Volunteers put in 140 new plants, added mulch, and installed a new sign this week on the new filtration gardens at the intersection of Horton, Churchill and Van Slyke. Photo: Mike Ireland
Plus, You Get a Nifty Sign for Your Lawn 
There are hundreds of neglected storm drains in the Como neighborhood. They sit there, year-round, collecting leaves, grass clippings, debris and more. All that stuff washes down the drain, into Como Lake or the Mississippi River (depending on where we live in the neighborhood). All that stuff degrades the water quality of some of our favorite natural assets.

But we can change that. We can "adopt a drain. " We simply agree to sweep (or rake or shovel or drag) junk away from "our " storm drain whenever it 's necessary. Many of us already commit to the "Como Curb Cleanup " -- raking leaves out of the gutter in front of our house every fall. "Adopt a Drain " takes our commitment to the next level.

To sign up: Go to www.adopt-a-drain.org. Register to create an account. Once you do that, you can type in an address; the interactive map then shows you drains that are available near you. You 'll get tips, information to share -- and a nifty sign to plant in your yard. The Adopt a Drain campaign is a partnership of the Capitol Region Watershed District, Saint Paul, and Hamline University.
 
It's Your Last Chance to Register  
The registration deadline for District 10's annual Como Neighborhood Garage Sale is this Wednesday, May 10. It's the last day we can guarantee we'll get your sale on the official map, which we'll distribute so shoppers know where to go and what they'll find when they get there. If you're planning a sale this year, register now. The sign-up fee is only $15. The neighborhood-wide sale is Saturday May 20. (If you're extending your sale into Friday or Sunday, don't worry -- we'll publicize that, too.)
No, Don't Moor Your Canoe on These   
Ducks and paddleboards won't be the only things floating on Como Lake this summer. Capitol Region Watershed District is deploying three buoys, which mark the locations of three monitors at the lake bottom. The monitors are recording temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and conductivity levels as part of the watershed district's ongoing study of lake water quality. The measurements will help scientists better define the internal nutrient loading occurring in the lake.

The yellow buoys are in the middle of the lake east of the pavilion, just south of Duck Point, and west of the Wheelock / Maryland / Victoria intersection.
Find Out Where Our Water Comes From
Saint Paul Regional Water Services has free tours this Thursday, May 11, from 2-6:30 p.m. as part of National Drinking Water Week. The behind-the-scenes tour shows how water is treated; includes taste tests of water; shares simple ways to reduce your exposure to lead from pipes; and gives away goodies that include children's activity books and (of course) water bottles. The tours start in the lobby of the utility's McCarrons Center, 1900 Rice St.
Watching Our Waste: Backyard Composting
Ramsey County residents can get $20 off a home composting bin. Sorry to sound like a late-night TV commercial, but if you order now, while supplies last, your final cost is $44 plus tax. Just use the code "ramsey." You can pick up your 10-cubic-foot bin on Saturday June 10 at WestRock in Saint Paul, which is near University and Vandalia.  
Take Care of Yourself, Too    
The Como Park Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program reminds caregivers they don't need to do it all on their own. The neighborhood program provides a range of free services (including respite care and no-cost rides to and from medical appointments) and sliding-scale fee services (including homemaking and foot care) when you need a break.

