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  • Jun 14, 2014 · 9:00 AM

Sorry for the late notice on  this I just got the invite !  The Greenline is opening tomorrow might be a great day for images especially for the local newspapers if you want to get published!

I am thinking I will start my day at 9am get my car parked and then jump the train and head down to the farmers market for some shopping and then come back up for some of the performances.   

To say you were on the train the day it open is becoming a part of history. 

I think it would be fun if anyone wants to join me let me Know let's be photojournalist for the day. 

Let's ask people where they are heading or what they think about the train and photograph them   I bet we can get some love from the press if we come up with a collage of train riders and where they were going. 

If you have a small white board  or black board bring it.  We can have people right their destination on the board when we photograph them.

Should be fun we can work in teams if you like 

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historic event

Saturday, June 14
Parking lot at corner of Lasalle and University
FREE and Open to the Public!

This Saturday, June 14, the Twin Cities will be alive with communities celebrating the launch of Green Line Light Rail service all along the Central Corridor. The events happening near the Raymond Station are going to be nothing short of spectacular. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this historic occasion.

(Remember to use hashtags #RaymondStation and #MakeItHere to share the fun on social media!)

Event Overview

1.) Opening Ceremonies/Events
2.) Stage performances
3.) Demo Zone
4.) All-Day Onsite Activities
5.) Ride the Trolley
6.) Off-Site Activities
7.) Food 
8.) Volunteers Needed!Opening Ceremony

Music starts at 9:00am, ceremonies at 9:30am

Dignitaries and notable community members will give brief remarks during a special ceremony to mark the official launch of the Green Line.

Speakers include:

Jon Commers, Metropolitan Council CommissionerBarb Thoman, Tranist for Livable CommunitiesCatherine Reid Day, Creative Enterprise ZoneJohn Schumacher, St. Anthony Park Community FoundationChristina Morrison, St. Anthony Park Community Council Board member 

Start your Day the Sustainable Way With the Pelham Promenade

Starting at 8:30am, relax and gear up for the day ahead with coffee, tea, and pastries in Desnoyer Park. Starting at 9:15, join the promenade with the Chicks on Sticks stilt-walkers to Raymond Station for the opening ceremony. This event is the start of the collaboration between Desnoyer Park Improvement Association and St. Anthony Park Community Council to fill the current gap for bikers and walkers between the two neighborhoods.

Stage Performances

Our community is bursting with talent and we’ll have it on full display with live music and performances all day long. Headliners will include locally acclaimed acts like John Rodine Band and the High Crimes. 

Check out the full lineup at

Here’s a sample of what's on deck:

Broken Spoke (10am)Chanson Voice and Music Academy featuring Isa Rain, Alix Diaferio with Dean Magraw,Monica LaPlant, Justin Spenner, Alexa Weingarden, Eugene Rosso,Rebecca Hass, Kate Gallaher, Aurora Wahlstrom and Mark Andrew (11am)TU Dance (12pm)John Rodine Band (2:30)Open Eye Figure Theater (3pm)Lora Mor Irish Dance (3PM)The High Crimes (3:15)Demo Zone

One of the truly special things about this area is the plethora of people engaged in a wide variety of activities and artisanal and entrepreneurial endeavors. Swing by the Demo zone for a live look at some of the fascinating makers, doers and shakers lighting up the neighborhood.

Be sure to catch demonstrations  and performances from groups like Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts,Drumheart and Mantra percussion groups, Derby4All and Roller Revolution, Joy of the People Soccer, Nordeast Makers (bringing along their 3D printer), Mill City Ballroom, One Dance Co, Human Sculptures, puppetmaking with Collective Spaces/Tulip Design and lots more. Head over to for the full list of demonstrations.

All Day Onsite Activities

The entire event site will be packed with fun and activities that will surprise, inspire and entertain.

Checkout the live Mobile Mural painting with local artist Erik Pearson. Stop and chat with the folks from Surly Brewing to catch up on their new destination brewery under construction in the area. Hop on the St. Paul Fire Department Engine. Feel free to stop and gawk at the Human Sculptures. Rock Star Supply Co. will have roving Mad Libs and the sPARKit Trailer will be on site with their mobile pop-up park and arts activities. You can weave with the Textile Center or help build a boat with Urban Boat Builders. 

