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Our neighborhood’s iconic Mancini’s Char House is coming back, and is asking potential staff to contact them for employment opportunities.Once fully staffed, the West 7th patio will be opening around May 31/June 1.  Until Gov. Walz lifts the orders prohibiting dancing and requiring 12 feet of social distance between live performers and audiences, they won’t return to live music. Mancini’s will...
The cooperative based on W. 7th St. offered a welcoming and peaceful environment for people from across the community to gather, relax, explore their bodies through yoga, and calm their thoughts through meditation. Jeffrey Austin, the director of the center, reflected on the decision to close at the end of May, citing challenges resulting from the pandemic and writing, “I am...
The 48-member Community-First Public Safety Commission submitted its recommendations via the Citizens League Mayor Melvin Carter and the St. Paul City Council on May 21. The commission’s charge was to re-envision emergency response by making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding: • Alternative first response options to priority 4 and priority 5 calls for service• Approaches for ongoing community...
Mayumi AmadaA Minneapolis-based artist who is interested in ancestry, the circularity of nature, and the environment, Mayumi Amada uses materials including synthetic rope, plastic tarps, light, and discarded goods to craft sculptures that speak to the role of art and beauty in the human life cycle.What is the significance of recycled materials in your work?  In contemporary society, mass production and...
Marlena MylesA digital exhibition recently hosted by St. Paul-based Forecast Public Art in collaboration with the Hennepin County Multicultural Arts Committee brought together work by two locally based artists who use innovative forms to speak to social and environmental issues. (View the digital exhibition here: https://bit.ly/3bDCNPO) The Community Reporter sat down with each of them to discuss how they approach their...
BEA'S BOOKS by Beatrice CosgroveDiscovering the Little Creatures Among Us Ann Hobbie, an author and personal trainer in St. Paul, recently wrote a book called Monarch Butterflies, illustrated by Olga Baumert. A gardener who loves exercising outdoors, Hobbie was inspired to write the book when she started noticing the butterflies and discovered surprising facts about monarchs. “I was...
Being Well By Erin Brandel DykhuizenThis year, I got into an awkward situation that taught me something about myself. It started when I contacted a breeder about wanting to adopt a kitten (which needed to be hypoallergenic for my daughter). There was a long wait for the kitten, and each time I inquired about the status of...
Garden Views by Kent Petterson It has been fun, and I’ve learned a lot preparing these monthly columns for the Community Reporter. I hope that you learned a lot too.  We have lived through 14 fruitful growing seasons since Maxine McCormick asked me to try my hand at a gardening column. Two more...