Crews march on inexorably as they clear-cut nearly 20 ash tress on the 700 block of Montana, part of the city's ongoing battle against the invasive emerald ash borer.
Sholom Home Developers Spell Out Their Plans
An architectural rendering of a redesigned entrance on Midway Parkway.
Developers of Como Park Senior Living will outline their latest plans this Tuesday, Feb. 21, for financing and redevelopment of the former Sholom Home property, 1554 Midway Parkway. Their presentation leads off the monthly meeting of the District 10 Como Community Council.

District 10's Land Use committee is recommending that the district council support the developers' request for up to $18 million in tax-exempt bonds from the city. The bond revenue would support converting the abandoned nursing home into an assisted living and memory care facility for seniors.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All community members are welcome to attend and participate. A preliminary agenda for the meeting is online.
This intersection is one spot on Lexington that has issues.
What Can We Do with Lexington?
The District 10 Como Community Council is examining several ways to address traffic issues and bicycle and pedestrian safety along and near Lexington Parkway in our neighborhood. We want to find out if residents support any of the ideas, or have other suggestions for improvements in the Lexington corridor. Please take our survey, which seeks your opinions about speed limits, crosswalks, lane configurations, signs, and bicycle and pedestrian paths.
Talk with our State Legislators
State Sen. John Marty and State Reps. Alice Hausman and John Lesch hold a town-hall meeting this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Falcon Heights City Hall, 2077 W. Larpenteur. Bring your ideas, questions, and concerns about this year's Minnesota legislative session. 
When Food Doesn't Come from a Store
The documentary " Edible City " is the next installment in the Frogtown Neighborhood Association 's free Nourish series, which blends film, food and community" Edible City " is a 55-minute film that explores innovators who are challenging the nation ' s current food paradigm and developing grassroots solutions based on local food systems and economies. Everything takes place this Monday, Feb. 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Minnehaha Recreation Center, 685 W. Minnehaha. Soup, bread and salad will be served; attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to pass if they can.
A Lively Look at Animal Stories
For this long Presidents Day weekend, Como Zoo celebrates animal characters from classic children 's books. The " Books, Botany & Beasts" weekend includes themed story times, costumed creatures, crafts, animal exhibits transformed into storybook wonderlands, plus zookeeper and gardener talks. The family oriented events take place this Saturday-Monday, Feb. 18-20, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Visitors Center. As always, events are free. 
Environment Committee Meets Wednesday
The District 10 Environment Committee meets this Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Discussion will include Sunday Series events, Earth Day, local gardens, and plans for the rest of 2017. A complete agenda is available online. As always, all community members are welcome to attend and participate.

Office closed Monday: Because of the Presidents Day holiday, the District 10 office will be closed this Monday, Feb. 20.
Engage All 5 of Your Senses
A limited number of tickets still remain for Bouquets, the after-hours food, wine, and beer-tasting fundraiser for Como Friends. The annual event is this Thursday, Feb. 23, from 7-9:30 p.m., at the Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory and Visitors Center. Live music and a beer garden join the usual array of Como gardens, which host dozens of food- and wine-sampling stations, a silent auction, and a cork pull. Tickets are $65 each; buy them online or at the Garden Safari gift shop.
Who's Making Our Future Possible?
The city is accepting nominations for the 2017 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards . The awards are available to individuals, businesses, or organizations in more than a dozen categories. The last day to nominate someone (or yourself) is Thursday March 9.
Watching Our Waste: Needles and Syringes
Needles and empty syringes should not be put in the trash or recycling because of the health risk they pose to sanitation workers. But you can collect used items at home and bring them to Ramsey County's hazardous waste collection site for free. To transport them safely, put them in an empty laundry detergent bottle or similar container with a screw-on lid.

If you have epinephrine pens, syringes with medicine in them, or unused or expired prescription medication, you can bring these items to a secure medicine drop-off site in the county.  If you have questions on either option, call the county ' s 24-hour recycling line: 651-633-EASY (3279).
In Touch with the Good Earth
The Saint Paul Public Library's Urban Homesteading series continues this Saturday, Feb. 18, with advice about backyard composting and vermiculture. The free event is 1-2 p.m. at the Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice.
The Bad Companions
Music Under Glass Returns
The Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory's 2017 Music Under Glass series resumes this Sunday, Feb. 19, with the roots rock of The Bad Companions. The quartet plays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Admission is free; you can buy beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks. Check out the rest of the schedule
A Stitch in Time in a Nick of Time
The Saint Paul Public Library 's sewing classes for adults are sold out for February. But registration is now open for "Machine Sewing: Basics, " which meets Saturday March 11 from 1-3 p.m. or Monday March 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Both classes take place in the Innovation Lab at the Latimer Central Library. The classes are free; register online.
"The Great Mouse Detective"
Another Curious Incident
Disney channels Sherlock Holmes in "The Great Mouse Detective" (rated G), which is Como Dockside's Thursday night movie on Feb. 23. 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.  And, Saturday brunch includes a free Louisiana-flavored concert from noon-2 p.m.  This week, Feb. 18, it's the New Riverside Rambler Trio
The Rest of This Month and Beyond
  • This Sunday, Feb. 19: Como Park Lutheran Church's Winter Organ Concert Series concludes with Mary Newton, director of music at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Plymouth. 4 p.m., 1376 W. Hoyt. Free
  • Next Saturday, Feb. 25: Como Dockside's Annual Mardi Gras Seafood Boil, 3 and 6 p.m. Featuring an all-you-can-eat feast, libations, and the Emperors of Jazz. Tickets are $40.  
  • Next Saturday, Feb. 25: Ramsey County Fix-It Clinic, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Shoreview Library, 4560 N. Victoria. Free on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Wednesday March 8: Lyngblomsten "2nd Half Sampler," 3-6 p.m. Lower-level community room, 1415 Almond Ave. Free
  • Sunday March 19: District 10 Sunday Series presents " Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom : Past, Present, Future. " 1-2:30 p.m., upstairs at the Visitors Center at Como Zoo and Conservatory. Free
  • Wednesday March 22: Financial Literacy Workshop : Take the Fast Lane to Debt Freedom, 6-7:30 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station. Hosted by District 10; presented by TopLine Federal Credit Union. Free, but reservations are required; call 763-391-9494.
  • Sunday April 2: District 10  Sunday Series  presents "The Fate of the Monarch Butterfly." 1-2:30 p.m., Great River School, 1326 Energy Park Drive. Free
New Commander Debuts in Western District
New senior commander Steve Anderson introduces himself at the monthly Western District community meeting of the Saint Paul Police Department. Meetings are this Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Western District headquarters, 389 N. Hamline. 

This Weekend at the Fairgrounds
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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