This is why we live here: Yes, we have to put up with plowed-in crosswalks, the timing of snow emergency declarations, and trash and recycling that may or may not get picked up on time. Then we can take a breath and observe scenes like this. Photo: Nile Fellows
Residents Appeal 'Non-Decision' on TCGIS
Friends of Warrendale - Save Historic Saint Andrews LLC is appealing Saint Paul Planning Commission actions that will allow automatic approval of the zoning variances and site plan that Twin Cities German Immersion School needs for its proposed building addition. The City Council needs to act on the appeal by March 6.

On Feb. 8, the Planning Commission voted not to vote on the school's variance requests and site plan. Under state statute, that means the school's requests take effect automatically under a designated timeline by what is known as "operation of law." That timeline is March 6 for the site plan, March 26 for the variances.  A week after the Planning Commission action, however, it remains unclear which version of the site plan and variances will take effect. Here's what we know and don't know
Photo: Debby Smith
We're Getting There
Last year, we asked users of Como Regional Park for ideas on what would make it easier to get around the park while walking, biking, rolling, or using some other form of non-motorized transit. More than 550 people responded.

District 10's Pathways work group has compiled and prioritized all that advice and turned it into a set of recommendations on how to improve paths, signs, and navigation in the park. Now we're looking for your feedback on those recommendations. 

Details: The work group will present recommendations this Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. If you can't attend on Wednesday, they'll do it again on Saturday March 9 at 2 p.m. The recommendations also will be posted on District 10's website.
A Couple of Decisions to Make
Whether or not to support an off-leash dog area in Como Regional Park, and a proposed "to-go" container ordinance in Saint Paul will be among topics the Como Community Council board discusses at its February meeting this week. Also on the preliminary agenda: a presentation on changes and programming in the Saint Paul Public Library system.

Details: The District 10 board meeting is this Tuesday, Feb. 19, beginning 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.
Photo: Annie Huidekoper
Dust Off Those Binoculars
District 10's Environment Committee is organizing a yearlong bird survey in Como Park beginning March 1. Birders who are serious, just beginning, or somewhere in between are welcome to participate. Start by signing up here. You'll commit to visiting the lake or the Woodland Outdoor Classroom at least once a month, and recording what you see, using the eBird tracking system.
Extend Those Valentine Feelings
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory feature " Love in Bloom" this weekend. Among the special attractions: a "Dance of Love" station, which reveals the secrets of how different animals attract mates. There also will be selfie stations, animal and plant presentations, make-and-take crafts, and tailored zookeeper and gardener talks. Plus, the Winter Flower Show brings dazzling bursts of color to our snow-covered landscape. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday-Monday, Feb. 16-18.
Ins and Outs of Presidents Day
This Monday, Feb. 18, is the President's Day holiday. Public schools, Saint Paul and Ramsey County offices, local and federal courts, State of Minnesota offices, and federal offices are closed. There is no mail delivery. There is supposed to be trash and recycling pick-up as usual this week. Museums run by the Minnesota Historical Society are closed on Feb. 18, but other museums -- including the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Children's Museum -- are open. Rec centers are open. And you can park at a Saint Paul parking meter without paying.
Ready to Get Rid of Cabin Fever?
District 10's next Community Yoga is Sunday March 3 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. The session will be suitable for all levels of skill and experience. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothes. The class is limited to 25 participants. Registration is just $5, which benefits the Como Community Council. 
Find Out Where Your Bus Is
Tired of standing in a snowbank wondering when your bus will show up? Get an answer by using the " show my bus" feature on Metro Transit's mobile app (or website). You tap in the bus stop you're waiting at; it tells you in real time how far away the next bus is.
Bell Museum is Not Out of Reach
The University of Minnesota's brand-new Bell Museum offers two options that make exhibits and programs more affordable for those who need it most. "Explore Passes" provide free museum admission and discounted planetarium tickets to qualifying individuals. Purchasing a "Curiosity Membership" for $15 a year provides 12 months of unlimited free museum admission; even bigger planetarium discounts; and other perks, including discounts on summer camps, birthday parties, and merchandise.

Explore Passes and Curiosity Memberships are available to adults who qualify for any of a dozen state or federal assistance programs. You can walk right in and provide documentation at the front desk of the museum, which is at Larpenteur and Cleveland Aves. Get more information online, by email, or by calling 612-625-4978.
Meg Medina
Going for a Big Finish
Saint Paul Public Library's Read Brave initiative climaxes this week with a talk, discussion, and book signing featuring author (and Newberry Medal winner) Meg Medina. The free event is this Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rondo Community Library, 461 N. Dale. Other Read Brave events (all are free; advance registration is not required):
  • Rethinking Eviction: Options for Landlords: This Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sun-Ray, 2105 Wilson Ave.
  • "Rondo: Beyond the Pavement": This Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N. Dale.
  • Finding Home Wherever You Are: Thursday Feb. 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Hamline-Midway, 1558 W. Minnehaha.
More Chances to Talk with the Mayor
Mayor Melvin Carter's " Imagine Our Cityconversations wrap up this week. Discussion includes the Serve Saint Paul civic volunteering initiative and the new Office of Financial Empowerment. Here's where to participate:
  • This Saturday, Feb. 16: Tapestry, 394 W. University, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • This Saturday, Feb. 16: Snelling CafĂ©, 638 N. Snelling 1-2:30 p.m.
  • This Thursday, Feb. 21: Ho Ho Gourmet, 1985 Old Hudson Road, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Next Saturday, Feb. 23: Plum's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 480 S. Snelling, 1-2:30 p.m.
No word yet on rescheduling the Feb. 7 conversation at Krungthep Thai on Rice Street, which was cancelled because of the weather.
Just So You Know 
  • Today, Friday Feb. 15: Deadline to submit nominations for Saint Paul's Business Awards. There are three categories: Traditions, New Kid on the Block, and Good Neighbor.
  • This Sunday, Feb. 17: Como Park Lutheran Church's Organ Concert Series, 4-5 p.m., 1376 W. Hoyt. Featured musician: Jessica Park, chapel organist at the University of St. Thomas. Free
  • This Sunday, Feb. 17: Music Under Glass features Lydia Liza, who might sing her politically correct rewrite of "Baby It's Cold Outside." 4:30-6:30 p.m., Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Free
  • Next Friday, Feb. 22: Deadline to apply for a Saint Paul Cultural STAR grant: 4 p.m. The grants provide 1:1 matching funds for arts and cultural projects within the city.
  • Monday Feb. 25: District 10 neighborhood meeting with Hmong College Prep Academy, 5 p.m., Delicata Pizza, 1341 Pascal.
  • Monday Feb. 25: "Community input" meeting on adding bleachers, sound, concessions, or other amenities to Como High School's upgraded athletics field, 6 p.m. Cougar Forum in the high school, 740 W. Rose Ave.
Going On at the Fairgrounds 
Help Cut Down on Auto Break-Ins
There were 31 days in January. In District 10, there were 29 thefts of  vehicle or thefts from vehicles. That means it happens almost every day. Here are five pieces of advice to make it less likely you'll be a victim:
  • Always lock your car -- even if you're gone for only a few minutes.
  • Don't leave your car running unattended -- even if you're gone for only a few minutes.
  • Never ever leave your keys in your car.
  • Never keep valuables in your car. Definitely don't keep them in sight. That includes your garage door opener, mobile phones, computers or other electronics, purses, wallets, checkbooks, gym bags, back packs, brief cases, camera gear, tool boxes or power tools, and cash -- even loose change.
  • Whenever possible, don't park your car outside.
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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