Spanish Lake News 2014


Spanish Lake Town Hall Meeting - October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Trinity Catholic High School, 1720 Redman Road

On October 13, 2014, the new commander of the North County Precinct, Captain Norman Mann, will be the guest speaker at the Spanish Lake Town Hall meeting. Captain Mann will discuss his background, the general makeup of the North County Precinct, his objectives and goals as well as the civil unrest in the City of Ferguson.

Captain Norman Mann began his career with the St. Louis County Police Department in 2001 and was promoted to his current rank of Captain in May 2014 and transferred to the Division of Patrol to serve as the Commander of the North County Precinct. Captain Mann graduated from McCluer High School in 1996 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology
and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St.Louis in 2001. In 2005, he completed his Master's Degree in Legal Studies from Webster University, where he also obtained a certificate in Paralegal Studies. Captain Mann is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Tina Pihl, the newly elected Executive Director of the Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation (SL-CDC), will also speak about this new organization, its mission and where its focus will be during its first year. Spanish Lake stakeholders together with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis County Office of Community Development and Christian Hospital Northeast are partnering in this new venture.

There will be time for questions and answers after the presentations. The Spanish Lake Community Association will talk about their ongoing projects.

Staff from the St. Louis County Election Board will also be present to register people to vote.

Plan on attending this informative meeting for the residents of Spanish Lake.


Local Artists Invited to Enter MetroBus Shelter Competition

Artwork created by local visual artists may be coming to a MetroBus shelter near you.

Metro’s Arts in Transit program, in conjunction with Lamar Advertising, is seeking artwork that can be reproduced as large-scale, two-dimensional posters. Arts in Transit will select at least 10 two-dimensional images created by 10 artists for reproduction in large-scale poster form for installation in over 200 MetroBus shelters.

Artists from around the St. Louis region (residing within 50 miles of St. Louis) are invited to submit up to three images for consideration. Posters will be displayed through 2015. Each artist will be paid $500 for use of their original image for one year.

Images derived through two-dimensional media will be considered, including but not limited to: photography, painting, printmaking, illustration, collage, and computer generated graphics. The overall size of the printed posters will be 69″ x 48″.

In addition to the selected image, the poster will include the title and date of the work, name of the artist and city of residence. The credits on the poster will also include: MetroScapes Presented by Metro Arts in Transit and Powered by Lamar Advertising.

Images will be reviewed by a panel comprised of artists and art professionals who will recommend at least 10 of most appropriate images for reproduction and publishing. The criteria for selection will be:

Quality of the work
Appropriateness for display to the general public
Intriguing, thought provoking, inspiring, entertaining, enduring image or content
Image clarity

Artists interested in submitting artwork should provide up to three digital images (low resolution jpg) on a CD along with a cover letter with their contact information and an image list with artist’s name, title of the work, date the work was completed, medium of work and short description of the artwork. If selected for reproduction/publication, images will need to be resubmitted as a high resolution PDF.

Artists whose work is selected will be required to enter into a letter of agreement with Metro Arts in Transit for the limited copyright use of the image for public display for one year, rights to the image for reproduction for non-commercial purposes, and attest that the artist is the sole creator of the work.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21. Entries must be received by this date, not just postmarked. Submissions will not be returned. Entries may be hand delivered or mailed up to the deadline to:
Metro
Attention: David Allen
707 North First Street
MS 146
St. Louis, Mo. 63102


New Transit Center to Transform MetroBus Service in North County

Metro transit is inviting MetroBus customers and the public to learn more about the new North St. Louis County Transit Center at three upcoming informal meetings.

The new transit center, which is scheduled to open in fall 2015, will be located at 3140 Pershall Road between West Florissant Avenue and New Halls Ferry Road in Ferguson. The new MetroBus facility will feature an indoor passenger waiting area, public restrooms, concessions and a free Park-Ride lot.

