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Kasota Ponds cleanup April 29

The District 12 Environment Committee has scheduled the annual Kasota Ponds Cleanup for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29. In the event of rain, the cleanup will be held the next day at the same times.

Neighbors of all ages are invited to participate in the annual cleanup.

Help remove trash from around the three ponds that provide critical habitat for waterfowl, turtles, fish and insects. Each year this one-day event removes one to two tons of debris from these impaired wetlands. Volunteers can come and go at any time during the event

Check in at the Napa Auto Parts sign at 2530 Kasota Ave., where you can pick up trash bags, gloves, safety vests and snacks and learn more about the ponds’ aquatic life from local entomologist Margot Munson. Find out more and RSVP at sapcc.org/kasotacleanup.

This event re-started last year after being canceled due to Covid 19 the two years before. In 2022, more than 60 volunteers collected over 100 bags or 2,200 pounds of trash and recycling during the four-hour event.

District gains grant for tenants

District 12 Community Council said it has received a Tenant Organizing VISTA grant through HOMELine!

The VISTA program is scheduled start in August 2023 and will partner with the Equity Committee and the Hamline Midway Coalition to work on tenants rights, advocacy and community events.

HOMELine has hosted the Tenant Organizing VISTA program for the past few years to help groups advocate and organize around renters rights.

To help fund training, communication and events surrounding SAPCC’s Tenant Organizing work, the Equity Committee applied for and received a Neighborhood Partnership Initiative grant through the U of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

If you would like to get involved in tenant advocacy in St. Anthony Park, please contact jessica@sapcc.org or join the next District 12 Equity Committee meeting on the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

District 12 upcoming meetings

St. Anthony Park Community Council committees discuss a variety of issues at their monthly meetings. Visit the council’s website at sapcc.org to learn more.

All meetings are hosted via Zoom. Meeting times are subject to change. If you want to attend a meeting or have questions about joining a committee, please email Kathryn at kathryn@sapcc.org.

For ongoing updates and meeting changes, follow along on Facebook @St.AnthonyParkCommunityCouncil.

•  Land Use Committee: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6, and 7 p.m., Thursday, May 4

•  District 12 Board: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 13

•  Environment Committee: 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 26

•  Equity Committee: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 27

•  Transportation Committee: 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 27

Submitted by Jessica Willman, District 12 community organizer.

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