Here is the Bugle’s latest Midpoint, a mid-month web report on some local news and information since the publication of our April 2024 issue: 

Como Zoo’s ‘Party for the planet’

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory will host a “Party for the Planet Powered by Xcel Energy” on April 20 and 21. 

In celebration of Earth Day, the zoo and conservatory will host a variety of family fun, crafts, games, special animal enrichment and giveaways, all aimed at helping visitors learn about the animals, plants, and people that depend on our planet’s precious resources.

Special activities include:

The Children’s Theater Company leading interactive Story Theater sessions three times a day, with its “A Year With Frog & Toad” show in the zoo’s visitor center lobby. Shows are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

Xcel Energy’s popular energy-efficient Tiny House—get inspired with innovative solutions for a greener tomorrow!

Como’s nonprofit partner, Como Friends, giving away free tree saplings and showcasing their new exhibit in the Exhibit Gallery at the zoo and conservatory.

Sparky the seal shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Como Harbor, and a gorilla program at 1:30 p.m. at Gorilla Forest

Internship opportunity

The cities of Lauderdale and Falcon Heights are pooling resources to offer an administrative and inclusion intern. This position will assist in completing duties and projects across a variety of departments this summer at the two cities.  

Applications are due April 26. For more information check out the Lauderdale City Jobs page. 

boreal April Art Loft program

Minnesota watercolor artist Dr. James Turner is the boreal Art Loft’s featured artist during April.

Turner is known for various ways he approaches watercolor art, from classic realism to abstract emotion, and how he continually explores new techniques, new media and new compositions.

Turner earned his medical degree from University of Minnesota Medical School and he practiced full time as a board certified anesthesiologist until three years ago. About 25 years ago, Turner began to take watercolor painting seriously. Since then, he has won many prizes in art competitions and taught watercolor art techniques to others.

The Art Loft is open during regular store hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, at 2276 Como Ave.

League of Women Voters St. Paul

The League of Women Voters St. Paul announces its April Learn with the League program, “Don’t Judge, Lift Up! Local High-Powered Women Helping Others.” This program will be held online from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 23.

Learn about areas of the Ramsey County judicial system, specifically the Women’s Community Group that meets in St. Paul to help each other navigate the system. Hear from some of the organizers such as Ramsey County judges, attorneys, and others as they share the story of lifting each other up in community.

This will be a virtual event. Interested participants can register on Zoom at this link:

The Zoom webinar will be closed captioned and also rebroadcast through program partners, SCCTV and SPNN.

ComoConnects seeks volunteers

ComoConnects, formerly called the Como Park/Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program, is seeking volunteers to assist with its new service called “Compassionate Chaperones.”

Compassionate chaperones are specially trained volunteers who can transport clients to and from non-emergency medical appointments. These volunteers are able to be present before, during and after the appointment to be an extra set of eyes and ears for the senior.

Sometimes juggling and understanding medical appointments can be challenging and Compassionate Chaperones can help with this!  If you have a compassionate heart, an hour or two of free time and a car, please call the ComoConnects office at 651-642-1127 to volunteer or for further information.   

Insects at U of M St. Paul campus  

The University of Minnesota’s  Department of Entomology is hosting “The Great Minnsect Show”, a free public event showcasing the wonders of insects and teaching visitors about the department’s research and education mission.

The event, featuring fun and educational activities for people of all ages, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the U’s St. Paul Student Ballroom, 2017 Buford Ave.      

Earth Day clean-up

District 10 Como Community Council will partner with the City of St. Paul in hosting a spring cleanup at Como Park. Meet at the park pavilion Saturday, April 20. Cleanup hours are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and cleanup supplies are supplied provided. For more info, go to

Gremlin Theatre presents…

Gremlin Theatre, 550 Vandalia St., is hosting Full Circle Theater in presenting They Wear Teal Ribbons Around Their Tongues” by Siddeeqah Shabazz now through April 28.

Recommended for ages 14 and older, the sitcom play runs about two hours with one intermission. It explores themes such as sexual assault and mental health. All performances are pay as you are able. For further information, go to

Join SAP faith communities May 26

May 26 is Holy Trinity Sunday on the Christian calendar. All of any faith, or none, are encouraged to join St. Anthony Park faith communities for their first-ever, cooperative Holy Trinity gathering.

Meet at Centennial United Methodist Church, 2200 Hillside Ave., at noon for a cooperative coffee hour and short prayer service. Then walk together to College Park with music and banners. At the park, from 1–3 p.m., enjoy food, games for all ages (including a bouncy house!), music with an opportunity to get to know people from all five faith communities.

Participating are: Centennial United Methodist Church, The Church of St. Cecilia, St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

All are welcome

Compiled by Bugle editor Scott Carlson

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