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Archive for September, 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Join us Friday as Cinema St. Louis presents “The Gateway Arch: A Reflection of America”

On Friday the winning plan for the redesign of the Gateway Arch grounds will officially be announced.  Then, at 7:30 p.m. in the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s gallery at 2700 N. 14th Street, Cinema St. Louis will bring a free screening of an award-winning documentary that tells the story of the evolution of the riverfront all the way through the construction of the Arch. 

As the flyer above notes, the film will be followed by a Q & A session with the film’s directors, Scott Huegerich and Bob Miano.

The street in front of the Old North St. Louis Gallery provides a great view of the subject of the film that will be shown inside the gallery Friday night.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Old North Mourns Passing of Johnnie Owens

A few weeks ago we celebrated the life and contributions of Johnnie Owens, long-time board member of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and beloved community leader, by dedicating the Hebert Community Garden as a tribute to her.  Now, we’re sad to report that Johnnie passed away on Sunday after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

All of us who had the pleasure and privilege to have known Johnnie will miss her positive spirit, common sense perspective, and constant readiness to lend a hand.  We dedicated the Hebert Garden to Johnnie because of the key role she played in bringing life and beauty to what otherwise could have been just another overgrown and abandoned empty lot.  But Johnnie’s love for her community couldn’t be confined to one corner of the neighborhood.  Johnnie was present at -and involved with- almost every community improvement initiative taken on by Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. 

She was out there with a trash bag picking up litter on neighborhood clean-up days; she was there at the sign-in table at countless neighborhood meetings or house tours, greeting neighbors and visitors alike with a friendly welcome; she was there at Executive Committee meetings at 7:30 in the morning and out at Quality of Life meetings that went well into the evening hours later that same day; she represented Old North at meetings outside the neighborhood and she helped to bring neighbors together right down her street; and she was there just about any time we asked for help.

Old North is a stronger, more vibrant community today because of Johnnie Owens.   We were incredibly blessed to have had Johnnie as part of the Old North community.

Johnnie with John Bratkowski and Mayor Francis Slay in October 2008.

Johnnie with John Bratkowski and Mayor Francis Slay in October 2008.

Johnnie at one of our construction worker appreciation coffee breaks in March of 2008.

Johnnie at one of our construction worker appreciation coffee breaks in March of 2008.

In 2004 Johnnie (in the yellow hat), serving as a greeter at the annual Old North House Tour.

In 2004 Johnnie (in the yellow hat), serving as a greeter at the annual Old North House Tour.

National Night Out, August 2006.

National Night Out, August 2006.

In 2005, Johnnie was part of the delegation that traveled to Jefferson City receive an award from Missouri Preservation and proclamations from Old North's State Senator and State Representative.

In 2005, Johnnie was part of the delegation that traveled to Jefferson City to receive an award from Missouri Preservation and proclamations from Old North

Although Johnnie often was called upon to be out front as a representative of the community, she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and much of her work involved the glamourless, thankless, and often unseen jobs.

Although Johnnie often was called upon to be out-front as a representative of the community, she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty with the thankless, glamourless, and often unseen work of cultivating a garden and building a better neighborhood.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Scenes from Friday Night’s “Local Brews for Local Foods” & Urban Studio Anniversary Party

The “Local Brews for Local Foods” fundraiser for the 13th Street Community Garden was a great success with a good crowd of friends and supporters who came out to Old North’s Crown Village Gallery on Friday night.

Stefene and Keith managed the ticket booth and welcomed guests, including neighborhood artist Seitu.

Stefene and Keith managed the ticket booth and welcomed guests, including neighborhood artist Seitu.

Barbara and Teresa held things down in the beverage dispensing room.

Barbara and Teresa held things down in the beverage dispensing room.

Much of the success of the evening can be attributed to Thom Fletcher, pictured here with Garden and Market Coordinator Veronica Holden.

Much of the success of the evening can be attributed to Thom Fletcher, pictured here with Garden and Market Coordinator Veronica Holden.

Among the highlights of the evening, the raffling off and auctioning the rights to name chickens living at the 13th Street Garden.

Among the highlights of the evening, the raffling off and auctioning the rights to name chickens living at the 13th Street Garden.

Graham Lane was one of the lucky bidders, posing here with the lucky chicken and Ivy Tominack, North City Farmers' Market's nutrition coordinator and chef.

Graham Lane was one of the lucky bidders, posing here with the lucky chicken and Ivy Tominack, North City Farmers Market's nutrition coordinator and chef.

Meanwhile, down the street, the Urban Studio Cafe hosted their 1st Anniversary birthday party, which also drew a crowd of customers and supporters.

Claire Wolff and staff celebrate the Urban Studio Cafe's anniversary.

Claire Wolff and staff celebrate the Urban Studio Cafe's anniversary

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Join us Friday: One Night, Two Great Events in Old North

Join us Friday night in celebrating & supporting two great causes in the heart of Old North St. Louis.  Come on out to the Old North Gallery for a benefit to support the 13th Street Garden and then head on down the street to the Urban Studio Cafe for a benefit to support the Urban Studio.  With a donation of $12, you can attend both events.

Click here for a downloadable flyer that you can print and distribute to your friends.

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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