Events Featured in East Side Review - July 9, 2017

Urban Pollinator Festival

Celebrate, learn, and get involved with pollinators at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary on Saturday, July 15. The festival is free to attend and will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be activities for all ages including pollinator garden tours, planting, art projects, native seed packets, and more. Participants can learn how to start pollinator projects at home and school. There will be live music, pollinator-inspired products for sale, and Puerto Rican food for sale.

The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is located at East Fourth and Commercial streets.


East Side Arts Council Artmobile

The East Side Arts Council Artmobile is once again making its rounds on the East Side this summer. The first session of the free art classes begin Monday, July 10 and go through July 28. During the first session, the Artmobile will be at Wilder Recreation Center (958 Jessie St.) on Mondays, Hazel Park Recreation Center (945 Hazel St. N.) on Tuesdays, Hayden Heights Library (1965 E. Hoyt Ave.) on Wednesdays, Dayton’s Bluff Community Center (800 Conway St.) on Thursdays, and McDonough Recreation Center (1544 Timberlake Road) on Fridays)

July 10 through July 14 will have visual art classes with artist Yang Yang. Classes July 17 through July 21 will involve making creative collages with artist Tamina Muhammad. Participants will do visual arts will Tamina Muhammad July 24 through July 28.

For the second session, July 31 through Aug. 25, the Artmobile will be at Sun Ray Library ( 2105 Wilson Ave.) on Mondays, Ames Lake neighborhood (1144 Barclay St.) on Tuesdays, East Side YMCA (740 York Ave.) on Wednesdays, Duluth & Case Recreation Center ( 1020 Duluth St.) on Thursdays and Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave.) on Fridays.

Session two art projects include Aztec Mexican Dance with Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli from July 31 through Aug. 4, making creative collages with artist Tamina Muhammad from Aug. 7 through Aug. 11, mixed media art with artist Pao Her from Aug. 14 through Aug. 18 and recycled arts with artist Mayumi Amada from Aug. 21 through Aug. 25.

The Artmobile will be at each of these locations from 1 to 3 p.m. and classes will go on, rain or shine. Projects are designed in mind for kids ages six through 12, but all ages are encouraged to join. No sign up is necessary. For more information please call the East Side Arts Council at 651-774-5422, send an email to or check out the website at


Elder Cafe

On Wednesday, July 19, join the Elder Cafe to meet author William Kent Krueger. Krueger is an American author and crime writer, best known for his series of novels featuring Cork O’Connor, which are set in Minnesota. In 2005 and 2006 he won back-to-back Anthony Awards for his novels. 

 The event will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 463 Maria Ave. and light snacks will be served. 

 The event is free for seniors 60 years of age and older who reside in the Dayton’s Bluff, Payne-Phalen, and Conway-Battle Creek neighborhoods of St. Paul. All others are welcome to make a $10 donation to East Side Elders. 

 Please call 651-683-2326 to make a reservation (as a seat cannot be guaranteed without a reservation), request a ride, or for further questions. 


Dayton’s Bluff Library events

For the first three Fridays in July, Dayton’s Bluff Library patrons can go to “infinity and beyond!” with a showing of one of the Toy Story movies. The movie schedule includes:

• Friday, July 14: Toy Story 2

•Friday, July 21: Toy Story 3

Then Kermit and his friends take over for Friday, July 28: The Muppets (2011)
All movies start at 1 p.m. in the Community Room, down the hall from the Dayton’s Bluff Library at 645 East Seventh St.

There will be plenty of laughs at the Dayton’s Bluff library on Wednesdays this July, thanks to Summer Spark, the summer reading and activities program offered by the St. Paul Public Library. The library will be hosting:

• Wednesday, July 12 from 3 to 4 p.m.: Mixed Nuts, Kids’ Comedy Duo

• Wednesday, July 19 from 3 to 4 p.m.: Bruce the Bug Guy

All events take place at the Dayton’s Bluff Library, 645 East Seventh St., and are free and open to all ages. More special events run throughout the summer.

More information about Summer Spark is online at


July events at Hayden Heights Library

For more information about upcoming programs, please call the Hayden Heights Library at 651-793-3934, or visit The Hayden Heights branch library is located at 1465 White Bear Ave.

• Tuesdays in July, 10:30 a.m. (closed Tuesday, July 4) - Hmong Storytime: Spend time sharing stories, songs, and rhymes in Hmong and English while building a foundation for reading success. Everyone is welcome. No registration is needed.

