Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Lifesaving Message

This is the weekend to change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke / carbon monoxide detectors.

March 7, 2013 | 4 min reading time
Charlene Deeken, Director of Public Safety
Photo by Cathy Smentkowski Title: Portrait of Charlene Deeken, Director of Public Safety
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Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

Daylight-saving time will begin Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. and will mark the 26th anniversary of the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.  The program message is simple and can be lifesaving.  When you change your clock to "spring forward," also change and test the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.


Upcoming Events

March 7 – 10 – Missouri Valley NCAA Tournament, Scottrade Center, times vary

The 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship will tip off tonight at 6:05 p.m. at Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue in Downtown St. Louis, with Bradley taking on Drake and will culminate on Sunday, March 10 with the 12:05 p.m. start of the Championship game.  For ticket information and more, visit the web site or call (800) 745-3000.

March 8 – Unfish Fry, First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, 5:30 p.m.

Looking for an all vegetarian/vegan version of the traditional Friday night fry?  Then consider stopping by the Unfish Fry that will be held Friday at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis located at 5007 Waterman Boulevard in the trendy Central West End neighborhood.  The fry will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature falafel, hummus, veggie chili, Mediterranean salad, kid's style mac-n-cheese, dolmades, live music, beer/wine for a donation and a large selection of desserts.

March 9 – Bell Community Garden Volunteer Orientation, 3871 Bell, 10 a.m.

Do you enjoy gardening?  Volunteers are needed to help care for the 20 demonstration beds at Bell Community Garden that are used to illustrate vegetable growing techniques, maintain ornamental plantings that beautify the property and grow special seasonal projects.  Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to interact with St. Louis Master Gardeners who know the latest gardening best practices.  The volunteer orientation will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Bell Garden, located at 3871 Bell in the Covenant Blu / Grand Center neighborhood.  For more information, call (314) 588-9600

March 9 – Fourth Annual Off White Indie Wedding Show, Mad Art Gallery, 6 p.m.

The Fourth Annual Off White Indie Wedding Show will take place this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mad Art Gallery located at 2727 S. 12th Street in the Soulard neighborhood.  The Off White community consists of unique vendors who cater to the out-of-the-box wedding and encourage couples to be eco-friendly.  The show will feature food and drinks, demonstrations, prizes, giveaways and more.  The cost will be $10. Questions?  Call (314) 865-0799.

March 9 – Cycling Savvy, Café Ventana, 9 a.m.

The Great Rivers Greenway is sponsoring a Cycling Savvy session from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday at Café Ventana, located at 3919 W. Pine Boulevard in the Central West End neighborhood.  Through guided discussion and videos, guests will be familiarized with bicycle-specific laws, traffic dynamics and problem-solving strategies.  The session is free.  To learn more, go to the web site.

March 9 – 200th Anniversary of Forming of St. Louis Company of Volunteer Artillerists, Gateway Arch, 10 a.m.

In March of 1813 a volunteer company of Artillery was organized in St. Louis for service in the War of 1812.  To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of this company, the St. Louis Corps of Artillerists will muster by the south leg of the Gateway Arch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Visitors will be able to watch drill demonstrations and cannon and musket firing throughout the day.  The event is free and open to the public.

March 10 – Lenten Concert, Second Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m.

A free Lenten Concert will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Second Presbyterian Church located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End neighborhood.  The program will include hymns and songs drawn from the Old and New Testament and will feature tenor Derek Dahlke and organist Andrew Peters.  To learn more, call (314) 367-0366.

March 13 – Free Concert, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 7 p.m.

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band will give a free concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 3633 Lindell Boulevard in the Covenant Blu / Grand Center neighborhood. The group of 45 enlisted professional musicians will delight the audience with a variety of compositions ranging from symphonic band masterworks and traditional marches to jazz.  Need more information?  Call (314) 533-7410.

March 23 -- Trash Bash, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, 8:30 a.m.

Are you ready to make a difference?  Join other volunteers for the Confluence Trash Bash starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, 10950 Riverview Drive.  This is a fun event for families, scouting groups, youth organizations, and individuals that want to make a difference by making our community cleaner.  For more information, call (314) 436-1324 ext. 107 or visit the web site.

March 23 -- St. Louis Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk, Forest Park, 9 a.m.

To raise awareness of colon cancer, participants are invited to run in their underwear.  Instead of race day T-shirts, all registered participants will receive a commemorative pair of Undy 5000 boxers.  The run/walk on Saturday, March 23 is a family-friendly event open to all ages and will start at 9 a.m. at the Upper Muny Parking Lot in beautiful Forest Park.  The charge for those who pre-register is $30 for adults and $25 for youth.  On race day, the charge will be $40 for adults and $35 for youth.  To learn more, visit the web site or call Stephanie at (202) 628-0123 ext. 125.

Save the Date

March 15 – Third Friday Free Party, Third Degree Glass Factory, 6 p.m.

March 16 – Family Theatre Series, Central Library, 2 p.m.

March 16 – St. Patrick's Day Parade Run, Downtown, 9 a.m.

March 16 – St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown, Noon

March 16 – St. Patrick's Day Dinner, Lafayette Park United Methodist Church, Noon

March 16 – St. Patrick's Day, Laclede's Landing, 2 p.m.

March 16 – Bethel College Concert Choir, St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, 7:30 p.m.

March 17 – St. Patrick's Day Parade, Dogtown, 12:30 p.m.

March 19 – Not So Quiet! Concert Series, Central Library, 6:30 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 or to Cathy Smentkowski at for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site:  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.


World Changers St. Louis

The Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization in the 22nd Ward announced this week that World Changers St. Louis is currently accepting applications for 2013.  The organization will provide free roofs (must be single story dwelling only), outside painting, and wheelchair ramps at no cost to the homeowner.  Residents of the 22nd Ward may contact Jean Gardner at (314) 389-3363; all others may contact World Changers STL at (314) 825-2204 for details.


Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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