Dayton's Bluff District Forum              Articles                  August 2001

Neighborhood Celebration to Offer Fun for Whole Family
Celebrate Our Neighborhood and Our Neighbors

Logo by Amy R. Handford/Cummings

   Join neighbors from the Dayton’s Bluff and Payne Phalen neighborhoods on Saturday, August 18, 2001 from 11 am to 3 pm at the parking lot just south of Rainbow Foods at 892 Arcade Street.  This event is designed to be a family event with many activites for children and with lots of neighborhood information. 
   The events include: children’s safety learning activities, a bicycle rodeo, music and entertainment, Mounted Patrol demonstration, K-9 demonstration, Police Motor Cycle demonstration, Police Command Post vehicle, Old Time Workhouse Wagon, “Sparkles” the Dalmatian puppet, Fire Dept. vehicles, plus there will be food for sale.  Also on hand will be information and representatives from many neighborhood organizations.
   Sponsors of this event include Rainbow Foods, Glimcher Group, City of St. Paul Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council, Payne Phalen District 5 Community Council, Local 789, American Red Cross,  St. Paul Police Dept., St. Paul Fire Dept., and BFI Waste Services.  For more information call Karin at 772-2075.

National Night Out:
America’s Night Out Against Crime

   Join your neighbors on August 7, 2001 and celebrate National Night Out. Some neighborhood groups and block clubs are planning to have a neighborhood barbecue, a fish fry, and/or a soft ball game.  There are many things a group of neighbors can do.  Be creative!
   The idea is to get out and spend the evening getting to know your neighbors.  National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Join 30 million other people in more than 9,000 communities nationwide in a variety of events and activities.    Let’s make this year even bigger! 
   This years National Night Out events include: 
  -Bethlehem Lutheran Church 
    Margaret and Forest
  - 752 Bush Avenue
  - Bush Avenue between Duluth       and Atlantic 
   -Maple Street between  3rd and 
   -Mound's Theater 1029 Hudson 
    Road (this is the last time the 
    theater will be open to the public 
    before the renovation).
  -Northeast Triangle Pot Luck 1199
    East 7th Street
  -Swede Hollow Park Greenbrier 
    and Margaret
   You may wish to attend one of the events.   Call Karin at 772-2075 for more information or if you want an event in your neighborhood.

Neighborhood Clean Up

   On Saturday, September 15, 2001 the Dayton’s Bluff Annual Neighborhood Clean Up will be held from 9:00 AM to Noon in the 3M parking lot on the north of East 7th Street between Forest and Earl.  It’s time to clean up your yards and homes and get ready for the clean up.  More information about the clean up will be in the September issue of the Forum.  Volunteers are needed to help with the clean up.  Call Karin at 651.772.2075 for more information.
   DO NOT BRING APPLIANCES TO THE CLEAN UP.  On Monday, September 17, 2001 J.R.’S Appliance Disposal will be doing a special curb side appliance pick up in Dayton’s Bluff.  The cost is $25.00 for one appliance, plus $10.00 for each additional appliance and an additional $10.00 for each air conditioner ($35.00).  All you have to do is call J.R.’S and sign up for this special pick up.  They will let you know the cost for your appliances.  Then you have your old appliances on the curb on September 17th.  Call Joan at J.R.’s 651-454-9215.

New Library in Town! 
by Beth Mueller

   When I was growing up in Anoka, the library was one of those safe and rewarding places for my friends and I to “hang out.”  I remember joining the Summer Reading programs, watching puppet shows and magicians perform and taking home armloads of books to dive into.  The library was near my home.  I could ride my bike or walk there easily. 
   As a resident of Dayton’s Bluff, I have missed having a neighborhood library for my children to enjoy. 
   Well, things are about to change for the better!  Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood now has it’s own Children’s Library.  It is located in the Mounds Park United Methodist Church on the corner of Earl and Euclid streets.  The library is truly a community venture.  Books were donated by the World Cultures and Language Magnet, the East Side Family Center, Dayton’s Bluff Early Childhood Family Education and members of the church.  Keith Sorenson, who took on the library as his Eagle Scout project, organized the renovation of the room. 
   The Children’s Library is adult supervised and stocked with hundreds of wonderful books for children ranging in age from birth to about a 6th grade reading level.  All kids and adults are welcome.  I have great memories of my hometown library but this Children’s Library has an asset we never had as kids.  The room is staffed in large part by seniors and comes equipped with both kids furniture and rocking gliders.  My visit to the Children’s Library gave me the impression that this too is a safe and rewarding place for kids to “hang out.”  But this library comes with the added bonus of having loving folks who are willing and able to read to and nurture its young visitors. 
   Check the Big Yellow Sign on the corner of Earl and Euclid St for the weekly schedule.
   Children’s Library August hours: 
Aug 1st 10:00 – Noon
Aug 2nd  9: 00 – 11:00
Aug 3rd  9:00 – 11:00
Aug 6th  9:00-11:00 and 2:30 – 4:30
Aug 7th  10:00 – Noon
Aug 9th  9:00 – 11:00 
Aug 10th 9:00 – 11:00
Aug 13th  2:30 – 4:30
Aug 15th  10:00 – Noon
Aug 16th  9:00 – 11:00
Aug 17th  9:00 – 11:00
Aug 20th  9:00-11:00 and 2:30 – 4:30
Aug 21st  10:00 – Noon
Aug 23rd  9:00 – 11:00 and 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Aug 24th  9:00 – 11:00
Aug 27th  9:00 – 11:00 and 2:30 – 4:30
Aug 29th  10:00 – Noon
Aug 30th  9:00 – 11:00
Aug 31st  9:00 – 11:00
   For more information, please call Patrice Waters at 793-5176

