Public Safety Director's Spotlight - School Bus Safety

Free outdoor movies, concerts and more for St. Louisans to enjoy!  Take advantage of all that the City has to offer.

August 15, 2013 | 5 min reading time


School Bus Safety

For many students, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus.  As students return to school this month, this is a good time to review some traffic safety rules. For drivers, please be alert for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.  When driving behind a school bus, slow down and be prepared to stop as children enter or exit the vehicle.  For parents, please share with your child the importance of always being sure that the bus driver can see him or her.  For example, when the bus approaches, he or she should stand about 6 feet away from the curb.  When exiting the bus, the youngster should be careful that clothing or book bags don't get caught on the doors, he or she should walk away from the side of the bus and never walk behind the bus.  For more information about the rules of the road when it comes to school buses, refer to the Missouri Driver Guide, which may be found online at

Upcoming Events

Aug. 16 – Breakfast for Bikers, Downtown Bicycle Station, 7 a.m.

Join Trailnet and fellow cyclists for free coffee and breakfast at the Downtown Bicycle Station, 1011 Locust Street, this Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. as part of the 2013 Breakfast for Bikers Series.  For more information, visit the web site.


Aug. 16 – Third Friday Free Party, Third Degree Glass Factory, 6 p.m.

At this month's Third Friday Free Party at Third Degree Glass Factory, Union Opera will give a sneak peek preview of Wagner's "Die Walküre." The gallery will have on display photographs by Beth Goyer and glass by Jes Cope.  Plan to stop by between 6 and 10 p.m. and enjoy this cool art happening.  The Factory is located at 5200 Delmar in the trendy Central West End neighborhood.  For more information, visit the web site.

Aug. 16 – Free Movie, 3500 Hartford, Dusk

Back Lot Films will present the movie, "The Avengers," this Friday at 3500 Hartford in the Tower Grove East neighborhood.  South Grand vendors will be available, but please feel free to bring your own food and drink.  Invite your family and friends to join you for a fun evening under the stars.

Aug. 17 – Free Concert, Soulard Market on the Plaza, 6 p.m.

The 2013 Soulard Concert Series continues this Saturday with Patti and the Hitmen performing from 6 - 9 p.m. at Soulard Market on the Plaza, 8th and Lafayette.  Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy an entertaining evening in Soulard.  Learn more at .

Aug. 17 – 50th Annual Moonlight Ramble, 8th and Cerre, 9 p.m.

This year will mark the 50th Annual Moonlight Ramble, the world's original nighttime bike ride, where participants can enjoy a leisurely ride under the light of the moon through the streets of St. Louis.  The starting point this year will be located just south of Busch Stadium at the corner of 8th and Cerre (Parking Lot C).  Registration will begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, with the race taking off at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18.  For all the particulars, visit the web site.

Aug. 18 – Free Back-To-School Health Fair, Loyola Academy, 10 a.m.

A free back-to-school health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 at Loyola Academy, located at 3851 Washington Avenue in the Covenant Blu / Grand Center neighborhood.  Children who are 18 and younger can receive free physical exams and vaccinations.  The services will be provided by Saint Louis University's Health Resource Center, a free clinic operated by medical school students under the guidance of SLU doctors.  Questions?  Call (314) 389-0008.

Aug. 18 -- Free Concert, Carondelet Park, 5:30 p.m.

The Carondelet Community Betterment Foundation will sponsor a free concert in Carondelet Park this Sunday, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Bandstand off Loughborough. Bring your lawn chair, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the group, "Cornet Chop Suey."   For a complete list of the concert schedule, visit the web site.

Aug. 19 – 25 – Downtown Restaurant Week 2013, various locations, times vary

Downtown Restaurant Week will return the week of Aug. 19-25.  In its 9th year, the event has grown to include 27 restaurants, offering a special 3-course dinner menu for $25 per person, plus tip, plus tax.  This is a great opportunity to rediscover a long-time favorite restaurant or experience one of St. Louis' hot new eateries.  Also, when paying your check, you may donate an "Extra Helping" of $5 to benefit Operation Food Search.  For more details and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit the web site.

Aug. 20 – Free Concert, Central Library, 6:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Public Library's popular Not So Quiet! Concert Series will continue on Tuesday, Aug. 20 with the Latin sound of Clave Sol.  The free concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library Auditorium, located at 1301 Olive Street.  Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more details, visit the web site or call (314) 206-6779.

Aug. 21 – 24 – Missouri Fashion Week, Moto Museum, 6 p.m.

From the late 19th century to the end of World War II, the St. Louis Garment District was second only to New York as an American center for fashion design and manufacturing.  Events such as Missouri Fashion Week are creating a buzz once again about the raw talent of designers emerging from our state's colleges and universities.  This year's Missouri Fashion Week will transform the Moto Museum, located at 3441 Olive in Grand Center, into a fashion hub teeming with designers, models, vendors and much more.  Missouri Fashion Week will run from Wednesday, Aug. 21 through Saturday, Aug, 24.  Each energetic night will offer guests the opportunity to shop, enjoy red carpet runway shows, mingle, network and more.  For the complete schedule and ticket information, visit the web site.



Save the Date

Aug. 23 -- Free Concert, Carondelet Lions Park, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 – MLK50, Kiener Plaza, 10 a.m.

Aug. 24 & 25 -- International Institute's Festival of Nations, Tower Grove Park, 10 a.m. Aug. 24 & 25 -- Camp In' Under the Arch, Gateway Arch, 1 p.m.

Aug. 24 -- Free Concert, Lafayette Park, 6 p.m.

Aug. 24 – Bicrobrews Microbrewery Bicycle Tour, departs from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 11 a.m.

Aug. 25 -- Better Family Life's PeaceFest 2013, Forest Park, 10 a.m.

Aug. 25 – Croatian Day – Homecoming Picnic, St. Joseph Croatian Church, 11 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 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 on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.


Grant Applications Being Accepted

Great Rivers Greenway is accepting online applications now through Noon on Sept. 13 to fund community events and programs in 2014 that will improve awareness and use of the more than 106 miles of completed trails that are a part of the River Ring.  Grants will be awarded to programs that connect communities and neighborhoods, preserve nature, improve economic vitality, promote good health and/or provide transportation options in the counties of St. Charles and St. Louis and the City of St. Louis.  Only applications submitted electronically will be considered.  Visit the web site for detailed instructions and the online application form.  


Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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