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 | 6 min reading time


Weather Balloons

Faculty and students from Saint Louis University's 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. Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park at approximately 2 p.m. 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 web site and search for "SEAC4RS."

Upcoming Events

Aug. 9 - Local Social, Central West End, 5 p.m.

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, 5 p.m.

The Third Annual 2013 Sauce Food Truck Friday Series continues this Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. 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 web site.

Aug. 9 & 10 – Free Children's Vision Screening, Science Center, 9:30 a.m.

The Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation will offer free vision screenings to children at the St. Louis Science Center this Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  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, Chaifetz Arena, 7 a.m.

Several 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 7 a.m. 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, Chaifetz Arena, 10 a.m.

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 web site.

Aug. 10 - St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project, St. LouisCommunity College @ Forest Park, 7 a.m.

The third and final session of Better Family Life's St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project will be this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Louis Community 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, 11 a.m.

The Seventh Annual Community Development Carnival will be held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

Invite 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, 10 a.m.

Bell Demonstration Garden 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 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Garden, located at 3871 Bell Avenue in the Covenant Blu / Grand Center neighborhood.  RSVP to Hannah Reinhart, 588-9600 ext. 104.

Aug. 10 -- Old Frenchtown Neighborhood Bicycle Tour, departs from Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 9:30 a.m.

Trailnet 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 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The cost of the ride is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 10 and under.  The group ride will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 1408 S. 10th Street . For all the details, visit the web site.

Aug. 11 – Lakeside Jazz Picnic, Benton Park, 3 p.m.

The next installment in the 2013 Summer Concert Series in Benton Park will take place this Sunday with the Lakeside Jazz Picnic from 3 – 6 p.m.  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 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 5:30 p.m. 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 web site.



Save the Date

Aug. 16 – Breakfast for Bikers, Downtown Bicycle Station, 7 a.m.

Aug. 16 – Third Friday Free Party, Third Degree Glass Factory, 6 p.m.

Aug. 16 – Free Movie, 3500 Hartford, Dusk

Aug. 17 – 1st Ever SLLIS Back to School Block Party, Soldiers' Memorial, 10 a.m.

Aug. 17 – Free Concert, Soulard Market on the Plaza, 6 p.m.

Aug. 17 – 50th Annual Moonlight Ramble, 8th and Cerre, 9 p.m.

Aug. 18 – Free Back-To-School Health Fair, Loyola Academy, 10 a.m.

Aug. 19 – 25 – Downtown Restaurant Week 2013, various locations, times vary

Aug. 20 – Free Concert, Central Library, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 21 – 24 – Missouri Fashion Week, Moto Museum, times vary


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 smentkowskic@stlouis-mo.govf or 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.


Outstanding Older Worker Contest

Nominations 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

Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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