Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Irony in the City

Let's get a closer look.

Yep, that's right.
Saturday, October 25, 2008 approx. 2 pm. Maryland near Euclid during the CWE Halloween Festivies. And of course there were cars along the street with parking tickets.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Connect With... is going to the Dogs - Another Good Deed (& Organization Spotlight)

Connect With... the organization that brought you a host of socializing and networking opportunities now gives you an opportunity to connect and serve - benefiting Stray Rescue.

Saturday, November 1, 2008
10:00am - 2:00pm
Stray Rescue new building
2320 Pine Street - Downtown
Saint Louis, MO

or RSVP on Facebook.

Connect With... a Purpose is a volunteer opportunity. We will be assisting Stray Rescue with renovations of its new downtown animal center located at 2320 Pine Street. This is a hands-on experience to move the building closer to accepting new strays.

Why you should help:

1. It's a quick and dirty way to help a great organization. It's a short period of time. You get to move around, meet great people, and that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

2. Stray Rescue is the best non-profit, no-kill, grass-roots, community-organizer animal advocate group ever. They recently won a grant to get the building but they still need lots of volunteers and money to meet their mission of helping poor animals and making St. Louis a safe and healthy place for every person and animal.

3. Stray Rescue rehabilitates stray dogs and cats until they find a forever home. It is a no-kill shelter. They take the hard cases including very sick and injured animals and those abandoned by home foreclosures, taken by animal authorities, and affected by natural disasters.

4. Even if you're not a big animal lover, do it for the greater good. Getting stray and feral animals off of the streets is just good public health and public safety. Your assistance to Stray Rescue helps to minimize your contact with these animals.

5. Immediately after the volunteer opportunity, Blu CitySpaces will host a BBQ at their location at 210 N. 17th Street downtown. How many chances do you get to hang-out and eat well for free these days? C'mon.
6. How can you say no to that cute face?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Party Crashing - Art and Culture Style

Last Weekend - Sat October 18
We made some great new friends last weekend. We received an unexpected text inviting us to a home get-together. We knocked on the door and were greeted by the hosts only to discover that we knew no one else there! Embarrased at first, the host assured us it was okay to stay - since the text invitation was legitimate and the originator of the text was indeed a mutual friend - so all was good. I'm glad we stayed. It was great time . thank goodness for good manners and no arriving empty handed, plus I earned our keep my making caparhinas all evening.! Woo Hoo! In the meantime I think we met the Who's Who of St. Louis.
A big thank you to our hosts (Monica and Daryll) who were very gracious and prepared the most tasteful food I’ve had outside of my mother’s kitchen. Can’t wait to hang out again.

Grafton Rendezvous – last weekend (Sun Oct 19)
If you did not know the Riverfront of Grafton, along the banks of the Illinois River, is a most beautiful place. We went to the 'Rendezvous' and delighted in one beautiful autumn afternoon. The leaves hadn’t completely turned yet, but as always, the scenery was breathtaking. If you didn’t know, the east-side of the Metro area has some great wine shops, too. You should check them out. The Bald Eagles will be arriving soon.

I didn’t see many familiar faces as Missouri Botanical Garden's Young Friends Fest-of-Ale on Wed Oct 22. So I’ll tell all of you that missed a great time. The Garden is naturally beautiful so the atmosphere was ideal. The newest autumn beers and ales by AB were available for free sampling. I really like the new American Ale.
Plus, it was pretty much your last chance to stroll through the Garden and enjoy the final days of Niki. It is truly a beautiful sculpture exhibit.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

Plus, we made some new friends, of course. The band, Griffin and the Gargoyles were a fun cover band playing a variety of popular songs from the 70’s to today. Things got heated up when the band broke out with BBD’s “Poison”. For those that know me, they know I love this song – and the video dances that accompany the song. Break it down, now! This was quickly followed by House of Pain’s “Jump Around” and “Shake Ya Tail Feather” by Nelly and Murphy Lee. And the topped it off with the quintessential Journey song, “Don’t Stop Believin’”. I’m sold. I really can't wait for the next event.

