Tag Archives: Community

Urban Roots: Celebrating 20 Years


Get to know your Urban Roots!  Thursday, October 12, from 6-9pm, Urban Roots MN organization is celebrating 20 years in Saint Paul’s East Side community on Harriet Island Pavillion.

This event includes a delicious dinner from event sponsors, Chowgirls Killer Catering, featuring Urban Roots produce and generous local purveyors.

Drinks to enjoy including beer from Bang Brewing.

Musical guest will be Jayanthi Kyle.

There will also be a silent auction.  One of the items you could bid on is Dinner with Star Tribune Food Critic, Rick Nelson.

For more information, you can click on the link below.  Hope you can make it to this wonderful community event.

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Aug. 12: Fiesta Latina

Join the local Saint Paul community on Saturday, August 12, from 11am to 4pm, at CLUES St. Paul, to celebrate the richness of Minnesota Latinos at the 2017 Fiesta Latina event.

This is a free, family-friendly community festival which celebrates Lain culture through arts, health and wellness, fitness, food, and entertainment.

For more information, click on the link to see the promotional poster:  Fiesta Latina Poster_Updated July


Speakers to talk about their experiences with mental illness

On June 29, 4-5pm, on Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, Room 101, two speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be coming out to talk about their experience with mental illness and with attempted suicide. They will also be discussing what can be done to raise awareness about mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the average age of male students.  View the men’s health flyer below for more details.


Questions? Contact:
Jodee Fitzgerald
Founders Hall 240D

June 15-16: Black Men Healing Conference

Black Men's Healing ConferenceMetropolitan State is, once again, the host site for the annual Black Men Healing Conference, which is co-sponsored this year by Metropolitan State’s Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association and Black Student Union.

The conference is June 15-16, 2017.

Conference coordinator, Samuel Simmons Consulting, is offering Metropolitan State employees and students a reduced registration rate of $95 for both days (box lunch included).

*Registered members and advisers of ADCSA and BSU/AASA may attend at no cost, but need to register through Alysia Lajune directly by June 9 by clicking on the link below:

Black Men Healing Conference

Learn more about Simmons Consulting, the Healing Brothers initiative, and Historical Trauma Work at http://healingbrothers.com/.

May 11-13: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center grand opening

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council is promoting the grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. This is a three day event starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 11 with blessings from the community elders. The cultural center is the idea of Co-Executive Directors Mary Anne Quiroz and Sergio Quiroz.

According to their website, Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is

“a collective of artists and organizations dedicated to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism.”

It grew as an extension of their dance and community circle called Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, which means Warriors of the First Cactus Flower in the Nahuatl language; and which both Mary Anne and Sergio Quiroz are teachers of.

Aiyana Sol Machado, the founder of Bomba Karaya Guey, a Puerto Rican dance group, stated that this cultural center is the first of its kind in Saint Paul. Machado feels that this cultural center is a space to incubate and co-create with other groups like Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company – a company that promotes Haitian dance and folklore – Sicangu Rosebud Reservation – a Native American tribe from South Dakota, among others.

The grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is a three day event starting on Thursday, May 11 with details as follows:

    • Thursday, May 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — An evening of sharing and listening with community elders; stories, poems, and words of wisdom.
    • Friday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m. — Prospección exhibit opening Mexican artist Emmanuel Sierra
    • Saturday, May 13, noon to  4 p.m. – Cultural Youth Community performances
      – 1 to 6 p.m. – East Side Get Down – Breakdance Battle
      – 6 to midnight – Local and national artists, DJ Dance Music & Jam with Alma Andina


  • More information about the event and the group can be found here.

June 24-25: Volunteer at Twin Cities Pride

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Join the Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center in representing Metropolitan State University and Lavender Bridge, the LGBTQ student organization, at this year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival. The festival will be Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.
Volunteers are need to be present at the booth for  two-hour shifts. The resource center encourages first-time attendees to volunteer and experience the diversity, culture, information, festivities, and community that Twin Cities Pride engenders.  Past volunteers are also welcome to continue the tradition of representing Metropolitan State in the community. Be a part of a Twin Cities tradition of celebrating diversity, fostering inclusion, inspiring education, and creating awareness about issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community.
Learn more about Twin Cities Pride, here:  https://www.tcpride.org/
Sign up for volunteer shifts using this link:
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June 3: Art in the Hollow

ArtInTheHollow2017FlyerFriends of Swede Hollow presents the annual Art in the Hollow 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 3,  at Swede Hollow Park, located just north of Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus. 

This annual performing and visual arts festival will feature acts such as Mariachi Estrella, American Indian Magnet School Dances, Marilyn McGriff on Swedish Nicckelharpa and many more culturally-diverse performances as well as displays and sales of local artists’ work, arts activities, and a sculpture contest with cash prizes.  Art in the Hollow is a free, family-friendly event and a great way to enjoy a spring day in a beautiful urban park.

Artists and performers: There’s still time for artists to sign-up to participate ($15 fee) and for all kinds of musicians and performers to take the stage. Volunteers will help with set-up between 8am-10am.  To sign up or for more information, go to www.artinthehollow.org

Major support for this event is provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, the McNeely Foundation, and private donors. To donate or pursue sponsorships, contact Karin DuPaul at karindupaul@comcast.net or call 651-776-0550

April 29: Community Garden Kick-Off Event

Kick off the gardening season noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 29 with the Inver Hills–Metro State Community Garden and Orchard, at Inver Hills Community College, 2500 80th St E, Inver Grove Heights.

There will be gardeners of all ages marking plots and starting to plant seeds.

Volunteers Needed

Looking for a great cause in which to donate your time?  Volunteer with the Boys Totem Town Community Garden Event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 20 at the Boys Totem Town, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, 398 Totem Rd, Saint Paul.

Help youths plant vegetables and fruit trees, and learn about environment, sustainability, and “green” healthy practices for the future. The event is open to community members and families.  Prepare for the weather with hats, sunscreen and water.  For more details, contact August Hoffman at:  august.hoffman@metrostate.edu.


Campus Security Reminders

At Metropolitan State University, it is essential to be informed and aware of how to stay safe while on campus.  Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  1.  Call for escorts or walk with others, choose well-lit and direct areas at night and remain alert; walk confidently and purposefully.
  2. Park in the Ramp and if you notice any suspicious behaviors on or around campus, or are a victim of a crime, please immediately notify safety staff or call 911.
  3. If confronted, make firm but non-challenging statements of your interests. If you believe you are in jeopardy, leave for somewhere safe.

Below are contact phone numbers for campus safety officers:

Main campus Safety Cell:            651.775.0444
Safety Desk:                                651.793.1717
Library Safety Cell:                       651.775.0715
Ramp Safety Cell:                       651.368.4297
Ramp Safety Desk:                      651.793.1730
Student Center Safety Cell:            651.775.6724

If you have any questions or concerns related to an incident or other safety interests, please contact the Safety Office.

Come see the puppet show!

tuckerMetropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Dayton’s Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library invite you to attend The Driveway Tour Puppet Show performance of Tucker’s Robot. This family-friendly puppet show is about a boy named Tucker, his time-traveling robot and his friend Todd. Other activities include face painting, ladder ball, pillow case races, water balloon toss and more!

This event is Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at the community labyrinth outside the Library and Learning Center, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul. The performance starts at 7 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets. For more information contact Katherine Gerwig, library services, at katherine.gerwig@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1634.