Bluffing with Science
Water for the Bluff
By Greg Cosimini

   After a never-ending winter and a water-logged spring, we headed directly into a summer drought. Of course our suburban friends immediately made it worse by over watering their already overly green lawns and had water restrictions slapped on them. This caused them to whine about the unfairness of life, the universe and everything (with apologies to the late Douglas Adams, creator of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). But as one sane person in the ‘burbs was quoted as saying, “It doesn’t matter how green your lawn is if your house burns down for lack of water to put out the fire.”
   So why didn’t we have the same water shortage problem here in Dayton’s Bluff and the rest of Saint Paul? There are two reasons. First, we don’t have very large lawns and most of us don’t water them day and night. We realize that brown isn’t such a bad color. Second, our water supply is much more robust than those in the suburbs.
   The suburbs get most of their water from wells and store it in reservoirs and water towers. That by itself isn’t the problem. It is very unlikely that the wells will go dry anytime soon. The problem is that they don’t have enough extra capacity built into the system to supply the water needed to keep a zillion square miles of grass green throughout a dry spell. Their water system is about as well designed as their roads and freeways.  Sorry, that is enough suburb bashing for one column. 
   As everyone should know, Saint Paul gets the majority of its water from the Mississippi River. This probably makes you think two things: 1) “Great, the river has lots of water this year, “ and 2) “Oh yuck, have you smelled the river lately?” 
   Correct on both points.
   There is usually plenty of water in the Mississippi River. We get from
65 to 90% of our water from it, depending on weather conditions. But even though the river runs through Saint Paul and right past Dayton’s Bluff, we don’t obtain the water from there. It is actually pumped from the river in Fridley before the river reaches Minneapolis, which seems like a really smart thing to do. If necessary, we also get water from the Rice Creek chain of lakes. On top of that, there are also four 440-foot deep, 24-inch wells we can tap.
   Water from any or all of these sources ends up in Vadnais Lake and travels via two 90-inch conduits to the McCarron’s Treatment Plant on north Rice St. in Maplewood. Due to the mixing of river water with lake water, the water is already cleaner than straight river water would normally be. At the Treatment Plant the water is purified, clarified, recarbonated, ph-adjusted and flocculated (don’t ask). Not only is the water made safe to drink, but it is also softened, that is minerals are removed, so us city dwellers don’t need water softeners. Finally the pure water is distributed to the rest of the city.
   Even though the water treatment facility was built in 1920-22, it has
been enlarged and modernized many times, along with the distribution system.  Its capacity still far exceeds the demand for water in the city. The entire water delivery system boasts some very impressive statistics. For example, the total daily water treatment plant capacity is 144 million gallons and the system has a storage capacity of clean, treated water of 136 million gallons a day. The average daily water usage is only 50 million gallons although a daily record of 126 million gallons was set in 1975. There are 343,000 people using the water and it gets to them through 1,099 miles of 1" to 42" water mains. And for the dogs reading this column, there are 8,957 fire hydrants connected to the system.
   For more information about our water supply visit the Saint Paul
Regional Water Services website at
Bluffing with Science will appear at random times in the Forum.  It will attempt to relate topics in science and engineering to life in Dayton’s Bluff. That is the goal, not a guarantee.  Please send questions, comments or suggestions for future columns to the Dayton’s Bluff District Forum, Attention: Greg Cosimini, 798 E. 7th. St., St. Paul, MN 55106.

An Engineering Marvel Beneath Your Feet
by Angela DuPaul
The Seventh Street Improvement Arches are more than a century old, yet still fascinate engineers today.  Photo by Shaun Murphy.

  You have probably driven or walked over an engineering marvel dozens of times without even knowing it. An extremely rare bit of masonry construction lies hidden in our very own neighborhood.
   Officially they are called the Seventh Street Improvement Arches.  Built in 1884, they have allowed people to move between the Dayton’s Bluff and Railroad Island neighborhoods with ease. You’ll find them where East Seventh Street skirts the south end of Swede Hollow. 
   In the 1880s, the East Seventh Street hill needed to be rebuilt to lessen its steepness and thereby allow streetcars to travel up Seventh. This meant adding a lot of dirt.  At the same time, trains needed to continue traversing through Swede Hollow.  A bridge was needed to span the tracks that could hold the tremendous weight of the dirt and the street above.
   William Trusdell was the engineer supervising the entire Seventh Street improvement project.  For the design of the Seventh Street tunnels, Trusdell used a very complex masonry method invented by an Englishman in the 1820s.  The helicoidal, or spiral, arch would provide enough strength for the weight to be placed on top.  An ordinary stone arch with parallel rows would have been too weak.  But the spiral arch required precise and difficult calculations to make it fit together right. And this in the days before electric calculators. 
   Few tunnels were ever built with the unusual spiral type of arch, and only a handful are thought to still stand around the world today.
   Another unique feature of the Seventh Street arches is that railroad tracks ran diagonal to the roadway above.  Thus the arches have skewed or slanted faces.
   The Seventh Street Improvement Arches have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. They have more recently been named a national civil engineering landmark.  This summer a plaque was placed on the northwest corner of the bridge to acknowledge that honor.
   Today the railroad tracks are gone. The Bruce Vento recreational trail now utilizes the arches.  Make plans to visit and admire this rare gem in our midst. The best way to get there is from the trailhead at East Seventh and Payne. Just get on the paved trail and head downhill. 

Source: National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the
Seventh Street Improvement Arches, prepared by Jeffery Hess.

A Review of Moundstock 2001
by Raeann Ruth
Executive Director, the Portage for Youth

