East Side Review bulletin board Sept. 30, 2012

Pleasure Speakers Toastmasters
Improve your communication and leadership skills. Attend Pleasure Speakers Toastmasters Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sojourner’s Cafe, 1406 White Bear Ave, N. Guests may attend free and without obligation. For more information, email tmclub5126@gmail.com or visit www.tiny.cc/tmclub5126.

IAAP meeting
The St. Paul Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will hold its monthly education meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Globe College located at 8089 Globe Drive, Woodbury. The program is “Business Grammar & Proofreading: Do Mistakes Affect Your Credibility?” by Joan Gatzmeyer, CAP-OM.
Networking begins at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. RSVP registration for dinner and program: Members, $15, Guests $17, to Leisha Skare at leisha.b.skare@healthpartners.com or call 952-883-6171.

Financing a business
SCORE, “Mentors to America’s Small Business,” will hold a seminar on financing your business on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul. The seminar covers financing and loan alternatives, SBA guaranteed loans, financial accounting and cash flow management. To register, go to www.stpaul.score.org or call 651-261-1429. The fee of $59 includes seminar, booklets and other materials.

St. Casimir Fall Festival
The St. Casimir Fall Festival is taking place on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 to 3 p.m. This year’s event will include a rummage sale. If you’d like to donate an item, please bring it to the school gym, 934 E. Geranium Ave., on Friday or Saturday, Oct. 6 or 7.
The sale cannot accept large appliances, computers, large furniture, tires or other items in poor non-working condition. The festival is also looking for volunteers to help out in several areas. If interested, contact Lisa at 612-799-1286.

Donate blood
October is National Liver Awareness Month and the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that organ transplant patients often rely on donated blood. Liver transplant patients may need 30 or more different blood products during surgery. Liver transplants are the second most common transplant in the United States, following kidney transplants.
All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities are:
• Hazel Park Congregational Church, 1831 E. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., on Oct. 1.
• Koch Commons, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 2.
• St. Paul Blood Donation Center, 176 S. Robert St., St. Paul, will be open from 7 a.m, to 1 p.m. on Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12 and 13, from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 15, and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 11.
• Hamline University Law Center, 1492 N. Pascal St., St. Paul, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 8.
• Jackson I LLC, 180 E. Fifth St., St. Paul, will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 9.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

Youth mental health
The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers “Progression,” a free six-session course designed to empower young people to take charge of their lives and deal with issues they are facing. The course helps teens understand how to maintain good mental health; how to recognize signs of stress, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder; and understand treatment options. The series will be held in St. Paul Wednesday evenings starting Oct. 10. For more information, or to register, contact NAMI at 651-645-2948.

55+ Driver Improvement
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center offers a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days:
• Oct. 9 and 10 (8 Hour First Time Course), from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Dale Rec. Center, 1414 St. Albans St., St. Paul.
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 our website at 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.

Hope for Recovery Workshop in St. Paul
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI Minnesota) will hold a free, one-day education 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 Regions Hospital, Teeter Library, 640 Jackson St., on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Registration is requested. For information or to register, call 651-645-2948.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Arc hosts Sibshop Oct. 20
Kids in the east metro who have brothers and sisters with intellectual or developmental disabilities can have fun and make friends at a Sibshop Super Saturday from The Arc Greater Twin Cities. It will be on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center, 1830 County Road B East, Maplewood.
Sibshop Super Saturday has all the fun, activities, discussion and friendship of The Arc’s monthly Sibshops, packed into a single half-day session.
If you don’t want the commitment of a monthly Sibshop or there isn’t one in your area, Sibshop Super Saturdays are a great alternative.
Sibshop Super Saturday is free for members of The Arc Greater Twin Cities and $15 per child for non-members. The cost includes lunch. To register, call The Arc Greater Twin Cities at 952-920-0855.