There are always many exciting things going on in St. Anthony Park, but two of the projects currently most active are Transition Town All St. Anthony Park and the Creative Enterprise Zone. Check out what's going on and join us to make St. Anthony Park even more vibrant!
Are you a current or aspiring gardener? Join the Midway Local Food Hub for access to cheap seeds as well as a network of other gardeners! The second seed and seedling distribution is Saturday, May 18 at Gordon Parks High School, 9:30am-12:30pm. Sign up at the distribution or in advance at the link below.
Do you bike, walk, drive, or take transit in the neighborhood? Do you want to learn more about how these networks might change in the coming years, and what options for transportation you might have that you've never tried? Then join us on Monday, June 17, 6:30-8pm at the Langford Park Rec Center for a St. Anthony Park Transportation Expo.
You'll have the opportunity to share your ideas for the reconstruction of Raymond Avenue (Hampden to Como) as well as hearing from Nice Ride bike share, HOURcar, the Friendly Streets initiative, and more.
If you have specific questions about transportation options in the neighborhood that you'd like to have answered, please send them to Lauren and we'll do our best to address them at the Expo!
The Saint Anthony Park Garden Club is planning their plant sale during the Art Fair on June 1, from 9am-2pm. The sale will take place in the Healy parking lot, next to Park Service. Funds raised will help support neighborhood projects including planting and tending the library window boxes and gardens. We are also looking forward to the St. Anthony Park Garden Tour scheduled for Saturday, June 29 10am-4pm. Mark your calendars! The tour will include 12 beautiful gardens in our horticulturally inclined negihborhood. Visit the event page for details.
The Saint Anthony Park Community Council (SAPCC) and Springboard for the Arts are partnering, with a grant from the Minnesota Arts Board Arts Participation program with local artist Carrie Christensenin to do a wayfinding art-bike project to encourage non-motorized transit in and help show off the Creative Enterprise Zone in South St. Anthony. You might have seen some of her great decorated art-bikes last year. This year we'll see twice as many!
Check out the Google Map to mark spots in the neighborhood where you think the bikes should go. We are looking for teams interested in working on a bike - a school group, a group of folks who work together in the area, arts groups, nonprofits - anyone who can put a team of folks together will receive guidance and support from our lead artist Carrie Christenson.
By Libby Donohue, SAPCC Writer
Looking for a cozy, well-stocked place to browse resources about topics related to public art? You'll find a fine array of materials in the library of Forecast Public Art. Located in Saint Paul at 2300 Myrtle Ave, Suite 160, Forecast Public Art is a non-profit organization that "connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities" (Source: Forecast website).
I recently spent an enjoyable afternoon in the resource library, scanning titles and flipping open covers to skim pages. It's a non-circulating collection. Although materials aren't for checkout, you'll discover an assortment of gems.
Your neighbors wrote some great flash fiction at the Transition Festival! Whether inside the expedition tent (right) or just nearby, writers of all ages shared six (or so) word stories about St. Anthony Park and sustainability that you can enjoy below.
The darkness gave way to solar.
Grubworm. Fishing pole. Dogfish. Broken line. Knot. Bluegill.
Somewhere neart, dinosaurs walk a trail. -Emily
Family of family and neighbors = community.
Meeting, talking. Talking, listening. Listening, thinking.
Not that hard, with a mentor.
Thoughtful people dealing with uncertainty winning.
New American Dream here now. Why not?
Don't use so much electricity please.
Bicycling, walking, bussing, recycling, community, shared park.
Peel potatoes, compost peelings, plant potatoes.
Care more about the earth please. -Gigi
Satisfying stuff celebrating my birthday. -Nate
Cookies, stink water, fairies, puppets, mushroom house, pig. -Ava and Liam
Melting snow will become water today.
Whether you are an accomplished singer moving toward star status or a casual radio accompanist, if there is song in your heart, Chanson Voice and Music Academy will bring it out. A professional music school with voice as its primary
Do you care about pedestrian safety? Do you want to ensure that the roads of Saint Paul are safe for all users? Join us in building a citywide pedestrian safety campaign!
By Libby Donohue, SAPCC Writer
Pat Duffy recently began taking piano lessons for the first time. As of February 2013, he's also a new member of the Board of Directors for the St. Anthony Park Community Council (SAPCC). The Director of Truck Sales Operations at Rihm Kenworth, headquartered on University Avenue in the St. Paul Midway area, Duffy has some keen insights into the transportation industry.
Along with Kari Rihm, owner of Rihm Kenworth, Duffy has been attending a variety of Midway-related meetings and paying close attention to how the incoming Light Rail system may impact the area and their company. When the SAPCC talked with Rihm about its board of directors, she asked Duffy if he was interested in joining. He accepted the opportunity, serving as a business delegate.
On a cold, gray, Minnesota morning, Duffy took time from a post-business-trip, back-in-the-office day of catching up to answer questions about transportation trends, District 12, and life in general.
What goals do you want to accomplish as a board member?
I want to make sure that our industry has a voice at the table. And I want to contribute to some of the solutions to issues facing other
Now in its 44th year, the Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival brings together artists, musicians, art lovers, families and a supportive community. Along Como Ave. (Carter Ave to Luther Place) in St. Paul from 10AM to 5PM.
This popular event is held near the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota and the Como neighborhood of Minneapolis on the first Saturday in June.
- Features about 80 artists
- Benefits the historic St. Anthony Park Branch of the St. Paul Public Library
- Engages kids with activities such as the art booth, throwing their own pot, pony rides and a petting zoo.
- Has a used book sale, a plant sale, good food and great music
- Supports summer reading and activity programs, keeping children engaged in reading throughout the summer.
The City of St. Paul is entering phase 2 of a Streetcar Feasibility study; Raymond Avenue is one of the key corridors they are examining as a possibility for a streetcar route!
Share your feedback on the possibility of bringing streetcars to St. Paul on the Open Saint Paul Forum, or join us for an upcoming Transportation Committee meeting (4/15, 5/20) to share your ideas with the Community Council.
The Metro Clean Energy Resource Team has a program to significantly reduce the cost of low-flow devices for bathroom sinks, showers, and food prep areas in multifamily buildings and local businesses. Please see the fact sheets attached below for more info. Their staff is happy to work with building managers to calculate cost savings and payback periods; to get started please contact 612-455-9174 or visit their website.
By Libby Donohue, SAPCC writer
Curious and observant, Christina Morrison loves to explore her surroundings. She does so while walking her dog; while commuting in the Twin Cities; while delving into local transportation systems. Early in 2011, Morison began a blog, Let There Be Light Rail. A longtime bus rider, she was interested in the construction of the new light rail lines. Interested and just a bit anxious.
Formerly a senior city planner for the City of St. Paul, Morrison took a new position in January 2013 with Metro Transit as a senior planner at the Bus Rapid Transit/Small Starts office. A month later, she joined the board of directors for the St. Anthony Park Community Council (SAPCC), representing South St. Anthony Park. This spring, Morrison and her husband will travel to Ireland to visit family and discover personal stories.
She shared with me some of her reflections about exploring