News from the Downtown Alliance
April 24, 2020
A note from the president


This week provided another example of our strength as a community. We have the strongest civic partnership among private and public leaders of any state in the nation. I felt incredibly proud to see Downtown Alliance board members Doug Baker (Ecolab) and Andrea Walsh (Health Partners) as well as countless others standing up and lending their incredible companies and business minds to help Governor Walz lead the country in testing. Many thanks to all of our private and public leaders for everything you are doing for our communities. 

We had some good news yesterday from Governor Walz that will allow more folks back to their jobs (and paychecks) sooner than expected, while also hearing officially that our kids won’t be back in the school buildings until next fall (hopefully). As much as I love the extra time with nestlings, I sure am looking forward to seeing all of you again. 

Finally, be sure to take advantage of the virtual events this week. I’m super bummed not to be at Art Crawl in person, but looking forward to the virtual edition of the semi-annual tradition. 

Stay safe and be well,
Joe Spencer
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
With our newest coworker, Justin
Downtown activities to do from home this weekend
It has been inspiring to see the many ways our community has adapted to the current circumstances. Check out the list below for ways that you can enjoy some of our favorite events, activities and more from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual Art Crawl - The Saint Paul Art Crawl is going digital this weekend! Follow along on the Virtual Art Crawl Facebook page to see the latest works from your favorite artists, discover new artists and support the Lowertown art community in the process.

Omnifest at Home - The Science Museum and its Omnitheater are temporarily closed, but many Omni and IMAX films have been made available for streaming while we all shelter in place! So turn down the lights, sit back, and enjoy a big screen experience in your own home.

St. Paul Saints Virtual Tryouts - Through May 1 the Saints will be accepting video submissions for the annual open call tryouts. "With social distancing in place, players can get creative. If you don’t have a baseball, use a pair of socks. If you don’t have a bat, use a broomstick. Missing a glove, use an oven mitt. Can’t find a throwing partner, use the side of a building."

Union Depot Activity Book - In addition to ongoing virtual yoga at Union Depot, you can now download a ten-page activity book with puzzles and coloring pages that's perfect for anyone with little ones at home. Or frankly, any train lover who could use a distraction.
Good news from around (down)town
We want to hear about all the great things that are still happening downtown despite, or perhaps in reaction to, the hard headlines that surround us. Whether you want to thank someone or just share a positive story about your experiences being downtown right now, please send us an email. We will continue to share these stories and photos as we receive them.
On Saturday, April 25, neighbors will begin the annual Pedro Park flower planting. The planting is BYOF (bring your own flowers), contact Audrey Gramstad to claim a circle or two to plant.

Pedro Park painting by Liz Pawlak

Earlier this week Xcel Energy crews lined up outside Regions Hospital during the morning shift change to thank health care workers for their tireless efforts during the pandemic.

Photo by David Joles, Star Tribune
Thank you to Doug Baker and all of Ecolab for stepping up to play a leading role in securing additional PPE for Minnesota health care workers. Earlier this week Baker appeared alongside Governor Walz to share Ecolab's commitment to keeping Minnesotans safe and healthy.

Afro Deli is expanding its free kids' meal program and has asked for help getting the word to anyone who could benefit.

Shop small, support local, get entered to win!
The rules are simple - shop small, support our local restaurants, breweries and retail shops, and be entered to win a $100 gift card to your favorite downtown spot!

Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal BINGO by spending $25 or more at downtown businesses.

Email us your receipts
by May 31, 2020. Receipts can be dated back to March 12, 2020. Don't forget - call directly for takeout or delivery whenever possible and always tip your delivery drivers!

Visit our website to the full details for each business as well as dozens of options you can use to fill your free space.

Good luck!
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