Crew members from Saint Paul Regional Water Services shore up a trench while replacing a sewer service lateral this week.
LEDs Get Their Chance to Shine
White LED and orange high-pressure sodium streetlights exist side-by-side in District 10. Photo: Star Tribune
It 's not quite like driving around to see Christmas or Halloween decorations. But -- Saint Paul is trying different kinds of LED streetlights and wants you to take a look. The city is field-testing eight different bulbs. Through May 19, Public Works will display a different bulb on selected blocks so you can view the differences, then give your opinion. (As the web page says, however, it 's a survey, not a vote.)  Closest to District 10:
  • Six bulbs are being tested in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood -- on Blair Ave. from Lexington Parkway west to Hamline Ave., and on Van Buren Ave. from Griggs St. west to Hamline.
  • All eight bulbs are being tested in the Lex-Ham neighborhood -- on Portland Ave., Ashland Ave., Laurel Ave., and Hague Ave. from Lexington Parkway west to Griggs St.
Six bulbs also are being tested on the East Side -- on Magnolia Ave., Jessamine Ave., and Geranium Ave. from Earl St. east to Duluth St.  You can find maps and more information online -- plus a downloadable PDF to jot down your opinions on paper, if you prefer.
Illustration: Metropolitan State University
Don 't Be Afraid of the Dark
The State Capitol, City Hall, the Xcel Energy Center, the Science Museum, and most of downtown Saint Paul 's office towers will go dark Saturday night. But it 's not a power failure -- it 's intentional, as the city takes part in Earth Hour 2017The annual, worldwide event is meant to promote energy conservation and draw attention to global climate change. Locally, dozens of buildings will turn off their lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. March 25.
Photo: Earl Orf
Does This Describe You?
This is a wonderful week for anyone who is environmentally passionate; wants to make a direct, positive impact upon the immediate environment we live within; is looking for a call to action; and is inspired to contribute to solutions.

District 10 's Environment Committee will decide on the initiatives it intends to tackle this year -- and community members are invited to participate in the decisions and tie in to opportunities where we can personally make a difference. The committee meets this Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. 
You, Too, Can Join the D10 Board
Ten positions on the Como Community Council Board will be up for election at District 10's annual meeting on Tuesday April 18. 
Full two-year terms are available for these positions:
Board members elected to these positions will serve from April 25, 2017, until April 23, 2019. (Also open is a vacancy for an at-large seat that expires in April 2018.) 

Any resident of District 10 who is age 18 or older is eligible to run. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in District 10.
Candidates interested in running for a board position must submit their name, address, and a brief biography by Tuesday April 11, 2017. Nominations submitted after that date will be treated as write-in candidacies. 
 
The Plight of the Monarch
Sarah Weaver from the University of Minnesota's Monarch Lab talks about the precarious state of everyone's favorite butterfly on April 2, the next installment of District 10 's Sunday Series. Her discussion includes an overview of the monarch's biology and life cycle, why the population of monarchs is crashing, and what individuals can do to turn this around. The free presentation is 1-2:30 p.m. April 2 at Great River School, 1326 Energy Park Drive.
A bug bot
A Break from Spring Break
With spring break just around the corner for city schools, the Saint Paul Public Library has a batch of art and technology activities lined up April 3-7 so kids and parents don 't go stir crazy. The workshops, designed for pupils ages 8-12, are free -- though some require registration. A sampling:
  • Clay workshops take place at the Saint Anthony Park, Merriam Park, and Arlington Hills libraries.
  • Rice Street and Rondo offer digital music composition.
  • Rice Street also offers animation workshops.
  • Rondo also offers "geometric patterning in Islamic art."
  • Other libraries offer workshops on Japanese zen gardens, bug bots, bangles and beads, and junk paleontology.
Watching Our Waste: Fluorescents
Fluorescent lights save a lot of energy compared with traditional incandescents, which means they can be good for the environment and your wallet. But they 're not as good for the environment when they burn out. That 's because they contain mercury, which means you should not throw them in the trash. Instead, take your old fluorescents to Ramsey County 's hazardous waste collection site, at 5 Empire Drive (near Jackson and Pennsylvania). Right  now, the site is openonly Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. But beginning next weekend, it 's open five days, and closed Sundays and Mondays. 
Andre Gower and Duncan Regehr don't get along so well in "The Monster Squad."
It's Definitely Not Bela Lugosi
A bunch of tweens take on Count Dracula and his posse in the horror comedy "The Monster Squad" (rated PG-13), which is Como Dockside's Thursday night movie on March 30. Trivia begins at 6:15 p.m.; the free movie begins at 6:45 in the third-level banquet hall of the lakeside pavilion. 

Don't forget:  Saturday brunch at Dockside includes a free Louisiana-flavored concert from noon-2 p.m. This week, March 25, it's Upper Mississippi Cajun Trio. Then, every Wednesday is "neighborhood night," with happy hour drink and food specials from 3-9 p.m., and board games waiting to be busted open. 
What's on Your Calendar?
  • This Saturday, March 25: Ramsey County Fix-It Clinic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Macalester College Kagin Commons.
  • This Monday, March 27: Saint Paul Charter Review Committee meets to discuss changing the city's ranked-choice voting system, 4:30 p.m. Room 40 of City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • This Wednesday, March 29: Mayor Christopher Coleman's final State of the City address, noon. Pipefitters Local 455 Training Center, 1301 L'Orient. Free, but you need to get on the guest list.
  • Saturday April 22: Saint Paul Citywide Spring Cleanup, 9-11:30 a.m. Como Dockside and seven other locations around the city.
A Second Layer of Protection
Longer days bring more door-to-door "solicitors " out. Not all of them are well-intentioned. Police advise that we get in the habit of locking our storm doors/screen doors at all times. That way, when we answer the door, it 's not easy for someone to yank the outside door open and force their way in. 
This Week at the Fairgrounds
  • North Star Roller Girls: This Saturday, March 25, Warner Coliseum. 7 p.m. Tickets: $13 in advance, $16 at the door.
  • Riders & Ribbons Horse Show: This Sunday, March 26, AgStar Arena. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Saint Paul Osman Shrine Circus: Opens this Thursday, March 30, Warner Coliseum. Performances at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, and 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. next Friday, March 31. Continues through Sunday April 2. Reserved seating: $20-$33.
Part of Green Line Out of Action This Weekend
Green Line light rail trains won 't run between Snelling Ave. west to Stadium Village this weekend while Metro Transit does scheduled maintenance. If you're headed that way, you 'll have to board buses instead. The trains are out of commission from 6:45 tonight, Friday March 24, until 5 a.m. this Monday, March 27.  
Hey, Photographers, Share Your Shots
We know plenty of you are taking pictures of the people and places that make our neighborhood unique. Well, we'd like to give you more exposure. Every week, this newsletter will highlight the best of what local photographers send us portraying life in Como Park. It's easy: Just  send us your top image from the past seven days or so. 
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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