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The St. Paul June 2011 Volume 45 Number 6

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Mendota Heights’ newest restaurant offers outdoor dining, live music Page 4 The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to Mears Park June 23-25.

Summer Event Guide All Local. All Outdoors. Tim Spitzack Editor

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ife is short, and summertime in Minnesota is even shorter, so make the most of it. From Memorial Day to Labor Day there are a host of outdoor activities in the greater St. Paul area that you won’t want to miss. Our annual Summer Event guide gives you the information you need to find everything from outdoor movies and concerts to recreational opportunities and community festivals. Put on your shades, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy!

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Festival, which set an attendance record last year, returns to downtown St. Paul’s Mears Park June 23-25. Headliners include Panama Jazz Sensation Danilo Perez and the Gary Burton Quartet. Performances take place on the Mears Park Stage both days and at other area clubs, including the Black Dog Café, Bull Dog, Hat Trick Lounge, Señor Wong’s, Artists’ Quarter, Mancini’s and the St. Paul Hotel Lobby Bar. For the full schedule of performers and venues, visit www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com. Nine Nights Music The Minnesota History Center is hosting its free Nine Nights of Music program every Tuesday

in July and August at the Minnesota History Center Plaza, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul. Listen to the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of some of Minnesota’s best multi-cultural musicians and get out your dancing shoes for saucy salsa, soulful Motown, and classic big band swing. Dance instruction from Tapestry Folk Dance Center is offered 6:30-7 p.m. Live music and dancing takes place 7-8:30 p.m. Pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to museum galleries, 5-8 p.m. There is a nominal fee for parking. In case of rain, performances will be held

indoors in the 3M Auditorium. For a complete schedule, visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/ events-programs/ninenights-of-music or call 651-259-3000 for more information. • Outdoor films - Outdoor films on the Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard of the St. Paul Central Library are presented each Friday, June 10-July 29. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and watch superhero movies, including “Superman” on June 10, “Flash Gordon” on June 17, “Darkman” on June 24, “Supergirl” on July 1, “The Mask” on July 8, “Batman” (1989) on July 15, “Unbreakable”

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Staff departures have REDA reevaluating its future Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer

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hink about it. The biggest affair of the year for your organization is looming within weeks before you: a colossal 3-day celebration that attracts tens of thousands of people and requires careful coordination of hundreds of volunteers, vendors, security and the staging for entertainment and events. Suddenly your marketing director resigns followed closely by your executive director. Then your business outreach manager gives notice. It sounds like one of those recurring nightmares people have, but this was no nightmare. It really happened. The West Side’s Riverfront Economic Development

Association (REDA) found itself in this situation just before District del Sol’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Marketing Director Brian Gioielli resigned after three years to take a job in marketing and development at the Minnesota College of Art and Design (MCAD). Executive Director Cheryl Maloney resigned to pursue other interests. Then Jenny Ticciono, REDA’s business outreach manager for the past four years, expressed her intent to leave for a job at an international import/export company, although she waited until after the May 6-8 event before departing. Jim Gilland, REDA’s board chair, shrugged off the sudden loss of leadership as being serendipitous in that it would

give the organization an opportunity to evaluate its operating design and make changes that will lead to a more effective and efficient organization. A sub-committee of REDA board members formed to find an interim executive director who could steer the group through Cinco de Mayo, while appraising the operation of the organization. Suzann Eisenberg Murray, owner and partner of the Dendros Group, a nonprofit consulting firm that specializes in working with organizations in transition, has been hired under an eight-week contract as REDA’s interim executive director. The Dendros Group is located in Lowertown. Murray is a St. Paul East Side resident.

“Loss of leadership can be traumatic,” said Murray. “The chaos that accompanies that change can be an organization’s undoing, or it can lead to a renaissance. My professional specialty is to guide diverse organizations through periods of turbulence and transition. I use a facilitative leadership approach to help board, officers, staff, and other stakeholders navigate upheaval to emerge stronger, more resilient, and more purposeful than ever.” During the eight-week transition period, Murray and REDA staff will closely examine internal processes and program models. She will look to community members and REDA stakeholders for input and perspective on the direction they think the organization should

Managing affairs at REDA are Jim Gilland and Suzann Eisenberg Murray. take. She will also submit goals and recommendations to the REDA board. “The timing couldn’t be more perfect,” she said. “Cinco de Mayo is done, and with major overhaul of leadership it’s

