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Sep 03rd


U.S. Department of Education Official Speaks April 13 at St. Thomas

U.S. Department of Education Official Speaks April 13 at St. ThomasThe University of St. Thomas will host a free, public lecture next month by James Shelton III, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education.

Shelton, who will give the 13th annual Julian Parker Lecture for the university’s School of Education, will speak on “Educational Innovation – Challenges and Opportunities,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the auditorium of Schulze Hall on St. Thomas’ campus in downtown Minneapolis. A reception precedes the lecture at 6 p.m.

Shelton manages teacher-quality, school-choice and learning-technology programs for the Department of Education. Previously he served as a program director for the education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also has worked for NewSchools Venture Fund and co-founded LearnNow, a school-

Volunteers, Students Activate Super Powers to Fight Hunger

Volunteers, Students Activate Super Powers to Fight HungerOn Thursday, March 25, 2009, students and staff from JJ Hill Montessori School and Hallie Q. Brown Community Center staff and Board Members ducked into phone booths, changed into capes or masks and faster than a speeding bullet, delivered food from JJ Hill to the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf as a part of a month-long campaign against the “forces of hunger.”

The effort was the creation of Brande Kraft, a Saint Paul Public Schools Discovery Club group leader at JJ Hill and her students, working with Hannah Ellis, Manager of Volunteerism and Quality Assurance for Hallie Q. Brown. Kraft and her group of students (third thought sixth graders) adopted the Food Shelf in 2009 as part of their school service learning project. Their goal was to show young people that they can make a difference in the world. So motivated were Kraft and her students that they were able to get the entire school involved for the month of March.

Sabathani Senior Center to offer assistance in filing Homestead Property Tax / Rent Rebate claims in April

Sabathani Senior Center in collaboration with AARP will offer assistance to community seniors in filing their homestead property tax or renter rebate tax forms.

According to Georgia Marinkov-Omorean, Sabathani Senior Center Program Director, the service will be available to people 50 and older on April 15 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Center, 310 E. 38th St. in Minneapolis, Room 106.  There is no fee for the program but participants must sign-up in advance by calling (612) 821-2306.

“I encourage all seniors to take advantage of the tax rebate program, which will return money to taxpayers,” Marinkov-Omorean said. “Even if an individual has not yet received a property tax statement, we can look it up. Renters should bring their document supplied by their landlord.”

Cub Foods presents Cub4Kids Easter event

Cub Foods presents Cub4Kids Easter eventParents and their children are invited to hop on over to their local Cub Foods store Saturday, March 27 for a “meet and greet” with the Easter Bunny. Kids may enjoy free treats and special holiday activities, including a personal photo of themselves with the Easter Bunny.

Latino Midwest News wins national award

Latino Midwest News wins national awardThe National Association of Hispanic Publications presented the Jose Marti Publishing Gold Award to Latino Midwest News, Saint Paul, Minnesota, for “Outstanding Front Page Design” during the recent 25th Annual 2010 (NAHP) Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Latino Midwest News submitted the 2009 Christmas Cover Page to participate in the contest under the category of Outstanding Front Page Design and circulation of under 30.000 copies.

Terry Tempest Williams to headline Hamline's Annual Mahle Lecture in progressive Christian thought

Terry Tempest Williams to headline Hamline's Annual Mahle Lecture in progressive Christian thoughtRenowned author, speaker, and activist Terry Tempest Williams; will keynote Hamline University's annual Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought, “Finding Beauty in a Broken World,” which is also the title of her most recent book.

Lowertown Reading Jam: An evening of poetry and activism by award-winning artists and poets

Lowertown Reading Jam: An evening of poetry and activism by award-winning artists and poetsThe Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of the capital city with inspiring spoken word performances, followed by a thought-provoking discussion about “Poetry and Activism.” The April Lowertown Reading Jam, April 5, 2010, curated by internationally acclaimed artist, Desdamona, will also feature performances by Reggie Harris, Tish Jones and Ibé. The poets will perform their poetry and talk about the work they do in schools, prisons and other communities, and invite the audience to share a dialog with them on their work. The Reading Jam runs from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul.
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