Community Calendar (Feb. 20 Edition)

Health & Wellness

WOMEN’S HEALTH FAIR

Fit and Fabulous is the theme for the 2019 Women’s Health Fair, set for Saturday, February 23, at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. The day’s activities include presentations and vendors on various topics. Presentations (after each of which a $50 gift card will be awarded) include: yoga demonstration at 9 a.m.; Time for ME (the menopause experience) at 10 a.m.; opiodis: the state of Ste. Genevieve County at 11 a.m.; and scoail media and medicine: a panel discussion at noon. A $500 grand prize will be awarded to one lucky person who attends the event. Health screenings for blood pressure and pulmonary function will be offered. The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department will offer Tdap vaccines.

CAREGIVERS EVENT

The fourth annual Ste. Genevieve Caregivers Conference will take place from 8:30 to noon on Saturday, March 16 at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. The event includes a panel discussion, presentations, resource tables, free refreshments and attendance prizes. Speakers will share information and encouragement especially for caregivers. Drawings and free items will be offered by vendors in the exhibit hall. Pre-registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To register or for more information, call Paula Fann at Aging Matters, 573-335-3331, extension 125.

Religious

P’S AND Q’S

P’s & Q’s (Pints and Questions) will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at Sirro’s in the upstairs loft. This new monthly gathering is an opportunity to ask your questions and have conversations about faith, God and religion in a more relaxed setting. Bring a friend, some money for food and drinks, and of course, your questions. Contact Pastor Craig Reiter of Holy Cross Lutheran Church with any questions at 414-916-0546.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries will celebrate the World Day of Prayer (WDP) on Friday, March 1. This year, the women of the WDP Committee of Slovenia call everyone to worship, considering the words, “Come — Everything is ready.” In addition to providing the opportunity to learn about Slovenia’s history and rich cultural diversity, WDP will focus on Jesus’ parable of the Great Dinner, in Luke 14:15-24. This year’s service will be 9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, at the First Presbyterian Church, 160 S. Main St. All are invited to attend. The annual offering supports the work of World Day of Prayer USA and helps families in Slovenia and other countries who are victims of many forms of poverty, violence and injustice. For more information, contact Joy French at 573-259-2238 or visit www.wdp-usa.org.

Special Events

SOILS & CROPS

The University of Missouri Extension’s 89th annual Soils and Crops Conference will be Thursday evening, February 21, at the VFW Hall in Ste. Genevieve. Doors open to the public at 5:30 p.m. Missouri Century Farms honorees and the Soil and Water Cooperator of the Year will be awarded beginning at 6 p.m. The main presentation is on

“Dicambra Injury & the Role of Insurance” and will be presented by Ray Massey, Extension professor in agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri. For more information, contact the University of Missouri Extension Office at 573-883-3548 or [email protected]

FOURTH FRIDAY ART WALK

The new Gallery Association of Ste. Genevieve and local art galleries, studios and other art spaces will kick off the 2019 Fourth Friday Art Walk season with the first event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 22. The 2019 season brings established professional and amateur artists from Ste. Genevieve and across the region to exhibit in Ste. Genevieve art galleries and art spaces, with occasional pop-up exhibits throughout the historic downtown. Art Walks can feature complimentary finger foods, refreshments, wine tasting and meet-the-artist receptions at downtown art spaces. All openings and after events are free and open to the public. (See more details on Page 8A.)

FREE CONCERT

A local group, Travis Lee Band, will begin its upcoming national travel schedule close to home with a performance at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, at the Grayhawk Community Clubhouse in Ste. Genevieve County. The band will be officially releasing its new album, entitled “Weapons of Our Warfare,” at the kickoff concert. Travis Lee Band’s Log Cabin Kickoff album release party will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. More details available at www.travisleeband.com.

TASTE OF STE. GENEVIEVE

The fourth annual Taste of Ste. Genevieve event will be bigger and better in 2019 with a move to the Progress Sports Complex at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. The event is 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and includes a signature wine glass. For information, contact Holli Ledbetter, Friends Foundation director, at 573-883-7725.

Organizations

DEMOCRATIC CLUB

The Ste. Genevieve Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, at the Ste. Genevieve Local 169 Union Hall at 950 S. Gabouri St.

