May 2012 Events

May 3rd: Home and Personal Safety Workshop with the 7th District Police
Thursday, May 3rd, 6pm
[SDCC Office, 6008 Kingsbury Ave. at Des Peres Ave.]

An officer from the 7th District Police Department will give a presentation to residents about home and personal safety. This talk will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and learn more about how to keep your home secure, best practices for day to day safety, and how to fight crime in our neighborhood. Guest Speaker: Officer Kathy Suarez.
May 5th: Blitz Day!
Saturday, May 5th, 8am-1pm
[Your Block & Alley]
The Skinker DeBaliviere Beautification Committee and the City of St. Louis need YOU to join your neighbors for this BIG street and alley clean-up day.  This means working with your block to pick up trash, rake leaves, clear debris, and bundle branches. The City will collect the trash. The SDCC office will be open from 8:00am-1:00pm if a representative from your block would like to stop by and pick up a free roll of garbage bags for your block.

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo Dance Party!
Saturday, May 5th, 7pm
[Greg Freeman Park next to 6008 Kingsbury Ave. at Des Peres Ave.]

(Rain Location at Flavor Dance Studio on 5860 Delmar).
After making the neighborhood shine during Blitz day, come out and have some fun at the Dance Party that night!  Everyone is welcome and if you’ve been going to the Dance Workshops here’s your chance to show off your new dancing skills!

May 12th: Electronics Recycling Fair & Plant Exchange Day
Saturday, May 12th, 10am-4pm

[Lucier Park (entrance on Westminster next to Hamilton School)]
Begin collecting your old electronics, appliances and spent batteries for Skinker DeBaliviere’s 2nd Annual Electronics Recycling Fair. We will again be partnering with WITS – a non-profit that hires and trains at risk individuals, puts 78% of the products that they collect back in service, and utilizes zero landfill practices for the remaining 22%.  Check out WITS website here. Plant Exchange Day will also be in the park at the same time–Brightside flowers, wood chips, seed packets will be available for tree lawns & block leaders. Drop off your plants and/or pick up free plants.

Suggested items for recycling include: computers, monitors, other computer hardware including cables, office/business equipment and machinery, telecommunications equipment including phones and clocks, televisions, VCR’s, stereos, cameras, other audio/video equipment, data storage devices including CD’s, VHS tapes and computer software, home electronics, blenders, toasters, irons, washing machines and dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, hot water heaters, home medical equipment, industrial machinery, lawn mowers, tillers, tools, air conditioners, refrigerators, humidifiers, old motors, transformers, electrical equipment, power supplies, car batteries, household batteries and printer cartridges.

Unacceptable items for recycling include: tires, wood furniture, other wood products, paint and paint cans, household and industrial chemicals.

WITS appreciates donations for: computer monitors, laptops and televisions. Large appliances and all Freon-containing devices have a $5 required fee.

WITS is a not-for-profit, community agency in the greater St. Louis region, all donations of reusable items are tax-deductible and will be refurbished when possible and given to a charitable program such as Kids for Kancer, Free Computer Program or Veteran Technology.

May 22nd: Shakespeare Festival Performance by Crossroads Youth

Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:30pm-7:30pm
[Greg Freeman Park next to 6008 Kingsbury Ave. at Des Peres Ave.]
Shake-38 is a city-wide celebration of the complete works of William Shakespeare sponsored by the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis.  Crossroads College Prep is participating by staging a reading of Shakespeare’s comedy, “Love’s Labor’s Lost”. This event will be a free festival celebrating the arts of Crossroads School with live music, dancing, art exhibits and of course, William Shakespeare.  All are welcome and encouranged to bring picnics and lawn chairs!

May 29th: The History of the Delmar Loop Through Architecture

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm
[Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar]
The Delmar Loop was named “One of the 10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.  The history of the development of the Delmar Loop neighborhood can be viewed through the district’s unusual blend of high style and vernacular architecture from the Lion Gates in University City down Delmar to DeBaliviere and the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis City’s Forest Park.  The Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis (ARC) was commissioned to prepare a study of the Loop’s architectural heritage as part of the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Loop Trolley Project. This talk, sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission, will present the Archaeological Research Center’s look at the buildings within the Delmar Loop and show how its various architectural styles are silent markers of the history of the neighborhood and also how architecture has helped shape this area into its own, unique community.
A few copies of the PDF version of the ARC Archival Search and Architectural Survey of the St. Louis Loop Trolley report will be available on CD for $18 after the presentation.  Otherwise, CDs may be ordered by sending a check for $20 to the Archaeological Research Center, 2812 Woodson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63114. Please remember to specifically state that you are requesting the “Loop Trolley Report.”
For additional information contact Meredith Hawkins Trautt at (314) 426-2577 or