Lightning Safety Tips
I want to begin this week's Spotlight by passing along some useful
information from the National Weather Service (
If you are outdoors and hear thunder, find a safe indoor shelter. Once indoors, be sure to stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment; avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets; and stay away from porches, windows and doors.
If you're caught outside with no safe shelter options, here are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:
- Come down from elevated areas
- Never lie flat on the ground.
- Never shelter under an isolated tree.
- Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
- Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
- Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as wire fences.
Summertime means outdoor fun, but be sure you know how to keep yourself and your family safe should pop-up storms occur.
June 28, 29 & 30 – Flea Market, Epiphany Gym, 9 a.m.
The Epiphany of Our Lord's Annual Flea Market will be this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Epiphany Gym, located at 3164 Ivanhoe Avenue in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (314) 718-1199 or visit the epiphanystl.org web site.
June 28 – Beyond Housing 2nd Annual Food Truck Round-Up, Dwight Davis Tennis Center, 6 p.m.
Everyone is invited to stop by the Beyond Housing 2nd Annual Food
Truck Round-Up on Friday, June 28 from
June 29 –Child Safety Day, St. Louis Police Academy, 10 a.m.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Citizens Academy Alumni Association have joined together to present the 1st Annual Child Safety Day event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Louis Police Academy, 315 S. Tucker in Downtown St. Louis. Visitors will receive free Child Fingerprint Kits and one I.D. Band (Velcro through shoelace). For information about the event, call (314) 444-5638 or visit the slmpd.org web site.
June 29, Soulard Garden Tour, start at Soulard Station, 9 a.m.
Annual Soulard Garden Tour will take place this Saturday from to
The self-guided tour will showcase rarely seen gardens in private homes
and businesses. Tour-goers also will be able to enjoy live music, local
artists at work, and refreshments. All tours will begin at Soulard
June 29 – BBQ Concert, Greg Freeman Four Corners Park, 6 p.m.
The Skinker DeBaliviere community will kick off
its 2013 BBQ Concert Series this
Saturday from to at
June 29 – Carondelet Neighborhood Bicycle Tour, Bellerive Park, 9:30 a.m.
Trailnet and the Carondelet Business Association
have partnered to produce the Carondelet
Neighborhood Bicycle Tour this Saturday. Founded in 1767, the town of
June 29 -- Outdoor Concert, Art Hill Plaza, 7 p.m.
An exciting new series will be offered at Art Hill Plaza in front of the
June 29 – Free Concert, Lafayette Park, 6 p.m.
Invite your family and friends to join you this Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. in Lafayette Park, Mississippi and Lafayette, by the gazebo for a free concert by the "Retro Boogie Band." Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a lively performance under the stars.
June 29 & 30 – Grand Opening Festivities, St. Louis Art Museum, 10 a.m.
June 29 – Tower Grove Pride Walk & Community Block Party, Tower Grove Park, 10 a.m.
The Tower Grove Pride Walk and Community Block Party will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Tower Grove Park. The walk will begin from the Main Entrance of the Park on S. Grand at Pestalozzi, and the Scouts for Equality will honor the event by presenting the Colors at the beginning of the walk. For more details, call Michael Powers at (314) 629-6911.
June 29 & 30 – PrideFest & Pride Parade, Downtown, Noon
The Pride St. Louis annual PrideFest and Pride Parade
have moved this year from
The annual Pride
Parade will step off at on
Sunday, June 30 from 8th and Market and proceed west on Market to
June 30 – Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Birthday Bash & Bicycle Ride, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, 7:30 a.m.
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is turning 84
years old. In honor of the occasion, Trailnet will hold a Bridge Birthday Bash and Bicycle Ride
on Sunday, June 30. Registration will take place from to at the
bridge, located at
June 30 –
The Carondelet Community Betterment Foundation
will sponsor a free concert in
June 30 – Free Concert, Francis Park,
The Compton Heights Concert Band of St. Louis is once again presenting its Sunday Serenades Concert Series at Francis Park, Eichelberger and Donovan, each Sunday at The concerts are free. This Sunday, enjoy a Tribute to July 4th with Beverly Stewart-Anderson. For a complete list of the Sunday Serenades schedule, visit http://www.chband.org/summer2013.html .
July 1 –
The Compton Heights Concert Band of St. Louis is
once again presenting its Musical
Mondays Concert Series at
July 4 – Historic Fourth of July, Old Courthouse,
The Old Courthouse will be hosting a number of patriotic activities on Thursday, July 4. The building's rotunda area will be decorated in historic July 4th detail and there also will be a large Garrison flag on display. Stop by at to hear the Air Force Concert Band, or for a recitation of the Declaration of Independence, or at for a performance by the Clayton Silver Strings. The events are free. For more information, call (314) 655-1614.
July 3 & 4, VP Balloon Glow & Parade, Downtown,
The annual VP Parade is a grand
The 136th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade will step off at on Thursday, July 4 from the Central Library at Olive and 14th Streets, proceed east to Tucker Boulevard, north to Washington Avenue, east to Fourth Street and south to Market Street before turning west on Market where it will conclude at Citygarden. To learn more, visit the vpparade.org web site.
July 4 – Folk Festival Showcase, Gateway Arch,
Visitors coming to Downtown St. Louis to
celebrate the 4th of July are invited to stop by the Gateway Arch
from to for the
74th National Folk Festival
Showcase that will be held on the grounds of the Gateway Arch at Fair Saint
Louis. Featured artists will include musical and cultural styles such as
Cajun, Mexican mariachi, Native American, western swing/hot jazz, South Indian
classical dance, blues,
July 4, 5 & 6 – Fair Saint Louis, on the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Noon
Make plans now to catch some of the excitement
of this year's Fair Saint Louis. This three-day free family event will give
you the opportunity to celebrate
July 4, 5 & 6 – Rockin' on the Landing, Laclede's Landing, Noon
Looking for a great way to spend the July 4th weekend? Visit Laclede's Landing July 4, 5 and 6 and enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience. Live music will be on every corner, along with various food, craft, and art vendors. The Landing will also provide a great view of the Fair Saint Louis fireworks and air shows. The event will run from to each day. For more information, visit the lacledeslanding.com web site.
Save the Date
July 5 – Summer of Love Outdoor Film Series, Art Hill in Forest Park, 7 p.m.
July 6 – Fireworks, Sublette Park, after sunset
July 6 – 1863 St. Louis Historic Fourth of July, Old Courthouse, 10 a.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 email@example.com 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 on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Call for Nominations
Do you know a business visionary? The St.
Louis Business Journal is seeking nominations for its 2013 Diverse Business Leaders Awards, which promote diversity
around race, sexual orientation and disability. If you know a business executive or entrepreneur who is making an impact
on the St. Louis Business community, nominate him or her. The deadline is Friday, July 12. To submit your nomination, visit http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/nomination/36601
. Questions? Call (314) 421-8323.
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