Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Local Social, Missouri Black Expo and More
Lots of fun activities taking place in St. Louis neighborhoods this weekend. Enjoy!
August 8, 2013
Faculty and students from Saint
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will be launching weather balloons
with ozone sensors starting Monday, Aug. 12 and running through
mid-September. The data being gathered
will be used for a NASA study of Emission and Atmospheric Composition, Clouds,
and Climate Coupling by Region. The public
launches will take place near the St. LouisScienceCenter's
James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park
at approximately each
day. What goes up will come down, and
that's where you can play a role in the research project. After ascending to between 80,000 and 100,000
feet, the balloon will burst, a parachute will deploy and the small instrument
package will land softly on the ground. The white Styrofoam boxes with an attached white or blue cardboard box are
not dangerous. Should you find one, you
will see that it includes instructions on how it can be returned for a $30
reward. To learn more, visit the
nasa.gov web site and search for "SEAC4RS."
Aug. 9 - Local Social, Central West End,
Every second Friday of the month through September the
shops, galleries and restaurants in the Central West End neighborhood will be
hosting Local Social. On these Fridays, local owners, artists and
chefs will welcome guests to the CWE to enjoy street entertainment, discounts,
food and drink to highlight all things local. So mark your calendar for this Friday, Aug. 9 to stop by some of the
establishments in the Central West End and participate
in Local Social.
Aug. 9 - Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park,
The Third Annual 2013 Sauce Food Truck Friday
Series continues this Friday from at Tower Grove Park (southwest corner). Arrive early, bring chairs or blankets to mark your turf, bring friends
to buy items from different trucks and then make a night of it, sharing all the
goodies! For a list of participating
trucks, visit the saucemagazine.com web site.
Aug. 9 & 10 – Free Children's Vision
Screening, Science Center,
Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation will offer free vision screenings to children at the St. Louis Science Center this Friday and Saturday from to Healthy vision is important to success in the
classroom, so these quick, non-invasive screenings are a great way for parents
to make sure their children have the eyesight they need for school. Need more information? Call (800) 283-1982.
Aug. 10 - 2013 Prostate Cancer Run/Walk,
organizations including the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Black Expo, PACE and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center will sponsor the 11th
Annual Prostate Cancer Survivors and Awareness Run/Walk this Saturday. Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause
of male cancer deaths and affects African American men at a higher rat than any
other ethnic group in the United States. The event will
begin at at Chaifetz Arena, 1 S. Compton Avenue in the Midtown
neighborhood and will cover a three-mile radius ending at the Missouri Black
Expo where all men, 35 years of age and older will be offered a free PSA
blood test. To register for the walk,
call (314) 367-7778.
Aug. 10 & 11 -- 22nd Annual Missouri Black Expo,
The 22nd Annual Missouri Black Expo, the largest African American consumer event in the State
of Missouri will take place this Saturday and Sunday at Chaifetz
Arena, 1 S. Compton
Avenue in the Midtown
neighborhood. The Expo will have
something for everyone. Activities
include a career fair, health fair, workshops, food, live music, an amateur
boxing tournament, and more. For the
complete Expo Schedule, visit the missouriblackexpo.com web site.
Aug. 10 - St. Louis Metropolitan
Area Amnesty Project, St. LouisCommunity
College @ Forest Park,
The third and final session of
Better Family Life's St. Louis
Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project will be this Saturday from to
at St. LouisCommunity
College @ Forest Park, 5600 Oakland
in the Mildred E. Bastian Theater. Persons with outstanding misdemeanor warrants, including traffic, may
attend to receive vouchers they can take to court later this month to resolve
their issue(s) with the criminal court system. Questions? Call (314) 281-8200.
Aug. 10 – Community Development Carnival, DeSotoPark,
The Seventh Annual Community Development
Carnival will be held this Saturday from to in DeSoto Park, 2101
Carr Street in
the Carr Square neighborhood. The
event is free and open to the public. Children 12 years of age and under must have a parent or guardian with
them. Invite your family and friends to
join you for a fun afternoon in the park.
Aug. 10 – Free
Concert, Lafayette Park, 6 p.m.
your family and friends to join you this Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. in Lafayette
Park, Mississippi and Lafayette, by the gazebo for a free concert by the
"Funky Butt Brass Band." Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or a blanket
and enjoy a fun evening under starlit skies.
Aug. 10 -- Volunteer Orientation, Bell Demonstration Garden,
BellDemonstrationGarden is a community garden
resource center serving community and youth gardeners throughout the St.
Louis area. Volunteers are needed to help care for 20 demonstration beds that are
used to illustrate intensive vegetable growing techniques, maintain ornamental
plantings that beautify the property and tackle special seasonal projects. If you are interested in volunteering, an Orientation Session will be held this
Saturday from to at the Garden, located at 3871
Bell Avenue in the Covenant Blu / GrandCenter neighborhood. RSVP to Hannah Reinhart, 588-9600 ext. 104.
Aug. 10 -- Old Frenchtown Neighborhood
Bicycle Tour, departs from Church of St. Vincent de Paul,
will be sponsoring the Old Frenchtown Neighborhood Bicycle Tour this
Saturday. The 10-mile ride on city
streets will explore two of St. Louis'
most fascinating and historic neighborhoods: LaSallePark and Soulard. Home
to some of the Midwest's most interesting and unique architecture, both are
case studies in the effects of highway construction on the traditional city as
well as models of late 20th century historic preservation and urban
redevelopment. Registration will run
from to The
cost of the ride is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 10 and under. The group ride will depart at from the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 1408 S. 10th Street . For all the
details, visit the trailnet.org web site.
Aug. 11 – Lakeside Jazz Picnic, Benton Park,
installment in the 2013 Summer Concert
Series in Benton Park will take place this Sunday with the Lakeside Jazz Picnic
from Grab your blankets,
picnic baskets, and come on down to Benton Park to enjoy the swinging sounds of "Bosch, Victoria & Melange ."The
event is free. For more details, visit
the bpnastl.org web site.
Aug. 11 -- Free Concert, Carondelet Park, 5:30 p.m.
The Carondelet Community Betterment Foundation
will sponsor a free concert in Carondelet Park this Sunday, starting at at the Bandstand off Loughborough. Bring your lawn chair,
pack a picnic basket and enjoy "Elvis, Patsy Cline & Buddy Holly."
For a complete list of the concert schedule, visit the
carondeletliving.com web site.
Aug. 16 – Breakfast for Bikers, Downtown Bicycle
Aug. 16 – Third Friday Free Party, Third Degree
Aug. 16 – Free Movie, 3500 Hartford, Dusk
Aug. 17 – 1st Ever SLLIS Back to
School Block Party, Soldiers' Memorial,
Aug. 17 – Free Concert, Soulard Market on the
Aug. 17 – 50th Annual Moonlight
Ramble, 8th and Cerre,
Aug. 18 – Free Back-To-School Health Fair, Loyola Academy,
Aug. 19 – 25 – Downtown Restaurant Week 2013,
various locations, times vary
Aug. 20 – Free Concert, Central Library,
Aug. 21 – 24 – Missouri Fashion Week, Moto Museum, times vary
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
to Cathy Smentkowski at email@example.com or 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.
Outstanding Older Worker Contest
are now being accepted for the 23rd Annual Missouri Older Worker
Contest. Nominees must be 65 years
of age or older, gainfully employed at a Missouri job site for an average of 20
or more hours per week and a Missouri resident. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 23. For additional information, contact the Division of Senior and
Disability Services at (573) 526-8534 or visit http://health.mo.gov/seniors/senioremployment/pdf/ownomform.pdf