Think Toy Safety
I want to begin this week's Spotlight by passing along some toy safety information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Protecting children from unsafe toys is the responsibility of everyone. Careful toy selection and proper supervision of children at play is – and always will be – the best way to protect children from toy-related injuries. When buying toys:
- Choose toys with care. Keep in mind the child's age, interests and skill level.
- Look for quality design and construction in all toys for all ages.
- Make sure that all directions or instructions are clear – to you and, when appropriate, to the child.
- Plastic wrappings on toys should be discarded at once before they become deadly playthings.
- Be a label reader. Look for and heed age recommendations, such as "Not recommended for children under three."
For more information about toy dangers, visit the cpsc.gov web site.
Dec. 7 –
Connection will be holding a
Dec. 8 & 9 – Kwanzaa
Everyone is invited to stop by the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo this Saturday and Sunday at Cardinal Ritter Prep College located at 701 N. Spring in the Covenant Blue / Grand Center neighborhood. The Expo will run from to on Saturday and from to on Sunday. Visitors will be able to buy clothing, artwork, and jewelry; get health screenings; learn about Kwanzaa; eat some great food; and see some great performances. This is Better Family Life's 29th anniversary of sponsoring the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo. Invite all your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to join you at this incredible celebration of culture and commerce. To learn more, visit the kwanzaaholidayexpo.com web site.
Dec. 8 – Dutchtown Shop Hop, various locations, regular store hours
The Dutchtown Shop Hop will take place this Saturday. Visitors will find carolers, great deals and more throughout Dutchtown. For example, have your picture taken with Santa at Twice Blessed Resale Shop, stop by the Winter Faire at Urban Eats Café and Bar, sample award-winning Askinoski sipping chocolate at Maude's Market, sample candies at Merb's Candies or sip a peppermint Irish coffee at Iron Barley. Vote for your favorite window display and visit five or more Dutchtown stores for a chance to win $50. Invite your friends to join you for a day of fun in the exciting Dutchtown neighborhood.
Dec. 8 – Artropy Craft Show, Regional Arts Commission,
is an exceptional art and craft boutique featuring handmade goods created by
more than 40 local
Dec. 8 – Grinchmas, MoKaBe's,
The Grinch will be arriving on
South Grand on Saturday from to at MoKaBe's Coffeehouse and Tower Grove Creamery (Grand
& Arsenal). He will be bringing his
friends, the Moolah Shriners, to assist with balloon animals and face
painting. All proceeds will benefit the
Dec. 8 – Season of Love: A
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Choir is set to perform at the 3rd Annual
Dec. 8 – Peter & Paul Community Services
& Paul Community Services will be holding a Holiday Market this Saturday at Blank Space, located at
Dec. 8 – 1772
National Park Service will host a series of special Saturday programs
Dec. 8 & 9 – Carondelet Pottery Studio
Carondelet Pottery Studio at 6735
Dec. 9 – Open House,
you've ever wondered what the inside of Epiphany Lutheran Church looks like,
stop by the Open House this Sunday
from Visitors will be able to learn the history of
the church's stained glass windows, enjoy the melodic sounds of the church's
pipe organ and more. There also will be
cookies and punch so please feel free to bring the kids along. The church is located at
Dec. 9 – Celebrate Chanukah Traditions,
Dec. 9 –
2012 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor
Tour will be this Sunday from to Ten homes will be
decorated and open for viewing in one of
Dec. 9 – Central Library Grand Re-Opening, Downtown,
Central Library at 1301 Olive Street in Downtown St. Louis has undergone a $70 million
restoration and renewal that will offer 83 percent more public space in which
users will enjoy a soaring, seven-story atrium; enhanced access to collections;
state-of-the-art technology; a greatly expanded Youth Services area; a 250-seat
auditorium and more. The public Grand Re-Opening will be at Sunday, Dec. 9. Invite your family to join you to explore this crown jewel of
Downtown. Questions?Call (314) 241-2288.
Now through Dec. 9, Holiday Rooms in Bloom, Historic Samuel Cupples House on the campus of Saint Louis University
Save the Date
Dec. 13 – Downtown Winter Fest, various locations,
Dec. 15 –
Dec. 15 – Wild
Dec. 15 – Teens Make
Dec. 16 – Family
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to Cathy Smentkowski at email@example.com 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 on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Rally Saint Louis
Creative ideas have been pouring into Rally Saint Louis. Voting is now open to narrow down which ideas will be funded and executed. Be sure to visit the rallystl.org web site, check out the ideas that have been submitted and vote for your favorites.
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