More than 125 residents, parents and others turned out for a District 10 Land Use meeting this week to hear from city staff and Twin Cities German Immersion School representatives about the school's expansion plans. Mission Orthodox Presbyterian Church opened its fellowship hall for the community meeting. 
Sometimes, It's OK if You Seem Hostile
Learn how to keep your property safe from the outside in during " Crime Prevention through Landscape Design," this Sunday, May 6. We're pretty sure it won't get snowed out this time.

Patty Lammers, crime prevention coordinator for the Saint Paul Police, shares tips in natural surveillance, territorial reinforcement, access control, and even hostile vegetation. The free presentation is part of the District 10 Sunday Series. It runs 1-2:30 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. 
Plan Now for the Citywide Drop-Off 
The annual Citywide Drop-Off at the State Fairgrounds is much earlier than usual in 2018: It's  not in October; instead, it's Saturday June 9 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Drop-Off, organized by Saint Paul Public Works and District 10, is a great chance to get rid of the junk you can't throw in the trash -- and do it at reasonable prices. The best price: If you volunteer to staff the event, you can get rid of a load of your junk for free.
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 are disposing, but the pick-up itself is free. Email District 10 or call 651-644-3889 so we can get you on the schedule. Deadline for seniors is Friday June 1.
Designing your own seed packet is one of the activities available during May Mosaic. Photo: New York Botanical Garden
Garden Mosaic Has Perfect Timing
The Como Community Seed Library's May Mosaic talks all things spring this Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. You'll be able to:
  • Swap seeds, plants and perennials for something new to you and your yard
  • Swap stories with neighbors
  • Get advice from Master Gardeners
  • Learn during mini-workshops about your soil and other topics
  • Learn the very real benefits of bees, wasps, and birds in your yard
  • Design your own seed packet
Sign up in advance to volunteer (green thumb not required!), and get a custom thank-you gift. 
Photo: Yoga Journal
Stretch Out Your Sunday Morning
Another Community Yoga is scheduled for this Sunday, May 6, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. The session is suitable for all levels of skill and experience. Sign up now (because space literally is limited). Registration is $5, which benefits the Como Community Council. 
Neighborhood Garage Sale is June 16
By popular demand, this year's Como Neighborhood Garage Sale is later than usual -- as we cross our fingers for better weather. The sale is the weekend of Saturday June 16. If you're pulling together a garage or yard sale, and want to be listed on the neighborhood map, register online. Registration fee is $15.
Rain Barrel, Advice are a Bargain
District 10's Environment Committee and the Capitol Region Watershed District hold a Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday May 19 from 1-3 p.m. at Twin Cities German Immersion School, 1031 Como Ave. Participants can get a rain barrel for the unheard of price of $29 (plus tax), and learn how to set it up so it works the way it's supposed to. (If you already have rain barrels at your home, you can show up and learn to use them correctly -- for free.) Space is limited, so register now.
Don't Take It for Granted
Saint Paul Regional Water Services celebrates National Drinking Water Week by offering a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into how water actually gets to your faucet. The utility is offering free tours of its treatment plant this Thursday, May 10. Tours begin at 2 p.m.; the last one heads out at 6:30 p.m. The plant is at 1900 Rice St. Tours take about an hour; you should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and be prepared to walk about half a mile, including stairs. 
Rid Your House of Radon
A limited number of grants are available to low- and middle-income homeowners for radon mitigation. To apply, contact Amanda Peterson at the Breathe of Hope Lung Foundation, by phone at 952-405-9201 or  by email. Applications are due by May 30.

Photo: Cindy Carlsson
See Trees in a Different Way
A Como Park Tree Trek wraps up this year's District 10 Sunday Series. Arborist Tim Morgan leads a walk to help us better identify and understand local tree species, their health, and the diseases and pests that affect them.

Details: The free event is Sunday June 3 from 1-2:30 p.m. Meet outside the Lakeside Pavilion.

Photo: Capitol Region Watershed District
Join the Next Wave of Rain Gardens
Capitol Region Watershed District leads a hands-on workshop to identify locations for the next wave of boulevard rain gardens in District 10. These gardens are among the most cost-effective ways to collect and filter polluted street runoff before it reaches Como Lake. The best part: The selected locations will get rain gardens installed at no cost.

