Are you interested in being more involved in your neighborhood? The SUPC Board of Directors is a great place to work alongside neighbors to help this community thrive. Elections are just around the corner! Call 651-228-1855, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
This year's National Night out (NNO) is Tuesday, August 1. Registration is made easier this year, so please register at
Be a part of this great tradition that is growing every year. Get to know your neighbors, enjoy good food and music, and show your pride in our community.
For more information, contact
Summit University Planning Council will be holding elections this fall for its community board of directors! Our board of 25 serves staggered two-year terms, so half of the seats are open for election this year.
The deadline for filing for election is coming up at the end of August. Please consider volunteering in a fun and interesting role that serves your community and neighborhood, give us a call or drop by the office and talk to Jens Werner about this awesome leadership opportunity!
We try to make our election process accessible to everyone, so there are many ways to vote, including online through our website, in person at the SUPC office, or at the Selby Jazz Fest. Stay tuned next month for more detailed dates about the election.
627 Selby Ave
During July, SUPC will be collecting non-perishable food items, as well as pet food and personal hygiene products, to donate to the food shelf at Hallie Q. Brown. This is a project led by the Summit University Youth Council.
We are accepting donations at our office located at 672 Selby Ave Suite A. You can drop in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the month of July from 10am-4pm.
Hallie Q. Brown is one of our community's outstanding organizations! The center addresses many of the core issues in our community by working to bring people together. Come by the office with your donations to show them your support!
For more information about Hallie Q. Brown, visit their website:
By Virginia Martin
If you sometimes wonder how you can bring positive activity to our community in these divisive times, you can do something important: Volunteer at St. Paul’s Freedom School, held this summer from July 17 to August 25 and sponsored by the St. Paul School District and the Children’s Defense Fund. It has enrolled 500 scholars at three sites citywide, one of them at Talented Magnet/Rondo 560 Concordia Avenue. It is held for scholars who just completed kindergarten through eighth grades.
Freedom School seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered scholars prepared to “make a difference” in the world today, boosts motivation to read, increases self-esteem and pride in our neighborhood children’s’ cultural heritage., and has many other positive benefits.
Although the school’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30, Monday through Friday, you can work a flexible schedule, choose your hours, your tasks (reading and math tutors, for example, creating posters, inventorying books, chaperoning on field trips), and the amount of time you want to contribute. You can even help on an occasional late afternoon event.
Dr. Darcel Hill is the executive director and can be reached at 651-744-1259 or email@example.com to sign up.
By Virginia Martin
St. Peter’s Claver’s Catholic Church was overflowing on June 20, filled with family, friends, neighbors, and others who wanted to say pay their respects and say goodbye to Melvin Carter Sr., who died June 14, 2017. Perhaps he was best known as an accomplished horn player and a dedicated community leader. Drafted during World War II, he was invited to play with the U.S. Navy Band. Back home, he continued to play while holding day jobs as a redcap and then as an engineer for the St. Paul School District. He played in many venues and with many groups, including some of the big names in jazz, such as Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, and Miles Davis. He was invited to join some of these groups, but he declined; his family was central to him and he did not want to go on the road.
He met his wife, Billie Dove Harris, when he was stationed in California. They had six children, including Melvin Carter, Jr., a retired St. Paul police sergeant who co-founded Save Our Sons (SOS), and Melvin Carter III, who is running for mayor of St. Paul. He is survived by his six children and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wed Jul 12
2:00pm – 4:00pm
McQuillan Park Grand Opening Celebration - McQuillan Park, 515 Laurel Ave
Thu Jul 13
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Rondo Senior Dinner: Rondo Ave Inc.- Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 451 Central Ave
Sat Jul 15
8:00am – 9:00am
Frank Adams 5k Walk & Run - Hallie Q Brown Community Center Inc, 270 N Kent
10:00am – 12:00pm
Rondo Days Grande Parade - St Peter Claver Church, 375 Oxford St N
12:00pm – 7:00pm
Rondo Days Festival - Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 271 Mackubin St
Tue Jul 18
Western District Police Station AM Community Meeting- 389 Hamline Ave
Community Improvement and Safety Committee (SUPC) Meeting- 627 Selby Ave
Neighborhood Development Committee (SUPC) Meeting- 627 Selby Ave
Western District Police Station PM Community Meeting- 389 Hamline Ave
Wed Jul 19
Western District Police Station Community Meeting: Level 3 Sex Offender- 389 Hamline Ave
Tue Jul 25
SUPC Board Meeting- 627 Selby Ave
Information about monthly SUPC Meetings posted on Community Calendar.
