Dayton's Bluff District Forum            Articles     May  2003

Dayton’s Bluff Home Tour

   It’s time for the 2003 Dayton’s Bluff Home Tour.  This year’s tour will be held on Saturday, May 3rd (from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 4th (from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  Run in conjunction with the Minneapolis – St. Paul Home Tour, the Dayton’s Bluff tour is free of charge and open to the public.
   The tour this year features the beautiful Queen Anne homes that have become its trademark, in addition to exciting new construction and renovations for non-traditional housing - from condos on East 5th Street to Lowertown Bluffs, a sustainable urban condominium complex.  Also open during the tour is the newly renovated Mounds Theatre - the Arts and Culture Center of Dayton’s Bluff - that will host an art show (both exhibits and sales) by local artists. The theater is located at 1029 Hudson Road and, like the tour, is open free to the public.
Locations currently on the tour are:
- 634 Arcade Street 
- 1172 Bush Avenue 
- 983 East 5th Street
- 978 East 5th Street
- 1277 Fremont Street
- 661 East 5th Street (Seeger Flats)
- 401 Maple Street
- 1029 Hudson Road (Mounds Theatre)
- 293 Commercial Street (Lowertown Bluffs)
- 662 Surrey Avenue (Historic Bluff Landings)
- 207/212-214 Bates Avenue (Historic Bluff Landings)
- 636 Bates Avenue
   We can always use volunteers to help on the days of the Home Tour.  Volunteering consists mostly of greeting people at the door to give out brochures and information about Dayton’s Bluff, and helping the homeowners for a few hours either day.  If you’re interested, please call Jean at 651-772-5514.
   For added fun, join the monthly Dayton’s Bluff Take a Hike, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 3rd at Mounds Boulevard and Earl Street in Indian Mounds Park.  The group will take the regular tour through historic Swede Hollow and then visit some of the home tour stops on the way back to the park.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn some history about the area and visit a few homes besides.  For more information on the hike, call Karin at 651-772-2075 or see the Home Tour Preview page.
   Organized and presented by Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council, Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, and Upper Swede Hollow Neighborhoods Associations.

2003 Greenspace Summit

   Dayton’s Bluff 2003 Greenspace Summit will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2003 from 10 AM to 2 PM. at Metropolitan State University in the Great Hall. The first 50 people coming to the event will receive a FREE plant and everyone can register for the drawing to win a garden trellis and other garden related items! 
   The goal of the Summit is to be a resource for the community and the region to see everything green in Dayton’s Bluff. We want neighbors and visitors to see what is currently being done by enterprising groups and businesses to be more green, as well as how they can use some of the same ideas in their own homes. 
   We hope to see the community come together to share ideas of how to make our community a more beautiful and green place. Those in the community will be able to learn how to be more environmentally aware, what plants and flowers are best for certain areas, and about new ideas for designing gardens.
   Visitors will have the option of viewing informational booths, of participating in educational programs, and of learning more about the available amenities, products and services the area has to offer. For more information call Karin at 651-772-2075.

Mounds Theatre Arts Show

   The Mounds Theatre and the Dayton’s Bluff Arts and Culture committee are co-sponsoring the Mounds Theatre Arts Show to coincide with the Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour on May 3 and 4. It will be held at the Mounds Theatre. Artists from around the Dayton’s Bluff area are invited to display their art. Various visual artists will also be performing. There is no cost to attend, and some art will be available to purchase. 
   A preliminary list of artists include: Amy Handford (her art adorns both the interior and exterior of the Mounds Theatre), Brodini the Magician (Graylyn Morris), Ballet Sol de Mexico dancers, Mary Benton Hummel (demonstrating book binding), Angela DuPaul (displaying some of her unique masks and dolls) and artist Rose Marie Felsheim.
   Art will be on display and the theatre will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. The theatre is located at 1029 Hudson Road and is part of the Dayton’s Bluff Home Tour. For more information, or if you would like to display or perform your work, please contact Karin DuPaul at the Dayton’s Bluff District Council Office at 772-2075. 
   The Dayton’s Bluff Arts and Culture committee is a committee of the Dayton’s Bluff District Council whose mission is to sponsor and promote artistic and cultural events for the residents of the Dayton’s Bluff community. If you are an artist, or you enjoy artistic and cultural events and want more information, contact Karin DuPaul at 651-772-2075. 

