Archive | March, 2014

Local salon owner awaits Green Line

Posted on 27 March 2014 by robwas66


Transformation Salon—located at the corner of Milton and University less than half a block from the Green Line’s Victoria Street Station—may undergo a transformation of its own when the region’s newest light rail line opens on June 14.
“I think it’s going to get a lot busier,” salon owner Mary Milton said. “We may be bombarded.”

Whatever happens, Milton will approach it with the faith that sustained her during construction. Her business took quite a downturn, she said, but she took a second stylist job, went to massage school, and is not deterred.

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Update Company

Update Company

Posted on 14 March 2014 by robwas66

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Local student performs in Oliver

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66


L-R: Central High School student William Pratt plays Fagin, with Mari Holst as Nancy, and Luke O’Leary as Oliver in Young Artist s Initiative’s production of the musical Oliver!, March 14-16 and 21-23 at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E. Pratt, as Fagin, is the leader of a gang of young pickpockets in Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 55 and older, and $6 for students under 18. Tickets can be reserved online (www.youngartistsmn.org) or at the door. Seating is general admission. YAI is also partnering with the Neighborhood House Food Shelf to collect food donations at all of the performances. (Photo by Benjamin Lacina.)

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Best State finish for Como Park Skis

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66


Marshal Landrum (left) is pictured with Mattie Watts at the Minnesota High School State Nordic Skiing Championship. Landrum loaned his skis to Watts just minutes before her race, where she went on to win. (Photo courtesy of skinnyskis.com)

Marshal Landrum had the best boys’ Como Park finish ever at the 2014 Minnesota High School State Nordic Skiing Championship. Landrum placed 56th in a competitive field, besting a 78th place finish by Andrew Brown in 2007. Even with his impressive race, Landrum’s skis (and generosity), were destined for a bigger finish.

After his race, as Landrum was heading out to watch the girl’s classic pursuit, a friend asked what kind of bindings his classic skis have. Mattie Watts, of Irondale High School, the current leader was waiting minutes from her start…without her skis. Landrum quickly grabbed his skis and gave them to the distraught Watts two minutes before her start! With at least a pair of skis, she headed to the start line with skis made and waxed for a guy about 4 inches taller and 20 lbs heavier.

As the race began, it soon became clear that Watts had kick, but it was not ideal. Vivian Hett, the number one ranked skier in the State started 23 seconds later and started to erode gap between them. Within 3k, Watts’ lead was gone and Hett was on the tails of her skis. Watts retained her lead and pulled away on the downhills, powering her way to a six-second victory much to the relief of friends and family. Landrum was so impressed, he asked for an autograph… on his skis. Landrum’s generosity showed the true spirit of a state champion. As for his skiis…none have ever placed better than his, or ever will. That’s a first for Como.

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B1 Bantam Devils are Champions!

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

Front Row left to right: Aaron Lee, Dylan McClellan, Carl Fish, Anthony Betti, Leo Wieffering, Alex Campbell, Jackson Crawford. Back row left to right: Coach Bill Burkhart, Charlie Kray, Keaton Vik, JC Campbell, Max Weyandt, Drew Johnson, Zach Schinzing, Danny Banegas, Johnny McGuire, AJ Austin, Coach Jason Fischbach, Coach Steve Pignato (not pictured: Coach Tanner Hendrickson).

Front Row left to right: Aaron Lee, Dylan McClellan, Carl Fish, Anthony Betti, Leo Wieffering, Alex Campbell, Jackson Crawford. Back row left to right: Coach Bill Burkhart, Charlie Kray, Keaton Vik, JC Campbell, Max Weyandt, Drew Johnson, Zach Schinzing, Danny Banegas, Johnny McGuire, AJ Austin, Coach Jason Fischbach, Coach Steve Pignato (not pictured: Coach Tanner Hendrickson).

The Johnson Como Bantam Devils pitched a fork in the Sibley Area Warriors beating them 3-2 in an exciting overtime victory in the recent District 8 playoff championship game. They also came in on top in regular season play with the best record of 12 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie.

The Johnson Como Hockey Association (JCHA) is dedicated to the principles of fair play and good sportsmanship, and to the development of competitive hockey players of all ages. It is the goal of this organization to form a competitive hockey association that will host traveling hockey teams and instill in its players the skills and virtues necessary to achieve success.

