The State Fair is over, school is back in session everywhere and fall is knocking on the door.  While I realize that most of the world is on a Jan-Dec schedule, the school year schedule takes particular prominence in a neighborhood replete with institutions of learning at all levels. It’s really fun watching the parents walk their kids to school for the new school year, meeting their classmates getting off busses to run together into new learning adventures. 

And those smiling Facebook photos that appeared yesterday on the first day of school…amazing how much kids grow seemingly overnight. On Labor Day I saw 5th graders tearing around enjoying the last days of summer and then, there they are, looking every bit a 6th grader ready for the next academic step. That young excitement has to be in the hearts of any student starting fall classes, no matter the age. To be able to feel that creative energy all around us is refreshing and renewing. 

Fall means elections and the District council is always looking for neighbors from the north and south who want to be on the board. This is a great way to help out our community and discuss interesting issues that have an impact on all of our lives. Make sure to visit the D12 website to find out more about how you can get involved and about happenings in our community like the following: 

Wayfinding Bikes
Sunday, September 8, 2013, 3:00-5:00pm, a grand unveiling will take place throughout St. Anthony Park. Artist-led teams have designed and decorated ten “Wayfinding Art Bikes” positioned at key points in the neighborhood, displaying transit time by foot and bicycle to common area destinations. The project is sponsored jointly by the St. Anthony Park Community Council and Springboard for the Arts. 

Neighborhood Garage Sale
The annual St. Anthony Park Garage Sale will be September 14. If you would like to participate, the application information is at Deadline to participate is Tuesday, September 10.

Neighborhood Clean-up
The Neighborhood Cleanup is at the state fairgrounds on September 21. A green mailer will be going out to all residents in the next week or so telling us what they will take (pretty much everything) and how much your items will cost to drop off (most items are free.) 

Transition Town Community Solar Meeting
Tonight at 7 pm at the 3rd Place 2190 Como Avenue, a group that has been developing a strategy to place solar panels on neighborhood buildings is meeting. 

Citywide Bike Count
You can help the City of St. Paul conduct a citywide bicycle and pedestrian count on Tuesday, September 10th. 

As I’ve mentioned, schools are back in session everywhere. Whether your kids are attending public, private or charter schools, they all count on volunteer support to create a successful learning environment. So, volunteer and provide as much support as you can, those investments will pay tremendous dividends for our community and world. 

Tutors Needed
Murray Middle School contact Cindy Thrasher, 651.293.8740
St.AP Elementary, contact office  651-293-8735
Como High School, contact office at 651-293-8800 

After School Programs
One might argue that there are a few city departments where perhaps better outcomes are needed, but Mayor Coleman has really shown leadership in providing a comprehensive approach to schools and student support during his tenure. He has worked closely with Superintendent Silva to narrow the opportunity gap and elevate achievement. As part of this approach, there are enhanced after-school programs at our libraries and rec centers for school-age kids. Check them all out at 

Como High Teacher Travels Far
Here is a great link to a PiPress article about Suzanne Susens, an English learner teacher at Como who went to Myanmar this summer to learn more about the culture and heritage of students who fled that Southeast Asian nation. Go to the school website to find out more. 

National Night Out isn’t the only time neighbors get together during the year to celebrate their blocks. My wife and I stumbled on one near Dudley & Hythe on Labor Day and they also have a second one on Memorial Day (kudos!) Our block has moved our party around but finally settled on September as a good month to beat the heat and mosquitoes. If your block doesn’t have a regular party, you should organize to start one, it’s a great way to welcome new neighbors and connect with old. 

Ramsey County Library WWII Series
There’s a very interesting series starting this Thursday, September 19, at 7 pm. Experts from the area will share their research and stories. Find out more here

Western Sculpture Park Festival
This Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Western Sculpture Park, 375 Marion between I-94 & University Ave, face-painting, art, music, sculpture, of course and performances from 12-5pm. 


Como Ave Closed Today

St. Paul Public Works will be closing Como Avenue between Underwood and Stevens from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM today (Wed. 9/4) for removal of the State Fair pedestrian bridge. 

10,000 Things Theater at Avalon
10,000 Things Theater is bringing their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to Avalon School at 1:30 on Wednesday, October 9.  Tickets are free, if you want to attend email Avalon teacher, Kevin Ward to make a reservation. 

Yelp Shout-out
How’s this for a nice compliment from the local weekly Yelp pages? “From the quiet oak-shaded streets to the Victorian mansions of Langford Park St. Anthony Park is as picture perfect as a neighborhood could ever hope to be.  We're eating, drinking, and shopping our way through one of the Twin Cities' most adorable alcoves.” The online article goes on to lavish praise on our local restaurants for their delicious offerings.

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