Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Tip of the Hat

National Police Week, house tours, festivals, service projects, Annie Malone Parade and more!

May 16, 2013 | 5 min reading time


Tip of the Hat

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as "Police Week."  Each year since, our nation has observed "National Police Week" to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy.  There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Please join me in saluting the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.


Upcoming Events

May 18 – Forest Park SE Neighborhood Block Sale, various locations, 8 a.m.

The Forest Park SE Dog Park Committee is sponsoring its first neighborhood block sale event this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.  A portion of the sale proceeds will go to the establishment of a much needed dog park in the Forest Park SE neighborhood.  There will be signs on Manchester, Newstead, and Taylor directing traffic to participating homes that will be decorated with balloons and signage.  For more information, visit the web site.

May 18 – Bark in the Park Festival, Forest Park, 9 a.m.

The Humane Society of Missouri and Purina ONE® will present Bark in the Park this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cricket Field in Forest Park.  Bark in the Park is the largest dog festival in the Midwest.  New this year to the family festival will be a 5K run and a pancake breakfast – all benefiting the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Fund.  Registration is $35 per person; children under 12 are free.  To learn more, visit the web site.

May 18 – The Art of Riding Bicycle & Public Art Tour, Regional Arts Commission, 9:30 a.m.

Discover the power and value of public art within the St. Louis Community on the 12-mile Art of Riding Bicycle & Public Art Tour this Saturday.  The free ride will begin at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd., and will make stops at several public works of art and includes the opportunity to speak with the artists.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the group ride will depart at 9:30 a.m.  For more details, visit the web site.


May 18 – Annual Old North House & Community Tour, 2700 N. 14th Street, 10 a.m.

Every year in May, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group hosts a neighborhood-wide house & community tour to celebrate the revitalization efforts in progress in the community.  Tour-goers on the Old North House & Community Tour this Saturday will be able to visit historic homes, neighborhood businesses, community gardens and lots undergoing creative reuse.  Tickets may be purchased at the ONSLRG Offices at 2700 N. 14th Street or online at the web site.  Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 day of the tour.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the ongoing neighborhood improvement efforts of Old North St. Louis.

May 18 – Connect With A Purpose, Tower Grove Park, Noon

Calling all young professionals ages 21-35!  Join Connect With St. Louis for its latest Connect with a Purpose service project and networking event this Saturday.  Choose your service project at, for example, Stray Rescue, St. Patrick Center, the International Institute, Ronald McDonald House, Gateway Greening or Kingdom House from 9 a.m. to Noon, then head to Tower Grove Park, Humbold South Pavilion, for Pappy's BBQ and networking with fellow volunteers until 1:30 p.m.  For all the details, visit

May 18 – 11th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration, 28 E. Grand, 11 a.m.

Everyone is invited to stop by the historic Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, to watch local history come alive as the site is transformed into a Civil War military camp.  The free event will take place in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the replica camp will look very similar to what the public would have seen in 1863 in and around St. Louis' own Benton Barracks, the largest Union Army training camp in Missouri during the Civil War and the largest African-American recruitment and induction site from Ohio to California. Want more information?  Call (314) 258-6532.

May 18, Cherokee Antique Row History Fair, Cherokee & Lemp, 11 a.m.

Love antiques and history?  Then stop by the Cherokee Antique Row History Fair this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Fun activities include live music, vintage vehicles, costumed actors, a book sale at DeMenil Mansion and more!

May 18 & 19 – Central West End Association House & Garden Tour, 5000 & 5100 Blocks of Westminster Place, 10 a.m.

Everyone is invited to take the Central West End Association House & Garden Tour this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. in the 5000 and 5100 blocks of Westminster Place.  The tour will feature townhomes, luxury apartments and two landmark buildings in the "Holy Corners" historic district.  Tickets cost $22 in advance and may be purchased online at web site or by calling (314) 367-2220, and $25 on tour days.

May 19 – Annie Malone Parade, Downtown, 1 p.m.

An annual St. Louis tradition, the Annie Malone Parade will take place this Sunday in beautiful Downtown St. Louis.  The parade will step off at 1 p.m. from 20th and Market Streets and proceed east on Market to Broadway.  Immediately following the parade will be the McDonald's May Day Blues Fest in Kiener Plaza.  For the complete list of all the events celebrating Annie Malone's 125th anniversary this year, visit the web site. 

May 19 – Benton Park Jazz Picnic, 2100 Arsenal Street, 3 p.m.

Pack a picnic, grab your beverage of choice and a blanket, and head to Benton Park, 2100 Arsenal Street, this Sunday to meet great people, hear fantastic music, and enjoy the neighborhood at the Benton Park Jazz Picnic.  Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes will fill the park with the sounds of Jazz from 3 – 6 p.m.  To learn more, visit the web site.

May 20 – Ghosts of the Arch Grounds, Gateway Arch, 8 p.m.

Interested in the history of Downtown St. Louis?  Then consider taking the Gateway to the Stars – Ghosts of the Arch Grounds Tour on Monday, May 20 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Tour-goers will learn about the various buildings and people that once occupied the area where the Arch stands today.  After the half-hour walking tour, the guests will be able to stargaze, using telescopes provided by the St. Louis Astronomical Society, if weather permits.  The event is free.  Questions?  Call (314) 655-1614.

May 21 – Not So Quiet! Concert Series, Central Library, 6:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Public Library's popular Not So Quiet! Concert Series continues on Tuesday, May 21 with a classical guitar performance by St. Louis Bella Corda.  The concert will take place in Central Library's Auditorium, 1301 Olive Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.  For more information about the series, visit the web site.


Save the Date

May 24 – June 16 – Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Twelfth Night, Forest Park, 8 p.m.

May 24 – The Compton Hill Water Tower Full Moon, 5:30 p.m.

May 24 – Art After 5, St. Louis Art Museum, 7 p.m.

May 24 – 26 – St. Louis Bluesweek Festival, Soldiers' Memorial Plaza, 4 p.m.

May 25 – Living History Program, Gateway Arch, 10 a.m.

May 25 – 27 – 22nd Annual African Arts Festival, World's Fair Pavilion, 10 a.m.

May 26 – New Charter School Planning Meeting, St. John's Church, 6 p.m.

May 29 – Climate Reality Presentation, Gretchen Inn at the Feasting Fox, 7 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 on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.


Garden Contest

Do you have a beautiful garden?  Consider entering the Post-Dispatch Annual Great Garden Contest. Only home gardens are allowed.  Only one photo per household is permitted.  Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 23.  For details go to .  Show the region what great gardens we have in our historic City neighborhoods.


Charlene Deeken
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis

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