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2017 Lafayette Park Earth Week Calendar of Events

Food trucks, free lunches, prizes, and more; this year’s Lafayette Park Earth Week is bigger and better! Join us for a variety of interactive, educational, and fun activities.


April 10 through April 21

Donation Drive for the Union Gospel Mission

Donate new and gently used clothing for men, women, and children. Most need items include: Tee shirts, warm jackets (2X or 3X), new socks and underwear, bath towels, and toiletries. 


April 10 through April 21

Treasures Table

Located in the DNR/MCPA/BWSR cafeteria atrium, The Treasures Table is a place where you can bring unneeded household items and take anything you want, need or can use. Excess wrapping paper, unused boxes of cards, or simply the stray gift from last year that you've been storing in your closet and might be someone else's greatest desire, are all welcome. Some simple guidelines:

  • bring only personal items (no state property)
  • No hazardous chemicals or materials
  • No large items, such as furniture or appliance (you can post a notice on the table)
  • You must leave your name and phone number on electric items. You are responsible for pick-up and disposal after the event is over.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Donate your cell phone, smartphone, or tablet (accessories too) for a great cause. Cell Phone for Soldiers swaps the phones for international calling cards and sends them to our deployed military. They accept any cell phone in any condition (no state property). Cell Phones For Soldiers uses only R2 Certified companies for recycling. A collection box will be located near the Treasures Table (DNR/MPCA/BWSR cafeteria atrium). Questions? Contact Jodi Dehn, 651-259-5391. 


April 10 through April 21

Earth Week Bingo

Grab a bingo card from a participating event and then join in the Earth Week activities to collect daubs on your bingo card. Five in a row wins! First 30 winners get a prize. Instructions for playing are on the back of the bingo card. Contact Jeanne.Giernet@state.mn.us to collect your prize. 


Tuesday, April 11

Put Power in Your Pedal with an eBike

Electric bikes (e-bikes) can boost your pedal power, so you can ride farther and faster with less effort. Join MnDOT Commissioner Zelle and other proud e-bike owners to hear how fun, practical, and sustainable e-bikes are. A variety of e-bikes will be on hand to see and touch. Visitors should enter through the MPCA Building, 520 Lafayette. Questions? Contact melissa.wenzel@state.mn.us.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: DNR/MPCA/BWSR Cafeteria



Thursday, April 13

Lafayette Park History

Walk in the footsteps of aristocrats and learn about the rich ecological and cultural history of the Lafayette Park area by an unofficial historian. Tour will take about an hour and you will be walking outdoors, so dress appropriately.

When: 12:30 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the DNR front lobby five minutes before your tour time



April 17 through April 21

Local Organic Menu Options

In the MPCA/DNR/BWSR cafeteria, Taher dining will be featuring Earth Week specials that include local, organic menu options. Be sure to check out their menu each day!


Monday, April 17

The State of Sustainability

Governor Dayton has made it a priority for state government to manage its operations sustainably. Grab some local organic food from the DNR/MPCA/BWSR cafeteria and join Larry Herke, Sustainability Director, to hear about what that means for you and how you can help. Visitors should enter through the MPCA Building, 520 Lafayette. Questions? Contact Carla.Inderriden@state.mn.us

When: Noon - 1 p.m.
Where: MPCA Room 100 OR via WebEx (contact Carla for WEbEx link)



Tuesday, April 18

Fix-It Clinic and Union Gospel Mission Lunch and Tour

Broken zipper? Busted lamp? Bring your broken household goods or clothing for free guided assistance from volunteers with repair and mending skills to fix them. Bring any tools, parts, and supplies you think might help with the job. First come-first served and you must be able to carry the items in. Even if you don’t need help fixing an item, you can enjoy a free lunch and tour, courtesy of the Union Gospel Mission. You’ll hear how the UGM has been helping to repair the lives of addicted men through their Christ Recovery Center. Please let christine.yaeger@state.mn.us know if you plan to enjoy the free lunch so we can get a headcount. RSVP by Friday, April 14.

Fix-It Clinic Hours: 10 a.m. - 2p.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Please RSVP)
UGM Tours: 11:15 a.m. OR 12:15 p.m.
Where: Union Gospel Mission Chapel (Corner of University Ave and Lafayette)



Wednesday, April 19

28th Annual Lafayette Park Clean-Up

Celebrate Earth Day by helping pick up litter during the Lafayette Park cleanup. The cleanup will be held from 11 am – 1 pm followed by a thank you luncheon starting at 1:15 pm in the DNR/MPCA/BWSR cafeteria. Register outside the DNR building entrance (clean up held rain or shine).

  • Gloves and bags provided (separate bags available for collecting bottles and cans – see registration desk for details).
  • Lunch courtesy of Meritex
  • Lunchtime entertainment provided by the Lafayette Park Orchestra (Showtimes at noon and 1 p.m.) 


Thursday, April 20

Earth Week Community Fair

There’s a lot to see and do at this year’s Earth Week Community Fair. Grab a friend (and your bingo card) and join us. New this year – Food trucks will be parked near the Sheriff’s Office to serve fresh and locally made food.

Community Fair Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Food Truck Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Ramsey County Sherriff's Office Rotunda (Corner of Lafayette and Grove)

Vendors:
  • AAA Minneapolis – Get safety tips for your non-motorized vehicle.
  • Ramsey County – Learn about alternative transportation projects, plus energy saving tips for your home.
  • MPCA Sustainability – Recycling can be confusing. Learn what can be recycled with an interactive game.
  • Board of Water and Soil Resources – Two tables: Conservation easements and healthy soil/healthy water
  • City of St. Paul – Beautify and improve your neighborhood by organizing a litter clean-up with the help of the city's Come Clean Program.
  • Ramsey County Sherriff – A K9 officer will be on hand to share tips on how you can help take a bite out of crime and how to safely dispose of unwanted medicine.
  • Capitol Alternative Transit Developments – Learn about the new US Bike Route 41. Get information about biking in Minnesota. Grab a MnDOT bike map.
  • and much more!
Food Trucks:

Friday, April 21

Bike or Ride to Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary

Recently completed, Trout Brook is a 42-acre nature area nature sanctuary located about two miles north of the Lafayette Park neighborhood along I-35E. At the Sanctuary, you’ll get a historical perspective from Nancy O’Brien-Wagner, City of St. Paul and a water quality perspective from Britta Suppes, Capitol Region Watershed District. Plan to bring a lunch, your bingo card, and a friend or two. Then pick a transit mode, RSVP to a leader, and join us!

Commuter Options to the Sanctuary:
  • Bike – Grab your bike (and helmet) and meet in front of the DNR main entrance at noon. It will be a slow and casual ride, however you should wear comfortable clothing. It is about a four mile round-trip and will take 40-45 minutes. RSVP to david.schueller@state.mn.us.
  • Carpool – Meet at the MPCA main entrance at noon. Vehicles provided. RSVP to amy.waters@state.mn.us.
  • Bus – Meet at the bus stop on the corner of Lafayette and Grove (Sheriff's Office side) at 11:45 p.m. Bus fair is $1.75 – Be sure to ask for a transfer ticket when you pay (it'll be used for the return trip). Note: This option will take approximately 1.5 hours, please plan accordingly. RSVP to connie.stauffer@state.mn.us.
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