More than 70 people attended a community open house on Nov. 27 to gather ideas about what should replace Como Dockside at the Lakeside Pavilion. If you could not attend the open house, send your comments by email. Parks and Recreation hopes to publish its RFP for potential vendors by next Friday, Dec. 8.
Spread the Praise Around
District 10 is accepting nominations of local individuals or organizations to place on Saint Paul's Neighborhood Honor Roll. The annual, citywide award typically recognizes members of our community who make a sustained and lasting impact on the quality of life in our neighborhood and city.

To nominate someone: Email us no later than Friday Dec. 15. Give us a short description of their accomplishments or the reasons they should be honored for making Como a better place to live, work, or play. The District 10 Board will evaluate nominees at its Dec. 19 meeting. A dinner and ceremony on Jan. 26 will officially recognize honorees from District 10 and other Saint Paul neighborhoods. Those selected have their names engraved on a plaque in City Hall. 
Conservatory Offers Feast for the Senses
The annual Holiday Flower Show opens this Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This year's show in the Sunken Garden features poinsettias in a spectrum of soft pinks and whites. The show runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Jan. 7.
Also this Saturday, it's another Photo Morning from 8-10 a.m. Photographers and artists can pay $5 to get in early, set up tripods and easels, and pursue their crafts -- or scratch off that portrait on their holiday checklist. The opportunity will repeat on Dec. 9, 10, and 17.

While you're in a photo frame of mind: Bill Johnson's larger-than-life exhibit, "Insect Pollinators: Beyond the Honey Bee Volume 2," runs daily through Jan. 21 in the Exhibit Gallery. But you can meet Johnson this Sunday only, Dec. 3, from noon-4 p.m.
Shuffling the Deck on Permit Parking
Saint Paul Public Works staff expect to ask the City Council this winter to approve changes that would make residential permit parking more consistent citywide. Proposals outlined to the Transportation Committee last month would:
  • Eliminate 6 of the city's 30 permit parking areas, and combine or modify 13 others. (Area 29 west of Como Park would stay as it is.)
  • Continue to charge $15 each for the first two permits in a household, but raise the fee to $25 for a third vehicle and $45 for a fourth vehicle.
  • Continue to charge $1/day for up to two visitor permits, but limit the number of visitor permits to 20 per household per month.
  • Tighten permits available to students in the University of Saint Thomas area.
  • Create an online database and renewal system.
  • Equip parking enforcement vehicles with license plate recognition technology.
T. Mychael Rambo
Not Sure You Expect This at the Library
  • Iconic Twin Cities singer T. Mychael Rambo performs a free concert of Cole Porter music at the George Latimer Central Library this Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. The library is at 90 W. 4th St.
  • This Tuesday, Dec. 5, spoken word artist Desdamona leads a free workshop on how we can use games we learned in childhood to create original poems, songs, and stories about our experience and our world. The event runs 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rondo Community Library, 461 N. Dale.
Watching Our Waste: Clogs  
Add "flushable" wipes to the evidence that
you can't always trust marketers to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Yes, the wipes may flush. But unlike toilet paper, they don't disintegrate, as this sanitized video demonstrates. The result: Wipes clog pipes -- either yours, or the pipes at wastewater treatment plants. Either way, says the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, it's a costly mess. The bottom line: Don't believe what the packaging says, the PCA advises. Instead, throw all disposable wipes -- even "flushable" ones -- into the trash.
Time to Get Legit, All you Airbnb Hosts
Saint Paul's Department of Safety and Inspections begins taking applications for short-term rental licenses this Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Information and applications are available online; you can drop them off in person at the DSI office,  375 Jackson St., Suite 220.

But, there may be exceptions: The City Council holds a public hearing on Wednesday Dec. 13 to temporarily waive some of the short-term licensing requirements surrounding the 2018 Super Bowl.™ The proposed waivers include lifting occupancy caps, the percentage of a building that can be short-term rental, and off-street parking requirements. The hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the 3rd-floor City Council chambers, 15 Kellogg Blvd. W. 
Free Ice
Ramsey County's Highland Arena and Vadnais Sports Center have free open skating sessions during select days and times in December. Check out ice skating times or adult open hockey.

Looking Ahead...
  • This Tuesday, Dec. 5: Saint Paul Public Schools 2018 Tax Proposal Public Hearing, 6:30 p.m. School District office, 360 Colborne St.
  • This Tuesday, Dec. 5: District 10 Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee, 7 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All community members are welcome to attend and participate.
  • This Wednesday, Dec. 6: City of Saint Paul Truth and Taxation Hearing, 6:30 p.m. 3rd-floor Council Chambers, City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd. W. 
  • This Wednesday, Dec. 6: District 10 Land Use Committee, 7 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All community members are welcome to attend and participate.
  • Thursday Dec. 14: Update on Como/Front/Dale Commercial Vitality Zone, 6-8 p.m. Saint Paul Public Works garage, 891 Dale St. Representatives from Public Works and Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development discuss proposed infrastructure projects for the intersection. Consultant Jay Demma from Perkins + Will gives an overview of a Dale St. market analysis done for the District 6 Planning Council and the District 10 Como Community Council.
  • Sunday Dec. 17: "Messiah" Sing-Along, 3-5 p.m. Como Park Lutheran Church, 1376 Hoyt. 
  • Tuesday Jan. 2: Saint Paul park permit lottery for 2018, 6:30-7 a.m., 1100 N. Hamline. 
Coliseum Keeps the Fairgrounds Going
  • Horse Crazy Market: This Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3, Warner Coliseum. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5
  • Junior Olympic State Gymnastics Championship: Next Friday-Sunday, Dec. 8-10, Warner Coliseum. Hours: Friday, 2-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:50 a.m.-10:45 p.m.; Sunday, 7:50 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Admission: Adults, $15; students ages 5-18 and seniors age 65 or older, $10. Multi-day discounts available.
Criminals Like Shopping, Part 2
More advice from Saint Paul Police to prevent criminals from ruining your holiday shopping:
  • Don't carry a wallet or purse if you don't have to. Carry only your driver's license or official ID, and only the cash, checks, or credit card you expect to use.
  • Whenever possible, pay by check or credit card.  If your credit card is lost, stolen, or misused, notify the credit-card issuer immediately.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • If you must carry cash, don't carry large amounts. To make it tougher on pick-pockets, always keep cash in a front pocket.
If You're Shopping Amazon Anyway...
You can get 0.5 percent of your online purchases donated to the District 10 Como Community Council -- if you make your purchases through the AmazonSmile program, instead of through the regular Amazon website. This is the link to get your started.    
Streetcar Station is Open Sunday 
The exhibit space at the Como Park Streetcar Station is open this Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon-4 p.m. This time of year, it's open only on the first Sunday of each month. 

Stop in to learn a bit about the history of Como Park, pick up an organics recycling starter kit (almost identical to those in the picture), pick up replacement compostable bags, or just share comments and suggestions with the District 10 board member who's on staff. 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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