2021 Past Events

Wed
Jun 9
2021
We’re happy to be starting our 2nd month of park chats where we pick a different Roseville park to meet for an informal conversation.  It’s so refreshing to meet with people in person again!  So far we’ve had between 4 and 9 people each week.  That size makes for a great  conversation. 

This week we will be at Pioneer Park (https://www.cityofroseville.com/217/Pioneer-Park) at 1966 Chatsworth. There is a street parking.

We realize showing up can be a little intimidating but we promise either Kathy, or Sherry, or both of us will be there with a warm welcome.  We’ll have a pinwheel so it’s easy to identify us, and whether you’re a talker or more of a listener, you can join the conversation in whatever way makes you comfortable.  Some have brought a friend or a spouse the first time :).   Come for 10 minutes or an hour or more.  It’s just about making connections to others after a long, long time apart.

Bring your own chair and your favorite morning beverage. 
10:0 amPioneer Park

Wed
Jun 2
2021
We’re happy to be starting our 2nd month of park chats where we pick a different Roseville park to meet for an informal conversation.  It’s so refreshing to meet with people in person again!  So far we’ve had between 4 and 9 people each week.  That size makes for a great  conversation. 

This week we will be at Rosebrook Park (https://www.cityofroseville.com/220/Rosebrook-Park) at 2590 Fry Street. There is a parking lot and street parking. It is easiest to get there from Fairview to Oakcrest to Fry. If you are coming South on Snelling only, it is just past Cty Rd C to Oakcrest.

We realize showing up can be a little intimidating but we promise either Kathy, or Sherry, or both of us will be there with a warm welcome.  We’ll have a pinwheel so it’s easy to identify us, and whether you’re a talker or more of a listener, you can join the conversation in whatever way makes you comfortable.  Some have brought a friend or a spouse the first time :).   Come for 10 minutes or an hour or more.  It’s just about making connections to others after a long, long time apart.

Bring your own chair and your favorite morning beverage. 
10:00 amRosebrook Park
Wed
May 26
Connections! We need them!  As more and more of us are vaccinated, we want to take advantage of the great parks in Roseville to make connections outdoors.  We invite you to join us on Wednesday mornings for informal chats to get to know others in our community. Each week we will pick a different park to meet (Roseville has 30 of them!).  Bring your own chair and your favorite morning beverage and talk to others in person!  We will still respect Cov-Id restrictions and ask that you wear a mask.  

This week we met at Acorn Park, 286 County Road C West.
 
 
Sat
May 22
2021

We have to make sure that no one thinks the guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial means the work it done.  It’s just beginning—again.  Racism is a White problem.  If Black and Brown people had the power to solve it, it would have been eliminated hundreds of years ago.
We want to bring white allies together in one space to talk about specific actions that we can take to address the wide-ranging issues that plague our BIPOC community members.  We don’t have the answers, but we know if we bring together a bunch of people who are committed to change, we will be able to brainstorm and come up with specific things we can do. Time for action!
We will be outside at a park shelter.  Due to Cov-id registration is required is limited to 50 people. 
 
Wed
May 19
2021

Connections! We need them!  As more and more of us are vaccinated, we want to take advantage of the great parks in Roseville to make connections outdoors.  We invite you to join us on Wednesday mornings for informal chats to get to know others in our community. Each week we will pick a different park to meet (Roseville has 30 of them!).  Bring your own chair and your favorite morning beverage and talk to others in person!  We will still respect Cov-Id restrictions and ask that you wear a mask.  

This week we met at Pocahontas Park, 2540 Pascal St.
 
 
Thurs
May 13
2021

This National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota-led workshop focuses on Black trauma due to experiences of racism, discrimination, and negative police interactions, and the effect these experiences have on the health and mental health of African Americans. Healing is addressed through focus on mental wellness for African Americans, and covers mental health, mental illness, the mental health system, and provides participants with information on mental health assessments, what they are, who can and cannot do an assessment, and other important information to address the most common barriers that prevent African Americans from help seeking.  

This is a two-hour class that allows for open participant discussion. 
 
Wed
May 12
2012
Connections! We need them!  As more and more of us are vaccinated, we want to take advantage of the great parks in Roseville to make connections outdoors.  We invite you to join us on Wednesday mornings for informal chats to get to know others in our community. Each week we will pick a different park to meet (Roseville has 30 of them!).  Bring your own chair and your favorite morning beverage and talk to others in person!  We will still respect Cov-Id restrictions and ask that you wear a mask.  

