July 2016
U P C O M I N G 
E V E N T S 
Saturday, Sept 10
11:00AM-8:00 PM
Selby Jazz Fest
Selby Ave at Milton

Thurs, Sept 15
SUPC Voting Ends!

Saturday, Sept 17
451 Lexington Pkwy N

Monday, Sept 19
McQuillan Park Final Community Meeting
Hallie Q Brown Center, 270 N Kent St, Club Room C

Tuesday, Sept 20
Neighborhood Development Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Tuesday Sept 20
Western District Police Department Community Meeting
Police Department,
367 Grove St

Wednesday, Sept 21
Community Safety and Improvement Committee Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Saturday, Sept 24
2016 Fall Citywide Cleanup
Drop-off at Shepherd Rd, between Davern and Alton

Tuesday, Sept 27
SUPC Board Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Saturday, Oct 8
2016 Fall Citywide Cleanup
Drop-off at MN State Fair Grounds (NE Corner, enter off Larpenteur)

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Don't forget:
SUPC Board Elections NOW OPEN!!
See the article below for more info.
Summit University Planning Council is holding its annual elections through next Thursday, September 15th!

Our board of 25 neighborhood community members and organization representatives serves staggered two year terms, so half of the seats are open for election this year.

We try to make our election process accessible to everyone, so there are many ways to vote. You can vote online through our website
HERE. You can also drop in at the SUPC office and fill out a ballot. Finally, we'll have a voting booth at the Selby Jazz Fest tomorrow afternoon, September 10th.  Stop by and see us! Find out more about what we do to help make our neighborhood a great place!

And don't forget to vote!

SUPC Office
627 Selby Ave
(651) 228-1855
Saturday, Sept 10th:
Selby Jazz Fest
Join Golden Thyme Coffee Cafe for the annual Selby Jazz Fest! This year, the line-up features great jazz musicians, including eleven-time Grammy nominee and Grammy winner Kirk Whalum, along with Tony Walker Review, The Men of New Hope, Brio Brass, and the Selby Avenue Brass Band.

Join your friends and neighbors for great food, family activities, arts and crafts booths, artist demonstrations, health screenings, and more!

Starts at 11:00 AM Saturday morning, and the music doesn't stop till 8:00 PM. Free and open to the public. 

You can find out more here. See you there! And don't forget to vote in the SUPC board elections! 
Saturday, Sept 17th:
Wilder Block Party
We are excited to announce the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is hosting a brand new community event this fall!

Wilder Block Party 2016: Together We Can is a free event that will take place during the day on Saturday, September 17 at the Wilder Center location on Lexington Parkway in Saint Paul. This family-friendly event will be a celebration of cultures, community and hope.

For more info, check out the website.

Saturday, September 17
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wilder Center
451 Lexington Parkway North
Moral National Day of Action
Monday, September 12
Join people across the nation for this important event.

Faith leaders, advocates, activists and people who have been hurt and impacted by regressive policies and extremism will join on Monday, September 12, 11:00 a.m. to deliver the "Higher Ground Moral Declaration" moral public policy framework to Governor Mark Dayton. Rev. Rob Ellers-Isaacs of Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul, and Rev. Dr. Carla J. Bailey of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis will be among the clergy present.

Moral Monday Declaration
Interfaith leaders will sing and pray
together as Repairers of the Breach.
September 12 * 11:00 am
Governor's Mansion
1006 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

The Moral Declaration calls government leaders to join community leaders, pastors and scholars in declaring inequality, poverty, voter suppression, environmental abuse, racism and xenophobia immoral and unacceptable, and is being presented to policy makers in states across the nation at the same time on Sept. 12. These gatherings are one action in "The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values," a national multi-state tour to redefine morality in American politics.

For more information, visit the website

Or call or email Allison Campbell Jensen at allisoncj@plymouth.org, or 612-977- 1269
St. Paul Parks and Rec Updates
Youth Basketball Registration

Youth basketball registration is now open for Oxford/Jimmy Lee Rec Center and Martin Luther King Rec Center.  

