East Side Review Bulletin Board October 14, 2018

Fall community bonfires

Join neighbors at your local recreation center for a fall community bonfire. Bonfires will be held at Phalen Recreation Center, 1000 Wheelock Parkway, on Oct. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and at the Hayden Heights Recreation Center,  1965 Hoyt Ave. E., on Oct. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The events are free and all are welcome. For more information go to stpaul.gov/fall-bonfires.


QPR - Suicide Prevention class

QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide - Question, Persuade and Refer. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the U.S., and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states. The QPR classes will be offered on Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., W., in Suite 400. For more information or to register call 651-645-2948 x198 or see “classes” at namimn.org.


Minnesota House District 67A&B candidate forum

League of Women Voters St. Paul is hosting a forum for candidates running for seats in Minnesota House Districts 67A and 67B. Invited candidates include Tim Mahoney for 67A and Fred Turk and Jay Xiong for 67B. The forum will be held on Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the East Side Learning Hub, 1526 East Sixth St. For questions about the event, contact Amy Perna at pernalwvstp@gmail.com.


Citizenship tools

The League of Women Voters St. Paul is hosting a free workshop on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for citizens to meet elected officials and get an introduction of useful tools to participate in local, state and national government. At this event, participants will get an overview of all governmental levels as well as an opportunity to meet and question actual elected officials. This event will take place at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center at 270 Lent St. N. in St. Paul.


Cops Autism Response Education class

The St. Paul Police Department invites individuals with autism and their caregivers to attend an introductory class about the Cops Autism Response Education (C.A.R.E.) program on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The class is free, but registration is required. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-care-tickets-50915391306. The class will feature the following:

1. Understanding of police response to those on the autism spectrum.

2. Follow up and contact with those on the autism spectrum.

3. A question and answer session with police officers.

In 2015 the Saint Paul Police introduced the C.A.R.E. program. The program has been featured on National Public Radio, in The New York Times, and on multiple television news broadcasts. C.A.R.E. recently was awarded the Minnesota Department of Human Services Circle of Excellence Award. For further information, please email SPPD-Autism@ci.stpaul.mn.us or Dawn Brasch at the Autism Society of Minnesota, dbrasch@ausm.org.


Substance use and your child

NAMI Minnesota will sponsor a free parent training on Substance Use and Your Child on Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, room 110 B, in West St. Paul. Alcohol and other drug use can be a difficult topic to discuss with teens, especially when there are so many mixed messages in the media. This presentation will help you navigate those mixed messages by providing a better understanding of current drug trends and how substances interact with adolescent brain development. It will also provide tips and tools for parents, including what to do if you learn your teen may be using alcohol or other drugs, and when to seek treatment. The class will be led by Andria Botzet (M.A., LAMFT) with the assistance of NAMI staff. For information or to register, go to “classes” at namimn.org or call 651-645-2948.


Star party

Meteorologist and newspaper columnist, Mike Lynch, will host three free Star Party events in St. Paul in November sponsored by St. Paul Public Library and Metro State University. Lynch invites the public to come and watch the great celestial show in the skies. Each event begins with a short presentation indoors followed by time outside. Participants will have a chance to use large reflecting telescopes, including 20-inch reflectors, to view planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and other wonders of the winter skies. Everyone should be sure to wear warm clothing and can bring a lawn chair, if they would like. The upcoming dates and locations are:

• Nov. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave.

• Nov. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hamline Midway Library, 1558 Minnehaha Ave. W.

• Nov. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Dayton’s Bluff Library, 645 East Seventh St.


Art at Ramsey fair

Art at Ramsey is a juried holiday art fair of quality fine crafts and fine art that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ramsey Middle School, 1700 Summit Ave. This event is sponsored by St. Paul Public Schools Community Education in cooperation with Artists’ Circle, a nonprofit art organization promoting fine crafts. The art fair will feature quality works of art for sale by 80 juried local artists from the upper Midwest who create fine crafts and fine art. The sale will feature a wide selection including leather and fabric handbags, acrylic and oil paintings, photographs, silver and gold jewelry, baskets, woven scarves, art dolls, blown and stained glass, woodcut prints, unique hand-dyed silk apparel, hand-carved wooden birds, hand-woven rugs, turned wood, original cards, clay tiles, vases, bowls, teapots and cups; and also Hmong needle work and holiday ornaments.

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