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Thursday, May 5, 2016

2 days until Old North House & Community Tour: Saturday, May 7

We’re two days away from the 2016 edition of the Old North House & Community Tour - and everything is coming together rather nicely. All we need is YOU. Please join us at any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, but to allow yourself enough time to see everything, we recommend getting here in the earlier part of those hours. And, to take advantage of the pre-tour pricing, we strongly encourage you to get your tickets right now (or no later than Friday afternoon).

Advance tickets, for just $15 each, can be purchased at the ONSLRG office (2700 N. 14th Street) or via our secure, online PayPal site. Click HERE or on the button to get your tickets now.

Yesterday’s post provided a few sneak preview images of what you’ll see on the tour. Here are a few more for your viewing pleasure…

For those who recall that last year’s tour involved a bit of rain, you can rest easy with the knowledge that we got our good weather order in early this year. According to the good folks at Weather.com, the day should be beautiful and clear for the entire duration of the tour.

And, as noted in earlier posts, we’re sharing the day with the ever-popular 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 for that. However, you’ll still be able to get tickets on Saturday at the day-of price of $20 (still one of the best prices in town for a neighborhood house tour).

:::::Also noted in yesterday’s post, we still have openings for volunteers. Please send a note to info@ONSL.org or click HERE to register your time preference online - and you’ll get to go on the tour for free.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 7, right here in the heart of Old North!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

3 Days to Go Until the Annual Old North House & Community Tour!

Thank you to all who contributed to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group through Give STL Day on Tuesday (and Wednesday morning)!  Through your generosity, we surpassed last year’s total, which is especially important to us this year during very tight financial times! And thank you to the staff at St. Louis Community Foundation for coordinating Give STL Day (and had to work around some serious technical glitches that were beyond their control!).

Even though Give STL Day is over, we still can accept contributions any hour of every day, via our secure, online PayPal account. Just click HERE if you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution right now.

Another way to support and celebrate the work of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is by buying tickets to our annual Old North House & Community Tour, coming up THIS Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are also available for purchase online by clicking HERE. In fact, if you’d really like to support ONLSRG, buy as many tickets as you can afford and give them to friends, family members, colleagues or business associates so that they can come see just how attractive, friendly, and exciting Old North is these days.

Or, if you’ve contributed in years past, the tour represents a great opportunity for you to come out and see the results of your past support.

Some of the sites you’ll see on this year’s tour are…

Check back tomorrow and Friday for more sneak preview images.

And, once again, we’ll offer the most environmentally-friendly shuttle service in town for anyone who may not want or be able to walk to all of the sites on the tour.

Now that you’ve seen a little bit of what will be on display Saturday, be sure to click HERE to get your tickets now at the pre-tour price of just $15 each, and plan to join us for the tour!

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One more thing: we still have volunteer opportunities available. Or to put it another way, we could really benefit from some additional help on Saturday for a variety of tour-day jobs, from checking visitors in to greeting tour-goers at houses on the tour. Click HERE if you’ve got time and are willing to help (and you’ll get to go on the tour for free!). Do you know any students who need service hours?  This might be a fun way to get some of that taken care of, so send them our way.

We look forward to seeing you here on Saturday.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

UPDATED (again!): 3 Big Days This Week: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

If you don’t have these on your calendar yet, we invite you to join us for any or all of the following big events this week:

TUESDAY, MAY 3 AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 4: Give STL Day (& a half)

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is participating in Give STL Day again this year, which will take place all day on Tuesday, May 3rd AND until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.

You can support us and the ongoing revitalization of Old North here:

https://givestlday.org/npo/old-north-st-louis-restoration-group

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You can still help us reach our goal!

On Wednesday afternoon, the Give STL website was down due to some technical issues, so they extended the deadline until 12:30 p.m. and set up a phone bank to take phone-in contributions.  You can still contribute to ONSLRG until 12:30 p.m. in one of two ways:

  1. The Community Foundation along with  media partner, KSDK Channel 5, will be taking offline donations via a phone bank. Please call : 314-969-8655 to contribute. Please have patience with the system, as phone bank volunteers are limited today.They will be taking calls via the phone bank until 12:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY,  May 4th.
  2. And, now that the system is back up - even if a bit slower, you can make online contributions that qualify for incentives and possible matching funds:  https://givestlday.org/npo/old-north-st-louis-restoration-group.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO’VE ALREADY CONTRIBUTED!