Plus, the Block Nurse Program points out two free caregiver support groups: the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 12:30 p.m. at the Roseville Area Seniors Program, 1910 County Road B; and the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at Saint Anthony Park UCC, 2129 Commonwealth Ave.
Wilkinson James launches Dockside's music season Sunday at 3 p.m.
It's Time for Outdoor Music (Already?!)
Como Dockside opens the season of free outdoor music on the promenade of the Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway N. This week's lineup:
  • Sunday, May 7: Wilkinson James, 3 p.m.; City of Lakes Chorus, 7 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8: Becky Kapell and the Fat 6
  • Tuesday, May 9: The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League
  • Wednesday, May 10: Moon Grass
  • Thursday, May 11: Steamheat Swing Band
  • Next Friday, May 12: The Fairlanes
Check out the season's full lineup at Dockside's calendar page.
There is a Lot of Stuff Going On 
  • This Saturday, May 6: Neighborhood volunteers work on the native-plant garden on the west shore of Como Lake, just north of the pavilion. Show up at 10 a.m. to help clean up debris, trim plants, and weed out crab grass. Bring your own water, tools -- and sunscreen!
  • This Tuesday, May 9: Community Round Table, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Murray Middle School cafeteria, 2200 Buford.
  • This Wednesday, May 10: National Bike to School Day.
  • This Thursday, May 11: Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station, 1224 Lexington Parkway N. The agenda includes an emerald ash borer update.
  • Next Friday, May 12: Flamingo Friday Information Night and Kickoff Party, 5-8 p.m., Cozy's Pub, 1431 Lexington Parkway N.
  • Next Saturday, May 13: Silent Auction benefiting Chelsea Heights Elementary School, 6 p.m.-midnight. Gabe's by the Park, Lexington at Energy Park Drive.
  • Tuesday May 16: Informational meeting on sewer smoke testing, 5:30-8 p.m. Rice Street Public Library, 1011 Rice. Testing takes place this summer roughly between Dale west to Victoria, and Wheelock north to Larpenteur.
  • Tuesday May 16: Como Community Council monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station, 1224 Lexington Parkway N.
  • Thursday May 18: Meet the Mayor, 4-6 p.m. Lyngblomsten hosts a conversation with Mayor Christopher Coleman, in the Community Room, 1415 Almond Ave. 
  • Friday May 19: Deadline to give your opinion on different LED streetlights being tested in Saint Paul. Maps and information are available online. 
  • Friday May 19: Public hearing on Saint Paul River Balcony Master Plan, 8:30 a.m. Planning Commission, Room 40, City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. Email comments to Lucy Thompson.
  • Sunday May 21: "Out-of-the-Ordinary Yards," 1-2:30 p.m. Orchard Park Recreation Center, 875 W. Orchard. Part of District 10's Sunday Series.
  • Sunday May 21: Como Community Seed Library's May Share Seed and Plant Exchange, 2:30-4  p.m. Orchard Park Recreation Center, 875 W. Orchard. Learn more on Facebook or volunteer here.
  • Wednesday May 24: Saint Paul Public Works Open House, 4-7 p.m. 891 N. Dale. Free
  • Sunday June 4: District 10's Como Neighborhood Social, 4-7 p.m. Orchard Park, 875 W. Orchard. Free
  • Sunday June 11: " Working Together to Improve Como Lake ," 1-2:30 p.m. Como Lakeside Pavilion, 3rd floor. Part of District 10's Sunday Series.
And the Police Will Do the Cooking
Put this on your calendar:  Saint Paul Police hold a " Safe Summer Night " cookout on Thursday June 1 from 5-7 p.m. at North Dale Recreation Center, 1414 N. St. Albans. The event is free.    
The Latest Police Report for Our Neighborhood: More of the same -- theft, vandalism, a drug bust, and burglaries
Buicks reign supreme at the Spring Extravaganza Car Show and Swap Meet on Sunday.
This Week at the Fairgrounds     
  • Sahara Sands Spring Classic Arabian Horse Show: Today-Sunday, May 5-7, Warner Coliseum. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. today and Saturday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free
  • Northland Antique, Toy, Doll and Advertising Show: This Sunday, May 7, Progress Center. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Teens and adults, $6; children younger than 12, free.
  • Spring Extravaganza Car Show and Swap Meet: This Sunday, May 7, north of Randall Ave. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Teens and adults, $5; children 12 or younger free when accompanied by an adult.
  • Urban Ag in the Classroom: This Tuesday-Wednesday, May 9-10, Miracle of Birth Center. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Machinery Hills Criterium Race Series: This Tuesday, May 9, roadways north of Hoyt Ave. 4-9 p.m. Bicycle road race training series; four races (beginners-experts). Entry fees: $10-$25.
  • Friends of the American Saddle Horse Spring Show: This Thursday-next Sunday, May 11-14, Warner Coliseum. Sessions at 10:30 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Free admission for spectators.
  • Minnesota in May Barbecue Contest: Next Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, Campgrounds. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. each day.
  • Friends School Plant Sale: Next Friday-Sunday, May 12-14, Grandstand. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.
Photo: Horacio Fernandez
Streetcar Station Opens for the Season
Beginning this Sunday, May 7, the Como Park Streetcar Station is open every Sunday through September from noon-4 p.m. Stop in to learn a bit about the history of Como Park, admire the new paint job inside, pick up an organics recycling starter kit, or just share comments and suggestions with a District 10 board member who's on staff that day. 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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