   As you may or may not know, the Portage for Youth held their first Moundstock 2001, Mounds Theater Fundraising Festival at Mounds Park on June 30th, 2001.
   In last month’s Forum I spoke about the “pitfalls” of coordinating an event such as this and indicated that any organization or individual who is contemplating organizing an outdoor festival should “think again” and
possibly consider doing something else to raise money.  Now that the event is over, I can look back and say, “I WILL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN.”  Just kidding.
Big Walter Smith (center) and the Groove Merchants was one of the headliners at Moundstock 2001, held at Mounds Park on June 30th. Other musical acts included Ross William Perry, the Moses Oakland Quartet, the Dean Weisser Band, Rockin’ Daddy and the Roughcuts, Deb Brown and Blonde Faith, and Mezure 46. Moundstock 2002 will take place on June 22, 2002. For more photos of Moundstock 2001, go to the Portage for Youth website. Photo by Greg Cosimini
   Actually for a first time festival the number of people who did come was about average. There was a steady stream of traffic throughout the day but we did not get the hordes of people necessary to raise a huge amount of money for the Mounds Theater Renovation Project.
   What were these “pitfalls” you may ask? The first was: never have an outdoor festival on the same weekend as “Taste of Minnesota.”  Even though you think that the bands that are playing at YOUR festival are better than those at Taste of Minnesota and that your food and beverages are being sold at half the cost of those at Taste, it really doesn’t matter. People are used to going to Taste of Minnesota as it has been a yearly event for 19 years.  They know where it is, they know what is being offered and don’t really seem to care that they have to take out a loan in order to enjoy the day. In other words, never underestimate the power of a proven festival.
   Advertisement and getting the word out seemed to be a major setback after talking to people.  Most said that they had never even heard of the event and came only because they heard the bands playing.  This is very odd as the event was publicized in the Dayton’s Bluff Forum, the East Side Review, City Pages (for two weeks), on the MN Blues website, on the "ilovestpaul" website and in the KQ Homegrown Newsletter.  In addition, brochures were included in all city paychecks two days before the actual festival.  There was news coverage on Fox 29 the day before the festival and there were 7 x 20 foot banners hung in high traffic area’s around Dayton’s Bluff. And let’s not forget the 1,600 posters that were at every store and bar in the Twin Cities area.
   My question here is, doesn’t anyone read any of the local newspapers to find out what is going on in their own area?  I guess not and knowing this truly makes me wonder why I’m sitting at my computer and slaving over informational articles each month? Possibly my time would be better spent sitting on the deck and working on my tan.
   But all in all the day went very well. People that did come to enjoy the music offered much positive feedback and encouraged us to have the event next year.  So, we are already planning Moundstock 2002, for June 22nd, 2002. With one festival under our belts and a whole year to do the planning (instead of two months), we feel that next year’s Festival on the Bluff will be much more successful.
   We would also like to form a group that would be interested in helping plan next year’s festival.  The meetings would be minimal and having other people’s opinion on what works and doesn’t work would be very valuable.     Just think about what YOU would like at a festival and bring your ideas to the table.  This is a chance to become involved with other people in your neighborhood. 
   It is very rewarding to see the end results of an event that is well  planned.....really!!!!! Winter is coming fairly soon and rather than sit and vegetate, why not get involved with the planning of Moundstock 2002?  If you are interested, please give me a call at the Portage for Youth, 651-772-8674.
   As a final note, we would like to thank everyone that was involved in Moundstock 2001: The Dean Weisser Band, the Moses Oakland Quartet, Mezure 46, Big Walter Smith and the Groove Merchants, Sounds of Hope 2001, Deb Brown and Blonde Faith, Rockin’ Daddy and the Rough Cuts and Ross William Perry, who generously gave of their time and talents to make this event possible; Mei Young from the KQ Homegrown Show and Tur Ger Xiong who acted as MCs for the day; Joseph and Elsie Cosimini for being the Moundstock 2001 “Coolest Couple”; The East Side Arts Council for bringing out the Artmobile and offering arts activities for children; the Community Design Center for all of their lovely floral bouquets; the District 4 Community Council for setting up an informational booth and to the Council Members who sold corn on the cob; the Portage for Youth participants who spent 10 hours serving up Pepsi and hotdogs, plus running all of the children’s games; Donovan Cummings for sponsorship of the event and agreeing to transport "Hamlet Snoopy" to Mounds Park and back to the theater; Amy Hanford Cummings for designing the Moundstock 2001 logo, posters and banners.  Amber and Michael Ruth for providing the Tarot/Runes Booth; Allen Clausen who helped sort through all of the red tape with the City and for his logistical planning of the festival; Brewbaker’s Bar and Restaurant for the beer area; all arts and crafts vendors; all food and beverage vendors; local organizations that provided in-kind services as well as sponsorship support; the City of St. Paul and the Capital City Partnership; David Means and the eXperimental Media Studio - Metro State University for their hands on acoustical activities for children at the Mounds Theater; and to ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS WHO’S SERVICES PROVED INVALUABLE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.   (The omission of any organization and individual from this list is not intentional).  WE THANK YOU ALL!!!!
   Again, please give us a call if you are interested in providing an informational booth or an arts and craft booth at Moundstock 2002, in-kind services, sponsorships or would just like to be part of the planning process - 651-772-8674.

East Side Business Loan Fund
Program to People Option to Traditional Bank Financing

   An innovative partnership between local banks and non-profits has resulted in the East Side Business Loan Fund.  The fund was established to meet the financial needs of East Side businesses that may not be able to qualify for financing under normal credit standards
   “We’re very excited about the East Side Business Loan Fund and its potential impact for our local businesses,” stated Jim Jones, Commercial Development Program Manager of the East Side Neighborhood Development Company.  “As the East Side continues to grow, this fund will assist local businesses in meeting the needs of our changing community.
   Funds may be used for a variety of purposes including the purchase of assets such as real estate, machinery and equipment as well as towards the financing of new construction projects.  Loan funds may also be used to increase a business’ working capital.  Of note: Loan funds cannot be used to repay existing debt or liabilities.  To qualify, businesses must be located on Saint Paul’s East Side, within an area bounded to the by I-35 E to the west, Larpenteur Avenue to the north, McKnight Road to the east and I-94 to the south. 
   The East Side Business Loan Fund is an innovative financing partnership whose objective is to stimulate business growth within Saint Paul’s East Side neighborhood.  Lenders participating in the partnership include University National Bank, Firstar Bank, TCF National Bank, US Bank, Marquette Capital Bank, and the City of Saint Paul STAR Program.  Non-profit entities participating in the program include the East Side Neighborhood Development Company, Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, North East Neighborhoods Development Corporation and the Neighborhood Development Center. 
   For more information or to procure a set of program guidelines, interested businesses are encouraged to call any of the non-profits listed above or the Neighborhood Development Center at 651.291.2480.

Two Local Businesses Win Awards

   Local readers of City Pages’ “Best of the Twin Cities” issue may have noticed that two Dayton’s Bluff businesses won the 2001 blue ribbon for their respective categories. The Swede Hollow Café on Seventh Street was honored with “Best Coffee House,” and Glancey’s Gym was awarded “Best Boxing Gym.” Congratulations go out to these two businesses! And, for all those neighborhood residents who are coffee-drinking boxers, we now know that your own little version of heaven exists right here on Dayton’s Bluff.

Best Coffee House
The Swede Hollow Café 
725 E. Seventh St.
   “The message today is internal sunshine,” beams the man behind the counter at the Swede Hollow Café on a bitterly cold, desolate February morning. And he says it with such sunny conviction that you can’t help but smile at the cornpone sentiment. Swede Hollow is that kind of place: It oozes shiny, happy feelings. There’s none of the smoky, dour, more-sullen-than-thou artifice that plagues too many coffee shops in this caffeine-fueled metropolis. 
   This cozy establishment, situated in a renovated Victorian home [actually a storefront], is less than five years old, but feels as vital to St. Paul’s East Side as longstanding Payne Avenue establishments like Schwietz Saloon or Yarusso Brothers. You can sit for hours reading a book or just staring out the window at the East Seventh Street traffic, listening to the couple two tables over discuss their upcoming potluck church dinner or the endless repartee of the counterman as he dispenses with a constant parade of neighborhood traffic. The coffee is grand, as are the fresh-baked pastries. Soups, sandwiches, and salads are available as well. 