The new Metro transit hub will transform bus service in the North St. Louis County, which is one of Metro’s fastest growing public transit markets. It accounts for 19 percent of MetroBus and MetroLink ridership.

Since North County MetroBus routes will change when the new transit center opens, the open-house style meetings will be an opportunity for customers to help plan and shape MetroBus service. There will be no formal presentations so Metro employees can talk with MetroBus riders about their transit needs in North County. Riders will be encouraged to discuss options on how MetroBus routes should connect with this new facility and the surrounding communities.

The dates, times and locations of the Metro meetings are as follows:

St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley Student Center
3400 Pershall Road
September 30
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

North Hanley MetroLink Station
4398 Hanley Road
October 2
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Riverview-Hall Transit Center
9021 Riverview Drive
October 7
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The second phase of the project will add a new maintenance facility for MetroBus vehicles and Metro Call-A-Ride vans. Federal funding must be secured before those plans can move forward.


Annual Community Halloween Event - October 31, 2014

The Urban League takes pride in offering a safe and fun environment for our children in the community. The Annual Community Halloween event is Friday, October 31 from 4:00pm - 6:30pm. There will be a costume contest, music, games, treats and fun for all children present.


Trinity Treasures Dinner Auction - October 18, 2014

Trinity Catholic High School
Trinity Treasures Dinner Auction
Trinity On Broadway

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 5:30pm

Cost is $50 per person. Tables of eight and ten are available. Reservations may be made via email to Mari Alice DuHadway at mariduwah@hotmail.com. For more information call Dan Grumich in the Trinity Catholic Advancement Office at 314-741-1333, ext: 223.


Hazelwood School District 2013-2014 Annual Performance Report Announced

Florissant, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has announced the 2013-14 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results and the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5) Annual Performance Reports (APR) for the Hazelwood School District.

The Hazelwood School District earned 116 of a possible 140 points for 82.9 percent. The District is fully accredited by the state.

Four schools earned between: 70% – 79% of the points
Ten schools earned between: 80% – 89% of the points
Seven schools earned between: 90% – 98.6% of the points
Three schools earned 100% of the points

The APR also measures attendance as one of the standards. In the area of attendance, the Hazelwood School District saw growth across all grade levels despite the significant number of days missed due to severe winter weather.

• Growth in 21/29 schools
• Growth in 15/20 elementary schools
• Growth in 5/6 middle schools
• Growth in 2/3 high schools

“I am pleased with the work of our staff and progress of our students. The Hazelwood School District continues to be fully accredited,” said Dr. Grayling Tobias, Hazelwood School District Superintendent. “Now is the time for us to continue to believe in our students and each other. With our continued hard work, I am confident we will meet our goal of being a District that is accredited with distinction.”

The Hazelwood School District serves nearly 18,000 students and is the second largest district in St. Louis County.
It is the fifth largest district in the state of Missouri. Communities in the district include Hazelwood, Black Jack, Spanish Lake, a large section of Florissant, portions of Bridgeton, Bellefontaine Neighbors and Ferguson, and several square miles of unincorporated St. Louis County. The mission of the Hazelwood School District is to launch learners on a quest for high standards, fairness and distinguished achievement.


St. Louis County Parks Trail Watch Volunteers

If you enjoy spending time on the trails in St. Louis County Parks then you could be a Trail Watch Volunteer.

Trail Watch volunteers serve as ambassadors while walking, biking, running or skating St. Louis County Trails; they do not intervene in dangerous situations, but report it to our rangers or 911. Trail Watchers are not assigned trails or hours; they select when & where they Trail Watch, track their volunteer hours, then report the hours on a quarterly basis.

For more information contact Sue Bell at 314/615-8865 or sbell@stlouisco.com.

Read the full flyer for orientation dates and registration information.


Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) is a non-profit agency committed to ending senior hunger in our community and to reducing the isolation experienced by so many older adults. MEAAA Meals On Wheels (MOW) program offers a hot nutritious noon-time meal that provides at least one-third of an adult's daily nutritional requirement. The meals are delivered to the home Monday-Friday by trained volunteers. Often the MOW volunteer may be the only person the senior sees all day, providing human contact and a safety net, particularly for those who live alone.

The Mid-East Area Agency's Center in North County is currently located in the Pope John Paul II Senior apartments at 6325 Waterways, Florissant, MO 63033. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with the delivery of our Meals On Wheels program. We currently have 6 different routes throughout the North County area. As a volunteer, you would deliver hot meals to homebound seniors 60+. This service allows seniors to remain independent in their homes. Minimum time commitment is 1-2 hours per week and mileage is reimbursable. Please contact Theresa or Dave at 314-741-1930 to offer your services.


Help the Spanish Lake Community Association When You Shop on Amazon

Now when you shop online at Amazon you can earn donations for the Spanish Lake Community Association by selecting our organization with AmazonSmile. The process is simple and no cost to you.

This link go to the AmazonSmile site for SLCA: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1885097
Then click "start shopping". You will be in the "smile" area and if a purchase is made then a donation is earned.


Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Fall 2014



What has the Spanish Lake Community Association done? Lots!

Since its formation in 2000, the Spanish Lake Community Association has:

• Worked closely with the County’s Neighborhood Preservation Department to identify and improve problem properties.

• Sponsored annual Youth and Family Resource Fairs to inform residents about programs and activities for youth and families.

• Launched the Spanish Lake Website which provides all residents with up-to-date news and information about our community (www.spanishlakemo.org).

• Established the Spanish Lake Youth and Family Council that has increased services for families and opportunities for youth outside of school hours.

• Developed the Spanish Lake Community Association’s Voice Mail, which responds to a wide variety of questions and concerns from residents.

• Continued to work with many groups to support wise development in our community and elsewhere in North St. Louis County.

• Held electronic recycling events.

• Developed two award-winning community gardens.

• Sponsored regular Town Hall meetings for residents and published a quarterly newsletter, the Spanish Lake News.

• Worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation and other groups to make improvements at Fort Belle Fontaine Park.

• Facilitated the ongoing restoration of the Twillman House as the Spanish Lake Community Center.

We’re an organization supported by membership dues. All work is accomplished by volunteers.
Please join with us!
Spanish Lake Community Association, P.O. Box 372082, Spanish Lake, MO 63138


Trinity Catholic High School receives full re-accreditation

On Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-27 an AdvancED External Review Team visited Trinity Catholic High School as the final phase of the school’s re-accreditation process. Every five years schools must prepare a report and have a review team visit in our order to receive re-accreditation. Following the visit, the review team recommended that Trinity Catholic High School retain its full-accreditation for the next five years. The review team interviewed 102 people during the visit, including administration, teachers, staff members, students, parents and community members. Over 25 classroom observations were also conducted. Powerful Practices singled out by the review team were: the commitment of the school’s leadership and staff to a diverse culture based on shared values and beliefs about faith, teaching and learning and support of a challenging equitable education program; the relationship and commitment Trinity Catholic has to the overall North County community and the commitment and support services Trinity Catholic offers to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of all of its students.


Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Summer 2014


Columbia Bottom Conservation Area celebrates 10th Anniversary with 10 special activities - May 4

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, located at the Confluence of North America’s two largest rivers, is celebrating a 10th anniversary. The area’s Howard and Joyce Wood Education and Visitor Center was dedicated on May 27, 2004. To commemorate the anniversary, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host “Ten Years, Ten Ways to Celebrate!”, a series of special free programs for the public on Sunday, May 4.

