This is the last blog I will post for a few weeks, I'm taking some time off - 3 weeks to be exact - to recharge the engines. My next blog will be on June 13th. Until then, and even after, you can go to where I go to get info: D12, the Bugle and listserv (got to the D12 website and sign up.)

The projects I am currently working on include putting together a website for the Creative Enterprise Zone with Plaudit, a web-design company located in the Triangle building right on University Avenue just east of 280. The goal is to create a one-stop online shop that drives community in the CEZ by providing news, neighbor profiles, event notices and links to area businesses and related websites. Plaudit has been very helpful and I look forward to seeing the results up and running soon.

We're also deep into the planning of this year's Park B4 Dark events. Terri Banaszewski from Park Midway Bank and Mary Hamel from MetroIBA have been helping to organize this now-annual series of neighborhood get-togethers. Look for music on the Bistro patio, some unique vendors - like Simply Steve's food truck in June and July, and The Ice Cream Man in August - and the usual specials from our wonderful Como Avenue business community. There will be more information to come but for now put June 21, July 19 and August 16 on your calendars, 5-8pm. It will be fun!

The future of 3rd Place is still up in the air. Owner Steve Townley has graciously offered to keep it open, as is, for the next couple months until we can figure out a plan or another renter surfaces. I personally think it's a great community space and love the energy my innovative office mates bring to the neighborhood. More on this after I get back to blogging. 

Monkey Island is moving toward its next iteration. A great group of neighbors have rallied around fundraising and visioning for what comes next on the lovely knoll on Hendon and Branston. There have been offers of help from a variety of sources, including the BNSF Railroad Foundation, so hopefully, there will be adequate money to replicate the former atmosphere which was very special. Thanks especially to neighbor Deanna Seppanen who volunteered to pull it all together for interested parties.

And then there's the StAP Photo book. We've got the site up and running to upload your favorite personal pictures portraying why you love this place, and a way to pledge an order. If we can get enough donors to pledge the publishing costs ($25,000) in 2 months, we should have the book by this winter. Just go to the Foundation website and click on Photobook in the top right menu to check it out. The neighbors I have talked to are very excited and the money goes to a good cause.

You may have noticed that our very own longest running premier dining experience, the Muffuletta, is celebrating 35 years right here in historic St. Anthony Park. Manager Chris Boyd asked me to share an invitation to join founding partners Phil Roberts and Pete Mihajloz on Thursday, June 7 between 4-6pm to celebrate. Chris says there will also be some returning staff so show your appreciation and enjoy the party. We are very lucky to have had this high quality and neighborhood-friendly institution in our midst for all these years.

Now, rather than break everything up into categories, I'm just going to jump to what's going on in the Park over the next few weeks:

You should definitely pop over to the Starling's first Pop-up shop on University Avenue, Art Du Nord. It's a gallery for local creatives only around through the weekend and it would be great if we had a gallery like that for all our creative enterprises all the time. Starling is a young org that is renting empty store fronts along the avenue for short term occupancy through the summer.

Art Festival coming up June 2. It's going to be fantastic, so don't go to the lake, come and see all the great arts and crafts and eat the good food. Don't forget to stop by the seminary lawn on Friday night June 1 for the annual Ice Cream Social. You'll get the great pies and ice cream our local 4H club dishes out - get a variety and then wait around for the end when they sell the remaining pies for very affordable rates!

Check out Joy of the People's summer soccer schedule. I keep hearing great things about how much fun they have over there - from the kids. 

StAPnotes
Saturday, May 19 - Como Park Senior High School Senior All Night Party Committee is hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Garage Sale FundraiserStop by for a pancake breakfast & grab your coffee - you can map out all your stops for the All Como Park Neighborhood Garage Sale that day. Breakfast from 8:00 to 11:00 AM, Adults $5.00, Kids under 12 $3.00 Where: Como High School Cafeteria - 740 Rose Ave. Garage Sale from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM All proceeds go to supporting the All Night Senior Party...National Night Out is June 6...May 22 5-7pm the local Scouts are hosting a winetasting fundraiser at Colossal Cafe. $25 buys you some lovely wines and the chance to support a wonderful program this neighborhood has benefitted from for many years...District police crime statistics here...D12 has a new transportation committee so if you would like to weigh in on that issue, come to the 1st meeting Monday May 21 at the SSA rec center...
Ramsey County collects unwanted, expired and unused medicines year round at two sites. For more info, go to http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/rt/medicine_collection_program.htm...finally, the U is going to teat their emergency warning siren tomorrow and Friday so don't be alarmed. 

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