Best Boxing Gym
Glancey’s Gym
940 Beech St.
   Back in 1991, when Jim Glancey bought the former Anderson Meat Company building on St. Paul’s East Side, he hoped to train and manage professional boxers. But like many who proceeded him, Glancey quickly learned that it’s tough to make a buck on the prairie’s pro fight circuit. Rather than giving up, the retired pipe insulator decided to focus on training kids. He has never looked back. 
   In addition to offering instruction on the sweet science’s finer points, Glancey places a heavy emphasis on civility and sobriety (in 2000, Glancey’s sent more fighters to the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Championships than any other gym in the region). Glancey, who lives in an apartment upstairs, has remodeled the downstairs extensively, and furnished the old meat lockers with two rings, a full complement of punching bags, weights, and lockers (at 14,000 square feet, it is among the largest boxing gyms in the Midwest). 
   Legend has it that Glancey’s is haunted by the ghost of a fighter named Clyde Mudgett. A two-time amateur champ and journeyman professional, Mudgett perished in the building’s smokestack in 1983, while attempting to burglarize the place. At night, so say the believers, you can hear him tapping away on the speed bag. 
   Reprinted with permission from City Pages. Original publication date: May 2, 2001.

Be Your Own Boss

    Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Or, have you
started one and realized that you need more education to make it successful? If so, sign up for the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Entrepreneur Training and Support Program. This program helps start-up and young businesses on the East Side. All East Side residents are welcome.
   Class training lasts approximately 16 weeks and includes topics such
as operations management, marketing, financial management, preparing a business plan and one to one assistance with creating a successful business.
   Those who successfully complete the course and locate their businesses in target neighborhoods are eligible for ongoing business support services. Businesses that people who took the course have started include graphics, photography, food service, restoration of wood furniture and worksof art, custom floral design for weddings and events, and exterior and interior painting. It is sponsored by the Dayton’s Bluff District 4
Community Council and the Neighborhood Development Center. There is a small registration fee based on a sliding scale. The next session will start in September and class size is limited. Please call Karin at
772-2075 for more information and for an application.

Summer Pet Care

Dear Amber,
   For the last few weeks temperatures have been in the high 80’s and low 90’s. We have an older dog that normally lives outside. “Jake” is getting up there in years and I would like to know how to make life a little more comfortable for him during this “Minnesota Heat Wave”. Thanks for your help.
Jonathan Wiley

Dear Jonathan,
   Here are a few Summer Pet Care tips to make “Jake” a happier dog during the warm summer months.

Food and Water
   Due to the heat many dogs and cats are less active in the summer and therefore need less food. Check with your veterinarian about the best diet for your pet. The availability of plenty of cool, clean water is vitally important during this time of year. Refresh the water bowls often and be sure the water bowls can’t tip over.
    When outside, a dog must always have a shady and sheltered place to rest. The National Humane Society suggests you keep your cat inside so it won’t get lost or injured (don’t worry, it can get all the exercise it needs inside).
Heatstroke and Panting
   Heatstroke is a swift killer. Unlike humans who sweat to cool themselves, dogs and cats cool by panting, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. This draws air over the moist membranes of the nose and tongue and cools by evaporation. But panting only works for a short time. Prolonged panting can critically upset the metabolic system. High humidity interferes with evaporation and diminishes the cooling effect of panting, proportionately increasing the likelihood of heatstroke. Pets often survive hot days yet succumb on cooler days that are more humid. On these days, your dog may have knocked over its water bowl or tipped over its doghouse, losing access to shade.
   These situations affect dogs more often than cats, perhaps because of their different dispositions. In the heat of the day, dogs are more active, particularly if another dog or a strange person comes near. They jump and
bark excitedly to protect their turf. Cats might not even lift an eyelid, preferring to save their excitement for the cool of the night. Intense activity causes body heat to rise. It is therefore wise to exercise your dog in the cooler hours of early morning or evening.
   Activity alone, however, does not cause heatstroke. Confinement is the greatest perpetrator. Never leave an animal in a parked car in warm weather, even for a short period of time with the window open! For example, on a moderate 75-degree day, overhead sun on a parked car can very quickly push the temperature to over 120 degrees.
   Although you and your pet would like to be together, during the hot summer months, it’s much kinder and safer to leave it at home.  The first symptoms of heatstroke are laborious panting, drooling and a bright red tongue and gums. The animal may then collapse. Should these signs occur, you must take emergency action. Get the animal into cool water, under a cool shower, or give it a cool water rubdown right away.
However, cooling the body back to normal is often not sufficient to save its life. Rush it to a veterinarian for continued treatment.
   Heartworms are internal parasites that are transmitted to dogs by mosquitoes. Because dogs infected with heartworms can suffer severe distress and die from heart failure, you should see a veterinarian for preventive medicine. Many people erroneously choose not to give heartworm medication during winter months thinking the mosquitoes dormant. But not every area’s winters kill mosquitoes. It is better to be safe than sorry.  All dogs must be tested before receiving the preventative medications, even dogs receiving the preventative on a year round basis. This is because some occult heartworms can manage to urvive in a few dogs taking the preventatives.
Skin diseases and grooming
   Your companion animal may have more skin problems in warm weather. If your animal is scratching more than usual or has raw skin, call the vet.  Daily brushing will keep your pet’s coat healthy and clean. With regular brushing, most animals don’t need frequent bathing. Consider your pet’s appearance, odor, and feel as guides to decide how frequently to bathe your pet. 

If you have a question that you would like answered, please write me at:

Dayton’s Bluff District Forum
Attn. Ask Amber
798 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106
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Dayton's Bluff Imprints
By Linda Murnane

   Last summer I went to Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School with my two children. As I watched my children play, I waved and yelled, “Good job!” just at the right time so they knew I was watching them and approved of their play.
   A young boy around four came up to me and said, “Do ya wanna see me climb?” I said, “Yes, I certainly do,” and he started climbing across the monkey bars. 
   As he got to the other side he immediately turned to see that I was watching. His wide grin and shining bright eyes told me this was something of which he was very proud. I clapped my hands and shouted, “Very good, good job!”
   His face began to beam as he shouted back, “Wanna see me do it again?”
“Yes!” I shouted back, and he came back to the other side. By this time my children were interested in this new boy I was talking to and came over to investigate. I introduced all the children and they immediately began to play together.
   As we began to leave he walked to the end of the park with us, jabbering away about all of his accomplishments at the park. I told him, “You may grow up to be a gymnast someday,” and at that he beamed his bright smile again and said good-bye.
   I felt good knowing that for a moment in time I touched this young life. I know that his beaming smile touched my heart.
   Linda’s story is the first in a series of personal accounts on daily life in our neighborhood. Dayton’s Bluff Imprints will be run monthly, featuring the positive experiences of neighborhood residents. Please let us know if you have an uplifting story you would like to share with our readers (see first  page for contact information).