Columbia Bottom will offer a number of activities throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset, designed to help visitors discover the natural resources at the conservation area and learn about its heritage. These include:

  • An early morning “golden hour” hike at the Confluence;
  • A tour of the various habitats of the area, with binoculars and spotting scopes supplied;
  • Hayrides scheduled between noon and 5:15 p.m.;
  • Photo contest;
  • A self-guided geocaching activity, with GPS units available for check out;
  • Bike the Bottom, a naturalist-lead bike tour to explore regrowth and regeneration of Columbia Bottom after last year’s flooding;
  • A birding walk along the River’s Edge Trail; and
  • An evening sunset observance.

    For a full schedule and starting times of activities, go to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Events. All activities are free, but some require preregistration. For more information or to make reservations, call 314-877-6014.

    In addition, a special pictorial display, “A Barn Story”, will show the history of Columbia Bottom’s Howard and Joyce Wood Education and Visitor Center. The structure is based around the old barn that stood at the same spot on the area. The wooden post and beam skeleton from that original structure can still be seen in the current visitor center.

    “There’s no better way to introduce Columbia Bottom’s resources than through this beautiful structure,” said Interpretive Center Manger Colleen Scott. “It has witnessed decades of ebb and flow near the Confluence of North America’s two greatest rivers, the Missouri and Mississippi.”

    MDC purchased this 4,318-acre tract in 1997 to create an urban conservation area. The area includes a view of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, more than 6.5 miles of river frontage, about 800 acres of bottomland forest and a 110-acre island.

    MDC is managing Columbia Bottom to create a mosaic of bottomland habitats that includes shallow wetlands, bottomland hardwoods and prairie. These habitats attract a wide variety of resident and migratory wildlife.

    Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located at 801 Strodtman Road in north St. Louis County. The area can be reached by taking the Riverview Drive Exit from I-270 and travelling north approximately 3 miles.


    Hazelwood School District sponsors 8th Annual Spanish Lake Youth and Family Resource Fair - May 3

    The Hazelwood School District will once again partner with the Spanish Lake Community Association, Saint Louis County and Majic 100.3 for the 8th Annual Youth and Family Resource Fair on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Twillman Elementary School, 11831 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis, MO 63138.

    Please see the Spanish Lake Youth and Family Resource Fair page to read more details and see pictures!


    Spring Cleanup at the Twillman House - April 12th

    Can You Help?

    We'll be cleaning up the grounds and gardens at the Twillman House Saturday, April 12th, from 9am to 12 noon.

    Just in time for Spring!

    Bring rakes, pruners, clippers. Wear comfortable clothes and garden gloves.

    Just Let Us Know and Thanks!


    Progress moving forward on the Twillman House


    Back porch entry added in 2014


    Black Jack Fire Protection District delivers the goods to Hazelwood students

    Florissant, MO - The Black Jack Fire Protection District fire fighters will deliver food to the HSD Food 4 Thought closet on Thursday, March 20 at 8:30 a.m., at Hazelwood East High School, 11300 Dunn Road in St. Louis.

    The truck load of food items were collected from members of the community during last weekend's food drive which was spearheaded by the Black Jack Fire Protection District.

    On March 15, Black Jack emergency responders joined forces with the Hazelwood School District and the Hazelwood PTA Council and collected food items at two Florissant area, Shop 'n Save locations: Flower Valley and the Mayfair Plaza shopping centers.

    "Florissant area community members were the real heroes for students in need," said Ankeneth "Ken" Corbin, Black Jack Fire Protection District assistant chief. "I'm 6 ft. 1 [-inch tall], but after the event, I felt about 7-feet tall. It was just great to see the enthusiasm on the part of HSD staff, the Hazelwood PTA Council and the community. We were really blown away by the community's generosity."

    The food items collected at the Flower Valley location filled about six shopping carts, according to Corbin. The donations from both locations filled a Chevrolet Suburban to capacity.

    The HSD Food 4 Thought program is designed to help students who are in need. The program will provide students who lack access to nutritious food at home with a reliable source of food for evenings, weekends, and other breaks from school.

