Public Safety Director's Spotlight - 2015 PAL Free Soccer Clinic

Weekly newsletter offering information about upcoming events in St. Louis City

July 9, 2015 | 7 min reading time


2015 Police Athletic League Free Soccer Clinic

The Police Athletic League (PAL) and 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia are sponsoring a free Soccer Camp on Saturday, July 18 for youth from 4 to 10 years old at the Cardinals Care ball field in Fox Park (Shenandoah &Ohio).  The deadline to pre-register has been extended to Tuesday, July 14.  For more information and to sign up your child, please contact PAL Coordinator Jody Rask at (314) 444-5967 or

Upcoming Events

July 10 – STL Summer Fest, MX District (corner of Washington and 7th Avenue), 5 to 10 p.m.

Be there for summer's ultimate (free!) sidewalk party in Downtown St. Louis when STL Summer Fest hits the streets this Friday.  The free block party will bring together St. Louis' best indie vendors and feature live music, street performers, cold beverages and more.  RSVP at

July 10 – St. Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Services, Art Hill in Forest Park, 6 p.m.

Come enjoy the outdoors, fantastic food, great live music, and some of your favorite movies at St. Louis Art Museum's Third Annual Outdoor Film Series.  Relax and picnic at the base of Art Hill this Friday and indulge in offerings of food trucks as the featured film, "Back to the Future" plays on an enormous screen for all to see.  The food trucks and music will start at 6 p.m.  The film will begin promptly at 9 p.m.  To learn more, visit .

July 10 – Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park, 4 to 8 p.m.

Come enjoy live music, offerings from a wide variety of food trucks and more in Tower Grove Park this Friday at one of the best outdoor food events in St. Louis.  More than 20 local food trucks are expected to participate.  Visit old favorites and check out the newest, coolest trucks on the scene.  For all the details, visit .

July 10 – Local Social, Central West End, 6 to 9 p.m.

Local Social is a celebration of all things local in the Central West End.  Stop by this Friday to enjoy entertainment throughout the neighborhood, including live music, street performers and more.  Participating shops will be offering complimentary treats and discounts and participating restaurants and bars will be offering specials to mark the occasion.  For more details, visit

July 10 & 11 – Summer Festival, St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish National Church, 1413 N. 20th Street, 6 p.m.

This year's Summer Festival will extend over two days.  On Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. enjoy the beer garden with live music.  Festivities on Saturday will include Polish food and souvenir booths, washer tournaments, a children's play area, silent auctions, and live music from Noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.  Dinners will be served from 2 to 7 p.m.  Visit the web site for more information.

Every Friday, May – September – Lunchtime Live, Old Post Offic ePlaza, 801 Locust, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunchtime Live is Downtown's premier outdoor lunchtime party that features live bands, food trucks and great networking opportunities.  Invite your co-workers to join you at this fun way to spend your lunch hour.  For more information, visit the web site.

Every Friday – STLive on Washington Avenue, participating venues on Washington Avenue in Downtown St. Louis, 5 p.m.

Washington Avenue is alive with the sound of music every Friday night all year 'round at various Washington Avenue restaurants such as Tigin, Pi, Robust, Takaya, Dubliner, Copia, Flamingo Bowl, Hair of the Dog, Blondie's, Lucas Park Grille, Rosalita's, Wash Ave Post, Hiro Asian Kitchen, Sen Thai and many more.  Restaurants offer drink and dinner specials in addition to the live music.  All genres of music – from pop to jazz to country to rock -- are represented.  There is something for everyone to enjoy.  For more information, visit the STLiveMusic page on Facebook.

July 11 – Trivia Night for Do The Right Thing, Bishop DuBourg High School, 5850 Eichelberger, 7 p.m.

Do The Right Thing of Greater St. Louis will hold its annual Trivia Night this Saturday.  Doors will open at 6 p.m.  Beer, soda and snacks will be included.  Prices are $20 per person, $160 per table of 8.  To reserve your table, contact Tracy at  For more information, visit the web site.

July 11 & 12 – Slide the City, Jefferson & Market, Noon

This weekend is your chance to see and enjoy a water slide that's over three football fields long.  Slide the City will be set up on Market Street from Jefferson to 20th.  Everyone is invited to stop by this family-friendly slip-and-slide water party.  There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course, the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt  .For ticket prices and more details, visit the web site.

July 11 – Bud & Burgers Championship Festival, Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery, 1200 Lynch Street, 3 to 11 p.m.

The Bud & Burgers Championship is a competition to find America's best amateur burger chef.  This Saturday, the competition will culminate at the Championship Festival featuring 10 semi-finalists in a cook-off at the Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery.  Festival attendees will have the chance to sample the burgers with Budweiser Signature Draught and then cast their vote to narrow down the group of 10 to three finalists.  Budweiser Brewmasters, along with culinary pioneer and award-winning chef David Chang, will then determine who should be crowned as the best amateur burger chef.  Tickets are available at for those 21 and older.  Tickets are $20 each ($25 on event day) and include burger and Budweiser Signature Draught sampling as well as the 4D concert and other festival activities.

