Loons in the MLS playoffs for the first time

Posted on 17 October 2019 by Tesha Christensen

by Matthew Davis

Minnesota United clinched its first-ever MLS playoff spot Sept. 25 in a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.
The Loons (15-8-10) have flown to new heights in their second year of MLS soccer, not only making the playoffs but finishing near the top of the Western Conference standings. They entered the final week of the regular season with a shot at the second seed for the playoffs when they faced Seattle.
Minnesota United kept pace in the west with a 1-1 tie for its home finale against the Los Angeles Galaxy Sept. 29 at Allianz Field in St. Paul. Michael Boxall tied the game for the Loons in the 75th minute.
It concluded the Loons’ first regular season at the new soccer stadium in St. Paul. They spent the past few years at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis before Allianz Field opened this season.
Minnesota United came into this season off an 11-20-3 record in 2018 for its MLS debut, moving over from the NASL. The Loons finished 10th in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs.
This year’s squad turned things around, winning its first two games out the gate in March. They picked up more momentum with four wins and two ties during April and May. The Loons then inched their way up the Western Conference standings over the summer.
Minnesota United’s Sept. 25 win over Sporting Kansas City turned a dream into reality for the second-year MLS franchise, officially sealing a playoff spot. The Loons trailed Sporting Kansas City for most of the game, but Ozzie Alonso tied things up in the 70th minute. Hassani Dotson scored the game-winner in the 90th minute.
The Loons came into the game going 2-1-1 in their past five MLS games during September. That included a scoreless tie with the Portland Timbers Sept. 22 and a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake Sept. 15.
Minnesota United opened the month big with a 2-0 win over Western Conference leader Los Angeles. The Loons then played a friendly at home against CF Pachuca Sept. 7 before falling 2-0 to Houston Sept. 11.
United’s season finale determined the Loons’ chances of hosting a playoff game in mid October. It will make for a busy month at Allianz Field, which will also host the University of St. Thomas football game against archrival St. John’s University Oct. 19.
It marks the second month in a row with a special sporting event at the field outside the Loons’ schedule. The U.S. women’s national team and women’s World Cup champions played an exhibition game there Sept. 3, beating Portugal 3-0.

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Letters to the Editor September 2019

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Jessica Kopp for Saint Paul’s School Board

Dear Editor:
In November, I will enthusiastically vote for Jessica Kopp to serve on our Saint Paul School Board. I write today to encourage you to connect with and learn more about her and her campaign (at http://www.jessica4stpaulschools.com); I am confident her record and her key commitments will earn your vote, too. Here are some of the reasons why.
I first met Jessica in a local forum where she represented the Hamline Elementary PTA. I took some time afterwards to ask questions about how she saw the school fitting into the broader Midway neighborhood. She gave me a quick yet thorough snapshot: students she knew, community organizations they had partnered with, programs she celebrated (and often had helped to set up), other parents and teachers who were doing phenomenal work, connections to key city agencies which made a meaningful change happen in the Rec Center or that engineered a community-wide arts project on the fences adjoining Snelling Ave. (She also gave me a delicious cookie.) I was struck by the depth of her network and her knowledge. Jessica doesn’t just know that schools are in, and dependent on, the surrounding community – one of her superpowers is the ability to facilitate and shape meaningful relationships between diverse community partners and stakeholders in order to get things done.
A core goal for her candidacy is to help Saint Paul Public Schools better understand and draw on these assets. She has repeatedly helped me see the intersections between various organizations and activists in our community, to see how we could – how we must – define powerful new collaborations between schools and community leadership to serve our students and families.
To do so, she knows the school board must also deepen its understanding of – and responsiveness to– the needs of parents and teachers. Jessica’s strengths as a community organizer are tied to her strengths as a listener. As a board member she will be intentionally and fully present in our schools, re-shaping how the district attends to the voices and needs of each community. Further, she recognizes that, all too often, too many voices are marginalized, neglected, or mistreated. As a teacher, she grappled with the inequities that traumatize students and families; her community activism in the years since has tackled systemic inequality, for instance helping to build a collaboration between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University which improves all students’ experiences in classrooms while also comprehensively rethinking teaching and teacher training.
Jessica Kopp is herself an incredible asset for Saint Paul Schools – she knows how to empower stakeholders, to understand and work with what they tell her, and to help make sustainable change throughout a big, complicated system. I urge you to consider giving her one of your votes for School Board.

