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Community Calendar (July 17 Edition)



The Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club will host Missouri Democratic Committee member Shelley Hoffman as the guest speaker at its meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the Steelworkers Union Hall, 950 Gabouri. A brief business meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. prior to Hoffman’s presentation.


The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve will have its annual meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, in the Immaculate Conception chapel in St. Mary. The meeting will include information about the chapel’s history and the preservation efforts to save the historic structure. There is no charge for the presentation, and is open to the public. Following the presentation in the chapel, a barbecue meal will be served in the parish hall next door. The cost for the meal is $10 per person and includes a pork steak meal, tea or lemonade and dessert. RSVP for the meal by Thursday, July 18, by leaving a message on the office phone at 573-883-9622 or by sending an e-mail to


The Ste. Genevieve County Memoial Hospital Partners will have quilting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, and Friday, July 26. 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 in the education  room. Lunch is provided each day.

Health & Wellness


Hope Church, 30 Triangle Drive, is hosting Hope for Recovery beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, with special guests from Freedom House. The event will include life stories from those who are overcoming their hurts, habits and hang-ups. Free lunch after the meeting. For more information, call 573-883-8984.


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will take place this summer at the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department on Basler Drive. The class is free and open to adults and teens. CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Participants will receive a free CERT backpack. Class dates and times are: 5 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Mondays: July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12 and August 19. Class size is limited. Call 573-883-7411 to register.


The University of Missouri Extension is presenting “Stay Strong,” an eight-week program meeting twice a week with 16 exercise classes. The classes will include warm-up exercises, strengthening exercises (with or without hand and ankle weights), cool-down exercises, and information on improving strength, balance and flexibility. Classes will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning July 30 and continuing August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, and September 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19. They will take place at the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, 115 Basler Drive. For information or to register, call 573-883-3548.

Bible School


Lebanon Baptist Church, 3007 Highway 61 in Bloomsdale, will host a free community fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, to kick off Vacation Bible School. The fair will feature food, games, prizes, a bounce house and other family-friendly activities. Those who bring a wow toy (a plush toy or soccer ball with pump that will fit in a shoebox) for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, they will get several chances to drench someone in a dunking booth. Vacation Bible School will begin Sunday, July 21, with sessions from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through Friday, July 26. Open to children in kindergarten through sixth grades. The sports-themed week will include crafts and snacks. Transportation is available. Both events are free, and all are welcome to attend. For information, call Pastor Brandon at 314-799-1427.


The First Presbyterian Church, 160 S. Main St. in Ste. Genevieve, will host Vacation Bible School in July. The week of activities kicks off 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, with events for the whole family: a bounce house, donkey petting, crafts, music, hot dogs and chips, and a short program. Vacation Bible School will continue 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, to Wednesday, July 24. A light meal will be served each evening at 5:30 p.m., and the program will be from 6 to 8 p.m. The evenings will consist of music, crafts and story time in addition to the meal. Open to ages 3 through those who have finished the fifth grade. The theme this year is “Roar … Life is Wild … God is Good!” The program is non-denominational, Christian-based, free and open to all. For more information, call Joan Huck at 573-450-5146 or visit

Special Events


Instructor Delecia Huitt will share her knowledge and skills to create a colonial summer market basket in a hands-on class from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the Creole House, a part of the Felix Valle House State Historic Site. The class cost is $40, and includes lunch and basket-making materials. Class size limited to 15 people. Deadline to register is June 30. Call 573-883-7102 for more information.


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 next event is scheduled for Saturday, July 20.


The Fourth Friday Art Walk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 26, with galleries and art spaces throughout downtown Ste. Genevieve open to the public.


Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, 19620 Crown Ridge Road, will host activities for International Tiger Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. In addition to featuring the tigers, music and food will be offered in the sanctuary’s biggest fundraiser of the year. All of the proceeds go back to the sanctuary to care for the animals. On International Tiger Day, those who attend can meet a tiger keeper, watch the cats receive special enrichment and visit one of the many vendors on site. Kids can play carnival/conservation games, have their faces painted and much more. Lunch will be available for purchase from local food trucks (vegetarian option available). Purchase tickets online ahead of time for $6, or admission is $10 at the door. Parking will be at an offsite location to be determined with free shuttle service. Handicap parking is available in sanctuary parking lot. For information, e-mail or call 573-883-9909.


The annual Back to School event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, at the DuBourg Centre. School supplies will be distributed and lunch will be provided. Also at the event: The Glow Worm will show kids if they are washing their hands properly; height and weight stations; the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department will check immunization records; Sheriff’s Office deputy Jeff McCarty will have information on

the DARE Program. RSVP is required for lunch and backpack/school supplies give-away. Call 573-883-7729 by July 29. Presented by Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, the Sheriff’s Office, the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, Parents as Teachers and WellCare.


The annual Jour de Fete festival in Ste. Genevieve will be Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11. Saturday’s activities include a 5-kilometer run and fun at 8 a.m. at Pere Marquette Park and opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. at the Welcome Center. Saturday’s musical entertainment at the Moses Austin House will be Josh Driskill (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Wayne Givens (2 to 6 p.m.). Sunday’s activities include the car show [see below] and a fried chicken dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Vernon Flieg will provide music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Moses Austin House. The craft show in downtown Ste. Genevieve will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


The Felix Valle House State Historic Site will host a Dutch Oven demonstration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 10. Visitors can learn how the French in Ste. Genevieve would cook food over a campfire in a traditional iron pot called a Dutch Oven and take home a few new recipes. Call 573-883-7102 for more information.


The fourth annual Jour de Fete Car Show will take place on Sunday, August 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 600 Market Street in Ste. Genevieve. Registration is 8 a.m. to noon; judging is at 12:30 and the awards are at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $20 for judged categories and $10 to display. For information call Brian at 573-883-6411.


Children’s Day at Felix Valle State Historic Site will be Saturday, August 24, with events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children can live and play as children in French Colonial Ste. Genevieve did. Activities will take place across the site throughout the day, including traditional French storytelling, games and hands-on activities like quill and ink writing. Call 573-883-7102 for more information.


The Everyone is a Star special-needs pageant will take place beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, at the Ste. Genevieve R-II Performing Arts Center on the Ste. Genevieve R-II campus. Around 2:30 p.m., the stars of the pageant will arrive in limos. Those who want to escort one of the stars or make a donation for the pageant can contact Kim Fischer (573-883-7573) or Danielle Voelker (573-883-3330).


Chaumette Vineyards and 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.

Blood Drive


A blood drive will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 101 Basler Drive. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to schedule an appointment.

Library Events


The Ste. Genevieve County Library, located in the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center, has added two new events this month, including a Saturday StoryTime and  a celebration of Harry Potter’s Birthday on July 31.

Events include:

July 18 — Movie and Craft Night: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 5:30 p.m.

July 19 — Video Game Night

July 20 — Smash Brothers Tournament, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (program sponsored by Iggy’s Pop Shop).

July 23 — StoryTime Summer Reading Party, 10 a.m. (theme: aliens).

July 26 — Pokemon Night

July 27 — Saturday StoryTime, 10 a.m. (theme: Pete the Cat).

July 29 — Lego Club, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

July 30 — StoryTime, 10 a.m. (theme: friendship).

July 31 — Harry Potter’s birthday party, 6 to 8 p.m. (Dress in your Hogwarts best. No need to bring a gift. Participate in Potter-themed crafts and games and grab a piece of cake).

Parish Picnics


St. Lawrence Parish in Lawrenceton will host its annual parish picnic on Sunday, July 21 on the church grounds. Dinners with fried chicken, kettle beef, liver dumplings and more will be served beginning at 11 a.m. Bingo begins at 12:30 p.m. and includes lots of hand quilted quilts among other prizes. The picnic also includes a country store, live music, refreshments, the one-room schoolhouse, several raffles and antique tractors.

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