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Community Calendar (Aug. 21 Edition)

Health & Wellness


Tony Hoffman, a nationally renowned speaker on addiction, will be presenting his story at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, at the Ste. Genevieve R-II Performing Arts Center. This program is free and open to all age groups. Tony Hoffman is a former BMX Elite Pro. He started drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and using prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin by his senior year of high school. In 2004 Tony committed a home invasion armed robbery, and was ultimately sent to prison for two years. As soon as he was released, he used the positive and negatives of his life to get to where he is today. The event is made possible through a grant obtained by the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital and supported by the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department.


The University of Missouri Extension will offer the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), a community-based program which assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions. The program is provided in 2 1/2-hour-long sessions, once a week for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom deal with chronic diseases themselves. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; 3) appropriate use of medications; 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; 5) nutrition; 6) how to evaluate new treatments. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Helps participants live a healthy life with self-management of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and other physical and mental health conditions. Classes will be 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 10 at the Progress Sports Complex, 1300 Progress Parkway. There is no cost. Register by calling the University of Missouri Extension at 573-883-3548.


The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department is sponsoring Hidden In Plain View, an initiative to help parents spot signs of risky behavior in their children. For adults only, the program includes an interactive dislpay of a teenager’s bedroom with more than 70 items that could signal that a young person is involved in risky behavior. The exhibit will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at the DuBourg Centre, 305 Merchant St. A presentation at 6:30 p.m. will cover how to spot warning signs and how to talk to kids about the dangers of alcohol and drug use.

Special Events


The Fourth Friday Art Walk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 23, with galleries and art spaces throughout downtown Ste. Genevieve open to the public.


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 Weinermobile, a 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels, will be rolling back into Ste, Genevieve on Saturday, August 24, with an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon at Rozier’s Country Mart, 180 Plaza Drive. People may come and take pictures and tour the vehicle.


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).


The annual Ride to Survive cycling event on Saturday, September 14, offers a leisurely ride through the city of Ste. Genevieve or a challenging ride through wine country. Proceeds benefit cancer treatment, education and research at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. Registration fees are $25 for the 5k run/walk and the 8-mile and 30-mile rides; $35 for the 60-mile ride, which also includes an aid station at the halfway point. T-shirts included with all registrations. On ride day, registration is at 7 a.m.; the kickoff celebration is at 7:30 a.m.; and the start is at 8 a.m.


The Civil War Interpretive Event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, in downtown Ste. Genevieve. The event offers the chance to observe Civil War camp life and demonstrations of marching, musket fire, and cannon fire. It will also have information about Ste. Genevieve citizens who fought in the war. At 1 p.m., at the corner of Main and Merchant streets, a re-enactment of the 1861 bank raid by federal troops will take place. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit or call 573-883-7097.


The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve will host its annual Ste. Genevieve History Conference on Saturday, September 21, at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. The program is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes: Dr. Will Thompson on “The Old Mines-Ste. Genevieve Connection,” Dr. Carl Ekberg on “Black Colonial Ste. Genevieve: Two Perspectives,” Carol Kuntz on “French Colonial Kitchen Gardens of the Illinois Country,” Jim Baker on “Set in Stone — Historic Masonry in Ste. Genevieve,” Anthony Starr on “Mine La Motte Domain: A Separate Place,” and Sharon Person on “Pierre Laclede in Ste. Genevieve.” Ste. Genevieve tourism director Sandra Cabot will have an update on the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park and the Missouri bicentennial celebration. Tickets are $50 per person ($45 for foundation members) and includes a Friday night reception, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and tours on Sunday of the Church of Ste. Genevieve, the Holy Cross Lutheran Church and the recently renovated Antione Oneille House. For information, call 573-883-9622 or e-mail


The Ste. Genevieve Militia is sponsoring the 2019 Ste. Genevieve Encampment, a re-enactment of 18th century life, on Saturday, September 28, at the Moses Austin Park [Jour de Fete grounds], 72 S. Gabouri St. near the intersection with South Main. Camp will set up on Friday, September 27, and the event is 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Activities include camp living history, colonial craft demonstrations, children’s games and skill instruction, colonial skills competition, blanket trading. The camp continues from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, September 29. The event is free and open to the public. It is children- and family-friendly and handicap-accessible. For information, contact Doug Nickelson at


Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital’s annual Spirit of the Pink event will have a Harvest Fest theme this year. The event will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, at the Bloomsdale Medical Centre. Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event is designed to empower women to live a preventative healthy lifestyle. Music will be provided by Jordan Voss, and the guest speaker will be breast cancer survivor Nicole Voss. Tickets are $15; cancer survivors may attend for free. To register, call 573-883-7781 or go online to



The Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club will host a presentation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21 at the Progress Sports Complex at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. Dr. Ed Weisbart, a family physician and chair of the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, will speak about Medicare for All, including how it would impact the national economy, the business community and every American. The presentation is free and open to the public; no RSVP is necessary. Contact for more information.


The Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Partners will have quilting on Wednesday, September 4; Thursday, September 5; and Friday, September 6. All quilters are invited to help quilt baby quilts to be sold in the hospital gift shop. Quilting takes place on the lower lever of the hospital in the education room. Lunch is served all three days.


The Jour de Fete Committee will meet 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, at Cafe Genevieve on Highway 61 to reivew the 2019 event and begin planning for the 2020 Jour de Fete.

Parish Picnics


St. Agnes in Bloomsdale will host its annual parish picnic on Saturday, August 24, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 175 Jersey Lane. Fried chicken and ham dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A car cruise and tractor show are scheduled to begin at noon. Events also include a 5-kilometer run, kids games, bingo at 7:30 p.m., a washer tournament at 2:30 p.m., and a horse shoe tournament at 6 p.m.



The Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Partners, formerly known as the auxiliary, will host a fund-raising event in the hospital lobby with Premiere Designs Jewelry on Wednesday, August 21. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Everyone is welcome.


Audubon’s Grill and Bar will host a community dinner night on Tuesday, August 27, for Heavenly Hope, a new Christian outreach program in the county. A portion of the proceeds from dinners sold that evening will go to the organization.

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