social events & programs
Winter Carnival in St Paul
  • Winter Carnival Talent Contest: Preliminaries Jan 22, Rosedale Mall Rotunda. Finals Feb 5 at F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center basement downtown. Entry fee: $20. Cash prizes. Three levels: preteen (12 and under; teens (13-18), and “open” (all ages). Registration materials and rules available at or Call Aimee Farrell, 651-707-3380.
  • Winter Carnival Art Show: Call for Artists: Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces interpreting the City of St. Paul in juried art show. Submissions are due by Jan 8 via hard copy or CD to: Amy Clark, c/o AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., #130, St. Paul, 55101. You may also e-mail files to The Winter Carnival Art Show, Black Dog Wine Bar & Café (308 Prince).
  • 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival. SecurianWinterRun: Jan 29, 8am-noon. Grande Day: Jan 29, 2pm. Torchlight: Feb 5, 5:30pm. 7:15pm fireworks from Raspberry Island following Parade. or 651-223-4700.
Landmark Center:
  • Jan 2: Minnesota Boychoir’s Annual Winter Concert, 1 & 3:30pm.
  • Jan 6 13, 20 & 27: Schubert Club Courtroom Concerts — Promising Practices, Bright Futures. Courtroom 317; 12pm. Thursdays feature local performing artists from the Twin Cities and surrounding metropolitan area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area.
  • Jan 11: Ballet Tuesday, 12pm, with the St. Paul City Ballet.
  • Jan 23: Rose Ensemble — Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Christians, Jews & Muslims, 4pm. A diverse collection of Arab Andalusian dances, Sephardic laments, Spanish villancicos, Hebrew chants and Galician spiritual cantigas come together in a fascinating exploration of language, culture and faith from a time that is not so different from our own.
International Institute of Minnesota: Starting Jan 18, English and Spanish language programs. Starting in March, Citizenship Classes. 651-647-0191 or

[IMAGE]Recovery Yoga: Sun, 4:30-6pm & Tue, 5:30-6:45pm. River Garden Yoga Center, 455 W7th. Link movements with breath and learn to befriend ourselves in mindful and compassionate ways. or 651-895-5157.

Overeaters Anonymous: Thu 6pm, Peter J. King Family Health Center, 1026 West 7th. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No fees or dues. Brenda, 651-227-5437.

Emotions Anonymous (EA), a 12-Step group dedicated to emotional recovery, Sun 1 pm. St. Stanislaus’ Old Convent House, 395 West Superior. or 651-492-7100.

Parent Information Fair: Jan 8, 9:30am-2pm, St. Paul RiverCentre Grand Ballroom. 60 St. Paul Public Schools answer questions and provide information, and reps from charter, parochial and private schools attend. Families can get personalized help from SPPS staff to choose a school and to complete an application. Interpreters available in Hmong, Spanish, Somali, Karen and American Sign Language. Free shuttles starting at 9:15am from Sears (425 Rice St) and the SPPS administration building (360 Colborne St).

Minnesota Opera 2010-2011 Season: or [IMAGE]612-333-6669. Ordway, St. Paul. Photo (right): Wuthering Heights coming in April.

Open World Learning Community Open House: Jan 13, 6-8pm. for prospective students and families. OWLC (formerly St. Paul Open School) a K-12 St. Paul Public Expeditionary Learning School, uses multidisciplinary “learning expeditions” for students to explore big ideas, create original research, master skills and content, produce high-quality products for audiences beyond classroom, in a nurturing environment. 90 Western Ave S. 651-293-8670.
Mad Hatter Acoustic Jam: Thu, 6:30-8pm. Live music and games. Free. 943 West Seventh.

Family Services Job Club: Thurs, 12:30-2pm. This workshop covers job search topics such as interviewing, filling out applications, matching interests and skills to careers. Videos on career options and job search and other resources are used. 1633 West 7th. Estrella, 651-698-0767.

Science Museum of Minnesota Senior Tuesdays: Jan 4 & 18. $11 senior (age 60+) ticket includes 11am Omnitheater showing, gallery admission, free coffee and bakery item at Java Lab, and 10% off Explore Store. 120 W. Kellogg. 651-221-9444 or

Depression and Bipolar Support Group: Jan 5 &19, 7-8:30pm, St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Ave. Free. 651-698-0767.

Sample Night Live: Jan 5, 7pm at History Theatre, 30 10th St. E. Free with library card. Preview 12 performing arts events, including theater, dance, music, puppetry, improv and poetry slammers.

