It was a seriously hot day but we decided to go look for cakes anyway. North Grand Blvd has 8 cakes within walking distance of each other, which made for a fun afternoon.
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St. Louis University
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution, is the oldest university west of the Mississippi. SLU has campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain.
This is the most iconic intersection on SLU’s campus. The corner is home to one of the University’s distinctive fountains and in the shadows of the rising white steeple of St. Francis Xavier College Church as well as Jesuit Hall.
Centene Center for the Arts & Education
The Centene Center for the Arts & Education houses many cultural organizations including Arts and Education Council, African Musical Arts, aTrek Dance Collective, Bach Society of St. Louis, Cinema St. Louis, Circus Flora, Gateway Men's Chorus, HotCity Theatre, Jazz St. Louis, Prison Performing Arts and St. Louis ArtWorks (to name a few).
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is celebrating their 100th birthday this year. The headquarters is located in the Woolworth building, a historic location in St. Louis. During the turbulent 1960s this building was a site of historic civil rights pickets and protests.
Nine Network, one of the nation’s most watched public television stations, will mark its 60th birthday in 2014 with the opening of an innovative outdoor public media commons. The Public Media Commons is intended to become a major destination for engagement and creative activity with large-screen projections and high-tech interactivity. The site lies between the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio. The construction site is behind the fencing that is next to Tim.
In 1968, the Public Broadcasting Act had created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to dispense annual federal appropriations for public television. In 1970, when PBS began operation, the idea that television could help prepare children for school was innovative.
In 1978, Channel 9 became one of the first PBS stations to receive programs via the Westar I Satellite.
Fabulous Fox Theatre
The Fabulous Fox Theatre opened on January 31, 1929 and was billed as “St. Louis’ largest and most magnificent temple of amusement”. After nearly 50 years, the theater closed in 1978. In 1981, the Fox was privately purchased by Fox Associates and an incredible one-year restoration project was launched. The Fox reopened its doors with the musical “Barnum” on September 7, 1982 to a capacity crowd of 4,500. Since 1982, more than 15 million people have passed through the brass doors of the Fox.
There are tons of shows in December for families. Here are a few that I'm excited about:
Also, Cinderella is coming in January!
Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, was built in 1925 as the St. Louis Theatre. It became known as Powell Hall in 1966, named for Walter S. Powell, a St. Louis shoe manufacturing executive whose widow gave the Symphony a charitable trust, helping to match a $2 million Ford Foundation grant.
The St. Louis Symphony has great concerts for families. I'm really excited about these concerts:
Friday, December 12, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 13, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Friday, December 19, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Saturday, December 20, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 21, 2:00pm
Saturday, December 27, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 28, 2:00pm
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis was founded in response to the 1917 deadly race riot in East St. Louis where between 40 to 200 blacks were killed. The riots began when white East St. Louisans attacked black workers and migrants. During this time, thousands of black migrants traveled to East St. Louis, a predominately white city, seeking jobs.
Today, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis serves 80,000 residents with economic empowerment, meeting basic needs, educational quality and equality, civic engagement and social justice programs.
The Sheldon opened in 1912 and is known around the world for its perfect acoustics. The Sheldon Art Galleries contain seven separate spaces devoted to rotating exhibits of St. Louis artists, photography, architecture, jazz history, emerging artists, and children’s art.
On Saturdays through August 9, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm, kids can do crafts and a scavenger hunt in the galleries at the Sheldon ($3 / child donation for crafts). We were the only ones there. Good thing because the table could only seat 4 people!
One of the exhibits, St. Louis at 250, is a culmination of a citywide photo contest. The contest garnered over 500 entries and 100 were selected for the exhibit. An accompanying book with all 100 photos was published by the Sheldon Art Galleries. We loved the exhibit so much that we purchased a book. As we were leaving the Sheldon, we met one of the photographers. Two of her photos were selected for the exhibit. She offered to sign our book!