East Side bulletin board July 1, 2012

Summer lunch
The Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center’s summer lunch program is available for kids 18 and younger. Hot lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. and a snack will be served from 4 to 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 651-793-3885.

East Side anxiety support group
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of 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 East St. Paul from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on the first and third Thursday of the month, at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St. For information, call NAMI at 651-645-2948, or go to www.namihelps.org.

Kids who stutter
“Stuttering: For Kids By Kids,” a DVD starring real kids who stutter, should be available at all Ramsey County libraries. Many children who stutter have never met anyone else who struggles with the same disability. But in this DVD from the Stuttering Foundation, they meet other kids who recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering.

Ecology award nominations
The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is looking for public, private and commercial landowners who have adopted innovative techniques to help to clean water, reduce flooding and provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife to apply for an ecology award.
Applications are due July 15. Winners will be selected in mid-September. To be eligible, properties must be within the district boundaries. For a map of the district and application and nomination forms, visit www.rwmwd.org or call 651-792-7950.

55+ Driver Improvement
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center offers a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following day:
• July 9 (4 Hour Refresher Course) from 6 to 10 p.m. at AAA Maplewood, 1727 Beam Ave., Maplewood
The course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested. Participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org or call 1-888-234-1294.
People age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. The fee for the four-hour refresher course is $20 and the eight-hour course is $24. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Antique autos
Check out the lovingly-restored autos at Antique Car Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm, 2170 E. County Road D., Maplewood. Vintage cars from the early days of transportation will be on display. Admission is free. Attendees are also welcome to visit the Gladstone Exhibit, which details Maplewood’s early history.
For more information, call 651-748-9009.

Park pavilions and shelter rentals
Picnics are a creative and memorable way to gather friends and family for graduations, reunions, birthday celebrations and more. As summer approaches, the weather is perfect to pack up and take the party outdoors.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department offers a number of parks and picnic areas to host your al fresco event. From a kid-friendly picnic table next to a playground to a shelter overlooking a lake or a large group pavilion with full kitchen facilities, the county has it all covered.
Reservations are now being accepted for shelter and pavilion rentals for the 2012 Picnic Season, which runs through Sept. 30.
Please call 651-748-2500 if you would like further information or would like to make a reservation.

English volunteers needed
Volunteer as an English teacher or classroom tutor with the Minnesota Literacy Council. Help adult refugees and immigrants learn the reading, writing and speaking skills needed to thrive in the U.S. Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities. The literacy council provides training and support. Visit www.mnliteracy.org/volunteers/opportunities/adult or call Allison at 651-251-9110.

Hayden Heights and Hillcrest block club
A recently organized Hayden Heights and Hillcrest block club meets at the Hayden Heights Recreation Center, 1965 E. Hoyt Ave., on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The block club covers the area surrounding the Hillcrest Shopping Center. The group is currently looking for volunteers to help with trash pickup and beautifying efforts in the community.
Residents and local businesses are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Paul at 651-230-0640.

ESNDC reunion
East Side Neighborhood Development Company Inc. will be holding a reunion and friends party on Friday, June 29. The party will feature music by Trio Tipo, ESNDC memorabilia, a silent auction, cash bar and food from local restaurants. The party will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Old Swedish Bank Building, 965 Payne Ave. The cost os $25 per person. Visit www.esndc.org for more information.

Houses for Haiti
The Houses for Haiti fundraising dance will be held on Saturday, June 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Maplewood Moose Lodge. “Just Bob” will provide the music. Admission is $6. There will be treats and door prizes. For more information or questions, call Cathy at 651-774-0359.

Library board
The June and July St. Paul Public Library board meetings have been cancelled. For more information, call 651-266-8560.

Toastmasters
Become a Better public speaker at Mutual Voices Toastmasters. Toastmasters can help mold you into a top-notch public speaker and provide opportunities to improve your leadership skills.
The Mutual Voices Toastmasters club meets every Thursday at noon on the sixth floor the Securian building in downtown St. Paul. The meeting location is 400 Robert St. N. and guests are welcome to attend any of the meetings for free. If you decide to join the club as a member, club dues and Toastmasters International dues apply. For more information, contact Caleb Werth at 651-214-3410 or calebwerth@hotmail.com or visit the website at www.3852.toastmastersclubs.org.

