The President Visits Minnehaha Park

Posted on 11 July 2014 by robwas66

7_14President1Our reporter, Jill Boogren, was in the press corps as the President visited Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis in June. Clockwise: 1) President Obama arriving at Minnehaha Park; 2) President Obama answering guests’ questions at a gathering at Minnehaha Park; 3) Air Force One ready for departure. (Photos by Jill Boogren)

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Tickets on sale now for Ticket to Brasil

Posted on 11 July 2014 by robwas66

7_14IOCTicketsSince 2003, Adieu Summer Concert hosted by Twin Cities’ group Ticket To Brasil has been an annual tradition as summer slips into autumn. Celebrating and embracing diversity through international music and dance, this year’s concert will be held on Sun., Sept. 21 from 3- 6:30pm at the Historic Lake Como Pavilion.

Adieu Summer Concert 2014 features a great lineup of flamenco, African drumming and dance, world jazz, bossa nova and samba music styles:–3pm, “A Touch of Spain” – - an exciting music and dance ensemble (led by guitarist Michael Hauser) dedicated to presenting the art of flamenco in its most authentic form. The group features some of the best Twin Cities’ flamenco dancers and instrumentalists;–4pm, “World Jazz Collegium” – an international jazz quintet led by guitarist Pavel Jany and featuring violinist Gary Schulte as a special guest;–4:45pm, “Voice of Culture” – a drum and dance company (led by dancer Kenna Camara-Cottman) performing traditional rhythms, movements, and songs of West African people with an emphasis on cultural and artistic education; and–5:15pm, “Ticket to Brasil” – Twin Cities’ premier bossa nova, samba and Brazilian jazz ensemble has been hosting Adieu Summer Concerts since 2003.

Ticket To Brasil features Natania Kamin and Joyce Perez – vocals, Pavel Jany – guitars, Josue Alfaro – drums/vocals/percussion, Dan Musselman – piano/keyboards, Doug Little – sax, Dan Weston – bass, and Tim O’Keefe – percussion, and special guests.

Tickets are $10 for adults and children 12 and over; children under twelve are free. Advanced tickets are available for purchase beginning July 1 at www.tickettobrasil.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the day of the event beginning at 2:30pm.

The Historic Lake Como Pavilion is at 1360 Lexington Pkwy. N. Parking is free; food, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

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“Our Shared Planet”

Posted on 11 July 2014 by robwas66

7_14IOCOurSharedPlanetOn June 18, Groovin’ In The Garden concert series went to solar power when headliner Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders plugged into to a mobile, solar-powered trailer that woodcarving artist Jim Ramsdell uses as his workshop for the ‘Our Shared Planet’ traveling exhibit. Ramsdell was on-hand welcoming concert goers and demonstrating his skills inside the trailer where he worked on his latest woodcarving creation, a mother giraffe and her baby. ‘Our Shared Planet’ is a wildlife woodcarving display dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of the natural world around us and fostering a reverence for all its creatures. It is currently on display in Como’s Exhibit Gallery (in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory building) through Labor Day. The exhibit contains a number of highly detailed life-size wood sculptures, set against lighted interpretive backdrops, beautiful photographs and quotes along with nature sounds and music, all designed to raise the consciousness and awareness of its visitors.

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Activities abound at Hamline-Midway

Activities abound at Hamline-Midway

Posted on 11 July 2014 by robwas66

IOC_LibraryThe Hamline Midway Library has many activities planned for July and August to keep neighbors reading, learning, and gathering together through the hot months of summer.

Summer Reading Program continues in July, with the pirate-themed comedy act Treasure Beyond Measure taking the stage on Thur., July 10, 10:30am. Magician Matt Dunn performs Thur., July 17, 10:30am, and on Thur., July 24, 10:30am, Bruce the Bug Guy combines storytelling, nature education, and hands-on activities, along with showing kids interesting live arthropods. Kids can also sign up to earn free books by logging how many hours they read and trying fun activities and projects during the summer.

The library will host family-friendly movie matinees on Thursdays July 10, 17 and Aug 7, all at 2pm.

Fridays at 10:30am, Hamline Midway librarians offer Toddler Storytime, with finger play fun, books, and songs. Upcoming storytimes are July 11, 18, 25, and Aug. 1, 8, and 15.

The Kids Book Club (for ages 8-12) meets at 1:30pm on Sat., July 26, with the Teen Book Club (for ages 12-18) meeting that day at 2:30pm. Both clubs offer treats, fun, and a great way for book lovers to discuss what they’re been reading with other avid readers.

The Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club for adults meets Sat., Aug. 2 from 1-3pm. The title for August is “Dark of the Moon” by John Sanford. Contact Geraldine Balter at gerrib13@q.com or 651-224-5570 for more information about the club.

Summer programs for young people continue in August with Summer Power activities, sponsored by the Hamline Midway Library Association. On Thur., Aug. 7 from 10:30-11:30am, art teacher Sonja Olson will show kids how to make a simple collage book they can take home. Participants are limited to 15 people; please register online at www.sppl.org or stop in at the library to sign up.

Thur., Aug. 14, money writer Kara McGuire will present a kid-friendly workshop about money, talking with kids about what exactly money is and why grown-ups have to work for it.


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Two local youth to perform in Neverland

Posted on 11 July 2014 by robwas66

7_14IOCNeverlandCircus Juventas, the largest youth performing arts circus in the country, announces its 20th Anniversary year summer production – “Neverland.”

