Ward 6 Weekly Update 9/9/2022

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September 9, 2022

Solidarity Street Gallery - Sept 9 & 10

Solidarity Street Gallery 2022

TOMORROW - Visit Payne Avenue (centering on Payne and Case) for the art and culture festival, Solidarity Street Gallery, on Friday, September 9th Saturday, September 10

Expect visual artists, multicultural performance programs featuring a number of well-known Southeast Asian performers, exciting activities for children and family, and a colorful Street Market!

Annual Payne-Phalen Community Council Meeting & Party - Sept 10

Payne Phalen Community Council Event

You're invited to attend the Payne-Phalen Community Council's Annual Meeting & Party on Saturday, September 10th embedded in the Solidarity Street Gallery!

1-4pm: Activities Related to District Planning & the Future of Payne-Phalen

5-7pm: FREE Community Meal & Conversation 

Park at the lot at the NE corner of Payne & Case (next to Anderson's Shoes)

Visit PaynePhalen.org for more information. 

Volunteers are still needed! Help move, set-up and break-down the Street Party and Community Meal event tomorrow as part of the Solidarity Street Gallery. Sign up here

Enter the Free Tree Lottery!

Tree Trust Lottery

St Paul Parks & Rec are partnering with Tree Trust to give away FREE trees to Saint Paul property owners! 🌲🌳 Register for the tree lottery for your chance to win a free tree: https://treecovery.myshopify.com

Youth Winter Sports Registration is Now Open! 

Girls basketball jump shot under basket

St Paul Parks & Rec is excited to announce that registration fees have been eliminated for winter basketball for 10U and up (ages 9+) at all recreation center sites.

Eliminating these fees allows Saint Paul youth to have access to quality programming, encourages healthy and active lifestyles, builds confidence, and creates community.

Visit the youth sports website for more information on youth sports registration.

Kids Try Hockey for Free!


Kids ages 4-10 can try hockey for FREE at four upcoming Starwahls events in September:

Girls Try Hockey for Free!

Friday, September 16th: 6:40-7:40pm @ Pleasant Arena (848 Pleasant Ave)

Saturday, September 17th: 6:30-7:30pm @ Highland North (800 Snelling Ave S)

Boys Try Hockey for Free!

Friday, September 23rd: 6:40-7:40p @ Pleasant Arena (848 Pleasant Ave)

Saturday, September 24th: 1p-2p @ Pleasant Arena (848 Pleasant Ave)

Equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. More at www.starwhals.com.

St Paul Business Awards

St Paul Business Awards

Can you think of a business that has strong attributes and contributions to you, your neighborhood, and the city? If so, NOMINATE it or APPLY to be recognized as a business for the 6th annual Saint Paul Business Awards! These awards give recognition with the award categories below:

  • Alice O’Brien, women-owned business that is committed to equity and empowerment
  • Good Neighbor, shows dedication to improving the community (check out this video about the 2021 Good Neighbor winner -- Hoa Mei Market & Deli in Ward 6!)
  • New Kid on the Block, open in Saint Paul within the last five years
  • People’s Choice, recognized for its excellence by Saint Paul residents
  • Traditions, has been active in Saint Paul for at least 20 years

Nominations close September 28, 2022 @ 4:30 pm. Applications close October 5, 2022 @ 4:30 pm.

Cultural STAR Applications Open

Cultural STAR Program

The application is currently open for the next round of Cultural STAR! The program provides funding for projects and programs that attract audiences, develop and improve cultural facilities and build capacity of artists and cultural organizations in Saint Paul.

This round is for projects taking place between January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023.

Make sure to apply by September 23 at 4 pm. Find more information and the application link at stplaul.gov/cultural-star.

Serve on the Neighborhood Safety Community Council

Office of Neighborhood Safety

Apply to serve on the new Neighborhood Safety Community Council (NSCC)!

This 15-member group will work with the Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety to create a strategic plan, review the effectiveness of initiatives undertaken by ONS, advise staff, and gather input from residents.

The NSCC will meet at least four times per year, with additional meetings taking place as often as necessary, and members will receive a $50 stipend per meeting. 

Submit your application now through September 16.

Read about the Office of Neighborhood Safety here

Become a Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commissioner

civilian review board

The St Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission is currently seeking commissioners from Wards 6 and 7! 

The Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) reviews and makes disciplinary and policy recommendations to the Saint Paul Chief of Police on all civilian-initiated police conduct complaints. 

The time commitment for a Commissioner is 10-20 hours per month depending on the number and type of cases being reviewed and any community outreach events. Meetings are evenings on the first Wednesday of each month in community centers around St Paul. Each meeting carries a stipend of $50. 

Submit your application until positions are filled.

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet phone call appointments are available on Thursdays. Register online at stpaul.gov/ward6.

Mid-Autumn Festival at Phalen - Sept 10

Mid-Autumn Festival

Please come to Phalen Park on Saturday Sept. 10th for a full day pan-Asian celebration at the Mid-Autumn Festival!

  • Attend a 4 language poetry contest Award ceremony at noon (Xiang Jiang Pavilion)
  • Spend the afternoon watching Chinese painters 
  • Hmong and Chinese dancers 
  • A Hmong and Chinese fashion show 
  • And end the evening at the world premiere of a Sister-City inspired dance about Han-Hmong Friendship by a world renowned choreographer at the Xiang Jiang Pavilion
  • Watch the Mid Autumn full moon rise

This event is FREE and open to ALL!

Hillcrest Knoll Disc Golf Course Now Open

Hillcrest Knoll Disk Golf

Announcing an all-new disc golf course in Saint Paul! The new 9-hole Hillcrest Knoll Park Disc Golf Course is NOW OPEN at 1672 Hoyt Ave E. This is the second disc golf course in St Paul (the other course is located in Highland Park).

Help Shape the Future of St Paul Parks & Recreation

Pedro Park plan

The City of Saint Paul is in the beginning stages of preparing a new Parks and Recreation System Plan - a comprehensive guide to physical improvements and changes to parks and recreation facilities such as parks, athletic fields, recreation centers and trails. This survey will provide us with valuable information help guide our planning process.

This survey takes around 5-10 minutes to complete, or longer if you wish to review specific parks at the end of the survey.

Free 20-Is-Plenty Yard Signs Available

20 Is Plenty yard signs

St Paul Public Works continues to offer FREE “20 is Plentyyard signs for your yard!

Pick up your sign at St Paul Public Library branches during open hours and at the Public Works Operations building (899 Dale Street) on weekdays from 8 am-3 pm.

HomeHelpMN Assistance Expanded


HomeHelpMN adopted program changes that took effect last week which expand eligibility:

  • The cap on assistance is increased to $50,000 per household
  • There is no time restriction on past-due expenses
  • Homeowners can apply for assistance as long as funds remain

Applicants who were previously denied but are still in need of assistance and meet eligibility criteria may request their case be reopened by calling 800-388-3226. Call the number to begin an application, or visit HomeHelpMN.org.

Year Round STAR Grants

Ward 6 STAR funding

Do you own a business or run a non-profit in St Paul's 6th Ward? Are you in need of funding for a time-sensitive building repair or improvement?

You may be eligible for a Year-Round STAR Grant from Ward 6. Please email our office at Ward6@stpaul.gov with information on your project and to receive an application.

Applications are subject to approval from the St Paul STAR Board and St Paul City Council. Funding is given as reimbursement for approved expenses, up to $15,000 per project per year. 

Free Composting Workshops

Composting 101 workshops

Learn about backyard composting with Saint Paul Public Works! Join in one of four, free Composting 101 Workshops this summer:

  • Sun, September 18
  • Sat, September 24

Attendees will receive training and all the supplies necessary to get started with backyard composting. 

Classes are limited to 30 attendees and to Saint Paul residents. Register today at https://form.jotform.com/GarbageProgram/compost 

COVID Resources

Test to Treat

On Thursday, Aug. 11, the CDC shared updated COVID-19 guidance:

Test-to-Treat locations are open in the Twin Cities! Find test-to-treat locations where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

Order FREE At-Home COVID Tests by SEPTEMBER 2nd at www.covid.gov/tests.

Monkeypox Resources Available


The Minnesota Department of Health has released guidance about monkeypox.

The CDC has more information about Monkeypox here, including resources in Spanish/Español and other languages that can be found in the top right corner of the screen.