WHAT I KNOW 1-15-15

A weekly update of news and events happening in St. Anthony Park - from the Foundation's Executive Director, Jon Schumacher 

Well, the new year seems to have pushed me to a Thursday publishing day for my blog. Maybe it's better to get the majority of the week under my belt before I post, so I think I'll keep Thursdays if that's okay with everyone.

Our neighborhood Transition Town - All St.AP group (TT-ASAP) has announced a community get-together for Wednesday, February 11 at 7pm (6:30p social time) at Northwestern Hall on the Luther Sem campus. It's entitledEnvision St. Anthony Park 2040 and if that seems like a long way away, think of what you were doing in 1990, 25 years ago. Time flies and while prices at the pump have decreased, that only increases the amount of fossil fuel we're sending into the atmosphere as we drive more. Join your neighbors to help develop a plan to lower our local carbon footprint. It's a place to start and we need to start now. Contact Mimi Jennings with ideas for goals or for more info.

The St. Anthony Park Community Council announced the winners of the city-wide honor rollfor D12 and they are a worthy group of volunteers: Steve Mastey, who spearheaded the landscaping for Hampden Park; Rich Nelson, who coordinates our annual Garage Sale; andMary Beck, who led the St. Anthony Park Area Seniors through their recent transition and re-visioning process. You can join in honoring them at the annual dinner on Jan. 30 at St. Thomas. More info at the D12 website. Thanks to all for your good work! The D12 website also has great info and you can subscribe to our neighborhood listserv and sign up for their newsletter. 

Music in the Park Series and the Schubert Club have announced their Family Concert Series for 2015. As usual, it's a fantastic line-up featuring some of Minnesota’s most celebrated performing artists in programs of folk, ethnic and classical music, from traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, to the sounds of authentic folk instruments from Latin America, to string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven. Storytelling, dance and audience participation add to this vibrant array of concerts, created for children of all ages and their families. Concerts are approximately 45 minutes in length and begin Feb. 27 with the Artaria String Quartet. Thanks to Julie Himmelstrup for championing this wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy tremendous musicianship and fun. (The Foundation helps to support this series through an annual grant.)

Neighbor and international design expert, Tom Fisher, is stepping down as Dean of the U of MN College of Design in June. Luckily, he's not retiring, he will take on two new roles, one as the Dayton Hudson Land Grant Chair in Urban Design, and the 2nd as director of the University's Metropolitan Design Center. That means he will continue to be in the mix of research and teaching in the metro as well as providing vital leadership on urban planning. To read the full text of his many contributions and the transition, here's the link to the U announcement.

Speaking of Design, the Goldstein Museum of Design at McNeal Hall on our own U of MN St. Paul campus is opening "Design Cycles, A Bike Show" on Jan. 23, 6-8:30pm, all are invited and it's free. If you haven't been over there, it's a great museum. The show runs until May 10. Call 612-624-7434 for more info.

Luther Seminary is having an all day event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They will reflect on the significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence, as well as ways in which we can learn from and live out his legacy. Starts at 9:30 and includes a free lunch - all are welcome.

SAP Elementary is celebrating Martin Luther King Day with a special program featuring music and guest speaker, Kasim Abdur Razzaq, a psychotherapist and school social worker in St. Paul.

Murray Middle School has finalized a partnership with the U of MN's Raptor Center. The Center's curriculum integration program will bring live raptors into the classroom at Murray to support teaching Minnesota science standards in 7th grade life science.  Students will learn about adaptations by comparing first hand between live raptors perched only feet away from them during the Fall Capstone. It's the beginning of an incredibly exciting long-term relationship funded by the Murray Class of 1965 working with the Foundation. 

The Como Park Quiz Bowl Teams are preparing for the Academic WorldQuest Competition, sponsored by the Minnesota International Center.  Como will send two teams of four to the state-wide event held at General Mills Headquarters in Golden Valley on February 4.


Great article in the PiPress about neighbor and artist, Julie Buffalohead. The Minnesota Museum of American Art is hosting a retrospective of Julie's whimsical and unique art work from the past 15 years entitled, Julie Buffalohead: Coyote Dreams...By the way, more coyote sightings in StAP, maybe that's feeding Julie's creativity...Joy of the People Soccer is moving ahead on its plans for 2 new fields at its SSA headquarters: one synthetic and one Puckle Ball. I sat in on a meeting with Parks & Rec the other day, all that remains is putting the financing in place and there are good possibilities they are pursuing with Sunrise Banks for that important support...Great story in the Line about our Urban Growler Brewery expanding its kitchen. Get over there and quaff some beers while enjoying the delicious food and ambience...SAPAS is hosting a Volunteer Info Day on Feb. 2 at the UMC. Email for more information. 

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