Highland Park

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Support local businesses—As 2020 comes to a close, the Highland District Council is encouraging everyone to think about supporting local restaurants, local small retailers and locally owned franchises this holiday season to help them make it through the pandemic.

At Home in Highland—Fun Highland Park-related activities that can be done from home will be featured in upcoming editions of the HDC’s e-newsletter. Subscribe at bit.ly/HDCenews. This month’s activity is a Support Local Businesses Bingo. Download a bingo card at bit.ly/HDCbingo. Participants can learn about ways to support businesses in Highland and track how many bingo squares they complete in December.

Recycle smart—Residents are being urged to keep electrical cords and string lights out of their recycling carts. Such items get wrapped around equipment at recycling facilities. Donate working holiday lights and cords or recycle them at a drop-off location. Learn more at stpaul.gov/recycle.

Upcoming meeting— board of directors, 7 p.m. Thursday, January 7. All HDC meetings are currently being conducted online via Zoom. Links to access the meetings are being posted on the HDC’s website. Visit highlanddistrictcouncil.org/events for future meetings.

Stay connected—Get the latest neighborhood information and event updates by following the Highland District Council on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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Shop locally this holiday season—The Macalester-Groveland Community Council and Macalester College’s High Winds Fund are encouraging customers to patronize small local businesses this holiday season. Between now and December 19, those who make three purchases from Macalester-Groveland businesses may enter a drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards. Full entry details and a guide with local gift ideas are available on the website.

Show your neighborhood pride—Locally designed Macalester-Groveland T-shirts can now be ordered online for home delivery. The shirts come in kiwi, heather indigo and dark heather in a variety of sizes. Visit macgrove.org/tshirt.

Join the snow team—Volunteers are needed to help keep the community council’s organics recycling drop-off site on Grand Avenue free from snow and ice this winter. Volunteers can expect to shovel two or three times during the season, or fewer if enough people sign up. Learn more or register by emailing mgcc@macgrove.org.

Upcoming meetings—There are no council board or committee meetings in December. To receive monthly meeting notices, sign up at macgrove.org/participate.

Office closed—The community council office remains closed. Email mgcc@macgrove.org for more information.

Union Park

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Helping the homeless—The Union Park District Council is expressing solidarity with the many local people who are without shelter at this time. Numerous homeless encampments have sprung up across Union Park’s neighborhoods, most prominently at Snelling Avenue and I-94. The UPDC is working to help ensure that the homeless have the resources they need. The Saint Paul Camps Hub (linktr.ee/StpCampsHub) will connect people to different sources to donate and get in touch with those who are coordinating those efforts. An Amazon wish list (tinyurl.com/y6hj8wnf) has been assembled for another Union Park encampment. The UPDC is also encouraging people to join Hamline Midway Neighbors Helping Homeless Neighbors (tinyurl.com/yys3ur6p) on Facebook.

Park improvements—The Union Park District Council’s Environment and Parks Committee makes recommendations for the use of city park funds for both capital improvements and programs. Those who see a need at their neighborhood park can help make it better by filling out a funding request at tinyurl.com/y24zvvg2.

Upcoming online meetings—Transportation Committee, on Monday, December 14; Environment and Parks Committee on Wednesday, December 16; Committee on Land Use and Development on Monday, December 21; and Neighborhood Involvement Committee on Monday, December 28. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. To access the meetings, email wako@unionparkdc.org or click on the links found at

COVID-19 resources—Union Park neighbors who need assistance or information related to the coronavirus are invited to call the UPDC office, visit its website or email info@unionparkdc.org.

Stay in contact—The public is invited to “like” the Union Park District Council on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at @UnionParkDC, and subscribe to its e-newsletter, “Neighborhood Matters,” by emailing info@unionparkdc.org.


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