Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Take Precautions During Heat Advisory

Bikes, Blues, multicultural festivals and more to enjoy this Labor Day weekend.

August 29, 2013 | 7 min reading time


Take Precautions During Heat Advisory

I want to begin this week's Spotlight by joining the City's Health Director in advising everyone to be sure to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat during this spell of hot weather.  Stay in the coolest environment possible and limit or stop outdoor activity.  Try to spend at least part of each day in air conditioning.  Drink plenty of cool water to prevent dehydration.  Check daily on elderly or chronically ill relatives and neighbors.  For information on cooling sites, call the United Way of Greater St. Louis at 2-1-1.  You may also contact Cool Down St. Louis at (314) 241-7668 to see if you qualify for utility assistance.  Finally, should you see a child or family pet that has been left inside a closed vehicle in this extreme heat, call 9-1-1.  For more hot weather tips, visit the web site.


Upcoming Events

Aug. 30 – 2013 Food Policy Brown Bag Lunch, Gateway Greening, Noon

Jeri Villarreal of Our City Farm will be the speaker this Friday at the Food Policy "Brown Bag" Lunch from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Gateway Greening Offices located at 2211 Washington Avenue.  Villarreal will share his experience of launching a small vegetable and poultry farm on Delmar Blvd.  For more information, call (314) 588-9600.


Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 – The Staenberg Group Gateway Cup Bike Races

Aug. 30 – Tour de Lafayette, Lafayette Square neighborhood, 3 p.m.

The Staenberg Gateway Cup Bike Races will return to St. Louis this weekend.  The first race in the series will be the Tour de Lafayette.  This nighttime criterium will take place Friday under the lights and will circle Lafayette Park.  Registration will open at 2 p.m. and category races will begin at 3 p.m., leading up to the Women Pro ½ at 8:15 p.m. and the Pro ½ at 9:15 p.m.

Aug. 31 – Tour de Francis Park, St. Louis Hills Neighborhood, 10 a.m.

The second leg in the series will be the Tour de Francis Park in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.  A recreational ride at 10 a.m. Saturday will begin the day.  Category races will start at 11 a.m., leading up to the Women Pro ½ at 4:30 p.m. and the Pro ½ at 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 1 – Giro Della Montagna, Shaw VPA CEC, 9 a.m.

The third stop of the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup will be The Hill neighborhood with The Giro Della Montagna on Sunday.  Bike enthusiasts may begin the day at 9 a.m. with Trailnet's recreational Giro Della Montagna Ride (departing from 5329 Columbia Avenue) and finish the day watching St. Louis' best criterium bike race.  The Giro Della Montagna began in 1986 and was the brainchild of life-time Hill resident, Joe Torrisi.  It was originally held over the Fourth of July weekend, but became the cornerstone of the Gateway Cup in 1998.  More recently it has been coordinated by Mike Weiss and the Big Shark Cycling team.  This year, the category races will begin at 12:10 p.m., leading up to the Women Pro ½ at 4:50 p.m. and the Pro ½ at 6:05 p.m.

Sept. 2 – Benton Park Classic, Benton Park neighborhood, 10 a.m.

The fourth and final leg of the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup will get underway Monday, Sept. 2 in historic Benton Park.  The large and technically demanding course will race through yet another one of the St. Louis' most nostalgic locales.  The category races will begin at 10 a.m., with the last race of the day beginning at 4:55 p.m.

For the complete schedule of races, routes and pertinent information, visit the web site.

Aug. 31 & Sept. 1 – Big Muddy Blues Festival, Laclede's Landing, 1 p.m.

The 18th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday on Laclede's Landing along the Downtown St. Louis Riverfront.  Visitors will be able to enjoy 20 hours of music from 30 bands on three stages.  Featured artists will include Rev. Horton Heat; David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears; Walter Trout and Anthony Gomes.  The Festival will run from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m on both days.  General admission will be $13/day.  Go to the web site to learn more.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 – 37th Annual Japanese Festival, Missouri Botanical Garden, 10 a.m.

