Egg-citing: This duck nest is tucked away near Nagasaki Road. Photo by Debby Smith
Garage Sale Weekend is Here
Moving sales and fund-raisers. Antiques and sporting goods. Baby clothes and "man junk." They're all part of the Como Neighborhood Garage Sale. Some events are braving the weather forecast and forging ahead this weekend, May 17-19. Some are rescheduling their sales for next weekend. To find out who's got what -- and when and where you can get it -- download the map and listings from District 10's website.
Election for At-Large Seat is Tuesday
Three neighborhood residents -- Jill Henricksen, Kelly McCormick, and Mike Mitchelson -- are seeking to fill a vacant At-Large position on the District 10 Como Community Council board. The special election is this Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at the Como Park Streetcar Station.

Voting: All renters, homeowners, and other residents age 16 or older who live in District 10 are eligible to vote for the At-Large position. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in District 10. Community members must vote in person by secret ballot; there is no absentee or proxy voting.

You can read the candidates' statements and find out more about the election by downloading the PDF on District 10's website.
Board Has Other Business, Too
A recommendation to allow Gabe's By the Park to add music to its patio will be considered at the monthly District 10 Como Community Council board meeting this Tuesday, May 21. The council's Land Use Committee is recommending allowing the restaurant to modify its liquor license and have speakers on the patio until 11 p.m. 

The meeting is May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station (which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton). Renters, home owners, and other community members are invited to attend and participate. Preliminary agenda
An exchange of garden hand tools is part of Seed Your Dreams.
A Gathering Dedicated to Gardeners
There's more than ever to do and learn at Seed Your Dreams -- the Como Community Seed Library's 2019 spring gathering of gardeners. The event lets gardeners swap stories, advice, healthy plants, and viable seeds. This year, they also can trade in unneeded garden hand tools. They can learn trellis options to take their gardens vertical. They can get expert seed, planting, and growing advice (and answers) from Ramsey County Master Gardeners. They can join a composting tutorial. On the whimsical side, they can fold their seeded dreams into artwork.

Details: The free event is this Saturday, May 18, rain or shine, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.
Grab a Paddle and Grab Some Trash
Bring your canoe or kayak on Saturday morning June 1 (or rent one) and join other neighbors in pulling trash from Como Lake. If you don't want to be on the water, join us by walking the shoreline and cleaning up litter there.

We'll supply snacks, beverages, and equipment. Join us anytime you can from 9 a.m.-noon June 1. The event is organized by the District 10 Como Community Council and supported by a grant from the Capital Region Watershed District. Sign up here
Get Ready to Get Rid of Your Junk
The annual Citywide Drop-Off at the State Fairgrounds is Saturday June 8 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Drop-Off, organized by Saint Paul and District 10, is a great chance for Saint Paul and Falcon Heights residents to get rid of the junk they can't throw in the trash (and to get rid of it for a reasonable price).  Find out what you can bring to the Drop-Off and how much it will cost.

