Winter Weather Awareness
I want to begin this two-week edition of the Spotlight by joining with our Interim
Director of Health Pamela Rice Walker, MPA, CPHA to encourage all St. Louisans
to begin preparing for exposure to the cold temperatures that winter will bring
and to begin preparing to prevent conditions that can cause serious
illnesses. Over the past four years,
there have been more than 120 cold weather illnesses reported by hospitals and
- Cover your skin if you must go outdoors. Wear a hat, scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth; mittens are warmer than gloves; water resistant coat and boots and several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
- If working or exercising outdoors, allow your body to get acclimated to the cold.
- Know the signs and symptoms of frostbite, hypertension and exertion.
- Be particularly cautious to avoid walking on ice.
- Never use a gas range or grill to heat your home.
- Do not place a space heater within three feet of anything that may catch on fire.
- Make sure your smoke and CO detectors are working properly.
Nov. 20 – Anheuser-Busch Holiday Lights 2014, Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour Center, 6 to 10 p.m.
holiday lights display will offer more than half a million lights and a
variety of new experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy. This family-friendly event will offer free
self-guided walking tours, warm and cozy fire pits for making s'mores,
complimentary beer samples for adults 21 and older, dinner at the Biergarten
and more! Guests can enter through the Tour
Center, located at
Nov. 21 – Third Friday Party, Third Degree Glass Factory,
Stop by the Third
Friday Party at Third Degree Glass Factory for the unveiling of limited
edition signature glass ornaments by Third Degree Glass Factory artists. The ornaments will be signed, numbered and
dated. Several artists will demonstrate
how they make their unusual ornaments. Guests will also be able to enjoy live music, fire spinning, and view
artwork by SIU-Carbondale's School of
Art and Design. Third Degree is located at
Nov. 22 – Amtrak Exhibit Train, St. Louis Union Station,
The Amtrak Exhibit
Train will be coming to Holiday Magic at St. Louis Union Station this
Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is invited
to climb aboard, take a self-guided tour to learn about Amtrak's history, and
catch a glimpse into the company's future. Displays will include vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware,
period uniforms, photographs, and other items of memorabilia from Amtrak's creation
in 1971. Union Station is located at
Nov. 22 – The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride, St. Louis Union Station,
All aboard for The Polar Express Train Ride departing St. Louis Union Station with service to the North Pole on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the holiday season! The magical story of the classic children's book, The Polar Express, is told during this ride on real trains. Families will drink hot chocolate, enjoy cookies, sing Christmas carols, play with elves and meet Santa Claus, who will give them the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Trains depart at , and for an hour-long journey. For ticket information and more details, visit the stlpolarexpressride.com web site.
Nov. 22 – Ameren
This year's Festival
of Lights event, kicking off the holiday season in St.
Louis, will take place at St. Louis Union Station,
Nov. 22 – Garden Glow Holiday Light Exhibit, Missouri Botanical Garden,
Beginning this Saturday, Garden Glow Light Exhibit at the Missouri
Botanical Garden will provide
visitors a spectacle of unique light displays, with hundreds of thousands of
lights adorning some of the Garden's most widely recognized locations including
the Climatron. The Garden is located at
Nov. 22 – Better Family Life's 28th Unity Gala, BFL Cultural, Educational and Business Center, to
Better Family Life will hold its 28th Annual Unity Gala this Saturday from to . The entire community is invited to what will
be an enchanting evening of entertainment, delectable international cuisine,
dancing, fun and fellowship as local leaders, educators and business experts
are honored for their tireless and heroic contributions and commitment to the
greater St. Louis Metropolitan region. The Center is located at
Nov. 22 — Shaw
Community Thanksgiving Potluck,
Compton Heights Christian Church and Isaiah 58 Ministries
will be hosting a community-wide Thanksgiving
Potluck Dinner this Saturday beginning at at
Now through Nov. 23 – 23rd Annual St. Louis International Film Festival, various venues and times
The annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is one of the largest international film festivals in the Midwest, and it is taking place now through Nov. 23. Venues include the Tivoli Theatre, Stage at KDHX, Centene Center for A&E, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri History Museum, Nine Network, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Saint Louis University, to name but a few. For ticket information and the day-by-day schedule of screenings and events, visit http://www.cinemastlouis.org/ .
Nov. 27 – Ameren
The Ameren Missouri
Thanksgiving Day Parade will take to the streets of Downtown St. Louis on
Thursday, Nov. 27 beginning at The parade will feature more than 130 units
including musical floats, giant helium balloon figures, animal units and
marching bands from across the St. Louis
area. The parade will step off from 7th
Nov. 28 – Holiday Tree Lighting, Lafayette Square Plaza Fountain,
Nov. 28 & 29 – Holiday Kick Off Performances, Old Courthouse, to
The National Park Service will kick off the holiday season at the Old Courthouse on the weekend of Saturday, Nov. 28 & 29 with a performance from the St. Louis Irish Arts, and a concert by the St. Louis Confluence Chamber Orchestra. Guests may enjoy cookies, hot cider and beautiful music under the rotunda festively adorned with authentic Victorian decorations. For the complete schedule of Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse, visit thegatewayarch.com web site.
Nov. 28 - 30 – Rock N Roll Craft Show, The Luminary,
Since 2005, the organizers of Rock N Roll Craft Show (RRCS) have been gathering the craftiest
artists and most rockin' musicians for this great weekend-long event. RRCS will
showcase unique, usable items handcrafted from new and recycled materials. These items, including furniture, clothing,
jewelry, musical instruments, glassware, magnets, knitware, fine art, and more
are the original creations of local and national crafters. The Luminary is located at
Save the Date
Nov. 28 – City and State Offices will be closed the day after Thanksgiving.
Dec. 6 – Skinker DeBaliviere Wintermarkt, Greg Freeman Park,
Dec. 6 – 5th Annual Window Walk, Central West End,
Dec. 6 – Grinchmas, MoKaBe's Coffeehouse,
Dec. 6 – St. Louis Children's Choirs – Holiday Concert 2014, Powell Symphony Hall, to
Dec. 6 – ALIVE Magazine's Holiday Hop &Shop, Mad Art Gallery,
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.
Brightside St. Louis Volunteer Opportunity
Have you seen the thousands of daffodils that blanket the landscape along St. Louis highways and thoroughfares each spring? This year, Brightside St. Louis needs your help to reach its goal of planting 25,000 daffodil bulbs. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you on Saturday, Dec. 6 from to for a fun morning of planting. You may learn more about this opportunity by visiting the brightsidestl.org web site.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events