South-West Bulletin Board September 16, 2019

Seed collecting at Pine Bend Bluffs
Help with seed collection while enjoying the prairie grasses and wildflowers of this dry sand prairie with views of the Mississippi River at the Pine Bend Bluffs SNA, 111th St. E., Inver Grove Heights. Come lend a hand to help improve the habitat of this unique place from 9 a.m. to noon. This event on Sep.t 18 is led by Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service who will provide materials and instructions. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes for this outdoor project. Bring water too. See the Pine Bend Bluffs webpage for a map and description of the site. Please contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center with any questions or concerns on the day of the event: 651-293-0200. To RSVP search “Seed Collecting at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA” on

Communities Connect: focus groups on library accessibility
Help Dakota County Library enhance its services and build stronger relationships with you and the community. Join consultant and disability advocate Kevin James from K. James Consultations for an open dialogue about improving library experiences for people with disabilities and those who support individuals with disabilities. Share ideas and feedback to engage the library in learning about the diverse community. American Sign Language interpretation will be available.  Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Innovation Grant, this will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the West St. Paul Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E.

South St. Paul 5K
The South St. Paul Educational Foundation is hosting its 32nd annual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. The walkathon is great way for students, teachers, friends and family to raise teacher/coach directed funds for classrooms. Participants will be asking for pledges to support their classrooms/activities and the foundation. Last year, students, staff and families helped raise over $30,000 to support students and classroom needs. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. The South St. Paul Educational Foundation will be serving free hotdog for all. The event starts and ends at the high school parking lot, 700 Second St. N. For more information, visit

Anxiety in young children class
Learn practical implementation strategies that can help children understand their emotions, gain self-regulation skills, and manage symptoms of anxiety in a free, two-hour class by National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota. The class, best suited for parents, caregivers, and educators of children ages 3 to 12, will be held Sept. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at South St. Paul High School, 700 Second St. N., in the cafeteria. Registration includes light dinner. Free childcare is available for children ages 3-12, but spots are limited and must be requested and confirmed ahead of time. South St. Paul Community Education and South St. Paul Public Schools helped sponsor this event. To register go to and see “classes” or call 651-645-2948.

Rummage sale
St. Paul’s United Methodist Women are holding their annual Fall Rummage Sale and Bake Sale on Sept. 21 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 700 Wesley Lane, in Mendota Heights. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the sales conclude at 1 p.m. This sale is famous for good food and low prices. Coffee, tea, and baked goods will be available to enjoy during the sale hours as well as to take home. Proceeds from the day will be used to fund mission projects locally, nationally and internationally. For further information, contact the church office at 651-452-5683. 

DIY fall t-shirts
Turn a plain T-shirt into a fun turkey or fall shirt that you can proudly wear at your holiday gathering. Presented by the Friends of the Inver Glen Library, registration is required. Open to kids ages 8 to 15, this will run from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 21 at the Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave. Call 651-554-6840 for more information.

Glow Dash
Light up the night at the first annual family-friendly Glow Dash Sept. 21. Enjoy music and games before you walk, run or push a stroller through a lighted 1.36-mile dash. This event is for all ages and abilities — no dogs please. Wear your favorite glow gear, and every participant will receive a swag bag filled with glow-in-the-dark accessories and more. Refreshments are available after the event, which is sponsored by the Mendota Heights, West St. Paul and South St. Paul Parks and Recreation departments. The cost is $15. Register under special events online at

Clean-up day
Residents of Inver Grove Heights, West St. Paul and Sunfish Lake are invited to the annual Clean-Up Day on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at Inver Grove Heights Public Works Facility, 8166 Barbara Ave. Get rid of unwanted items for a minimal fee. A list of accepted items, prices and additional information can be found at

IGH explorers meeting
Interested in becoming a police explorer? Join the Inver Grove Heights Police Department for a Q & A meeting Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at the police department, 8150 Barbara Ave. Explorers have opportunities to do ride alongs with officers, learn different police skills, and compete at the state competition in Rochester. 

Sip and Spell
Groups of two to five people are invited to register for the Sip and Spell Adults Only Spelling Bee. Taking place Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., up to 12 teams will spell words in costume to compete for a good cause, trophy and bragging rights at the Croation Hall, 445 Second Ave. S. This event will raise money for the South St. Paul Library’s A Book for Every Child Campaign, benefiting Neighbor’s Inc. Register at

The 1959 class of St. Michael’s Grade School, in West St. Paul is having a 60th reunion. It will be held at Joseph’s Grill on Wabasha Street in St Paul on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. Classmates can RSVP at Find the group on Facebook St Michael’s Class of 1959. 

Preventing Medicare fraud and avoiding scams
From 6 to 7 p.m., Sept. 16, see examples of Medicare fraud and learn how to report it. Discover why seniors are targeted for scams, identify the top scams affecting seniors, and get tips to prevent being scammed. Presented by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, registration is required for this event that will take place at the West St. Paul Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E.

TED TALKS discussion
September’s TED TALKS discussion will be Sept. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul. The topic is “Three Ways to Spot a Bad Statistic.” The first 20 minutes is spent watching a popular pre-selected TED TALK Video. Then, a facilitator will lead a discussion by posing a few questions to get the conversation started and the group will do the rest.

Stories at Lawshe
The Dakota County Historical Society and South St. Paul Public Library are collaborating for a special storytime series making history come alive through stories and activities. Siblings and daycare groups welcome. Intended for kids ages 2 to 6, this will run from 10:15 to 11 a.m., Sept. 17 at the Lawshe Memorial Museum, 130 Third Ave. N.

Girl Scout Troop formation rally
Looking to discover the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) in you? Want your daughter to camp out? Build a robot? Run a business? If so, join the South St. Paul Service Unit at their Troop Formation Rally in celebration of Girl Scouts SPIRIT Week. Learn how you and your girl can join the fun and friendship of Girl Scouting. Attend this Troop Formation Rally to learn what Girl Scouts is all about, meet other interested families in South St. Paul, and work together to start a new troop. Girl Scouts experts will be on hand to answer any questions from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 17 at Central Square Community Center, 100 Seventh Ave. N., South St. Paul.

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