World Cup dreams: Josh Parris of the Blackhawks Soccer Club runs youngsters
through drills during a camp this week at Orchard Park.
Ice Cream Social is Tonight
District 10's annual Ice Cream Social is tonight, Friday July 13. We've got:
  • Music by the She Shells from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Demonstrations by the girls' Ultimate team from Como Park Senior High School from 6-6:30 p.m.
  • An outdoor staging of "Romeo and Juliet" by Classic Actors Ensemble, beginning at 7 p.m.
In addition, there are giant bubbles; faces to paint; outdoor games; plenty of lawn for young ones to run, jump, roll, and dive across; and meet-and-greet opportunities with neighborhood organizations.  And, of course, we've got ice cream (thanks to the Humphrey Job Corps Center), gelato (thanks to Delicata), toppings and non-dairy frozen treats (thanks to Bethel Lutheran Church), and plenty of ice water (thanks to Cozy's Pub).

It's all free, rain or shine (though we all know the rain is supposed to vanish by then). Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. in and around the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Because parking is limited, we encourage you to walk, bike, roll, car-pool, or take public transportation. We'll have extra bike racks available to help out.
There's More to ComoFest
The D10 Ice Cream Social launches ComoFest 2018. Later tonight, it's North Dale Movie Night, featuring a free outdoor showing of "Coco." Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and/or bug spray, then settle in at 9 p.m. outside the rec center, 1414 St. Albans. Next weekend, it's a triple-header:
  • Next Friday, July 20: Lyngblomsten's Mid-Summer Festival includes art to make and admire, music, dance, theater, games, recreation, wellness demonstrations, and food. Activities are 2-8 p.m. on the Lyngblomsten campus, 1415 Almond Ave.
  • Next Saturday, July 21: ComoFest 5K Walk/Run for Everyone, benefiting Como Park Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program. Register for the run by July 20: Entry fee is $15 for youth ages 16 or younger; $25 if you're older than that. If you're running, join the neighborhood team challenge. If you're not running, volunteer! It starts at 8 a.m. outside the Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway.
  • Next Sunday, July 22: ComoFest Art Fair features more than two dozen artists on the Promenade at the Lakeside Pavilion. Plus there's music by the Home Fires. The art fair runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Yes, We Can Always Talk about Parking
The "west" version of District 10's parking pressure meetings is this Monday, July 16. This meeting focuses on concerns of residents and businesses in the existing State Fair Overlay District, which primarily is Snelling east to Hamline, and Hoyt south to Wynne. The meeting is 6:30-8 p.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church's Fireside Room, Almond and Pascal. 
The fountain in better days.
Schiffman Fountain is on the Move
The mermaid sculpture of Como Park's Schiffman Fountain -- now shrouded by a plywood tent -- is scheduled to be carried away this Monday, July 16, in preparation for renovation. (Expect traffic issues along Lexington Parkway near the south Pavilion parking lot while the crane is doing its job of lifting the sculpture from its moorings.)

The sculpture will be stored in a Parks and Recreation shop until September, when art conservator Kristen Cheronisth begins the nitty-gritty restoration work. In the meantime, Parks and Recreation staff will examine underground plumbing and utilities in the fountain pool and explore upgrading those as well.
Hear Firsthand from Ward 4 Candidates
A forum for Ward 4 City Council candidates is this Wednesday, July 18. (Ward 4 includes most of District 10 that is west of Lexington and south of Hoyt.)

Scheduled to appear are Shirley Erstad, David Martinez, and Mitra Jalali Nelson. The event is 7-8:30 p.m. at the University of Saint Thomas' McNeely Hall (Room 100), which is at the southwest corner of Summit and Cleveland. This forum is hosted by the university and the Macalester-Groveland Community Council.

If you miss this forum, a similar event is scheduled for Monday July 30, also at 7 p.m. That one is hosted by the League of Women Voters Saint Paul and SPNN. It takes place at SPNN studios, 550 Vandalia, Suite 170.

The Ward 4 special election is Tuesday Aug. 14, the same day as statewide primaries. The election fills the seat vacated by Russ Stark and being filled temporarily by Samantha Henningson.
District 10 Board Meets Tuesday
The monthly board meeting of the District 10 Como Community Council is this Tuesday, July 17. Featured speakers are Joshua Kiley, from Ramsey County Elections; and Abdiwahab Ali, who will talk about big changes under way in Saint Paul's community investment program (typically known as CIB for those of you who memorize government acronyms).

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Renters, homeowners, and other community members are always welcome to attend and participate. 
Park Bugle Needs an Editor
The Park Bugle -- the nonprofit community newspaper that covers Como and nearby neighborhoods -- is hiring a new managing editor to replace the departing Kristal Leebrick. Get the details about the position and the skills they're looking for.
Northbound 35W is Off Limits
The I-35W construction madness invades our backyard this weekend as MnDOT shuts down the northbound lanes from downtown Minneapolis to Highway 36. Ramps along this stretch close at 8 tonight, Friday July 13. Ramps and lanes will stay closed for resurfacing until 6 a.m. this Monday, July 16.  Highway 280 will be part of the official detour, so expect heavier traffic in and around that corridor. 

