Many families have begun shopping for the perfect costumes for upcoming Halloween events. The National Fire Protection Association offers the following Halloween safety tips:
- When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. Choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
- Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
- It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
- If your children are going to Halloween parties at others' homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
Using common sense and following safety tips can help you and your family make the most of your Halloween celebration.
Oct. 17 – Teen Poetry Night, The Creative Arts Building,
The YWCA of Greater St. Louis in partnership with SistaKeeper
with hold Teen Poetry Night: Teen Voices Against Violence this Friday from
to at the Creative
Oct. 17 – Oktoberfest, St. Pius V Catholic Church,
Everyone is invited to stop by Oktoberfest at St. Pius V Catholic Church this Friday from to Enjoy live music from , full and half meals will be available for
dine in or take out and the BierGartent will be serving a variety of craft
beers. The church is located at
Oct. 17 through Oct. 30 – Boo at the Zoo, Forest Park,
Get into the Halloween spirit by stopping by Boo at the Zoo this Friday from to Kids are encouraged to dress in costume, and visitors 12 and younger will receive a treat bag on the way out. Activities include straw mazes, ghostly photo ops, listening to stories around the campfire, making crafts and more. Admission is $6 to $7. For more information, call (314) 646-4771 or visit www.stlzoo.org.
Oct. 17 & 18 – Rock 'n' Roll Saint
For two days, more than 60 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information and much more at the Rock 'n' Roll Saint Louis Expo at America's Center, 701 Convention Plaza in Downtown St. Louis. Participants in this weekend's Rock 'n' Roll running events can pick up some last minute race essentials at the Expo before race day. Hours will be on Friday and on Saturday. For more information, visit http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/st-louis/expo .
Oct. 18 – Neighborhood Greenways Dutchtown Walk, ThomasDunnLearningCenter,
Trailnet will be leading walks of potential neighborhood greenway routes for three areas in the City of St. Louis this month. The first will be in Dutchtown on Saturday from to at Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade. For more information, visit the trailnet.org web site or call (314) 296-0281.
Oct. 18 – River des Peres Trash Bash, Fultz Field on the River des Peres Greenway,
Join Great Rivers Greenway, the River des Peres Watershed
Coalition, Missouri Stream Team, MSD, and Saint Louis Forward this Saturday
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fultz Field on the River des Peres Greenway for the
sixth annual River des Peres Trash Bash
to help clean up the rivers and creeks within the River des Peres
watershed. There are many areas from
which to choose, including sites in Maplewood/Ladue, Crestwood/Green Park, University
City, South St. Louis and near
UMSL .After the clean up, a celebratory
lunch will take place, and prizes for the best trash finds will be awarded. Fultz Field is located on River des
Oct. 18 – St. Stephen Protomartyr PTO Trivia Night, St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish Center,
Calling all trivia buffs! St. Stephen Protomartyr PTO will be holding a Trivia Night this Saturday at the Parish
Oct. 18 & 19 – Rungevity Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon, Downtown St. Louis, 8 a.m.
Nearly 12,000 runners will take to the streets on Sunday for
the Rock 'n'
New for 2014 is the addition of a 5K race on Saturday. The race will take place Downtown at beginning at Tucker and Market and ending at 15th and Chestnut. For more information, visit http://runrocknrull.competitor.com/st-louis/rock-n-roll-running-festival-st-louis .
Oct. 19 – Anniversary Screening of 'The World's Greatest Fair," MissouriHistoryMuseum,
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the world
premiere of the Civil Pictures documentary "The World's Greatest Fair." To commemorate the occasion, the documentary
will be screened at Sunday,
Oct. 19 in the auditorium at the Missouri
Oct. 19 – Orphan Car Display, MissouriHistoryMuseum,
Cruise on by the Missouri
this Sunday beginning at for
the Orphan Car Display. An orphan car is a vehicle that is no longer
in production, most notably the Hudson, Packard, and Studebaker. Car buffs will be able to see orphan cars
made prior to 1965. The museum is
Save the Date
Oct. 24 – Gardens to Tables Food Day, Compton & Rutger,
Oct. 24 – Food Policy "Brown Bag" Speaker Series, Gateway Greening Office,
Oct. 24 – Last day to vote for the Stan Span at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org
Oct. 25 – Harvest Fair 2014, Bell Community Garden,
Oct. 25 – Fall Community Yard Sale, Clifton Heights Neighborhood,
Oct. 25 – 2014 Financial Planning Day, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 9 a.m.
Oct. 25 – Meet the Builders of the Gateway Arch, Gateway Arch Visitors Center,
Oct. 25 – Halloween in the Central West End, Maryland/Euclid intersection,
Oct. 25 – Tricks &Treats on Park, Plaza Fountain,
Oct. 28 – National Fair Housing Webinar, Visitors Center in Forest Park,
Oct. 31 – "Fright Night" Halloween Party, Ballpark Village,
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 GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov 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 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.
Community Mediation Services is accepting applicants for its 40-hour volunteer conflict resolution class to begin late this fall. Interested persons will be offered the opportunity to attend a three-hour introduction session to learn more. Visit www.mediationstl.org to sign up or call (314) 533-3550.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public SafetyCity of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
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