December 2018 newsletter: Holiday recycling and events, flu shots, free open skate and hockey

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December 2018    

Union Depot tree lighting ceremony.

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Upcoming Events

Board of Commissioners Meetings
Tuesdays, Dec. 11 & 18
9 a.m.

Maryland Avenue Reconstruction Open House
Tuesday, Dec. 4
4:30 - 6 p.m.

Rice Creek North Regional Trail Master Plan Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 6
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Fix-It Clinic
Saturday, Dec. 8
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Ordinance Public Hearings
- Food Protection Ordinance
- Lodging Ordinance
- Manufactured Home Parks & Recreational Camping Areas Ordinance
Tuesday, Dec. 11
9 a.m.

Tax-Forfeited Land Auction
Friday, Dec. 14
9 a.m. registration,
10 a.m. auction

Skate with Santa
Monday, Dec. 17
6 - 9 p.m.

Christmas Day
County offices closed
Tuesday, Dec. 25

Free job seeker workshops
Dates and times vary

View all upcoming events

Did you know?

In 2018, 679 items have been fixed at Ramsey County's free Fix-It Clinics. 

At the clinics, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics and more to receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix items.

Fix-It Clinics program details

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Links and resources

Park locations

Library hours and locations

Recycling and waste collection sites map

County job opportunities 

Ramsey County's strategic priorities

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Board of commissioners votes on 2019 budget Dec. 11

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on the county's 2019 supplemental budget Dec. 11.

A public hearing on the budget was held Monday, Nov. 26. Visit to view the presentation, access budget and property tax resources, and submit your comments to the board.

Holiday events at Union Depot

Celebrate the holiday season with fun for all ages at Union Depot!

Full "Hub for the Holidays" event schedule

Holiday Tree Lighting and Movie Night - Nov. 30
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy music, fireworks and a free showing of Elf.

Holiday Bake Sale - Dec. 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Shop the top Twin Cities bakeries!

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train - Dec. 10
Approximately 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the brightly-lit train and musical performances.

European Christmas Market
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-10

Cookies for sale at the bake sale in the shape of ugly sweaters.

Free open skate at Highland Arena and Vadnais Sports Center

Sharpen your skating skills or just get out on the ice for some exercise! Open skating is available at Highland Arena and Vadnais Sports Center. Admission is free. Skate rental and sharpening are available for a fee.

Open skate schedule

Adult open hockey

Open hockey is also available at Highland Arena and Vadnais Sports Center. Admission is free. Players must provide their own equipment. 

Open hockey schedule

Group of ice skaters at Aldrich Arena

Recycle holiday greenery and lights

Did you know holiday greenery, lights and electrical cords can be recycled?

Ramsey County’s household hazardous waste collection site accepts holiday string lights and electrical cords.

Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery can be brought to county yard waste collection sites that accept trees and branches, where they will then be mulched.

Holiday recycling information

Holiday trees at yard waste sites

Had your flu shot yet?

It’s not too late. And there are still good reasons to get one!

Flu peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. Influenza is a serious viral disease that can lead to hospitalization and death. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get a flu shot:

Riverfront Properties development

On Nov. 20, the board of commissioners advanced a development proposal from AECOM for the Riverfront Properties site in downtown Saint Paul.

The proposal features four towers with office and residential space and street-level retail, entertainment and hospitality. It increases access to the Mississippi River from downtown through a land bridge extension over Shepard Road and integration with Saint Paul’s proposed River Balcony.

Learn more about the development proposal

Riverfront Properties - AECOM proposal Nov. 2018

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