BLOG: WHAT I KNOW 11-5-14 

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

I am writing this blog a day in advance as tomorrow, bright and early, I will be on my way up to Wolfridge Environmental Learning Center on the North Shore with a group from Murray Middle School. For those who aren't familiar with this program, it's a combination environmental/cultural/leadership learning experience for 80 Murray students which is specially crafted in partnership with Wolfridge. The Foundation supports it which is how I get the pleasure of accompanying the group. Ostensibly, to monitor the program, but in reality, it is a welcome annual blast of youthful energy, bonding and achievement. I consider it an honor to play a small part in this amazing program that does so many good things for our kids. I'll be there until Sunday and report back in next week's blog.


I also want to report on the great response to the Monday night get-togethers at Micawber's that have really meant a lot for owner Tom Bielenberg's bottom line and pre-holiday cheer. What started as a few friends inviting other friends has grown into a community-wide party every Monday night starting at 5pm. Last night, Adam Granger stopped by to play while shoppers lined up to purchase their holiday reading & gifts. As Tom put it when he got the chance to take a few breaths after closing, "The shelves used to be a little thin waiting for orders, now it's because of sales."  As far as I know, the Monday events will go on until the end of the year, so stop over and meet your neighbors and friends to celebrate a great bookstore and business neighbor. Don't forget about our other merchants, they can use a little love as well.

Como High School is hosting a "Cookies & Conversation" event at the Como Sunrise Bank on Nov. 10 from 6:30-7:30pm. 8th graders and their parents are invited to meet with current Como students and their parents to talk about the school and ask questions. I had a chance to talk to a neighbor last night who has a student at the school who is very happy with how the semester is going.

If you want to keep up on what's happening at the elementary school, check out the SAPSA blog. It tells you all about upcoming events and school activities.  

Murray is having a get-together for prospective students and their parents on Monday, Nov. 17 from 6:30-7:30 at our local branch library on Como Ave. Come and find out about Wolfridge, E2 and all the great stuff going on at our local middle school from current students, staff and parents.  

Good news from our tutoring happy friends at the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute at Raymond & Univ. They reached their kickstarter goal which will help them expand their program and provide even more support for our local students.  Congrats to E.D. Chad Kempe and his crew for their excellent efforts and for everyone who supported them.  

Our branch library is offering a free showing of the Tom Hanks movie, Saving Mr. Banks on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 1-3pm. The movie is about Walt Disney and the making of Mary Poppins, but it might be a bit dark for the kids. Apparently it was not a "spoon full of sugar" for Walt and Poppins' author, P.L. Travers. 

A neighbor who lives near College Park had the tires to his late model Chevy truck stolen last week...the Boy Scouts are out selling wreaths. If they missed you, you can contact them by email...Peapods is having a toy fair at their Como Ave store this Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10-1pm. They'll have a bunch of local toymakers on hand as well as donuts, coffee & prizes...starting this Wed., Nov. 5 from 7-9pm you can join a group of Transition Towners at the Urban Growler to talk about ways to lower our carbon footprint. They will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of every month, same time and place for the foreseeable future.

Also, you definitely want to check out the D12 Community Council's newsletter to find out what's going on with them and our community. It's a nicely done piece (thanks Kyle Mianulli) with good info we should all know about.

Finally, I want to welcome all you new readers who received my blog last week for the first time. I hope you enjoy it, learn more about this great community and that it encourages you to get involved - great communities don't just happen.

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


SAVE THE DATE: The Foundation will host their second annual State of the Park Forum and Non-Profit Fair from 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the St.AP Elementary School.


Want to learn more about the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation? Want to get involved?
Contact Jon Schumacher
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