Visit the Creative Enterprise Zone tent to enter over 150 separate prizes. Be sure to stop in and talk to the folks from Transition Town ASAP Community Weavers about all the exciting sustainability work underway in the neighborhood. Need to recharge your electronics from all those pictures and tweets? Stop by Lydia’s Place to recharge and collaborate at their pop-up co-working space. Check out even more activities going on all day at

Offsite Activities

There’s so much to celebrate in this neighborhood, we just couldn’t restrict it to one site. All the area has to offer will be on full display, waiting for you to roam, explore and discover the surprises that await.

Dubliner Pub is roasting and toasting the opening of the Green Line with indoor and outdoor music from 1:00pm to midnight and a pig roast at 3:00pm.

MidModMen will have Retro To Go with eclectic and affordable retro items ready to enjoy. They will also be featuring new artwork and animations from artist-in-residence Lisa Rydin Erickson, as well as recent works by furniture-maker Nathan Hamlin.

TU Dance will have dance classes for kids, teens and adults including Ballet Barre, Modern and Afro-modern.  

Succotash will have special pricing on their mid-century modern décor and fashions. They’ll also have prize drawing and nostalgic candy treats. Join in the spirit of the day by wearing your retro finery to hail the return of train travel. They’ll be posting photos on social media throughout the day of those capturing the spirit of the inaugural ride.

Roller Revolution will have a meet and greet with the North Star Roller Girls who will be signing autographs.

Artist Arsenal MN is turning a vacant space into a one-day only fine art gallery featuring the work of Erik Pearson, Joshua W. Murray, Scott Baumgartner and Kathryn Murray at 2264 University Ave W. Cross the street to Carlton Lofts for the All Our Friends Are Artists sale including 10 local artists. 

Rammingspeed at 2496 University will have a special exhibit with the work of photographers John Johnston, Chris Smiar, and Tom Wik.

Burning Brothers Brewing will be exploring and expanding the world of gluten-free craft brewing. Don’t Fear the Beer! 

Textile Center of Minnesota will have three special activities: 1) “World Wide Knit in Public Day”—bring your knitting and knit the day away for all those in passing trains to see. 2) Spin Your Way Across the Street—follow the trail of hand-spinners as they connect the Textile Center with the new community garden across University Ave. 3) “Milkweed Seed Bombs”—visit the new community garden across the street from the Prospect Park Station to create your own takeaway milkweed seed bombs. Then, checkout the dye lab at the Textile Center where such natural dye plants can be used!

Take the Trolley to Offsite Activities Around the Neighborhood

Hop on the free trolley, sponsored by the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation and Sunrise Banks. 

Trolley Route: Sunrise Bank parking lot on Como Ave to the Sunrise parking long on University. First departure from Sunrise on Como at 9:00 am, then on the hour till 2pm. Also, from Sunrise on University every half-hour from 9:30am-2:30pm.

Stops in between include:

Bang Brewing and Urban Growler Brewing Baker Court Parking lot near the shops and businesses at the intersection of Raymond and University where special sales and fun activities will be happening all day.Event site at University and LasalleFuel-up with Tasty Food! 

If you’re not working up an appetite, you’re not doing it right. Fuel up with the delicious culinary offerings of these onsite food vendors:

Foxy Falafel (food truck)Potters Pasties (food truckUrban GrowlerHome Street Home (food truck)Hampden Park CoopJimmy Johns (free sandwiches!)

Bonus food offerings also around the neighborhood: Foxy Falafel will have their Smoothie Bike rolling and Subway will be offering a free 6-inch sub with purchase of any other 6-inch sub and a drink.

