Events Featured in East Side Review February 26, 2017

East Side Freedom Library

The library has a variety of events going on this upcoming week.

On Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Sergio and Mary Anne Quiroz of Indigenous Roots will teach about the history and significance of Azteca Mexica New Year. Indigenous Roots is an East Side organization that uses culture, such as visual art, dance, and music, to tell the stories of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, particularly those who have immigrated to St. Paul. Sergio and Mary Anne will also provide information about the celebration which will take place at Johnson High School on Sunday, March 11, to which everyone is invited.

Monday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be the third installment of the class “The Ford Century in Minnesota.” The class will meet every Monday in February and is taught by East Side Freedom Library’s Peter Rachleff and Brian McMahon, author of the recently published book, “The Ford Century in Minnesota.” The class is co-sponsored by St. Paul Public Schools adult and community education program and there is a registration fee that is payable to St. Paul Public Schools.

The class will focus on the experiences and activities of Ford workers in Minnesota. This is the last of a series of classes about the Ford plant. To register for the class call 651-744-3072 or go to

On Thursday, March 2 the monthly song circle “SHHH! Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts!” returns to the library. Gatherings take place every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. No previous singing experience is needed. This is not a performance, rather a way of using voices to welcome others, connect and adapt to the needs of those present. 

On Friday March 3 from 9 to 10 a.m., will be the continuation of the “Mindfulness Meditation: The Practice of Freedom” series. The workshop is led by meditation teacher Marc Anderson.

This gathering is open to everyone and no previous meditation experience is necessary.  The sessions are drop in and offered on a donation basis, you do not need to have attended previous sessions to attend. Participants can bring a lunch and tea will be served.

On Saturday March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, the library’s History Day Learning Center, will be open.

The center will have a team of experienced history teachers to provide one-on-one guidance and support for students pursuing projects for the National History Day competition. This year’s competition is called, “Taking a Stand in History.”

The team can help students identify resources from the library’s collection of more than 15,000 books focused on immigration, labor, African American, Latinx, Asian American, Native American and social justice movement histories.

Also on March 4, “Kids Rising” story hour will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Readers Jen Roba and Sean Morgan will read books with a pre-K through fourth grade focus, especially picture books and music. The type of materials read can change based on audience and interests.

Jen Roba is an experienced 5th grade teacher, and an East Side resident. Sean Morgan is a special education teacher with a focus on music education. Jen and Sean are parents, and their son Guthrie came up with the name of the series: “Kids Rising.”

The “Kids Rising” story hour series takes place every other Saturday at the East Side Freedom Library. 

Later in the day on March 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., students from Washington Technology Magnet High School English language learners will present their digital stories about their experiences. 

For more information or questions go to, send an email to or call 651-230-3294. The East Side Freedom Library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St.


Urban homesteading 

St. Paul Public Library is hosting several urban homesteading programs in neighborhood libraries around the city through March and April. These free events encourage people to explore ways they can participate in growing, gathering, and preparing food in an urban setting.  No registration is necessary.

• Riverview Library, 1 East George St. (651-292-6626):

– March 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Planting a Garden with Seed Saving in Mind: Presented by Michelle Grabowski, and Courtney Tchida. 

– March 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Raising Chickens: Learn about choosing a breed, housing, feeding, care, and city rules. Come with questions. Even if you already have hens, you’ll learn something new. Presented by Rob Czernik.

• Rondo Library, 461 North Dale St. (651-266-7400):

– March 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Apartment Gardening: Learn tips and techniques for growing vegetables in small spaces. Presented by Roger Hintze.

• Arlington Hills Library, 1200 Payne Ave. (651-632-3870):

– March 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hmong Herbs for Chicken Soup: Learn about growing and using Hmong herbs that have passed from one generation to the next for centuries. Presented by Mayyia Lee and Zongxee Lee.

• Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. (651-501-6300):

– March 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Landscaping with Edibles: Explore ways to incorporate fruits, herbs, and vegetables into any landscape, small or large. Presented by Mette Nielsen.

• Dayton’s Bluff Library, 645 East Seventh St. (651-793-1699):

– April 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Growing Grapes: Learn how to grow grapes in your backyard—what soil, light, water and trellis systems to use and what the best grape varieties are. Presented by Sharron Peterson.

Co-sponsored by St. Paul Public Library, Growing West Side, Frogtown Green, and Ramsey County Master Gardeners. For more information about these and additional Urban Homesteading events, please visit


Hayden Heights Library

Mondays in February, 6:30 to 7 p.m. (the library will be closed Monday, February 20) the library will have “Jammie Storytime.” Spend time sharing stories, songs, and rhymes in English with your child while building a foundation for reading success. Everyone is welcome and jammies, blankets and stuffed animals encouraged. No registration is needed.

