highlanddistrictcouncil.org • 651-695-4005
Lexington reroute—Lexington Parkway will be extended from West Seventh Street to Shepard Road beginning in 2022. Project staff are seeking public comments to help evaluate the road’s design, which include options for a two-way stop, a full roundabout and a mini-roundabout at the new Lexington/Elway Street and Montreal Avenue intersection. A virtual open house will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, to hear from project staff and provide feedback. Register at ramseycounty.us/LexingtonExtension. A map of the draft layouts will be available for comment on the website beginning March 25. For information, visit the site or contact Nick Fischer at 651-266-7119 or Nicklaus.Fischer@ramseycounty.us. For a video of the project, see youtu.be/EF8I9XkUwvk.
Personal safety workshop—The Saint Paul Police Department will offer a virtual personal safety workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. The workshop will focus on situational awareness at home, shopping, work and the neighborhood. Register at bit.ly/March24SPPDclass.
Block club leaders—New quarterly meetings with police for block club leaders will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday, March 29. The meetings will include guest presenters and information about crime prevention programs. Register for the first meeting at bit.ly/SPPDblockclub.
Conversation with Choi—Join Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for a conversation on the Juvenile and Family Justice Center, convictions and crime at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. More information and meeting login info is available at highlanddistrictcouncil.org/calendar.
Annual meeting—The Highland District Council will hold its annual meeting and board elections at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22. The event will provide an opportunity to learn about projects in the neighborhood and meet candidates for the board. Up for election will be representatives for all odd-numbered grids, two at-large seats and one at-large alternative position. A virtual meeting for prospective board members will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. Learn more by visiting highlanddistrictcouncil.org/hdc-event/2021-election.
Upcoming meetings— Community Engagement Committee, 7 p.m. Monday, March 22; and prospective board member information, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. Links to the Zoom meetings are posted on the HDC’s website. For information on future meetings, visit highlanddistrictcouncil.org/events.
macgrove.org • 651-695-4000
Annual meeting and elections—The Macalester-Groveland Community Council will host a virtual annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8. Tune in to learn more about the neighborhood, meet board candidates and connect with grid representatives. Board candidate applications are available online. Board elections will take place online and via mail from April 8-15. Learn about open seats and running for the board at macgrove.org/annualmeeting or email email@example.com.
Mac-Grove webinars—The community council is offering the following free webinars: vegetable gardening with the owners of Our Urban Farms at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20; and a community meeting with City Council member Chris Tolbert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6. Register at macgrove.org/webinars.
Block ambassadors sought—The public is invited to meet with Macalester-Groveland and Union Park staff, as well as neighborhood relations staff from Saint Thomas and Macalester, to learn how to start a block club in their neighborhood. The Zoom meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 25. Visit the website for more information.
Century building plaques—The community council is still offering owners a chance to purchase plaques identifying their building’s age. Any property that will be 100 years old by 2025 is eligible. Order at macgrove.org/100years by March 31.
Mac-Grove survey—The community council is asking people to submit comments about its current programs, activities, communication and outreach at macgrove.org/2021survey by April 16. Include an email for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
Show your neighborhood pride—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 Community Building Team’s next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 12. Subgroup meetings will be held during the in-between months. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up to receive meeting notices at macgrove.org/participate.
Upcoming meetings—Transportation Committee on Monday, March 22; Housing and Land Use Committee on Wednesday, March 24; Inclusivity Task Force on Thursday, April 1; annual meeting on Thursday, April 8; Community Building Team on Monday, April 12. All meetings will be held via Zoom beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for notices and Zoom information at macgrove.org/participate.
Office closed—The community council office remains closed. Email email@example.com for more information.
SHA plant sale—The Summit Hill Association will hold its annual plant sale online this year in partnership with Gerten’s Garden Center. Visit gertensfundraising.com and type in “191” to visit the site to find a wide variety of plants, flowers, floral arrangements, vegetables and gift cards. The fundraiser will close at 10 p.m. Thursday, April 22, and no late orders will be accepted. Buyers will be able to pick up their orders starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in the parking lot at the Linwood Recreation Center, 860 Saint Clair Ave. Visit the SHA website for more information.
Solidarity fund—The Union Park and Lexington-Hamline community councils have established a solidarity fund for those in need of housing relief. The funds may be used to cover rent, mortgage payments and utilities. Those who are willing to donate to the fund are being asked to visit givemn.org/story/Li2sdg. Those who are in need of assistance should call 651-917-3883.
Gardening workshops—The UPDC is offering free online vegetable gardening workshops this spring. The sessions will take place from 7-8 p.m. The schedule includes Cooperative Vegetable Gardening (collaborating with neighbors) on March 22, Introductory Vegetable Gardening Part 1 (planning and planting) on April 5 and Introductory Vegetable Gardening Part 2 (growing and harvesting) on April 12. Register at least two days in advance by visiting tinyurl.com/as9prxsr.
Union Park micro-grants—The UPDC is seeking applications from residents and small groups of neighbors for grants of $400-$600 to complete small projects in its neighborhoods. Applicants are being encouraged to build partnerships with neighbors, businesses and other organizations. Applications are due by the end of May. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or visit unionparkdc.org/micro-grant.
Upcoming meetings—Environment and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17; Neighborhood Involvement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 22; board of directors, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7; and Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 12. 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.
Lexington Parkway extension—A virtual open house will be held by Ramsey County at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 25, to discuss draft layouts and provide comments on plans to extend Lexington Parkway from West Seventh Street to Shepard Road beginning in 2022. One focus of the event will be the intersection of Montreal Avenue and Lexington/Elway Street. Register in advance at ramseycounty.us/lexingtonextension.
Annual meeting—The West Seventh/Fort Road Federation will hold a virtual annual meeting on the evening of Tuesday, April 20. The event will feature guest speaker Sean Kershaw, a West Seventh resident, director of the Saint Paul Department of Public Works and co-host of Grand Oak Opry.
Board update—On March 8, the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation’s board of directors supported a rezoning request for a patio at Mucci’s Italian restaurant, 786 Randolph Ave. The patio will include a privacy fence and landscaping. The board also approved a letter of support for a Neighborhood STAR funding application to build a bandshell at the Keg & Case Market Plaza on West Seventh Street.
Upcoming Zoom meetings—Community Engagement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18; Lexington extension open house, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 25; and Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Go to fortroadfederation.org/calendar for log-in information.
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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