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Transit for Livable Communities, St. Paul Smart Trips merge

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Calvin

Transit for Livable Communities (2356 University Ave. W.) and St. Paul Smart Trips—two major players in the field of transportation advocacy, outreach, and programming—announced in December that they are an officially merged organization beginning Jan. 1.

Bringing together complementary strengths and a shared vision for the future, Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips are both deeply committed to expanding equitable, sustainable, and multimodal transportation options in Minnesota. Both organizations see this merger as an opportunity to advance transportation issues on a region-wide scale and to ramp up efforts to ensure underserved groups have a voice in transportation decision-making.

Jessica Treat, Executive Director of Transit for Livable Communities, has been tapped to lead the newly merged nonprofit organization. Treat is also the former Executive Director at St. Paul Smart Trips.

“This decision to merge comes at a pivotal moment,” said Treat. “We see that our region has critical work to do to create widespread access to bus, rail, car sharing, bicycling, and walking options—and to build stronger, more equitable communities. Through this merger, Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips will be well-positioned to lead an even broader, more powerful transportation movement to make that change.”

“Merging will enable the organizations to strategically expand our advocacy and programming and to make a larger collective impact, rather than competing for funding and resources,” Treat noted.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” said Amber Dallman, Chair of the St. Paul Smart Trips Board of Directors. “We will continue to do amazing work in St. Paul as a result of this merger. At the same time, it’s clear that the transportation issues people face don’t stop at city borders. We believe that coming together as a single organization will better serve people walking, bicycling, and using transit in St. Paul and our metro-wide community.”

The merger means St. Paul Smart Trips will move from their location in downtown St. Paul in early 2017 to the Transit for Livable Communities offices near University and Raymond avenues.

Current programming at both organizations will continue as committed, with the potential for future growth based on the new organizational model.

A new name and brand for the merged organization are expected to be unveiled in spring 2017.

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News from Hamline Midway Library

News from Hamline Midway Library

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Calvin

IOC10_14LibraryGraphicJanuary and February are busy and cozy at the Hamline Midway Library, 1558 West Minnehaha Ave., with arts, craft, and educational activities for all ages.

Chair Yoga meets on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am. All movement is done while seated or standing using a chair for balance. This class is taught by Nancy Giguere. Upcoming classes are on Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23.

Preschool Storytimes in English happen Fridays from 10:30-11am. The storytimes feature songs, puppets, fingerplays, stories, and more and are a great way for young children to learn and bond with their caregivers. Upcoming storytimes are Jan. 13, 20, and 27 and Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Children of all activity levels are welcome!

Evening/Pajama Storytimes in English are on Mondays from 6:30-7pm. Pajamas, blankets, and stuffed animals are all welcome at these family events. Upcoming evening storytimes are on Jan. 10, 17, and 24 and Feb. 7 and 14.

Sat., Jan. 14, 1:30-3pm, the library will host Math Day all day, with fun games, crafts, and activities featuring math and science. Use math to make art, do a scavenger hunt for shapes, and more.

School-aged children and their families can also stop by for Science Saturday from 1:30-3pm and explore patterns and puzzles. On Sat., Feb. 11, 1:30-3pm, the focus will be on Geometry 2D and 3D. Explore shapes and how they become 3-dimensional!

The Teen Book Club meets Sat., Jan. 21, 3-4pm, to read and discuss teen books, from graphic novels to Battle of the Books and Read Brave selections. For grades 9 and up.

Librarian Shelly hosts the Show and Tell Book Club on Sat., Jan. 28, 1:30-2:15pm to share books, activities, and snacks. Best for 1st-3rd graders.

The Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club meets Sat., Feb. 4, 1-3pm, to read and discuss good mysteries. Contact volunteer G. Balter for the book list and more information at gerribalter@gmail.com or 651-224-5570.

On Thursdays, Jan. 19 through Feb. 23, 6-7:30pm, the library hosts BYO Craft evenings @ Hamline. Bring your knitting, crochet, coloring, needlepoint, embroidery, or whatever you have. Drop in, have fun, and get something done!

The popular Fireside Reading Series kicks off on Wed., Jan. 18, 7-8pm with Mary Casanova reading from her novel “Ice-Out.” Her novel returns to the frigid, brutal Prohibition-era borderland of Casanova’s novel Frozen and to the characters who made that book a favorite for readers of all ages.