Details: The free workshop is Saturday June 23, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Como Park Streetcar Station. Register now
Know a Garden of Distinction?
Flowers are barely peeking out from the dirt, but nominations are now open for the 2018 Blooming Saint Paul Awards. The awards honor publicly visible private gardens, trees, and art in the city. Last year, Como residents Debby Smith and Quentin "Q" Nguyen won gold awards.  Get details of the different categories, then fill out the nomination form by Friday June 22.
Break Out of Your 4 Walls
Are you a renter who longs for a patch of dirt to dig in? The Como Park Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program may have the answer. The organization is looking for gardeners willing to help Como Park seniors a few hours a month by keeping up their flower beds. You'll meet more people, have a great excuse to spend more time outside, and maybe learn a few things along the way. To volunteer, contact Jennifer by email or by calling 651-642-1127.
In Case Nobody Told You
  • This Wednesday, May 9: Bike/Walk to School Day.
  • Monday May 14: Saint Paul Public Housing Agency begins accepting applications to get on the waiting list for two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments. Applications for efficiency, one-bedroom, and five-bedroom apartments are being accepted now.
  • Saturday May 19: Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Ramsey County grounds, 2020 White Bear Ave. 
  • Saturday May 19: Mayor Melvin Carter's (Rescheduled) State of Our City Summit, 9 a.m.-noon. Johnson High School, 1349 Arcade St.
  • Saturday May 19: Spring Cleanup of the Churchill Gardens, 9 a.m. Bring gloves, a rake, shears and/or weeding tools to prep the filtration gardens for their second full season. Intersection of Horton, Churchill and Van Slyke. 

It's Event Season in the Park
  • Step Up for NF Walk: This Saturday, May 5, Midway Picnic Pavilion, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The event includes a 2-mile walk in the park and around the lake, lunch, a raffle, and children's activities. The fundraiser supports families dealing with neurofibromatosis. Registration: $30 individual; $40 family. Save $10 if you register in advance.
  • Food Allergy Awareness 5K Walk and Run: This Sunday, May 6, Midway Picnic Pavilion, 10:30 a.m. Registration: $50.
Street Heat challenges all your senses this Saturday.
It's Everything Season at the Fairgrounds
  • Sahara Sands Arabian Horse Show: Today-Sunday, May 4-6, Warner Coliseum. Hours: Today-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free spectator admission.
  • Street Heat: This Saturday, May 5, Robin Lot, Grandstand Infield, West End Market. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (including dyno competition all day; autocross 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; audio and exhaust competitions 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; motorcycle stunts 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and burnout contest 5 to 6 p.m.) Spectator admission: Teens and adults, $10; children 12 or younger, free. 
  • Northland Antique, Toy, Doll and Advertising Show: This Sunday, May 6, Progress Center. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Teens and adults, $6; children 12 or younger, free. 
  • Spring Extravaganza: This Sunday, May 6, areas north of Randall Ave. Car show and swap meet, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Spectator admission: teens and adults, $5; children 12 or younger, free with a paid admission.
  • Machinery Hill Criterium Race Series: This Tuesday, May 8, 5 p.m. Roads north of Dan Patch and south of Randall may be closed from 4-9 p.m. Training races for cyclists, from beginners to experts. $10-$25
  • YMCA Garage Sale: This Thursday, May 10, through next Saturday, May 12, Merchandise Mart. Hours: Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Minnesota in May BBQ Contest: Next Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, Campgrounds.
  • Friends School Plant Sale: Next Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, Grandstand. Hours: Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Police Plan a Neighborhood Party
Saint Paul Police have announced their full schedule of Safe Summer Nights events -- including Thursday June 14 at North Dale Community Center.  The night includes free food and beverages; children's activities such as a jump house and face-painting; and opportunities to talk with police officers and meet members of the K-9, SWAT, and Mounted Patrol. The event runs 5-7 p.m.
Photo: T. Boardman
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 just share comments and suggestions with Ryan, who is the District 10 board member on staff that day. (This week, if you stop in between 1 and 2:30, you can see the free presentation "Crime Prevention Through Landscape Design.") 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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