As the World Turns
7th Annual Middle Eastern Festival
Low Cost Veterinary Services Coming this Summer
2014 Festa Italiana Minnesota
U-Care Honors United Family Medicine
National Night Out
Art at St. Kate’s Returns
DNR Information Meetings: Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area
Free English Classes for Adults!

As the World Turns...

by Sara Schmitt, West Seventh Librarian

Picnics and fireworks, swimming at the lake, summer is finally here! Enjoy the sunny weather and when you need to cool down, come to the library and pick up new books! Music in the Park is continuing throughout the month, a fun night out for the whole family!

Kids can continue to keep track of all those hours of reading to earn your free books! The summer reading program is still in full swing. Bill the Juggler will be here July 2 at 10:30 a.m. — he is always a treat for kids of all ages. If you haven’t registered for the Stepping Stone Theatre programs Read and Act: Click. Clack. Moo on July 7 at 2 p.m. or African drumming on July 21 at 2 p.m., come in to reserve your space. The Schiffelly Puppets will be here on July 9 at 10:30 a.m. to perform fairy tales with fun twists. The Star Michaelina Magic Show will be here on July 16 at 10:30 a.m. to surprise and entertain you. On the 23rd at 1:30 p.m. the DNR will be doing a story time outdoors with a 100 gallon fish tank filled with local fish, called “Fishing in the Neighborhood”! Teens can continue to work toward their badges and a chance to win an iPad! Come into the library for more details.

If you want to get out of the house for a little time away from the kids, the Books and Bars book club will be meeting on July 15 starting at 5:45 p.m. (Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Wabasha at 6th St.) They are reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman for July. We have job search assistance on Monday nights from 5-8 p.m. if you need help making a resumé or where to start looking for a new career.

Remember, we are closed on July 4 to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, so stock up ahead of time!

7th Annual Middle Eastern Festival[IMAGE]

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church will hold its seventh annual Middle Eastern Festival on July 18 and 19 (noon to 10 p.m.) and July 20 (noon to 6 p.m.). Middle Eastern cuisine, live entertainment, a traditional marketplace, silent auction, tours of the church, games for children and camel rides are featured. Admission to the three-day event is free.

Entertainment includes The John Khoury Band and the church’s Middle Eastern dance group performing the traditional Dabke dance. The festival is being held in conjunction with the church’s 101st anniversary as a parish.

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 detailed information about the festival, visit

Low Cost Veterinary Services Coming this Summer [IMAGE]

Kindest Cut Minnesota is offering two low cost clinic events for pet owners in the West End this summer. On July 12, 10am-2pm a Pet Wellness Event provides general examinations, vaccinations and heartworm testing for qualified low-income pet owners, as well as microchip implant for $30 with no income requirement.

On August 16, 7:30am-3pm a Spay/Neuter Event provides spaying and neutering for cats, dogs and rabbits; free vaccines for all surgical patients; and the microchip option as mentioned above. Surgeries and vaccines for feral cats are available regardless of income.

Both events are located at the West 7th/Fort Road Federation, 974 West Seventh St. Cash or credit card only — no checks please.

For information and to preregister for the spay/neuter appointments (required) see and click on “who is eligible” or call 763-489-7729. For assistance with feral cats email or call 651-642-5900 ext 4.

2014 Festa Italiana Minnesota [IMAGE]

Festa Italiana has a new expansive venue at Island Lake Park, 3760 Lexington Ave. N., Shoreview MN. Established in 2010, Festa Italiana MN began its endeavor to produce a Festival celebrating the vibrant culture of Italy and the fascinating story of Italian Americans in Minnesota, aiming to preserve the richness of Italian heritage and share it with Minnesotans of all ethnic backgrounds.

The 2011 and 2012 Festas were held at Harriet Island downtown. The move to Shoreview represents an effort to make the Festa even better for everyone.

For details on programs and special events see or the Festa’s Facebook page. Hours: August 1: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., August 2, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., August 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

U-Care Honors United Family Medicine

At U-Care’s sixth “Salute to Excellence” event in June, United Family Medicine was recognized for Minnesota Senior Health Options’ overall performance quality of care, and Allina Health System for Medicare Overall Performance Quality of Care. Both of these health organizations serve the West End with distinction.

National Night Out

National Night Out events in the community will be August 5. Call Pam McCreary for information at 651-266-5455. The annual Shepard Park NNO celebration includes a petting zoo shown below0. Sibley Manor’s event is held in the family picnic and playground area at the center of the property. The event includes live music, food, a bounce house and games with prizes for the children, and a raffle for the adults for gift cards donated by area businesses. When the ice cream truck rolls in, children can purchase a treat using their Sibley Dollars.

