The girls hockey teams from Mankato East and Armstrong/Cooper battle on the outdoor ice at North Dale Recreation Center, one of four games during last Saturday's Saint Paul Winter Classic tournament. 
Thinking Beyond Recycling
You can drop off your old blue bins (if you so desire) during this Wednesday's event.

This Wednesday, Jan. 25, District 10's Environment Committee hosts a free community discussion about waste reduction. Eureka Recycling will get things going with a presentation, answer questions, and provide resources about reducing waste on the front end. Here's what else is in store that evening: 

  • We'll show a video on how recycling works in Saint Paul
  • We'll collect initial feedback on the first week of the city's new collection system
  • We'll collect unwanted blue recycling bins
  • We'll serve food, too, from local favorites John's Pizza CafĂ© and Nelson's Deli
The event begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. The District 10 Environment Committee's monthly meeting follows (here's the agenda). As always, that meeting is open to all community members. 
Thinking Outside the Bin
As crews work out the bugs in Saint Paul's new recycling system, here is advice from Eureka Recycling to make things go more smoothly:
  • Place your cart at the alley line or curb line
  • Make sure the handle faces away from the alley or street
  • Leave about 2 feet on each side of the cart so the truck's grabber arms have room to operate
  • Don't leave your cart on a snowbank, behind a snowbank, or behind a fence, car, or other obstacle.
Eureka has a FAQ sheet on its website that answers many of the most-frequent questions and shares advice learned during Week One. If you have specific questions about your situation, call Eureka at 651-222-7678. They promise to get back to you.
Can Dandelions Be Far Behind?
It's only January, but potholes are blooming all over. The quickest way to file a pothole complaint with City of Saint Paul Public Works is to send location information to Potholes@stpaul.gov
If You Can't Get Enough of Wheelock
Saint Paul Public Works holds another community information session this week on the 2017 reconstruction of Wheelock Parkway. The meeting is this Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6-7:30 p.m. at North Dale Recreation Center, 1414 N. St. Albans. See the District 10 website for the latest information we have about the project.
A Full-Body Experience
Como Park Lutheran Church opens its Winter Organ Concert Series this Sunday, Jan. 22. The guest musician is Tim Strand, director of music at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at Como Park Lutheran, 1376 W. Hoyt. The concert is free and open to the public.  The rest of the schedule:
  • Jan. 29: Resident organist Tom Ferry
  • Feb. 12: Kristina Langlois, professor of organ at Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Feb. 19: Mary Newton, director of music at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Plymouth
Dance the Night Away
Lyngblomsten sponsors its "Fourth Friday" community dance next Friday, Jan. 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Newman-Benson Chapel. The free event features a live band, light refreshments, and dance instructor Christopher Yaeger. Community members are invited to join the fun. Lyngblomsten is at 1415 Almond Ave.
Author Daniel Jose Older (Photo: John Midgley)
The Words to Get You Started
"Shadowshaper" is this year's Read Brave selection in Saint Paul. Read Brave is an annual initiative of the Saint Paul Public Library that urges adults and teens to read the same young adult novel -- then talk about it. To help the dialog along, author Daniel Jose Older will be in town March 1-2.
Rachel Ries
Music Under Glass Keeps Rolling
The Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory's 2017 Music Under Glass series continues this Sunday, Jan. 22, with Rachel Ries. Some unidentified wordsmith says Ries "crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted." Ries and company play from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Admission is free; you can buy beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks. Check out the full season schedule . (Note: There is no concert Jan. 29.)
Peter Weller as "Robocop"
Relive the Future Past
Remember when the Ford Taurus was considered a cutting-edge car? If not, then you clearly don't remember "Robocop" (rated R), the feature presentation in Como Dockside's Thursday night movie series on Jan. 26. Trivia begins at 6:15 p.m.; the free movie begins at 6:45 in the third-level banquet hall of the lakeside pavilion. For the full schedule of "almost all the greatest movies" from 30 years ago , see Dockside's online calendar .  

Don't forget: Every Wednesday is "neighborhood night" at Dockside, with happy hour drink and food specials from 3-9 p.m., and classic board games galore. And -- Saturday brunch includes a free Louisiana-flavored concert from noon-2 p.m. This week, Jan. 14, it's the New Riverside Rambler Trio
The Checklist Keeps Growing
  • This Tuesday, Jan. 24: Ramsey County holds a public hearing on waste designation for 2018, 9 a.m. 3rd floor council chambers, City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. ("Waste designation" determines where trash goes after it is picked up from your home, business, or a transfer station.)
  • Next Friday, Jan. 27: Deadline to apply for YouthBank Saint Paul project grants, which support social justice projects led by teens and young adults ages 14-21.
  • Sunday Jan. 29: Last day to comment on the nine initial themes in the City of Saint Paul's upcoming Comprehensive Plan.
  • Monday Jan. 30: Public hearing at the Board of Zoning Appeals on a request by Como Park Apartments for a new 8-foot-tall sign at 1395 Jessamine, 3 p.m. City Hall Room 330, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • Wednesday Feb. 1: Online permits available for Saint Paul picnic shelters.
  • Wednesday Feb. 8: Orientation workshop for groups and businesses applying for 2017 Neighborhood Star grants and loans, 10-11:30 a.m. Historic Mounds Theater, 1029 Hudson Road. (Application deadline is March 22.)
  • Wednesday Feb. 15: Public hearing on proposal to increase Saint Paul zoning fees by 5 percent, 5:30 p.m. 3rd Floor City Council Chambers, City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Poison Update
Despite investigating more than 50 reports, Saint Paul police can confirm only three cases of poisoned bread targeting dogs. None were in the past three months. All the confirmed cases occurred between last March and October, according to Western District Commander Sheila Lambie. The three cases were in the city 's Western Police District, but concentrated in a specific area that she is not revealing while the investigation of a possible suspect continues.

"We know it is real and we are treating it as real, " Lambie says. On the other hand, recent social media reports created "a bit of mass hysteria " that bogged down police and other investigations, she says. Many people throw out stale bread, she notes, and it is not uncommon for squirrels, birds, and other critters to carry the bread around. Poisoned bread, Lambie says, is likely to have one of the following characteristics:
  • It is discolored from being soaked in antifreeze or a similar solvent
  • It has visible pellets of rat poison embedded
  • It is sticky and has a distinct odor from Terro ant poison
This Week at the Fairgrounds
  • The Winter Carnival Snow Sculpting Competition keeps trying to make snow in the Kidway lot (south of Wright Ave. between Underwood and Cooper). If you want to help stomp snow into carving blocks, volunteer slots are available this Saturday, Jan. 21, from noon-4 p.m. If you want to help judge the competition next weekend, sign up here.  
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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