Katie Kapaun, director of programs at the Humphrey Job Corps Center, talks about the center's accomplishments, including enrollment that has climbed 52 percent and a job placement rate of 98 percent. Her presentation was part of a community breakfast on the campus this week. 
Sholom Home Owners Seek City Bonds
Ken Piper explains floor plans for the proposed Como Park Senior Living.
Owners of the former Sholom Home property are seeking up to $18 million in tax-exempt bonds from the city 's Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The money would provide about half the funding to convert the abandoned nursing home into an assisted living facility tentatively named Como Park Senior Living.

The Como Park request is competing with other projects for the limited amount of tax-exempt bonding the city can issue. District 10 's Land Use Committee voted unanimously Jan. 30 to support the request. There 's a more-detailed story on our website.

Developers told the Land Use Committee they intend to gut the four buildings at 1554 Midway Parkway. The would convert the old nursing home, which could house more than 360 residents, into roughly 140 one-bedroom assisted-living suites, and 25 studio units for memory care. The site would retain 57 parking spots.

Stephanie Hawkinson, of the Landon Group, said 45 units would be market-rate apartments renting for about $2,700 a month. The remaining units would qualify as "affordable" housing for seniors, she said, with subsidized rents ranging from $751-$891 a month.  Dave Carr, of Graham Construction, said that if the bonds are approved, re-construction could begin this May and the first residents could move in fall 2018.  
A history of the Minnesota State Fair kicks off the Sunday Series on Feb. 12.
Sunday Series is Only Days Away
District 10's popular Sunday Series launches next Sunday, Feb. 12, when general manager Jerry Hammer -- a longtime District 10 resident -- looks back at the founding and early years of the Minnesota State Fair. His presentation includes rare glimpses into the evolution of the Fairgrounds -- including a history of original buildings and attractions that no longer exist.  There will be plenty of time for questions and trying to verify how good your memory is. The State Fair history presentation is 1-2:30 p.m. at Como Dockside, in the third-floor banquet hall of the lakeside pavilion.

 The 2017 Sunday Series will offer one free presentation each month through June.  Preview the rest of the 2017 lineup  on the District 10 website.
A cross-section of the proposed bike trail on Como between Hamline and Arona.
Big Projects Coming -- Eventually
It's still years away, but Saint Paul has received $5 million in federal and Metropolitan Council funding to build an off-road bike trail along Como Ave. The trail would run west of Hamline to Raymond. Initial concepts call for building a separated trail in the existing boulevard and curb lane on the north side of Como. That includes a bicycle and pedestrian "promenade" along the entire south side of the Fairgrounds. Detailed design work is not expected to begin until 2018; construction is not expected until 2020. The federal money covers 80 percent of the anticipated cost.

The bike and pedestrian plans are part of the Saint Paul Grand Round, which is being developed in segments along Wheelock Parkway, Como, and other parts of the city. The segment along Wheelock between Victoria and Dale is scheduled to be built this summer. 

From the same pool of money, the city also received $2 million for traffic signal upgrades and synchronization along stretches of Snelling and Lexington Parkway, including the stretch of Lexington south of Hoyt in District 10. That work is expected is 2021.
Jerry Flom shows off potatoes he harvested last year in the Como Community Garden. 
The Seeds of Summer
The Como Community Garden kicks off the 2017 season this Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. All current and prospective gardeners are welcome to the organizational meeting. The garden has 18 plots just east of Snelling and just south of Almond. The meeting -- which will share logistics, ideas and policies -- is at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. 
Carnival Barkers Cry: Beer, Cold Beer ...
Winter Carnival events continue through this weekend at the State Fairgrounds.
  • The biggest event is the Beer Dabbler, which is this Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. on the Midway. The annual event features more than 400 beers from 150 breweries, live music, games, food trucks, a home brew contest, and more. Admission, for 21 and older, is $45 in advance, $55 at the gate.
  • Meanwhile, snow sculptures are still available for free viewing daily from 9 a.m. -10 p.m. through this Sunday, Feb. 5. Sculptures are set up in the Kidway, between Dan Patch, Underwood, Randall, and Cooper.
  • Also, your last chance at the 300-foot snow slide is today, Friday Feb. 3, from 5-9 p.m., and this Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Rides are $2, which includes a sled. The slide starts near Underwood and Randall.
Sit in on Our Neighborhood Relations Meeting
District 10's Neighborhood Relations Committee meets this Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Discussion items include plans for fun, community-building events for the rest of 2017.  The meeting is at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Community members are always welcome to attend and participate. 
Summer Jobs are on the Horizon
Teens and young adults ages 14-21 can apply now for summer internships through Saint Paul 's Right Track program. The jobs pay at least $9.50 an hour, average 15 hours per week, and run 6-9 weeks, beginning on June 20.  Applicants must live in Saint Paul and meet other conditions , including being part of a low-income family, or having a barrier to employment. Applications and other information are available online. The last day to apply is Tuesday Feb. 28.
... So are Summer Camps
Registration is open for children 's summer camps at Como Zoo. Age-based camps are available for children from preschool through eighth grade (based on the grade they'll be in for the 2017-2018 school year). The one-week camps run mornings or afternoons, typically Monday-Friday; the half-day sessions can be coordinated and combined to cover a full day. 

