Bicycle Rider Safety Tips
More and more St. Louisans are taking to the roads on their bicycles. Here are a few rules from the Missouri Department of Revenue Driver Guide about sharing the road:
- On public streets and highways, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as a motor vehicle operation.
- Always ride with traffic, never against it.
- When operating at less than the posted speed or traffic flow, generally ride as near to the right side of the roadway as is safe. On a one-way street, you may also choose to ride as far left as is safe.
- Always check traffic and signal before changing lanes or changing your position within a lane.
- Make sure motorists see you. Wear bright colored clothes and stay out of a vehicle's blind spots. Use proper lights and reflectors when riding after dark.
- Be extra careful at intersections. Do not assume your right-of-way. Be aware that motor vehicle drivers may not see you approaching.
Bicycling is fun. By riding correctly, you can greatly increase your use and enjoyment of the bicycle – for transportation, for exercise, and for recreation. Enjoy your bicycling!
Volunteer Mediators Sought
The Saint Louis Mediation Program is seeking individuals who would like to become volunteer mediators. A 32-hour training program is planned to begin in November. If you are interested in learning more about the type of issues that are mediated, review the website at www.mediationstl.org. Not everyone will find this volunteer opportunity appealing, but for those who do, it is most rewarding when they see parties resolving their own issues. Please do not hesitate to contact the Mediation office with questions: (314) 533-3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 18 – Breakfast for Bikers, Downtown Bicycle Station,
The 2013 Breakfast for Bikers Series
sponsored by Trailnet will conclude this Friday. Join Trailnet and fellow
cyclists to network over free coffee and breakfast at the Downtown Bicycle
Oct. 18 & 19 – Thurman Loop OktoberFest, Thurman Grill & Provisions,
Everyone is invited to stop by the Thurman Loop OktoberFest this Friday and Saturday for great music, games, art, and more. The Fest will run from on Friday and on Saturday at 4069 Shenandoah at Thurman in the Shaw neighborhood. For all the particulars, visit the thurmanloopoktoberfest.com web site.
Oct. 19 -- Taste of
Taste of Baden will be held this Saturday, from to in
Oct. 19 – Greening Event, Leona &
have a green thumb? Volunteers are invited to meet at Leona and
Oct. 19 – Harvest Festival, Tower Grove Farmers' Market,
Grove Farmers' Market's Eighth Annual
Harvest Festival will take place this Saturday, from to in
Oct. 19 – River des Peres Trash Bash, Fultz Field,
of all ages are invited to join Great Rivers Greenway, the River des Peres
Watershed Coalition, Missouri Stream Team, and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer
District this Saturday for the
Oct. 19 – Financial Planning Workshop,
The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), Mayor Francis G. Slay, and the Financial Planning Association of Greater St. Louis are encouraging St. Louisans to take advantage of the Financial Planning Workshop that will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Student Center Building, Tower E, 5600 Oakland Avenue in the Cheltenham neighborhood. Register to meet with professional financial planners to discuss your personal finances, concerns, and interests -- all at no cost. Receive expert advice on such topics as general financial planning, investment, retirement, income tax, estate planning, insurance planning, budgeting and more. Register at www.FinancialPlanningDays.org/SaintLouis or call 877-861-7826.
Oct. 19 -- Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Assistance Site, Schlafly Branch Public Library,
can't get affordable health insurance through your job, you can now buy quality
health coverage for yourself and your family through the Missouri Health
Insurance Marketplace. You will also see if you can get financial help to
buy health insurance. Learn more or sign up online by going to www.covermissouri.org. You may also visit one of the Insurance Marketplace Enrollment sites scheduled events from now through
the enrollment period (Dec. 14) to obtain information and sign up. An
enrollment assistance event will be held on Saturday, Oct.19 from – at the Schlafly
Branch Public Library located at 225 N.
Oct. 19 – The Blessing Basket Project® Warehouse Sale, 5234 Oakland Avenue, 10 a.m.
The Blessing Basket Project is an effort to combat poverty world wide. By purchasing hand woven Blessing Baskets® products, you empower families around the world not just to exist, but to thrive. Make plans to stop by the Warehouse Sale this Saturday and see the beautifully hand-crafted basket and other specialty items they have to offer from more than 2,000 artisans from third-world countries. The Blessing Basket Project is located at 5234 Oakland Avenue in the Kings Oak neighborhood. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Log on to the blessingbasket.org web site to learn more.
Oct. 19 – BBQ, Watson Terrace Christian Church, Noon
Terrace Christian Church will hold its last of the season barbecue this Saturday, from - Visitors will be able to purchase pork steaks,
brats, chicken breasts, hot dogs, burgers, side dishes, dessert and more.
The Church is located at
Oct. 19 – ROCKtoberfest, Laclede's Landing, 3 p.m.
The Laclede's Landing community is inviting everyone to stop by this Saturday for ROCKtoberfest, an outdoor music festival that will feature seven of the city's best original, rock-alternative bands on two stages. The event is free to attend and visitors will be able to purchase delicious food and drinks as they enjoy the great music. If you're a music lover looking for a place to hang out with friends and listen to great music, ROCKtoberfest is for you. For the complete schedule, visit the the lacledeslanding.com web site.
Oct. 19 -- Trivia Night, St. Stephen Protomartyr PTO,
time of year again for the St. Stephen
Protomartyr PTO Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction. This year's
event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Gym, 3949
Oct. 20 – Polish Heritage Month Celebration, PNA Sports Club, Noon
is Polish Heritage Month.
Celebrate Polish Heritage this Sunday from until at PNA
October 24 -- Professional Career Fair,
National Black MBA Association, Inc., St. Louis Chapter will host its 20th Annual Minority Professional Career
Fair from to in the
Save the Date
Oct. 25 -- Metamorphosis Costume Party, Moulin,
& 26 -- Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Expo,
Oct. 26 - Fifth Annual Great Pumpkin Carve & Glow, Moonrise Hotel,
-- Tricks & Treats on Park,
-- Halloween Hullabaloo!,
-- Boo at the Zoo Spooky Saturday,
-- Free Family Day: Halloween,
-- Trunk or Treat,
-- Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon, on
Oct. 27 -- Free Organ Recital, Second Presbyterian Church,
-- Halloween Parade & Party,
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 email@example.com or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Poster Coloring Contest
Calling all artists between the
ages of 5 and 12! How would you like you to be named the Ameren Missouri
Thanksgiving Day Parade Junior Grand Marshal? Christmas in
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events