Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Sept. 11th Day of Service
Festivals, Fire Engine Rally, Free Concerts and opportunities to commemorate the September 11th anniversary
September 5, 2013
9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
2009, September 11th has been observed and recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Participating in Day
of Service and Remembrance activities to commemorate the September 11th
anniversary is a positive and respectful way to remember the lives of those
lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who continue to
serve our country today, including veterans, soldiers, military families, and
first responders. On September 11, 2013, and on the days leading up to and following this
day, I encourage you to volunteer for a service project. Here are a
few activities to consider:
* The United Way of Greater St. Louis is
seeking more than 500 volunteers to participate in 9/11 Day of Service &
Remembrance events from Sept. 11-14. To find out about the events and
sign up, log on to stlvolunteer.org/stlremembers or call (314) 539-4298.
* The American Heart Association's Mobile
Hands-Only CPR Unit will be in St. Louis from Sept. 7 -11 with the goal to train 1,000 people in
Hands Only CPR. During the free 15-minute training session, you will learn
a skill that can save lives. Additionally, everyone who gets trained will
take home a free CPR Anytime Kit to show friends and family what they've
learned. The session in the city will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from
to on the
campus of Saint
Louis University in the Busch Student Center, 20
N. Grand Blvd.
For more information, visit the heart.org web site.
* The Mission Continues
is inviting volunteers to join its service project at the St. Louis Fire
Department Headquarters and Training Facility, 1421 N. Jefferson on
Saturday, Sept. 7 from to Volunteers will paint,
landscape, and clean the facilities. To register for the event, go to the
The 39th Annual Polish Festival
will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Polish Falcons Gardens, located at 2013 St. Louis Avenue in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. Visitors will enjoy authentic Polish food and live polka music. The EZ Tones from Chicago will play polka favorites starting at each day. Polish
sausage, cabbage rolls, pastries and more will be available after on Friday and again starting at on Saturday. The
only Polka Dance Contest in Missouri will step off at on
Saturday. Sign up for the contest will
begin at Questions? Call (314) 421-9614.
Sept. 6 - 8 -- Greater St. Louis Hispanic
Festival, Kiener Plaza,
The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival
will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Kiener Plaza, located at Broadway and Market in exciting Downtown St.
Louis. Enjoy live Latino bands,
folkloric dances, authentic food, Hispanic arts and crafts, a kids' corner, a
parade of Hispanic nations and more. The
Festival will run from to on Friday and Saturday and from to on
Sunday. The parade will step off
immediately following the opening ceremony which will begin at Saturday. The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Trophy
will be at the Festival at on
Sunday. Go to hispanicfestivalstl.com
for more information.
Sept. 7 – Skinker DeBaliviere State Fair,
6000 Kingsbury @ Des Peres Avenue,
DeBaliviere Community will hold its first Neighborhood
State Fair this Saturday. Neighborhood residents have been invited to submit items for judging in
a number of categories including vegetables, fruit, livestock, flowers,
preserves, baked goods, needlecrafts and handcrafts. Ribbons will be awarded for best in show in
each category. Visitors will also be
able to attend free lectures on such diverse topics as raising backyard
chickens and canning fruits and vegetables. The Fair will take place from to in Greg Freeman Park at Four Corners,
6000 Kingsbury at Des Peres Avenue. Invite your family and friends to join you for this marvelous exhibition
Sept. 7 – WiffleFest 2013, Ray Leisure Park,
The Gathering United Methodist Church and Kingdom House have teamed up for a day of sports,
play, food and fun. Everyone is invited to stop by Ray Leisure Park , 1129
Park Avenue, this
Saturday from to to cheer the Wiffle Ball teams in WiffleFest 2013 and to enjoy washers, other games, a coaches
clinic, and more. Volunteers are also welcome. Children five and up
may join a Wiffle Ball team. Batting tees will be available. To
learn more and to register, visit the gatheringnow.org web site.
Sept. 7 – Fabulous Flamingo Festival,
fabulous Citygarden in Downtown St. Louis will host its Fourth Annual Fabulous Flamingo Festival this Saturday from to .
The All Things Pink Parade will step off at Other activities include a costume contest, face
painting, a balloon artist, stilt walker and family fun. For more
information, visit the citygardenstl.org web site.
