What a great 4th of July! Wonderful parade and picnic weather, a little cloudy & windy but that kept the bugs away. Nice to hear from our 5th grade patriotic essay winners talking about their personal "unsung heroes" - Mom, sisters and farmers - all very deserving of that moniker. Also nice to honor the good work of Cindy Thrasher and Julie Glowka who have run the 4th event for a decade plus. It's a reminder that these kinds of gatherings do not just happen, they take volunteers working together in all sorts of capacities to get it done. And when you get all of those people working together they get to know each other and surprise! - community happens.

Our next community event is Park B4 Dark a week from tomorrow, Thursday July 17 from 5-8pm in the Historic North St. Anthony Park retail district. As always, music, shopping and specials. Let's hope the weather finally cooperates, we're due.

Saints fireworks postgame this Friday, July 11.

A native son of St. Anthony Park, Rev. John Hogenson, has been named senior pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He was most recently a pastor at St. Andrews in Mahtomedi and is a Gustavus Adolphus and Luther Sem grad. He's also on the board of Lutheran Social Services so still has that connection to our neighborhood. Mt. Olivet is considered the largest ELCA Lutheran church in the U.S. with 13,000 members. 

Hope you are having a great summer so far. That's all for now. Take care of yourself and be a good neighbor.