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Mardi Gras dinner planned at Jehovah

Mardi Gras dinner planned at Jehovah

Posted on 11 February 2015 by robwas66

IOC2_15MardiGrasJehovah Lutheran Church (1566 Thomas Ave.) will host a potluck Mardi Gras celebration beginning at 6:30pm on Tue., Feb. 17. It will feature live music including a performance by the Handbell Ensemble of Concordia University in St. Paul, noted for its appearance on the radio show “Prairie Home Companion.” All are invited to bring a dish to share. A Mardi Gras King Cake will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at 651-644-1421.

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New homes needed for planters

New homes needed for planters

Posted on 11 February 2015 by robwas66

IOC2_15PlantersHMC is trying to find homes for the 30+ mosaic planters that currently adorn Snelling Ave. all of which need to be permanently relocated prior to the reconstruction of Snelling (currently scheduled to begin in May, 2015).  Planters can be relocated to either public or private property.  There may be some limited assistance available to relocate planters to public property, but currently no assistance is available to move planters to private property.  If you are interested in providing a new home for a planter or planters, or have a creative solution for moving the 2,000-pound planters to private property, please contact Michael Jon Olson at michaeljon@hamlinemidway.org or (651)494-7682.

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Como student is regional award winner

Posted on 11 February 2015 by robwas66

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Como High student Adrianna Cardoza has received a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Triple Impact Competitor® (TIC) Scholarship. She received the award Jan.  25 at TCF Bank Stadium. The TIC program awards scholarships of $1,000 to high school athletes, based on their essays explaining how they meet the standard defined in “Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor,“ by PCA Founder, Jim Thompson.  This standard includes:
—Personal Mastery: making oneself better;
—Leadership: making one’s teammates better; and
—Honoring the Game: making the game better.

Students apply in their junior year.  In addition to their essay they must also submit one testimonial from a school administrator (athletic director, teacher, counselor, etc.), one testimonial from a coach, and at least one testimonial (and up to three) from individuals who are familiar with the student-athlete (i.e. fellow teammates, competitors, referees etc.) and able to speak to his/her embodiment of the TIC principles.

Adrianna was one of four scholarship recipients.  More than 40 students were finalists for the four available scholarships in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and Dakotas.  Nationwide, PCA distributed more than 115 scholarships.

Adrianna has played softball since she was four years old and intends to continue playing in college.

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History Theatre produces play by Como resident

History Theatre produces play by Como resident

Posted on 11 February 2015 by robwas66

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Playwright Kristine Holmgren (left) and “God Girl” actress Summer Hagen. The History Theatre is staging the production through Mar. 1.

History Theatre is producing the world premiere of a play by Como Park resident and Presbyterian pastor Kristine Holmgren. “God Girl” tells Holmgren’s story of being one of the first large classes of women accepted to the Master of Divinity program at an elite Ivy League seminary. In 1975, when the war in Vietnam was over and the women’s liberation movement was in full swing, a bright, spirited Macalester graduate decided to change the world starting with her ordination to ministry.

This new play reflects on the hard work, humor and heartbreak experienced by the women who dared to break through the stained glass ceiling within the protestant church. The play tells the stories of women who felt assaulted, rather than nourished, within the seminary walls. Physical attacks, humiliation, sexual harassment and inappropriate use of power are a few of the realities Holmgren and her classmates experienced, and are portrayed in the play.

“My story is one of perseverance, tenacity, outrageous hope and determination,” Holmgren shared. “I had people in my life who told me that it was important and … we knew we were making history. We knew we were changing things.”

“I found Kristine’s story to be dramatic and it struck a chord with me. It became clear that the women of the 21st Century and women of Kristine’s ‘baby boomer’ generation see gender issues quite differently. It is almost as if the ‘women’s lib’  movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s have been forgotten. As a result, I found myself totally engaged in bringing Kristine’s story to the History Theatre stage,” said History Theatre Artistic Director Ron Peluso.

Although Holmgren has retired from active ministry, she still feels she is making a difference through her plays. Her stories deal with people and circumstances and provoke thought.

“I hope to be having an impact. It’s what my life is about. I went into the ministry to change the world. Everything I’ve done, I’ve done to try and inform myself on how to be a better person, how to make a difference wherever I am, and this playwriting has certainly been that way,” she said.