The Fireside Readings will continue on Wed., Jan. 25, 7-8pm with an evening of poetry featuring Lara Mimosa Montes’s “The Somnambulist, Chris Santiago’s Tula, and Sun Yung Shin’s Unbearable Splendor.”

On Wed., Feb. 1, 7-8pm, Stephanie Wilbur Ash reads from her novel “The Annie Year.” Benjamin Percy reads from” Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction” at 7-8pm on Feb. 8, and Fred Amram reads from “We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories” on Wed., Feb. 15. The series concludes with Larry Millett reading from “Sherlock Holmes and The Eisendorf Enigma” on Feb. 22, 7-8pm.

And, what better way to pass a cold Minnesota evening than enjoying some fine literature beside the library’s cozy fireplace, along with cookies and coffee? Presented by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

All libraries will be closed on Mon., Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Music Under Glass continues into Feb.

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Calvin

“Music Under Glass” continues this month at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. The Music Under Glass series is renowned for featuring Minnesota’s finest musicians in free concerts.

The concerts are held on select Sundays from 4:30-6:30pm inside the comfy confines of the Conservatory. Beer, wine, pop, and light snacks will be available to purchase. (Please, no outside food or beverages in the Conservatory.)

On Jan. 15 Javier Matos takes center stage. Tim Sheridan from All Music Guide said that “Every so often a guitar player comes out of nowhere to knock you off your feet…Javier Matos is such a player. He can play bottleneck slide blues like he was born with a National guitar in his hands. He has a confident, solid vocal talent to boot, packing a solid punch behind his fierce guitar attack.

On Jan. 22 Rachel Ries & Co. will perform. Ries, hailing from the prairies of middle America, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted. With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry in folk songs with classical roots and electrified leanings.

Feb. 5 Sister Tree brings you musings that are grounded in Traditional Roots, Celtic and Americana. Sister Tree renders radiant, expansive harmonies for strings and voices, original and traditional tunes and folk ballads, favorites and downright far-fetched selections suited to many occasions. For ceremonies and celebrations, festivals and front porch parlors.

The Bad Companions are a long-standing (and popular) Minneapolis-based roots-rock quartet. They will perform Feb. 19. Featuring two guitars, stand-up bass, drums, great vocals, a strong original catalog, and a set-list from the swinging heyday of American rock-a-billy, r & b, country, and blues.

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Keystone offers monthly events

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Calvin

The Keystone Senior Center, located at the Merriam Park Community Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave., offers a variety of programs for seniors in the community. Here are a few ongoing events along with others scheduled for the coming weeks. (Unless noted otherwise, these programs meet at the Merriam Park Community Center. Call 651-645-7424 for more information.)

Body Strengthening Demo and Practice: Mon., Jan. 23, from 11:15am to noon. Free. Jill Gilfilian, fitness professional and massage therapist, will talk about body strengthening and demonstrate exercises that you can do at home.

AARP Smart Driver Refresher Course: Mon., Jan. 23, 9:30am to 1:30pm, $20 per person. Call 651-645-7424 to reserve a spot.

“Writing Home” Poetry and Writing Workshop: Wednesdays, Jan. 25 through Feb. 15, 1-2:30 pm (free). Each week will feature fun ways to jump-start creativity, learn writing craft and share work.

Winter Warm-up (For Foolhardy Minnesotans!): Wed., Feb. 1, 11:30am, cost is $5. Share a lunch of Minnesota wild rice or tomato bisque soup, hot bread, chocolate chip cookies, and warm conversation.

AARP Tax Assistance: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 2pm, beginning Feb. 6. Free. Call 651-645-7424 for an appointment and information about what to bring. (Provided by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.)

Arthritis Exercise: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to noon for eight weeks through Feb. 28. Cost is $8 for a four-week session or $1 per class. Instructors from the Arthritis Foundation provide low-impact joint-safe exercise classes, which help with pain, relieve stiffness, and increase flexibility and range of motion.

Foot care: Half-hour appointments available the first Monday of the month from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Cost is $20. Call 651-645-7424 to schedule appointments.
Meals on Wheels: Fresh, hot, cold, or frozen meals delivered to your home.

Available to all who need nutritious food in their lives. Cost is based on a sliding fee scale. Call 651-545-7424 to register.

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