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.

Night to Unite events in St. Paul, West St. Paul

By popular demand, here is a listing of Night to Unite events in the neighborhood this evening. A full list of St. Paul events can be found here, and because the West St. Paul list doesn’t seem to be posted online anywhere, I’ve included the rest of the listings at the end of the post. If your event isn’t listed, post a comment and I’ll include it.

Smith Avenue neighborhood (more or less):

Taste of Love Bakery, 870 Dodd, 3-7 p.m.
St. James Lutheran Church, Cherokee and Annapolis, 6-8 p.m. Free root beer floats!
200 block of Stevens Street West, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
800 block of Cherokee Ave., 6-9 p.m.
800 block of Winslow Ave., 5-8 p.m.
900 block of Manomin Ave., 6-9 p.m.
900 block of Ottawa Ave., 6-8 p.m.
1100 block of Ottawa Ave., 6-8 p.m.
800 block of Charton Ave., 6-8 p.m.
1000/1100 block of Smith Ave., 6-7:30 p.m.

Complete St. Paul Central District list: Click here.

Complete West St. Paul list (via Laura Vaughn at WSP Police Dept.)

900 Manomin Ave. 600-900pm
1100 Ottawa Ave. 600-800pm
1000 Livingston Ave 530-900pm
900 Ottawa Ave 600-800pm
800 Charlton 600-800pm
900 Stryker 600-800pm
460 West Annapolis 600-800pm
1000/1100 Smith Ave 600-730pm
870 Dodd Rd 300-700pm
200 Stanley St 500-900pm
White Oaks, 425-455 Arion St. E. 500-730pm
100 Bernard St. E. 500-800pm
900 Dakota 500-700pm
200 Bernard 600-900pm
1000 Waterloo 600-800pm
900 Oakdale 500-900pm
100 Hurley 500-800pm
300 Edith Dr. 600-800pm
400 Emerson Ave W 530-900pm
1300 Galvin 600-830pm
50 Langer Circle 600-830pm
400 Thompson Ave 600-800pm
105 Carmel Ave # 207 500-900pm
400 Felix Lane 600-800pm
100 Altman Ct 600-800pm

Pole patrol

Someone's been tagging the light posts up and down Smith Avenue.

Someone’s been tagging the light posts up and down Smith Avenue.

If you see a guy in a dark hat with a spray can wandering up and down Smith Avenue, you might want to look twice before calling the police.

Yesterday, I spotted a neighbor walking down the street scrubbing graffiti off the light posts at Smith and Baker. Someone’s been tagging them on a regular basis with spray paint, he’s been diligently following up removing the tags. The idea, hopefully, is to convince the vandals that they’re engaged in a futile exercise.

Chemical warfare.

Chemical warfare.

His weapon of choice? Carburetor cleaner. Apparently that and a little elbow grease takes the paint right off.

I’m not going to identify our one-man anti-graffiti squad, lest the city or the vandals take issue with his work. But if you see him out there, you’re welcome to grab a rag and chip in. Or bring him a beer or something.