We've had a fabulous 2019 so far! In March, we welcomed new board members to our work and, with our current members, we many enthusiastic, active leaders.
Youth Project Our youth interns completed astudy on out-of-school program needs, and the team presented on their findings in June. The study will be up on our website soon. In addition, we hosted anevening of learningfor families to learn about what they should look for in quality out-of-school programs.
McKnight Road Safety Study This summer, we have an intern from the University of Minnesota, Pei Yu Phua, who is spearheading a safety study ofMcKnight Road. There are many opportunities for you to volunteer.
Renters Invited! We are hosting a series ofRenters Cookoutsto build relationships with community tenants. Spread the word, and join us at these fun gatherings.
Community Power Leadership Series A big part of our work is in building leadership among community members. Join us for our upcomingCommunity Power Series. Read more about it below.
Please Donate! We haven't yet sent out a mailing with our year in review and donation request. But, please consider a donation to District 1. Your financial contribution help us cover the costs of things that can't be paid for out of our restricted City funds (such as drinking water for our office). They allow us to do more that we can now, and help us ensure a healthy future for our organization.We welcome donations in any amount.
Can't donate?Host a fundraiser!Sell baked goods and donate funds to D1, pass the hat at an event, sell lemonade, donate funds from a garage sale or hold a scavenger hunt. Have fun with it!
McKnight Road Safety Study
Our community has raised concerns about safety along McKnight Road, and District 1 is leading a research project to gather pedestrian and bicyclist activity. Since starting this conversation, we have heard from many other residents about their concerns regarding the road - including concerns about car speeds and other pedestrian-related accidents. Volunteer for one of our many activities in July.
Sign up for an observation session Volunteers are needed to provide observation at various intersections and report on the sites. Residents can sign up for 2-hour shifts via this link.
Saturday, July 13
(Rain date, July 20)
Participants will walk or roll down McKnight Road heading south, cross at Londin Lane, and return (on the opposite side of the road) to the McKnight/Villages intersection on the park side. The distance is just over two miles. Volunteers will be at each end for a check-in.
Participants will be asked to complete a Survey based on the State of Minnesota's Let's Go Guide. We will start at Battle Creek Regional Park at the intersection of McKnight Road and Villages on McKnight - just south of Burns Avenue.
We want to hear about your vision for our community.
Chat with neighbors, enjoy the summer, share your ideas
about our neighborhoods, and get involved!
Wednesday, July 24 5:30-7:30 pm District 1 Council Office
2105 1/2 Old Hudson Road
(Sun Ray Shopping Center)
All are welcome.
Childcare and bus tokens provided with advance notice.
Community Power Leadership Series
Power is your ability to act.
Every successful social change movement in US history has had a key element of people power and mass direct action; abolition, women’s suffrage, workers, civil rights, global justice, and other recent movements.
How do we come together to build community power to make sure that we all have a voice in what's going on in our neighborhoods? Come to our first of four workshops to learn about your own ability to advocate. Future workshops will include information on Land Use through a racial equity lens, zoning, and economic development. All sessions will be interactive and are designed to provide an introduction to key issues.
Building and Finding Your Own Power
with Carlos Garcia-Velasco
Monday, July 29
New this summer! The Highwood Performance Series brings some of the state's finest performers to the District 1 community!
Bring you blankets, chairs and a picnic for this series of free, family-friendly events outside the Highwood Hills Recreation Center, and:
kids can enjoy a free children's art activity
gather with friends, and make new ones
Highwood Hills Recreation Center*
2192 Londin Lane, St. Paul, MN 55119
(behind the school)
Wednesdays in August from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, performances begin just after 6:00 pm
August 7 Ensō Daiko Drumming, Taiko Arts Midwest
August 14 Master Storytellers Beverly Cottman and Nothando Zulu
August 21 Physical Clown Benjamin Domask & the Bollywood Dance Scene
August 28 Somali Museum Dance Troupe performance and Exhibit
*The rain location is in the Highwood Hills Recreation Center gym.
*If there is a heat advisory, we may reschedule that event for September. Information will be shared on our Facebook and website by 1:00 on that day.
Board Meeting: Jul 22, 6:00-8:30 pm, Special guest presenter from 6:15-7:15, See More Perspective, Guest: Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough, 7:30 pm, Battle Creek Rec Ctr, 75 Winthrop Street S, St. Paul > No meeting in August
Boys Totem Town Work Group Meeting, July 11, 5:30-7:00 pm, D1 Ofc Coffee with Councilmember Prince, July 23, 2019: 9:00-11:00 am, El Guanaco Bakery & Cafe, 849 East 7th Street District 1 Renters Gathering, July 24, 5:30-7:30 pm, D1 Ofc Safe Summer Nights, July 18, 5:00-7:00 pm, Conway Rec Center, 2090 Conway St.