“Neverland” has an extensive schedule which includes 21 performances between Aug 1-17 at 1270 Montreal Ave. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketworks.com.

Local resident Johanna Lies, daughter of Audrey Matson and Robert Lies, will perform in “Neverland” as the pirate Black Murphy, and will perform theater and an aerial act on the triple trapeze. Lies, who is 18, has performed with Circus Juventas for 10 years.

Rachel Wilson, daughter of Jenny and Ty Wilson, takes the stage as the pirate Bonnie Elizabeth and will perform fire dancing, theater, 3-girl hand balance, dance, plus aerial acts on the duo trapeze, hammock, triangle and Mexican Cloud Swing. Wilson has also be a Circus Juventas performer for 10 years.


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Annual Jazz Fest expands to Green Line stages

Posted on 11 June 2014 by robwas66

IOC_JazzFestThe Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 26-28, is expanding this year to local “Green Line Jazz Stages!” Performances are free and open to the public, including free bus and train rides on Friday and Saturday. To get your free ride, go to www.hotsummerjazz.com, click on “location” and choose “free rides from Metro Transit.”

Area stages include:

Fairview Ave. Station: Episcopal Homes/Iris Park,
1850 University Ave. W.

—Thur., June 26, 4pm, TC7

—Fri, June 27, 4pm, Southside Aces

—Sat., June 28, 4pm, Irv Williams

Lexington Parkway Station: Arnellia’s,
1183 University Ave. W.

—Thur., June 26, 6pm, Maurice Jacox

—Fri., June 27, 5pm, SolFlower Collective

—Sat., June 28, 6pm, Kathleen Johnson

Victoria St. Station: Ngon Bistro,
799 University Ave. W.

—Sat., June 28, 12pm, Tom West Quartet

—Sat., June 28, 2:30pm, Lila Ammons

—Sat., June 28, 5pm, Debbie Duncan

Dale St. Station: Big Daddy’s,
625 University Ave. W.

—Thur., June 26, 1:30pm, The Butanes

—Fri., June 27, 4pm, Big George Jackson

—Sat., June 28, 4pm, Moses Oakland

Dale St. Station: Daily Diner,
615 University Ave. W.

—Thur., June 26, 11:30am, Kevin Washington Quartet

—Thur., June 26, 2pm, Ginger Commodore

—Fri., June 27, 11:30am, Jazz Interpreters

—Fri., June 27, 2pm, Jennifer Grimm

—Sat., June 28, 11:30am, Joyce Lyons

—Sat., June 28, 2pm, Dean Sorenson

Dale St. Station: Rondo Library,
461 Dale S,

—Sat., June 28, 2:30pm, Javi Santiago (Clinic to follow)

Off of the Green Line but still in the area, there will be a stage at Black Bear Crossings on Sat., June 28, 7-9pm with the Larry McDonough Quartet

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St. Paul Midway YMCA decides to rebuild on current site

Posted on 11 June 2014 by robwas66

IOC_YMCAAfter years of discussion and scrutiny of other locations, the St. Paul Midway YMCA has decided to demolish its 61-year-old building and build a new structure at and near its current site.

Fundraising is getting underway for the $16.4 million project, with the goal of tearing down the current building in late 2015. The new building would be twice as large and would occupy the current YMCA site as well as the parking space for neighboring Western Communications. The YMCA recently bought that land for $1.9 million. Plans call for the YMCA to lease back the printing plant to Western.

A firm project timeline will be announced soon.

The need to replace the aging facility has been discussed for many years. A number of sites were scrutinized along and near University Ave. One idea was to partner with Goodwill/Easter Seals and build on what is now a parking lot west of Fairview Ave. City officials had also suggested various sites, but YMCA leadership decided the facility should stay in the same area.

The St. Paul Midway YMCA has been in their building at 1761 University Ave. W. for 61 years. After a search for another location to build a new structure, they decided to stay in their current location, demolish the old building, and build new. Cost of the project is an estimated $16.4 million.

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New Outdoor Fitness in the Parks Program Launched in Saint Paul

Posted on 11 June 2014 by robwas66

IOC_ExcerciseParkFree outdoor fitness classes are now being offered in several parks throughout Saint Paul, including Como Regional Park. For the rest of the summer, residents will be able to participate in a variety of fitness classes as part of the new ‘Fitness in the Parks’ program just launched by the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department. Classes offered will include yoga, martial arts, and dance with additional fitness classes potentially being added depending on demand and availability of instructors.

“We want our residents to be healthy and happy, and what better way to do that than having free fitness activities in some of our most popular parks,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm. “Our indoor fitness programs have been a huge success over the years, and we’ve been looking at ways to bring more fitness activities outdoors, so we are very excited to finally make ‘Fitness in the Parks’ a reality.”

The classes will be taught by local Saint Paul businesses who have partnered with the City of Saint Paul to generously donate their time. Businesses that have already signed on to teach classes include; I Love Kick Boxing, Dancers Studio, Sara Wait Yoga, Legacy American Martial Arts, Jenna Theis Yoga, Awaken for Wellness, Sarah Zen Yoga, Tula Yoga and Wellness and Yoga for Every Body.

Pre-registration is not required, and classes are open to all ages and fitness levels. Class schedules can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/fitnessintheparks. Park locations other than Como include; Cherokee Regional Park, Harriet Island Regional Park, Mears Park, Phalen Regional Park, Upper Landing Park, Raspberry Island and Indian Mounds Regional Park.

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