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A Day of Hope Community Event on July 25

 Free Event Offers Ferguson Area Steps to Positive Future 

A Day of Hope, presented by more than 40 St. Louis area churches in partnership with Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Missouri, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or while supplies last) on Saturday, July 25 in Forestwood Park, 806 Ferguson Avenue. This free event will pool multiple resources for individuals to have a stress free day – and have some family fun while participating. Area churches and community service agencies have partnered with the City of Ferguson to create this exceptionally special day. “Day of Hope, an event which occurs throughout the United States, will be especially meaningful to our community in Ferguson,” says Bishop Larry O. Jones of Greater Grace Church in Ferguson. “We’ve made tremendous strides in coming together this year and this day of celebration will be a tribute to new beginnings.” Open to the public, all activities and services are complimentary. • Lunch • Haircuts (for boys/men) • Community services: dozens of local community service organizations will assist with a variety of needs • Health Screenings (heart health, dental, and mammograms) • Kids Zone: dozens of free carnival games, inflatables and live entertainment. • A Free Bag of Groceries: more than 35,000 pounds of free groceries to be given away (while supplies last) • Digital Family portrait • Resume Writing and Job Counseling • Banking and Credit Resources • Prayer Tent: Guests will have the opportunity to receive prayer from members of local churches • Refreshments *All good and services will be available while supplies last “The City of Ferguson is proud to be a part of A Day of Hope and to support the many churches that are participating in this positive event,” said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. “The resources that are being offered will not only benefit the citizens of Ferguson, but will allow everyone in the region to visit our City and to see how our community will welcome them with open arms,” added Knowles. A volunteer rally will take place at 7:00pm on Friday, July 24 at Greater Grace Church, 3690 Pershall Road, Ferguson, MO 631357. Volunteer positions are available for all skill sets; from set up and break down to greeting guests; helping with activities and much more. For more information, visit http://www.convoyofhope.org/outreach/ferguson/. Local TV stations FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are the proud television media sponsors to help spread the word. Part of the Convoy of Hope’s 50 State Tour, A Day of Hope pools together local resources to provide long-term solutions to a more positive future. For over 18 years this nonprofit organization has served 1.6 million Americans in over 200 cities. A Day of Hope is free and reservations are not required. Parking will be available in the surrounding areas and complimentary shuttle service will be offered. Details on parking, shuttles and public transportation will be available soon online. For more information visit http://www.convoyofhope.org/get-involved/events/ About

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Operation Christmas Child Hosts ‘Christmas in July’ Party

The St. Louis Area Team of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) will host a “Christmas in July” party on Saturday, July 25, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church, 12465 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur. In addition to holiday refreshments, guests will enjoy packing shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and stuffed animals.  Individuals, families, and organizations are welcome to participate.

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Work Finally to Begin on two I-270 overpasses



After 2-Week Delay, New Florissant,

New Halls Ferry Closures Begin July 16


Delayed by rain, the closures of New Florissant Road and New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant are finally underway. The temporary detours at I-270 will alter driving routes beginning Thursday, (July 16) following a near two-week delay

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Garbage In, Compost Out from Grocer to St. Louis Composting

St. Louis Composting driver, Adam Carle speaks with Joe Spears about the compost.

St. Louis Composting driver, Adam Carle speaks with Joe Spears about the compost.

(Special to the Independent News)

Berkeley’s celebrated band of urban farmers know exactly what to do with the mountain of compost being donated to them by Schnucks, the area’s largest grocer. “It comes in real handy,” said Richard Austin, 79, of Berkeley. “We haven’t had anything like this compost before. It will really help the garden. This ground hasn’t been worked on in quite some time.”

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Ferguson Commission Leaders Pleased with Gov. Nixon’s Signing Senate Bill 5

Ferguson Commission Co-Chairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure have commended Governor Jay Nixon on signing Senate Bill 5 into law, as well as the Missouri Legislature for their bi-partisan efforts to move swiftly on municipal court and governance reform.

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Book Fair to Benefit The Rep July 13 at Ladue Crossing, Online July 13-19

On Monday, July 13, Barnes & Noble will host an all-day book fair to support The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its store at Ladue Crossing, 8871 Ladue Road.

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