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Welcome to the Virtual East Side Cafe!

Welcome to the latest edition of the Virtual East Side Cafe!  We can’t wait for the day when we can sit down with you and enjoy a meal with the community that you’ve helped build at the East Side Cafe.  But until then, please enjoy the following videos and activities!

Performance by Songs for Senior Citizens

Enjoy the following performance from Songs for Senior Citizens, a community band based in California.  We were so honored when they contacted us about sharing their music with our café guests – enjoy!  

HeartWise Project

This month, we are again thankful for students from The HeartWise Project who sent in a variety of fun and entertaining videos for all of us to enjoy together!  Click the videos below for music, a craft demonstration, and a cooking demonstration!

Music Guessing Game

Chocoflan Cooking Demonstration

Music Performance: Raag Bihag

Sign up for Spring Cleanup!

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Looking for help with spring cleanup?  Our volunteers can help with raking, weeking, and other outdoor chores.  Give us a call today at 651-335-8840 to sign up!  

Free Coloring Books

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Coloring can be a fantastic way to relax – and we have a large selection of free, printable coloring books for you to enjoy!  We put a call for volunteers to create art that we could complile into coloring books and we were so thankful for the tremendous response!  New volumes are added to our website regularly.

No printer?  Contact us at or 651-683-2326 and we can mail you a printed copy if you are 60+ and in our service area.  

Gardening for Good Fundriaser

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Get your garden ready in style with East Side Elders!  This year, we are offering cedar planters handmade by local craftsman Dave Gallaway.  These planters are made from cedar, with beautiful brass accents, and are built to last with tongue and groove construction.  Each planter is also coated with polyurethane to protect it from the elements.  Liner is included as well!

Our cedar planters are also great for sitting while gardening!  And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, our planters are also perfect to add to your wishlist!

We also have plant cards from Gertens available in our fundraiser for $25, $50, and $100 with 15% of the sale going to our nonprofit organization!  Thanks so much for your support! 


Craft and Chat

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Join us Wednesday, April 21st for Craft and Chat!  This new group for folks 60+ in the Saint Paul  area and will be meeting from 11am to 12pm online using Zoom.  You can also call in with your home or cell phone to participate.  Help is available for anyone new to using Zoom!  Meetings will be organized by our team of volunteers who will be there to help you with any technical issues that might come up.  Work on knitting, crochet, sewing, coloring, or anything else while we chat and meet new friends!

Sign up for this free meeting using the form below or by contacting Kala at 763-325-3473 or



Covid Vaccine Clinic April 29th

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Covid vaccination clinic on April 29th – appointments available! We are partnering with NE Seniors for Better Living
and the The Sanneh Foundation to offer this clinic on April 29th from 10am to 3pm, by appointment only. We will be offering the Moderna vaccine, so this clinic is open to all Minnesotans 18 and older.  The second shot will be administered on May 27th at the same location.
Rides are available for seniors 60+ in the NE Seniors or East Side Elders service area.
To register, click the link below or call either NE Seniors at 651-808-1901 or East Side Elders at 763-325-3473. Register online here:

Minnesota Covid-19 Vaccine Connector

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As you may have heard, Minnesota has a new tool that can help you find out when and where you can get your Covid-19 vaccine.  This tool is called the Minnesota Covid-19 Vaccine Connector.  Click the link below to access the tool or call East Side Elders at 651-335-8840 or 651-683-2326 and we can help you sign up for the tool by phone.


Bye For Now

Thank you so much for visiting the Virtual East Side Cafe!  We hope you had fun and we hope that you will join us next month for our next installment on May 13th.

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