Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Easter Pets

Weekly newsletter offering timely safety tips and information about upcoming events in St. Louis City

April 3, 2015 | 3 min reading time


Easter Pets

The trend of people buying bunnies and baby chicks as Easter presents is still very much alive.  With Easter approaching, animal rescue organization are anticipating an influx of abandoned animals as baby bunnies and chicks are bought as Easter gifts and later let loose on the side of the road or dumped at over-crowded animal shelters.  People forget that those adorable little balls of fluff grow into adult animals, and they don't have the facilities to care for them.  You can't just let a bunny loose in your garden or in a park and expect it to survive in the wild.  Unless you are ready for a several-year commitment to raise a rabbit or even a chick as a pet, then don't buy it.  Instead, buy a stuffed bunny that will stay cute and small forever.  

Upcoming Events

April 3 – Guns 'N Hoses On Ice, Affton Ice Rink, 10300 Gravois, 7 p.m. Faceoff

Help The Backstoppers raise funds while enjoying a great night of hockey. Admission:  $5 minimum donation at the door.

April 4 – Free Bike Tagging, SLMPD HQ, 1915 Olive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stop by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free bike tags and free registration on the ILEADS Record Management System  .For more information, visit the web site.

Eggs-traordinary Activities

April 4 – 20th Ward Easter Jamboree, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac Noon to 4 p.m.

April 4 – Easter Fair and Egg Hunt, Southwest Baptist Church, 10:30 a.m.  to Noon

April 4 – Easter Egg Hunt, Tilles Park, Fyler &Hampton 10 a.m.

April 4 – Clayton-Tamm Easter Egg Hunt, Side and Back yards of The Pat Connolly Tavern, 6400 Oakland Avenue, 10 a.m.

April 5 – Concours d'Elegance Car Show, The Muny at Forest Park, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After you've hunted for Easter eggs, hop over to The Muny at Forest Park to admire hundreds of vintage cars.  The show is presented by the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri.  For more information, visit the web site.

April 5 – Easter Brunch, Probstein Clubhouse at Forest Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Make your reservations now for Easter Brunch at Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park.  Cost is $25.95 for adults and $12.95 for children age 6 to 12.  Children five and under free.  For more information, call (314) 367-6648.

Save the Date

April 11 – City Schools 101, Bishop DuBourg High School, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 11 – Trivia Night, The Parks Building, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

April 11 & 12 – Go! St. Louis Marathon &Family Fitness Weekend, Downtown, times vary

April 11 – Czech Festival, American-Czech Center, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 11 – Tower Grove Farmers' Market Starts, Tower Grove Park, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.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 at the very bottom of the home page.  The listing is free.  I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.

Need Tax Help?

The April 15 tax filing deadline is just around the corner. If you haven't filed your return yet, call United Way's 2-1-1 to learn if you qualify for free tax preparation assistance and to find the nearest tax preparation site.

Col. Richard Gray

Director of Public Safety

City of St. Louis

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