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The 3rd annual Dutchtown Bazaar is just around the corner!

On Saturday, June 11th from 9am to 2pm dozens of vendors will be on the shady parking lot of St. Mary’s High School. There will be art, antiques, clothing, handcrafted jewelry, food, drink, and music.

For an updating list of vendors visit the Dutchtown Bazaar Facebook page. We’ll see you there!

Saturday June 4th: Opening Day at Marquette Pool

Marquette Pool Opening Day flyer
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The pool at Marquette Park opens on Saturday, June 4th. The City of St. Louis PIER Program (Prevention -Intervention-Enforcement-Reentry) will be there hosting a PIER Neighborhood Focus Fair.

The fair will offer free resources such as health screenings from Affinia and gun and fire safety education from the Police and Fire Departments. Citizens Service Bureau representatives will be available to discuss neighborhood concerns such as nuisance properties and broken streetlights. There will be drawings for prizes and free food and drinks while supplies last.

Come to Marquette Pool on Saturday June 4th from 10am — 2pm to take advantage of these free resources to improve your health and the health of the City!

Busy Thursday Night Ahead in Dutchtown

Three meetings are scheduled around the neighborhood on Thursday, May 26th. Try to get out to at least one! Keep up with all the neighborhood happenings by visiting our calendar, and let us know if you have an event coming up.

Community Improvement District Meeting

Join the Downtown Dutchtown Business Association at Merb’s Candies (South Grand at Osage) from 6:00—8:00 to learn more about the proposed Dutchtown Community Improvement District.

If you are for beautification, safety, and an overall better Dutchtown, come learn what we can do about it together! DT2 will provide snacks and refreshments.

20th Ward Participatory Budgeting Assembly

20th Ward Residents, your neighborhood is about to embark on a process that will allow you to help decide how to spend $100,000, in city funds, for neighborhood improvements.

Come to Peace Tabernacle Church (3514 Oregon, off of Potomac) from 6:30—8:30 for the third of four May assemblies to learn more about participatory budgeting and how to get involved.

25th Ward Democrats Monthly Meeting

The 25th Ward Democrats meet at 7:00 every fourth Thursday at the Gretchen Inn at the Feasting Fox for their monthly meeting. Several August primary candidates will be on hand to speak at Thursday’s meeting, prior to the June endorsement meeting.

All are welcome! Learn how to get more involved in politics and getting out the vote locally, statewide, and nationally.

Rainscaping Grants Up To $3,000 Available

MSD’s Project Clear is offering small grants to encourage the use of simple rainscaping techniques to help the public understand how stormwater impacts the combined sewer system, and how they can help be a part of the solution through the use of rainscaping on their properties.

Much of Dutchtown, mostly the area east of Grand, falls in the qualifying area. Check the map to see if you can apply for a grant.

MSD grant area map
Find out if your property is in the grant area. Click the image for a larger map.

What is Rainscaping?

Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else.

Why Rainscape?

Impervious surfaces such as rooftops and driveways have replaced healthy soils and natural plant communities that once readily absorbed rainwater. The resulting runoff contributes to water pollution, health challenges and property damage. Additionally, St. Louis’s combined stormwater sewer system can be overwhelmed by excess runoff which leads to backups.

Where Do I Sign Up?

Visit MSD’s Project Clear website for more information on the grant program. Application forms and additional information are at the bottom of the page. Good luck and happy rainscaping!

Neighborhood assemblies for participatory budgeting have started in the 20th Ward. At these assemblies, residents can help to decide how $100,000 in ward capital funds will be spent.

Residents will brainstorm and suggest ideas at these assemblies. Once the cost and feasibility of the more popular projects is determined, ward residents will have the opportunity to vote on which capital project or projects get done.

Join your 20th Ward neighbors at any of the four assemblies being held in May throughout the ward.