    "I commend the efforts of the Black Jack Fire Protection District, HSD staff, the Hazelwood PTA Council, and Hazelwood National Education Association on coming together to help alleviate the food hunger problem for many of our students," said Dr. Grayling Tobias, HSD superintendent. "I am thankful to our entire community for supporting the Food 4 Thought program."

    The collected food items will ultimately be stored at the District's three high school sites: Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East and Hazelwood West. Although the food is stored at the high schools, the HSD Food 4 Thought closets will service all HSD students who are in need. For the program to operate sustainably, continued support from the entire community is needed.

    If you have questions about the HSD Food 4 Thought program, please call 314-953-5045.

    The Hazelwood School District serves more than 18,000 students and is the second largest district in St. Louis County. Communities in the district include Hazelwood, Black Jack, Spanish Lake, a large section of Florissant, portions of Bridgeton, Bellefontaine Neighbors and Ferguson, and several square miles of unincorporated St. Louis County. The district's mission statement follows: "We are a collaborative learning community guided by a relentless focus to ensure each student achieves maximum growth."


    Apply now for the St. Louis County Government Academy - Deadline April 6th

    It's that time of year again. For those looking to learn more about how county government functions, St. Louis County is now accepting applications for the Government Academy.

    Click here to learn more and apply online.

    The academy starts May 7, 2014. Participants will meet each Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The academy is 8-weeks long and meets at various County facilities.

    As a part of St. Louis County's Strategic Plan and continued effort to promote citizen involvement and transparency in local government, County Executive Charlie A. Dooley initiated the Government Academy as a way for residents to learn about each department within county government.

    "Citizen engagement is one of them most important elements of our democracy. I truly believe that when citizens engage their government and actively participate in the democratic process, we all benefit," said County Executive Charlie A. Dooley. "St. Louis County is a great place to live, work and play. I hope that by giving residents access to their government in this way, it will motivate them to become even more involved."

    The St. Louis County Government Academy is tailored to residents that are interested in the relationship between citizens, the County Council and Executive Administration. Participants will learn how and why projects are undertaken and the manner in which services are provided, as well as receive an overview of the budget planning process, the development review process, the transportation planning process and many other County government responsibilities and functions.

    The deadline to apply is April 6, 2014. Acceptance is on a first come, first served basis.


    Spanish Lake Town Hall Meeting - April 7th

    Join us for our Spring Spanish Lake Town Hall meeting on Monday, April 7th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Trinity Catholic High School, 1720 Redman in Spanish Lake.

    Please bring a food item or two with you that evening to help our local food pantry.

    Learn more about Christian Hospital's Community Heath Access Program (CHAP) and how this program is positively impacting our community. Presenters will be Jennifer Cordia, Christian Hospital vice president and chief nurse executive and Chris Cebollero, Christian Hospital EMS chief.

    Also under discussion will be the newly formed Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation (SL-CDC). Members of their newly formed Board of Directors will be on hand to meet with us.

    As always, we will discuss some of the Spanish Lake Community Association's activities, as well as other news of interest to Spanish Lake residents.


    Spanish Lake Amazing Quest - April 26th

    The fund raising event, Spanish Lake Amazing Quest, will occur this spring on Saturday, April 26th. Go to http://www.spanishlakemo.org/content/spanish-lake-amazing-quest for full details and registration forms. A fun day of puzzles, prizes and exploring the Spanish Lake area!


    Trinity Catholic students shine at academic contests

    Trinity Catholic High School students competed at two academic events recently. At the Battle of the Burets February 19 at Florissant Valley Community College the teams of junior Alan Scheibel (St. Angela Merici) and senior Mike Lacy (Christ Light of the Nations) and senior Meghan O’Donnell (St. Rose) and senior Katie Driskill (St. Rose) each finished third out of 10 teams. Each team had to complete a Chemistry experiment in a given amount of time and were then judged based on the accuracy of the their results. In addition to Trinity Catholic, Bayless, Clayton, Pattonville, Parkway West, Westminster Christian, Francis Howell North, Villa Duchesne, Crossroads and St. Mary’s High Schools were represented.