Tuesdays and Thursdays in February, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the library will have AARP Tax Help. These events will walk-ins only and visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Lines often form and slots may fill prior to start time. Please contact the library at 651-793-3934 to find out more.

For more information about upcoming programs, please call the Hayden Heights Library at 651-793-3934, or visit The Hayden Heights branch library is located at 1465 White Bear Avenue, St Paul, MN 55106.


Dayton’s Bluff Library Hosts Open House for Library Go

On Wednesday, March 22 the Dayton’s Bluff branch of the St Paul Public Library, will be hosting an open house to highlight the benefits of Library Go, a virtual library card that offers all students attending Saint Paul Public Schools free, secure access to the library’s materials and resources. The open house runs from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Dayton’s Bluff library, 645 East Seventh St.

Library staff will be on hand to explain how Library Go works and to answer any questions students, parents, or teachers might have about how to check out materials or use the on-line resources.

In particular, students will be encouraged to explore the free music downloads and ebooks they can check out without accruing fines, as well as the databases and other resources available for research and other school projects.


Elder Café

The monthly social gathering, Elder Café, is back on Thursday, March 9 from noon to 2 p.m. This month, visitors will be able to hear some Irish storytelling by John Dingley. Dingley is a member of the Na Fianna Irish Theatre Company and is well known in the Twin Cities Celtic community for his singing, acting, stories and humor. He is a native of Wales and is well-known for his one-man show, “John Dingley and the Biggest Pack of Lies You Ever Heard.” 

To join the event and to request a meal, please call 651-683-2326. This number can also be used to request a free ride to and from the event. The event is free for seniors 60 years of age and older living in Dayton’s Bluff, Payne-Phalen, Conway and Battle Creek neighborhoods of St. Paul. Others are welcome to make a $10 donation to East Side Elders. 


ESABA Third Annual Fish Fry

The East Side Area Business Association’s fish fry is back for the third year in a row. The fry is being hosted with the Arcade-Phalen American Legion Post 577 on Friday, March 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $11 for adults and $6 for kids 10 years of age and under. The fry is being held at the Legion, located at 1129 Arcade Ave. Tickets can be purchased from an ESABA board member or online at


The East Side’s Got Talent Cabaret

The fifth annual “East Side’s Got Talent Cabaret” is Friday, March 3. The annual fundraiser for the “Art in the Hollow” will take place at the Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 if purchased ahead of time, $30 at the door. Tickets are available online at Acts will include dancers, singers, musicians, singers, comedians, magicians and more. In addition there will be a silent auction, VIP bingo, and free food. 

The event is produced by Friends of Swede Hollow. For more information contact Karin DuPaul at 651-776-0550 or send an email to


Mexica New Year/ Makuilli Kalli

Festivities for Mexica New Year or Makuilli Kalli will begin on Sunday, March 5 at 1 p.m. with a Mexica New Year/ Makuilli Kalli teach-in where participants can learn what the new year symbol of Five House means. 

Then nn Saturday, March 11 Indigenous Roots will be hosting various activities at Johnson Senior High School, 1349 Arcade St. At 11 a.m. there will be art activities, vendors and community resources. At noon there will be the Mexica Aztec dance ceremony. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a free community feast followed at 1 p.m. by cultural presentations. A community round dance will take place at 2 p.m. led by the Ain Dah Yung Center singers. 

All activities are free.


‘Designing Your Life’ author, Dave Evans, to speak at Metro State 

After years as a tech executive at Apple and Electronic Arts, Dave Evans came to realize that his real mission in life was to help others find theirs. He now teaches Life Design at Stanford University and is the co-author of “Designing Your Life.”  Evans’ lectures are transformative for both college students and executives, inspiring them to view life not as a problem that needs to be solved, but as a creative adventure.

A leading expert on life design, Evans will address the Metropolitan State University community at 9 a.m., Friday, March 10, in the Founders Hall Auditorium, St. Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh St.  Evans will speak about ideas he and co-author Bill Burnett cover in their book “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, and Joyful Life.” The event is sponsored by the Career Center at Metropolitan State University. The talk will be followed by a book signing from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

The event is open to the public, although seating is limited. 

The book, “Designing Your Life,” discusses “design thinking,” an approach to problem solving through creative and collaborative doing, and building toward solutions for problems that aren’t well-defined. Evans has found that this practice applies very effectively to the problems of life design and helping one find their way from the present reality into a desired future – an unknown future full of variables we don’t control or understand.

Evans’ inspiration comes from his own self-described incredibly frustrating experience trying to figure his life out in college and getting very little useful help. He met Bill Burnett in 2007 and they immediately recognized the usefulness of teaching life wayfinding using design-thinking. As a public speaker, Evans helps his audience to effectively better reframe what it is they are after and better build their way forward to it.

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