We have crossed the threshold into a new year, which fills me with wonderful excitement about what lies ahead. Eleanor Roosevelt said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” My wish for us in the new year is that we dream boldly and marvel in the beautiful reality that we create in St. Louis.
Speaking of St. Louis, I have a few suggestions for us to get out in our community and make it a great start to the new year!
All the best. -Nate
Well, if a murder mystery is more of your vibe for Friday, look no further than the famously haunted Lemp Mansion for a fantastic three-course dinner while you figure out who-dun-it during A Dickens of a Killing!
If your little one is almost ready for dance classes, perhaps you’ll want to check out COCAplay Plus on Saturday in University City. In this accessible workshop, children will explore foundational dance concepts such as rhythm, pattern and movement quality to ballet music.
Also on Saturday, head over to Grand Center and pop by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for an interactive wellness session that will focus on Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese practice that supports physical, emotional, and psychological health.
Tre G, singer/songwriter, pianist and a native of St. Louis who obtained his master’s degree from Berklee College of Music campus in Valencia, Spain. He encourages listeners to live their authentic lives and will bring his pop & r&b styling to the stage at The Grandel on Saturday night.
Also on Saturday, the Soulard Mardi Gras Family Winter Carnival is upon us! This free, family-friendly event is thrown with help from the community and St. Louis’ first responders. You’ll find bounce houses, story time, fire trucks, police vehicles and lots of new furry friends to pet and feed. Local artists and musicians will provide interactive opportunities for the kids, and the whole family can dress up in festive crowns, masquerade masks and face paint to get into the Mardi Gras spirit! Soulard is also host to the STL Onsie Crawl on Saturday, if your in the mood.
Ahh, nothing warms me up in the winter like Jamaican ska! DJ Lammy and Jimmy Boomtown will turn the sound system up all the way at Pop’s Blue Moon to keep it hot all Saturday night for us! Also on Saturday night, you might find me on Cherokee Street hanging out at IMRSD for the traveling organic party Whole Moods for a night full of Disco, Funk & House music! Master Kev from LA, along with St. Louis’ own Alexis Tucci and more will be spinning selections all night long!
Head over to the Venture Cafe’ on Thursday in Cortex for a gathering focused on the culture and business of wellness.
So you Think You Want to Start a Nonprofit is your chance, on Thursday to get helpful hints, practical checklists, success stories and more as Sue Greenberg of Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and Tracy James of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri offer this two part series at the Central Library in St. Louis.
The Loop Ice Carnival returns to once again pay homage to the wonder of winter! Me and the babies will be there, and you can enjoy carnival rides, costumed characters, ice sculpture demonstrations in The Loop all weekend long! You might find me in Clayton on Saturday evening at the Bruno David Gallery was they will host an opening reception to feature four new exhibitions!
The non-profit Black Girls Do STEM organization is growing and they are hosting a volunteer orientation on Saturday, January 18th for people interested in joining their team in the roles of mentor, program facilitator, and committee member to increase education, access, and opportunity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for black girls in every community.
Sunday, the 19th will be a great day to check out Fluente, and underseas circus adventure by Circus Flora. Hold on to your seats!
This is your last chance to check out Winterfest at the Arch, a favorite outdoor romp for St. Louisans. It includes an ice rink, winter market, Sugarfire specials, and more! It closes for the season on Sunday, the 26th.
You can close out the month by partying with the amazingly talented band Fatpocket , who will be on stage at Westport Social on Friday night.
Yes, the new decade is off to a great start in St. Louis! I hope to see you soon.
All the best. -Nate
I am waiting on the end of the year numbers to complete my annual report. In the meantime, here is the latest Housing Report from November. It shows that pending sales are down about 7% from last year, and the inventory continues to be low as it is down about 22% from last year. If you have any questions about how this affects you, just let me know. I’d be happy to provide some more insight.
Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. -Nate
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