September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will unite in service in the same remarkable way that so many came together following the attacks. As in years past, service and remembrance activities will take place across our great nation. There will be opportunities for hundreds of thousands of volunteers to paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders. I encourage you to find opportunities to serve during this year's September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance as a tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.
Sept. 5 –Annual Firefighters' Candlelight Vigil, Poelker Park,
The Sixth Annual
Firefighters' Candlelight Vigil will take place this Friday at in Poelker
Park, Tucker and
Sept. 5 & 6 – 40th Annual Polish Festival, Polish Falcon Gardens,
The Polish Falcons of America will celebrate their 40th Annual Polish Festival
this Friday and Saturday at the Polish
Sept. 6 – Hamilton Heights Better Block Exhibition, 5600 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive,
The Hamilton Heights
neighborhood will hold a Better Block
event this Saturday from to in the 5600 block of
Sept. 6 – Annual Great Fire Engine Parade & Rally, Downtown,
The 31st Annual Great Fire Engine Parade and Rally will take place this Saturday in exciting Downtown St. Louis. The parade, with more than 100 pieces of Fire and Emergency Services Vehicles, will step off at from Market and 20th Street and proceed east on Market to Tucker, north on Tucker to Pine, west on Pine to 20th, south on 20th to Chestnut, then east on Chestnut to Soldiers' Memorial Plaza where the parade will end.. Rally activities at Soldiers' Memorial Plaza will include a parade expo featuring firefighter themed booths and booth vendors with items to purchase, firefighter competitions, live demonstrations, a kids' town, a variety of food vendors and more. Invite your family and friends to join you for one of the country's largest celebrations of the time honored traditions of the fire service.
Sept. 6 -- Fabulous Flamingo Festival, Citygarden,
Celebrate all things pink by stopping by the Flamingo Festival this Saturday. The free children's event and costume contest
will run from to at Citygarden,
Sept. 6 – WiffleFest 2014, Ray Leisure Park,
will take place this Saturday beginning at in Ray Leisure
Sept. 6 – First
Annual Party on Pestalozzi, on Pestalozzi between Lemp and
The First Annual Party
on Pestalozzi will take place this Saturday from to
on Pestalozzi between Lemp and
Sept. 6 – Shakespeare
Festival Warehouse Sale,
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will hold its first ever Back of House Sale this
Saturday from to at
Sept. 6 -- Summer 2014 Soulard Concert Series, Soulard Market Plaza,
Invite your family and friends to join you this Saturday to hear the Soulard Blues Band in concert at the Summer 2014 Soulard Concert Series at Farmer's Market Plaza, 8th and Lafayette, from Bring your own picnic or stop by a Soulard restaurant for take out. Cold beverages will be available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own. Learn more by calling (314) 436-0282.
Sept. 6 & 7 – LouFest, Forest Park,
LouFest 2014 will
be rocking Central Field in Forest Park
this Saturday and Sunday. The music
festival will open at on both
days. In addition to the live
performances, visitors will find food, a
Sept. 7 – Croatian Day, St. Joseph Croatian Catholic Church,
Come celebrate Croatian culture at "Croatian Day" this Sunday from to at St.
Joseph Croatian Catholic Church,
Sept. 7 – Fourth Annual September 11th Interfaith Commemoration in Music, The Sheldon Concert Hall,
The Fourth Annual
September 11th Interfaith Concert will take place this Sunday at
The Sheldon Concert Hall,
Sept. 9 – Free Concert, Art Hill in Forest Park,
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 135th season with a free concert on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at on Art Hill in fabulous Forest Park. The concert will be conducted by Music Director David Robertson and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Bring a picnic and share a delightful evening with friends and family. For more details, go to the slso.org web site.
Sept. 9 – Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series, Missouri History Museum lawn,
The Fall 2014 Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series is currently underway. From each Tuesday, enjoy a free concert on the front lawn of the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere. For the complete schedule of concerts, visit the mohistory.org web site.
Save the Date
Sept. 12 – Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park,
Sept. 12 – 14 – St. Louis World's Fare – Heritage Festival & Games, Forest Park 4 p.m.
Sept. 13 – POW/MIA March to the Arch, starts at Soldiers' Memorial,
Sept. 13 – Free Concert, Lafayette Park, .
Sept. 13 – Public Media Commons Opening, 3655 Olive,
Sept. 13 – CHIPS Health and Wellness Center 14th Annual Run/Walk, 2431 N. Grand,
Sept. 13 – Rock the Block: A Skinker DeBaliviere Better Block Project, Greg Freeman Four Corners Park,
Sept. 13 – Gateway Greening Cleanup Project, Bell Garden,
Sept. 13 & 14 – Fiesta on Cherokee,
Sept. 14 – The Color Run, Downtown,
Sept. 14 – Free Concert, Benton Park,
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.
Grant for Filmmakers
Applications are now being accepted for the Roy W. Dean Fall Grant. The grant gives filmmakers a chance to get their films going or completed with an award of $2,500 in cash and $30,000 in film products and services. Films can be documentaries, short films, and features and must be unique and contribute to society. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. For more information on the grant, you can go to http://fromtheheartproductions.com/film-grants/ .
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events