News from Ward 5 (May 10, 2024)

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May 10, 2024

Rice & Larpenteur Alliance Community In Bloom Event - May 11

Community In Bloom 2024

Stop by the Rice & Larpenteur Alliance's Community In Bloom event at Lake McCarron's Park TOMORROW, May 11th from noon-2pm. Bring your family for a celebration of spring, nature, art, and community. Enjoy free food, lawn games, lakeside fun, a bounce house, mobile library, arts & crafts, fire rescue vehicles, music & more!

Lake Como Cleanup - May 14

Como Cleanup 2023

The District 10 Como Community Council has planned their first 2024 LAKE Cleanup on Tuesday, May 14, 5-8pm (sign-in at Como Pavilion down by the docks)

These events, in partnership with the Capitol Region Watershed District, focus on the shoreline and Lake Como itself. Snacks and supplies provided!

Registration (before May 13) is not required, but it helps plan and communicate if changes come up.

Neighborhood STAR and Cultural STAR Programs - Deadline May 15

Cultural STAR LogoNeighborhood STAR

Applications for Saint Paul’s Neighborhood STAR and Cultural STAR grant programs are open! Apply online by Wednesday, May 15 at 4 pm

Neighborhood STAR

The Neighborhood STAR program grants fund capital projects in Saint Paul neighborhoods. To be eligible for a STAR grant, an applicant must: 1) be located in or do business in Saint Paul, 2) make a capital improvement with an expected life of 7+ years, and 3) have a project that contributes to the prosperity, cultural diversity, and vitality of Saint Paul neighborhoods.

Have questions? Contact the Neighborhood STAR staff at

Cultural STAR

The Cultural STAR program grows Saint Paul's economy by strengthening the arts and cultural sector and supporting downtown as a vital cultural center. 

Organizations can apply for grants for special projectsorganizational development, or capital projects. Special projects and organizational development work must take place between August 1, 2024, and July 31, 2025, to be eligible for this funding round. For capital projects, the work must happen between August 1, 2024, and July 31, 2026. 

For additional help, contact Cultural STAR staff at 

PCIARC Annual Summit - May 16

PCIARC summit

The Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) is the City’s community oversight board for allegations of police misconduct.

Get Involved

The PCIARC is comprised of Saint Paul residents and is seeking new members! Those interested can apply to join the PCIARC online or email the PCIARC Coordinator, Sierra Cumberland at for more information.

May 16th PCIARC Annual Summit

The City’s Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission's (PCIARC) Annual Summit will take place on May 16, 2024, 6:00-7:30 at the Rondo Community Library (461 Dale St N).

Please join to learn more about civilian oversight of Saint Paul Police Department and how community members are involved in the filing and review of complaints regarding misconduct of police officers. We'll discuss the complaint review process and data from the 2023 PCIARC Annual Report.

Register for the PCIARC Annual Summit here. Contact the PCIARC Coordinator with any questions or request a language interpreter for the event at or 651-266-8970.

Contact Us 


Schedule a Lake Lap

Ward 5 residents are invited to meet your councilmember while walking a lap around Lake Como. Email or call the Ward 5 office to schedule.

Dinosaur Expedition!

ComoTown Dinosaur Expedition 2024

ComoTown is opening May 18th. Exciting this year is a new Life-Like Dinosaur Experience: Dinosaur Expedition - opening May 24th!

10am to 6 pm park hours
10:30am to 5pm dino park hours

Parks & Rec Programs

Participant in sail boat on Lake Phalen

Summer camps and activities:
Full and half-day camps for youth of all ages. Costs range from free up to $250.

Summer Rec Check: Free program for those entering grades 1-6 this fall on Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm at 23 sites. 

Summer S'more Fun: $42/day for those entering grades 1-6 this fall on Monday-Friday from 7am-6pm at 3 sites. Limited spots available.

Recreation in Motion: This drop-in activity brings outdoor summer fun to your neighborhood! This free, drop-in youth program offers athletic programs, STEM challenges, arts and crafts, games, and other organized activities led by the fun and energetic Rec in Motion team. Snacks will be served at each session. This is a free activity. No pre-registration is required. 

Nature Pop Ups: Join the Recreation in Motion team learn about pollinators, fossils, weather, animals, plants, and more through science experiments, games, and crafts. Free and no pre-registration necessary - just stop by!

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.