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‘Organizational life can be messy,’ said Murray. ‘It is yet to be determined how many replacements will be hired. Evaluation of what the organization does must take place first. We are at a perfect place to do this.’ Murray believes that participation is critical to the success of any innovative enterprise and that money, energy and time are wasted when planning processes do not engage the right stakeholders in the right ways. “I hope to come up with a tidy objective for

the board to contemplate, then follow up with an implementation plan,” she said. In the meantime, she has recruited Tom Pliner as interim business director. They had worked together at another nonprofit. As far as the financial

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he Village at Mendota Heights is alive with the sound of music, courtesy of mendoberri café and wine bar. Austrian born chef and owner Robert Ulrich, who owns the restaurant with his wife Ann, are hoping that their seven-monthold restaurant will become the newest hot-spot in the city this summer. They now feature live music on the weekends and the largest outdoor dining patio in Mendota Heights. The café and wine bar is the latest chapter in Ulrich’s storied food service career. He began as a cook in his hometown of Vienna, Austria, studied the culinary arts

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endota Heights City Hall is for sale. No not the one attached to the police station. The one that used to operate out of a little white 2-bedroom rambler located in the northern part of Mendota Heights at 983 Diego Lane. From 1952 to 1964, all the action took place in a 9- by 12-foot sewing room in the home of City Clerk Frank Stary and his wife Elaine. Frank died four years ago at the Humboldt Avenue Cerenity Residence on St. Paul’s West Side. Elaine moved there last fall. “I was getting tired of cutting grass,” said the 91-year-old longtime resident of Mendota Heights. “I blew my leaves one last time and said, ‘good-bye house.’” She looks fondly on the heady days of running City Hall out of her home at a time when Mendota Heights grew from a township to a village, and when a building boom took place and the population burst from 2,000 to 5,000 residents in just 12 years.

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first in the northern area of the city near Cherokee Park. It was a nice size for her husband, two sons, and their pet monkey “Cheko,” who was adopted from owners in Florida who couldn’t take care of him anymore. It was in her home’s little sewing room that Elaine would make pint-sized coats and caps for her precious little pet, at least until Frank ran for Mendota Heights City Clerk in 1952 and won. The sewing room soon became City Hall, and Elaine, although not formally appointed, became the assistant city clerk. With Frank working as an inspection foreman at Northwest Airlines until 4 p.m., someone needed to answer the phone and authorize building permits during the day. That person was Elaine. “I was running day and night, which helped keep me in shape,” she said with a smile. “I would get lunches for the boys, who would then walk to school. I had coffee on all day, and answered the

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ne of the creative ways of celebrating the Latino culture of District del Sol is through the large outdoor mural art gallery, with walls of local businesses used as canvases. In 1980, Morgan’s Lebanese and Mexican Grocery at 736 Robert St. donated the side of its highly visible building for local mural-

ists John Acosta, Carlos Menchaca and Frank Sanchez to create one of the first West Side murals, called “Aztec City.” The mural depicts Aztec warriors dressed in ceremonial clothing standing among their temples, and extending a hand to a Spanish Conquistador. The trio of artists waited until dark before using a projector to light up the side of the building with images. They sketched in the outline, then started

painting. “We didn’t get much money,” said Acosta. “Community Programs in the Arts and Sciences (COMPASS) was impressed by what we were doing and gave us a little bit. We had a blast and kept adding things on to it, and people loved it. I used to give tours of the neighborhood murals and when we stopped at Morgan’s everyone would get out and go in and buy groceries. It’s the best known mural of all on the West Side.” Sadly, the well-known mural may soon be seen no more. The business has been closed for years and Dan Morgan, son of owners Les and Mary Morgan, explained that the building has been for sale since 2004. Having the 5,000-square-foot retail space unoccupied is beginning to be a financial burden on his 88-year-old parents. Several business prospects have shown interest but have mentioned that the

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The “Aztec City” on the Morgan’s Grocery building at 736 Robert St. mural doesn’t fit with their type of business and would like to see it painted over. “It breaks our heart to do it,” said Morgan. “We have told property buyers that funds are available to maintain the mural. Our type of business matched the mural, and we thought we had the perfect buyer when...a grocery store /tortilla factory operating on Lake Street in Minneapolis was about to move the tortilla fac-

tory to the grocery store, but at the eleventh hour the deal fell through.” Morgan recalled that when he was a youngster growing up on the West Side there were many Lebanese and Syrian families in the neighborhood. His Lebanese mother began making flat bread in the basement of their home and then selling it. Demand for the bread grew to such a level that when he was 13, in 1963, his parents took a gamble

