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IOC9_14GermanImmersion

TCGIS report card top in state

Posted on 11 September 2014 by robwas66

IOC9_14GermanImmersionTwin Cities German Immersion School (TCGIS), 1031 Como Ave., has been recognized as one of the best schools in the state of Minnesota in regard to recently released state test scores. Receiving scores of 94% in math and 89% in reading, TCGIS compares to a St. Paul Schools average of 40% and 38% and for the state as a whole 61% and 59%. They also scored 93% in science proficiency.

The standards also report that 57.5% of students actually exceeded the standards in math, while 42.2% of students exceeded standards in reading, and 31% in science.

In the report, the elementary school has 376 students with an 8.5% minority population.

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Photographer / storyteller searches for meaning of peace

Posted on 11 September 2014 by robwas66

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“What does peace mean to you?” is the central question photographer and storyteller John Noltner has been asking people for his social commentary project, “A Peace of My Mind” on display at Hamline University through Sept. 29.

IOC9_14NoltnerHamlineExhibitThe Wesley Center is excited to announce that photographer and storyteller John Noltner’s “A Peace of My Mind” exhibit will be on display in the Anderson Center Forum at Hamline University through Sept. 29. This event is free and open to the public!

A “Meet & Greet with the Artist” will be held on Tues., Sept. 16, 4:15-6pm at the Forum. Artist Noltner will talk about the people he interviewed for the exhibit and provide a tour.

In celebration of the “International Day of Peace,” meet the artist Noltner during a dessert reception in Anderson Center Forum Sun., Sept. 21, at 5pm. At 7pm, Noltner will deliver a special presentation entitled “Peaces of Eight: Uncovering the Treasure of Peace through Stories that Surround Us.”

“What does peace mean to you?” is the central question photographer and storyteller Noltner has been asking people for his social commentary project, “A Peace of My Mind.” The multimedia art project is meant to foster public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace building. With engaging portraits and compelling personal stories, nearly 100 diverse subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter along the way.

“A Peace of My Mind” is sponsored by the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice at Hamline University.

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IOC9_14CleanUp

City wide cleanup planned Sept. 20

Posted on 11 September 2014 by robwas66

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City of St. Paul city-wide cleanup is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 20, 8am-1pm at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (enter from Larpenteur Ave. just west of Snelling Ave.). Item accepted include furniture, construction materials, mattresses, appliances, electronics, and scrap metal among others. Fees are:

General Load Fee: $10-$30, depending on size of vehicle;
Electronics: $5 per item (including TVs, DVDs, VCRs, stereos, computer equipment);
Tires: $3 for car tires, $5 for truck tires and $10 for tractor tires;
Mattresses and Box Springs (all sizes): $15 each;
Upholstered Furniture: $5 per chair, $7 per love seat, $10 per couch, $20 per hide-a-bed; and
Appliances: $20 per air conditioner; $10 for dehumidifiers, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, washer/dryers, water heaters, etc.)

Reusable items such as small furniture, household goods and toys will be set aside for charities to collect. Reuse area is open to clean up visitors.
Items not accepted include curbside recycling materials, vehicle batteries, paint, pesticides, oil, hazardous waste, and yard waste.

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IOC9_14CentralStudents

Three Central students participate in 34th annual MBV

Posted on 11 September 2014 by robwas66

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Walmart-St. Paul and Anchor Bank Snelling sponsored students (l to r) Augusta Allen, Ammie Vang and Liam Plambec to BestPrep’s 34th annual Minnesota Business Venture (MBV).

An innovative business plan to develop a voice activated pillow that connects to your smart phone was praised by a panel of industry investors and was crafted in just one week by a group of high school students. Dozens of business plans such as this were created at BestPrep’s 34th annual Minnesota Business Venture (MBV).

While the business plans and monetary investment were imaginary, the ideas presented would give today’s entrepreneurs a run for their money. Walmart-St. Paul and Anchor Bank Snelling sponsored Central High School students Augusta Allen, Ammie Vang, and Samantha Yang to attend this unique opportunity. Additional sponsorship for the nine Central High School and Washington Technology Magnet students came from Securian Foundation, 3M Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, CHS Foundation and Margaret Rivers Fund.

