How ya gonna top this? Brandon Heffron, Frank Liu, and other volunteers served more than 21 gallons of ice cream to more than 500 visitors during District 10's annual Ice Cream Social July 15. The ice cream is long gone -- but the photo album lives on at the District 10 Como Community Council Facebook page.
Discuss Sholom Home Security on July 28
The former Sholom Home
Neighborhood residents can raise their concerns and suggestions about the security of the former Sholom Home property during a community meeting this Thursday, July 28. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.
 
District 10 is convening the meeting so neighbors can discuss the security of the property and its wider impact. Attending will be:
  • David Grzan, one of the current owners of the vacant property on Midway Parkway
  • Randy Olson, general manager of JBM Patrol and Protection Corp., which provides security for Grzan
  • St. Paul Police Commander Ed Lemon, of the Western District
  • Matt Dornfeld from the City of St. Paul's Department of Safety and Inspections

The discussion is a follow-up to Grzan's presentation at the District 10 Como Community Council meeting on June 21, in which he discussed financing and development plans for the property.

What?! Walk or Bike on Snelling?
MnDOT is holding open houses on this Wednesday, July 27, to gather ideas and feedback on potential sidewalk and biking improvements along Snelling Ave. between Hewitt Ave. and Midway Parkway. The two open houses are in Hamline University's Anderson Center, Room 111, 774 Snelling.
  • The first open house is 1-3 p.m., with a formal presentation at 1:30.
  • The second open house is 5-7 p.m., with a formal presentation at 5:30.
The 1:30 presentation will stream live on Facebook. There's more background online so you can dig into what MnDOT is thinking.
Dance Over to ComoFest
ComoFest continues today, Friday July 22, with Lyngblomsten 's Mid-Summer Festival at the campus on Midway Parkway. This afternoon -- from 2-6:30 -- features an arts showcase, hands-on activities, food, games, and free music from the likes of Ukulele Drive, OboeBass!, HealthRHYTHMS Drumming, and Alive and Kickin'. The free festival culminates this evening with a community dance from 6:30-8 p.m. The MacPhail Jazz Quartet provides the music; Christopher Yaeger will teach polka, jitterbug, waltz, line dance and other basic dance steps so everyone can join in. Note: Because of today's forecast for stifling heat, all activities are indoors.

Tomorrow, Saturday July 23, it's a picnic in a park -- no, wait, a parking lot! -- as TopLine Federal Credit Union presents a free community appreciation cookout. The event, which is open to all ages, features food, giveaways, and more. It's from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. outside TopLine's office at Lexington and Front.

Next weekend, it 's the Northwest Como Campout on Friday July 29, then the ComoFest Block Party on July 30-31 at Underground Music Café. For all the details, go to www.comofest.com.
Organics Recycling Off to a Big Start
District 10's new organics recycling site has been an immediate success. In less than two weeks, you already have filled the dumpster once with food scraps and other organic compostables. You 've also cleaned us out of our supply of 100 kitchen compost starter kits.

But you can still join the initiative. We 've got more than 100 additional starter kits and compostable bags -- minus the plastic bucket -- available at our office. And there 's plenty of room at the drop-off site for a bigger dumpster, or even a second dumpster, to meet demand. The drop-off is open in Como Park, on Beulah Lane, just north of the Animal Humane Society. It 's accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week, is free for any Ramsey County resident, and is a great option for those who don't have the space or time to maintain their own backyard compost bin. Plus, the community drop-off can accept items that are nearly impossible to compost at home.
Ulimate Frisbee is one of the sports camps at local parks in August.
There's More to Do than Pokemon Go
As the weather is demonstrating, summer is far from over. It's the same with new activities at North Dale and Northwest Como Recreation Centers. You can register for a specific activity in person at each park. Or, you can register online; just search for the specific activity number.
Some highlights at North Dale, 1414 N. St. Albans:
  • Robotics: Star Wars Droid Builder Camp (Activity 10224), Aug. 1-4, 10 a.m.-noon, for ages 6-10. $90
  • Taekwondo. Separate aged-based classes on Mondays and Wednesdays in August. $50
  • Ultimate Frisbee Camp (Activity 17953), Aug. 8-11, 1-4 p.m, for ages 10-15. $80.
  • Game On Camp (Activity 17947), Aug. 15-18, 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 4-6. Kids learn classic playground games such as Ships Across the Ocean, Animal Tag, Freeze Tag, Red Light-Green Light, Kickball, Capture the Flag, Duck-Duck-Grey Duck, Simon Says, and Steal the Bacon. $70
  • Science: Secret Agent (Activity 16921) Aug. 15-18, 9 a.m.-noon, for ages: 6-12. Discover the science behind real spy technology. $104
  • American Red Cross Babysitting Training (Activity 14160), Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for ages 11-15. $60.
Meanwhile, don't forget about North Dale's Summerfest, on Tuesday Aug. 9, from 5-8 p.m. It features music, food, games, inflatables, a climbing tower, ponies, and more.

