East Side Bulletin Board February 11, 2019

Neighborhood STAR program

The City of St. Paul will hold a Neighborhood STAR workshop on Feb. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy. Ave. The event is free, no reservations needed. The Neighborhood STAR Program awards loans and grants for capital improvement projects in St. Paul neighborhoods, and is funded with 50 percent of the city’s half-cent sales tax proceeds. Proposals must be neighborhood-based projects designed with neighborhood representation to strengthen St. Paul neighborhoods and address problems, needs and opportunities.

Proposals can be a project or program that results in capital improvements in St. Paul. Innovative proposals are encouraged, and these proposals may be generated by neighborhood and civic leaders, organizations, and businesses. Applications are due by 4 p.m. March 21. For more information go to www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/economic-develo....


Young Adult Mental Health support group

Young Adult NAMI Connection, for young adults ages 18-30, is a free mental health support group sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). A group meets in St. Paul on the first and third Sundays of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Unity Church - Unitarian, 733 Portland Ave., Owl Room on lower level.The group is facilitated by young adults living with a mental illness and doing well in recovery. For information contact Tess at 507-226-3369 or Leah at 207-272-4450 or Leahwilcox9@gmail.com.


Organized trash listening session

St. Paul City Council member for Ward 7 Jane Prince will hold a listening session on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 Winthrop St. S. for residents to share their experiences with the city’s new trash collection system. The goal is to collect thoughts and concerns to share with the hauler consortium. 


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:

• 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

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 the 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. For more information about Cultural STAR and for additional information sessions, go to www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/economic-develo....


Town hall

Rep. Jay Xiong (67B), Rep. Tim Mahoney (67A) and Sen. Foung Hawj (67) will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hope Community Academy, 720 Payne Ave. The legislators will talk about their priorities for this year’s legislative session. Xiong will give legislative updates on behalf of the Minnesota Asian Pacific caucus.


Gold Line Station Area hearing

The St. Paul City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Gold Line Station Area Plans on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 300 of the City Hall/Court House, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard. The draft amendments can be viewed at www.stpaul.gov/GoldLineSAP or by contacting Bill Dermody at Bill.Dermody@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-6617. All comments concerning the draft plan amendments will be heard. Comments submitted in writing should be addressed to:  Office of the City Council, 310 City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd. West, Saint Paul, MN 55102 or to Bill Dermody at Bill.Dermody@ci.stpaul.mn.us.


Mural listening session

Stop by the East Seventh Mississippi Market co-op grocery store on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to help brainstorm ideas for a community mural inside the co-op grocery store. Mississippi Market will be partnering with GoodSpace Murals, a group of local artists focused on community collaboration, to create socially relevant artwork that reclaims unique identities, stories, and experiences. Community members are invited to participate in the design, development, and painting of the mural, which will be installed in the seating area of the East Seventh store this spring. Receive a $5 co-op coupon for your time and participation. Opportunities to help paint a portion of the mural and a celebration will be held on yet-to-be-determined dates in April and May of 2019. This event is free, but registration is required, which can be done at msmarket.coop/event. 

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