 • Wednesdays, July 12, 19 & 26, 1 - 3 p.m. - Artmobile: The East Side Arts Council’s Artmobile is coming to the library to provide free art classes in the visual arts and creative collages. A lead artist will guide drop-in projects designed for ages 6-12, though all ages are encouraged to join. The classes will be held outside if the sun is shining and inside if raining. No registration required.

 • Thursday, July 20, 1 - 2:30 p.m. - Hayden Heights Book Club: Join this growing community book club as they read popular and unique titles each month. Contact the library to find out more.

• Thursday July 20, 10:30 a.m. - Summer Spark Performance - Magical Mia: Come to the library for a magic show filled with wonder, curiosity and truly amazing tricks that invite audience participation. All ages welcome, families encouraged. No registration is required.

 • Thursday July 27, 10:30 a.m. - Summer Spark Performance - Jason Hunekeis Juggling Show: This show is a fun, fast paced comedy juggling show for kids of all ages. Juggling, balancing, and unicycling will keep children engaged and participating the whole time. No registration required.

 • Fridays in July, 10:30 a.m.  - Family Storytime.: Spend time sharing stories, songs, and rhymes in English with your child while building a foundation for reading success. No registration is required.


White Bear Avenue Parade and Ramsey County Fair

The White Bear Avenue parade, the official kickoff to the Ramsey County Fair, is coming up on Wednesday, July 12. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and travels north from Ivy Avenue to Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. 

The Ramsey County Fair will run from July 12 through July 16 at 2020 White Bear Ave. in Maplewood. Admission is free and parking is $3. For more details and fair hours go to


Free, fresh produce distribution

This harvest season, Neighborhood House is hosting 20 free produce distribution events in four St. Paul neighborhoods. Between June and October up to 280,000 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and other vital food will be shared with anyone in the community needing food support. Each event is set-up like a free, open-air farmers market and provides an opportunity to bring healthy food into the community. For those needing food, numbers are distributed 30 minutes before each distribution (one number per household). Everyone with a number will get food. Distributions last about an hour and a half or until food is gone. Those receiving food must be a St. Paul resident or Neighborhood House participant. Please bring an ID and bring bags and carts as the produce can be heavy.


Locations and Dates:

• John A. Johnson Elementary – 740 York Ave.

Third Tuesdays, 2 to 5:30 p.m., June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 & Sept. 19

• Dayton’s Bluff Elementary   –   262 Bates Ave.

Second Tuesdays, 2 to 5:30 p.m., July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 & Oct. 10

• Wellstone Center Food Market  –  179 Robie St. E.

Second and fourth Wednesdays, noon to 3:30 p.m., June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 13, Sept. 27 & Oct. 11

• Francis Basket Food Market  –  1293 Maynard Drive

First Wednesdays, noon to 3:30 p.m., July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 & Oct. 4


For those interested in volunteering contact Vanessa Edwards at 651-789-2524 or via email at For more information or questions go to or call 651-789-2500.


‘Ask a Muslim Woman’ panel discussion in Roseville

Area residents are invited to come and engage in respectful conversation with three Muslim women from the Roseville area to help demystify Islam, and Muslim women, as they discuss their religion, traditions and experiences. The panel discussion will be held at the Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N. on  Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. The event is presented by Do Good Roseville in partnership with the Ramsey County Library and is part of a new bi-monthly “Ask A” series that seeks to give a voice to the underrepresented in the community by using personal stories from a diversity of life experiences. The series is a result of the positive response to the two “Ask a Black Man” discussions. The panel discussions are moderated by Nyia Harris, director of community relations for Do Good Roseville.


Fraud prevention seminar in Roseville

Protect yourself from being a victim of identity theft and fraud. Roseville police and Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union are co-sponsoring a fraud prevention session on Thursday, July 27, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Affinity Plus, 2570 Snelling Ave.

Experts from both the police department and the credit union will share tips on how to spot and prevent fraud and identity theft scams and discuss examples of scams that have happened right here in Roseville. They’ll also share information about what to do if you suspect you’ve been a victim of fraud or if your identity has been stolen. This seminar is free and open to the community, but space is limited so registration is requested. Contact Community Relations Coordinator Corey Yunke at or 651-792-7008 to register.


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