East-Side Bulletin Board March 25, 2019

‘Blood Memory’ documentary screening

Watch the documentary, “Blood Memory, A Story of Removal and Return,” on Monday, March 25, 1 to 4 p.m., at Metropolitan State University in the Founder’s Hall, 700 East Seventh St. The documentary covers the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era — a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide. As political scrutiny over Indian child welfare intensifies, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony. For Sandy White Hawk, the story of America’s Indian Adoption Era is not one of saving children but of destroying tribes and families. At 18 months, Sandy was removed from her Sicangu Lakota relatives and taken to live with a Christian missionary couple 400 miles away, where her skin color and cultural heritage were rejected. She grew up void of kinship and familial support, feeling ugly, alone and unworthy of love. Her adoption, which she later found to be part of a nationwide assimilative movement that targeted American Indian children, defined her and took much of her adult life to overcome. Reconnection with her Lakota community empowered White Hawk to help other adoption era survivors restore their cultural identity through song and ceremony.


Railroad Island community meeting

The Railroad Island monthly neighborhood meeting will be coming up on Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m., at Hope Community Academy, 720 Payne Ave. Items on the agenda include rehab and home improvement resources available from Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, updates on neighborhood developments — Rivoli Village, 520 Payne Ave, etc. — updates from neighborhood partners, and upcoming local events. Anyone is welcome to attend. 


Lower Phalen Creek Project open house

Want to learn more about the Lower Phalen Creek Project? Come by the office in the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St., on Friday, March 29,, anytime from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an open house-styled info session. Meet staff members, enjoy a free catered lunch, mingle, and watch a short presentation from Wakan Tipi Center Director Maggie Lorenz, on the history of the organization, the Wakan Tipi Center project, and the organization’s future goals. The short presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Community members and organizations are invited to stop by, ask questions, and get to know the organization. 



Mississippi Market mural painting

Mississippi Market has partnered with GoodSpace Murals, a group of local artists focused on community collaboration, to help create a community food mural at the East Seventh Street store. The community is invited to participate in the painting of the mural on Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East Seventh Street store, 740 East Seventh St. The finished mural will be installed in the seating area of the store in May. All skill levels, ages, and experiences are welcome to help paint the mural. GoodSpace Murals uses an indirect painting technique where participants paint on large canvas sheets. At this event, enjoy light snacks and beverages and receive a co-op coupon for your time and participation. 


Union job and resource fair

The fourth annual union job and resource fair returns on Thursday, April 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. This year it will be held at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 110, 1330 Conway St. Discover a path to a union career, learn about the advantages of a union job and labor history and find information about record expungement. For more information and for employers interested in being represented at the fair, go to www.eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/unionjobfair or call 651-230-3294.


Governors Alumni Club fundraiser

The Johnson High School Governor’s Alumni Club will hold its annual fundraiser on Sunday, April 7, 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Johnson High School, 1349 Arcade St. The event will include an all-you-can-eat waffle breakfast, a silent auction and a program to honor Johnson students. Funds raised will go to support student programs at the high school. All Johnson alumni and students are welcome to attend. 


Ham bingo

Presentation of Mary Church will have a ham bingo on Saturday, April 13 from 6 to 10 p.m., in the church’s gym, which is located on the corner of Larpenteur Avenue and Kennard Street. Twelve ham prizes will be given out throughout the evening and hard cards will be sold at 25 cents per game. Food and refreshments will be available for sale starting at 6 p.m. This is a great chance to try to win your Easter dinner. For more information, contact the parish office at 651-777-8116.


Easter Egg Hunt & Petting Zoo 

The Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1390 Larpenteur Ave. E., will have it’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo on Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon. The event is free and open to the public. There will be an Easter egg hunt for each age group, a petting zoo, photo booth, bingo, games, crafts, snacks provided. Please bring a canned food donation for the food shelf.


Pancake Breakfast 

A community pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, April 14, 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1390 Larpenteur Ave. E. Fill your tummy with a delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit youth programs.

St. Paul 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.


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 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 interested in volunteering, contact Sierra at sbethea@merrickcs.org.

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