If you are a senior: District 10 will attempt to pick up items in advance for senior citizens in the neighborhood. You pay for what you dispose, but the pick-up itself is free. Email District 10 or call 651-644-3889 so we can get you on the schedule.
Volunteer -- and Get a Bonus
Without volunteers, the Citywide Drop-Off event doesn't work. If you do volunteer to staff the event, you can get rid of one load of your own junk for free. We'll also keep volunteers well-fed and hydrated. Volunteers work a 3.5-hour shift; you can register here .
Where Have We Heard This Before?
A new crosswalk on Lexington Parkway (between the north Lakeside Pavilion parking lot and the golf course parking lot) is delayed once again. After construction did not happen last fall, the plan was to build it before Memorial Day. Now that's pushed back, too, because new sidewalks and ramps around Mears Park are a higher priority, according to the latest update from Parks and Recreation. Maybe in June, they say.
The people behind the voices of Shoop! show up on Tuesday.
Music at the Lakeside Pavilion
  • Today, Friday May 17: Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, 7 p.m.
  • This Saturday, May 18: Beer Choir, 7 p.m.
  • This Sunday, May 19: National Tap Dance Day, 2 p.m.; South Side Big Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Monday, May 20: Northeast Community Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Tuesday, May 21: Shoop! Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m.
  • This Wednesday, May 22: 2 Girls & a Boyd, 7 p.m.
  • This Thursday, May 23: Minneapolis Police Band, 7 p.m.
  • Next Friday, May 24: Lila Ammons Jazz Group, 7 p.m.
Performances are free. The season's full mix of local artists and traditional bandstand performers is listed on Spring Cafe's website
Chat with the Mayor About the Budget
Mayor Melvin Carter and his staff want residents to weigh in on what city budget priorities should be in 2020. Here's where to do that face to face:
  • This Wednesday, May 22: Tiffany's Sports Lounge, 2051 Ford Parkway, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • This Thursday, May 23: Hmong American Partnership, 394 W. University, 5:30-7 p.m. (The meeting will be facilitated in English and Hmong.)
  • Wednesday May 29, Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave., 5:30-7 p.m. 
  • Saturday June 1: Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave., 10-11:30 a.m. 
  • Sunday June 2: BlackStack Brewing, 755 Prior Ave. N, 3:30-5 p.m. 
  • Thursday, June 6: Villa Del Sol, 88 Cesar Chavez St., 5:30-7 p.m. 
  • Monday June 10: Tracks Bar & Grill, 1091 Rice St., 5:30-7 p.m. 
A downspout extender puts storm runoff to better use.
Quit Taking Rain for Granted
Are you maximizing the power of rain as a free irrigation system? A few simple steps can help your lawn, garden, or other plants; keep water out of your basement; reduce your water bill; and reduce the flow of harmful pollutants into Como Lake and the Mississippi River. Advice from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization:
  • Clean your gutters. Seal any holes or leaky joints.
  • Identify (or create) grassy and vegetated areas on your property that can absorb water. (Avoid spots next to your foundation.)
  • Redirect your gutter downspout toward these areas, especially by adding a downspout extension.
  • Connect your downspouts to a rain barrel. This allows you to save and reuse storm water that otherwise would run off your property.
Going on at the Fairgrounds
  • MSP Comicon 2019: This Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, Grandstand. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door (children age 10 or younger, free with a paid admission).
  • Minnesota United Park-And-Ride: This Saturday, May 18. Parking lots south of Como Ave. will open for tailgating and shuttle buses from 4-11 p.m. The soccer match vs. Columbus is at 7 p.m. at Allianz Field.
  • First Fifty Auto Parts Sale and Swap Meet: This Sunday, May 19, parking lots north of Hoyt. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $5 (children age 10 or younger, free)
  • Riders & Ribbons Horse Show: This Sunday, May 19, Compeer Arena. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Machinery Hill Criterium Race Series: This Tuesday, May 21, on roads north of Dan Patch and south of Hoyt. 5:30-9 p.m. Bicycle races for beginners to experts. Entry fee: adults, $25; juniors, $10.
  • Soundset: Next Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Midway and surrounding venues. General admission, $119; VIP admission, $240 (children age 9 or younger, free with a paid admission).
School Carnivals and More
  • Today, Friday May 17: Como Carnival, 5-7:30 p.m. Como Park Elementary School, 780 W. Wheelock.
  • Today, Friday May 17: Chelsea Heights Spring Carnival, 5-8 p.m. Chelsea Heights Elementary School, 1557 Huron.
  • This Saturday, May 18: Ramsey County Plant Sale, organized by the county's Master Gardeners, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Barn, 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood.
  • This Saturday, May 18: TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run, 8 a.m., Como Park Midway Picnic Pavilion. Entry fee: $16
  • This Sunday, May 19: Vivie's Fun Run, 9 a.m., Como Park Midway Picnic Pavilion. Entry fee: Adults, $20; children, $10. 
  • This Sunday, May 19: "Como: Making a Global Impact" lecture series: Marine animals in California. 10:30 a.m. Como Park Zoo Visitor Center. Free
  • This Wednesday, May 22: City Council vote on whether or not to grant local historic designation to the former St. Andrew's church building, 3:30 p.m. Third-floor City Council Chambers, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • This Thursday, May 23: Community "office hours" with Ward 4 Council Member Mitra Jalali Nelson, 8-10 a.m. Como Park Streetcar Station, 1224 Lexington Parkway N.
  • Thursday May 30: Stop for Me Pedestrian Safety campaign, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dale and Jessamine.
Meet Who's In Charge
The Western District's monthly community meetings are this Tuesday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at district headquarters, 389 N. Hamline. 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.  

This Week's Como Neighborhood Crime Report: Sorry, no May updates yet
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. 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.
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.)

To reserve any of this equipment, call our office at 651-644-3889, or send us an email.
Photo: T Boardman
Streetcar Station is Open Every Sunday
For the rest of the season, the Como Park Streetcar Station is open every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. It is a great chance to learn a little about the long-gone trolley system in the Twin Cities, about the history and visionaries behind Como and the city's overall park system, to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or just to chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. The Historic 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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