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A rts & Culture Morgans quickly realized that demand for Mexican grocery items was not being met in the neighborhood. They built a warehouse behind the store for the large quantities of Mexican merchandise, and changed their name to Morgan’s Lebanese and Mexican Market. Two years later the mural adorned the side of their building. After running the business for 30 years, Morgan’s parents handed the reins over to their son Roger in 1994. He operated the grocery store for 10 years, until his death in 2004 of cancer. His Hispanic wife, Santa, was not fluent in English, so it was difficult for her

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to take over the business. Morgan believes the family business survived the growing competition from stores beginning to stock Hispanic grocery items because of the Morgans’ deli section. Top secret homemade recipes were used to make items like Lebanese garlic sauce and Mexican chorizo sausage. Morgan still has those recipes, and is not sharing. “People still come to the door when they see me inside wondering if we will open again,” said

Morgan. When a store opens at that location, it most likely will be absent its landmark mural. However, local artist Craig David, who has painted several murals along West Side buildings and on the viaduct at George Street, believes the mural is a community asset and mentioned VARA, the federal Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), which was passed in 1990. VARA provides the artist the right to prevent destruction of a

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riet Island Regional Park in St. Paul is the site of live concerts through Aug. 5. The line-up includes: The Fairlanes, noon, June 22; Alma Desnuda, 7 p.m., July 8; Nancy Olson, noon, July 13; Good Timin’, 7 p.m., July 16; The Rich Lewis Band, noon, July 27; The Grand Band, 7 p.m., Aug. 5. A band and a superhero movie are featured Sept. 2, 9 and 16. Music begins at 7 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk. For more information, call 651292-7010 or visit www. stpaulgov/harrietisland. • Rice Park – Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, noon, June 6; Nancy Olson, noon, June 13; the Fairlanes, noon, June 20; Parisota Hot Club, noon, June 27; Capital City Wind Ensemble, noon, July 11; Charlie and the Good Times, noon, July 18; Zachary Scot Johnson, noon, July 25; the movie “Remember the Titans” will be shown at dusk, July 28.

• Mears Park – Capital City Wind Ensemble, noon, May 31; Parisota Hot Club, noon, June 7; The Fountainheads, noon, June 14; Rum River Brass, noon, June 21; Charlie and the Good Times, noon, June 28; Joe Meyer Acoustic Band, noon, July 5; Ken Lelm, noon, July 12; The Fairlanes, noon, July 19; Flute Cocktail, noon, July 26. • Music in Mears – Evening concerts will return to Mears Park 6-9 p.m. each Thursday from June 9-Aug. 25. Food vendors will be available. For a schedule of performances, visit musicinmears.com.

Children’s Festival

The 11th annual Flint Hills Children’s Festival will hold concerts in the Rice Park area the weekend of June 4-5. The events will be at Landmark Center, the Ordway Center’s McKnight and Music stages and in Rice Park and Landmark Plaza. During the early part of the week, thousands of school children will attend performances of dance, music and theater. On the weekend the same performances will be presented to the public. The events will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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The professional Minor League St. Paul Saints play open air baseball at Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul, and are known for their over-the-top promotions and antics during the games. Tickets are $5$20. For game dates, visit www.saintsbaseball.

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S ummer Event Guide • Kaposia Days - Clear the calendar for the weekend of June 24-26 for Kaposia Days. South St. Paul’s summertime celebration features over 40 fun-filled activities, including parades, a Queen coronation, musical entertainment, sporting events, classic car show, bingo, dancing, a kite fly, fireworks and more. For more details visit www.kaposiadays.org.

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exhibits, music, entertainment, and family friendly activities. Food vendors from around the state will serve up tasty Italian dishes.  For more information visit www.festaitalianamn. com. • Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival - Taiko drums, martial arts, Ikebana, sushi and other aspects of Japanese culture will be featured at the annual Como Park Japanese

opportunities for youth and adults to win ribbons and prize money for exhibitions in horticulture, arts and crafts, clothing, food, photography, home furnishings and more. Popular events include the talent show, opening night parade, farmer-forthe-day, children’s petting zoo, carnival rides, bands, fireworks, and the many food choices. Discounted carnival ride tickets are available before the fair starts. For more information, call 651-770-2626 or visit www.ramseycountyfair.com. • Dakota County Fair - The Dakota County Fair takes place Aug. 8-14 at the fairgrounds, located at 4008 220th St. W., Farmington. Highlights include musical entertainment, midway rides, lumberjack shows, grandstand events, livestock shows,  historical village, and food. For more information, visit www.dakotacountyfair. org, or call 651-463-8818. • Minnesota State Fair - The Great Minnesota Get-Together is held Aug. 25-Sept. 5 at the State Fairgrounds, 1265 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. The Fair draws more than 1.6 million visitors annually and showcases Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art, industry and peoplewatching. Everything edible on a stick can be found

