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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated October 27, 2014

City of Olivette to Host Its Inaugural Turkey Trot
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 27, 2014 - The City of Olivette will host its inaugural Turkey Trot, sponsored by Barnes Jewish Hospital West County. This 5K run/walk will be held Thanksgiving Day morning. All proceeds and any canned food collected will be donated to Olivette's local food pantry, the Harvey KornBlum Jewish Food Pantry.

Starting and ending at Stacy Park, runners and walkers will follow a flat course through the streets of Olivette. The race will begin at 8 a.m. with awards and prizes being handed out shortly after 9 a.m.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers in each age group. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: family with the most participants, family with the heaviest bag of food/dry good donations and best costume. The event will take place rain or shine.

All registered participants will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt commemorating the inaugural event. There is a $20 entry fee that will increase to $25 after November 18.

"I am very excited for the City of Olivette to host its first Turkey Trot," said Barbara Sondag, City Manager. "This event is a great way to build community while helping those in need. What better time to do this than Thanksgiving Day!"

For more information on Olivette's inaugural Turkey Trot please visit or call 314-983-5200.

Gingerbread House Contest for Lydia's House
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 27, 2014 - The Eighth Annual Gingerbread House Contest benefiting Lydia's House will be featured in a new location, Saint Louis Galleria between November 15 - November 23, 2014.

Shoppers can view amazing gingerbread houses created by St. Louis' top chefs and bakers in the theme "United States National Monuments and National Historical Places". Vote on your favorite - or purchase a raffle ticket to win your very own!

Lucinda Pins for Lydia's House will also be on sale, including a special gingerbread house pin for the holidays!

Houses will be on display Garden Courtyard - across from Santa. For more information, contact Jessica at (314) 771-4411.

Reinvest North County Fund Issues Second Round of Funding
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 23, 2014 - The St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) organized the Reinvest North County Fund as an immediate business response when the civil unrest began in Ferguson. In partnership with North County Inc., the fund was created and has already invested $130,000 to support numerous businesses and four school districts.

Today, the Fund is awarding $29,500 to these additional businesses:

911 Hair Salon; Best Insurance/Always Love and Care; Fashions R Boutique; Freedom Customized Care; Nail Trap; New Chong Wah Inc.; Rehoboth Pharmacy; STL Feel Beauty; Velvet Freeze; and Yolo! Boutique.

"The RBC and North County Inc. share a deep appreciation of the challenges that both businesses and schools face during this time," said Kathy Osborn, Executive Director of the RBC. "The Fund has become a vehicle for many caring and generous businesses, organizations and individuals to let the community know we care about them."

Initially, the following school districts received a $10,000 gift to be used for training and support to teachers, students and parents as the community moved forward in a safe and constructive way: Ferguson-Florissant School District, Normandy Schools Collaborative Riverview Gardens School District and the Jennings School District.

Also, $55,000 in grants was awarded to these Ferguson businesses: Ferguson Laundry; Ferguson Market; Infiniti Styles Barbering & Beauty Salon; King David Fashions, LLC; Missouri Home Therapy, LLC; New York Grill, Inc.; Northland Chop Suey; Prime Time Beauty & Barber; Pro Long Nails; St. Louis BBQ/Red the BBQ Man; Sam's Meat Market; and Swiish Bar and Grill.

Rebecca Zoll, President and CEO of NCI, stated, "The Reinvest in North County Fund continues to be about community, not just specific businesses and school districts. This kind of reinvestment is a wonderful vote of confidence in our North County communities."

In addition to the RBC and numerous caring individuals, donors included: Ascension; AT&T; Asian American Chamber of Commerce; Barnes Jewish Hospital; BJC; The Boeing Company; Centric Group; Civic Pride Foundation of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission; Civic Progress; Clark-Fox Family Foundation; Dot Foods, Inc.; Ferring Family Foundation; First National Bank; Greater NC Chamber of Commerce; Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Holland Construction; "I Love Ferguson"; J.W. Terrill; Jefferson Bank & Trust; Kwame Foundation; Lewis, Rice & Fingersh; Mallinkrodt; Monsanto Company; Negwer Materials, LLC; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart; Paric Corporation; Paul Cerame Ford Lincoln Quick Lane & Kia; PNC Bank; RubinBrown; Saint Louis Abbey; St. Louis Regional Chamber; South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; Spencer Fane Britt and Browne; SSM Health Care; Standing Partnership; UMB; University City Chamber of Commerce; University of Missouri-St. Louis; and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Further donations are encouraged. Checks can be made payable to the Reinvest North County Fund at the 501(c)3 non-profit North County Regional Development Association (NCI), 350B Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042. Visit the website for additional ways to give.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 St. Louis Marathon Rock 'n' Rolls Through the Neighborhoods
 Monsanto Commits $1 Million for North St. Louis County
 President Reed Teams with Forest ReLeaf with 'Trees for Peace'
 Webster University Kicks Off Centennial Celebration at the Old Post Office Plaza
 Reinvest North County Fund Announces First Round of Awards
 City of Clayton Municipal Court to Hold Amnesty Day Court Docket, October 6
 VA Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson Addressed Issues at Hospital
 'Food for Fines' Program During July at St. Louis Public Library
 St. Louis Fire Department to Receive Grant to Enhance Training
 Painted Articulated MetroBus Spotlights South Grand
 Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade
 Newly Rebuilt River des Peres Greenway Trail Opens at the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink Station
 St. Louis City Introduces 'Milkweeds for Monarchs'
 Heat-Up St. Louis Hits A Record High of $165,000 To Date
 stl250 to Install 250 Cakes for the "Cakeway to the West"
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