Archive | November, 2014

Head to the library for fun activities

Head to the library for fun activities

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC10_14LibraryGraphicAs we head into the holiday season this November and early December, the Hamline Midway Library offers a place to recharge your batteries, gather inspiration, and learn something new to enrich your life.

Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers can enjoy Toddler-Preschooler Storytimes on Fridays, 10:30-11am, on Nov. 14, 21, 28, and Dec. 5.

On Sat., Nov. 15, 1-2pm, the library is offering “Life with Fido: The Family Dog,” a crash course in living and working with kids and dogs. Presenter Kate Anders owns Pretty Good Dog, a consulting business geared toward finding positive solutions for the family pet and has many years of experience as a dog trainer.

The Wednesdays @ 1:00 series continues on Nov. 19, 1-3pm, when Harriet Mednick presents “Traditions of Thanksgiving Foods.”

On Thur., Nov. 27, all St. Paul libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Sat., Dec. 6 offers a chance for young book lovers to meet up with other readers to talk books and share some tasty treats. The Kids’ Book Club for ages 8 to 12 meets 1:30-2:30pm. The Teen Book Club for ages 12-18 will meet 2:30-3:30pm the same day to discuss “Every Day” by David Levithan.

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Annual holiday tea planned at Como

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC11_14_HolidayTeaComo Park Zoo and Conservatory invites guests to a holiday tea like no other that includes a behind-the-scenes tour in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This long-standing tradition takes place on Dec. 11 with tea at 11am and 2pm.

Guests will enjoy a three-course tea service in the Conservatory’s North Garden – a space known for its lush and tropical collection of exotic trees and plants including fig, papaya, pomegranate, and chocolate. The tea service courses include savory petite sandwiches, oven-hot scones, and an assortment of delectable sweets.

Following the tea service, guests will be treated to a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Conservatory. This tour, lead by a member of the Conservatory’s horticulture staff, includes an inside look at the building’s expansive production greenhouse space and Sunken Garden. See thousands of plants being cultivated for the upcoming Winter Flower Show, as well as several off-exhibit botanical collections of orchids, bromeliads, bonsai, and ferns. Learn what goes into creating the five spectacular annual flower shows in the Sunken Garden and how the Conservatory production greenhouses nurture plants for Como Education programs, the Edible Garden, and select gardens for the City of Saint Paul.

Tickets for the Holiday Tea cost $35 per person if reserved before Thanksgiving and $40 per person after Thanksgiving. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 651-487-8250.

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Keystone Offers Winter Programs

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC11_14_KeystoneKeystone Senior Program winter exercise opportunities are taking place at the Merriam Park Community Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave.  Although the Yoga for Older Adults class (Mondays) is currently full, make sure to call to sign up for another class which will be held at the beginning of next year. Strength and Flexibility classes are M-W-F from 10–11am, and gym walking is available from 11am–noon   on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Arthritis exercise group meets on Thursdays, Nov. 13, 20, Dec. 4 and 11 from noon–1pm, and again on Thursdays, Jan 8,15 and 22 from noon–1pm. The cost is $1 per session.

Keystone Seniors will hold their senior Christmas Holiday Party on Wed., Dec. 3 from noon–2pm.  It will include a holiday meal with holiday entertainment by Jim Berner, whose name you may recognize from the Minnesota State Fair, where he has entertained for many years. The cost is $7.

The next AARP Smart Driver Refresher classes will be held Feb. 4, Mar. 3 and Apr. 15.  A  Smart Driver Initial 8 Hour Class will be held on Mon., Apr. 20 and 27.
On Wed., Dec. 17 the Better Business Bureau and Allianz Life has partnered to provide the seminar “Safeguarding Our Seniors – Be Empowered to Take Action”  to raise awareness and empower seniors and caregivers to take action against senior fraud and financial abuse.  It will be held from 11am-noon at Merriam Park Community Center.
AARP free tax assistance will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Feb. 4 from 9am–2pm by appointment only. Sign-up begins on Dec. 8 by calling 651-645-7424.

Other daily activities Monday through Friday include Bridge, Cribbage, Mexican Train, Scrabble and Keystone Krafters.

