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Volunteers Needed for River des Peres Trash Bash
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 14, 2018 - The Great Rivers Greenway District, in partnership with the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Missouri Stream Team, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and the City of St. Louis, is inviting area residents to join them in helping to clean up the creeks and streams within the River des Peres Watershed.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the five organizations are sponsoring the 16th-annual River des Peres Trash Bash, a family friendly event giving the public an opportunity to help make area neighborhoods a better place by removing trash and improving water quality in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to clear litter from several sites, including Gravois Creek, Deer Creek, Engelholm Creek, MacKenzie Creek, River des Peres and the Mississippi River. Registration will take place from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. at four locations - Willmore Park, located on the east side of the River des Peres and just north of the intersection of Hampton and Gravois Avenues in St. Louis City; the Heman Park Community Center, located at 975 Pennsylvania in University City; the University of Missouri-St. Louis Urban Ecology Trailer, located at the South Campus on East Drive; and Lorraine Davis Park, located at 700 Lorraine Davis Ln. in Webster Groves. Free breakfast will be provided at each location, and all volunteers will get a free t-shirt.

The cleanup will last from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a celebration and appreciation pizza lunch at Willmore Park from noon to 2 p.m. Volunteers will also be rewarded with musical entertainment and prizes for the "best" trash finds in three categories-most valuable, oldest, and weirdest.

Volunteers at the 2017 Trash Bash removed 6.6 tons of debris from streams and creeks within the River des Peres Watershed in only three hours. The final tally included 101 tires (1.8 tons), 2.2 tons of scrap metal, .25 tons of recycling material and 2.3 tons of trash. Long-time volunteers, youth and community groups, as well as new faces from across the region, are encouraged at this year's Trash Bash to work together to improve the River des Peres Watershed.

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Rendering of Ferguson Teen Center Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Begin Work on New Teen Center in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis have begun work on a $12.4 M Teen Center of Excellence at 9200 West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri.

The center will offer afterschool and summer programs to teens and youth (ages 12-18) in the North County area. The Teen Center of Excellence, one of the first in the country, is being built on the site of the former Ferguson Ponderosa, will be 26,856 square feet, have three levels and include a nutrition education center, outdoor garden, gym, intellectual commons, teen lounge, auditorium, outdoor basketball and activity court, music and art studio, office space and maker space.

Ferguson and North County area teens currently have limited options for out-of-school time activities. They need a place to go for safe, structured, and supervised programs that can help them learn and grow as well as additional resources and support to help them academically, socially and emotionally. Their hopes and aspirations must be a top priority.

Opening a Teen Center in the Ferguson area will produce positive outcomes in a community that has been challenged with difficult realities and negative images. Adding a successful youth focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people's attitudes and help them navigate a path to success.

A new Teen Center will enrich our children's lives and the surrounding communities by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life, and become productive citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has a 50 year track record of success in the St. Louis region as a youth services provider and will implement nationally recognized programs at the new center similar to those offered in the ten locations it presently operates.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Tackling Vacancy: St. Louis Land Bank Assessment
 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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