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GALLERY: Lakeside community picnic

Hot dogs were a hit thanks to the expert grilling done by Clarence Castile. Marjorie Otto photos/Review

Marjorie Otto photos/Review

Hot dogs were a hit thanks to the expert grilling done by Clarence Castile.

Payne Phalen neighbors came out for a community picnic the evening of Aug. 29 at Lake Phalen. The picnic included hot dogs, a potluck and popsicles. The picnic was also a chance for neighbors to get involved with the Payne-Phalen Community Council’s planning process, which will update legal neighborhood guidelines for transportation, housing, zoning, commercial and economic development, schools, parks, land use, social development and other neighborhood concerns. The planning process is a part of St. Paul’s Comprehensive Plan update, which will guide city development for the next 20 years. For those interested in being involved with development in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, contact the community council at 651-774-5234.

Hypatia, left and Rowan, right, really embodied neighborly love by sharing a popsicle.

Jessa James, left and Shannon James, right, mother and daughter, came out to the Payne-Phalen community picnic and enjoyed some popsicles.

09/05/2017 - 10:42am
GALLERY: Starting the year off right

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Inver Grove Heights hosted the 11th annual Back to School Bash, put on by the Inver Grove Heights Ministerial Association, on Aug. 19. While the event originally began at Inver Hills Community Church, it moved to St. Patrick’s after it kept growing in size. This year, 1,100 backpacks were given away

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

Early in the day, backpacks for the upper grades ran out, so volunteers quickly modified some of the elementary backpacks for the older students.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Inver Grove Heights hosted the 11th annual Back to School Bash, put on by the Inver Grove Heights Ministerial Association, on Aug. 19. While the event originally began at Inver Hills Community Church, it moved to St. Patrick’s after it kept growing in size. This year, 1,100 backpacks were given away.

Outside of the church, the grounds were filled with inflatables for kids to play on. There were fire trucks, police cars and ambulances to check out as well.

Macey Kaufenberg, left, helped paint faces, like Tara’s, during the day. Besides face painting, those in attendance could pick out free books, visit the clothes closet and enjoy a meal prepared by the parish council and Women’s Circle. 

08/25/2017 - 10:53am
GALLERY: Stockyard Days 2017

New Brighton’s Stockyard days dropped into town Aug. 6-14, just like the young lady who had some fun in Long Lake Regional Park Aug. 12. Jesse Poole photos

Jesse Poole photos

New Brighton’s Stockyard days dropped into town Aug. 6-14, just like the young lady who had some fun in Long Lake Regional Park Aug. 12.

Emergency vehicles trooped down Old Highway 8 in New Brighton during the 2017 Stockyard Days Parade Aug. 10.

The Bartz brothers, known all over for building a gigantic snow sculpture at their New Brighton home each winter, were the parade grand marshals.

Canine companions also marched.

Stockyard Days festivities were held in Long Lake Regional Park; henna tattoos were popular Aug. 12, as was the petting zoo.

08/21/2017 - 12:39pm
GALLERY: Summer Cool

The Roseville Area Senior Program hosted an Aug. 15 ice cream social featuring live music for community members. The social, which took place in the senior lounge at Fairview Community Center, was made possible by the donation of ice cream and volunteer “scoopers” from Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville and Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington.

photos courtesy of Roseville Area Senior Program

The Roseville Area Senior Program hosted an Aug. 15 ice cream social featuring live music for community members. The social, which took place in the senior lounge at Fairview Community Center, was made possible by the donation of ice cream and volunteer “scoopers” from Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville and Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington.

08/21/2017 - 10:56am
GALLERY: Fun at the 2017 Washington County Fair

About 50,000 people attended the 146th Washington County Fair, which was Aug. 2-6 in Lake Elmo. The fair offered many entertaining activities including the 4-H Arts-In performance, which highlighted the talents of 4-H children who teamed up to write a show as well as complete all of the technical work in addition to delighting their audience with singing, dancing and acting.

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

About 50,000 people attended the 146th Washington County Fair, which was Aug. 2-6 in Lake Elmo. The fair offered many entertaining activities including the 4-H Arts-In performance, which highlighted the talents of 4-H children who teamed up to write a show as well as complete all of the technical work in addition to delighting their audience with singing, dancing and acting.

Another great activity was the carnival classic, the Ferris wheel.

Xtreme Ball was a popular attraction at this year’s Washington County Fair. Children loved running around inside the protective bubbles and bouncing into each other like bumper cars.

There were many categories at the fair for residents to compete in. One particularly beautiful competition involved mini flower bouquets in tea cups.

Exhibit buildings at the fair included displays from the garden and a variety of handcrafts.

Cows Bernie and Lou snuggled in the dairy barn despite the warm weather; the animals were shown by Nicholas and Emily, respectively.

The Swinetime Pig Races held multiple races over the course of the fair.

Local home brewers competed for ribbons at the fair as well as those who make various preserved foods.

08/14/2017 - 10:45am
GALLERY: St. Anthony VillageFest 2017

St. Anthony’s annual VillageFest took place Aug. 4-6. One well-attended event was the Classic Car Get Together. Ken Berntsen stood next to his 1950 Willy’s Jeepster. His granddaughter Pip sat in the driver’s seat next to Toby — a little dog barely big enough to peek out of the vehicle.

courtesy of  Richard Graner

St. Anthony’s annual VillageFest took place Aug. 4-6. One well-attended event was the Classic Car Get Together. Ken Berntsen stood next to his 1950 Willy’s Jeepster. His granddaughter Pip sat in the driver’s seat next to Toby — a little dog barely big enough to peek out of the vehicle.

Batman appeared in the Friday evening parade, perhaps traveling at the slowest speeds the Batmobile has ever gone.