2008 Grand Center Gala Honoring Reginald Dickson Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell
Sheldon Concert Hall
We received free tickets to the concert from the Beau’s job. We also attended the fancy Gala Dinner. We presented our tickets to several people asking for directions and we sat a table with The Grand Art Center’s Who’s Who, including its Marketing Director and Dr. Givens and wife, President of Harris Stowe State University. Dinner and conversation were lovely. As we filed into the concert at 8 pm, we started to think that maybe those tickets weren’t for dinner, just the concert. Still not sure. That was a mistaken crash, honest. But I recommend everyone check out a show at the Sheldon. It’s one the nation’s oldest and acoustically perfect theatres. Pkus, they have matinee shows for as little as $10. And Brian Stokes Mitchell's performance was lovely. He’s a Tony Award Winning Baritone and he sang a host of his favorite Broadway and off-Broadway songs. Simply, lovely.

Michael Jackson's Thriller Dance World Record Attempt (October 25, 2008)
I told you all I was gonna do it. Okay, I really have fantasies of being a flash mobber and this is my first crack at something like it. Participating was fun and great cardio-vascular exercise. See you next year for the 2009 Thrill the World Event.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More Good Deeds to Consider

The United Way is making it fun and easy for you to lend a hand to help the community this year.
Between October 26 and November 2, you can help build a healthy community simply by taking part in one or more of the following United Way Week activities. For more details on United Way Week, visit

The St. Louis Zoo needs volunteers for 2 Major Upcoming Events.

1. Zootini 2008 Stayin’ Alive presented by Macy’s is on Saturday, November 15, in The Living World Building. This sell-out Young Zoo Friends fundraiser features live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and themed cocktails.
This is a MUST BE THERE Fete Event. If you're not able to swing the ticket price, consider volunteering so you can check out the Best, Most fun event of Autumn for FREE!
Volunteers are needed for the 6 p.m. – 12 Midnight shift to assist with greeting, registration, bar-backing, and more.

2. U.S. Bank Wild Lights is the Zoo’s evening holiday event where guests can walk through the Zoo's holiday wonderland of spectacular light displays and go nose-to-beak with the birds at Penguin & Puffin Coast .
The event dates are weekends November 28 – 30, December 5 – 7, 12 – 14, and nightly December 19 – 23 and 26 – 30.
Volunteers are needed each night during the 5 – 9 p.m. shift to assist with the event.

More information on these events is available on the Zoo’s website: You do not have to be a Zoo Volunteer to volunteer for these special events. If you are not currently a Zoo Volunteer or Event Volunteer, you will need to sign a Volunteer Waiver when you arrive to volunteer. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for all volunteers.

Please respond directly to Lauren Kistner, Special Events Coordinator as soon as possible if you interested in volunteering for these events. If you sign up to volunteer, you will receive a confirmation letter with your assignment and more detailed information prior to the event.

Lauren E. Kistner
Special Events Assistant
Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive
Saint Louis , MO 63110
Direct: (314) 646-4516
Zoo: (314) 781-0900, ext. 4516
Fax: (314) 646-5532

Friday, October 17, 2008

October 2008 Events

Wed, Oct 1
Connect With...Kick-off Happy Hour
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Skybox on the Landing
800 North 3rd Street

The entire month is Young Professionals Month. There are a host of great events showcasing the Metro area's great local organizations - arts, networking, professionals, philanthropic, activism, and socializig. The Connect With…Schedule of Events – there's something each day. Check out the calendar and check out local organizations.