St. Paul Central Library Saturday Live! Programs: All programs 11:15am. 90 W 4th. 651-266-7000.
  • Jan 8: The Schiffelly Puppets’ wild version of Cinderella.
  • Jan 15: Magician Star Michaelina.
  • Jan 22: Raptor Center presents “Our Feathered Friends.”
  • Jan 29: Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam.
Dodge Nature Center: Jan programs for adults, children, families and seniors. 651-455-4531 or 365 W Marie, West St. Paul.

Tuesday Salons at Mad Hatter’s: 943 W Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm, free. Donations appreciated. 651-227-3228.
  • Jan 4: Open Conversation.
  • Jan 11: Film by French Documentarian, Thierry Vivier, “The Chorus.” Story of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and how they coped with AIDS among their members.
  • Jan 18: Poetry night — the poetry of William Stafford.
  • Jan 25: Little Book of the Odd Month Club. Title TBA.

St. Paul Parks & Recreation System Plan: Jan 10, 6:30-8pm. Phalen Golf Course Clubhouse. A special public hearing, called by the Parks & Rec Commissioners, exclusive to the Park’s System Plan. Residents bring comments to Commission’s attention. Comments from meetings, along with submitted content through the Systems Plan web site, are available for public review at

[IMAGE]Learn how to Square Dance: Jan 24 and Mondays, 6:15pm, West 7th Community Ctr, 265 Oneida. Classes taught by best callers/instructors, and experienced dancers available. Couples, families, singles invited. Wear comfortable shoes and casual dress. $4/lesson. 651-454-2942 or West 7th Community Ctr at 651-298-5493.

West End Gardeners: Jan 28, 6:30pm. Federation office, 974 W 7th. Ongoing planning for 2011 West End Neighbors Garden Tour (Father’s Day weekend). If you have a garden or know of a neighbor whose garden you know would be of interest, call Kent 651-222-5536.

Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Support Group: Meets monthly third Saturday, 1noon, Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville. Open to people with MG, family members of people with MG and interested others. Lunch $14. Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness to the voluntary muscles. Lianne, 651-633-5465 or on-line at or by calling 1-800-514-5454.

Minnesota History Center: Jan program call 651-259-3000 or see 345 W Kellogg Blvd. and many other locations.

Professional Networking Meeting: Jan 25, 11:30am-1:30pm. Jewish Family Services Employment Program hosts professional resources and job-seekers workshop. JFS, 1633 W 7th. Estrella, 651-698-0767.

West 7th Community Center
265 Oneida, 651-298-5493. Open M-F, 8:30am-5pm.
Center closed Jan 17, MLK, Jr. Day

  • Support, Referral and Care Management: Ongoing service to help individuals and families access community resources. Sarah for appt: 651-298-5493, ext. 215.
  • Bridge to Benefits: An ongoing service to determine eligibility for public programs. Call Sarah for appt: 651-298-5493 ext. 215.
  • Oneida Scholarship Applications Available Jan 4. Julie Murphy, 651-298-5493 ext. 214. Fare for All Discounted Grocery Distribution: Jan 7, 10am-noon. Affordable groceries at $10-22. Info: Cathalina: 651-298-5493, ext. 218.
  • Community Open Gym: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 10am-noon, free. Walk, jog, play basketball. Children must be with adult. Check in front desk.
  • Circle of Parents: January 10, 24, 31. 5:30-730pm. Free with free child care. Light dinner $3 per family. Sarah, 651-298-5493, ext. 215.
  • Family Law Consultations:Jan 11, 8:30-10am. David Burns Law office, LLC, offers free one-time legal advice regarding family law. Call 651-298-5493 to schedule appointment.
  • Immigration Law Consultations: Jan 20, 3:30-5pm. Free service provided by Leslie Guyton of Guyton Law Firm. Must preregister: call 651-298-5493.
  • West 7th Cinema Night: Jan 21, 6pm, “Toy Story III” (G). Low-cost concessions (hotdogs, popcorn, pizza.) Children must be with person 13+ years old. Movie runs 6:15-8:15pm.

youth activities
  • Teen Girls’ Circle: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 3-5pm. Free, open to area high school girls. Includes activities, food and transportation within neighborhood. Register Sarah, 651-298-5493, ext. 215.
  • West 7th Girl Scout Juniors: Jan 3, 6:30-8pm.
palace rec youth
781 Palace, 651-298-5677, Call or drop in for Activity brochures, registration info.

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