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Monday, June 29, 2015

Tues., June 30: Town Hall Meeting with State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery

On Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m., State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of the 5th Senatorial District, which includes all of Old North, will hold a meeting at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street.  All are welcome to attend.

As a not-for-profit organization, ONSLRG does not endorse or support political candidates who are up for election. We do encourage all residents of Old North to participate in the democratic process and to engage in conversation and civil exchange of ideas with their neighbors and all elected and other public officials who represent the community on the local, state, and federal level.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fri., June 26, 4-6 p.m.: ONSLRG’s Members & Friends Happy Hour

You’re invited to join us THIS Friday, June 26 from 4-6 p.m. for beer, soft drinks, and snacks as Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) hosts as a very simple, nothing formal gathering of members and friends at the ONSLRG Gallery. As noted above, this event doesn’t have an agenda - it’s just an opportunity to enjoy the company of the great mix of people who make ONSLRG possible and who have helped or are continuing to help us revitalize the physical & social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural & urban character. All are welcome, so whether you’ve made a membership contribution in 2015 or not, come on out to celebrate 34 years of achievements with us - and bring a friend. The ONSLRG Gallery is located at 2700 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106, just down the street from Crown Candy Kitchen.

No RSVP or advance registration is required. However if you’d like to share your plans with your friends and ours, feel free to go to the event page on Facebook (by clicking HERE) and click on the “Join” button.  Then, you can invite everybody you know!

If you DO want to make a membership contribution, though, we certainly would be happy to accept that support, since that’s how we cover a good portion of the cost of doing what we do here.

Click HERE or above to go to our contributions and memberships page, where you can set up a recurring, online contribution to spread your support out all year, or where you can make a one-time membership contribution of any amount, from $25 to $500 or $5,000. THANK YOU to all who’ve already contributed this year!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Great Start to North City Farmers’ Market’s New Season…And Read Old North Community News Online

Thank you to all who attended opening day of North City Farmers’ Market last Saturday - and we especially want to thank all who made the day a great success.

To view a full set of photos from the day, please visit the North City Farmers’ Market Facebook page by clicking HERE.

We invite all residents and friends of Old North St. Louis and nearby neighborhoods to join us every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this weekly celebration of vibrant and healthy community life, in the heart of a one-of-a-kind historic neighborhood in the midst of an exciting revitalization.

Various components of this year’s farmers’ market are funded in part by Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group by the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration.

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>>>>>>>>>>>Old North Community News, June 2015 Edition<<<<<<<<<<<<

If you haven’t picked up your own hard copy of our latest neighborhood newspaper - or if you live in Old North and haven’t had a chance to read the copy delivered to your front door, click HERE to download a PDF or to read it online.

If you have reason to believe that your block might have been missed by our paper distribution volunteers, let us know (send an email to info@ONSL.org or call 314-241-5031) if you’d like to have us drop off a pile of papers for you to share with your neighbors on your block - or to volunteer to help us get the next issue out.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

3 Quick Things: (1) North City Farmers’ Market Opens Saturday; (2) ONSLRG Starts 35th Year Friday; & (3) Our Newspaper is Out

Watch for a more detailed post later, but for now, please take note of the following:

Saturday, June 6 is opening day of our 2015 North City Farmers’ Market season!  Please come on out to celebrate our 9th season at any time from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., along the 2700 block of N. 14th Street, just south of St. Louis Avenue and across the street from Crown Candy Kitchen. The market will once again feature fresh, healthy, and locally-grown vegetables and fruit, other food items (including honey), crafts, children’s activities, music (with legendary DJ Ital-K on the bill for Saturday), exercise classes, nutrition education, and so much more! For more info, check out the Facebook event page by clicking HERE.

And, while you’re at the market, stop by our information table to learn more about how you can help Old North St. Louis Restoration Group celebrate 34 years of existence - and help us kick off the first day of ONSLRG’s 35th year!

On June 5, 1981, the Missouri Secretary of State’s office approved the incorporation of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Inc., as a not-for-profit corporation. Thirty-four years later, ONSLRG is alive, well, and still working tirelessly in pursuit of a rather ambitious mission: to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of the Old North neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character. With an impressive, award-winning track record of visible and measurable outcomes achieved over the past 34 years, ONSLRG has big things planned for year 35 and beyond. If you’d like to help us celebrate the many years of progress with ONSLRG’s neighborhood-driven and comprehensive redevelopment strategy - and help ONSLRG continue this work into the coming year, you may consider a $35 contribution ($1 for each of the past 34 years and $1 more for the start of another year), or a $35/month recurring contribution, or even a $3,500 donation or any other amount.  Whatever works for your budget, secure, tax-deductible contributions can be made online by clicking HERE.

If dropping off a check in-person is more your style, feel free to come by the ONSLRG office on Friday the 5th (or any day after that), or you can stop by our information table at the North City Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

More details on this topic to come, as well.

Meanwhile, watch for the latest issue of the Old North Community News to show up on your doorstep very soon. If you can’t wait that long, we’d be happy to have you come on by the ONSLRG office and pick up a pile to deliver to your block.

