New SAP Community Foundation grants

The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation has awarded its second round of grants for 2020-2021 to eight local organizations, including the Bugle.

At its annual meeting held virtually on Dec. 7, the Foundation announced grants to the following organizations: Chanson Voice & Music Academy, the Creative Enterprise Zone, FilmNorth, International Institute of Minnesota, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, the Park Bugle, Schubert Club and Saint Paul Urban Tennis. The grants totaled $8,000.

The Foundation’s initial grant recipients this year were: Keystone Community Service’s Meals on Wheels program, the International Institute, FilmNorth, St. Anthony Park Area Seniors, the St. Anthony Park Community Council and the Park Bugle. The Foundation’s first round grants topped $15,000.

Lunch bunch

The St. Anthony Park Area Seniors is planning virtual “lunch bunch” activities from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 6 and 20.

Please call the seniors office at 651-642-9052 for the Zoom links or further information. One additional note: SAPAS also has quite a few face masks still available for seniors and jigsaw puzzles to share. Call their office for further details.

Blood drive

The St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church will hold a community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the church, 2323 Como Ave. Pre-registration is required and can be done online by signing up at and using the code SAPL

Tuesday scholar talks resume

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

Here is the lineup of speakers through Feb. 9:

Tuesday, Jan. 12
COVID-19 in Context; the Historical Background of a Pandemic

University of Minnesota professor Jennifer Gunn will look at COVID-19 in context of what we can learn from the historical roots of the pandemic and how the story of past diseases can help us prepare for the future. Gunn is the director of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, Jan. 19
The Legal Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Struggle to Replace Her

Timothy R. Johnson, a University of Minnesota political science and law professor, will discuss the Congressional proceedings that followed the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and how they reflect on her judicial legacy and what they mean for the future of the court. He is a nationally recognized expert on U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments and decision making.

Tuesday, Jan. 26
Using Data Science to Understand Online Extremism

Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University in North Carolina, will talk about how she uses the tools of her profession to understand online radicalization, extremist group membership, the spread of dangerous propaganda and clandestine financial networks.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
The Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Minnesota

Joe Mahon, regional outreach director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is likely to economically affect Minnesotans.

Tuesday, Feb. 9
China Rising—Pros and Cons

Edward Farmer, a retired professor of history at the University of Minnesota with expertise in China and non-Eurocentric perspectives on world history, will discuss China’s emerging role in the 21st century and what China’s rise means for Americans.

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

Virtual course on Bush presidency

The Ramsey County Library in January begins a six-week virtual program on Wednesdays on the presidency of George W. Bush. The classes, led by popular local historian J.B. Andersen, will be broadcast online from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 3, 10 and 17.

Although his legacy will be forever linked with the events of 9/11, the Presidency of George W. Bush covered a wide range of issues, including two controversial wars, the new millennium and unprecedented standards for digital surveillance.

These program sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom and participants must register in advance at the Library’s website or by calling the Library at 651-724-6001. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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