Our first meeting will be at Keller Mayflower Park at 2070 Fernwood St.
 
Thurs
May 6
2021
Professor Duchess Harris will talk about the historical institutions and laws that underpin today’s system and what police departments and the communities they serve are doing to improve communication and relationships.

For more information on Professor Harris, go to https://www.duchessharris.com/about

This program is hosted by:
City of Shoreview/Shoreview Human Rights Commission
Ramsey County Library – Shoreview
Sat
Apr 24
2021
It’s time to get outside and have some fun!  Bring your family and friends to rediscover a forgotten pastime, kite flying! Feel free to bring your own kite, or kids can receive a free kite.  Let’s fill the spring sky with kites!  

North Suburban Kiwanis is providing the kites!   The event is hosted by Roseville Parks and Recreation, Kiwanis and Do Good Roseville.
Fri
Apr 16
2021
Tour of Tiny Homes Sacred Settlement

Sacred Settlements are an innovative, research-based way to address long-term homelessness by developing holistic tiny home communities in cooperation with a faith community.   Some of our local faith communities, including New Life Presbyterian and Prince of Peace Lutheran, have expressed interest in supporting tiny homes projects.
 
In a tiny home community, each resident has their own tiny home, and as a whole, the community shares facilities and amenities such as kitchen and dining spaces, bathrooms, laundry, gardens, workshops, and gathering areas. The land is managed by a religious or social organization to maintain standards for safety and welfare. Specially-trained missional-neighbors live in the settlement and work with all the members to ensure that the settlement is healthy and thriving. A team of advocate-befrienders wrap around each inhabitant coming off the streets to build trusted relationships, walk alongside them as they journey to meet their life goals, and connect them with valuable support services.
 
Settled (Settled.org) is unveiling the nation’s first model Sacred Settlement. A demonstration of five unoccupied tiny homes, a greenhouse, and a common gathering area are available for tour at Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood to bring awareness to a community-first approach to ending chronic homelessness. The one-hour tour begins with an exclusive screening of an 11-minute documentary of this movement, followed by a walking tour of the homes, and plans to bring about the first occupied Sacred Settlement.    Health safeguards in place.
Thurs
Apr 8
2021
Having conversations about Race provides participants with the opportunity to learn about a topic, enhanced by the personal experiences and perceptions of the groups. This discussion series will base the conversations on a video or article related to the topic, followed by small group discussions.

On Thursday, April 8, the discussion will be based on The Binary Code of Racism and How It is Learned. The material will delve into how our racial history and biases are passed on to new generations and are reflected in our behavior.

Presented in partnership with the Ramsey County Library and the City of Shoreview/Shoreview Human Rights Commission.
Apr 1
2021
This class, created by the Mapping Prejudice project, explores structural racism and the racial wealth gap as it applies to housing. We’ll consider the role of the real estate industry in the history of racial housing discrimination and the consequences of these policies on housing equity today.

This program is hosted by:
City of Shoreview/Shoreview Human Rights Commission
RETHOS
Ramsey County Library – Shoreview
Zoom Meeting
Mar 23
2021
This week our treat was an authentic Japanese ramen/noodle restaurant – Ichiddo Ramen. They serve beef, chicken, and seafood charsiu ramen, donburi, fried rice, stir fried ramen and fresh appetizers like takoyaki and gyoza. They have more than 15 different topping options, and you choose the ramen according to the topping, or your choose topping according to the ramen. The main course in Ichiddo Noodle are both Japanese and Chinese style noodle, noodle soup and fried rice. Soup and ingredients are the key of making authentic Japanese noodle, for this reason here you will test a real authentic Japanese flavour noodle and Chinese noodle soup. www.ichiddor.com
2100 Snelling Ave. N.
Har Mar Mall
Roseville
Mar 23
2021
Introduction to Time Banks

TimeBanking is a way of giving and receiving to build strong support networks. One hour helping another earns one Time Credit. A TimeBank is formed whenever individuals or organizations agree to earn and spend  Time Credits  to help their neighbors, friends, and the larger community. 