Promoting Diversity in Your Community

   The cultural diversity of our community is continually increasing. It is important to be aware of your own cultural values as well as be sensitive to those of other cultures. United Way offers the following “Communi-Tips” to encourage the community to promote diversity.
Tips for Promoting Diversity
* Embrace diversity and be, open minded to learning about people different from you.
* Take a new route home and discover the diversity within your
neighborhood, such as ethnic restaurants and places of worship different than your religion.
* Check out books at your library that explore cultural diversity and
differing perspectives.
* Look in your local newspaper’s calendar of events for cultural art
exhibits, performances and events.
* Take an ethnic cooking class.
* Research other cultures on the Internet.
* Learn a foreign language.
* If you witness stereotyping in your community, take a stand against it by standing up for others and not tolerating behavior that divides people.
* Read alternative newspapers, subscribe to diverse newsletters, and pick up neighborhood papers to get a feel for issues and people in the news.
* Scan public radio and television program guides for diversity issues and programs featuring cultures different from your own.
* Participate in or organize events and forums that broaden the awareness of diversity in your community.
* Meet with diverse community leaders, hear their points of view and look for ways to get involved in community issues and building diversity awareness.
* Build diverse networks by networking with people that are a different race or religion than you.
* Learn about the community and form alliances to take action and support one another.
* Talk to your children about the importance of accepting people different from you and your family.
* Mentor a person who is different from you or find a mentor for yourself and your children.
* Be aware of insensitive behaviors and its effect upon others
   For more information about diversity awareness programs within your community, contact First Call For Help, United Way’s comprehensive referral service that links people with human service providers. Through a computerized resource file, First. Call For Help offers free confidential information on social service, health, educational and recreational issues.  First Call for Help (651) 291-0211.

Cooking in the Bluff 
    by Shiela Johnstone  

Beef and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers 
A beefy alternative to ‘Italian-style’ stuffed peppers.  Great with any rice side dish.

1 pound ground beef
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 white onion, diced
2 cups beef gravy
salt and pepper to taste
3 small red bell peppers, seeded
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1) Brown beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Halfway through browning, add mushrooms and onion. Continue cooking until meat is fully browned; drain fat from skillet. Stir in gravy (enough to bond mixture without making it soupy). Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
2) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
3) Bring a medium saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Cut bell peppers from stem to stem. Hollow out and place in boiling water. Parboil for 2 to 3 minutes, until just starting to be tender. Place peppers, hollow side up, in a 9x13 inch baking dishe and fill each with beef mixture. 
4) Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until bubbling. Top with cheese and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Serve in a small pool of gravy. 

Nutrition at a glance:
Calories 597 
Protein 29g 
Fat 47g 
Sodium 1263mg 
Cholesterol 118mg 
Carbohydrates 16g 
Fiber 2g

Blueberry Buckle
   This is an old fashioned, easy to prepare recipe. Black raspberries may be used in place of blueberries. 

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups blueberries 
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C); lightly grease and flour a 9x13 inch 
   baking dish. 
2) In a large bowl cream together 1/4-cup butter and 3/4-cup sugar. Beat in egg. Beat in milk. Combine 2 cups flour and salt and stir into butter mixture. Finally, fold in blueberries and spread mixture into prepared baking dish. 
3) In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and 1/3 cup flour. Mix together until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, then sprinkle over blueberry mixture. 
4) Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until topping is golden.

Nutrition at a glance:
Calories 175 
Protein 2g 
Total Fat 6g 
Sodium 319mg 
Cholesterol 26mg 
Carbohydrates 29g 
Fiber 1g
   Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to each quart of water used to cook rice. The grains will stay white and separated.
   Although converted rice is more expensive than regular white rice, it has more nutrients. Brown rice, which hasn’t been processed, is even more nutritious but it takes longer to cook.

   If you have comments, suggestions, a special recipe that you would like to share, or you are looking for a special recipe, feel free to contact me through the Dayton’s Bluff Forum.

Write to: 
Shiela Johnstone 
Dayton's Bluff District Forum 
P.O. Box 600511 
St. Paul, MN 55106 

Or call: 651-772-2075 (Dayton's Bluff Community Council Office) 

Till next time, bon appetite. 

The Vision of  Jim Henson
New Exhibit Comes to Minnesota Children’s Museum
   Featuring Kermit the Frog, plus all-time favorites Miss Piggy and Big
Bird, The Vision of Jim Henson exhibit explores the worlds and characters
Muppet fans have come to know and love, while presenting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the creative process. Visitors can experience the life-size Muppets of Sesame Street when they stand in front of 7-foot tall Big Bird and then get face-to-face with tiny Prairie Dawn.  Children and parents will be transported into the creative and imaginative world of Jim Henson - fromthe simplest hand puppet introduced in the 1950s to the complicated animatronics creatures of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
   The Vision of Jim Henson brings together the diverse elements of Jim Henson, including Henson’s early pre-Sesame Street television creations, scenes from Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Show and the six Muppet Movies, and, of course, Sesame Street. Visitors will see many of Henson’s creations, such as Gonzo the Great and Rowlf the Dog, that have become celebrities in their own right.  The Vision of Jim Henson will be at Minnesota Children’s Museum
August 11, 2001 through January 13, 2002.
   It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been touched by a Jim Henson production - from Sesame Street to The Muppet Show, from the six Muppet Movies to the multi-award winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop - The Jim
Henson Company productions appeal to all ages and demographics.

