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District 10

Lake Como cleanup-Oct. 8

District 10 is planning the next Lake Como cleanup for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 8.

These events, in partnership with the Capitol Region Watershed District, focus on cleaning up the lake and its shoreline. The July 26 cleanup event drew 21 people who helped clean more than 50 pounds of trash from the lakeshore.

District 10 provides trash-grabbers, rakes, buckets, nets, trash bags and nitrile gloves for those who need them. Otherwise, feel free to provide your own gear.

Registration (before Oct. 7) is not required, but helps in planning and communicating if changes come up. Register and find out more at District10ComoPark.org/Como-Clean-Up

Harvest Festival wraps up District 10’s events initiative

The District 10 Como Community Council’s Harvest Festival at Tilden Park in September concluded one of the biggest events of its 2022 community-wide engagement plan.

New events were spread out across District 10’s long-established four sub-districts to reach more community members who haven’t been engaged in its work before, according to Shevek McKee, District 10 executive director.

“We had our share of last-minute scrambles and teachable moments, but we also connected with new community members and created (and strengthened) partnerships with other organizations and businesses,” he added.

McKee cited District 10 community organizer Jessica Willman, and the volunteer leadership of the Neighborhood Relations committee — Sarah Reuter, Morgan Weinert, Lizzy Cantley and Abby Gold — for playing a major role in promoting the community-wide engagement plan.

“We’re already looking ahead to 2023, where new events become second annual traditions, and we hope to add additional depth as well as even more fun and games!”

Como Curb Clean-up this fall

Como Community Council is partnering with the Capitol Region Watershed District for the 2022 Como Curb Clean-up.

When it rains, leaves on streets release nutrients into the water that flow into storm drains and the lake. There it becomes food for invasive algae. Studies have shown that sweeping up the leaves that sit against the curb — where this stormwater/ice melt flow — is surprisingly effective in reducing this damage.

Join neighbors in sweeping your curb once a week this fall to help keep Como Lake clean. Learn more and register as an “official” participant to help track our effectiveness on the District 10 website: District10ComoPark.org/Como-Clean-Up.

District 10 meetings schedule

•  Environment Committee: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5

•  Neighborhood Relations Committee: 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5

•  Land Use Committee: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18

•  District 10 Board: 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18

All District 10 board and committee meetings are open to the public and save time for community members to bring topics for discussion. For further details, go to District10ComoPark.org.

Submitted by Shevek McKee, District 10 Como Community Council executive director.

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