Neighborhood Matters

August 2019

Slow Roll Bike Tour 2.0!

We had a great time at our June slow roll! Come out and join bike enthusiasts and local residents in the Union Park Community as we take another slow roll on Saturday, August 3rd from 10:30-1:30pm. Our roll will begin at the Merriam Park Rec Center (2000 St. Anthony Ave), and will stop at Aldine Park, Groveland Park, and then Izzy's for ice cream! 

The UPDC Slow Stroll Bike Tour 2.0 is in partnership with the Mac-Groveland District Council.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates & RSVP. See you there!

National Night Out

St. Paul's National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 6th 2019! 

Come out to get to know your neighbors & meet your local police, and have fun! This year, UPDC is collaborating with The Vintage to host a joint event.

Want to host an event on your block? It's easy, free, and fun! Decide if you'd like to do a potluck, an ice cream social etc. All the forms you need can be found at 

Contact Patty Lammers at 651-266-5455 or with any questions.

Come out to purchase fresh produce and treats from your local vendors! Bon Appetit and Macalester are hosting a special farmer's market coming up on August 15th that is showcasing some of the local farmers that distribute to Macalester's Cafe Mac.

The event will be Thursday, August 15th from 3-6pm in the Visitor Parking to on Macalester Street. 

Honoring Philando Castile Community Event
Sunday, August 18th 1-5pm


Union Park District Council Meetings

Board of Directors
Wednesday August 7th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Episcopal Homes, 490 Lynnhurst Ave E

Monday August 12th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
1821 University Avenue West, S330

Monday August 19, 6:30-8:30
1821 University Avenue W., S330

Environment & Parks 
Wednesday August 21⋅6:30 – 8:00pm
Merriam Park Rec Center
2000 St. Anthony Avenue

Neighborhood Involvement Committee
Monday August 26⋅6:30 – 7:45pm
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave

St. Paul Summer Recycling

Make sure you are recycling smart this Summer! 

Saint Paul and Minneapolis are partnering on an educational campaign to help reduce contamination in recycling. Watch for these ads around the city and on social media, and be sure to share with your friends, family and neighbors to spread the word.

Recycle Smart and keep paper and plastic plates, paper cups and plastic utensils out of your recycling cart!  Learn more

Upcoming St. Paul 
Drop Off Events

Make sure you recycle and dispose of large items at upcoming Citywide drop off events in September! All events will run from 8am-1pm. Volunteers needed! Learn more

September 14: Harding HS | 1540 E 6th St.

Sept. 28: Shepard Rd. | Between Davern and Alton St. - Enter from westbound Shepard.

Join the UPDC Board of Directors!

If you are curious about what it's like to be on UPDC's board, come hear from board members and staff about what it takes! Come to either or both meetings and let's enjoy chatting over food and drinks together. 

Our next Prospective Board meeting will be Thursday, August 15th from 7:30-8:30pm at Augustine's Bakery and Bar (1668 Selby Ave, St. Paul). RSVP and invite your friends!

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.

St. Thomas' FarmStand Fridays!

The student-run Farmers’ Market is back every Friday through August. Come out and support students who grow pesticide-free vegetables in the Stewardship Garden on south campus– peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes and more!

Every Friday, August 2019 
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

The student-run farmers market location is at John P. Monahan Plaza (north of football field), NE corner of Cretin and Summit avenues, St. Paul. For more information, visit this page.

Little Africa 2019: Weekend Parade and Festival!

This year, Little Africa will feature the very first African Parade in North America! Come out on August 3rd for a parade, and again on August 4th for music, food, dancing, art, and a petting zoo!
Visit the website for more information.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, contact Gene Gelgelu, President and CEO of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) and Little Africa: 651-646-9411 or


NeighborFest 2019

NeighborFest is back! For the 38th year, St. Thomas is inviting neighbors to campus for food, fun and camaraderie–plus ice cream and bluegrass music. Join St. Thomas on Thursday, August 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Monahan Plaza. Familiar fun and new surprises. Save the date, and stay updated on information to come!

Native American Healthy Aging Gathering
August 13th 

Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health, Healthy Aging Initiative
The mission of the Healthy Aging Initiative of Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health is to partner with residents and organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults in Ramsey County.

United Methodist Church August Events

Pizza in the Grove
Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. 

Faith United Methodist Church is hosting a Pizza night! have wood fired pizzas made to order available, games to play, s’mores made in a fire pit. They will also have people available to talk about the Neighbors Garden. The cost is a free will donation. 

Garage Sale
Friday and Saturday, August 9-10th

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30pm (both days)
Items include housewares, clothes, exercise equipment and much, much more.
Variety of prices. Snacks and lunch will be available.

Faith United Methodist Church, 1530 Oakdale Avenue, West St. Paul. 
For more information call 651-457-5686 or visit their website 

Neighborhood Network for Seniors is looking for Volunteers!

Take a look at their facebook page for more information!


Minnesota State Fair will Feature Mental Health Awareness Day on August 26

For the second straight year the MN State Fair will highlight Mental Health Awareness. Visitors can learn about mental health resources and wellness through games and activities as well as inspiring stage acts including music, youth performances, yoga, and more. More than 50 awareness-raising activities, many of them geared for children and teens, will be offered. 
Featured guests will include Minneapolis hip-hop and spoken word artist Desdamona, KARE11 multimedia journalist Bryan Piatt, the Fidgety Fairytales performers, Minnesota musician Mark Mallman, The Renovators, and others. The event is free with fair admission and will be held Monday, August 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Dan Patch Park located next to the Grandstand.
The State Fair provides a unique opportunity to educate a large and diverse group of people about mental health issues - something that touches almost every family in some way. Led by the MN State Advisory Council on Mental Health & Subcommittee on Children's Mental Health and NAMI Minnesota, over 50 health organizations will participate in the day's activities. Learn more about this event at, or call 651-645-2948. 

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NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families through its programs of education, support and advocacy.

NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., Suite 400, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: Chuck Krueger, 651-645-2948, 


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