Published: 04-12-2012Something for everyone this weekend in St. Louis. Take advantage of all the opportunities to have fun and meet neighbors.
Celebrate St. Louis Sports Teams
This is the weekend for which the #1 Sports Fans of St. Louis have been waiting. The St. Louis Blues will be vying for the Stanley Cup and the World Champion Cardinals will host their home season opener. Enjoy! Go, Blues! Go, Cards!
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week will be observed from April 15 - 21. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week brings together people from all walks of life to make a difference. I encourage you to invite your family, friends, neighbors and fellow church members to gather for a day or a few hours, whatever time you have available, select a "service day" project on your block or in your neighborhood and make a difference. You may also look at projects listed on http://www.501connect.com/ or http://www.americorps-stl.org/ that need volunteers. Ordinary people can make extraordinary things happen when they volunteer.
April 13 – St. Louis Cardinals 2012 Opening Day Pep Rallies
Come enjoy the pep rallies before the Cardinal's 2012 Opening Day Game Friday afternoon. Pep rallies will take place from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several Downtown venues including Kiener Plaza at 7th and Chestnut, the Tums Lot on Broadway, the Ballpark Village Lot across from Busch Stadium, and J Buck's at 10th and Clark.
April 13 & 14 – Book Fair, Lafayette Park United Methodist Church
Lafayette Park United Methodist Church located at 2300 Lafayette Avenue in the scenic Lafayette Square neighborhood will be hosting its annual Book Fair on Friday (from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Saturday (from 8 a.m. to Noon). Stop by and take advantage of Saturday $2 per bag day. Questions? Call (314) 771-9214.
April 14 & 15 – Brightside St. Louis' Blitz 2012 Begins
Project Blitz, Brightside St. Louis' annual campaign to clean up city neighborhoods begins this weekend. Blitz is a great time to join your neighbors to clean up the streets, alleys and vacant lots on your block and in your immediate neighborhood. The focus for this weekend will be Region 3 North (bounded by W. Florissant on the north, Grand on the east, Natural Bridge on the south, & the city limits on the west) and Region 3 South (bounded by I-64 & Metrolink on the north; Grand on the east; Meramec & Chippewa on the south; & Macklind, Arsenal & Kingshighway on the west). For more details, call (314) 772-4646.
April 14 & 15 – GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend and Marathon
The 12th Annual Go! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend and Marathon will take place this weekend in Forest Park and in Downtown St. Louis. More than 25,000 participants will take part in Missouri's largest fitness event. The weekend will offer 10 different fitness races for all ages and skill levels. For details about the 5K run/walk, marathon, half marathon, fun runs and more, visit http://www.gostlouis.org/ .
April 14 – Peace Walk 2012, University City
This Saturday the Building Life Foundation's Nonviolence Center will be sponsoring Peace Walk 2012 at Heman Park, Shaftesbury & Midland, in U City. Everyone is invited to come out and support the movement for a "New Generation of Peace." For more information, visit http://www.blfnvcenter.com/ .
April 14 – Microchip Drive & Adoption Event, Pets in the City
Pets in the City will host a Microchip Drive and Adoption Event from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at its 1919 S. 12th Street location in the historic Soulard neighborhood. The cost of $20 per pet includes lifetime registration with 24PetWatch. Proceeds will benefit a local animal rescue organization. For additional information, call (314) 772-7387 or visit http://www.thecitypet.com/ .
April 14 – Trivia Night Fundraiser for North City Farmers' Market
Enjoy a fun evening playing trivia with friends to raise funds for the 13th Street Community Garden and the North City Farmers' Market this Saturday at Old North Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street. The cost is $15 per person or $100 for a table of 8. Farm attire is encouraged! This is a great opportunity to support the mission of the Market to grow community health by offering affordable fresh produce, free health screenings, and healthy cooking demonstrations while encouraging community participation. To register, visit http://www.onsl.org/ or call (314) 241-5031.
April 14 – Trivia Night, IBEW Local One
Wilkinson Early Childhood Center & Humboldt Academy PTOs will present Trivia Night on Saturday at the IBEW Local One Hall, 5850 Elizabeth Avenue on The Hill. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $160 for a table of 8. Light snacks will be provided, but you may bring food & beverages to share at your table. Questions? Call Ami at (314) 752-4145. Please note: the event is for adults (21 & up) only.
April 14 – Opening Reception & Block Party, Washington Avenue
Art Saint Louis will host a free Opening Reception and Block Party for its new exhibit, "Food, Glorious Food" on Saturday from 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibit will showcase original art by some of our region's most talented artists. Art Saint Louis is located at 555 Washington Avenue in Downtown St. Louis. For more information, visit http://www.artstlouis.org/ .
April 14 – Rustbelt to Artist Belt Conference Closing Street Party, Cherokee Street
Artists and activists from across the country are in St. Louis for "Rustbelt to Artist Belt," a national convention that explores how the arts can create social change. The conference will host a Closing Street Party on Cherokee Street from 6 – 8 p.m. on Saturday. Stores and galleries on Cherokee Street between Indiana and Virginia will be open and visitors will find food trucks, art installations, street entertainment and more! For additional details, visit http://www.rustbelttoartistbelt.com/ .
Save the Date
April 21 – Most Holy Trinity Election 2012 Trivia Night, Church Hall
April 21 – Trivia Night for Neighborhood Houses, St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation
April 21 – Junior Ranger Day, Gateway Arch
April 22 – Earth Day, Forest Park
April 22 - Pedal For the Planet – Earth Day Bike Ride, Forest Park
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.
St. Louis Grown
In closing, I want to pass along to you that you have until April 22 to help grow St. Louis by voting for local projects to receive $15,000 from Monsanto in the St. Louis Grown competition. Visit http://stlgrown.com/ to view the projects and to cast a vote.
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis