3rd annual Rice and Larpenteur summer block party in St. Paul to kickoff Saturday at 11 a.m. 

The annual summer block party, celebrating the Rice Street and Larpenter Avenue community, will be held at the corner of Rice and Larpenteur at 1638 Rice Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event will have local food, free food samples from local restaurants, live music, a climbing wall, a video game truck and lawn games throughout the Rice and Larpenteur intersection, near MyThrift Store, Setzer’s and Burger King.

Different musicians, including ComMUSICation, a local youth non-profit, will perform. City and county officials will speak.

The event hub is the parking area of MyThrift Store, where there will be a ribbon-cutting celebrating the area’s improvements, including a new sidewalk, pedestrian refuge islands and a community parklet.

“It’s kinda nice cause we’ve had the event there the last two years, but this was the first year where we’re really proud of how the site looks. It just demonstrates investments in the neighborhood and that this is a place where people live and work and want to be,” said Kim O’Brien, executive director of the Rice-Larpenteur Alliance.

Mothers Against Community Gun Violence will have a booth at the event, raising support for anti-gun violence.

All events will be outdoors and masks and social distancing are encouraged.

More information is online at riceandlarpenteur.com.

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