East Side Bulletin Board September 2nd, 2019

Anxiety support group 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for persons with anxiety disorders. The groups help individuals develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. After a summer break, an anxiety and panic support group will restart on Sept. 19, in on the East Side from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on the first and third Thursday of the month, at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St. For more information, call NAMI at 651-645-2948.


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, cash, check or card accepted.


Community clean-up

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, truck and trailer to help pick up items from seniors. Sign up by calling 651-578-7600 or go to www.district1council.org.


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/.


Mental health support group for LGBTQ adults 

A peer support group for LGBTQ adults living with a mental illness meets weekly in St. Paul. Sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and led by trained facilitators who are also in recovery, the free support group meets on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S, in Room 108. For information call Alec at 952-334-6318 or 651-645-2948.


Theatre show

On Saturday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m., Cahoot?! Physical Theatre will present “The Great Calamity Medicine Show.” 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.


St. Pascal’s Booya

St. Pascal’s Men’s Club will hold its Annual Booya on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. until its gone. Containers and individual servings will available in the school cafeteria located on the corner of East Third Street and White Bear Avenue  Come early, it goes fast.  Proceeds will help purchase the equipment and supplies needed for the St. Pascal’s K-8 grade school physical education program, uniforms for extra-curricular sports activities, and related parish/school needs.  For additional information, contact Richard Hoffman at 612-554-6579 or rjhoffman43@msn.com.

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