JCHA is a member of District 8 of MN Hockey and USA Hockey.

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“Inspire MN” festival to host local celebrities

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

InspireMN_IOC2013 Bezos Scholars, Como Park Senior Marshal Landrum and Educator Kathryn Kahn, announce “Inspire MN,” a local ideas festival launching on Thur., Mar. 20, 1-6pm (registration starts at 12:30pm). The festival will take place at Como Park Senior High School Auditorium at 740 Rose Ave. W. Please RSVP by Mar. 18 by emailing bigideasfestival@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Taking part in the year-long Bezos Scholars program, Landrum and Kahn had the opportunity to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival last summer. They were inspired by notables including Shuttle pilot Jeff Ashby, oceanographer David Gallo, astrophysicist Brian Greene, Afghan women’s rights activist Shabana Basij-Rasikh, and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Landrum and Kahn decided to bring an experience similar to the Aspen Ideas Festival to Como Park. “Inspire MN’s” mission is to provide a gathering that inspires, ignites passions, and spurs students and community members into action. It will urge attendees to think deeply about what they want to do and who they want to be. It will also show examples of how following our own passions can both connect us to and enrich the community in which we live.

Landrum and Kahn have invited several successful Minnesotans, all with different fields of interest, to share their stories with the participants. The speakers will include such elements as their initial inspirations, first attempts, obstacles along the way, the will to never-give-up, the people who supported them, and their ultimate success.

Speakers include Arctic explorer Paul Schurke, $1 Million Forever St. Paul Challenge winner Tracy Sides, children’s book author Kurtis Scaletta, and visual artist Seitu Jones. Festival participants will hear their stories, ask questions, and are welcome to share their own ideas.

Landrum, Kahn, and the Inspire MN festival team warmly invite community members to attend. Suggested donation: $5 per person. And, a reminder that parking lot space is limited at Como Park High School—consider taking the MTC bus #3 or parking on the street.

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Como Park features Spring!

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

ThinkSpringIn the next month, there are several events with spring as the focus at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Among them:

–Spring Flower Show, Mar. 22-Apr. 27. This year the Spring Show highlights the Hydrangea Arizona. When grown one way it will turn out red, when grown another way, it will turn out magenta! We will also feature the Hydrangea Oregon Pride, that turns out purple. Tulips, Hyacinth, Asiatic lilies, Calla, Bearded Iris, Allium, Crocus and Grape Hyacinth will be the featured flowers;

–Spring Fling Weekend, Mar. 29-30. To celebrate the 2014 Spring Flower Show featuring thousands of bulbs, a special weekend will feature special activities including games, Gardener Talks, story time and craft activities; and

–Free Wedding & Event Showcase Open House, Apr. 6, 10am-2pm. Come see why Como hosts over 400 weddings a year! Visit with photographers, musicians, officiates, decorators, and other vendors who will make your big day special. Tour our wedding, reception, and meeting spaces.

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Hamline Midway Library plans series of events

Hamline Midway Library plans series of events

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

IOC_LibraryThe Hamline Midway Library (1558 W Minnehaha Ave.) is hosting a wide range of events for all ages in March and early April, from the latest on how to use technological tools for adults to making wacky book art for preschoolers.

The Wednesdays @ 1:00 series concludes for this year with two more presentations in March. On Wed., Mar. 19 at 1pm, Dr. Stephanie Digby unfolds an intimate view of plants and fungi from the point of view of a botanist, including tips for gardening. On Wed., Mar. 26, at 1pm, Carrie Pomeroy presents “Happy Birthday, Little Tramp!: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s Film Debut.”

The library hosts a Toddler and Preschooler Storytime on Fri., Mar. 14, 21, 28, and Apr. 4, from 10:30-11am.

On Sat., Mar. 15, Paw Pals gives children ages 6-12 a chance to read with Toby and Marsha, a dog and human team trained to encourage young readers. Advance registration is required; please call 651-642-0293 or stop by the library to sign up for a 15 minute block of reading time.

On Sat., Mar. 22, 1-2:30pm, the library encourages kids ages 6-12 to get active and take time to relax by making a yoga mat in the Make-a-Mat yoga workshop. Children will decorate a yoga mat (provided by the instructor) and then have an hour of fun-filled yoga. The program is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Amendment. Space is limited; please call 651-642-0293 or stop by the library to register.

