Last Saturday our nation was stunned by the senseless act of violence that took place at a routine meet-and-greet event in
For me, one homicide is one too many. In 2010, we lost 144 St. Louisans to homicide. Could some of these acts of violence been prevented? Simply, YES! Did someone know ahead of time that some of these acts of violence were going to take place, but did nothing to stop them? Probably. We, as human beings with all our capacity to think and reason, are better than this. We must do better. Let us resolve ourselves to be more vigilant in 2011 and to be the change we seek in our interaction with other people and our service in our neighborhoods.
Saturday, Jan. 15 will mark what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 82nd birthday, and our nation will officially observe Dr. King's birthday on Monday, Jan. 17. A number of events relative to the Dr. King Holiday are scheduled for the coming weekend in addition to the usual exciting, fun activities that are held in St. Louis on the weekends. Listed below are a few neighborhood events that you, family and friends may find of interest. I encourage you to stop by those in your neighborhood as well as consider exploring neighborhoods new to you. They are perfect places to meet friends and neighbors or go to in support of worthy causes. See you in the neighborhood!
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is an ideal location for visitors to view eagles fishing, riding ice floes, soaring overhead or roosting in nearby trees. Confluence will be holding its annual Eagle Days event from to on both Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 at Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Additional programming includes a live eagle educational program, special viewing scopes staffed by trained volunteers, living history demonstrations and warming tent activities including children's art. For more information, visit http://www.confluencegreenway.org/eagledays/ .
Zoo Job Fair
Have you ever wondered what it's like to work behind the scenes at the Zoo? Or do you have a young person in your family who might be interested in such an opportunity? The St. Louis Zoo will be holding a Job Fair from to , Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Living World at the Zoo for part-time spring, summer and fall employment. For more details, visit http://www.stlzoo.org/ .
Loop Ice Carnival
The Loop Ice Carnival will take place this Saturday, Jan. 15 from to along
In conjunction with the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the
Stand-in For Peace
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a true warrior for peace, the League of African American Women will hold "Sisters United Against the Violence" from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16 at the corner of Natural Bridge and Newstead Avenue. The goal is to send a message to our young men and women to cease the self-destruction. Participants are asked to wear white. For more information, call (314) 473-6897 or visit http://www.laawomen.org/ .
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities
The 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast will be held at Monday, Jan. 17 at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. The event is being presented by the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, the Metropolitan St. Louis Clergy Coalition and the St. Louis Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. of
Many people in
At various speakers will make remarks at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Civic Ceremony at the Old Courthouse, at 4th and Market Streets. Immediately following the ceremony at approximately a celebration march will head from Downtown to Powell Symphony Hall for an Interfaith Service that will begin at approximately
Have you signed up for free Nixle service yet? The Department of Public Safety's City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) provides free emergency alert service through http://www.Nixle.com/. When you sign up, you will receive our informative and timely text messages on your cell phone and/or as e-mails on your computer. I invite you to visit the Nixle webpage and sign up for the service today. If you have any comments about the service, please let me know.
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And remember, if you see something in the neighborhood that just doesn't look right, REPORT IT!
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