Community education summer classes
Longer days and warmer nights mean more time for learning. Step it up with Zumba, dig in at a “Gardens” class, stretch your mind with “Family Sign Language” or take a local tour on your staycation. From business to fitness to hobbies, there is a class or a youth camp for everyone -- no matter what the interest. Visit www.commed.spps.org for more information on available classes and registration.

Monthly blood drives
Local nonprofit Memorial Blood Centers has partnered with St. Patrick’s Catholic Church to host a community blood drive on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Patrick, 1095 DeSoto St., throughout 2012.
All eligible donors who meet Memorial Blood Centers’ general health requirements are welcome to make a date to donate. Specific height and weight restrictions apply for 16- to 18-year-old donors. Those 16 years of age must have written parental consent.
Additional eligibility guidelines are available at www.MBC.org or by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).
Advance registration is strongly encouraged, although walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment to make a donation, go to www.MBC.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code #9680 for the St. Patrick’s Community Blood Drive. Or contact Blair Selk at Memorial Blood Centers at bselk@mbc.org or 651-332-7171.

Partners and spouses support group
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota is sponsoring a support group specifically for partners or spouses of someone who lives with a mental illness.
The Partners and Spouses support group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m., at Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, 1795 Holton St. For more information, call Lois at 651-788-1920, or Donna at 651-645-2948 ext. 101.

English tutors
The Minnesota Literacy Council is seeking tutors to help adult refugees and immigrants learn the English reading, writing and speaking skills needed to thrive in the U.S.
Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities. The Council provides training and support.
For more information, contact volunteer@mnliteracy.org, call Allison at 651-251-9110 or go to the mnliteracy.org/volunteers/opportunities/adults webpage.

Suicide survivor support
Friends and Families of Suicide will host ongoing survivors of suicide support group meetings. The meetings are facilitated by peer-facilitators and are not a substitute for counseling or care by professionals.
The support groups provide a place of support and comfort where those who have lost a loved one to suicide will be comfortable talking about their own loss as well as hearing about the losses of others.
The group meets the third Monday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1725 Grand Ave. For more information please call Tracy Toner, peer facilitator, at 651-587-8006.

Help someone read
Volunteers are needed to make a lasting difference in the life of an adult learner. Individuals will help people in their community learn English, prepare for the GED test or increase their basic math, reading and computer skills. Ongoing training and support is provided through the Minnesota Literacy Council.
For more volunteer information, go to www.theMLC.org or contact Allison Runchey at 651-645-2277 extension 219, arunchey@theMLC.org.

Senior companions
The Senior Companion Program is seeking volunteers to visit homebound or isolated elders in their homes and help with transportation for appointments or errands. The program will match people.
Volunteers earn a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, training and liability insurance while serving. Volunteers must be age 55 or older and serve 15 hours a week. For more information, contact Ron Urbanski at Lutheran Social Service, 651-310-9445 or at ron.urbanski@lssmn.org.

Mental illness support groups
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota hosts a free, bi-weekly peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness. Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead the groups.
The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Methodist Church, 1524 W. County Road C-2, Roseville. For more information, contact Will at 651-578-3364.
Find more about NAMI’s free classes and support groups at 651-645-2948.

Mental health support groups for families
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences.
A family support group meets in St. Paul from 5:45 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Snelling Office Park, 1625 Energy Park Drive, suite 100. For information, call Sonja at 651-357-2077.

Anxiety support group
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of 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 Maplewood from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on the first and third Thursday of the month at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St. For information, go to www.namihelps.org or call NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Minnesota Lyme Association meeting
Minnesota Lyme Association meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church of White Bear, 4000 Linden St., the junction of Highway 61 and County Road F, behind the Holiday station.
The mission of MLA is to provide a supportive environment for people affected by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and educate the public and health professionals in the prevention, diagnosis and effective treatment of such diseases. See the website: www.mnlyme.com for more details.