That’s a whole lot of fun and festivities! But it’s not even the full bill. Head over to for even more.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!This is your moment! Your community has worked overtime making this event at Raymond Station one for the history books. Seriously, the history books (Ramsey County Historical Society is documenting the day for their archives)! So, 70 years from now when Facebook turns into Spacebook and your great-grandkids post a picture like this about the Day The Green Line Launched:... don't you want to say you were a part of it? Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to volunteer at our event. They'll not only get the insiders experience of a historic day, they'll also get a free t-shirt!  Please help us make this final push successful! We are in particular need of people to help coordinate stage performances. It's easy and fun! You can sign up at this link: or email Amy Sparks at [masked].Knight Green Line Challenge Opens June 24! Get All Your Questions Answered at a Community Meeting
Wednesday, June 25
Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Ave

Have questions about how to submit your great idea to the Knight Green Line Challenge? Want to hash out your thoughts with other community members? Come to the Dubliner pub Wednesday, June 25, where representatives from the Knight Foundation will be on hand to tell you everything you need to know about submitting a successful idea to improve neighborhoods along the Green Line. 

Knight Foundation is looking for great projects that will make the Central Corridor neighborhoods in St. Paul even more vibrant places to live, work, play and visit. Over the next three years, the Knight Green Line Challenge will fund $1.5 million in winning projects. Applications for the first year will be accepted June 24-July 24. for details and to sign-up for email updates.

Remember, any individual, business or nonprofit can apply—and it’s easy! Your project must simply take place in and benefit at least one of the six St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line. As you get ready to submit your application (accepted June 24–July 24, 2014), check out these tips to help you prepare.
 Press Roundup from Alec Soth Billboard Unveiling

We unveiled the first Creative Enterprise Zone billboard art installation on June 3. A wonderful image from acclaimed photographer Alec Soth now sits atop the intersection of University and Vandalia, signifying the breadth and depth of creative talent that thrives here.

We were so pleased to see the amount of media attention this project garnered. It's truly great to see the makers and entrepreneurs living and working here get recognized and appreciated for all they do to make this such a unique and stimulating environment to create in.

Here's a roundup of some of the buzz about the CEZ making it's way around the internet.

City Pages:
"Preventing the "Soho" effect: Creative Enterprise Zone wants artists to thrive"

Star Tribune:
"Welcome to St. Paul, Creative Entrepreneurs"

Knight Arts Blog:
"St. Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone declares itself with a new billboard by photographer Alec Soth"

MPR News:
"Alec Soth Billboard Designed to Draw Attention to St. Paul's Creative Zone"

Finance & Commerce:
"Raymond Ave Billboard Aims to Highlight Creative Work Along the Green Line"

Get Connected!FacebookTwitterWebsiteWhat is the Creative Enterprise Zone? The Creative Enterprise Zone, located mid-city between St. Paul and Minneapolis, has the goal to be recognized as a center of creativity and enterprise, a place where many people make a living by their creative capacities.
 Showcasing a mixture of urban-industrial and innovative enterprises, the Creative Enterprise Zone promises to be a fertile laboratory of entrepreneurship, business incubation, artistic endeavor and eclectic urban design. Located along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line at the hub of the Raymond Station area, this dynamic nucleus of artisans and industry provides a unique sense of place that captures the imagination.

Regionally significant due to the central location and ease of access, the community offers a symbiotic mix of live and work opportunities. Cultivation of diverse, affordable spaces for entrepreneurial businesses, artisans and residents, and support systems for a tightly interconnected creative community, are high priorities.Copyright © 2014 Creative Enterprise Zone, All rights reserved. 
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  • Diane

    I messed up i misread i am at raymond heading diwn to the depot now hoping to catch the 10am train

    June 14, 2014

  • Amanda

    I have not done any meet ups with this group for a while but I am so down for this!!! :) Where does LaSalle Cross University? I don't have a reliable vehicle at the moment, so I'll probably have to bus it.

    June 13, 2014

    • Diane

      looking forward to seeing you again Amanda

      June 13, 2014

    • Amanda

      I'm not sure what time I'll get there. It looks to be a two hour long bus ride. :/

      June 14, 2014

  • Alexander L.

    Would love to do this! Diane would it be fine if I brought two of my daughters along with?

    June 13, 2014

  • Tyler

    What a GREAT idea!
    SO wish I could do this but I have a wedding I actually get to GO to as a guest and not helping to shoot one. LOL
    Have a great time, sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to go to another event like this in the future if you have one though so please post it or you can always message me anytime.


    June 13, 2014

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