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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 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)


Progressive Dinner

Are you interested in getting to know more of your neighbors and seeing other homes in our community? Union Park District Council plans to coordinate a Progressive Dinner, when the various courses of a meal are enjoyed at different homes within a neighborhood, from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 6th.

Union Park is looking for people who would like to host. Hosting involves opening up your homes and offering one of the three courses. You can decide how many people you'd like to invite and what to serve.

If you are interested in the event but not sure about hosting this year, we would still love for you to attend the Progressive Dinner. We just ask that attendees who do not host contribute a suggested donation of $10 to support Union Park and our programming.

For more information about the Union Park Progressive Dinner, email


Apply for a Union Park Micro Grant

The Union Park District Council is proud to announce its new Union Park Micro-Grant Program. We are inviting individual residents and small groups of neighbors within the Union Park district to apply for micro-grants to complete small projects within our community.

The purpose of this program is to provide people within our neighborhoods the opportunity to improve the quality of life in Union Park. Our goal is to fund projects that involve or engage the community and meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in their neighborhoods and community
  • Strengthen neighborhood capacity to build community identity, leadership, skills, relationships and partnerships
  • Increase residents’ impact on public decisions and community life

We encourage applicants to accomplish these goals by building partnerships between neighbors, businesses and other organizations. We also encourage the engagement of historically under-represented and under-served communities, including low-income families, people of color, young adults, immigrants, renters and people with disabilities.

Applications are due no later than April 30, 2017

Community Open House

The Union Park District Council has moved to a new office at 161 Snelling Ave. N. We look forward to serving the community at our more accessible location. If you'd like to meet some of our board and committee members, and talk with them about our work, you're welcome to join us for an open house in our new space on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Enjoy music by Eli's Sons, light hors d'oeuvres provided by Whole Foods and Augustine's, and the company of your neighbors!

Indoor Salad Garden Workshop

Did you know you can grow fresh salad greens throughout the winter with no lights, no greenhouse, and little more than a cupboard and a windowsill?

Lee Olson and will teach you how to grow sprouted seeds in soil, employing a method that encourages a long stem without expansive roots and provides delicious, healthy salad greens in less than ten days at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the market.

This workshop on Wednesday, February 22 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the WACPAC (161 Snelling Ave. N.) will have first-time and experienced gardeners discovering the fun and productive world of indoor salad gardening. 

Please rsvp for this free event by emailing

Recycling Upgrades

Starting on January 16th new 64-gallon recycling carts with wheels and lids replaced blue bins. Cardboard food containers, refrigerated boxes, and cardboard tubes will be accepted in the single-sort recycling carts.

For addresses within Union Park, recycling pickup has changed to Monday. If you have access to an alley, your recycling will be collected from the alley. Residents without alley access will put their recycling cart out at the curb.

Starting in April, if you would like to try a smaller (32-gallon) or larger (95-gallon) cart you may request a switch by calling Eureka Recycling at 651-222-7678. One switch will be allowed at no charge. Visit for frequently asked questions and more information.

Looking to recycle your old blue bin and learn more about recycling changes? Join Eureka Recycling and the Union Park District Council on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the WACPAC at 161 Snelling Ave. N for a community conversation. Connect with your neighbors about waste reduction in the community, ask questions about the upcoming changes to the recycling program in Saint Paul, turn in unwanted old blue recycling bins, see the screening of Story of a Cereal Box, and enjoy local food and beverage from Trotter's Cafe and Cahoots. Contact with any questions.

Honor Roll Honorees

Every year, we recognize three outstanding community members or groups from the Union Park community as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration being held on January 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas in the Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Hall.

This year Union Park District Council honors:

Eli’s Sons are local public figures otherwise known as David Skinner and Dale Gruber. They love bringing joy to people by combining music, laughter, and community. They have generously volunteered their time and resources to provide all of the music for Union Park’s annual Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam event in Merriam Park. They book bands, set up, operate equipment, handle promotions, play amazing family-friendly music, and bring incredible positive energy to the event. 

Scott Banas has offered his neighborhood knowledge, legal expertise, and mediation skills to the community for over fifteen years. He served as president of the Merriam Park Community Council, and played a key role in the merger of three community councils into Union Park a decade ago. He also worked on the complex negotiations over the University of St. Thomas conditional use permit, and has served as a watchdog for residents on a number of campus/community issues. 

James Ebert is a professional photographer who has volunteered countless hours of his time and talent to shoot, edit, and share photographs of Union Park community events, businesses, and residents. His high quality photographs have enhanced the district council’s communication efforts and highlighted issues of importance in the community. His photos are featured prominently on our website, in our office, and throughout our recently approved ten-year community plan.

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.