Give Someone Some Recognition
This Thursday, Dec. 12, is the last day to nominate someone you know for the Neighborhood Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is an annual recognition given by each of the city's 17 district councils; it pays tribute to everyday people who make a sustained and lasting impact in their neighborhood or the city.

Know someone who makes the Como Park area a better place to live, work or play? Nominate them by email no later than this Thursday, Dec. 12. Tell us who you are nominating and why. The Como Community Council board then selects three of your nominees on Dec. 17 to recognize for 2019.  Previous winners 
A Bit of the North Pole at North Dale
A visit from Santa, gift distribution through Toys for Tots, storytelling sponsored by the Como Community Council, and music are among the free activities that children can enjoy at North Dale Recreation Center's Winter Wonderland. The celebration, for families with children ages 12 or younger, is this Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6-8 p.m. at the center, 1414 N. St. Albans.
Get Plugged In about Clean Cars
A presentation on proposed Clean Cars rules from Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency is featured during District 10's Environment Committee meeting this Wednesday, Dec. 11. Amanda Jarrett Smith, of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is scheduled to explain the initiative, which is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other community members are welcome to attend and participate. Read the preliminary agenda 
The Next Step on Organics
Ramsey County is investigating options for establishing "curbside" collection of food scraps and other organics recycling. The county has a short survey about how such recycling could work and how many people might participate.
Photo: Pioneer Press
Waste Sites Cut Back Hours
With the change of seasons, Ramsey County's yard waste and hazardous waste collection sites have reduced their hours.
Smart Recycling: No Strings Attached
Keep items such as cords, hoses and string lights out of your blue recycling cart. These "tanglers" are similar to plastic bags: They wrap around equipment at recycling facilities. That forces workers to spend several hours every day removing them from machinery.

Instead, you can recycle cords and string lights at Ramsey County's household hazardous waste disposal site. Beginning Dec. 16, you can also recycle old holiday lights at several Saint Paul Public Library locations, including nearby Rondo and Saint Anthony Park branches.  Metal chains can be brought to a scrap metal yard. Hoses and ropes can go in the trash.
It's the Season of Exchanges
If the size of your Saint Paul trash cart does not fit your needs, you can trade in your current cart for a different size for free once a year. A different size, of course, comes with a different fee. Call your hauler to make that happen. (You can find your hauler's phone number in the blue box on the city's trash website.)
Henna is one of the Maker Break classes at the library.
Ideas to Break Up the Break
Saint Paul Public Library locations have plans in place so teens don't get bored during winter break. The free " Maker Break" activities include henna designs, water color painting, drumming, dance, storytelling, and street art. Activities are on various dates between Sunday Dec. 22 and Saturday Jan. 4.
North Dale and Northwest Como both offer ongoing taekwondo classes for youth.
Rec Centers Schedule New Activities
Registration is open for winter and spring activities at Saint Paul recreation centers.
  • Activities at North Dale include ice-skating lessons for all ages; taekwondo, tumbling, and ballet for youth; various art, theater, and STEM classes, also for youth; baby-sitting training for teens and tweens; square and line dancing, yoga, and Pilates for adults; men's basketball; and life-skills classes for adults.
  • Activities at Northwest Como include open gym for youth and families; archery, badminton, golf, ice-skating, soccer, taekwondo, tennis, and volleyball for youth; ballet, hip-hop, and other dance for youth; various art, writing, theater, STEM, and financial literacy workshops, also for youth; baby-sitting training for teens and tweens; and soccer and basketball for adults.
Image: Training for Change
Stay a Step Ahead
The University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs offers free training for underrepresented community members interested in joining a district council board such as the Como Community Council. The training gives an overview of community organizing, neighborhood organizations, preparing for elections, and developing relationships.

Details: Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color and Indigenous is this Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It takes place at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Room 20, on the university's West Bank campus in Minneapolis. Free.

To register, contact Malik Holt-Shabazz by email or at 612-791-7734.
Park Bugle Isn't Automatic Anymore
A reminder: Residents and businesses in Como no longer get the Park Bugle community newspaper delivered automatically each month. Instead, you have to "opt in" and request delivery. If you live in District 10 -- roughly from Snelling east to Dale, and from Larpenteur south to the railroad tracks -- free delivery in the mail will continue only if you sign up. 
Keeping Track of City Paperwork
New this week:
  • Café 99: The city's Department of Safety and Inspections suspended the Como Ave. restaurant's "malt on sale" license for failure to pay delinquent fees and penalties. Café 99 appears to have closed; signs on the building say a new restaurant, Lisu's Thai Taste, is "coming soon."
  • Niem Phat Buddhist Temple: Received additional construction permits for its building renovation at 935 N. Dale.
  • 883 Front: The Board of Zoning Appeals hears variance requests from the property owner to allow stronger exterior lighting than allowed by code. The hearing is Monday Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. in Room 330 of City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. Residents can email comments to zoning inspector Matthew Graybar.
  • 1022 Burgess: The property has failed a Department of Safety and Inspections fire inspection.
Previously reported:
  • Carter's BP: The gas station license for the business at Como and Dale is up for renewal on Dec. 29. If you have concerns, contact the office of Ward 5 Councilmember Amy Brendmoen.
  • Best Western Plus Como Park Hotel: The liquor license and Sunday license are up for renewal on Jan. 3, 2020. If you have concerns, contact the office of Ward 4 Council Member Mitra Nelson.
  • Ted's: The liquor license, 2 a.m. closing license, Sunday license, and entertainment license for this bar on Larpenteur Ave. are up for renewal on Jan. 31, 2020. If you have concerns, contact the office of Ward 5 Councilmember Amy Brendmoen.
Got Space on Your Calendar?
  • Today, Friday Dec. 6: Deadline to comment on Saint Paul's proposed 2020-2024 HUD Consolidated Plan, which outlines ideas, opinions, and suggested priorities on how the city should spend $8 million in federal funding to improve neighborhood public facilities; increase affordable housing, job, and business opportunities; and enhance public services.
  • This Saturday, Dec. 7: Free holiday open house, 1-4 p.m. Bliss Yoga Studio, 1565 Como Ave.
  • This Saturday, Dec. 7: Leading Change: You(th) Preventing Violence Summit, 1-3 p.m. East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbriar St. Free
  • This Sunday, Dec. 8: Santa Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Spring Café, inside the Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway N. Buffet menus for children and adults: $17.95 for adults and children ages 11 and older; $15.95 for senior citizens (age 65 or older); $11.95 for children ages 5-10; $5.95 for children ages 3-5; free for children 2 and younger. Repeats on Sundays Dec. 15 and 22.
  • This Tuesday, Dec. 10: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, 6:45-7:30 p.m. Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St. Includes music by Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott. General admission is free, but donations of cash or non-perishable food are encouraged. Reserved seating is $10.
  • This Thursday, Dec. 12: Criminal Expungement Clinic, 1-3 p.m. Ramsey County Law Library, 18th floor of the County Courthouse, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. Free. (A similar clinic is scheduled for Friday Dec. 20 at noon at Rondo Community Library, 461 N. Dale.)
  • Sunday Dec. 22: Messiah Sing, 3 p.m. Como Park Lutheran Church, 1376 W. Hoyt. Singing and listening are free. Followed by an Advent dinner from 5-7 p.m. $9 adults, $5 children, maximum $25 per family.
Is It Really Worth the Risk?
Leaving your vehicle running unattended with the key in the ignition is an open invitation to car thieves. Plus, it's a violation of Ordinance 157.07. Nuff said. 
 
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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