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Music & Movement Classes

Union Park is teaming up with Playing With Music to offer mixed-age (birth-kindergarten) music & movement classes in our neighborhood! To kick off the new season, the first class is FREE for new families. Join us at 161 N Snelling Ave. on Fridays at 9:30a.m. for a fun 45-minutes of song and dance that fosters music appreciation and develops basic beat and pitch competency. Email marksorvari@gmail.com to register.

About Mark Sorvari and Music & Movement
Mark Sorvari, who specializes in Music & Movement for Early Childhood and has worked with infants through kindergarteners at a Reggio Emilia inspired school, offers mixed age (birth to kindergarten) music and movement classes. Certified in Orff Schulwerk, trained in Music Together, Mark offers music that catches a child’s imagination and that inspires participation, play, and learning through active music making. 
Children will “play with” musical materials in the same way that they learn art by “playing with” pencils, crayons, and paints or learn language by “playing with” sounds, words, and ideas. Parents/caregivers act as role models, and their participation (regardless of musical ability) is essential to the child’s musical growth. In class, we sing, dance, play instruments, laugh, and explore music & movement in a relaxed yet focused setting.

Parent testimonials
"My daughter (4.5 mo.) is captivated by the other students, the music and movement. She has started standing and swaying during songs. She babbles when we copy rhythms. We sing the "Hello Song" at home every morning and she never fails to break into a huge smile when it begins. The children are learning not only about music, but how to make friends, how to share, how to negotiate a large room, how to express themselves through dance and song in a space that is safe. This is because of a repeated and open community that the class is fostering" - (Longfellow Resident)

"Playing with Music" is a unique offering amongst infant/preschool music experiences. My 3.5 year old has been enrolled in various music and dance classes from 6 months, and this is the first one I've felt truly engaged with as a parent. "Playing with Music" is exactly what it claims to be -- play -- which is refreshing in a world of overcommitted and over scheduled children" - (St. Paul Resident)

 

Are japanese beetles ruining your lawn and garden? Buy Hb Nematodes from Union Park District Council!

Thanks to everyone who purchased nematodes from UPDC this past summer. All proceeds went to Union Park District Council! 

The grub stage of Japanese beetles eat roots and destroy lawns. The adult beetles skeletonize numerious plants such as raspberries, morning glories and roses. 

From the manufacturer: "Beneficial Nematodes, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora, actively seek out pest insects in the soil. They are live microscopic organisms (non-segmented round worms) that naturally occur in soil throughout the world. The beneficial nematodes we sell are parasitic to insect pests that typically have a developing (larval or pupal) stage of life in the soil. They have been known to parasitize above ground stages of adults, nymphs and larvae. They will not harm mammals, aquatic life, birds, reptiles or amphibians. After being applied to the soil, the nematodes locate pests and enter through various body openings or directly through the body wall."

 

Our Commitment to Inclusion

Our board has endorsed a commitment to inclusion. Please join us in supporting this effort: The Union Park District Council endeavors that our community be a place where all are welcome and all are safe. Hatred or fear sown among us erodes the strength of our community and will not be tolerated. It is our board’s commitment to promote inclusion of ideas, people, voices and cultures, which make us stronger, more vibrant, economically more stable, and one of the best places to live, work and learn.

Committee on Land Use and Economic Development Meeting

Would you like to learn more about development projects going on in our community, and have a chance to influence them? From liquor licenses to affordable housing projects, our Committee on Land Use and Economic Development addresses what's happening in Union Park. This month's October 17 meeting will focus on the city's proposal to rezone parts of Snelling (and the three blocks of Selby adjacent to Snelling) to encourage higher density mixed-use development in areas currently zoned for businesses and multiunit housing. And, we'll be hearing from St. Thomas on its ambitious new campus master plan. You're welcome to join us! Learn more here: http://unionparkdc.org/our-work/committees/land-use

Rent a Barricade


Our barricades are available on a first­ come, first­ served basis to residents who have already applied for a block party permit through the City of Saint Paul.
Our barricades are approved for block party use, but are smaller than the City’s, so they are not appropriate adjacent to higher traffic streets. A $40 fee and a $80 refundable deposit are required. 

Please plan to pay when you receive the barricades in cash or with two separate checks made out to UPDC. The $80 deposit will be returned when you return the barricades. (The city charges $143 for their barricades with the exception of National Night Out). 

To reserve a barricade contact (651)-645-6887 Wako at wako@unionparkdc.org

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