In This Issue
St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
August 2017 
Growing Food Justice! 

Last month St. Anthony Park Community Council staff visited the Frogtown Farm and spoke with Executive Director Eartha Borer Bell. We learned about their community programming, building hoop houses and indoor kitchens on site, and their plans for the future. We shared about our partnerships delivering weekly produce from the St. Anthony Park Community Garden to our neighbors at Seal Hi-Rise who experience food insecurity. We look forward to building more relationships with other food producers in St. Paul to strengthen our local food systems and food access to build community health! 


A great time to visit Frogtown Farm will be its annual Harvest Festival coming up on October 7 from 11am-2pm. Learn more about Frogtown Farm and the St. Anthony Park Community Garden



Meet the Neighbors: GLBT and ConneQT Host Home Programs of Avenues for Homeless Youth

Avenues for Homeless Youth's  Host Home Programs have found themselves a new home, expanding into University and Raymond next to  RECLAIM earlier this year. Program Managers Rocki and Ryan welcome you like family before you even sit down, a critical character trait for their work creating spaces for youth who may not always feel that sense in the outside world. Along with Rosie and Kelly, their staff is dedicated to youth-determined programming that provides a community-based response to youth homelessness. 

There are 6,000 homeless youth in Minnesota on any given night, an estimated 40% of whom identify as LGBTQI. These resilient youth may be couch-surfing, living in shelters, camping, or in unstable family housing when they are matched with a host to provide them with stable housing for a matter of weeks to months through the GLBT and ConneQT Host Home Programs. The programs screen, train and support volunteer hosts who open their home to youth and connect with larger resources for homeless and LGBTQI youth. Other non-LGBTQI-specific Avenues locations also provide supportive services, emergency shelter and transitional housing for hundreds of youth. 

Expanding into St. Anthony Park has been a positive experience for this organization, now able to provide gathering space for youth engagement, informational sessions, and host trainings with easy access to public transportation. Movie nights, hang out space, foosball, informal dog therapy, and generous snacks create a sense of community for youth who visit, focusing on building solidarity in what is often a culture of charity. Program staff are eager to meet youth on their own paths and support them in leadership and advocacy for their communities as organizers. Together through the many challenges in the experiences of homelessness, the Host Home team "always lean towards hope." 

Avenues is always looking for new hosts to join their programs! Learn more about our neighbors at Avenues for Homeless Youth and  find information about becoming a host, or other ways to get involved at their website:

We need your feedback on the future of SAPCC!

Do you live, work, pray, play, or attend school in St. Anthony Park? We want your input! As our neighborhood plans for the upcoming decade, we want to hear from you on topics ranging from transportation to land use to environment. We hope you will take some time to help us shape the future of our community!

The 10-year planning survey is an important opportunity for community members to share your experiences and ideas of what you'd like to see in St. Anthony Park! By gathering feedback from all the diverse voices in our community we will be able to advocate for and prioritize what our community wants as we guide development in our neighborhood over the next 10 years. 

We have received over 300 responses since the survey was released in mid-July. This survey will remain open into September to inform committee planning and priorities. Drafts of SAPCC's next 10-year plans are projected for release and public feedback sessions in November. Look for additional ways to provide feedback with volunteers over the next couple months.  Email any other thoughts, concerns, or questions to .  

Please help us share this survey to your neighbors and friends in St. Anthony Park. You can forward this newsletter, refer people to our website, or share this link: Thank you for your ideas and support making St. Anthony Park a strong and sustainable community!

Sign up for the Annual St. Anthony Park Neighborhood Garage Sale: Saturday, September 30

The St. Anthony Park  Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale  will be on  Saturday, September 30 . Households interested in participating should fill out the information below or download the registration form at Please contact Rich at 651-641-1172 for more information. 

Your $15 registration includes: 
  • Listing your address in maps of garage sale locations distributed at Speedy Market, Hampden Co-op and other locations;
  • Garage sale sign delivered, posted and picked up at your address;
  • Ads in the Park Bugle, Pioneer Press, Star Tribune and Craigslist.