July 12 – DeMenil Bastille Day Celebration 2015, Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, 3352 DeMenil Place, Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation will celebrate Bastille Day this Sunday.  Admission is free.  Beer, wine, lemonade and hot dogs and chips will be available for purchase.  Festivities will include costumed performances, period dance, and more.  At 3:30 p.m. there will be a walking tour of historic Cherokee Street offered by local historian Doug Schneider.  Visit the web site for more information.

July 12 – Free Concert, Benton Park, Arsenal & S. Jefferson, 3 to 6 p.m.

Bring your chairs, blankets and friends to Benton Park this Sunday for a free concert by Tom Hall and Alice Spencer.  For more information, visit the web site.

Every Sunday through August 2 -- Sunday Serenades, Francis Park, Eichelberger and Donovan, 7:30 p.m.

The Compton Heights Concert Band is once again presenting its Sunday Serenades Concert Series in Francis Park.  Enjoy A Fabulous Tribute to Julie Andrews on July 12.  Join your neighbors for a lively night of entertainment in a beautiful park.  To learn more, visit the web site.

July 12 – Free Concert, Carondelet Park, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Carondelet Community Betterment Federation is presenting its 27th Annual Concerts in the Park Series now through Aug. 23rd.  Each concert is free to the public.  Bring your blanket and friends and join the fun at the performance by Presentations this Sunday in Carondelet Park.  For details about the concerts at Carondelet Park and others that will be held in South St. Louis Square Park, Fanetti Park and Bellerive Park throughout the summer, visit

Every Monday through August 3 – Musical Mondays, Tower Grove Park, Magnolia & S. Grand, 7:30 p.m.

The Compton Heights Concert Band is once again presenting its Musical Mondays Concert Series in Tower Grove Park.  Enjoy A Fabulous Tribute to Julie Andrews on July 13.  Join your neighbors for a lively night of entertainment in a beautiful park.  To learn more, visit the web site.

July 13 – Free Concert, Bellerive Park, 5570 South Broadway, 7 to 9 p.m.

Bring your chairs, blankets and friends to Bellerive Park on Monday, July 13 for a free concert by Pik'n Lik'n.  The Carondelet Summer Concerts in the Park Series is a longstanding annual celebration of diverse music, hosting local musicians at various parks in the Carondelet neighborhood each week.  For more information, visit the web site.

July 14 – Free Concert, Fanetti Park, Michigan & Ivory, 7 to 9 p.m.

Bring your chairs, blankets and friends to Fanetti Park on Tuesday, July 14 for a free concert by Old Capital Square Dance Club.  The Carondelet Summer Concerts in the Park Series is a longstanding annual celebration of diverse music, hosting local musicians at various parks in the Carondelet neighborhood each week.  For more information, visit the web site.

Every Wednesday – Wednesday Lunch Free Concert Series, Citygarden, 10th & Market, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The Wednesday Lunch bands at Citygarden have returned and perform every Wednesday through Aug. 26.  Stop by the garden Wednesday, July 15 to celebrate Citygarden's Sixth Birthday Party.  Wear pink in honor of the garden's flamingo population and come ready to dance.  The celebration will feature DJ Nune for a two-hour dance extravaganza.  Refreshments will be served.  Visit the web site for more details.

Every Thursday – Whitaker Urban Evening Series, St. Louis Place Park, Rauschenbach & St. Louis Avenue, 7 to 9 p.m.

The Whitaker Urban Evening Concert Series will take place every Thursday night now through July 16 in historic St. Louis Place Park.  The evening will feature live music by established artists, children's activities, and food trucks.  Invite your family and friends to join you for an unforgettable evening in the park.  For more information, visit the web site.

Now through August 23 – Lantern Festival:  Magic Reimagined, Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, times vary

This year's Lantern Festival:  Magic Reimagined has brought all-new lighted works of art to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the summer.  The all-new sets crafted from silk and steel are once again offering visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia.  For ticket information, visit the web site or call (314) 678-7442.

Save the Date

July 17 -- Breakfast for Bikers, The Downtown Bicycle Station, 7 to 9 a.m.

July 17 – Music at the Intersection, Grand Center, 5 to 7 p.m.

July 17 – Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Night, Ritz Park, 3147 S. Grand, 8 p.m.

July 18 – Barbecue, Watson Terrace Christian Church, 4205 Watson Road at Winnebago, Noon to 7 p.m.

July 18 – Free Concert, Lafayette Park, SE Corner, 6 to 9 p.m.

July 19 – Paddle with your Pooch, The Boathouse in Forest Park, 1 to 4 p.m.

July 19 – 15th Annual Back-to School! Store, Central Reform Congregation, 8 a.m. to 6 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 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.

Active Living Awards

Nominations are being sought for Trailnet's Active Living Awards.  The awards celebrate individuals, businesses, municipalities, and other organizations that lead in fostering healthy, active living in the St. Louis region.  If you know someone who exemplifies Trailnet's mission in their daily lives or know a business or organization that is helping to make St. Louis a better place for active living, then by all means nominate them.  To view a list of former award recipients and to fill out a nomination form, visit the web site.  All nominations must be submitted by Friday, July 10, 2015.  For more information, contact Kay Barnes at

Col. Richard Gray

Director of Public Safety

City of St. Louis

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