Fire Prevention Week
"Prevent Kitchen Fires" is the message of this year's Fire Prevention Week which will be observed from Oct. 6 - 12. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. Here are a few facts from the National Fire Protection Association:
* U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
* Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
* Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
*Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
* Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
Always remember to cook with caution. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while food is cooking. Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains – away from your stovetop. For more fire safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org .
Tip of the Cap
In a ceremony at the State Capitol earlier this week, Gov. Jay Nixon awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor to nine public safety officers from across the state for their exceptional bravery and heroism in efforts to save lives and protect the public during 2012. Two detectives from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department received the Missouri Medal of Valor. Congratulations to Angela N. Hawkins and Michael W. Betz for your commitment to public safety.
Oct. 4 – Grand Opening of International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, 3415 Olive, 11 a.m.
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) has moved from
Oct. 4 – Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park, 5 p.m.
If you have not attended a Food Truck Friday event in Tower Grove Park, this is your last chance for the season. From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. enjoy everything from pizza to tacos, cupcakes to crepes, sushi to sausage, and more at a price that's easy on your wallet. Be early, bring chairs, invite friends to join you and make a night of it this Friday.
Oct. 4 – Free Movie, 3500 Hartford, dusk
South Grand's Back Lot Films showing of "The Incredibles" has been rescheduled for the night of Friday, October 4 at 3500 Hartford in South Grand's parking lot. Tower Grove Creamery will be selling ice cream and soft drinks. Please feel free to bring your own snacks as well.
Oct. 4 – 20 – American Arts Experience-St. Louis, various venues, various times
Oct. 4 & 5 – LPUMC Fall Rummage Sale, Lafayette Park United Methodist Church, 8 a.m.
Lafayette Park United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall Rummage Sale this Friday and Saturday at the church at 2300 Lafayette Avenue. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday. Saturday will be $2 a bag day. Stop by and see what treasures you may find. Questions? Call 351-2603.
Oct. 5 & 6 – Historic Shaw Art Fair, 4100-4200 Flora Place, 9 a.m.
The annual Historic Shaw Art Fair will take place this Saturday and Sunday in the 4100-4200 block of Flora Place. The fair will feature 135 artists from across the United States showcasing a variety of art mediums including photography, clay, glass, textiles, jewelry, painting, woodwork, mixed media, and sculpture. This family-friendly event also will feature food, music and children's art area. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission price is $7. For all the particulars, visit the shawartfair.org web site.
Oct. 5– Eighth Annual Grove Fest, The Grove neighborhood, 2 p.m.
The Grove is a vibrant commercial district in St. Louis City located along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. The 8th Annual Grove Fest will take place this Saturday along Manchester Avenue between Tower Grove and Sarah. The free festival will run from 2 p.m. to Midnight. Invite your family and friends to join you for one of the best street festivals in St. Louis. Need more information? Call (314) 535-5311.
Oct. 5 & 6 – 22nd Annual Best of Missouri Market, Missouri Botanical Garden, 9 a.m.
The 22nd Annual Best of Missouri Market will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Avenue. Visitors will enjoy browsing under large tents and discovering the best of Missouri's hidden treasures, including stands filled will fresh produce, flowers, plants, herbs, nuts, candies, meats, cheeses, seasonings, salsas, and baked goods from Missouri's finest farmers and producers. You also will be able to find handcrafted items such as willow furniture, carved wooden birds, dried flowers and more. Admission is $12 for adults; $5 for Garden members. To learn more, call (314) 577-5100.
Oct. 5 – Free Concert, Taste of Benton Park and Art Festival, Benton Park, 1 p.m.
Summer Concert Series in
Oct. 5 – Community Forum, Central VPA High School, 3125 S. Kingshighway, 10 a.m.
The St. Louis Public School Board will hold its second open forum on the future of Mann School this Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon in the cafeteria at Central VPA High School, 3125 S. Kingshighway (at Arsenal Street). Three options are currently on the table:
- Rehabilitate and upgrade Shenandoah School and add a modern addition – close Mann School and merge the two schools;
- Demolish Shenandoah School, building a new building on its site, close Mann and merge both schools; and
- Rehabilitate both schools and keep them both open.
You may RSVP for the meeting at www.slps.org/towergrove, especially if you need childcare or language interpreters, but you may still attend if you don't pre-register.
Oct. 6 – Traditional Bosnian Day Festival, Carondelet Park, 11 a.m.