“God Girl” is playing Thursdays through Sundays, through Mar. 1 at the History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St. Call the box office at 651.292.4323 or visit www.historytheatre.com/tickets.

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Central student completes semester in elite science program

Central student completes semester in elite science program

Posted on 11 February 2015 by robwas66

IOC2_15ScienceSt. Paul Central High School sophomore Greta Mundt, recently completed the fall semester at Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG) in Freeport, Maine. Coastal Studies for Girls is a Semester School for 10th grade girls that features an integrated marine science and leadership curriculum based on fieldwork and experiential place-based learning.

While at CSG, Mundt completed a scientific research project examining the content of microplastics in household washing machine wastewater. CSG students have been conducting experiments analyzing elements of microplastic pollution in the Freeport marine ecosystems for several years.

Mundt and her team presented their research results in a public forum held at Bowdoin College in November. The science presentation was live streamed to viewers across the globe.

In addition to producing original marine research, Mundt also completed a semester-long leadership course, earned credits in literature, history, math and foreign language and traveled with her classmates on a 10-day expedition along the Maine coast and islands.

Each semester, CSG accepts only 15 girls from across the country to live in the school’s farmhouse on the shores of Casco Bay. Mundt is the second student from St. Paul Central High School to attend the Coastal Studies for Girls Semester School.

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Como Zoo welcomes baby orangutan

Como Zoo welcomes baby orangutan

Posted on 11 February 2015 by robwas66

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The baby orangutan born at Como Zoo in January will be given one of three names at its “baby shower” Feb. 14-16. The three name choices are: Aanjay (pronounced On-jay) meaning unconquerable; Cinta (pronounced Chin-tah) meaning love; or Kemala (pronounced Key-mala) meaning magic stone.

Como Zoo announced the birth, via Caesarean section, of a female orangutan in January. Markisa, a 27 year-old Sumatran Orangutan, gave birth to a female infant weighing a healthy, 3.45 pounds on Jan. 7. The newborn was delivered at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center by Dr. Micky Trent, DVM, Veterinary Medical Center Surgeon and lead veterinarian for Como Zoo, with the consultation of an extensive pre-appointed medical team comprised of human obstetricians, neonatologists, and veterinary anesthesiologists.

This is Markisa’s second required C-section. “C-sections are very rare in that there are only about a dozen recorded within the more than 1,200 international captive births,” said Como Zoo primate keeper Megan Elder.

This is a very important birth both for Como and for the species. Markisa was recommended for breeding by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP) because of her status as one of the most genetically valuable female Sumatran orangutans in North America.

The delivery was attended by an assemblage of experts in human maternal health and consultant veterinarians from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center. Many of these individuals have been prepping for weeks for this procedure and several (Yasuko Yamamura, MD and Kirk Ramin, MD) consulted on Markisa’s last C-section. These included an obstetrical team of 14-16 individuals including professionals from the human and animal neonatal intensive care units, human maternal-fetal medicine, veterinary surgeons, veterinary technicians, veterinary anesthesiologists, a nutritionist, and a biosecurity supervisor.

The baby is now bonding and resting comfortably in the arms of her mother, Markisa. Now the baby just needs a name, and the zoo is expected to announce the name at a “Baby Shower Weekend” on Feb. 14-16.

About 200 orangutans are currently on exhibit in zoos throughout the U.S. Their native population, found primarily in Sumatra and Borneo, has dwindled due to commercial logging, agriculture, hunting and poaching –all of which put the species under the threat of extinction.

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Local teenager performs in Chile

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC01_15ViolinistThirteen-year old violinist Katia Tesarczyk, a Midway-Como resident, recently returned from Santiago, Chile where she performed in a three-generation recital with her mom, Minnesota pianist Claudia Chen, and her grandmother, pianist Patricia Parraguez Chen of Chile. Their three-generation recital included works by Dvorak, Tchaikowsky, Bruch, Ries, Schubert, Guastavino, Chopin, and Beethoven.