Indian Mounds Park East Overlook

   The Indian Mounds Park East Overlook is getting a new look. On May 3rd, local volunteers will help Great River Greening plant the overlook bluff with a variety of native plants. Currently the bluff edge is eroding and is overgrown with invasive plants such as Buckthorn, Raspberries and Burdock.  The planting will improve the site as an overlook and utilize plants and trees associated with oak savanna and dry prairie plant communities.
   Native plants, including Little Bluestem, Side Oats Grama, Indian Grass, Carolina Rose and others, will be used along with erosion control matting and other techniques to stabilize the overlook bluff. This will improve the overall natural health of the area and increase the viewing opportunity for the Mississippi River Valley
   Preparation for the project will begin three weeks prior to planting and will involve the clearing of existing brush and the removal of a few large trees. 
   Neighbors may also notice that an existing path extending down the front of the bluff will be closed permanently following this project. This path is actively eroding creating a dangerous and unsustainable walking trail. Please stay off the trail and encourage others to do the same. 
   This project is funded by the Mississippi National River and Recreational Area, Great River Greening, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources. 
   If you would like more information about this project or what you can do to help, please call Saint Paul Parks and Recreation at (651) 266-6400. 

Metropolitan State Library Skyway Construction Begins
Steel framework for the skyway that will connect the new Metropolitan State University library with the existing New Main building was put in place over East 7th St. on Saturday April 12.   Photo by Karin DuPaul
National Night Out Poster Contest

   National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and encourage police-community partnerships. The day and evening is meant to send a message national-wide to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized to watch for and report suspicious activity.
   In 2002, over 30 million people in more than 9,000 communities nation-wide participated in a variety of events and activities! Neighbors spend the day and/or evening together, getting to know one another.
   In recognition of National Night Out, Saint Paul's Eastside Community Councils are sponsoring a poster contest for all ages! We hope this will inspire higher participation for the event in 2003 by our communities.
  Artists and would-be artists of all ages are invited to design a National Night Out poster. Draw a poster of what neighborhood safety means to you. National Night Out will be on Tuesday August 5th this year. Each year families, neighbors, neighborhood groups and block clubs have a variety of events celebrating National Night Out, including events such as barbecues, neighborhood garden tours, bands playing music, soft ball games, a walk in the neighborhood, root beer floats, and ice cream socials. There are many other things that can be done!
   There will be prizes from many businesses for the best poster in the following categories:
Pre-school to 6th grade, 7th to 12th grade, and adults. Prizes include bikes, a night at the Holiday Inn, and gift cards from various businesses.
   Every entry will receive a prize! Larger prizes will be awarded after judging. Posters will be displayed in local businesses and community centers. Poster size must be on paper between 8" X 11 " and 11" X 17". Use your imagination and create your poster by using paints, magic markers, crayons, colored pencils, seeds, sequins, or whatever you'd like!
   Suggestions for poster themes could be reduce auto theft and theft from autos, (this year’s National Night Out project), kids playing games, or neighbors at a barbecue, gardening together, watching out for crime, reporting crime, etc. Remember, together we can make a difference!
   The deadline is May 31, 2003. For more information call Karin at 651-772-2075.

Dayton's Bluff School Beat: 
Trinity School Alive and Well!

   Trinity Catholic School will continue to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 8 for the upcoming school year. Trinity (835 E. 5th Street) is associated with the parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Casmir and St. Patrick and has offered these programs under their current name since 1992. We reported in our April issue that Trinity school and St. Bernard’s school were to merge starting in the fall of this year. A lot has happened since the printing of that issue, and the end result will be a continuation of all of both Trinity’s and St. Bernard’s current programs. 
   Trinity school is an asset in Dayton’s Bluff and the continuation of their programs is good news for our community. They offer a student to teacher ratio of 12; specialists in music, art, Spanish, computers, physical education, and the library; full-day kindergarten; an extended day program (6-9 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.); and access to many federal educational programs (Title I for reading, USDA meal subsidy).
   Trinity will finish off their school year with many exciting events. At the end of April the grade four through eight students, with the help of parents, will stage “Medium Rare.” On May 9, alumni will hold a dinner and silent auction benefit featuring the music of “The Golden Strings” (call 651-776-2763 extension 249 to request an invitation). The school has adopted two soldiers currently serving in Iraq, and they also hold a regular prayer service for peace. Students in grades seven and eight are preparing for a grounds beautification project that will extend through the summer. 
   Trinity is looking for partnership opportunities with neighborhood businesses and individuals, in association with the Mayor’s Initiative on Education. Registration for the fall is open and will continue through the summer.
   To contribute news from your school to the DBDF School Beat, call or email Cassandra (651-793-5194,