Some highlights at Northwest Como, 1550 N. Hamline:
  • Taekwondo, Tuesdays and Thursdays in August, 4:30-5:30 p.m., for ages 6-17. $50
  • Flag Football Camp (Activity 3578), Aug. 1-4, 9 a.m.-noon, for ages 6-12. $80
  • Discover the Great Outdoors & Swimming (Activity 3511), Aug. 1-5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for ages 7-11. Activities include building tents, outdoor cooking, art in nature, a climbing wall, archery, and daily swimming. $174
  • Asian Art, Wine and Cheese, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m., for adults. $50.
  • Engineering: Camp Kelvin (Activity 17954), Aug. 8-11, 1-3 p.m., for ages 4-6. Learn to build a tent, design waterproof clothing, and engineer a survival pack. $110
  • Mini Hawk Camp (Activity 12238), Aug. 8-11, 9 a.m.-noon, for ages 4-7. Learn the essentials of baseball, basketball, and soccer in a safe, structured environment with a focus on fun. $80
  • Basketball Camp (Activity 12137), Aug. 15-18, 9 a.m.-noon, for ages 7-12. $80
  • Singing in the Summer (Activity 17934), Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon, for ages 11-15. Learn to sing solo, in harmony, and in rounds, culminating with a performance at the Underground Music Café. $75
  • Badminton Camp (Activity 14813), Aug. 22-25, 1-4 p.m., for ages 9-15. $80
In Case You're All Thumbs
The St. Anthony Park Library holds a free Tablet and Smartphone Clinic next Friday, July 29, from noon-2 p.m. at the library, 2245 Como. Bring your questions, problems, or concerns about any model. If they can't get you an answer, they'll connect you with someone who can. It's free, and you don't have to register in advance. (The clinic repeats on Friday Aug. 12 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Different Weekend, Different Detours
This time, it ' s MnDOT, not protesters, who will be shutting down Interstate 94. The freeway will close completely between Lexington and Interstate 35E this weekend so crews can remove the Grotto and MacKubin pedestrian bridges. West of the work zone, only one lane of I-94 will be open in each direction between Lexington and Highway 280. Adjacent ramps and frontage roads also are affected. It all goes down from 8 tonight, Friday July 22, until 5 a.m. Monday, July 25.
 
Elsewhere, Ramsey County starts resurfacing Cleveland Ave. this Monday, July 25, between Summit and St. Anthony. The project is expected to take three weeks; when it 's done, yes, the bike lanes will finally go in. See our website for a much longer list of other street, bridge, and highway projects still in progress in and around Como.
Yes, It's Hot. But This is Not Related.
The city continues smoke-testing sewers in our neighborhood through August. The smoke tests find leaks in sewer lines. But the tests mean it will be common to see simulated smoke pouring from manhole covers, storm drains, roof vents, and building foundations. The simulated smoke will not enter homes that are properly plumbed and whose fixture traps contain water. If smoke does enter your building, open your doors and windows, and call the sewer safety testing crew at 651-238-0572.

