At-large election— The Highland District Council will hold an election this month to fill a partial at-large term on its board of directors. A virtual event to meet the candidates will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 9. Voting for the position will take place from 7:15 that evening to midnight Tuesday, December 14, via Survey Monkey. Paper ballots are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or the HDC office and must be returned by Wednesday, December 15. All residents and representatives of businesses in Highland Park who are at least 18 years old are eligible to vote. Learn more by visiting tinyurl.com/3z4t4sem.
Food scraps collection—Ramsey County plans to open a food scraps collection site in the parking lot of the Charles M. Schulz-Highland Arena, 800 S. Snelling Ave., by the end of December or early January. Free starter kits can be picked up, while supplies last, at the Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy.
Office hours—The HDC office will be closed from Friday, December 23, to Monday, January 3. For information, email email@example.com.
Upcoming meetings—at-large special election kick-off, 7 p.m. Thursday, December 9; and Transportation Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 14. All HDC meetings are currently being held online via Zoom. Links are posted on the HDC website. For recordings of previous meetings, see highlanddistrictcouncil.org/hdc.
Frost Fest—The Macalester-Groveland Community Council will host Frost Fest from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, January 29, at the Groveland Park ice rinks. There will be free skating, games, hot chocolate and a bonfire. For information, visit macgrove.org/what-we-do/frostfest.
Snow team—The community council is seeking volunteers to help keep its organics recycling site on Grand Avenue clear of snow and ice this winter. Volunteers can expect to shovel two or three times during the season. Learn more or sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s connect—Those who are interested in adding their interests, skills or voices to the community council’s programs or events are being asked to email email@example.com to meet for coffee or virtually.
Neighborhood pride—Locally designed Macalester-Groveland T-shirts can still be purchased online and delivered within days of purchase. Visit macgrove.org/tshirt.
Upcoming meetings—There are no further board or committee meetings in December.
Annual appeal—The Summit Hill Association is seeking tax-deductible donations to help sustain its operation. Financial support is appreciated more than ever as the pandemic has prompted the suspension of its biennial home tour, which is the SHA’s predominant source of funding. Visit SummitHillAssociation.org/donate.
Compost site hours—The Ramsey County compost site at 870 Pleasant Ave. in Summit Hill has switched to winter hours. Until April, the site will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. The site will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
Neighborhood Plan—The SHA’s Neighborhood Plan Committee opened a “visioning survey” on December 1 to collect the final data before drafting revisions to the plan. The short survey will assist the committee in narrowing priority areas that were discovered over the past 18 months of research. Visit SummitHillAssociation.org/survey.
Upcoming meetings—Neighborhood Plan Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday December 14; Streetscapes and Environment Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday December 15; Racial Dialogue and Action Committee, 7 p.m. Monday December 20; and Zoning and Land Use Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 21. For Zoom participation links, visit summithillassociation.org/calendar.
Resource map—Union Park District Council staff are beginning preliminary work on a map of resources in the neighborhood. Those who know of an establishment that they consider foundational to the neighborhood are being asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming meetings—Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 13; Environment and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 15; and Committee on Land Use and Development, 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 20. To access the Zoom meetings, email email@example.com or 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.
Wanted: West Seventh recipes—The West Seventh/Fort Road Federation is collecting recipes from local residents to be included in a cookbook to be sold as a fundraiser for the organization. Recipes may be sent for consideration to fortroadfederation.org/cookbook.
Board notes—At its November 8 meeting, the Fort Road Federation’s board of directors welcomed Mary Cutrufello as its new executive director and Karen Voracek as a board member representing Area 1.
Candidates sought—The Fort Road Federation is seeking candidates to fill the vacant position of first vice president on its board of directors. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and live, own property or own a business in the West Seventh neighborhood. Those who are interested should fill out the self-nomination form at tinyurl.com/2dtcknkn before December 9.
Upcoming meetings— board of directors, 7 p.m. Monday, December 13; Community Engagement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 16; and Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 5. For links to the Zoom meetings, see fortroadfederation.org/calendar.
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