Not a good start to the season: This kite couldn't escape the clutches of a ginkgo tree on Midway Parkway. 
School Expects to Raze Old Church Building
The former St. Andrew church building dates to 1927. The parish closed in 2011.
Twin Cities German Immersion School is likely to tear down the old St. Andrew church building and replace it with a three-level addition for classrooms, gymnasium, and cafeteria. The school also expects to purchase the house at 1042 Van Slyke and tear it down.

The charter school, at 1031 Como Ave., has been evaluating expansion options for months. This week, school board members said replacing the former St. Andrew church -- which it calls the Aula, or auditorium -- is the most cost-effective plan. The school hopes to begin construction in summer 2019, and finish by the end of that year.

The 23,000-square-foot addition would give the school space to handle enrollment that continues to exceed projections, says Nic Ludwig, who chairs the school's facilities committee. The school now has 555 pupils in grades K-8. It projects enrollment of 613 within four years. Sam Walling, who chairs the school's finance committee, says it would be too expensive and less efficient to retrofit the 1927 church building. Read more details
This is Your Engraved Invitation
Eight positions on the Como Community Council board are up for election this April -- and incumbents are not seeking re-election in at least seven of them. That makes this year a great opportunity for new activists -- because you can run for an open seat without challenging an incumbent. Positions you can run for :
  • Vice-chair
  • Treasurer
  • One representative from each of the four geographical sub-districts
  • Two at-large representatives from the community as a whole
Any renter, homeowner, or other resident of District 10 who is age 18 or older is eligible. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization in District 10.  If you are interested, fill out the application by Tuesday April 10. Terms run until April 2020. Learn more
Interested in Our Community Garden?
The first member meeting of the Como Community Garden will be this Wednesday, March 28, at 6 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. At the meeting, returning gardeners and those interested in joining them can iron out logistics for the 2018 season; review the garden rules and make changes as appropriate; and discuss concerns, questions, or suggestions.

If you did not garden in 2017 and want to get on the list for this year, contact garden coordinator Barbara Clark at 612-968-2295 or by email. The garden fee is $25.
Of Course We Have a Survey This Week
For 84 percent of us, when we've got unwanted clothing or fabric, we throw it out instead of repairing it, reusing it, or recycling it. Eureka Recycling wants to know what can help keep all that clothing out of a landfill or incinerator. Take their survey -- you might even win a $100 gift card.
After Dark, It Gets Even Darker
Saint Paul observes Earth Hour this Saturday, March 24, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. More than two dozen prominent buildings will turn lights off for an hour, including City Hall, Ecolab, First National Bank, Landmark Center, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota Children's Museum, Minnesota State Capitol, Ordway Center and Xcel Energy Center. (These last two ought to be interesting; there's an opera performance at the Ordway and a Wild hockey game at the Xcel at the same time.)