Mike Reynolds

Look through lens of Climate Crisis

Dear Editor:
Early on in Mayor Carter’s 2020 Budget address he said the following about the Climate Crisis: “We must act to protect our environment and adapt to the impacts of climate crisis on our city.” Following that during the speech he noted several ways in which the city is attempting to address the climate crisis such as; increase in non-carbon transit options, cooperation with Minneapolis to install 70 electric vehicle charging stations, expanded bike lanes, etc. I for one support those ideas and give the Mayor credit for his leadership in those areas. That being said, I will admit some frustration with how the Mayor and/or the city are approaching this issue of the Climate Crisis. Similar to what our state, nation, world community and many individual people are doing, the issue is looked at as yet another priority to address. It is looked at as yet another issue to get in line for the funding stream. When the reality is that it is THE issue of our time, present and future.
If we looked at climate change as priority number one, I think the reality of its daunting nature and its solutions would be easier to see. We would see that our concerns about education, poverty, violence, immigration are all tied into this issue. We would also see that any and all decisions made about those other issues need to be made looking through the lens of the Climate Crisis. In looking through that new lens we would see that must stop looking at what can we afford to do but rather what we need to do. To compare this to other issues, let’s pretend we have a sick child. None of us would ask the doctor what can we afford to do, what is the most pragmatic, etc. We would ask what do we need to do regardless of cost.
So with that in mind, I want to thank the city of St. Paul for their leadership but also throw some specific challenges and/or questions their way. It has been estimated that Saint Paul has the solar capacity for 800 MW of energy, yet we are planning to develop only 300MW of that by 2050. Why? When we look at new building/new developments (ie the Ford site) we are still seeing the use of natural gas. Why? As the new green economy develops, our city, the nation and the world will need the workers to fill those green jobs. How are we as a city being a leader in giving our residents ( adult and youths) the skills to become those green workers? I will end with a quote shared by the Climate Justice Now movement. “We need everyone, everywhere doing everything all the time as quickly as possible.” Saint Paul nice job so far but you are on the clock and it’s time to keep moving.

Thomas Lucy

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News from Como Park High School September 2019

News from Como Park High School September 2019

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Tesha Christensen

by Eric Erickson

First Fun Run set for Oct. 5

The Como Park High School Booster Club is hosting the first annual Homecoming 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Neighborhood residents are invited to participate and celebrate the Como school community with healthy activity for multiple abilities, followed by festivities that will include food trucks, socializing, and the homecoming football game on the Como turf at 1 p.m. versus Minneapolis Southwest.
“Shifting from the parade that Como has had for many years, we wanted to get something healthy and fun for the community that would bring more people in,” said Como Athletic Director Koua Yang.
Como Lake is just a couple hundred yards from the school track and football field. With such a popular, beautiful resource in the neighborhood, connecting Como Park High School events to it and the larger community is a goal.
For those willing and able, the 5K will be two laps around the lake. The Fun Run will be one lap around the lake, totaling 1.6 miles, which can be walked or run. And for young children, there will be a Kids Fun Run around the track at school.
Sponsors who are pledging to support the homecoming events already include Hiway Federal Credit Union, TRIA, the Army National Guard, GEAR UP and the St. Paul Police Department.
Registration details will be available on the school website, social media sites, and paper flyers. All 5K and Fun Run participants will receive a free ticket to the football game. Additionally, there will be opportunities to volunteer at the event and / or donate to the cause.
All proceeds will go to Como Athletics and help support programs and resources to help the more than 600 hundred student athletes of Como Park High School.