Sept. 7 – 30th
Annual Great Fire Engine Rally, Soldiers' Memorial Plaza,
Annual Great Fire Engine Rally will take place this Saturday from to in the area surrounding Soldiers' MemorialPlaza (13th and Chestnut)
in beautiful Downtown St. Louis. A
procession of new and vintage fire apparatus will travel from Jefferson
and Market, east on Market to Tucker, north on Tucker to Pine, west on Pine to
13th. To learn more about all
the activities planned, visit the firefightersweekend.com web site.
Sept. 7 - St. Louis Classic Cocktail
Party & Free Concert, Lafayette Park,
The Lafayette Square Concert Series will
continue this Saturday by the gazebo in Lafayette Park,
Mississippi and Lafayette. The evening will begin with the St. Louis Classic
Cocktail Party from to Then the free concert featuring PowerPlay Band will
run from Need more details?
Visit the LafayetteSquare.org web site.
Sept. 7 & 8 – LouFest Music Festival, Forest Park,
This weekend's LouFest in Central Field in majestic Forest
Park will bring national, regional and local musical
acts together for two days of back-to-back concerts. Visitors also will be able to browse and shop
the Market Square, enjoy
delicious treats in the Nosh Pit and family-friendly activities in the LouKidz
area. The Festival will run from to
Saturday and Sunday. For the complete
schedule of performers and ticket information, go to the loufest.com web site.
Arts & Faith St.
Louis, a collaboration of St.
Louis arts and faith leaders, will be hosting its Third Annual Sept. 11th
Interfaith Commemoration in Music this Sunday starting at at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648
Washington Boulevard in GrandCenter. The free concert will feature renowned
Grammy-winning soprano Christine Brewer, Grammy-winning jazz pianist Peter
Martin, St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen, and the St. Louis
Children's Choirs. To learn more, visit
the artsfaithstl.org web site.
Sept. 8 – Church Homecoming Festival, St. John Nepomuk Church,
St. John Nepomuk Church will host its annual Homecoming
Dinner and Festival on Sunday. Dinners will be served from to in the parish hall. The $9 dinners will include roast pork or baked chicken, potato
dumplings, sauerkraut, dessert and coffee. Invite your friends to join you at this fun festival. Need more information, call (314) 231-0141.
The Twilight Tuesdays Ameren Concert Series
hosted by the Missouri History Museum will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Invite your friends and family to join you on the
Museum's front lawn at Lindell and DeBaliviere for an evening of Top 40 hits by
the Star Lifters. For the complete
schedule of performances, visit the mohistory.org web site.
Sept. 15 -- The Color Run, Poelker/Kaufmann
colorful run in St. Louis, the annual Color
Run will return on Sunday, Sept. 15 in Downtown St. Louis. Race the
5K route solo or form a Color Team. The choice is yours. For all
the particulars about this family-friendly event, visit the thecolorrun.com web
Sept. 13 – Local Social, MarylandPlaza,
Sept. 13 – Food Truck Friday, TowerGrovePark,
Sept. 13 – Ghosts of the Arch Grounds, Gateway Arch,
Sept. 14 – Jazz on the Greenway, Delmar & DeBaliviere,
Sept. 14 – Movie in Carondelet Park, at the Bandstand,
Sept. 14 – Row by Row Farm Ramble, Local Harvest Grocery,
Sept. 15 – Yoga Within the Confluence, Gateway Arch,
Sept. 15 – 17 – St. Louis Black Film Festival, Tivoli
Theatre, 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 for 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.
Public Meeting on Bus Rapid Transit
A new type of public transit service called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is being explored by Metro and its regional partners -- the Missouri Department of Transportation, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the City of St. Louis, and St. Louis County. A public meeting/open house will be held at City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Room 208 from 11 a.m. to , with a presentation at . Attendees will be asked to provide additional
feedback on the corridors, service strategies, and station amenities. To
read more about the initiative, visit www.movingtransitforward.org/stlrapidtransit .
Blocking Right of Way Permits
Blocking Right of Way Permits are required for any activity that will block any portion of the public right of way (i.e.: street or sidewalk)
Special Event Permits
Outlines process when applying for a permit to hold a large event in the City of St. Louis such as a Parade; Street, Run and/or Walk; Cycling Race or Ride; and Festival, Street Fair, Outdoor Concert.