All of the above programs are held at the at Merriam Park Community Center,  2000 St. Anthony Ave. For further information, to register for any of the above programs  or to receive a copy of Keystone “Senior Hi-Lites” please call Keystone Senior Program at 651-645-7424.

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Free after school homework help

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC11_14_HomeworkMid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI), 2388 University Ave. W., is a non-profit that offers homework help to students K-12 in all subjects. MOI offers free of charge homework help, extra-curricular reading practice, and creative writing prompts to enhance critical thinking skills and confidence. Volunteer tutors are background checked and trained in the standards set by Saint Paul Public School Foundation. High school students can receive help from 3-4:30pm Mon.-Thur., and K-8 students can receive help Mon.-Fri. from 4:30-6pm. To register go to http://tinyurl.com/moistudent, or email volunteer@oi-msp.org, or call 612-367-7827.

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Green Line again exceeds projections

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC11_14_GreenLineMore than 1 million rides were taken on the METRO Green Line in September, 35 percent higher than the ridership projection for 2015. Average weekday ridership in September was 37,178 for a combined ridership of 1,185,217.

Ridership in the University Ave. corridor has almost doubled since last year. In September 2013, there were 653,208 rides on bus routes 16, 94 and 50, the limited-stop service that has been replaced by the Green Line. The Green Line and routes 16 and 94 had a combined ridership of 1,185,217 in September.

Ridership has been strong in both downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, as well as the University Ave. corridor. Stations that serve the University of Minnesota area have been especially active since the beginning of the fall semester.

Special events have also drawn high ridership. Around 12,700 fans took the Green Line to the Minnesota Vikings’ two home games at TCF Bank Stadium in September, representing around a quarter of announced attendance.

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TechDump planned for Sat., Nov. 15

TechDump planned for Sat., Nov. 15

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC9_14TechDumpOn Sat., Nov. 15 from 9am-1pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church (104 S Snelling Ave.), Boy Scout Troop #90 will partner with Midway non-profit TechDump, to collect unwanted electronics (gently used, obsolete, or damaged) as a fundraiser.

Bring computers, cell phones, electrical cords, internal/external drives, other misc. electronic accessories, TVs, and monitors ($15-45 fee for CRT/tube TVs and monitors—those are not flat panels). Tech Dump will destroy all information and data. Tech Dump is a Minnesota and Hennepin County-licensed electronics recycler. To find out more and for a list of accepted items, visit their website at TechDump.org/Troop90.

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Meeting planned on transportation issues

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC11_14_ConstructionSeveral street projects are coming to the neighborhood next year, and the Transportation Committee of the Hamline Midway Coalition wants to be sure you know what’s happening. Join us at Hamline Midway Library (1558 W. Minnehaha Ave.) on Thur., Dec. 4, from 7-8:30pm for snacks, conversation with your neighbors, and presentations from local agencies on upcoming transportation issues. Highlights will include an overview of the major reconstruction of Snelling Ave. taking place in the spring and summer of 2015, as well as Friendly Streets Initiative updates on Charles Ave., Fairview Ave. and the new Better Bridges project. Contact Lauren Fulner at lauren@hamlinemidway.org with questions.

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Zion Lutheran plans craft sale

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC11_14_ChurchCraftFairZion Lutheran Church, 1697 Lafond Ave., will hold a craft and bake sale on Sat., Nov. 22 from 11am to 1pm. Recycled Christmas decorations will also be sold and there will be a raffle of needle work items. A light lunch will be available between 11am and 12:30pm for $4. Cookies and coffee can be purchased throughout the sale.

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Final era of St. Paul City Conference football belongs to Central

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

Central’s football state tournament hopes came to an abrupt end with Simley cruising in the Class 5A Section 5 championship game, but Minutemen still completed a historical run.

With a 4-0 record in the St. Paul City Conference, the Minutemen won their seventh-consecutive conference championship, a league record, in the final year before district football arrives in Minnesota. Key players such as senior running back and captain Garrett Gardner made the final installation of the run possible with 18 touchdowns during the season. Junior captain and center Ethan Levin led a young offensive line with no seniors that blocked for Gardner and their other running backs all season.

