Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Save the Date

Fair Saint Louis, Free Concerts, Art Exhibits, Yoga at the Arch and more to enjoy in St. Louis.

July 3, 2014 | 4 min reading time


First DPS Monthly Update Meeting Scheduled

The Department of Public Safety will begin holding monthly update meetings to keep you informed of our programs and our efforts to safeguard the people of St. Louis and those who visit and do business in the City.  The first meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 at 1520 Market Street, 2nd Floor in the SLDC Boardroom.  Each division head will give a brief presentation about the division and its programs.  We will not be taking questions during the presentations, but if you have a question you would like addressed or topic you'd like covered, please let us know via Twitter (@stlpublicsafety), Facebook page Publicsafety St. Louis or email through the Department of Public Safety webpage on  

Upcoming Events

July 3 –5 –Fair Saint Louis, Forest Park, 5 p.m.

America's biggest birthday bash –Fair Saint Louis –will be held in Forest Park this year and will have a full lineup of concerts, shows, exhibitions and events, plus the grandest fireworks display you'll ever see.  The Fair will run from 5 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3; Noon to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4 and Noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5.  The 132nd Annual VP Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on July 4 from The Muny on Theatre Drive in Forest Park and will end at Probstein Golf Center.  For all the details about Fair Saint Louis, visit the web site. To see the parade route, log on to the web site.

July 5 -- Yoga at the Arch, Gateway Arch Grounds, 9 a.m.

Here is an opportunity for you to get fit on the Arch Grounds. Every Saturday at 9 a.m. throughout the summer, instructors from the South City YMCA will offer free yoga sessions on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.  Questions?  Call (877) 982-1410.

July 5 -- Home Tour, Magic Chef Mansion, Noon

If you have never toured the Magic Chef Mansion at 3400 Russell in the Compton Heights neighborhood, you will have the opportunity to do so this Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m.  The exquisite 30-room mansion was built in 1908 by St. Louis industrialist Charles Stockstrom, whose trademarked "Magic Chef" cookstoves became nationally famed.  Price of the tour is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for children ages 6-12.  Need more information?  Call (314) 664-3400.

July 6 -- Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Soulard Art Market & Contemporary Art Gallery, Noon

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz.  A free art exhibition inspired by this occasion will be held on Sunday, July 6 from Noon to 6 p.m. at Soulard Art Market & Contemporary Art Gallery located at 2028 S. 12th Street.  To learn more about the "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" exhibit, visit the web site.

July 6 -- Flowers of the Four Seasons in Chinese and Japanese Art, St. Louis Art Museum, 10 a.m.

Everyone is invited to stop by the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday for the lovely "Flowers of the Four Seasons in Chinese and Japanese Art" exhibition.  Both China and Japan have wide-ranging climatic zones and richly diverse flora, which are beautifully depicted in the exhibit.  Go to to learn more.

Free Concerts

Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you at one of the many neighborhood concert series this summer.

July 5 - Americana Concert in Benton Park, Jefferson and Arsenal, 4 p.m.  Visit the web site for more information.

July 5 -- Free Concert in Lafayette Park, Mississippi and Park, 6 p.m. Visit to learn more.

July 6 -- Sunday Serenades in Francis Park, Donovan & Eichelberger, 7:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

July 6 -- Free Concert in Carondelet Park, Loughborough and Eugene, 6 p.m.  To learn more, visit

July 7 -- Musical Mondays in TowerGrovePark, S. Grand &Magnolia, 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

July 7 -- Free Concert in Bellerive Park, S. Broadway and Bellerive, 7 p.m.  Visit for more details.

July 8 - Free Concert in Fanetti Park, Michigan and Schirmer, 7 p.m.  Visit for more information.

July 10 -- Free Outdoor Concert in St. Louis Place Park, Rauschenbach and St. Louis Avenues, 7 p.m.  For more information, call (314) 584-6904.

Save the Date

July 11 -- Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park, 4 p.m.

July 11 –Outdoor Film Series, St. Louis Art Museum, 7 p.m.

July 11 -- Friday Evening Tours, Contemporary Art Museum, 6 p.m.

July 11-12 -- Clifton Heights Community-Wide Yard Sale, maps available at Patti Anne's Exchange, 6022 Southwest, 7 a.m.

July 11 -- Gateway to the Stars, Gateway Arch, 8 p.m.

July 12 -- Free Concert, Farmers' Market Plaza, 6 p.m.

July 13 -- Bastille Day 2014, Chatillon DeMenil Mansion, 1:30 p.m.

July 13-17 -- 14th Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, Tivoli Theatre, 12:30 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 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.

Emergency Preparedness Academy

After a disaster, up to 40 percent of affected businesses never reopen.  For your organization's survival –and to ensure the safety of your staff and associates – you need an Emergency Response Plan.  Make plans now to learn how to mitigate and manage risks before disaster strikes by attending the American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Academy 2014 on September 23, 2014.  For more information, contact

Col. Richard Gray

Director of Public Safety

City of St. Louis

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