Public Safety Director's Spotlight Dec. 16

Winter Break Activities and Fun Events for the Entire Family

December 17, 2010 | 5 min reading time


We are entering that special time of the year, when hearts are light, our thoughts turn to peace on Earth and good will towards each other, and our students will soon be celebrating Winter Break. St. Louis Public School students will enjoy Winter Break from Monday, Dec. 20 through Monday, Jan. 3. Before I highlight a few of the upcoming events, I want to suggest some fun activities for students while they are on hiatus from their school studies.


  •      St. LouisCity Open Studio & Gallery (SCOSAG). Located in the South Gate Lodge of Tower Grove Park, 4255 Arsenal Street, SCOSAG has provided thousands of hours of hands-on artistic education to members of our community. For information about classes and open studio hours, visit
  •      Throwing and Growing. Founded by Myrle Mensey, 2009 USA Track & Field Masters Athlete of the Year for women over 60, Throwing and Growing serves our community by providing youth programs centered around an athletic success model. Throwing and Growing Mini Throws Camp will be held Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 at the Downtown YMCA. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $25. Special instructional exercises/techniques tailored for different ages and abilities will be demonstrated by female throwers and coaches. Check for registration information.
  •       A visit to the St. LouisScienceCenter or CityMuseum.


In last week’s Spotlight I suggested visiting the gift shops at our local institutions such as the Art Museum, History Museum, Zoo, Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch to find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones. This week I want you to think about your favorite restaurant and consider giving a friend a restaurant gift card so they can experience the same dining pleasure – Chris’ Pancake & Dining, Del Pietro’s, Trattoria Marcella, The Vine Mediterranean Café, City Diner, Vin de Set, Sqwire’s, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, The Dubliner – or think dessert and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard gift certificates. St. Louis has hundreds of restaurants for every taste and price range. Make 2011 the year you sample the many different cuisines our restaurants have to offer.


Listed below are several of the neighborhood events that you, family and friends may find of interest. I encourage you to stop by those in your neighborhood as well as consider exploring neighborhoods new to you. They are perfect places to meet friends and neighbors or go to in support of worthy causes. See you in the neighborhood!



Holiday Open House and Etsy Art Sale


The Etsy Art Sale and Holiday Open House will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, 3750 Washington Avenue. Visitors may purchase unique handmade items directly from local Etsy artists and crafters. A musical performance by Private Sector will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but you are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to Food Outreach.



New Grove Neighborhood Sign


The official ceremony to light the new Grove neighborhood sign at Sarah Street and Manchester Avenue will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, December 17. For more details, visit .


Dutchtown Open House


The Merchants Holiday Open House sponsored by the Downtown Dutchtown Business Association is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 18. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 20 Dutchtown merchants will be offering special deals, including discounts on restaurant meals, fresh produce, carpeting and more.


Children’s Christmas Party


The St. Louis City North Y’s Men & Women Club will hold a Children’s Christmas Party from Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Monsanto Family YMCA, 5555 Page Blvd. The party is for children from infancy to 12 years old and will include food, entertainment, games and small gifts.


Family Sunday at the Art Museum


During this holiday season, the theme for the St. Louis Art Museum’s Family Sundays is silver. Visit the galleries on Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., see the beautiful creations artists have made from silver – from gleaming water pitchers to shiny shields made to protect a warrior of old, then create your own work of art using silvery supplies provided by the Art Museum.




The Department of Public Safety’s City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) provides free emergency alert service through Through the Nixle service, you will receive our informative and timely text messages on your cell phone and/or as e-mails on your computer. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to visit the Nixle webpage and sign up for the service today. Note: in addition to CEMA, you may also sign up to receive messages from other St. Louis area entities that are on Nixle. If you have any comments about the service, please let me know.


Having an event in your neighborhood that we can support? Either e-mail the information about it to me at or to Cathy Smentkowski at


And remember, if you see something in the neighborhood that just doesn’t look right, REPORT IT!



Charles Bryson

Director of Public Safety

City of St. Louis


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