West Seventh Community Center Receives Big Check
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Julie Murphy, Director-Family and Youth Services, Greg Wandersee, Executive Director, West 7th Community Center, Cathalina Young, West 7th teacher and West 7th Community Kids receive a check for $10,000 from the 2010 Hats & Mittens fundraiser. Hats & Mittens hosted its 15th annual charity gala in December, after selecting West 7th Community Center’s Community Kids Program as recipient.

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Special Forces Meeting at The Glockenspiel | 3.11[IMAGE]


I was a Special Forces medic in the Seventh Group at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina from 1968 to 1970. For many years, the only things that remained of my service were memories and a green beret that didn’t fit any more. Dawn Kelly, a friend and member of the family that once owned the Seasons Inn Restaurant at Montreal and West Seventh, works for the Association of the United States Army. She told me several years ago that ex-Special Forces soldiers met at the Glockenspiel Restaurant on West Seventh once a month. A few years later I decided to attend a meeting.
photo: Christopher Bremicker

About thirty men and a few women were at the meeting of the Special Forces Association Chapter XX (SFA Chapter XX). Some were retired career soldiers. Some served a few years with Special Forces. Members of the Lao Special Forces, who moved to the United States in the 1970s, were there also.

The man across from me at the dinner table served three tours of duty in Viet Nam. Some members of the chapter were combat-wounded veterans. One man was a Ranger on the ill-fated mission to rescue the hostages in Tehran during the Carter administration. One young man was back from Iraq where he fought as a Special Forces soldier. Many members were in Special Forces during peace time.

There was talk at dinner about parachute jumping. Some men brought military books with photographs. They knew men in the photographs or were in the photographs themselves. Older members talked about soldiers killed in battle or who had passed away.
A business meeting started. One member told us about the chapter’s involvement in the Wounded Warrior Program. Members offer advice and counsel to men wounded in combat. Special Forces soldiers from Minnesota have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. SFA Chapter XX sponsored luncheons after their funerals for families and friends.

SFA Chapter XX is one of the smallest SFA chapters but one of the most active. The chapter attends flag raisings. It helped build the monument to all U.S. airborne units at Ft. Snelling.

SFA Chapter XX holds a Christmas dinner attended by 100 people. The chapter attends celebrations of the Lao Special Forces. It holds a skydiving event at the Twin Cities Skydiving Association where wives and girlfriends are encouraged to jump for the first time.
We cherish our military experience and the meeting is one way to remember it. It’s a great night out also. I work on weekends so I miss most of the events of SFA Chapter XX. The meeting is the first Tuesday of each month starting at 6:15 P.M. If you’d like to join us, contact

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Store to Door Seeks Volunteers
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“I don’t know what I’d do without Store To Door. I can’t carry groceries and have no family to help. I know all of you work hard and it shows. Thank you.” Marion P, 2010 client.

Store To Door is a nonprofit grocery shopping and delivery service for homebound elderly. Its goal is to help people stay independent by helping to deliver food and other products from the market. Bad weather has swelled new client registration. Volunteer Order Takers are urgently needed to call clients for their grocery order during the day, on evenings or weekends. You may work from home or from the Store To Door office. A one-hour commitment each week and communication and computer skills are required. The organization provides all needed training. Contact Kristen at 651-642-1892 ext. 131 or

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Yoga Calm Workshop March 3-4
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Kathy Flaminio offers this special workshop at the Historic Pilney Building, 1032 West Seventh. Information at, or call Judy Wilds Shimota at 651-398-5582.

Yoga Calm is a research-supported wellness and learning preparedness curriculum designed to meet the needs of children and teens (K-12) by integrating fitness, social/emotional skills development and cognitive learning.

Guided by five wellness principles — Stillness, Listening, Grounding, Strength and Community — the curriculum consists of 60 specially designed activities that bring together mindfulness/stress reduction techniques, yoga-based movement, social/emotional learning activities, and relaxation and storytelling techniques into a unified, supportive context.

Yoga Calm was developed from 35 years of experience in school and counseling settings and from a child development perspective. By directly addressing the role of children’s stress, behavior management, fitness and the importance of social/emotional skills as a prerequisite for learning, this method specifically meets the needs of today’s children and education system.