FARMERS MARKET

Ste. Genevieve County Farmers Market will have a planning meeting for anyone interested in participating for the 2019 season. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 25, in the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center meeting room 2. Topics to be discussed include membership, dues, rules and responsibilities.  Anyone interested in sharing their locally grown produce and value added items is encouraged to attend to become familiar with how the market provides opportunities for community gardeners. A special invitation is extended to county youth participating in FFA or 4-H, offering the young entrepreneurs to sell at no cost to them. This is a chance for them to practice their marketing skills and make a profit. The market is open every Saturday from May through October under the pavilion at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Market Street.

SGCMH QUILTING

The Ste. Genevieve Hospital Partners will have quilting on the following days in March: Monday, March 4; Tuesday, March 5; and Wednesday, March 6. Quilting takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the lower level of the hospital. All quilters are invited to help quilt baby quilts to be sold in  the hospital gift shop. Lunch will be served all three days.

Adult Education

WEATHER SPOTTER CLASS

A National Weather Service spotter class will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, at the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, 115 Basler Drive. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the science behind tornadoes and other types of severe weather. The class will be an interactive session aimed at teaching participants about weather and how they can help the National Weather Service. Call 573-883-7411 to register.

Blood Drives

VALLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

A blood drive for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Valle Catholic School gymnasium. Each presenting donor will receive a free t-shirt. To schedule an appointment, e-mail Carrie Gegg at [email protected] or go online to www.bloodcenterimpact.org. The sponsor code is 10152 for online scheduling.

Fundraisers

SILENT AUCTION

French Colonial America will be hosting a silent auction on Friday (February 22) in conjunction with the Fourth Friday Art Walk. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the “Hands-On History House” at the Linden House. The silent auction will take place at the Linden House, 116 S. Main St. just across from the Louis Bolduc House. Several local businesses offered items for the auction. For more information, call 573-535-0276 or e-mail [email protected]

TRIVIA NIGHT/CHILI

The 2019 St. Agnes Trivia Night and Chili Dinner is Saturday, February 23, at the Bloomsdale Knights of Columbus Hall. The chili dinner is open to all from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ($7 for adults, $4 for children over 2) and includes all-you-can-eat chili, toppings, and hot dogs and a dessert. Win prizes during dinner in “The Queen’s Lucky Number” games. Trivia begins at 7:30. Trivia registration includes the chili dinner and one drink.  Visit www.stagneselementary.org to register.

POLAR PLUNGE

The Ste. Genevieve High School FRIENDS organization will be hosting the second annual Ste. Genevieve County Polar Plunge at Lake Forest Estates Marina on Saturday, March 2. The event will begin at noon, with participants taking the “plunge” at 2 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. The event raises money for our local Special Olympic athletes to participate in the Missouri State Special Olympic Track Meet at Missouri State University. Saints Til Friday will provide a sound system/DJ booth, Scooter Burgers will have a food truck, and there will be tours of emergency vehicles available for kids. Heated changing tents will be supplied by Cotton’s Ace Hardware and will be available for all participants. Those interested in participating, sponsoring or contributing to this event can contact Kyle Schweiss at [email protected] or Kristi Cleghorn at [email protected]

VALLE AUCTION

The 2019 Valle Auction, with the theme “The Possible Dream,” is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, at the school, with doors opening at 5 p.m. The Kozy Kitchen will be catering dinner with Angus beef brisket, roasted red potatoes, parmesan-encrusted roasted zucchini sticks and caramel apple pie (tickets, $60). A limited number of tickets for the $10,000 grand prize remain. Contact any Valle student or the school (573-883-7496) for information about tickets. For information on the auction, visit www.valleacution.weebly.com.

Community Center

BABY/KIDS GARAGE SALE

The baby and kids garage sale offers a chance to buy or sell car seats, booster chairs, clothes, toys, etc. No commercial vendors. Free for shoppers. The event is 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, at the Progress Sports Complex gymnasium. Tables are $24 for 24 feet of space. Call 573-883-5244 for information.

SNAKE SCHOOL

Rob Sulkowski, Missouri Department of Conservation agent for Ste. Genevieve County, will bring various species of snakes and let kids feel the snakes’ scales. He will talk about the difference between snakes, including venomous and non-venomous. The free event will be 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, and is open to ages 12 and under.

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