August 9, 2023
Summer Block Party
Rice St & Larpenteur Ave
Saturday, August 12
11a.m. - 3 p.m.

Don't miss our signature Summer Block Party event in the heart of the Rice and Larpenteur neighborhood.

We are so excited for the new and returning partners this year that will make our event memorable for all:

  • BBQ Cookout/Snacks (Free and for sale)
  • The Blues Saloon Stage
  • Free Kids haircuts
  • Bounce house
  • Cultural vendors/shopping
  • Sunglasses giveaway
  • Bike helmet giveaway from M Health Fairview (youth under 18)
  • Bookmobile
  • Hmong Dancers from CSE
  • Raffle prizes
  • Community survey
  • Arts and crafts
  • Information, resources, and more!

Thank you so much to our event partners and sponsors, particularly our Annual Community Partners and Presenting Sponsor, M Health Fairview! And our partners with the City of Maplewood, City of Roseville, City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County.

Event is rain or shine. In case of severe weather, we will reschedule. Look for updates on RLA social media accounts. More information and RSVP on Eventbrite!
Show your neighborhood pride!
Free T-shirt with donation to the RLA at the Summer Block Party

The Rice and Larpenteur Alliance relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors to keep us moving towards our shared vision for a safe and inviting neighborhood for all.

While supplies last - we are offering a FREE T-Shirt to show your neighborhood pride with a donation of $20 or more (cash or online donations will be accepted on August 12).

Multiple styles and sizes are available to outfit the whole family! Can't make it to the party? Email Kim!
Complete the Youth Ambassadors' Community Survey (and enter to win $100!)

We are Youth Ambassadors for the Rice & Larpenteur Alliance. We are also local residents of the Rice & Larpenteur community. As ambassadors, we're conducting surveys to better understand how the residents feel and think about their community. 

Your survey response helps us to capture what is appreciated in this community and what amenities people who live, work, and frequently visit would like to see added to this community. 

As a Rice & Larpenteur Ambassador, we will share the results of our survey with the Rice & Larpenteur Board of Advisors, including local government officials to advocate for your vision of the ideal Rice & Larpenteur community. 

Survey responses completed by August 14, 2023 - will be entered into a raffle for a $100 Visa Gift Card! Winners will be notified the week of 8/14/2023 via email or phone. One response per person. Must be over 15 to reply.  

Thank you! 

Samira K, Megan F, Eh Chri Say, Eh Chri Paw

Workforce Solutions

The Rice & Larpenteur Alliance is proud to partner with Ramsey County as an Inclusive Employer Champion. As part of this partnership we share helpful employer and workforce resources provided by Ramsey County.

  • On September 14, Workforce Solutions will host an End-Of-Summer Celebration and Networking Event to give thanks to its youth workforce partners and highlight some of the amazing work that has been accomplished over the past year. When: September 14th, 3-4 p.m. Where: Osborn370 patio, 370 Wabasha St., St. Paul, MN 55102

  • Ramsey County is partnering with World Youth Connect, a local youth-led organization, to help bridge generational and cultural gaps between Ramsey County employers and the region’s young workforce. The Successful Employment Training (S.E.T.) is an opportunity for both new and existing youth supervisors and employers to learn essential onboarding, retention, and communication skills and strategies to ensure a positive work environment for all. Register now!

  • Health care employs nearly 400,000 people in Minnesota and there is projected long-term demand for health care workers. Currently, there is extremely high demand for many types of health care workers – from entry level to highly specialized. Make a difference in the lives of others – and Follow Your Heart to a Caring Career! 

Check out Ramsey County Means Business website for more economic and workforce development resources.
Congratulations to the Rice Street Gardens!

On Saturday August 5, the Rice Street Gardens held its Summer Celebration and fundraiser event. The event was a spectacular celebration of the people and community that has come together in this unique place on Rice St and Roselawn Ave. Learn more about the Rice Street Gardens and consider a donation to help them permanently purchase the garden as part of a larger redevelopment of the site.

"We are 260 families growing our own food, 70 percent of us are immigrants (most from Myanmar and Nepal, and we speak over a dozen first languages. Please help keep Rice Street Gardens Stay Alive! "​
Grand Opening: Metro Auto Deals
Saturday, Aug 19

There's a new business in town at the former Long's Auto location. Welcome Metro Auto Deals! Visit with them at the Summer Block Party and then celebrate more at their Grand Opening event on Saturday, August 19. All are welcome!
Thank You to Our Annual Community Partners!

A huge thanks to our 2023 Annual Community Partners! Join them today and help us build toward the vision for the Rice and Larpenteur area.

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The Rice and Larpenteur Alliance is a collaboration of the City of Maplewood, City of Roseville, City of Saint Paul, and Ramsey County. More information at