East Side Bulletin Board August 18, 2019

Elder Cafe
Join East Side Elders on Sept. 12 for its monthly Elder Cafe lunch and social. This month the event will include lunch and bingo from noon to 2 p.m. at 463 Maria Ave. Call 651-683-2326 to make a meal reservation, make a special diet request, and to request a ride if needed. A meal cannot be guaranteed without a reservation. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted via cash, check or card.


CLUES mural apprenticeship program 
CLUES is accepting applications for a new Latino Muralism Apprenticeship program, an intensive and immersive program that will cover all aspects of muralism, from its history and sociopolitical context to indoor and outdoor best practices to logistical skills like project management and fundraising. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/CLUES_Mural_Program. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 30. For further information, please contact Aaron Johnson-Ortiz at ajohnson@clues.org or at  651-307-1908.


District 1 drop-off day
Every year, the city and residents deal with illegal dumping of mattresses, furniture, trash bags, clothing, debris and electronics. These waste items can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes, disrupt wildlife habitats, and pose fire risks. In addition, chemicals can leach into the soil and into groundwater. Help keep the city clean by volunteering or dropping off large trash items during the District 1 Community Council’s drop-off day on Sept. 14 at Harding High School. The council is looking for volunteers to help during the day, with shifts from 7:15 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers can also volunteer their time, trucks and trailers to help pick up items from seniors. Sign up by called 651-578-7600 or go to www.district1council.org.


Wakáŋ Típi walk
Join Lower Phalen Creek Project staff and Dakota educators for a guided walk through the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary on Aug. 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn more about the area from a Dakota perspective and learn more about the future Wakáŋ Típi Center. The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is located near the intersection of Fourth and Commercial streets. 


A Matter of Balance class 
Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself.  People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.  Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends.  A Matter of Balance class can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. An eight week course will be offered at East Side Elders, 463 Maria Ave., beginning Sept. 17 and meeting every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. The class is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. To register, contact East Side Elders at 651-683-2326 or register online at https://yourjuniper.org/Classes/Register/1416. A $15 suggested donation for the course includes eight weeks of the course and a copy of A Matter of Balance participant workbook.


Family course on mental illnesses 
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a free educational course that helps families gain a greater understanding of mental illness, discuss resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Over 4,000 Minnesota families have benefited from this course. Join others for this series taught by family members who have walked the walk. The Family-to-Family course will meet weekly for 12 weeks on Mondays starting Sept. 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400, in St. Paul. For information or to register (required), call Dinah at 651-238-6110 to register.


Community garage sale
The Railroad Island neighborhood will hold its first community yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions about the event, contact Dayna Jean at graeaehaven@gmail.com. More information can also be found on the Railroad Island community page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/railroadisland/.


Renter’s cookout
Tenants living in the 55119 and 55106 zip codes are encouraged to join the District 1 Community Council for a cookout on Aug. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the District 1 office, 2105 ½ Old Hudson Road, in the Sun Ray Shopping Center. The District 1 Community Council - which advocates for neighbors living in the Conway, Battle Creek, Highwood Hills and Eastview neighborhoods in southeast St. Paul — would like to hear about visions for the community and tenant can get to know their neighbors. Childcare and bus tokens can be provided with advance notice. Call the council at 651-578-7600 for questions. 


Highwood Performance series
Stop by the Highwood Hills Recreation Center, 2192 Londin Lane, on Wednesdays in August, 5:30 to 8 p.m., for a variety of free, outdoor, family-friendly performances.
Performances are as scheduled:
-Aug. 21 - Clown Benjamin Domask and Bollywood dance
-Aug. 28 - Somali Museum Dance Troupe 
In the event of rain, the events will take place inside the recreation center. In the case of a heat advisory, the event will be rescheduled for September. For updates, go to www.district1council.org.


Battle Creek master plan
Battle Creek Regional Park is getting a new master plan for the first time in 30 years. Led by Ramsey County Parks & Recreation, in partnership with SRF Consulting, the planning process has included a number of community engagement events over the summer, with another event coming up on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 5 to 7 p.m. at Highwood Hills Recreation Center, 2191 Londin Lane. These workshops are being held near the park to gather community feedback on what is and is not currently working. Community members will have the opportunity to share their vision of what the park should look like with planners and park designers. More information can be found at www.ramseycounty.us/residents/parks-recreation/parks-planning-projects/b....


Theatre show
On Saturday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m., Physical Theatre will present “The Great Calamity.” The free show will be held outside in Poetry Park, which is near the Phalen Recreation Center at 1000 Wheelock Parkway. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. 


Free artist workshop
East Side Arts Council will be hosting an informational workshop facilitated by Alanna Morris-Van Tassel in which participants will learn about the MN Artists website and networking opportunities. MN Artists is an open, digital platform and public programs producer, by which Minnesota-based artists and arts organizations may showcase their work and activities and connect to audiences and each other. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Side Arts Council gallery at 977 Payne Ave.
Space is limited, please register by emailing Jacob at esac@eastsideartscouncil.org.


Affordable artist studios
Art@967 Payne is a brand new art center for St. Paul and is accepting artist tenants. There will be a space for a gallery, gift shop, event space, classroom, offices, and studios. If you’re an artist looking for a space, contact dmitri.hatzi@icloud.com and stephanfkistler@gmail.com. The new center is located at 967 Payne Ave. 

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