“Walmart is delighted to partner with BestPrep to provide the Minnesota Business Venture experience for our local students,” said Mary Goulette, Walmart-St. Paul Midway Store Manager. “Preparing for life after high school is critical for future success and Walmart is privileged to play a part in this unique educational experience.”

MBV is a week-long business and career skills camp held in July in partnership with the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University and the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at St. John’s University. Over 300 students representing 107 schools spent a week of their summer preparing for life after high school, learning how to start their own business, and improving their financial literacy skills.

More than 170 Minnesota entrepreneurs and business professionals shared their experiences and business insights with the future workforce. Students heard from a variety of speakers representing companies such as 3M, Allstate, General Mills, Cargill and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The speakers covered a wide range of topics such as managing personal finance, entrepreneurship, business ethics, and developing one’s personal brand.

Local business professionals, known as Resident Business Leaders, served as mentors to the students throughout the program. These volunteers, from companies such as Allianz Life, Ecolab, Securian, Thrivent Financial, Travelers and Xcel Energy, lived on campus for the week and guided a group, or “company,” of students through the creation of a business plan and proposal.

In addition to MBV, BestPrep offers the Technology Integration Workshop for teachers and four innovative programs – Classroom Plus, eMentors, Financial Matters, and The Stock Market GameTM – which help prepare students to be college ready and career bound.

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IOC9_14OpenStreets

St. Paul Open Streets returns to University Avenue

Posted on 11 September 2014 by robwas66

Second year event showcases businesses, arts in a car free environment

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On Sept. 21, University Ave. will be open – open to people biking, walking, skating, shopping, eating and having fun at this year’s St. Paul Open Streets. University Ave. will be closed to traffic from Lexington Pkwy. to Marion St., 12-4pm.

Open Streets events bring together families, neighbors and friends to mingle, recreate, dine, play and shop in their community in a safe, car-free environment. Participants can explore the street that is open only to foot, bicycle and skate traffic at their own pace. In addition to bicycling, walking and skating, there are programmed recreational activities for all ages along the street.

Among this year’s activities:

The Shirt off your back 5K, benefitting Goodwill / Easter Seals, kicking off the festivities at 8am;
The Little Mekong Day Market, featuring arts, performances, interactive activities and food from Western to Galtier;
The Sustainable Transportation Expo, from Victoria to St. Albens, showcasing transportation options like biking, car sharing and transit resources in St. Paul;
Windom Dances Water Festival, celebrating our connection to water as it flows down University Ave. and into the Mississippi through dance and interactive exhibits;
Interactive arts activates spread throughout the event, including human foosball, street animation and more; and
Green Line businesses and organizations showcasing the unique flavor of University Ave.

Last year saw over 6,000 people taking in University Ave. from a new point of view. They are hoping this year’s event will see over 10,000 attendees.
And, although they close the street to regular traffic (bus traffic will move to Edmond), the light rail will still be moving, and the following north/south cross streets will remain open to traffic: Lexington Pkwy., Victoria St., Dale St., Western Ave., and Marion St.

Learn more by going to: www.stpaulopenstreets.org; www.facebook.com/StPaulOpenStreets; www.twitter.com/STPLOpenStreets; and #STPLOpenStreets.
St. Paul Open Streets is being produced in partnership with St. Paul Smart Trips, the Asian Economic Development Association, the Summit-University Planning Council, the Midway Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation, Cycles for Change, the Hamline-Midway Coalition, the Frogtown Neighborhood Association, the Union Park District Council and the Lexington-Hamline Community Council, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Bush Foundation and the City of St. Paul Cultural Star Program.

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Hamline Library has a month of fun planned

Posted on 13 August 2014 by robwas66

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On Thur., Aug. 28, 10:30-11:30am, Summer Power at the Hamline Midway Library features Vetnita Anderson of the Geek Partnership Society sponsoring a visit from live Como Zoo bats. Anderson will talk with kids about bats and careers working with animals. Pre-registration is encouraged for this event, as well.

The Hamline Midway Library is offering a host of great activities for all ages in Aug. and Sept.

For some of the youngest library patrons, the librarians offer an interactive toddler storytime Fridays at 10:30am, with stories, songs, and finger plays. Upcoming dates are Aug. 15, 22, 29, and Sept. 5 and 12.

