Community Calendar (May 15 Edition)

Informational

MEETING ON OPIOIDS

Community members are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about the opioid problem, harm reduction and Narcan. Chad Sabora, co-founder and executive director of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, will speak with the community at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center.  Narcan will be available. All age groups are welcome. The program will be informative to anyone struggling with addiction, their loved ones or anyone interested in learning more about this issue. The event is ponsored by the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.

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.

Special Events

BOOK-SIGNING EVENT

Local author Mark Evans will hold a book-signing, hosted by the Felix Valle House State Historic Site from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17, in the gift shop in the Shaw House. Evans will be introducing an updated second edition of his award-winning 2001 Ste. Genevieve house tour book, The Commandant’s Last Ride.

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 ticket-holders 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.

FOURTH FRIDAY ART WALK

The Fourth Friday Art Walk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24, with galleries and art spaces throughout downtown Ste. Genevieve open to the public.

THEATER PRODUCTION

The Ste. Genevieve Theatre Guild will present two performances of Waiting For Godot, a play by Samuel Beckett. Performances will be 7 p.m. both Friday, June 7, and Sunday, June 9, at the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center. Tickets are $5 and and are available at the door or in advance at the Welcome Center, 573-883-7097.

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, event t-shirts, and more. An antique tractor show will begin at 10 a.m. The bike rides — 2 miles, 10 miles, 25 miles and 50-plus miles — will start at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Sting Ray will provide musical entertainment. The UTV ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m. (For UTV ride information, call Leroy and Shari at 573-883-2533 or text 573-312-2745.) The event benefits the Down Syndrome Foundation and the Challenger Sports Program. For event information, contact Chip Marzuco at zuke1@att.net or call Marzuco Electric at 573-883-5347.

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.

Library Events

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.

Organizations

DEMOCRATIC CLUB

The Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club will host a guest speaker and discussion on medical marijuana at its next regular meeting. Karin Chester, vice president of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MoCannTrade) and outreach coordinator of New Approach Missouri, will make a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer session at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the Steelworkers Union Hall, 950 South Gabouri Street. Chester’s presentation will give a brief overview of what Amendment 2 does, how it can help combat opioid use, how someone becomes a qualified patient, and what marijuana use is legal under the law.

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.

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.

Parish Picnics

ST. ANNE

St. Anne Parish in French Village will host its annual picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. Kettle beef and fried chicken dinners with liver dumplings will be served. Dinners are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12, and free for those 6 and under. The event also includes music, games, bingo, a country store, a raffle and hourly drawings.

Fundraisers

ST. MARY FIRE DEPT. BBQ

The St. Mary Fire Department barbecue is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Offerings include pork steak, bratwursts, hot dogs, pork steak sandwiches with sides of cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, chips and bread. The event also includes a 50/50 drawing, a bake sale and more. Deliveries available at 573-543-5023.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

Scooterburgers will be featured in a fundraiser beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the law office of Breeze, Westhoff, Nguyen and Elpers on Highway 61. Proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

DOWN SYNDROME

Audubon’s Grill and Bar on Tuesday, June 4, will be hosting a community dinner to benefit the Spring for Down Syndrome event. Ten percent of proceeds from food and drink sales between 4 and 8 p.m. will be donated to the cause.

Support Groups

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

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.

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