Antiques Roadshow - West 7th Edition

Appraiser Mark Moran captivated audience with his knowledge of the items brought to St. Paul Public Library’s Antiques Appraisal night, held at West 7th Community Center in May.

New Directions

The Parks Department has renewed the west end of Crosby Park with expanded parking, new paths and an increase in native prairie plantings.

Members of the Altrusa International Club of St. Paul present books to the West 7th Community Center for its family book fair. Julie Murphy, W7CC Director of Youth and Family Services welcomes Altrusa members Kathleen Sherman (standing), Mary Beth Boyle and Pearl Jackson.
National Night Out on Duke

The Duke Street neighborhood’s National Night Out gathering was a winner for kids and adults alike. As their parents relax at the table, Evan Ertl, Dexter Friesen, Blair Koontz, and Will Wickiser target the brownies.
[IMAGE]2012 Garden Tour, June 16
Raised beds will be sprouting all over the West End this year. See many of them at the fifth annual West End Neighbors Garden Tour. For information see fortroadfederation.org or call 651-222-5536. Credit: Jerry Rothstein
Torre de San Miguel

The Torre de San Miguel is all that remains of the former Church of St. Michael. It remains a landmark of St. Paul's Lower West Side. Photo by Guest Curator Leila Albert.

Living la Vida en Ramsey County:
Exhibit: Overview of Mexican-American history and culture in Ramsey County. North Gallery, Landmark Center, through Aug. 12.
Free Evening Lecture: Apr. 26, 6:30pm, Room 408 Landmark Center. Community members and historians discuss Noche de Arte en Ramsey County. Meet and see works by local artists, Pablo Basques and Ernesto Ybarra, whose work symbolizes and interprets Mexican-American history and culture. Moira Harris, author of Museum of the Streets, Contemporary Outdoor Murals, provides an introduction and highlights of outdoor murals in Ramsey County.
WinterSkate rink open

Rice Park is now illuminated for the holidays, and Wells-Fargo’s WinterSkate rink is open for public skating until February.

Photo: Lou "The Photo Guy" Michaels
Adrian Street Problems[IMAGE]
Adrian Street neighbors appealed to the West 7th/Fort Road Federation for help, as their neighborhood was choked by dust, dirt and debris from the Victoria park soil remediation project. Conversations with the City resulted in promises of more care and concern for the rest of the project.
Neighborhood Wanderings

The Tanecní Teens performed at the Czech-Slovak Festival in September.
Celebrating National Night Out
(l-r) Greg Wandersee, West 7th Community Center Executive Director; Kent Petterson, Terrace Horticultural Books and community activist, and Carl Bentson, Mr. Positive.
West End Community Gardens Need Your Help
Lori Harris has devoted countless hours to the Cliff Road beautification efforts that in 2010 succeeded in restoring and enhancing the beautiful bluff top stretch between St. Clair and the High Bridge. She is now in “desperate need of help. Many of the people who were involved last year have elected to move their alliances to the West End Community Garden. The four remaining stalwart participants are not able to maintain the gardens, given the time constraints we all experience. I need many new participants in order to make it work.”

A community effort beautified Cliff Road.

She is therefore inviting those who love to garden but have no garden of their own to join the project. She says, “It is so rewarding to experience the gardens when they are developing and well maintained.” Lori is convinced that a small but regular time commitment from many could give the desired result: pleasure for the gardeners and those viewing the gardens.

For a modest investment of time and energy, help maintain and improve a real community asset. Leave a message at 651-665-0068 or e-mail lkharris1@yahoo.com.

2011 Garden Tour
Twenty-five years of work have created this magnificent garden on Orrin.


This beautiful flower bed, on the Garden Tour, shows townhouse dwellers can create wonderful garden spots.

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Heavy equipment activity at Victoria Park
This activity is part of the restoration and cleanup funded by the City’s agreement with Exxon. Some neighbors wonder if any wetlands have been compromised by the work.
Community Reporter is looking into the issue.
Spring is here!
Credit: Lois Tschida

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