Irish Festival, Aug. 12-14 at Harriet Island. • The Irish Fair of Minnesota - The Irish Fair of Minnesota takes place Aug. 12-14 on Harriet Island, St. Paul. This free event features live music, entertainment, dancing, food and drink, Irish culture workshops, Gaelic language classes and genealogy booths. Sporting events include Tug O’War, Gaelic football, rugby, hurling, boxing and the annual Run with the Celts 5K Race. Kids may participate in mini golf, crafts, contests, learn about Celtic myth and magic, and watch sheep herding demonstrations with authentic border collies. For more information visit  www.irishfair.com. • Festa Italiana Minnesota - Minnesota’s first Italian Festival will celebrate Minnesota’s rich Italian heritage September 23-24 on Harriet Island.  Festa Italiana will showcase the unique and authentic Italian culture found in Minnesota through food, traditional wares, cultural

Lantern Lighting Festival Sun., Aug. 21, on the grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park. The Festival encompasses Japanese tradition through music, dance, crafts, martial arts and lanterns. The day will culminate at dusk with the lantern lighting ceremony. • Ramsey County Fair - The 98th Annual Ramsey County Fair will be held July 13-17 at the fairgrounds, located at 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood. The free admission fair offers many

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Rice Park tours

Become a tourist in St. Paul and enjoy a Rice Park tour, featuring an exclusive look inside each building surrounding the park. Rice Park stands as a pillar of downtown St. Paul, flanked by the beautiful architecture of Landmark Center, The St. Paul Hotel, the St. Paul Central Public Library, the James Jill Hill Reference Library, 317 on Rice and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts and more. The tours are free but reservations are required. Tours take place the second Wednesday of each month through September and depart at 10 a.m. from Landmark Center’s Sixth Street entrance. The Landmark Center is located at 75 W. Fifth St. To reserve your space, call 651-292-3270. For more information, visit www. landmarkcenter.org.

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Taylor Swift, with special guest NeedToBreathe will perform at 7 p.m., June 14 and 15 at the Xcel Energy Center, 199 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul. Tickets are $27$71.50.

Science Museum “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” is featured through Sept. 5. The exhibit, which features more than 100 artifacts of the treasures of King Tut, explores the time of the pharaohs and what scientists have recently discovered regarding the unexpected death of King Tut. To complement the exhibit, the Omnintheatre is featuring “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs.” In the late 19th century, 40 royal mummies, including 12 Kings of Egypt, were discovered together in the same tomb. Today, scientists continue to explore the process of ancient

ed at 30 E. Tenth St., St. Paul. For more information, call the box office at 651-292-4323.

Ordway Center for Performing Arts

“Guys and Dolls” is presented June 15-26, at the Ordway Center, 345 Washington St., St. Paul. This classic American musical is set in  New York and is filled with everyone from gangsters, gamblers and scantily clad showgirls to a doll trying to save their souls. Tickets are $27-$80. Tickets are $15-$30. For more information, call 651-224-4222 or visit www.ordway.org.

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4-12 and $23 for seniors age 60 and older, or $30, $18 and $29 respectively on the weekend. Price includes all Science Museum exhibits. Museum tickets are $11 for adults and $8.50 for children ages 4-12 and seniors age 60 and older, or $17 and $14.50 respectively with admission

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to the Omnitheater. Omnitheater tickets alone are $8/$7. The Science Museum is located at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. For more information, visit www. smm.org or call 651-2219444.

History Theatre Sample Night Live, a sampling of local pro-

ductions, is featured at the History Theatre at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, except February. The format features 12 acts per night, including theater, film, dance, improv, visual arts, folk and opera. The next performance is June 1. Tickets are $20. The History Theater is locat-

“LEGO Castle Adventure” is featured through Sept. 11. Visitors help design a new castle for the king and queen using LEGO bricks. Visitors can construct castles, learn about real-world castles and their building secrets, and plan their ideal castle’s defenses. Families can explore the inside of the royal castle, test their fortress designs with a catapult, spot a dragon and climb a battlement wall. Tickets are $8.95. The museum is located at 10 W. Seventh St., St. Paul. For more information, call 651-225-6000. Target Free 3rd Sundays - Explore the museum free of charge 9 a.m.5 p.m. the third Sunday of each month.


