In Our Community October 2019


HMC Executive Director Kate Mudge and Community Organizer Melissa Michener staff the office at the Hamline Midway Library.

HMC hosts annual meeting Nov. 6

The Hamline Midway Coalition District Council —more commonly known as HMC— serves the community bounded by University Avenue, the BSNF rail line, Lexington Avenue, and Transfer Road.

HMC Executive Director Kate Mudge and Community Organizer Melissa Michener staff the office on the ground floor of the Hamline Midway Library. However, they spend more time out of the office, advocating for the neighborhood with officials, listening to residents’ concerns and talking with business owners. At least one night a week, one or both of them can be found in a meeting with community members who serve on the HMC Board of Directors or the Development, Transportation and Environment committees.

“The committees make decisions and then it’s up to Melissa and me to implement them with help from the community,” said Mudge in describing HMC’s operations.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Kate and Melissa will be hosting HMC’s Annual Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kay Fredricks Room in the Klas Center at Hamline University. Last year over 90 people attended and learned about the work of HMC, met board members and heard from Ward 4 Councilmember Mitra Nelson.

This year, attendees will find out ways to get involved in their District Council and learn about a critical project for the coming year: creating the 10-year Neighborhood Plan for Hamline Midway.

“I look forward to letting residents know our accomplishments and celebrating our powerful, engaged, and diverse community,” said Mudge.

The HMC Annual Meeting is potluck and childcare will be provided. All are welcome to attend. More information can be found here:

Concerts at Sundin

On Tuesday, Oc. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel returns. This world-renowned piano virtuoso takes you behind the music with insightful commentary and masterful performances. This time it’s Music from the Far, Cold North - piano music from Scandinavia and Russia. Tickets are available online at Adults are $28, Students are $13. Mention the Monitor at the door and receive a 25% discount.

The Musical Offering is a chamber group of musicians from the Minnesota, St. Paul Chamber and Minnesota Opera orchestras. Their first concert of the season is on Sunday Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. They will celebrate one of the 19th century’s greatest women musicians, Clara Schumann, along with music by Brahms and Kapustin. Tickets are available online at Adults are $30, students $10. Mention the Monitor at the door and receive a 20% discount.

On Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., gather at Sundin Music Hall for the Artaria String Quartet’s performances of three pieces: a quartet by Mozart, a quartet by Brahms and music by Twin Cities composer David Evan Thomas for soprano and string quartet, featuring the incomparable Maria Jette. Tickets are available online at $20 for adults and free to youth and students. An added bonus - buy your ticket at the door, mention Monitor and receive a $5 discount.

Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University is at 1531 Hewitt Ave. Box office number is 651-523-2459. Email

Free training for SLQ

SQL Saturday returns to Saint Paul for the 2019 edition of the free training event on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Saint Paul College. SQL Saturday offers expert presentations on diverse topics like data management, business intelligence, cloud, analytics, architecture and much more. Sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are six tracks featuring talks from 50 experts ranging from beginner to expert level. The event is free, but a hosted lunch can be purchased for $10. More at

Help families in need

To help ensure more families in the community thrive during this time of year, Volunteer Services’ Family Sponsorship Program matches community sponsors with Ramsey County families in need. Families, individuals, groups and workplaces are invited to sponsor a family this holiday season. Sponsors get the opportunity to personally shop and wrap gifts for their matched family. Anyone interested in sponsoring a family should email or call 651-266-4090 no later than Friday, Nov. 1.

‘Mary Magdalene’

The Theosophical Society offers a free screening of the new movie “Mary Magdalene” 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Room 330 of the Griggs-Midway Bldg., 1821 University Ave. W., St. Paul. This two-hour movie depicts the background of Mary and is based on the Gospel of Mary, considered one of the Gnostic Gospels. The sole woman among Jesus’ band of disciples, Mary defies prejudices of a patriarchal society as she undergoes a profound spiritual awakening and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment. Refreshments. Requested donation. 651-235-6645.

ICT benefit set

Organized by Inner City Tennis’s Associate Board, Aces & Ales will support the no-charge outreach programming and provide scholarships for the fee-based programs. Each year, ICT reaches more than 6,000 youth in the Twin Cities metro area, providing tennis and life skills coaching and mentoring. The annual event with on-court games and activities will be Saturday, Nov. 9, 5-8 p.m. at Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center, 4005 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis.

Sauerkraut Supper

The annual Sauerkraut Supper hosted by the Men’s Club at St. Stephanus Lutheran Church, 739 Lafond Ave., will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Supper will include pork, potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, bread and a homemade dessert, all served family style. This traditional dinner has been served at the church for more than 50 years. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased on that day. Carry out is also available. For more information, call the church at 651-228-1436.

Community luncheon

The St. Timothy Lutheran Church invite all women to their Women’s Fall Event featuring the Rev. Angela Khabeb, associate pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Her topic will be “Beloved Community: What does it mean for us?” She is a pastor, writer, former missionary, wife and mother. The luncheon and speaker will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 9. Cost is $10 with reservations due Nov. 3. Contact St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 651-489-0336 or email, 1465 Victoria St. N. in St. Paul.

Chamber’s 100th birthday party

The Midway Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 100th birthday with a party at Urban Growler Brewing. The event will occur Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the Barrel Room, 4-7 p.m. Attendees will get food and one beer for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Urban Growler is creating unique menu options for both food and beer for the event, which is sponsored by 21st Century Bank. The Midway Chamber was founded in the fall of 1919 and currently has 360 members. Its mission is to build a stronger Midway.

‘Tim Miller’ shows

See Tim Miller residency shows at Hamline University’s Anne Simley Theater on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. (solo performance of “Body in the O”) and Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., (the devised piece, “Body Maps”). Tickets are free; however, seating is limited so contact the Box Office at 651-523-2905 or


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