The Macalester-Groveland Community Council fosters citizen participation
in government and community decisions that make our neighborhood
a great place to live, work, learn and play.


Home Improvement Fair

The 2014 Home Improvement Fair will be on Saturday, April 26th, 9:00am - 2:00pm at Cretin Derham Hall (550 South Albert Street, St. Paul, MN 55116).

The fair is one of our neighborhood’s most popular events, bringing in hundreds of area homeowners to learn about local home improvement products, services, and/or educational efforts. The Home Improvement Fair features 80 exhibitors and 15 workshops to help you take on your next project (and save money, energy, and time in the process)! Door prizes for the 2014 fair included energy efficiency services, furnace and A/C tune-up, design consultation, gutter cleaning, gift certificates, and more! Get updates about the fair on Facebook.

We will be hosting fifteen 45 minute workshops running between 9:30 and 1:15 p.m. See the full workshop schedule attached at the bottom of this page.

Check out these new features in 2014:

  • Fill out a punch card to win a door prize
  • Make a bird house with Elpis Enterprises
  • Bring your broken household items to get fixed at the Fix-It Clinic
  • Recycle cell phones, cords, and small electronics FREE with Tech Dump (more info at
  • Good eats from Rusty Taco and Twisted Fork
  • Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Francis Basket Food Shelf

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring? 

The deadline for applications was Friday, February 21st, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list for this year's fair, or the contact list for next year's fair, contact or call 651-695-4000.

Fix-it Clinic - April 26th at the Home Improvement Fair

Our next Fix-it Clinic takes place on Saturday, April 26th from 10am - 1pm at the Macalester-Groveland/Highland Home Improvement Fair at Cretin-Derham Hall (550 South Albert Street). This will be our final Fix-it Clinic in partnership with local reuse business, Fixity. Fix-it Clinics are made possible by a generous grant from the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board through Community POWER: Partners on Waste Education and Reduction.

Free Community Swap Event - May 18th

MGCC is sponsoring our first-ever FREE community swap event on Sunday, May 18th from 11am-1pm at Laura Jeffrey Academy (1550 Summit Avenue - enter through the back entrance that faces Grand Avenue). Think of it as an indoor garage sale where the goal is to reduce waste and everything is free and needs a good home!  Nothing to swap? No problem—this event is open to any community member regardless of whether you bring items to give away.  How it works:

Join the Organics Recycling Drop-off Site

As of June 1st, the Macalester-Groveland Organics Recycling Drop-off Site will be a completely free service to anyone who lives or works in Saint Paul, thanks to support from the City of Saint Paul.  Although there will not be a fee for using the Drop-off Site during the next operating year (June 1st, 2014 through May 31st, 2015), all members (both new and renewing) must complete a new registration form.

Gardening Resources

Join the Local Foods Resource Hub
Become a member and gain access to a wealth of resources including seeds, seedlings, classes (last year's classes included Edible Landscaping, Beekeeping, Seed Saving, Canning/Preserving, Pest Management and more!), a tool library, and a network of fellow local food gardeners and advocates in Saint Paul.

Spring Plant Share, May 31st

Share your extra perennials, fruit bushes, and vegetable starts with other neighborhood gardeners! These popular exchanges are a great way to pick up new plants to diversity your garden while giving your divided perennials, fruit bushes, and extra vegetable starts a good home. The plant share is designed to be an exchange, though we suggest a $2 per plant minimum donation if you do not have plants to bring.


9:30am – 12:00pm

St. Paul Bikes - Neighborhood Rides

Join a neighborhood ride, host a neighborhood ride, explore the city and meet your neighbors. St. Paul Bikes is currently looking to expand the network of neighborhood bikers (welcoming all ages and levels) to join on monthly bike rides and to host future rides. Visit to join in on the fun!

Macalester-Groveland T-shirts for Sale!

Macalester-Groveland is a great place to live, work, learn, and play. Show off your love for the neighborhood with a Macalester-Groveland t-shirt!

Donate to the Macalester-Groveland Community Council to keep your neighborhood strong and vibrant! If you donate more than $50, you’ll receive a free Macalester-Groveland t-shirt (seen in photo at right)! Additional shirts are available for purchase ($15 for one-sided, $18 for two-sided with the words "A great place to live, work, learn, and play" on the back). American Apparel shirts, Adult sizes S-XL.

Contact or call 651-695-4000 to arrange a time to pick up your t-shirts, or stop by our office in the Edgcumbe Rec Center (320 S Griggs Street) during our office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-2. 

Citywide Pedestrian Safety Campaign - Call for Volunteers

Saint Paul Walks is the new citywide pedestrian safety campaign! We work to make St. Paul safer for people of all ages to get around by foot, stroller, or wheelchair through awareness, education, and outreach.

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