Public Safety Director's Spotlight - 2014 National Night Out

Register Your Block for National Night Out Celebration, Free Outdoor Movies and Concerts, Paddle With Your Pooch & more!

July 17, 2014 | 5 min reading time

National Night Out

The deadline for registering your block for National Night Out is fast approaching.  The 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs will take place Tuesday, Aug. 5.  The deadline for registering for a street closing for your block's National Night Out celebration is this Friday, July 18.  Visit the City's website to register online: .

Upcoming Events

July 18 – Food Policy "Brown Bag" Speaker Series, Gateway Greening Main Office, Noon

The next presentation in the Food Policy "Brown Bag" Speaker Series will take place this Friday at Noon at the Gateway Greening Main Office, 2211 Washington Avenue in the Downtown West neighborhood.  Molly Rockamann, Founding Director of EarthDance Farms will speak on the topic of saving small farms.  The event is free and open to the general public.  Metered street parking available on Washington.  Free street parking available on side streets.  For more information, visit the web site.

July 18 – Third Friday Free Party, Third Degree Glass Factory, 6 p.m.

Hoop it up this Friday at the Third Friday Free Party at the Third Degree Glass Factory.  Guests will be able to watch glassblowers at work, see a mini-performance by STLHoop Club and shop a trunk show/sale of handmade cards.  Third Degree Glass Factory is located at 5200 Delmar in the trendy Central West End neighborhood.  For more details, visit the web site.

July 18 – Outdoor Film Series, St. Louis Art Museum, 7 p.m.

Spend your Fridays on Art Hill in Forest Park at the St. Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Series.  Music and festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at 9 p.m.  For a list of the films that will be shown and for more details, visit the web site.

July 18 – Free Movie, South Grand Parking Lot, Sundown

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the free movie this Friday night.  The Goonies will be playing in the South Grand Park Lot at 3500 Hartford in the Tower Grove East neighborhood, beginning at sundown.  South Grand vendors will be available but please feel free to bring food and beverages.  Go to the web site or more information.

July 19 – Landlord Training Event, 4449 Red Bud, 10 a.m.

The North Newstead Association will be sponsoring a Landlord Training Event from 10 a.m. to Noon this Saturday at The Sanctuary, 4449 Red Bud in the O'Fallon neighborhood.  The training event is for landlords that own or operate residential rental property in North St. Louis City and want to learn best practices for managing and maintaining their properties.  Topics to be discussed will include:  General Management Principles for Property Owners and Best Practices to Complete Regular Maintenance Projects.  For more information, please visit or call (314) 385-4343.

July 19 – Community Health Fair, UnionTabernacleM.B.Church, 9 a.m.

LTS Love Outreach and Union Tabernacle M.B. Church will hold a free Community Health Fair this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church, located at 626 N. Newstead Avenue in the Central West End neighborhood.  Guests will be able to receive free health screenings, health-related materials, visit vendor booths with lots of giveaways and there will be fun activities for the children.  Questions?  Call (314) 583-5042.

July 19 – Flicks and Foodies, Gateway Arch Grounds, 7 p.m.

The National Park Service will hold its Flicks and Foodies event this Friday night under the Gateway Arch.  Visitors will be able to enjoy a night of music, food and film under the stars, with spectacular views of downtown.  Activities will run from 7 –11 p.m.  Need more information?  Call (877) 982-1410.

July 20 -- Paddle With Your Pooch, The Boathouse in Forest Park, 12:45 p.m.

The 11th annual Paddle with Your Pooch boat race will take place this Sunday at the Boathouse in Forest Park.  Bring your furry friends and test your boating skills.  Each heat is limited to 25 boats.  Entry fee is $40 per dog-and-owner team.  A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to Forest Park Forever for maintaining the beauty of the park.  To sign up, call (314) 367-2224.

Free Concerts

Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you at one of the many neighborhood concert series this summer.

July 19 –Free Concert, LafayettePark (in the SE corner), 6 p.m.  For more information, go to the web site.

July 20 -- Sunday Serenades in Francis Park, Donovan & Eichelberger, 7:30 p.m.  Visit for the full schedule.

July 20 -- Free Concert in Carondelet Park, Loughborough and Eugene, 6 p.m.  To learn more, visit

July 20 – Free Concert, BentonPark, Lakeside, Arsenal and Jefferson, 3 p.m.  Visit the website for more information.

July 21 -- Musical Mondays in TowerGrove Park, S. Grand & Magnolia, 7:30 p.m.  Visit for more information.

July 21 -- Free Concert in Bellerive Park, S. Broadway and Bellerive, 7 p.m.  Visit for more details.

July 22 - Free Concert in Fanetti Park, Michigan and Schirmer, 7 p.m.  Visit for more information.

July 24 -- Free Outdoor Concert in St. Louis Place Park, Rauschenbach and St. Louis Avenues, 7 p.m.  For more information, call (314) 584-6904.

July 23 – An Overview of VA Resources for Veterans, Harris-StoweStateUniversity, 7:45 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will be sponsoring a special event on July 23 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University in the William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development Center, 10 N. Compton Avenue in Midtown.  Attendees of An Overview of VA Resources for Veterans will learn about the wide array of benefits, programs, and services the VA offers to Veterans, their families, Survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries.  Speakers from the VA will discuss various topics, including injury, the fully developed claims process, access to medical and mental health treatment, legal, educational, and community resources available to veterans.  The event is free of charge.  RSVP to Sandra Davenport at or call (314) 552-9710.

July 24 – Henry Shaw Birthday Celebration, MissouriBotanical Garden, 9 a.m.

The Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, will be celebrating the 214th birthday of Garden Founder Henry Shaw on Thursday, July 24.  In honor of the occasion admission will be free for all visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, visit the web site.

Save the Date

July 26 – Community Resource Health Fair, 5701 Delmar Parking Lot, 10 a.m.

July 26 – North of Old North Bicycle Tour, depart from 2700 N. 14th Street, 9:30 p.m.

July 26 – 2014 Better Together STL 5k and Fun Run, Upper Parking Lot of The Muny in Forest Park, 8 a.m.

July 26 – Scoops of Fun Family Carnival, St. Louis Union Station, 2 p.m.

July 26 – Free Movie & Activities, Lafayette Square Park (SE corner), 7 p.m.

July 26 & 27 –Metropolitan St. Louis African Violet Council Show and Sale, Missouri Botanical Garden, 9 a.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.

Grow St. Louis

The St. Louis Fire Department Lifesaving Foundation has received the very exciting news that its nomination has been accepted to the Grow St. Louis program.  The Foundation will be competing with a great group of St. Louis area nonprofits participating in this round.  You can help the Foundation receive its first-ever Grow St. Louis grant.  Voting will take place at from Monday, July 21 through Sunday, Aug. 3.  For more information, you may also visit .

Col. Richard Gray

Director of Public Safety

City of St. Louis

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