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Multicultural Resource Center honors 40th anniversary of the first Hmong family to arrive in Minnesota
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the first Hmong family to arrive in Minnesota, the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is offering several opportunities to learn more about Hmong culture and history.

Hmong Lub Neeg (Hmong Life)
The Hmong Lub Neeg exhibit will use MRC materials and those shared by community members to highlight Hmong history and culture. The exhibit -- curated by Xia Yang from Qhia Dab Neeg -- will be on display until the fall 2015.

Highlights from the Qhia Dab Neeg (Storytelling) Film Festival
The Qhia Dab Neeg (Storytelling) Film Festival was founded in 2010 to recognize and support Hmong filmmakers and Hmong in the media. This event is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, and features 11 short films made by Hmong filmmakers, selected from the past five years of the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival. Register on PD Express or by contacting us at

Hmong resources for schools
As a result of merging resource collections, the MRC has multiple copies of many Hmong children’s books, resource books and films. The MRC is offering these to other SPPS schools and programs to be used with students. They will be available in the MRC until June 30. Browsing hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or by appointment. Contact the MRC at

School Grounds Coffee Cart opens at 360 Colborne
The Focus Beyond Transition Services program recently opened a student-run coffee cart called School Grounds in the district headquarter lobby at 360 Colborne. The students are learning skills including inventory keeping, customer service, cashiering with an iPad, cash handling and making change.

Students are selling coffee (regular and decaf), tea and hot cocoa on Monday through Friday from 8 to 9:45 a.m. A 16 ounce coffee, tea or cocoa is $2 (add $.50 for a flavor shot) and is brewed fresh daily from a local West Seventh coffee shop. Ask about promotions and specials.

If you would like to use School Grounds for an event or a meeting at 360 Colborne outside of business hours, contact Justin Lamphere at or Shannon Schubert at and they will try to accommodate your request.

Summer food service program host sites needed
Saint Paul Public Schools needs food service sites across the city to host the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program provides free meals to children 18 years old and younger during the summer when school meals are not available. The program runs from June 15 to Aug. 28 and is typically offered at churches, libraries, day camps, nonprofits, as well as recreation and community centers.

To serve more children in Saint Paul, SPPS Nutrition Services hopes to expand the number of meal service locations this year. Sites must complete an online application and if selected are required to follow all program rules and regulations. Meals must be offered during supervised times at each site and to all children on a first come, first served basis.

Those interested in hosting can contact Sue Vandenheuvel at 651-603-4954 for more information. An online application is at

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