Summer Power is the Hamline Midway Library Association’s new series of kids’ programs in Aug. On Thur., Aug. 21, 10:30am, the program features Garden Songs and Stories with author and musician Katy Tessman Stanoch. A children’s Music Together teacher, Stanoch will lead sing-alongs, stories, and crafts around a garden theme. Program is appropriate for ages 2-10. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling the library at 651-642-0293 or signing up on the library website www.sppl.org.

On Thur., Aug. 28, 10:30-11:30am, Summer Power features Vetnita Anderson of the Geek Partnership Society sponsoring a visit from live Como Zoo bats. Anderson will talk with kids about bats and careers working with animals.  Pre-registration is encouraged for this event, as well.

All St. Paul libraries will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Sat., Aug. 30, Sun., Aug. 31, and Mon., Sept. 1.

Sat., Sept. 6, the Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club meets at 1pm to discuss good mysteries. The title under discussion in Sept. is “Homicide in Hardcover” by Kate Carlisle. Contact Geraldine Balter at gerrib13@q.com or phone 651-224-5570.

The Kids’ Book Club meets Sat., Sept. 6, 1:30-2:30pm. Book lovers ages 8-12 can meet to enjoy treats and talk about books.  This month, the group will be discussing the Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominees. The Teen Book Club for ages 12-18 meets 2:30-3:30pm on Sept. 6, and they’ll be discussing “The Hobbit.”

Readers ages 6-12 can also participate in Paw Pals on Sat., Sept. 6, from 1:30-3pm.  Toby and Marsha are a dog and human team trained to encourage young readers.  Advance registration is required; please sign up by calling the library at 651-642-0293, registering on the library website, stopping at the library in person.

The library features computer classes for adults in Sept., as well.  On Tues., Sept. 9, Sept. 16, or Sept. 23 at 1-3pm, the library is offering Beginning Email.  Participants will learn how to create an email account, send email, attach documents, and open email sent to them.  Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Librarian Sam Ryan is also offering a Beginning Computer class on Thur., Sept. 11, 18, and 25, 1-3pm to teach basic computer skills. Again, space is limited and pre-registration required.

Finally, be sure and save the date for the Hamline Midway Library Association’s Third Annual Library Love 3K Fun Run/Walk/ Stroll on Sat., Sept 27. You can pre-register for the 3K at http://librarylove3k.wordpress.com. Same-day registration begins at 8am, and the starting whistle blows at 9am sharp! Funds raised go toward future 3Ks and year-round family-friendly programming at the library.

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IOC8_14NorthRec

Northwest Como continues registration for fall

Posted on 13 August 2014 by robwas66

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Registration for fall classes has been going on for Northwest Como Recreation Center, 1550 Hamline Ave. N. Classes offered in Sept./Oct./Nov. include:

Funtastic Fridays, ages 7-12 Minecraft Digital Animation, ages 7-12
Archery, ages 10-15
Tae Kwon Do, ages 6 & up
Artist Workshop, ages 7-13
Babysitting Training, ages 11 & up
Halloween Craft Party, ages 2-4
Glow In The Dark Halloween Art, ages 5-1
Ballet & Creative Movement, ages 3-5
Parent & Child Yoga, ages 3-5
Jazz/Ballet/Hip-Hop, ages 6-10
Yoga, ages 6-11
Super Hero Teen Dance, ages 11-14, on Sept 14
Senior Gamers, over 55 years of age
Basketball Registration begins Sept 1-30, for ages 3-14 at Northwest. Don’t forget to take advantage of the early registration discounts the first 5 days. Registration is taken on a first come first serve basis.

To register go to www.stpaul.gov/parks or call 651-298-5813 with a credit card or come into Northwest Como.

 

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The Cymbalix move on to State Fair competition

Posted on 13 August 2014 by robwas66

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St. Paul band, The Cymbalix, won first place in the teen division at the Ramsey County Fair talent show on July 13. The talent show is sponsored by the St. Paul Midway Lions Club. Pictured here are Lions Club leaders Marlene Hayman, board member, and David Dominick, club secretary, with band members (l to r) Owen McCready, Jack Branby, Joe Heyman, Zack Schuster and Asher Bernick-Roehr, who will now perform in the talent competition at the Minnesota State Fair. The boys finished 8th grade this spring at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School where they were all members of the school’s jazz band. Asher, Owen and Joe will be attending Central High School in the fall. Zack will be going to Minnehaha Academy and Jack Branby will attend Highland Park Senior High School.

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