This is the first of six weekends when one part of the freeway or another will be closed between Minneapolis and County Road C in July, August, or September.
It's Your Only Chance This Year
Como Zoo and Conservatory shut down early -- at 3 p.m. -- this Thursday, July 19, so they can get the place cleaned up for Sunset Affair, Como Friends' big summer soiree. The fund-raiser runs 5:30-10 p.m. Tickets begin at $250.
Mayor Melvin Carter III
Mayor Wants to Have a Talk with You
Mayor Melvin Carter begins a series of "Our City, Our Budget" events across the city this weekend to make sure, as the press release phrases it, "we create a budget that reflects our values." The schedule:
  • This Sunday, July 15: Noon-1:30 p.m., Burger Moe's, 242 W. 7th
  • This Sunday, July 15: 2:30-4 p.m., Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle
  • This Thursday, July 19: 4:30-6 p.m., Lake Monster Brewing, 550 Vandalia
  • Thursday, July 26: 4:30-6 p.m., Spring CafĂ© (in the Como Lakeside Pavilion)
  • Saturday, July 28: 1-2:30 p.m., Goat Coffeehouse, 699 E. 7th.
  • Sunday, July 29: 2-3:30 p.m., Brunson's Pub, 956 Payne
Put on Your Citizen Science Hat
Saint Paul Natural Resources hosts a free citizen science workshop this Thursday, July 19, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Como Woodlands Outdoor Classroom. Anyone 8 years of age or older is welcome to join the workshop; everyone will learn to use the iNaturalist app and submit pollinator photos to the University of Minnesota's Bee Atlas project. Register here

Participants are asked to bring their own smartphone or tablet if they have one; if not, reserve a tablet while supplies last. The workshop will provide a wifi connection and send instructions on how to download the app.
Yes, We City Folk Have a County Fair
The Ramsey County Fair concludes this weekend. The Fair includes music; carnival rides; a petting zoo; agricultural, 4-H and other demonstrations; a car show; nightly fireworks; and, of course, food and beverages. Admission is free, but parking is $3.

Hours are today, Friday July 13, and this Saturday, July 14, from noon-midnight; and this Sunday, July 15, from noon-9:30 p.m. The Fair is on county land at 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood.
Your Last Chance at this 'State Fair'
Rosetown Playhouse concludes its staging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical " State Fair" this weekend. Performances are today, Friday July 13, and this Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m.; and this Sunday, July 15, a 1 p.m. Admission is $15; $12 for students and senior citizens; and $10 for children 5 or younger. Performances are at the Como Lakeside Pavilion.
Your Chance to Work at the Real State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair and several major vendors will try to fill 600 jobs this Tuesday, July 17. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and be available to work all 12 days of the fair, Aug. 23-Sept. 3. You can register that day, or speed things up and  register in advance.

The job fair is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Progress Center, 1612 Randall Ave. Positions available include ticket selling, ticket taking, parking, sales, food service, rides and games, sanitation, and barn attendants.
Horses, then Horsepower
  • MAQHA Corporate Challenge (horse show): Continues through this Sunday, July 15, Warner Coliseum.
  • Street Machine Nationals: Next Friday-Sunday, July 20-22. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Admission: Age 11 or older, $16; children 10 or younger, free with paid adult. Discounts available for advance and multiday purchases. 
Silent Disco: kind of the opposite of Soundset...
This Week on the Promenade
  • This Sunday, July 15: Beasley's Big Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Monday, July 16: Celebration Jazz Band, 7 p.m.; Movies in the Park: "West Side Story," 9 p.m.
  • This Tuesday, July 17: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, 7 p.m.
  • This Wednesday, July 18: The Sapsuckers, 7 p.m.
  • This Thursday, July 19: The monthly installment of Alive at the Spring, featuring Matra Percussion at 6 p.m. and Malamanya at 7 p.m. $8.
  • Next Friday, July 20: Happy hour with Kid's Silent Disco, 5 p.m.; Nirmala Rajasekar, 7 p.m.
In the Next Few Weeks...
  • This Saturday, July 14: Kids' Dance Party, 4-6 p.m. ComoTown. Free. (There's a party every Saturday in July.)
  • This Thursday, July 19: Community book discussion of "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson, 6-7:30 p.m. Como Park Lutheran Church, 1376 Hoyt.
  • Wednesday Aug. 1: Public hearing on Chapter 64 Sign Code Amendments, 5:30 p.m. Room 300, City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • Tuesday Aug. 7: Deadline to comment on the Metropolitan Council's Transportation Improvement Program, which proposes highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects for federal funding in the next four years.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15: Public hearing on accessory dwelling units, 5:30 p.m. Room 300, City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Monthly Police Meetings are Tuesday
The Western District's monthly community meetings are this Tuesday, July 17, at district headquarters, 389 N. Hamline. The open meetings are at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. If you go, you'll meet command staff, hear about the latest crime trends in the city and district, be able to raise your individual concerns, and be able to grab all the crime prevention fliers you can use. 
We Can Help with Your Party    
District 10 has street barricades and portable recycling containers that community members can use for block parties, neighborhood, or family events. 

The street barricades are required by the city when you block off your street or alley -- but ours are a more-affordable option than getting them from Public Works.  Barricades require a $50 deposit. We return $40 when you return the barricades.  Reservations are first-come, first-served. ( To borrow our barricades, you must have an event permit from the city.)

You can borrow the recycling containers for free; there are two kinds:
  • For cans, bottles and other items you can include in your weekly recycling.
  • For food scraps and other compostable organics.
To reserve any of this equipment, call our office at 651-644-3889, or send us an email.
Streetcar Station is Open Sundays
The exhibit space at the Como Park Streetcar Station is now open for the season every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Stop in to learn a bit about the history of Como Park, pick up replacement organics recycling bags or starter kits, or just share comments and suggestions with Olivia, who is the District 10 board member on duty. 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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