Yes, we're born on skates: 4-year-old Filip Vymazal enjoys what could be one of the last good days for natural ice at Northwest Como Recreation Center.
State Fair History Kicks Off Sunday Series
Is the Minnesota State Fair actually older than the state itself? That 's one of the things you can discover when District 10's 2017 Sunday Series launches Feb. 12 (this Sunday of course). State Fair general manager Jerry Hammer -- a longtime District 10 resident -- tells stories about the founding and early years of the Fair. He'll offer rare glimpses into the evolution of the Fairgrounds, including a history of buildings and attractions that no longer exist. We 'll leave plenty of time for questions and for trying to verify how good your memory is. The free presentation is 1-2:30 p.m. at Como Dockside, in the third-floor banquet hall of the lakeside pavilion.
Falcon Heights Starts Talking About It
Falcon Heights holds the first of five community conversations about policing and inclusion this Thursday, Feb. 16. The conversations are open to residents and visitors. They will include large-group and small-group discussions intended to spur honest and self-reflective dialogue. The series, in the wake of the shooting death of Philando Castile, will help develop policy recommendations for the city council. The first conversation, which focuses on community values, is Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Falcon Heights Elementary School, 1393 W. Garden Ave.
Engage All 5 Senses
A limited number of tickets remain for Bouquets, the after-hours food, wine, and beer-tasting fundraiser for Como Friends. The annual event is Thursday Feb. 23, from 7-9:30 p.m., at the Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory and Visitor Center. Live music and a beer garden join the usual array of Como gardens, which host dozens of food- and wine-sampling stations, a silent auction, and a cork pull. Tickets are $65 each; buy them online or at the Garden Safari gift shop.
Great River School Kicks Back
Soiree, the annual fundraiser for Great River School, takes place this Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7-10 p.m. at Como Dockside. It 's an adult evening of food, fun, music, and mingling -- all to benefit the Montessori school on Energy Park Drive. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

School seeks community representation: Great River School is seeking a community member to join its board of directors. The charter school 's bylaws define a community member as someone  "who is not employed by the charter school and does not have a child enrolled in the school. " The position is a three-year term, from this July 1 through June 30, 2020.  Applications are due by Tuesday Feb. 21; elections are March 12-17. Application materials and complete board information are available online.
Find Your Passage
Saint Paul has a new website that makes it easier to connect with environmental and recreational activities on the Mississippi River. It's the next step in turning the Great River Passage plan into reality along the city's 26 miles of river shoreline. Among the first initiatives:
  • Teaming with the National Parks Service to create an Environmental Learning Center along the river
  • Developing a kayak route along the river in Saint Paul
  • Figuring out a new use for the former University of Minnesota Showboat
  • Improving connections among the river, Pigs Eye Regional Park, nearby trails, and East Side destinations
A Stitch in Time in a Nick of Time
The Saint Paul Public Library 's sewing classes for adults are sold out for February. But registration is now open for "Machine Sewing: Basics, " which meets Saturday March 11 from 1-3 p.m. in the Innovation Lab at the Latimer Central Library. The class is free; register online.
Watching Our Waste: Mattresses
Most mattresses in Minnesota end up in the landfill. But they don 't have to: Instead, mattresses can be recycled or repurposed. If the store doesn 't take your old mattress when they deliver your new one, here 's an option: Bring your old mattress and box spring to Second Chance Recycling. They 'll charge you $20 if you deliver it, $35 if they pick it up.

Employees at this Minneapolis social enterprise then break down the layers. Foam, for example, is made into carpet pads. The cotton is used to soak up small oil spills in North Dakota. Steel coils are recycled. In 2016, Second Chance recycled more than 55,000 mattresses.
Block Nurse Program Can Do Wonders
The Como Park Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program provides helpful support so our senior neighbors can continue to live safely in the home and community they love. Free services include a home safety assessment, transportation to and from medical and dental appointments, friendly home visits by nurses and volunteers, exercise support, and yard cleanup. Additional services are available for a fee.

Don 't hesitate to call if you or a loved one would like to meet and learn more about low-cost and no-cost services. Call 651-642-1127, or visit the block nurse website.
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing."
On the Heels of 'Flashdance' and 'Footloose'
Como Dockside's Thursday night movie revives the summer-resort soap opera of "Dirty Dancing" (rated PG-13). It's this week, on Feb. 16: Trivia begins at 6:15 p.m.; the free movie begins at 6:45 in the third-level banquet hall of the lakeside pavilion. For the revised, full-season schedule , see Dockside's online calendar.

Don't forget: Every Wednesday is "neighborhood night" at Dockside, with happy hour drink and food specials from 3-9 p.m., and classic board games galore.  And, Saturday brunch includes a free Louisiana-flavored concert from noon-2 p.m. This week, Feb. 11, it's Gary Powell, AJ Srubas, and John Terr.   
It's a Quiet Week
  • This Sunday, Feb. 12: Como Park Lutheran Church's Winter Organ Concert Series features Kristina Langlois, professor of organ at Concordia University St. Paul, 4 p.m. 1376 W. Hoyt. Free
  • No Music Under Glass this Sunday, Feb. 12: The free concert series at the Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory takes a week off. Instead, the conservatory is filled this weekend with (nearly sold out) Valentine's dinners.
  • This Wednesday, Feb. 15: Public hearing on proposal to increase Saint Paul zoning fees by 5 percent, 5:30 p.m. 3rd Floor City Council Chambers, City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • Saturday Feb. 25: Como Dockside's Annual Mardi Gras Seafood Boil, 3 and 6 p.m. Featuring an all-you-can-eat feast, libations, and the Emperors of Jazz. Tickets are $40.  
Police Want Your Mascot Suggestions
The Saint Paul Police Department wants to create a mascot. Got any ideas? Email your idea (design, sketch or concept) along with your name and phone number. Or mail it to: Saint Paul Police Department, Community Engagement Unit, 367 Grove St., Saint Paul, MN 55102. Got any questions? Call 651-266-5485.  The last day to submit entries is Friday March 3. The department will choose three finalists and put those up for a Facebook vote.

This Weekend at the Fairgrounds
  • North Star Roller Girls: This Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Warner Coliseum. Tickets: $13 in advance, $16 at the door.
Spread the Word
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