Archive | January, 2015


Caucuses held in Feb., Apr., and May

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC01_15VoteWant to have a say in which candidates run for Saint Paul City Council and School Board? Want to impact the values and goals that your political party has for the City of Saint Paul? Want to get involved in the grassroots leadership of your political party at the precinct or ward level? Your chance is coming up at the precinct caucuses and ward conventions.

Q: How do I find my caucus or ward convention?
A: Not every political party holds a precinct caucus during an odd-numbered year. The Republican Party of Minnesota (saintpaulgop.com), Independence Party (www.facebook.com/IPCD4), and Green Party (greensaintpaul.org) hold ward or city conventions in April and May. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (stpauldfl.org) has precinct caucuses on Feb. 3, with ward conventions that night or later in February. Go to the websites listed to identify the location, time, and date of your political party’s precinct or ward meeting.

Q: Who can participate in caucuses?
A: Precinct caucuses and ward or city conventions are open to the public. But in order to vote, offer resolutions, or become a delegate, you must: be eligible to vote by the November election, live in the precinct or ward and basically agree with the principles of the political party.

Q: What happens at a caucus?
A: The precinct caucus is a neighborhood event, so you can meet your neighbors there or encourage your neighbors to go with you! The first task of caucus-goers will be to select officials to convene and run the meeting. Caucus-goers will elect delegates to represent your precinct at upcoming ward and city conventions that are held during an election year. The first are the political party’s ward conventions which may be held the same night as the caucuses. At these conventions, delegates endorse candidates to represent the ward (on City Council) and city (on the School Board). Attendees will also introduce and vote on resolutions to the party’s platform. Those in attendance also have an opportunity to speak with candidates.

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Reading Series continues for 21st year at Hamline Midway Library

Reading Series continues for 21st year at Hamline Midway Library

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC10_14LibraryGraphicThe Fireside Reading Series continues its 21st year at the Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave. Warm up the winter nights as some of Minnesota’s best writers share their works during fireside readings presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. The free programs begin at 7pm, are accompanied by coffee, cider, cookies and book signings, and are free and open to the public.

On Feb. 18, author Allen Eskens provides some literary chills when he reads from his twisting and evocative mystery “The Life We Bury,” called a “masterful debut” in a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly. When college-student Joe Talbert’s writing assignment introduces him to a convicted murderer, he has no idea that it will send him tumbling into the heart of a thirty-year-old mystery that will threaten to end his life. In addition to his writing life, Eskens is a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. “The Life We Bury” is his first book.

On Feb. 25, Linda LeGarde Grover closes the series by sharing her powerful debut novel of love, hardship, and family bonds: “The Road Back to Sweetgrass.” The book follows a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing the ways their lives intersect on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation. Grover connects the sense of place with the experience of Native women who came of age during the days of the federal termination policy and the struggle for tribal self-determination.

The Fireside Series is presented annually by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, a non-profit organization that supports the work and programs of the Saint Paul Public Library, and co-sponsored by Common Good Books. For more information, contact The Friends at 651-222-3242 or visit www.thefriends.org.

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Music Under Glass continues at Como

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC01_15ComoConservThe free concert series, “Music Under Glass,” continues at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, featuring some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians. On Sundays, from 4:30-6:30pm you can listen to live local music and beat the winter weather blahs inside the comfy confines of the Conservatory. Beer, wine, pop, and light snacks will be available to purchase. (Please, no outside food or beverages.)
Upcoming performances include:

Jan. 18, Dan Israel, writing and performing great songs for the last 15 years, is easily one of the Twin Cities’ un-anointed poet laureates, steadfastly making his way into the ranks of local singer/songwriter legends. Whether it’s with a full band or as a solo act, his work contains elements of intimacy and, as he again demonstrates on his (2011 release), “Crosstown Traveler,” an engaging simplicity that makes his deep music accessible to any audience. His performances showcase these same qualities.” (Minneapolis + St. Paul / Secrets of the City)

Feb. 1, The May North features a sound that’s part classic Americana, part folk, part bluegrass and a bit of breakneck blues, The May North pays tribute to these forms while carving its own path.

Feb. 8, Urban Hillbilly Quartet: the affable Erik Brandt was surprisingly specific when asked to describe what his group’s name, The Urban Hillbilly Quartet, meant. “‘Urban’ describes the rock; ‘hillbilly’ is the Americana, folk and country; and ‘quartet’ is jazz, improvisation and our instrumental music, with tinges of eastern European melodies.”

Feb. 22, Café Accordion Orchestra is valse-musette, swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, cumbia and more, delivered with French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude.

Mar. 1, Sarah Morris has a way of captivating her audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. With a voice both cozy and commanding, demure and daring, Morris allows us to feel every note. Her lyrics resonate with a unique combination of unflinching honesty and heartfelt tenderness: authentic portraits of love, loss, gratitude and regret.

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School showcase set at Hamline Elementary

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC01_15SchoolShowcaseThe Hamline Elementary PTO would like to invite prospective and current students and their families to attend the Hamline Elementary School Showcase and Winter Warm up event on Thur., Jan 22, from 5-6:30pm.
For prospective students and their families this is a great time to tour the building, meet the teachers, chat with the principal, and ask current students and their families about their Hamline experience. For current students and their families this event is a chance to have fun, catch up with friends, and welcome prospective students and families to our school. Everyone can enjoy warm apple cider, popcorn, and activities for kids throughout the building.

Hamline Elementary is located at 1599 Englewood Ave. and enrolls students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and enjoys a special partnership with Hamline University. For more information about the school, this event, or to schedule a tour, please call 651-293-8715.

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Stark invites HU and neighbors to problem solving

Stark invites HU and neighbors to problem solving

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

Monitor1_14_BigNewsCouncilmember Russ Stark has invited Hamline University and concerned neighbors to participate in a collaborative problem solving process to address neighbors’ concerns about the University’s plan’s for growth and expansion and to develop an approach to long-term communication and problem solving. Hamline Midway Coalition has agreed to serve as the sponsor of the process, which will be run by the Minnesota State Office for Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR). Councilmember Stark and Hamline Midway Coalition will help organize interested neighbors to participate in the process. If you have questions or concerns about this process please contact OCDR at Mariah.levison@state.mn.us.

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