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Meeting with Saint Paul police—More than 150 people joined an online discussion on February 9 about crime and safety in Highland Park with the Saint Paul Police Department and City Council member Chris Tolbert. Future virtual meetings with the police will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. For more information or a link to join the meeting, visit facebook.com/SPPD.West.
Food and blood drives—A blood drive and food drive will be held on Saturday, February 27, at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy. The drives are being sponsored by Memorial Blood Center, the Highland District Council, Highland Business Association, Friends of Highland Arts, Macalester-Groveland Community Council and Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation. Nonperishable food items dropped off between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. will be donated to Neighborhood House’s Francis Basket on West Seventh Street. For more information or to make a blood drive appointment, visit facebook.com/highlanddistrictcouncil. Those who participate in either drive are being asked to wear masks and follow other COVID-19 safety protocols.
Upcoming meetings—Community Engagement Committee, 7 p.m. Monday, February 22; and board of directors, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4. Links to access the Zoom meetings are posted on the HDC’s website. For information about all future meetings, visit highlanddistrictcouncil.org/events.
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Celebrate Frost Fest—The Macalester-Groveland Community Council is inviting residents to celebrate winter by participating in Frost Fest, which will span three weeks and feature remote activities for the whole family. Beginning February 19, the puck hunt will be on. Look for a clue on the community council’s website and social media to find the golden puck hidden in the neighborhood. Beginning February 24, people can join in a puck decorating contest. Pick up a hockey puck from a distribution spot, decorate it however you wish and take a photo of it to enter in the contest by March 7. Those who participate in Frost Fest will receive discounts to local businesses during the weekend of March 5-7. Visit macgrove.org/frostfest.
Show your neighborhood pride—Macalester-Groveland T-shirts can still be ordered online for home delivery. The shirts come in kiwi green, heather indigo blue and dark heather gray in a variety of sizes. To order, visit macgrove.org/tshirt.
Community Building Team—The newly renamed Community Building Team has changed its meeting structure for 2021 to allow for more voices and informal participation. The CBT will meet quarterly, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday, April 12. Subgroup meetings relating to events and other initiatives in the neighborhood will be held in-between. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up to receive meeting notices at macgrove.org/participate.
Upcoming meetings—Transportation Committee on Monday, February 22; and Housing and Land Use Committee on Wednesday, February 24. The meetings will be held virtually via Zoom beginning at 6:30 p.m. To receive monthly meeting notices and Zoom information, sign up at macgrove.org/participate.
Office closed—The community council office remains closed. Email email@example.com for more information.
Summit Hill Plan—The Summit Hill Association is encouraging all area residents, business owners, their employees and visitors to complete a survey that will be used to help update its neighborhood plan. The plan is a comprehensive overview of important aspects of living and doing business in Summit Hill, including housing and business regulations, zoning, parking, transportation, common areas and historic preservation. The city refers to this plan when making zoning and land-use decisions. Visit summithillassociation.org/survey.
Aldine Park—The Union Park District Council is currently working with the city of Saint Paul to improve Aldine Park and is looking for comments from the public. They can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and by attending the online Environment and Parks Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 17.
Valentine’s contest—Youths are being encouraged to put on their artists’ hats and create a Valentine to the neighborhood by February 21 expressing what they love about Union Park. Email email@example.com or go to the district council’s Facebook page for the submission link and consent form.
Upcoming online meetings—Environment and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 17; Neighborhood Involvement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 22; board of directors, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3; and Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 8. To access the Zoom meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the links at unionparkdc.org/calendar.
Contact us—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 email@example.com.
Board update—At its February 8 meeting, the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation’s board of directors agreed to support a request to rezone 1164 W. Seventh St. from RT2 to RM2 to allow for the construction of an apartment building of 9-14 units on the property.
Energy workshop—A virtual workshop on how to save energy and money, with a focus on renters, will be offered from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, February 24. Participants will learn how to understand their energy bills, make their residences more comfortable and learn about money-saving utility programs and rebates. The nonprofit Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota has been invited to lead the talk. Register at fortroadfederation.org.
Calling all renters—A Zoom presentation on renters’ rights and responsibilities will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 23. The panel will include city of Saint Paul fair housing coordinator Kirstin Burch, and attorneys Pounnaphone Phomtalikhith and Tara Skar from Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Register by visiting fortroadfederation.org.
Board candidates sought—Those who are interested in running for a position on the Fort Road Federation board should complete an online questionnaire before March 1 at fortroadfederation.org. For information, contact Emily Northey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-298-5599.
Upcoming Zoom meetings—Get to Know Your Neighborhood Organization, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 17; Community Engagement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 18; and Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Details and log-in information can be found at fortroadfederation.org/calendar.
Stay in touch—People are invited to “like” the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation on Facebook and subscribe to its e-newsletter on its website.
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