Neighborhood Matters

July 2019



We had a great time at our June slow stroll! Come out and join bike enthusiasts and local residents in the Union Park Community as we take another slow roll tentatively scheduled to take place  on Saturday, August 3rd. The UPDC Slow Stroll Bike Tour 2.0 is in partnership with the Mac-Groveland District Council. 

Stay tuned, and please keep checking our website and Facebook for updates! 

Are you curious about being on the UPDC Board of Directors?

Come to one our Prospective Board Member Meetings!

Saturday July 13th, from 12-1pm: Allianz Field Brew Hall (400 Snelling Ave, St. Paul)

Thursday, August 15th from 6:30-7:30pm at Augustine's Bakery and Bar (1668 Selby Ave, St. Paul).

(Check out the Facebook event and RSVP!)

The Union Park District Council Grid 1 and 2 Director's seat are currently open! A Grid Director must reside, own a property or business, or be a business owner designee within the Grid he or she seeks to represent.

At UPDC we are committed to making our board more representative of the neighbors who live, work and play in Union Park; while any resident or business owner in the grid can apply, we encourage members of underrepresented communities, renters and women to apply! Email for more information and to get a copy of the application! 

National Night Out 2019!

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, meet neighbors, and partner with police.  Events can be simple gatherings to large community events. National Night Out has participation across all 50 states.  St. Paul was ranked 2nd nationally for a city with a population between 100,000-300,000 in 2018.  We had over 300 registered parties and are looking forward to even greater participation in 2019.

ALL SAINT PAUL residents are invited to participate on Tuesday, August 6,2019 for the 36th Annual National Night Out! Neighborhoods include everyone: homeowners, renters, retail and all businesses are needed to help make our city "the most livable place in America!"  Hosting a block party or an event of any kind, large or small, provides a way for people to meet one another and discover how they can keep their neighborhoods crime free and high quality for all who live, work and play there. National Night Out has proven, time and time again, to help people work together to improve the safety of their surroundings.

Visit this link to see details!!  

Union Park District Council Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, July 10th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., 1821 University Ave Suite 330. 


CANCELLED! (check out the August Newsletter for our next meeting). 

Land Use & Economic Development

Monday, July 15th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104.

Environment & Parks

Wednesday, July 17. 6:30 – 8:00pm, Merriam Park Rec Center (2000 St Anthony Ave, St Paul, MN 55104)

 Neighborhood Involvement Committee 

Monday, July 22nd 6:30- 7:45 p.m., Merriam Park Library 
1831 Marshall Ave, St Paul, MN 55104);


Free Minds, Free People National Conference event

Final details coming soon:

Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, young people, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. Read more about their mission and goals.

The most recent Free Minds, Free People 2017 in Baltimore, MD was very successful and drew about 1000 people participating in over 100 workshops, panels, site visits, and assemblies! Check out the video from Baltimore (here or below)! Folks from Minnesota traveled to and helped plan the Baltimore conference last year and are ready to teach us about what’s happening in the Twin Cities for the next FMFP.

They will plan to see you July 11 – 14, 2019 in the Twin Cities – mark your calendar, start organizing to participate, and spread the word!

Volunteer with UPDC!


We understand that neighbors can't always come to events or committee meetings. The newly restarted Neighborhood Involvement Committee (NIC) would like to connect with neighbors who would like to volunteer in their community when they have time and from their own homes.
There are many ways to volunteer with UPDC! Are you interested in one-time volunteer opportunities or ways to volunteer from home? 
Do you have experience in fundraising, research, writing, community engagement, etc? 
Email to discuss ways to get involved and/or to sign up for the NIC e-mailing list! We will use this e-mailing list to send out volunteer opportunities year-round. 

Here are the local events that you will find Celtic Junction Art Center at this summer and fall.  You can stay tuned to their website for up to date information! 

1) Hamline Midway Ice Cream Social, July 23 @ Newell Park.
2) Irish Night, July 25 @ Saints Game
3) Washington County Fair,  Aug 3
4) Irish Fair Of Minnesota, Aug 9-11 @ Harriett Island 
5) Minnesota State Fair, Aug 29, 
6) Mac-Grove Fest, Sept 7 @ Groveland park
7) Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam. Sept 14 @ Merriam Park
8) St. Ambrose (SAW) Fest, Sept 21,  @ St Ambrose Catholic Church
9) Hamline Elementary Fall Festival, Oct 5 
10) Celtic Junction Art Center (Fall Fundraiser Event), Oct 12.  

The Center For Irish Music @ Celtic Junction Art Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

Brightside Produce

BrightSide Produce is an organization that seeks to address food insecurity in north Minneapolis. We hope to encourage our campus neighbors to join BrightSide’s Neighborhood Produce Pod Program! 

  • Members of the Pod Program receive a $15 bundle of 10+ pieces of produce each week for 10 weeks this summer. 
  • The money from the purchases is then used to subsidize our Farmstands in local food deserts, where we sell local produce for affordable prices.
  • Generally  about 10 Pod members are needed to subsidize one Farmstand. 
  • Pods are great for families, workspaces, gatherings and anyone who wants to support food security efforts by purchasing fresh produce! 

Once a week your delivery will be dropped off at a pre-set location. 

Please contact Alaina with any questions at

How Do You Recycle Clothes?

Eureka Recycling is studying used-clothing collection and recycling in the Twin Cities. Take their survey; if you want, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. 



Suicide Prevention Classes in St. Paul

QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide - Question, Persuade and Refer. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. The QPR classes will be offered on July 15, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and July 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., W., in Suite 400. For information or to register call 651-645-2948 x198 or see “classes” at


Mental Health Support Group

A NAMI Connection peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in Roseville. The free group is sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group now meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Centennial Methodist Church, 1524 Co. Rd. C-2 West (Snelling at Co. Rd. C-2) in Roseville. For more information call Will at 651-578-3364 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.


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