Last-minute Art on the Avenue additions

Some events have been added to Art on the Avenue that don’t appear in the program:

At the Doddway Shopping Center (Jim’s Market, at Smith and Dodd), there will be a West St. Paul fire truck and police car on display, as well as a rock-painting activity for kids, artisan candles, and a nature art show.

Also, the West Side Youth Guides will be holding a clothing drive in conjunction with the event. You can drop off donations at the BankCherokee parking lot.

The full schedule of events can be found here. We hope to see you on Saturday!

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10 reasons why you should go to Art on the Avenue on Saturday

Art on the Avenue is this Saturday, starting at noon. Here’s why you need to go:

1) See Smith Avenue the way you’ve always imagined it. Get out and take a stroll, meet new neighbors, stop into that shop or cafe you’ve been meaning to check out but haven’t had the time for.

Kent and Emily Aldrich, Paulman kids outside Celtic jam

2) Go on a bicycle scavenger hunt with these guys:

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3) Try your hand at latte art:

Latte art Dali

4) Meet the person who made this video:

 

5) Help create a mile-long book. Seriously, it’s going to be a mile long! Or make your mark on neighborhood history with the West Side Mural Project.

Sarah Stengle shows off the first stages of the Mile Long Book.

6) Find some new artwork for your wall:

Electric Machete

7) Or maybe photography is more your thing?

Ellie Leonardsmith at Amore Coffee

8) You can see this band for free:

… or this band:

… or this band:

 

9) Get Chorizo and Eggs at the Capital View, coffee at Amore, a cupcake at Taste of Love, and a burger and a beer at the Cherokee Tavern all in the same day because hey, you burned a lot of calories walking around all afternoon, right?

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10) Because there’s too much stuff to list here, so download the event program (or pick up a copy at a neighborhood business) and come on out and join us!

African children’s choir among Night to Unite highlights

This Tuesday night (August 5) is Night to Unite/National Night Out – a nationwide series of community block parties aimed to unite neighborhoods and prevent crime.

This year’s events are especially poignant as the community still reels from the death of Officer Scott Patrick — a memorial at the site of Ofc. Patrick’s shooting continues to grow at Smith and Dodd, and many of this year’s block parties will be collecting donations for his family.

There are several parties taking place in the Smith Avenue neighborhood (see list below). Typically, these are welcoming, informal affairs with food, games and an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other. It’s a great night to go for a walk or hop on your bike and roam around.

The largest of these by far is the annual bash at St. James Lutheran Church at Annapolis and Cherokee. This year’s event includes a performance by the Asanti Children’s Choir along with food, puppet shows and other entertainment.

The St. James event runs from 6-8 p.m., Asanti is scheduled to perform at 6:15.

Below is a list of other neighborhood block parties taking place in the Smith Avenue neighborhood:

• Cherokee Heights Park (Baker between Delaware and Cherokee), 6-8:30 p.m.
• 800 block of Cherokee (btw Winona and Wyoming), 6-9 p.m.
• 700 block of Winslow (btw Sidney and Page), 5:30-9 p.m.
• 850 block of Ohio (btw Annapolis and Wyoming), 6-9 p.m.
• 230 block of Baker (btw Waseca and Charlton), 6-8:30 p.m.
• 780 block of Manomin (@ Curtice), 5-8 p.m.
• 750 block of Stryker (Curtice btw Stryker and Hall), 6-8 p.m.
• 900 block of Manomin, 6-9 p.m.
• 1000 block of Smith, 6-8 p.m.
• 900 block of Seminole, 6:30-9 p.m.
• 900 block of Stryker (times not posted)
• 900 block of Delaware 8-9 p.m.

The complete list of St. Paul block parties can be found here.

The complete West St. Paul list is here.