Art at St. Kate’s Returns

Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of quality fine crafts and fine art, is produced by Artists’ Circle, a Minnesota nonprofit art organization promoting fine crafts since 1997, and Textile Center, a national center for fiber arts in Minneapolis. The art fair highlights 100 local artists from the upper Midwest.

The range of artists at this fair is broad, including quality work by 100 juried artists who create and sell fine crafts including clay, fiber, glass, leather, jewelry (gold, silver, pewter, stone, beaded), metal, paper, wood, mixed media; as well as fine arts including painting, watercolor, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Accompanied by strolling musicians and a food court, the event, on St. Kate’s beautiful campus, is a real summer treat. See

Art at St. Kate’s: 7/12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the grounds of St. Catherine University, Cleveland at Randolph, St. Paul.

DNR Information Meetings: Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public information meeting in our neighborhood to present information and receive comments on proposed rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA). The local meeting will be held on July 22, 6:30-9 p.m. at Nova Classical Academy, 1455 Victoria Way W.

Tickets are available at or by phone at 612-343-3390. A festival package for both productions is $78 for adults and $40 for students, and single tickets are $45 for adults and $22 for students with discounts available for seniors, children, and groups, and a limited number of front-row seats for $29. There is a free preview talk 45 minutes before each performance.

Free English Classes for Adults!

Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with more classes being added soon. For information and registration call Kristin Laramy at 651-492-7748, e-mail or drop in on Tuesday or Thursday between 1 and 3 p.m. at Fort Road Flats: 2242 West Seventh.

Vacation bible school: Gangway to Galilee

St. Peters Lutheran Church is offering a summer Bible camp for children ages three years to those who have just completed sixth grade.

Bible School Director Roxanne explains, “The theme is ‘Gangway to Galilee,’ where children will learn that by grace through faith, Jesus teaches us, keeps us safe, saves us and provides for us.”

Registration is now open until July 10 — call 651-228-1482. Classes are held at St. Peters Lutheran Church, 530 S Victoria Ave., Sunday, July 13 to Thursday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6pm.

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St. Paul Public Library Receives Grants

The Minnesota Department of Education has granted a total of $158,472 to the St. Paul Public Library (SPPL) system to support workforce readiness, digital literacy and early learning programs for underserved audiences. The federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program is the original funding source.

Three components have been funded:

(1) SPPL, in partnership with the Minnesota Literacy Council and the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium received $119,735 for a statewide impact grant to expand the reach of the Northstar Digital Literacy Project. Northstar provides digital skills standards and an assessment and certification tool that is useful for employers and job seekers.

(2) SPPL and St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department will create a system of badges to certify work readiness for Youth Job Corps (YJC) workers hired by the two city departments. Badges will be granted for skills such as writing a resumé; job applications and interviews; showing up ready to work; time management; financial management; and digital literacy.

(3) The third grant aims to improve digital literacy for adults experiencing barriers of homelessness, poverty, unemployment and/or underemployment and basic literacy for African American children who experience racism and other barriers. Computer classes will teach basic skills necessary for adults to transition into the workforce, and SPPL’s World Language Storytimes program, which provides literacy skills for limited English proficiency children, will expand to include African American story times.

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FREE Exterior House Painting for Seniors

Metro Paint-A-Thon helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities continue to live independently in their own homes, enriching their lives and their neighborhoods. Each August, thousands of volunteers scrape, prime and paint these homes at no cost to the homeowner.

Since 1984, Metro Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted more than 6,380 homes across the Twin Cities metro area. Metro Paint-A-Thon is one of a family of community services programs of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC).

If you have a neighbor, friend or family member who could benefit from this program, or if you yourself are an eligible homeowner, call the Metro Paint-A-Thon office at 612-276-1579 for further information or to request an application. You can download an application at

The deadline to apply is April 14, 2014.

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Volunteers Welcomed at Cerenity Senior Care – Humboldt

Do you enjoy the outdoors and taking walks? If so, please consider volunteering once a week or once a month to take a senior on a walk around our 15-acre, park-like campus. There are many other volunteer opportunities at Cerenity Senior Care – Humboldt, such as one-on-one visits, performing, making crafts or playing games with seniors. Staff will help match your skills, interests and schedule. Located at 512 and 514 Humboldt on the West Side of St. Paul, Cerenity Humboldt provides assisted living, memory care, transitional care and skilled nursing care. Volunteer groups and all ages are welcome. There are great opportunities for parents and children to volunteer together as well. To learn more about our volunteer program, please call 651-220-1789 or e-mail

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