Chroma Zone Art & Mural Festival returns

The Creative Enterprise Zone’s annual Chroma Zone Art & Mural Festival, which was drastically curtailed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, is returning as a summer-long event this year.

The festival’s presentation of local artists creating wall murals is set to debut with live outdoor painting activities on May 22 at Wycliff and Bradford streets, according to Angela Casselton, CEZ executive director.

Other mural events include a midsummer “happening” near Raymond and University avenues and a “closing party” in late September or early October near Vandalia or Prior avenues. Final dates and locations to come.

“The biggest thing to know is that rather than an eight-day event in the fall, we are spreading the production of 12 new murals and three community events over the summer,” Casselton said. “This will allow us to scale down some costs and provide proper social distancing measures during the pandemic. We did a trial run of this last summer so we can modify plans as things change.”

Seniors activities

The St. Anthony Park Area Seniors is planning virtual “lunch bunch” sessions from noon to 1 p.m. on May 12 and 26.

Other virtual activities planned in May include:

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (call office to see if space is available) 10 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Guitar Concert with Dave Lee 10 a.m., Monday, May 10 (call office for connection instructions)

Piano Concert with Elizabeth Lee

10 a.m, Monday, May 3 (call office for connection instructions)

For further details on registering for the lunch sessions or any of the other activities, please call the seniors office at 651-642-9052.

Tuesday Scholars talks

The Ramsey County Library’s virtual Tuesday Scholars talks continue in May with all programs running from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join local academic and experts as they share their knowledge on a variety of topics.

To register for any or all of these online Tuesday Scholar talks, visit the Ramsey County’s Library website at or call 651-724-6001. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Here is the lineup of speakers:

May 4
Xenophobia in America: a Long and Painful History

Erika Lee, a Regents Professor and director of the Immigration History Center at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the roots of immigration and how it has been one of the most divisive forces in American political life. She is the author of the award-winning book “America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States.”

May 11
The Earliest Humans: What We Can Learn from Fossils?

Independent journalist Kermit Pattison is the local author of “Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind.” He will discuss what we can learn from fossils and share his adventure in researching and writing “Fossil Men.”

May 18
Three Ordinary Girls: A forgotten story of World War II

St. Paul author Tim Brady shares the true story of three fearless young women who used their wits and audacity to resist the Nazis and Dutch collaborators in Occupied Holland during World War II.

May 25
Trump to Biden: A Political Transition

David Schultz, a University of Minnesota law school professor specializing in election law, will discuss the change of power and the first 100 days of the Joe Biden administration and what we may expect from it going forward.

NewStudio Gallery show

NewStudio Gallery, 2303 Wycliff St., announces Jeralyn Victoria Mohr’s first solo gallery exhibition, “Material Language.”

The Minneapolis artist introduces a new body of work using a variety of materials—including recycled silk, coffee, soil, beads and thread—to generate art that reveals or unearths a relic-like presence that challenges traditional concepts of domestic “women’s work” and materiality in art.

The virtual and in-person opening of “Material Language” is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The exhibition closes Saturday, July 10.

Women’s drum class

The Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave., will offer a class in hand drums for beginners from 5 to 6 p.m. on May 11. The cost is $10. Drums are provided. Standard Covid-19 protocol is practiced. To register, please contact the Drum Center at

Master Gardeners plant sale

The Ramsey County Master Gardeners is hosting its annual plant sale online from May 1 to 8. Visit to see the group’s plant catalog.

Orders will be available for socially distanced pickup on Saturday, May 15, at Church of the Holy Childhood, 1435 Midway Parkway. Shoppers will be notified with details for contactless pickup.

Plant sale proceeds support horticulture student scholarships at the University of Minnesota and youth group horticulture projects in Ramsey County.

Music in the Park Series coming

The Schubert Club expects to announce in late May its plans for the 2021-22 season of the Julie Himmelstrup Music in the Park Series, which for decades has brought internationally renowned musicians to St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave.

As has happened with other concert series, Music in the Park performances shifted to online delivery in March 2020.

boreal art loft exhibit

An exhibition of clay, glass, wood and light from artists Dan Young, Keely Young, Pete Lewis and Joe Mamer will be on display at the boreal art loft from May 3 to 29. Free public viewing is available during store hours 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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