Public Safety Director's Spotlight - 2014 Project Blitz

Undy 5000 5K, Landlord Training, Poetry SLAM and more in #STL City neighborhoods this weekend.

March 27, 2014 | 4 min reading time


2014 Project Blitz

This year will see some changes to the annual neighborhood clean up effort Project Blitz.  Block units, neighborhood organizations and other community groups will be able to designate their own date for their neighborhood clean up.  No longer are there set days and times for different regions to have their trash and waste picked up.  Register your Blitz community clean-up project with Brightside St. Louis or call Brightside at (314) 772-4646.  I encourage you to be a good neighbor and volunteer for Project Blitz.


Upcoming Events

March 28 – E-Waste/ShredMania Drive, Chaifetz Arena, 7 a.m.

Start your spring cleaning by recycling unused electronics, appliances and paper at the Saint Louis University 2014 E-Waste/ShredMania Collection on Friday.  Drop off electronic items from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and drop off shredding items from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Fred Weber parking lot adjacent to Chaifetz Arena, 1 S. Compton Avenue in Midtown.  For more information, visit the website and click on e-waste.

March 29 – Undy 5000 5K Run, Forest Park, 9 a.m.

The Undy 5000 is a unique, family-friendly run/walk created by the Colon Cancer Alliance to get people talking about this often tabooed disease.  The number one goal of the event is to honor colon cancer survivors and remember those we have lost while helping bring awareness to a disease that annually affects more than 150,000 people of all races and religions. The 2014 St. Louis Undy 5000 will step off at 9 a.m. this Saturday from the Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park.  There will be onsite registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. day of the event.  For all the details, visit .

March 29 – Landlord Training, North Newstead Association, 10 a.m

The North Newstead Association will provide Landlord Training on Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m. at 4449 Red Bud.  The five-hour training will cover the basics of nuisance properties, nuisance prevention, and nuisance abatement for rental properties, including participation from members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  The training event is free of charge and open to the public.  To register, call (314) 385-4343.

March 29 -- VerbQuake Youth Poetry SLAM Spring Tournament, Missouri History Museum, Noon

High school students from Metro A&C, Central Visual and Performing Arts, Carnahan High School of the Future, Gateway STEM, Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory, Northwest, Sumner High School, Cleveland NJROTC and more will participate in the VerbQuake Youth Poetry Slam Spring Tournament this Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m. at Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.  The Tournament is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the web site.


March 29 -- Earth Hour, various locations, 8:30 p.m. local time

Millions of people across the world will switch off their non-essential lights for Earth Hour 2014 on Saturday, March 29 starting at 8:30 p.m. in their local time zone, to celebrate their commitment to the planet.  Earth Hour was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.  Since then it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide.  To learn more about this initiative of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, visit the web site.

April 2 -- stl250 Osage Mass, St. Francis Xavier College Church, 11 a.m.

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma will continue its participation in the stl250 year-long celebration by honoring the Osage religious, educational and cultural life in the Saint Louis region.   The Osage Nation were stewards of the land that was Saint Louis prior to the founding of the City.  The event at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at College Church at Grand and Lindell will recognize the Osage legacy in the Saint Louis region with the Society of Jesus, the Sisters of Loretto, and the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart, which all had schools for the Osage, as well as others who have worked with the Osage on historical preservation efforts in the State of Missouri.  For more information, contact Ms. Christy Finsel at  

April 2 -- Fair Housing Month Celebration, 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis, 4:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency is cordially inviting everyone to attend the 8th Annual Fair Housing Month Celebration at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2.  The event will take place at the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis, located at 4631 Delmar in the Lewis Place neighborhood.  For additional information, contact (314) 622-3301.


Save the Date

April 4 -- Fair Housing Training Conference, Missouri History Museum, 8:15 a.m.

April 4-6 -- Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, America's Center, 3 p.m.

April 4 -- First Friday, International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, 11 a.m.

April 5 -- Civic Greening Projects, Kiener Plaza, 9 a.m.

April 5 -- International Pillow Fight Day, Tower Grove Park, 2 p.m.

April 5 -- Family Funny, Kranzberg Arts Center, 7 p.m.

April 6 -- GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend, Soldiers' Memorial, 7 a.m.

April 7 -- Cardinals Home Opener, Busch Stadium, 3:15 p.m.


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 or to Cathy Smentkowski at for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site:  The link to submit an event is at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the first Federal child protection legislation – the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).  The observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for each and every one of us to focus on the role we play in making our community a better place for children and families.  To learn more about ending child abuse, visit the web site.

Col. Richard Gray

Director of Public Safety

City of St. Louis


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