East Side Review Bulletin Board April 29, 2018

Seeking volunteers

Northeast Seniors for Better Living is seeking volunteers to help older adults living in the northeast neighborhoods of St. Paul remain safe and independent at home. The organization has many different volunteer opportunities, including driving seniors to medical appointments and social events, providing friendly home visits, assistance with snow shoveling, outdoor chores, and minor home repairs. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Northeast Seniors at 651-808-1901 or neseniorsforbetterliving@gmail.com for more information.


Community conversation with SPPD

Following numerous community concerns about gun violence in the neighborhood, St. Paul City Council member for Ward 7, Jane Prince and the St. Paul Police Department have organized a community meeting for Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center, 800 Conway St. The meeting will be an open discussion on what the department can do to curb gun violence, how neighbors can help, and how the police and community can work together on the issue. For more information, contact Johnny Howard, St. Paul Police Community Engagement Specialist at 651-266-8693. 


Northeast neighborhoods police meeting

For East Siders living in the northeast neighborhoods of St. Paul, near the Hayden Heights area, there will be a neighborhood police meeting on Tuesday, May 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hayden Heights Recreation Center, 1965 Hoyt Ave. E. Visitors will meet local police officers and be able to discuss issues taking place in the neighborhood. For questions contact Paul Skytte at 651-230-0640 or send an email to skyte2000@gmail.com.


Stamp Out Hunger

On Saturday, May 12, Minnesotans can help feed hungry neighbors in the community by participating in the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger, the largest single-day food drive in the country. Stamp Out Hunger is a collaboration between Second Harvest Heartland, the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 9 in Minneapolis and Branch 28 in St. Paul, Cub Foods, Land O’Lakes, Minnesota Transport Services Association and United Food and Commercial Workers. The following St. Paul Cub Foods locations are participating: 1177 Clarence Ave., 1440 University Ave. W., 2197 Hudson Road.


Senior Social at Northeast Seniors

Northeast Seniors invites seniors 55 and older and their family and friends to  come together for lunch, conversation and fun beginning at 11 a.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. A free lunch is served at noon courtesy of Loaves and Fishes. After lunch, enjoy entertainment, educational speakers, free blood pressure checks from our student nurses, and activities like cards, bingo and a chance to socialize with neighbors. Northeast Seniors also offers free transportation to and from its events for those who need it, which can be arranged by calling Northeast Seniors at least 24 hours in advance at 651-808-1901. Senior Social takes place at The Beloved United Methodist Church, 1965 Sherwood Ave.


Anxiety Support Group

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for persons with anxiety disorders. The groups help individuals develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. The Open Door Anxiety and Panic support group meets on the East Side from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on the first and third Thursday of the month, at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke Street. For information, call NAMI at 651-645-2948.


Young Adult Mental Health support group

Young Adult NAMI Connection (ages 18-30) is a free mental health support group sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). A group meets in St. Paul on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Avenue, Lower Level (enter north or west doors). The group is facilitated by young adults living with a mental illness and doing well in recovery. For information contact Tess at 507-226-3369 or Leah at 207-272-4450.


Join the Youth Leadership Committee 

Join Merrick Community Services’ Youth Leadership Council and get involved the community. Committee positions are open to seventh- through 12th-grade students. The committee will gather biweekly for development meetings with Merrick staff. An excellent opportunity for those seeking to build their college and professional resumes, this steering committee will lend a voice to Merrick’s youth programming and increase youth leadership engagement in the community. For more information and to join, go to www.merrickcs.org, contact Samuel Mihelich at smihelich@merrickcs.org or call 651-771-9339.


Understanding Early Episode Psychosis class 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will offer a free class to help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery. The class will be held in St. Paul on May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400. For more information or to register (required), call 651-645-2948 or go to namihelps.org.

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