Jan 13 2010

What to do in Saint Louis This Week!

Fire and Ice Party
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Mango – 1101 Lucas Saint Louis, MO
Join Fuel and Young Ambassadors of St. Louis for yummy food, marvelous martinis, and an opportunity to mingle with St. Louis’ hottest young professionals!
Free appetizers from 6:00-7:30 pm
Fuel for the City www.fuelforthecity.org
Young Ambassadors www.stlouisamb.org
Don’t forget, both of these organizations sponsor great events like these in hopes that you will get to know our organizations, become members, and volunteer from time to time. Get connected. Give back.

Chesterfield Young Professionals-1st Annual Speed Bowling
Wednesday, January 13, 5:00pm -7:00pm
Brunswick Zone Chesterfield – 176 Four Seasons Center
Come roll with us in a “Baker Style” bowling game! You’ll have a blast as you rotate with new groups and bowl for a combined score. Take this opportunity to network and meet other young professionals as you rotate in a speed networking type event. You’ve never networked like this before! Cost: Chesterfield Young Pro Members: $15/ Non-members:$20 (Applications available at www.chesterfieldmochamber.com)

ALIVE Bride Event

Thursday, January 14, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Lumen Private Event Space – 22nd & Locust St.
Meet with top caterers, florists, photographers, wedding planners, bridal boutiques and other premier St. Louis bridal vendors at ALIVE Bride, the city’s most stylish bridal event. Bring your bridesmaids, mother or your future groom as ALIVE and St. Louis’ top bridal vendors help make your special day as chic as can be! For complimentary admission, please RSVP to alivebride@alivemag.com.

Third Friday at Third Degree Glass
January 15 : 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Third Degree Glass Factory – 5200 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108 314- 367-4527
Our Free fiery entertainment will warm you up. Glassblowers blow glass globs to gorgeous glass art. How about fireside dining Third Degree style? Designing Chefs serves up comfort food with Italian flair. Reserve your dinner online $21 plus tax. Make a paperweight, winter tile keepsake, or glass beads ($30 – $20). At 8 p.m. the Michael Jonas Band tunes up with lively bluegrass. Third Degree East Gallery opens with The New Depression, drawings with oil wash and paint by Ron Buechele and a group glass exhibit showcasing Fused Glass. Third Fridays are free and family-friendly. Cash bar.

2010 Celebrity Karaoke – St. Louis
Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:30pm to 12am
Champions Club, Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Like to sing for a cause? Wanna meet some celebs?
The annual Celebrity Karaoke event raises money to assist the St. Louis Adoption Exchange organization in placing foster children into forever homes. This event has grown every year, drawing sports and local celebrities.
Call the Adoption Exchange for tickets – 314-291-3313.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up
January 16 : 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., January 17 : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.,and January 18 : 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Millennium Hotel – 200 S. 4th St. St. Louis, MO 63102
Spring training is still more than a month away, but baseball fans can see their favorite Cardinals players at the annual Winter Warm-up. The three day event includes autograph sessions, baseball clinics and a sports memorabilia show. Money from the event goes to Cardinals Care, the team’s charity to help children in the community.

Bark and Wine

A Wine Tasting Event for you, a Play Hour for your Pooch!
Saturday, January 16, 2010 – 4:00pm – 7:00pm
12th Street Animal Hospital & Boutique – 412 North Tucker Boulevard
12th Street is the only full-service veterinary hospital serving downtown, Soulard, Benton Park and Lafayette Square. In addition to veterinary care, they also offer doggie day care, grooming, dog walking, pet sitting, pet supplies and even a “boutique hotel” for cats.

