Leaving winter behind: Two Canada geese soak in open water and sunshine on Como Lake during the first full day of spring.
Oops: Sunday Series is Not This Sunday
Photo: Brad Goddard
District 10's Sunday Series presentation on mosquitoes is NOT this Sunday, March 24. Because of a booking error on our part, we have to reschedule the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District for April 28 instead. We apologize.

However, next Sunday, March 31, is a go. We'll talk floods. Tornadoes. Fire. Civil unrest. Because if disaster strikes, how prepared are you to evacuate your home in a hurry? Saint Paul Emergency Management talks about their role in preparing for the unexpected. More importantly, they offer advice on what you can do to prepare yourself and your family, and what you should pack in your "go bag."

Details: Surviving an Emergency. Sunday March 31, 1-2:30 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station. Free.  Future Sunday Series presentations:
  • Doing citizen science where you live. Sunday April 14.
  • Mosquitoes: The endless showdown. Sunday April 28.
  • Recycling isn't what it used to be. Sunday May 5.
A seat at the table awaits you.
Yet Another Election Coming Up
Annual elections for the District 10 Como Community Council board take place April 16. Under our by-laws, nine board positions are up for election; in at least five of them, the incumbent is not seeking re-election. In addition, we will have a special election for treasurer, to fill the one year remaining on the term of Anne Hartmann, who resigned this week because she is moving out of the neighborhood.

All this makes it a great opportunity for new activists to seek an open seat on the council board. The positions on this April's ballot:
Any renter, homeowner, or other resident of District 10 who is age 16 or older is eligible to run. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in District 10. To get on the ballot, submit your name and a brief biography no later than Tuesday April 9. Nominations submitted after that date will be treated as write-in candidacies. Board members elected this year will serve from April 23, 2019, until April 27, 2021. A list of board member responsibilities is available on District 10's website.
What is Como Lake's Future?
The Capitol Region Watershed District offers a limited-time opportunity this week to help shape the future of Como Lake. It's the final review of the watershed district's final draft of the new Como Lake Management Plan, which outlines strategies to improve the lake's water quality for the next 20 years.

To have your say, show up in person this Thursday, March 28, at 6 p.m. at the watershed district's headquarters, 595 Aldine St. (at Thomas Ave.). Or, if you can't be part of the in-person conversation, make your ideas known on your own schedule before April 4.  You can read (or download) the draft , then submit comments online.
Photo: Saint Paul SeeClickFix.
Pothole Patrol
Potholes are turning many local streets into slalom courses. Once your vehicle is done swerving and rattling, report potholes to these places, depending on whether they are on a city street, county road, or state highway:
If you can believe it: MnDOT has started reconstruction of the interchange at Rice Street and I-694. Closed for the next five months or so are the westbound ramp from Rice to 694, and the eastbound ramp from 694 to Rice.
Both Sides Now
As a result of this week's rapid snow melt, Saint Paul has ended its one-sided parking ban 10 days early. You can now park on either side of residential streets, as long as you follow regular parking rules and restrictions.
You'll Have Them Going in Circles
Wanna have some fun this summer? Cafesjian's Carousel is looking for volunteers to operate the ride, sell tickets, or handle gift shop sales this season. Volunteers are asked to commit at least two days a month. Shifts are 3 or 4 hours on weekdays, 3 hours on weekends. All volunteers receive free training. You can sign up individually, in pairs, or as a group.

The restored, 105-year-old amusement outside the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory operates every day between May 1 and Labor Day, then weekends until Halloween. For more information, or to enroll, call 651-489-4628, send an email, or download an online form.
Good or Not, County Wants to Hear It
If you are pregnant -- or a mother, father, auntie, grandmother, or care-giver of infants or toddlers -- Ramsey County wants to know why you do or don't use the county's home visiting services, including good or bad experiences you have had with the services. The county is scheduling more than a dozen discussions focused on African-American parents, couples, and family members. 

The one-hour discussions are 5 p.m. March 27, 28, 29 and April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12. Discussions are in the 2nd-floor Riverview Conference Room of Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., Saint Paul. Participants receive $20 cash.  Reservations are required; to sign up, call 651-222-8333, text 651-333-0745, or send an email.
Get Kids on Their Feet or on a Seat
A free training for biking and walking advocates takes place Thursday April 11 from 4:30-8 p.m. at Great River School, 1326 Energy Park Drive. The Walk! Bike! Fun! program gives parents, school staff, and community volunteers the tools to increase youth-targeted activities such as bike rodeos, bike trains, a walking school bus, remote drop-offs, and mapping safe cycling and walking routes to school.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota supplies the training. Sign up here
Renter Voice Summit is in the Works
Ward 4 Council Member Mitra Jalali Nelson, the District 10 Como Community Council, and four other district councils are teaming up to hold a free "renter voice summit" on Thursday April 18 at Hamline University. The summit will help renters:
  • Learn whom they should call for what, so renters can access public and private resources available to them.
  • Understand rights and protections renters have under state and local law.
  • Connect with the district council in their neighborhood, and find out how renters can make an impact on local issues where they live.
  • Meet neighbors and plan new ways for renters to make their voice heard across Saint Paul.
The event is Thursday April 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Hamline University's Anderson Center, Room 111, 774 N. Snelling. Note: You don't have to be a renter to attend.
For more information, email the Ward 4 office.
Environment Committee Meets Wednesday
District 10's Environment Committee holds its monthly meeting this Wednesday, March 27, 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. ( Preliminary agenda)
Neighborhood Events You've Been Asking About
The Week Ahead at the Fairgrounds
  • Flat Track Motorcycle Racing: Today, Friday March 22, Warner Coliseum. 6-10 p.m. Admission: Teens and adults, $15; children 12 or younger, free.
  • Saint Paul Osman Shrine Circus: This Thursday, March 28-next Sunday, March 31, Warner Coliseum. Performances: March 28, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; March 29-30, 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; March 31, 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. Admission: $10 for 7 p.m. show March 28; $20-$95 for other performances, with discounts available. Children 2 or younger, free.
Forum Focuses on Domestic Violence
The Asian Peace Officer Association holds a community forum on domestic violence this Saturday, March 23, from 2-4 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center, at Payne and Maryland Aves. The forum will be a safe space to learn about laws and advocates in place to protect victims of domestic violence and their family members. Interpreters will be available for members of the Hmong, Karen, Latinx, and Somali communities.
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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