Highland Park

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Pool House music and more—The Highland District Council will cohost an evening of food and fun at the old Highland Pool House on Montreal Avenue from 6-11 p.m. Thursday, August 5. The outdoor event will include the Rustic Chef food truck, ice cream from Cold Front, lawn games, an art activity, Open Eye Figure Theater’s The Amazing Cowboat puppet show at 6 p.m., live music from Lena and the LoveKills at 7 p.m., and the movie The War With Grandpa at 8:30 p.m. People should bring their own lawn chairs.

Business of the month—Poke House & Tea Bar, 1570 Randolph Ave., is the HDC’s local business of the month for August. The family-owned restaurant, which opened in 2019, serves Hawaiian-style sushi as well as smoothies and teas. An interview with the owners is posted on the HDC’s website.

Off-street parking—The Saint Paul City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city’s zoning code regarding minimum off-street parking requirements at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 11. Background information and draft amendments can be found at stpaul.gov/parkingstudy. Details on how to join the meeting or submit comments will be posted at stpaul.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Jazzed About Highland—Music by the Selby Avenue Brass Band, food and fun will return from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, August 12, in the parking lot of Langford & Karls Chiropractic Clinic, 730 S. Cleveland Ave. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Movie and bike giveaway—Join the HDC at Sibley Manor Apartments for outdoor games, snacks and a movie on Thursday, August 19. The Police Department’s Bike Truck will also be there with a basketball hoop, video games and frozen treats. Free Bikes 4 Kids will have a limited number of bikes and helmets available for children ages 5-10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The animated movie Tom and Jerry will be shown at 8 p.m.

Garage Fest—Highland Park’s Garage Fest 2021 will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 10-11. People who register their garage sales and pay the $15 fee by August 27 will be included in all event promotions. For information, see highlanddistrictcouncil.org/events.

City drop-off event—The city of Saint Paul will host an appliance, electronics and mattress drop-off event from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, September 18, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Fees will apply, but paper shredding and cardboard collection will be done at no cost. For details, see tinyurl.com/utwjtp2c. The HDC will help pick up items for seniors who need assistance. Call the HDC office or email info@highlanddistrictcouncil.org.


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Upcoming meeting—Transportation Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 10; and Community Development Committee, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 17. HDC meetings are once again being held in person at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy. Details on how people can still attend remotely will be shared soon.


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Great Garage Sale—Registration for the Great Mac-Grove Garage Sale is due by Friday, August 6. This year’s sale will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, August 28. Register at macgrove.org/garagesale or grab a signup sheet outside the office in the Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 S. Griggs St.

Anti-racism sessions­—The community council’s final two anti-racism sessions will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, August 5, and at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 12, via Zoom. The August 5 session will be on how residents can promote new home ownership in the neighborhood. The August 12 session will reflect on the previous webinars and develop a plan to advance anti-racism housing initiatives in Macalester-Groveland. Learn more at macgrove.org/events.

Mac-Grove Fest—This year’s Mac-Grove Fest will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, September 11, on the fields of the Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 S. Griggs St. The festival will celebrate the businesses, organizations, artists and residents who make MacalesterGroveland a great place to live, work, learn and play. For the full schedule of activities, see macgrove.org/macgrovefest.

Alley Garden Awards—Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Alley Garden Awards. The judges strolled down every alley in the neighborhood and gave out more than 1,000 flags. Visit macgrove.org/aga for a map of the winning addresses and photos of the gardens.

Help needed—There currently is an open seat for a representative of an at-large faith institution on the community council’s board of directors. Volunteers also are needed to help out at the Mac-Grove Fest on September 11, and to pick up items for seniors during the citywide drop-off event on September 18 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Summit Hill

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Board openings—Two positions are open on the Summit Hill Association’s board of directors. Application forms are available at summithillassociation.org/become-a-board-member and are due by 7 p.m. on August 11. Candidates are being encouraged to attend the August 12 board meeting to answer questions and campaign for an appointment.

Linwood Park—The Summit Hill Community Garden is now working with the Girl Scouts to plant hazelnut trees in Linwood Park. The SHA’s Environment Committee is touring the rain gardens in Linwood with representatives of the Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation and the Capitol Region Watershed District to better understand the interaction between local landscaping and water resources.

Linwood bike racks—Several new hitching post-type bicycle racks have been installed by the upper-level entryway to the Linwood Recreation Center. The racks provide short-term parking for up to 20 bicycles.

Join a committee—Those who are interested in volunteering on a board committee or working group can find information at summithillassociation.org/join-a-committee.

Upcoming meetings—Communications Committee, 7 p.m. Thursday, August 5; Environment Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 10; board of directors, 7 p.m. Thursday, August 12; and Zoning and Land Use Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 17 (tentative). Visit summithillassociation.org/calendar for meeting locations.

Union Park

unionparkdc.org • 651-645-6887

Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam—The Union Park District Council will celebrate the return of its Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, September 18, at the Merriam Park Recreation Center, 2000 Saint Anthony Ave. The event will include music, ice cream and children’s activities. Jars of peanut butter will also be collected for the food shelf.

Sign up to volunteer—The UPDC is canvassing its neighborhoods to inform residents of local activities and is in need of considerable volunteer assistance. People who are interested in helping staff members distribute flyers in the neighborhoods are being asked to email jonah@unionparkdc.org.

Upcoming meetings—board of directors, 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 4; Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 9; Committee on Land Use and Development, 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 16; and Environment and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 18. To access the Zoom meetings, 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 jonah@unionparkdc.org.


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