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CCEL News & Notable Updates

Check here for our partners' events, and featured news and updates from the Center for Community Engaged Learning!

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About Frogtown and Summit-University







Who’s Who From FSU

  • LeRoy Neiman, artist

  • Jim Lange, original TV host of "The Dating Game"

  • Frederick McGhee, first black criminal lawyer west of the Mississippi 

  • Warren Spannaus, former Minnesota attorney general

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer

  • Dave Winfield, Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder

  • Charles M. Schultz, author of the Peanuts comic strip

  • Gordon Parks, photographer, filmmaker, and writer

  • Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube

  • Cy Thao, first Hmong-American politician to serve as a Representative in the legislature

  • Toni Carter, first African-American to serve as a Ramsey County Commissioner in Minnesota

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This new exhibit at the

Minnesota Center for Book Arts features the work of

Maricella Xiong, Twin Cities papermaker and owner of Practice Makes Paper.

Doesn't our summer 2024 community work-study team with the Urban Farm & Garden Alliance look great?

Special thanks to Circle of Apparel for printing these fabulous T-Shirts!

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4th Annual Juneteenth Jubilee
Sweet Potato
Pie Showcase

Community Peace Celebration

In Memory of Sammy McDowell

Sammy McDowell of Sammy's has died. Sammy meant so much to so many. He embodied love and peace and unbelievable generosity. People from North Minneapolis are in deep grief and I grieve alongside them. Anyone who met Sammy never forgot their interaction with him. His presence filled you with hope and love. I had the privilege of meeting Sammy a number of years ago. He made me feel welcomed, seen, heard, and cherished. He embraced my work as an author. He encouraged others effortlessly and listened deeply to those whom he encountered. Thank you Sammy — to quote my dear friend Julia Dinsmore — for being a 'rainbow' in the world. You will be missed but never forgotten. 


Dr. Claudia May

Executive Director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning

Professor and Program Director of Reconciliation Studies

Photo taken from Twin Cities Business.

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The Restoration of Rondo Ave

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM
​Rondo Commemorative Plaza

820 Rondo Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104  

Planting Festival
Saturday, May 4, 2024

Power Pair: The mother-daughter duo working to better
Golden Valley and beyond

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MN Promise ACT

Happening THIS FRIDAY, April 5, 2024, from 2:30-4:30 pm,

at the Rondo Community Library!

March 2024 "Monitor"
Check out the March 2024 volume of the Monitor, which features some of our beloved PAC Members!

Saint Paul Expungement Clinic

The Saint Paul Expungement Clinic is happening TOMORROW, Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 10 am-5 pm at the Springboard for the Arts!

Scan the QR Code to pre-register!

Hope and a Future

Supporting Women During Incarceration

Through Re-entry

You can register for "Hope and a Future" here!

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Check out this upcoming free show on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 6:30 PM!

"Handprints," written and performed by Greta Oglesby,



Premiers Saturday, January 27, 2024.

Music Director: Sanford Moore

Directed by Richard D. Thompson

January 27-February 18, 2024

History Theatre

30 E 10th, St Paul

Juanell's Chair©:
A New American Saga

Join us for another reading of "Juanell's Chair" ©  on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Walker West Music Academy!

Sweet Potato Comfort Pie invites you to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday of Service!

Stay in School Celebration

Stay in School Celebration this Saturday, January 6, 2024!

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We can't wait for the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance

8th Annual Greens Celebration!

To RSVP, email

Community Garlic Planting Day

Community garlic planting day this weekend hosted by the

Urban Farm and Garden Alliance !

3 community gardens in Rondo have planting events. Learn about garlic, and help plant next year's crop with your neighbors.

"Rooted in Rondo:
A Summer of Community Engaged Learning"
Prime Time Presentation

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Rondo Community Block Party


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A Night of Remembrance

NABS is partnering with Anishinabe Academy for a night of offering song, dance, and prayer to remember and honor Indian boarding school survivors and those who never made it home. We will gather from 6-8pm at Anishinabe Academy on September 29. NABS will offer a community meal.

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