What I Know 10-15-14

October 15, 2014
I had the pleasure of attending two concerts on Monday of the Danish String Quartet. They were in town for a Sunday Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series concert and stayed over in part thanks to a Foundation grant that brings these concerts to the schools and senior home. So, I joined up with MiP director, Julie Himmelstrup, and around 400 elementary school kids for a wonderful 45 minute morning performance of scandinavian music, after which we moved on to the senior home for another 45 minutes of lovely string sounds.

Both audiences were attentive and enthused, with the students at one point clapping along to a particularly lively folk tune - much to the delight of the four young artists who later expressed admiration for the students' appreciation and musical knowledge. Many students (even the younger ones) knew the different instruments, where Denmark was located and raised their hands when asked how many played an instrument. Brad Ollman, the music teacher at St.AP Elementary, is very gifted and had the entire student body sweetly singing their school song a cappella to greet the nordic visitors. That was a treat.

The seniors were quieter, but no less appreciative. There were about 30 or so residents and guests enjoying the intimate concert in the sunny 3rd Floor gathering space. Owner/operator John Barker, a musician himself (Juilliard grad), was there helping to position all the wheel chairs to make room for the overflow crowd. All in all, a really moving opportunity to see the power of music at work intergenerationally. Thanks to Julie H. for her programming excellence, Principal Ann Johnson, for her commitment to providing the best all round educational opportunities for our kids and John Barker and his staff for their warmth and enlightened care of our senior neighbors.

St. Anthony Park Elementary is having their annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.  
Come support this wonderful school by stopping by to bid on some fabulous items at the SILENT AUCTION in the gym.  Bidding ends promptly at 7:30 PM100% of the proceeds fund enrichment activities for our students such as trips to environmental learning centers, art museums, planetariums, and theaters, as well as artists-in-residence programs.

Como High School is having a reception Nov. 10, 6:30-7:30pm at the Como Ave Sunrise Bank8th graders and parents, are invited to join Como Park Senior High students and parents to listen to their stories/experiences and ask questions.

The defending State Champ Como Boys Soccer team has once again made it to the final eight in the State Tournament by beating Blake last night. I can't seem to find out any other details in either of our local newspapers. Why not? Either it's not there or they have terrible search engines - or both. 

There was a nice article with photos in the PiPress about our local 3rd grade Girl Scouts helping to spray paint storm drains in the neighborhood with "Drains to River" warnings as part of an education program run by Friends of the Mississippi River. They learned about how everything that goes down those drains ends up in the river and what kinds of environmental problems that can cause. Thanks, girls!

Tomorrow, Oct. 16, the little wine shoppe will have a tasting from 4:30-7:30pm. All are welcome to enjoy the samplings from Tim at Domace Vino. I guarantee good wines with an excellent presentation.

Green Line ridership over 1 million for September, more than 37,000 ea. weekday. That's apparently 35% higher than the projections for 2015. The conversation around improved safety options after the tragic fatality at our Westgate station is still ongoing. There are hopes that it will lead, at very least, to a renewed consideration of the current safety levels.

Halloween Spooktacular/Benefit for St. Paul Magic Special Olympic Team, this Saturday, Oct. 18th
2-5 PM at St.AP UMChurch. Tickets $5.00 per person for family friendly Halloween event. Games, Prizes, Treats, Face painting, Fire Truck, Police Car, Haunted Hayride, Non threatening.

That's all for now. Take good care of yourself and be a good neighbor.


 

What I Know 10-8-14

October 7, 2014
Leading my headlines this week is news that the Colossal Cafe's foray into an evening schedule has not done well enough for them to keep doing it at this time. The good news is, according to John Tinucci, owner/operator with his daughter Elizabeth, their breakfast and lunch business is going strong and they will continue to focus on that, but after Saturday, Oct. 18, they will not be open for dinner

John said the neighborhood has been very supportive, but the reality is they need to draw fro...
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What I Know 10-1-14

October 1, 2014
Last week I get a call from neighbor, Tom Lohse, who wanted to talk about light rail safety. His daughter, Shana, had recently been killed by a train at the Westgate Station in our community and he felt her tragic death could have been prevented. He told me he's retired and doesn't sleep much these days, so he has plenty of time to think and rethink the unfortunate circumstances that might have meant the difference between life and death for Shana. If you ask him how it feels to go through al...
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What I Know 9-24-14

September 24, 2014
Let me start by thanking everyone who came to the Foundation's 15th anniversary celebration at the Urban Growler last Friday night. The size of the crowd - several hundred is my best guess - caused some access issues, and the need to move the music inside due to the weather made for some muddled sound, but the overall goal of bringing the community together in celebration for 15 years of supporting our non-profit organizations and initiatives seemed to be very well-served. 

As someone who was ...
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What I Know 9-17-14

September 17, 2014
This is a big week for the Foundation. Friday night is our 15 year anniversary event and we are looking forward to welcoming many neighbors and friends to the Urban Growler Brewery from 7-10pm to help us celebrate. As the executive director, I have a natural bias for the good that this organization has done and will continue to do with the support of this community. That said, I don't think there is a segment of our neighborhood left untouched by the work of the Foundation.

We have been a part...
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What I Know 9-10-14

September 10, 2014
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Sept.16 6:30-8pm, Olson Campus Center of Luther Seminary. That's when the St. Anthony Park Area Seniors (formerly known as the Block Nurse Program) will present the results of an in-depth and long-needed study to understand the preferences, aspirations and service needs of older residents in our neighborhood. Working with the Wilder Foundation, SAPAS conducted a series of focus groups in the district with post-50 yr old neighbors and the businesses/orgs that s...
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What I Know 9-3-14

September 3, 2014
I attended a presentation last night at Hamline University sponsored by Ramsey County Attorney John Choi's office entitled, "How We Raise Our Boys. It featured Ted Bunch from the organization A Call to Men, who talked for an hour and a half about the way our male children are brought up and socialized by our society. Much of the content would probably not surprise you. I think most of us are aware of the "Boys don't cry...man up...don't show your emotions" stereotypes that still are taught ...
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What I Know 8-27-14

August 27, 2014
Let's start this week's blog with a brief reflection on the changes to the State Fair west entrance. I did post a longer review on the listserv which many of you have perhaps read, so I don't want to belabor this. To synopsize the listserv conversation, I think most people were generally positive about the changes once you got inside the fair, but some were less then enthused about the new Buford entrance. It felt a little like there wasn't alot of thought put into the actual approach/entranc...
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What I Know 8-20-14

August 20, 2014
Tomorrow is the opening day of this year's State Fair and that usually means a big crowd. I know of a number of people in the neighborhood who try to schedule their vacation during fair time to avoid the traffic and noise. We aren't always here for the festivities, but after 33 years or so in the community, I still haven't grown tired of the "Great Minnesota Get-together" because it is just that: people coming from all over the state and region to celebrate all of our wonderful resources in a...
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What I Know 8-13-14

August 13, 2014
I know you're all eager to know that my vacation was was well spent and so let's get the small talk out of the way immediately: it was. Relaxing, refreshing, reflective, recreational, renewing...can't think of any other R words, oh yeah, Relatives! All good, thanks for asking.

This afternoon I will attend a party for neighbor and friend, Paul Fate, who is retiring as head of Common Bond after 7 years. Under his leadership, the organization has grown dramatically serving more people with afford...
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About Me


Jon Schumacher - Executive Director Hi, I'm Jon Schumacher, the Executive Director of the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation. The Foundation's role is to understand our community needs, bring people together to help find solutions and then support their implementation. I am the point person for that and the blog is my way of keeping my board and neighbors up-to-date on all that is happening around District 12.