S ample St. Paul History Center “Underwear: A Brief History” is presented through Sept. 11. See the kinds of underpinnings worn by generations past, from Victorian flappers to 1970s modsters. The Minnesota Historical Society holds in its collection the business records, including product sam-

ples, of Munsingwear, Inc. View items from the collection, including photos, advertisements and clothing like the union suit, women’s undergarments made by Vassarette, and men’s briefs with the “kangaroo pouch.” Museum tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors

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Square Theatre, located in the Historic Hamm Building, 20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul. Set in Paris, 1963, Director Henry Lockwood has come to the City of Light for the premiere of his new film. What he discovers are the real-life dark places, desperate women and power-hungry men who fill

the hill in Dakota culture. The site, which is undergoing an oak savannah restoration, offers spectacular views of the Minnesota and Mississippi River valleys and is an excellent place to view migrating birds in the Mississippi Flyway. Pocket guides are available at site entrances. A digital version can be downloaded at www.pilotknobpreservation.org.

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St. Paul Parks and Recreation offers free educational hikes Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul through Oct. 20. Hikes are led by a volunteer interpreter and last one hour. All ages are welcome but there is a maximum of 20 participants per hike. Hikes will happen simultaneously at each site. Hikes are held: 6 p.m., Wed., June 8; 9:30 a.m., Sat., June 18; 6 p.m., Wed., July 13; 9:30 a.m., Sat., July 23; 6 p.m., Wed., Aug. 10; 9:30 a.m., Sat., Aug. 20; 9:30 a.m., Sat., Sept. 24 and 9:30 a.m., Sat., Oct. 22. Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is a sacred site to the Dakota people and was once a railyard. It has been restored to a natural state featuring wetlands, prairies and oak savannah. Lilydale Regional Park  was once a bustling town along the Mississippi River. Today, this

• The Optimist Club - The Optimist Club of West St. Paul meets 5-6 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month at West Side Lanes, 1625 South Robert St., West St. Paul. Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information, contact Cheryl Bergstrom at ckbergstrom@hotmail.com or 651-450-7391. • Veterans’ meetings - The Riverview-West St. Paul VFW Post 4462 hosts monthly meetings at 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month, at the West St. Paul Armory. For more information, call 651-437-4481. American Legion Post 521 also hosts monthly meetings at the Armory. Meeting times are 7 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of each month. • Rotary Club - The West St. Paul/Mendota Heights Rotary Club hosts a weekly meeting at 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays, at Southview Country Club, 239 E. Mendota Road, West St. Paul. Each meeting features breakfast and a guest speaker. For more information, visit www.rotarywspmh.org. • Kiwanis Club - The Kiwanis Club of West St. Paul hosts a weekly meeting at noon, Tuesdays, at Southview Country Club, 239 E. Mendota Road, West St. Paul. Each meeting features lunch and a guest speaker. • Chamber of Commerce - The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which serves West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan, Rosemount and Farmington, hosts a monthly meeting called “The Buzz,” at 7:30 a.m., the first Thursday of each month, at the Northern Dakota County Service Center in West St. Paul. Each meeting features networking, a guest speaker and refreshments. For more information, call 651452-9872 or visit www.dcrchamber.com.

his scripts. And then he finds himself accused of murder. Tickets are $20$60. Discounts are available for age 30 and under and age 62 and older. For more information, call 651-291-7005.

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Hamm Building at Seventh Place and St. Peter in downtown St. Paul, offers live entertainment throughout the month, including jazz bands, poetry nights and the popular B-3 organ night, held at 9 p.m. every Tuesday. For more details, call 651-292-1359 or visit www.artistsquarter.com.

park features oak woodlands, floodplain forests and prairies, and a fascinating human and natural history. For more information or to register, call St. Paul Parks and Recreation at 651-266-6400 or visit www.stpaul. gov/naturalresources.

Tapemark Charity Pro-Am celebrates 40 years

The Tapemark Charity Pro-Am golf tournament will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year when players take to the links June 10-12 at Southview Country Club in West St. Paul. Since 1972, this tournament has raised more than $6.4 million for Minnesota nonprofits serving people with developmental and learning disabilities. For more information, visit www. tapemarkgolf.org.