WaterFest 2003: A Free Family Festival

   WaterFest 2003 will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Phalen Park Pavilion, St. Paul, at Wheelock Parkway and Arcade St.
   Families from around the Twin Cities are invited to a day of lakeside fun at WaterFest 2003.  Sponsored by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, City of St. Paul and other partners, WaterFest is a celebration of our clean lakes and an opportunity for hands-on learning about the wildlife, water quality and special ecological features of our beautiful watershed.
Highlights of WaterFest 2003 activities include:
* On-the-lake education by boat
* Fishing and stream monitoring 
* Como Zoo and Conservatory's raptors and other critters
* Reptiles and amphibians from around the lake and beyond
* Juggling show, music and clowns
* Watershed Awareness Expo: student and professional exhibits
* Tours of Lake Phalen and shoreland restoration 
* Student dramas
* Food and Fun
   Everyone can play a role in protecting our water resources.  At WaterFest 2003 we will help families make the connection between activities in our neighborhoods and the health of local lakes, streams and wetlands.  This free event is also an opportunity to celebrate
spring and enjoy one of the lakes that makes our area a great place to live!
   The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is bounded by the I-694/494 corridor and 35E and the Mississippi River, which encompasses sections of North St. Paul, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, Oakdale, Woodbury, Landfall, Gem Lake and St. Paul. 
   The District manages storm water with the goal to protect and improve the areas many lakes and other water resources.  Website address is  For more information, call Louise Watson at 651-704-2089

Grocery Give-Away

   A Grocery Give-Away will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Mounds Park United Methodist Church, Euclid and Earl.  Free produce, dry goods and bread items will be given to anyone who can use them.  No registration or sign-up is necessary.  Sponsored by United Methodist churches on St. Paul's east side.

Dayton’s Bluff History Club

   On Thursday, May 8, 2003 the first meeting of the Dayton’s Bluff History Club will be held at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council office at 798 East 7th Street at 6:30 pm.
   For a number of years neighborhood residents have been kicking around the idea of starting a history club. National Preservation Week is May 4 to 12 so it’s a great time to have our first History Club meeting. For more information call Karin at 651-772-2075.

Historic Marker Found

   The stolen Swede Hollow historic marker was found in the tall grasses at the edge of Swede Hollow Park. The Parks department will be reinstalling the marker in the near future. Neighbors are delighted to learn the marker was found.

Plant Swap and Sale

   Greening Dayton’s Bluff will be holding a Plant Exchange-Swap and Sale on May 10 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in the gardens outside the Swede Hollow Café at 725 East 7th Street. Please note date change from previous announcements.
   Plants on sale will include perennials and annuals. You must be a Dayton’s Bluff resident to purchase plants at wholesale rate. Bring your ID.
   Besides the sale, Dayton’s Bluff gardeners are invited to bring their unwanted, over grown, and extra plants to swap for plants you would like. 
   For more information call Karin at 651-772-2075.

Planting help needed

   At the east overlook at Mounds Park on May 3, 2003 volunteers will be reseeding and planting the area with native plants like bluestem, Indian grass, side oats grama and Coroline rose. Before the planting the Parks Department will remove and trim some of the trees and under brush.
   Friends of Swede Hollow Park is looking for volunteers to help with a woodland garden planting on May 17, 2003 at 9:00 am to noon. The planting is on the old Hamm Mansion site in Swede Hollow Park near Greenbrier and Margaret. For more information call 651-776-0550.

Dayton’s Bluff Spring Dinner 

   The Dayton's Bluff Spring Dinner Event will be held on Saturday, May 17th, 2003.  This is the 8th annual dinner, which originated as a means for people in the neighborhood to get together, socialize, and just have a good time! 
   Participants are from the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood area.  The more people that participate in the event, the more the event has to offer.  Host homes are particularly needed in order for the event to be successful. 
   If you are interested in receiving a flyer giving more information about the Spring Dinner event, please contact the event coordinator, Margie Smith, at 651-778-1075.  We look forward to another exciting year of dining together in the neighborhood!