Exhibit Features:
   Although Miss Piggy insists that stars are born, not made - you’ll have to come decide for yourself.  The Vision of Jim Henson exhibit features a host of Muppet stars at Minnesota Children’s Museum beginning August 11, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Sesame Street characters, Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth and characters from The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Movie.
   Puppets and Creatures - After years of getting to know Henson characters on the screen, come meet your favorite furry, feathered, big and small friends face to face, including Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Prairie Dawn, Elmo, Rowlf the Dog, Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth and the Fraggles.
   Photography and Artwork - Photo panels have been designed to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the offices, workshops and activities on The Jim Henson Company’s film and TV sets.  Visitors can view original prints of the classic Muppet characters and animatronic creatures from The Jim Henson Company’s fantasy films and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.  Prints from Miss Piggy’s Art Treasures Tour, The Kermitage Collection, feature masterworks of Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and Rembrandt van Rijn, presented from a Muppet view of art history.  Jan van Eyck’s famous painting The Marriage of Arnolfini is re-presented here in tableau (a scene with motionless costumed characters) as The Marriage of Froggo Amphibini and Giopiggi Porculini.
   Video - Enjoy clips of interviews, documentaries, television programs and feature films from Jim Henson’s earliest work in the 1950s to The Jim Henson Company’s current productions.  Jim Henson’s Creature Shop was established more than 15 years ago to produce the highly ambitious film The Dark Crystal, the first all-animatronics feature film ever made.  The pioneering work with special effects, mechanics and materials brings realistic movement and life to puppets on the screen. The exhibit features the gigantic Garthim
and the mystical Aughra from The Dark Crystal.
   Workshop Area - This tableau display of a typical Henson workstation is filled with foam, fur, building materials, design sketches and props from the desks of the people who make the magic happen in productions such as Buddy, Pinocchio, The English Patient, Babe, Gulliver’s Travels and Muppet Treasure Island.
   Video Studio - Visitors can try their hands at puppeteering real Henson puppets, just like they do in the studio. Children and adults will soon see that puppeteering may not be as easy as the Henson stars make it appear!  For a true behind-the-scenes experience, visitors can puppeteer a puppet live on screen.
Exhibit Background:
   The Vision of Jim Henson is designed for visitors of all ages.  Minnesota Children’s Museum is the last stop for this nationally touring exhibition developed and produced by The Jim Henson Company.  International and domestic institutions have hosted Jim Henson exhibitions to draw record-breaking crowds.
   The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for more than 40 years, is a multimedia production company; one of the top character licensors in the industry; a leading publisher of children’s books; and home to Jim Henson Television, Jim Henson Pictures, Jim Henson Interactive and Jim Henson’s Creature ShopT.  The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices and production facilities in New York and London. The Jim Henson Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of EM.TV & Merchandising AG based in Munich, Germany. 
   All images on view courtesy of The Jim Henson Company and the Henson Family. ©2001 The Jim Henson Company. MUPPETS, characters and elements are the trademark of The Jim Henson Company.
   The Vision of Jim Henson exhibit is presented at Minnesota Children’s Museum with promotional support from KARE 11, Star Tribune and Twin Cities Parent.
   The Museum is located at Seventh and Wabasha Streets in downtown Saint Paul.  For 24-hour exhibit, program, and general information, visit or call 651-225-6000.

Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour
   On September 9, 2001 two scenic routes of either 15 or 31 miles allow traffic-free cycling along the mighty Mississippi River. Most of the long route and ten miles of the short route will be closed to traffic.
   The ride starts at the University of St. Thomas, Cretin and Summit Avenues in Saint Paul.
   Over 5,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the seventh annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour. It is one of the two largest bike rides in Minnesota, but what really distinguishes this ride is that it is four festivals rolled into one.
* It’s a bike festival and once-a-year opportunity to bike without traffic along Shepard Road, Warner Road, Mississippi River Boulevard, Wheelock Parkway and a short stretch of Highway 61. Hundreds of volunteers provide ride support and Saint Paul Police are stationed at major intersections. The 31-mile route follows the historic Saint Paul Grand Round - an emerald necklace of parkways and trails that circles the city and links Como, Phalen and Indian Mounds parks with 13 miles of great riding along the Mississippi River.
* It’s a food festival. Local bakeries, coffee shops and natural food co-ops provide healthy refreshments that taste great.
* It’s a music festival. Live music is featured at all four rest stops and the main stage at the University of St. Thomas. This year’s acts
include guitar great Dean Magraw, folk singer Charlie Maguire, venerable jazz man Irv Williams, and the dance-happy Caribbean music of Cyril Paul and the Calypso 
* It’s an art festival. Barebones Productions will be creating
35-foot-long bicycle dragons, giant ravens and other concoctions to kick off this year’s event. Cyclists can also enjoy the Minnesota-grown folk art of Burma Shave signs installed along the route Phalen and Indian Mounds parks with 13 miles of great riding along the Mississippi River.
      For a free brochure phone the HOTLINE. Registration forms can be printed from the Web Site. Register on-line with a credit card at  HOTLINE     952-882-3180 WEB SITE:  http:// www.spnec.or

Higher Average Wages Trigger Increase in Unemployment Benefits

   The Minnesota Department of Economic Security announced that the maximum weekly benefit amount for new Unemployment Insurance benefit accounts
increased from $427 to $452 effective August 1, 2001. This new amount reflects an increase of $38 in the average weekly wage earned by Minnesota workers in 2000. The state’s average weekly wage has risen to $679.07. State law requires the maximum weekly benefit amount to be adjusted each year.
   ”Minnesotans can be proud of our state’s strong workforce and low unemployment rate,” said Gov. Jesse Ventura. “This increase shows that Minnesotans are continuing to bring in higher paychecks than they did last year.”
   Persons applying for Unemployment Insurance benefit accounts receive a weekly benefit equal to 50 percent of their average weekly wage up to the state maximum. To receive the maximum weekly benefit amount, an unemployed worker must have an average weekly wage of $904 during four quarters of work.

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* 2 Bedroom Apartment, with deck. New wood floors and carpet. Call Maria 771-9373. 

* 2 Bedroom Historic Apartment. Hardwood floors. $800. 772-2866 


* Debbie’s Doghouse. Experienced groomer wanted. Call 776-4080 for details. 

*Wanted: person with good references to clean small house in Dayton’s Bluff call 651-772-3421

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Minnesota Folk Festival

   The Minnesota Folk Festival featuring Vance Gilbert, James Keelaghan, Pat Donohue, the 3rd Annual New Folk Songwriting Contest, Peter Ostroushko, Lojo Russo and Funks Grove, The Deadly Nightshade Family Singers, Monroe Crossing, The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, plus more to be announced, will be
taking place on September 15 & 16, 10.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Mounds Park in St. Paul. This event is free and open to the public.

   A special songwriter's event: The New Folk Songwriting Contest
   Concerts & Workshops
   Sunday Evening Cajun Dance
   Food and Concessions
   Plus: a Crafts Fair, Children's events and a Silent Auction.

