East Side Bulletin Board September 16, 2019

Karen culture presentation
Are you interested in learning more about Karen culture? Join the Karen Organization of Minnesota, located at 2353 Rice St., for its next bi-monthly Karen culture presentation, coming up on Oct. 18, 3:30 to 5 p.m. During this presentation, participants will learn about the Karen history, culture, and resettlement in the U.S. and explore the history of the Karen and how they became refugees, and discuss how the Karen have adapted to life in the U.S. There will also be a brief overview of Karen culture, covering everything from food, to clothing, to family, to communication styles, and more. Come with open ears and questions. Attendance is limited to 25 people, please RSVP at www.mnkaren.org.

Hope for Recovery workshop
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free workshop that provides information on mental illnesses, treatments, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend. This includes learning the LEAP strategy for improving communication: Listen, Empathize, Agree-on what you can, and Partner. This workshop is for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness and people living with a mental illness who are doing well in their recovery. It will be held at Loyola Spirituality Center, 389 Oxford St. N., in St. Paul on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or to register call 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at namimn.org.

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.

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 be 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.

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.

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.

‘Watch the glow’
Join neighbors in Swede Hollow Park Friday, Sept. 27, around 6:30 p.m., for the annual “Watch the glow” event. The annual event brings neighbors together to watch the sunset off the windows of the old Hamm’s Brewery, share some food, and share stories and history. Those interested should meet at the “Swede Hollow Stonehenge,” near the bottom of the Drewry Lane Tunnel. A donation of $10 is suggested to help support the Friend of Swede Hollow. For more information call 651-776-0550.

Creative connections
The East Side Arts Council will be hosting a few art classes for seniors ages 62 and older this fall. A poetry class with poet Diane Jarvenpa started Sept. 9 and will run through Nov. 11, taking place on Mondays from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. A painting class with artist Tamina Muhammad will start Sept. 24 and go through Oct. 29, taking place on Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. Both classes take place at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. To register for either class, send an email to office@eastsideartscouncil.org or call 651-774-5422. 

Senior fiber arts class
Join artist Jen Chilstrom for a fiber arts class taking place on Mondays from Oct. 7 through Nov. 25, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Phalen Recreation Center, 1000 Wheelock Parkway. The class will focus on the fiber arts of Shibori, indigo and art from fiber for clothing and household items. Register by emailing Johanna at office@eastsideartscouncil.org or calling 651-774-5422. Space is limited.

Legal Clinic
Call today to schedule an appointment with a volunteer attorney at East Side Elders. No cost, 45 minute appointments are available for help with wills, power of attorney, and healthcare directives. This legal clinic is for people 60 and older who identify as having a low income. Call 651-683-2326 to reserve a time on Friday, Sept. 20, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The clinic will be held at 463 Maria Ave.

Cerenity-Marian fundraiser
The Cerenity-Marian of Saint Paul Foundation will hold its Wine Classic event on Sept. 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 200 Earl St. Enjoy an evening of perfect sips with certified Sommelier Leslee Miller, of Amusee & Sip Better and certified Cicerone Michael Agnew of A Perfect Pint. Join the  community for an evening of exceptional wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction and wine pull. Proceeds from the Wine Classic will be used to enhance our tenants’ and residents’ comfort with a refresh of campus common areas, gardens and pond.

Autumn Art at Hamm Park
Join a number of East Side art organizations on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 to 4 p.m. at Hamm Park along East Seventh Street in Dayton’s Bluff for a celebration. Carry On Homes is collaborating with the East Side Arts Council, Indigenous Roots, and Cypher Side to host a community event saying goodbye to the public art sculpture in the park. The event will include food, performances, and art activities surrounding the themes of home and stories of immigration.

Poetry Park gardening breakfast
The East Side Arts Council is working to prepare Poetry Park for the winter by cleaning up the park and finishing weeding. Volunteer some time to help take care of the space by helping finish up some projects at the park on Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to noon. There will be pancakes on the griddle and also some coffee and tea. Poetry Park is located near the Phalen Recreation Center at 1000 Wheelock Parkway.

Trash meeting
St. Paul Trash, a group of St. Paul property owners who sued the city to have trash collection ordinance put on the ballot for a referendum, will have a public information meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:16 to 7:30 p.m. at Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Ave. Following the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling that the city must allow the trash ordinance to be put to a referendum this fall, the meeting will have information about the referendum.

National Public Lands Day
Stop by Hidden Falls Park on Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate National Public Lands Day. A number of outdoor organizations will have free activities to try out, like fishing, archery, climbing, canoeing and more. Hidden Falls Park is located at 1313 Hidden Falls Drive.

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