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St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
April 17, 2015

Kasota Ponds Clean Up April 25th

Kasota Ponds Clean Up

10:00am at Kasota Ponds

Food provided

Every year, we sponsor the neighborhood clean up of Kasota Ponds. Over the course of the year, litter and garbage damage this important wetland area, leaving a blemish on our neighborhood. Join your neighbors in a fun, collaborative effort to clean up Kasota Ponds, restoring a beautiful wetland area right down the street from us. 


Meet us at Kasota Ponds (near Metro Metals 2576 Doswell Ave.) at 10:00am on Saturday April 25th to clean for a few hours. Wear outdoor-friendly clothes and close-toed shoes. We'll provide some food and water for everyone who helps! 


We will also offer an opportunity to take the SAPCC strategic planning survey in person. If you haven't already, take the survey online now to help us plan for the future of our community,


This year we will proudly host the first student-lead clean up day on the following Monday, April 27th. Avalon students will lead a second round of cleaning in order to ensure that we can restore Kasota Ponds to its natural habitat. Teachers at Avalon will be able to use this as a teaching moment while students get the opportunity to, quite literally, get their feet wet in community engagement. Thank you to Avalon School for their partnership on this and other projects!


If you would like to support work like this, please consider making a financial contribution. Donate now.

Claire's Column: Read a High School Student's Perspective


By: Claire Lingen-Mathews


Art influences people in a way unlike anything else can, and when I say art I mean any form of creative expression, from street art, to theater, to music, to photography. Its of course valuable to get information from factual articles, but I believe that the influence art has on people's lives outweighs anything else. When it comes to bringing people together or instigating change there's nothing like art.

Now take a moment to consider what you could bring to the table, what do you have to offer your community? Whether a personality trait you value or a skill, write it down "I bring ____ to my community." Now consider are you doing everything you can with your skills in as many areas of your life as possible? Have you shared them openly? I guarantee there is someone out there, someone in St.Anthony Park who would appreciate or could benefit from your knowledge.

Art has a unique way of getting people thinking, getting them to check within themselves, or simply stop to enjoy something for a moment of their busy lives. I know my day is always brighter after seeing an "I love you" sticker on a lamppost. When my ideas are challenged or my boundaries are pushed by a piece of poetry it sparks something in me, telling me there's more I can do. When it comes to social justice work there is always something more to do.

So put yourself out there, I know there's never enough time, but I also know I'm always happier while working for something, expressing myself, or helping someone else. If art is something you are passionate about, share it with me, one submission will be chosen each month to be sent out in the St.Anthony Park newsletter. Email me at with any submissions. Include not only the art piece (whether visual or written or both) but also a brief bio about yourself and what your art means to you.

Welcome Kathryn Murray: New Board Member


We excitedly announce the appointment of a new board member to SAPCC's board! Kathryn Murray worked in the arts in our community for years. Most recently as a Program Assistant for Springboard for the Arts (a non-profit dedicated to supporting the arts located in our community), Kathryn has shown her dedication to this community and especially its artistic endeavors. We welcome her experience as a resident in South St. Anthony Park and years of working in the arts to the board. She has worked with other arts-supporting organizations in the area including the St. Paul Art Crawl and Forecast Public Art. 


Congratulations to Kathryn, and welcome!

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Goodwill/Easter Seals 
Volunteer Mentor Position
Mentors work on addressing barriers to jobs; support life skills, parenting, and financial literacy. For more information, contact Karen Divina at or 651-645-1985 ext. 115.

Planned Parenthood 
Social Media Marketing Strategist
Full time social media strategist wanted for Planned Parenthood of MN/SD/ND. Find out more information at 

Project for Pride in Living
Temporary Case Manager
PPL, a non-profit dedicated to empowering low income people, needs a temporary Case Manager. They will close this position on April 30th. FInd out more here:

Lutheran Social Service of MN
Recruitment Coordinator 
Lutheran Social Service needs a full time Recruitment Coordinator. This position closes May 8th. Read more:

Lutheran Social Service of MN
Lutheran Social Service needs a part-time (30 hours per week) registered mental health practitioner. They close on June 1. Find out more:

Nexus Community Partners
Community Engagement Program Associate
SAPCC has partnered with Nexus on great projects! They are looking for someone to help with community engagement as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Read more here:

MN Council of Nonprofits
Program VISTA Leader
The large MN Council of Nonprofits is seeking a VISTA leader to support the VISTA program. Read more:

What's Happening Locally:


St. Paul Art Crawl Stops in SAP


We have some incredible creative energy in St. Anthony Park. This year, the St. Paul Art Crawl will display some of that artistic creativity in three different stops in St. Anthony Park. Check out the work at Carleton Artist Lofts, the Dow Building, and the Bindery Building to see creative displays from local artists. 

Join the St. Paul Art Crawl:
April 24-26
Friday 6-10:00pm
Saturday 12-8:00pm
Sunday 12-5:00pm

Find out more information on their website:
New Yoga Studio in SAP

We have a new neighbor in our community! Bright Heart Yoga Studio, managed by Melanie McRae, just moved into the neighborhood. Bright Heart Yoga opens its doors to people of all fitness and yoga levels. Check out their website for more information:
Congratulations to Suyapa!

Congratulations to SAPCC Executive Director, Suyapa Miranda, for her graduation from the Boards and Committees Leadership Institute (BCLI) class of 2014-2015. Suyapa began the program in October to deepen her knowledge of how board and committee influence and impact equity in the Twin Cities Metro Area in economic development, health, housing, transit and workforce development on equity issues. Suyapa's graduation is another example of staff growth and empowerment that will bring more experience and leadership to the Community Council. Find out more here. 

Get Involved

Visit or join a Community Council committee! All are open to the community and new members. 
Land Use--First Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Board of Directors--Second Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Energy Resilience Group--Third Thursday 7-9pm (email for location)
Transportation--First Monday of Every Month 6:30-8pm 

Environment--Fourth Wednesday of Every Month, 7-9pm

All committee meetings of the Community Council are an easy way for you to keep informed, get to know your neighbors and shape your neighborhood for the better. Committee meetings are held at the South St. Anthony Rec Center (890 Cromwell) unless otherwise noted. Community members are encouraged to join any committee- you become a member after attending only three meetings.


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 three committees: Land Use, Transportation 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. Current Board members from North: Gary Carlson, Steve Kranz, Seth Levin, John Seppanen, Michael Russelle, Wanjiru Mugo, Mimi Jennings. From South: Kevin Caufield, Matt Hass, Annette Hyder, JoAnne Makela, Christina Morrison, Brad Englemann. The business members are Ray Brian, Chad Commers, Linda Hodge,and Stephen Mastey.