Blocking traffic for a reason: A crew from BNSF prepares to weld more than 30 feet of new rail into place at the Como Ave. crossing, replacing track that popped out this winter. 
Recycling Ain't What It Used to Be
Things are shifting rapidly in the world of reduce, reuse, and recycling. District 10's Sunday Series helps you get up to speed on what it all means and what we can do about it.
  • Como is a leader in organics recycling. What's the future of composting at home and through community sites?
  • Cut through the confusion as representatives from Saint Paul and Eureka Recycling share the latest on the metro-wide Recycle Smart campaign and the upheaval in the world of recycling.
Details: This Sunday, May 5, 1-2:30 p.m. The Good Acre, 1790 W. Larpenteur Ave. Free
Have We Got a Deal for You
Want a backyard compost barrel for the ridiculously low price of $30? This is your chance. District 10 and Eureka Recycling are teaming up to make a limited number of barrels available. But don't wait: You've got to  order your bin (through our PayPal account)  no later than this Saturday, May 4. Then pick up your bin this Sunday, May 5, during the Sunday Series presentation at The Good Acre, 1790 W. Larpenteur Ave.
Neighborhood Committee Looks at Food Access
Food access is a focus at this Tuesday's meeting of District 10's Neighborhood Relations Committee. Christine Pulver from Keystone Services will talk about the organization's services and how District 10 residents can support their efforts.

The committee meets May 7 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.  A preliminary agenda will be posted as soon as it is available.
There's Still a Seat Available
The District 10 Como Community Council board has a vacancy for one At-Large position, with one year remaining (until April 2020). A special election will be held during the regular May 21 meeting.

Any renter, homeowner, or other resident age 16 or older who lives in District 10 is eligible to run. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in District 10. To get on the ballot, fill out the online application by Tuesday May 14.
Are You Having a Garage Sale or Not?
This Thursday, May 9, is the deadline if you want to get on the map for the 2019 Como Neighborhood Garage Sale.  The sale is scheduled for the weekend of May 17. Typically, dozens of neighborhood residents hold garage, yard, and rummage sales that weekend, making it easier for bargain hunters to hit a lot of sales in a small area in a short amount of time. District 10 promotes the weekend, publishes a map of participating sales, and compiles lists of what you can find where.

It's easy to register your sale online. The registration fee is $15 (collected through PayPal). Again, sales must register by this Thursday, May 9.
Seeking Good, Pollinator-Friendly Gardens
District 10's Environment Committee is organizing a neighborhood garden tour July 13. The focus: Pollinator-friendly gardens. The problem: Organizers are short of gardens west of Hamline Ave. If you know a garden in that part of the neighborhood that deserves some attention (yours, a neighbor's, a sister-in-law's, etc.), let us know. Send an email with contact information and pertinent details; we'll follow up.
Unload Your Burdens June 8
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 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.
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 .
Take a Deep Dive into Your Water
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 9. Tours begin at 2 p.m.; the last one heads out at 6:30. The plant is at 1900 Rice St. Tours take about an hour. The utility's advice: wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and be prepared to walk half a mile and stairs. 

Whether or not you take a tour: You also can find out whether or not you have lead service lines, pick up information on how to find leaks, pick up dye tabs to test for toilet leaks, pick up water conservation tips, and find out about job opportunities at the utility. The event will have books and stickers for children, and light snacks for everyone.
Afoutayi Haitian Dance is one of Kaleidoscope's featured arts groups.
Life is a Performance
The Saint Paul Public Library launches Kaleidoscope this weekend, a monthlong performing arts series "for the very young." The free, drop-in events include dance, listening, singing, and playing from a variety of styles and cultures. Get details, including the full schedule

Stay home: All library locations will be closed this Monday, May 6. 
Walk Side by Side with School Kids
Chelsea Heights and Crossroads elementary schools are among a dozen public schools in Saint Paul holding formal Walk to School Day events this Wednesday, May 8. As part of the plan, buses will drop pupils off a few blocks from school, so they can walk the remaining distance. If you can show up from 7:45-8:30 a.m. and help pupils cross intersections safely, volunteer by contacting Carol Grady by email or by phone:  651-744-7834.
Street Sweepers are Still At It
Public Works crews have swept about half of District 10's residential streets. Check the interactive map to see when your block is scheduled. Or, just keep an eye out for the "no parking" signs that get pounded into the boulevard.
Photo: Magnum Truck Racks
We Know You've Got an Opinion
Today, Friday May 3, is the last day to fill out the survey on whether or not Saint Paul should plow alleys.

