East Side Review Bulletin Board May 13, 2018

Community of Peace open mic

The Community of Peace Academy’s music department will host a casual open mic on Friday, May 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Caydence Records and Coffee, 900 Payne Ave. Performers will include private piano students, students who performed at the high school talent show, the ninth- through 12th-grade Academy Choir and any students who audition to perform. A variety of music will be presented from jazz to pop, alternative rock and much more. The show costs $1 to attend. 



WaterFest, the annual celebration of Minnesota’s lakes, streams and rivers by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, returns Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Phalen Regional Park. WaterFest is a free, family-friendly event that includes a water parade, the chance to try out some paddling, fishing, games — like climbing walls, bounce house, archery and more — trying out sailboats or paddle boats, arts and crafts, live animals, music, dance, food and more. For more information, including parking, shuttles and an activity map, visit www.rwmwd.org/get-involved/waterfest/.


Hmong Arts and Craft fair

The third annual Hmong Arts and Craft fair returns on June 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church school, 2410 Stillwater Road E. in Maplewood. The fair will have unique crafts from local Hmong artists, food and kids activities. For more information, send an email to hmongartsandcraft@gmail.com.


DNR Family Fun Day in St. Paul

The Minnesota DNR, along with St. Paul Parks and Recreation, Ramsey County, Urban Roots, Indigenous Roots, Lower Phalen Creek Project, Tips Outdoors and the National Park Service are kicking off summer with a free, outdoor family fun day on Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the DNR office located at 1200 Warner Road. The event will have outdoor activities for the whole family to try — archery (must be 8 or older), fishing, climbing wall, canoeing. No experience is needed and all equipment will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 651-259-5800.


State of Our City Summit

Rescheduled from the original April 14 date due to the large April blizzard, the State of Our City Summit will now take place on Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. at Johnson Senior High School, 1349 Arcade St. Mayor Melvin Carter will give his first State of Our City Address and then join residents from across the city to discuss ideas and future plans for the city. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the summit is free and family friendly. To RSVP go to www.stpaul.gov/departments/mayors-office/state-state-our-city-summit-2


Ramsey County Master Gardener plant sale

The Ramsey County Master Gardener plant sale will take place Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the “Barn” at the Ramsey County Fairgrounds, 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood. Rain or shine, there will be perennials for sun and shade, native plants, many varieties of hostas and also a host of annual bedding plants for patrons to purchase. 


Get to Know NAMI

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Get to Know NAMI class on June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., Suite 400, in St. Paul.  Meet NAMI staff and volunteers and hear firsthand how NAMI’s work directly affects the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Learn about education and support programs and how to advocate for better mental health policies. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.


Beyond the Baby Blues Conference

Beyond the Baby Blues is a full-day conference designed to educate professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. It will be held at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Bufford Ave., in St. Paul on June 7. Experts in the field of psychology, social work, and maternal and child health, along with women and family members whose lives have been affected by postpartum depression will offer presentations. CEUs are available. For registration or information, call NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948 or go to www.namihelps.org.


Senior Social at Northeast Seniors

Northeast Seniors invites seniors 55 and older and their family and friends to join them for lunch, conversation and fun beginning at 11 a.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. A free lunch is served at noon courtesy of Loaves and Fishes. After lunch, enjoy entertainment, educational speakers, free blood pressure checks from our student nurses, and activities like cards, bingo and a chance to socialize with neighbors. Northeast Seniors also offers free transportation to and from their events for those who need it, which can be arranged by calling Northeast Seniors at least 24 hours in advance at 651-808-1901. Senior Social takes place at The Beloved United Methodist Church, 1965 Sherwood Ave.


Seeking volunteers

Northeast Seniors for Better Living is seeking volunteers to help older adults living in the northeast neighborhoods of St. Paul remain safe and independent at home. The organization has many different volunteer opportunities, including driving seniors to medical appointments and social events, providing friendly home visits, assistance with snow shoveling, outdoor chores, and minor home repairs. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Northeast Seniors at 651-808-1901 or neseniorsforbetterliving@gmail.com for more information.


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. The Open Door Anxiety and Panic support group meets 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 Street. For information, call NAMI at 651-645-2948.


Young Adult Mental Health Support Group

Young Adult NAMI Connection (ages 18-30) is a free mental health support group sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). A group meets in St. Paul on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Avenue, Lower Level (enter north or west doors). The group is facilitated by young adults living with a mental illness and doing well in recovery. For information contact Tess at 507-226-3369 or Leah at 207-272-4450.


Join the Youth Leadership Committee 

Join Merrick Community Services’ Youth Leadership Council and get involved in the community. Committee positions are open to seventh- through 12th-grade students. The committee will gather biweekly for development meetings with Merrick staff. An excellent opportunity for those seeking to build their college and professional resumes, this steering committee will lend a voice to Merrick’s youth programming and increase youth leadership engagement in the community. For more information and to join, go to www.merrickcs.org, contact Samuel Mihelich at smihelich@merrickcs.org or call 651-771-9339.


Understanding Early Episode Psychosis Class

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will offer a free class to help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery. The class will be held in St. Paul on May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400. For more information or to register (required), call 651-645-2948 or go to namihelps.org.

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