Volunteers needed—A food scraps collection site is now open 24 hours a day in the parking lot of the Charles M. Schulz-Highland Arena, 800 S. Snelling Ave. Volunteers are needed to remove snow at the site after each storm. Call the HDC office or email email@example.com to sign up. Free food scraps starter kits and compostable bags are available at the Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy. For details, visit RamseyRecycles.com/FoodScraps.
Property tax primer—Ramsey County Assessor Luis Rosario attended the HDC board meeting on January 6 to provide property tax information. To view recordings of past meetings, visit the HDC website and click on “Board.”
Upcoming meetings—Saint Paul Planning Commission Zoning Committee to discuss 1074-1096 James Ave., 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 13; HDC Development Committee to host University of Saint Thomas and Ryan Co. officials for an update on the Canadian Pacific Railway spur and Highland Bridge, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18; and HDC Engagement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 24. Some HDC meetings will be in-person in 2022 at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy., as well as online via Zoom. Links to access the meetings are posted on the HDC website prior to the meeting date.
Frost Fest—Join the Macalester-Groveland Community Council and Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation for Frost Fest from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, January 29, at the Groveland Park ice rinks. The event will include skating, games, hot chocolate, a bonfire and chance to win prizes. For information, visit macgrove.org/frostfest.
Puck hunt—Check the community council’s social media and website for clues to find the bronze, silver and gold hockey pucks hidden somewhere in Macalester-Groveland. Those who find the pucks should send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org to win prizes from Tono Pizzeria, Groveland Tap and Roots Roasting.
What’s happening—The community council will launch a new website this month and will hold its annual board meeting and elections in April. Meetings will continue to be virtual for now. The Block Ambassador program is continuing—email email@example.com about starting a block club. The council also is continuing its work toward equity and inclusion. Those who are interested in learning more about new initiatives being implemented this year are invited to attend a committee meeting to get involved. Visit macgrove.org/participate.
Board openings—In April, the community council will hold board elections to fill two seats each in Grids 1, 3, 5, as well as those for two at-large representatives. Board members are elected to three-year terms. Potential candidates can learn more by contacting the office.
Neighborhood pride—Locally designed Macalester-Groveland T-shirts still can be purchased online and delivered within days. Visit macgrove.org/tshirt.
Upcoming meetings—board of directors on Thursday, January 13; Inclusivity Task Force on Wednesday, January 19; Transportation Committee on Monday, January 24; and Housing and Land Use on Wednesday, January 26. To receive monthly meeting notices and Zoom information, visit macgrove.org/participate.
Volunteering with SHA—Volunteer opportunities with the Summit Hill Association include helping out with events, monthly committee projects and office tasks. Many opportunities are available remotely. For more information, visit SummitHillAssociation.org/become-a-volunteer
Neighborhood Plan—The SHA’s Neighborhood Plan Committee opened a “visioning survey” in December to collect final data before drafting revisions to the plan. Visit SummitHillAssociation.org/survey to take the survey before it closes on January 15.
Upcoming meetings—board of directors, 7 p.m. Thursday January 13; and Racial Dialogue and Action Committee, 7 p.m. Monday, January 17. For information and participation links, visit SummitHillAssociation.org/calendar.
Wanted: West Seventh recipes—The West Seventh/Fort Road Federation is currently 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.
Upcoming meetings—Community Engagement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 20; Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 2; and board of directors, 7 p.m. Monday, February 14. For meeting details, see fortroadfederation.org/calendar.
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