Athletic director in marathon
Beyond his participation and leadership in the Oct. 5 Homecoming 5K, Koua Yang will be running the Twin Cities Marathon the following day! This will be Yang’s third marathon, but the first time his effort will be supported by donations to Como Park Athletics.
Yang has secured a matching grant from the United States Tennis Association for up to $2,600 in donations. All donations to his marathon run will be specifically directed toward the creation of a supervised fitness and recovery room for student athletes.

Construction this year
Construction continues into the school year with work on the front entrance and main office scheduled to be completed in 2020. Many aspects of the project were completed over the summer including hallways, science classrooms, elective classrooms, a new nurse’s office and health clinic.
“Our commons and cafeteria space have been opened up to provide greater ease moving throughout the building,” said Principal Stacy Theien-Collins.

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Hamline Elementary September 2019

Hamline Elementary September 2019

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Tesha Christensen

by Jessica Kopp

Family room

Hamline Elementary Fall Festival – Saturday, Oct. 5, noon-4:30 p.m. at Hancock Rec Center
It’s almost time for the 6th annual Hamline Elementary Fall Festival! Stop by for good, cheap food, games and activities, community resources, and a chance to meet and hang out with your neighbors. Confirmed entertainment includes Babatunde Lea, Center for Irish Music Youth Ensemble, O’Shea Irish Dancers, and local duo Mac & Cheese. Big thanks to community partners Hamline Midway Coalition, Hamline University, Hancock Recreation Center, and Celtic Junction for helping us share this free, family-friendly event with our Hamline Midway neighbors. See you in October!
The Family Room at Hamline Elementary, just steps from the main office, is a sunny and lively space.
Home to most of our full-service community school programming and resources, it’s completely run and supported by Hamline families and staff. Designed to be multi-purpose, this family-friendly space has room to work, gather, and relax. With work stations equipped with computers and Internet access, plenty of cozy places to sit, and a play area for little ones, it’s a pretty popular place. We’re so grateful to neighbors who have supported our efforts the last two years and as the new school year gets underway, we’d like to invite you to keep that love flowing! Donations can be delivered to the school between 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Here’s how you can help:
-Community Closet: we accept donations of clothing, shoes, and outerwear for all ages. Please be sure items are clean and ready to wear. This saves a step for families using our community closet and volunteers who receive and organize donations.
-Community Pantry: we accept donations of 1) non-perishable food items including canned meat, soups, fruits, vegetables, beans, rice, pasta, oatmeal, and microwaveable meals, 2) household items including dish soap, laundry detergent, facial issue, and toilet tissue, 3) baby products including diapers, wipes, baby soap, and diaper cream, and 4) personal care items including toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine care products, face and body lotion, hair care products for all hair types, soap, and lip balm. Donations of backpacks and school supplies are also accepted.
-Family Room Hospitality: we accept donations of coffee, tea, creamer and sweetener packets, hot cocoa packets, breakfast bars, and packages of goldfish crackers and raisins. We also accept reusable coffee mugs, plates and flatware to be used and enjoyed by families and guests visiting the Family Room.

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Como Community Council Corner

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director, district10@district10comopark.org

Special election for vacancy
The Como Community Council Board will hold a special election Sept. 17 to fill the seven months remaining in the term of vice chair. The vacancy is the result of the resignation of long-time board member Amy Perna.
Want to vote? The special election will be on Tuesday Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other residents age 16 or older who live in District 10 are eligible to vote. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in District 10. Community members must vote in person; there is no absentee or proxy voting.
Want to run? The deadline to get on the ballot is past, but applicants can still run as write-in candidates on the night of the election. You can get more details about the position on the District 10 website: www.district10comopark.org.

Director to speak at D10 meeting
Saint Paul Public Works director Kathy Lantry will be the guest presenter at the Sept. 17 Como Community Council board meeting. She’ll give a brief update on issues such as street repairs, crosswalks, leaf-sweeping, and consolidated trash, and answer residents’ questions on those and other topics. The meeting begins Tuesday Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. If technology cooperates, we’ll also stream the meeting live on the Como Community Council Facebook page.

