Let’s talk about the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation. I think most of you know that it has been around for a few years, in fact, we will be celebrating 15 years of existence in 2014. 15 years of me poking my nose into as many parts of the community as I can in my half-time capacity as executive director. 15 years and over $400,000 in grant awards that have sustained the things we care about most. 15 years of neighbors supporting those grants and the other activities I help to organize/implement. 

Activities like our various community plans and the meetings surrounding them; or like Park B4 Dark, Shop Home for the Holidays, the 4th of July, the Progressive Dinner and the Art Fair; or initiatives that attract new businesses and promote current ones; or checking in on the health of our critical organizations and institutions to make sure they continue to thrive. 

Another important aspect to my job is developing relationships with representatives of all the different stakeholders in our area, including our district, city, county and state – and elected officials.  So we have a stronger place at the table when decisions are being considered or made that could affect our present and future. 

Sometimes I lead, sometimes I tag along. Some of it is public, some of it happens in private meetings, much of it comes through trusted partnerships with community organizers like Amy Sparks & Lauren Fulner-Erickson at District 12, Catherine Reed in the Creative Enterprise Zone, Mary Hamel from MetroIBA, our school principals, and the heads of our other non-profits, business leaders like Rick Beeson and Terri Banaszewski at Sunrise Banks, and incredible volunteers, too many to name, who give their time because they think this is the greatest community in the world and they want to keep it that way. 

I’d like to think the Foundation stands for all of that. I know that my board members feel that responsibility strongly and know that we stand on the shoulders of some great people, many of whom are no longer with us. The common bond is the knowledge that great communities don’t just happen, they need to be nurtured. The Foundation’s mission is just that, “To nurture the unique community assets of St. Anthony Park to secure a strong and vibrant neighborhood for future generations.” 

I’m proud to be a part of that work and lucky to live in a neighborhood that understands the importance of that mission. I feel like I have the best job in the world.

On to the news… 

Bang Brewery is here!
The Bugle reports that Bang Brewery at 2320 Capp Rd - the first brewery in St. Anthony Park to officially brew beer right here - is opening their doors to the public this Friday, Sept. 13. The tap room hours will be Fridays 5-10pm and Saturdays 12-5pm. Owners Sandy and Jay Boss Febbo will be pouring pints of their launch beer, Neat, and will have growlers available to take home. They brew with all organic ingredients from exceptional local farmers. Come on out, grab some Neat and welcome them to the neighborhood. 

D12 

Get Rid of It!
The Neighborhood Garage Sale is this Saturday and the Clean-up is the next Saturday after. 

Raymond Ave Survey
There’s a survey about Raymond Avenue that you can take here to provide your opinions on safety and ideas for improvement. 

3rd Monday Sing Along
There’s another of the very popular sing-alongs happening next Monday, September 16th, 6:30 Social & gathering time, 7-8:30 singing at Luther Seminary Olson Student Center at 1490 Fulham, 2nd level. Sing your way into fall! 

Schools 

Target Puts $ in Schools with Your Vote
StAP Elementary reports that Target is giving a buck on behalf of everyone who votes for their school at this website so go online and vote – more than once – and it will add up to a nice bump for our school. 

GM Box Tops
Yes, the Elementary School wants them, you can send them to school with a child or visit the school and see their beautiful mosaic box in the front hall. Make sure to check in at the front desk. The school also needs mouse pads. 

Murray Parent Forum
Coming up on Sept. 16. Can’t seem to find a time, but my guess is early evening. Call the school for exact time and room. 

Listserv 

Rock Star Supply Company
This new neighbor has been around the area for several years and just moved into the old Urban Blueprint space on the SW corner of  University & Raymond. They recruit & train tutors to work in the public schools. Here are some upcoming events on their calendar: 

9/12- THE BIG DEAL (6-10 PM) - play three artist-designed card games as a way to meet other Central Corridor neighbors and learn about their work.  

9/14- FREE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH WILLIAM ALEXANDER (1-3 PM) - William Alexander, National Book Award Winner and author of Goblin Secrets is kicking off their fall Writing Workshop series with a Monster Workshop for 11-14 yr olds. Register.

9/19-  ROCK STAR SUPPLY CO. FURNITURE FUNDRAISING PARTY (7-9 PM) - a fun filled evening of live music, delicious treats and the Twin Cities Musical Chair Championships.  

Rock Star also needs volunteers at their new headquarters for 90 minute weekly high school tutoring sessions on weekdays between 3-6pm and at several sites in the metro.  

StAPnotes 

Music in the Park Series
is kicking off their 35th year with a great concert by Pacifica Quartet, Sunday, September 29. Visit their website to find out more. The quartet is a twin-cities favorite and is bringing along Anthony McGill, a clarinetist who played with Yoyo Ma and Itzhak Perlman at Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Not bad company, eh?  Tickets go fast so book it soon! The best international musicians playing right in our backyard. Can't beat it.

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