Freedom, flags—and a whole lot of volunteers

What would the Fourth of July be around here without the decorated trikes, bikes and wagons, unicyclists and lawn-chair brigades making their way down Como Avenue in the 4th in the Park Grand Parade on Independence Day morning?

And, let’s not forget all the fun at Langford Park that follows the parade: horseshoe, tennis and volleyball tournaments, music, family picnics—and this year, food trucks and a fun happy hour.

For 71 years, volunteers have pulled this event together and it’s still managed by a core group of volunteers —Josh Becerra, Jeanne Hansen, Colleen Healy, Marie Lister and Emma Seeley — and they need your help.

Want to keep this neighborhood institution going? Volunteer. Log on to and pick the task and the time. Even an hour of volunteer time helps. And if you’d like to find out more about all the happenings at the July 4 celebration, you can find a complete list of activities here.


Speaking of volunteers

The St. Anthony Park Arts Festival, the annual June fundraiser for the St. Anthony Park Library Association, is another volunteer-run institution. We give a shout out to Patty Stolpman, who did a heroic job managing the festival this year, and Susan Dean, who for years has been running the used-book sale, an integral part of the festival and the St. Anthony Park Library Association’s main fundraiser.

You can wait until next year, when the call goes out for help or put it on your to-do list now. Email to find out how you can help with the festival.


And the winner is . . .

Speaking of the arts festival, we had more than 30 readers participate in our word scramble in last month’s Bugle, and all who brought their entries to the Bugle’s booth at the St. Anthony Park Arts Festival on June 2 got it right. What did that scramble of letters spell? Art Builds Community. We believe that.

We placed all the entries into our magic Bugle contest box and drew the winning name: Mary Pettiford of Como Park. Mary won a $50 gift card to Tim and Tom’s Speedy Market. Congratulations, Mary, and to all of you reading this, thanks for reading the Park Bugle.


Park Press annual meeting set for July 9

The annual meeting of the members of Park Press Inc., publisher of the Park Bugle, will be held at 8 a.m. Monday, July 9, at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 W. Como Ave. The agenda will include the election of directors and other matters that may be raised by members. All are welcome to attend.

Park Press Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization guided by an elected board of directors. Current board members are Josh Becerra, Ted Blank, Betsy Currie, Elizabeth Danielson, Michael Griffin, Gabrielle Lawrence, Beth Magistad, Joey McGarvey, Bob Milligan, Steve Plagens, Merry Rendahl, Glen Skovholt, Matt Vierling and Kathy Wellington.

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