Finally, the rain. Not sure how it will affect crops, the corn is being harvested this week out in western Minnesota, so a little moisture probably doesn’t matter. As for the beans, I think the rain might help late season growth, but I’m quickly getting over my head in terms of ag wisdom, so I’ll stop there.

I want to include an immediate plea from our friends at the St. Paul Classic Cookie Company to help them reach their Kickstarter (online fundraising) goal before their 6pm deadline tonight. Your pledge will get you some delicious cookies and help a local business stay in the mix. Here’s the link.

D12 – Next Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:30am - 1:30pm, The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability is having one of several a public listening sessions with Met Council members and staff to help create the vision for the Twin Cities metropolitan region over the next 30 years.  It’s at the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway, Amherst Wilder Auditorium. Here’s the link for more info…The annual neighborhood garage sale is happening this Saturday, September 15. The day of the sale, you will be able to pick up maps at Speedy Market, Hamdpen Park Co-op and Craig's List. For more information, call Rich Nelson at 651-641-1172 who is generously donating his time to coordinate the sale…followed closely by the Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday, September 22 at the State Fairgrounds. The council is looking for volunteers again this year for both morning and afternoon shifts.  Volunteer shifts are 7:30-11am or 10:30am-2pm, and in exchange for your help, volunteers are able to deposit a free load of materials as well as receiving breakfast or lunch. Sounds like a deal…also coming up, Sept. 26, D12 Town Hall Meeting and Community Fair, at the Luther Sem Coffee Shop; Oct. 6 Home Tour; Oct. 10 Give & Take in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Contact the council for more info on all of this.

Schools – St. Anthony Park Elementary School is bursting at the seams with 564 students this year. There’s always some play in the numbers this early in the year, but with the new section site assignments this year and next, there might be less shuffling around then before.  This year the younger classes are full and the upper classes not quite.  The situation at Murray is pretty close to capacity while Como is a little under. I’ve heard that as opposed to past years, there is a fair amount of room in the high schools – that means if parents can figure out the transportation, their kids can attend schools out of their assignment area. Central High School is available to kids interested in the Baccalaureate program since it’s unique, so any kid in that program can get bussed. Still in the process of sorting things out with the new plan, but hopefully, after a year or two, balance will exist that helps all schools.

Listserv – The St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church will be hosting a family fun afternoon this Saturday from 4-6pm featuring live music, food and a silent auction benefiting a delegation traveling to Guatemala. This is just a partial list of items up for auction: Babysitting, Homemade dinners & desserts, Winter horse drawn sleigh ride with chili lunch or dinner, Espresso Machine, Sailing Lesson, A Crew of Healthy Teenagers to do household chores, business financial consulting, framed art & more. For  info call 645-0371…the police crime reports for the month confirm that there were an unusually large number of thefts (mostly auto-related) in August. Still, even with the fair, our district had the 2nd fewest crimes committed of all neighborhoods at 11. Summit Hill was lowest with 9.

StAPnotes – Susan Henry, our library manager has posted the calendar of events for our branch. Go to this link to find out all the wonderful programs being offered in September & October…The Murray Parent Association is sponsoring a Parent Forum for 7th grade parents called "Surviving and Thriving in Junior High" next Monday at 7pm in the school library…The Como Park Booster Club is scheduling planning meeting the next three Mondays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24 at 6:30 in the teacher lounge. Homecoming events will be discussed.

That’s all for now. Take good care of yourself and be a good neighbor.