Public Safety Director's Spotlight - Buckle Up Every Time
NCAA Men's Basketball, Fish Fries, Glassblowing demonstrations, Museum Stores Garage Sale and more!
Seat Belt CampaignThis month the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has joined with the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) in strongly encouraging motorists to always buckle up. According to the MSHP, thus far in 2014, 63 percent of those killed in traffic crashes were not wearing a seat belt. Every fatality is someone's friend, sister, brother, parent, or child. A Missouri driver's chance of being killed in a traffic crash if not wearing a seat belt is 42 times greater than that of a driver who is buckled up. When adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So set a good example and buckle up for every ride; and be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too. Buckling up on every ride is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in a motor vehicle.
Upcoming EventsMarch 21 & 23 – 2014 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Second and Third Rounds, Scottrade Center, times vary
NCAA® March Madness is coming to St. Louis. Catch the second and third rounds of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship this Friday and Sunday at Scottrade Center in exciting Downtown St. Louis. When the final buzzer sounds, only the best will advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen®. Open practices will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday. On Friday, the action will begin at 12:40 p.m.; times to be announced for the games on Sunday. For more details, visit the scottradecenter.com web site.
March 21 – Third Friday Party, Third Degree Glass Factory, 6 p.m.
Third Degree Glass Factory will kick off spring with an emphasis on family fun at its free Third Friday Party this Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. Visitors will enjoy glassblowing demonstrations, card magic, balloon sculpture demonstrations, live music, face paining, fire spinning and more. The Factory is located at 5200 Delmar Boulevard in the trendy Central West End neighborhood. To learn more, visit the thirddegreeglassfactory.com web site.
March 21 -- Lenten Fish Fries, various locations, various start times
During the Lenten Season, many St. Louis churches and organizations offer Friday Fish Fries. These events are a great way to gather with family and friends and meet new neighbors. Here are a few to consider:
- St. James the Greater Fish Fry, 1360 Tamm, 4 p.m.
- St. Mary Magdalene Fish Fry, 4924 Bancroft, 4 p.m.
- St. Joan of Arc Fish Fry, 5800 Pernod, 4 p.m.
- Epiphany of Our Lord Fish Fry, 6596 Smiley, 4:30 p.m.
Gift shops from area attractions will gather their close-out, clearance and almost-one-of-a-kind items for a giant garage sale this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Louis Zoo in The Living World in beautiful Forest Park. Bargain hunters will find souvenirs, toys, books, clothing, artwork and more at discounted prices. Participating gift shops include Campbell House Museum, Eugene Field House, The Museum Store Under the Gateway Arch, and the St. Louis Art Museum to name but a few. Admission is free. Questions? Call (314) 781-0900 ext. 4779.
March 22 – Night at the Museum, Gateway Arch, 6 p.m.
According to Ann Honious, the Chief of Museum Services at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Night at the Museum event from 6 – 9 p.m. this Saturday will be one of the last major events the museum will host before its construction and renovation. The evening will feature historical characters dressed in period clothing who will share their tales of the settling of the American West and recount what life was like during these early times in American history. Tickets are $15 per person and include a tram ride to the top of the Arch and hot dog dinner. Space is limited and reservations are required. To learn more and make reservations, call 877-982-1410 or visit the gatewararch.com web site.
March 23 – Free Drop-In Tour, St. Louis Art Museum, 2 p.m.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is partnering with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis to offer Museum visitors a one-hour docent-led tour this Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. Plan to visit before or after you see the Rep's Noises Off performance. The tour will depart from the Museum's Information Center in Sculpture Hall in the Main Building. No reservations required. For more details, visit the slam.org web site.
March 27 – Grand Opening, Ballpark Village, 5 p.m.
The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village will open its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday, March 27 with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m., followed by a private VIP party, and then a free concert for the public at 9 p.m. within FOX Sports Midwest Live! featuring national recording artist Third Eye Blind. For all the particulars, visit the stlballparkvillage.com web site.
March 29 – 4th Annual Old North Trivia Night, 2720 N. 14th Street, 7 p.m.
Come and support the North City Farmers' Market and the 13th Street Community Garden by playing an exciting game of Trivia on Saturday, March 29 at the Parks Building, 2720 N. 14th Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and Trivia will begin at 7 p.m. Cost is just $150 per table of 8 or $20 per individual. RSVP with the Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group office, (314) 241-5031 or email email@example.com .
Save the DateMarch 28 – E-Waste/ShredMania Drive, Chaifetz Arena, 7 a.m.
March 29 – Undy 5000 5K Run, Forest Park, 9 a.m.
March 29 – Landlord Training, North Newstead Association, 10 a.m.
Promoting Your Neighborhood ActivitiesIs 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. [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.
Citizens on PatrolA training for Tower Grove South (TGS) residents, who are interested becoming part of the TGS Citizens on Patrol Team, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at the Grand Oak Hill Building, 4168 Juniata. The training will take about 30 minutes and will be followed by a questions and answers period, as well as a chance to sign up for patrol shifts. Bring a curent photo ID with you. To register, email Kristan@towergrovecdc.org .
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis