East Side Bulletin Board April 8th, 2019

Payne-Phalen Community Council annual meeting

The Payne-Phalen Community Council will host its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. This event is free and open to the public. The annual meeting is the time when residents of the Payne-Phalen community gather to share a meal, to hear about the work of the organization, and to consider making a contribution to support the organization’s work in the community. Most importantly it is the time when residents of Payne-Phalen elect people from within the community to represent them on the organization’s Board of Directors. Contact the Payne-Phalen office at 651-774-5234 or email district5@paynephalen.org for more information if you are interested in running for the board. Information will be posted on the website www.paynephalen.org.


Earth Day Cleanup

Volunteers of all ages are needed for the annual Earth Day Cleanup to be held April 27 at Battle Creek Regional Park. The primary focus of the event is trash pickup and removal, and to help the parks prepare for the busy spring and summer seasons. Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is seeking more than 100 volunteers to assist with the cleanup. The clean-up event will begin at 8 a.m. at Battle Creek pavilion with coffee and doughnuts for volunteers and will end around noon. This volunteer event is open to individuals, families and small groups. Register in advance of the event at www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/volunteer/outdoors-recreation/earth-.... All participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. The event will take place rain or shine. In the event of snow cover on the ground, the cleanup will be rescheduled.

Bird walk

Join the Friends of Swede Hollow for a free, family-friendly bird walk on Saturday, May 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Those interested should meet at the Drewry Tunnel near 622 Beaumont St. The walk will be lead by Kathy Sidles and participants will learn about the many different types of birds that call Swede Hollow home. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, but the St. Paul chapter of the Audubon Society will also have some for visitors to use. In addition to visual sightings, Sidles will also teach participants how to identify birds by sound. For questions call 651-776-0550.


Free Youth Mental Health First Aid course 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Youth Mental Health First Aid training course on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, 1505 Burns Ave. The course is designed to teach participants the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, build understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teach individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Participants will also learn a five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or emotional crisis. To register (required) or get more detailed information, please contact NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at namihelps.org.


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. 


26th annual Palm Sunday quiche brunch

Stop by Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1669 Arcade St., and join Scout Troop 25 for the 26th annual Palm Sunday Quiche Brunch. The event will be held Sunday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance tickets are $13 for adults, $9 for kids 12 and under. At-the-door prices increase by a $1. Contact Scoutmaster Mark at 651-269-3328 for tickets.


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.


QPR - Suicide Prevention classes

QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide - Question, Persuade and Refer. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. The QPR class will be offered April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., W., in Suite 400. For information or to register call 651-645-2948 x198 or see “classes” at namimn.org.


Understanding Depression in Older Adults class 

Join NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for a free class in Oakdale on Saturday, April 27 to talk about risk factors, warning signs, stigma, treatment, recovery and resources for depression in older adults.  The class will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 4th St. North, in Oakdale. For registration or information, contact the church office at 651-738-2223 or www.guardian-angels.org.


Hope for Recovery workshop 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free workshop that provides information on mental illnesses, treatments, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend. This includes learning the LEAP strategy for improving communication: Listen, Empathize, Agree-on what you can, and Partner. This workshop is for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness and people living with a mental illness who are doing well in their recovery. It will be held at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., Suite 400, in St. Paul on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or to register call 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at namimn.org.


St. Paul Mental Health Support Group for families

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in St. Paul on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway. Free parking in the ramp. For information, call Jennifer at 507-254-5524.

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