Illustrative image of a cafe surrounded by hearts. Text reads: Virtual East Side Cafe.

Welcome to the Virtual East Side Cafe!

Welcome to the February 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!  

Valentine’s Day Coloring Book

Valentine's Day coloring page featuring cupcakes topped with hearts.

Please enjoy this Valentine’s Day edition of our free printable coloring books!  A big thanks to the volunteers who created the cute and fun artwork for us to enjoy coloring in!  Don’t have a printer?  No problem!  If you are 60+ and in our service area, you can request a printed copy.  Call us at 651-683-2326 for help. 

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 recipe demonstrations, music, and more!

Vanilla bean cake with raspberry frosting

To the River by Edgar Allan Poe

Etude No 2 by Kreutzer

Snowman wearing a construction hat and vest

Help with Snow Shoveling

Need help keeping your sidewalk clear this winter?  This season, East Side Elders is working with a new program from the City of Saint Paul that will be providing free show shoveling to seniors 60+ in our service area.  Shoveling will be completed by volunteers of City of Saint Paul.  The goal will be to have sidewalks shoveled within 24 hours of a snowfall.  Shoveling will include the sidewalk and a path to the front door.  Driveways are not included.  To sign up, call East Side Elders at 651-683-2326 or 763-325-3473.   

Free Coloring Books

Coloring page featuring mushrooms and a butterfly

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 [email protected] or 651-683-2326 and we can mail you a printed copy if you are 60+ and in our service area.  

A Look Back

We can’t believe it’s been a year since our Valentine’s Day Dance!  Although we can’t yet meet together in person, we hope these photos from last year’s event bring back some great memories!  Here’s a fun look back at last year’s festivities:


Two women pose in front of a heart wall
Two women dancing, with a dj in the background
Two women sit together, enjoying a meal
Two women dance, smiling for the camera
A man and woman sit together, enjoying a meal

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 March 11th. 

Two women sitting at a table together, smiling