Sneak preview: After last Sunday's taste of winter, we're pretty sure we know where the University of Minnesota got inspiration for the name of its SnowSweet apple. 
Hearing Set on St. Andrew's Designation
Saint Paul's Heritage Preservation Commission is scheduling an initial hearing on the request by Save Historic St. Andrew's to add the former church building to the city's historic registry. The public hearing is Monday Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers, on the third floor of City Hall.

The application for historic designation highlights the church building's distinctive Romanesque Revival characteristics. It also cites evidence that the building was designed by Charles A. Hausler, who was Saint Paul's first city architect. Hausler has six other buildings -- five of them in Saint Paul -- on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Save Historic St. Andrew's group hopes to block Twin Cities German Immersion School from demolishing the 1927 building. The charter school, 1031 Como Ave., intends to build an addition, beginning in May 2019, to accommodate growing enrollment. 
  • In response to neighborhood requests, the German Immersion School is creating a dedicated email list to update Warrendale and other nearby residents about school events and activities. Use this simple sign-up form
Let's Protect Tilden Park
District 10 hosts a community crime meeting this Monday, Oct. 22. The focus is the increase of unsavory activity that neighbors are noticing in and near Tilden Park. Patti Lammers, crime prevention specialist for the Saint Paul Police Department's Western District, will lead the meeting. She'll discuss what neighbors are seeing, then work with them on tactics to target unwanted activity.  The meeting is free; it begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1460 Almond Ave.   
Alexis Baker
Baker Elected to D10 Board
Congratulations to Alexis Baker, who won a special election on Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the Como Community Council board from Sub-District 4. Alexis will represent the South Como and Energy Park neighborhoods.
Influence Como/Front/Dale's Future
The Como Community Council, the North End Neighborhood Organization, and the Ward 5 office are forming an advisory group to keep pushing for improvements, investment, and development in and near the intersection of Como, Front, and Dale. If you want to represent District 10 on this group, let us know. Email a letter telling us your qualifications and why you would be a good choice. 

The application deadline is Tuesday Nov. 6.  The District 10 board plans to make appointments at its Nov. 20 meeting.
Environment Committee Meets Early
To avoid a conflict with Halloween, District 10's Environment Committee is meeting one week earlier. The meeting is this Wednesday, Oct. 24. It 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. (We'll post a preliminary agenda as soon as it is available.)
What are you going to call me?
Zoo Features the Cute and the Creepy
Need an excuse to make a visit to Como Zoo? This weekend only -- through 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 -- visitors can vote on the name of the Zoo's new baby giraffe. In-person voting only; no stuffing the ballot box via social media. Your choices: Lily, Penelope, Tulip. The giraffe calf was born Oct. 2.

While you're there, take in the Zoo and Conservatory's Creepy Crawly Creature Awareness Weekend. All day Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, tarantulas, giant cockroaches and millipedes, carnivorous plants, and other slithery insects get the spotlight. The Zoo and Conservatory are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
Spring Café Vanishes Until ... Spring
Spring Café has cashed it in for the season. As business took a deep dive after Labor Day, Parks and Rec gave the restaurant in the Lakeside Pavilion a waiver from its contract. The waiver allows the c afé    to shut down entirely until spring 2019. Manager Jahn Brink says April 16 is the target reopening date, "depending on what Mother Nature does."

Speaking of Mother Nature: Restrooms remain open to the public in the lower level of the Pavilion. However, the promenade overlooking the lake is locked up for the season. The restaurant will book special events; call 651-330-8872.
Something to Do Until Spring
Registration is open for winter activities at the Como Park Ski Center. Once seasons change, the center takes over the golf course and clubhouse. It offers group and private lessons for adults and children of all ages and skill levels in snowboarding, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing. Classes begin as early as Dec. 15.
District 10 Seeks Organizer
The Como Community Council is seeking a part-time Community Organizer to lead outreach to rental communities in the neighborhood. The application deadline is Oct. 31.  The position pays $15/hour for a minimum of 200 hours between the start date and May 31, 2019.  You can download a PDF of the full job description from the District 10 website.

Applicants should submit a letter stating their interest, qualifications, and relevant experience. 
  • Email your letter as a PDF, or
  • Mail your letter to: District 10 Como Community Council, 1224 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Watershed District Seeks Grant Ideas
The Capitol Region Watershed District is accepting applications for Partner Grant proposals for projects that protect, manage, or improve water resources in the watershed, which includes Como Lake, Loeb Lake, Trout Brook, and parts of the Mississippi River. Grants can range from $1,000-$20,000. Applications are due by next Friday, Oct. 26.
A Place to Make an Impact (actually 17 of them)
The vast majority of Saint Paul boards and commissions have vacancies for which members of the public can apply. These include the Advisory Committee on Aging, Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, Business Review Council, Capital Improvement Budget Committee, Civil Service Commission, Community Health Services Advisory Committee, Cultural STAR Board, Heritage Preservation Commission, Commission on Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, Neighborhood STAR Program, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission, Public Housing Authority Board, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, Truth-in-Sale of Housing Board of Evaluators, and Workforce Investment Board.

Most of the positions are appointed by the mayor's office, and some have specific geographic or skill requirements. Find details on all these vacancies, required qualifications, and how to apply -- plus a heads-up of boards and commissions that have upcoming vacancies.
How Would You Change Things?
Saint Paul continues its series of " Voices of Our Community" feedback sessions.  The sessions, each addressing on a specific topic, are intended to shape city staff equity work. The long-term goal is to shift the culture of city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity for every person in the city.  The schedule:
  • Fair and affordable housing: This Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m., Saint Paul City School, 643 Virginia St.
  • Exploration and play: Next Sunday, Oct. 28, noon-2 p.m., Rice Street Recreation Center, 1021 Marion St.
  • Equitable economic development: Tuesday Oct. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Eastside Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St.
  • Just and peaceful neighborhoods: Thursday Nov. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Heritage Tea House, 360 W. University
  • City government workforce: Saturday Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m., Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 W. Kellogg
  • Smart government: Thursday Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Parkway
  • Safe housing: Thursday Nov. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Fire Station #9, 1624 E. Maryland
  • Building our city: Sunday Nov. 18, noon-2 p.m., Wellstone Center, 179 E. Robie
Imagine if 35W Didn't Exist
MnDOT is shutting down Interstate 35W in both directions between I-94 and Highway 62 beginning at 10 o'clock tonight, Friday Oct. 19. Ramps that currently are open will begin shutting down about an hour before that. Things should be back to the current definition of normal by 5 a.m. this Monday, Oct. 22. 
A Week from Now (and Beyond)
  • Next Friday, Oct. 26: Halloween Bonfire, 6-8 p.m. Northwest Como Recreation Center.
  • Next Friday, Oct. 26: Parks After Dark: Owl Prowl, 7-8:30 p.m., Como Park Streetcar Station. $5. Register now
  • Tuesday Oct. 30: Early voting for November elections begins at the Como Park Streetcar Station. Hours: Oct. 30-Nov. 2, noon-6 p.m.; Nov. 3 and 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Tuesday Oct. 30: Halloween Craft Party, 6-7 p.m., North Dale Recreation Center. For children 1-1/2 to 6 years old. $15
There's the Beef
  • Minnesota Beef Expo: Continuing through this Sunday, Oct. 21, Warner Coliseum on the State Fairgrounds.
Learn the Basics
Saint Paul Police hold a Crime Prevention 101 session this Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Western District headquarters, 389 Hamline Ave. It's free. 
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. 

You are receiving this email because you expressed interest in District 10 activities.