District 12 St. Anthony Park Community Council

National Night coming

This year National Night Out is on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and the District 12 Council is reaching out to promote the Hampden Park block party in South St. Anthony Park.

The Council is also encouraging residents from Seal Hi-Rise, Hampden Square, the C&E Lofts and Flats and others to join the party, meet your neighbors, share food and stories, and make connections that may have seemed impossible before, says Emily Rodriguez, community organizer.

Look for flyers and more information in the coming month! This year, registering an event has been made easier by combining the street permit and registration process. “We hope this eases the process for party hosts,” Rodriguez says.

The webpage and registration can be found at www.stpaul.gov/nno. There is an updated participant guide, and announcements on the webpage.

SAPCC CALENDAR

Board Meetings: Second Thursday of the month 7-9 p.m. (Held at Jennings Community School, 2455 W. University Ave.)

Environment: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. (Held at SAPCC office 2395 W. University Ave., Suite 300E)

Equity: First Monday of the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Held at Seal Hi-Rise 825 Seal St.)

Land Use: First Thursday of the month 7-9 p.m. (Held at Jennings Community School)

Transportation: Last Tuesday of the month 7-9 p.m. (Held at SAPCC office)

*Times and locations subject to change.

—Submitted by Emily Rodriguez, community organizer

District 10 Como Community Council

Ice cream social coming July 12

The Como Community Council’s annual Ice Cream Social is Friday, July 12, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, 1224 N. Lexington Parkway.

The free event features giant bubbles, face-painting and other diversions for kiddos; music by the Incredible Shrinking Men from 5:30-7 p.m.; and Shakes­peare in the Park—“The Merry Wives of Windsor”—by Classical Actors Ensemble at 7 p.m. And, oh, yes . . . ice cream.

In addition, an expanded Como Connect gives you the opportunity to meet all kinds of community organizations, find resources and figure out where to share your skills.

Tour gardens with a purpose

A free “pollinator-friendly” garden tour of the Como neighborhood is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wander at your own pace and admire 10 public and private gardens in Como that prove making pollinator preservation a priority doesn’t sacrifice beauty. Plus, learn how to improve your landscape for bees, butterflies and more. We will have online and downloadable maps to guide you.

ComoFest is Right Around the Corner

The ice cream social and garden tour are part of ComoFest—the annual amalgamation of affordable, family-friendly fun in the neighborhood almost every weekend in July. You can get more details at www.ComoFest.org. A quick rundown of other ComoFest events:

Friday July 19: Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival, 2-8 p.m., 1415 Almond Ave.

Thursday July 25: North Dale Summerfest, 5-7:30 p.m., 1414 N. St. Albans St.

Friday July 26: Northwest Como Movie Night and Campout, 6:45 p.m. until Saturday morning, 1550 N. Hamline Ave. Featured movie is “Smallfoot.”

Saturday July 27: Community Appreciation Picnic, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., TopLine Federal Credit Union, 976 Lexington Parkway. Como Park’s “shortest marathon” begins at 1:15 p.m.

Saturday July 27: Gabe’s Mini Mingle, 1-5 p.m., Gabe’s by the Park, 991 Lexington Parkway.

Protecting the Lake and River: Part 1

Three dozen neighbors on June 1 got into canoes or kayaks, waders or mud boots, to pull trash from the water and shoreline of Como Lake 1. The cleanup was part of District 10’s ongoing commitment to the lake’s water quality. We’ll do it again on Saturday mornings Aug. 3 and Oct. 12. The clean-up is supported by the Capi­tol Region Watershed District.

Protecting the Lake and River: Part 2

District 10 is competing against five other district councils to see which neighborhood can adopt more storm drains this summer. The best thing: This is a contest where everybody wins.

In Como, keeping storm drains clear of leaves, trash, and other debris—and doing so year-round—directly improves the water quality of Como Lake and connected waterways. It’s easy to adopt one or more drains near your home, school, organization, or business. (You can even name your drain!) Here’s how:

• Go to www.adopt-a-drain.org.

• Once you get to the interactive map, look for a red drain—that means the drain is available. (Green means someone else has already claimed it.)

• Pick one or more of the available drains to adopt.

• Then, diligently keep the drain clean so debris doesn’t flow into the lake or Mississippi River. As a reminder to you and your neighbors, a lawn sign will “mysteriously” show up, pointing out your role.

District 10 Board now full

Congratulations to Jill Henricksen, who was elected in May to fill a vacant at-large position on the Como Community Council Board.

Party assistance available

District 10 has street barricades and portable recycling containers that community members can use for block parties, neighborhood, or family events.

You can borrow the recycling containers for free.

The city of St. Paul requires street barricades when you block off your street or alley, but District 10 says its barricades are more affordable than those from Public Works. Barricades require a $50 deposit. District 10 returns $40 when you return the barricades.

To reserve any of this equipment, call the District 10 office at 651-644-3889. Reservations are first-come, first-served.

Upcoming District 10 Meetings

• Land Use Committee: Tuesday, June 25 (rescheduled from July 3).

• Environment Committee: Wednesday, June 26.

• Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday, July 2.

• Como Community Council Board: Tuesday, July 16.

All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington Parkway and Horton Avenue. Renters, homeowners, and all other community members are welcome to attend and participate. When­ever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

Streetcar Station Begins Summer Hours From now through September, the Como Park Streetcar Station is open every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. It is a great chance to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day.

—Submitted by Michael Kuchta, District 10 Community Council executive director

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