Thanks and farewell to our summer intern

SAPCC was fortunate to host Arleigh Truesdale as our 2017 summer intern. Through the St. Olaf Social Entrepreneurship Scholars program, Arleigh supported our work in community outreach and building relationships with community organizations, shared her experiences with other scholars at the Wilder Center in August. She visited neighbors at Seal Hi-Rise with our partner Lydia Place to listen to their experiences and talk about ways SAPCC can continue to support all members of our community. An environmental studies and sociology major, she was inspired by our Food Justice program to continue to learn more about building healthy food systems with diverse communities. 

Thank you Arleigh for all your hard work this summer! We wish you luck in your last years of college and future endeavors! 

Become a Master Water Steward

Have fun, gain skills, and make a difference! The  Capitol Region Watershed District is currently accepting applications for the Master Water Steward program. Master Water Stewards are certified through a 12-class program with knowledge and skills to improve water quality in their communities through outreach and installation projects. You will learn from experts on various issues like hydrology, water policy, landscaping, and community engagement on the different ways that you can improve water quality at home and together with your neighbors. 

Visit with program staff and certified Master Water Stewards on Monday, August 14 at the Freshwater Society (2424 W. Territorial Blvd.) or Thursday, September 14 at Urban Boatbuilders (2288 University Ave. W.) to learn more! Both open events will begin at 5:30 pm. 

Find more information and apply online to become a Master Water Steward ! Learn more about the Capitol Region Watershed District at their website

Upcoming Community Events

 Langford Park will feature Moana for their Movie in the Park event on Friday, August 11. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with family activities, a hula performance at 7:45, and free popcorn for the movie at dusk around 8:30. Click here for more info

Hampden Park Co-op's last movie in Hampden Park on  Saturday, August 12  featuring  the animated movie  Sing Click here for more info

Get ready! The Minnesota State Fair runs from August 24-September 4. Well over 100,000 daily visitors come through our neighborhood, totaling nearly 2 million attendees over the 12-day run. While St. Anthony Park is not part of the State Fair Overlay Parking District, the Great Minnesota Get-Together does bring with it high levels of traffic and congestion. Contact the City of St. Paul with further questions at 651-266-8989.  

On Wednesday, September 13, St. Anthony Park will host a "Walk in the Park" as part of the National Walk Summit 
in St. Paul. Beginning at 9:30am, the walk will feature improvements to our neighborhood's walkability and ongoing projects throughout St. Anthony Park, leading participants from the Raymond Avenue LRT station through St. Anthony Park ending at Carnegie Library. Please contact John Mark Lucas to volunteer, or  find more information online .

Job Opportunities

Association for Nonsmokers - MN

Women Venture

Voices of East African Women
Multiple positions: Advocate, Shelter Manager

International Institute of Minnesota
Multiple positions: Volunteer Coordinator, Instructor, Financial Coach, Opportunity Corps

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)
Assistant Property Manager, Hamline Station & Park Crossings
Employment Specialist, Housing Coordinator

Eureka Recycling

Colossal Cafe on Como is looking for a Sunday bus person, and servers during weekdays. Please call John 651-797-4027 to arrange an interview. 

University of Minnesota

City of St. Paul

Volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers needed once a month.
Call SAPAS at  651-642-9052  or e-mail Mary at  to get more information.

Get Involved
Visit or join a Community Council committee! All are open to the community and new members. For more information, upcoming agendas, or minutes, visit our website.

Land Use--First Thursday of the month 7-9pm
(Held at Jennings. 2455 University Ave. W.)

Transportation--First Monday of the month 6:30-8pm
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)
Environment--Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)

Equity-- First Friday of the month, 8-9:30am
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)

About Us
The St. Anthony Park Community Council is a non-profit citizen's organization of residents working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life, residential character, economic vitality, and physical development of St. Anthony Park. The Board meets monthly as do our four committees: Land Use, Transportation, Equity, and Environment. Any resident may join the committees. The Board is elected with five delegates and two alternates each from North St. Anthony, South St. Anthony, and Business.
Newsletter written by Sarah Goodspeed. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Email