Monitor Saint Paul Serving the Midway and Como neighborhoods of St. Paul Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:26:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Head to the library for fun activities Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:17:33 +0000 IOC10_14LibraryGraphicAs we head into the holiday season this November and early December, the Hamline Midway Library offers a place to recharge your batteries, gather inspiration, and learn something new to enrich your life.

Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers can enjoy Toddler-Preschooler Storytimes on Fridays, 10:30-11am, on Nov. 14, 21, 28, and Dec. 5.

On Sat., Nov. 15, 1-2pm, the library is offering “Life with Fido: The Family Dog,” a crash course in living and working with kids and dogs. Presenter Kate Anders owns Pretty Good Dog, a consulting business geared toward finding positive solutions for the family pet and has many years of experience as a dog trainer.

The Wednesdays @ 1:00 series continues on Nov. 19, 1-3pm, when Harriet Mednick presents “Traditions of Thanksgiving Foods.”

On Thur., Nov. 27, all St. Paul libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Sat., Dec. 6 offers a chance for young book lovers to meet up with other readers to talk books and share some tasty treats. The Kids’ Book Club for ages 8 to 12 meets 1:30-2:30pm. The Teen Book Club for ages 12-18 will meet 2:30-3:30pm the same day to discuss “Every Day” by David Levithan.

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Annual holiday tea planned at Como Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:16:22 +0000 IOC11_14_HolidayTeaComo Park Zoo and Conservatory invites guests to a holiday tea like no other that includes a behind-the-scenes tour in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This long-standing tradition takes place on Dec. 11 with tea at 11am and 2pm.

Guests will enjoy a three-course tea service in the Conservatory’s North Garden – a space known for its lush and tropical collection of exotic trees and plants including fig, papaya, pomegranate, and chocolate. The tea service courses include savory petite sandwiches, oven-hot scones, and an assortment of delectable sweets.

Following the tea service, guests will be treated to a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Conservatory. This tour, lead by a member of the Conservatory’s horticulture staff, includes an inside look at the building’s expansive production greenhouse space and Sunken Garden. See thousands of plants being cultivated for the upcoming Winter Flower Show, as well as several off-exhibit botanical collections of orchids, bromeliads, bonsai, and ferns. Learn what goes into creating the five spectacular annual flower shows in the Sunken Garden and how the Conservatory production greenhouses nurture plants for Como Education programs, the Edible Garden, and select gardens for the City of Saint Paul.

Tickets for the Holiday Tea cost $35 per person if reserved before Thanksgiving and $40 per person after Thanksgiving. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 651-487-8250.

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Keystone Offers Winter Programs Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:15:27 +0000 IOC11_14_KeystoneKeystone Senior Program winter exercise opportunities are taking place at the Merriam Park Community Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave.  Although the Yoga for Older Adults class (Mondays) is currently full, make sure to call to sign up for another class which will be held at the beginning of next year. Strength and Flexibility classes are M-W-F from 10–11am, and gym walking is available from 11am–noon   on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Arthritis exercise group meets on Thursdays, Nov. 13, 20, Dec. 4 and 11 from noon–1pm, and again on Thursdays, Jan 8,15 and 22 from noon–1pm. The cost is $1 per session.

Keystone Seniors will hold their senior Christmas Holiday Party on Wed., Dec. 3 from noon–2pm.  It will include a holiday meal with holiday entertainment by Jim Berner, whose name you may recognize from the Minnesota State Fair, where he has entertained for many years. The cost is $7.

The next AARP Smart Driver Refresher classes will be held Feb. 4, Mar. 3 and Apr. 15.  A  Smart Driver Initial 8 Hour Class will be held on Mon., Apr. 20 and 27.
On Wed., Dec. 17 the Better Business Bureau and Allianz Life has partnered to provide the seminar “Safeguarding Our Seniors – Be Empowered to Take Action”  to raise awareness and empower seniors and caregivers to take action against senior fraud and financial abuse.  It will be held from 11am-noon at Merriam Park Community Center.
AARP free tax assistance will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Feb. 4 from 9am–2pm by appointment only. Sign-up begins on Dec. 8 by calling 651-645-7424.

