Vote on $1 Million in Grants - CSPS Sokol Hall among Finalist | 10.11
Glockenspiel Meat Raffles Benefit Scottish Community | 10.11

Vote on $1 Million in Grants to Twin Cities Historic Places | 10.11 [IMAGE]
C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall among Finalists

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation chose the Twin Cities metropolitan area for the community-based Partners in Preservation program, which provides preservation grants for local historic places. American Express has committed $1 million in preservation grants to the seven-county Twin Cities area.

Now you can choose the grant recipients, from a list of 25 finalists. A system for voting has been set up at Each person may vote once a day until October 20. Once you arrive at the site the process is as follows:
  1. Click the LIKE button on the upper right.
  2. Click the VOTE item on the left menu.
  3. Click on your choice from the list of candidates. The first time you vote, click GET STARTED in the blue box under the information. Click ALLOW. (Your e-mail is for identification and will not be used in any other way.) Click VOTE FOR THIS PLACE in the blue box under the information. Click CONFIRM.
You will notice that our own C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall, which has applied for funds to support installing air conditioning for the hall and accessibility to its stage, for the Hall’s 125th anniversary in 2012. Other St. Paul finalists are Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, Fitzgerald Theater, James J. Hill House, Landmark Center, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, Minnesota Transportation Museum (Jackson Street Roundhouse) and the Pilgrim Baptist Church.

“Through the Partners in Preservation program, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express work hand in hand to bring attention and funding to important historic places around the country,” said Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “This year we have the honor of shining a spotlight on the Twin Cities’ many treasures. By rallying public support and giving away $1 million to these one-of-a-kind places, we hope to illustrate how important historic preservation is to our beloved cities and communities.”

At the end of the voting period, the winner of the popular vote is guaranteed funding. The remainder of the $1 million in grants will be given to a number of the other sites after review by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an advisory committee. The committee, co-chaired by R.T. Rybak and Chris Coleman, mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, respectively, is composed of Twin Cities civic and preservation leaders.

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Glockenspiel Meat Raffles Benefit Scottish Community | 10.11 [IMAGE]

In partnership with The St. Andrew’s Society, a Scottish organization, Glockenspiel Restaurant owners Marty and Joyce Ziegler are hosting a meat raffle on the first and third Saturday 1-5pm at 605 West 7th.

You don’t have to be Scottish or German to participate. Everyone is can join in on the meat raffle (License #92595), with high-quality meat assortments provided by Deutschland Meats. Volunteers from the St. Andrew’s Society of Minnesota do the supervision, and all proceeds are put into a fund that benefits the Minnesota Scottish Community as a whole.

Participation in the meat raffles benefits a wide range of Scottish groups, including the Minnesota Scottish Country Fair and Games, the Scottish-American Center, Scottish dance groups and the ever-popular bagpipe bands. Various scholarships for Scottish culture and history-related events are also offered.

To learn about what the St. Andrew’s Society visit For details on the Glockenspiel, see

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Community Center Hosts Aging Well Expo  | 10.11  [IMAGE]

Aging Well Expo, October 11, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street, 651-298-5493.

This year, the West 7th Community Center is once again be hosting the annual Aging Well Expo (formerly the Senior Health & Wellness Fair). The Expo offers a myriad of wellness opportunities for your participation, including: eye screenings provided by Claris; hearing screenings provided by the University of Minnesota Audiology Department; blood pressure checks provided by West 7th Block Nurse, Sue Hanson, RN; balance screenings offered by the National Dizzy and Balance Center and cholesterol and blood sugar testing by HealthEast.

You can also spend time with more than 25 exhibitors offering a variety of health and wellness information. Stump our Medicare volunteer; get legal questions answered by Melanie Liska of Tarrant & Liska; ask your Veteran’s Benefits inquiries of Patricia Manley from the Veterans Administration. Jeff Johnson of West 7th Pharmacy offers pharmaceutical consultations and advice about your particular medications (bring a list of meds!) and caregiving consultations are provided by our own Care Manager, Holly Brackett.
For those who have yet to get their flu or pneumonia shots, the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency will be here to offer those (bring your insurance and/or Medicare card). The Expo also features a technology room and four breakout sessions featuring different presentations on health, wellness and technology. Participants are also invited to receive a free five-minute massage and enjoy a free lunch. Door Prizes throughout the event.

Free Seminars for Seniors and Caregivers on Depression and Anxiety | 10.11

The Depression Assessment Program for Seniors (DAPS) is a depression screening and intervention program to help improve the lives of seniors, led by Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS). These 1.5 hour seminars provide an overview of how anxiety and depression affect the lives of older adults and discussion of risk factors, symptoms, treatment options and resources. Two sets of seminars are offered, in English and in Russian.

The seminars for Russian speakers meet on October 26, November 30 and December 7, with lunch at 12:15 p.m. and program running from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

The seminars for English speakers meet on Oct. 10, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 10:30-noon with snacks provided.

All seminars are held at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center, 1375 St. Paul Ave. Open to the general community at no charge and are supported, in part, by a CS/SD grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

For further information about the seminars or DAPS contact: Marjorie Sigel, LICSW — 651-698-0767.

St. Paul Parks and Rec Seeks Volunteers | 10.11

Volunteer opportunities abound in the many programs and special events provided by the Parks and Recreation Department. Volunteers complement the abilities and work of parks staff and significantly expand the reach and impact of their many programs.

Environmental Volunteer Opportunities
There are many opportunities in gardening, habitat restoration, environmental education, and park maintenance throughout St. Paul. A good example is the upcoming Sedge Meadow Planting Event at Como Regional Park, September 17 from 9 to 11a.m. Help build St. Paul’s first outdoor classroom that will provide environmental education and historical interpretation for children, teens, and adults. This is a family friendly event: training, tools, and education provided. For more information on environmental volunteer opportunities or to register for the Sedge Meadow Planting Event, contact Andy Rodriguez at 651-632-2411 or e-mail

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Halloween Dance with The Rhythm Pups Band | 10.11 [IMAGE]

The West 7th Community Center is having a Halloween Dance fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program. Last year we delivered over 23,000 meals to seniors in our neighborhood. The senior received a hot meal Monday-Friday with a daily check-in by our trained volunteers. We also help recipients to access other services to keep them healthy and living in their home. The Halloween Dance will have music by our very own legendary Dr. Tim Rumsey and the Rhythm Pups. They will play rhythm and blues/rock and roll. Tasty snacks and sweets are also provided.

Wear your best costume for the dance on October 29, 6:30-10 p.m. at West 7th Community Center. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. To purchase or for further information call 651-298-5493.

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