On Mon., Mar. 24, 6-8pm, library patrons can learn about the latest products and services (often free) that Google has developed to aid collaboration, accessibility, and business marketing. Learn about how to use and access Gmail, Gchat, Google Drive, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and more. Bring your tablet or laptop if you have one. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and MELSA. Please call 651-642-0293 to register.

The Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club gathers to enjoy discussing good mysteries on Sat., Apr. 5 from 1-3pm. Contact Geraldine Balter at gerrib13(at)q.com or 651-224-5570 to find out the latest titles being discussed.

Mon., Apr. 7, from 7-8:30pm, the Women’s Human Rights Film Series presents “Rafea: Solar Mama.” Rafea is a strong-minded Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. Rafea travels to join thirty illiterate women from different parts of the world to train to become Jordan’s first female solar engineer. A discussion follows the film. Presented by the Friends and the Advocates for Human Rights.

On Tues., Apr. 8, 10:30-11:30am, the Minnesota Center for Books Arts presents Wacky Food Books, for children ages 3-5. See real examples of wacky book arts and then make your own wacky breakfast, lunch, and dinner books with materials from the kitchen such as cereal boxes, paper plates, and pipe cleaner “spaghetti”! Kids will leave with fun creations to take home. Space is limited, so please call 651-642-0293 to reserve a spot. Presented with the support of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Midway Chamber announces awards

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

MidwayChamberLogoThe Midway Chamber of Commerce has named the 2014 recipients of its annual leadership awards. The awards were given out at its annual celebration event and recognize different businesses, non-profits, and individuals, who go above and beyond in their support of the chamber and the Midway community through the volunteering of their time, staff, and other resources. The winners this year are:

Terri Banaszewski received the volunteer of the year award, sponsored by Davis Communications and Zipko Strategy. Banaszewski, Sunrise Bank, is an event pro and has been active on the Midway Chamber Events committee. Her insight and dedication are the reason the annual Chamber celebration has grown over the past few years. She also participates in the Economic Development committee and attends almost all of the Chamber’s programming and events.

St. Paul Saints Baseball Club received the award for large business of the year, sponsored by the Midway Lions Club. The Saints have played their home games at Midway Stadium since 1993 and have been members of the Midway Chamber since then. They have continuously shown their support of the Midway Chamber through Board representation, committee involvement, overall participation, sponsorship, donations and a host to many Chamber outings and events.

O’Gara’s Restaurant received the award for the small business of the year, sponsored by the Roseville Visitors Association. This third generation, family owned business has been a Midway Chamber member for over a decade, and has been actively involved by hosting many meetings and events. In addition, they are always willing and ready to show their support though in-kind donations.

The Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) received the award for organization of the year, sponsored by Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ P.A. The SPPD has been an active member of the Midway Chamber for the past seven years. Along with serving on the Board of Directors and participating in programming and events, they serve the community through events like Shop with Cops and by keeping our community and members informed and safe. St. Paul is a great city to do business because of their fine work.

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Central Lutheran begins campaign

Central Lutheran begins campaign

Posted on 13 March 2014 by robwas66

Monitor1_14_BigNewsCentral Lutheran School (CLS), a pre-K through eighth grade school in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, has announced the launch of a national fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $450,000. They kicked off the campaign with the premier of a new fundraising video (www.clssp.org/give).

For more than 130 years, Central Lutheran School has been a cornerstone of faith and Christian education in St. Paul. During that time, the school has seen many changes, but none so dramatic as over the past decade. With a declining economy and changing demographics the school is significantly different than it once was. At one time, CLS relied on tuition to meet its needs. Today, roughly 80% of CLS students receive some form of financial aid and more than half receive free or reduced price lunches.

As a result, CLS has transformed into a mission-based school, with a diverse population that includes students from Eritrea, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Laos. Through scholarships and other financial aid, students who come to CLS are rarely turned away because of financial need.

Funds raised by the national campaign will make it possible for CLS to continue its mission by helping retire debt and build a strong foundation for the future. The school is also transitioning to a new sustainable financial model in which monthly donations will form a base of support. The goal is to raise $20,000 per month in recurring gifts.


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