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Donations needed—A blood drive and a food drive will be held on Saturday, February 27, at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy. The drives are being conducted by the Memorial Blood Center, Highland District Council, Highland Business Association, Friends of Highland Arts, Macalester-Groveland Community Council, and Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation. Nonperishable food items dropped off between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. will be donated to Neighborhood House’s Francis Basket on West Seventh Street. For more information and to make a blood drive appointment, visit facebook.com/highlanddistrictcouncil. Those who participate in either drive are being asked to wear masks and follow other COVID-19 safety protocols.
Upcoming meetings—board of directors, 7 p.m. Thursday, February 4; Transportation Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 9; and Community Development Committee, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 16. All HDC meetings are being conducted online via Zoom at this time. Links to access the meetings are posted on the HDC’s website. For information about all future meetings, visit highlanddistrictcouncil.org/events.
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Show your neighborhood pride—Locally designed Macalester-Groveland T-shirts can still be ordered online for home delivery. The shirts come in kiwi green, heather indigo blue and dark heather gray in a variety of sizes. To order, visit macgrove.org/tshirt.
Community Building Team—The newly renamed Community Building Team has changed its meeting structure for 2021 to allow for more voices and informal participation. The CBT will meet quarterly, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday, April 12. Subgroup meetings relating to events and initiatives in the neighborhood will be held during the in-between months. To learn more, email email@example.com or sign up to receive meeting notices at macgrove.org/participate.
Upcoming meetings—Inclusivity Task Force on Thursday, February 4; board of directors on Thursday, February 11; Transportation Committee on Monday, February 22; and Housing and Land Use Committee on Wednesday, February 24. The meetings will be held virtually via Zoom beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sign up by visiting macgrove.org/participate.
Office closed—The community council office remains closed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Helping the homeless—Numerous homeless camps have emerged across Union Park’s neighborhoods. The Union Park District Council is working to help ensure that homeless people have the resources they need. The Saint Paul Camps Hub (linktr.ee/StpCampsHub) will connect people to different sources for making donations. An Amazon wish list (tinyurl.com/y6hj8wnf) has also been assembled for a Union Park encampment. People also may join Hamline-Midway Neighbors Helping Homeless Neighbors (tinyurl.com/yys3ur6p).
Listen and learn—The public is invited to join the UPDC online board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, to hear from Monica Nilsson, executive director of Haven Housing. Nilsson will talk about the homeless crisis in the Twin Cities and what people can do to help. See the website for the link.
Upcoming online meetings—board of directors, 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 3; Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 8; Committee on Land Use and Development, 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 15; Environment and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 17; and Neighborhood Involvement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 22. To access the Zoom meetings, email email@example.com or click on the links at unionparkdc.org/calendar.
Contact us—The public is invited to “like” the Union Park District Council on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at @UnionParkDC, and subscribe to its e-newsletter, “Neighborhood Matters,” by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to know them—Curious about what the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation does? Want to get more involved with the neighborhood? Two virtual sessions of the same event will be held in February answering these questions and recruiting volunteers for committees and candidates for the board. The sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, February 13, and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 17. Board elections will be held in April. Register by visiting the federation’s website.
Virtual workshops—Residents can learn how to understand their energy bills, receive tips to reduce energy consumption, identify steps to make their residence more comfortable, and learn about money-saving utility programs and rebates, including COVID-related programs, during two workshops offered by the nonprofit Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota. The virtual sessions will be held for renters from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, and for homeowners from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, February 11. Register for either event by visiting the federation’s website.
Upcoming virtual meetings—Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 3; Joint Riverview Task Force, 6 p.m. Thursday, February 4; and board of directors, 7 p.m. Monday, February 8. Updated agendas and links to the Zoom meetings can be found by visiting fortroadfederation.org/calendar.
Stay in touch—People are invited to “like” the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation on Facebook and subscribe to its e-newsletter on its website.
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