Immerse yourself in Como Lake’s condition
Experts from the Capitol Region Watershed District will lead a free walking tour highlighting Como Lake’s history, water quality and monitoring issues, aquatic plant and fish communities, shoreline restoration, watershed projects, community efforts, and the long-term implementation of the Como Lake Management Plan.
The tour is Wednesday Sept. 25. It leaves promptly at 6 p.m. from the south side of the Lakeside Pavilion. It will end approximately 7:30 p.m. at the fishing pier. The tour will take place rain or shine; please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for walking and the weather.

Candidate forum set
A public forum for candidates running for the Ward 5 seat on the Saint Paul City Council takes place the evening of Thursday Oct. 10. Location and exact time were not confirmed as of press deadline.
The forum is being organized by the Como Community Council, North End Neighborhood Organization, Payne-Phalen Community Council, and League of Women Voters Saint Paul. Candidates on the ballot (in alphabetical order) are Bob Blake, Amy Brendmoen, Jamie Hendricks, and Suyapa Miranda.

Upcoming District 10 meetings
• Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday Oct. 1
• Land Use Committee: Wednesday Oct. 2
• Environment Committee: Wednesday Oct. 9
All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. Renters, homeowners, and other community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

Streetcar Station open Sundays
The Como Park Streetcar Station is open every Sunday through Oct. 6 from noon-4 p.m. It is a great chance to introduce yourself to the long-gone trolley system in the Twin Cities, to get a sense of the history and visionaries behind Como Park (and the Twin Cities’ overall park system), to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or just to chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. The Historic Streetcar Station is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.

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In Our Community September 2019

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Cooking challenge
On Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon, area chefs will gather at the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market (SPFM) to compete in the fifth annual American Culinary Federation Minneapolis Chefs Chapter (ACF) “Category KG-Green, Sustainable and Local Food Cooking Competition.” This year, the chefs will each create a recipe and finished dish using locally sourced trout from Star Prairie Trout Farm, smoked pork chops from Gilbertson Farms, sweet corn and kale from various SPFM vendors, and red lentils. The event is free and open to the public to observe – each chef will have 90 minutes to set up, fabricate and cook, plate their dish, and clean up.


Donations needed
Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas in St. Paul, continues gathering food-shelf items for families and clothing and household basics for just-released prisoners. Keystone Food Shelf needs canned goods, paper grocery bags and cash donations. Its location nearest the church is at 1916 University Ave. W. in St. Paul. Keystone announced in July that it lost its lease for its Roseville location at 2833 Hamline Ave. N. effective Aug. 31 and hadn’t yet found a replacement site. Crossing Home, working with just-released prisoners, needs bedding, pillows, household items, men’s large clothing and backpacks. The group, based in Richfield with an office at Jehovah Lutheran, helps just-released prisoners find housing and jobs. Donors to either group can leave items at the church Donation Center, through the inner doors and to the left at the Thomas Street entry. Drop off items before or after worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays or call the church at 651-644-1421 to set up another time. Donation forms for tax purposes are available..
DuBose in concert
Neo-soul, pop, and R & B vocalist Ashley DuBose kicks off the Rondo Community Music Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at Walker|West, 760 Selby Ave., St. Paul. The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. To reserve your seat, please call 651-224-2929.

Autism classes set
Life with Autism and Understanding Autism classes will be offered by the Autism Society of Minnesota. Available are: Oct. 5: Adolescence and Transition (11-21 yrs.), Nov. 16: Childhood (10 mos.-10 yrs.), and Dec. 7: Adults (18+ yrs.). Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices will be held on Nov. 21, from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 20, 2020 from 2-4 p.m., March 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and May 4, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. More at www.ausm.org.

Walk to school
Great River School parents are organizing a drop and walk event on October 2. Students who are normally driven to school are invited to be dropped off away from school and to walk part of the way to school. Parent volunteers will assist students crossing roads adjacent to the school property including Pierce Butler Route and Energy Park Drive. Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Drum circle meets
Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave., will offer a class in hand drums for beginners on Sept. 27, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The cost is $10. Drums are provided. Visit womensdrumcenter.org.

