Help Our Neighbors: Please Give to the KirkCare food Drive at the Pool and Ice Rink
People go hungry year-round, but food pantries have a hard time filling their shelves during the summer months, when donations are typically much lower than during the holidays. Kirkwood Parks & Recreation is partnering this summer with KirkCare to collect food for the KirkCare food pantry. Please drop off food donations at the Kirkwood Pool or at the Ice Rink, from July 7 through 20. Here is what they need:
- Packaged, non-refrigerated items
- Canned or packaged meat, stew, pasta, fruit, cereal, vegetables
- NO refrigerated or frozen items, please
The National School Lunch Program, which provides free and reduced-price lunches and often breakfast for low-income school children, is on hiatus after school lets out, but kids still need to eat. Please consider making a donation. Thank you.
City of Kirkwood Will Host Mid-Summer Blood Drive Downtown: Please Give!
Please consider giving blood this summer, when blood supplies typically can be very low. The City Blood Drive happens Wednesday, July 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Downtown Kirkwood. We will once again use the Blood Drive Van, provided by Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which will be parked in the parking lot on Argonne Drive, directly west of the Kirkwood Train Station. To schedule a donation, use the online system (click here) OR call 822-5894. Please eat before donating, keep hydrated, and be sure to bring a photo ID on the day of your donation. Thank you.
Pedestrian-Bicycle Master Plan Process Continues
The Planning Advisory Meeting for the Kirkwood Pedestrian-Bicycle Master Plan met on Monday, June 30, 2014. A summary of the meeting and associated documents have been posted to the Trailnet website: http://trailnet.org/2014/06/30/kirkwood-planning-advisory-committee-meeting-2-summary-documents/
Kirkwood Electric Offers Tips to Conserve Energy This Summer
The Missouri Public Utility Alliance has shared the following Tip Sheet with Kirkwood Electric customers. Energy and resource-saving information used in their material is typically adapted from a variety of published federal, state, and nonprofit sources, including the United States Department of Energy, the EPA, the Energy Star program, and others. Click here: Summer Cooling - Energy-Saving Tips.
Hotdog Dayz of Summer Returns to Kirkwood Parks
The Kirkwood Police Department and the Kirkwood Parks & Recreation Department will team up again this year for some fun in the parks! Officer Jim Cox and School Resource Officer Yvonne Bonner will serve hotdog lunches, while recreation staff set up some fun games and activities for kids. All ages welcome. All Hotdog Dayz events run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., subject to weather cancellation. Here's the schedule:
- July 18: Loewnau Park, corner of Oakland and Sappington
- July 25: Fillmore Park, corner of Fillmore and Clinton
Kirkwood Park Courts Complex Completed, Dedicated
The Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department held a dedication ceremony and grand opening for the Central Ridge Phase 4 project in Kirkwood Park on May 10. Phase 4 is the final project phase called for in the 2005 Kirkwood Parks Master Plan. [Photo below, left to right: Parks & Recreation Director Murray Pounds at podium, Park Board Chair Alan Hopefl, Matt Losse, Sarah Losse, and Mayor Art McDonnell, at dedication ceremony.]
The Central Ridge Phase 4 project encompasses construction of a new pro shop, resurfacing of tennis court #9, construction of two handball-racquetball courts, resurfacing of the parking lots at the courts, and improvements to pedestrian circulation and spectator areas in the project area. Although it won’t be completed in time for the grand opening ceremony, a tennis teaching court for young players that will double as a pickle ball court is also included in the courts complex. The handball courts were dedicated in the memory of Neal Losse, an avid handball player whose family made a significant contribution to the development of the two new handball courts.
Construction on City Hall Enhancement Project Begins Week of July 14
A project to enhance the façade of the historic Kirkwood City Hall on Kirkwood Road will begin the week of July 14 and continue through at least October. PLEASE NOTE: During Phase One of construction, the front lawn of City Hall will be unavailable for use by anyone attending Thursday night concerts at Station Plaza.
The scope of the project will involve the removal and replacement of the walkways and paved areas between City Hall and Kirkwood Road on the east side and between City Hall and the parking lot on the west side, as well as landscaping on both sides.
This project will be segmented into two major phases. Phase One involves the east, or Kirkwood Road side, of City Hall, while Phase Two will take place on the west, or parking lot, side of City Hall. During construction, parking will be slightly more limited, although City staff will park elsewhere to accommodate residents and visitors.
Phase One begins the week of July 14, when temporary fencing is installed along the east perimeter of the building and grounds, facing Kirkwood Road. The fencing will make the sidewalk in front of City Hall, along Kirkwood Road, inaccessible. Pedestrians should plan to use the sidewalk on the other side of Kirkwood Road. Demolition of paved areas will follow. The temporary fencing will remain in place until the completion of Phase One. Phase One is estimated to be completed in September, barring any unforeseen complications or bad weather.
Phase Two of the project will begin immediately after the completion of Phase One. Phase Two will involve construction on the west side of City Hall.
50 Trees Program Calls for Site Nominations for 2014
The organizers of the "50 Trees" street-tree planting program are requesting the help of Kirkwood residents to nominate street-tree planting sites for Fall 2014. Plans call for about 65 trees to be planted in November 2014, bringing the five-year total to nearly 350 trees planted by Kirkwood volunteers. Kirkwood has been a Tree City USA since 1990.
Nominated sites must meet certain requirements. They must be located inside the City right-of-way areas. This is typically a three- to four-foot area between the curb and sidewalk, although on streets with no sidewalks, the ROW may extend into the lawn area of the property. The sites must also be clear of overhead power lines and underground utilities. Residents who are interested and willing to care for a newly planted tree can email their site location and contact information to KeepKirkwoodGreen@ gmail.com. For more information, please visit: KeepKirkwoodGreen.wordpress.com. Qualified sites will be selected on a first-come/first-served basis. The trees are planted free of charge. However, monetary donations are welcome. Click here to download the nomination form.
"Making Music" Summer Concert Series in Kirkwood Park Continues
All concerts start at 7:00 p.m., in the Lions' Amphitheater in Kirkwood Park, 111 S. Geyer Road, on the dates listed:
~ July 26: One More Time: A Tribute to Johnny Cash. This is an era-driven Johnny Cash tribute band, offering an authentic look, sound, and feel of a Johnny Cash performance. They showcase all of his hits from the 1950s through the 1990s. A June Carter vocalist with a powerful stage performance will join the band to present Johnny and June duets. Read more about them at: www.jcashtribute.com. Food Trucks: My Big Fat Greek Truck, Shell's Coastal Cuisine, and Destination Desserts
~ August 9: Samba Bom. This Midwest-based music ensemble plays authentic Brazilian music at schools, night clubs, wineries, festivals and private events. The group plays a unique mix of Brazilian popular music styles, including, Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forro, and Chorinho, among others. The Batucada is an exciting, all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group - just like Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. There will be Brazilian dancers with authentic costumes, so bring your dancing shoes. Midwest-based music ensemble that plays authentic Brazilian music at schools, night clubs, wineries, festivals and private events. The group plays a unique mix of Brazilian popular music styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forro, Chorinho, among others. The Batucada is an exciting, all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group - just like carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. There will be Brazilian dancers with authentic costumes, so bring your dancing shoes. Visit their Website: www.sambabom.com. Food Trucks: Holy Crepe! and Steak Louie.
~ August 23: Route 66 Jazz Orchestra. This 20-piece jazz band, formerly known as the Meramec Jazz Band, is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of "Big Band" jazz through performance, education and community involvement. Visit their Website at: www.route66jazz.com. Food Trucks: Steak Louie and Destination Desserts.