$10 per person for Tasting
Two dogs per person limit

Made Possible By:
12th Street Animal Hospital & Boutique, Vino Vitae and The Saint Louis Pekingese Club

Bark and Wine hosts events where you can sip great, robust wines
along with your canine friend, while experiencing the
quaintness of a local Saint Louis business or neighborhood.
Side by side we fashion together a relaxing atmosphere where
both you and your pooch can make new friends with those
who have the same interests as you!
More Details and Liability Waiver at www.BarkandWineSTL.com

Putt Putt Pub Crawl
January 16 : 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cicero’s – 6691 Delmar University City, MO 63130 314-862-0009
Join Delmar bars for a bar hopping good time. This pub crawl has you visiting 12 bars and at each bar there will be a miniature golf ‘hole’ that you must putt and adult beverages that will be consumed. It starts at 2 p.m. at Cicero’s where registation will occur. From there you will proceed to walk and hit up the following bars (in no particular order): Fitz’s, Brandts, Blueberry Hill, Delmar Lounge, Meshuggah, Riddles, Racanelli’s, Moonrise Eclipse, Halo, Pin-up, and Pi. During the pub crawl The Lopp’s Ice Carnival will take place. Last year some of the putt putt holes where made out of ice. There will be plenty of cool ice sculptures to check out along the way. The crawl ends at 6 p.m. back at Cicero’s where the after party takes place. Prizes are given for highest and lowest score. Golf attire is strongly encouraged. There will be a prize for best outfit as well.

The Loop Ice Carnival
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The Loop
Celebrate winter in The Loop at the 2010 annual Ice Carnival. Activities and entertainment include: 5K + 10K Frozen Buns Run (10 a.m.) $1,000 Dollars in Ice Cubes (from noon) Temporary Tattoo Scavenger Hunt (from 11 a.m.) Putt Putt Pub Crawl (from noon to 5 p.m.) Ice Sculptures (from 11 a.m.) Ice Carving Demonstrations bu Ice Visions (noon to 4 pm. in the Fitz’s parking lot) S’mores Roast (1-3 p.m.) Cosmonauts on Ice (1-4 p.m.) Loop Trolley Car Display (noon to 3 p.m.) Live Art & DJ (from noon) Fire Performers (from 4:30 p.m.). City/State: University City, MO. Saturday, January 16, 2010. The Delmar Loop. For more info visit www.visittheloop.com.

Snowman Softball Tournament

Jan 16th and 17th- 8:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Forest Park Central Ballfields
Snow or shine! To benefit the Police Athletic League.
Softball in January with Mardi Gras beads–AND for a good cause! What could be better?
(Coed plays Saturday; Men play Sunday*)
Two Game Guarantee
Offering great food and drink on-site with big screen tv’s showing all the sporting action in a heated environment.
* Subject to change based on response

More information and tickets at http://www.mardigrasinc.com/

Tony LaRussa’s ARF Benefit Concert

January 17 : 6:30 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena – 1 S. Compton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63103 314-977-5000
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation brings Country Music Artist Dierks Bentley, Missouri native David Nail and Chicago-based quartet Lovehammers to Chaifetz Arena for one evening with the Stars to the Rescue Benefit Concert on Sunday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from Stars will benefit Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation as well as many animal rescue organizations in the greater St. Louis area.

St. Louis Magazine’s Unveiled

January 17 : 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Chase Park Plaza – 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108
Dreaming of your fairytale wedding? St. Louis Magazine’s Unveiled is the perfect place to learn how to make your wedding dreams come true. As our guest, you are invited to sip on sparkling champagne and indulge in delectable hors d’oeuvres, fabulous wedding cakes and decadent sweets. You will also enjoy a gorgeous runway fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue, featuring designer bridal gowns by Amsale, Carolina Herrera, Kenneth Pool, Melissa Sweet, Monique Lhuillier, Platinum, Reem Acra, Tomasina and Vera Wang. Fifty of St. Louis’ highest quality bridal specialists will be in the same place only one time this year. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience what only they can bring to your once-in-a-lifetime event.

Aug 11 2009

Dogs can make a “SPLASH” at the Maplewood Dog Swim

Maplewood is a great and historic neighborhood that brings both cultural and enjoyment to those who visit and reside within its limits. Locals believe in the statement “Every dog has its day” and quite literally! Maplewood will be holding their Sixth Annual Maplewood Dog Swim, where the pooches run the pool!

