Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Improve Your Emergency Response

Lots of opportunity for the wearin' of the green and more this weekend in St. Louis

March 15, 2013 | 5 min reading time
Charlene Deeken, Director of Public Safety
Photo by Cathy Smentkowski Title: Portrait of Charlene Deeken, Director of Public Safety
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Emergency Preparedness Academy 2013

Disasters happen.  Are you prepared?  The American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Academy on Thursday, March 28 can help improve and refine your business, organization or school's emergency response to a disaster.  The deadline to register is Friday, March 22.  For more details, call (314) 516-2755 or visit the web site.


Upcoming Events

March 15 – Third Friday Free Party, Third Degree Glass Factory, 6 p.m.

The monthly Third Friday Free Party at Third Degree Glass Factory will have a St. Patrick's Day flair to it this Friday.  The fun will begin at 6 p.m. at 5200 Delmar Blvd. in the Central West End neighborhood.  In addition to watching glassblowers create glass art, visitors will be able to purchase treats from several food trucks, enjoy performances by MADCO dancers and the R&B group The Wise Brothers, and take in sculptural and photography exhibits.  Questions?Call (314) 367-4527.

March 16 – Family Theatre Series, Central Library, 2 p.m.

The next performance in the St. Louis Public Library's Winter/Spring 2013 Family Theatre Series will be "The Legend of King Arthur."  The Hampstead Stage Company will bring Camelot to life with Merlin and Arthur's legendary battle with Morgana Le Fay and her son, Mordred, for the rights to the sword called Excalibur.  Pick up free tickets in advance at the Central, Buder, Julia Davis, or Kingshighway branches for the 2 p.m. performance at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, in Downtown St. Louis on Saturday.

March 16 – St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown, Noon

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place at Noon, on Saturday, March 16 in Downtown St. Louis.  The parade will begin at 18th and Market Streets, and proceed east to its conclusion at Broadway and Market Streets.  More than 120 units, including marching bands, floats, huge cartoon-character balloons, and more will participate.  Food and drink will be sold at numerous locations along the parade route, including Irish Village in Kiener Plaza.  New for 2013, parade-goers may watch the giant helium character balloons being inflated between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Aloe Plaza, near the corner of 18th and Chestnut. Want more details?  Visit the web site.

March 16 – St. Patrick's Day Dinner, Lafayette Park United Methodist Church, Noon

Lafayette Park United Methodist Church will be hosting its St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Saturday from Noon to 7 p.m.  Enjoy corned beef or roast beef.  Tickets for adults will be $8, and for children under 12 the cost will be $2.50. Carry-outs also will be available.  The church is located at 2300 Lafayette Avenue in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.  For more information, call (314) 771-9214.

March 16 – St. Patrick's Day, Laclede's Landing, 2 p.m.

Going Downtown for the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday?  Be sure to stop by Laclede's Landing for some great Irish-themed food and drink including Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Stew and Soda Bread.  Shuttle service will be available.  For details, visit the web site.

March 16 – Bethel College Concert Choir, St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, 7:30 p.m.

The 54-voice Mennonite Choir from Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, will bring its tour to St. Louis' St. Francis Xavier Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The concert will include both classical and contemporary selections from a wide variety of traditions.  College Church is located at 3628 Lindell Boulevard in the Midtown neighborhood.

March 17 – St. Patrick's Day Parade, Dogtown, 12:30 p.m.

The 30th Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17 in Dogtown, one of St. Louis' oldest Irish neighborhoods.  The parade will include more than 100 units, featuring floats, Irish dancers and salutes to Irish history and culture.  The parade will start at Tamm Avenue and Oakland and end at Tamm and Manchester.  No coolers, please.  For more information, visit the web site or call (314) 504-2925.

March 17 – Invisible No More, Missouri History Museum, 3 p.m.

In honor of Women's History Month, the Missouri History Museum will present the program "Invisible No More: Celebrating and Uplifting Black Women," on Sunday, from 3 – 5 p.m. in the museum's MacDermott Grand Hall.  The free event will feature singers, artists, and poets who will make visible the everyday lives of black women, celebrating their strength, grace, and voice.  The History Museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd. in Forest Park.

March 19 – Not So Quiet! Concert Series, Central Library, 6:30 p.m.

The next scheduled performer in the Central Library's Not So Quiet! Concert Series is guitarist, Celia, who mixes her own special blend of rock, folk and ballads.  The free concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 in Central Library's Auditorium, 1301 Olive Street, in Downtown St. Louis.  For details, visit the web site or call (314) 206-6779.

March 22 -- 2013 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, America's Center, 3 p.m.

Hundreds of celebrities and industry professionals will be at America's Center in Downtown St. Louis the weekend of March 22 - 24 for the inaugural 2013 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, part of North America's largest pop-culture touring expo.  Visitors will celebrate the best in movies, comics, toys, video, art, gaming and more.  Ticket prices start at $35; kids 10 and under will get in free with a paid adult admission.  The expo will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and will open at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, call (314) 421-1023 or visit the web site.

March 23 – Trivia Night, Epiphany Gym, 6 p.m.

Calling all trivia buffs!  The Third Annual Institute for Family Medicine Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the Epiphany Gym, located at 3164 Ivanhoe Avenue in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood.  Doors will open at 6 p.m.  The evening will include 10 rounds of trivia, a silent auction, raffles, attendance prizes and more.  The price is $25 per ticket; $150 for a table of six and $200 for a VIP table of six.  The Institute for Family Medicine is a St. Louis-based nonprofit dedicated to providing health care to disadvantaged children and families.  To reserve your table, call (314) 849-7669 ext. 104.


Save the Date

March 22 – Soul Food Friday Fish Fry, St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Church, 11 a.m.

March 23 – Bacon Fest St. Louis, Kiener Plaza, 11 a.m.

March 23 – Best Sausage Dinner in South St. Louis, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 4 p.m.

March 23 – Hunt for the Golden Egg, Ivory Perry Park, 10:30 a.m.

March 23 – Third Annual "Night at the Museum," Becky Thatcher Riverboat, 6 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 on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.


Call for Nominations

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis will once again this year present its annual Adelante Awards, recognizing the achievements of individuals, entrepreneurs and corporations in the metro St. Louis area.  The awards focus on Hispanic businesses and professionals as well as on non-Hispanic companies and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the community at large.  The six awards will include Hispanic Company of the Year, Hispanic Businessperson of the Year, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year, Hispanic Emerging Business of the Year, Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year and the Hispanic Lifetime Achievement Award.  If an individual or company comes to mind for one of these awards, nominate them!  For more details and nomination deadlines, visit the web site.


Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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