News from Ward 5 (Feb 9, 2024)

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February 9, 2024

Saint Paul Public Library, Read Brave

City Council and Read Brave

Saint Paul Public Library gave a wonderful presentation during this month's Library Board meeting with an overview of library services, staffing, and programs.

One of the programs they shared out about is Read Brave! Saint Paul City Council received our copies of the Read Brave book “Man o’ War” by Cory McCarthy-- a candid coming-of-age story following the journey of an Irish Lebanese-American trans teen in a small Midwestern town. So excited to read it!

Read Brave 2024’s theme is Celebrating Identities. Stop by any Saint Paul Public Library to get your copy or a book club kit to keep. Then, read it! Talk about it with your neighbors! Join in the upcoming book-based events in March. More info:

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Upcoming Programs

Como Zoo & Conservatory summer camp group

Camp Como is back: 2024 camp offerings are now listed on our website. Scholarships are available. Check them out now to help plan your summer. Registration will open soon in mid-February so stay tuned for that announcement!

School programs: School programs are now being offered for PreK-6th grade. These programs are offered at Como or your school! Bus scholarships are available when booking a program at Como.

Adult program, Orchid Odyssey: Learn about Como's orchid collection, meet a gardener that cares for orchids, and get a behind-the-scenes look at our exclusive orchid house! February 25th, 8:30 am-10:00 am. Cost is $25 per person. 

FLEX Basketball Camp: free for ages 7-18

FLEX Basketball Camp

This spring, St Paul Parks & Recreation is offering a very special FREE basketball clinic for girls and female-identifying individuals ages 7-18. In partnership with HealthPartners and Penumbra Theatre Company, this three Saturday clinic will focus on health, nutrition, and basketball skills and drills. Each week builds on the previous week's class, sharpening participant's skill set as a competitive basketball player. Visits from surprise guests will activate opportunities for sports, artistry, activism, and healing. All skill levels are welcome! Registration is required. Then on May 5, participants 14 years and older* (under 14 with parent approval) are invited to attend a performance of “Flex”. Transportation will be provided from Jimmy Lee to Penumbra Theatre and back. 

Youth Spring Sports registration for volleyball and futsal is also open. Registration is FREE for ages 9 and up! Please note that fees apply for ages 4U, 6U and 8U.

Opportunity for Public Comment: Rulemaking Engagement Survey

office of cannabis management

The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is seeking your input! Their sixth public input survey is now available. This survey covers laboratory standards and edible products standards. Deadline to provide input is Feb. 11.

Another opportunity to provide input:

  • Available Feb. 12-26: Medical cannabis; patient registry program

This input will be used in drafting rules for the new cannabis industry in Minnesota. As part of the first phase of rulemaking engagement, OCM will gather input through surveys on a variety of topics as the agency begins drafting rules to ensure the rulemaking process is accessible to the widest possible range of community members, advocates, and partners who want to help shape how the rules are drafted.

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Winter Warming Spaces

winter warming spaces

Ramsey County winter warming spaces for those experiencing homelessness. Locations will be open every night from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. through the end of March 2024.

The free shuttle service will run from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day. Ramsey County housing services and support staff will also be answering calls and emails from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. to help refer people to available warming spaces or extra shelter beds.

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Schedule a Lake Lap!

Let's talk while we walk around Lake Como! Reach out to the Ward 5 office to schedule a lap.

Winter Monitoring at Como Lake

Capitol Region Watershed District

Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) began monitoring Como Lake in the winter months about five years ago when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency added it to the impaired waters list for excess chloride levels. Gathering data year-round at Como Lake gives us a better picture of what is happening within the lake. CRWD’s staff collect winter monitoring data every two weeks at three locations in Como Lake. 

You can read more about winter monitoring at Como Lake here on CRWD's website.

Right Track Youth Jobs Application - OPEN

Right Track 2024

Right Track provides paid summer internships for Saint Paul youth ages 14-21 who are from cost burdened households or have a barrier to employment. Right Track internships begin in June and run 6 to 9 weeks, depending on the position. Apply for Right Track online through February 29, 2024.

Energy Assistance

energy assistance

Minnesota's Energy Assistance Program helps to pay those energy and water bills. You may apply online or in person.

You can also apply through the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW) website. The CAPRW site lists the St. Paul location, hours, and phone number to call for questions.

Winter Parks & Rec Programs

Snowy Owl

Natural Resources 

Ice Rinks

Visit the ice rinks webpage for a list of locations and hours. Most ice rinks are now open! Sites may host hockey games, practices, broomball, or other activities on the rinks, so please contact the recreation center to confirm open skating hours.

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