Thur Oct 2
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Downtown STL Neighborhood Nights
Downtown St. Louis
New this fall, the Downtown Partnership will present Downtown STL Neighborhood Nights. This FREE neighborhood open house will allow attendees to explore the downtown STL living experience. Come tour condos, apartments, shops, restaurants, bars, roof tops, and much more---all at no cost! The first neighborhood night, on Thursday, October 2nd, will feature the Central Business District and Post Office Square and the second on Thursday, October 16, will feature the Washington Avenue/Garment District. For more information, please go to

Fri Oct 3 – Sun Oct 5
Soulard Oktoberfest 2008
"The Fastest Growing Oktoberfest in America"
Soulard Market at 8th and Lafayette Street
Friday 5:00 pm - Midnight
Saturday 11: am - Midnight
Sunday 11: am - 6:00 pm

Sat Oct 4
all day
Godfrey Corn Festival
Glazebrook Park (1401 Stamper Lane)
Be sure to visit the Great Godfrey Corn Maze!

Sat Oct 4
11:00 am - 9:30 pm.
Celebrate the Mother Road at the St. Louis Route 66 Festival at the Old Chain of Rocks bridge.
The event offers more than 10 hours of FREE fun and activities on both the Missouri and Illinois sides of the Bridge. The Festival is your opportunity to show off your classic car in the Classic Car Cruise.
Festival Activities Include:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Route 66 Ramble Bike Ride
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Classic Cars on the Bridge & Motorcycles on Chouteau Island
Noon - 6:00 pm Music, Route 66 authors and more between the bands listed below
Noon - 1:00 pm Gene Dobbs Bradford and The Blues Inquisition
1:30 - 2:30 pm The Second Half
3:00 - 4:00 pm Kim Massie
4:45 - 5:45 pm Butch Wax & The Hollywoods
1:00 pm Mayor's Address and Presentation of the Cyrus Avery Award
4:00 pm Classic Cars Award Winners Announced
6:00 - 7:00 pm Sock Hop with DJ
7:00 - 9:00 pm MOVIE: American Graffiti
Other activities include motorcycles, music, speakers, great food and a "walk-in" movie.Learn more about the Festival at the Confluence website.

Sat Oct 4, 2008
9:00am - 12:00 pm
Giving Back on Gandhi National Service Day
Come out and volunteer with the
Network of Indian Professionals to do a Room Makeover at one of St. Louis' Homeless Shelters.
1000 North 19th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106 (street parking is available)

Sat Oct 4
8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Mystic Voyage Performs
Villa Farotto’s in the Chesterfield Valley

Mon Oct 6 2008
7-9 pm
Candidate Forum on the Environment
Central Reform Congregation 5020 Waterman Avenue (at Kingshighway)
Hosted by Jean Ponzi - Community envi
ronmental educator & host of FM-88 KDHX "Earthworms" environmental talk show

Thu Oct 9 – Mon Oct 13
SciFest 2008Hosted by St. Louis Science Center
An International Festival Celebrating Science, Innovation and Discovery.Check out the
Program and Schedule. Make plans to attend and bring the whole family or youth group.
More info: Check out this
SciFest 2008 Video.

Tues Oct 14 ***UPDATED & MODIFIED***
Fuel Monthly Happy Hour

5425 S. Grand, Holly Hills
Learn about Fuel and Sign up for some fun and fantastic volunteer opportunities

Wed Oct 15
The Riverfront Times presents Cocktails For A Cause
The Stable
1821 Cherokee St
St Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $10 donation to benefit Rebuilding St. Louis
free Miller Lite and Miller throughout the evening!
Come join the RFT for this wonderful event!

For more information please visit:
I've been meaning to check this place out for a while...and this is such a great cause.

Wed Oct 15
5:30pm - 8pm
Connect With… invites you to explore your artistic side at Arts Unzipped at the Regional Arts Commission in the Delmar Loop.
Spontaneous dance and theatre performances and interactive art displays on hand.
To RSVP, go to
Connect With… is a collaboration of over 40 young professional groups seeking to get St. Louis connected!

Fri Oct 17
6 pm
Third Friday at Third Degree
Celebrating six sizzling years. In addition to our fiery fare of glassblowing, at 7 p.m. see hot glass pulled like taffy by artist teams at our new parking lot. Shop fun and fab glass gourds created by local glass artists.
At 8 p.m. Art In Flames Really Live Auction with KETC's Patrick Murphy. Bid on a collaborative glass artwork as it’s created from fire.
Live Music: City Folk. Foodie Sponsor: Bryan Young, Catering Plus. East Gallery: glass by Mark Salsbury and Sarah Vaughn. At 9 p.m. Pandora’s Matchbox tops off the evening with fire performance. For details: 14-367-4527.
Gotta Be there Event!

