Ramsey County - Maplewood Bulletin board June 6, 2012

See Fish Creek
The City of Maplewood and Maplewood Nature Center will host a gathering on Fish Creek Bluff from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16. This is a free event for all ages, no registration required. Participants will learn about the cultural and natural history of this beautiful new parcel overlooking the Mississippi. Other features include:
• seeing live raptors, birding with binoculars, and kite flying.
• exploring the hills and valleys of this remarkable site. 
• reliving the history with Fur Trader Stories and more from the Maplewood Historical Society.
• watching the Little Thunderbirds Drum and Dance Troupe, and participating in a Circle Talk with Jim Anderson, tribal leader, Mendota Mdewakanton Community.
• enjoying crafts, root beer, scavenger hunts and more.
For directions or more information, go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call the nature center at 651-249-2170.

Cruze on in
The North St. Paul History Cruze Car Show has begun again. This year’s car show includes a Farmer’s Market starting at 2 p.m. every Friday until Sept. 14.
The Farmer’s Market has a new location: across the street from the Post Office in the old City Hall lot.
The car show will be held in its usual location along East Seventh Avenue between First and Charles streets. The Holy Rocka Rollaz Band will perform in front of Sidewinders for 14 of the 16 weeks of the car show.

Widow or widowers
WOW (Widow or Widowers) social group will meet June 12 at 7 p.m. at North Presbyterian Church, Charles Street and Highway 36 in North St. Paul. Entertainment is Touching Hearts, a duo playing Broadway hits. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Visitors are welcome. Go to www.wow-tc.org or call Vernese at 651-765-8649 or Hank at 651-771-6056 for more information.

Arthritis information
“Arthritis and the Benefits of Exercise” will be rheumatologist Dr. Asim Khan’s topic at a free Arthritis Foundation seminar at 10 a.m. Friday June 8 . Dr. Khan will be speaking in Room C at the Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave., Maplewood.
To register, contact the Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region at 651-744-4108 or info.mn@arthritis.org.

Coleman discussion
Nick Coleman, Sr. was a powerhouse of a politician back in the days when Minnesota Democrats like Hubert Humphrey, Gene McCarthy and Walter Mondale were on the national political stage. On Thursday, June 28 in the community room at the Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N., former Minnesota State Sen. John Milton will discuss his new biography of Coleman, “For the Good of the Order: Nick Coleman and the High Tide of Liberal Politics in Minnesota, 1971-1981,” published by the Ramsey County Historical Society. Milton will be joined by a panel of Coleman’s former legislative colleagues and protegés, including former Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe and Coleman’s son, Patrick, a Roseville resident, for a free-wheeling discussion of a fascinating figure.
For more information, email Judy Woodward at jwood@ramsey.lib.mn.us or call

City geocaching
To celebrate its 125th anniversary in a novel way, the city of North St. Paul has arranged with Wahoo! Adventures to offer a geocaching tour of North St. Paul and its history. From June through August, people can stop in at the North St. Paul Community Center to get GPS and mapping to get started on a guided history tour. For more information, call 651-747-2411.

Line dance
A “revamped” weekly line dance series runs June 7-28 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave., Maplewood. Participants don’t need a partner and will learn steps from cha-cha to tango, samba, swing and even waltz. The cost is $40 to the public and $33 for Maplewood or North St. Paul community center members. Call 651-249-2230 to register.

Financing a business
SCORE “Mentors to America’s Small Business” will hold a seminar on financing your business on Thursday, June 14 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.

Beach hours
Silver Lake Beach in North St. Paul will open to the public June 9 and will be open through Aug. 5. Red Cross-certified lifeguards will be on duty from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
On July 4, lifeguards will be present from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Swim lessons are available July 9-19; call 651-249-2230 to register.

Learn to DYI
An experienced handyman will take the mystery and challenge out of common home-repair projects with a series of classes at the North St. Paul Community Center. Classes meet from 6 to 7 p.m. The June 21 session will cover replacing or upgrading a sink and faucet; the July 19 class is on replacing or upgrading light fixtures. The fee is $8 per class to the public and $5 to Maplewood or North St. Paul community center members.

Need shelter?
North St. Paul and Maplewood park shelters can be reserved, at a nominal fee, for family gatherings or other get-togethers. Facilities are available to nonresidents as well as local folks. Call 651.249.2120 or 651.747.2486 or email meghan.janaszak@ci.maplewood.mn.us for more information or reservations.

The Review wishes to clarify a recent article about the Salvation Army opening a food shelf to serve Maplewood residents. The North St. Paul Area Food Shelf has been serving 325 to 375 families a month; about half of those have been from Maplewood. The North St. Paul food shelf continues to serve North St. Paul and
Oakdale residents. Food Shelf Director Linda Zick notes that demand due to the economy was a big reason the food shelf was overwhelmed in recent years, and adds that more Oakdale residents and more seniors are using the food shelf than ever before.
One thing that has not changed with the shift of Maplewood residents to the Salvation Army food shelf June 1: the dedication of the North St. Paul food shelf volunteers. Zick says, “Our volunteers, even though most of them are seniors, are the most hard working bunch of people you will ever find.”

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