June 2024 Midpoint Report

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

Churches host homeless shelter discussion

The St. Anthony Park Faith Communities, a group headed by clergy at the neighborhood’s churches, will hold an open meeting for residents to discuss the issue of homeless shelter.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday June 27 at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Ave., with the topic “how to cooperatively address the issue of sheltering those most in need.”

The meeting comes in the aftermath of Luther Seminary planning to lease its vacant Stub Hall to Ramsey County and Model Cities for use as a 84-bed homeless shelter. The seminary scuttled its lease with the county and Model Cities following various neighborhood concerns to the plan.

The Faith Communities church group includes St. Anthony Park Lutheran, St. Matthew’s Episcopal, Centennial UMC, St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ and The Church of St. Cecilia).

Changing Times book group adds new co-host

The Changing Times book group, hosted by Transition Town – All St. Anthony Park since 2022, now has a second sponsor, the St. Paul Public Library.

In an effort to bring their discussions to a wider audience, the group’s bi-monthly meetings are being held now at the St. Anthony Park Library branch on Como Avenue.

Occasionally, the club’s meetings feature visits from the authors. Such is the case for the next meeting:

  • 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, when Naomi Kritzer will discuss her novella The Year without Sunshine, winner of the 2023 Nebula Award. Set in a Minneapolis neighborhood in the near future, it shows a community responding creatively to an environmental crisis that clouds the skies, disrupts supply chains and nudges neighbors to rely on each other. You can read it for free online at Uncanny Magazine  (enter the author’s name and Uncanny Magazine in your search engine).

Puppetry workshops

The St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave., is hosting a series of puppet-making workshops with a visiting artist from the In The Heart of the Beast Theatre, Ifrah Mansour.

Participants create their own bird puppets to fly in the St. Anthony Park Fourth of July parade. There is no registration for the workshops, with three of the latest ones scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., June 26 and 27 and July 3, All ages are welcome and participants can attend as many as they like.

Entitled “Hopeful Journeys,” these workshops are an opportunity for community members to make their own bird puppets using water, flour, newspaper and paint. The workshops are sponsored by a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund from of the Minnesota State Arts Board  

Submitted by Niamh Mee.                                                                                               

Art Shows

All that Glitters” is… an exhibit of landscapes on gold by Bob Schmitt of Laughing Waters Studio during regular store through June 28 at the boréal Art Loft, 2276 Como Ave.

The Clifford Place Collection of contemporary Polish artists presents a gallery selection of its posters and original art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays during June at Vandalia Tower, 550 Vandalia St.

For more details, go to cliffordplacecollection.com.

Compiled by Scott Carlson, Bugle editor.

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