We are interested in creating a timebank in Roseville.    This was an overview of what a time bank is.
7:00 – 8:00 pmvia Zoom
Mar 16
2021
Hearthside Pizza was our featured restaurant this week.
How do made to order, hand crafted beef, turkey, brisket and pork sandwiches sound? Delicious??  You’re in luck at Maverick’s Real Roast Beef.
1746 Lexington Ave., No
Roseville
Mar 11
2021
Having conversations about Race provides participants with the opportunity to learn about a topic, enhanced by the personal experiences and perceptions of the groups. This discussion series bases the conversations on a video or article related to the topic, followed by small group discussions.

On Thursday, March 11, the discussion was on How Race Is Lived in America, the New York Times award-winning series of short documentaries based on conversations with people of different races regarding their lived racial experiences.

Presented in partnership with the Ramsey County Library and the City of Shoreview/Shoreview Human Rights Commission.
7:00 – 8:30 pmvia Zoom
Tues
Mar 9
2021
Next up, It’s a Wonderful Life featured China Restaurant where they have great Asian and Chinese cuisine at the China Restaurant in Hamline Shopping Center.    Among their favorite specialties are cheese wontons and veggie egg rolls, potato beef, kung pao chicken and veggie lo mein.

http://chinarestaurantroseville.com/
2811 Hamline Ave. N.Roseville
Tues
Mar 2
2021

This week we enjoyed great food from Adam’s Soul To Go. Chef Adam Randall has spent his life in the kitchen, perfecting recipes passed down and shared by family and friends. Now, he’s sharing his homestyle soul food at POTLUCK Food Hall in Rosedale Center. Bringing a mix of traditional comfort food and authentic Mexican street food, Adam’s Soul To Go has plenty of flavor in every dish. The menu features comfort classics like Adam’s signature smokehouse ribs, pulled pork sandwich, jalapeño johnny cakes, tostadas and sopes. Adam cooks from the heart and hopes his food will feed your soul.

https://adamssoultogo.com/
Potluck at Rosedale Mall
Thurs
Feb 25
2021
In the news we see many stories of the homeless encampments in Minneapolis and St. Paul but those are just part of the story.   Homelessness refers to a condition wherein people lack “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” as defined by The McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  Listen to this program to from three experts in the field to learn how this impacts our local community, what local organizations are doing, and how you can help.

Our panelists include:
· Michelle Decker Gerrard, Senior Research Manager & Director MN Homeless study for Wilder Research.  The statewide study is conducted every three years.
· Michael Stanefski, lead social worker from Roseville Area Schools, who helps coordinate the McKinney-Vento services for students. 
Unable to participate was:
· Loni Aadalen, Continuum of Care Coordinator for Heading Home Ramsey.  HHR is a coalition of social service providers, housing providers, philanthropic partners, business, community, government and citizens working together to create and implement cost effective solutions to ending homelessness.
 
To view the video, go to: https://ninenorth.org/live-feb-25-6-pm-homeless-in-the-suburbs/
7:00 – 7:45 pmVideo available
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Tues
Feb 23
2021
On this day, It’s a Wonderful Line supported the Friends Cafe. The Friends Cafe features unpretentious outpost providing an array of standard Thai & Burmese plates in a low-key atmosphere.
 
1711 Rice St.Roseville
Mon
Feb 22
2021
Forests in Minnesota have dramatically different futures depending on the CO2 emissions scenario that we follow as a society. For the business as usual scenario, the state would lose all of the boreal forest (cold climate conifer and birch forests of northern MN), and much of the state would support prairies rather than forests by 2070. For a low emissions scenario forests would experience much smaller changes, with some boreal forest remaining in the north.

The presenter was Lee Frelich is Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology. He has over 180 publications with 265 coauthors from 23 countries, and has appeared in the news media over 500 times, including the New York Times and Washington Post. Current research interests include impacts of fire and wind disturbances, invasive earthworms, and climate change in forests.

This event is co-sponsored by:
Resilient Roseville, a Roseville citizens climate action group
Do-Good Roseville
The Sierra Club
The League of Women Voters-Roseville
7:00 – 8:00 pmZoom
Thurs
Feb 18
2021
Tawanna Black, Founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion, the nation’s first such organization talked about her work to dismantle structural racism and economic disparities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Her organization helps equip Twin Cities individuals and institutions with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to overcome racism and bias, foster accountability, and promote an inclusive, equitable, and healthy regional economy.