There is no better way to end the dog days of summer then with a “splash” for you and your dog. They will be allowed to run, splash, swim and play within the great swimming facility at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center. Proceeds from the dog swim will support the Maplewood Dog Park.

So grab your canine friend, some chew toys and a towel – then relax pool side as your pup makes new friends and enjoys one of their best times of the whole summer.

Further Information:
Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 11th, 12th and 13th
Hours: 4 to 8 pm Friday, September 11th; 1 to 5 pm Saturday, September 12th,
and 1 to 5 pm Sunday, September 13th.
Location: Maplewood Family Aquatic Center, 7550 Lohmeyer in Maplewood 63143.
Admission is $10 per dog and two-adults per day; $25 per dog and two-adults for a three-day pass and $5 per day per person without a dog.

Important Details: Rabies vaccination records are required for each dog to participate and must be presented at the front desk. Dogs must be at least four months old. Participants must also sign a liability waver. No children under 13 allowed. Children ages 13 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18. No more than two dogs per person. Wading to the knees is permitted. NO human swimming. Dog Park and Aquatic Center rules apply.
For more information call 314-645-8743. During dog swim hours call 314 646-3665.

Jul 28 2009

Things to do: August

Oh my…seems as if summer is just racing by! Well, before the kiddies go back to school and while you can still wear white, check out some really awesome activities going on in the city.

1. What Cheer? Brigade
What Cheer?,Cherokee St.,St. Louis
Friday, August 7 @ 6 pm
CAMP, located at 3026 Cherokee St.
Cost: $5-15

A 19-piece brass band, all the way from Providence, RI will be rocking Cherokee St. on August 7. What Cheer? is not your typical marching band! According to their website:

“We play Luddite Hardcore, loud, mobile music requiring no electricity. We are a party band, and our sound incorporates elements of the following musical traditions: Bollywood, Balkan, New Orleans, Samba, and punk; that’s the short list.”

This is going to be a very cool, original event in one of St. Louis’ up-and-coming neighborhoods. After the performance, I suggest grabbing some pizza and beer at The Stable, which is just down the street. I will most definitely be there, celebrating my new ‘hood!

2. The Girl’s Guide to The Galaxy Presents Bobby Long
Sunday, August 16 @ 8 pm
The Firebird, located at 2106 Olive Blvd
Cost: $15-18

Calling all Twilight fans (yes, I got sucked in just a few months ago, so sue me)! Bobby Long co-wrote many of the songs on the Twilight soundtrack, so prepare yourself for screaming female fans of all ages to be there. And in the spirit of the whole “teen vampire romance” theme, the Girl’s Guide is also hosting a pre-concert blood drive.
If you haven’t heard of the GGG, I recommend that you check out their daily blog- there’s a little something for everyone in there, including the men folk! These gals are funny, sweet, savvy and are all over St. Louis social media scene.

3. The LOT music festival
Saturday, August 29 @ 2 pm- 12:30 am
Schlafly Tap Room, located at 2100 Locust Street
Cost: FREE

Come join Metropolis for our 11th annual LOT music festival, held at the Schlafly Tap Room parking lot downtown. From 2-5 pm, there will be a mini craft fair, Royale happy hour, outdoor bar games, business and non-profit “meet and greet”, pics with Fred Bird, dunk tank- and much more!
Bands start playing at 5 pm and go all through the night. This year’s lineup is as awesome as ever! Please come join us for a beer, some great food and entertainment and to support our efforts!

If you want to volunteer at the LOT, please contact Chrissie Conboy: social@mstl.org! And if you have any questions about the LOT, please let me know!

Abby Schwarz

Jul 21 2009

President’s 2nd Quarter Update

Friends of Metropolis,

Having recently crossed the half way mark of 2009 (which sounds crazy to say), I look back on the energy we injected into city events and hope you enjoyed them and are pleased with our work. In particular, we did a great job with:

* A State of the Economy forum at UMSL
* Regional Issues Forum at the Old Post Office
* Race Around the Lou had 28 teams participate
* A growing number of people attending The Walk
* And as always, several great Wine Clubs

My excitement for the remainder of the year comes from a Lot Festival (Aug. 29) that promises to be bigger and better than ever with a star studded lineup of bands, additional food vendors outdoors, and activities that attendees can take part in throughout their time with us. This really is a year you don’t want to miss.