Start Thinking About National Night Out
National Night Out is three months' away: Tuesday Aug. 6. Thinking of getting your neighbors together for a block party or something similar? Get all the information you need, and check out Saint Paul's streamlined registration.
The annual Friends School Plant Sale is one of the big events at the Fairgrounds this week.
Shows and Sales Abound at Fairgrounds
  • Sahara Sands Spring Classic (Arabian horse show): Today-Sunday, May 3-5, Warner Coliseum and Compeer Arena. Hours: Today-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free public admission.
  • Minnesota Weapons Collectors Show and Spring Sale: This Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, Education Building. Hours: Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Teens and adults, $5 (cash only); children 12 or younger, free. Children 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minnesota United park-and-ride: This Saturday, May 4. Parking lots south of Como Ave. will be open for tailgating and shuttle buses from 4-11 p.m. The soccer match vs. Seattle is 7 p.m. at Allianz Field.
  • Northland Antique, Toy, Doll and Advertising Show: This Sunday, May 5, Progress Center. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Teens and adults, $6; children 12 or younger, free.
  • Spring Extravaganza Car Show and Swap Meet: This Sunday, lots adjacent to Randall Ave. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Teens and adults, $5; children 12 or younger, free with a paying adult.
  • YMCA Garage Sale: This Thursday-next Saturday, May 9-11, Merchandise Mart. Hours: Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • FASH Spring Horse Show (American Saddle Horse): This Thursday-next Sunday, May 9-12, Warner Coliseum. Sessions: Thursday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Free public admission.
  • Friends School Plant Sale: Next Friday-Sunday, May 10-12, Grandstand. Hours: Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Gold Country FairWear Sale: Next Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, Visitor's Plaza. Hours: Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Plenty to Choose in the Weeks Ahead
  • This Sunday, May 5: Como: Making a Global Impact lecture series: Giraffes in Tanzania. 10:30 a.m. Como Park Zoo Visitor Center. Free
  • This Monday, May 6: First of four community conversations about improving water quality in and around Saint Paul, 6-8 p.m. Capitol Region Watershed District, 595 Aldine St. Free. (Future conversations are May 13, May 30, and June 4.)
  • Next Saturday, May 11: Bird Survey Walk, 8-10 a.m., Kilmer Fireplace, Como Outdoor Woodland Classroom. Free; reserve your spot by emailing Teri Heyer.
  • Next Saturday, May 11: Cookie 5K benefit run, 8:30 a.m. Como Lake Pavilion. Registration: $35
  • Wednesday May 15: Public hearing on final draft of Saint Paul's 2040 Comprehensive Plan, 3:30 p.m. Third-floor City Council Chambers, City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • Wednesday May 15: Public hearing on request to grant former St. Andrew's church building local historic designation, 5:30 p.m. Third-floor City Council Chambers, City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • Thursday May 16: Opening night for Music in the Parks7 p.m. Como Lakeside Pavilion. See the full summer schedule for music and more at the Pavilion, Mears Park, and Rice Park.
  • Friday May 17: Chelsea Heights Spring Carnival, 5-8 p.m. Chelsea Heights Elementary School, 1557 Huron.
  • 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.
  • Saturday May 18: Como Community Seed Library's Seed Your Dreams, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station. Free (Volunteer now and receive extra benefits.)
Photo: T Boardman
Streetcar Station is Open Every Sunday
Beginning this Sunday, May 5, and through the summer, 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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