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A partnership between the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and local nonprofits from across the area, Give STL Day is an online day of giving where nonprofits like ours will be reaching out to our donors – and looking for new ones – as we educate them about our mission and raise operating funds. We raised $1,600 last year, and Give STL Day generated a total of $2.1 million for the 720 participating nonprofits throughout the St. Louis metro area.

Local impact with a national twist. Like last year, we will be joining more than 100 communities across the country to raise millions of dollars for the greater good—all on a single day.

Everyone can be a philanthropist. On May 3, we’re asking every person in the St. Louis area to get behind this effort and give. Large and small gifts will combine for big impact— It’s time to think big.

Single day, lasting impact. All the funds raised will benefit participating nonprofits right here in our hometown. It’s time to be bold!

Help us continue our imperative revitalization work in Old North St. Louis as we build new homes, bring in new business, and expand our community building efforts including operating the 13th Street Community Garden and North City Farmers’ Market. We’re building a strong, inclusive, diverse community that is setting a precedent for effective, sustainable community development. All the while, we are committed to maintaining the historic, cultural and urban character of our neighborhood. All are welcome!

Show your support on Tuesday, May 3rd (AND Wednesday, March 4th), by donating here: https://givestlday.org/npo/old-north-st-louis-restoration-group or by calling 314-969-8655.

FRIDAY, MAY 6

First Friday Art Walk in Old North, including opening of Humans of St. Louis photography exhibit in the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street. Come to the opening reception to meet the photographer behind the compelling photos - and some of the people who appear in the photos.  To get a preview of the photos, visit the Humans of St. Louis Facebook page by clicking HERE, or look for Humans_of_STL on Instagram.

SATURDAY, MAY 7:  Old North House & Community Tour and Spring Fling in the City

Always one of the highlights of our year, the Old North House & Community Tour shows off the progress achieved to date throughout Old North.

Now is the time to purchase tickets for the pre-tour price of just $15.  Just click HERE to purchase your tickets online - and while you’re there, get a few more for the rest of the family, for your colleagues, and for everyone you know who would benefit from seeing a genuine demonstration of an award-winning, community-driven neighborhood revitalization in progress. As a bonus, each tour booklet includes a certificate for a free cup of Crown Candy ice cream.

This year’s tour features 20 sites that demonstrate the vibrancy and dynamic character of Old North, including an incredible mix of homes, from a rare, limestone-front house built in about 1875 to a work-in-progress 1861 home that has incorporated a range of green-building components, such as soy-based foam insulation and recycled blue jean insulation. Other stops on the tour include a 3-story 1873 home that has made a dramatic recovery from being decimated by a storm that knocked most of it down to the first floor; a home and art studio built into a former warehouse building; a community garden that grows fruit and vegetables for North City Farmers’ Market; a large demonstration raingarden; Old North’s own Little Free Library and the Wingmann Park Reading Garden; a Crown Square apartment in a building that once housed a Woolworth’s store; the site where new homes will be built this year; and several commercial and nonprofit spaces that serve the Old North community.

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And while you’re here in the neighborhood, you won’t be able to miss the 80+ vendors up and down the 2600 and 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street, who will be here for the Spring Fling in the City Vintage Street Market.

More details about Spring Fling can be found on their website:  http://www.stlspringfling.com/ or their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/events/825142170927928/.

We look forward to seeing you here in Old North. If you can’t attend any of these events but still want to support the ongoing revitalization of Old North St. Louis, be sure to click HERE on Tuesday (or on the Give STL Day link:  https://givestlday.org/npo/old-north-st-louis-restoration-group.

After Tuesday, our regular online contribution page is always open. Just click HERE or below.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Join us Fri., July 24 for our 2nd Members & Friends of ONSLRG Happy Hour

Back by popular demand - Old North St. Louis Restoration Group will be holding another Members & Friends Happy Hour on Friday, July 24th from 4-6 p.m. at our ONSLRG Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street. Whether or not you’re a current member or even if we don’t know you’re our friend yet, come on by to enjoy the company of others who’ve helped or are continuing to help ONSLRG revitalize the physical and social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.

If you missed last month’s gathering, we’ve got a few photos to show what you missed - and to give you an idea of what’s on tap for this Friday.

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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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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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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.

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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