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Community Calendar (Sept. 4 Edition)

Blood Drive


Ste. Genevieve American Legion Post 150 on Fourth Street will host a Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. Call 800-733-2767 or visit to schedule an appointment.

Special Events


Relay of Voices, a presentation and dialog featuring Victoria Bradford Styrbicki, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 6, at the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center. The Relay of Voices: Great River Run is four-month long expedition from the headwaters to the mouth of the Mississippi River, from July to November 2019. The relay will gather landscapes and voices through various forms of movement and listening, highlighting the stories of Middle America. Athlete/dancer/storyteller/choreographer Victoria Bradford Styrbicki is traveling the length of the river and building a vocabulary of connectedness across the many voices, stories and issues of the River. For more information, visit


The Centre for French Colonial Life, 198 Market St., will host a presentation, “Then & Now: American Indian Representation in Missouri,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 8. Ste. Genevieve’s own Lindsey Manshack, tribal citizen of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb, will discuss the origins of Missouri’s Native American population. Manshack’s presentation will explore land and water rights; tribal preservation efforts; representation vs. misrepresentations; and indigeneity among local Missourians, in order to leave the audience with a better understanding of the American Indian people and culture. The event is free and is co-sponsored by French Colonial America and the Missouri Humanities Council. Parking is available in the rear of the Centre for French Colonial Life, located at the intersection of Second and Market streets. Call 573-883-3105 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 blankets and lawn chairs. The food tent will close at 8 p.m. For information, call 573-747-1000.


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.


St. Elizabeth at 765 Market St. will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, September 16, to give people an opportunity to meet the new site manager, meet the staff and to tour the facility. Cookies and punch will be available.


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. 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, September 21.


The next Fourth Friday Art Walk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 27, with galleries and art spaces throughout downtown Ste. Genevieve open to the public.


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


The Minnith Mountain Music and Comedy Show, a tribute to HeeHaw, will be performed 6:30 p.m. each evening on Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29,  at the Minnith pavilion. The event is free, and concessions are available.   For more information, visit


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 House Victory Committee, in partnership with the Missouri Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee and the Cape Girardeau County Democratic Committee, is embarking on a bus tour of southeast Missouri over a two-day period in September. The Missouri House minority leader, Representative Crystal Quade, along with her fellow legislators and representatives of the Democratic Party, will visit Ste. Genevieve among other stops on Saturday, September 28. The tour is expected to stop at the Progress Sports Complex — under the pavilion, weather permitting — from 10:30 a.m. to noon.



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 begin planning for the 2020 Jour de Fete.


The Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club will host State Representative Dale Wright at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, at the Steelworkers Union Hall, 950 S. Gabouri. Wright will speak and answer questions about recently passed legislation and the upcoming special session. All are welcome to attend. A brief business meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. for club members and those interested in joining. Contact for more information.



St. Lawrence Parish will be having its annual mouse races on Saturday, September 21, at the Bloomsdale Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.; races begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 per person or $100 for a table of eight in advance or $20 per person at the door. This includes all you can eat chili or nacho chili, a drink (water, soda, beer), sides, and snacks. A cash bar will be available. This year, a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Ste. Genevieve Center for Life.  For advance ticket and table, reservations call Anna at the parish office, 573-483-2555.



Options for Women is offering free classes for men and women of all ages beginning in the month of September. Classes will be on: labor/delivery, parenting, infant care, expanded parenting, finances, boundaries, and domestic violence. For information on how to enroll, call 573-883-1088. Seating is limited and intake is required.


A meeting about Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, at the Progress Sports Complex at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. Woman landowners interested in learning more about the forested part of their land or wishing to connect with other women landowners in the area are invited to learn more about a new program that provides education and connections in forest and wildlife management. This evening will be dedicated to an overview of the program and building connections. For more information, registration and ADA accommodations, contact Sarah Havens at or 573-458-6252.

Health & Wellness


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.

Parish Picnics


Ste. Genevieve Catholic Parish will host its annual Social on the Square from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 15. The event includes drawings, a poker stand, live music from Exit 180, beer wagon, pork burgers, pulled pork, bingo, a car cruise, and more.

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