East-Side Bulletin Board March 11, 2019

Food drive

The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the largest grassroots food and fund drive in Minnesota, accomplished by participating groups and individuals engaged in the fight against hunger. Merrick Community Services is an example of a local food shelf that relies on contributions  during the campaign to provide food for those in need on the East Side of St. Paul. In the past, with donations provided in the month of March alone, Merrick has been able to provide 1,800 families with over 324,000 pounds of food, but it can’t be done without you. Got to www.merrickcs.org to give a monetary donation or call at 651-771-9339 to find out how to donate food. Some of the most needed food items include: cereals, pastas, rice (1 lb bag), granola bars, cereal bars,  crackers, cookies, canned tuna, chicken, dry pinto beans, peanut butter, vegetable/corn oil, sugar and coffee. During the March FoodShare Campaign, Merrick is also in need of volunteers to help organize donations, shop for items, manage phones, and other tasks. If you’re in volunteering, contact Sierra at sbethea@merrickcs.org.

State of Our City Summit

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter will present the State of Our City Summit on Thursday, March 14, 6 to 8 p.m. at Harding High School, 1540 Sixth St. E. The event is free, kid-friendly and open to all. RSVP ahead by calling 651-266-8510 or by going to www.stpaul.gov/departments/mayors-office/state-our-city-summit-3. 



Elder Cafe

Join East Side Elders for its monthly lunch and social hour, this month on March 14, noon to 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 463 Maria Ave. During this month’s cafe, participants can learn about their Somali neighbors with a guest presenter from the Somali Museum of Minnesota. Visitors will also get to experience the flavors and foods of traditional Somali cuisine from the owners of Karibu, the East Side’s newest Somali cafe. Please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food or personal care items to the event. East Side Elders is collecting items for their Blue Bag program in which the organization delivers supplemental groceries to seniors in the community. Call 651-683-2326 or send an email to Info@EastSideElders.org to make a reservation or to request a free ride. The cost of the event is $5 per person; cash, check and credit card accepted. If you have a special diet need, please contact East Side Elders at least one week in advance of the event.


Alcoholism and addiction resources

The East Side YMCA, 875 Arcade St., will hold a presentation on Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Eastside Conference Room about alcoholism and addiction resources. The presentation features Brian Rose from the Alliance Wellness Center. Light refreshments will be available. The event is open to member and non-members with a photo ID. For questions, call the East Side YMCA at 651-771-8881


Trash lawsuit discussion

Neighbors are invited to stop by the Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Avenue on Saturday, March 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for an information session and discussion about the lawsuit against the city regarding the new trash collection system. Anyone is welcome to attend.


Swede Hollow Dakota park tour

Join Lower Phalen Creek Project and St. Paul Parks and Recreation in learning about and discussing the Dakota culture and history in Swede Hollow Park through a tour led by Dakota language teacher Barry Hand and Wakan Tipi Center Director Maggie Lorenz. Dress warm as the entire tour is outside. Everyone is welcome. To register for the tour, go to https://bit.ly/2TB06lx. For more information and if you need special accommodations and/or translation services, contact Bianca Paz (para info en espanol) at 651-266-6418; Cheeneng Yang (yog koj xav tau kev pab los sis muaj lus noog) at 651-266-6414; Ahmed Mohamed (ila soo xiriir af Somali) at 651-266-6437. For more information on the Swede Hollow Master Plan visit www.lowerphalencreek.org/swedehollow.

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