This coming weekend is jam-packed with exciting, fun events for the whole family, but before I highlight several of them I want to first thank each and every one of you who voted in favor of retaining the city's earnings tax for the next five years. If you follow Mayor Slay's blog (http://mayorslay.com), you know that in the coming months his office will be working on a systematic review of government to seek out cost inefficiencies and quality-of-life issues. Also, he will soon begin a "listening tour" to hear residents' ideas for change in
I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to sign up to participate in the upcoming earthquake safety drill that will take place at Thursday, April 28. More than 1.6 million people are expected to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The ShakeOut is an opportunity for us to prepare together, before a damaging earthquake strikes this region. Individuals, schools, businesses and other organizations may sign up at http://www.shakeout.org/centralus .
You'll be seeing more about these two issues in the weeks and months ahead.
Listed below are just some of the events coming up in
Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend St. Louis
The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10. This fun event features races and activities for people of all ages and fitness abilities. For a complete listing of all the activities, visit http://www.gostlouis.org/marathon-weekend.html
Dog Park Spring Fling
The Annual Benton Park West Dog Park Spring Fling is scheduled for this Saturday, April 9 from to at the
Project Blitz 2011 Continues
Project Blitz, Operation Brightside's annual campaign to clean up city neighborhoods, continues this weekend in Region 2 North (bounded by Palm & Natural Bridge on the north, Mississippi River on the east, Hwy. 40 & Metrolink on the south, and Taylor on the west) and Region 2 South (bounded by Hwy. 40 on the north, Mississippi River on the east, Meramec on the south, and Grand on the west). Join your neighbors on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 to clean up the streets, alleys and vacant lots in your neighborhood. The year 2011 marks the 30th year for this annual City-wide clean-up effort. For more information, visit http://www.operationbrightside.org or call (314) 772-4646.
Wall Ball 2011
Artwork by more than 60 artists will be on display at Wall Ball 2011 on Saturday, April 9. The event at Neo on Locust, 2801 Locust, will run from to There will be live performances, tasty appetizers, and plenty of fun activities. Tickets are $40 at the door. For more information, visit http://www.wallball2011.eventbrite.com .
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The annual fundraiser for Food Outreach, A Tasteful Affair, will be held this Sunday, April 10 from at the
The Department of Public Safety's City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) provides free emergency alert service through Nixle (http://www.nixle.com/). When you register for the service, you will receive our informative and timely text messages on your cell phone and/or as e-mails on your computer. Visit the Nixle website and sign up for the free service today. If you have any comments about the service, please let me know.
Will you be having an event in your neighborhood that we can support? 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 of noting it in the Spotlight or you may post it on the City's Calendar of Events.
And remember, if you see something in the neighborhood that just doesn't look right, REPORT IT!
Director of Public Safety