Fri Oct 17 - Thu Oct 30
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Boo at the Zoo Sponosored by St. John's Mercy Children's Hospital
Costs: $5, $4 for Zoo Members; children under 2 are free; $1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume
Enter through South Entrance at Z-O-O pylon.
Parking is free! Our treat. South Lot only.
No reservations necessary

Sat October 18
10:30am - 7:00pm
Crown Valley Winery Excursion
Join FUEL for a day trip on a chartered bus to Crown Valley Winery.
This annual excursion promises a day of music, wine, and fun!
Kick off: Meet at Pat's Bar at 10:30 AM for a full breakfast and bus pick up.6400 Oakland Avenue (at Tamm)Tickets are $29 and include breakfast, a souvenir wine glass, wine sampling, and transportation from/to Pat's Bar in Dogtown.

Sat Oct 18
2 - 6 p.m.
DeBaliviere Decanted
Community wine festival in the heart of vibrant Central West End neighborhood toasts worldly wines along with great eats and live indie music.
Belt Ave. between Pershing Blvd. and Waterman Blvd. in the Central West End.
Entrance located in front of the Metropolis DeBaliviere Place sales center at 5501 Pershing Ave.
DeBaliviere Decanted returns for a second year. After the success of last year's DeBaliviere Decanted, which attracted more than 400 people, the community wine festival situated in the heart of the DeBaliviere Place neighborhood in the Central West End.
Admission: $10 for non-residents; free for residents
price includes DeBaliviere Decanted wine glass
For further information on DeBaliviere Decanted, please visit or call Sarah Thompson at 314.863.3033 ext. 206

Sat Oct 18
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Art St. Louis-Hops Art 2008
Art St. Louis - 555 Washington Ave. #150
Join Art Saint Louis for our second annual Hops Art in the Art Saint Louis gallery. The main attraction at Hops Art is an exhibition and image presentation of artwork by Art Saint Louis member artists. Hops Art also includes a brilliant combination of frothy beverages and scrumptious cuisine.
Guests will experience beer samplings from local brewers & hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants. Sounds Delicious and fun.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 day of show. They can be purchased at the Art St. Louis Gallery.

Sat Oct 18
8pm - 1:30 am
Birthday Celebration
Sat Oct 18 – Sun Oct 19
10 am - 4:30 pm
Grafton Rendezvous
Riverfront of Grafton, IL 62037
Join us for the return of the Grafton Rendezvous on the banks of the Illinois River. See pre-1840 history come to life with period dress and demonstrations of archery, tomahawk and knife throwing and traders selling items of the period. For more information, call 618-251-4916.

Wed Oct 22
6 pm - 10 pm
Join the Garden's Young Friends for Fest-of-Ale!
• Enjoy tasting specialty Fall beers
• Seasonal appetizers included with cost of admission
• Move and groove to the lively sounds of local artists Griffin and the Gargoyles
• Stroll through the Garden and enjoy the final days of Niki, an exhibition of 40 playful, larger-than-life mosaic sculptures in a rainbow of colors and materials
Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-members
or pay at the door: $20 Members / $25 Non-members
RSVP today.
Enjoy free admission and automatic entry for a grand prize drawing with purchase of a new or renewed Garden membership.

