Stress relief: Residents put themselves through the paces during a "Yoga for the Body and Mind" class in Como Park. See the story below for a full list of free, outdoor fitness classes available this month.
We Heard Them, They Heard Us
A "comprehensive sound abatement program, '' including giving Fairgrounds management ultimate control over the soundboard, is the only way the Soundset music festival will return in 2017, State Fair management says.
 
That 's the bottom line in the wake of noise and other unexpected problems that surrounded Soundset, a daylong hip-hop festival that attracted more than 30,000 fans to the Fairgrounds on May 29. District 10 used letters, phone conversations, and a face-to-face meeting to funnel residents ' complaints about the unanticipated volume, profanity, parking, traffic congestion, trash, and loitering during and after the 10-hour festival.

In response, Soundset 's organizers -- Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers Entertainment -- proposed the "sound abatement " plan, says Jim Sinclair, deputy general manager of the Fair. Rhymesayers' plan includes redirecting speakers, monitoring sound levels outside the Fairgrounds and, if necessary, giving State Fair personnel "control of sound emanating from Soundset," Sinclair says. The contractor who handles sound during the Fair itself believes Rhymesayers ' plan "should help considerably, " Sinclair says.

There is no signed deal in place, but Soundset can return on May 28, 2017, if it agrees to implement the sound abatement plan and meet other conditions, Sinclair says. Festival organizers say the Fairgrounds concert was their most successful yet, and that they would like to return in 2017 for the festival's 10th anniversary. You can read more details on District 10 's website.
ComoFest Rolls Out a Big Finale
ComoFest concludes with a big weekend. Tonight, Friday July 29, it's the Northwest Como Campout at Northwest Como Recreation Center, 1550 Hamline. The camping spots are sold out, but there are plenty of other festivities beginning at 6 p.m., including concessions, a jump castle, climbing tower, and a free outdoor showing of the movie "Zootopia" (at approximately 8:45 p.m.)
 
On Saturday and Sunday, it's the ComoFest Block Party @ UMC. That 's when the Underground Music Café transforms its parking lot and indoor stage for live music, a local talent show, kids' games, local brewmasters, crafts, and more. The music is free; food, coffee, drinks, and fun will be on tap nonstop from 11 a.m. into the evening both days. For the talent lineup each day, go to www.comofest.com. For   specifics about each performer, see the Underground Music Café 's Facebook page. The Underground is at 1579 N. Hamline Ave.
Land Use to Review Liquor Store, Event Center Proposals
Later hours for liquor stores and a proposed new "event center" in Bandana Square will be part of the discussion when District 10's Land Use Committee meets this Monday, Aug. 1.
  • The liquor store proposal, which is being floated by the City Council, would allow liquor stores and other "off sale" outlets to sell carry-out alcohol until 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Current city law requires them to close at 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
  • The Bandana Square Event Center is being proposed in the former model railway museum.

The committee meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Como Park Streetcar Station, at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Community members are always welcome to attend and speak. 

Snelling May Never Be the Same
MnDOT unveiled proposals this week that would make Snelling Ave. seem less like a freeway and, instead, make walking and bicycling safer and less intimidating. The proposals cover the long stretch between Hamline University and Midway Parkway. That stretch includes the bridges over Pierce Butler Route, Energy Park Drive, and Como Ave.

Two proposals would eliminate the current freeway-style "acceleration" or "merge" lanes from Pierce Butler and Energy Park. Instead, those traffic lanes would be replaced by protected bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks, which would extend between Hewitt Ave. on the south and Como on the north. Stoplights would regulate vehicle traffic at the ramps connecting Snelling with Pierce Butler and Energy Park. The separate stoplights for northbound and southbound traffic would make those connections seem more like a normal urban intersection.

Making Snelling more accessible for non-motorized travel is crucial, says MnDOT engineer Mark Lindeberg, because there is no other north-south connection for at least a mile in either direction. The new proposals currently do not have funding, Lindeberg says, so it's unclear when or if they would move forward. But they do have the advantage of requiring only minimal additional construction on the existing network of 10 bridges , he says, which are expected to remain functional for 15-20 more years.

Slides, videos, and other concepts are supposed to be up on the project website any minute now.
It's a Night of Street Parties
This Tuesday, Aug. 2, is National Night Out. More than 30 blocks in District 10 will be having events, joining more than 250 events across St. Paul. So, don 't be surprised if you see barricades and block parties everywhere you go.
Who Needs the Olympics?
The Como Park Relays return this Wednesday, Aug. 3, for their 43rd season. The cross-country races, organized by the Minnesota Distance Running Association, begin with eight 1,000-meter repeats this week, then get progressively longer as the month goes on. Kids ' races begin at 6:30 p.m. near the northwest corner of Lexington and Horton; high school and adult pairs begin racing at 6:45 p.m. Registration is $4 for adults, less for teens or younger. 
Jermaine Nelson leads a free Tuesday yoga class.
That Excuse Doesn't Work Anymore
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation continues to offer f ree "Fitness in the Parks" classes every weekday in Como Park. You don't have to register and you don't have to pay; just show up. Full class details are available online, but here's a quick look:
  • Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Total Body Fitness, Midway Picnic Pavilion
  • Mondays, 5:45 p.m., Tai Chi Chih, at the torpedo
  • Mondays, 8 p.m., Capture the Flag (advanced), Midway Picnic Pavilion
  • Tuesdays, 9 a.m., Yoga for the Body and Mind, at the torpedo
  • Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m., Walk with a Trainer, at Como Dockside
  • Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m., Total Body Fitness, Midway Picnic Pavilion
  • Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Hatha Yoga, at the torpedo
  • Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Breathing and Mindful Meditation, at the torpedo
  • Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., Total Body Fitness, Midway Picnic Pavilion
  • Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m., Vinyasa Yoga, at the torpedo
  • Thursdays, 10:15 a.m., Walk with a Trainer, at Como Dockside
  • Thursdays, 11:15 a.m., Total Body Fitness, Midway Picnic Pavilion
  • Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Capture the Flag (casual), Midway Picnic Pavilion
  • Fridays, 4 p.m., Breathing and Mindful Meditation, at the torpedo
Meanwhile, the North Dale and Northwest Como Recreation Centers roll out a new schedule of activities for youth, adults, and seniors in August. See highlights -- or the entire program schedule -- on District 10 's website.
It's Whack-a-Mole on Road Projects
New this week: Southbound Interstate 35W shuts down this weekend between Interstate 694 and Highway 36 for resurfacing. Lane restrictions start about 7 tonight, Friday July 29; all the ramps in the area close at 9 p.m., and the freeway shuts down for good at 10 p.m. The shutdown could last as long as 5 a.m. this Monday, Aug. 1.

