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Community Calendar (April 24 Edition)

Adult Education


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.



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.”


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.


The Ste Genevieve County Beekeepers meet at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at 295 Brooks Drive in Ste Genevieve. New, experienced or anyone interested in beekeeping is welcome to attend.


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.



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.


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.

Public Service


The Ste. Genevieve Community Services Forum, along with the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department and Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office will host a prescription drug take-back event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the Bloomsdale Pharmacy. All unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs will be accepted. These events have yielded more than 800,000 prescription and non-prescription drugs being taken in for legal and safe disposal. Call the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department at 573-883-7411 for more information.

Special Events


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.


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.”


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.


All youth who are interested in the arts will have the opportunity to showcase their skill in a Youth Plein Air event on Wednesday, May 8, and Saturday, May 11. The timed painting/drawing event is open to youth ages 4 through high school seniors. It will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, and 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 11, at Moses Austin Park, at the corner of Gabouri and Main streets in Ste. Genevieve. Participants can choose from various scenes in the area to render using their choice of watercolor, colored pencils, ink, pencil or oil pastels. All materials will be provided. Plein Air Painting is art done on location, outdoors, with the artists capturing their favorite scene in a two hour period. Judging will be across three divisions: ages 4 through 8, 9 through 14, and 15 through high school seniors. Best of Show will receive $50 and a medal. First-place winners in each category will receive $25 and a medal. Second-place winners will receive $10 and a medal, and third-place winners in each age group will receive $5 and a medal. Art will be judged by local artists and will be on display at the Welcome Center on Friday, May 25. The Youth Plein Air Awards will be presented at 6:15 p.m. that day in conjunction with the monthly Fourth Friday Art Walk. Applications will also be available at the event. Last-minute entries are welcome.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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 For information, call 573-883-5244 or email



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.


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. Pulled pork sandwich dinner will be available. The night will include a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, and more.

Support Groups


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


The Healing Hearts monthly grief support group is meeting on the second Monday of every month at Riverview at the Park, beginning at 10 a.m. Gayla Sisk, MSW, LCSW, of Serenity HospiceCare, will lead the meetings. The free grief-support group is open to all in the community. RSVP to 573-431-0162.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Lake Forest Community Center. For information, call 314-402-9963.


The Young Mothers Support Group will meet 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the lower level of the Ste Genevieve County Health Department. The support group is for mothers who are expecting a child or have children under the age of 5. The group is facilitated by Robin Reynolds. New members are welcome. There is no cost to join or participate. Call Robin at 573-756-4314, ext. 73 with any questions.


Celebrate Recovery meets at 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Hope Church, 30 Triangle Drive. Dinner is served from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; large group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; small groups meet from 7:30 to 8 p.m. For information, call 573-883-8984.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, 115 Basler Drive, for weigh-in and a program. For information, call 573-883-5582.


The Cancer Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. For information, call 573-883-7735.



First Baptist Church Ste. Genevieve will host a women’s event, Table of Gratitude, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3. All women are invited to attend for an evening of worship and fellowship. Call the church at 573-883-2274 for more information or check out the event on Facebook.

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