House Numbers are a Must

   Did you know every house and garage must have address numbers that are at least 3 inches in height and are reflective or illuminated? It’s the law. The numbers on your house and garage will assist the Fire and Police departments to find your home in a hurry in case of an emergency.

Swede Hollow Park Clean Up
Daryl Johnson, Diane Brady, site volunteer for Swede Hollow Park, and Daryl's son, Drew were among the many people who turned out on April 12th to clean up Swede Hollow Park.  Diane is also the Executive Director of the Volunteer Resource Center.  Photo by Karin DuPaul 
Many young people helped with the annual cleanup at Swede Hollow Park on April 12th.  Photo by Karin DuPaul
Mother’s Day Was Different that Year 

By Darlene Weston
   It was a strange feeling for me some years ago, when I stood in front of a card rack and realized there was no need for me to buy a Mother's Day card. My mother had died in an automobile accident and for the first time it was clear to me why so much nostalgia and sadness is wrapped up in this special day. I also had a greater appreciation for a poem written in 1860, one which was sung and recited frequently during the last part of the 19th Century.
    "Backward, turn backward, O Time in your flight. 
     Make me a child again, just for tonight. 
     Over my slumbers your loving watch keep, 
     Rock me to sleep, Mother, rock me to sleep." 
   I read that poem over again and understand that grief is love turned inside out and still I wish it were possible to take another view of Mother's Day. I would like to replace the white-carnation-for-the-dead idea and the sense of loss we often feel, with a sense of gratitude and see motherhood for what it is--a tough job at times. Exasperating, frustrating and exhausting, requiring a commitment, not just until school starts or ends, but for a lifetime. In spite of that, it is perhaps, the most rewarding of all our roles. 
   With that in mind, I am sure my mother's advice would have been to dwell on the good times and she would have been the first to say that it is impossible to survive motherhood without a sense of humor and the ability to be flexible. My mother rolled along with four daughters and two sons, helping us through our crises and she was not continually "on us" over things which she considered unimportant. The rules were clear and we were expected to keep them and while they were not negotiable, my mother was able to separate the important issues from the things which she believed did not matter that much in the long run. That fact alone may have gone a long way toward making our home a happy one. 
   One of my favorite snapshots is of my daughter taken the summer she was seven years old. It was July, 95 degrees in the shade and she went outside to ride her bike wearing black tights, a sweater and a wool coat. What she chose to wear around home was not an issue and it was only a short time before she decided that she had made the wrong choices. It was not necessary, nor was I inclined to hassle her. When I look at the picture I realize that my mother left me a legacy, which I hope I never lose--a sense of humor and flexibility in things that are not important. 
   I understand the nostalgia that surrounds Mother's Day. There is rarely another person who will stand by us through thick and thin, even help us pick up the pieces when life falls apart. It is a special relationship and one we find difficult to relinquish. I could feel very sad on Mother's Day, but I choose to feel grateful for the things she taught me and for the 36 years during which I shared her physical presence and the truth is, that she continues to be a living presence in my life. This is the way she would want me to feel on Mother's Day and every day. 
   To receive a copy of the poem, "Rock Me To Sleep, Mother," written in 1860 by Elizabeth Allen, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Darlene Weston, P.O. Box 1966, St. Paul, MN 55101.