In addition to that, I’ve had the opportunity thus far to meet with Les Sterman of East West Gateway, Don Meyer of RCGA, Patrick Brown of the Mayor’s Office, Alderman Shane Cohn and other parties from around the city. The topic of conversation in these meetings has been discussing how Metropolis can continue to positively impact the city. As always, top of mind for me is looking for opportunities to create social events that we enjoy creating for the city (and attending ourselves), civic service that makes a contribution to the advancement of our city, and the opportunity for our members to build relationships that can be personally enjoyable but also benefit us professionally.

Metropolis also enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to the Partnership of Downtown St. Louis’s recent 10 year planning session. This session provided us with great insight on how far the city has come, plans that have fallen short, and where we should go from here. Review their progress report here.

Here is how I see things progressing from here for Metropolis:

* Metropolis hopes to soon offer its members the opportunity to meet with city leaders and learn from them how we can positively impact our city
* Metropolis also hopes to tie causes to its social events and other programming. It is our desire to build awareness around issues and focus our effort on projects that are important to our members and our city.
* I will be bringing some of these opportunities to our leadership so we can consider them for the balance of 2009

As always, thank you for your time and interest in the future of this organization.

Feel free to write me anytime.

Chris LeBeau
President, Metropolis St. Louis

Jul 21 2009

Why “the walk” Visited Webster Groves

Some controversy has arisen this week around our decision to host a walk in Webster Groves. I wanted to take a moment to discuss why we have chosen this location.

Members of the Metropolis steering committee have been discussing steps we can take to expand our organization’s base and better promote our mission. We have concluded that Metropolis needs to reach out to people in different parts of the metro area as opposed to hoping they find us. If “The Walk” makes a positive impression on people in Webster Groves, it is likely we can recruit them to future MSTL events.

To those concerned that we have abandoned our mission, please fear not. We remain committed to the success of the city. However, we have concluded that the success of the city is in part contingent on the support of the surrounding counties and to recruiting driven individuals who share our goals, regardless of where they live.

As always, I welcome your comments.

Chris LeBeau

Jul 06 2009

Housing Tour

Saturday June 6th I had a chance to drop by the Partnership of Downtown St. Louis’ bi-annual housing tour. It was a beautiful day that began at their newly renovated event space, the Old Post Office Plaza. They had a band playing outside, which in my opinion, added great ambiance to the area.

Showing up 3 hours after the tour’s start might explain some of it, but I was saddened to feel that there were fewer people taking part in the tour than in years past. You don’t have to tell me that the economy is in a recession, but I was shocked to see the difference in turnout. While the market isn’t friendly for everyone in this climate; first time home buyers have one heck of an incentive given the $8,000 credit. Not to mention the market downtown is still flush with entry level housing along with prices that are somewhat depressed and low housing rates.

All this left me thinking about how to maintain downtown’s great progress and prevent it from stalling out. While the downtown tour may not have been as flush with visitors; it potentially pointed a few people in the direction of relocating downtown. I think its important to remind people of the “power of one”, the impact that one thing, person, or place can have on an environment. One more grocer downtown is a big deal, one place to be able to seek medical care is crucial, one more restaurant and/or bar is exciting, and one more person to regularly patronize these businesses can be the difference between their success or closure.

I have often heard people say that they want our city to feel busier, like New York, Chicago and San Francisco. While city life is not for everyone, people need to remember that the next step to improving downtown comes from their effort. The easiest way to fill the streets of downtown, is by figuring out your role and taking action. Turning around a city takes time and although we would like to see it happen tomorrow; the reality is that it won’t. The question is, “do you want to go where the action is?” or “do you want to be a part of helping the real action begin?”

Don’t forget the progress we made and the things that are in process. Last year alone the downtown population increased by 6%, and it now has great ammenities both new and coming soon including an Urgent Care, an animal hospital, Schnucks (August 2009), and the City Garden (July 2009).

