Holiday Cyber Scams
I want to begin this week's Spotlight by passing along some valuable information from Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. As the holidays approach, it's important for computer users to be aware of seasonal scams and cyber campaigns. The scams may come in the form of:
- Electronic greeting cards, screensavers, shipping notifications, holiday emails or other electronic media which may contain malware.
- Requests for charitable contributions, credit card applications and shopping advertisements which may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts.
- Identify theft attempts against your smart phone, tablet, or other portable electronic device.
- Unless you trust the sender, don't open the email or click on links in email messages.
- Always check a charity with the Better Business Bureau or the Missouri Attorney General.
- Never fill out a credit card application online.
If you believe you have been targeted by a scam, call the Circuit Attorney's Fraud Prevention Task Force hotline at (314) 612-1412.
Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 – Holiday Rooms in Bloom, Historic Samuel Cupples House,
Be sure to stop by the Historic Samuel Cupples House on the campus of Saint Louis University, 3673 W. Pine Mall, today through Sunday from to each day to see the Holiday Rooms in Bloom. St. Louis' premiere florists have created fantastic arrangements that celebrate the beauty of the holiday season. The members of the SLU chapter of Alpha Phi Omega have added their creativity to the festivities as well. Call (314) 977-2666.
Dec. 7 – Grinchmas on South Grand, MoKaBe's Coffeehouse & Tower Grove Creamery,
The Grinch will arrive on South Grand this Saturday to spread holiday cheer and joy, and to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals along with the Moolah Shriners Clowns who will provide face painting and balloon animals. The Grinch will be at MoKaBe's Coffeehouse and Tower Grove Creamery at Grand and Arsenal from to For a $7 donation to the hospital, participants can get their photo taken with the Grinch. For more information, visit the southgrand.org web site.
Dec. 7 – Christmas On The Hill, various locations,
The 2013 Christmas On The Hill celebration in The Hill neighborhood will take place this Saturday from to and will include some old favorites like Storytelling with La Befana at Gelato di Riso, Carriage Rides, A Christmas Market, free Tours of the Hill and more. New for this year will be the Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of St. Ambrose Church at and the day will wrap up with a spectacular free concert in St. Ambrose Church at For more details, visit the christmasonthehill.com web site.
Dec. 7 – Artropy Craft Show, Regional Arts Commission,
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for that special
someone? More than 30 local St.
Louis artists will participate in the Artropy Craft Show this Saturday at the
Regional Arts Commission,
Dec. 7 – 1763 St. LouisHoliday, Old Courthouse,
Experience Christmas from 1763 by stopping by the Old Courthouse in beautiful downtown St. Louis at Broadway and Market this Saturday from to Dance instruction will be given for the most popular dances of the mid-18th century and a food historian will present treats common to St. Louis dinner tables during the 1763 holiday season. For more details, visit the gatewayarch.com web site.
Dec. 7 – Wintermarkt Outdoor Festival and Craft Fair, GregFreemanFour CornersPark,
Get into the spirit of the holiday season by stopping by the
Wintermarkt Outdoor Festival and Craft
Fair this Saturday from
to This is an annual, local, German-inspired
festival where shoppers will be able to find artists selling unique handmade
art and crafts including jewelry, photographs, candles, Christmas ornaments and
much more. The festival and craft fair
will take place in Greg Freeman
Four Corners Park,
Dec. 7 & 8 – Free Concert, Scottish Rite Cathedral,
The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America will present
its annual free holiday concert
twice this weekend at the St. Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral,
Dec. 7 & 8 – 38th Annual Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour, departs from Gene Slay's Boys' Club of St. Louis,
The Soulard Restoration Group is inviting everyone to enjoy
the 38th Annual Soulard
Holiday Parlour Tour this Saturday from to and this
Sunday from to The guided tour will feature homes decorated in their holiday best from
all eras of Soulard history. The cost is
$25 per person the day of the event. Tours
will depart from Gene Slay's Boys' Club of St. Louis,
Dec. 7 & 8 – 30th Annual Cherokee Antique Row Cookie Spree,
Everyone is invited to stop by the 30th Annual Cherokee Antique Row Cookie Spree this Saturday and
Sunday from to both days. Local merchants on
The 2013 Holiday Parlor Tour of historic homes in the
Dec. 8 – Free Concert, ChristChurch Cathedral, Episcopal-Anglican,
Webster University's annual "A Gift to the City" free concert will take place this
Sunday from 2 – 3 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, Episcopal-Anglican, Locust
and N. 13th Street in downtown St. Louis. The concert will feature the Webster
University Chamber Orchestra and the Webster University Chamber Singers
performing seasonal holiday favorites mixed with other music of the Christmas
season. To learn more, call (314)
Save the Date
Dec. 14 – Holidays In Old North Festival and Craft Market,
Dec. 14 – Blues Viewing Party, Steinberg Rink,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org r to Cathy Smentkowski at email@example.com 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 on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Cold Weather Alert
In closing, I want to join with City Health Director Pamela Rice Walker, MPA, CPHA, in encouraging you to prepare for the extended cold weather that St. Louis is expected to experience from now though most of next week. Maintain your home at a minimum 60 degree temperature, dress in layers both inside and outside, and do not use alternative heating sources to warm your home. St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson cautions everyone to remember that alternative heating sources are dangerous and pose a risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, and he encourages all property owners and tenants to have working smoke detectors in their homes. Should you find yourself in need of a warm place, call the United Way of Greater St. Louis Information Referral line at 1-800-427-4626 or dial 2-1-1 for information on warming sites. Stay safe during this cold snap and be sure to check on your elderly neighbors.
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
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