Frederick A. Manzara

   Long-time Metropolitan State University professor Frederick A. Manzara, 73, of Edina died unexpectedly Sunday, March 30 as a result of a stroke the previous day.  He was a professor in the University’s College of Management for nearly 20 years. 
   Manzara joined the faculty in October 1984 to teach and help develop the Master of Management and Administration program.  He came to the university with 12 years of college teaching experience and 15 years of business experience.  He was tenured at the University of Detroit and at Akron State University. 
   He was the president’s assistant for a manufacturing company, marketing research director for an advertising agency and president of a micropublishing company.  Prior to joining the Metropolitan State faculty, he owned his own consulting business, working to help new companies organize, plan and market themselves.  He was considered a specialist in sales management, marketing organization and strategic planning.  In recent years he was responsible for the university’s development of several bachelor of applied science programs articulated with community and technical colleges.
   According to his wife Anne P. Kane, who for many years has been a Metropolitan State community faculty member teaching Managerial Communications, “Fred was a renaissance man with an eclectic range of interests.”  He collected the music of Enrico Caruso and country music. He was well read, particularly in the areas of philosophy and theology. She said he was “a wonderful, incredible man.” Manzara grew up in the Chicago area.  His academic background included a B.A. in history and political science from Northwestern University, an M.S. in marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Illinois.
   Gary Seiler, dean, College of Management said, “Fred Manzara worked tirelessly to help build the programs in the College of Management.  He had several new projects in the works including a new Bachelor of Applied Science Center at Metropolitan State and a Hospitality Management program with Ankara University, Turkey.  He served as the department chair for the college this past year and was about to embark on a new phase of his career at Metropolitan State - an amazing feat given his age.  Fred was truly an ageless individual who was invigorated with the innovative projects he was pursuing.  He was not only an excellent educator and student advocate (Fred viewed our mission as one of taking managers from the level they were currently at and bringing them to the next level), but he was also a wonderful friend.  He will be missed.”
   In addition to his wife Anne, he is survived by his five children Thianda (Jon Narita) Manzara, Aldo (Darla) Manzara, Alex (Leslie) Manzara, Ann Whittemore and Martha Lynn Manzara; four grandchildren Miles Frederick Whittemore, Lexis and Julian Manzara, and Nick Tomlinson; and his former wife Jean, and stepson Sam Selvaggio. His funeral was April 3 at St. Patrick’s Church in Edina with interment at Lakewood Cemetery.
   His family has requested that memorials go to the Frederick Manzara Memorial Fund, Metropolitan State University Foundation. 
   Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, provides high-quality, affordable education programs for adults seeking baccalaureate and master’s degrees.  It is the only state university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area

Green Trucks Hit Saint Paul Streets, Bringing Better Service, Cleaner Air
Eureka Recycling launches a new fleet of recycling trucks

