Thursday / May 14

OUR LADY OF PEACE (OLP) hospice will hold its annual spring luncheon online at noon today. The 80-year-old institution provides free housing and care to patients beyond what is covered by their insurance at a daily cost of about $1,000 per patient. The public is invited to grab lunch and log on to the OLP website for a video presentation that includes words of comfort from Archbishop Bernard Hebda, the story of four generations of Rudolphs who have built and sold bluebird houses to raise money for Our Lady of Peace, a message from OLP director of development Lisa Sweeney, and a performance of “Shelter Me—A Prayer” by its composer, the Reverend Michael Joncas. Donations to OLP will be requested, but are not required. Visit

WANT TO IMPROVE your public speaking skills? The Midway Toastmasters club is meeting from 6-8 p.m. on most Thursdays via video chat. For information, visit or email

MAY DAY REUNION. Highland Catholic School students made a triumphant return for their alma mater’s traditional May Day program. In the car parade at left, students Henry Skillrud, 6, sister Eloise, 7, Tallulah Guiney, 8, and brother Jack, 9, waved to the crowd. Hi-C teacher Molly Stucker as Queen Alphabet (right) waved back as the cars passed in front of the school. Photos by Brad Stauffer

Sunday / May 17

“SURVIVING TRAUMA: Freud, Anti-Semitism and the Spanish Flu Pandemic” will be discussed from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. by Ellen Chazdon, a longtime practicing psychologist in the Twin Cities. Sponsored by the congregation Or Emet, the online program explores how Sigmund Freud was impacted by the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20 and how he endured multiple traumatic events throughout his life. To register, email Scott Chazdon at

Monday / May 18

END OF LIFE CARE and advanced care directives will be addressed by Jewish Family Service from 4-5 p.m. via Zoom. Hear from doctors about their experiences with end of life care and decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. To register for the free program, email Tara Burns at

Friday / May 22

“OPENING THE DOORS of Sephardic Music and Culture,” an online program led by David Jordan Harris, artistic director of the ensemble Voices of Sepharad and executive director of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, will be offered from 7:30-9 p.m. by the Jewish congregation Or Emet. Harris will discuss the history of the Sephardic Jews through their music. A short Sabbath service will precede the program. To register, email Scott Chazdon at

Saturday / May 23

A POLLINATOR PLANT SALE is being held today. Drive-through pickup is available for orders placed by May 20 at For more information, email All plants have been grown without using any neo-nicotinoid insecticides, which are responsible for a large decline in the population of pollinating insects and birds. Net proceeds from the sale will go to the city of St. Paul to purchase personal protective equipment for first responders.


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