Stone cold: Chuck Carter (in the skid steer) and Baltazar Cardoso dig through 2 feet of frost this week to prepare a burial site at Calvary Cemetery. 
Get Out -- Get Out Now
Next Sunday, Jan. 14, is Family Winter Activity Day at the Como Park Ski Center. The Como Snowsports Booster Club takes over from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with discounts on skiing and boarding ($10 each, $20 per family) and equipment rental ($8 per person). Plus they'll have games, demonstrations, art, face-painting, and other activities indoors and out.

Don't forget Fridays: Fridays are Family Fun Night at the ski center. From 5-10 p.m., a family of up to five can ski or snowboard for $60. The price applies to rope tow tickets and downhill, cross-country, or snowboard rentals. Click here to find more details and up-to-date ski center hours.

Classes still available: It's not too late to learn Nordic skiing, downhill skiing, or snowboarding. Group lessons are available for ages 4 to adult. Private and adult-only lessons also are available.
Deadline Extended to Replace Dockside
Vendors interested in operating the Como Lakeside Pavilion now have until Jan. 10 to submit their proposals. So, if you have a favorite restaurant, chef, or company that you want to see run the place, tell them to get their act and paperwork together by this Wednesday.

Saint Paul's departments of Parks and Recreation and Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity extended the deadline on Jan. 4. Those two departments are overseeing the selection process. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee that includes representatives from the Como Community Council; Wards 1, 4, and 5; and various city agencies.

Selection committee members expect to get their first look at proposals on Jan. 11. They are scheduled to narrow the field on Jan. 17, interview finalists on Jan. 24, and make recommendations after that. City officials will make the final decision. The city expects new managers, who would replace Como Dockside, to be operating by spring 2018.
Recycling is Delayed One Day (Again)
Because of the New Year holiday, recycling pickup on District 10 is delayed by one day this week, too. You will not see the Eureka trucks today. You should see them Saturday (Jan. 6).  If you have recycling issues, call Eureka: 651-222-7678.
More Friends and Relations
District 10's Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee meets this Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station (which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton). All community members are welcome to attend and participate. We'll post an agenda as soon as it is available.
Music Under Glass Raises the Curtain
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory's Music Under Glass series begins this Sunday, Jan. 7. Paul Metsa kicks it off from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The music is free; there's a cash bar for beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks. The season's full line-up
Explore different types of tea during Tea 101.
Clear Your Mind at the Library
The Saint Paul Public Library is launching a series it calls Winter Wellness. These are free sessions featuring laughter and yoga, meditation, and warm tea.
  • Meditation debuts this Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Rondo branch, 461 N. Dale.
  • Tea 101 debuts this Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Hamline Midway branch, 1558 W. Minnehaha. Register in advance
  • Laughter Yoga begins next Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. at Riverview, 1 E. George St.
Every session repeats twice at different locations.
Job Training Right Next Door
The Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center, at Arlington and Snelling, is one of the best in the country. For example, it ranks 7th (out of 125 Job Corps centers) in placing students in jobs. It ranks 5th in the wages its students earn.

The center trains young adults in basic workplace and independent living skills, and coordinates volunteer opportunities for its students. Training and internships are available in culinary arts, facilities maintenance, home health, medical records, nursing assistance, office administration, painting and sign-making, and transportation logistics. 

If you know a young adult age 16-24 who could benefit from this type of training (or if you have open jobs in those areas), contact the center at 651-642-1133. Or steer students to the center's free orientation, which occurs every Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
About Those New Year Resolutions
A dozen Saint Paul recreation and community centers -- including North Dale -- have fitness rooms with basic cardio and strength equipment. Did you know that for $30 a year, you get access to every one of them? To spread the word, Parks and Recreation is holding open houses:
  • This Thursday, Jan. 11: Edgecumbe, 320 Griggs St. S, 6-8 p.m.
  • Next Saturday, Jan. 13: MLK, 271 Mackubin, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, Battle Creek, 75 Winthrop St. S, 9-11 a.m.
Other centers with fitness rooms are El Rio, Highland Park, Linwood, Arlington Hills, Minnehaha, Dayton's Bluff, Jimmy Lee, and Palace.
... or if You Need More Structure
New winter and spring activities are in full swing at North Dale and Northwest Como recreation centers.  View or download  full schedules, activity details, and registration information
  • Activities for adults include fitness (such as basketball, dancing, pilates, soccer, tennis, and yoga), skills (such as plumbing and relationship repairs), and fun (such as wine and art appreciation).
  • Activities for youth include archery, taekwondo and tumbling; all kinds of art, robotics, and dance classes; ice skating; and babysitting training.

Plus, there are regular and one-time family events such as open play time, a bonfire, and dances.

Watching Our Waste: After the Holidays
Last issue, we ran down options for conscientiously disposing of holiday decorations. Here are a few more choices:
  • Trees, wreaths, and other greenery: Bring them to Great River School, 1326 Energy Park Drive. The school uses them as food and shelter for its goats.
  • String lights: In addition to bringing used-up lights and cords to the Ramsey County household hazardous waste site, you can also recycle them through the end of the month at nearly a dozen other locations in the city, including the Como Park Visitor Center and the Rice Street Library.
Free Fun for Wee Ones
Lil' Explorer Thursdays are underway at Como Park Zoo. The free activities for 1- to 3-year-olds run from 10 a.m.-noon at the Visitor Center. Youngsters get face to face with animals and plants, play games, and take part in story times. Because we all know how attention spans are (children and their adults!), there's a different theme each week.
Your Calendar Abhors a Vacuum
  • This Saturday, Jan. 6: Saint Paul Police open house about women in law enforcement, 10 a.m.-noon. 600 Lafayette Road.
  • Next Saturday, Jan. 13: Saint Paul Winter Classic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The girls' high school hockey showcase features four outdoor games at North Dale Community Center, 1414 N. St. Albans.
  • Saturday Jan. 27: Ramsey County Fix-It Clinic, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Roseville library, 2180 N. Hamline. 
  • Sunday Feb. 25: District 10 Sunday Series: State Fair History, Part 2, 1-2:30 p.m. Newman-Benson Chapel at Lyngblomsten, 1415 Almond Ave.
  • Sunday March 18: District 10 Sunday Series: The Next Step in Pedestrian Safety, 1-2:30 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station, 1224 Lexington Parkway N.
Fairgrounds Aren't Completely Silent
North Star Roller Girls: This Saturday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m., Warner Coliseum. Admission: adults and children 11 or older, $13 in advance ($16 at the door); children 10 or younger, free with a paying adult. Group discounts and package promotions available.
New Year Brings a New Look at Crime
Saint Paul Police have changed how they report crime. They no longer publish individual reports by neighborhood. Instead, residents now have access to an online database.  To use the database:
  • Click "Explore Data"
  • Click "View Data"
  • Click the blue "Filter" button
  • Click "Add a New Filter Condition", then use the drop-down menu to filter for the information you are seeking
If you want crime statistics specifically for Como, see District 10's website. We'll try to update things weekly.
Streetcar Station is Open Sunday
The exhibit space at the Como Park Streetcar Station is open this Sunday, Jan. 7, from noon-4 p.m. (This time of year, it's open only on the first Sunday of each month.)  Stop in to learn a bit about the history of Como Park, pick up an organics recycling starter kit, pick up replacement compostable bags, or just share comments and suggestions with a District 10 board member who's on staff that day. 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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