   VANCE GILBERT (Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist) (
It's all in one seemingly impossible package. His spellbinding live show. His deliriously virtuosic singing. His accomplished guitar style. His outrageous, edgy humor. And the songwritng. Named Kerrville Music, Award's Vocalist of the year at the close of 1997, the award highlights Gilbert's unshakable commitment to the music.
   JAMES KEELAGUAN (Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist) (
James Keelaghan is one of the brightest stars on the world folk scene today. He's earned international acclaim for his song writing and performances and has taken main-stage at some of the most prestigious festivals in the USA, England, Australia, Denmark, and Hong Kong. At home in Canada he's a Juno
award winner (and three-time Juno nominee.) In 1996, he was the recipient of the Global Visions Artist of the Year award for his work on the Unitarian Service Committee documentary Feeding the Future: The Seeds of Survival. He also narrated and wrote the music for two films and hosted two CBC Radio
   THE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING CONTEST (30 finalists perform their own original
Established in 1999 at the suggestion of Peter Yarrow, this annual event is becoming one of the high points of the year for songwriters from all across the Metro Area, the State of Minnesota, and beyond, The 2001 Festival will see 30 finalists take to the stage to perform their original material over two days, A winner will receive a cash prize and be invited to perform at the 2002 Minnesota Folk Festival.
   PAT DONOHUE (Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter) (
Hs talents are displayed weekly in his appearances on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion where his guitar playing, writing and singing are featured regularly. The 1983 National Finger Picking Guitar Champion,
Donohue's style blends blues and folk in a critically acclaimed display of guitar artistry. Chet Atkins, Suzy Bogguss, Loose Ties and other national performers have recorded his original songs.
   PETER OSTROUSHKO - One of the finest mandolin and fiddle players - the world today.
   LOJO RUSSO & FUNKS GROVE - a mixture of folk, jazz, Celtic and new age ambient: "Folknojazz"
   MONROE CROSSING - Bluegrass Extraordinaire.
   THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADE FAMILY SINGERS - Alternative Parlor music: an eclectic mix of swing, rock, bluegrass, Latin and Klezmer.

WHEN: September 15 & 16, 2001, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Mounds Park, St. Paul - (Mounds Boulevard off I-94, just east of
downtown St. Paul.)
PRICE: Admission is Free
FURTHER INFO: Minnesota Folk Festival, 651-292-4900;


Community Police Meeting
   The Eastern District Police have hosted a monthly meeting with community members to listen to and address people’s concerns about crime and other issues on the East Side. This monthly meeting is held the third Friday of the month at 9:30 am.
   Beginning Thursday, August 16, 2001 there will be an evening community meeting at 6:30 pm to accommodate those community members who cannot attend the Friday morning meetings.
   The community meetings are held at the Eastern District police office at 722 Payne on the corner of Payne and Minnehaha Avenues.
   Please join your neighbors and the police at either meeting. The August meetings are on August 16th at 6:30 pm and on August 17th at 9:30 am.

Bluff Residents Graduate From St. Thomas
   Three Dayton's Bluff residents graduated from University of St. Thomas this spring. Elvis I. Abanonu received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Juan A. Cervantes received a Master of Business Administration, and Linh Thi Bach Nguyen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in  Business Administion/Financial Management at the University of St. Thomas' spring commencement exercises on May 19, 2001.  
   More than 1,300 students received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the spring ceremonies.  St. Thomas is Minnesota's largest private college or university.

Children's Garden Farmers Market
   Every Saturday morning from 9 to 11 am until mid September locally grown fresh vegetables and flowers are available next to the Swede Hollow Cafe at the corner of East 7th Street and Bates.  The Children's Garden is a program that teaches children the importance of good nutrition and how to grow, maintain, and sell the vegetables.

Your Urban Yard - Landscaping for Water Quality
Wednesday, September 6
6:30-8:00 p.m.
HealthEast Care Center on Dellwood, Chapel
753 East Seventh St.
   The East Side is situated between two incredible natural resources: the Mississippi River and Phalen Chain of Lakes.  Join the Friends of the Mississippi River for an interactive workshop on improving water quality right in your own backyard. 
   The workshop will feature a range of specific options —from easy one-hour planting efforts to ambitious landscaping projects .  They will have detailed information on composting, soil testing and rain barrels.  One of the instructors is a native plant specialist, so be sure to come ready to ask questions about your yard!
   The event will also include an overview of some of the exciting ecological improvements underway in our community - and a walk through the Maria-Bates rain garden next to the Swede Hollow Cafe.  This workshop is sponsored by Friends of Swede Hollow.
   For more information about this FREE event, please contact Alyssa Hawkins at 651-222-2193 or

East Side’s International Marketplace Kicks-off Third Year
   A growing tradition in one of  St. Paul’s oldest neighborhood, the East Side International Marketplace opened for its summer run on Tuesday, July l0.
   The International Marketplace, operating as a satellite site of the St.Paul Farmer’s Market, is located at the corner of Payne and Sims.  Area farmers will be featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as flowering plants.  Hours for the Marketplace will be noon to 6 p.m. every Tuesday through Sept. 11, with no event scheduled for Sept. 4.
   "We’re looking forward to the International Marketplace as a gathering spot for East Side residents,” stated Mike Anderson, Director of the East Side Neighborhood Development Company. “Our staff has worked hard to add new features that are certain to enhance the event.”
   This season’s Marketplace will feature an expanded entertainment line-up.  ”Our wide array of entertainment is what will differentiate the International Marketplace from other area Farmers’ Markets,” stated Alicia Zepeda, International Marketplace director. “From Native American and Asian dancers to international singers, there will be something for everyone.”
   Katie’s Cabarat kicked off the grand opening event July 10 with a funny,
interactive show for kids and families. Performance times are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. “We’d love to see area workers stop by during their lunch break,” added Zepeda.
   For more information or an entertainment schedule, interested parties can contact the East Side Neighborhood Development Company at 651-771-1152

