Check out the end of the post for (1) a call for St. Louis bloggers, (2) voting for St. Louis’s Grinch of the Year,  and (3) a project called Camp Hope.

But first, here are this week’s events:

Monday, Dec. 8.  There’s a fundraiser for Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett at Crepes in the City, 500 N. 14th Street, from 5 PM to 7:30.  More info is at this page.

Also Monday, there’s going to be a “read-in” of banned and censored material by special guests including elected school board member Peter Downs, Post-Dispatch Columnist Sylvestor Brown, St. Louis American Columnist Jamala Rogers and many more as part of a celebration of readers’ rights.  The event is from 6 to 8 PM at Legacy books on 5429 Delmar, and you can get more infomation  here.

Also Monday, local blogger Steve Patterson is going to be on Collatoral Damage at 7 PM, and a representative from the St. Louis Instead of War Coalition will be speaking on Topic A at 7:30.  Both programs are on 88.1 KDHX, and you can link to audio streams via the KDHX site.

Tuesday, Dec. 9.  The St. Louis City chapter of Amnesty International has a meeting the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 PM.  This month, the meeting will be Amnesty’s annual holiday party, at Duff’s in the Central West End, 392 North Euclid.

Wednesday, Dec. 10. A Day Without Gay.  Continuing the momentum from the recent amazing rallies, supporters of LGBTQ civil rights across the country are organizing events to educate the public.  In St. Louis, Show Me No Hate has organized a teach-in at the Tivoli from 9 AM to 3:30 PM, concluding in a showing of “Milk” at 4:15.  You can get more info at the facebook page.

Also Wednesday, Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day.  There will be a celebration at the Missouri History Museum at 7 PM featuring a panel of experts and readings from the winners of a student essay contest.  The History Museum is located on the corner of DeBaliviere and Lindell and you can get more info here.  

Thursday, Dec. 11.  The race is on for this year’s Grinch of the Year.  Join the party and cast some votes at the “Grinch of the Year Holiday Happy Hour” at Teamsters Local 688 on 4349 Woodson Road starting around 5:30.  To get more info about this year’s nominees and the event, go here or go to this link to vote online.

Also Thursday, Amnesty International at Lafayette High School is showing the movie Invisible Children about child soldiers in Uganda.  They’ll also be selling Fair Trade chocolate and coffee.  The event is from 6 to 8 PM and you can find out more here.

Friday, Dec. 12.  I-squared, the Young Friends Network of the International Institute of St. Louis, is hosting a Happy Hour at the Scottish Arms (8 South Sarah St.) from 6 PM to 8 PM.  You can find out more at this link, and they do want people to RSVP.

Also Friday, Udi and his Fellow Villagers, who played funk music for last year’s protests of Alberto Gonzales, are releasing some new material.  Check it out here and, if you like what you hear, join the fan page.

Saturday, Dec. 13. Saturday, Dec 13. Black Bear Bakery is having its monthly Brunch Benefit for KDHX 88.1FM from 9am to 2pm, 2639 Cherokee. Plus a reading from the new book at 230pm: “Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Health Care in America,” edited by Colleen McKee and Amanda Stiebel. The book has been described as, “a brutally honest, embodied reading that celebrates women’s strengths.” More info at .

Also Saturday, the Doerr Center for Social Justice Education is sponsoring a showing of “What Would Jesus Buy,” a documentary by Morgan Spurlock. The event is at 1:30 in the Carlo Auditorium of Tegler Hall, 3550 Lindell Blvd, and you can find out more at the IOW calendar.

And, as mentioned above, here are some updates of stuff going on around St. Louis:

(1) A group of us will soon be creating an “aggregator” website that links to posts on local, state, and national politics from St. Louis bloggers.  The idea behind the project is to connect the dispersed St. Louis blogging population and to further build an online community.

(2)  Voting is going on for St. Louis’s “Grinch of the Year.”  Find out more about the candidates and cast your votes at  .

(3)  Several St. Louisans have played a role in a cool project called Camp Hope.  To find out more about it, go to this link.