Ward 6 Weekly Update 9/15/2023

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September 15, 2023

East Side Neighbors & Electeds: Building Community Forum

Building Community Forum

Please join Councilmember Nelsie Yang, Commissioner Xiong and Minnesota State Representative Liz Lee, City Councilmember Jane Prince, School Board Member Jim Vue, and School Board Member Uriah Ward at our Building Community Forum.

The event will be on September 20, 2023 from 6PM - 8PM at Arlington Hills Community Center. Free food and water will be provided!

We will share collective priorities, legislative accomplishments, and a shared vision for the Eastside. Share your thoughts, experiences, and concerns so we can better serve you at all levels.

RSVPs are not required, but you may register and request accommodations at this link.

Public Budget Hearing

Public 2024 Budget Meeting

Join the Saint Paul City Council on Tues, Sept 19th at 5:30pm to share your voice on the City of Saint Paul's 2024 budget. Attend in person at Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55103) or watch the livestream and submit your comments to Contact-Council@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Free Meals for Seniors

NE Seniors Food Boxes

North East Seniors are resuming their prepared meals and food box program, also known as Doorstep Delivery. Food boxes will be available for pick-up and delivery starting Thursday, September 7 (1PM - 3PM).

Are you a senior living in the Greater Eastside of St. Paul and in need of groceries? Please fill out this interest form for an eligibility determination. 

Got questions? Email neseniorsforbetterliving@gmail.com or call (651) 808-1901. 

China Friendship Garden Celebration of Friendship and Moon Festival

35 Year Anniversary CelebrationMoon Festival 2023

Come to the MN China Friendship Garden in Phalen Regional Park (1640 Phalen Dr) on Saturday, Sept 23rd from 11am - 5pm to celebrate 35 years of Saint Paul-Changsha sister-city friendship and the Twin Cities Moon Festival!

There will be dancing, poetry, visual arts exhibits, all day family and personal photography, food and moon cake tasting, a 5k fun run and children's playground. Hope to see you there!

Arts Impact for Individuals Grant Program

metro regional arts council grant

The Arts Impact for Individuals grant program provides up to $5,000 for artistic projects in Minnesota led by individuals. Projects must be focused on creating access to the arts for Minnesotans, and/or engaging with Minnesota communities through artistic endeavors. This grant program is open to individuals who identify as any of the following:

  • Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color (BIPOC); and/or
  • Disabled/a person with a disability; and/or
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+)

Check out last year’s Arts Impact for Individuals awards announcement to see the types of projects awarded before.

Applications due: October 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM
Eligible funding period: April 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025

For questions and assistance related to eligibility and/or preparing an application, please contact Scott Artley (scott@mrac.org or 651-523-6384). Or, fill out the application request meeting request form to schedule a time to meet with a staff member who can assist you.

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.

White Bear Ave Parade

White Bear Ave ParadeWBA Parade

Get ready for the White Bear Ave Parade! Coming up on Saturday, Sept 16th at 11am. Hope to see you there!

Water Conservation Request

odd-even watering restrictions

St Paul Regional Water Services is asking customers to limit outdoor watering to odd or even days, aligning with your address number, due to the drought. Please also avoid watering between 12pm – 6pm when evaporation rates are highest!

SPPA Seeking Artists for Public Art at The Heights

Public Art at The Heights

The Saint Paul Port Authority is partnering with Forecast Public Art to bring public art to The Heights.

Are you a local artist interested in installing your public art at The Heights? Please apply before September 25th for public art at The Heights

ReThink Disposable

ReThink Disposable

Are you a business owner and want to save up to $22,000 annually? Rethink Disposable is a FREE program that helps businesses and institutions switch from single use disposables to reusables for dine-in. Costs and technical assistance is available through Clean Water Fund.
Email Chloe Kintop at ckintop@cleanwater.org for details. 

CERTs Clean Energy Seed Grants

CERTs Seed Grant

Clean Energy Resource Teams is giving out $5-10k grants for clean energy projects.

Clean energy projects can include energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, electric vehicle-related projects, and energy storage.

See if your clean energy idea is eligible for funding!

Fall Parks & Rec Activities

Attendees bundled up with hot chocolate at a fall movie in the park event

Register for fall swimming lessonsfall activities and Rec Check! Browse schedules and register online for babysitting trainingdance classes, tumblingmartial arts, cooking classesadult programs, arts & crafts, teen activitiesmusic classes, and more.

Neighborhood Community Safety Council

office of neighborhood safety

The Office of Neighborhood Safety has established a Neighborhood Community Safety Council to support its work. 

The council is expanding to include more members from throughout the city. Apply to be part of the Neighborhood Community Safety Council.

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.

Join a State Board, Committee or Commission

MN Secretary of State openings

The MN Secretary of State has a large number of open seats on various state boards, commissions, and committees. If you live or work in the City of St Paul, one of these spots could be for you! View and apply for open state board, commission, and committee positions here.

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