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May 2017
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MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: The Practice of Freedom (Workshop)

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Mindfulness Meditation: The Practice of Freedom is an ongoing workshop series hosted by the East Side Freedom Library. Join us every Friday 9-10AM.  The workshop will be led by Marc Anderson, a widely respected teacher of meditation. “Among all people, freedom is one of the highest values.  The American ideal is based on liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Freedom is every person’s birthright; it is our very nature, yet its full realization can be elusive.  In this weekly gathering we…

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Bela Fleck (Film Series)

May 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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ESFL and A Greener Read Used Book Store invite you to our ongoing series, “Storytelling through Vinyl & Film.” May’s film is "Bela Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart" (2008). This documentary follows world-renowned banjoist Béla Fleck, who decided to make a pilgrimage to Africa to rediscover the banjo's folk music roots. Overflowing with the incredible music of Fleck and the many celebrated folk musicians who hosted him in Africa, the film follows the banjo virtuoso on a musical adventure that takes him from Uganda to…

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KIDS RISING (Story Hour)

May 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Bring your kids and join us for “Kids Rising”, a children’s Story Hour with a social justice focus, with readers Jen Roba and Sean Morgan. Readings will be every first and third Saturday mornings of the month 10:30 – 11:30. May readings will be on the 6th and 20th. Our mission is to agitate the next generation of leaders by engaging them in stories that we believe to be more meaningful than the ones they would encounter at most story time gatherings.…

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World Laughter Day Celebration

May 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Como Laughter Club invites you to celebrate WORLD LAUGHTER DAY! Around the world, people will be coming together on May 7, 2017 to celebrate laughter.  Come explore the art of laughter to invite more joy, play, and wellbeing into your life! Because of the deep breathing exercises, this form of practice is called Laughter Yoga, but it does not include any physical yoga poses, and can be practiced by people of all ages who are willing to be a little bit…

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Nativism and Resistance – Then and Now

May 9 @ 7:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Navitism definition with religious symbols in background

The politicization of anti-immigrant fears is nothing new, nor are grassroots efforts to resist such campaigns.  Join East Side Freedom Library co-executive director Peter Rachleff as he discusses the ways that business and political leaders promoted nativism in WWI era Minnesota as a means to squelch the labor movement and its farmer allies. Peter’s presentation will bring us into a conversation between the past and the present as we consider the re-emergence of nativism today. This is part of the Untold…

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Mindful Self-Compassion

May 10 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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East Side Freedom Library invites you to explore workshops in “Mindful Self-Compassion” with Patricia Enstad. Eastsider Patricia Enstad, a licensed social worker and teacher, will provide a lively introduction to the practices of Mindful Self-Compassion. She writes: “As we consider the important tasks that lie ahead, we will need to support our action with compassion and resiliency. Subtle, yet powerful, these affirming and portable methods can be utilized anywhere.” Offered every Wednesday in May 8-9am More information on this approach…

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Saint Paul Almanac’s “On a Collected Path”

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Come join us for readings from the new volume of the Saint Paul Almanac, "On a Collected Path." This eleventh edition has a new look with new Saint Paul stories. Each volume of the Almanac is dedicated to two individuals, one living and one past. This year, the book is dedicated to education advocate Victoria Davis and to the memory of entrepreneur and World War II veteran Merle Harris. There is also a dedication to the families of people killed by…

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MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: The Practice of Freedom (Workshop)

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Mindfulness Meditation: The Practice of Freedom is an ongoing workshop series hosted by the East Side Freedom Library. Join us every Friday 9-10AM.  The workshop will be led by Marc Anderson, a widely respected teacher of meditation. “Among all people, freedom is one of the highest values.  The American ideal is based on liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Freedom is every person’s birthright; it is our very nature, yet its full realization can be elusive.  In this weekly gathering we…

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Racism in our Hometown: The Story of the Arthur and Edith Lee Family

May 15 @ 7:00 pm
Minneapolis Tribune news story about Lee Family

Presented by the APWU Solidarity Kids Theater The multi-media puppet show introduces the Lee Family in the years following WWI. Arthur Lee was an African American, WWI veteran who worked at the Minneapolis Post Office, and moved into an all-white neighborhood. His union coworkers, a majority of whom was white, protected his family when police failed to defend the family against the racist mobs that numbered around 3,000 and tried to force him from his home. The puppet show emphasizes the…

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East Side Pride Open Mic

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Have a talent to share? Do you have East Side pride? Join this safe space for all ages and talents! Come express yourself at the East Side Pride Open Mic: comedy, poetry, song, dance, music, and anything else you can think of! This month’s featured artist is singer and musician Dorothy Doring. Our mission is to create a safe space for cultivating artistic talents and supporting youth expression and development as they celebrate their community. East Side Pride Open Mic…

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