St. Pascal’s Men’s Club will hold their Annual Booya on Sunday, October 15th from 10:00 AM until empty. Containers and individual servings will available in the School Cafeteria located on the corner of East Third St. and White Bear Ave. 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 651-774-0892 (H) or 612-554-6579 (C) or email@example.com.
We regret to announce that, due to an unexpected work conflict by our August speaker, the Speakers of Color Series is cancelled this month. The event was to take place on August 8 at the SunRay Library. We will resume the series in September.
So sorry for the late notice...
We see National Night Out as a time for neighbors to come together, get to know each other, share food and fun, and celebrate the diversity that makes this area so vibrant. In addition to the local block clubs that people held with their immediate neighbors, there were two large community events going on in District 1. One has been around for a while and the other was a first-time event.
At Conway Rec Center, the Sanneh Foundation worked with a variety of partners to carry on International Night Out. They had folks helping people get registered to vote; local businesses (and the Mall of America) there with resources; they had games, dancing by the local Karen group and by their Hip Hop dance team; Target fed everyone; and District 1's Youth Council, Young Mentors Group (YMG), and board members were helping out, and surveying people on a variety of topics. Sun Ray Library - a faithful partner at this and other community events - was also there to distribute free books and talk about all the library has to offer. Holy Apostles Church was there again and gave away 1500 lbs of fresh produce in an hour. They had help from their youth group and congregation, as always.
At Eastview Rec Center, Saint Paul Urban Tennis, local neighbors and District 1 joined forces to host a first-time - but we hope an annual - event with representatives from the League of Women voters, the Boy Scouts, Saint Paul Smart Trips (who were also at Conway), Saint Paul Library's Bookmobile, and Harding High School's ROTC programs. Attendees had a chance to have free tennis lessons, play lawn games, meet with officials, and join in a free potluck meal.
We hope that everyone carries the fun and camaraderie forward into the rest of the year!
Bring the family for this fun, free family event!
What: East Side Peace Celebration
Where: Battle Creek Recreation Center; 75 Winthrop Street [map]
Date: Saturday, July 22
Time: 3:00 - 7:00 pm
District 1 Community Council, East African Community Association of USA, along with many community partners are co-hosting The first East Side Peace Celebration, uniting the community around the common goal of peace and solidarity.
Bring the family and let the kids have fun, while everyone can enjoy some entertainment. Food trucks will offer food for sale, and there will be free food for kids. There are lots of activities including a bounce house, painting, bike rodeo and bike giveaway, mounted police officers, an obstacle course, and lots more games, entertainment, and fun!
Know your neighbors. Make friends. Make peace!
(This is a weather permitting event and will be cancelled in the event of rain.)
Citywide Drop-Off Events
Recycle and dispose of bulky items, electronics, refuse and more at Citywide Drop-off Events:
DATE CORRECTION: The MN State Fairgrounds Event will be held on October 7,
NOT June 3 as published in the citywide mailer.
Saturday, June 3 | 8 am-1 pmHarding High School | 1540 E. 6th St. (enter from 3rd St.)
Check Road Construction Updates
Looking for volunteers - call 651-578-7600 - must be able to lift 30 lbs and be on your feet for several hours...
Senior pick up services available for those unable to get their materials to the site. Call 651-578-7600.
Saturday, June 24 | 8 am-1 pmWashington Technology Magnet High School | 1495 Rice St. (enter from Nebraska)
Saturday, September 30 | 8 am-1 pmShepard Rd. | Between Davern St. and Alton St. (enter from the east)
Saturday, October 7 | 8 am-1 pmMN State Fairgrounds | Enter from Larpenteur Ave. (west of Snelling)
Fees apply. Volunteers needed!
Find more info at stpaul.gov/recycle
Recycling & Waste Reduction Contact Info:
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Just a heads up that there are two important meetings coming up... First, there is a Community visioning workshop for Boys Totem Town scheduled for Saturday, March 25 from 12:30p - 2:30p at Boys Totem Town. This meeting is especially important for those living in the vicinity of the Boys Totem Town site - this meeting will NOT be addressing juvenile justice issues, but is focused on community building among neighbors around the site.
The second meeting is the District 1 Annual Meeting, which will be Monday, March 27 from 5-8p at our office in SunRay Shopping Center. This meeting will focus on our equity work and is an opportunity to meet our board members (your neighbors!) and vote for new board members.
We hope to see you soon!
On Friday January 27, folks from all over the city gathered at the University of Saint Thomas to celebrate neighbors who have made a difference in their community. The Mayor and the President of the City Council both spoke to attendees about the importance such work at the local level has in the lives of us all. For a video of the celebration, visit this site.
In District 1 we celebrated three people for their work - The Reverend Dr. Earl Miller from Progressive Baptist Church, Ahmed Hersi of East African Community Link, and Delena Zekarias of our Youth Council, Young Mentors Group and the East Side Pride Open Mic. The Reverend Miller was honored as he approaches his retirement for the dedicated work he and his congregation have done to help young people understand the importance and take advantage of educational opportunities, as well as focus on helping those among us most in need. (Accepting the award for his father was the Rev. Melvin Miller.) Mr. Hersi is a founding member of East African Community Link, which seeks to be a bridge of understanding between our Muslim and non-Muslim neighbors. He and his colleagues have surveyed the Afton View neighborhood about its needs and have held large community celebrations for at least three years. Ms Zekarias is a founding member of both our Youth Council and Young Mentors Group, and is the backbone of the East Side Pride Open Mic. Although just a senior in high school, she has been working for several years to make a positive difference for young people in District 1.
We congratulate all three of our honorees and look forward to more great things!
With each of our honorees is City Council President Russ Stark and District 1 President Paul Sawyer...
On Tuesday, December 6, members of the East Side community and of the juvenile justice profession came together at Progressive Baptist Church to share stories and information about how to support all of our young people. As one participant stated – “Saint Paul is RESOURCE RICH BUT ACCESS POOR.” We have opportunities for youth and families to have healthy relationships with the community of which they are a part, but few people KNOW what is available, how and when to use the resources. This is the issue we want to address. We start with this gathering and sharing of information…
The first-ever Union Job and Resource Fair will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 3:00-7:00pm at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN 55106.
Employers will be hiring for union positions in such fields as Construction, Manufacturing, Government, School Building Custodial and Food Service Work, Healthcare, Hospitality and Retail. Union representatives will be on hand to discuss “earn-while-you-learn” high-quality paid vocational training opportunities and answer questions. Information will be available on the advantages of union membership, neighborhood and national union history, and record expungement. The event is designed not only for ready-to-hire job seekers, but for young people exploring how to build their career paths in the future and even people wondering: “What is a union? What do they do?” People who speak many languages will be available to greet and interpret at the event. Positively EVERYONE is welcome to attend. For more information contact Peter at 651-230-3294, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Leach is the Executive Director of the District 1 Community Council. Volunteers and other community members may also contribute posts on occasion.