Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Neighborhood Workshop

Auto Show, Circus Harmony, Young Artist Recital and more to enjoy in St. Louis

January 23, 2014 | 3 min reading time


Neighborhood Workshop

 I want to begin this week's Spotlight by passing along some information from the Community Partnership Project's Neighborhood Leadership Academy at the School of Professional & Continuing Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  The Funding Your Neighborhood Project workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8 will help participants become skilled in the art of persuasive writing as a tool for making a funding request successful.  It will provide attendees with real-world examples and take-aways that will help get a neighborhood project started or expand an existing one.  For more information or to register, call (314) 516-5994 or visit the web site.

Upcoming Events

Now through Jan. 26 St. Louis Auto Show, America's Center, Noon

The Saint Louis Auto Show has returned to America's Center and Edward Jones Dome, 701 Convention Plaza in exciting Downtown St. Louis.  The largest automobile event in the St. Louis area, the Saint Louis Auto Show featuring more than 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs and luxury vehicles from more than 25 manufacturers all under one roof, is underway now and will continue through Sunday, Jan. 26.  For all the particulars and ticket pricing, go to .

Jan. 25 & 26 -- Circus Harmony:  Verismo, City Museum, 2 p.m.

Verismo, Circus Harmony's 2014 annual show of music and circus arts, will feature talented troupers performing feats of skill and daring that will amaze and amuse young and old alike.  The $20 price will include admission to City Museum, 701 N. 15th Street in the Downtown West neighborhood.  There will be a 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performance on Saturday and a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday.  For more information, call (314) 436-7676.


Saturdays from Jan. 25 through April 12 – Free Tax Preparation, Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center, 9 a.m.

Volunteers from the National Association of Black Accountants will provide free income tax preparation for elderly, disabled, and low-to-moderate income ($55,000 or less) individuals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center, 5471 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in the Wells / Goodfellow neighborhood.  The service will be offered on Saturdays from Jan. 25 through April 12.  For more information, call (314) 367-5820.

Now through Jan. 25 -- Reset, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 9 a.m.

Expect the unexpected during Reset, a series of programs happening now through Saturday, Jan. 25 at The Pulitzer, 3716 Washington Boulevard in Grand Center.  This unconventional series of programs is taking place during short periods between exhibitions and provides new ways to engage visitors with visual art, music, dance, film, and performance in the Pulitzer gallery space.  For the complete Reset schedule of events, go to the web site.


Jan. 26 – Bach Society of Saint Louis Young Artist Recital, Second Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m.

The Bach Society of Saint Louis will present a free Young Artist Recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Second Presbyterian Church, 4501 Westminster Place in the trendy Central West End neighborhood.  The Young Artists will be joined by pianist Sandra Geary for an afternoon of Bach solo arias and duets in addition to personal favorites from operatic and recital repertoire.  Questions?  Call (314) 652-2224.

Jan. 26 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest Awards Church Celebration, St. Alphonsus Ligouri (Rock) Catholic Church, 3 p.m.

Everyone is invited to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest Awards Church Celebration that will take place this Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Ligouri (Rock) Catholic Church, 1118 N. Grand Boulevard in Grand Center.  The top three winners of the contest will recite their essays.  The awards ceremony will include performances by the children's choir, Liturgical Leaders in Motion dancers and more.  Admission is free.  For more information, contact (314) 382-9545.


Save the Date

Jan. 31 - Food Policy "Brown Bag" Speaker Series, Gateway Greening Office, Noon


Jan. 31 -- St. Louis Poetry Center Trivia Night, Regional Arts Commission, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 1 -- Arch Rival Roller Girls Trivia Night, German Cultural Society Hall, 6 p.m.

Feb. 1 -- Family Film Days, Missouri History Museum, 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 -- Freedom Mural Creation, St. Louis Public Library branches, 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 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.


What's Right With the Region! Nominations

FOCUS St. Louis is now accepting nominations for the 2014 What's Right with the Region! awards.  Who in our community inspires you?  What organization, initiative, individual or company is working hard to make St. Louis a better place?  Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 31.  For information about the awards, visit the web site or call (314) 622-1250 ext. 119.

Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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