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Health Disparities

Doctor and Xray

Join us for “Place Matters,” a film on health disparities as related to ZIP code, followed by a panel discussion and community dialogue, at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Open Cities Health Center, 409 N. Dunlap Street, St.Paul.

Seating is limited. Parking available in Central Medical lot.

Presented by: the Twin Cities African-American Leadership Forum Health & Wellness Work Group The charge of the AALF Health & Wellness Work Group is to promote healthy living; mind body and soul in the African-American community and to practice behavior, systems and environmental health change.

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Nice Ride Planning St. Paul Expansion

Nice Ride Minnesota is an innovative new bike sharing program—the largest in the country. In an effort to facilitate transportation that is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive, Nice Ride Minnesota has shared bicycles  located in stations around the city, currently in Minneapolis, only. To participate,  you pay a subscription fee to join and a trip fee each time you use a bike. To give you an idea of the cost, the current subscription fees are as follows:

  • 24 hours–. $5
  • 30 days– $30
  • 1 year– $60
  • Student 1 year–$50

Once you have your subscription you pay a trip fee:

  • 0-30—no fee
  • Up to 60 minutes–$1.50
  • Up to 90 minutes–$4.50
  • Each additional half hour–$6.00

To avoid a trip fee, you can return your bike each half hour and take out another bike.

Phase 2 of the program includes expansion plans to the University Avenue/Grand Avenue Corridor area, as well as Downtown St. Paul. Do you have a spot in mind that would be a perfect place the Nice Ride bikes? Attend the next St. Paul planning workshop and share you opinions.

University Avenue/Grand Avenue Corridor Workshop

Wednesday, November 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Laura Jeffery Academy, 1550 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

For more information about Nice Ride Minnesota, see their website.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 23, residents and volunteers gathered at the Rondo Victoria Peace Garden, located at Concordia Avenue and Victoria Street, to celebrate the hard work they did this summer on the new community garden. There were pumpkins to be carved, cider to be sipped, and plans to be discussed on this quiet fall day.

In June, the garden first opened with a peace pole dedication as the kick-off to Aurora/St. Anthony NDC’s Summer of Peace celebrations. On Saturday, the garden was put to bed as folks cleaned, raked and prepared for the future. This ending also was a beginning as the group planted garlic sent to St. Paul from AfroEco — a group out of Detroit, Mich., focusing on urban community gardens. The bulbs that had traveled all the way from the Motor City were aptly named Motown Garlic.

All summer long, the owners of the lot had asked residents the question, “How would you use the space?” The top answers were revealed at the Harvest Festival and included:

  • Meditating/thinking
  • Vegetable garden
  • Flower garden
  • Neighborhood events

Future conceptual plans were also shared for the garden, with landscape design ideas including mixed planting beds, apple, cherry and plum trees, plus a sitting area with benches.

With the burst in popularity of community gardens — a wonderful way to bring residents together — the Rondo Victoria Peace Garden is a very welcome addition to the neighborhood. It will be very exciting to see what the future holds.

Check out the other photos from the Harvest Festival in our Flickr photostream here:

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

Tubby Smith

UM Basketball Coach Tubby Smith

UM Basketball Coach Tubby Smith

2010 North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center presents the Business Leadership Speaker Series featuring University of Minnesota Basketball Coach Tubby Smith at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, at the North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center, 1711 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

Individual tickets are $50 and include the cost of a catered lunch (which does not include pork) by Elite Catering. Vendor space (including lunch) is available for $75. Corporate/Business packages are $500 and include 10 lunches.

For more information, contact Henry Crosby at 612-588-9484 or by email.

To order tickets online, visit the YMCA web site.

Storyteller Festival

National Association of Black Storytellers

Photo courtesy of National Association of Black Storytellers


Minneapolis will be the center of the Black Storytelling world November 17 – 21, when the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Black Storytellers’ Alliance present the 28th “In the Tradition…” Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference at The Minneapolis Marriott City Center and throughout the Twin Cities community.

This year’s theme, in honor of their Ancestors and traditions, will proclaim “Our Stories Are The Breath of Life!”

The National Association of Black Storytellers is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event for the first time in Minnesota. The Twin Cities public and attendees from all over the country are invited and encouraged to participate and attend.

The first “In the Tradition…” A Festival of Black Storytelling was held at Morgan State University in Baltimore in 1983. Since then the Festival and Conference has traveled around the nation.

For a schedule and ticket information, visit the National Association of Black Storytellers web site.