The Elements provided hundreds of people some tunes on Friday evening.

Marching down St. Anthony Boulevard were members of Kiwanis; they passed out peanuts.

The annual parade is always a great way to share a moment (and candy) with a neighbor.

Bouncy houses also proved popular during the festival weekend.

08/14/2017 - 9:40am
GALLERY: The Canadian Days of Summer - 2017

Firefighters waved, the Ferris wheel spun and the parade marched, featuring the Zuhrah Drum Corps, during Little Canada’s annual Canadian Days festival Aug. 4-6.

Jesse Poole photos

Firefighters waved, the Ferris wheel spun and the parade marched, featuring the Zuhrah Drum Corps, during Little Canada’s annual Canadian Days festival Aug. 4-6.

Canadian Days took place Aug. 4-6 in Little Canada. Folks who attended the parade spotted a pup who blended in rather well on the back of a Frattallone’s truck as the company rolled its large construction vehicles down Little Canada Road Sunday afternoon.

While the festival featured a rather extensive parade, a long list of foods, activities and rides, many kids sprinted over to the games section in hopes of winning some prizes.

The mounted patrol unit from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, which took part in the parade, could be seen around Spooner Park — where much of the festival took place — much to the liking of horse-lovers, and everyone else.  

08/14/2017 - 9:32am
GALLERY: Communities gather in the fight against cancer

On Aug. 5, residents gathered for the 13th annual Relay for Life at Fleming Field. Sandi Powers, co-chair of the event, said team captains passed “the light of hope” to each other. They then lit the Ribbon of Hope, representing the hope that one day a cure for cancer will be found.

courtesy of  Richard Graner

On Aug. 5, residents gathered for the 13th annual Relay for Life at Fleming Field. Sandi Powers, co-chair of the event, said team captains passed “the light of hope” to each other. They then lit the Ribbon of Hope, representing the hope that one day a cure for cancer will be found.

Residents from South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and West St. Paul gathered at Fleming Field Aug. 5 for the 13th annual Relay for Life, a fundraising and cancer awareness event. Luminaries surrounded the track. Each represented a name, face and memory of someone affected by cancer.

More than 60 cancer survivors participated in this year’s event. Their signs showed the number of years they’d survived cancer during the Survivor Lap.

During the Luminaria Ceremony, participants completed a silent lap lead by bagpiper Dennis Skrade, to honor those who lost their battle to cancer.

08/11/2017 - 10:11am
GALLERY: National Night Out celebrations - National Night Out 2017

Oakdale, Lake Elmo, North St. Paul and Maplewood all had neighborhoods host National Night Out Events Aug. 1. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

Oakdale, Lake Elmo, North St. Paul and Maplewood all had neighborhoods host National Night Out Events Aug. 1. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

The Savonna Neighborhood in Lake Elmo also had plenty of good food bringing people together. From left to right, the Vandusens Jim, McKenzie, Cameron and Madison enjoyed their meals with their neighbors Chloe Simone and Reese Olivia.

Neighbors of the 2300 block of Indian Way gathered in the shade on the hot Aug. 1 evening. Many neighbors brought lawn chairs and a dish to share with the neighborhood, and there was plenty of food to go around.

Two North St. Paul officers stopped by the 2300 block of Indian Way, North St. Paul to spend an evening with neighbors.

The Briar Pond Apartments in Oakdale hosted one of the area National Night Out events. Firefighters from the nearby Oakdale Fire Department stopped by to say hello. Children from the area gathered around asking questions about the tools, gear and equipment. They even had a chance to climb into the firetruck.

The Harriet Tubman Center in Maplewood offered food, lawn games and face painting at its event.

08/08/2017 - 10:12am
GALLERY: An East Side Night Out - National Night Out 2017

The Railroad Island neighborhood had a community barbeque outside of Lynette Pineda-Tamayo’s Queen Bee Urban Bee Farm garden, along Minnehaha Avenue near the corner of Burr Street. Food was donated by Bymore Supermercado, La Palma, Swanson Meals, New French Bakery, the Phalen Shopping Center and Oakdale Cub Foods, neighbors brought desserts and New Hope Baptist brought a grill.

National Night Out, which took place Aug. 1, is an annual community gathering for neighbors to get out, get to know each other and strengthen community relations.

Marjorie Otto photos/Review

The Railroad Island neighborhood had a community barbeque outside of Lynette Pineda-Tamayo’s Queen Bee Urban Bee Farm garden, along Minnehaha Avenue near the corner of Burr Street. Food was donated by Bymore Supermercado, La Palma, Swanson Meals, New French Bakery, the Phalen Shopping Center and Oakdale Cub Foods, neighbors brought desserts and New Hope Baptist brought a grill. 

Gage, 11 and Tyetan, 6, said they were enjoying hanging out at Eastview Recreation Center for National Night Out. 

Bryce Byers, who was hanging out at Eastview Recreation Center had some impressive ladderball skills, landing all but two sets of bolas on the ladder.

Avid readers and sisters Miriam, 11, and Lilian, 9, were “really excited” about the St. Paul Public Library’s Bookmobile at the Eastview Recreation Center. Their favorite books they’ve been reading include the “Survivors,” “Warriors,” and “Wings of Fire” book series.

Neighbors still gathered at the Indian Mounds Regional Park’s pavillion for food and live music, despite a suicide that occurred at the same park earlier that day. Sharone LeMieux, a resident who has lived in the neighborhood for 24 years, sang and was accompanied by John Hyvärinen on guitar and Bob Byers on saxophone.

Members from Harding High School’s ROTC program stopped by the Eastview Recreation Center and played a game of Red Light Green Light with younger kids. 

08/07/2017 - 11:45am

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