East Side Review Bulletin Board September 9, 2018

Learn about SPPD Mental Health Unit

The East Side Freedom Library, along with Sgt. James Sipes from the Mental Health Unit of the St. Paul Police Department, invite the public to learn about the department’s new Mental Health Unit on Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St. In an effort to work more effectively with community members, the St. Paul Police Department created the Mental Health Unit, which is made up of four officers and a social worker. Sipes has more than 18 years experience with the St. Paul Police Department. Sipes will explain this new unit, its functions, and what community members can do. 


Free Individual Medicare counseling sessions

North East Seniors for Better Living will be partnering with the Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Ave., and Senior Linkage Line to offer free, one-on-one Medicare counseling sessions this fall. Board members and staff who are trained as Medicare counselors will be available to answer your questions, assist with choosing a Medicare supplement and Part D plan, and help with completing applications for Medicare cost-savings programs. Dates at Hayden Heights Library include Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7, and appointments are available between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.. Appointments are also available at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., on Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, and Dec. 19, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 to schedule an appointment.


North East Seniors Oktoberfest Fundraiser

North East Seniors for Better Living invites all community members to join them for their annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fundraiser will take place at the National Letter Carriers Hall, located at 1715 Van Dyke St., across from Plaza Theater. There is no cost at the door, but donations are strongly encouraged. Enjoy appetizers, a host bar serving beer, wine, martinis and soda, and live music from the Dave Kise Trio. Please call North East Seniors at 651-808-1901 or email at neseniorsforbetterliving@gmail.com with any questions about the fundraiser, volunteer opportunities, or the services and programs they provide.


Speakers on recovery from mental illness 

In Our Own Voice, a free public education program featuring two speakers sharing their personal stories of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery, will be offered on Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400, in St. Paul. The program includes a short video and a question and answer period. NAMI Minnesota offers In Our Own Voice presentations around the state to improve public awareness of mental illnesses. For more information, call Briana at 651-645-2948 x128 or blibby@namimn.org.


East Metro Rail Yards Improvement Project

Ramsey County is hosting an open house about the East Metro Rail Yards Improvement Project on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 Winthrop St. S. Light refreshments will be provided. Visitors will learn more about the East Metro Rail Yards Improvement Project, including a summary of proposed improvements and preliminary environmental impacts. The project is located in St. Paul, with a study area extending from Union Depot southeast to approximately I-494. Rail improvements are needed in this area to enhance the movement of existing trains and accommodate future freight growth and passenger rail service. Over the past year Ramsey County has been working with stakeholder railroads to identify rail improvements. For more information and a project overview video, visit the project webpage at ramseycounty.us/eastmetrorail.


Meal packing event

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, located at 1669 Arcade St., will host a Side-by-Side meal packing event Sept. 15-16. East Siders can come help pack nearly 250,000 meals that will provide families in the neighborhood relief from hunger challenges. The event is being helped by other local faith communities — Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, Asalam Mosque, Christ on Capitol Hill, Firth Lutheran Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Hope Lutheran Church, North Presbyterian Church, OUr Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Presentation Catholic Church. Saturday packing start times will be 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday packing start times include 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. To sign up for a packing time go to www.stpaulsidebyside.org. Call 651-829-3232 for questions. 


Bingo with East Side Elders

Join Rebecca and Kala from East Side Elders for an afternoon of fun and prizes by playing Bingo on Monday, Sept. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at 463 Maria Ave. Donations gladly accepted. Meals will be available for purchase for $5. Contact East Side Elders at 651-683-2326 or Info@EastSideElders.org to reserve a seat or order a meal.


Drive for 

East Side Elders 

Did you know that so far this year, East Side Elders has provided over 1,040 rides to seniors in the community?  East Side Elders has experienced tremendous growth in their transportation program and need your help to keep that growth going.  Those interested in helping can help by signing up to volunteer as a driver for East Side Elders. This is a very flexible position volunteers can sign up for the rides they want to help with and can choose how often they can help. East Side Elders receives ride requests from seniors  to medical appointments, the grocery store, the bank, and to other destinations and then its Service Coordinator contacts the driving team to see who can help with the request.  Mileage can also be reimbursed on request. Apply online today or contact them at Volunteer@EastSideElders.org with any questions. 


Bruce Vento EcoStewards drop-in events

St. Paul Parks and Recreation is holding drop-in events to assist in restoration of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. All tools will be provided. No experience is necessary — this is a great activity for anyone who wants to get outside, explore a new park and learn about restoring our natural areas. Join us on your way home from work. These drop-in events are open to individuals or small groups of all ages. Participants should meet at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary off of Fourth St. E., under Kellogg Boulevard. Please note the parking lot is still under construction so you may park along the road. =

Upcoming dates include:

Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m

Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 to 11 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Pre-registration is appreciated, as this will help determine the amount of supplies needed for each event. Registration can be done at www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation/natural-resources/volunteer-....

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