    On Friday, March 9 at Florissant Valley Community College, three Trinity Catholic students placed in the Sectional round of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering state competition. Junior John Hilmes (St. Ferdinand) finished second in English. Senior Brendan McGrellis (St. Rose) placed second in Engineering Graphics. Senior Justin Krafft (St. Rose) wound up third in Engineering Graphics. Hilmes and McGrellis now advance to the state championship round April 15 at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla.


    STLCC-Florissant Valley Hosts Spring Career and Networking Fair - March 25

    St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will be hosting a Spring Career and Networking Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Student Center Multipurpose Room. The campus is located at 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson.

    Sponsored by Career and Employment Services (CES) at Florissant Valley, the fair gives jobseekers a chance to meet with a wide range of employers to discuss full-time, part-time, and internship positions.

    “The Career and Networking Fair offers a wonderful opportunity for students, alumni and community members to meet with area employers and learn about jobs and internships,” said Michela Walsh, Florissant Valley's manager of career and employment services. “Our last career fair had more than 250 job seekers who were able to connect with approximately 60 employers.”

    More than 50 employers will be present to speak with job seekers and to establish an employment network. Job search candidates can talk with employers in a number of industries including non-profit, hospitality, customer service and healthcare.

    Jobseekers are required to dress professionally and should bring a supply of resumes.

    In addition to organizing career and job fairs, CES offers tips on conducting successful job searches and interviewing skills, assistance with writing resumes and cover letters, as well as an assortment of career preparation workshops.

    “It's like having a friend available 24/7 to answer questions and give me guidance on my career goals and ambitions,” said Sylisha Cobbs, Florissant Valley alumna.

    For more information, contact Walsh at 314-513-4543.


    Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Spring 2014


    Job posting -

    Executive Director

    for Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation

    The Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation (SL-CDC) focuses on stabilizing the Spanish Lake area of North St. Louis County. SL-CDC’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and to increase the socially and economically healthy living environments in Spanish Lake, by promoting and engaging in neighborhood improvement projects and other related activities, including the provision of decent housing that is affordable to low-and moderate-income residents.

    SL-CDC is looking for its first Executive Director. This is a start-up organization that is in its early stages of development. As such, it presents an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to direct the activities and help shape the future of the new CDC. The ideal candidate will have housing experience, coalition building skills and experience with start-up initiatives. If you would like more information about the job, go to http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/.

    For a full job description and application requirements, go to http://www.theromegroup.com/Default.aspx?tabid=105&jobid=3405.

    Applications must be received by March 7, 2014


    Missouri Department of Conservation urges pet owners to be watchful of coyotes

    This time of year, coyotes are breeding and will soon be rearing pups. Because coyotes may act more aggressively during this period, MDC recommends pet owners be especially watchful when letting dogs and cats outside in areas where coyotes live. Review the full document for more details.


    Spanish Lake Amazing Quest rescheduled for April 26th

    The fund raising event, Spanish Lake Amazing Quest, has been rescheduled to occur this spring on Saturday, April 26th. Registration form will be added soon. Stay tuned!


    Titan Alumni Players present the musical Annie - March 14th-16th

    The Titan Alumni Players, featuring alumni from Mercy, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy, Rosary and Trinity Catholic High Schools, will team with current Trinity Catholic students to perform the musical Annie March 14-16. Performances will be held at Trinity Catholic - 1720 Redman, Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138 - Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. Sunday’s performance will be held at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Friday and Sunday shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students high school age and younger. Saturday’s show is a dinner theater with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. All proceeds of the musical benefit the arts at Trinity Catholic. For ticket information call Laurie Mogelnicki at 314-374-4796 or Marcia Montgomery at 314-503-2414. Group pricing is available and reservations for the dinner theater must be made by March 8.

    See flyer.