Thu Oct 23
6 - 10 pm
Urban Stories Series of the Missouri History Museum
Featuring: Bejamin Skinner, Author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-toFace with Modern Day Slavery
Tickets are $10, $7 for MHS Members
Reception sponsored by Jack Daniels
Neo-soul music by DJ Enoch IS Real

Fri Oct 24
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Friday Night Fright
Central Library, Downtown St. Louis
Young Literati to host Friday Night Fright
Just in time for Halloween, St. Louis’ newest young professionals group is hosting a haunted evening in downtown’s Central Library. Friday Night Fright will feature best-selling mystery author Angie Fox, drinks, appetizers, music, tours and a literary scavenger hunt throughout the 100-year-old building.
Angie Fox will be on hand to discuss her debut novel, “The Accidental Demon Slayer,” and will sell and sign copies of the book. DJ Raven Fox will provide music while guests enjoy appetizers and cocktails. Other activities scheduled for the evening include tales of St. Louis’ scary past and a scavenger hunt where participants will be entered into a drawing to win prizes provided by local businesses.
Cost: $20 / $15 for Young Literati – Become a member of the Young Literati that night and get in free!
Guests will be able to tour the Library and hear haunting stories about St. Louis’s past. They might even hear about Central Library’s very own ghost. Proceeds from the event will go to the St. Louis Public Library Foundation, which supports the Library’s programs and services. For more information or to RSVP, contact Liz Reeves at 314.340.2403 or
Ages 21 and up.

Fri Oct 24 - Sun Oct 26
Not-So-Haunted House at the Magic House
Storybook characters will be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures while child trick-or-treat through the 4-story house.

Sat Oct 25
9 am - 4pm
Boo at the Zoo Spooky Saturday
Trick-or-Treat 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Stage Entertainment 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Crafts and Games 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Costume Parade - 4 p.m.
Admission is Free

Sat Oct 25
1 pm
Michael Jackson's Thriller Dance World Record Attempt
Zombies dancers around the world are going to simultaneously dance to Michael Jackson's classic "Thriller" to break the world record, and we need your help here in St. Louis!
We need as many volunteers as possible who are willing to learn an awesome dance, and willing to join our numbers as we break the record!
To register, call the YMCA at (314) 962-9450.
Practice and Learn the Dance Steps. Get started here.
I ain't playing. I'm doing it!

Sat Oct 25
1:30 p.m.
Fall Color Hike
Pierre Marquette State Park

Route 100 Grafton, IL 62037
Walk through the colors of fall. Take a nature hike to see the brilliant colors and experience the other wonders of nature first hand. Meet at the Visitors Center at 1:30 p.m. for this 2 mile, 2 hour hike. Don't forget your walking shoes and camera.
For more information, call (618) 786-3323.

Mon Oct 27
Black Rep at the St. Louis Zoo
Ticket Price: $100.00 ($50.00 of each ticket is tax deductible)

For more information visit:

Wed Oct 29
2 pm
Join 1Sky as they ask the Presidential Candidates to promise to create green jobs. 1Sky will be delivering signed hard hats to the campaign offices.
4811 Delmar Blvd (at the Missouri Career Center)
Find out more at

Thurs Oct 30
7 pm
Former Secretary of State will speak about her new "Memo to the President”
Christ Church Cathedral (1210 Locust)
Find out more at .
Fri Oct 31
6 pm
The School of Social Work is hosting a night of "Celebration and Consciousness-raising about issues that impact our Immigrant Communities."
Get the full scoop at .

Fri Oct 31
7 pm
Annual Halloween Parade
Downtown Alton
See haunted floats, bands, and everyone in costume
Fri Oct 31
Come Celebrate Halloween at Cafe EAU.
FEATURING Bacardi cocktail specials.
Enjoy Live Music by Groove Thang from 9pm-1am.
Enter The "Official Costume Contest.
1st Place is A weekend stay at the Chase Park Plaza. 2nd Place is Brunch for 4 at EAU Bistro. 3rd Place is $100 food/beverage credit at Cafe EAU.
Cafe Eau of Chase Park Plaza

~~ On-going ~~

Belas Artes Celebrates Latino Heritage Month with host of great events

Fri Oct 3
7 pm
Bossa Nova BrasilMusic and Presentation plus typical Brazilian food and drinks

Sat Oct 4
The Brasil Guitar Duo at Ethical SocietyTickets: 314-567-5566 (mention Belas Artes for discount)

Sunday Oct 12
3 - 8pm
Dia de La Raza Panamerican Trivia-Show what you know about Latin America - Groups of 8/ $5 per person

