East Side Review Bulletin Board July 8, 2018

Dragon Festival

The annual Dragon Festival returns to Lake Phalen on July 14 and 15. The two-day festival includes dragon boat races, food, merchandise vendors, and performances, all to celebrate Pan-Asian heritage. For more information, visit www.dragonfestival.org. 


China Garden groundbreaking event

The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society will host a groundbreaking celebration on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Phalen following the 10 a.m. opening ceremony for the Dragon Festival at the boat house. The groundbreaking event will take place at the site of the St. Paul-Changsha Friendship Garden, which is near the large stone bridge just north of the picnic pavilion. A procession will go from the boat house to the construction site and the event will include remarks from St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, a representative from the Chinese Consul General Office, Sen. Foung Hawj, and the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society President Linda Mealey-Lohmann. The event is open to the public. 


Ramsey County Fair

The 105th annual Ramsey County Fair starts on Wednesday, July 11 and runs through Sunday, July 15. The fair kicks off with the White Bear Avenue parade on July 11 at 7 p.m. The parade starts at Ivy Avenue and travels north for a mile where it ends at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. The fair will include rides, food, exhibits, farm animals and performances. For a more detailed schedule, visit www.ramseycountyfair.com


Pollinator Festival 

The Lower Phalen Creek Project is hosting the Pollinator Festival at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include live music, food and activities. The festival’s goal is to educate, inspire and engage the community about pollinators, the importance of protecting them and how to help pollinators. Participants will be able to take home a free native plant while supplies last. The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is located on the corner of Commercial and East Fourth streets.


The Floating Library

The public art project, The Floating Library, will return to Lake Phalen this summer for three weekends — July 21 & 22, Aug. 4 & 5, and Aug. 28 & 29, all from 1 to 6 p.m., weather permitting. The Floating Library is exactly what it sounds like, a raft full of artist-made books that paddlers can read while out on Lake Phalen. Boats can be rented at the beach and the books can be read for free. The library first made its debut during the summer of 2016. For more information about the project, visit thefloatinglibrary.org.


Elder Café

East Side Elders’ monthly Elder Café social gathering returns Thursday, July 12, noon to 2 p.m. at 463 Maria Ave. This month’s entertainment is Dean Johnson, a musician and singer who uses a “live radio era” style for his performances. To RSVP for a meal and/or a ride, call 651-683-2326. The cost of the event is $5. 


Adult Spanish class

Come learn Spanish or freshen up the skills you already have. Kansas Romportl, community organizer from the District 2 Community Council, will be teaching an adult, beginners level spanish class at Phalen Recreation Center, 1000 Wheelock Parkway E., on Mondays from July 9 through Aug. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost for the class is $20. To register, call the recreation center at 651-793-6600 or sign up online at stpaul.gov/phalenrec. 


Get to Know NAMI in St. Paul

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free Get to Know NAMI class on July 11, 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 NAMIís 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.


July summer movie schedule at Dayton’s Bluff Library

Don’t get hot and bored on a Friday afternoon. Come to the Dayton’s Bluff Library to cool off while watching a favorite children’s movie. The Dayton’s Bluff Library and Metropolitan State University Library are teaming up to show these favorites every Friday at the library from 1 to 2:30 p.m.:

July 13: “The Boss Baby”

July 20: “Wonder”

July 27: “Sing”

Come for the movie — stay for the snack. Dayton’s Bluff Library is also providing a snack for children 18 and younger on weekdays from 2:30 to 3 p.m. throughout the summer. All movies will be shown on the first floor of the library, located at 645 East Seventh St.

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