The Hazelnuts (in black, and sponsored by Gabe's) take on the Cheap Seats (in purple, and sponsored by Station 280) in broomball action at McMurray Field.
Wanna Help Out the Vulcans?
The Winter Carnival Snow Sculpting Competition begins next weekend at the Fairgrounds, but they'll be packing the giant blocks of snow this weekend -- and you can help. The Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone (that's the Vulcans to their close, personal friends) is looking for volunteers this Saturday, Jan. 23. Shifts for stomping snow and other necessities are available from 9 a.m.-noon or noon-4 p.m. You can sign up online.
The Vulcan Krewe is also looking for help to staff the Winter Carnival snow slide (which operates from Jan. 30-Feb. 6) and to judge snow sculptures (on Jan. 31).
Speaking of the Winter Carnival...   
The Pioneer Press' annual treasure hunt starts this Sunday, Jan. 24. We never know where they're going to hide the mystical medallion, but if you see people rummaging around Como Park with shovels, rakes, and headlamps, don't get too alarmed. Just call their mothers. 
... But If You Must Think about Summer 
MnDOT holds an open house this Tuesday, Jan. 26, to share details about the reconstruction of Highway 280 north of Como Ave. While you're there, you can learn about other construction projects this summer, including the Highway 36 bridges over Lexington Ave.; the bridges along I-94 between Dale St. and Pelham Ave.; I-35 resurfacing between Highway 36 and I-694; and I-694 construction between Rice St. and Lexington. The open house is Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Lauderdale City Hall, 1891 Walnut St.
Como Crafts! Plans Saturday Retreat  
Neighbors are organizing a close-to-home Como "crafts retreat" for next Saturday, Jan. 30. It's a day to get out of the house and dedicate time to your needles, fabric, thread, photos, scrapbooks, or whatever. They'll supply the space and beverages; you supply your supplies -- power strips, extension cords, sewing machine, tools, crafts -- and favorite munchies. Como Crafts! will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Historic Streetcar Station, at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Cost is $10. You must make a reservation: Email Julie Tholen no later than noon next Friday, Jan. 29. She'll send out confirmation (or cancellation) information after that.
Loud Pipes Save Lives (Indoor Version)     
There's nothing quite like a church organ at full throttle. Como Park Lutheran helps you enjoy that experience with free pipe organ concerts over the next four Sundays. Each concert begins at 4 p.m. at the church, 1376 W. Hoyt. This Sunday, Jan. 24, features Chad Winterfeldt, from Gustavus Adolphus College. The rest of the schedule:
  • Jan. 31: Nils Halker, from St. Clement's Episcopal Church, St. Paul
  • Feb. 7: James Hild, from All Saints Lutheran Church, Minnetonka
  • Feb. 14: Dean Billmeyer, from the University of Minnesota
Is Your Child Car Seat Safe?      
Statistics show that 3 out of every 4 car seats are not installed correctly. To make sure your kids or grandkids are protected properly, the St. Paul Fire Department is hosting a free car-seat checkup. The event is Wednesday Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Station 23, 1926 Como Ave. That date seems a long way off, but you must make a reservation -- and slots fill up fast. To make an appointment, email Jeremy Berger or call 651-228-6203.
Grand Round Begins to Take Shape       
Planners have released detailed plans for the northern half of the Saint Paul Grand Round, a 13-mile bicycle and pedestrian route that includes Wheelock Parkway, Como Park, and Como Ave. You can view, download or make comments on the draft Design and Implementation Plan. (You can find details of the District 10 portions primarily on Pages 80-89, 123-124, and 130-132.)
Photo: Jack Schmidling Productions
Tap into Your Natural Side  
The Urban Homesteading series continues this week, coordinated by St. Paul Public Libraries and Ramsey County's Master Gardeners. This week's topic teaches how to make maple syrup in the city, using your own maple trees. The free seminar takes place this Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Riverview Library, 1 E. George St., on the West Side. The complete schedule 
When Was the Last Time You Went Dancing?
It's the fourth Friday of the month, which means it's time for dancing at Lyngblomsten. The Artful Living series brings in the band; it's up to you to bring your moves. It all happens tonight, Friday Jan. 22, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Newman-Benson Chapel. The good times are free and open to the entire community -- and you can even get home before curfew. Lyngblomsten is at 1415 Almond Ave.
We're Not in New Orleans, But...
There are six Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans this weekend. On our end of the Big River, we've got the "Music Under Glass" series. This week's concert features Patty and the Buttons, who blend New Orleans jazz, early blues, and vaudeville. The question is: Should you dance? Should you listen? The answer: Yes.

The free concert is this Sunday, Jan. 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the sunken garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park. Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. Future concerts
Crime Prevention Tip of the Week
Auto thefts continue to be too frequent in our neighborhood. To minimize the consequences, St. Paul Police advise:
  • Do not leave the vehicle title in the vehicle in your car. Keep it secure at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Have a record of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a complete description of your vehicle.
  • If your vehicle is broken into or stolen, inform police immediately. Stolen vehicles often are used to commit other crimes or illegal activities.
Find Out if a STAR Grant Could Work for You 
Businesses and nonprofits are invited to a free workshop to learn about loans and grants available through the City of Saint Paul's Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) program.

The workshop is Wednesday Feb. 10, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Historic Mounds Theater, 1029 Hudson Road. STAR provides funding for capital improvement projects within the city that promote residential, commercial or economic development. It requires a minimum 1:1 match. The deadline to apply for the 2016 program will be March 23.
Kick Some Ideas Around
The city holds its second open house about the Snelling-Midway redevelopment site -- aka, the Minnesota United soccer stadium. The event is this Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Concordia University's Buenger Education Center, which is south of Concordia Ave. between Hamline and Syndicate.  
Have a Bigger Say in What's Going On
St. Paul is now accepting applications for city committees, boards and commissions. The application deadline is Monday Feb. 1. You can complete an application online. Panels with current vacancies include:
  • Board of Zoning Appeals, which rules on zoning variances. BZA has two vacancies.
  • Capital Improvement Budget Committee, which reviews, ranks, and recommends proposals to improve city land and buildings, including streets, parks, and libraries. CIB has six vacancies.
Other committees make appointments on a rolling basis. The city's website includes an overview of the more than 30 committees, boards, and commissions for which residents and business representatives can apply. That page also links to the individual committees and their specific requirements.
Start Planning Ahead
  • This Saturday Jan. 23: Equity Action Forum. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., El Rio Vista Recreation Center, Room 272 in the Wellstone Center, 179 E. Robie St. on the West Side. Free.
  • This Monday, Jan. 25: Como Park High School Booster Club. 6:30 p.m., school athletic office, 740 W. Rose Ave.
  • This Wednesday, Jan. 27: ComoFest planning meeting. 8 a.m., The Heritage at Lyngblomsten, 1415 Almond Ave.
  • This Wednesday, Jan. 27: District 10 Environment Committee. 7 p.m., Historic Streetcar Station, 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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