Sat Oct 18
7 pm
Noche Colombiana Dance & Food

Trailnet Celebrates National Walk/Bike to School Month with a host of Bike Riding Events

* St. Louis Route 66 Festival Bike Ride on October 4 brought to you by The Confluence
* St. Vincent Whistle Blower Bicycle Ride on October 5 sponsored by The Great Rivers Greenway District and promoted by Live Well Ferguson!
* Ride the Rivers Century Ride on October 12. Registration forms are now available on the Trailnet website (
* Wilderness Adventure Hike It or Bike It on October 19 sponsored by The Great Rivers Greenway District

Lowe’s Women Build Workshops with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International's Women Build program, which actively engages women in construction to address the problem of substandard housing, Lowe's is hosting how-to clinics every Thursday this October at its Maplewood store to help prepare women volunteers to build a St. Louis area house this spring.

2300 Maplewood Commons Drive
St. Louis MO, 63143

October 2nd: How to Finish Interior with Paint and Trim
(Can practice the above skill on the Habitat work site on October 11th)
October 9th: How to Install Laminate Flooring
(Can practice the above skill on the Habitat work site on October 18th)
October 16th: How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools
October 23rd: How to Frame for Walls and Roofs

October 30th: How to Install Exterior Siding

All Clinics are free and will be held at 6:30 pm.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Getting Connected with St. Louis’s Finest

I hope no one forgot that Ocotober is Get Connected Month in St. Louis. And if it slipped your mind it is not too late to get involved and learn more about the young professional organizations that help make St. Louis such a fabulous city -- or meet the great people who make St. Louis go!

The Connect With…Happy Hour Kickoff on October 1st was incredible. Several dozen Young professional organizations and over 200 Young Professionals were on-hand to connect with you, you, and you. And did I do some connecting.

Young Friends of the Missouri Botanical Garden. They have an upcoming event – Fest-of-Ale on October 22. I will be there. I love beer. Beer is great. And you might be thinking – Beer and the Botanical Garden. And I say to you – heck yeah! Beer is the product of the greatest botanicals, ahem plants, in the word – barley and hops, and sometimes rice and corn. So you MUST be there. I will. In fact, I’m going to go on and join. Science and Socializing – you know I love that.
Young Literati….Sponsoring another event I must attend – Fright Night. Admission gets you all of the tricks and treats and sippable spirits, if you know what I mean. First of all, how can you not love the Public Library? It is the one best public resource that benefits everyone. Even if you’re not a bibliophile, you can’t knock having a good time around the Halloween Holiday. The Fête will be there. Come if you dare!

And State Representative-Elect Don Calloway was there. He and Tishaura Jones (also State Rep Elect) attended the Candidate Forum on the Environment. You all would have been proud to have them represent the city and us. They presented their positions and legislative commitments to make Missouri a leader in Clean Progressive Energy Policy.
Missouri History Museum was there and giving away free passes to their upcoming Urban Stories Series Featuring Jazz Pianist – Jason Moran. Oh my goodness, the show was a delight.
The opening jazz ensemble featured St. Louis’ own Peanuts Whalum. I had never heard him play or sing before and now I feel deprived for being in St. Louis for so long and never having done so. My head was turned so I thought it was a digitally re-mastered recording of Nat King Cole. I looked up and realized it was him singing, LIVE! This man’s voice is so smooth and he plays the saxophone, too. I can’t believe he’s 80 years old!
Now on to Jason Moran – this is jazz piano like none other. He started with his rendition of “Life Every Voice and Sing” followed by Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer”. Between songs he explains the history of the song and why he interprets each song the way he does. He is also a conceptual musician. Fascinated by the sounds of languages he played recordings of people speaking – in Turkish and Mandarin – and interprets their words and rhythms on the piano. And his finale - Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” on the piano – with no accompaniments. What else can I say? I didn’t post this event because I didn’t know about it. But I won’t make that mistake again. Be sure to attend the final event in the series on October 23rd.