Many years ago we began to reverse the trend of downtown to include new shops, clean streets and vibrant residents. Now is a time when we must figure out how to keep the ball rolling. What can your contribution to our city be? How can Metropolis help you make a difference? I believe that the little issues are something we can easily impact, yet they will make a big difference in continuing to propel our city forward.

I’m energized after writing this and hopefully you’re still reading.

If I can hold your attention for 30 more seconds I implore you to tell me what’s on your mind. What is something about your neighborhood or about downtown that you wish you could change? Let’s see if we can work together to fix it.

Chris LeBeau

Jul 01 2009

Things to do: July

In case it snuck up on you like it did me, it’s July already! Here’s a list of cool events going on in ‘da Lou this month.

1. Indie Rock Ice Cream Social @ The Firebird
Friday, July 10, 8-12 pm
Cost: $10

Do you like ice cream, PBR and indie rock? Then this is the event for you! $10 at the door gets you 4 bands and an ice cream sundae… The best part of the event is that a portion of the proceeds help fund the Metropolis LOT music festival. Join us for an original event and some cool fun!

2. Schlafly Summer Beer Taste @ Blues City Deli
Saturday, July 11, 11 am-4 pm
Cost= Free

Vince Valenza personally invited the Metropolis crew to come out next Saturday and enjoy some Schlafly beer and free music. John Nemeth, a nationally recorded blues artist, will be performing from 2-3 pm. Go have a beer, sandwich (soooo good) and show some love for Vince and his crew!

3. Premiere of the Fox Club @ Atomic Cowboy
Friday, July 24 9-11 pm
Cost= $15

Starting this fall, Atomic Cowboy will have a new performance venue- The Fox Hole. Lola Von Ella and her burlesque troupe will be christening the stage with a brand new act (the weak at heart should not attend)! This will be a retro show with a live jazz band. If you haven’t yet seen Lola, she’s extremely unique and talented…a “must see” in St. Louis!

And don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE for the LOT Music Festival: August 29 from 2 pm-1 am. If you want to get involved, please let me know: lot@mstl.org

Hope you are all having a great summer!!!

Abby Schwarz
LOT Chair

Jun 18 2009

Metropolis and the 2010 Census

Did you know that April 1, 2010 is Census day? Do you know how important it is for all St. Louisans to complete their Census packet in the early spring of 2010?

As a group, the Metropolis Steering Committe voted to openly support the 2010 Census. Metropolis will be actively working with the Census organization to raise awareness of the program. We feel that the government’s ongoing efforts to count the population in order to determine how/where our funds are spent is directly related to our ongoing mission, which is to help make the City of St. Louis a place where young people want to work, live and spend their time. Accurate information given will allow the government to see where our constituents need financial assistance…more money can help lead St. Louis in the right direction!

Here’s how we plan to get involved:
• From June 30 to the April 1, 2010 Census Day, Metropolis will have a link to the Census bureau’s website posted on our home page. Here, our members can visit the official Census site and get specific questions answered about the census and download forms for their use.

• We are inviting a 2010 Census representative to speak at an upcoming forum in October. The main topic of this panel will be “Important St. Louis Issues for 2010”. At the forum, a representative from the Census can spend 20-30 minutes with Metropolis St. Louis members to tell us why the Census is important, clear up any negative misconceptions about the Census and answer questions about the process itself.

• There will be a 2010 Census booth at the upcoming LOT music festival, giving away bags, pens and important information about Census Day on April 1, 2010.

• From November 2009 -April 1, 2010, we will add a monthly reminder to our Metropolist online newsletter, asking our members to fill out their Census paperwork.

• Last, but not least– t-shirts! What’s a campaign without cool tees? We have St. Louis artist Jason Potter working on a design for a Metropolis/2010 Census shirt that will be given away at the LOT festival and at the forum in October.