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Ramsey County’s household hazardous waste collection site at Bay West, located near the State Capitol at 5 Empire Dr. in St. Paul, is open year-round. Dropoff is free for residents of Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Hennepin, Anoka and Carver counties with a photo I.D. For hours of operation and more information, call the Ramsey County Recycling & Disposal Hotline at 651-633-EASY (3279) or visit www. co.ramsey.mn.us/ph.

Flag disposal

American Legion Challenger Post 521 has a collection box in the vestibule at the West St. Paul Municipal Center, 1616 Humboldt Ave., for American flags that are torn, frayed or discolored. For more information on flag disposal or on the Challenger Post, call John Ertel at 651457-5597.

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Free workplace English classes

South Suburban Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers Workplace English classes to adults ages 18 and older who want to enter the workforce and wish to improve their English language and job search skills. The classes are free and open to residents of ISD 197. To enroll or receive more information, call 651-4579441.

West Side Clean-Up day

The annual West Side Neighborhood Clean-Up is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., June 11, at 565 Barge Channel Road, St. Paul. Materials accepted include concrete, bricks, rocks, construction debris, general refuse, reusable building materials, reusable furniture, household items, bicycles, scrap metals, clean wood and electronics. For more information, call the West Side

Citizens Organization at 651-293-1708.

Holy Family Catholic hosts garage sale

Holy Family Catholic Church, 1960 S. Lexington Ave., Mendota Heights, is hosting a garage sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 16 and 17, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., June 18. For more information, call 651-291-1116 or visit www.HolyFamilyMaronite.org.

WSP author releases children’s book

Jazz musician Robert ‘Pops’ Montgomery of West St. Paul has written and self-published a children’s book that he hopes will help fund his organization, the Senior Jazz Band of Minnesota, which he serves as director. The book, “Senior Jazz Children’s Book” is about a group of frogs on a journey to a great jazz concert in Los Andes, Chile. The encoun-

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The St. Joseph’s Catholic School girls’ swim team won the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) championship in early April at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The girls’ team took first place in both the Junior and Senior Division in a competition that included 18 teams, with swimmers from grades K-8. Nativity Catholic School took second place and St. Odilia’s Catholic School placed third. St. Joe’s had several swimmers that broke CAA records for their age groups, including Lorelei Gaertner, grade 6, in the 25-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle; Caroline Gaertner, grade 8, in the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard backstroke; Sophie Kishish, grade 4, in the 50-yard backstroke; and the 7/8 grade 200-yard free relay team with swimmers Emily Kishish, Katrina Schneeman, Emma Verby and Caroline Gaertner.  ters they have along the way help educate the reader about the Spanish culture in Chile, where Montgomery lived for a short time. He will give two readings in June: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Fri., June 3, at US Bank, 1493 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, and 1-3 p.m., Sat., June 18, at Burger King, 455 S. Robert St., St. Paul. at Cost of the book is $21.95. Proceeds will be used to fund future Senior Jazz Band performances. For more information or to order the book,

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Carbone's Pizza in West St. Paul has two pizza coupons. West Side Lanes in West St. Paul offers buy one meal, get one half off, plus several bowling specials. Wabasha Deli in St. Paul offers a free boxed lunch with purchase of nine others.

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Great River Dental in downtown St. Paul offers $50 off any service for new patients. Expert Hearing in Mendota Heights offers FREE hearing evaluations. Metro Optics in downtown St. Paul offers buy one get one free on eyeglasses.

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The UPS Store in West St. Paul offers $2 off package shipping. Clean'n'Press in West St. Paul has 9 coupons on drycleaning services. St. Croix Cleaners in Mendota Heights offers $3 off winter coat cleaning.

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All Inc. on the West Side offers deep discounts on a variety of kitchen appliances. Inver Grove Ford in Inver Grove Heights offers $20 off brake repair and several other service specials.

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All Around the Neighborhood Summer Camp All Around the Neighborhood Summer Camp is offered 1-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri, June 20-Aug. 12, at various sites on the West Side. This program is free for children in grades K-6 who live or attend school on St. Paul’s West Side. Space is limited. To register or for more information, call St. Paul

Community Education at 651-487-7383, or register in person at Baker Center, 209 W. Page St.

Hispanic marketing conference

West St. Paul-based Aguilar Productions is hosting the 15 th annual Hispanic Marketing Conference 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed., June 8, at the Minneapolis Hilton, 100 Marquette Ave. Program highlights includes 2010 Census data and the significant growth of the Hispanic market, a Latina shopper study, using

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Garlough teacher receives national award

Your community news and information source ence Teaching. President Barrack Obama recently named 85 K-6 teachers nationwide as recipients. Saatzer is the only teacher from Minnesota to receive the award, which recognizes excellence in education. “This acknowledgment is really a validation of everything I have done over the course of my teaching career,” said Saatzer. “It truly shows how I can make a difference in the lives of my students, as well as makes my fellow teachers more excited about science.” Saatzer will receive $10,000 and an expensepaid trip to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the award ceremony.

Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle Garlough Environmen- Schoolers receive tal Magnet School kin- iPads dergarten teacher Polly Saatzer has been named a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Sci-

Every student at Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle in West St. Paul now has an iPad to use for schoolwork. The pur-

chase of the iPads was made possible through a federal grant received by Independent School District 197 last fall that allowed Heritage to become a magnet school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. The iPads were delivered to the school in late April. “It is exciting for each student to be able to have a one-to-one device to work with, not only outside of school, but to also use this tool to do collaborative work using the technology in class,” said Sarah Shanley, Heritage Magnet facilitator. “We’ve been planning this for months and months behind the scenes, so it has been incredible today to see all of the work that our entire staff has put together to come to life and to see the students so excited.” Heritage teachers have been using iPads for the past few months to familiarize themselves with

Volunteer opportunities • Ramsey County Community Human Services has volunteer opportunities for people age 18 and older. For more information, contact 651-266-4090 or volunteerservices@co.ramsey.mn.us. • Minnesota Literacy Council - Volunteers are needed to tutor adult learners, assist in an adult classroom and teach basic English and GED classes. For more information, contact Allison at 651645-2277, ext 219, or volunteer@ themlc.org. • St. Paul Public Schools - Volunteers are needed to tutor elementary students in the St. Paul public schools in reading and math. Under the guidance of a classroom teacher, volunteers assist students one-on-one or in small groups. For more information, contact Connie at 612-617-7807 or cerickson@ voamn.org. Volunteers age 55 and older are eligible to receive free supplemental insurance, mileage reimbursement and other benefits through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Volunteers of America of Minnesota. • The Minnesota Reading Corps is seeking reading tutors. The program provides free, one-on-one tutoring to children age three through third grade.  Minnesota Reading Corps members receive a

living stipend, reimbursement for college (up to $5,350) and health insurance (for full-time members). For more information or to apply online, visit www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or call 1-866-8592825. • Neighbors, Inc., a social service agency serving Northern Dakota County, has a number of volunteer opportunities to assist local residents. Shifts vary throughout the week and mileage reimbursement is available. For more information, contact volunteer@neighborsmn.org or call 651-306-2145. • Volunteers of America is looking for volunteers age 55 and over to assist children who are struggling with homework and reading. Time commitment ranges from 3-12 hours a week. To volunteer or receive more information, contact Gil Zamora at 651-470-7416. • DARTS, a nonprofit organization in West St. Paul, has several volunteer opportunities to assist families and individuals with transportation and in-home services. For more information, contact 651-455-1560 or www.dart1.org. • St. Paul Senior Chore Service is looking for senior clients age 60 and over, as well as volunteers to help these clients with basic home and lawn projects. For more information, call 651-649-5984.

the new mobile devices, explore educational applications and develop lesson plans involving the technology. Students have had opportunities to work with iPads in the classroom.

Rummage sale at St. Michaels

St. Michaels Church, 337 E. Hurley, West St. Paul, is holding a rummage sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., June 17 and 8 a.m.2 p.m., Sat., June 18. For more information, visit www.stmichaelweststpaul.org or call 651-4572334.  

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Ellen M. Pesek of West St. Paul was named to the honor roll at Oregon State University. The following graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato: Matthew Bauman and Katie McMenimen of Mendota Heights and Jeanette Heth of West St. Paul.

St. Joseph’s students donate $4,500 to Guatemalan preschool

Students at St. Joseph’s School in West St. Paul raised more than $4,500 to help support the village preschool and nutrition center at a sister parish in San José, Guatemala. St. Joseph’s students collected coins and sold Easter eggs to raise the funds. For more information, call 651-457-8550.