Thank you to all who help with making Old North the dynamic, friendly, welcoming, vibrant, and sustainable neighborhood that it has become over the past 34 years!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Be Here TOMORROW, Sat., May 9: Old North House & Community Tour + the Spring Fling in the City Vintage Market

We’re counting down the hours now for the biggest event of our year, and perhaps the biggest Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour ever!  We invite you to be here to enjoy the big day with us as we celebrate the vitality, warmth, beauty, character and soul of a neighborhood in the midst of dramatic revitalization. As a community that many had given up on not that long ago, the comeback of Old North should serve as an inspiration for anyone who believes in the power of community-driven neighborhood development.

With our advance ticket price of just $12 expiring at midnight, now is the time to get your tickets.  Click HERE or on the image below to purchase as many tickets as you can via our secure PayPayl account, then we’ll have the tickets waiting for you tomorrow at our registration table.

Our previous posts have highlighted some of what will be on this year’s tour - click HERE to take a look at the post from Tuesday…

…and click HERE to see the post from Saturday.

Now for a few more previews…

Incredible, back-from-the-brink of demolition transformations...

A really cool art exhibit in the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) Gallery, featuring works of people who live or work in Old North (or have close ties to the community)

Did we mention the free ice cream?  Thanks to Crown Candy Kitchen, all ticketed tour-goers will get a free scoop of ice cream at the ONSLRG Gallery!

And, did we mention the free cup of coffee at La Mancha Coffeehouse (for ticketed tour-goers)?

Environmentally-responsible shuttle service…

*(and, yes, in case you’re wondering, they do have a cover that can be put up to protect the riders from the blazing sun and or other elements.)

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Want to attend for FREE?

All volunteers at the tour get to go on the tour for FREE and attend the after-tour appreciation party! We still have room for more, so let us know now if you’d like to take us up on this incredible offer.  Click HERE for the shift information and to sign up.

Thank you again to all of our sponsors who make this great event possible, especially PNC.

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And, as noted in earlier posts, we’re sharing the day with the hugely successful Spring Fling in the City vintage street market, with all sorts of presents for the Moms in your life, just in time for Mothers’ Day!  Come on out to enjoy the activity in the street and to celebrate all things good about urban, historic neighborhoods.

So, this is your last call to get advance tickets.  Click HERE.  However, you’ll still be able to get tickets on Saturday at the day-of price of $15 (still one of the best prices in town for a neighborhood house tour).

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 9, right here in the heart of Old North!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It’s Give STL Day… and 4 Days until Old North House & Community Tour

Give STL Day is a 24-hour, St. Louis area-wide campaign to generate online contributions for 790 nonprofits. Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is participating again this year - and we invite you to show your support for our work revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of the Old North neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural and urban character.  Tax-deductible contributions of any amount, from $10 to $500 - or more, if you’d like, can be made by clicking HERE up until midnight tonight.

If you want to help us sustain the achievements we’ve made in Old North in recent years, make an investment in our capacity to carry out respectful and effective community-driven neighborhood revitalization. Click HERE to support a model of community development that works!

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If you’d like to see for yourself the results of previous and ongoing investments by resilient and determined neighbors and outside supporters, we invite you to join us THIS Saturday, May 9 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at our annual Old North House & Community Tour. Tickets are still available at the low advance purchase price of just $12 each by clicking HERE.

Our previous post (click HERE to see that) offered some previews of what might be seen on this year’s tour. We now offer some additional previews.

Homes that Are Still in the Process of Making a Dramatic Comeback…

Homes that Have Been Recognized with Landmarks Association “Most Enhanced” Awards…

Homes that Are Not Quite Built Yet (but coming soon!)…

Beautiful Gardens, Parks and Yards…

The Old North Little Free Library will once again be on the tour, in the shaded beauty of Wingmann Park (which is actually one of Old North's 8 community gardens). Photo used with permission from an incredibly talented photographer, Neil Das, whose work is among the art on display at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery. View more of Neil's work online at https://thedasslereffect.wordpress.com/.

The Old North Little Free Library will once again be on the tour, in the shaded beauty of Wingmann Park (which is actually one of Old North's 8 community gardens). Photo used with permission from an incredibly talented photographer, Neil Das, whose work is among the art on display at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery. View more of Neil's work online at https://thedasslereffect.wordpress.com/.

Check back on Thursday for more previews of what you’ll be able to see on Saturday. Don’t let that hold you back from getting your tickets now, though.  Click HERE to get your tickets online - and invite all of your friends, family, colleagues, and others to come on out to see what makes Old North so vibrant!

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Would you like to attend for free?

Want to attend the tour without buying a ticket - and get invited to the volunteer party after the tour? All you have to do is volunteer for a shift. Sign up on our handy form today –> http://goo.gl/forms/iKpUyS3Zd5

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But, wait, there’s more!

