A newsletter of the District 1 Community Council
St. Paul, Minnesota
June 17, 2022 

Battle Creek | Conway  | Eastview | Highwood
We want to hear from you! 



SunRay Shopping Center  
2105 1/2 Old Hudson Road St. Paul, MN  55119
The mission of the Southeast Community Organization (SECO) is to share knowledge and power, to organize and to advocate with the people who live and work in our neighborhoods.
Tomorrow (Saturday 6/19) is the Citywide Drop Off sponsored by SECO and the City of St. Paul at Harding Highschool. Go to our website for all the info! We hope to see you there! 
Are you interested in growing your own food this year, but don't know where to start? Are you a seasoned gardener looking to grow your skills?

Find resources and information to help you get growing on our Urban Ag page including:

-Where to find a community garden near you.
-Information and community resources for soil, water, growing.
-Ways to connect with others and ask questions.
-And much more.

Find food and meals near you

Use the interactive map to find locations near you, including:

Food shelves.
Groceries at low or no-cost
Farmers markets.
Meals at no-cost.
Please call locations before visiting to be sure information is up-to-date.
Food Resources Map
Keystone Community Services is pleased to announce Free Farmer’s Market events for the 2022 season!
At these drive-through events, we will provide free fruits and vegetables to each household. All are welcome.
Keystone’s Facebook page
Please complete this 10 minute survey on household energy and earn a $10 gift card!
The Equity 4 Energy project seeks to better understand the challenges communities face to reduce energy usage, and what opportunities exist, to improve energy efficiency for Minnesota residents.
By taking this 10-minute survey you will help improve will help create future programs and financial resources to reduce energy usage and cost for all!
The project team will provide a $10 gift card for completing the survey. 

“Summer of Sparky" Making a Splash
20 Sparky Statues to be dispersed throughout the Twin Cities

(St. Paul, MN) Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is excited to announce the Summer of Sparky – Making a Splash.  Twenty custom Sea Lion statues, hand painted by local artists, will be popping up throughout the Twin Cities in the coming weeks featuring water conservation messaging and weekly events.

Funded by The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Legacy Amendment, these 6’ tall, 300 pound, vibrant and colorfully painted “Sparky” statues will be distributed to high visibility locations around the Twin Cities, at local businesses and organizations including the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Children’s Museum, CHS Field, Rice Park, Harriet Island, Minnehaha Park, and the Minneapolis RBC Gateway.

“Summer of Sparky” is in celebration of the return of the beloved SPIRE Sparky the Sea Lion shows at Como Zoo’s new, Como Harbor, a preeminent seals and sea lions’ habitat.  One aspect of the Summer of Sparky campaign is to bring awareness to ocean conservation. Each statue will be painted to convey a different conservation message. From images of puffins and otters all the way to creatures of the deep, the artists have each created a unique design that highlights a part of ocean conservation that is meaningful to them.

The 20 hand-painted statues delivered from California to St. Paul compliments of Logix Transportation, a subsidiary of Berger Moving & Storage, will be prominently displayed across the Twin Cities beginning June 13th and will educate and inspire residents and the millions of tourists that visit the Twin Cities each year to protect and preserve our natural world.

St Paul Parks & Recreation has plenty of summer fun opportunities to beat the heat!

  • Phalen Beach: Phalen Beach opened limited weekends starting May 29, and open for it's regular season June 11.
  • Splash pads: All Splash pads will open with regular hours June 11.
  • Swimming lessons: Registration for summer swimming lessons at Como Pool and Highland Park Aquatic Center are open. 
  • Aquatics memberships: Summer aquatics memberships are available for purchase online.

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