Community Garden Volunteers Sought to Provide Healthy Foods for Needy Families

Volunteers are sought to help harvest foods, plant new vegetables for fall and contribute to a community garden with Metropolitan State and Inver Hills Community College students.

Gardeners meet at the Inver Hills-Metrostate garden on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.–noon and Saturdays from noon–3 p.m. The Inver Hills-Metrostate garden is located on the Inver Hills campus at 80th Street East, Inver Grove Heights. Lunch and refreshments are provided for Saturday participants.

In partnership with Inver Hills Community College, Metropolitan State has donated over 200 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to local food shelters in the greater Saint Paul area.

For more information contact August Hoffman, psychology professor, at or Barbara Curchack, Inver Hills Community College, at

Plans are being made to build a community apple fruit tree orchard in the Detroit, Mich. community during the fall 2014 semester. For more information, contact August Hoffman at 651-999-5814.

Family Resource Network Host One-Day Clothing and Toy Fair

Students are invited by the university student organization Family Resource Network to attend The Resource Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 2–7 p.m. at Saint Paul Campus in New Main’s Great Hall. At the Resource Fair, students can pick up free food, clothing and toys for their children. Students must bring their own bags to shop.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, contact Sue Fust, Student Parent Center coordinator, at 651-793-1564 or

New Gordon Parks Gallery Exhibit Includes Reception

Waterfall by Areca Roe
Waterfall by Areca Roe

Metropolitan State’s Gordon Parks Gallery presents Mixed Media: The Faculty Show as the first exhibit of the school year. The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 12 from 5–7:30 p.m. and continues through Oct. 3. Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., and Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

This exhibition features creative works produced by Metropolitan State’s fine arts instructors. From paintings and sculptures to photographs and films, this show highlights the multi-disciplinary efforts of resident and community faculty. Participants include: James Byrne, Saint Paul; Joseph Flores, Minneapolis; David Means, Minneapolis; Amy Sands, Golden Valley; Areca Roe, Minneapolis; Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, White Bear Lake; Anne Sugnet, Minneapolis; Alonso Sierralta, Minneapolis; and Petronella Ystma, Saint Paul.

“Although this exhibition is open to the entire university community, exposure to such a show can be an invaluable tool for students interested in taking art classes,” said Erica Rasmussen, resident faculty member and gallery director, about the exhibition.

“Close inspection of imagery and objects or multiple viewings of short films can reveal subtleties about the work that might otherwise be lost through limited contact or reproductions,” Rasmussen continued. “Similarly, investigating the work on an intimate level will likely communicate a great deal about an instructor’s technical abilities, personal interests and conceptual concerns.”

The reception includes a screening of James Byrne’s new film, The Light of Each New Day. The film will be looped in a room adjacent to the gallery. All shows and programs at the Gordon Parks Gallery are free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-793-1631 or e-mail her at

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