East Side Review Bulletin Board August 19, 2018

Donate school supplies to help Johnson High School students

St. Paul-area Allstate insurance agency owners are calling on area residents to help students and teachers start the school year off right by donating much-needed school supplies to benefit Johnson Aerospace & Engineering High School through Aug. 24. The most needed items include black/blue pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, washable markers, erasers, highlighters, scissors, notebooks, folders, 3-ring binders, glue sticks, Post-its, staples, tissues, Scotch tape, construction paper and papers clips. More information can be found on the drive website: https://conta.cc/2LXaK20.

St. Paul community members can drop off new school supplies at the following Allstate locations:

- Apple Valley, 15050 Cedar Ave., 

Suite 108

- Bloomington, 9354 Ensign Ave. S.

- Coon Rapids, 9920 Foley Blvd. NW, 

Suite 150

- Eagan, 3460 Washington Drive, 

Suite 105

- Golden Valley, 5801 Duluth St., 

Suite 102

- Oakdale, 5701 Hadley Ave.

- Roseville, 2585 Hamline Ave. N., 

Suite F

- St. Paul, 1854 Grand Ave.


Open house for sewer project

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, is fixing up aging and deteriorating regional sewer facilities that serve homes and businesses in St. Paul. There are two repair projects taking place on the East Side near Interstate 94. The first one, called the Lower Beltline Interceptor, will repair sewer lines along Highway 61 south of Interstate 94 and along Warner Road and will begin this month. The other, called the Middle Beltline Interceptor, will repair sewer lines along Etna Street between Case Avenue and Beech Street. That project is scheduled to take place during the summer of 2019. Metropolitan Council Environmental Services will hold an open house on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, 1505 Burns Ave., to let neighbors know about the upcoming projects. For those who will not be able to make it to the open house, send an email to info@beltlinesewerrehab.com or call 651-603-4727 for questions. Information can also be found at www.metrocouncil.org/sewerconstruction/beltline.


Meeting about railroad changes near Pig’s Eye Lake

The District 1 Community Council, which serves the southeastern neighborhoods of the East Side — Highwood Hills, Battle Creek, Eastview and Conway — has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 Winthrop St. S., for neighbors to learn more and discuss proposed changes to re-route the railroad along Pig’s Eye Lake. A representative from the Port Authority will share information about the proposal and reasons for the change and a representative of the Mississippi River Plan will also be present. The meeting is only informational, with time for a Q&A session. There will be no voting or decisions made at the meeting. To stay updated about the proposal, visit district1council.org. 


Hope for Recovery workshop

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free, interactive workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illnesses, practical coping strategies, and hope for recovery. The workshop will be held in St. Paul at Loyola Spirituality Center, 389 North Oxford St. on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. For information or to register call 651-645-2948 or see “classes” at namimn.org.


QPR - Suicide Prevention classes 

QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide - Question, Persuade and Refer. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. The QPR class will be offered in St. Paul on Sept. 10, from noon to 1 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., W., in the basement conference room, and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., also at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., in Suite 400. For more information or to register call 651-645-2948 x198 or see “classes” at namimn.org.


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 Brianna at 763-334-6318 or Alec at 952-334-6318.


Mental Health support group

A NAMI Connection free peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in St. Paul. The group is sponsored NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets on Mondays, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Hamm Psychiatric Memorial Clinic, 408 St. Peter Street, Suite 429, in St. Paul. Check in at front desk when you arrive. For more information, contact Mary at 612-387-7036.


East Side Elders seeking donations

With the help of supporters East Side Elders is able to supply groceries and personal care items to seniors in the community, at no charge to them.  These items help stretch their monthly budgets and give them access to healthy food and much-needed personal care products.  Right now, East Side Elders is in need of donations of shampoo for their clients.  All brands are accepted and please consider also including shampoo for different hair types and textures.  For some ideas, check out the East Side Elders Amazon Wish List. When you purchase from the Wish List, the items are sent directly to the East Side Elders’ office.  Donations can also be dropped off at East Side Elders, 463 Maria Ave., suite 201. A printable wish list can also be found on the website at eastsideelders.org.


Family course on mental illnesses offered 

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. 10, 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 Helen at 763-227-0271.

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