It's part of a worldwide observance begun in 2007 by the World Wildlife Federation to raise awareness about global climate change.
Legislators are Ready to Listen
State Sen. John Marty, Rep. Alice Hausman, and Rep. John Lesch hold a town hall forum this Saturday, March 24, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Cameroon Community Center, 1020 Bandana Blvd. W, in Bandana Square. Get a legislative update from their perspective, and ask questions from your perspective. 
Patch Yourself Through
Got a pothole (or dozen) that needs to be patched? You've got no excuse: 
(If you are reporting online or by email, please do not type and drive at the same time. Just saying...)
Looking for a Summer Job?
Ramsey County is hiring seasonal workers for its parks, golf courses, and beaches. Apply online
So Much to Look Forward To
  • This Saturday, March 24: Ramsey County Fix-It Clinic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. West Minnehaha Recreation Center, 685 W. Minnehaha Ave.
  • This Saturday, March 24: Lunch with the Bunny, 11:30 a.m. North Dale Recreation Center, 1414 N. St. Albans. Includes lunch, an egg hunt, and a craft project. $2 ($5 per family)
  • This Saturday, March 24: 10th annual Burning of the Trees, 7 p.m. Como Park fire pits. Watch your dried-out Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland go up in flames. 
  • This Wednesday, March 28: District 10 Environment Committee, 7 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All community members are welcome to attend and participate. Here's the agenda
  • Sunday April 15: District 10 Sunday Series:  Crime Prevention through Landscape Design, 1-2:30 p.m. Como Park Streetcar Station. What you plant, where you plant it, the fencing you choose, and how you let your lights shine all can be tactics to keep your property safer. Pick up advice in these areas and more.
  • Friday April 20: Lyngblomsten Foundation Spring Gala, 5:30 p.m. Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 E. County Road F. $50 before March 31; $75 after that.
  • Saturday April 21: Parks and Recreation  Spring Cleanup , 9-11:30 a.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion. Volunteers are needed to spiff up the park.
  • Thursday-Sunday, May 3-6: Festival of Nations , Saint Paul RiverCentre. The International Institute, which is headquartered in District 10, is recruiting volunteers to work a 3- or 4-hour shift staffing booths, setting up, tearing down, cleaning tables, or greeting visitors. Volunteers get free admission. Sign up here
Landscaping improves the Como Park Pool experience.
Soak Your Hands in the Dirt
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help get the Como Park Pool gardens in shape for the year. They could use 10-20 volunteers, preferably on a weekday morning from mid- to late April. They'll supply the gloves, tools, etc.; you bring a water bottle and do the weeding and mulching. To volunteer, c ontact Tricia Wehrle at 651-632-2411 or by email .
'Mermaid' Surfaces This Weekend
"Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr." is this year's Murray Musical. Though they get adult guidance, students create the entire production, including sets, props, and costumes. They stage it at Murray Middle School, 2200 Buford Ave.  Performances are today-Saturday, March 23-24, at 7 p.m., and this Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and children ages 12-17, $4 for children ages 5-11. If you dawdle, you'll pay $10 and $5 at the door.
The Citywide Drop-Off at the Fairgrounds moves up to June -- and could use volunteers.
Make Your Spring Less Boring
District 10 has a hand in a number of community events this spring. A sample:
  • Saturday May 5: Como Community Seed Library May Mosaic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Como Park Streetcar Station. Swap seeds, plants and perennials; swap stories; get advice you can use from garden experts; and more.
  • Saturday May 19: Rain Barrel Workshop, 1-3 p.m., Twin Cities German Immersion School. Get a rain barrel for $40 -- and learn how to use it effectively. If you already have rain barrels outside your home, you also can learn to use them effectively -- for free.
  • Sunday June 3: District 10 Sunday Series: Como Park Tree Trek, 1-2:30 p.m. Meet outside the Lakeside Pavilion. Arborist Tim Morgan leads a walk to help us better identify and understand local tree species, their health, and the diseases and pests that affect them.
  • Sunday June 3: Block Party in the Park, 4-7 p.m., Orchard Park. Neighbors hanging out with neighbors. You don't have to live in South Como to join the fun.
  • Saturday June 9: Citywide Drop-Off, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. State Fairgrounds. Get rid of the junk you can't throw in the trash. Volunteer -- and you can get rid of it for free.
  • Saturday June 16: Como Neighborhood Garage Sale. By popular demand, it's later than usual this year, in hopes of better weather.
  • Saturday June 23: Boulevard Rain Gardens, 9 a.m.-noon. Como Park Streetcar Station. Capitol Region Watershed District leads a hands-on workshop to learn about and identify locations for the next wave of boulevard rain gardens in District 10 -- one of the most cost-effective ways to collect and filter street runoff before it reaches Como Lake. 
The Outdoors Go Indoors
  • Flat Track Motorcycle Racing: Today, Friday March 23, Warner Coliseum. 3-10 p.m. Admission: $15 teens and adults. VIP and children's rate available.
  • Outdoor Life Expo: This Saturday -Sunday, March 24-25, Warner Coliseum and AgStar Arena. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $12 teens and adults, free for children 12 or younger when accompanied by an adult.
Keep Burglars Out in the Cold
As the weather gets warmer, we'll start opening our doors and windows. That's great for fresh air. It's also great for burglars. A couple of pieces of advice:
  • Always lock your windows when they're not open.
  • Don't leave your windows open when you are not home.
  • Install window pins so your windows can't open more than 4 inches.
  • Don't leave your doors open just because you're puttering in the yard.
  • If you've got a sliding glass door, use a Charley bar and track locks to keep the door in place. Coat the glass with security window film so burglars can't shatter it.

(Sorry, no neighborhood crime report this week; the Police Department has not updated the online database.)

Spread the Word
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