Camps run weekly from June 12-Sept. 1; each camp is $155 for 7th- and 8th-graders, $135 for other age groups. Members of Como Friends receive a $10 discount. A list of camps and registration details are available online.
AARP Offers Free Tax Assistance
Seniors and local residents with low income who do not have overly complicated income taxes can get free assistance in filing their federal and state returns through AARP and Lyngblomsten. The assistance is available every Tuesday and Thursday now through April 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the lower level community room at Lyngblomsten, 1415 Almond.  Appointments are required; call 651-999-2499 to schedule a time and find out what you need to bring to make the session productive.

Also, AARP offers a similar free service Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon at Falcon Heights City Hall, 2077 W. Larpenteur. These sessions are first-come, first-served.  Or, use the state's searchable online database to find other free tax preparation sites that might better fit your schedule.
Seating is Limited
You 've got one last chance to take a gift of flowers to a new level this Valentine's Day: a candle-lit dinner in the gardens of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Seating times are sold out on Feb. 11, 12 and 14, but a 5:30 p.m. session on Monday Feb. 13 is still available.  You can choose the vibrancy of the Sunken Garden or the more tropical mood of the North Garden or Palm Dome. You ' ll be joined by string musicians and one of Como's animal ambassadors. Cost is $170 per couple. To reserve a table, call 651-487-8250.
The organics recycling site in Shakopee in action.
Watching Our Waste: Recycling
When you put out your recycling -- and when they pick it up -- do you know what happens after that?
  • Eureka Recycling has a video that shows how home recycling works locally, and also explains such mysteries as why you can't recycle plastic retail bags in your home recycling cart.
  • If you recycle your food scraps and other organics waste through District 10's community drop-off site in Como Park, those household products go to the Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling Facility in Shakopee, where they are composted and sold commercially under the Dakotah Roots brand.
  • If you drop off yard waste at one of Ramsey County's sites, grass and leaves are composted, then made available to residents or sold commercially for use in gardens and landscaping. Woody products such as trees or shrubs are ground into mulch. Some mulch is left on-site for residents to use in their yards, but most is hauled to District Energy, where it is burned to fuel downtown Saint Paul.
Dee and Kerri are Sister Tree.
Music Under Glass is Back (for a Week)
The Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory's 2017 Music Under Glass series resumes this Sunday, Feb. 5, with the Celtic strings of Sister Tree. The duo play from 4:30-6:30 p.m. amid the warmth of the Conservatory 's gardens. Admission is free; you can buy beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks. Check out the  remaining schedule. Note: There is no Music Under Glass on Feb. 12.
The Sap will be Running Soon
The Saint Paul Public Library's Urban Homesteading series returns this month with free advice to get us back to the land. Nearby events include:
  • Maple sugaring in your own yard: This Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Rondo Library, 461 N. Dale. 
  • Backyard composting and vermiculture, Saturday Feb. 18, 1-2 p.m. Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice.
Number 5 on the loose. 
Get a Charge out of This
In "Short Circuit" (rated PG), a robot gets electrocuted -- and it's the best thing that ever happened to it. See what we mean at Como Dockside's Thursday night movie this week, on Feb. 9. 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 revised, full-season schedule , 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.  
Fill in Your Calendar
  • This Tuesday, Feb. 7: Open house on High Bridge reconstruction project, 5-7 p.m. Bad Weather Brewery, 414 W. 7th.
  • This 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.)
  • Next Sunday, Feb. 12: Como Park Lutheran Church's Winter Organ Concert Series features Kristina Langlois, professor of organ at Concordia University, St. Paul, 4 p.m., 1376 W. Hoyt. Free
  • 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.
Police Want Your Mascot Suggestions
The Saint Paul Police Department wants to create a mascot. Got any ideas? Email your idea (design, sketch or concept) along with your name and phone number. Or mail it to: Saint Paul Police Department, Community Engagement Unit, 367 Grove St., Saint Paul, MN 55102. Got any questions? Call 651-266-5485.  The last day to submit entries is Friday March 3. The department will choose three finalists and put those up for a Facebook vote.

Get Your Starter Kit This Sunday
The Como Park Streetcar Station is open this Sunday, Feb. 5, from noon-4 p.m. It's an opportunity to pick up a kitchen bin and organics recycling starter kit, pick up replacement compostable bags, learn a bit 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. The next time it is open is Sunday March 5.
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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