It's Really Summertime at West 7th Public Library
Girls Circle for Young Women 13-18
St. Geroge Orthodox Church Middle Eastern Festival

It's Really Summertime at West 7th Public Library

It’s Hot! It’s really summertime! And if you’re hot, you can enjoy the cool W7th Library with killer-great air conditioning and full of knowledgeable patrons. You can check out our hot best-sellers or the rockin’ kids books — don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, BOOK-A-WOCKY, with prizes and free books to earn with your reading time.

Library events in the gym from 10:30-11:30am: July 11, Clementown Music for Kids; July 18, Bill the Juggler; July 25, Brodini Comedy Magic Show. The Central Library will be showing free movies Friday nights on the wall that faces Kellogg Boulevard — just apply popcorn and bug spray and have fun.

Everyone can go dancing at the Landmark on Thursday evenings, with bands that vary from ballroom to reggae, salsa to swing. Remember to exercise with walks by the river, picnic with your family, read scary stories and check out the fireworks on the 4th of July!
Summertime with watermelon and swimming and all the fun of July — aren’t we lucky?
See you soon, the W7th Volunteers, Sara and Lisa

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Girls Circle for Young Women 13-18

The West Seventh Community Center invites young women ages 13 to 18 years to join the Girls Circle. The group encourages young women to get involved and contribute in the community; teaches skills for independent living; helps prepare young women for college and future career.

New members are welcome for this fun and informational group, which includes involvement in leadership projects at the Community Center and participation in activities such as art projects, creative writing, and interesting speakers. This is a free program, and transportation will be provided if needed. For information, and to sign up, contact Azeb Gebretsadik, 651-298-5493.

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St. George Orthodox Church Middle Eastern Festival [IMAGE]

Celebrating Congregation’s 99th anniversary

The fifth annual Middle Eastern Festival at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church on July 20, 21 and 22, 2012 includes Middle Eastern cuisine, live entertainment, a traditional marketplace, silent auction, tours of the church, games for children and camel rides on. Nick the camel, from Vogel’s Exotic Animal Shows in Sanborn, Minnesota. Admission to the three-day event is free, and all are welcome.

The menu includes Middle Eastern favorites including: roast lamb on the spit, chicken kabobs, kafta, falafel, hummus, gyros, tabouli, spinach pies and the church’s famous homemade bread. Homemade pastries from centuries old traditions are available. Other Middle Eastern specialties will be available for purchase in the traditional souk (marketplace).

Live music by The John Khoury Band and the traditional Dabke dance performed by the church’s Middle Eastern dance group highlight the entertainment. The schedule: July 20 and 21, noon to 10 p.m.; July 22, noon to 6 p.m.

Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church is a vibrant, friendly community of Orthodox Christian believers located in the heart of West St. Paul at 1250 Oakdale Ave. For more information about the festival see

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Artist Initiative Grants

The Minnesota State Arts Board offers a program that supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers. It encourages artistic development, nurtures artistic creativity, and recognizes the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Grants are awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. Some artists may choose to request funds to create new work, but that isn’t a requirement of the program. Artists working in all artistic disciplines — dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts—may apply.

Grants are awarded in the range of $2,000–$10,000. Application deadlines that are coming up soon include (1) Performance arts; dance, music, and theater: May 25, 2012; (2) Literary arts; poetry and prose: June 29, 2012; (3) Visual arts; media arts, photography, and visual arts: July 20, 2012.

For a complete Arts Board calendar and schedule a grants, see

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Jewish Identity and Legacy Project

Susan Weinberg’s work focuses on family, cultural and community history with artwork that has story embedded within it. Her most recent series is the Jewish Identity and Legacy Project, a series of oral histories with elders in Sholom Home facilities spanning survivors, Russian immigrants and those who grew up in early Jewish communities in Minnesota. The oral history project was funded by a legacy grant from the State of Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund administered by the Minnesota Historical Society. After recording their stories, Weinberg created artwork that incorporates these stories to tell the legacy of the broader community.

The Community Reporter will feature Susan Weinberg and her project in the June issue. Meanwhile, several of the pieces based on survivor stories are currently on exhibit at the Holocaust Resource Center on the second floor of the Sabes Jewish Community Center (4330 Cedar Lake Road S., St. Louis Park, 952-381-3400) through June 30. Other work can be seen at Art-a-Whirl, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (see event to be held from May 18 through May 20. Susan’s studio is suite 409 in the California Building (2205 California NE, Minneapolis).

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Church Bulletin
A feature that lists special church events for the month. Call 651-665-0068 or e-mail items to

Divine Design: Bible Study for Spiritual Makeover. Women's Bible study meets the first Saturday of every month: 8:30 a.m. Fellowship; 9-10 a.m. Bible Study. There is a one-time requested donation of $7. St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 530 Victoria St. S. Reservations at 651-228-1482.

St. Peter's Crafters meet monthly to work on their favorite craft projects. There is lots of table space available. For information regarding meeting dates and times contact St. Peter's at 651-228-1482 or

W 7th United Women's Prayer: Interdenominational, Scripture-based prayer (Moms in Touch model) for children and schools. Weekly Tuesdays 6:15-7:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Fireside Room,
530 Victoria St S. For information call Kim at 763-670-9886 or e-mail

Humble Walk Lutheran Church: Worship on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. at Acme Academy of Arts, 941 West Seventh. Information at

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Gardening Matters Supports Local Growth [IMAGE]

Twin Cities residents and community organizations are eligible to join local food resource hubs, which support the growth of healthy, sustainable local food.

Local food resource hubs are neighborhood-based support networks designed to get Twin Cities residents and community gardeners the tools and education they need to grow, preserve, cook and compost their own fresh produce by offering supplies, classes and connections. Hubs benefit communities by connecting neighbors and have been established in four Minneapolis areas: north Minneapolis, south Minneapolis, Phillips and Ventura Village, and northeast and southeast Minneapolis, and in the Midway in St. Paul. The project is an initiative of the City of Minneapolis, community partners and Gardening Matters.

Residents can join a Local Food Resource Hub and select one of four types of membership. Prices vary. Memberships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a membership spot, residents can contact Gardening Matters at 612-821-2358, download the membership form (in English, Spanish, Hmong or Somali), or sign up online at

Members can pick up packets of seeds and seedlings at their hub’s distribution event this spring. Seeds and plants will be distributed May 19. More information about distribution events will be sent to members and be available at

Last year the Local Food Resource Hubs Network served more than 600 members, distributed more than 14,000 packets of seeds and 15,000 seedlings, and expanded residents’ food growing skill sets through classes and training. The Local Food Resource Hubs Network is made possible by funding from the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and the Minnesota Department of Health’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

For more information contact Nadja Berneche, Gardening Matters,
612-821-2358 or

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Volunteer Opportunities

Cerenity Senior Care — Humboldt has many rewarding volunteer jobs, including one-on-one visits, helping with activities such as baking or crafts, or performing music. Volunteers help make Cerenity Senior Care–Humboldt feel like home. Please consider volunteering once a week, once a month or on occasion. Staff will help match your skills, interests and schedule. Located on the West Side of St. Paul, the Cerenity Residence at 514 Humboldt provides assisted living, memory care and transitional care, and the Cerenity Care Center at 512 Humboldt provides skilled nursing care. To discuss these possibilities call 651-220-1725 or e-mail

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