Community Calendar (May 1 Edition)

Special Events

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.

YOUTH PLEIN AIR

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.

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.

DOWN SYNDROME EVENT

Spring for Down Syndrome will celebrate its 10th anniversary when it takes place on Saturday, June 8, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ste. Genevieve. Event includes a UTV ride, raffle, oral auction, chicken dinner, children’s games and rides, and more activities.

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.

Informational

BREASTFEEDING SHOWER

The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department will host a nreastfeeding baby shower open to all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in the lower level of the health department, located on Basler Drive. Event includes a presentation on breastfeeding, refreshments, and door prizes. For more information contact Brittany Killian, CLC, 573-883-7411.

HOME ALONE CLASS

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is offering its yearly Home Alone Class on Monday, June 7. This half-day (8 a.m. to noon) class is for children who have completed third through sixth grades. It will cover such topics as safety, first aid and self-care. It is intended to equip youth with skills to create safe environments for themselves at home, especially if they will be staying at home alone for the first time. Joan Flieg, a long-time educator, will facilitate the class and empower youth to make confident choices, handle real life and prevent dangerous situations. A $10 registration fee includes class materials. Registration may be done online at www.stegenevievehospital.org (event registration). Call 573-883-7729 for more information.

BABYSITTING CLASS

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is again offering its yearly Babysitting Class on Monday, June 17. This one-day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) competency-based program is for youths who have completed at least the sixth grade. It will cover such topics as infant care, first aid and handling emergency situations. Joan Flieg, a long-time educator, will facilitate the class and present needed information in a fun and interesting way. A $25 registration fee includes lunch and class materials. Registration may be done online at www.stegenevievehospital.org (event registration). Call 573-883-7729 for more information.

Blood Drive

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

An American Red Cross blood drive will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Ste. Genevieve Knights of Columbus Hall, 600 Market St. Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment.

Health & Wellness

EXERCISE AND DIABETES

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital will host a program called “Exercise and Diabetes: Tips on Exercising Safely” at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in the hospital’s cardiac rehab room. Julie Terry, RN, will be the presenter.

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.

DIABETES MANAGEMENT

A diabetes self management class will be offered free of charge at the Ste. Genevieve County Library in the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center starting on Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. The class will be offered weekly for six weeks ending June 18. To register, call 573-431-1947 ext 102. or call the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department at 573-883-7411.

Organizations

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.

COUNTY BEEKEEPERS

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.

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. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7.

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.

Religion

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

The Ste. Genevieve American Family Association (AFA) and Citizens for Life will participate in “Meet At City Hall” prayer gathering from 12:20 to 12:40 p.m. on Thursday May 2, in front of city halls in Bloomsdale and Ste. Genevieve. This event takes place in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer. Meet At City Hall is a prayer gathering to pray for a moral rebirth in America. The theme for this year is “Love One Another” from John 13:34. AFA and Citizens for Life will be joining others in hundreds of communities across America in participating in “Meet At City Hall” events. Individuals and churches are invited to participate in this event. For more information, contact Kenny Williams at 573-543-2933.

PRAYER MEETING

A prayer meeting to observe the National Day of Prayer also is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Lebanon Baptist Church, 3007 Highway 61 in Bloomsdale. For more information, call Audrea Hunn at 573-483-2141.

TABLE OF GRATITUDE

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.

Library Events

STAR WARS/FREE COMICS

Ste. Genevieve County Library will be celebrating Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Those who attend will be able to try their hand at Star Wars-themed crafts and enjoy themed snacks, and they also will be able to pick up some comic books as well. The library’s selection includes a little bit of everything, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, A Sheets Story and Stranger Things comics. In total, the library will have 12 different titles that attendees can choose from.  The library will also be showcasing its Star Wars collection, which includes countless books and movies that guests can check out after the event is over. The Star Wars event lasts until 1 p.m., however, Free Comic Book Day will last as long as inventory is available. Comics are first-come, first-serve. For more information on either event, contact the library at 883-3358.

STAR-GAZING AT HAWN

Friends of Ste. Genevieve County Library and the St. Louis Astronomical Society are sponsoring a star-gazing Event at Hawn State Park from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. The event starts at 9 p.m., but guests are encouraged to arrive between 8 and 9 p.m. with chairs, drinks, and snacks if they would like. More information with map and program specifics will be forthcoming.

Fundraisers

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

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