Community Calendar (April 17 edition)

Adult Education

FALL PREVENTION

The University of Missouri Extension Office in Ste. Genevieve County will host a free, hands-on, award-winning program titled “A Matter of Balance.” The program will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on May 14 and continuing through June 6. Falling and the fear of falling is very common among older adults. During this program, participants will learn to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals for increasing activity, learn to change their environment to reduce fall risks, and more. This eight-session program also includes simple muscle-strengthening exercises that participants will begin during the third session. This program is designed for those who are concerned about falling, have sustained a fall in the past, or who restrict activities because of a fear of falling. The program will be taught by University of Missouri Extension specialists Estrella Carmona and Bethany Bachmann.  Classes will take place in the Progress Sports Complex, Meeting Room B, 1300 Progress Parkway. To register or for additional information, call the Ste. Genevieve County Extension Office at 573-883-3548.

Religion

EASTER SERVICES

The First Presbyterian Church in Ste. Genevieve will have a Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. on April 18 and a SonRise service at 6:30 a.m. on Easter morning, April 21. The SonRise Service will be conducted by the Youth Group from the church. The church is located at 160 S. Main St. in Ste. Genevieve. All are invited to attend.

Organizations

DEMOCRATIC CLUB

The Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club will host a guest speaker and discussion on the proposed merger of the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County governments, which may be on a statewide ballot in the near future. Nancy Rice, Executive Director of Better Together, will make a brief presentation (followed by a question-and-answer session) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the Steelworkers Union Hall, 950 S. Gabouri St.All members of the community are invited to learn about how this merger will affect the state of Missouri as well as the St. Louis region.

FOUNDATION MEETING

The Foundation for Restoration spring meeting will take place 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at the Main Street Inn. Mike “Skip” Weiler will speak on “The Life of Francois LeClere in Ste. Genevieve.”

QUILTING AT SGCMH

The Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Partners will have quilting on the following days in May: Wednesday, May 1; Thursday, May 2; and Friday, May 3. All quilters are invited to help quilt baby quilts to be sold in the hospital gift shop. Quilting takes place on the lower level of the hospital, and lunch will be provided all three days.

JOUR DE FETE

The Jour de Fete Committee has changed its meeting days to the first Tuesday of the month. The committee meets 5:30 p.m. at Cafe Genevieve.

Educational

HANDS-ON HISTORY

French Colonial America will host hands-on history programs each Saturday at the Linden House, 116 S. Main St. Various aspects of French Colonial heritage will be covered each season, with farm life now through June 8, the relationship with the mighty Mississippi from June 15 to September 7 and the relationship with Native Americans from September 14 to November 16. The cost is $2 per person and activities will include games, lessons, craft projects and more. For information, contact education program coordinator Sandy Puhse at 573-535-0276.

HOME-SCHOOL TUESDAYS

French Colonial America will host Homeschool Tuesday activities each week at the Linden House, 116 S. Main St. Various aspects of French Colonial heritage will be covered each season, with farm life now through May 28, the relationship with the mighty Mississippi from June 18 to August 20 and the relationship with Native Americans from September 10 to November 12. The cost is $2 per person and activities will include games, lessons, craft projects and more. Sessions will take place in the morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, contact education program coordinator Sandy Puhse at 573-535-0276.

Special Events

EASTER EGG HUNT

The Ste. Genevieve Lions Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Pere Marquette City Park. Two age group hunts with plenty of eggs, candy and prizes for all participating children.

CHAMBER GALA

Tickets are on sale for the annual Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce Gala, scheduled for Friday, April 26, at the DuBourg Centre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and tables of eight can be reserved. Call 573-883-3686 for information.

FOURTH FRIDAY ART WALK

The Fourth Friday Art Walk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26, with galleries and art spaces throughout downtown Ste. Genevieve open to the public. This month, local artist Ali Cavanaugh will be signing copies of her book Modern Fresco Paintings at Merchant Street Gallery.