The Bosnian Chamber of Commerce and United Bosnian Association are inviting everyone to stop by the Traditional Bosnian Day Festival that will be held this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Carondelet Park. The festival will feature the richness of Bosnian-Herzegovinian culture. Guests will be able to enjoy Bosnian music and folk dancers as well as American music. A number of Bosnian restaurants and specialty stores will be featured.
Oct. 6 -- Ugandan Orphans Choir, The Griot
The Ugandan Orphans Choir will perform this
Saturday from to at The Griot Museum of Black History,
Oct. 6 – Civil War Re-enactment, Lafayette Park, 1 p.m.
Calling all Civil War buffs. A Civil War Re-enactment will take place in Lafayette Park this Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Other activities will include storytelling, a quilt display and Vintage Baseball. Join your neighbors for a fun afternoon in the Park located at Mississippi and Park Avenues in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.
Oct. 6 – Generation Worship Launch, New Covenant Church, 10 a.m.
New Covenant Church at 900 Bellerive Blvd. in the Carondelet neighborhood will be launching a new worship experience this Sunday that combines the faith of the generations with the challenges of living in 21st century St. Louis. Pastor Tish Green invites you to experience the contagious music, relevant messages and more. To learn more, go to www.generationSTL.org.
Oct. 6 – Whole Family Health and Wellness Fair, 4700 Block of Macklind, 11 a.m.
The Whole Family Health and Wellness Fair
will take place this Sunday, from to outside the Macklind Avenue Deli on the 4700 block of
Now through Oct. 6,
Saint Louis Fashion Week is back! This year's shows are featuring 36 regional and national designers, 70 models, 10 venues and more from now through Oct. 6. Locations include The Fabulous Fox Theatre, The Delmar Loop, Windows on Washington, The Sheldon Art Gallery, and KOKEN Art Factory, to name a few. If fashion is your passion, you will not want to miss these shows. For all the particulars, visit the saintlouisfashionweek.com web site.
Oct. 8 -- Twilight Tuesdays Ameren Concert
The Twilight Tuesdays Ameren Concert Series
hosted by the
Oct. 9 - Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Assistance event, Schlafly Branch Public Library,
If you can't get affordable health insurance through your job, you can now buy quality health coverage for yourself and your family through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace. You will also see if you can get financial help to buy health insurance. Learn more or sign up online by going to www.covermissouri.org. You may also visit one of the Insurance Marketplace Enrollment sites scheduled events from Oct. 9 through the enrollment period to obtain information and sign up. The first enrollment assistance event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 2 - 6 p.m. at the Schlafly Branch Public Library located at 225 N. Euclid in the trendy Central West End neighborhood. For a complete list of the enrollment sites scheduled events, log on to www.stlouis-mo.gov.
Save the Date
Oct. 12 – Autumn Fest, Tower Grove Heights, 5 p.m.
Oct. 12 – Serve St. Louis, an area-wide day of service
Oct. 12 – Ghosts of the Past Bellefontaine Cemetery Bicycle Tour, 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 12 – Flea Market, Timothy Lutheran Church Gym, 7 a.m.
Oct. 12 – Vendor Fair, New Covenant Methodist Church, 10 a.m.
Oct. 12 – Downtown Fall Festival, 11 a.m.
Oct. 12 – Green Acres Tour, 13th Street Community Garden, 10 a.m.
Oct. 12 – Washington Avenue Street Fair & Fall Festival, 11 a.m.
Oct. 12 – SLU Basketball Billiken Madness, Chaifetz Arena, 5 p.m.
Oct. 12 -- Insurance Marketplace
Enrollment Assistance Site,
Oct. 12 & 13 – Fall Festival, St. Thomas the Apostle Romanian Orthodox Church, 11 a.m.
Oct. 13 – Trailnet's Family Fest, The Muny in Forest Park, 11 a.m.
Oct. 13 – BackStoppers Fundraiser, Epiphany of Our Lord Church, Noon
Oct. 13 – Columbus Day Parade, The Hill, Noon
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at email@example.com or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
The month of October is being recognized as "National Cyber Security Awareness Month." I encourage you to learn about cyber security and to put that knowledge to practice in your homes, schools, workplaces and businesses. Here are a few basic tips:
* Keep your security software current
* Protect all devices that connect to the Internet
* Make passwords long and strong
*When in doubt, don't click on the link
For more tips and advice, visit www.stopthinkconnect.org and www.inobtr.org . Technology plays a vital role in our daily lives and in the future of our great Nation. Take steps now to stay safer and more secure on line.
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
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