If you or any of your friends want to find out more about how to get involved with the 2010 Census or want to help us plan the forum in October, please contact Abby Schwarz: lot@mstl.org, Chris LeBeau: president@mstl.org or Sandy Aubuchon: leadership@mstl.org

Jun 11 2009

Indie Rock Ice Cream Social- July 10- Metropolis fundraiser

The Firebird is hosting the Indie Rock Ice Cream social this year, presented by TomkoBombCo (aka Mike Tomko’s masterminded projects). The purpose of this event is to feature independent rock bands, both from St. Louis and out of town, and have some ice cream while you’re at it. Serendipity, a locally-owned Webster Groves ice cream store, will be serving up sundaes that come with your price of admission. It is rumored that PBR is also a sponsor, which means a free tall boy to top it off.

Featured bands include local artists
- Via Dove
- The Dive Poets

as well as out of town acts
- Elsinore
- Lost in the Trees

The Firebird, an ongoing Metropolis sponsor, has been generous enough to donate a portion of the event proceeds to LOT Music Festival fundraising efforts. Admission to the event is $10 – again, this inclues four bands, ice cream and the possiblity of a PBR or two. This event will most likely sell out, so make sure to get there early before the sundaes melt!

Jun 11 2009

Saint Louis Beacon Article on the Downtown Forum

Downtown St. Louis, on a scale of 1-10

By Elia Powers

Posted 11:55 a.m. Mon., May 18 - Ever had an epiphany about downtown St. Louis and wished someone was there to write down your thoughts?

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis , a group that represents a range of firms and nonprofits focused on urban revitalization, is not only taking notes but also actively seeking out opinions on how to make downtown more vibrant.

An eight-person contingent from the group Metropolis St. Louis , which states as its mission to attract and keep young people here, accepted a recent invitation to talk with Jim Cloar, president and CEO of the partnership, about how downtown can be more attractive to the younger crowd.

As he’s done with other focus groups, Cloar started by asking team Metropolis to write down cities with vibrant downtowns. Some of the favorites were Chicago, Boston, Madison, Wis., Austin, Tex., and Portland, Ore., according to Leslie Proud, vice president of Metropolis. The group agreed that these places all have reliable public transportation, pedestrian-friendly streets with people on them at all hours, and a good mixture of stores, restaurants and entertainment.  

Next came the fun part. Cloar asked everyone to rank different aspects of downtown life on a scale of 1-10. Proud gave transportation a six and the restaurant/bar scene an eight — and team Metropolis generally agreed with her positive assessment of options for eating and drinking. The group at first gave high marks to the entertainment options downtown. “But when I told them not to count sports, the ranking dropped down,” Cloar said. “The question, then, is how to leverage the popularity of sports.” 

Cloar said he was surprised not to hear more talk about the importance of live music venues. People in the focus group did praise clubs such as BB’s and said they wanted more intimate places to hear music. There was also a concern that not enough St. Louisans know about the venues already out there.  

As far as shopping, Cloar said he heard from Metropolis members that they want more modest rather than upscale options. Proud said downtown seems to be missing everday stores like Walgreens.

Greg Horowitz, another member of the focus group, said compared to a decade ago the housing options  downtown are much improved. Team Metropolis ranked downtown as a place to live about a 6.5 out of 10.

The group’s biggest complaint is that downtown feels like it’s not connected to other parts of the city. “You can’t just walk from midtown to Lafayette Square,” Proud said. “There are areas where there’s not much going on.”

Or, as Horowitz said: “There’s a lot of momentum from Clayton to Wash. U. to SLU, but we want to keep that line moving east. Downtown is vibrant and so are the areas around the campuses, but there’s a dead zone in between.” Cloar said he’s hearing from other focus groups that connections — both within downtown and between downtown and midtown — are important. 

One of team Metropolis’s suggestions is a downtown bus loop that would run continuously, and shuttles that would take people from downtown to other parts of the city. Proud said she’d also like to see better signage around Busch Stadium that clearly notes the proximity of attractions like Washington Avenue.

Cloar said he plans to use this information to create an updated vision for downtown. The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis has already met with more than 30 groups and is seeking more suggestions online.

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