There was a very nice honor bestowed upon neighbor and Bugle editor, Kristal Leebrick. In case you haven't heard, she won first prize in Garrison Keillor's Common Good Books poetry competition this year. The theme for the competition was Love and Kristal wrote hers about a first kiss in Jr. High. Here's the link to the Pioneer Press article that contains that lovely poem. A nationwide search is now on for the unnamed (Kristal has forgotten) but fortunate North Dakota son whose smooch was memorialized. Perhaps Kristal can hire a private investigator with the prize money. Congratulations, Kristal! 

If you'd like to hear Kristal recite the poem live, you need to buy tickets to our Mother's Day concerts (4 & 7pm) on Sunday May 11. We're partnering with Music in the Park Series and the Schubert Club to bring the New Standards to the UCC Church to celebrate our combined 15th and 35th anniversaries respectively. Here's a link for the tickets, they are moving fast so get your order in soon. It will be a unique, one time event, you won't want to miss it!

St. Paul Youth Commission
Here's an opportunity for our local youth to get involved in citywide policies affecting them. The Saint Paul Youth Commission is taking applications for new members to serve 2-year terms. It's a great way to build relationships with other youth leaders, city officials and represent your community.

Suyapa Miranda Named New Executive Director of D12 Community Council. Bye Amy!
I had a chance to meet Suyapa at a celebration for outgoing ED, Amy Sparks. The event was held at The Dubliner and there was a nice turnout to honor the many ways Amy benefited our community during her time with the council. Luckily, Amy will not be leaving us but rather focusing her many talents on the Creative Enterprise Zone. Suyapa was chosen from a strong group of candidates and has a great background in community work and the non-profit world. I am looking forward to working with her in this exciting time for our neighborhood. I think she'll be great.

Shred Day at Sunrise Banks
If you have old documents you'd like shredded, come to the parking lot at the Como Sunrise Bank this Saturday, May 3 from 9-noon and drop them off, the bank will shred them for free.

Kickstarter Drive for DI Elementary Kids
Our St. Anthony Park Elementary School students have done it again. They qualified three teams for the global competition coming up soon in Knoxville, Tennessee by being in the top 3 teams for their categories in the state competition. Now comes the scramble to raise enough money for all the team members to go. You can help and get a look at the team members at this Kickstarter site. Click the link and show support, they have worked hard to achieve this honor.

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

Look for a postcard from the Foundation in your mail soon announcing our 15th Anniversary Grant Competition. It gives you information on the competition as well as a schedule of events the Foundation is involved in for the year. Keep it handy.