfire, hot beverages, and great conversation. More information can be found at www.lowerphalencreek.org.


St. Paul Urban Teacher Residency

St. Paul Public Schools is now taking applications for a unique program designed to recruit, prepare, support and retain teachers from diverse backgrounds.

The St. Paul Urban Teacher Residency program is a partnership between SPPS and the University of St. Thomas that combines an affordable, accelerated master’s degree and teaching license program with a year-long, co-teaching experience in an SPPS classroom.

“This program is part of our ongoing efforts to eliminate racial disparities,” says Danaya Franke, SUTR and Student Teaching Coordinator at SPPS. “Our goal is to attract applicants from underrepresented backgrounds who reflect our diverse student population in SPPS.”

The program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree who would like to become an SPPS teacher, and preference is given to current SPPS employees. Participants earn a master’s degree and teaching license in 15 months. The application deadline for the 2019-20 session of the SUTR program is Friday, Feb. 8.

For more information and to apply visit spps.org/sutr or call 651-802-6994.

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