    Spanish Lake Community Association Trivia Night - February 22nd

    Sure Cure for Cabin Fever

    Tired of being indoors but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Have we got cheap fun for you!

    The Spanish Lake Community Association is holding its annual Trivia Night on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
    Doors open at 6pm, the trivia starts at 7pm and goes until 10pm. Cost is $160 per table for up to eight of your crazy friends and family (or $20/person). We provide beer, wine, soda and water. Your table brings a food fest.

    There will be lots of interesting categories and questions. Don’t worry about knowing answers; it’s fun to learn! We’ll have a gift card tree & 50/50 raffles, attendance prizes, auctions for more expensive items, poker hands and Dead or Alive.

    Location is Trinity High School, 1720 Redman Road in Spanish Lake. Reserve a table now. Contact Cathy
    Jaeger, (314) 322-6056 or wetbar1@sbcglobal.net. You can mail your reservation and check (made payable to
    Spanish Lake Community Association) to Cathy Jaeger, 12919 Spanish Pond Road, St. Louis, MO 63138.

    If you can’t get a full table together, let Cathy know and she will hook you up with some fun new friends!


    Eagle Watching Opportunities for Winter 2014

    Bald Eagle viewing opportunities are excellent this winter due to the extreme colds we have experienced. For more information visit this page:

    http://spanishlakemo.org/content/american-bald-eagle-viewing-winter-2014


    MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES RAINSCAPING PRIZE DRAWINGS AND REBATES

    New trends are emerging locally and nationwide on converting standard residential lawns into more sustainable landscapes. Interested landowners may need assistance however, in navigating these new strategies. For a limited time, Missouri Botanical Garden is offering RainScaping Prize Drawings valued at $350 to $1,000 and a RainScape Rebates Program valued at up to $2,000 per landowner.

    The loss of water quality in the St. Louis Region is due to many factors including run-off during storm events from impervious surface areas, yard waste, pet manure, invasive species, trash and road salt. These factors can lead to increased water pollution, sedimentation, and infrastructure and property damage. However, homeowners can help through landscaping practices that help capture rain where it falls instead of allowing water to run off-site. Various techniques, called rainscaping, can be used to help solve drainage problems, facilitate healthier streams, increase aesthetic appeal, improve property values, and attract wildlife.

    Interested parties are invited to fill out a survey at www.mobot.org/rainscaping by February 11, 2014 for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the Shaw Nature Reserve Spring Wildflower Market; 10 flats of GT-38 Deep Cell Plug Native Plants and site visit from DJM Ecoscapes valued at $1,000; plant material for a shade or full sun rain garden by Horstmann Brothers valued at $400; 10 man hours of labor for either a landscape/rain garden design or labor towards installing rainscaping or invasive species removal from Simply Sustainable Landscaping valued at $350; any rain barrel in stock up to 150 gallons valued up to $449 from Rainwater Harvesting Supply Company, LLC; or a rustic natural stone bench, installed from Luna Landscaping, LLC valued at $450.00.In addition, landowners in 19 participating St. Louis municipalities are eligible to take part in the RainScape Rebates program.

    This voluntary program financially assists landowners in the Deer Creek Watershed wishing to landscape their yards to improve stormwater management. Residents in the appropriate municipalities may download a RainScape Rebates application form at www.deercreekalliance.org or pick up a hard copy application form at a participating city hall starting November 15, 2013. The application deadline for the third round of funding is February 12, 2014.

    Eligible cities include Brentwood, Clayton, Creve Coeur, Crystal Lake Park, Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Ladue, Maplewood, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, Town & Country, University City, Warson Woods and Webster Groves.


    Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Winter 2014


    Third Annual Teen Police Academy

    The St. Louis County Police Department will host the Third Annual Teen Police Academy starting January 7, 2014. The academy will be held at the Jennings Civic Center, 8720 Jennings Station Rd. The classes will be held on eight consecutive Tuesday from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. All Teens must be between 13 and 19 years of age.

    View here for more information and registration form.