South-West Bulletin Board August 18, 2019

Green jean art
Bring an old pair of jeans to upcycle and create a belt, wristband or pocket purse out of them adding embellishments including buttons, beads and ribbon. Presented by ArtStart, registration is required for this event on Aug. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the South St. Paul Library, 106 Third Ave. N. Call 651-554-3240 for more information.


Rootbeer Floats with a Cop
Stop by the Inver Grove Heights A&W, 9061 Buchanan Trail, Aug. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for Rootbeer Floats with a Cop.


Bike safety course
Join Eagle Scout candidate Tavin Zeise and Boy Scout Troop 95 for a Back to School Bike Safety Course at Central Square Community Center, 100 Seventh Ave. N., South St. Paul, to learn bike safety. Bring your own bike and helmet to practice and develop skills that will help you become a better bicyclist and avoid crashes. This will take place Aug. 21, with courses held at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Each course can have up to 15 participants. Registration is recommended but walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks for all participants. Call Deb Griffith at 651-554-3230 or email at to register or with questions. She will need child’s name, age and course time. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.


Paper circuit map
On Aug. 22, join the West St. Paul Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, to explore fun new STEAM activities each session and create a unique science-inspired project from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Registration is required, and this is for kids ages 10 to 16. Call 651-554-6800 for more information.


Officer Sammy retirement
South St. Paul K-9 officer Sammy is retiring, and the community is invited to his send-off Aug. 25 at Kaposia Landing, 800 Bryant Ave. The celebration will be from 4 to 6 p.m., and include treats, prizes, pictures and more.


Fundraiser for SCL alumna
A benefit will be held for SCL alumna Nicole Vranicar and a coworker who were in a car accident June 28. A benefit organized by friends and family will take place Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Concord Lanes, 365 Concord Exchange N., in South St. Paul and a Go-Fund-Me account has been established. More details about the event can be found at


Art exhibit 
First Presbyterian Church, 535 20th Ave. N., in South St. Paul currently has WE ARE: 2065 on display. South Minneapolis Artist Joanna Hallstrom painted 16 oil portraits of Minnesota students during this time period and recorded their thoughts about life now and what things might be like in 2065, combining the two into a freestanding interactive exhibit. As you walk through you actually hear the students thoughts in their own voices. Leave a message on the church’s Facebook page or at the church office at 651-451-6223 for more information, for group tours, or to inquire about other times. For individuals, the office is open 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Fill the Backpack
The 19th annual South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force’s Fill the Backpack campaign is underway. The task force is asking neighborhoods, organizations, groups or individuals to purchase school supplies to fill backpacks. Bring your donations to the South St. Paul City Hall, 125 Third Ave. N., and place in the barrel of the lobby. Once the backpacks are filled, they will be given to the schools in the district to distribute to students in need. For more information, contact Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison, at or 651-554-3230.


Sip and Spell
The South St. Paul Library will host Sip and Spell Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., at the Croatian Hall, 44 Second Ave. S. Rather than a traditional spelling bee, this competition will be points based. Up to 12 teams will spell words in costume to compete for a good cause, trophy and bragging right. There is a $30 registration fee per team, and proceeds will go to the library’s A Book For Every Child campaign. Through this campaign, the library is able to provide new books to children of all ages as part of the holiday program at Neighbor’s Inc. For more information visit

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