Holiday Decoration Safety Tips
I want to begin this week's Spotlight by passing along some general rules for holiday safety from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Plan for safety. Remember, there is no substitute for common sense. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connections.
- Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of the reach of children
- Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in your home. See that each family member knows what to do. Practice the plan!
- Never burn candles near evergreens. Burning evergreens in the fireplace can also be hazardous. When dry, greens burn like tinder.
- Indoors and outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety.
- Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.
Dec. 1 – Cherokee Print
League 5th Annual
Cherokee Print League will be hosting the 5th
Dec. 1 – Holidays in Old North: A Winter Craft Festival, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group,
for hand-crafted items to complete your holiday shopping list? Lots of local arts and crafts booths will be
open at the Old North Winter Craft
Festival this Saturday from to at the former Parks Drug Store space across from Crown
Dec. 1 – Trivia Night, St. Raymond's,
St. Raymond Trivia Night will be held this
Dec. 1 – Third Annual Window Walk,
3rd Annual Window Walk in
Dec. 1 & 2 – 37th Annual Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour 2012,
a stroll into the past at the 37th
Annual Historic Soulard Parlour Tour this Saturday and Sunday. The festively decorated homes chosen for this
tour will definitely get you into the holiday mood.
Dec. 1 – Chill on The Hill, St. Ambrose Church,
5th Annual Chill on the Hill
5K Run and 1 Mile Walk will take place this Saturday from St. Ambrose
Church on The Hill located at
Dec. 5 – Historic
will be able to stop by the Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis Wednesdays at
lunchtime for traditional holiday music in the Rotunda, which will be
beautifully adorned with authentic Victorian decorations. The free
concerts will be held from to on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy
Dec. 6 – 9, Holiday Rooms in Bloom, Historic Samuel Cupples House on the campus of Saint Louis University
Dec. 8 – Community Mediation Program,
The Community Mediation Program within
Dec. 8 – BackStoppers
BackStoppers organization will hold a Holiday
Trivia Night on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the
Dec. 8 – Inaugural Ugly Sweater Run,
Living Well Foundation will present its
Inaugural Ugly Sweater Run 5K and Virtual Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 8 at in
Save the Date
Dec. 8 – Downtown
Dutchtown Shop Hop, various locations
Dec. 8 – Artropy Craft Show, Regional Arts Commission, 10 a.m.
Dec. 8 – Grinchmas, MoKaBe's, 9 a.m.
Dec. 8 – Season of Love: A Holiday Musical, Harris-Stowe State University, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 – Peter & Paul Community Services Holiday Market, Blank Space, 2 p.m.
Dec. 8 – 1772 St. Louis Holiday, Old Courthouse, Noon
Dec. 8 & 9 – Carondelet Pottery Studio Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.
Dec. 9 – Celebrate Chanukah Traditions, Missouri Botanical Garden, Noon
Dec. 9 – Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour, Lafayette & Mississippi, 10 a.m.
Dec. 9 – Central Library Grand Re-Opening, Downtown, 1 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 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.
Tax Assistance Volunteers Needed
The Gateway EITC Community Coalition offers free Earned Income Tax
Credit preparation and education to area residents from late January through
April 15 at various locations. Training for the tax assistance volunteers
will take place during January at various times and locations throughout the
Department of Public Safety
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