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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated April 16, 2013

The Mission Continues Veterans and PNC Bank Employees Refurbish Early Childhood Education Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 16, 2013 - The Mission Continues will join together with employees from PNC Bank and other community volunteers to conduct a major service project in downtown St. Louis on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

More than 75 regional PNC Bank employees will work alongside U.S. military veterans, Mission Continues staff and community volunteers, to provide much needed renovation work to St. Nicholas Preschool in downtown St. Louis.

This facility, which currently has a waiting list of deserving families, serves nearly 90 young children representing more than 17 ZIP codes in the area. The project, which runs from 1pm-5pm, will focus on renovating the main hallway, the library, the technology room, and outdoor play yard. The outcome of the project will have a lasting effect on the lives of the children and staff.

PNC's service project coincides with April's Week of the Young Child, a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Fueled by the deep belief that veterans are among this country's greatest assets, The Mission Continues provides the tools, the direction, and a living stipend to these veterans, while the veterans deploy their experience, their skills, and their desire against our communities' most pressing problems.

"The Mission Continues is honored to collaborate with PNC Bank employee volunteers on this day of service. Together we will improve and beautify a place where underserved children can learn and thrive." said Spencer Kympton, President of The Mission Continues. "We're asking our veteran volunteers, alongside our staff and community leaders, to apply their military skills to this new mission in our community. It is a win-win for everyone."

AT&T Closing the Technology Gap with Contribution to OASIS
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 31, 2013 - The OASIS Institute has received a $500,000 contribution from AT&T that will help narrow the technology skills gap for adults over 50.

Older Americans are going online more than ever, but still lag behind the overall adult population when it comes to internet usage. According to a 2012 report of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 53 percent of American adults over 65 were online, compared to 82 percent for all.

AT&T's support will enable OASIS to expand its Connections technology training program, update curriculum and increase workplace skills training to help bring more mature adults up to speed.

"Technology impacts every area of our life - how we communicate, work, manage our health, access services and connect with our communities," said Marcia Kerz, president of The OASIS Institute. "By helping older adults improve their technology skills, we're helping them take advantage of all that technology has to offer, and utilize tools such as cell phones, computers and other devices to improve their lives."

"We are constantly seeking new innovations to meet the evolving technology needs of our customers," stated Beth Shiroishi, AT&T Vice President of Sustainability and Philanthropy. "This includes expanding and investing in advanced IP networks, offering new technologies that provide consumers with more opportunities to connect with friends and family, and collaborating with organizations like OASIS that keep mature adults engaged in and benefiting from technology."

Second Annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 31, 2013 - Lift for Life Gym is hosting its second annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Set in the streets of downtown St. Louis, the four-mile course kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at Lafayette and Third, and offers at least 12 fun and unique obstacles along the route. Obstacles range from those that test stamina, to those that test accuracy, requiring participants to put on their thinking caps. This family-friendly event includes a 5K run before the challenge, a children's obstacle course, and a post-race celebration with live music, awards and refreshments.

"We are thrilled to be back for second year," said Joe Miller, Executive Director for Lift for Life Gym. "We have exciting new obstacles for 2013, a new 5K for those wanting to just get out there and run, and the very popular children's course is back." Added Miller, "While our turnout of 400 was amazing last year, we've set our sites on having 700 participants and raising over $30,000 for 2013. Fitness should be fun and is for the whole family, and that is what this race is all about."

The challenge is intended for all ages, and all levels of fitness. "This really is an event for the whole family, benefitting the whole community," said Jay Siefert, Lift for Life Gym board member. "All monies raised stay in St. Louis, benefitting out city's youth. Investing in our city's children is investing in our community's future."

All proceeds will benefit programs at Lift for Life Gym, providing more than 400 St. Louis City children athletic, social, recreational and educational activities at no cost to the children or their families. For more information, please visit Lift for Life Gym's website at, call (314) 588-0007, or contact Kelley Jackson at

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Streetcar Feasibility Study Unveiled at Moto Museum
 State Seeking Organizations to Serve Meals to Children During Summer Months
 Hardee's Crew and Fred Bird Helps Heat-Up St. Louis Hit Record High of $125,000
 'Reason for Freezin' Annual Polar Plunge Raises Over $85,200 for Special Olympics Missouri
 Gov. Nixon Announces $1.3 Million in Innovation High School Grants
 O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex Opens in North Saint Louis Community
 Missouri to Offer Refund Debit Cards for Taxpayers
 Great Rivers Greenway Approves Creation of CityArchRiver 2015 Citizen Committee
 CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers Named New Director of Department of Social Services
 Mayor Slay Signs Cell Phone Bill Into Law
 American Community Survey Details Changes in St. Louis Metro Area
 Governor Nixon Announces Health Care Coverage for Additional Estimated 300,000 Missourians
 Holiday Magic Train Concerts Are Back This Year
 Lafayette Square Named One of Nation's "Prettiest Painted Places"
 St. Vincent Trail Opens in the Heart of St. Louis City
 St. Louis Pushed To Form First Animal Cruelty Task Force
 Lafayette Square Competes for "Prettiest Painted Places"
 Mediation Program To Assist Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
 Clydesdales Make Special Guest Appearance at Veterans Festival
 Festival of Nations Attracts Huge Crowds to Tower Grove Park to Enjoy Food, Dancing and Shopping
 Youth Opportunities Program to Help Girls Incorporated of St. Louis
 "Food for Fines" Program Tops Last Year Total
 Arts & Education Council Invites Teachers to Apply for Grants
 Volunteers Needed for 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
 Cool Down Unveils "Keep On The Air" Project for Seniors and Disabled
 USPS Releases Plan to Preserve Post Offices in Rural America
 Four Missouri Schools Ranked Best High Schools in the Nation
 National Bike to Work Day Celebrated in Metropolitan St. Louis
 Urban Roots Volunteers Beautify Downtown St. Louis
 Cinco de Mayo Festivals in St. Louis
 Sesame Street's Elmo, Grace Hill and PNC Bank Introduce New Financial Education Program for Preschoolers
 Mayor Slay Signs Bike Parking Bill to Make City More Bike-Friendly
 MERS/Goodwill & The Cardinals Recycling Event Draws Big Crowd
 23rd Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival at Forest Park
 Neighbors Work Together to Help Clean Up St. Louis
 550 Volunteers Braved the Cold to Raise $95,000 for Heat-Up STL
 2012 Governor's Joplin Habitat Challenge to Build 35 Homes
 Welcome Home Foundation Challenges Other Communities to Hold Parades
 Welcome Home Foundation Moves Forward with Challenge to Raise $7 Million in 7 Days for Vets
 St. Louis Public Library Earns Second-Place Ranking

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