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April2014IOC_HmalineMidwayElders

HM Elders plan monthly programs

Posted on 09 April 2014 by robwas66

April2014IOC_HmalineMidwayEldersA series of joint-friendly exercise classes for seniors, led by Joni O’Connell, continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3pm through May 8. Sessions are offered at no cost and are held at Hamline Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Ave. Seniors are encouraged to join this class at any time. Contact Hamline Midway Elders at info@hmelders.org or 651-209-6542 to register or for more information.

“Riding the New Light Rail” will be the topic for the Tues., May 13 luncheon sponsored by Hamline Midway Elders. Doug Cook from Metro Transit will share information about the light rail slated to begin service in June. The luncheon is held at Hamline Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Ave. and begins at 11:30am. Free blood pressure checks are provided, and free transportation can be provided to seniors in the Hamline Midway neighborhood. For more information, please contact Hamline Midway Elders at info@hmelders.org or 651-209-6542 to register or for more information.

The Caregivers Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30–8pm at Hamline Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Ave. This group is designed for caregivers to find support and exchange information, and is facilitated by Hamline Midway Elders staff and trained volunteers. There is no cost to participate, and the group is open to anyone caring for older adults or persons of any age with special needs. Refreshments are provided. Contact Monica at monica@hmelders.org or 651-209-6542 for more information.

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Local 2nd grader gets national grant

Local 2nd grader gets national grant

Posted on 09 April 2014 by robwas66

April2014IOC_RibbonJohan Rafael (Rafa) Bastida-Rickmyer, a 2nd Grader from Great River Montessori School (1326 Energy Park Dr.) has been awarded a Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant through Youth Service America. The grant will support Bastida-Rickmyer in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger.

Service activities will take place on Apr. 24 on Global Youth Service Day—the largest volunteering and service event in the world. Bastida-Rickmyer is partnering with Merrick Community Services, a food shelf supporting 150 families per week.

This is his second year winning the grant. Last year’s project delivered over 400 pounds of food and a check for over $200 to help fill the gap where budget cuts had caused families in need to go without. Courtney Roessler, the director of the food shelf was grateful that once again, her organization would receive additional help when they really need it most.

One-hundred grants were awarded to youth-led projects that aim to reduce childhood hunger in local communities throughout America. Grantees educate and mobilize their peers around the issue, creating solutions to end childhood hunger.

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Keystone schedules senior events

Posted on 09 April 2014 by robwas66

April2014IOC_KeystoneKeystone Community Services is sponsoring a group of programs over the next month at Merriam Park Community Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave. Among the programs are:

—A Beginner Bridge Class will be held four Monday evenings beginning Apr. 21, 6:30-8pm. Cost is $8.

—A Beginning Drawing Art Class will be held three Tuesday afternoons (Apr. 22, 29 and May 13) from 1-2:30pm. Cost is $8.

—Chess Class for Beginners will be held on four Tuesdays from 12-1:30pm beginning Apr. 22. Cost is $5.

—Bonnie Blanchette will present “Healing Through Gardening” on Tues., May 6, 7-8pm. Blanchette is a recipient of the National Gardener Writers Award and her photographs have been featured on the covers of many gardening magazines. The cost is $5 and you should call 651-645-7424 to register for this presentation.

—AARP Smart Drive Refresher Classes will be held on Tues., Apr. 29 from 5-9pm and on Tues., May 13 from 9:30am-1:30pm. The cost is $18 for each class, and you should call to register.

Please call Keystone Senior Program located at the Merriam Park Community Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave. (651-645-7424) with any questions, to register for any of these programs or for a copy of the Keystone Senior Hi-Lites.

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Tech Dump set May 10 at Hamline United

Posted on 09 April 2014 by robwas66

April2014IOC_TechDumpHamline Church United Methodist and Tech Dump will co-host a Tech Dump on Sat., May 10, 9am-1pm at the church parking lot on Minnehaha Avenue between Simpson and Asbury. The event is a great way to get rid of electronic waste (no appliances this year) and it also raises funds for the church as free will donations are accepted. Tax receipts are available.

There are charges for some items due to the materials they contain. For example, charges are $15 for TVs and monitors with CVTs of less than 30 inches in size, $25 for TVs and monitors larger than 30 inches, $35 for console TVs and $45 for rear projection TVs.

Items that can be disposed of for free include game consoles, cell phones and PDAs, LED and LCD flat panel monitors and TVs, cords, cables, mice, switches, routers, hubs, CPUs, memory and disk drives, laptops and desktop computers, satellite, cable and TiVo receivers, peripheral cards and hardware, and anything else with a battery or cord.

For questions call Tech Dump at 763-432-3117, ext. 1.

 

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Hamline library schedules events

Hamline library schedules events

Posted on 09 April 2014 by robwas66

IOC_LibraryThe Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., is offering a wide assortment of activities in the next month for all ages:

—The library features Toddler and Pre-School Storytime on Fridays, Apr. 18, 25, and May 2 and 9. All storytimes are from 10:30-11am.

—Sat., Apr. 12, the Saturday Club will feature puppet-making for school-aged children from 1-3pm.

