Rent Control: What Does It Really Do?
The basics of rent control -- what it is, the different forms it takes, the benefits and drawbacks, and other options -- will be the focus of this month's meeting of District 10's Neighborhood Relations Committee. Ann Juergens, of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is the guest presenter.

Details: The meeting begins this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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 District 10 community members are welcome to attend and participate. A preliminary agenda will be posted when it's available.
A Minimalist Approach to Trash
The trash referendum may be behind us, but District 10's Environment Committee is not done thinking about the big picture. This month's meeting features a presentation by (and a Q&A with) Kristina Mattson, co-founder of Zero Waste Saint Paul.

Details: The meeting begins this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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 District 10 community members are welcome to attend and participate. A preliminary agenda will be posted when it's available.
This Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day -- which originated 100 years ago as Armistice Day. In commemoration, federal, state, county, and city offices are closed. So are Saint Paul and Ramsey County public libraries. There is no U.S. mail, and banks are closed.  However:
  • Saint Paul parks and recreation centers are open Nov. 11. 
  • The holiday does not affect trash or recycling schedules, so trucks will be around as usual on Nov. 11 and Nov. 15.
  • Saint Paul Public Schools hold classes Nov. 11, but are closed next Friday, Nov. 15.
We Definitely Appreciate It
As you undoubtedly know from the rising tide of emails, it is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota this Thursday, Nov. 14. Here at the Como Community Council, we don't do a hard sell. But we will gratefully welcome your financial support for this newsletter and the dozens of other things we do, week in and week out, to build a better community.

Most of our operating budget comes from grants, which typically come with strings attached. Donations from you and other community members, on the other hand, give us the flexibility and resources to accomplish more of your priorities. You can donate online, or mail a donation to: Como Community Council, 1224 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul, MN 55103.

Thank you.
Ikebana is not your typical flower-arranging.
What's Special at the Zoo, Conservatory
This is the last weekend to learn about ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory features autumn-themed arrangements in the Bonsai Pavilion and Ordway Gardens through this Sunday, Nov. 10. The exhibit is in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Ikebana International's Twin Cities chapter.  While you're there:
  • The Sunken Garden has refreshed its Fall Flower Show, featuring chrysanthemums, chili peppers, and Swiss chard.
  • It's Go Ape weekend at the Zoo, featuring special presentations, information, and conservation opportunities focused on non-human primates.
Give Someone Some Recognition
Know someone who makes the Como Park area a better place to live, work or play? Nominate them for the Neighborhood Honor Roll, which is an annual recognition given by each of the city's 17 district councils. The Honor Roll pays tribute to everyday people who make a sustained and lasting impact in their neighborhood or the city.

Submit your nominations by email no later than Thursday Dec. 12. Tell us who you are nominating and why. The Como Community Council board then selects three of your nominees on Dec. 17 to recognize for 2019.  Previous winners 
These 10-foot diameter pipes will be buried north of County Road B to filter polluted runoff.
Now You Know
  • Wheelock Parkway: There is still work going on but, after a summer of construction, the parkway is functionally open to pedestrians and vehicles between Arlington and Rice. The bike trail is not finished, however, and landscaping, lighting, street signs, and other tasks continue to race the weather.
  • County Road B: Capitol Region Watershed District is installing a massive underground filtration system at (what used to be) the sledding hill adjacent to Parkview Elementary School, along County B just west of Dale. The project will capture and filter an estimated 12.5 million gallons of polluted runoff each year before it reaches McCarrons Lake.
Keeping Up with City Paperwork
New this week:
  • Ted's: The liquor license, 2 a.m. closing license, and Sunday license for this bar on Larpenteur Ave. are up for renewal on Jan. 31, 2020. Anyone who has concerns should contact the office of Ward 5 Councilmember Amy Brendmoen.
  • Best Western Plus Como Park Hotel: The liquor license and Sunday license are up for renewal on Jan. 3, 2020. Anyone who has concerns should contact the office of Ward 4 Council Member Mitra Nelson.
As previously reported:
  • Speedway: The gas station license and liquor license for the convenience store at Lexington and Front are up for renewal on Dec. 1. Anyone who has concerns should contact the office of Ward 1 Councilmember Dai Thao.
  • Carter's BP: The gas station license for the business at Como and Dale is up for renewal on Dec. 29. Anyone who has concerns should contact the office of Ward 5 Councilmember Amy Brendmoen.
This Weekend at the Fairgrounds
  • Hmong American New Year: This Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 9-10, Warner Coliseum. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. each day. Admission: $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Free for seniors age 65 or older, and children 37 inches or shorter.
  • Parking and shuttle for University of Minnesota football game: This Saturday, Nov. 9, Robin Lot (south and east of Randall Ave.). The Gophers play Penn State at 11 a.m.
In the Next Few Weeks... 
  • Today, Friday Nov. 8: Street sweeping of residential streets in District 10 is scheduled to wrap up.
  • Today, Friday Nov. 8: St. Martin's Day Lantern Parade  (Martinstag Laternenumzug), 5 p.m. From Twin Cities German Immersion School to Chatsworth Woods and back.
  • This Saturday, Nov. 9: Como Park Ski Center Booster Club annual equipment sale , 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ski Chalet, 1431 Lexington Parkway N.
  • This Tuesday, Nov. 12: Open house on City of Saint Paul's 2020-2024 HUD Consolidated Plan, 5-7 p.m. Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. Each year, the city receives more than $8 million in federal funding for community development projects and programs. The Consolidated Plan starts with ideas, opinions, and suggested priorities for improving neighborhood public facilities; increasing affordable housing, job, and business opportunities; and enhancing public services. Learn more about the existing plan, or take a survey about updating the plan.
  • Next Friday, Nov. 15: Deadline to nominate an adult, youth, or organization for a Capitol Region Watershed District Watershed Steward Award.
  • Tuesday Nov. 19: Ward 1 Community Meal (uniting neighbors across social, cultural and economic barriers), 5-8 p.m. Frogtown Community Center, 230 Como Ave. Free
  • Tuesday Nov. 19: "A Place for Everyone," 6:30-8 p.m. Centennial United Methodist Church, 1524 County Road C2, Roseville. A discussion of fair housing for all community members, sponsored by League of Women Voters.
  • Saturday Nov. 23: Graze and Give Thanks, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1460 Almond. Free Thanksgiving dinner and dish sampler, compete with recipes! Donations will support the housing programs at Booth Brown House.
  • Sunday Nov. 24: Arts and Crafts Festival, 1-4 p.m. Northwest Como Recreation Center, 1550 N. Hamline. Proceeds benefit Chelsea Heights Elementary School. Local vendors and artisans, plus spice rubs, paintings, and jewelry from school staff members. Cotton candy, sand art, and games for kids.
Have Coffee with a Cop on Thursday
Command staff from the Western District of the Saint Paul Police Department will hang out this Thursday at the Eggroll Queen Music Café, 1579 N. Hamline. They welcome residents to drop in, have a cup of coffee, ask questions, share thoughts, or just join informal conversations in a casual setting. "Coffee with a Cop" is Nov. 14 from 9-10:30 a.m.
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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