Tesarczyk, an eighth grader at MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, has been studying the violin since she was four-and-a-half years old. She is a student of Professor Sally O’Reilly (University of Minnesota). Tesarczyk has been a scholarship winner of the Schubert Club and Mary West Competitions. This month, Tesarczyk will represent Minnesota in the Junior Strings Division of the MTNA West Central Division Competition, which includes performers from eight states.

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Chinese Dance Theater performs

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC01_15ChineseTheaterChinese Dance Theater (CDT) presents “Dances in Chinese Opera” on Sat., Jan. 31at 7pm, and Sun., Feb. 1, at 2pm. Performances will be held at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.

Vibrant costumes, energetic agile movement and professional staging are hallmarks of CAAM Chinese Dance Theater’s Annual Production and School Show. Intended to celebrate the Chinese New Year season CAAM CDT’s 2015 show features dances that are inspired by Chinese legends, bazi gong and classical Chinese dance still enthusiastically performed today. Looking behind the curtain of the multifaceted world of Chinese opera, CAAM CDT will explore its underlying origins in movement and stories with a dazzling display of sleeves, swords, spears and daggers interwoven into a fantastical presentation CDT is known for.

Chinese Dance Theater has built a reputation based on professional choreography and well executed programs.  CDT is also recognized for its inclusive work in the broader community with an extensive outreach in schools and in the community.
Tickets of $15 (preshow) are available online at www.caamcdt.org, or 615-774-0806, or $20 at the door. A special shorter 45-minute matinee performance—ideal for school and group field trips—is available on Tue., Feb. 3 at 9:45am and 11:45 am. Tickets for the shorter performance are $7.

This production is supported by Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Artistic Activity Grant a grant from the Asian Pacific Endowment of the St. Paul Foundation and generous donations and countless hours of volunteers from the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater community.

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Music Under Glass continues at Como

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC01_15ComoConservThe free concert series, “Music Under Glass,” continues at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, featuring some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians. On Sundays, from 4:30-6:30pm you can listen to live local music and beat the winter weather blahs inside the comfy confines of the Conservatory. Beer, wine, pop, and light snacks will be available to purchase. (Please, no outside food or beverages.)
Upcoming performances include:

Jan. 18, Dan Israel, writing and performing great songs for the last 15 years, is easily one of the Twin Cities’ un-anointed poet laureates, steadfastly making his way into the ranks of local singer/songwriter legends. Whether it’s with a full band or as a solo act, his work contains elements of intimacy and, as he again demonstrates on his (2011 release), “Crosstown Traveler,” an engaging simplicity that makes his deep music accessible to any audience. His performances showcase these same qualities.” (Minneapolis + St. Paul / Secrets of the City)

Feb. 1, The May North features a sound that’s part classic Americana, part folk, part bluegrass and a bit of breakneck blues, The May North pays tribute to these forms while carving its own path.

Feb. 8, Urban Hillbilly Quartet: the affable Erik Brandt was surprisingly specific when asked to describe what his group’s name, The Urban Hillbilly Quartet, meant. “‘Urban’ describes the rock; ‘hillbilly’ is the Americana, folk and country; and ‘quartet’ is jazz, improvisation and our instrumental music, with tinges of eastern European melodies.”

Feb. 22, Café Accordion Orchestra is valse-musette, swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, cumbia and more, delivered with French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude.

Mar. 1, Sarah Morris has a way of captivating her audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. With a voice both cozy and commanding, demure and daring, Morris allows us to feel every note. Her lyrics resonate with a unique combination of unflinching honesty and heartfelt tenderness: authentic portraits of love, loss, gratitude and regret.

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School showcase set at Hamline Elementary

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC01_15SchoolShowcaseThe Hamline Elementary PTO would like to invite prospective and current students and their families to attend the Hamline Elementary School Showcase and Winter Warm up event on Thur., Jan 22, from 5-6:30pm.
For prospective students and their families this is a great time to tour the building, meet the teachers, chat with the principal, and ask current students and their families about their Hamline experience. For current students and their families this event is a chance to have fun, catch up with friends, and welcome prospective students and families to our school. Everyone can enjoy warm apple cider, popcorn, and activities for kids throughout the building.

Hamline Elementary is located at 1599 Englewood Ave. and enrolls students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and enjoys a special partnership with Hamline University. For more information about the school, this event, or to schedule a tour, please call 651-293-8715.

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