By Ruth Lorenz, Communications Specialist. Eureka Recycling
   A fleet of 14 new recycling trucks began picking up residential recycling in Saint Paul on Earth Day, April 22. The trucks are owned and operated by Eureka Recycling, Saint Paul’s nonprofit recycling partner, and will replace the trucks used by Eureka Recycling’s former contracted hauler, Waste Management, Inc. The trucks are the first part of Eureka Recycling’s venture into the sphere of operations and are part of an ambitious plan to ensure a high level of service in Saint Paul’s recycling program for years to come. 
   “We’ve partnered with Eureka Recycling for 15 years and we’ve signed a contract for ten more - a contract that holds the price the same and offers excellent environmental service,” noted Saint Paul Mayor Randy Kelly. “How better could Saint Paul celebrate Earth Day than with the launch of these new recycling trucks that run on biodiesel?”
Green in More Ways Than One
   The new trucks are green in more than one sense of the word. Their green color conceals an engine fueled with biodiesel, a “green” clean-burning vegetable oil-based fuel derived from soybeans. “These new vehicles are state-of-the-art, specifically suited for Saint Paul's program and environmentally beneficial because they use earth-friendly biodiesel,” explained Rick Person, director of solid waste and recycling for the city of Saint Paul. 
   Biodiesel produces fewer harmful emissions than petroleum fuels while still delivering reliable performance and supporting Minnesota’s agricultural economy. The 20 percent biodiesel blend used in Eureka Recycling’s trucks cuts emissions that cause smog and pollution. 
Why New Trucks?
   For 12 years, Eureka Recycling (formerly the recycling department of the Saint Paul Neighborhood Energy Consortium), contracted with a local independent recycler known as SuperCycle, Inc. to collect recycling in Saint Paul. In 1999, SuperCycle was bought by Waste Management, a publicly held waste company, giving rise to concerns about a lack of competition and the potential for poor service and rising prices. 
   To maintain Saint Paul’s award-winning recycling program, Eureka Recycling implemented a long-term plan to internalize the costs of collection and processing. “The residents of Saint Paul might not notice the change right away, but Eureka Recycling’s involvement in collection has far-reaching implications for the long-term sustainability of Saint Paul’s recycling program,” according to Tom Eggum, Eureka Recycling board chair and former director of public works for Saint Paul, “As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, Eureka Recycling is providing a national model for recycling programs by delivering excellent service at an affordable cost.”
   The next step in the long-term plan for Saint Paul’s recycling program is already underway, as Eureka Recycling is leading in the development of a facility that can process recycling materials from Saint Paul and other metro area cities. “Recycling isn’t about driving stuff around in a truck and making it go away,” said Susan Hubbard, co-president and CEO of Eureka Recycling. “Recycling is about energy and resource conservation—it is about the environment.” By operating its own fleet of trucks and being directly involved in processing materials, Eureka Recycling will be able to more easily add services and make sure that materials are recycled in a way that optimally balances cost, convenience and environmental benefit. 
Efficient, Clean, Attractive
   “Saint Paul residents are avid recyclers,” explained Eureka Recycling co-president and COO Tim Brownell. “With our team of drivers and more efficient trucks we are now able to increase the environmental benefits of recycling while improving service at the curb.” The new trucks are designed to be easier to operate than the old trucks. Drivers will be able to dump recycling into a waist-high trough instead of having to toss materials up into baskets, reducing the risk of back and shoulder injuries. When full, the trough lifts up and dumps into the inner compartments of the vehicle, which are enclosed to keep recycling materials cleaner and prevent litter from flying out into the streets. 
   Beginning April 22, Eureka Recycling began picking up materials in most Saint Paul neighborhoods. E-Z Recycling, an independent recycler and longtime partner in collection, will continue contracting with Eureka Recycling to pick up recycling in the West Side and Frogtown neighborhoods. Most residents won’t even notice the change, since materials will continue to be collected on the same day as usual in most neighborhoods. Truck routes might change, however, making it even more important to have materials at the curb by the time the trucks hit the streets at 7 a.m. 
   Eureka Recycling is a nonprofit organization, created by the Saint Paul Neighborhood Energy Consortium that specializes in recycling and waste reduction and manages Saint Paul’s recycling program.  Its mission is to reduce waste today through innovative resource management and to reach a waste-free tomorrow by demonstrating that waste is preventable, not inevitable. 
Eureka Recycling invites you to help name the new fleet of trucks!
   It only takes a few minutes to fill out a nomination form to suggest a name for a truck and few things about the truck’s “personality,” including its favorite weather and favorite material to pick up. So gather your family, your book club, or your coworkers - or fill out a form yourself - and send it in for consideration. Once the best of the nominations are selected, you’ll have a chance to vote on the final fourteen names this summer when Eureka Recycling’s trucks visits community festivals across the city. We’ll use these truck “personalities” to educate kids - young and old - about recycling. So take a minute and have a little fun! 
   For a “You Can Name the Trucks” nomination form, call Eureka Recycling at (651) 222-SORT (7678) or e-mail

From Old Man River to Modern Waterway
Illustrated Lecture

   Ever wonder why the Mississippi River was changed from a free flowing stream to a series of navigational pools? Come to the Metropolitan State University Auditorium, 700 East 7th Street, St. Paul, on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. to find out.
   An illustrated lecture on this topic will be presented by John Anfinson, National Park Service, historian and author of The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi  (University of Minnesota Press), and Mike Davis, Department of Natural Resources.
   The lecture is sponsored by the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council and Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County.
   For more information, call 651-698-4543

Cooking in the Bluff

By Shiela Johnstone

Ham and Cheese Omelet Casserole 

8 eggs 
1 cup milk 
Salt and pepper to taste 
2 cups diced ham 
1 cup shredded American cheese 

1) Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). 
2) Beat eggs in a large bowl, making sure that they are mixed very well and have a 'frothy' top. Add the milk, salt and pepper. Mix well. Stir in ham, then add cheese pieces and stir well. Pour mixture into a well-greased 4-quart casserole dish and bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until top is lightly browned. 

Nutrition at a glance
Calories: 441 
Protein: 32g 
Fat: 31.9g 
Sodium: 1434mg 
Cholesterol: 492mg 
Carbohydrates: 4.7g 
Fiber: 0g 

If you have comments, suggestions, a special recipe that you would like to share, or you are looking for a special recipe, feel free to contact me through the Dayton's Bluff District Forum.

