South-West Bulletin Board April 15th, 2019

Egg hunt

Come to Harmon Park, 230 Bernard St. W., in West St. Paul April 20 for a free community egg hunt. Kids ages 3 to 12 will enjoy a hunt on the ballfields with “special prize” eggs hidden among the 8,000 eggs. Come before the hunt to visit the petting zoo and Easter Bunny. The egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. but the festivities run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There will be a free raffle beforehand. Bring a basket, and the hunt will take place rain, snow or shine. 


Opera storytelling

Hear stories read and sung by trained opera singers from the Minnesota Opera and complete an art project to go with the story. Open to kids ages 3 to 8, this will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., April 20 at the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. E.


Spring shred event

Residents of West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Sunfish Lake are welcomed to shred and recycle confidential materials such as credit card offers, check stubs, banking information, tax records, and so much more. Bring paper documents in paper grocery bags — remember to remove 3-ring binders, spiral binders and binder clips. This will run from 9 a.m. to noon April 20, at West St. Paul Sports complex, 1650 Oakdale Ave. 


Fix-it Clinic

From noon to 3 p.m., April 20, bring up to five small household electronics, clothing, jewelry or other items to get help repairing them at this first come, first served fix-it event at the West St. Paul Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave.


Earth and Arbor Day

Spend the morning on April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Mendakota Park, Rogers Lake, or Valley Park assisting with garbage and landscape debris removal, raking, clearing sediment, buckthorn removal, and more. There will be kid-friendly and adult-only tasks available. Volunteers should bring work gloves, wear closed-toe shoes, and appropriate clothing. Work equipment, bags, and safety vests will be provided as needed.
At 11:30 a.m. volunteers will gather at Mendakota Park for a tree planting (weather permitting) followed by appreciation with snacks, beverages, and games.
Register online at or by phone or email to Krista Spreiter 651.255.1123, A signed waiver is required to participate. Waivers are included in the online registration process, and will also be available at the parks on event day. 


Dakota County gardeners

Dakota Gardener’s April meeting will feature Debbie Lonnie of Bailey Nursery. She will speak about new perennials, trees and shrubs at 7 p.m. on April 17. This will take place at South St. Paul High School, 700 Second St. N. The public is welcome. For more information, visit


Anniversary open house

Enjoy music, a slideshow, share memories of the library throughout the years, and visit with library staff from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 18 at the West St. Paul Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave.


Nature After Dinner

Have you ever heard weird sounds coming from the ponds at night? Don’t be afraid. If it is spring time, the sound you are hearing is most likely frog or toad calls. Join Dodge Nature Center to explore the lives of these amazing amphibians and learn to recognize their springtime calls. This program is designed for kids ages 3 to 8, all children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Families are welcome at this event on April 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10, and it will take place at Dodge’s Farm Entrance 3, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. For more information, call 651-455-4555 or visit


Shoe and clothing drop off

Do you have some old clothes or shoes that are taking up room in your closet? Drop them off at South St. Paul’s Shoe and Clothing Recycling event from April 20 to 28 at Central Square Community Center, 100 Seventh 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.


Community screening

Join community members on April 15 for a Dakota County community screening of “Angst.” The screening will take place at the South St. Paul Secondary School, 700 Second St. N., with a resource fair starting at 5:30 p.m. and the screening at 6:30 p.m. 

“Angst” is a film that explores anxiety, its causes, efforts and what can be done. The filmmaker’s goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who have had experienced anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. 


Write Your Life

Explore writing exercises to spark your memory and tell your personal history for family or friends to publish a book-length memoir. Presented by the Loft Literary Center, registration is required. This will take place at the South St. Paul Library, 106 Third Ave. N, from 6 to 8 p.m., April 15. For more information, call 651-554-3240.


Aging in place

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 16, learn why planning for long-term care is important and discover resources available for seniors who prefer to stay independent in their homes as long as possible. Presented by the Metro Area Agency on Aging, this will take place at the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. E.


History storytime

Join the Dakota County Historical Society and the South St. Paul Public Library for history read aloud for kids up to age 5, though older children are welcome to attend with their siblings, friends and guardians. The children’s librarian will read aloud the books chosen for this week. Afterward, children will see pictures, newspaper articles and artifacts of Dakota County’s history that relate to the book’s theme. Children will also participate in a hands-on activity related to the book’s themes. The theme for April 16 will explore music and jazz appreciation. It will run from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul.


TED Talks Discussion 

The first 20 minutes is spent watching a popular pre-selected TED Talk video. Next, a facilitator will lead a discussion by posing a few questions to get the conversation started and the group will do the rest. The next meeting will be on April 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the topic is “Why You Think You’re Right. Even When You’re Wrong” with speaker Julia Galef. There is a request for a $1 donation at the door. This will take place at Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul.

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