Poison Prevention Tips
National Poison Prevention Week will be observed from March 16 through March 22. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), approximately 2.4 million people – more than half under age 6 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance each year. The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. Here are some tips from the AAP for parents and caregivers:
- Store medicine, cleaning and laundry products, paints/varnishes and pesticides in their original packaging in locked cabinets or containers, out of sight and reach of children.
- Safety latches that automatically lock when you close a cabinet door can help keep children away from dangerous products, but the safest place to store poisonous products is somewhere a child can't reach.
- Never refer to medicine as "candy" or another appealing name.
- Never place poisonous products in food or drink containers.
If your child is unconscious, not breathing, or having convulsions or seizures due to poison contact or ingestion, call 9-1-1 immediately. If your child has come in contact with poison and has mild or no symptoms, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.
March 14 – Lenten Fish Fries, various locations, various start times
During the Lenten Season, many St. Louis churches and organizations offer Friday Fish Fries. These events are a great way to gather with family and friends and meet new neighbors. Here are a few to consider:
* St. Alphonsus Rock Church Fish Fry, 1118 N. Grand,
* St. Louis the King School
at the Cathedral Fish Fry,
* Our Lady of Sorrows
* St. Gabriel the Archangel Fish Fry, 4711 Tamm, –
March 15 -- Confluence Trash Bash, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge,
Great Rivers Greenway and Trailnet are inviting area residents to join them in their fight to clean up the rivers and creeks within the Confluence Greenway and the Missouri/Mississippi River watershed. This year's Confluence Trash Bash will be held this Saturday, starting at Volunteers may choose from four starting locations:
· Old Chain of Rocks Bridge,
· Bangert Park, 275 S. New
· Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex,
· Creve Coeur Lake,
Specific cleanup sites will then be assigned near each of the starting locations. Volunteers will be provided a free t-shirt, bags, and gloves, courtesy of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. At , participants will return to their respective starting location for a celebration and free lunch. To register online, visit the stlmsd.com web site.
March 15 -- St. Patrick's Day Parade – Downtown, Noon
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown St. Louis will take place this Saturday. The parade will step off at from 18th and Market Streets, proceed east on Market to its conclusion at Broadway and Market. Spectators will enjoy more than 120 units including marching bands, floats, huge cartoon-character balloons and more. After the parade everyone is invited to stop by the Irish Village in Kiener Plaza for food, fun, and entertainment all day long. For all the particulars, visit the irishparade.org web site.
March 15 – Neighborhood Ownership Group Meeting, Carondelet Library,
Patch, Boulevard Heights Citizens/ Neighborhood Ownership Group will hold its next meeting
this Saturday at at the
March 15 - Small Space Gardening Class, 13th Street Community Garden,
March 15 – St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Dinner, Five Star Senior Center,
Everyone is invited to stop by the Five
Star Senior Center
this Saturday from to for a St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Dinner. Sandwiches will be available for $5 and
dinners for $8. Proceeds will benefit
the Center which provides services to senior citizens in the community. The Center is located at
March 15 - St. Patrick's Day Dinner, Lafayette Park
The Lafayette Park
Church will hold its St. Patrick's Day Dinner this Saturday
from to at
March 15 -- Women's History Month Interactive Storytelling Events, Gateway Arch,
The National Park Service is celebrating Women's History Month with a special
storytelling event at the Gateway Arch this Saturday. The free event will spotlight the historic
contributions of women who shaped the history of the
March 15 -- Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction, Union United Methodist Church,
The Volunteers in Mission Team at Union
Church will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
this Saturday from at the
Church, located at
March 16 - Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, PNA Sports Club,
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day and the Polish
National Alliance (PNA) Sports Club is celebrating the occasion with a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner this
Sunday from until The cost is $7.50 per person. The
Club is located at
March 16 – Family FunDay, Scott Joplin House State Historic Site,
March is the month to fly a kite. Family FunDay at Scott Joplin House State Historic Site in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood this Sunday will include kite building, decorating and flying. Stop by the New Rosebud Café at 2658 Delmar (at Beaumont) from to and join in on the fun. Supplies are limited. Call Carlotta Lewis at (314) 340-5794 to RSVP for this free event.
March 17 - Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Dogtown,
Everyone is invited to the Dogtown neighborhood on Monday,
March 17 for the Ancient Order of
Hibernians Saint Patrick's Day Parade which will step off at just south of the
March 22 – International Trivia Night, Msgr. Louis F. Meyer Youth Center,
The Carondelet Park Rec Complex will hold its annual International Trivia Night on Saturday,
March 22 at the Msgr. Louis F. Meyer Youth Center, located at
Save the Date
March 21 & 23 – 2014 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Second and Third Rounds, Scottrade Center, times vary
March 21 & 22 – IdiotDash
March 21 – Third Friday Party, Third Degree Glass Factory,
March 22 – Night at the Museum, Gateway Arch,
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.
St. Louis area residents are invited to attend the North Side Youth and Senior Services Center Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at the Taylor Community Science Resource Center located at 4900 Manchester on The Hill. Companies from around the St. Louis Metropolitan area are already confirmed to attend and will be seeking qualified candidates to work in a wide assortment of industries. Many employers are expected to hire on-the-spot. Job seekers should bring several copies of their resumes, dress professionally and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews by prospective employers. The Fair is free and open to the public, but job seekers are encouraged to register at the nsyssc.com web site.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
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