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located at Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center, 179 E. Robie, St. Paul Meet Minnesota legendary boxing coach Emmet Yanez 3-4:30 p.m. This event is a tribute to Yanez, who began his coaching career on the West Side in the 1940s. Since then he has coached four generations of boxers, developing numerous Golden Gloves and national champions, as well as many city, state and regional boxers of both the Junior Olympics and open class age groups. Sanctioned by USA Boxing Silver and Golden Gloves 12 bouts in two divisions: Boys 16 and under (Silver Gloves) and Mens 18 and older (Golden Gloves). Advanced tickets: $10, or $20 for VIP At the Door: $15 general admission, $25 for VIP To order: Call Jo Jo Verdeja at 651-755-4948 or Derrick Brown at 651-329-9928 St. Paul Voice - June 2011 - Page 13


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The other day I was visiting with one of our board members about college resources. We agreed that it is a challenge to provide the tools necessary to prepare students for college admission while also ensuring they are able to afford school. I thought about how important resources like the Neighborhood House College Access Program are and how fortunate we are to partner with other organizations focused on student success. We are lucky to witness OFFICE SPACE

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Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (Annie Loch). Although the plan is still in development, our College Connector team is exploring a 2-part plan that focuses on partnerships between participating agencies. The first step is collaborating on college access events, such as a career fair hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters and a dual enrollment event hosted by Neighborhood House. Additionally, the Doorway Center (a college and career resource center through the St. Paul Public Library) has a monthly speaker event featuring “success stories” of adults who graduated from college. The second step is promoting other programs and resources of each organization that supports individuals and families. For example, one partner organization noticed an increasing number of requests for basic needs, so research will be done to see if participants qualify for the Neighborhood House food shelf. This effort will ultimately lead to more comprehensive support at home for prospective college-bound students. The next time I visit with my board member I think we will take a moment to reflect on what is being done to help build the bridge to college. At the same time I will reflect on Margaret Mead’s famous quote being played out right here at Neighborhood House, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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individuals and families achieve their dreams through education because we partner with like-minded organizations that are as invested in education as we are and who are making changes that directly and positively affect today’s prospective college students. One example of a current and promising program, which is being held at Neighborhood House, is the College Connector Certification Series, offered by the Minnesota College Access Network of the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership. It is free to participants and is designed to build capacity through a Minnesota College Access Challenge Grant. In addition to a series of general college access trainings that all participants receive, each individual team member receives training and certification in one of the following areas: outreach and family engagement; career exploration; early awareness and preparation; selecting and applying; financial aid and scholarships. At the end of the training period each individual is certified in their area of expertise. We have a team that will be certified by the Minnesota College Access Network as a “College Connector Team.” At the end of the six month series we will have a plan in place to increase college attendance with our participants. Our team members are from a variety of organizations, including Neighborhood House/East Side Family Center (Jenny Javitch, Tou Yang, Ashley Laflin, Amber Birchem), St. Paul Public Library (Karen Kolb Peterson, Marika Staloch), and Big Brothers Big

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C ommunity Organizations Elena Gaarder executive eirector

West Side Neighborhood Clean Up

It’s that time of year to clean out your garage, your basement and under your bed, and to recycle, reduce and reuse by participating in the annual West Side Neighborhood Clean Up, held 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., June 11, at Keith Krupenny and Son Disposal Service Inc., 565 Barge Channel Rd. The cleanup is for West Side residents only (zip code 55107). Please bring proof of residency. Fees are $10 per car load, $25 for cars with trailers, and $20 for minivans and trucks. Additional fees include $10 for electronics; $17 for mattresses, box springs and hide-a-beds; $10 for appliances ($20 with freon); $2 for tires; and $1 for car batteries. For more information, call WSCO at 651293-1708.

Artists needed

A group of local artists and musicians have teamed up with WSCO to host the West Side Art and Music Festival, which will be held 1-6 p.m., Sat., July 23, at Parque Castillo. The event is being organized to showcase the amazing talent of West Side artists and to highlight the rich cultural assets in the community. There will be art for sale, entertainment, food and children’s activities. Space is available for 50 West Side artists. We are also accepting applications from artists that have a strong connection to the West Side, including those who work in the community or are former residents. The fee is $10 for a 10-by-10-foot exhibitor space, or $20 with a table. For an application or more information, contact Elena at 651-293-1708 or Elena@wsco. org.

West Side Community Plan

For the last two months, WSCO staff and volunteers have been creating a framework for the 10-year West Side Community Plan. As the opportunity to create a district-wide plan only comes around once every ten years, WSCO has the goal of cultivating “champions” in each of the areas that comprise the community, including: education, housing, community health, economic development, land use (with a focus on sustainability), transportation (including linkages to regional transit systems), environment and natural resources, public realm and community spaces (including parks and recreation), arts and culture, civic engagement/community development, and youth and family development. To get involved, contact Elena at 651-293-1708 or Elena@wsco.org.

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