Trash, Recycling Will Try Again   
After icy weather last weekend derailed trash and recycling pickup in much of District 10, haulers plan to resume service this Saturday, Jan. 4. (Remember, because of the New Year's holiday, pickup is delayed by one extra day.) Here's the plan, according to the city's Public Works Department:
  • Eureka Recycling will service blue carts for the entire neighborhood Jan. 4. Because carts were not emptied last week, residents are allowed to place up to four additional paper grocery bags or medium-size cardboard boxes of overflow recyclables next to their carts. (Plastic bags with recyclables will not be collected.)
  • Trash haulers also plan to empty carts on Saturday for residents in Energy Park and residents east of Hamline. (Residents west of Hamline who have Monday trash pickup don't have to worry about any of this.) All carts will be serviced, including every-other-week carts with purple lids. If you want details from your specific hauler, contact them using the number in the blue box on the city's web page.
Because of the lack of service last Saturday, haulers will pick up some overflow bags of trash this Saturday, no charge. Essentially, how many extra bags depends on the size of your cart. The rule of thumb is, you get to match your cart's capacity:
  • Small cart, two extra 30-gallon bags.
  • Medium cart, four extra 30-gallon bags.
  • Large cart, six extra 30-gallon bags.
Land Use will learn more about plans for 1349 Midway Parkway.
How to Spend Your Evenings 
District 10's Land Use Committee has rescheduled its monthly meeting for this Monday, Jan. 6. Preliminary plans include:
  • Discussion with the new owners of 1349 Midway Parkway, who intend to open "The Lion House," a sober home for women.
  • Discussion with Interfaith Action about planning and goals for a potential family shelter in Bandana Square. 
District 10's Neighborhood Relations Committee meets as usual this Tuesday, Jan. 7. The meeting will start a discussion on re-activating the neighborhood's current laissez-faire block club network. If you consider yourself a block captain, or want to get a block (or building) club started where you live, this would be the place to be.

Both meetings begin 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 full agendas  as they become available; find them in the Board News section of our website.

But: District 10's Environment Committee is cancelling its January meeting. They'll be back at it on Feb. 12.
Streetcar Station is Open Sunday
The Historic Streetcar Station in Como Park is open this Sunday, Jan. 5, from noon-4 p.m. As a special enticement, we'll hand out complimentary passes to the Home and Remodeling Show at U.S. Bank Stadium Jan. 24-26 (courtesy of Marketplace Events). Limit: 2 per person, while supplies last.

In addition, you can do all the usual stuff: pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, learn a little about the long-gone trolley system in the Twin Cities, learn about the history and visionaries behind Como and the city's overall park system, or just chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. The Streetcar Station is at 1224 Lexington Parkway N (the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton).
Test for Radon (for Cheap)
About 40 percent of homes in Minnesota have radon issues. Ramsey County is making it easy to find out if you are one of them: The county is offering radon test kits for $2. Order yours now

Winter is the best time to test for radon -- a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It can enter homes through the foundation, floor drains, and floor-wall joints.
Music Under Glass Returns Sunday
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory's free Music Under Glass concerts are back beginning this Sunday,  Jan. 5. The folk duo Fellow Pynins open the series, which runs almost every Sunday through March 1. Concerts are 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Sunken Garden, but speakers pipe performances throughout the conservatory. You can buy beer, wine, and snacks. Here's the full lineup
2020 Census Schedules Job Fairs
Ramsey County needs 2,500 more people to make sure the 2020 U.S. Census counts everyone in Saint Paul and its suburbs this year. To make a dent in that total, there's a job fair this Monday, Jan. 6, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the state's Career Force center, 2266 2nd St. N in North Saint Paul.

The Census offers a variety of temporary full-time and flexible part-time jobs, starting at $22 an hour. The job fair will repeat on Tuesday Jan. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Wednesday January 22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., and on Thursday Jan. 30 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m
Got a Project in Mind? 
The Ramsey County Soil and Water Conservation Division is seeking applicants willing to undertake pollinator-friendly planting projects on their property in 2020. Priority will be given to projects that apply by this Tuesday, Jan. 7. Fill out the form
Happening at the Library 
  • This Saturday, Jan. 4: Saturday Live!, 11:30 a.m. George Latimer Central Library, 90 W. 4th St. The Saint Paul Public Library kicks off this Saturday series of free events for newborns to kindergartners.
  • This Wednesday, Jan. 8: Design Your Library Neighborhood Forum, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hamline-Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha.
Parks Open Spring Sports Registration
Today through Sunday, Jan. 3-5, you can get 10 percent off registration for youth sports activities through Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. Sports include floor hockey for ages 8 or younger, futsal for ages 14 or younger (boys, girls, and mixed teams), and volleyball for ages 18 or younger (girls and mixed teams). Registration remains open until Jan. 31.
Keeping Track of City Paperwork
New this week:
  • K&L Sales: The secondhand dealer license for this used-car lot at 1523 Como Ave. is up for renewal on March 29. Anyone who has concerns should contact the office of Ward 4 Councilmember Mitra Jalali.
Still time to weigh in:
  • 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. Anyone who has concerns should contact the office of Ward 5 Councilmember Amy Brendmoen.
Derby Kicks Off the Year at Fairgrounds
North Star Roller Derby : This Saturday, Jan. 4, Warner Coliseum. 6-10 p.m. General admission: $14 (children age 10 or younger free with a paid adult). Group, premium, and season tickets also are available.
Gun Locks Keep Firearms Safe
The Saint Paul Police Department, in cooperation with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, provides free gun locks at Western District headquarters, 389 N. Hamline. You can pick up as many locks as you need, no questions asked, during normal business hours: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. If you have questions, contact crime prevention specialist Patty Lammers by email. Or, call her at 651-266-5455.
  • There is no new information this week on crime statistics in the neighborhood; police have not updated their database. 
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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