L’ECOLE DU SOLDAT

The Milice de Sainte Famille of Illinois presents L’Ecole du Soldat (School for Soldiers) on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, in Ste. Genevieve. Presentations focus on events immediately following the French and Indian War and also will provide information to help historical re-enactors improve their personas. Presentations at the Welcome Center on Saturday include author Tim Todish on “Pontiac’s Rebellion,” historian Mike Dickey on “The Osage Nation and St. Louis,” fiber artist Deb Cambron on “The Latrine Hat.” Sunday at the campsite on the Jour de Fete grounds, Philippe Robert Hamil will present “What’s In My Pockets.”

VETTES IN THE VINEYARD

Chaumette Vineyards and Winery will host the St. Louis Corvette Club’s Vettes in the Vineyard event on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entry is $20 per car and a “Best of the Vineyard” presentation will be made along with People’s Choice awards. The event is a fundraiser for Parents and Researchers Interested In Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a developmental disorder affecting multiple organ systems of the body.

GARDEN WALK

Ste. Genevieve’s annual Garden Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Tickets are $7 for individuals, $6 per person for groups of five or more, and free for children 12 and under. The event allows ticketholders to tour private and public gardens throughout the city. The weekend’s activities also include the Ste. Genevieve Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday and the Master Gardeners plant sale from 9 a.m. Saturday through 4 p.m. Sunday. The Garden Walk is sponsored by Ste. Genevieve Master Gardeners and the University of Missouri Extension. For information, call the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at 573-883-7097.

CAR CRUISE NIGHTS

The Ste. Gen. Gearheadz car club is organizing cruise nights in historic downtown Ste. Genevieve from the third Saturday in May through the third Saturday in October. Cruises will be from 5 to 9 p.m., and all cars, trucks and bikes are welcome. Event includes 50/50 drawing, entertainment and music. For more information, contact Brian at 573-883-6411.

FRENCH HERITAGE FEST

The 22nd annual French Heritage Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, in downtown Ste. Genevieve. The event includes a bird walk on the levee at 7 a.m. and the grand promenade at 11 a.m. It also  includes free concerts, vendors, face-painting, children’s activities, and more. Dennis Stroughmatt and L’Esprit Creole will perform at 7 p.m.

BALLOON GLOW

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery will host its annual balloon glow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, and Friday, September 13. Festivities will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. both nights, about an hour before and after sunset, weather permitting. There is no cost, children and pets are welcome. Balloons inflate and “glow” pre- and post-sunset. Food and refreshments will be available. Balloons will remain tethered to the ground, and guests can take photographs and have their photograph taken in front of balloons. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 573-747-1000. A food tent outside will serve hamburgers, hotdogs, muffuletta sandwiches, jambalaya, cookies and chips. Chilled beverages — soda, water and limited wine and beer — also  will be served outside. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. The food tent will close at 8 p.m. For questions, call 573-747-1000.

Community Center

WORKOUT FOR ST. JUDE

The annual Workout for St. Jude event will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for shopping with various vendors. Cost is $15 per ticket in cash or check made out to St. Jude. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Drinks and snacks provided.

BRIDAL SHOW

The inaugural Bridal Show will be Sunday, April 28, from noon to 4 p.m., offering an opportunity for brides to compare services and prices, register for prizes, see unique ideas and experience the latest trends in fashion and weddings. Fashion show at 1 p.m. Tickets will be $4 at the door. For a full list of exhibitors, visit www.sgccc.com/bridal-show. For information, call 573-883-5244 or email [email protected]

Fundraisers

CHURCH YARD SALE

First Baptist Church, 101 Basler Drive in Ste. Genevieve, will host a church-wide yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Proceeds will benefit the Pray, Plan, Prosper Initiative.

MOUSE RACES

The annual Mouse Races to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will take place on Friday, May 3, at the American Legion Hall, 2 Park Drive in Ste. Genevieve. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $25.

Support Groups

PARKINSON’S PALS

Parkinson’s Pals meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Education Conference Room at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, 800 Ste. Genevieve Drive. Parkinson’s Pals is a support group for those with the condition, family members and friends, and anyone who would like more information about Parkinson’s Disease. For details, contact Teddy Ross at 618-210-7371 or Maria Rottler at 573-883-0621 or [email protected]

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