Hour Dollars Orientation
  Would you like to learn about a new but old way to share your skills and benefit from the skills of others?
  Then come to the Hour Dollars Service Exchange Program Orientation on Tuesday, August 21st.  This orientation will be held in the Mounds Park United Methodist Church at 1049 Euclid St., 2 blocks south of Third St.on Earl St. 
   Two sessions are scheduled,one at 10:00 a.m.and one at 7:00 p.m.You need only attend one session. 
Meetings last approximately 2 hours and child care is available.  To find out more or to register your children, please call 651-635-8680.  Please visit our web site at
   Or email us at Hour Dollars was started on the East Side almost 3 years ago to provide a means for neighbors to meet each other, share their skills, and solve problems cooperatively.  For example, one person has used the program to exchange grant writing skills for help with home decorating projects.  Another makes phone calls and does mailings in exchange for rides and errand running. 
   Hour Dollars promotes reciprocity. All people have something to give and all services are valued equally. Participation is free and all it takes to get started is to attend the orientation.
Christian Child Care With Preschool Curriculum
   Will your child be ready for school?  Parents of the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood care to give their children the best preparation to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  JOY Preschool and Child Care at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 655 Forest offers your child the benefits of a proven program by experienced staff in a caring and safe environment.  Our Christian emphases will help your child develop in a loving and forgiving atmosphere.
   We wish to minister to the families of cross-cultural diversity in the neighborhood with an affordable program.  We want your children to learn and grow close to home with the children they will know as adults in years to come.  Director Wendy Ewald is taking registrations for fall two and three-day preschool classes and full time child care for children 3 to 5 years of age.  Call Wendy at JOY 651-771-6982.
Book Club Starting Soon
   The Mounds Park Book Club will be holding its first book discussion on August 21 at 7 pm. The book is entitled "Mutant Message Down Under" by Marlo Morgan. The meetings will take place at the HealthEast Marion Center at 200 Earl Street in Mounds Park. New members are welcome. 
   The second meeting will be held on October 16. The book discussion will be on "Back When We Were Grown-Ups" by Anne Tyler. The book club will continue to meet on the third Tuesday of alternate months. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Harr at 651/774-2883.

Come and Discover Trinity
   Trinity Catholic School Registration has been set for Wednesday, August 22 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the School Cafeteria at 835 E  5th St.
   Our educational learning environment offers each child the opportunity to grow as an individual. We encourage every child to reach his/her goals by developing their academic, emotional spiritual and physical skills. We’ve created a Peaceable School.
   Come and Discover Trinity, become a part of our growing  community.
   Additional information, call 776-2763, Sandra Krekeler, Principal.

Celebrating Our Neighborhoods
   Join the celebration at Merrick Community Services.  Food and refreshments will be served.  Free entertainment and games for all ages.
   August 14 Eastside Community Center at 1526 East 6th Street
   August 21 Merrick Community Center at 715 Edgerton. 

Run for Youth 
   On Saturday, September 15th, Merrick Community Services will hold its 4th Annual Run for Youth at Lake Phalen. The event is a 5K/10K Run/Walk and 1/2 Mile Fun Run. Proceeds from the event benefit Merrick Community Services (MCS). The entry fee is $15 if received by September 14th. Participants can register online at, or call 771-8821 for a registration form. Participants can also register on the day of the event, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., at the Phalen Lake Picnic Pavilion. The event day entry fee is $20. The fee includes a T-shirt and refreshments. All ages and abilities are welcome! This event helps MCS provide positive and safe programs and activities for local youth and supports the programs of the American Lung Association. 

Talk, Walk & Ride for Homeless Animals 
   On Saturday, August 11th, the Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter will hold its 8th Annual Talk, Walk & Ride for Homeless Animals. The event culminates a pledge drive to support Animal Ark’s shelter, located in Hastings, Minnesota. To receive a pledge form, please call 772-8983, or download the form from the web at Registration for the event begins at 9:30 a.m., at the Phalen Park Picnic Pavilion. Pets are welcome! The event begins at 10:45 a.m., and runs along the 3 mile path around the lake. Participants who raise at least $55 will receive an Animal Ark T-shirt. Many other prizes will be awarded, including gift certificates and stuffed animals from many sponsors. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the shelter, which operates with a cash deficit of $15,000 per month, and rescues more than one thousand animals per year. 

Bookmobile In Dayton's Bluff

(August 13)
 Dayton’s Bluff Playground
 Conway & Maple
 2:30 – 3:30

 Mound’s Park Methodist
 Euclid & Earl
 3:45 – 4:45

 Margaret Playground
 Margaret & Frank (1300  Wilson)
 5:00 – 6:30

(August 8 & 22)
 First Lutheran
 463 Maria
 9:30 – 10:00

Large print books, picture books and videos are available.   Not all books are available, nor are there reference materals.  They will be able to answer simple questions..

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St. Paul, MN 55106 
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Rec Check Club 
Rec Check is a free after school recreation service with a check-in component for children in grades 1-6. Registration is required and space is limited. Monday through Friday 3-6 p.m. Free 
Free Play
During regular building hours, we have many games and equipment which may be checked out for your enjoyment. Items include: table games, balls, ping-pong, tennis equipment, cards, etc. 
Teen Night 
The first Friday night of every month will be just for Margaret teens. School I.D.must be shown, ages 13-17. A variety of activities will be offered, including basketball 
Block Club 
All neighborhood residents are invited to meet with other community members to discuss crime and other neighborhood issues. Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 
Margaret Booster Club 
This group specializes in fund raising, community events, assisting with programs and team sports. Parents and residents are welcome to join. Meetings are the 2nd  Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Margaret Ree. Center. 

Good Neighbor Code Enforcement 
Volunteers Needed
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Take a Hike 
     Dayton's Bluff Take a Hike on the first Saturday of every month meet at 10:30 AM in Indian Mounds Park at Earl Street and Mounds Blvd. We will hike from Mounds Park through Swede Hollow Park and then walk the length of the Bruce Vento Recreational Trail (formerly the Phalen Creek Recreational Trail) to its end, near Phalen Park. Along the way we will share stories and learn some local history of the area. The hike is about 6 miles with some moderately rough terrain. Near Johnson Parkway and Maryland, transportation will be available to return to Mounds Park or you may hike back if you wish.
     Join recreational trail supporters and explore this recreational trail. The paved trail runs from East 7th Street and Payne Avenue through Swede Hollow to Phalen Park. Dayton's Bluff Take a Hike started in December of 1990 and over the years hundreds of people have attended these events. For more information, call 776-0550. 

Free Acting Classes for Adults
Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center
800 Conway Street
Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m.
Join us. It's fun!

     Ever feel like you're the only mother who stays home? You are not alone! Come meet other at home mothers at the MOMS Club. 
     The MOMS Club is a national nonprofit organization with hundreds of chapters across the country. We are just for the at-home mother of today! 
     Local chapters have monthly meetings with speakers and discussions, park play days, holiday family parties, outings for mothers and their children, and activity groups like playgroups, arts n' crafts, a monthly MOMS Night Out, and babysitting co-ops. We also do service projects to help needy children. 
     Our activities are during the day, when mothers-at-home need support, and mothers may bring their children with them to our activities.
     For more information about our chapter call Tracie Lemke at 651-771- 5834.