Summer of Peace

At peace pole

Community elder, Ms. Bertha Givins, and Dan Kravetz, who came up with the idea for Summer of Peace two years ago.

For the third straight year, the Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation, partnering with the Summit-University Planning Council and District 7 Planning Council, co-hosted The Summer of Peace celebration, a series of events that was the brain child of former ASANDC staffer Dan Kravetz. This “traveling block party” with events happening each Thursday, provided an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other and participate in activities benefitting the entire community. Thursday events included clean-up efforts, community gardening, live entertainment, cook-outs and the general spreading of goodwill and summer cheer.

We spoke with Irna Landrum, Executive Director of the Summit-University Planning Council, who shared some highlights from the Summer of Peace.

How did it go? It seemed like there was such a good feel to the events.

It definitely was a success, bigger than what we had done before, a bit overwhelming, but it went very well. We tried to do it a little differently, in the past it was more about getting out, seeing people and giving them information — more of a here’s where you go, here’s what you do, the food is over there kind of thing. We wanted it to be more interactive and thought it would be more successful if people could contribute and be engaged.

What were some of your favorite events?

The kickoff event was phenomenal. It was held on a vacant lot on Victoria and Concordia that had an interesting story: On that corner was a really dilapidated home. The neighbors wanted to buy and rehab it but that didn’t work out and the home was demolished. But they were able to buy the lot and wanted it to be an asset to the community. So we held the kickoff event there and did a peace pole planting and worked with a landscape designer, neighbors brought seeds and plantlings and we did a small vegetable garden right in the middle of the lot. Police officers, political candidates from the district, and lots and lots of neighbors came out to the party. It was just so awesome. The owners wanted everyone involved and asked for ideas about what could be done with the lot — they made a list: What I like to see is… and people voted.
Another great event was the forum in July with candidates from the Minnesota House of Representatives District 65A. When people start talking about politics it is easy to discount this neighborhood — people don’t turn out to vote — it seems easy to count out a community like ours. But that night we set out 50 chairs and we had to get more — nearly 60 people came out to ask the candidates questions. That was really rewarding

Also, we had a block party on Fuller Avenue at Chatsworth and Milton. We work with a group called Hearts and Hammers who help elderly and disabled homeowners rehab their houses. At that point Hearts and Hammers had done five houses on that block — now it’s up to seven.

How rewarding to see all that progress in one place.

It really was. And there was one event that just SWELLED. It started with an idea — our community organizer met this neighbor who drums, he plays the bongos and congas, and she asked if he would lead a drum circle. He said sure and then spread the word to his friends. It turned into multiple drummers, a stage and sound systems, it became a little block concert. It was a bit overwhelming, but all the neighbors had so much fun. And the original neighbor said he needed some work done on his house, and I handed him a Hearts and Hammers brochure and they ended up doing work on his house. It all fits together.

What do you see for the future? I mean after you rest up from this!

There are three community gardens all along Victoria Street in several different neighborhoods. We want to see what kind of community identity we can build along Victoria. It seems like some of the physical barriers are really big psychological barriers — the neighborhoods are very different, but it will be good to focus on what we have in common.

It seems we need a fresh perspective, it is easy to say, “Here are the challenges and difficulties,” but it is good to hear a fresh perspective of, “This is what’s beautiful!”

Ujima Teen Summit

You are invited to take part in UJIMA’s 6th Annual Healthy Relationship Summit (Minnesota Summit on Sexuality), Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 585 Fuller Avenue, St. Paul. Our theme for this event is “Behold I Do a New Thing.” This is an exciting opportunity for our young people as well as parents and other caring adults to participate in open and honest dialogue, and interactive workshops on issues facing our young people and their families.

This 6th Annual Healthy Relationship Summit is for youth grades 7-12th and adults who care about them. Workshops will include teen sessions on topics such as media influence, STD’s, self esteem and more. Adult workshops will give an overview of Keep It Real! teen sexuality curriculum, Breaking the Silence, and Good Samaritan: HIV/AIDS Ministry Capacity Building facilitated by certified professional trainers from around the nation.

The registration booklet (to download it, click on the image at left) provides details and logistical information about the day. Summit participants will receive a complimentary continental breakfast (8:15-9 a.m.) and lunch.

Following lunch, the Summit will conclude with a fun and entertaining Talent Showcase featuring Steppers for Christ, teen recording artist KJ, and Deliverance for Youth Gospel Choir.

Early registration is appreciated. You may register via email or U.S mail as indicated on the registration form. If you have any questions or desire additional information, please contact Juliet Mitchell by email or by phone at (651) 330-1050.