Registration can be done  online, in person, or by calling the recreation centers.

Oxford/JimmyLee:  (651) 642-0650
Martin Luther King:  (651) 290-8695

Fall Activities

Fall activity registration is now open at Oxford/Jimmy Lee Rec Center and Martin Luther King Rec Center. Many classes are available free of charge, such as Ultimate Frisbee Camp Hip Hop Live , and   Vision in Life

Browse the   Fall Activity Brochure  for full class listings. Click the activity numbers for registration information. 

Rec Check: Free After School Program

  Rec Check is a free after-school program for youth in grades 1-5 provided at recreation centers throughout Saint Paul. The program is held on weekdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on days when Saint Paul Public Schools have classes in session. Children participate in a variety of structured, supervised activities, including tutoring sessions, craft-making, reading, and more. To promote health and fitness, staff will engage the youth daily in physical activity. A daily snack is also provided. 

For more details and a full list of locations, visit  stpaul.gov/reccheck.
Updates from Hallie Q. Brown
Hallie Q. Brown Programs Receive Backpacks through United Way

On Thursday, August 18, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center had the opportunity to take part in the Greater Twin Cities United Way's annual Action Day - a volunteer project and celebration at Target Field for thousands of Twin Cities community members. Volunteers packed backpacks with supplies for students heading back to school, and also had the opportunity to talk with local community organizations - like us! At the end of the evening Hallie Q. received 200 backpacks and 50 pre-k activity kits to distribute through our education programs and food shelf. Thank you United Way and all who participated in this great event!

Early Bird Price Deadline Extended for Hallie Q. Brown Gala
We've extended Early Bird Pricing for Hallie Q. Brown's Annual Night at the Q untilSeptember 15! Get your tickets now to take advantage of this discounted rate. The event takes place on Saturday, October 1st, with the theme of "Come Fly Around the World with Us." Learn more and buy tickets on our website.
Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Hallie Halloween Party
The Annual Hallie Q. Brown Halloween Party will take place on Sunday, October 30th from 2-5pm. Mark your calendars and bring your family for fun activities like a haunted house, games, prizes and candy. The event is free and open to the public.

News About the Neighborhood
The Porchlite is starting a new feature! When we find great stories about local people, places, and happenings in our neighborhood, we'll share links with you here. If you find something of interest in the local news, send it to us at communications@summit-u.com.

SUPC Board Member Ross Callahan knows how to get things done in our neighborhood! 

Vote Early in the November Elections
Know Your Voting Rights
Anyone can now vote early in the general national election starting on September 23 using an absentee ballot before Election Day, avoiding long lines and waits. You can vote early by mail or in person. Here is some helpful information. To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must:

 Be at least 18 years old on Election Day

 Be a citizen of the United States

 Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding 
Election Day

 Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed

 Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has
revoked your voting rights

 Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

If you are you currently incarcerated, on parole, or on probation as
part of a felony conviction sentence, you can vote once you complete your sentence. You do not have to be registered to vote to apply for an absentee ballot, but it makes the process easier. You can apply online for a ballot. Here are some useful websites:

Absentee Ballot registration
Other Ways to Vote
Election Day Voting

You can vote in person, at 90 W Plato Blvd #160, St. Paul, MN 55107

The online application is only for federal, state or county elections.

Metro Area election phone number: 651-215- 1440
News from Our Council
Check out our new website  --   summit-university.org and keep current on neighborhood events, projects, block clubs and recycling information. 

Do you have a community concern or issue?  Do you have some ideas on how to make our neighborhoods safer or more vibrant?  If so please come to the SUPC Community Forum, Thursday, April 14 from 6-7:30 at the SUPC office, 627 Selby, Suite A.

Please consider becoming a board member. Districts A and D each have a vacancy.  If you are interested, contact Jens@summit-university.org.