This week, if crews stay on schedule, they 'll be north of Como Park. Residents are supposed to receive a door hangar two-three days before their block is tested, then receive an automated phone call one-two days beforehand.
We Can Help You Throw a Block Party
District 10 has street barricades and portable recycling containers that community residents can use for block parties or other neighborhood or family events. You can borrow the recycling containers for free; there are two kinds:
  • For cans, bottles and other items you can include in your weekly curbside pickup
  • For food scraps and other compostable organics
The street barricades are required by the city when you block off your street or alley -- but ours are more affordable than getting them from Public Works. 
  • Barricades require a $50 deposit. We'll return $45 when you return the barricades.
  • Reservations are first-come, first-served.
  • To borrow our barricades, you must have an event permit from the city.
To reserve any of this equipment, call our office at 651-644-3889, or send us an email.
You Can't Say You Didn't Know    
  • This Wednesday, July 27: District 10 Environment Committee, 7 p.m., Como Park Streetcar Station, northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Community members are always welcome to attend. 
  • Tuesday Aug. 2: National Night Out. Register your event with the city.
  • Wednesday Aug. 3: Public meeting on City of Saint Paul's Stormwater Permit Annual Report, 2:30 p.m. City Hall Annex, 9th Floor Conference Room, 25 W. 4th St. Read the report online. Send written comments by email.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3: Public hearing on the Snelling-Midway Redevelopment site master plan, the Minnesota United soccer stadium site plan, and related topics. Begins at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor City Council chambers at City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. See the details online. Written comments should be sent to Kady Dadlez by email or by mail to: Office of the City Council, 310 City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55102.
  • Saturday Aug. 6: Twin Cities Team Hope Walk/5K. 9:30 a.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion. Sponsored by Huntington's Disease Society of America. Online registration ($35-$15) is available now. 
  • Wednesday Aug. 10: Female Fire and EMS Forum, 6-8:30 p.m. A chance for women to get their questions answered about joining the St. Paul Fire Department. Fire Training Center, 1683 Energy Park Drive.
  • Thursday Aug. 25-Monday Sept. 5: Minnesota State Fair. You know the drill.
  • Wednesday Sept. 21: Public hearing to ratify assessments for Phase 1B of the Como-Chatsworth construction project. 5:30 p.m., City Council chambers, third floor of City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. Questions? Call 651-266-8858. 
  • Saturday Oct. 8: Citywide Drop-off Event. State Fairgrounds.
Fire Check-Up Helps Make Your Home Safer
St. Paul homeowners can sign up for Project Safe Haven, in which the St. Paul fire department will do a free fire safety inspection of your home, help you develop a family escape plan, and install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and stovetop fire suppressors as necessary. Did we mention it's free?
 
The Latest Crime Report for Our Neighborhood    
A stage version of 'Tarzan' dominates the Lakeside Pavilion stage this week 
More than Music at the Pavilion
Here's this week's entertainment schedule at the Como Dockside Pavilion. There's an admission charge for "Tarzan;" all other presentations are free. For the summer's entire lineup, go to the Calendar section at Dockside's website. 
  • Tonight and Saturday, July 22-23: Highland Park Community Theater performs "Tarzan," 6 p.m. $10 teens and adults, $8 children age 12 or younger.
  • This Sunday, July 24: Como Pops Concert Band, 3 p.m. Lex-Ham Community Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Monday, July 25: Brooklyn Community Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Tuesday, July 26: Lake Country Chorus, 7 p.m.
  • This Wednesday, July 27: Bend in the River Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Thursday, July 28, through next Saturday, July 30: Highland Park Community Theater again performs "Tarzan," 6 p.m. $10 teens and adults, $8 children age 12 or younger.
Free Music at the Zoo
Groovin' in the Park: The Auctioneers. This Wednesday, July 27, 6-8 p.m. Concerts occur every Wednesday through Aug. 3 on the lawn outside the Zoo and Conservatory's Visitors Center.  
This Week at the Fairgrounds
  • Through this Sunday, July 24: MN Challenge of the Midwest Pole Bending Association, Warner Coliseum.
  • This Tuesday, July 26: : Criterium du Nord bicycle races. Expect roads north of Dan Patch and south of Hoyt to be closed from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Pick Up Your Recycling Gear Here
The Como Park Streetcar Station is open from noon-4 p.m. this and every Sunday through September. It's your best opportunity to pick up a blue recycling bin, pick up compostable organics recycling bags, learn a little about the history of Como Park, or just share comments and suggestions with a District 10 board member. 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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