Rondo Days is back for its 34th year July 11 through July 15!
This year’s festival will feature an expansion of the festival grounds to MLK park, where the Rondo Days Festival was held during the first several years since its inception. There will be a second stage that will feature a Senior/Mature Adult desired music stage (Old School R&B, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Top 40/Variety, etc.).
Over the last several years the Elder/Mature Adult attendance to the festival has dramatically declined. So this year we are trying something different to draw the pillars of the Rondo Community back out to the festival celebration. MLK park features plenty of shade from the trees, significantly less ground to cover walking and if folks get there early enough, they may be able to secure an opportunity to catch the end of the Rondo Days Grande Parade.
The Rondo Days Parade begins at 10AM at St. Peter Claver Church and is routed through the Rondo neighborhood – with a variety of parade participants from Drill & Dance Teams, to Floats, to Politicians, Educators, Business Owners and Youth groups – to the festival grounds, where the entertainment stage generally launches the festival around 12PM and runs until 7PM. People come from near and far to celebrate the Rondo community.
(Article and Image Source: rondoavenueinc.org, with permission)
Outdoor fun at Carty Park (705 Iglehart Ave.) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm-7pm until August 10! Roaming Rec is a free summer youth program offering outdoor games, arts and crafts, and other recreation activities at parks and other locations around Saint Paul. Snacks will be served at each session. No registration necessary. For a list of all Roaming Rec times and locations, visit stpaul.gov/roamingrec.
Environmental Art-making Workshops
Join Public Art Saint Paul every Tuesday until August 22 from 10am -12:30pm for Environmental Art-making Workshops at Western Sculpture Park (387 Marion Street). Workshops are free, drop-in, and open to young people of all ages. New activities and special guests are featured each week.
Family Fun Nights
Looking for fun, free ways to spend time as a family? Head to Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center (270 Lexington Pkwy N.) on Fridays, July 21 and August 25 from 6:30pm-8pm for Family Fun Nights! Each month a variety of family activities and a light snack will be offered free of charge. Call 651-642-0650 for more information.
Free Meals for Kids
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has partnered with Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services to provide free summer meals at Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center, MLK Recreation Center and other locations throughout Saint Paul Monday through Friday until August 25 for youth 18 years of age and under and persons over 19 who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program for persons with disabilities. Schedules and more information is available on the Free Summer Meals website.
More Parks Programs
Girls Basketball Skillz Camp | MLK Recreation Center | Ages 8-18 |Tue & Thu, July 11-27, 6:30pm-8pm | $5
Safety Day Camp | Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center | Ages 6-12 | Thu & Fri, July 13-14, 9am-3pm | $30
Are you interested in developing closer relationships with neighbors to promote community engagement, prevent crime, and develop lasting friendships? Consider forming or joining a neighborhood block club! It is a great way to get involved in the community!
A block club can simply be a group of neighbors who communicate regularly or host small neighborhood events like National Night Out. However, when motivated people come together, a block club can a platform to address larger concerns and issues. If there are issues effecting your community that you feel passionate about resolving, a block club is a great place to start!
The Summit University Planning Council is here to help! To get more specific information about block clubs, visit our website and view our block club handbook. When you decide to form or join a club, or if you just have additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the SUPC office at (651)-228-1855 for assistance and support. We look forward to having a great summer with you all and hope that you will consider organizing with your neighbors to form a better community!