Write to:
Shiela Johnstone
Dayton's Bluff District Forum
P.O. Box 600511
St. Paul, MN 55106

East Side Restaurant Review

Café del Sol 
863 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 

By Barry White
   Authentic Mexican food is hard to find, and hard to define, unless you happen to be from Mexico. But from what I can tell, Café del Sol is very much true to form, and it sure tastes good. The small differences in the food, the presentation and the ambience are how I attempt to discern authenticity, and Café del Sol fills the bill on all three.
   Each time that I have been to Café del Sol, I have been seated right away and served a nice bowl of homemade chips, with two types of salsa, one green and one red. I always order the Coca-Cola Mexicana ($1.50), which is a bottle of Coke imported from Mexico, served in a real glass bottle. On my first visit to Café del Sol I ordered the Super Burrito ($5.50), a fresh flour tortilla filled with rice, beans, onions, and tomato served with a side of guacamole. The Burrito comes with a choice of chicken, steak or pork. I tried the chicken. It was very good, and big enough for two, so come hungry if you order the burrito. 
   I was back again the next week, and this time I decided to order something I’ve never had at a Mexican restaurant before, the Sopa Azteca ($2.99). This delicious soup is made with chicken broth and pasillo chiles, topped with crisp tortilla strips, melted cheese and garnished with avocado slices. After the soup, I ordered Tacos ($1.75 each). There are five different meat choices available; I had the Chorizo sausage, the pork, and chicken. The Tacos at Café del Sol are served on soft corn tortillas, with fresh cilantro and onion. They do not come loaded with toppings, which I found to be a nice change. I really liked the Chorizo sausage Taco, and I highly recommend it. 
   The last time that I dined at Café del Sol, I had the Chorizo sausage Taco for an appetizer, and the Flautas ($6.99). This dish consists of three crispy rolled tortillas, filled with chicken and served with guacamole, refried beans, and garnished with grated cheese and shredded lettuce. I was very impressed with this dish. Everything was very fresh and it looked as good as it tasted. The quality and consistency of the food served at Café del Sol is remarkable. 
   Café del Sol looks great, too, and is painted in bright colors, has some very well done folk art on the walls and is clean and well lit. The service has been very good; on each visit I have had the same friendly waitress. The clientele seems to be from all demographics. One time I shared the place with a group of 3M employees, on another visit it was a group of immigrants watching a Mexican soccer game on TV, and last time I was there four St. Paul Police officers came in for lunch. It seems that the word about Café del Sol is getting around, and I hope that you give it a try. 
   Café del Sol is open every day and accepts checks, cash, MasterCard and Visa. 
   In a new monthly column, Mounds Park resident Barry White will describe his experiences at area restaurants. You may contact him at with comments or suggestions for future reviews.

Martha Sandoval and the Ballet Sol de Mexico

By J. Wittenberg
   Buenas tardes, amigo. Let me introduce you to Martha Sandoval, an expert Mexican folk dancer, restaurant owner, and a gem of our Dayton's Bluff community. 
Two performers from the Ballet Sol De Mexico in traditional costumes. 
   As I sat in Martha's hospitable eating establishment at 863 E. 7th St. called Cafe del Sol, Martha enlightened me on Mexican culture and spoke of her non-profit dance group called Ballet Sol De Mexico, which is a resource our community should be aware of.
   Ballet Sol De Mexico has performed throughout the Twin Cities at schools, churches, community centers, and recently at the Minnesota State Fair for the Global Village day.  This is done for the love of dance and with the steadfast mission to promote, preserve, and spread the Mexican culture and popular traditions from their ancestors. 
   Martha spoke of wishing to awaken an appreciation for this folkloric legacy of various dances and costumes from the 32 states in Mexico such as Vera Cruz, Guerrero, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, and Sinaloa, to name a few. I learned each region in Mexico has its own array, culture, music, and individuality for expression. And thus, in viewing one of these performances, one may receive a broad feel of Mexican tradition. Martha described those of Aztec origin, and others called Chiapas, which are sonnets interpreted with marimba.
    The Ballet Sol De Mexico is funded by donation only. Thus, when the group practices its craft two or more hours everyday, and performs tirelessly all over the Twin Cities, one may fathom it is from the dancers generosity to share their culture, and thereby duly enrich the community. 
   Martha was trained in her native Mexico, and with her non-profit organization, she is staunchly traditional: with the music, dance moves, and attire, which makes her talents all the more timeless and esteemed. And thus, if you represent an organization, church or school, and are interested in learning more, and having Ballet Sol De Mexico perform for you, Martha can be reached at 651-772-2789, or by mail at 995 Arcade Street, where donations are also accepted. 
   Speaking of tradition and culture, Martha's restaurant, Cafe del Sol, is also authentic to the last detail.  Having been in our community for over two years, those who have yet to try it, should, for the fare is blue ribbon, magnifico y delicioso!

