Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
Originated by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Older Driver Safety Awareness Week was created to promote the importance mobility and transportation play in ensuring older adults remain active in their communities. It's a fact of life that people grow older each day. With increasing age come physical changes that can challenge a person's continued ability to drive safely. Family and friends play a major role in discussions about older driver safety. For many seniors such conversations spark strong reactions, but fortunately, these conversations can be opportunities for good communication and problem solving. Working together, you can develop an action plan that preserves your loved one's personal freedom and mobility, while ensuring their safety and the safety of other road users. To read more on this topic, visit http://seniordriving.aaa.com/ .
Dec. 5 – First Friday, Grand Center,
Enjoy an evening of art, music, and culture the first Friday of every month. Museums and galleries throughout Grand Center are free and open the entire evening. To learn more, visit the grandcenter.org web site.
Dec. 5 – 7 – Holiday Magic, St. Louis Union Station
Whether you have tickets for The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride or not, exciting Holiday Magic events and activities at St. Louis Union Station are open to all. Check the website at STLPolarExpressRide.com for an up-to-date list of events including Santa's Mail Room where kids can write to the Jolly Old Elf; story time with Mrs. Claus; live music and dance performances; the Panoramic Light Show in the Grand Hall and more.
Dec. 5 – 7 – U.S. Bank Wild Lights, St. Louis Zoo,
Stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo's enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy thousands of colorful lights, animated light displays and seasonal sounds this weekend from to Visitors will also be able to gather 'round for fireside stories and live performances on select nights. Hot chocolate, meals and snacks will be available for purchase at Lakeside Café. For the complete calendar of events, visit the stlzoo.org web site.
Dec. 5 through Dec. 27 – Chase Park Plaza's Annual Holiday Extravaganza,
The legendary Chase Park Plaza hotel is hosting an Annual Holiday Extravaganza this Friday through Dec. 27 to celebrate St. Louis' most beloved Holiday traditions. The month-long event will feature Christmas carolers, cookie decorating, a gingerbread house, elves, a Hanukkah Celebration, a special Kwanzaa display, and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Throughout the month, Mrs. Claus will be available Friday and Saturday evenings () to read Holiday stories and pose for free photos with visitors in the Chase's lobby .On Sundays, other events include free cookie decorating workshop with Mrs. Claus (Dec. 7 & 14, ) and a special Hanukkah Celebration in the main lobby (Dec. 21, ) Need more information? Visit the chaseparkplaza.com web site.
Dec. 6 – Skinker DeBaliviere Wintermarkt, Greg Freeman Park,
be back this Saturday in Skinker DeBaliviere, providing another exciting
outdoor craft sale in the spirit of the holiday season. This German-inspired festival is ideal for
those looking for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Visitors can expect to find vendors selling jewelry, photographs,
candles, Christmas ornaments and locally produced honey. A variety of musical groups will perform at
the Wintermarkt which will take place in Greg Freeman Park,
Dec. 6 – 5th Annual Window Walk, Central West End,
The 5th Annual Central West End Window Walk will kick off this Saturday and continue through the holiday season with scheduled events. Enjoy family-friendly festivities, stroll amidst beautifully decorated windows, watch live entertainment and discover special promotions throughout the District. Don't miss the tree lighting ceremony at at Maryland Plaza. Go to http://cwescene.com for all the details.
Dec. 6 – Grinchmas, MoKaBe's Coffeehouse,
The Grinch will be arriving in the South Grand neighborhood this Saturday to spread holiday cheer and joy, and to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Grinch will be at MoKaBe's Coffeehouse and Tower Grove Creamery, located at S. Grand and Arsenal, from to For a $7 donation to the hospital, participants can get their photo taken with the Grinch. Those who bring a toy donation for the children at Shriners Hospitals for Children can get a photo taken for only $5. Moolah Shriners clowns will also be there to provide face-painting and balloon animals. Street parking is available, as well as a free parking lot located at 3500 Hartford provided by the business district. For more information, visit the southgrand.org web site.
Dec. 6 & 7 – Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour, starts at Gene Slay's Boys' Club of St. Louis,
Come to Soulard this weekend and experience the 39th Annual Soulard Holiday
Parlour Tour. The tour is one of St.
Louis' most time-honored traditions, inviting guests
to view featured homes decked in their holiday best. Heated shuttles departing from the Boys' Club
Dec. 7 – Magic Chef
Christmas Cookie Bake and Mansion Tour,
The Magic Chef Mansion
Dec. 7 – Family Sundays, Saint Louis Art Museum,
Everyone is invited to stop by the Saint Louis Art Museum every Sunday afternoon in December from to for Family Sundays: Winter Celebrations. Experience a different culture each week with art activities, scavenger hunts, performances, and special treats. For a complete calendar of activities, log on to the slam.org web site.
Dec. 10 – Light Up SoHa Holiday Walk, Macklind Business District,
Everyone is invited to join in the holiday festivities along
Now through Jan. 4, 2015 – Anheuser-Busch Holiday Lights 2014, Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour Center, 6 to 10 p.m.
holiday lights display offers more than half a million lights and a variety
of new experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy. This family-friendly event offers free self-guided
walking tours, warm and cozy fire pits for making s'mores, complimentary beer
samples for adults 21 and older, dinner at the Biergarten and more! Guests can enter through the Tour
Center, located at
Now through Dec. 31 – The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride, St. Louis Union Station,
All aboard for The Polar Express Train Ride departing St. Louis Union Station with service to the North Pole on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the holiday season! The magical story of the classic children's book, The Polar Express, is told during this ride on real trains. Families will drink hot chocolate, enjoy cookies, sing Christmas carols, play with elves and meet Santa Claus, who will give them the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Trains depart at , and for an hour-long journey. For ticket information and more details, visit the stlpolarexpressride.com web site.
Now through Jan. 3, 2015 – Garden Glow Holiday Light Exhibit, Missouri Botanical Garden,
The Garden Glow Light
Exhibit at the Missouri Botanical
Garden provides visitors a spectacle of unique
light displays, with hundreds of thousands of lights adorning some of the
Garden's most widely recognized locations including the Climatron. The Garden is located at
Save the Date
Dec. 13 – Holidays in Old North Festival & Craft Market, 14th & Montgomery,
Dec. 13 – Holiday Market, City Garden Montessori School,
Dec. 13 – Holiday Open House, Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, 2658 Delmar,
Dec. 13 – Urban League Guild of Metropolitan St. Louis Holiday Bazaar, Vashon High School,
Dec. 13 – Downtown Dutchtown Holiday
Shop Hop, On and around
Dec. 13 – St. Louis Classic Viewing Party, Steinberg Skating Rink,
Dec. 14 – Holiday Parlor Tour,
Dec. 14 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, Downtown,
Dec. 17 – DT2's Annual Holiday Party, The Liermann Loft,
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 GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov 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 at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Empty Bowls Project
Eats Café will be hosting an Empty Bowls
Project event this Sunday from to at
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events