Jamal Galato and Jakobi Jackson likewise benefitted with five and six TDs respectively. Gardner and Galato let the Minutemen defense with 88 and 83 tackles respectively. Gardner and Abdikalak Muse both got to the quarterback often with seven sacks.

An unbeaten mark in the conference kept another streak alive besides the championships. The Minutemen have not lost a conference contest since 2009.

Their dominance of the St. Paul City Conference has resembled that of Cretin-Derham Hall in the late 1990s and early 2000s before the Raiders departed for the Suburban East Conference. However, unlike the Raiders, the Minutemen have no state tournament trips to go along with their seven-year reign.

Central coach Scott Howell said the, “season as a whole was a success, but we came up short of our goal of going to state. We played a lot of young players outside of Gardner and Jackson which should bold well for the future.”

New district system to alter scene in 2015

A new-look regular season slate come 2015 could also bode well in getting ready for postseason play. Central and former conference neighbor Como Park will play in the Twin City District next year. That district has mostly teams from the St. Paul City, Minneapolis City and Tri-Metro conferences.

The Minnesota State High School League decided to have football move to districts to aid scheduling for games and create more competitive matchups. During the past seven years, Central has traveled as far as Fairmont and Waseca for non-conference games.
Under the district system, teams can only schedule crossover district games with the MSHSL’s permission. Central and Como could still have a ways to travel with teams in the district—as far away as Westonka (Mound-Westonka) and Elk River (Spectrum).

The Minutemen could continue their success in the new district with few 5A teams among the 28 squads. St. Croix Lutheran, a Class 4A powerhouse, will provide the biggest challenge.

“District will be good for us because we look at getting consistent competition from week to week which should help us during playoffs,” Howell said.

Minneapolis schools Washburn, Southwest and North have also had strong teams in recent years. The Minutemen beat the Millers 29-15 this year in the final set of Minneapolis and St. Paul City Conference crossover games.

For Como, a program that hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, it means they can schedule more evenly-matched games. Minneapolis teams such as South, Edison and Roosevelt have posted losing records in recent years and could make for competitive games. The Cougars edged Roosevelt 10-6 this year in the playoffs. Besides the Minneapolis schools, suburban teams such as Spectrum, New Life Academy and Concordia Academy have struggled in recent years.
With the regular season changes coming for 2015, section alignment will remain the same. That will again pose a challenge for Central to get over the section tournament hump into state, but their St. Paul City Conference dominance could continue in district form.­

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Program focuses on shortage in long-term care

Posted on 12 November 2014 by robwas66

IOC11_14_SeniorCareAs the number of older Americans increases, worker shortages loom nationwide in agriculture, health care, manufacturing, technology and customer service. What will the impact of these shortages be as more people reach their 80s, 90s and beyond and need long-term care?

While the average 75-year-old suffers from three chronic conditions and takes five prescription medications, the number of health-care workers is declining. Thirty percent of hospitals report shortages in specialty services and more than 19,000 registered nurse (RN) vacancies exist in long-term care settings and total RN vacancies in the U.S. exceed 135,000. Shortages in other occupations will also affect services needed by older generations.

To address anticipated worker shortages, Augustana Care has provided learning opportunities to students interested in nursing, spiritual care and other fields for several years. Midway resident and Director of Health Services at Augustan Apartments of Minneapolis, Denise Wolff, says a new partnership between St. Catherine University and Augustana will bring nursing students weekly to the Augustana Residential Care.

Wolff, who obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University, said that students will work alongside registered nurses to learn about residential care through the eyes of the resident. They will also be paired with resident mentors throughout the semester to deepen their learning process.

Students will conduct health screenings such as blood pressure assessments to determine if residents have high blood pressure and if their medications are effective. In addition, students will visit residents in their homes, conduct foot clinics and offer talks on health care topics that mirror residents’ interests and concerns. Topics include fall prevention, memory health and nutritional needs for older adults.

Students will also assess what resources are available to older generations in the community surrounding Augustana Care’s Minneapolis campus.

To learn more about the partnership, contact Director of Health Services Denise Wolff at dswolff@augstanacare.org or 612-238-5047.

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