Guitar concert
The Minnesota Guitar Society will present the internationally known Levante Guitar Duo from Serbia on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Sundin Musical Hall (1531 Hewitt Ave, St Paul). The Levante Guitar Duo (Aleksandra and Vojislav Ivanovic) has performed all over Europe. The concert for our series will be their first appearance in Minnesota. Their performances feature the original compositions and arrangements of Vojislav Ivanovic, which combine elements of jazz with traditional and contemporary classical music. Tickets $10-$25 at the box office and in advance at www.mnguitar.org.

Speakers on recovery
In Our Own Voice (IOOV), a free public education program featuring two speakers sharing their personal stories of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery, will be offered on Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Trinity Lutheran Church 115 4th St. N., in Stillwater. For information, contact Patrick at publicawareness@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 ext. 128..


Hamline Midway Library

Families and kids
Preschool Storytimes in English happen Fridays from 10:30-11 a.m., with upcoming storytimes on Sept. 13, 20, and 27 and Oct.4 and 11. Storytimes feature stories, songs, puppets, and more. They’re a great way for caregivers to bond with children and build social skills, listening comprehension, and letter and number recognition while creating a solid foundation for lifelong learning. Children of all activity levels are welcome!
On Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., CLIMB Theatre presents Grandpa and Lucy, a play for school-age students and their families about how even when Alzheimer’s Disease changes a family, the special relationships that bond family members together do not need to weaken.

Lifelong learning for adults
Jody’s Documentary Film Series presents the film America on Wednesday, Sep. 25, from 1-3 p.m. Directed by Erick Still and Chase Whiteside, the film focuses on 93-year-old America and the three grandsons who return to Colima, Mexico to care for her. How do the very different grandsons handle the challenges of round-the-clock care? Come see the movie, stay for the discussion, and find out!

Book Club gathers
The Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club meets on Saturday, October 5, 1-2 p.m. This month’s book is Peter Robinson’s Innocent Graves. Contact volunteer G. Balter for more information at gerribalter@gmail.com or 651-224-5570.


Hamline Midway Elders

Reading Buddies
We invite elders to be a Reading Buddy with third grade students at Hamline Elementary School on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 1:30-2:10 beginning September 18. No experience is necessary, just a desire to interact with children. And you don’t have to attend every session, just come when your schedule permits.
Older adults interested in participating should contact Tom Fitzpatrick at 651-209-6542 or tom@hmelders.org.
Gentle Exercise Class Series
Joni O’Connell leads this arthritis-friendly exercise class for older adults Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3 p.m., from Sept.17 through Nov. 7. Joni utilizes her unique Irish sense of humor to create a welcoming and motivating atmosphere. New attendees are always welcome for these free classes. Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 1697 Lafond Ave.
Jody’s Documentary Series – Wednesday Sept. 25, 1:00 at Hamline Midway Library (1558 West Minnehaha)
Join us to view documentaries with discussion after, refreshments provided. This month’s film: América (see our website for film descriptions www.hmelders.org/events.html)
Monthly Luncheons – Second Tuesday of each month, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., at St. Stephanus Lutheran Church, 739 Lafond Ave.


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Free fitness classes, fun at Defining You event

Free fitness classes, fun at Defining You event

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Suzy Levi

Fall is in the air, and with the season of gathering here, St. Paul’s premier Pilates studio Defining You Pilates & Fitness announces a Fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. It will include free classes, fun giveaways, community goodwill, snacks, studio tours and package discounts. The welcoming event takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 550 Vandalia Tower, Suite 310.
Those interested trying a class sampler may check the Open House schedule and register in advance at www.definingyoufitness.com. Free class formats will include Pilates, HIIT, TRX, Barre and Indoor Cycling. In addition, several community partners will staff tables and offer samples and information including Mastel’s Health Foods and Athleta of Rosedale.
Defining You will also launch a Miles for Monarchs cause initiative to support Monarch Joint Venture throughout October. Clients can participate by clocking their mileage during indoor cycling classes with a comprehensive team goal set to top 2,000 miles, close to the same distance monarch butterflies trek from Minnesota to overwintering sites in Mexico.
“Fall represents a season of transformation and gathering, the perfect time to come together to reflect on our personal health and the wellbeing of our community,” explained Suzy Levi, owner of Defining You. “At Defining You, we pride ourselves on helping our clients transform their minds and bodies through movement so they can connect with their healthiest selves. Our open house is the perfect opportunity for curious individuals who perhaps have heard about Pilates or our studio to stop by, sign up, learn more, try a free sampler class and learn more about Miles for Monarchs. All are welcome!”

