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.