You can't ask for better weather: Bruce Lunka and Mike Ream follow Bruce's tee shot on the par-3 6th hole of Como Park Golf. The twosome have been golfing together for 30 years. 
Neighborhoods Go Head to Head
Think Como can do better than Hamline-Midway and Macalester-Groveland? The challenge is on: District councils from the three neighborhoods have agreed to a friendly competition. The goal: See whose residents can adopt more storm drains over the next year.
In our neighborhood, keeping storm drains clear of leaves, trash, and other debris -- and doing so year-round -- directly improves the water quality of Como Lake and connected waterways. Here's how to adopt one or more drains near your home, school, organization, or business:
  • Go to www.adopt-a-drain.org. Create an account.
  • After you create your account, type in your address and click "Find storm drains." The site will generate an interactive map of all the storm drains near your address. Be patient; it may take a while -- and you may have to move the map around -- for drains to populate the map.
  • Red means the drain is available. Green means someone else already has it.  Pick one or more of the available drains to adopt. (You can even name your drain!)
  • Diligently keep the drain clean, so debris doesn't flow into the lake or Mississippi River. As a reminder to you and your neighbors, you'll get a lawn sign pointing out that you are protecting the lake or river.
Hamline University is tracking which neighborhood adopts more drains. We'll keep you up to date on how we're doing. 
Bike Tour Takes Over on Sunday
The Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour rolls through Como this Sunday morning, Sept. 9. Expect parking and traffic to be restricted on streets along the route.

This year's ride enters westbound on Arlington at Dale, turns left at St. Albans to Wheelock Parkway, turns right on Wheelock, and crosses Victoria to Como Lake Drive. There's a rest stop at Spring Café featuring the Roe Family Singers. Riders then continue south on trails through the park, and west on Como Ave. past Snelling.
Stretch Summer a Little Farther
District 10's next quarterly Community Yoga is this Sunday, Sept. 9, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. The session will be suitable for all levels of skill and experience. Bring a yoga mat or blanket, and wear comfortable clothes. The class is limited to 25 participants, so register now. The $5 donation benefits the Como Community Council.
The area in blue is a potential off-leash dog site.
Off-Leash Dog Group Meets Tuesday
Residents working to create an off-leash dog area in Como Park meet again this Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of Delicata, 1341 Pascal. The group, which is a Como Community Council subcommittee, is digging into the potential costs, feasibility, and challenges of an off-leash site between Hamline Ave. and Beulah Lane, north of the Parks and Recreation Department's operations facilities.  All renters, homeowners, and other community members are welcome to attend and participate.  
Neighborhood Relations Meets Tuesday
An outreach dinner with residents of Como by the Lake and support for Como High School's homecoming activities are likely to be part of the discussion at District 10's Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee this Tuesday, Sept. 11.  The monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other community members are welcome to attend and participate. 
Road, Crosswalk Work Continues
  • Crews expect to visually extend the Como Ave. bike lanes across Dale St. this weekend by applying high-visibility green paint. They'll also finish the upgraded crosswalk striping they left undone last time. Expect the work this Sunday, Sept. 9, overnight into Monday morning.
  • Striping crews also expect to install new crosswalk markings and other paint this weekend at the Como/Maryland/Wheelock/Victoria intersection.
  • Construction kicks into high gear this week on Como Ave. between Lexington Parkway and Hamline Ave. Once curb repairs are finished, Ramsey County plans a full mill-and-overlay. Parking will be banned on much of the street during much of the construction. 
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A Reminder on Recycling
Because of the Labor Day holiday, recycling is not happening today. Instead, Eureka is scheduled to empty your blue bin this Saturday, Sept. 8, instead.
Get Rid of Hazardous Waste for Free
Ramsey County is setting up a mobile hazardous waste collection site every Friday and Saturday in September beginning today, Sept. 7. The site is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, in the Como Ave. parking lot across from the Fairgrounds.

If you've got solvents or other chemicals that say Caution, Warning, Danger, or Poison on the label, those are good candidates. So are batteries, cell phones, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, mercury thermometers, paint, propane tanks, and used motor oil and filters. Disposal is free.  See the complete list of what you can bring (or call 651-633-3279 24 hours a day).
Time to Count Walkers, Cyclists
Saint Paul conducts its annual bicycle and pedestrian count at locations around the city this Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 11-13. If you can take a shift from 4-6 p.m. on any of those days, sign up here.

