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How to Submit News Tips and Story Ideas to the Riverfront Times

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Share your stories with us, St. Louis!
St. Louis is full of stories, and we want to share them.

So every month, we ask you, our loyal Daily RFT readers, for your ideas. What do you see? Is there a problem in your neighborhood that needs a solution? Do you know someone doing amazing (or horrible) things who needs to be celebrated (or exposed)?


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St. Louis' 250th Birthday Rescheduled for Tuesday Because Winter Can Suck it

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It's your birthday, St. Louis! You don't look a day over 249.
The founders of St. Louis didn't have to deal with the polar vortex.

A sheet of ice on Art Hill caused organizers of St. Louis' 250th anniversary party to push the celebration back a few days, to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18.


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Grown Ups-Only Blanket Fort Contest Is Like Reliving Childhood, But With Beer

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Who will build the best blanket fort?
Calling the young at heart!

The Blind Tiger in Maplewood is hosting its first-ever grownups-only blanket-fort contest Wednesday, complete with PJs, pizza and beer.

"Who knew that adults wanted to build blanket forts so badly?" says Katy Romine, events manager at the Maplewood restaurant. "It's competitive!"


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All Aboard: No Pants MetroLink Ride Is Tomorrow

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Hmmm, something's missing...
If you've ever gotten onto the MetroLink, looked around and thought to yourself, "I wish there were more bare bottoms in here," this is your week.

STL Improv Anywhere's fourth annual No Pants MetroLink Ride is Tuesday, promising dozens of pantsless riders flooding St. Louis' public transit and confusing commuters and hockey fans.

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St. Louis Has Wood For You

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Look at all this wood.
St. Louis wants to unload its wood on you.

City residents can get free firewood gathered from dead or structurally damaged trees at the Lower Muny Opera parking lot in Forest Park starting tomorrow.

You can get your wood after 3 p.m. on weekdays.; it's offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Questions about your wood? Call the St. Louis forestry division at 613-7200.

Non-Nerd's Guide to Wizard World Comic Con

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Ask your nerd friend to identify these awesome people for you.

Do you hear that -- that low hum of anticipation emanating from comic-book shops and Risk tournaments throughout St. Louis? That's the sound of every nerdstuff enthusiast 'gasming as they prepare for Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, which takes place Friday, March 22, through Sunday, March 24, at America's Center. The event will be a cornucopia of sci-fi and fantasy celebrities, workshops, costumes, collectibles and more.

Yep, it's pretty much every fanboy or fangirl's wet dream.

See also:

- Hungry Nerd's Restaurant Guide to Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis

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Washed Out or Still On? St. Louis Labor Day Weekend Events

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It may be muddier than expected, but it's happening as scheduled.
The rain from tropical depression Isaac is pattering softly down right now, but forecasters are predicting five inches or more before the weekend's over. And this being Labor Day weekend, there are -- or were -- a ton of festivals and events scheduled.

So what's washed out, what's pushed back and what still going on? We've got the poop after the jump.

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It's Almost Mastermind Time: Purchase Artopia Tickets Now, Save $15

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Each autumn we set aside an issue to give the St. Louis arts community an affectionate, celebratory bear hug -- and a big pile of cash to further their creative endeavors. The tradition continues this year with our fifth annual Mastermind Awards and Artopia, a massive party at 2720 Cherokee (2720 Cherokee Street; 314-664-9900) featuring fine local art in myriad forms.

Experience live music, cultural dance performances, fashion shows and painting demonstrations, and consume art of the culinary variety with free food and drink samples -- it's all included in the cost of your ticket. Meanwhile, food trucks and performers will line Cherokee Street for a corresponding outdoor festival. The evening culminates in the awards presentation for our 2012 Mastermind winners, who will each receive a $1,000 grant and be featured in the pages of the August 23 issue of the Riverfront Times.

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World Naked Bike Ride St. Louis Returns July 28, 2012

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Nick Schnelle
This guy knows what it's all about.
The date has been set for the fifth annual World Naked Bike Ride-St. Louis: You can go as bare as you dare on a bike with 500 or so new friends on Saturday, July 28.

The annual ride promotes body acceptance and an increased awareness of alternative means of transportation. It's also a fun ride through the city that always ends with a party. The 2012 edition (see slideshows from the four previous years here) will depart from the South Grand Parking Lot (3500 Hartford Street, just off Grand Avenue) at 8 p.m. Prior to that will be the annual body-painting party, with live music, an expo for local socially- and progressively-minded businesses and organizations, an open mic and an awards ceremony for best decorated bike.

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Presenting St. Lou Fringe's Breakthrough Festival

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In this week's feature story, Em Piro Builder, Aimee Levitt presents a collective oral history of Fringe Festivals on the eve of St. Louis' inaugural one. The four-day festival of more than 80 performances from 27 theater, music, performance art and dance acts, St. Lou Fringe's breakthrough season is a full immersion introduction to the regional art community.

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