Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Dealing with Extreme Heat

Free concerts and movies, trivia night, boat race and more this weekend.  Enjoy all that St. Louis City has to offer!

July 18, 2013 | 5 min reading time


Dealing with Extreme Heat

I want to begin this week's Spotlight by passing along a few tips from the Team regarding dealing with extreme heat.  Extreme heat can be very dangerous, leading to heat stroke and death.  Heat stroke occurs when your temperature rises quickly and your body cannot cool down.  This condition is life-threatening, but it is preventable.  Here are some tips to prevent heat-related illness:

* Stay in air-conditioned space if possible.  If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a public library, heat-relief shelter, or other cool location.

* Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids (check with your doctor if you are usually supposed to limit your fluids).

* Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.

* Cut back on exercise.

* Closely watch those who are at high risk of heat-related illness, including older adults, young children, and individuals with physical and/or mental illnesses.

* NEVER leave anyone or any pets in an enclosed, parked vehicle.

If you believe that you or someone else may be suffering from heat stroke or another heat-related illness, get help right away.



Upcoming Events


July 19 – Breakfast for Bikers, Downtown Bicycle Station, 7 a.m.

The 2013 Breakfast for Bikers Series continues this Friday.  Join Trailnet and fellow cyclists for free coffee and breakfast from 7 – 9 a.m. at the Downtown Bicycle Station, 1011 Locust Street.  You may register your ride at the web site.  Breakfast for Bikers will be held the third Friday of every month from now through October.

July 19 – Free Movie, 3500 Hartford, Dusk

Back Lot Films will present the movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," on Friday, July 19 beginning at Dusk, in the parking lot at 3500 Hartford in the Tower Grove East neighborhood.  Admission is free.  South Grand vendors will be available, but please feel free to bring your own food and drink.  For more information, visit the web site.

July 19 – Summer of Love Outdoor Film Series, Art Hill in Forest Park, 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to spend Fridays in July on Art Hill enjoying film, music and food at the Saint Louis Art Museum's Summer of Love Outdoor Film Series.  The party will start at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at 9 p.m.  This Friday the movie, "The Princess Bride," will be shown.  Visit the web site for details.

July 19 & 20 -- Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts, Soldiers' Memorial Plaza, 6 p.m.

The 2013 Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts, presented by the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, will conclude this weekend at Soldiers' Memorial Plaza, 13th and Chestnut in beautiful Downtown St. Louis.  Please note that Friday evening's concert has been canceled.  Gates will open at 6 p.m. on Saturday and two local bands will be featured prior to the national headliner.  The alternative rock and Christian rock band, "NEEDTOBREATHE," will take the stage at 9 p.m. on Saturday.  To learn more, visit the web site.

July 20 – Free Concert, Soulard Market on the Plaza, 6 p.m.

The 2013 Soulard Concert Series continues this Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. in Soulard Market on the Plaza, Lafayette and 8th, with a performance by Melissa Neels.  Bring your own picnic or stop by a Soulard restaurant for take out.  Beverages will be available for purchase or feel free to bring our own.  To learn more, visit the web site.

July 20 – Trivia Night for Do the Right Thing, Bishop DuBourg High School, 7 p.m.

Are you a trivia buff?  If so, then consider attending the 6th Annual Trivia Night for Do the Right Thing this Saturday at Bishop DuBourg High School, 5850 Eichelberger in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. and trivia will begin at 7 p.m.  Cost is $15 per person, $120 for a table of 8.  The price will include beer, soda, hot dogs and snacks.  To learn more and to register your table, call (314) 444-5328.

July 20 – Free Concert & Movie, Lafayette Park, 6:30 p.m.

Invite your family and friends to join you this Saturday from 6:30 – 10 p.m. in Lafayette Park, Mississippi and Lafayette, by the gazebo for a free concert by the "U.S. Air Force Hot Brass Band" followed by an 8:30 p.m. screening of the movie, "Back to the Future."  Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a fun evening under starlit skies.

July 21 – Paddle With Your Pooch Boat Race, The Boathouse in Forest Park, 1 p.m.

The Boathouse in Forest Park is again sponsoring the popular Paddle With Your Pooch Boat Race.  You are invited to register today to compete in this fun paddleboat race, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.  The entry fee is $40 per team.  The maximum capacity per boat is three humans and one dog.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Forest Park Forever.  Don't have a furry friend?  Come out any way to cheer on the teams.  For all the particulars, visit the web site.

July 21 – Free Concert, Carondelet Park, 6 p.m.

The Carondelet Community Betterment Foundation will sponsor a free concert in Carondelet Park this Sunday, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bandstand off Loughborough. Bring your lawn chair, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the "Farshid Etriko."   For a complete list of the concert schedule, visit the web site.

July 22 – Full Moon Viewing, Compton Hill Water Tower, 5:30 p.m.

The Compton Hill Water Tower will be open every Full Moon from now through November.  The top of the Tower is a beautiful look out over St. Louis, especially when it's illuminated by the silvery moon.  The next full moon will be Monday, July 22.  Invite your family and friends to join you Monday evening at Grand and Russell in the Compton Heights neighborhood for live music under the tower at 7 p.m.  Food trucks will be serving up their finest cuisine for purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Tower entry fee is $5 per person.  Visit the web site for more information.

July 24 – Free Jazz Concert, O'Fallon Park, 6 p.m.

The fifth season of the O'Fallon Park Jazz Concert Series will continue on Wednesday, July 24 with a performance by "Brian Owens."  Bring your lawn chairs, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the free outdoor concert with your family, friends and neighbors.  The festivities will run from 6 – 8 p.m.  O'Fallon Park is located at West Florissant and Harris.

July 25 – Free Outdoor Concert, St. Louis Place Park, 7 p.m.

Grace Hill's Whitaker Urban Evening Series will continue on Thursday, July 25 in St. Louis Place Park, located at Rauschenbach and St. Louis Avenue in the St. Louis Place neighborhood, with a performance by "Boogie Chyld."  Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you for the fun activities and great music from 7 – 9 p.m.  For more details, visit the web site.


Save the Date

July 26 – Food Policy Brown Bag Series, Gateway Greening, Noon

July 27 – Central West End Literary Bicycle Tour, start at 4183 Lindell, 9 a.m.

July 27 – Hope Floats Cardboard Boat Race, Grand Basin in Forest Park, 11 a.m.

July 27 - Free Concert, Lafayette Park, 6 p.m.

July 28 – The Wedding show, America's Center, 11 a.m.


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.


Transit Oriented Development Public Presentation


A public meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 regarding the preferred Station Area Plan for the Delmar Loop and Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan.  Attendees will be able to provide feedback concerning recommendations, transportation, aesthetic, and related improvements.  This feedback will be used to create achievable implementation strategies and make any changes to the station area plans.  The meeting will be held at New Cote Brilliante Church of God, 6195 Washington Avenue.  The Delmar Loop and Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station Area TOD study is being conducted by St. Louis Development Corporation and East-West Gateway Council of Governments as part of the OneSTL – Regional Plan for Sustainability.  Learn more about the plan at the web site.


Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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