East Side Review bulletin board January 21, 2018

Boys Totem Town update

The District 1 Community Council will hold their monthly board of directors meeting on Monday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Highwood Hills Elementary School cafeteria, 2188 Londin Lane E. The meeting will focus on updates about the Boys Totem Town juvenile justice programming and its facilities. The meeting is open to anyone from the community. 


Prosperity/Hazelwood Bikeway project meeting

Ramsey County is planning to resurface Hazelwood Street and Prosperity Road between Arlington and Larpenteur avenues in 2018. The St. Paul Bicycle Plan recommends in-street separated lanes within the project corridor and St. Paul and Ramsey County Public Works are proposing to install bike lanes when the street is resurfaced in 2018. In order to incorporate bike lanes, parking will be removed on one side of the street along Prosperity Avenue, Hazelwood Street and Prosperity Road.  A meeting about this project will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Duluth and Case Recreation Center, 1020 Duluth St. The meeting will include preliminary layouts, a presentation at 6:15 p.m., and city and county staff to answer questions. Residents will also be able to share their feedback about the project. For more information about the project go to www.stpaul.gov and search for “Prosperity Hazelwood Bikeway.”


Get to Know NAMI

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free “Get to Know NAMI” class in St. Paul on Feb. 1, from 11:30-12:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31.  Meet NAMI staff and volunteers and hear firsthand how NAMI’s work directly affects the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Learn about education and support programs and how to advocate for better mental health policies. Please RSVP to: Kay King, 651-645-2948 x113 or kking@namimn.org.


Anxiety Support Group meets in Highland Park

NAMI Minnesota sponsors free support groups for persons with anxiety disorders. The groups help individuals develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. “An Open Door Anxiety and Panic” support group meets in St. Paul from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S., in room 108. For information call Les at 612-229-1863 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.


Hope for Recovery Workshop 

NAMI Minnesota will hold a free, interactive workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illnesses, practical coping strategies, and hope for recovery. The workshop will be held in St. Paul at Loyola Spirituality Center, 389 North Oxford St., on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or to register call 651-645-2948 or go to namihelps.org.


Autism Society of Minnesota offers two February workshops

The Autism Society of Minnesota will offer two AuSM Skillshops in February that are tailored for individuals with autism and those who care for them.

On Feb. 13, Jillian Nelson will present “Self-Advocacy: Finding Your Voice and Asking For More.” Being a self-advocate goes far beyond one day at the capitol. Day-to-day self advocacy can change the quality of your life, give you tools to speak up and fulfill your needs, and improve relationships. Learn tips on how to self-advocate at home, work, and other places in your life. This AuSM Skillshop will take place at AuSM, 2380 Wycliff St..

On Feb. 20, Chrissy Mignogna will present “Taking Care of Yourself Inside and Out: Mind-Body Tools for Life.” Our busy, stressful lives contribute to poor sleep, diet, and exercise, which leads to stressed children and adults. Practice and explore breathing techniques, integrative movement, and relaxation strategies that can be put into action immediately. Learn how to give your mind, body, and heart what they need by practicing soothing and releasing. This AuSM Skillshop will take place at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall Room 201/202, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis.

The two February AuSM Skillshops will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost for each AuSM Skillshop is $25 for AuSM members; $40 for non-members; and $10 for students and individuals with autism. To learn more and to register, visit www.ausm.org.


Memorial Blood Center local blood drives

There will be three local, St. Paul blood drives coming up at the beginning of February. Harding High School, 1540 East Sixth St., will host a drive on Feb. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also on Feb. 2 the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 1988 Fitch Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Feb. 12, St. Joseph’s Hospital, 69 Exchange St. West, will host a drive from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information about donation eligibility and for future blood drives visit www.mbc.org.


Speakers on Creating Caring Communities 

Speakers from NAMI Minnesota will present “Creating Caring Communities” in St. Paul on Jan. 22. Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. The free program is open to the public and will be presented from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St. For information, call Brianna Libby at 651-645-2948 x128.


Dayton’s Bluff Community Council

The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council will hold its monthly board of directors meeting on Monday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. Items on the agenda include updates on the organization’s financial status and fiscal audit, updates on the search for a new executive director and  20-minutes set aside for public comment. For more agenda details go to www.daytonsbluff.org. 

The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council will also hold a community engagement session on Friday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. for neighbors to share their values and hopes for the community to help create a plan as the organization transitions. Everyone is welcome to join. These meetings are held every other Friday and the next meeting will be Feb. 9.


Payne-Phalen Community Council

The Payne-Phalen Community Council will hold its monthly board of directors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. Items on the agenda include the introduction of the organization’s new social media specialist, an update on the executive director transition and 2017 year-end reports.


Recycle the holidays 

Drop off broken or tangled holidays lights to be recycled for free through Jan. 31 at nearby community centers and libraries. Accepted items include holidays lights, electric cords, telephone cords and appliance cords. Items not accepted include cord adapters, battery packs, plastic rope lights and CFL lights. For more information go to www.stpaul.gov and search for “Holiday Lights Recycling.” Look for grey collection bins at the following East Side libraries:

-Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave.

-Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Ave.

-Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 

Holiday lights can also be recycled at the Ramsey County Household Hazardous Waste collection site, 5 Empire Drive on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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