May 2013 Events

Operation Brightside/Skinker DeBaliviere Blitz Day 2013

Saturday, May 4th, 9am-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. Please stop by the SDCC Office before Blitz Day to pick up a The SDCC office will be open from 9:00am-12:00pm if a representative from your block would like to stop by and pick up a free roll of garbage bags for your block.

Electronics Recycling Fair & Plant Exchange Day 

Saturday, May 11th, 10am-3pm
[Greg Freeman Four Corners Park, 6000 Kingsbury Ave.]

Art & Recycling

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.

Community Garden Workshop: Science in the Garden-The Evolution of Food Crops

Saturday, May 11th, 12:30pm
[McPherson Community Garden, 5941 McPherson]
Rain Location at the Art Studio at 5949 Kingsbury Ave. at Des Peres Ave., Parking on Des Peres Ave.

science in the garden

The vegetables we eat today used to look very different. In conjunction with our Electronics Recycling day and our Plant Exchange, we will have class taught by a team of WU biologists and geneticists. Arranged by Eric Hamilton, the speakers will explore where and  how our present day crops came to be.

Walkability-Bikability Audit

Saturday, May 18th, 8:00am-12:00pm
[Location TBD]

The Walkability and Bikability Audit is a community-based volunteer event. The purpose is to identify opportunities in the neighborhood to increase connections and access to transit, improve perceptions of safety, and enhance the overall quality of public space throughout the Skinker DeBaliviere community. The outcomes of the audit will be used to guide proposed public realm improvements in the Skinker DeBaliviere Urban Design and Development Plan. To participate, contact SDCC at or 314-862-5122.

Transit Oriented Development Workshop 

Tuesday, May 21st, 6:00pm-8:00pm
[Crossroads College Prepratory School, 500 DeBaliviere]

planning meeting 2

This will be a public workshop to gain community input on opportunities for development near the Delmar and DeBaliviere stations.

Shakespeare Festival Performance by Crossroads Youth

Monday, May 20th, *5:30pm (NOTE the time change!)
[Greg Freeman Park next to 6008 Kingsbury Ave. at Des Peres Ave.]
shake 38-2Shake-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 encouraged to bring picnics and lawn chairs!