Educational

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A lunch-and-learn on domestic violence is being offered from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, at the Progress Sports Complex, 21390 Highway 32, with Mary Ann Robertson, MA, LPC, from the Safe House for Women — A Step At a Time Counseling. The town hall forum will include an interactive environment to raise awareness to the process and characteristics of domestic abuse. RSVP to 573-883-0668 for lunch and seating.

Organizations

JOUR DE FETE

The next meeting geared toward filling the three vacancies on the Jour de Fete Committee will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, at Cafe Genevieve with elections for vacant board positions.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce will have a lunch and learn at its meeting at noon on Thursday, November 7, at the Progress Sports Complex with information about its Leadership Ste. Genevieve program. Lunch will be provided for $10 per person. For information, contact chamber director Dena Kreitler by Wednesday, November 6, at 573-883-3686 or dena@stegenchamber.org.

PROJECT PIONEER

Ste. Genevieve Project Pioneers will meet with the French Placet and Michaud families and the German Oberle and Operle families at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, in the Ste. Genevieve County Library meeting room, located in the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center building on Highway 32. This is the last meeting this year, as the two-month Christmas break begins. Meetings will resume on the second Saturday in February 2020. The schedule for the year includes a deadline for the majority of submitted information which is needed by the May meeting. Pictures must be submitted by early June, and the final information on the families must be in by mid-July. Families will be honored in August during Jour de Fete. Anyone who wants to check family information already entered in the books may do so by asking for the family book at the library during their business hours. For more information on Project Pioneer, visit stegenevieveprojectpioneer.org

Blood Drive

STEELWORKERS HALL

An American Red Cross blood drive will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, at the United Steelworkers Hall, 950 S. Gabouri St. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter SteGenevieveComm to schedule an appointment.

VALLE CATHOLIC

Valle Catholic Schools will host a blood drive for the Mississippi Valle Regional Blood Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 25, at the gym, 40 N. Fourth St. Each presenting donor will receive a voucher for a free t-shirt. To schedule an appointment, e-mail Carrie Gegg at geggc@valleschools.org or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use sponsor code 10152.

Special Events

COOKIE CRUMB TRAIL

The Downtown Ste. Genevieve organization’s annual Cookie Crumb Trail will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 9. Ticket purchasers follow the trail to participating locations in downtown Ste. Genevieve, collecting cookie samples along the way. More than 20 merchants and downtown entities will be offering samples. Participants will also receive a Cookie Crumb Trail recipe book. Event proceeds will benefit local families in need, just in time for the holidays. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event, and may be purchased by visiting facebook.com/downtownstegen.

FELIX VALLE ACTIVITIES

The Felix Valle House State Historic Site will host holiday activities on Saturday, November 9. The site will be a stop along the Cookie Crumb Trail. From 1 to 5 p.m., local historian Bob Mueller will give a holiday program demonstrating how to create historic natural holiday decorations. Participants will learn about various types of natural materials that can be used, and they will make an orange pomander and boxwood kissing ball. Demonstrations will also be given on making a boxwood wreath, decorating with magnolia leaves, and decorating window sills with natural materials. Two sessions will be held on that Saturday: The first will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; and the second from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A special session will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. when Kandye Mahurin of Sassafras Creek originals will demonstrate and have participates make a Moravian star for decorations. The Felix Valle House State Historic Site is located at the corner of Second and Merchant streets in Ste. Genevieve.  For more information about the event, call the site at 573-883-7102.

CRAFT VENDOR FAIR

The fifth annual craft and vendor fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, at the Bloomsdale Knights of Columbus Hall, 175 Jersey Lane in Bloomsdale. More than 40 booths, most being local vendors, will offer items for sale. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Bloomsdale.

MASQUERADE NIGHT

The Vincentian Marian Youth’s annual ladies-only fall ball will be 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, at the DuBourg Centre in downtown Ste. Genevieve. Event includes dinner, dance and silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person or $200 per table. Call 573-883-7200 for information.

PETS WITH SANTA

Pictures of pets with Santa will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rotary Gazebo at Merchant and Main in downtown Ste. Genevieve with a minimum $10 donation for a digital image. Proceeds support Grayhawk Project Stray Cat Rescue. For information, contact Laurie at 573-701-2597.