When you’re not taking a leisurely stroll through a community garden or admiring the architecture and design of one of the homes on the tour, be sure to spend some time visiting the Spring Fling in the City vintage market along the 2600 and 2700 blocks of North 14th Street.  Crown Square will be bustling with activity as vendors sell all sorts of vintage items - just in time for Mother’s Day! - and with food trucks, beer from Four Hands Brewery, live music, and dancing led by the Lindy Hop Dancers.  So much will be going on here that Alive Magazine offered the following advice:

“Head to Old North this weekend for a huge selection of vintage and handmade items starring several of your favorite St. Louis makers and shakers. Live music, food, sweets and drinks will be available for your shopping pleasure! “

For more details about the vendors and activities going on at Spring Fling in the City, brought to us by Parsimonia {Secondhand with Style}, visit the Facebook event page by clicking HERE.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

6 Days to Go: Old North House & Community Tour (and More Before!)

We’ve got 6 days left before our annual celebration of all things that make Old North a vibrant, healthy, attractive and sustainable community.  If you haven’t already purchased your ticket, we invite you to take care of that right now via our secure, online ticket-purchasing option: click HERE to get your tickets for the advance price of just $12 each.

You can also purchase advance tickets in person by stopping by the ONSLRG office (at 2700 N. 14th Street, shown in the photo below) during regular business hours (9-5), Monday - Friday.

OR you can pick up your advance tickets by coming by the office TODAY, Sunday, May 3, from 3-5 p.m. during our opening reception for the Old North Community Arts Exhibit.

Above: ONSLRG Arts Committee chair James Anderson setting up the Old North Community Arts Exhibit, featuring works by people who live in, work in or have strong ties to Old North.

In addition to the opening hours today, the exhibit will be one of the featured stops on the Old North House & Community Tour.  What else might you see on Saturday, May 9 at the tour?  See below for a few images of some of the homes and other spots within Old North that’ll be open for tour-goers.

Of course there’s much more than we can show here.  To get the full flavor (including a FREE scoop of Crown Candy Kitchen ice cream) and feel of the neighborhood, come on out on Saturday, May 9 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Tickets on that day will be available for $15 at the Crown Square corner plaza at the southwest corner of St. Louis Avenue and N. 14th Street.  Advance tickets are available for purchase HERE.

While you’re in the neighborhood on May 9, be sure to visit the wonderful selection of vendors who’ll be lining the 2600 and 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street for the 3rd annual Spring Fling in the City vintage street market.  Details about that can be found by clicking HERE.

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If you can’t make it to Old North on Saturday, May 9 but you still want to celebrate and support authentic, community-driven neighborhood revitalization, a community development model that has shown visible and quantifiable results in Old North, then we encourage you to consider a contribution to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group on GiveSTL Day this Tuesday, May 5. Click HERE for more details.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Just 9 days to go: Get Your Advance Tickets NOW for May 9 Old North House & Community Tour

Get your tickets now for the advance ticket price of just $12 by clicking HERE to purchase online or stop by the ONSLRG office at 2700 N. 14th Street during regular business hours.

And it’s not too late to volunteer with us at the tour - and then you’ll get to go for free!  Click HERE for more details and to sign up for a shift.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thank You UrbArts, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Regional Arts Commission, 14th St. Artist Community…

Crown Square was alive with activity this past weekend as UrbArts hosted their VerbQuake poetry slam competition with 12 high school teams performing at several arts-related venues up and down N. 14th Street.

Thank you to M.K. Stallings (in the photo below) and the whole team at UrbArts for bringing the energy and creativity - and a lot of new visitors - to the heart of Old North!

We were pleased that our Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery was able to serve as one of the venues for portions of the competition - and it was a great demonstration of the vibrancy of the arts community here in Old North that there were several different spaces along 2600-2700 N. 14th Street that were willing and able to accommodate the event.  In addition to the ONSLRG Gallery, the other venues for the event included UrbArts own space at 2600, the 14th Street Artist Community at 2607, and Zuka Arts at 2701 N. 14th Street.

The Grand Slam Team Championship round will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at UrbArts’ space at 2600 N. 14th Street.  The following 6 teams will be competing:

  • Team 1: The Misfits (Jennings High School)
  • Team 2: K-Word (Kirkwood High School)
  • Team 3: SlamCats (Hazelwood West High School)
  • Team 4: Poetic Soulz (Grand Center Arts Academy)
  • Team 5: Deja Vu (Carnahan High School of the Future
  • Team 6: McWord (McCluer High School)
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    Thank you also to the Regional Arts Commission for holding their Northside Community Arts Training Institute here in Old North, with the 14th Street Artist Community space at 2607 N. 14th Street hosting most of the sessions for the current class of participants. Among the participants are several individuals with Old North connections, including residents Paulette Sankofa and Ann Johnson, Central Print director Marie Oberkirsch, and Jennifer Wintzer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

    This coming weekend will bring even more visitors as the St. Louis Artists’ Guild brings their 2015 Young Artists Showcase to Crown Square…

    The opening reception for this exhibit will be Sunday, April 12 from 1-3 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit features more than 200 works of art by high school students living within 150 miles of St. Louis. Come on out to show your support for the next generation of artists!

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    Friday, April 3, 2015

    Read All About It: the Latest Old North Community News Is Here

    The April 2015 issue of the Old North Community News is off to the printer, but you can read it right now by clicking HERE.

    WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

    Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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