South-West Bulletin Board April 8th, 2019

Walk and Talk

No agendas or speeches … get some steps in and get to know your West St. Paul Police Department and South Metro Fire Department from 8 to 9:30 a.m., April 8, at the sports dome, 1655 Livingston Ave.


Spring book sale

Book lovers and bargain hunters, come on down to the library, 106 Third Ave. N, for the South St. Paul Library’s annual Spring Book Sale. There’ll be both children’s and adult materials available for purchase. There is a $1 bag sale the entire week. This time, the sale will be in the basement. The stock of books is replenished the whole week, so come more than once. The sale runs from April 8 through April 13.


Nature painting

Learn about what your backyard deer are up to this time of year, and paint an adorable baby fawn. Treat yourself to good company and a cup of hot tea or cocoa. Follow along step by step to create an 8 by 10 inch acrylic painting on canvas. It’s the perfect way to unwind and unleash your creativity. You will be using water soluble acrylic paints that may stain clothing, so make sure you come prepared to get a little messy. Open to those 13 and older, this will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m., April 8 at Dodge Nature Center’s Farm Entrance 3, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. The cost is $20. Call 651-455-4555 or visit for more information.


Compost at home

On April 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., learn how to improve your soil quality while reducing your waste by composting food scraps, grass clippings and leaves into a soil-like material that can be applied to your garden or yard. Presented by Dakota County Environmental Resources, this will take place at the West St. Paul Library, 199 Wentworth Ave.



Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States. This is a free class from noon to 1 p.m., April 10, for community members over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. Questions? Contact Renee at 651-645-2948 ext. 300 or It will take place at Neighbors, Inc., 222 Grand Ave., W., in South St. Paul.


Learn about Charles Lindbergh

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to fly solo from New York to Paris. This feat made him one of the biggest celebrities of this time. However, his life following the flight was filled with tragedy and controversy. Explore the complicated life of a complex man. Register by April 10 for this session on April 17, which will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul. Register by calling 651-403-8300, and the cost is $7.


South St. Paul Theatre

SSP High School Theatre is proud to present “Midsummer 2019,” its version of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Performances will be on April 11, 12, and 13 at 7 p.m., and April 14 at 2 p.m. in the South St. Paul High School Auditorium, 700 Second St. N. Advance, reserved-seat tickets are $7 for students, $9 for adults, and free for seniors 60 and over. Tickets are also available at the door for $1 more. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by email at, or by phone at 651-457-9430.


Egg hunt

Hop on over to Rich Valley Athletic Complex, 1841 105th St. E., and join Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation for some egg-citing fun April 13. Kids will enjoy scrambling all over to collect their eggs. This event is free but you must pre-register to join by visiting
Register by Wednesday, April 10. Egg hunt times are by age groups:

- Ages 3-4: 1 p.m.; Code: FA-P100

- Ages 5-7: 1:10 p.m.; Code FA-P101

- Ages 8-10: 1:20 p.m.; Code FA-P102

There will be a flashlight egg hunt from 8:30 to 9 p.m. for kids ages 10 to 13 accompanied by an adult. Use code FA-P103 to register. 

Home Improvement and Design expo

On April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Avenue Inver Grove Heights, for the Home Improvement and Design expo.
There will be prize drawings and Twin Cities home improvement experts all in one location. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore up to 150 exhibitors featuring the latest products, services and information to help turn your dream home into a reality. Play Booth Bingo for a chance to win a new tablet computer. Find everything from bathroom and kitchen renovations to lawn and landscape. Even get help with your home décor. It’s everything from inside/out to home/lawn. Main Stage filled with on-going speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment all day long. The cost is $6 at the door or free with food shelf donation. For more information, visit or call 952-238-1700


B.E.S.T. fundraiser

The 28th Annual Inver Grove Heights B.E.S.T. Foundation Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on April 13 at Church of St. Patrick’s Social Hall, 3535 72nd St. E., Inver Grove Heights, with registration and social hour beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m., and a silent auction will run all night. There’ll be a raffle drawing at 9:30 p.m.


ISI Synchronized Championships

Join the Doug Woog Arena, 141 Sixth St. S., in South St. Paul and the Ice Skating Institute for the 2019 ISI National Synchronized Championships on April 13. Over 600 skaters, from across the United States, will be competing. This is a free event to attend. The competition begins at 9:15 am and goes until 10:30 pm. The ISI National Synchronized Championships is a national competition showcasing teams of 8-20 skaters that preform together as a team. In addition, the ISI MinneShowdown will be featured as a special, team-only, event on Saturday evening starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Doug Woog Arena. For additional information, contact the Doug Woog Arena at 651-554-3330 or Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison, at 651-554-3230.


Book sale

The Friends of the Wentworth Library are hosting its spring book sale at Wentworth Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul. Thousands of books, magazines, audio books, DVD’s, CD’s and VHS tapes will be available. The sale begins April 11, with a preview sale from 3 to 5 p.m. for Library Friends members. To take advantage of the preview sale, you may pay the $10 membership fee and become a member at the sale on Thursday. The public sale is April 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a $5 bag sale on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a $2 bag sale from 1 to 3 p.m., April 14. 


Playful parenting

Learn storytelling, improvisation, theater and creativity techniques for better communication, less stress and more creativity at home in these interactive workshops from Improv Parenting. This is open to youth ages 6 and older with their caregivers. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 13 at the South St. Paul Library, 106 Third Ave. N.


Plant sale

Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County is offering a selection of trees, shrubs, vines and roses for your yard or balcony. With a focus on pollinator-friendly plants, new this year is the perennial native liatris, commonly known as blazing star – a favorite of monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Purchase something for yourself, or donate a Tribute Tree as a gift or memorial, which is then planted in a Mendota Heights park or any other park of your choosing. Order online at and pickup a brochure at city hall, 1101 Victoria Curve, during business hours. Orders must be placed and paid for by April 19 and picked up May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Maplewood. Tribute Trees are available to purchase year round and are selected, placed and planted by park staff in the spring following the purchase.

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