Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Free Education to Job Opportunity

RV Show, Job Fair, Home Buyer Seminar, activities for young people and more!

January 9, 2014 | 4 min reading time


Free Education to Job Opportunity

I want to begin this week’s Spotlightby passing along some information about an exciting computer programming opportunity that has been created. LaunchCode, the St. Louis Public Library, and (online university Harvard/MIT) have collaborated to offer education, mentorship, and a great job for free in Downtown St. Louis. The free computer programming/coding class will meet at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. starting Jan. 13 and will run through April. After successfully completing the class, graduates will be assisted in finding a programming job in St. Louis. If interested, sign up at the web site.

Upcoming Events

Now through Jan. 12 – 37thAnnual St. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show, America’s Center, 11 a.m.

TheSt. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show is taking place now through Sunday at America’s Center in Downtown St. Louis. Visitors are able to view more than 300 units, including motorhomes, sport trailers, travel trailers, folding camper trailers and more! The hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Regular admission price is $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12. For more details, visit the web site.

Jan. 11—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Commission Kick-off Program for Missouri, Harris-Stowe State University, 6:30 p.m.

The 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Commission Kick-off Program for Missouri will take place this Saturday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Harris-Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede Avenue in the Main Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Focusing on Family Financial Freedom.” The keynote speaker will be nationally syndicated columnist and journalist Roland S. Martin. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis except for those reserved for program participants and awardees. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (314) 340-3390.

Jan. 11 – St. Louis Zoo Job Fair, St. Louis Zoo, 9 a.m.

The St. Louis Zoo in beautiful Forest Park will hold a Job Fair this Saturday from 9 a.m. to Noon in the Living World/North Entrance at the Zoo. Energetic, responsible and service-oriented people are needed for seasonal positions throughout the Zoo. The Job Fair will include information on employment plus an opportunity for a screening interview. For more details, visit the web site.

Jan. 11 – Free First Time Home Buyer Seminar, Dover Place Christian Church, 9:30 a.m.

Thinking about buying your first home? A free seminar for first-time home buyers will be held this Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Dover Place Christian Church, located at 701 Dover Place in the Carondelet neighborhood. This informative program will help you understand the process of buying your first home. Come learn about home loans, how much money you need for out-of-pocket expenses, down payment assistance programs, and a step-by-step idea of what to expect before you hold the keys to your new home in your hand. Need more information? Call (314) 518-3024.

Jan. 12 – Urban Speak Out, Missouri History Museum, 3 p.m.

College students from East St. Louis and St. Louis City invite everyone to attend the Urban Speak Out this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd. in Forest Park. The free program will consist of the students performing original poetry, songs, music, dance, and more. To learn more, visit the website.

Jan. 12 – Family Sundays, St. Louis Art Museum, 1 p.m.

The St. Louis Art Museum’s Family Sundays Series in January will feature Ancient Egyptian art and culture. From ancient hieroglyphics to elaborately crafted grave goods, each week will focus on a different aspect of Ancient Egypt. Stop by the museum Sunday afternoon between 1 and 4 p.m. for hands-on art activities and a lively 30-minute family tour through the Galleries. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the web site.

Save the Date

Jan. 17 – Third Friday Party, Third Degree Glass Factory, 6 p.m.

Jan. 18 – American Heart Assn. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Health Fair & Luncheon, Sheraton City Center, 8 a.m.

Jan. 18 – Loop Ice Carnival, Delmar Loop, 10 a.m.

Jan. 18 – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Freedom Celebration, St. Louis Art Museum, 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 18 – Yoga at the Pulitzer, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 10 a.m.

Jan. 18 & 19 – Eagle Days, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, 9 a.m.

Jan. 19 – Let Freedom Ring, Christ Church Cathedral-Episcopal, 9 a.m.

Jan. 20 – Civic Ceremony, Old Courthouse, 4thand Market, 9:45 a.m.

Jan. 20 – Harris-Stowe State University MLK Day of Service, Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club, 9 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.

Public Forum

The United Way of Greater St. Louis will hold a public forum on Saturday, Jan. 18 to discuss the 2012 Missouri Civic Health Assessment, a study of civic participation in St. Louis and across Missouri. Participants will enjoy breakfast, learn about the report’s findings, and engage in civic dialog. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Global Citizenship, located at 3672 W. Pine Mall on the campus of Saint Louis University. Questions? Call (314) 539-4267.

Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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