Ward 6 Weekly Update 6/9/2023

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June 9, 2023

Recognizing Beth Cleary and Peter Rachleff, East Side Freedom Library

East Side Freedom Library

This week, City Council passed a resolution celebrating 10 years since the founding of the East Side Freedom Libraryproclaiming Saturday, June 3, 2023, as Beth Cleary and Peter Rachleff Day in the City of St. Paul.

In 1998, Beth Cleary and Peter Rachleff combined their passions for theatre arts and labor history to realize a decade’s long desire to create a lasting public archive and community gathering place in the most ethnically diverse and economically challenged neighborhood of Saint Paul.

Together, they founded the East Side Freedom Library at the former Arlington Hills Public Library, one of three historic Carnegie buildings located at 1105 Greenbrier Street in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. 

The mission of the East Side Freedom Library is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice, and work toward equity through grassroots storytelling and research methods that both honor and preserve the history and identity of the East Side.

Beth Cleary and Peter Rachleff have served as co-executive directors of the East Side Freedom Library since its inception in 2013 through 2022. Today, they serve as Directors Emeritus on the Board of the Library, while continuing to serve the East Side of Saint Paul as valuable community members, leaders, and advocates.

Visit the East Side Freedom Library's website here for information and upcoming events! Thank you for your service to our East Side community and to Saint Paul as a whole!

Upcoming Renter Forum: Greater East Side Community Council

Greater East Side Renter Forum

Join the next Greater East Side renter forum on Tuesday, June 13th from 6-7:30pm at the Hayden Heights Library (1456 White Bear Ave). 

Attend Free Fair Housing & Renter's Rights training from Affordable Housing Connections! Sandwiches will be provided and District 2 residents are eligible for a $20 stipend. Reach out to d2communityorganizer@outlook.com for more information. 

Become a Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT!

Now accepting firefighter applications

The Saint Fire Department is accepting applications for Firefighter/EMT through June 30th.

There is NO COST to apply and candidates DO NOT need their EMT to go through the process.

Information about the position and the hiring process is available at: www.stpaul.gov/firefighter.

There are three upcoming information sessions where candidates have an opportunity to learn more about a career in Firefighting/Emergency Medical Service, along with the hiring process:

Youth Programs for the Summer 

Paddle Share group photo of kayakers going down Mississippi River

Choose from a variety of fun summer programming options for youth through Saint Paul Parks & Recreation. Register today as some camps and activities have limited spots remaining. 

Summer camps and activities: Full and half-day camps for youth of all ages. Costs range from free up to $275.

Summer Rec Check: Free program for those entering grades 1-6 this fall on Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm at 23 sites. 

Summer S'more Fun: $42/day for those entering grades 1-6 this fall on Monday-Friday from 7am-6pm at 3 sites. Limited spots available.

Recreation in MotionRecreation in Motion brings outdoor summer fun to your neighborhood! A free youth program offering athletic programs, arts and crafts, and other organized activities. No pre-registration is required. 

YMCA Lifeguard Pre-Skills Training

YMCA training

The Midway YMCA is offering a FREE training class for young adults interested in learning skills to become a certified lifeguard. The class will teach correct techniques to swim 300 yards and basic rescue skills. After completing the class, students can take their Red Cross Life Saving class to become part of the YMCA team as a certified lifeguard!

Register at the Midway Y front desk. Training starts June 13th!

ESNDC Friendly Storefronts Program

ESNDC Friendly Storefronts Program

Attention Ward 6 Businesses! Are you looking to refresh the appearance of your storefront this summer? Check out East Side Neighborhood Development Company’s Friendly Storefronts Program - Grant funding is available for façade improvement projects on a first come basis. See the flyer for general program guidelines, and send all inquiries to jmcgregor@esndc.org to start the application process!

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet virtual appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Paint the Pavement Community Art Project

Artist Briauna Williams, Paint the Pavement project

Sign up as a volunteer with the Greater East Side Community Council's Paint the Pavement project!

Saturday, June 17th from 9 am - 6 pm

Painting will take place at the intersection of Ivy and Kennard (which will be closed Friday 6/16 4pm through Sunday 6/18 at 6pm or earlier to allow the paint to dry.)

Please come when you can, no need to stay the whole day!

Twin Cities World Refugee Day 2023

Twin Cities World Refugee Day 2023 Event

Twin Cities World Refugee Day 2023 is a festival that aims to recognize the thousands of refugees living in our state and celebrate the diversity of cultures and experiences that they bring to our community.

Join in on June 11 at Centennial Park (6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN) from 12 pm – 5 pm

Saint Paul Children's Collaborative Grant

Saint Paul Children's Collaborative

The Saint Paul Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative (SPCC) grant period is now open! 

This year, SPCC will provide approximately $2.2 million as an award to community organizations that provide services to children or youth experiencing gaps in opportunities and outcomes. Eligible applicants include organizations with fiscal sponsors and nonprofit organizations that meet the criteria of connecting children to caring adults and any additional goals above.

Applications are due on Friday, July 14, 2023 before 5PM. Please use this link to access the RFP: Grant-Making – Saint Paul Children's Collaborative (saintpaulkids.org)

Ward 6 Year Round STAR Grant

Ward 6 STAR funding

If you run a business or non-profit in St Paul Ward 6 and are you needing to make a permanent improvement (lasting 7+ years) to your building, you may be eligible for Ward 6 Year-Round STAR Funding!

Please email our office with information on your project to receive an application. Read full STAR eligibility guidelines here. Applications are subject to approval from the Saint Paul STAR Board and Saint Paul City Council.  

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens

Property tax deferral

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens through the State of MN may allow you to defer a portion of the property taxes you owe. Visit the link above or call 651-556-6091.

COVID Testing and Treatment Resources

Test to Treat

Find test-to-treat locations  where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Self-testing 

What to do if you are Sick or Test Positive: COVID-19

Close Contact or Exposure to COVID-19