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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated December 2, 2013

stl250 Announces Plans for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
Monday morning, in the Grand Hall of the Missouri History Museum, local leaders and organizers of stl250 gathered to announce plans for hundreds of additional "grassroots to grand scale" events in 2014 for residents and visitors.
stl250 Announces Plans for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
Ameren Chairman, President and CEO Tom Voss and his wife Carol serve as stl250 co-chairs.
stl250 Announces Plans for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
"I think we look good for being 249 years old," said St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay.
stl250 Announces Plans for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
Erin Budde, Executive Director for stl250, unveiled plans for the stl250 celebration, which will begin at Grand Center's New Year's Eve First Night 2013 and will close on New Year's Eve 2014.
Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary Kicks Off at First Night
by Bob Moore, bob@slfp.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 2, 2013 - stl250 kicks off the year-long festivities to commemorate the founding anniversary of St. Louis at Grand Center's New Year's Eve First Night 2013, a community New Year's Eve event.

First Night, Tuesday, December 31, from 6 p.m. - Midnight, will feature performers incorporating the city's 250th anniversary into their acts. stl250 will run Strauss Park activities with a focus on anniversary year. Attendees will be able to write/record birthday wishes, make birthday hats, vote for Cakeway to the West locations, decorate cupcakes and learn about stl250's activities and initiatives.

This morning, in the Grand Hall of the Missouri History Museum, local leaders and organizers gathered to announce plans for hundreds of additional "grassroots to grand scale" events in 2014 for residents and visitors of St. Louis to join in the celebration of the City's 250th birthday.

"I think we look good for being 249 years old," said St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. "We have a lot to celebrate with the 250 anniversary coming up. Nearly fifty years ago, President Lynden Johnson shared these words on the 200 anniversary of St. Louis founding: Tonight in this historic City of St. Louis we are close to the very heart of our land. It is a fitting place and a fitting time to speak of what is closest to the hearts of all Americans.

"stl250 provides all of us with opportunities to reflect on who we are, where we came from and the bright future ahead of us," continued Mayor Slay. "Over the past 249 years, countless people have worked, learned and played in our region that is rich with history, culture and the promise of opportunity. St. Louis' best days are here to come, and together, we will make this anniversary birthday we will cherish and remember forever."

Erin Budde, executive director of stl250, said, "You can call it spirit, you can call it pride, you can call it love or attachment. But, we want more of it for our region. Our job is to build civic pride and we want to leave 2014 with St. Louis bragging about itself."

Budde noted proudly that she had been working with about 300 volunteers over the past three years to develop the events that will unfold in 2014, beginning with First Night.

The Birthday Celebration Weekend will take place outdoors, beginning February 14, 2014, from 4:30 - 10:30 p.m. on Art Hill in Forest Park. Live performances will feature Elvis, Pokey Lafarge, Royal All-star Rhythm & Blues Review, heated refreshment tents, dazzling light display, fireworks and fire dancers, 250 couple engagement ceremony, videos of St. Louis, family friendly activities, temporary public art installation of a 25 foot 'heart on fire.'

A Reenactment of the Founding will take place, February 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. on Laclede' Landing, just north of the Gateway Arch grounds. The tribute to the founding anniversary of St. Louis by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau will include distinguished guests: U.S. Ambassadors from Spain and France, an envoy from Quebec and the Chief of the Osage Indian Nation.

The Biggest Birthday Ball, will take place February 16, 2014, 5 - 9 p.m., at the Missouri History Museum. Tickets for this cocktail party will sold via stl250.org in January.

Free family programming featuring activities, exhibits and performances highlighting St. Louis' history will also take place at the Missouri History Museum over this weekend.

Budde said that the party will continue in the summer with Fair Saint Louis for the Fourth of July activities which is moving to Forest Park with a theme based on the 250th birthday.

"Lots of opportunities to party," said Budde. "The celebratory events will be designed to encourage St. Louis residents and visitors to learn our City's history as well as share their personal stories and resources to improve the region."

The Cakeway to the West will take place February 15 - December 31, 2014 with 4 foot, two-tier ornamental birthday cakes marking 250 locations of importance in the region - 200 chosen by stl250 and 50 selected through a public online vote through Jan. 3, 2014.

The 2014 celebration year will be co-hosted by City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. Ameren Chairman, President and CEO Tom Voss and his wife Carol will serve as stl250 co-chairs.

Individuals, organizations, as well as communities throughout the region are encouraged to be an active part of the celebration. For more information, visit stl250.org to find out ways to participate and keep track of key dates throughout the year.


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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 St. Louis Launches New Initiative to Improve Housing Near Public Transit
 ALDI to Open New Store in Central West End
 Clayton Named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community
 'St. Louis Light The Night Walk' Aims to be in Top 10 of 200 Walk Sites Across the Nation
 St. Louis Mosaic Project Focuses on Diversity and Contributions of Immigrants to Communities
 Concordia Seminary Students Day of Service at Community Gardens
 Metro and Partners Exploring New Type of Transit Service for St. Louis
 United Way Seeks Volunteers for 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
 Amnesty Project at STLCC to Include All Misdemeanor Warrants
 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Cheers Abandoned Factory Cleanup
 Old North Raingarden Is Pilot Program in MSD's Project Clear
 Thousands Turn Out for PrideFest in Downtown St. Louis
 The Trestle in Old North St. Louis to Connect Region
 stl250 Unveils Year-Long Birthday Celebration Planned for St. Louis' 250th Anniversary
 3-D Artwork Inspired by Historic Eads Bridge Installed at Laclede's Landing Metro Station
 Historical Event Held at Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing
 11 Local Arts Organizations Receive Grants Through PNC Arts Alive!
 AT&T Closing the Technology Gap with Contribution to OASIS
 The Mission Continues Veterans and PNC Bank Employees Refurbish Early Childhood Education Center
 Second Annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge
 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

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