Yoga Calm directly addresses children’s basic needs — needs for community, safety, structure, discipline, health and self-control. Its basic activities can be taught effectively by children and adults alike and in any setting. This ease of use and secular approach makes Yoga Calm applicable in diverse settings such as schools, homes, clinics and fitness centers.

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St. Paul's National Night Out Best in Class Again
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For the third year in a row, The National Association of Town Watch has awarded St. Paul first place for National Night Out 2010! There were 145 entries from cities with populations of 100,000 - 299,000. The City of St. Paul and the St. Paul Police Department send a warm thank you to all who participated, and invite them to begin thinking about NNO for 2011, planned for August 2.

For more information, early registration, or to be added to the National Night Out information e-mail list, contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Pam McCreary at 651-266-5455.

St. Paul Senior Chore Service
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The St. Paul Senior Chore Service is looking for new senior clients (age 60+) as well as volunteers/workers to help. We provide chore help such as: shoveling snow, cutting grass, raking leaves, gardening, small painting or handyman projects, cleaning garages/basements and help with minor housecleaning. We serve West Seventh and the Westside as well as the following neighborhoods: Como, Downtown, Summit-University, Hamline-Midway, North End/South Como, St. Anthony Park, Thomas-Dale/Frogtown, Union Park (Lex-Ham, Snell-Ham, Merriam Park, Desnoyer). For information, call 651-649-5984.

WARM Gallery Opening: Laurie Rockne and Deborah McWatters Padgett
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[IMAGE]Laurie Rockne and Deborah McWatters Padgett at the opening of their joint gallery show at WARM (Women’s Art Registry Minnesota).

St. Francis - St. James United School Annual Fundraiser | 3.11

Students are using their artistic talents to create lovely items for St. Francis-St. James United School’s ninth annual Dinner-Auction on March 5 starting at 5 p.m. at the school, 486 View Street.

The evening is replete with good food and a variety of activities. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live auction, plus a special presentation by the middle school video class of the school’s exceptional fine arts program and electives opportunities. As the “fund-in-need” for the year, the Fine Arts Program is featured.

Among the auction items are various mosaic cut glass pictures, framed mirrors, garden stepping stones and more handcrafts.

Students are also gearing up for the first all-school Geography Fair to be held this spring. Middle school students are researching various countries in Europe. Primary students are staying closer to home with Kindergarten students learning more about our neighborhood, and grades 1-4 spreading out their research across our 50 states.

SFSJ is now registering for the 2011-2012 school year. To arrange a visit and tour, call the school office at 651-228-1167.

St. Paul Winter Carnival Junior Royalty Court | 3.11 [IMAGE]

The St. Paul Winter Carnival Junior Royalty Court was chosen in January. Emma Bennett, daughter of West Seventh restauranteurs Joseph and Meghan Bennett, was named Queen of the Snowflakes. Emma is an eighth grader at Visitation School. Doug Bartsh, named Prince of Ice, is a ninth grader at Cretin Derham Hall. His mother, Shawn Bartsh, is an attorney in Highland Park and a member of the Highland District Council.

Call for Entries: Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival | 3.11

The 2011 Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival is inspired by the oral tradition of storytelling in the Hmong culture. This film festival recognizes that there is a growing community of Hmong filmmakers. Qhia Dab Neeg allows Hmong filmmakers to show their work to each other and share their stories to the broader community.

In Progress is seeking film submissions for the festival, to be held at Metropolitan State University May 12-14.

In Progress began as a series of youth based video and photography workshops offered by the Center for Arts Criticism, which was founded in 1984. Today, In Progress now serves more than 1,000 young artists, 50 educators, and 150 emerging artists from throughout the state of Minnesota and beyond. For more information see

Deadline for submissions is March 14, 2011. Categories are: feature length, documentaries, narrative shorts and youth-produced in any genre.For information and application forms call 651-890-6506 or go to

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St. Paul Ranked 4th Greenest City in the US | 3.11

National Geographic’s Green Guide magazine recognized the top 25 greenest cities across the country. With urban green spaces, greenhouse gas reductions and affordable housing, St. Paul came in at number 4. Minneapolis also made the list at number 19. Rankings were based on a survey sent to cities with populations over 100,000 and data obtained from government sources.

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