The Missouri Botanical Garden will once again host its annual Japanese Festival this Labor Day weekend in honor of Japanese culture.  The Festival will kick off Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with an elaborate opening ceremony.  Throughout the weekend, guests will be able to enjoy everything from traditional music to martial arts, sumo wrestling to sushi, dancing, drumming, displays and more.  The Festival hours will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.  For ticket information, call (314) 577-5100 or visit the web site.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 – Greek Festival, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 11 a.m.

The annual St. Nicholas Greek Festival will be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 4967 Forest Park Avenue in the Central West End neighborhood.  Visitors will enjoy rich, authentic Greek food, dance demonstrations, live music, a marketplace and more.  The hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday.  Join the hundreds of people who will celebrate Greek culture this weekend.  For all the particulars, visit the web site.


Aug. 31 – Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, The Delmar Loop, 9 a.m.

The Delmar Loop's Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting at the Chuck Berry Statue at 6555 Delmar.  Artists will register and compete in four categories illustrating the theme "The Best of the Loop."  To learn more, go to the web site.

Aug. 31 – Fourth Annual Corvette Show & All Cars, Bikes and Trucks Show, Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park, 10 a.m.

The STL Night Riders Corvette Club of St. Louis will host its Fourth Annual Corvette Show & All Cars, Bikes and Trucks Show this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Admission is free.  For more details, call (314) 898-7448.

Sept. 2 – Labor Day Parade, 15th & Olive, 9 a.m.

Everyone is invited to come out and support union laborers as they proudly march through Downtown St. Louis this Monday in the annual Labor Day Parade.  The parade will step off from 15th and Olive, proceed east on Olive to Tucker, then south on Tucker to Market, and finally west on Market to 15th.  For more information, visit the web site.

Sept. 3 -- Twilight Tuesdays Ameren Concert Series, Missouri History Museum, 6 p.m.

The Twilight Tuesdays Ameren Concert Series hosted by the Missouri History Museum will return on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.  Invite your friends and family to join you on the Museum's front lawn at Lindell and DeBaliviere for an evening of reggae by DJ Ranx.  For the complete schedule of performances, visit the web site.

Sept. 4 & 5 -- Disparity Study Meetings, William J. Harrison Education Center, Noon

The St. Louis Development Corporation and its consultant, Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd., will be hosting meetings on Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5 to inform the local business community about the City's Disparity Study.  Participants will be provided with an overview of the Disparity Study process and businesses will have the opportunity to share experiences in contracting with the City.  In addition, the City's managers will discuss upcoming contracting opportunities.  The meetings will be held at the William J. Harrison Education Center, located at 3140 Cass Avenue.  The Wednesday meeting will take place at Noon and the meetings on Thursday will be at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  RSVP to (314) 584-5040 or via .

Sept. 14 - Flea Market Tail Gate Sale, 4801 Page Avenue @ Walton, 9 a.m.

Lewis Place-Fountain Park and the surrounding associations will hold their first Flea Market Tail Gate Sale on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4801 Page Avenue at Walton.  Space rental is only $10.  (No tables, electric, or water provided.)  Reserve your space by Tuesday, Sept. 10.  Contact Kay at (314) 560-1109 or Linda at (314) 303-6837.

Save the Date

Sept. 6 -- CMT Ten Toe Express Tour of Lafayette Square, 6 p.m.

Sept. 6 & 7 – 39th Annual Polish Festival, Polish Falcons, 4 p.m.

Sept. 6 - 8 -- Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival, Kiener Plaza, 10 a.m.

Sept. 7 - Walking Tour of the Southwest Garden neighborhood, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 7 – Fabulous Flamingo Festival, Citygarden, 10 a.m.

Sept. 7 -- 9/11 Day of Service, various locations

Sept. 7 - St. Louis Classic Cocktail Party & Free Concert, Lafayette Park, 6 p.m.

Sept. 7 & 8 – LouFest Music Festival, Forest Park, Noon

 Sept. 8 – Church Homecoming Festival, St. John Nepomuk Church, 11 a.m.

Sept. 10 - Bus Rapid Transit Meeting, City Hall, 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.


Your Input Is Needed

Metro and its partners are conducting an on-line survey from now through Sept. 13 for public input on four semi-finalist projects as well as upcoming public meetings to select two final projects that will be advanced for federal funding for a new type of public transit service called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).  To learn more about the St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study, the scheduled public meetings, and to take the survey, visit or call (314) 982-1440.

Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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