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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Grand Opening for La Mancha Coffeehouse on Friday

On Friday, April 22, La Mancha Coffeehouse will celebrate their first month in business at 2815 N. 14th Street, the space formerly occupied by the Urban Studio Cafe, and will mark the occasion with a Grand Opening Celebration starting at 6 p.m.

The following invitation to “Come Party with Us” has been excerpted from La Mancha’s facebook page:

We’ve been open for a month, and have had a lot of practice serving coffee and making sandwiches.   Now we’re ready for our Grand Opening.

Festivities Start at 6 pm on April 22nd

Ribbon Cutting will be done by one of our biggest fans and nearest neighbors, Bob Havens.

Flamenco Dancing by Emma Frey, courtesy of the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society.

Lots of free samples!

La Mancha Coffeehouse T-shirts for sale.

And of course, neighbors & friends drinking coffee together.

Claire Wolff, Old North neighbor and co-founder of the Urban Studio Cafe, is displaying photographs taken by ArtWorks youth. The youth photographed & interviewed Old North residents, so you will probably recognize several of the faces on the wall.

Currently, our hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 7 am - 4 pm.

While you’re checking out the La Mancha Facebook page, be sure to visit the Old North Saint Louis House Tour and Home Grown Street Festival page — and let all of your friends know that you’ll be attending by clicking on the “I’m Attending” button.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Old North HomeGrown Street Fest and House Tour Just 1 Month Away

This year’s Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour is expanding beyond the traditional format to incorporate a street festival that will celebrate and put the spotlight on locally produced foods, goods, and services.  The first ever HomeGrown Street Festival and our usual Old North House & Community Tour will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Tour tickets are available in advance for $10 and will be available on the day of the tour for $12 per person. To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit the ONSL.org page about the tour & street fest by clicking HERE.

The tour will feature the great diversity of housing styles that make Old North a community where almost everyone can find a place that suits their budget and lifestyle.  Stops on the tour will include historically rehabbed houses that once were abandoned shells, a LEED-certified home built by Habitat for Humanity last year, community gardens (including the 13th Street Garden, which grows food for the North City Farmers’ Market and is home to the Old North Chicken Coop), the Old North Grocery Co-op, and new businesses at Crown Square.  The HomeGrown Street Festival will show off the cool, public space at Crown Square, along the redeveloped former 14th Street Mall, and will feature a variety of locally produced arts, crafts, and other goods.   If you know of a good, local product that is worthy of inclusion at the street fest, contact the ONSLRG office.

We also could use some help in spreading the word about this great celebration of neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, and the best of urban living.  It’s not too early to start inviting your friends, neighbors, relatives, and other supporters of sustainable, community-driven neighborhood development to join you on Saturday, May 14.   If you’d like to request postcards for the event that you could mail to anyone who might be interested in attending, call the ONSLRG office at 314-241-5031 or send an email to info@onsl.org.

This year’s tour is made possible by generous support from PNC, the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture, Commerce Bank, Duffe-Nuernberger Realty, Kohner Properties, Mackey Mitchell Architects, and USBank.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Join Us on April 28 for ONSLRG’s Strategic Planning Kick-Off Meeting

One of the keys to Old North’s success as a community is the fact that the recent revitalization - and current redevelopments still in progress - can be traced directly to the vision and desires of community residents.  Now, as we make plans for continuing the revitalization, we invite Old North residents, other stakeholders, and anyone who cares about the community to join us on THURSDAY, APRIL 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a meeting to kick off Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s 2012-’14 strategic planning process.

Please help us spread the word to all who may be interested by forwarding a link to this site or by downloading a PDF of the flyer and posting it where others will see it.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the ONSLRG office at 314-241-5031 or send an email to info@onsl.org.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Scenes from Saturday’s Brightside Clean-up in Old North

On Saturday, Old North residents and outside volunteers took to the streets, vacant lots, community gardens, and alleys of the neighborhood to clean up debris that had accumulated over the winter months. The annual Operation Brightside, neighborhood-wide clean-up day in Old North benefited from help sent by St. Louis University’s Alphi Phi Omega chapter, as part of their Showers of Service Day.

The first wave of neighborhood volunteers gathered at the Hebert Street Community Garden to receive their assignments.

The first wave of neighborhood volunteers gathered at the Hebert Street Community Garden to receive their assignments from Barbara.

Community service starts an early age in Old North.

Community service starts an early age in Old North.

SLU volunteers in Strodtman Park.

SLU volunteers in Strodtman Park.

Stefene demonstrates here trash collection prowess.

Stefene demonstrates her trash collection prowess.

Thom ensures that Palm Street is litter-free.

Thom ensures that Palm Street is litter-free.

Katy, one of our UMSL Community Building Fellows, assisted with painting the traffic planters at N. 19th and Palm.

Katy, one of our UMSL Community Building Fellows, assisted with painting the traffic planters at N. 19th and Palm.

Luz Maria and SLU volunteers tackle 13th and Benton.

Luz Maria and SLU volunteers tackle 13th and Benton.

Lunch break in the cleaned up Hebert Community Garden.

Lunch break in the cleaned up Hebert Community Garden.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Old North Neighborhood-Wide Clean-Up Day Saturday

It’s time for Old North’s neighborhood-wide spring cleaning.  Come on out and join your neighbors and friends this coming Saturday, April 9 for this neighborhood tradition, with support and trash bags provided by Operation Brightside.  Neighbors and outside volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Hebert Garden, on the northwest corner of the 1500 block of Hebert and Blair to join forces and to learn about the areas in the neighborhood that need the most help.  Some tools will be available for borrowing from the 13th Street Hub Garden, but please feel free to bring your own rake, shovel, wheelbarrow or broom.

We also expect to receive help from approximately 25 students from St. Louis University, who will be joining us as part of their annual spring service day.

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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