To watch this program, go to:  https://youtu.be/xx42jdzi2HE
 
Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters White Bear Area, Shoreview Human Rights Commission and Do Good Roseville.
6:30 – 8:00 pmZoom
Mon
Feb 15
2021

Hearthside Pizza was our 3rd local restaurant for It’s a Wonderful Line. Hearthside uses fresh ingredients from local vendors to create food that our community loves.  They are known for their pizza and pasta, but their burgers and chicken are great as well.

https://www.hearthsiderestaurant.com/
1641 Rice StreetSt. Paul
Thurs
Feb 11
2021
This was the 2nd in our new series of Community Conversations on Race using topics suggested by attendees. The topic was White Supremacy. White supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.

The materials used for this discussion are available on our Talking About Race page: https://dogoodroseville.com/talking-about-race/
 
Co-hosted by the Shoreview Human Rights Commission and the Ramsey County Library.
7:00-8:30 pmZoom
Tues
Feb 9
2021
This week we enjoyed great traditional Middle Eastern fare plus Pakistani and American dishes from the Original Mediterranean Grill ! https://www.facebook.com/OmgOriginalMediterraneanGrill
788 Cleveland Ave.
New Brighton
Tues
Feb 2
2021
This is the first in our series “It’s a Wonderful Line” where we highlight a different local restaurant each week and show it some love.

La Tapatia is a Mexican Food Truck and Take-out joint in Roseville. They bring Guadalajara, Mexican Street Food to the Twin Cities!  Fresh. Authentic. Delicious.

https://www.lafamiliatapatia.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LaTapatiaMN
 
2730 E. Snelling Service Dr.Roseville
Thurs
Jan 28
2021
Look down your block and count the number of houses. Did you know that in 1 out of every 9 houses, someone does not know where their next meal is coming from? If there are kids, it’s 1 out of 6. Always a problem, it has become much worse with the pandemic. That statistic holds throughout the state.  
 
Find out more about that is happening right here in our community.  Our program with NineNorth called “Examining Food Insecurity in the North Suburbs” describes the problem, but also gives you ideas on what you can do to help.  See the link above. 

Our panelists were experts from Second Harvest Heartland, Meals on Wheels and Every Meal (formerly Sheridan Story). They discussed how their organizations are addressing food insecurity and what you can do to help.

To see the program, go to:
https://ninenorth.org/january-28-examining-food-insecurity-in-minnesota-suburbs/
 
For more information, go to our Food Insecurity page: https://dogoodroseville.com/food-insecurity/
 
7:00 – 7:45 pmVideo available
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Jan 25-
Feb 7
2021
From Jan 25 though Sunday, February 7th, we collected new and gently used winter layers in our little red bin at the end of Kathy’s driveway. It included sweats, polar fleece and long underwear, any clothes worn under a winter coat.  The donations were given to an individual working with homeless people in SE Minneapolis.

For more details and pictures about our collections, go to: https://dogoodroseville.com/where-to-donate/
Little Red Bin
Thurs
Jan 14
2021
Faith Communities in Roseville do a lot to support our community members.  The pandemic is creating more needs than ever before.  As we have done in the past, Do Good Roseville brought together the many faith communities in our area to share ideas and inspiration.   Mary Sue Hansen from Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative discussed gaps they are seeing in available supports.  
 
9:30 – 11:00 amZoom
Thurs
Jan 11
2021

Due to the popularity of the Talking About Race discussion series, we continued to host a monthly Community Conversation on Race using topics suggested by attendees. Our first topic is Microaggressions.  A microaggression is a subtle, often unintentional, form of prejudice. Rather than an overt declaration of racism or sexism, a microaggression often takes the shape of an offhanded comment, an inadvertently painful joke, or a pointed insult. 

To access the materials used for this discussion, go to: https://dogoodroseville.com/talking-about-race/
7:00-8:30 pm
Dec 16
Jan 3
2021

Our third Little Red Bin Collection was coats, hats, mittens, scarves and snowpants for Roseville Area Schools. Our little red bin just couldn’t keep up with the huge outpouring of donations!   There were times we would empty the bin, go into the house, look out and there would be more donations already!  It kept us hopping!
 
For more details and pictures about our collections, go to: https://dogoodroseville.com/where-to-donate/
Little Red Bin