— Mon., Apr. 14, 6-8pm, the Twin Cities Media Alliance presents “There’s an app for that,” a session on the many apps available for business or personal organizing. Discover which apps should be loaded on your smart phone or tablet in this fun, fast-paced session. Bring your smart phone or tablet. Pre-register by calling 651-642-0293, by visiting the library’s website at www.sppl.org, or stopping in at the library.

—The library will host a Second Annual Charlie Chaplin Film Festival on Fri., Apr. 18, 1:30-3pm, featuring the short silent comedies “The Pilgrim” and “The Adventurer.” Free hot popcorn and beverages will be served, plus there will be a costume contest for best Charlie Chaplin lookalike. All ages are welcome.

—Sat., Apr. 19 is a big day for young book lovers, starting with Paw Pals from 1:30-3pm. Children ages 6 to 12 can sign up to read with Toby and Marsha, a dog and human team trained to encourage young readers. Advance registration is required, so please call the library at 651-642-0293 or stop by to sign up for a 15 minute block of reading time.

—Also on Sat., Apr. 19, the Kids Book Club meets from 1:30-2:30pm. The club features treats, activities, and prizes for book fans ages 8-12. The Teen Book Club meets 2:30-3:30pm and also features treats and fun activities for ages 12-18.

—On Mon., Apr. 21, 6:30-8pm, the library hosts the Cracked Walnut Reading Series, with local authors sharing their work.

—All St. Paul library locations will be closed on Sun., Apr. 20 for Easter and Thur., May 1 for all-day staff training.

—The Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club will meet on Sat., May 3, 1-3pm, to discuss good mysteries. Call Geraldine Balter for the latest titles under discussion at 651-224-5570 or email her at gerrib13@q.com.

 

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Local student performs in Oliver

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

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L-R: Central High School student William Pratt plays Fagin, with Mari Holst as Nancy, and Luke O’Leary as Oliver in Young Artist s Initiative’s production of the musical Oliver!, March 14-16 and 21-23 at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E. Pratt, as Fagin, is the leader of a gang of young pickpockets in Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 55 and older, and $6 for students under 18. Tickets can be reserved online (www.youngartistsmn.org) or at the door. Seating is general admission. YAI is also partnering with the Neighborhood House Food Shelf to collect food donations at all of the performances. (Photo by Benjamin Lacina.)

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Best State finish for Como Park Skis

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

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Marshal Landrum (left) is pictured with Mattie Watts at the Minnesota High School State Nordic Skiing Championship. Landrum loaned his skis to Watts just minutes before her race, where she went on to win. (Photo courtesy of skinnyskis.com)

Marshal Landrum had the best boys’ Como Park finish ever at the 2014 Minnesota High School State Nordic Skiing Championship. Landrum placed 56th in a competitive field, besting a 78th place finish by Andrew Brown in 2007. Even with his impressive race, Landrum’s skis (and generosity), were destined for a bigger finish.

After his race, as Landrum was heading out to watch the girl’s classic pursuit, a friend asked what kind of bindings his classic skis have. Mattie Watts, of Irondale High School, the current leader was waiting minutes from her start…without her skis. Landrum quickly grabbed his skis and gave them to the distraught Watts two minutes before her start! With at least a pair of skis, she headed to the start line with skis made and waxed for a guy about 4 inches taller and 20 lbs heavier.

As the race began, it soon became clear that Watts had kick, but it was not ideal. Vivian Hett, the number one ranked skier in the State started 23 seconds later and started to erode gap between them. Within 3k, Watts’ lead was gone and Hett was on the tails of her skis. Watts retained her lead and pulled away on the downhills, powering her way to a six-second victory much to the relief of friends and family. Landrum was so impressed, he asked for an autograph… on his skis. Landrum’s generosity showed the true spirit of a state champion. As for his skiis…none have ever placed better than his, or ever will. That’s a first for Como.

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B1 Bantam Devils are Champions!

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

Front Row left to right: Aaron Lee, Dylan McClellan, Carl Fish, Anthony Betti, Leo Wieffering, Alex Campbell, Jackson Crawford. Back row left to right: Coach Bill Burkhart, Charlie Kray, Keaton Vik, JC Campbell, Max Weyandt, Drew Johnson, Zach Schinzing, Danny Banegas, Johnny McGuire, AJ Austin, Coach Jason Fischbach, Coach Steve Pignato (not pictured: Coach Tanner Hendrickson).

Front Row left to right: Aaron Lee, Dylan McClellan, Carl Fish, Anthony Betti, Leo Wieffering, Alex Campbell, Jackson Crawford. Back row left to right: Coach Bill Burkhart, Charlie Kray, Keaton Vik, JC Campbell, Max Weyandt, Drew Johnson, Zach Schinzing, Danny Banegas, Johnny McGuire, AJ Austin, Coach Jason Fischbach, Coach Steve Pignato (not pictured: Coach Tanner Hendrickson).

The Johnson Como Bantam Devils pitched a fork in the Sibley Area Warriors beating them 3-2 in an exciting overtime victory in the recent District 8 playoff championship game. They also came in on top in regular season play with the best record of 12 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie.

The Johnson Como Hockey Association (JCHA) is dedicated to the principles of fair play and good sportsmanship, and to the development of competitive hockey players of all ages. It is the goal of this organization to form a competitive hockey association that will host traveling hockey teams and instill in its players the skills and virtues necessary to achieve success.

JCHA is a member of District 8 of MN Hockey and USA Hockey.

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