News from Ward 5 (June 7, 2024)

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June 7, 2024

Summer Spark Reading!

Summer Spark 2024

Make the library your summer spot with Summer Spark, the Library's summer learning and reading program. Kids and teens can discover the joy of reading for fun all summer long!

To get started, kids and teens can stop in at any Saint Paul Public Library location to pick up their Summer Spark Reading and Activity Log and pick out a free book to keep. Readers can track their reading and discover fun learning activities along the way. 

Library staff are happy to help find books for all interests and all ages and reading levels.

Suggested book titles and a calendar of events and programs can be found at For library hours and locations, visit or call 651-266-7000.

District 10 Como Community Council Summer Social - June 12

Lake Como Cleanup 2024

Join the D10 Como Community Council on Wednesday, May 8, 6pm at the Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 Lexington Pkwy) for a summer social! The plan will be to be out on the patio (maybe inside or upstairs depending on weather). 

These events are open to all. They provide an opportunity for D10 regulars, veterans, and newcomers to get to know one another outside our formal meetings. This agenda-free meet-up happens between our two monthly meetings on the second Wednesday each month. 

Questions? Email

Lake Como Cleanup - June 15

D10 Lake Como Cleanup

The next Como lakeshore cleanup will be on Saturday, June 15, 9am-Noon, sign-in at Como Pavilion Lakeside (down by the docks). These events, in partnership with the Capitol Region Watershed District, focus on the shoreline and Lake Como itself.

District 10 provides volunteer t-shirts(!) trash-grabbers, rakes, buckets, nets, trash bags, and nitrile gloves for those who need them. Or, feel free to provide your own gear. Registration (before June 14) is not required, but it helps us plan and communicate if changes come up

Lead Blood Testing

Lead Blood Testing 2024

As part of the LeadSafe MN Program, ESNDC is offering Lead Blood Testing for FREE in June.

  • For everyone: June 11 & 25, 3-5 PM.
  • For children & pregnant women only: June 6, 20, & 27, 1-3 PM.

Testing is at Plaza Latina, 925 Payne Ave, #201. For more information call Marsha at 651-288-8751.

Citywide Recycling Drop-Off Events

Citywide drop off medium

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2024 Citywide Recycling Drop-Off events! The first will be held on Saturday, June 22nd from 8am-1pm at Harding High School. The second will be held on September 14th from 8am-1pm at the MN State Fair Grounds. 

These events are open to all Saint Paul residents to recycle materials such as electronics, appliances, scrap metal, and more. Full event details can be found at or by calling 651-266-6101.

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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.

MN Incarcerated Workers BBQ - TOMORROW

MN Incarcerated Workers BBQ

The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) are hosting a barbecue on Saturday, June 8 from 2-6pm at the NAACP headquarters in Minneapolis (1101 W Broadway, Mpls).

There will be free food and good times with two DJs. Please feel welcome to bring anyone interested in supporting freedom, the abolition of mass incarceration in Minnesota, or the humanization of people that will be living in a post incarceration world. This is an alcohol free event. More info at

Parks & Rec Programs

Youth on kayak

Aquatics memberships
are available for purchase online. Check out swim locations and hours here. 

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!

Fall Sports registration is open though June 30. Soccer and flag football is FREE for ages 9 and up and fall lacrosse is FREE for ages 7 and up! 

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). The CAPRW site lists the St. Paul location, hours, and phone number to call for questions.