“My mission is to create achievable workouts for clients, and I am passion about nurturing future instructors and business owners in this wonderful wellness space,” said Defining You owner Suzy Levi (back row middle). “Movement can change unhealthy physical and emotional patterns, this philosophy influences, energizes and heals our clients every day.” (Photo submitted)

The Miles for Monarchs effort is a new way to support monarch butterflies through athletic activities and helps raise awareness about the decline of monarch butterflies and other native pollinator species. Funds raised will support local and national pollinator habitat projects and conservation work with both Monarch Joint Venture and Pheasants Forever. Officed in St. Paul, Monarch Joint Venture is a national partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, business and academic programs working together to conserve and monarch butterfly migration for future generations.
Defining You offers group fitness, Pilates and private training through certified and motivating instructors who share a passion for wellness. Levi founded her studio in the basement of her St. Paul home in 2006 believing that through the spirit of fitness individuals can improve their inner and outer strength and flexibility so they can do more, feel more and be happier. After moving to a location on Snelling Ave. for several years, Levi and her husband Scot Jennings recently retrofitted space in the convenient and historic mixed-use Vandalia Tower to accommodate her growing wellness business.
For more than 30 years with certifications and expertise in Pilates and fitness training, Levi has helped hundreds of individuals transform their health and lives through movement, and she believes exercise is about more than burning calories and getting leaner. Levi specializes in working with individuals living with scoliosis and other complex mobility issues.
Defining You is a wheelchair-friendly studio; however, Vandalia Tower property management will close the elevator for updating through Oct. 6. Guests visiting the studio who rely on use a wheelchair or accessibility device, should call 651-769-5712 or email definingyoufitnessdesk@gmail.com.

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New charter school in former Central Lutheran

New charter school in former Central Lutheran

Posted on 11 August 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Michelle Cambrice

Ten years in the making, a group of engaged educators will open a new charter school called The Journey School this fall.
The Journey School, which is currently accepting enrollment for students K-2, was the brainchild of long-time educators Michelle Cambrice and Scott Gostchock. Their goal was to make a positive difference in the community for children and families through a quality, caring, family-centered education and environment.
“Our dream to open a school where any student has the opportunity to succeed has become a reality, and we’re so excited to share our vision with the community,“ said Cambrice, who has been appointed as the school’s first diriector.
This dream garnered momentum when The Journey School leased the former Central Lutheran School building at 775 Lexington Parkway in St. Paul, which closed last year. The building has gone through renovations to prepare for opening in the fall.
“The Journey School is located in a diverse area where we can reach more children and provide resources,” Cambrice said. “Choosing the right school for a child is one of the most important decisions parents will make. At The Journey School, we will partner with parents and the communiity to equip each student with the knowledge and skillls necessary for their life-long journey of learning.”
In addition to offering dasses for students K-2, The Journey School has also partnered with Head Start to provide childcare.
The Journey School is hosting three open house events at the newly renovated building Aug. 10, 17 and 24. All open house events are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families are welcome to, tour the new school, get to know the staff and school board, and enroll their student(s).
Learn more by calling 612-389-1579 or browse www.thejourneyschool.org.

