It's trick or treating time this weekend. Many of our neighborhoods will be hosting Halloween events from pumpkin carving, to haunted houses, to trunk or treat parties. In the spirit of the season I want to pass along Halloween safety tips from the American Red Cross:
Costumes: add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags; use flame-resistant costumes; use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see
Navigating the Neighborhood: plan a route ahead of time; have a flashlight; visit only the homes that have a porch light on; walk on the sidewalks, not in the street; cross streets at the corner, not from between parked cars
Welcoming trick or treaters: have your outdoor lights on; clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over; restrain pets; use glow sticks instead of candles to avoid a fire hazard.
For more ideas, visit http://american.redcross.org/site/DocServer/Holiday1206.swf?docID=959
I also want to take a moment to give a "tip of the hat" to Volpi Salami in the 24th Ward. According to Alderman Scott Ogilvie, the company will be investing $8.8 million in a new production facility and equipment. Thank you for your commitment to the City of
Finally, I want to let you know that the Church of God in Christ 104th Holy Convocation will convene in
Listed below are just a few of the great events that are coming up in
Ghosts of the Arch Grounds
Explore the Arch grounds at night by participating in a ranger-led twilight walk that explores the various "incarnations" of buildings, people and boats that once inhabited the area where the Gateway Arch stands today. Participants should meet at the north leg of the Gateway Arch on Friday, Oct. 28 from The event is free. Learn more at http://www.corediscovery.com/ .
White Flags Projects' new exhibition is an art-shop experience. MAKE Skateboards includes one-of-a-kind skateboard decks with unique artwork by 26 contemporary artists; work by
The second Open Streets event will be Saturday, Oct. 29 and will take place in The Grove neighborhood. In addition to the usual Healthy Living activities and entertainment, this Open Streets will also feature Halloween-themed activities for children in the afternoon. There will be trick or treating at the businesses along
Trailnet's Tour de Plants Remix Ride in Your Halloween Costume – Saturday, Oct. 29, at Gateway Greening Carriage House,
4th Annual Boo-wood! – Saturday, Oct. 29, Bring the whole family to Bowood Farms to enjoy pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt and free snacks. Costumes encouraged. Bowood Farms is located at
Pumpkin Carving Contest – Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Sanctuary,
Halloween Free Family Day – Saturday, Oct. 29 from at the
3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Carve & Glow in The
Halloween Party 2011 in the
Trek or Treat – Saturday Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30, from to at the
Howl-O-Ween at the Boathouse in
Trunk or Treat! – Monday, Oct. 31, at
Community Shred It Event Partnered with Drug Take Back Day
Do you have old documents that you would like to shred but don't have the time or equipment? Do you have personal prescription medications that you no longer need but can't dispose of properly? Stop by the Wells Fargo Parking Lot at
Law enforcement officers will be on site to collect any of your unwanted personal prescription medications as part of National Drug Take Back Day. No syringes, no drug reps, no drug companies surplus, no pharmacy surplus accepted.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Run/Walk
The American Cancer Society will hold its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 29 in
Save the Date
Nov. 4 – Free Public Telescope Viewing –
Nov. 5 – 6 – Change your clock; change your battery
Nov. 5 – Veterans' Day Parade, Soldiers' Memorial
Nov. 5 – Craft OutLoud –
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Will you be having an event in your neighborhood that we can support? 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 of noting it in the Spotlight or you may post it on the City's Calendar of Events.
And remember, if you see something in the neighborhood that just doesn't look right, REPORT IT!
Director of Public Safety