But, there ' s progress on Highway 280. The junction with Interstate 35W is now open, and two lanes in each direction are now open (for a while) between Broadway and Como. Also reopening: The ramp to University Ave. from southbound Interstate 35E. But other lane restrictions and ramp closures along 35E continue. Finally, for you late owls: Highway 5 will close completely between Highway 55 and Davern St. this Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 1:30-4:30 a.m.

See our website for a much longer list of other street, bridge, and highway projects still in progress in and around Como.
Is It Your Turn to Get Smoked?
The city continues to conduct smoke tests of 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 buildings 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, crews expect to be roughly between Victoria and Dale (south of Cottage), move to the blocks west of Dale between the railroad tracks and Como Ave., then jump over to the Warrendale area. 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:
  • To collect cans, bottles and other items you can include in your weekly curbside pickup
  • To collect 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.
In Case You're All Thumbs
The St. Anthony Park Library holds a free Tablet and Smartphone Clinic today, 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.)
What You Can Look Forward To     
  • This Tuesday, Aug. 2: District 10 Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee, 7 p.m., Como Park Streetcar Station, northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Community members are always welcome to attend.
  • This Wednesday, Aug. 3: Public meeting on 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.
  • This 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.
  • Next 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.  
  • Tuesday Aug. 9: North Dale Recreation Center Summerfest, 5-8 p.m. The evening features music, food, games, inflatables, a climbing tower, ponies, and more.
  • 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. 
  • Saturday Aug. 13: Cookie 5K Run, 9 a.m. Como Lake. The run is a benefit for Hero Search, which helps people find local charities that need the items they want to donate.
  • Wednesday Aug. 17: Board Repair's annual Board Recruitment Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jimmie Lee Recreation Center, 270 Lexington Parkway N. An opportunity for people of color who are looking to join boards to connect with nonprofit organizations that are looking for board members.
  • Thursday Aug. 25-Monday Sept. 5: Minnesota State Fair. You know the drill.
And further into the future:
  • 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.
  • Thursday Sept. 22: "Rules and Myths of Credit Scores," 6-7:30 p.m. Presented by TopLine Federal Credit Union and LSS Financial Counseling. Hosted by District 10 at the Como Park Streetcar Station.
  • Saturday Oct. 8: Citywide Drop-off Event. State Fairgrounds, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Want to volunteer? Contact District 10 by email or by phone at 651-644-3889. (Volunteers get to part with one load of materials for free.)
This Week's Crime Prevention Tip
Beware of phone scams. In one scheme, scammers call to say you've won a huge sum of money, but you have to pay the taxes first, often through Western Union. Once you send your money, it's gone -- and your "winnings" never show up. In another scheme, scammers try to persuade you to spend hundreds of dollars on an iTunes card, which in theory gets you thousands of dollars in return. Of course, it never happens. If you ever get a call saying you've "won" something but need to send any amount of money to collect, hang up! 
 
The Latest Crime Report for Our Neighborhood    
The Roseville Big Band crosses the city limits on Tuesday.
More than Music at the Pavilion
Outdoor theater continues to dominate the Music in the Parks schedule at the Como Dockside Pavilion. "Tarzan " and "The Little Mermaid " charge admission, but the concerts on other nights are free. For the summer's entire lineup, go to the Calendar section at Dockside's website.  
  • Tonight and Saturday, July 29-30: Highland Park Community Theater performs "Tarzan," 6 p.m. $10 teens and adults, $8 children age 12 or younger.
  • This Sunday, July 31: River City Chorale and Concert Band, 3 p.m.; Moonlight Serenaders, 7 p.m.
  • This Monday, Aug. 1: Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, 7 p.m.
  • This Tuesday, Aug. 2: Roseville Big Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Wednesday, Aug. 3: Minnesota State Band Concert Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Thursday, Aug. 4, through next Saturday, Aug. 6: Rosetown Playhouse presents "Disney's The Little Mermaid," 7 p.m. each night. General admission tickets range from $7-$15, depending on age.
Also, don't forget that the Farmers Market continues on Thursdays from 2-6 p.m. on the Dockside Promenade.  
Free Music Elsewhere
  • The Saint Anthony Park Library hosts a free concert of "old-time hillbilly music" by the Roe Family Singers. Their concert is this Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. -- yes, a.m. -- at the library, 2245 Como Ave.
  • It's the final Groovin' in the Park concert. This Wednesday, Aug. 3, it's reggae by Dred I Dread, from 6-8 p.m. on the lawn outside the Zoo and Conservatory's Visitors Center.
This Week at the Fairgrounds
  • This Thursday, Aug. 4, through next Sunday, Aug. 7: North Central Reining Futurity and Derby Show, Warner Coliseum. Shows start at 8 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday; and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Free admission for spectators.
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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