Back to the 50s is Back This Weekend 
If you haven't heard already, Back to the 50s rumbles into the State Fairgrounds this weekend, June 21-23. The usual accommodations include:
  • One-sided parking on residential streets from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. today through Sunday. The parking restrictions minimize congestion and ensure access for public safety vehicles. The restrictions affect nearly all streets from the Fairgrounds east to Hamline and from Hoyt south to Wynne. Signs are hanging on light posts, etc.
  • The Fairgrounds are accessible only with paid admission. Admission is $12 for teens and adults; free for children 12 or younger.
  • Ramsey County is suspending construction on Larpenteur and keeping two lanes open in each direction.
  • Despite what some folks say, it is not legal for residents to park cars on their lawns during Back to the 50s.
The annual extravaganza featuring chrome, elbows propped on open windows, and vehicles at least 55 years old runs until 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Sweet Science is Back -- Part Time   
Sweet Science Ice Cream is back in the Como neighborhood beginning today. Every other weekend, the Saint Paul-based purveyor of creatively flavored, organic frozen treats sets up a "pop up" counter in the same Pascal St. building as Delicata. Hours will be 4-9 p.m. Fridays and 3-9 p.m. Saturdays June 21-22, July 5-6, July 19-20, Aug. 2-3, and Aug. 16-17.  
 
In 2018, Sweet Science ran the dockside window in the Lakeside Pavilion. This year it promises to bring 10 flavors of ice cream and sherbet, flights, floats, and doggie scoops. As locals know, Delicata has shifted most of its restaurant operations into the 1337 half of the building. Sweet Science will set up in the 1341 half -- the north half closest to the patio.
 
Meanwhile, the building that houses both businesses (and an apartment above) is for sale; asking price is $1.15 million.  
Time to Spiff Up Orchard Rec Center   
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is organizing a volunteer clean-up this Saturday, June 22, at Orchard Rec Center, 875 Orchard Ave. Show up anytime from 8 a.m.-noon on your own, with friends or family members or, better yet, with a group. Chores include repainting benches and other outside equipment, pulling weeds, and cleaning our storage closets. Questions? Email Eric Thompson
Stark to Discuss City's Climate Planning   
Russ Stark, the City of Saint Paul's chief resilience officer, will discuss and take questions about the city's climate action planning during this week's District 10 Environment Committee meeting. The meeting begins Wednesday, June 26, 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. 
The current and proposed configuration of Como between Hamline and Arona.
Trail Design Keeps Parking on Como  
The latest design for the proposed Como Avenue Trail retains parking on both sides of Como between Hamline and Snelling, which was one option proposed in January. You can get more details, but here's an overview:
  • East of Snelling, city engineers are recommending a design that eliminates on-street bike lanes. It replaces them with a 10-foot wide, two-way bike trail on an expanded boulevard along the north side of Como.
  • Between Snelling and the University of Minnesota transit way, the recommended design installs in-street bike lanes on Como; standardizes vehicle lanes to one in each direction with a center turn lane (except during the State Fair); and creates a 12-foot wide, multi-use trail along the south fence of the Fairgrounds.
  • West of the transit way, the 12-foot, multi-use trail continues on the north side of Como, along the university's Saint Paul campus to the intersection at Cleveland. The street remains pretty much as it is now: one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction, parking on each side of Como, and an on-street bike lane in each direction.
State Legislators Plan Town Hall Meeting 
State Sen. John Marty and state representatives Alice Hausman and John Lesch hold a Senate District 66 town hall meeting this Tuesday, June 25. The free meeting is 6-7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave.
Part of 35W is Off Limits This Weekend   
Interstate 35W shuts down in both directions this weekend between Interstate 94 and the intersection of Highway 280. Lanes will close from 10:00 tonight, Friday June 21, through 5 a.m. this Monday, June 24. Access ramps close beginning at 8:00 tonight.  
Library Wants Online Advisers   
The Saint Paul Public Library is looking for volunteers to evaluate and test new designs for its online catalog, in hopes of making the features and search functions more useful. Members of the "library patron panel" will get occasional email invitations from BiblioCommons to participate; they can opt out at anytime. Sign up here 
Skeeter Patrol This Week   
Weather permitting, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District is planning "cold fog" treatment overnight at the State Fairgrounds this Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25-26.  
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How Do You Recycle Clothes?   
Eureka Recycling is studying used-clothing collection and recycling in the Twin Cities. Take their survey; if you want, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. 
Still Have Hazardous Waste on Hand? 
It's still June, which means Ramsey County still sets up a temporary hazardous waste collection site every Friday and Saturday on Kent St. -- just east of Dale and north of Larpenteur in Roseville.  If you've got solvents or other chemicals that say Caution, Warning, Danger, or Poison on the label, those are good candidates. So are batteries, cell phones, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, mercury thermometers, paint, propane tanks, and used motor oil and filters. Disposal is free.  The site operates Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  See the complete list of what you can bring. 
It's Less Than a Month Away
ComoFest -- the annual amalgamation of affordable, family friendly fun for everyone in the neighborhood -- is only a month away. Make your plans now.
 
The ComoFest Art Fair still has openings for artists of all kinds. The fair is Saturday July 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the promenade at the Lakeside Pavilion. Get all the information you need, including how to register. 
Billy McLaughlin performs Wednesday.
Music at the Lakeside Pavilion
  • Today, Friday June 21: Beer Choir, 7 p.m.
  • This Saturday, June 22: Tonic Sol-fa, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 (seniors and students, $15)
  • This Sunday, June 23: St. Anthony Civic Orchestra, 3 p.m.; St. Louis Park Community Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Monday, June 24: North Suburban Chorus, 7 p.m.
  • This Tuesday, June 25: Medalist Concert Band, 7 p.m.
  • This Wednesday, June 26: Billy McLaughlin, Jeff Arundel and the Hammsemen, 7 p.m.
  • This Thursday, June 27: Minnesota Sinfonia Presents Classics 101, 7 p.m.
  • Next Friday, June 28: Jaedyn James and the Hunger, 7 p.m. $8
Performances are free (except when they're not). Find out more about the performers -- or get an advance look at the mix of local artists and traditional bandstand performers -- on Spring Cafe's website.
The Week Ahead at the Fairgrounds
After the old cars leave:
As for the Rest of the Month 
  • This Saturday, June 22: Citywide Drop-Off, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Washington Technology Magnet High School (enter from southbound Rice St. at Nebraska). If you volunteer, you can get rid of a load of your junk for free. To volunteer, sign up or call the District 6 North End Neighborhood Organization: 651-488-4485
  • This Saturday, June 22: Como Woodland "Bio Blitz," 8:30 a.m. Kilmer Fireplace (which is north of McMurray Field on Wynne Ave.). Biology and environmental science professor Joan McKearnan leads a search for woodland animals.
  • This Saturday, June 22: Cromulent Theater Co. presents Shakespeare Outdoors: "The Tempest," 6:30-8:30 p.m. Outside the Historic Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.
  • This Tuesday, June 25: The Saint Paul City Attorney's Office and Councilmember Amy Brendmoen give an overview of the Neighborhood Justice Program, 5-7 p.m., Rice St. Library, 1011 Rice St. Free.
  • This Wednesday, June 26: Groovin' in the Garden with The Sweet Colleens. The music, lawn games, climbing wall, and bounce house are free from 6-8 p.m. Pack a picnic, or buy food, ice cream, soft drinks, beer, or wine. Everything happens outside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory; if it rains, activities move inside.
  • This Thursday, June 27: Public meeting on Saint Paul's Stormwater Permit Annual Report and Stormwater Management Program, 1:30-3 p.m. 9th Floor conference room, City Hall Annex, 25 W. 4th St. Or, email written comments by 4 p.m. June 27.
  • This Thursday, June 27: Community brainstorming on business licenses, community notification, hearing, and petition requirements, 5:30-7 p.m. Rondo Community Library, 461 N. Dale.
  • Next Friday, June 28: Public hearing on design standards for the Ford Site, 8:30 a.m. City Hall Room 40, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd. Or, email comments; put "Ford Design Standards Public Comment" in the subject field.
Perks for National Night Out 
National Night Out is Tuesday Aug. 6. If you register your block party by June 30, Saint Paul Police will include your event in a drawing. The prize pack includes a banner, balloons, coloring books, helium, and more.  
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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