St. Louis Park Community Notes

Clinic celebrates 40th anniversary with gala

West Suburban Teen Clinic is celebrating 40 years serving young people in the suburbs of the Twin Cities Friday, Sept. 28.

Participants can relive their high school memories or create new ones at the clinic’s Homecoming Dance Gala emceed by Fox 9’s Jason Matheson at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1500 Park Place in St. Louis Park. Event highlights will include live music by the R Factor, auctions, appetizers and speakers. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased individually or in tables of 10.

The clinic suggests cocktail or high school attire for this fundraising event. Tickets, sponsorship or other information are available at wstcmn.org or by contacting Lisa Stordahl at lisas@wstcmn.org or 952-767-0921.

West Suburban Teen Clinic provides basic and reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and dental services to 23,000 teens and young adults ages 12–23 annually in Hennepin, Scott and Carver Counties.

The Hopkins-based clinic was conceptualized by a local group of community members and high school students in response to several areas of concern including the increase of unplanned pregnancies among teens as public health threats, and the acknowledgement that teens and young adults were less likely than those of other age groups to seek out preventive services.

Info: westsuburbanteenclinic.org

Sukkot celebration comes to day school

Families with children ages 3-8 may join Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, PJ Library and Sifriyat Pijama B’America for Party In The Hut: A Sukkot Celebration.

This free and open to the public event will be held rain or shine 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, on the Barry Family Campus, 4330 Cedar Lake Road in St. Louis Park. As with all PJ Library events, this celebration will include crafts, reading, snacks and community building. As a special treat, Minneapolis Jewish Day School Hebrew Coordinator and SPBA Representative Bat Sheva Berman will be reading child-friendly books all in Hebrew.

Party In the Hut is the first of many Story Time Express and Kor’im K’tanim (Little Readers & Families) reading events offered by the Minneapolis Jewish Day School and its partners.

For reservations, to check out other story times or find out how your young child can receive free PJ Library and SPBA books at your home, contact the Minneapolis Jewish Day School at 952-381-3566.

Maggie’s Farm Theater presents Wilder play

Maggie’s Farm Theater will present “The Skin of Our Teeth” 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October.

The sitcom written by Thornton Wilder will be performed at Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd. in St. Louis Park.

The play is a multi-media time travel through the joys and concerns of the human experience, taking in many of the prominent voices in literary history while offering a message of hope and encouragement for the human race.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play of 1942 by one of American’s most influential playwrights presents a theatrical treadmill for its characters, who are perpetually caught in crisis but also perpetually surviving by the skin of their teeth.

This production of “The Skin of Our Teeth” is a recipient of a 2012 Community Arts grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council; which was funded by appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature with money from the state’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage Legacy Fund.

The play is produced and directed by St. Louis Park residents Brad and Rachel Richardson.

Info: maggiesfarmtheater.com.

Books Alive! seeks lively readers

St. Louis Park Reader’s Theater is seeking readers or storywriters for its Books Alive!

Rehearsals are 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays at the Lenox Community Center’s Little Theater, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd. in St. Louis Park.

Books Alive! provides youth literature through theatrical oral readings that help make books come alive for children and adults.

No registration required for rehearsals. Reading engagements are scheduled throughout the city of St. Louis Park. Monthly recitals are presented free of charge in the Lenox Little Theater.

Books Alive! partners with Children First  and tours locally as Asset Champions, encouraging literacy and active aging.

League of Women Voters activities

The League of Voters of St. Louis Park will host a meeting entitled “Civility and Arrogance in Public Discourse” 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.

The speaker will be Elizabeth Nordland of Minnesotans United For All Families.

The  League of Women Voters of St. Louis Park will be registering voters noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Showplace ICON Theatre street level lobby, 1625 West End Blvd. in St. Louis Park.

Any unregistered St. Louis Park residents may obtain and complete a voter registration form. A league member will deliver forms to the St. Louis Park City Clerk. The clerk will then mail voter registration cards prior to the November election. Individuals who haven’t voted for 4 years must renew their registrations.

Info: Debbie Blake, 952-920-7793 or wakokeishadax@gmail.com.

STEP hosts Coats for Kids Campaign

This fall, the St. Louis Park’s Emergency Program is again joining Pilgrim Cleaners for their annual Coats for Kids Campaign.

Coats of all sizes (clean and gently used) may be dropped off at STEP through Wednesday, Oct. 24. STEP will also accept donations of winter accessories such as hats, gloves, scarves and boots.

Anyone who is in need of warm winter wear may visit STEP during its five-day coat distribution Thursday, Oct. 18, through Wednesday, Oct. 24. The hours for the distribution will match STEP’s year-round Clothes Closet hours:  9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Thursdays; 9-11 a.m. Fridays; 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Mondays; 1-3 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; and 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Guests may visit the coat distribution once during the week to select winter wear for themselves and all of their family members (one coat per person). This event is open to all; residency in St. Louis Park is not required.

Anyone who is interested in serving as a volunteer at the coat distribution may call Allison at 952-925-4899, ext. 11. Opportunities are available for all shifts listed above.

Due to space limitations, the Clothes Closet will not be open during the five days of the coat distribution.

STEP is located at 6812 W. Lake St. in St. Louis Park.

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