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Como FFA

Como High: Gibson Foundation, cooking in Paris, FFA, and swimmers on MPR

Posted on 11 August 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Ms. Gbolo in Paris

Hope Heals camps

Como staff members Mr. Donnell Gibson and Ms. Kristy Pierce have successfully expanded a thriving summer program to serve St. Paul students and alumni. The Gibson Foundation is going strong in its fourth summer, running the Hope Heals basketball camps and hosting an inaugural tournament at the St. Bernard’s gym.
Over 60 boys and girls, ages 6-13, attend camp sessions at Arlington Hills Rec Center. They meet twice a week for the course of six weeks. One hundred-forty high school students and St. Paul college-age alumni meet at Washington Technology Magnet for free play, socializing, and check-ins with Gibson Foundation leaders and community supporters. The multi-age grouping lends itself to mentoring as high school students learn what it takes to study and play at the next level.
Other program leaders include Ronnie Smith (new Como girls assistant coach), Shawn Phillips (Como boys j.v. coach), and Olanda England (Como staff and girls j.v. coach). Como alum Louis Carter is the lead coach for the young age group, and current Como student Ronnie Porter also mentors the youngsters.

Culinary arts institute
Como teacher Ms. Courtney Gbolo traveled to Paris, France to take classes at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute from July 20-Aug, 5. Gbolo earned a grant through the St. Paul Fund for Teachers that sponsored her travel and study.
Gbolo’s classes at Le Cordon Bleu included The Art of Cooking Like A Chef, The Secrets of Choux Pastry, Tart Making, Bread Making, Sauces, and Pastry Art. Gbolo says she’s been energized by the hands-on curriculum and is extremely grateful for the opportunity that was made possible by the St. Paul Foundation.
Looking ahead to the school year, Gbolo is eager to incorporate ideas and recipes from her summer learning and share her passion with Como students in her Culinary Arts classes and Culinary Club.

Como FFA

Future farmers
Students from Como Park’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) helped with the “Farmer for the Day” exhibit at the Ramsey County Fair in July. The students taught young children about agricultural products made in Minnesota.

Swimmers on MPR
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) produced a well-received feature story about competitive swimming, wrapped into historical patterns of participation. The subjects of the feature were Como teacher Justin Mann, and Como student Aaron Ramsey.
Mann teaches social studies and is the assistant boys’ swim coach. Ramsey will be a junior and is a varsity swimmer. They are two examples of leaders who are “broadening the circle” and raising awareness that swimming is a skill and activity available for all.
Both were interviewed for radio and digital print features, and filmed for the social media links and videos that MPR produced. Ramsey said that swimming used to cause him some fear and anxiety, but he’s gained confidence through competitive swimming. “I feel at home in the water. I’m always itching to get back in the water. And I’ve decided to become a lifeguard and help people,” Ramsey said.

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Do’s and don’ts during the State Fair

Do’s and don’ts during the State Fair

Posted on 11 August 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director, district10@district10comopark.org

Do’s and don’ts during fair
The Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22-Sept. 2. Some residents can’t wait. Some residents can’t wait to get out. To get up to date (or take a refresher course) on what is and is not allowed in the neighborhood during the Fair, see the “State Fair Do’s and Don’ts” article on District 10’s website. It covers the special chaos that is fair time in Como: yard parking, street parking, peddlers, vendors, signs, and more. Go to: www.district10comopark.org.

Commissioner to speak
Ramsey County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo will be the guest presenter at the Aug. 20 Como Community Council board meeting. She’ll give updates on local issues, and answer residents’ questions. The meeting begins Tuesday Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other community members are welcome to attend and participate. If technology cooperates, we’ll also stream the meeting live on the Como Community Council Facebook page.

Upcoming District 10 meetings
•Environment Committee: Wednesday Aug. 14.
• Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday Sept. 3
•Land Use Committee: Wednesday Sept. 4

All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Renters, homeowners, and other community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

Community Yoga is Sept. 8
District 10’s next Community Yoga is Sunday Sept. 8 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. The session will be suitable for all levels of skill and experience. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothes. The class is limited to 25 participants.
Registration is $5, which benefits the Como Community Council. Register in advance at: www.district10comopark.org/communityyoga.html

Streetcar Station open Sundays
The Como Park Streetcar Station is open every Sunday through Oct. 6 from noon-4 p.m. It is a great chance to introduce yourself to the long-gone trolley system in the Twin Cities, to get a sense of the history and visionaries behind Como Park (and the Twin Cities’ overall park system), to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or just to chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. The Historic Streetcar Station is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.

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