North Dale is one of 20 Rec Check locations. 
Rec Check Resumes at North Dale
Now that school is back in session, Rec Check is back in session at North Dale and 19 other recreation centers across the city. Rec Check is a free, after-school program for first- through fifth-graders who live in or attend school in Saint Paul. Activities run 3-6 p.m. on days Saint Paul Public Schools hold classes. Get the basics (but you've been warned about the royalty-free music).
Watershed District Seeks Grant Ideas
The Capitol Region Watershed District is accepting applications for Partner Grant proposals for projects that protect, manage, or improve water resources in the watershed, which includes Como Lake, Loeb Lake, Trout Brook, and parts of the Mississippi River. Grants can range from $1,000-$20,000. An informational workshop is scheduled for this Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 3-4:30 p.m. Final proposals are due by Friday Oct. 26.
Dan Israel channels Bob Dylan during Saturday's performance of The Last Waltz. 
Last Waltz is Not the Last Show
This Saturday, Sept. 8, Spring Café hosts the annual live re-creation of  The Last Waltz.  The concert begins at 6 p.m. It features nearly two dozen musicians as The Band and other legends. Tickets are $15 (plus service charge). More details

Meanwhile, there are a few free shows left for the season:
  • Today, Friday Sept. 7: 2 Girls and a Boyd, 7 p.m.
  • This Sunday, Sept. 9: Blood Washed Band, 7 p.m.
  • Next Sunday, Sept. 16: Walker West 30th Anniversary Celebration, 3 p.m.
  • Monday Sept. 17: BARd Shakes' theatrical presentation of "Winter's Tale," 6 p.m.
As the Days Grow Shorter... 
  • Today, Friday Sept. 7: Last day to take the Capitol Region Watershed District's survey about your priorities for their Como Lake Management Plan.
  • This Saturday, Sept. 8: Memorial Walk for Hope & Healing, 9 a.m. Near Duck Point on the Como Lake walking path. $10
  • Next Saturday, Sept. 15: Citywide Drop-Off, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Washington Technology Magnet High School, Rice and Nebraska. Get rid of the junk you can't throw in the trash. To volunteer, call 651-488-4485.
  • Thursday Sept. 20: Seed Squad gathering, 5-7 p.m., Como Woodland Outdoors Classroom.
  • Saturday Sept. 22: Burglary Prevention Open House, 9 a.m.-noon. Western District police headquarters, 389 N.Hamline.
  • Saturday Sept. 29: Citywide Drop-Off, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Shepard Road between Davern and Alton. Get rid of the junk you can't throw in the trash. To volunteer, call 651-695-4005.
  • Saturday Sept. 29: Como Senior High School Homecoming. Parade begins at 10:15 a.m.; picnic and homecoming activities at 11 a.m.; and the football game at 1 p.m.
Doors, Windows Can Be an Open Invitation
These cooler days and nights make it tempting to leave windows open for fresh air. Which makes it very tempting for burglars, too. Some tips to keep yourself and your possessions safer:
  • Lock screen doors at all times. If your screen doors have sliding windows, don't open them all the way. Make sure someone can't slash open the screen, reach in and over from the outside, and unlock the door.
  • Lock windows when you are not at home. When you open windows, open them no more than 4 inches. If you have traditional sash windows, install pins through the sashes so burglars can't slide them open any farther.
  • On sliding "patio" doors, cover the glass with security film to prevent the glass from easily shattering. Install track locks to frustrate someone trying to remove one of the doors. Use a "charley bar" to prevent the door from being opened from the outside.
Streetcar Station is Open Sunday
The exhibit space at the Como Park Streetcar Station is now open for the season every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Stop in to learn a bit about the history of Como Park, pick up replacement organics recycling bags, or just share comments and suggestions with the District 10 board member on duty. The Streetcar Station is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.  
Spread the Word
District 10 is one of Saint Paul's 17 citizen participation districts. The District 10 Como Community Council is a nonprofit organization, governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by members of the community. The Council's mission is to inform, educate, and connect the neighborhood to increase community pride and confidence. 

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