East Side Bulletin Board July 1st, 2019

Ramsey County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

The Ramsey County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is looking for residents who want to help guide high level policies for the county’s criminal justice system. At a July 1 meeting, there will be information about three open voting positions for community representatives to help make important decisions about the direction of criminal justice reform. This meeting will take place at the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway N. in room 2610 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/2FlyWqj.


SummerLands neighborhood events

In partnership with Ramsey County, the Greater East Side/District 2 Community Council will be hosting a number of events this summer and fall at the intersection of Bush Avenue and Johnson Parkway, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Neighbors are encouraged to bring a chair, some lawn games or anything else to share with others. The group will meet up on July 2, July 16, Aug. 6, Aug. 20, Sept. 3, Sept. 17 and Oct. 1. For more information, call 651-774-2220 or send an email to d2lisa@outlook.com.


Blessed Sacrament FunFest

Join Blessed Sacrament Church, located at 2119 Stillwater Ave., for its annual church festival on Aug. 17 and 18. The two-day event will include music, a car show, Deacon Fred’s legendary Eastside spaghetti feast, beer and wine, children’s activities, a silent auction and more. For more details about the event, visit www.blessedsacramentsp.org/upcoming-events.


Get to Know NAMI 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Get to Know NAMI class on July 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., Suite 400, in St. Paul.  Meet NAMI staff and volunteers and hear firsthand how NAMI’s work directly affects the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Learn about education and support programs and how to advocate for better mental health policies. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.


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 classes will be offered on July 15, from noon to 1 p.m. and July 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 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.


St. Paul trash meeting

The St. Paul Trash Lawsuit Committee will hold a meeting on July 23, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at the Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice St. The meeting will include information and updates about the options for St. Paul residents as the city’s trash collection policy evolves. For more information go to www.stpaultrash.com. 


China garden grand opening

A grand opening event for the St.Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m. at Lake Phalen. The event will include remarks from Mayor Melvin Carter and Changsha dignitaries, as well as cultural performances.


Safe summer nights

The St. Paul Police Department’s Safe Summer Nights program returns again this summer. The Safe Summer Nights program is designed to provide opportunities for police officers to become acquainted with residents of the neighborhoods they serve over a meal rather than during times of trouble. The initiative began in 2014 when Safe Summer Nights partnered with the St. Paul Police Department and the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department to host events in St. Paul that brought neighborhood families and police officers together in a picnic-type setting. Some upcoming Safe Summer Nights events include:

-July 11: MLK Recreation Center, 271 N. Mackubin St.

-July 18: Conway Community Center, 2090 Conway St.

-July 25: Parque Castillo, 149 Cesar Chavez St.

-Aug 1: Hamline Park, 1564 Lafond Ave.

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