Marian Center Volunteer Opportunities

   We are currently seeking caring individuals and groups to spend some time with our Elders. Whether you have an hour or two, or several hours of time you can donate per month, we’d love to hear from you. 
   Here’s what we currently have to offer:
1:1 Visits
Gift Shop Clerks
Data Entry Assistants
Dining Room Assistants
Church Service Escorts
Physical Therapy Escorts
Recreation Programs Assistants
Arts & Crafts Instructors
Exercise Class Instructors
Basic Computer Skills Instructors
Bird Feeding and Cleaning Assistants
Outings Assistance
Pet Supplies Clerk
Music/Entertainer (play the piano, organ or any musical instrument)
Building Maintenance and Landscaping Assistants
Men’s Discussion Group Leader
Bulk Mailing Helpers
And so much more!
   Volunteering can be very rewarding and opens opportunities you never dreamed of. If you are interested in joining our wonderful team of volunteers, please contact Robert Johnstone, Volunteer Services Coordinator at (651) 771-2914.

HealthEast Residence – Marian of Saint Paul Grand Opening

By Vicki M. Tobroxen
Director of Senior Housing Development, HealthEast
   Imagine living in your own mini-town, complete with a sports pub, beauty shop, fitness center, sidewalk café, library, gardening room and chapel.  This is actually the new HealthEast Residence – Marian of Saint Paul located across the street from beautiful Mounds Park.  The new residence opened April 1, 2003 and offers 71 independent and 56 assisted living apartments. 
 Work continues on the chapel exterior (above and below) in preparation for its dedication on May 17.   Photos by Greg Cosimini
   The Grand Opening of HealthEast Residence – Marian of Saint Paul and dedication of the Chapel of St. Mary’s at Marian Center is scheduled for May 17, 2003.  The entire community is welcome to join in the celebration, which will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Archbishop Harry Flynn will preside over an outdoor Mass beginning at 3:30 p.m.  Immediately following the Mass, a presentation will take place with representatives from HealthEast Care System, Catholic Services for the Elderly, Inc., and Governmental and Assistance Corporation, Inc.  Tours of the housing and chapel will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Entertainment and food will also be provided. 
     If you are interested in learning more about the housing options at HealthEast Care Center or Residence – Marian of Saint Paul, please call us at (651) 771-2914. 

Marian Center Needs Your Memories 

   The Marian Center Campus is interested in learning more about its history and the history of its neighborhood.  We are in search of pictures, articles, and memorabilia that will help tell the story of our past.  The Marian Center Campus has a colorful background, which the staff is hoping to reconstruct and display in the building. 
   We do know that the first Mounds Park Hospital was built in the early 1900s. It was demolished in 1965 to make way for a new Mounds Park Hospital. In 1989, the "new" Mounds Park Hospital was renovated to a skilled nursing facility, now known as HealthEast Care Center-Marian of Saint Paul. Catholic Services for the Elderly, Inc. (CSE) were the founders of Marian Center. CSE was formed in 1978, with the dream of developing a predominantly Catholic campus in the East Metro, which would offer a full continuum of care for seniors. Their dream included a chapel that would be the focal point of the campus. 
   If you have any information, pictures, or memorabilia that would help us reconstruct the journey of Marian Center or the history of the surrounding neighborhood, we would appreciate hearing from you.  We will scan the pictures and articles and return them to you unharmed.  We appreciate your time and assistance in unraveling our past. 
   Please contact us at (651) 771-2914 and ask for Robert E. Johnstone.

Marian Center Wish List 

> Wooden clock with BIG numbers
> Hutch for dining room on 2nd Floor
> Wide wheelchairs with footrest
> DVD player for 3rd floor
> Classical/Musical/Western DVDs
> Color printer for PC on 2nd floor, for resident’s usage
   If you would like to donate any of the above items or make any other type of donation, please call  (651) 771-2914. You can also come by the Marian Center at 200 Earl St., Saint Paul near Mounds Park.