Other daily activities Monday through Friday include Bridge, Cribbage, Mexican Train, Scrabble and Keystone Krafters.

All of the above programs are held at the at Merriam Park Community Center,  2000 St. Anthony Ave. For further information, to register for any of the above programs  or to receive a copy of Keystone “Senior Hi-Lites” please call Keystone Senior Program at 651-645-7424.

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Free after school homework help Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:13:55 +0000 IOC11_14_HomeworkMid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI), 2388 University Ave. W., is a non-profit that offers homework help to students K-12 in all subjects. MOI offers free of charge homework help, extra-curricular reading practice, and creative writing prompts to enhance critical thinking skills and confidence. Volunteer tutors are background checked and trained in the standards set by Saint Paul Public School Foundation. High school students can receive help from 3-4:30pm Mon.-Thur., and K-8 students can receive help Mon.-Fri. from 4:30-6pm. To register go to, or email, or call 612-367-7827.

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Green Line again exceeds projections Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:12:23 +0000 IOC11_14_GreenLineMore than 1 million rides were taken on the METRO Green Line in September, 35 percent higher than the ridership projection for 2015. Average weekday ridership in September was 37,178 for a combined ridership of 1,185,217.

Ridership in the University Ave. corridor has almost doubled since last year. In September 2013, there were 653,208 rides on bus routes 16, 94 and 50, the limited-stop service that has been replaced by the Green Line. The Green Line and routes 16 and 94 had a combined ridership of 1,185,217 in September.

Ridership has been strong in both downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, as well as the University Ave. corridor. Stations that serve the University of Minnesota area have been especially active since the beginning of the fall semester.

Special events have also drawn high ridership. Around 12,700 fans took the Green Line to the Minnesota Vikings’ two home games at TCF Bank Stadium in September, representing around a quarter of announced attendance.

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TechDump planned for Sat., Nov. 15 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:10:00 +0000 IOC9_14TechDumpOn Sat., Nov. 15 from 9am-1pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church (104 S Snelling Ave.), Boy Scout Troop #90 will partner with Midway non-profit TechDump, to collect unwanted electronics (gently used, obsolete, or damaged) as a fundraiser.

Bring computers, cell phones, electrical cords, internal/external drives, other misc. electronic accessories, TVs, and monitors ($15-45 fee for CRT/tube TVs and monitors—those are not flat panels). Tech Dump will destroy all information and data. Tech Dump is a Minnesota and Hennepin County-licensed electronics recycler. To find out more and for a list of accepted items, visit their website at

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Meeting planned on transportation issues Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:08:33 +0000 IOC11_14_ConstructionSeveral street projects are coming to the neighborhood next year, and the Transportation Committee of the Hamline Midway Coalition wants to be sure you know what’s happening. Join us at Hamline Midway Library (1558 W. Minnehaha Ave.) on Thur., Dec. 4, from 7-8:30pm for snacks, conversation with your neighbors, and presentations from local agencies on upcoming transportation issues. Highlights will include an overview of the major reconstruction of Snelling Ave. taking place in the spring and summer of 2015, as well as Friendly Streets Initiative updates on Charles Ave., Fairview Ave. and the new Better Bridges project. Contact Lauren Fulner at with questions.

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Zion Lutheran plans craft sale Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:07:22 +0000 IOC11_14_ChurchCraftFairZion Lutheran Church, 1697 Lafond Ave., will hold a craft and bake sale on Sat., Nov. 22 from 11am to 1pm. Recycled Christmas decorations will also be sold and there will be a raffle of needle work items. A light lunch will be available between 11am and 12:30pm for $4. Cookies and coffee can be purchased throughout the sale.

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